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Christmas With The Coopers review: “It’s predictable, it’s schmaltzy, but it’s never offensive.”

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Christmas With The Coopers review: You’re going to remember the faults rather than the rare good points. Christmas With The Coopers review

Hollywood loves a good ol’ fashioned family Christmas. It plays to the largest demographic and in terms of writing and structure it’s fairly easy to reproduce winning formulas and connect with the audience. All that needs to be done is to take a dysfunctional family, but one that truly loves each other despite everything, throw in a few cute and quirky kids, add in slapstick and Christmas frustrations we can all relate to, and make sure there is some romance. It’s predictable, it’s schmaltzy, but it’s never offensive.

For the most part Christmas With The Coopers follows this recipe to perfection, but instead of making a decent three course cinematic meal with a three act structure, we’re instead subjected to the ingredients »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Mendes: Andrew Scott was originally set to be the villain in Spectre

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Andrew Scott was originally set to be the chief-villain in the latest James Bond movie, Spectre. Andrew Scott Spectre villain

Spoilers for Spectre below.

Sam Mendes took part in a BAFTA talk in the heart of London last night, and during his time here he managed to hook up with Empire magazine and drop an absolute bombshell. It seems that Christope Waltz’s bad guy Franz Oberhauser was not the original choice to be the overall mastermind behind the infamous organisation of Spectre in the most recent Bond film. It was going to be Mi6 chief Max Denbigh , played by Andrew Scott.

More on the Andrew Scott Spectre villain news below.

Mendes revealed that early drafts from the film had Scott’s Denbigh as the puppet-master behind the organisation, rather than Waltz’s Oberhauser. Denbigh was, of course, a naughty boy and eventually met his maker in the 24th Bond outing, »

- Paul Heath

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Anchorman 3 plot: What would have been…

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Anchorman 3 plot: Ron Burgundy would have taken on the Internet. Adam Mckay spill potential Anchorman 3 plot details

There will be no Anchorman 3, sadly. Though Adam Mckay, the genius who brough the first two movies to the screen has been spilling details on what might have been as some Anchorman 3 plot details have been mentioned. It looks like Will Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy may have taken on the Internet and bloggers if a movie had gone ahead.

Speaking to Yahoo while promoting his new movie, a drama with Ryan Gosling and Steve Carrell, The Big Short (released in the Uk in January), McKay had this to say

“That was what we kind of talked about. We talked about doing one that was about the rise of the new media”, McKay said.

“I also thought there was something to the idea – and who knows, maybe we will do one some day – I »

- Paul Heath

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Updated: Christopher McQuarrie will direct Mission: Impossible 6

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Update: We reported this a little while ago, and here’s the confirmation that Christopher McQuarrie will indeed be the first director to helm two Mission: Impossible movie as he confirms via Twitter that he will return to direct M: I 6.

Mission: Accepted #MI6

— ChristopherMcQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) November 30, 2015

Variety are today reporting that Christopher McQuarrie could be returning to the Mission: Impossible series to direct the sixth movie. If this is the case he will be the first director to direct multiple movies in the series. Every movie up until now has been helmed by a different director – Brian De Palma, John Woo, J.J. Abrams, Brad Bird and McQuarrie took hold of the first five movies, which kicked off with the original back in 1996.

The trade says that McQuarrie is in talks to direct M: I 6 following his impressive turn on this summer’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, which we absolutely loved. »

- Paul Heath

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J.J. Abrams screens The Force Awakens to Disney chiefs

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Star Wars Disney screening: J.J. Abrams recently screened the film for top brass at Disney. Star Wars Disney screening

J.J. Abrams has revealed that he held a Star Wars Disney screening of an near-completed version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the head honchos over at the studio. Chatting to Howard Stern, Abrams revealed that playing the film before Alan Horn, Bob Iger and Alan Bergman, was one of the most nervous experiences of his life.

“We showed the first cut — which was still incomplete, a complete version of the movie but not the finished version — and we showed it to Alan Horn, Bob Iger and Alan Bergman, the three people at Disney who sat with me in the theater, and we screened the movie. And it was horrifying. I’m nervous beyond words, I’m showing this movie that is so far from finished, there’s not an »

- Paul Heath

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Hugh Jackman’s final Wolverine film gets an update

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Hugh Jackman’s final Wolverine film gets an update on how things are moving along on the 2017 released project. Hugh Jackman’s final Wolverine film with start shooting in 2016.

Simon Kinberg, the producer and writer of the most recent X-Men movies, including the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, has given an update on Hugh Jackman‘s final Wolverine film, which is set to get going in 2016 (for a 2017 release) under the watchful eye of director James Mangold.

The film will heavily feature Patrick Stewart‘s Professor X, and Kinberg has been spilling the beans to Collider about the state of the project over at 20th Century Fox.

Here’s what he had to say:

“We’re pretty close to a script that everyone’s excited about, and I don’t know when the start date is, but we won’t start until it’s ready to shoot. What Hugh said to you »

- Paul Heath

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Batman V Superman clip: Batman is unmasked by the Man Of Steel

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Batman V Superman clip: Warner Bros. delivers an excellent first look at their big superhero movie for 2016. Batman V Superman clip

The very first Batman V Superman clip has been released by Warner Bros. Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice will be unleashed in cinemas next March and the studio is gearing up for a batch of promotional bits which are heading our way this week, including a new trailer, which will feature on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday night.

This first Batman V Superman clip features Ben Affleck‘s Caped Crusader apparently tied up with Henry Cavill‘s Superman looking all menacing-like, and unmasking him. There is no dialogue, but boy is it awesome.

Ahead of that Batman V Superman clip, here’s the synopsis for the Zack Snyder movie.

Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’ most revered, »

- Paul Heath

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First look, details & title for the Doctor Who Christmas special

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It’s that time of year again fellow Doctor Who lovers and we’ve got the first look and details for this year’s Christmas special!

Peter Capaldi‘s Doctor has taken us into another phase of the Timelord’s life with bigger adventures and more captivating stories. This doesn’t take away from those before him but it has been vitally important for the Doctor to always change. Saying that, series 9 has also held the drifting memories of everything gone before and so it seems very apt – and possibly amazing – that (if you didn’t already know) a huge favourite is back… it’s Alex Kingston‘s River Song!

The Christmas episode is called ‘The Husbands of River Song‘ and here’s your official synopsis:

“It’s Christmas Day on a remote human colony and the Doctor is hiding from Christmas Carols and Comedy Antlers. But when a crashed »

- Dan Bullock

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New Joy trailer, plus Jennifer Lawrence on working with David O’Russell

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New Joy trailer: Jennifer Lawrence stars in the upcoming drama from David O’Russell. New Joy trailer

The new Joy trailer, the upcoming real-life drama from director David O’Russell, which reunites him with his Silver Lining’s Playbook, and American Hustle star Jennifer Lawrence, has just gone online.

This new, one-minute long promo is entitled ‘Success,’ and also features the familiar faces of Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper, who also both re-team with Lawrence and helmer O’Russell.

Check out the new Joy trailer below.

In additional news, Lawrence has been talking about working with her long-time collaborator O’Russell in a new interview which Entertainment Weekly picked up on.

“I’ll do anything with you until you die,” Lawrence told Russell Saturday during a Q&A that followed the first screening of Joy, “it’s sweet and f—ed up,” she added.

“David and I will never, »

- Paul Heath

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Infographic shows off the most iconic furniture in film & TV

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The guys over at Oldrids have compiled this cool new infographic for the most iconic furniture in film an television. You’d be surprised as to how these subtle pieces of the look of the movie make or break a film or television programme’s look. These 12 pieces of furniture, which we’re sure still exist in some dark Hollywood warehouse somewhere, are truly iconic and help define the production they were featured in.

Read on.

The post Infographic shows off the most iconic furniture in film & TV appeared first on The Hollywood News. »

- The Hollywood News

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Cool Infographic: Bookworm Vs. Film Buff

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The folks over at Cartridge Discount have produced a cool infographic which takes a look a the medium of books compared to film, and which is the better way to spend your time. Personally, we dig both as they are of course very different mediums, but this graphic throws some stats our way to argue each case…

Take a look. It’s an interesting read.

The post Cool Infographic: Bookworm Vs. Film Buff appeared first on The Hollywood News. »

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Before They Were Super: The Marvel Edition

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Before they were Super: Marvel Edition

It’s hard to believe that for most of the nineties the superhero film was laughed at. The films released were on the whole overtly camp and heavily featured spandex. Somewhere around the early noughties however, that trend started to change and the superhero movie started to gain respect. Nowadays we barely go a month without a new superhero movie hitting cinemas. The films rake in big box-office takings and have made stars of the likes of Chris EvansJeremy Renner and Hugh Jackman.

They may be mega-stars now, but what were they up to before they became super? We’ve compiled a list of just what Star-Lord, Thor, Ant-Man and a whole heap of other superhero actors were up to before they were snapped up to join the Marvel universe. Unluckily for some there are a few skeletons that they would probably rather »

- Kat Hughes

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New Grandma trailer lands with a brand new poster

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Grandma trailer: Lily Tomlin stars in one of the funniest films of 2015. Grandma trailer

One of the biggest surprises at this year’s BFI London Film Festival was Paul Weitz‘s Grandma, a film that we reviewed very favourably at the time. The Lily Tomlin-led movie arrives in cinemas from next Friday December 11th, and we have a brand new trailer and poster to share with you.

Tomlin leads an all-star cast that also includes Julia Garner and Marcia Gay Harden.

Check out the new Grandma trailer below. First, here’s the synopsis.

Elle Reid (Tomlin) has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when her granddaughter Sage (Garner) unexpectedly shows up needing 600 dollars before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets. »

- Paul Heath

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Virtual Reality: The Past, Present & Future

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Novelty gift shop Hawkin’s Bazaar has compiled an in-depth article looking at the rich history of virtual reality and its technology.

Starting at the beginning of the virtual reality boom in the 1950s, the article tracks the many great developments in the field. From Morton Heilig’s pioneering Sensorama in 1957 to the Oculus Rift and PlayStation Vr in 2014, the most important and influential creations all feature.

As well as tracking the origins of virtual reality, the piece also looks at the little-known benefits the technology offers. In addition to enhancing gaming and movies, new developments are making waves in manufacturing, healthcare and education sectors.

Just a few years ago, virtual reality was a mysterious concept that was reserved almost solely for sci-fi movies. However, as technology has developed and media coverage has greatened, we have grown accustomed to this once foreign idea.

But what exactly is virtual reality? Is »

- The Hollywood News

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The Force Awakens retro posters; A ’77 feel to new designs

30 November 2015 12:20 AM, PST

Lucasfilm release three Force Awakens retro posters to celebrate the release of the first Star Wars movie in 12 years. Star Wars: The Force Awakens retro posters

The new Star Wars movie is now less than three weeks away, and we’re all starting to get pretty excited. Well the folks at Lucasfilm and Disney are aceing it in terms of their promotion, and today upped that by one more level by releasing these three cool The Force Awakens retro posters.

It’s almost like it’s 1977 all over again with these cool designs, which are very similar to those used to promote Star Wars: A New Hope nearly forty years ago.

These Force Awakens retro posters have obviously been released for the Us market (judging by the release date), and are sure to become collectors items in the future.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released in the »

- Paul Heath

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The Revenant TV spot plus over a dozen new images

29 November 2015 11:47 PM, PST

The Revenant TV spot: Fox fires up the promotional activity on the Oscar hopeful.

The Revenant is sure to be one of the most anticipated movies of the first part of 2016. The film, which stars Leonardo Dicaprio and Tom Hardy, is a strong contender come awards season with its limited December 25th, 2015 release making it eligible for all of the awards come January and February next year.

A brand new TV spot aired during the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead on AMC last night, and we’ve just received a bunch of new images from the movie too.

Inspired by true events, The Revenant is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. In an expedition to the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead »

- Paul Heath

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Theatre Review: The Tiger Who Came To Tea

29 November 2015 11:17 PM, PST

The Tiger Who Came To Tea theatre review: Young children will be mesmerised from start to finish. Tiger Who Came To Tea theatre review

This is a brilliantly engaging adaptation of the firm family favorite book ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’ written by Judith Kerr (author of the Mog series of books).

The scenery and music is delightful at transporting the audience back to the realm of storyland as children enter with exclaims of – ‘it’s the kitchen’.  The stage is dressed as if it has been directly lifted from the pages of the book and is immediately recognisable to children and adults who are familiar with the story.  The sense of expectation from the audience is high. Will the children like it?  Will it be as engaging as the book?  Will it disappoint parents or children?  This show does not fail to deliver and exceeds all expectations.

The »

- Katey Thompson

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