CIA agent Kidman isn't a guy that likes to be messed around and when he's tasked with a new mission he's unsure where to even begin. His superiors have asked Kidman to employ renowned director Stanley Kubrick to work on a top secret assignment.
Heading to Kubrick representatives office, Kidman speaks to someone he believes to be his representative and presents the intruder with a very lucrative proposal.
Unknowingly Kidman is now falling into a scam set by Brit Jonny. Jonny thinks on his feet and comes up with an idea to scam Kidman out of his suitcase of money. Soon Jonny recruits his mate Leon to get involved with the scam and he pretends to be the famous director. With Kidman's limited knowledge of Kubrick and only a faded picture, it appears Jonny and Leon's plan is going to work. Kidman passes them the money and strikes a deal.
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'Lee Daniels' The Butler' has remained at the top of the US Box Office for the second consecutive week. 'We're the Millers' has also retained its position at no.2 for the third week.
Lee Daniels' The Butler has retained its position at No.1 in the US Weekend Box Office for the second week. The movie is an historical epic which follows the true story of Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), a black butler who served at the White House through the offices of eight presidents. Whitaker is supported by a cast of award winning actors including Oprah Winfrey, Alan Rickman, Josh Cusack and Robin Williams.
Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey at the L.A. premiere of Lee Daniels' The Butler.
This weekend Lee Daniels' The Butler may not have been, financially, as successful as last weekend. It made over $17 million this week as opposed to the $25 million it earned in its opening weekend. Meanwhile We're the Millers, starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis, made $13 million down from $17 million last weekend. The comedy made a similar amount to The Butler in its opening weekend ($26 million) yet has continued, by comparison, to be more financially profitable.
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Fans of Cassandra Clare's book series won't mind that this film is overcrowded and chaotic, but the uninitiated will be worn out by what feels like a superficial mash-up of leather-clad stereotypes. Director Zwart (who remade The Karate Kid) certainly creates a lively sense of energy, zipping through each scene as if he's trying to cram every moment in the book into two hours. But as a result, nothing grabs hold.
Our hero is Clary (Collins), a New York teen whose mother (Headey) never told her that she was a Shadowhunter, a half-angel whose job is to protect humanity from demons. But just as she meets goth dreamboat Shadowhunter Jace (Campbell Bower), her mom is kidnapped. So she and her best pal Simon (Sheehan), who has a secret crush on her, travel with Jace into the city's underworld of angels, demons, werewolves and vampires. At the secret Shadowhunter headquarters, she meets leader Hodge (Harris) as well as siblings Alec and Isabelle (Zegers and West). And everyone warns her about the villainous Valentine (Meyers), who has some sort of nefarious master plan involving Clary and her magical cup.
The film is structured as a series of quests, as Clary learns about her supernatural abilities by visiting the City of Bones under a cemetery, breaking into a church to collect a stash of demon-fighting weapons, consulting with a variety of magical creatures, and so on. But these individual sequences never quite connect together into a story with any momentum. It's simply impossible to get involved in these events without being able to identify with the characters, none of whom are properly developed. Obviously, readers of the books won't have this problem, but such a fragmented film is unlikely to draw new fans to the franchise.
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'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' was released in UK and US cinemas yesterday (Wednesday 21st August). The movie has been compared to other supernatural movie franchises, also based on books, such as The Twilight Saga.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones was released in the UK and US yesterday (21st August). The majority of reviews have been highly critical of the movie, claiming it draws too heavily on typical aspects of the teenager supernatural genre. The film may have been compared with Harry Potter and The Twilight Saga, however it seems unlikely, if the critics are correct, to be as successful as such franchises.
Kevin Zeger at the L.A. premiere of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
The Mortal Instruments is based on the best-selling series of teen fiction books by Cassandra Clare. The fantasy movie centres on Clary Fray (Lily Collins), who discovers she is descended from a race of warriors. These warriors fight evil in an alternative New York City called 'Downworld'. Collins is supported by such actors as Jamie Campbell Bower (The Twilight Saga); Kevin Zegers (Gossip Girl); Jemima West (The Borgias); and Robert Sheehan (Misfits). They are pitted against Jonathon Rhys Meyers (The Tudors) in the role of Valentine.
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'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' is released in UK and US cinemas today (Wednesday 21 August). Although the movie has been compared to such major franchises as 'Harry Potter' and 'The Twilight Saga', the film has been universally panned by critics.
Fans of supernatural fantasy are likely to be disappointed by The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones if critics' reviews are anything to go by. The film is released in the UK and US today (Wednesday 21st August).
Kevin Zerger and Lily Collins at the L.A. premiere of The Mortal Instruments, held at the ArcLight Cinema.
The Mortal Instruments is based on the best-selling series of teen fiction books by Cassandra Clare. According to IMDb, the fantasy movie follows teen Clary Fray (Lily Collins) who discovers she is descended from a race of warriors destined to protect the world from supernatural and evil entities. The film is set in an alternative New York called 'Downworld'. Clary is helped by other warriors, played by Jamie Campbell Bower (The Twilight Saga); Kevin Zegers (Gossip Girl); Jemima West (The Borgias); and Robert Sheehan (Misfits).
Clary Fray has been made to live as a normal girl all her life with her mother making sure she never discovers who she truly is. However, when she watches a man getting slaughtered in a nightclub and seemingly is the only one who notices, she starts to suspect that there's more to the world than most people can see. The killer is a man called Jace who reveals himself as a Shadowhunter; a half-angel demon slayer with the power to make himself invisible to the Mundane (humans). Soon, Clary discovers that her mother is in grave danger having been brutally kidnapped from their home and she finds out that her mother is also a Shadowhunter who has been having Clary's memories of unusual happenings blocked all her life. Clary must embrace her true identity and help Jace and the other Shadowhunters in the battle to maintain the balance of good and evil and return her mother back to her.
Here comes the latest teen fantasy movie adaptation in the shape of 'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones'. Based on the first book of a series by Cassandra Clare, the movie has been directed by Harald Zwart ('The Karate Kid' , 'Agent Cody Banks') and written by I. Marlene King ('Just My Luck', 'Now and Then') and Jessica Postigo in her screenwriting debut. It is due to hit screens on August 23rd 2013.
Director: Harald Zwart
In late-70s Dublin, brothers Neil and Ivan (Barnes and Sheehan) form a band called The Undertakers, creating a friendly rivalry with their friends Paul, David, Larry and Adam (McCann, Mark Griffin, Sean Doyle and David Tudor), who form The Hype. Then The Hype changes its name to U2 and becomes the biggest band in the world. Over the years, Neil's bull-headed attitude scuppers every chance he and Ivan get, even when they find minor fame in London with the help of manager/girlfriend Gloria (Ritter). he also indebts them to an Irish gangster (Townsend).
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Neil McCormick always had a dream of becoming a rock n' roll star. Having auditioned to join a band at school, Neil found himself losing out and his best friend Paul being picked as the lead singer of the hottest band in Dublin The Hype. Feeling he would've been the better person for the job, Neil sets up the band 'Shook Up' with his brother Ivan - their most important aim: to be more successful than The Hype.
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Sammy is a hatchling turtle who's just starting his life in the world. After making a dash to the sea from his egg which was laid on a beach in California, Sammy soon discovers a beautiful turtle called Shelly who was also born on the same beach.
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After 12 years murdering men, women and children in the Crusades, Behman (Cage) and Felson (Perlman) have a crisis of conscience and desert the army. They end up in a remote town, where they agree to escort an accused witch (Foy) to a distant monastery that has the only incantation that can destroy her and halt the Black Death. They're accompanied by a resolute priest (Moore) and his sidekick (Thomsen), then joined by an altar boy (Sheehan) determined to become a knight. Of course the journey is fraught with surprises.
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