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Much of our lurid film community is of the belief that America’s acting prowess died with its classic stars like Marlon Brando, James Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Grace Kelly. However, I’m here to argue that America’s actors are stronger than ever and can match up toe to toe with the likes of both Europe and Asia.
The list will be split into two parts: in part one, I delve into the modern world of Hollywood actors with actresses soon to follow in part two.
Part one: Top Ten Actors Working In Hollywood Today
Actor With The Most Potential To Hit It Big: Paddy Considine
Before I begin the list, I want to take a moment to discuss an actor whom I believe has enormous potential. While not American born, British actor Paddy Considine has been in his fair share of American films like In America, »
- Connor Folse
Buddy movies and TV shows had always been the preserve of men – until New York cops Cagney and Lacey hit our screens in the 80s. Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly, still friends and both starring in the West End, reminisce about changing the face of primetime TV
There was a period in her 20s when Tyne Daly was always cast as a victim. She had grown up in a theatrical family, dreamt of being a classical actor, as well as appearing on the musical stage, but her husband's acting and directing career led the couple to Hollywood with their baby daughter. "My time on television began, and I started playing victims," she says. "I did about 10 or 12 years of them, which gets old, right?" Her laughter echoes around the empty auditorium. A large, studded bird ring glints on her finger, and her eyes widen occasionally like a startled owl. She »
- Kira Cochrane
Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, and the DreamWorks Pictures movie The Help, are joining forces this holiday season to help feed Americans facing hunger. Coinciding with the DVD/Blu-ray release of The Help on December 6, a national donation campaign will run from December 1 to December 11 to generate food and funds to help feed the 1 in 6 people in the United States who do not have enough to eat.
“The economic downturn really hurt American families,” said Feeding America Director of Media Relations Ross Fraser. “As a nation, we need to come together to help our neighbors who are struggling to make ends meet. The collaboration between Feeding America and the producers of The Help is a great example of how we can come together to make a difference.”
“The film’s hopeful message of creating change along with its home entertainment release during the holidays inspired »
- Michelle McCue
Back in October, we brought you the news about Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) being in negotiations with Warner Bros. Pictures for the lead role in director Doug Liman‘s (Fair Game, Jumper 2) adaptation of the Hiroshi Sakurazaka novel All You Need Is Kill – which has since been renamed We Mortals Are and is not back to being referred to as All You Need Is Kill.
Now, Variety reports that Cruise has been in continuing talks with director Doug Liman for quite some time, and has agreed to star in the big-screen adaptation. Although the star has not officially signed on, the fact that the studio has since had the script rewritten to reflect Cruise’s age makes it seem to be a virtually done deal.
There’s one thing worse than dying. It’s coming back to do it again and again . . . When the alien Gitai invade, »
- Jason Moore
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 31, 2012
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98
The movie follows Will Atenton (Craig), a high-profile, Manhattan publisher who leaves the big city behind to relocate his wife Libby (Weisz) and their two daughters to a quaint New England town. As the family settles into the new life, they learn that their beloved dream home has a history of murder. When Will delves further into the mysteries of the house, he is not sure if he is seeing ghosts or if the tragic events are somehow related to his past. The only clues come from his cryptic neighbor, Ann (Watts), who helps him piece together the haunting puzzle. »
As the Akira live-action remake ploughs on, Bourne Identity and Fair Game director Doug Liman is readying his own adaptation of a Japanese property: in this instance, Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s novel, All You Need Is Kill.
Now, Warner have been planning a western version of the book for just over a year, but Liman was only attached as director in August. Now, though, it seems as though the project’s moving along in earnest, with Variety reporting that Tom Cruise has agreed to star.
We haven’t read the source novel for ourselves, but it sounds intriguing; written for a young adult audience, the short novel sounds a bit like a cross between an alien invasion story and Source Code. Its protagonist »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 28, 2012
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
A group of actors get down to some serious Chekhovian business in Vanya on 42nd Street.
The comedy-drama movie was shot in the 1990s, when theater director André Gregory mounted a series of spare, private performances of Uncle Vanya in a crumbling Manhattan playhouse. These unique moments were captured on film by director Louis Malle (Zazie Dans Le Metro ).
In Vanya on 42nd Street, a stellar cast of actors — including Wallace Shawn (The Princess Bride), Julianne Moore (The Kids Are All Right) and Brooke Smith (Fair Game) — embark on a full read-through of the play (adapted into English by David Mamet). The resulting film of the event by Malle, which turned out to be his last movie, »
It’s that time of the year when stores give us offers we can’t refuse. From now til the end of November, you might be able to find good deals on all those DVD and Blu-ray movies and TV shows that were a little too pricey over the last year.
We’ve got a round up of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and everything in between deals.
The online retailer has different deals each day morning, afternoon and evening, plus all-day Gold Box Deals. Some of our favorites from…
Monday Nov. 21: The Cider House Rules Blu-ray $4.99 (8.30am – 12.30pm Pst), Burn Notice Season 3 $9.99 (12.30pm – 4.30pm Pst), Pulp Fiction Blu-ray $3.99, I Am Legend Blu-ray $4.99 (4.30pm – 8.30pm Pst)
Tuesday Nov. 22: Office Space Blu-ray $4.99 (8.30am – 12.30pm Pst), Weeds DVD season 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 $7.99 each (12.30pm – 4.30pm Pst)
Wednesday Nov. 23: Princess Bride Blu-ray $4.99 (8.30am – 12:30pm Pst), 300 Blu-ray $4.99 (12.30pm – 4.30pm Pst)
Thursday Nov. 24: »
Novelist-turned-film director Lee Chang-dong's (Green Fish, Oasis, Secret Sunshine) critically acclaimed feature Poetry (a.k.a. Shi) arrives on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time on November 28th and to celebrate the release, Flickering Myth have three copies of the DVD to give away to our readers courtesy of the lovely folk at Arrow Films.
Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter this competition...
Mija (veteran actress Yun Jung-hee) is a beautiful grandmother in her sixties who moves gracefully through life, contemplating a trivial daily routine that is ill-suited to her refined persona. With warmth, elegance and a dash of eccenticitiy, Mija takes care of her ungrateful grandson Wook (Lee David) and makes a living caring for an elderly man, paralyzed by a stroke.
On a whim, Mija enrolls in a poetry class and begins a personal quest to find the perfect words to describe her feelings. »
To celebrate the release of Dream House on 25th November, we’re giving two lucky winners the chance to win a horror DVD bundle including The Exorcist, The Shining and Se7en!
Once upon a time, there were two little girls who lived in a house. Daniel Craig (Cowboys & Aliens, upcoming The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), Naomi Watts (The Ring, Fair Game) and Oscar® winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener, The Lovely Bones) star in Dream House, a suspense thriller about a family that unknowingly moves into a home where grisly murders were committed…only to uncover even darker mysteries within its walls. Successful publisher Will Atenton (Craig) quit a high-power job in Manhattan to relocate his wife, Libby (Weisz), and two girls to a quaint New England town. But as they settle into their new life, they discover their perfect home was the murder scene of a mother and her children. »
This week’s edition of Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider cuts loose with a non-review of “Footloose,” which Jeff and Eric weren’t able to see because the only screening that critics were allowed to go to was at the same time as the actual only screening of “The Thing.” And they chose “The Thing,” which turns out to be a pretty lousy prequel/remake of John Carpenter’s 1982 film by the same title. Jeff and Eric did watch the “Footloose” trailer, though, and offered their thoughts based on that. Also, “The Big Year” is a pleasant enough birdwatching comedy, though a movie with Steve Martin, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson should be a lot funnier. Then there’s a rousing game of Pitch Me that Eric is pretty sure they already did not very long ago but Jeff thinks was like a year ago, and there’s »
- Jeff Bayer
After the undercooked ratings catastrophe that was its celebrity incarnation, MasterChef returns with something to prove. However well they might do, celebrities are scarcely likely to jack it all in and chain themselves to a mouli. The stakes are much higher in MasterChef: The Professionals, and it's a vastly better show for it. Chef Monica Galetti is back and as thoroughly humourless as ever. The ever-more likable Gregg Wallace joins her, while Michel Roux Jr waits in the wings to make a statesmanlike entrance. Ace. Ben Arnold
The Choir: Military Wives
New series of Gareth Malone's ongoing crusade to turn unlikely agglomerations of people into competent choral ensembles. The next portion of the world he'd like to teach to sing is a group »
- Ben Arnold, Andrew Mueller, Phelim O'Neill, Rebecca Nicholson, Richard Vine
Create a Movie Poster for “Ghost Rider™ Spirit of Vengeance” in New Face of the Fan® Contest
Culver City, Calif. – Aspiring artists and Ghost Rider™ fans can create a movie poster that shows off their creativity and design skills in the Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance Face of the Fan® Contest. In the contest, the studio is looking for fan art that captures the excitement of the legendary character.
Fans can start by going to www.faceofthefan.com/ghostriderspiritofvengeance or www.facebook.com/FaceOfTheFan to view and download the digital assets to help the entrants create their original posters. Each entrant may submit up to three finished pieces that then express the tone of Ghost Rider and the anticipation for the film, which will be released in 3D in theaters on February 17, 2012.
One Grand Prize winner will receive a trip for two to the premiere of the film »
- Jason Moore
The Hollywood Reporter has an interesting analysis of the enduring popularity of one Mr Tom Cruise. In this article one new piece of casting news pops up.
Cruise is in talks to play the lead in the ‘big-budget sci-fi war pic’ All You Need Is Kill (or possibly titled, We Mortals Are). The film is set to be directed by Doug Liman (Fair Game, Jumper) which is adapted from a Japanese manga by Hiroshi Sakurazaka and Yoshitoshi Abe. Here’s the manga synopsis:
When the alien Gitai invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many raw recruits shoved into a suit of battle armour and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to find himself reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On the 158th iteration though, he sees something different, something out of place: the female soldier known as the Bitch of War. »
- Paul Koren
In a rather lengthy update on the status of the career of Tom Cruise, The Hollywood Reporter reveal that Warner Bros are eyeing the A-lister to lead their Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Fair Game) helmed sci-fi blockbuster We Mortals Are.
The film is based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka‘s Japanese manga titled All You Need Is Kill and centres on a new army recruit killed in battle fighting an alien invasion. He is forced to relive the day of his death over and over again in an attempt to change his fate. In the process he becomes a better warrior. A little Source Code-ish, I guess.
Last week the film was going by the comic’s title and another movie star Brad Pitt was rumoured to be involved, but it looks like the Mission: Impossible hero is the likely lead after Pitt presumably passed on the leading role. Cruise »
- Arjun Kharpal
It’s been a long while since a Doug Liman picture had us truly excited. For a guy who burst onto the scene in the mid 90′s with such a confident and brash voice via the Indie hits Swingers (based on that great script by Jon Favreau) and 1999′s offbeat drug thriller Go before launching a modern day James Bond franchise in The Bourne Identity, Liman nosedived when he sold his soul to the blockbuster devil like many before him have done, helming the two paycheck endeavors Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Jumper. Very quickly a worthy independent voice had become just another filmmaker and although his last movie Fair Game put him back on track tonally, we couldn’t help but feel it was less meaningful in it’s intentions and more like an Oscar baiting political thriller vehicle for Sean Penn and Naomi Watts.
Often when a creative becomes too comfortable in life, »
- Matt Holmes
Doug Liman's last film was the low-key, overtly political drama Fair Game, but the Mrs. and Mrs. Smith and The Bourne Identity director is still wanted for his action credits, it seems. Just a few days after we reported that Paramount wanted Liman to make the outer space thriller All You Need Is Kill with Brad Pitt starring, Deadline says he's setting up Everest, about the earliest attempts to climb the world's tallest mountain. You may know the name Sir Edmund Hillary as the first (white) man to climb Mount Everest, but decades earlier an Englishman named George Mallory made three attempts at the feat; though he died on the mountain on the last try, many believe he may have made it to the top after all. Even if his accomplishment doesn't seem all that stunning in retrospect, there's all kinds of historical context that makes the story meaningful, »
With his last effort, the political drama "Fair Game" dropping last fall, director Doug Liman has spent most of 2011 figuring out what to do next and he's had no shortage of options. But unfortunately, he's been hit with a bit of bad luck. While for a moment there it seemed like his ambitious and long-gestating sci-fi flick "Luna" would be getting off the ground, just last week word arrived that financing had collapsed, effectively killing the project. In the same report it appeared that Warner Bros. was wanting to move ahead with "All You Need Is Kill" but that… »
Sam Shepard, Michael Shannon and Sarah Paulson have joined the cast of Jeff Nichols' drama "Mud."According to Variety, Nichols will direct from his own script.The cast includes Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Tye Sheridan, Ray McKinnon, Joe Don Baker and Paul Sparks.Shooting is underway in Arkansas.The film centers on two 14-year-old boys who attempt to help an escaped convict named Mud get off a Mississippi River island.Aaron Ryder, Sarah Green and Lisa Maria Falcone are producing.Nichols' current film "Take Shelter," starring Shannon and Jessica Chastain, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and will be released by Sony Pictures Classics on September 30.Shepard's recent credits include "Brothers" and "Fair Game."Shannon can be currently seen in "Machine Gun Preacher."Paulson will be »
- Adnan Tezer
Sorry, Doug Liman. You won't be going to the moon, after all. The Fair Game director, who proved himself as an action director with the first Bourne adventure and the playful Mr. & Mrs. Smith, has been trying to mount Luna, a space-heist thriller about former astronauts stealing valuable tools to help them get back to the moon where they.d hoped to .acquire an energy source.. But Vulture now says the project is dead, because Paramount and co-financier Skydance pulled the plug on what potentially was going to be a $100 million-plus endeavor. That's bad news for Andrew Garfield, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans and Jake Gyllenhaal, as all had been attached to the project in various stages of casting. But it.s potentially good news for Liman and his Smith co-star, Brad Pitt. Vulture is reporting in its story that Warner Bros. has offered the Moneyball star the lead »
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