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Director Lasse Hallström (“Dear John”) doubles down on the Nicholas Sparks adaptation with “Safe Haven”, a film about a girl and a guy in a small town and the world that comes between them. Or some such. Anyways, if you’re a fan of Sparks, then you’ll probably be seeing this one. If not, then you probably won’t. It’s really that simple, kids. I’ve read one Sparks novel in my life, “The Horse Whisperer”, and liked it enough. The movie version was okay. Never read “Safe Haven”, but how bad could a movie featuring bikini shots of Julianne Hough possibly be? An affirming and suspenseful story about a young woman’s struggle to love again, Safe Haven is based on the novel from Nicholas Sparks, the best-selling author behind the hit films The Notebook and Dear John. When a mysterious young woman arrives in a small North Carolina town, »
Sony Classical announces the release of the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack of Skyfall on November 6, 2012, consisting of original music written by leading film composer Thomas Newman. From Albert R. Broccoli 's Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment, the film is the 23rd James Bond adventure and coincides with the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film franchise.
Skyfall also marks the debut of distinguished director Sam Mendes in the James Bond franchise. Daniel Craig is back as Ian Fleming's James Bond 007 in Skyfall, the 23rd adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time. In Skyfall, Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. The film is produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli and written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and John Logan. »
As October draws closer, updates from the Austin Film Festival have become more frequent. Last week, we received several bits of news about this year's fest, which runs from October 18-25. Here are the items that have come up since our last Aff post:
Aff has selected award-winning screenwriter Eric Roth as their 2012 Distinguished Screenwriter. Roth won an Oscar and a WGA award for his screenplay for Forrest Gump. Other screenplays Roth has worked on include The Horse Whisperer, Ali, The Good Shepherd, The Insider, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. More recently, Roth adapted the screenplay for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. He's currently exec-producing the upcoming Netflix miniseries House of Cards with David Fincher and Kevin Spacey. Roth will host a screening of The Insider and lead "A Conversation with Eric Roth" during this year's conference.Austin filmmaker Robert Rodriguez will be honorary chair for the Austin Film »
- Elizabeth Stoddard
Legendary cinematographer Robert Richardson -- who has worked on films like "Aviator" and "Hugo" -- was arrested Friday night on suspicion of DUI, this according to law enforcement sources. Our sources tell us ... the three-time Oscar winner was driving around Los Angeles last night around 9:25 Pm when he was pulled over for a traffic violation. We're told the officer on scene smelled alcohol on his breath and asked Richardson to get out of the »
- TMZ Staff
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 star Joe Anderson has landed a new TV show - this time for AMC. Anderson, who starred in the short-lived series The River, will appear in the pilot episode for the as-yet-untitled new project from Richard Lagravenese (The Horse Whisperer, Freedom Writers) and director Tony Goldwyn (Dexter, Justified). According to Deadline, the show is a legal thriller in which Anderson will portray a man named Terry Kaminski, a man convicted of a crime. Anderson portrays Alistair the European nomad in Break »
The Movie Pool listens closely to The Horse Whisperer Blu-ray!
After a young girl (Scarlett Johansson) suffers a terrible riding accident, her mother (Kristen Scott Thomas) seeks the help of a "horse whisperer" (Robert Redford). Together, they help girl and horse overcome their trauma, but find their relationship is getting too personal.
Directed by: Robert Redford
Robert Redford may a Hollywood acting legend, but he is still underrated as a director. His 1998 gem is an old-fashioned love story set against the backdrop of Montana's "Big Sky." It tells the story of a cowboy (Redford) with a special connection to horses, and his growing relationship with a mother and daughter from New York who seek out his help.
Most of the talk about The Horse Whisperer revolves around the cinematography, which is exceptional, but there are several storylines in the film that make this a very good character drama. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Victor Medina)
Here's your chance to win four Blu-rays from Touchstone Home Entertainment!
The great folks at Disney/Touchstone Home Video have partnered with us for another great giveaway! This time, one reader will win four hit films that just hit Blu-ray for the first time: Phenomenon, Step Up, Under the Tuscan Sun, and The Horse Whisperer! Read on about each of these great films, and then find out how to enter!
Starring: John Travolta
This entertaining character drama is a great film, featuring outstanding performances from John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Kyra Sedgwick, and Forest Whitaker. George (Travolta) is a regular guy, until a flash of light gives him incredible mental powers. Click here to read our review!
Starring: Channing Tatum
A street thug (Tatum) joins a dance team at an arts high school. You know, that guy from the Magic Mike stripper movie. Check out our review of the Blu-ray right here! »
- email@example.com (Victor Medina)
Oddly enough, I can say for certain that I appreciated Robert Redford’s The Horse Whisperer more before I saw the 2011 documentary Buck which focused on Buck Brannaman, the man upon whom Redford’s character was based. Upon re-examination, Redford’s overly sappy and far too long fictionalization spends too much time on a romance that’s as obvious a half hour in as it is when the credits roll, unfortunately Redford decided it necessary to spend about three hours watching it unfold when two would have easily sufficed. At least it has some great performances by Redford, Chris Cooper, and Kristin Scott Thomas driving that ridiculously long germination period forward. The turn by the young Scarlett Johansson, on the other hand, stands as one of the most overwrought and unrealistically characterized children the screen has ever seen.
- Lex Walker
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has just debuted The Horse Whisperer, Phenomenon, Under the Tuscan Sun, and Step Up on Blu-ray for the first time today, July 3. With the 4th of July holiday upon us, we felt it was proper to celebrate our nation's freedom by giving away free Blu-ray discs to our readers. These prizes will surely go fast, so enter this contest today.
The Horse Whisperer: 15th Anniverary Edition Blu-ray
Under the Tuscan Sun Blu-ray
Step Up Blu-ray
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Relive every heartwarming moment of The Horse Whisperer, presented for the first time on Blu-ray, featuring new digital »
Moviefone's Blu-ray Pick of the Week "Barbarella" What's It About? Jane Fonda stars as Barbarella, an interstellar agent who's sent on a rescue mission, spanning the cosmos. Along the way, she encounters a variety of extraterrestrial beings and learns several new modes of seduction. See It Because: It's a camp classic, no doubt, but the new high-def version celebrates the movie's swinging '60s visual design -- and gives us a crystal-clear presentation of Jane Fonda at her galaxy-spanning hottest. Watch an Exclusive Clip from "Barbarella" - Moviefone's New Release Pick of the Week "God Bless America" What's It About? Bill Murray's younger brother Joel stars as Frank, a terminally ill man who takes his nothing-to-lose scenario and decides to clean up society. Aided by the crazy 16-year-old Roxy, he goes "Taxi Driver" on annoying reality TV debutantes, media loudmouths and people who text in the theater. See It Because: The movie's director, »
- Eric Larnick
This week's new titles are a bit lackluster, but if you scroll down to the new DVD and Blu-ray release dates I'm sure some of you will be excited to see The Cabin in the Woods is on its way, but what I have my eyes on are the Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection (buy now) and the Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures (buy now). That "Classic Monsters" collection seems incredibly impressive with new restorations of your favorites and, of course, who doesn't want early Indy on Blu-ray while we use the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Blu-ray as a Frisbee. Before you check out the new releases, here's some Universal Monster restoration love: God Bless America This is a film I'm actually interested in seeing, but I'm not exactly in a rush to do so. I like the idea of ridding the world of all its ills, and »
- Brad Brevet
This week: Fans of the golden age of the World Wrestling Federation -- now known as the WWE -- will rejoice at the long-awaited DVD arrival of 1989's "No Holds Barred" starring Hulk Hogan in his leading-man debut.
Also new this week is the Snoop Dogg stoner comedy "Mac & Devin Go to High School," the man-vs.-nature drama "The Hunter," the Blu-ray debut of "Barbarella" with Jane Fonda, and a Blu-ray anniversary edition of Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket."
Box Office: $16 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 0% Rotten
Storyline: Hulk Hogan stars as -- what else? -- a world wrestling champ named Rip who refuses to join a competing network, so an enterprising executive creates a program called "Battle of the Tough Guys" in which wrestlers compete in a no-rules brawl for cash. When a convicted murderer named Zeus comes out on top, Rip refuses to take »
- Robert DeSalvo
Blu-ray Release Date: July 3, 2012
Price: Blu-ray $20.00
Directed by as well as starring Redford, the film is based on the Nicholas Evans‘ novel and tells the story of Tom Booker (Redford), a unique horse trainer who has an extraordinary gift with animals. When he’s hired to help a girl (Scarlett Johansson, Iron Man 2) and her horse after a devastating riding accident, Booker’s talents change the lives of both.
The highly acclaimed PG-13 film also stars Dianne Wiest (Rabbit Hole), Chris Cooper (The Company Men), Kate Bosworth (Straw Dogs) and Kristin Scott Thomas (Sarah’s Key) and Sam Neill (TV’s Alcatraz) as the girl’s parents.
The Horse Whisperer was nominated for an Academy Award »
Among the charges most regularly levelled at Steven Spielberg is that his movies are over-egged puddings that trade in rank melodrama and infantilising sentimentality. A whinnying chorus of such dismissive jeers greeted the arrival of War Horse (2011, DreamWorks, 12) late last year, with some predictably sniffy manure being thrown at this most populist auteur's emotional Grand National. Admittedly neither understatement nor brevity has ever been Spielberg's strong point, hence the much repeated joke: War Horse walks into a bar, barman says: "Why the long film?"
Yet to complain that this nostalgically cinematic adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's bestselling book (and feted stage adaptation) is somewhat soft around the edges is to forget that the source story was specifically aimed at younger readers. No, this is not a four-legged revisiting of the beach scenes from Saving Private Ryan, which portrayed the horrors of war in shockingly visceral form. »
- Mark Kermode
Scarlett Johansson has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 'The Avengers' star was joined by her co-star in the Marvel's movie, Jeremy Renner, when she acknowledged the prestigious accolade yesterday (05-02-12). Jeremy - who plays Hawkeye in the motion picture - joked about having a horrible work experience with her. He said: "Working with her was tremendous...ly awful. For six months, she continuously threw me around, beat me, stepped on me and wiped the floor with my dignity and self-respect every day--all with a smile on her face. "Now, finally. I get to step on you, sweetheart." The 27-year-old actress has been gracing the big screen since she was 10 years old. The New York-bred actress thanked her mother and grandmother, who were present, for "inspiring me to be a strong, modern, independent woman." Scarlett made her film debut in 1994′s 'North', alongside Elijah Wood. »
They may play Earth's Mightiest Heroes, but these "Avengers" stars were once just normal teenagers! Check out high school yearbook photos of the cast, courtesy of our friends over at Snakkle.com. Plus, be sure to catch the action flick in theaters this weekend.Jeremy RennerHe may play the deadly sharpshooter Hawkeye, but we have to take potshots at Jeremy Renner's mullet!Granted, it was the '80s (1989, his senior year at Beyer High School to be exact) -- a time when this now ridiculed style was popular. The actor spent 14 years working in the trenches before becoming an overnight sensation in 2009 with his Academy Award-nominated performance in "The Hurt Locker."See all 22 photos of "The Avengers" cast before they were famous at Snakkle.com.Mark RuffaloWho would've guessed this quiet-looking thespian would end up playing the raging brute known as The Hulk? Check out Mark's senior year photo »
- tooFab Staff
Scarlett Johansson was honored Wednesday with the 2,470th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in front of the legendary Madame Tussauds wax museum. The blonde beauty wore a mix print black and white dress and red peep-toes. The award comes just days before “The Avengers” hits theaters this Friday. ScarJo’s co-star Jeremy Renner, aka Hawkeye, came out to show his support for his fellow superhero.Scarlett is a four-time Golden Globe nominee and a BAFTA winner. She also won a Tony Award in 2010 for her work in the Broadway hit "A View from a Bridge." The New York native started acting when she was just eight-years-old and got her big break in "The Horse Whisperer" in 1998.She's been a fixture on many sexiest women alive lists and will surely get noticed as the sexy spy Black Widow.Click “Launch Gallery” above to see Scarlett Johansson receive her star »
- tooFab Staff
He can rope a cow in a snowstorm and perform a caesarean with a penknife. Buck Brannaman tells Catherine Shoard why city folk are galloping to see his new documentary
Buck Brannaman is aware he has enormous hands. But as befits the "Zen master of the horse world", he's pretty modest about them. "Perhaps it's just that people in Britain don't have very big hands," says the wrangler who has been tossed off just about every troubled steed from Montana to Idaho. "I've shook hands with a lot of guys today and I was thinking, 'Well, mine just covers yours up completely.'"
It's not just the warm swaddle of those big mitts that makes a meeting with the original horse whisperer (the man who turned fixing abused and injured animals into an art form) feel like a soothing dose of ketamine. It's also the easy formality with which he wears his Stetson, »
- Catherine Shoard
As enjoyable a documentary as I've seen this past couple of years, Buck is a lively portrait of Buck Brannaman, an altogether remarkable Montana cowboy now aged around 60, who spends 40 weeks a year driving around the States from Maine to California putting on clinics to help people handle and understand their horses. His loving mother died when he was 12, leaving him and his brother in the care of a violent, overbearing alcoholic father, from whom they were taken by the law and handed over to sympathetic foster parents. From this traumatic experience he learned how to treat people and animals, and there is something beautiful about the way he deals with horses and their owners. He was an adviser on Robert Redford's The Horse Whisperer and, so one gathers, virtually took over the direction of a key sequence in which a wary horse and its troubled owner (played by Scarlett Johansson) are brought together. »
- Philip French
Another busy weeks of cinema releases this week but despite the wide array of movie offerings, there’s clearly one fantastical, latex-clad, cross-over blockbuster which towers above all the others. I am of course referring, to Strippers Vs Werewolves.
Apparently there’s some small, niche movie about a bunch of crazy vigilantes who gang up to fight with one of their mentally disturbed brothers, but I doubt you’ve heard of it.
No, but seriously folks, stitch your sides back together and i’ll level with you, The Avengers Assemble is out this Friday and after the months of trailers, stills, clips and more trailers, the anticipation is as they say at fever pitch. I imagine many of us have tickets booked up for the opening weekend already and after near unanimously positive reviews in the press, expectations are sky high.
As one might expect, few studios have bothered putting »
- Rob Keeling
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