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Take your pick of this week's cinema releases. Plus, what's coming up on the site today
What to watch
In the UK? Have a gander at The Guardian Film Show, where we're reviewing Alexander Payne's Nebraska, Daniel Radcliffe's turn as Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, skateboarding sort-of doc This Ain't California and Spike Lee's remake of Oldboy.
In the Us? Have a sing-song with the Coen brothers folk drama Inside Llewyn Davis, on limited release from this week.
In the news today
- Time magazine have named and shamed their worst films of »
Odd List Ryan Lambie 20 Nov 2013 - 06:57
The constantly busy Ridley Scott always has lots of potential films in production, so here's a look at what he might be up to next...
Since his debut in 1977 with the historical drama, The Duellists, director Ridley Scott has gradually built up an eclectic body of work. His Hollywood career began with the stunning one-two sci-fi punch of Alien and Blade Runner, before heading off into fantasy (Legend), thrillers (Someone To Watch Over Me, Black Rain) and road-trip drama (the Oscar-winning Thelma And Louise).
As James Clayton pointed out in his recent Friday column, the 70-something Sir Ridley shows no sign of slowing down, and if anything, his slate of forthcoming films is somewhat bewildering - in what seems like every other interview, the director will mention another project of one sort or another, which makes working out what he's likely to be »
Industry analysts say decent but not dominant start means momentum for Harrison Ford space thriller is not sufficient for second film
A relatively weak $28m box office opening in the Us this weekend means controversial science fiction adaptation Ender's Game is unlikely to get a sequel, according to industry experts.
The Hollywood Reporter compiled the views of a number of analysts whose job it is to review the franchise potential of blockbuster wannabes. Most felt Gavin Hood's film, which has been targeted by gay rights activists, would struggle to make back its $110m budget after debuting with a solid but unspectacular $28m in North America.
- Ben Child
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a superhero movie... and they've taken over Hollywood with their superpowers and Spandex costumes. The Guardian and Observer's critics pick the 10 best
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10. Iron Man 3
Shane Black's jagged-edged debut in the Marvel hotseat might easily have been a by-the-numbers "threequel", especially with star Robert Downey Jr out of contract and The Avengers' stupendous box office success a year earlier. Instead, the Kiss Kiss Bang Bang director delivered the series' best instalment so far via a perfectly-pitched twist that comes about as close as the superhero genre will ever get to its very own Crying Game moment.
Ben Kingsley's nefarious Mandarin is a preposterous, shadowy Bin Laden clone with a big bushy beard »
She stars as the titular character in the new reboot of the horror classic Carrie and won an MTV Movie Award earlier this year for Summer's Biggest Teen Bad Ass for her role in Kick-Ass 2. Here are five things you probably don't know about Chloe Grace Moretz.
1. Told W magazine that she had learned to cry on cue at just 6 years old. "I booked The Amityville Horror when I was 6. I did about four or five auditions and had to cry at every single one," she said.
Pics: Stars on Set
2. Her first onscreen appearance was on the TV crime drama The Guardian in 2004.
3. Says she pretended to be British while trying to win over filmmaker Martin Scorsese for her role in Hugo. "They told me he only wanted to cast British actors, so I wore a wig and made an audition tape using a British accent. He liked my tape and flew me to New »
Cheyenne Jackson has joined the indie movie The Song. He’ll be playing a man who decides to bet it all to win a songwriting competition against the advice of everyone in his life. He’ll be singing original songs as part of the movie.
Exercise equipment or S&M device? Honestly after a good workout, I’m not even sure.
Hawaii Attorney General David Louie has issued a written opinion that the state legislature has the authority to enact marriage equality. The letter was in response to a challenge that the state charter would have to be amended first. Governor Abercrombie is expected to call a special session to pass equality.
- Ed Kennedy
Currently, actor Raphael Sbarge is playing the character of psychiatrist Archie Hopper (a.k.a. Pinocchio’s conscience Jiminy Cricket) on the modern-day fairy tale show, Once Upon A Time, in which fairy tale characters have been transported to the “real world” town of Storybrooke, Maine, and robbed of their real memories by a powerful curse. It’s a lot of fun!
If you somehow haven’t encountered Once Upon A Time and Sbarge’s character there, however, you may also remember him as one of the main characters on The Guardian, Jake Straka. And if you’ve missed both of those shows, I can pretty much guarantee you’ve seen him in something. Why? Because Sbarge is one of those great TV actors who shows up in pretty much every show I’ve (or anyone’s) ever watched. From Prison Break to Quantum Leap, and Avatar: The Last Airbender to Murder She Wrote, »
- Emily S. Whitten
All the goings-on in the film world on Monday 7 October
In the news today ...
- Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy has cost a most precious $560 million to date.
- Danny Boyle is planning a jewel heist movie based on the documentary Smash and Grab.
- Danny Dyer's film company went bust owing 50 monkies to the tax man.
- Oliver Stone has lead a protest against a Us military base in Korea.
- Italian director Carlo Lizzani has died after falling from a balcony. He was 91.
Elsewhere on the site
- What?! No Run for Your Wife? »
- Henry Barnes
Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb...
A bad week for film writers at WhatCulture following Sr. Mxy’s reveal of Shaun Munro and Tj Barnard:
"I wasn’t exaggerating when I said Shaun Munro is putting the livelihood of other writers at risk by doing this. He’s not just taking random pitches from the thousands that get posted in the Cracked Workshop: he’s stealing from the relatively small percentage that the Cracked editors are considering buying, which are in a special folder."
Read the full tumblr post here.
This was followed by Ali Gray, of The Shiznit, writing his own article condemning Shaun’s actions alongside his disgust of a perverted article at JoBlo (written by Droz) sexualising under-18 actors Chloe Grace Moretz and Abigail Breslin. His article is here.
Finally, respectfully and honourably, WhatCulture released a statement apologising for the plagiarism on their site – deleting all articles by Munro and Barnard, »
- Gary Collinson
The top-line on the big film news stories for Friday 23 August 2013 – plus everything else that we're launching on the film site today
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In the paper today
• Also in Film & Music, we've Joe Queenan's cover story on why the movies always get stuck in the past when they imagine the future.
The headlines today
This morning on the site we'll be launching full stories on the following. But you can get a sneak preview right here, right now.
• Dun-a-nun-a-nun-a-nun-a-nun-a-Ben-Aaaffleck! We've already got one story up on the dark knight casting announcement, »
- Catherine Shoard
Former Disney star Lee Thompson Young has died at the age of 29, TMZ reports.
The "Famous Jett Jackson" star was found dead by his Los Angeles landlord after his coworkers on the set of TNT's "Rizzoli & Isles" called the landlord when Young failed to show up for work.
A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed Young's passing with TheWrap. The spokeswoman said officers arrived at Young's house after 8 a.m. Monday morning and found him dead.
No further details have been given at this time.
A rep for the actor could not be immediately reached for comment. Contacts at both TNT and Disney were also unavailable for comment.
Young is best known for playing Jett Jackson on the Disney Channel series. He also had roles in "The Guardian," "Friday Night Lights" the film, "Scrubs," "Smallville" and "FlashForward." His most recent role was as Detective Barry Frost in "Rizzoli & Isles. »
- The Huffington Post
Actor Lee Thompson Young -- who played the main character on Disney's "The Famous Jett Jackson" -- has died after what officials believe is a suicide. He was 29. Young had consistent work on TV. Since playing a teenage secret agent, he had recurring roles on "The Guardian," "Scrubs," "Smallville" and "FlashForward." He also played the Boston police detective Barry Frost on TNT's "Rizzoli & Isles." TMZ reports that police are saying Young's body was discovered with a gunshot wound that appears to be self-inflicted. Some crew from"Rizzoli & Isles" who were waiting on him alerted his landlord who opened the door, discovering Young's body. Statement from TNT, Warner Bros. and Rizzoli & Isles Executive Producer Janet Tamaro: " »
- April Neale
What's most surprising to Washington about the series is how many white women tell her they want to "be" Olivia Pope, especially in places where race relations can be tense.
“It’s especially profound in a place like South Africa,” she told Vanity Fair. “It’s called 'The Fixer' over there, and it just started its second season. The fact that white women can see this woman of color as an aspirational character is revolutionary, I think, in the medium of television. I don’t think white women would feel that way about Olivia if her identity as a woman, period, wasn’t first in their mind.”
"Scandal," which centers on Olivia Pope's crisis management firm and all the personal dramas that come along with it, »
- Leigh Weingus
Playing crisis manager Olivia Pope on "Scandal" is no easy job, and there's no question that Kerry Washington pulls it off with flying colors. After all, she prevents disasters and carries on an affair with the president all while wearing stilletos.
"Looking at ratings is like stepping on the scales, and it's why I never weigh myself," she told The Guardian. "If the number is a number you don't want it to be, then you're miserable, and if it's a number you want it to be, you spend the rest of the day thinking, oh, I should never eat again so the number stays where it is, right? It's just better that I don't get on the scales."
Not that Washington has anything to worry about. In April, »
- Leigh Weingus
You know it’s coming.
The moment you saw The Guardian’s riveting video interview (below) with the 29-year-old kinda-hot globe-trotting Nsa leaker, you knew: Sooner or later, there is going to be a movie about Edward Snowden.
It might be in theaters. It might be on HBO. It could be a Silkwood-like tragedy or an All the Presidents Men-style procedural drama. But there will be something. Because everything about this story, so far, is Hollywood-bait. There’s a timely controversial issue (digital privacy), real-life spy on the run, high-tech snooping and that classic based-on-a-true-story trope: One man — allegedly an idealist — battling the system. »
- James Hibberd
Christopher Lee, best known for his role as Saruman in The Lord Of The Rings movies, is releasing a metal record. Charlemagne: The Omens Of Death is actually his second hard-edged LP, and his second record devoted to the life of Charlemagne, the one-time Holy Roman Emperor. Lee tells The Guardian that will be “100 percent heavy metal,” and that while he’s “not screaming or anything,” it will definitely be a step further into the darkness compared to 2010’s Charlemagne: By The Sword And The Cross, which he describes as more “symphonic.” Recorded with Judas Priest guitarist Richie »
At ABC‘s upfront, there were a few things that the network wanted to make sure you knew. 1) They are really impressed with the idea that people are going to watch Rebel Wilson do just about anything, and 2) There isn’t anything they’re happier about than bringing you more episodes of television created by Shonda Rhimes.
On these notes, the network would love for you to know that more Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal are coming your way. These, ABC would like to impress upon you (as advertisers) are really good shows. Because… hellllooo… so many people watch them that we’re bringing them back. But wait, don’t think that you’re as excited as you can get yet, because if those are your favorite shows, then we have a new one for you to fall in love with, Betrayal.
Also on the agenda, and actually looking like they might be interesting, »
- Marc Eastman
Chicago – ABC announced their 2013-14 schedule this morning and revealed an aggressive slate of new programming, including four new comedies and four new dramas. Tuesday nights will be entirely new, anchored by “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”. Their hit shows aren’t really moving other than “The Neighbors” slidng to Friday nights and “Dancing with the Stars” downsized to one night. They also revealed that they will air a special based on the hit Pixar trilogy, “Toy Story of Terror,” in October 2013.
Full schedule below with an asterisk for new show. New show descriptions below that. “Suburgatory” is being held for mid-season.
7pm “Dancing with the Stars”
7pm “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”*
8pm “The Goldbergs”*
8:30pm “Trophy Wife”*
9pm “Lucky 7”*
7pm “The Middle”
7:30pm “Back in the Game”*
8pm “Modern Family”
8:30pm “Super Fun Night”*
7pm “Once »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
ABC’ opened the floodgates on Friday evening, ordering seven new dramas and five comedies for the 2013-14 season.
“Shield,” the drama loosely linked to Marvel’s “Avengers” film franchise, has been a hot property ever since it came together last summer. A sneak peek of ABC Studios’ “Shield” will run Sunday in the season finale of “Once Upon a Time.”
- Cynthia Littleton
Actress Mandy Moore pushed away from the ABC pilot Pulling, just to pull for the CBS pilot The Advocates. Sounds exhausting! But we know many of you out there are pulling for her to appear in any really good pilot in hopes of seeing her as a series regular very soon.
The news was right here when Moore won a leading role in ABC’s Pulling, a single-camera comedy pilot, based on a 2006 show of the same name from Britain, which will follow three “dysfunctional” women in their 30s. Moore wasn’t going to play the star, but she had signed on to play one of the three leads. Her character, Louise, was desperate to find herself a husband. As Louise developed, however, she started going in a different direction, one where Moore wasn’t the best qualified to take her, so to speak.
We followed up, informing fans that »
- Sasha Nova
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