9 items from 2014
Hauntingly grim, full of appalling ironies and awful truths. This is most definitely not the feel-good movie of the summer. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m a big Sf geek
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
There’s a reason why Snowpiercer — which could have, theoretically, easily been a centerpiece summer film for a major Hollywood studio — is getting handled with the timid kid gloves of an arthouse release by the industry, quietly dribbling into a few cinemas here and there instead of getting a big opening-weekend push out onto three thousand screens. It’s a reason that has a lot to do with what the film has to say about human nature, hope, despotism, and a revolutionary spirit that might want to counter that despotism. What Snowpiercer is about offers too harsh »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Justin Long ('Drag Me to Hell') has been snapped by director Kevin Smith in what might be the actors most uncomfortable scenario to date. Laying with his arms stitched to his sides with a mouth full of what either appears to be a mouth full of blood or at least missing teeth. Long's character is the unsuspecting victim of an absolute nutter played by 'Red State' star Michael Parks who decides his new roommate should be converted into a human/walrus hybrid. Long stars alongside Haley Joel Osment ('The Sixth Sense') and Genesis Rodriguez ('Man on a Ledge') also star as Long's best friend and girlfriend, of course respectively. Head below the image. »
The theatrical market in the Asian-Pacific region is now the largest single component of global box office, worth $11.1 billion in 2013, the year when it overtook both North America ($10.9 billion) and Europe-Middle East-Africa (also $10.9 billion). And unlike the European and North American markets, which have stagnated, Asia has been on a steady upward trend, driven on by growth in China, India and Malaysia as well as emerging movie markets Indonesia and Vietnam.
But if the overall trend is upward, the individual market conditions faced by distributors within the region vary enormously:
In booming South Korea, the major exhibitors are under anti-monopoly investigation, yet the number of film imports and releases is one of the highest in the world. In China, these days the world’s fastest growing major market, government policy favors local films and local companies. While import quotas grab the headlines for their effect on Hollywood studio titles, censorship »
- Patrick Frater
The Eurovision Song Contest was watched by nearly 9 million viewers on BBC One last night (May 10), according to overnight data.
An average of 8.79m (41.9%) - up from 2013's figure of 7.7m - saw Austria's Conchita Wurst beat the Netherlands' The Common Linnets to be crowned champion.
On ITV, Britain's Got Talent continued with 8.68m (41.1%) from 7pm, with an additional 710k (3.2%) on +1. Britain's Got More Talent on ITV2 managed 1.34m (6.1%) afterwards.
Meanwhile, ITV's Amazing Greys attracted 2.05m (9.3%) in the 8pm hour.
They were followed by A Culture Show Special from 8.30pm (352k/1.6%) and Generation War: Our Mothers, Our Fathers at 9.30pm (810k/3.9%).
Meanwhile, Channel 5 aired The Battle of Britain, which averaged 847k (3.8%).
On the multichannels, ITV3's »
Sam Worthington was arrested on Sunday afternoon in New York City after getting in a fight with a paparazzo, which ended up with both men a bit bloody and in handcuffs.
Sam Worthington Claims Paparazzo Assaulted His Girlfriend
Worthington, known for his lead role in Avatar, was walking in Greenwich Village with his model girlfriend Lara Bingle when the photographer, Sheng Li, allegedly kicked Bingle’s shins to elicit a reaction from her for a photograph, sparking a physical confrontation with Worthington. Worthington was issued a desk appearance ticket and then released, while Li was charged with assault, reckless endangerment and harassment. This isn't the first time Worthington has been in trouble with the law. In 2012, he was arrested for disorderly conduct.
At Li’s arraignment on Monday, Feb. 24, Li told a different story, claiming that it was Bingle who went after him and instigated the altercation.
“[Li] was on the job taking pictures and Ms. »
The sexy Genesis Rodriguez -below ('Man on a Ledge') has signed on for Blumhouse's latest haunted house thriller 'Home'. '+1' helmer Dennis Iliadis will direct the project which saw 'That 70's Show' star Topher Grace pick up the lead role last month. 'Shutter Island' star Patricia Clarkson was previously reported to be in negotiations for a role which still appears to be the case at the moment. No word just yet on the details of Rodriguez's character but for those who can't wait to catch another big screen outing for the beauty will find solace in the fact that the 26 year old will be appearing in Kevin Smith's upcoming hybrid horror 'Tusk'. Blumhouse's Jason Blum and Leonardo DiCaprio and Appian Way partner Jennifer Killoran will co-produce 'Home', whilst Iliadis will helm from a script penned by Adam Alleca. »
After deftly handling supporting roles in action fare like Man on a Ledge and The Last Stand, actress Genesis Rodriguez is set to make her mark as a scream queen in the upcoming Blumhouse thriller Home.
The actress will star alongside Topher Grace in the thriller, which centers on a man (Grace) who inherits a creepy old mansion from his parents and begins to believe that it is haunted. It’s not much of a spoiler to say that he’s right, and lots of horrifying supernatural events ensue. It has not been confirmed which character Rodriguez will be playing in Home, though I imagine that she’ll be taking on the role of the love interest of Grace’s protagonist.
- Isaac Feldberg
Ben Whishaw and Brendan Gleeson are set to join the Sarah Gavron's "Suffragette". Helena Bonham Carter, Romola Garai, Anne-Marie Duff, Samuel West and Meryl Streep also star in the film which begins shooting this coming Monday in the UK.
Carey Mulligan plays a foot soldier of the early feminist movement who becomes radicalized and turns to violence as a route to change. [Source: Screen]
Mortensen plays an idealistic father who, after a decade of living off the grid in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, must return with his six young kids to assimilate back into society. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
Man on a Ledge and Identity Thief star Genesis Rodriguez is, according to TheWrap , set to join the recently-announced Topher Grace and Patricia Clarkson for Home , Blumhouse Productions' upcoming haunted mansion thriller. Grace stars as a young man who, recently released from a mental institution, moves into a newly-inherited mansion. Unfortunately for him, he soon begins to believe that the building is haunted by a mysterious supernatural force. Dennis Iliadis, the director behind the recent The Last House on the Left remake, will helm Home , directing from a script by Adam Alleca. Jason Blum will produce alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Killoran and Graham King (the three of whom were originally developing the property through their Appian Way). Universal »
9 items from 2014
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