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Daniel Craig is return for his fourth turn as rugged, square-jawed secret agent James Bond in a new Sam Mendes-Directed film that will also star Italian actress Monica Bellucci, French actress Léa Seydoux and Austrian Christoph Waltz. Seydoux is best known for her acclaimed role in the 2013 French film “Blue is the Warmest Color,” with Adèle Exarchopoulos. Bellucci is best known in the United States for such Hollywood films as “Tears of the Sun” (2003), The Matrix Reloaded (2003), “The Passion of the Christ” (2004), “The Brothers Grimm” (2005), “Don’t Look Back” (2009) and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” (2010). Waltz has been a favorite of director Quentin Tarantino. He starred in Tarantino’s World War II drama, “Inglorous Basterds,” playing a Nazi Jew hunter, and a bounty hunter in the 2012 spaghetti western “Django Unchained.” ...Read More »
Update: These casting rumors indeed proved true as the new Bond title, cast and synopsis has been revelead. Click here for all the details. It seems like only yesterday we were informed casting and title announcements for the upcoming James Bond film would be made in the wee hours of the morning tomorrow, but apparently updates like that don't stop the rumor mill from turning, they make it run even faster. Today brings news the names Andrew Scott and Monica Bellucci may come to the fore during tomorrow's announcement, with Scott ("Sherlock") apparently hand-picked to play a villain in the film and Bellucci (The Matrix Reloaded) in the mix for a role as one of Bond's female companions, because that man can never have just one. I'm not terribly familiar with either actor, as "Sherlock" still sits in my Netflix queue (I know, I know) and Bellucci is a model-turned-actor »
- Jordan Benesh
The difference between a 120-minute movie and a 115-minute movie can be surprisingly huge. Pacing and editing are the most underrated parts of the filmmaking process, so it’s baffling when a movie spends a bunch of time on a scene that, in the end, doesn’t even matter. Turns out there’s not really a good technical term for it, except “a bunch of bullshit they put in to pad the runtime or something.” But these are parts of movies that wasted a bunch of your time and you’ll never get it back. Enjoy! 5. 2001: A Space Odyssey – The Stargate Look, I love 2001. It’s easily in the top 5 sci-fi films ever. But the star gate sequence or whatever the hell it is is just… ugh. It’s ten minutes of re-used footage from Doctor Strangelove with an acid trip filter placed over top. Yeah yeah, “Kubrick was a genius.” I »
- Ashe Cantrell
On Thursday, the official title and cast of Bond 24 will be revealed during an event on the 007 stage at Pinewood Studios, but us journalists are an impatient bunch, so it’s hardly surprising that the rumor mill continues to churn with regard to actors who may or may not have roles in the upcoming spy thriller. Recently, two intriguing rumors began making the rounds online, from Deadline and The Mirror.
Nancy Tartaglione of Deadline reports, “I’ve also heard that Monica Bellucci may be in the mix.” The acclaimed Italian actress appeared in The Matrix Reloaded, The Passion of the Christ and Don’t Look Back, but her most famous role may be in the brutal Gaspar Noé mystery thriller Irréversible. No details on her role, but it doesn’t take much to guess that Bellucci would be playing a Bond Girl – and honestly, given her long-held status as »
- Isaac Feldberg
When the official title and cast are announceed on Thursday you can put all Bond 24 rumors to bed, but until then, anything is fair game. Which brings us to two casting rumors that were reported today by Deadline and The Mirror. Nancy Tartaglione from Deadline reports, "I’ve also heard that Monica Bellucci may be in the mix." The Italian actress is best known to mainstream audiences for her roles in The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Passion of the Christ (2004). The Mirror believes Irish actor Andrew Scott, who plays Moriarty in BBC's Sherlock, "is set to appear in the new James Bond movie as a villain." They believe the Irish actor is looking to make the leap from TV to film, just like his Sherlock co-stars, Benedict Cumberbatch ("Star Trek Into Darkness") and Martin Freeman ("The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies"). The Mirror's inside source added, "Andrew »
Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb…
“Just to be clear, I love teasers! But Star Wars is different. Would love to be able to walk into a theatre having never seen a single image.”
If you have no idea who Jeff Cannata is, I strongly recommend hunting down his work here: http://jeffcannata.com/
This week saw blockbuster film fans of the world rejoice. After years of production hell, Jurassic World is well on its way to release next year. The trailer revealed a combination of stories we had heard about (a genetically modified dino) and scenes of an open park in full operation [watch it here]. On Friday, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens landed [watch it here]. With a »
- Simon Columb
I will say this for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, it feels like they saved everything for Part 2. With a running time just over two hours, there's maybe an hour's worth of worthwhile content here as the story has been stretched to its absolute limit and beyond in an effort to justify breaking it into two parts. Oh well, such is the nature of today's cinema. It's just unfortunate it means scenes that would have otherwise been deleted five to ten years ago now remain in feature films, bringing them down with redundancies and melodrama best left on the cutting room floor. Where Mockingjay - Part 1 wastes no time is getting us into the story. Either you've seen The Hunger Games and Catching Fire or you'll be playing catch up the entire time as we find Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) still in a state of shock after the »
- Brad Brevet
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I
Directed by Francis Lawrence
In a previous review of the second instalment of The Hunger Games series for this website, I expressed some dismay that Catching Fire didn’t really have a conclusion to speak of, with its cliffhanger ending reminding me less of The Empire Strikes Back and more of The Matrix Reloaded or Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. The argument I made was that what makes the Star Wars film still satisfying is that it has an actual sense of narrative progression and character achievement despite abandoning its players in the midst of doom and gloom. Going back and revisiting Catching Fire, I admit I may have been a little harsh as quite a bit of substantial material in terms of world-building and character development is crammed »
- Josh Slater-Williams
Neil Calloway looks at the superhero movie genre’s dominance of the mainstream, and its impact on adult cinema…
The news that financing on the the film Idol’s Eye, slated to star Robert De Niro and Robert Pattinson, had been pulled, just as it was about to go into production surprised me. If a film starring an double Oscar winner like De Niro and a young star like Pattinson can’t attract investors, what films can? Anyone that has an interest in film can’t have helped but notice that Marvel Studios – which only started making films on its own in 2008 – revealed their “phase three” for the next few years, quickly following the announcement from DC comics If these young upstarts can tell us what films they’re going to be making for the foreseeable future, how can a film like Idol’s Eye not secure the money it needs to get made? »
- Oli Davis
In Keanu Reeves's new movie, John Wick, he plays a stone-faced contract killer — perfect casting for an actor famous for his otherworldly impassiveness. Ha-ha, you might say, Keanu Reeves is playing another role where he doesn't have to emote. But those who joke about Keanu and his immobile face haven't been paying attention. *This post originally ran on Vulture on December 11, 2008.Emotion: Baseline Keanu-ness Year depicted: 2003 Habitat: The Matrix Revolutions Field notes: The purest, most basic facial expression of Keanu, aided by wraparound sunglasses. Kean-u-meter: 0 Emotion: Unconsciousness Year depicted: 2003 Habitat: The Matrix Reloaded Field notes: Keanu is in the Matrix. Kean-u-meter: 1 Emotion: Alienation Year depicted: 2008 Habitat: The Day the Earth Stood Still Field notes: Keanu is a literal alien. Kean-u-meter: 1 Emotion: Concern Year depicted: 1991 Habitat: My Own Private Idaho Field notes: "When will my friend awaken?" wonders Keanu. Kean-u-meter: 1 »
- Dan Kois
Before Keanu's new film John Wick hits theaters, let’s take a look at his first interview with Et.
Keanu Reeves has been acting for nearly three decades and Et has been with him every step of the way.
In celebration of John Wick, the 50-year-old actor's latest film out this Friday, we dug into the Et vault to find the first time we interviewed the actor—way back in 1985 on the set of the TV movie Young Again.
Video- Keanu Reeves Addresses Recent Home Break-In
"I can feel it, I'm having fun," a 21-year-old Keanu told Et. The young actor was wide-eyed and bushy-tailed working alongside TV's Bionic Woman Lindsay Wagner, and had dreams of making it big himself one day. "I hope something gets out there that is magic -- and if not, I'll just be sad and cry," he joked.
It took a few more years, but Keanu would eventually make a name for »
It's been 15 years since 1999, because that's how time works. 1999 is generally considered a great year for movies. Transformative, even: A diverse array of films, directed by a fleet of up-and-coming filmmakers, all arriving at the multiplex back when cable was lame enough and the internet was slow enough to make the multiplex a place that mattered. If you happened to be young in 1999—or young-ish—it was possible to feel like you were seeing the entire cinematic art form evolve in front of you. Fifteen years ago this month was Three Kings and Fight Club and Being John Malkovich, instant-cult »
- Darren Franich
Could it be that we are about to see a romantic comedy that is actually a fresh and original idea? I don’t want to get ahead of myself here but, even though my instincts dictate a cautious approach, I cannot help but be optimistic about Posthumous – the feature length debut of writer-director Lulu Wang, starring Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) and Brit Marling (The East) – for which we now have a poster.
The film introduces us to Liam Price (Huston) – a struggling artist in Berlin. When false reports of his death send the popularity of his name and his work skyrocketing, he decides to perpetuate and benefit from the myth by posing as his own brother. His plan hits an obstacle, however, when he begins to fall for McKenzie Grain (Marling) – a reporter assigned to cover the story. Lambert Wilson (The Matrix Reloaded), Tom Schilling (Generation War) and Alexander Fehling »
- Sarah Myles
Jada Pinkett-Smith ("The Matrix Reloaded," "Gotham") is in talks while Andie MacDowell has signed on to the cast of Gregory Jacobs' upcoming stripper drama sequel "Magic Mike Xxl" at Warner Bros. Pictures reports Variety.
Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello return as male strippers who set out on a road trip to a male stripper convention. It has also been reported that Alex Pettyfer may be returning as well.
Pinkett Smith would play a strip club owner in the film, a role originally crafted for a male actor. Details of McDowell's role are being kept under wraps.
The announcement follows confirmation yesterday that actor Matthew McConaughey will Not be returning for the follow-up. »
- Garth Franklin
Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best.
On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Netflix, Inc. and Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution announced today an unprecedented agreement that makes Netflix the exclusive subscription video on demand (Svod) home of the highly anticipated series, Gotham in each of the territories in which the world's leading Internet TV network current operates and select other territories. Each season of the series will be available to Netflix members following linear broadcast beginning in 2015.
Premiering on September 22 on Fox in the United States, the series draws on the origin story of Batman, taking place in Gotham City as young Detective (and future Commissioner) James Gordon and the recently orphaned Bruce Wayne meet in the troubled days before the arrival of the Dark Knight. With a stellar cast including Ben McKenzie (Southland, The O.C.), Donal Logue (Vikings, Sons of Anarchy) and Jada Pinkett Smith (The Matrix Reloaded, Ali, Hawthorne, Collateral) and Sean Pertwee (The Musketeers, Elementary, Luther, The Tudors), the »
Netflix has acquired the rights to Gotham weeks before its highly anticipated premiere on Fox, marking what is believed to be the first deal of its kind for a series that has yet to air. Deadline was the first to report the news.
Netflix and Warner Bros. announced today that each season of the highly anticipated Batman prequel series will be available on the streaming services beginning in 2015, after the initial broadcast dates on Fox, which kick off on Sept. 22.
The series, which was well received by critics in early reviews, is based on the story of Batman. It follows »
- Emily Blake
Netflix, Inc. and Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution announced today an unprecedented agreement that makes Netflix the exclusive subscription video on demand (Svod) home of the highly anticipated series, Gotham, in each of the territories in which the world's leading Internet TV network current operates and select other territories. Each season of the series will be available to Netflix members following linear broadcast beginning in 2015.
Premiering on September 22 on Fox in the United States, the series draws on the origin story of Batman, taking place in Gotham City as young Detective (and future Commissioner) James Gordon and the recently orphaned Bruce Wayne meet in the troubled days before the arrival of the Dark Knight. With a stellar cast including Ben McKenzie (Southland, The O.C.), Donal Logue (Sons of Anarchy, Vikings, Terriers), Jada Pinkett Smith (The Matrix Reloaded, Ali, Collateral, HawthoRNe) and Sean Pertwee (The Musketeers, Elementary, Luther, The Tudors), the »
- Kellvin Chavez
★★★★★A lot has changed since Bound was released in 1996. The Wachowskis went from hotshot upstarts to paradigm-shifting savants with The Matrix (1999), a film that has irrevocably altered the form of the action movie. Its sequels, The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003) were met with rather less rapturous response, while Speed Racer (2008) and Cloud Atlas (2012) split critical opinion right down the middle. As the critical tide gradually turns to a re-evaluation and recognition of the later Wachowski achievements, the time seems more than ripe to return to their first movie. Thankfully, a brand new special features-packed release from Arrow Video does just that.
- CineVue UK
Based on a true story, Final Four will follow three young Australian guys who go to the Us to try their luck in the Ncaa College Basketball Championships.
Recruited by Saint Mary.s College near San Francisco, the Aussies contribute to the team.s greatest success in 50 years.
Shuman is one of the producers on Galinsky.s long-in-development Dust and Glory, a comedy action adventure love story set during the RedEx Trials of the 1950s.
"Bobby introduced me to Josh earlier in the year and we began discussions which culminated with a deal when he flew to Los Angeles and we met last month, »
- Don Groves
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