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You wonder how long Anderson can keep accumulating star actors and creating ever more elaborate microcosms but, judging by this, he's a long way from running out of steam. It's a witty caper-within-a-reminiscence-within-a-flashback set in interwar Europe, through which Fiennes's debonair concierge must flee, protege lobby boy in tow, after an heiress's murder. It's breathlessly paced and breathtakingly designed, but with a solid core – like a fancy cake with an iron file concealed inside.
300: Rise Of An Empire (15)
With the bar for violent historical silliness raised by Game Of Thrones, this sequel pitches recklessly into another orgy of fetishised classical warfare with comic-book effects. »
- Steve Rose
Seasoned actor Danny Trejo has reinvented himself as the titular role in the Machete franchise, a series of films that ridicule B-movie, action flicks. However, despite evidently aware of the flaws and limitations of the genre, he’s now turned up in Nick Lyon’s Bullet, a film that is identical to those of which are being mocked in the aforementioned parody series.
When a dangerous criminal is on the verge of being executed by the death penalty, his father Carlito Kane (Jonathan Banks) is determined to put a stop to it – and so sets his sights on the law enforcer who arrested his son in the first place, which happens to be Frank Marasco (Trejo), a tough, uncompromising cop affectionately known as Bullet. With his trusty henchman Kruger (Torsten Voges) by his side, Kane kidnaps Bullet’s grandson, in the attempt to blackmail the cop – who has other plans up his sleeve. »
- Stefan Pape
Review Mark Harrison 7 Mar 2014 - 07:23
This week's Community is the show at the very peak of its powers. Here's Mark's review...
This review contains spoilers.
5.7 App Development And Condiments
“Fives have lives, fours have chores, threes have fleas, twos have blues, and ones don't get a rhyme, because they're garbage!”
Okay, it's like Dan Harmon and his writing staff are just showing off now. While last week's more sombre Bondage And Beta Male Sexuality was the kind of episode that no other sitcom could pull off in its stride, App Development And Condiments represents the series at the very peak of its power, doing many of the things it's best at - high-concept escalations, character interactions, zeitgeist-y satire that never comes off as too arch or obvious - all at the same freaking time.
While that might not lead to the most cohesive episodes of the season, I would »
There's nothing to be vain about in this Danny Trejo vanity project with no laughs, no interest and no surprises
Granite-faced tough-guy actor Danny Trejo got a new lease of life with the tongue-in-cheek grindhouse movies Machete and Machete Kills. Those at least had a bit of inventive bad taste. This is probably closer to the truth about grindhouse, without the patina of hipness and irony – it's just a terrible, lazy, cheapo-looking film with no laughs and no interest. Trejo plays a guy nicknamed "Bullet", an undercover La cop who gets things done by bending the rules and ignoring the red tape and the bullshit. He doesn't get violent unless it's warranted. But a bad guy kidnapping his grandson? That's warranted, my friend.
- Peter Bradshaw
Story follows a man who plans and sells heists to the highest bidder, but when his latest job goes horribly wrong he finds himself hunted by everyone he knows — mob bosses, contract killers and dirty cops. With no way out, Nick does the only thing he can think of to help his estranged daughter Cate — he takes out a life insurance policy on himself with her as the beneficiary.
It’s a great plan until he finds out the policy doesn’t take effect for 21 days. Now Nick is forced to take Cate on the »
- Justin Kroll
The plot centers on a criminal (Vince Vaughn) who designs and plans heists that he sells to the highest bidder. A contract is put out on his life after a job goes awry, leading him to take out a $1 million life insurance policy, with his estranged daughter (Hailee Steinfeld) listed as the sole benefactor. When he learns that it takes 21 days for the policy to kick in, this father goes on the run with his daughter, as they both try to stay alive for at least the next three weeks.
Boardwalk Empire's Shea Whigham has joined the cast of Term Life, the Vince Vaughn-Hailee Steinfeld thriller being directed by Peter Billingsley. Story: 'Breaking Bad' Star Jonathan Banks Joins 'Term Life' PalmStar Media Capital and Merced Media are behind the adaptation of the Image Comics graphic novel, and Universal is distributing. Term Life centers on a low-life (Vaughn) whom everybody -- including mob bosses, contract killers and dirty cops -- wants dead. In a rare act of selflessness (and desperation), he takes out a million-dollar life insurance policy to benefit his estranged daughter (Steinfeld), but soon after, he realizes it
- Borys Kit
One of the more anticipated shows set to debut this year, AMC’s Breaking Bad prequel, Better Call Saul, continues to add to its cast, with former Breaking Bad alum Jonathan Banks joining series star Bob Odenkirk to reprise his role as Mike Ehrmantraut. However, now it seems as though the long rumored Jesse Pinkman cameo could be inching closer to fruition.
According to actor Aaron Paul, he has had “serious talks” with Breaking Bad creator and Better Call Saul producer Vince Gilligan about a role on the series, something that seems to appeal to Paul’s sense of loyalty and a want to revisit the version of Pinkman that was unspoiled ...
- Jason Tabrys
The actor, who's admitted he's been suffering withdrawals since wrapping the hit AMC series last year, is continuing his very public quest to guest star on the upcoming prequel series "Better Call Saul."
While promoting his new film "Need For Speed," Paul told the AP that he's had "serious talks" with co-creator Vince Gilligan about returning as Jesse Pinkman in the spin-off, centered on Bob Odenkirk's sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman.
"Anything Vince is involved with, I'm there," Paul adds. "I owe him my entire career. And the idea of jumping into the skin of Jesse Pinkman again in his lighter days -- because it's all a prequel -- it would be fun."
Should Paul actually get his wish, that will bring the "Breaking Bad" cast member tally up to three. As previously reported, fan-favorite »
AMC’s upcoming “Breaking Bad” prequel, “Better Call Saul”, could reunion tour with Jesse Pinkman. Aaron Paul, who played Walter White’s student-turned-sidekick Pinkman in “Breaking Bad,” says he’s had “serious talks” with “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan about appearing in the new series. Also read: ‘Breaking Bad’ Prequel ‘Better Call Saul’ Enlists Jonathan Banks “Anything Vince is involved with, I’m there,” Paul told the Associated Press. “I owe him my entire career. And the idea of jumping into the skin of Jesse Pinkman again in his lighter days — because it’s all a prequel — it would be fun. »
- Tim Kenneally
Yeah, Bitch! Last year in September, we saw our very last episode of Breaking Bad. Well, that gets a .Boo, bitch., but then we found out that a spin-off was in the works centered on the character of Saul Goodman with the title based on his slogan, Better Call Saul. The hope was that we would see series regulars from BrBa. So far aside from obviously Bob Odenkirk, only one has signed on, the great Jonathan Banks aka Mike Ehrmantraut. Now it looks like Jesse Pinkman might join in on the »
- Niki Stephens
Audiences got their first clear look at Jim the Duck in the "Community" Season 5 episode, "Introduction to Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality." Drawn by Professor Buzz Hickey (Jonathan Banks), Jim's comics feature the bird in frustrating situations. And publishers are interested!
Of course, Jim the Duck has flown free of the confines of TV and also exists on the Internet. Thanks to a Twitter account and a Tumblr, fans (and publishers) can read and enjoy all of Jim's misadventures.
If you recall from a couple of "Community" episodes this season, Professor Hickey is a cartoonist in his spare time. His favorite creation is a duck named Jim who has bad things happen to him. Unfortunately, Jim's bill is often a little too pointed. What the hell?
In "Introduction to Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality," Abed (Danny Pudi) noted that Hickey's comics were lacking in character and emotion. Is Abed right? »
Review Mark Harrison 28 Feb 2014 - 13:01
Community delivers an episode no other sitcom could do as brilliantly. Here's Mark's take on Bondage And Beta-Male Sexuality...
This review contains spoilers.
5.7 Bondage And Beta-Male Sexuality
“She's everything I love about America. Bold. Opinionated. Just past her peak. Starting to realise she has to settle for less.”
Back in the second season, Community hit a high point with Mixology Certification, in which Troy's 21st birthday celebrations turned surprisingly melancholy. Coming back from a Sochi-mandated hiatus, Bondage And Beta Male Sexuality feels like the first episode since that one to find the characters in that same sort of mood - close to closing time at some quiet venue, turning their thoughts to more existential matters.
After a halting attempt at a British high-five (on the lips) a few episodes ago, Professor Duncan decides to make a move on his protegé in rubbish psychiatry, Britta Perry. »
Kevin James and Josh Gad have signed on to star in the long-gestating "Pixels" film at Sony Pictures. The feature is based on Patrick Jean's short film in which New York City is transformed into 8-bit pixels.
The story centers on four champion arcade gamers, who are called upon to save the world when aliens attack by using the Earth to stage versions of classic 1980s video games. [Source: THR]
Vince Vaughn plays a criminal with a contract put out on his life, causing him to get a life insurance policy for his estranged daughter (Hailee Steinfeld). It takes three weeks for the policy to go into effect, so the pair must keep the father alive for three weeks. [Source: THR]
- Garth Franklin
• Jason Statham is set to team up with Melissa McCarthy in the secret agent comedy Susan Cooper. The action star, best known for roles in high-octane projects like The Transporter and Crank, had been circling the project for some time, but was reportedly weighing other options before committing. Paul Feig, who worked with McCarthy on Bridesmaids and The Heat, is set to direct the pic for 20th Century Fox. Statham will appear next in The Expendables 3 (out Aug. 15). He’s also reprising his role as Ian Shaw in Fast & Furious 7. [Variety]
- Lindsey Bahr
Banks is slated to play an undisclosed role, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Term Life was revived in November 2013 by Qed International and Worldview Entertainment, after having been shelved previously.
He is also currently playing professor Buzz Hickey in the NBC sitcom Community. »
Aside from Adam Driver joining Star Wars: Episode 7, here's some other casting that happened today: Jonathan Banks is the latest addition to Peter Billingsley's crime thriller, Term Life, starring Vince Vaughn, Hailee Steinfeld, Bill Paxton, and Jordi Molla. Rainn Wilson, David Morse, Mike Vogel, Zuleikha Robinson, and Bill Sage have joined The Boy, the first film in a trilogy exploring the origins of a serial killer. Hit the jump for more on each picture. THR reports that Banks will join Term Life, the adaptation of A.J. Lieberman and Nick Thornborrow's graphic novel. In the film, Vaughn’s character is hunted by a ruthless mob and takes out a life insurance policy on himself to benefit his estranged daughter (Steinfeld). Molla plays a ruthless and debonair member of the Mexican cartel who blames Vaughn’s character for the death of his only son (William Levy). Complicating matters is »
- Dave Trumbore
The story centers on a criminal who designs heists and sells them to the highest bidder. After a botched job, a contract is put out on his life, causing him to get a life insurance policy for his estranged daughter (Hailee Steinfeld). When they realize that it takes 21 days for the policy to go into effect, the man and his daughter team up to keep him alive for an extra three weeks. No details were given for Jonathan Banks' character, although don't be surprised if he ends up playing one of the mafia hitmen who is gunning for the man's life.
Breaking Bad star Jonathan Banks has joined crime thriller Term Life, the graphic novel adaptation starring Vince Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld. Peter Billingsley is directing the project from a script by A.J. Lieberman, who wrote the original graphic novel that he created with Nick Thornborrow. The story follows a man who designs and sells heists to the highest bidder. But when a job goes terribly wrong, he ends up with a target on his back. In a rare selfless act, he enlists his estranged daughter to take out insurance
- Rebecca Ford
Winter Break is over, and it’s time to file back into the halls of Greendale for a new episode of Community. What will you find in there? A ghostly and ghastly one-man show by Chang (Ken Jeong). A harsh punishment for Abed (Danny Pudi) at the hands of Professor Hickey (Jonathan Banks). And a big battle over Britta. Yes, Professor Duncan (John Oliver) makes his play for the former foot model (Gillian Jacobs) with the help of his buddy Jeff (Joel McHale). But maybe Jeff’s heart isn’t into it. Because maybe it wants Britta for itself. Press pause on Good Luck Chuck, »
- Dan Snierson
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