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Vanity Fair upped its Oscar game last night. They build a huge multi level tented building in the parking behind Sunset Plaza. Traffic snaked back and forth on Sunset Boulevard in both directions. There was a big security plan, with metal detectors at the check in. And then you arrived to find an avalanche of stars. Stars and stars. Two by two, or three by three, they came. Inside the main room, just to the right, if you could find them through the fog of formally attired people, Jane Fonda and Anjelica Huston set up a beach head. Many stars, old and young, were crowded into this area including Jane’s beau, Richard Perry, and Sarah Paulson, plus Quincy Jones, who was busy looking for Petra Nemcova, and Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks. Rosaria Dawson and Gabrielle Union weren’t far away. Sitting on a couch in a section nearby, »
- Roger Friedman
Before Ghostbusters, before Caddyshack, before Animal House, Harold Ramis, who died today at age 69, had a place in the hearts of TV comedy fans from his years on Sctv in the late ’70s. Along with Ramis, its cast included future familiar faces John Candy, Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Dave Thomas, and Joe Flaherty. In time, the show would get picked up by NBC (when it would introduce U.S. audiences to new cast members Rick Moranis and Martin Short) for a run of classic episodes, but Ramis had moved on by then to a career in movies »
- Steven Korn
3 Days to Kill
Directed by McG
The trailers for 3 Days to Kill, the new film from producer/co-writer Luc Besson, suggests the previous major hit from the Besson film factory, 2008’s Taken. That’s not entirely wrong: 3 Days to Kill does feature a graying star with a disaffected teenage daughter, running around Paris and punching people in the throat. However, it seems that Besson wasn’t satisfied with following the lead of just one other movie. 3 Days To Kill is a mishmash of concepts, shots, and jokes from a dozen different films, and while all of it was well-executed on the day it was shot, none of it was appropriately assembled into a coherent movie.
Kevin Costner plays Ethan Renner, a CIA wet-work man who has serious health problems during a job and receives a dire medical prognosis. He retires to Paris, »
- Mark Young
Irrational Games has seen incredible success as the developer of BioShock and BioShock Infinite, but Ken Levine has made an announcement that is sure to shock fans of the franchise. Irritional Games is in the process of “winding down,” and will let go all but 15 employees from the company as Ken Levine moves on to a new gaming venture. Here’s the official statement he posted to the Irrational Games website:
“When Jon Chey, Rob Fermier and I founded Irrational Games seventeen years ago, our mission was to make visually unique worlds and populate them with singular characters.
We built Rapture and Columbia, the Von Braun and The Rickenbacker, the Freedom Fortress and some of the nastiest basements a Swat team ever set foot into. We created Booker and Elizabeth, the Big Daddy and the Little Sister, MidWives and ManBot. In that time, Irrational has grown larger and more successful »
- Jonathan James
The Ugly Behind-the-Scenes History of Video Game Movies
“Few Hollywood announcements are treated with such fierce-yet-wounded anticipation as video game adaptations. Full of incredible artistry, instantly-recognizable characters and an increasingly-mature approach to storytelling, you’d be forgiven for thinking gaming is a medium particularly well suited for making the jump to the silver screen. But history tells another story.”
Robocop: The Oral History
“A little more than 25 years ago, Orion Pictures released RoboCop, a grimly hysterical, hyper-violent satire masquerading as an action film. And despite spawning two sequels, a television series, some anime, and now a remake, the film’s success was inimitable. This is partly because RoboCop only really became a great film as it was made. Director Paul Verhoeven (Total Recall, Basic Instinct) worked tirelessly to revise scenes while actors like Kurtwood Smith, who plays Clarence Boddecker, the film’s main heavy, improvised some of the movie’s best lines. »
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Just in time for Valentine’s Day weekend, Cinemark is offering a free admission to see Paramount Pictures and Indian Paintbrush’s Labor Day with the purchase of a Labor Day ticket. This offer is valid only from Friday, February 14 through Monday, February 17, 2014 with the presentation of a special online coupon.
Beginning Friday the 14th, the buy one, »
- Movie Geeks
Shockingly not terrible, and says some things that need to be said more often, like how dads do not own their teenaged daughters. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I can’t remember if I ever saw the 1981 Endless Love. That was the one with Brooke Shields and the pretty boy stranded on an island? [Checks IMDb.] Ah, no, it’s the other sensational teen sexfest of the era starring Brooke Shields. Which sounds nothing like the new movie of the same title, or the Scott Spencer novel they’re both allegedly based on, beyond the names of the characters. Why not just make a new movie and find a sappy new title for it? I don’t think the name recognition attached to “Endless Love” is all that strong, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Sliding into a booth at a New York's Theatre District restaurant, Jhené Aiko, 25, was still thinking about the night before. "I was nervous," she admitted to The Hollywood Reporter about her first live TV performance, with Drake on Saturday Night Live. "I think the Native Americans said, every picture takes a piece of your soul, so imagine what video does. In time, it will become more normal, I guess," she paused, smiling. "Maybe." Photos: 10 Global Pop Icons: Exclusive Portraits of Lorde, Ellie Goulding, Phoenix Aiko prefers crowds over cameras, and in April, she will play
- Patrick Flanary
The Warner Animation series of direct-to-disc features has apparently said farewell to the past as this week’s release of Justice League: War and May’s Son of Batman are both from the New 52 era. A pity given how many cool stories remain unadapted. Readers who picked up Justice League #1 in August 2011 were treated to a brand new take on the tried and true characters from DC Comics, but it was clearly early in their collective careers. It was the first time many were meeting one another and dealing with the threat of Darkseid from Apokolips.
A fresh start but far from a clean one but discussions of that title and the entire New 52 belong elsewhere. Right now, we’re examining the latest feature from director Jay Oliva to see how well it stands up on its own. He’s working from a script by Heath Corson, making his DC »
- Robert Greenberger
“Unnghhh, I need a hug,” sniffles the Mutant Enemy monster thing at the end of Becoming. Not content with piling on the misery in Innocence, Joss Whedon has returned with two loaded cartfuls of the stuff for the big season finale. A lot was expected for Season Two's closing bow – the Angelus, Spike and Drusilla sub-plot needed to be tied up, while telling a good story. Becoming accomplishes both these tasks in fine style, and surpasses all expectations (despite one or two issues). As season finales go, Becoming remains one of the best.
It's also one of the best examples of what I'd call the 'Trash the joint' finale – in other words, make a great big mess for the characters to resolve in the next season. The likes of The Gift, Grave and Tomorrow are good examples of this too, but it's Becoming that arguably causes the biggest plot tidy-up. »
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For those of us who enjoy the special features on Doctor Who DVDs almost as much as the show itself, myself included, there is something rather special about to appear on your radar. I’m talking about Who’s Changing: An Adventure In Time With Fans, a new documentary feature coming out on January 27th. The documentary is
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Justice League: Trapped In Time General Information: Released: January 21st, 2014 on DVD as a Target only Exclusive. Opened: Not in Theaters Metacritic: Not Yet Rated Rotten Tomatoes Aggregated So Far: Nothing listed IMDb Profile Editorial Biases: We all know this is not intended for most of us as older fans, or the hardcore fans. But I love sitting and enjoying these movies with my young children. I personally wouldn’t like this cheesier type of art used for our favorite heroes all the time, and it is (somewhat) dumbed down for pre-teen audiences. It is definitely intended to help draw them in as new viewers for the next generation of DC Comic readers and movie goers. I watched this with my kids and did not expect a whole lot (for myself), but I expected they would be vocal if they didn't like it. If I can turn it on »
While they've collaborated on several projects, filmmakers John and Peter Hyams's respective approaches to action filmmaking are basically different. Father Peter (Timecop, Sudden Death) emphasizes the importance of a film's screenplay in determining its tone while son John (Dragon Eyes, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning) considers editing to be the most crucial stage of a film's development. In time for the release of Enemies Closer, a new film directed by Peter and edited by John, the Voice talked to the Hyamses about working with star Jean-Claude Van Damme, using gore to establish a film's complex tone, and comparing Paul Greengrass–style shaky-cam to Par »
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s massive feature includes a review for Nobody Can Cool, first details on The Night Crew, Heir, and a Doctor Who documentary called Who’s Changing: An Adventure In Time With Fans, a new clip from Muck, trailers for Blood Shed, NightBeasts, and Virginia Obscura, and much more:
[Editor's Note: We want to give a big thanks to our Indie Spotlight manager, Tamika Jones, for her constant work on this weekly feature and putting together our largest Indie Spotlight to date this weekend!]
Indie Spotlight Review: Nobody Can Cool
Nobody Can Cool is the rather impressive directorial debut from up-and-coming filmmaking duo Dpyx, Marcy Boyle and Rachel Holzman, who crafted a blisteringly taut and thoughtful indie crime thriller with a palpable sense of tension from start to finish. A gritty and engaging tale of deceit, violence and desperation, Nobody Can Cool is anchored by a breakout performance by Nick Principe (best known from his work in the Laid to Rest series, Madison County and »
- Tamika Jones
Trailer Simon Brew 17 Jan 2014 - 08:33
The documentary will take a look at how Doctor Who fandom has evolved over the years, and there's a sizeable collection of talking heads offering their opinions.. Amongst those featured are Louise Jameson, Sophie Aldred, Jane Espenson, Catrin Stewart, James Moran and Gary Russell.
The film is the work of Cameron K McEwan, who does a bit of writing for us, but is primarily known for his excellent website, Blogtor Who. And there's a trailer for it that he's now released.
The DVD is up for pre-order, and by shopping around, it'll come in comfortably under a tenner. »
Despite some reluctance, Wes Craven is a name-brand filmmaker. The phrase "Wes Craven Presents" comes with certain expectations thanks to the financial success of the Scream franchise and The Hills Have Eyes series before that. But what cemented Craven's reputation is A Nightmare on Elm Street, a deathless cycle of films that he only directed and scripted two installments of. In time for the release of commemorative documentary Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, the Voice talked to Craven about how star Robert Englund's performance is like Miles Davis's Kind of Blue, which porno films Craven worked on, and why Her is actually a horror film. In Never Sleep Again, one of Nightmare on Elm Street's cast me »
Ethan Hawke and Asa Butterfield have been announced as the father/son combo at the heart of Ten Thousand Saints; the upcoming movie from American Splendor directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini. The story follows teenager Jude (Butterfield) who, after his best friends’ death from a drug overdose, moves in with this hippie father (Hawke) and starts a straight edge lifestyle with the local youth culture. It is based on the 2011 book of the same name by Eleanor Henderson which has been described as ‘vivid’ and ‘incredibly unforgettable’.
Hailee Steinfeld was confirmed at the end of last year to play Butterfield’s love interest Eliza. Butterfield and Steinfeld first worked together in Gavin Hood’s Ender’S Game last year and this is their second project together based on a novel. Alongside Ten Thousand Saints Butterfield will also film King Of The Kastle alongside Clive Owen and Jacki Weaver this year. »
- Victoria Bull
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has confirmed that the original all-ages animated feature Jla Adventures: Trapped In Time will hit DVD on January 21st, 2014. The DVD-only release will be available exclusively at American Target locations starting next week. Dubbed a “stealth release,” wherein a home entertainment product is given no promotion and limited availability due to its perceived audience reach, Jla Adventures: Trapped In Time is an all-new animated feature featuring the Justice League facing off against the classic Legion of Doom. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has currently not provided any official details about the animated movie, but Jla Adventures: Trapped In Time producer Giancarlo Volpe (Green Lantern: The Animated Series) has recently taken to social media to drop a few tidbits. With a runtime of roughly 52 minutes, Volpe called the animated feature an “all-new adventure, featuring the Justice League and the Legion of Doom, plus a couple curve balls.” Volpe »
Lael Summer is the definition of the artist who doesn’t sound like how she looks. She looks like your average Pussycat Dolls-esque singer, heavily autotuned and wildly average. In reality, her voice is funky, fun and light, something sorely missing in pop music today. While I didn’t particularly go nuts for her album, Burden To Bear, I respect what she’s doing and how she’s doing it.
Her tracks are sexy, loaded with soul and flair. Her voice is refreshing, too. “In Time” is a stand-out track for me, as it evokes a summer-y (no pun intended) vibe of just relaxing at home, taking it easy. It’s one of those “lounge by the pool”-type tracks that I’m always a sucker for.
- Robert Ottone
After last week’s onslaught of new stuff, it was perhaps inevitable that this week would be something of a comedown with not much going on. There is some worthwhile new stuff added, the John Milius documentary for one which has debuted on Lovefilm the same time as DVD more or less and, of course, a contender for the worst film of all time. I have used this opportunity to catch up on some titles that were added last week and I didn’t have space for which are definitely worth writing about. I hope you enjoy.
The Host (2013)
Once upon a time, a bright young writer from New Zealand wrote a brilliant and ahead of its time screenplay called The Truman Show which then became a pretty fantastic film and a career peak for Jim Carrey which predicted the world’s obsession with reality television. The year before, his »
- Chris Holt
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