Tom, Arnie and Hugh pick up honours at the Empire Awards, while the stars of Noah, The Other Woman and Divergent walk red carpets in London. And new trailers arrive for films starring Shailene Woodley, Cameron Diaz, Tom Hardy, Dwayne Johnson and Scarlett Johansson...
Tom Cruise, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hugh Jackman and Emma Thompson were all on hand for Sunday night's Empire Awards in London, a lively and colourful event with most winners chosen by the magazine's readers. Cruise was named The Legend of Our Lifetime, while Schwarzenegger was crowned The Action Hero of Our Lifetime and Jackman picked up the Empire Icon Award.
There was also a flurry of high-profile premieres in London this past week. Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson and Ray Winstone walked a watery-style carpet for Noah; Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton were on hand for The Other Woman; and Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet and Theo James dazzled the fans for Divergent.
'The Drop' is James Gandolfini's final movie.
The trailer for The Drop - James Gandolfini's final movie before his untimely death last year - has rolled out online. Co-starring Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace, the crime-drama centers on Brooklyn's gangster underworld and particularly a bar owned by Gandolfini's Freddie that acts as a premises for criminal 'drops' of cash.
James Gandolfini in 'The Drop'
Freddie's cousin Ronnie, played by Hardy, works as a bartender, but a robbery upsets the fine balance of their lives.
'Prometheus 2' is on the way, with added Michael Fassbender.
Prometheus 2 will hit cinemas in March 2016 though may take on a different movie title, according to The Wrap. An insider confirmed that production is scheduled to start this fall, once Ridley Scott has delivered his Moses movie Exodus, to Fox.
Michael Fassbender at the Independent Spirit Awards
The sci-fi sequel will be re-written by veteran movie scribe Michael Green, who worked with Scott on Blade Runner and recently penned the derided Green Lantern movie. Jack Paglen (Transcendence) had written the original draft of the screenplay.
Continue reading: Prometheus 2 Gets Release Date, Will Be Heavy On Michael Fassbender
Brian De Palma has failed to excite the critics with his latest effort.
Brian De Palma, a man once considered the finest director on the planet having helmed The Untouchables and Scarface, returns this week with Passion - a thriller based on the 2010 French movie Love Crime.
It stars Rachel McAdams and the ultra-talented Noomi Rapace and follows the story of a deadly power struggle between two women in the dog-eat-dog world of international business. Or at least that's what the promotional bumf says: essentially, McAdams plays a Berlin-based advertising executive who engages in a power struggle with her assistant Isabelle, who attempts to further her career.
Passion - De Palma's first movie since his war movie Redacted in 2007 - was selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 69th Venice International Film Festival, but it won't win.
Continue reading: 'Passion' Reviews: Brian De Palma, Is That Really You?
Guillermo Del Toro's summer blockbuster Pacific Rim holds huge premieres in Mexico and London, while The Wolverine and RED 2 begin their own publicity assaults. And trailers tease us with glimpses of Jobs, Passion, Thanks for Sharing and more...
This week's big world premiere was for Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim, which was held in Mexico City on Monday with cast members Charlie Day, Ron Perlman and Rinko Kikuchi. They were joined by British costars Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam and new True Blood hunk Robert Kasinsky for the European premiere in London on Thursday. Critics' reviews are embargoed, but Emma Watson and Kanye West both tweeted praise for the film, which opens next week.
The next big blockbuster this summer will be The Wolverine, a stand-alone X-men movie set in World War II Japan. Hugh Jackman returns as the iconic character, and this week appears in a short behind-the-scenes doc with director James Mangold. They reveal several enticing clips from the film, which opens later this month. Watch The Wolverine featurette here.
The Vanity Fair Party at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City saw numerous famous faces including 'Sister Act' star Whoopi Goldberg, 'The Deer Hunter' actor Christopher Walken and 'Romeo + Juliet' director Baz Luhrmann. One paparazzo proposes marriage to Whoopi, who declares that they're 'too late' before adding: 'Y'know, it's always too late, I don't wanna marry you'.
Dead Man Down isn't a favorite with the critics, but might be worth watching during a two-for-one special.
Well, everyone’s having a go at Dead Man Down apparently.
It’s a classic tale of “boy meets girl”, “girl threatens to out boy as sadistic killer unless boy kills the people who disfigured her” and, as far as blood-soaked thrillers go, this one is clearly no masterpiece. What the critics can’t seem to agree on, though, is whether it could fall under “delightfully campy” or “takes itself too seriously to work”. The New York Times' Manohla Dargis calls the flick “ too innocuous to qualify as either actually good or delectably bad”, however Collin Farrel’s performance as Victor earns generally positive reviews all round. Then again, most of us would probably go watch Collin Farrell eat cereal for two hours, so that’s probably no indication of the film’s worth.
USA Today’s review also doesn’t offer any glowing praise: it looks good, but falls flat when it comes to substance. Still, without giving away too many spoilers, there is certainly a scene or two sprinkled in throughout this, which makes it worth seeing, maybe even in the cinema. If you feel like wasting a couple of hours. The script might be so absurd that it borders on intentionally campy, but who would go to see a believable action flick anyway? That’s right, no one. Overall, a lukewarm offering from director Niels Arden Oplev (Girl With The Dragon Tattoo). As we all know, that’s not the ideal temperature for a revenge flick.
Continue reading: Dead Man Down Review Roundup: It Ain't Good, But It's Entertaining.
The Rolling Stones have released the slick new video for their latest track ‘Doom and Gloom.’
In 1892, the Crown Prince of Austria is found dead; his death is ruled as suicide, according to Scotland Yard detective Inspector Lestrade. But Sherlock Holmes knows that this isn't true: all the evidence suggests that the Crown Prince was murdered, by one Professor Moriarty, whose genius is matched only by Holmes'.
As Lisbeth (Rapace) recovers from her injuries, Michael (Blomkvist) and the Millennium magazine team (Endre, Ericksson and Ledarp) are finalising the special edition about her, which they hope to publish before her trial starts.
But a secret network of spies is doing everything they can to stop them, and Lisbeth's murderous half-brother Ronald (Spreitz) is still on the loose.
Continue reading: The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest [Luftslottet Som Sprangdes] Review
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest is the concluding part to the trilogy written by Stieg Larsson. Like the first two films (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire) The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest stars Noomi Rapace.
Which makes it more subtly involving for us as well, even though it's the middle chapter.
It's a year later, and journalist Mikael (Nyqvist) has lost touch with young hacker Lisbeth (Rapace). Suddenly she's in the news as the suspect in a double murder that's connected to his work as an editor at Millennium magazine. As the cops look for her, Mikael tries to get to the bottom of the story. But a ruthless, gigantic goon (Spreitz) is also after her, and he's working for the elusive Russian mobster Zala (Staykov) who seems to be behind everything that's happening.
Continue reading: The Girl Who Played With Fire Review
Mikael Blomkvist (Nyqvist) is a journalist who has just lost a libel case. He has six months before he has to report to prison, and the wealthy Henrik Vanger (Taube) hires him to look into an old family mystery involving the disappearance of a 16-year-old girl nearly four decades earlier. What Mikael doesn't know is that a shadowy young woman, Lisbeth (Rapace), is following his every move. But soon they start working together to unravel a scandal that gets creepier with each discovery.
Continue reading: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo [Man Som Hatar Kvinnor] Review
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