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Director: Peter Jackson.
Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Graham McTavish, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Aidan Turner, Orlando Bloom.
Running Time: 161 Minutes.
Synopsis: The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.
After the sheer scale of The Lord Of The Rings trilogy and its justified place in modern movie history, I wasn’t entirely persuaded that The Hobbit would be able to reach such stature but that uncertainty was thrown aside after the truly entertaining An Unexpected Journey took us back to the start of J.R.R. Tolkien’s magnificent fantasy world. In The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, Jackson has encapsulated and continued with a mind-blowing spectacle. What’s also ingenious about »
- Dan Bullock
As we finally come face to face with Tolkien's Smaug on the big screen, Philip Hoare sets off in search of the greatest of all mythical creatures – from the satanic lizards of the Bible to the Jungian monster within us all
I doubt if Jrr Tolkien would recognise his Smaug in Peter Jackson's new CGI Hobbit spectacular, with its colossal, grandiose dragon voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch. Tolkien's beast, at least in the author's original illustrations, was an elegant Rackhamesque creature: a fire-orange, slightly languid lizard, all stuck over with jewels from years of lolling about in his lair, where his vast treasure was stored.
Smaug was created by Tolkien out of his love for Beowulf, whose hero battles with "the fiery dragon, the fearful fiend". But Tolkien also threw in a little wordplay for good measure: the name came from the old German smugan, meaning to squeeze through a hole, »
- Philip Hoare
If nostalgia is life through a rose-tinted lens then Cinema Paradiso celebrates that illusion and the power of film to immortalise precious moments. 25 years after its initial release the Italian Oscar-winner returns to the big screen this weekend, lovingly re-mastered and it is sumptuous, highlighting all the richness and texture of good old-fashioned celluloid. In short, it is pure film magic.
The story from writer/director Giuseppe Tornatore is loosely autobiographical, revisiting his childhood in post-war Sicily via the adorably cheeky Salvatore Cascio as Toto. The boy is constantly making a nuisance of himself at home (his father was lost at war) and in the projectionist's booth at the Cinema Paradiso where Alfredo (a wonderfully hangdog turn by French actor Philippe Noiret) tries to convince him that he should turn his mind to higher matters.
Even so, Alfredo is set on a pedestal. Peeking between the curtains Toto sees that »
Last night in Hollywood, artists Tom Whalen and Dave Perillo returned to Gallery 1988 for their new tandem show, Modern Vintage. Tackling an assortment of films, tv shows, and videogames, they put a spin on each that fans are sure to appreciate. With over 20 prints available, in a variety of sizes and price points, there was something for everyone. Check out images of everything on the walls after the jump. Both artists were in attendance and couldn’t be nicer guys, taking as much time as possible to chat with the fans and even sign some prints. In fact they even handed out some freebies to the first dozen or so people in line, which included randomly inserted sketches. There was a ton of great art and it was difficult picking and choosing what to take home. Dave even had a few awesome original sketches for sale and they were only »
- Jeff Morreale
Goddard will also serve as writer and director on the show's first episode. "Daredevil" is the first of four single season series to debut on Netflix, and will be available in 2015.
Meanwhile, doing press for the comedy "Delivery Man" in Australia, actor Chris Pratt confirmed being in final negotiations to star in Colin Trevorrow's upcoming "Jurassic World", the fourth film in the "Jurassic Park" series prepping to shoot early next year.
Pratt tells News.com.au: "I know I want to do it and I know the director (Colin Trevorrow) wants me to do it. So now it's just a matter of everyone coming together and making sure it can work." »
- Garth Franklin
Director Colin Trevorrow found the female (human) lead in Bryce Dallas Howard (Terminator Salvation) for Jurassic World – the fourth installment in the sci-fi Jurassic Park franchise – fairly early on, as rumors about the actress’ involvement were floated even before the film was delayed from a 2014 to 2015 release date. However, since then, there have been a number of unconfirmed reports about potential actors to play the male lead in the upcoming fourth bout between humans and genetically-engineered dinosaurs (set in the present day).
- Sandy Schaefer
Feature Juliette Harrisson 6 Dec 2013 - 16:21
The Big Bang Theory hits the reset button, but at least it's funny about it. Here's Juliette's review...
This review contains spoilers.
7.10 The Discovery Dissipation
In this week’s Big Bang Theory, the re-set button is pressed hard on Sheldon’s recent scientific discovery, but in a thoroughly entertaining way. Meanwhile, Howard and Bernadette affirm once more that they are a realistic happily married couple and don’t really want to live in the TV-fantasy of a marriage Raj lays out before them.
Academia is a nice area for sitcom characters to work in. The working hours, while intensive, are all over the place (more so in the humanities than the sciences, but still), so hanging out in your apartment or a coffee shop at random times of day isn’t completely impossible; there’s plenty of opportunities for exciting trips to conferences in »
After playing against aliens in Marvel's “rocking, space opera-type story,” Guardians of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt's next big thing will be taking on dinosaurs in Universal's “new sci-fi terror adventure,” Jurassic World. Talking with the press for Delivery Man and about his tremendous weight loss for Guardians, the actor confirmed being in final negotiations to lead the Jurassic Park sequel. “I know I want to do it and I know the director (Colin Trevorrow) wants me to do it,” reveals Pratt. “So now it's just a matter of everyone coming together and making sure it can work.” Pratt further admits that new career possibilities like Jurassic World wouldn't exist if it weren't for the 66 pounds he gained for Delivery Man, and then lost for Guardians of the Galaxy. “I am really glad I have lost the weight since so it can be a choice,” he says. “I am now »
Amazon always has a crazy amount of deals during the holiday season and this year is no different. While I usually focus on DVDs and Blu-rays, since they also have some fantastic deals on video games and electronics, I’ve also linked those. Like all Amazon deals, prices constantly change, so don’t take too long to decide. Downton Abbey Seasons 1, 2 & 3 Deluxe Limited Edition (Amazon Exclusive Season 4 Bonus Features) [Blu-ray] - $39.99 (60% off) Downton Abbey Seasons 1, 2 & 3 Deluxe Limited Edition (Amazon Exclusive Season 4 Bonus Features) - $36.99 (59% off) Up to 59% Off Boxed Sets Like Back to the Future Trilogy, Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy, Friday Night Lights: The Complete Series, Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection, The Bourne Trilogy, and More Star Trek Into Darkness (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - $7.99 (80% off) World War Z (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) – $7.99 (80% off) G.I. Joe: Retaliation (Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy +UltraViolet) - $7.99 (80% off) Cloud Atlas (Blu-ray/DVD + UltraViolet Digital »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Action legends Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger reunite in the intense, action-packed prison break thriller Escape Plan, arriving on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View on February 4 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film will be available on Digital HD two weeks earlier on January 21st. In this "thrilling, exciting ride" (Movieline), Stallone stars as a prison security expert who must enlist the help of Schwarzenegger to escape from the most secure prison ever built. Boasting an exceptional, all-star cast, the film also features James Caviezel (TV's Person of Interest), Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson (Fire with Fire), Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) and Vinnie Jones (X-Men: The Last Stand) with Vincent D'Onofrio (TV's Law & Order: Criminal Intent) and Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone).
One of the world's foremost authorities on structural security agrees to take on one last job: breaking out of an ultra-secret, »
Defy Media is on a roll. Shortly after its AWEme channel surpassed one million subscribers, its film-oriented Screen Junkies channel reached that mark as well. Just as AWEme can attribute most of its success to Man at Arms, most of the traffic on Screen Junkies is driven by a single series, Honest Trailers. We returned Defy Media Director of Programming Andy Signore to our YouTube Millionaires spotlight to talk about the Screen Junkies oeuvre. Tubefilter: How does it feel to see Screen Junkies pass one million subscribers? Andy Signore: It feels great! We have so much fun making theses shows, so to know that the audience is connecting to it all and having enough fun with us to keep coming back and subscribe is amazing. I really have to thank some of our amazing team: Editor/Director Dan Murrell, Writer Spencer Gilbert, our host Hal Rudnick and our amazing epic voice Jon Bailey. »
- Sam Gutelle
A fourth Jurassic Park has always seemed inevitable. All three previous Jurassic Park movies were box office hits including the third chapter. As a kid growing to love movies, I remember Steven Spielberg’s first two Jurassic Park films being some of the first movies to really transport my mind to another place and make me connect with and believe in and fantasy that seemed all too real. The franchise thrives on bringing the dinosaurs of the past to life to haunt and scare the people of today. It’s a gimmick that has worked time and time again and will continue to work no matter who the actor is running from a tyrannosaurus rex or other hybrid clone of dinosaur DNA.
- Zachary Leeman
Alexander Payne directed and co-wrote only six films, including Election, About Schmidt, Sideways and The Descendants, but he’s regarded as one of the best American filmmakers working today. He’s directed some of the best performances from Hollywood’s top actors, including Paul Giamatti, Jack Nicholson, and George Clooney in starring roles, and he and his writing partner Jim Taylor have picked up two Oscars for best adapted screenplay. His new film, Nebraska, stars Bruce Dern, who won the best actor award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Nebraska adds another strong resonant chapter to Payne’s remarkable filmography, so we thought we should take a look back at his career. Here is our list of his movies in order of least favourite to favourite. Enjoy!
Directed by Alexander Payne
USA , 2011
In tone, approach, and general structure, »
Musicals have been tap dancing their way into moviegoers' hearts since the invention of cinema sound itself. From Oliver! to Singin' in the Rain, here are the Guardian and Observer critics' picks of the 10 best
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Historically, the British musical has been intertwined with British music, drawing on music hall in the 1940s and the pop charts in the 50s – low-budget films of provincial interest and nothing to trouble the bosses at MGM. In the late 60s, however, the genre enjoyed a brief, high-profile heyday, and between Tommy Steele in Half a Sixpence (1967) and Richard Attenborough's star-studded Oh! What A Lovely War (1969) came the biggest of them all: Oliver! (1968), Carol Reed's adaptation of Lionel Bart's 1960 stage hit and the recipient of six Academy awards. »
Director Colin Trevorrow may be coy when it comes to releasing details about "Jurassic World," the fourth installment of the "Jurassic Park" franchise, but that doesn't mean he won't drop a hint every now and then.
Trevorrow was in a particularly giving mood on Twitter recently while answering a fan question about the hotly anticipated sequel. When asked whether or not "Jurassic World" would be a reboot, Trevorrow had this to say:
@pfcbains916 Reboot is a strong word. This is a new sci-fi terror adventure set 22 years after the horrific events of Jurassic Park.
- Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) November 23, 2013 There's lots to parse from the short exchange, but the biggest takeaway is that the movie won't be a reboot -- or at least not entirely. It will most likely reference the 1993 original while starting a fresh story (and perhaps launching a new trilogy along the way). The fact that Trevorrow »
- Katie Roberts
Marrakech -- Juliette Binoche did not really turn down a role in Jurassic Park. Long rumored to have said no to Steven Spielberg at the beginning of her career, the French actress insisted Monday that it was because she had already committed to the first installment of the famed Colors trilogy, Blue. "I had already said yes to Blue, with [director Krzysztof] Kieslowski, and after that, Spielberg asked if would be in his film," she explained at Morocco's Marrakech Film Festival. "So it's not that I refused to do Jurassic Park, but I was already on Blue." Photos: 'Jurassic
- Rhonda Richford
Well folks, the last chance to get major deals during Amazon's 2013 Black Friday deals week has led to this, today is Cyber Monday 2013 and I have the schedule of DVD and Blu-ray deals that will be going live throughout the day below along with the other deals that have been featured throughout the week. The deals today include some James Bond Blu-rays in Quantum of Solace and Skyfall, a Blu-ray of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and the deals close out with the Rambo: The Complete Collector's Set Blu-ray collection. Other than that there are some television items, such as "The Tudors" complete series set, "Sherlock Holmes" complete collection, "Twin Peaks", "The Good Wife" and "Rome". Outside of what's below I am constantly updating my main page with the week's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals right here, and it will continue to update until the deals are done. Otherwise, start shopping. »
- Brad Brevet
Marrakech — Attending the Marrakech Film Festival to receive a career tribute and present her latest film, Eric Poppe’s “A Thousand Times Good Night,” French thesp Juliette Binoche took the time to sit down with a handful of film journos at the Mamounia Hotel.
In “A Thousand Times Good Night,” Binoche – one of Gaul’s best-known actresses, whose credits include “Chocolat,” “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” and “The English Patient,” stars as a top war photographer torn between her family and her passion for her work.
Variety: While working on this film, how did you relate with the character you’re playing and what questions did it spark?
Binoche: I met with a war photographer who decided to stop, because it was too hard. Putting himself in such a dangerous place, there’s a moment where you think about your life, about why you need to go there. You can »
- Elsa Keslassy
The last day of what I guess we're calling 2013's Black Friday deals week is upon us and yet, tomorrow is Cyber Monday and Amazon is still offering deals throughout the day and today offers several Criterion titles and more. On the Criterion side we have Carlos, Quadrophenia, Shallow Grave, 12 Angry Men, The Samurai Trilogy, Fanny and Alexander and Weekend while you can also pick up complete series sets of "Fringe", "Chuck", "Frasier" and "Millennium". Outside of what's below I am constantly updating my main page with the week's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals right here, and it will continue to update until the deals are done. Otherwise, start shopping. Sunday, December 1 Deals starting at 8:20 pm Pt John Wayne Film Collection ($17.99) Peter Pan: Return to Never Land ($19.69) Pixar Short Films Collection 2 ($15.89) Tennessee Tuxedo And His Tales: The Complete Collection ($20.49) Fanny and Alexander (Criterion Collection) Blu-ray ($24.99) Weekend (Criterion »
- Brad Brevet
The actual 2013 Black Friday is over, but the deals aren't as Amazon is continuing the deals up through Cyber Monday and today's new schedule of sale items includes one of the best deals yet, $200 off the Bond 50: The Complete 23 Film Collection Blu-ray, which includes Skyfall, but that's not it. Beyond that we have deals on A Good Day to Die Hard. The Last Emperor (Criterion Collection), the Francis Ford Coppola: 5-Film Blu-ray Collection, Friday Night Lights and "Girls". Outside of what's below I am constantly updating my main page with the week's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals right here, and it will continue to update until the deals are done. Otherwise, start shopping. Bond! Bond 50: The Complete 23 Film Collection with Skyfall Blu-ray ($99.99) Check Out These Deals Midnight in Paris Blu-ray ($6.49) Pacific Rim Blu-ray ($7.99) Epic Blu-ray ($9.96) Heat Blu-ray ($8.49) Man of Steel Blu-ray ($19.96) Moneyball Blu-ray ($3.99) 21 Jump Street Blu-ray »
- Brad Brevet
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