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The 67th Edinburgh International Film Festival kicks off this evening with the European premiere of Breathe In, Drake Doremus’ dark family drama starring Felicity Jones and Guy Pearce, and then continues for a further eleven days until it draws to a close with the world premiere of John McKay’s romantic comedy Not Another Happy Ending.
The programme, which has been lovingly put together by Artistic Director Chris Fujiwara and his trusted team, contains all the necessary ingredients to appease both die-hard cinema fans and those simply looking to catch the next big thing a few weeks before anyone else. To find the films worth seeing though is a tricky task – something that this article could help with.
I’ve scoured the jam-packed programme and come up with ten films (included below with brief descriptions and screening details) that should not be missed:
The long awaited prequel to »
- Jamie Neish
Man of Steel box office to reach $150 million in North America today (photo: Dylan Sprayberry as the young Clark Kent in Man of Steel) Directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill in the title role, Man of Steel will undoubtedly pass the $150 million milestone at the North American box office on Tuesday, June 19, 2013. Partly boosted by 3D surcharges, after about four and a quarter days (including $12 million from Thursday evening screenings), Warner Bros.’ $225 million-budgeted Man of Steel has taken in $141.26 million from 4,207 Us/Canada locations, including $12.58 million on Monday as per Box Office Mojo. For comparison’s sake: From Friday-Monday, without the advantage of box-office-inflating 3D surcharges, Jon Favreau / Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man earned $105.55 million, or about $117 million today. So, if the 3D surcharges* are deducted from Man of Steel‘s Friday-to-Monday total, the 2013 Superman reboot would be left with $116.34 million. In other words, the $140 million-budgeted Iron Man »
- Zac Gille
When we first heard about Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's directorial debut This is the End, we were on the fence about how it would turn out. With a cast that includes Rogen and recurring collaborators James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson and Michael Cera, it seemed to have a solid start. Plus Rogen and Goldberg showed their sharp skills at crafting an outrageous but heartwarming (in a bromance-way) narrative with Superbad. But with all these stars playing themselves, would this be an entertaining comedy that pokes fun at their celeb personas against the backdrop of the apocalypse? Or would This is The End be a series of in-jokes that would only be amusing to Rogen's circle of friends? We were thrilled to report it's the former, a fearless and funny movie that gets celebrity schadenfreude right. And among its many virtues is a finale »
In an interview with Flicks and Bits, McBride described his reaction when Rogen first asked him to appear in This Is the End.
"It was one of those ideas that when Seth pitched it to me I was like, 'That's great, but no-one will ever make that movie'," he recalled.
"And then when they did I thought it was amazing that we would have the opportunity to do something like this."
He went on to say: "I had heard they were working on this movie, and it was one of those movies that the idea sounded so crazy that you never really knew if it would come to fruition. »
We’re almost half-way through 2013, and though it has been a pretty disappointing year for films thus far, there’s the promise of plenty more – and plenty better – to come in the next 6 months. The sci-fi and fantasy genres in particular are offering up some tantalising prospects, ranging from big-budget blockbusters to low-budget indies. Here are 44 sci-fi and fantasy movies still to be released this year, what our impressions are, and what we’ve heard about them to date…
44. World War Z (June 21)
The hugely anticipated adaptation of Max Brooks’ acclaimed zombie novel was beset by considerable production issues leading up to its release, though reviews on the whole have thus far been broadly positive for the Brad Pitt-starring actioner.
I’ve seen it, and on the other hand wasn’t taken with it at all – you can read my review here – deeming it likely the most boring zombie »
- Shaun Munro
True to Rogen’s style, This is the End is an over-the-top, sometimes offensive, often immature, but always very funny comedy about a group of celebrities faced with the Apocalypse. No heroes, just real guys trying to figure things out as the world falls apart.
In the first scene of the movie, we’re in an airport, where a fan calls out to Seth Rogen, who we realize that is playing himself. In fact, all of the celebrities in this movie are playing (versions of) themselves. Seth meets up with his buddy and fellow comedian Jay Baruchel, who is visiting from Chicago, and we dive right into the bromance montage of the two spending all day getting way too high and playing video games. Soon, Seth convinces Jay to join him for a party at James Franco’s house. At this point, the debauchery really kicks in – sex, drugs, and »
- Ashley Higgins
This Is the End opened in theaters last week, which means we were all finally invited to James Franco's blowout party of the Summer. The film has an impressive cast of hilarious leading men like James Franco and Seth Rogen, but there are even more celebs that only appear on screen for a few minutes. Even if you haven't seen the film yet, you can tell from the trailer that the movie is bursting at the seams with celebrity cameos. In case you missed one or two (or are just dying for some spoilers), check out the star-studded list of actors playing themselves in the movie. Emma Watson Emma Watson has the most screen time of all the cameos, showing up first at James's party and then returning in the midst of the apocalypse with an axe in her hand. Jason Segel Considering he's one of the Freaks and Geeks originals, »
- Becky Kirsch
[Spoilers ahead.] There are a handful of delightful cameos in This Is the End: Michael Cera, Rihanna, Channing Tatum. But the cameo worthy of closing out the movie belonged to the Backstreet Boys, who lead an "Everybody" dance-along in heaven. How did that scene come about? "We were trying to figure out a way to spruce up the end, to make it better, " co-writer-director Evan Goldberg told us last week, at a screening hosted by Fiji Water and Svedka Vodka. "It actually was an off-handed suggestion of our wives, and then Seth [Rogen] just kept bringing it up, and then it kind of snowballed into something that we didn't think could happen, and it did." But that wasn't how the movie was originally going to end. Originally, Goldberg and Seth Rogen wanted the main crew to go to heaven and be greeted by none other than Morgan Freeman. "The whole »
- Jennifer Vineyard
A new red-band clip from This Is the End has been released.
Written and directed by Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the comedy stars Franco, Rogen, McBride, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Emma Watson, all playing fictionalised versions of themselves.
The group assembles - along with a host of other celebrities - at a house party hosted by Franco, but are forced to fend for themselves after a global apocalypse occurs.
Franco recently discussed the experience of playing himself, explaining that the fictional Franco's obsession with Seth Rogen is an exaggeration of the pair's real-life bond.
This Is the End is currently on release in the Us, »
Whether by aliens, zombies, nuclear fallout, environmental havoc, or just plain old evolution, the end of the world is a popular plot device in movies. The most recent addition to this genre of film is the uproarious Seth Rogen/Evan Goldberg apocalyptic comedy This is the End, currently playing in Cineplex theatres.
Who wouldn’t want to spend their last day son earth partying with the likes of James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Emma Watson, Michael Cera and many, many, many other celebs? At least your final days would be a laugh-filled riot. Beats wandering desolate highways with Viggo Mortensen in The Road, right?
Prepare for the end of days with our Apocalypse Now quiz covering our favourite end of the world movies! Take the quiz after the jump. »
- Rachel West
We all want to lose ourselves sometimes. To find those perfect moments where you do not have a care in the world and you feel close and in harmony with all those around you. But rarely can you manufacture or plan for these moments, they simply happen. Uptight and pretentious Jamie (Michael Cera) is a person who definitely needs a moment like this to loosen him up, but he is so desperate to achieve what he believe will be a transformative high, he is missing the possibly more meaningful moments leading up to it. Jamie is living abroad in Chile and his boorish behavior is the epitome of a “rude American.” He is entitled and says everything he is thinking, but his good natured roommate puts up with it, despite the fact that Jamie clearly only wants one thing from him – to drive him to the beach to finally imbibe in some San Pedro cactus. Jamie »
- Allison Loring
Washington, Jun 16: Canadian actor Michael Cera had to lie down after Rihanna slapped him during the shoot of their new flick 'This Is the End.'
Director of the flick, Seth Rogen, told Ryan Seacrest on his Kiis-FM radio show on Friday, that Rihanna gave the 25-year-old actor permission to smack her butt during a scene for their new movie, if she could slap him, Contactmusic reported.
He added that in his opinion it was one of the times that Rihanna got him in the ear and it wacked off his equilibrium. (Ani) »
- Rahul Kapoor
New 'This Is The End' movie delivered great comedy,horror,action & more. Columbia Pictures (Sony) released their new horror/comedy flick, "This Is The End" into theaters this weekend. I just checked it out,and thought it was extremely hilarious even when they served up the horror parts. The movie stars: Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill,and Emma Watson. In the new flick, Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel head on over to James Franco's house to join a huge house party fiasco that involved ton of celebrities. Some of them included: singer Rihanna,Harry Potter's Emma Watson,Kevin Hart, Michael Cera,and many more. A running theme throughout the movie, was that Jay wasn't down with the whole Hollywood scene,but Seth tried hard to help him fit in. Everything is going pretty normal until Jay and Seth,hit up a convenience store for snacks. »
Warner Bros. Pictures' Man of Steel is off to a fantastic start as the Zack Snyder winner heads towards a $120 million weekend debut. The action film starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane and Ayelet Zurer grossed $44.05 million from 4,207 theaters, averaging $10,471 per theater. Get ready for a very-welcome sequel from Legendary and Warner Bros. Also doing well is Sony's This Is the End comedy starring James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson and Danny McBride, with a decent $6.85 million. The film opened Wednesday with $7.81 million and added $4.4 million on Thursday as well. Total domestic cume for the pic scripted by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, from the story by Jason Stone and Goldberg, is now over. Cast also includes Jason Segel, Emma Watson, Paul Rudd, Michael Cera, David Krumholtz, Martin Starr, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna and Kevin Hart. »
The lads of Hollywood's "Pot Pack" get together for a riotous riff on The Rapture in "This is the End," an often hilarious / generally irreverent comedy about the Biblical apocalypse as seen through the windows of a movie star's mansion.
Seth Rogen & Co. cooked up this all-star romp, a much funnier, less preachy and just as credulous take on New Testament accounts of The End than the equally blasphemous "Rapture-Palooza."
Inventing versions of their real selves to play, "End" begins with old Rogen pal Jay Baruchel visiting him in Los Angeles, getting baked and complaining about Rogen's running mates -- James Franco, Jonah Hill and their ilk. Baruchel ("She's Out of My League) is then dragged to a rowdy party at Franco's Architecture Digest showplace of a home, where Franco can't remember his name. Hill fawns all over him, unconvincingly trying to persuade Baruchel that they shouldn't be enemies. And »
This story first appeared in the June 21 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. There are lots of name attractions at this year's Los Angeles Film Festival, which kicks off June 13 at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles with Pedro Almodovar's airborne comedy I'm So Excited! The indie-minded festival, presented by Film Independent, will shine its gala spotlight on Ryan Coogler's racial drama Fruitvale Station and Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling's ultraviolent thriller Only God Forgives, both fresh from the Cannes Film Festival. Michael Cera pops up as a guy who goes to Chile in search
- Gregg Kilday
Magic Magic was one of the more unsettling/crazy films that I saw at Sundance earlier this year. It stars Juno Temple, Emily Browning, and Michael Cera, who gives one of the strangest performances of his career. This film shows us a side of Cera you've never seen before. This trailer is weird because it makes him out to be some kind of psychopath. In a way he is, but not in the way he's being portrayed in the trailer. He's more of a nut that might have a mental handicap. You can read my review for the film here.
If Alicia could just get some sleep, everything would be all right. As she and her cousin Sarah make their way through rural Chile with Sarah’s boyfriend, his sister, and their strange American friend Brink, Alicia’s insomnia slowly takes control. The difference between what is happening in reality »
- Joey Paur
Michael Cera, who is best known in the movie industry for his work in the comedy genre will be taking a stab at the world of horror which will be interesting to see. From the looks of the trailer, it appears to be a film not to be missed. This sadistic psychological horror flick is headed our way courtesy of Sony Home Entertainment. "Magic, Magic" starring Michael Cera, Juno Temple and Emily Browning. This film will be coming to DVD on August 6th… »
Sneak Peek a new restricted 'red-band' trailer from the comedy feature "This Is The End" starring Seth Rogen, James Franco, Emma Watson, Jonah Hill, Rihanna, Jason Segel, Michael Cera, Aziz Ansari, Paul Rudd, Jay Baruchel, Mindy Kaling, Kevin Hart, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson:
"...after a series of cataclysmic events ravage Los Angeles, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson must face the true meaning of friendship and redemption as the world ends around them..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "This Is The End"...
- Michael Stevens
We’ve got a couple of new posters to share with you, from a drama about a twenty-something foster care staff member, and a film featuring George Michael Bluth on a road trip through Chile. Both are making their way from the film festival circuit to a theater near you, hopefully. First up is “Short Term 12” starring Brie Larson, which won the Narrative Grand Jury Prize at this year’s SXSW. About a young woman managing her way through a foster care facility, our reviewer called it “Heartrending, heartwarming and authentic,” (which made its way onto the poster). Here’s the whole review from SXSW here. Check out the quote and poster below.Next is a new poster from “Crystal Fairy.” Starring Michael Cera as a young man wandering around Chile, his character indulges in some hallucinogenic cactus and befriends Crystal Fairy, played by Gaby Hoffman (yes, she was »
- Diana Drumm
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