19 items from 2015
F. Scott Fitzgerald once claimed that "there are no second acts in American lives." Though dismissive of the phoenix-like revival of his fellow countrymen, it's proved largely unfounded when it comes to the Hollywood leading man. Amongst the showbiz second acts, eighties relics such as John Travolta and Mickey Rourke have both managed to pick themselves up and brushed off a whole slew of bad career choices to forge another path to respectability, however lacking in quality or as fleeting a reappearance that may have been. Michael Keaton has never quite been the box office non-entity of those 1980s counterparts, but his sharp comedic presence and edgy performances have been largely sidelined for some time now.
- CineVue UK
Kuwaiti industrialist Nawaf Alghanim has launched Al-Ghanim Entertainment as a financing-production company based in Los Angeles and Kuwait.
Al-Ghanim Entertainment will back two to four films a year with budgets up to $15 million, mostly in the action and horror genres.
The company’s first project is “The Girl in the Photographs” with horror icon Wes Craven executive producing and Craven’s protege Nick Simon (writer of “The Pyramid”) directing. Chung will produce with Thomas Mahoney; Brandon M. Vayda and Krystal Tiffany Vayda will executive produce alongside Craven and Alghanim.
The film is inspired by the “Scream” franchise and set against the backdrop of the fashion world.
Alghanim told Variety that the venture marks the first time for private Kuwaiti investment in film production outside the Kuwaiti goverment. »
- Dave McNary
Sundance: Kuwaiti industrialist Nawaf Alghanim announced in Park City on Friday (January 23) the formation of his Los Angeles and Kuwaiti-based financing and production company.
The Alghanim family, which owns international conglomerates and has ties to the majority of theatres in Kuwait, will back the new entity, set up to make two to four films a year budgeted up to $15m.
The Girl In The Photographs will be in a similar vein to Craven’s iconic Scream films and is set against the glamorous backdrop of the fashion world.
Craven serves as executive producer alongside the Vaydas and Alghanim. Thomas Mahoney produces »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
By Anjelica Oswald
With Michael Keaton winning the Golden Globe for best actor in a musical or comedy and Eddie Redmayne winning for best actor in a drama, both men continue establishing themselves as the frontrunners in this year’s lead actor race at the Oscars.
Though not new to films, Redmayne starred in Oscar-nominated films such as Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2008) and Les Miserables (2012). His performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, however, propelled him to widespread acclaim and put him on the radar. He is one of four best actor nominees — along with Keaton, Benedict Cumberbatch and Steve Carell — to receive their first nomination this year.
For most of his career, Keaton was known for his comedic roles, such as Mr. Mom (1983) and Beetlejuice (1988), and for his turn as Batman in Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992). These roles earned Keaton praise and »
- Anjelica Oswald
Sweet, Oily November: Amata’s Agonizingly Clunky Issue Film
Nigerian filmmaker Jeta Amata’s fourth feature Black November sports a slew of notable American faces in this collaboration between international film industries. Unfortunately, the very names drawing international attention to the project only serve to enhance the film’s blatant heavy-handedness, an angry issue film built on a foundation of cliché, presented with all the prowess of a rudimentary piece of propaganda. That’s not to say that Amat’s film isn’t well intentioned, but his meaningful message is lost in this gross manipulation of the cinematic form, which includes names that promise the likelihood of a cheesy thriller that are instead regurgitated bookends to a predictable sermon.
The CEO of Western Oil, Tom Hudson (Mickey Rourke), is held prisoner in the second street tunnel in downtown Los Angeles with notable reporter Kristy (Kim Basinger) on hand to report the abductors’ wishes. »
- Nicholas Bell
Birdman actor Michael Keaton is flying high these days. Now the recipient of a Golden Globe award (and likely an Oscar to follow) for his work on the Alejandro González Iñárritu film, an abundance of choice roles are bound to present themselves to him. Less than a week after his big win at the Globes, he is reportedly already in talks to star in The Founder, a “dark story” detailing the rise of fast food chain McDonald’s.
Robert Siegel (Big Fan) penned the script, which is being described as comparable to The Social Network and There Will Be Blood. John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks) has signed on to direct the picture, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which follows the true story of McDonald’s mogul Ray Kroc. Hailing from Illinois, the salesman met Mac and Dick McDonald when they were running a Southern California burger outfit in the 1950s. »
- William Fanelli
It’s not even halfway through January, dear readers, and we’ve already seen trailers for many of the year’s big movies. Such is the case with this week’s Trailer Trashin’ column, which examines our first look at Marvel’s upcoming July release Ant-Man.
Premise: Petty thief Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must aid his mentor Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) in safeguarding the mystery of the Ant-Man technology – which allows its user to decrease in size but increase in strength – from various new threats, and plot a heist that will save the world.
My take: It’s been a long, strange journey to the silver screen for Marvel’s size-changing hero Ant-Man. Marvel Studios began developing the project way back in 2006, when they hired English filmmaker Edgar Wright – the man who brought us Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), and The World’s »
- Timothy Monforton
Last night during the Golden Globes a brand new, extended trailer debuted for Fifty Shades of Grey. With the film set to premiere next month, it looks like Universal wants to play up the romance angle of the story, while evoking another famous erotic love story.
Check out the trailer:
That shot towards the end where he slides the melting ice down her stomach looks like a direct homage to an iconic sequence from the 1986 film Nine 1/2 Weeks. That movie starred Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke, and during one of the film's most memorable scenes, Rourke runs a piece of melting ice down Basinger's abdomen.
Universal knows that Fifty Shades could, and should, be a big hit for them- considering the popularity of the book. With a Valentine's Day weekend opening, it looks like the studio is doing its best to reach as wide a range of fans as possible. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Hollywood and Nollywood — the prolific, still export-resistant Nigerian film industry — don’t so much meet as exchange business cards in “Black November,” an impassioned but inert social tract disguised only notionally as a high-octane terrorism thriller. While the presence upfront of Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke lends the initial impression of cheerfully cheesy exploitation fare, their contributions turn out to be marginal: Auds chasing cheap thrills will be caught off guard by this earnestly angry study of Nigeria’s corruption-riddled oil industry, superficially bracketed by a standard-issue, Los Angeles-set hostage drama. Sadly, Jeta Amata’s film proves plodding and sanctimonious in either register.
Finally getting a multiplatform release after languishing on the shelf since 2012 — following a premiere at the United Nations, no less — “Black November” (titled “Rise Up” on the copy viewed by this critic) won’t draw much international attention to its home country’s plight. With any luck, »
- Guy Lodge
In between Sarah Wayne Callies' stints on Fox's Prison Break and AMC's The Walking Dead, the actress shot an independent film from acclaimed Nigerian director Jeta Amata entitled Black Gold. The film, which is loosely based on actual events, follows the people living in Nigeria's Niger Delta, fighting to reclaim their devastated homeland from their own government and a massive oil corporation. In 2012, over 60% of Black Gold's scenes were re-shot, with new scenes also included to make the film more current, which resulted in an entirely different movie entitled Black November.
The film received a miniscule theatrical release in 2012, after it premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., although it actually inspired two Congressmen to pressure the Nigerian government and oil corporations into cleaning up the Niger Delta. Starting today, Black November has finally been given the release it deserves, with Entertainment One rolling out this »
It seems a strange question to ask, but films that take on any sort of serious sporting theme are getting rarer and rarer. It’s not as though sports have gone out of fashion. TV audiences, sponsorships and attendances around the world are at an all-time high, but at the same time the movie industry – and its Siamese twin the games industry – seems to have fallen out of love with sports.
Now this strikes us as… well striking. If you look at the history of film, sports plots abound – Raging Bull (boxing) springs to mind as a classic, Rush and Senna (motor racing) stack up impressively, and there are others that we could point to as worthy of merit as well, but rather than list them, it is perhaps equally worth pointing out that for every decent treatment, there are hundreds of duds. Some of them so bad that they »
- Kyle Reese
Former "The Walking Dead" star Sarah Wayne Callies has been busy since her days on cable's biggest show -- particularly on the big screen. Besides starring in last summer's "Into the Storm" and the upcoming horror flick "The Other Side of the Door," the actress can be seen in the dramatic thriller "Black November," out today.
Inspired by real events, "Black November" tells the story of an oil-rich Nigerian community that wages war against an oil corporation to protect their land from destruction. Written and directed by Jeta Amata, the gripping film features Callies opposite stars Kim Basinger, Anne Heche, Wyclef Jean, and Mickey Rourke.
In anticipation for her new movie, the actress told Moviefone her 5 favorite movies based on true stories -- complete with commentary from Callies herself!
"Black November" arrives in theaters and is available on VOD & iTunes today.
- Moviefone Staff
Director: Bennett Miller
Running Time: 135 Minutes
Foxcatcher is pretty good. Oddly, that’s all. It’s just sort of there, like a lifeless planet being orbited by the dazzling satellites of Carell, Tatum and Ruffalo. They shine down upon a rock on which little else happens.
Here is the true life story of one of America’s wealthiest men and self-styled patriot, John du Pont (Carell) who takes Olympic wrestling gold medalist Mark Schultz (Tatum) under his wing to lead a team of wrestlers to further glory and national pride. Schultz’s growing intensity, the arrival of his brother and trainer Dave (Ruffalo) and du Pont’s increasingly erratic behaviour cause their world to unravel with tragic results. Sort of. »
- John Sharp
We vaguely recall photos of the star suffering intentional nipple-slips outside Café de Paris or stumbling out of China White in the early noughties, but that's about it.
So allow us to refresh your memory with a reminder of her most controversial comments, conquests and reality TV show appearances below:
1. Celebrity conquests
Glamour model Alicia Douvall gained infamy with her salacious kiss and tell stories concerning celebrities such as Simon Cowell and Chelsea footballer John Terry. And if that didn't make you shudder, she's also been romantically linked to Dean Gaffney, Mick Hucknell and Mickey Rourke.
In 2012, she claimed that she had a six-month affair with Cowell and »
On Today's Show Ludacris' Crazy Shotgun Wedding A Hot Celeb Gets the Worst Plastic Surgery Ever! Bill Cosby's Co-Star Calls Out His Accusers Mickey Rourke's Insane Tribute to His Deceased Pup Skype Us Tmztvshow Tweet Us Tweet to @Tmzlive Read more »
- TMZ Staff
Mickey Rourke will never forget his deceased dog, even if he wants to ... because its nickname is now emblazoned on his arm.Rourke paid homage to his four-legged buddy Jaws at a New York tattoo parlor Sunday night ... where the actor sat for 2 hours as the artist inscribed the dog's nickname, "Guapo Siempre" -- handsome forever -- on Mickey's arm. It appears the Chihuahua went to dog heaven in the last few months. Mickey was emotional during the session, »
- TMZ Staff
Nigerian director Jeta Amata's Black November is at once passionate and cynical, a smash-up of tones that fits its story about a politicized, American-schooled 21-year-old girl from the Niger Delta who returns home to head a local uprising — and is soon sentenced to hang. Ebiere (Mbong Amata, the filmmaker's wife and a real talent) is a polarizing pacifist, one part Joan of Arc to two parts Martin Luther King.
Just as Ebiere arrives at her mother's hut, half the town dies in a gas pipe explosion. Despite attention from a nice white lady newscaster (Sarah Wayne Callies), the CEO of the U.S. oil company at fault (Mickey Rourke) shortchanges the survivors and orders the police to beat anyone who complains, pitting cousin against cousin like an impassive god.
Mickey Rourke tries to keep a scandal from destroying his oil corporation in an exclusive clip from the eOne Films thriller Black November, which debuts in theaters, VOD formats and iTunes starting January 9. The story centers on a volatile, oil-rich Nigerian community who wages war against their corrupt government and a multi-national oil corporation to protect their land from being destroyed by excessive drilling and spills. To seek justice, a rebel organization kidnaps an American oil executive and demands that his corporation end the destruction and pollution.
Inspired by true events, Black November, is the gripping story of how a community rises up and takes drastic measures to make sure their voices are heard. Mickey Rourke leads an all-star cast in this thriller, alongside Kim Basinger, Anne Heche, musician Akon, musician Wyclef Jean, Sarah Wayne CalliesVivica A. Fox. As you can see in this scene below, Mickey Rourke is prepared »
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19 items from 2015
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