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Apologies to the five or so of you who read this with any regularity, there was no column last week. Day job woes and Christmas combined to stomp my ass into a fug of inactivity in terms of watching and writing about it. Therefore you get a bumper edition this week with two weeks’ worth of content.
In other big news House of Cards returns to Netflix with season two in February and the Turbo super-fast snail animated series, based on that DreamWorks film that recently came out, debuts in December. Now TV also has you covered during Christmas week by adding a new big title pretty much every day between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, although apart from Elf on Now TV and a dedicated Christmas selection, there is a disturbing lack of Christmas themed films on the other services.
- Chris Holt
This week's entry of New To Netflix continues with more time travel. Cinema itself is kind of a time machine, so watch as I contort this notion. Transporting us back to a time and place, or at least an idea of such. Peter Chan's sumptuous Dragon (aka Wu Xia) uses time to visualize an investigator's thoughts on constructing past events. Steven Spielberg's Munich looks back at a particular moral conundrum in 1973. Jack Hill's Coffy offers the perfect fantasia of Blaxploitation in the same year. Robert Zemeckis' Back To The Future threatens incest (but remains light and charming) in a quaint notion of both the 1950s - and of the 1980s for that matter. Cloud Atlas says there is not much difference across the whole of human...
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The acclaimed and contemporary American remake of celebrated 1990 UK series House Of Cards has unveiled a teaser trailer and press release confirming that the show will return on the 14th February 2014. Following a hugely successful 13-episode run, released exclusively on the increasingly popular video-on-demand service with a pilot directed by the brilliant David Fincher, Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood and the majority of the cast return for a second season. Expect more political scandal and cover-ups from the House of Representatives.
(Beverly Hills, CA – December 4, 2013) – The second season of the Netflix original series, from Media Rights Capital, “House of Cards,” premieres Friday, February 14, 2014. All 13-episodes of the season starring Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey (“Horrible Bosses,” “American Beauty,” “The Usual Suspects”) and Golden Globe® nominee Robin Wright (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Forrest Gump”), who both received Emmy® nominations for their performances in the first season, will be available »
- Craig Hunter
The second season of the Netflix original series "House of Cards" premieres Friday, February 14, 2014. All 13-episodes of the season starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, who both received Emmy nominations for their performances in the first season, will be available for members to watch instantly in all territories where Netflix is available. From director David Fincher ( The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo , The Social Network ), award-winning playwright and Academy Award nominated screenwriter Beau Willimon ( Farragut North , The Ides of March ) and Academy Award winner Eric Roth ( Forrest Gump , Munich , The Insider ), this critically-acclaimed drama slithers beneath the curtain and through the back halls of greed, sex, love and corruption in modern Washington »
Big Bad Wolves blends elements of the horror thriller and comedy genres. The ultimate premise is revenge but knowing Keshales and Papsuahdos work were in for a hearty multilayered visual treat. Honestly these two do not let down as filmmakers their willingness to take major risks yields some highly rewarding results. Magnet will release Big Bad Wolves on the Us on January 17 2014. Big Bad Wolves features the onscreen talents of Lior Ashkenazi (Rabies) Kais Nashif (Body of Lies) Dvir Benedek (The Attack) Menashe Noy (Rabies) Ami Weinberg (Munich) and Gur Bentvich (OffWhite Lies). »
‘Catching Fire’ box office: To surpass Iron Man 3 in North America? (photo: Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) Thanksgiving was celebrated this past week in the United States. Although the American economy remains in a seemingly never-ending rut, Lionsgate has much to be thankful for, financially speaking: on the weekend of November 29-December 1, 2013, Francis Lawrence’s $110-130 million-budgeted The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, added another $74.5 million from 4,163 North American locations according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Even if Lionsgate’s estimates are (once again) off by a couple of percentage points, that’s a remarkable hold for a sequel. In fact, Catching Fire was down only 53% compared to its first weekend, which included $25+ million from Thursday night and Friday midnight screenings. And let’s not forget that the Hunger Games sequel blew off »
- Zac Gille
‘Catching Fire’ weekend box office: Record breaker with qualifiers — though a huge success all the same (photo: Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) For the weekend of November 22-24, 2013, Lionsgate overestimated the domestic box office take of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by nearly 2%. Doesn’t sound like much? What about $3 million? That figure can make a hell of a difference when we’re talking box office records. In fact, it can be the difference between a movie breaking and not breaking a box office record. All day Sunday heralded as the biggest 2D opening ever in the United States and Canada, the Francis Lawrence-directed Catching Fire actually opened below two movies: Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and The Dark Knight (2008). And when inflation is taken into account, as it always should, the The Hunger Games sequel falls behind a couple of other titles as well. »
- Zac Gille
‘Catching Fire’ weekend box office: ‘The Hunger Games’ sequel poised for biggest domestic November debut ever? (photo: Jennifer Lawrence and Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) On Friday, November 22, 2013, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (slightly) surpassed the higher end of early North American box office predictions, pulling in an estimated $70.5 million (including $25.25 million from Thursday evening shows) from 4,163 sites as per Box Office Mojo. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson, the Francis Lawrence-directed The Hunger Games sequel seems poised to shatter the current November opening-weekend record held by The Twilight Saga: New Moon. But then again, comparisons between the two movies may not be exactly fair; more on that below. Last week, some box office pundits (and, reportedly, Lionsgate Pictures as well) were expecting Catching Fire to open somewhere near Shane Black and Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man 3‘s $174.14 million »
- Zac Gille
Producers are aiming to shoot in the spring in Israel and Los Angeles.
The project, inspired by the experiences of the directors, ollows a young American-born recent high school grad and avid skateboarder on his summer vacation in Tel Aviv as Saddam Hussein threatens war on the city — forcing him to decide between returning to the safety of Los Angeles or staying with his friends and the girl that he loves.
McAuliffe is also starring in the indie drama “Hacker,” with shooting set to begin on Nov. »
- Dave McNary
Philip Pullman's garlanded His Dark Materials trilogy should have been cinematic gold. Then someone remembered it was harsh on the Catholics
There are many universes and many Earths parallel to each other. Worlds where Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy was turned into a series of blockbuster movies, each better than the last. And worlds like ours, where the series crapped the bed after a single bloated, confused outing that was mired in meddling and flaccid compromise, and succeeded only in enraging everybody that it was supposed to pander to. The film in this world is The Golden Compass, and it's rubbish. A bear punches another bear's jaw off in it, and it's still rubbish. That's quite a feat.
But what could have possibly gone wrong with an adaptation of a children's book about a plot to murder God, set in a world full of too many characters »
- Stuart Heritage
Never one to rest on her laurels, Palestinian actress Hiam Abbass arrived at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival not only to accept one of its prestigious Black Pearl awards for career achievement, but also to give one out as part of the narrative competition journey, and to present her latest movie, Ghazi Albuliwi's New York-set culture-clash comedy "Peace After Marriage." Wearing so many hats at once is nothing new for the Paris-based star perhaps most familiar to American audiences for Thomas McCarthy's "The Visitor": she recently made her feature debut as writer and director with "Inheritance," and supplemented her supporting role in Steven Spielberg's "Munich" with dialect coaching. Indiewire sat down with the multi-talented artist on the morning of her award to talk politics, passing up roles, and the challenge of marrying the actor's personal conviction with the director's creative vision. So, you're here to receive your career achievement award. »
- Ronan Doyle
The 7th Abu Dhabi Film Festival kicked off Thursday with U.S. helmer Daniel Schechter’s “Life of Crime” getting a star-studded Middle East launch while also testifying to the cinematic ties between Hollywood, India, Abu Dhabi and, by extension, East and West.
Forest Whitaker, being honored this year, strutted down the truly regal Emirates Palace red carpet, upping the glam quotient along with lots of Arab talent including Tunisian actress Hend Sabri (“The Yacoubian Building”); Jordanian multihyphenate Eyad Nassar; Syrian actress Kinda Aloush; and Palestinian actress Manal Khader (“Divine Intervention”).
After Whitaker chanted briefly in Arabic upon receiving his Black Pearl Career Achievement award, Schechter and “Crime” actor Mark Boone took the stage with producer Ashok Amritraj and Michael Garin, topper of Abu Dhabi-based Image Nation which co-produced the Elmore Leonard adaptation.
Amritraj will be holding a masterclass about his inspirational career path from his roots in Chennai, India, »
- Nick Vivarelli
The Book Thief has debuted a new UK trailer.
The film centres around Liesel Meminger (Nélisse), a young girl living outside Munich during World War II who steals books to prevent them being burned by the Nazis.
Meanwhile, she must help her foster parents (Rush and Watson) protect a Jewish refugee (Ben Schnetzer) living in hiding under their stairs.
The Book Thief will open in Us cinemas on November 8 and on January 31 in the UK. »
If you had picked up a copy of the New York Times today, you would have noticed that pages 9 and 10 were almost completely blank, save for a URL reading “wordsarelife.com” at the bottom of page 10. Curious? That is precisely what Fox is hoping for as the release date for the upcoming World War II drama The Book Thief draws near.
With the release of a new U.K. trailer and a bold advertising campaign in the New York Times, Fox is showing their confidence in a film that may turn out to be an under-the-radar Oscar contender. Several pieces lending potential to that goal are already in place, from the best-selling source material of Marcus Zusak’s novel to a cast boasting an Oscar winner in Geoffrey Rush, a two-time Oscar nominee in Emily Watson, and promising newcomer Sophie Nelisse.
The film will tell the story of Liesel (Sophie »
- Joshua Young
Abu Dhabi, Oct 24: Oscar-winning American actor-filmmaker Forest Whitaker and Palestinian actress Hiam Abbass will be honoured with the Black Pearl Career Achievement awards on the opening night of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival here Thursday.
Whitaker, lauded for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film "The Last King of Scotland", will mark his presence at the event, it was announced here.
Abbass has worked in movies like "Munich", "The. »
- Shiva Prakash
Oscar contender? Yes—at least Fox hopes so. While you might not have been hearing much about "The Book Thief," that's probably about to change. As Deadline points out, it's not every day that a studio pays for two full, nearly blank pages in The New York Times, but they did just that, with little more than the URL wordsarelife.com appearing, directing the curious to the official website of the movie. With the wheels on the awards season campaign starting to turn, a new U.K. trailer has arrived. Based on the celebrated, best-selling novel by Marcus Zusak, the film stars Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson and “Monsieur Lazhar” youngster Sophie Nelisse in the tale of a young girl, living outside Munich during WWII with her foster parents, who has to help hide a Jewish refugee in their home. And it's the power of words that bonds them all through this difficult time, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Abu Dhabi Film Festival has unveiled its lineup featuring a wide range of works from emerging and established Arab filmmakers, comprising nine world preems from the Middle East unspooling alongside selected entries from the cream of this year’s international fest circuit crop.
Abu Dhabi’s seventh edition — the second headed headed by Ali Al Jabri — will also fete Palestinian multi hyphenate Hiam Abbas with its Black Pearl Career Achievement Award.
Abbas, who starred in Steven Spielberg’s “Munich,” Thomas McCarthy’s “The Visitor,” and Eran Riklis’ “Lemon Tree,” among other films, made her directorial debut in 2012 with Palestinian frontier zone family saga “Inheritance.” The latest pic in which she stars is Ghazi Albuliwi’s “Peace After Marriage,” which will world »
- Nick Vivarelli
Two-time Oscar winning production designer Rick Carter has been chosen to receive the Art Directors Guild‘s Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be bestowed February 8 at the 18th annual Excellence in Production Design Awards at the Beverly Hilton. Carter won the Academy Award last year for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and for 2010′s Avatar and was nominated for Forrest Gump (2004) and War Horse (2011). His career began in 1976 on Bound For Glory and he has had a long association with Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis, working on such films as The Goonies (1985), the Back To The Future trilogy franchise, the Jurassic Park franchise, Amistad (1997), Cast Away (2000), The Polar Express (2004), and War Of The Worlds (2005). His other credits include Death Becomes Her (1992), What Lies Beneath (2000), A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), Munich (2005) and Sucker Punch (2011). He is currently working on Jurassic Park IV. The Adg Awards‘ nominations will be unveiled January 9. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
There's been no less than three attempts to bring The Hulk to the big screen in the past decade - 2003's "Hulk" with Eric Bana, 2008's "The Incredible Hulk" with Edward Norton, and 2012 "The Avengers" with Mark Ruffalo.
Ruffalo's portrayal received the most acclaim, while the 2003 film with Bana is often considered the weakest of the three. The film's director Ang Lee attempted a distinct take on the character which fans didn't respond to well.
Now Bana, speaking with The Huffington Post, says he doesn't regret making the film. Even so, he is glad he didn't have to play the role again:
"I'm proud of what it tried to do. I apologize to all those people who were so angry about it...I'm fascinated by the people who hated that movie and feel compelled to watch it again, which always blows my mind. But, yeah, it is what it is »
- Garth Franklin
News Simon Brew 27 Aug 2013 - 06:31
Most of us at Den Of Geek are staunch fans of Ang Lee's 2003 movie Hulk, which cast Eric Bana as Bruce Banner and his green and angry alter ego. However, as you probably know, the massively expensive family drama in blockbuster clothes didn't go down quite as Universal Pictures had hoped, and while it did decent box office, the studio passed the rights back to Marvel, passing on a second film. Marvel itself is on its second Hulk, with Mark Ruffalo picking up the role from Edward Norton.
However, whilst Hulk continues to have its critics, it still has its advocates. And Bana himself has been chatting about the movie in a new interview. He said that "I'm proud of what it tried to do. I apologise »
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