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As regular readers will know, I always start reviews of Jason Statham films with a with an acknowledgment that regular readers will already know that I really like Jason Statham films, perhaps with a witty aside to the unlikelihood of my having regular readers. The man’s latest is Homefront, in which he stars as an ex-dea agent trying to leave his old life behind and begin anew in rural Louisiana with his young daughter (Izabela Vidovic), where for reasons unknown, no one will ever question his blatantly British accent. Unfortunately, The Stathe runs afoul of Kate Bosworth and her unnecessarily rude and aggressive family because of his general badass-ery. Their falling out escalates to involve Bosworth’s meth-cooking brother James Franco, who is also fairly badass. And as everybody knows, »
- Jack Kirby
It’s Julia Roberts‘ 46th birthday. When I was a teenager, I could not stop talking about how much I hated the Erin Brockovich star, and I can only kind of see where I was coming from. She’s compulsively smiley and a little bit saccharine in some of her performances. Sure. But I’ve since seen the error of my ways and realize that Julia Roberts is — officially — the last great movie star. She is deeply confident, often hilarious, even subversive when she wants to be, and a stunning beaut in sincerely everything she’s ever done. In every movie (even the bad ones) she does the work of being a lovable movie star, and for that we have to be grateful.
Here are a few things I’ll always dig about Ms. Roberts.
1. Remember when she looked amazing right off the bat in Flatliners?
2. Because she still looks »
- Louis Virtel
There's a kerfuffle going on right now over some new hats that President Obama wants for the United States Marine Corps -- a sleeker, more "unisex" look, one that is modeled after World War I two-time Medal of Honor winner Dan Daly.
Yet some people are not happy about them.
One senior Marine source tells the New York Post, "We don't even have enough funding to buy bullets, and the DoD is pushing to spend $8 million on covers that look like women's hats! The Marines deserve better. It makes them look ridiculous."
"I cannot even look at our so-called Commander in Chief. ... He is always weakening our military preparedness and unit cohesion. First he gets rid of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. ... Now this," says Colbert. "Clearly the feminization of the Marine Corps. »
In Tinseltown's first major presentation leading up to the 2014 Oscars, some of the industry's biggest stars turned out for Monday night's Hollywood Film Awards. The non-televised show, which People live streamed from the red carpet at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, brought on a lot of laughter, an occasional tear - and a particularly eyebrow-raising presenter's speech. Click after the jump for the highlights. • Following Sean Penn's elaborate introductory speech that went into detail about Julia Roberts and food - more on that later - the August: Osage County cast mate, who accepted the Hollywood supporting actress award, told the audience, »
- Dahvi Shira
Brad Pitt has been as active behind the scenes as he has been starring in movies over the last few years. His Plan B production company has been behind Pitt's films like The Tree Of Life, Killing Them Softly, and World War Z as well as the movies Kick-ass, Eat Pray Love, and the upcoming 12 Years A Slave. While discussing his producing work with The Hollywood Reporter, Pitt shared some information on upcoming films he has in the works and the inevitable sequel to World War Z. Pitt's »
- Alex Maidy
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 12, 2013
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $38.99, Blu-ray 3D Combo $48.99
Studio: DreamWorks Animation/20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
DreamWorks Animation’s Turbo is another little guy makes big story.
The movie tells the story of a common garden snail called Turbo (voiced by Ryan Reynolds, Green Lantern) who dreams of winning the Indy 500. When a freak accident gives him super sonic speed, he just might get his wish.
The PG film also features the voices of Paul Giamatti (Win Win), Michael Pena (End of Watch), Samuel L. Jackson (Marvel’s The Avengers), Luis Guzman (The Count of Monte Cristo), Bill Hader (Men in Black 3), Maya Rudolph (The Way, Way Back), Richard Jenkins (Eat Pray Love), Michelle Rodriguez (Avatar), Ken Jeong (Pain & Gain), Snoop Dog and even real-life racer Mario Andretti.
Turbo got decent reviews when it was in theaters, with Minneapolis Star Tribune critic Colin Covert »
A decision could still be a few weeks away on who will play Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey in Universal and Focus Features’ adaptation of E.L. James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey,” but studios are getting closer to deciding who would be the right fit for the frisky lead roles.
Sources tell Variety that in recent weeks, execs have shown strong interest in four actresses to play Steele: Alicia Vikander, Imogen Poots, Shailene Woodley and Dakota Johnson. Sources say there is no front-runner right now, and more actresses could still be brought in, but these names have consistently been mentioned as favorites of director Sam Taylor-Johnson and studio execs.
As for Grey, Twitchfilm reported earlier this week that the studio was showing interest in “Sons of Anarchy” star Charlie Hunnam — though his reps and the studio denied the story, saying no offer had been delivered. Variety has since learned that Hunnam »
- Justin Kroll
Thanks to its strong appeal among neglected adult audiences, Lee Daniels' The Butler easily took first place at the box office this weekend. Meanwhile, Kick-Ass 2 opened well below its predecessor, while Jobs and Paranoia both bombed.The Top 12 earned $121.4 million, which is off five percent from the same weekend last year when The Expendables 2 ruled the box office.Playing at 2,933 locations, The Butler opened to $24.6 million. That's a bit lower than The Help ($26 million), which opened in August 2011 and also dealt with the African-American experience during the civil rights movement (The Help also burned off some demand with a Wednesday debut). The Butler was also a bit stronger than Eat Pray Love and Julie & Julia, both of which were August releases targeted at adult audiences.The Butler's success can first-and-foremost be attributed to strong scheduling. August has historically been a great time to release movies like this: »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
The Summer movie season is finally starting to wind down, though that didn't stop studios from scheduling four different nationwide releases this weekend. Judging exclusively by fanboy buzz, Kick-Ass 2 seems like the top contender, though Lee Daniels' The Butler has strong appeal among neglected adult audiences and could wind up over-performing. Meanwhile, Paranoia and Jobs each seem poised to open below $10 million.Kick-Ass 2 hits theaters almost three-and-a-half years after the first Kick-Ass, which opened to $19.8 million on its way to a fine $48.1 million. It didn't do great business overseas either (over $48 million), so on the surface, at least, it's a surprising choice for a sequel. According to distributor Universal, though, the movie did disproportionately well on home video, which ultimately makes the sequel economics work out.While it may be true that Kick-Ass gained a bigger following after its theatrical run, that doesn't guarantee that the sequel will perform better. »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
For the past nine weeks, viewers expecting The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to live up to its name have been in for a rude awakening.
Aside from one quick Skype visit, Stewart himself has been nowhere to be found. Instead, the show’s been helmed by another, more “h”-happy John: John Oliver, who stepped in for Stewart on June 10.
In reality, Stewart took the summer off to film a movie in the Middle East. But explaining that over and over again would have gotten pretty boring pretty fast — which is why Oliver has instead opened each of the »
- Hillary Busis
On a very busy weekend for new releases, Elysium took first place with $29.8 million. The real winner, though, was road trip comedy We're the Millers, which did surprisingly strong business. Meanwhile, Planes got off to a fine start, while Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters opened way below its predecessor.Overall, the Top 12 earned $142.3 million, which is up seven percent from last year. The four new nationwide releases alone combined for $92.9 million, which is a very high figure for the month of August.Elysium's $29.8 million opening was noticeably lower than a handful of strong comparative titles. It was off from 2013 original sci-fi movies Pacific Rim and Oblivion (both over $37 million), and was only narrowly ahead of huge disappointment After Earth ($27.5 million). It was also down from director Neill Blomkamp's first movie, District 9 ($37.4 million). That movie had no stars, and Blomkamp was still an unknown entity, though District 9 »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
A rom-com about a Jane Austen theme park embraced gender apartheid for its launch in the hope of repeating the success of a wave of female-centred films scoring at the box office
"One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other," sighed Jane Austen's heroine Emma. It is a lament that has resonated ever since. Entire industries – psychology, counselling, dating sites – have tried to bridge the gap. But what appeals to the opposite sex, it seems, remains a mystery.
This has long frustrated Hollywood. Directors have been hired and fired, scripts tweaked, audiences tested and endings reshot in search of a movie formula that appeals to men and women. Now comes a movie that says it is strictly a film by women, about women, for women. Men can take a hike.
"I have never in my experience come across a premiere that was women-only," said Tatiana Siegel, »
- Rory Carroll
With Sacha Baron Cohen having dropped out of his long-standing attachment to the Freddie Mercury biopic, reportedly over creative differences with Mercury's Queen bandmates, the search is on for a replacement.
Johnny Depp has been named as the frontrunner by bookies, but he's just one of several names that are now in the mix, so we've narrowed down our top six choices for the role of Mercury.
Despite looking nothing like the Queen frontman, Depp is a hot tip for the role on star power alone. He's got singing experience from Sweeney Todd. He's shared a screen with Keith Richards, so acting alongside someone pretending to be Brian May will be a doddle. He's also got bona fide rock cred having recorded with Oasis, Shane MacGowan and Marilyn Manson.
“First world problems” as they’ve become popularly termed, are the issues that come with living in a wealthy, industrial state where your real problems are so distant that you’ve basically had to invent problems, ones which those living in the third would would surely be desperate to have.
When you’re financially comfortable and have a roof over your head, it’s human nature to essentially create new problems for yourself rather than just enjoy the comfort you have, because we as human beings are never truly happy and satisfied, are we now?
This transpires through to the movie world; for every first world problem, there is a movie prepared to indulge that middle-to-upper-class fancy, and support the notion that these problems – usually existential – are a quandary worth exploring. It couldn’t possibly be that these self-entitled folk just need a slap around the face and a little perspective now, »
- Shaun Munro
Though several films featuring drug cartel mastermind Pablo Escobar have been gestating for years, a more unique feature utilizing the real life criminal is getting off the ground first. Paradise Lost takes an interesting angle on Escobar (played by Benicio del Toro), using him as a tangential figure to the main story. The plot surrounds Nick (Josh Hutcherson), a surfer who visits his brother in Colombia and falls in love with a gorgeous local girl named Maria. But the couple's romance is disrupted when Nick discovers that Pablo Escobar is Maria's uncle. Now we have our first look at del Toro as Escobar, and it's perfect. Look! Here's the first look at Andrea di Stefano's Paradise Lost from Pathe (via Bleeding Cool): Paradise Lost marks the feature directorial and writing debut of actor Andrea di Stefano (Nine, Eat Pray Love). Young surfer Nick (Josh Hutcherson) thinks all his »
- Ethan Anderton
It's finally here! With the cinematic scope of a movie, this isn't like the first three series – or any other sitcom. But change always takes some getting used to...
• The return of the greatest sitcom ever
With a couple of clears of the throat, literal and metaphorical, the much anticipated fourth series of Arrested Development arrives at last on Netflix today, dumped in its entirety with the enthusiasm of one of the members of the Bluth family eagerly offloading its stock in the family business, risks be damned.
The literal clears of the throat come from the narrator, Ron Howard, whose gentle coughs make a promising opening for the first episode, winking, in that distinctively Arrested Development way, at the audience. The metaphorical ones come from the dizzying jumps in time that the viewer is expected to keep up with from the very start. In the first 10 minutes, there are »
- Hadley Freeman
It's finally happening, "Arrested Development" fans. After seven years (and what's felt like a lifetime), Season 4 of the fan favorite comedy has finally arrived, and we couldn't be more excited. That's why we here at Zap2it couldn't wait a minute longer than necessary to watch the show's 15 new episodes.
Sure, series creator Mitch Hurwitz suggested against marathoning the new season, but what does he know? We decided to watch Season 4 in one sitting starting when it premiered at 12:01 a.m. Pt on May 26 because we already waited long enough for it, and we welcome you to check out our thoughts. Read our live blog below, and make sure you check out Zap2it's "Arrested Development" Rewatch of Seasons 1 through 3 as well.
11:30 p.m. - We're prepping for the new season by watching "Development Arrested," the final episode of Season 3. Also, this is about as themed as we get. »
Scream 4 star Emma Roberts is the latest star to sign up for the third installment of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story—this year subtitled Coven. Roberts will play a party girl named Madison, according to TVLine, which first broke the news.
Roberts will be joining her real-life boyfriend Evan Peters on the series along with Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Patti Lupone, Taissa Farmiga, Gabourey Sidibe, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, and Frances Conroy. Murphy has also worked with Emma’s aunt, Julia Roberts, previously on Eat Pray Love and will be directing her in his adaptation of The Normal Heart for HBO. »
- Tim Stack
James Franco has been in a few stinkers through the years -- but there's one movie even he admits is pure trash.So, which movie does the star of such poorly-rated flicks as "Tristan & Isolde," "Annapolis," "Flyboys" and "Eat Pray Love" cite as a career low point?The answer: "Your Highness."The medieval comedy, which costarred Natalie Portman, Danny McBride and Zooey Deschanel, was released in 2011 and currently has a horrible 26% on Rotten Tomatoes.“Your Highness? That movie sucks. You can’t get around that," Franco says in the June issue of GQ.This isn't the first time that Franco has publicly criticized one of his own films. While promoting "Spring Breakers," James told Badass Digest that "Annapolis" was "a really bad movie" -- adding that "it didn't turn out very well" and he "ended up not liking the experience and not liking the movie."Ouch, biting the hand that feeds much? »
- tooFab Staff
The Weinstein Company has announced that they have moved up the release date for their film The Butler, from its original October 18th slot to August 16th. The argument is that, the mid-August slot has tended to do well for more serious adult films, such as The Help and Eat Pray Love, for audiences who are either burned out by, or desperately looking for something other than those huge, CGI bloated, superhero comic book films, which dominate the summer season. One thing for sure, it's going to be one of the most controversial films of the year, judging from the response we got when we posted the trailer for the film Here; Well, The Butler and that Nina Simone film with Zoe »
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