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Well, hello everyone and welcome to my very first post, post-Christmas on Thn. I trust we all had a good one. In trying to push the boundaries of the online movie news website experience, we here at The Hollywood News have decided to introduce a new weekly feature to these hallowed pages. Entitled ‘This Week At The Movies,’ this new feature is a ten minute-ish video show showcasing the films hitting UK cinemas each week. The show features clips, interviews, trailers and more from all of the releases expected to land in cinemas, and we kinda like it.
So, episode one. Always difficult but obviously necessary. In this, the pilot, we take a look at the releases for the week of 30th December, 2011, and in particular, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, Luc Besson’s The Lady, David Fincher’s Hollywood redo of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and possibly one »
- Paul Heath
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (12A)
The short man leaps from tall buildings, dodges bullets and generally throws himself into (or more often out of) the action here. You could say Cruise plays to his weaknesses by outsourcing to his team the comedy (Pegg), the empathy (Patton), and the mystery (Renner). That leaves him free for lots of globetrotting mission-accepting, most of which is good fun: spectacular, ingeniously staged and playfully unpredictable. The dazzle starts to wear off as it goes on, but there's life in the old agent yet.
Dragon fatigue threatens, but Fincher gives Stieg Larsson's now-familiar Swedish family conspiracy his own distinctive stamp, just as Mara gives us a fresh take on its hacker heroine. It's a match made in Hades, »
- Steve Rose, Phelim O'Neill
Of the 265 films eligible  for Oscars at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in February, 97 of them have been deemed worthy to be nominated for Best Original Score. Thomas Newman (The Adjustment Bureau, The Debt, The Help, The Iron Lady) and Michael Giacchino (Cars 2, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Monte Carlo, Super 8) lead all eligible composers with four films this year while Alexandre Desplat (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, The Ides of March), Tyler Bates (Conan the Barbarian, The Darkest Hour, The Way), Mark Isham (The Conspirator, Dolphin Tale, Warrior) and Henry Jackman (Puss in Boots, Winnie the Pooh, X-Men First Class) all have three. Other familiar names are on the list too such as John Williams (The Adventures of Tintin, War Horse), James Newton Howard (Green Lantern, Water for Elephants) and Danny Elfman (Real Steel, Restless) who along with Alberto Iglesias (The Skin I Live In, »
- Germain Lussier
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that ninety-seven scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 84th Academy Awards®.
The eligible scores along with the composer are listed below in alphabetical order by film title:
“Answers to Nothing,” Craig Richey, composer
“@urFRENZ,” Lisbeth Scott, composer
“Atlas Shrugged Part 1,” Elia Cmiral, composer
“Cedar Rapids, »
- Michelle McCue
I was actually beginning to believe Cliff Martinez's score for Drive may actually have a shot with all the love it has received in the precursor awards, but last night the Academy announced the list of 97 scores eligible for Best Original Score at the 2012 Oscars and, oops, what do you know, both Drive and Attack the Block didn't make the cut. The only other score I had on my current list of predictions for the category to not make the cut was Howard Shore's music for David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method. Why? Well, I would assume somewhere inside there the rules for requirement weren't met. As per the Academy, "To be eligible, the original score must be a substantial body of music that serves as original dramatic underscoring, and must be written specifically for the motion picture by the submitting composer. Scores diluted by the use of »
- Brad Brevet
There are none so inspiring in recent political history than Burmese pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi who remained under house arrest in Burma for almost 15 out of 21 years from 20 July 1989 until her most recent release on 13 November 2010.
The Lady is Luc Besson’s heartbreaking but compelling love story about Daw Suu’s (“Mother Suu”) long-distance relationship with her British husband, the academic and writer Dr Michael Aris, set against political turmoil that ends in tragedy. We were honoured to meet former Bond girl and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star Michelle Yeoh who not only plays one of the most important roles of her career as Daw Suu, but also got to meet The Lady herself under house arrest.
Here, Yeoh talks about that memorable meeting in Burma, her feelings on what Daw Suu personally gave up in her fight for her people’s freedom, as well as the poignant »
- Lisa Giles-Keddie
We're suspicious of trailers, but the first real glimpses of the Dark Knight Rises and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey were too big to miss
The big story
We don't normally get that excited about trailers. They have their place, but for the most part they're slippery, unreliable things - a keyhole shot of a bigger idea, designed to sell their wares to the largest audience, with little regard for the nature of their source material.
That said, there were a couple of promos released this week that even brine-soaked snobs like us couldn't ignore. Tuesday saw the release of the Dark Knight Rises trailer, the first real look at Christopher Nolan's third and final Batman film. Our go-to-guy for all things bat is Ben Child, who finally switched off the Bat Signal he'd installed on his roof and welcomed the caped crusader's return. "As with the best trailers, »
- Henry Barnes
On the show this week, Jason Solomons meets French director Michel Hazanavicius to discuss The Artist - Hazanavicius's homage to silent cinema. The film is gathering up plaudits from around the world as we head towards Oscars, picking up six Golden Globe nominations last week. Could it go all the way?
Hazanavicius discusses how he managed to finance what was on the surface a difficult pitch and why he thinks silent movies have a special connection with audiences.
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- Jason Solomons, Xan Brooks, Jason Phipps
Zoe Saldana plays Cataleya, a young woman who has grown up to be an assassin after witnessing the murder of her parents as a child. Turning herself into a professional killer, she remains focused on her ultimate goal: To hunt down and get revenge on the mobster responsible for her parents' deaths.
Michael Vartan co-stars in the movie, and to celebrate the home video release, he sat down with us for a chat about his role as a sensitive painter who falls in love with Cataleya. Here is our conversation.
We just saw you on the Hero Dog Awards. How did you get involved in that? »
Best Supporting Actor
Nick Nolte, »
- Steve Montgomery
"Drive" took home the most wins, four total, including Ryan Gosling for Best Actor, Albert Brooks for Best Supporting Actor, Nicholas Winding Refn for Best Director, and the film also won Best Editing.
But "The Descendants" received the big honor of the night, the Best Picture award, and the film also won Best Adapted Screenplay.
It's interesting that the Ipa honored Gosling for Best Actor and Viola Davis for Best Actress -- both are not considered Oscar frontrunners, but gave the performances of their lives nonetheless.
The 16th Annual Satellite Awards. were held Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in the Rodeo Ballroom of The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, Calif.
Here's the complete list of nominees and highlighted winners (If you're interested to see the winners/nominations from other award-giving bodies, »
Dreams Of A Life (12A)
This ingenious documentary unravels a bizarre mystery that cuts to our deepest emotional fears, but it also transcends its own genre. The mystery is Joyce Vincent – who tragically died alone in her London flat, aged 38, and whose body wasn't found until three years later. Who Joyce was and how this came to pass is gradually (partially) pieced together, as Morley tracks down former associates and stages reconstructions of her life (with Ashton, unrecognisable from her Fresh Meat incarnation). What starts as a horrific news item becomes the moving story of a real person, albeit an enigmatic one. And in the process, the film itself shifts from sobering documentary to dignifying biopic, giving this strange, sad story a subtle avant garde flourish.
- Steve Rose
Whilst all eyes will be on Meryl Streep as she takes on the guise of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady (2011) early next year, there is another (potentially more intriguing) biopic heading for cinemas over the festive season - The Lady (2011) will bring the incredible true story of Burmese pro-democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi to the big screen, at a time when her political career continues to unfold in reality. Directed by Luc Besson, the film stars Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis in what promises to be a devastating tale of love and sacrifice.
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Universal has made a deal for the distribution rights to an upcoming Luc Besson (The Lady, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc Sec) project starring Angelina Jolie (Salt, Wanted). The movie studio has acquired 80% of the worldwide rights for the untitled film, which is described as a 'dramatic thriller with action'.
The screenplay, said to be rooted in true scientific elements, was written by Besson, who will also produce and direct. His EuropaCorp has developed and will co-finance the project. Universal is touting the film as a return to form for Besson, as it looks set to be a cross between Leon and The Fifth Element.
The film will begin shooting in April 2012, mostly in EuropaCorp’s new production facilities in Paris. Meanwhile, Jolie is getting ready for the release of her directorial and screenwriting debut In the Land of Blood and Honey. The Bosnian war drama will hit Us »
After spending the last five years directing a trilogy of animated films based on the Arthur et les Minimoys books and a serious political drama with The Lady, French director Luc Besson is finally returning to the genre that we've all been hoping for: science-fiction. Okay, so he's not directing this one himself, but it's still hard not to be at least a little bit excited by the prospect. The last time he worked with this kind of material himself was in 1997 with The Fifth Element, a movie that a lot of people still seem to love. This time he has co-written a screenplay about a convict who "is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president's daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates." Yes, the plot synopsis sounds a little bit like John Carpenter's long-rumoured Escape from New York sequel, Escape from Earth, »
Last week we reported that Angelina Jolie was looking to star in an untitled sci-fi thriller set to be directed by Luc Besson. At the time the project was without a studio, but now Deadline reports that Universal has closed a deal to distribute the pic. Plot details are currently under wraps, but the feature is described as a “large-scale dramatic thriller” and is said to be rooted in true scientific elements. Besson wrote the script and will direct. The film is said to be in the vein of Besson’s earlier work like The Fifth Element and The Professional. The director recently helmed the drama The Lady, and Jolie is readying the release of her directorial debut In the Land of Blood and Honey. Production on the untitled pic is set to get underway in April. »
- Adam Chitwood
Angelina Jolie may have found herself in legal trouble for her upcoming directorial debut In the Land of Blood and Honey, but there are still no shortage of roles for the Academy Award–winning actress. Recently attached to star in title role of the biopic Gertrude Bell — which could be directed by Ridley Scott (Gladiator) — Jolie is also set to appear in a sequel to last year's Salt. But all of those projects will have to take a back seat to Jolie's next project: an untitled thriller that will see Jolie work with director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, La Femme Nikita, The Professional).
Described as a "dramatic thriller with action," THR reports that Universal Pictures has picked up the distribution rights to the movie, and has set production to begin in Paris next April. Besson will produce and also wrote the untitled movie, which the studio is reportedly claiming »
- Ryan Gowland
Universal Pictures has acquired 80% of distribution rights — including in the U.S. — to the large-scale dramatic thriller that Luc Besson will direct with Angelina Jolie in the starring role. Besson currently has The Lady in the Oscar mix, but this film sounds like a closer cousin to his earlier efforts like The Professional, La Femme Nikita and The Fifth Element. The script, rooted in true scientific elements, was written by Besson, who will also direct. His EuropaCorp developed the project and will co-finance, and production is set to begin in April 2012 mostly in EuropaCorp’s new production facilities in Paris. Virginie Besson Silla will oversee the project on behalf of EuropaCorp. The film would be Jolie’s next as an actress, and it would come before she teams with director Ridley Scott on a historical epic about Gertrude Bell »
- MIKE FLEMING
As we walk down towards the Super Bowl of the movie awards season aka the Academy Awards aka the Oscars, all the various critics associations and guilds release their own kudofest. It can get confusing and beguiling, so I created a nifty package for you -- I compiled all the nominees, winners of various award-giving bodies so you can make informed decision when it comes to predicting the Oscars.
Come and take the Awards Avenue with me!
And here we go (click on each link):
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards
British Independent Film Awards
Cinema Eye Honors
Critics' Choice (Broadcast Film Critics Association)
Detroit Film Critics
European Film Awards
Houston Film Critics Awards
Independent Spirit Award Nominations
Indiana Film Critics
Las Vegas Film Critics
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
National Board of Review
New York Film Critics Circle Awards
New York »
Another Earth (12A)
It's been quite a year for cosmic arthouse, and like The Tree Of Life and Melancholia, this low-key indie contrasts inner and outer space to stirring effect. Unlike a Kubrick-style space odyssey, it's very much down to earth – Earth One, that is. "Earth Two", a duplicate of our own, is more like a giant metaphor in the sky. Its discovery tragically fuses the lives of two people, and could yet resolve it, which makes for a tender character drama with a shot of sci-fi ingenuity.
Puss In Boots (U)
Between the Shrek brand recognition, the bright 3D, the broad-spectrum comedy and the prospect of cute cats dancing, it's hard to imagine a more mercilessly commercial proposition than this animated spin-off. It's a predictably polished affair, with Banderas's »
- Steve Rose
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