"Leonardo DiCaprio is a very serious young actor, he takes it quite seriously. I knew he had something when I saw him read. So even though Leonardo DiCaprio has taken my place in Marty's (Martin Scorsese) movies, I'm apparently the go-to guy in handing out the hardware," De Niro said in. »
- Anita Agarwal
Gravity is a game-changer that makes a swath of films seem redundant. Here are seven earlier movies that broke the mould – and one that didn't
Every now and then a film comes along that totally changes everything: whether it is expensive new technology or a cute talking pig, nothing can be the same again. Gravity is the latest film that makes a whole swath of cinema look and feel redundant: its hard-won sense of documentary realism means everyone attempting to film a spacewalk or satellite explosion will have to raise their game massively. This is by no means a definitive, historical list – you would have to go back to the Lumière brothers for that – but we have narrowed it down to the seven films that have made the biggest impact on movies in their current form and obsessions.
The game: Superhero films were traditionally camp, trashy affairs – even Superman: The Movie, »
- Andrew Pulver
The Black Canary is a complicated woman on "Arrow." Not only has she left her party-girl past long ago in the dust in order to take on a vigilante persona, but she's spent years as an assassin. But all of the ladies in Oliver's life these days are complicated.
Danger is just an added bonus in "League of Assassins" when Sara's past comes calling.
The story of Sara
The episode begins with a flashback. A familiar scene -- Oliver and Sara do their bad-kids thing on the yacht just before it sinks -- shows just how Sara survived, floating in the water, far from Oliver and the others.
In a cute twist, the girl survives by floating on a door, just like in "Titanic" (only without the Leonardo DiCaprio popsicle). A visit from a sweet little canary rouses the castaway in time to spot not Penny's boat a ship in the distance. »
After her incredible performance in Excision, I'm completely on board for any and all horror flicks that include AnnaLynne McCord in their cast. Up next for the actress is Scorned, which hits home video next year. Read on for the scoop!
From the Press Release
The Bard once wrote: “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” Shakespeare, hang on to your plume because you’re about to meet Sadie…
On February 4, 2014, Anchor Bay Films releases Scorned, a story guaranteed to make any man eternally faithful! Directed by Mark Jones, director and writer of the cult favorite Leprechaun series, Scorned will be available for an Srp of $29.99 for the Blu-ray™ and $24.98 for the DVD. It will also be available On Demand across select cable providers and for digital download across iTunes, Xbox, and Vudu.
- John Squires
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 7 Nov 2013 - 07:02
Our journey through the half-remembered, underappreciated films of the 1990s continues. Here, we look to 1997...
Dominated by the box office behemoth that was James Cameron's Titanic, 1997 was a year of high drama and outlandish special effects. The Lost World: Jurassic Park brought with it a new batch of genetically revived dinosaurs, George Lucas dug his original Star Wars trilogy out of the cupboard and added new (controversial) computer-generated sequences, while Nicolas Cage and John Travolta did impressions of one another and fired guns in John Woo's delirious action movie, Face/Off.
It was a varied year for movies, for sure, particularly by 21st century standards; it's difficult to imagine a British feel-good comedy about amateur male strippers (The Full Monty) getting into the year's 10 highest grossing films these days. But among all those winners, there had to be some »
The first movie star I ever fell in love with was Kate Winslet. When Titanic came out 16 years ago, I wasn't quite old enough to drive but I wanted to see what all the commotion over the film was about, so my friend and I got his mother to take us to see it. Over the course of the next three hours I became smitten with the beautiful redhead with the English accent, my trance interrupted only briefly, when my friend's mother's beeper went off. (What can I say, it was the '90s.) Who was this girl? I
- Scott Feinberg
With two unforgettable trailers out, The Wolf of Wall Street is one of the year's most anticipated movies, and it's also one of the longest. The Martin Scorsese drama clocks in at two hours and 45 minutes, a lengthy runtime even for the most diehard movie buffs. We're no stranger to long movies, and this got us thinking about other crazy-long films, many of which seem to feature one Leonardo DiCaprio. Here's how some films stack up against The Wolf of Wall Street's runtime and some activities that put their lengths into perspective. Titanic: 3 hours, 4 minutes (19 minutes longer than The Wolf of Wall Street) How bad are your teeth? Because this is the time it takes to get four root canals. Cloud Atlas: 2 hours, 52 minutes (7 minutes longer than The Wolf of Wall Street) You could watch four episodes of Breaking Bad on Netflix and still have four minutes »
- Maggie Pehanick
Last year, Matthew McConaughey played a cowboy stripper named Dallas, and this week the Texas-bred actor portrays the man who started the real-life Dallas Buyers Club. But there won't be any scandalous shirt-ripping or butt-less chaps in this heavy drama.
"Dallas Buyers Club" tells the true story of Ron Woodroof (McConaughey), a homophobic Texas electrician who is diagnosed with HIV in 1986 and given 30 days to live. Unable to get effective medicine due to government legal restrictions, Woodroof smuggles drugs into the country and starts a Buyers Club to help other AIDS patients. McConaughey lost an astonishing 50 pounds for the role, which critics are already calling the best performance of his career.
While you've seen McConaughey do everything from tearing a courtroom apart to tearing his clothes off, you may not know everything about him. From his nude, bongo-playing arrest to his odd body hygiene choices, here are 20 things you probably don't know about Matthew McConaughey. »
- Erin Whitney
Producer Lynda Obst was at the heart of the film industry during its star-driven 1990s boom – which is what makes her critique of its CGI blockbuster-obsessed current incarnation so damning
"Speaking at a digital conference today," Hollywood stalwart Lynda Obst tweeted on 22 October. "Everybody hooked up and wired but not like we meant in the 80s." Part of the generation of producers who cemented the reign of conglomerate Hollywood with star-driven, multiplex-friendly fluff such as Flashdance, Contact and One Fine Day, Obst found herself shut out in the new millennium. The franchise-crazed studios had stopped commissioning original material; her producing deal at Paramount was nixed in 2008, with only two movies to show for it. Everywhere she looked, cinemas were full of superheroes, talking mammoths and sequels; she was exhausted, depressed and perplexed at the sea change. In the words of her son: "Making a movie because it's good is so 2003, Mom. »
- Phil Hoad
Directors come in every shape, size, style, budget, and with their own preferred genre. You have those that are known for bringing iconic classics such as Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park to life, like Steven Spielberg. Other directors, such a James Cameron, have claim to some of the most profitable films of all-time, such as Avatar and Titanic. And then there are those filmmakers whose talents will be analysed in every film class from now until the end of time, as is done with the likes of Stanley Kubrick. Yet, there are a collection of directors, some that fall into the categories above and some that do not, who have a special trait of their own – unrivalled and passionate fans.
Now, I know the likes of Spielberg and Kubrick are praised by all for the many masterpieces they have created. But there are some directors who have an edge or »
- Chris Combs
Every Wednesday, FM writers Simon Columb and Brogan Morris write two short reviews on Woody Allen films ... in the hope of watching all his films over the course of roughly 49 weeks. If you have been watching Woody's films and want to join in, feel free to comment with short reviews yourself! Next up is Celebrity and Radio Days...
Simon Columb on Celebrity...
Celebrity is powerful. Leonardo DiCaprio, in 1998, was every teenage girl’s fantasy after Titanic and appearing in a Woody Allen film titled Celebrity was an inspired choice. It wasn’t a huge success, earning $5m in the Us alone, but Woody took a step back and placed Kenneth Branagh in the ‘Woody’ role instead. Branagh is Lee, a novel-writer and journalist, divorcing his wife, Robin (Judy Davies) of 16 years. Running parallel to Lee’s midlife crisis is Robin’s post-divorce romance with Tony (Joe Mantegna) as we see their relationship slowly blossom. »
- Gary Collinson
Good news for the Martin Scorsese-Leonardo DiCaprio collective. After pushing the film back from its original mid-November release schedule due to a whopping 3 hour run-time, Paramount has now confirmed that the director will indeed have his proverbial ducks in a row just in time for "The Wolf of Wall Street" to bow on Christmas (outta the way, "Jack Ryan").
That means we can most likely expect a fast and furious awards season campaign from Marty, Leo and maybe even a few of the supporting cast members — which include Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill (and wouldn't he just love to be in contention again this year?), Kyle Chandler, Jon Bernthal, Jean Dujardin, Rob Reiner, Jon Favreau, Spike Jonze and Margot Robbie.
Happy tuxedo dance, anyone?
Perhaps to celebrate the news, the studio has released a brand new trailer for the one percentric film, and we couldn't help but notice that »
- Amanda Bell
The show's creator - who also acted as a judge on the singing contest before moving over to the X Factor USA panel two years ago - said that he believes three of this year's contestants could sell records.
He tweeted: "On the uk X factor show I see three acts who will go on to sell records."
The music mogul did not divulge which acts he was referring to, but added: "A couple more if they dig deep can do the same."
Cowell, who is currently expecting his first child with girlfriend Lauren Silverman, also thanked the team behind the ITV show, saying he was "proud" of their hard work.
He said: "So I feel proud of my team this week. The music side and the TV company. And I am excited for the artists competing. »
Bailey, who will sing the track as part of tonight's movie-themed X Factor live show, recalled that over 700 passengers were asked to don lifejackets during the performance in 1999.
> The X Factor 2013: Movie week - live blog
"It was terrifying," the prison officer said. "The storm was really bad, but we couldn't get back into the harbour because of the way the winds were blowing and waves were crashing so we just had to ride the storm.
"We had to perform to show the passengers there was nothing to worry about," she continued. "We had to show that it was business as usual, even though we were very concerned that the storm would cause us to capsize. It was very difficult to even stand up, never mind perform, »
We're already into our third week of X Factor live shows, so it's time to inject a little bit of Hollywood glamour into proceedings - enter Movie Week! This has always been a good one for Louis Walsh's rulebook (or, alternatively, Louis Walsh's bizarre choice of a song from Gummo) so let's hope for some more drama tonight.
Well, Digital Spy will be here to bring you all the action, so join us when the show starts at 8pm on ITV to find out what's going down as Hollywood meets X Factor. And make sure you to get in on the fun by leaving your comments below and on our Twitter page...
21:57So that's that then! »
Bailey is the only remaining singer in Osbourne's Overs category following the elimination of Shelley Smith last weekend.
She told Pa: "Yeah, it is [added pressure] but then I get her all to myself as well. I do want her all to myself.
"I'm gutted for Shelley. She and I got on like a house on fire. I know she's going to do so well out of this. I am gutted she left but at the same time, Sharon's going to concentrate on me and I don't feel like I'm up against someone in her own category."
"It's going to be a lot in my favour to be on my own, it's going to be a bit lonely," the 36-year-old added.
The X Factor has revealed the song choices for this weekend's 'Movie Week' theme.
All ten remaining acts will perform songs associated with movies in the third Live Show of the series.
Paramount has moved “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” into 2014, meaning the other shoe has dropped. The problem is, the first shoe hasn’t hit the floor yet.
For weeks, insiders have predicted that the studio will move “The Wolf of Wall Street” from its November date to Christmas, pushing “Jack Ryan” into next year. So Step Two is in place, fueling talk that an announcement is imminent for Step One and that “Wolf” will indeed open this year.
There are high hopes for that film and Sony’s “American Hustle.” If either turns out to be a game-changer, that would be a welcome plot twist to the Oscar race. Because so far, the flurry of date-changes have had minimal effect.
There are already enough terrific films to fill the 5-to-10 nomination slots in the key races. So the 2013 absence of “Monuments Men” and “Foxcatcher” still leaves plenty of possibilities.
Studios are »
- Tim Gray
We got a look at Samuel L. Jackson as S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury in the trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier earlier today, but now a first-look image from another Jackson films casts the actor in a different light. Jackson plays the President of the United States in Big Game, which revolves around a 13-year-old boy named Oskari (Onni Tommila) who stumbles upon a crashed Air Force One in the wilderness and subsequently aims to get the President to safety. Jalmari Helander directs the action adventure pic, and along with the first image, it has been announced that Felicity Huffman, Victor Garber, and Ted Levine have been added to a cast that also includes Jim Broadbent and Ray Stevenson. Hit the jump to take a look at the image and to read the full press release. Big Game is currently in production in Bavaria. Click on the image to enlarge. »
- Adam Chitwood
Below is the first image from the set of Jalmari Helander’s Big Game featuring Samuel L. Jackson as The President of the USA and Onni Tommila as his 13-year old sidekick Oskari. An adrenaline-fuelled action adventure, Big Game is written and directed by Jalmari Helander (Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale) and is nearing the end of its eight-week shooton locations across Bavaria and at Bavaria Film Studios.
When Air Force One is shot down by terrorists leaving the President of the United States stranded in the wilderness, there is only one person around who can save him – a 13-year old boy called Oskari. In the forest on a hunting mission to prove his maturity to his kinsfolk, Oskari had been planning to track down a deer, but instead discovers the most powerful man on the planet in an escape pod. With the terrorists closing in to capture their own “Big Game” prize, »
- Phil Wheat
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