15 items from 2014
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"12 Years a Slave"
What's It About? Based on the memoir by Solomon Northup, "12 Years a Slave" stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as a free man who was kidnapped from his home in New York and sold into slavery. Northup ends up on a plantation run by the cruel Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender) and his equally awful wife (Sarah Paulson), who take special delight in tormenting another young slave named Patsey (Lupita Nyong'o).
Why We're In: The movie took him Best Picture Sunday night -- see director Steve McQueen quite literally jump for joy here -- for good reason. Nyong'o took home the Best Supporting Actress award for her wrenching performance, and John Ridley won for his adapted screenplay.
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- Jenni Miller
February is Black History Month, and to help celebrate, The St. Louis Black Film Festival will be presenting a Tribute to the 86-year old Sidney Poitier at their C lassic Black Film Festival. Lucky St. Louis movie buffs will have the opportunity to view eight vintage Sidney Poitier on the big screen. Every Thursday in February, The St. Louis Black Film Festival will be presenting two Poitier films at St Louis Cinemas Galleria (630 St Louis Galleria, Richmond Heights, Mo 63117).
- Tom Stockman
About a year ago, it was revealed that Paul Walker was cast as the title character in "Agent 47," which is a sequel/reboot of the 2007 "Hitman" movie that had Timothy Olyphant in the lead. Since then, Walker passed away and Rupert Friend ("Homeland") has been brought on to play the title character. And today, we have a first look at Friend on the set of the new movie. Check it out below. "Agent 47" will be directed by Aleksander Bach and co-stars Zachary Quinto (Star Trek), Hannah Ware, and Emilio Rivera. A release date has yet to be set. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
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In the world of professional wrestling, celebrities are kings. Whenever one shows up on Raw or SmackDown, the wrestlers just fawn over them, and the announcers gloat over their appearance. The fans for the most part are sick of seeing them. After all, they’re watching a show filled with talent who are celebrities in their own right. Why should they care about a B-movie star or someone from a cr*ppy reality TV show?
People watch wrestling to watch wrestling. That simple fact never seems to have fully registered in Vince McMahon’s mind. Because of that, we get weird dancing segments, singing competitions and plenty of celebrities. Unfortunately, besides the rare appearance of someone like Mike Tyson (who helped elevate Steve Austin), celebrities in professional wrestling are usually a bad mix. While there have been a lot of lame ones, some have been downright terrible. »
- Andrew Soucek
Tom Jolliffe on the must-see straight-to-video action films of 2014...
If you’re a little fed up of the never ending stream of remakes, kid friendly PG13 (12A or 15 here) CGI heavy theatrics and Marvel/DC action films that fill up the multiplexes, or you’re no stranger to the unrepentant, simple delights of a bit of straight to video (or Netflix) action, then here is a list of the best to look out for this year.
As big screen action caters more and more for younger audiences, straight to video still largely offers a bit more adult entertainment. What it might lack in big budget thrills it makes up for with F-bombs and gallons of blood (if that’s your thing). As for myself, alongside a steady upbringing of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sly Stallone and Bruce Willis in the late 80’s and 90’s, I’ve also had more than my share »
- Gary Collinson
Those of you who complained that last week’s midseason premiere was a major, non-violent snooze are in luck. ‘Inmates’ revealed the fates of literally every other major character, and even added some shock value by introducing some familiar (and unfamiliar) faces!
It was Walkers galore on the Feb. 16 installment of The Walking Dead, as fans learned what happened to a newly Debbie-Downer Daryl (Norman Reedus), babysitter-for-hire Tyreese (Chad Coleman), and even the permanently screwed Glenn (Steven Yeun). Don’t read on if you don’t want to know who lived (and died) on Walking Dead.
‘The Walking Dead’ — Judith Is Alive & Carol Is Back
Let’s briefly start this recap on a negative note, because I’m like that – Andrew Lincoln didn’t appear once in this episode, and if suffered because of it. Last week we (briefly) had to consider the possibility of a world without Rick, and »
- Shaunna Murphy
In the bleak universe of ‘The Walking Dead’ it’s not will someone bite it (or get bitten) in the near future, it’s when — and who. Unfortunately, these two brand new trailers for the Feb. 9 midseason premiere have us worried that Maggie will be the next to go. Also, is that Carol?!
Oh The Walking Dead, you always know how to keep us guessing! A brand new trailer for the Feb. 9 midseason premiere, “After,” was revealed on Jan. 28, and it has us seriously worried about our beloved Maggie (Lauren Cohan). Additionally, a TV ad that ran on Jan. 26 teases the return of a very fan-favorite character! Check out both videos below!
‘Walking Dead’ New Season 4 Trailers: Will Maggie Be Next To Go?
As Gwen would say, his s–t is bananas.
“We’ll never get things back to the way things used to be,” a severely beaten up Rick »
- Shaunna Murphy
It’s finally here, after all these months of waiting and waiting. Helix, Syfy‘s new science-filled thriller executive produced by Battlestar Galactica‘s Ron Moore, is hitting our screens tonight with not only a double episode, but limited commercial interruptions. Thank you, Syfy!
To help us get some insight into the series, star Kyra Zagorsky, who plays Dr. Julia Walker, and showrunner Steven Maeda (Lost, The X-Files) participated in a Q&A session with the media. If you’ve read my spoiler-free review of the premiere, you know I loved it. So I asked them what they love about the show:
Kyra Zagorsky: I love the psychological thriller piece of it. I think that because we are trapped in this isolated environment with a deadly virus, what’s really interesting is that everyone’s darkness comes out because we’ve got these life and death stakes going on »
- Erin Willard
Helix is a brand new TV thriller from Executive Producers Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) and Steve Maeda (Lost, CSI: Miami, The X-Files) and tells the story of a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a high-tech research facility in the Arctic to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that holds the key to mankind’s salvation…or total annihilation.
With the show set to debut on Syfy (in the Us) on January 10th, we sat down with star Kyra Zagorsky, who plays Dr. Julia Walker – a Senior Scientist at the Centers For Disease Control, and Executive Producer Steve Maeda to discuss the show’s inception, it’s story, the characters, and what we can expect from this new sci-fi series.
The setting of being up in the Arctic really seems to work well for this kind of thing. »
- Phil Wheat
That “Point Break” remake has found its man. Well, one of them, anyway. “Olympus has Fallen” star Gerard Butler is said to be in final negotiations to play Bodhi, the role assayed by the late and great Patrick Swayze in the Kathryn Bigelow original. The script for the remake is from “Equilibrium’s” Kurt Wimmer, and will be set in the international world of extreme sports instead of California surfers. Like the 1991 movie, the plot of the remake will follow awesomely named FBI agent Johnny Utah as he infiltrates a group of bank robbers led by Bodhi. The producers still need someone to play Johnny Utah, along with his FBI handler, originally played by Gary Busey (back before he became known for being crazy). It’s too bad Paul Walker passed away, because imagine if they had cast him in the Keanu Reeves role. Walker has already played the character »
The 2014 Athena Film Festival has unveiled its lineup of narrative, documentary and short films.
The New York Premiere of Belle, starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and directed by Amma Asante, is the Athena Film Festival’s Opening Film, screening on Thursday evening. Decoding Annie Parker, starring Helen Hunt and Samantha Morton and directed by Steven Bernstein, is the festival’s Centerpiece Film, and will be screened on Friday evening. Geraldine Ferraro: Paving The Way, directed by her daughter, Donna Zaccaro, is the festival’s Closing Film, screening on Sunday evening.
The festival honors extraordinary women in the film industry and showcases films that address women’s leadership in real life and the fictional world. Now in its fourth year, the festival runs from Thursday, February 6 through Sunday, February 9 on the Barnard College campus in Morningside Heights. Artemis Rising Foundation is the Founding Sponsor of the Festival.
- Michelle McCue
On TV this Tuesday: Cougar Town kicks off a grape great new season; Justified, the Liars and Ravenswood get going again; Intelligence and Killer Women make dangerous look pretty and a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent gets some answers about the afterlife. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
- Kimberly Roots
It’s hard to tell what’s worse in Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-off 2014: the food or the general display of humanity. Imagine The Celebrity Apprentice, but with a fire pit. No one can cook. Like, these people can feed their dependents, because they’re wealthy, but the skills are just not there. You are basically watching random divas fail, and flail, and fight, and then over-spice stuff. It’s hilariously awful, much like this choice quote about hosts and team leaders Guy Fieri and Rachael Ray:
“They’re like the Heisman Trophy winners of food,” said actual »
- Annie Barrett
*Updated 1/5 with new events and guests* There are dozens of horror and comic events every year, and that gives fans plenty of opportunities to meet Robert Kirkman or one of the many cast members from The Walking Dead. Although it’s a bit early for some of the bigger conventions to announce their full guest list, we put together an initial list of stops so you can start making your travel plans.
New to the The Walking Dead convention circuit in 2013 are Vincent M. Ward (Oscar) and Lew Temple (Axel), along with some of the other new cast members we saw in Season 3. If you’re looking to catch most of The Walking Dead cast together at once, your best chance will be at the San Diego Comic-Con in July and the New York Comic Con in October. Those looking to meet Norman Reedus will have plenty of opportunities, as »
- Jonathan James
'Breaking Bad' Contest Winner Nabbed In Drug Raid
Carroll, 28, was arrested during a raid at a San Carlos Park home, according to CNN affiliate Wbbh. When Carroll was taken into custody, he was brought up on charges of alleged possession of synthetic narcotics and a misdemeanor charge of allegedly keeping a shop or vehicle for dangerous drugs.
Back in September, Carroll was named the winner of a contest to meet the stars of AMC hit Breaking Bad prior to the conclusion of the critically acclaimed series about a high school science teacher-turned-meth kingpin Walker White – played by Bryan Cranston.
Upon winning the contest, Carroll remarked, “[Breaking Bad] is just so addicting. It’s such a good show. »
15 items from 2014
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