When three million dollars is stolen from a bank by a team of professional bank robbers, there are few clues to the identities of the wanted men. The Hubert Bank was the target and the CEO of the company finds himself involved in the controversial bank robbery after one of his acquaintances is killed during the theft.
The agent assigned to find the culprits is called FBI Agent Jonathan Montgomery and as well as obviously being a brutal crime, he feels that it's more personal than initially thought. As he looks into the running of the business, Jeffrey Hubert is someone who piques his interest; having lost his younger brother years earlier in a ruthless kidnapping, Montgomery is sure that the CEO knows far more about the situation than he's letting on.
The chase is on to find the robbers before they strike again.
The old proverb 'there's no honour among thieves' rings a little too close to home in the plot for Precious Cargo. Karen, and Jack are two of the best thieves in the business but when Karen crosses Eddie, a gangster with a vicious side, he begins hunting Karen down.
Once Eddie captures Karen she is forced to involve her ex-partner Jack and he must carry out a dangerous yet profitable heist in order to pay Eddie back and save Karen's life. As allegiances are broken, everyone is out for themselves in this action packed thriller.
Precious Cargo is written and directed by Max Adams who previously wrote Extraction and Heist.
Leonard Turner has dedicated his life to the CIA. He might be partially retired but he's still a valuable asset to the organisation. When he's taken hostage by a terrorist group, Turner is made to release a statement documenting the groups ransom demands. If their demands are not met, all the missile siloes around the world will be pointed at The United States.
Enter Leonard's son Harry. Harry too is a CIA operative but he's a desk worker who's yet to be cleared for field duty. When he learns of his father's kidnapping, Harry takes matters into his own hands. Now working behind the backs of colleges - not to mention a group of highly skilled international terrorists - Harry takes on the mission alone. Using his analytical knowhow, Harry believes he's one step ahead than his former work mates.
Hot on Harry's trail is Agent Victoria Phair, his ex-girlfriend who's an accomplished field agent with martial arts skills and far more tactical training than Harry. All that's left to do is save Leonard and the world from a disaster unlike anything the world has ever seen.
Continue: Extraction Trailer
The teaser trailer for 2015's 'Vice' is really running with the 'new' idea of a female action lead, teasing a fairly interesting movie.
Imagine a world where any possible crime or vice is legal. In the virtual city resort of VICE, that world is a reality. The resort allows for people to do whatever they, including murder their fellow man. Although this isn't strictly true, as the other people (and targets of abuse) are all robots. So, less 'The Purge', and more 'West World'. After a young woman (or a robot designed to look like a young woman) is killed, her memory is wiped and she is dropped back into VICE to do it all again. But the memories begin to slowly come back to her, leading to her and a patron (who is strangely obsessed with her) turning around and trying to bring down the system.
Continue reading: 'Vice' Teaser Trailer Ushers In The New Age Of Action Heroes
A host of TV and movie stars were spotted arriving at Carnegie Hall in New York for the 2014 Glamour Women of the Year Awards. Among them were 'Red 2' star Bruce Willis with his wife Emma Heming and Mindy Kaling from 'The Mindy Project', who dazzled in a short blue number.
'A Good Day To Die Hard' star Bruce Willis stops briefly for the cameras as he arrives outside 'The Late Show With David Letterman' studios in New York looking casual in a black T-shirt and jeans, ahead of his appearance on the show.
Let's see if all that empowerment will come through in the final product.
Sin City: A Dame To Kill For isn’t out until this coming Thursday, August 21, but promotion has been going on for months. Maybe you’ve noticed that this time around, it’s mostly (if not all) focused on the ladies – from Jessica Alba’s no-longer damsel-in-distress Nancy, to Rosario Dawson’s dominatrix with a deadly attitude Gail, to the Dame herself – Eva Green as Ava Lord. These are no-nonsense, cliché-free female characters. Well, technically they’re all cliché, but that’s the point – it’s all very post-modern and ironic and noir-inspired, etc.
Yes, ok, the women are still strutting around in their underwear. But this time they are empowered, apparently.
With some criticising The Hobbit for spreading over three films, what other franchises have gone on for a long time?
The Hobbit trilogy has been criticised by some viewers for having too little content spread too thinly over the course of too many films. Originally, the idea was to split the 1937 J. R. R. Tolkien story over two films; however, in 2012, director Peter Jackson confirmed his plans for a third film; some six years after the two-film decision had been made.
Director of The Hobbit, Peter Jackson, originally thought the franchise would only spread across two films
Was this to enhance viewers’ experience of the story or was it because three films make more money than two? Audiences will never know. They will instead have to settle with a narrative with a lot less to say than The Lord of the Rings trilogy over the same number of motion pictures; with the final chapter in the piece, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, released in the UK on 12 December.
Continue reading: Film Franchises That Go On Forever
Sources, speaking to numerous media outlets, are reporting Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are expecting their first child together.
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, within weeks of becoming engaged, are reportedly expecting a baby! The news, as reported by E!, has yet to be confirmed by the couple's representatives but a source close to the couple spoke exclusively to the entertainment website. Other sources, speaking to various websites, have also chimed in and Kunis has recently been spotted attending a prenatal yoga class in Los Angeles.
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have been spotted enjoying basketball games in L.A. despite pregnancy rumours.
The couple are reportedly overjoyed at the prospect of becoming parents, as one friend told People, "they are both very, very happy," adding "it's still early." It's also allegedly "not twins" as another source told the magazine.
Continue reading: Recently Engaged Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher Expecting First Child?
M. Night Shyamalan is back, for better or worse.
M. Night Shyamalan reteaming with Bruce Willis to shoot one of the very first scripts of his career may sound like a frightening proposition, though Labor of Love appears to be going ahead and will be touted around the Berlin Film Festival in February, according to Mike Fleming Jr at Deadline.com.
M. Night Shyamalan Will Make 'Labor of Love' with Bruce Willis
Shyamalan and Willis made The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable together - probably the two best movies of the director's up-and-down career - and Labor of Love goes back even further. The script was one of the very first screenplays that the Indian-American director sold - to Fox, in 1993. The film was never made after Shyamalan touted himself as director, though Denzel Washington was apparently sniffing around the project a couple of years ago
Continue reading: M. Night Shyamalan Eyes Bruce Willis Reunion For 'Labor Of Love'
Sylvester didn't hold back when talking to Jonathan Ross
Sylvester Stallone is in a nostalgic mood, thinking back to his younger days and, it would appear, lamenting them. He also hinted at a reprising his role as Rocky in the upcoming film, ‘Creed’. The legendary actor bore all when speaking to host Jonathan Ross during an on-stage interview at the London Palladium on Saturday.
Still going - Sylvester Stallone
"I abused power badly. I read some of the interviews I gave now and wish I could go back and punch myself in the face," he continued. Stallone, who stars alongside Robert di Niro in the comedy boxing film, Grudge Match, also spoke of a new project in which he’ll play Rocky once more, but confirmed that it’s not a sequel in any way shape or form.
Guns? Sex? Violence? No? Misleading prices!?
Usually, when one hears about an advert being banned, one’s mind immediately flirts with ideas of profanity or violence, and when Bruce Willis is involved, those flirtations count for double. But the Die Hard star’s Sky advert was banned for being misleading.
Willis' advert was banned
Ironically, the headline ‘Bruce Willis Sky advert banned’ is actually misleading, too, for the aforementioned reasons. So here’s the dull truth: The Advertising Standards Authority said the ad was not sufficiently clear, so decided to pull it off the air. The ASA said as the advert was "clearly not directed at existing Sky customers." (BBC)
Continue reading: Bruce Willis Sky Advert Banned, For Reasons Boring
Stallone makes surprising announcements about the third Expendables romp, and we get more details on films about Princess Diana, Steve Jobs and the White House butler. But the Muppets are the Most Wanted...
The big news this week was that Harrison Ford will join the Expendables for their third film adventure. Sylvester Stallone tweeted the announcement, then went on to mention that Bruce Willis won't be around this time, apparently because he asked for too much money. Stallone was also caught on camera poking fun at Arnold Schwarzenegger's "big ego". Before they re-team for the next Expendables movie, they're costarring in the prison-break thriller Escape Plan. Watch Sly talking about Arnie at Comic Con here.
The next big superhero blockbuster will be Thor: The Dark World, and we got a more detailed look at the film in a new trailer this week. Pretty much everyone is back, including Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba and Stellan Skarsgard. The movie looks like a huge-scale action adventure with a sense of humour about it. It opens in October. Watch the trailer for Thor: The Dark World here.
An exciting week for news was dominated by the announcement that Bruce Willis has left The Expendables 3 in a dispute over money, apparently seeking $1 million a day for a shoot in Bulgaria. Elsewhere, it's great news for fans of Dustin Hoffman after The Graduate star was given the all-clear from cancer, and Miley Cyrus confirmed the title of her new album.
$1 Million A Day? Bruce Willis is officially out of The Expendables 3, having been replaced by Harrison Ford. The thing is, there appears to have been an almighty dispute over money, leaving Sylvester Stallone at odds with his former friend. Is Bruce worth $1 million a day? Check out our defense here!
Kramer vs Cancer: Dustin Hoffman has well and truly given cancer the slip after being "surgically cured" from the disease. The legendary Hollywood star is recovering at home with his family, though was given the all-clear recently. Check out the full story here.
What happened between Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis?
The whole thing kicked off late on Tuesday (August 8, 2013) when Sylvester Stallone - who stars in and wrote the screenplay for the third movie - tweeted, "WILLIS OUT. HARRISON FORD IN !!!! GREAT NEWS !!!!! Been waiting years for this!!!!"
Sure, it was a pretty blunt casting announcement, though maybe Willis was busy with another of the Die Hard movies or something? NOPE.
Ryan Reynolds, Helen Mirren, Hugh Jackman and Nicolas Cage walk the red carpet. Tom Hanks, Benedict Cumberbatch and Chiwetel Ejiofor launch their awards campaigns. Sly and Arnie team up for a prison break...
The stars were out to premiere their movies over this past week. First to face the paparazzi in New York were the voice cast of the animated comedy Turbo, including Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michelle Rodriguez and Ken Jeong. The film opens this week in the US, but British audiences will have to wait until October. We have lots of footage from the event including Blake Lively and her brother, Michelle Rodriguez and Ken Jeong, The Indycar Superstars as well as the animated movie's star Ryan Reynolds.
On Tuesday in New York, Helen Mirren, Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Mary Louise Parker signed autographs and posed for photos before the premiere of their new action-comedy sequel RED 2. The film also opens this week in the US, and in two weeks in the UK. Watch the Red 2 premiere footage here.
Various members of the cast and other famous faces were snapped on their arrival at the New York premiere of action comedy 'Red 2'. Among the cast arrivals were 'The Queen' star Helen Mirren with her director husband Taylor Hackford, 'Die Hard' star Bruce Willis with his wife Emma Heming and 'Chicago' actress Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Comedy action sequel Red 2 has premiered in L.A with release only round the corner. What were the starry cast wearing on the red carpet?
The stars were out to shine last night in L.A as new movie Red 2 rolled out the red carpet for a premiere party. Catherine Zeta Jones looked particularly glamorous as she strutted her stuff on the carpet on her own, flaunting her exquisite black lace dress.
Catherine Zeta Jones Stunned In Her Lace Gown.
According to The Sun, Helen Mirren and her husband Taylor Hackford engaged in some adorable public displays of affection, looking every inch the loved-up couple with 67 year-old Mirren styled in a particularly trendy fashion in giant Perspex heels under her sleek, green floor-length gown. Bruce Willis and his partner Emma Heming were also feeling the love last night as they snuggled up to one another.
Continue reading: 'Red 2' Premieres As Catherine Zeta-Jones Turn Up The Heat [Photos]
Guillermo Del Toro's summer blockbuster Pacific Rim holds huge premieres in Mexico and London, while The Wolverine and RED 2 begin their own publicity assaults. And trailers tease us with glimpses of Jobs, Passion, Thanks for Sharing and more...
This week's big world premiere was for Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim, which was held in Mexico City on Monday with cast members Charlie Day, Ron Perlman and Rinko Kikuchi. They were joined by British costars Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam and new True Blood hunk Robert Kasinsky for the European premiere in London on Thursday. Critics' reviews are embargoed, but Emma Watson and Kanye West both tweeted praise for the film, which opens next week.
The next big blockbuster this summer will be The Wolverine, a stand-alone X-men movie set in World War II Japan. Hugh Jackman returns as the iconic character, and this week appears in a short behind-the-scenes doc with director James Mangold. They reveal several enticing clips from the film, which opens later this month. Watch The Wolverine featurette here.
British writer claims his Die Hard could be "the Rocky Balboa" of the franchise. Um...
Die Hard 6 is on the way, with confirmation that the British scriptwriter Ben Trebilcook is knocking up a version for the next installment of the long-running Bruce Willis-starring action franchise. Trebilcook is currently working on a martial artist starring action film called Knockout but it was here where he met Die Hard 6 consulting producer Larry D. Webster with regards writing some material for the new film.
Total Film reports that details for the film’s plot so far are scarce, though it will begin in London before having the bulk of the action take place in Tokyo. Currently being called Die Hardest, it’ll be interesting to see how Trebilcook’s version works out, though he’s confident it will impress long time fans of the franchise. “It is extremely faithful to the franchise and characters and is a natural progression. It's also a very plausible storyline,” he said, though added that it was far from a done deal that he’d be the final name on the film’s credits.
"Getting Larry's support was great, but there are many hurdles to leap yet and two of those are called Bruce Willis and [producer] Alex Young” he said. “[There's] the possibility producers might go back and find some other source material to base the next one on, like they did with the first and second. Mine though, I feel it could be the Rocky Balboa of the Die Hard franchise." We don't remember Rocky Balboa being particularly good...
Continue reading: Die Hard 6 Is Go! Sort Of... Initial Scriptwriter Confirmed
Fire With Fire will be out on March 8th in UK theatres.
Taken and its wildly successful sequel have paved the way for revenge thrillers. Fire With Fire is the latest in this trend and with an impressive cast including stars Bruce Willis, Josh Duhamel and Rosario Dawson, one would hope it will prove to be a rip-roaring ride of suspense and intense action.
The story follows Jeremy, a firefighter who, through a stroke of terrible luck, witnesses the murder of a boy and his father in a store committed by an Ayran crime mob boss through apparently racial motives. Jeremy identifies Hagan, the man who committed the murders, in a lineup but Hagan lets Jeremy know that he knows exactly who he is by reciting his name, address and social security number. In the run up to the trial Jeremy needs to change his name and enter a witness protection programme when he begins a romantic relationship with a member of the police force. It all goes belly up though and he ends up saying words very similar to those heard in Taken, "I'm gonna find you, I'm gonna kill you.... to hell with witness protection, you're gonna need protection from me."
'A Good Day To Die Hard' stars Bruce Willis and Jai Courtney arrive at a fan screening in New York City. Bruce is spotted first and the crowd begin to chant his name while he gives his wife Emma Heming a kiss on the cheek before addressing his fans.
Ah, Valentine’s Weekend. That thing that doesn’t actually exist because there’s only actually one day that’s officially attributed to Valentine’s Day but it does exist in the world of the movie box office. It’s the weekend for people who were too stingy to take their partners out of actual Valentine’s Day, because all of the prices are inflated, to schlep over to the local movie theatre, with a rose between their teeth for no good reason and treat their loved one to a terrible, terrible movie.
That’s right. Normally, we like to give our readers a few tips and pointers with regards to the upcoming box office releases for the forthcoming weekend, make a few recommendations, etc etc. Well, this week, can we simply suggest that you stay home? What we appear to have on our hands this week is the biggest collection of cinematic flops since as far back as we can remember. Or at least since last Valentine’s Weekend.
First up, if you’re still interested in learning which films you should not go to see this weekend, is Safe Haven. A woozy adaptation of yet another Nicholas Sparks novel. Yes, we loved The Notebook. Yes, OK, we admit, what we mean is we loved Ryan Gosling in The Notebook. And yes, we suppose that Zac Efron did a pretty good job in The Lucky One. But it takes more than a pretty couple (Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough) to make a successful adaptation of one of Sparks’ ever-popular tear-jerk romance novels.
Could 'A Good Day To Die Hard' be the worst movie to ever top the U.S box office? It will almost certainly be amongst the worst to take over $50 million on its opening weekend, as it is expected to do over the coming days. The fifth instalment in Bruce Willis's action franchise has been derided by critics and currently holds a score of just 14% on the Rotten Tomatoes review aggregating site (down 2% in 24 hours).
20th Century Fox anticipated a softer opening of around $40 million though industry analysts suggest the movie will take at least $10 million more than that. Either way, the competition don't stand a chance this weekend, with 'Safe Haven' likely to finish second with takings of around $25 million. Relativity Media will settle for second place, given romance author Nicholas Sparks' latest film adaptation cost less than one-third as much to make as the fifth Die Hard. Another movie - Beautiful Creatures - could prove to be a potential rival for Safe Haven and should take around $22 million over the long President's Day weekend. Animated 3-D movie 'Escape From Planet Earth' is likely to gross around $19 million during its first four days.
'A Good Day to Die Hard,' was made on a budget of around $92 million and follows Willis' John McClane character as he teams up with his long-estranged CIA agent son in Moscow. The popular movies have pulled in millions at the box-office and new instalments are pretty much guaranteed to be big hits. The highest grossing film in the franchise 'Live Free or Die Hard,' started off with $33.4 million in June 2007 and went on to collect $134.5 million domestically.
Continue reading: Will 'A Good Day To Die Hard' Be The Worst Movie To Top The Box Office?
We were fearful of what the 'A Good Day To Die Hard' reviews would look like, and it looks as though our trepidation has been vindicated. The 5th installment of Bruce Willis' action franchise is a step too far; perhaps even two steps.
A paltry 11% (so far) on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes will make grim reading for Willis et al - but critical success doesn't always correlate with commercial proficiency. Still, being called "Obnoxious, over the top and often dull," (USA Today) can't be nice. It's difficult to find a shred of positivity while sifting through the sea of negative reviews. Variety come close, saying, "the action elements aren't the problem here. They're certainly loud enough. It's the obligatory intra-family squabbling and preposterous plotting that threaten to derail this nonsensical sequel." Having said that, describing something as: not "the problem", isn't exactly positive, is it? Heyuguys.com reviewer Stefan Pape bemoans the longevity of the franchise: "'I'm going to count to three. There will not be a four,' mutters Alan Rickman's Hans Gruber in the very first Die Hard movie. If only the filmmakers of this renowned action movie franchise had taken note, as after a triumphant trilogy, we now set foot into what is the fifth instalment in the Die Hard series."
It's probably safe to say that everybody wanted A Good Day To Die Hard to be good, but the chances of that were always slim. An action film first, this fifth (but not final) instalment fails to capture the vigour with which John McClain one defeated his enemies.
Continue reading: A Good Day To Die Hard Reviews - A Good Day To Give Up?
Awards season continues to crank up with Argo taking the lead in the homestretch. Ben Affleck's true 1970s thriller has won the top prizes at the actors, producers and directors guilds, which makes it the favourite to win Best Picture on Oscar night February 24th, even though Affleck isn't nominated as Best Director. On the other hand, he is up for director, as well as film and actor, in this Sunday's British Academy Film Awards, better known as the Baftas.
This weekend also sees the release of the season's final awards-contending titles in the UK, including Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren in Hitchcock and the Oscar-nominated animated romp Wreck-it Ralph. There are also two acclaimed foreign films: Pablo Larrain's inventive Oscar-nominated political black comedy No, and the gorgeous Japanese drama I Wish.
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
Irreplaceable: Beyonce showed over 100 million television viewers why she's the biggest R&B star on the planet at the Super Bowl on Sunday. Her rip-roaring LIVE set was very much the talking point after the game (won by the Baltimore Ravens, by the way).
Yoda The Movie? Hot on the heels of news that J.J. Abrams will helm Star Wars Episode 7, Disney has announced its intention to make several Star Wars spin-off movies over the coming years. Speculation that Jabba The Hut, Darth Vader and - lord forbid - Jar Jar Binks could helm the films is rife, though good old Yoda is the big favourite for the first movie.
Bruce Willis has voiced his opinion against the lingering decision to impose tighter laws on gun control in America whilst promoting his new film, A Good Day To Die Hard, adding that he believes there is no connection between violence on screen and off it.
The action star, who will also star in the upcoming sequels G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Red 2, has stated his objection to any proposed altercations to the rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the American Constitution, which states that people have the right to keep and bear arms. Speaking to press whilst promoting his latest turn as John McClane, the actor said, "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 topic of gun control has become paramount in America of late, largely due to the December shootings at Sandy Hook and at a Colorado cinema earlier in 2012. When further quizzed on his opinions on the pervasive issue, Willis also stated the he believes gun-wielding films like his next action-packed venture hold no relation to similar events. He said, "the real topic is diminished" when this is brought up, and that "no one commits a crime because they saw a film."
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.
Plenty of people seem excited that much-loved action franchise Die Hard is back for another installment, but few of them seem as enthused as the main man himself – Bruce Willis, who plays everyone’s favorite action hero John McClane.
Willis was on the red carpet with his wife Emma across in Berlin for the German premiere of the fifth edition of the Die Hard series, Die Hard – A Good Day To Die, and evidently couldn’t keep his excitement to himself, amorously kissing his wife as they strolled down the runway in front of the paparazzi. We’d be happy if we were Bruce too, he must be making a mint off these films. Willis and his wife were looking very dapper indeed, with the veteran actor wearing a charcoal-grey suit, pearly grey tie and pale grey shirt, complete with a winter coat. Emma meanwhile was wearing a beaded ivory dress with a fashionable V-neckline. She accessorized with a clutch and metallic looking sandals.
Elsewhere there's been a new extended trailer released with the film's release just round the corner! The latest Die Hard film will see a vulnerable looking McClane has he heads to Russia to try and aid his son Jack (played by Jai Courtney) who has gone missing. It turns out that Jack works for the CIA – of course he does with a father like that – and is trying to prevent a nuclear-weapons heist. This can only mean one thing: some double McClane action as they attempt to stop the robbery taking place.
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.
Continue: A Good Day To Die Hard Trailer
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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There’s no messing about on the new A Good Day To Die Hard, and there’s no lack of awareness that this is a much-loved franchise being brought back for another hurrah either, with the triumphant orchestral bombast of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 blasting out over scenes of high paced action. This is the fifth installment of the long running Die Hard series, and it once again features Bruce Willis as John McClane.
This time things are a bit different though, with McClane’s son (played by Jai Courtney) being held in a Russian prison. McClane senior bobs across to the former Soviet powerhouse to get his young ‘un out of jail, but – McClane being who he is – things don’t pan out so smoothly and he becomes embroiled in a terrorist plot. The emphasis on the new trailer is clear big, brash and modern, a clear attempt to try and bring the late 80s action hero up to speed with the technology whizz and bluster of the 21st century. Adding in a son brings a much needed new element to the story – Willis is getting on a bit let’s be honest, and they realize that he can’t be a one man ass-kicking machine forever (although don’t be fooled – he still puts in plenty of the graft.) The film comes out on February 14, 2013 (perfect Valentine’s Day watching!) in the US. See the trailer below.
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
In spite of the 'Two and a Half Men' star's antics during their seven year marriage, he has declared that the breakdown of the union was due to 'irreconcilable differences' and no official separation date has been recorded. They broke up in November 2011 and since then Demi has been seen on the arms of several men including Vito Schnabel, 26, who she recently broke up with. Ashton seems to have embarked on a rather serious relationship with his 'That 70s Show' co-star Mila Kunis which may have prompted this eventual divorce filing on Friday (December 21st 2012) at the Los Angeles Superior Court. There had been previous rumours that Demi was trying to drag the proceedings out as she is apparently still deeply heartbroken.
The 'Ghost' actress has previously been married to singer Freddy Moore but the union ended after four years. She has also been married to action star Bruce Willis who she was with for eleven years and had three children: Rumer, Scout and Tallulah. Ashton, on the other hand, had never previously been married before meeting Demi.
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.
Kind of a disappointing showing this week folks, best hold on for those Christmas heartwarmers, or, if you’re one of the 56 people left on the globe that haven’t seen Skyfall, that’s probably still showing…
Hyde Park On Hudson has been touted by many as Bill Murray’s next stab at Oscar success. However, the movie itself has hardly received glowing reviews. Directed by Roger Michell (Notting Hill) and also starring Laura Linney and Olivia Williams, Hyde Park on Hudson tells the story of Franklin D Roosevelt and his love affair with his distant cousin, Margaret Stuckley. The ‘action’ takes place over a weekend in 1939, when the King & Queen of England visited upstate New York.
Murray’s performance has been hailed as a masterpiece and there have been mutterings of Oscar contention, but it seems that Murray is a jewel in a pretty shabby crown, here. He may carry the film, but it’s clear that it’s a deadweight. Bill will have to keep his fingers crossed that the Academy award voters can stay awake through the historical drama long enough to appreciate his performance.
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!
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When Angus T. Jones recorded his interview with Christopher Hudson, the leader of the Forerunner Chronicles Christian group, he may well not have expected the reaction that he got. The star of the Two and a Half Men sitcom denounced the show as “filth” and urged viewers to stop watching it. Presumably not quite the marketing plan that the show’s executives had in mind (though as we know, these bouts of ‘technically bad’ publicity have a habit of working in your favour) but Angus was keen to share all that he had learned since turning to religion.
In the interview clip, Angus speaks to Hudson as though he is some form of demi-god and looks thrilled to even be in the same room as him, reaching out to touch him as though he can’t believe he’s real. As he very publicly looked a very generous gift horse in the mouth (He earns a reported $350,000 per episode. Yes, per episode), the world winced and cowered away, sniggering. Within hours of the video clip hitting the internet, it had gone viral and the 19 year-old had quickly become a laughing stock.
What exactly was Jones’ biggest crime though? Dissing his employers? Undermining the very thing that gave him the wealth and privilege that he’s able to enjoy? Or was it all the nutty, slightly alarming religious stuff that he was spouting for the majority of the interview? If he’d just said “Two and a Half Men is cr*p,” would we have cared quite as much? Would the story have run quite as far and quite as wide as it did? If there wasn’t that cringe-worthy explanation of why he went on the hunt for a church with a “black gospel theme,” would this all have mattered so much? If he hadn’t starting aligning light entertainment with the devil, because of his newfound religious beliefs? Of course not.
Continue reading: Hollywood And Religion: Or, How Angus T. Jones Became A Laughing Stock
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!
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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.
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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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Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s latest movie has achieved the unthinkable. And no, we’re not just talking about the time travel that features in the movie. Looper has received resoundingly positive reviews, across the board. In terms of major movie releases, Looper has hardly received the kind of widespread attention of other major releases this year, such as Dark Knight Rises or Avengers but with such a strong, positive critical response, who knows how well Looper could do at the box office.
Science fiction movies don’t often grab the critics but Looper certainly seems to have managed it. Writing for Los Angeles Times, Kenneth Turan wrote “this is a highflying, super-stylish science-fiction thriller that brings a fresh approach to mind-bending genre material” and his sentiments were echoed by Peter Travers of Rolling Stone, who surmised “However long it takes to get your bearings, Looper is worth it. Bruce Willis expertly blends tough and tender and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is at the top of his game in this rip-roaring mind-bender.”
And of course, the star of the show, former child star Joseph Gordon Levitt, has impressed the critics with his performance, too. The New York Times critic Manohla Dargis was particularly taken with him, writing “Mr. Johnson throws a lot at the screen, blasted corpses included, yet little here is as initially transfixing as Mr. Gordon-Levitt's mug.” With an impressive 92% score on Rotten Tomatoes and an opening weekend ahead of it, can Looper top this weekend’s box office chart?
Dubbed as the new Matrix, does Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s sci-fi epic movie stand up to the hype? We check out some Looper reviews
In this futuristic thriller, which also stars action stalwart Bruce Willis, time travel has already been invented, but is illegal. And who likes illegal things? Mobs. That’s who. When the mob wants someone hit, they send their target back in time 30 years where a hitman (Gordon-Levitt) will be lying in wait. “This is a highflying, super-stylish science-fiction thriller that brings a fresh approach to mind-bending genre material,” writes Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times, in a wholly positive review. And in fact, the reviews are all great! “Even with its echoes of sci-fi thrillers past, from La Jette to The Terminator, Rian Johnson's mind bender feels fresh - fresh enough to be forgiven for sputtering off the rails in the final act,” said Dallas Morning News reviewer Chris Vognar.
Continue reading: Looper: Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Time Travel Flick A Success?
The Looper reviews are in, and it’s great news for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and director Rian Johnson. The futuristic action thriller is set in a world where time travel is invented, though illegal and only available through the black market. OK, so before you start making Inception comparisons… read on.
Gordon-Levitt – now considered one of Hollywood’s leading men – plays a hired gun who ‘takes care’ of men that the mob send back 30 years-old in time. His character is more than happy making quick-cash, until the mob decide to “close the loop” and send his future-self (played by Willis) back for assassination. Frankly, it’s a hugely intriguing concept and even the harshest critics were blown away by the movie. Roger Ebert said Looper “weaves between past and present in a way that gives Johnson and his actors opportunities to create a surprisingly involving narrative,” while Tom Huddleston of Time Out magazine said, “This is a hugely satisfying, enjoyable and thought-provoking piece of work.”
‘Looper’ currently holds a 94% approval rating on review-aggregating site Rotten Tomatoes (with 97% audience approval). That’s 10% more than Oscar-tipped ‘The Master’ and 7% more than ‘The Dark Knight Rises’. Whether its percentage score will decrease as more opinions flood in remains to be seen, though one thing’s for sure: Looper could be the surprise hit of 2012.
As the U.S. Box Office slumbers on into the autumn, the figures needed to top the charts are getting ever smaller. However, whilst that makes it largely a head-in-hands experience for many of the studios behind these movies, for those who enjoy waiting to see what the top five's looking like each Monday it's making for exciting watching as smaller figures mean smaller margins between films. Case in point was this weekend where the winner wasn't announced until today (September 24th), with the unfancied Jake Gyllenhaal-starring End Of Watch beating out the more fancied horror House At The End Of The Street and Clint Eastwood's film Trouble With The Curve.
End Of Watch was a victory for independent film studios too, with Open Road Films beating out Relatively Media and Warner Bros to top spot; they'll not care one jot that they took a meager $13.2 million. The other two films will be a little more concerned that they took only $12.2 million and $12.1 million respectively however.
Reflecting on his film's seemingly surprise victory, Open Road Films' Tom Ortenberg commented "We always knew we were going to outperform expectations, and I believe the film will have long legs."Looper, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis will be hoping to wake up the Box Office from the doldrums this coming weekend.
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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Disney sure lays it on thick in "The Kid," a feel-good family flick starring Bruce Willis as a snide, fundamentally unhappy L.A. "image consultant" who meets himself as an 8-year-old boy and learns to embrace his inner child.
The incidental music sounds like the soundtrack from "E.T." crossed with a "Teletubbies" song. Willis -- more determined than ever to avoid being pigeon-holed -- spends a good third of the movie looking wistful or misty. The Kid himself (roly-poly, and yes, adorable newcomer Spencer Breslin) isn't a terribly good actor, but boy has he mastered the art of the wide-eyed double-take. It's enough to send a cynical, grown-up movie critic into sugar shock.
But while I have no trouble pointing out everywhere this rather slight movies is flawed -- and its flaws are significant -- I can also admit when I've had a good time at the movies. And "The Kid" made me smile like, well, a kid.
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