Peter Jackson's expanded take on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit comes to a conclusion in a battle epic packed with enormous action sequences that oddly distract attention from the much more engaging central plotline. By the time it thunders to its satisfying conclusion after nearly two and a half hours, there's a sense of balance restored, providing some powerfully emotional moments along with the thrills. But there's a lot of chaotic mayhem to get through first.
The action picks up immediately, as the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) roars into Laketown causing further desolation before being stopped by the heroic Bard (Luke Evans), who then leads the survivors back to their long-abandoned city in the mountains. Meanwhile, dwarf king Thorin (Richard Armitage) has reclaimed his throne and Smaug's enormous stash of gold, which consumes his soul with greed. But he abandons his promises to Bard and the elf leader Thranduil (Lee Pace), who assembles the elf army against him. So Thorin calls in a dwarf battalion to take them on. Meanwhile, the hobbit Bilbo (Martin Freeman) is trying to diffuse the situation and snap Thorin out of his avaricious funk. And wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) discovers that two waves of ruthless orcs are descending on Thorin.
All of this strategising and squaring-off feels fragmented and uneven, as Jackson cuts back and forth between the sprawling ensemble cast while trying to build momentum toward the earth-rattling collision of these five armies. Thankfully, there's also a lot of interpersonal stuff going on to hold the interest. Elf warrior Legolas (Orlando Bloom) is still caught up in a romantic triangle with his intended Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) and her forbidden love, the unusually hot dwarf Kili (Aidan Turner). And there's some comic relief from Alfrid (Ryan Gage), a weaselly human who worms his way into Bard's inner circle for some inexplicable reason. Best of all is the push and pull between Bilbo and Thorin, which is very nicely played by Freeman and Armitage.
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The Aussi starwas full of admiration for the British actress after she gave passionate speech on being a feminist, as well as ways to counter gender inequality at the U.N. headquarters in September.
Cate Blanchett seems to be the latest A-List star who is joining the fight for gender equality, and recently revealed how she is a huge fan of British actress Emma Watson, especially her HeForShe campaign.
Blanchett supports gender equality, and Emma Watson's fight for it
While talking with the latest issue of Porter, the Aussi actress couldn't help but gush about Watson, who was appointed as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for women in July, after she gave a passionate speech on being a feminist, as well as ways to counter gender inequality at the U.N. headquarters in September.
The trailer for Disney's Cinderella is out and Richard Madden is very charming
Robb Stark has been resurrected! But, alas Game Of Thrones fans, not in the capacity that you may have all been hoping. Instead, the Scottish actor, Richard Madden, who played the GOT character from 2011 - 2013, has popped up in a different fantasy ... this time as Prince Charming in Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Cinderella.
Richard Madden plays a convincing Prince Charming in Cinderella
Kenneth Branagh brings 1950 Disney favourite 'Cinderella' to life with live action adaptation.
Finally, Disney has unveiled the first full trailer for Kenneth Branagh's live action rendition of one of the world's most beloved fairytales: Cinderella. And it looks to be one of the most visually stunning fantasy flicks of the coming months.
Lily James stars as the troubled Cinderella
The movie industry has been going crazy with its throwback Grimm adaptations, and it doesn't look like anyone's had enough of it yet. While many movies have opted for the spin-off, original stories - such as 'Sleeping Beauty' adaptation 'Maleficent' and 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarves' comeback 'Snow White and the Huntsman', not to mention forthcoming fairytale omnibus 'Into The Woods' - director Kenneth Branagh and screenwriters Aline Brosh McKenna and Chris Weitz have gone for the more traditional approach with 'Cinderella'.
Following her mother's death, Cinderella was faced with a lonely existence while her beloved father took frequent long trips away from home on business. The reality was much, much worse, however, when he remarries the selfish Lady Tremaine who brings with her her two hideous daughters Anastasia and Drizella. She is thus forced to cook and clean tirelessly for her step-family, who ruthlessly take advantage of her chronic generosity and unwavering kindness. Soon, she meets a handsome stranger in the woods while out on an errand, and news of a royal ball quickly reaches the family household. Thrilled at the idea of meeting some new people, Cinderella jumps at the chance to attend, but she is forced back to work by Tremaine and the girls out of sheer spite - and jealousy. The only person who can get Cinderella to the ball on time is her magical Fairy Godmother.
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The Lonely Mountain has been reclaimed from the dragon Smaug. The dwarves of Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) have won; although they soon discover that the price of their victory was steep. Smaug has laid waste to Lake Town, leaving the residents homeless after Thorin promised them riches. The elves of Mirkwood seek the dwarves that escaped their dungeons, while an army of orcs seek to end the line of Durin. And behind the scenes, a dark lord of shadow, long since defeated, is preparing to make a return to Middle Earth - the secret to his power lies in a small, golden ring. A ring that has chosen a new owner; The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman).
'The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies' serves as the final chapter in Academy Award winning director Peter Jackson's Middle Earth saga. The film serves as the sixth film by Jackson to be based on the works of writer J. R. R. Tolkien, and the final part of 'The Hobbit' trilogy. When Tolkien released 'The Hobbit' in 1937, it was a single book. Jackson released the final part of his adaptation of 'Lord of the Rings' in 2003, and stated that he would not work on a 'Hobbit' movie. However, he eventually signed on to direct a two part adaptation of 'The Hobbit', which later turned into a trilogy in 2012.
The film is due to be released on 12th December, 2014 in the UK, with a US release date of 17th December.
Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and the mini-army of dwarves led by Thorin are facing an evermore deadly path in their pursuit of the Lonely Mountain and its mound of treasure which was stolen from the dwarves some time ago by the fiercesome dragon Smaug. Their attempt to slay him has failed, instead unleashing further horrors upon themselves. Angering the dragon has only made things worse with him now determined to murder every creature that lies in its path, demolishing a neighbouring village with little more than a breath. Gandalf remains captured and tensions are ever rising between not only friends, but elves, dwarves, orcs and goblins and it's clear that the deadliest, brutalist war for thousands of years is well on its way.
Bigger and even richer than the terrific 2010 hit animation, this sequel is also quite possibly the best action-adventure movie of the year. Not only are its big set-pieces thrillingly rendered with first-rate special effects, but the characters are complex and involving. And the script effortlessly combines jagged wit, youthful exuberance, heart-stopping romance and even some rather bleak emotions.
Five years have passed since Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) discovered his ability to interact with dragons, specifically his inseparable pal Toothless, bringing a new era of dragon-related fun to the small Viking island of Berk. But now his father Stoick (Gerard Butler) is talking about passing on the mantel of chief to Hiccup, and he's not sure he's ready for that. He'd much rather be out zooming over the ocean exploring uncharted lands. Then on one of his trips he encounters a group of dragon hunters led by Eret (Kit Harington), who is helping the notorious villain Drago (Djimon Hounsou) build an army. But this leads Hiccup to an even more startling discovery: his mother Valka (Cate Blanchett) turns out to be alive and running a secret sanctuary for dragons. Can they team up to stop Drago?
It's a rare film that manages to work equally well in the quiet moments as in the massive spectacle, but writer-director Dean DeBlois never wobbles at all. Without ever manipulating the audience, he seamlessly shifts from tear-inducing happiness to soaringly thrilling battle action to agonising emotional pain. The coming-of-age plot may feel familiar, but it's packed with fresh touches, hilarious observations and some surprising twists and turns along the way.
Continue reading: How To Train Your Dragon 2 Review
Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett are in talks to play Don Rather and Mary Mapes in an upcoming, although currently unfinanced, film focussing on the 'Rathergate' scandal. James Vanderbilt, screenwriter of The Amazing Spiderman, is set to make his directional debut with the political thriller.
It's only been ten years since Don Rather reported on a CBS news programme about the Killian documents, which supposedly showed how former President George W. Bush managed to avoid serving his National Service in Vietnam. A film on the subject, and Rather's subsequent departure from the network, is in the works and Robert Redford is currently in talks with producers to play Rather. Cate Blanchett is also thought to be in negotiations to play Mary Mapes, Rather's producer, as Deadline reports.
Robert Redford is in talks to play Dan Rather in an upcoming film.
'How To Train Your Dragon 2' has already gained impressive critical reviews ahead of its release in the US today (13th June). The film is as impressive as the original but, in case you were faltering, here's 5 things you should know before you see it!
How To Train Your Dragon 2 is set to be released in US cinemas today (13th June) and in just over a month in the UK. Before you see it, here's 5 things you should know about How To Train Your Dragon 2:
How To Train Your Dragon 2 is released in the US today.
1. For Hiccup And Co. 5 Years Have Passed
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America Ferrera managed to laugh about the prank a notorious journalist played on her at the Cannes Film Festival whilst promoting her latest film ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’.
America Ferrera was understandably shocked when a man jumped out from amidst the crowd of paparazzi and crawled under her gown at a recent film premiere!
America Ferrera at the Cannes premiere shortly before the gown incident.
The actress was at the Cannes premiere of How to Train Your Dragon 2 on Friday evening when a paparazzi, renowned for his pranks on celebrities, lunged towards the surprised star. Although the Ugly Betty actress appeared initially shocked, she soon laughed the incident off and spoke to Vulture about her ordeal. In an interview, Ferrera laughed about the incident, claiming she was entirely unprepared for the ‘violation’.
Nothing bad ever happens at Cannes, apart from gunshots, jewellery heists and weirdos diving under womens' dresses
Cannes is renown for its glamour and decorum; the world’s finest actors, directors, writers and producers – not to mention the money people putting millions behind the films on the slate – all walk down red carpets in opulent suits and lavish dresses.
But, wait. Something happened. America Ferrera was trying to be one of those people when Vitalii Sediuk, a Ukrainian prankster known for such stunts, dove beneath the dress of the Ugly Betty star. Needless to say, she was perturbed at the time. And needless to say, it has made headlines.
America Ferrera was trying to enjoy Cannes, when...
Blanchett spoke out against stereotyping mothering figures in cinema
Double Oscar winning actress Cate Blanchett has denounced the judgement placed at mothers, which is based on stereotypes that she calls “complete rubbish”. Blanchett, speaking at the Cannes Film Festival, said there was an extra "raft of judgment" that came with playing a mother on screen, according to The Telegraph.
Cate Banchett at the Cannes Film Festival
"When anyone plays a mother on film, there is a whole raft of judgment in that a mother is a particular archetype or that every mother is the same," said Blanchett, whose role as a mother who is reunited with her son after abandoning him in his younger years in How To Train Your Dragon 2 was unveiled.
Let's hope Lily James' glass slipper isn't actually made of glass though...ouch!
Disney has revealed the first teaser trailer for the upcoming live action reimagining of the classic fairytale, Cinderella. Starring Lily James in the titular role, Cinderella is set for release in April 2015 and will also feature Cate Blanchett, Hayley Atwell, Helena Bonham Carter, Stellan Skarsgard, and Richard Madden.
A New Teaser Trailer Heralds Disney's Upcoming Reimagining Of The Classic Tale Of 'Cinderella.'
Disney's 1950 animated take on the tale is probably the most well-known version of the story, which has its roots in 17th century folklore, and the studios is set to reimagine the legend for a modern audience with actors instead of animation.
Everyone is familiar with the classic fairy tale of Cinderella. Cinderella lives a mundane life doing whatever her evil step-mothers tell her to do, and all she dreams of is going to the ball and one day a fairy Godmother makes this wish come true and she lives happily ever after.
In 2015, Cinderella will have a new reimagining via Disney who have previously made a cartoon film, telling the story. This version is going to be live action and will star Lily James (Downton Abbey, Wrath Of The Titans) as Cinderella, Richard Madden (Game Of Thrones, A promise) as Prince Charming, Cate Blanchett (The Lord Of The Rings franchise, Hanna) as Lady Tremaine and Helena Bonham Carter (Les Misérables, Fight Club) as The Fairy Godmother. Given the war-driven fantasy works some of these actors have been in (namely Blanchett in Lord Of The Rings and Madden in Game Of Thrones), can we expect an element of this in this new Cinderella film? Probably not, but it should still be a fun film at the very least for both children new to the story, and people who'll remember seeing the previous version.
The film is directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh who you may know best for playing Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets, but he has also had great success directing films. A recent example being 2011's Thor.
It's been five years since blacksmith apprentice Hiccup managed to end the battle between dragons and the Vikings of Berk alongside his pet fire-breather Toothless, and now the islanders are spending their time with a new sport: dragon racing. Hiccup and Toothless prefer to spend their own time exploration, however, but when a new adventure leads to them to an ice cave of wild dragons they find themselves facing a whole new threat. That's not the only surprise in store for Hiccup though, as now is also the time he meets his long lost mother; a fearless dragon expert. She teams up with Hiccup and his friends to face the insane villain Drago Bludvist, who wishes to have control over all the dragons in the land; between family reunions, a crazed tyrant and unruly baby dragons, Hiccup has a lot on his plate in his latest adventure.
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Lena Dunham and Scarlett Johannson have weighed in on Dylan Farrow's sexual abuse allegations against her father, Woody Allen.
When Dylan Farrow published an open letter concerning her father, Woody Allen, reiterating her claims that he sexually abused her, Hollywood didn’t really know how to react. Allen was in the midst of praise for his latest movie Blue Jasmine, for which Cate Blanchett would go on to win the Oscar, and Allen’s career was at its zenith.
Woody Allen, seen here with his one time step-daughter, now wife, Soon-Yi, always maintains his innocence
Yet it wasn’t so easy to ignore Farrow’s claims this time round. The first time the accusations had been made she was a child and Allen had ultimately not been charged with any crime, despite the case being investigated by prosecutors. But this time there was a 28 year old woman making the claims, eloquently and clearly she once again repeated the accusations she had made against Allen as a child, this time with her own adult analysis. Farrow asks in her letter “What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin? What if it had been you, Emma Stone? Or you, Scarlett Johansson? You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me?”
Continue reading: For Or Against Woody Allen? The Argument Splitting Hollywood
Women and Austrailia were on Cate Blanchett's mind as she recieved her best actress Oscar.
It was no surprise last night when Cate Blanchett pick up the Best Actress Oscar for her leading role in ‘Blue Jasmine’. The actress delivered an acceptance speech which put women at the forefront as well as her native Australia.
Cate Blanchett at the Oscars 2014
Taking the stage the Australian actress first joked to the star studded audience to "sit down you’re too old to be standing" and then thanked presenter Daniel Day Lewis saying it "exacerbates this honor" to receive the award from the actor.
Even though Cate Blanchett is heading to the biggest night of her career, she says her pre-Oscar routine is "so simple I don't even have to think about it."
Cate Blanchett's Oscar moment has nearly arrived as the Aussi actress is the heavy favorite to win an Academy-Award for the Best Actress.
The 44 year-old is expected to pick up the award for her portrayal of 'Jasmine French' in the Woody Allen-directed 'Blue Jasmine'.
But first, Blanchett has to deal with the daunting task of walking down the red carpet when all eyes are judging if the chosen attire is a fashion faux pas, or an elegant success.
While everyone was certain, the confirmation has come
Despite the causes of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death being tragically clear, the official toxicology report has confirmed that the late actor died due to a lethal concoction of prescription drugs, cocaine and heroine on Sunday, February 2, 2014. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explained how hardened drud addicts can build up a tolerance, increasing the danger of overdose.
Confirmed: Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a drug overdose
"They're not feeling [the effect of the drug], but it's still having an impact on their ability to breathe, and that's the real problem. It's called stacking, “ he explained. "You can stack the same drug too close together, or you can start to stack other drugs, one on top of the other. That's how people get into trouble," he adds. “They do call it accidental death as well."
The actor and director justifies making 'The Monuments Men.'
World War II movies: haven't we had our fill of them yet? Apparently not, according to George Clooney who is currently watching his new war film, The Monuments Men, open across the world after months of anticipation. For every soldier there are a thousand stories and millions fought across all of the nations involved in the Second World War. If that's the case, we've barely scratched the surface.
George Clooney Assembled A Truly Fine Cast For His WWII Movie, 'The Monuments Men.'
The Berlin Film Festival premieres a series of big titles, including Nymphomaniac, The Monuments Men and Yves Saint Laurent. A new trailer stirs buzz for the teen comedy G.B.F. in the UK. And two horror films tease us with trailers promising blackly comical grisliness in Cheap Thrills and more violent nastiness in The Purge 2...
The main global cinematic event this week is the Berlin Film Festival, which showcases high-profile films like Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac and George Clooney's The Monuments Men. After their starry New York premiere last week, Clooney and his gang of costars - including Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman and Jean Dujardin - have been dashing around Europe this week. Here's video footage from The Monuments Men Premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York including the arrival of Director and Star George Clooney as well as appearences from other A-List cast members like Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon and Bill Murray. Incase you missed Shia LabBeouf's Paper bag stunt take a look here.
Another Berlin premiere debuted its first trailer this week, giving us a look at the biopic Yves Saint Laurent. Pierre Niney (Romantics Anonymous) plays the eponymous designer in the film, which traces his rise to fame and romantic liaisons with both men and women in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Unsurprisingly, the film looks stylish and achingly cool. It opens next month in Britain. Watch 'Yves Saint Laurent' trailer here.
For an amazing true story performed by such a strong A-list cast, this is an oddly uninvolving film. Fragmented and uneven, it shifts from comedy to drama to romance to adventure, never letting us get the feel of any sequence. In other words, the episodic structure would have been much more suitable to a longer-format TV series. Even so, this is a fascinating chapter of history that we haven't heard nearly enough about. And the actors are good enough to keep us entertained.
It takes place as the tide begins to turn during World War II, and art historian Frank (Clooney) recruits a team of experts to protect Europe's most important paintings, sculptures and monuments from both Allied bombing and Nazi plundering. He recruits a handful of Americans (Damon, Murray, Goodman and Balaban) to work with a Brit (Bonneville) and a Frenchman (Dujardin), and as they spread out around the continent, they discover that the real problem is that Hitler is stealing art on a massive scale and hiding it somewhere. Working with a resistance-minded French museum curator (Blanchett), they are able to find where some 5 million stolen pieces are stashed.
The central theme is whether art is worth risking your life to save. And if Clooney and Heslov had allowed this idea to seep through the pores of the script, it might have carried a real wallop. But they announce it over and over again, never giving us a chance to think about it ourselves. Everything about the movie is just as unsubtle, with each sequence played for laughs, thrills, drama or romance, as required. Which means that nothing emerges as organic for these simplistically defined characters, who are a composite of some 350 Monuments Men and Women who did a job no one thought was possible. Even so, it's fun to watch these actors play with the material, stirring in snappy details here and there and of course playing on their strong chemistry.
Continue reading: The Monuments Men Review
Rodarte's Star Wars collection debuted on the same day as details for Star Wars Episode VII.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...Oh OK, not too long ago, on a catwalk in New York City.Rodarte fashion designer duo, Kate and Laura Mulleavy presented their new collection on Tuesday at New York Fashion, and the grand finale pieces were absolutely out of this world! The Mulleavy sisters founded their fashion line in 2005 and Rodarte has since gone from strength to strength, with celebrity clients including Cate Blanchett and Keira Knightley; however, their Fall 2014 collection is by far their most inventive and show-stopping collection yet.
The Rodarte sisters were fans of the Star Wars franchise as children
Closing the show, crowds were taken aback to see five fabulous and floaty finale gowns. That’s not so unusual, right? Well, each of the five romantic and silky gowns were printed with images from George Lucas’ super franchise, Star Wars! The stunning gowns wouldn’t have looked out of place on a red carpet or at a stylish do, had each of them not been sporting an image from the iconic sci-fi film. Printed on the sweeping skirts were movie stills of Luke Skywalker, chatterbox C-3PO, Jedi master Yoda and lovable droid, R2-D2. Somehow, the images don’t detract at all from the elegance of the gowns and the colour palette seems perfectly picked in order to compliment the stills. Incidentally, the show came on the same day that casting was confirmed as complete on Star Wars Episode VII, with the intention to shoot in London's Pinewood studios from May till September.
Continue reading: You Luke Beautiful: Rodarte’s NYFW Star Wars Inspired Dresses
Bad reviews won't matter. Clooney et al are eating lobster this weekend.
There are 474 films coming out on Valentines Day, all with the specific view of pulling couples in to sit down in silence for two hours while they’re force-fed a story. How will The Monuments Men pull away from the pack to win the weekend? Well let me tell you.
Great premise, poor execution - The Monuments Men
It’s a very simple formula. People who go to the cinema on Valentines Day don’t actually know anything about movies. If they knew about movies – or anything about life in general – they’d stay in on Valentines Day, eat pizza and watch episodes of Seinfeld. It’s the most comforting thing you can do.
Continue reading: Why 'The Monuments Men' Will Win Valentines Weekend UK Box Office
Cate Blanchett arrives at the world premiere of 'The Monuments Men' held at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York wearing an elegant, long-sleeved, ankle-length, polka-dot dress. Victoria's Secret model Lily Aldridge and 'Gravity' director Alfonso Cuaron joined her at the event.
The author dismissed Mia and Dylan Farrow's claims as "palpable b**chery."
Stephen King has been compelled to apologise profusely after comments that he made regarding Woody Allen's daughter, Dylan Farrow, and her claims that her father sexually abused her when she was a young girl. In a tweet that has now been deleted, the author wrote after reading about the story: "Boy, I'm stumped on that one. I don't like to think it's true, and there's an element of palpable bitchery there, but..."
Stephen King Provoked Fury After He Used "Palpable Bitchery" To Describe Dylan Farrow's Claims.
Many reacted with outrage towards King's words with the phrase "palpable bitchery" seeming to provoke the most concern. The writer has since tweeted a series of apologies in the hope of smoothing things over: "Have no opinion on the accusations; hope they're not true. Probably used the wrong word," he wrote, adding "Still learning my way around this thing. Mercy, please."
The Monuments Men hits cinemas tomorrow, with a whole week of events to promote it.
The Monuments Men, the film that is predicted to keep the box office afloat during the generally slow month of February, is out in cinemas tomorrow. With an all-star cast, including Matt Damon, George Clooney, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett and Bill Murray among others, the Clooney-directed film tells the story of a special platoon, created during WWII at the order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt to rescue culturally important artwork from the Nazis. It’s based on a true story and a very new and different kind of war film.
The Monuments Men marks Clooney's fifth time in the director's chair.
Timed to match the movie’s release, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is hosting a series of events, online and off, based on the heroic work of the Monuments Men during World War II and their lasting impact on the Museum and its collection. The programme features a new gallery itinerary, display, a blog post and Sunday at the Metlecture event, Broadway World reports. The role of James J. Rorimer, a Monuments Man who became the Met's director after the war, is highlighted. Several individuals on the staff of the Metropolitan Museum-some of whom joined the Museum after the war-served as Monuments Men.
Continue reading: Matt Damon And The Met Prepare For "The Monuments Men" Release
George Clooney divides critics with his unconventional wartime film, The Monuments Men .
Based on the book by Robert M. Edsel,The Monuments Men centres on an Allied group named the 'Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives Program', tasked with saving pieces of art and other culturally important items before their destruction by Hitler during World War II. Directed by George Clooney, it marks the actor's fifth directorial endeavour. Aside from Clooney, Mouments Men boasts an impressive cast including Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Hugh Bonneville and Cate Blanchett.
George Clooney [R] during the filming of The Monuments Men
Critics have so far been divided on this unusual wartime drama. Kam Williams writing for Baret Newswire called it “a history lesson about an obscure chapter of World War II successfully turned into entertaining Hollywood fare.” Whilst Variety’s Scott Foundas enjoyed the subject he felt Clooney’s adaptation did not do it justice, saying “Clooney has transformed a fascinating true-life tale into an exceedingly dull and dreary caper pic cum art-appreciation seminar - a museum-piece movie about museum people.”
Indeed the exact subject matter of The Monuments Men means it just doesn't have the amount of action you’d expect from a wartime drama, “Escapism junkies may feel betrayed,” wrote Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers before adding “Clooney has crafted a movie abort about aspiration, about culture at risk, about things worth fighting for. However Todd McCarthy writing for the Hollywood Reporter said, “Too much of the time, The Monuments Men falls into a compromised middle zone, not urgent and only mildly amusing.”
Continue reading: 'The Monuments Men' Is FINALLY Here. But Is It Any Good?
The 'Blue Jasmine' director has hit back at claims he sexually abused his adoptive daughter.
Woody Allen has responded to the claims of sexual abuse made by his daughter Dylan Farrow in an open letter published by the New York Times. In the letter, Dylan speaks out publically for the first time regarding the accusations that Allen abused his adoptive daughter. The claims first surfaced in 1993 when the filmmaker and his then-girlfriend Mia Farrow were splitting up.
Woody Allen Has Apparently Branded Dylan's Claims "Untrue And Disgraceful."
"What's your favorite Woody Allen movie? Before you answer, you should know: when I was seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house," writes Dylan. "He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother's electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me."
Continue reading: Woody Allen Denies Sexual Abuse Again, As Oscars Move Into Sight
The stars were called out by name in the open letter
Dylan Farrow’s letter – which details the supposed sexual abuse by her adoptive father, Woody Allen – has been a hot topic of conversation. The stars of the controversial director’s latest film, the Oscar-nominated Blue Jasmine, have been responding to the allegations.
Woody Allen is being accused by Farrow of abusing her as a child
At the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Saturday night, journalist Jeffrey Wells asked Cate Blanchett for her response to the letter. "It's obviously been a long and painful situation for the family and I hope they find some sort of resolution and peace," Blanchett said, according to Wells.
'The Grand Budapest Hotel' and 'The Monuments Men' will show at the Berlinale this year.
Wes Anderson and George Clooney will both take their latest movies to the Berlin International Film Festival this year. Organizers of the Berlinale, the first of the year's major European film festivals, have released the list of films set to show in and out of competition at the 64th annual event which will take place between the 6th and 16th of February in the vibrant German capital.
Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Will Show At The Berlin International Film Festival.
Of the 23 films set to screen at the Berlinale, 20 will compete for the top prize, the prestigious Golden Bear Award. Amongst a host of intriguing foreign titles, Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel and George Clooney's The Monuments Men stand out as the big-name movies of the event. Anderson's whimsical new comedy, which stars Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson, will open the festival. Set in the 1920s, The Grand Budapest Hotel is based partly on the writings of Austrian novelist and playwright Stefan Zweig who, after the war, lamented the destruction of Europe.
Golden Globes successes brought Oscar nominations speculation this week as movie awards overshadow all other news.
Golden Globes Glory: Last weekend's Golden Globe awards set hearts racing ahead of March's Oscars with plenty of deserving winners next to a few jaw-dropping snubs. 12 Years A Slave predictably came out on top with the big gong but a few unpredictabilities set award odds and Oscars speculation askew. Newbie comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine saw off rivals to claim two awards whilst Blue Jasmine's Cate Blanchett took the leading lady award alongside Dallas Buyers Club's for the men.
Gravity's Alfonso Cuarón stole Best Director from Steve McQueen whilst Breaking Bad and Behind The Candelabra snatched the big TV awards. The surprise wins also made for some truly memorable speeches too, with Elisabeth Moss exclamation of "Oh s**t!" and Jacqueline Bisset's sweary ramble marking two particular highlights. Read about all the winners here.
The 79 year-old 'Philomena' actress heads a talented field of old Oscar-nominated actors.
Dame Judi Dench has been nominated in the Best Actress category ahead of this year's Academy Awards for her lead role in the British film Philomena, which has also been nominated for Best Film. The nomination marks Dench's seventh Oscar nomination, having won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for 1998's Shakespeare In Love.
Judi Dench Has Been Nominated For Her Seventh Oscar.
Dench, 79, heads up a promising league of talented older actors at this year's Oscars, which also includes Nebraska stars Bruce Dern, 77, and June Squibb, 84, who have been nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress respectively.
Continue reading: Judi Dench Leads Veteran Oscar Nominees June Squibb And Bruce Dern
The Golden Globes went out to some pretty deserving nominees, but what about the ones we didn't expect to win?
The Golden Globe Awards were handed out last night and whilst all the awards went out to truly deserving parties after a ground-breaking year in film and television, there were plenty of notable surprise winners and even more fantastic performances snubbed. Read about all the winners here.
Cate Blanchett's Best Actress Award For A Drama Film Seemed To Come Out Of The Blue (Jasmine).
Whilst few were surprised that 12 Years A Slave picked up the evening's crowning award, the Best Motion Picture for Drama, the movie apparently hadn't originally appealed to the Hollywood Foreign Press, despite global critical acclaim. Nevertheless, Steve McQueen's slavery drama took home the award, seeing of some admittedly strong competition from Nebraska, Philomena, Rush and Gravity.
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The Bafta nominations didn’t really throw up any surprises, with many of the year’s top actors, directors and films being recognised. The constant metronome of: ‘Gravity,’ ’12 Years a Slave’ and ‘American Hustle’ still chimes away; the Oscar favourites are set to do battle.
Gravity is leading the way with 11 Bafta nominations
So 'Gravity' leads the way with 11 nominations; it’ll go up against '12 Years a Slave' in the Best Film Category as well as 'American Hustle', 'Captain Phillips' and 'Philomena', a film the Alfonso Cuaron space thriller must also beat to win Outstanding British Film gong. 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom', 'Rush', 'Saving Mr. Banks' and 'The Selfish Giant' make up that category.
The latest outing from the Coen Brothers took home the top awards on Saturday (4 Jan.) night, but how good are it's Oscar chances?
Inside Llewyn Davis took home the top honour at the National Society of Film Critics Awards last night, winning the majority of votes from the panel made up of some of America's top film critics from the nation's best-known publishers. Having already found success at the Gotham Awards last month, the latest win for ...Llewyn Davis might further outline the credentials of the latest Coen Brothers film as a potential Oscar contender, having largely been overlooked by most commentators.
The film's star Oscar Isaac was also honoured with the Best Actor award
The film was crowned Best Picture ahead of American Hustle, which came second in the overall voting, and 12 Years a Slave, which placed third. Despite winning yet another award, the Coen Brother's 'a week in the life' tale of a musician traveling through the Greenwich folk scene in 60's New York is still largely considered an outsider for major awards success, however if these gongs keep on piling up for the Coens then the Academy may be persuaded to change their mind somewhat when the votes are cast.
Continue reading: 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Wins Big At US Critics Society Awards
Blacksmith apprentice Hiccup and his pet dragon Toothless have managed to end the war between the Vikings of Berk and the once predatory dragons after both rescuing each other from death. Now, five years on, instead of dragon fighting the islanders have taken up the new sport of dragon racing, with Hiccup and his classmates Astrid and Snoutlout becoming particularly adept at whizzing through the skies with their new winged friends. During one of their regular explorations, Hiccup and Toothless come across a secret ice cave in which they find a very large crowd of wild dragons alongside the strange and elusive Dragon Rider. Worried that they could be facing another terrible battle, the pair do their best to maintain peace among the fire-breathing beasts and the weapon wielding mankind.
The frontrunners and outsiders for the Golden Globes 2014
The Golden Globes won’t be handed out until January 12th, but with the nominees freshly announced, a set of odds have already been priced up by Paddy Power, meaning you can start speculating with a few to accumulating post haste. But what are you going to place your hard-earned cash on?
Chiwetel Ejiofor as Soloman Northrup in 12 Years a Slave
Kicking off with the big one, Best Drama, and it looks as though 12 Years a Slave will pick up the Grammy as a precursor to an awesome Oscars performance. The Steve McQueen directed, Chiwetel Ejiofor-starring slavery epic has stunned the critics, and odds of 4/11 make it the favourite.
Steve McQueen's slavery drama leads 'Dallas Buyers Club,' 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' and 'August: Osage County' in the Screen Actors Guild nominations.
12 Years a Slave hasn't even been released in most countries yet but has already been heaped with accolades with more awards bound to blossom from the scores of nominations Steve McQueen's movie has garnered. The Screen Actors Guild awards nominations are out and yet again the slavery drama starring Chiwetel Ejiofor has emerged on top with four major nominations.
Steve McQueen's '12 Years A Slave' Leads The SAG Nominations.
The critically lauded movie is up for best ensemble, best male actor (Chewitel Ejiofor), best supporting male actor (Michael Fassbender) and best supporting female actor (Lupita Nyong'o). 12 Years will come up against American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club, Lee Daniels' The Butler and August: Osage County in the coveted Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture category, according to the LA Times.
Continue reading: SAG Awards Noms & Snubs: '12 Years A Slave' Leads The Way [Trailer]
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