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Everest Pushes A-List Actors Jason Clarke, Jake Gyllenhaal And Josh Brolin To Their Limits


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The new adventure epic Everest dramatises a real-life event from May 1996, when the mountain was packed with climbers just as a freak storm rolled in. Of course, even in ideal conditions, the world's tallest mountain is an enormous challenge. As team leader Rob Hall (played by Jason Clarke) says in the film, "Human beings simply aren't built to function at the cruising altitude of a 747."

Everest castEverest tells the true story of mountaineering's most shocking disaster

Clarke was familiar with the story. "I was doing theatre in Sydney in 1996, and during a tech rehearsal it was on the news," he recalls. "By the time I heard about the film, I had read the book and visited base camp as a traveler."

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Everest - Featurette Trailer


Quite possibly the most ambitious films of the year, Everest tells the true to life tale of the eight people who suddenly found themselves stuck in a blizzard on the mountain whilst attempting to reach the summit.

Jason Clarke & Jake Gyllenhaal talk about a few of the experiences they faced whilst on this unbelievable shoot. The film team travelled to many different locations, including the foothills of Everest and the Italian Alps to try and recreate the surroundings as accurately as possible. Whilst onset the film makers were constantly put in peril, they were told about avalanche warnings and their sets would occasionally be wiped out by unexpected snow movement.

As Jake Gyllenhaal says in the featurette: 'This production and the intensity of making this movie is absolutely extraordinary - it's a site to behold'.

Everest Trailer


When two different climbing parties set out on the expedition of their lives, they knew there would be dangers; however, no-one could prepare them for the tragedy that was in store. Reaching the summit of Mount Everest in Nepal is every passionate climbers dream, but this isn't a trip to take lightly. Such altitudes and temperatures are not meant to be experienced by human beings as frostbite and altitude sickness are almost inevitable perils, not to mention falling, strong winds and, of course, avalanches. As fate would have it, these climbers are about to run into one of the worst snowstorms ever documented as an earthquake hits the nation and mother nature has no mercy. Victory turns to catastrophe in an event that will change the lives of the survivors.

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Everest - Teaser Trailer


Some people get a once in a lifetime chance to make history. Some people, unfortunately end fining themselves part of events that live in infamy. Such is the story of the people who attempted to climb the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest, in 1996. Their story would later be referred to as the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, as two competing expeditions were caught on the mountain by a horrific storm, leading to the most terrifying events on the mountain until that point. This is the story of those climbers.

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'2 Guns' Failures To Fire Up Critics In Early Reviews


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2 Guns, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, is due to be released on US cinemas on 2nd August. The film sees a DEA agent and a naval intelligence officer forced to run following their failed attempt at infiltrating a drug cartel. The film has received less than favourable early critical reviews.

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Denzel Washington at the premiere of 2 Guns in New York.

Many have described the action film as being cliché and lacking in a cohesive plot or particularly strong characters. Keith Uhlich of Time Out New York said the movie "quickly degenerates into boilerplate Hollywood sound and fury, complete with a climactic Mexican stand-off that revolves around a massive, burning pile of money".

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Video - Mark Wahlberg And Denzel Washington Spotted At '2 Guns' World Premiere - Part 1


The stars of crime comedy '2 Guns' including 'Ted' actor Mark Wahlberg and 'The Book of Eli' actor Denzel Washington attend the world premiere of the movie at the SVA Theatre in New York City. In stark contrast to everyone else, Denzel has decided to dressdown in a black t-shirt, black jeans and trainers.

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Baltasar Kormakur - The world premiere of 'Two Guns' at the SVA Theatre - Arrivals - New York, United States - Monday 29th July 2013

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Baltasar Kormakur - World premiere of '2 Guns' at the SVA Theatre - Arrivals - New York, NY, United States - Monday 29th July 2013

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2 Guns Trailer


Marcus Stigman and Bobby Trench have, for the last year, been working together as part of a drug organisation; however, neither knows the other's true identity as they have both been sent out undercover as part of their work as federal agents in separate organisations. Their attempt to uncover millions of dollars from a Mexican drug cartel goes badly wrong when the agents turn on each other revealing their true identities; Stig is a Naval Intelligence officer while Bobby is part of the Drug Enforcement Administration. They take the situation to their respective superiors and discover that they have both been set up with the money that they recovered not belonging to who they thought it did. They realise that they must work together to bring down the real criminals while they themselves are wanted dead or jailed.

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Contraband Review


Weak
There isn't a single moment in this film that feels authentic, as cast and crew charge hardheadedly through a ludicrous series of obstacles that would be comical if the film wasn't so insistent on grunting with explosive machismo every step of the way.

Chris (Wahlberg) is a notorious smuggler who has gone straight to have a quiet life with his wife Kate (Beckinsale) and their two young kids. But when Kate's brother (Jones) falls afoul of New Orleans thug Briggs (Ribisi), Chris and his pal Sebastian (Foster) have to plan "one last job" to get the family off the hook. This involves Chris and Andy travelling by ship to Panama to collect counterfeit bills from a crazy dealer (Luna), then furtively returning to America. But of course nothing goes to plan.

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Contraband Trailer


Chris Farraday used to lead a life of crime but that was before he met his wife, Kate. Now, he's happily married with two children and he wouldn't change it for the world. Even his own father is impressed with how he has turned his life around.

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Jar City Review


Very Good
Although it never makes too brazen a point of the matter, one fact that looms over Baltasar Kormákur's chiller Jar City is that although Iceland is not that small a nation geographically, it is infinitesimal in human size. While a country's having only 300,000 people may not matter so much if this was a relationship melodrama, but Jar City is a police procedural revolving around a seemingly motiveless murder, making that number much more important. CSI: Reykjavik would have positively decimated the capital city's population by the end of a third season. In other words, with such an intimately-sized and closely-related nation, everything and everyone is connected; a situation that may be uncomfortable for Icelanders but should be manna for mystery buffs.

Based on Arnaldur Indri?ason's 2000 novel Tainted Blood, Jar City follows the dogged investigation of seasoned Reykjavik detective Erlendur (a suitably weary Ingvar Eggert Sigur?sson) after a man is found murdered. It's a pathetic scene that Erlendur comes across in the bachelor's apartment, and one gets a hint of the demons he has to keep at bay as he tiredly pronounces it a "typical Icelandic murder, messy and pointless." With his partner Sigurdur Óli (Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson), a nervous type with suspiciously American habits (he's vegetarian, drinks lattes and hates Erlendur's chain-smoking, which gets him incessantly razzed as a "pussy"), the investigation is on, though with precious little to work on.

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