Filmmaker S. Craig Zahler brought a blast of offbeat creativity to the Western genre two years ago with his freak-out Bone Tomahawk. And he's back now to reinvent the prison movie with this highly stylised, powerfully violent dramatic thriller. It takes the tone of a 1970s exploitation movie, digging into the more emotional sides of the story as the grisliness escalates. And it also gives Vince Vaughn a character unlike anyone he's ever played: beefy, unstoppable and intriguingly sensitive.
He stars as recovering alcoholic Bradley, who lives in upstate New York with his wife Lauren (Jennifer Carpenter). He has just discovered that she's had an affair, so he takes out his rage on her car before stopping for a reasonable discussion about putting their marriage back together. The problem seems to be connected to their lack of money, so he approaches his old friend Gil (Marc Blucas) about taking a job as a drug runner. And the larger cashflow indeed improves their relationship until Bradley is arrested following a massive shootout with the cops. In prison, a mystery man (Udo Kier) tells Bradley that the now-pregnant Lauren will be killed unless he murders someone in the notorious high-security wing at Redleaf Penitentiary, a fortress run by the sadistic warden Tuggs (Don Johnson).
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Vince Vaughn and Kyla Webber at the 89th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars 2017) held at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 27th February 2017
Based on an astounding true story, this battlefield drama mixes warm emotion with intense action to pull the audience in from a variety of angles. The result is powerfully visceral, catching us by surprise as it scares, moves and inspires us. As a director, Mel Gibson is great at telling vivid stories that evoke intense feelings. And Andrew Garfield delivers another remarkably internalised performance that resonates strongly.
As World War II rages, Desmond (Garfield) longs to leave his rural Virginia home to help with the fighting against Germany and Japan. But as an Adventist, he refuses to touch a weapon or fight on Sunday. He enlists anyway, and is mercilessly bullied for his pacifistic beliefs all the way through boot camp. His commanding officers (Vince Vaughn and Sam Worthington) are especially hard on him, trying to force him to drop out. But his haggard WWI-veteran father (Hugo Weaving) makes a pointed plea for him to remain in the military. Eventually, his platoon is sent to fight on Hacksaw Ridge in Okinawa, where Desmond proves his bravery in ways no one expects.
This is one of those stories that we wouldn't believe if it weren't true (the film concludes with a documentary epilogue featuring interviews with the actual people). Gibson and his screenwriters continually ground scenes in tiny details that emphasise the realism, giving the actors plenty of gristle. The opening sequence on the farm is relentlessly corny Americana, with Garfield portraying a dorky bumpkin who falls for a sweet girl (Teresa Palmer) and heads naively off to war. But Garfield deepens the character with every scene, giving weight and meaning to the jaw-dropping climactic battlefield sequence. Among the supporting cast, Vaughn, Worthington and Weaving all get strong moments of their own, as do a few of Desmond's comrades. Although while Palmer and Griffiths (as Desmond's mother) are solid, there isn't much for them to do.
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In 1919 Desmond Doss was born, he lived a quiet life and always wanted to become a doctor and also had ambitions to marry his sweetheart, Dorothy. As the World War II continued to spread terror around the world, Doss knew he must play his part and serve his country with his fellow man. For religious and ethical reasons, Doss had always been a pacifist and never believed in hurting another man and joined the forces as a medic in the hopes of saving the lives of injured soldiers.
When he arrived for training, resources were so tight that all medics were made to train in armed combat, there was no other option but to pick up a weapon and begin training like everyone else on the base. Unable to falter from his convictions, Doss's superiors were soon involved in the situation and Doss fought for his beliefs and was officially named a conscientious objector; that also made him a target for the other recruits who came to nickname him a coward.
As their initial battle day approached, the men didn't look toward Doss as one of their own, more as just another potential body going into a losing battle. The whole regiment found themselves being bombarded by powerful blasts from bombs and guns and somehow Doss survived, but not only did he survive, he went on to pull a number of men away from the front line and save them from certain death.
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'True Detective' season 2 is currently airing on HBO.
Sometimes a major factor in the watchability of a TV show is the soundtrack, and for crime drama 'True Detective', they've pretty much nailed that all important element and you can hear it in all its glory this summer.
'True Detective: Music From The HBO Series' is the highly anticipated soundtrack compilation featuring music from both season 1 and season 2 of the Emmy winning show. The second season has just begun its broadcast, with another eight episodes for fans to sink their teeth into, so what better way to treat yourself after another thrilling season than an album of pure musical enjoyment?
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Vince Vaughn gave his views on America's gun laws to GQ magazine.
Vince Vaughn has thrown his support behind the Second Amendment - the right of American people to bare firearms - despite a spate of shootings in U.S schools recently. Vaughn, who stars in the new season of True Detective, likened the amendment to "freedom of speech" and claimed that mass shootings "only happened in places that don't allow guns."
Vince Vaughn has backed the second ammendment
Asked by GQ magazine whether firearms should continue to be available to civilians for protection, the comedy actor said: "Of course. You think the politicians that run my country and your country don't have guns in the schools their kids go to? They do.
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Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman are set to star in HBO's 'Big Little Lies'. The pair will also be producing the series which centres on a group of women and a murder.
Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman will star in and produce HBO's limited series, Big Little Lies. The series is an adaptation of Liane Moriarty's 2014 novel of the same name. Writer David E. Kelley, who created such shows as Ally McBeal and Boston Legal, has written the screenplay for the upcoming series.
Reese Witherspoon will be starring and producing in Big Little Lies.
Porn stars have reportedly been cast for scenes in the second season for 'True Detective'.
Porn stars have reportedly been cast for the season finale of True Detective. According to sources, they have been hired for a graphic sex scene which will feature dozens of naked bodies. 24-year-old Amia Miley, a former porn actress from the US, has allegedly been hired along with Peta Jensen, also 24. Ironically, sources suggest they are amongst the few extras that are not completely naked for the scenes. It seems the women were not cast because of their experience in the porn industry but simply as extras.
Colin Farrell filming for True Detective in Los Angeles.
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Critics have panned the comedy and it seems audiences are also staying away from this one.
Funnyman Vince Vaughn is probably wishing that his Unfinished Business had stayed incomplete, after the comedy was savaged by critics. But to add insult to injury, now it seems audiences have also failed to see the funny side of his latest outing, leaving the actor on track for his worst opening ever for a major release.
Unfinished Business has bombed at the box office.
According to The Hollywood Reporter the comedy may only take $5 million on its opening weekend, leaving it finishing in eighth place at the box office. The low number would make it Vaughn's worst ever opening for a major release and certainly the worst for a comedy.
Following the news of his addition to the Hollywood Walk of Fame and cast of 'True Detective', Vince Vaughn has gone back to R-rated adult comedies as well.
After making his name in adult-targeted comedies like 'Swingers', 'Old School' and 'Wedding Crashers', Vince Vaughn turned to PG-13 movies like 'The Break-up', 'Couples Retreat' and 'The Internship'. But he's happy to be back on the R-rated comical scene with his new movie 'Unfinished Business'. "I would always prefer to go R if you're doing anything aimed at adults," he said. "But as an actor you're a part of a team; you're not really in charge of the rating. There are things I've done recently that have been made PG-13 once we began production. These films were supposed to be rated R but the bar got moved."
Vince Vaughn became park of the Hollywood Walk of Fame
After a period when studios were insisting on PG-13, Vaughn has seen the trend shift back toward more adult comedies. "When you're dealing with subject matter and topics that are adult-driven, you want to have that freedom to think and act like adults," he noted.
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The 44-year-old actor questioned whether the Disney animation is "doing some serious damage" to his eldest child due to its characters.
Just like millions of children around the world, Vince Vaughn's young daughter, Lochlyn, is a huge fan of Disney's 'Frozen', but it sounds like the 4-year-old fan may be taking the animated fairy-tale a bit too seriously.
Vince Vaughn says 'Frozen' may be "doing some serious damage" to his daughter
While appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday (March 4th), the 'Unfinished Business' actor revealed his eldest child watches 'Frozen' "like it is her job" and that Elsa is her favourite character.
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28th March, 1970
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