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Feature Simon Brew 18 Apr 2014 - 06:00
We don't often cover movie premieres at Den Of Geek, but on the flip side, movie premieres don't often come to the city of Birmingham. And as a resident of said city, I make it policy to pop along when someone dares to roll out the red carpet on Broad Street.
Such was the case on Wednesday night when the UK premiere of Locke took place, and Tom Hardy was guest of honour. Locke is written and directed by Steven Knight, who is currently working with Hardy on series two of Peaky Blinders. And the pair made up the list of three people I instantly recognised.
We’re not the only fans of David Beckham‘s butt! Danny DeVito joked on the red carpet this week that Beckham has a “great ass” and that he should keep his pants off. [Us Magazine] Kate Middleton beat husband Prince William in a yacht race in New Zealand today. Middleton grew up sailing and teased him before the race by saying, “Take care!” [People] In a recent interview, 23-year-old Godzilla and Avengers: Age Of Ultron star Aaron Taylor-Johnson opened up about his unconventional marriage to 46-year-old Sam Taylor-Johnson. He says that “she’s such a young, beautiful soul” and that if people think marriages are hard work, then, “you must be in a shit marriage.” [Celebitchy] The MTV Movie Awards are only »
- Meghan O'Keefe
When a journalist mentioned Beckham's partnership with whiskey-maker Diageo at FX Network's screening of the upcoming TV series 'Fargo', the 69-year-old actor joked that he knows the 38-year-old former footie ace who has a "great ass", Us Magazine reported.
DeVito added that he thought the British star was just one of the beefcake guys before reporters told him that Beckham was a "soccer player". (Ani) »
- Leon David
No butts about it -- David Beckham has a dynamite derriere. Even Danny DeVito thinks so! Speaking to reporters at the FX Network screening of the upcoming TV series Fargo (inspired by the Coen Brothers' film of the same name) on Wednesday, April 9, the Always Sunny in Philadelphia comedian joked that the hunky Brit has a "great ass." DeVito, 69, was asked about Beckham, 38, because the athlete is launching a high-end Scotch line, and the Taxi star has his own limoncello line. "The guy's the [...] »
Thea Sharrock, the 30-something theater director with an impressive résumé that includes directing Daniel Radcliffe in Equus, Danny DeVito in Sunshine Boys, and Tom Hiddleston in the BBC miniseries The Hollow Crown, has set her eyes on Hollywood, signing a deal this week with MGM to direct Jojo Moyes best-selling novel Me Before You.
The distinctly British novel — about Louisa Clark, a lower-class woman working a dead-end job in a small town who begins caring for former high-powered banker Will Traynor after he’s paralyzed in a car accident — is the kind of book you’ll read in a weekend. »
- Nicole Sperling
Exclusive: MGM has set acclaimed theatre director Thea Sharrock to direct Me Before You, the adaptation of the Jojo Moyes best-selling novel. Karen Rosenfelt is producing what would be Sharrock’s feature debut. The novel tells the story of Lou, a small-town girl caught between dead-end jobs, and Will, a success all his life who finds himself wheelchair-bound after an accident. He finds no reason to live until they meet when he hires her as his caretaker for six months, and she becomes determined to prove to him life is worth living. They head for a series of adventures together, which changes each of them. The author wrote the first draft of the script, and (500) Years Of Summer scribes Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber did the most recent draft. Sharrock’s TV directing credits include Sam Mendes’ BBC miniseries The Hollow Crown with Tom Hiddleston and the BBC series Call The Midwife. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Calling all Bronies! Second contest of the day - My Little Pony - A Dash Of Awesome! - from our friends at Hasbro and Shout Factory. Win a copy here. Now 20% Cooler! My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: A Dash Of Awesome was released on March 25 from Shout! Factory Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, and it includes a sing-along as a bonus feature.Join Rainbow Dash for five thrilling adventures alongside her very best friends in all of Equestria; The episodes include May the Best Pet Win!, The Mysterious Mare Do Well, Read It and Weep, Daring Don’t, and Rainbow Falls.The first two readers to correctly answer the question below will win a copy of this DVD.The Question: In 1986, My Little Pony: The Movie - with the voices of Danny DeVito, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Rhea Perlman, and Tony Randall, produced by Marvel, Hasbro and Toei »
- Jerry Beck
Many people don’t realize this because The Change-Up was something of a flop upon its release in 2011, but the Ryan Reynolds/Jason Bateman body swap movie has actually developed an intense cult following since it was released for home viewers. There’s something about the idea of a parent switching lives — even only for a few days — with a single, good looking childless guy that really struck a nerve in the parenting community. The movie added another $20M in home market sales and those DVDs and Blu Rays have been circulating from one family to another for nearly three years. It is, after all, one of the rare R-rated body swap movies, and it is at times filthy in the purest Apatowian sense. Capitalizing on the success of the movie in the home market, Universal finally released a Special Edition Blu Ray complete with director’s commentary last month, so »
- Dustin Rowles
The final piece of Fox’s recent promotional campaign for Gotham was revealed today, as we now have our first official looks at Jim Gordon and The Penguin. For the past week or so we’ve been receiving character shots of all the major players on the show. From Harvey Bullock to Alfred Pennyworth to Selina Kyle and a young Bruce Wayne, we’ve seen it all. Now, the final two pieces are here, and we have them for your viewing pleasure below.
Gordon, a detective in Gotham during this prequel but destined to become Police Commissioner and ally himself with the Dark Knight, looks pretty unremarkable in his shot, seeing as it’s simply Ben McKenzie in a suit. For Gordon more than perhaps any other character, we’ll have to see him in action before making any judgments.
The Penguin, on the other hand, is kind of interesting »
- Matt Joseph
With its blend of adventure, love story, and comedy, "Romancing the Stone" is remembered today as one of the quintessential hits of the 1980s. Nonetheless, at the time the movie was released (30 years ago this week, on March 30, 1984), no one expected much from it. Director Robert Zemeckis was seen as a failed whiz kid, star Kathleen Turner had never carried a picture, and co-star Michael Douglas had yet to prove himself as a leading man. Of course, the film ended up propelling all three of them onto the A-list and generated an equally successful sequel, "The Jewel of the Nile."
As familiar as you are now with the story of Joan Wilder (the mousy romance novelist who blossoms during a real-life treasure hunt in Colombia) and Jack T. Colton (the unlikely guide who proves to be the romantic hero of Joan's fantasies), there's still a lot about "Romancing the Stone" you may not know, »
- Gary Susman
Michael Johnson makes his feature debut with The Wilderness Of James, a film that explores one boy’s attempts at dealing with loss during a tumultuous time in his life. Filled with raw emotionality throughout, the film never feels like a debut, but rather the work of a seasoned veteran. Then again, considering the outstanding performance from Kodi Smit-McPhee anchoring the film, Johnson’s job had to have been a lot easier than it might have been otherwise.
The film picks up a few months months after the death of James’ (Kodi Smit-McPhee) father and he’s struggling to find a way to cope. He goes to a therapist, but that doesn’t give him much help, nor does the possibility of going to a school for gifted kids. Instead, he takes to the woods and the streets, drifting around in a haze until he’s able to meet a new friend, »
- Alexander Lowe
I’ve just come back from a week away where I finally managed to get through Arnold Schwarzenegger’s superb autobiography ‘Total Recall,’ and generally for fans of the great Austrian, it’s an absolute must, even if the latter third delves deep into his political career of the last ten years.
In the book, Arnie spoke about planned sequels to the fantastic 1980s comedy Twins (a film that he reportedly made, and is still making upwards of $35 million on due to a belting back-end deal – Triplets is still in the works with Danny DeVito and Eddie Murphy), and of course another sequel in The Terminator universe, which will come in 2015 courtesy of Game Of Thrones and Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor. Well, Arnie has been on thr publicity trail for his upcoming film Sabotage, and whilst speaking to Collider about that film, he also touched upon what »
- Paul Heath
So as promised I watched the first episode of From Dusk Till Dawn the series and….pretty damn good actually. It starts off with a scene that will come to mean more as the series wears on and which calls back to the second straight to DVD From Dusk Till Dawn sequel Hangman’s Daughter which dealt with the origins of Salma Hayek’s Santanico Pandemonium head vampire character. After this we are back in sort of familiar territory with Don Johnson playing a suitably grizzled and weary Texas Ranger Earl McGraw on the look out for the Gecko Brothers who are on the lam and headed for Mexico.
Basically when it comes down to it, From Dusk Till Dawn is like a faithful adaptation of the original novel that the first film was based on if that were the case and it wasn’t an early Tarantino script. So »
- Chris Holt
Tired of the downtown scene after a weekend of expensive parking, crowds, and shuttle buses, I spent a day at the Alamo Drafthouse Village SXSatellite location. The satellite theaters have been a godsend for their convenience as well as the larger number of films the SXSW programmers can select because of them.
We at Slackerwood only wish the Village and Slaughter satellite locations screened films for the entire festival, instead of just through Thursday. (The Marchesa screened through Saturday, thankfully.)
My first selection was a beautiful exploration of the teen psyche by first-time director Michael Johnson. The Wilderness of James stars Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In) as James Charm, a young man obsessed with death. Living alone with his mother (Virginia Madsen) and bullied by the neighbor kids, he spends his time sketching dead animals and visiting his therapist (Danny DeVito, in one of the warmest »
- Mike Saulters
Most of the artwork seen below was created by Stan Winston Studio's famed conceptual illustrator, Mark “Crash” McCreery. The artwork was part of several collections that were auctioned off at icollector.com. The first batch of Batman Returns concept art includes facial, body and hands variations of Danny Devito’s character “The Penguin.” The next batch is a series of renderings for Penguin's flock of penguins that were strapped with a mind-control helmet and a harness for their deadly missiles. Sequel to Tim Burton's hugely successful 'Batman' (1989). Oswald Cobblepot was abandoned by his parents as a baby. Thirty three years later, bent on revenge, he returns to Gotham City as the Penguin (Danny DeVito). First he begins a warped campaign to become Mayor, helped by millionaire businessman Max Shreck (Christopher Walken); next, he undertakes a mission to murder every first born son in Gotham - a plan »
Michael Johnson gave himself quite the challenge making “The Wildness of James” his first feature film. Even though it does have a refined, grounded narrative at its core, it also requires Johnson to present that story in hyper real form so that the audience can have access to the title character on a much deeper level, and he really pulls it off. The film focuses on Kodi Smit-McPhee’s James Charm. When his mother (Virginia Madsen) decides that he isn’t coping with his father’s death appropriately, she insists that he see a therapist (Danny DeVito). However, it isn’t until James steps outside of his own world, beyond his problems and begins [ Read More ]
- Perri Nemiroff
Beware the unloved.
If there is a lesson to be learned about the cruelest among us, it might be that one. Most villains, when you find them in real life, are born from pain, and pour it back on the world to keep from drowning in it. A few are heartless sociopaths who derive their power from persecution, and care about nothing else in the world but their own force of will.
And some are just mad they didn’t get a party invitation.
Consider Disney’s Maleficent in this latter category. Unhinged, and irrational. Or at least, she was. »
- Anthony Breznican
The Wilderness of James marks an impressive feature debut for Michael Johnson, functioning as a thoughtful, engrossing character piece that allows you to leave your own troubles behind to experience, understand and care about someone else’s, and that quality in itself is refreshing. Hit the jump for my full review of The Wilderness of James from the SXSW Film Festival. Months after his father’s passing, Abigail Charm (Virginia Madsen) decides that her son isn’t socially adjusting well so decides to send him to a therapist (Danny DeVito). James (Kodi Smit-McPhee) does have problems that need addressing, but clinical help isn’t doing the trick. However, in the midst of this gloomy haze, James does manage to find some solace in two new friends, another patient at the clinic, Val (Isabelle Fuhrman), and someone he meets on the street, Harmon (Evan Ross). The Wilderness of James is a »
- Perri Nemiroff
The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival has lined up a hefty slate of 58 short films that span everything from recent Oscar winner “Helium” to a documentary about musician Amanda Palmer to an adaptation of a Jean Cocteau play starring Sophia Loren.
The lineup, including 29 world premieres, is divided thematically into nine programs, separated into five narrative sections, three docu slates and one collection of experimental shorts.
Anders Walter’s “Helium,” which scored the Academy Award for live-action short, is part of Flight Delays, a seven-film category about thwarted expectations and the need to escape, while the Loren starrer, Edoardo Ponti’s “Human Voice,” makes its world premiere as part of the Soul Survivors lineup. (Ponti won Tribeca’s 2013 award for short.) The project about Palmer and her relationship with the music industry, Ondi Timoner’s “Amanda F***ing Palmer on the Rocks,” is part of a documentary subsection called Before Long.
- Gordon Cox
A week after revealing their full feature film lineup, the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival today announced its lineup of 58 short films, 29 of which are world premieres. The selections were curated from a whopping 3,074 submissions. The chosen shorts come from a total of 16 countries, including Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, India, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Scotland, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Highlights include the recent 2014 Academy Award-winning Live Action Short, "Helium," and previous Tribeca-winner Edoardo Ponti's latest short, "Human Voice," starring Sophia Loren and shot by Academy Award-winner, Rodrigo Prieto. Other returning filmmakers include Steve James, Bill Morrison, Anita Thacher, and Ondi Timonor. The lineup also features performances by Danny DeVito, Sally Hawkins, and voiceovers by Sigourney Weaver, Steve Buscemi, and Fred Armisen. Recipients of the Tribeca Film Festival’s Best Narrative Short and Best »
- Nigel M Smith
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