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Fresh from the first images of the film, 20th Century Fox has released the first poster and trailer for their upcoming blockbuster sequel Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb…
Ben Stiller (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) and his gang of historical figures are back for the second sequel in the hugely popular franchise that has made over $1 billion at the worldwide box office. The third in the series sees Stiller’s security guard and his historical friends hopping across the channel to London to solve a new mystery in the British Museum’s Egyptian exhibits, whilst having to negotiate their way in and around the city streets.
Along with Stiller, the film stars Robin Williams (Mrs. Doubtfire), Owen Wilson (Meet the Parents), Steve Coogan (Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa), Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect), Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), Ricky Gervais (Muppets Most Wanted) and Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3 »
- Scott Davis
USA Today have released the first official glimpses at the third in the Night of the Museum franchise, Secret of the Tomb. Directed once again by Shawn Levy, the pictures show us some of the returning characters from the franchise, with the new adventure set in and around London…
Director Levy said: “We have brought museums to life……but we have never really explored the idea of taking the magic into the world. This movie really goes beyond the museum walls. We are out in London, on a double-decker bus, in Trafalgar Square. It’s a juicy idea we haven’t explored.”
Set to be released worldwide this Christmas, Secret of the Tomb stars Ben Stiller (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), Robin Williams (Mrs. Doubtfire), Owen Wilson (Meet the Parents), Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect), Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), Ricky Gervais (Muppets Most Wanted) and Sir Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3 »
- Scott Davis
There’s no doubt that Simon Pegg is a star, but after dozens of feature films it’s safe to say his biggest successes — both financially and memorably — have been as parts of franchises. Star Trek, Mission: Impossible and his work with Edgar Wright and Nick Frost (yes, I’m counting “The Cornetto Trilogy” as a franchise) have all become part of our collective film conscience, but how many of his solo films can you name? He’s had six leading roles in non-franchise movies… even if you can name a couple of them can you honestly say they were all that good? As a fan of Pegg’s I always hope for the best with each new film of his, and thankfully the trailer for his latest gives me reason to expect the best this time too. Hector and the Search for Happiness is the story of a psychiatrist (Pegg) who realizes one day that not »
- Rob Hunter
I consider myself to be a somewhat jaded, overly cynical filmgoer, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not always on the lookout for a film that might come close to expressing the ebullience and joy of life. While I’ve yet to see the film – and will have to wait a little longer to do so – I have to say that watching the latest preview for Hector and the Search for Happiness marked the first time I’ve actually laughed at a trailer in awhile.
Hector and the Search for Happiness features Simon Pegg as the titular Hector, a London psychiatrist who one day realize that his patients are just not getting happier. This prompts him to go on a journey across the world in pursuit of discovering what makes people happy. I think we can predict some moments of self-discovery for Hector, and perhaps some heartache too, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Outside his collaborations with Edgar Wright and his stints in the franchise worlds of “Star Trek” and “Mission: Impossible,” Simon Pegg has admirably found the time to lead another movie here or there. This year finds the English actor doing his attempt at the feel good movie of the year in the adaptation of “Hector and the Search for Happiness” and the first U.S. trailer has arrived online to inspire you spend some money. Following the two previous U.K. trailers, this new trailer doesn’t break any new ground or have much in the way of new footage. Instead it doubles down on the middle-aged malaise angle and the promise of a feel good message. Think of something along the lines of “Eat Pray Love” meets “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and you wouldn’t be too far off the mark of what this trailer promises. If nothing else, »
- Cain Rodriguez
Relativity's Hector and the Search for Happiness was just announced as one of the Gala screenings at this year's Toronto Film Festival. The movie, directed by Peter Chelsom (Shall We Dancec) stars Simon Pegg in the title role and seems almost like something of a Brit version of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Based on the world-wide best-selling novel of the same name, the movie features Hector (Pegg), a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara (Rosamund Pike), he feels like a fraud: he hasn't really tasted life, and yet he's offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. Armed with buckets of courage and child-like curiosity, he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness. »
- Brad Brevet
On October 4th the New York Film Festival will screen its centrepiece picture, the world premiere of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro and Owen Wilson. It will mark PTA’s third time at the Nyff after screening Boogie Nights in 1997 and Punch Drunk Love in 2002.
Based on the 2009 crime novel of the same name by American novelist Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice follows private investigator and pothead Larry ‘Doc’ Sportello (Phoenix) as he tries to solve the disappearance of a former girlfriend in 1970′s Los Angeles. Kent Jones, the Nyff Director and Selection Committee Chair spoke admirably about the decision to showcase Inherent Vice in the gala slot:
- Gavin Logan
“Inherent Vice,” writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s darkly comic 2009 crime novel, has been selected as the centerpiece gala at the 52nd annual New York Film Festival, Variety has learned.
The Oct. 4 bow will mark the world premiere of Anderson’s highly anticipated seventh feature, a 1970s Southern California-set detective yarn starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson and Benicio Del Toro. Warner Bros. has slated the film for a Dec. 12 theatrical release.
Following the announcement that David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” would make its world premiere as the fest’s opening-night entry (first reported by Variety on July 16), the selection of “Inherent Vice” bolsters Nyff’s rep as a key launchpad for high-profile fall titles, in addition to its long-standing position as an elite international-cinema showcase. For the past two years, the festival has reserved its gala slots for world premieres of such »
- Justin Chang
The movie stars Ben Affleck as a man who may have killed his missing wife (Rosamund Pike) after they retreat to his hometown in Missouri, following professional setbacks in New York City. Former EW TV critic Flynn wrote the screenplay, and the cast also includes Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Patrick Fugit, and Casey Wilson.
The New York Film Festival, which runs Sept. 26 to Oct. 12, begins hot on the heels of Telluride, Venice, and Toronto, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Filmmaker David Fincher has been away from the screen for a couple of years, since 2011's "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" threatened to be a major Oscar force but settled for a handful of nods (and a surprising Best Film Editing victory). He's back this year with the Gillian Flynn adaptation "Gone Girl," which could be a major play for Fox as the studio looks to get its awards legs back after hitting a wall with "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" last year. Well, an opening night berth at the 52nd annual New York Film Festival is certainly a great way for the studio to set the stage. It's a nice, and really, expected fit for a few reasons. When Fincher opened the festival four years ago with his critically acclaimed film "The Social Network," that sort of kicked Nyff into gear as new personnel began to see the »
- Kristopher Tapley
If you’re into travel-log movies like Into the Wild or the more recent The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, then this Reese Witherspoon starring drama should be right up your alley. Wild is a movie about self-discovery, the story of Cheryl Strayed, a woman who took a 1,100 miles journey on foot as a way […]
• Game of Thrones alum Rose Leslie is set to join Vin Diesel in The Last Witch Hunter, a supernatural thriller about a “semi-immortal” witch hunter (Diesel) who teams up with a witch (Leslie) to take down a more evil witch. And, despite being mortal enemies, the witch and the witch hunter also flirt with romance. Breck Eisner is directing the Summit pic, which recently got a polish from Dallas Buyers Club writer Melisa Wallack. [THR]
- Lindsey Bahr
Noah, Transformers 4, Jupiter Ascending, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and the upcoming Interstellar were all filmed at least partly in Iceland as the northern European country has become a hot filming destination in recent years. In 2013 alone, there were seven U.S. movies shot in the country, in addition to HBO's Game of Thrones, which is partly filmed there. But while many studio productions have taken advantage of the country's 20 percent production reimbursement and varied, often otherworldly landscapes, few U.S. indies have made the trek. Photos Sundance 2014: Exclusive Portraits of Aaron Paul, Kristen Stewart,
- Hilary Lewis
After reigning supreme on Saturday Night Live for seven years, Kristen Wiig made her voice in film loudly and rightly known in 2011 with Bridesmaids, which she starred in and cowrote with Annie Mumolo. Punching giant cookies, wooing Irish cops and forcing her friends to defecate in sinks at bridal salons set her up as an invaluable asset to a host of comedies and dramedies in the years since, like Friends with Kids, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Girl Most Likely. Meanwhile, Bill Hader, probably one of the greatest talents from the SNL stage, has always had a healthy career as a bit player in comedies. While he hasn’t had a vehicle like Bridesmaids yet to largely showcase his worth, he’s been the supportive wing man, henchman, insert-assistant-title-here, delivering the best lines and effectively stealing the show in everything from Superbad to The To Do List. But his side-character status might be changing to »
- Samantha Wilson
Kristen Wiig’s post-Bridesmaids movie career has been a little bumpy: She didn’t have much to do, for instance, in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty or Anchorman 2. But the first trailer for The Skeleton Twins hints that her next film may finally find her in a starring role again.
Wiig appears in the movie alongside Bill Hader. From Sundance, Jeff Labrecque described The Skeleton Twins as “a full-on drama” where Wiig and Hader “play Maggie and Milo, twins who used to be close but now live on different sides of the country. Neither is particular happy with their lives, »
- Jacob Shamsian
Phones 4u is coming to the rescue of frustrated cinema goers with a new silent smartphone screening experience. The pop-up cinema will provide the perfect environment to watch the latest blockbusters on the Sony Xperia Z2 smartphone without interference. Fans can pick from movie hits such as Gravity, Frozen, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, and The Hobbit.
On what was arguably a damp bank holiday weekend, it was nice of Phones 4U to invite us along to our first ‘silent cinema’. Confused? It definitely piqued our interest, so between Sunday night drinking and catching up on Game of Thrones, we headed down to the Soho Hotel to see what all the fuss was about.
The event promised to showcase the visual capabilities of Sony’s flaghship handset, the Xperia Z2. Upon arrival, we were ushered into the plush screening room within the hotel and asked to take a seat. »
- Joe Cronin
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »
- Guy Lodge
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