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Anyone familiar with the stop motion classic which is Clash of the Titans where an aging Laurence Olivier played a soft focus Zeus and lorded it over his minions, will be aware of Medusa. A temptress cursed to turn those who looked upon her into stone, Sporting a nest of vipers inside of your more traditional Grecian bouffant. Which is why such an intriguing tagline should be nothing more than that, as Supergirl has gone to some lengths in the past linking content and title together. That surprise aside there are at least five plot threads slowly coming together, in what has politely be referred to as ‘crossover’ week for DC fans everywhere.
- Amie Cranswick
“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” is the most accomplished and provocative movie in a long time that ever went down as a debacle. From the moment it premiered at the New York Film Festival in October, it has been viewed by media culture as a colossal misfire, a highbrow “Ben-Hur,” a movie no one seeking a good night out at the movies would want to go near. Now that the film has opened wide and the numbers are in, the dire reaction seems complete: No one wanted to go near it.
Yet the film’s failure to connect isn’t as simple as it sounds. You might call “Billy Lynn” an audacious experiment that got cut off at the knees. Directed by Ang Lee, it’s an earnest drama about Iraq War soldiers that was filmed in a brave new format (3D 4K at 120 frames per second), but it »
- Owen Gleiberman
Directed by Patty Jenkins (Monster, AMC’s The Killing) and starring Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious) in the titular role, Wonder Woman made her big screen debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but this new film will mark her first time the character has headlined a solo feature – though you’d be hard-pressed to top Lynda Carter’s formidable run as the character on TV.
Wonder Woman also stars Chris Pine (Star Trek) as Captain Steve Trevor, Robin Wright (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, House of Cards), Danny Huston (Clash of the Titans, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), David Thewlis (Harry Potter), Ewen Bremner (Snowpiercer), Saïd Taghmaoui (American Hustle), Elena Anaya (The Skin I Live In) and Lucy Davis (Shaun of the Dead).
- Phil Wheat
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.
Check out the first trailer now.
Joining Gadot in the international cast are Chris Pine (the “Star Trek” films), Connie Nielsen (Fox’s “The Following,” “Gladiator”), Robin Wright (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Netflix’s “House of Cards”), David Thewlis (the “Harry Potter” films, »
- Michelle McCue
Warner Bros. Pictures has just dropped the new trailer for their upcoming DC Film Wonder Woman. The film hits movie theaters around the world next summer when Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins (Monster, AMC’s The Killing).
Joining Gadot in the international cast are Chris Pine (the Star Trek films), Connie Nielsen (Fox’s The Following, Gladiator), Robin Wright (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Netflix’s House of Cards), David Thewlis (the Harry Potter films, The Theory of Everything), Danny Huston (Clash of the Titans, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Elena Anaya (The Skin I Live In), Ewen Bremner (Exodus: Gods and Kings, Snowpiercer), and Saïd Taghmaoui (American Hustle).
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their »
- Kellvin Chavez
The second trailer for next year’s action-packed Wonder Woman movie has just been released to he internet and it is epic.
Patty Jenkins directs Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/ Wonder Woman, Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Robin Wright and Lisa Loven Kongsli as Diana’s Amazonian aunts Antiope and Menalippe, while Connie Nielsen appears as Queen Hippolyta, and Lucy Davis as Etta Candy. Also starring are Danny Huston (Clash of the Titans), David Thewlis (the Harry Potter films), Ewen Bremner (Exodus: Gods and Kings), Saïd Taghmaoui (American Hustle), and Elena Anaya (The Skin I Live In).
Here’s the official synopsis:
’Wonder Woman’ hits movie theaters around the world next summer when Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins. Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, »
- Paul Heath
Padraig Cotter Nov 18, 2016
Screen monsters come in all shapes and sizes, from the bizarre beauty of Giger’s Alien all the way through to the very human evil of Seven’s John Doe. Audiences have a strange relationship with these creatures, being both repelled and fascinated by them at the same time. This push/pull attraction has been going on since the birth of cinema, and it’s likely to continue for many years to come.
Sometimes the most enduring creatures are the ones that pop up, steal the movie and then swiftly exit stage left. It could be their unique design or the impact they have on the story, but for the monsters included here, all they needed was one scene to impact on our collective nightmares. »
Luke Treadaway (James), Bob. Director and Co-producer Roger Spottiswoode. Producer Adam Rolston of Shooting Script Films. Screenplay adapted by Tim John and Maria Nation; based on the International Best Selling book A Street Cat Named Bob.
Coming to cinemas in just a couple of weeks is the heart-warming true story A Street Cat Named Bob, a new British film starring the very talented Luke Treadaway. We’re super-excited for the film, while will land at your local screen in November, and to get you ready for that release we have a brand new never-before-seen behind the scenes featuretter featuring interviews with the cast and crew.
A Street Cat Named Bob is the film adaptation of James Bowen’s much-loved, best-selling book. Starring Luke Treadaway (Unbroken, Clash of the Titans) as James Bowen, A Street Cat Named Bob tells the moving and life-affirming true story of the unlikely friendship between a young homeless busker, »
- Paul Heath
Luke Treadaway is only a few minutes late, but he’s wide-eyed with remorse as he pulls up a chair in the west London café where we had arranged to meet, apologising as he explains that his early-morning audition overran. He has a full schedule today – so full that it appears he had to skip breakfast, going by the speed with which he demolishes his scrambled eggs on toast. As well as looking for his next job, he is busy promoting his new film in which, after 10 years playing in largely ensemble casts – from a posh comedy stoner in Attack the Block to a mythological cult leader in Clash of the Titans to a prisoner of war »
- Murray Healy
Gemma Arterton knows just how sexist the film world can be. Over lunch, she tells Eva Wiseman she’s fixing her career – then two celebrity fans show up…
If you ask Gemma Arterton if she regrets her career choices to date, she will look you straight in the eye and tell you it’s complicated. The year she graduated from Rada she appeared in Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla; in a Brit comedy with Mackenzie Crook; as the lead in Tess of the D’Urbervilles; and as Bond girl Strawberry Fields in Quantum of Solace. From there, she went straight on to blockbusters Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Clash of the Titans. On her first day working on Quantum of Solace she filmed her death scene, lying naked for two hours on Bond’s bed, covered in black oil. It seems now that the experience gave her time to think. »
- Eva Wiseman
A new trailer has arrived online for director Roger Spottiswoode’s upcoming adaptation of James Bowen’s best-selling novel A Street Cat Named Bob along with a poster featuring Luke Treadaway and the titular Bob; take a look below…
Starring Luke Treadaway (Unbroken, Clash of the Titans) as James Bowen, ‘A Street Cat Named Bob’ tells the moving and life-affirming true story of the unlikely friendship between a young homeless busker, James Bowen, and the stray ginger cat named Bob who changed his life.
- Amie Cranswick
Sean Wilson Sep 16, 2016
With Kubo & The Two Strings now playing, we salute some of our favourite stop motion animated movies...
With Laika's visually sumptuous and breathtaking stop motion masterpiece Kubo And The Two Strings dazzling audiences throughout the country, what better time to celebrate this singular and remarkable art form?
The effect is created when an on-screen character or object is carefully manipulated one frame at a time, leading to an illusion of movement during playback - and such fiendishly intricate work, which takes years of dedication, deserves to be honoured. Here are the greatest examples of stop motion movie mastery.
The Humpty Dumpty Circus (1898)
What defines the elusive appeal of stop motion? Surely a great deal of it is down to the blend of the recognisable and the uncanny: an simulation of recognisably human movement that still has a touch of the fantastical about it. These contradictions were put »
Ready for your weekly helping of Wednesday Wisdom? Empire has lifted the lid on a new image for American Gods, placing Ian McShane (Deadwood, Game of Thrones) front and center as the glowering Mr. Wednesday.
An instrumental component of Shadow Moon’s (Ricky Whittle) clash with the new gods, Mr. Wednesday is a conman and grifter, and one of the many intriguing characters lining Starz’s roster. In bringing American Gods to the small-screen, the network has set Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) as showrunner and Neil Gaiman – the creative mastermind behind the original novel – and the former told Empire that this adaptation is shaping up to be “Clash Of The Titans meets The Grifters.”
That presents Fuller and Co. with plenty of rich story material to mine from, as Starz goes about engineering a “meticulous weave of characters and storylines” for premiere in 2017.
“We want to craft a Marvel Universe with »
- Michael Briers
If you're going to call a group of heroes the Guardians of the Galaxy, you'd do well to give them something pretty serious to guard against. Enter this giant, tentacled monster that looks like the Sarlacc pit from Star Wars hooked up with the Kraken from the Clash of the Titans remake. James Gunn shared the concept art on his Twitter account, where he later clarified that this big bad is called an Abilisk. A quick search for Abilisk in reference to Marvel comics doesn't...
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If you're going to call a group of heroes the Guardians of the Galaxy, you'd do well to give them something pretty serious to guard against. Enter this giant, tentacled monster that looks like the Sarlacc pit from Star Wars hooked up with the Kraken from the Clash of the Titans remake. James Gunn shared the concept art on his Twitter account, where he later clarified that this big bad is called an Abilisk. A quick search for Abilisk in reference to Marvel comics doesn't reveal much, so this may be a creation of Gunn's for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Either way, it looks incredible and we can't wait to see how the team - particularly Baby Groot - take it down. Oh, and if you're worried about them hanging out in space without helmets on (which...
- Peter Hall
After all, 1959’s “Ben-Hur” was an Oscar-winning smash that remains beloved. Posters for the Charlton Heston epic proclaimed that the film offered “An entertainment experience of a lifetime,” and its chariot races are still considered to be a high-point in action choreography.
In contrast, the new “Ben-Hur” wasn’t even the “entertainment experience of the third weekend of August.” After debuting to a paltry $11.4 million, it is certain to go down as one of the summer’s biggest flops. “The Bfg” just breathed a huge sigh of relief.
It’s not for lack of trying. When it came to “Ben-Hur,” Paramount and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer didn’t stint on spectacle. The partners shelled out $100 million to recreate the arena and bring viewers back in time to »
- Brent Lang
At the edge of Cinecittà Studios in Italy, a faux Roman statue raises its torch above all who enter. The 30-foot figure is a relic from one of the most famous scenes in cinema history — the
Nearly 60 years later, the MGM classic is being reincarnated, both on the famous Italian studio’s soundstages, and across town in an empty field behind the Cinecittà World theme park. There, Russian director Timur Bekmambetov has erected a full-scale version of the Circus Maximus, only this time those monumental statues overlooking the Roman arena’s central spina will be inserted digitally.
- Peter Debruge
Listen, I’ve got an inspired idea for a summer movie: an actress-led remake of “Ghostbusters.” Okay, I know, they tried that earlier this summer, and really, it was a great idea. But let’s be honest: It didn’t entirely work out. The negative fanboy buzz hurt it, and whatever you thought of the finished product, it wasn’t as funny as the original. It could have been better. So what I’m saying is, let’s do it better. By the summer of 2018, the “Ghostbusters” remake will be an ancient memory. That will make it the perfect timing for the relaunched version, which can be rowdier and raunchier and wilder, maybe skewering a little younger and hipper, with a touch of that “Suicide Squad” edge. I see Amy Schumer in the Bill Murray role, and we could team her up with Nicole Byer and — why not? — Margot Robbie. »
- Owen Gleiberman
Ryan Lambie Jul 26, 2016
They cost millions and they’re very, very odd. We take a look at 12 expensive and eccentric Hollywood films from the past 40 years...
The risk-averse nature of filmmaking means that the world’s more maverick and outrageous writers and directors have to make do with relatively low budgets. Nicolas Winding Refn drenched the screen in all kinds of sordid, violent and startling imagery in such films as Only God Forgives and this year’s The Neon Demon, but the combined budget of those probably didn’t even match the catering budget for something like Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
Every so often, though, a truly bonkers film slips through the Hollywood studio system - often by accident. From horror sequels to original sci-fi adventures, here are 12 incredibly expensive and gloriously eccentric Hollywood movies from the past 40 years.
The Exorcist II (1977)
Budget: $14 million
Like most films made for purely financial reasons, »
Cartel Land director Matthew Heineman has been tapped to direct Charlize Theron-produced biopic Marie Colvin, about the eponymous Us war correspondent who died in 2012 while covering the Syrian conflict.
Screen understands that the production could get underway at the end of the year however there is still no official word on whether Theron will also take on the lead role in the film, something she has done on most films produced by Denver & Delilah to date, including Aileen Wuornos biopic Monster, for which Theron won an Oscar.
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
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