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Box-office takings shot up to 72% to $20 million, thanks to the two newcomers and a reasonable hold by Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa.
The first Hunger Games wound up with $31.2 million so the sequel starring Jennifer Lawrence as feisty heroine Katniss Everdeen, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Philip Seymour Hoffman has an excellent chance of beating that, particularly with no new films targeting that demographic in the next few weeks.
Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor 3D rang up $1.5 million from 107 locations on Sunday, »
- Don Groves
ScreenWest and Arclight Films are co-funding development of the project and it.s due to shoot in Western Australia next year.
The producers are Tania Chambers, Laurence Malkin, Share Stallings and Arclight.s Gary Hamilton. Craig said the sequel will take the characters from the original in a .very new and exciting direction that I think will be totally surprising and extremely funny..
Stephan Elliott directed the original, scripted by Craig, the tale of a groom and his three best men who travel from England to Australia for a wedding, where mayhem ensues. It starred Laura Brent, Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall and Kevin Bishop.
The comedy grossed $5.3 million in Australia out of a worldwide total of $US14 million, according to Box Office Mojo. Italy and Spain were the top grossing international markets. »
- Don Groves
Re-Making the Band: Lovemaking and Recording Sessions with a Killer Fanboy
It may come with the advert of “From the director of Twilight…”, but Catherine Hardwicke’s disheveled, B-movie career-low Plush with its accompanying Lolita-inspired cover art offers a hackneyed story of a rock star looking for inspiration in the arms of an androgynous man after the death of her beloved brother/musical soul mate is off-putting at every juncture.
Hayley (Emily Browning) is the direct-to-video version of Hayley Williams singer the popular rock band Paramore, in fact one could even dare to say that the writer unashamedly, name included, based the character on her, but with a taste for an affair with the standard-cookie-cutter-seductive psychopath.
- Carlos Aguilar
Every year, we here at Sound On Sight celebrate the month of October with 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles. I’ve also decided to publish each post backwards this time for one reason: the new additions appear lower on my list, whereas my top 50 haven’t changed much, except for maybe in ranking. I am including documentaries, short films and mini series, only as special mentions – along with a few features that can qualify as horror, but barely do.
Directed by Benjamin Christensen
Denmark / Sweden, 1922
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 10, 2013
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray $39.99
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Based on the novel by Doris Lessing, the film tells the tale of childhood friends Lil (Watts) and Roz (Wright), who grow up to be neighbors in an Australian seaside town. Their ideas of love, family, morality and passion are tested, however, when the women fall for each other’s sons.
Xavier Samuel (Anonymous), James Frecheville (Animal Kingdom) and Ben Mendelsohn (The Place Beyond the Pines) also star in the movie. It’s is the first English-language film directed by Anne Fontaine (Coco Before Chanel), with a screenplay written by Academy Award-winner Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons).
Adore screened in only a handful of theaters in the U.S. and wasn’t loved by critics or moviegoers, getting 33% and 47% approval, »
You may know Adore by its other title - Two Mothers - or you may just know it as that film where two guys sleep with each other's mother, which sounds more confusing than it actually is. In Adore, Xavier Samuel (Twilight: Eclipse's "Riley") plays the son of Naomi Watts who falls in love with Watts' best friend, Robin Wright, who is the mother of his lifelong best friend (played by James Frecheville). Currently playing in theaters, Adore is an Australian project from a French filmmaker. And in our exclusive interview, Samuel talks about working with director Anne Fontaine on her first English-language film, working alongside Watts and Wright, and what he's looking for in film roles: Read the interview
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Catherine Hardwicke is insane. This isn't a dig. It's a fact. Like the sky is blue and water is wet. The director of "Thirteen" and the first "Twilight" has a delightfully off-kilter aura that is positively infectious. After helping to create that blockbuster franchise (and, honestly, what would those movies be without her casting?), she directed a big studio movie for Warner Bros. ("Red Riding Hood") before going back to what she does best: dramatize the lives of young people on the edge. The result? "Plush," which after a brief theatrical run is out on DVD this week. "Plush" is a psychosexual thriller with elements of both modern melodrama and, of all things, rock musicals, starring Emily Browning ("Sucker Punch") and produced by Jason Blum ("Paranormal Activity"). It concerns a rock star named Hayley (Browning) whose co-lead-singer brother dies from a drug overdose and whose replacement, Enzo (Xavier Samuel), could »
- Drew Taylor
After the cinematic shambles that was Diana, all eyes are on Australian actress Naomi Watts to see if she can quickly recover from the vitriolic backlash the said feature received, and come up with the goods to prove to everyone it was just a mere blip in an otherwise illustrious career. Unfortunately she hasn’t even got close with her latest offering – starring in Anne Fontaine’s Adore, which, somehow, is equally as nauseating. There’s no denying she’s a talented performer, but does she not read scripts?
She plays Lil, who leads a blissful existence on a picturesque coastal town, living with her son Ian (Xavier Samuel) and neighbouring her oldest, best friend Roz (Robin Wright) – who also lives with her son Tom (James Frecheville). Though the latter is married to lecturer Harold (Ben Mendelsohn), when he moves to Sydney to take a new job, she finds herself increasingly attracted to Ian. »
- Stefan Pape
Catherine Hardwicke’s Plush only had a very limited theatrical release in September, but the movie is now available for everyone to watch on DVD and video on demand. It’s a tale of obsession, creativity, and what the combination of the two can do when someone has a dark, twisted past.
In Plush, Haley (Emily Browning) is dealing with the loss of her brother and her bandmate due to a drug overdose. Despite this, the band stays together with the addition of Enzo (Xavier Samuel), a guitarist and huge fan of the band’s early work. Unfortunately, their new album is a critical flop, and in an effort to spark her creativity, Haley gets involved sexually with Enzo, even though she has a husband (Cam Gigandet) and two kids at home. When Enzo begins spending time with her family, Haley realizes she may be in deeper than she can handle. »
- Alexander Lowe
Title: Plush Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke Starring: Emily Browning, Xavier Samuel, Cam Gigandet Running Time: 100 Minutes, Rated R, Available October 15th Special Features: Half of Me Remix (Music Video); Enzo Unleashed (funny bits and outtakes with Xavier Samuel & Cast); 2 Teaser Trailers Haley and her brother Jack were the star performers of the band Plush until Jack’s accidental heroin overdose. Haley took a break from music to be a wife to her crime journalist husband and mother to her twin sons. Inspired to write music again she gets the band back together with new addition – a genius guitar player named Enzo, an original Plush fan. At a [ Read More ]
The post Plush DVD Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
From director Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Thirteen), the indie thriller Plush (now available on DVD) tells the story of Hayley (Emily Browning), a singer in the rock band Plush, who just lost her bandmate and brother (Thomas Dekker) to a drug overdose. Finding new hope and friendship in Enzo (Xavier Samuel), the band’s replacement guitarist, she is inspired to reach new creative heights, but that soon crosses the line, putting her marriage and family in jeopardy and sending her down a path darker than she ever could have imagined. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, filmmaker Catherine Hardwicke talked about all of the different ideas and themes she was looking to explore with this film, why she became fascinated with the backstage life of rock stars, the challenge of finding a leading lady to pull off such a complex role, how she got the original songs for the film, »
- Christina Radish
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week:
What's It About? Guillermo del Toro's sci-fi adventure follows the rise of the Kaiju sea creatures, which threaten the future of mankind. In order to fight off the monstrous Kaiju, Jaeger robots are developed, which are controlled by two pilots who share a mental bond. In the face of an apocalypse, former pilot Raleigh (Charlie Hunnam) and trainee Mako (Rinko Kikuchi) are paired up to drive a Jaeger to save the planet.
Why We're In: Del Toro's sci-fi epic is great for every minute of its CGI spectacle ass-kicking. "Pacific Rim" was not only one of the most fun adventures of the summer, but it also featured solid performances from its two leads, along with Idris Elba. If you're looking for an action-packed film that will keep your eyes and ears entertained from start to finish, "Pacific Rim" is sure to please. »
- Erin Whitney
Many brilliant artists have also been somewhat mentally unstable. Whether it be writers, painters, or musicians, it seems that sometimes the most incredibly creative people are also the ones with the deepest problems. Catherine Hardwicke’s Plush shows that sometimes the eccentricities of an artist move beyond harmless quirks and into full-blown, dangerous obsession.
In Plush, Haley (Emily Browning) is dealing with the loss of her brother and her bandmate due to a drug overdose. Despite this, the band stays together, with the addition of Enzo (Xavier Samuel), a guitarist and huge fan of the band’s early work. Unfortunately, their new album is a critical flop, and in an effort to spark her creativity, Haley gets involved sexually with Enzo, even though she has a husband (Cam Gigandet) and two kids at home. When Enzo begins spending time with her family, Haley realizes she may be in deeper than she can handle. »
- Alexander Lowe
Carrie White may be considered by many to be the worst prom date in all of cinematic history. In Stephen King's classic Carrie, the telekinetic teen decimated her entire graduating class (and eventually the whole town) before the dance was over, and she did it without lifting a finger. But we would be remiss not to mention the circumstances leading up to that final showdown: Carrie suffered at the hands of an overbearing mother and mean-spirited classmates who relentlessly bullied her every day; it was that combination that ultimately pushed Carrie to the point of no return. But Carrie White isn’t the only cinematic prom date from hell. In fact, high school dances tend to be a somewhat common convention in horror films. When a dance serves as the epicenter of the action, it allows for maximum carnage: an entire student body crammed into a gymnasium with a »
- Tyler Doupe
Directed by Anne Fontaine.
A pair of childhood friends grow up living next door to each other and develop a bond strengthened by love and loss. As their children age, they both find themselves attracted to their ‘son-in-laws’ and eventually give in to their desires.
You’d be right in thinking that this isn’t your ordinary run of the mill romantic drama. In fact it couldn’t be anything more different to the average fare in this genre.
Lil and Roz are best friends and have been for many a year. They spend their days swimming, drinking and relaxing by the beach. Even when they get married and have children, they still retain the very closest of bonds and continue to live next door to each other. It’s only when their sons »
- Gary Collinson
Director: Anne Fontaine.
Running Time: 100 minutes.
Sometimes a film can really surprise you, for better or for worse. The most wonderfully surprising thing about Adore is just how enjoyably terrible it is. Anne Fontaine presents a bedroom farce without the comedy. That’s not to say it isn’t funny, but you will find yourself laughing at it, not with it. There are intentionally comedic moments which elicit none of the intended response at all, but the ineptly scripted, po-faced melodrama will almost certainly bring a smile to your face.
Christopher Hampton’s script concerns Roz (Robin Wright) and Lil (Naomi Watts), two beautiful, successful women who are as close as sisters, with bronzed demigods for sons who are practically cousins. »
- John Sharp
Bryce Dallas Howard in ‘Jurassic World’? Howard possibly the next female star in ‘Jurassic Park’ franchise Bryce Dallas Howard, Rush director Ron Howard’s daughter perhaps best known for playing the Vengeful Vampire Victoria in David Slade’s The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, is "in talks" to star in Jurassic World aka Jurassic Park 4, to be directed by Safety Not Guaranteed‘s Colin Trevorrow. At this stage, it’s unclear what exactly Howard would be doing in Jurassic World — well, except that her (potential) character will somehow become entangled with dinosaurs and that there’ll be lots of green screens on the set. (See also: “‘Jurassic World’ director Colin Trevorrow. Why Him?“) (Photo: Bryce Dallas Howard.) According to various online reports, Universal had sets its sights on Bryce Dallas Howard a while back, but production was halted after Trevorrow took a pass on Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver’s Jurassic World draft. »
- Zac Gille
Gossip Girl ended its six-season run with a five-year flash-forward, in which Nate was considering a mayoral run, Chuck and Blair had a young son named Henry, Lily and Rufus had found happiness with other people, and Serena and Dan finally said “I do.” However, Gossip Girl promised, “You may be rid of Dan Humphrey, but you’ll never be rid of me. There will always be someone on the outside wanting to get in. Who I am now … that’s one secret I’ll never tell.” And so the cycle continues.
But Vulture recently spoke to Kelly Rutherford (Lily »
- Samantha Highfill
Though it doesn’t unseat Endless Summer as the king of beautiful surfing cinematography, Ben Nott and Morgan O’Neill’s Drift has some beauty of its own matched up with a moderately strong story about the start of the 1970s surfing boom and two brothers who fought against the odds to create a brand for surfers and by surfers. The story is simple and straightforward with solid performances by Myles Pollard, Xavier Samuel, and Sam Worthington that help to keep the film moving even as it starts to waver at parts. The end result is a film that’s entertaining if not a little predictable, and which makes you wish you lived on a coast with a beach year-round.
- Lex Walker
Actress Emily Browning not only plays rock star Hayley in Plush, but she also performs many of the songs in the film and on the soundtrack herself. We have an exclusive music video featuring the actress singing "Half of Me," which also features co-star Xavier Samuel and several scenes from director Catherine Hardwicke's thriller, currently playing in theaters. You can also check out the full soundtrack: clickHere
After losing her band mate and brother to a drug overdose, rising rock star Hayley finds herself in a downward spiral. The new album from her band Plush is received as a critical and commercial disaster. She finds new hope and friendship in Enzo, the replacement guitarist who inspires her to reach new creative heights. But soon their collaboration crosses the line and Hayley, who is married with two children, retreats from Enzo's advances. As Hayley slowly discovers Enzo's dark and troubled history, »
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