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Libby Day is a young woman, still permanently scarred from the events of her childhood. As a 7-year-old girl living in Kansas, she witnessed the brutal slaughter of her family, only weeks after discovering a bizarre interest of her brother Ben's and evidence that he practiced Satanism. After she accused Ben, then 16-years-old, of murder, he was locked up for life and her name went down in crime history. It left her with money from a charitable fund and royalities from her autobiography, but now in her early 30s she's completely broke. Soon though she meets Lyle Wirth, a member of a ghoulish group named The Kill Club, full of crime obsessed wannabe detectives who enjoy solving vicious crimes. They offer her money to help them solve what really happened when she was a girl, because hardly any of them believe her brother was the perpetrator of the massacre. She's sure it was him, but now she's forced to return to that time in her life and remember exactly what happened in the moments leading up to the tragedy - and that gets even more complicated when she finally visits Ben in prison.
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Maria Enders is an ageing actress whose best known role was that of Sigrid in the 20 year old play 'Maloja Snake'. The play centres on the relationship between two women - the young and manipulative Sigrid and her older boss Helena, who eventually commits suicide under Sigrid's destructive influence. Enders is now being scouted again for a revival of the production, though this time in the role of Helena. She is reluctant to take on the project, but does so with the encouragement of her trusted young assistant Valentine. Soon she meets a rising starlet named Jo-Ann Ellis who is to play the new Sigrid, but Maria finds her rude and as destructive as her forthcoming character. Soon the pressure and uncomfortable similarities to herself she sees in Jo-Ann get too much for Maria, who's already overcome with grief following her divorce and the death of a friend. Plus, she starts to feel like she could be losing Valentine, who's beginning to think there's something unhealthy about Maria's reliance on her.
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An intriguing Chinese box of a movie, this slightly too-clever drama unpicks the layers of identity that are concealed behind the image of a celebrity. It's so knowing that it can't help but find revelatory meaning here and there, and the performances are raw and fascinating. There's also spectacular scenery and some darkly swelling emotions. But the themes are pushed a bit too hard, and the plot is enigmatic and oddly unresolved.
At the centre is Maria (Juliette Binoche), a famous actress who is aware that as she ages she's entering a new phase in her career. She's headed with her personal assistant Val (Kristen Steward) to a special event in Sils-Maria, Switzerland, to honour Wilhelm, the director who made Maria a star. But Wilhelm dies just before they arrive, so the event turns into a memorial instead. At the funeral, theatre director Klaus (Lars Eidinger) approaches Maria about starring in a new version of Wilhelm's iconic play Maloja Snake, which refers to an unusual cloud formation in this Alpine region. But this time Maria would play the older woman, while rising-star Jo-Ann (Chloe Grace Moretz) takes the ingenue role that sparked Maria's career. While Jo-Ann catches headlines for her bad-girl antics, Maria asks Val to help her get a grip on the alien older character she will be playing.
The story spirals out from here with swirling angles of meaning, as the play within the film becomes entangled with the contrasting public and private lives of the celebrities. Thankfully, even though everything is very pointed, the actors deliver remarkably off-handed performances that are very easy to identify with, revealing their characters' private thoughts and insecurities. There is of course also a further meta-level to all of this, as Jo-Ann's paparazzi-baiting lifestyle echoes experiences Stewart herself has had.
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Like The Wind Rises, this Oscar-nominated Studio Ghibli animation is a proper cinematic epic, telling a sprawling story with artistry, invention and vivid characters that leave most Hollywood animated movies in the dust. It's based on a 10th century Japanese folktale that's packed with resonant themes, and it's been animated in a way that makes it look like a childhood storybook come to life. So even if it feels rather long at 2 hours 17 minutes, the visual minimalism is relentlessly beautiful.
The story begins in the countryside, where farmer Okina (James Caan in the English-language version) finds a tiny girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) in a bamboo stalk. Believing her to be a princess, he raises her with his wife Ouna (Mary Steenburgen). When he finds silk and gold in his bamboo grove, Okina decides that the gods want them to raise the now-teen girl in a more regal setting, so they all move to the capital, where she's officially named Princess Kaguya and becomes the most eligible girl in the kingdom, attracting offers from five wealthy men, plus His Majesty (Dean Cain) himself. But Kaguya is longing for the quieter life in the country, and misses her childhood pal Sutemaru (Darren Criss).
As it develops, the story becomes deeper and richer, offering hints as to where the events are headed, although nothing prepares us for the final-act sequence, which feels almost anachronistic in its surreally eclectic splendour. But by then, we have become completely engulfed in Kaguya's story, identifying with her longing to reconnect with the friends who used to call her "L'il Bamboo" because she grew up much more quickly than they did. This tension between sophisticated high society and rural simplicity adds an extra layer of meaning to the entire film, as does the running commentary about Japan's gender politics. And the hint of romance between Kaguya and Sutemaru offers further subversion of the social order.
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Once upon a time in Japan, a bamboo cutter discovered a miniature girl inside the body of a glowing stalk of bamboo. When he took the girl home, he adopted her as his daughter, and decided that she must be a princess. The princess began to grow at an alarming rate, soon becoming a young woman. One day, the bamboo cutter discovered another glowing stalk and once again, decided to chop it down. Inside was enough gold for him to build a palace for his princess. But a princess with a palace needs a prince, and the little princess wanted only to return to her friends. The punishment for dishonouring the prince's request would be death, so the princess was forced to embark on a journey through love, life, and Japan, in search of her heart's desire.
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Macaulay Culkin is alive contrary to reports which circulated on social media on Saturday (8th November).
Macauley Culkin is very much alive, despite reports which circulated on social media on Saturday (8th November).
Macaulay Culkin is alive!
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Keira Knightley continues to open up as an actress with this sparky comedy. As in Begin Again and The Imitation Game, she taps into her own lively personality to create a punchy character who's loose, likeable and prickly. And while the film has a warm, engaging tone that's often both honest and funny, it also feels somewhat contrived as it pushes Knightley's character into corner after corner. As with films like Humpday and Your Sister's Sister, director Lynn Shelton takes a spirited idea and ends up playing it oddly safe.
It's set in Seattle, where Megan (Knightley) is in her late-20s, horrified to see her close circle of friends settling down into predictable lives involving marriage and children. So when her longtime boyfriend Anthony (Mark Webber) proposes, just as she discovers that her dad (Jeff Garlin) has cheated on her mom, Megan makes a run for it. At a convenience shop, a group of teens asks her to buy some alcohol, and suddenly she has a new best friend in Annika (Chloe Grace Moretz). As they bond, Annika invites Megan to stay at her house. So Megan invents a story about attending a self-help conference and lays low, hanging out with her new teen gang like it's the good old days. But Annika's single dad Craig (Sam Rockwell) begins to challenge Megan to realise that perhaps there are benefits to growing up.
Yes, it's obvious from the moment Megan and Craig start bickering where this is headed. And these predictable plot turns feed into the standard rom-com structure of the screenplay, right up to climactic scenes at both an airport and the prom. There isn't a single surprise along the way, but Knightley's breezy performance is more than enough to carry the audience with her on this odyssey. Effortlessly charming even when she's being a jerk, she develops a wonderful improv-like chemistry with both Moretz and Rockwell, while the bit players add plenty of texture to each episodic sequence.
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Little more than a paint-by-numbers action thriller, it's anyone's guess why the filmmakers have bothered to make a connection with the 1980s TV series of the same name. Because this film bears almost no resemblance to it. Instead, this is a reunion of Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua, who last collaborated on the Oscar-winning Training Day. And since it's packed with brutal violence and questionable morality, that's clearly where this movie's roots truly lie.
Washington stars as Robert, a meek shelf-stacker at a DIY warehouse store in Boston. He can't sleep at night, so he heads to the local diner to read classic novels. That's where he meets Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz), a teen hooker who is having problems with her psychotic Russian pimp (David Meunier). Ever so quietly, and clearly relying on some external source of income, Robert goes about helping Teri secure a free future. But when he offers to settle her debts, the pimp and his thugs just laugh at him. So Robert mercilessly kills them all, drawing on his secret past as a black-ops agent. The problem is that this puts Robert at odds with the top Russian boss Teddy (Marton Csokas), who heads to Boston to get even.
In standard action movie tradition, Robert works his way right through the entire Russian mob, along the way cleaning up Boston's corrupt police force before the requisite final confrontation. His only distraction is a brief visit to his old CIA boss (Melissa Leo) and her husband (Bill Pullman) for a bit of moral support and added starry cameo value. Yes, there isn't much about this movie that doesn't feel concocted for the box office, which means that the story is both achingly predictable and littered with gaping plot-holes. And with Washington in the focal role, everyone else fades into the woodwork. Moretz is excellent but badly underused, while Csokas is never given much to do with his one-note villain.
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Denzel Washington is excellent in 'The Equalizer' - but is this really the sort of thing he should be doing?
The Equalizer, Denzel Washington's new movie, hasn't exactly been ripped apart by the critics. In fact, it's actually scored pretty decent reviews and will almost certainly do good business on both sides of the Atlantic. It's just - well - what happened to Oscar-winning Denzel? There were flickers of his brilliance being put to good use in Flight, but this?
Washington plays McCall, a man who believed he has put his mysterious past behind him until meeting Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters. Armed with hidden skills (like the guy from Taken), McCall comes out of retirement in a bid to restore justice.
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Based on the Gayle Forman novel, this teen weepie is wrenchingly emotional and packed with girly fantasies. But the characters and situations have a lot more earthy honesty to them than this summer's other big adolescent tearjerker The Fault in Our Stars. It may be just as relentlessly sentimentalised, but the issues involved are faced with a lot more grit and realism, so the film earns its sob-inducing emotions.
Set in Portland, Oregon, the story centres on the Hall family. Parents Kat and Denny (Mireille Enos and Joshua Leonard) are former rockers who have mildly toned down their wild ways as they have raised their children: 17-year-old Mia (Chloe Grace Moretz) and the younger Teddy (Jakob Davies) to be independent and artistic. Although Kat and Denny are rather taken aback by Mia's obsessive love of classical music and prodigious gift with the cello. Then Mia is shocked to discover that the cool rock-god Adam (Jamie Blackley) at her high school is interested in her. As their relationship develops over the next year, it hits a few bumps along the way. And it's during one of these bad patches that Mia is in a life-threatening car crash with her family. In an out-of-body experience, she watches everyone react to her life-and-death situation, wondering, "Should I stay or should I go?"
Which of course would be a much better title for a rock-n-roll movie than this one. Never mind, since the film is structured as a peeling-onion of flashbacks and out-of-sequence revelations, Mia's conundrum is genuinely complicated, in a movie sort of way. But then everything about this film exists only in the movies, most notably Adam, the most perfect boyfriend in the history of cinema: a bad boy musician with a deep soul, open emotions and thoughtful reactions. He has so clearly been devised to appeal to the teen-girl audience that it's occasionally a bit ridiculous.
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It's bad news for Weinstein 'n' co
Three new releases for this weekend’s box couldn’t make their presence felt as Guardians of The Galaxy enjoyed another weekend atop the pile. Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For, The Game Stands Tall and If I Stay all disappointed.
Sin City 2, starring Joseph Gordon Levitt
The penultimate weekend of the summer saw one of the season’s biggest hits reign supreme once more as the hugely popular Marvel franchise, Guardians of The Galaxy pulled in $17.6 million in its fourth weekend for a domestic total of $251.9 million – it won’t be long before it becomes the biggest domestic film of the year ahead of another Marvel property, Captain America: The Winter solider. Globally. GOTG has reached something just shy of $490m.
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'If I Stay' is likely to beat Sin City 2 in a dismal box office weekend.
Warner Bros' young-adult adaptation If I Stay, with Chloe-Grace Moretz, was the best of a bad bunch at the box-office on Friday taking around $6.7 million. The movie is tracking below expectations for an overall weekend of $16 million. As Deadline puts it, "No one cares about the new offerings and Sin City 2 is a total bomb in a weekend where all the newcomers are crashing."
Chloe Grace Moretz [L] and James Blackley [R] in 'If I Stay'
Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For only took around $6 million on Friday, despite a hefty budget of $70 million (not counting marketing and distribution costs).
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The teen sorrow-fest might defeat the long-awaited follow-up at the box office this weekend.
For all the hype around the long-awaited sequel Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, it looks like it might be beaten to the top of the box office charts by the lower-budget If I Stay.
Chloe Grace Moretz stars in If I Stay, which does battle with the Sin City sequel this weekend
The tearjerking teen-orientated drama is based on a novel of the same name by Gayle Forman and stars Chloe Grace Moretz as a teenage girl in a coma having an out-of-body experience, having survived a car crash that claimed the lives of her parents and brother.
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'If I Stay' stars Jamie Blackley and Chloë Grace Moretz are seen arriving outside the New York screening for the movie where they spent time talking with fans, taking photos and signing autographs, as well as briefly posing for paparazzi shots.
Which stars rode the style wave at last night's Teen Choice Awards?
Last night Hollywood's hottest young stars were out in force for the annual Teen Choice Awards held at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium. Stars such as Chloe Moretz, Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande showed off their style on the blue carpet, taking a few fashion risks while embracing the ceremony's laid back atmosphere. Here's our pick of the best dressed stars from the 2014 Teen Choice Awards.
There's no fault in Shailene Woodley's fashion sense
Let’s start with The Fault in Our Stars’s Shailene Woodley, who walked away with the surf board for ‘Choice Action Hero’. Shailene certainly made a bold statement with her choice dress for the evening, the long sleeved Peter Pilotto creation was both multicoloured and multi-patterned ensuring all eyes were fixated on the actress all night.
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The 17 year-old actress opens up about her thoughts on relationships and the lingering paparazzi.
Unlike most 17 year-old girls, Chloe Grace Moretz's life doesn't revolve around who is dating and who, and jumping in and out of teen relationships. In fact, the 'Kick Ass' star, who is one of Hollywood's most promising young actresses, is too focused on her blossoming movie career to let any of that distract her.
Moretz isn't interested in dating or relationships
"It's a tough age to fall in love: people change so quickly," the teen star tells the new issue of FLARE magazine. "I don't want to have to feel like I have to watch my step, 'cause I'm 17 and I shouldn't have to."
Megan (Keira Knightley) is 28-years-old and she still hasn't got any sort of long term plan for her future. She earns a living as a sign flipper at her dad's business and is still dating her boyfriend Anthony (Mark Webber) from high school. After attending a school reunion, the realisation that her life appears to be at a standstill grows in intensity when he tries to propose marriage. After escaping the party, she bumps into Annika (Chloë Grace Moretz); a 16-year-old girl trying to find someone whose willing to buy them alcohol. She decides to stick around with her and moves in with her for a week to clear her head after lying to her boyfriend about business trip. Annika's father Craig (Sam Rockwell) makes his reservations about a woman in her late twenties hanging out with his teenage daughter known, but soon warms to her as a spark ignites between them.
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Check out the brand new trailer for this exciting new thriller.
The trailer has just been released for the upcoming revenge thriller, The Equalizer, which stars Denzel Washington alongside Chloe Grace Moretz. Set for release in September, the movie promises to be a cathartic and dynamic revenge thriller with some interesting moral questions posed along the way.
Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and just wants to live a normal life. His old ways creep back when he discovers he has a need to right wrongs and help others faced with the devastating effects of crime.
He meets Teri (Moretz), a young girl who McCall discovers is trapped in a circle of abuse and danger within what appears to be a gang of pimps but turns out to be the Russian mafia. McCall courts danger as he fights to free Teri but with the mafia now hellbent on killing him he has to think smart and act fast to stay one step ahead of the dangerous gang of criminals.
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Robert McCall has a modest job at a hardware store in Boston where he longs for a peaceful life on his own to live out the rest of his days. He is a retired black ops commando and, unfortunately for him, that part of his life is not over - merely laying dormant. After meeting a young girl named Teri and seeing her trapped in a circle of abuse and danger within what appears to be a gang of pimps, he vows to help her. However, after taking them down with an extraordinary amount of grace and dexterity, he discovers that they are in fact part of the powerful Russian mafia who are hellbent on killing him. The odds aren't looking good for McCall, whose sense of justice and responsibility has been quickly reignited, but when it really comes down to it, it's difficult to tell who should be afraid of whom.
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Will Chloe Grace Moretz's upcoming movie 'If I Stay' be as big of a hit as its tear-jerker predecessor 'The Fault in our Stars'?
In its opening weekend Shailene Woodley’s new film The Fault in our Stars has taken over $48 million. Directed by Josh Boone and starring Woodley and Willem Defoe, the book is based on the young adult novel of the same name. Centred around Hazel, a 16-year-old cancer patient, played by Woodley, and the relationship she forms with 17-year-old Augustus Waters, an amputee and ex-basketball player, the film is widely considered to be the winner of tear-jerker of the year.
Shailene Woodley has been highly praised for her performance as Hazel in The Fault in our Stars
Woodley has been praised for her performance while the film on the whole has won over the critics. Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers wrote in his review of the film: “It’s a fresh, lively love story, brimming with humor and heartbreak, and lived to the heights by Shailene Woodley, a sublime actress with a resume that pretty much proves she’s incapable of making a false move on camera.”
Chloe Grace Moretz - NYLON Magazine Young Hollywood Party with May Cover Star Chloe Moretz - Hollywood, CA, United States - Tuesday 14th May 2013
Chloe Moretz - Elle Style Awards - London, United Kingdom - Monday 11th February 2013
Chloe Grace Moretz Friday 7th December 2012 Z100's Jingle Ball 2012 presented by Aeropostale - Arrivals
Chloe Moretz - Chloe Grace Moretz Thursday 10th May 2012 arriving at her hotel.
Chloe Moretz Sunday 17th July 2011 The Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup Final at Cowdray Park Polo Club - Arrivals West Sussex, England
Chloe Moretz - Chloe Moretz and her brother Trevor Moretz London, England - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2011 - VIP private view held at the Royal Academy Of Arts - Departures Thursday 2nd June 2011
Chloe Moretz Saturday 26th March 2011 First Annual Comedy Awards - Arrivals New York City, USA
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