12 items from 2011
The Stepford Wives meets … Westworld? NBC is developing a new drama called Beautiful People, a drama from Michael McDonald (Mad TV) in which families of mechanical human beings exist to service the human population — that is, until “some of the mechanicals begin to awaken.”
McDonald has also served as a director on ABC’s Cougar Town.
- Lynette Rice
By Barb Oates Follow @ChannelGuideBO What’s with the wives? You’ve got TLC’s Sister Wives, VH1′s Basketball Wives, Investigative Discovery’s Prison Wives, then of course you’ve got the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, New Jersey, New York, Atlanta, etc. There’s also the Desperate Housewives, The Stepford Wives, Army Wives and BBC’s Footballers’ Wives, but those are [...] »
- Barb Oates
The first clip from Joel Schumacher’s thriller Trespass has been unveiled. The home invasion horror stars Nicole Kidman and Nicolas Cage as a married couple held at gunpoint in their home… but who’s behind the break-in? The film asks audiences “Can you really trust a loved one?”
The footage below hints at trouble in the on-screen couple’s marriage but reveals very little else. Kidman and Cage have had a turbulent career over the years (I’ve tried and failed to repress their terrible remakes of The Stepford Wives and The Wicker Man) so time will tell how this pans out. So far I’m not excited.
Trespass invades Us cinemas on the 14th September. UK release date to be announced.
Source: Entertainment Tonight
- Joe Taylor
Sashays onto Blu-ray and DVD October 18th
Bon Voyage! Take a journey across the ocean with a trio of friends who make front page headlines when a dream trip turns into a hilarious case of mistaken identity. The delightful jet-setting comedy Monte Carlo arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on October 18th. Produced by Academy Award®-winner Nicole Kidman* (Moulin Rouge, The Stepford Wives), Monte Carlo will take you on a fanciful ride through the picturesque sights of Europe . with three charming girls in tow!
Actress and pop sensation Selena Gomez (Ramona and Beezus, .Wizards of Waverly Place.) lights up the screen as Grace, a high-spirited high school graduate looking forward to a vacation in Paris with her best friend Emma (Katie Cassidy, .Melrose Place.), and stepsister Meg (Leighton Meester, .Gossip Girl.). Just as »
- Melissa Howland
Transformers: Dark of the Moon held on to first place in its second weekend, and actually showed some improvement over the last Transformers installment. Among openers, Horrible Bosses extended the winning streak for R-rated comedies this Summer, while Zookeeper wound up in third on middling results. Overall box office was off around 19 percent from the same frame last year, when Despicable Me debuted to a huge $56.4 million.Transformers fell 52 percent to an estimated $47 million. That's a lighter decline and a higher second weekend figure than those for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, indicating that Dark of the Moon is maintaining interest at a higher rate than its often maligned predecessor. On Sunday, Dark of the Moon passed The Hangover Part II to become 2011's top-grossing movie, and its 12-day total currently sits at a healthy $261 million.Horrible Bosses opened to an estimated $28.1 million, which is up from Bridesmaids but a »
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Plus New One-Sheets For 'Killer Elite' & 'The Whistleblower' While we don't want to be that guy, necessarily, there are some films that start to look like disasters from miles away. No one sets out to make a bad picture, but sometimes fate conspires in the worst possible way, and a pile up of misfortune leads to something that, even months before release, is clearly fated for horrible reviews, worse box office and a quick trip to the bargain bin. Think "The Stepford Wives," "Bewitched," "The Invasion," or even films that Nicole Kidman wasn't in, like "Jonah Hex," "Bonfire of… »
Last year around this time, the BBC treated viewers to a science show with a difference in Wonders Of The Solar System. The difference was in the anti-stuffy presenter, Professor Brian Cox, whose simple, but sensible demonstrations elucidated more in one hour than a whole term of school for some. Ryan reviewed the show saying, "Cox's enthusiasm for his subject is infectious, and while a physics professor talking about science in jeans and t-shirt may sound like a school teacher's toe-curling attempt to get down with the kids, his casual approach to explaining science is refreshing, rather than condescending."
You can read those reviews here and Professor Cox returns with a new series, Wonders Of The Universe, Sunday, March 6th at 9:00 on BBC2, which we'll also be reviewing. »
As Bieber fever rages through theaters this weekend with the release of "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never," "Extra" helps you remember your teen crushes and favorite stars -- on a trip through the time machine -- with the 50 Greatest Teen Stars of All Time! [*teens screaming*]
50 Greatest Teen Stars50- Matthew Broderick »
"You will become adults, but only briefly …"
In Never Let Me Go, Mark Romanek's austerely beautiful adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's novel, life has a sell-by date, humans have a shelf life and death arrives in accordance with somebody else's schedule. You are a body to be plundered and mined for parts; get used to it.
The clones of Never Let Me Go are perhaps the most sympathetic creatures of their kind yet depicted on film; children bred and farmed for profit and the health of others, but who teem with the hormones, anxieties and doubts of "normal" children. The few glimpses and rumours of the wider world we are offered suggest it is riven with medical horrors – eugenics, experiments, organ trafficking. The clones are a »
- John Patterson
In a busier seven days than we've seen in the last couple of weeks, the schedules wave both hello and goodbye to a number of shows. Some return to proven praise. Others have the hard task of earning it over the next six or so weeks.
Saturday, February 5th brings the end of the fourth series of Primeval at 7:30pm on ITV1. The series has seen the return of a familiar face just recently. Is there room for one more? If you're a fan of the show, tune in and have a squawk about it when the finale review goes live early Monday morning.
New sci-fi show, Outcasts, breaks onto screens in two consecutive episodes over two nights, starting Monday, February 7th at »
… Or Reasons For Why Natalie Portman Should Tread Carefully
Natalie Portman will finally be honoured as Best Actress for her undoubtedly brilliant performance in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan next month. In some ways it’s one of those ‘about time’ awards for a performer who exploded onto the scene with an Oscar worthy role as Matilda in Luc Besson’s classic hitman flick Leon, and went on to deliver great performances in Closer and V For Vendetta (despite a wobbly accent). But, then again, despite always knowing, thanks to that incredible feature debut, that Portman is an extremely talented actress she’s cropped up in a smattering of duds, none more so than her monotone portrayal of Queen Amidala in the woe-some Star Wars prequels. But, here we are, 2011 and after sixteen years in the business Portman is pretty much guaranteed that little gold statue on February 27th.
- Owain Paciuszko
Cinema Blend Katey's top 10 list. I forgot to link up at the time but I'm always curious what friends will choose. We're about to record a podcast. Wheeee.
CineEuropa reviews the Macedonian Oscar entry Mothers.
I read this book. Thought it could be really cinematic. But only if they
bucked the trend of super faithful adaptations. Books are not movies!
Release DatesJust Jared Tom Hardy as The Warrior gets a release date, September 9th.
Lady Gaga "Born This Way" on May 23rd.
Coming Soon Water For Elephants has a new still (to your left) and opens on April 22nd.
PlayBill looks at the upcoming Broadway openings. (Honestly, it seems like half of the shows running closed today, January 2nd, 2011.)
IndieWire looks at which 2011 releases will reflect 2010 releases. Some are obvious: 2011's Black Swan is The Wolverine. Some not so much.
- NATHANIEL R
12 items from 2011
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