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One of the best films to come out of 2013 was undoubtedly David O. Russell's American Hustle. While some may have felt it was over (or under) rated, there's little argument about the tremendous performances, direction, costumes, music, and constant cleavage that made the film a hit with moviegoers. Starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Louis C.K., and Michael Peña, the film is set to hit Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Download this week (Tuesday, »
- Paul Shirey
Los Angeles (AP) — Chasing down the top spot at the box office after debuting at No. 2 last week, "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" took the lead in its second weekend. The DreamWorks animated film about the time-traveling adventures of a genius dog and the human son he adopted earned $21.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The 3-D kiddie-jaunt features voices from "Modern Family" stars Ty Burrell and Ariel Winter. "Our mid-week numbers were very strong indicating good and positive word of mouth," said Chris Aronson, president of domestic distribution at Twentieth Century Fox. "If anything, this is exceeding (expectations). It's a combination of likable characters and it's a nostalgia play for those who are familiar with the show." Mr. Peabody and Sherman first appeared in the 1950s and early 1960s on the show "Peabody's Improbable History," a segment within the animated television series "Rocky and His Friends" and later "The Bullwinkle Show. »
- Jessica Herndon (AP)
Los Angeles (AP) - Chasing down the top spot at the box office after debuting at No. 2 last week, "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" took the lead in its second weekend.
The DreamWorks animated film about the time-traveling adventures of a genius dog and the human son he adopted earned $21.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The 3-D kiddie-jaunt features voices from "Modern Family" stars Ty Burrell and Ariel Winter.
"Our mid-week numbers were very strong indicating good and positive word of mouth," said Chris Aronson, president of domestic distribution at Twentieth Century Fox. "If anything, this is exceeding (expectations). It's a combination of likable characters and it's a nostalgia play for those who are familiar with the show."
Mr. Peabody and Sherman first appeared in the 1950s and early 1960s on the show "Peabody's Improbable History," a segment within the animated television series "Rocky and His Friends" and later "The Bullwinkle Show. »
- The Associated Press
After a slow start with the BBC in Rome the final day of the championship ended with pure heart failure in Paris
Keith Wood said it best – it was the perfect finale. At 6pm, halfway through the decisive game of the Six Nations, a single point separated France and Ireland. The home side, ever the showmen, had saved their best game till last; and the final day of the competition that had warmed, then simmered, was now at a full, rolling boil. It was fair reward for anyone who had sacrificed the temptations of a bright, warm day for a seven-hour lock-in in their living room.
For those of us in front of our TVs, surrounded by survivalist quantities of 7Up and custard creams, the nascent glories of spring were relevant only if they required us to draw a curtain across the window, or adjust the contrast of our televisions. »
- Emma John
From locked-in Cannes bait like the Dardennes brothers to outliers like Disney's new take on Sleeping Beauty, we list the films we predict will be vying for the prizes come May
The Oscars are over; Sundance is but a memory; SXSW has been overrun with musos. The film industry's eyes, forever trained forward, are now squinting against the glare of the south of France and the Cote d'Azur: Cannes is on its way. As ever, the speculation has already begun as to which films the festival will tie up for its official selection: Cannes's bespoke mix of esoteric auteurism, finger-poking controversy and shameless glitz. We know the Grace Kelly biopic Grace of Monaco will be there (it was announced as opening film back in January) and we're fairly sure the extended cut of Nymphomaniac Volume II has a spot reserved for it. But other than that, it's anyone's guess. Here »
- Xan Brooks, Andrew Pulver
Rooney Mara is going to Neverland. The actress is said to be in talks to play the Native American princess, Tiger Lily in Joe Wright’s 3D epic Pan. Hugh Jackman and Garrett Hedlund are already set to star.
Written by Jason Fuchs, Pan tells the untold story of how a young orphan boy from London is spirited away to the magical Neverland where he finds grand adventures that shape him into the hero known to generations as Peter Pan.
Hugh Jackman will star as Blackbeard and Garrett Hedlund will play Captain Hook. According to TheWrap, “Wright is planning to create a world that is very international and multi-racial, effectively challenging audiences’ preconceived notions of Neverland and reimagining the environment.” (So then where are the “multi-racial” actors?)
Mara is a great choice for Tiger Lily, mainly because she’s one of the best actresses in her generation. (We’re still »
- Laura Frances
Memo to: Mark Burnett
Apparently you are not content just to be television’s most prolific producer, Mark, so you have now committed yourself to a new career as a film producer — one with a specific mission. You want Hollywood to give God a comeback.
To this end, you’ve mobilized tens of millions of dollars to turn a string of outtakes and re-edited footage into a motion picture, “Son of God,” which opened to $25.6 million on 3,254 screens last week (of course, you and your allies pre-bought many of the tickets).
The film is not really new; much of the footage came from your 2013 TV miniseries, “The Bible,” with some new scenes added. While its box office numbers have made you an instant folk hero in the evangelical Christian community, you might also note that the picture is opening in the middle of a culture war that will impact the »
- Peter Bart
Opening this weekend is director Scott Waugh’s Need for Speed. For those unfamiliar with the film, it chronicles a cross-country race against time as a blue-collar mechanic (Aaron Paul) who was framed for manslaughter by a wealthy, arrogant ex-nascar driver (Dominic Cooper) sets out for revenge in a high-stakes underground racing tournament. Need for Speed also stars Imogen Poots, Michael Keaton, Dakota Johnson and Kid Cudi. For more on the film, here’s all our previous coverage. At the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Aaron Paul. He talked about the abundance of car porn in the film, filming the practical stunts, what city he’d love to return to (they filmed around the United States), what it was like working with Ridley Scott and Christian Bale on Exodus, what Exodus is about, and more. Hit the jump to watch. Aaron Paul: Talks about the car behind him. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
) In Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy Christian Bale's Bruce Wayne was nurtured by Michael Caine's Alfred, but for Zack Snyder's take Jeremy Irons ("Lolita") will be serving Ben Affleck's Bruce Wayne. In the video above the British actor reveals that the script for Snyder's untitled Batman/Superman film is not yet complete. Which seems a bit odd since we know filming has commenced a few days ago in Michigan for this Man of Steel sequel. But, he did say twice he doesn’t believe the script is finalized. Says Irons, “The script isn’t entirely finished… I’ve read a script. I think it’s not finalized yet.” In regards to acting opposite of Ben Affleck, a high profile casting for Batman which has certainly generated a lot of chatter, Irons says, “I think [his casting] is a wonderful idea. He’s a lovely man and an interesting actor. »
Although David O. Russell’s American Hustle, loosely based on the Abscam sting of the 1970s, didn’t take home any Academy Awards (the film was nominated 10 times), people are still talking about the film (and the hair, and the cleavage). The movie arrives on Blu-ray March 18, which means it’s time to see the deleted scenes. In these clips, we have Jeremy Renner's mayor of Camden, New Jersey, Carmine Polito (based on real-life mayor Angelo Errichetti), channeling his inner disco king and losing his cool on the streets in “the ghetto.” While Renner holds his own, it’s hard to take our eyes of Christian Bale’s hysterically coiffed convicted swindler, Irving Rosenfeld (based on real-life Melvin Weinberg). The film clocks...
- Alison Nastasi
Chicago – Jason Statham has become an amorphous blob in the action genre, but an amorphous blob who is his own archetype, nonetheless. With the “Expendables” movies he began to take the genre torch from Sylvester Stallone, and now working from a script by Stallone in “Homefront”, his Americanization is nearly certified. That being said, watching Jason Statham tattoo a bald eagle on himself might be more enjoyable than his latest addition to a bloated filmography, “Homefront”. That, or staging a debate with Stallone and Statham about gun control.
Screenwriter Stallone adapted a novel by Chuck Logan with intent on assembling an old fashioned tale of home security, with any and all genre connections welcome. In its final form, a film that could’ve had some grip as a small town thriller loses its tension before such seems like a possibility. On a more basic level, “Homefront” doesn’t have »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
From writer/director Scott Cooper, Out of the Furnace (now available on Blu-ray/DVD) is a gripping and powerful drama that tells the story of Russell Baze (Christian Bale), a man leading a dead-end life, working a meaningless steel mill job and caring for his terminally ill father. When his brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) returns home from Iraq, he is lured into a ruthless crime ring and mysteriously disappears, causing Russell to want to seek justice. The film also stars Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Zoe Saldana and Sam Shepard. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, filmmaker Scott Cooper talked about his desire to tell very personal stories, his process for working with actors who all have very different approaches to their craft, why his acting experience works to his advantage, how music is one of the most important things in his life, how Eddie Vedder came »
- Christina Radish
Our resident VOD expert tells you 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 Homefront (action; Jason Statham, James Franco; rated R) Inside Llewyn Davis (Coen brothers-directed period drama; Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan; rated R) Out of the Furnace (drama; Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Willem Dafoe, Woody Harrelson; rated R) Perfect Sisters (horror; Abigail Breslin, Mira Sorvino; pretheatrical release available now; not rated) A Birder's Guide to Everything (comedy; Ben Kingsley, Kodi...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
It's a bright, crunchy winter morning and Ben Mendelsohn wants to walk while we talk. More than that, he wants to smoke. Would you like to try disagreeing with Ben Mendelsohn? Me neither. So we walk. The narrow Soho streets are sticky with last night's beer and crammed with people. Within seconds, the 44-year-old Australian actor is a few steps ahead and I have to strain to catch his words, which isn't as tricky as it sounds since most of them are "fuck".
"People are never shy about telling you what they fucking think," he calls back at me through the crowd. "At the same time, fuck that. Fuck what they think they fucking want or this or »
- Ryan Gilbey
The difficulty in counting down films so clearly influenced by Kubrick is that there are certain directors who are just tailor-made for it. So, you start to run into situations like this section of the list, where two directors have two films and two other directors had a film mentioned in the last section. But that’s the way it goes. Much of Kubrick’s style isn’t reflected in the work of, say, Todd Phillips. Or Todd Haynes, for that matter.
30. Inception (2010)
Directed by Christopher Nolan
What makes it Kubrickian? As directors go, few rival the sense of complete control over his films like Christopher Nolan, famous for his obsessive attention to detail, much like Kubrick. With Inception, Nolan dialed up the control, creating multiple worlds set within dream landscapes, painting incredibly stunning shots and moments. Focusing on Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his team of dream surveyors, Inception is »
- Joshua Gaul
This week’s new Blu-ray releases include the latest, underrated film from the Coen brothers, an unforgivingly dark Christian Bale drama, a Criterion release of director David Gordon Green’s feature debut, and more. Briefly: Inside Llewyn Davis [Blu-ray] - $22.99 (36% off) Out of the Furnace [Blu-ray] - $17.99 (40% off) The Book Thief [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (50% off) Homefront (Two-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD with UltraViolet) - $22.99 (34% off) George Washington (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray/DVD) - $34.99 (12% off) In Fear [Blu-ray] - $25.49 (15% off) »
- Adam Chitwood
A pungent reek of testosterone stinks up this high-toned apologetic for vigilantism and revenge. Still: great performances! I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): the trailer looked like the film was treading well-worn ground
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
First scene: Woody Harrelson rape-ily shoves a hot dog down a woman’s throat, and then beats up a guy who points out that, hey, buddy, not cool. Woody (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) is the villain, so this is “okay,” but that’s the sort of movie you’re in for here. The pungent reek of testosterone off screen is deafening. Oh, is that a mixed metaphor? Kinda like the title of the film: out of the furnace… and, what? into the frying pan?
- MaryAnn Johanson
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Folk singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) has a guitar, a dream, and a big orange kitty cat. He's looking for his big break in New York City, but he's too busy being a bit of an aimless schmuck to do anything great. Inspired by the '60s folk scene in Greenwich Village, this comedy/drama has a whole lot of good music performed by stars Isaac, Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, and Adam Driver.
Why We're In: The Coen brothers, a fantastic soundtrack produced by T-Bone Burnett, and one cool cat that rides the subway? We're in.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"George Washington" (Criterion Collection)
What's It About? Writer/director David Gordon Green's feature-length debut is about a group of tweens in North Carolina, and the very bad thing we know they did one summer.
- Jenni Miller
In this monthly column we spotlight new Blu-ray/DVD releases by interviewing directors about the scenes that stood out most for them while making their movies. This month, we talk to Scott Cooper about his intense character study Out of the Furnace (out March 11). In his directorial debut Crazy Heart in 2009, writer-director Scott Cooper showed that he could take on heavyweight talent as his somber screenplay and naturalistic direction led to an overdue Oscar win for the film’s lead Jeff Bridges. He now has followed that success by taking on another story that focuses on inner demons with the gripping Out of the Furnace. And this time he has one of the most intense actors working today as his lead: Christian Bale. In the film Bale plays Russell Baze, a hard-working...
- Jason Guerrasio
Insiders predict that the drama could gross upwards of $40 million when it hits theaters on March 28, though Paramount is said to be estimating a lower $27.5 million to downplay expectations for the expensive production.
Paramount-New Regency’s $130 million Biblical epic, starring Russell Crowe, has proven especially difficult to measure given the flurry of controversy it’s generated in the last couple of months among Christians — one of its targeted demographic groups.
The film, co-starring Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins and “Harry Potter” star Emma Watson, deviates from the Old Testament story of Noah’s Ark, forcing Paramount to add a recent disclaimer that the film doesn’t directly mirror the Biblical tale.
“The film was made for believers and non-believers,” Aronofsky told Variety »
- Maane Khatchatourian
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