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Second Opinion - Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
2 December 2012 9:29 AM, PST
Silver Linings Playbook, 2012.
Written and Directed by David O. Russell.
David O. Russell has had a sporadic career and Silver Linings Playbook proves that he is definitely back on track. This delightful drama is the perfect blend of comedy and romance whilst also delving into the touchy subject of mental illness.
Silver Linings’ success lies with the chemistry between Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Their scenes are heartfelt, humorous and a joy to watch. What is perceived as cliché in some films, clicks within the context of this bizarre story. Although it doesn’t deliver anything new in the sense of its standard romantic drama, both »
Family Guy's Seth MacFarlane to guest star on The Simpsons
2 December 2012 9:29 AM, PST
Seth MacFarlane will take a trip from Quahog to Springfield next year, with Entertainment Weekly revealing that the Family Guy creator and voice actor has recorded a guest spot on rival Fox animated series The Simpsons.
MacFarlane, who made his feature directorial debut earlier this year with the hit comedy Ted, will appear in an episode entitled 'Dangers on a Train', which is slated to kick off the 25th season (!) of The Simpsons next fall. He will lend his voice to a character named Ben, who sets out to woo Marge after the Simpsons matriarch accidentally stumbles onto a dating site for married people. MacFarlane will also get to flex his vocals with a rendition of 'The Way You Look Tonight'.
"We wanted to come together in a bipartisan way to make Fox Sunday night rock," said Simpsons show-runner Al Jean. "We thought we had a great part that he’d be perfect for, »
And the winners of the 25th European Film Awards are...
2 December 2012 5:16 AM, PST
The 25th annual European Film Awards took place last night in Malta, with German filmmaker Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or-winning drama Amour taking home the top four accolades - Best European Film, Best European Director (Haneke), Best European Actress (Emmanuelle Riva) and Best European Actor (Jean-Louis Tringtignant).
There was also double success for two British offerings, with Steve McQueen's Shame collecting the awards for Best European Cinematographer (Sean Bobbitt) and Best European Editor (Joe Walker), and Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy picking up Best European Production Designer (Maria Djurkovic) and Best European Composer (Alberto Iglesias), while Geoffrey Enthoven's Hasta la Vista (a.k.a. Come as You Are) received the People's Choice Award.
Check out a full list of winners here:
Game of Thrones Season Two 'Histories & Lore' Blu-ray special feature first look
2 December 2012 4:38 AM, PST
As we patiently await the premiere of the hotly-anticipated third season of Game of Thrones on March 31st, 2013, HBO has given fans a first look sneak peek at one of the special features set to accompany the upcoming home-entertainment release of the complete second season.
The featurette is part of the 'Histories & Lore' Blu-ray exclusive, which consists of 19 animated histories detailing the mythology of Westeros and Essos as told by the series' many characters, with illustrations from Game of Thrones storyboard artist Will Simpson. This one covers the history of the Wildlings, courtesy of Rose Leslie's Ygritte; take a look:
Game of Thrones: The Complete Second Season is released on Blu-ray and DVD on February 19th, 2013 in North America and March 4th, 2013 here in the UK. Check out a full list of the special features here. »
The Dark Knight Legend Exhibit arrives in Los Angeles
2 December 2012 1:34 AM, PST
A pop up exhibition at the L.A. Live Event Deck has been launched by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment to celebrate the December 4, 2012 arrival of The Dark Knight Rises on Blu-ray and DVD. A collection of costumes and props from The Dark Knight Trilogy have been combined with all 7 Batmobiles spanning the small and big screen incarnations from 1966 onwards. A selection of Batman art from the DC Comic art exhibit Darkness and Light, which features a centerpiece by legendary artist and DC Entertainment co-publisher Jim Lee, has been included with The Dark Knight Legend Exhibition.
Admission to the exhibit is free to the public. The exhibit hours are Monday through Sunday, 12:00Pm – 9:00Pm from November 30th to December 14th. »
Comic Book Review - Judge Dredd #1
1 December 2012 12:16 PM, PST
I’ll start this off by explaining that I don’t have a great deal of knowledge with regards to Judge Dredd coming into this. My main two exposures to Mega-City One are the Sylvester Stallone film (which I hated), and the Karl Urban film (which I adored).
So, this should be just the right issue to jump on board. The issue is split in two; with art on the main story by Nelson Daniel and the backup handled by Paul Gulacy. Duane Swierczynski has writing duties on both.
We are very quickly introduced to the basic idea of Mega-City One, with its many robot servants and different levels of society. With the lower levels housing the poorest and the highest containing the more affluent, it’s a powder keg… and it’s constantly going off.
When a robotic malfunction »
International Online Film Critics Poll unveil nominees
1 December 2012 11:57 AM, PST
Established in 2007, the International Online Film Critics Poll allows critics from the United Kingdom, Italy, United States and other countries to recognize movie excellence every two years in 15 categories. The 3rd Edition is dominated by Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) and The Master (2012) which both have 9 nominations. Other notable contenders are two Academy Award Best Picture-winners The King's Speech (2010) and The Artist (2011) as well as the latest offering from Steven Spielberg, Lincoln (2012).
Best Film – Motion Picture
The King’s Speech
Steven Spielberg – Lincoln
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
Colin Firth – The King’s Speech
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Elizabeth Holsen »
Second Opinion - Sightseers (2012)
1 December 2012 11:57 AM, PST
Directed by Ben Wheatley.
Chris wants to show girlfriend Tina his world, but events soon conspire against the couple and their dream caravan holiday takes a very wrong turn.
If you saw Ben Wheatley’s first two features (Down Terrace and Kill List) you’d be forgiven for thinking he’d found his niche. Dark, blackly funny twists on the well-worn British crime drama - gangsters, family tensions and that ill-fated ‘one-last-job’ were all present and correct, but always presented in a way that felt at least interesting, and when it worked best, completely unique. A film like Down Terrace could, in a lesser director’s hands, so easily have been another bargain-bin London gangster flick, but the component parts were twisted into something entirely more memorable. (the same can be said of Kill List, although that film didn »
George Clooney and Paul Greengrass set for heist thriller
1 December 2012 11:56 AM, PST
Director Paul Greengrass is certainly keeping himself busy at the moment with his forthcoming hostage drama Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks (Cloud Atlas), which centres on Captain Richard Phillips and his crew as they encounter Somali pirates, due to be released next year.
Greengrass has also been linked to Memphis, a project which focuses on civil rights activist Martin Luther King, and according to Variety, the Green Zone director is now also attached to a new crime drama written by Chris Terrio (Argo) and produced by George Clooney (The Ides of March) and Grant Heslov (Good Night, and Good Luck). There are no details about the story just yet and all we know so far is that the film takes place within New York crime syndicates.
Terrio is also keen to keep the momentum going after the huge success of Agro, with other projects including The Ends of The Earth, »
Comic Book Review - Batman Incorporated #5
1 December 2012 3:56 AM, PST
Oliver Davis reviews Batman Incorporated #5...
Grant Morrison has a wonderful way of mixing the absurdly camp with something terribly grown up. It's as though he's reached a higher plane through his niche occult habits, where cheesiness has gone-off and turned into post-modern mold. It's a good kind of mold, though. Maturer, like Stilton.
That's why Batman Inc., or any of Morrison's other titles (check out the sublime Happy), can flick between a fight against an army of retro-costumed assassins to a post-apocalyptic, zombie-fied Gotham quicker than a fling of a Batarang. It's fun, you know, like how comics should be. But there's enough intellectual engagement to make the characters and narrative mean so much more.
Issue #4's fight between Batman Inc. and Leviathan's assorted killers was really just a backdrop to Bruce and Damian's relationship. Bruce has decided to send Damian back to his mother because he's seen the future. »
- Chris Villeneuve
Hugh Jackman in talks for X-Men: Days of Future Past
1 December 2012 3:25 AM, PST
Now that Bryan Singer has got himself comfortable in the director's chair for X-Men: Days of Future Past, the cast for Fox's forthcoming X-Men sequel is starting to take shape. Earlier this week Singer revealed that Patrick Stewart (Professor Xavier) and Ian McKellen (Magneto) and has signed on to reprise their roles from the original X-Men trilogy, while Nicholas Hoult (Beast) was also announced as joining the previously confirmed X-Men: First Class stars James McAvoy (Professor Xavier), Michael Fassbender (Magneto) and Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique).
Now it seems another familiar face is set to return, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that Hugh Jackman has entered negotiations to reprise the role of Wolverine for a seventh time, following his appearances in X-Men, X2: X-Men United, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: First Class and next year's solo sequel The Wolverine. Wolverine is of course a key character in the comic »
Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained gets a final trailer
1 December 2012 2:13 AM, PST
You'd have to be Will Hunting to count the number of trailers and TV spots we've seen for Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained these past few months, but with the upcoming Spaghetti Western homage now less than a month away from release, Yahoo! Movies has debuted one 'final' action-packed trailer featuring plenty of never-before-seen footage.
Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx (Ray) as Django, a freed slave who joins forces with the bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz; Inglourious Basterds) where he hones his skills capturing some of the West's most ruthless outlaws before setting off on a quest to free his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington; Fantastic Four) from the clutches of the evil plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio; Inception). Also featuring in the cast are Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction), Don Johnson (Machete), Kurt Russell (Death Proof), James Remar (Dexter), James Russo (Public Enemies), M.C. Gainey (Lost), Walton Goggins »
Matthew Vaughn to direct Star Wars Episode VII? Mark Hamill returning? And more spin-offs already in the works?
30 November 2012 5:12 PM, PST
Following the recent news that director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) has signed on to Disney's remake of the 80s family sci-fi adventure Flight of the Navigator, the rumoured shortlist for the Mouse House's first foray to a galaxy far, far away continues to dwindle; Steven Spielberg (Lincoln), J.J. Abrams (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Brad Bird (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol) are but a few names to officially withdraw themselves from contention, although one director who has so far refused to comment on the speculation is X-Men: First Class helmer Matthew Vaughn, and now - thanks to an apparent slip-up by actor Jason Flemyng - we might just know why...
Speaking to HeyUGuys at the UK premiere of Seven Psychopaths, Flemyng - who has worked with Matthew Vaughn on nine occasions, including all four of Vaughn's directorial efforts (Layer Cake, Stardust, Kick-Ass and the aforementioned First Class) - appeared »
First Pacific Rim footage offers a glimpse of a Kaiju attack on San Francisco
30 November 2012 5:11 PM, PST
Last week it seemed we'd seen our first footage from filmmaker Guillermo del Toro's upcoming giant monster movie Pacific Rim via a promotional video for del Toro's VFX company Mirada. While that ultimately proved to be a false alarm, the film's viral marketing campaign has now stepped into gear with the release of a faux news report containing footage of a Kaiju attack on San Francisco.
A homage to Japanese 'kaiju' movies, Pacific Rim sees mankind threatened by a legion of monstrous creatures, leading to a war that costs millions of lives. To combat the threat of the Kaiju, special weapons are constructed - giant robots known as Jaegers - which are controlled by two human pilots. On the verge of defeat, the fate of humanity rests on the shoulders of two unlikely heroes, a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam; Sons of Anarchy) and a rookie (Rinko Kikuchi »
Marvel Studios testing several actors for Guardians of the Galaxy's Star-Lord
30 November 2012 5:11 PM, PST
With both Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World currently in production ahead of their release next year, you would think that the folks at Marvel Studios would have their hands full at the moment, but the studio is already turning its attention towards the line-up of 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy, with Deadline revealing a potential shortlist for the role of Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord.
According to Deadline, Marvel has made test deals with a number of actors for the role of the Guardians' half-human / half-alien leader, with the shortlist said to include Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Lee Pace (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) and Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables). Also thought to be in contention are Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy), James Marsden (X-Men) and Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom).
Details emerge on new Wonder Woman TV show Amazon
30 November 2012 5:11 PM, PST
It was announced a few months ago that TV network The CW was developing a new Wonder Woman pilot entitled Amazon and thanks to a Deadline reporter who managed to get their hands on a copy of the casting sheet for the superhero character, we have found out some more details on what Allan Heinberg (Gilmore Girls), who has been tapped to write the new script, has in store for the new incarnation.
It appears Heinberg is taking the character back to the beginning with a retelling of her origin, delivering a new take on the heroine, now renamed Iris. The character description being used in the casting process asks for an actress that is 5'8" or taller and gives the following brief...
“She comes from a remote, secluded country and until now has spent most of her life as a soldier and a leader on the battlefield. Because of »
Movie Review - The Hunt (2012)
30 November 2012 4:28 PM, PST
The Hunt (Denmark: Jagten), 2012.
Directed by Thomas Vinterberg.
A teacher and father's quiet life implodes when a child accuses him of the worst kind of inappropriate behaviour...
Thomas Vinterberg's The Hunt is about belief and doubt and how quickly those doubts can spiral out of control. In a similarly gruelling, uncomfortable way to Vinterberg's most celebrated film Festen, here interpretations of suspicion, memory and the fragile nature of human relationships are integral to the unnerving plot. A nervous, thought provoking and deeply sensitive work, The Hunt is fully deserving of all the accolades it has so far received.
Recently divorced Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen; Valhalla Rising, Casino Royale) leads a humble life of kindergarten teaching and living alone in a small, picturesque Danish town. Apart from occasional boozy outings with drinking »
Flickering Myth's Redbox Rental Giveaway II
30 November 2012 4:26 PM, PST
Since our last giveaway met with such a great response, we've teamed up with the lovely people at Redbox once again to offer one of our North American readers five free Redbox rental vouchers, while ten runners up will receive a free rental apiece. Read on for details of how to enter this giveaway...
Redbox is America's destination for movies and video games. With 31,500 locations nationwide, Redbox is the fun, fast, easy way to rent the latest new release movies on DVD or Blu-ray Disc® and the top new release and family video games. Featuring up to 200 titles and 630 discs, Redbox is a fully automated video rental store contained in 12-square feet of retail space. With more than 68 percent of the U.S. population living within a five-minute drive of a Redbox kiosk, Redbox is where America rents movies and games.
Select from new movie releases like The Amazing Spider-Man, »
Comic Book Review - 2000 Ad Prog 1810
30 November 2012 12:26 PM, PST
Luke Graham reviews the latest 2000 Ad prog...
A lot gets revealed and explained in Prog 1810, as well as setting up the explosive next act of the Mega-City One cross-over The Cold Deck.
Judge Dredd: The Cold Deck, part five
Script: Al Ewing, Art: Henry Flint
Things take a dramatic step forward as Judge Dredd, after having been talked down to by Chief Judge Hershey, decides to confront Bachmann. Turning up to her office with a group of Sjs (Special Judicial Squad - an internal investigation unit) he reveals that he and mystery figure Smiley had swapped the Wally squad list with a list of ne’er-do-wells and miscreants back in Prog 1806, and he has evidence that Bachmann sent her Black Ops troops to do the deed.
Bachmann’s face when Dredd pulls out his trump card is priceless, but things don’t end there. Bachmann is forced into initiating Plan B, »
Will Smith's production company developing two new TV shows
30 November 2012 12:19 PM, PST
Will Smith’s production company Overbrook Entertainment is currently developing two new TV shows. According to Deadline, the actor’s company are producing Kingpin for HBO’s sister channel Cinemax and Watchlist for Fox TV. Smith is teaming up with writer Chad St. John (Ronin), who is set to executive produce both shows with his wife Viruna Arend and co-founder of Overbrook Entertainment James Lassiter.
Kingpin centres on a crafty and careful mid-level drug trafficker trying to get out of the business. He is blackmailed back into it by a dirty DEA agent — who’s really a dirty CIA agent, because the agency can no longer work with murderous cartels — that plans to make the trafficker a puppet kingpin. Watchlist is about two ex-clandestine Special Ops teammates who sacrifice their normal lives to come to the rescue of a third former teammate who is framed by a powerful CIA faction for a political assassination. »
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