7 items from 2011
It seems the name of Bruce Willis is no longer enough to get a film seen in cinemas. But does that matter anymore, wonders Simon...
There’s a reason, I’ve concluded, that Bruce Willis’ filming schedule currently finds him in the midst of four sequels. Right now, Willis has completed work, is working on, or starting shortly on The Expendables 2, G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra, A Good Day To Die Hard and Red 2. Each of those should give him a solid box office hit at the very least.
On paper, he doesn’t seem to need it, though. In 2010, he had a trio of films that topped the Us box office, in the shape of Cop Out, The Expendables and Red. However, they were his first live action hits outside of the Die Hard franchise in some time (and two of them sold off the back of an ensemble). Before that, »
Bruce Willis, 56, announced earlier this week that he and his wife Emma Heming, 33, are expecting a baby. Unlike Willis' first wife Demi Moore, Heming is not as well-known in the public eye. So just who is Emma?
Emma is a Maltese-born model with a few acting credits on her resume. She appeared in "The Comebacks" and "Perfect Stranger," but more often can be seen modeling for, among others, Victoria's Secret, Ralph Lauren and Christian Dior.
Bruce and Emma were married in 2009 outside Willis' property in the Caribbean. A rep for the couple says of the impending baby, "The couple are overjoyed with the news and look forward to welcoming the newest addition to their family."
Willis already has three daughters (Rumer, Scout and Tallulah) with ex-wife Demi, so we hope he has a boy. It just seems like John McClane should have a son, right? »
As William S. Burroughs wrote, “It’s the little touches that make a future solid enough to be destroyed.” The problem with films that get the details wrong—like Perfect Stranger, Passengers, or the new non-thrilling thriller Dream House—is that when writers and directors don’t build a convincing world to begin with, it’s no great surprise or trauma when they start to take it apart. Just as The Usual Suspects wouldn’t be much of a movie if Verbal Kint’s story was never convincing or interesting in the first place, Dream House can’t shock viewers »
How to Train Your Dragon Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo  is on sale for only $12.49, 69% off the $40 retail price. Amazon  is holding a sale today on Blu-ray movies for only $6.99, titles include: Cliffhanger, Walk Hard (2 Disc), 21, Roxanne, So I Married an Axe Murderer, The Other Boleyn Girl, Perfect Stranger and a few more. The sale is only valid until midnight tonight, so act fast. The Coen Brothers' Raising Arizona is being released on Blu-Ray on August 30th 2011, and the new disc is available for preorder  for only $16.99. This doesn't qualify as a "geek deal", but maybe someone you know might be interested or maybe this would make a good gift for someone you know? Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the day today is the Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series Collection on DVD  for only $89.99, 65% off the $258.82 list price. The price vanishes at midnight tonight.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B »
- Peter Sciretta
While it's women who do most of the screaming – since Peeping Tom, the camera prefers to stalk females – I don't think the slasher subgenre is misogynist
'In every city, thousands of women live by themselves," intones the ominous voiceover in the trailer for The Resident. Oh look, here comes Hilary Swank, and she's renting a swish Brooklyn apartment for a suspiciously low sum. I haven't seen it yet, and I don't suppose you have either, but I think we can guess what happens: there will be running, and screaming, and disposable supporting characters will duly be disposed of in a rehash of Crawlspace-meets-Sliver. But I'm sure at some point Swank will strip down to her vest, like Bruce Willis, and fight back feistily.
Yes, The Resident is a film about a woman being terrorised. Bof: This is such old hat. I'd rather see a film about a woman terrorising the people trying to terrorise her. »
- Anne Billson
… Or Reasons For Why Natalie Portman Should Tread Carefully
Natalie Portman will finally be honoured as Best Actress for her undoubtedly brilliant performance in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan next month. In some ways it’s one of those ‘about time’ awards for a performer who exploded onto the scene with an Oscar worthy role as Matilda in Luc Besson’s classic hitman flick Leon, and went on to deliver great performances in Closer and V For Vendetta (despite a wobbly accent). But, then again, despite always knowing, thanks to that incredible feature debut, that Portman is an extremely talented actress she’s cropped up in a smattering of duds, none more so than her monotone portrayal of Queen Amidala in the woe-some Star Wars prequels. But, here we are, 2011 and after sixteen years in the business Portman is pretty much guaranteed that little gold statue on February 27th.
- Owain Paciuszko
Katy B has unveiled the title and tracklisting for her debut album. The Peckham-born singer will release On A Mission in the UK on March 28. The record includes her top five hits 'Katy On A Mission' and Ms. Dynamite duet 'Lights On', as well as her collaboration with Magnetic Man, 'Perfect Stranger'. In a press release, the star, whose full name is Kathleen Brien, said: "It's me, just as a young woman: partying, relationships... the album’s definitely where I'm coming from. "Tracks like 'Disappear' and 'Easy Please Me' are all experiences (more) »
- By Robert Copsey
7 items from 2011
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