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The Family, 2013.
Directed by Luc Besson.
A Mafia boss and his family must relocate to France under the FBI's witness protection program. Instructed to keep a low profile, the Manzoni's end up attracting more attention then they want as their old habits rear their ugly heads. Inevitably, chaos ensues as 'The Family' try to tame their violent ways.
Oh dear. That's what you might say when you leave the cinema. It's understandable that you had high hopes for The Family: great cast, fun trailer, good director. But I bet you thought the same about Last Vegas... Full of ridiculous stereotypes and thoroughly unlikeable characters, you should only go and see this if you've seen every other film out at the cinema, are eager for an afternoon nap or just love Robert De Niro. »
- Gary Collinson
"Comedy is built on surprise," Anchorman director and comedy legend Adam McKay tells Rolling Stone. "So sequels are hard. We didn't want to repeat ourselves." So how did Will Ferrell and Co. actually get their heads around the most anticipated follow-up in comedy history? Contributing editor Jonah Weiner went behind the scenes on the set of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues for a first-hand look at just how many masturbation jokes went into the production of the most buzzed-about sequel in comedy history. (The answer: Too many to recount here, »
Top 10 Duncan Bowles 4 Dec 2013 - 06:45
Duncan salutes his personal choice of the 2013 action movies that deserved just a little more love...
This article contains spoilers for each of the films mentioned. Not necessarily big ones, but you might want to steer clear of The World's End entry if you've not seen that.
2013 has been a great year for action. We’ve had multiple comic book heroes fighting it out on the big screen, with Thor and Iron Man continuing Marvel’s run of great movies, the return of the R-rated antics of Kick-Ass and at long last an F-bomb loaded, bloody incarnation of The Wolverine (though it’s worth pointing out that the unrated edition in the UK only comes with the 3D version of the home release, a trend I hope doesn’t continue).
From a sci-fi angle, we’ve had robots fighting monsters in Pacific Rim and »
As the holiday season kicks into high gear this week with both Thanksgiving and Black Friday, Microsoft is commemorating the occasion by offering heavy discounts on a whopping 52 games and pieces of downloadable content on the Xbox 360 Marketplace. Many of these price slashes will be offered from today up to December 2, while others will be specifically offered on November 29 and December 2 only.
The full list of content and availability dates can be viewed below.
Persistent Week-long Offers (November 26 – December 2)
The Bureau: Xcom Declassified – 67 percent off Deadpool – 40 percent off God Mode – 50 percent off Skyrim – 50 percent off Skyrim: Dragonborn – 50 percent off Skyrim: Dawnguard – 50 percent off Fallout 3 – 50 percent off Fallout 3: Mothership Zeta – 66 percent off Fallout 3: Point Lookout – 66 percent off Fallout 3: The Pitt »
- John Fleury
Ron Livingston's career has taken a well-deserved resurgence in recent years with his role in Boardwalk Empire opening the gates to numerous high profile roles - The Conjuring, Parkland, Drinking Buddies. The impressive run of form looks set to continue with Livingston now set to star alongside Natalie Zea (Justified) in Supreme Ruler.
Supreme Ruler will centre on Livingston, a small town go getter whose dream of becoming "Supreme Ruler" of his local Buffalo Lode is unexpectedly challenged by a hard drinking womaniser played by Vincent D'onafrio (Men in Black). The women are forced to travel to the Buffalo National Convention in Chicago in order to win the support of the organisation's national leaders. Zea will star as Livingston's wife.
No word yet as to when the film will open. »
- Gary Collinson
What would a female private investigator do if she had to prevent the end of the world? The creative team of writer J. Michael Straczynski (Sidekick,Ten Grand), artist Sid Kotian (Twilight Guardian) and colourist Bill Farmer (Epoch) have produced a surreal and comical a four-part miniseries called The Adventures of Apocalypse Al which will provide the answer to the question.
When a mysterious figure gets his hands on the Book of Keys, whose secrets can cause the destruction of the world, Allison Carter is the only one who can stop him. Her journey takes her through a world populated by zombie cops, machinegun toting imps, techno-wizards, closet trolls, demonic theme parks, other dimensions, Ultimate Darkness, and an undead ex-boyfriend.
“After doing three titles about demons, despair and death, more or less in that order, this is the first title from Joe’s Comics that’s about sheer, unadulterated fun, »
The script is being written by Audrey Wells (The Game Plan, Under The Tuscan Sun) and the film will tell the story of a father in the city of New York whose love for his estranged daughter living overseas is so strong that it causes the island of Manhattan to break free from New York City and float across the Atlantic towards her.
This seems to be a safe bet for Will Smith whose career has taken a major dive in recent years, with his most recent movie After Earth (which also starred Jaden Smith) disappointing at the box office. And if Willow Smith isn't cast in this I'll be surprised. »
- Gary Collinson
The City That Sailed centres around the daughter of a New York City street magician who lives in England.
She discovers a set of magical candles in a lighthouse, and her wish to be reunited with her father causes the island of Manhattan to break away and begin moving across the ocean towards her.
Levy most recently directed The Internship and will next work on Night at the Museum 3.
Smith will be seen starring in the upcoming Hurricane Katrina drama The American Can. »
Hot on the heels of yesterday's teaser artwork debut, the first official teaser trailer has arrived for Disney's Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, and Sharlto Copley. There's a whole lot of teasing going on around here!
Maleficent opens May 30, 2014. It is the untold story of Disney’s most beloved villain, Maleficent, from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty. The film reveals the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse baby Aurora.
The cast includes Angelina Jolie (Wanted, Changeling), Sharlto Copley (District 9), Elle Fanning (Super 8), Sam Riley (On the Road), Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake), Miranda Richardson (The Hours), Juno Temple (Atonement), and Lesley Manville (Secrets & Lies).
Directed by two-time Oscar-winning production designer Robert Stromberg (Avatar, Alice in Wonderland) in his directorial debut and produced by Joe Roth, Maleficent is written by Linda Woolverton (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast) and executive produced by Jolie, Don Hahn, »
- Debi Moore
We haven't talked much about Disney's Maleficent lately, but with the film's gorgeous new Us and UK teaser posters hitting the Net, we thought the least we could do is share them with you!
Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie in her first on-screen role in three and a half years, opens May 30, 2014. Check out the artwork below from EW for the Us version and The Imp Awards for the UK variant.
Co-starring in the film are Sharlto Copley (District 9), Elle Fanning (Super 8), Sam Riley (On the Road), Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake), Miranda Richardson (The Hours), Juno Temple (Atonement), and Lesley Manville (Secrets & Lies).
This is the untold story of Disney’s most beloved villain, Maleficent, from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty. The film reveals the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora.
- Debi Moore
Dwayne Johnson being cast in an action movie is not what you’d call surprising news. Yet it’s news nonetheless – as per The Hollywood Reporter, Johnson will be starring in Seal Team 666, likely as one of a team of Navy Seals who exterminate otherworldly threats, Men in Black-style. Naturally, they happen upon an evil far powerful than they’ve ever experienced before, have to save the world from certain destruction, and so on and so forth. The premise comes from a similarly-titled book by Weston Ochse, while Johnson’s Hercules screenwriter Evan Spiliotopoulos will be handling screenplay duties. Seal Team 666 seems almost impossibly predetermined to be quickly forgotten; another biceps-and-bazookas romp with a few dashes of CGI demon thrown in for good measure. Perhaps it’s the lingering taste of R.I.P.D. in the public’s mouth. Perhaps it’s that the Dwayne Johnson/demonic influence combo was tried once before in 2005′s »
- Adam Bellotto
In case you weren’t already aware, The Middleman campaign on Indiegogo has just a few days left before concluding. It has proven to be a great success already, but there is still time for fans of both the TV show and the comic to get in on the action.
The Middleman‘s creator, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, was kind enough to sit down with us and answer a few questions about the crowd-funding campaign and the incredible world he hopes to bring back to life with your support.
ComicMix: To begin with, how would you describe The Middleman comic and the TV show to someone who has never seen or read it before?
Javier Grillo-Marxuach: It’s basically Gilmore Girls meets Men in Black… uh, ok, that may not be the best explanation… it’s the story of Wendy Watson, a young art school graduate with few prospects who – after »
- G. D. Falksen
While the cinematic tributes to the Navy’s Seal Team Six have so far focused on the rather dry, boring details of their daring tactical raids against the world’s most dangerous terrorists, MGM will attempt to make that sort of thing into a gripping movie by adding both supernatural elements and The Rock. The Hollywood Reporter says Dwayne “Referring To Me As ‘The Rock’ At This Point Only Belittles My Distinguished Acting Choices, Such As Starring In A Movie That You Just Know Was Pitched As ‘Zero Dark Thirty Meets Men In Black, or also Doom, Remember That?'” Johnson »
A man very much in demand thanks to the action franchise The Fast & The Furious, Dwayne Johnson has signed on for the lead in supernatural actioner Seal Team 666. The film has been adapted from author Weston Ochse‘s novel by Johnson’s Hercules: The Thracian Wars scribe Evan Spiliotopoulos and follows an elite group of Navy Seals who target the evil, otherworldly demons and spirit that threaten mankind. We’re thinking a pumped up version of Men In Black or the more recent R.I.P.D.
Here’s the book’s description comes via Amazon and gives clearer indiction of the plot.
Weston Ochse’s Seal Team 666 follows Cadet Jack Walker. Halfway through Seal training, he’s still green but showing incredible promise when he’s whisked away to join four SEALs—and their dog—for a special ops mission. Walker soon finds himself in a whirlwind of otherworldly »
- Craig Hunter
Move over, Frosty. A quixotic snowman who longs to experience summer handily steals the show in “Frozen,” Disney’s 53rd in-house animated feature and one of its most classical, with a Hans Christian Andersen pedigree, a full-fledged showtune score and little of the ironic humor that has become the lingua franca of most contemporary toons. But this always enjoyable tale of mysterious magic, imperiled princesses and square-jawed men of action proves longer on striking visuals than on truly engaging or memorable characters. With the family crowd pretty much to itself this holiday season, “Frozen” should generate considerable box-office heat, if not quite the same level of critical and audience affection that attended the superior “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph.”
The result of a decade-long effort by the studio to fashion an animated feature from Andersen’s classic “The Snow Queen,” “Frozen” ultimately bears only the most superficial resemblance to its source, »
- Scott Foundas
There’s really only one group of individuals you can call if there’s something strange in your neighborhood. That’s right: DreamWorks Animation has recruited a Ghostbuster for their upcoming animated comedy B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations. However, in a deliciously ironic twist, Bill Murray won’t be playing one of the ghost hunters. This time around, he’s crossing over to the other side to voice a ghoulish haunter named Addison Drake.
B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworld Operations will follow a new ghost, Jackson Moss (Seth Rogen), who is recruited to work at the titular agency in order to prevent evil ghosts from meddling in human affairs back on Earth. With the help of his new partner Watts (Melissa McCarthy), he embarks on a mission to take down the Most Wanted Haunter. No word yet on whether Drake is the film’s main antagonist, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Rick Baker, the legendary effects make-up artist behind the creatures from An American Werewolf in Paris, Mib, and Michael Jackson’s Thriller music video has teamed up with Mac Cosmetics to make Halloween a bit more ghoulishly glamorous. He has put together a line of Halloween makeup kits that come in one of three spooky flavors: A Frankenstein inspired Monster’s Bride, a Gruesome Zombie, and a Day of the Dead style Spider Queen. Each kit has everything you need to create a head turning look and features Mac’s vivid colors and quality makeups. A few of the featured items in the collection are Mac’s Cyber lipstick, Monster FX , acrylic paints, [ Read More ]
The post Master Creature Effects Artist Rick Baker Unveils Spooky New Mac Makeup Collection appeared first on Shockya.com. »
Chicago – There are a few major comedies on New Releases shelves this week along with some interesting, smaller films and one of the most anticipated TV shows of 2013. What options are new in the world of Blu-ray, DVD, streaming and digital TV providers? Some of the most interesting and most unbearable comeedies of the year hit your home viewing radar. Here’s how to rank them from ha-ha to hateful.
Photo credit: Fox
Paul Feig’s mega-comedy proved that star power can go a long way in overcoming the relative shortcomings of a pretty mediocre script. There’s nothing really special about “The Heat” on paper but when you put the incredibly likable Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy (two of the most popular actresses in the world right now when one considers that both this and their other 2013 films — “Gravity” and “Identity Thief” — broke $100 million domestically) in front of the camera, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Also new this week is "R.I.P.D.," a supernatural comedy starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds as two cops tasked with managing ghostly activity on Earth, and "Byzantium," Neil Jordan's atmospheric vampire film starring Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton.
Box Office: $267 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 78% Fresh
Storyline: In this prequel to Pixar's animated blockbuster "Monsters, Inc.," we get to see how the pint-sized walking green eyeball Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) met towering furry beast James P. Sullivan, aka Sully (John Goodman), at college. Although the two mismatched monsters don't like each other at first, "Monsters University" shows how these two overcame their differences to become BFFs.
Extras!: "Monsters University" comes in a bare-bones DVD/Blu-ray combo with no extras as well as »
- Robert DeSalvo
For a legendary monster makeup designer like Rick Baker, it’s no surprise that Halloween is his favorite holiday.
“Designing Halloween makeup looks for friends and family is one of my favorite things to do,” says Baker, who has taken home Oscars for designing the looks of the creatures in seven films, including “An American Werewolf in London,” “Harry and the Hendersons,” “Men In Black,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “The Wolfman.”
He’s long wanted to design his own makeup kit for Halloween after seeing what’s sold in stores during the season. “Most of the stuff you buy features a design on the package that’s impossible to re-create,” he says. “Even Rick Baker can’t do that makeup with that product.”
Mac Cosmetics gave Baker the chance to give consumers something better this year, by creating a collection that can be used to reproduce three looks – a zombie, »
- Marc Graser
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