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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: far from perfect, but its humor is nearly Monty Python-esque, much more deliciously absurd and creatively bizarre than its predecessor [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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G.B.F.: sharp satire cutting through the sweet silliness makes this a refreshing change of pace for teen comedies [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Fill the Void: underplayed drama about love and marriage in an orthodox Jewish community never quite catches fire, but does offer a peek into a usually hidden world [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
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Nothing But the Truth: flawed but earnest and honest journalism drama, with a great performance by Kate Beckinsale [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Now You See Me: most of it makes no sense at all, but who cares? this is cheerful ridiculousness pulled off with panache [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Adventureland: »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Adam Rehmeier, director of the controversial The Bunny Game (2010) and the acclaimed Jonas (2013), is ready to pull the trigger on his next film, Save A Bullet For Me. This violent western / action / horror picture is slated to begin shooting later this year in British Columbia.
Rehmeier is no stranger to touching nerves and stirring outcry - The Bunny Game sparked protest worldwide, and was banned in the UK - and his new screenplay seems primed to continue the trend. Set in the Us during the 1800s, the blood-splattered film focuses on the aftermath of a brutal massacre, and two wounded frontiersmen who make a desperate last stand against a Native American war party. Writer/director Rehmeier describes the movie as “a visceral, animal of a film, stripped down to the most primal fight-or-flight level possible.”
Save A Bullet For Me is being produced by Shawn Williamson, whose numerous genre film »
- Eric Stanze
Cannes — FremantleMedia has inked a format acquisition deal with Katalyst Network, co-founded by Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg, and MTV for the international rights (excluding North America) to the hidden-camera reality show “Punk’d.” FremantleMedia will launch the title at Mip TV.
Having launched on MTV in 2003, “Punk’d” became a breakout hit. Victims of the series, which features pranks being played on unwitting celebrities and friends, have included Justin Timberlake, Jessica Alba, Kate Beckinsale, Katie Holmes, Zac Efron and John Cena.
Vasha Wallace, senior VP, global acquisitions and development at FremantleMedia, said: “The timing is absolutely perfect to launch the ‘Punk’d’ format globally. With all of the advances in cameras and technology, there is a huge amount that we can do with this show.”
Caroline Beaton, senior VP, international program sales, Viacom Intl. Media Networks, said: “There is more international interest than ever before in acquiring MTV formats. »
- Leo Barraclough
Hollywood heavyweights brought a major dose of star power to the 2014 Jameson Empire Awards in London on Sunday. Tom Cruise made a rare public appearance, posing in front of his Empire magazine cover, and Emma Thompson gave us more of the silly antics that made award season worth watching. Meanwhile, brunette bombshell Margot Robbie made a glamorous splash in a sleek red dress, and Kate Beckinsale revealed part of her midriff in an elegant gown. To top it all off, even Arnold Schwarzenegger got in on the fun! Keep reading to see the best photos of the red carpet arrivals! View Slideshow › »
- Nick Maslow
A whole host of stars walked the red carpet at London's Grosvenor House ahead of the ceremony, which was held to coincide with the magazine's 25th anniversary.
Lionsgate will release the film in the UK between April and July 2015.
Interview: Terry Jones
Absolutely Anything follows a disillusioned school teacher (Pegg) who suddenly finds he has the ability to do anything he wants, a challenge bestowed upon him by a group of power-crazed aliens watching him from space.
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
The rumor about a new Indiana Jones movie with Bradley Cooper starring as Indy was quickly quashed, but it got us thinking about the beloved franchise. We’re sick to death of reboots/remakes/reimaginings of franchises, yet we just love a good adventure flick that follows a Nazi-hating treasure hunter. So why not start a new series about that type of character? Perhaps the character could be one of Dr. Indiana Jones’ former students. And perhaps it could even be a lady. We're picturing a smart, resourceful graduate student who is attractive, likable and played by an actress who is recognizable, but not necessarily a household name. So who would you pick to star as a 1930s lady archeologist? Cast your vote now.
Click here to decide who should play the lady Indiana Jones. >>
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- Mandy McAdoo
A belated festival premiere for Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” and a powerhouse showing for British filmmakers including Mike Leigh and Ken Loach — plus appearances by other usual suspects such as David Cronenberg, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nuri Bilge Ceylan and the Dardenne brothers — are among the strong possibilities hovering over the lineup of the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival.
In recent years, festival topper Thierry Fremaux and his selection committee have tended to push their final decisions to the very last minute under a nearly impenetrable veil of secrecy, defying the intense media scrutiny and endless speculation that always swirl around the Cannes lineup at this time of year. Although anything could change between now and April 17, when the official selection is unveiled — there are still enough hotly anticipated titles in the mix to warrant some educated guesswork about what is shaping up to be a promisingly diverse slate of auteurs. »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
Why Watch? Here’s the deal: this short film from The Hallivis Brothers has a lot of stupid 80s action tropes stuffed into it. Everyone is model attractive (including the Kate Beckinsale lookalike), there’s a steroid-infused bad guy, none of the characters are defined beyond being hot, a cartoonish amount of bullets are expelled, and all the dialogue is laughably cliched. But here’s the other thing: it all looks amazing. Shifter has fantastically executed action that blends neatly with some inventive CGI (the elevator cables are an inspired touch). The Inception riff is easy to spot in the form of a mystery-computer-suitcase, although the science fiction element feels silly (injected with that 80s action sensibility again) when it serves only to turn one chase scene into two chase scenes. On that front, it has an entertaining throwback quality that puts the generic in genre, but it’s difficult to deny that the complete package is »
- Scott Beggs
Screen Gems are hard at work developing the latest installment in the long-running 'Underworld' franchise. The fourth chapter 'Underworld: Awakening' was released back in early 2012 and bought us the new character of Eve, the hybrid daughter of Selene (played by the Kate Beckinsale -below ('Total Recall')) and Michael. The new project, currently entitled 'Underworld: Next Generation', would likely focus on Eve at least according to what we can gather from the speculative new title. Of course it's early days to discuss cast but can we expect another appearance from Beckinsale? Len Wiseman will return to produce and so the hunt is on for a suitable writer and director. »
2012 saw the release of Underworld: The Awakening, the fourth installment in the mega-popular Underworld franchise, which introduced Selene and Michael's hybrid daughter, Eve. Will Eve become the new Selene in future installments? Read on for details!
Bloody Disgusting reports that they've learned Screen Gems is actively developing a fifth installment in the series, tentatively titled Underworld: Next Generation. Though no plot details have been revealed, the title certainly implies that Eve will be the main protagonist of the film, but we can only speculate at this point in time.
Len Wiseman will produce, and the studio is currently seeking a writer and director. Kate Beckinsale is not yet officially attached, though that could of course change as the project inches its way closer to reality.
Are you tired of the Underworld franchise, or do you eagerly anticipate more stylized battles with vamps and lycans? Comment below and let us know! »
- John Squires
Monty Python’s Terry Jones reveals why he hasn’t made a film in 18 years and whether there will ever be a new Monty Python film.
“I sort of gave up on the film industry when The Wind in the Willows wasn’t distributed,” Jones told ScreenDaily of the film that was critically well received but only received a limited relase. “It was so appallingly handled.”
While it is clear those wounds have yet to heal, Jones thought “it was about time” he made another film and is “very excited” to be back in the directors chair.
The comedy, co-written by Jones and Gavin Scott, stars Pegg as a disillusioned school teacher who suddenly finds he has the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
The 21 Jump Street actor will appear as Colonel Grant in the comedy project from Monty Python's Terry Jones, reports Deadline.
Simon Pegg joined the movie last year as Neil, a struggling school teacher who suddenly discovers he has magical powers, given to him by a group of aliens.
The actor will also reprise his role as Mr Walters in upcoming comedy sequel 22 Jump Street.
Production on Absolutely Anything is due to begin in London next week. »
Daniel Bernhardt ("Parker") has joined the darkly comic crime thriller "Term Life" opposite Vince Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld. Bernhardt will play a dirty cop hunting down Vaughn's character, a man who takes out an insurance policy on himself and must evade his enemies until it takes effect. [Source: Deadline]
How and Why
Sally Hawkins and Catherine Keener are set to join John Hawkes and Michael Cera in FX's half-hour comedy series "How And Why". Charlie Kaufman produces. Should it go to series, Hawkins will be a regular while Keener is guest starring.
Hawkes plays a failed children's science show host who tries to start over with a new show in a little TV market in the middle of nowhere. He soon encounters the supernatural world. »
- Garth Franklin
• Ryan Gosling may direct and star in a biopic of famed director and choreographer Busby Berkeley. Warner Bros. has optioned Jeffrey Spivak’s book Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley for Gosling and Marc Platt (Drive) to produce. Berkeley was known for his elaborate, geographic dance numbers in studio musicals such as 42nd Street and Golddiggers of 1933. He moved on to directing films like Babes on Broadway and For Me and My Gal. It’s still very early in the process, and no writer is currently attached. [THR]
• Channing Tatum is reportedly in talks to co-direct an adaption »
- Lindsey Bahr
The story centers on Neil Clarke (Simon Pegg), a mild-mannered teacher who is suddenly given supernatural powers by a group of aliens, which turns anything he desires into a reality. Robin Williams voices Neil's trusted dog Dennis, whom Neil turns to for help. After a string of accidents, Neil is forced to choose between his dog and the woman of his dreams, Catherine (Kate Beckinsale).
Rob Riggle is portraying Colonel Grant, with Terry Jones and his longtime Monty Python partners John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin voicing the aliens. Eddie Izzard, Joanna Lumley and Sanjeev Bhaskar also star in unspecified roles.
If you follow the handy and regularly updated news service that is Simon Pegg’s Twitter feed, you know that his collaboration with Terry Jones and some of the other Monty Python veterans, Absolutely Anything is about to start shooting. And another comedy regular has jumped aboard, with Rob Riggle signing on.Pegg is playing Neil Clarke, a disillusioned teacher who discovers he has magical powers, albeit in more of a Thor sense of the word, because the abilities come from some alien interlopers. The extra-terrestrials in question will be voiced by director Jones alongside old pals John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin, with Robin Williams stepping into the voice booth to provide vocals for the main man’s dog, Dennis. Kate Beckinsale was a recent recruit, set to play Catherine, the object of Neil’s affection.Riggle, a veteran of The Daily Show and films such as 21 Jump Street and Going The Distance, »
Exclusive: Rob Riggle has joined the Terry Jones-directed comedy Absolutely Anything for Gfm Films. Riggle will join Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale, Eddie Izzard and Robin Williams. Jones and Gavin Scotts penned the screenplay and Ben Timlett and Bill Jones are producing. Production begins in April in London. Pegg plays a disillusioned school teacher who suddenly finds he has the ability to do anything he wishes. This power is bestowed on him by a group of power-crazed aliens who are voiced by Monty Pythoners John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle and Michael Palin. Riggle will play the role of Colonel Grant. Riggle is currently shooting the NBC pilot The Pro with Rob Lowe. He will next be seen reprising in Columbia Pictures’ comedy sequel 22 Jump Street, and follows with the Fox comedy Let’s Be Cops opposite Jake Johnson, Nina Dobrev, and Damon Wayans Jr. Riggle also co-stars with Jim Carrey »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
21 Jump Street star Rob Riggle has joined the ensemble cast of director Terry Jones' Absolutely Anything , Deadline reports. The film, first announced in 2010 , features nearly all of the surviving members of Monty Python, including John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Jones himself. Unfortunately for Python fans, Eric Idle (the only other member of the troupe outside of the late Graham Chapman) is sitting this one out, but the production is also set to feature Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale, Robin Williams, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Eddie Izzard and Joanna Lumley. Jones wrote the screenplay for Absolutely Anything alongside Gavin Scott ( The Borrowers , Small Soldiers ). The plot is said to follow a schoolteacher (Pegg), who is given the incredible power to make his every »
According to British actor, Theo James, there’s only one way to celebrate landing a role in the coveted franchise, Divergent and that’s to get “s***faced” (his words). The 29 year-old actor is probably best known for playing opposite Kate Beckinsale in Underworld: Awakening and Mr. Kemal Pamuk in the first season of the acclaimed series, Downton Abbey.
In a world divided by factions based on human virtues, Tris (Shailene Woodley) finds she’s Divergent and won’t fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy by faction leader (Kate Winslet) to destroy Divergents, Tris learns to trust the furtive Four (James) – and together they must find out what makes Divergents dangerous (before it’s too late).
Click to continue reading ‘Divergent’ Interview: »
- Tiffany Rose
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