13 items from 2013
With 2013 about to officially bite the dust later today, I decided to reach out to my friends here in the Latino-Review familia and ask them to chime in with what their five favorite movies were this year. Not everyone had time to drop their two cents in but below you’ll get lists and notes from myself, Da7e, Gig, and our Editor-in-Chief Kellvin. Being that we all have our unique takes on things, we each found our own way to add some extra perspective. Enjoy!
Space is awesome. Take it from me, a guy who went to Space Camp and really considered being an astronaut until I realized how much of my life I’d have to dedicate to studying high science and fitness only to have a slight chance at…nope, we cancelled Nasa Space Flights. So not only does Alfonzo »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Every time Britney Spears gets another chance to deliver a great music video, I think, “Well! Isn’t This the story of a girl named Lucky?”
But the “Work B**ch” gurgler, who’s definitely given us some great videos over these 15 years, did the right thing in reuniting with Joseph Kahn for her new clip “Perfume.” After all, he’s the man who helmed the vids for “Stronger,” “Womanizer,” and “Toxic,” and those are easily three of Brit’s finest cinematic spectacles. But did the reunion work out? Kahn has taken to Twitter in a huff noting that the original “Perfume” video was supposed to be much darker than the one released today, but I’m assuming Britney’s handlers/managers/keepers nixed what looks like gunplay in it. Too bad, since Kahn claims Spears gives a “game-changing performance” in it. And Uta Hagen sniffed.
But hey, guess what? »
- Louis Virtel
If you enjoyed Ron Howard's latest drama Rush, then you might want to check out the upcoming documentary 1, which explores the same golden age of Formula 1 racing and its icons. We have an exclusive clip that features footage from Niki Lauda's horrific 1976 crash, along with interviews from other Formula 1 drivers who were there that day. The documentary, narrated by Michael Fassbender, is available on iTunes and On Demand starting today, October 1.
1 is an action documentary showcasing the glamour, speed, danger and excitement of Formula One Grand Prix racing. Narrated by Michael Fassbender, the film tells the story of the golden age of Formula 1, when the sport became terrifyingly dangerous. In the late 1960s, Formula 1 cars doubled their engine size and sprouted wings, making them incredibly quick, but even more hazardous. With money pouring in from sponsorship and a new worldwide television audience, superstar drivers were born, thrown like gladiators into the ring. »
As if seeing Howard’s comedic role in this year’s re-launch of Arrested Development wasn’t enough, his newest directorial effort, Rush, is a magnificent, fast-paced thrill ride wrapped around an intriguing true story. I’m no Formula 1 enthusiast, with my knowledge not reaching far past the name Mario Andretti, but Howard’s focused vision paired with Peter Morgan’s deliciously interesting screenplay opened a world full of adrenaline junkies and pride validation, also laying strong groundwork for stars Daniel Brühl and Chris Hemsworth. Rush is a fast and furious biopic that exposes two very different approaches to the world of high-speed racing, one that’s both informative and undeniably enjoyable, providing another remarkable highlight on Ron Howard’s resume.
- Matt Donato
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 12, 2013
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $38.99, Blu-ray 3D Combo $48.99
Studio: DreamWorks Animation/20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
DreamWorks Animation’s Turbo is another little guy makes big story.
The movie tells the story of a common garden snail called Turbo (voiced by Ryan Reynolds, Green Lantern) who dreams of winning the Indy 500. When a freak accident gives him super sonic speed, he just might get his wish.
The PG film also features the voices of Paul Giamatti (Win Win), Michael Pena (End of Watch), Samuel L. Jackson (Marvel’s The Avengers), Luis Guzman (The Count of Monte Cristo), Bill Hader (Men in Black 3), Maya Rudolph (The Way, Way Back), Richard Jenkins (Eat Pray Love), Michelle Rodriguez (Avatar), Ken Jeong (Pain & Gain), Snoop Dog and even real-life racer Mario Andretti.
Turbo got decent reviews when it was in theaters, with Minneapolis Star Tribune critic Colin Covert »
Geez, these F1 2013 videos are coming on fast and furious (haha, cars!). In the most recent trailer for the upcoming racing sim from Codemasters, the focus is placed on the seemingly very important Ferrari 312 T2. I’m not intimately familiar with it or anything, but that doesn’t change the fact that it looks incredibly sexy coming around the bend at the beginning of this video.
Aside from slow motion car porn, the trailer is essentially a promo for the game’s new Classic Edition. In that version, you’ll be able to race famous cars, drivers, and circuits from various eras of F1 history. My knowledge on that is a bit stiff, but I imagine F1 junkies will really get a kick out of it. Other sports games have been doing this kind of thing for years, so it’s definitely a good move on Codemasters’ end.
For all »
- Griffin Vacheron
I’m not enough of a Formula One junkie to instantly start drooling/sweating/other bodily function at the mention of a 1988 Ferrari F1-87/88C, but that doesn’t mean I’m not enough of a general geek for those things to start happening once I actually see a picture.
The car, which is shown above, is quite beautiful and so, I suppose it should be considered good news then that this very vehicle will be included in this year’s edition of Codemasters’ yearly F1 simulator, F1 2013.
The rest of the jargon is kind of lost on me, but I’m sure anyone more familiar with the series or the sport will eat this up. So for those folks, be sure to check out the press release below. The trailer below is both awesomely and comically dramatic, so that’s something as well.
As a casual fan I »
- Griffin Vacheron
In the hierarchy of the "Real Housewives" franchise, Bravo's Miami iteration might never match the ratings highs of Atlanta or New Jersey, or be as obsessed over as Beverly Hills, but as it salsa-ed into its third season on Monday (Aug. 12) with all the Latin flair it's come to be known for, it proved it's determined not to go way of the D.C. debacle. (Heck, it survived Season 1, so it's already a success by comparison.)
At the end of Season 2, bitter enemies Adriana De Moura and Joanna Krupa both found themselves engaged to be wed, setting the stage for an intense race to the altar between the feuding beauties. As tonight's episode began (and the season's advertising has teased), it's clear that the nuptial ramp-up will be this season's central focus. But that won't be the only source of drama.
It appears that Adriana and bestie Lea Black are on the outs, »
Turbo movie box office: A costly disappointment-in-the-making? DreamWorks Animation / 20th Century Fox’s Turbo debuted on Wednesday at 3,551 North American locations, grossing a barely passable $5.55 million according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. True, Turbo isn’t a sequel like Despicable Me 2 or Monsters University, but the 3D animated feature cost a reported $135 million. Could Turbo be thus considered a domestic box-office flop-in-the-making? Well, that’s much too early to tell, as animated films at times develop sturdy legs — and not only in the U.S. and Canada, but elsewhere as well. (Image: Turbo snail racer.) (Friday, July 19, update: Following a solid Thursday midnight debut, it looks like the domestic weekend box office will belong to the low-budget horror movie The Conjuring. The paragraph below has been slightly amended to reflect that.) Box-office pundits had been expecting Turbo to top the domestic box-office chart this weekend, with approximately $28-30 million, »
- Zac Gille
Racing into theaters on July 17, Turbo is a high-velocity 3D comedy about a snail who dares to dream big – and fast. After a freak accident infuses him with the power of super-speed, Turbo kicks into overdrive and embarks on an extraordinary journey to achieve the seemingly impossible: competing in the world’s fastest race. With the help of his tricked-out streetwise snail crew, this ultimate underdog puts his heart and shell on the line to prove that no dream is too big, and no dreamer too small.
Ryan Reynolds leads an all-star cast including Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Luis Guzman, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Kurtwood Smith, Snoop Dogg and Samuel L. Jackson in the story of an ordinary garden snail with dreams of racing greatness.
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- Movie Geeks
Ryan Reynolds is starring in a brand new animated movie called "Turbo." He plays the film's title character, a snail who dreams of racing in the Indianapolis 500. Following a freak accident, because that's how these things happen, Turbo's DNA gets fused with nitrous oxide, making him as fast as any race car.
Before Sunday's Indy 500, a new featurette from the movie has been released featuring several members of the cast, along with 2012 Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti. "You see the passion everybody on the 'Turbo' project has for making it the best possible racing film," Dario says, "There's no limits. Anything is possible." Reynolds says the underdog nature of the story is what drew him to the film.
The voice cast of DreamWorks Animation's Turbo break down the story and their characters in a featurette for this animated comedy, just in time for the Indianapolis 500 race this weekend. Ryan Reynolds stars as the title character, a snail who is given the gift of incredible speed and tries to win the Indianapolis 500. The actor discusses what drew him to this underdog story, along with Samuel L. Jackson (Whiplash), Ken Jeong (Kim Ly), Luis Guzmán (Angelo), Maya Rudolph (Burn), and Indianapolis 500 winners Dario Franchitti and Mario Andretti.
Turbo - Shell on Wheels Featurette
Turbo comes to theaters July 19th, 2013 and stars Snoop Lion, Luis Guzmán, Bill Hader, Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michael Peña, Ryan Reynolds. The film is directed by David Soren. »
Of Dick Van Dyke's many talents, the most remarkable may be the moment you think about him, you smile.
The affable actor, singer and dancer has that effect on audiences. His colleagues think highly of him, too. They're bestowing upon him the Life Achievement Award at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, airing live on TNT and TBS Sunday, Jan. 27.
Although his former co-star Mary Tyler Moore took this honor last year, Van Dyke says, "It never occurred to me I might be next. It was a total surprise to me. I found out a couple of months ago. They told me, and I just couldn't believe it. It was another surprise in a career of surprises."
Few people realize that Van Dyke, 87, started with Walter Cronkite. Van Dyke wouldn't come right out and say he was proud of his career, which continues with his singing quartet, The Vantastix. »
13 items from 2013
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