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It's the "Dancing with the Stars" semi-finals already? Believe it or not, that's where we're at in Season 16. And, amazingly, there is no obvious front-runner. Zendaya seems to be the best technical dancer. Kellie probably has the best combo of dancing and popularity. Jacoby is charming as anything. And we still can't disregard Aly and Ingo!
Maybe the semi-final performances will help? Find out here.
Shadow dancing is back! And back in a big way, Derek and Kellie spend a significant amount of time in silhouette before taking to a dark and red stage for the rest. Throughout, this is an intricate and beautiful dance -- possibly one of Kellie's best.
Len: "That was a mix of pride and joy -- pride in the technique, joy in the performance."
Bruno: "That silhouette section, it was like two people becoming one."
Thanks to a vibrant marketing effort and a complete lack of competition for female audiences, The Great Gatsby opened to an excellent $50.1 million over Mother's Day weekend. However, that wasn't enough to claim first place from Iron Man 3, which followed up its record-breaking debut with another very strong outing. Even with this impressive one-two punch, overall box office was still down a bit from the same weekend last year when The Avengers scored a second weekend record with over $103 million. Iron Man 3 fell 58 percent to $72.5 million, which is the fourth-highest second weekend ever behind The Avengers, Avatar and The Dark Knight. The decline is much steeper than that of The Avengers (50 percent), but is about even with Iron Man 2 (59 percent). To date, Iron Man 3 has earned an excellent $284.95 million, and if it continues to follow Iron Man 2's pace it will ultimately wind up over $400 million. »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Directed by: Baz Luhrmann
Running Time: 2 hrs 23 mins
Release Date: May 10, 2013
Plot: A bondsman (Maguire) becomes witness to a love triangle involving his cousin (Mulligan), her husband (Edgerton), and the wealthy rich man of mystery (DiCaprio) who lives in a mansion next door. Based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Who’S It For? Fans hoping this movie will honor the spirit of the novel should probably not bother; this film adaptation has its own spirit, one highly directed towards viewers who simply want opulence.
Expectations: Having recently read the novel for the first time, I was curious as to how the Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann would treat the material, especially with the promise of a unique soundtrack. And most importantly, I wondered how this adaptation would be able to choose from such rich »
- Nick Allen
A couple of things to note before we start: This article is meant to be less of an in-depth analysis box office figures (and in fact uses figures not adjusted for inflation—so an in-depth look at adjusted figures would be something for another article), but a more wide-ranging look at the factors which could contribute to a phenomenal, perhaps earth-shattering (or planet-exploding), degree of box office success. So if this analysis seems clumsy and random, like it's flailing around wildly like Jar-Jar Binks, try and think of it more like a blaster: not as elegant as a lightsaber, but it'll do when the need arises.
Many of these factors may not necessarily be original insights, »
Michael Bay kept the budget down for "Pain and Gain" -- the film cost a reported $25 million, roughly $170 million less than "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" -- but the director didn't cut any corners when it came to sex toys.
As Bay told The Daily Beast in a new interview, he spent about $75,000 on sex toys to pepper the background of a warehouse where a trio of bodybuilders (played by Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie) hold a rich businessman (Tony Shaloub) hostage. If only that were the end of the story. Here's Bay:
I could have filmed the crew coming in that day because they’d stop and see these things—anatomically correct vajayjays and this butt (everyone would touch the butt because it felt real)—and it was hysterical. We were going to return all the sex toys to get three-quarters of our money back, but they started disappearing. »
- Christopher Rosen
Feature Ryan Lambie 2 May 2013 - 06:57
With Fast & Furious 6 on the horizon, we revisit the entire series from beginning to end, and dig out our favourite moments...
It's strange to think that it's well over a decade since the Fast franchise began. But like a juggernaut rolling down a hill, this ageing series shows no sign of slowing down; in fact, this year's Fast & Furious 6 will be joined by yet another sequel, Fast Seven, due out in cinemas next year.
But given that the Fast movies now have such a long history, with various stars fading in and out of them as the past decade has rolled on, perhaps it's a good time to look back at how the series has evolved, and work out how its events will lead up to Fast & Furious 6...
The Fast And The Furious (2001)
The first Fast movie is something of a Frankenstein’s monster of a movie. »
Babylon Matrix? Andy and Lana Wachowski (the kids behind “The Matrix” trilogy, along with “Speed Racer” and recently, “Cloud Atlas”) are teaming up with “Babylon 5″ creator J. Michael Straczynski for a new sci-fi series called “Sense8″ that will premiere/air exclusively on Netflix. Opines the duo via a press release: Several years ago, we had a late night conversation about the ways technology simultaneously unites and divides us, and out of that paradox ‘Sense8′ was born. So what’s it all about? We’re told that “Sense8″ will be “a tale of minds linked and souls hunted”. But someone learns kung fu, right? Hopefully. On Netflix sometime in late 2014. »
• Johnny Depp is in talks to join Disney’s film adaptation of Into the Woods, Stephen Sondheim’s 1986 musical that borrows characters from classic Grimm fairy tales while following a baker and his wife as they venture into the woods to find the witch who put a spell on them. Meryl Streep will reportedly play the evil witch, a character originated on Broadway by Bernadette Peters, and Depp would play the baker. Rob Marshall (Chicago) is set to direct the project, and held a script reading in October 2012 with Anna Kendrick reading the role of Cinderella, Patrick Wilson as her Prince, »
- Lindsey Bahr
The Angels’ Share
Directed by Ken Loach
Written by Paul Laverty
United Kingdom, France, Belgium, and Italy, 2012
Every so often, you can almost physically feel the shift a film makes as it attempts to lift the rug from under your feet. Most times, though not all, such shifts being so cognitively visible are a burden, and that’s the case with The Angels’ Share, Ken Loach’s most recent film, the Jury Prize winner at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Loach and writer Paul Laverty, in the first hour, weave a pleasant, homespun tale of a young Glaswegian man trying to do right after years of being ensconced in bad behavior. And then, randomly, it takes a turn that only modestly pays off.
At its best, The Angels’ Share is nearly absent of ambitions, simply presenting a group of ne’er-do-wells in Glasgow struggling against their inherent nature to be scoundrels, »
- Josh Spiegel
Odd List Simon Brew 25 Apr 2013 - 06:50
As blockbuster season is now underway, with the release of Iron Man 3 and Oblivion, it's traditional for us to look ahead to what's coming next summer, and to examine what treats are on the horizon. We've thus sliced out the big films, that we know of now, that are being released between April and August 2014 (Noah, due at the end of March, just misses the cut, as does early March Tom Cruise vehicle, All You Need Is Kill).
And while there's some familiarity to them, there are signs it might just be a more interesting summer than you may think....
Someone at Marvel has been watching the paintball episodes of Community too. That would explain »
South Korean actress Bae Doona, who starred in Cloud Atlas, last year’s epic sci-fi tale from The Wachowskis, will reunite with the siblings again on their newest film, Jupiter Ascending. The actress joins an already impressive cast that includes Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne and Sean Bena.
The story is said to follow ”Jupiter Jones (Kunis), who is destined for great things, but stuck cleaning toilets on an endless run of bad breaks. When Caine (Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down, Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along – her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.”
Though Bae Doona’s role isn’t specified just yet, we do know that it will be a small one, unlike her role in Cloud Atlas, »
- Matt Joseph
After returning to the director's chair(s) for the first time since the 2008 box office flop Speed Racer with last year's divisive Cloud Atlas, The Matrix creators Andy and Lana Wachowski are wasting no time in jumping straight into their next directorial effort Jupiter Ascending, with Warner Bros. announcing today that filming is now underway on the sci-fi adventure, which is set to star Channing Tatum (Magic Mike, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and Mila Kunis (Black Swan, Ted).
The official announcement also came with the following synopsis:
"Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does »
- Flickering Myth
Overlooked and Underrated Week begins at Trailers from Hell with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing the Wachowskis' $120 million live-action version of Tatsuo Yoshida's 52-episode anime series, "Speed Racer," a major critical and commercial flop.The film underwent 17 years of development, and involved such names as Julien Temple, Gus Van Sant, Alfonso Cuaron, J.J. Abrams, Vince Vaughan, Johnny Depp and more. Shot largely against Greenscreen at Germany's Babelsberg Studios, the unnecessarily convoluted plot confused kids and bored adults, but its brilliantly realized cinematics are destined to be cited as a milestone in the advancement of filmic storytelling techniques. »
- Trailers From Hell
After a four-year hiatus after the failed Speed Racer (a guilty pleasure of mine, though), the Wachowski's returned to the big screen with last years ambiguous epic Cloud Atlas, which didn't ignite the box office, but dipped its toe back into the sci-fi waters that has helped to define the filmmakers who lived in the world of The Matrix for the better part of a decade from feature films, animated films, videogames, and more based on their famed trilogy. Now, it seems like the duo are ready »
- Paul Shirey
As every new trailer shows, the “Fast and Furious” franchise is slowly inching toward “Speed Racer” with tank tops, but that journey hit a bump last week when it was revealed that 'Furious 6' director Justin Lin would not return for the series' seventh installment. That didn't stop rumors from swirling about that film's villain, but it seems Universal have now made steps toward finding a new helmer, and quick. Alongside Rob Cohen and John Singleton, Lin has truly shepherded the franchise into a specific brand of bombastic, 'roided-up entertainment. Understandably, in order to fill his shoes, Universal have reportedly narrowed their list of directors down to those adept at adaptations, sequels, and remakes: Jeff Wadlow, fresh off directing “Kick-Ass 2” for the studio, “The Lincoln Lawyer” helmer Brad Furman, and Harald Zwart, best known for his “Karate Kid” remake with Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan. Universal's choice could be coming sometime this week, »
- Charlie Schmidlin
There hasn't been that many pure racing movies in recent memory. There have been some foreign films such as Michael Vaillant and Initial D but for a country that loves their cars America has ignored racing films lately. The Fast And The Furious franchise became more about the action and films such as Speed Racer and Herbie: Fully Loaded don't really count in my opinion. And the less said about Driven the better. There's a new trailer for Ron Howard's Formula One film Rush and it looks like »
- Jesse Giroux
The racing genre as a whole doesn't offer a lot to choose from, particularly when it comes to dramas that just stick to the race track and don't burn your retinas like "Speed Racer" or jack up your experience with 'splosions like the "Fast & Furious" franchise. In fact, it's been a while since we've had a movie set strictly on the race track, but Ron Howard's "Rush" is not only getting behind that wheel, but also telling a great story. The first trailer for "Rush" has shifted into the fast lane over at MSN UK,, and the movie stars Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl as English racer James Hunt and Austrian Niki Lauda respectively. The duo had a longstanding rivalry, and in 1976, Lauda nearly died when his Ferrari swerved off the track in only the second lap of the German Grand Prix and crashed, putting Lauda a coma, with »
- Kevin Jagernauth
There is so much great content published every week here at Sound On Sight, that even we have trouble keeping up. So, every Sunday, we will drop a list of the best articles delivered by our hard working, and extremely talented staff.
The Artful Roger: A Thank You To Roger Ebert
The mind rarely works in linear fashion, and I suspect mine may even be more chaotic than most. That item pinballed around the ol’ noggin, and, somewhere in all that bouncing here and there, triggered a bit of nostalgia. Probably because I was working on the piece during Oscar week, the mention of Ebert reminded me that there had been a time when this would’ve been the point in the year I’d be looking forward to the annual “If We Gave Out the Oscars” (or something like that) show done by Ebert along with his on-screen partner of nearly two dozen years, »
If one goes and peruses the oeuvre of the Wachowski Siblings they will likely come across a film that sticks out like a sore thumb. Between the Matrix Revolutions and Cloud Atlas lies the critical and box office disaster Speed Racer. The label of disaster is not only unfair, but it is completely inaccurate.
Speed Racer is an absolute visual feast. While some of the sets and props are practical, the majority of the world is created through CGI and green screen. By fully embracing the artifice of its fantastical visuals, Speed Racer crafts a hyperreality. Every frame is drenched in neon streaks and candy colored hues. The phrase “cartoon like” or “cartoonish” has been bandied about recently with the release of GI Joe: Retaliation, but Speed Racer is truly a cartoon come to life. Along with the wonderfully vibrant palette of each scene, the Wachowski’s employ every technique »
- Nick Usen
Think March Madness (that’s American basketball for the rest of the world), only with science fiction show pitted against one another. Organizer Chris DeFilippis of radio show DeFlip Side explains: First round brackets have been seeded—a boggling array of genre shows, from 1950s classics to current day favorites. Which is better, The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits? The Greatest American Hero or Smallville? Speed Racer or Knight Rider?... For the first round, I’ve tried to pair shows that are thematically similar. For example, Star Trek: Deep Space 9 is pitted against Babylon 5. So some of the first round picks are going to be tough. But since bracket placement is completely random, we should wind up with some interesting competitions—and stunning eliminations—as the rounds progress. There will be six rounds in all, each lasting for five days, whittling the sweet 16 down to the elite »
- MaryAnn Johanson
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