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Having spent the last year sat in screening rooms and cinemas watching over 200 of 2011′s cinematic offerings, it stands to reason that I’m going to have to sit through a fair share of duds. As I had seen the vast majority of the key Oscar plays before November, I spent the latter part of the year dedicating myself to seeking out the worst, most lowest common denominator fare ripe for a skewering, and with these twenty dreadful pictures, we have what are, in my opinion, the 20 biggest train wrecks of 2011. Note that Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star is still awaiting worldwide DVD release and didn’t get distribution in the U.K., so that’s one that I was forced to avoid, but I’m assured that it’s irredeemably horrible nevertheless. Anyway, on with the list…
20. Shark Night 3D
(David R. Ellis / Tomatometer: 16%)
Director David R. Ellis »
- Shaun Munro
The BBC's director general, Mark Thompson, and chairman Lord Patten have defended Jeremy Clarkson in the wake of his controversial comments on The One Show, describing Top Gear as one of the UK's leading cultural exports.
Clarkson's appearance on the BBC1 teatime show, in which he said that striking public sector workers should be "executed in front of their families", generated around 32,000 complaints to the BBC and media regulator Ofcom.
But Thompson said he would not consider sacking Clarkson over a "couple of flippant remarks".
"I don't intend to sack him," Thompson told MPs on the culture, media and sport select committee on Tuesday.
"I believe it is absolutely clear to anyone who watches the clips, »
- Mark Sweney
Right, you know that camera you have in your phone, or the camera that you once used to videotape your neighbours? You do, great! Well, you know that movie you always wanted to make? Remember how you said you’d remake Star Wars and make it better than what George Lucas made? Well…read on..and maybe represent Ireland at the Jameson Empire Awards. Jameson and Empire are once again asking all super-talented film fans and director-hopefuls-of-the-future to enter the annual amateur filmmaking competition Done in 60 Seconds, where the winner will get to attend the glittering, A-list extravaganza, otherwise known as the Jameson Empire Awards 2012 in London on 25 March 2012 to collect their prize. In no more than 60 seconds, film buffs are required to recreate their favourite, iconic movie from any genre by creating a one minute masterpiece. One Irish entry will be chosen by an expert panel of judges including Jim Sheridan, »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
If you thought that director Jim Sheridan’s “Dream House” wasn’t worth watching when it was in theaters earlier this year, you’re not alone. The film wasn’t exactly a huge box office smash, which may explain why the flick is heading to home video oh-so quickly. The supernatural thriller, which also stars Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, and Elias Koteas, will attempt scare up more money when it arrives on DVD, Blu-ray, and various digital formats this January. Don’t remember this one? Don’t feel bad: Some say that all houses have memories. For one man, his home is the place he would kill to forget. Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts and Rachel Weisz star in Dream House, a suspense thriller about a family that unknowingly moves into a home where grisly murders were committed…only to find themselves the killer’s next target. Successful publisher Will Atenton »
- Todd Rigney
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 31, 2012
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98
The movie follows Will Atenton (Craig), a high-profile, Manhattan publisher who leaves the big city behind to relocate his wife Libby (Weisz) and their two daughters to a quaint New England town. As the family settles into the new life, they learn that their beloved dream home has a history of murder. When Will delves further into the mysteries of the house, he is not sure if he is seeing ghosts or if the tragic events are somehow related to his past. The only clues come from his cryptic neighbor, Ann (Watts), who helps him piece together the haunting puzzle. »
Dream House stumbled out the gate its opening weekend at the box office this past September despite riding the star power of Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts and Rachel Weisz. After $8.1 million through its first three days, Dream House ended its theatrical run with $21 million or less than half its $50 million production budget.
Universal will present Dream House on Blu-ray in 2.4:1 1080p video and 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio. Bonus features are as follows:
Burning Down The House: The Dream House visual effects team takes audiences behind-the-scenes on some of the film's flame-filled moments. The Dream Cast: Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz and Director Jim Sheridan discuss filming Dream House. Building The Dream House: The house plays an integral role in the film. Join the production designers as they walk »
The extremely ill-received Dream House (review here) is getting set to make its debut on DVD and Blu-ray. Let this news item serve as your warning. Not even the director wanted anything to do with this one by the time all was said and done.
From the Press Release
Dream House is the chilling tale of Will Atenton (Daniel Craig, Cowboys & Aliens, Quantum of Solace), a high-profile Manhattan publisher who leaves the big city behind to relocate his wife Libby (Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener, The Lovely Bones) and their two daughters to a quaint New England town. As the family settles into their new lives, they learn that their beloved dream home has a history of murder. When Will dares to delve further into the mysteries of the house, he is not sure if he is seeing ghosts or if the tragic events are somehow related to his past. »
- Uncle Creepy
Universal has announced the release date for the Blu-ray / DVD version of Dream House, along with the list of bonus features:
Universal City, Calif., Dec. 1, 2011 – Dream House is the chilling tale of Will Atenton (Daniel Craig, Cowboys & Aliens, Quantum of Solace), a high-profile, Manhattan publisher who leaves the big city behind to relocate his wife Libby (Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener, The Lovely Bones) and their two daughters to a quaint New England town. As the family settles into their new lives they learn that their beloved dream home has a history of murder. When Will dares to delve further into the mysteries of the house, he is not sure if he is seeing ghosts or if the tragic events are somehow related to his past. The only clues come from his cryptic neighbor, Ann (Naomi Watts, The Ring, J. Edgar), who helps him piece together this haunting puzzle. Also »
- Jonathan James
D.J. Haza presents the next entry in his series of films to watch before you die...
In America, 2002.
Directed by Jim Sheridan.
In America is the beautiful story of an Irish family who enter America on a tourist visa, but plan to settle and make New York City their home as they search for a new life and try to overcome their grief of losing their son, Frankie. Johnny Sullivan (Considine) is a struggling actor looking for work, but unable to show emotion after the death of Frankie. His wife Sarah (Morton) takes a job in the local ice cream parlor to support the family and along with their two daughters Ariel (Emma Bolger) and Christy (Sarah Bolger) they move into a run down apartment in Hell’s Kitchen.
As the family experience life in New York they all carry the »
Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts star in Dream House, a slightly eerie, intense thriller directed by Jim Sheridan. Craig plays Will Atenton, a successful publisher in Manhattan who decides to leave the fast paced lifestyle to spend more time with his wife Libby (Weisz) and two young daughters, Trish and Dee Dee in suburbia. At first all seems well, he appears to be living the dream of working from home on his novel while spending quality time with his loving family and their new home. The newly moved occupants spend time renovating the quaint house which has many secrets and an horrific past, all it appears is not what it seems, as they continually feel they are being watched. The chemistry between Craig and Weiss is good (which is appropriate as the couple reportedly fell for each other in the making of this movie) and the two girls »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (gercooney)
Take Shelter (15)
After a year-long disaster-movie onslaught, apocalypse fatigue could well be setting in, but this one's worth the extra effort – particularly since it's less about the end of the world than the threat of it. That plays large in the mind of Shannon's modern-day Midwestern Noah, who sets about building his underground ark. His wife worries more about his mental health, and their day-to-day problems. Brilliantly constructed and performed, it's a domestic saga infused with haunting, unnamed dread.
The Deep Blue Sea (12A)
Davies again recreates postwar Britain, this »
- Steve Rose
A workmanlike psychological thriller that is never quite scary enough, writes Peter Bradshaw
A psychological thriller with a very guessable twist. What isn't quite so guessable is that the twist is placed near the middle of the movie rather than the end, and the film should be played out more like a detective story. Director Jim Sheridan and screenwriter David Loucka serve up a pretty broad, two-dimensional drama: Daniel Craig plays Will, a high-flying New York publisher who is quitting the rat-race to live as a writer in the suburbs in a lovely little fixer-upper house with his beautiful wife Libby (Rachel Weisz) and their two daughters. But he is unsettled by the domestic scene played out next door. Ann (Naomi Watts) is being menaced by her ex-husband Jack (Marton Csokas), and Will's own picturesque new home has a terrible secret no one wanted to tell them before they bought it. »
- Peter Bradshaw
The guys are Empire are teasing us with separate "The Dark Knight Rises" cover reveals that you have to vote on to eventually see Bane and Batman in their full glory. Click here to register your vote and see what's been revealed thus far.
DiCaprio, Mulligan and Maguire all together in costume shooting The Great Gatsby in Sydney's Centennial Park.
"20th Century Fox will hold nationwide sneak previews of Cameron Crowe's new feature "We Bought a Zoo" on Saturday, November 26th - four weeks ahead of its December 23rd general release.
- Garth Franklin
This film is brilliant on many counts: it manages to treat the themes of coerced confession and the Ira with broad strokes and without compromising their complexity; it has a beautiful soundtrack; the cinematography is gorgeous; Saffron Burrows is lovely in it; the writing and direction are flawless. But it's hard to get away from Daniel Day-Lewis's performance.
I was at drama school when the film came out in the early 90s, and towering central performances only seemed to happen in American films: the De Niros, the Pacinos. Suddenly out came In the Name of the Father, and I was so entirely lost as I watched Day-Lewis [below] in the role of Gerry Conlon [wrongly imprisoned member of the Guildford Four] that I didn't doubt for one moment that this was his life. Of living actors, I feel it's only him and Meryl Streep who have that quality; like »
- Mina Holland
Forget all the collapsing staircases, revolving rooms, daft CGI and haunted hair-dos. You barely need to show anything to make a truly petrifying ghost movie
I bet I'm not the only horror fan who is fed up with watching people tied to chairs and tortured, or couples terrorised by home invaders, or characters dying in grisly ways you can't see properly because their camcorder got dropped on its side. Horror films, which don't require stars or lavish spectacle, remain one of the cheapest and easiest routes for first-timers to break into movie-making, but I wish more of them would realise there are creatures even cheaper and easier than zombies. Ghosts!
Perhaps it's wishful thinking on my part, but there seem to have been a few more things going bump in the night lately. For a while, it was Hispanic film-makers carrying the torch with films such as The Others, The Devil's Backbone and The Orphanage. »
- Anne Billson
It's looking increasingly unlikely that Ron Howard's "Dark Tower" gesamtkunstwerk will ever play anywhere outside the director's head, but fortunately, Stephen King has somewhere around 1,347 other works (a rough estimate) just aching to be adapted into another medium. Next up on the list? The author's 1995 novel "Rose Madder" and "Under the Dome" from 2009.
According to Variety, the film version of "Rose Madder" is set to go into production sometime in the next year and a half, and will be filmed from a script by Naomi Sheridan, best known for writing "In America" and being the daughter of that film's director, Jim Sheridan. The novel, which King himself once described as "stiff" and "trying-too-hard" follows a woman who is the victim of domestic abuse and ends up escaping into a painting.
Meanwhile, moves are also being made to bring "Under the Dome" to the small screen. We've known since this »
- Aubrey Sitterson
It's true: Deadline is reporting that former "Lost" writer and creator of such comic series as "Y: The Last Man" and "Ex Machina," Brian K. Vaughan, has just been hired by Showtime to adapt the massive Stephen King novel, "Under the Dome." Showtime and Dreamworks announced back in August that they were moving ahead with a potential drama series based the novel and that the search for a writer had begun.
Those familiar with Vaughan and his work should spot why Lindelof found the pairing of writer and subject such a perfect fit. Vaughan joined "Lost" as a writer during the show's third season and stayed on through the fifth. His work in comics, specifically "Y" and "Ex Machina, »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
At the American Film Market (Afm), Palomar Pictures (Killer Elite, Brothers) has announced that it acquired the film rights to Stephen King's "Rose Madder" novel. The story of the book is based on a woman who's on the run from her abusive husband and is able to travel into a painting and return as someone else. It is being adapted for the big screen by Naomi Sheridan (In America), who is the daughter of director Jim Sheridan (Brothers, Dream Hou… »
One of the Stephen King novels to elude the forces of film adaptation has been Rose Madder, which combines phantasmagoric fantasy and spousal abuse in a way that is very characteristically King, and seemingly rather difficult to put on the screen. That is changing now, as the 1995 novel is part of a trio of film projects announced at the American Film Market by Palomar Pictures (Brothers, Killer Elite) and Gosvenor Park. The companies will team to remake French heist movie Joseph and the Girl, Norwegian film Elling, and to bring Rose Madder to the screen. Variety  says that Naomi Sheridan (co-writer of In America and daughter of director Jim Sheridan) has scripted Rose Madder and that the film is targeted to shoot within the next year and half. Rose Madder follows a woman who leaves her evilly abusive husband after years of being beaten. She sets up a new life »
- Russ Fischer
At the American Film Market, Palomar Pictures (Killer Elite, Brothers) has announced that it acquired film rights to Stephen King's "Rose Madder" fantasy novel. The story is based on a woman who's on the run from her abusive husband and is able to travel into a painting and return as someone else. It is being adapted for the big screen by Naomi Sheridan (In America), who is the daughter of director Jim Sheridan (Brothers, Dream House, In America). A director or cast has yet to be announced, but the plan is to begin filming within the next eighteen months. »
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