Lawrence lip syncs to Santana's 'Evil Ways' in a previously unseen clip.
Jennifer Lawrence has delighted owners of the recently released American Hustle DVD by appearing in one of the disc's deleted scenes lip-synching to Santana whilst wearing rubber gloves and cleaning. Those who have seen the film will remember a similar, shorter scene where Jennifer mimes and dances to Wings' 'Live and Let Die' in front of her bemused son but the extended 'Evil Ways' clip goes all the way.
Jennifer Lawrence Shows Off Her Dancing Skills In The Delete 'American Hustle' Scene.
With her big Hustle hairdo and heavy make-up, Lawrence, AKA '70s housewife Rosalyn Rosenfeld, is the star of her own front room as she shakes, shimmies and bops as she does the housework. For Lawrence's many fans (and there are indeed, many) the deleted scene will be a welcome Easter egg and a reminder of why they love the fun and quirky actress so much.
Despite high hopes, 'American Hustle' was the big loser at the Oscars 2014.
American Hustle may have a 93% fresh rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, but it failed to woo the Academy at this year’s awards show. In fact, despite having received 10 nominations in various categories at last night’s Academy Awards, American Hustle didn’t take home a single Oscar. How was it that a movie so well received by viewers and critics didn’t take home an award for any of the categories it was nominated for?
Amy Adams failed to win an Academy Award for her role in American Hustle
The answer's simple really. The competition at this year’s Oscars was brutal. The Best Picture winner 12 Years A Slave has been hailed as one of the most powerful movies of all time, so much so that it has been added to the American high school curriculum by the National School Boards Association. This elevates it from being just another movie with a weighty theme into something entirely more important. 12 Years A Slave has made history and in the process been recognised as being so significant that it can be used as an educational tool. How do you like that for competition?
Continue reading: So, Why Didn't 'American Hustle' Win A Single Academy Award?
With only a hint of a futuristic setting, Spike Jonze takes a remarkably honest look at human emotions as a man and his computer's intelligent operating system fall madly in love with each other. Utterly grounded in believable characters and situations, this is a boldly inventive exploration of how we connect with each other. It's also one of the most involving, witty and evocative movies of the year.
It's set just a few years into the future, when we've essentially done away with keyboards and talk to our phones and computers. So Theodore (Phoenix) works in a company that writes letters for people who want a more tactile way of communicating. While trying not to let his recent divorce from Caroline (Mara) influence his work, his friends (Adams and Letscher) set him up on a blind date with a sexy woman (Wilde). But he's not quite ready to move on until he begins opening up to his new interactive operative system, which calls herself Samantha (voiced by Johansson). And she has such an open-hearted personality that Theodore can't help but fall for her.
The film has a breezy, fable-like tone that allows heavy themes to emerge without weighing us down. Indeed, the central idea is that relationships are difficult because we can't help but evolve individually, which sometimes means drifting apart. Obviously, this has huge ramifications when your partner is a limitless computer mind that will never stop expanding. But Theodore doesn't want to think about this; he is frightened by the idea that Samantha is changing. Yes, despite the vaguely surreal premise, the film is packed with things we readily identify with.
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The designer label pointed out how fashionable the actress looked...as she headed to the wake.
Fashion house Valentino has been compelled to apologise after a photo of Amy Adams attending the wake of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was used promotionally in a press release to publicise that Adams was carrying a bag from their current season. Adams was one of the many who was hit hard by the Capote star's death as the pair had co-starred in numerous films and were firm friends.
Amy Adams Was "Appalled" By Valentino's Promotional Use Of Her Photo.
Amy Adams broke down into a flood of tears when asked about her experiences of working with the late Philip Semyour Hoffman, during her Inside The Actors Studio interview.
Amy Adams is one of the first people in the movie business to publicly discuss the recent passing of Academy-Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman.
But she didn't find it easy.
While appearing on Inside The Actors Studio this past Wednesday (Feb 5th), the 39 year-old broke down into a stream of tears when the conversation turned to Hoffman's death.
'American Hustle' costume designer, Michael Wilkinson, was forced to make a number of dresses for Jennifer Lawrence as she stained her white dress with Doritos!
For most of us, white dresses tend to be avoided due to the catastrophic stains which inevitably and quite magically appear all over the material and which are, quite inexplicably, impossible to scrub out. Fortunately, we're not the only ones and even the terribly glamorous and confident Jennifer Lawrence is not immune from destroying her wardrobe, even on a film set.
The cast of American Hustle, Jennifer Lawrence's pristine white dress can be seen on the far right.
Lawrence's white dress in American Hustle was the victim of Doritos stains and on more than one occasion. As a result, the film's costume designer Michael Wilkinson was forced to make a number of dresses for the clumsy star. Wilkinson, who is nominated for an Oscar for his work on American Hustle, was recently interviewed by Vanity Fair and he joked about Lawrence's junk food habits. He said "Jennifer Lawrence is a very, let's say, raw and intuitive young lady, and she's not against eating Doritos and snack food in her costume. So we were glad that we had a couple [of backups]."
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The Internet's editing genius has a go at 'Her'.
Remember when we told you about the Fight Club minus Tyler Durden scene lovingly brought to the world by editor/magician Richard Trammell? Well he’s at again, this time with Spike Jonez’s Oscar-nominated ‘Her’, although this time the sultry tones of Scarlett Johansson are replaced with the rather stark cadence of Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with his OS in 'Her'
The trailer sees Theodor – played by Phoenix – fall in love with his new and scarily innovate OS Samantha, but Samantha is now an incredibly offensive, sandy-haired man in his mid-40s.
The 79 year-old 'Philomena' actress heads a talented field of old Oscar-nominated actors.
Dame Judi Dench has been nominated in the Best Actress category ahead of this year's Academy Awards for her lead role in the British film Philomena, which has also been nominated for Best Film. The nomination marks Dench's seventh Oscar nomination, having won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for 1998's Shakespeare In Love.
Judi Dench Has Been Nominated For Her Seventh Oscar.
Dench, 79, heads up a promising league of talented older actors at this year's Oscars, which also includes Nebraska stars Bruce Dern, 77, and June Squibb, 84, who have been nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress respectively.
Continue reading: Judi Dench Leads Veteran Oscar Nominees June Squibb And Bruce Dern
The Golden Globes went out to some pretty deserving nominees, but what about the ones we didn't expect to win?
The Golden Globe Awards were handed out last night and whilst all the awards went out to truly deserving parties after a ground-breaking year in film and television, there were plenty of notable surprise winners and even more fantastic performances snubbed. Read about all the winners here.
Cate Blanchett's Best Actress Award For A Drama Film Seemed To Come Out Of The Blue (Jasmine).
Whilst few were surprised that 12 Years A Slave picked up the evening's crowning award, the Best Motion Picture for Drama, the movie apparently hadn't originally appealed to the Hollywood Foreign Press, despite global critical acclaim. Nevertheless, Steve McQueen's slavery drama took home the award, seeing of some admittedly strong competition from Nebraska, Philomena, Rush and Gravity.
Continue reading: Golden Globes 2014: The Biggest Surprises And Snubs Of The Awards
We stick our necks out and tell you who's walking home with what
Award season has been grumbling away like Smaug inside Erebor for the last few months; but dragon is slowly awakening. Since the Gotham awards last year, the perennial question of ‘who’ll win what?’ has echoed around the Internet, and the recently announced BAFTA nominations promise to shed some light on the eventual academy recipients.
Gravity is leading the way with 11 Bafta nominations
With that in mind, and with some tightly contested categories to work through, it’s time to start predicting who’ll take home the golden masks, before we start predicting who’ll take home the golden statuettes, you see.
See below for a full list of nominations
The Bafta nominations didn’t really throw up any surprises, with many of the year’s top actors, directors and films being recognised. The constant metronome of: ‘Gravity,’ ’12 Years a Slave’ and ‘American Hustle’ still chimes away; the Oscar favourites are set to do battle.
Gravity is leading the way with 11 Bafta nominations
So 'Gravity' leads the way with 11 nominations; it’ll go up against '12 Years a Slave' in the Best Film Category as well as 'American Hustle', 'Captain Phillips' and 'Philomena', a film the Alfonso Cuaron space thriller must also beat to win Outstanding British Film gong. 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom', 'Rush', 'Saving Mr. Banks' and 'The Selfish Giant' make up that category.
'On a script that was so unique and full of these big ideas and this wonderful heart and accessible emotion... why wouldn't you do this movie?' Joaquin says on being asked what drew him into the script. The two actors' characters are good friends in the movie who share a similar need for emotional comfort. 'We have in common that we're both at an emotional crossroads and looking to do things differently', Amy explains. 'The great thing about Spike is that nothing's ever done in a real obvious way; it's through conversation and through details and you learn through the brilliant dialogue that he writes where these characters are.'
Theodore Twombley is a reserved man going through the hardest time of his life with his divorce from his childhood sweetheart Catherine. One day, he decides to buy a new kind of OS that has an artificial intelligence that can evolve into having almost human like feelings. He chooses a female identity for his OS and thus meets the disembodied Samantha who offers him company with her witty and insightful remarks and frequent flattery. When he finds out his friend Amy has also made a friend out of her estranged husband's OS, he begins to feel that his feelings towards Samantha may not be so strange at all and allows himself to fall deeply in love with her. However, as much as they have managed to bond, he starts to worry about the consequences of limitations of their relationship and begins to wonder just how genuine their relationship really is.
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An unusual number of complex, well-acted movies made 2013 a very strong year at the cinema...
10. Behind The Candelabra - Sadly consigned to TV in America, this Liberace biopic's lavish production design deserves to be projected on the biggest screen possible. As do great performances from Michael Douglas, Matt Damon and a hilarious Rob Lowe.
Read our 'Behind The Candelabra' Review
Watch 'Behind The Candelabra' Trailer
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Despite the time-frame of movie, female characters are strong and active instead of passive.
And while their roles in American Hustle can’t be described as dominant, neither are they submissive and meek. Lawrence plays a housewife – an odd sentence to follow up an opening paragraph that hints at forward thinking and equality – but that she does.
American Hustle is all about Jennifer Lawrence.
Jennifer Lawrence is winning all the plaudits for her latest movie, David O'Russell's comedy-drama American Hustle. The film itself is a star-studded 1970s set epic and the critics universally agree that it will be amongst those vying for the major awards in early 2014.
Jennifer Lawrence [R] Turns In Another Oscar-worthy Performance in 'American Hustle'
It follows the story of a brilliant con man named Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) who, along with partner Sydney (Amy Adams) is forced to work for an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) who pushes them into the dangerous world of Jersey mafiosi. The operation becomes more wide-reaching and Irving's wife (Lawrence) threatens to derail the entire thing.
Continue reading: Jennifer Lawrence Delivers Oscar-worthy Performance In 'American Hustle'
The actor could be set to appear in a superhero action movie.
Joaquin Phoenix could be the next actor to be announced for the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman movie, scheduled for 2015. The movie will see Henry Cavill's Superman and Ben Affleck's Batman go head-to-head for the first time on film. If the rumour is confirmed, Phoenix will join Cavill and Affleck as well as Amy Adams' Lois Lane and Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman.
Could Joaquin Phoenix Play Lex Luthor?
Fans of the 39 year-old Walk The Line actor won't be used to seeing Phoenix star in such big-name, huge budget action blockbusters which means the Batman Vs. Superman movie will be an intriguing change of role for the reclusive star. According to sources speaking to Variety, Phoenix is being linked to the movie as the film's antagonist, probably Lex Luthor.
Continue reading: Joaquin Phoenix To Play Lex Luthor In Batman Vs. Superman?
'American Hustle' stars Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams are greeted with much zeal by photographers on their arrivals at the New York premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater. Jeremy can be seen having has a highly animated conversation with someone standing amongst the paparazzi, while brings her fiancé, 'Date Night' actor Darren Le Gallo, to the event.
Amy Adams reveals Jennifer Lawrence has "very soft lips" after they shared an on-screen kiss in the newly released crime thriller 'American Hustle'.
The plot follows a 1970s con artist, Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), and his British lover, Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), as they are forced to work with FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper).
DiMaso orders them into the dangerous and attractive world of the Mafia and money to go with it.
Superstar cast, brilliant director - it's statuettes all round for sure, right?
A late entry to the 2013 awards race, David O. Russell's American Hustle is emerging as a force to reckon with. The film reunites Russell with Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence, who both won Oscars working with him in the past.
Hustle completes a remarkable trilogy for O Russell, a man who came to the party late and didn’t fight his feet right away.
Continue reading: American Hustle Is Ready For The Oscars With Precursors Sewn Up
The Hustle wardrobe team pulled a cracker creating that perfect bad-taste 70s chic.
American Hustle may have received lashings of praise for its dark humour, gripping premise and whip-cracking plot but none of that would have mattered had the seventies era scene not been set so perfectly with a mixture of big bouffants, gargantuan glasses and skimpy stylings.
The American Hustle gang look imperiously 70s in their getup
Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale each give storming performances in a movie that has already brought excited Oscars chatter but it must be said: the fashion is hilariously and unapologetically 70s bad-taste.
Continue reading: American Hustle Fashion A Mixture Of 70s Playboy And Vintage Gucci
David O. Russell deploys his deranged genius to explore the real events behind Abscam, cleverly focussing on the inter-relationships rather than the details of the elaborate sting operation. So under the wild 1970s hair and costumes, we have a series of characters who are never very likeable but are still hugely engaging. Which makes this one of the most prickly, exhilarating movies of the year.
As the opening caption says, "Some of this actually happened". It's set in 1978 New York, where lowlife conman Irving (Bale) is making a decent living with his girlfriend Sydney (Adams). Although his wife Rosalyn (Lawrence) knows something is up. Things get even more complicated when Irving and Sydney are cornered by FBI agent Richie (Cooper) and forced to co-operate in a complex scam to entrap mobsters and dirty politicians, including the likeable Mayor Polito (Renner), with whom Irving strikes up a friendship. As things develop, the sting continually threatens to spin crazily out of control. And Irving starts to worry that Sydney is getting far too close to Richie.
Intriguingly, even as the story gets more and more insane, Russell keeps the story grounded in the characters and the way they interact with each other. So their shifting relationships, power struggles and internal jealousies take centre stage, blurring the details of the undercover operation into the background. This may annoy viewers who want clear insight into Abscam, but it makes the movie much more involving. And it gives the actors a lot to work with. Each of them delivers a powerhouse performance that blends the character's distinct physicality with a complex inner life.
Continue reading: American Hustle Review
'American Hustle' may have gone down a storm with critics but its leading ladies took issues with certain aspects of the styling.
American Hustle, the latest movie from Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell, is quickly picking up speed before its big release this weekend with scores of gleaming reviews, a dazzling trailer, an enthralling promise and an inviting 1970s dresscode.
They May Look Comfortable & Carefree But 'American Hustle' Posed A Costume Challenge.
The movie follows Christian Bale's heavy and resentful Irv Rosenfeld, one of the most talented con artists in the world married to single mother Rosalyn Rosenfeld, played with emotional sincerity by Jennifer Lawrence. However, Irv is passionately in love with his mistress and business partner, Sydney Prosser, who is played by the ever brilliant and seductive Amy Adams.
Come on, jump aboard the bandwagon before it's too late.
We’re going to stick our necks out and say American Hustle is guaranteed an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. And we’re not sticking it out very far; David O Russell’s stylish thriller/dark comedy completes a trio of ‘comeback’ films, starting with The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook.
‘Hustle's’ New York Critics Circle award for Best Film saw its odds shorten dramatically for The Oscars – it’s now second favourite only to 12 Years a Slave, which has been considered a frontrunner ever since it was announced. And now that the film’s reviews have been filed, its chances look even better. The critics have waxed lyrical in their respective outlets, culminating in a 95% rating on review aggregator site, Rotten Tomatoes.
Does Hustle's win suggest an Oscars triumph? We delve into the record books to find out
The reviews haven’t been filed yet, but American Hustle is already shaping up to be one of 2013’s best films. But who didn’t see that coming? David O Russell working with Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams and Christian Bale once again – the only thing ready to take this film down was it’s own pressure.
Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper in American Hustle
By now, the size of the Oscars gang has all but taken shape; Gravity, Captain Phillips, Blue Jasmine, 12 Years a Slave, Saving Mr. Banks and The Wolf of Wall Street are all in line for nominations, and following American Hustle’s win in the New York Film Critics Circle, its addition to the list is inevitable.
Check out the brilliant clips for 'American Hustle' below.
We’re edging ever closer to David O Russell’s follow up to the much-celebrated Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, but it’s not quite here yet. In fact, it’s over two weeks until the US get hold of it, while the UK have to stay patient until January 3rd, 2014. So in the meantime, here are some cool clips from the movie.
American Hustle sees O Russell combine with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence again, but the reunification story doesn’t stop there: Christian Bale and Amy Adams also return to work with the director, after their success on The Fighter, which also starred Mark Wahlberg, a sequel for which is in the works.
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Irving Rosenfeld is a conman whose impressively deft criminal exploits have eluded authorities for years. However, when he finds himself forced to use his talents for good as he is roped into an FBI sting operation led by the unhinged agent Richie DiMasom, he finds his life of partying, drinking and squandering money under massive threat. He must use his fraudulent cunning to reveal the seriously corrupt crusades of Carmine Polito, the Mayor of Camden, New Jersey, whose power cast spreads much further than his constituency. Irving is helped by the seductive but dangerous Sydney Prosser who soon becomes less of a business partner and more of a mistress. As their relationship deepens, however, they arouse the suspicions of Irving's gregarious but unbalanced wife Rosalyn who threatens their whole operation with her lethal jealousy and deadly rage.
'American Hustle' is a high-stakes gangster thriller directed and co-written by the Oscar nominated David O. Russell ('Silver Linings Playbook', 'I Heart Huckabees', 'Three Kings') alongside writer Eric Singer ('The International'). Featuring a talented award-winning cast (some of whom O'Russell has previously worked with with much success), the flick is set to hit the big screen on December 18th 2013 in the US.
Whilst running a con, being anonymous is very important. Keeping past operations secret and your personal life out of reach from potential targets is just as important as running the actual hustle. For years Irving Rosenfeld has been a con at the top of his game, evading arrest by the police and capture by past marks but all that could quite easily change when he and his business partner, Sydney Prosser, are recruited by an unruly FBI officer Richie DiMaso.
The target Rosenfeld has to hit is one even cons wouldn't usually mess with, an elected mayor the FBI believe to be dirty. Mafia connections and lots of Laundered money are the least of Rosenfeld worries, when his wife might just become an accidental chink in their armour.
Set in the 1970's the films screenplay was written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell and is loosely based on a real sting operation named Abscam which lead to the arrest and conviction of a number of elected officials.
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Theodore Twombley wasn't exactly having the best time in his life. He never socialised, seldom spoke to his family and he had just been through a distressing marriage separation. That was, until, he met Samantha; a computer operating system designed to fit his every need. With a voice more human than you could imagine from a machine and a witty, caring but slightly nosey personality, Theodore becomes more and more attached to her. However, soon the distinction between man and machine becomes evident when he begins to fall deeply in love with her, despite the fact that she knows little about how human relationships work. With her gradually reciprocating love, Theodore gets caught in a crisis when he is forced to come to terms with the fact that the only person he wants to spend the rest of his life with isn't even a physical entity.
This romantic sci-fi tells the heart-breaking but troubling story of the relationship between human beings and their beloved machines. With a thoroughly talented cast, it has been directed and written by Spike Jonze ('Where the Wild Things Are', 'Being John Malkovich', 'Adaptation.') and it set to feature in cinemas in the US on November 20th 2013.
Can Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper deliver in David O'Russell's 'American Hustle'?
It boasts a cast of Academy favorites and the movie has been talked up since 2012, though will it deliver?
The movie is based on the true story of a brilliant con artist (Bale) named Irving Rosenfeld and his partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) who team up with an FBI agent (Cooper) to take down corrupt politicians and criminals in 1970s New Jersey.
The iconic voice of Janis Joplin will be brought back to life as 'A Night With Janis Joplin' prepares to hit Broadway.
The prolific 1960s rock n' roll singer might not be around any more to perform but fans of her songs can experience A Night With Janis Joplin: a musical celebration of Joplin and her lasting influence upon singers. Mary Bridget Davis stars as the "boozy, bluesy, hot-mama" legend Joplin in the musical which producers say will start previews in the Lyceum Theatre from September, according to the Associated Press. In 2005, she competed with 150 other actresses for the highly coveted role in a production which has toured Portland, Washington D.C., Pasadena and Milwaukee.
Janis Joplin Performed At Woodstock Festival In 1969.
The show is written and directed by Randy Johnson and will feature a live onstage band performing all the Joplin classics, including 'Me and Bobby McGee', 'Mercedez Benz' and 'Summertime'. The show's website describes Joplin as a "comet that burns far too brightly to last" and "the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll." Joplin's distinctive hoarse, husky sounding voice "filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort" is described by music historian Tom Moon as "devastatingly original."
Continue reading: 'A Night With Janis Joplin': Janis Joplin Brought To Life On Broadway
The film has becoming the top grossing debut released in June and is well on course to becoming one of the major hits of the year.
Man of Steel may not have won everyone over yet, but the latest Superman adaption still went on to show that the man from Krypton still knows how to pull in a crowd, with the new film collecting a whopping $125.1 million at the box office in it's opening weekend. This figure now makes Man of Steel the top grossing debut in the month of June, and should this success continue then it could be on course to draw over a billion dollars in ticket sales.
The phenomenal takings for the film means that it has already come close to recouping it's suspected $225 million budget, and as well as being to top grossing film in June of all time (beating Toy Story 3's 2010 record of $110.3 million), it is also the top grossing film that any of the movie's stars have appeared in. That includes Kevin Costner, Laurence Fishburne and even Russell Crowe, as well as any films that Henry Cavill or Amy Adams have appeared in or director Zack Snyder has worked on, not bad for a film that was so routinely given a hard time by critics in the lead-up to the actual release.
Right now, the film looks as though it could make up the entirety of it's budget within another week, although there has been a trend lately that has seen audience number plummet after first week sales and Man of Steel could be the latest to adhere to the trend. Eitherway, the early signs will probably be enough to encourage Warner Bros. that they have another hit or their way and, therefore, should determine whether we'll see another Superman film at some point. It should also go some way towards deciding whether a Justice League film should be made, which we hope happens with every fibre of our bodies.
The new film has the potential to be one of the biggest and best superhero films for some time, but will it live up to the hype?
The Man of Steel is the latest foray onto the big screen from arguably the comic book-world's biggest star; Superman. There is often a sense of anticipation surrounding a new Superman adaptation whenever one is made, but now it seems as though anticipation levels are in over-drive, and with good reason too, as the latest big screen take on the man who wears his underwear on the outside of his trousers has the potential to be one of the biggest comic book movies to date. However that doesn't necessarily mean that the film will be a hit, as this overview will try to explain why the film could be as big a disappointment as Superman Returns.
There are two names hanging above Man of Steel that seem to indicate big things for the movie: Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan. Snyder has been lauded since his take on Frank Miller's 300 graphic novel and his work with Supermna is the first time he has had the chance to work with a proper superhero, and he now has the chance to bring something new to the Superman tale, a chance he is sure to take. As tempting as Snyder's name is, the real excitement is surrounding Christopher Nolan, the man who remade Batman and turned comic book movie-making into what it is today, and with the Brit filmaker on hand to write the story for the film, the chance to see a Superman film that retains the dark, seriousness of The Dark Knight shouldn't be one that you would want to pass up too easily. What usually happens when two greats come together though is usually a little underwhelming,a nd with Man of Steel this might be the case again - and the critical reception the film has so far received seems to indicate just that.
Continue reading: Is The 'Man Of Steel' Really The Superhero Movie We've Been Waiting For?
Superman gets the Dark Knight treatment, as Christopher Nolan offers a much grittier, more intensely personal look at the biggest superhero of them all. It's a flawed film that feels far too violent for its own good, but the pungent story holds us in its grip all the way through, cleverly weaving the character's back-story into a series of emotive flashbacks along with massively thrilling action sequences. And along the way there are resonant ethical dilemmas, family issues and pointed political drama.
Some 30 years ago, scientist Jor-El (Crowe) packed his infant son Kal-El into a pod and sent him to Earth to escape certain doom as the planet Krypton imploded after centuries of ecological abuse. This enrages the viciously tenacious General Zod (Shannon) who spends three decades searching for the child. Meanwhile, Kal-El (Cavill) was raised as Clark in Smallville, Kansas, by the Kents (Lane and Costner), who taught him to keep his powers in check. But when he activates a downed Kryptonian ship, he alerts Zod to his whereabouts. And just as nosey journalist Lois Lane (Adams) learns Clark's secret, Zod arrives to launch a full-on attack.
This is a film about internal conflicts, and everyone has to face up to their own desires and responsibilities. Even Zod, whose dedication to his people means that he is willing to wipe out humanity in order to recreate Krypton on Earth. So Kal-El is caught between protecting his adopted planet and being loyal to his birth species. Lois is struggling with keeping a big secret or reporting the news. All of this provides plenty of gristle for the actors to chew on, even if the dilemmas aren't actually that difficult. And even though they sometimes seem consumed by the elaborate sets and costumes.
Continue reading: Man Of Steel Review
The world is facing the biggest global threat that it has ever come across as the Kryptonian villains General Zod and his assistant Faora attack with vengeance in their hearts searching to destroy a lost member of their race. Clark Kent is a journalist for the Daily Planet, adopted as a baby by a loving Kansas family and, though he has always been aware of his extraordinary powers of strength, speed, flight and not to mention intelligence, he has rarely sought to use them preferring to make an attempt to fit in with the rest of human civilisation. However, when his existence threatens the destruction of mankind, he finds he must embrace his true identity and use it to defend the world that has become his home.
Continue: Man Of Steel - International Trailer
Amy Adams - The cast of 'American Hustle' filming scenes on location in Manhattan - New York City, NY, United States - Friday 17th May 2013
Clark Kent was born on the planet Krypton to two loving parents in the midst of its impending destruction. In a bid to save his life, his parents blast him safely to Earth where he is adopted by a Kansas couple named Martha and Jonathan Kent who raise him as their own son. As he grows older, however, he becomes an outcast having developed extraordinary superpowers that allow him to accomplish great feats of strength. He attempts to conceal his abilities to fit in as a budding journalist for the Daily Planet, but when a threat of galactic proportions threatens to destroy the Earth, he is forced to venture on a path of heroism and become the planet's saviour.
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Silver Linings Playbook director was forced to halt filming during police manhunt
David O’Russell’s latest movie, American Hustle, has resumed filming in Boston, after it was halted due to the city’s lockdown, after last week’s Boston marathon bombings. The Silver Linings Playbook director was filming his forthcoming movie, starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Bradley Cooper but was shut down by police on Friday (April 19, 2013) as Boston’s police force embarked on a manhunt for suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, The Guardian reports.
American Hustle tells the story of the FBI’s Abscam sting operation in the late 1970s. The movie’s production team is thought to have been the only one shut down during the manhunt and a spokesperson for Sony’s studio told Deadline that the shoot was due to resume today (April 22, 2013). The movie is loosely based on genuine FBI history and the Abscam sting which led to the conviction of a senator and five members of the US House of Representatives on charges of bribery and conspiracy, between 1978 and 1980.
The 19 year old bombing suspect Tsarnaev was eventually cornered and arrested in the Watertown area of Boston, a day after a shoot-out that left his brother dead. The two siblings had been accused of planting pressure cooker bombs near the finish line of the popular marathon. Three people were killed in the explosion and more than 180 were injured.
Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale and Amy Adams - The 1970s-set true story of a con artist and his partner in crime, who were forced to work with a federal agent to turn the tables on other cons, mobsters, and politicians - namely, the volatile mayor of impoverished Camden, New Jersey. - Woburn , Massachusetts , United States - Tuesday 9th April 2013
The Master actress is looking forward to the release of her new film
Amy Adams was among the many female stars at last night’s Oscars to go with the trend of pale princess gowns, The Master star looking divine as she walked down the red carpet. However, in recent days, and again last night, the actress has been looking beyond the weekend’s movie-based festivities and to her future – Lois Lane, Superman and Man Of Steel.
Man Of Steel is Adams' next film to come out, in which she stars as the on-off girlfriend of Superman’s alter ego Clark Kent and, having spoken to Vanity Fair about it previously, she spoke to Ryan Seacrest for E! last night (February 24, 2013) about her influences for the role. "I think it's always important to pay attention to the people who went before you to take what works for the film you are doing but to add a modern touch” she said. "Margot Kidder was my Lois Lane so I'll always think of her.” Kidder starred as Lois Lane in four Superman films between 1978 and 1987 opposite Christopher Reeve.
Speaking to Vanity Fair about the role previously, Adams had commented “It was so fun, such a departure from anything I had done before. And more challenging than I expected, in the nature of creating these whole entire worlds that are not there.” Also starring Henry Cavill, Man Of Steel comes out on June 14, 2013.
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It was 'coming' for months; teasing us with enigmatic trailers, laced with a disconcertingly mistimed drum. It was the next big thing. With a directing CV representing no mistakes, this was going to be Paul Thomas Anderson's official entry into the pantheon of the greats.
And it still might be, but, as many are predicting, not via an instant hit of Oscar-narcotics. The 2013 Academy awards will recognise great films, no doubt, but it's likely The Master will be lucky to walk away with one.
So why is a film - which has been at the top or near the top of many critic's end of year lists - destined to 'underachieve' come Sunday, February 24th, only to spend years accumulating a cult status of its own? Here are three perfectly ridiculous reasons why not.
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As always, we'll need to sift through a vast number of sequels and remakes to find something original next year. But here are a few things worth looking forward to. Of course, release dates are subject to change...
1. Star Trek: Into Darkness (May)
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