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Chicago – Marlon Wayans will do practically anything for a laugh, and that is to the audience’s advantage in the sequel to last year’s smash comedy, “A Haunted House 2.” Joining him for the second go around is hot comic Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias and the reliable Affion Crockett, who is reprising his role as Cousin Ray Ray.
‘A Haunted House 2’ was given the green light after the success of last year’s “A Haunted House.” Marlon Wayans – with his writing partner Rick Alvarez – has formulated another spoof regarding the latest horror films, in this case mostly from last year’s “The Conjuring.” Wayans, who is also part of the Wayans Brothers comedy family, leaves no hilarious stone unturned as he sends up all of the weird elements of that film, and his on-screen supporting cast brings great improvisation and comic timing to the mix.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Actor/writer Marlon Wayans is best known for his frequent collaborations with his older brothers Keenan, Damon, and Shawn in successful comedies such as Scary Movie, White Chicks (where he dressed as a Caucasian female), and Little Man (as a baby with Marlon Wayan’s head) and The Wayans Bros TV show. Marlon has had the opportunity to flex his acting chops in roles for more acclaimed directors such as Darren Aranofsky in Requiem For A Dream and the Cohen Brothers in The Lady Killers. He’s even tried his hand at action stardom with GI Joe: The Rise Of Cobra. Last year Wayans wrote, produced, and starred in the spoof A Haunted House which cost just 2 ½ million dollars and grossed over 40 million. A Haunted House 2 opens nationwide this Friday, April 18th. Wayans was in St. Louis promoting the sequel and hosted a screening here on March 16th. I »
- Tom Stockman
Ever since Disney grossed a billion dollars on Alice in Wonderland back in 2010 (something I’ll never understand), the House of Mouse has been eager to create live-action adaptations of all their animated classics. From The Jungle Book to Cinderella, the studio is digging deep into their catalogue in hopes of bringing back some of their most beloved films.
We’ve known for quite some time that Disney was looking to put together a live-action take on Beauty and the Beast, but until today, we hadn’t heard anything other than that they had hired a writer. Now, thanks to Film Divider, we’re learning that Bill Condon is rumored to be in talks with the studio to direct. This news should be taken with a grain of salt, as it hasn’t been confirmed by any type of official source. However, if you give it some thought, it actually makes some sense. »
- Matt Joseph
Though it’s taken a few years to come to fruition, Disney’s billion-dollar-grossing Alice in Wonderland kicked off a new trend for the studio in 2010. It has slowly been working on live-action adaptations of some of the studio’s classic animated films, and we’ll see the next one this May in the form of Maleficent, which tells the Sleeping Beauty story from the villain’s point of view. After that, we have Kenneth Branagh’s live-action Cinderella set for release in March 2015, Jon Favreau is directing a live-action take on The Jungle Book for release in October 2015, and there is also a redo of Beauty and the Beast in the works. While Disney set a writer on Beauty and the Beast early last year, we haven’t heard much more about the project in the interim. However, if a new report is to be believed, the studio may »
- Adam Chitwood
Bill Condon has had one crazy career: going back to the bizarre sequel Candyman: Farewell To The Flesh, Condon went on to direct the critically acclaimed Gods And Monsters and Kinsey. He also helmed the award-winning musical Dreamgirls on the way to bringing us both parts of Twilight: Breaking Dawn. Now, it looks like he may be embracing his musical experience with a live action adaptation of Disney's Beauty And The Beast. Following Disney's current trend of adapting their animated »
- Alex Maidy
Beauty And The Beast has enchanted audiences worldwide, and it feels like every year there's a new, thinly-veiled stab at it. It's a flexible story, of course: guy is a monster, girl is lovely, she sees through his grossness, he accepts her fabulousness. Disney is here to brush away the CW's Beauty And The Beast and stuff like Beastly, however, to reclaim the throne. The Beast is comin' back, y'all. Film Divider's Twitter account recently revealed that Disney, attempting to relaunch their animated works into live action, has found a director: Expect Breaking Dawn and Gods and Monsters' Bill Condon to direct Disney's live action take on Beauty and the Beast. pic.twitter.com/5Ia03vRU6a. Film Divider (@FilmDivider) April 10, 2014 Condon is best-known as the architect for the final two fairly insane Twilight movies. Condon's a Hollywood lifer at this point, having helmed musicals like Dreamgirls, biopics like »
If you’ve seen the fabulously entertaining Ozploitation documentary Not Quite Hollywood — which tracks the rise of Down Under genre films in the ’70s and ’80s — then you will be familiar with producer and Quentin Tarantino favorite Antony I. Ginnane, the so-called “Roger Corman of Australia” whose output includes the horror movies Patrick, Dead Kids, and Thirst. “But how can I learn more about these films?” I pretend to hear you cry. Well, good news! This month, Severin Films is releasing all three terror flicks in Blu-ray/DVD combo packs (as well as the self-explanatory DVD, Ozploitation Trailer Explosion) which »
- Clark Collis
Go home, Divergent. No other Ya adaptation will ever touch the greatness of. Twilight: Breaking Dawn (2012) Director: Bill Condon Stars: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner Your typical love story. Now with 75% more rough sex, vampire decapitations and werewolf pedophilia! Two of the best theater experiences I've had in the past five years involved sneaking flasks full of booze in to screenings of the final Twilight films. I hadn't seen any of the »
- Jason Adams
2013 was something of a turkey for the biopic: while success has been found in recounting the stories of the lesser-knowns like 12 Years A Slave, Wolf Of Wall Street and Captain Phillips, it was the big films for the big names that fell flat and failed to excite both critics and the box office. Alfred Hitchcock, Princess Diana, Walt Disney, Julian Assange and Steve Jobs have all had the Hollywood treatment to very little success.
Exactly why remains to be seen, but it’s clear that something needs to be done about any and all future biopics destined for the big screen. Some would argue the very idea of ‘the biopic’ should be scrapped – passing it off as little more than a glorified PR exercise, while those who still see a future in it would tell you that merely recounting one’s life is not sufficient – those films must offer something more; comedy, »
- Toby McShane
"It's a sad indictment of The Fifth Estate that it proves most convincing when its central figure breaks the fourth wall"
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Movies about technology are always at least five years out of date, so it's only fitting that it's taken that long for The Fifth Estate – Bill Condon's occasionally diverting WikiLeaks romp, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as comedian Bill Hader's Saturday Night Live impersonation of Julian Assange – to reach the big screen. With half a decade's worth of hindsight, the film effortlessly comes down on the right side of history (pro-WikiLeaks, anti-Assange, in case you were wondering) but finds more of a challenge in crafting a satisfying cinematic experience around a story that took place mainly online. Still, Condon isn't afraid to give it the old college try.
In a series of outlandish fantasy sequences, he depicts Assange and his fellow leaker Daniel Domscheit-Berg »
- Charlie Lyne
The Fifth Estate, 2013.
Directed by Bill Condon.
A dramatic thriller based on real events that reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century's most fiercely debated organization.
The Fifth Estate is a dramatic thriller based on true events that charts the rise of one of the most influential organisations of the 21st century, Wikileaks, and their quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of those in power.
Without knowing too much of the story before I sat down to watch this, I really had no idea what I was in for. I’d only heard of Julian Assange and Wikileaks on the news but never actually sat down to find out more. I thought that this might have been a problem »
- Gary Collinson
Kind of a good news/bad news situation this week. Bad news for those of us who like to watch sitcoms of 30 minutes in length whilst we eat dinner during the week, Channel 4 has decided to remove most of its good content including Peep Show, The It Crowd and Black Books from Netflix and Lovefilm as of February 15th. You can still watch these online but you have to go through their frankly useless 4Od app which I have never managed to watch a full episode of anything on without it crashing at the bloody adverts. Whilst its admirable that Channel 4 are taking things back in-house, they really need to improve their software first, or maybe they already have because I gave up on it back in 2012 and never finished season two of The Killing.
The good news is that Netflix have debuted season two of political drama House of Cards, »
- Chris Holt
BAFTA® award-winner Benedict Cumberbatch gives an outstanding performance in the adrenalin-fuelled dramatic thriller, The Fifth Estate. This powerful exposé based on the real-life events of the notorious WikiLeaks is out today on Blu-ray and DVD from Entertainment One and we’ve got Three to give away on Blu-ray!
Driven to expose corporate crimes and government secrets no matter what the cost, activist Julian Assange (Cumberbatch) and computer hacker Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Bruhl) team up to become the underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. As their Wikileaks organisation starts to gather support and influence across the globe so the stakes are raised; pitching them into conflict with the Us intelligence agencies and putting the lives of thousands in danger.
The home entertainment »
- Dan Bullock
With apologies to Dylan Farrow, who would attach sterner moral implications to this question than those I intend: what's your favourite Woody Allen movie of the 21st century? It's been a slightly painful question for a while now, usually drawing less-than-ringing endorsements along the lines of: "Midnight in Paris was harmless enough", or: "Vicky Cristina Barcelona, if you mute the voiceover bits." At last, however, there's an easy answer: Blue Jasmine (Warner, 12), imperfect as it is in fractious and interesting ways, is something genuinely remarkable.
Much of that comes down to Cate Blanchett's daring, last-nerve performance as the title character, a spoilt society wife experiencing the mother of all Xanax comedowns after her husband is jailed for tax fraud – a tragicomic turn of Gena Rowlands proportions that is all »
- Guy Lodge
Hugh Jackman's stint as Oscars host remains one of the best, largely because he was part of an overall show with an amazing vision from director Bill Condon and producer Laurence Mark. That came after a few impressive stints emceeing the annual Tony Awards, including one such Emmy-winning example in 2004. He hasn't hosted the show in nearly a decade but it's just been announced he'll be back for a fourth time at the 68th annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 8, 2014. "We are thrilled to have Hugh Jackman return to host the Tony Awards," said CBS exec Jack Sussman. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Maybe it is just because Masterpiece Mystery has started airing new episodes of Sherlock, and the great detective has a hold on my brain, but while watching The Fifth Estate, I couldn’t help but be distracted by how familiar Julian Assange seemed to me. The antisocial behavior crossed with brainy brilliance, the unsavory ego infatuated with its own cleverness, the necessity of a more level sidekick to keep our anti-hero from crossing the line into total madness, even the loopy hair--Benedict Cumberbatch plays Assange as he does Sherlock Holmes, with the addition of a bucket of bleach and an Australian accent. That is not meant to slight Cumberbatch as an actor; his performance is one of the best things about The Fifth Estate, director Bill Condon’s uneven exploration of the creation of WikiLeaks. Rather, it’s just startling how similar these characters are, despite one being fictional »
- Lee Jutton
Quentin Tarantino ‘The Hateful Eight’ screenplay leak Quentin Tarantino will no longer be making the Western The Hateful Eight. Why not? Well, Tarantino claims he sent out the film’s screenplay to a group of six people, one of whom allegedly showed it to his agent, who then showed it to other agents, who then began calling Tarantino’s agent Mike Simpson, asking him to cast their clients in the film. (Photo: The Hateful Eight screenwriter Quentin Tarantino.) “I’m very, very depressed,” Tarantino was quoted as saying at Deadline.com, which first broke The Hateful Eight Screenplay Leak story on Tuesday, January 21, 2014. “I finished a script, a first draft, and I didn’t mean to shoot it until next winter, a year from now. I gave it to six people, and apparently it’s gotten out today.” Now, before they begin flailing and wailing, Quentin Tarantino fans should be »
- Zac Gille
Golden Globes 2014: Best Picture winners fail to win Best Director, Best Screenplay (photo © HFPA: 2014 Golden Globes presenters Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock) The members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association decided to spread the love around at the 2014 Golden Globes. Neither of the two Best Picture winners — Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave in the Drama category; David O. Russell’s American Hustle in the Comedy or Musical category — succeeded in taking home either the Best Director or the Best Screenplay Golden Globe. These went to, respectively, Alfonso Cuarón for the sentimental thriller Gravity and Spike Jonze for Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix as a man who falls in love with a computer featuring Scarlett Johansson’s voice. (See more Golden Globes 2014 photos below, and check out the full list of Golden Globes 2014 winners and nominees.) American Hustle also managed to win two 2014 Golden Globes in the acting categories: Best »
- Steve Montgomery
Apparently Bill Condon almost made it a couple of years ago, but I guess that's fallen through since here we are. I was really looking forward to Daniels making his interracial gay action movie, possibly to star Alex Pettyfer, but I'm not exactly surprised that producers aren't throwing money at that.
And not only do we have a director, but we have a trio of names that're rumored to be up to play the troubled, brilliant comedian. Eddie Murphy, who's been considered for the role for as long as they've been thinking about making the movie really, is still in the mix, although if they want to focus on Pryor's life in his 20s and »
Back in March, we reported that Forest Whitaker is producing the biopic Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?, along with the comedian's widow Jennifer Pryor. Today, we have word that Michael B. Jordan, Marlon Wayans and Eddie Murphy have emerged as front runners to play Richard Pryor, with Lee Daniels in negotiations to direct for The Weinstein Company.
The trio of actors represent vastly different age groups, although the 26-year-old Michael B. Jordan and 41-year-old Marlon Wayans are considered the front runners. The project is said to center on the comedian's life in his 30s, though it isn't known if Michael B. Jordan can be aged-up through makeup to take on the role. Both Marlon Wayans and the 51-year-old Eddie Murphy had previously been attached to the gestating biopic at different points in development, which once had Bill Condon set to direct.
The project fell apart when he »
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