Life is quite sedentary in the small town of Bright Hope, the people rely on the support of Sheriff Franklin Hunt and as such he and his deputies keep things in order. When a beaten up man arrives in the town, he's soon asked many questions by the town Sheriff Hunt though is given few answers. The man who gives his name as Buddy is injured and the local doctors assistant tends to his wounds.
That night the town is attacked by unknown vigilantes and a person is murdered. When Sheriff Hunt returns to the Sheriff station he finds his deputy, the prisoner and Samantha (the doctors assistant) all missing. With few clues to work with, Hunt retrieves an arrow from the crime scene and seeks assistance from a native American who informs him where the arrow has come from.
The Sheriff and a small group of towns folk set out into the desert to find the kidnappers but they're far from prepared to deal with the brutal and cannibalistic methods of the troglodyte clan. For the future of their small town and to save the captures prisoners, the men of Bright Hope must out maneuverer the cannibals.
An attempt to spice up a true story with fictional characters and events leaves this film feeling artificial. And it doesn't help that the two likeable lead actors never quite crack the surface. But this is still a fascinating moment in history, and the film captures a strong sense of the setting as well as the importance of this urgent meeting of two cultures.
It takes place in August 1945, just after Japan surrenders to the Americans. General MacArthur (Jones) is now charged with determining whether Emperor Hirohito (Kataoka) should be tried for war crimes. So he assigns General Fellers (Fox) to define Hirohito's role. Fellers has experience with Japanese culture: he lived there before the war and fell in love with university student Aya (Hatsune). But he never knew what happened to her, so in addition to working with his translator Takahashi (Haneda) to meet with various wartime officials, he also looks for news about Aya.
There's something fishy about this whole Aya business right from the start, as we doubt that such a high-ranking military officer, charged with such a vitally important task, would spend so much time on his own personal search. We also never really care about Fellers' feelings for Aya, so nothing about this plot-thread and its gauzy flashbacks feels realistic. And sure enough, a bit of research reveals that it's complete fiction. The far more interesting relationship here is between Fellers and Takahashi, which is played with intriguing texture by Fox and especially Haneda but is never properly explored on-screen.
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Matthew Fox leads the cast in the historical-drama 'Emperor'
'Lost' actor Matthew Fox - who plays a WWII Army Officer in Peter Webber's new movie 'Emperor' - says the cast were walking on egg shells around Tommy Lee Jones during filming. The historical-drama follows Fox's character General Bonner Feller who is tasked with deciding whether Japan's Emperor Hirohito should be hanged as a war criminal.
Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Fox - who appears in nearly every scene of the movie - explained how he had been shooting for around eight weeks before Jones turned up to shoot his scenes. "The combination of Tommy's persona, and what he's done as an actor, combined with the fact that he's playing MacArthur, one of our most iconic U.S. military figures, you could feel the energy on the set; people were on eggshells," he said.
Jones has always been infamous for his straight talking rough around the edges persona - something controversial Oscars host Seth MacFarlane played on last month. For Fox, it only added to the role. "I knew it was going to work for us because I think that's probably the way that all the people who worked around MacArthur in 1945 felt," he said.
Good things come to those who wait, that is unless you're waiting for the new World War Z trailer set to air during Super Bowl sunday because it has already been made available online.
In the new clip of the Brad Pitt-starring apocalyptic action film we begin with Pitt and his on-screen family stuck in a New York City traffic jam (nothing new there then), before all hell breaks loose as the third world war, 'World War Z', gets underway. Not too much is given away in the trailer other than the fact that the film contains zombies, lots and lots of zombies.
As well as the zombies, the film, based on the Max Brooks book of the same name, follows Pitt's character, a UN worker, as he travels back and forth across the globe in a bid to stop the deadly outbreak of zombie-itus. Matthew Fox, David Morse, Mireille Enos and James Badge Dale also star, whilst Marc Forster takes care of the directing duties.
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There's been some paranormal activity this weekend in the U.S Box office. Most notably: the fourth incarnation of the found footage horror film performed well below industry expectations, but still usurped Taken 2 at the top of the charts.
A $30.2 million opening posted by the latest in the Paranormal Activity franchise was roughly $10 to $20 million lower than industry analysts expected, but still enough to it put at No.1. The popular scream-fest was also dominant outside North America too, as it edged out Taken 2 thanks to a $26.5m weekend debut in 22 countries, which contributed to a $56.7m worldwide opening weekend. The success just goes to show that fans of the genre don't pay much attention to reviews, and Paranormal Activity 4 has had a truly awful critical response, amassing the unimpressive score of 27% on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes. New York Magazine, in particular, weren't fans: "We're still seeing things through handheld devices and built-in laptop cameras, even though nobody seems interested in looking at the footage the cameras were supposedly recording," they said.
Ben Affleck's on and off camera performance in Argo netted the second spot, with a healthy $43.2m. Taken 2 slipped down to 4th, with Hotel Transylvania gleaning a domestic $13.5m. Alex Cross, starring Lost's Matthew Fox makes up the top 5 with a poor $11.8m on its opening weekend, according to The Guardian
Star of HBO's Lost, Matthew Fox has had a pretty bad year, having been given a DUI and also taken to court by a bus driver, which he spoke candidly about to Ellen Degeneres on the Ellen show tonight (Oct. 17th 2012).
He admitted being very embarrassed after being arrested for a DUI USMagazine.com reports. “I was not happy about the DUI at all. I was terribly embarrassed by that. And take full responsibility for it. I really own that and have done every single thing the state of Oregon requires for a first time DUI offender,” he said. “I have learned a ton. I did four weeks of alcohol informational training. And just learned an enormous amount." Fox generously shared some of his new found knowledge with Ellen and the audience, something that is certainly worth baring in mind: "50 percent of people that get one DUI will get another." This was a fact that we, alongside Fox find astounding, he said "I will absolutely not be in the statistic. There is just no way."
Fox was also arrested and exploited by a female bus driver who accused him of hitting her. She took him to criminal court, a trial which was dismissed as the prosecutors saw that it was a “hoax”, She then made it a 'civil case' which makes everything far more complex, according to Fox. Eventually though Fox was completely aquitted that he was, unsurprisingly, very relieved about. He felt the accusation was an upsetting defamation of character, saying "It's difficult to be accused of something that you did not do. I've never hit a woman in my life. Never have, never will. That's not a part of who I am as a man and hold that very dear to how I define my character. So that's been very difficult."
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The first few reviews of 'Alex Cross' are in, and it's not making pleasant reading for director Rob Cohen and his assembled cast and crew. The film's stars Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox and Edwards Burns are all fully on the promotional campaign for the film, which comes out on November 30, 2012, but they might have a bit work to do to sway the critics if the opening conclusions are anything to go by.
The Hollywood Reporter rant "You almost feel sorry for Tyler Perry, stepping out of his own universe for the first time to try to expand his range and finding himself in something as thoroughly dismal as Alex Cross". Variety are slightly kinder, but still come down on the negative side, writing "The director acquits himself on the action front, but makes the simple procedural elements feel wooden and melodramatic, particularly in sappy home-life scenes."
Screen International are another unimpressed with Perry's attempt to step away from his hugely popular drag character Madea Simmons. "While Tyler Perry no doubt envisions "Alex Cross" as his opportunity to branch out, the actors around him rightly regard this pedestrian effort as just another gig" they write. With the film still over a month away there is the chance it could claw back some acclaim, but two bad reviews from the usually reliably Hollywood Reporter and Variety are bad news indeed.
Alex Cross is a homicide detective in Washington DC who comes across a series of gruesome and elaborate murders on duty. The victims look as if they've been tortured to death with a reasonable amount of skill, as if the perpetrator was an expert in inflicting pain. Cross deduces that their suspect is ex-military going by his techniques and it doesn't take long before he and the murderer, Michael 'The Butcher' Sullivan make contact. It is clear that Sullivan is deranged, believing that inflicting pain is his calling in life. In spite of any mental incapacities, however, Cross loses all sense of his own morality and indeed sanity when Sullivan targets and murders his beautiful wife on their anniversary and he sets out to track down this killer once and for all, though things do not appear as easy as he might've thought.
'Alex Cross' is the crime thriller adapted from the popular American novelist James Patterson's twelfth book on the character, 'Cross'. The movie's screenplay has been written by Marc Moss, who also wrote the previous Alex Cross-based movie 'Along Came a Spider', alongside Kerry Williamson in her writing debut. With a director like Rob Cohen ('The Fast and the Furious', 'xXx'), expect high-energy action and thrilling danger from this exciting upcoming flick set ton hit UK cinemas on November 30th 2012.
Starring: Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Jean Reno, Giancarlo Esposito, Rachel Nichols, Edward Burns, John C. McGinley, Yara Shahidi, Chad Lindberg, Cicely Tyson, Carmen Ejogo, Stephanie Jacobsen and Ingo Rademacher
Buddy "Aces" Israel (Jeremy Piven) is a Vegas card sharp come gangster and former member of the La Cosa Nostra (LCN), one of the largest criminal organizations in the United States. In exchange for a vanishing act with Witness Protection, Israel (who is currently hiding out in the penthouse of The Nomad Casino in Lake Tahoe with his posse of bodyguards and hookers), has agreed to testify against his former mentor, Primo Sparazza, and the LCN.
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