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Jack Reacher most complained about movie as UK sees rise in 12A rating

17 July 2014 3:44 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

2013 saw a record rise in movies granted the 12A certificate.

In total 321 big screen releases were rated 12A last year, including box office hit The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and the Oscar-winning Gravity.

The number represents a sharp climb from the 234 12A titles in 2012. However, according to BBFC director David Cooke, there is still some consumer confusion about what the certificate means.

Cooke told the BBC that a "significant minority" of 10,000 people polled - 27% - were unclear about the rating.

"It's inherently a slightly more complicated explanation than most," he said, adding that "parents are far better placed than us to judge whether a particular film would give their child too intense an experience or not".

12A releases have now overtaken 15 certificate films. The rating means that children under the age of 12 must be accompanied to the film by an adult.

BBFC launches new guidelines: More weight on theme and »

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Eight Years, Eight Adorable Photos: Happy Anniversary Keith & Nicole!

25 June 2014 10:45 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

On Wednesday, our favorite Aussie country couple celebrates eight years of married bliss. Everybody: Awww! Since they wed in Sydney in 2006, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban have definitely experienced their shares of marital ups - like the arrivals of their daughters Sunday, 6 next month, and Faith, 3 - and downs, like Urban's 2006 rehab stint for alcohol abuse. Through it all, though, they've kept things cute with talks of family sing-alongs and TV nights in their jammies, and many a cuddly red carpet snap. So here, we've picked eight of the couple's sweetest on-camera moments for your fawning pleasure. Happy anniversary, you two crazy kids! »

- Rosa Heyman

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First Trailer For John Slattery’s Debut ‘God’s Pocket’ Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman & Christina Hendricks

24 June 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

I’ve been keeping an eye on John Slattery’s directorial debut God’S Pocket since I first heard that the Mad Men actor was moving behind the camera. This first trailer doesn’t disappoint if you like a little dark comedy drama, with a tremendous cast attached.

When Mickey’s (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) crazy step-son Leon (Caleb Landry Jones) is killed in a construction ‘accident’, nobody in the working class neighbourhood of God’s Pocket is sorry he’s gone. Mickey tries to bury the bad news with the body, but when the boy’s mother Jeanie (Christina Hendricks) demands the truth, Mickey finds himself stuck in a life-and-death struggle between a body he can’t bury, a wife he can’t please and a debt he can’t pay.

God’S Pocket looks like a solid debut for Slattery, who appears to have his eye on a good story. »

- Dan Bullock

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New Trailer For God's Pocket

23 June 2014 8:27 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

The debut feature by everyone’s favourite Mad Man John Slattery, God’s Pocket is named after the Philadelphia neighbourhood in which it’s set. It’s a blackly comic character piece that stars Philip Seymour Hoffman in a part similar to the rumpled, feet-of-clay roles that made him great, and it has a new UK trailer to watch here. brightcove.createExperiences();God’s Pocket is based on a novel by Peter Dexter, writer of The Paperboy, and follows Mickey Scarpato (Hoffman), a blue-collar Philly con whose stepson has died in a construction accident. And when they say accident, they actually mean “accident”. Something fishy is afoot here and his wife (Christina Hendricks) is determined that he gets to the bottom of it.Richard Jenkins, John Turturro and Eddie Marsan are the fellow players in the gnarly crime caper that unfolds. The reviews from the Us have been mixed, but »

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Zac Efron May Star In Untitled DJ Project For Catfish’s Max Joseph

6 June 2014 6:59 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Though he cut his teeth on Disney’s High School Musical franchise and spent a handful of years starring in teen-targeted trash like 17 Again,  Zac Efron is quickly becoming respected as an A-list actor. He drew praise for his lead roles in thriller The Paperboy and JFK assassination drama Parkland, then earned the best reviews of his career last month for toplining the raunchy comedy Neighbors. Now, according to multiple insiders on the project, Efron is in negotiations for another lead role, this time in a movie about an aspiring DJ.

Written by MTV’s Catfish co-host Max Joseph and Meaghan Oppenheimer (whose drama script The Remains made the 2013 Black List), the film will follow an up-and-coming DJ who struggles to put together his first hit track. Joseph is set to make his directorial debut on the movie, following his award-winning  “Follow the Frog” commercial for Rainforest Alliance and the »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Lee Daniels Talks Transition from Film to Fox TV's Hip Hop Musical 'Empire' and HBO's Sammy Davis Jr. Biopic

29 May 2014 11:46 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Offered the chance to meet Lee Daniels, I took it. I've never interviewed the filmmaker before. He's a fascinating enigma, someone who veers in and out of control of his medium as he tries to stay in touch with his inner truth --and demons--for the sake of his art. He is an artist--for better or worse, as his films, which are never boring, attest, from "Shadow Dancer" and "The Paperboy" to his mainstream hits "Precious" and "The Butler." Actors revere him. Critics? Not so much.  We meet at the Chateau Marmont, where New Yorker Daniels is holed up working on his musical Fox TV series "Empire," which has just been green-lit off the pilot. What? He knows this move to network television seems surprising (cable seems more likely), but he decided that this high-concept pitch from "The Butler" writer Danny Strong --"King Lear" set in the world of hip-hop-- called for mainstream treatment. »

- Anne Thompson

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Lee Daniels Talks Transition from Film to Fox TV's Hip Hop Musical 'Empire' and HBO's Sammy Davis Jr. Biopic

29 May 2014 11:46 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Offered the chance to meet Lee Daniels, I took it. I've never interviewed the filmmaker before. He's a fascinating enigma, someone who veers in and out of control of his medium as he tries to stay in touch with his inner truth --and demons--for the sake of his art. He is an artist--for better or worse, as his films, which are never boring, attest, from "Shadow Dancer" and "The Paperboy" to his mainstream hits "Precious" and "The Butler." Actors revere him. Critics? Not so much.  We meet at the Chateau Marmont, where New Yorker Daniels is holed up working on his musical Fox TV series "Empire," which has just been green-lit off the pilot. What? He knows this move to network television seems surprising (cable seems more likely), but he decided that this high-concept pitch from "The Butler" writer Danny Strong --"King Lear" set in the world of hip-hop-- called for mainstream treatment. »

- Anne Thompson

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Cannes: ‘Grace of Monaco’ Won’t Be an Oscar Contender (Analysis)

14 May 2014 3:14 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When the teaser trailer for “Grace of Monaco” debuted last fall, the Nicole Kidman biopic about Grace Kelly felt like a natural Oscars contender. The drama, directed by Olivier Dahan (who helped land Marion Cotillard an Academy Award for 2007′s “La Vie en Rose”) was about two subjects actors love dearly: other actors and European royalty.

Then the release date for “Grace” was delayed by the Weinstein Co., and its filmmakers said they never intended to make an Oscars movie.

On Wednesday, “Grace” premiered as the opening-night selection of the Cannes Film Festival, which launched Nicole Kidman’s “Moulin Rouge” into the best picture race in 2002. But Dahan was right: “Grace” isn’t an Oscars contender. The story, which at times feels like a made-for-tv movie, is, as Harvey Weinstein reportedly complained to Dahan, too dreary. Unlike “My Week With Marilyn” or “The King’s Speech,” there’s no redeeming »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Nicole Kidman says it's 'sad' Grace Kelly's family is boycotting 'Grace of Monaco'

14 May 2014 6:31 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Cannes - Nicole Kidman is back in Cannes for the third year in a row, but this visit may be her least memorable. The Oscar winner stars as cinema icon Grace Kelly in the festival's opening night film, "Grace of Monaco," and the early reviews have not been good. Throw in the fact that Kelly's family has announced they are boycotting the picture and, well, you have to give her credit for being willing to appear before a throng of global journalists at the festival's kick-off press conference. "Obviously I feel sad, because I think that the film has no malice toward the family or in particular toward Grace or Rainier," Kidman said regarding the boycott. "It's fictionalized. It's not a biopic. There is an essence of truth, but with a lot of these things you take dramatic license at times. I understand also because they are their mother and father, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Grace of Monaco opens Cannes to scathing reviews: "Worse than Diana"

14 May 2014 4:57 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Nicole Kidman can't seem to catch a break when it comes to the Cannes Film Festival. Two years after she hit the headlines for dousing Zac Efron in The Paperboy, she returns this year with royal biopic Grace of Monaco.

The Grace Kelly film will premiere on the Croisette this evening, but critics have already delivered unanimously scathing reviews for the Olivier Dahan drama ("worse than Diana"). We round up the initial reaction below...

Peter Bradshaw - The Guardian

"It's traditional for Cannes to start with something spectacular. This is certainly no exception. It is a film so awe-inspiringly wooden that it is basically a fire risk. The cringe factor is ionospherically high. A fleet of ambulances may have to be stationed outside the Palais to take tuxed audiences to hospital afterwards to have their toes uncurled under general anaesthetic."

Kate Muir - The Times

"Not so much a turkey as a dodo, »

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Zac Efron is Super-Cut

12 May 2014 8:48 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

                

As a wise man (well, Seth Rogen) once said, Zac Efron looks like he “was engineered in a lab by a gay man.”  Our pals over at MTV wanted to prove the point so they treated us all to a supercut of every shirtless Zac Efron movie moment.

From those chaste, early scenes in High School Musical to the grimy tighties whities in The Paperboy, and now of course his chest-baring role in this weekend’s number one movie, Neighbors.  We’re not sure if MTV actually caught every one of Zac’s shirtless scenes… but bless them for trying!

The post Zac Efron is Super-Cut appeared first on thebacklot.com. »

- Aaron Landry

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'Grace Of Monaco' To Open Cannes Film Festival

11 May 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman, will open the 2014 Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday, May 14.

The film, from director Olivier Dahan (La Vie en Rose) is not in competition and details a fictionalized account of the life of legendary actress Grace Kelly, played by Kidman, after she left Hollywood to become a princess. The film also stars Tim Roth, as her husband Prince Rainier III, and Frank Langella as Father Francis Tucker.

The film has had its share of controversy, with Kelly's children Prince Albert II and Princesses Caroline and Stephanie denouncing the film and labeling it a "farce." Kidman defended the film, saying she understood the royal anger and stressed that the film is not meant to be a completely accurate recounting of Kelly's life.

"It's not meant to be biopic. I certainly did my best to honor everything that was real and truthful in it," Kidman said of the film. »

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God’s Pocket | Review

9 May 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Pocket Full of Sunshine: Slattery’s Debut Weak in the Knees

The devil’s not in all the details he should be of God’s Pocket, the directorial debut of actor John Slattery, most known for his presence on the series Mad Men. An adaptation of a 1983 novel by Pete Dexter, author of the novels that would spawn the unfairly shamed pulp of The Paperboy (2012) and Paris Trout (1991), this blue collar binge, tinged with a smeary myopic hue of sickly greens and faded palettes, plays like a sometimes comical visit to an outer ring of hell. Receiving mixed reviews after its premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who portrays the lead protagonist, inevitably renews the rather moribund anticipation of the film. Unfortunate as that may be, it’s an enjoyable performance from the late Mr. Hoffman, even though the film isn’t quite effective as it could be. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Review: Why Even Philip Seymour Hoffman Can't Save John Slattery's Directorial Debut, 'God's Pocket'

5 May 2014 6:06 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A version of this review was published during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. "God's Pocket" opens in limited release this Friday and on VOD platforms on May 14.  John Slattery, best known for his role as the debonair "Mad Men" star Roger Sterling, makes the shift from actor to director with his feature length debut "God’s Pocket," adapting (with co-writer Alex Metcalf) the novel by Peter Dexter (whose work was most recently brought to the screen as Lee Daniels’ deliriously gonzo "The Paperboy"). This isn’t Slattery's first time sitting in the director’s chair, as the silver-haired star cut his teeth by handling five episodes of “Mad Men." The results hinted at the presence of a confident storyteller capable of maintaining a delicate mood. Yet the promise shown in those entries makes it all the more disappointing that Slattery's first feature is a disjointed mixture of screwball comedy and urban »

- Robert Cameron Fowler

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Icymi

3 May 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

This last week was crazy crowded with postings between the Tribeca Film Festival, the Mean Girls 10th Anniversary and regular blog bits. We managed to review (gulp) 40 festival movies and with all the Mean Girls quoting online. Mean Girls was so dominant that it reignited talk of doing a stage musical version.  Surely your eyes and ears glazed over; that was a lot of Tribeca and North Shore High to imbibe. But let's make it simpler for you with five takeaway posts you shouldn't have missed...

Starred Up Breakout watch out for rising actor Jack O'Connell this year 

Actress a new doc with the most appealing title imaginable ;) kicked off our Hot Docs coverage

Genius a new prestige film starring Colin FirthJude Law & Nicole Kidman

Pocahontas Again in which I try to purge myself of "the Cymbeline of Disney Animation" from my system. (I'm addicted on Netflix Instant Watch »

- NATHANIEL R

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Movie Review – Bad Neighbours (2014)

1 May 2014 11:50 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Bad Neighbours, 2014.

Directed by Nicholas Stoller.

Starring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Dave Franco and Lisa Kudrow.

Synopsis:

A couple with a newborn baby face unexpected difficulties after they are forced to live next to a fraternity house.

As the summer rollercoaster beings its journey from boarding station through the swirly, twirly ups and downs of blockbuster land, it’s easy to forget those little guys you can see in the distance: the comedies. This year offers the return of Seth MacFarlane, those crazy lads from Jump Street and ready for Big Saint Nick, Harry and Lloyd return later this year. First out the traps though is everyone’s favourite goofball, Seth Rogen, teamed with hunkier than hunk Zach Efron in the season’s first comedy heavyweight.

Bad Neighbours, directed by Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) is an energetic, colourful comedy that will have many rolling in the aisles this summer. »

- Scott Davis

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6 movie stars on the summer movie hot seat in May

1 May 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

This summer, we're going to be taking a look at the summer movie season from a number of different angles. Kristopher Tapley put up a great piece yesterday about his favorite summer movie summer, back in 1989, and you can expect three more of those. We also just posted a gallery of people we think have a chance at being breakout stars by the time September rolls around. But each month, we're also going to be taking a look at people who are at a crossroads, people who are having defining moments, people who are either on the wane or on the rise, and we're going to spotlight them. We're going to look at the stakes for them this summer, and how this could change things for them. May is kicking off the summer movie season this year with "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," which brings us to our first star… Emma Stone »

- Drew McWeeny

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April Showers: The Paperboy

29 April 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

waterworks at eleven, here’s Andrew with a brief one

Would anyone be willing to stand with me when I declare The Paperboy to be the best thing Lee Daniels has done? The movie is undeniably crazy, out-of-control, off-centre, you name it. But, it’s this very tendency for excessiveness and divergent tones that makes it such a fine representation of Daniels’ skills as a filmmaker. The Paperboy, from its most hilarious moments to its most obscene, is completely a Lee Daniels in the best way possible. It has as many important things to say about race and social constructs in its era as much as Precious or The Butler but uses pulp, the ridiculous and even the improbable to tell its story. Sometimes with pit-stops at randomness for the hell of it.

Case in point, this evening’s shower about midway through the film. Important moment of character development, »

- Andrew Kendall

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Bad Neighbours review: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron's suburban turf war

29 April 2014 12:15 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Nicholas Stoller; Screenwriters: Andrew J. Cohen, Brendan O'Brien; Starring: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse; Running time: 97 mins; Certificate: 15

Zac Efron is determined to leave days of innocence far behind him, graduating from High School Musical to frat-house comedy Bad Neighbours by way of saucy roles in The Paperboy and That Awkward Moment. For his co-star Seth Rogen, it's the same old, same old here, playing a young dad trying to come to terms with the fact that his party days are over. You don't have to be hammered to get a kick out of this unlikely double-act, although it probably helps.

Rose Byrne is the secret weapon as Mrs Kelly Radner, wife to Rogen's Mac (as in, 'Daddy'?). Certainly, Rogen channels his inner pimp for the shock opener (obligatory), where the Radners try to engage in nasty sex in their cosy new home while »

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Win The Railway Man on Blu-ray

28 April 2014 1:57 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To mark the release of the Railway Man on 5th May, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.

Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky (Burning Man), The Railway Man tells the story of Eric Lomax (Jeremy Irvine, Great Expectations, War Horse), serving in the Second World War when he is captured and held prisoner by the Japanese. Brutally tortured and forced, along with his fellow captives, to build the Thai-Burma Railway, he is left traumatised and uncommunicative for years to come, despite the best efforts of his wife (Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy, Stoker).

Many years later, an older Lomax (Colin Firth, The King’s Speech) resolves to track down one of his torturers, Takashi Nagase (Hiroyuki Sanada, 47 Ronin, The Wolverine), hoping to find the answers that will enable him to finally let go of the hatred he has felt throughout his life.

 Please note: This competition is open to »

- Competitions

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