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In addition to being one of the most anticipated films of the season, "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" is also marketing itself somewhat subversively: as the "feel bad movie" of the year, something sure to put a damper on your Christmas morning. With a plot heavy on rape and murder, it's definitely not fun for the whole family.
But "Tattoo" wouldn't be the first inappropriate holiday movie, not by a long shot. For families really upset about the way their annual Yankee Swap turned out, there's a long history of violent and messed up films being released on Christmas weekend. Below, our top five picks for the worst way to spend a Christmas afternoon.
This near three-hour long Jewish revenge film dropped on December 23rd, making it either a super empowering Hannukah movie or the worst possible Christmas family outing. Steven Spielberg's look at Israeli retaliation for »
- Jeremy Gordon
The Bourne trilogy and Good Will Hunting star Matt Damon is set to make his debut in the director’s chair. After developing an idea with author Dave Eggers, he co-wrote the project with actor John Krasinski, who is famous for his roles in The Office and It’S Complicated. It has now been announced that Burn After Reading star Frances McDormand has joined Damon and Krasinski in the cast of the upcoming untitled film, about a salesman who arrives in a small town only to have his whole life called into question.
As an actor, Damon has been able to work with some of the finest directing talent, including the likes of Gus Van Sant, Steven Soderbergh and Steven Spielberg, which has thought the talented actor a lot about the filmmaking process. In a recent interview, Damon explained how Anthony Minghella, who directed him in The Talented Mr. Ripley, »
- Tina Baraga
Since breaking out with Good Will Hunting, Matt Damon has gone from huge franchises (Bourne, Ocean’s films) to smaller independent projects (Margaret, Gerry) to prestige films (The Departed, Syriana) to bigger gambles like this year’s The Adjustment Bureau, all while having some fun (Stuck On You, Dogma). He will now be taking his career to the next level (as his pal Ben Affleck has done with success in The Town and Gone Baby Gone), by directing his first feature.
This fall we got some new details on the untitled drama developed by author Dave Eggers (Where the Wild Things Are) and co-written with The Office‘s John Krasinski. They will both star in the film that follows “a salesman who arrives in a small town only to have his whole life called into question.” We finally have some more insight into the project, as Damon stopped by Kcrw »
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Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 31, 2011
Price: DVD $39.98, Blu-ray $54.99
Timed for Oscar season, the Best Picture Academy Award Winners Five Film Collection packages together Shakespeare in Love, The English Patient, Chicago, No Country For Old Men and Crash in one set on either DVD or high-definition Blu-ray.
None of these films need any introduction, but in case you want a reminder, here’s the lowdown on each:
1998′s romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love explores what might have been the renowned playwright’s inspiration for many of his romances. Joseph Fiennes (The Red Baron) plays the bard, who falls in love with Gwyneth Paltrow’s (Country Strong) Viola, a lady who’s scheduled to marry Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) but would »
At the beginning of the current TV season, Revenge creator Mike Kelley told EW that his soap opera’s big mystery — what happened to Daniel Grayson (Joshua Bowman) on the beach the night of his engagement party to Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp, at left)? — would be wrapped up by the show’s 13th episode.
But we recently chatted with the producer again, Kelley backtracked and exclusively told EW that the show’s writers have decided to extend the mystery’s big reveal by two episodes — to episode 15.
“Initially, before we got our full-season pickup, I wanted to be episode 13 because I figured that, »
- Tanner Stransky
Writing crime screenplays seems to be working out pretty well for Aaron Stockard. After serving as an assistant on flicks such as Good Will Hunting and The Talented Mr. Ripley, Stockard broke big by adapting Dennis Lehane's Gone Baby Gone with Ben Affleck. That movie helped establish a new phase of Affleck's career as a director, so it's not surprising that Stockard reteamed with Ben on The Town. While Affleck is nowhere to be seen on Stockard's new project, he is sticking with the genre that's cemented his career: Deadline reports that he will adapt Thomas Perry's crime novel Strip for Rt Features and Thunder Road Pictures. Published in 2010, Strip centers around a series of crimes and confrontations beginning with the robbery -- appropriately enough -- of a strip club owner. After Claudio "Manco" Kapak is held up by a masked robber who swipes the day's earnings, »
If you don't have a crush on Joshua Bowman after watching "Revenge," you might want to check your pulse. It's possible that you're dead. If you aren't swayed by his Harvard-grad-with-a-troubled-past shtick on the show, you certainly will be convinced once you hear his real-life British accent. Yes, the man is blessed with that face and a voice that could melt the coldest, blackest heart.
Basically, we could fall asleep listening to our recording of this interview. We're not proud; it's just the (unprofessional) truth.
"Revenge," easily one of the most delicious new shows of the fall season, was just picked up for a full 22 episodes, so we can look forward to seeing plenty of Bowman as Daniel Grayson this year. Or can we? The first episode featured a shocking flash-forward sequence in which it appeared that Daniel's body was discovered on the beach.
Cue the ominous music and mustache-twirling. »
Back in 1997, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck catapulted to stardom, winning an Oscar for writing "Good Will Hunting," the coming-of-age story in which they also starred. They were the young toasts of Hollywood, and in the years that followed, each went on to make some impressive films: "Saving Private Ryan," "Rounders" and "The Talented Mr. Ripley" for Damon, and "Armageddon," "Shakespeare In Love" and "Boiler Room" for Affleck.
Damon continued to make hit films, starting up the Bourne series, amongst others, but it became a bit more dicey for Affleck. He suffered through a number of public relationships, and began featuring in movies that didn't quite hit it big with the public or critics; "Gigli" and "Daredevil," amongst others, now stain his IMDb page.
Life wasn't easy, and as his best friend and writing partner, Damon had a hard time watching it.
"That was really hard for me to watch as his friend, »
- Jordan Zakarin
There have been plenty of creepy songs over the last thousand or so years. (Mozart‘s Requiem anybody? Well everybody, eventually.) We’ve decided to compile The 88 Creepiest Song Titles Of All Time. To be fair, we left out pretty much every death metal title because, frankly, they’re all pretty creepy. Click on the names of each artist to hear the selection. And feel free to weigh in on any song titles we may have left out in the comments. 88. “My Ding-a-Ling” Chuck Berry A no-brainer. It’s a song about a little boy discovering his penis, and it’s sung by a man well into his 40s. Perverted Justice’s favorite tune. 87. “Two Lovely Black Eyes” Charles Coborn What’s lovelier than a woman who was beaten in the face twice? According to Charles Coborn, nothing! 86. “With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm” Stanley Holloway A song about Anne Boleyn, »
- Michelle Collins
"You're next, Sally Field!"
Now that the second episode of Revenge has aired, the formula has become clear: Emily Thorne will zero in on her intended "REVEN8E" (see, it just looks stupid when you try to use a regular 8 for the big red infinity symbol) target, we'll get flashbacks to her childhood, setting up how said target betrayed her late father, and at the end we'll learn exactly how she carried out the complete destruction of the target, which will involve high-tech espionage and/or stunning disguises.
I'm praying that by end of the season we'll see her dressed up as a flapper or Sarah Palin.
As formulas go, it works.
The signature scene of each show is when she draws a red x across the face of her target, signaling elimination and her victory. The show missed an opportunity here, though. Instead of using a red magic marker, »
It Still seems way too early to be devoting time, energy and expense to the upcoming Christmas holidays and how you plan to see in 2012.
But if you are getting in that frame of mind, then feast your eyes on the special content trailer for romantic comedy New Year's Eve. It's included below along with the earlier trailer; some images from the film are also featured here.
Directed by Garry Marshall and sparkling with a stellar ensemble cast, it will kick off the festive season when it parties into UK cinemas on December 9 (which is usually when I start to think about Christmas, if not even later).
According to the official description, "New Year's Eve celebrates love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts, in the intertwining stories of couples and singles, told amidst the pulse and promise of New York City on the most dazzling night of the year. »
- David Bentley
It's been a hell of a year here at CineVue and we would like to say a big thank you to all our fans for contributing to our success. In order to reward your patronage, we have teamed up with Miramax to give you the chance to win a bumper bundle of six new Blu-ray re-releases, including The Aviator, City of God, The English Patient and The Talented Mr. Ripley. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook fans, so if you haven't already, head over to facebook.com/CineVueUK, 'Like' us, and then follow the instructions below.
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- Daniel Green
Trevor Hogg chats to the Academy Award-winning cinematographer John Seale...
“I came out of the Outback using a little 8mm camera to record all of my family activities,” states Australian cinematographer John Seale whose experience in making home movies led him to his calling. “I wanted to get into the ABC because I met a guy there who took me through and was very excited by it all. That’s when the Australian Broadcasting Commission, being a government-run station, had a lot of money. They had the best Steroflex cameras, and the latest of this and the latest of that, whereas the commercial companies were using old Second World War combat cameras.” After 18 months of persistence, the aspiring filmmaker was hired by the public broadcaster; he was mentored by a group of ex-World War II combat cameramen who taught him the fundamentals such as how to “pan and follow [racing horses] right »
September 19th sees the U.K. Blu-ray release of Miramax titles The Aviator, City of God, Emma, The English Patient, The Quiet American and The Talented Mr. Ripley, and to celebrate, we have a copy of each of the films to give away to our readers courtesy of the lovely folk at StudioCanal. Read on for details of how to enter this fantastic giveaway...
Directed by Martin Scorsese, The Aviator is the story of aviation pioneer Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio). The film centres on Hughes’ life from late 1920s to 1947, during which time he became a successful film producer and an aviation magnate while simultaneously growing more unstable due to severe obsessive-compulsive disorder. The Aviator was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, winning five, including one for actress Cate Blanchett. »
We didn’t get around to posting this the other day, but as always, better late than never! This is the brand new trailer for the upcoming romantic comedy New Year’S Eve from Pretty Woman and Valentine’S Day director Garry Marshall. This one hits on 9th December. Here’s the official stuff.
The film celebrates love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts, in the intertwining stories of couples and singles, told amidst the pulse and promise of New York City on the most dazzling night of the year.
The film stars Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi, Academy Award® nominee Abigail Breslin, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, two-time Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Hector Elizondo, Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Seth Meyers, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Academy Award® nominee Michelle Pfeiffer, Til Schweiger, Ryan Seacrest, two-time Academy Award® winner Hilary Swank and Sofia Vergara.
- Paul Heath
Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow has landed a new movie role, she will reportedly play a recovering sex addict in a new drama "Thanks for Sharing." In the film, Gwyneth will play a woman recovering from addiction who falls for fellow recovering addict Mark Ruffalo. The movie also stars Tim Robbins and Joely Richardson. Scrapbook from the Venice Film Festival... Paltrow is also busy blogging about her 48 hour trip to the Venice Film Festival in Italy over Labor Day weekend. The 38-year-old showed off her 'Scrapbook from the Venice Film Festival' in her Goop.com blog. The wife of Coldplay frontman Chris Martin attended the world premiere of her new movie Contagion, shared her 'jam-packed happenings' and recipes from the Hotel Cipriani, where she stayed. The star arrived in Italy late and ordered a 'a perfect Spaghetti Pomodoro'. Gwyneth also recalled fighting jet lag and revisiting the 'same pier as the »
Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jude Law star in this week's Contagion, but the film isn't the first time the trio has teamed up for a project. Before he played Paltrow's husband in the film about a deadly outbreak, Damon played a man who wanted to steal her fiancé's (Law) identity in The Talented Mr. Ripley. In this scene from the late '90s - when the actors are all still in their 20s and a young Law is looking particularly good - Damon's character unnerves the couple with his disturbingly good impression. Watch as creeped-out looks wash over both Paltrow's and Law's faces. »
- Rose Curiel
To mark the release of The Talented Mr Ripley on Blu-ray 19th September, Miramax have given us two copies of the movie to give away.
The Talented Mr Ripley is an American psychological thriller written for the screen and directed by Anthony Minghella. It is an adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith 1955 novel of the same name, which was previously filmed as Plein Soleil (Purple Noon, 1960).
In late 1950′s New York, Tom Ripley (Matt Damon), a young underachiever, is sent to Europe to retrieve a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy, named Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law). But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures.
To be in with a chance of winning the movie, simply answer the following question using the form below:
Who directed the movie The Talented Mr Ripley? »
Gwyneth Paltrow has chronicled her 48 hours at the Venice Film Festival in Italy over Labor Day weekend (03-04Sep11) in a new journal on her Goop.com blog.
Her 'Scrapbook from the Venice Film Festival', where she attended the world premiere of her new movie Contagion, features details of the "jam-packed happenings" and recipes from the Hotel Cipriani, where the actress stayed.
She recalls arriving in Italy late and starving and ordering "a perfect Spaghetti Pomodoro".
Paltrow also chronicles a "boat chase" as she and her castmates attempted to avoid the paparazzi on their way to a press conference at the Casino on the Lido.
The actress admits most reporters were interested in the hygiene of the stars.
She writes, "Yes, this movie made us wash our hands more often."
Paltrow also recalls fighting jet lag and revisiting the "same pier as the one at the end of The Talented Mr. Ripley" with Matt Damon, her co-star in that film and Contagion. She also explains that the premiere was the first chance she had to see the new Steven Soderbergh movie, about a pandemic outbreak.
The weekend in Italy ended on a sour note as her flight was delayed and she didn't get home until 8am for the school run. »
On September 12th, Studio Canal are releasing half a dozen back catalogue titles on Blu-ray that all self respecting cinephiles simply must own. The bundles of must-haves includes Martin Scorsese’s compelling Oscar nominated biopic of Howard Hughes The Aviator, Brazilian answer to Pulp Fiction with Fernando Meirelles’ City of God, the Jane Austen biopic Emma starring Gwyneth Paltrow, the 1997 Best Picture winning The English Patient, Phillip Noyce’s adaptation of Graham Greene’s The Quiet American with Michael Caine’s thunderous Oscar nominated leading man performance and Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr. Ripley.
We have teamed up with Studio Canal to give away a bundle of these titles!
For your chance of winning these titles on Blu-ray all you need to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org with the e-mail header ‘Studio Canal’. Make sure you leave your full name and address, the name of which film is »
- Matt Holmes
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