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Gyllenhaal plays a young investment banker struggling to cope after the tragic death of his wife. During his attempt to put his life back together, he becomes obsessed with destruction and develops an unusual relationship with a pot smoking single mother (Naomi Watts). [Source: The Wrap]
Untitled Spielberg Cold War Thriller
Amy Ryan ("Gone Baby Gone"), Alan Alda ("Mash"), Billy Magnussen ("Boardwalk Empire") and Eve Hewson ("The Knick") will star opposite Tom Hanks in Steven Spielberg’s Cold War spy thriller at Fox and Dreamworks. Filming begins in September in Berlin and New York.
Hanks will portray an American attorney enlisted by the CIA during the Cold War to surreptitiously negotiate the 1962 release of Francis Gary Powers, the U2 spy plane pilot who »
- Garth Franklin
The Wrap has reported that the currently untitled return of director Cameron Crowe (Vanilla Sky, Almost Famous) has been pushed back from it’s original Christmas Day release until the middle of next spring. And while it may seem like a downer, it sounds like Sony, who are distributing the movie, have made the right choice considering the competition it faced in the Us over Christmas.
In the Us, the film was originally set to go head-head-to-head with a glut of wide, and potential hit, films. Disney’s big film for the festive season, an adaptation of musical Into the Woods, starring Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt and Chris Pine was arguably the biggest obstacle.
Other obsticles included Angelina Jolie-directed Unbroken, cult-comedy sequel Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, which begins it’s limited release on the same day, but will still draw in the crowds. »
- Scott Davis
Check out who got nominated for a 2014 Teen Choice Award.
The 2014 Teen Choice Awards nominees were announced today, with a massively long list of contenders in a number of theme categories including movies, television, music, fashion, and sports.
You can see the full list of nominees from all 65 categories below, and see who wins when the Teen Choice Awards air Sunday, August 10 on Fox.
Choice Movie: Action
Choice Movie Actor: Action
Choice Movie Actress: Action
Can Edge Of Tomorrow finally become a big hit when it lands on disc? We find out in October...
By distance one of the best blockbusters of summer 2014, Doug Liman's Edge Of Tomorrow did not marry up critical acclaim to box office gold. Believe some, and this is an instance of where a movie star distracted from a film, rather than aided it.
A pity, because Tom Cruise's performance in Edge Of Tomorrow is one of his best - and Emily Blunt is excellent too - but the film hasn't yet crossed $100m at the Us box office, and stands at $350m worldwide. Given that it cost $178m to make, before marketing and distribution costs, it's going to have to do some serious business on DVD and Blu-ray to get powerful studio people interested in making more films of its ilk.
Still, at least we know when to expect the disc now. »
There are a lot of "what ifs" in the movie business. There are so many options when it comes to casting actors to play characters in movies. Superhero films are huge right now, and I love most of the actors that studios have cast to play these badass characters. Christian Bale as Batman, Andrew Garfield aa Spider-Man, Henry Cavill as Superman, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man are just a few of many. But these characters could have easily been played by other actors. It's hard to imagine that now since we're already invested in what's in front of our eyes.
I've come up with a list of actors who almost played some of these superheroes. You may already know about some of the close calls on the list, you may not, but when I was researching for this article there were a few things I didn't know before, »
- Joey Paur
Are you getting restless about all these halfway posts? We're almost done. The Power of List compels me. There's one more halfway post to go that's basically 'The Oscar Charts are Updated!' as the coding problem I mentioned is fixed and the updates are happening behind the scenes as you read this. We must get all this halfway business behind us by Saturday morning so that we can ape out all weekend with Andy Serkis & Co and start this second half of the year off right.
The Greatest Performances Of 2014's First Half
Best Leading Actress: Keira Knightley does her most relaxed and fluid work ever in Begin Again as a musician at a crossroads, never letting any one aspect of the character's situation pigeonhole her emotional responses; Agata Kulesza is an abrasive and evasive presence in her first scenes in Ida as a cynical woman who is »
- NATHANIEL R
Who's got two thumbs and a whole lot of fans who are still crushing on him? This guy! Thursday marks John Krasinski and Emily Blunt's fourth wedding anniversary, so to celebrate the pair's big day, we're taking a look at why John's character on The Office, Jim Halpert, wins everyone over. Along with his adorable floppy hair evolution, there was also Jim's charm and his swoon-worthy relationship with Pam. For a blast from The Office past, take a look at 44 reasons why Jim Halpert was and always will be your dream guy. »
- Laura Marie Meyers
At the start of Doug Liman’s Edge of Tomorrow our hero, Major Bill Cage (Tom Cruise), is a coward. He’s more than ready to run from a fight he knows he’s not equipped for. That’s not the kind of hero we expect from a blockbuster, but it’s the type of subversive choice we should expect from screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie, who had a hand in bringing Hiroshi Sakurazak’s graphic novel, All You Need Is Kill, to the big screen. A protagonist unwilling to help save the world isn’t the only fresh idea in Edge of Tomorrow. Even when Cage becomes a fierce soldier, he’s still no match for the bad-ass helicopter-blade-wielding Rita Vrastaski (Emily Blunt). She is the hero of this movie. Vrastaski drives the story. Cruise, once again playing a role a lot of movie stars would pass on, consistently pushed for his co-star to be this film’s »
- Jack Giroux
Edge of Tomorrow has been hailed by the critics as one of the best movies of the year thus far, although the sci-fi thriller starring Tom Cruise hasn't exactly been setting the box office on fire, at least stateside. The film has only taken in $86.4 million domestically, but it has performed well overseas, with a healthy $320.9 worldwide take from a $178 million production budget. Of course, no one knows why exactly the movie isn't faring as well as many would hope, but it's possible that the controversial ending could have affected the box office receipts. However, according to screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie the ending was originally much, much more complex. Of course, if you haven't seen Edge of Tomorrow yet, there will be spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.
Super Brit Colin Firth and the hugely talented Emily Blunt unite and escape as Arthur And Mike in this bitter-sweet romance, written by Academy Award nominee, Becky Johnston (Seven Years in Tibet) and we’ve got a clip to share to celebrate the release in cinemas now.
One-time talented golfer, Wallace Avery (Colin Firth) is struggling with a life from which he longs to escape. Faking his own death, he acquires a forged passport and a new identity—that of a golfer named “Arthur Newman”. “Arthur” heads out for Indiana to start a new life and a promise of a new job as a resident golf-pro at a prestigious club. Along the way, he meets the beautiful but troubled Charlotte (Emily Blunt), who is also traveling under a false identity—that of her schizophrenic twin sister, Michaela or “Mike”—and has fled her own home in North Carolina.
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- Dan Bullock
Fourth of July evokes memories of fireworks, barbecues, parades...and some of movie history's biggest blockbusters (usually starring Will Smith). Going to the movies has been a holiday weekend tradition in my family since before my husband and I had kids, and sometimes it's nice (and necessary) to have a movie date night that doesn't include transforming dinosaurs or kid flicks. If you and your significant other have a few hours to deck out of the house and see a "grown-up" movie for a change, here are three suggestions.
So get a sitter, head to a theater near you, and walk right past the "Transformers" queue for a satisfying cinematic experience.
"Begin Again" (Rated R)
- Sandie Angulo Chen
Film School Rejects conducted a rather interesting interview with Edge of Tomorrow' screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie ("Jack Reacher"). In it, the Oscar-winning scribe is asked about two topics that people had the most issues with: excessive exposition and the film's ending. McQuarrie admits that he had to sell director Doug Liman on some of the exposition-heavy scenes. Specifically, when Emily Blunt's character explains the rules to Tom Cruise's Cage. As for the ending, people have voiced their displeasure with how the film concluded. Spoilers! Spoilers! Spoilers! Spoilers! Spoilers! If you're reading this, you've gotten out. And if you've come this far, maybe you're willing to come a little further. You remember the ending of Edge of Tomorrow, don't you? Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) wakes up without the ability to reset the day. Cage decides to to after the Omega but he'll need some help. So, Cage and Sgt. »
15. Stranger by the Lake
Directed by Alain Guiraudie
Written by Alain Guiraudie
Though Stranger by the Lake premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival (and appeared on Sound On Sight’s best of 2013 list), it finally reached North American audiences in January of this year. Alain Guiraudie’s stunning noir-tinged thriller is set entirely against the backdrop of a secluded lake–known to locals as a popular gay cruising spot. A tale of murder complicated by intense sexual obsession (garnering equal parts praise and criticism for its frank depiction of unsimulated gay sex) it accomplishes the rare feat of subtly guiding the way we pay attention to details as we watch. The film’s deceptively simple geography is mapped out as much aurally (and orally) as visually. By the time of the pulse-pounding climax, Guiraudie has masterfully taken hold of all of our senses in an ever-tightening claustrophobic grip. »
Transformers: Age of Extinction has shot straight to number one at the Us box office.
22 Jump Street remains at number two, while How To Train Your Dragon 2 stays in the third spot after taking a little over $13m.
Also falling one place is X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is at number nine with $3.3m.
Despite being two of the most gifted, sought-after actors in world cinema, it’s something of a surprise to see Colin Firth and Emily Blunt’s Arthur and Mike gain such a low-scale release, with little promotion behind director Dante Ariola’s star-studded, debut endeavour. However the further into this underwhelming picture you get the more apparent it becomes as to why this film has slipped under the radar somewhat, as despite those attached – Arthur and Mike is frustratingly, and overtly, unsubtle.
Firth plays Wallace Avery, a talented golfer who becomes disillusioned with life, and so one day decides to pack up, obtain a brand new identity (‘Arthur Newman’) and leave behind a wife and teenage son, without even the courtesy of a note. While he’s filed under the missing person register, he is in fact embarking on a road trip, seeking pastures new – before he stumbles across the »
- Stefan Pape
Catherine Shoard and Peter Bradshaw join Xan Brooks for our weekly roundup of this week's big cinema releases. On the menu this week is Chef, Jon Favreau's love letter to food, family and Jon Favreau; Cold in July, a dark and bitter Texas film noir; Walking on Sunshine, a gloopy, sweet 80s jukebox musical; and Arthur & Mike, a baffling romantic drama that sees Colin Firth and Emily Blunt romp around in bed together. It's an acquired taste
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- Xan Brooks, Catherine Shoard, Peter Bradshaw, Elliot Smith and Henry Barnes
David Beckham and Tom Cruise met up for an adorable man date at The Cow pub in Notting Hill, London, on Monday. The stars were spotted chatting in a corner table while sharing a bottle of red wine, and David also sipped on a pint of Guinness; it's possible that the retired soccer player was checking out a World Cup match at the bar as well. David and Tom, who have been friends since the Beckhams moved to La from England almost a decade ago, are clearly keeping their cute friendship alive despite not being seen out together since an La Kings hockey game back in May 2013. Lately, Tom has been keeping busy promoting his recent action flick, Edge of Tomorrow, a press trip that's taken him around the world. After his meetup with David Beckham, the actor headed to Osaka, Japan, for yet another premiere of the film, which also stars Emily Blunt. »
- Brittney Stephens
Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men") has joined the cast of Ben Wheatley's darkly comic dystopian thriller "High-Rise" based on Jg Ballard's classic story. Set in a new luxury residential tower built on the eve of Thatcher’s England, the residents soon are split into violent tribal factions.
Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons, Luke Evans, James Purefoy, Reece Shearsmith, Peter Ferdinando and comedian Dan Renton Skinner also star. Filming begins in July in Belfast. [Source: Screen]
Melissa Benoist ("Glee") has scored a role in the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' "The Longest Ride" at Fox 2000. Benoist will play Marcia, a well intentioned roommate, whilst Alan Alda and Jack Huston also star.
- Garth Franklin
• Channing Tatum (22 Jump Street), and The Grand Budapest Hotel co-stars Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes are in talks to join Joel and Ethan Coen’s Hail, Caesar! They’d star alongside Coen brothers regulars George Clooney and Josh Brolin in the 1950s-set comedy about a Hollywood fixer named Eddie Mannix. Swinton would portray a gossip columnist, Tatum is in negotiations to use his dancing skills as a “Gene Kelly-type star,” and Fiennes is considering the role of a studio director. [THR; Variety]
- Lindsey Bahr
The legendary composer was recently quoted as saying that the Disney film had removed adult themes from the family-friendly movie.
However, he has now said that he was misquoted and that Rob Marshall's movie is "first rate" and "genuinely collaborative and always productive".
"Despite what the New Yorker article may convey, the collaboration was genuinely collaborative and always productive," Sondheim insisted. "When the conversation with the teachers occurred, I had not yet seen a full rough cut of the movie."
He continued: "Coincidentally, I saw it immediately after leaving the meeting and, having now seen it a couple of times, I can happily report that it is »
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