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The Prince Caspian actor has joined HBO’s upcoming sci-fi drama, which takes place at a futuristic theme park where robots go nuts and attack the guests.
Per EW.com, Barnes will replace Once Upon a Time‘s Eion Bailey in the role of Logan, a louche bachelor and veteran Westworld guest whose hedonistic romp through the park is motivated by self-indulgence and a desire to help his friend, William.
Bailey, whose casting was reported just one week ago, »
Updates with Ben Barnes taking over role of Logan: A bit of Once Upon A Time, House of Cards, Pacific Rim and Borgen is coming to the HBO series about theme park robots gone wrong. With Miranda Otto having exited Westworld, the series has a replacement plus a trio of new castings to join Ed Harris, Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Wright, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden and Thandie Newton. The biggest shift in these castings for the reboot of the 1973 pic is the addition of Sidse… »
Could Jackie & Ryan even be called a movie? And does it really matter? This underdeveloped romance seems to be lacking an act, or two, or maybe even three. But it’s filled with such great music that the emotions are there regardless. Not unlike Once, the movie itself feels like an excuse for the music. And as with Once, that’s not always a bad thing.The film follows Ryan (Ben Barnes), a modern-day hobo riding the rails, guitar in hand, busking along the way as he makes some vague noises about maybe starting a recording career. One day in Ogden, Utah, he finds himself playing on the street for Jackie (Katherine Heigl), a former country star now going through a messy divorce and living with her mom (Sheryl Lee). A minor car accident brings them together, and soon enough, they’re making eyes at each other while he fixes »
- Bilge Ebiri
A romance of a gentle, bittersweet, grownup variety that doesn’t pretend that every connection has to be a grand, sweeping, happily-ever-after thing. I’m “biast” (pro): love Ben Barnes…
I’m “biast” (con): …but haven’t been a fan of Katherine Heigl
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Ryan (Ben Barnes: Seventh Son) is a modern-day traveling hobo-slash-musician. (It might sound unlikely, but it works for him… and for the film.) Jackie (Katherine Heigl: New Year’s Eve) is a former country-music star going through a rough divorce. They do not fall in love. Or, well, maybe they do, a little bit, but that isn’t the point of the beautifully sketched friendship-plus that develops between them after a chance meeting throws them together in a way they both almost walk away from. The point is how they help each other find new »
- MaryAnn Johanson
“I’m old, not obsolete,” mutters Arnold Schwarzenegger’s aging android in “Terminator Genisys,” and his words could be a wishful mantra for this nervy, silly, almost admirably misguided attempt to give the 31-year-old franchise a massive cybernetic facelift. More or less rewriting everything we thought we knew about the Connor genealogy, the properties of liquid metal, and the rules of post-1984 time travel, this f/x-encrusted reboot feels at once back-to-basics and confoundingly revisionist, teeming with alternate timelines and rejiggered character histories (the most perplexing of which finds Sarah Connor now continually referring to Schwarzenegger’s Terminator as “Pops”). Consider it the 3D blockbuster equivalent of disruptive technology, and while online fans have already voiced their displeasure, the movie’s willingness to veer crazily off-course feels less objectionable than the monotony and sense of self-parody that kick in long before the whimper of a finish. (Justin Chang »
- Variety Staff
This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 Venice Film Festival. Perhaps stung by the middling-to-poor reviews for her last film “Texas Killing Fields,” director Ami Canaan Mann (daughter of Michael) returns to screens under cover of absolute directorial anonymity with “Jackie & Ryan,” a movie hamstrung in its attempts to be a “Crazy Heart” or even a “Country Strong”-ish vehicle for Katherine Heigl by being more bland than a mashed potato dinner. It’s a strangely old-fashioned film, yielding a big enough crop of corn to revive the entire Midwestern economy, putting forth a dubiously romanticized view of the philosophical beauty of the train-hopping lifestyle. And while Ben Barnes does the film's decent music great justice with his surprisingly lovely singing voice, that’s really the only authentic feeling thing therein. “Jackie & Ryan" is supposedly all about learning how to git where ya gotta go, but none of »
- Jessica Kiang
Ballad of the Sad Doublet: Mann’s Warm, Simplistic Tale of Lonely Hearts
Recalling an era of simple, but warmly rendered studio features fitted specifically for their romantic lead properties, Ami Canaan Mann’s sophomore film Jackie & Ryan is indeed as plain as its aseptic title would indicate. A portrait of Middle American woes that could have easily been set in the Depression era, Mann’s straight laced storytelling makes for a surprisingly pleasant venture, even as top lined by a pair of dubious leads. But as warmly rendered as the film happens to be, it’s doubtful whether anything will remain very memorable once the credits roll.
Modern day drifter Ryan (Ben Barnes) is an aspiring folk singer, hopping around the country by train, the happy-go-lucky sort who seems to be engaged with life exactly as he wants to be. He stops off in Ogden, Utah, and while performing one day, »
- Nicholas Bell
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Get Hard (comedy; Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Craig T. Nelson, Alison Brie; rated R) The Gunman (action-thriller; a super-ripped Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Javier Bardem; rated R) Jackie & Ryan (romance; Ben Barnes, Katherine Heigl, Clea DuVall; premieres 7/3 on cable Mod and in theater; rated PG-13) Digital HD: Rent from $4-$7 or own from $13-$20 (HD may cost more than Sd) Vudu Offers the same movies as cable...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Katherine Heigl is singing her husband's praises after he helped her with her latest film. The actress and costar Ben Barnes sat down with toofab's Brittany Kyles to chat about their brand new flick together, "Jackie & Ryan." The movie follows the lives of Ryan, a traveling folk singer who's struggling to make a living, and Jackie, a former musician who's trying to maintain custody of her daughter in the midst of a messy divorce. In an interesting turn of events, these two troubled individuals come together and end up changing each other's lives for the better. The film has a very rustic feel, with shooting taking place close to Heigl's Utah ranch (above). "I live up in Utah most of the time," she tells toofab. "It was awesome, I could get up for work and just be like three minutes from my house. I loved it. 90% of the movie was shot outside, »
- tooFab Staff
When is a “swirling” rumor not a rumor at all? When it’s merely TVLine suggesting that Grey’s Anatomy would be wise to welcome back Katherine Heigl to the role she created back in March 2005.
Nonetheless, Entertainment Tonight invited Heigl to share if there is any truth to the “rumor” that she will return as Dr. Izzie Stevens. “There is not, I’m sorry,” she states.
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More interestingly, perhaps, is what Heigl says (or doesn’t say) when the reporter then asks if she would consider ever scrubbing »
Read More: 20th Stony Brook Film Festival Welcomes 'Best of Enemies,' 'Wildlike' and More Katherine Heigl and Ben Barnes star as musically-inclined lovers in the new trailer for Ami Canaan Mann's "Jackie & Ben." The film marks the duo's first feature together since playing brother and sister in 2013's ensemble rom-com, "The Big Wedding." "Jackie & Ryan" stars Heigl as Jackie Laurel, a former singer seeking independence from her marriage. Barnes plays Ryan Brenner, a traveling musician trying to find the courage to write music of his own. After an unexpected car accident brings the two together in Ogden, Utah, they turn to each other during their hardships. When Jackie's estranged husband threatens to take custody of their daughter and Ryan's musician mentor dies in a train accident, the two connect through music and form a relationship that might change their lives. The film also stars Clea DuVall and Cheryl Lee. »
- Kaeli Van Cott
Read More: 'Sweaty Betty,' 'Funny Bunny' Win Big at 18th Brooklyn Film Festival The Stony Brook Film Festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with a promising slate of new independent features, documentaries and shorts. The festival is presented by Island Federal Credit Union and will run July 16-25. Screenings are held in the Staller Center's Main Stage Theatre at Stony Brook University. Algerian drama "The Man from Oran" will make its U.S. premiere as the opening night screening. Set largely after Algeria gained independence from France, the film follows two friends over several decades as secrets and betrayals tear them apart. Writer, director and star Lyes Salem will be in attendance. Léa Pool's French-Canadian musical film, "The Passion of Augustine," will close the festival. Other notable screenings include "Jack & Ryan," a romance starring Katharine Heigel and Ben Barnes, "This Isn't Funny," an anxiety. »
- Zack Sharf
Sometimes all you need to survive life's hurdles are a hunky guy who plays by his own rules and a little country music. That seems to be the basic outlay of "Jackie & Ryan," the latest film from Ami Canaan Mann. Katherine Heigl and Ben Barnes lead the movie which follows Jackie, a former singer whose marriage is falling apart, who finds hope in drifter/musician Ryan. Jackie is trying to extricate herself from her husband, who wants her to move to Manhattan and threatens to take sole custody of their child, while Ryan has to find his musical voice, an effort made even more difficult when his mentor dies. This one hardly charmed our critic in Venice, who called it "low on stakes, light on originality, and limp in execution." Read More: Katherine Heigl Schedules Sex In Clip From 'Home Sweet Hell,' Plus First 9 Minutes Of The Film »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Title: Sons of Liberty Lionsgate / The History Channel Director: Kari Skogland Writer: David C. White; Stephen David; Kirk Ellis ;Zachary Herrmann; Jordan Rosenblum Cast: Ben Barnes, Marton Csokas, Ryan Eggold, Henry Thomas, Michael Raymond-James, Rafe Spall, Jason O’Mara,Dean Norris, Emily Berrington Running Time: 270 minutes (3 part miniseries); Unrated (Violence, mild language, mild sexuality) Special Features: 3 behind the scenes featurettes – Lensing Liberty; Men of Independence; The Choreography of War Available on DVD, VOD, Blu-Ray on May 26th The Sons of Liberty were a group of American colonists that created the 13 colonies to protect rights and fight taxation from the English crown. This miniseries tells the stories [ Read More ]
The post Sons of Liberty Blu-ray Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
The staff at Hazelwood Manor find their lives turned upside down when they win the lottery, making them wealthier than the family they work for.
Returning from its mid-season break, Us comedy sitcom The Middle continues in an episode all about romance.
As Valentine's Day looms, Brick (Atticus Shaffer) finds out his girlfriend wants to kiss him on the special day, whilst Axl (Charlie McDermott) is having a crisis of his own, being unable to connect with his significant other.
Brotherhood: Comedy Central, 9:30pm
When their mum suddenly dies, brothers Dan (Ben Ashenden) and Toby »
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
TV Worth Watching
"Critics' Choice Television Awards" (Sunday on A&E at 8 p.m.)
FX's final season of "Justified" and HBO's "Olive Kitteridge" have the most nominations going into this year's live show, which is hosted by Cat Deeley. A one-hour red carpet special will air before the awards are handed out. Check out the nominations. Hopefully there will be some memorable/juicy moments and speeches.
"Game of Thrones" (Sunday on HBO at 9 p.m.)
If you're not into awards shows, or you just want something to cut to during commericals or boring speeches, "Game of Thrones" will be airing Season 5, Episode 8, "Hardhome" on May 31. In this episode, Arya will make progress in her training, Sansa will confront an old friend, Cersei will "struggle," and Jon will »
- Gina Carbone
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods American Sniper (Clint Eastwood-directed action-drama about Navy Seal Chris Kyle; Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner, Cole Konis; rated R) Seventh Son (fantasy-adventure; Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Ben Barnes; also available in 3D; rated PG-13) Strange Magic (animated; voices: Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood; rated PG) Leviathan (2014) (Russian drama; Elena Lyadova, Vladimir Vdovichenkov; rated...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
The five-hour epic TV event Sons of Liberty that chronicled the beginning of the American Revolutionary War was a smash hit on the History Channel, and later this month on May 26 the entire mini-series will make its Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD debut courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
We have teamed up with Lionsgate Home Entertainment to offer two lucky readers a copy of Sons of Liberty on Blu-ray and Digital combo in this giveaway. You can take a shot at winning one by simply filling out the short entry form below and submitting it. The odds of winning can be increased each and every day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open.
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History's latest blockbuster miniseries Sons of Liberty is headed to Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD »
Stars: Tully Banta-Cain, Ben Barnes, Paul Ben-Victor, William Bloomfield, Bonnie Belle Skinner, Ritchie Coster, Damien Di Paola, Armen Garo, Jay Giannone, Toby Jones, Harvey Keitel, Leighton Meester | Written by Emilio Mauro | Directed by James Mottern
You know, Martin Scorsese has a lot to answer for. Years after the likes of Mean Streets, Goodfellas and Casino, budding filmmakers are still churning out New York set mobster-movies – to ever decreasing returns. And so to By the Gun, which stars Scorsese alum Harvey Keitel, and tells yet another story of a wannabe mafioso who finally becomes a made man for it all to fall apart. Remind you of another film? It should!
By the Gun tells the story of Nick Tortano (Barnes), a smooth-talking and ambitious criminal from the streets of Boston. After years spent working and idolizing the Italian gangsters higher up the chain, he has to find a way to prove »
- Phil Wheat
It's been a rocky year for Oscar winners embracing roles in fantasy blockbusters. Eddie Redmayne delivered a pungent ham and cheese performance in The Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending, while Julianne Moore turns it up to 11 for her role as an evil witch in this week's Seventh Son.
Moore was years away from even setting foot on the set of Still Alice when she made Seventh Son (it's been trapped in post-production hell for a while), but it does make you wonder if there's some truth to the myth that Oscar winners seem destined for an immediate career stumble. Moore at least seems to be having fun with her role as Seventh Son's Mother Malkin. To say she's chewing the scenery would be a slight misnomer seeing as so »
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