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I don't expect biopics to ever give me the full story or even an accurate story for that matter. In fact, many documentaries are only giving us one side of the argument and sometimes less than that when compared to films based on a true story. So when it comes to Tate Taylor's take on the life of the "Godfather of Soul", James Brown, Get On Up plays like a film that gives us a small taste of the darkness that was in Brown's soul after a rough upbringing and a life in which he felt he was always on his own. The result is entertaining and inspiring while also being a little bloated in the middle. One thing, however, is for certain, Chadwick Boseman continues to impress, following up his performance in 42 with another "out of the park" portrayal of an iconic, bigger-than-life star. The screenplay by Jez »
- Brad Brevet
TNT has renewed its real-life crime series “Cold Justice” for a third season, citing a growth in viewership on Friday nights.
The renewal includes ten episodes for the third season, slated for early 2015.
“Cold Justice” follows former prosecutor Kelly Siegler and former crime-scene investigator Yolanda McClary as they travel around the country to look into long unsolved murder cases. Since the show’s premiere Siegler and McClary have assisted local law enforcement in securing 15 arrests, eight indictments, four confessions, two guilty pleas and one 22-year prison sentence.
“I’m most passionate about the idea that one day, we can knock on the door of a victim’s family and tell them that the case has been reopened, and with all the resources thrown at it, we’ve been able to solve it,” said Siegler in a statement. “To see that look in their eyes, to see how they feel about that, »
- Shelli Weinstein
Over the last several years, Scarlett Johansson's output has been impressive in its variety: The Avengers, Hitchcock, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on Broadway, Don Jon, Her, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Under the Skin. This weekend, she stars in the Luc Besson–directed action movie Lucy as a drug mule who finds herself able to access increasingly large portions of her brain's capacity. Vulture spoke with Johansson about playing hyperintelligent beings, avoiding her own acting tics, and her favorite sandwich. The first question I like to ask everyone I interview is: Why this movie now? Why this movie now? [Laughs.] That’s interesting. When I first met Luc, I was doing a Tennessee Williams play that was visceral and raw and this project seemed so abstract. It was challenging in a different way because the character is in this constant state of transition and struggles to hold »
- Jesse David Fox
Following previous announcements of their film lineup, the Fantasia International Film Festival has released their full lineup of movies to be shown at the 18th Annual festival, starting July 17.
New additions to the lineup include 2014 Cannes Selection When Animals Dream, directed by Jonas Alexander Amby and the return of Fantasia’s showcase of animated films, Axis.
Tickets for the festival go on sale starting July 16, and the festival runs through August 5.
View the whole press release of additional announcements below:
Fantasia Celebrates Its 18th Birthday
With Over 160 Feature Films Montreal, Thursday July 10, 2014 – 2014 is the year that Fantasia turns 18. We can’t believe it either. Fantasia’s 18th birthday means over 160 features and something in the neighborhood of 300 shorts, many being shown for the first time on this continent, a good number screening here for the first time anywhere in the world.In addition to being stacked with a multitude of breathtaking debut filmmaker discoveries, »
- Brian Welk
After turning to crowdsource funding in his efforts to raise money for his long-planned Miles Davis film, House of Lies actor Don Cheadle is finally moving forward with Miles Ahead, which he’ll both star in and make his directorial debut on. Shooting begins this week in Cincinatti, and Entertainment Weekly just unveiled our first look at Cheadle in the role (below).
Carrying a trumpet and proudly sporting the jheri-curled mullet Davis made famous, Cheadle certainly looks the part. And if what we’ve been hearing about Miles Ahead so far is any indication, Cheadle’s appearance is just one of many reasons to be excited for this film. For one, the actor has shied away from the word biopic - Miles Ahead focuses on the jazz musician’s attempts to break out of his five-year silent period and into the music industry – as well as back into the heart »
- Isaac Feldberg
We all from time to time enjoy a comfortable stay when vacationing anywhere in the world. So why should movie characters not appreciate a great place to stay as well? Interestingly, big screen hotels and motels almost play an important part as an extra movie character in addition to serving as a backdrop to the proceedings.
In Enjoy Your Stay: The Top 10 Movies About Hotels/Motels let’s look at some special selections where hotels and motels in film are featured and play a primary role in plot and theme. Cinematic room service has never been so accommodating.
The Enjoy Your Stay: The Top 10 Movies About Hotels/Motels selections are (in alphabetical order):
1.) The Best Exotic Manigold Hotel (2011)
Director John Madden’s The Best Exotic Manigold Hotel juggles various topical matters at hand: the aging process, deception in advertising, exotic travel and cultural clashing. Madden assembles a notable cast »
- Frank Ochieng
Warner Bros. has released a "new" trailer for Jupiter Ascending, new in that it now says it's coming out in February 2015 rather than July. I can only assume this is to ensure no one gets confused, but just imagine if it meant long lead marketing for all February films in the future. One thing is for certain, the more studios spread out those blockbusters the more marketing the movie blogs will have to post year round. yt id="TLyk00gFPdQ" width="500" 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 »
- Brad Brevet
Film scores aren't just for playing in the background any more. Ivan looks at how they're taking centre stage...
Film soundtracks have always been a strange medium. The music relies on movies for their full meaning. They're so integral to a film and its mood that to listen to them away from the big screen can seem strange to many. Others, meanwhile, take the chance outside of the cinema to pore over them in detail, or use them for background music while running or working (How to Train Your Dragon's on now, if you're wondering). It's only in recent years that another way of listening to them has become popular again: with your eyes.
Do a quick Google for "film with live score" and you'll discover a whole heap of events currently happening around the UK in which orchestras accompany a screening. Why the sudden trend? Is it »
The biopic is an age-old Hollywood tradition. Dating back to at least legendary French director Georges Méliès’ 1899 version of Joan of Arc, the glammed-up spectacle of a famous person’s life story has become a staple of movie genres. Within that genre is a more self-absorbed sub-genre: the life of a movie star.
Or at least, a celebrity connected to Hollywood. The past few years have seen Sir Anthony Hopkins take on the role of the great Hitchcock, Nicole Kidman played Grace Kelly in Grace of Monaco, and now Oscar-winner Kevin Kline will portray perhaps the most iconic action star of the Golden Age of cinema Errol Flynn, in The Last of Robin Hood.
Based on a true story, the film’s trailer (above) follows the 50-year-old Flynn – his time as a major star behind him – as he takes up with then-17-year old ...
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- Anthony Vieira
In FX’s limited series “Fargo,” a chance encounter causes an innocent man’s life to spiral out of control with deadly consequences. It’s trademark Hitchcock territory if it wasn’t inspired by the Coen Brothers’ 1996 theatrical feature, which makes this a particularly malevolent landscape ruled by Murphy’s Law: anything that can go wrong will go wrong. (The series’ principal villain is named Malvo, after all.)
Like its predecessors, this re-imagined “Fargo” is rivetingly cinematic, from its nuanced performances to the meticulously crafted production values. Of particular note is Jeff Russo’s spare yet strikingly detailed score.
Perhaps the music’s most compelling characteristic is its contradictory qualities; it evokes a kind of Grimm’s fairy-tale dichotomy, where Minnesota’s winter wonderland quickly turns into a nightmarish landscape. In a strange way, the series’ underscore can be both soothing and unnerving at the same time.
When show creator Noah Hawley, »
- Steve Chagollan
“More drama,” he urges from the string players. “Brass, think of ‘Vertigo,’ ” he says, referring to Bernard Herrmann’s classic Hitchcock score, and the sound Eisler elicits has more than a hint of Herrmann’s dreamy darkness.
He makes a special point of thanking the orchestra for three seasons of work, and ABC itself for its support for live musicians — an acknowledgement that rarely occurs in the hustle and heat of a four-hour session.
Afterward, Eisler singles out ABC senior VP Dawn Soler, who runs the network’s music department, as someone who “not only understands the importance, musically and dramatically, that live musicians bring to something like this, she also understands the mechanics of what it takes to put it together. »
- Jon Burlingame
Digital Release Date: July 15, 2014, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 29, 2014
Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Crowe plays the titular character, who’s tasked by God to build an ark before a massive flood is set to cleanse the world.
Known for such stylized and gritty films as Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan, director Darren Aronofsky helmed Noah with an all-star cast. As well as Crowe, the movie includes Jennifer Connelly (Creation), Ray Winstone (Snow White and the Huntsman), Anthony Hopkins (Hitchcock), Emma Watson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2), Logan Lerman (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Nick Nolte (Warrior) and Kevin Durand (Real Steel).
The PG-13 film grossed a tidy $100.6 million, but it scored much higher with critics than moviegoers. Noah received 77% approval from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, »
I have no idea what to expect when it comes to the Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending. Since I do my best not to watch trailers, only skim them for images such as the one above, I can only judge this thing from what I've seen, not heard, and it looks like they threw the whole pot of sci-fi pasta at the screen just to see what would stick. As with anything Wachowski, I expect it to be different, but will it be any goodc The plot centers on Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) who is tracked down by Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, because her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos. Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy), Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Douglas Booth (Noah), Tuppence Middleton (TV's "The Lady Vanishes"), Doona Bae (Cloud Atlas »
- Brad Brevet
ITV has announced new castings for Broadchurch's second series.
Creator and writer Chris Chibnall said: "As if we didn't have enough fabulous actresses, it's a thrill to be joined by Wales's finest, Eve Myles. Having worked together on Torchwood, it's a joy to be able to welcome her to Broadchurch.
"And anyone who's seen Phoebe Waller-Bridge perform knows she's already on the way to being a superstar. We're lucky to have them both on board".
"We're over the moon to have wooed Marianne »
The first clip for Andy and Lana Wachowski's latest sci-fi weird-out, Jupiter Ascending, premiered over the weekend featuring Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum having a chat over Tatum's gravity boots, which seem to be quite different than those in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. Set for release on July 25, Jupiter Ascending centers on Jupiter Jones (Kunis) who is tracked down by Caine (Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, because her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos. Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy), Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Douglas Booth (Noah), Tuppence Middleton (TV's "The Lady Vanishes"), Doona Bae (Cloud Atlas), James D'Arcy (Hitchcock) and Tim Pigott-Smith (Alice in Wonderland) co-star. Check out the clip below and for more on the film click here. sb id="928917" height="360" width="640" »
- Brad Brevet
When Fox announced the long-hinted resurrection of "24" as a 12-episode miniseries called "24: Live Another Day," I immediately wondered two things: 1)How would Kiefer Sutherland's feral hero, Jack Bauer — a character as deeply rooted in the George W. Bush era as, say, Josiah Bartlet was in the Bill Clinton era — come across in 2014? 2)Would the four year gap since the last "24" episode, and the decision to produce half as many episodes — all set in real time, but sometimes with missing hours in between — allow the show to lean less heavily on some of its more tired narrative tricks, and/or at least make them fell fresher than they did by the end of season 8? I've now seen the first two episodes of "Live Another Day" (they air back-to-back on Monday night at 8 & 9, and will air in its old Monday at 9 timeslot thereafter). While it's hard to draw too many »
- Alan Sepinwall
By Darren Allison
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"The Next Alfred Hitchcock" was how director Brian De Palma was being celebrated by some back in 1973. It was largely in praise of his latest film, the thriller ‘Sisters’. There is little doubt that ‘Sisters’ is not only homage to Hitchcock’s Psycho, but also a huge nod towards Hitchcock’s entire body of work. As the saying goes - ‘You only borrow from the best’ and of course, it was no secret that De Palma was a huge admirer of Hitchcock’s work.
‘Sisters’ was inspired by a Life Magazine article read by De Palma, about the Russian Siamese twins Masha and Dasha. The film begins with a model named Danielle (played by Margot Kidder), who appears on the local TV game show, Peeping Toms (the film’s first example of its voyeuristic theme). Danielle goes out to dinner with the winning contestant, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
★★★☆☆Made in 1973, a whole three years before his breakthrough Stephen King adaptation Carrie, Brian De Palma's Sisters (previously released as Blood Sisters in the UK and now available on DVD and Blu-ray through Arrow Video) begins with a mock quiz show called 'Peeping Tom', in which a female participant wins a set of steak knives. Right there, we have the key De Palma obsessions; voyeurism stabbed through with violence, all played out with a healthy slice of self-aware humour. This being De Palma, we also need the Hitchcock influence which - with a late score by Bernard Hermann - occasionally oversteps the mark into straight pastiche rather than nuanced, reverent homage.
- CineVue UK
Last September, word emerged that Bryan Cranston was looking to add a biopic of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo to his cinematic CV with Trumbo. The film’s producers are now looking to score Helen Mirren’s services as Trumbo’s wife, Cleo.Hitchcock provided yet more evidence of the magic Mirren can weave when she’s given a compelling female character to play and while a lot less is known about Cleo Trumble, it’s a fascinating, real-life story that has Jay Roach attached to direct John McNamara’s script.It’ll be based experiences of Trumbo, who was locked up in 1950 for refusing to answer questions before the notorious House Un-American Activities Committee, led by Senator Joseph McCarthy. The panel was obsessed with rooting out suspected communists in Hollywood and for his stance, Trumbo was blacklisted and refused work. He managed to score assignments under various pseudonyms, but it »
Between films like Hitchcock, The Last Station, The Madness of King George and The Queen, heralded English actress Helen Mirren has established a storied history of portraying historical figures with grace and gravity. So it's little wonder that she's been tapped to co-star in the upcoming biopic about blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Variety reports Mirren has entered into negotiations to appear opposite Bryan Cranston in the biopic, which will simply be titled Trumbo. Should she sign on to the film, Mirren would play wife Cleo to Cranston's titular protagonist. Surprisingly, this biopic that seems suited to rousing drama is set to be helmed by Jay Roach, best known as the director of Meet the Parents and Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. Dalton Trumbo was an accomplished screenwriter in the 1930s and '40s, penning pictures like the romantic drama A Man To Remember and the biopic The Flying Irishman. »
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