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After sending Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson to crash some weddings and forcing Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds to switch bodies (and don't forget about Fred Claus since it's Christmas time), director David Dobkin is getting into serious territory with The Judge starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall. And it seems like he's going to stay in that arena for a little while longer because Variety has word that Dobkin is going to direct the gestating biopic on Playboy founder Hugh Hefner that is currently set up at Warner Bros. with Ocean's Eleven franchise producer Jerry Weintraub still on board the untitled project. Read on! This should be quite the sterling biopic because Rush and Frost/Nixon screenwriter Peter Morgan will script the film. We're not sure just how much of Hefner's life will be covered (the later years get boring and stupid with reality show prospects and Viagara »
- Ethan Anderton
It's almost too good to be true: a bunch of major movie stars (among them Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner, Louie C.K. and others...), dressed up in insane '70s clothing, in a movie that often feels like a period version of "Ocean's Eleven."
But yet, here we are, reviewing "American Hustle," the new film from "Silver Linings Playbook" director David O. Russell. Based in part on an actual FBI sting operation, it features cops and criminals and the grey area in between, with an emphasis on memorable characters and identifiable situations as opposed to, well, a bunch of criminal underworld type stuff that no one would really care about.
Of course, given the glut of incredible movies mobbing the multiplexes this Christmas, is "American Hustle" worth your hard-earned dough? Should you hustle to see this movie? These are the groovy questions at hand, and »
- Drew Taylor
Take "Ocean's Eleven," then make it scrappier and less suave and you've got "Art of the Steal."
A new trailer shows that this heist movie isn't trying to break new ground. Kurt Russell plays a washed-up motorcycle stunt driver who puts together a ragtag team to steal the rarest of books, the Gutenberg Bible.
"This is the one we're all going to be remembered for," Russell promises.
And like any other caper movie, he's surrounded by people with kicky titles, like "The Idea Man" (Matt Dillon), "The Forger" (Chris Diamantopoulos), and "The Apprentice" (Jay Baruchel). And of course, there's The Girl (Kathryn Winnick).
Naturally, there's a very complicated plan which goes totally awry. How ever will they complete their task?
"Art of the Steal" sneaks first onto video-on-demand February 7, then into theaters on March 14.
- Kelly Woo
Tiff comes and Tiff goes and there are lots of movies that due to scheduling, the need for sleep and the necessity of food, just don't get in front of our eyes. And this year, one of them was "The Art Of The Steal" which brings together the ragtag crew of Kurt Russell, Jay Baruchel, Matt Dillon and more for a heist comedy. We like heists (check out this feature), we like comedy, but does this work? The answer: shrug. Not really bad and not really good either, this first trailer presents the "Ocean's Eleven"-lite tale centered Crunch Calhoun (Russell), a third rate motorcycle daredevil and semi-reformed art thief, who agrees to get back into the con game and pull off just one more big time score with his untrustworthy brother Nicky (Dillon). Crunch reassembles the old team and comes up with a plan to steal a priceless historical book, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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For the benefit of younger readers (or inattentive older ones), Lord Lucan was the flamboyant aristocrat who inadvertently bludgeoned his children's nanny to death in 1974 with a piece of lead pipe and was never seen again. The case was superbly stitched together in Jeff Pope's two-part drama Lucan (concludes Wednesday), based on John Pearson's 2005 book The Gamblers, and directed by Adrian Shergold. We saw some fine performances. A dead-eyed Rory Kinnear was convincing as the luxuriantly moustached earl, grimly amassing ruinous debt among London's high rollers while his marriage went to hell. Mad-eyed Christopher Eccleston had his work cut out as a brilliantly cocksure John Aspinall (the »
- Phil Hogan
Ironically, Vera Farmiga of A&E's "Bates Motel" and her younger sister Taissa Farmiga of American Horror Story: Coven play mother and daughter in At Middleton. Farmiga plays Garcia's love interest. Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga star as parents taking their teens to a college tour at Middleton when the two strangers decide to play hooky instead and relive their own days at university. Academy Award® nominees Andy Garcia (Ocean's 11, City Island) and Vera Farmiga (A&E's "Bates Motel", Up in the Air) star as straight-laced George and eccentric Edith, who fail to connect with their kids. But what begins as an afternoon of fun soon becomes
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No trickery, no mind control – this time Derren's just schooling a group of pensioners in the art of grand larceny
He's the UK's mindbender-in-chief, a seer of the realm whose status as national treasure was rubber-stamped after being namedropped in The Day Of The Doctor. "What's our cover story for this?" wondered Unit boss Kate Stewart as the Tardis was airlifted into Trafalgar Square. "Um, Derren Brown," replied her scarf-rockin' sidekick. "Again?" sighed Stewart. And therein lies the rub. Beloved mesmerist or not, Brown needs to keep turning tricks to remain on the telly, and while everyone enjoys being bamboozled once in a while, getting hornswoggled repeatedly by the same impish know-it-all can get a little wearying.
So in Derren Brown: The Great Art Robbery (Friday, Channel 4, 9pm), the magus of meticulously staged outrageousness parks his uncanny abilities and puts the spotlight on four lovely pensioners he intends »
- Sarah Dempster, Graeme Virtue
Director George Clooney and writer Grant Heslov (Good Night, and Good Luck, The Ides of March) have teamed up again for a new WWII film The Monuments Men. In a sort of Dirty Dozen meets Ocean's Eleven storyline, The Monuments Men follows a group of respected historians and museum curators enlisted by the United States Army to help recover priceless works of art stolen by the Nazis. Led by George Clooney, the movie also stars Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett and Jean Dujardin. »
"Mr. President, we are at a point in this war that is the most dangerous to the greatest historical achievements known to man." If you've watched the trailers for The Monuments Men and thought that this feels like Ocean's Eleven heads to World War II, this new trailer from the UK will only strengthen that observation as it includes a recognizable track from the first heist film that also starred George Clooney and Matt Damon. While the film still looks fantastic, we just wish it hadn't been delayed to February 2014, therefore completely shaking up the Oscar race this season. At least we don't have to wait another year. Here's the new UK trailer for George Clooney's The Monuments Men from The Daily Mail: The Monuments Men is directed by George Clooney (Good Night and Good Luck, The Ides of March) who co-wrote the script with his producing partner Grant Heslov. »
- Ethan Anderton
Georgle Clooney's Monuments Men looked like it could be a player in this year's awards race, but it had to be pushed back to February in order to work on the special effects and find the tone of the story. For those who are unfamiliar with the film, it’s based on a true story about soldiers and historians who have to go to Germany during World War II to rescue artistic masterpieces before they’re destroyed by the Nazis. The first trailer made the film look confused and mediocre, but now an international trailer has gone online, and the movie looks like it's in much better shape. The humor is sharper, the story is better laid out, and the stakes are more clearly defined. There's even a little grin about the premise having a bit of an Ocean's Eleven vibe when Matt Damon's character asks Clooney, "Aren't you a little old for this? »
- Matt Goldberg
The elevator pitch for The Monuments Men is basically Ocean's Eleven but with Nazis, so it was only a matter of time before the trailers caught up. Is that the actual Ocean's Eleven music you hear? Why yes, it is! And director/co-writer George Clooney is finally in Danny Ocean mode, explaining complex "we're gonna steal the thing" plans to a band of funny misfits. Then it gets all emotional, because World War II and Nazis and Art, but anyway, this is the The Monuments Men we were imagining. »
- Amanda Dobbins
It's immensely difficult to strike the balance between earnest and funny when it comes to movies about World War II, but if anyone can, it's probably our man George Clooney.
Clooney, who directed and co-wrote the screenplay, creates a funny "Ocean's Eleven"-style heist vibe as an art conservationist who enlists a group of international experts to save art from Hitler's clutches. Roosevelt himself has given the marching orders for the platoon to seek out the irreplaceable artworks stolen by Nazi goons from museums across Europe.
This gang includes Matt Damon (naturally), John Goodman, Bill Murray, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, and Cate Blanchett, who each have their own specialty and stake in getting to the most precious works of art before they go into Hitler's archives or are destroyed.
Of course, there are some kooky moments, like when Damon's character finds himself standing on an unexploded land mine, or when »
- Jenni Miller
While it won't be in the Oscar mix both because it won't be ready and for the fact that it's, as George Clooney calls it, "a commercial, non-cynical piece of entertainment," "Monuments Men" still has the kind of star power to attract a red carpet. And indeed, it will be making its international premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in just a couple of months. And with that in mind, a brand new overseas trailer has arrived. Featuring lots of new footage, but the same "Ocean's Eleven"-meets-wwii vibe, this new spot features dashingly handsome men, real history, genuine emotion and all told, promises a pretty decent couple of hours at the movie house. MIssion: accomplished, Clooney? Based on Robert M. Edsel's book, the movie chronicles the true story of a specially commissioned platoon who are tasked with recovering stolen artwork before the end of WWII, and a bunch of magazine ready faces — Matt Damon, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Of all Paul Walker's career accomplishments, there's one very curious to award nuts like us: Back in 2003, Walker and his zesty lime car won a Teen Choice Award for Best Movie Chemistry in "2 Fast 2 Furious." Together they beat Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck in "Daredevil," Anna Paquin and Shawn Ashmore in "X2," Jim Carrey and Morgan Freeman in "Bruce Almighty," Eric Christian Olsen and Derek Richardson in "Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd" and Sanaa Lathan and Taye Diggs in "Brown Sugar." One year earlier, Walker starred in the first "Fast and Furious" film, and picked up the Best On-Screen Team popcorn bucket with co-star Vin Diesel at the MTV Movie Awards. They beat the teams from "Ocean's Eleven," "Rush Hour 2," "Shrek" and "Zoolander." Walker died in a single car accident on Saturday at age 40. The handsome leading man mixed up mainstrea »
Of all Paul Walker's accomplishments, there's one very curious to award nuts at Gold Derby: Back in 2003, Walker and his car won a Teen Choice Award for Best Movie Chemistry in "2 Fast 2 Furious." Together they beat Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck in "Daredevil," Anna Paquin and Shawn Ashmore in "X2," Jim Carrey and Morgan Freeman in "Bruce Almighty," Eric Christian Olsen and Derek Richardson in "Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd" and Sanaa Lathan and Taye Diggs in "Brown Sugar." One year earlier, Walker starred in the first "Fast and Furious" film, and picked up the Best On-Screen Team popcorn bucket with co-star Vin Diesel at the MTV Movie Awards. They beat the teams from "Ocean's Eleven," "Rush Hour 2," "Shrek" and "Zoolander." Walker died in a single car accident on Saturday at age 40. The handsome leading man mixed up mainstream movies -- »
Film-makers have tried sex, murder and intrigue, and yet that most intellectual of spectator sports remains remarkably difficult to depict on screen
• Computer Chess: watch the trailer
Throw a rock at the sports genre and you'll hit a film about baseball or football, or hockey, or racing. Odds are, you won't strike a film about chess. Chess isn't generally considered a stadium filler (although it can be). It's perceived as a game for eccentric intellectuals and elderly historians. It doesn't have the glamour or sex appeal of more sedentary sports, such as pool, as demonstrated by Paul Newman in The Hustler. Chess won't even fit snugly in to other genre films, where the banality of cards, for example, naturally lends itself to a seedy, gambling gangster underworld (Rounders), the exotic highlife of a casino (Casino Royale), or even more piquant, a combo »
Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity is poised to cross the $500 million mark globally this weekend, making it the biggest box office hit for its two stars Sandra Bullock (previous best Speed on $350.2 million) and George Clooney (previous best Ocean's Eleven on $450.6 million).
At the time of writing, Gravity has brought in $235.9 domestically and $261 million overseas. Last month, Gravity broke an October record for the highest grossing live-action feature with $400 million worldwide. With a $100 Million budget this is a huge success for Warner Bros., thanks in no small part tos IMAX and 3D surcharges, as well as repeat viewings.
Gravity delivered more thrills than all the blockbusters came out this year and its earned every penny. If there was ever a reason to buy a 3D television this is it. This and Life of Pi have really shown what 3D can do for storytelling and immersion, and this is one time I'd »
- Gary Collinson
Even with the plethora of celebrities (including the ones that have said "it's complicated") sharing their personal lives on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter you'd be surprised at how many other stars are foregoing social media completely, either due to confusion, lack of interest, or just plain fear. Just this week, a trio of A-listers - George Clooney, Julia Roberts, and Kate Hudson - all spoke out against social networking. George communicated the dangers of drunk-tweeting while Julia likened to it a sugar high, and Kate admitted to being "scared" of the whole concept. Read on to see 10 stars that are so not about social media. George Clooney In a recent sit-down with Esquire, George Clooney spilled all of his feelings about social media, primarily Twitter. The actor said, "Why on God's green earth would you be on Twitter? Because first of all, the worst thing you can do is make yourself more available, »
- Brittney Stephens
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 8th to Sunday 10th Novemner 2013...
After wowing North American audiences for the past few weeks, Alfonso Cuaron's acclaimed sci-fi thriller Gravity finally arrived on UK soil this past weekend, with the Sandra Bullock / George Clooney starrer comfortably taking top spot in the box office chart with a hefty £6,234,375, including £619k in Thursday previews.Gravity's opening haul marked a UK record for both Sandra Bullock (previous best Two Weeks Notice with £2.64 million) and George Clooney (previous best Ocean's Eleven with £5.1 million), although the debut falls some way short of Cuaron's biggest bow, with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban raking in £23.9 million in its first weekend back in 2004.With Gravity cutting into its takings, Thor: The Dark World dropped almost 50% in its second weekend, although its cumulative gross of £13.9 million means the Chris Hemsworth-headlined solo »
- Gary Collinson
• Review of Gravity
Competitors stampeded away from the release date in panic, giving director Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity a clear run at the UK audience. The result: an impressive £6.24m, including Thursday takings of £619,000. This is the biggest opening for lead actors Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Bullock's biggest debuts were this summer's The Heat (£2.5m, including £910,000 in previews), the punctuation-challenged Two Weeks Notice (£2.64m), and Speed (£2.31m). Clooney's previous best openings were Ocean's Eleven (£5.1m), and Batman and Robin (£4.94m). Cuarón's previous best is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which achieved a mighty debut of £23.88m thanks to an aggressive preview strategy.
Comparisons with films that occupy a similar market positioning are tricky, »
- Charles Gant
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