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- Scott Beggs
Occasionally, a movie villain will pause for a moment to deliver a brief story or anecdote. And often, these apparently incidental tales tell us a lot about an antagonist's state of mind, experiences or warped worldview.
We've compiled a selection of 20 here. Some of them are blackly funny. Many are disturbing. One or two are even moving. The first one's very strange. All of them bring something unique to each particular film in which they appear, and all of them are laced with a delicious hint of menace.
20. Xander - Enemies Closer (2013)
"When I was a little boy at my grandmama's place, she had a lovely goose. I named her Edith, after the French singer Edith Piaf..."
We begin with a delightfully weird story from Peter Hyams' 2013 thriller, »
A blockbuster rated PG-13 is destined to win the Golden Popcorn at the MTV Movie Awards this weekend, judging by the show’s recent winners. While R-rated awards season titles “American Sniper,” “Boyhood,” “Whiplash” and “Gone Girl” are all nominated for the top prize, the most likely winners are PG-13, including Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars” and Jennifer Lawrence’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.” Beginning in 1992, MTV’s first six Best Movie winners were all rated R, including “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” “A Few Good Men,” “Menace II Society, »
- Jeff Sneider
Hot on the heels of our article on the Top 5 Texas Film Festivals comes the 2015 Dallas International Film Festival, running April 9-19. Word on the street is these are the films you shouldn't miss. "Love & Mercy," the Brian Wilson biopic starring Paul Dano and John Cusack, has gotten plenty of good vibrations by the critics. Dano and Cusack play the younger and older versions of Wilson, chronicling his rise to fame and subsequent wrenching battles with mental illness and addiction. Also featuring Paul Giamatti, Elizabeth Banks, surfboards, and "Pet Sounds." In "Seven Chinese Brothers," Jason Schwartzman plays a drunken stumblebum who tries to get is act together to get the girl. If you've heard this one before, Stephen Root and Olympia Dukakis promise to elevate it to a new level. Meanwhile, it will be interesting to see if Schwartzman can bring something new to the table as he makes the »
Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey is an eminent actor and a well-respected performer of his generation. He constantly puts in solid performances in any movie, television or theatrical projects he involves himself in and is a consummate professional. He recently picked up the Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series Drama award at this years Golden Globe ceremony in Los Angeles for his much praised role as the conniving Francis Underwood in Netflix Original series ‘House of Cards’. And with the third season of the award-winning series heading our way later this month we thought we’d take a look back at some of the best and most iconic movie roles the 55-year old actor has managed to accumulate over the years.
- David Agnew
No longer undercover lovers! Seven-and-a-half months after Us Weekly first broke the news of their romance, Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk made their big debut as a couple at Robert Downey Jr.'s star-studded 50th birthday party on Saturday, April 4. The Mortdecai actress, 42, and the Glee producer, 44, were among a group of about 250 people who gathered to fete the Avengers: Age of Ultron actor at a lavish bash that even Tony Stark would envy. (Paltrow played Downey Jr.'s on-screen love interest Pepper Potts in [...] »
While ten feature films may not seem like a big filmography to work with, last year saw Daniel Silva pull together a monster seventeen-minute tribute to director David Fincher just before "Gone Girl" opened. And that didn't even include footage from "Alien 3." While Alexandre Gasulla doesn't break the ten-minute mark with this movie, it's no less impactful for its shorter length. Perhaps it's even a bit more complete by including Fincher's debut feature. Read More: Ranked: The Films of David Fincher So yes, “Se7en,” “The Game,” “Fight Club,” “Panic Room,” “Zodiac,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Social Network” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” are also featured in this video tribute which uses a few different musical motifs to highlight Fincher's beautiful and, at times, very bloody work. You probably don't need to be reminded that he's a master at crafting shots, but if you do, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Last week we reported on Steven Spielberg’s plans to direct an adaptation of the cult sci-fi novel by Ernest Cline, Ready Player One. Color us excited. The novel involves players of a video game journeying into a virtual reality world rife with pop culture references and Easter eggs to the real world. The player who can decipher all the mysteries and references in the world wins the opportunity to control it. In Spielberg’s capable hands, it has the potential to be a technical marvel and a modern classic.
That is, if he actually makes it. Ready Player One poses some unusually problematic challenges on just a practical standpoint. Cline’s story falls into the “unfilmable novel” territory, not just for the digital world necessary for a filmmaker to recreate, but also in terms of licensing. To get the rights to depict the many iconic film and TV characters »
- Brian Welk
If there's one thing Leigh Whannell learned from William Friedkin about directing horror movies, it's this: you have to scare your actors for real. Flash back to early 2014. Whannell has signed on to direct "Insidious: Chapter 3," a prequel to 2010's "Insidious" and 2013's "Insidious: Chapter 2," both helmed by his longtime creative partner James Wan. It's his directorial debut. He's anxious and looking for guidance, so he tweets at Friedkin asking for his advice. Friedkin responds within just a few minutes. Friedkin invites him out to lunch. "It was surreal," says Whannell, chatting with reporters on the "Insidious: Chapter 3" set in Lake View Terrace, CA alongside cast members Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson and producer James Blum. "He comes and he sits down. I'd never met the guy. And he barely said hello. He was just like, 'First of all, you've got to scare your actors for real. »
- Chris Eggertsen
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Chicago – The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, popularly known as “C2E2,” is coming back to the Windy City next month, Friday, April 24th through Sunday, April 26th. The three day event draws many celebrities, comic book artists and memorabilia vendors. HollywoodChicago.com was at last year’s event, and got 33 Exclusive Portraits of the TV and film personalities.
Photographer Joe Arce captured photos of these celebrities at the 2014 C2E2, representing TV and films such as “Ghostbusters,” “The Walking Dead” and “Game of Thrones.” Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All images © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The end of the month is soon approaching, and that.s a rather big deal for Netflix subscribers. That.s because the flip of the calendar page means that a good number of movies will both arriving and departing from the online streaming service. We.ve already given you the run down on the new titles that will be debuting, but now it.s time to looking at the features that will soon be getting the boot. When the date changes to March 1st we will see a number of great films leaving Netflix, but we.ve highlighted 10 of the best ones below. We highly recommend watching each and every one of them before the end of the week! Se7en In 2014, director David Fincher put more than a few chills down our spine with his movie Gone Girl, but for the next few days on Netflix you.ll be »
Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy of books introduced the world to hacker whiz Lisbeth Salander, who rose to prominence in the original adapted movie series. In that first trio of pics, Noomi Rapace played Salander, and was eager to pass on the torch to another actress for the U.S. remakes. Enter Rooney Mara, who confidently picked up the mantle for David Fincher’s 2011 remake – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
Sadly, that first stab at rebooting the material for American audiences flopped. Mostly a critical and financial failure, it seemed all hope was lost for igniting a sequel. Until, strangely enough, the project began to gather traction in 2013. Seven scribe Andrew Kevin Walker was enlisted to draft a script for the follow-up – The Girl Who Played With Fire – and late last year, Fincher himself suggested the franchise still had life.
While his comments pointed to an entirely new direction for the second movie, »
- Gem Seddon
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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
With the 2015 Oscars coming up this weekend, we go back ten years to see if the 2005 awards still hold up today...
It was during an interview with Mark Kermode that I asked him how long someone really needs to gestate on a film, and come up with a proper review. "About ten years", he said. I get his point. Each awards season, it's about, at best, what feels like the best film right then. Not the one that settles over a period of time, or shows you new things each time you watch it. But the one that you watched once, and affected you once. It's the only way, anyway, I can think of why A Beautiful Mind won a Best Picture Oscar.
This weekend, then, is the Academy Awards once more. And I thought it'd be worth rewinding ten years, to see whether the Academy's choices on February 27th »
Part I: The Lawrence Bureau
T.E. Lawrence (1888-1935) ranks among the 20th Century’s oddest heroes. This short, smart, and mischievous British soldier helped organize the Arab Revolt against Turkey, a secondary front of the First World War. He became Emir Feisal’s trusted ally, painfully conscious that the Allies wouldn’t honor promises of independence. After the Paris Peace Conference, Lawrence retreated into the Royal Air Force and Tank Corps as a private soldier, T.E. Shaw.
Lawrence lived a curious double life, befriending both private soldiers and notables like Winston Churchill and George Bernard Shaw. He wrote memoirs and translated Homer while repairing boats and seaplanes. His intellect, warmth, and puckish humor masked internal torment – guilt for failing to secure Arab freedom, regret for two brothers killed in the war, shame over an incident where Turkish soldiers sexually assaulted him.
In his autobiography Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Lawrence »
- Christopher Saunders
Well, tonight's episode (February 7) of The Voice UK was very illuminating - and we're not just talking about Rita Ora learning all sorts of things from Sir Tom Jones, or will.i.am opening up about his lack of muscles. Nope - while all of that was very interesting, we also got to know which eight new acts have made it through to the blind auditions.
But who made the biggest impression? Who will we be excited to see again in the upcoming battle rounds? Read on as we assess the auditions from tonight's episode of The Voice...
1. Vikesh Champaneri
Song: 'Hometown Glory' - Adele
Team: Team Ricky (Sir Tom and Rita also turned)
Maybe it was just the song? Maybe - but we don't think so. Vikesh - a booker for posh taxis - took to the stage and completely blindsided us with his incredible take on 'Hometown Glory'. »
Clarius Entertainment has acquired Us rights to Benaroya Pictures and The Genre Company’s thriller Cell starring John Cusack (upcoming Love & Mercy, Lee Daniels’ The Butler) and Oscar-nominated Samuel L. Jackson (upcoming Kingsman: The Secret Service, Django Unchained).
The film is based on the best-selling apocalyptic novel by Stephen King.
When a powerful signal is broadcast across mobile networks worldwide, cell phone users’ minds are instantly and dangerously re-programmed. Heading north through New England in search of his wife and son, Clay Riddell (Cusack) is joined by a group of survivors hoping to fend off the bloodthirsty and hyper-connected “phoners.”
- Michelle McCue
Get ready stateside filmgoers, because the “phoners” (aka “crazies”) are coming to the Us. Stephen King fans know that the master of macabre doesn’t like using cell phones. His 2006 novel, Cell, is a cautionary tale about what can go wrong by pressing portable phones to our ears and keeping them close at hand in our pockets, and its unflinching subject matter contains flocks of murderous lunatics that would be right at home in Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later, George A. Romero’s The Crazies, or Simon Clark’s Blood Crazy.
We knew this unique King novel was getting the adaptation treatment, with King co-writing the screenplay and John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson in the lead roles, but we’re now one big step closer to seeing it on the silver screen, as Clarius Entertainment has acquired the Us rights to the movie.
Slated to hit theaters this year, »
- Derek Anderson
Clarius Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to Benaroya Pictures and The Genre Company’s thriller Cell;, starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson. The film, an adaptation of Stephen King’s bestseller, is directed by Tod “Kip” Williams (Paranormal Activity 2).
International Film Trust (Ift) is handling foreign rights to the film. When a powerful signal is broadcast across mobile networks worldwide, cell phone users’ minds are instantly and dangerously re-programmed. Heading north through New England in search of his wife and son, Clay Riddell (Cusack) is joined by a group of survivors hoping to fend off the bloodthirsty and hyper-connected “phoners.”
- Ali Jaafar
Although it comes as no great shock, Fifty Shades of Grey has officially been granted an 18 certificate for "strong sex and nudity".
It's something of a rarity these days to even see a film get an 18, with studios keen to get their films in front of the widest possible audiences. The highest classification is usually reserved for movies containing extreme sex or violence, but it doesn't necessarily have to mean it's box office poison.
Given the right story circumstances, an 18 can hit the target and find financial success. You only need to glance back to late last year to see the column inches/pixels generated by David Fincher's explosive Gone Girl.
Digital Spy takes a look at the 20 highest-grossing 18 certificate movies in the UK below (note: figures are not adjusted for inflation):
Release date: January 17, 2014
Total UK box office takings: £22,699,724
2. Gone Girl
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