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Oh, Bonnie. You just had to utter those words, didn't you? You couldn't leave well enough a stone... bid farewell to Jeremy... and find a new love who looks slightly worse in a wifebeater, could you?
And, as a result, you are now a member of "The Walking Dead."
That, Tvd Fanatics, is what we call one shocker of an ending.
Is Bonnie really a goner? It would certainly appear so, unless events on the Season 4 finale result in some more un-Veiling and she gets resurrected via the sometimes confusing and frustrating universe that is The Vampire Diaries afterlife.
Don't you dare get me wrong: I loved the return of Alaric. No, really. I loved, loved, loved, loved seeing everyone's favorite bourbon-swilling history teacher back in Mystic Falls, sharing Bff moments with Damon and once again playing the role of reluctant hero.
And Lexi? And Jeremy? »
- email@example.com (Matt Richenthal)
They can be a help or a hindrance, but they're always at their best when shouty and officious. Here's some of the best examples of movie police chiefs
This week's Clip joint is my art director and designer Mark Evans. Follow him on Twitter here, and take a look at the 'zine he recently put together on the subject of police chiefs.
This is based on my love of the officious, aggressive and over-the-top police chief in movies. The one-liners, the put-downs and their very immoderate nature have always endeared me to this hilarious and iconic film character.
We start with the perfect, cliché-ridden sequel that precisely encapsulates this type of character, Inspector Todd from Beverly Hills Cop 2.
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Another sequel, another brilliant cliché-ridden cop movie – but this time Joe Pantoliano (Joey Pants to his friends) introduces »
Over the past couple of years it has been almost impossible to go to the cinema without there being some form of a comic book adaptation on, with each film being heralded with a big budget and a lot of nerd-buzz meaning that nine times out of ten it would recoup its budget if nothing else. But believe it or not there was a time when nerd culture didn’t = big box office, and comic book adaptations were a huge gamble for film studios with them often focusing on the more adult/non-superhero material out there.
Here we’ve listed 10 movies which you might not realise were originally comics…
10. Ghost World
A cult film from 2001 starring Thora Birch (as Enid) and a pre A-List Scarlett Johansson (as Rebecca), Ghost World told the story of the trials and tribulations of two cynical social outcasts during the summer after their high school graduation. »
- Neil Thomason
Throughout April, we've been counting down our picks for the Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time; here's our top 50 in full....
Well, the 2013 superhero season is now underway, with Marvel Studios launching Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe here in the UK yesterday with the release of Iron Man 3 [read our ★★★★ spoiler free review here]. As you know, we're big comic book movie fans around these parts, so we've spent the month counting down our picks for the 50 Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time, and you can check out our full list right here.
For more on positions #50 through #26 visit here, or click on any of the links from the top 25 to read more about each pick:
#50 - The Punisher (1989)
#49 - The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
#48 - The Amazing Spider-Man
#47 - Wanted
#46 - Red
#45 - The Punisher (2004)
#44 - 30 Days of Night
#43 - Weird Science
#42 - Superman Returns
#41 - Spider-Man
#40 - Constantine
#39 - »
- Flickering Myth
Remember when you saw Scarlett Johansson in Ghost World and you were all like, "Well, that lady is definitely going to be an action star"? Oh, wait, that never happened. Nonetheless, she's doing it. Besides starring as Black Widow in all those Marvel movies, The Hollywood Reporter writes that Johansson is in final negotiations to star in French action director Luc Besson's next movie, Lucy. She would play a drug mule who gets said drug into her system and turns into an "ass-kicking machine." Just like Lost in Translation. »
- Jesse David Fox
Locations in films are rarely the thing an average filmgoer remembers after watching a film; it’s always about the story, character and the lines they say that later form the proverbial ‘word of mouth.’ However, when you think of great confrontations, conversations and simple exchanges, they always take place in a nice public setting – although being surrounded by a group of unknowing people rarely dulls the impact of a tense interaction.
An epiphany came after some light people-watching during a mediocre pancake breakfast – they seem to take place in a restaurant, diner or some kind of eatery; a place where some of TV and film’s classic characters can settle an old score of even debate on pop culture over a cup of coffee:
Café des 2 Moulins, Paris (Amélie, 2001)
This quaint coffee shop, where young dreamer Amélie Poulain (Audrey Tautou) worked and interacted with a variety of characters, is based in Montmatre, »
- Katie Wong
From Page To Screen | Bradford International Film Festival | Belfast International Film Festival | Italian Film Festival
From Page To Screen, Bridport
Curated by novelist Joe Dunthorne, this festival of literary adaptations takes in everything from Patricia Highsmith thrillers (Plein Soleil, Strangers On A Train) to comic-book films American Splendor and Ghost World, and films based on plays, like new vampire flick Byzantium, which comes with a masterclass from producer Stephen Woolley. Dunthorne introduces Richard Ayoade's adaptation of his own Submarine, and its key influence The Graduate, and there's a special screening of Kubrick's The Shining at the precarious, disused Burton Cliff Hotel.
Various venues, Wed to 14 Apr
Bradford International Film Festival
Bradford is rarely the first city that springs to mind when you think of British cinema, but it's home to our National Media Museum and is a Unesco City of Film, no less. And its festival is an embarrassment »
- Steve Rose
Throughout April, we're counting down to the release of Marvel's Iron Man 3 with our picks for the Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time; here's #22....
Ghost World, 2001.
Directed by Terry Zwigoff.
Terry Zwigoff's comedy-drama Ghost World is based upon Daniel Clowes acclaimed graphic novel of the same name, which was originally published in serialised form in Clowes' comic book series Eightball between 1993 and 1997.
Only a moderate success financially upon its release, Ghost World has since went on to achieve cult status. The film stars Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson as Enid and Rebecca, two teenage friends struggling with their impending adulthood and all the complications it brings. During the summer after their high school graduation, the two girls begin to drift apart after responding to a personal ad »
- Flickering Myth
Odd List Np Horton 3 Apr 2013 - 05:30
With the arrival of Spring Breakers imminent, Nick looks at seven former child stars who've gone on to enjoy film careers as grown-ups...
Making a name for yourself while young is definitely an appealing way to get into the acting business, for pushy parents and wannabe stars alike. The pros are obvious – fame and fortune at a young age, established links with the industry, and an early chance to make your mark. But for many, being a child star is the only thing they know, and once adulthood comes around, there goes the career.
Options can become limited once you’ve gone past your cute sell by date (just ask Macaulay Culkin), so is it any wonder that Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez and Ashley Benson have decided to explode their child star image by starring in boundary pushing and very adult Spring Breakers? »
Squaresville's second season is rolling along on Big Frame, where it has helped launch a new sub-network aimed at young women. The series' target audience will surely appreciate the latest episode, where the three leads--Mary Kate Wiles, Kylie Sparks, and Austin Rogers--cosplay as the main characters from shows will big Internet fandoms. Even with no context, the episode is sure to please fans of both Squaresville and the chosen fandoms, which include Sherlock, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Adventure Time, and, in a nod to Squaresville's web series status, The Guild (it helps that Wiles and Felicia Day are pretty much the two most popular online video redheads.) Joining those motifs are references to Annie Hall, Daria, Ghost World (which I've always thought of as thematic similar to Squaresville), and, in the episodes most absurd moment, The Joy of Painting. The episode is a clear grab at fanbases, »
- Sam Gutelle
No one ever said you had to love football.
If you’ve managed to avoid saying yes to a Super Bowl party, and your roommate/partner/dog hasn’t laid claim to the television, first off, congratulations! That’s impressive. But now you have to decide how to spend those precious football free hours. You could head to the theater to check out the Best Picture nominees. Or you could just park right in front of television. There are lots of great picks that have nothing to do with the Harbaughs. All showtimes are on eastern time, so please be »
- Lindsey Bahr
Birthday shoutouts go to Christian Bale (above), who is 39, Phil Collins is 62, and Vanessa Redgrave is 76. *Sigh* In ratings news ... you already know where I'm going ... last night's The New Normal hit another series low. Meanwhile, the first Happy Endings of the night was down a bit, but the second episode improved on the numbers from the canceled Don't Trust the B. BBC America is co-producing the Doctor Who TV movie An Adventure in Space and Time, about the origins of the series, which will no doubt coincide with the 50th anniversary later this year. Michael Urie's first post-Partners gig will be guest starring on Hot In Cleveland.Barbra Streisand is going to perform on The Academy Awards for the first time in 36 years. So how long before the non-apology apology? Finally! It's been far too long, but below you can see the Nsfw! Episode One of Season »
Which Comic Book-Inspired Movies Are the Best? (No Capes!)
Superheroes were in demand among moviegoers in 2012, claiming the first, second, and fifth spots on the list of the highest-grossing movies of the year, but the recent announcement that rising star Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises) has joined the cast of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For reminded us that some of the best comic-based movies don't have anything to do with superheroes at all. A fertile ground for movie adaptations, the comic book medium encompasses every imaginable genre of fiction and even non-fiction, with stories that deal with everything from the mundane — a pair of geek girls rage against, well, everythig — to the fantastic — a secret police force exists to monitor alien activities on Earth — to the sublime — the son of a princess ventures into a magical land to recover a fallen star. Forget Batman, Iron Man and »
- BrentJS Sprecher
13 items from 2013
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