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“The Wolf of Wall Street” screened today for media members. Was it worth the wait? You betcha. When awards nominations are announced next week, the question isn’t whether the Martin Scorsese film will be included but rather how many nods it will get.
Paramount has imposed a review embargo until Dec. 17 for the film, so details will be restrained. But this may be the only time you see restraint and “Wolf” used in the same sentence.
Within the first five minutes, the film pops off the screen with energy, style, sex, profanity and drugs. It’s a film about excess and at three hours, it’s a marathon of all those elements. So conservative awards voters may be put off.
But in general, audiences and voters love the familiar mixed with the new: They like to see a favorite star or filmmaker but be surprised when they go in new directions, »
- Tim Gray
A novel described as Switzerland's answer to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has landed an American publisher after topping European best-seller lists during the last year. Penguin Books announced it had acquired U.S. rights to The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Swiss novelist Joel Dicker. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but sources describe it to The Hollywood Reporter as the largest advance ever at Penguin Books. The book is pitched as "a fast-paced, tightly plotted, cinematic literary thriller, and an ingenious book within a book" centered on the "disappearance of a 15-
- Andy Lewis
Netflix has released the first trailer for Season 2 of House of Cards, while announcing that all 13 episodes will be available to subscribers starting Friday, February 14.
The second season of the Netflix original series, from Media Rights Capital, House of Cards premieres Friday, February 14, 2014. All 13-episodes of the season starring Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey (Horrible Bosses, American Beauty, The Usual Suspects) and Golden Globe nominee Robin Wright (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Forrest Gump), who both received Emmy nominations for their performances in the first season, will be available for members to watch instantly in all territories where Netflix is available.
To read the full press release: clickHere »
The acclaimed and contemporary American remake of celebrated 1990 UK series House Of Cards has unveiled a teaser trailer and press release confirming that the show will return on the 14th February 2014. Following a hugely successful 13-episode run, released exclusively on the increasingly popular video-on-demand service with a pilot directed by the brilliant David Fincher, Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood and the majority of the cast return for a second season. Expect more political scandal and cover-ups from the House of Representatives.
(Beverly Hills, CA – December 4, 2013) – The second season of the Netflix original series, from Media Rights Capital, “House of Cards,” premieres Friday, February 14, 2014. All 13-episodes of the season starring Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey (“Horrible Bosses,” “American Beauty,” “The Usual Suspects”) and Golden Globe® nominee Robin Wright (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Forrest Gump”), who both received Emmy® nominations for their performances in the first season, will be available »
- Craig Hunter
Netflix has come to the rescue with some solid plans for your upcoming Valentine’s Day/Presidents Day weekend. What better way to celebrate your relationship than to sit on the couch for three days straight, binge-watching season two of House of Cards? The streaming service announced today that all 13 episodes of the engrossing political drama series’ second season will be made available on Friday, February 14th, so make reservations with your couch accordingly. Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright return for season two, as Francis and Claire Underwood “continue their ruthless rise to power as threats mount on all fronts.” Though David Fincher didn’t direct any season two episodes, he is still involved as an executive producer and fellow producer Dana Brunetti recently told us that the busy filmmaker still had a hand in many aspects of the second season. Wright, Jodie Foster, Carl Franklin, James Foley, and John David Coles »
- Adam Chitwood
[Press Release] (Beverly Hills, CA – December 4, 2013) – The second season of the Netflix original series, from Media Rights Capital, “House of Cards,” premieres Friday, February 14, 2014. All 13-episodes of the season starring Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey (“Horrible Bosses,” “American Beauty,” “The Usual Suspects”) and Golden Globe® nominee Robin Wright (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Forrest Gump”), who both received Emmy® nominations for their performances in the first season, will be available for members to watch instantly in all territories where Netflix is available. From director David Fincher (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Social Network”), award-winning playwright and Academy Award® nominated screenwriter Beau Willimon (“Farragut North,” “The Ides of »
- Pietro Filipponi
The second season of the Netflix original series "House of Cards" premieres Friday, February 14, 2014. All 13-episodes of the season starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, who both received Emmy nominations for their performances in the first season, will be available for members to watch instantly in all territories where Netflix is available. From director David Fincher ( The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo , The Social Network ), award-winning playwright and Academy Award nominated screenwriter Beau Willimon ( Farragut North , The Ides of March ) and Academy Award winner Eric Roth ( Forrest Gump , Munich , The Insider ), this critically-acclaimed drama slithers beneath the curtain and through the back halls of greed, sex, love and corruption in modern Washington »
Photo by Merrick Morton
Writer/director Spike Jonze brings his distinct style and insight to this modern relationship story, Her, a film that takes an unconventional look at the nature of love. Here’s a look at the brand new trailer.
Set in Los Angeles in the slight future, Her follows Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive and unique entity in its own right.
Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet “Samantha,” a bright, female voice (Scarlett Johansson) who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other.
Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.
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- Michelle McCue
Review Ron Hogan 2 Dec 2013 - 05:46
Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin) isn't much of an advertising executive. Or a husband; he's divorced. Or a father; he blows off his daughter's birthday. Or much of anything aside from a fall-down alcoholic who goes through pints of vodka like most people consume bottled water. After a particularly fierce bender, Doucett wakes up in a hotel room. He's alone, trapped inside this strange room. He's being fed and cared for, but he's getting absolutely no interaction from the outside world, aside from TV.
After a staggering 20 years of captivity, as expressed by news clip mash-ups, Doucett is packed away in a crate and finally freed with a brand-new iPhone, an envelope full of cash, sunglasses, and not much else. His wife has been brutally murdered »
If you have played The Last of Us on Playstation 3 it has likely ruined video gaming for you. The world created is so vivid and believable that every game afterward just feels dated and empty.
Throughout, The Last of Us is unwaveringly real, full of seemingly inconsequential details such as every weapon or object you carry being attached or able to fit into your character’s backpack. Contrast this with Grand Theft Auto V where a rocket launcher appears out of your trouser pocket and it’s clear that if game developers really want to create a living, breathing parallel to reality they need to treat it as reality – no short cuts.
Actor Troy Baker who motion-capped and provided the voice for The Last of Us’ main protagonist Joel.
We would not recommend reading this article until you have played the game from beginning to end, so there is perhaps »
- Christopher Laverty
Sure, the Wizard of Oz tells us there's no place like home. But as any movie that exists outside a complete fantasy world is quick to remind: When home means dealing with your family, sometimes you'd be a lot happier if you stayed away. Then again, it could be a lot worse. However bad your own family, it's almost certain you'd have a worse time traveling across the country to sip eggnog and open presents with any of these clans — all, admittedly, great fun to watch in a theater.
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The Royal Tenenbaums | The Godfather | The Godfather, Part II | Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me | The Shining | Winter's Bone | The Fighter | American Beauty | The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo | The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo | The Godfather Part III »
- reelz staff
Ashley Greene and Anton Yelchin starring for Joe Dante in ‘Burying the Ex’ Ashley Greene and Anton Yelchin are slated to star in Burying the Ex, to be directed by veteran Joe Dante (Gremlins). As per various online reports, the indie horror comedy is to start shooting on Monday, November 18, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo: Ashley Greene) In Burying the Ex, Anton Yelchin and Ashley Greene play lovers — he’s really nice; she’s really overbearing — whose relationship go fast downhill once they move in together. How to find a way out? Luckily, the girlfriend suffers a freak accident and dies; unluckily, she rises from the grave. Besides Ashley Greene and Anton Yelchin, Burying the Ex also features Alexandra Daddario and Oliver Cooper. Nicolas Chartier’s Voltage Pictures is involved in the film’s production. Among Chartier’s other recent producing credits (in various capacities) are Robert Redford’s little-seen The Company You Keep, »
- Anna Robinson
When you are costuming the biggest franchise release of the year and creating a capsule range to run alongside it for a major online retailer, it is clear a normal approach to the task is not going to work. Ex-stylist and one time assistant for Michael Kaplan, Trish Summerville, one of the fastest rising names in the industry, has purposely sought out what many costume designers shy away from: co-collaborations with new and established fashion designers and, in several cases, pulling clothes directly from the runway. Summerville is smart and savvy with a feel for contemporary trends, though by not designing and making key items for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire personally she may attract the scorn of her peers. But perhaps this is the new way for costume design, the future of the industry? While those around her fight to retain what they consider is the essence of their craft, »
- Christopher Laverty
It's a real shame that Downton treats Anna's rape as just another bothersome episode for her husband
In the realm of the small screen, another rapist is dead. Mr Green, who raped Anna Bates in Downton Abbey a few episodes ago, has been killed, somewhat mysteriously, in the series finale. The presumed murderer is the long-suffering Mr Bates, who has already undergone pretty much every injustice imaginable in pursuit of a quiet life. And now, of all things, his bloody wife went and got herself raped! Life, eh? Isn't it just a series of trials and tribulations?
The fact that Green became just another thing for Mr Bates to sort out is problematic for Downton. On the one hand, the programme was true to its time: it was, after all, unrealistic to imagine that Anna Bates might pop down to the police station, have her case handled sensitively, pursue her attacker in court, »
- Holly Baxter
“The Hunger Games” featured kids killing kids for sport. Its sequel, the far superior “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” rewrites the rules, which not only makes for a more exciting death match, but also yields a rich sociopolitical critique in the process, in keeping with the incendiary subtext of Suzanne Collins’ dystopian novel. Though technically just the bridge between the lower-budget original and the two-part finale still to come, in director Francis Lawrence’s steady hands (gone are the previous film’s needlessly spastic camera moves), “Catching Fire” makes for rousing entertainment in its own right, leaving fans riled and ready to storm the castle. Massive international interest should leave Lionsgate with coffers full and money to burn.
If “Catching Fire” were a traditional studio sequel, one could reasonably expect a bigger, bloodier elimination contest to take centerstage — more of the same, presumably amplified by the extra $50 million or so »
- Peter Debruge
Philip Pullman's garlanded His Dark Materials trilogy should have been cinematic gold. Then someone remembered it was harsh on the Catholics
There are many universes and many Earths parallel to each other. Worlds where Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy was turned into a series of blockbuster movies, each better than the last. And worlds like ours, where the series crapped the bed after a single bloated, confused outing that was mired in meddling and flaccid compromise, and succeeded only in enraging everybody that it was supposed to pander to. The film in this world is The Golden Compass, and it's rubbish. A bear punches another bear's jaw off in it, and it's still rubbish. That's quite a feat.
But what could have possibly gone wrong with an adaptation of a children's book about a plot to murder God, set in a world full of too many characters »
- Stuart Heritage
Two other actresses have joined Olga Kurylenko as contenders for a role rumored to be Wonder Woman in Batman Vs Superman. Variety is reporting that Gal Gadot (Fast And Furious series, Knight And Day) and Elodie Yung (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) have tested or will test for a part in Zack Snyder's film. Variety's sources say the part could be Bruce Wayne's love interest, but since Warner Bros. is looking for someone who is »
- Jesse Giroux
Headhunters is based on Nesbø’s novel, which centres on a corporate headhunter who leads a double life as an art theif. It was turned into a film in 2011.
True Blood exec producer Alexander Woo is adapting the book for TV and is working with former HBO exec and Game of Thrones producer Carolyn Strauss, who will exec produce along with Yellow Bird’s Berna Levin and Marianne Gray.
It’s not clear whether Zodiak Rights, the international sales arm of the UK producer, or Nashville distributor Lionsgate will sell the show globally.
The success of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo may have spawned an oversaturated market for Scandinavian crime adaptations, but that’s not slowing down studios and networks. Deadline is reporting that HBO is developing an hourlong adaptation of Norwegian author Jo Nesbø’s 2008 crime novel Headhunters. A 2011 Norwegian film version starred Game Of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, while the English-language film rights bounced from Summit to Lionsgate a few years ago, before being transitioned into a television project. Headhunters centers on a corporate executive headhunter who dabbles in stealing paintings from his clients’ homes, and a mysterious client »
“Headhunters” is based on the eponymous 2008 book by critically-acclaimed Norwegian crime fiction author Jo Nesbo.
Zodiak Media-owned Yellow Bird Ent. – the company behind “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” trilogy — brought”Headhunters” to the bigscreen 2011 and it turned out to become the third highest-grossing Norwegian film of all-time.
Carolyn Strauss, whose credits include “Game of Thrones,” will exec produce. Woo is adapting the book for the series and will also exec produce, along with Yellow Bird’s Berna Levin and Marianne Gray and Lionsgate Television.
A dark comic thriller, “Headhunters” centered on a corporate headhunter who becomes the hunted when his life and marriage are suddenly targeted by an unknown individual.
UTA-repped Woo is currently a consulting producer on TNT’s “Legend, »
- Elsa Keslassy
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