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The Wachowski's latest science fiction adventure, Jupiter Ascending, may not have lit up the box office, but there was still plenty of fun for movie-goers willing to give it a chance. Today, Warner Bros. have announced details on the film's blu-ray release, including a date and special features, so you can check it out at home!
While I didn't "love" Jupiter Ascending as much as I wanted to, I didn't hate the film either. It has a lot of great elements behind it, with impressive visuals and characters you want to know more about. While I wish it had been paced differently, I don't exactly get all the hatred the movie gets either. I thought it was still a lot of fun, and if you skipped out on it, I think it's worth watching when it hits blu-ray on June 2. Check out the features coming on the disc when it »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
The Left Hand Of Darkness and Earthsea are coming to BBC Radio 4, along with a documentary celebrating author Ursula Le Guin at 85...
Welcome to Ursula Le Guin month (April's just its use-name) on BBC Radio 4 and 4 Extra. A whole series of programming in celebration of the seminal Us author's work is coming our way over the next few weeks, including dramatisations of The Left Hand Of Darkness and Earthsea novels, as well as a documentary, Ursula Le Guin At 85.
For anyone who needs reminding, Ursula Le Guin has been creating some of America's greatest science-fiction and fantasy literature for almost half a century. From her childhood-favourite Earthsea series set in a world of mages and magic, to politically probing anarchist utopia The Dispossessed and sci-fi gender thought experiment The Left Hand Of Darkness, Le Guin has a string of modern classics to her name.
The programming gets underway with a »
Last March 25, the 9th Asian Film Awards was held in Venetian Macao casino theatre. Attended by highly-acclaimed directors and screenwriters and rapidly-rising stars, the event was strongly dominated by China, having bagged more than half of the awards either independently or as a collaboration with Hong Kong.
9th Asian Film Awards Winners
With nominees hailing from the different corners of Asia and artistic films that take independent films to a whole new level, we can only imagine how difficult it must have been for the judging panel. Although China has won by a landslide, we certainly can’t discredit their tough competition and fellow winners. Take a look below to see who won what and learn what we think about their victories:
Best Film – Blind Massage
As the title suggests, “Blind Massage” tells the story of a group people who shares a similar position. That is, they’re blind and »
- Mary Ann Simuangco
Interstellar confirms beyond all doubt that there is no blockbuster filmmaker working today more ambitious than Christopher Nolan. An almost three-hour space epic that combines the theoretical physics of Kip Thorne, cutting-edge visual effects, a dynamite cast led by Matthew McConaughey and a deeply personal, emotional core concerned with the transcendent power of love, Interstellar is a striking anomaly.
It’s certainly the most far-reaching work by a mainstream director since the Wachowskis’ Cloud Atlas and may well bear comparisons to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (one of the many films Nolan openly cited as an influence). Its story is a jaw-droppingly enthusiastic one, spanning generations and pushing into the further reaches of the universe even as it attempts to tell the much more intimate tale of how one father’s love for his daughter can cut across all of time and space. Interstellar is also, perhaps unavoidably given its goals, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Pic is the English-language adaptation of Hans Fallada’s novel, based on the true story of a working-class couple who conducted a series of anonymous protests against the Nazi regime during World War II. The screenplay was written by Achim von Borries (“Good Bye Lenin!”) and Vincent Perez.
Joining the production team are cinematographer Christophe Beaucarne (“Irina Palm,” “Mr. Nobody”), production designer Jean-Vincent Puzos (“Amour,” “10,000 B.C.”) and editor Francois Gedigier (“On the Road,” “Yves Saint Laurent”).
X Filme’s Stefan Arndt and Uwe Schott (“Cloud Atlas,” “Amour”) and Master Movie’s Marco Pacchioni (“Bluesbreaker,” “Bye Bye Blondie”) are producing together with James Schamus (“Brokeback Mountain,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) and FilmWave’s Christian Grass and Paul Trijbits (“Jane Eyre,” “Saving Mr. Banks »
- Leo Barraclough
Second World War drama will shoot on location in Berlin, Cologne and Görlitz.
Based on the true story of a working class couple who conducted a series of anonymous protests against the Nazi regime during the Second World War, principal photography will begin tomorrow (March 27) on location in Berlin, Cologne and Görlitz.
French actor Vincent Perez will direct.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
There is a moment that really stuck with me from the interview HitFix's Louis Virtel conducted with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart for "Get Hard" which posted yesterday. Virtel asks, "You are both very smart and funny people. During the scene in the movie where you kind of do a mockingly effeminate voice [to Hart] and you gag at a dick as though it's the worst thing that can happen to a straight guy [to Ferrell], in a gay situation, did you think: this is mildly mean spirited or at the very least, a little bit dated?" Before Hart responds, the camera holds on Ferrell's face for a just a moment. Ferrell doesn't look annoyed. He doesn't look angry. He isn't trying to force a smile. He just looks sort of sad. "Get Hard," which Drew McWeeny reviewed out of SXSW, is the directorial debut of longtime screenwriter Etan Cohen ("Tropic Thunder") and has a pretty simple set up. »
- Gregory Ellwood
In a video that will make your whole day if not your whole week, legendary actor Tom Hanks appeared on The Late, Late Show with British un-funny man James Corden where the pair re-enact a large portion of Mr. Hank’s film roles including Forrest Gump, Big, Bachelor Party, The Money Pit, The ‘Burbs, Turner & Hooch, Road to Perdition, Joe vs. The Volcano, Sleepless in Seattle, Saving Private Ryan, Captain Phillips, The Terminal, A League of Their Own, You’ve Got Mail, That Thing You Do, The Polar Express, Catch me if you Can, Cloud Atlas, The Green Mile, Larry Crowne, Castaway, Philadelphia, The Da Vinci Code, Saving Mr. Banks, Splash, Apollo 13 and the Toy Story trilogy.
Check out the video below:
Pretty cool, eh?
- Luke Owen
It is humanly impossible to be excited by the idea of a new talk show. When's the last time you sat through an entire talk show monologue? Was it recently? If so, then why? What did you hope to achieve by hearing three jokes about current events? Don't you understand that the internet will compile any worthwhile talk show clips for you in the morning? Come on. Grow up. Luckily, James Corden seemed very aware of boring talk show tropes during his "Late Late Show" debut and did his best to circumvent them. The Tony-winning actor served up a modest but promising first show with the help of guests Tom Hanks and Mila Kunis, who were brilliant and utterly boring (respectively). Kunis spent what seemed like a fortnight on Corden's couch discussing her jewelry designs. Almost bravely dull. To Corden's credit, there were practically no other lowlights to his debut. »
- Louis Virtel
A miserable vision of tomorrow has taken hold of Hollywood: bad food, lousy transport and Alice Cooper styling. You’re better off dead
We are now living in a golden age of dystopian films; that is, incredibly depressing films set at some point in the future – often, the relatively near future – where life is a complete mess and no one is happy, not even the fascist scum who run things. In the few instances where people seem to be happy, it’s only because the fascist scum have tricked them into thinking they’re happy. Well, they won’t stay happy for long. This is not utopia. This is utopia turned on its head. This is dystopia.
Last year, there was a tsunami of dystopian films, including The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Divergent, The Maze Runner, Robocop, The Purge: Anarchy, Snowpiercer, The Rover, »
- Joe Queenan
Editor Jacob T. Swinney has created a fascinating five minute video featuring the first and final shots from 55 different films. In some cases we can attempt to draw meaning from what we're seeing and in others there doesn't appear to be much rhyme or reason, but that in itself can offer a window into what the director was attempting to achieve. My only complaint with the video is the fact Swinney didn't include the film titles in the actual video, opting instead to list them in the film's description. While the majority of the images are recognizable enough, I did find myself looking at the descriptions here and there, taking me out of the video for a second and ultimately causing me to have to pause the video overall. Not a major complaint, just more a compliment in fact to the engrossing nature of what was created. I personally find the images of Birdman, »
- Brad Brevet
To celebrate the release of series 2 of ITV’s Broadchurch on Blu-Ray and DVD, we’re giving 5 lucky WhatCulture.com readers the chance to win a copy of the multi-award winning drama on Blu-Ray!
Series 2 sees David Tennant return as Alec Hardy and Olivia Coleman resume her role as Ellie Miller, last seen having her life torn apart as her husband Joe confessed to murdering local schoolboy Danny Latimer in the remote seaside town.
Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan, who play Danny’s parents Beth and Mark Latimer, will also return to their roles, alongside Arthur Darvill as vicar Paul Coates, Carolyn Pickles as newspaper editor Maggie Radcliffe and a host of other ‘local’ faces.
Legendary Emmy nominated film and television actress Charlotte Rampling, Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated Marianne Jean-Baptiste, James D’Arcy (Cloud Atlas, Hitchcock, Jupiter Ascending), Eve Myles (Torchwood, Merlin, Little Dorrit) and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Bad Education, »
- Sam Driver
Expect to see a lot of premature eulogies for Vince Vaughn's career today, after the disastrous opening of "Unfinished Business," just like you saw a lot of premature obituaries last week for Will Smith's career after the lackluster debut of "Focus."
True, "Business" was an especially spectacular flop, premiering in 10th place with only an estimated $4.8 million, less than half of the already modest $10 million pundits were predicting. That the movie is only the latest in a string of Vaughn flops (including "The Watch," "The Dilemma," "The Internship," and "Delivery Man") seems reason enough for pundits to start measuring the coffin.
Weep not for Vaughn. His hands and feet were immortalized in concrete outside Hollywood's Chinese Theatre just this past Wednesday. Next month, he'll star in the eagerly-anticipated second season on HBO's "True Detective," which, if nothing else, will remind those viewers who think of him only as »
- Gary Susman
It's been a while since we did one of these. We actually shot one that is officially classified now as "lost" because of audio issues, and our video team has been incredibly busy so far this year working on new projects. This week, though, we finally convened in the HitFix studio to record a new episode of the show that you guys write for us every week. We're looking at all sorts of different ways of making better use of our studios, but I like being on the hook to you guys. It's interesting that you'd ask something about "The Matrix." It's been on my mind. The New Beverly showed it this weekend, and I would have gone, but I had the boys here, and we were actually doing our screenings of the other two films in the series. During our time in the car this weekend, the boys had »
- Drew McWeeny
Jupiter Ascending has launched in Australia with $2 million in four days on 415 screens, one of the more respectable debuts for the sci-fi action-adventure.
That's a long way short of recouping the production cost reported to be between $175 million and $205 million, and the hefty P&A bill.
So Jupiter Ascending is shaping as yet another misfire for siblings Andy and Lana Wachowski following WB/Vrp.s Speed Racer ($120 million budget, $93.9 million in global B.O.) and the independently-financed Cloud Atlas ($100 million cost, $130.5 million B.O.).
Pro-rata, the Australian opening is slightly ahead of the $18.4 million Us debut, to the surprise of some exhibitors. Wallis Cinemas program manager Bob Parr tells If, .I didn.t expect that at all because of the Us result, »
- Don Groves
Last week, discussing Lana and Andy Wachowski’s upcoming Netflix series Sense8, Ted Sarandos let slip that he had seen a four-hour cut of the directors’ 2012 film Cloud Atlas “that will blow your mind.” Sarandos was naturally trying to do some damage control in the wake of the failure of the Wachowskis’ recent release Jupiter Ascending; Netflix has invested a lot of money in their new show. But it’s also understandable that the Wachowskis, with their imaginations always working in overdrive, might have a better, more effective cut of the troubled, divisive Cloud Atlas somewhere. This news also came right as the Berlin Film Festival was preparing to screen a director’s cut of 54, the clubland opus starring Salma Hayek, Ryan Philippe, and Mike Myers, that came and went back in 1998; it turns out director Mark Christopher had been forced to remove about 37 minutes, much of it having to »
- Bilge Ebiri
London — Spain’s “Hierro” has been named the best co-production TV series project presented at the European Film Market’s Berlinale Co-Production Market.
“Hierro” is set on the Canary Islands, where the corpse of a young islander is found floating in the sea following an earthquake. This marks the starting point for a tense political drama. Boomerang TV Group’s Galician subsidiary Portocabo is preparing the series for Spanish network La Sexta.
“Hierro” has been chosen to participate in the next edition of Series Mania, one of the most important TV series festival in Europe, to be held in Paris April 17-26.
The other TV series projects at the Berlinale Co-Production Market included “Babylon Berlin,” from director Tom Tykwer (“Das Parfum,” “Cloud Atlas”), set against a vibrant 1920s Berlin; and the Belgium series “Tabula Rasa,” directed by and starring actress Veerle Baetens, who is best known for the film “The Broken Circle Breakdown. »
- Leo Barraclough
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 6th February to Sunday 8th February 2015…
Despite four new entries cracking the top ten this week, Disney’s Big Hero 6 and Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service held firm in first and second place this past weekend, with Aardman’s Shaun the Sheep Movie putting up the most competition, the animated feature debuting in third with £2,095,061.
The Wachowskis’ critically-mauled sci-fi Jupiter Ascending took fourth place with an opening weekend of £1,349,938, which was up on the filmmaking siblings’ previous efforts Speed Racer (£362,000) and Cloud Atlas (£544,725), while Selma pulled in £792,365 in sixth and The Interview managed just £283,811 in tenth.
Number one this time last year: Mr. Peabody & Sherman
1. Big Hero 6, £2,540,116 from 513 sites. Total: £7,476,518 total (2 weeks)
2. Kingsman: The Secret Service, £2,190,090 weekend; £8,245,752 total (2 weeks)
3. Shaun the Sheep Movie, £2,095,061 weekend (New)
4. Jupiter Ascending, £1,349,938 weekend (New)
5. American Sniper, £980,434 weekend; £11,084,808 total (4 weeks)
6. Selma, »
- Gary Collinson
The Flickering Myth Podcast learns about bees…
Bees are very loyal and they don’t lie. Or something.
In this episode of the Flickering Myth Podcast, Luke Owen and Rohan Morbey review Jupiter Ascending, the latest big budget science fiction blockbuster from The Wachowskis. Is it any good? Is Eddie Redmayne really that bad? Well, let’s find out…
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See Also: The Wachowskis think Jupiter Ascending could mark the end of their studio financing
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- Luke Owen
Go big or go home. That seems to be the motto of directing duo the Wachowskis, who pulled out all the stops for Jupiter Ascending, their very own space opera, cramming this thing so full of backstory and character history, that it might have been better suited for a dozen novels instead of one two-hour fairy tale. Will it go down as a underrated gem a la Speed Racer? A misunderstood near masterpiece a la Cloud Atlas? Or is it something closer to Star Wars -- particularly the prequel trilogy -- for better or worse? Previously on Stripped: Dumb and Dumber To, Big Hero 6, Interstellar, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Godzilla, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Edge of Tomorrow, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Guardians of the...
- John Gholson
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