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You’d think when you’re plonking down upwards of £500/$700, the company behind the product in question would endeavour to make sure you feel comfortable and pleased with doing so.
However, it seems that since day one both the Xbox hardware itself and Microsoft’s responses haven’t only managed to put one foot wrong, they’ve all but awkwardly salsa-danced themselves into an early grave. It’s actually quite rare to see a company who were so far out in front in terms of public favour and mainstream opinion thanks to the 360, end up dropping the ball in such a spectacular fashion.
But drop it they have, and in the past nine months since release it’s been one cack-handed scrabble in the mud after another to pick it back up, with offers of a Kinect-less Xbox being the thing Microsoft thought may win them back the most public favour. »
- Scott Tailford
A couple weeks ago at the TCA press tour, I sat down with Clive Owen and Steven Soderbergh for a 45-minute discussion about their new Cinemax series "The Knick," a medical drama set around New York's Knickerbocker Hospital in 1900. Soderbergh directed the totality of the first season, which focuses on Owen's Dr. John W. Thackery, a visionary surgeon who augments his forward-thinking approach to his profession with additions to cocaine and opium. As you might expect, it's a wide-ranging interview covering the show's journey to Cinemax, the approach to the occasionally harrowing medical rituals of the period, the pressures of doing five two-hour movies consecutively and the decision to use a trippy score by Cliff Martinez. It's a great interview and it'll go up sometime next week, ahead of the show's August 8 premiere on Cinemax. While the full Q&A will be posted, I wanted to whet appetites with a »
- Daniel Fienberg
Harvest Home: McNaughton’s Return Yields Blighted Crop
Fans of director John McNaughton, known for his gruesome cult classic Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1990), as well as that tawdry neo-noir Wild Things (1998), will be happy to realize he’s returned to filmmaking with The Harvest, his first feature film since 2001. An indie thriller written by first time screenwriter Stephen Lancellotti, it’s headlined by the likes of Michael Shannon and Samantha Morton. While there are several standout moments in the film, it’s constantly marred by an underwhelming screenplay that has a few too many inconsistencies to support the development of tension or believability. The insistent need for extravagant twists undermines the logic of the narrative, something unnecessary here considering the intensity of the performances.
Katherine (Morton) and Richard (Shannon) care for their son Andy (Charlie Tahan) in their isolated home in the countryside. Both working in the medical profession, »
- Nicholas Bell
Back in 1964, the biggest band on the planet made their inaugural movie appearance with Richard Lester's Swinging Sixties caper A Hard Day's Night, a groundbreaking film that presented a typical day in the life of The Fab Four as they tried to outrun screaming fans, find Paul's mischievous grandfather, deal with a stressed TV producer and make it to the show on time. To celebrate the home entertainment release of A Hard Day's Night, we have Three Blu-ray copies to give away to fervent Beatles fans across the UK, generously offered up by the distributor of this brand new rereleased version Second Sight. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
- CineVue UK
The worst part of being a celebrity, undoubtedly, must be family reunions. All those cousins coming out of the woodwork, asking you to pass along their script or snag an autograph or even help Aunt Agatha buy that new hot tub that she desperately needs. Then there are those happy few stars who don't have to face this problem. Because their cousins are famous, too. In honor of Cousins Day - July 24, to be exact - here are several celebrity cousins who don't have to worry about being the only famous person at their family reunion. Jenny McCarthy and Melissa »
- Nate Jones, @kn8
Welcome to “Unsung Hero,” a new feature we’re starting up to bring attention to actors, directors and other folks behind our favorite films who might not be in the spotlight as much as they deserve. With The Purge: Anarchy in theaters now, we’re giving the inaugural installment to Frank Grillo. The guy’s been around for a while having had a run on Guiding Light back in the late 90s and appearing in movies like The Sweetest Thing and Minority Report. But even with snagging more substantial roles in films like Warrior, End of Watch and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Grillo isn’t exactly a household name just yet, so we’re going to do our part to change that. Hit the jump for more. Who He Is: Grillo grew up in upstate New York. Prior to catching the acting bug, he was more focused on sports. »
- Perri Nemiroff
Set for it’s world premiere at this year’s Toronto Film Festival, the first trailer for director Liv Ullman’s Miss Julie has arrived online.
Starring Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Colin Farrell (Phone Booth) and Samantha Morton (Minority Report), the film is based on the acclaimed play about a torrid love affair that crosses a forbidden class divide .
The official synopsis is: a country estate in Ireland in the 1880s. Over the course of one midsummer night, Miss Julie explores the brutal, charged power struggle between a young aristocratic woman and her father’s valet.
Distribution is still to be set for the film, but with it’s premiere set to spark lots of feverish activity, it surely won’t be long until it’s released across the globe.
- Scott Davis
Ethan Hawke stars in a really cool looking time travel thriller called Predestination. In the story he plays a “Temporal Agent,” who has pursued one criminal throughout his entire career. This looks like an intriguing story. It has a slight resemblance to the movie Minority Report, but it's different enough to be its own movie.
Predestination chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent (Ethan Hawke) sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career for all eternity. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.
There's no U.S. release date for the film yet. »
- Joey Paur
A Hard Day’s Night, 1964.
Directed by Richard Lester.
A look into the (hard) day and night adventures of The Beatles.
Many who haven’t yet seen A Hard Day’s Night will still be familiar with some of the 50 year-old tropes featured in the film. The opening alone has been parodied and referenced dozens of times (Austin Powers, for one) and many of people would have certainly heard at least one song off the soundtrack. The trouble is, many haven’t actually seen the film that houses all these wonderful pieces of pop culture. However, with the 50th anniversary rerelease, the opportunity to seek it out comes even easier, and more luxuriously, thanks to a beautifully remastered soundtrack and an incredibly crisp picture.
We follow the “Fab Four” on what it supposed to look »
- Gary Collinson
It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about Predestination, the time travel project that reteams Ethan Hawke with his Daybreakers directors The Spierig Brothers. The last update we got was that Hawke had finished the film about a year ago, then nothing. Then today we suddenly get a trailer for the film based on the 1959 Robert Heinlein short story “All You Zombies.” And that trailer looks pretty cool. It definitely seems like it mixes elements of Minority Report with elements of Looper, though the dating of its source material should clear up any claims of aping the latter. Sarah Snook looks like she’s being put to unique use as well, with a remarkable transformation at the trailer's halfway point. My only real concern here is that they're showing too much. Sony will be distributing the film in the U.S. but a release date hasn’t been announced at the moment. »
- Evan Dickson
What if you could catch bad guys ... before they did bad things?
That's the premise behind "Predestination," a film based on Robert Heinlein's 1959 short story "All You Zombies." Ethan Hawke stars as a "temporal agent" who uses time travel to right wrongs -- before they happen. Basically, it's part "Minority Report," part "Looper."
As he explains to a new recruit (Sarah Snook), "We prevent crime before it takes place." His main mission is to stop a mass murderer by the name of "The Fizzle Bomber."
The recently-released trailer hints at some mind-bending twists and Wtf-worthy moments. Unfortunately, we don't know when we'll get to unravel them, as there's no U.S. release date yet (it opens Aug. 28 in Australia).
- Kelly Woo
I wonder would Ethan Hawke go back in time (if he could) and rethink his decision to sign on for Getaway. Maybe he will once he gets down with lots of time travelling as a “temporal agent” in Predestination. The first trailer has arrived and the movie looks like a combination of Minority Report, The Adjustment Bureau and Looper. No bad thing I guess, but the visuals of the movie don’t seem to be up to much. So far, Predestination has got some good word of mouth with a few reviews, but let’s see what happens when it goes on full release. I’m a sucker for time travel movies, but this just isn’t getting me excited at all. Maybe it’s just me, check out the trailer below and let us know what you think! The movie screened at South by Southwest back in March, and »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
The time traveling sci-fi thriller Predestination re-teams Daybreakers filmmakers Michael and Peter Spierig with Ethan Hawke in what looks to be a very solid movie. I was not expecting to enjoy this trailer this much and have since placed it on my must-see list for the year. It has touches of Looper, Minority Report and even Inception if I’m reaching; it also has its own slick style working for it as you will see. Here’s the synopsis followed by the trailer: »
- Graham McMorrow
Every few years we get a time travel movie. The last one of any note (that I can remember, at least) was Looper, which starred Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a man who ends up having to assassinate himself in the future. Now Ethan Hawke is taking a swing at the same subgenre with his role in Predestination.
The film features Hawke as a Temporal Agent – that is, the kind of law enforcement official who prevents crimes before they happen. He’s sent on a series of time-traveling journeys to ensure that his career carries on infinitely into the future. Now on his final assignment, he searches for the criminal that has escaped him throughout time.
The first trailer for Predestination shows us a good bit of time-jumping and tries most manfully to set up the premise of the film without giving the game away. There’s a lot of semi-recognizable time-travel mumbo jumbo, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Blending elements of Memento and Minority Report, Predestination finds Ethan Hawke as a temporal agent, traversing through time to eliminate crime before it happens. His last assignment, however, requires him to recruit his younger self and stop the one criminal he’s never caught.
Hawke previously worked with directors Michael and Peter Spierig on Daybreakers, a post-apocalyptic take on vampire mythology, and this project is a return to similarly high-concept material. Based on science fiction legend Robert A. Heinlein’s short story, All You Zombies (a line Hawke spouts mid-trailer), Predestination deals with everything from time paradoxes to, well, fate and predestination. »
- Jackson McHenry
"What if I could put him in front of you. The man who ruined your life." It's Minority Report meets Looper in the first trailer for the South by Southwest selected film Predestination. The film follows a temporal agent (Ethan Hawke, who worked with directors Michael & Peter Spierig in Daybreakers) who is tasked with preventing crime throughout time before it happens. But he's also a man who messes with time in order to make sure that his legacy and work in law enforcement lasts forever. But all that is threatened by the one criminal who has gotten away from him time and time again. This looks pretty damn cool. Watch! Here's the Australian trailer for Michael & Peter Spierig's Predestination from Pinnacle Film Sales: Predestination is written and directed by Michael & Peter Spiering (Daybreakers). The film chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent (Ethan Hawke) sent on an intricate series »
- Ethan Anderton
Week in Review rounds up the best of the rest of film and TV news hitting the web this week. Check out the rest of the Sos Blog for more news updates.
When Tommy Wiseau, the director of self-proclaimed masterpiece The Room (i.e. one of the best worst cult movies ever made), isn’t touring around college campuses and dodging chucked spoons at midnight screenings of his own film, or better yet, trying to play a video game, he’s presumably still out there being the auteur he thinks he is. Those desperate to know what he’d be up to next need wait no longer, as Wiseau has shared a clip from an upcoming sitcom he’s made called The Neighbors. Naturally, it looks awesome.
The clip for the show, as well as the show’s website, says it will premier on “Comedy.TV” this September. Except that might be a total lie, »
- Brian Welk
HBO is adapting Broadway play All the Way as a movie. Bryan Cranston, who won a Tony for his portrayal as President Lyndon Johnson, will reprise his role. The story follow Johnson in the year after Kennedy‘s assassination.
Dermot Mulroney has signed up for a story arc on Shameless as Fiona‘s latest suitor. While he’ll play a new character, TVLine describes him as basically replacing the character that was played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
Former Daily Show showrunner Rory Albanese — who worked on the show for 14 years — is returning to Comedy Central’s late night lineup. He’ll be in charge of the upcoming Minority Report, the show that will replace The Colbert Report. That sounds like a pretty promising sign.
The Daily Beast says that Barbara Walters was “enthusiastic” about »
- Lyle Masaki
Rory Albanese did not stray from Comedy Central for long. Less than a year after The Daily Show showrunner departed after a 14-year tenure with the broadcast, he's heading back to the cable network to lead The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore. Comedy Central's 11:30 p.m. follow-up to the exiting Colbert Report will reunite Albanese and Daily Show correspondent Wilmore. Story Larry Wilmore Talks 'Minority Report,' 'Black-ish' Albanese departed The Daily Show after four seasons as showrunner, inking a development deal with Warner Bros. TV, where he briefly developed a comedy with CBS. Set to
- Michael O'Connell
A few months back, I reported that James Mangold (The Wolverine) was set to direct an adaptation of John D. MacDonald's "The Deep Blue Goodbye." At the time, I noted that based on the description of the book's title character Travis McGee, it sounded like a good gig for Matthew McConaughey.
Here's my description of the character, who would become the protagonist for several more adaptations if Hollywood can successfully launch him with Deep Blue Goodbye:
"The character is described as something of a beach bum in Florida that lives on his houseboat, The Busted Flush, and doesn't do much of anything until he needs money. When he needs to make some cash, he does for-hire jobs helping people get back their missing property as a "salvage consultant," helps and seduces women along the way, and gets himself into various misadventures while on assignments."
Sounds like it would require someone who has the charming, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
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