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The Family, 2013.
Directed by Luc Besson.
The Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan, is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die hard.
Once one of the most influential directors to break into Hollywood from Europe, filmmaker Luc Besson is now more recognisable as a producer of low to mid budget B movie action trash like Taken and The Transporter, but he has made some fantastic films as a director. The Family is not one of them; in fact, it’s the worst film of his I’ve seen by quite some margin.
Tired, lifeless, predictable, and utterly without purpose, Besson’s film is a cluster of clichés with maybe 45 minutes worth of story stretched over 100 minutes. Telling the story of the Blakes, »
- Gary Collinson
Warner Bros. has released a brief new trailer for Phil Lord and Chris Miller's The Lego Movie. The plot focuses on Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt), a construction worker who finds himself anointed “The Special”, a master builder who will lead a band of rebels to save the world from the evil President Business (Will Ferrell). This new trailer doesn't contain a lot of new footage, but it does have one bit involving cats that got a good laugh out of me. Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also features the voices of Elizabeth Banks, Will Arentt, Liam Neeson, Charlie Day, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, and Morgan Freeman. The Lego Movie opens in 3D on February 7, 2014. Via FindAnyFilm.com. Here’s the official synopsis for The Lego Movie: The original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average Lego minifigure who »
- Matt Goldberg
Four new posters for The Lego Movie have been released today featuring Morgan Freeman's God/Gandalf-like character Vitruvius, Charlie Day's Benny, Will Arnett's Batman and Will Ferrell's Lord Business. The recent trailers for The Lego Movie have been funnier than I would have ever hoped and the posters look endlessly charming...
The Lego Movie finds Emmett (Chris Pratt), a mundane Lego figurine who is mistaken for the chosen one, an extraordinary person who can save the world to stop an evil tyrant (Will Ferrell) from taking over the Lego Universe. Also featuring in the voice cast are Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect), Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), Cobie Smulders (The Avengers), Alison Brie (Community), Liam Neeson (Taken), Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street), Jonah Hill (This Is the End) and the film is is directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street »
- Gary Collinson
After cancelling the apocalypse earlier this year in Guillermo del Toro’s action extravaganza Pacific Rim, and playing a key supporting part in this month’s Thor: The Dark World, British thesp Idris Elba is gearing up for another action-oriented role. The actor just signed on to star as a U.S. operative at the center of a French terrorist attack in the thriller Bastille Day.
In the film, Elba’s character is ordered to interrogate a young American boy, who’s suspected of masterminding a terrorist attack on the Paris metro, before making him “disappear” so as to protect the reputation of the U.S. government. When subsequent attacks shock the city, the operative realizes that the boy is innocent but also crucial to finding those responsible.
- Isaac Feldberg
After seeing action this year in both Pacific Rim and Thor: The Dark World, British actor Idris Elba might end up getting some awards attention for his lead role in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. However, he won't stay away from action for long since THR has word that Elba is set to star in Bastille Day, a CIA thriller written by Andrew Baldwin, a writer who has had two scripts show up on The Black List and was once writing the remake of Logan's Run for Nicolas Winding Refn. Taken director Pierre Morel was once on board to to direct, but right now the position is still open, meaning it won't be Elba's next project. Read on! For those just joining us, the original script follows a young American artist living in Paris and a washed-up CIA agent who are thrown together and tasked with diverting an imminent attack on the city. »
- Ethan Anderton
The underrated Idris Elba currently features in another wasted and fleeting appearance as Heimdall in the disappointing Thor: The Dark World. After a string of supporting roles in the likes of Pacific Rim, Prometheus and the dire Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance, isn’t it about time he lands a decent, meaty lead role. Well, with the upcoming awards favourite Mandala: Long Walk To Freedom, things maybe about to change for the acclaimed star of hit series’ The Wire and Luther.
Elba has signed on to star in race-against-time terrorist thriller Bastille Day for Vendome and Anonymous Content. Previously a project to be directed by Taken and District 13′s Pierre Morel, the film, written by Andrew Baldwin, is still looking for a confirmed director. Elba will play a washed-up CIA operative who is forced to head to Paris to extract a confession from a young American artist supposedly plotting a terrorist attack. »
- Craig Hunter
The Lego Movie released two character posters today. The poster for the Charlie Day character (Benny) is exactly what you'd expect for a Lego movie: a big goofy smile on the classic yellow figure. It's pure joy. The other poster is indescribably creepy. Morgan Freeman's mystic character Vitruvius stares at you with glowing dead eyes. Just end with the Benny poster, and everything will be okay. The story follows Emmett (Chris Pratt), an average Lego minifigure who is mistaken for an extraordinary person who can save the world: "He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant (Will Ferrell), a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared." The Lego Movie opens in 3D on February 7, 2014. See the posters after the jump. Official synopsis: The original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average Lego minifigure who »
- Brendan Bettinger
The Paris-set terrorist thriller “Bastille Day” has landed its leading man in “Thor: The Dark World’s” Idris Elba. (He’s the dude with the giant helmet and the giant sword, in case you were wondering.) The film was announced over a year ago, with “Taken’s” Pierre Morel originally attached as director. One of many films, anyway. Morel is apparently no longer involved, and the project is now looking for a new man to call the shots behind the camera. Written by Andrew Baldwin for Vendome Pictures and Anonymous Content, “Bastille Day” will star Elba as “a U.S. operative who is tasked with interrogating and eventually making a young American boy ‘disappear’ in order to avoid embarrassment to the U.S. government after the boy is linked as the prime suspect to an attack on the Paris metro. After several more attacks, the operative realizes the boy is »
He can be seen fleetingly in Marvel’s latest film Thor: The Dark World, but Idris Elba will now get the chance to lead a feature of his own. Variety reports that Elba is set to star in the international thriller Bastille Day for Vendome Pictures and Anonymous Content. Penned by Andrew Baldwin, the story revolves around “a U.S. operative who is tasked with interrogating and eventually making a young American boy ‘disappear’ in order to avoid embarrassment to the U.S. government after the boy is linked as the prime suspect to an attack on the Paris metro.” Unsurprisingly, the operative soon realizes that the boy is innocent after a string of other attacks ensue, and the two must work together to find out who is orchestrating the destruction. Taken helmer Pierre Morel was previously attached to direct but he has subsequently fallen off the project. Producers are »
- Adam Chitwood
Recently, Kevin Costner has been enjoying a bit of a career revival. In addition to this year's Man of Steel, Costner also has the sports drama Draft Day from director Ivan Reistman and the action thriller Three Days to Kill from director Luc Besson. Now THR has word Costner will also lead Midnight Delivery new thriller set up at Universal from producer Guillermo del Toro. In what sounds like it could be a continuance of Costner's career in the same vein as Liam Neeson in Taken, the film follows a father trying to save his estranged daughter from a Colombian gang by trafficking cocaine to London on a midnight flight. Otto Bathurst, best known for his miniseries work across the pond on "Criminal Justice" and "Peaky Blinders," will direct the film with a script from Neil Cross, co-creator of "Luther" (which may also be heading to the big screen). And on top of all that, »
- Ethan Anderton
It’s a well known fact that many of Hollywood’s Aussie actors have appear in the likes of Home and Away and Neighbours during their rise to the big leagues. Much like every British Actor has at some point cut their teeth on Eastenders, Coronation Street, Casualty or The Bill, it’s a rite of passage for all Aussie mega-stars to, at some point appear in one of the big two Channel 5 Aussie dramas. That said, on doing research for this article, it would appear that half the people in this list were actually born in the UK or Us, but we’ll push that aside for now and focus on their accents!
- David Sztypuljak
Ruairi Robinson’s The Last Days on Mars is available now On Demand with a theatrical roll-out planned for December 6th, and to welcome it to the screen, we have three new posters for you cats along with a few videos that recently floated in.
Liev Schreiber (Scream 2, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) stars alongside Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense, Rushmore), Romola Garai (One Day, Atonement), Elias Koteas (Shutter Island, Zodiac), Tom Cullen (Weekend), Goran Kostic (In the Land of Blood and Honey, Taken), and Johnny Harris (Snow White and the Huntsman).
On the last day of the first manned mission to Mars, a crew member of Tantalus Base believes he has made an astounding discovery: fossilized evidence of bacterial life. Unwilling to let the relief crew claim all the glory, »
- Uncle Creepy
London — Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur’s K5 Intl. has acquired all international rights to comedy “We’ll Never Have Paris,” the directorial debut from Simon Helberg, who plays Howard Wolowitz on “The Big Bang Theory.” K5 will kick-off sales at the Afm.
The pic follows the hyper-neurotic Quinn Berman (Helberg), who enters into a quarter-life crisis when his co-worker Kelsey (Grace), a tall, hot, blonde, confesses her love for him, just moments before he plans to propose to his girlfriend, Devon (Lynskey). His life is thrown into a tailspin when Devon leaves him and takes off for Paris. In a noble effort to win her back, Quinn follows her to the city of love, only to discover that she has developed feelings for a French violin virtuoso.
The screenplay was penned by Helberg, who also plays the lead. The pic, which was co-directed by actor/director Jocelyn Towne (pictured »
- Leo Barraclough
The first poster for graphic novel adaptation The Scribbler has come online and can be viewed below, thanks to EW. Also inside, courtesy of THR, a season two promo poster for The Following.
In The Scribbler, Katie Cassidy (Taken) plays the title character in the John Suits-directed thriller, which co-stars Garret Dillahunt, Michelle Trachtenberg, Eliza Dushku, Gina Gershon, Michael Imperioli, Billy Campbell and Sasha Grey.
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The first poster for graphic novel adaptation The Scribbler has come online and can be viewed below, thanks to EW . Katie Cassidy ( Taken ) plays the title character in the John Suits-directed thriller, which co-stars Garret Dillahunt, Michelle Trachtenberg, Eliza Dushku, Gina Gershon, Michael Imperioli, Billy Campbell and Sasha Grey. Rounding out the supporting cast are Ashlynn Yennie, Kunal Nayyar and T.V. Carpio. The Scribbler concerns Suki (Cassidy), a young woman confronting her destructive mental illness using "The Siamese Burn," an experimental machine designed to eliminate multiple personalities. The closer Suki comes to being "cured," she's haunted by a thought... what if the last unwanted identity turns out to be her? »
Before he reunites with the rest of the Kvwn Channel 4 Evening News Team this Christmas, the legendary anchorman Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) has taken a moment to share his opinion on British Halloween in this latest promo for the upcoming comedy sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues...
"With the 70's behind him, San Diego's top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), returns to the news desk in "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues." Also back for more are Ron’s co- anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), weather man Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), man on the street Brian Fontana (Paul Rudd) and sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner) - All of whom won’t make it easy to stay classy…while taking the nation’s first 24-hour news channel by storm."
- Gary Collinson
Directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller (“21 Jump Street,” “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”), this brand new trailer for The Lego Movie stars Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie and Charlie Day, with Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman.
The original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average Lego minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.
- Michelle McCue
Call Girl, 2012.
Directed by Mikael Marcimain.
A young girl is recruited from the bottom rung of society into a ruthless world where power can get you anything.
Sweden has exported a number of excellent films in recent years. Most notably among these were Let the Right One In and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo adaptation (and subsequent sequels). They’ve both received the Hollywood remake treatment since of course. With that in mind the prospect of reviewing another film from the home of Abba, meatballs and let’s face it, most impressively of all, Dolph Lundgren, seemed like a winner.
Call Girl, set in 1970’s Sweden, tells the story of troubled young teenage girl, Iris. Her mother is unable to control her so Iris lives in care institutions, but struggling to fit in where-ever she goes, »
- Gary Collinson
Coming hot on the heels of this week's new trailers, Paramount Pictures has released a UK quad poster for the upcoming comedy sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, which sees the return of Ron Burgundy and his buddies on the Kvwn Channel 4 Evening News Team...
With the 70's behind him, San Diego's top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), returns to the news desk in "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues." Also back for more are Ron’s co- anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), weather man Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), man on the street Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner) - All of whom won’t make it easy to stay classy…while taking the nation’s first 24-hour news channel by storm.
- Gary Collinson
Lego is such a huge brand, and I'm curious to see how well The Lego Movie does when it's released in theaters. It looks like it's going to be a really fun and entertaining movie, and we have a little more information about it, thanks to USA Today. They've released some photos from the film along with some more information on the characters. While talking about the film directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord had this to say about bringing the project to life:
Miller - "At first we thought, 'Oh, I don't know. A movie based on a plastic brick?' But we thought that maybe there is a way to do an interesting story as crazy and random as the toy itself. And we thought, we'll pitch this crazy idea and if they don't want to do it, then fine."
Lord - "In a weird way it's sort »
- Joey Paur
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