Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin do a hilarious autocomplete interview.
Morgan Freeman was joined by his 'Going In Style' co-stars Michael Caine and Alan Arkin for a legendary edition of the autocomplete interview, where they divulged some little known facts about themselves based on the most searched questions on the internet.
Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin and Zach Braff at the world premiere of 'Going In Style'
Google browsers sure do have some strange queries about these veteran stars, but the stories that they have regarding them are even weirder. The trio star in a new comedy from Zach Braff, which is in theatres this week.
There comes a point in life where you get to a certain age and realise that right and wrong no longer means anything. Being a law-abiding citizen sure doesn't guarantee you comfort or security, so when Willie (Morgan Freeman), Joe (Michael Caine) and Albert (Alan Arkin) find they have had their pension payments cut off, they really have nothing else to lose. When Joe visits the bank to have a meeting about his mortgage repayments, he witnesses a professional bank robbery and is so impressed by the organisation of it that he decides enough is enough; he wants to get in on that kind of action himself. So these three long-time buddies band together to pull off the ultimate theft of the bank that is systematically destroying the lives of hard-working citizens, get their money back and give the rest to charity.
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While the original 2013 magical caper was a big hit, it's style-over-substance approach didn't exactly scream out for a follow-up. But here we are, with go-to sequel man Jon M. Chu at the helm (he also directed the second Step Up and G.I. Joe movies). Most of the high-octane cast is back for more trickery, but the plot is even murkier this time.
Since their last whiz-bang stunt, the Four Horsemen have been laying low. Their leader Dylan (Mark Ruffalo) continues to work in the FBI, helping Daniel, Merrit and Jack (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco) plot their next caper, now joined by quirky illusionist Lula (Lizzy Caplan). Their latest project is to expose corruption at a New York conglomerate, but the stunt is ambushed, and the quartet mysteriously finds themselves in Macau, coerced by a tech genius (Daniel Radcliffe) into staging an elaborate heist. Meanwhile, Dylan's cover is blown, so he teams up with veteran Thaddeus (Morgan Freeman) and heads to Macau himself, chased by his FBI boss (Sanaa Latham). And it all goes down in London.
The round-the-world plot gives the movie some very cool locations, and the plot races so quickly that most audiences won't notice that it makes virtually no logical sense at all. There are flashy distractions at every turn, from sleight of hand to vanishing acts to gross-out gags to enormous double-bluffs, and all of this is thoroughly entertaining even if the script itself feels strangely incomplete. Most sequences tend to end before they get to the point, while action scenes are choppy and incoherent. The only set-piece that works is the kinetic central heist, which hinges on a rapidly flung playing card. But even though it's uneven and clunky, the film remains entertaining simply because of the magical shenanigans and snarky dialogue.
Continue reading: Now You See Me 2 Review
Freeman gave the explanation after he made a remark about his colleague Lori McCreary's "short dresses" during a recent panel discussion.
Morgan Freeman has defended recent comments he made about his female producing partner Lori McCreary, saying he may be sexist but that he’s not misogynistic.
The 79 year old actor, famed for his iconic voice, made some controversial remarks at a panel discussion at the Produced By conference organised by the Producers Guild of America, which he attended with his long-term producing partner McCreary. She co-founded Revelations Entertainment with Freeman in 1996, and produced his 2001 movie Along Came a Spider and 2009’s Invictus.
Morgan Freeman made the comments at a recent panel discussion at the Produced By conference
Continue reading: Morgan Freeman Admits To Being Sexist - But Says He Isn't Misogynistic
Ben-Hur may be adopted but he's been loved by his parents - just as much as they love their biological son. Both boys live a privileged life in Jerusalem but as the boys grow up, Messala develops a secret rivalry to his brother which eventually leads to Messala betraying his family in the most brutal way.
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It didn't seem possible, but somehow this action movie is even more preposterous than its predecessor, 2013's over-serious Olympus Has Fallen. Gerard Butler is back as a Secret Service agent protecting US President Aaron Eckhart, this time in a Taken-style scenario in which they leave America only to be immediately thrown into the middle of a massive terrorist attack. But the script is so lazy that there isn't a moment when any of this is remotely believable.
Events are put into motion when the British prime minister dies of a heart attack and security services only have a few days to lock down London so that the world's leaders can arrive for the funeral at St Paul's Cathedral. Mike (Butler) flies in with his boss Lynn (Bassett) on Air Force One, accompanying President Asher (Eckhart) and a platoon of bodyguards. Then just before the funeral, a carefully orchestrated series of bombings and gun attacks take out five heads of state. Of course, Mike and Lynn get Asher out of the fray, but an army of bad guys led by terror mastermind Kamran (Waleed Zuaiter) pursue them across the city. Back in Washington, Vice President Trumbull (Morgan Freeman) and the panicky cabinet (including Haley, Forster and Leo) watch all of this unfold on video screens and coordinates a counter-attack.
Even with four screenwriters, the movie makes no real sense. And worse than that, the filmmakers never take advantage of the story's potential or the heavy-hitting cast. There's a line about how all of London's landmarks have been destroyed, but the on-screen destruction is limited to just one of Westminster Abbey's towers. The depiction of world leaders is laughably cliched. And the award-winning actors have nothing to do but stand there looking worried. By contrast, Butler charges around shooting and stabbing everybody who moves in a display of shockingly brutal machismo. Eckhart is more believably reluctant to join in and dispense some violence, but of course he does.
Continue reading: London Has Fallen Review
He once played the voice of God and now you can have Morgan Freeman narrate your journey.
Morgan Freeman has lent his voice to car navigation app Waze for a limited time. The Oscar winning actor is known for having one of the smoothest voices in Hollywood and he’s even twice played the voice of God himself, in 2003 comedy Bruce Almighty and its sequel Evan Almighty.
You can now have Morgan Freeman narrate your journey to work.
Freeman’s partnership with Waze is to help promote his upcoming movie London Has Fallen. In the film, Freeman plays the Vice President of the United States, who must help foil a deadly plot to kill the world's most powerful leaders.
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The pop star met the Democratic candidate in Las Vegas, but doesn't seem to want to give Clinton her full backing.
It’s an unlikely pairing, but Britney Spears seemed to enjoy herself when she met Hillary Clinton yesterday during a break from her Las Vegas show. But while she gushed about the meeting on instagram, the singer hasn’t given Clinton her full endorsement yet. After posting the picture, Spears is reported to have had second thoughts and deleted Clinton's official campaign hashtag, #ImWithHer, from her original caption.
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Cultural division in Hollywood calls for outdated ceremony.
With the #OscarsSoWhite debate still ongoing ahead of the 88th Academy Awards, there's now talk about the resurgence of the Tree of Life Awards, known informally as the Black Oscars. It was an event to celebrate the achievements of black stars who had been left out in the annual Oscar nominations.
Morgan Freeman thinks the problem runs deeper than the Oscars
We are yet to hear the end of this diversity issue, which has erupted over the lack of black candidates among this year's Academy Award nominations, a travesty echoing last year's situation. The likes of Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett-Smith have chosen to boycott the ceremony as even Smith himself failed to secure a nod for 'Concussion', while 'Chi-Raq' director Spike Lee will also avoid attendance. Does this mean it's time for black actors and filmmakers to recognise their own achievements separately?
Continue reading: Do The Black Oscars Really Need To Be Brought Back?
After becoming the most famous magicians in the world with their last tricks and exposing the wrongdoings of Arthur Tressler, it was obvious that as many people as they helped, they'd always upset a powerful few. One of those is Arthur's son, Walter Tressler.
Walter is on a mission to cause The Four Horsemen as much damage as possible. In order to stop Walter, the four magicians must pull off a stunt far bigger than their first.
With Isla Fisher pregant and unable to commit to the film Lizzy Caplan (Masters Of Sex) has been brought in to play the role of Lula. Other than Isla, all the lead cast from the first film will appear in the new film and Daniel Radcliffe will play the role of Arthurs son, a tech magnate.
The thriller was universally panned by critics, and took just £46 from 10 cinemas over its opening weekend.
Some films perform below expectations when it comes to the box offices; some movies flop completely; and others are absolute disasters. Morgan Freeman’s new thriller Momentum belongs firmly in the third category, with a UK box office opening weekend of a paltry £46.
Yes, that is correct. Just £46, with average taking of £4.60 per screen on which it was shown. Of course, it never helps matters when just 10 cinemas show a movie, two of which reported no customers whatsoever, but Freeman’s newly released film ranks as one of the very worst of all time in terms of commercial performances.
Morgan Freeman's new thriller 'Momentum' has recorded one of the worst opening weekends in history
Continue reading: Morgan Freeman's 'Momentum' Runs Out At Box Office, Taking Just £46
The casting of Liam Neeson in Ted 2 has been confirmed.
Things are about to get serious for a certain trash-talking stuffed bear: Liam Neeson has signed on to join the cast of Ted 2.
Ted better watch out as Neeson has a 'particular set of skills'
The star of films including Schindler's List and Taken is more known for his roles in big action thrillers, but did show his softer side earlier this year when he appeared in The Lego Movie as the literally two-faced Good Cop/Bad Cop. Seth MacFarlane revealed the news from his official Twitter, also confirming the casting of Hollywood legend Morgan Freeman that was rumoured earlier this week. There's no word yet on who either of the stars will play.
Continue reading: Liam Neeson Joins Ted 2
Ashley Judd, Harry Connick Jr and Morgan Freeman re-team for 'Dolphin Tale 2'.
Dolphin Tale (2011) was huge success for Warner Bros. Not in a massively commercial sense - it took $97 million - but critically, this was considered one of the finest, fun-filled movies in recent years and featured a lovely looking family cast including Harry Connick Jr, Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman.
'Dolphin Tale 2' continues where the original left off
It told the true story of brave dolphin Winter and a band of compassionate group of strangers who banded together to save her life after she is caught in a crab trap.
Continue reading: Impressive 'Dolphin Tale 2' Continues Warner Bros' Unlikely Franchise
Morgan Freeman is all set for 'Ted 2', in which he'll play a civil rights lawyer.
Morgan Freeman has signed up to play a civil rights lawyer in the comedy sequel 'Ted 2'. Plot details are being kept under wraps but Variety reports that Ted calls upon Freeman's character after he becomes entangled in tricky legal issues.
Morgan Freeman has signed on for 'Ted 2'
Apparently Seth MacFarlane - who is writing, directing and voicing the titular character in the sequel - has been looking to land Freeman since announcing the project. Currently shooting in Boston, the movie sees Mark Wahlberg reprising his role as Ted's buddy, though Amanda Seyfried takes over from Mila Kunis as the primary love interest.
Continue reading: Morgan Freeman To Play Civil Rights Lawyer In 'Ted 2'
Scarlett Johansson's Lucy has topped the box office this weekend and here are a few reasons why.
Scarlett Johansson plays the titular character in Lucy
The Black Widow - Scarlett Johansson showed us how she can fight with the big boys as Black Widow in the Marvel comic movie adaptations and her turn as superhuman Lucy only compounds her new action heroine status further.
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Despite some flaws, Lucy looks set to be entertaining and action-packed
Early reviews of Scarlett Johansson’s new movie Lucy are piling up ahead of its theatrical release, and it’s looking like the film is an entertaining, if mixed, bag.
Scarlett Johansson plays the lead in forthcoming thriller Lucy
Directed by Luc Besson, Johansson plays Lucy, a woman living in Taipei and forced to work for drug gangs as a mule. After the drugs she is carrying absorb themselves into her body, her brain begins to use more than the normal 10% of its capacity and becomes close to superhuman.
Continue reading: What The Critics Are Saying About Scarlett Johansson's 'Lucy'
Divergent holds a star-packed premiere in Los Angeles, while the cast and crew of Captain America 2 walk a blue carpet in London. Snoopy and Charlie Brown's movie gets a teaser, Johnny Depp goes digital, Godzilla and Angelina wreak havoc, and Darren Aronofsky talks about Noah...
It was another week for starry movie premieres. In Los Angeles, Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, Theo James and Ashley Judd walked the red carpet for Divergent. The future dystopia thriller opens this weekend in America, and in two weeks in the UK. Take a look through our gallery from the premiere of Divergent - Los Angeles, California, United States.
Meanwhile in London, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie and Jenny Agutter were on hand for the blue carpet premiere of the sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The Marvel action blockbuster opens next week in Britain, and the following week in the US. Browse through our photos from 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' film premiere held at the Vue Westfield - London, United Kingdom.
Philip Seymour Hoffman's death cast a sombre shadow over showbiz this week but new movie news and surprise performances from a certain Prince kept our spirits high.
RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman: The world lost a true talent when actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his apartment last Sunday after a suspected heroin overdose, aged 46. Thougha autopsy results were ruled inconclusive, drugs paraphernalia was found littered all over his house after the Oscar-winning actor suffered a relapse to substance abuse despite having been clean for more than 20 years.
The father-of-three's break-up with his partner Mimi O'Donnell is said to have caused the Capote star to turn to drugs and not the confusion over his sexuality, as was falsely alleged by the National Enquirer. Since the death, four suspected drug dealers have been arrested and are being questioned with regards to selling Hoffman, who was found with a syringe in his arm, a bad batch. Sadly, we have lost one of the only actors working today whose acting prowess meant we'd instinctively trust any film with his name. Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014).
One of nature's most endearing and unique creatures, the lemur, arrived at their African island home of Madagascar several millions of years ago at the time of the dinosaurs through oceanic dispersal (meaning they travelled atop vegetation that was swept out to sea) and have since enchanted the world with their unusual social behaviour, ghostly communicative noises and whimsical movements. However, since the settlement of humans on the island began, lemurs have been at risk of extinction with many unusual species having already died out. There one of nature's most astute survivors and yet there is a desperate struggle to keep their habitat protected for a few more decades.
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Can 'Last Vegas' get by on its Oscar winners?
It's hard to remember another film in which the five lead roles were played by Oscar winners. And the fact that all of them are over 60 might be another record. So Last Vegas couldn't help but draw attention due to its casting long before anyone knew what it was about (although the concept isn't exactly deep and complex).
Michael Douglas has two Oscars: for producing best picture One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) and as best actor in Wall Street (1987). Robert De Niro also has two: supporting actor for The Godfather Part II (1974) and best actor for Raging Bull (1980). Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline both have supporting actor awards, for Million Dollar Baby (2004) and A Fish Called Wanda (1988), respectively. And Mary Steenburgen won supporting actress for Melvin and Howard (1980).
Continue reading: Five Actors, Five Oscar Winners, But Is 'Last Vegas' Any Good?
Young actresses are lining up to play Wonder Woman on the big screen, the Oscar-garlanded cast of Last Vegas kicks off their film at a New York premiere, and we get new trailers for American Hustle, Charlie Countryman and Delivery Man...
The big rumour this week is that Wonder Woman will be featured in the upcoming Batman vs Superman film, starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, and then will have her own movie afterwards. The two names most frequently suggested for the role this week are Jaimie Alexander, hot on the heels of her supporting role in Thor: The Dark World, and Olga Kurylenko, who seems to be everywhere at the moment. But it seems like all of Hollywood is lining up to be considered. We have put together a full run down of the Wonder Woman contenders for you here.
The cast and crew of Last Vegas gathered in New York for a star-studded premiere, including Oscar-winning cast members Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro and Mary Steenburgen, as well as costars Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and director John Turteltaub. The film, about a group of lifelong retirement-age friends who head to Vegas for a bachelor party, has just opened in America and arrives in the UK in January. We have all the best video coverage from the premiere here Director Jon Turteltaub Hits The Red Carpet, Michael Douglas And 50 Cent Arrive At The 'Last Vegas' NY Premiere, Morgan Freeman And Robert DeNiro Spotted At 'Last Vegas' NY Premiere.
Ender's Game takes it, but only because the competition was weak.
Ender’s Game enjoyed a triumphant opening this weekend, topping the U.S Box Office charts; this despite a campaign for people to boycott the film due to Orsen Scott-Card – the author of the book upon which the film is based – and his homophobic views on gay marriage.
Harrison Ford gives Asa Butterfield something to think about in Ender's Game
The film, which stars Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley, attracted enough die hard Sci Fi fans intrigued to see what Gavin Hood had done with the seminal novel. But the film wasn’t really facing any serious competition, with Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa coming second, $7.5m behind Ender’s $28m.
Continue reading: Toothless Competition, But 'Ender's Game' Takes U.S Box Office Crown
'Last Vegas' has a dream cast but fails to deliver a box office hit!
Hollywood's newest comedy 'Last Vegas', which features one of the most star studded cast in recent memories, hit theatres this Friday (Nov 1st) to an underwhelming reception. Acting legends, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline, star as four best friends since childhood who travel to Las Vegas for one last bachelor party.
Kline, Freeman, De Niro and Douglas in 'Last Vegas'
The film follows the story of Billy (Douglas), who is the group's ladies' man, as he finally proposes to his considerably younger girlfriend and becomes the final friend to get married. To celebrate the occasion, they decide to relive their younger days and throw a bachelor party in Sin City but on arrival, Paddy (De Niro), Archie (Freeman) and Sam (Kline) realise the years have dramatically changed the party destination.
Star power hasn't rubbed off here.
What a risk this was: Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline sharing a screen as four old friends travelling to Las Vegas to fulfill some sort of nostalgic dream of a bachelor party in the debauched city.
Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Mary Steenburgen and Robert De Niro
All four actors have made brilliant films, and are all screen legends in their own right. Apart from maybe Kline, who recently starred as 'Wounded Soldier' in 2012’s Oscar-winning Lincoln – one of his best films.
Butler and co are back for more.
If you thought Olympus Has Fallen was bad, then wait until you heard this: the brainiacs at Millennium Films have decided a sequel is in order, and will move the action over to the U.K in London Has Fallen.
The news of a sequel was broken by ScreenDaily, who say the story surrounds "a plot to strike the city during the funeral of the British Prime Minister. Only the President Of The United States, his secret service head and an English MI6 agent can save the day.”
Despite IGN giving Olympus a 7.5 out of 10 – desperately wanting an action film so much so they dreamed a good one up – most of the critics agreed it was a pretty rotten film, culminating in a 48% rating from 178 reviews.
Continue reading: Now That 'Olympus Has Fallen,' It's London's Turn In The Sequel
The LEGO Movie could be the next big children's franchise.
Warner Brothers have released the first trailer for The LEGO Movie, set to hit theaters on February 7, 2014. The original 3D computer animated story follows the story of Emmet, a clean-cut LEGO mini-figure who is mistakenly identified as being the key to saving the world. Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt) is drafted into a fellowship of strangers to stop an evil tyrant President Business (Will Ferrell) and his henchman Bad Cop (Liam Neeson) from achieving world domination. Does this have anti-capitalist undertones!?
Of course, Emmet is hilariously underprepared for such an adventure and calls upon his fellow travellers Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman), an old mystic (Elizabeth Banks) Batman (Will Arnett), and a swaggering pirate (Nick Offerman) for help.
It all looks pretty good fun and kids and families should have a whale of a time with this one. Warner executives are probably seeing dollars signs, and plenty of them.
Continue reading: So Yeah, There's A LEGO Movie. And Here's The Trailer.
Mystery crime thriller receives varied reviews from critics as it hits movie theatres today.
Magical mystery thriller Now You See Me receives a flood of favourable and not so favourable reviews as it is released in US movie theatres today (May 31st 2013).
With a star-studded ensemble cast led by Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Mélanie Laurent, Morgan Freemanand Michael Caine, it's no wonder 'Now You See Me' has turned out to be a massive hit with many critics. Living up to its expectations, this Louis Leterrier directed movie has been described as 'A grandiose, far-fetched, somewhat tongue-in-cheek caper thriller' by Vulture and Television Without Pity said 'the tricks were really fantastic' and 'overall, it was an enjoyable time'.
On the other hand, many were unimpressed, with Complex stating rather bluntly, 'the illusion of its awesomeness vanishes to reveal its greatest trick yet: stealing your money' and CTV's Canada AM suggesting that one should 'wrap it in cellophane, lock it in a box and hide it under the bed'. Either way, if you like glamour, mystery and mischief then it's a great film to go and see and with such an excellent cast, just how bad can it possibly be?
Continue reading: 'Now You See Me' Receives Mixed Reviews From Critics On US Release
It was much too much of an early morning for sleepy Morgan Freeman who couldn't keep his eyes open during a FOX interview.
The poor Oscar-winning movie veteran, who's currently approaching his 76th birthday, fought to stay conscious as he rested his eyes while his co-star talked about the new magic flick. He is seen blinking a few times as his head begins to nod before snapping his eyes open again and attempting to focus. However, after a clip from the movie is played while Caine talks about the illusions, Freeman's chin is resting on his chest in what looks like a deepening slumber. Determined as he is, though, he manages to shake himself awake before the snoring began.
Neither Caine nor the FOX affiliate Q13 presenters seemed to notice at the time though, or, if they did, decided to ignore the slightly awkward situation anyway. Freeman later told People.com, 'I wasn't actually sleeping. I'm a beta tester for Google Eyelids. I was merely updating my Facebook page', while Fox noted on its website, 'Maybe he was up too late partying.' Still, at least it wasn't a solo interview; that might not have been as easy to brush off.
Continue reading: Just Resting Me Eyes! Morgan Freeman Drifts Off In Live Interview
Multiple Oscar-winners in feel-good good film of the winter
If the thought of Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline and Robert De Niro hanging about Las Vegas like they’ve still got it enthuses you, then boy are you going to love this trailer for the trio’s new film Last Vegas. See what they’ve done with the title there?
Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Morgan Freeman and Chris Pine among award recipients at CinemaCon's closing night Big Screen Achievement Awards.
The honourees at this CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards proudly displayed their accolades on the red carpet at Caesars Palace on April 18th 2013.
This year twelve phenomenal actors and directors were awarded at the Las Vegas resort and casino as CinemaCon came to a close this week. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson landed Comedy Duo of the Year as they are set to reunite for the first time since 2005's 'Wedding Crashers' in 'The Internship'. Melissa McCarthy won Female Star of the Year after being hilarious in 'Identity Thief', while young Asa Butterfield who is set to star in 'Ender's Game' later this year won Rising Star of 2013. His co-star, Harrison Ford, was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award while his other co-star Hailee Steinfeld was given an award dubbing her Female Star of Tomorrow as she takes on leading roles in 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'Can a Song Save Your Life?' this year. Male Star of the Year went to Chris Pine with the upcoming release of 'Star Trek Into Darkness', 'Oblivion' star Morgan Freeman won Cinema Icon Award and Armie Hammer became Male Star of Tomorrow as he takes on the lead role in 'The Lone Ranger'. Other actresses to land awards were Aubrey Plaza with Breakthrough Performer of the Year as she is set to appear in 'The To Do List' and Elizabeth Banks from 'The Hunger Games' who won an Award of Excellence in Acting.
As this massive blockbuster thriller progresses, it's impossible not to become amused by how ridiculous its script becomes. Because the production values are first-rate, with mammoth set pieces, rampant destruction and elaborate stunt action. Meanwhile, the plot and dialog are comically inane, to the point where knowing audience members start giggling helplessly. And frankly, these viewers will enjoy the film a lot more than anyone who tries to take it seriously.
The film opens with a harrowing scene in which Secret Service agent Mike (Butler) saves the President (Echkart) from an accident in which the First Lady (Judd) dies. So he's transferred to office duty, and now only keeps an eye on the White House from across the road. But this is how he spots a fringe group of radical Koreans launch an assault. Led by nutcase Kang (Yune) they storm the Oval Office and take the President, Defense Secretary (Leo) and others hostage. As Mike tries to break them free, he stays in touch with the temporary command centre at the Pentagon, where top dogs (including Freeman, Forster and Bassett) attempt to keep the menace from spreading.
But of course, these officials are useless, and it'll be up to Mike to save the day on his own, Die Hard-style. Improbably, all of his old access codes and passwords still work, so he's able to sneak around the White House and take out the villains one by one. Butler turns out to be rather good in this kind of meathead role, combining Bruce Willis' wit with Sylvester Stallone's brawn. By contrast, everyone else pretty much just sits around saying ridiculous things like, "Oh my God, we're doomed!" At least Leo gets to show some backbone.
Continue reading: Olympus Has Fallen Review
In the hours after the tragic shootings at a school in Newtown, USA which saw 26 adults and children killed, a message attributed to the respected actor Morgan Freeman started doing the rounds on Facebook, the veteran attacking the way that the media had reported the incident, suggesting that they were making a star of the killer as opposed to remembering the names of the dead, and going on to add that others may see their pedestal and attempt to emulate it.
However, Freeman’s statement has been revealed to be a hoax, by his publicist, who informed The Wrap that the actor hasn’t passed any public comment on the atrocities of Friday, December 14. Freeman’s supposed message read: ‘It’s because of the way the media reports it… Turn on the news and see how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single 'victim' of Columbine? Disturbed people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basement see the news and want to top it by doing something worse and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he’ll be remembered as a horrible monster instead of a sad nobody.”
There were never any links to a source for the quote, and now The Inquistr is suggesting that a user ‘Mark’ from Vancouver was the original poster, having written a similar long post on his own account, before quipping underneath "If I know the Internet, someone will attribute the quote to Morgan Freeman or Betty White and it'll go viral." What it does show is the relatively unregulated nature of social networking, and the huge impact an online game of Chinese whispers can have – something not helpful, particularly when surrounding an incident so raw.
Commander Jack Harper is part of a military operation to remove important resources from Earth after almost the entirety of the human race had been evacuated following an interplanetary war. Most of the Earth is destroyed, but Jack is stationed nearby in order to repair the drones that that keep an eye on the ravaged planet. However, his mission is made all the more dangerous by the new inhabitants of Earth; savage creatures known as Scavs. Although he only has two more weeks until he can join the rest of humanity, Jack can see that things are getting doubly perilous. Against his orders, he rescues a human being from a spacecraft but things start to get complicated by the fact that she recognises him, despite him not knowing her, and he starts to realise that there are many things he doesn't know or has forgotten about Earth's downfall.
This sci-fi thriller is based on the Radical Comics graphic novel by Joseph Kosinski and Arvid Nelson and has also been directed by Kosinski ('TRON: Legacy'). 'Oblivion' has several writing credits including Kosinski yet again, William Monahan ('Kingdom of Heaven', 'The Departed'), Karl Gajdusek ('Trespass') and Michael Arndt ('Toy Story 3') with the producers of 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'. It is set for release on April 12th 2013.
Continue: Oblivion Trailer
The wait is over. The Dark Knight Rises is finally available on DVD, and it's already flying off the shelves. The Ultraviolet Digital Copy is currently No.1 on Amazon.com's bestseller list, while The Dark Knight Trilogy (Batman Begins/The Dark Knight/The Dark Knight Rises) sits at No.2.
Christopher Nolan's final Batman movie grossed over $1.08 billion worldwide, while receiving a slew of positive reviews. It's currently the seventh highest grossing film of all time and the second highest grossing film of 2012. The film boasted an all-star cast including Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Morgan Freeman and British star Michael Caine, who recently spoke to the Huffington Post about his Oscars chances. The actor - who plays Bruce Wayne's butler Alfred - already has two Best Supporting Actor gongs, though could he get a nomination in 2013? "You don't think about getting nominated. They either do it or you don't. There's nothing you could do. I'm looking for people I could pay off, but I can't find any. [Laughs] So you just wait," he joked. It's unlikely the movie itself will compete for Best Picture, though the likes of Caine could land a nomination. He added, "You just leave it in the lap of the members. I'm one of the members, so I'm voting for me. I'll tell you that."
Caine recently completed shooting the forthcoming thriller Now You See Me, about FBI agents who track down a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances. The film hits cinemas in the U.S. on June 7, 2012.
Continue reading: The Dark Knight Rises DVD Hits Stores: But Can The Movie Win An Oscar?
Alex Cross, the crime-thriller starring Tyler Perry, hits theaters this weekend on the back of some of the worst reviews of the year. The film, based on the novels of James Patterson, follows Cross, a homicide detective and psychologist who is pursuing a serial killer.
You may remember the same character being portrayed by Morgan Freeman in the enjoyable 'Kiss the Girls' as well as in 'Along Came a Spider.' The Wire's own Idris Elba was previously attached to the project, though we assume he probably got a whiff of the script and got the hell out of there. The movie holds a laughable 9% on Rotten Tomatoes, not helped by reviews such as that from Roger Ebert, who wrote, "The direction by Rob Cohen is so careless that the film's climax is set up by a car crash that, if I am not mistaken, is completely coincidental." To put that rating into context: it's 3% less than Jaws 3, and 14% less than Flubber. Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times wrote, "[Cross] has a really bad temper, really big guns and really bad dialogue. He will use all of them excessively if pushed." Manolha Dargis of the New York Times hammered the final nail in the coffin, writing, "A grim, dispiritingly stupid waste of time, energy, money and talent ..."
So there you have it, cinemagoers. Alex Cross is really bad. Though we suspect it'll find itself in the Box Office Top 3 come Monday, which is quite depressing really.
A young boy named Sawyer is walking along the beach in Clearwater, Florida, when he comes across a dolphin caught in a crab trap. She is brought back to the Clearwater Marine Hospital, a marine rehabilitation centre, where she is named Winter. It is also discovered that the trap has greatly damaged her tail. With no tail, Winter's chances of survival are very slim.
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What happens to retired agents? Well, most of them retire and leave the life of espionage for something altogether more normal. Frank Moses is one of those guys, in his time he was one of the CIA's top black ops agents but now he's left his old life behind him for retirement, there's one slight problem with Frank's retirement plan, his CIA file has been marked RED, Retired and Extremely Dangerous. Frank and his old work colleagues must reunite and find answers to why they've become the CIA's most wanted.
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What sounds an awful lot like The Matrix is actually Wanted, an adaptation of Mark Millar's 2004 comic book miniseries by style-conscious Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov. His name may ring a bell with adventurous moviegoers who sampled his frenzied vampire thriller Night Watch and its muddled sequel, Day Watch. And though it's unlikely Bekmambetov will become a household name once Wanted explodes on the scene, a wider audience certainly will become more familiar with the director's uniquely kinetic aesthetics.
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His best decision comes early. By adapting novelist Dennis Lehane's Boston-based thriller, Affleck commits to material that fits him like a glove. Affleck adores his hometown -- warts and all -- and Gone becomes as much an ode to the city as Lehane intended.
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Shawshank Redemption, the 1995 film starring Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins, has been named as the most inspirational movie by a poll of film fans.
The tear-jerking film, which was based on Stephen King's novel, sees two prisoners form a friendship against years of hardship.
Closely following in second place is Schindler's List, the true story of German businessman Oskar Schindler, who saved over 1,000 Jews from almost certain death during the second world war.
Tom Hanks' 1994 Forrest Gump was named as third, with people inspired by the tale of a simple man achieving greatness.
More than 2,000 film fans were surveyed by film and music store HMV.
Personal tales of success in the face of hardship appear to be the most inspiring themes for movie fans, with others in the top ten including Erin Brockovich and Billy Elliot.
Quite what Titanic inspired people to do after watching it may be questionable, but the film still managed to be named as the ninth most inspirational film.
Other classics which made it into the top 50 include Dead Poets' Society, Pretty Woman, Gladiator, To Kill A Mockingbird and Chariots of Fire.
HMV head of DVD Charles Fotheringham said Shawshank Redemption is a "great example" of how films have an "enduring capacity to inspire".
"Truly inspirational films can even change our view of the world and the things around us - helping us to see them from another person's perspective," he added.
''Ultimately, films can inspire us to change our lives in some way - think how many dancers must have started out in their chosen career after watching Billy Elliot.''
Top ten most inspirational films:
1. The Shawshank Redemption (1995)
2. Schindler's List (1994)
3. Forrest Gump (1994)
4. It's a Wonderful Life (1947)
5. Billy Elliot (2000)
6. Braveheart (1995)
7. The Green Mile (2000)
8. Erin Brockovich (2000)
9. Titanic (1998)
10. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983)
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The story begins with decent promise as Freeman is revealed to be a stellar hitman, only his cover is finally blown and the many enemies he's made over the years come after him. He escapes an elaborate assassination and runs into the wilderness, only to be apprehended (because he's in handcuffs) by a camping father (John Cusack) and his son. While the trio attempts to get back to civilization to turn Freeman in, they're pursued by the bad guys and the good guys, and they still have to deal with harsh terrain surrounding them. Beresford's setup starts strong but soon peters out and gets repetitive as Cusack faces down one impossible situation after another, but never with much finesse. It's just running around on a mountain, often in the dark: The final showdown takes place completely and absurdly without lighting and pretty much seals the movie's doom.
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For the first time, LaBute is not directing from his own script, which might explain why, if I didn't know better, I would have sworn I was watching a Coen brothers movie. Who else would put a fantasy dancing sequence on the edge of the Grand Canyon at night?
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Deep Impact makes no apologies for being a sob-fest. I mean, how else do you smash a comet into the earth without killing off a few hundred million people, and breaking a few hearts in the process? As the first disaster-from-space film of the year, Deep Impact sets the bar at an interesting level. It's not an action film, although it has action elements. It's not a thriller, although suspense is in the mix. It's more a drama than anything else, the main story lines being a reporter (Téa Leoni) estranged from her father, a young astronomer (Wood) who finds he can't abandon his girlfriend, and a codgery astronaut (Robert Duvall) who gains acceptance among a younger crew.
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In this Bounce, Wilson plays vagabond Jack Ryan, a man who's bad luck and bad choices have landed him on the North Shore of Oahu where he takes a job in construction working for shady hotel developer Ray Ritchie (Gary Sinise) and his assistant Bob Jr. (Charlie Sheen). It's not long before Jack gets fired and finds new employment as a handyman at a complex of vacation bungalows owned by Judge Walter Crewes (Morgan Freeman). While working for Crewes, Jack becomes enamored with Nancy Hayes (Sara Foster, the poor man's Bridget Fonda), Ritchie's sexpot girlfriend and house-sitter while he escorts his wife (Bebe Neuwirth) on shopping trips in Honolulu. Nancy has a plan to milk Ritchie out of $200,000, and she needs Jack's help to pull it off.
Continue reading: The Big Bounce (2004) Review
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