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"All you are is a liar and a fake." You have to give John Travolta credit for trying to keep his career alive, and the latest attempt is a heist thriller called The Forger. In this one, Travolta seems to be channeling a little bit of Vincent Vega from Pulp Fiction as Cutter, the world’s best art forger recently released from prison after striking a deal with a crime syndicate to pull off an impossible heist: forge a painting by Claude Monet, steal the original from a museum and replace it with a replica so perfect that no one will notice. And he ends up needing help from his father (Christopher Plummer) and son (Tye Sheridan). This starts of gritty and promising, but then makes and odd tonal switch. Maybe it's just a bad trailer though. Watch? Here's the first trailer for Philip Martin's The Forger, originally from »
- Ethan Anderton
Two of director Luc Besson’s most acclaimed films are getting the Blu-ray steelbook treatment over at UK web-based distributor Zavvi, with both Nikita and The Big Blue set for release this month with exclusive editions.
Limited to a 2,000-steelbook run, the films are set for release a week apart from each other, with The Big Blue released on March 16th, with Nikita released a week later on March 23rd. And while no special features or technical specifications have been announced yet, it’s a safe bet that the new versions will contain the features on the 2009 Studio Canal editions.
The Big Blue, released in 1988, stars Jean-Marc Barr (Breaking the Waves), Rosanna Arquette (Pulp Fiction) and Jean Reno (Leon); Nikita (La Femme Nikita) followed in 1990, and stars Anne Parillaud (The Man in the Iron Mask) and Tcheky Karyo (Goldeneye).
- Scott J. Davis
They fought till dawn to survive season one, but even though certain characters on El Rey Network's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series were able to keep culebras from chomping their necks, they're still far from being safe in the upcoming 10-episode second season, which began production today and is slated for a late summer debut. It's been revealed that the season two premiere is being directed by Robert Rodriguez, with a list of familiar horror directors announced to helm other second season episodes starring the returning cast members whose characters managed to stay alive.
Press Release - "Austin, TX- March 2, 2015 -- El Rey Network and Miramax announced today the start of production on the sophomore season of Robert Rodriguez's "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" in Austin, TX (home to Rodriguez's Troublemaker Studios). Returning to the supernatural series are all leading cast members including Wilmer Valderrama, D.J. Cotrona, »
- Derek Anderson
Neal Dhand: Did you always consider this a comedy? There are some rather dark moments – sexual violence and suicide – that could easily move this into darker territory. Were they always in the script?
Talya Lavie: The film is defined as a “dark comedy”, but while writing the script, I didn’t want to constrain myself in a specific genre. I put a large scale of emotions in it and the scenes you mentioned were there from the first draft of the script. I was actually interested in mixing different spirits in this film: humor, sadness, nonsense and tragedy.
Nd: Do you consider those scenes mentioned above to be unique to a female-military perspective?
Tl: Since the main characters of the film are women and I’m a female director, I »
- Neal Dhand
Dan Kois declares that the rejection of "Boyhood" on Sunday as Oscar's Best Picture was the Academy's "worst mistake in 20 years." He says we witnessed an "epochal travesty" when the Richard Linklater film lost, which only happens when "a true masterpiece, a movie for the ages, somehow battles its way through the mediocrity" to only lose in the end. He calls the eventual winner "Birdman" a "terrific" movie, but that we will look back to say "how did they let this happen?" Other "epochal travesty" losses over the years have been by "Citizen Kane," "The Graduate," "High Noon," "Goodfellas," "Pulp Fiction," "Apocalypse Now," "Raging Bull," "Raiders of the Lost Ark, and "E.T." Slate -Break- In advance of the "House of Cards" third season debuting Friday on Netflix, a new guide brings you up-to-speed..." »
Writer/director Kevin Smith and Quentin Tarantino came up around the same time, with both Smith releasing Clerks and Tarantino releasing Pulp Fiction, thanks to the help of a little-known man (at that time) named Harvey Weinstein. While the two filmmakers have since gone in entirely different directions as far as their careers go, they both made defining films right out of the gates and subsequently became buddies along the way. Years later, when Smith made Clerks II in 2006, he decided to screen the film for his buddies Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez to gather some feedback, prior its release. What did his good friends have to say about his resulting film? Mostly good things. Tarantino, as animated and passionate as ever, wasted no time getting the conversation started by telling Smith where he felt his comedy sequel really got its wheels going. Smith, nervous and even arguably a bit insecure, »
Now, a spokesperson for Travolta has confirmed that the pair's entire stage reunion was elaborately planned and rehearsed.
"John had a great time at the Oscars because his wife, Kelly Preston, and his daughter, Ella, were in attendance with him."
Travolta mistakenly announced Menzel as 'Adele Dazeem' ahead of her performance of Frozen's 'Let it Go' at the 2014 Oscars ceremony.
Menzel returned the favour on Sunday night (February 22) by jokingly referring to the actor as "Glom Gazingo".
He responded by slowly stroking the Broadway star's face, saying: "I deserve that. I deserve that. But you, my darling, my beautiful, my wickedly talented Idina Menzel."
The Sandbrook murders have been solved and the Broadchurch verdict has been reached. So why aren’t we feeling satisfied?
This review contains spoilers.
Of all the possible reactions to a whodunit revelation - furious disbelief, knowing nods, cries of ‘I knew it!’ - lowest on the hoped-for list is indifference. Who’s the killer? Oh, them. Is the cricket on next?
Finding out who killed the Sandbrook girls and in what circumstances registered high on the shrug-o-meter. Lee shagged Lisa so Ricky killed her? Okay, right. Lee suffocated Pippa so she wouldn’t talk and Claire orchestrated the cover-up? That’s that then. Cup of tea?
Learning the truth about Sandbrook provided roughly the same level of satisfaction as pulling into a convenient parking space or popping a spoon through the metallic lid on a new jar of coffee. It was momentarily engaging, but ultimately banal. It could just »
Even twenty-one years later, it’s a challenge to write about Quentin Tarantino’s epochal “Pulp Fiction” without feeling like you’re treading well-charted ground. Tarantino’s scorching second film is one of the most popular, influential and most-mimicked films of all time, spawning a litany of copycat flicks about talky, philosophical criminals and bringing phrases like “royale with cheese” and countless other catchphrases into the pop culture vernacular. Everyone who loves movies generally has something to say about “Pulp Fiction” and so too, apparently, does Mr. Mark Fraser: he’s comprised a supercut of all of Pulp Fiction’s intense close-ups, although he limits his focus here to images and objects within Tarantino’s world – not the actors. Taken on its own modest terms, the video is a neat little micro-distillation of the film that some folks call Tarantino’s masterpiece. Although the film’s rich, almost musical »
- Nicholas Laskin
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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
Ah, the sweet sound of success! Even more relevant in this movie article is the sweet movement of success. Thus, Shake A Tail Feather: Top Ten Dance Moments in the Movies will highlight some of the top-notch dance steps where moving your feet to the music is essential. Now this does not have to necessary be exclusive to musical-oriented films or dance-related flicks but hey…it could not hurt either, right?
Nevertheless folks, how about we take a free-wheeling look at some of the selections that were memorable (some more than others) spotlighted here in Shake A Tail Feather: Top Ten Dance Moments in the Movies were your finger-snapping, feet-stomping urges overcome you. Perhaps you have your brand of acceptable dance moments not included in this group? Well, let your thoughts be known if you feel compelled to do so. In the meantime, sit back and check out some of »
- Frank Ochieng
It wasn’t that long ago that the Film Independent Spirit Awards gave rise to the expression, “Win on Saturday, lose on Sunday.” That’s because the Spirit Awards take place the day before the Academy Awards, and because the roll call of Spirit winners is full of films that didn’t quite make the cut with the Academy, starting with “River’s Edge,” “Sex, Lies and Videotape,” “The Player” and “Pulp Fiction” and going on to include “Memento,” “Lost in Translation,” “Sideways,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Juno,” “The Wrestler,” “Precious,” “Black Swan” … But as the Spirit Awards prepare for their 30th annual. »
- Steve Pond
1994 saw two groundbreaking movies arrive: Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" and Kevin Smith's "Clerks." The films couldn't be more different — one was a star-studded, sprawling crime flick, while the other was a small comedy made on credit cards and starred a bunch of nobodies. Still, they both had a couple of things in common: a unique voice and the support of Harvey Weinstein. It's no surprise that Smith and Tarantino crossed paths, and become buds, but you might not know they've kept in touch in the years since. A dozen years after the original, Smith returned with "Clerks II," and understandably the director felt some pressure. So he screened the movie for his pals Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez to get some advice. The result was captured on camera and became a DVD extra (with Reddit digging it up recently). It's an interesting watch, not necessarily for what's discussed, but »
- Kevin Jagernauth
On this brand new episode of The Golden Briefcase 2.0, Tim and Jeremy are joined by good friend of the show Britt Hayes (from ScreenCrush, BadassDigest) to share some of their latest Picks of the Week and touch on a variety of topics including genitalia names, Lars von Trier, a biblical Pulp Fiction, the TV show "American Horror Story" and more. They also share some thoughts on sex in film including its various uses, offenses and examples that push taboo boundaries. The new format for the show allows for deep discussions about the fascinating world of cinema and we love those moments and want to embrace them! Send us topic suggestions, arguments, links, or whatever you want, and we will do our best to talk about it. During the break, the guys took the time think about the future and mission of the podcast and have decided to return to what »
- Tim Buel
This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. The portmanteau picture has never been popular, exactly, but it feels like even in recent years the form has fallen out of favor. The "[Place Name] I Love You" series ends up with increasingly diminishing returns, horror movies like "Trick'r'Treat" and "V/H/S" reach a fraction of the audience that something like "Creepshow" did, and movies with multiple storylines seem to follow the "Magnolia"/"Traffic" crosscutting structure rather than separating into shorter, self-contained segments. It's fitting then that 20 years after the premiere of "Pulp Fiction” at Cannes, the Official Competition hosts another portmanteau picture. Like Tarantino's breakthrough, Argentine director Damian Szifron's "Wild Tales" (produced by Pedro Almodovar, which undoubtedly helped it secure its slot) is a collection of short films by a young filmmaker out to make »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Take a sigh of relief, the Oscars are finally upon us. How many months will we squeeze out of 2015 before pundits start incessantly chattering about Awards Season again?
With any luck, 2016 will not be as contentious and as close of a race for Best Picture as it was this year. It has created a lot of excitement and confidence that the winner will be a strong one, but it has also created a lot of controversy and bile and disappointment.
My predictions for 2015 reflect the consensus of what will happen, not what should. But then with this year, anything can happen.
After almost near sweeps of critic prizes and the dominant film on Best of the Year lists by a wide margin, Boyhood may very well lose the Oscar for Best Picture on Sunday night. »
- Brian Welk
Tribalism. It's often petty and pointless in this day and age, and sadly we all fall victim to it in one form or another usually because it engenders a sense of belonging and even pride. One of the most common, and silliest, is corporate tribalism - Windows vs. Mac, Android vs. iOS, Coke vs. Pepsi, PC vs. consoles, Playstation vs. Microsoft, etc. One of the most well-known though is that of Marvel vs. DC, with comics fans swearing allegiance to one or the other.
That particularly rivalry has only been exacerbated in the past decade as Marvel has effectively conquered the big screen whilst DC has struggled to keep up. It's not all bad news for DC though, Chris Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy is still often seen as the pinnacle of the genre (especially the second and to a lesser extent the first film), on the small screen DC »
- Garth Franklin
It's the age old question: Who is better? Marvel or DC? We can all pretty much guess which side Samuel L. Jackson is on. He has played Nick Fury in 7 Marvel movies, and has two more left to go under his contract. He may have to choose a side, but he has an explanation for why he will always stand with Marvel. It's a conversation that is sure to get fans heated, and may even cause some controversy.
Speaking with MTV, the actor took some time out of his Kingsman: The Secret Service promotional efforts to focus on his main love. Why is Marvel better than DC? He calls it accessibility:
"The Marvel universe is huge. I don't know how many thousands of character there are in the Marvel universe that they can access and use. I'm not surprised by that. It's been that way since we started reading comic books. »
I haven't yet watched this "remix" of Darren Aronofsky's 2006 film The Fountain, but the idea of it has me intrigued, though I guess it has me just as intrigued as much as that chronological cut of Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction from a few years back, which I also didn't watch. But that's what you're getting here folks, YouTuber Paul Herrin has edited Aronofsky's movie to tell the story spanning from the 1550s to 2500 linearly. I'm not sure what the purpose would be, but without watching I can only imagine the impact will be lessened considering the edits were meant to work hand-in-hand rather than in a linear fashion. amz asin="B000O7667K" size="small"Herrin offers his own reasoning writing: I hope this provides an additional perspective of the film to better understand the impact of non-linear narrative in post-literate visual storytelling experience. Thematic, structural, and spatio-temporal »
- Brad Brevet
The Slap, an 8-episode recreation of an Australian miniseries, which is based on a popular novel, is NBC‘s latest attempt at “Event Television,” but it is a tricky, sloppy effort that purports to be an examination of, to varying degrees, “reality,” but in the sense that demands the quotation marks.
As the promos, and name, give away, the show revolves around what happens to a family when one moment, a slap, throws everything into turmoil. This leads us to, as we get toward the end of the show, a great many secrets being revealed.
There could hardly be more of a misrepresentation of what this show is about.
After watching the show’s trailer, and perhaps hearing a very basic outline, you might get the idea that the show is about trying to get past a horrible mistake. A child is shown to be rather unruly, and his parents »
- Marc Eastman
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