He may have been far from home, but he made sure to have a blast.
Working on a big budget blockbuster overseas when you're often more than 9,000 miles away from home has got to be pretty trying, but John Goodman wasn't going to let his homesickness get the better of him when he was shooting 'Kong: Skull Island'.
John Goodman stars in 'Kong: Skull Island'
Much of the Jordan Vogt-Roberts movie was shot in Hawaii, which is at least 4,000 miles from John's home in New Orleans, Louisiana. But often the movie took him to Queensland, Australia and even to Vietnam which is more than double the distance. Thinking about it has got to have been quite daunting, especially given that they were filming for five months, but John kept his spirits up thanks to his lively co-stars.
Continue reading: John Goodman: Kong Cast 'Aren't People You Whine In Front Of'
With the few remaining Autobots in hiding, the world is a dark place. Galvatron is still at large and Optimus Prime has left earth to fulfil a bigger mission, having gone to seek out the Creators. Having previously helped the Autobots, Cade Yeager is still in danger and the war between man and machine is reaching ever higher levels.
The Decepticons still have a wish to invade and take over the planet Earth and now it looks like they might be in the best position to do so. Why do these machines have such a fascination with our planet and how many genuine Autobots are left to help fight alongside humans?
The soundtrack to the first trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight is a re-working of Flaming Lips single 'Do You Realize' recorded by Ursine Vulpine.
It's the 1970s and Captain James Conrad and Lieutenant Colonel Packard are leading a group of soldiers and explorers to a seemingly idyllic unmapped location in the Pacific.
Unfortunately, their journey requires some serious collateral damage, as they are forced to bomb the island and unwittingly incite the treacherous ire of Kong, the King of Skull Island. He crushes them - literally. That's what happens when you bomb the habitat of a giant ape. But soon they realise that Kong isn't the only outsize creature they have to fear, because the island is home to a group of demonic monsters as well, some that resemble spiders and others that resemble reptiles. Their only hope is to enlist the help of the island's inhabitants, tribal men and women who worship the great Kong but disapprove of the Americans' willingness to attack their home.
Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts ('The Kings of Summer'), 'Kong: Skull Island' is a re-imagining of the King Kong story, following him to his home on Skull Island where he first originated. The screenplay was written by Dan Gilroy and Max Borenstein, and filming spanned locations the likes of Hawaii, Australia's Gold Coast and Vietnam. Starring Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson and John C. Reilly, the film is scheduled to be released on March 10th 2017.
On the morning of April 13, 2013 the citizens of Boston city awoke in a good mood, it's Patriots' Day and also the day the Boston marathon is held on. As is usually the case, additional police are asked to put on their uniforms and help with crowd control for the event which is always popular with residents and tourists.
Tommy Saunders was one of the officers to take to the streets and help police the event. As the race starts, the mood in the crowd is high and all are seen to be having a good time; The sergeant talks to his boss, Police Commissioner Ed Davis and then sees a familiar face in the crowd; his wife Carol be beckons Tommy over and the two begin to have a brief chat before an almighty noise and tremor is unleashed through the streets.
The police officers on the street run into action and begin to help wounded runners and bystanders. Hundreds of people are on the streets injured and worried; first responders begin treating as many people as possible and sending the injured off to hospital.
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James Conrad is a British captain who leads an international envoy to the middle of the Pacific Ocean to charter some of Earth's most distant and mysterious lands. The captain is accompanied by a number of other members on the team including Randa, a government official who appears to know a few of the islands mysteries; a female photojournalist called Weaver who is known for her war photography; US Lieutenant Colonel Packard who is in charge of the UK troops who are also part of the mission.
As the vessel approaches the island, spirits are high and the team are ready to take choppers to the green land known as Skull Island. Soon their mission becomes disastrous as the inhabitants are far more feral than they could ever imagine. Equipped with guns, Ammunition and rocket launchers, the humans feel that they're able to overcome whatever may await them on the island but the truth is that they could never come face to face and beat the beast that awaits them.
Kong: Skull Island is the latest reboot of the King Kong story and it focusses on the start of the story originally told in 1933.
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Rather than a sequel or spin-off, this is a spiritual successor to 2008's Cloverfield, a terrifically tense thriller that builds a genuine sense of horror. Director Dan Trachtenberg deploys a range of Hitchcock-style tricks to establish characters and crank up layers of intensity, keeping everything unnervingly close to the boiling point. When everything finally erupts, the climax is exhilarating, even if it never quite finds a sense of meaning beneath the surface.
It opens as Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is packing up and leaving her flat, driving through the Louisiana countryside. Her fiance (voiced by Bradley Cooper) calls and tries to coax her into coming back, but she drives on determinedly. Then as the radio reports news of rolling unexplained blackouts, she's in a serious car crash and wakes up chained to a pipe in an unfinished room. Her host Howard (John Goodman) claims to have saved her life, bringing her to his fallout bunker just as everyone above-ground was killed by some sort of attack. And there's another guy taking refuge in the bunker, the rather goofy Emmett (John Gallagher Jr.), who like Michelle doubts Howard's story and rebels against his strict rules.
This is a rare film that manages to create thoroughly believable characters in just a few moments of back-story, then push them together in ways that continually surprise us. The snappy script uses wit and suggestion to undermine scenes with subtext as their power games escalate. So the tug of war between these three people has both subtle layers of intrigue as well as some seriously nasty conflict. Where this goes is impossible to predict, because all three actors are so good at portraying characters who are only pretending to trust each other. Goodman has never played a role like this, and is excellent as a nerdy religious nutcase who may or may not be a psychopath. Gallagher adds continual touches that undermine Howard's authority. And Winstead anchors the film as a smart, resourceful woman who refuses to accept anything at face value.
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An entertaining film about sobering true events, this is the story of notorious screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who defied McCarthy's communist witch-hunt hearings in the late-1940s and was blacklisted by Hollywood for more than a decade. As written by John McNamara and directed by Jay Roach, the film is bright, funny and emotionally resonant, clearly simplified to make it more involving. And with such a terrific cast on board, it's both revealing and a lot of fun.
In 1947, Dalton (Bryan Cranston) is the film industry's top-paid screenwriter, so of course Senator McCarthy's House Un-American Activities Commission goes after him about his rumoured links to the communist party during the war. But he and nine fellow writers refuse to testify, so they're imprisoned for contempt, denied work by the Hollywood studios and targeted personally by the powerful gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren). To survive, Dalton begins writing under a series of pseudonyms for the B-movie producer Frank King (John Goodman), creating a script factory in his home with the help of his wife Cleo (Diane Lane) and daughter Niki (Elle Fanning). Two of these screenplays win Oscars, and it isn't until Dalton begins writing Spartacus in 1960 that actor Kirk Douglas (Dean O'Gorman) breaks the studio blacklist.
Roach directs this story in a sunny, snappy way that includes lots of smart wordplay and a clear sense of the us-or-them mentality that has defined America since the Cold War. People need a villain to hiss at, so anyone with even a passing connection to communism will do. And Mirren hisses better than most. Her performance is riotously funny and relentlessly nasty at the same time. More textured characters include Louis C.K. as a fellow writer and Michael Stuhlbarg as conflicted actor Edward G. Robinson. All of the actors are excellent, anchored by Cranston's wonderfully prickly Oscar-nominated turn as a bullheaded man who hilariously seizes every opportunity to make an inspiring speech.
Continue reading: Trumbo Review
Ratchet is a little Lombax with big plans for himself. The galaxy where he lives has become threatened by an evil villain Ratchet knows he must do something. When Captain Qwark announces that the galactic rangers are on the lookout for a special new recruit, Ratchet thinks he's just the guy for the job. Sure, he doesn't have any experience and is ultra-small compared to the other heroes in the rangers but that won't deter Ratchet from applying.
Turned down by his all-time hero, Captain Qwark, Ratchet decides he's not going to give up that easily. Both he and his new smart talking friend Clank must find their inner courage and become part of a battle to save the galaxy from complete inhalation.
Ratchet And Clank the movie is based on the still popular video game which originally came out in 2002 for the PS2.
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This may look like it's going to be a zany Christmas romp, but it's really a warm exploration of family connections, essentially an American take on Love Actually's multi-strand comedy-drama. At least it has an unusually strong cast and moments of hilarity scattered throughout the story. And while it's never very deep, the themes are strongly resonant.
The Cooper family is gathering for what Charlotte (Diane Keaton) hopes will be one last perfect Christmas together. She knows that her 40-year marriage to Sam (John Goodman) is on the brink, but is ignoring that to plan a massive dinner. Their son Hank (Ed Helms) is stinging from divorce and unemployment, while daughter Eleanor (Olivia Wilde) has picked up a hunky soldier (Jake Lacy) in the airport and asks him to pose as her boyfriend so her family will stop asking about her love life. Meanwhile, Charlotte's father Bucky (Alan Arkin) is trying to cheer up his favourite waitress (Amanda Seyfried), and Charlotte's sister Emma (Marisa Tomei) is delayed when a cop (Anthony Mackie) arrests her for shoplifting.
Narrated with wry joviality by Steve Martin, the interwoven stories are fairly simplistic, but each touches a raw nerve. And the above-average cast brings out the underlying themes without overplaying their scenes. Keaton and Goodman add subtle shades to the slightly undemanding central roles, while Arkin finds a couple of new textures to his usual twinkly grandad persona. Helms and Wilde strike the right balance in their intriguingly unlikeable roles, while Tomei gets the most complex character as a woman who feels like she's merely watched her life drift along. By contrast, the outsiders played by Seyfried, Lacy and Mackie are much less defined, but each actor brings just enough magnetic energy. The most wasted performer is June Squibb, as a ditzy old aunt who's little more than the requisite gross-out relative.
Continue reading: Love The Coopers (aka Christmas With The Coopers) Review
Jim Bennett is an English professor at a college and he's also always been one for taking risks. By day he is the sensible, bookish type but by night his life is a dangerous spiral of gambling huge amounts of money to dire consequences. As the gambler he is, he takes a chance in asking his bank to loan him a quarter of a million dollars in order for him to pay back a gangster so that he may stay alive, but when that fails he is forced to take on the services of a loan shark named Frank. Meanwhile, his relationship with his mother is getting tenser and tenser by the day as she wishes more than anything for her little boy to be safe. Also, it seems a student of his named Amy Phillips has discovered his secret life, but wants more than anything for him to take her out to dinner even if it will wreck his school reputation.
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The popular political comedy-drama is getting a second season due to an overwhelming response from viewers
The people have spoken. Alpha House, which gained thousands of 5-star reviews from users on Amazon’s instant video service, has been renewed for a second season as the company try and usurp Netflix as the go-to service for content streaming.
John Goodman at the 'Mad Men' premiere in London's Leicester Sq.
The show’s marquee star, John Goodman, along with Mark Consuelos, Clark Johnson, and Matt Malloy will return for Alpha House, which, according to Garry Trudeau, writer and producer of the show, “is a joy to work on and we’re thrilled that the show’s been renewed by Amazon. It’s fun to dance on the leading edge of streaming video, where audiences converge on server farms at all hours, besotted by John Goodman and free two-day shipping.”
Continue reading: 5-Star Alpha House Set For Second Season On Busy Amazon Video Service
Just as you begin to love a character the writers kill them off! Our five most shocking TV deaths.
MULTIPLE SPOILERS ALERT!
The shocking death of Allison Argent in last night’s Teen Wolf has got us thinking, are none of our beloved characters safe? If we look back at some of our favourite shows it turns out that no, they aren’t!
Dan Conner, Roseanne
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Of course, everyone loves working with the Cloon-dog
'The Monuments Men' is the sixth time Matt Damon and George Clooney have worked together, but it’s the first time the perennial collaborators have taken a directorial role together. And for Damon, working with an old friend made life a whole lot easier.
Clooney is really at the center of the success or failure of this film
“Anytime you work with your friends it's really helpful because you can leave out all of that diplomacy," he explained. "People tend to spend a lot of energy trying not to hurt each other's feelings if they don't know each other but if you're friends, you know, George can come up to me after a scene and say, 'Well that was horrible, do it better this time,' and I won't get offended," he added at the London premiere for the movie, according to The Telegraph.
Continue reading: The Monuments Men: Damon And Clooney Work Well Together, Or Do They?
The critics haven't been kind to George Clooney and his motley crew - why not?
John Goodman and George Clooney read the reviews...
The comedy drama sees Clooney compile an unlikely group of heroes, put them through basic training and take them over to strategic in Western Europe in a bid to perverse the very culture Hitler is attempting to destroy. It’s a fantastic premise and, needless to say, the star power attached to the movie certainly got people excited.
Continue reading: Why Is 'The Monuments Men' Bad? It Was Supposed To Be The Best Film Ever
George Clooney arrives at the world premiere of 'The Monuments Men', in which he directs and stars, at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. He is accompanied on the red carpet by his parents Nick Clooney and Nina Bruce Clooney.
We won't have it until it's done properly, says Clooney.
'You know what, Academy Awards and film industry? Shut up.' That’s what George Clooney says. He doesn’t say that. But he won’t be forced into releasing The Monuments Men until it’s really, really ready. Clooney ready, and that means making it perfect, even it takes more time.
John Goodman and George Clooney in The Monuments Men
The quirky World War II movie sees Clooney assemble a motley crew of conscientious art, culture, architecture and history experts with a view to entering a Nazi-infested Western Europe to preserve said facets of society. But it won’t see any of that happen until the first quarter of 2014.
Continue reading: George Clooney Won't Jeopardize 'The Monuments Men' - Film Delayed
U.K audiences have to wait until early 2014 for this one.
Inside Llewyn Davis might not be out until January 2014 in the UK, but it debuted in the capital this week at the BFI film festival. Most of the stars – Carey Mulligan, Oscar Isaac and John Goodman included – joined director partners – Joel and Ethan Coen on the red carpet.
Oscar Isaac in Inside Llewyn Davis
The film follows one week in the life of Llewyn Davis – a young folk singer at odds with the mundane domesticity of life, trying to live rather than exist. He’s muddling through the Greenwich Village folk scene in the harsh winter of 1961, New York. The goal: make a living from his music.
Continue reading: 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Stars Hit Wet, Wet, London For BFI Premiere
Filth invades the UK, while Hanks' Captain Phillips and the Coens' Inside Llewyn Davis bow in New York. We also get a look at Statham's Homefront action and much more detail from The Hobbit 2...
Two big British films hit UK cinemas this week. After storming the Scottish box office last weekend and garnering rave reviews across the board, Filth arrives in the rest of the country this week. Based on the novel by Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting), the Edinburgh black comedy stars in a career-redefining role as a deeply nasty cop. Read our 'Filth' review here.
Meanwhile, Saoirse Ronan stars in the introspective thriller How I Live Now, set in a present-day Britain that's engulfed in war. Opening in the UK this weekend and in America next month, the film is directed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), and the cast includes rising stars George MacKay (Hunky Dory) and Tom Holland (The Impossible). We gave the film 4/5 you can read the 'How I Live Now' review here.
We assess the World War II film's chances come February 2014.
In the 1940s, a group of men unite to try and save history in the alternative World War II epic that is The Monuments Men. They’re not attempting to bring down the Fuhrer, infiltrate a lab to steal secrets or secure a key territory in the fight against fascism though; they’re preserving culture by protecting the architecture and history of an endangered people.
The film is led by a ridiculous cast, consisting of the Oscar darling George Clooney, the ever-busy Matt Damon, the irrepressible Cate Blanchett, cult comedy heros Bill Murray & John Goodman, and the multi-talented Bob Balaban.
Continue reading: Oscars 2014 Predictions: The Star-Studded 'Monuments Men'
It's the 1940s and with World War II at its most fierce, Hitler's Nazi army is threatening whole worlds of culture and history. He wants entire generations to be wiped from time but America isn't going to let it happen. The government set up a Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program, enlisting seven men - from art historians to museum curators - to march headfirst in the conflict and rescue important art masterpieces and artefacts from the thieving hands of the Nazis. Having only been given basic training and with very little time to waste, the brave men thrust themselves in the face of danger to protect mankind's history no matter what the consequences. With enemies everywhere and a terrain covered in landmines, the journey will not be a straightforward one.
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It's Friday and the barbecue smoke plumes of the not-so-distant weekend beckon, but if you fancy going to see a film this weekend here's what's just been released.
Friday 12th July has been quite the launchpad for a host of new and exciting films, showcasing the genre spectrum. From action blockbusters to indies, political thrillers to kids animation films, there'll be something to suit all tastes and ages as the summer of film gets hotter.
Well, we'll start off with Trap For Cinderella first because it's the underdog erotic thriller indie with an interesting premise. The Iain Softley film will star young, up-and-coming British actresses Tuppence Middleton and Alexandra Roach as vivacious Micky and shy Do: two girls who are reunited after years apart and reignite a secret passion despite the disapproval they are faced with.
Tuppence Middleton & Alexandra Roach In Trap For Cinderella.
Billy Crystal and John Goodman are interviewed about their new 'Monsters Inc.' prequel 'Monsters University' in which they star as Mike and Sulley. They talk about getting back into character, their characters initial relationship and why the college setting is so fitting.
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The animated Monsters Inc. sequel, Monsters University, has well and truly schooled Brad Pitt's horror thriller World War Z in its first weekend, with box office takings of $82 million (£53.1m).
Pixar's Monsters University sits atop of the North American film charts with takings of over $80 million in its first weekend of opening, beating rival Paramount Pictures' World War Z, which took $66 million (£42.74m). Man of Steel came third in the weekend's rankings at half of the Monsters University takings at $41.2 million (£27m).
Monsters University, the Dan Scanlon sequel to 2001's Monsters Inc., takes a step back in time to the days where lead monsters Mike and Sully weren't the all-star scare-powering duo they are at Monsters Incorporated. Here they're at university and there's a distinct rivalry between the little one-eyed Mike and the big fuzzy Scully as the film charts their progress as young adults.
The summer flicks have been rolled out, with a hearty helping of monsters, zombies and superheroes.
It’s been a tense weekend at the box office, with contenders for a summer blockbuster out in full force. Unsurprisingly, the top spot over the weekend went to Monsters University with estimated $82 million earnings (all data courtesy of Hollywood.com), proving that even when the critics disagree, the folks over at the Emeryville studio know what they’re doing. For those keeping score at home, Pixar’s perfect streak of 14 out of 14 films debuting at number one on their first weekend remains unbroken.
Zombies came second to monsters, as Brad Pitt’s crack at the contagion genre, World War Z, followed closely with $66 million; having debuted this weekend at 3607 theatres across the US. The film was based on the eponymous Max Brooks novel and helmed by Marc Foster. It’s no secret that the zombie genre is having its Renaissance in recent years and the Pitt production apparently manages to tap into the Zeitgeist. It turns out to be Brad Pitt’s best opening weekend, followed by Mr. and Mrs. Smith with $50.3 million.
The second runner-up again comes as no surprise, as Warner Bros’s Man of Steel continues to perform, despite the second weekend drop of 65%. With estimated weekend earnings of $41,2 million, Man of Steel is still going strong. Note: it isn’t matching the box office success of this year’s Iron Man 3 though, which, if reports of Warner Bros. modeling a Justice League franchise after The Avengers are true, would be the studio’s goal.
What are the critics saying?
The prequel to Monsters Inc. seems to have captured most of the magic of the first picture, but with mixed reviews, it won’t go down as one of Pixar’s finest moments. We take a look at some of the reviews ahead of the film’s release.
The good: “Execution matters. Verve, and energy, and inventiveness matter. And Monsters University is funny, fast, and likable, with occasional moments of real visual surprise and laugh-out-loud offhand gags,” say Vulture. “The result,” of Monsters University, says The Washington Post, “is a charming addition to the Monsters canon."
Continue reading: Monsters University - A Solid Effort But Not Pixar's Best
Monsters University is finally being release across America today (June 21)
After months in the pipeline and predictions ranging from a return to form for Pixar to a complete disaster, the studio’s Monsters University is finally in theatres today (June 21). The Pixar team certainly have a lot to prove with this one. After the studio shaped the animated feature landscape with films like Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Wall-E and, of course Monsters Inc., its recent productions haven’t exactly been receiving glowing praise.
Everyone is aware that Cars 2 is no Up and even Brave, which was admittedly better received that Cars 2, didn’t exactly win glowing praise. Perhaps it would make sense then, that, nearly twelve years on, when a franchise would normally be gone and forgotten, Pixar are returning to their roots.
Not only is Monsters University hitting a very specific demographic – the kids who ooh-ed and aah-ed at Boo’s adventures in the first one are now right around college age or a bit older - but the inspiration has finally hit. And the folks at Pixar have a very important philosophy – only make the film when there’s a story to tell (once again, we’ll turn a blind eye on the Cars franchise.)
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Not exactly a return to form, but it'll do, say the critics.
Monsters University is Pixar’s very first foray into the world of the prequel. And, as prequels go, it’s not terrible – it offers a few laughs, fits well into the general story, which began with Monsters Inc. and, as we’ve come to expect from Pixar movies, it is visually stunning – if you don’t suffer from photosensitive epilepsy, in which case stunning might be a bit too literal. What’s unfortunate for Monsters University is that… well, we’ve already seen the first one. And that was much better. The trailer, which you can see below, pretty much says it all.
Monsters Inc. was made back in 2001. It was Pixar’s fourth feature film, back when the studio was just building its reputation as a flawless dream factory and it was one of the films which helped cement said reputation. We collectively laughed with Mike and Sully, ooh-ed and aah-ed at the adorable Boo and, let’s just admit it, Randall was one creepy dude.
Continue reading: Monsters University Falls Victim To "Second Movie" Syndrome?
Brad and Angelina hit the London red carpet for World War Z, while Britain gets to see Behind the Candelabra on the big screen. Meanwhile, stars are out promoting Man of Steel and Monsters University, and we have our first glimpse of Machete Kills...
This week's big world premiere was in London for the zombie apocalypse thriller where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie made their first public appearance since news of Jolie's pre-cancer surgery. They were joined on the red carpet by director Marc Forster and other cast members. The film opens in two weeks.
This weekend British moviegoers get a chance to see Michael Douglas and Matt Damon on the big screen in the Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra. The film was broadcast last week on HBO in America, which means it isn't eligible for Oscars, but look for it to mop up Emmys and Golden Globes. And with glowing reviews from UK critics, Bafta nominations are also expected.
Service reacting to moves made by rivals
Netflix has been giving it the big one about its streaming service, moving its focus onto originally created content and also expanding its subscription numbers hugely, particularly recently with the new Arrested Development episodes reaching a huge audience. However, there’s a rumbling in the distance, with giants Amazon making their own move into the streaming TV business – and they’ve just announced five new original shows that will air later this year and into 2014. Game on.
Admittedly we would’ve thought that you’d need more than John Goodman to make a real impact, but the former Fred Flinstone has starred in some pretty superb roles since, so there’s definitely potential in Alpha House, which is being billed as a political comedy. There will be another comedy on board too, according to The Independent, with Betas focusing on four young entrepreneurs and their start-up company. Very 21st century. Children’s show Annebots will be about a young scientist and her female helpers, while there’ll be two more shows also aimed at a younger audience. Creative Galaxy is an animated program about an alien artist, while Tumbleaf follows the adventures of a blue fox named Fig.
There’s no doubt that the shows – all produced by Amazon Studios – are a reaction to the move made by Netflix, which has seen it shed many of its bought in titles in order to focus on developing its own content. House Of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey, has been a success for the company since launching in February.
Continue reading: John Goodman Spearheads Amazon's Battle With Netflix
Former salesmen Billy and Nick are left unemployed after the owner of the company that they work for decides to become an internet only business rendering their door-to-door techniques obsolete. In a bid to get back on the career ladder, Billy manages to land them an online, webcam interview with internet giant Google which, admittedly, could've gone better. After initially establishing themselves as illiterate in the way of computers by shouting at their potential employers through a machine at a public library, they managed to cause them great alarm, not to mention confusion, with an animated description of what they would do if they were shrunk to the size of a nickel and placed in a blender. An odd question for a job interview, but possibly not one this wacky duo haven't thought about before.
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All Mike Wazowski dreams of is graduating from the prestigious Monsters University and becoming one of the world's best scarers. However, college doesn't go as swimmingly as he'd hoped, especially when he crosses paths with the large, hairy and extremely arrogant James P. 'Sulley' Sullivan who is also majoring in scaring and becomes his roommate. They are constantly attempting to get one up on each other and their competitiveness puts them seriously under threat of getting removed from the University's Scare Program. In order to stay on the course and graduate, they must work as a team in the dangerous Scare Games alongside their not so competent friends, the Oozma Kappa. With Mike and Sulley being total opposites of each other, they each possess what the other is missing which makes them, in theory, the perfect dream team.
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Pixar has a unique way of creating worlds. Some are the imagined versions of what we encounter in 'real life' (such as the life of fish from the ocean to the tank, in Finding Nemo, toys in Toy Story, and bugs in A Bug's Life), while others are entirely new conceptions done in entirely new ways like Wall-E and Monsters Inc. The latter is the favourite of many and has another on the way! A new trailer for which has just been released and while sometimes additions to an original can be superfluous and disappointing, judging by this latest trailer, there'll be nothing to be disappointed about.
The new story is, in fact, a prequel to the original. Following Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman) as they attend college, meet one another and forge a lasting friendship. Although... the 'friendship' part of that is a long time coming as they in fact begin as rivals, each wanting to out-scare the other in their quest for scaring stardom and success. In the land of the monsters their energy had been fuelled by the scares of children during earth's night-time elicited by the monsters, but at the end of the first movie they discovered that children's laughter is much more powerful! Ah, we love a happy ending.
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The Iranian hostage drama Argo won the top prize at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards on Saturday evening (January 27, 2013), with Ben Affleck telling the audience, “There was absolutely no way I thought we would win this award.” The critically acclaimed movie – starring Affleck, Alan Arkin, John Goodman and others – has picked up a slew of prizes during awards’ season, making Ben Affleck’s omission from the Best Director category at the Oscars all the more confusing.
The complete list of winners at the SAG’s made for familiar reading, with Argo winning the top prize and Daniel Day-Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence picking up lead acting honors for Lincoln and Silver Linings Playbook respectively. Despite Argo’s success, the bookmakers remain convinced that it will be Steven Spielberg’s historical epic that will pick up the Best Picture at the Oscars, with the director almost certain to pick up Best Director in the absence of Affleck. “I don't know what's going to happen, nothing may happen, but it's a wonderful opportunity to be on the ride,” said the Argo filmmaker when quizzed on his movie’s Oscar chances.
Continue reading: SAG Awards: Argo’s Success Continues To Make Academy Look Red Faced
Ben Affleck jokingly thanked the Academy as he accepted Best Director at the Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California, last night. The 40-year-old was rewarded for his work behind the camera on hostage drama Argo, just hours after he was snubbed in the Oscar nominations.
Affleck's lauded drama - starring himself, John Goodman, Alan Arkin and Bryan Cranston - also picked up the award for Best Picture. "This is the one that counts," said Affleck after accepting the evening's main prize. Argo could yet walk away with the Oscar for Best Picture though it looks unlikely given Lincoln and Les Miserables are already stepping up their marketing campaigns. Elsewhere, Oscar favorite Daniel Day Lewis won Best Actor, while Jessica Chastain won Best Actress for Zero Dark Thirty. In a separate comedy category, David O'Russell's Silver Linings Playbook won pretty much everything, including Best Film, Best Comedy Actor and Actress for Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence and Best Ensemble Cast (including Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver.) Director O'Russell dedicated his award to his son who - like the film's main character - has bipolar disorder. "I made it to give him hope.That's my silver lining."
With beautiful but bland direction and a script that can't help but overstate everything, this film is an odd misstep for Eastwood and his assistant-turned-director Lorenz. Instead of being an intriguing exploration of ageing, the film isn't much more than a trite inspirational drama. Fortunately the solid cast manages to inject some subtle touches here and there that bring out more interesting layers of the issues at hand.
Eastwood plays Gus, a scout for the Atlanta Braves who refuses to admit that he's going blind. And he's also in trouble with his boss (Lillard), who's more interested in computer stats than Gus' finely honed ability to see the potential in young players. As a final test, Gus is sent to scout a rising-star teen pitcher (Massingill). Meanwhile, Gus' high-powered lawyer daughter Mickey (Adams) is up for partnership in her firm. She can barely stand to be in the same room as her dad, but abandons the biggest case of her career to accompany him and help him see this young player, because she's even more adept at spotting talent than he is. Along the way she meets Johnny (Timberlake), a charming scout who helps take her mind off her work and her dad.
This is one of those films that undemanding audiences will think is just fine. It never expects us to think at all, telling us everything that's happening and how everyone is thinking while dropping painfully obvious hints about where the plot is going. So the film feels shallow and superficial even though it touches on some intriguing themes, such as the difficulties of ageing gracefully and mending relationships, or the challenge to move forward without forgetting the old skills.
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Ben Affleck is the star of Argo and he was the star of its London premiere last night. The 40 year-old actor and director, who seems to be roundly acknowledged these days as being one of the "good guys", was in great form at the event in Leicester Square, looking dapper in his blue suit and taking plenty of time to sign autographs for his fans, in between clowning about with the film's co-stars John Goodman and Brian Cranston.
'Argo' has had a storming festival season and there are mutterings going around the film industry that it could well become a forerunner for the Oscars, and certainly Affleck moved with the confidence of a man who knew that he'd done a good job. The film was being show in London as part of the London Film Festival, and the humble Affleck said that he was "honoured to have a film in the London Film Festival", adding that he'd "dreamt about having a film premiere in London since he was child," reports the Daily Mail.
Affleck, Goodman and Cranston certainly made the most of their evening. Not content with just the premiere, they also headed to the after party and were seen carrying on the shenanigans. If they're partying now, just think what they'll be doing come Oscar time.
Bryan Cranston, Ben Affleck and John Goodman - Bryan Cranston, Ben Affleck, John Goodman held at the Odeon Leicester Square - Arrivals. 56th BFI London Film Festival: Argo - Accenture gala Wednesday 17th October 2012
Director Robert Zemeckis's newest live-action film, Flight took crowds and critics by storm at the New York Film Festival. Flight, starring Denzel Washington, closed out the festival on Sunday night. The film is already attracting buzz as a big awards winner this season.
More importantly, it looks like a return to form for Washington, who has been acting in a slew of action flicks in recent years. It is in dramatic flicks that the actor shines, as everyone, who has seen Flight seems to agree.
The film tells the story of airline pilot Whip Whittacker, who has fallen into substance abuse in order to cope with the struggles of a busy and stressful life. On one morning after, Whip manages to save the lives of his passengers in a crash and is subsequently hailed as a national hero. After the toxicology report comes back however, Whip must face the possibility of losing the glory, the respect, his job and even his freedom and having to learn how to cope with his problems.
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Gus Lobel is one of the most formidable baseball talent scouts around, however his age starts to fail him in his career as his eyesight deteriorates and he is unable to focus properly on the Atlanta Braves games he goes to watch. Worried about his health and career, his long-time boss and good friend enlists Lobel's daughter to accompany her father on what is to be the last talent scouting trip of his career. Mickey Lobel has never had a strong relationship with her father, since he was unable to look after her alone following the death of her mother. Nonetheless, she compromises her high status lawyer job and agrees to keep an eye on Gus, despite his protests. On the way, Mickey meets Gus's friend Johnny Flanagan; a former baseball player and aspiring talent scout who looks up to Gus and takes an interest in the beautiful Mickey. Much is to be discovered for everyone on this journey as it becomes less about baseball and more about truth, love and family.
'Trouble with the Curve' serves as the first film that Clint Eastwood has starred in without being the director since 1993 when he appeared in 'In the Line of Fire'. It is directed by Robert Lorenz in his directorial debut (though he has previously worked as an assistant director on various blockbusters) and written by Randy Brown. It is set for release on November 30th 2012.
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Matthew Lillard, Chelcie Ross, Raymond Anthony Thomas, Ed Lauter, Clifton Guterman, George Wyner, Bob Gunton, Jack Gilpin, Scott Eastwood & Tom Dreesen.
Ben Affleck stood on the red carpet with a smile on his face spreading from ear to ear last night as his new film, Argo, was given it’s premiere in Los Angeles to a rapturous reception.
The film, for which Affleck stars and directs, follows a true story of how a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist comes up with a daring rescue mission to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador during the Iranian revolution in 1979. Affleck stars as CIA operate Tony Mendez (the real Mendez even attended the premiere), who comes up with the idea of posing as a Hollywood producer on a location scout in Iran in order to safely extract the hostages from the country. With a strong acting ensemble including Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin and John Goodman in tow, the film received a standing ovation after it aired at the Toronto Film Festival last month and is already being tipped for an Oscar nomination or two.
The film marks not only Affleck’s return behind the camera, but also Affleck leaving behind Boston to film in somewhere completely new. Speaking to reporters on the red carpet before the film, he said, “I was really worried if I did one more of those [Boston-set film], I'd kind of be stuck there. I have other stories I want to tell. I went from Boston to Tehran."
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Three high school students (Angarano, Gallner and Braun) use a phone app to find a 38-year-old woman (Leo) who wants to have group sex. But she's just bait. Before they know what happened, they're caged in an isolated church, where the activist pastor (Parks) explains why he's decided to take violent action against immoral society, which he blames on homosexuality. But the situation devolves into a Waco-style armed stand-off between the militant church and an ATF agent (Goodman) and his team.
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Teenagers Travis, Billy-Ray and Jarod are best friends who live in a small town in Middle America. One night, they trawl the internet for casual hook-ups outside town and get talking to a 38 year old woman, Sara, who propositions them with no strings attached group sex. The three friends agree and travel to Cooper's Dell, where Sara lives, all the while discussing what they'd like to do with her.
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In 1940s New Orleans, Tiana (voiced by Rose) has grown up with a dream to have her own jazz joint. But as a young black woman she has to work two jobs to make ends meet. One day the sinister Facilier (David) turns a visitor, Prince Naveen (Campos), into a frog as part of an elaborate plot to take over the city. But things don't go as expected Tiana reluctantly kisses the frog, and soon they're lost in the bayou with only a trumpet-playing gator (Wooley) and a lovelorn firefly (Cummings) to help them.
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Brian (Dano) is a 28-year-old who sells upscale mattresses and dreams of adopting a Chinese baby. His latest customer is the eccentric, large Al Lolly (Goodman), whose daughter Happy (Deschanel) strikes up a friendship that quickly turns into a sort of romance. But she's a bit skittish about the adoption thing, not to mention meeting his parents (Asner and Alexander) and much-older brothers (Roberts and Stanton). Meanwhile, a homeless man (Galifianakis) seems to be trying to kill him.
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There's certainly enough promise on hand -- quirky characters, quiet pacing, quick and unforced wit -- but it appears Aselton would rather go for disaffected style than narrative substance. And that unfortunately cheats some fine performances and, at its core, some wonderful larger ideas.
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In the Electric Mist -- my nomination for the worst-titled film since Quantum of Solace -- is likely destined to meet a similar fate. Despite star turns from Tommy Lee Jones, John goodman, Mary Steenburgen, and Peter Sarsgaard, Tavernier's rural Louisianan tale of murder, mobsters, and, er, dead Confederate soldiers, is a rocky affair that makes next to no sense at all.
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Andy and Larry Wachowski, creators of the Matrix trilogy, contradict themselves from the start. The brothers have written and directed a live-action adaptation of the 1960s anime series that fails to keep a foot in reality. Speed Racer doesn't break new ground; it clings to cartoonish boundaries established by Wile E. Coyote as he pursued that pesky Road Runner. If The Matrix taught the pseudo-spiritual Neo that there was no spoon, then Speed Racer posits that there is no camera. Instead, the Wachowskis are free to bend and twist reality as they create their vibrant environments in high-tech computers. The effect imbues Racer with the depth and dramatic significance of a screen saver.
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When Clay (Sam Huntington) arrives at a large state university, his only goal is to score a dumb blonde. At the same time, Amanda (Kaitlin Doubleday), the sorority girl of his dreams, is challenged by her sorority sisters to date a gay man and then dump him (to get revenge on the evil male of the species). Clay gladly pretends to be gay just so he can spend more time with her, but now he has to figure out "how to be gay." Amanda's Jewish friend Jessica (an especially foul-mouthed Heather Matarazzo) is similarly challenged to date and dump a Muslim. Off to the side, Clay's sensitive roommate Matt (Mike Erwin), a closeted gay teen, is slowly coming to terms with himself while simultaneously falling in love with Matt. And Matt's high-school girlfriend Majorie (Marla Sokoloff) also shows up as a newly self-identified lesbian.
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Director James Wan's (Saw) version of Death Sentence is practically a celebration of vigilantism. Sure, the film hammers home the message that the business of revenge is soul-rotting, but it doesn't offer up any other solutions. The legal system doesn't work. Cops are lazy and slow. Worse, they are helpless. And the bad guys always can and will find you. The only place a person is safe today is behind the barrel of a gun.
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Carell's been smart, so far, with his choices of role. Stepping out with small roles in Bruce Almighty and Woody Allen's Melinda and Melinda, Carell hit pay dirt with last summer's sleeper-hit The 40-Year-Old Virgin, quickly establishing him as an actor with even measures of heart and humor. Then he starred in another sleeper: last year's Oscar-nominated Little Miss Sunshine. It now seems time to allow Carell to try his hand at big-budget ($175 million to be exact) summer comedies, seeing if his mug can rake in the big bucks.
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Roth's story includes the elements of iconoclastic rebellion and mechanical genius right up to his death in 2001. The film is immersed in animation by Mike Roberts and a CGI boost to animate available archive stills, all of which suggests the rebel's own grand cartoonish style.
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The Jungle Book 2 begins flawlessly where the original left off as Mowgli (now voiced by Haley Joel Osment) is trying to adjust to the chores and responsibilities of living in the man village. Mowgli would much rather play with his new family than work, but he also dreams of disobeying orders to cross the river outside the village and enter the mysterious jungle in search of his old friend Baloo (John Goodman). One night, Mowgli's desires of returning to his jungle home become reality. Unfortunately, this causes great concern from his girlfriend Shanti and the rest of the village. What Mowgli doesn't realize is that the tiger Shere Khan (Tony Jay) anxiously awaits another meeting with the young cub, so he can settle old scores.
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I was dead wrong about all of those things.
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Kronk's New Groove, the successor to the tragically underseen The Emperor's New Groove, is really no different. As the title suggests, the sequel focuses on Kronk (Patrick Warburton), a relatively minor character in the original film (he was the hapless and oblivious bodyguard of the villain), who's now made good in his life as a restaurateur.
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Simple story line: Alien must come to Earth and impregnate female human being to establish future dominance of his planet's race. Comedic premise: Alien must learn how to communicate to female human beings. Comedy rolls on: Alien encounters and makes ass of himself to female human beings. Comedy continues: Alien tracked by rogue FAA agent. Comedy continues even more: Alien meets female human and falls in love. Cue drama. That's about it.
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Somewhere between the first and second event I sighed in frustration. Another perfectly good movie gets ruined because of an extended trip into Clicheville. For a good fifty minutes or so, My First Mister rarely makes a mistake in detailing the friendship between a middle-aged, repressed clothing store manager Randall (Albert Brooks) and his 17-year-old Goth employee, Jennifer (Leelee Sobieski).
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The Big Lebowski is the definitive answer to skeptics like me who wondered if Fargo was the fluke, and sort-of-okay flicks like The Hudsucker Proxy were more the norm for the Coen brothers. They undoubtedly are. In The Big Lebowski, the Coens had the world to play with as a palette. What they delivered is a wreck.
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Everybody's All-American stars Dennis Quaid and Jessica Lange, who first meet at Louisiana State University. He's Gavin Grey, an earnest football star who can do no wrong; she's Babs, the beauty queen who sees them as a couple and nothing else. They marry. He gets drafted to play in the National Football League and they build a life together. They have lots of kids, start a business and try to maintain the glowing example they set for an adoring campus.
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I was dead wrong about all of those things.
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While There's Something About Mary was clever and funny, it has unfortunately spawned some extremely bad imitators that take increasingly lower roads to getting laughs. McCool's definitely has slid the taste meter down a few notches, and it doesn't even pay off. Even for those of us who get a kick out of dumb and vulgar gags, this latest poseur has nothing else to prop it up. The plot is never once fun or engrossing. The characters are repellant, and not even in an entertaining or over-the-top way. And the comedy relies way too heavily on us chuckling at an Oscar winner dressed in a ridiculous pimp-like get-up and regularly using the "P" word, or Reiser scampering around in nothing but S&M bondage gear and leather chaps.
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While neither Ray nor De-Lovely are comparable to animal droppings (how could they be with Taylor Hackford and Irwin Winkler directing), a third helping of musical biopic ihas become somewhat indigestible. I can indulge in a biography of Ray Charles; I can stomach an exploration of Cole Porter; but after Beyond the Sea's portrayal of yet another famous musician, I need some Tums. That's not to say the film lacks artistic merit, it's just the victim of bad timing. This time, Bobby Darin (Kevin Spacey) is the musician in focus. He lived a successful -- albeit complicated -- life as a singer and actor until his death at the age 37... pretty decent considering he had a heart condition that was predicted to kill him as a teenager.
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The Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan, get this. Like celluloid Micheners, their impressive body of work reaches deep into American settings, from post-war Hollywood to '50s New York, from late '80s Minnesota to early '90s Santa Monica. But it really hit its stride in Arizona.
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You see, bad reviews vary endlessly. When faced with the raw anger one feels towards a bad movie it is easy to channel this rage into a sort of maligned creativity and to bring forth a new, humorous, and often refreshing movie review. When a movie is good, however, the critic is faced with the difficulty of coming up with something good to say about it. Put in layman's terms, we are often faced with writer's block.
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Unreedemable schlock, Blues Brothers 2000 is a blatant ripoff of the original. The script is virtually stolen verbatim, only perverted and twisted to seem different, while simultaneously robbing the film of all its originality, humor, wit, fire, and anything else that would make it watchable.
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Magical indeed -- the way it works is that all those monsters that hide in the closet and scare little kids only do so because they have to -- they use the screams as energy to power Monstropolis, which exists just on the other side of every kid's bedroom closet door in the world.
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A comedian whose schtick has always been his acute social-sexual dysfunction, in "What Planet Are You From?" Garry Shandling is nothing if not well-cast as an alien packed off to Earth by his neutered, all-male race to impregnate an earth female as a prelude to invasion.
Given a crash course in inept pick-up lines and fitted with a motorized prosthetic penis that hums when he's aroused, Shandling is transported to the privy of a passenger jet and emerges to piggishly proposition stewardesses and every other female in sight, in what has to be the most awkwardly sexist comedy since the 1960s.
Populated by fundamentally unlikable, abusive men and pathetically needy, bitchy women, the drudging, deadpan farce tracks Shandling's libidinous frustration as he fails to pick up chicks and is chased by FAA investigator John Goodman (his arrival caused an air traffic incident), who figures out his secret with the flimsiest of suppositions.
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This Bobby Darin biopic reportedly spent about 20 years going through various drafts by many different screenwriters -- including James Toback and Paul Schrader -- before Kevin Spacey grabbed it and made it all his own.
Borrowing more than just a little from Bob Fosse's "All That Jazz," the co-writer, director and star sets his film in a kind of flashback/dream structure in which Darin (Spacey) talks with himself as a little kid. This non-reality also allows for the 45 year-old actor to play Darin, who died at age 37, throughout his career.
Spacey's Darin thinks very highly of himself; when he snatches up teen heartthrob Sandra Dee (Kate Bosworth) as his wife, it feels more like trophy gathering than romance. Yet Spacey's own gigantic hubris fits the part perfectly, and when Darin grouses about not winning the Oscar for "Captain Newman, M.D.," you can feel Spacey going through the same thing. When Spacey sings in Darin's voice, it's an act of supreme ego; he's as sure of his Darin impersonation as he is of his own greatness, and it works.
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