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2014 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: 46th Directors’ Fortnight

16 April 2014 6:05 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Hovering around the twenty-one to twenty-four feature film mark with at least a quarter of those films belonging to first time filmmakers, the Quinzaine des Realisateurs (a.k.a Directors’ Fortnight) has in the past couple of years, counted on a healthy supply of French, Spanish and Belgium produced film items, and has been geared towards the offbeat genre items as with last year’s edition curated by Edouard Waintrop and co. To be unveiled on the 22nd, as we attempted with our Critics’ Week predix, Blake Williams, Nicholas Bell and I (Eric Lavallee) are thinking out loud and hedging our bets on what the section might look like or what the programmers might be looking at for 2014. Here is our predictions overview:

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Six years after presenting Vinyan at the Venice Film Festival, Fabrice Du Welz finally returns with potentially not one, but a pair of works for the ’14 campaign. »

- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers

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Review: 47 Ronin

10 April 2014 1:13 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Properly channeling Japanese culture for American audiences has been a challenge given how different our tastes and expectations are. We find the content of much of their Manga and anime either not to our taste or outright incomprehensible. So, the challenge of adapting their bushido Edo-era and adding in some powerful fantasy into 47 Ronin was going to be a challenge. Mix in American performer Keanu Reeves as a half-breed you have an uphill challenge in making the film palatable to enough moviegoers to justify the $170 million budget.

It has some terrific concepts and incredible visuals but it’s a mess of a movie, with a long, sluggish middle that loses the audience. Even amazing CG and a strong Asian cast can’t support a messy script.

The story, in short: Lord Asano Naganori (Min Tanaka) is disgraced after the efforts of Lord Kira (Tadanobu Asano), conspires with a shape-shifting witch »

- Robert Greenberger

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Blu-ray Review: 2013 Hollywood Disaster ‘47 Ronin’ Rescued by Mediocrity

9 April 2014 11:28 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between a director and a producer, let “47 Ronin” explain how the hierarchy of creativity hinders the evolution of even the most straightforward-sounding pitches. “47 Ronin” is the type of samurai movie set in Japan that features native actors speaking only English, while Keanu Reeves stars as an outsider clearly plunked into the picture for stateside star power.

Co-written by Chris Morgan (the writer behind the “Fast & Furious” renaissance) and Hossein Amini (who wrote “Drive”), the film is directed by first-time helmer Carl Rinsch, whose popular science-fiction short “The Gift” is available for a look on Youtube. And even with the hands of Amini, Morgan, and Rinsch, the film’s vision is lost in a desperate appeal to fit different pieces that do not work together.

Better taken in the vacant mindset of a late night viewing, if at all, “47 Ronin” is »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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8 Minutes Of Deleted Scenes From 47 Ronin

5 April 2014 10:07 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Keanu Reeves makes an explosive return to action-adventure in 47 Ronin. After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and restore honor to their people. Driven from their homes and dispersed across the land, this band of Ronin must seek the help of Kai (Reeves)—a half-breed they once rejected—as they fight their way across a savage world of mythic beasts, shape-shifting witchcraft and wondrous terrors. As this exiled, enslaved outcast becomes their most deadly weapon, he will transform into the hero who inspires this band of outnumbered rebels to seize eternity. 47 Ronin was directed by Carl Rinsch, from a screenplay written by Chris Morgan and Hossein Amini. The cast includes: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano, Rinko Kikuchi and Ko Shibasaki. The film will be released on December 25, 2013. Merry Christmas, dude! »

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'47 Ronin' Blu-ray Review

3 April 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I debated whether I should watch 47 Ronin or not. It seemed to me the page view alternative was embarrassing myself by posting fan altered pictures from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles teaser trailer so I opted for Ronin. Suffice to say, the result wasn't going to be pretty either way. Originally scheduled to hit theaters November 2012 before finally hitting theaters December 2013, the final reported budget for this retelling of the classic Japanese tale was $175 million. Throughout the course of production there was talk of just how bad things had gotten and, at the time, the budget was said to have ballooned to over $225 million. After watching all 118 minutes of this film (ten of which are the closing credits) it would appear the money was spent on crummy visual effects, but mostly production design as several massive sets, aided by CGI, were created only to eventually present a picture that never feels authentic, »

- Brad Brevet

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'47 Ronin' Mythical Style Featurette with Keanu Reeves | Exclusive

1 April 2014 10:59 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Universal Studios Home Entertainment released the samurai action-thriller 47 Ronin on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and, DVD today, April 1st. Keanu Reeves brings his martial arts skills back to the silver screen as Kai, an outcast who bands together with a group of samurai warriors to take on a horde of mythical creatures and evil witches as they fight to reclaim their homeland. In honor of the Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and, DVD release, we have an exclusive featurette that takes fans behind-the-scenes with Keanu Reeves, as he explains where his character is coming from on the set, along with director Carl Rinsch, who gives us more insight into the mythical style of this story.

Based on an epic story, this extraordinary tale of inspiring courage has its origins in the early 18th century. After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and reclaim their honor. »

- MovieWeb

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47 Ronin review: they’re not having much fun storming the castle

1 April 2014 6:02 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

A handsome movie in many ways, but it feels like an unpolished first draft, one that can’t quite decide how fantastical it wants to be. I’m “biast” (pro): like Keanu Reeves more than most

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

This umpteenth iteration of the Japanese legend of the 47 ronin, or masterless samurai warriors, has its fair share of problems, but not as many as you’ve heard, and not as many as the presence of poor Keanu Reeves — who has unfairly become a cinematic punchline — may have led you to believe. Stolid, stoic Reeves (The Day the Earth Stood Still, Street Kings) is well-cast as the half-Japanese, half-British Kai, whose status as an outcast in xenophobic 18th-century Japan means he has to keep his eyes down and his mouth shut, and the actor maintains a modest presence throughout, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Giveaway: Win '47 Ronin' on Blu-ray

31 March 2014 10:18 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

On April 1, Universal Studios Home Entertainment will release 47 Ronin on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and, DVD. Director Carl Rinsch's action-adventure stars Keanu Reeves as Kai, an outcast who joins a small group of samurai warriors to battle mythical beasts, shape-shifting witches and other creatures to avenge the death of their master and take back their homeland. We have a giveaway lined up where fans can take home this action-packed film, co-starring Hiroyuki Sanada, Kou Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano and Rinko Kikuchi. These prizes will be gone quicker than you can swing a samurai sword, so find out how you can win below.

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Based on an epic story, »

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 5 ‘47 Ronin’ Blu-ray Combo Packs with Keanu Reeves

30 March 2014 4:12 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Combo Pack with our unique social giveaway technology, we have 5 free Blu-ray and DVD combo packs up for grabs for the home entertainment release of the new visually stunning 3D film “47 Ronin” starring Keanu Reeves!

“47 Ronin,” which is rated “PG-13” and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on April 1, 2014, also stars Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano, Min Tanaka, Jin Akanishi, Masayoshi Haneda and Hiroshi Sogabe from director Carl Rinsch and writers Chris Morgan and Hossein Amini.

To win your free “47 Ronin” combo pack courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, get interactive with our unique Hookup technology directly below. That’s it! The more social actions you complete below, the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition or lower your odds!

Preferably, use your computer to enter rather than your smartphone. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Cool Japan Brings Hot Titles to FilMart

24 March 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Japanese sellers arrived at FilMart with everything from art films aimed at the international fest circuit to big-budget commercial pics.

Some are already on the buyers’ radar, such as Sion Sono’s highly anticipated “Tokyo Tribe,” which is being repped by Nikkatsu. Based on a best-selling comic series set in a near-future Tokyo, the pic focuses on street gangs, or “tribes,” roaming the urban wilderness.

Sono (pictured) has recently veered from such arty fare as the nuclear-disaster-themed “Himizu” (2013) and “The Land of Hope,” to the blood-soaked gangster shocker “Why Don’t You Play in Hell” (2013). The new pic promises to be of the latter type.

Also in the Nikkatsu lineup is Kazuyoshi Kumakiri’s “My Man,” another film inspired by an earthquake and tsunami, but occurring in Hokkaido in 1993, not Tohoku in 2011. Fumi Nikaido stars as a girl who loses her parents in the disaster and is taken in by »

- Mark Schilling

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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #27. Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s The Assassin

5 March 2014 6:45 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Assassin

Director: Hou Hsiao-Hsien

Writer: T’ien-wen Chu

Producer: Wen-Ying Huang

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Shu Qi, Chang Chen, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Ethan Ruan and Nikki Hsieh, with Ni Dahong, Zhang Shijun, Michael Chang, Jiang Wen, Zuo Xiaoqing, Xu Fan, Tadanobu Asano, Zhou Yunin

Flight of the Red Balloon broke Hou Hsiao-Hsien from his observational, paint-drying long aesthetic treatment and so when news first broke out many moons ago that the Taiwanese filmmaker would next make a martial arts film we naturally thought, this will be interesting. With muse actress Shu Qi toplining, the making of The Assassin might be deserving a film itself – the production (the first scenes were shot in 2010), which concluded in January lasted well over a year.

Gist: Based on a short story, this about a female assassin during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.) who begins to question her loyalties when »

- Eric Lavallee

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Thor: The Dark World DVD Review

21 February 2014 12:08 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Alan Taylor

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Eccleston, Jaimie Alexander, Zachary Levi, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Idris Elba, Rene Russo, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Stellan Skarsgard

 Running Time: 112 Minutes

Certificate: 12

It was bound to happen sooner or later. The Marvel Universe just couldn’t possibly sustain such a high level of quality indefinitely, and with a quota of films to fill, one of them was bound to be lacking in both entertainment and quality. That film is Thor: The Dark World. An unnecessary stop-gap on the way to Avengers: Age Of Ultron, that fails to tie itself into the bigger picture or be a rollicking fun tale on its own merits.

Thor returns to Earth after a race of dark elves returns and begins to destroy things out of vengeance for past losses in battle. The plot is treated as something unimportant, with a »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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'47 Ronin' Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD Release April 1, 2014

20 February 2014 6:06 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Keanu Reeves (The Matrix trilogy, The Day the Earth Stood Still) stars in a reimagining of one of Japan's timeless tales, 47 Ronin, available on Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray Combo Packs, DVD, Digital HD including UltraViolet and On Demand on April 1, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.&#173&#173&#173

Based on an epic story, this extraordinary tale of inspiring courage has its origins in the early 18th century. After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and reclaim their honor. Transformed into a thrilling, visually stunning 3D film by director Carl Rinsch, 47 Ronin tells the story of a small group of warriors, or ronin, on a quest to avenge the death of their master. Battling across a savage world of mythical beasts, shape-shifting witches and wondrous terrors, the ronin must seek help from Kai (Reeves), an enslaved half-breed they once rejected - in their ultimate fight for redemption. »

- MovieWeb

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Everything You Need To Know To Pre Order Your Home Copy of 47 Ronin

19 February 2014 3:00 PM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Here’s all the information you need to secure your copy of Keanu Reeves latest action adventure, 47 Ronin. If you need a refresher on the amazing warrior tale, here’s the trailer, followed by the official press release.

Trailer: 47 Ronin

Keanu Reeves Stars In The 3D Epic Action-Adventure 47 Ronin Be The First To Own It On Digital HD March 18, 2014 And Bring Home The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack Including Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD With Ultraviolet™ On April 1, 2014 Now Movie Fans Can Watch 47 Ronin Anywhere On Their Favorite Devices

Universal City, California, February 4, 2014— Keanu Reeves (The Matrix trilogy, The Day The Earth Stood Still) stars in a reimagining of one of Japan’s timeless tales, 47 Ronin, available on Blu-ray™ 3D and Blu-ray™ Combo Packs, DVD, Digital HD including UltraViolet™ and On Demand on April 1, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.­­­

Based on an epic story, this extraordinary tale of inspiring courage has its »

- Jess Orso

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Extended Thor: The Dark World Celebration Scene

31 January 2014 8:04 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all. Starring Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, “Thor: The Dark World »

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Funny Thor: The Dark World Gag Reel Preview

30 January 2014 8:11 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Get More: Movie Trailers, Celebrity News Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all. Starring Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, »

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Watch Tom Hiddleston's audition for Thor in new Thor: The Dark World featurette

29 January 2014 8:00 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

We've already caught a brief glimpse of Tom Hiddleston auditioning for the role of the eponymous hero in 2011's Thor earlier this week thanks to an animated gif, and now Marvel has released a new video featurette from the Thor: The Dark World special features centring on his casting as Loki, which happens to include more of his screen test for the God of Thunder. Take a look below...

"Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel's "Thor" and "Marvel's The Avengers," Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must »

- Gary Collinson

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Thor and Frigga in deleted scene from Thor: The Dark World

29 January 2014 9:56 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With Thor: The Dark World due to arrive on Blu-ray and DVD next month, we're starting to see plenty of the bonus features from the home-entertainment release; on Monday we saw Tom Hiddleston dressed as Captain America during the filming of Chris Evans' surprise cameo [see here], yesterday we caught a glimpse of Hiddleston's original screen test for the role of the God of Thunder [see here], and now thanks to USA Today we have a deleted scene featuring Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and his mother Frigga (Rene Russo) discussing the God of Mischief...

"Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel's "Thor" and "Marvel's The Avengers," Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith »

- Gary Collinson

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Video: Snippets From Tom Hiddleston's Thor Audition In The Dark World Featurette Preview

29 January 2014 7:42 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all. Starring Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, “Thor: The Dark World »

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Another Bonus Scene from Thor: The Dark World Featuring Frigga

29 January 2014 7:34 AM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Rene Russo’s Frigga kicked some ass in Alan Taylor’s “Thor: The Dark World” when she was finally given some screentime, and in this bonus/deleted scene from the movie’s upcoming DVD/Blu-ray release later next month, you can see that she did have more screentime. Frigga’s relationship with Loki was one of the better moments of the movie, I think, even though she was mostly shortchanged. Thor battles to save all the Nine Realms from a mysterious enemy older than the universe itself. However, a shadowy race led by Malekith, who is out for revenge, intends to descend the universe into darkness. Confronted by an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot overcome, Thor must reunite with Jane Foster and set out on a dangerous journey that will force him to make the ultimate sacrifice. The film starred Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, »

- Nix

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