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12 items from 2010


The Notable Films of 2011: Part Three

22 December 2010 9:59 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Catch .44

Opens: 2011

Cast: Forest Whitaker, Bruce Willis, Malin Akerman, Nikki Reed, Deborah Ann Woll

Director: Aaron Harvey

Summary: The story focuses on three women being thrust into an extraordinary situation involving a psychopathic hitman, a grizzled trucker and a delusional line cook.

Analysis: Oddly little is known about this indie crime comedy aside from the three lead female roles have gone through more than a couple of rounds of casting musical chairs. The likes of Maggie Grace, Kate Mara, Laura Ramsey, Sarah Roemer, Lizzy Caplan and Lauren German were all attached at one point or another before the final trio of Malin Akerman ("Watchmen"), Nikki Reed ("Twilight") and Deborah Ann Woll ("True Blood") were settled on.

Bruce Willis, Forest Whitaker, Michael Rosenbaum and Brad Dourif also star with Willis as a crime boss behind everything that happens and Whitaker as a dangerously unstable assassin. Aaron Harvey, who last directed »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Three

22 December 2010 9:59 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Catch .44

Opens: 2011

Cast: Forest Whitaker, Bruce Willis, Malin Akerman, Nikki Reed, Deborah Ann Woll

Director: Aaron Harvey

Summary: The story focuses on three women being thrust into an extraordinary situation involving a psychopathic hitman, a grizzled trucker and a delusional line cook.

Analysis: Oddly little is known about this indie crime comedy aside from the three lead female roles have gone through more than a couple of rounds of casting musical chairs. The likes of Maggie Grace, Kate Mara, Laura Ramsey, Sarah Roemer, Lizzy Caplan and Lauren German were all attached at one point or another before the final trio of Malin Akerman ("Watchmen"), Nikki Reed ("Twilight") and Deborah Ann Woll ("True Blood") were settled on.

Bruce Willis, Forest Whitaker, Michael Rosenbaum and Brad Dourif also star with Willis as a crime boss behind everything that happens and Whitaker as a dangerously unstable assassin. Aaron Harvey, who last directed »

- Garth Franklin

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Spooks: series nine, episode three

4 October 2010 2:01 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

This week's Spooks hits the perfect balance of action, suspense and Harry pursing his lips - no wonder David Cameron's a fan

Spoiler alert: This weekly blog is for those who have been watching Spooks series nine. Don't read ahead if you haven't seen episode three yet.

Vicky Frost's episode two blog

Before the titles: Members of the Azakstan Freedom Front break in to a research facility, discover some kind of bio weapon, and are shot down by hooded troops. One of the team removes his balaclava to reveal … Lucas

This week's mission: With some top-notch writing in evidence, this week's Spooks instalment is textbook; a classic balance of running around, London bomb threat, double-crossing and twists - albeit with the now apparently obligatory tacked-on end bit where Lucas has to be all gravelly and flinty-eyed in the face of someone moaning "John" at him.

After much eye-rolling and extensive »

- Vicky Frost

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Spooks: series nine, episode two

27 September 2010 11:38 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

So there's an unidentified assassin - and then an assassin for that assassin? Life on the Grid gets complicated …

Spoiler alert: This weekly blog is for those who have been watching Spooks series nine. Don't read ahead if you haven't seen episode two yet.

Vicky Frost's episode one blog

Before the titles: Beth is in a lift with an unidentified assassin hired to kill oil baron Robert Westhouse when it stops, the power fails, and gunmen open fire - she falls to the floor, avoiding the bullets and pocketing a phone …

This week's mission: For those who thought Spooks had become a bit crash-bang-wallop, this week's episode delivered a crate-load of twists. In trying to identify the assassin hired by the Nigerian government to kill Westhouse, the spooks not only find out that Westhouse had his own assassin in place to kill the Nigerian's assassin, but that the lift gunmen »

- Vicky Frost

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TV review: Spooks and Unequal Opportunities

20 September 2010 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Harry takes out the al-Qaida submersibles – and nine innocent bystanders: yes, Spooks is back

Thank you, thank you, thank you. At last, after merely the odd glimmer of a quality programme over the last couple of weeks, we've finally had a whole night of worthwhile viewing. A night when the Sky+ box comes into its own. A night when you don't have to look out of the window into the darkness at eight o'clock and feel like killing yourself.

The highlight of the night – and any other night, come to think of it – was the start of the ninth series of Spooks (BBC1) which is still as compellingly watchable and implausible as ever. I say implausible, but then you never really know. When a real-life MI6 officer turns up dead inside a sports bag, in his London flat, who is to say that seeing the wonderful Ros Myers (Hermione Norris »

- John Crace

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'Spooks' Firth: 'Harry could be killed'

14 September 2010 4:29 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Spooks star Peter Firth has claimed that his character Harry could be killed off. Speaking to the Radio Times, Firth explained that he wouldn't be surprised if Harry didn't survive the upcoming ninth series. "I am the anchor," he said. "My character is the obvious candidate." Firth joked that he is worried about the final scenes of the show, saying: "The costume department has just told me that the end of episode eight involves some (more) »

- By Catriona Wightman

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BBC's "Spooks" Gets A U.S. Remake

16 August 2010 6:29 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

ABC has acquired the American adaptation rights to one of my favourite shows, the long-running BAFTA-winning BBC spy drama series "Spooks" reports Deadline.

Michael Seitzmann ("Empire State," "North Country") will pen and executive produce a pilot for the series, though there's no word on what form it will take - whether it will remain set in the U.K. or shift its location and agency setting to the United States.

U.S. networks have had little success adapting UK shows for their own market aside from NBC's "The Office". Pilots for cross-Atlantic versions of "Footballers Wives," "Prime Suspect," "Absolutely Fabulous," "The Vicar of Dibley" and "Spaced" never made it to air while inferior remakes of "Life on Mars," "Eleventh Hour" and "Coupling" didn't it make much beyond a few episodes. U.S. versions of "Top Gear" and "Being Human" are also in the works to air sometime in the next year. »

- Garth Franklin

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Why I Prefer 'Space Vampire' to 'Twilight'

2 July 2010 7:48 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

I bought and read the first book and saw the movie adaptation -- which I thought was pretty good -- and then I jumped off that sparkly train. Some day I may catch up with New Moon and/or The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, but my taste runs towards another kind of bloodsucker. Her name is Space Girl.

As played by the magnificent Mathilda May in Lifeforce (Aka Space Vampire), Tobe Hooper's immortal 1985 flick, Space Girl is an alien creature first discovered by astronauts in human form, inside a spacecraft that's inside Halley's Comet. She's apparently dead, but comes back to life in London. Like other, more commonplace vampires, such as those found in Twilight, she requires nourishment; instead of blood, she drains the lifeforce, represented by cool-looking special effects vomit, from nearby humans. The humans are reduced to dessicated husks of skin and bones, which looks like a fate »

- Peter Martin

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TV News: Spooks, Kennedys, Renegade

29 April 2010 10:27 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Spooks

Sophia Myles ("Thunderbirds," "Moonlight"), Max Brown ("Mistresses," "The Tudors"), Iain Glen ("Lara Croft: Tomb Raider," "Doctor Who"), Simon Russell Beale ("An Ideal Husband," "Persuasion") and Laila Rouass ("Primeval," "Footballers’ Wives") have all joined the upcoming ninth season of the British spy series as cast regulars.

Their roles however have not been specified, nor were returning cast members names mentioned in the press release. The recent eighth season saw the retirement of one and the death (one confirmed, one left uncertain) of two regulars - leaving just four regular cast members still standing.

Photos of filming in Surrey the other week showed both Richard Armitage (Lucas) and Peter Firth (Harry) at work. The big question has been about the return of Hermione Norris (Ros) who seemingly died in the finale. Norris isn't in the photos and is believed to be committed to other projects.

Filming on the series will continue through until mid July. »

- Garth Franklin

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Mi-5, Vol. 7 - DVD Review

4 February 2010 6:43 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Mi . 5 keeps viewers enthralled with stories taken from today.s headlines performed by actors who are so accomplished one forgets they are actors. The level of excitement is high, and the tension puts you on the edge of your chair. Volume Seven brings another season of high quality drama involving espionage and power struggles involving this covert division of the British government. This season opens with the exchange of high level prisoners. A Russian spy is traded for the return of Lucas North (Richard Armitage). North an operative and friend of division head Harry Pearce (Peter Firth) has been in a Russian prison for eight years. Upon his return he is anxious to get back into action, »

- June L.

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New On DVD This Week

27 January 2010 3:00 PM, PST | The Flickcast | See recent The Flickcast news »

It’s almost February and some really great movies are hitting store shelves this week for the first time and for the first time on Blu-ray. This week’s releases include This Is ItSurrogatesWhip ItSaw IV, the complete run of NBC’s canceled-too-soon Southland and the Blu-ray release of Wim Wenders’ classic Paris, Texas with Nastassja Kinski and Harry Dean Stanton. (pictured above).

Check out this week’s new releases:

Movies

Atonement ~ James McAvoy (Blu-ray)

Bright Star ~ Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw (Blu-ray and DVD)

Fame (1980) ~ Irene Cara (Blu-ray)

Give ‘Em Hell Malone ~ Doug Hutchison, Thomas Jane (Blu-ray and DVD)

I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell ~ Matt Czuchry, Geoff Stults (Blu-ray and DVD)

IMAX: Wild Ocean ~ (Blu-ray)

Little Ashes ~ Javier Beltran, Robert Pattinson (Blu-ray and DVD)

Michael Jackson: This Is It ~ Michael Jackson (Blu-ray and DVD)

Paris, Texas (Criterion Collection) ~ Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell »

- Joe Gillis

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[TV] Top Gear 11

14 January 2010 12:57 PM, PST | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

No one could blame you if you imagined even for a second that a show about flashy sports cars wasn’t your cup of tea. Until last year I was in the same shabby, Winnebago [read: boat]. Usually, when someone says to me “It must be good, look at how many people watch it!” I laugh it off. Television programming tends to be more successful the more mindless it is, I’m sorry if you disagree, but more often than not it’s the plain-spoken truth. American shows like American Idol pat themselves on the back when they hit 38 million viewers per episode. Top Gear? It boasts 350 million viewers worldwide and frankly, I can’t blame a single one of them.

Hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May love themselves a fast, sleek, beautifully styled automobile. They rarely agree on which car fits all those descriptions, but that’s half the fun. »

- Lex Walker

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