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Jump Cuts and X-Ratings: Milestones in Film Censorship

27 August 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Each week HeyUGuys will take a primary focus on the site. This could be a genre of movie, an aspect of the industry, a specific person or part of the movie making process we want to explore further. This week our focus is the divisive issue of film censorship. We began yesterday with a debate of the necessity of the BBFC, and today Beth Webb explains the censorial milestones we have passed. Tomorrow Cai Ross lists the scenes which caused the censors a headache and on Friday we’ll be looking forward to the future of film censorship.

Since 1912 the British Board of Film Censors has been standardising films for its audiences, sifting through the obscene, the violent and the suggestive to ensure that movies receive the classification seen fit. Today, as part of our Film Censorship week, take a look at some of the landmarks in both the British »

- Beth Webb

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The birth, death and regeneration of the Universal Soldier movies

20 August 2014 4:10 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Universal Soldier began in 1992 before suffering from some tawdry sequels. Then John Hyams revived the franchise in spectacular fashion...

The Universal Soldier films are a strange case of life imitating art. Much like how series protagonist Luc Deveraux is killed in action then resurrected into something post-human, Universal was a pretty standard 90s action film which crashed and burned when it came to sequels, but became something unique and beautiful when it was reanimated for the straight to DVD market.

It’s a hushed secret among genre fans, but Universal Solder 3 and 4 (or possibly 5 and 6, it’s complicated) are some of the most remarkable action sci-fi films of the 21st century so far. Yes, really. I actually watched the series backwards when I first saw them, after being blown away by Universal Solder Day Of Reckoning and deciding to work my way back, and Roland Emmerich’s perfectly acceptable 1992 blockbuster »

- ryanlambie

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Top 5 gross-out moments in cinema: Monty Python, Irréversible, Jackass

9 August 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

As obsessed with bodily fluids as it is with social awkwardness, The Inbetweeners, be it on TV or the big screen, determinedly sets out to make viewers laugh until a bit of lung comes out. And with The Inbetweeners 2 now taking the boys, ahem, down under for more sexual shenanigans in Australia, the gross-out levels are set to soar (or plummet, depending on your viewpoint).

But making audiences squint, wince and fight their gag reflexes has always been a part of cinema. Sometimes it's done for belly laughs (Cameron Diaz styling her hair with Ben Stiller's homemade gel in There's Something About Mary), sometimes to elicit feelings of shock or revulsion (Ray Liotta forced to dine on his own brain in Hannibal). And sometimes it does all of the above at once (an army of zombies being cut to dripping ribbons with a lawnmower in Peter Jackson's splatstick horror »

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Monica Bellucci Gets "Bazaar"

15 July 2014 11:09 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take another look @ Italian actress Monica Bellucci  ("Brotherhood of the Wolf") in a recent issue of "Harper's Bazaar" magazine (Ukraine).

Bellucci wears dresses from a past spring/summer collection from Dolce & Gabbana.

Bellucci's film career began in the early 1990's, playing roles in "La Riffa" (1991) and "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992).

In 1996 she was nominated for a 'César Award' for best supporting actress for her portrayal of 'Lisa' in "L'Appartement".

This was followed by roles in "Malèna" (2000), "Brotherhood of the Wolf" and "Irréversible" (2002).

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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'Lost River' Review: Ryan Gosling's Directorial Debut Isn't That Bad

25 May 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

As a celebration of the unprecedented number of Canadian films that competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2014 Cannes International Film Festival, Moviefone Canada is highlighting each of these works.

When Nicholas Winding Refn's "Drive" hit theatres, it startled many moviegoers that had pegged Ryan Gosling as just another in a long line of pretty-boy actors -- sympathetic with clearly defined abs, but a performer who picked relatively safe projects to delve into.

For those paying a closer attention, it was his compelling turn in "Lars And The Real Girl," a tale of a man that falls in love with an anatomically accurate doll, that showed the slightly off-kilter direction that he was heading in.

His previous film with Refn, "Only God Forgives," bowed last Cannes and split the opinion of critics; some lauded it as a masterpiece, some saw it as an indulgent if pretty-to-look-at mess.

Critics were equally split with "Lost River, »

- Jason Gorber

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Ryan Gosling's Bonkers Directorial Debut Booed at Cannes

21 May 2014 7:45 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The reviews that are trickling in from la Croisette of Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, "Lost River," are ... mixed, to say the least. But getting your first film booed at Cannes is a rite of passage. It's the cinematic equivalent of a bar or bat mitzvah, you know? So, mazel tov to Ryan Gosling, for now you are a man in the eyes of the film industry!

The official synopsis of "Lost River" sounds pretty bonkers, and is full of tantalizingly overwrought phrases like "the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city" (read: Detroit) and "a macabre and dark fantasy underworld." There's even an underwater world thrown in for good measure. Plus, if you really want to nerd out about it, the director of photography is Benoît Debie, whose dizzying work can be seen in Gaspar Noé unforgettable movies "Irreversible" and "Enter the Void," and Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers." We're already reaching for the Benadryl. »

- Jenni Miller

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New Verhoeven, Refn, Noe Films Announced

6 May 2014 8:15 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Wild Bunch has unveiled its packed slate of films that it will be shopping around Cannes, with new films in store from great European filmmakers like Nicolas Winding Refn ("Drive," "Only God Forgives"), Paul Verhoeven (the original "Robocop" & "Total Recall"), Gaspar Noe ("Irreversible," "Enter the Void"), Abdellatif Kechiche ("Blue is the Warmest Color") and Jean-Francois Richet ("Mesrine").

Maniac Cop

Refn and William Lustig are set to produce a remake of the 1980s cult classic "Maniac Cop" about the hunt for a New York serial killer. Ed Brubaker ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier") penned the script, while the director will be announced at Cannes.

Untitled Paul Verhoeven Project

Paul Verhoeven's next is an adaptation of French writer Philippe Djian's 2012 novel "Oh!". The story revolves around a psychological game of cat-and-mouse between a businesswoman and a stalker who raped her, a crime for which she is seeking revenge.

Wild Bunch »

- Garth Franklin

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The top 25 underappreciated films of 2009

19 February 2014 5:01 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 20 Feb 2014 - 05:40

The unloved films of 2009 provide the focus in our final list of the 2000s' overlooked greats...

The year 2009 will partly be remembered as the year Avatar dominating the box office, with audiences flocking to see James Cameron's leafy pulp epic in shimmering 3D. Making almost $2.8bn worldwide, Avatar was a true behemoth, besting Cameron's own Titanic as the highest-grossing film of all time (not adjusted for inflation) and hastening a rush of 3D films in the years that followed.

Films such as 2012, Sherlock Holmes and boozy comedy The Hangover were also among the top 10, but as always, some of the most memorable and individual films of the year were far from the most financially successful. So to round off our series of underrated flicks of the 2000s, here's our selection of 2009's overlooked films...

25. A Perfect Getaway

A really good, »

- ryanlambie

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Gaspar Noé Says 'Gravity' Is "Incredibly Mind-f*cking"

7 February 2014 10:57 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

We're less than a month away from the Oscars, and yet "Gravity" is still the topic of much discussion. Granted, much of that chatter has been positive with the movie picking up continued buzz and awards in the race to Oscar night. Then there are folks like Louis C.K. who nitpick the physics of the movie and other minor details without seeing the big picture. And then there's "Irreversible" and "Enter The Void" director Gaspar Noé. The filmmaker recently interviewed artist Matthew Barney for Bomb about his upcoming movie "River Of Fundament," and the conversation briefly touched upon 3D, which of course, led to "Gravity." And Noé didn't waste a moment in urging Barney to check it out with some rather effusive praise:  The first two takes are twenty minutes each, but you’ve never seen such a visual roller coaster inside a movie theater. Those two opening takes are incredible, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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New Trailer Arrives for French Beauty and the Beast Adaptation

30 January 2014 12:08 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

If there's one thing we've come to expect from Christoper Gans (Brotherhood of the Wolf, Silent Hill), it's visually rich films that are a real treat to look at. Up next for the French filmmaker is a stylish new take on the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast, titled La Belle et La Bete.

Check out the brand new second trailer for the flick, which is nearing release in France!

Starring Vincent Cassel (Black Swan, Irreversible) as The Beast and Léa Seydoux (Inglourious Basterds, Robin Hood, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) as Beauty, this film promises to be a unique retelling that also keeps its roots in the classic tale.

According to Gans, this will be a darker look at the classic story. "Although I will keep to a form of storytelling of this timeless fairy tale that is in keeping with the same pace and characters as the original, »

- John Squires

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