13 items from 2015
Elizabeth Banks has become one of the most reliable comedic actresses of her generation, with a proven ability to steal scenes from even seasoned co-stars. She’s managed to stretch herself in a number of varied roles, from real life figures to wicked stepmothers and even a Lego figure. Her talent has also helped viewers get through less than amazing movies like Walk Of Shame and The Next Three Days.
In addition to her acting she’s also the driving force behind the Pitch Perfect series; she produced the original and made her directing debut with the second. With the huge success of Pitch Perfect 2 she’s now an in-demand director, as well as a vocal supporter of the need for more female directors in Hollywood.
She’s not one to just trade on her good looks for a role either, as she usually manages to bring a »
- Padraig Cotter
Disjointed, incohesive, and psychologically ridiculous. And actually repulsive on multiple levels in ways that the first film was not. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
The only good thing about Sinister was Ethan Hawke’s portrayal of a writer having what looked like a mental breakdown, to the degree that it was easy to suspect that perhaps he was the perpetrator of the family murder he was investigating for a true-crime book. Before that film was half over, however, such a potentially intriguing scenario was rendered impossible, and Sinister became yet another by-the-numbers demon-haunted funhouse. And here’s Sinister 2, which doesn’t have anything so minimally compelling going for it.
Another family has been targeted for ritual killings by the devil Bhughul, which is just a fancy name for the Boogeyman, and he’s »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Sneak Peek new images of Emmy-nominated actress ("30 Rock") and "Pitch Perfect 2" director Elizabeth Banks in "...a sexy and surreal" fashion spread, photographed by Hunter & Gatti for "Flaunt" magazine:
"People treat comedy like it's some frilly, unsubstantial thing," said Banks. "But we're bringing fucking joy!
"We're spreading joy 24/7!'...there is some skill behind what I'm doing..."
..."Zack and Miri Make a Porno" (2008), "Role Models" (2008), "The Next Three Days" (2010), "Pitch Perfect" (2012), "The Lego Movie" (2014), and "The Hunger Games" films (2012–2015). In 2015, she made her directorial debut with "Pitch Perfect 2", earning $69M opening weekend, setting a record for a first time director.
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- Michael Stevens
This film features myriad characters whom we learn are all connected in a way. As a writer/director, what message were you trying to convey using this narrative structure?
I like to write about things I don’t understand and relationships are at the top of that. And I really admire the filmmakers whom I saw growing up: the French New Wave, the Italians, people like [Luis] Buñuel and [Michelangelo] Antonioni and [François] Truffaut and [Jean-Luc] Godard, who made films that really challenged the audience and didn’t give you all the answers and made you think. So I wanted to make a film that you had an emotional reaction to but you had to walk out on the sidewalk with your friends afterwards and figure out what the hell happened. [Laughs] And some people get it, some people don’t, some people get it at different moments. »
- Gary Collinson
Many had hoped that "Insurgent" could improve upon the opening of its predecessor this weekend and signal a big step forward in the franchise. Based on the film's $21.3 million Friday, they may just have to be satisfied with the status quo. The second adaptation of Veronica Roth's Young Adult novel series, "Insurgent's" Friday was just behind "Divergent's" $22.7 million a year ago. It eventually ended up with a $54.6 million weekend. At this point, "Insurgent" will likely earn somewhere between $48-52 million. Walt Disney's "Cinderella" continued its magic in second place earning another $9.5 million for $97 million in just eight days. Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of the classic fairy tale is well on its way to becoming a very profitable player for the studio. Sean Peen tried to return to action films with Pierre Morel's "The Gunman," but audiences weren't interested. The thriller is a rare misfire for Open »
- Gregory Ellwood
Disney demonstrated an uncanny ability to be consistent with live action films based on its animated classics while Liam Neeson had one of the worst opening weekends of the last decade. Cinderella danced into theaters with a strong number one, banking $70 million. That's almost the exact amount Maleficent took in on its opening weekend last May. It's also the highest opening for a movie helmed by Kenneth Branagh, topping the $65 million opening for Thor in 2011. Neeson's latest Run All Night ranked a very distant second place with just $11 million. The painful start is less than half of the worst of the Taken movies and the second lowest for a non-wide-release Neeson movie since 2003's Love Actually (The Next Three Days opened with just $6 million in 2010). For the full weekend top ten, check out the chart below: 1.Cinderella (2015) * $70,053,000 Total: $70,053,000 Lw: N Thtrs: 3,845 2.Run All Night * $11,015,000 Total: $11,015,000 Lw: N Thtrs: 3,171 3.Kingsman: The »
Girls young and old showed up for a Cinderella story this weekend, as Disney’s live-action version of the story had one of the biggest March openings ever, taking in $70.1 million. That is slightly ahead of Maleficent‘s start from last May ($69.4 million), although a bit behind fellow Disney March release Oz the Great and Powerful ($79.1 million). Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation has received good reviews and an A CinemaScore, which bodes well for healthy grosses over the March Break. Due to many kids being out of school on Monday, Disney is predicting a smaller-than-usual 26% drop from Saturday to Sunday.
Even without a major headlining star – Cate Blanchett did not get that much screen time in ads and is not a noted box office performer – Cinderella still had a strong start, even without the benefit of 3D surcharges. Undoubtedly, there was a rush to see the Frozen short film preceding the feature presentation, »
- Jordan Adler
Like many of you, I was pretty surprised and more than a little bit delighted when Liam Neeson made the next act in his illustrious career an action packed one. No one expected Taken to be a hit, or as satisfyingly enjoyable as it was, but it signaled a new trajectory for Neeson. That’s been all well and good, but one thing that it’s cost us is his performances in Oscar fare. Since Taken, Neeson has more or less dropped off of the Academy’s radar, with only one upcoming project hopefully set to return him to prestige territory. I like when he kicks ass, like he does in Friday’s new release Run All Night, but I prefer it when he contends for awards. Neeson is a very strong dramatic actor and certainly very solid as an action hero, but it’s the former where he’s really been able to shine. »
- Joey Magidson
The 62-year old star of Taken has gone on the record to confirm his badass days may soon be a thing of the past. Liam Neeson, who has since 2008 forged a career off the back of his Bryan Mills persona, spoke out on the subject of his filmic future… and it will apparently have fewer guns and swarthy terrorists.
The Irish thesp sat down with Good Morning America (via /Film) who broached the topic of his action career, asking if it’s something he would hope to continue, to which he answered:
Maybe two more years. If God spares me and I’m healthy. But after that, I’ll stop [the action], I think. I’m in a very, career-wise, great place. [After] the success of certainly the Taken films, Hollywood seems to see me in a different light. I get sent quite a few action-oriented scripts, which is great. I’m not knocking it. »
- Gem Seddon
Following the success of Taken in 2009, Liam Neeson carved out quite a niche for himself as an older action star. His career certainly careened down this path, with the iconic actor appearing in 9 more action-packed thrillers that includ The A-Team, The Next Three Days, Unknown, The Grey, Battleship, Taken 2, Non-Stop, A Walk Among the Tombstones and Taken 3. Now, on the eve of his latest 'geriaction' movie, as some have dubbed them, Liam Neeson has declared that he will stop making action movies in 2 years, if he is able to make it that far.
Good Morning America caught up with Liam Neeson to chat about this weekend's Run All Night, which may certainly leave some fans with a sense of deja vu, as it once again features the actor running with a gun as he sometimes screams into a cell phone. The 62 year-old confirms that his days as an action star are numbered though, »
Every now and then a rumour comes along from a completely dubious source, and despite the fact it screams “made up story”, said rumour quickly starts picking up traction online. Today is one of those days…
According to reports, Marvel Studios has found its replacment for Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man 4, and it will be Ty Simpkins, the young star of Iron Man 3, who’ll be donning the armor in 2019 as Tony Stark’s successor.
13-year-old Simpkins has been building a quite impressive resume with credits such as Revolutionary Road, Insidious, The Next Three Days and the upcoming Jurassic World, but to imagine Marvel would entrust him with its biggest solo franchise… well, it’s certainly a stretch.
Oh, and the fact that the original report comes from KDramaStars, who are notorious for fabricating news, means it is highly, highly unlikely that there’s so much as a shred of truth in this… »
- Gary Collinson
When Marvel announced their massive Phase Three lineup back in October, the studio revealed nine movies that will conclude with the release of Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 in May 2019. The studio hasn't announced any plans beyond that, but a new rumor from Master Herald claims that the studio is developing Iron Man 4 for a 2019 release, which will not star Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. Instead, the sequel will reportedly star the as-of-now 13-year-old Ty Simpkins, who portrayed the precocious youngster Harley Keener in Iron Man 3. He will be between 17 and 18 when the movie goes into production. Naturally, this news hasn't been confirmed by Marvel or Disney at this time.
Back in October, Robert Downey Jr. confirmed that Iron Man 4 is actually happening, but he revealed just a few days later that Marvel does not have any plans for the sequel. The actor also teased in October that he »
Remember Harley Keener from Iron Man 3? The adorable rapscallion from rural Tennessee who helped Tony Stark track down the Mandarin? Well, there is heavy rumor doing the rounds that he could be in line to replace Robert Downey Jr. as the titular superhero in a potential fourth installment to the Iron Man franchise. Crazy, right? The name of the thespian in question is 13-year-old Ty Simpkins, who has had a rather impressive start to his burgeoning acting career. According to Movie Pilot, who got their information from the ingeniously named website Bam Smack Pow, Ty Simpkins will make his debut as the character in 2019.s Iron Man 4. If this rumor is actually true, then the blockbuster would come out hot on the heels of Avengers: Infinity War Part 2. Ty Simpkins popped up in the likes of Revolutionary Road, Insidious, and The Next Three Days, but his turn in Iron Man 3 »
13 items from 2015
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