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This Rotten Week: Predicting A Good Day to Die Hard, Beautiful Creatures, Safe Haven And More Reviews

10 February 2013 8:26 AM, PST

Jam packed slate of movies this week. There.s a little something for everyone. We.ve got a Nicholas Sparks for the sappy. Animated for the kids. Another supernatural romance for the teeny-bopper crowd and John McClane for all the true blue, red-blooded Americans out there. Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer. A Good Day to Die Hard .Just a fly in the ointment, Hans. A monkey in the wrench. A pain the ass.. - John McClane It.d be easy to say John McClane is a hero.s hero, the little guy who steps up and saves the day for no other reason than an overwhelming need for virtue and justice. On the surface he.s the righter of wrongs, foiling a number of terrorist plots »

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Check Out Argo: Declassified Before The Film Hits Blu-ray On Februay 19

9 February 2013 5:01 PM, PST

Argo is a movie that does a great job of marrying creative license with facts concerning the true tale of six escapees during the Iranian Hostage Crisis who hid in the Canadian Embassy for a time before needing to get out of the country. The film is hitting Blu-ray and DVD on February 19, and now Warner Bros. has released a lengthy segment explaining how Director Ben Affleck and the rest of the cast and crew were able to bring Argo to life on film with the help of the real-life people involved with the CIA operation. .Argo: Declassified. walks viewers through the entirety of the CIA operation and explains how the script came together and how real-life events were either consolidated, fleshed out, or used in their entirety throughout the film. At a lengthy 28 minutes, the segment is extremely lengthy and fleshes out a lot of the little details viewers »

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Identity Thief Opens With Huge Friday Box Office To Take Over #1

9 February 2013 4:01 PM, PST

So nearly every critic on earth hated your movie? Well if you're Identity Thief director Seth Gordon, that shouldn't matter at all. The comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman scored a rough 24% on Rotten Tomatoes but made $11.2 million on Friday, easily besting fellow new release Side Effects and taking over the #1 spot at the box office. The Hollywood Reporter estimates a $34.8 million weekend for the road trip movie, a better opening than McCarthy's smash hit Bridesmaids and Bateman and Gordon's previous team-up Horrible Bosses. It will also probably be the biggest opening of 2013, besting Mama's $28.8 million-- two very big victories for Universal Pictures. As for SIde Effects, the final theatrical release from Steven Soderbergh, it made $3 million on Friday and is on its way to a $10 million weekend-- obviously much smaller potatoes, and nothing compared to Soderbergh's own Magic Mike, but not too bad for an R-rated psychological thriller »

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See The Greatest Disney Cosplay Wedding Ever

9 February 2013 11:23 AM, PST

Growing up, many little girls imagine their wedding day will be the time when they at long last get treated like the princesses they pretend to be day in and day out. They'll have a glorious gown like Belle did in Beauty and the Beast, a handsome prince like Cinderella's, and a reception festooned with delicate decorations and packed with loved ones like Ariel's at the tail end of The Little Mermaid. It would be Disney princess perfect. Plenty of little girls do grow up to make themselves self-proclaimed princesses on their wedding day, but no one has done so as impressively as the couple who took cosplay to a whole new level of awesome with a full-on Disney themed wedding. Checkout a few photos from their album below, thanks to a tip from io9. Or check out the full gallery at Shari Photography. As you can see here, the »

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Clive Owen Will Lust For Younger Student In Novel Adaptation Blue Angel

9 February 2013 5:08 AM, PST

Despite the fact that our country has been drooping all over in the education department, cinema rarely offers a scathing, true-to-life look at how twisted schooling systems can be. Perhaps it.s still a taboo area to throw criticism, since it reveals something about everyone from the student to the government funding it. One of Hollywood.s next novel adaptations will be a good step in the scandalous direction. According to Variety, international sales are going on for Richard Levine.s Blue Angel adapted from Francine Prose.s wicked novel of the same name, which stars Clive Owen in the leading role. Owen.s career has been steady, with the action Killer Elite and the creepy Spanish horror Intruders as two of his more recent efforts. He.ll soon be seen in the brotherly Brooklyn crime drama Blood Ties. None of that sounds anything like what his Blue Angel character »

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Saoirse Ronan The Latest To Join Ryan Gosling's How To Catch A Monster

9 February 2013 2:46 AM, PST

When most Hollywood stars make their directorial debut, they opt for something cheap and independent, perhaps a story of a love not meant to be, or the struggle experienced by one character. Even a simple crime drama. But not Ryan Gosling, the actor whose first venture into music was the gothic and monster-minded duo Dead Man.s Bones. A noir fairy tale mystery seems like the perfect place to start. Casting for Gosling.s How to Catch a Monster has been a big story this week, and now we've learned that actress Saoirse Ronan has just signed on. Her fame has without question risen in the last few years since her leading role as young Susie Salmon in Peter Jackson.s The Lovely Bones. She showed off her crime and action chops in Violet and Daisy and Hanna, and will soon be seen alongside Gemma Arterton in Neil Jordan.s »

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Nicholas Hoult Soldiers Up For Rupert Wyatt's Wwi Love Story

9 February 2013 2:09 AM, PST

At the rate he.s working, actor Nicholas Hoult might star in every fifth film released in the next few years. Having recently shown his undead chops as the lead in Jonathan Levine.s Warm Bodies, Hoult is quickly proving he.s capable of any genre he tackles. He.s got Jack the Giant Slayer on the immediate horizon, and Mad Max: Fury Road and the next X-Men installment coming next year. Now audiences can expect to see him as a soldier in a war drama. Variety reports Hault has joined the Wwi love story Birdsong, adapted from Sebastian Faulks. time period-shifting 1993 novel of the same name. The film will be directed by Rupert Wyatt, who gave us 2011.s highly enjoyable Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Wyatt, who also gave us 2008.s The Escapist, wrote the screenplay on this one as well. Hoult will star as Stephen Wraysford, »

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Jack The Giant Slayer Teases Its Next Pulse-Pounding Trailer

8 February 2013 11:30 PM, PST

It's hard to brush aside cynicism long enough for the phrase .teaser for a trailer. to be said without shaking a tight fist at promotional materials that resemble the inner workings of Russian stacking dolls. But when the teaser is for a film that looks as beanstalkingly badass as Jack the Giant Slayer, one forgets what cynicism is. Warner Bros. released a 30-second clip that teases Jack's second trailer that.s apparently going public on Monday, February 11. The first trailer for the film succeeded in winning most of my confidence back on what I thought would be a terrible entry in Bryan Singer.s film career. And this short preview, on average, gets just as much adrenaline surging, and makes the actual second trailer all the more exciting. This doesn.t make it any less cheap an advertising ploy, but at least it did what it intended to do. See »

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Jason Bateman Hasn't Left This Is Where I Leave You, Soon Casting Leading Lady

8 February 2013 9:02 PM, PST

It appears there has finally been more forward progress behind the scenes of This is Where I Leave You, the film adaptation of Jonathan Tropper.s celebrated adult-coming-of-age novel which has been put through Hollywood.s wringer for quite a while now. Back in November, Shawn Levy took over as director, but little has been heard about it since. The Hollywood Reporter is now reporting Jason Bateman has returned to the project, after having his name attached to it early last year. Bateman is a welcome presence in almost any film, and will probably do a great job nailing the character.s tone of the novel. But there.s more! On Monday, Levy and Bateman will meet with a group of well-known actresses, some of whom will be reading for the lead female role of Penny. Those actresses include Zoe Saldana (The Words), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (A Good Day to »

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The Host Video Focuses On Diane Kruger's Determined Character The Seeker

8 February 2013 8:31 PM, PST

The body-snatching aliens in Stephenie Meyer's The Host are supposed to be a peaceful sort. In fact, the post-inhabited version of the world, where most of the human bodies have been occupied by alien "souls" is described as a peaceful and beautiful society. But Diane Kruger's character The Seeker, whose role it is to track down what's left of the human resistance, is uncharacteristically aggressive. In fact, in the new video that focuses on The Seeker, Meyer describes Kruger as "pleasantly terrifying." That sounds about right. Kruger is just one of the characters in this film, which stars Saoirse Ronan as Melanie, a recently captured human who's inhabited by a soul called Wanderer. When Melanie refuses to abandon her mind, Wanderer is forced to deal with the mental resistance, which she tries to conceal from the Seeker. The featurette below shows us just how determined the Seeker is »

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First Glimpse Of Philip Seymour Hoffman And Rachel McAdams In A Most Wanted Man

8 February 2013 7:04 PM, PST

The last John le Carre novel brought to the big screen was 2011.s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy , which was unsurprisingly more successful with the critics than the box office, not that it was a financial failure. The next one up, A Most Wanted Man, is currently in post-production, and the first peek into the film has been released. The Hollywood Reporter revealed the first image from A Most Wanted Man, and neither Philip Seymour Hoffman or Rachel McAdams look particularly happy to be a part of whatever is going on. But then, there never really is much happiness going on in espionage thrillers, so it.s tonally effective. The three main things we can tell from the cold, bluish image is that Hoffman is smoking, he isn.t blind, and that McAdams is blonde. See what other fun facts you can glean from the image below. Admittedly, there isn.t »

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Monsters University Featurette Introduces Young Mike And Sully

8 February 2013 5:33 PM, PST

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who want to know absolutely everything they can about a movie before walking into the theater, and those who try to keep themselves away from tiny details or big plot elements. If you belong in the latter group then you might want to turn away now, as director Dan Scanlon is about to explain a whole lotta things about Monsters University. The Film Stage has picked up on a new featurette about the upcoming Pixar prequel, and while the video features a great deal of new footage from the movie, it also has the head filmmaker behind it explaining exactly how a great deal of the plot plays out. I will say that the footage does make the movie look charming, but you have to decide if it's worth potentially details that you don't want to know. Make your choice »

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Beautiful Creatures Featurette Showcases Lena And Ethan's Forbidden Romance

8 February 2013 5:29 PM, PST

The feature adaptation of the first book in Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's Caster Chronicles series Beautiful Creatures arrives in theaters next week, just in time for Valentine's Day. And it just so happens that the latest featurette for the film is focuses on love. Titled "Forbidden Romance," the video showcases the relationship and budding romance of teens Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich) and Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert). Directed by Richard Lagravenese, the film follows Ethan as he meets and falls for Lena, who comes form a family with extraordinary powers and who has powers of her own. When Lena turns sixteen, she'll be claimed for the Light or the Dark, which will determine her fate as a Caster. The featurette below comes courtesy of iTunes and walks us through the various aspects of the story, from when Lena and Ethan meet to Ethan soon coming to learn just how »

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Side Effects Writer Scott Z. Burns Talks The Hitchcock Influence And Pain Of Letting Things Go

8 February 2013 4:53 PM, PST

As the Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock had many tools in his filmmaking belt, but perhaps one of his greatest was his ability to craft empathetic lead characters who are as caught up in the mystery as the audience. In Rear Window Jimmy Stewart isn.t sure if he.s witnessed a murder or just stir crazy. In North By Northwest Cary Grant is a victim of mistaken identity and forced to go on the run from evil agents. And it.s no conincidence that similar themes appear in Scott Z. Burns. new film Side Effects. Last week I had the pleasure of talking with the phone with the screenwriter, and beyond chat about the Hitchcockian influence in the film, he discussed the film.s long development process, why he passed the reins to Steven Soderbergh as a director, and even a bit about his Dawn of the Planet of »

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Bond Theme Singer Dame Shirley Bassey To Perform At The Oscars

8 February 2013 3:25 PM, PST

The James Bond franchise hit an incredible landmark in 2012. Because Dr. No first premiered in 1962, last year was the spy franchise's 50th anniversary - and it was celebrated in style. Not only were all 22 previous films collected into one really amazing box set, Sam Mendes delivered one of the greatest 007 movies ever with Skyfall. But the celebration is far from over. As previously reported, this year's Academy Awards ceremony will feature a special sequence/tribute to the legacy of Bond (the longest-running motion picture franchise in history), which will feature a performance of the Skyfall theme by Adele - her first time performing it live. But the British Grammy winner won't be the only Bond theme performer in the house that night The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has officially announced that Dame Shirley Bassey, best known for recording James Bond theme songs for Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever »

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Douglas Booth Joins The Wachowski's Jupiter Ascending

8 February 2013 3:07 PM, PST

The Wachowskis are one of the more admirable forces in Hollywood. Their vision remains unaffected by a viewing audience that often chastises them for their films, including their bloated novel adaptations; the terrible machine-filled sequels; and their reboot of one of the most vapid cartoons in history. Even as essentially useless a couple of their films may be, the rest are quite memorable and work on a technical level that other directors only dream of. And without V for Vendetta, the face of Anonymous would be so drab. Variety reports the Wachowski's latest project, the sci-fi action flick Jupiter Ascending has added yet another cast member to its fleet, this time the young, handsome actor Douglas Booth. Perhaps the directors felt that the already-cast Channing Tatum wasn.t young and handsome enough? Recently, Booth has been busy with many characters from history's literature, playing David Copperfield.s Hamm in In »

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Kathy Bates And Danny Glover To Star In The Great Gilly Hopkins Adaptation

8 February 2013 2:42 PM, PST

If I were to ask you what the movies Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead and The Mighty Ducks have in common, you might.quite understandably.guess that they were a ubiquitous and cherished part of childhood for those who grew up in the late '80s/early '90s. That's certainly true. But did you know they were all directed by the same man? Stephen Herek cornered the market on kooky kid movies for a while, but in the 2000s got lost amid lackluster fare like Mark Wahlberg's Rock Star and the Angelina Jolie rom-com Life or Something Like It. But news out of the European Film Market suggests Herek is returning to his forte, as he's set to direct an adaptation of Katherine Paterson's celebrated children's novel The Great Gilly Hopkins. Deadline reports Kathy Bates and Danny Glover are attached to star. »

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Paranormal Activity 2 Director The Latest To Take On Stephen King's Cell

8 February 2013 2:17 PM, PST

News of a Stephen King adaptation generally draws extreme reactions - either disgust or clueless joy. I.ll cop to being part of that latter group, though my enthusiasm is always kept in check by the sheer number of of projects he regularly has in development. As fans lay in wait for further development of 11/22/63, The Stand and The Dark Tower, at least one long-gestating project is starting up again. Screen Daily reports Tod Williams has been tapped by Cargo Entertainment to adapt King.s novel Cell. Williams' most notable credit is his lukewarm sequel Paranormal Activity 2, though his earlier take on a John Irving novel for the film The Door in the Floor was much more concise and enjoyable. Production on Cell will begin in May with Williams working from a screenplay written by King himself along with Last House on the Left remake screenwriter Adam Alleca. King »

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Joel McHale, Robin Williams And Lauren Graham To Experience A Friggin' Christmas Miracle

8 February 2013 1:57 PM, PST

It hurts to say it, but last night was the beginning of the end for Community fans. The beloved but ratings-lacking show premiered the first episode of what looks to be its fourth and final season. But while it will hurt to say goodbye to such an amazing bit of television, we can all take solace in the fact that everyone involved with the series is more than talented enough to find more work. Take, for example, star Joel McHale, who has just landed a starring role in a new feature comedy. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that McHale, Lauren Graham and Robin Williams have all signed on to star A Friggin' Christmas Miracle, a new holiday-themed comedy from Wreck-It Ralph scribe Phil Johnston. The project actually has multiple Community ties beyond the actor, as Tristram Shapeero, who also happened to direct last night's premiere, will be making his feature »

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Room 237 Trailer: Do You Really Know Stanley Kubrick's The Shining?

8 February 2013 1:56 PM, PST

At every film festival there's a movie that gets people excited and has them swearing that you Have to see it there, because it may never find its way to theaters. At the 2012 Sundance Film Festival that movie was Room 237, Rodney Ascher's documentary that gave a very certain group of The Shining fanatics a chance to share their theories with the world. Is it possible the 1980 Stanley Kubrick classic is a metaphor for the slaughter of Native Americans? Or for male sexual repression? Or how Kubrick helped fake the moon landing? You won't hear any of those theories in this trailer-- presumably because they happen over clips from The Shining that can't be used to advertise Room 237-- but I promise it'll pique your interest anyway. Check out the trailer below, or in HD at Apple: That blood you're seeing is a clear nod to the famous »

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