14 items from 2013
Lately, it seems like the legendary Bruce Willis just can’t be arsed. More often than not he’s phoning performances in, while his promotional work is even more embarrassing. Fingers crossed the strong supporting cast being assembled for The Prince sees the Die Hard actor inspired to bring his best for actor/writer/director Brian A. Miller with him playing the chief villain.
Well, I say “strong” but it does include Curtis “50 Pence” Jackson. However, the rapper (or crapper as I like to call them) recently turned in decent performances in The Frozen Ground and Escape Plan. In addition, they’ll be joined by fellow Frozen Ground stars John Cusack, Gia Mantegna as well as Jason Patric (Sleepers), Johnathon Schaech (Ray Donovan) and international pop-star-turned-actor Rain (Speed Racer).
The Prince has a focus on a family man (played by Patric) whose secret past as a high-level Las Vegas mob »
- Craig Hunter
Screen acting legend and Thn favourite Bill Murray is being lined up to star in Barry Levinson’s new film Rock The Kasbah, a project written by Mitch Glazer, who penned Murray’s brilliant retelling of the Dickens classic ‘A Christmas Carol,’ Scrooged, back in 1988.
According to Variety, the film ‘follows a burned-out music manager who goes to Afghanistan on the Uso tour with his last remaining client. When he finds himself abandoned, penniless and without his passport, he discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice, whom he sneaks back to Kabul to compete on the popular television show, “The Afghan Star,” Afghanistan’s equivalent of “American Idol.”’
Sounds like a perfect Murray fare, and Levinson has a superb history of work, including Rain Man, Bugsy and Sleepers. His more comedic efforts include Toys, Wag The Dog and Bandits, but he impressed more recently with The Bay, which found »
- Paul Heath
Minnie Driver has signed with UTA, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. She was previously with CAA. The actress will star opposite David Walton in NBC’s new single-camera comedy About a Boy, based on the novel by Nick Hornby. The series is expected to debut midseason. Photos: NBC's 2013-14 Season: 'Blacklist,' 'Ironside,' 'About a Boy,' 'Believe,' and 'Sean Saves the World' Driver was previously nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe for FX's The Riches. After well-received starring turns in Circle of Friends, Sleepers and Grosse Pointe Blank, the London native broke out
- Rebecca Sun
What started as a child custody dispute between Jason Patric and a former girlfriend has evolved into a controversial, high-profile case that could change California law. Patric, 47, star of The Lost Boys, Sleepers and My Sister's Keeper, has become intimately intertwined with a California state bill that would give sperm donors the ability to sue for parentage rights. As part of a fertility treatment, Patric donated sperm in 2009 to a former girlfriend, massage therapist Danielle Schreiber, that resulted in her pregnancy, according to ABC News. He then decided he wanted to help raise the child, Gus, now 3, but was thwarted »
- Wade Rouse
Sure, he's got leading man and action hero credentials, not to mention a handful of Oscar nominations that suggest he'll be convincing at playing a guy fighting off the undead.
Still, based on his filmography, shouldn't we be a little suspicious? Judging by the roles he's played, couldn't he be a secret zombie himself?
That's right: Brad Pitt, an undead monster, a cold-blooded hunter of humans, an emotionless automaton, a seemingly unstoppable killer. Pitt has embodied all these aspects of zombiedom on-screen, many times over. Oh, sure, he's Angelina Jolie's devoted fiancé and father to her six kids, but then, what better cover? Besides, isn't she the woman who used to wear a vial of blood around her neck? Could the two of them be raising, in secret, a brood of ridiculously good-looking zombies? »
- Gary Susman
An actor or filmmaker’s career is sure to have its ups and downs throughout. However, this can magnified when the talent is known for ground-breaking performances, in some of cinema’s most unforgettable masterpieces. Today, we’re celebrating the UK release of all-star romantic comedy, The Big Wedding, with a look back at some of the offerings of, arguably, the greatest living actor (although, Pacino will undoubtedly have something to say about that); two-time Academy Award-winner, Robert De Niro.
With an acting credit list of close to 100 films, we can’t look at them all, but we’ve focused on what we believe are Bob’s best, along with a few of his worst…
First coming to prevalence in Brian DePalma’s late 1960s cult trio Greetings, Hi Mom and The Wedding Party, before stand-out roles in gangster comedy, The Gang That Couldn’T Shoot Straight, and baseball drama, »
- Craig Hunter
Who wouldn’t want to work with 2 Oscar Noms, an Avenger and the Great and Powerful Oz? Jay Giannone got his shot and co-stars as a mob hit man in the new film The Iceman which stars Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, Wynona Ryder, James Franco and Ray Liotta.
No stranger to blockbuster Hollywood films, Giannone has previously worked on The Departed and Gone Baby Gone and who has just wrapped David O’Russell’s new film American Hustle, where he shares the screen with Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Jeremy Renner, sat down with us to talk about his latest role as Atf Agent Dominick Provenzano (pictured below with Michael Shannon) in director Ariel Vromen’s The Iceman.
How did you prepare for the role of Dominick Provenzano?
When I found out that I booked the role I immediately did my research and »
- Phil Wheat
As all NFL fans know, there are many steal in the NFL draft every year. Some players fall through the cracks and become an impact player on their team immediately. However, some of them do not. For instance, Russell Wilson, Alfred Morris and Bobby Wagner all were non-first round picks last year, but outplayed almost all of the rookies at their positions. Even guys like Vontaze Burfict who was undrafted came in to the Bengals organization with a chip on his shoulder and became a star.
So without further adieu, let’s take a look at the top 5 sleepers who could surprise us all in the 2013 NFL Draft:
5. Qb Matt Scott Arizona
Matt Scott is an interesting prospect. He took over the Arizona offense after Nick Foles was draft by the Eagles in the 2012 NFL Draft. He shows flashes of great arm strength with nice accuracy and touch. He is »
- Sonny Bryan
The 2013 NFL Draft is only a day away, and covers seven rounds in three days. With 32 teams picking players in seven rounds, there are the top consensus players, as well as the small school underdogs. While we can safely assume players such as Eric Fisher and Dion Jordan will be selected towards the beginning of the draft, what about some of the guys who are fringe prospects? How about Brandon Jenkins, who before his injury was considered a first round player? What about a player such as Kenny Stills, who could bring a team a valuable, chain-moving receiver?
Each year, we are informed by analysts and experts alike about the top players in any draft. Last year, you couldn’t escape any television station, newspaper or website without hearing the names of Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin. However, there were multiple notable players who were picked in the later rounds, »
- Oliver Suskin Santarelli
When thinking of the director most likely to be churning out a found footage style eco-horror about a particularly nasty strain of parasite, the multiple award winning helmer Barry Levinson, responsible for the likes of “Rain Man”, “Sleepers” and more, doesn’t particularly spring to mind. Still, perhaps wishing to return to the aquatic scares of his less than successful 1998 Michael Crichton adaptation “Sphere”, Levinson now serves up “The Bay”, in which a small Maryland town is thrown into panic when pollutants in the water result in a gruesome ecological disaster. Produced by Jason Blum, Steven Schneider and Oren Peli, variously involved in the “Paranormal Activity” series, “Insidious” and “Sinister”, the film has been going down surprisingly well at genre festivals, including FrightFest in Glasgow, and lands shortly on Region 2 DVD and Blu Ray via Momentum. Framed by the post-production video diaries of an intrepid journalist, the film depicts the »
- James Mudge
Controversial mainstream films are always the most interesting type of movie to discuss. Yet something that is often overlooked is the performances that lie within them that add so much to whole ethos of why they are so boundary shifting. The press and movie paying public tend to pick up on the content more so than the actors/actresses who make these films so memorable for better or worse.
This article isn’t about shocking casting, nor is it about performances that are so bad they are good. It is about the performances by those who unleash the unexpected in their films, those who shock and destroy expectations or confront and question the unquestionable, whether the film is controversial itself or not.
Read on for the 20 most controversial performances of all time…
As loveable as he may be in real life, Kevin Bacon has played some bad characters in his time. »
- Shaun Lappin
Running out of the Triskel Arts Centre, Twisted Celluloid has been going from strength to strength for the last 18 months, offering the people of Cork a monthly program showcasing the best cult and horror movies cinema has to offer, made that more atmospheric by being shown in a renovated church. Such is the popularity of these events, the first ever Twisted Celluloid Film Festival is being held this weekend, from the 21st to the 24th. The festival kicks off with the Irish premiere of Maniac, featuring a much lauded turn from Elijah Wood as a psychotic serial killer. Other movies of note include Irish horror Citadel, which is coming off an incredible amount of praise from the American Festival circuit, director Barry Levinson's (Rain Man, Sleepers) foray into found footage with ecological horror The Bay, and the ambitious anthology The ABC's Of Death, featuring 26 short movies, from some of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Momentum have done us all a favour by picking it up for distribution here in the UK, and with its release coming in just over a month’s time in March, they’ve put out a new trailer for our shores.
“The quaint coastal town of Claridge, Maryland thrives on the safe, tranquil and abundant waters of Chesapeake Bay. During their annual Independence Day celebrations, a gruesome plague is unleashed, quickly infecting the residents and turning them against each other.
A brutal and harrowing creature feature for the 21st century, “The Bay” graphically chronicles the descent of a small town into absolute terror.”
- Kenji Lloyd
Feature James Stansfield Jan 9, 2013
The cast simmered in the 1998 thriller, Wild Things. James looks back at a film full of unexpected twists...
Ah, the 90s sex thriller. I wonder if Paul Verhoeven knew exactly what he was about to unleash upon the world when in 1991 he instructed Sharon Stone to uncross her legs and Michael Douglas to wear a green jumper to a disco?
Basic Instinct kicked started a movie trend that would run for most of the remaining decade with varying results. The Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, cops and rompers caper was decent enough, but in its wake followed a trail of films of varying quality. Disclosure and Sliver proved that lightning wouldn’t strike twice for Basic Instinct’s two main stars, while Showgirls did the same for their director, who upgraded his directorial instruction for Elizabeth Berkeley during her sex scenes to “act like you’re being attacked by a shark”. Meanwhile, »
14 items from 2013
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