14 items from 2013
To the outsider, the Cannes Film Festival can be a nebulous thing. Even if you know the filmmaker or the cast, sometimes you need more context than a review to give you a sort of firmer grasp of the shape, texture and tone of a movie. Clips from the festival are landing left and right, so we thought we'd grab a smattering and ground you a little deeper than some of the reviews and pictures your may or may not have seen. So here we go. The first clip is a featurette from "Zulu," the official Closing Film of Cannes this year, that brings together some interesting talent for what seems to be a hard-boiled crime tale. Directed by Jérôme Salle ("Largo Winch" and "Anthony Zimmer," which was later remade as "The Tourist" with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie) "Zulu" stars Orlando Bloom and Forest Whitaker as a couple of »
- Edward Davis
Jamie Lee Curtis thinks Angelina Jolie is a 'heroine' for going public about her preventative double mastectomy. The 54-year-old actress has echoed supportive comments made by high profile breast cancer survivors Sheryl Crow, Kylie Minogue and Giuliana Rancic, and praised 'The Tourist' star, 37, for opening up about her drastic decision to have both of her breasts removed to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer after managing to go through the surgery in private. In an opinion piece for the Huffington Post, titled 'Freedom of Choice, Freedom of Privacy', Jamie wrote: 'Ms. Jolie is a heroine to many. Me included. 'She is brave and bold and challenging. She challenges the world with her thoughts and »
Producers Zadan and Meron: The Sequel at next year's Academy Awards Oscarcast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will be back next year to come up with one more Oscar show, Academy President Hawk Koch heralded earlier today. The show will be broadcast in 200+ countries and territories on Sunday, March 2, 2014. -- Pictured above: Widely lambasted 85th Academy Awards show host Seth MacFarlane -- The producing duo's movie credits include Rob Marshall's 2002 Best Picture winner Chicago, a musical whose cast members -- Richard Gere, Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Queen Latifah -- were in attendance at this year's telecast. Other credits include the remakes of Footloose and Hairspray, and the dramatic comedy The Bucket List, featuring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. Also, Zadan produced the 1984 Footloose, starring Kevin Bacon. “Craig and Neil have the overwhelming support of the Academy's Governors to produce the Oscars again in 2014," the Academy president declared in a press release. »
- Andre Soares
Following Angelina Jolie's philanthropic trip to London earlier this week, the stunning Oscar winner headed back to the States. The Tourist star was spotted leaving Lax Friday with her 11-year-old son Maddox in tow looking chic in black leather pants, boots, shades and an oversized sweater. Maddox echoed his mom's all-black duds, sporting a black skull-emblazoned sweatshirt, black pants, shades and a black cap. Jolie attended the G8 Foreign Ministers meeting in London Thursday to address the issue of wartime sexual violence and announce that the G8 nations would be providing an additional $36 million in funding for efforts to prevent sexual violence. Meanwhile, Jolie's hubby-to-be, »
This is interesting, unless my memory is faulty, I don't remember the closing night film for the Cannes Film Festival ever being announced prior to the line-up being announced. This year the 2013 Cannes Film Festival line-up will be announced on Thursday, April 18 and we already know Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby will open the fest, but now Deadline is reporting Jerome Salle's Zulu starring Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom will serve as the closing night feature. Zulu is based on the novel by Caryl Ferey and was shot in South Africa. Taking place in Cape Town, Whitaker and Bloom play cops investigating the murder of two women. Here's a lengthier synopsis: As a child, Ali Neuman (Whitaker) narrowly escaped being murdered by Inkhata, a militant political party at war with Nelson Mandela's African National Congress. Only he and his mother survived the carnage of those years. But as with many survivors, »
- Brad Brevet
We told you about this top secret movie movie project titled, Transcendence earlier this month when Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3) joined Johnny Depp and Paul Bettany (The Tourist), and the smallest plot we still have to go on is that Johnny Depp is playing some sort of scientist who uploads his mind to a computer.
Well the mystery may continue but the casting goes on with American Horror Story’s deliciously neurotic Hayden played by Kate Mara (who has also most recently been in Netflix’s House of Cards) coming into the Transcendence circle of trust. This latest casting and news of a “big budget” is according to Vulture.
- Jess Orso
Very little is known about the movie Transcendence so far but the production team and actors are starting to take their places. The first and most notable name attached to the film is actor Johnny Depp who will be playing the lead. He’s reunited with his co-star from The Tourist, Paul Bettany. These men have most recently been joined by actress Rececca Hall (Iron Man 3).
The plot for the film is not being released (even a little), but a tiny whisper from Digital Spy makes me think it’s a perfect fit for us.
Although plot details have so far been kept under wraps, it is thought that Transcendence will involve Depp’s character uploading his mind onto a supercomputer with the potential to think for itself.
Sounds awesome. Those actors and that whisper are a complete winner for me, but I look forward to hearing an official plot. »
- Jess Orso
Previous attempts to make Lara Croft films were meritless, but now the game's had a reboot, there could be lessons learned
Now that Lara Croft – everyone's favourite 1990s, triangular-headed, uncomfortably-objectified archaeologist – has been reborn in a new Tomb Raider game, it is only a matter of time before someone decides to reinvigorate the bad old movie franchise as well. And so, with a heavy heart, I'm here to announce that a new Tomb Raider movie is already in its early stages.
According to Cvg, Crystal Dynamics is working with Gk Films to bring Croft and her inexplicable fondness for raiding tombs back to the big screen.
Anyone who's ever tried to sit through either of the previous two Tomb Raider films will no doubt feel a surge of anxiety. 2001's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and 2003's Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life were, without any exaggeration, completely devoid of merit. »
- Stuart Heritage
Digital Release: April 23, 2013, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 7, 2013
Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Based on the ninth novel in the series by author Lee Child, the action movie tells the story of the investigation of five murders by an expert sniper.
The crimes are blamed on former military sniper Barr (Joseph Sikora, Safe), but his lawyer (Rosamund Pike, Barney’s Version) partners with the mysterious Jack Reacher (Cruise) to find out what really happened.
Richard Jenkins (Friends With Benefits), Robert Duvall (Phenomenon) and Werner Herzog (Cave of Forgotten Dreams) also star in the film, which was written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie (The Tourist).
The Top Gear Africa special, the first instalment of a two-parter to round off the current series, averaged 5.7 million viewers and a 19.6% audience share in the 8pm hour.
This audience included 1.1 million watching the BBC HD simulcast – a frisky figure for a channel that has otherwise struggled to establish itself, featuring as it does a mishmash of programming from all the corporation's TV channels other than BBC1 (which has »
- Jason Deans
Paul Bettany is in negotiations to join previously signed Johnny Depp in Transcendence, the directorial debut of cinematographer Wally Pfister. Plot details have been closely guarded, but sources describe the film as in the vein of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Inception. Depp stars as a man who creates a computer that develops a malevolent awareness. The shooting is set to begin in April in Los Angeles, with the movie to be released in mid-2014 by Warner Bros. Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Aaron Ryder are serving as executive producers. Bettany teamed up with Depp in The Tourist, the 2010 romantic thriller that also starred »
- Vesna Sunrider
Paul Bettany has had it a bit rough the past few years, famously turning down "The King's Speech" (oops) and starring in a handful of forgettable movies like the Charles Darwin flick "Creation," and stuff like "Legion" and "Priest." He had a nice turn in "Margin Call," but mostly he's been better known of late as the voice of Jarvis, Tony Stark's AI butler, in the Marvel movies. He's a talented dude who has always seemed to just keep missing a leap into bigger and better things, but now his time may have finally arrived. Bettany has joined Wally Pfister's secretive, and highly anticipated "Transcendence" with Johnny Depp. Of course, the pair both starred in the pretty awful "The Tourist" (as we detailed today in our 5 Great & 5 Disappointing English-Language Debuts By Foreign-Language Directors features) but we'd wager they're on better ground here. The film will tell the tale of »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Lloyd Phillips, an Academy Award winner who produced such films as Inglourious Basterds and the upcoming Man of Steel, died Friday in Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack, ICM Partners reported. He was 63. Photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2013 Born in South Africa and raised in New Zealand, Phillips also produced or executive produced such films as Twelve Monkeys (1995), The Edge (1997), Vertical Limit (2000), Beyond Borders (2003), The Legend of Zorro (2005), The International (2009) and The Tourist (2010). He shot in 16 countries during his career. In 1981, Phillips became New Zealand’s first Oscar winner
- Mike Barnes
Every year on the day before the Academy Award nominations announced their nominees for the best in film, the Razzies announce their list of nominees for the worst in film. Increasingly, though, it's become a place for haters to hate. Additionally, the nominations aren't productive, they seem to be out to humiliate actors. For instance, it's incredibly unjust to nominate The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (the best of the series) at all, but certainly not for acting or screenplay. The screenplay, which is adapted from the Stephenie Myer book, actually added in one of the most brilliant twists in modern day moviemaking. As moviegoers, we've all been disappointed from time to time in the acting work by an esteemed actor; for instance, I felt the great Sigourney Weaver phoned in her performance in Avatar which brought the quality of the film down. But to criticize an actor for performing »
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14 items from 2013
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