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Scott Cooper's gritty thriller Out of the Furnace is proving no match for holdovers The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and animated entry Frozen at the Friday box office. Out of the Furnace, produced by Ridley Scott and Leonardo DiCaprio for Relativity Media, may have trouble hitting $6 million or $7 million in its nationwide debut despite a strong ensemble cast led by Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson and Casey Affleck. Photos: 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Sends Santa Monica Back to the Folk Era That would mark the worst opening for a Bale film debuting in more than 2,000 theaters. Receiving generally
- Pamela McClintock
We all have favourite directors, producers or writers of film. We’re all familiar with the works of Steven Spielberg or George Lucas, Stanley Kubrick or Alfred Hitchcock. We’re fans of Quentin Tarantino and James Cameron, and can name the works of Tim Burton and Ridley Scott. We know of Jerry Bruckheimer or Peter Jackson, M Night Shyamalan and Guillermo del Toro. In short, we all recognise the big names who give us films. But one name which may not sound so familiar, is that of Luc Besson.
Luc Besson is a director, producer and writer of film. He was born in 1959, in the French city of Paris to scuba-diving parents, and grew up in the Mediterranean, travelling off the coasts of Italy, Greece and Yugoslavia . He did not initially want to become involved with cinema, intending instead to become a marine biologist. But at the age of 17, he »
- Jon Lovatt
These last few years have been a wild ride for Noomi Rapace, but sitting down to talk with her at the Marrakech Film Festival this week, we found her refreshingly down to earth, giving the impression of someone who is fully aware of the lucky hand she’s been dealt and is not afraid to work hard to stay so lucky. Of course it was the Swedish version of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” trilogy that originally saw Rapace break out internationally, and since then one of the things that has characterized her career has been her tendency to work again with people she has collaborated with before. So over the brief span of four years she did “Dead Man Down” for ‘Dragon Tattoo’ director Niels Arden Oplev, has two projects with Tom Hardy in the can, two with Mathias Schoenaerts and hopes to reteam with Ridley Scott for the mooted “Prometheus 2. »
- Jessica Kiang
The method actor has played the iconic Patrick Bateman in "American Psycho" and re-energized the beloved Batman with Christopher Nolan. He's become almost deathly thin for some films, like "The Machinist," and added dozens of pounds for others, like "American Hustle." With an Oscar under his belt for "The Fighter," Bale hardly has to prove he's more than just a blockbuster star. One of the best actors of his generation, he's now back on the indie scene in the dramatic "Out of the Furnace," opening this Friday, December 6.
"Out of the Furnace," Scott Cooper's follow-up to 2009's award-winning "Crazy Heart," stars Bale in a contemporary tale of heartbreak set against the backdrop of the Rust Belt. Bale plays Russell Baze, a mill worker in a »
- Jonny Black
• Pick your top 10 films of 2013
A sequel to execrable Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups, a documentary about the life of iconic Us author Jd Salinger and the big screen adaptation of Twilight author Stephenie Meyer's latest teen-orientated tome have been named among the worst movies of the year by Time magazine.
The magazine's annual list of the top 10 most awful films also features a joint venture by M Night Shyamalan and Will Smith, an action movie starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds and a thriller based on the much-hyped but ultimately poorly-reviewed debut original screenplay from acclaimed author Cormac McCarthy.
- Ben Child
Poland's premier blackened death metal overlords have finally returned after a lengthy hiatus, and based on this new taste of their forthcoming album The Satanist – their first studio release since Evangelion in 2009 – it sounds like they haven't dialed back their diabolical power in the slightest. If their newly-released Ep "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" is any indication, they're taking no prisoners this time, and I expect nothing less from this terrifying trio. “We took all the time in the world to complete this project,” says frontman Nergal, describing it as “an ecstatic manifest of our unrestrained artistic will, where we dare to reach out beyond the limitations of the heavy metal genre... and it's only the beginning.” I agree completely This Ep demonstrates the band hasn't lost their edge in the years after Evangelion, and for my money the title track is among their best work to date. From the mesmerizing central riff with evil harmonics, »
- Gregory Burkart
Prospects are looking grim for Scott Cooper's gritty thriller Out of the Furnace, the only new wide release to brave one of the worst moviegoing weekends of the year. Furnace, produced by Ridley Scott and Leonardo DiCaprio for Relativity Media, rolls out nationwide Friday after quietly debuting Wednesday in four theaters in Los Angeles and New York. The movie -- touting an ensemble cast led by Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson and Casey Affleck -- grossed $14,464 for a subdued location average of $3,616. Photos: 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Sends Santa Monica Back to the Folk Era Prerelease tracking suggests the movie
- Pamela McClintock
While he doesn't create his own obstacles to success that Llewyn Davis might, Oscar Isaac likely related to being perpetually on the cusp of stardom before landing the lead role in the latest from the Coen brothers. With films like "Robin Hood," "Drive," "Che" and "The Bourne Legacy" filling his CV, and experience working with filmmakers like Ridley Scott (twice), Steven Soderbergh, Nicolas Winding Refn and more, it's clear to anyone who caught those performances that it was just a matter of time until Isaac got the opportunity to show what he could do with a leading part. And luckily for him and us, the Coens did just that by putting him front and center of "Inside Llewyn Davis" (our review). Wearied but never defeated, not always making the best choices but never unlikeable, folk singer Llewyn Davis spends a week trying to keep his personal life in order while »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In the wake of Paul Walker's death, it was reported that Universal Pictures had decided to continue production on the seventh instalment of the Fast & Furious franchise, which was midway through production when the actor tragically lost his life in a car crash this past weekend.
However, The Wrap is now suggesting that the studio is considering scrapping production on Fast & Furious 7, with a view to starting over from scratch. It's said that cost is not an issue, with the $200 million sequel insured against unexpected losses, and that the producers and director James Wan "have been in constant consultation this week to decide on different options."
Apparently the discussions have shifted away from the possibility of using CGI to digitally add Walker's face to another actor (much like Ridley Scott did with Oliver Reed on Gladiator), and Universal is said to be concerned about "cobbling together a new storyline »
- Gary Collinson
The deal will allow the indie TV production outfit, set up by Nicola Shindler, to move into producing larger-scale international dramas in addition to global versions of scripted formats such as Scott & Bailey and Last Tango In Halifax.
StudioCanal did not disclose how much it paid, but Red turned over £24m in 2012 with £3m profit, a 60% revenue rise from 2011. Some 98% of Red’s 2012 revenue was generated in the UK, and the indie believes the deal will help it bump up its income from overseas.
Shindler told Broadcast she had been talking to a number of companies about different investment options, but quickly clicked with StudioCanal, run by chairman and chief executive Olivier Courson, who was able to offer her a high degree of creative control.
“Equally, we’ve »
Update: Ouija is back from the dead. Michael Bay is still producing and the first actor was cast today. In the story, a gruop of teens try to contact their dead friend with a Ouija board but contact a very, very evil spirit. "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" star Daren Kagasoff will play Trevor, who doesn't think trying to connect with the dead friend's spirit is a good idea. Juliet Snowden and Stiles White wrote and will co-direct, they co-wrote The Possession and the Nicolas Cage movie Knowing.
Aug. 25, 2011 - Ouija has been scrapped by Universal, allowing producer Michael Bay to shop the film elsewhere. Fandango reports that he already took it to Paramount (where he's made over $1 billion this year alone with Transformers 3) and they said no. In this case, we can safely assume that it supersucks because Paramount definitely owes Bay one. Universal's original multipicture deal »
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
Some filmmakers often have various different professions in the film industry before that directorial debut, whether it be writing, editing or working in visual effects, to name a few. Charles de Lauzirika had the opportunity to observe countless A-list filmmakers on the set while working as a producer and director of behind-the-scenes documentaries that are found on the bonus features of Blu-ray and DVD releases, before making his directorial debut with Crave. This indie thriller stars Josh Lawson as Aiden, a freelance crime scene photographer, who makes his living by capturing gruesome murder scenes on film, while he slips into his own equally-dark fantasy world to escape his reality. I recently had the chance to speak with Charles de Lauzirika for Crave, which co-stars Emma Lung and Ron Perlman, about his first feature film, debuting in theaters December 6. »
2014 may well be the year of the ancient action epic. In addition to the two Hercules-centric action-adventures (Kellan Lutz’s The Legend of Hercules and Dwayne Johnson’s Hercules: The Thracian Wars) set to storm theaters, we’re also expecting highly-anticipated midquel 300: Rise of an Empire, Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, Ridley Scott’s Exodus and, of course, historical disaster flick Pompeii.
The final trailer for that aforementioned film, directed by Resident Evil helmer Paul W.S. Anderson, recently premiered online. Focusing heavily on the considerable special effects in the movie, the preview also finds time to highlight its leading man, Game of Thrones‘ Kit Harington, and more specifically, his washboard abs.
Check it out below:
I’m hesitant to say that I’m excited for Pompeii, particularly given Anderson’s reputation for delivering second-rate action flicks (the Resident Evils, The Three Musketeers), but the special effects and cast both look surprisingly solid. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Marrakech, Morocco — The local industry started developing at a faster pace in the early 2000s with the creation of the Advance on Receipts, a selective financing mechanism modeled on a French program allowing producers to collect public funds, and the bow of three major film schools: Marrakech’s Superior School of Visual Arts, Ismac in Rabat and Ouarzazate film institute, where students got trained to work on local and international films. The launch of Tangier’s National Film Awards and Marrakech Film Festival also provided emerging filmmakers with a stepping stone and helped build the industry.
Despite the lack of tax incentives, foreign shoots still hit Moroccan shores.
“Producers often chose Morocco over Middle Eastern countries like Dubai because it’s safer, more open — there’s no censorship or limit on what you can say or do — and it’s cheaper,” says Karim Debbagh at Kasbah Films, a production outfit »
- Elsa Keslassy
First there was the best....and now the comes the worst. While Mary Pols stoked internet fury last year by naming "Cloud Atlas" the top stinker of 2012, hardly anyone will argue with her choice this year: "Grown Ups 2." In fact, the rest of her list is pretty debate proof. From Ridley Scott's verbose and empty "The Counselor," to Sam Raimi's CGI-drenched "Oz The Great And Powerful" to worst three-quel ever "The Hangover Part III," these were undeniably all pretty awful movies. Perhaps the biggest bone of contention will be Nicolas Winding Refn's "Only God Forgives" ranking in there. Divisive? Certainly. But one of the year's worst? Surely, "The Smurfs 2" could've been slotted instead? Anyway, take a look below and let us know what you think in the comments section. Full commentary on each choice over at Time. Time Magazine Worst Movies of 2013 10. The Hangover Part III »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Another international trailer and brand new stills have surfaced for Darren Aronofsky’s spiritual adaptation of Noah, which offers a new look at the story of Noah’s Ark. Russell Crowe takes the title role during a time when the world ravaged by human sin as he is given a divine mission by the Lord to build an Ark and save creation from the coming flood.
Noah is the first of a number of forthcoming films set to breath new life into the ‘Biblical epic’. Others in the pipeline include Ridley Scott’s Exodus starring Joel Edgerton and Christian Bale; Timur Bekmambetov’s Ben-hur and Christopher Spencer’s Son Of God.
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- Craig Hunter
After five years and three movies of playing arguably the definitive screen version of Batman -- with a pit stop or two along the way for weightier fare, like his Oscar-winning turn in "The Fighter" -- Christian Bale returns this month to the kind of physically and emotionally intense roles he was making a career of before he donned the cape and cowl and helped relaunch that legendary franchise.
First up is "Out of the Furnace," the second effort from director Scott Cooper ("Crazy Heart"). Bale plays Russell Baze, a native of the steel town of Braddock, Pennsylvania, who steadfastly holds onto his job at the factory and his honorable desire to lead the kind of small-town, working-man life that has become increasingly rare in modern, corporatized America. When Russell runs afoul of the law -- he's not perfect, after all -- and his restless, war-traumatized brother Rodney (Casey Affleck »
- Don Kaye
Digital Spy was fortunate enough to score a sizeable amount of time in the company of acclaimed filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn in support of the DVD release of Only God Forgives. A thematically audacious and visually stunning movie, this twisted tale of Ryan Gosling's taciturn drugs dealer becoming embroiled with a vengeance-fuelled policeman called Chang has polarised audiences. But what is it really about? We probed its maker, before delving further into his career to explore the likes of Pusher and Bronson. As for the future, Bond, Beckham and Barbarella are all on the agenda...
Since its release, Only God Forgives has inspired many different interpretations. What's the weirdest one you've encountered so far?
"My favourite one is when a German woman at Cannes came up to me and said, 'I think this movie takes place in the vagina, yes?' I was like, 'Yeah, that's pretty spot on, »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 5 Dec 2013 - 06:54
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2001, and a vintage year for lesser-seen gems...
Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C Clarke may have seen 2001 as the year we'd head off to meet alien intelligences in the depths of space, but in reality, its cinematic landscape was dominated by fantasy rather than extra-terrestrials. Rowling and Tolkien dominated the box office, with Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone and The Fellowship Of The Ring earning almost $1bn each, while Monsters, Inc and Shrek thrilled old and young audiences alike.
At the other end of the spectrum of success, 2001 was such a vintage year for movies that we had to whittle our usual selection of 25 films down from an initial selection of more than 40. This is why the decision was made - with heavy heart - to exclude some of our favourite films, »
Who is Oscar Isaac? He stars as a fictitious '60s folk singer in the new Coen Brothers' film "Inside Llewyn Davis," and although he's made plenty of films you've probably seen, he's seemingly come out of nowhere, so much so that a reporter at Cannes (where the film won the Grand Prix award) asked the actor, "Where have you come from?"
The 33-year-old was born in Guatemala, raised in Miami, and educated at Juilliard. He's been acting for more than 10 years, just in roles that haven't gotten him a lot of attention -- until now.
Even if you remember him from "Drive" or "Robin Hood," you've likely never heard him sing before, but he's actually been singing for years. Before breaking out as an actor, he sang and played lead guitar in the band The Blinking Underdogs.
Since you'll likely be seeing a lot more of Isaac, here's a »
- Sharon Knolle
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