11 items from 2014
He didn't walk the red carpet, and you probably didn't know his name, but Hal Douglas rubbed shoulders with the biggest stars on the planet, helping bring the vision of directors to audiences around the world, and made a lasting impact on the moviegoing experience. He was the iconic voice and narrator of movie trailers, and at the age of 89 he has sadly passed away. "In a world..." may have become a cliche, but that's only because Douglas made it sound so good, and through thousands of promos, he excited, romanced and intrigued ticket buyers to line up the next weekend and come back to the cinema. One of the best in the business, Douglas' talent was in being both familiar and always compelling, and we'll have to get used to whoever comes along to fill his very big shoes, which worked for over four decades in the biz. [Deadline] »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Douglas popularized the use of the phrase "In a world..." in his narration, becoming one of the most recognizable voices in film. He also frequently lent his vocals to TV commercials and series. Though his booming voice and go-to catchphrases were sometimes mocked as cliche, Douglas was widely respected in Hollywood, and even poked fun at himself in the trailer for Jerry Seinfeld's 2002 documentary "Comedian."
Before he hit it big in his narration niche, Douglas trained as a pilot and spent three years in the Navy. He then studied acting at the University of Miami before moving to New York to pursue the craft further. Douglas picked up some extra cash doing radio and voiceover work, becoming a sought after talent, »
- Katie Roberts
The cyber thriller Cybergeddon will be available on DVD on March 18. To mark the occasion, we have an exclusive clip to share with you. It features Canadian actress Missy Peregrym (Reaper and Rookie Blue) as Agent Chloe Jocelyn. Watch her chase down a cyber perp named Tommy. Not only is Tommy good at hacking, but apparently he's also good at running up, down, and over things. Too bad for him Chloe has a gun. Cybergeddon follows the story of agent Chloe Jocelyn as she investigates a slew of seemingly unrelated cyber attacks with fellow agent Frank Parker and incarcerated master hacker Chase 'Rabbit' Rosen. Chloe and her team must crack the worldwide cybercrime ring led by Gustov Dobreff before it is too late. In a world...
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The night before the 2014 Oscars was a big one for 12 Years a Slave as it took home five wins at the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards including Best Picture, Director (Steve McQueen), Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o), Screenplay (John Ridley) and Cinematography (Sean Bobbitt). However, don't take this to mean 12 Years is a lock at the Oscars as its strongest competition in categories such as Picture and Director, those being Gravity and American Hustle, weren't among the "independent" nominees. Some likely Oscar winners were among the list of winners as Dallas Buyers Club co-stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto took home Best Actor and Supporting Actor respectively. Cate Blanchett took home yet another Best Actress prize for her work in Blue Jasmine and 20 Feet from Stardom won Best Documentary, proving even the Spirit Awards weren't going for The Act of Killing, though that doesn't diminish the impact of Joshua Oppenheimer's film. Some »
- Brad Brevet
Screen Junkies have posted their latest 'honest trailer' - a four minute or so piece of film criticism using the 'In a world...' voiceover style. And a congratulations! is in order, as not only is this their 50th ever video; this is also Spaaaarta!
That's right, before the release of the 300 sequel (annoyingly not entitled 301), they're talking...
-Zack Snyder's overused bag of visual tricks.
-That mutant Persian goat thing.
-And lots of homoerotic imagery...
Wait a second...Michael Fassbender was in that movie!?
- Oliver Davis
Screen Junkies have posted their latest 'honest trailer' - a four minute or so piece of film criticism using the 'In a world...' voiceover style. This time, they're thundering down on the latest Thor movie.
In their deconstruction of the 'filler-before-the-next-Avengers-film,' they talk...
-The All-Seeing Idris Elba,who misses a vast enemy attack fleet infiltrating Asgard.
-The wacky sidekick's wacky sidekicks.
-And the end sequence's similarities with video game Portal.
- Oliver Davis
Screen Junkies have posted their latest 'honest trailer' - a four minute or so piece of film criticism using the 'In a world...' voiceover style - where this time they've got their targets locked onto the new RoboCop movie (by talking about how good the original is).
In their deconstruction of next month's big sci-fi release, they explore...
-that PG-13 rating.
-the original's love for defenestration (google it).
-and the 'Most. Blood squibs. Ever.'
RoboCop is directed by Jose Padilha (Elite Squad) and stars Joel Kinnaman (The Killing), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises), Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers), Michael Keaton (Batman), Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch), Jay Baruchel (Knocked Up), Aimee Garcia (Dexter), Michael K. Williams (The Wire), Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty), Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), and Miguel Ferrer (Iron Man 3). »
- Oliver Davis
Actress Lake Bell, best known for her work on the small screen in Childrens' Hospital and How to Make It in America, made her feature writing and directing debut last year with the critically-acclaimed indie comedy In a World.... The filmmaker also stars as Carol, a young voice over artist trying to escape the shadow of her legendary father (Fred Melamed). As her career begins to blossom, she finds herself competing directly with her old man. With the Blu-ray and DVD debuting earlier this week, we have an exclusive gag reel featuring Lake Bell, Rob Corddry, Ken Marino, Demetri Martin and Michaela Watkins trying to keep a straight face for the camera.
In this hilarious and idiosyncratic comedy, Carol (Lake Bell) is an underachieving voice coach living in the shadow of her egotistical father Sam (Fred Melamed), the undisputed king of the voice-over industry. When Sam kicks her out, Carol »
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Cate Blanchett stars as Jasmine, a fancy New Yorker whose late husband was one of those finance scumbags who swindled people. Left high and dry, she heads to Sf to impose upon her sweet sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins), who's got her own problems to deal with.
Why We're In: This Woody Allen flick is getting rave reviews, nominations, and awards out the wazoo, so if you haven't seen it yet, get cracking.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
Why We're In: Because it's winter and you need a laugh, and because this Criterion edition is restored, extended, and spiffed up in all the right ways. »
- Jenni Miller
Captain Phillips The wave of love and appreciation for movies today is interesting. When Captain Phillips was released you would have thought Tom Hanks was the greatest living actor and now today most everyone has dialed it back to "well, it was a pretty good final 15 minutes." Perhaps maybe once people watch it again at home they'll finally come around to agreeing with me that Danielle Albert also delivers a great performance. Maybe, but I'm not holding my breath.
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (Criterion Collection) I've never seen Stanley Kramer's It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and Criterion calls it "the most grandly harebrained movie ever made" and a "sobering investigation of American greed". This Criterion release includes a new 197-minute extended version of the film making it sound like anyone that has yet to see it finally has a reason to do so along »
- Brad Brevet
If you bump into Simon Pegg in London over the next six weeks, try not to disturb him. He’ll probably be hard at work wooing Lake Bell in their new romantic comedy Man Up, freshly underway under the guiding eye of director Ben ‘The Inbetweeners Movie’ Palmer.Pegg is playing a middle-aged divorcee named Jack who stumbles upon the 34 year-old Nancy (In A World...’s Bell), a singleton trapped in a cycle of painfully jolly family shindigs that would horrify even Bridget Jones, and mistakes her for his 20-something blind date. Ever-hopeful of finding someone nice just around the corner, Nancy decides to keep the truth a secret, setting in train an evening of mistaken-identity magic. Or so she hopes.Reads the film's synopsis: “What follows is a chaotic, unconventional, hilarious night neither of them will ever forget. There will be drinking, there will be home truths; there will »
11 items from 2014
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