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Is ‘Liberal’ Hollywood to Blame for America’s Gun Culture?

27 December 2012 11:00 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

On December 14, 2012, a young man named Adam Lanza broke into a primary school and fatally shot 26 people in the small village of Sandy Hook, Connecticut. Twenty of them were children, aged 6 or 7. On that day, no matter where I went or what I did, I couldn’t stop thinking about the tragedy of that event, the inhumanity of it. Evidently, I wasn’t the only one.

Ann Coulter, the incendiary pundit and bellicose mouthpiece for America’s most radical right wing, said this on her Twitter account, just hours after the tragedy in Connecticut: “Only one policy has ever been shown to deter mass murder: concealed-carry laws”.

Amongst many things, what she said got me thinking about gun violence in Canada. Earlier this year in Toronto, where I live, a gunman shot and killed two men at the Eaton Centre shopping mall, injuring five innocent bystander in the process. In »

- Justin Li

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'Homeland' Finale Recap: Fool Me Once

17 December 2012 4:30 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Where do you even begin?

Alphabetically by character, I suppose. Because yeah, for every one thing that worked in "The Choice," Homeland's woeful second season finale, there were three things that didn't. Yeah, my jaw dropped from the twisted brilliance of Al Qaeda releasing Brody's suicide tape, but it dropped again, in the bad way, over the cheesy suspense-movie score when Quinn creeps up on Brody at the lake, and over Carrie tearing into Saul's personal life during their argument for no apparent reason, and over Nazir hitting the »

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Heard Aids Costner's 'Kill', Hedlund Confirms 'Tron 3' and 'Departed' Scribe Writing Wahlberg's Cocaine Drama

14 December 2012 6:28 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

1.) Amber Heard has joined Kevin Costner and Haliee Steinfeld in the McG-directed actioner Three Days to Kill. Scripted by Luc Besson (Taken, The Professional) and Adi Hasak, the film centers on a drying Secret Service agent (Costner) who decides to retire in order to reconnect with his daughter (Steinfeld). He takes an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for doing one last assignment, although the drug turns out to have some hallucinatory side effects. Heard will play the woman who makes him this offer. Variety 2.) The Departed screenwriter William Monahan has been called in by Paramount to do a re-write on the Mark Wahlberg vehicle American Desperado. The true crime story tells of Jon Roberts getting rich off smuggling cocaine into the U.S. Wahlberg has been developing the project since 2008, while Peter Berg was attached to direct at one point. Berg and Wahlberg just wrapped Lone Survivor, »

- Kevin Blumeyer

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Taken 2 Blu-ray and DVD Arrive January 15th

30 November 2012 10:15 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

He hunted them, he found them, he killed them; now they have come back to settle the score. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents the return of former CIA operative Bryan Mills and his "particular set of skills" when Taken 2 arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD January 15. The sequel to the 2009 box office smash Taken, this action-packed follow-up has brought in $135 million theatrically in the U.S. alone.

Oscar and BAFTA-nominated actor, Liam Neeson (Clash of the Titans, Taken, Batman Begins) returns as Mills, the retired CIA agent who stopped at nothing to save his daughter Kim from kidnappers. When the father of one of the villains Bryan killed swears revenge, and takes him and his wife hostage in Istanbul, Bryan must enlist the help of Kim to escape. Bryan then employs his unique tactics to get his family to safety and systematically take out the kidnappers, one by one. »

- MovieWeb

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Pixar Hires 'Safety Not Guaranteed' Writer and Steinfeld Joins Costner in McG Actioner

30 November 2012 7:00 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

1.) While recent news confirmed the Safety Not Guaranteed creative team of Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly to be working on a remake of Flight of the Navigator for Disney, Connolly has also been working on a project for Pixar for almost a year. While we know nothing of a plot or even a title, we do know the director is Teddy Newton, who directed Day and Night, the short that played before Toy Story 3. Pixar projects take longer to see the light of day than most movies, so we probably won't see this mystery project for another 5 years. Still, it's reassuring to know that despite that whole Brave fiasco, the Pixar higher-ups have told Connolly "not to dumb it down or treat animation like it's for kids." Variety 2.) Nick Hornby, the writer of books like High Fidelity and About a Boy, as well as the screenplay for An Education, »

- Kevin Blumeyer

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Waiting for the Whole Sky All Diamonds

17 November 2012 9:50 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The first-ever manufacturer of light bulbs in Portugal, Manoel de Oliveira’s father died in 1932, nine years after Raul Brandão wrote a play called Gebo and the Shadow. In the year 2012 Oliveira turned the play into a film, making a grimy, dim oil lamp its legitimate character: elderly accountant Gebo burns the midnight oil in it as he plods away at his books. In an early scene, meanwhile, his wife lights the lanterns outside their house with a match. No one seems yet to have heard of electricity; the time setting is unclear; presumably, it’s the turn of the century.

Presumably. Oliveira’s Benilde, or The Virgin Mother (1975) opens with a title-card of this word to gradually lure us into a province of utter chronological disorder. This very same word has ever since been unchallenged as the most accurate description of the bizarre, atemporal effect that grows stronger in each subsequent Oliveira film. »

- Boris Nelepo

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Sliff 2012 Day Two – Chained, A Late Quartet, and Much More

9 November 2012 4:43 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Last night was the kick-off with just one film, Silver Linings Playbook, but today the real meat of the fest is served with films screening all day and all evening.  Sliff’s main venues are the the Hi-Pointe Theatre, Tivoli Theatre, Plaza Frontenac Cinema, Webster University’s Winifred Moore Auditorium, Washington University’s Brown Hall Auditorium and the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville, Il

The entire schedule for the 21st Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival be found Here.


Here is what will be screening at The 21st Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival today, Friday, November 9th

Chained plays 7:00pm at the Tivoli Theatre with director Jennifer Lynch in attendance (read the Wamg interview with Ms Lynch Here

At the end of an afternoon excursion, Sarah Fiddler and her young son step into a taxi to head home. They never get there. The cab »

- Tom Stockman

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Tonight's MovieMovie: The Professional

4 November 2012 7:46 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

"No women, no kids, right?"

Back in 1994, The Professional was a debut for both actress Natalie Portman and French director Luc Besson, who was making his first English language movie after gaining attention with 1991's La Femme Nikita and would eventually move on to direct 1997's The Fifth Element and write and produce the Transporter and the Taken movies. Meanwhile, Portman was making her big screen debut, and, after Hollywood took notice of Portman's mature performance, the rest is history for the Academy Award–winning actress.

The Professional follows Portman as 12 year old Mathilda, who becomes the apprentice to a hitman named Leon (Jean Reno), after her family is murdered by a corrupt DEA agent (Gary Oldman). The Professional (aka Leon in Europe) is a sort of "spiritual" sequel to La Femme Nikita, with Reno playing a similar hitman "cleaner," though, unlike his character in La Femme Nikita, Reno's Leon »

- Ryan Gowland

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Nikita Review: New Division Targets Mini-Nikita

26 October 2012 8:00 PM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Division's quest for The Dirty Thirty hit a bit of a snag this week. It came in the small package of a kidnapped girl.

Instead of just tracking down a rogue former agent, the team had to contend with a young girl who was programmed to be just as lethal as they each are. This case was wrought with ties to the agents' past lives and the old Division.

Nikita and Alex's early days at Division were reflected back at them through Liza. All three of them were trained to kill and forced to forget their families. By saving Liza, it was if they had saved themselves.

After Nikita shared her secret hiding place with Liza and returned her necklace, I was shocked that she attacked her guard and escaped. I really shouldn't have been though, because the psychological damage from Division training runs deep.

Liza had to return to Wade, »

- carla@tvfanatic.com (Carla Day)

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Review: Alex Cross

17 October 2012 7:08 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Plot: Alex Cross (Tyler Perry) is a brilliant Detroit homicide detective, juggling the demands of his job with his home life. When he foils the murderous plans of a sociopath assassin (Matthew Fox)- who. s targeting the employees of a multi-billion dollar empire run by the enigmatic Leon Mercier (Jean Reno)- his family becomes the killer.s next target. Review: Ten years after Morgan Freeman.s last outing as Alex Cross (Along Came A Spider, which followed Kiss The Girls), the character is »

- Chris Bumbray

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New TV Spot for Alex Cross – ‘Thriller’

17 October 2012 8:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious) returns behind the camera this year to bring us the latest adaptation of James Patterson’s best-selling Alex Cross novels, which began with Morgan Freeman in the lead in Kiss the Girls and its follow-up, Along Came a Spider.

Tyler Perry stars as the eponymous detective this time around, and with the film set for release in the Us this Friday, Summit have released a new TV spot.

“After Washington DC detective Alex Cross is told that a family member has been murdered, he vows to track down the killer. He soon discovers that she was not his first victim and that things are not what they seem.”

Perry stars alongside the brilliant Matthew Fox, who appears to be utterly transformed into a pretty hench machine, with Ed Burns (Saving Private Ryan), Rachel Nichols (Alias), Jean Reno (Leon), Giancarlo Esposito (The Usual Suspects »

- Kenji Lloyd

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Tyler Perry and Matthew Fox go Gun to Gun in New Clip from Alex Cross

16 October 2012 1:05 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Rob Cohen’s Alex Cross arrives in Us theatres this weekend, promising a solid crime/thriller that returns us to the world of Alex Cross and James Patterson’s detective novels.

This time around, Tyler Perry takes the lead as the eponymous detective, with Matthew Fox starring as the utterly hench antagonist, and with its release just around the corner, Yahoo Movies have debuted a new clip in which they go head to head.

“After Washington DC detective Alex Cross is told that a family member has been murdered, he vows to track down the killer. He soon discovers that she was not his first victim and that things are not what they seem.”

Cohen (The Fast and the Furious) is behind the camera, directing from a script co-written by Marc Moss (Along Came a Spider) and Kerry Williamson, adapting James Patterson’s 2006 novel, Cross.

Previously titled I, Alex Cross, »

- Kenji Lloyd

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Liam Neeson to return for Taken 3?

10 October 2012 12:34 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With Taken 2 more than doubling the original's opening, pulling in close to $50 million in its opening weekend, it comes as no surprise that screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen (The Karate Kid) has already started talks for you guessed it.... Taken 3! Kamen told Hollywood.com: "We didn't start talking about it until we saw the numbers, but then we said, 'Oh, okay. I think we should do a third one.' And Fox wants us to do a third one."

In the original Taken, Liam Neeson plays a retired CIA agent who travels across Europe and uses his "special set of skills" to save his daughter (Maggie Grace) who was kidnapped on a trip to be sold into prostitution. The sequel finds Liam Neeson and his wife (Famke Janssen) in a spot of bother as they are also taken in a revenge plot formulated by the kidnappers in the original movie. »

- flickeringmyth

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First Look: Viggo Mortensen in Two Faces of January and Robert De Niro in Malavita

8 October 2012 3:32 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Today we have the first photo of Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac (Drive) in "The Two Faces of January" thriller, plus the first behind-the-scene shot of Robert DeNiro, Tommy Lee Jones and director Luc Besson (The Professional, The Fifth Element) in "Malavita" crime thriller. Check out both photos below. The Two Faces of January: A thriller centered on a con artist, his wife, and a stranger who try to flee a foreign country after one of them is caught up in the murder of a police officer. The film is directed by Hossein Amini, the writer of "Snow White and the Huntsman" and "Drive." Malavita: The story of the Manzonis, a notorious mafia family who gets relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program. While they do their best to fit in, old habits die hard and they soon find themselves handling things the "family" way. »

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De Niro, Besson And Lee Jones Featured In The First Behind-The-Scenes Still From Malavita

5 October 2012 8:59 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Writer/director Luc Besson, Robert De Niro and Tommy Lee Jones have created and/or been in a few scenes of cinematic gunfire over the course of their respective careers. From La Femme Nikita to Leon: The Professional, from Taxi Driver to Jackie Brown, and from Lonesome Dove to Captain America: The First Avenger, all three them have a home in the world of gun play and violence. So it only makes sense that they would come together to make a film about a gangster living in witness protection. Relativity Media has released the first ever set photo from Malavita, Besson's latest directorial effort that stars De Niro and Jones. As you can see, they're still hard at work on production, but the distributor has not yet announced an official release date. You can check out the behind-the-scenes photo below and click on it to see it full size in »

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Taken 2 Director Olivier Megaton Doesn't Especially Like Sequels Or Action Movies

5 October 2012 7:27 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Taken 2 arrives in theaters this weekend promising pretty much everything you loved about the original Taken-- Liam Neeson is back in Europe, bad guys are back to doing bad, and he's got to set them straight in order to protect his family. But of course, no sequel is as simple as that, and nobody knows that better than director Olivier Megaton, who when he was first offered the job of directing Taken 2 said "What's the point?" Obviously he changed his mind, and after some script rewrites and a decision to take everything in a darker direction-- seriously, the movie opens with the funerals for the guys Liam Neeson killed in the first film-- he set out to Istanbul to make his most high-profile film yet. Megaton, who has known producer Luc Besson for 20 years--since he turned down a job as second-unit director on The Professional-- previously made Transporter 3 and Colombiana, »

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Natalie Portman Eyeing 'Code Name Sasha' and 'Last Witness' Also

2 October 2012 1:47 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Just last week we learned that Natalie Portman was considering the title role in Jackie, a film following Jackie Kennedy Onassis in the days following the assassination of her husband and President of the United States of America, John F. Kennedy. Now there's two more projects that have caught her eye as well. The Wrap reports Portman is considering Code Name Sasha, a thriller at Paramount Pictures that is being described as Training Day meets La Femme Nikita (and actually sounds like an unofficial sequel to her early work alongside Jean Reno in Leon: The Professional), and also Last Witness set up at Fox. Read on! Code Name Sasha would see Portman as a single mother who has been engaged in criminal activity since she was a teenager, but she's finally given a way out when the FBI asks her to go under cover to bring down the world’s »

- Ethan Anderton

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The Killer – Chow Yun Fat (John Woo) 1989

30 September 2012 9:19 AM, PDT | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »


Chow Yun Fat

Danny Lee

Sally Yeh

Ken Tsang


John Woo

The Killer is one of the finest Gangster movies ever made, the movie is filled with high impact action sequences only John Woo can bring, add Chow Yun Fat into the movie and its a must see for any fan.


Chow plays the assassin Ah Jong, who accidentally damages the eyes of the singer Jennie (Sally Yeh) during a shootout. He later discovers that if Jennie does not have an expensive operation she will go blind. To get the money for Jennie, Ah Jong decides to perform one last hit.


This movie didn’t really take off right away at the Hong Kong box office, but had a big audience around the world and remains till this day one of the finest Gangster movies ever made. From the opening scene to the final scene, this movie as it all, »

- kingofkungfu

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'Cite Du Cinema' Opens in France Hoping to Attract Foreign Productions

21 September 2012 1:58 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Cite du Cinema, the largest film studio facility ever built in France, opened on Friday with a lofty goal to attract foreign productions with facilities matching those in Hollywood. The complex, erected on the banks of the Seine, cost about $200 million, according to Reuters. Built on the grounds of a former 1930s power station in Seine-Saint-Denis, just outside Paris, Cite du Cinema is the creation of director and producer Luc Besson, who discovered the site when shooting for his movies "Leon" and "Nikita" in the 1990s. The complex -- which houses nine film »

- Danielle Paquette

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The Dark Knight Trilogy: Jim Gordon’s Top 10 Moments

3 September 2012 4:47 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Commissioner James Gordon has been one of the most overlooked heroes of Christopher Nolan’s spectacular Dark Knight Trilogy. When The Dark Knight Rises hit cinemas a couple of months ago, all the talk was around Bane’s reign of terror and Bruce Wayne’s state at the end. But one thing that was skimmed over was Gary Oldman’s once again sterling performance as Gotham’s chief of police.

Oldman is one of the finest actors working today and also one of the most overlooked. Whether he’s providing delicious over the top villainy in Leon, delivering a downbeat tour-de-force in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy or brightening up the biggest of blockbuster franchises, he’s a completely dependable actor with an eye for a good project. And Jim Gordon may just be his finest performance of all.

Unlike many of the other supporting characters in Nolan’s epic, Gordon »

- Alex Leadbeater

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