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Oscars buzz boosts UK box office and whether growling on a plane or voicing an animation, it's Liam Neeson's moment
• Review of The Lego Movie
• Review of Non-Stop
• More on the UK box office
Adding another £4.79m in the past seven days, The Lego Movie now stands at a sturdy £26.67m after three weeks of play. That puts it level with the lifetime tallies of blockbusters including Spider-Man 2 (£26.72m) and Ocean's Eleven (£26.47m), and ahead of fellow animations including Ratatouille (£24.80m) and Wall-e (£22.91m). The Lego Movie will pretty soon overtake the likes of Shrek (£29m) and A Bug's Life (£29.45m) and is clearly headed into the mid-30s (£m).
Although box office for The Lego Movie is certainly skewed to the weekend, its decent performance in the Monday-to-Thursday period suggests that it is picking up a true adult audience, rather than merely adult chaperones of children. »
- Charles Gant
Tom Daley has admitted to Digital Spy that he is not sure if Splash! will return for another series.
The Olympian revealed that ITV has yet to make a decision over the future of his celebrity diving show, which suffered a ratings drop in its recently-concluded second series.
Asked if Splash! would be back for a third series, Daley replied: "I don't know. No decisions have been made. It's down to ITV, isn't it?"
Splash! became ITV's highest-rating new entertainment series for five years when it debuted in 2013, and was renewed just two days after its first series ended.
However, the latest edition struggled against The Voice UK on the BBC and its final two weeks ago only drew in 3.79 million viewers, 1.5 million fewer than last year.
Daley was »
Thor: The Dark World Blu-Ray Review
The second installment of the Thor saga has plenty of action, but misses the mark to a certain extent when it comes to the wide array of facets it hopes to infuse into the story. The dedication to, and belief in, the depth and breadth of the various arcs in the story are solidified in the bonus features of the home release, and while the exposition makes for elaborate and detailed featurettes, they probably serve as too clear a sign of what went wrong with the production.
Thor: The Dark World kicks off with a rather clunky piece of development that leaves Thor explaining the events of The Avengers, his time back on Earth, and subsequent lack of phone call to Jane. Of course, the film also needs a villain to come and destroy a good chunk of the map and/or threaten to do same, »
- Marc Eastman
Vue Entertainment reports 50% increase in number of people attending event cinema screenings and expects this to double in 2014.
Exhibitor Vue Entertainment has reported record numbers of people attending its event cinema screenings with a 50% increase in 2013. The multiplex cinema chain stated that it expected the demand for opera, ballet, theatre, music and sporting event screenings to continue, with the number of admittances projected to double this year.
Vue CEO Tim Richards said demand for event cinema screenings had “increased significantly” in recent years and that it had “invested heavily” in its 83 cinemas around the UK to provide access to event cinema screenings.
The most successful event cinema screening to date was the one-off 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who, The Day of the Doctor in November 2013, which took $2.3m in a single night despite being simultaneously broadcast for free on BBC1. The episode took $10m worldwide from 650 cinemas (Nov 23-25) and claimed a Guinness world record as “the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Cinema history has a few great double-up years: 12-month periods in which a classic filmmaker had not one but two great films. Mel Brooks may be the most notorious, releasing two of the best comedies of all time in 1974 (“Blazing Saddles” & “Young Frankenstein”) and Steven Spielberg has arguably done it a few times, inarguably in 1993 (“Jurassic Park” & “Schindler’s List”) and he would double-up again in 2002 (“Minority Report” & “Catch Me If You Can”) and 2011 (“Tintin” & “War Horse”).
One of the most-often forgotten double-up years was Alfred Hitchcock’s first year as an American filmmaker — 1940, which saw the premiere of “Rebecca” in April and “Foreign Correspondent” in August. The former has been a Criterion inductee for years and the latter joins the most important club in Blu-ray/DVD history this week in a finely-transferred and wonderfully accompanied release.
“Rebecca” has the higher historical pedigree, largely because it’s less dry »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
While the Olympians continue to dominate the TV spotlight in Sochi, another gathering of championship talent takes a bow in the weekend's other gold-medal event: PBS's Great Performances presentation of National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage (Friday, 9/8c, check tvguide.com listings).
Laurence Olivier led the National Theatre upon its founding in 1963, and he and other luminaries are seen in vintage clips from past productions, interspersed throughout a dazzling evening of live re-enactments and tantalizing excerpts from landmark plays, including Angels in America, Stuff Happens, The History Boys and War Horse. Fans of Downton Abbey will delight to see the Dowager Countess Maggie Smith in her 1964 prime, vamping in ...
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- Matt Roush
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Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 4, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray $39.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Highly acclaimed drama movie 12 Years a Slave has received a lot of awards attention, and critics think it deserves every one.
Based on real life, the biography film tells the story of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor, Salt), a free New York citizen who, in 1841, is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Stripped of his identity and dignity, Northup is sold to ruthless plantation owner Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender, The Counselor) and forced to find the strength to survive.
The cast also includes Benedict Cumberbatch (War Horse), Alfre Woodard (Steel Magnolias), Paul Giamatti (Win Win) and Brad Pitt (World War Z). Steve McQueen (Shame) directs, from a screenplay by John Ridley (Red Tails) based on the memoir by the real Northup about his life.
12 Years a Slave grossed $46 million in theaters and wowed every moviegoer. Critics gave the film a whopping 96% approval, »
Out swings Spider-Man, and in swings a giant monkey puppet?
King Kong, a musical spectacle that premiered in June 2013 in Melbourne, Australia, will reportedly go ape on Broadway this December at the Foxwoods Theatre, where the big-budget Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark shuttered earlier this month, according to The New York Times. However, in a statement to EW, producers of King Kong said: “Plans for the Broadway production of King Kong are not confirmed at this time. We hope to have details about the future of the show shortly.”
It’s long been expected that Kong would follow Spidey into the Foxwoods, »
- Marc Snetiker
Hollywood producers love a story with a lot of plot twists. Sunday’s tie between “Gravity” and “12 Years a Slave” for the top Producers Guild award certainly provided a new wrinkle to the already-crazy/exciting awards season, confirming the fact that this is one of the most unpredictable and fun years on record.
In the past week, “12 Years a Slave” landed wins from the Golden Globes (drama film) and the Critics’ Choice Awards. “American Hustle” won the Globe (comedy film) and the SAG Ensemble prize.
So going into Sunday night, the two seemed neck and neck, but there was still plenty of room for suspense. “Gravity,” which had been hailed as an Oscar front-runner since September, had been widely honored (including 10 Oscar noms, tying with “Hustle”), but had not scored any high-profile top prizes until Sunday. The PGA win is a giant leap for the film.
So is it now a three-way race? »
- Tim Gray
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 15, 2014
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95
Emily Watson (War Horse) stuns, in an Oscar-nominated performance, as Bess, a simple, pious newlywed in a tiny Scottish village who gives herself up to a shocking form of martyrdom after her husband (Stellan Skarsgård, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) is paralyzed in an oil-rig accident.
At once brazen and tender, profane and pure, Breaking the Waves is an acclaimed examination of the expansiveness of faith and of its limits.
Criterion’s Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack of the film contains the following features:
• New 4K digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-hd Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
This Valentine’s Day, why not offer your loved one a timeless Broadway romance – without ever leaving your neighborhood?
Before it closed in December, high definition cameras recorded the show on Nov. 27 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre under the direction of Emmy Award-winning Don Roy King. That recording – the first time in over 36 years Romeo and Juliet had been on Broadway – will be available in more than 2,000 movie theaters in all 50 states from Feb. »
- Associated Press
I'm such a huge fan of military movies. A lot of my favorite films deal with war and battles both historical and modern. Movies ranging from War Horse, Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down, and more. It's just a genre that I really find interesting, and enjoy watching. On top of that I'm just a huge fan of the military and the Navy SEALs in general. At one point in my life I almost joined the Navy, specifically to try to be a Seal. Those guys are freaking badasses! I've met and talked with a few of them in my life, and every one of them was just an amazing person. The stuff they have to go through to become Navy SEALs is insane. If there's one movie that perfectly represents what the Navy SEALs are, and what they stand for, and fight for, it's Lone Survivor.
The movie was directed by Peter Berg, »
- Joey Paur
2013 was a stellar year for London’s theatre business. The Book of Mormon transferred from Broadway smashing box office records on its way, Bond director Sam Mendes brought another Roald Dahl classic to the stage in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Jude Law, Adrian Lester, Richard Tennant and Tom Hiddleston all took on Shakespeare and Helen Mirren was the queen of the West End in The Audience. Successful revivals included Passion Play, A Dolls House and The Weir and new writing also shone, particularly in Lucy Kirkwood’s Chimerica at the Almeida. 2014, you should be quaking in your boots. Here’s the Thn picks of the productions to see in 2014.
1) Miss Saigon
It’s been fifteen years since Miss Saigon has been in the West End and such is the anticipation for this new production of Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil’s epic musical that when the box office opened »
- Victoria Bull
I am most impressed by Weinstein Co's first trailer for The Railway Man, which looks to deliver excellent performances from leads Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman and Hiroyuki Sanada, as well as Stellan Skarsgård and War Horse star Jeremy Irvine. The story which is based on Eric Lomax's autobiography, is scripted by Andy Paterson and Frank Cottrell Boyce. Jonathan Teplitzky, known for TV's Spirited and 2011' Burning Man starring Matthew Goode, takes on the biggest project of his short career, and looks to have turned in a gem of a film. In The Railway Man, Lomax, a man scarred with memories from World War II's "Death Railway" finds love in Patricia Wallace (Kidman). When one of the men responsible for his torture is tracked down, Lomax confronts him. »
Blu-ray, Bluray 3D & DVD Release Date: Feb. 25, 2014
Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray $32.99, Blu-ray 3D $39.99
The universe again needs saving, but this time, Thor has a new evil to battle, an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith (Christopher Eccleston, Lennon Naked) who wants to plunge the universe into darkness with help from a powerful hidden force. But when Thor’s girlfriend, Earth scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman, Black Swan) gets infected with the force, the battle gets personal, and Thor must partner with his estranged brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston, War Horse) to win.
Kat Dennings (Daydream Nation), Stellan Skarsgard (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), Ray Stevenson (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), Idris Elba (Pacific Rim), Rene Russo (Ransom) and Anthony Hopkins (Hitchcock) return for the movie, and Zachary Levi (TV’s Chuck) joins the cast. »
The film is based on the Spanish infiltration into Mexico in 1519, led by Hernán Cortés. The Conquistador and his men brought with them arms, a lust for riches, and, most dangerously in the end, smallpox, causing the fall of the Aztec Empire. Montezuma was the Aztec ruler at the time, whom Cortés developed a close relationship with when he was captured, having a child with his daughter. This is movie news, by the way. Not a history lesson.
The script has suffered an interesting life, having originally been written for Kirk Douglas in 1965 by Dalton Trumbo (Spartacus, Lonely Are the Brave), but the film was never made. Part of the Hollywood Ten, »
- Oliver Davis
It’s been two years since Jeremy Irvine first broke into public conaciousness with his debut in War Horse. Since then, he’s played the boyfriend of a dying Dakota Fanning in teen cancer melodrama Now is Good, and the suitor of a sadistically spiteful Holiday Grainger in last year’s cinematic adaptation of Great Expectations.
In spite of putting in great performances in all of these pics, thus far, the always charming, and inherently watchable Irvine hasn’t made the impact his talent deserves. That should all change in 2014, where Irvine is set to feature in five films released throughout the course of the year.
The first of these is Railway Man, the true story of World War II Pow Eric Lomax. Juat before Christmas, we caught up with Irvine, where we spoke about filming in the same locations where the film is set, the challenges of collaborating with »
- Ben Mortimer
The subject of World War Two has been cinematically exhausted, leaving very few original stories to tell. Yet time and again, world war films prove that they can attract audiences (War Horse), please critics (The Pianist) and – in some cases – revisit the subject in order to create something new.
The Railway Man ticks some of those boxes, but ultimately comes up short on most occasions. The film, however, has its heart in the right place and like its main character – the tortured war vet Eric Lomax – it is redeemed through its decision to champion reconciliation and dialogue over revenge and retribution.
An Anglo-Australian co-production, The Railway Man is an adaptation of Eric Lomax’s memoir of the same name. It follows the parallel stories of both a young and middle-aged Lomax. In the present, Lomax (played by Colin Firth) is a mild-mannered English gentleman with an avid interest in trains. »
Los Angeles, Jan 5: Actor Jeremy Irvine has confessed that he doesn't understand fashion and needs help with his personal style.
Irvine takes help from one of his fashionable flatmates for red carpet events, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
"I need help. I have a very fashionable flatmate who gives me Style tips but I tend to dress in all black because it's easy. I don't particularly understand fashion," he said in the new issue of Britain's InStyle.
The "War Horse" actor says he hates getting dressed up in a suit for high-profile events and tries to get away with wearing jeans.
"Getting me in a suit can be. »
- Abhijeet Sen
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