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Before I continue with this post, take a look at this wackadoodle trailer for Robin Wright's new live action–animated movie The Congress, from Waltz with Bashir director Ari Folman, which debuted at Cannes earlier this week and feels like the most uninhibitedly ambitious film of the festival so far.Okay, now we can talk, because the movie itself is even more out-there than what the trailer would have you believe. Picture a part-live-action, part-animated Yellow Submarine–esque version of Being John Malkovich (but starring Wright), combined with the Hollywood satire of Robert Altman's The Player and a dystopian futurist vision of the celebrity obsession depicted in Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring (which also premiered at Cannes). Based on Stanislaw Lem's 1971 novel The Futurological Congress, it starts out with Robin Wright playing Robin Wright, an actress who starred in The Princess Bride and Forrest Gump, and »
- Jada Yuan
Hadley Freeman's memoir masquerading as a survival guide is fresh, witty and packs a serious punch
Anyone who professes to hate the Daily Mail while being addicted to its "sidebar of shame" (the celebrity-packed right-hand feed on its website) will feel very at home with this book. The Nora Ephron opening quote, "Be the heroine of your life not the victim", sums up the style and the theme.
Like Ephron's non-fiction books, it's a series of anecdotes dressed up as a survival guide: "Sex tips for smart ladies; Every dating guide you'll ever need; But do you like him?" It's packed with cultural references: Nancy Mitford, The Devil Wears Prada, Nina Simone, Miss Piggy, The Princess Bride. New York-born Freeman manages to get away with a lot: she can be both scathing and serious about being "awesome" in a way no British writer could.
Obviously this book is aimed firmly at fans of Caitlin Moran, »
- Viv Groskop
Ari Folman (Waltz with Bashir) has been working on The Congress for the better part of five years now, with the first footage of the film appearing online almost three years ago exactly. Now, the final product has premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Inspired by Stanislaw Lem's short story "The Futurological Congress", the film uses the idea that in the future hallucinogenic drugs will be used to replace reality, and Folman takes this thought to make a commentary on cinema and its potential demise at the hands of Hollywood overlords seeking new ways to remain stuck in the past rather than move forward into the future. In many ways The Congress creates a complicated, well worn circle where advancements in technology are being used to maintain a hold on the past rather than propel us into the future. Utilizing both live-action and animation, the film begins with Robin Wright »
- Brad Brevet
Robin Wright plays “herself” in “The Congress,” a trippy cautionary tale about where society is headed, assuming movie stars license their essence to studios and audiences abandon cinema in favor of chemical cocktails that allow them to experience life as their celebrity of choice. Conceptually speaking, such a satire could only work as animation, but even then, it doesn’t quite come together — though fans of last year’s “Holy Motors” may appreciate a surreal double bill with this live-toon hybrid, ideal for midnight crowds and psychedelic enthusiasts. Meanwhile, admirers of director Ari Folman’s “Waltz With Bashir” should seriously adjust their expectations.
Ironically, Folman limits his audience by abandoning the Israeli-specific context of his earlier work in favor of a more universal cultural critique, returning (somewhat) to the world of live-action here by opening with what could be an hourlong episode of “The Twilight Zone.” The remainder of the »
- Peter Debruge
For about five years now there's been a script waiting to be produced called Winter's Discontent. The adult comedy has been described as follows: When Herb Winter's wife of fifty years dies, the faithful but sexually frustrated widower moves into a retirement community to start living the swinging single life. Last we heard back in 2009, Borat and The Dictator director Larry Charles was on board the project written by first-timer Paul Fruchbom and featured on last year's Black List. But now Deadline has word that In & Out and Death at a Funeral director Frank Oz is at the helm with Billy Crystal attached to lead the comedy. This is exactly the kind of project Crystal needs to reinvigorate his big screen career. The star of such favorites as When Harry Met Sally, City Slickers and The Princess Bride has only had Monsters Inc. to keep him relevant. Last year's abysmal »
- Ethan Anderton
Ari Folman‘s The Congress appears to play its hand quite quickly – the Cannes film’s first trailer opens with a shot of star Robin Wright being talked to by a faceless man as if she were, well, Robin Wright. Sure, this is a slightly skewed “Robin Wright” (it doesn’t seem as if this Robin starred in House of Cards, but damn if it doesn’t seem like she started her career with The Princess Bride), but it’s a version of “Robin Wright” nonetheless. And someone has a proposition for her. At first, it all seems relatively straightforward – a Hollywood studio (“Miramount,” which certainly looks like another studio that ends in “-mount”) wants to purchase the rights to Wright’s likeness and, thanks to technology, that essentially means they will scan every bit of her (not just physical, by any means) and use it to “star” in any film they see fit. It »
- Kate Erbland
With it being Mother’s Day in the Us I felt it was the perfect time to help you fellas out with a little something to make your mother feel special. She Did give birth to you after all so the least you could do is spend a little time with her. This, unfortunately comes with a caveat: your tastes are most definitely Not in line. Shopping for the perfect gift can be a no-win situation and flowers are so been-there-done-that, especially when all she really wants is to spend some time with her baby boy. What to do? How about watch a movie or two, her choice.
Let’s clarify: her choice from a list that you’ll be able to hand her. All movies on this list will have been vetted and approved for the two of you. She truly would like nothing better than to sit down and watch, »
- Lucas Flanagan
Much has been made of Jay-z’s involvement with Baz Lurhmann’s epic adaptation of The Great Gatsby. The music mogul has never before lent his name or his talents to a project in this way before (we’re not counting his “inspired by” American Gangster album). Despite the hype, this soundtrack collaboration is fundamentally safe (if seemingly off to a fast start on the charts.). Not only is The Great Gatsby a tent-pole blockbuster with an above-the-title director and major A-list talent, it’s a grandiose celebration of New York jazz age glamour and excess — which in some ways, »
- Lindsey Bahr
It's going to be hotter than usual in Houston, Texas, this Memorial Day weekend. Comicpalooza is back, and thanks to a new partnership with Battlestar Galactica fest GalactiCon, it's bigger and better than ever.
With headliners such as Patrick Stewart (X-Men, Star Trek: The Next Generation), Michelle Rodriguez (Fast & Furious, Machete) and Danny Trejo (Machete, Sons of Anarchy), Comicpalooza has outdone itself once again, presenting over 500 hours of programming this year.
Other celebrities appearing at Comicpalooza 2013 (May 24 – 26 at Houston's George R. Brown Convention Center) include Avery Brooks (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride, Saw), Sam Huntington (Being Human), Peter Davison (Doctor Who), Rene Auberjonois (Star Trek: DS9), Kris Holden-Reid (Lost Girl), Zoie Palmer (Lost Girl), Frazer Hines (Doctor Who), Peter Mayhew (Star Wars) and Craig Parker (Spartacus, Lord of the Rings).
Don't fret, four color fans. Comicpalooza hasn't forgotten about the world of comics. Among the »
It was a fluffy confection, for sure, but "Winston's Birthday" continued New Girl Season 2's winning streak.
Though this episode was full of comedic delights of all sorts - Rob Reiner! Schmidt doing the running man! - I was most struck by, well, how well Jess and Nick's relationship is going.
After their 1.5 seasons worth of confusion and ambivalence and aquarium-damaging make-out sessions, I thought their relationship would be just as sloppy and full of indecision as the flirting that proceeded it.
But this week, both Nick and Jess spoke quite highly of their potential for a serious relationship together - and made it clear that they planned on moving forward with things.
I had anticipated one (or both!) or them freaking out/ getting weird in the aftermath of the Boning Heard Round the (TV) World, so their ability to deal with sleeping together like mature adults who dig each »
- email@example.com (Gabrielle Moss)
The couple, who renewed their fourth nuptials at the top of the Eiffel Tower in 2012, walked down the aisle in a fairy tale rite at the theme park and invited Entertainment Tonight to capture it all.
The 'Obsessed' singer wore a beautiful corseted wedding gown with a dramatic train and adorned her head with a diamond tiara, the New York Post reported.
The princess bride also arrived in a Cinderella-style pumpkin carriage to meet her 32-year-old husband.
The pair held on to their. »
- Anita Agarwal
Family is obviously a major theme on Game of Thrones, with the relationships between fathers and their children at the core.
Children are forced to grow up quickly in the realm if they hope to see the seasons change more than once. However, as we saw in "Kissed by Fire," one's duty to thy father has no expiration date, so long as he still breathes.
Cersei put Little Finger in motion to uncover the Tyrell's plotting, but the truth that was revealed steered her and Tyrion's futures in a very undesirable direction. Despite any power and influence one may achieve over the years, offspring are forever pawns of their dads in the Seven Kingdoms, as we saw when Tywin pulled out a major twist to end this week's episode.
You knew he was never going to let Tyrion ride off into the sunset with Shae, but my jaw slapped the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Chris O'Hara)
The Nantucket Film Festival has announced the full lineup for its 18th iteration, running from June 26-30, opening with Morgan Neville's documentary "Twenty Feet From Stardom," and closing with David Lowery's Sundance hit "Ain't Them Bodies Saints." Just as "Brave" opened last year's festival, Disney/Pixar's upcoming "Monsters University," has been set as this year's traditional opening day film, while "In A World..." will be the centerpiece film. The four spotlight films selected are "Running From Crazy," "Blackfish," "Girl Most Likely," and the recent SXSW standout "Drinking Buddies." In addition to the spotlight films, this year's program has been expanded from last year's including the return of their Beach Screening series, with screenings of"The Princess Bride" and "Winged Migration." Speaking on the expanded lineup, Programming Director Daniela Bajar stated, "With a record-breaking number of submissions, this year's film selection was particularly challenging, but we are »
- Cameron Sinz
Get Ready For The Next All-new DC Universe Animated Original Movie
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox Coming July 30, 2013 From Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Primetime TV Stars & Justice League Alumni Fill Stellar Voice Cast Including Justin Chambers, Kevin McKidd, Michael B. Jordan, C. Thomas Howell, Nathan Fillion, Ron Perlman, Dana Delany, Cary Elwes, Danny Huston and Kevin Conroy Burbank, CA (April 18, 2013) – The world is turned upside down as one of earth’s greatest super heroes – Flash – wakes up devoid of his super powers in the all-new Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox – the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Original Animated Movies. Produced by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, this all-new, PG-13-rated film arrives July 30, 2013 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack ($24.98 Srp), DVD ($19.98 Srp) and Digital Download. The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack will include UltraViolet™*.
When time travel allows a past wrong to be »
- Matt MacNabb
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
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has released the cover art for their new DC Entertainment animated feature film Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. They've also provided a full press release with all of the details on the film which you can check out below. The movie has an epic voice cast, and I just hope it ends up being an awesome film.
The world is turned upside down as one of earth’s greatest super heroes – Flash – wakes up devoid of his super powers in the all-new Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox – the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Original Animated Movies. Produced by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, this all-new, PG-13 rated film arrives July 30, 2013 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack ($24.98 Srp), DVD ($19.98 Srp) and Digital Download. The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack will include UltraViolet™*.
When time travel allows a past wrong to »
- Joey Paur
This is the comic book event that either propelled DC Comics towards the New 52 paradigm or sent the company spinning off the rails, alienating the very core audience they sought to retain. Now it is being adapted into animated form from Warner Home Entertainment in July. Some speculate this direct-to-video movie will transition the animated heroes towards New 52 incarnations but that has not been confirmed. Here’s the release: Burbank, CA (April 17, 2013) – The world is turned upside down as one of earth’s greatest super heroes – Flash – wakes up devoid of his super powers in the all-new Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox – the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Original Animated Movies. Produced by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, this all-new, PG-13 rated film arrives July 30, 2013 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack ($24.98 Srp), DVD ($19.98 Srp) and Digital Download. The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack »
- ComicMix Staff
The world is turned upside down as one of earth's greatest super heroes - Flash - wakes up devoid of his super powers in the all-new Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox - the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Original Animated Movies. Produced by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, this all-new, PG-13 rated film arrives July 30, 2013 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-ray Combo Pack ($24.98 Srp), DVD ($19.98 Srp) and Digital Download. The Blu-ray Combo Pack will include UltraViolet.
When time travel allows a past wrong to be righted for Flash and his family, the event's temporal ripples prove disastrous, creating a fractured, alternate reality where the Justice League never formed, and even Superman is nowhere to be found. Amidst a new world being ravaged by a fierce war between Wonder Woman's Amazons and Aquaman's Atlanteans, Flash must team with a grittier, more violent Batman »
It centres around Statham as a gambling addict mercenary working for hire in Las Vegas.
We’ve got some new casting news covering a few different film genres: Stanley Tucci, Anne Heche, and Cedric the Entertainer have joined Jason Statham’s upcoming action flick Heat, about a gambling addict and ex-mercenary named Nick (played by Statham) working for hire in Las Vegas. Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch) has reportedly landed the role of the leading lady in Afonso Poyart’s upcoming film Solace, which will also star Colin Farrell and Anthony Hopkins. Veep star Timothy Simons has joined Ivan Reitman’s NFL comedy Draft Day, where he will play Marx, a Cleveland Browns scout with a big personality. Hit the jump for more information on each casting bit, folks. In Statham’s action remake Heat, Deadline reports that Tucci, Heche, and Cedric the Entertainer join a stacked cast that includes Hope Davis, Milo Ventimiglia, Sophia Vergara, Michael Angarano, and Dominik Garcia-Lorido. Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman (The Princess Bride »
- Gabe Chase
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