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Love was in the air this year with plenty of new couples stepping out together and others making it official by walking down the aisle. Somewhere between that first date and wedding bells though, there's usually a little sparkle. We're taking a look at the very best celebrity engagement rings from modest bling to enormous rocks. Some of the relationships have come and gone, but ring photos are here to stay. Source: Getty and Michael Simon »
Somewhere between Into The Wild and Ray Mears’ Wilderness Walks lies Wild, Reese Witherspoon’s hotly-tipped character drama. It’s set along the stunning vistas of the American west and has a new poster showing Witherspoon as the story’s heroine, Cheryl Strayed. Click on the pic for a closer look. Strayed’s book, Wild: From Lost To Found On The Pacific Crest Trail, tells the story of her attempt to walk the length of that path. Bearing in mind it spans California and Oregon and ends on the border of Washington State, and considering her hiking experience to that point was nil, this undertaking was not, to the outsider's eyes, wholly sensible. But Strayed was driven by more elemental forces – grief, heartbreak and enough person demons to populate a Stephen King novel – and she set off on a journey that would change her (and her feet) forever.Witherspoon, »
The What?: It’s a column on Star Wars news and rumors and therefore contains Spoilers and Speculation.
This Week: We get a new title and some new rumored information about where we find Luke Skywalker, seemingly the man waking the Force.
It’s been awhile since we had a new Star Wars Episode title to discuss, and I think I can remember each previous prequel reveal (sadly I have no cognizant memory of Empire or Jedi’s titles being revealed, I was way too into cartoons). “The Phantom Menace” was a big mystery that I don’t remember anyone liking and “Revenge of the Sith” seemed fitting to those of us that knew Jedi was originally Revenge of the Jedi until it was »
Most big-budget action movies these days are just cartoons directed by bad animators. Somewhere between The Matrix and The Bourne Identity, the whole genre lost its brawl. You've seen one superhero defend his city from an airship armada, you've seen every superhero defend his city from an airship armada. Then there's John Wick. Simple story, not-so-simple thrills. The story: Someone kills an assassin's dog, and the assassin (Keanu Reeves) wants vengeance. The thrills: The movie constructs action scenes with patience and delicacy, filming in steady shots that track the careful choreography of Reeves' punch-shoot rampages. John Wick was directed by a stuntman, »
- Darren Franich
Ever since it was announced that Luke Skywalker would be back for Star Wars: Episode VII, people have speculated about what the character would be like this time around. We know that 30 years have past since the conclusion of Return of The Jedi. We also know that Luke had adopted a bit of a darker edge in that film, and many folks wondered if we might see him go full Sith this time around. After all, the character went through quite a lot in the original trilogy, and it would make for some interesting storytelling to see him fall to the dark side.
If true, the following bullet-points contain *Major Spoilers* so proceed at your own caution:
Somewhere between Episode VI and Episode VII he experienced some sort of Force breakthrough, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
“I hate the word gentle” Mackenzie Crook tells us, “it just sounds like unfunny.” Reviews of The Detectorists, a new BBC Four comedy about a pair of metal-detecting enthusiasts written and directed by Crook, have relied heavily on the g-word.
It’s understandable in many ways. Crook’s series is difficult to pigeonhole. It rolls along the English countryside telling a low-key story about Andy and Lance’s preoccupation with searching for ancient objects - a search more likely to bring up 1980s ring-pulls than a hoard of Saxon gold. It’s no gag-fest, but it’s certainly not unfunny. The Detectorists’ sense of humour is wry, bathetic, and steeped in very British references. Where else would you find a hymn to William G. Stewart’s tenure »
I’m moving this weekend and didn’t have a lot of spare time to spend doing activities that weren’t packing so we have something a little different for you this week. Here’s a review of a much shorter cinematic experience and a TV show based on a comic that once had a movie based on it. It all comes back to movies, it all still counts.
Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer
Making a trailer for a movie like Avengers: Age of Ultron is a tricky proposition but one with absolutely no stakes. Everyone is going to see the film practically no matter what. This trailer would have had to be crudely drawn stick figures instead of CGI effects to have a negative impact on the gross and that’s probably underrating the drawing power of Robert Downey Jr.
Unfortunately, none of the stuff in this »
- Arthur Tebbel
Tonight on Person of Interest (CBS, 10/9c), Detective Lionel Fusco finds himself under the tutelage of the latest Poi, a professional “wingman” who has his work cut out for him (what with his client’s taste in sad ties and Florsheim shoes). The result is what Kevin Chapman hails as a lighter “departure” for the ever-evolving drama.
Here, Chapman — a onetime TVLine Performer of the Week — shares his thoughts on Fusco’s surprising partner in legit crimefighting, the new captain and what separates badass Root from badass Shaw.
[This post contains plot details from the Modern Family season 6 premiere, which aired on Sept. 24]
The last we saw the Dunphy/Pritchett clan, they were celebrating at a beautiful, fourth-time’s-a-charm wedding for Cam and Mitchell. Over the summer break, the newlyweds went on a honeymoon. Cut to three months later, where we pick up: Cam is still very much in that lovey-dovey frame of mind. There are endless flowers, backrubs, at-work drop-ins, shared chairs, dancing, etc. Mitchell is tired of it, but his wise sister tells him to keep that thought to himself. But one can only handle so much love in the form of balloons and life-size cardboard cutouts, and when even Lily grows weary, »
- Dalene Rovenstine
The unlikely pairing of an obsessive-compulsive chambermaid and an androgynous dominatrix proves oddly liberating for the eponymous heroine of Ingo Haeb’s intimate two-hander, “The Chambermaid Lynn.” , yet Haeb never seeks to draw viewers into his heroine’s point of view; instead, he minutely observes her strange behavior, with a remarkable lack of prurience or judgment, as the odd young woman explores the private minutiae of other people’s lives. This unique curio, which snagged the Fipresci award in Montreal, could find appreciative arthouse auds worldwide.
Cleaning is less of a job for shy, unprepossessing Lynn (Vicky Krieps) than a true vocation, an all-consuming passion, as she crawls under a bed to vacuum the bottom of a mattress, or uses a dentist’s angled mirror to check that she’s scrubbed all the dirt from the underside of a toilet rim. She rarely interacts with others, yet is endlessly curious about how others live, »
- Ronnie Scheib
For someone with his immense range and talent, Tom Hardy has been a “one to watch” far too long. Years before he went toe-to-toe with Christian Bale in The Dark Knight Rises, he made his debut in HBO’s Band of Brothers in 2001, quickly graduated to Star Trek villain in 2002, and won the BAFTA Rising Star Award for Inception in 2011. Earlier this year, he carried an entire film, Locke, in which he just drove a car and talked on the phone.
Next year, all of that oozing charisma and alluring sense of danger that practically vibrates through his characters will »
- Jeff Labrecque
Buffy is fondly remembered for many things – great dialogue, charismatic characters, a lasting impression on nearly ever genre series since – but it’s often forgotten that the series could be scary too. With a premise based around a teenage hero who fights monsters from the pits of hell, Buffy features a bumper crop of dreaded demons and vicious vampires from across its 144 episodes. As the article mentioned above said, because Buffy was a show with a great sense of humour it would occasionally have a campy villain but that doesn’t stop a great number of others from being memorable monsters and, yes, indeed, creepy.
Even when removing the Big Bads from the equation – as this »
- Christian Bone
Kristy Kelley was enjoying a leisurely evening out on Aug. 15, chatting with friends at the local Vfw bar in Boonville, Indiana. Around 1:30 a.m., the 27-year-old mother of two got in her Silver 2003 Nissan Xterra and headed for home, seemingly unaware that she had left her cell phone at the bar. It was the last time anyone saw the 5'5", 135-lb. woman. Somewhere between the bar and her parents' house - a distance of less than two miles - Kelley disappeared. The next morning, concerned relatives contacted police and reported Kelley missing. "There has been no trace of her, »
- Steve Helling, @stevehelling
Mexican David Pablos’ “Las Elegidas,” “Domestic Animals,” from Colombia’s Andres Baiz, and “Franco’s Night,” by Bernardo Arellano, also from Mexico, will feature at the San Sebastian Fest’s 3rd Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum.
Event will be energized by a Focus on Canada, organized with Telefilm Canada, which will see 12 Canadian producers attending the Forum.
Rapidly positioning as San Sebastian’s centerpiece industry event – 365 meeting were held in 2012 at the co-pro mart, 461 in 2013 – the Forum runs Sept. 22-24, parallel to San Sebastian’s Films in Progress pix-in-post strand, fest’s other big industry lure..
Select projects will be invited by Cannes Marche du Film and Argentina’s Incaa Film Institute to attend Ventana Sur, which these two entities co-organize, and then Cannes’ Market next May. Projects will compete this year as last for an Egeda Award, granted by the Madrid-based Audiovisual Producers Rights Management Assn., which comes with a $10,000 cash prize. »
- John Hopewell
With each generation of gaming consoles there are a number of factors which help gamers decide where to spend their money. On a logical level we look at hardware parity – is there a stand-out performer which, on paper at least, surpasses its competitors? On the opposite side of the rational spectrum, there is an emotional connection… a sort of brand loyalty that can be cultivated over years (in the case of a generation-spanning brand like Sony’s Playstation), or birthed suddenly by masterful marketing and an impressive product to go with it.
Somewhere between the rational and the emotional, another hugely powerful differentiator which can make or break a console is the selection of exclusive games which find their way onto the system. Often heavily bankrolled by the console manufacturer, its usually these mega-franchises or stand-alone blockbuster titles which show off the best of what the hardware has to offer. »
- Henry Dowling
Somewhere between this year’s “The Railway Man” and next year’s “Genius,” in a loose and unintended trilogy of Nicole Kidman-Colin Firth collaborations, comes “Before I Go to Sleep.” Breaking up the biopic trend of the other two films, their next collaboration is a full-blown thriller directed by Rowan Joffe (“Brighton Rock”). Kidman plays a woman whose short-term memory loss causes her to question her environment. A previous trailer shows her husband (Firth), trying to assuage her fears, who is undercut by a doctor (Mark Strong). Who's on her side? Surprise: shades of Hitchcock's "Suspicion," her beau is a little hard to trust. The preview sells a high class thriller of the sort where violence and sexual intrigue play a larger part than mere titillation. There is, of course, the chance that things could quickly go off the (ahem) rails, but Joffe earned points with 2010’s “Brighton Rock” — which, »
- Nick Newman
Psst: The Fourth of July isn’t really about crazy fireworks displays, or eating a record-breaking 69 hot dogs in just 10 minutes, or those layered American flag cakes that look so gorgeous on Pinterest but are physically impossible to reproduce Irl.
No, my friends—it’s about our glorious nation’s glorious genesis, spearheaded in the City of Brotherly Love 238 years ago when our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. You could honor them by comparing bifocals with a Benjamin Franklin impersonator, or perhaps wearing a powdered wig to the beach. By my money, though, there’s no better way »
- Hillary Busis
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I was stuck in traffic yesterday, which I didn’t really mind because I have a fun little yellow convertible, and I was thinking about Uber ($17 billion! – that’s the company’s valuation, not the price of a ride) and Google’s driverless cars (development cost unknown), and I decided it was time to connect the dots: once a car learns to drive, there’s no need to own it and there’s no need for a driver. That’s because the car can come when called, take you to your destination, then go off and pick up someone else. That sounds great and I’m hardly the first to connect those particular dots, but there’s a corollary that seems to have gone largely (though not entirely) unnoticed: when driving oneself becomes unnecessary, it will eventually become more expensive, less convenient and – ultimately – unlawful, »
- email@example.com (Jonathan Handel)
Trevor Hogg chats with visual effects supervisor Lou Pecora, digital effects supervisor Nikos Kalaitzidi, animation supervisor Benoit Dubuc and previs supervisor Austin Bonang about having the future collide with the past….
When returning to the movie franchise he helped to launch, filmmaker Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects) turned to Richard Stammers (Prometheus) to orchestrate the visual effects for X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) where original and new cast members are united in a classic time travel tale. Among the companies recruited by Stammers were Mpc, Digital Domain and The Third Floor.
“I was specifically was the animation supervisor for Mpc so we looked after the future Sentinel sequences,” states Benoit Dubuc who operated out of Montreal in a newly created VFX facility. “The opening action sequence and then the end sequence as well. When we got on board all of the sequences had been previs by another company. The previs »
- Trevor Hogg
Happy birthday, Poppy Cat!
Somewhere between being a blithering idiot distracted by the moving colors and actually appreciating that an actual story is being told on screen lies the time where one might safely place a child in front of Poppy Cat: Birthday Treasure (2011). These 11 minute programs, created for UK television have finally made their way across the Atlantic for this DVD release. Every episode, some kid reads her cat Poppy a story of her own creation about Poppy's adventures with her animal friends. The most amazing feature is how carefully it walks the line between drool-inducing simplicity and something approaching a plot and characterization.
- Jason Ratigan
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