This is the story of Ray Kroc, the man who created the concept of McDonald's. And the most remarkable thing about this film is that it's not a feature-length advertisement for the fast-food outlet. Instead, it's a strikingly balanced, warts-and-all exploration of one man who pioneered a whole new way of making a fortune, even if it meant crushing some innocent people along the way. Which of course makes the film both entertaining and involving.
Michael Keaton delivers a storming performance as Ray, who we meet as a travelling salesman in the American Midwest in 1954. Unable to get anyone to understand his theory about simplified menus and faster service, he follows a lead out west to Southern California, where brothers Dick and Mac McDonald (Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch) have done just that. He buys into their concept and begins opening franchises back in the Midwest, and his network rapidly expands. But a business partner (BJ Novak) shows him that he'll need to push the brothers aside if he wants to make some proper money.
Director John Lee Hancock keeps the film's tone light and the pace brisk, never bogging down in the darker edges of the story. But he never shies away from them either, which adds a blackly comical tone to Keaton's full-on performance as a man who will do whatever it takes to make a profit. As a result, the audience is able to sympathise with Ray even though he's increasingly unlikeable, a charming monster who shamelessly borrows ideas from everyone he meets. This makes his relationships with his fragile first wife (Laura Dern) and his more aggressive second wife (Linda Cardellini) fascinating, even if neither woman is very well defined.
Continue reading: The Founder Review
This sci-fi drama has an enjoyably brain-bending plot that leaves the audience almost stunned with the weight of its themes. It may be fiction, but the film's exploration of the power of language raises fascinating ideas about the human mind. It's also produced to an extremely high standard, with striking effects and sumptuous cinematography and editing. And as played by Amy Adams, the movie also carries a surprising emotional kick.
Adams plays linguistics expert Louise, who is asked by the American government to help decode the language of aliens who occupy gigantic monolithic ships that appear suddenly, floating over various locations around the globe. So she heads to the American site in Montana and begins working with scientist Ian (Jeremy Renner) under the watchful eye of Colonel Weber (Forrest Whitaker). And of course she's taken aback by these seven-legged creatures who communicate with odd tones and swirling symbols. When coordinated efforts with other teams around the world begin to descend into mistrust, everyone stops sharing their data, and the military leaders decide to take matters into their own hands and destroy the ships. But Louise begins to believe she is onto something important, and she tenaciously pursues a course of action that terrifies everyone, including her.
Expertly directed by Denis Villeneuve (Sicario), the film never lapses into sensationalistic action, and it's even more gripping as a result. Several scenes generate goosebumps for their inventive visual flourishes, including the surprising gravitational twists and the face-to-face interaction with two freaky but oddly endearing aliens Louise and Ian name Abbott and Costello. Special effects are seamless, grounding everything that happens as something eerily believable. But the emphasis is on the emotional drama surging within Louise, and the huge implications it has for the entire world.
Continue reading: Arrival Review
After the formulaic thrills of The Winter Soldier and Age of Ultron, Marvel's Avengers were in danger of getting stuck in a rut, but a smart script for this surprisingly focussed thriller kicks everything into a new direction. What's surprising is that the screenwriters have managed to incorporate a wide range of characters without the film ever feeling overcrowded. Each person has a journey to travel, so the actors get a chance to invest plenty of personality into the action.
After the events of Ultron, there's a political debate about the need to oversee the Avengers' missions. Iron Man Tony (Robert Downey Jr.) thinks a special UN council is a good idea, but Captain America Steve (Chris Evans) thinks that will limit the team's ability to help people. Then Steve's best pal Bucky (Sebastian Stan) is framed for a bombing, and Black Panther T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) is drawn into the fray. The Avengers are forced to take sides, with those supporting Bucky becoming outlaws. Tony recruits Spider-Man Peter (Tom Holland) to his team, while Steve drafts in Ant-Man Scott (Paul Rudd). And as they all face off against each other, none of them realise that this entire situation is being manipulated by a vengeful man named Zemo (Daniel Bruhl).
Watching this film requires the audience to suspend disbelief that these super-powered friends could be pushed to try to kill each other. That never quite makes sense, and indeed the script acknowledges this fact when one person goes down and everyone reacts emotionally. But the high-powered cast is so good at creating these intensely driven superheroes that it's not difficult to go with it.
Continue reading: Captain America: Civil War Review
The Avengers are suffering from an image crisis. As much good that they do and as many lives that they save, the superheroes also cause unlimited amounts of damage to cities and civilisation. The government wish to find an answer to this problem and they decide that all superheroes should be registered and held accountable for their actions.
Tony Stark is brought in to begin talks on behalf of The Avengers, knowing how much damage he's personally done under his superhero disguise, Stark see the government's point and decides that a register wouldn't be entirely unwelcome. Captain America on the other hand has no such wishes; The Cap sees any government intervention as something beyond reasonable requirement. In the middle of all this is Cap's old friend Bucky who could be prosecuted under the new laws. As The Avengers are forced to split into two halves, it looks like there's going to be no way for the old team to form any kind of agreement.
As their opinions deepen and rivalries are deepens, certain members of Hydra begin to tighten their control and their plans for future domination of the world are getting stronger. The Avengers must find a way to put their differences aside in order to beat the real enemy.
As the world of Marvel super heroes become ever more entwined, Captain America: Civil War picks up where Ant-Man ends. As the Avengers take on more and more missions, the damage they cause is ever increasing and the government feel it's time to put an end to their unlimited power.
Captain America gains information so sensitive that he knows even his closest friends aren't going to believe it, Captain America and Falcon are alone. With The Avengers now broken into two sides, Captain America believing the superheroes shouldn't be regulated and Iron Man on the other, believing the government have a valid argument.
Can The Avengers overcome their differences and fight a new force that threatens to destroy the world as we know it. Captain America: Civil War sees many of our favourite Marvel character appear, these include: Black Widow, Hawkeye, Spider-Man, Black Panther & War Machine.
Is anyone really surprised?
Surprise, surprise – The Avengers: Age of Ultron has easily topped the box office this weekend. Not only that, but with $187,7 million earned over the Friday-Sunday period, Age of Ultron also became the second biggest movie opening. Ever. In movie history. EVER.
Scarlett Johansson stars as Black Widow in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Also, guess which movie had the biggest opening. No, really. Guess. I’ll help you out. It was The Avengers, in 2012, with $207 million. That one went on to earn over $1,5 billion worldwide. The moral of the story is that Marvel wins yet again.
Avengers star Scarlett Johansson talks parenthood and marriage in a new interview.
As one of the most famous actresses in the world, Scarlett Johansson is used to an exciting, fast-paced life in the world of celebrity, but in a new interview with Parade Magazine, she reveals her biggest joy is spending time with her baby daughter Rose Dorothy.
Scarlett Johansson attends the UK premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron
She told the magazine, "When I’m just hanging out with her and we’re doing silly stuff and if I make her laugh, the feeling of joy I have is explosive. If I can make her laugh and she gets a big smile on her face, that’s pretty much it. If only you could actually bottle that and carry it around."
Continue reading: Scarlett Johansson On The Joy Of Being A Mother
The Hollywood star's wife, who is 20 years his junior, filed for divorce on Dec. 5 citing 'irreconcilable differences.'
Jeremy Renner's marriage appears to be over before it really begun as his wife has decided to call it quits on their romance less than one year after secretly tying the knot. Model Sonni Pacheco reportedly filed for divorce on Dec. 5 in Los Angeles citing 'irreconcilable differences.'
Renner's wife filed for divorce on Dec. 5
Their separation also seems to be anything but amicable as Pacheco is "demanding" the Hollywood star returns her "stolen" passport, birth certificate and Social Security card, according to TMZ, who obtained the legal documents.
The Avengers may be feeling like they are capable of anything after saving New York City from Loki's rampage and returning the deadly Tesseract to its rightful place in Asgard, but the group have a new threat to overcome. As the group; Tony Stark (Iron Man), Steve Rogers (Captain America), Bruce Banner (Hulk), Thor, Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) and Clint Barton (Hawkeye); attempt to enjoy an usually civilised evening together, they are interrupted by Ultron - a backfired project of Stark who is dead set on destroying the human race and branding them puppets in his game. With S.H.I.EL.D. destroyed, their chances of saving the world once again are looking dangerously slim. Now beginning to question just how much power they have, they are forced to regroup for a mission that could finally see their end.
The sequel to 'The Avengers' and final film in the second phase of Marvel's cinematic universe will see the release of its first trailer during an episode of Marvel's television show, 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'
Marvel's 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' is currently flying through it second season, amassing between 4 and 5 million viewers per episode. That number is about to explode, however, with the recent announcement that the sixth episode, 'A Fractured House', will contain the first trailer for 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron'. If that news wasn't enough, the announcement came via Marvel's official Twitter page, with an accompanying picture of some of the cast.
Chloe Moretz and Jamie Blackley greet their fans on the red carpet, while Alice 2 films in London and Zac Efron is snapped on set in California. First-glimpse trailers are released for Automata, Kill the Messenger, The Best of Me and Trash...
Chloe Grace Moretz and Jamie Blackley have been out and about promoting their new teenage tearjerker If I Stay over the past week. First they premiered the film in New York, at which they were filmed chatting with fans, taking selfies and signing autographs. Then Blackley headed to London for more of the same this week. Watch the video - Chloe Grace Moretz And Jamie Blackley Greet Fans At 'If I Stay' Screening.
Also in London, Mia Wasikowska, Ed Speleers and Lindsay Duncan were filmed while shooting a sequence for the Alice in Wonderland sequel Through the Looking Glass in what looks like a bustling Victorian market. Clearly this scene is part of the framing story rather than Wonderland. Watch the video of Mia Wasikowska Seen Filming For 'Alice In Wonderland: Through The Looking Glass'.
The high-powered casts of August: Osage County and American Hustle show off their Oscar red carpet credentials, while Justin Bieber premieres his new doc and we get first glimpses of Nolan's Interstellar and Dawn of the Apes...
Two big premieres this week were more about raising awards-worthy awareness than launching a movie. Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin and Juliette Lewis were all on hand for the August: Osage County premiere in Los Angeles. Meanwhile in New York, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner were all dressed up for American Hustle. Both films are scooping up awards and nominations at the moment. Watch Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale arrive at 'American Hustle' NY Premiere and here's another video showing Amy Adams as she dazzles on the red carpet.
Justin Bieber won't be chasing awards for his latest behind-the-scenes doc Believe, which held its much-hyped world premiere in Hollywood on Wednesday. He was joined on the red carpet by director Jon M Chu, who also directed two Step Up movies, the last G.I. Joe blockbuster and Bieber's previous doc, 2011's Never Say Never. You can watch the trailer for Justin Bieber: Believe here.
Disney's 'Frozen' has been doing pretty well at the box office, could all that be about to change?
Disney's new animated musical, Frozen has had a merry time at the top of the box office, charming both small children, parents and critics alike across the Thanksgiving weekend and rustling up some genuine Oscars talk at the start of the awards season.
'Frozen' Has Charmed Its Way Up The Box Office Rankings, For How Much Longer Though?
The sweet and festive kids' movie managed to topple the former box office leviathan, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, from the top perch with $134,278,000 grossed to date, according to Box Office Mojo. The film, which tells the story of a fearless princess on an epic journey, did manage to sneak in at a prime time, capitalising on Catching Fire's waning interest and scooping up the family vote over the holiday.
It's a big reunion for many of the film's stars, but can it prove to be Academy material?
In the first of our Oscars 2014 prediction series, we take a look at American Hustle, David O Russell’s follow up to last year’s highly acclaimed Silver Linings Playbook. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence return to add to an impressive cast, but can O Russell build upon steering his leading lady to a Best Actress win?
The film has a touch of the ‘Argo’ about it – and not the popular British catalogue-based retail chain. No, last year’s winning film – Ben Affleck’s winning film. It chronicles FBI's 1978 ABSCAM sting operation, designed to bring down a series of corrupt public officials.
Continue reading: Oscars 2014 Predictions: David O Russell's 'American Hustle'
Irving Rosenfeld is one of America's most talented con artists but his world of ladies and luxury is hanging in the balance when threatening circumstances force him, along with his temptress business partner and lover Sydney Prosser, to lend his talents to a sting operation set up by the FBI and led by the slightly unbalanced agent Richie DiMaso. Together they set out to uncover the corrupt campaigns behind Carmine Polito, the Mayor of Camden, New Jersey and a powerful political operator. However, Irving's wife Rosalyn Rosenfeld is getting more and more suspicious of her husband's business life and, with his lewd extramarital affairs getting more and more daring, it isn't long before she is driven to extreme lengths to uncover her private issues while in the meantime threatening the stability of the whole operation.
This gangster drama features an all-star cast that will keep you gripped from start to finish. It has been directed by the Oscar nominated David O. Russell ('Silver Linings Playbook', 'I Heart Huckabees', 'Three Kings'), who also co-wrote the screenplay alongside Eric Singer ('The International') in his second feature film. 'American Hustle' will be released in cinemas over in the UK on December 20th 2013.
'The Avengers 2' is set to be shot at London's Pinewood-Shepperton Studios this summer with a 2015 confirmed release date.
Hollywood comes to London for the shooting of 'The Avengers' sequel which has a release date of May 1st 2015.
Despite 'The Avengers' being shot completely in the US, 'The Avengers 2' will cross overseas to hit Pinewood-Shepperton Studios in London, England where they will begin shooting this summer. And they're not the only major superhero film to make it to the UK; 'Thor: The Dark World' and Marvel's new movie starring Chris Pratt 'Guardians of the Galaxy' are also due to be shooting there this year - that's a lot of comic book action for one studio!
While producers of 'The Avengers 2' are keeping pretty much keeping the entire movie under wraps for now, we can be pretty certain that we will see a returning cast ensemble of Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk.
Continue reading: 'The Avengers 2' Heads To UK's Pinewood Studios
Actor Jeremy Renner became the newest member of the Hollywood new parents club this Thursday.
The Avengers star Jeremy Renner is now a father!
The big event happened on Thursday and Renner is now the proud dad of a baby girl. Renner and model Sonni Pacheco named their little bundle of joy Ava Berlin Renner. "They are beyond thrilled," his spokesperson said, adding that, "mother and daughter are doing great."
According to Us Weekly, Pacheco is Renner’s ex. Sources are unclear as to whether or not the pair are still together. Apparently she is a 22-year-old Canadian model.
Continue reading: Brand New Baby Girl For Jeremy Renner
Sequel planned for surprise box office hit Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
Oh, how we laughed at the Hansel & Gretel trailer. How we scoffed and glanced sideways at Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner and loudly guffawed at their decision to take part in the dreadful-looking movie, with its schlocky effects and dubious premise. And oh, how we are swallowing our words and eating our hats right now, as news comes in that not only has Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters raked in over $200 million, but plans are under way to make a sequel.
A press release has revealed that Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn Mayer and MTV Films have begun working on a sequel to Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, which will feature Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick to return as producers, along with Beau Flynn. The joint announcement does not go so far as to reveal what viewers can expect from the sequel or, indeed, who will star in it.
The original movie, which became a surprise financial success, was written by Tommy Wirkola and is a twist on the classic fairy tale of Hansel & Gretel, catching up with the two siblings when they have come of age as fierce bounty hunters, tracking down witches. The movie opened at number one in 39 territories and has so far earned in advance of $205 million. The movie has found some of its biggest successes in Brazil, Russia and Mexico.
The Oscars brought the curtain down on this year's awards season with top honours spread between Argo, Life of Pi, Silver Linings Playbook, Lincoln, Django Unchained and Les Miserables.
On Sunday night, the Oscars brought the curtain down on awards season with a ceremony that combined the usual starry glamour with rather a lot of music. And it was nice that one movie didn't sweep the boards this year, with top honours spread between Argo, Life of Pi, Silver Linings Playbook, Lincoln, Django Unchained and Les Miserables.
The night before the Oscars, Hollywood's A-listers gathered in Los Angeles to celebrate non-studio movies at the Independent Spirit Awards. Jennifer Lawrence won best actress at both ceremonies, and was caught by the paparazzi signing autographs for fans on her way into the Spirits.
Made in Germany, this raucous adventure merrily refuses to follow the usual Hollywood route of blanding-down a fairy tale for the lowest common denominator (see both Snow White movies last year). It's still pretty stupid, but it's so unapologetically over-the-top that we're consistently entertained. And it helps that the filmmakers are clearly aware of how ridiculous the plot is, so they push it even further.
The film opens with a horror-style version of the Grimm Brothers' fable, then jumps years ahead as Hansel and Gretel (Renner and Arterton) achieve notoriety as bounty hunters specialising in tracking down and dispatching witches. When they arrive in a small village, they rescue innocent young Mina (Viitala) from the bloodthirsty mayor (Stormare), then vow instead to capture the area's real wicked witch Muriel (Janssen). The sheriff is sure they're con artists, so forms his own posse. Meanwhile, Hansel tentatively falls for Mina, and the duo also meet their teen super-fan Ben (Mann), who joins them as they head into the woods.
Norwegian writer-director Wirkola has created a gonzo action-horror movie out of the familiar bedtime story, complete with wildly outrageous creatures, fiery battles and almost as many explosions as a Michael Bay Transformers movie. Meanwhile, Renner and Arterton strut through medieval Europe like 21st century action heroes, wearing skin-tight leather, head-butting their foes, swearing like sailors and shooting massive guns at anything that moves. In other words, Wirkola's approach is essentially satirical, which allows him to indulge in astounding levels of grisly violence without it ever getting too nasty.
Continue reading: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Review
'Avengers Assemble' star Jeremy Renner is greeted with a very loud and enthusiastic crowd outside the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards where he signs a number of autographs for fans before heading for the ceremony.
There were stars galore out as Australia held one of the biggest movie awards events in its own social calendar, the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Awards, and there was plenty of reason to celebrate for those behind The Sapphires, as they swept the board. The film, which follows four young Australian Aborigine girls who entertain US troops during the Vietnam war of the 60's, took six honors overall, including Best Film, Best Director (Wayne Blair), Best Lead Actress (Deborah Mailman), Best Lead Actor (Chris O'Dowd), Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Mauboy) and Best Adapted Screenplay.
On a quiet weekend for The U.S Box Office, Paramount Pictures' Hansel and Gretel topped the charts for ticket sales Friday through Monday.
It only took $19m for Hansel and Gretel - starring Gemma Arteton and Jeremy Renner - to secure the top spot, though, while Andres Muschietti slipped from 1st to second with $12,860,190 for Mama. Silver Linings Playbook - which seems to have occupied every position on the chart at some time or another - places 3rd this week with a round $10m, this on its 11th week of release, too. The controversial Zero Dark Thirty, an Oscar contender, places 4th with $9,800,000. Jason Statham's latest attempt at an action film, Parker, just about makes it into the top 5 with $7m on its opening weekend. Given that films released now won't be considered for 2013's major honours, we can expect this forecasted lull to remain for at least another month, when the bigger titles start getting released again. More surprising is the composition of the top 5 considering Hansel and Gretel was slated by the critics, and maintains a paltry 15% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Django Unchained missed out on a top 5 spot with $5,005,000 while low-budget flick Movie 43 secured $5m. Gangster Squad, Broken City and Les Miserables make up the 8th, 9th and 10th, with $4.2m, $4m and $3,911,700m respectively. Figures from Yahoo Movies.
There was a new name at the top of the US Box Office charts after the weekend, with Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters taking $19 million to knock last weekend’s leader Mama off the top.
In a take on the traditional tale that by no means suggested that success would be a foregone conclusion, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters sees the two protagonists of the Grimm’s Tale grown up and working as bounty hunters, tracking down witches the world over. Starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, the film just about met predictions, with Paramount president of distribution Don Harris commenting "We are pleased that we were on our number on a worldwide basis. It looks like we are on or exceeding our numbers but we did get dinged with the weather on Friday. The impact of the weather was certainly more than I had predicted." The US had extremely cold weather for the weekend.
In second place was Mama, the low-budget horror flick that surprised a little last weekend with its success, although less so when you consider it starred Jessica Chastain – one of the ascendant stars of the moment. She was also in the weekend’s fourth largest grossing film, Zero Dark Thirty. Sandwiched between that in third place, and still on its remarkable run, was Silver Linings Playbook, which took $10 million.;
The number one spot at the box office was easily claimed this weekend by new comer Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, with it relatively unimpressive $19 million takings easily beating it's closest competitors.
The Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton starring fairytale twist has been all but panned universally by critics, but this did little to dent it's chances at the box office with the closest competitor taking in a measly $7 million. The $7 mil newcomer in question is the new Jason Statham action Parker, which managed to pull in only $2 million more than the number three movie of the weekend, the ensemble comedy Movie 43.
According to Hollywood.com, total box office receipts in the U.S. and Canada were down by 13% from the same weekend a year ago, continuing a recent trend of cinema avoidance across the two nations. So who's to blame? Piracy? Exorbitant cinema prices? Or i it just that people were unwilling to leave their homes over the cold weekend to go to the cinema when they could watch films from the comfort of your own home. The answer is, there really is no clear answer, more of a merging of all these problems rolled into one. Still, movie insiders are beginning to worry that this trend might continue into the year and beyond, with that all too familiar question "is cinema dying" perpetually hanging over movie executive's heads.
Continue reading: Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters Leads Slow US Box Office Weekend
The stars of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters were dressed to impress for the film's premiere.
Gemma Arteton Poses For The Paps
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The movie industry is buzzing with excitement this week, as the Oscars move ever closer, news of the new Star Wars movies starts to break and the Sundance Film Festival is in full swing out there in Utah.
One of the biggest talking points of Sundance so far has been the movie jOBS. Starring Ashton Kutcher as Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, there’s been much debate over whether or not Kutcher’s lightweight acting style is going to be strong enough to lend jOBS any gravitas. A clip of the movie has been released, featuring Kutcher and Josh Gad (who plays co-founder Steve Wozniak) but no full trailer as yet. The movie opens today (January 25, 2013) and we’re predicting that the reviews are going to be a mixed bag. Gad insists that Kutcher’s performance in this movie is going to be the stuff that dreams are made of. We’ll wait and see what the experts think.
Watch the trailer for jOBS
Jeremy Renner has put his ridiculous Holmby Hills house on the property market for a whopping $24.95 million. We’re not sure that even Kim Kardashian and Kanye West – who splashed out around $11 million on their own new property recently – wouldn’t baulk at that.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the actor’s house is a Roaring ‘20’s Art Deco-Style mansion and includes a wine cellar, a theater, five fireplaces, six bedrooms, 11 bathrooms and 10,005 square feet of living space. The 2-acre property features gates, a cobblestone driveway and a swimming pool with spa. Never mind having the room to swing a cat, you could probably swing an entire pride of lions around the place and still have room for more.
This is one of many houses that Renner has bought with his business partner, fellow actor Kristoffer Winters. In this instance they could be onto an absolute mint, with records showing that they bought the property for “just” $7 million in 2010. Renner’s been keeping busy on the acting side of things too though; known for his Oscar-nominated role in 2008’s The Hurt Locker, as well as action films Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and The Bourne Legacy, he has another film – Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters – out next week. He’s also about to become a dad; it’s fair to say that life is sweet for Jeremy Renner.
As red-band trailers go this week, there’s going to be very little that’s going to top the Evil Dead remake. And it certainly won’t be the trailer for Tommy Wirkola’s Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, which is so tame in comparison, it seems more like the original fairy tale than the adult action horror it’s supposed to be.
The filmschoolrejects.com site have commented on the new trailer and they are not alone in wondering how the hell this movie ever made it past the pitching stage. Of course, we’re hoping that once it’s released, it may reach the upper echelons of the ‘so bad it’s good' school of film making but it’s hard to judge from the trailer whether or not that’s going to be possible. Starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as brother and sister duo Hansel and Gretel, Wirkola has taken the traditional Brothers Grimm tale and switched it up a little so that Hansel and Gretel are (as the title may suggest) witch hunters.
If nothing else, there are lots of schlocky special effects to revel in. Witches’ faces exploding into a spiky, metallic mess, bullets travelling through the air, whilst simultaneously evolving into spiky metallic weapons. Witches being split in half by spiky metallic chains. They kind of overdid it on the spiky, metallic special effects, if we’re honest. File under low-brow.
From the Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters trailer, it's hard to decipher whether this movie is really going to stink - like, Razzies territory - or whether it's just going to be a stonking over-the-top cheese-ball riot of a movie. It definitely could be the former, it really could be, but we're willing to hold off and wait for the release. It's certainly going to be something to talk about.
In case you're unaware, Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters is Tommy Wirkola's (Dead Snow) dark cinematic take on the well-known Brothers Grimm fairy-tale about a young brother and sister threatened by a cannibalistic witch living in a house constructed of cake and confectionaries. It's scared the living daylights out of kids for years, though the latest movie takes things to a whole new level. In Wirkola's mind, the siblings - played here by Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner - are a formidable team of bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. The trailer sees the ass-kicking pair firing machine guns, drawing plenty of blood, blowing things up, punching witches in the face and throwing enemies through wooden walls. Great stuff.
Speaking way back in 2010, producer Adam McKay hinted at the possibility of further movies, telling MTV, "You think franchise, but in the doing, you just try to make one good movie. If I step back, it feels to me like, 'God, I could watch a bunch of these, just having read the script and knowing what Wirkola's style is.' I'd be very happy if he did three of them." Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters hits theaters in the U.S on January 25, 2013.
Continue reading: Hansel And Gretel Witch Hunters Trailer: Cheesy, Bloody, Insane
The Bourne Legacy star also had another ace up his sleeve when he showed us that not only can he do funny, and boy he can do funny, but he can even sing too! For the first skit of the show Renner discussed how he wishes that he could write and sing all the music for his films, before taking to a nearby piano and revealing one hell of a voice. To be honest, we're not sure if the first skit was even a skit at all, because that guy can sing!
Straight after that Renner and the SNL faithful sent up California natives, highlighting and lampooning all of their cliches a tee. Then, in something of a spin on the first sketch, Renner's next performance featured Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine flexing his acting muscles in a sketch that featured the two engaged in a never ending stalemate between two gun-toting gangsters. As Levine finally walks away from the awkward stand-off Renner then injected laughs once more by turning to the fellow stand-off participants he asked the: "Was that Adam Levine?"
Continue reading: Jeremy Renner Proves Tough Guys Can Be Funny During SNL Host Spot
Gangnam Style, the Korean rap video that has taken the internet by storm, could potentially help the nation’s tourist industry. The wacky dance video, featuring rapper Psy, was shot in various locations around Seoul’s Gangnam neighbourhood – a hugely wealthy district, home to the country’s rich and famous.
Korean tourism hasn’t always been an easy sell – especially to Americans – though Luis Maravi, marketing manager for the Korea Tourism Organization in New York, has noticed a definite change since Psy’s video hit the web, telling USA Today, “A lot of people are wanting to visit that district of Seoul and tour operators are developing tours around it.” Gangnam is actually a 15-square-mile neighbourhood, considered to be the capital’s financial centre. It represents seven per cent of South Korea’s GDP and Gangnam is home to good restaurants, shopping malls and luxury spas. The United States is the fourth largest inbound market to South Korea (around 650,000 visited in 2011), though the majority of those journeys were made for business reasons. Maravi added, “We would like those numbers to be higher, but we compete with bigger better-known neighbors…I think (the video) is popular because it's fun to watch…It has a catchy beat. And it's not a complicated dance.”
Movie buffs visiting Gangnam may recognize a couple of the tube stations, which featured in the 2012 Hollywood movie ‘The Bourne Legacy’, starring Jeremy Renner.
Fifteen years later, Hansel and Gretel are still suffering from the traumatic effects of a horrific ordeal they experienced when they were children when a wicked witch tried to make a meal of them after tempting them with her house in the forest made of gingerbread. After successfully slaying the evil creature, they became witch hunters; bounty hunters of the fairy tale world, constructing various brutal ways of trapping and exterminating the monsters that threatened villages around the world with the added benefit that malevolent curses and spells had little effect on them. One day, the Mayor of Augsburg, recognising their widespread notoriety and expertise, enlists the brother and sister duo to end the torment that is infecting one town and its surrounding forests at the hands of the sorceress Muriel who is kidnapping children with the intention of sacrificing them for the forthcoming Blood Moon. It seems Hansel and Gretel have finally met their match and, if that wasn't bad enough, the ruthless Sheriff Berringer has decided that he will embark on his own kind of witch hunt, endangering half the women in the town.
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Genetically altered government agent Aaron Cross (Renner) is part of Outcome, a parallel programme to Treadstone, which created Jason Bourne. Since Bourne's antics have lifted the lid on Treadstone, Outcome director Eric (Norton) decides to terminate his programme by brutally killing everyone involved. But Aaron slips through the net, as does geneticist Marta (Weisz), whom Aaron needs for the meds that keep him going. As Eric's team hunts them down, they head to Manila to find a solution.
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The CIA is confronted with the consequences of previous events that have taken place involving Jason Bourne. They decide that they must shut down Operation Outcome (the subsequent operation to Operation Treadstone) which will involve the assassination of Outcome agent Aaron Cross and Doctor Stephanie Snyder who helped produce the agents. They must find an escape or be killed.
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When mischievous Loki (Hiddleston) steals the tesseract from top-secret agency Shield, director Nick Fury (Jackson) and his sidekicks (Gregg and Smulders) call in their superheroes: Tony (Downey), Steve (Evans), Natasha (Johansson), Bruce (Ruffalo) and Clint (Renner), better known as Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, the Hulk and Hawkeye. And Loki's brother Thor (Hemsworth) also turns up. But calling them a team is misleading, as they find it tricky to put rivalries and mistrust aside to save the world from Loki's apocalyptic plan.
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Nick Fury is the director of law enforcement and espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D, which deals with superhuman threats. One day, an unexpected enemy targets global security and safety. The enemy turns out to be Loki, who was banished from Asgard. This is made known to Nick, who decides to assemble a team of the world's strongest superheroes to tackle this problem.
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Nick Fury is the director of law enforcement and espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D, which deals with superhuman threats. One day, an unexpected enemy targets global security and safety. The problem is made known to Nick, who decides to assemble a team of the world's strongest superheroes to tackle this problem. starts looking all across the globe.
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Nick Fury is the director of S.H.I.E.L.D, a law enforcement and espionage agency that deals with threats that can be perceived as superhuman. One such threat is made known to him one day, when an unexpected enemy targets global security and safety. Nick decides to assemble a team of the world's strongest superheroes to tackle this problem and starts looking all across the globe.
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A terrorist attack on the Kremlin in Moscow causes the President of the United States - believing that the Impossible Mission Force is behind it - to issue Ghost Protocol, thereby shutting down the entire force. Agent Ethan Hunt and his team are being sent to Washington, where they will be charged with the terrorist attacks but escapes - as part of a plan to allow him to work outside of the IMF - by assaulting fellow agent, Brandt, who he then has to work closely with in order to clear the IMF's name. Hunt is told that if he or any member of his team is caught or compromised, they will be charged as terrorists trying to start global nuclear war.
Doug Macray is a professional thief. His gang are one of the best and most successful of their kind. Bank robberies is their general area of interest and in all the years they've been in the business they've kept a clean record and never been caught, part of their success is down to the lack of attachments. Their latest heist is at a bank where they end up taking the bank manager called Claire hostage. Eventually the robbers let the woman go but she's left unnerved by her experience. In the days following her experience, she meets a man called Doug, he seems unassuming and friendly and she's taken in by his seemingly charming personality. Their relationship begins to grow but Claire is unaware of Doug's dark side, he was one of the men who took Claire hostage.
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There's plenty of blame to go around, but it should probably start with the script by David Ayer and David McKenna, which starts with your basic bank hostage scenario that can only be solved by (cue music) the S.W.A.T. team. Hotdoggers Jim Street (Colin Farrell) and Brian Gamble (Jeremy Renner) move into the bank, disobeying orders, and Gamble ends up shooting (nonfatally) one of the hostages. Street gets demoted out of S.W.A.T., while Gamble quits the department entirely, holding a serious grudge.
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