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Directed by Chris Wedge.
A teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil is taking place. She bands together with a rag-tag group characters in order to save their world - and ours.
Based on the children's book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs by William Joyce, Chris Wedge (Ice Age, Robots) directs this family-adventure with outstanding 3D and thrilling chase-sequences which are let down by a story that lacks the moral-core it clearly should have. With a Toy Story-esque "secret life" of characters within the forest, we join Mk (Amanda Seyfried) as she magically shrinks and is tasked with saving the forest as a great »
- Flickering Myth
★★☆☆☆ Little do the oversized world of galumphing humans realise that living in our forests are legions of tiny 'Leafmen', in armour, protecting the natural world from the evils of decay. Under the benevolent rule of a magical queen, this ancient race maintains balance by keeping in check their marauding antagonists, the 'Boggans'. At least this is the world presented in Epic (2013), the latest whiz-bang, polychrome 3D adventure from Blue Sky Studios. It sees director Chris Wedge reunited with author William Joyce (they created 2005's Robots together) to adapt the writer's popular children's book, The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs.
Rebranding the story as a grand quest for the soul of a forest, Epic jettisons the vast majority of the source material and brings a human into the mix in the form of M.K. (Amanda Seyfried). She stumbles across the miniature Queen Tara (Beyoncé Knowles) on »
- CineVue UK
Italo animation mogul Iginio Straffi will be feted by the Ischia Global Film Festival, which Cannes fest juror Christoph Waltz is expected to attend, along with other expected guests in a stellar roster.
Straffi is topper of Rainbow Animation, in which Viacom holds a stake, creator of the “Winx” movies and TV series aired globally. He is also maker of 3D feature “Gladiators of Rome” to be released by Paramount Stateside. Straffi will receive Ischia’s Filmmaker of the Year Award.
Titles screening at Ischia will include the European premieres of Dito Montiel’s “Empire State,” Amanda Eliasch’s “The Gun The Cake and The Butterfly,” Omar Ynigo’s “Marcelo,” Shari Singer Berman’s “Girl Most Likely” and Rory Kennedy’s docu “Ethel.” Shawn Levy’s “The Internship,” produced by Milchan, will have its Italo preem. »
- Nick Vivarelli
A startling return to form for cult director Quentin Tarantino, action-packed spaghetti western Django Unchained (2012) was nominated for five Academy Awards earlier this year, taking home the Oscars for Best Original Screenplay (Tarantino) and Best Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz). To celebrate the Blu-ray and DVD release of Tarantino's blood-soaked revenge story, we're delighted to be able to offer Three Blu-ray copies of Django out to our devoted readers, courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
Jamie Foxx stars as the titular Django, a freed slave who, under the tutelage of German bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Waltz), becomes a bad-ass bounty hunter himself. After taking down some villainous sorts for a tidy profit, the gun-slinging due eventually track down Django »
- CineVue UK
Epic is a 3D family adventure comedy that reveals a fantastical world hidden from the human eye. In the forest, there is an ongoing battle between the forces of good, who keep the natural world alive, and the forces of evil, who wish to destroy it. When a teenage girl (voiced by Amanda Seyfried) finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she teams up with the Leafmen, led by Ronin (voiced by Colin Farrell), and a cast of odd-ball characters, who must work together to save both their world and ours. From Ice Age director Chris Wedge, the film also features the voices of Beyonce Knowles, Josh Hutcherson, Christoph Waltz, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, Chris O’Dowd, Jason Sudeikis, Aziz Ansari and Armando “Pitbull” Pérez. At the recent L.A. press day, Collider got the opportunity to chat with superstar music artist Pitbull about what made him want to »
- Christina Radish
The most questionable thing about “Epic,” Blue Sky Studios’ latest animated adventure, is its title. Not only is it generic-sounding and Google-unfriendly, it’s also one of the last words most viewers would use to describe the film. Which is not to say that director Chris Wedge’s effort is some sort of epic fail, in fact it’s nothing of the sort: “Epic” is a reasonably entertaining, adeptly crafted kidpic whose biggest crime is its near pathological reliance on overfamiliar tropes and trappings. But that shouldn’t bother family crowds, who will likely line up in large numbers and leave satisfied, if hardly awed.
That “Epic’s” title survived market testing is a bit surprising when one considers how much of the rest of the film seems to have originated there. Almost everything that conventional wisdom would suggest a successful multi-quadrant family pic ought to contain is present here in some capacity, »
- Andrew Barker
Note: Film critic Tim Grierson is attending the Cannes Film Festival for the first time. For Backstage, he’ll be filing occasional diary entries about his thoughts and impressions of the granddaddy of all film festivals. Tuesday, May 21, 12:35am We’re about halfway through Cannes, which means that about half of the festival’s Official Competition films have now been screened. And a few possible contenders for the Palme d’Or, the festival’s top prize, have already established themselves. As with predicting the Oscars, guessing the Palme winner requires knowing the electorate. In this case, it’s the nine-member jury that this year is headed by Steven Spielberg but also includes Christoph Waltz, Nicole Kidman, and Ang Lee. What sort of movie might move them? Of what I’ve seen thus far, I’d bet on “The Past,” the new film from writer-director Asghar Farhadi, whose last film was “A Separation, »
For me, the Best Supporting Actor category is the most difficult category to predict this far out from the actual nominations. This is not atypical either as this category is annually, almost without fail, the toughest to foresee. The reasons for my particularly foggy clairvoyant skills on this specific matter are two-fold.
First, given the types of movies being made in this day and age, the abundance of choice supporting roles with potentially Oscar-worthy prospects is just ridiculous. They’re as plentiful as water in the ocean, and this plethora of promising performers, while a boon for fans of cinema, is a nightmare for an Oscar protagonist such as myself trying to pull off the illusion that I retain some unique insight into these awards that your regular laymen could never hope to attain.
This year’s crop of potential players makes this job an especially Herculean effort because they include so many recognizable names. »
- Christopher Lominac
Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in August: Osage County: Duel of the Oscar winners [See previous post: "Oscar 2014 Watch: Harvey Weinstein Cannes Film Festival Coming Attractions."] More Oscar 2014 bait: August: Osage County, directed by John Wells, and starring three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep (Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie’s Choice, The Iron Lady) and Oscar winner Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich). Is it mere coincidence that Streep’s seventeenth Oscar nomination and third win was for her portrayal of British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady — distributed by The Weinstein Company two years ago? Either way, Streep’s Oscar 2014 competition should be fierce, as Julia Roberts doesn’t seem to be wearing any makeup in the family drama. (Photo: Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in August: Osage County.) Adapted by Tracy Letts from his own play, besides Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, August: Osage County also features Oscar nominee Juliette Lewis (Cape Fear), Dermot Mulroney, Star Trek Into Darkness‘ Benedict Cumberbatch, »
- Andre Soares
Director: Chris Wedge.
Running Time: 102 minutes.
Synopsis: Transported to a forest where good and evil are caught in a constant battle, Mary Katherine (Amanda Seyfried) joins forces with an odd group of characters to save both their world and ours.
From the outset, Epic’s virtuosity for computer-generated animation seamlessly transports us to a virtual world of natural beauty where the good and life forces prevail. Adapted from William Joyce’s book ‘The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs’, Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios deliver an exquisite celebration of Mother Nature that charmingly unfurls like fern leaves unravelling in sunlight. Thematically rooted in educating the audience about ecology and life’s transience, the film is a brilliant sensory confection that never loses sight of plot or characterisation. »
- Anouska Davies
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Running Time: 165 minutes
Starring Jamie Foxx as the titular Django and Christoph Waltz as his saviour and friend Dr. King Schultz, Django Unchained is undoubtedly a fantastically brutal take on Tarantino’s misanthropic stance towards the slavery that stains American history however, the directors exaggerated use of the horrifically mainstream N-word ensures Django’s look at drudgery is aimed to entertain rather than cast aspersions on America’s past.
All the Tarantino tropes are present and correct: over-stylisation, tremendous soundtrack, dialogue that explodes out the actors mouths and, of course, poor editing. Fortunately three positives trump the one negative ensuring Django is a feast for the eyes and ears. Central to »
- Sam Carey
The films of Quentin Tarantino offer many potential choices when you’re compiling a collection with the title you see above.
The obvious choices spring gleefully to mind: the countless bodies falling at the sword of The Bride in the slaughter of The Crazy 88, the final stand off between Mr White, Nice Guy Eddie and Joe Cabot, dance time at Jack Rabbit Slims, the final curtain call at Le Gramaar and so on.
Each new film brings a number of show stopping scenes to Tarantino’s stockpile and with Django Unchained out on DVD and Blu-ray today there are many great moments to be enjoyed as Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx seek revenge in Tarantino’s self-dubbed ‘Southern’, one of which we have included below.
Without further ado here are the six scenes from Mr. Tarantino which we enjoyed the most.
The making of Mr. Orange.
We become »
- Jon Lyus
The Swiss watch brand Iwc Schaffhausen gathered stars in France for the Cannes Film Festival in the town of Antibes last night for its For the Love of Cinema party. The location was the luxurious seaside Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, which made for a picturesque night. Rooney Mara, Naomi Watts, and Karolína Kurková were among the famous women who hit the red carpet wearing timepieces from the brand, as did actor Christoph Waltz and race car driver Lewis Hamilton. The group was treated to a performance by Jamiroquai's Jay Kay and dinner inside the hotel's restaurant. Wearing a long-sleeved leather Balmain dress, Karolína discussed her bold choice and said, "It's not short!" She also revealed that her travels to Cannes were partially for work and partially for a family vacation with her husband, Archie Drury, and their son, Tobin. Naomi, meanwhile, wore a chic floral gown from Dolce & Gabbana. She told »
- Allie Merriam
Rivalling DreamWorks and Pixar animation studios is certainly no easy task, but Blue Sky Studios are triumphantly getting along with things, consistently making a profit on their reasonable back catalogue. Boasting the likes of Rio and the popular Ice Age franchise, they now return with Chris Wedge’s Epic, an adventure in the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids mould. However, though this may certainly be a more advanced, contemporary take on the the 1989 family adventure, it’s lacking in that same ingenuity.
When teenager Mary Katherine (Amanda Seyfried) loses her mother to illness, she is forced to go and live with her estranged and somewhat unconventional father (Jason Sudeikis), who is completely transfixed with the idea that a community of miniature people live in the forest. Though sceptical, when Mk is magically transported into a tiny person, deep into the forest, she becomes embroiled in a war between good and evil. »
- Stefan Pape
Blue Sky Studios may be plucky underdogs when measured next to the brilliance of Pixar, but their ongoing Ice Age series and 2011's Rio show they know a thing or two about putting together bright and buoyant animated adventures.
Their latest offering Epic takes inspiration from William Joyce's book The Leaf Men and the Grave Good Bugs, bringing to life a miniature forest world populated by warriors riding atop hummingbirds, an evil tribe of Boggans led by Mandrake (Christoph Waltz) and a Mother Nature ruler called Queen Tara (voiced by Beyoncé).
There's a human component to the story, too, with Amanda Seyfried providing the viewer entry point as teen Mary Katherine (she prefers to go by Mk). The death of Mk's mother »
★★★★☆ Widely and rather wildly lauded as a dramatic return to form, Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained (2012) serves as a brilliantly entertaining, although not altogether unexpected piece of pastiche, caricature cinema. Set to the backdrop of America's pre-Civil War plantations, it is in equal parts a revenge thriller and a buddy movie, led by a stellar cast with Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz on sublime form as its leading men. The story begins with Django (Foxx) being transported as a slave through the backwoods of Texas. On the journey, he and his captors happen upon what turns out to be fateful encounter with Waltz's Dr. King Schultz.
Schultz frees Django and subsequently decides to help him reunite with his wife Broomhilda, played by Kerry Washington. However, the evil Calvin Candie, played to sadistic perfection by Leonardo DiCaprio, is currently holding her captive on his Candyland plantation. What ensues is the tale of an unlikely friendship, »
- CineVue UK
Cannes is usually an international hotbed of film, but this year the Cannes Film Festival has become an unexpected epicenter for madness instead, as according to CNN, an onlooker armed with a starter pistol and a fake hand grenade staged an attack Friday afternoon during a live television interview with Academy Award winning actor Christoph Waltz.
No injuries were reported and police quickly subdued and apprehended the suspect.
According to the report, Waltz and BAFTA winning actor Daniel Auteuil were being interviewed outdoors by French cable station Canal+ along the famous Promenade de la Croisette when an unnamed assailant began firing shots. Waltz and Auteuil were hustled to safety as police quickly captured the attacker.
It was later determined that the shots were actually blanks. Additionally, the man was carrying a fake grenade.
"The bodyguards jumped over the barriers into the crowd and pulled him to the ground," witness Arthur Laiguesse told Reuters. »
- Scott Harris
Right after my Deadline Hollywood colleague Pete Hammond moderated a Weinstein Company panel this morning on Big Eyes, the film that Tim Burton will direct with Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams, I moderated another on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Destiny, a sequel to the 2000 film that won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, and at the time became the biggest grossing foreign language film in America. I was joined onstage by producer David Thwaites, Harvey Weinstein, actor Donnie Yen, director and martial arts choreography legend Yuen Wo Ping (he handled action choreography of the Ang Lee-directed original Crouching Tiger). Also with us was exec producer Anthony Wong, who translated for the director. Michelle Yeoh was seen on a screen, after being set to reprise her role. Scripted by John Fusco, this film is derived from Iron Knight, Silver Vase, the fifth book in the Wang Dulu’s Crane Iron Pentalogy. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Cannes, France — The magic and glamour of Cannes can be hard to spot on a day when rain is lashing the palm trees, roiling the gray Mediterranean and pooling in puddles along the Croisette.
But the world's leading film festival can transform careers – something no one knows that better than actors Berenice Bejo and Tahar Rahim, stars of director Asghar Farhadi's festival entry "The Past."
Bejo shimmered on-screen in Cannes two years ago in "The Artist," her director husband Michel Hazanavicius' vivacious silent homage to Hollywood's Golden Age. It went on to win five Academy Awards, including best picture.
Cannes exposure helped boost both performers onto the international stage. While once most European actors could choose between stay at home and playing Hollywood villains, »
Nicole Kidman is here in Cannes, so is Ang Lee, and Audrey Tautou, and a second-generation Jagger, and Justin Timberlake, and Cindy Crawford, and Cheryl Cole, and Pelé, and all of them have been rained on, stubbornly, for days. Rain at Cannes used to be rare, regulars say. Russell Crowe has an anecdote about sitting in a screening wearing sodden zip-ups back in 1991, and Bruce Willis got splashed by a freak wave in 2006 – but for a couple of decades straight, at least, this festival was a dry deal, screenings and parties staged outdoors, everyone "cooked to a turn" (as F Scott Fitzgerald described the local way of sunbathing). Then last year the roof of the Soixantième theatre blew off. »
- Tom Lamont
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