20 items from 2014
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Avengers 3, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Defenders, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Spectacular Spider-Man, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Batman vs. Superman, Watchmen, The Flash, Arrow, Constantine, Heroes Reborn and more...
Well, it's March, which means we're only a few weeks away from the start of the 2014 superhero season as Marvel Studios gets things underway with the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier (out March 26th here in the UK), and this week has brought us a new featurette for the Phase Two solo sequel entitled 'Conspiracy', which features comments from Chris Evans (Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Robert Redford (Alexander Pierce) and Marvel chief Kevin Feige [watch it here]. Meanwhile we've also got a »
- Gary Collinson
The Oscars speech of the night goes to newcomer Lupita Nyong’o, who won best supporting actress for her role as Patsey in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave.
Transcripts of all Academy Awards winners’ onstage speeches…
Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Yes! Thank you to the Academy for this incredible recognition. It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s. And so I want to salute the spirit of Patsey for her guidance. And for Solomon, thank you for telling her story and your own. Steve McQueen, you charge everything you fashion with a breath of your own spirit. Thank you so much for putting me in this position. This has been the joy of my life. I’m certain that the dead are standing about you and watching and they »
On 16th May 2014, Toho’s greatest monster will return to the big screen in an American reboot. With just 11 weeks to go, we here at Thn are counting down the Godzilla back catalogue.
Director: Takao Okawara
Godzilla Vs. King Ghidorah proved that the old monsters worked best in terms of box-office business. The next logical step then, was to bring back arguably Toho’s second most famous monster, Mothra. Mothra had her solo feature back in 1961 and battled Godzilla for the first time in 1964, where she took top-billing over the now iconic lizard. This time though, things were slightly different. Godzilla was popular again and so it was his name that featured first. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
In my mind, the mark of a truly great film is its ability to make viewers lose themselves in its storytelling. By that measurement, Gravity isn’t just the greatest film of 2013, but also one of the greatest films I’ve ever had the pleasure of losing myself in.
Looking back on my experiencing watching Gravity in theaters, I knew I was witnessing something truly special almost immediately. Director Alfonso Cuarón goes straight into his money shot with a gorgeous, absorbing and completely petrifying opening sequence, one which lasts an astounding 17 minutes. It’s a bold move, and one that grabbed me like I’ve rarely been grabbed by a film before. His images, of the blissful Planet Earth, of the cold emptiness of space and of two intrepid astronauts, scientist Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and veteran Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney), braving the most hostile of conditions in the pursuit of knowledge, »
- Isaac Feldberg
On 16th May 2014, Toho’s greatest monster will return to the big screen in an American reboot. With just 12 weeks to go, we here at Thn are counting down the Godzilla back catalogue.
Director: Kazuki Ohmori,
Plot: A UFO reveals itself to be piloted by humans from the 23rd century. They have travelled back in time to prevent Godzilla from destroying Japan in a nuclear holocaust.
Godzilla Vs. Biollante was considered a box-office failure. Whenever a film fails, it’s time to place the blame, and here the blame rested on Biollante himself. Being a fan-created brand new monster, it was decided he just didn’t have the draw of Godzilla’s other nemeses, even though Godzilla is surely the main draw for such pictures. It was decided »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Warner Bros. are spending this afternoon getting some ducks in a row for their slate of upcoming blockbusters, so let's dive right in. We're just a few months away before "Godzilla" once again stomps the Earth, and a monstrous new poster is here via Yahoo to let you know just how big the creature is. Yep, there's the lizard strolling through San Francisco, with the Transamerica Pyramid barely reaching his shoulder. Gareth Edward's film is dropping on May 16th, and if you need a reason to see this, the cast alone should get you through the door: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, Juliette Binoche and Sally Hawkins. And while the star power behind "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." might not be as huge as the monster flick, Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Hugh Grant, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki and Luca Calvani are no slouches and neither is director Guy. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
On 16th May 2014, Toho’s greatest monster will return to the big screen in an American reboot. With just 14 weeks to go, we here at Thn are counting down the Godzilla back catalogue.
Director: Koji Hashimoto,
Plot: A man discovers a lone survivor aboard a ship inhabited by strange creatures. However, that’s just the beginning of his problems, as the survivor says he saw something else at sea. Something big. Something dangerous.
Nine years after Godzilla last appeared on screens, Godzilla 1985 roared to life. It was time once again to remember what the big G was all about in the first place. It was time for a darker, more destructive, and more dangerous Godzilla to once again threaten Tokyo. Gone were the aliens, robots, dance moves and kung-fu fighting, and in their »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Feature James Clayton 7 Feb 2014 - 06:15
With the new RoboCop out now, James considers some sci-fi films that might, just might, benefit from an imaginative remake...
They remade RoboCop. I'm still finding it hard to get my head around that fact, even as I arrive at the moment I get to see the new reboot in cinemas. RoboCop remade. Paul Verhoeven's dystopian masterpiece of 1987 - the ultimate techno-tinged sociopolitical action movie - remade. Really? I mean, really?
I'm pretty sure that in ancient aeons past a divinely-appointed prophet laser-scribed "Thou shalt not remake RoboCop, creep!" on a titanium slab of commandments to be observed by obedient future generations. Nothing is sacred though and, alas, RoboCop is remade, rebooted and upgraded in line with modern filmmaking standards for today's drastically altered multimedia marketplace.
To fill you in on the details you probably already know, the PG-13 rated reboot (really?) is »
Continued from yesterday’s countdown….
20. Tessa Louise-Salome (Mr. Leos Carax)
19. Janicza Bravo (Gregory Goes Boom)
11. Sydney Freeland (Drunktown’s Finest)
After working as a graphic artist and designer for the past decade, Peter Sattler makes a remarkable screenwriting and directorial debut with Camp X-Ray. Even with some dubious reservations after the announcement of Kristen Stewart being cast as a Guantanamo Bay guard, the role isn’t an ungainly fit, and Sattler has created a genuinely moving and captivating feature. Stewart’s name will attract a whole audience of people potentially unaware of the controversial subject matter, making this an excellent conversation starter. But beyond all that, Sattler gets an amazing performance from Peyman Mooadi, »
- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers
On 16th May 2014, Toho’s greatest monster will return to the big screen in an American reboot. With just 16 weeks to go, we here at Thn are counting down the Godzilla back catalogue.
Director: Jun Fukuda
Starring: Masaaki Daimon, Kazuya Aoyama, Reiko Tajima, Akihiko Hirata, Hiromi Matsushita, Hiroshi Koizumi, Masao Imafuku, Beru-Bera Lin, Shin Kishida, Goro Mutsumi, Isao Zushi, Ise Mori, Kinichi Kusumi
Plot: A strange prophecy foretells the destruction of Earth by a monster, and that two fellow monsters will rise to stop this evil threat. However, could it be that Godzilla is the bringer of destruction and has turned back to his old ways?
The 20 year anniversary of everybody’s favourite monster (yeah I’m talking for you!) was met with an epic that not only retained all that the Godzilla franchise had become, but was also cause for a higher budget than previous films. This meant a lack of stock footage, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Snooker: The Masters
Day five action from Alexandra Palace. We're still in the first round and today's match-ups feature some of the tournament favourites. In the afternoon session Chinese cuesmith Ding Junhui, who recently became the first player since Stephen Hendry in 1990 to win three consecutive major-ranking events, takes on one of last year's losing semi-finalists, Shaun Murphy. Then, British Eurosport has coverage of the evening session, which sees the masterful Ronnie O'Sullivan face off against Robert Milkins. Gwilym Mumford
Gibraltar: Britain In The Sun
8pm, Channel 5
The timing of this series following the lives of some of the 30,000 inhabitants of the controversial British overseas territory of Gibraltar is a tad insensitive, as the sun shines there for more than 300 days every year. »
- Gwilym Mumford, Bim Adewunmi, David Stubbs, Rachel Aroesti, Ali Catterall, Hannah Verdier, Ben Beaumont-Thomas, Mark Jones
Following months of overwhelming critical and audience acclaim and numerous year-end awards, Warner Bros. Pictures is bringing Alfonso Cuarón’s cinematic achievement Gravity back to big screens nationwide.
The film, which stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, will be re-released on more than 900 screens on January 17, 2014, it was announced today by Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
Originally released on October 4, 2013, Gravity instantly became a favorite of both critics and audiences. It has since become one of the most honored films of the year, most recently bringing a Golden Globe Award for Best Director to Alfonso Cuarón. The film has also received 11 BAFTA Award nominations and 10 Critics’ Choice Award nominations, both including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress (Bullock)*.
It has also won Best Picture awards from several prestigious critics organizations, including the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and has been included on 395 critics’ and critics groups’ top ten lists, »
- Michelle McCue
2013 was a great year for science-fiction films. We had superheroes (Thor: The Dark World, Man of Steel, Iron Man 3), the end of the world (The World’s End, This is the End), aliens (Riddick, Dark Skies, The Host), dystopias (Oblivion, Elysium, Ender’s Game, Pacific Rim), space exploration (Europa Report, Gravity), and another Star Trek film. This year’s crop of upcoming sci-fi films are full to the brim with goodies, including the return of some old friends and plenty of mind-blowing scenarios coming from some of the best minds the genre has to offer.
After the complete disaster that was Roland Emerich’s Godzilla of 1998, the Big G swam back to his native Japan; his pride shot and his confidence almost nonexistent. After starring in numerous Toho-produced entries in his regular series (most of them better than decent), Godzilla decided to give America one more chance to get his story right. »
- Andrew Perez
On 16th May 2014, Toho’s greatest monster will return to the big screen in an American reboot. With just 18 weeks to go, we here at Thn are counting down the Godzilla back catalogue.
Director: Jun Fukuda
Plot: A Manga artist finds work at a new theme park called Children’s Land. But why is everybody so suspect? And what is their connection with the monsters of the world?
Godzilla Vs. Hedorah wasn’t everyone’s favourite Godzilla film. I sure loved it, but those that mattered, namely producer Tomoyuki Tanaka (who was hospitalised at the time of that film’s release) did not. Therefore with Yoshimitsu Banno vanquished from the world of Godzilla (until the upcoming reboot that is), Jun Fukuda was drafted back in after his successful turns with Ebirah, Horror Of »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Odd List Ivan Radford 7 Jan 2014 - 06:37
Last year may only be a memory, but its film themes linger in the mind. Here's Ivan's pick of 2013's best soundtracks...
Just a quick scan down the list below reveals an extraordinary breadth of genres and subject matters, from imposing, expensive science fiction films to quiet, intimate stories about men at sea on boats or outlaws breaking out of prison to be with their wives. Disparate though the films are, they're all linked by at least one common motif: their music is utterly brilliant.
So with 2014 already well underway, and an entire new wave of films with great music in them beckoning, join us as we look back to the movies of last year, their finest soundtracks, and the must-listen pieces of music you can dig out on each one.
Must-listen track: Don't Let Go
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On 16th May 2014, Toho’s greatest monster will return to the big screen in an American reboot. With just 19 weeks to go, we here at Thn are counting down the Godzilla back catalogue.
Director: Yoshimitsu Banno
After the monstrosity that was All Monsters Attack, Toho really needed to pull their finger out to rejuvenate the Godzilla franchise. With long time producer, Tomoyuki Tanaka, in hospital, it was pretty much up to first time Godzilla director, Yoshimitsu Banno, to take Godzilla to new places. What happened was the creation of one of the most bizarre and divisive of all Godzilla films. With 70s funk, animated transitions, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
(L-r) John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli, Erich Bergen as Bob Gaudio, Vincent Piazza as Tommy DeVito and Michael Lomenda as Nick Massi in Warner Bros. Pictures’ musical “Jersey Boys, ” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
Warner Bros. Pictures has released their slate of films for 2014. Along with each movie’s synopsis and photos, you will find Hobbits, dolphins, legos, Godzilla as well as the latest info and first image of Clint Eastwood’s take on the musical Jersey Boys.
The cinematic lineup hosts a bevy of A-listers for fans of Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Russell Crowe, Colin Farrell, Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Bryan Cranston, Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine, Kevin Spacey, and Christoph Waltz.
Further on down the cinematic »
- Michelle McCue
It’s a new year and film fans are looking forward to this year’s crop of movies. Some are more anticipated than others. Here is an alphabetical list of 14 of my most eagerly awaited films for 2014.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The first of several planned sequels to The Amazing Spider-Man ups the ante this time with three villains: Electro (Jamie Foxx), the Rhino (Paul Giamatti) and the Green Goblin (Chris Cooper). There is also a rumor that Felicity Jones may be playing the Black Cat. In the film, our arachnid hero learns more about the mystery of his parent’s deaths while the threat from Oscorp and its reclusive owner Norman Osborn begins to grow. Andrew Garfield reprises his role of the heroic Peter Parker/Spider-Man, and Emma Stone is back as his lovely love interest Gwen Stacy. Marc Webb directs. The film comes out on May 2 nd. »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
A Witch, a Wolf, A Raccoon, and The Muppets. Everything you’d come to expect from Walt Disney Studios.
Not only did they release their official slate for 2014 on this final day of the year, but the studio also gave us a first look photo along with the official synopsis for director James Gunn’s much-anticipated Guardians Of The Galaxy.
Check out the whole kit and caboodle below.
The Wind Rises
In The Wind Rises, Jiro (voice of Joseph Gordon-Levitt) dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni (voice of Stanley Tucci). Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world’s most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, »
- Michelle McCue
Walt Disney Pictures is bringing 14 movies to the big screen next year, with the studio releasing their 2014 preview that includes new photos and official synopses for The Wind Rises, Need for Speed, Muppets Most Wanted, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Bears, Million Dollar Arm, Maleficent, Planes: Fire & Rescue, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hundred-Foot Journey, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Big Hero 6, McFarland and Into the Woods.
The Wind Rises - February 21 (limited), February 28 (expanded)
In The Wind Rises, Jiro (voiced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni (voiced by Stanley Tucci). Nearsighted and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world's most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events, including the Great »
20 items from 2014
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