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Based on the memoir by Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell, the Peter Berg–directed Lone Survivor follows four Navy SEALs (Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch) trying to stay alive after their location is discovered during a covert mission in Afghanistan. Though Wahlberg is the face on the poster, it's Kitsch who unexpectedly shines: After toplining three misfires last year in John Carter, Battleship, and Savages, he's finally found the right vehicle for his easy, masculine charisma, and as Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, he displays the sort of leading-man potential that many predicted when Kitsch came off a hot run in the TV series Friday Night Lights. Last week, he sat down with Vulture to discuss the next phase of his career (which will include an against-type turn in Ryan Murphy's AIDS drama The Normal Heart) and why he'll never, ever do a Friday Night Lights movie.What »
- Kyle Buchanan
My name is Mario-Francisco Robles. I’m a writer/critic here at Latino-Review, but offline I’m someone who’s dedicated my life to entertainment. I’ve been entertaining audiences professionally over 15 years. Entertainment, in all its forms, is my life. Some of my favorite moments have been up on stage, giving my all to a sold out crowd, but I’ve also had some equally life-altering moments being in the audience. In this ongoing column, I’ll bring my passion, experience, and perspective to a number of topics that move me as someone whose life revolves around arts and entertainment.
Entry #1: Why Movie Studios Don’t Care About You. Yes, You.
If you’re reading this, then you’re part of the online fan community that frequents film sites. You like to stay up-to-date on upcoming movies. You likely have a love of superheroes and/or comic books. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Over the past month or so we've heard plenty of speculation surrounding casting on the upcoming Terminator reboot from director Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World), and it seems that Paramount Pictures has now identified the front runners to step into the shoes of Sarah Connor, with Deadline reporting that the studio is "looking closely" at Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Brie Larsen (Short Term 12) for the role.
Both Clarke and Larsen have previously been mentioned as candidates for Sarah Connor, while Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) and Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) have also been said to be under consideration. Meanwhile Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) is said to be Taylor's pick for John Connor, the leader of the Resistance, and Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy), Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Taylor Kitsch (John Carter) have been mentioned with regards to Kyle Reese. »
- Gary Collinson
This is where we start a war. We'll lose friends, and cause controversy. Because somewhere on this list below is something you're dying to see. In fact, you might be fanatical about some of these inclusions (Christopher Nolan fans, we're staring straight at you). But it's inevitable. And unavoidable. Hollywood is releasing hundreds of movies in 2014. Some of them will be good. Some of them will be bad. And some will be box office disasters. In compiling this list, we're not declaring that all, or even any, of these movies will be unwatchable. Some will be quite good. Maybe even a masterpiece or a classic in the making. There are a few that we're desperate to see ourselves. We really want them to succeed. But every movie here is a risk taker. And some of this shit? Hollywood should clearly know better. These are the 14 Biggest Potential Bombs of 2014.
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"Drive was going to feel like really, really good cocaine and Only God Forgives will then be very strong acid," says director Nicolas Winding Refn on the commentary to his latest team-up with Ryan Gosling. While Drive had a solid B-movie plotline to adhere to, Only God Forgives is an untethered beast, with stronger connections to Refn's earlier, obtuse, expressionistic films such as Valhalla Rising.
With Gosling as a drug-dealing, Muay Thai-kickboxing gym owner looking to avenge his brother's death, it certainly starts off conventionally. But it soon becomes apparent, with its unfixed relationship with reality and generally hallucinogenic mood (the acid analogy is dead on) that Refn and Gosling have no interest in going down a well-worn path. It's one »
- Phelim O'Neill
Many a year ago, Taylor Kitsch was lauded as the next great male heartthrob. Then came John Carter. Then, Battleship. Now, he’s lucky to have landed a role in Almost Heroes 3D, the next animated feature from DigiArt Productions (which sounds more than a little like an accredited online institute). Kellan Lutz has clearly been studying under Kitsch’s wing- stepping into the spotlight as a somewhat generic megahunk with the Twilight films and Immortals, then plunging immediately downward. The actor may be a part of the next Expendables film, but so is every other male actor in Hollywood; the only two starring roles he’s got lined up now are a couple of low-budget clunkers. Neither Hercules: The Legend Begins nor Tarzan 3D have a whole lot going for them. So let’s start with Hercules, shall we? The film is already in the unfortunate position of going up against Dwayne Johnson‘s 265 pounds of »
- Adam Bellotto
Walt Disney Studios has always been one of the largest film production companies in the world and have long held the power to make others cower in fear with the mere announcement of a new film bearing their iconic logo. Well now it has been officially confirmed that the mouse house has broken an astonishing $4 billion at the global box office this year for the first time in their history.
What is perhaps more astonishing however, is the fact that Disney have crossed the Billion dollar mark for eight consecutive years now and was the first to make the milestone this year thanks to Marvels mighty Iron Man 3. This is also the fourth year in a row that Disney has crossed $2 billion at the international Box office which is also an astounding feat. I’m sure Disney executives are hailing their $5 billion dollar purchase of Marvel in 2009 as the »
- Ben Read
Earlier this month it was revealed that Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Brie Larson (The Spectacular Now) had tested for the role of Sarah Connor in Paramount Pictures' upcoming Terminator remake, and now The Hollywood Reporter has thrown another name into the mix, stating that Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany has also auditioned for the role previously portrayed by Linda Hamilton (The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgement Day) and Lena Headey (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles).
There have been plenty of rumours circulating around potential casting for Terminator, which is set to be directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World), with Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) said to be Taylor's pick for the role of John Connor and Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy), Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Taylor Kitsch (John Carter) said to be in the mix for Kyle Reese. Arnold Schwarzenegger will also »
- Gary Collinson
Dynamite Entertainment's "Warlord Of Mars" #30, available November 27, 2013 is written by Arvid Nelson and illustrated by Rafael Lanhellas, Marcio Abreu, with covers by Joe Jusko and Lucio Parrillo:
"...in 'Red Tears', 'John Carter' is far from home, and his enemies have enslaved the mind of his only ally, 'Tars Tarkas'.
"Carter is left with a brutal choice: kill his greatest friend, or allow Mars to descend into a war that could well destroy the Red Planet..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "John Carter"...
- Michael Stevens
Back in September we got our first look at Christian Bale's audition for Batman Begins, with Bale sporting Val Kilmer's Batman Forever Batsuit, as well as a much more restrained Batgrowl, especially compared to what we got by the latter stages of The Dark Knight Trilogy. Now Bale has spoken about the audition process during a promotional interview with MTV for his next film Out of the Furnace, as well as revealing the reason why he adopted such a gravelly voice.
"I got there. They put me in Val Kilmer's suit. It didn't even fit properly, and I stood in it and I went 'I feel like an idiot.' What kind of guy walks around, dressed like a bat? And is then going to go 'Hello, how are you? Just ignore that I'm dressed as a bat.' Of course, he's meant to be doing this. »
- Gary Collinson
In case you missed it, Lone Survivor star Mark Wahlberg has had some strong words to say about actors who talked about military training for a role, and now Marcus Luttrell, the former Navy Seal who Lone Survivor is based on and who Wahlberg plays in the film, has addressed Mark's rant...
“Something else had happened before we got up on stage,” explains Luttrell, though he didn’t specify what that was. “That’s what he was pissed about or whatever.”
Luttrell says he tried to step in, “I leaned forward and I was like, ‘It’s cool, dude. We got this, man.” He then went on to talk about how fast news travels on the internet: "We woke up the next morning and it was huge. That's the funny thing about the internet. The internet is a living organism now. You couldn't kill it if you tried, I don't think. »
- Gary Collinson
"I don’t give a s*** if you get your a** busted. You get to go home at the end of the day. You get to go to your hotel room. You get to order f****ng chicken. Or your steak. Whatever the f*** it is. For actors to sit there and talk about 'oh I went to Seal training? I don't give a f**k what you did... You don’t do what these guys did. For somebody to sit there and say 'my job was as difficult as being in the military.' How f**king dare you, while you sit in a makeup chair for 2 hours."
I agree with his sentiment that it's not the same thing and actors »
- Gary Collinson
Odd List Simon Brew 15 Nov 2013 - 07:08
Lots of films are dedicated to, or in memory of someone. But it's not always clear why. We've been finding out...
Back when Breaking Bad returned for its final batch of episodes in August 2013, it had a dedication at the end of it. The card read 'Dedicated to our friend Kevin Cordasco'. As it turned out, Kevin Cordasco was a 16-year old who had been battling cancer for seven years, who had met both Bryan Cranston and Vince Gilligan. Cordasco died before he could ever get to see the episode dedicated to him.
I found this such a moving story, that it got me wondering about the dedications that appear on films, and what the story behind them was. After all, the dedications are there for a reason. What I uncovered was some funny stories, mainly extremely sad ones, and some extremely moving dedications. »
Oh look, another Batman Vs Superman rumor! Sigh. As it has been for most Batman Vs Superman news recently, take this following information with a grain (or mountain) of salt. A couple of days ago a site claimed Terry O'Quinn was on a shortlist for Lex Luthor in Batman Vs Superman. Now Cbm has learned from a source that O'Quinn was never up for the part. The source says James Purefoy (John Carter, Fox's The Following) was approached for the role, but he »
- Jesse Giroux
As promised, Disney has released the first official teaser trailer for Maleficent, a live-action prequel of sorts telling the origins of the notorious villain from Sleeping Beauty. "Teaser" is about all you can expect from it as well, as it seems to give no real hint to the main story, and mostly features shots of Angelina Jolie looking awesome as the titular character. Come inside to check it out.
I don't know what I was expecting from this trailer, but what we got seems pretty light. I know it's a teaser, but even for that, it's not giving much of anything away, nor any real hints at the story. Perhaps it's because I don't know enough about the character, as some hardcore Disney fans might. Either way, I think I was hoping for a little more, and I'll explain why after:
Aside from the films coming from their purchased studios (i. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Lost actor Terry O'Quinn is the latest name dropped as a possible candidate for the role of Lex Luthor in Batman vs Superman. At least that's the latest from the Superman Super Site and Man of Steel Fan Page. It's reported that O'Quinn is one of several actors on Zack Snyder's shortlist so there's no guarantee he'll get the role. But I'll certainly admit, O'Quinn definitely has the look. Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) was previously rumored to be up for the role, as well as Mark Strong (John Carter, Sherlock Holmes) but both actors debunked have since debunked those rumors. With filming expected to begin in earnest in early 2014,expect official casting announcements to come sooner rather than later. Related Content: Sdcc '13: Jim Lee On The 'Superman Vs. Batman' Announcement The 'Superman Vs Batman' Film's Impact On 'Arrow' Sdcc '13: Jonathan Nolan Says He Won't Be »
‘Ender’s Game’ movie to go the way of ‘John Carter,’ ‘The Golden Compass’? (Photo: Ben Kingsley and Asa Butterfield in ‘Ender’s Game’) Directed by Gavin Hood and starring Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford, Ender’s Game is going the way of Andrew Stanton’s John Carter and Chris Weitz’s The Golden Compass at the domestic box office. After opening with a disappointing $27.01 million last weekend (including Thursday evening shows), the $110 million-budgeted was down a whopping 62% this past weekend, November 8-10, 2013, collecting a paltry $10.25 million from 3,407 theaters (no reduction in number of venues) according to box office actuals found at Box Office Mojo. One can blame Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World, but the action fantasy starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Tom Hiddleston wasn’t the sole culprit. After all, Ender’s Game was already trailing both Last Vegas and Bad Grandpa last Thursday. After two weekends, »
- Zac Gille
Recently, I wrote a piece asking you, the reader, if the failure of The Lone Ranger was possibly due to the general movie going publics inability to have fun nowadays. I described how this film made me reminisce about a day when movies such as this weren’t made for one demographic. They were made for the entire family to enjoy (Et for example). In short, I thought the movie was a ton of “theatrical fun.”
Quentin Tarantino apparently agrees with me, and I will take his assessment of a film over anyone who deems The Lone Ranger unworthy but can spend their hard earned cash on truly horrendous atrocities of film making like Michael Bay’s adaptation of the Transformers or any recent Adam Sandler outing.
I mean seriously, answer this question I have been asking myself for a long time now. How is it that films like Transformers: Rise of the Fallen, »
- Brad Lee
Earlier in the week we heard that Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Brie Larson (21 Jump Street) and Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) are under consideration for the role of Sarah Connor in director Alan Taylor's (Thor: The Dark World) upcoming Terminator reboot, with Boyd Holbrook (The Host) and Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) also up for John Connor.
Well according to The Hollywood Reporter, there's truth in the rumours that Emilia Clarke and Brie Larson are set to test for Sarah Connor, while Garrett Hedlund is actually under consideration for the part of Kyle Reese, with Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Taylor Kitsch (John Carter) also said to be in the mix. However, Taylor has apparently identified his number one candidate for John Connor, with the site reporting that Tom Hardy tops the wishlist to succeed his The Dark Knight Rises co-star Christian Bale in »
- Gary Collinson
I'm not sure what happened last week, but participation in the "What I Watched" column was minimal at best. Did no one actually watch anything or do I need to once again threaten to turn this car aroundc No matter, we'll figure that out soon enough, as for what I watched this week, I caught Thor: The Dark World (read my review here) and The Book Thief (read my review here) in theaters and at home I finally watched Nicole Holofcener's Enough Said, which I'm a little surprised at how much everyone loved it. I can see a little more respect for it given its adult themes and screenwriting, but it's still a romantic dramedy that hinges on a secret that will soon come to light and the question of what will happen with the relationships once it does. Pretty standard stuff if you ask me. I also happened »
- Brad Brevet
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