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Review Ron Hogan 5 Dec 2013 - 10:33
Ron reviews another bonkers and brilliant episode of American Horror Story...
This review contains spoilers.
3.8 The Sacred Taking
Some television shows are nothing if not worthy of praise for their special effects. On a show like The Walking Dead, the special effects are obvious. Zombie rotting faces, impaling, and so on are the sorts of effects that attract attention and win awards, but there are more subtle sorts of special effects. In the case of this week's episode of American Horror Story, it's mostly makeup tricks and old-school appliances, but they're very effective ones (like the self-lighting cigarettes so many of the witches smoke).
Jessica Lange is a very pretty woman, yet this show found several ways to make her look awful this week. In particular, her fantasy scenes about her slow death from cancer were really impressive, because she looked absolutely bloody awful. »
The Society of Camera Operators has announced the recipients of its Lifetime Achievement Awards for 2014. The Camera Operator Award goes to Chris Haarhoff, whose credits include Saving Private Ryan, Fight Club and Almost Famous. Other honorees are William Coe (Jersey Boys, The Avengers, J. Edgar), Lifetime Achievement as Camera Technician; Barry Wetcher (GoodFellas, Quiz Show, Sherlock Holmes), Lifetime Achievement as Still Photographer; and Jack Carpenter of Carpenter Camera Cars (Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Crash, The Matrix Reloaded), Lifetime Achievement as Mobile Camera Platform Operator. The society’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Service goes to Stan McClain, founder of Filmtools Inc., and the President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement will be presented to Leonard Chapman, founder of Chapman–Leonard Studio Equipment, for his support of the camera operator. The awards will be handed out February 15 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
With a slew of new characters revitalizing this slow burn of a series, it still hurts when an original character dies. After Jimmy’s death, the consequences of which are still unfolding, Boardwalk Empire lost one of the only characters audiences could truly root for. (Steve Buscemi is great as Nucky Thompson but even he is likable only to a certain point. He’s top dog after all.) Spoilers ahead!
- Maricela Gonzalez
Like most Americans living today, I was born after November 22, 1963, so I don't remember John F. Kennedy and can't tell you where I was when news broke of his assassination. So here's what I know about the man, his presidency, and his death, thanks to the history professors of Hollywood.
Let me see if I have this right: JFK was a handsome man with the charisma of a movie star. (Indeed, he had connections to Hollywood through his father, a onetime movie producer; through his brother-in-law Peter Lawford and fellow Rat Packer Frank Sinatra; and through his torrid affair with Marilyn Monroe.) Through his youth, good looks, charisma, and forward-looking rhetoric, he inspired a nation to stop wearing hats, build rockets to the moon, and join the Peace Corps. His even more attractive, youthful, stylish, and patrician wife Jackie swept out the dowdy cobwebs of the Eisenhower years and turned »
- Gary Susman
Exclusive: As he is pondering the next career move, Jeffrey Donovan, who is coming off a successful seven-season run on USA‘s Burn Notice, will be guided by Wme. The actor, who was previously at Paradigm, became a household name as the lead of the USA spy drama created by Matt Nix. Donovan also directed multiple episodes of Burn Notice as well as the two-hour prequel movie The Fall Of Sam Axe. As director/producer, he has several projects in development at Fox TV Studios, which produced Burn Notice, and Crackle/Sony Pictures TV. His feature credits include Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar and The Changeling. Donovan continues to be repped by attorney David Matlof. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Oscar season is always a time for moviegoer euphoria and repugnance. Yes, we get to see a bunch of fab movies, but we’re also aware of which films will end up getting more (and perhaps undeserved) Academy attention thanks to star power and studio campaigning. For every warranted triumph like 12 Years a Slave, there are underdog crowd-pleasers like Enough Said, Philomena, and my pick for the true underrated gem of the year, Kill Your Darlings.
With a charming Daniel Radcliffe as a young Allen Ginsberg during his days at Columbia, the film explores the beginnings of the Beat movement with Ginsberg’s pals Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster), and a defiant beaut named Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan), who murders longtime acquaintance David Kammerer (Michael C. Hall) under mysterious circumstances. The movie is as much a bildungsroman of Ginsberg as it is a pulpy caper, and »
- Louis Virtel
Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon bring standout performances to working class drama Sunlight Jr. The spotlight burns red hot this fall for actress Naomi Watts thanks to luxury sets, international locations, a familiar designer wardrobe and arguably the world’s most famous haircut. I’m talking about Watts’ starring role as “the people’s princess,” Diana, the Princess of Wales, in director Oscar Hirschbiegel’s bio-drama Diana. Yet, the true spotlight role, the better movie that showcases Watts’ impressive dramatic skills takes place far away from the red carpet and unfolds on the opposite of the tracks in Florida in the couples dramaSunlight Jr. Watts joins writer/director Laurie Collyer (Sherrybaby), and Matt Dillon in a grounded and heartfelt blue-collar story about Melissa and Richie, a working poor Florida couple expecting their first child while experiencing financial difficulties. Watts is something of an expert at melodramas thanks to her roles »
According to both theWrap and the Latino Review , Girls star Adam Driver is apparently the number one pick to play Dick Grayson, Aka Robin, Aka Nightwing in the Man of Steel sequel Batman vs. Superman.
Is Batman close to finding his Robin? According to TheWrap, 29 year old Adam Driver--who received an Emmy nomination for his role as Adam Sackler in the TV series Girls--is the number one candidate at the moment to get the role of Batman’s crime-fighting sidekick Dick Grayson. Driver has also appeared in Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.
Driver apparently has the unique look that fits the script’s description of Grayson, which is a “young John Hawkes,” as first reported by the Latino Review. Standing 6-foot -3, Driver would not seem too small next to Ben Affleck, who is also 6-foot-3, and who will play an older and »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Batman Vs Superman seems to be giving us more questions than answers these days, with constant rumours of both Wonder Woman and Nightwing making appearances it’s difficult to pin down the direction Zack Snyder and co are taking with the sequel.
Now its been revealed that Adam Driver has emerged as the front runner to play Batman’s former sidekick Dick Grayson, who has now become Nightwing after a falling out with the caped crusader in his Robin days. This report seemingly confirms that characters’ involvement in the Man Of Steel sequel which could become quite overcrowded if not handled properly, especially if Wonder Woman is also included. Driver seems to fit the description of the character and also has a strong resemblance to his comic book counterpart, you can see a picture of Driver below:
I actually think that the inclusion of Batman’s former partner could benefit »
- Ben Read
In an interesting left field choice, 29 year-old rising character actor Adam Driver ("Girls," "Lincoln," "J. Edgar") is said to be a serious contender to play a key role in Zack Snyder's "Batman vs. Superman" at Warner Bros. Pictures.
That role? Batman’s estranged partner Dick Grayson, aka Nightwing (formerly Robin). Driver is said to be the frontrunner for the part, but the studio had no comment.
This would match the casting description the other day of the character being a "young John Hawkes" type, an actor who boasts a less conventional look and a lot of actual talent. Driver's also around the same height as Affleck, which is a plus.
Two other actors are said to be in contention to play Grayson, a character who has been estranged from a world-weary Bruce Wayne for years in the movie. Production is slated to begin early next year.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
It was recently reported that Warner Bros is in talks with three actresses to play Wonder Woman in "Batman vs Superman." And now comes word that "Girls" actor Adam Driver is the frontrunner to play Batman's sidekick Dick Grayson, who is first known as Robin, but then becomes Nightwing. Driver has a very unique look, but being 6'3 tall, he'll at least be as big as Batman, who will be played by Ben Affleck. There are two other actors being considered for the Robin/Nightwing role. It's rumored that the character has been estrange from Bruce Wayne for years in "Batman vs Superman" and comes back just when Batman needs him most. Driver, who joined the Marines after the 9/11 attacks, has appeared in lots of movies, including "Lincoln," "J. Edgar," and the upcoming "Inside Llewyn Davis." »
Boom! Rumor Confirmed! Yesterday, I dropped the rumor that we might see Dick Grayson aka Nightwing in the upcoming Batman Vs Superman. Check out my video scoop below.
Tonight the plot thickens because now we got ourselves a name! According to our pal Jeff Sneider over at The Wrap, Adam Driver, best known for playing Hannah’s boyfriend on HBO’s Girls, is up for the “young John Hawkes” role that is currently casting in the movie which sources believe is Dick Grayson/Nightwing.
But that is not all! According to Jeff’s sources, there are Two other contenders up for Nightwing as well. Very cool. Now the scoop hunt begins for the other two names.
Besides Girls, Adam Driver has worked with Clint Eastwood on J. Edgar, Steven Spielberg on Lincoln and the Coen brothers on Inside Llewyn Davis. Driver is certainly an actor on the come up and I dig him. »
- El Mayimbe
Just days after Latino Review broke the news that Dick Grayson a.k.a Nightwing would be joining his "former sidekick" Batman in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel sequel, The Wrap is now reporting that Warner Bros. is eyeing actor Adam Driver for the part. The 29-year-old thespian is best known for his role on the HBO series Girls, and has appeared in Lincoln and J. Edgar. Though Driver is a "serious" contender to play Nightwing , the source notes that "at least two other actors may be in the mix". Anyhow, It was mentioned that Dick Grayson has "been estranged from Bruce Wayne for years" in Batman Vs. Superman. And as reported earlier this week, actresses Olga Kurylenko, Gal Gadot, and Elodie Yung are in contention for the female lead who's believed to be Wonder Woman. With Zack Snyder during the film, Batman Vs. Superman stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, »
Sandra Bullock's success in Gravity proved that actresses over 40 years old still have what it takes to lead movies, breaking down the Hollywood myth that once an actress turns 40 (or sometimes even 30), she's regulated to supporting or background roles.
Bullock's starring role in Gravity has propelled the film to the number one spot in the Us box office three weekends in a row - and it will have another chance in reining the box office as it opens to UK theaters today (November 7).
Of course, Bullock isn't the only actress over the age of 40 who is carrying a movie before the year ends. Here are a host of leading ladies poised for big things in the remaining weeks of 2013.
Diana is a compelling portrait of Diana, Princess of Wales during the final two years of her life. The film stars British-born Academy Award® nominated actress Naomi Watts (J. Edgar, Fair Game, 21 Grams) who assumes the leading role of the eponymous and iconic princess. Naveen Andrews, best known for his roles in The English Patient and the hit television series Lost, co-stars as Dr. Hasnat Khan. Fellow Brits Douglas Hodge, Geraldine James, Charles Edwards and Juliet Stevenson round out the supporting cast.
The untold story of Diana comes to St. Louis theatres November 8th.
Wamg invites you to enter to win a pass to the advance screening of Diana on Thursday, November 7th at 7Pm.
Answer the following:
What type of toys did Diana particularly enjoy as a young child?
Roller Skates Soft Toys Board Games Dolls
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Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 10, 2013
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray $39.99
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Based on the novel by Doris Lessing, the film tells the tale of childhood friends Lil (Watts) and Roz (Wright), who grow up to be neighbors in an Australian seaside town. Their ideas of love, family, morality and passion are tested, however, when the women fall for each other’s sons.
Xavier Samuel (Anonymous), James Frecheville (Animal Kingdom) and Ben Mendelsohn (The Place Beyond the Pines) also star in the movie. It’s is the first English-language film directed by Anne Fontaine (Coco Before Chanel), with a screenplay written by Academy Award-winner Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons).
Adore screened in only a handful of theaters in the U.S. and wasn’t loved by critics or moviegoers, getting 33% and 47% approval, »
Yep, that "s" on the end of "movies" in the headline is accurate - this might be adapted into two films, not just one. With production underway on the two final movies in the Hunger Games series, Jennifer Lawrence is keeping her career diverse with entirely different roles. Yet another project to add to her line-up is a new take on John Steinbeck's novel East of Eden, being directed by Gary Ross (Pleasantville, Seabiscuit, The Hunger Games), produced by Brian Grazer (Robin Hood, Tower Heist, J. Edgar, Rush most recently) at Imagine Entertainment, and developed at Universal. Steinbeck's East of Eden is apparently Ross' favorite American novel and he wants to to tell the generational story in two films. It was originally adapted in 1955. The news about this adaptation focuses mostly on the reteaming of The Hunger Games director Gary Ross and its star Jennifer Lawrence. In addition to this East of Eden project, »
- Alex Billington
Production is now underway in the UK on the action adventure Heart Of The Sea. Oscar winner Ron Howard (“A Beautiful Mind”) directs from a script by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”) and Charles Leavitt (“Blood Diamond”), based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling novel about the dramatic true journey of the whaling ship Essex. The film is a co-production between Cott Productions and Enelmar Productions, A.I.E. for Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures.
Heart Of The Sea stars Chris Hemsworth (Marvel’s “The Avengers,” upcoming “Rush”) as the vessel’s veteran first mate Owen Chase; Benjamin Walker (“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”) as its inexperienced Captain, George Pollard; Cillian Murphy (“The Dark Knight Rises”) as second mate Matthew Joy; and Ben Whishaw (“Skyfall”) as novelist Herman Melville, whose inquiries into the event 30 years later helped bring the story to light.
In the »
- Michelle McCue
Production is now underway in the UK on the action adventure Heart of the Sea. Oscar winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind) directs from a script by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond), based on Nathaniel Philbrick's best-selling novel about the dramatic true journey of the whaling ship Essex. The film is a co-production between Cott Productions and Enelmar Productions, A.I.E. for Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures.
Heart of the Sea stars Chris Hemsworth (Marvel's The Avengers, Rush) as the vessel's veteran first mate Owen Chase; Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) as its inexperienced Captain, George Pollard; Cillian Murphy (The Dark Knight Rises) as second mate Matthew Joy; and Ben Whishaw (Skyfall) as novelist Herman Melville, whose inquiries into the event 30 years later helped bring the story to light.
In the winter of 1820, the »
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: Dec. 17, 2013
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
The action adventure film brings Depp back together with the team behind at least three of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies: director Gore Verbinski, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and writers Terry Elliott and Ted Rossio. New to the party is co-writer Justin Haythe (Snitch).
Rated PG-13, the film wasn’t too well liked by critics, who gave it only 30% approval, according to Rotten Tomatoes. Moviegoers were »
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