12 items from 2013
Jude Law seems to be on a career upswing and we couldn't be happier. After being poised as the next big thing, Law starred in a number of huge (and hugely forgettable) movies like "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" and "Alfie." But now, he seems to be finding his footing again, costarring in two wildly successful "Sherlock Holmes" movies with Robert Downey, Jr. and getting a creative shot-in-the-arm from a pair of collaborations with Steven Soderbergh ("Contagion" and "Side Effects"). His next movie looks like a lot of fun, too.
The movie is "Dom Hemingway," and in it Law stars as the title character, a boozy, druggy criminal who has just been released from prison after serving 12 years. The film recently played at the Toronto International Film Festival and opens in the U.K. on November 15 and the in the U.S. in April 2014. In this new clip from Total Film, »
- Drew Taylor
For a while it looked like Jude Law had lost his way. There are only so many "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow"s that one career can endure. But, little by little, he brought himself back up, smartly choosing roles that accentuated his roguish charm while never finding himself in the hey-i'm-a-big-time-star crosshairs that threatened his career in the first place, first playing second fiddle to Robert Downey Jr.'s titular "Sherlock Holmes," and then playing strong character parts in Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion" and "Side Effects" (movies that are, in some ways, companion pieces).
It's good to have you back, Jude!
His latest looks like a hoot, too. "Dom Hemingway" (trailer below), which recently played at the Toronto International Film Festival, sees Law turning the roguish charm-o-meter to 11 as a bank thief who, released from prison after 12 years, goes about collecting what's owed him and reconnecting with »
- Drew Taylor
The Projects: Kick-Ass 2, the sequel to 2010′s ultraviolent dark superhero comedy, which features an assortment of new costumed psychopaths. And Riddick, the third film in the Pitch Black-spawned franchise about Vin Diesel’s galactic anti-hero.
The Panel: For Kick-Ass 2, the giant panel included returning stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Christopher Mintz-Plasse; new co-stars Lindy Booth, Donald Faison, John Leguizamo; director/writer Jeff Wadlow; and co-creators Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. (Although Chloe Grace Moretz wasn’t onstage, they beamed her in via satellite for a few questions.) Riddick opted for a smaller crew of Diesel, co-star (and Comic-Con demi-goddess) Katee Sackhoff, »
- Darren Franich
Exclusive: Blonde to Black Pictures kicks off with psychological drama Buttercup Bill.
Sadie Frost and Emma Comley are launching London-based production outfit Blonde to Black Pictures.
The company’s first feature will be micro-budget psychological thriller Buttercup Bill, which will start shooting on location in New Orleans later this month.
Emilie Richard-Froozan and Remy Bennett (Tony Bennett’s granddaughter) wrote the screenplay and will share directing duties. Bennett will also star as Pernilla, a young woman who learns shocking news about a girl she grew up with, and starts seeing visions of her imaginary friend, mischievous cowboy Buttercup Bill.
The company’s second feature, to be announced later this summer, will shoot in London.
A further five features are in development with new talent.
- email@example.com (Wendy Mitchell)
Birthday dame Angelina Jolie is divinely over the top in movies. Let’s reinspect.
Angelina Jolie turns 38 today, and though the woman has had a devastating (and bravely self-disclosed) year of health scares, let’s remember one way in which she’s always managed to heal us: extremely bizarre fashions on film. Here are her five most over-the-top film fashions.
It was a close tie between The Tourist, Life or Something Like It, and Changeling for fifth place, but I’m happy to give the spot to Clint Eastwood‘s baby mixup drama. For being such a distinct-looking actress, it’s kind of shocking how much Jolie’s appearance can transform. If I didn’t tell you, you might think that was Norah Jones, Marion Cotillard, or Natalie Imbruglia. Admit it. That hat, though — some Little Edie cred going on up in here.
I’ll be so bold »
- Louis Virtel
by Joseph Leray
I have, in all likelihood, straight-up merked untold thousands of humanoid enemies over the course of my digital career, but I've never really felt comfortable blasting away at animals. Even as a kid, shooting "Wolfenstein 3D"'s pixelated German Shepherds was more problematic for me than gruesomely dispatching mecha-Hitler
Appealing to the dormant PETA protestor in all of us, MachineGames have kindly replaced flesh-and-blood attack dogs with the snarling, mechanical monstrosity pictured above for the upcoming "Wolfenstein: the New Order."
My own dog-related quibbles aside, I kind of like the way MachineGames took the old mech idea and ran with it: one creepy old lady notwithstanding, it seems like most of the enemies B. J. Blazkowicz will fight over the course of the game are cyborgs, if not full-scale robots. It gives the game a futuristic, alternate-history feel reminiscent of, say, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow »
- MTV Video Games
"There is one enemy weapons cannot defeat..." Whoa. This looks... kind of crazy awesome! Our friends at Twitch have found a trailer for a Danish sci-fi film called Exodus, being developed as a multi-media cross-platform project, with a feature film as the main selling point. And this is their trailer. It could described as the look of the original Tron meets Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow meets Dune meets Beyond Thunderdome, in a weird way. It gets really wacky with the Exodus stuff at the end. But there's something completely alluring about it, that old school 80's-done-perfect feeling, I really want to see this. Check it out! Watch the first test trailer for Tommy Ipsen's sci-fi project Exodus, embedded directly from their Vimeo: From the production intro (via Tsomm Pictures): "As the old world died, a fleet of ships set sail towards the stars. Only one single »
- Alex Billington
Which promising movies fell shortest of expectations?
When we first heard the news that J.J. Abrams had been hired by Disney to continue the adventures of Luke Skywalker and company as the director of Star Wars: Episode VII, we were almost beside ourselves with enthusiasm. After all, as the director of Star Trek (2009), Abrams proved that he could revitalize a classic sci-fi franchise while remaining true to its core concepts and respectful of its legacy. Added to that the fact that Abrams will be shooting from a script written by Academy Award-winner Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine) and Episode VII is bound to be the greatest Star Wars movie since Return of the Jedi, right? We'll see. We're keeping our fingers crossed, but gearing down from "enthusiastic" to "hopefully optimistic."
Studios don't set out to make bad movies, yet they churn them out each and every year. Sure, most bad »
- BrentJS Sprecher
Gangster Squad, 2013.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer.
A group of incorruptible Los Angeles police officers join together to stop and up-and-coming mafia boss, sparking a violent war for control of the city.
Gangster Squad is an appalling lazy attempt at the gangster genre and falls flat in nearly every department. It’s like watching famous faces playing dress-up for 100 minutes whilst a film student in his first year makes what he thinks is a ‘cool’ take on the genre.
Comparisons to Brain de Palma’s undisputed classic The Untouchables are endless but listing these two films in the same sentence is as pointless as the reason for Gangster Squad ever being made. The story and script is nothing less than the best bits of other genre films cut »
AMC has released the HD promo for the third season of their hit series, The Walking Dead, titled ‘The Suicide King’. Furthermore, artist John Watkiss has uploaded some pieces of artwork he created for The Walking Dead on his website, and you can check out some of them, as well as the promo, after the jump.
He also has put a large portion of his art on Gallery Nucleus for anyone interested in purchasing his Walking Dead artwork. John’s work may be familiar to some as he has done pre-visualization work on Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow and Robert Downey Jr. and Guy Ritchie‘s Sherlock Holmes. Have a look at the sample of his amazing artwork, and for the entire gallery visit the Gallery Nucleus link above.
- Vesna Sunrider
An incredibly cool collection of concept art for The Walking Dead has surfaced. The art was uploaded by artist John Watkiss, who also did work for Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow and Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes. A lot of this art is actually for sale, and if you're interested in purchasing one click here. There's some great stuff here, and I hope you like what you see!
- Joey Paur
................................................................... Artist, John Watkiss, has uploaded some pieces of artwork he created for The Walking Dead on his website. He also has put a large portion of his art on Gallery Nucleus for anyone interested in purchasing his Walking Dead artwork. John's work may be familiar to some as he has done pre-visualization work on Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow and Robert Downey Jr. and Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes. Click Image To Enlarge Click Here To See Even More Concept Art The Walking Dead returns in February and will air Sunday nights at 9/8c on AMC. The show stars: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Laurie Holden, Jeffrey DeMunn, Scott Wilson, Emily Kinney, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs, Norman Reedus, IronE Singleton, Danai Gurira, Melissa Suzanne McBride, Michael Rooker, Lauren Cohan, Vincent War, Chad L. Coleman, and David Morrissey. »
12 items from 2013
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