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Rhys Meyers Wears Flynn's Hand-me-downs For New Series

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III star JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS will wear screen legend ERROL FLYNN's cast-off clothes when he plays a young KING HENRY VIII in a...

The Oc, Neill And Otto Win Logies

THE OC, actor SAM NEILL and LORD OF THE RINGS star MIRANDA OTTO were among the winners at Sunday's (01MAY05) annual LOGIE AWARDS, Australia's equivalent...

Somersault Enters The Record Books With 15 Afi Nominations

Coming-of-age drama SOMERSAULT has entered the record books with an amazing 15 nominations at this year's (04) AUSTRALIAN FILM INSTITUTE AWARDS (AFIs). Writer and...

Picture - Sam Neill and Aaron Paul... London United Kingdom, Sunday 18th May 2014

Sam Neill and Aaron Paul - Arqiva British Academy Television Awards held at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane - Arrivals. - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 18th May 2014

A Long Way Down Review


With a darkly serious theme and a corny rom-com filmmaking approach, this film never quite comes together into something meaningful. The characters are full of possibilities, and the story catches the imagination, but director Pascal Chaumeil (Heartbreaker) never seems sure whether he's making a black comedy or an emotional drama.

It starts on New Year's Eve in London, as disgraced TV host Martin (Pierce Brosnan) decides to jump off a tower block. But he's interrupted by the arrival of the timid Maureen (Toni Collette), who is followed by the fiery Jess (Imogen Poots) and the secretive J.J. (Aaron Paul). Together, these four lost souls make a pact to stay alive for six more weeks until Valentine's Day, the next popular suicide date in the calendar. But their story leaks to the press, capitalising on Martin's notoriety and the fact that Jess is the daughter of a high-profile politician (Sam Neill). So they decide to escape to the sunshine for some peace.

Instead of playing this out as a brittle exploration of identity and societal expectations, the filmmakers opt for a romantic-comedy formula, with a four-way friendship standing in for the usual love story. This makes the film feel like a substandard Richard Curtis movie, constantly drifting into maudlin sentimentality. And director Chaumeil encourages the cast to overplay every scene, which makes it tricky to believe any of the characters.

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Jurassic Park Velociraptor Cage Lists On eBay, Bidding War Begins

Tags: Chris Pratt - Sam Neill

Someone has listed the authentic velociraptor cage from the Jurassic Park movie on eBay, complete with rust and "full size velociraptor prop"! eBay sellers 'Theme Park Connection' have the rare item up for sale, with collection from Los Angeles offered as the only delivery option.

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Celebrate The New 'Jurassic World' Movie By Treating Yourself To Your Very Own Velociraptor Crate.

At the time of writing, with seven days to go until the end of the auction, the bidding total stands at $99,900.10 (£60.3K) and the wood and metal crate is sold with "significant signs of wear," making "an amazing restoration project" according to the dealer.

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A Long Way Down


Picture - Sam Neill - London Film... London United Kingdom, Friday 18th October 2013

Sam Neill - London Film Festival screening of Locke at the Odeon West End Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Friday 18th October 2013

Picture - Sam Neill - BFI London... London United Kingdom, Friday 18th October 2013

Sam Neill - BFI London Film Festival: 'Locke' premiere held at the Odeon West End - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Friday 18th October 2013

Escape Plan Review


You know not to expect something deep and meaningful when a movie stars Stallone and Schwarzenegger, and indeed this is pretty much what we expect: a slick thriller that's utterly preposterous but not quite stupid. But the premise has a certain idiotic charm to it, and there are just enough clever touches to keep our brains engaged.

Stallone plays brilliant security expert Breslin, whose job entails being thrown into maximum-security prisons so he can find the weakness in the system. Clearly unbothered by being beaten and brutalised by guards and inmates, Breslin is backed up by a support crew (Ryan and Jackson) and his business partner (D'Onofrio) back in the office. But now the CIA wants Breslin to check out its new top-secret enemy combatant lock-down. To do this, Breslin must go off the grid. And when he realises that the evil warden Hobbes (Caviezel) isn't playing ball, he teams up with brilliant scientist inmate Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger) to, yes, plan an escape.

As the story develops we get the feeling that the screenwriters sat around thinking of ways they could make this prison increasingly impossible to believe. Indeed, one mid-film twist is so incredible that it actually makes us admire the writers' audacity. Arthouse director Halstrom gleefully indulges in all of this silliness, keeping the imagery sharp and cool while name-checking pretty much every cliche of both prison and heist movies. There's even a bit of political context in the way a private contractor is abusing the system to profit from the War on Terror.

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