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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 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (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
We've seen movies like Kill Bill and Blade Runner turned into 8-bit video games, but YouTube user and San Francisco State University student Phillip Raupach has decided to do something different inspired by old school video games. Instead of taking The Matrix Reloaded and turning it into an 8-bit video game, he merely took footage from the film, a fight scene with Neo and thugs in the house of the Merovingian, and replaced all of the music and sounds with those you would find in these early video games. The result is funny and impressive, as his work won him Best Sound Design at Sfsu's BECAfest last year. Watch below! Here's Phillip Raupach's 8-bit version of The Matrix Reloaded (via Movies.com): For those who don't know, BECAfest 2014 is the annual showcase of student work produced in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts. It's pretty clear why this won Best »
- Ethan Anderton
HBO have got a new comedy show in the works and it has just added a few more cast members to the mix; Jaimie Alexander and Bernard White will join Jack Black and Tim Robbins in the shows’ main roles. The Brink, a half-hour comedy series tipped to be released by the end of the year, will be a humorous slant on the scramble to prevent geopolitical crisis as World War III looms ever closer.
Doesn’t sound that funny to us either but there’s several reasons we’re remaining optimistic. Firstly, the script is being written by seasoned writer/producer Roberto Benabib and his brother Kim, the former with credits including Ally McBeal and Weeds. Secondly, on board directing is Jay Roach who makes his first foray into directing a TV series after movies such as Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Meet The Parents and The Campaign. »
- Victoria Bull
Bellucci wears dresses from a past spring/summer collection from Dolce & Gabbana.
In 1996 she was nominated for a 'César Award' for best supporting actress for her portrayal of 'Lisa' in "L'Appartement".
She has since played in numerous films including "Tears of the Sun" (2003), "The Matrix Reloaded" (2003), "The Brothers Grimm" (2005), "Le Deuxième souffle" (2007), "Don't Look Back" (2009), and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (2010).
Bellucci dubbed her own voice for the French and Italian releases of the film "Shoot 'Em Up" (2007), also voicing 'Kaileena' in the video game "Prince of Persia: Warrior Within" and the French voice of 'Cappy' for the French version of »
- Michael Stevens
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- Justin Vactor
Jada Pinkett Smith knows a thing or two about wedding bliss. The 42-year-old actress, who has been happily married to husband Will Smith since 1997, took to Facebook on Sunday to share a bit of relationship advice and reveal her secret for sustaining a successful marriage after spending 17 years with her hubby. And it's a tip from which we can all benefit. "A message to a friend: A wise man shared with me yesterday one word responsible for his 24 years of marriage. You know what that word was...forgiveness. Happy Sunday:) J," Pinkett-Smith posted on social media, opting to share her sentiments sans a photo. The Matrix Reloaded star and her 45-year-old hubby are certainly a testament to »
Snowpiercer is not the masterpiece that you want it to be, but it’s a damn good try. South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s first English-language film attempts greatness, playing around with dystopian tropes, numerous cinematic allusions, and some obvious-but-still-sorta-ingenious neo-Marxist political philosophy to deliver a gritty but somehow darkly comedic (as is the case with most of Bong’s films) action thriller that’s worth your while only if you temper your inflated expectations.
In 2031, a device designed to eradicate global warming by lowering the Earth’s temperature backfires, throwing humanity into the next ice age. The only known survivors live on the titular train, created by a mysterious figure named Wilford, that is powered by a perpetual-motion engine travelling on a global track once every year, and is comprised of a train car-based class system (all of this being a seemingly skewed product of an Ayn Rand fever »
- Sean Hutchinson
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