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2012: the year the movie universe sparked, Universal struggled, and young adult adaptations really took off...
The big blockbusters of summer 2011 were the ones that followed fairly straightforward rules. The majority of them were sequels in linear movie franchises - Harry Potter, Transformers, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Fast & Furious - and it felt for the most part like a template was being followed.
Sure, there were surprises. Bridesmaids broke through and proved to be a massive R-rated hit. X-Men: First Class, meanwhile, came through unscathed - and in fine shape - from its reboot, whilst Jj Abrams took us temporarily back to the 1980s with Super 8. But other than that, the pattern was set: the big, pre-ordained films took the lion's share of the cash, and regular sequels were the order of the day.
The signs of change were there in 2011, of course. Thor was a bigger hit than most were expecting, »
In light of Liam Neeson currently filming Martin Scorsese's "Silence," you might think that the actor would want to take a break from action films. You couldn't blame the guy after the dreadful "Taken 3," and the goofy but somewhat tolerable "Run All Night." But you would be mistaken. Deadline reports that the actor will lead "A Willing Patriot" (I can already see the stars-and-stripes inspired poster right now). Jason Keller, whose credits include failed Oscar bait "Machine Gun Preacher," fairy tale flick "Mirror Mirror" and Arnie/Sly vehicle "Escape Plan," penned a none too taxing story which will find Neeson dusting off his special set of skills as a CIA agent who has to find a terrorist. Yep, sounds like another Mad Libs movie from Neeson. Martin Zandvliet will direct the movie, which is expected to pick up domestic distribution at Cannes, then to clutter up a couple thousand cinema. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The heartwarming comedy-of-errors Love, Rosie makes its DVD debut May 5, 2015 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Starring Lily Collins (The Blind Side, Mirror Mirror) and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1), the delightful romantic comedy is based on the bestselling novel by Cecelia Ahern. We have a contest lined up where our readers can take home copies of this new DVD and the book this romance is adapted from, with one grand prize winner taking home the book plus a DVD signed by Lily Collins.
Since the moment they met at age 5, Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (Sam Claflin) have been best friends, facing the highs and lows of growing up side by side. A fleeting shared moment, one missed opportunity, and the decisions that follow send their lives in completely different directions. As each navigates the complexities of life, love, and everything in between, »
The May 1 release of Avengers: Age of Ultron marks the "official" start of the 2015 Summer Movie Season and with that in mind, it's only appropriate to offer up a look forward at what's ahead over the next four months. What is ahead over the next four monthsc Well, a lot of movies that cost a lot of money with a few smaller features mixed in for good measure, and as much as some of us may lament the fact studios have become so franchise focused, it's hard not to admit a desire to see some of these bigger features. As a means of whittling down the flock of films arriving over the next several months I've chosen to take a look at my 20 most anticipated, which does mean there are bound to be some titles I probably ought to mention, but didn't make the list for a variety of reasons. »
- Brad Brevet
A new poster has arrived online for the upcoming sci-fi thriller Self/less from director Tarsem Singh (Immortals, Mirror Mirror), which sees Ryan Reynolds and Ben Kingsley leading a cast that also includes Michelle Dockery, Matthew Goode, Victor Garber, Natalie Martinez and Derek Luke. Check it out here…
In this provocative psychological science fiction thriller, an extremely wealthy man (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley) dying from cancer undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds). But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body’s origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause.
Self/less is set for release on July 31st.
- Gary Collinson
Throughout the years, Hollywood has showcased symptoms of double vision, be it the by-now infamous case of Deep Impact and Armageddon, Antz and Pixar’s A Bugs Life on the animation front or, more recently, Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman. There are of course a number of variables that factor into these peculiar back-to-back releases; budget concerns, marketing tactics, and releasing a film during what is considered to be the most opportune window.
Fast forward to 2015 and we have another example of this phenomenon in the Boston marathon bombings, the tragedy that occurred back in 2013 that is set to inspire not one, but two feature films. First up, Boston Strong has already entered production, with star Casey Affleck boarding the project before parting ways with the movie. On the other hand, CBS Films has announced Patriot’s Day, and the studio is close to securing Boston native »
- Michael Briers
For every Harry Potter or Hunger Games series, there are those franchises that didn't quite set the world on fire...
Since Insurgent came out, I’ve been thinking about those less fortunate: the franchise wannabes. While Divergent may have succeeded financially, (a film that rode on the coat-tails of the even more lucrative The Hunger Games franchise) there are others who didn’t quite make it into the movie world’s big leagues. These are the franchise-starters that flopped, the films produced with the optimistic hope that they will bring in the readies and kick-start Hollywood’s latest franchise. Worse luck for them, really.
For the sake of simplicity, this list will zero in on Ya franchise-starters, films adapted from a young adult novel or with that audience in mind. There are plenty of more mature films that struggled such as Prince Of Persia: The Sands of Time, The A-Team »
Is there something romantic going on between Chris Evans and Lily Collins? The 33-year-old Captain America and The Avengers star and the 26-year-old Mirror Mirror actress, daughter of rocker Phil Collins, were seen having dinner together at a high-end Italian restaurant in Los Angeles on Friday. The two had first sparked romance rumors a week ago. They have not commented about the nature of their relationship. The two dined solo and sat at a table on the patio. Evans drank a beer and seemed more talkative during their meal, a eyewitness told E! News, adding that both appeared to be flirting. "It for sure seemed like they were on a date," the eyewitness »
Ryan Reynolds's science fiction thriller Self/less has been given a new release date.
Sir Ben Kingsley stars as an affluent aristocrat who seeks to stave off his death from cancer by having his consciousness implanted into a younger body (Reynolds).
He soon discovers that the corporation who organised the procedure is seeking to cover up the frightening true origin of this new body.
Self/less is scheduled to open on July 24 in the UK. »
Today's episode includes our review of Insurgent and Brad talks about an upcoming movie he still has 30 minutes to watch, stemming from a conversation regarding reviewing movies before you've seen the whole thing or even reviewing it all without seeing it. On top of that we explore listener Mitch's article "What I've Learned from Listening to 340 episodes of The "Brad and Laremy on movies" podcast", play a couple voicemails, play some games, talk some news and dabble into the March Madness basketball tournament. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, »
- Brad Brevet
Is a romance heating up between Lily Collins and Chris Evans? The Captain America actor, 33, and the Mirror Mirror stunner, 26, have been spending time together, People has learned. The actress has been spotted making visits to Evans's Los Angeles home, according to a source. Evans was last seen with One Tree Hill's Lindsey McKeon, 33, at the start of the New Year. He was also rumored to be rekindling a romance with Almost Human actress Minka Kelly, 34. The former couple (they reportedly first dated back in 2007 and hooked back up in 2012) were seen out and about in L.A. in »
- Jacqueline Andriakos, @jandriakos
Is a romance heating up between Lily Collins and Chris Evans? The Captain America actor, 33, and Mirror Mirror stunner, 26, have been spending time together, People has learned. The actress has been spotted making visits to Evans's Los Angeles home, according to a source. Evans was last seen with One Tree Hill's Lindsey McKeon, 33, at the start of the New Year. He was also rumored to be rekindling a romance with Almost Human actress Minka Kelly, 34. The former couple (they reportedly first dated back in 2007 and hooked back up in 2012) were seen out and about in L.A. in October »
- Jacqueline Andriakos, @jandriakos
“Have courage, and be kind.” That’s the effortless but nonetheless winning message at the heart of Disney’s new Cinderella. In an age of conflicted antiheroes and darkened inversions of fairy tale characters, a film that recaptures the simple charms of its classic source material is the breath of fresh air that audiences may not have realized they needed to take. Cinderella is that film, an earnest and impeccably executed adaptation filled with the same wonder and magic that re-imaginings like Maleficent and Mirror Mirror, among others, evidently deemed too vintage for inclusion.
Their mistake. Director Kenneth Branagh and screenwriter Chris Weitz know better. By trusting in the power of the original Cinderella story, and only really modernizing it in how they identify themes of empathy, empowerment and positive body image, the pair have delivered an elegant and engaging movie that is leagues above any other fairy-tale reboot Hollywood »
- Isaac Feldberg
Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey), Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror), Alison Brie (Yahoo’s Community), Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect), Dan Stevens (Disney’s upcoming Beauty and the Beast) and Leslie Mann (This is 40) are all already attached to the ensemble pic, which will be directed by Collins’ Love, Rosie helmer Christian Ditter.
The script, based on Liz Tuccillo’s novel of the same name, has gone through multiple iterations, with Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein penning the original, and Dana Fox having been brought in to work on the current draft.
Like He’s Just Not That Into You, New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day before it, How to Be Single includes multiple, intersecting storylines and explores singlehood from both male and female perspectives. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Sir Ben Kingsley tries to achieve immortality in a new trailer for science fiction thriller Self/less.
Kingsley plays a terminally ill billionaire who attempts to live on by having his consciousness implanted into a young and healthy body (Ryan Reynolds).
He soon discovers that the origin of his new body is quite mysterious, leading him to question the motives of the organisation that assisted him.
Self/less opens on July 31 in the Us and UK. »
Tarsem Singh has always been one for visually dazzling films. His latest output, from Immortals and Mirror Mirror, have been messy disappointments compared to the whimsical charms of the underrated gem The Fall. His latest however places him firmly in thriller territory rather than fantasy spectacle. Self/less stars Ben Kingsley as a wealthy, powerful, successful man who wishes to transfer his mind into a younger body, played by Ryan Reynolds. But the doctor responsible for this procedure (Matthew Goode) is hiding a sinister secret as to the origins of Reynolds’s past life and to the procedure’s side effects.
Granted, the last time Ryan Reynolds starred in a body switch movie it was called The Change-Up. This thankfully looks nothing like that. Self/less is released July 31 and also stars Michelle Dockery, Natalie Martinez, Victor Garber, and Derek Luke. Watch the trailer below:
The post Tarsem’s ‘Self »
- Brian Welk
It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from Tarsem; he is the mono monikered director behind “The Fall” and “The Cell.” After being absent for a few years, he made up for lost time in 2011/2012 with the almost one-two punch of “Immortals” and “Mirror Mirror” — both films were released within five months of each other. And while neither did much to quell the criticism that Tarsem is style over substance, they did decent enough worldwide business to keep the Tarsem brand in business. And so his latest is the biogenic sci-fi thriller “Self/Less,” which is about an extremely wealthy man dying from cancer, who undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man. Of course things like this don’t always go according to plan. Ben Kingsley stars as the older scion, Ryan Reynolds his younger self, and the movie also co-stars Matthew Goode, »
- Edward Davis
A consistently underrated expert of the visual medium, Tarsem might not always have the material to back up his story, but The Fall, Immortals, and, yes, even Mirror Mirror showed he can defy expectations. His latest film, Self/Less, teams him with Ryan Reynolds (who with The Voices has shown he’s looking for something a bit different) and today the first trailer has arrived. The story follows a […] »
- Leonard Pearce
It has been a few years since filmmaker Tarsem Singh came out with "Immortals" and "Mirror Mirror" within just a few months of each other. Now though he's back with all his usual visual style in the first trailer for his new sci-fi thriller "Self/Less".
The plot is best described as a far smarter sounding "Freejack" with Ben Kingsley playing a wealthy but dying scion who undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds). Matthew Goode, Michelle Dockery, Natalie Martinez, Derek Luke and Mariana Paola Vicente also star in the film which opens July 31st.
- Garth Franklin
It's been a few years since we've seen anything from visionary director Tarsem Singh (Mirror Mirror, Immortals) but the trailer for his latest, Selfless, is finally here. Right off the bat, you may notice that the visual aesthetic of this film feels quite restrained compaired to his earlier works, but that's where the story takes over. The film follows an extremely wealthy man (Ben Kingsley), dying from cancer, who undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers »
- Sean Wist
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