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Heroes always win right? That’s supposed to be how every great quest turns out. For all the trials our beloved protagonists face, for all the shocking events that endure, the deaths, the anguish, possibly even a couple of films fighting the enemy; the good guys always win in the end.
Except sometimes it’s much bleaker than that in the movie world. Sometimes the good guys don’t win. Or if they do, it’s at a cost we didn’t quite expect. Because sometimes our movie heroes ultimately fail in their quests. And that can go one of two ways;
1) It makes for amazing drama. Real life isn’t always black and white and so our movies shouldn’t be either. Good doesn’t always triumph. Evil doesn’t always win. And for all the escapism movies bring us, shouldn’t movies have a sense of realism too? »
- Baz Greenland
Braveheart writer Randall Wallace takes the directorial reins for this biopic of Secretariat, the 70s ‘superhorse’ that trampled all over the breeding formbook to become “the greatest racehorse of all time”. Diane Lane stars as Penny Chenery, the housewife-owner who risks everything by putting her belief in an eccentric trainer (John Malkovich), a reckless jockey, and a nag they said couldn’t stay the distance. So does ‘Big Red’ have what it takes to win America’s fabled Triple Crown? »
*Updated with cover art* Universal Studios Home Entertainment just announced plans for a Machete Kills Blu-ray / DVD release in January. They have also revealed the list of bonus features and an early digital release:
“Universal City, California, November 19, 2013—Get ready for the knife-wielding hero to return in Machete Kills, the sequel to the hugely successful Machete film from acclaimed director Robert Rodriguez. Machete Kills arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD,& Digital HD with UltraViolet and On Demand on January 21, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film will also be available on Digital HD on January 7, 2014.
Danny Trejo (Grindhouse, Machete) returns as legendary ex-Federale Machete Cortez in this action- packed thrill ride from innovative director Robert Rodriguez. In his latest mission, Machete is recruited by the U.S. President (Charlie Sheen/Carlos Estevez; Anger Management, Two and a Half Men) to stop a crazed global terrorist (Mel Gibson; Braveheart, »
- Jonathan James
Machete Kills is one of the biggest box office flops of the year, and even debuted with one of the worst opening weekends of all time. But maybe it will find its audience on home video, where people who hated the original (such as myself) might be compelled to give it a look.
We can confirm that Robert Rodriguez's Machete Kills is headed for Blu-ray and DVD on January 21, 2014 courtesy of Universal Studios. Fans can own an increasingly-standard Blu-ray combo pack that includes a Blu-ray, DVD, and Ultraviolet digital copy of the action sequel. Those of you looking to own a digital-only copy may do so a few weeks earlier on January 7, 2014.
From the Press Release
Danny Trejo (Grindhouse, Machete) returns as legendary ex-Federale Machete Cortez in this action-packed thrill ride from innovative director Robert Rodriguez. In his latest mission, Machete is recruited by the U.S. President (Charlie Sheen/Carlos Estevez; Anger Management, »
- Matt Serafini
Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, Heaven Is For Real brings to the screen the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world.
In theaters Easter 2014, watch the brand new trailer.
The film stars Academy Award nominee and Emmy award winning actor Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo and co-stars Kelly Reilly as Sonja Burpo, the real-life couple whose son Colton (newcomer Connor Corum) claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience.
Colton recounts the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth … things he couldn’t possibly know. Todd and his family are then challenged to examine the meaning from this remarkable event.
- Michelle McCue
“Braveheart” and “We Were Soldiers” writer/director Randall Wallace gets spiritual in the “based on a true story” film “Heaven is For Real”. Apparently it’s about a kid who almost died and went to heaven, then came back and talked to people about it. He then wrote a book. Well, his parents probably helped him, or someone else did (what is he, 3?), and now a movie is being made about it. Cute kid. He’s like a countrified version of Haley Joel Osment. Not my cup of tea, but hey, it looks inspirational and all that good stuff. Might be a good flick for the kids and parents who think movies these days are just too darn violent and whatnot. Please to watch. The film stars Academy Award® nominee and Emmy® award winning actor Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo and co-stars Kelly Reilly as Sonja Burpo, the real-life couple »
Contemporary faith-based films often reside in something of a ghetto, lacking the serious budgets, stars, filmmakers and studio support. Yet, in recent years films like "Fireproof" and "Courageous" have overcome these limitations and become surprise hits.
Now, Sony Pictures is trying one and has brought in some major talent to do it. "Braveheart" scribe and "Secretariat" director Randall Wallace's helms this adaptation of Todd Burpo's best-selling book about a couple whose son Colton claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience.
- Garth Franklin
TriStar Pictures has released the first trailer for director Randall Wallace’s adaptation of the Todd Burpo book Heaven Is for Real. The faith-based film revolves around a young boy who, after a near-death experience, begins recounting his time in heaven with facts that stun his family and friends. While most Christian-centered films are relegated to tiny budgets and unrecognizable faces both in front of and behind the camera, Heaven Is for Real boasts an impressive ensemble led by Greg Kinnear that includes Kelly Reilly (Flight), Thomas Haden Church, and Margo Martindale, and Wallace was behind the screenplay for Braveheart and most recently directed the uplifting horse racing story Secretariat. This film is sentimental by nature and there’s plenty of that on display in this trailer, but it also appears to explore the interesting angle of how the young boy’s stories affect the adults around him. Hit the »
- Adam Chitwood
Next in line to inherit the throne of Royal films is Diana. The film takes audiences into the private realm of one of the world’s most iconic and inescapably public women – the Princess of Wales, Diana (two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts) — in the last two years of her meteoric life.
On the occasion of the 16th anniversary of her sudden death, acclaimed director Oliver Hirschbiegel (the Oscar-nominated Downfall) explores Diana’s final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan (Naveen Andrews, “Lost,” The English Patient), the human complications of which reveal the Princess’s climactic days in a compelling new light. Diana is in select theaters now.
As long as filmmakers have been bringing the lives of England’s Kings and Queens to the silver screen have moviegoers been going to the cinemas to be schooled in British Monarchy.
So Arise, Sirs and Ladies, »
- Movie Geeks
With its critical acclaim and box office success, "Gravity" has leapt to the forefront of this year's Oscar derby in several categories. Among those is the race for Best Cinematography where Emmanuel Lubezki is looking to capture his first win after five losses. He was first nominated in 1995 for "A Little Princess", a film by Alfonso Cuarón who also directed "Gravity"; he lost to John Toll for "Braveheart," that year's Best Picture champ. His second bid came in 1999 for his work on Tim Burton's "Sleepy Hollow"; he was bested by Conrad L. Hall for his work on that year's Best Picture winner, "American Beauty." He was next nominated in 2005 for the Terrence Malick film, "The New World"; he was defeated by Dion Beebe for "Memoirs of a Geisha." The following year he reaped his fourth bid, along with many critics' prizes, for his work on Cuarón' »
McM Expo/London Comic Con returns to ExCel London on 25th – 27th October. As well as hosting a galaxy of great sci-fi, movie, games, comics, anime and cosplay content, they’ve also got their usual huge line up of special guests – with more guests being added all the time! see www.mcmcomiccon.com for the latest London Comic Con news – but here’s a round-up of who’s been announced so far:
Red hot fantasy-noir show Lost Girl is coming to McM London Comic Com, with stars Ksenia Solo (Black Swan, Life Unexpected) and Rachel Skarsten (Transporter: The Series, Birds Of Prey) plus executive producer Jay Firestone (Andromeda, La Femme Nikita). Stars from hit sci-fi series Warehouse 13: Kelly Hu (Arrow, X-Men 2, The Vampire Diaries); Eddie McClintock (Bones, Desperate Housewives) and actor/director Saul Rubinek (Frasier, Curb Your Enthusiasm). The stars of new crime thriller By Any Means: Warren Brown (Luther, »
- Phil Wheat
Morgan said that he drove over to Mel Gibson's house in Malibu to try and persuade him to do an interview, and Gibson detailed the extraordinary pain and bitterness he felt towards his former lover Oksana Grigorieva, the Mirror reported.
The 48-year-old journalist said that the 'Braveheart' star was not up for an interview, as he didn't trust himself to not explode and say things he would regret later.
Morgan has also insisted that his interview with Janet Jackson. »
- Rahul Kapoor
Exclusive: Sony Pictures today releases Paul Greengrass‘s Captain Phillips. It’s a reminder why, if you follow auteurs like I do, you can’t beat this time of year. Just last week, I was as astonished by Alfonso Cuaron’s 3D marvel Gravity, especially after covering its twists and turns when Angelina Jolie dropped out and Universal let it go; when no studio would touch it until Warner Bros’ Jeff Robinov took a shot; and even then, casting was difficult and none of the studios co-financing partners wanted to share the risk on a film with an $85 million budget and two actors floating in space. It seemed like only Cuaron believed in this film, and good for him that it’s minting money. There’s nothing like the resolve of an auteur-level filmmaker. I’ve felt it on Ang Lee’s Life Of Pi, Christopher Nolan’s Inception, Michael Mann’s Heat, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 10 Oct 2013 - 03:27
Another 25 unsung greats come under the spotlight, as we provide our pick of the underappreciated films of 1993...
What a year 1993 was. It saw the release of Star Fox on the Super Nintendo. Bill Clinton became president. Season three of Deep Space Nine premiered on Us television. UK politician Douglas Hurd visited Argentina. Cyndi Lauper released her album Hat Full Of Stars.
Aside from those earth shattering events, we'll probably remember 1993, in cinema terms, as the year Jurassic Park dominated the box office like an angry Tyrannosaurus. A true phenomenon, its profits doubled those of the second most watched film in 1993 cinemas, Mrs Doubtfire, and almost three times as much as the movie below that - the Harrison Ford thriller, The Fugitive.
But as ever, there was so much more to the 1993 movie landscape than dinosaurs and Robin Williams dressed as an old woman. »
Actor says controversy over author Orson Scott Card's views on gay marriage should not affect how film is seen
• Activists call for Ender's Game boycott over author's anti-gay views
The film-makers behind the big-screen adaptation of Ender's Game have mounted a robust defence of their film in the wake of the controversy generated by pronouncements by Orson Scott Card, the book's author. Card, who until recently was a board member of the National Organisation for Marriage, an anti-same-sex marriage pressure group, and who in August wrote a 3,000-word essay that compared Obama to Hitler, has proved a major embarrassment for the production and has sparked calls for a boycott.
Speaking in London at a promotional event for the film, Harrison Ford, who plays Colonel Graff in the sci-fi epic, rejected any suggestion that Card's views are relevant to the content of Ender's Game. Ford said: "This movie doesn't address any of those issues. »
- Andrew Pulver
Film critic describes what happened when the Hollywood star challenged him over who was the taller
The broadcaster and film critic Barry Norman has told of a spat with Mel Gibson over the Hollywood star's height. In his new book See You In The Morning, out later this month, Norman describes meeting Robert De Niro, John Wayne and Braveheart star Gibson .
In the Radio Times, he writes: "There was the occasion at a private dinner in Hollywood when Mel Gibson insisted he was as tall as I was. I disagreed politely on the grounds that I was just over 6ft and he most certainly wasn't.
"But then he grew quite angry about it, until some diplomatic soul suggested we should settle the argument by standing back to back. This we did, and I could feel him going up on tiptoe behind me so that the top of his head would »
Cinematographer Wally Pfister, in the midst of filming his feature directorial debut, “Transcendence,” enjoys some distinct advantages in his new role: One of his executive producers is Christopher Nolan, with whom he has collaborated exclusively, dating back to the director’s breakthrough film “Memento”; the star of his sci-fi movie is worldwide box office magnet Johnny Depp; Pfister’s picture will be released by Hollywood’s biggest studio, Warner Bros., and he was empowered with the kind of budget — approximately $100 million — few first-timers are afforded.
But those advantages are freighted with the expectations and pressures that come with such a large-scale endeavor. Besides, remarkably few directors of photography have successfully made a longterm transition to helming features. Among those, a mere handful — George Stevens, Barry Sonnenfeld and Jan de Bont among them — have enjoyed critical and commercial success. And only one, Nicolas Roeg, could be seen as a unique stylist whose creative stamp is unmistakable. »
- Steve Chagollan
Just over a decade ago, Vin Diesel shot from near-obscurity to earning a $10 million payday in what seemed like record time, racing from an ensemble role in “Saving Private Ryan” to headlining “XXX” in nearly four years. But those who think of Diesel as an overnight action star don’t know the half of it.
“Vin is one of the most wildly misunderstood actor-producers out there,” says Universal co-chairman Donna Langley, whose connection with Diesel predates even 2001’s “The Fast and the Furious,” tracing back to “Boiler Room” at New Line.
While Diesel’s fans are familiar with his muscular physique and the trademark thunder-roll of his voice, what they don’t necessarily realize is just how much work Diesel puts into developing the movies they see as pure popcorn fun — or how hard he struggled to get to this point.
Before he became a star, Diesel broke through as an independent filmmaker, »
- Peter Debruge
Yesterday, The Expendables 3 began principal photography and we caught our first glimpse of the film’s villain looking exceptionally “pumped up” and ready for action. That “villain” is none other than Mel Gibson, the Academy Award winning director of Braveheart and star of a laundry list of outstanding films, to include the Lethal Weapon series, the Mad Max series, Maverick, Ransom, Payback, The Patriot, We Were Soldiers, and Signs. Even his »
- Paul Shirey
We don't tend to go in for much sports-based editorial here on Digital Spy, but with the Premier League about to kick off today (August 17), we're willing to make an exception.
Managers across the country will be prepping their pre-match pep talks right about now, and with that in mind, we've collated ten of the big screen's most motivational speeches - some sporty, some political, all inspirational.
Al Pacino - Any Given Sunday
In Oliver Stone's epic football drama, Pacino plays the veteran coach of a once-great football team who are now struggling to make the Affa playoffs. Tasked with picking his players out of a despondent slump just before a big game, Pacino's D'Amato makes a heartfelt speech instructing them to climb out of hell "inch by inch" by working as a team rather than individuals.
Honestly, we're tempted to just paste the entire »
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