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To celebrate the release of superhero action blockbuster Kick-ass 2 on Blu-ray™ and DVD on the 9th December, one lucky winner will get their hands on an exclusive collector’s edition oversized bean bag featuring original artwork from John Romita Jr., courtesy of Made.com, along with a copy of the Blu-ray!
The most eagerly-awaited explosive sequel Kick-ass 2 sees the return of Kick-Ass and Hit Girl for more action-packed encounters and fearless crusading. Having inspired a new wave of self-made masked crusaders with his insane bravery, Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson; Kick-ass, Savages) joins forces with his fellow vigilantes in Justice Forever, the patrol league led by Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey; Ace Venture: Pet Detective, The Truman Show). Meanwhile, Hit Girl Aka Mindy (Chloë Grace Moretz; Kick-ass, Carrie) is struggling to navigate the terrifying world of High School as she attempts to live as a normal teenage girl. But when Red Mist, »
- Phil Wheat
To celebrate the release of superhero action blockbuster Kick-ass 2 on Blu-ray™ and DVD on the 9th December, three lucky winners will get their hands on an exclusive collector’s edition oversized bean bag featuring original artwork from John Romita Jr., courtesy of Made.com, along with a copy of the Blu-ray!
The most eagerly-awaited explosive sequel Kick-Ass 2 sees the return of Kick-Ass and Hit Girl for more action-packed encounters and fearless crusading. Having inspired a new wave of self-made masked crusaders with his insane bravery, Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson; Kick-ass, Savages) joins forces with his fellow vigilantes in Justice Forever, the patrol league led by Colonel Stars and
Stripes (Jim Carrey; Ace Venture: Pet Detective, The Truman Show). Meanwhile, Hit Girl Aka Mindy (Chloë Grace Moretz; Kick-ass, Carrie) is struggling to navigate the terrifying world of High School as she attempts to live as a normal teenage girl. But when Red Mist, »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 21 Nov 2013 - 05:51
The underappreciated films of 1999 are the focus in our last list of 90s overlooked greats...
The year 1999 was a significant year for film in many ways. Apart from being the year that George Lucas began his Star Wars prequels with The Phantom Menace, it also saw the release of The Blair Witch Project, a horror film which became one of the first to use the internet as a marketing tool, resulting in a massive hit. The Matrix ushered in a new age of special effects filmmaking, arguably paving the way for the superhero blockbusters crowding into multiplexes today.
Mainly, though, 1999 was simply a brilliant year for film. Justly lauded movies like Fight Club, The Green Mile and Eyes Wide Shut aside, there were a huge number of films that didn't get the critical or financial success they deserved - so many, »
Despite diminishing viewing figures and the impending loss of two of its judging panel, Simon Cowell's weekend entertainment goliath The X Factor has been renewed by ITV for three more years. Here, we take a glance into the future to try and predict what treats might be in store by the time we reach 2016.
Initial auditions are held in Matt Cardle's garage
In a bid to make the show feel even more gritty and authentic, and to pick up on the pop zeitgeist of using Diy props following Miley Cyrus's hammer-licking escapades in 2013, contestants now perform in a garage owned by 2010 winner Matt Cardle (the mooted 2017 venue is Wagner's allotment). Each contestant must choose a garden implement »
- Michael Cragg
Directed by Peter Weir
Written by Andrew Niccol
Apart from the obvious death-match featured in The Hunger Games, the film’s text is thematically provocative, its allegorical elements highlighting the way the “Games” amplify today’s obsession with reality television. Perhaps one of the greatest cinematic commentaries on all-pervasive media manipulation is in Peter Weir’s The Truman Show, starring Jim Carrey. For Carrey detractors, The Truman Show proves his talent reaches far beyond physical humour. Carrey remains in complete control throughout, commanding and exhibiting the charm and charisma needed for a role that calls for much sympathy and likeability.
Truman Burbank lives a happy life, but what he doesn’t know is that his life is completely manufactured within a giant domed television studio. He’s been the focus of a reality TV show ever since his birth; filmed, observed, scrutinized every second of his life. »
- Ricky da Conceição
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 14 Nov 2013 - 06:19
The overlooked greats of the year 1998 come under the spotlight in our list of its 25 underappreciated movies...
Dominated as it was by the financial success of two giant killer asteroid movies, gross-out comedy hit There's Something About Mary and Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, 1998 proved to be an extraordinary year for cinema.
Okay, so history doesn't look back too fondly on Roland Emmerich's mishandled Godzilla remake, and Lethal Weapon 4 was hardly the best buddy-cop flick ever made, despite its handsome profit. But search outside the top-10 grossing films of that year, and you'll find all kinds of spectacular modern classics: Peter Weir's wonderful The Truman Show, John Frankenheimer's rock-solid thriller Ronin, and Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line.
Then there was The Big Lebowski, the Coen brothers' sublime comedy that has since become a deserved and oft-quoted cult favourite. »
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 »
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week:
What's It About? This prequel to the Disney-Pixar favorite "Monster's Inc." takes us back in time to when Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman) weren't the best of friends. Before the two became big Scarers, they were freshman at Monster's University and quickly became competitive rivals.
Why We're In: Crystal's Mike and Goodman's Sully are undoubtedly one of the funniest and most beloved onscreen animated duos. Unlike most prequels, "Monster's University" is packed with fresh humor, fun and charming moments, and will keep the whole family entertained. The prequel was also ranked one of Moviefone's Best Movies of 2013 (So Far).
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week:
"La Notte" (Criterion Collection)
What's It About? Michelangelo Antonioni's 1961 classic, "La Notte," stars Jeanne Moreau and Marcello Mastroianni as a deteriorating married couple. The two re-examine their relationship over the course of an evening, »
- Erin Whitney
Ah Product Placement. Ever the epitome of the cringe worthy, awkward and damn right annoying, but quite often relevant to getting the film on the screen in these cash cow times.
Without product placement we wouldn’t have the quality of Skyfall or the SFX of Man of Steel – the money has to always come from somewhere. But please filmmakers, while we know it is a necessity, let us try to make the effort to make it less awkward and obvious shall we?
This list contains 5 of the most cringe worthy Product Placements in modern film and the final five are all dedicated to one man, a man I have labelled ‘The King of Product Placement’. Not necessarily for the awkwardness of his flogging, but more for the jeopardy he potentially causes for himself and his films through a variety of different reasons.
Honourable Mention The Truman Show
- Shaun Lappin
’Gravity’ to pass $200 million at domestic box office next weekend? (photo: Sandra Bullock as Ryan Stone in ’Gravity’) Starring Academy Award winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, Alfonso Cuarón’s thriller Gravity will quite likely pass the $200 million milestone at the North American box office this coming weekend, October 25-27, 2013. Gravity’s domestic cume currently stands at $174.91 million, after having added $30.02 million last weekend (Oct. 18-20), in addition to $2.4 million on Monday (Oct. 21) and $2.95 million on Tuesday (Oct. 22) according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. In the next couple of days, Gravity should add another $5-5.5 million, raising its domestic total to a little over $180 million. Last weekend, Gravity was down only 30.5 percent. As long as it drops about 33 percent or less next weekend, which is certainly a possibility even if it starts shedding theaters, Gravity will pass the $200 million milestone in the U.S. and Canada by Sunday evening. »
- Zac Gille
Odd List Greg Foster 18 Oct 2013 - 06:16
We look at 20 former A-list actors, and the interesting film choices they've made...
There comes a time in every A-list actor's life when they gather their thoughts and take a step back into smaller budget or more leftfield fare - and for a variety of reasons. They may want to work with a certain director or an emerging directing talent. They might be taken by a fantastic script. They might fancy a new artistic direction. They may even have a spiritual epiphany and decide to eschew Hollywood and all its decadent trappings, or they may simply just not have a choice, since the big roles have long since dried up for them.
The reason for this list then, is to look at some of those shining lights, the household names, and at the films they took up as proof of their artistic integrity. »
Warning - if you've not seen The Cabin in the Woods, don't read this review. Watch the film first as it's best experienced knowing nothing about it.
As discussed in yesterday's Countdown to Halloween, remakes are at their best when they take the core idea of the movie it's re-telling and then going in a new direction. If you were to put both versions of The Fly side by side, the two share very few things in common, which is why Cronenberg's adaptation doesn't feel like a remake. Not only that, but because the films are so different, you rarely see the 1986 version compared to its predecessor. This is in a stark contrast to The Evil Dead and it's 2013 counterpart, where there are so many similarities »
David reports from the London Film Festival on his first voyage to meet Robert Redford, lost at sea... (This film is also playing at Nyff)
Since Kanye West just brought The Truman Show and its climatic sailing sequence into public parlance again, it’s perfectly appropriate for me to refer to All is Lost as an enlarged version of that scene. The manipulator of the heavens here is not a flatcapped Ed Harris, but writer-director J. C. Chandor, fleeing from the immensely talkative boardroom of Margin Call to the vast sea of a practically wordless one-man-show. ‘Our Man’ (as the credits call him) is Robert Redford, in an Oscar-buzzed performance that is certainly his most remarkable in many years. Not only for the physical commitment - the rough winds of the sea buffet the sailor every which way - but for the restraint with which he crafts a stolid and »
If you'd like to hear Justin Timberlake make a cunnilingus noise or listen to music worse than the score of Sleepless in Seattle, your luck could be in, tonight (Saturday) on Channel 4 at 9pm. Stuart Heritage hits the play button
"Cancer being cured is awesome" – Dylan
Usually when different studios release films with identical plots at the same time, there's a clear winner. The Truman Show is better than EDtv, for example. Top Gun is better than Iron Eagle. Big is better than Vice Versa, and 18 Again!, and Like Father, Like Son. The list goes on.
But when Friends With Benefits and No Strings Attached were released within nanoseconds of each other in 2011, it was just too close to call. Both were films about friends who sleep with each other. Both starred actresses from Black Swan (Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis). Both starred incredibly wealthy men who are talented »
- Stuart Heritage
Paramount Pictures is primed to face off directly with JPMorgan with an allegation that the largest bank in the United States secretly conspired to interfere with the studio's rights on more than two dozen films. The suggestion of "conspiracy" comes in the midst of a 3-year-old lawsuit between Paramount and Content Partners, a company that specializes in acquiring cash flows arising from intellectual property in film, television and music and whose investors included former Broadcast.com partners Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner. Paramount stands accused of cheating Content out of more than $100 million on 25 films including The Truman Show, Face/Off
- Eriq Gardner
If you couldn’t tell from the title of today’s report from Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, the theme of Day Three for me could be boiled down into one word: subtitles. And if it wasn’t for one of the five films I watched today–not counting Cheap Thrills, which has its own, fuller review elsewhere in the section–the theme could’ve been Asian cinema. But alas, it was not to be. Stupid Borgman. (More on that in a bit.) Though there were fewer miracles to be had today, there was a bit of liquor imbibed, specifically a tequila-infused chocolate milkshake, which tastes as delightful as it sounds. Just like Day Two, as I sit to compose this report, I’m amazed that 15 hours ago, I was on my way to the Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline. In spite of staying either inside the theater or directly outside of it for the duration, »
- Josh Spiegel
News Den Of Geek 20 Sep 2013 - 10:37
Our lookbacks at an assortment of 1990s movies, all gathered together in one place!
Here's a page that should take you straight to the lookback of a 1990s movie of your choice. Let us know if index pages like this are helpful, and we'll pop a few more together if they are...
Alien Resurrection. Not the franchise's finest hour...
Beauty And The Beast. Disney's finest animated movie? Simon thinks so...
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey. An article we wrote celebrating the film as it hit its 20th birthday.
The Boondock Saints. The infamous film, and its equally infamous behind the scenes documentary.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Much maligned, but is it actually any good?
Captain America. Not the recent version. The cheap version.
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Among the list of A-list comics who occasionally turn to dramas, Adam Sandler is not quite up there with the likes of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey. Those actors arguably did finer jobs with serious roles than they did mugging for the camera (watch Good Will Hunting and The Truman Show for proof). But Adam Sandler has done terrific work as the dramatic anchor of Spanglish and Reign Over Me. Plus, his quixotic change of pace in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch-Drunk Love is a career highlight.
Now, the actor may be turning back to dramas with a pinch of light comedy, as he is in talks to play the lead in The Cobbler, from indie darling Thomas McCarthy, writer/director of Win Win and The Station Agent. The role Sandler would play is of a shoe repairman who has the ability to, literally, walk a mile in other people »
- Jordan Adler
Every week, EW will imagine a sequel to a movie that we wish would happen — no matter how unlikely the idea really is.
Fifteen years ago, The Truman Show felt like science fiction. In 1998, the conceit — that a man who, unbeknownst to him, has been living in a giant Hollywood set so that his entire existence could provide easy entertainment for the masses — read like a paranoid fantasy. Bold and imaginative, with just the right balance of the far-fetched and the familiar, it felt like it would’ve been a good fit for The Twilight Zone. Today, it’d be »
- Ray Rahman
Odd List Simon Brew 20 Sep 2013 - 07:14
They don't make funny movies any more, right? Wrong. If you're looking for a laugh, then here are some you may have missed...
For this list, blame The Hangover Part III. It was whilst walking out of that film that I got into a chat with someone, who was bemoaning the lack of genuinely funny movie comedies. Certainly, big budget Hollywood comedies have no end of problems right now - with the occasional exception - but I couldn't help thinking of the many neglected gems that had gone through my DVD player over the past decade or so.
As such, I started to put this list together. It's inevitably subjective, as one person's comedy is another person's snore fest. But I've tried to dig out a mix of comedies from the past three decades that have either flown under the radar completely, or »
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