15 items from 2014
We're not going to lie - when we found out that Zoe Birkett was entering the Big Brother house earlier this week, the Digital Spy office got very excited indeed. What a blast from the past - and how much the "little podgy kid from Pop Idol with the dreadlocks" (her words, not ours) has grown up in the last 13 years. But it got us thinking - what happened to the other contestants? We put on our deerstalker, pulled out our magnifying glass and started digging...
Korben, whose real name is Chris Niblett, now seems to be going by the hybrid Korben Niblett. He previously worked at Jemma Kidd Make Up School, but according to his LinkedIn page (oh yes), earlier this year he launched his own company, Evolve Beauty. Not so much of the singing anymore, then...
Well, for one thing, he's not Rik anymore - it's Richard now! »
I can't believe there were a couple production companies out there that actually made an unofficial sequel to Martin Scorsese and Robert DeNiro's classic boxing drama Raging Bull. But they did. It's called Bronx Bull, and today we give you the first trailer for the film. I personally think the movie looks awful. It's got a decent cast of talent, but the script seems pretty terrible.
The film is described as a "combination prequel and sequel that explores 'before the rage' and 'after the rage' of world middleweight boxing champ Jake Lamotta's tumultuous life and times."
The movie was directed by Martin Guigui (National Lampoon's Cattle Call) and it stars William Forsy, Natasha Henstridge, Alicia Witt, Penelope Ann Miller, Joe Mantegna, Ray Wise, Paul Sorvino, and more. There's no release date yet, but I doubt it's going to get a theatrical release.
- Joey Paur
Last year MGM launched a lawsuit against Jake Lamotta and director Martin Guigui (Beneath the Darkness) to prevent them from using the title Raging Bull II on a new low-budget biopic about the former Middleweight World Champion, who was of course portrayed by Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese’s 1980 classic. Having agreed to change the title to The Bronx Bull, the first trailer has now arrived online, and we’ve got it for you below…
The Bronx Bull stars William Forsythe (Boardwalk Empire) as Lamotta, while the rest of the cast includes Joe Mantegna (The Godfather: Part III), Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas), Natasha Henstridge (Species), Penelope Ann Miller (Carlito’s Way), Ray Wise (Twin Peaks), Robert Davi (The Goonies), Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan), and James Russo (Django Unchained).
As yet, there’s no word on a release date for The Bronx Bull, but don’t be surprised if this one ends up going straight-to-video. »
- Gary Collinson
A bunch of new trailers have landed over the past day or so for all sorts of upcoming smaller films, but with a lot of them starring big names. The most high-profile would be "The Judge" which sees Robert Downey Jr. returning to drama for the story of a slick city lawyer who returns to his hometown after his mother's death and ends up having to defend his estranged father from being convicted for her apparent murder.
Tom Hardy stars in "The Drop" as a Brooklyn bartender who gets caught up in a robbery investigation that digs deep into his neighborhood's past. Noomi Rapace, James Frecheville and Matthias Schoenaerts also star, as does the late James Gandolfini in his final performance.
- Garth Franklin
It's been about two years since we last heard of "Raging Bull 2," a film that was made without the endorsement or involvement or Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro. And now, we have the trailer for the movie, which is called "The Bronx Bull." Check it out below. "Raging Bull 2" stars William Forsythe as an older Jake La Motta (the character De Niro played in the original film), but the movie will take place both before and after the events in the original movie. Newcomer Mojean Aria is the younger La Motta. The film co-stars Joe Mantegna, Tom Sizemore, Penelope Ann Miller, Natasha Henstridge, and Bill Bellamy. The new movie provides insight into the real-life struggle of La Motta, who turns his anger, abusive childhood into a boxing career. Although his brute force turned him into a middleweight champion, it also created challenges in his life. Trailer: »
Dear Joe Mantegna, Paul Sorvino, Natasha Henstridge and Penelope Ann Miller—you should know better. Martin Scorsese's "Raging Bull" is without question a masterpiece and one of his finest accomplishments, so why participate in a movie that doesn't have his blessing and had MGM successfully sue the filmmakers, forcing them to change the name from "Raging Bull II" (you gotta at least admire the hubris) to "The Bronx Bull"? Anyway, the first trailer is here, and yes, it looks exactly as terrible as you thought. William Forsythe leads the movie playing Jake La Motta, and you might recall that he's already gone on record saying that this movie will improve on the Scorsese original. “I understand that because it's such an iconic, beautiful and amazing first film — one of the great films maybe of all time," he said a couple years back about the push back against the sequel. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After the unofficial Raging Bull sequel/prequel The Bronx Bull was slapped with a lawsuit by MGM in 2012, many fans thought the movie would never see the light of day. The lawsuit was eventually settled, with the movie changing its title from Raging Bull II to The Bronx Bull, and now we have our first look at this controversial film with the new trailer. William Forsythe stars as boxer Jake Lamotta, portrayed by Robert De Niro in Raging Bull, in what is described as both a prequel and a sequel to the 1980 classic, offering new insight into the boxer's turbulent life. Natasha Henstridge, Alicia Witt, Penelope Ann Miller, Joe Mantegna, Ray Wise and Paul Sorvino round out the supporting cast for director Martin Guigui's drama, which doesn't have a release date set at this time.
A combination prequel and sequel that explores before the rage and after the rage »
Two years after it began production as Raging Bull II and being forced to change it's title to The Bronx Bull, the sequel/prequel/remake to Martin Scorsese's classic boxing drama has released a trailer. With a pretty good cast including William Forsythe, Joe Mantegna, Paul Sorvino, Penelope Ann Miller, and Natasha Henstridge, The Bronx Bull looks every bit the low budget affair that it is. Shot in color, this version of Jake Lamotta's story ventures back to before he became a boxer and had »
- Alex Maidy
Danielle Nicolet (Family Tools) has joined the cast of CBS’ single-camera comedy pilot Good Session. Written by John Hamburg and Matt Miller and directed by Hamburg, the project revolves around a happy couple, Joel (James Roday) and Lindsay, who go to a therapist (Tracey Ullman) to help them decide if they should have a baby but quickly discover they have more to discuss. Nicolet will play Andrea Fisher, the no-nonsense, straight-talking wife of Joel’s best friend Seth (Rich Sommer). Nicolet, repped by Innovative Artists and Klwgn, most recently recurred on Bet’s The Game. Related: 2014 CBS Pilots Natasha Henstridge (The Secret Circle) has landed a guest star/recurring role in ABC/Warner Bros TV single-camera comedy pilot Selfie, written by Emily Kapnek and directed by Julie Anne Robinson. It centers on Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan), a self-obsessed twentysomething who is more concerned with “likes” than being liked. Henstridge will play Mrs. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
If you’re a random male pedestrian and a gal who looks like Scarlett Johansson ever pulls up and offers to take you to her place for a quickie, the logical thing to do would be run like hell, since this could only be either a sting or a sign of the apocalypse, no matter how good looking a fellow you are. But lust trumps logic as Johansson lures a bevy of bros to their doom in “Under the Skin."Director Jonathan Glazer, previously best known for "Sexy Beast," definitely has a seductive monster in ScareJo—er, ScarJo—this time. This is no Aileen Wuornos Goes Glam story, though, with the "2001"-style imagery at the start being a tip-off that Johansson is not your garden-variety female serial killer but rather an actual alien abductor in butt-hugging stonewashed jeans. If this sounds like a “Species” sequel with incongruous A-list casting, you »
- Chris Willman
Top 10 Ryan Lambie 2 Apr 2014 - 06:07
An all-star cast hunt down a female alien in 1995's Species. Here are 10 remarkable things about this very strange film...
Nb: this article contains some saucy language and imagery that may be considered not safe for work.
Director Jonathan Glazer's Under The Skin took a B-movie concept - that of the female alien seductress - and turned it into an arthouse masterpiece starring Scarlett Johansson. 1995's Species, on the other hand, positively revels in its trashiness, with a mutating lady monster (played by Natasha Henstridge) scurrying around Los Angeles and attempting to copulate with its populace.
At the time of release, your humble writer went to a local cinema to watch Species with a group of friends, purely on the basis that it featured some creature designs by Swiss artist Hr Giger - most commonly noted for his work on the classic Alien. »
Johansson's unnamed character inhabits the body of a young woman in order to lure male hitchhikers to their deaths, as she travels around Glasgow in her white transit van.
The silver screen has a long tradition of both spine-tingling and silly sci-fi seductresses, so prepare to be charmed by a few of our favourites below:
The Astounding She-Monster (1957)
"If you're not too afraid, make a date with a woman you'll never forget... a woman impervious to bullets....The Astounding She Monster!!!" warns the trailer for this 1957 sci-fi horror.
Shirley Kilpatrick played a beautiful yet highly-radioactive alien who lands on earth after accidentally crashing her spaceship. Unbeknownst to her, she's capable of killing with the touch of her delicate, bare hands, and begins stalking and unwittingly harming humans around her. »
This bold, flawed and admirably out-there adaptation of Michel Faber's 2000 novel about an extraterrestrial stalker opens with a pinpoint of light that may be a distant twinkling star or an approaching headlight – it's impossible to tell. From here we move, via kaleidoscopic invention, to an image of an eye; a constructed gaze, human on the outside, alien on the inside – inner space from outer space. With a brilliant blend of abstraction and precision, this sequence establishes a tension between the intergalactic and the earthly that underwrites the subsequent narrative; an eerie tale of a space traveller inhabiting human form, prowling the streets of Glasgow in search of raw flesh.
As the alt/indie descendant of Natasha Henstridge in Species, Scarlett Johansson is initially predatory, her clipped English vowels and thousand-yard stare effectively suggesting an imitation of life, »
- Mark Kermode
Sneak Peek writer, director Richard Boddington's wilderness adventure "Against the Wild", from Anchor Bay Entertainment on DVD and digital download March 11, 2014, starring starring Cj Adams, Erin Pitt, Natasha Henstridge and John Tench:
"...siblings 'Zach' (Adams) and 'Hannah' (Pitt) travel by seaplane with 'Chinook', their 'Alaskan Malamute', to visit their father(Ted Whittall) for the weekend. When their plane encounters engine trouble, the pilot is forced to make an emergency landing in the woods in the middle of nowhere.
"As they travel on foot to seek help, Zach, Hannah and their loyal companion come face-to-face with the challenges of the wilds – from wolves and grizzly bears to forest fires. Using all the wilderness skills they know – and with some help from Chinook, the siblings work together to overcome each obstacle and conquer the ultimate goal – returning home again..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Against The Wild »
- Michael Stevens
There’s something special about spotting that unforgettable seductress who strolls across the screen and completely ignites the hormonal interest of the viewer. You’ve seen her...
And chances are you’ve sought out more of her work, paused the film when the gratuitous nude shot arrives, and hell, maybe even tracked down a poster, just to be as close as possible, for as long as possible.
Hey, we’re guys (ladies, this article may not completely appeal to you; my advance warning, in case the title didn’t deter you). We’re drawn to lovely ladies. Even vile, evil ladies. Looks can and have killed. Here’s a little proof.
Species (1995) - Natasha Henstridge: Tall, blonde, well-endowed with presence that could intimidate George Clooney, Natasha Henstridge turned the heads of the male populace in 1995 as she tackled the character of moody alien/femme fatale, Sil/Eve in the underrated sci-fi/horror hybrid Species. »
- Matt Molgaard
15 items from 2014
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