7 items from 2013
Something for everyone this weekend. While most moviegoers will flock to the new "Hunger Games" film, which looks to break box office records around the world, Oscar hopeful "Philomena" arrives in select cities after its festival sweep, and new Vince Vaughn vehicle "Delivery Man" gets a wide release. Doc lovers, head to "Narco Cultura" if not "Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?" Trailers after the jump. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is as terrific as everybody says it is. It took at least three great writers to massage Suzanne Collins' second novel in her bestselling "Hunger Games" trilogy into a taut, thrilling movie balanced between reluctant symbol Katniss Everdeen's pure mission to protect her family by surviving and her conflicted feelings for her two loving swains, Gale (Liam Hemsworth) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson). Jennifer Lawrence carries this movie on her shoulders with nary a wrong move--athletic but feminine, »
Following its debut at the N.Y. Film Festival, Fox’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” had a gala screening at AFI Fest Wednesday night, followed by a reception at the Roosevelt Hotel. In terms of awards, the film is hard to categorize, which could be a source of vulnerability, but may also prove to be its greatest asset.
Ben Stiller, directing from a script by Steve Conrad, offers personal drama, social-commentary comedy, satire (e.g., a spoof of “Benjamin Button”), and travelog (Iceland and the Himalayas look spectacular) among other flights of filmmaking fantasy, all flavored with quirky humor and pathos. Its genre-jumping sensibility will appeal to young audiences, while its central theme of midlife crisis skews older.
Audiences so far have been split, which can be used to the film’s advantage: The naysayers will make the supporters even more passionate about the film’s virtues. The 2005 “Crash” similarly split audiences, »
- Tim Gray
The box sets of three American TV dramas are great for those of us who crave bawdy fun, while Blinkbox threatens to upstage Netflix
I've never cared for the term "guilty pleasure", which ascribes an odd moral burden to honest fun, but it's how most would describe three gleefully salacious Us television dramas, all with new box sets out tomorrow, and all ones I've devoured while sensing that I'm supposed to be cracking on with Breaking Bad.
Revenge (Disney, 15) may be the least fashionable good series on TV right now. Pacing primly at the corner of Dynasty and Desperate Housewives, it's a knowingly ludicrous Hamptons-set mystery swaddled in bales of white linen – all the better to show up the blood. The second season finds knife-lipped Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) continuing in her quest to bring down the billionaire family that in turn brought down her late father. (For baffled newcomers, »
- Guy Lodge
The ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star is going to be a dad! Jesse and his wife are expecting their first baby by the end of the year. Congrats to the happy couple!
Jesse Williams and his beautiful wife Aryn Drake-Lee are expecting their first child together! The baby is reportedly due in Dec. 2013. Jesse had an amazing year after appearing in Lee Daniel’s critically acclaimed film, The Butler — but welcoming a darling baby will be an amazing way to end the year!
Jesse, 32, is going to make one amazing dad! He and his wife Aryn will be welcoming their first bundle of joy within just a few months.
The pair married in Los Angeles, California on September 2012, but they have been together since 2007 — even before Jesse became a famous actor! Before becoming the hunky Dr. Jackson Avery on TV’s Grey’s Anatomy, »
- Kristine Hope Kowalski
Summer is heavy with blockbusters, but the hottest season of the year isn't reserved just for big-budget action, sci-fi, and superhero movies. Some of us like alternative (or supplemental) programming, and, fortunately, there are lots of small films with huge appeal catering to our hunger for indie goodness. Among the little gems you'll find from May through August is a new film from the director of “The Avengers” (the biggest movie of 2012) and debut features from filmmakers who'll be big names in the years to come. You'll also see some familiar faces in these movies, which star actors from the “Harry Potter,” “Iron Man,” “X-Men,” “Twilight,” and “Amazing Spider-Man” franchises. See? Something for everyone. Below, check out Moviefone's round-up of indie films we're betting money on (and into, with our date-night dollars) this summer. »
- Christopher Campbell
Every year CinemaCon rolls out the $100 Million Reel; it's a tradition to remind the exhibitors of the movies that scored in their theaters. "Something for everyone" is the theme that rang out Tuesday. The 2012 boom, said Nato chief John Fithian and others, was about delivering a diversity of high quality product. Disney, for one, had four films on the $100-million list: animated Oscar-winner "Brave," "Wreck-It-Ralph," Spielberg's "Lincoln," and Marvel's top-ranked blockbuster of the year, MTV Movie Winner "The Avengers." It was the third highest performer ever globally and domestically, and the fourth-biggest overseas, opening at a record $207 million, and the fastest film to reach $300 million in nine days. Last year three movies, "The Avengers," "The Dark Knight Rises" and "The Hunger Games," broke the $400-million barrier domestically. 2012 marked the all time domestic record, $10.8 billion, over the previous high of $10.6 in 2009, an increase in ticket sales. And 1.36 »
- Anne Thompson
Sometimes, two ladies make out with each other in major motion pictures. Other times, they not only make out with each other — they simulate sexual intercourse with each other. And because the Internet exists, each of those instances is easily accessible to everybody with a computer, context-free. I know, right? And some people claim to be "pessimists?" (laughs to himself.)
A ranking of such scenes is an inexact science, but we've created a surefire formula at NextMovie: Which do we like the most?
Gentlemen (and ladies), start your history deletions!
Dr. Christian Bale is engaged to Kate Beckinsale. There's a colleague of Bale's who wishes to have carnal relations with him. What's worse (better?), that colleague is Natasha McElhone. Beckinsale is jealous of this, so she does what any vengeful person would do in that situation: kiss her fiance's mom (Frances McDormand »
- Nick Blake
7 items from 2013
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