Blockbuster season is steadily drawing to a close, earlier than expected this year.
It’s now mid-July and it seems that the summer, which started out so promisingly just two months ago, is already fizzling out. Most of the films opening this weekend – Turbo and the dead-on-arrival paranormal action R.I.P.D most notably – pulled in disappointing numbers at the box office. While Dreamworks’s Turbo pulled in a disappointing $21.3 million over the entire weekend, R.I.P.D was even worse off with a pitiful $13.1 million – all figures, courtesy of Deadline.
Continue reading: "The Conjuring" Rules After A Depressing Weekend At The Box Office
Red 2, released in US cinemas today (Friday 19th July), has failed to impress the critics.
Red 2 is released in US cinemas today (Friday 19th July). Critics have not received the Red sequel favourably, describing it as "passable" and simply "adequate".
Bruce Willis at the premiere of Red 2, L.A.
According to USA Today, before you head off to the cinema, it is worthwhile seeing the first film. Red 2 appears to be a difficult film to follow without having prior knowledge of the characters.
Continue reading: Red 2's US Release: Critics Are Unimpressed By "Tired" Sequel
Nicolas Cage has strongly dispelled rumours that he'll be in the next instalment in the 'Expendables' action movies.
After being rumoured to be joining the Expendables 3 cast, Knowing actor Nicolas Cage has shot down such murmurings in an interview with Den of Geek putting it plainly that he'd had no involvement so far: "I have not had any formal discussions about that movie," he said referring to Expendables. "I'm not in Kick-Ass 2 and I don't think I'm in Expendables 3. And I like those guys, but I would say it would be highly unlikely that I'd be in that movie," he added, destroying another fervent internet rumour while he was at it.
Nicolas Cage: Probably Not In Expendables 3.
Dwayne Johnson and Vinnie Jones are two fellow actors who've also been rumoured to be starring in the mega-action blockbuster, set for release in August 2014. Cage's denial follows Sylvester Stallone's claim that he had "no knowledge" of a potential Cage addition back in November 2012.
Continue reading: Nicolas Cage A "Highly Unlikely" Addition To Expendables 3
Crime comedy Red 2's nearly out: is the Red sequel worth a trip to the movies?
After Red 2 enjoyed its star-studded premiere it's time to get down to the nitty-gritty of whether 2010's Red was deserving of a sequel or not. The Hollywood Reporter's Justin Lowe mulls over the highs and lows of the sharp new instalment of the crime comedy. With regards to the first film - where former black ops agent is forced back into action after his life is threatened by an assassin - THR doubts that Red 2 has "a whole lot new to offer" over the original premise.
Bruce Willis Back As Ex-Black Ops Guy Who Wants To Settle Into His Retirement In Peace.
Red 2 sees Frank Moses (Willis) trying to lead a normal life with his partner Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker) but is called out of retirement again by his paranoid chum Marvin (John Malkovich) who proposes a new mission - to find a nuclear device that's also being hunted out by the government, some terrorists and even some assassins.
Continue reading: Red 2 Reviews: Is The Comedy Sequel Worth Watching? [Trailer]
Anthony Hopkins and Bruce Willis are interviewed about their new comedy action film 'Red 2' in which they talk about their excitement about working with each other and their enjoyment in going to work every day.
Will M. Night Shyamalan ever been trusted with a blockbuster budget again?
How many chances is M. Night Shyamalan going to get to direct a big-budget movie without making it toe-curlingly horrible? The Indian-American filmmaker proved he had the talent to put together an entertaining narrative with The Sixth Sense, though audiences are still waiting for Shyamalan to recreate that magic. They have been waiting for a long time.
There were flashes of quality in his two efforts after the Bruce Willis horror-drama, Signs and Unbreakable, though both suffered from sequences that bordered on the ridiculous. The dip in form continued with The Village (2004) though reached a terrifying low with Lady in the Water (2006) - or so we thought.
The Happening, starring Zooey Deschanel and Mark Wahlberg, prompted the New Republic to assert, "[A]n astonishment, so idiotic in conception and inept in execution that, after seeing it, one almost wonders whether it was real or imagined," though Shyamalan's career eventually reached its nadir with the infamous Last Airbender (2010) about a 12-year-old boy who provides the last hope of restoring harmony to a land consumed by chaos. "$150,000,000 well wasted. The Last Airbender is an insult to those wanting sophisticated, entertaining or even competent cinema," said Michael Leader of Film4. In his scathing review, Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian said, "After the first five seconds, it seems as if you have been watching it for around two-and-a-half hours, and that this time has passed in four-and-a-half days."
Continue reading: What The Hell Has Happened To M. Night Shyamalan?
'Die Hard' star Bruce Willis, 'The Usual Suspects' actor Stephen Baldwin and Will Smith's former musical collaborator DJ Jazzy Jeff made their appearances on the red carpet at the Ziegfeld Theatre for the New York premiere of 'After Earth'.
Celebrities arrive for the New York premiere of 'After Earth' starring Will Smith and Jaden Smith.
The New York premiere of Will Smith's new action movie 'After Earth' was almost like a reunion for the actor as several old friends showed up to offer their support.
The event was truly a field day for photographers with celebrities from Wyclef Jean to Bruce Willis making their appearances on the red carpet. Will Smith was the star attraction alongside his son and co-star Jaden Smith, and he also brought along his other two children Willow Smith and Trey Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith. Joining them were 'After Earth' director M. Night Shyamalan (the man behind 'The Sixth Sense' and 'The Village'), Smith's co-star Kristofer Hivju, Oscar-nominated director Spike Lee and rapper 50 Cent. There was even an appearance from Smith's former 'The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air' co-star Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Will's rich and very spoilt cousin Carlton Banks. Another notable attendee was genuine NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin, best known for being the second man to walk on the moon in 1969.
Roger Ebert has died aged 70, just days after announcing his cancer had returned.
Roger Ebert, the esteemed American journalist, movie critic and screenwriter, has died aged 70 after a long battle with cancer. Ebert worked as a critic for the Chicago Sun-Times from 1967 right up until his death, making him one of the best known film critics in America. He was the first writer of his kind to win the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism and had his columns syndicated to more than 200 newspapers in the United States and many abroad.
Many will remember Ebert for his barbed war with rival critic Gene Siskel, often verbally sparring whilst discussing films in public. The pair created the trademark 'Two Thumbs Up' when both hosts gave the same film a positive review. As a director, if you had the two thumbs up from either Ebert of Siskel, you were invariably onto a good thing. In 1999, Ebert launched his own annual film festival called Ebertfest and six years later became the first critic to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His colleague Neil Steinberg said Ebert was "was without question the nation's most prominent and influential film critic." A positive review from the Chicago native could boost a movie's box-office takings, though a mauling could ruin everything. Ebert gave out plenty of those during his long and distinguished career, though a few stick out:
Continue reading: Roger Ebert Dies Aged 70: The Five Movies He Hated The Most
By ignoring everything that made 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra a hugely entertaining guilty pleasure, the all-new writers and director of this sequel have made one of the most abrasively annoying action movies in recent memory. And even worse, they have indulged in exactly the same over-serious idiocy that the first film was gently lampooning. Instead, this is just a bombastic, incoherent, offensive mess.
Since the US President (Pryce) has been replaced by an evil doppelganger from the villainous Cobra organisation, he now sets about destroying his enemies, the elite G.I. Joe force. Led by Duke (Tatum), they're sent to collect some rogue nukes in Pakistan, and everything goes wrong. Now it's up to three off-the-grid Joes - meatlead leader Roadblock (Johnson), shy muscle-boy Flint (Cotrona) and tough-sexy Jaye (Palicki) - to stop Cobra's nefarious plan, whatever that might be. Their key opponents are Cobra goon Firefly (Stevenson) and ninja Storm Shadow (Lee), who's more complex than he looks. And the Joes have secret allies in Asian pals Jinx (Yung) and Snake Eyes (Park), as well as the original Joe himself (Willis).
The main problem here is that producer di Bonaventura forgot that it takes a lot of skill to make a stupid movie that's actually entertaining. Instead, this film is predictable and inane, with action scenes that stretch the limits even of stupid-movie plausibility (such as a ludicrous Spidey-style aerial battle in the Himalayas). And the fist-fights are impossible to see because they are confusingly directed, jarringly edited and then converted into unnecessary 3D. When everything explodes in every single chase scene, it becomes a bit boring really. And while there are gadgets everywhere, none of them are very cool.
Continue reading: G.I. Joe: Retaliation Review
Jeremy Coleman is a firefighter who is looking forward to a night of celebrations with his workmates after a particularly taxing day on the job. However, as he stops by a convenience store to pick up some snacks his life takes a horrific turn when a racist gangster by the name of David Hagan shoots dead the owner and his son. Jeremy manages to escape scot-free and is able to identify the killer through a two way mirror at the police station. However, Hagan wastes no time in letting him know that he knows who he is and where to find him so Jeremy is put under witness protection under the name of Jeremy Douglas. He soon becomes romantically attached to his FBI escort Talia Durham so when she is nearly shot dead by one of Hagan's men, Jeremy ignores police orders and vows to hunt his adversary down.
'Fire With Fire' is a US crime thriller set to be released worldwide soon. It has been directed by movie stuntman David Barrett (who has worked as a TV director on episodes of 'V', 'The Mentalist' and 'Castle') in his feature film debut and written by Tom O'Connor who also makes his screenwriting debut. It will hit worldwide theatres from March 8th 2013.
Daniel Day-Lewis was sounded out to play lead character Vincent Vega in Quentin Tarantino's classic 1994 crime-thriller Pulp Fiction, though Michael Madsen was eventually favored, who himself had to give way for John Travolta due to scheduling conflicts. In a new interview with Vanity Fair, Tarantino revealed producer Harvey Weinstein had the opportunity to land Oscar winner Day-Lewis for the role, though Quentin was adamant Vega should be played by his Reservoir Dogs pal Madsen.
Last night, the Contact Music gang settled in for a night of Sunday night viewing. After many arguments, we finally decided upon National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets. This got us thinking: what is the worst film to dominate the box office charts?
Die Hard – A Good Day To Die Hard is certainly up there. The 5th Die Hard film managed to top the box office this weekend, beating out some admittedly pathetic competition, taking $25m in the process. With a hugely embarrassing 16% score from collected reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, it surely has to be the worst film to prosper in ticket sales.
Continue reading: A Good Day To Die Hard: The Best Worst Film Ever?
No longer a solid trilogy, the Die Hard franchise now boasts a quintet of films with arrival of A Good Day To Die Hard. And while many critics denounced the film as rubbish, plans are to make a 6th. And why wouldn’t you if you keep topping the box office?
A round $25m saw the latest Bruce Willis action bonanza shoot to the top spot, but it’s not as if it was surrounded by critically acclaimed films – far from it. Second was Identity Thief, starring Melissa McCarthy, which managed a paltry 24% on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes. That didn’t stop it from accumulating over $23m over the weekend, though. Another film with a derisory review score (13% to be exact), Safe Haven managed 3rd in the box office with a touch over $21m. All we can confidently surmise from these figures is that a lot of people have seen a lot of bad films this weekend.
Escape From Planet Earth, as you probably guessed, also didn’t fair too well with the critics, but as a silly kids film, claims redemption from the rest. It came in 4th with $16m. And what’s this? A film with a decent review score? It is! Warm Bodies - last week at #2 drops down to fifth position with $9m on its third week of release. There’s your top 5 box office films this weekend, now scram!
The New Die Hard flick – A Good Day To Die Hard – has topped the U.S Box Office charts despite its poor critical response. Admittedly, though, it wasn’t exactly up against Oscar-worthy competition.
Bruce Willis shot, jumped, smashed and crashed his way to $25m from Friday through Sunday as the latest Die Hard instalment slowly chips away at its $92m budget. Just behind it was Identity Thief with $23.4m – another film with a paltry score on Rotten Tomatoes finishing high up the charts because of the lack of options. It’s a similar story with Safe Haven, as the romantic drama, directed Lasse Hallström pulls in the crowds despite having 13% on the review site. Safe Haven managed $21.3m. Escape From Planet Earth opened this weekend to a 4th position finish in the box office table, grabbing just over $16m while Warm Bodies completes the top 5 on its third week with a round $9m. With 78% on RT, Warm Bodies has a better aggregate review score than the 4 films above it combined.
Beautiful Creatures opened to $7.4m, with 90% of that total comprising mourning Twilight fans (we predict, anyway). Another film with reviews above its station in the charts is Side Effects, which, with $6.3m places 7th. Silver Linings Playbook, Hansel And Gretel and Zero Dark thirty complete the top 10 with little over $10m between them.
Being Valentine's Day week, cinemas are flooded with romantic movies like the new teen franchise-launcher Beautiful Creatures. US audiences can also weep their way through the new Nicholas Sparks drama Safe Haven, while in the UK couples instead can laugh at Judd Apatow's epic rom-com This Is 40 and the clunky British farce Run For Your Wife. And for alternative viewing, there's the ultimate date movie A Good Day to Die Hard, Bruce Willis' fifth instalment in the crashing, exploding franchise.
And this kind of action dominates the week's new selection of trailers, starting with the very explosive-looking Olympus Has Fallen, starring Gerard Butler as a Secret Service agent trying to retake the White House after a terrorist invasion. The muscly cast includes Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett and Melissa Leo. It opens in March.
There really is no point in looking for logic in a fifth Die Hard movie; these films have become a parody of themselves, wallowing in their inane action set pieces and sassy one-liners without much concern for plot or coherence. And this is no exception. There may be the bare bones of a decent narrative here, as our hero John McClane gets in the middle of a messy spy situation. But the unsubtle filmmaking blunts everything. On the other hand, it's so committed to entertaining us that resistance is futile.
This time, John (Willis) takes an urgent trip to Moscow, where his estranged son Jack (Courtney) has been arrested for murder. But before John even gets into the courthouse, chaos erupts in the streets and John ends up on the run with Jack and Yuri (Koch), a fellow prisoner. As cars and buildings crash down around them, John discovers that Jack is actually an undercover CIA operative helping Yuri escape in exchange for a file of information about corrupt government official Viktor (Kolesnikov). As Viktor's tap-dancing goon (Bukvic) chases them into the countryside, there are a series of twists and turns that lead them to, of all places, Chernobyl.
But don't worry, an overdramatic scene establishes that the nuclear residue can be instantly eradicated by some sort of magical gas. So this frees our heroes for the usual antics involving enormous guns, mammoth explosions and lots of bad guys coming to inventively grisly ends. Along the way there's one of the most mind-bogglingly destructive car chase imaginable, like Bourne on acid, as well as a couple of preposterously fiery helicopter assaults. In between, Willis and Courtney have fun with the father-son dynamic, alternating between bitterness and emotional bonding before heading back out to "kill some scumbags".
Continue reading: A Good Day To Die Hard Review
...But not in 'A Good Day To Die Hard.' Bruce Willis received so many complaints about his interview for BBC's The One Show that he said sorry, citing jetlag for his shoddy showing.
"I have to apologise," explained the aging action film stalwart to Jon Holmes in an interview for XFM (via The Guardian). "I didn't get very many compliments about it. They said it was a little stale. But I was so jetlagged. I'm very sorry, you kids on The One Show." Willis added: "I'm sure it's not their problem. I was a little bit boring, I think. I had a little sinking spell, that's all." We can all forgive a shoddy performance, but twice? Perhaps Die Hard 4.0 should have been the sign; the sign that read 'stop doing Die Hard films because the trilogy was really good but now you're spoiling it.' That (very real, we put it up) sign was emphatically ignored, as is evidenced by A Good Day To Die Hard, which, by all accounts, is the worst thing to happen ever.
We're not joking; it's the worst thing ever. 14% on Rotten Tomatoes is just pitiful. It's not really Bruce Willis' fault. They probably would have just made the film without him in it. We still love the original trilogy, but that love wanes exponentially with every subsequent film.
Continue reading: Bruce Willis Apologises For Bad Performance...
Bruce Willis has apologised for his "boring" television interview on BBC's The One Show last week, claiming he was suffering from jetlag while promoting his latest movie 'A Good Day To Die Hard.' Willis represented one of the most high profile guests of the show's recent run and was dramatically introduced by hosts Matt Baker and Alex Jones.
Continue reading: Was Bruce Willis' Interview On 'The One Show' Really That Bad?
Bruce Willis, one of the most prolific and profitable actors in Hollywood, has been speaking about his Oscars drought, having never received a sniff of a nomination despite strong turns over the years in the likes of The Sixth Sense, Die Hard, Pulp Fiction and The Fifth Element. The actor, currently starting in A Good Day To Die Hard, spoke to GQ magazine about why he thinks he’s never been considered for a golden statuette.
“I don't think about it too much. It just always has seemed whimsical to me, to think about it. You don't get an Oscar for comedy, and you don't get it for shooting people. You get it for novelty, for being fascinating to watch in some character role.” It’s probably agreeable that Willis hasn’t taken many character roles over the years, though perhaps there’s still time for a clearly talented actor to win true critical acclaim. Clint Eastwood - initially regarded as a real journeyman actor - wasn’t nominated for an Oscar until he was 62, though Willis questions whether he has the same staying power. “The middle years to now makes me start to think that there should come a time when I should not work so much. I don't question other actors in their age and what they do; I just think, 'Wow, they're still fucking great.' They're still doing it,” he said.
It’s hard to determine where Willis’ award winning roles – if any – are going to come from in the coming years. He’s set to appear in the Sin City sequel and will star opposite Jamie Foxx in the crime-drama Kane & Lynch about a pair of death-row inmates. A turn in Jeffrey Nachmanoff’s American Assassin is unlikely to bare Oscars riches.
Continue reading: Ever Wondered Why Bruce Willis Has Never Won An Oscar?
We've all had that moment; looking at photos of our favourite celebs and then jumping out of our seats screaming, 'He's HOW old?!' Well, we've been doing a lot of that here at ContactMusic. Some stars seem to have crept up the age ladder pretty sneakily, the odd wrinkle and grey hair barely registering on our radar, while others don't seem to have aged at all! English football player David Beckham was in his twenties when he rose to global popularity and, looking at his recent H&M underwear advert, it seems that his iconic hairstyles and tattoos are our only way of working out the old from the newer pictures of him. However, he is only 37 and has plenty of time to catch up yet. It's the over-50s that have really had our mouths agape in recent times as we've been scouring the net for the most youthful looking middle to old aged stars.
Continue reading: Good Genes Or Good Ops: Which Male Celebrities Don't Show Their Age?
On a rainy red carpet in London's Leicester Square last night (Thurs Feb, 7) Willis said to The Huffington Post: "I seldom think about the passage of time. I'm always surprised to hear that it's been 25 years. It's still fun to do." And at the age of 57, he admitted that the early starts and long hours don't put him off. "I still like making movies. They're fun to do, especially these Die Hard films," explained Bruce. So will we be seeing a sixth Die Hard movie? It would appear Willis isn't ruling anything out. Die Hard 5 sees John McClane team up with his son, Jack, to fight off the terrorists.
Australian actor Jai Courtney - who plays McClane Junior - says the experience was "fun" but "surreal" at times. "Bruce is a lovely guy. We had a lot of fun making the movie. It was surreal and kind of strange but a lot of fun," he said. "You need a lot of trust too and we were able to work together in an organic fashion and had a lot of fun in the process. There was a lot of chemistry there," added Courtney.
Just as Quentin Tarantino was quizzed relentlessly about America's gun laws ahead of the release of Django Unchained, this week it was Bruce Willis' turn to defend the use of firearms in his new movie, A Good Day To Die Hard. Whereas the acclaimed director shrugged off the questioning with consummate ease, Willis was only too happy to comment and gave a pretty surprising answer.
Most Hollywood liberal types are pretty keen to back President Obama's gun-law proposals, though Willis remains cautious. "I think that you can't start to pick apart anything out of the Bill of Rights without thinking that it's all going to become undone," the actor told the Associated Press. "If you take one out or change one law, then why wouldn't they take all your rights away from you?" Willis - whose films have grossed over $2 billion in North American alone - reprises his most famous character John McClane in the fifth instalment of the Die Hard franchise, hitting theaters on February 14, 2013. The Hollywood hard-man makes a living out of shooting bad guys, though Willis played down a link between Hollywood and massacres such as those in Connecticut and Colorado last year. "No one commits a crime because they saw a film. There's nothing to support that," Willis said. "We're not making movies about people that have gone berserk, or gone nuts. Those kind of movies wouldn't last very long at all."
Continue reading: Yippie Ki-Yay! Die Hard's Bruce Willis Defends Right To Own Guns
Bruce Willis has spoken out about his opposition to the suggestion of a proposed gun ban in the US following the tragic Connecticut school shootings.
In an interview with The Associated Press, the 'Die Hard' star spoke of his fears that any change to the second amendment to the US constitution could result in all human rights being relinquished. 'I think that you can't start to pick apart anything out of the Bill of Rights without thinking that it's all going to become undone', he said. 'If you take one out or change one law, then why wouldn't they take all your rights away from you?' He has also argued with the suggestion that violent movies and video games are the type of thing that causes gun violence in America such as the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut and at the cinema in Aurora, Colorado - two events which took place last year within months of each other. 'No one commits a crime because they saw a film. There's nothing to support that', Willis said. 'We're not making movies about people that have gone berserk, or gone nuts. Those kind of movies wouldn't last very long at all.'
The actor is well-known for his violent action movies such as 'Pulp Fiction', 'The Fifth Element', 'RED' and, most famously, the 'Die Hard' movies; the fourth of which, 'A Good Day To Die Hard', is due for release on February 14th 2013.
As the Sundance Film Festival continues in Utah, buzz is emerging about the new Nicole Kidman movie Stoker, in which she plays the widowed mother of teen Mia Wasikowska as they deal with the arrival of the unexpectedly sexy Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode). From the director of Old Boy, a new trailer depicts the film as a stylish, warped and very black comedy. It comes to cinemas on March 1st.
Here in Britain, two leading awards contenders open this week. Steven Spielberg's Lincoln stars Daniel Day-Lewis, the front-runner in the Best Actor race. This would be his unprecedented third win in the category. And Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty stars Jessica Chastain, who is currently the favourite for Best Actress, although Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook is giving her some serious competition.
But no one should write off iconic French actress Emmanuelle Riva's astonishing turn in Amour. She won the London Critics' Circle Film Award for Best Actress on Sunday. The London critics also gave Amour their Film of the Year title, and it's up for Best Picture at the Oscars as well.
Praised for its wit and style, RED proved to be an unexpected success, and while not every critic was impressed, a worldwide gross of $186,100,000 certainly pleased the studio. RED 2 brings back the team of retired CIA operatives as they use their old-school style to take on a new set of enemies all across Europe. Filming started in Montreal in September.
Continue reading: RED 2 Trailer Hits Us With Willis / Zeta-Jones Kiss (TRAILER)
Following the perilous events of the first movie, former CIA agent Frank Moses tries yet again to retire quietly with his young partner Sarah. However, he is soon chased down by his paranoid buddy Marvin Boggs who isn't taking to retirement as well as Frank is and is determined to set out on a new mission; to find a nuclear device that is being hunted by a group government officials, terrorists and brutal assassins. Meanwhile, the aging MI6 agent Victoria is mildly curious to learn that she has been contracted to hunt and kill Frank despite the pair being friends. 'Red 2' is set to be full of more death-defying adventures, dry humour and nigh on impossible missions as the Retired, Extremely Dangerous crew get together once more.
'Red 2' is the follow up from the 2010 movie directed by Robert Schwentke ('The Time Traveller's Wife') and based on the graphic novel mini-series created by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner on DC Comics' Homage. This time we have an all new director, Oscar winner Dean Parisot ('Galaxy Quest', 'Fun with Dick and Jane'), and two returns from screenwriters Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber ('Battleship', 'Whiteout'). It's an action comedy due for release in the UK on August 2nd 2013.
Director: Dean Parisot
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Futuristic action thriller Looper was released on DVD and Blu Ray on New Years Eve. Now, we can understand you not rushing out to buy it while you were busy blowing up balloons, calling your friends and deciding what to wear on NYE, but if you haven't picked it up yet, here are five reasons why you have to.
DVD Extras (Including Amazing Animated Trailer)
Alright, we'll admit it: DVD extras are never that good, and you can usually catch them on YouTube without shelling out. But hear us out. With deleted scenes, and a mini-doc that guides us through the film's fantastic score, they're probably worth sitting through once you've given the film its 5th run. Here are the features in full, as well as a peak at the animated trailer, which will look much better on your trillion megapixel, thousand inch TV. We promise.
Continue reading: 5 Reasons To Grab 'Looper' On DVD Or Blu-Ray
Divorces usually mean families being torn apart, but in the case of Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore's divorce, the only thing being split is bank accounts, as the pair continue to bicker and draw out their divorce just that little bit longer.
Considering both of them are absolutely loaded, you'd have thought that they would have something else to argue about other than money, but apparently not. According to TMZ, Demi is stalling on the divorce, which took a year to arrive as it is, because she wants a big cash payout from the split.
When she split up from Bruce Willis in the 90's, Demi apparently got one heck of a divorce settlement and this time round she wants something along those same lines, despite the fact that Demi is richer than Ashton by quite some way. Whilst testimonies from differing sources vary, one excuse for the elongation of the divorce process says that Demi is just waiting for the right financial resolution to be settled before she is ready to pull the plug on the marriage. Other sources say that Ashton was waiting for Demi to file proceedings for the divorce, something she never did.
Little has caused more contention in the contactmusic office than our recent discussion about the Christmas films list! Obviously, everyone has their own favourite, and to them that will always be the top of the list. One thing that became all too clear to us was that - with the exception of Elf & Bad Santa - there really hasn't been too many full blown Christmas films so we'd like to make a plea to Bill Murray and the other Hollywood greats - PLEASE make a new (top quality) Christmas film to join these festive favourites!
I can't say we particularly advocate parents encouraging their offspring to watch films above their age certificate, but it appears we all grew up in houses that didn't really mind what we watched - and let's face it, some of the best Christmas films might have a few boobs or rowdy drunken behaviour... As children of the 80's and 90's, we're fully aware that there's original to some of these remakes, but as is always the way, these are the films we grew up with and as such, they are our favourites.
Enough explanation, in no particular order here are the films we recommend you watch over the holidays!
Continue reading: Top Twenty Classic Holiday Season Christmas Films
Next year looks set to be a seminal year for movies. Forget sequels and the so-called impending apocalypse; 2013 is all about beginnings as we discover the dubious past of 'The Wizard of Oz' in upcoming sequel 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' and how loveable 'Monsters, Inc.' protagonists Sulley and Mike got qualified to become scarers. Move over 'Breaking Dawn', 'The Dark Knight Rises' and 'Skyfall', and let's see what 2013 has in store! There have been plenty of dodgy trailers come out for 2013 releases, but here are ten of the trailers we consider worthy of your time!
Continue reading: 10 Of The Best Big Budget Film Trailers For 2013
With the 56th BFI London Film Festival up and running, it's red carpet night every night in Leicester Square. And it all kicked off earlier this week with the European premiere of Frankenweenie, which was attended by director Tim Burton and his partner Helena Bonham Carter, as well as voice cast members Martin Landau, Martin Short and Catherine O'Hara. Later in the festival, Burton and Bonham Carter will receive the BFI Fellowship for their contributions to cinema.
The big movie release in non-festival UK cinemas this week is Walter Salles' adaptation of the iconic 1957 novel On the Road, by Jack Kerouac. The film stars Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund and Kristin Dunst in a hip, rambling journey through America. It opens in the USA in December.
Continue reading: A Week In Movies - 12th October 2012
John McClane, a trigger happy New York cop, returns in the fifth movie of the 'Die Hard' franchise. This time, the terrorists he must face are based in Moscow, Russia. He flies there after discovering that his son Jack, with whom he has been estranged for some time, has got into some trouble with the Russian law enforcement and has been arrested. It doesn't take long for it to unravel that Jack has somehow got involved with a terrorist plot that McClane must pull him out of.
'A Good Day To Die Hard' will become the gritty action film series' fifth instalment following 2007's 'Live Free or Die Hard', 1995's 'Die Hard with a Vengeance', 1990's 'Die Hard 2' and the original 'Die Hard' in 1988 that was based on the 1979 novel 'Nothing Lasts Forever' by Roderick Thorp. The previous movies have had three different directors and four different writers and this time we see director John Moore take on the role with a resume that includes 'Max Payne', 'The Omen' and 'Behind Enemy Lines'. 'Die Hard' number five has been written by Skip Woods ('Hitman', 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine', 'Swordfish') and will be released in UK cinemas on Valentine's Day next year (February 14th 2013).
For a time travel thriller, this film is remarkably free of head-scratching anomalies in the plot, instead concentrating on richly developed characters and goosebump-inducing action. This is an unusually intimate action blockbuster, which gives the cast a chance to do something more resonant than we expect. And writer-director Rian Johnson takes a Christopher Nolan-style approach to the story, using intelligence and strikingly inventive filmmaking to draw us in.
Johnson is also reuniting with his Brick star Gordon-Levitt. He plays Joe, a looper in 2044 Kansas whose job is to kill men who are sent back 30 years in time by the mob, even though time travel has been outlawed. Joe knows that one day his victim will be his older self, sent back to close his loop, giving him 30 years of retirement. But when the older Joe (Willis) appears, he escapes, and now a manhunt is on. If Joe doesn't catch his older self, his boss (Daniels) will do something even more drastic than a vicious henchman (Dillahunt) has in mind. So Joe hides out in a rural farmhouse with single mother Sara (Blunt) and her young son Cid (Gagnon), with whom Joe creates an unusual bond.
The film is beautifully shot and edited, with a noir tone established by a knowing narration and the fact that most characters are addicted to a drug they take as eye-drops. And while it opens with some lively humour and witty edginess, things become darker as the story unfolds, especially when older Joe starts hunting Terminator-style for the younger version of an evil man who has too much power in the future. The hitch is that this man is a 5-year-old in the present day.
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Joe Simmons is a looper from Kansas City in 2042; a hitman hired to assassinate victims sent to him by a gang of mobsters from thirty years into the future through the outlawed method of time travel. The only rule put to him is that the targets must not escape. One day, on his regular duties, a new victim shows up who happens to be without the customary sack over his head. When he looks up, Joe recognises the man as an older version of himself and his sudden shock gives his future self the opportunity to disarm him and make a break for it. When Joe's criminal employees find out about the escape, they set out to destroy him for his failure. It doesn't take long for him to convince himself that he must kill his future self despite the fact that he is being used in order for the lawless organisation to 'close the loop'.
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Barney (Stallone) and his team of ageing mercenaries are coerced by Church (Willis) into heading into hostile territory to retrieve a top secret electronic gadget. Most shocking is the fact that Church insists that a woman, Maggie (Yu), joins them. And when things go wrong, Barney leads the gang on a grisly revenge mission against a nasty villain (Van Damme) who's callously putting humanity in peril. Along the way they're joined by Church and Trench (Schwarzenegger), and get help from lone-wolf Booker (Norris).
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Vivacious ex-dancer Beth reaches gambler's paradise Las Vegas in the hope of becoming a cocktail waitress. She meets keen gambler Dink Heimowitz who immediately warms to her, seeing her for her true potential rather than the ditzy thirty-something-year-old that it is easy to assume she is. He invites her to join his team, who have found a way to work Vegas' sportsbook system, as a lucky charm apparently giving him a miraculous winning streak contrary to his wife Tulip who he sees as a jinx. Soon he starts to suffer a few consecutive losses and Beth becomes ever more fond of him forcing him to dismiss her leaving her heartbroken. She retreats to New York to her trusty Jeremy who loyally succumbs to her charms. He is working for an illegal but successful bookie, Rosie, who flies her to his Caribbean island to supervise his growing kingdom. Beth begins to realise the instability and danger of working for Rosie, and tentatively contacts Dink and Tulip for their help. They unite in an attempt to tackle the potential jeopardy that they all may just fall into.
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Scout leader Ward (Norton) sends out a search party when preteen scout Sam (Gilman) runs away from the camp. He can't get far on this New England island, and it turns out that he has run off with Suzy (Hayward) daughter of a local couple (Murray and McDormand). As Sam and Suzy's naive love blossoms in the wilderness, local police Captain Sharp (Willis) takes over the search and calls in Social Services (Swinton). But these kids are more tenacious than anyone expects.
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In 1960's New England, Sam and Suzy meet after the former sneaks backstage before a show, which features the latter. The pair fall in love and, from then on, communicate by writing letters. The pair makes a pact to run away together. Sam will escape from his summer camp and Suzy will climb out of her bedroom window.
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Mr Church reunites the Expendables: Barney Ross; Lee Christmas; Yin Yang; Gunnar Jensen; Toll Road and Hale Caesar for a simple job. They are joined by two newcomers: Billy the Kid and Maggie. All in all, it looks like an easy paycheck for the Expendables. But things aren't always what they appear to be and when one of their own is brutally killed, the men set out to get revenge.
The Expendables are a group of highly trained mercenaries who are past their prime. In their last adventure, they get together for a mission to overthrow a Latin American dictator in Vilena, an island in between the Gulf of Mexico and South America.
Chinese actress Yu Nan joins the cast as the first female Expendable, while Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger expand their cameos as Mr Church and Trent Mauser, respectively. The Expendables 2 is directed by Simon West (Con Air; Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) and was written by Sylvester Stallone, who directed the first film, which was released in 2010. Upon its release, The Expendables was a box office hit, grossing $266,159,621 worldwide, despite mixed reviews from critics.
The Expendables are back and this time it's personal.
Directed by: Simon West
In US cinemas from August 17, 2012
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Liam Hemsworth, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean Claude Van Damme, Jet Li, Yu Nan, Chuck Norris, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Novak Djokovic and Randy Couture
Cops Jimmy and Paul (Willis and Morgan) have been partners for nine years but, after a chase goes horribly wrong, they're suspended for a month. While Paul suspects his wife (Jones) of infidelity, Jimmy's daughter (Trachtenberg) is planning an extravagant wedding. To pay for it, Jimmy decides to sell a valuable baseball card, which is promptly stolen by a low-life goon (Scott) and passed on to a murderous gangster (Diaz). So Jimmy calls Paul to help him get it back. It's not like they have anything better to do.
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The pugilistic script is based on one of those fascinatingly ugly crime stories that come rocketing out of Southern California every now and again, to much clucking of tongues over wayward and rudderless youth. Following the sad state of events that leads a drug dealer to kidnap the younger brother of a client who owes him money, as a means of extracting said payment, the film traces how the kidnapped teenager (a momma's boy who yearns for rebellion) develops a horribly overwrought case of Stockholm Syndrome, earnestly believing he's just having a good time with the dealer's hard-partying friends. In fact, while the kids party like it's 1999 (the year the kidnapping actually took place), imbibing copious amounts of drugs and alcohol, the dealer, Johnny (Emile Hirsch, like an evil version of Turtle from Entourage) is panicking, having realized what he's gotten himself into.
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What they generally aren't is full of capers designed by crackheads in search of comic relief, or a dominatrix dying to destroy the gold market with a Da Vinci alchemy machine only a cat burglar from Hoboken could steal.
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Surprise! Sin City is a mega-violent, highly potent vial of noir crack. And judging from the riotous burst of applause at the end of our screening, one that's destined to be a Matrix-style mass-cult classic.
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What if you really had the chance to change all of that? What if you could talk to yourself when you were only eight years old and explain how to take a stand for yourself, give the younger you understanding of why dad is so angry at the world, and give yourself hope for retaining individuality in a sea of conformity. In the new Disney film The Kid Russ Duritz gets that once in a lifetime chance.
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Unfortunately, star Bruce Willis, director John McTiernan and company couldn't duplicate the heart-pulling thrill of the first one with two increasingly mediocre sequels. Die Hard 2 and Die Hard: With a Vengeance suffered because of stuffing thrills and spills in every crevice, to the point where I expected the Road Runner to make a cameo. Everyone involved seemed to forget that simplicity made the original so riveting. There's one flawed New York City detective trapped in a skyscraper with only his wits and some firearms to stop a band of talented international terrorists.
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Sadly, the answer is neither, though an overexcited populace spoon-fed on a year's worth of hype is likely to lean toward the latter owing to severe disappointment. It's hard to blame them.
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