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It's one of the final days of 2011. Why not send it out with a ghostly shriek of terror? That's right, dreadheads; if you're looking for something to do, we have a can't miss good time suggestion for you...
After its VOD run, which begins December 30th at the above link, look for the film in limited theaters starting on February 3rd.
After over one hundred years of service, The Yankee Pedlar Inn is shutting its doors for good. The last remaining »
- Uncle Creepy
By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com:This is the third of several year-end wrap essays detailing the year in film. This time, it’s about highlighting the good or great films that slipped under the radar somehow. Some got rave reviews and wide releases but stiffed at the box office while some never made it out of limited release. All are worth tracking down and all are, with one exception I will point out, now available on DVD/Blu Ray/download/etc. And nearly all of them are not hardcore independent films, but seemingly mainstream dramas and comedies that would have likely merited a wide release even a few years ago. Once again, these will be in alphabetical order.
- Scott Mendelson
Much of our lurid film community is of the belief that America’s acting prowess died with its classic stars like Marlon Brando, James Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Grace Kelly. However, I’m here to argue that America’s actors are stronger than ever and can match up toe to toe with the likes of both Europe and Asia.
The list will be split into two parts: in part one, I delve into the modern world of Hollywood actors with actresses soon to follow in part two.
Part one: Top Ten Actors Working In Hollywood Today
Actor With The Most Potential To Hit It Big: Paddy Considine
Before I begin the list, I want to take a moment to discuss an actor whom I believe has enormous potential. While not American born, British actor Paddy Considine has been in his fair share of American films like In America, »
- Connor Folse
There’s very little reason to come out of Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol doubting Brad Bird‘s skill as a live-action filmmaker. To date, of course, he’s known best for his Pixar contributions, which include the directorial oversight of The Incredibles and Ratatouille, but with the fourth installment of this Tom Cruise-headlined franchise, Bird proves just as adept at staging large-scale set pieces in physical locations. The difference, though, is that his two previous films both had the foundation of intelligent screenplays, while the written material for Ghost Protocol, co-penned by Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec, is just plain dumb.
“Hang on a second there,” you might say, “this movie isn’t supposed to be a smart actioner.” And I would agree with you (for the most part, because, at 133 minutes, the film outstays its welcome by at least 20, and there are one-too-many let’s-take-an-action-break-and-get-emotional monologues). But what »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
So many movies these days try to frighten us with effects. But nothing surpasses the look in someone's hard eyes. Jeremy Renner has it
The festive season has gifts, but some are harder to evaluate than others. So it looks like a big leap forward for 40-year-old actor Jeremy Renner that he is one of the team in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, the latest in those Tom Cruise extravaganzas. I haven't seen it, but I know the trailer almost by heart, with its close-ups of the implacable face of Renner looking at Cruise and the entire venture as if to say: "What the hell am I doing here?"
It's a good question, along with the one about how Cruise let so forceful an actor into the film to stare at him in disbelief. Cruise looks like the character he played in Magnolia – that liar to himself – with a dozen years added on. »
- David Thomson
He maybe kicking ass in theaters with Ghotocol this week, but Tom Cruise is getting his ’80s rock on in an upcoming musical. Based on the hit play, Hairspray director Adam Shankman has assembled quite an ensemble for Rock of Ages. Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand look to be having the most fun next to Cruise and there is also Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Malin Ackerman, Mary J. Blige and Bryan Cranston.
I’m always up for actors stepping out of their comfort zone, but half of me thinks this isn’t too far removed from his Magnolia character. Shankman is one of our most commercial directors, so I don’t expect anything revolutionary here but everyone seems to be having fun. If you can stand some Jon Bon Jovi, Poison, Def Leppard and more, it looks like you could do worse. Check out the trailer below via Apple. »
- email@example.com (thefilmstage.com)
DVD Playhouse—December 2011
By Allen Gardner
The Rules Of The Game (Criterion) Jean Renoir’s classic from 1939 was met with a riot at its premiere and was severely cut by its distributor, available only in truncated form for two decades until it was restored to the grandeur for which it is celebrated today. A biting comedy of manners set in the upstairs and downstairs of a French country estate, the film bitterly vivisects the bourgeoisie with a gentle ferocity that will tickle the laughter in your throat. Renoir co-stars as Octave. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Introduction to the film by Renoir; Commentary written by scholar Alexander Sesonske and read by Peter Bogdanovich; Comparison of the film’s two endings; Selected scene analysis by Renoir scholar Chris Faulkner; Featurettes and vintage film clips; Part one of David Thomson’s “Jean Renoir” BBC documentary; Video essay; Interviews with Renoir, crew members, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Jonny Greenwood's score for There Will Be Blood was one of the many reasons the film was amazing. It pulled just enough from period-era music so as not be jarring, but it was offbeat enough to be completely unnerving. Now, Cigarettes and Red Vines is reporting that Greenwood is re-teaming with director Paul Thomas Anderson to score The Master (still an unofficial title). Oliver Weindling, founder of British record label Babel, tweeted said "Zed-u recorded part of soundtrack for Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead last week. Film (by Paul Thomas Anderson) to appear in 2013." Zed-u are a British jazz trio and you can listen to some of their music after the jump. For those who aren't familiar with The Master, the story centers on a World War II veteran (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who returns home and creates his own religion after witnessing the horrors of war. At one point, The Master »
- Matt Goldberg
Paramount have released the U.K. trailer for Mandate Pictures’ Young Adult, and it’s everything you hoped it would be and more.
Marking the second collaboration between director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody after the Academy Award winning Juno, Young Adult features a terrific supporting cast, including Patton Oswalt (Magnolia), Patrick Wilson (Hard Candy), Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight) and Collette Wolfe (17 Again).
While the film hits selected cinemas in the Us this weekend, U.K. audiences will have to wait until February 10, 2012.
In the meantime, you can check out the new U.K. trailer below:
Source: Digitalspy »
- Jamie Neish
Adult Swim collides with cinemas for the first time since Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters this January when Magnolia unleashes Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim’s magnum opus, Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie, onto a largely-unsuspecting public. Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! ran for five ten-episode seasons on Adult Swim before semi-retiring (the show returned for a “Chrimbus” special last year), showcasing a mix of public-access eccentricity, non-sequiturs, cultural detritus, and gross-out humor. As with the show, the film is said to feature a host of familiar faces, including Will Forte, Zach Galifinakis, John C. Reilly (whose own Tim and Eric spinoff, Check It Out! With Dr. Steve Brule, is currently filming its second season), and Jeff Goldblum, among others. Billion Dollar Movie hits on-demand in January and actual, physical theaters in March. You’ve been warned.
[via /Film and Funny or Die] »
- Simon Howell
With the Los Angeles leg of the shoot nearing an end, Rob Zombie revealed yet another name added to the laundry list of ex-celebs starring in The Lords Of Salem. "Michael Shamus WIles has joined the cast as "Jarrett Perkins" owner of Engine House Pizza. When in Salem don't forget to visit Engine House for all your pizza and calzone needs. Yes, it is a real place," Zombie jokes. Shamus has been appeared in a wide variety of films including Fight Club, Transformers, Magnolia and Lost Highway. Most recently Michael was a regular on the hit TV show "Breaking Bad". Meg Foster, Ernest Thomas, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Torsten Voges, Bruce Dern, Sheri Moon Zombie, Dee Wallace, Billy Drago, Richard Lynch, Lisa Marie, Maria Conchita Alonso, Ken Foree, Bruce Davidson, Christopher Knight, Michael Berryman, Sid Haig all star. »
According to Rob on Facebook Michael Shamus Wiles ("Breaking Bad", Fight Club, Transformers, Magnolia, Lost Highway) has joined the cast of The Lords Of Salem as Jarrett Perkins, owner of Engine House Pizza. When in Salem, don't forget to visit Engine House for all your pizza and calzone needs. Yes, it is a real place.
Wiles joins the previously announced Barbara Crampton as Virginia Cable, a camera operator for a local kid's show at Salem Public Access TV called "Lobster Joe's Fishy Fun Show"; Brandon Cruz as Ted Delta, a local Salem drug counselor; Michael Berryman as Virgil Magnus, 50% of a well-known witch hunting duo called "The Brothers"; Sid Haig as Dean Magnus, the »
- Uncle Creepy
DVD Playhouse—November 2011
By Allen Gardner
Tree Of Life (20th Century Fox) Terrence Malick’s latest effort is both the best film of 2011 and the finest work of his (arguably) mixed, but often masterly canon. A series of vignettes, mostly set in 1950s Texas, capture the memory of a man (Sean Penn) in present-day New York who looks back on his life, and his parents’ (Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain) troubled marriage, when word of his younger brother’s suicide reaches him. Almost indescribable beyond that, except to say no other film in history so perfectly evokes the magic and mystery of the human memory, which both crystalizes (and sometimes idealizes) the past. Like Stanley Kubrick’s 2001, this is a challenging, polarizing work that you must let wash over you. If you go along for the ride, you’re in for a unique, rewarding cinematic experience. Also available on Blu-ray disc. »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
This lame British comedy about a nerd who hires someone to teach him how to pick up women is unremittingly awful
Depressingly and unrelentingly bad, this is a dire British comedy that combines 70s-period Carry On with 90s-style ladmag. Weirdly, it has an impressive-looking cast on paper, with cameos from Richard E Grant, Colin Salmon, Sheridan Smith and Martin Compston. Producer-star Simon Phillips plays James, a hopeless nerdy loser who is tormented by the fear that he'll never get a girlfriend. So he hires a "pick-up" coach, a tutor in how to impress girls. This turns out to be a hyperactive, hat-wearing, unattractive and unfunny bloke called Ampersand (Craig Conway) who has a stage routine apparently borrowed from Tom Cruise's seducer-coach in the film Magnolia. Slowly but surely, the teaching works. James becomes (mystifyingly) attractive to a girl he lusted after in school, who is actually not very nice at all. »
- Peter Bradshaw
Directed by Jason Reitman (Up in the Air), Young Adult stars Charlize Theron (Monster), Patrick Wilson (Little Children), Patton Oswalt (Magnolia), Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight) and J.K. Simmons (Juno).
A writer (Theron) of teen literature returns to her small hometown to relive her glory days and attempt to reclaim her happily married high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson). However, when returning home proves more difficult than she thought, Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate (Patton Oswalt) who hasn’t quite gotten over high school, either.
Check out the poster below:
Young Adult will be released in the U.K. on February 10, 2012.
Source: Hitfix »
- Jamie Neish
Cast your mind back to the late eighties/early nineties when Arnold Schwarzenegger was the biggest star on the planet. The Austrian-born bodybuilder-cum-toast of Tinseltown had an incredible run at the box office, and managed that rare feat of transcending his nationality (little explanation was ever attributed to his character’s thick Teutonic accents) and somehow became an all-American icon.
He established that mould for future contenders to the action throne, such as The Rock and Vin Diesel, and they even tried to emulate his career path by applying the same tactical steps in trying to reach out to an even wider fan base by appearing in family-friendly fare (and somehow making an even more ham-fisted attempt at it than Arnie himself).
Having stepped down from his seven year role of Governor of California at the beginning of this year (failing to adequately tackle the state’s disastrously escalating budget »
- Adam Lowes
After one too many failed attempts at chatting up women, Ian (Richard E Grant) decides enough is enough and throws himself in front of a train, but not before sending a video message to his sad-sack best friend James (Simon Phillips), imploring him to do all he can to “get out there” and become more successful with women, lest he grow old alone. James stumbles upon pick-up guru Ampersand (yes, really), who becomes Jedi Knight to his Padawan learner, teaching him how to be more confident in speaking with women, in the hope that James might be able to win the heart of Hannah (Gemma Atkinson), who he has loved since forever.
There are shades of all sorts of other films within Htsbal, the most obvious being Will Smith/Kevin James comedy vehicle Hitch, with a desperate, but at heart quite kind nerd looking for a way to win the »
- Dave Roper
Tom Cruise's bread-and-butter is action movies, but every now and then he's willing to try something new like he did with Collateral (the only movie where he plays a villain), Magnolia (the biggest supporting role in his career), and disappearing under the make-up and personality of Les Grossman in Tropic Thunder. His newest challenge will be playing rocker Stacee Jaxx in Adam Shankman's adaptation of the rock musical Rock of Ages. The plot centers on a small-town-girl (Julianne Hough) who falls for Jaxx against the backdrop of 80s rock like Journey, Seo Speedwagon, and Styx. Cruise recently spoke about what drew him to the project, and how he prepared for his role. Hit the jump for more. The outstanding cast also includes Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Alec Baldwin, Malin Akerman, Bryan Cranston, Will Forte, Mary J. Blige, and Diego Gonzalez Boneta. Rock of Ages opens June 1, 2012. Speaking to 24 Frames, »
- Matt Goldberg
Back in May, we got a look at a teaser image for Paul Thomas Anderson’s highly anticipated and long-awaited follow-up to 2007’s There Will Be Blood, which remains as yet untitled. It wasn’t much, and didn’t give us a look at any of the cast, but it was still something – and for those of us who are PTA fans, anything is always good news.
This time around, courtesy of Collider, we’ve got another promo image to share, now in the form of a poster (though, it doesn’t even really qualify for being a poster, more like an inverted front cover of a script, but still), along with a full synopsis for the film. And you’d better believe this is going to be awesome.
- Kenji Lloyd
We’re happy to debut an exclusive TV spot for the drama I Melt With You today. The film tells the story of four lifelong friends (Thomas Jane, Rob Lowe, Jeremy Piven, and Christian McKay) who gather for their annual get-together in Big Sur, only to be confronted by the current state of their lives darkened by a promise from their past. This spot is much more commercial than the incredibly dark trailers and promos we’ve seen before, but I’m still intrigued by the project. The cast is great, and it looks to be a pretty compelling drama. Hit the jump to watch the TV spot. I Melt With You will be available on Magnolia On-Demand November 4th, followed by its theatrical release on December 9th. Here’s the synopsis for I Melt With You: I Melt With You: Richard (Thomas Jane), Ron (Jeremy Piven), Jonathan »
- Adam Chitwood
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