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The Way Back review

26 December 2010 12:25 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Director Peter Weir's first film since Master & Commander boasts a walk to make the Lord Of The Rings films sweat. Here's our review of The Way Back...

Award-winning Australian filmmaker - and multiple Oscar nominee - Peter Weir should need no introduction, but he’s made a good go of avoiding the limelight, despite an impressive career. His prolific run of thrillers and dramas in the 1980s and 1990s gave the world the likes of Witness, Green Card and Dead Poet’s Society, but he’s become quite selective in the last 17 years, only releasing two films between the 1993 Jeff Bridges vehicle, Fearless, and his latest film, The Way Back.

Those two flicks, by the way, were The Truman Show and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, a pair that displayed the man’s diverse talents, and his wide appeal, not to mention his knack of »

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The Way Back – review

25 December 2010 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Slavomir Rawicz never actually made the epic trek described in his classic book The Long Walk, but Peter Weir's movie version is utterly convincing

My generation growing up during second world war and the early years of the cold war first learnt to hate the Germans and Japanese, then to discover that our believed wartime allies from the Soviet Union were just as bad and the benevolent, paternal Stalin was as monstrous as Hitler.

There was a literature at our disposal during the postwar decade to help us understand that change, significantly Koestler's Darkness at Noon, Orwell's Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty- Four, and the symposium The God That Failed written by former communists. To these were added in the mid-1950s an international bestseller, The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz, a Polish army officer captured by Russians in September 1939 when Germany and the Soviet Union carved up his country, »

- Philip French

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Geek shows and movies on UK TV in the coming week: Christmas special!

21 December 2010 11:55 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Get ready for a whole host of TV shows and movies to get you through the festive period - it's our look at UK telly...!

We've taken a scythe to the Christmas telly schedule to help you sort the geek from the chav. We hope the listing of shows and films will help brighten your holiday via the warm rays of the living room telly.

If we missed any of your favourites, please have a ho-ho-ho in the comments section, with our thanks and best wishes for a happy holiday.

Thursday December 23rd

Terry Pratchett's Hogfather Part 1 4:00pm Sky1 (repeats through 1st Jan)

24 series 8 6:00am Sky 2 (marathon consecutive run of the series' episodes)

8 Out Of 10 Cats Christmas Special 10:00pm Channel 4 (repeats 00:05am 27th Dec)

The Royle Family Christmas Special (2009) 00:45am Gold (repeats through 30th Dec)

Christmas Eve Friday December 24th

Terry Pratchett's Hogfather Part »

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Peter Weir Says It's Not Likely He'd Return For A Master And Commander 2

21 December 2010 12:44 PM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

When The Way Back is released next month, it will officially mark the return of Australian filmmaker Peter Weir. Absent on the film scene for the last seven years, the director hasn't made a movie since 2003's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. Though not the financial smash that the studio was hoping for, the film did earn eight Academy Award nominations, two wins and a legion of fans. Earlier this month, the film's star, Russell Crowe, took to his Twitter account and told fans that if they wanted a sequel, they should contact 20th Century Fox, and the response was massive. But would Weir want to come back for another film? Apparently not. Digital Spy recently spoke with Weir and the subject of Master and Commander came up. When asked if he would have any interest in making a sequel, the filmmakers response was to say »

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Blu-ray Deals: Back To The Future 25 Anniversary Trilogy Blu-ray 50% Off – Updated

18 December 2010 8:55 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Amazon's got a number of new Blu-ray deals today. If you never picked up the awesome Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy on Blu-ray, they've got it on sale for over 50% off. In addition, the've got The Wizard of Oz and Gone With the Wind on sale. Here are some links: Back to the Future: 25th Anniversary Trilogy (+ Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] $38.99 (51%) The Wizard of Oz (70th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] $13.99 (44%) Gone with the Wind (70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray] $44.99(47%) Gone with the Wind (70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition) $44.99(47%) The Sound of Music (Three-Disc 45th Anniversary Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging) $17.99 (49%) Dungeons & Dragons: The Complete Animated Series $7.99 In addition, Amazon has a number of Blu-rays for under $10.  Update: Found a few more Blu-ray deals. Road House (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging) $9.99 The Mist (Two-Disc Collector’s Edition) [Blu-ray] $9.99 I, Robot [Blu-ray] $9.99 Taken [Blu-ray] $9.99 Mr & Mrs Smith [Blu-ray] $9.99 Rambo [Blu-ray] $9.49 Heat [Blu-ray] $8.99 Hellboy (Director's Cut) [Blu-ray]$8.99 V for Vendetta »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Geek shows and movies on UK TV in the coming week

16 December 2010 10:06 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Misfits! K-9! Little Crackers! Movies! Check out the joys heading to UK TV over the coming days...

This week, our TV highlights and recommendations take you only through the middle of the week and no further. But, please don't feel shortchanged, as we'll have a special Christmas holiday edition of Geek UK TV on Wednesday, to bring you through the holiday in telly style.

So, don't fret at the brevity of shows and films that follow, because a lorryload of great programming is winging it's way to us as we write this, and it's a heavy, heavy consignment, indeed, with more treats than coal, we hope, in store for us to enjoy.

So, here's the abbreviated version of new shows and specials arriving before the holiday dash...

Finding shared interests with children gets harder as we, and they, get older. So, now's the time for any Who devotees to instil »

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U.K. and U.S. Geek Blu-ray & DVD Deals – Alien Anthology, Leon, The Office Seasons 1-3!

10 December 2010 7:57 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Christmas is now but 15 days away!!! Yikes. This weekend is probably your last chance to put those Blu-ray and DVD orders in to safely guarantee their delivery before the big day and it’s unsurprising that retailers are aggressively pushing their year-best Blu-ray/DVD deals.

So trust Obsessed With Film to help you out with the best deals on the web right now. If your girlfriend is struggling to get you anything or you wanna buy something for yourself, and we presume you have already bought Inception Blu-ray at £14.93 (or the limited briefcase at £24.99) and Toy Story 3 at £14.97 (or 1-3 box set at £27.99) – then you can’t go far wrong with these…

U.K. deals first…

Leon: Director’s Cut [Blu-ray] £5.99 at‘s Deal of the Day!!!

Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series [Blu-ray] – £69.97 at Amazon!!!!

Alien Anthology – 9 Disc Blu-ray -£29.99 (under £30 for the first time at Blockbuster) – We gushed over this set here. »

- Matt Holmes

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Crowe Wants Fans' Support for a 'Master and Commander' Sequel

7 December 2010 2:03 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Though its been a while since we've heard anything about a sequel to Peter Weir's 2003 adventure-drama Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, that's not stopping Russell Crowe from crying out for support. The actor recently tweeted: "If you want a Master and Commander sequel I suggest you e-mail Tom Rothman at Fox and let him know your thoughts." This is the same Rothman that supposedly had a hand in ruining Wolverine and is now holding back on Master and Commander. Some may remember that Crowe did say a script had been written based off of another novel, but it was still in the very early stages. We haven't heard much since that update a few summers ago, but it sounds like it hasn't moved very far. According to Crowe, they're looking to adapt the eleventh novel of Patrick O'Brian's 20-novel series, titled The Reverse of the Medal, »

- Alex Billington

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Cast lines up for 'The Replicas'

7 December 2010 1:50 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Josh Close, James D'Arcy, Selma Blair and Rachel Miner have joined the cast of the thriller "The Replicas." According to The Hollywood Reporter, music video director Jeremy Regimbal will make his feature directorial debut on the film.Production is underway.Close also wrote the screenplay, which centers on a grieving couple that heads with their family to a vacation cottage after the death of their youngest child. They are visited by a couple with a deadly agenda.Kim Roberts and Tina Pehme of Sepia Films are producing along with Justin Close of The Studio Movement.Josh Close has appeared in "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" and "Diary of the Dead."D'Arcy has appeared in "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" and "An »

- Adnan Tezer

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Crowe Calls For Master And Commander Sequel

7 December 2010 12:06 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Russell Crowe is pushing for a sequel to his 2003 movie Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World - he wants fans to bombard studio bosses at 20th Century Fox with messages to back his campaign.

The Gladiator star is keen to reprise his role as Jack Aubrey in the film based on the Napoleonic Wars.

And he's posted a message on in a bid to garner support from his fans to help resurrect the film.

He writes, "If you want a Master and Commander sequel I suggest you e-mail (film executive) Tom Rothman at Fox and let him know your thoughts."

And Crowe's appeal has already worked - a Fox spokesperson has revealed the company has so far been inundated with requests for the movie and admits staff are now looking into the prospect.

In a post on, the representative writes, "Getting a lot of tweets about Master & Commander sequel, I'll look into it (I'd love one, too, but as you all know a Lot goes into it.)" »

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This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: December 7, 2010

6 December 2010 10:58 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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Inception The week's obvious top choice for purchase is Christopher Nolan's latest crowd-pleaser. I actually have the "Extraction Mode" from the Blu-ray release playing as I write this up, but haven't yet had a chance to take a look at the second disc. However, I am particularly interested in the 44-minute long "Dreams: Cinema of the Subconscious" featurette on the second disc. This feature explores dream research and I would think in conjunction with the film would be rather intriguing.

I can tell you the image is exceptional and the DTS-hd soundtrack is equally up to task and should prove impressive on the right systems. If there's a 2010 film made for Blu-ray it's this one. I should have a full review soon. Cronos (Criterion Collection) This one I am almost done with my review already. I had never »

- Brad Brevet

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Crowe Wants Fans To Bark At 20th Century Fox For A 'Master And Commander' Sequel

6 December 2010 2:14 PM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

All right, first off has anybody even seen "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World?" Don't mean to be rude, but the film didn't fare so well at the box office and nobody really talks about it at all. Any who, Russell Crowe really wants a sequel, like super badly. Well, that's at least the impression we got when he released this little statement on Twitter earlier.:If you want a Master and Commander sequel I suggest you e-mail Tom Rothman at Fox and let him know your thoughts.There's been some talk about a possible sequel to the action adventure film, going on for a little while, but you can easily assume it's not going forward if he's making a little online cry to fans. It hasn't been a hot year so far for Russell Crowe either, starring in "Robin Hood" and "The Next Three Days" which »

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Russell Crowe Pushing Master and Commander 2

6 December 2010 12:55 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Russell Crowe is pushing 20th Century Fox to make a sequel to his 2003 action film ‘Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World,’ is reporting. However, the movie, which was based on the 1969 novel of the same name by Patrick O’Brien, opened to only modest results at the box office in November 2003. The Academy Award-winning actor hasn’t given up on making another ‘Master and Commander,’ however. Crowe admires the film so much that he’s telling his fans via his Twitter page to pressure Fox to make the sequel. Crowe starred as Captain Jack Aubrey in ‘Master and Commander,’ which was nominated for 10 Oscars in 2004 and [...] »

- karen

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Crowe asks fans to demand 'Master' sequel

6 December 2010 10:35 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Russell Crowe has asked fans to demand a sequel to Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. Crowe played Captain Jack Aubrey in the 2003 drama about a British captain pursuing a French war vessel around South America. The actor, who confirmed that he was in early talks for a follow-up last year, posted the message on Twitter today. "If you want a Master and Commander sequel (more) »

- By Mike Moody

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Russell Crowe Makes Plea To Fans For ‘Master and Commander’ Sequel

6 December 2010 7:27 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Celebrities will use twitter for anything these days, from setting up twititions (like Malese Jow who is making a bid to star as Katniss in the movie adaptation of The Hunger Games) to asking for help making a movie, as Russell Crowe has recently done.

Despite the fact that Peter Weir‘s Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World was a relative hit (although not hugely successful at the box office, it was never-the-less well-received), and despite the book sequels, written by Patrick O’Brian, just sitting around ready and ripe for the film execs picking, the sequel to the 2003 film has never been able to hoist up the flags and set sail, much to Captain Crowe‘s dismay.

While the project seems to have been in the works since 2009, when Russell Crowe was said to be developing the film, the bosses at Fox apparently are finding it hard to get interested. »

- Laura Stackhouse

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Russell Crowe Asks Fans To Demand A Master And Commander Sequel

6 December 2010 1:58 AM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

In my mind Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is almost without question the best, seafaring adventure movie ever made. Better still, unlike a lot of the movies Hollywood tries to force into a franchise mold in pursuit of more money, it naturally lends itself to a sequel. In fact it.s based on a lengthy series of books by Patrick O.Brian. The sequels are already written, just sitting there waiting for someone to do something with them. Unfortunately the film achieved only modest results at the box office when it debuted in 2003 and despite a lot of initial enthusiasm for the project from everyone involved, there.s been no real movement to do anything with it. But Russell Crowe hasn.t given up. Crowe starred in the film as Captain Jack Aubrey and he.s long held a great deal of affection for the film. »

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10 Films To See In December

1 December 2010 8:00 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

2010 is coming to an end and with it, we have a slew of Oscar hopefuls the month of December. My current favorite film of the year is hitting, as well as one film that could easily usurp them all. This final month has your usual kiddie fare as well, but something about the trilogy to avoid this month is uniquely depressing. Check out all my picks below and please see the next page for matinees, as there were a lot of close calls barely missing the Top 10. There will also be a lot of limited releases from last month expanding, so check out that list. Also, many of the films below will likely not reach your city until January, so check out the specific distributors site for a heads up.


10. Blue Valentine (Derek Cianfrance; Dec. 31st)

Synopsis: A look at the idyllic past and troubled present of working-class couple »

- Jordan Raup

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MovieMantz Review: 'The Next Three Days'

19 November 2010 3:06 PM, PST | Access Hollywood | See recent Access Hollywood news »

"An Arresting Thriller"

"The Next Three Days"

Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks

Directed by Paul Haggis

After starring in lavishly produced period epics like 2000's Oscar-winning Best Picture "Gladiator," 2003's "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" and last summer's "Robin Hood," it may well be that Russell Crowe has gotten to the point of his career where he's simply too big for small movies.

Not that "The Next Three Days" - a remake of the 2008 French film "Anything for Her" - is a small movie by any means. It anything, it's a ...

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This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. »

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‘Walking With Dinosaurs’ Coming to a 3D Screen Near You

11 November 2010 5:39 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After starting as a television show, then becoming an “Arena Spectacular,”  it looks like BBC Worldwide’s Walking with Dinosaurs franchise is finally making its way to the big screen. Do you even need to ask if it’s going to be in 3D?

The film will be directed by Neil Nightengale and Pierre De Lespinois, and the script is being written by John Collee, whose previous credits include Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Happy Feet, and Creation. Like the TV show, it will use CGI dinosaurs over live-action scenery. BBC Earth and Evergreen films are coproducing the movie, financed by Reliance Big Pictures, on a $65 million budget. Hopefully that’s enough money for quality 3D production technology. [Deadline]

I have high hopes for this film. I watched the original six-part documentary countless times when it premiered on the Discovery Channel 10 years ago, and if the movie »

- James Battaglia

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Fox Goes 'Walking With Dinosaurs' In 3D

11 November 2010 12:06 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

With the American Film Market having wrapped up yesterday, the onslaught of plot synopses is over, but there are still a couple of notable deals that have been made. Among them, 20th Century Fox has snagged the U.S. and some international distribution rights for the $65 million 3D CG/live-action epic family film "Walking With Dinosaurs." With a script by John Collee ("Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World," "Happy Feet," "Creation") and set to be co-directed by Neil Nightingale and Pierre De Lespinois, there are no details on the plot but we think the title makes it pretty… »

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