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• Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma) and Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger) have signed on to star in Warcraft for Legendary Pictures, based on the bestselling video game World of Warcraft. Source Code and Moon helmer Duncan Jones is set to direct. Foster can be seen next with Mark Wahlberg in the Navy SEALs pic Lone Survivor (out Jan. 10, 2014) and Cooper’s next release finds him playing the bad guy to Aaron Paul’s street racer in Need for Speed (out March 14, 2014). [The Wrap]
- Lindsey Bahr
90210 star Jessica Lowndes has joined the cast of The Prince, the action thriller starring Jason Patric and Bruce Willis. Brian A. Miller is directing the movie, currently in production in Mobile, Ala. The roll call includes John Cusack, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Johnathon Schaech and Korean actor Rain, among others. The script by Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore (San Andreas) centers on a family man (Patric) who turns out to be a tatted-out retired mob enforcer and must travel across the country to find his college-age daughter, who has gone missing. Lowndes will play the movie’s female
- Borys Kit
Top 10 Duncan Bowles 4 Dec 2013 - 06:45
Duncan salutes his personal choice of the 2013 action movies that deserved just a little more love...
This article contains spoilers for each of the films mentioned. Not necessarily big ones, but you might want to steer clear of The World's End entry if you've not seen that.
2013 has been a great year for action. We’ve had multiple comic book heroes fighting it out on the big screen, with Thor and Iron Man continuing Marvel’s run of great movies, the return of the R-rated antics of Kick-Ass and at long last an F-bomb loaded, bloody incarnation of The Wolverine (though it’s worth pointing out that the unrated edition in the UK only comes with the 3D version of the home release, a trend I hope doesn’t continue).
From a sci-fi angle, we’ve had robots fighting monsters in Pacific Rim and »
Nine years after the release of Frank Miller’s and Robert Rodriguez’ Sin City, the sequel Sin City: A Dame To Kill For will be hitting cinemas in August 2014. The stylish and violent film received critical acclaim back in 2005 and fans are no doubt excited for the followup, which is again directed by Miller and Rodriguez and is adapted from the second book in Miller’s graphic novel series.
It now looks like we’re going to be getting even more Sin City, as The Weinstein Company’s Harvey Weinstein outlined his future plans in an interview with The New York Times. Believing that it will ‘add stability’ to his company, Weinstein is hungry for a piece of the delicious pie that is television, unsurprising thanks to the massive success of big-budget shows such as The Walking Dead and Game Of Thrones. TWC have plans for a number of television series, »
- Tom Durbin
Directed by John McTiernan
Forget all the sequels and their increasingly over-the-top set pieces (Chernobyl, really?). The first Die Hard is the one to beat. On top of it being perhaps the all-time greatest action film, it also happens to be the best Christmas movie-ever.
My Christmas tradition with Die Hard began when I was a kid. I never went for White Christmas or Holiday Inn or How the Grinch Stole Christmas but Die Hard, I could get behind. After the first viewing, it just kind of stuck. In my house, it’s not Christmas until the tree is up and we’re watching some sharp looking German robbers have the tables turned on them and get terrorized and outsmarted by a smart aleck New York cop.
Of course, who doesn’t know the plot like the back of their hand by now? »
We know that Robert Rodriguez is bringing one of his previous films to the small screen, with a TV adaptation of From Dusk Till Dawn currently filming, and now it's being reported by The New York Times (via ComicBookMovie) that The Weinstein Company is looking to branch out into the TV business and could be planning a Sin City series to follow the theatrical release of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For next year.
Apparently, Sin City is one of several movies that Bob Weinstein is looking to adapt for TV, with Rodriguez is said to be involved alongside with comic book creator and co-director Frank Miller. Meanwhile, in addition to the previously announced Scream pilot for MTV, Weinstein is also said to be working with director Frank Darabont on a 10-part series based upon Darabont's 2007 feature adaptation of the Stephen King tale The Mist.
- Gary Collinson
You have to feel sorry for famous people. No, honestly, bear with me. Sure, there are the awards and accolades, the enormous pay checks and universal adoration and acclaim, but there also comes all that pressure. Celebrities are constantly in the public eye, which means it’s crucial that they must always look their best. Those paparazzi could be lurking anywhere, desperate to get that shot of Brad Pitt’s un-plucked nose hair.
Of course, the ravages of time comes knocking for everyone, but to avoid its effects the celebs cash in their pay checks and turn to cosmetic surgery to capture eternal youth, in the hope of holding back the distressing process of growing old, and keeping at bay the ageing wrinkles, the saggy skin, and a thinning hairline.
I assume for any male that losing your hair is enormously sad and traumatic. As much as I curse my thick and unmanageable mop, »
- Steven Caine
This episode was moving, surprising and gripping – a return to Homeland at its best
Spoiler Alert: This blog is for people watching the third series of Homeland at UK broadcast pace. Don't read on if you haven't seen episode nine – and if you've seen later episodes, please do not leave spoilers.
Catch up with previous episode blogposts
'See you on the other side'
I'm going to come right out and say it: I thoroughly enjoyed tonight's episode. It felt like Homeland at its peak. It was understated in parts, it was moving, it was surprising, and, most of all, it was gripping. Plus, it had a Dana storyline that didn't have me climbing the walls, Carrie behaved professionally and Brody's return actually made the show more complete, despite my feeling (not shared by everyone, mind you) that he hadn't been missed at all. Welcome back, Homeland.
And welcome back Damian Lewis. »
- Rebecca Nicholson
Welcome to The Hollywood News Advent Calendar! Join us for the next 25 days as we run down the top Christmas movies and guide you to the perfect festive viewing. Featuring some of your favourite Christmas movies and some you’d probably forgotten (maybe even on purpose), but hey, it is Christmas after all… Yippi Ki Ay, Father Christmas…
If you were to come up to me in a bar, and then partake in a drunken conversation, which somehow got onto the subject of Christmas movies, and then if you were to suddenly ask me ‘What’s your favourite Christmas movie?’ I would probably slur back just two words: Die. Hard. You see, I know the 1988 action movie is not a film that involves elves, or even Santa himself (although a ‘Ho, Ho, Ho’ does get in there), but every year the film is the very first to go into the »
- Paul Heath
It’s weirdly easy to forget, but Neal and Dell make it home at the end of Planes, Trains and Automobiles. The film is so much about the journey that it always strikes me funny to remember that they end up in that foyer with 90s sweaters and love surrounding them. For Neal, it’s about returning to his kingdom, and for Dell, it’s about finding a new place to settle into. Leave it to John Hughes, there’s a powerful message delivered when Steven Martin jumps off that train to find John Candy sitting alone in the station. It might be the birth of the bromance, but that’s for a different article. Obviouly PTandA is one of only a couple dozen Thanksgiving-themed movies (Rocky totally counts, right?), so it’s a nice annual touchstone for the lengths we go to in order to be in the same turkey-centric room with the people we love »
- Scott Beggs
Amongst the upcoming film to TV adaptations in the genre is SyFy's '12 Monkeys' planned series. The show, based on the 1995 time-travelling thriller from director Terry Gilliam, is being turned into a 60 minute currently by Universal Cable Productions and Atlas Entertainment. 'Fringe' star Kirk Acevedo (below) is the latest to join the cast and will line up alongside the already cast Aaron Stanford ('The Hills Have Eyes'), Amanda Schull ('One Tree Hill'), Zeljko Ivanek ('24') and Noah Bean. The original feature starred both Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt. Acevedo can be currently seen starring AMC's 'The Walking Dead' as Mitch, the Govenor's new right-hand man. »
Ever since HBO's gritty prison drama "Oz," we've been big fans of Kirk Acevedo; and it's good to see the actor getting some high profile roles lately, including a stint on this season of "The Walking Dead." Next up for Kirk? He's heading to Syfy!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Acevedo has boarded the NBC Universal-owned cable network's "12 Monkeys" drama pilot. Based on Terry Gilliam's feature film of the same name that starred Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt, "12 Monkeys" centers on a time traveler from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in the present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate the human race.
Acevedo will play Ramse, Cole's ("Nikita's" Aaron Stanford) closest friend in the apocalyptic future. He's clever and fiercely loyal and helped Cole survive the destruction of civilization. While Cole travels through time, Ramse proves »
- Uncle Creepy
Fringe's Kirk Acevedo is heading to Syfy. The actor has boarded the NBCUniversal-owned cable network's 12 Monkeys drama pilot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Based on Terry Gilliam's feature film of the same name that starred Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt, the drama centers on a time traveler from the postapocalyptic future who appears in the present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate the human race. Story: Syfy's '12 Monkeys' Sets Stars, Showrunner Acevedo, who is currently recurring on AMC's The Walking Dead, will play Ramse, Cole's (Nikita's Aaron Stanford) closest
- Lesley Goldberg
Interview Andrew Blair 28 Nov 2013 - 05:50
Please note: there's a spoiler for near the end of Alpha Papa in this interview. It's marked.
Sharing star billing with Steve Coogan on the critically acclaimed Alan Partridge movie (read our review here), Colm Meaney's varied career has seen him contribute to some prime fillets of geekbait. Second only to Michael Dorn in terms of appearances in Star Trek episodes, he's also played a henchman in Under Siege, sworn entertainingly at John Cusack in Con Air, and reduced Bruce Willis to tears as the tragic British pilot in Die Hard 2. This on top of roles in The Commitments, Last Of The Mohicans, Layer Cake, and The Damned United (he's also due to play a truculent Northern football manager in the forthcoming Pele »
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
"Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me"
What's It About? The Memphis band Big Star has legions of diehard fans and critical acclaim aplenty, and its influence can be felt across the history of rock 'n' roll. But why did mainstream success elude them? Why did Big Star flame out after only three albums? This doc tries to put the pieces together.
Why We're In: Even fans don't know the whole story about this cult band and its members, so this doc will help them fill in some of the blanks. Chris Bell died in 1978 as an unknown, and the late Alex Chilton was also not a huge fan of talking to the media. "Nothing Can Hurt Me" puts the band into context of the Memphis scene, and it has tons of interviews with everyone left who was involved with the band, rock critics, and »
- Jenni Miller
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 28 Nov 2013 - 06:04
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2000, and another 25 overlooked gems...
The new millennium brought with it an eclectic range of hit films. Hong Kong action director John Woo brought us Mission: Impossible II, the most profitable film of the year at the box office. Ridley Scott enjoyed one of the biggest critical and financial successes of his career with Gladiator, while Robert Zemeckis created a memorable drama with Tom Hanks and a ball named Wilson in Cast Away.
From a comic book movie standpoint, 2000 was also a key year. X-Men not only established a successful film franchise which is still going, with X-Men: Days Of Future Past out next year, but also headed up a wave of big-budget Marvel adaptations which shows no sign of slowing down.
As ever, we've travelled far outside the »
Check out what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Getaway (action, Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez; rated PG-13) Jobs (biopic about Apple founder Steve Jobs; Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney; rated PG-13) Red 2 (action sequel; Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins; PG-13) Turbo (animated; voices: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti; rated PG) The Truth About Emanuel (thriller; Jessica Biel, Kaya Scodelario; pretheatrical release; not rated) The Punk Singer...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
The Heat is a brilliant move at getting people into theaters, and the best part of that statement is that by “people,” I mean women (and those they’ll bring with them). It’s a brilliant move because the movie industry is trying like hell to put off the death of theaters, and they are changing their game in a variety of ways as desperation sets in.
For decades, we’ve known how and where to go for half-baked “pulls.” For men, we put Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzeneggar, or giant robots in a film, and release a trailer that offers little in the way of plot description, and a lot of explosions. For women, we pick a hot guy and have a woman cry in the trailer. Of course, there are variants. We might have a really stupid comedy involving a bunch of guys who are probably stoned, and a scantily-clad babe on the poster… »
- Marc Eastman
Red 2 - Summit Entertainment - Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD Director: Dean Parisot Cast: Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker,Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren. Full cast + crew Red 2's biggest crime is being totally acceptable. And as we all know, that's not really a crime, anyway. It's tough be a movie that's likeable enough in a world where everything has to be the greatest thing ever or the worst film ever made. It seems there's rarely any consideration given to the middle territory, and if something does fall there, people tend to assume it's more bad than it is good. In the case of Red 2, it's just... average. The cast is great, but the characters themselves are pretty thin. The action is fine, but never...
- Peter Hall
Red 2 Blu-ray The gang is back in Red 2, and while the second adventure with Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) and company is a little more predictable than the first, it.s ultimately still watchable and filled with enough sass for returning fans. Those who never got into the first movie certainly do not need to pick up this one, however. The film starts in a Costco, which is not exactly a place one might guess a spy film would begin. Apparently, Moses has settled into a humdrum routine with his girlfriend, Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker). However, when a random chain of events targets Moses and Marvin (John Malkovich), a mystery needs to be solved before some hitmen gun them down. Filled with off-beat humor, lots of shifting pieces a who.s who of older actors, the film is more fun than it is ground-breaking, but let.s be honest, not »
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