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Movie posters are there to sell the movie. But some of them sell the movie too well, making you think a bad film will be a really, really good one.
To celebrate those rare moments when the publicity succeeds where the movie doesn't, here are just ten examples of great posters for terrible films.
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 57%
The teaser poster for the second coming of Star Wars was screaming-in-the-street exciting when it first hit bus stop billboards. Intriguingly, there's no mention of hyper-annoying sidekicks or intergalactic tax systems anywhere on it. Hmm.
2. Cobra (1986)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 13%
So masculine it made men pregnant, the poster for action disasterpiece Cobra drips with virility. Alas, the film dripped with so much blood that the first cut earned an X rating, forcing reshoots that made an already preposterous plot crumple like a crisp packet in Sly's massive manly fists. »
The Late Late Show with James Corden has only been on the air for just over six months, but in that short amount of time, new host James Corden has given movie fans a new reason to tune in, aside from interviews with the biggest stars. The host has a running segment entitled Role Call, where his guests such as Tom Hanks and Arnold Schwarzenegger act out all of their biggest hits (and some of their flops) in a short amount of time. Last night, Matt Damon stopped by the late night program to promote his sci-fi drama The Martian, in theaters October 2, where he became the latest star to act out his entire film career in just eight short minutes.
The French actor will play an assassin tracking Damon's enigmatic protagonist, Variety reports.
It was announced in 2014 that Damon will return to the Bourne series as Jason Bourne, with Paul Greengrass as director.
Matt Damon explains why he's returned for a "post-Snowden" Bourne 5: 'It feels like the world has changed'
The fifth film in the franchise is expected to premiere on July 29, 2016.
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Were you being kept up every night, consumed with the uncertainty of who might be stepping into the villainous role for the as-yet-untitled fifth Jason Bourne movie? Then celebrate the good night of sleep you will finally have now that we have news of the new Bourne bad guy. Vincent Cassel, known as the antagonist in Ocean's Twelve (oh, the Night Fox) as well as not-so-nice a guy in Black Swan and... Read More »
- Billy Donnelly
Talented French actor Vincent Cassel has joined the cast of the untitled fifth Bourne movie. According to Variety, Cassel is set to play a villainous role in the action sequel. Sources claim the Ocean's Twelve star will be an assassin hunting down Matt Damon's elusive Jason Bourne - in the vein of characters portrayed by the likes of Clive Owen and Karl Urban in the original trilogy. Cassel joins an already impressive cast, which includes Tommy Lee Jones and Alicia Vikander, alongside franchise veterans Damon and Julia Stiles. The Bourne Supremacy/Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass is back at the helm once again as well. Damon recently claimed this sequel would be set in a "post-Snowden world", and revealed that filming starts this week in Greece. The original Bourne trilogy was immensely popular with both fans and critics alike, raking in almost $1 billion at the global box office. Comparitvely, 2012's »
Well, this is awesome! We don't often see Vincent Cassel in Hollywood films, but among the handful he's done are "Ocean's Twelve" and "Ocean's Thirteen." Perhaps he became pals with Matt Damon while working on those flicks, because the pair are set to reteam for a big summer blockbuster. Read More: 10th Anniversary: 5 Things You May Not Know About 'The Bourne Identity' Variety reports that Cassel will play an assassin on the hunt for Jason Bourne/David Webb in "Bourne 5." He joins Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones,and Julia Stiles in the Paul Greengrass directed movie: plot details are being kept under wraps, though the story is inspired by the post-Snowden world we live in. Interestingly, the script is being co-written by Christopher Rouse, Greengrass' longtime editor. Perhaps instead of trying to find the movies in the edit —a not uncommon occurrence of past 'Bourne' movies— Greengrass is »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Omar Sharif in 'Doctor Zhivago.' Egyptian star Omar Sharif, 'The Karate Kid' producer Jerry Weintraub: Brief career recaps A little late in the game – and following the longish Theodore Bikel article posted yesterday – below are brief career recaps of a couple of film veterans who died in July 2015: actor Omar Sharif and producer Jerry Weintraub. A follow-up post will offer an overview of the career of peplum (sword-and-sandal movie) actor Jacques Sernas, whose passing earlier this month has been all but ignored by the myopic English-language media. Omar Sharif: Film career beginnings in North Africa The death of Egyptian film actor Omar Sharif at age 83 following a heart attack on July 10 would have been ignored by the English-language media (especially in the U.S.) as well had Sharif remained a star within the Arabic-speaking world. After all, an "international" star is only worth remembering »
- Andre Soares
Veteran producer Jerry Weintraub, a well-known force in Hollywood, died of cardiac arrest in Santa Barbara Monday at the age of 77.
Weintraub was an old-school impresario and showman who started out as a concert promoter and music manager, then became a successful movie producer in a career that spanned five decades.
"All life was a theater and I wanted to put it up on a stage," Weintraub wrote in his memoir. "I wanted to set the world under a marquee that read: 'Jerry Weintraub Presents.'"
Born in Brooklyni n 1937, Weintraub first broke into showbiz through music. He worked with Elvis Presley, the Beach Boys, and Frank Sinatra, and managed artists including Led Zeppelin and John Denver.
In 1975, Weintraub moved into film production with Robert Altman's "Nashville." In the next decade, he producer more hits, the biggest of them all being "The Karate Kid." But then, in 1990, the »
- Kelly Woo
A few nights ago, Warner Bros. hosted a very canny event that our own Louis Virtel attended at the Playboy Mansion, a screening of "Entourage" that may have felt like virtual reality for those who attended. While I doubt being surrounded by scantily clad bunnies influenced Louis one way or another on the film, it's likely you'll see a number of reviews that are perhaps more enthusiastic than they would otherwise be, and it'd be hard to blame anyone who fell for it. One of the reasons the setting seemed so right for that particular film is because much of the charge of "Entourage" is watching the core ensemble swagger their way through Hollywood, doing whatever they want and rarely if ever facing any consequences as a result. It's always presented with a wink and a smile, just a case of boys being boys. We live in a world right »
- Drew McWeeny
For some reason, Hollywood fell in love with British actors again in the 1990s. Sparked by Alan Rickman's turn as Hans Gruber in Die Hard at the back end of the 1980s, many movie villains were either Brits, or in the case of Cliffhanger, John Lithgow taking on the mannerisms of a British antagonist.
Yet in particular, Hollywood went recruiting British comedy talent, with faces then mainly - but not exclusively - known for their small screen work getting roles of various sizes in Hollywood productions. Here are some who racked up the air miles - starting with the man who arguably became one of the most successful...
Hugh Laurie - 101 Dalmatians
Laurie is a man of many talents, who ultimately cracked America with »
Yesterday was the Super Bowl, that annual sporting event designed for superheroes to make friendly wagers between themselves for charity, and for the showcasing of movie trailers.
One of the very best of this year's crop of trailers (taking the top spot of the Super Bowl spots) was the action-packed trailer for Furious 7, the latest instalment in the Fast and Furious franchise.
Vin Diesel's voice-over informs us that "The most important thing in life will always be family" (which is totally what his vocabulary-limited character Groot was saying, albeit more concisely, at a certain moment in Guardians of the Galaxy). Of course, as the montage shows, he's talking about found family, a group of people who care deeply for each other, despite often not being related. This could also be a thematic statement about the emotional core of the franchise, which has arguably endured so long because the audience cares about the characters, »
11 items from 2015
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