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You’d swear the world was coming to an end with the all the “Best Of”’ stuff floating around. Oh! It must be that time of year again! So here we go with a look at some of the greatest acting performances of the year! Agree of disagree? Drop a comment in the section below. Tom’s picks Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables Watching Ton Hooper's adaption of the classic stage musical, it's easy to see why Anne Hathaway picked up a slew of awards for her role as the tragic Fantine. She completely sells the character's devotion to her daughter, and her wrenching rendition of I Dreamed I Dream will move even the most cold hearted individual. Anthony Hopkins – Hitchcock Bringing one of the most well known and esteemed faces in Hollywood is no easy task, but Anthony Hopkins brought Alfred Hitchcock to life perfectly. Under a mountain of prosthetics, »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
After a brief nine-second teaser yesterday, we now have the first trailer for The Matrix and Cloud Atlas directors Andy and Lana Wachowski's latest sci-fi offering Jupiter Ascending, which stars Mila Kunis (Ted, Black Swan) and Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street, Magic Mike). Check it out after the official 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 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.
- Gary Collinson
A brief teaser for the trailer of the frankly bonkers sounding Jupiter Ascending has debuted over at Entertainment Tonight. Directors Andy and Lana Wachowski's Cloud Atlas was incredibly ambitious but failed both critically and financially and Jupiter Ascending, although by no means any less ambitious, looks far more accessible.
Jupiter Ascending stars Mila Kunis (Ted, Black Swan) as Jupiter Jones who spends her days cleaning toilets until a genetically modified albino, werewolf / human hybrid - Channing Tatum (Magic Mike) - shows that she might be the key to altering everything around her. Also featuring in the cast are Sean Bean (Game of Thrones), Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Douglas Booth (Noah), Tuppence Middleton (Trance), Doona Bae (Cloud Atlas) and James D'Arcy (Hitchcock).
Check out the teaser ahead of the arrival of the full trailer in the early hours....
Jupiter Ascending opens on July 25th 2014. »
- Gary Collinson
Nafissa Jeetoo: Hi Jonathan, I’d like to start by thanking you for taking the time to answer the questions I have in store. And... *applause* well done with Vendetta, a successfully gripping action movie where revenge is best served... Erm...Bloody!! So... who came up with the idea of Vendetta, and why did you make it happen? Be honest... even if this masterpiece stemmed from drunken banter!
Jonathan Sothcott: I had been working with a writer/director called Stephen Reynolds. He sent me a short film called Snowman a couple of years back, which he had ambitions to turn into a feature. It was stylish and I loved the concept, but it was more comic book than Death Wish. But it made enough of »
- Gary Collinson
Blu-ray Release Date: Jan. 21, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $49.99
Studio: Twilight Time
Anthony Hopkins (Hitchcock) as a noble but misguided Roman general who finds himself ensnared in an unwinnable war of vengeance with an implacable barbarian queen (Jessica Lange, TV’s American Horror Story). With its time-bending mix of elements from Ancient Rome, Fascist Italy, Fifties America, and Punk Britain, Taymor’s radical re-imagining of the classic tragedy offers a dark vision of violence, murder, rape, and revenge.
A critical favorite upon its U.S. theatrical release in December, 1999, Stephen Holden of The New York Times »
The veteran actor may not be sure where Bristol is, but he does recall racing a shepherd through the Lake District and being Alfred Hitchcock's 'golden calf'
Bruce Dern was the wayward dreamer of American movies, wild and restless, not built to last. He took a fatal bullet in The King of Marvin Gardens, laid down his life in Silent Running and swam into oblivion at the end of Coming Home. Dern played heroes and villains alike. But he was invariably geared towards the bittersweet send-off or the gaudy comeuppance. To all intents and purposes, he never got out of the 70s alive.
Now, incredibly, the man is back with his best role in decades, possibly his best one ever. The Alexander Payne drama Nebraska casts him as another hopeless dreamer, destined for the rocks, but the performance itself marks a redemption of sorts. At the Cannes film festival, »
- Xan Brooks
When I read over at Film School Rejects that Jrr Tolkien was getting a biopic, I let out a big ol pipe-smoking sigh. Wouldn't this have been a better use of Peter Jackson's time than what he's been spending the last few years doing? If you're going to gild the lily, find a new way! The only time Jackson did a true story (Heavenly Creatures) it was quite impressive and still made use of his imaginative fantasy aesthetics. A bigger sigh followed when I pictured J.R.R. Tolken in my head from this photo to your left embedded in me brain from childhood.
How long before we hear the casting announcement and then a photo of Anthony Hopkins in full makeup with a pipe, I thought. That's Exactly who Hollywood would cast because they never think outside the box.
But - yay! - the biopic will cover the »
- NATHANIEL R
“(Judi) liked (Stephen) because he teased her a lot and didn’t show this huge deference that I think probably lots of Americans would,” Coogan said during last night’s Q&A with Variety awards editor Tim Gray. “She would say, ‘Well, why don’t we do it like this. It strikes me as rather odd that we’re doing it like this.’ And he’d say, ‘Is she being difficult? Has anyone got Helen Mirren’s number?’”
Coogan’s spot-on impressions of Frears kept rolling in all night, even when discussing the film’s somber notes. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Chicago – Veteran actor Bruce Dern is now up to bat. That is how he describes what is at stake in his role as Woody in director Alexander Payne’s new film, “Nebraska.” But this film icon – with an over 50 year career – also has plenty other stories to offer, regarding Jack Nicholson, his family, his life and performing a “Derns-ser.”
Bruce Dern began his on-screen career in TV beginning in 1960, taking various character parts during that era, with regular cowboy roles in “Wagon Train,” “The Virginian” and “The Big Valley.” He made his film debut in the horror classic “Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte” (1964), and created memorable characters in such diverse films as “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They” (1969), “Drive, He Said” (1971), “The Great Gatsby” (1974), “Smile” (1975) and “Family Plot” (1976). Recent films include roles in “Monster” (2003), “The Astronaut Farmer” (2006) and as Frank Harlow in the HBO series “Big Love” (2006-11). He was nominated »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 31, 2013
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
The movie follows Jon Martello (Gordon-Levitt), a good-looking womanizer who loves sex with real women but loves porn even more. When he meets Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson, Hitchcock), he falls hard and quickly becomes a one woman man.
Barbara, however, thinks real life should be like romantic movies, and when she discovers Jon’s love of internet women, she gives him an ultimatum. Trying to be the man Barbara wants him to be proves challenging, and soon, Jon’s re-thinking everything he knows about love and sex.
Hitchcock director Sacha Gervasi will follow-up his acclaimed biopic of the celebrated filmmaker with an adaptation of the murder mystery novel November Criminals by Sam Munson. Chloe Grace Moretz has previously been attached to the project and now we’ve news on a couple of additions joining her in the cast.
Rising newcomer Travis Trope will play a rebellious teenager (and best pal of Moretz’s character) who takes it upon himself to investigate the murder of a classmate in the story taking place in Washington D.C. Catherine Keener has also signed on as the mother of Moretz. The official book synopsis below gives a little more detail on the plot:
A dark and hilarious pot-infused novel of teenage maladjustment from a compelling new voice in American fiction.
For a high school senior Addison Schacht has a lot of preoccupations, like selling drugs to his classmates, getting into college, »
- Craig Hunter
• Sports Illustrated cover model Kate Upton is reportedly being eyed for a lead role in the Entourage movie. Adrian Grenier, Jeremy Piven, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, and Kevin Dillon are all set to reprise the roles they originated in the HBO series. Although the 21-year-old Upton is best known for her modeling work, she has appeared in a few films, including Tower Heist and The Three Stooges. Upton recently wrapped the adultery comedy The Other Woman (out April 25, 2014) with Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann. [The Wrap]
- Lindsey Bahr
The sequel to 2010′s Red, Red 2 is the “fun, frothy return for Frank and his creaky commandos” (Empire), who face a new challenge that sees the gang reunited, and helped by some old friends, in their mission to avert nuclear disaster.
Retired CIA agent Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) reunites his team of elite operatives for an abundance of action-packed adventures and cracking comedic moments as their new mission takes them across the globe – to Paris, London and Moscow. Outgunned and outmanned, they have only their cunning wits and old-school skills to rely on as they try to save the world.
In director Dean Parisot’s all-out action-comedy, Red 2 features an all-star cast including Bruce Willis (Looper, Die Hard,) John Malkovich, (Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Burn After Reading) Mary-Louise Parker (R.I.P.D, Angels in America,) Anthony Hopkins (Thor, Hannibal) Helen Mirren (Hitchcock, The Queen) Catherine Zeta-Jones (Side Effects, »
- Simon Gallagher
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
Newcomer Travis Tope is set to star opposite Chloe Moretz in Sacha Gervasi’s “November Criminals,” while two-time Oscar nominee Catherine Keener will play Moretz’s mother, two individuals familiar with the Indian Paintbrush project have told TheWrap. Based on the 2011 novel by Sam Munson, story is set in Washington D.C. and follows a rebellious teenager (Tope) who finds himself leading his own investigation into the murder of a classmate. Also Read: ‘Carrie’s’ Chloe Moretz to Star in Sacha Gervasi’s ‘November Criminals’ (Exclusive) “Hitchcock” director Gervasi recently rewrote the script, which was initially adapted by Steven Knight »
- Jeff Sneider
Every year, we here at Sound On Sight celebrate the month of October with 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles. I’ve also decided to publish each post backwards this time for one reason: the new additions appear lower on my list, whereas my top 50 haven’t changed much, except for maybe in ranking. I am including documentaries, short films and mini series, only as special mentions – along with a few features that can qualify as horror, but barely do.
Directed by Benjamin Christensen
Denmark / Sweden, 1922
It’s hard to believe there’s anything left to say about Psycho, the most renowned horror movie of all time, but here’s a thought worth revisiting: We are all in it. (Violin shriek.)
Alfred Hitchcock‘s notorious thriller is a methodically paced freakshow that takes its time shifting from one slightly off-kilter protagonist’s point of view to another, then another, and then another. Which character ends up mattering most? The one we’re never allowed to meet, of course. Rebecca flashbacks, anyone?
We begin the film rooting for, yet judging the runaway secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) who has stolen money from her odious boss. Would we do that? Maybe not, but we care about the boss-screwing machinations of 9 to 5 and love Lily Tomlin‘s revenge fantasy (right?!), so the arc feels righteous and valid. After 45 minutes behind Marion’s tense glance, we switch to the perspective »
- Louis Virtel
Every year, we here at Sound On Sight celebrate the month of October with 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles. I’ve also decided to publish each post backwards this time for one reason: the new additions appear lower on my list, whereas my top 50 haven’t changed much, except for maybe in ranking. Enjoy!
Written and directed by Samuel Fuller
Shock Corridor stars Peter Breck as Johnny Barrett, an ambitious reporter who wants to expose the killer at the local insane asylum. To solve the case, he must pretend to be insane so they have him committed. Once in the asylum, »
Since the end of the 1990s, lovers of animal attack films have been subjected to copious amounts of uninspired Nu Image, Syfy Channel and Syfy Channel-like dreck like Silent Predators (1999), Maneater (2007) Croc (2007), Grizzly Rage (2007) and a stunning amount of terrible shark attack films to name a few that barely scratch the surface of a massive list.
These movies fail miserably to capture the intensity of the unforgettable films they are imitating and the recent wave seems to carry with it the intent of giving the Revolt of Nature horror film a bad name. »
- Terek Puckett
San Francisco Symphony salutes Alfred Hitchcock: Halloween movies and Hitchcock movie music (photo: San Francisco Symphony and Cary Grant in ’North by Northwest’) The San Francisco Symphony will celebrate Alfred Hitchcock movies and their music scores beginning at 8 p.m. on Halloween eve, October 30, 2013, at Davies Symphony Hall. During Hitchcock Film Week, the San Francisco Symphony will perform the scores for Hitchcock’s Psycho, The Lodger: A Tale of the London Fog, and the world premiere presentation of Vertigo’s full score performed live, in addition to excerpts from To Catch a Thief, Strangers on a Train, Dial M for Murder, and North by Northwest. Alfred Hitchcock’s granddaughter Tere Carrubba will introduce the Psycho presentation on October 30. Hitchcock received his fifth and final Best Director Academy Award nomination for this cheaply made — but highly successful — 1960 thriller starring Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin, and Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee Janet Leigh. »
- Andre Soares
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