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Translating movies and television for international markets can be a tricky business, as we discovered last year when we assembled this collection of 20 titles that got lost in translation.
But if you want to descend to a whole new level of weirdness, you need to look beyond the official channels. Whether it's a pirated disc being hawked in the street or a bona fide copy resold in unofficial packaging, these are products where the normal quality standards simply do not apply.
Below we've rounded up 11 of the world's most bizarre bootleg DVD covers, featuring dodgy Photoshopping, garbled Babelfish-style synopses, and entire actors being accidentally dropped in from other movies or TV shows.
God, True Detective was a great show. Remember that episode where Rust and Marty go to Vegas and live it up in faux-Paris before narrowly escaping an exploding building on the back of a phoenix?
World War II tank movie Fury will almost certainly take the top spot away from two-time winner Gone Girl this weekend. Meanwhile, The Book of Life and The Best of Me are also opening nationwide.Playing at 3,173 theaters, Fury stars Brad Pitt as the leader of an American tank crew making their way through Germany as the second World War draws to a close.With the exception of 2012's Killing Them Softly*which was an odd, dark crime drama*Pitt has been on a strong run lately as a leading man. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Inglourious Basterds and World War Z all earned over $120 million at the domestic box office, while Moneyball was one of the highest-grossing baseball movies ever with $75.6 million.World War II movies have a mixed track record, though the last few installments have done fairly well. Outside of Pitt's Basterds, the best comparison for »
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For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at one of Hollywood’s absolute bigger stars. He’s about as A-list as the A-list gets…the name? Well, Brad Pitt of course. Not only is he a movie star with all capital letters (Movie Star!) and a top tier celebrity, he’s also developed into one of the industry’s best and most interesting actors as well. Pitt is the type of star that doesn’t rest on his laurels and often seems to attach himself to challenging material, something that will win the man an acting Oscar one day (he already won his first one last year for helping to produce Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave). As high as he’s soared already, the best could still be to come. Pitt got his noticeable start in the business (after some uncredited acting jobs on »
- Joey Magidson
October has arrived, which means a whole slew of new titles are ready to queue up on Netflix Instant. This month’s highlights in the U.S. include Andrew Dominik’s Killing Them Softly starring Brad Pitt, Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory, Werner Herzog’s Rescue Dawn, Galaxy Quest, Team America: World Police and the first season of the […] »
It's been a while since we've had a good "find the Nazi (fill in the blank)," but thankfully that long, cruel drought will come to an end in January when Jude Law (who seems to be on a bit of a career upswing after a pair of brilliant performances in equally brilliant Steven Soderbergh movies and a nifty little cameo in Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel") goes hunting for Nazi gold in "Black Sea." We've got the trailer, and it's pretty gripping stuff indeed.
"Black Sea," which was written by Dennis Kelly (whose BBC series "Utopia" is currently being adapted for HBO by David Fincher and Gillian Flynn), concerns a group of rogues who take a British submarine to the Black Sea in the search for lost Nazi gold. Of course, things get decidedly more treacherous than even the inky blackness of the bottom of the ocean, when the »
- Drew Taylor
"I'm actually very snobbish about directors. I have to say no all the time," Brad Pitt told GQ in an interview for the magazine's upcoming issue. He went on to say that, "No is the most powerful word in our business. You've got to protect yourself... To leave home, it's got to be worth leaving." Pitt's self-diagnosed "snobbishness" about directors certainly hasn't gone unnoticed. Throughout his career, Pitt has worked with David Fincher (Seven) and Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's Eleven) three times apiece, Andrew Dominik (Killing Them Softly) twice, and a slew of other great directors once each, including Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds), Bennett Miller (Moneyball) and the Coen brothers (Burn After Reading). Additionally, Pitt's selectiveness has led him to starring in director David Ayer's (End of Watch) upcoming film Fury, a World War II tank drama that focuses on a crew of battle-hardened allied soldiers during a mission deep in enemy territory. »
- Jordan Benesh
The Equalizer got off to a strong start on Friday, while The Boxtrolls had one of the best stop-motion animation debuts ever.At 3,236 theaters, The Equalizer opened to an impressive $12.6 million. That ranks third all-time for star Denzel Washington behind American Gangster ($15.9 million) and Safe House ($13.6 million). It's also well above last Summer's 2 Guns ($9.9 million), which had a strong co-lead in Mark Wahlberg. For the weekend, The Equalizer is on track to gross at least $35 million.The Maze Runner added $5.18 million on Friday, which is off 54 percent from opening day. That's a very solid hold for a young-adult adaptation; in comparison, Divergent fell 64 percent at the same point. For the weekend, The Maze Runner will likely earn around $17 million.Opening at 3,464 theaters, The Boxtrolls earned an estimated $4.93 million on Friday. That's above fellow Laika Animation titles ParaNorman ($4.6 million) and Coraline ($4.5 million). If The Boxtrolls follows the same pattern as past family-friendly September releases, »
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HBO has confirmed two of the four leads in the second season of True Detective. The eight-episode season will revolve around three police officers, one of whom will be played by Vince Vaughn, working with a criminal (Colin Farrell) as they untangle a conspiracy in the wake of a murder.
Vaughn will play Frank Semyon, a life-long criminal attempting to shift into honest work when the murder of a business partner threatens his newfound livelihood. Farrell, who confirmed his casting on the show over the weekend, is set to appear as Ray Velcoro, »
Smoky bars and rundown, vacant buildings are surrounded by cheap shacks that barely pass for homes… and I haven’t even begun to describe the people. But I think you can imagine the occupants in this universe. The film-noir genre has taken a journey into even seedier territory over the years. Gone are the days where you have fast-talking detectives and two-timing gals. Now we are treated to a world of cops and crime that is caked in a thick layer or dirt, grime, and blood. Films like Gone Baby Gone, Eastern Promises, The Town, Out Of The Furnace, and Killing Them Softly, all have recently focused on crime and corruption on the working-class level of society. Is “poor-noir” an apt description? What about “working-class noir?” At any rate, this is a trend that Belgian director Michael Roskam also explores with his new film The Drop. Roskam previously garnered a »
- Michael Haffner
A conversation occurs midway through Sarik Andreasyan’s “American Heist,” in which a thug quotes Thomas Jefferson, his favorite Us president; “The banking institutions are more dangerous than the army.” Our mind immediately calls back to Brad Pitt’s closing monologue in “Killing Them Softly” where he singles out the very same Jefferson as a hypocrite, guilty for founding America as a business. Some films have a tendency to comment scathingly on an allegedly corrupt American financial system, dispelling the myth of the American dream with eager cynicism (most especially certain films that call attention to these critiques by including the word ‘American’ in their title. Some, like Andrew Dominik’s exceptionally colloquial piece, artfully unravel the fabric of this culture through intelligent and subtle cinematic means, while others tear into the very same fabric with a blunt instrument, until the viewer is left exasperated. Andreasyan’s film doesn’t waste much time in firmly. »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
In this new golden age of television that we are currently living in, the television industry is poaching some of cinema’s greatest minds more than ever to create their own long form stories after being restricted to the hour and a half to maximum four hours that film allows. The gap is getting increasingly small between the two in terms of quality, and some would argue that TV has already overtaken film in some respects.
Steven Soderbergh, Guillermo del Toro, Eli Roth, Martin Scorsese, and Lars Von Trier have or are about to make the leap from the silver screen to the small screen with The Knick, The Strain, Hemlock Grove, and the upcoming Shutter Island prequel and The House That Jack Built. They’re not the first major filmmakers to create a show; both Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch famously did so with Alfred Hitchcock Presents »
- Max Molinaro
Just days before its debut at the Venice International Film Festival, the first trailer and clip has been released from Cymbeline, a modern-day adaptation of William Shakespeare's play of the same name.
Ethan Hawke leads an all-star cast including Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, Anton Yelchin and Dakota Johnson in this story set against the backdrop of a deadly battle between crooked cops and and a drug-dealing biker gang. Take a look at the first footage, then read on for more details from Lionsgate's official press release.
Lionsgate's Grindstone Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to Hamlet writer/director Michael Almereyda's modern day adaptation of Shakespeare's play Cymbeline ahead of its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, it was announced today by the film's producers, Michael Benaroya of Benaroya Pictures and Anthony Katagas of Keep Your Head Productions. The film, starring Academy Award nominees Ethan Hawke (Boyhood »
Lionsgate’s Grindstone Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to Hamlet writer/director Michael Almereyda’s modern day adaptation of Shakespeare’s play Cymbeline ahead of its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, it was announced today by the film’s producers, Michael Benaroya of Benaroya Pictures and Anthony Katagas of Keep Your Head Productions.
The film, starring Academy Award nominees Ethan Hawke (Boyhood) and Ed Harris (A Beautiful Mind), Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil), John Leguizamo (Chef), Penn Badgley (Margin Call, Easy A), Dakota Johnson (the upcoming 50 Shades of Grey) and Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness) will be distributed in spring 2015 by Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
Cymbeline unfolds amidst an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug dealing biker gang, set in a corruption-riddled contemporary America. In the style of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, Cymbeline is a fresh take on a universal story of love, betrayal and revenge. »
- Michelle McCue
Netflix will be adding a host of new TV and movie options that will be rolling out on the streaming service throughout September.
Netflix's September Additions
Netflix is kicking off September by adding seasons of Californication, Chasing UFOs, Doomsday Preppers, Hinterland, Unsealed: Alien Files and Zero Hour. Soon to follow will be seasons of The League, The Blacklist, Arrow, New Girl, How I Met Your Mother, Parks and Recreation, The Walking Dead and more.
As for movies, Robin Williams’ films Good Morning Vietnam and Flubber have been added in addition to Cool Runnings, Lords of Dogtown, Crocodile Dundee and others. Among those coming soon are A Simple Man, Silver Linings Playbook and Bad Grandpa.
See Below for Complete Lists of Netflix’s New TV & Movies Offerings:
“Californication,” Seasons 1-7, Sept. 1
“Chasing UFOs,” Season 1, Sept. 1
“Doomsday Preppers,” Seasons 1-3, Sept. 1
“Hinterland,” Season 1, Sept. 1
“Unsealed: Alien Files,” Season 1, Sept. 1
“Zero Hour, »
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie once vowed never to get married until everyone in America could legally do so. But kids can be persistent. And over the years, their children repeatedly asked about if - which later became when - Mom and Dad would tie the knot. (And to be fair, Pitt and Jolie were both romantically drawn to the idea, too.) On Saturday, of course, they finally wed - with "I do" replacing "I won't," "I might" and "I will someday." It was a long road to that joyful day, though. Below, check out the couple's evolving views on the topic, »
- Tim Nudd, @nudd
It's almost September, which means a whole new slew of titles on Netflix! August proved pretty lucrative on the quality title front, but it looks as though September it's going to blow the rundown out of the water.
TV takes spotlight this month, with the latest full seasons of "The Walking Dead," "New Girl," "The League," "The Blacklist," "Arrow," "Bones," and "Parks and Recreation" primed and ready for streaming before their fall premieres. And fans still mourning the loss of "How I Met Your Mother" (in more ways than one) can rewatch the ninth and final season to their heart's content. Ah, memories. Showtime's recently departed "Californication" can be seen in its entirety (Seasons 1 -7) as well, starting September 1. That's a lot of TV.
- Tim Hayne
You’ve probably seen him in lots of stuff: he’s been in a ton of great movies but he’s a bit of a chameleon and looks different in all of them. He’s one of those actors who, when his name pops up in the credits, you know you’re in for a good time when he’s onscreen.
So even though I would like you to stop looking, you pretty much couldn’t go to the movies anymore if you did.
(If you »
- MaryAnn Johanson
There are prison movies, and then there are prison movies. David Mackenzie's Starred Up is a harrowing, violent, bold new take on the "prison movie" that is worth your time to take a look at, playing in theaters now and also available on VOD. The film also introduces the astonishing Jack O'Connell (now well-known thanks to Yann Demange's '71 and 300: Rise of an Empire, plus he stars in Angelina Jolie's Unbroken), who stars as the lead character Eric alongside Ben Mendelsohn, another badass we've already seen in the likes of Animal Kingdom, Killing Them Softly, The Dark Knight Rises and The Place Beyond the Pines. Together they take on an entire prison in Starred Up, and it's a hell of a ride. It's our next Monthly Must See film. Deep down at its core, Starred Up is much more than just a prison movie, and like »
- Alex Billington
Andrew Dominik, the New Zealand writer-director of Chopper, Killing Them Softly and the criminally under-seen western The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford will next write the screenplay for Shaolin Temple, the big-budget remake of the 1982 Shaw Brothers classic, for Justin Lin.The Fast And Furious director is currently in production on the latest instalment of The Bourne Identity franchise, but will then turn his attentions to this 3D reinterpretation of the film that debuted the talents of a young Jet Li more than three decades ago. Produced by Troy Craig Poon of Perfect Storm Entertainment, Bruno Wu of Seven Stars and Wang Changtian of Beijing Enlight Pictures, this Chinese co-production has already been tagged as a large scale tentpole release with...
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Even in the annals of unlikely filmmaker collaborations, we’re not sure anyone would have foreseen Chopper/Killing Them Softly’s Andrew Dominik writing a remake for Fast & Furious veteran Justin Lin to direct. Yet that’s exactly what’s happening with Shaolin Temple.Dominik will write the script for the film, which takes as its basis the 1982 movie that launched Jet Li’s screen career. Based on Shaolin folklore, it’s set as the Sui Dynasty ebbs and the Tang Dynasty rises to power. When the Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his most trusted generals, the son of one of his slaves escapes to the temple, trains in kung fu and heads out to stop the traitor.Lin – who is currently focused on TV projects and developing the next instalment in the Bourne franchise – will tackle Shaolin Temple once his duties with Aaron Cross and co. are complete. »
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