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Your Christmas gifts just wouldn’t be the same without a box-set or two and we’ve got a variety of old and new for you to chew over, including the biggest TV hit of recent years! If you’re also looking for other ideas, don’t forget to check out our film-book recommendations, the best DVD’s for the year plus Wicked is on Tour! So, we’re now at the first weekend of December and so…Christmas is nearly here! If you’re looking for something to take you away from all the extended family and the perfect excuse to crash down on the sofa, you’ve got the perfect escapism with Michael Bay’s Transformers trilogy!
- Dan Bullock
Braveheart writer Randall Wallace takes the directorial reins for this biopic of Secretariat, the 70s ‘superhorse’ that trampled all over the breeding formbook to become “the greatest racehorse of all time”. Diane Lane stars as Penny Chenery, the housewife-owner who risks everything by putting her belief in an eccentric trainer (John Malkovich), a reckless jockey, and a nag they said couldn’t stay the distance. So does ‘Big Red’ have what it takes to win America’s fabled Triple Crown? »
Melissa Ponzio has booked a recurring role on NBC’s firefighter drama Chicago Fire. She will play Donna, a love interest to Chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker). Ponzio, repped by Domain and Kass Management, recently recurred on The Walking Dead and Teen Wolf. Copper alum Kevin Ryan is set to recur on another NBC hourlong series, the upcoming Crossbones. On the pirate drama, he will play Finnegan, a heavily-tattooed, hard and solemn pirate with a scar across one eye, who becomes involved with Blackbeard (John Malkovich). Ryan is with Mosaic, Resolution and attorney David Matlof. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
"Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me"
What's It About? The Memphis band Big Star has legions of diehard fans and critical acclaim aplenty, and its influence can be felt across the history of rock 'n' roll. But why did mainstream success elude them? Why did Big Star flame out after only three albums? This doc tries to put the pieces together.
Why We're In: Even fans don't know the whole story about this cult band and its members, so this doc will help them fill in some of the blanks. Chris Bell died in 1978 as an unknown, and the late Alex Chilton was also not a huge fan of talking to the media. "Nothing Can Hurt Me" puts the band into context of the Memphis scene, and it has tons of interviews with everyone left who was involved with the band, rock critics, and »
- Jenni Miller
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 28 Nov 2013 - 06:04
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2000, and another 25 overlooked gems...
The new millennium brought with it an eclectic range of hit films. Hong Kong action director John Woo brought us Mission: Impossible II, the most profitable film of the year at the box office. Ridley Scott enjoyed one of the biggest critical and financial successes of his career with Gladiator, while Robert Zemeckis created a memorable drama with Tom Hanks and a ball named Wilson in Cast Away.
From a comic book movie standpoint, 2000 was also a key year. X-Men not only established a successful film franchise which is still going, with X-Men: Days Of Future Past out next year, but also headed up a wave of big-budget Marvel adaptations which shows no sign of slowing down.
As ever, we've travelled far outside the »
Check out what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Getaway (action, Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez; rated PG-13) Jobs (biopic about Apple founder Steve Jobs; Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney; rated PG-13) Red 2 (action sequel; Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins; PG-13) Turbo (animated; voices: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti; rated PG) The Truth About Emanuel (thriller; Jessica Biel, Kaya Scodelario; pretheatrical release; not rated) The Punk Singer...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Red 2 - Summit Entertainment - Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD Director: Dean Parisot Cast: Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker,Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren. Full cast + crew Red 2's biggest crime is being totally acceptable. And as we all know, that's not really a crime, anyway. It's tough be a movie that's likeable enough in a world where everything has to be the greatest thing ever or the worst film ever made. It seems there's rarely any consideration given to the middle territory, and if something does fall there, people tend to assume it's more bad than it is good. In the case of Red 2, it's just... average. The cast is great, but the characters themselves are pretty thin. The action is fine, but never...
- Peter Hall
Red 2 Blu-ray The gang is back in Red 2, and while the second adventure with Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) and company is a little more predictable than the first, it.s ultimately still watchable and filled with enough sass for returning fans. Those who never got into the first movie certainly do not need to pick up this one, however. The film starts in a Costco, which is not exactly a place one might guess a spy film would begin. Apparently, Moses has settled into a humdrum routine with his girlfriend, Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker). However, when a random chain of events targets Moses and Marvin (John Malkovich), a mystery needs to be solved before some hitmen gun them down. Filled with off-beat humor, lots of shifting pieces a who.s who of older actors, the film is more fun than it is ground-breaking, but let.s be honest, not »
★★☆☆☆ Robert Schwentke's Red (2010) came as a minor surprise. This first story of ageing spies being hunted out of retirement was an enjoyable romp; an action film that didn't merely coast on the names of its high profile stars. Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren and Mary Louise Parker all return for the sequel, but Dean Parisot's Red 2 (2013) is not its predecessor. Still based (loosely) on Warren Ellis and Cully Hammer's comic book, Red 2 sees the early shine fading from Frank (Willis) and Sarah's (Parker) relationship, as the former attempts to leave his past behind and commit to a life of humdrum domesticity.
- CineVue UK
Actress Mary-Louise Parker explains why the audience can relate to her character Sarah in our exclusive featurette for Red 2, debuting on Blu-ray and DVD November 26. Unlike the rest of the main characters, played by Bruce Willis, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren, Sarah is just a normal person who happens to be along for the ride with a team of highly trained killers. Take a look, then read on for the special features details below.
Bruce Willis (The Expendables) stars as retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses, who must reunite his unlikely team of elite operatives to take on a new set of enemies on a mission that is "smart, sexy and packs a wallop!"(Am New York). Featuring an outstanding all-star cast including John Malkovich (Burn After Reading), Mary-Louise Parker (Showtime's Weeds), with Anthony Hopkins (Thor) and Helen Mirren (The Queen), Red 2 proves the best never rest.
2010’s Red was something of a rarity. It was an over-the-top, overly-long action film, but it was a lot of fun. Films like that tend to wear down the viewer as you’re subjected to one action scene after the other, but what made it a little different was the fact that it took actors that you normally wouldn’t see in such a film (Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman) and throw them into the line of fire, quite literally. I was just as surprised as anyone to find that, despite the normal action clichés, it was rather enjoyable. With this in mind, I welcomed the possibility of a sequel that would reunite these characters for more insane mayhem, hoping that lightning would indeed strike twice. However, like with many sequels, it’s a prospect easier said than done.
Red 2 picks up not long after the original. We find Frank »
- Jeff Beck
Red 2 is finally heading into homes next Tuesday, but before Summit Entertainment.s big release makes it on to Blu-ray and DVD, we have an exclusive clip from the Red 2 press day featuring Mary-Louise Parker. In the clip, she.s discussing why audiences who might normally never gravitate to action flicks might actually take a liking to the second film in the Red franchise. It has to do with the silliness of a group of older individuals taking on spy tasks that are normally reserved for rather fit young people. Red 2.s basic premise gets some of the gang back together from Red to tackle a new mystery surrounding a secret operation from the past nicknamed Nightshade. On the way, Frank (Bruce Willis), Frank.s new gal pal Sarah (Parker), and Moses (John Malkovich) interact with a few people from the past flick, including contract killer Victoria (Helen Mirren). Additionally, »
On DVD this November catch-up with everyone's favorite retired black-ops agents as they reunite to track down a missing portable nuclear device. Codename ‘Nightshade’, the veteran team of elite operatives find themselves up against a multitude of assassins, terrorists and corrupt Governments. Outgunned and outmanned, they have only their cunning wits, their old-school skills, and each other to rely on as they try to save the world – and stay alive in the process. In a mission that takes them from Costco to Paris, London and Moscow this high-octane action-comedy sequel shows no signs of slowing down! Directed by Dean Parisot (Fun With Dick And Jane), written by Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber (Red), based on characters created by Warren Ellis & Cully Hamner, produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers) and Mark Vahradian (Transformers) and featuring an all-star cast: Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Mary-Louise Parker. »
Red 2 - "The sequel to the action-comedy hit Red, which reunites our team of retired CIA operatives as they use their old-school style to take on a new set of enemies all across Europe." The film is being directed by Dean Parisot ("Galaxy Quest") and will star: Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins, David Thewlis, and Mary-Louise Parker. The film is available on Blu-ray and DVD. »
Lucky 7 co-star Christine Evangelista has been cast in a recurring role on NBC’s firefighter drama series Chicago Fire. She will play Allison Rafferty, a new paramedic at 51, a firecracker who gives as good as she gets and knows what she’s doing when the bells go off. Evangelista is with Wme, Mjm Management and Stone, Meyer. Julian Sands (24) has been tapped for a heavily recurring role on NBC’s new pirate drama series Crossbones starring John Malkovich. He will play William Jagger, an aristocrat-turned-privateer and governor of Jamaica who dispatches Tom Lowe (Richard Coyle) to accompany inventor-mathematician Benedict Nightingale and his Marine Chronometer to England by way of a secret convoy. Sands is with Sdb and Seven Summits Pictures and Management. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
I originally included this in last year’s predictions’ list, but the team took their time in the post-production phase which might, in the end, make for some better packaging as with this pre-buzz NYTimes piece. During that time, Lionsgate nabbed the title, loaded this on their Pantelion Films label for a possible April rollout and gave the film a bulkier title (Cesar Chavez: An American Hero). While this no longer becomes a high value acquisition title, Luna’s association with the fest is strong (he presented his debut film Abel at the fest in 2010) and Participant Media’s has a strong rapport with Park City previously supplying the fest with socially conscious docs.
Gist: Written by Keir Pearson, the inspirational story of Cesar Chavez (played by Michael Peña), the celebrated Mexican American activist who, at great personal cost, put the shameful treatment of his fellow field workers on the map. »
- Eric Lavallee
Kids. Such as Sex, Lies, and Videotape or Reservoir Dogs before it, and such as Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine and Fruitvale Station after it, Larry Clark & Harmony Korine’s seminal film is forever connected in “spirit” to the lieu where it received its secret midnight premiere screening in 1995. The Sundance Film Festival might be known as the birthplace of U.S indie filmmaking innovation, avant-gardism, a larger definition of the low budgeted film response to Hollywood in not only narrative but in the non-fiction form, but it is a festival made strong by its renewal and familiarity. That close acquaintanceness exists in Kids‘ starlets Rosario Dawson and Chloë Sevigny filmography/career path trajectory and connection to Park City (both have several indie films slated for ’14 – of which I’ve included in our predictions list) and it is that “familiarity” that is visibly noticeable in how I map out my annual predictions list. »
- Eric Lavallee
Before geek nation freaked out about Ben Affleck becoming Batman in Zack Snyder's upcoming film, Batman Vs. Superman, there was an uproar when Tom Cruise ("Top Gun") was announced as Lestat in 1994's Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles. Fans of Anne Rices's 1976 vampire novel, which the film is based on, were irate about Cruise playing Lestat. It didn't help that Rice herself publicly knocked the casting choice, saying, "I was particularly stunned by the casting of Cruise, who is no more my vampire Lestat than Edward G. Robinson is Rhett Butler." After seeing the film, Rice had a change of heart. She would go on to say, "From the moment he appeared Tom was Lestat for me. He has the immense physical and moral presence; he was defiant and yet never without conscience; the guy was great." Before Tom Cruise won the role, John Malkovich, Peter Weller, »
Directed by Sebastián Lelio.
A story set in Santiago and centered on Gloria, a free-spirited older woman, and the realities of her whirlwind relationship with a former naval officer whom she meets out in the clubs.
A lot of geriatricomedies – so-called ‘comedies’ about the older generation hilariously placed in an incongruous setting – coming out of Hollywood seek to win your laughter by mocking the elderly. Look, it’s John Malkovich and Helen Mirren using heavy weaponry! And look, it’s Robert De Niro and Morgan Freeman getting wasted in Vegas! While clearly a formula aching with hilarity, Gloria breaks from that tradition by showing the older generation living their lives the way the actual older generation might. While it’s not quite as exciting as the dunderheaded Red franchise or as star-studded as the recent Last Vegas, Gloria »
- Gary Collinson
Astro City # 6
Written by Kurt Busiek
Art by Brent Eric Anderson
Published by DC/Vertigo Comics
Since returning to stands earlier this year under DC’s Vertigo imprint, Kurt Busiek’s Astro City has been fluctuating up and down in quality with more fervor and energy than the needle on a seismograph placed next to a tap dancing Kodiak bear. Oh, everything started off all shiny and new before settling into a comfortable vibe, but then the sheen started to wear off and the comfortable vibe started to ebb away. Suddenly ,the last few issues had pacing problems or were trying to juggle too many plates and it seemed like something was dreadfully amiss.
Well, readers of Astro City can rejoice, because the patient has recovered from the recent palpitations and is happily recovering in Ward D, eating Jell-o and awkwardly flirting with the day nurse, because the new issue »
- Thomas O'Connor
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