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She's ready for her close-up! Abigail Breslin has come a long way since making her big-screen debut at age 5 in the M. Night Shymalan movie Signs. Case in point? These racy new pictures of the Academy Award-nominated actress posing topless for celeb photographer Tyler Shields, who directed her in the upcoming action/thriller Final Girl. In one photo from the shoot, the 17-year-old star sucks on a bright red lollipop while staring sultrily into the camera and covering her bare chest with a white sheet. In another, [...] »
Abigail Breslin wants to make sure everyone knows she's not the same little girl from Signs. And she's doing a pretty darn good job. The 17-year-old actress has taken her big-girl transformation (which initially included a lighter hair color and some dark eye makeup) to the next level by posing topless for some very risqué photos with celeb photographer Tyler Shields. The Dirty Side of Glamour author's series of photographs of the young star revealed a much more provocative side than what the public is used to seeing, with photos of Breslin posing in a bubble bath with heavy eyeliner on and sucking on a lollipop while covering her bare breasts with a sheet. "I wanted to do something »
As technology has moved on, our fixation with pausing has reached all sorts of new levels. Gone are the days of blurred, mostly indecipherable images by way of your VHS player – now we’re pausing in HD like it’s the most natural thing in the world. Why would somebody want to pause a movie, then? Well, for a number of reasons, but mostly because we’ve all become obsessed with the idea of spotting hidden easter eggs, in-jokes, over-analysing camera shots (you know, for film school), and taking screen grabs of awesome scenes for no reason at all. Also: nudity.
Okay, so it’s all about the nudity. But pausing is good for more than just getting a sneaky glimpse of some celebrity flesh. I mean, not a lot more, but you get the idea. Join us, then, as we delve deep into the realms of freeze-framing and explore »
Hollywood history always makes for fascinating reading. Hindsight and whatnot. During a month in which Sound on Sight takes an opportunity to tip a collective hat in the direction of recently ‘retired’ workhorse auteur Steven Soderbergh, there is a further chance to reel back the years and examine a period of time when one of modern cinema’s finest acolytes was transforming from indie hero to mainstream heavyweight. Of course, it all seems so predictable now that he would follow up his 2001 Oscar win with 12 years of financial and critical success with unmatched versatility. What is more interesting are two fellow directors sharing the limelight with him that year, the trio hailed as the hottest directorial properties in the business. Chances are many of you do not remember the name Richard Kelly. It’s likely most of you have no wish to recall the work of M. Night Shyamalan. 2001 was a strange year. »
- Scott Patterson
Well it finally happened; Now TV added a superb catch up/live option for their TV channels including Sky Atlantic, Living, Fox and even UK Gold! So now for just £4.99 a month you can get shows like Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Hannibal and Eastbound and Down as they happen or whenever you want.
Considering that the movies package is now just £8.99 a month and the TV is £4.99 on top of this, it becomes clear that this is probably going to place them as the major contender now and Lovefilm/Amazon and Netflix need to start cranking out those exclusive series’ with major names pretty fast.
The term “All sewn up” comes to mind.
The Guilt Trip (2012)
This light comedy with Seth Rogen as a put upon entrepreneur and Barbara Streisand as his overbearing mother is worlds away from other comedy Rogen has been in before. It’s more »
- Chris Holt
Back in August 2010, comedy fans around the world were treated to the news that Todd Phillips would be producing a John Belushi biopic, written by Steven Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness). That such heavyweights would be collaborating on a film about a beloved comic legend was, to say the least, very exciting.
Even more exciting, was confirmation that the book would be based on Belushi – the second novel about the late star to be written (or at least co-written) by his widow, Judith Belushi Pisano. Generally acknowledged as being the most honest of books about Belushi, it benefits from being a source material supported by the people that played a part in his life, as opposed to the ill-received 1989 film adaptation of Bob Woodward’s Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi, starring Michael Chiklis.
However, this project soon fell quiet, and speculation suggested problems in the »
- Sarah Myles
Forget about the socially conscious core that fueled the exploitation engine of the first film. This one is flat-out, no-message action comedy, outrageous and hilarious. I’m “biast” (pro): loved the first film
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It started with a trailer: a fake movie ad “left over” from the 1970s for a Mexploitation flick dropped into Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse… which Robert Rodriguez later expanded into the very funny and pointedly satirical full-length Machete. Now, the sequel, Machete Kills, opens with a new fake 1970s relic trailer, for, heh, Machete Kills Again in Space. It hints at a completely ridiculous expansion of the Machete legend into Star Wars-era space opera, and it’s as many degrees of insanity beyond where Machete Kills will take you as Kills is beyond the first flick.
Rodriguez: Never let it »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Actor, director and screenwriter Matt Thompson is a man with the same quintessential questions we have about the supernatural forces that have been with us forever. Ten years after his initial idea for the Osiris Films horror movie Bloodline, the film is finally ready for a September 27, 2013 release. A true labor of love guided by gut instinct, providence and daring “just go for it” faith, Matt chatted over the phone with Cinelinx writer Kyra Dawson to tell us all about the experience of wearing 3 hats in the production of Bloodline. Juggling the filmmaker triad of roles -- screenwriter, actor and director -- is a daunting effort that only a daring few are willing or intrepid enough to attempt. Come inside and see what took place on set at Bloodline and find out if Matt believes in curses and possession.
Bloodline has a logline that reads, “Terror Has Awakened”. By the »
- email@example.com (Kyra Dawson)
This year, Chicago’s durable Onion City Experimental Film And Video Festival is celebrating its devotion to challenging, exciting and entertaining experimental and avant-garde films for a quarter of a century. Hosted, as always, by Chicago Filmmakers, the 25th annual edition of the fest runs at several locations around the Windy City — the Gene Siskel Film Center, Columbia College and the Music Box Theater — on September 5-8.
The opening night program is a terrific lineup of eclectic short works from some of the giants of the experimental film world, such as animators Jodie Mack and Lawrence Jordan, documentarian Deborah Stratman, British filmmaker Ben Rivers, Indian filmmakers Shai Heredia and Shumona Goel, classic experimental filmmaker Phil Solomon and several more.
The rest of the fest is also jam-packed with other terrific short films and videos, from filmmakers such as Jennifer Reeder, Stephanie Barber, Mike Hoolboom, Lewis Klahr, Scott Fitzpatrick and tons more; plus, »
- Mike Everleth
Yesterday, The Expendables 3 began principal photography and we caught our first glimpse of the film’s villain looking exceptionally “pumped up” and ready for action. That “villain” is none other than Mel Gibson, the Academy Award winning director of Braveheart and star of a laundry list of outstanding films, to include the Lethal Weapon series, the Mad Max series, Maverick, Ransom, Payback, The Patriot, We Were Soldiers, and Signs. Even his »
- Paul Shirey
Here at PopWatch, we’re reminiscing about the pop culture moments that we still can’t get over — no matter how much time has passed.
It’s been three years since the release of 2010′s Remember Me, starring Robert Pattinson and Emilie de Ravin as two Nyu students from different social classes, and similarly discordant family relationships, who end up falling in love. Sounds harmless, albeit even a little boring, right? Well, while I was sunk into my movie chair, going through the motions of this one-note film, soaring on a neutral emotional plane, thinking this run-of-the-mill romance-drama can’t get any better or worse, »
- Jennifer Arellano
Those who tuned into the 2013 Teen Choice Awards saw an interesting sight: Abigail Breslin is all grown up. The 17-year-old actress isn't the little girl everyone remembers from "Signs" and "Little Miss Sunshine" anymore. She's practically an adult now.
The comparison above shows just how grown up she is. The photo on the right is from when Breslin walked the Teen Choice Awards red carpet in 2009, to promote "Zombieland." It's a far cry from the woman who is starring in "Ender's Game."
The most curious change is the very blonde hair she's now rocking. It's a stark contract from her normally-dark locks and pretty jolting to see. Maybe it's for a movie? Any way you look at it, Breslin isn't much of a kid anymore. Next year she can vote. »
Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas ‘confirmed’ for ‘The Expendables 3′ cast Mel Gibson and Antonio Banderas have been "confirmed" as the latest The Expendables 3 cast members, according to TheWrap, quoting a Sylvester Stallone representative. The Expendables 3 is to be directed by Patrick Hughes, from a screenplay by Stallone and Richard Wenk. (Photo: Mel Gibson in his days as the star of the Mad Max movies.) Although his image has been seriously tarnished by several public rants in the past decade or so, Mel Gibson is the director-star of the 1995 Best Picture Academy Award winner Braveheart. Whether you love or hate that movie, an Oscar win means a certain type of prestige. Yet, Gibson’s biggest box-office hits were his low-brow action Lethal Weapon movies opposite Danny Glover; the Western Maverick, co-starring Jodie Foster and James Garner; the comedy What Women Want, with Helen Hunt; and M. Night Shyamalan’s Christian-themed sci-fier Signs. »
- Zac Gille
You might know Abigail Breslin from some of her child roles in movies like Little Miss Sunshine, Signs or Zombieland, but now she’s growing up and ready to move from sweet little zombie killer to the moaning groaning walking dead in the new movie, Maggie.
She is in talks to be playing the infected daughter and title role to dad, Arnold Schwarzenegger, in the new movie Maggie according to THR. The film is being directed by Henry Hobson and Schwarzenegger will be serving double duty acting and producing alongside Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, Matt Baer, Trevor Kaufman, Colin Bates and Joey Tufaro.
- Jess Orso
Arnold Schwarzenegger now has a co-star for Maggie, the father-zombie-daughter pic from commercial director Henry Hobson. Abigail Breslin (The Call, Signs, Zombieland) will play the titular role in the film, which is "about a father (Schwarzenegger) whose daughter, Maggie (Breslin), is infected by a walking-dead virus that has spread across the country." The black list script comes from John Scott 3 (yes, he really has a numeral 3 at the end of his name) and it's unclear what genre »
- Paul Shirey
Just last month, Arnold Schwarzenegger was linked to a surprising project in the form of Maggie, the gestating Black Listed script from John Scott 3 about a 16-year old girl from a town in middle America who becomes infected by a zombie. But the turn takes six months, with the story following the effect it has on her family, specifically her father who continues to lover her unconditionally. Commercials director Henry Hobson (who was at the helm of this Resistance 3 trailer) will make his feature directorial debut, and now THR reports Abigail Breslin has taken the lead role that once belonged to Chloe Grace Moretz. Read on! Like Moretz, the young actress has grown up on the big screen with early roles in films like Signs and Little Miss Sunshine. Though Breslin hasn't chosen projects as wisely, with missteps like New Year's Eve, she's still quite the talented actress, and »
- Ethan Anderton
Maybe so ... if you can believe the wonderful world of celebrities on Twitter.
— Sylvester Stallone (@TheSlyStallone) July 16, 2013
Don't quite get it? Well, for those post-millennial teeny-boppers (kids these days) who don't know about Gibson's career pre-"Signs" — or, erm his uberpublicicized personal issues — "Max Max" is the 1979 film that originally catapulted Gibson to mega-stardom way back when. Gibson played Max Rockatansky, a leather-bound biker who got into so much trouble, his antics spanned two sequels ... three, if you include Tom Hardy's stab at the role.
- Christopher Rosa
Don’t Snatch This Mixed Bag
Irish director Jon Wright seems content spoon feeding audiences with derivative genre efforts, or at least one could surmise after his sophomore feature, Grabbers is bestowed upon audiences. Wright’s 2009 debut, Tormented, was about a bullied teen come back from the dead to slaughter his posh UK prep school torturers, which had about as much finesse as 1999’s The Rage: Carrie 2. And now, we’re treated to an Irish creature feature about alien cephalopod’s intent on sucking blood. Intentionally goofy, and drearily written, your reception of the film will all depend on how high you set your stakes. Think Tremors (1990) was a classic? Maybe you’ll enjoy this tired flick.
- Nicholas Bell
Nobody embodies the phrase "One Hit Wonder" better than M. Night Shyamalan. Initially deemed as "The Next Spielberg", he has been on a progressively steady slump his entire career, making weaker and weaker films with each passing release, and at this point it's up in the air which one is the worst. How could somebody who showed such initial promise end up becoming a punchline?
M. Night's formula is to have a mystery that revolves around a mythology and slowly give out information to the audience before hitting them with the pay off. His direction is very slow and deliberate, with horror sensibilities. His actors are all given thoughtful, pulled-back performances and his pacing is really slow to draw out tension, which is best embodied in The Sixth Sense. »
- Flickering Myth
On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, hosts Tim Buel and Jeremy Kirk go through their latest picks of the week, the newest in DVD & Blu-ray releases, new trailers for Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners, Luc Besson's The Family and James Wan's Insidious: Chapter 2. and plenty more. The main topic of the night was a discussion on the many movies and the career of filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, The Village, Lady in the Water, The Happening, The Last Airbender, After Earth). The guys discuss his cinematic works and all the plot twists and where Shyamalan can go from here. Listen in! The Golden Briefcase is also broadcast Live on Wednesday nights starting ~7:30Pm Pst. You can listen in via our Ustream page or by visiting our own live page right here on Fs. The podcast is just as fun to listen »
- Tim Buel
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