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In the deceptively entertaining new thriller "Homefront," Jason Statham plays a man who relocates to the Tennessee Williams-y deep south, with his young daughter, after the death of his wife. Thinking that he left his life of law enforcement behind (in the movie's prologue, you see him embedded with a group of deadly, meth-dealing bikers), he instead runs afoul of a small-time gangster named Gator (played by James Franco) and finds himself fighting for his life.
Moviefone chatted with Statham about what drew him to the material, with a script written by Sylvester Stallone from the novel by Chuck Hogan ("The Town," Guillermo del Toro's upcoming TV series "The Strain"), how he maintains what a "Jason Statham movie" is expected to be, and what we should be expecting from "Fast & Furious 7," "Expendables 3," and "Crank 3." It should also be noted that, for such a tough guy, he's unexpectedly warm and inviting, »
- Drew Taylor
The BBC’s supernatural drama “Wolfblood” leads the race for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ Children’s Awards with four nods.
The kids’ kudofest, which honors the best in children’s media, will be held on Nov. 24 at the Hilton, Park Lane, London. This year’s host is TV presenter Jake Humphrey.
Among the programs with double nominations are “The Amazing World of Gumball,” which features in the writer and animation categories; “Hackertime,” for comedy and performer for Phil Fletcher as “Hacker the Dog”; “Stepping Up,” with nominations in the drama and writer categories; “Horrible Histories,” with a nomination in the comedy category and one for its spin-off program “Horrible Histories: Gory Games in Entertainment”; and “Something Special, »
- Leo Barraclough
Did you love the "Parenthood" soundtrack vol. 1? There's a follow-up compilation out now for NBC's critically-acclaimed drama, featuring songs by hit artists CeeLo Green, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Lyle Lovett and more.
This is the debut release for J2 Music's soundtrack-focused label (distributed by InGrooves, licensed through NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products). The compilation was produced by "Parenthood" creator Jason Katims, Patrick Ward, Liza Richardson, Jonathan Platt and Jonathan McHugh. It offers an array of poignant songs that appeared during the last few seasons of the series.
1. Delta Rae - Dance In The Graveyards
2. Lyle Lovett - If I Had A Boat
4. A Fine Frenzy - What I Wouldn't Do
5. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Man On Fire (Little Daylight Remix)
6. Emile Millar - Honey I'll Try
7. Greg Laswell - Take A Bow
Broadway darling Kristin Chenoweth is just as charming down South! On Saturday, Oct. 5, the 45-year-old singer performed at a gala celebrating the official reopening of New Orleans' Saenger Theatre. The vocal powerhouse made the whole crowd feel like they were part of the show and even brought Mayor Mitch Landrieu onstage for a rendition of "Do You Hear the People Sing!" Per the Times-Picayune, Chenoweth also encouraged the audience to join her in a rendition of "Que Sera, Sera," before launching into "Moon River." Accompanied by the New Orleans Philharmonic Orchestra, she went on to perform several crowd favorites including "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "Hard Times Come No »
Things were certainly on a high in Detroit for Daniel Bryan at Night of Champions. The bearded wonder captured his second WWE championship with no real interference from the corporate regime. However, how long would that high last as they rolled into Cleveland and Monday Night Raw? Unfortunately, we didn’t have to wait long to find out.
The show opens with the new WWE champion Daniel Bryan coming out and celebrating with the crowd. Bryan says thank you to all his supporters and leads them in a yes chant before the COO makes his way to the ring.
Triple H says that he would love to come down and say you proved him wrong. However, there was a dispute with the count of referee Scott Armstrong. He brings the referee to the ring to get to the bottom of the situation. Hunter asks Armstrong if he gave a fast »
- Paul Jordan
The 2014 Miss America was named on Sept. 15, with Miss New York Nina Davuluri taking home the crown. Nina obviously proved that she was so much more than a beautiful face during the pageant, but you’ll still be amazed to really learn about the girl behind the tiara.
In a gorgeous yellow gown, Nina Davuluri looked absolutely stunned when it was announced that she had been chosen to be 2014′s Miss America on Sept. 15. As Nina, 24, starts to come down from her Sunday night high, here are the things you need to know about her!
Nina Davuluri: Meet The New Miss America
1. She’s A Trailblazer
Nina is the first Indian American to ever be crowned Miss America. Though she hails from the Syracuse, NY area, she was born to Telugu parents from Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. “I’m most excited to promote my platform,” Nina said after being crowned. “I »
- Andrew Gruttadaro
Browse our gallery of new pics from ‘The Originals’ premiere & weigh in with your thoughts!
I hope you like awesome hair, because these new shots from the series premiere of The Originals are full of it! Along with present-day hair moments — Elijah’s (Daniel Gillies) mane remains flawless, as always — the Oct. 3 episode, titled “Always And Forever,” also takes us back to the early days of the Mikaelson family; and you know what that means: flashback wigs!
Both Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah get to rock their famous — or, rather, infamous — history hair on the episode, as we learn more about their twisted family past. But they’re not alone; they’re joined by a special guest, who also has locks worth writing home about: Papa Mikael (Sebastian Roché)!
When we last saw Mikael on The Vampire Diaries, he was getting the White Oak Stake treatment from Klaus, but he »
- Andy Swift
I think everyone remembers where they were August 31st, 2003 when they heard that Charles Bronson had died. I was visiting my brother in Atlanta when my nephew knocked on my door and informed me that CNN had announced his death. I collapsed into a sobbing heap. Bronson was my hero, my muse, my role model. Hollywood’s brightest star would shine no more. It’s hard to believe he’s been gone ten years.
Charles Bronson was the unlikeliest of movie stars. Of all the leading men in the history of Hollywood, Charles Bronson had the least range as an actor. He rarely emoted or even changed his expression, and when he did speak, his voice was a reedy whisper. But Charles Bronson could coast on presence, charisma, and silent brooding menace like no one’s business and he wound up the world’s most bankable movie star throughout most of the 1970’s. »
- Tom Stockman
We all love our monthly ‘Late Night Grindhouse’ at The Hi-Pointe, but what the heck is going on at the Jamestown Mall Cinema?! Daytime Grindhouse?! My buddy Mike Dugge called me last night and said he had just returned from a showing there of the 1985 big bust sci-fi schlock epic Lost Empire. I was like “Huh?!…What?!…Huh!?”. I checked Movietickets.com and saw he wasn’t pulling my leg. I called the Jamestown and talked to the manager there. Apparently, they’ve been having a ‘B-Movie’ series featuring schlock for the past 4 weeks. They’ve shown (and I’ve missed) Nightbeast, Giant Spider Invasion, A Boy And His Dog, and Rabid Love. That last one is a new film as are the next two films they will be playing: The Resurrection and Gila (a 2012 Sci-Fy channel movie). I wish I had known about this series earlier. Apparently the Jamestown »
- Tom Stockman
Tahir Jetter, director of the 2011 Sundance short Close, has released the first trailer for Hard Times, an upcoming webseries about a broke personal trainer who aims to make money through unscrupulous means following the decline of his client base. Directed by Jetter, and created by him and Donald Conley (Sleep), the series features Abraham Amkpa (The Boring Life of Jacqueline, Mother of George), Bianca Laverne Jones (NYC 22, 12 Steps to Recovery), Ashley Denise Robinson (Docket 32357), and Vladimir Versailles (Side Effects), and is being shot by award-winning Director of Photography, Daniel »
- Nijla Mumin
By Lee Pfeiffer
Twilight Time has released Walter Hill's 1975 directorial debut, Hard Times, on Blu-ray as a limited edition (3,000 units). Hill was an up-and-coming screenwriter with Peckinpah's The Getaway to his credit as well as solid thrillers like The Drowning Pool, The Mackintosh Man and Hickey and Boggs. There is no evidence in Hard Times that Hill was a novice behind the camera, either. This is one of my favorite films of the period, though many retro movie fans probably haven't seen it. The story is set in 1933. Chaney (Charles Bronson) is a middle-aged drifter who ends up crossing paths with Speed (James Coburn), a fast-talking promoter of "street fights" (no holds barred matches between local tough guys with no rules or regulations). Needing some quick cash, the soft-spoken, low-key Chaney forms a partnership with the mercurial Speed. In his first match, they win big when Chaney knocks the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Jennifer Aniston as a streetwise stripper and a giant Mexican spider set the tone for this drug-running slacker comedy
If you're called Thurber, a career in comedy inevitably proposes itself, though Rawson Marshall Thurber's We're the Millers would be unlikely to appeal to the New Yorker humorist who wrote My Life and Hard Times. We're the Millers stars Jason Sudeikis as a slacker forced through debts to smuggle a major drug consignment across the border from Mexico on a Fourth of July weekend.
As cover he recruits a foul-mouthed, streetwise stripper (Jennifer Aniston) living in the same run-down Denver apartment block and two dodgy teenage neighbours to pose as his family, and the result is often funny but not extravagantly or consistently so. A typical joke is signalled by the appearance early on of a giant spider in a basket of fruit in Mexico. As Chekhov would have said, »
- Philip French
It's generated some classics and more than a few stinkers, but too many buddy-cop films are simply boring
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2 Guns shows that the cop buddy movie has flatlined. It only took 24 hours for the film to vanish from my mind – and I took notes. Yes, it's the umpteenth buddy-cop retread, where two wily but likable antagonists are forced to team up to fulfil their competing agendas. Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington play undercover operatives posing as drug traffickers in order to snag Edward James Olmos's Latin drug lord. Their chemistry and fast-talking effervescence are instantly appealing: Washington the swaggeringly confident dandy, and Wahlberg all nerves, jitters and querulousness.
But as usual, the problem is the formula, not the duo. Diverting as the banter is, there's no dodging the fact that Walter Hill's 48 Hrs has officially now been remade for the bazillionth time in 31 years. »
- John Patterson
Welcome back streamers. We trust you had a good July 4th weekend and the hangover has finally subsided. We also assume you’ve gotten over the overlong, tonal headache that was “The Lone Ranger,” and now you’re debating if you should do the same with “Pacific Rim” or “Grown Ups 2.” Both reviews suggest that you should just stay home, which is good for us because we have lots of suggestions for you streaming this weekend. We’ve got an alternate Guillermo del Toro movie you could watch and instead of witnessing Adam Sandler fart on Salma Hayek, you could revisit arguably his best movie, thanks to Paul Thomas Anderson. We’ve also got a Michael Cera indie for you that’s hitting both theaters and VOD this weekend (but hey, maybe you can just watch it out of the comfort of your own home if it’s not »
- The Playlist Staff
Looking for a good webseries to watch in the fall? Here's one you might want to check out. Tahir Jetter, director of the 2011 Sundance short Close, is gearing up to release Hard Times, a 10-episode webseries about a broke personal trainer who aims to make money through unscrupulous means following the decline of his client base. Directed by Jetter, and created by him and Donald Conley (Sleep), the series features a plethora of up and coming talent, including Abraham Amkpa (The Boring Life of Jacqueline, Mother of George), Bianca Laverne Jones (NYC 22, 12 Steps to Recovery), Ashley Denise Robinson (Docket 32357), »
- Nijla Mumin
Looking for a good webseries to watch in the fall? Here's one you might want to check out. Tahir Jetter, director of the 2011 Sundance short Close, is gearing up to release Hard Times, a 10-episode webseries about a broke personal trainer who aims to make money through unscrupulous means following the decline of his client base. Directed by Jetter, and created by him and Donald Conley (Sleep), the series features a plethora of up and coming talent, including Abraham Amkpa (The Boring Life of Jacqueline, Mother of George), Bianca Laverne Jones (NYC 22, 12 Steps to Recovery), and Ashley Denise Robinson (Docket 32357), and is being shot by award-winning Director of »
- Nijla Mumin
The third track on one of my favorite rock records of the last decade, Okkervil River’s The Stage Names, is called “A Hand to Take Hold of the Scene.” Without context, its lyric is a bit of a tough nut to crack. Will Sheff sings about events unfolding on a TV screen in the first verse, recaps a dream in the second, and seems to outline the narrator’s innermost wishes in the third. What’s not immediately apparent is that the first verse outlines scenes from two completely different TV shows – scenes that happened to be scored by Okkervil River songs. The first half of the verse refers to “It Ends With a Fall” (from Down the River of Golden Dreams) and its use on the reality series Breaking Bonaduce. (I don’t have that clip handy.) The second half, and probably the more illustrative of the two in any case, »
- Simon Howell
I know, I know. I’m neglected this column and it’s been ages since I’ve shared with you faithful readers a rockin’ tune to kick off your weekend properly. But thankfully, the power of “random play” combined with being stuck in tons of commuter traffic have offered the inspiration behind today’s submission. Besides, I just realized I’ve never actually chosen a Danzig video yet for “Song Of The Week!” Blasphemy!
So today the song I was reminded of was the title track from Danzig III: How The Gods Kill. Now, what I always loved about that record was the super rad cover art designed by none other than art legend H.R. Giger who created the now infamous Alien design. And when it came time for the band to make a video for this particular song, they brought that Giger cover girl to life! Check out “How »
- Rob Galluzzo
No one could touch Charles Bronson in terms of global popularity throughout the 1970’s and Hard Times was his best film from that decade (my favorite for cinema, the only films from the ‘70s I would personally rate above Hard Times are Taxi Driver, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and The Godfather). Walter Hill, in his 1976 directorial debut, made a remarkably earthy and entertaining film about illegal bare-knuckle fighting in Depression-era New Orleans. Hard Times, whose succinct tag line read “New Orleans 1933, in those days words didn’t buy much”, perfectly exploits Bronson’s granite presence and is a concise, almost mythical celebration of men who only communicate with their fists. Bronson is Chaney, a hardened loner who hops off a freight train in New Orleans where he tries to score some quick cash the only way he knows how-with his fists.
The fight scenes in Hard Times, which seem authentic rather over-choreographed, »
- Tom Stockman
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 16, 2013
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $35.99
The great Walter Hill (The Driver, The Long Riders) returns to the feature film directing chair for the first time since the 2002 boxing drama Undisputed with the action thriller Bullet to the Head starring Sylvester Stallone.
Based on Alexis Nolent’s graphic novel Du Plomb Dans La Tete, Bullet to the Head tells the hard-hitting story of New Orleans hit man Jimmy Bonomo (Stallone), who teams up with a D.C. cop (Sung Kang) in an unlikely alliance to bring down the killers of their respective partners.
The latest project to bring Hill to the evocative streets of New Orleans (his Johnny Handsome and Hard Times are set there), Bullet to the Head also stars Sarah Shahi (TV’s Fairly Legal), Christian Slater (Freaky Deaky), and Jason Momoa (Conan the Barbarian).
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