18 items from 2013
Ahead of its UK DVD release this summer, distributors eOne has released a UK trailer for the bloody Western Sweet Vengeance, a.k.a. Sweetwater. Described as "epic story of revenge set against the backdrop of the American Old West" the film stars Ed Harris (Man on a Ledge; The Way Back), Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Part 2), January Jones (Mad Men; X-Men: First Class) and Eduardo Noriega (The Devil's Backbone, The Last Stand); check out the synopsis, followed by the trailer below...
"Newlyweds Miguel (Noriega) and Sarah (Jones) settle on a patch of land and soon encounter community preacher Prophet Josiah (Isaacs). As Sheriff Jackson (Harris) arrives in town Josiah hatches a plot to take Sarah’s land and dignity, forcing her to defend her rights and launch an attack of vengeance that results in a jaw-dropping showdown."
Sweet Vengeance is set for a »
- Flickering Myth
Génesis Rodriguez is best known for her leading lady roles in Man on a Ledge, Identity Thief, and Casa de mi Padre, but her latest project is a unique one - she, Kate Upton, and Hannah Simone are the first-ever female brand ambassadors for Gillette Razors. During a visit to our NYC studio, Génesis weighed in about her male grooming preferences and shared some beauty and fitness tips of her own for ladies as well. Génesis can next be seen in the upcoming Hours with Paul Walker. »
- Allie Merriam
Don’t miss the official red band trailer for Jon S. Baird‘s upcoming Filth movie, which stars James McAvoy as a corrupt policeman who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. As you probably know, the whole thing is based on Irvine Welsh‘s best-selling novel Trainspotting which says: it’s a filthy job getting to the top, but somebody’s got to do it! Written and directed by Jon S. Baird, the movie revolves around McAvoy’s character – an Edinburgh detective with an addiction to cocaine and a bipolar disorder named Bruce Robertson. He manipulates and hallucinates his way through the festive season in a bid...
- Jeanne Standal
Trevor Hogg chats with production visual effects supervisor James Madigan; visual effects supervisors Bill George, Thad Beier, Ollie Rankin, Vince Cirelli, Mark Larranaga, and Zachary Kinnery; executive visual effects supervisor Payam Shohadai, visual effects producer Steven Swanson, and digital production manager Michael Perdew about bringing a gritty realism to G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Beware there are spoilers....
Lorenzo di Bonaventura At the end of making Red (2010), producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Stardust) presented his visual effects supervisor for the cinematic adaptation with a script intended to be the sequel to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009). “I loved it,” recalls James Madigan (Iron Man 2) who went on to have conservations with the producers and Paramount about G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013). “The first question I asked them was, ‘Being this is a franchise is the look and feel of the first Joe which made the film a bit cartoony something we’re looking »
Before he turns his attention back to the Autobots and Decepticons for Transformers 4, Michael Bay is set to release his "dream project" this spring, the crime caper Pain & Gain starring Mark Wahlberg (The Fighter, Ted) and Dwayne Johnson (Fast & Furious 6, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) as two knucklehead bodybuilders who find themselves embroiled in a kidnapping scheme.
Ahead of its arrival in the States next month, Paramount Pictures has released three new images and a red band trailer for the film, which also stars Ed Harris (Man on a Ledge), Anthony Mackie (Gangster Squad), Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect), Ken Jeong (The Hangover), Tony Shalhoub (Monk), Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine) and wrestling star Kurt Angle (Warrior).
Pain & Gain is set for release on April 26th, 2013 in North America and May 3rd, 2013 in the UK. »
- Flickering Myth
We've known for some time that Peter Jackson plans to step in to direct a sequel to Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, but despite the fact that the filmmaker is currently preoccupied with the remaining two instalments in his Hobbit trilogy - with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug due this December, followed by The Hobbit: There and Back Again in December 2014 - Spielberg has now confirmed that plans are afoot to begin shooting the Tintin sequel this year, with a view to releasing the film in 2015.
"Peter Jackson is directing the next one, I'm producing," Spielberg tells Times of India. "We have a script and we're going to start performance capture probably at the end of this year. Don't hold me to it, but we're hoping the film will come out around Christmas-time in 2015. We know which books we're making, we »
- Flickering Myth
The Movie: Dead Man Down (2013) Studio: FilmDistrict Director: Niels Arden Oplev Starring: Colin Farrell as Victor, Noomi Rapace as Beatrice, Terrence Howard as Alphonse, Dominic Cooper as Darcy, Isabelle Huppert as Valentine Louzon, Franky G as Luco and F. Murray Abraham as Gregor Screenwriters: J.H. Wyman RottenTomatoes: 39% MetaCritic: 42/100 Snippet from My Review: (read my full review here) Dead Man Down feels like something Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita, Leon: The Professional) would have directed back in the mid-'90s, though the look is more modernized with a polished sheen and a penchant for slow-mo explosions and blue filters, which cinematographer Paul Cameron (Man on a Ledge, Total Recall) seems to excel in as of late. It doesn't reinvent the wheel, but director Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) does manage to cut the expository moments to a minimum, allowing the film to rise above what could have »
- Brad Brevet
Dead Man Down feels like something Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita, Leon: The Professional) would have directed back in the mid-'90s, though the look is more modernized with a polished sheen and a penchant for slow-mo explosions and blue filters, which cinematographer Paul Cameron (Man on a Ledge, Total Recall) seems to excel in as of late. It doesn't reinvent the wheel, but director Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) does manage to cut the expository moments to a minimum, allowing the film to rise above what could have easily become a direct-to-video feature and turns it into something I don't mind recommending you give a chance. Written by "Fringe" writer J.H. Wyman, at its heart Dead Man Down is a revenge feature as Victor (Colin Farrell), a Hungarian immigrant, has devised a plan to get back at the crime lord (Terrence Howard) responsible for the »
- Brad Brevet
Digital, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 23, 2013
Price: DVD $28.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $35.99
Studio: Warner Home Video
Set in 1949 Los Angeles, the drama film is based on true events. Penn plays Brooklyn-born Mob king Mickey Cohen, who rules the City of Angels, reaping his ill-gotten gains from drugs, guns, prostitutes and, if he has his way, every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it with the protection of his paid goons, as well as the police and politicians under his thumb.
When the leader of a drug cartel escapes from the FBI and attempts to make his way to Mexico, it's up to Arnold Schwarzenegger to stop him in his tracks in The Last Stand arriving on Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital Copy and Ultraviolet), DVD (plus Digital Copy and Ultraviolet), Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View on May 21 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The Last Stand will also be available for Digital Download on April 30, three weeks prior to the Blu-ray, DVD and Video on Demand release.
In addition to Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Last Stand features an all-star cast including Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland), Johnny Knoxville (Jackass: The Movie), Rodrigo Santoro (What to Expect When You're Expecting), Jaimie Alexander (Thor), Luis Guzmán (Arthur), Eduardo Noriega (Vantage Point), Peter Stormare (TV's Prison Break), Zach Gilford (TV's Friday Night Lights) and Genesis Rodriguez (Man on a Ledge).
After leaving his Lapd »
'That Guy' actors. Pretty much the back bone of the acting community. The actor you see time and time again, providing solid support for the more well known stars. In honour of this fine tradition, we've compiled a list of the best 'That Guy' (and girl) actors working at the moment. David Strathairn Where You've Seen Him: The Bourne Identity, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Lincoln, Fracture, L.A. Confidential Michael Sthulbarg Where You've Seen Him: Lincoln, Men In Black 3, Seven Psychopaths, Hitchcock, Hugo M.C. Gainey Where You've Seen Him: Django Unchained, Con Air, The Mighty Ducks, All About Steve Titus Welliver Where You've Seen Him: The Town, Argo, Man On A Ledge, Gone Baby Gone, Edi Gathegi Where You've Seen Him: Twilight, X-Men: First Class, Gone Baby Gone, My Bloody Valentine, Crank Rade Serbedzija Where You've Seen Him: Mission Impossible 2, Snatch, Taken 2, Batman Begins, Shooter Elias Koteas Where You've. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
The new edition of the Indie Spotlight contains the latest independent horror news sent our way. In this week’s feature, we have the first information on this year’s CineMayhem Film Festival, details on Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. I & II, the first photos from Warhouse, and much more:
CineMayhem Film Festival Announced: “Created as a way to pay homage to and celebrate the spirit of independent filmmaking and those unafraid to take risks with their storytelling, CineMayhem’s diverse line-up includes advanced screenings of two highly anticipated genre projects including Magnet Releasing’s visceral horror anthology The ABC’s Of Death and Breaking Glass Pictures’ mindbending drama K-11 directed by Jules Stewart (Crank: High Voltage, Mortal Kombat).
- Tamika Jones
Need endorphins? The box office stands ready to accommodate. Ribald, relentless, and eminently enjoyable, Identity Thief offers the off-color comedy enthusiast sumptuous fare indeed. From director Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) comes this raucous road movie starring Jason Bateman as Sandy Patterson, financial manager and loving family man, who finds himself facing down Melissa McCarthy’s Sandy Patterson, aka Diana, aka the identity thief who dismantled his life with a recent unauthorized shopping spree.
When the justice system fails him, Sandy figures his best chance of recovery is to recover her himself, and thus begins this latest of the genre, reminiscent of the gold standard Midnight Run (if you haven’t seen that, queue it up for after). This of course proves exponentially more difficult than Sandy had imagined, as naturally Diana resists the idea and has two other interested and dangerously single-minded parties already in hot pursuit.
With Horrible Bosses, »
- Lisa Elin
With a reasonable drop of 31%, Les Misérables retains the top spot for a fourth straight week, and has now delivered a cumulative total of £30.14m. Tom Hooper's musical is the first release of 2013 to pass the £30m milestone. Last year, an impressive seven films achieved the tally: Skyfall, The Dark Knight Rises, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Avengers Assemble, the final Twilight, Ted and Ice Age 4. The Hobbit was the only 2012 release to manage four consecutive weeks at the top spot – Skyfall's four weekend wins were non-consecutive – so backers Universal will be happy that its film has already managed this impressive feat.
Projecting the final gross of Les Misérables remains a challenge. Mamma Mia had reached £32.1m at the same point of its run, and »
- Charles Gant
Side Effects is a provocative thriller about Emily and Martin (Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum), a successful New York couple whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by Emily’s psychiatrist (Jude Law) – intended to treat anxiety – has unexpected side effects.
Emily (Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara) and Martin Taylor (Channing Tatum) are a young, beautiful, wealthy couple living the good life, with a mansion, a sailboat and every luxury money can buy—until Martin is sent to prison for insider trading. For four years, Emily waits for him in a tiny apartment in upper Manhattan, but his release is just as devastating as his incarceration and Emily sinks into a deep depression.
After a failed suicide attempt, psychiatrist Jonathan Banks »
- Michelle McCue
Remember back in 2009 when Sam Worthington was the biggest thing since sliced bread? After the success of James Cameron’s Avatar, the little known actor broke out and became a bankable name. But then something happened, the buzz surrounding the Aussie actor died down considerably. Films like The Debt, Man on a Ledge and Texas Killing Fields have pushed him far under the radar. Now, the actor may just want to take it easy before he gears up for Avatar 2, but his rather unimpressive filmography as of late isn’t helping his career. And it seems as that trend will continue as Worthington is set to star in an indie action/thriller titled For The Dogs.
- Matt Joseph
Hey, if you needed a professional hitman to protect you from other professional hitmen, I don’t suppose the guy from “Avatar” is such a bad choice. Minus the wheelchair, I mean. Sam Worthington has signed on to star in “Salt” director Phillip Noyce’s “For the Dogs”, a film that would find the “Terminator Salvation” star playing “an assassin who agrees to help a bright college girl exact revenge on those who mercilessly murdered her parents and younger brother.” Noyce will direct for FilmEngine Entertainment from a script by Oren Moverman, who adapted the novel of the same name by Kevin Wignall. Worthington’s character will be one of those brooding hitman trying to get out of the business, but keeps getting pulled back in. Wignall’s novel is a bloody, fast-pace thriller, so expect the movie to be similarly action-packed. Anthony Rhulen and Navid McIlhargey will produce. Sam Worthington »
Hunger Games fans will be very much looking forward to the forthcoming release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the hotly-anticipated sequel to the 2012 blockbuster, and thanks to the new issue of Entertainment Weekly we now have a couple of first look images featuring two of its stars, Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) and Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman), as Katniss Everdeen and Finnick Odair:
The sequel begins with Katniss having returned home safe after winning the 74th annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow (Donald Sutherland) prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever. »
18 items from 2013
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