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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, 2014.
Starring Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Eva Green, Powers Boothe, Ray Liotta, Dennis Haysbert, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Jaime King, Juno Temple, Christopher Lloyd, Lady Gaga, Stacy Keach and Jamie Chung.
Some of Sin City’s most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with a few of its more reviled inhabitants.
Innovation should be rewarded. Experimentation should be commended. For those two reasons I’m awarding the second Sin City film two stars. There are reasons to celebrate the cinematic adaptation of Frank Miller’s neo-noir series of graphic novels. They are garish mash ups of old stories and new technology. Visually interesting pieces of crime fiction that expose almost every cliche the genre ever created.
I was pretty tough on the first Sin City. I admired what it aspired »
- Anghus Houvouras
Stars: Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis, Eva Green, Powers Boothe, Dennis Haysbert, Ray Liotta, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Christopher Lloyd, Jaime King, Juno Temple | Written by Frank Miller | Directed by Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller
It was an invite to review a Blu-ray like any other, or so I thought. You get your disc, you take your chances. Sometimes everyone goes home with a smile on their faces, sometimes people go to the emergency room… without any face. I heard from the people that know that a sequel to Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City was in town. Looking for trouble. Out to bust some heads and blow some minds. Sin City and me, we go way back. We had history. Once we’d been lovers but time had moved us apart. So when this new bozo turns up, A Dame to Kill For, »
- Jack Kirby
Hopkins will play an ill actor, whose dresser (McKellen) supports him and his theatre company during the Second World War.
As well as The Dresser, head of BBC drama Ben Stephenson has announced the commission of an adaptation of the Len Deighton thriller SS-gb, for which Skyfall writers Robert Wade and Neal Purvis will provide the script.
Martin Mull and Lesley Ann Warren, who previously starred together as Colonel Mustard and Miss Scarlet respectively in 1985 comedy classic "Clue," are set to guest star on the upcoming sixth season of the sitcom "Community".
The pair will play George and Deb Perry, the mother and father of cast regular Britta. The sixth season will debut on Yahoo Screen in winter 2015. [Source: EW]
Finding Sofia in Argentina
Huntington plays a young filmmaker who makes a rash decision and buys a ticket to Buenos Aires to pay a surprise visit to a mysterious girl (Andrea Carballo) he met on the Internet. Once he arrives, he discovers that she lives with her artist boyfriend and his assistant. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
• Hannibal Buress is joining Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in Daddy's Home. Sean Ander and John Morris are directing the film, which tells the story of a radio executive (Ferrell) who wants to be the best stepdad he can to his wife's two children. But, his plans are disrupted when the children's biological father shows up. Buress will play a sarcastic handyman who believes the stepdad to be racist, the result of some ploying on the part of Wahlberg's character. Linda Cardellini also stars as Ferrell's wife. The film began shooting on Monday in New Orleans. [THR] • Clive Owen, Jaeden Lieberher, »
- C. Molly Smith
Directors Darren Grodsky & Danny Jacobs Growing Up And Other Lies stars Adam Brody (The O.C.), Josh Lawson (House of Lies), Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show), Amber Tamblyn (Two and a Half Men). After living for years as a struggling artist in New York City, Jake is calling it quits and returning home to Ohio. On his last day in the city, he persuades his three oldest friends to help him retrace their greatest adventure together: a walk down the entire length of Manhattan. The film shows Sat. »
- Michelle McCue
Exclusive: Hunger Games actor Alexander Ludwig will join Anthony Hopkins, Julia Stiles, and Ray Liotta in Pacific Northwest thriller Go With Me, for director Daniel Alfredson (The Girl Who Played With Fire, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest). The picture centers on a young woman, newly returned to her hometown, who becomes the subject of harassment by a local crimelord and turns to an ex-logger (Hopkins) and his laconic young sidekick (Ludwig) for help.
The Enderby Entertainment and Gotham Group production is adapted from the novel of the same name by Castle Freeman, Jr. and marks a reunion for Alfredson and Hopkins, who recently filmed period drama Kidnapping Freddy Heineken together. Hopkins is producing alongside Rick Dugdale, Lindsay Williams, and Elaine Goldsmith-Vein.
- Jen Yamato
Today, Martin Scorsese turns 72-years-young, and his vast filmography gives you plenty of ways to celebrate (check out our retrospective of his films). But for many, particularly those of a certain age, "Goodfellas" remains, if not his best film, then certainly his most rewatchable and plainly enjoyable. While you've likely seen the movie more than a few times already, you might want to go behind-the-scenes to learn how it was made. The 30-minute "Getting Made: The Making Of Goodfellas," which was included on the film's home video release, has made its way online, and it's great stuff. Featuring insights from Scorese, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Paul Sorvino, editor Thelma Schoonmaker, and more, the doc covers everything you want to know, from the use of silence in a key scene, the editing and music in the drug-fueled finale, how the "You think I'm funny?" sequence was put together, and much more. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Electric came on board recently to co-finance with Enderby Entertainment the Anthony Hopkins’ action-drama “Go With Me,” with Julia Stiles and Ray Liotta on board. Electric Entertainment will be selling international rights at Afm. Shooting starts in mid-November in British Columbia, Canada, centering on a young woman newly returned to her hometown in a Pacific Northwest logging community who’s harassed by a crime lord.
“We just fell in love with ‘Go With Me,’ ” Devlin says. “We don’t have investors so Electric is a very passion-based company. I’ve done well by following my passions.”
- Dave McNary
Amir here, reporting to box office duty. It was a dead weekend at the multiplex, deader than the dead in Ouija, deader than zombies. Though it was not, strictly speaking, the worst weekend of the year – that honor belongs to the weekend of September 5th, when Guardians of the Galaxy, in its sixth week, topped the chart and the biggest new release was The Identical, a musical with Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd!!! – it was still a terrible weekend.
01 Nightcrawler $10.9 New
02 Ouija $10.9 (cum. $34.9)
03 Fury $9.1 (cum. $60.4) Michael's Review
04 Gone Girl $8.8 (cum. $136.6) Jason's Review
05 The Book Of Life $8.3 (cum. $40.5) Interview
06 John Wick $8 (cum. $27.5) Michael's Review
07 St. Vincent $7.7 (cum. $19.5) Michael's Review
08 Alexander And The Terrible... $6.4 (cum. $53.6)
09 The Judge $3.4 (cum. $39.5)
10 Dracula Untold $2.9 (cum. $52.8)
11 The Best Of Me $2.7 (cum. $21.9)
12 Birdman $2.5 (cum. $5) Nathaniel's Review
- Amir S.
Based on Saroo Brierley's "A Long Way Home," the story follows a street kid from Calcutta (Patel) who is taken in and adopted by a couple in Australia. Garth Davis ("Top of the Lake") is attached to helm the film while Luke Davies penned the script. [Source: THR]
Zeta-Jones stars as the late Griselda Blanco, who instigated and fueled many of the Miami drug wars that took place during the late 70s and 80s. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
• Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, and Susan Sarandon have signed on for Three Generations. Gaby Dellal is directing the indie from a script by Nikole Beckwith. The story follows a New York City teen, Ray (Fanning), who is transitioning from female to male and her mother, Maggie (Watts), who must come to terms with Ray’s transition. Meanwhile, Maggie’s mother, Dolly (Sarandon), a music manager who lives with her lesbian partner, Frances, has trouble understanding Ray’s decision and Maggie’s inability to move out of the house she grew up in. Big Beach co-founders Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub »
- C. Molly Smith
Anthony Hopkins stars in the drama, which follows a young woman and the crime lord who harasses her.
Go With Me will see Stiles in the role of the woman who returns to her hometown, Variety reports.
Hopkins will play an ex-logger who will come to her aid. It is unclear just yet what role Liotta will portray in the thriller.
Shooting on Go With Me is slated to begin in British Columbia this coming November.
Stiles is also attached to the TNT pilot Guilt By Association.
Electric Entertainment will be selling international rights at the upcoming American Film Market. Shooting will begin in British Columbia in mid-November.
The story is set in a Pacific Northwest logging community and centers on a young woman newly returned to her hometown who becomes the subject of harassment by a crimelord who operates with impunity. She enlists the help of an ex-logger, played by Hopkins, and his laconic young sidekick.
Electric Entertainment is co-financing with Enderby Entertainment. “Go With Me” is based on the book by Castle Freeman Jr. and will be directed by Daniel Alfredson (“The Girl Who Played with Fire”) from an adaptation by Joe Gangemi and Gregory Jacobs.
Stiles stars in Participant’s »
- Dave McNary
A movie that only comes to life — and then just barely — in its moments of tooth-pulling, finger-slicing, gut-twisting violence, “Revenge of the Green Dragons” offers a flashy but unrewarding intro to the vicious Chinese-American youth gangs that ran amok in Queens in the 1980s and ’90s. The latest and least in a series of baton passes between Martin Scorsese (credited as an exec producer) and the Hong Kong film industry (represented by co-directors Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo), this crudely made thriller plays like a stilted Cantonese riff on organized-crime cliches, substituting blood and brutality for novelty or insight. Scorsese’s imprimatur could give the A24 release a commercial boost Stateside, but lackluster critical response will keep crossover biz at a trickle.
There’s no underestimating the influence that Scorsese’s movies have had on the ranks of Asian action cinema, a connection that was cemented when he made “The Departed, »
- Justin Chang
The problem with the new Revenge of the Green Dragons is that co-director Andrew Lau and executive producer Martin Scorsese are already joined at the hip over a previous story, which Lau made as Infernal Affairs before Scorsese re-made it as The Departed. Although Revenge of the Green Dragons is an entirely different type of story than those two films, it will inevitably be compared to them, as well as every other classic that the two men have made, and it suffers badly from the comparison.
Of all the films in Lau’s and Scorsese’s catalogs, this most closely resembles Goodfellas, right down to the omnipresent voiceover narration by the lead character. Sonny (Justin Chon of the Twilight series) immigrates to America as a small child, and »
- Mark Young
The history of America’s “War on Drugs” has produced many stories. One of the lesser-known ones is that of the late Gary Webb, an investigative reporter for the San Jose Mercury News who wrote a series of articles about the CIA’s involvement in cocaine trafficking into the United States. The film Kill the Messenger tries to tell the story of Webb and the backlash he faced because of his writing. Unfortunately, despite some good performances, the film falls short of its lofty ambitions.
Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner), a journalist for the San Jose Mercury News, thinks he’s found the story of a lifetime when he discovers information that seems to expose the CIA’s role in arming the Contra rebels in Nicaragua and supporting their trafficking of cocaine into the United States. But after Webb’s expose is published, he becomes the target of a vicious smear »
- Timothy Monforton
While Revenge Of The Green Dragons is supposed to be a historically relevant glimpse into the Queens gang scene circa 1980, it feels very much like a cartoonish riff off of Walter Hill’s The Warriors. The Scorsese-produced film comes with a certain pedigree since Wai-keung Lau (Infernal Affairs) represents half of the directorial duo, joined by Andrew Loo, yet the clunky narrative scripted by Loo and Michael Di Jiacomo fails to properly grasp the thematic gravity of illegal immigration. The Green Dragons are the baddest mamma jammas this side of Queens, yet their foolishly ambitious nature only paves a cinematic road towards random gang shootouts, weightless acting and a faulty focus on pulpy action over more emotionally jarring factors about immigrants chasing the American dream.
- Matt Donato
Joe Carnahan's Stretch reminds me a lot of Michael Mann's Collateral. The operating word there being "reminds" as in this is the B-movie, bat-sh*t crazy, balls-to-the-wall red-headed step child of Collateral. And I mean that in the nicest way possible. For anyone the least bit familiar with Carnahan's work, Stretch will come as no surprise. Carnahan could easily be described as a director interested in masculinity. He's a "tough guy" cinema director, making the movie equivalent to beef jerky. I like beef jerky and I like Carnahan's films. I like the outlandish nature of his movies, the "anything can happen" narratives, and he consistently brings actors along for the ride that are just as willing and excited about starring in something crazy. While his films such as Narc and The Grey show he can also delve competently into serious cinema, his movies such as Smokin' Aces and »
- Brad Brevet
As part of Vulture's Horror Week, we spoke to actors who each had memorable movie deaths. Two of the stars from Carrie, Ray Liotta, Rose McGowan, the Final Destination tanning-bed girls, and several others looked back on their gory demises. Betty Buckley Carrie Buckley plays Carrie's gym teacher, Miss Collins, who is killed during the film's climactic, blood-soaked prom-night massacre. We all gathered to watch each other’s death scenes, and we’d go out and party afterwards to celebrate that a character had been bumped off. But in the days before that, the whole prom construction took quite a while. This contraption they built for Ms. Collins’s death scene was a basketball backboard that was on a pendulum. There was a foot of balsam wood that would take the hit against the body. They planned it so that we shot four takes with the pendulum falling and then »
- Jennifer Vineyard
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