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Aside from his incredible filmography and influence on cinema over the past few decades, director Steven Spielberg is also known as being a master at pulling amazing performances from child actors. Whether it's Drew Barrymore and Henry Thomas in E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Cary Guffey in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards in Jurassic Park, Jonathan Ke Quan in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Christian Bale in Empire of the Sun, Haley Joel Osment in A.I. Artificial Intelligence or Dakota Fanning in War of the Worlds, he's done some great work with kids on the big screen. And now he's just found his latest child star for his adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Bfg. Read on! A press release from DreamWorks Studios has named newcomer Ruby Barnhill to make her big screen debut as the young girl Sophie in the story of »
- Ethan Anderton
Some film performances are so great, they make you jealous. This may be particularly true when the performance in question comes from an actor who hasn’t even hit puberty yet. You can’t help but think, How did that youngster get such an amazing head start on their career? Below are 12 astonishing performances from the smallest actors on the biggest screens. Sure, you could just call some of them “adorable,” but we adore them for more than just their little dimpled cheeks. These are full-fledged actors with chops to spare. Mara Wilson, “Matilda” It’s hard to tell whether Mara Wilson knows just how cute she is. At age 7, she took on the title role in “Matilda,” the super-powered whiz kid of Roald Dahl’s beloved novel. Although her earlier work in “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Miracle on 34th Street” established her as a legitimate actor, “Matilda” is her crowning achievement: whimsical, »
Max Landis – screenwriter of Chronicle – has four, yes four movies dropping in 2015. Me Him Her starring Haley Joel Osment and Geena Davis, Victor Frankenstein starring Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy, American Ultra starring Kristen Stewart and Topher Grace and Mr Right starring Anna Kendrick, Anson Mount and Sam Rockwell.
But it seems Landis isn’t satisfied with just four movies being released next year. In fact there is a fifth in development called Wrestling Isn’t Wrestling. It’s a short film and is being dubbed a kind of sequel to his early short parody film The Death and Return of Superman, which he wrote and directed in 2011 and cameoed the likes of Elijah Wood and Mandy Moore.
Landis made the announcement via a video and spoke exclusively to /Film about what to expect:
“It’s a Death/Return style retelling of 20 years of wrestling storyline. It’s fully actually crazy… »
- Gavin Logan
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Dame Helen Mirren plays a snobby French restaurateur/chef who's none too pleased when her new neighbors, the Kadam family, open up their own restaurant next door to hers. Manish Dayal co-stars Hassan, the young chef at the Maison Mumbai whose talent wins over grumbly Madame Mallory, as well as her cute sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon). Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg produced this feel-good foodie film from Swedish director Lasse Hallström. Here's an exclusive clip from the DVD/Blu-ray, just for you.
- Jenni Miller
The World Made Straight has released its first trailer.
It centres around a young man (Irvine) who takes refuge from his abusive father with a neighbour (Wyle).
But he begins to realise that his new protector has a dark past closely linked to his own.
The World Made Straight will arrive in Us cinemas and on VOD on January 9. A UK cinematic release date is yet to be announced. »
Arriving in homes post-Christmas at the end of next month is Kevin Smith's twisted monster movie 'Tusk'. It'll be getting the typically common same day triple release across Blu-ray, DVD and VOD on 30 December with the home entertainment release coming complete with a few special features. One of which includes the original podcast (or SModcast) where the concept of the movie is discussed between director Smith and co-host producing partner Scott Mosier. 'Tusk' stars Justin Long ('Drag Me To Hell'), Michael Parks ('Red State'), Haley Joel Osment ('The Sixth Sense') and Genesis Rodriguez ('Man on a Ledge'). Head below to check out the Blu-ray artwork. »
Just three months after Millennium Entertainment acquired the dramatic thriller The World Made Straight, the studio has released the first trailer.
In a rural Appalachian community haunted by the legacy of a Civil War massacre, young and rebellious Travis Shelton (Jeremy Irvine) finds himself ensnared in the violence of the past and the subtle evils of the present. Based on the novel by Ron Rash, The World Made Straight also stars Noah Wyle, Minka Kelly and Haley Joel Osment.
In addition, we also have a new poster for director David Burris' adaptation, which debuts on iTunes and in theaters on January 9, 2015. Check out the latest footage and the one-sheet below.
The World Made Straight comes to theaters January 9th, 2015 and stars Adelaide Clemens, Minka Kelly, Haley Joel Osment, Jeremy Irvine, Noah Wyle, Robin Mullins, Sandra Ellis Lafferty, Steve Earle. The film is directed by David Burris. »
• Hannibal Buress is joining Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in Daddy's Home. Sean Ander and John Morris are directing the film, which tells the story of a radio executive (Ferrell) who wants to be the best stepdad he can to his wife's two children. But, his plans are disrupted when the children's biological father shows up. Buress will play a sarcastic handyman who believes the stepdad to be racist, the result of some ploying on the part of Wahlberg's character. Linda Cardellini also stars as Ferrell's wife. The film began shooting on Monday in New Orleans. [THR] • Clive Owen, Jaeden Lieberher, »
- C. Molly Smith
He’s back on our screens next month as driven Dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield. But with the Hobbit films finally complete, Richard Armitage is long since on to other things. He’s currently at work on a psychological thriller called Sleepwalker alongside Ahna O’Reilly and Haley Joel Osment.O’Reilly is the focus of this one, playing a graduate student who starts suffering from insomnia after her sleep patterns are interrupted by a nasty bout of nightmares. When she heads to a campus sleep clinic to start getting treatment, she instead starts seeing disturbing changes to her waking reality. Armitage will be a doctor who helps untangle her psychological knots and understand how her tragic past is contributing to her difficult present.As for Osment, he’s lined up for what Deadline has heard is a role unlike anything he’s done before, which makes us think he could »
Exclusive: The Help’s Ahna O’Reilly and The Hobbit’s Richard Armitage are in the midst of filming Sleepwalker, a psychological thriller from writer Jack Olsen and director Elliott Lester (Nightingale). O’Reilly leads the cast as a grad student who goes to a campus sleep clinic to treat her insomnia and nightmares, but instead starts experiencing unsettling changes in her waking reality every time she wakes up. With the help of a doctor, she attempts to find her way back to normalcy by unraveling the tangled knot of her dreams, reality, and shockingly tragic past.
English actor Armitage is hot off of ruling Middle Earth under heavy beard and armor in Peter Jackson’s nearly-completed Hobbit trilogy. He stars in Sleepwalker as the handsome sleep researcher who develops a unique relationship with O’Reilly. After leading New Line’s summer disaster actioner Into The Storm, Armitage returns to »
- Jen Yamato
He went from being one of the most celebrated child actors ever to … well, The Country Bears. But Haley Joel Osment is making something of a comeback, thanks to offbeat appearances in Kevin Smith’s cult-comedy/horror True North Trilogy. Back in May 2000, Channel Guide Magazine‘s Jeff Pfeiffer scored an interview with Osment for The Sixth Sense, which made Osment a household name at age 12 (and set M. Night Shyamalan’s bar way too high). Osment was on the cover, and we also featured interviews with child stars Jena Malone (still going strong!) and Frankie Muniz (er, not so much). The … Continue reading →
- Ryan Berenz
We have an exclusive poster to debut today for director David Burris’ adaptation of the Ron Rash novel The World Made Straight. The film takes place in a rural Appalachian community haunted by the legacy of a Civil War massacre and stars Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) as a young man who finds himself caught between the violence of the past and the evils of the present. Fallen Skies star and E.R. alum Noah Wyle also stars in the film alongside Haley Joel Osment, Minka Kelly, Adelaide Clements, and Steve Earle, and this poster hints at the dangerous nature of the Appalachian community that affects the ensemble. Check out the World Made Straight poster after the jump. The dramatic thriller opens in theaters and VOD on January 9, 2015. Here’s a synopsis for The World Made Straight: In a rural Appalachian community haunted by the legacy of a Civil War massacre, »
- Adam Chitwood
The slasher movie, if we'll admit it to ourselves, is about our fears of teen sexuality. Whether you're a teen made nervous by your own hormones or a parent afraid of what trouble those hormones will get your kid into, the slasher-movie villain is your fears made flesh. But with the release 30 years ago this week (November 9, 1984) of Wes Craven's "A Nightmare on Elm Street," the slasher film entered a new dimension.
With the creation of Freddy Krueger (played indelibly by Robert Englund), who could kill teens in their dreams, the slasher villain proved there was no place that was safe, not even the subconscious.
In retrospect, the genre may have peaked with the release of this film; after all, how many other slasher villains since have been anywhere near as memorable? Unlike his predecessors, Jason Voorhees (of the "Friday the 13th" movies) and Michael Myers (of the "Halloween »
- Gary Susman
Written and Directed by Kevin Smith.
Podcaster Wallace Bryton travels to Canada to interview internet sensation, ‘The Kill Bill Kid’, but when he finds out that he has committed suicide, he finds Howard Howe, a sea explorer who has plenty of stories to tell…
Tusk might be Kevin Smith’s best film in years, but compared to pretty much everything post Dogma, that’s not exactly a recommendation. In fact, it’s difficult to figure out who Tusk was actually made for, apart from Smith himself.
The product of a rambling conversation about a bizarre Gumtree ad, offering free living accommodation in turn for dressing up in a walrus costume, Tusk is sort of like Misery meets Human Centipede, struggling to reach the highs of the former and, in some strange way, making the latter a lot less disturbing. »
- Gary Collinson
Eva Mendes broadens her fashion expertise, Kelly Ripa makes a bizarre statement about her teen daughter, actress Tasha Smith‘s husband gets a restraining order against her, and more in today’s Last Lap.
Eva Mendes is launching a collection of bridesmaids dresses as an extension of her New York & Company line. Is this preparation in case her and Ryan Gosling tie the knot? [People] Apparently, Kelly Ripa doesn’t care if her daughter doesn’t like her, and everyone thinks it’s weird. As they should. [Yahoo!] Tyler Perry‘s Why Did I Get Married? star Tasha Smith has received a court order to stay two yards from her husband after alleged death threats. [TMZ] Robin Williams‘ death has been officially ruled as a suicide, with no alcohol or illegal drugs involved. [CNN] If you’re dying for the new season of Orphan Black, watch this teaser now. Get a first look of »
- Taylor Ferber
There’s something a little funny about them that you can’t quite put your finger on — because you physically can’t put a finger on them. They’re always cold to the touch. They can’t seem to keep their appointments and keep forgetting where they have to be most of the time, because they wind up back at home anyway. They wear the same outfit almost every day, which is weird, but hey, who’s judging? And, oh my god, they’ve been dead the whole time. For many a horror character, and for some in dramas in between, the reveal that they’ve actually been dead the entire movie is a frightening prospect. There were plans! Lives to be lived! But nope, it’s eternity chained to whatever sweater you were wearing when it went down and constantly chatting with Haley Joel Osment instead. It’s a boundless trope with excellent examples, and »
- Samantha Wilson
“I think women’s bodies are a battleground and photography is partly to blame,” says Keira Knightley regarding the use of Photoshop and retouching images. [Harper's Bazaar] Sopranos creator David Chase is revisiting the idea of a prequel. [Huffington Post] Khloe Kardashian shares a message about closure on Lamar Odom’s birthday. Coincidence? [Us Weekly]
A photo posted by Khloé (@khloekardashian) on Nov 11, 2014 at 6:46pm Pst
Mark Zuckerberg wasn’t too pleased with The Social Network. “They just kind of made up a bunch of stuff that I found really hurtful,” he said. [Page Six] The first official trailer for Oscar bait Selma is here. Jay Leno will be the very last guest on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. [Huffington Post] Check out the awesome trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, »
- Taylor Ferber
Lionsgate Home Entertainment has chomped into a December 30, 2014 release date for Kevin Smith's Tusk starring Justin Long, Michael Parks, Haley Joel Osment and Genesis Rodriguez on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. The Tusk Blu-ray release date doesn't make Christmas, but it does fit into the holiday break window.
Tusk made its premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and was distributed domestically by A24 films. It earned $1.8 million at the box office in limited release, and will surely reach a larger audience on home video given Smith's following and the bizarre subject matter focused on a man with an unusual affection for walruses and the unfortunate Podcaster that comes into contact with him.
The Blu-ray edition of Tusk sports a 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio track as well as a Digital HD copy of the film. Bonus features include the following:
Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Kevin Smith
"20 Years »
Aussie horror The Babadook, which is currently in UK cinemas and reaches the Us next week, is one of the scariest films of the year. Like a lot of the best fear-flicks, much of its ability to terrify comes down to one truly creepy kid.
In director Jennifer Kent's harrowing debut, six-year-old Samuel (Noah Wiseman) discovers a book called Mister Babadook, which just so happens to coincide with creepy occurrences at home that his mother (Essie Davis) blames on Samuel's overactive imagination. If we reveal any more, we'll ruin the film's surprises, but suffice to say that Samuel's behaviour is every bit as unnerving as the monster that could be lurking in his house.
He's not the only movie kid putting us off parenthood for life. Also responsible for giving Digital Spy a severe case of paedophobia (or fear of children) are these terrifying tots...
1. Gage Creed (Pet Sematary, »
Adult virgins are held in pretty much the same regard as post-transformation Gregor Samsa. In real life, they're fairly rare, though not complete unicorns, and are often considered peculiar by the sexually active majority. So virginity makes for a pretty good existential device for storytellers to isolate a character from the rest of humanity without actually turning him or her into a bug. In Sex Ed, directed by Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker Isaac Feder, Haley Joel Osment's virginal Ed Cole is a science teacher who can't find a job during the recession. Hired by a Tampa district as a new "after-school activities coordinator," he quickly determines that means he's a junior-high detention monitor. He realizes that the preadolescent kids know nothing about sex, an »
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