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For a lot of people, the best and most exciting part of any comic book movie are the villains. And why not? Unlike the heroes, villains aren’t bound by rules, morals or obligation – they do whatever they want, when then they want to do it. And aside from usually being gifted with awesome abilities like super intelligence or super strength, comic book villains are almost aways of the eccentric kind. Whereas heroes have to play into the light, presenting themselves in a serious or stoic manner, a villain gets to play into the shadows: weird, quirky or just batsh*t crazy.
Since the early 2000s, cinema has gifted us with an elite smörgåsbord of brilliantly-realised villains, all of whom have been played memorably by a variety of talented actors: from Heath Ledger to Ben Kingsley, Kevin Spacey to Michael Shannon, these performers have relished the chance to »
Superman gets serious as the director of 300 and Watchmen and the team behind The Dark Knight assemble for a comic book reboot of biblical proportions. Sent to Earth as a baby from the doomed planet Krypton, Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) grows up in Kansas struggling to hide and control his amazing powers. But just as he learns his true identity, his adoptive world comes under threat from another Kryptonian exile, the criminal General Zod (Michael Shannon). »
In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Henry Cavill) is a young twenty-something journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond his imagination. Transported years ago to Earth from Krypton, a highly advanced, distant planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question 'Why am I here?' Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Diane Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner), Clark discovers having extraordinary abilities means making difficult decisions. When the world is in dire need of stability, an even greater threat emerges. Clark must become a Man of Steel, to protect the people he loves and shine as the world’s beacon of hope – Superman. Man Of Steel was directed by Zack Snyder, from a script written by David Goyer. The cast includes: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Ayelet Zurer, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Michael Shannon, »
Shipping Out: Johnson’s Sophomore Effort Misses the Boat
Director Liza Johnson follows up her 2011 directorial debut, Return, with Hateship Loveship, an adaptation of a short story by Alice Munro (whose works was also the basis for Sarah Polley’s Away From Her, 2006). Johnson revisits favored motifs, a central female character struggling to fit into an assigned part she has no interest in playing, as well as high profile casting in throwaway supporting roles that similarly plague this outing. Despite a committed performance from Wiig, the film feels discombobulated, a Cinderella of the slums fairy tale tinged with minor classist woes that’s nicely trimmed into all’s-wells-that-ends well blandness.
With Johanna’s (Kristen Wiig) last elderly ward recently deceased, she takes a new job in Iowa as the caretaker for motherless teen (and woefully named) Sabitha (Hailee Stanfield), who’s being raised by her well-heeled grandpa (Nick Nolte). Sabitha’s dad, »
- Nicholas Bell
The acclaimed actor played Jor-El, Superman's father in "Man Of Steel". His character was killed off by Michael Shannon's character General Zod, but later appeared as a hologram, guiding Superman to defeat his nemesis.
However, Crowe has his doubts if Jor-El will return for the sequel as the new film is also taking a fresh direction.
"I don't think they're going to use me again. I think they're jumping onto a different stream. You know, they're going with the different. »
- Lohit Reddy
When I met Logan Lerman in 2012 to talk Perks of Being a Wallflower and Noah (right here icymi) he was as nice as movie actors can get. We even strayed off topic quite a bit over coffee. I was eager to see what he'd do next but, I must confess, he seemed so young that I wasn't exactly thinking of him as a contender for leading gigs, just as a very promising actor. During my screening of Noah, my best friend (who is not at all into movies and had no idea who Lerman was) was all a-drooling and I felt weirdly protective. He's just a nice boy, put your tongue back in your mouth!
But, uh, I need to rethink. Lerman is now 22. This new spread in Interview magazine, to accompany an interview conducted by one of the young actor's idols Michael Shannon seems determined to update perceptions about »
- NATHANIEL R
Hours shrinks the Hollywood megabudget, proving yet again that a small, specific idea can trump expensive special effects. Falling into a developing tradition of high-profile actors taking on creative micro-thrillers, a la Ryan Reynolds in Buried or Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain in Take Shelter, Hours is a taut thriller that relies on character over battle sequences and emotion over quick one-liners.
Scribe Eric Heisserer is Hollywood’s reboot man, scripting the new Nightmare on Elm Street, Final Destination 5, and The Thing. Hours is a genre departure for him and also marks his directorial debut. Starting in the hours before Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Nolan Hayes (Paul Walker) rushes his pregnant wife (Genesis Rodriguez) to the hospital. When the birth is complicated, Nolan tragically loses his wife and is stricken to learn his newborn must be supported by a ventilator to survive. Katrina hits and the hospital is evacuated, »
- Kyle North
Chicago-based Kartemquin Films will receive the North Carolina festival’s Master Of Cinema award.
Emerging Master Awards will go to Winter’s Bone director Debra Granik and actress Melanie Lynskey. Previous honourees include Jeff Nichols, Paul Schneider, Michael Shannon, Ramin Bahrani and David Gordon Green.
Spark Awards will go to actors Sophie Desmarais, Tye Sheridan and Tyler James Williams. Previous recipients include Anna Margaret Hollyman, Madeleine Martin, Terence Nance, David Oyelowo, Brady Corbet and Amy Seimetz.
Narrative Features jurors are UK director Andrea Arnold, critic [link=nm »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
After a successful first weekend, Cheap Thrills will open in New York, San Francisco, Dallas, and Tempe, Az, this weekend before expanding to more cities on April 4. Cheap Thrills will also play at The Crest in La this weekend.
Cheap Thrills is also now available on all VOD platforms.
The directorial debut from E.L. Katz, Cheap Thrills was acquired by Drafthouse Films, in partnership with Snoot Entertainment, following its world premiere at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival, where it won the "Midnighters Audience Award."
Cheap Thrills follows Craig »
- Uncle Creepy
Update: Some villains are mean, some villains are brutal, some villains are scary and some are clever. And Funny. And kind of attractive. That's Loki, Thor's brother who showed us that he can be bad ... and good when it serves him ... and yet, still be bad. Loki won Pick Villain by a landslide with 61% of the vote - The Wolverine's Viper came in second place with 14%.
Feb. 22, 2014 - If 2013 was the year of the Superhero movie, then might it also be the year of the villain? We saw some incredible bad guys (and girls!) this year - so you tell us, which villain was the Best? (and by that, we mean which villain was the Worst!?). Check out the nominees and then go vote in the column to the right:
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
Lars von Trier’s new film “Nymphomaniac: Volume I” is the story of a young woman who tries to work through her parental issues by having as much sex as possible. And that’s quite a bit of sex indeed, the majority of it dispassionate and squalid. It is not, however, a pornographic film, says star Stellan Skarsgard.
At Thursday’s New York premiere of “Nymphomaniac,” held at the Museum of Modern Art, a reporter on the red carpet asked him what it was like to be in a pornographic film. Skarsgard, clearly a bit frustrated at this line of questioning, responded that Lars von Trier’s film, though often darkly funny, makes compulsive sex seem miserable rather than erotic.
“All his films are fairy tales, it’s not realistic people, but he brings them alive, it has a heightened level that is very exciting,” Skarsgard told Variety. This is »
- Michael Tedder
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 13 Mar 2014 - 05:44
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2011, and a great year for lesser-seen gems...
Even a cursory glance at the top 10 grossing films of 2011 reveals something strange: nine of the entries are sequels. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 brought the fantasy franchise to a close with a staggering $1.3bn haul. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon wasn't too far behind with just over $1.1bn. On Stranger Tides continued the Pirates Of The Caribbean series' wave of success, despite mixed reviews.
Elsewhere in the top 10, you'll find another Twilight, a fourth Mission: Impossible, a second Kung Fu Panda, a fifth Fast, another Hangover, and further Cars. Standing alone on the list is The Smurfs, the adaptation of Peyo's Belgian comic strip. In fact, 2011 saw the release of no fewer than 28 sequels - the most we've yet seen in any given year. »
It may sound the next verse of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy but Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage is a collection of short stories by Canadian writer Alice Munro. The first of them is now Hateship Loveship, a film starring Kristen Wiig, and it has a new trailer fresh in via Yahoo!. In a rare dramatic part for the Saturday Night Live star, Wiig plays a diffident nanny, Johanna Parry, working for Nick Nolte's old-timer Mr. McCauley and helping look after his young granddaughter, Sabitha (Hailee Steinfeld). Things take an unwelcome turn for the Sleepless In Seattle when Sabitha and a school pal take it on themselves to fake emails between her and the trouble dad-in-law Ken (Guy Pearce). Will the strange frisson between them spark the demure Parry into life? You betcha.Hateship Loveship has a relative newbie director in Liza Johnson, whose previous feature, Return, had John Slattery »
Director: Jeff Nichols
Writer: Jeff Nichols
U.S. Distributor: Warner Bros.
Just as his filmmaker buddy David Gordon Green did before him, Jeff Nichols is now sitting on the type of project that will see him bring out his inner geek. Having mentioned in an interview that he hopes to bring out some ’80s John Carpenter, Nicholas is moving into sci-fi drama after having successfully mastered subgenres in Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter and more recently, Mud.
Gist: A father and son go on the run after the dad learns his child possesses special powers.
Release Date: Currently filming with post-production to begin later this month, Nichols could in fact spend a great deal of time in post pushing WB to date this for 2015. We’re hoping for a late in the race showing.
- Eric Lavallee
Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, handed out top honors to 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club and Nebraska at this afternoon's 29th Film Independent Spirit Awards. Blue Jasmine, Fruitvale Station, Blue Is the Warmest Color, Short Term 12, This Is Martin Bonner and 20 Feet from Stardom also received awards at the ceremony, which is held in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica.
Highlights from last night's ceremony hosted by Patton Oswalt include: The first ever award delivered via Wild Rabbit's state-of-the-art drone. Mid-show Oswalt also received multiple motivational messages via Skype from Sarah Silverman, Reggie Watts, 'Weird Al' Yankovic and... his parents. Also showcased during the ceremony, the Indie-izer, Patton's newly developed app that turns any Hollywood big budget film into an indie film.
The Spirit Awards were the first event to exclusively honor independent film, »
Ahead of the Oscars tomorrow evening, the 29th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards have taken place tonight, with Steve McQueen's drama 12 Years a Slave leading the field with five wins, including Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay (John Ridley), Best Cinematography (Sean Bobbitt) and Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o).
In the other acting categories, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto were named Best Male Lead and Best Supporting Male for their work in Dallas Buyers Club, while Cate Blanchett received the gong for Best Female Lead for Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine. Here's the full list of nominees, with the winners highlighted in red....
'12 Years a Slave'
Steve McQueen - '12 Years a »
- Gary Collinson
Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, handed out top honors to 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club and Nebraska at this afternoon’s 29th Film Independent Spirit Awards. Blue Jasmine, Fruitvale Station, Blue is the Warmest Color, Short Term 12, This is Martin Bonner and 20 Feet from Stardom also received awards at the ceremony, which is held in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica.
Comedian Patton Oswalt was this year’s host.
Highlights include: The first ever award delivered via Wild Rabbit’s state-of-the-art drone. Mid-show Patton also received multiple motivational messages via Skype from Sarah Silverman, Reggie Watts, Weird Al Yankovic and… his parents. Also showcased during the ceremony, the Indie-izer, Patton’s newly developed app that turns anyHollywood big budget film into an indie film.
The Spirit Awards were the first event to exclusively honor independent film, »
- Michelle McCue
The night before the 2014 Oscars was a big one for 12 Years a Slave as it took home five wins at the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards including Best Picture, Director (Steve McQueen), Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o), Screenplay (John Ridley) and Cinematography (Sean Bobbitt). However, don't take this to mean 12 Years is a lock at the Oscars as its strongest competition in categories such as Picture and Director, those being Gravity and American Hustle, weren't among the "independent" nominees. Some likely Oscar winners were among the list of winners as Dallas Buyers Club co-stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto took home Best Actor and Supporting Actor respectively. Cate Blanchett took home yet another Best Actress prize for her work in Blue Jasmine and 20 Feet from Stardom won Best Documentary, proving even the Spirit Awards weren't going for The Act of Killing, though that doesn't diminish the impact of Joshua Oppenheimer's film. Some »
- Brad Brevet
Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave pulled a five finger discount at the 2014 Indie Spirit Awards grabbing hardware in the Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress and Best Cinematography categories. Apart from the larceny in the Best Doc category, the winners in the above mention category (excluding Bobbitt’s work) and the double win pairing of Leto and McConaughey along with Cate Blanchett’s perf win in Blue Jasmine will likely repeat itself less than 24 hours later at tomorrow’s Academy Awards celebrations obviously begging many to ponder the following: who needs the 86th Academy Awards when we have the Indie Spirit Awards? While today’s most pleasurable wins come from the truly indie kudos for Best First Feature (Ryan Coogler for Frutivale Station) the John Cassavetes award for Chad Hartigan’s This is Martin Bonner, and the Piaget Producers Award to Ain’t Them Bodies Saints »
- Eric Lavallee
Best Feature, Director and Screenplay (among other awards) went to 12 Years a Slave. Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) and Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) took the lead acting prizes, while Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave) and Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) won for their supporting roles.
Pics: Stars on Set
Check out the full list of winners below:
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