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Brit Marling, James Nesbitt, Paterson Joseph, Bertie Carvel, Adam Deacon, Jill Halfpenny, Jonny Sweet and Nicola Walker return as staff in a modern metropolitan police force, having to deal with both criminals and the press.
Babylon is created and exec produced by Danny Boyle, Robert Jones (The Usual Suspects, Dirty Pretty Things), Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain, and produced by Jones and Derrin Schlesinger (This Is England '86, Four Lions, Southcliffe).
Boyle directed the pilot episode of the show. »
A former child model and aspiring actor is accusing X-Men franchise director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him as a teenager in a federal lawsuit filed in Hawaii. The lawsuit filed Wednesday says the prominent director of the forthcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past forced Michael Egan III into sex during parties in California and Hawaii when he was 17 in the late 1990s. Singer's attorney, Marty Singer, said in a statement that the claims are absurd and defamatory. "It is obvious that this case was filed in an attempt to get publicity at the time when Bryan's new movie is »
- Associated Press
Well this is awkward. Bryan Singer— the openly gay director of such classics as The Usual Suspects, Apt Pupil and the first, second (and soon to be released fifth) X-Men film— has been accused in a lawsuit of sexually abusing a 17-year-old aspiring actor.
The lawsuit by now-adult plaintiff Michael Egan claims the director “manipulated his power, wealth, and position in the entertainment industry to sexually abuse and exploit the underage Plaintiff through the use of drugs, alcohol, threats, and inducements which resulted in Plaintiff suffering catastrophic psychological and emotional injuries. Defendant Singer did so as part of a group of adult males similarly positioned in the entertainment industry that maintained and exploited boys in a sordid sex ring.”
The timing of this filing, just before the release of X-Men: Days of Future Past on May 23, seems calculated to generate as much publicity and cause as much embarrassment as possible to Singer. »
- Aaron Landry
20th Century Fox
How hard is it to separate the filmmaker from the film? And is it possible to still enjoy a film which has been written, directed or stars somebody currently facing allegations or accusations of the notorious kind? We bring this subject to light over today’s news that director Bryan Singer, best known for his work on The Usual Suspects, X-Men, X-Men 2 and – more recently – Jack the Giant Slayer, has been accused of child molestation. Whether the claims are true or not, one thing’s for sure: in one way or another, they will effect the upcoming release of Singer’s long-awaited comic book sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past.
The semantics involved in making the decision whether to go and see a movie associated with somebody who may or may not have committed a terrible act are insanely complex. Ask Woody Allen fans, who over the »
20th Century Fox
In an accusation that stretches back to the year 1999, it has been claimed that Hollywood director Bryan Singer, best known for his work on movies such as The Usual Suspects and the first two X-Men movies, sexually abused a teenage boy.
The Hollywood Reporter & Variety reports that Michael Egan, now 31, has accused the director of sodomising him when he was aged 17 in a suit that also claims assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and invasion of privacy by unreasonable intrusion. Egan also stated that Singer gave him drugs and alcohol and flew him to Hawaii on multiple occassions.
“The claims made against Bryan Singer are completely without merit,” said Marty Singer, the director’s attorney. “We are very confident that Bryan will be vindicated.” He also said they were “absurd and defamatory,” whilst adding that “it is obvious that this case was filed in an attempt »
Honolulu (AP) — A former child model and aspiring actor is accusing "X-Men" franchise director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him as a teenager in a federal lawsuit filed in Hawaii. The lawsuit filed Wednesday says the prominent director of the forthcoming "X-Men: Days of Future Past" forced Michael Egan III into sex during parties in California and Hawaii when he was 17 in the late 1990s. Singer's attorney, Marty Singer, said in a statement that the claims are absurd and defamatory. "It is obvious that this case was filed in an attempt to get publicity at the time when Bryan's new movie is about to open in a few weeks," said Marty Singer, who said he is not related to the director. "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is set for release May 23. It has an all-star cast, including Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, Halle Berry and Patrick Stewart. It's the »
- Oskar Garcia (AP)
Lawyer for director of Usual Suspects and X-Men describes claims that the film-maker raped a teenage aspiring actor as 'absurd and defamatory'
Plaintiff Michael F Egan III, who has waived his right to anonymity, claims he was abused by Singer and others in Los Angeles and Hawaii during a period in which he was trying to make an acting career for himself in Hollywood. His lawyer Jeff Herman, who handles sexual abuse cases across the Us, is due to hold a press conference in La later today.
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- Ben Child
X-Men director Bryan Singer has been accused of sexually abusing former child model and aspiring actor Michael Egan III in the 1990s when the alleged victim was 17-years-old.
Bryan Singer Sued For Sexual Abuse
Egan, who filed the lawsuit on Wednesday, claims that Singer, 48, pressured him into sexual acts at parties in both California and Hawaii. In exchange for the sex acts, Egan was promised help in his career, including auditions for commercials and other acting jobs as well as modeling gigs, reported The Hollywood Reporter.
Though Egan names Singer as one of his abusers, claiming that he threatened him if he didn’t perform as requested and gave him drugs and alcohol, Egan says that it was tech entrepreneur Marc Collins-Rector who lured him into the sex ring that included other high-profile Hollywood men.
Egan is reportedly looking to receive $75,000 for each of his four claims – intentional infliction of emotional distress, »
The highly anticipated and critically acclaimed political drama, House of Cards: The Complete Second Season, produced by Media Rights Capital, arrives on Blu-ray and DVD June 17 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The series returns with two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey (American Beauty, Best Actor in a Leading Role, 1999; The Usual Suspects, Best Actor in a Supporting Role; 1995) as the newly appointed Vice President of the United States, along with Robin Wright, this year's Golden Globe winner for her role as his wife, Claire Underwood (Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama). This series continues to sizzle with intensity as the ruthless Underwoods stop at nothing to climb the political food chain.
All 13 episodes will be available on the four-disc Blu-ray and four-disc DVD sets for House of Cards: The Complete Second Season with stunning collectible packaging on both releases, along with five bonus featurettes. »
I’m not going to delude myself and think that we’re going to start a revolution, and that Urban Legends: Final Cut will somehow surpass Halloween as the better film. But just hear me out; it’s a much better film than people have ever given it credit to be.
I was surfing around Netflix and saw it had been added; I own the DVD but as is with our age of digital gratification I popped it on anyways. As the credits started I remembered back to when I first saw it. The year was 2000, and I was looking through the DVD selection at my local Ames; a chain long since extinct, and I spotted it. I didn’t even have internet at the time- (go ahead and judge), and had heard nothing about a sequel to Urban Legends. I bought it sight unseen after reading the description, for a modest $24.99. Yes, »
- Kristy Jett
Kevin Spacey was the toast of New York at a Museum of the Moving Image gala celebrating the actor Wednesday night. The two-time Oscar winner delivered a funny, touching speech at the 28th annual salute, filled with anecdotes about The Usual Suspects and Jack Lemmon, among other stories, along with Spacey's impressions of Lemmon and Bill Clinton. Before Spacey accepted his award, a glass bowl that he pretended to bobble as if he were going to drop the fragile prize, many of his famous colleagues paid tribute to the actor. Photos: Kevin Spacey Honored at Museum of the Moving
- Hilary Lewis
“Who is Kevin Spacey? The man’s talent has more facets than a diamond,” said Chazz Palminteri at Museum of the Moving Image’s salute to the “House of Cards” actor Wednesday night on the Upper East Side.
As clips played from some of his most standout works like “The Negotiator,” “American Beauty” and “The Usual Suspects,” Spacey said he had not seen them since the actual screening of the film. He also noted a scene from “Glengarry Glen Ross” with his “friend, mentor and father figure,” Jack Lemmon, whom he credits as the impetus for moving to New York and becoming an actor.
“Having him around was just very inspirational for somebody young and kind of like sort of lackadaisical,” Badgley said of himself during the cocktail hour at the 583 Park Ave. »
- Alexa Harrison
That first trailer naturally earned itself a spot on our Top 25 Trailers of 2013, and we’ve been looking forward to what would come next. With just a few more months to go before it arrives, we’re due a new look at the sci-fi/actioner, and Warner Bros. haven’t disappointed.
The epic action of “Edge of Tomorrow” unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world.
Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Man, it sure looks like Bryan Singer’s got his “X-Men” groove back, because this new trailer for his “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is pretty damn epic. Of course, if you were never a fan of Singer, then this is unlikely to change your mind. But fortunately I’ve always been a fan of his, from “The Usual Suspects” to “Apt Pupil” to, yes, even “Superman Returns.” (Except for all those silly Lex Luthor scenes, there was absolutely nothing wrong with that movie, I don’t care what you fanboys say.) Anyhoos. Check out a new and pretty badass trailer for “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” As the kids would say, it looks like things are about to get real, yo. And oh yeah, check out the new poster for the movie, including Professor X’s amazing floating chair. The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival »
With a big budget, great writers and two beautiful stars, this could have been a classic. Instead it's boring mumblefest with a rubbish twist – and it's on Channel 4 at 9pm tonight
[Warning: contains spoilers]
"This man is a tourist!" – Elise
The Tourist should have been a raging success. A sumptuous $100m Hitchcockian thriller, set in the most impossibly scenic slivers of Europe, starring two of the most intimidatingly beautiful people alive. A script by Christopher McQuarrie from The Usual Suspects and Julian Fellowes from Downton Abbey. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, who won an Oscar for The Lives of Others, in the director's chair. What could have possibly gone wrong?
A lot, it turns out. Although blame has been assigned to everything from a constant churn of writers, directors and stars to the incredibly short production turnaround, the fact is that The Tourist is a colossal hodgepodge of wasted opportunity. Or at least »
- Stuart Heritage
Supernatural comedy is all the rage these days, and Geek & Sundry is getting in on the fun. Felicia Day's YouTube channel is teaming up with Bryan Singer's Bad Hat Harry production company for Spooked, a TV-length digital series. Spooked follows a "Paranormal Investigation Team" as it investigates paranormal events across the globe. According to a press release, the first episode will feature a poltergeist who is trying to ruin his daughter's gay marriage, and will feature Dichen Lachman and Alison Haislip as guest stars. Four episodes are planned, with each one coming in a sitcom-length, 22-minute package. As with Geek & Sundry's last scripted web series, Caper, Spooked will be distributed on Hulu as well as YouTube. Spooked is co-produced by Singer, best known for his work on films like X-Men and The Usual Suspects as well as the TV series House. “It’s been a thrill to expand »
- Sam Gutelle
A salacious yet also tedious portrayal of a woman who would appear to confirm all the nastiest stereotypes about women. Completely unfun, unpleasant, unerotic, and unenlightening. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): not a fan of Lars von Trier
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
In a cinematic environment in which women were depicted, overall, as fully rounded human beings with a wide range of sexual expression available to them without judgment or disapproval, Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac would still be a disgusting, degrading portrait of a terrible person that is completely unfun, unpleasant, unerotic, and unenlightening. But in the cinematic environment we actually have, it is a salacious yet also tedious portrayal of a woman who would appear to confirm all the nastiest stereotypes about women: that they sexually prey upon and sexually manipulate men purely for the power rush of it, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The Rubicon prequel arrived in my inbox couple of days ago and I watched it with with very low expectations. But, after watching the 12-minute episode, consider me a huge fan of the concept. The project is a prequel to the 2012 Archaia and Meteor Entertainment graphic novel written by retired Army Major Mark Long (The Silence of our Friends), Seal Team Six founding member Dan Capel and writer/director Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Jack Reacher, Edge of Tomorrow). The project was first announced back in 2011 at NY Comic-Con as a transmedia project aiming for a feature length film and video game in addition to a graphic novel. Fast forward to 2014 and we have a pilot from director Christian Johnston that features Matt Bushell as the rough and ready CIA operative Mike and Ken Lally as his handler, Smash. Ahead of today's release »
As stars continue to be inspired by the movie almost 20 years on, we take a fond look back at the cast and what they went on to do after Clueless:
Alicia Silverstone (Cher Horowitz)
Prior to Clueless, Silverstone's credits included ABC comedy-drama The Wonder Years and a number of Aerosmith videos. The film propelled her to further fame, and she went on to star in Joel Schumacher's 1997 movie Batman & Robin, crime-comedy Excess Baggage (1997) with Benicio Del Toro and Christopher Walken, and romantic drama Blast from the Past (1999) opposite Brendan Fraser. »
Have you ever dreamed about what it might be like to relive the same day over and over again in an endless search for the perfect 24 hour period of existence? Of course you haven't, for that is the plot of much-loved Bill Murray/Harold Ramis comedy classic Groundhog Day, and each and every possible hilarious scenario has already been played out for you via one of the sharpest and most intuitive scripts of all time.
Edge of Tomorrow, 20 minutes of which was screened for bloggers and film journalists at an event in London earlier this week, is like Groundhog Day with stringy aliens and Tom Cruise. Admittedly, there are a few other minuscule differences between Doug Liman's upcoming sci-fi piece and its forebear: Cruise is using his unusual predicament »
- Ben Child
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