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Some movies build pre-release hype by playing up the transformations made by their stars, whether by makeup or dramatic changes to their body type. Public interest in films like The Machinist or Tropic Thunder had as much to do with the bizarre lengths the production had gone to change actors’ appearances as they did with the films’ actual content.
While not nearly as dramatic as Christian Bale losing most of his body weight or Robert Downey Jr. donning what amounts to overelaborate blackface, the cast of next year’s The Incredible Burt Wonderstone seem to be attempting to garner interest in much the same way. This time, it looks like much of the comedy’s cast will be donning wacky wigs in the course of their roles as competing Las Vegas magicians.
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- Kyle Hembree
Perusing the Dubai programme deciding what to see when your knowledge of Arab and African cinema is on the rudimentary side can generate a fog of confusion, so a film titled "Death Metal Angola" stands out like a screaming neon sign. Jeremy Xido, who directed this absorbing, beautifully shot documentary, which had its world premiere in Dubai, is a Detroit-born multi-talent (he has a European-based contemporary dance company and acted in "The Machinist") and was in Angola researching another documentary about a Chinese railroad when he discovered that the war-torn nation has a flourishing death-metal scene. An ex-Portuguese colony, Angola was wracked by civil war for nearly four decades (until the Us, China and Russia stepped up to end the conflict, lured by the country's abundant natural resources); its people are haunted and scarred by their history; and the angry aggression of death metal offers an ideal outlet for expressing that angst. »
- Matt Mueller
We saw that Jared Leto lost a lot of weight to play a flamboyant cross-dresser with HIV in The Dallas Buyers Club in these set photos. But there he was covered by a bulky fur coat. To show off his dramatic transformation, Leto recruited photographer Terry Richardson for a shirtless shoot, and oh my goodness! Leto has become the kind of skinny that is hard to look at. I admire his commitment to the role, but I can’t imagine a scenario in which the verisimilitude is worth the health issues. Matthew McConaughey has also drawn attention for his weight loss to play the lead role in Dallas Buyers Club, based on the true story of Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey). Woodroof was given six months to live after a 1986 AIDS diagnosis, but instead survived six years on the medication he smuggled into the U.S. that he shared with other patients. »
- Brendan Bettinger
The next chapter in the heart-stopping Rec series follows one young couple.s big day as it turns into one big nightmare when a viral outbreak transforms their wedding guests into blood-thirsty zombies. Paco Plaza, writer and director of the original Rec, which inspired the hit movie Quarantine, returns to stage more blood-curdling suspense and shocking moments in this high-octane fright fest. The film stars Javier Botet (original Rec and Rec 2), Leticia Dolera (Imagining Argentina, Man Push Cart) and Diego Martin (TV.s .Doctor Mateo,. I Want You). Now, movie fans can now catch the latest .recorded. tale of real-world technology capturing otherworldly horror when Rec 3: Genesis breaks out on DVD.
Bonus features on the disc include twelve deleted scenes along with a blooper reel. »
- Movie Geeks
There must come a time in the organisation of the next dramatic smash that all the crew look at the casting director with a mix of fear and trepidation to announce; we need Daniel Day-Lewis.
Why the fear and trepidation? Well, I’m not sure you know this, but Day-Lewis is bats**t insane. He’s an outrageously talented actor, but what goes into this requires lunacy of the highest order.
You see, he ascribes to a school of acting preparation known as ‘method acting’. You might’ve heard of it. What defines this approach is the willingness on the part of the actor to adopt their role in real life, thus making for a more convincing portrayal.
- Edward Owen
Have you seen what Matthew McConaughey looks like lately? I was flabbergasted when I bumped into him at the airport a couple days ago. The once fit, healthy, vibrant, man's man has withered away to a frail-looking bag of skin and bones. He is preparing for a new film role in The Dallas Buyer's Club and has dropped over 30 lbs.! While Matthew's transformation may startle you, it's not the first time we've seen actors go gaunt to prepare for a role. Gotham's masked crusader himself, Christian Bale, lost 63 lbs., which was a third of his body weight, to play an insomniac in The Machinist. »
- Harley Pasternak
Many film websites published “decade’s best horror films” lists in late 2009/early 2010. While these lists collectively provided a rough snapshot of the genre’s ups and downs during that time, with more time to reflect, it becomes increasingly clear what an important period the 2000’s were for the horror genre on a global scale.
Not only did this decade easily and obviously eclipse the comparatively arid 1990’s in both volume of production and overall quality, the 2000’s can also be looked at as a crucial one for horror cinema despite the justified outrage about the American film industry’s widespread strip-mining of classics and foreign films for remakes/re-boots and its saturation of the market with teen-friendly PG-13 rated horror films.
While by no means as groundbreaking as the 1970’s or as sentimentally regarded as the 1980’s, the 2000’s will be recalled as the decade that, despite well-founded criticisms »
- Terek Puckett
Oren Peli announced himself as a genre director to watch after he caught Steven Spielberg’s attention and delivered the stripped back, franchise-launching “Paranormal Activity” in 2007. But since then Peli has only taken on director’s duties once more (on the forthcoming “Area 51”) and has instead seen his focus shift primarily to producing and writing. And that’s a trend that seems set to continue after departing the director’s chair on the Edgar Allen Poe project, “Eliza Graves.” The film has been acquired by Millennium Films at the American Film Market this week, but the news accompanying that acquisition is that Peli is now only attached as a producer while “The Machinist” director Brad Anderson will replace him at the helm. The film is set to go in front of cameras early next year, with Deadline reporting that offers will be made to the principal cast from next week. »
- Joe Cunningham
Based on Edgar Allan Poe's "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether", the story follows a medical student who goes to work at a mental asylum, unaware that the inmates are now literally running it.
Source: Styd and Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Some actors will go to extremes physically to get themselves ready for a role. There are several examples like Christian Bale in The MacHinist, 50 Cent in Things Fall Apart, and Charlize Theron in Monster. Another actor is joining their ranks-- Matthew McConaughey. In The Dallas Buyer's Club, McConaughey plays the role of Ron Woodroof, "a tough Texas electrician who was diagnosed with AIDS in 1986 and given six months to live. Unwilling to accept the doctors diagnosis Woodruff became »
- Niki Stephens
Throughout the month of October, Editor-in-Chief and resident Horror expert Ricky D, will be posting a list of his favorite Horror films of all time. The list will be posted in six parts. Click here to see every entry.
150: Session 9
Directed by Brad Anderson
If there was ever a perfect setting for a horror movie, it would be the abandoned Danvers State Mental Hospital. Built in 1878 on an isolated site in rural Massachusetts, it was a multi-acre, self-contained psychiatric hospital rumoured to have been the birthplace of the pre-frontal lobotomy. The hospital was the setting for the 2001 horror film Session 9, where an asbestos clean-up crew discover a series of nine tapes, which have recorded a patient with multiple personalities, all of which are innocent, except for number nine. With a shoestring budget and no real special effects, Session 9 »
Revenge exec Melissa Loy has hinted that season two will "expand [the] world". Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Machinist) will join the cast of the hit ABC drama as the mother of Emily (Emily VanCamp). "What we really wanted to do in season two was expand our world, so we are going to see Emily's mom," Loy confirmed to TV Guide. "We're going to explore some different themes this season, like free will, and we're also introducing another character from Emily's past." The producer also revealed that viewers should expect "heartbreaking" scenes, as an undercover Emily is unable to reveal her true identity to (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
One of the most polarizing films of the year is without question the third entry into the storied [Rec] franchise, [Rec] 3: Genesis (review here). Some love it, some hate it. Now you can form your own opinion as the film is ready to tackle home video.
From the Press Release
Horror fans are cordially invited to witness a day of unholy matrimony in the terrifying new thriller Rec 3: Genesis, available November 6th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The next chapter in the heart-stopping Rec series follows one young couple’s big day as it turns into one big nightmare when a viral outbreak transforms their wedding guests into blood-thirsty zombies. Paco Plaza, writer and director of the original Rec, which inspired the hit movie Quarantine, returns to stage more blood-curdling suspense and shocking moments in this high-octane fright fest. The film stars Javier Botet (original Rec and Rec 2), Leticia Dolera (Imagining Argentina, »
- Uncle Creepy
Shia Labeouf has thought of an eye-catching way to escape the shadow of alien robot movies. Danish filmmaker Lars Von Trier will apparently film some real ‘erotic material’ involving the young star in his new feature The Nymphomaniac.
Labeouf’s developed a bit of a rebellious streak after surviving three movies where he had Michael Bay for a boss. He’s also wrestling with some regret for being publicly disappointed with Indiana Jones 4 and scuppering his relationship with Steven Spielberg in the process. Making a movie with Von Trier is a bold statement of intent. For a young star known mainly for having unfeasibly attractive on-screen girlfriends and running away from expensive visual effects, this seems like a real attempt to be taken seriously as an actor.
So, is it hardcore eroticism for a hardcore actor? Well, assuming it really is, in fact, real, perhaps we should ask why. There »
- Nick Goundry
Special effects technology is becoming more advanced by the day. Soon we’ll reach the point where Christian Bale’s transformation into a mummified corpse for The Machinist becomes almost solely a job for computers, able to make him as fit or fat as the filmmaker desires.
If the making young of Jeff Bridges for Tron: Legacy is anything to go off of however, that might be a somewhat optimistic statement, since it’s clear there’s still a ways to go, but I’m sure that’ll change as technology advances.
With this in mind, it’s understandable why so many directors would embrace CGI, and why so few would stick it out using more traditional means. It’s faster and it’s cheaper. Plus, the more tech advances, the faster and cheaper it will become. What could go wrong, then, with such a transition?
For one, it is »
- Travis Smith
You may have heard that Shia Labeouf went Method for his new film, The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman , meaning that he actually dropped acid in order to immerse himself in the role. That's nuts, The Frisky notes—and these eight other actors went to similar extremes for their craft: Christian Bale: Dropped 63 pounds without even being asked to do so for his role in The Machinist. At just 120 pounds, his health was in danger. Adrien Brody: While playing a man getting psychological treatment in The Jacket , he actually asked to get strapped into a straightjacket ... and left »
- Evann Gastaldo
Article by Charlie Dunlap
John Connor….Bruce Wayne…..Every film lover worth his or her own salt is aware of the iconic characters which have made Christian Bale a household celebrity name, but what about the other past roles that have gotten him to where he is today? According to IMDb, Bale has appeared in roughly 45 roles (including a few television stints) since 1987′s powerful Empire Of The Sun, in which he filled the shoes of the unrecognizably young, Jamie Graham. With Bale once again splashing across the headlines – most recently regarding his visits to the Aurora hospitals housing victims of the recent Colorado theater shootings, this writer has decided that it’s the perfect time to present five of Bale’s best, more obscure and under-appreciated films, all presented in ascending chronological order:
1) Velvet Goldmine – 1998
Still a relative unknown at this time, Bale tackles the role of British newspaper reporter, »
- Movie Geeks
• Carey Mulligan is in talks to star in the comedy thriller Nancy and Danny, about a gold-digger aiming to land a man she crushed on in high school. James Marsh (the documentary Man on a Wire) is directing from a script by Brad Ingelsby (the upcoming crime thriller Out of the Furnace). [THR]
• Tom Hardy and Michael Shannon are attached to star in The Long Red Road, an adaptation of Brett C. Leonard’s play about an alcoholic named Sam (Hard), who’s drinking his life away on a South Dakota Indian reservation. Shannon would play his older brother; Leonard will pen the adaptation. »
- Adam B. Vary
1.) Word is ABC television and Marvel's TV division are in discussions of potentially bringing the Avengers universe to the small screen. While the connection to the theatrical franchise would apparently be light, it is said it would carry over the "themes and feel" of the franchise and feature lesser-known Marvel characters. If you ask me this makes great sense and unlike the now-cancelled "Heroes", this would already have plenty of stories to pull from. [Deadline] 2.) Producer Arthur Sarkissian says he has both Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker lined up to reprise their roles as Lee and Carter for Rush Hour 4. "I'm trying to do it closer to how I did Rush Hour 1," said Sarkissian. "More down to earth. More gritty. Introduce two new characters and make it real the way the first one was. I personally was not happy with the third one. I thought 1 and 2 were very good. I think »
- Brad Brevet
Last week I was invited to a certain game developer’s head office (let’s call them Ed Smith Games) for a hands-on with one of their upcoming titles (Ed Smith Sim 2000). As per my editor’s request, I was to playtest the game, grill the lead designer and pick up some info on what the company was working on next. As per my short attention span and hangover, I walked out after four hours and had a Greggs.
Here are five tips to make sure you don’t do the same.
5. The Game You’re Playing is Rubbish. Deal With It
Unless you’re one of the higher up staff writers at an actual magazine, the chances of you playtesting the new GTA are slim to Christian Bale in The Machinist. For every Bioshock: Infinite there are a hundred Ed Smith Sim 2000s, replete with derivative gameplay, embarrassing dialogue »
- Edward Smith
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