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It’s surprising how little the gaming industry makes use of the rich source material found within the historical Wild West. The time of cowboys, saloons, six shooters and tumbleweeds is a goldmine of interesting characters, both good and bad, not to mention settings and storylines. In fact, it’s almost a shame that we don’t get many Western-inspired video games these days, although it could be said that the lack of over-saturation is a good thing. Then again, at least some companies have been attempting to pay homage to that era, providing us with a limited amount of great and memorable experiences like Sunset Riders, Red Dead Redemption, Gun and the above-average Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood. There aren’t too many to speak of, of course, but this very week has added one new title to that list of notables. That would be Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, »
- Chad Goodmurphy
One of the staples of the outdoor summer screenings in London is undoubtedly the Film4 Summer Screen season at the glorious Somerset House. Even though you’re in the middle of busy London, you’re very much away in a world of your own, well, with a few hundred other film lovers.
We’re very excited to announce the new line-up of films that’s been announced and – take note – tickets go on sale tomorrow morning at 10am but be quick, they sell out fast! This year, also sees the World Premiere of Richard Curtis’s About Time and two UK Premieres: The Way Way Back and Prince Avalanche.
Tickets go on general sale at 10am on Friday 24 May 2013
Tickets from £14.50 available online: www.somersethouse.org.uk/film4summerscreen
There’s an extended run out there this time around, so instead of me waffling on just check out the full »
- Dan Bullock
The annual film event, which takes place at London's Somerset House, will host the UK premieres for a pair of Us comedies: Steve Carell's coming of age film The Way Way Back and Paul Rudd's Prince Avalanche.
Three double or triple bills feature with Mean Girls, Carrie and The Loved Ones screening back-to-back and Predator and Gremlins 2: The New Batch, and Badlands and Raising Arizona showing together on separate nights.
The Film4 Summer Screen runs from August 8 to August 21. The full lineup is as follows:
August 8 - About Time (world premiere)
August 9 - What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
August 10 - Mean Girls »
The director of the new film of The Great Gatsby is under no illusions that his style is everyone's cup of tea – and that, he says, is why he has such a kinship with the novel's author
It takes a lot of heavy lifting to make a lavish party swing. On the day before The Great Gatsby opens this year's Cannes film festival, the nearby Carlton Hotel has been recast as a chaotic factory of harried PRs and industry factotums. An immaculate woman, all but blinded by the potted plant she is carrying, blunders haplessly through a platter of macaroons that has been left on the floor. The cakes go everywhere; the carpet is carnage. "Merde," exclaims the woman, but she barely breaks her stride.
If high-rolling Jay Gatsby had ever come to Cannes, he would surely have boarded at a joint like this, with its grand beehive domes and tranquil private beach. »
- Xan Brooks
Interview Duncan Bowles 15 May 2013 - 07:08
Ever since her major breakthrough as infamous Bond villain Xenia Onatopp, Famke Janssen has remained a constant presence in the world of geekdom. Yet despite roles in such high profile blockbusters as the superb GoldenEye and the mostly great X-Men franchise, she’s managed to avoid typecasting and continues to mix mainstream movie hits with both TV and independent features.
While GoldenEye may rank among the best Bond movies of all time, it’s one of my absolute favourites. It put the great Famke Janssen firmly on my radar and I’ve remained a fan of her work ever since, through the underappreciated fun of schlock-fest Deep Rising, the duality of her Miss Burke in The Faculty, to »
Feature Aliya Whiteley 14 May 2013 - 05:59
A true Hollywood star, Robert Redford is at his best in smaller, more personal films. Aliya picks three great films about alienation...
Robert Redford was the number one box office star of the early 70s, appearing in huge hits such as The Sting, The Way We Were, and Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid. None of those three films show him at his best as an actor, or address the kind of issues he felt passionately about.
His easy camaraderie with Paul Newman and his status as a sex symbol belied the political angle that influenced his decisions in filmmaking and acting. Once he had amassed enough power in Hollywood to call the shots, the roles he took changed; for me, his most interesting performances began once he believed in the message of the film he was making.
He remains a serious and passionate actor, »
Everyone seems just as pumped for the Jay-z-produced soundtrack for "The Great Gatsby" as they are for the flick itself. But before we look ahead at what The Hova has in store for what we can only imagine will be the coolest-ever soundtrack to something you were forced to read in high school, let's look back at some of the all-time great movie songs.
Feature by Adam D'Arpino
20. Three 6 Mafia: 'Hard Out Here For a Pimp' ('Hustle & Flow')
Three 6 Mafia took home the Oscar for Best Original Song for this jam that confirmed what we had all already suspected: Pimpin' ain't easy. Terrence Howard and Taryn Manning's performances in "Hustle & Flow" were stellar, but there's little doubt that Three 6 Mafia's Oscar appearance, combined with host Jon Stewart's verbal Oscar tally ("Three 6 Mafia 1, Martin Scorcese 0") is what everyone remembers most about the movie. »
- NextMovie Staff
Soundtracks are risky projects for musicians. Essentially, they are working their asses off to produce a piece of music and then relying on the success of a completely individual product to sell that piece. Sometimes it pays off and you get an incredible movie with an incredible title track. Did you know that Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on my Head was written for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid? And how could we forget the incredible Lose Yourself from 8 Mile?
Unfortunately, more often than not things don’t work out so well. Usually the track sucks and is underwhelming when compared to the movie or the movie is so bad nobody ever actually hears the song. So I’ve decided to compile a list of excellent songs that were swept under the rug after the films they featured in embarrassed everyone involved.
Some of them did, in fact, overcome the odds and rise above their films. »
- Matthew Murray
While Iron Man 3 rakes in the cash at the international box-office, Marvel Studios is hard at work with its first offering of 2014 as cameras roll on the Super Soldier solo sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier in Los Angeles, and thanks to Faded Youth we have a selection of set photos showing Chris Evans' Steve Rogers and Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow confronting Agent Jasper Sitwell, played by Maximiliano Hernández. Looks like all is not well at S.H.I.E.L.D....
Meanwhile, Marvel newcomer Anthony Mackie took a moment to discuss his role as Sam Wilson/ Falcon in the Captain America sequel during a promotional interview with Moviefone for Michael Bay's Pain & Gain, during which he described The Winter Soldier as The Avengers 1.5...
"First, I’ll say that being a part of it is great. I think that Marvel has it down to a science and »
- Flickering Myth
We carry on apace with this epic undertaking - finally each tackling a classic from our individual Lists of Shame, and sharing our thoughts with you the readers. This month sees the work of such cinematic luminaries as Ozu, Bergman and Cimino go under the spotlight, scrutinised by our writers for the very first time. So without further ado, let's go:Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (dir. George Roy Hill, 1969 USA)Winner of 4 Academy Awards, including Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score and Best Original Song, winner of 8 BAFTA Awards, including Best FilmTodd Brown, Founder & Editor:Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is, to put it mildly, a very odd movie. A very odd movie with a litany of elements that...
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Actor and director Robert Redford admits he is 'drowning' in the size of the event, as he launches second film festival in London
The Sundance film festival may have to continue without its leader after Robert Redford announced his phased retirement from the event he founded in 1981.
The 76-year-old actor and film-maker, in the UK to open the second Sundance London, suggested that his cherished project had outgrown him. "It doesn't need me any more," he said. "I'm slowly stepping back."
Conceived as a riposte to mainstream Hollywood and a showcase for left-field, independent cinema, January's annual festival attracts 50,000 visitors to itsbase in Park City, Utah.
In the meantime, the four-day event in London has helped establish Sundance as an international brand, complete with a base at the O2 arena and a credit for Jaguar cars as its "presenting partner". Yet its expanding girth has led some critics to suggest »
- Xan Brooks
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Man of Steel, Justice League, Lobo, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Iron Man 3, The Avengers 2, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Wolverine, The Fantastic Four, Kick-Ass 2, Arrow, Heroes, Superman: Unbound, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox and more....
There's been an absolute tonne of superhero goodness this past week, but we'll start things off with the big story - the arrival of the third trailer for Zack Snyder's eagerly-awaited Superman reboot Man of Steel. Things got underway on Monday with a viral video featuring Michael Shannon's General Zod demanding that Henry Cavill's Kal-El surrender to him, before the three-minute long trailer finally hit on Tuesday evening, sending »
- Flickering Myth
Robert Redford's new film sees the Hollywood liberal play a craggy radical, hiding away from a criminally subversive past under an assumed name. Once the FBI rumbles him, the agents on his trail spend some time comparing the image of his lined face to that of his much younger, 1970s, moustachioed self.
Cinema audiences across the world have travelled down that same long, ageing trail with Redford too, watching as his luminous youth in the role of Bubber in the 1966 film The Chase was gradually replaced, first by the poised cynicism of The Candidate and then by the stately leading man in Out of Africa or the worn-out sleaze of his Indecent Proposal to Demi Moore. Yet, as a man, Redford's radical zeal remains undimmed.
- Vanessa Thorpe, Philip French
(From the pages of the April 16 issue of Variety.)
Why this random information? Because the superstars of the 65-and-over set are wandering down unexpected paths these days in a determination to keep their creative lives (and income streams) aloft.
I’ve always been empathetic to the plight of the “senior stars” as they figure out their third acts. In searching for roles, must they still get the girl? Or should they simply go to Lakers games, like Jack Nicholson, or write thrillers, like Gene Hackman, or pose for ads, like Sean Connery? Or, like Warren Beatty, should they keep trying to revive weary projects from the past? (Yes, Beatty still wants to explore the Howard Hughes mythology.)
The past has been haunting Redford (age 76) lately. »
- Peter Bart
If there’s one thing all men can agree on, it’s that being hit in the balls hurts. A lot. We may not have a clue about the agony of childbirth, but when it comes to having your crown jewels impacted upon there’s no greater feeling to unify a gender.
Some sadistic directors are full aware of this. While common in slapstick – no matter how painful, there is something seriously funny about seeing a guy hit hard in the nards – the most grotesque, gasp-inducing moments tend to come in more straight faced pieces, using the tone to disturb us beyond the length of the the film.
There’s plenty of cases where horrific ball torture is merely anticipated – ‘Chopper, sick balls’ in Stand By Me and the laser scene from Goldfinger – and in some cases humour is found in no pain (Indy vs. the Nazi hulk in Raiders »
- Alex Leadbeater
We all know Robert Redford will be in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but what we didn’t know, until now, is exactly who he will be playing. Thanks to an interview with Spinoff Online, we now have confirmation from the man himself.
“Well, the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. The head of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Mr Redford also gave us some info on why he decided to take a part in Cap 2:
“The Captain America thing is just a very simple thing. I wanted to do something different. I wanted to do something just to be different. Something bold, different. And that felt like a good thing to do. That was it, nothing more to it than that. Well, it’s bold in terms of expectations, I guess. ”
Captain America is my favorite of the pre-Avengers Marvel films, so I’m psyched for part two. »
- Philip Sticco
Robert Redford will supply some gravitas in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." The legendary star of "The Sting" and "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" is in talks to join the upcoming sequel, an individual with knowledge of the production told TheWrap. He will play a member of the leadership of super agency S.H.I.E.L.D., according to Deadline, which first broke the story. "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" will be directed by brothers Joe and Anthony Russo ("You, Me and Dupree") and will hit theaters on April 4, 2014. Redford has been primarily concerned with »
- Brent Lang
Casting sometimes is fate and destiny more than skill and talent, from a director’s point of view.
Ah, the joys of hindsight, such as they are. It is so easy to look back on what came about from the small decisions coming together to form an unforgettable whole, and laugh at those who didn’t display prescient vision. This applies to the world of film too, of course, where even the most minor of calls can prove absolutely crucial. There is a reason that these guys are paid so much, after all. But sometimes retrospect shouldn’t be required to spot a blatantly dunce call, even if its long term implications probably would have been hidden from view. The executives and the blindsided directors were, on occasion, spared by fate’s demand for fruition.
Casting is a huge part of filmmaking, and many a movie has »
- Scott Patterson
The veteran actor, star of classic films Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting and All the President’s Men, and who at one point was pretty much “Mr America” of Hollywood, would play a senior leader at Shield, the counter-terrorism and intelligence agency run by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). It’s the first huge blockbuster release Redford has been involved in for decades and one that in theory could lead to him appearing in several movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
As for who Redford might play specifically, a lot of websites are making the apt suggestion of Colonel Rick Stoner, the first director of Shield, who predates Nick Fury.
Here’s a description of the character »
- Noel Thorne
With Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe about to get underway in just a few short weeks, much of the news coming out of Marvel Studios has centred on the upcoming Iron Man 3, barring the odd snippet of info from Thor: The Dark World, or the occasional casting announcement on Guardians of the Galaxy. Well, now it's the turn of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, with Robert Redford (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Ordinary People) said to have entered negotiations with Marvel for a role in the Chris Evans-headlined solo sequel.
According to Deadline, Redford is being lined up for a senior leadership role in S.H.I.E.L.D., where he would be joined by returning McU veterans Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) and Maximiliano Hernandez (Jasper Sitwell). In addition to Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes), Toby Jones (Arnim Zola) and »
- Flickering Myth
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