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Piles of noirish exposition get the better of Jason Statham in this unpleasantly retrograde crime drama. What happened in Vegas should have stayed there. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): Simon West must be stopped
I have not read the source material
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I understand why Jason Statham might want to expand his onscreen horizons. I don’t think he has it in him, but I get it. What I don’t get is: Why choose, for such a creative endeavor, this regressive throwback, which would have been unpleasantly backward-looking in the mid 1980s, when William Goldman published the novel it’s based on? (It was first adapted by Goldman himself for film in 1986, starring Burt Reynolds and titled Heat, and it wasn’t met with applause then, either.) Honestly, when I saw that Goldman was credited with the script here, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
To mark the occasion, Digital Spy has unearthed 25 fascinating facts about the beloved 1990 film. Read on to find out why Vivian is a Disney princess, how Superman himself Christopher Reeve almost played Edward and the film's straight-to-the-point title in China.
1. The original script for Pretty Woman was titled $3,000 and was a dark drama about prostitution in La. Vivian was a drug addict trying to go clean to save up money for a trip to Disneyland. Disney-owned Touchstone Pictures developed the idea into a more conventional romantic comedy, meaning Vivian is something of an edgier Disney princess.
The very welcome return of an old character is the one highlight in the abyss of storytelling that Helix has fallen into.
This review contains spoilers.
For those who are curious, the term Ectogenesis refers to the growing of something in an artificial environment, like when plants are grown without soil. Except used in Helix, it had more to do with Sarah’s immortal baby, who is chilling in the plastic tube that it was placed in after it was induced. There are so many things wrong with this idea, it is hard to know where to start, but as it is frozen in its development cycle, that wouldn’t technically be Ectogenesis, would it? Actually, if that were true then it wouldn’t fill the tube either, as when Sarah became immortal it wasn’t anywhere near term, as the foetus represented here most certainly is.
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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Just in time for the Cinderella remake, here's Sarah Michelle Gellar as its title character in a rap battle against Belle from Beauty and the Beast (played by Whitney Avalon). See another battle, between Princess Leia and Lotr's Galadriel, at Geek Tyrant. Peter Falk reads Game of Thrones to Fred Savage in this mash-up of the HBO series and The Princess Bride (via Devour): This whole Jurassic Park-themed set-up, which can used to decorate your home theater or bedroom or baby nursery, is for sale on eBay (via Geekologie): The latest Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer dubbed by kids is as adorable as it sounds (via Geek Alert): Kill Bill...
- Christopher Campbell
Much like young Fred Savage I was exposed to The Princess Bride at an early age. It was like nothing I’d ever seen at the time and I quickly wore out my family’s VHS copy. The rodents of unusual size (Rous’s) terrified me, Fezzik became my favourite character, and I would frequently end conversations with a screechy “inconceivable!”. I can only imagine how differently things might have turned out had I been read A Game of Thrones instead... »
- Kevin Fraser
Read More: Why 'Game of Thrones' in IMAX Is Worth Your Money, and Why It's Not Would you read "The Princess Bride" to your sick kid? Would you watch it with him? Of course you would. It's a great movie and you're a great parent. Now, what about "Game Of Thrones"? That's the premise of "Princess of Thrones," made by Shawn Kohne: Use footage from "Game of Thrones" to illustrate Grandpa's description of "The Princess Bride." But beware. Not only does this retelling have "a lot of kissing," but also massive spoilers and a lot, lot, lot of people getting stabbed. Read More: Watch: Cobain Is Angst-Ridden In Trailer for 'Montage of Heck' »
- Elizabeth Logan
Number one fans can be flattering, but Annie Wilkes comes on a little too strong, and Bruce Willis is about to find out just how strong when he makes his Broadway debut in Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures' stage adaptation of one of Stephen King's most chilling novels: Misery.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Bruce Willis will star as author Paul Sheldon opposite Elizabeth Marvel (Other Desert Cities, House Of Cards) as Annie Wilkes in Misery, the Broadway adaptation of the classic 1987 novel that was adapted to film in 1990 by Rob Reiner. The play is scribed by William Goldman (The Princess Bride, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), who also penned the screenplay for the film adaptation. The stage version of Misery made its world premiere in the fall of 2012 at Bucks County Playhouse.
- Derek Anderson
Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures is bringing an adaptation of Stephen King's novel Misery to Broadway and has enlisted Bruce Willis to star. Willis will make his Broadway debut opposite stage veteran Elizabeth Marvel (Other Desert Cities, House of Cards) in the play written by two-time Academy Award winner William Goldman (The Princess Bride, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), who also wrote the screenplay for the 1990 Rob Reiner film that starred Kathy Bates in her Oscar-winning turn as Annie Wilkes. Willis will play the housebound romance novelist Paul Sheldon, who becomes a prisoner of his unhinged "Number One
- Tatiana Siegel
London — Director Asif Kapadia has started to shoot “Ali & Nino,” which is produced by Kris Thykier, and adapted from Kurban Said’s novel by Christopher Hampton. Im Global is handling international sales.
Adam Bakri (“Omar”) and Maria Valverde (Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings”) will star as the titular star-crossed lovers, and will be joined by a cast that includes Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland,” “Criminal Minds,” “The Princess Bride”) and Connie Nielsen (“Nymphomaniac,” “Gladiator”), playing Nino’s parents Gregor and Tamar Kipiani.
Other cast include Riccardo Scamarcio (“Loose Canons,” “My Brother Is an Only Child”), Homayoun Ershadi (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Kite Runner”), Fakhraddin Manafov (“Try Not to Breathe,” “Good Bye, Southern City”), Assaad Bouab (“Days of Glory,” “Whatever Lola Wants”), Numan Acar (“Homeland”) and Halit Ergenc (“1001 Nights”).
Ali Khan and Nino Kipiani live in Baku, the cosmopolitan, oil-rich capital of Azerbaijan, which, at the beginning of the 20h century, »
- Leo Barraclough
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7.80 The Lego Movie
6.96 Big Hero 6
6.51 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
6.40 American Sniper
- Jeff Bayer
When it comes to predicting success and failure in Hollywood, as "The Princess Bride" screenwriter William Goldman famously said, "Nobody knows anything." Well, nobody except the accountants at PricewaterhouseCooper, who are currently counting the Oscar ballots in anticipation of Sunday's Academy Awards. But the rest of us know nothing, even experienced Oscar prognosticators.
That's especially true this year, when only a handful of the 24 categories seem like foregone conclusions. The rest are tight races, all the way down to Best Picture. This should make the Feb. 22 telecast suspenseful, but it also makes filling out your own Oscar ballot harder. Still, here are my predictions, based on nearly three decades of covering the Academy Awards, attending the ceremony a few times, having kept a close watch on the current race, and a wet index finger held up to the wind. If I do well, I'll be bragging on Monday; if not, »
- Gary Susman
The Austin Film Society kicks off a busy week of programming at the Marchesa tonight with the Agfa Endangered Fest II. The event will feature four films from the vaults of the American Genre Film Archive. Everything Is Terrible! is swinging by the Marchesa on Saturday night on their new "Legends" tour to bring you the best discoveries from the VHS era.
From Elizabeth: "Afs is also bringing back 'The Sepia Screen' this weekend, a showcase for some of the movies made for black audiences during America's segregated past. The films shown in July were from Smu's collection; the selections for this month are not part of that bunch. Series co-programmers Lars Nilsen and Dshanya Reese are certain to talk about the historical relevance of the works they selected and the people involved. The show starts at 2 pm on Sunday [tickets. Perhaps this would be a good option for counterprogramming on the day when the whitest Oscars in years occurs."
Over at the Alamo Drafthouse, multiple quote-along screenings of The Princess Bride »
- Matt Shiverdecker
In Disney’s new live-action “Cinderella,” four mice are ballooned into elegant white horses, two lizards are forced to serve as makeshift footmen, and an oblivious old goose gets zapped into driving a pumpkin carriage. But as the American Humane Assn. can attest, no animals were harmed in the making of this delightful if overly safe update of the gold-standard toon classic. More importantly, the underlying property emerges untarnished, as director Kenneth Branagh reverently reimagines Charles Perrault’s classic fairy tale for a new generation the world over, spelling countless opportunities to exploit fresh interest in the story throughout the Disney universe.
The latest in a trend to rework the most precious treasures in the Mouse House vault, “Cinderella” is by far the studio’s most calculated retelling yet, to the extent that those who know the toon by heart may find Chris Weitz’s serviceable script a wee bit dull. »
- Peter Debruge
Hindi films are known for their romance and it is one of the reasons so many people fall in love with the heroes, the heroines and the films! We asked our writers to tell us what moments in Bollywood define love or romance to them, be it a song, a line, a look, or anything that makes you sigh thinking that is Love! So for Valentine’s Day we present what we think is Romance Bollyishstyle!
The One with the Tune and the Recording
- Stacey Yount
Drafthouse Films' Obscure Objects of Desire (or Drafthouse Food if you must) is a new regular column assessing the home cinema releases from the Austin-based distributor.Ari Folman's follow-up to his animated Oscar-nominated documentary, Waltz With Bashir, is a loose adaptation of Polish author Stanislav Lem's mind-bending novel The Futurological Congress, transplanting the action from a futuristic Costa Rica to an all-too believable modern-day Hollywood. Arriving on Blu-ray in the Us courtesy of Drafthouse Films, The Congress stars Robin Wright as a thinly fictionalised version of herself, who has struggled to move past early successes in films like The Princess Bride and Forrest Gump as she enters middle-age. Realising her career is coming to an end, Wright reluctantly accepts an offer from Danny Huston's studio head to...
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Right now, Liza Johnson's historical drama Elvis & Nixon is looking for international buyers at the European Film Market, and that means we get our first look at the film that stars Michael Shannon (Man of Steel) and Kevin Spacey ("House of Cards") as iconic rock musician Elvis Presley and President Richard M. Nixon respectively. The film tells the story of these two American men meeting at the Oval Office when The King asked the president if he could be made a special FBI operative. It's a true story, and one that has never been told on-screen before. Shannon looks weird as Elvis, but I really want to hear him speak. Look! Here's our first look at Liza Johnson's Elvis & Nixon (via THR): Elvis & Nixon is directed by Liza Johnson (Hateship Loveship) and written by actor Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride) working with Hanala & Joey Sagal. The film »
- Ethan Anderton
It may be hard to believe but, we here at BollySpice, do watch other shows created outside of our beloved Bollywood and we recently came across a fabulous show on ABC. For the last 4 weeks, audiences have been treated to the madcap, medieval, magical, musical comedy adventure Galavant. The hysterically funny, fall off your chair show was a big hit! Created by Dan Fogelman, the series featured music and lyrics by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater. The incredible eclectic cast included Joshua Sasse as Galavant, Karen David as Princess Isabella Maria Lucia Elizabetta of Valencia, Luke Youngblood as Sid, Vinnie Jones as Gareth, Mallory Jansen as Madalena and Timothy Omundson as King Richard. The show also boasted guest spots by stars like John Stamos, Hugh Bonneville, ”Weird Al” Yankovic, Ricky Gervais, and Rutger Hauer.
To truly give you the feel and flavor of Galavant you can check out videos and watch episodes here. »
- Stacey Yount
B&B Wildwood Theatre is having their February Retro Night on Thursday, February 5th. They are showing the 1987 comedy, The Princess Bride. Shows are at 4pm & 7pm.
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- Movie Geeks
Given the cult status of The Mechanic, it’s no wonder that it has only taken four years for director Simon West to reunite with his no-nonsense star Jason Statham for another bout of high-octane action. Only this time around, the filmmaker is shifting the action to Sin City for Wild Card, which will see the Stath step into the shoes of an ex-marine with an uncontrollable penchant for gambling.
With a script from William Goldman — creative mind behind Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid and The Princess Bride – there’s certainly an air of promise with the pair’s latest outing. Centering around Nick Wild (Statham), Wild Card will see our protagonist get in deep with the sharks when he steps up to protect a friend, only to find that he has gotten on the wrong side of some of the most ruthless mob bosses in town.
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- Michael Briers
Jason Statham’s Wild Card – or ‘Carta Selvagem’ if you’re of one of our Brazilian readers – reunites everyone’s favourite gruff action star with Simon ‘The Mechanic’ West for an action-thriller that sees him take on Vegas Mob types, no doubt in the kind of Snap game that doesn’t involve any playing cards whatsoever. Here, debuting, is the film’s new poster, positioning Statham against kind of neon backdrop he was born to stand in front of looking hard. Penned by screenwriting great William Goldman, the man behind Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid and The Princess Bride, it’s the story of Nick Wild (Statham), a Vegas bodyguard with a gambling issue. When a pal gets brutally beaten, Wild turns on the perpetrator, only to discover that the man has a powerful dad high up in the Mob. Suddenly, he’s in deep with the city’s crime grandees. »
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