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12 items from 2013


Six Female Lead Choices Who Would’ve Made ‘Gravity’ a Better Film

17 November 2013 8:39 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

As Alfonso Cuaron’s mega-hit Gravity continues to rack up praise and big box office dollars, it’s a good time to take a critical look at the weakest aspect of the film, which is the lead acting performance of Sandra Bullock.

It’s widely known that Cuaron’s first choice, Angelina Jolie, fell through and there were reported meetings with Marion Cotillard, Scarlett Johansson, Blake Lively, and Natalie Portman among other candidates, before Bullock was ultimately chosen.

These other contenders are clearly talented but they are still part of a group that could easily be called Hollywood Casting 101.

While the film’s financiers would disagree, Gravity is not a film that needed big stars, as the presence of George Clooney and Sandra Bullock is far less a contributor to its enormous success than the film’s suspense thriller concept and visually striking execution.

Obviously, a director on a big-budget »

- Terek Puckett

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Watch: David Lynch's Complete 1993 HBO Miniseries 'Hotel Room'

8 November 2013 6:38 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

While David Lynch's "Twin Peaks" will always stand proudly as the moment the distinct filmmaker freaked out America on national network TV, once the show was done, he was finished working on the small screen format. Less known among his filmography is a detour to HBO in 1993 for the three part miniseries "Hotel Room." Well, thanks to the glory of the interwebs, you can now spend the rest of the day hiding out from your boss and watching it in full. Penned by Barry Gifford ("Wild At Heart" author, "Lost Highway") and Jay McInerney (“Bright Lights, Big City”), the miniseries chronicles the lives of folks passing through a hotel in 1969, 1992 and 1936 (in that order). It's apparently more straightforward than the kind of stuff Lynch is usually known for, but it's also touched by the director's unique sensibility. And the cast? As usual, a fantastic array of support with Harry Dean Stanton, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: David Lynch's Complete 1993 HBO Miniseries 'Hotel Room'

8 November 2013 6:38 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While David Lynch's "Twin Peaks" will always stand proudly as the moment the distinct filmmaker freaked out America on national network TV, once the show was done, he was finished working on the small screen format. Less known among his filmography is a detour to HBO in 1993 for the three part miniseries "Hotel Room." Well, thanks to the glory of the interwebs, you can now spend the rest of the day hiding out from your boss and watching it in full. Penned by Barry Gifford ("Wild At Heart" author, "Lost Highway") and Jay McInerney (“Bright Lights, Big City”), the miniseries chronicles the lives of folks passing through a hotel in 1969, 1992 and 1936 (in that order). It's apparently more straightforward than the kind of stuff Lynch is usually known for, but it's also touched by the director's unique sensibility. And the cast? As usual, a fantastic array of support with Harry Dean Stanton, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Doc About Budding Rwandan Film Industry to Be Presented by AMPAS

3 October 2013 6:02 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Finding Hillywood’: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to present documentary about Rwanda’s budding film industry The 2013 documentary Finding Hillywood, which offers a glimpse into the budding film industry in Rwanda, will be presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Bpeace, the Business Council for Peace, at a special screening on Monday, October 21, at 7 p.m. at the Academy Theater in New York City. The Finding Hillywood screening will be followed by an onstage discussion with Leah Warshawski, who directed and produced the documentary with Christopher Towey, and production designer Wynn Thomas (Ron Howard’s A Beautiful Mind, Spike Lee’s Inside Man), who was a member of the Academy’s International Outreach delegation to Rwanda and Kenya in 2011. According to the Academy’s website, Wynn Thomas and several other Academy delegates, among them actress Alfre Woodard (Cross Creek), writer-director Phil Robinson (Field of Dreams »

- Andre Soares

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Mark Kermode's DVD round-up

18 May 2013 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Django Unchained; Trouble With the Curve; Vehicle 19; A Dark Truth

Quentin Tarantino is a lot of things, but concise isn't one of them. Buried inside the sprawling 165 minutes of Django Unchained (2012, Sony, 18), there's a very decent two-hour retro-ploitation romp struggling to escape the indulgence of Hollywood's most under-edited auteur. On the plus side, we have knife-sharp central performances from Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz as (respectively) the recently freed titular slave and sharpshooting "dentist" Dr King Schultz, on a mission to rescue Django's wife from the slimy clutches of Leonardo DiCaprio's Calvin Candie.

The real jaw-dropper, however, is a brilliantly counterintuitive turn from Samuel L Jackson as Candie's insanely loyal house-servant, Stephen, a terrifying portrait of head-turned devotion that offers the film's most potentially radical element. It's here that whatever rude "politics" this possesses (including the usual fetishisation of the "N word") has gnarly bite. Elsewhere, it's more fan-boyish fare, »

- Mark Kermode

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Win! ‘A Dark Truth’ Starring Andy Garcia & Forest Whitaker On DVD!

6 May 2013 1:44 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Andy Garcia, Eva Longoria  and Forest Whitaker, star in the action-packed environmental thriller A Dark Truth, available on DVD May 13th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and we’ve got three copies to giveaway via our Twitter!

Garcia is the thinking man’s action hero in this intense and thought-provoking tale. The film follows Jack (Garcia), a former CIA agent-turned-political talk show host who descends into the treacherous jungles of Ecuador to rescue a team of environmental activists (Whitaker and Longoria) caught up in the criminal corporate cover-up of a violent local massacre.

Written and directed by Damian Lee (Sacrifice), winner of the 2012 Best Director Award at the Boston Film Festival for his work on the film, A Dark Truth is a timely thriller about the ever-increasing depletion of earth’s natural resource of water and the heroic men and women fighting to protect it. Co-starring Kim Coates and Deborah Kara Unger, »

- Dan Bullock

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Any "Dark Truths" Remain Hidden Inside Mediocre Film-making

18 March 2013 9:52 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Military massacres, corporate cover-ups, and water wars abound in the film A Dark Truth. When a large corporation's water facilities in Ecuador unleash a typhus outbreak, the local militia (who is in cahoots with said corporation) guns down the village to cover up the incident. A whistleblower within the company (the CEO's own sister no less—played by Deborah Kara Unger) hires ex-cia agent Jack Begosian (Andy Garcia) to run down there (from Canada) and find the only survivors (the unlikely married couple: Forest Whitaker and Eva Longoria) who have the proof of what happened.

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- John Keith

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Exclusive: A Dark Truth Clip

4 March 2013 10:22 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has provided us with an exclusive clip from A Dark Truth, debuting on DVD March 5. Andy Garcia stars as Jack Begosian, an ex-cia agent tasked with bringing in a rebel who can expose a corrupt corporation's evil empire. Take a look at this scene where Jack tries to convince the rebel Francisco (Forest Whitaker) to trust him, much to the chagrin of Francisco's wife Mia (Eva Longoria).

The Dark Truth - Exclusive "Come with Me"

In the jungles of Ecuador, blood taints the waters. A multinational conglomerate's unholy alliance with a bloodthirsty military regime has resulted in a massacre. Only the rebel Francisco Franco (Forest Whitaker, Repo Men) and his determined wife Mia (Eva Longoria, TV's Desperate Housewives) can prove the truth. To settle a personal debt, former CIA agent Jack Begosian (Forest Whitaker, Ocean's Thirteen) takes on the freelance assignment to rescue Francisco and risks »

- MovieWeb

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Silent Hill: Revelation’ is Shockingly Bad

26 February 2013 12:38 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – You may be rolling your eyes. Oh, look, another critic ripping on a bad horror movie. But you may not know that not only am I a horror movie fan in general but I particularly liked the first “Silent Hill” film, to the point that I’m quoted on the DVD case for the flick. I approached the critically reviled “Silent Hill: Revelation” thinking that I might again be in the minority but would be happy to be so. I am not. This is a bad, bad, bad movie, breathtakingly incompetent in ways that can be fascinating when they’re not so straight-up stupid.

Rating: 0.5/5.0

How do people as talented as Sean Bean, Carrie-Anne Moss, Malcolm McDowell, Deborah Kara Unger, Martin Donovan, and Adelaide Clemens (so good in HBO’s “Parade’s End,” premiering this week) get sucked into nonsense like this? The film has a Very loose »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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DVD Release: A Dark Truth

14 February 2013 12:49 PM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

DVD Release Date: March 5, 2013

Price: DVD $30.99

Studio: Sony

Andy Garcia takes aim in A Dark Truth.

Andy Garcia (City Island) , Eva Longoria (TV’s Desperate Housewives) and Forest Whitaker (Repo Men) continue their spiral into of world of low profile project with their star turns in the 2013 environmental action-thriller film A Dark Truth.

In the jungles of Ecuador, a multinational conglomerate’s unholy alliance with a bloodthirsty military regime has resulted in a massacre. Only the rebel Francisco Franco (Whitaker) and his determined wife Mia (Longoria) can prove the truth. To settle a personal debt, former CIA agent Jack Begosian (Garcia) takes on the freelance assignment to rescue Francisco and risks everything in a brutal battle to expose the cover-up.

Written and directed by Damian Lee,  the film co-stars Kim Coates (Resident Evil: Afterlife), Kevin Durand (Real Steel)  and Deborah Kara Unger (The Game).

Lee won the 2012 Best Director Award »

- Laurence

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Blu-Ray Releases: Feb. 12

8 February 2013 10:47 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

There are several great Blu-Ray releases this week to help fend off those winter blues. In this week’s edition, Skyfall finally gets an explosive home release, The Man with the Iron Fists will give you a martial arts nerdgasm, and one of my favorite guilty pleasures arrives on deliciously-gory Blu-Ray.

Ready for this week’s Blu-Ray releases? Then read on.

Skyfall

Starring: Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem, Helen McCrory, Judi Dench, and Ben Whishaw.

Director: Sam Mendes

Daniel Craig returns to the role of James Bond for the intrepid super-spy’s twenty-third adventure. Critically acclaimed by critics and very positively received by viewers across two continents, the film has been nominated for five Academy Awards, eight British Academy Film Awards, and has won a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Plot: James Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, »

- C.P. Howells

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Be Silenced by the Home Video Artwork for Silent Hill: Revelation

1 January 2013 1:13 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

We warned you a few weeks ago that the ridiculously bad Silent Hill: Revelation would be hitting 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, On Demand and Digital Download on February 12, 2013, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Now we have the artwork.

The set looks like it's coming at us bare bones. Thank the video gods.

Open Road released Silent Hill: Revelation (review) on October 26th. Sean Bean, Deborah Kara Unger, and Radha Mitchell return from the original film. In the sequel, directed by Michael J. Bassett (interview), Heather Mason (Clemens) and her father (Bean) have been on the run from mysterious and dangerous forces. She discovers she isn't who she thinks she is, leading her deeper into a demonic world.

Synopsis

For years, Heather Mason and her father have been on the run, always one step ahead of dangerous forces that she doesn’t fully understand. Now »

- Uncle Creepy

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