14 items from 2013
In the tradition of Thank You for Smoking… Poster (after the jump) and trailer from JustJared. »
- Sasha Stone
Oblivion may have won the weekend as far as box office is concerned, but it's also leaving viewers extremely perplexed. It's this year's Prometheus in a way, except that we don't have as much invested in this new property franchise-wise. Plot holes abound, as do burning questions, and many of them are either unanswerable with the context and information we're given or unanswerable because there's no known logic that can provide satisfying explanation. If only Rob Lowe's character from Thank You for Smoking showed up to say, "we invented a thing..." The problem overall is probably in the fact that this is a movie that's based on a never-finished graphic novel by director Joseph Kosinski, and the adaptation is very loose at that. Perhaps...
- Christopher Campbell
Interview Duncan Bowles 19 Apr 2013 - 06:00
Note that the following interview contains mild spoilers for Olympus Has Fallen.
When the dust finally settled after the endless casting speculation for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, there was one name above all others that really fired up my anticipation for the movie: Aaron Eckhart. It’s now been well over a decade since I first discovered his work, and ever since the glorious slice of B-movie joy that is The Core, I’ve remained a steadfast fan, with the diversity in his work always drawing me towards films I would never normally consider. Yet to my mind he still remains very much underappreciated, regardless of his talent and some truly memorable performances amongst some great movies.
The actor certainly likes a good chat – about cigars, women, 70s action heroes, Twitter, self-healing and his new role as a Us president. But he does have a weak spot
Aaron Eckhart's day began as they all do: an hour in the gym, then same again with a cigar. Jetlag cannot disrupt that, snow can throw no spanners. "I was outside at 6am smoking with my hood on, watching everyone come to work, freezing my ass off. That's how dedicated I am."
Then breakfast, another cigar, four hours of interviews and lunch in his room, Moby on the deck, steak on the plate. "I ordered it medium rare. I got it medium beyond." Did he finish it? "Oh yeah, every little bit. I am a carnivore." Then another cigar. He'd like to be puffing on one right now. At least three more will get sucked before he sleeps.
"They're excellent to study to, »
- Catherine Shoard
When he was a kid, Aaron Eckhart lived in the UK. Growing up in darkest Surrey, he picked up the acting bug, attempted to become a singer/songwriter and played a bit of rugby. Since then, he's gone on to appear in The Dark Knight, Thank You For Smoking and now Olympus Has Fallen, and in this week's Empire Podcast you can find out all about how it happened.Then there's Radagast The Brown himself, the one and only Sylvester McCoy, who is charm personified as he talks about his days as The Doctor and how tricky it is to act with hedgehogs in honour of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey's DVD/Blu-ray release.In the non-interview portion of the podcast, we discuss rocket deaths - don't ask - as well as Tom Cruise's latest, Oblivion, The Place Beyond The Pines and much, much more. Download it at »
Side Effects was his last film to be released theatrically - or so he says, anyway - but Behind The Candelabra is Steve Soderbergh's real swansong, a made-for-hbo movie about Liberace (Michael Douglas) and his lover Scott Thorson (Matt Damon), and here below is the very first trailer.Rounding out the cast are Dan Aykroyd - who looks great in those Elliott-Gould-from-Ocean's-Eleven spectacles - and Rob Lowe in an equally spectacular wig. Here's hoping at one point he gets to wear his kimono from Thank You For Smoking once again, but with all this glamour, glitz and glitter, most eyes are going to be on Douglas' tempermental diva. Oh, and Debbie Reynolds, of course. But that goes without saying. Behind The Candelabra - which is based on the real-life Scott Thorson's memoirs, Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace - is set to air on Sunday, May 26, at 9pm on HBO. »
Directed by Philipp Stolzl.
Ben Logan (Eckhart) and his daughter, Amy (Liberato) started a new life in Belgium after Ben’s job sent him overseas. He’s moved past the struggle of moving abroad and is at the top of his game with work. However, one stolen document leads the company into disrepair and Ben’s life is shattered; he and his daughter have to fight to stay alive once the conspiracy threatens everything.
Never underestimate the influence of a franchise; they may spawn a dozens to hundreds of similar films, setting the bar high, with not everyone able to improve on it. With The Expatriate it’s the opening with a John Powell-esque score and location subtitling that immediately harks back to Bourne. Replicating such a respected »
- Flickering Myth
Yesterday we looked at 25 Best Original Screenplay contenders and today we turn our attention to Best Adapted Screenplay. The field here isn't as big, boasting 17 total contenders right now, but perhaps after looking over the list you'll think of a couple contenders I may have overlooked. For the time being my top five is set and at this point they really are the most obvious five though I'm sure the title I have at #6 is one many will believe deserves a spot among the top five early contenders for a nomination. Let's take a look at my five and then please share your thoughts in the comments below... 1.) George Clooney and Grant Heslov (Monuments Men) - Clearly my early year favorite is Clooney's Monuments Men. The World War II setting and the talent involved make it too obvious the choice. That said, I plan on reading Robert M. Edsel and »
- Brad Brevet
Opening this weekend is director Antoine Fuqua’s White House actioner Olympus Has Fallen. The film stars Gerard Butler as a disgraced Secret Service agent called back to duty when terrorists take over the White House and capture the President (Aaron Eckhart). The film also stars Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Ashley Judd, Melissa Leo, Robert Forster, Dylan McDermott, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, and Rick Yune. If you’ve been waiting for Butler to return to action, you’re going to be very happy watching Olympus Has Fallen. Not only is the film a hard R for graphic violence, it features Butler kicking ass in some great action set pieces. Watch some clips here. A few days ago I landed an exclusive interview with Eckhart here in Los Angeles. During our wide-ranging conversation, we talked about making Olympus Has Fallen, the great supporting cast, the violence, how he got into acting, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Eckhart stars the title character of Lionsgate Entertainment's upcoming comic book adaptation which re-images the classic movie monster as a modern day hero. I, Frankenstein is a modern-day epic: Frankenstein's creature has survived to present day due to a genetic quirk in his creation. Making his way to a dark, gothic metropolis, he finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans. Frankenstein's monster, named Adam and carrying taken the surname of his creator, is played by Thank You For Smoking and The Dark Knight star Aaron Eckhart, who can next be seen playing the President of the United States in director Antoine Fuqua's Olympus Has Fallen. Eckhart took a few minutes to share this thoughts on the film as well as the new rendition of the iconic »
- Pietro Filipponi
“If you let my daughter go now…that’ll be the end of it, but if you don’t…I will look for you…I will find you…I will kill you”
“If he has her, I want her and if he’s harmed her…he’s dead”
Synopsis for Erased (2013):
When ex-cia agent Ben Logan discovers that he and his daughter have been marked for termination as part of a wide-reaching international conspiracy, a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse ensues as Logan tries to outsmart his hunters and uncover the truth.
Synopsis for Taken (2008):
A retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, »
- Alex Corey
It’s a match made in teen TV drama heaven! The actors, who starred together in the 2011 film ‘The Oranges,’ have been getting cozy. Do You think they make a cute couple?
Cue the primetime TV drama music — Leighton Meester, 26, and Adam Brody, 33, are now a couple! The Gossip Girl star and her fellow TV actor beau, who gained fame during his five seasons on The O.C., have been “hanging out,” according to Us Weekly.
“They were always close and friendly,” source tells the magazine.
Even though the new couple has been keeping their relationship low-key, they have already been spotted out and about. »
- Christina Stiehl
Looking forward to a new year of movies and attempting to come up with a list of films I'm most anticipating is never a simple proposition. In compiling this year's list of fifty there were 230 film titles I looked at, some a little more seriously than others, but nonetheless, it wasn't a small list of films. As a result, not everything could make the list. Note: I have included a navigation to browse all five lists directly below as well as at the end of this post for easy navigation. Most Anticipated 2013 Navigation #1-10 | #11-20 | #21-30 | #31-40 | #41-50 Some of the films just missing the top fifty include Zal Batmanglij's The East, Spike Jonze's Her starring Joaquin Phoenix, the horror film You're Next, which first premiered in 2011 and is finally being released this year, and Devil's Knot as the story of the West Memphis Three continues, only this »
- Brad Brevet
In the case of cigarettes wherein an industry stands to benefit directly in profit and image by spreading disinformation (a la Thank You for Smoking) about the clearly proven facts of cigarettes and their link to cancer, it’s understandable why they’re pushing so hard. However, that war for the eyes and ears of public opinion has taken a backseat in the last decade as a new one stepped forward: climate change. With a charge led by Vice President Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, the scientific results accepted and peer reviewed by the vast majority of climate scientists made major strides in the arena of legislation. The problem is, that movement had opponents whose opinions weren’t necessarily based on facts but personal interest, and so they began a campaign of disinformation to spread doubt about the validity of climate change.If you’ve ever wondered just how »
- Lex Walker
14 items from 2013
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