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Olivier Assayas's new film is set amid the fallout of the May 68 uprising and the rebellious antics of its hero recall the director's own youthful protests. He talks about adrenaline rushes and breaking rules
Olivier Assayas, the writer, director and former film critic, is truly cool. He is the maker of some of the most playful, intellectual French cinema of the past two decades. His tastes are eclectic, his skill-set vast: he can move confidently between witty romps (such as his 1996 breakthrough, Irma Vep, one of the cleverest of all films about film-making, or the techno-thriller Demonlover) and lavish, patient period pieces (Les Destinées Sentimentales) or slow-burn emotional studies (Summer Hours). His most formidable achievement is the five-and-a-half-hour Carlos, a painstaking recreation of the rise of Carlos the Jackal made for television in 2010 but mounted with a scope and handsomeness to shame any Hollywood equivalent.
Separated from the actor Maggie Cheung, »
- Ryan Gilbey
As critics swoon over the British star's timbre and tone, it is clear that a great voice is still essential for any great movie actor
This week, Benedict Cumberbatch has been basking in praise for his portrayal of the villain, John Harrison, in Jj Abrams' new film, Star Trek Into Darkness – more particularly, his voice has been drawing raves.
"So sepulchrally resonant that it could have been synthesised from the combined timbres of Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Alan Rickman holding an elocution contest down a well," sighed The Independent's Jonathan Romney. "The deep-voiced Cumberbatch asserts fully self-justified treachery", asserted The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy. In The New Yorker, Anthony Lane launched a career-overview of Cumberbatch's "honeyed mellifluous voice", concluding: "The timbre remains in Abrams film." The Daily Mirror judged its readers so in need of a top-up of Cumberbatch's Burtonesque baritone, it linked to a video in which »
- Tom Shone
Chicago – I’m of the mind that the most enjoyable video games are often times, in a way, toys. “Grand Theft Auto”, “Far Cry 3”, “Minecraft”, “Red Faction: Guerrilla”, and even the best sports games like “NBA 2K13” and older “Ncaa Football” titles all contain features or elements of gameplay that tickle the tinkering part of a player’s imagination. Sure, you can play through “GTA”’s plot without causing mayhem, wearing a funny outfit, or soliciting the services of a digital lady of the evening, but where’s the fun in that? You can take out an enemy outpost with an Ak-47 in “Far Cry 3”, but isn’t it a bit more…entertaining, to lure a hungry tiger into the base for some sweet, sweet, pirate meat? Hell, I still haven’t made it past the third mission in “Red Faction: Guerrilla” thanks to incredibly awesome and distracting destruction physics. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
On TV this Tuesday: Hart of Dixie‘s airborne finale, Grimm goes gaga for a muse, NCIS: Los Angeles‘ Kensi looks a bit green and Mindy‘s latest project just may involve keg stands. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Hart of Dixie (The CW) | Season 2 finale: Zoe decides some time in New York will help clear her head, but a medical emergency on the plane forces her to complete the trip with an unexpected companion. The country band Gloriana performs at the Rammer Jammer (see a preview photo). (Already renewed. »
- Kimberly Roots
On Demand DVD New Releases May 6-12 The big films this week are Jack Reacher, Mama and Safe Haven, but that’s just three of the titles debuting in this busy week. Lots of familiar faces in this crop of titles, including Parker Posey (And Now a Word From Our Sponsor), Daryl Hannah and Michael Madsen (Garbage), Al Pacino and Christopher Walken (Stand Up Guys) and Hugh Laurie and Catherine Keener (The Oranges). Hollywood to Dollywood In this documentary, twin young men from North Carolina on a quest to meet their idol Dolly Parton find more than they bargained for in [...]
The post On Demand DVD New Releases May 6-12 appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Meredith Ennis
Zombie movies are the flavor of the moment and have been for a while now. At least one film featuring some variation of the walking dead is released a week. However, I wouldn't necessarily call the creatures we see in Infected traditional zombies.
The Infected people in this never die. They get sick from exposure to Lyme disease by being bit by an animal or person who contracted it or ate something it was in, such as contaminated meat. The individuals who are infected don't just lumber around aimlessly. They actually resemble rabid animals, talk, and move rapidly.
Although the zombies in Infected aren't typical, the set-up of the movie is. We have a group of people trapped in a cabin in the woods. They must fight off the diseased as they attempt to break into the house and eat every living thing inside. The characters end up having to »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Shirey)
Fans can now download the second Uprising Dlc pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops II on Xbox Live with the new content arriving on PS3 and PC on May 16th. The Dlc features four new multiplayer maps plus the bone-chilling Mob of the Dead map with plenty of zombie action.
From the Press Release
Beginning 16th May, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC players will have the opportunity to play Uprising, Activision and Treyarch’s second epic Dlc Map Pack for the record-breaking Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Uprising. This includes four new multiplayer maps, plus “Mob of the Dead,” a bone-chilling new Zombies experience that takes players to the notorious prison island of Alcatraz. Several of Hollywood’s most iconic actors round out the cast of Prohibition-era mobsters, including Ray Liotta, Michael Madsen, Chazz Palminteri and Joe Pantoliano to bring this horrifying adventure to life.
Following the tradition of »
- Amanda Dyar
Sneak Peek new images from director Robert Rodriguez' "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For", starring Eva Green, Josh Brolin, Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosario Dawson, Jamie Chung, Jessica Alba, Alexa Vega, Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Michael Madsen and Dennis Haysbert, based on the Dark Horse Comic by Frank Miller:
"...it was another dark night in 'Basin City' when lovers 'Dwight' and 'Ava Lord' were reunited.
"But in 'Sin City', a reunion is never good news. And Ava has plans for 'Dwight'.
"It’s one of those hot nights, dry and windless. The kind that makes people do sweaty, secret things.
"Dwight’s thinking of all the ways he’s screwed up and what he’d give for one clear chance to wipe the slate clean, to dig his way out of the numb gray hell that is his life.
"And he’d give anything. »
- Michael Stevens
Another still is here from Brian A. Metcalf’s new horror/drama The Lost Tree, and it features Michael Madsen looking visibly disturbed. Or it could just be Michael Madsen looking like Michael Madsen. You decide!
Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2), Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls, “Party of Five”), Scott Grimes (Robin Hood, “American Dad”), and Clare Kramer (Bring It On, The Rules of Attraction) all star alongside Thomas Ian Nicholas in Brian A. Metcalf’s The Lost Tree.
Written, directed, and produced by Metcalf, The Lost Tree is centered around a man, Noah (Nicholas), who is guilt-ridden for the death of his wife, Emma (Kramer). He travels to an isolated cabin in search of peace and isolation. But he soon learns of the dangerous surroundings of the area.
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- Uncle Creepy
We’ve got a new pic from Brian A. Metcalf’s new horror/drama, The Lost Tree, which stars Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2), Lacey Chabert (Black Christmas, Mean Girls, “Part of Five”), Scott Grimes (Robin Hood, “American Dad”), and Clare Kramer (Bring It On, The Rules of Attraction), and Thomas... Read More »
Michael Madsen is featured in this new photo from writer/director Brian A. Metcalf’s anticipated new horror/drama The Lost Tree, which also stars Thomas Ian Nicholas, Lacey Chabert, Scott Grimes and Clare Kramer .
The Lost Tree is centered around a man, Noah (Nicholas), who is guilt-ridden for the death of his wife, Emma (Kramer).
He travels to an isolated cabin in search of peace and isolation. But he soon learns of the dangerous surroundings of the area. Michael Madsen plays, John, Noah’s dad.
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Throughout April, we're counting down to the release of Marvel's Iron Man 3 with our picks for the Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time; here's #10....
Sin City, 2005.
Starring Jessica Alba, Alexis Bledel, Rosario Dawson, Benicio del Toro, Carla Gugino, Josh Hartnett, Rutger Hauer, Jaime King, Michael Madsen, Brittany Murphy, Clive Owen, Nick Stahl, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis and Elijah Wood.
Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez teamed up with co-director Frank Miller to bring Miller's seedy, violent world of Basin City to the screen in 2005's stylish neo noir Sin City; based upon three of Miller's Sin City comic book 'yarns' - The Hard Goodbye, The Big Fat Kill and That Yellow Bastard - the film recreated Miller's visual style through the use of a digital backlot and stark black and white cinematography mixed with splashes of colour to deliver a unique comic book movie experience. »
- Flickering Myth
Moving into the indie sphere, FilmDistrict has launched High Top Releasing to provide theatrical booking services to independent producers.
The label, a subsidiary under FilmDistrict, will provide “distribution-for-hire services.” Those include sales, in-theater marketing, rental negotiation and collections for producers who can provide their own prints-and-advertising and marketing.
High Top releases will not be counted as part of FilmDistrict’s box office revenue share.
First High Top titles will be “I’m in Love With a Church Girl” (pictured) and “The Ultimate Life.”
“Girl,” to be released in association with Mission Pictures Releasing, stars Ja Rule, alongside Adrienne Bailon and Michael Madsen. “Life,” the sequel to “The Ultimate Gift,” stars Peter Fonda, Logan Bartholomew, Bill Cobbs, Lee Meriwether and Ali Hillis.
“The FilmDistrict business plan, which calls for the release of six to nine films a year, leaves us capable of providing additional theatrical distribution services,” said Peter Schlessel, FilmDistrict’s CEO. »
- Dave McNary
Yesterday, Scary Movie 5 oozed its way into cinemas and to celebrate… to acknowledge said release, we looked at the Top Five Movie Parodies (now see here) and it was a right laugh.
But today, we don’t just scrape the bottom of the barrel, we kick it over and investigate the turds beneath. For today, we look at The Top Five Worst Movie Parodies. We say five, there’s tons of them here, in fact the Top Three encompasses thirteen films.
This won’t be easy, so I just want to say good luck. And we’re all counting on you.
dir. David Murphy (2011)
You may not have heard of this, but I can assure you it’s extraordinary. Nanam is a comedy about parodies, and while it could have been a scathing attack on the slew of awful ‘Movie’ movies (more on them »
- John Sharp
Red John strikes again on The Mentalist, Robin and Barney finally get hitched on How I Met Your Mother, Penny and Leonard (maybe) get separated on The Big Bang Theory, and the Criminal Minds crew braces for a tragedy — those are but a few of the big season finale plots in store on CBS’ dramas and comedies this May.
A complete tease-tastic rundown, courtesy of the Eye net’s PR department, is below. Warning: Major Spoilers!
Related | Complete 2013 Season Finale Calendar: What’s Ending When?
Sunday, April 28
The Good Wife (9/8c)
On the night of Peter’s gubernatorial election, Alicia, »
- Michael Ausiello
Activision has released a new Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 trailer from the upcoming Uprising Dlc Pack. More specifically, the new trailer delves into the Mob of the Dead that stars everyone's favorite decaying cannon fodder, zombies!
In Mob of the Dead, four mobsters find themselves trapped on Alcatraz with a slew of aggressive zombies. The goal is two-fold; stay alive, and ultimately find a way off the island. The second part of that strategy looks to be spoiled in the trailer below, unless what's shown is a failed attempt.
You may recognize some of the names lending their voices to the Mob of the Dead mob-themed human contingent. They include Chazz Palminteri (The Usual Suspects), Joe Pantoliano (The Sopranos), Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs ), and Ray Liotta (Goodfellas).
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 - Uprising that includes Mob of the Dead is coming exclusively to Xbox 360 on April 16.
The second Dlc Map Pack Uprising will release on April 16th on Xbox Live for Call of Duty: Black Ops II. A new Mob of the Dead video showcases the zombie terror to come for our four mobsters on the notorious Alcatraz Island.
Four mobsters find themselves trapped on the notorious Alcatraz Island. They soon find out though that they are not alone in the prison cell blocks. Chazz Palminteri, Joe Pantoliano, Michael Madsen, and Ray Liotta star in one of the most frightening Zombies experiences yet. Uprising arrives first on Xbox Live on April 16th, with other platforms to follow.
Following tradition of the original Call of Duty: Black Ops fan-favorite Zombies mode “Call of the Dead,” Call of Duty: Black Ops II Uprising’s wildly creative new “Mob of the Dead” Zombies experience finds the four prohibition-era mobsters, Billy Handsome (Liotta), Al “The Weasel” Arlington (Pantoliano), Salvatore “Sal »
- Amanda Dyar
Well this is awesome. Even if you’re not a “Call of Duty” fan, you gotta admit, they really go all out for their Zombie game mode. Last year, they let us play as horror movie icons (Freddy and Buffy, to name just two) fighting a legion of undead. This year, for “Black Ops 2″, it’s mobsters in “Mob of the Dead”. Or, more precisely, famous actors who have played some famous mob characters in their varied careers — Chazz Palminteri, Joe Pantoliano, Michael Madsen, and Ray Liotta. In an obvious nod to “Goodfellas”, Riotta narrates this trailer for “Mob of the Dead”, introducing the characters and, of course, their nicknames. So what’s the story about? Yes, there is a story. (Well, sort of.) Four mobsters find themselves trapped on the notorious Alcatraz Island. They soon find out though that they are not alone in the prison cell blocks. Chazz Palminteri, »
Activision has announced that the next Dlc map pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will contain Mob of the Dead, a new Zombies experience that lets you play as Chazz Palminteri, Joe Pantoliano, Michael Madsen, and Ray Liotta:
“Four mobsters find themselves trapped on the notorious Alcatraz Island. They soon find out though that they are not alone in the prison cell blocks. Chazz Palminteri, Joe Pantoliano, Michael Madsen, and Ray Liotta star in one of the most frightening Zombies experiences yet.
‘Mob of the Dead’ is included with Uprising, the second Dlc Map Pack available for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Uprising arrives first on Xbox Live on April 16th, with other platforms to follow.”
- Jonathan James
Call of Duty: Black Ops II is giving birth to a new Dlc map pack called uprising on April 16th and, with that pack, you'll get Mob of the Dead.
Four mobsters find themselves trapped on the notorious Alcatraz Island. They soon find out though that they are not alone in the prison cell blocks.
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