It's safe to say that most kids experience some kind of big fight in the playground after school during their high school years, whether they're involved or just bystanders... but usually the people throwing punches aren't the teachers. When Strickland threatens to beat up Campbell after school following a disagreement, Campbell doesn't take it seriously until it becomes clear that the whole school knows what's going down. Problem is, Campbell doesn't know the first thing about fighting and Strickland is totally ruthless. Campbell has few options, but whatever he chooses to do he's probably dead anyway.
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It's rare for an American remake to be scruffier than the original, but this film is an intriguingly messier take on the super-slick, hugely engaging 2009 Oscar winner from Argentina. Filmmaker Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) has stripped down the tone and revamped the plot considerably, replacing the original film's big emotional surges with grittier intrigue and subtle intelligence.
The story begins as New York security expert Ray (Chiwetel Ejiofor) returns to Los Angeles, picking up the trail of an unsolved murder he worked on 13 years earlier when he was an FBI agent. His former colleague Jess (Julia Roberts) is still in the FBI, while Claire (Nicole Kidman) is now the city's district attorney. Together, they secretly begin looking into the case again, tracking the suspect (Joe Cole) through the city and dodging interference from fellow agent Reg (Michael Kelly). But the investigation doesn't go as planned, jeopardising all of them in their current jobs. And Ray is having trouble sorting out his relational history with both Jess and Claire.
These three fine actors cleverly play with the delicate tensions both between them and in the larger picture. At the centre, Ejiofor is gripping as a man of conscience who is tenaciously hoping for justice in a seriously murky situation. Kidman adds a slightly cheeky tone as a woman who has achieved professional success but never forgets the dodgy choices she has made. And Roberts gets the showier role, losing all of her Hollywood glamour as the tomboyish Jess, a woman with layer after layer of emotional turmoil. The chemistry between them is fascinating, even if the filmmaking approach feels dry and aloof. But there's so much going on in both the story and characters that it's impossible to look away. Nothing that happens is quite what it seems to be, and the big ideas linger in the background, leaving plenty for us to chew on.
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One group of very different people - including popular high school teens and their less popular peers, and a married couple struggling in their relationship - is explored in a telling story of how social media has taken over various areas of people's lives. From love lives and infidelities to body image, the world of social networking has become a hub for public scrutiny and lack of privacy as the world flock to the net in order to gain acceptance and admiration, to meet potential partners, become famous, or even bully each other. 'Men, Women & Children' looks at the dangerous rise in the sharing of sexually explicit content, cyberbullying and other disastrous effects that the web has had on the Western world.
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Al Klein is a used car salesman who works with his best friend and business partner Ash Martini at Diamond Motors. Together, the duo utilise every selling method in existence from complimenting the customer to telling white lies - and it's not always morally sound. Klein misses his former wife Barbara and wishes he could spent more time with his high school graduate son Freddy. Luckily for him, Freddy wants the same thing and decides to drop his college prospects and become a salesman like his father. He moves in with Al but the pair soon find themselves under the wrath of Barbara, who wishes for a more successful life for her son than what Al could offer and is desperate that Freddy doesn't turn out like him. As much as Al loves having him around, he is the one that needs to decide what's best for Freddy.
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Patrick Sane, Matthew T. Metzler, Lavell Crawford, Bryan Cranston, Steven Michael Quezada, Anna Gunn, Tait Fletcher, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, RJ Mitte and Laura Fraser - Celebrities pose with awards at 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards press room at The Shrine Auditorium. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 18th January 2014
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At least let us explain ourselves. The world has turned against The Counsellor lately; negative reviews have flown in to the tune of a 34% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and people are ready to write off Ridley Scott’s directorial career. But at the risk of sounding contrary, there are a few reasons you should go and see The Counsellor tonight when it hits U.K cinemas. And here they are:
Make your own mind up
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Breaking Bad is over, so what is to become of the show's stars?
We've seen the finale and mourned the loss of one of the most popular series of our time; we have Better Call Saul to look forward to but what is in store for Breaking Bad's stars?
Bryan Cranston at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards.
Aaron Paul joked that he is desperate for employment, a day after the finale of Breaking Bad aired. The 34-year-old actor was walking along Sunset Strip in Los Angeles when he was caught by one of TMZ's reporters. When asked by the photographer if he was relieved that the show was over, in order to remove the pressure of being constantly asked by fans for insider details, Paul said he wasn't relieved as he now has to hunt for a job.
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How the Breaking Bad director twinned decline with dignity. Spoilers ahead.
We’ve invested so much time and love into the characters of Breaking Bad, so when an episode like Ozymandian comes along, it’s important to deal with their separate demises with a considered touch. They’re family now!
This was certainly the case with Hank. Starting the season out as a macho-man; the cracker of bad jokes; a rather sad character, but ending his run in the show as a true hero, despite people still rooting for the anti-hero. Hank represented a modicum of morality towards the end, and it was only fair to send him off with his head held high.
Spoilers ahead. Ridiculous spoilers. Don't read this if you haven't watched it.
Redemption can be a subtle thing. We’ve seen a heavy-handed approach in Hollywood blockbusters and the procedural crime shows that litter networks everywhere. But AMC, for all the gripping, fervent manoeuvres Breaking Bad takes, has a real beauty of modern programming on its hands. It’s subtle, when it needs to be.
The Breaking Bad cast at the premiere for season five
Ozymandias wasn’t just ‘Shakespearian’ as many lazy reviewers have suggested – the same adjective is applied to every episode – no; it was more than Shakespearian. This is a modern tragedy, built upon the foundations of literature cemented in time by the seminal playwright, but deserved of its own legacy, as television screens and box sets slowly marginalise stages and box offices.
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Stars Bob Odenkirk (who plays Saul Goodman) and Dean Norris (Hank Schrader) have given their take on the show's finale.
Breaking Bad returned for it's final ever run on August 11, with the conclusion for the edge-of-your-seat drama series drawing ever closer for it's fanatical audience. Even before season 5 began earlier this year though, people have been speculating on how Bryan Cranston's Walter White might see out the series - standing triumphantly as Heisenberg or put away for good (or worse) for his crimes. If the word from the show's cast is anything to go by, the ending sure won't disappoint that's for sure.
The show's stars Aaron Paul (L) and Bryan Cranston (R) attend the airing of the beginning of the current series
Speaking to the UK's Telegraph, seedy lawyer Saul Goodman actor Bob Odenkirk gave his views on the ending of the show. In his interview, the actor discussed the explosive finale as being distinctly Breaking Bad, with unexpected turns and surprises that will only leave viewers wanting more. He admitted that Walt, and every other character for that matter, will atone for their sins and no bad deed, or good deed, will go without notice by series creator Vince Gilligan.
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King says he thought of the Dome way before The Simpsons...
The trials, tribulations and population of Chester's Mill – the fictional town in which Under The Dome, Stephen King's sci-fi drama is set – will become all too familiar to UK TV audiences tonight (Mon, 19 Aug) as the drama hits Channel 5 for the first time.
Stephen King's novel is coming to the U.K, in TV form
The show is based on King’s novel of the same name, which was first conceived in 1970 but wasn’t published until 2009. It tells the story of a small town suddenly cut off by a giant invisible dome. Loved by U.S audiences, the once-planned 13-episode mini-series format has been extended to a second season due to high viewing figures.
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Breaking Bad's tenth episode of its fifth and final season aired last night (18th August). Focussing on the dynamics of the White-Schrader family, we saw Skyler remain convinced her husband will get away with his crimes (who knows, maybe he will) despite protestations from Hank and Marie.
In the second half of the final season of Breaking Bad, the writers are holding no bars in destroying the fictional lives of their characters. In last night's episode 'Buried', Walter White's (Bryan Cranston) family are certainly not united. We've seen the White's and the Schrader's ups and downs over the years and the show's five seasons: from family barbeques to Hank Schrader's (Dean Norris) realisation that his brother-in-law is a prolific meth dealer.
Bryan Cranston at the Film Society of the Lincoln Center's Celebration of Breaking Bad.
The episode opens with Walt attempting to reach Skyler (Anna Gunn), only to realise that Hank has rung first. He assumes Hank will inform Skyler about his meth cooking activities, but we see Hank and Skylar meeting up to discuss Walt. Skyler refuses to leave Walt, despite Hank's pleadings, even dragging his wife into the mix and promising "your best interest and mine are the same."
Jack Halcombe is an Alaskan State Trooper who determinedly sets out to find a serial killer after several bodies of young girls show up apparently murdered. When he discovers a frightened young girl hiding away bound with handcuffs, he realises that she is their key to finding the killer being the only one to have managed to escape from his clutches. However, her information is in doubt given the fact that she is a prostitute and refused a polygraph. When he does find the suspect, it is Robert Hansen; an experience hunter and a bakery worker whose respected status leads many investigators to cross him off their list. Halcombe is unwavering in his suspicions, however, and sets out to gather solid evidence that Hansen is their man.
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'The Counsellor' tells the story of a naive lawyer who holds the belief that dabbling in drug-trafficking is the best way to earn a little extra cash. However, that dabbling evolves into full-blown dealing which consumes his life and infects with all the corruption, betrayal and pain he thought he could avoid. Now with some seriously ruthless criminals on his tail, he begins to realise that there is nothing that these people will not do to get what they want and the odds on his life begin to get higher and higher. Unless he can work out who his friends are, he has no hope of returning to his normal life, but in a world where disloyalty affects everyone's relationships, he begins to wonder if he really has anyone there for him at all.
Directed by the triple Oscar nominated Sir Ridley Scott ('Prometheus', 'Gladiator', 'Alien'), this high-energy, gritty thriller is all about corruption and how smalls mistakes can lead to major consequences. The screenplay has been written by novellist Cormac McCarthy ('No Country for Old Men', 'All the Pretty Horses') and it features an exciting, star-studded cast ensemble. It is set to reach UK cinemas everywhere on November 15th 2013.
Rachelle Lefevre will be joining the new CBS sci-fi drama Under the Dome, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Twilight star is pegged to play the role of Julia, an investigative reporter who has recently moved to Chetser’s Mill, from Chicago. Once there, she and the rest of Chester’s Mill’s inhabitants, finds herself dealing with the “post apocalyptic conditions” that arise when a “strange dome” encapsulates the entire town.
With the show based on Stephen King’s popular novel, Julia is the editor of the town’s local paper and her curiosity is sparked by the news that multiple deliveries of propane gas had been made to a local warehouse. The appearance of the dome has her confused, though the disappearance of her husband – the local doctor – has her even more concerned. The drama is due to be produced by CBS Television studios and was taken straight to series, in association with Steven Spielberg’s own Amblin Television. Working as executive producers on the show will be Neal Baer, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, Stacey Snider and Brian K Vaughan. The premiere episode of the series will also feature Lost’s Jack Bender as executive producer.
The cast will also include Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Mike Vogel (Pan Am) and Aisha Hinds (True Blood). Her casting in Under the Dome marks a return to CBS for Lefevre, who previously worked with them on A Gifted Man. The show is scheduled to premiere on June 24, 2013.
We all have bad days, but for Driver (Gibson) his day is really taking the biscuit. It's not all bad; he's just made off with a big haul worth millions, something that would be able to secure that nice summer vacation he's been after for a while, however after the haul things begin to head south - literally!
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For high school seniors Prom is one of the most important nights of their year. Not only does it mark the end of exams it is also one final night of fun for the class to spend together. Nova Prescott is a straight A student and a perfectionist who has already planned her ideal prom night but when the principal informs her that a misbehaving student called Jesse is to help set up prom, Nova sees him more of hindrance than a help; although they might be an unlikely couple, a new friendship might just form from their forced acquaintance.
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Since being cut from the USA softball team Lisa hasn't been having the best time of it, her relationship with her professional baseball pitcher boyfriend isn't as strong as she'd like and there's not much else going on in her life; until she meets George in a lift, George is instantly infatuated with the beautiful Lisa and so begins a love triangle, but who'll win out? The business man in the middle of a crisis or the baseball player?
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