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Sean Bean has appeared in over seventy movies and he dies in one third of them so his dying face is on point. Despite him having a bit of a reputation for always dying in films, he doesn’t actually have the highest death roles of all time. That would be John Hurt, but Sean Bean really isn’t far behind and of course, Hurt does have more roles under his belt.
Mr Bean (Sean, not Atkinson) has been shot, stabbed and even pushed over a cliff by a heard of cows. He’s became such a stereotype that viewers just expect him to seriously »
- Sara Weir
Director Ralph Bakshi is launching his new animated film, “Last Days of Coney Island,” on Oct. 29 — his 77th birthday — with an exclusive release on Vimeo on Demand, Variety has learned exclusively.
The national release of “Last Days of Coney Island” follows a Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $174,000 from 1,290 backers.
Bakshi created, directed and mostly animated the 22-minute movie, described as a mafia horror pic set in the 1960s in Coney Island with political overtones both realistic and outrageous, and a violent collage of characters, all striving to get somewhere.
Bakshi’s career includes directing the animated films “Fritz The Cat,” “Heavy Traffic,” “Coonskin,” “Wizards,” “The Lord of the Rings,” “American Pop” and “Fire and Ice,” and the TV series “Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures.” “Fritz the Cat” was the first animated film to be accepted at the Cannes Film Festival.
“Last Days of Coney Island” is produced by Edward Bakshi. »
- Dave McNary
Powley shot to fame this year with her star-making turn in hit indie comedy-drama The Diary of a Teenage Girl, as well as earning acclaim for her roles in A Royal Night Out and the upcoming Equals alongside Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult.
Wilding is described as a “vampire pic in the vein of Let The Right One In” and sees Powley as a young girl whose father (Brad Dourif) tells her of the horrors of the outside and “a creature known as Wilding, who is eating children.”
At age 16, Anna is freed by small-town sheriff Ellen Champney (Tyler) with whom she finds a temporary home. »
- Scott J. Davis
One of the secrets of good writing is to listen to your inner muse and write what gives you intense pleasure. The most successful screenwriters in Hollywood happen to have passions and taste that dovetail with pleasing audiences. They can ride the studio collaborative process to a happy conclusion. But that often involves dumbing things down. The studios are all too prone to underestimate the intelligence of the American moviegoing public. Especially on big-budget movies where they don't want to take too much risk, they soften, shape, try to please everyone, go vanilla. One reason why some of the best movies are adaptations is that when presented with tangible evidence of something that works with consumers, the studios will back off--see "The Lord of the Rings," "the "Harry Potter" and "Hunger Games" series. And in the case of "The Martian," which is hitting several sweet spots--there were turnaway crowds at the PGA and. »
- Anne Thompson
The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema – including which Star Wars original trilogy character will be returning, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice getting its MPAA rating (for a suprising reason…) and Kevin Feige teases loads of McU Phase Three details. He’s got an Avengers: Age of Ultron Blu Ray to sell, after all…
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What are the first words that come to mind when you hear ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice‘? Why, sensual romance, of course.
“Is that your Batarang, or are you just pleased to see me?”
The MPAA classified Batman v Superman as »
- Oli Davis
There’s plenty to talk about in Lego Dimensions, and it’s not hard to see why. With a game jam-packed with a handful of different characters and worlds plucked straight from some of the most iconic franchises, it’s not hard to see the appeal, especially with the ‘toys-to-life’ genre being as popular as ever. Still, what amazes me the most about Lego Dimensions is that it exists at all.
As impressive as something like Disney Infinity is, both the game’s publisher (Warner Bros.) and developer (Traveller’s Tales) have pulled no punches (and as I imagine, spared no expense) when it comes licensing this time around. It’s perhaps one of the best mash-ups around, with series like Doctor Who, Back to the Future, Lord of the Rings, Batman, and even Portal making appearances. Licensing nightmares aside, there’s truly something for everyone here, whether that be »
- Shaan Joshi
As in a great Halloween costume, makeup is an important aspect of film. Join us as we examine 10 films where makeup effects played a very large role.
Using Makeup to Create A Style
Example: Edward Scissorhands (1990)
While Edward Scissorhands may be one of Burton’s most beloved characters because of Johnny Depp’s performance, the character is also memorable for his looks. For starters, there is his birds-nest hair. The wispy cob-webb look not only reassured audiences of Edward’s sad, lonely and parentless existence, but it also became an easy identifier for Burton’s gothic style. Indeed, Edward’s wild, untamed yet solid hairstyle was similar to that of Beetlejuice, whose film came out two years prior, and would be similar to many other characters we would see in later Burton films.
Edward’s pasty white make-up helped audiences to understand that he was not just a normal man. »
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Nowadays, it's hard to image that Nicolas Cage would turn down any movie, let alone one guaranteed to be a massive blockbuster success. Especially when he's taking jobs in such dreck as Left Behind and Season of the Witch. But as it turns out, he passed up a key role in what is one of the biggest series of all time. Yes, he could have been Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
For the past few years, Nicolas Cage has had a rough go at choosing projects. He's appeared in one flop after the next, many of them going straight to VOD or home video (which isn't a bad thing in this day of streaming media, but in his case it has been). He won raves for his indie thriller Joe, and had a great cameo turn in Kick-Ass, but there hasn't been anything too memorable on his resume for sometime. »
Anghus Houvouras with this week’s disappointments from the entertainment world…
Makes perfect sense. You could feel the pulsing sexual tension emanating from the screen when he ripped the top off of the Batmobile. Matt Damon knows what I’m taking about.
“Matt Damon says ‘it must be really hard’ to be a gay actor”
It is. Real hard. And it only gets harder. Until eventually the gay actor has no choice but to sprinkle audiences with his white hot talent. Then it’s not so hard anymore.
“Nic Cage says he turned down the Aragorn role in The Lord of the Rings.”
“HBO and Zack Snyder »
- Anghus Houvouras
Currently promoting his new film Pay the Ghost [read our review here], Nicolas Cage has been speaking to Newsweek about his desire to work with such directors as Paul Thomas Anderson and Quentin Tarantino in the future, as well as some of the roles he was offered over the years that for one reason or another he had to turn down.
“There certainly were movies that I probably would have benefited from if circumstances in my life allowed me to make them. Lord of the Rings. That trilogy. Aragorn. Or The Matrix. But the thing is about those movies, I can watch them. I can enjoy them as an audience member. I don’t really watch my own movies. »
- Scott J. Davis
The Lord of the Rings movies aren’t perfect, and everyone who pretends they are is simply kidding themselves. Whilst it’s true that Peter Jackson’s films are to be treasured and praised ’til the cows come home (they are, for the most part, awesome works), there are a good number of issues inherent to all three films that lots of folk just try to ignore – issues that, approached head-on, show up the trilogy in a more candid and thus fallible light.
There is, after all, a kind of relentless positivity that surrounds Jackson’s trilogy, as though he managed to craft three lengthy, intricate motion pictures without putting a foot wrong. It’s safe to say that revisiting Middle-Earth in the present day shows up Jackson’s world as a flawed one; combing through the saga reveals a surprisingly high number of very questionable inclusions- everything from characterisation, »
- Sam Hill
See Also: New trailer and character posters for The Last Witch Hunter
The modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us; vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe for centuries, including Kaulder, a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful Queen Witch, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments right before her death, the Queen curses Kaulder with her own immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. Today Kaulder is the only one of his kind remaining, and has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost loved ones. »
- Gary Collinson
Warner Bros. and Tt Games have released a new trailer for its upcoming video game Lego Dimensions, which sees Alison Brie transported through the Lego Gateway to become Unikitty, her character from The Lego Movie. Check it out here…
See Also: Lego Dimensions featurette reveals impressive voice cast
In the game, there is an ancient planet at the center of the Lego Multiverse inhabited by an evil mastermind, Lord Vortech. It is said that he who controls the Foundational Elements that this planet is built upon, controls all of the Multiverse. Lord Vortech has vowed to be that ruler, summoning characters from a variety of Lego worlds to help him find these building bricks of Lego civilization. Some have agreed, others have rebelled, and only the combined powers of the greatest Lego heroes can stop him.
When a mysterious and powerful vortex suddenly appears in various Lego worlds, different characters from DC Comics, »
- Gary Collinson
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has dropped the official Lego Dimensions launch trailer as the third and final big toys-to-life game this holiday season behind Skylanders SuperChargers and Disney Infinity 3.0 prepares to arrive in stores this upcoming weekend.
The Lego Dimensions launch trailer marks the first time that WB Games has really assembled all of the game's entertainment properties into a condensed promotional video. We're talking characters and vehicles based on DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, The Lego Movie, Lego Ninjago, Back to the Future, The Wizard of Oz, Scooby-Doo!, Lego Chima, Doctor Who, Jurassic World, Ghostbusters, The Simpsons, Portal and Midway Arcade.
Batman, of course, seems to always get the best lines. What is it about a cranky and insecure superhero with anger management issues that we love so much? The trailer also includes voice work from some of the many actors portraying the bricked versions of their live-action characters for the game. »
Fox has recently announced a reboot for the ailing League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen franchise. We take a look at its options...
It's probably fair to say that with news breaking recently to the effect that Fox are planning to reboot The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, their Alan Moore-created literary super-team franchise, reactions were a trifle mixed. For ardent fans of the original graphic novels, the response was polarised between excitement and disgust; to those whose only exposure to the League was the much maligned 2003 film adaptation starring Sean Connery, the announcement was most probably met with an iceberg of apathy floating amidst a sea of indifference.
In case you're unaware of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, it was created by Alan Moore and artist Kevin O'Neill in the late 90s. The original incarnation of The League are a disparate group of Victorian-era public domain literary characters, brought together by »
At the close of The Big Bang Theory‘s Season 9 premiere, Leonard and Penny, as well as Sheldon and Amy, were on uncertain terms.
In “The Matrimonial Momentum,” Leonard and Penny’s wedded bliss was quickly halted once Penny learned her husband worked alongside the woman with whom he once “cheated.” Meanwhile, Amy officially called it quits with Shelly after one too many insensitive comments, forcing him to phone his devout Christian mother (returning guest star Laurie Metcalf) and ask that she remove Amy from her prayers!
Let’s break down the big moments from Monday’s opener:
RelatedFall TV »
Lionsgate has released a new trailer for its upcoming supernatural action fantasy The Last Witch Hunter, along with another one-sheet and four character posters featuring Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 7), Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones), Michael Caine (Interstellar) and Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings).
The modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us; vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe for centuries, including Kaulder, a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful Queen Witch, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments right before her death, the Queen curses Kaulder with her own immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. Today Kaulder is the only one of his kind remaining, and has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, »
- Gary Collinson
Just yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter published an in-depth piece that shed some light on the business relationship between Universal, Legendary and Warner Bros., offering up all number of findings including the fact that the latter two studios are ruminating on a King Kong V Godzilla mash-up along with news that Pacific Rim: Maelstrom has been delayed indefinitely.
Indeed, Guillermo del Toro’s creature feature is no longer a sure-thing, but it isn’t the only CG-heavy blockbuster that allegedly has Universal concerned. Among the discussion of high-profile reboots and potential trilogies, THR’s report suggests that the studio considers Duncan Jones’ Warcraft to be a “problem movie,” lumping the director’s live-action take on Azeroth in with Zhang Yimou’s The Great Wall.
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Taking to Twitter, Jones himself offered a response to the allegation, asking fans not to worry about the label. After all, Universal »
- Michael Briers
Elijah Wood on the horror-comedy Cooties While Elijah Wood may forever be thought of as Frodo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings,” he clearly picked up the director’s love for indie horror having co-founded the production company Spectrevision with directors Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller. So far,…
- Edward Douglas
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