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This animated trilogy concludes on a very high note with this smart, involving and often hilarious adventure. Both the writing and the animation are especially strong this time around, drawing in bigger themes while still keeping things both thrilling and very silly. But it's the endearing central characters who make it resonate.
As the Dragon Warrior, the panda Po (voiced by Jack Black) is struggling to rise to the challenge to become a teacher, coaxed by his master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman). He'd rather be out fighting battles with his five warrior pals Tigress, Monkey, Mantis, Viper and Crane (Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu and David Cross). Then he meets his long-lost father Li (Bryan Cranston), who tells him of a secret homeland for pandas, where Po might be able to find himself. Meanwhile, the power-mad warlord Kai (J.K. Simmons) has broken through from the spirit realm, determined to collect the chi of every master in the mortal world. So it's rather urgent that Po discovers his own chi before Kai finds him.
This is far more than the usual story about discovering your place in life. It's a complex exploration of how our backgrounds and communities contribute to who we are, and why each of us has a distinct role to play. These themes emerge naturally through the snappy, sometimes exhilarating story and characters. In voicing Po, Black finds the perfect balance between goofiness and honest emotion that often eludes him in live-action roles. His interaction with all of the surrounding characters bristles with humour and insight, with sharply funny one-liners peppering every scene. Most of the side roles are spread very thinly, but both Cranston and Simmons register strongly, while Jolie and Hoffman get some solid scenes all their own. And Hudson's riotously flirtatious ribbon-dancing panda easily steals her scenes.
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The producers of 'Elementary', CBS' adaptation of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, have confirmed actor Rhys Ifans will be joining the cast as Sherlock's brother, Mycroft.
Rhys Ifans will join the cast of Elementary, alongside Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Lui. The Welsh actor will play Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock's older brother. He is a definite feature in the season's premiere, airing in September but any possibility of further appearances has not been mentioned.
CBS' Elementary sets the traditional story of the famous detective in New York. Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu starring as Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson will, according to reports encounter Ifans in London. The season premiere will be set in the British capital as the deducing duo are forced to deal with one of Sherlock's former cases. Ifans as Mycroft allows them to stay with him at Baker Street. Apparently a reasonable amount of sibling rivalry and tension will ensue.
Rhys Ifans, pictured at the 2012 Place for Peace dinner in London, is to join the cast of Elementary as Mycroft Holmes.
The Opening Night 2013 Spring Gala for the American Ballet Theatre in New York was a glamorous affair with stars the likes of Sigourney Weaver, Uma Therman and Ashlee Simpson taking to the red carpet in all their sophisticated charm.
Following the recent success and news of its renewal in the States, the Sherlock Holmes themed drama ‘Elementary’ made its UK television debut last night (October 23, 2012) and again found favour with critics. It’s been widely reported that CBS will be extending the show in the US to 22 episodes, and the omensare cautiously good for it in Britain too, in spite of the aesthetic of the program being very different indeed to how Brits might usually come to expect from a Sherlock-themed show.
A contemporary update sees Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu play Sherlock and Watson respectively, the pair solving crimes in the hustle and bustle of the 21st century as opposed to the Victorian age. The Guardian made a lot of the similarity in intent of the script to the Bernard Cumberbatch-starring ‘Sherlock’, pointing out “For a British viewer of Elementary, there is a definite sense of watching a very slick and skilful translation of Sherlock … Liu and Lee Miller had a dialogue, identical in intent though not specifics, to Cumberbatch and Freeman's first meeting, in which the sleuth made astonishing instant deductions about his newly recruited assistant.”
The Daily Telegraph was more positive, however, and though again drawing comparisons between the two shows, it did comment the drama was “definitely worth stumbling upon”.
Nina Tassler, the president of CBS Entertainment, delighted thousands of fans today as she confirmed the renewal of Elementary and Vegas.
Elementary is a new take on Sherlock Holmes and Watson, starring Jonny Lee Miller as the illusive detective, with a twist on the original Watson played by a woman, Lucy Liu. Vegas is also a crime based drama, which follows a Sheriff, played by Denis Quaid as he does 1960s battle with a Vegas mobster, brought to life by Michael Chiklis.
"Vegas and Elementary have opened strong, delivering big audiences and winning performances in important time periods," she said, reported by E! "Each of the shows has rich characters, big stars and a unique visual style that have stood out in the crowd, helping make two of our strongest nights even stronger." In fact, the two shows take the top spots in ratings for new shows on the network.
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'The Man with the Iron Fists' tells the tale of a blacksmith in the 1800s who forges intricate weaponry in the tiny Chinese village where he lives. He has an extensive knowledge of the trade and understands that weapon forging needs three things: the right metal, sky high temperatures and a killer. He lands himself in the situation where he is forced to defend the people around him, joining forces with warriors and assassins, as they arm themselves against a treachery which puts him and the villagers under serious threat. The blacksmith uses his remarkable skills in order to control an ancient power to transform himself into the ultimate human weapon.
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Tinker Bell just can't help herself when it comes to exploring. Whilst on the mainland Tink's tricks land her in more trouble than usual when she is discovered by a little girl. Vidia and the other fairies lead a brave rescue mission to save Tink and take her back to safety. As Tink's bond grows stronger with the little girl the strong fairy decides she's going to risk everything and help the little girl reconnect with her father who's often very distant.
Sure, the vampire myth has been with us forever. One of the very first films was a vampire movie. We are indeed obsessed with these blood-sucking trollops. And yet, lately, the vampire film has fallen into a rut that I worry it can never pry itself out of. We don't see the vampires of yesteryear anymore. Gone are green skinned, hairy-eared ghouls that haunted graveyards and sucked the blood from corpulent women. Gone are the baby-bird-headed stick figures that lurked in foggy London alleyways. Today vampires are all glamorous, leather-bound martial arts experts. They have great hair (that's a side-effect of living forever), nice shoes, and groove to industrial music. They are the Goth fashionistas who are as infatuated with sucking blood as they with collecting Ferraris and having swanky parties.
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The story, very loosely based on the exploits of female bounty hunter Domino Harvey (Keira Knightley), follows our heroine as she grows dissatisfied with her socialite upbringing and embraces the darker side of law enforcement. Her mentor on this journey is legendary bounty hunter Ed Mosbey (Mickey Rourke), assisted by pseudo-comic relief Choco (Edgar Ramirez). That she meets these gentlemen as they try to scam hundreds of dollars off of would-be bounty hunters (including herself) doesn't dissuade her from trusting them with her new life.
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In the wake of "Reservoir Dogs," "Pulp Fiction" and "Jackie Brown," film buffs have come to expect intrepid sub-Hollywood scavenger Quentin Tarantino to bowl us over with ingenious, amped-up, style-blending B-movie off-shoots made with a quantum leap of depth and cinematic panache.
Influenced by cut-rate, under-the-counter samurai imports, spaghetti Westerns and popcorn-munching exploitation flicks of bygone eras, the writer-director's two-part revenge saga "Kill Bill" ("Volume 2" is due in February) has sexy, gritty, droll, deluxe Tarantino élan coming out its ears -- and absurdly grisly dam-bursts of stage blood spurting from other violently severed body parts in ambitious marathon swordfight scenes. But while the picture oozes style (and blood), it comes up short on substance -- which is what has always set Tarantino's grindhouse homages head and shoulders above the pulp pictures that inform them.
Choreographed by both kung-fu genius Yuen Wo-Ping ("The Matrix" movies, "Charlie's Angels," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," etc.) and Japanese Kenjutsu legend Sonny Chiba (who plays an eccentric master sword-maker in the film), these focal-point fights are the culmination of a plot about a sultry, strong-willed former assassin (Uma Thurman) who was left for dead when her employer -- possibly peeved by her resignation, although "Volume 1" is vague on that point -- turned her wedding into a massacre.
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Everything the kinetic, colorful, superficially violent "Kill Bill: Volume 1" lacked in depth and character is remedied tenfold in Quentin Tarantino's stunning, cunning conclusion to his epic revenge fantasy.
Gone are the absurdist bloodbaths and the superficial grindhouse storytelling, and in their stead the wily writer-director transitions (with masterfully effortless cinematic aplomb) into a character- and dialogue-driven feast of substance and surprises -- which is, nonetheless, still punctuated by spectacularly stylish swordplay.
After a winking mock-noir prologue of recap narration, Tarantino opens "Volume 2" with a parched black-and-white flashback to the wedding rehearsal (glimpsed throughout last year's installment) at which The Bride (Uma Thurman), an unnamed and incognito former assassin trying to go straight, was brutally gunned down (along with everyone in attendance) by her former compatriots.
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If it weren't for director Wych "Kaos" Kaosayananda's laughably excessive use of slow-motion, the convoluted, monotonous, mindlessly flashy, espionage-action bomb "Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever" would be about 12 minutes long -- which might have made it almost watchable.
In a plot more scattershot than its endless, aimless rounds of ammunition, "Ballistic" kitchen-sinks together rival government intel agencies, microscopic assassination nano-bots, poorly faked deaths and new identities, a kidnapped kid that must be rescued in "less than 12 hours" for no explained reason, and rogue spies avenging their murdered families. It's nearly impossible to keep track of who's trying to kill whom and why, but that's of little importance to Bangkok film industry refugee Kaos. As long as somebody is getting shot or something is blowing up, he couldn't care less.
The uninspired bedlam that passes for action in this disaster isn't any more lucid than the story. Shrapnel-flying, cartwheel-turning shootout scenes are cheap, disorderly rip-offs from the "The Matrix." Wet asphalt used to give the movie a slick look makes for boring motorcycle "chases" that never exceed 40 mph (and even at that speed it's hard to say who's the chaser and who's the chasee). And Kaos seems to live by the mantra "why shoot at someone when you can set off explosions all around them -- and still miss?"
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Bill Murray, comedy legend and 'Ghostbusters' star, has apparently finally ended the feud with 'Charlie's Angeles' co-star, Lucy Liu. According to Murray, there was no feud in the first place - they just had a 20-minute argument that was blown completely out of proportion.
It was stated that Murray decided to not appear in the 'Charlie's Angels' sequel because he did not want to work with Liu any more. Murray, however, insists that this is far from the truth. Instead, he explains that "We began rehearsing this scene and I said, 'Lucy, how can you want to say these lines? These are so crazy.'" He continues to say that "She got furious with me because she thought it was a personal assault, but the reality is she hated these lines as much as I did. But for 15 or 20 minutes there, we went to our separate corners and threw hand-grenades and sky rockets at each other."
The actor insists that there is no longer and bad blood between them, saying that "We made peace and I got to know her better from that day, and I feel very warmly for her now." Murray agreed that he decided not to return to the sequel because he did not want to work with another member of the cast, although he insists that it was not Liu. Murray stated that "That same person was going to be involved in the second one, so I wasn't going to show up again."
Joseph McGinty Nichol explained the time when the cast of 'Charlie's Angeles' stripped for him in the back of a van.
The stars of 'Charlie's Angels' - Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu - are apparently so close to and comfortable with director McG that they once stripped off for him. McG, who's real name is Joseph McGinty Nichol, explained the incident when his leading ladies stripped in the back of a van while attending the Super Bowl of Motorcross.
The director recalled: "They're all very free with their physicality. They've all seen me naked, I've seen them naked. That's how we get down. We got a big limo van, put on old Motley Crue records, and Drew and I stripped down. It's sort of fabulous the way we all trust on another, most particularly Drew. Drew is very into the body, very natural. It's a splendid thing."
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