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A new biopic for the rarely spoken about British royal.
Starring alongside Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz in the forthcoming Queen Anne biopic 'The Favourite' is the newly announced Nicholas Hoult. The film explores the life of the 18th century monarch, from her numerous ill-fated pregnancies to her dealings with the country's first two-party government.
Emma Stone is set to star in 'The Favourite'
Directed by the Academy Award nominated Yorgos Lanthimos ('The Lobster', 'Dogtooth') and written by Tony McNamara ('Doctor Doctor', 'Ashby') and Deborah Davis in her screenwriting debut, 'The Favourite' explores the short reign of Queen Anne between 1702 and 1714 which saw the union of England and Scotland and subsequent creation of Great Britain.
Casey Stein (Nicholas Hoult) never had intentions of a life of crime, but during a backpacking vacation in Europe he gets drawn into a drug-smuggling ring in a bid to find the money to pay for his girlfriend Juliette Marne's (Felicity Jones) serious medical emergency. His role mainly involves driving, but the heist fails. Naturally he wants out of this life as soon as possible. When the love of his life is kidnapped, however, he is forced to return to his criminal past to get her back and enlists the help of his old boss Geran (Ben Kingsley). He'll do everything he can for Geran if it means taking out Hagen Kahl (Anthony Hopkins) - the merciless druglord who took Juliette - and getting his girlfriend back, even if that does mean risking his life in yet another high-speed Autobahn pursuit in Cologne. Sometimes it seems that it's only love keeping him alive.
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Stewart stars in 'Equals' with Nicholas Hoult about a futuristic society where emotions have been outlawed.
Kristen Stewart has been reminiscing about the experience of falling in love for the first time, describing it as an “intense, overwhelming” feeling. The 26-year-old was previously in a high-profile relationship with her Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson which ended in 2014, two years after the actress was caught in an embrace with Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders.
Stewart at the premiere of Equals.
In her new film Equals, Stewart and Nicholas Hoult play co-workers who fall in love while living in a futuristic society where emotions have been outlawed. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight about the film Stewart said: "I read the script and I was just like, 'This is going to suck and hurt to think about.’”
Continue reading: Kristen Stewart: First Love Is An "Intense, Overwhelming Feeling"
X-Men Apocalypse comes as the ninth instalment in the X-Men film series and stars Jennifer Lawrence and James McAvoy as Raven and Professor X. The X-Men are made up of a subspecies of humans that are born with superhuman abilities and are able to perform acts that are considered not normal for the average human.
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This closing chapter of the First Class trilogy falls into the same trap as The Last Stand, the final part in the original X-Men trilogy: it shifts the focus from character detail and social commentary into a more standard effects-heavy action brawl. There's still a lot of strong character detail, and a big story that can't help but be entertaining. But it's impossible to escape the feeling that the film's scale is far bigger than it needed to be.
It's now 1983, and while Professor X (James McAvoy) works with Hank (Nicholas Hoult) to set up his school for young mutants, his old friend and nemesis Erik (Michael Fassbender) has started a family in a rural corner of Poland. But he can't hide forever. Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) is roaming the world helping mutants where she can, meeting the teleporting Kurt (Kodi Smit-McPhee) in Berlin before heading to Cairo. There, CIA operative Moira (Rose Byrne) has just uncovered a bizarre underground cult that has revived the ancient super-mutant Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), who immediately sets out on a quest to cleanse the planet and start over again. He needs four assistants, and the question is which of the X-Men will go over to the dark side.
This is the third comic book movie in a row about superheroes fighting each other, after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War. And it's similarly enormous (all three films are around two-and-a-half hours long), with mammoth battles that don't quite make logical sense but are compelling enough that the audience goes with them. This film has a bit more emotional depth, including back-stories that have been developed with unusual complexity. But some characters fall through the cracks.
Continue reading: X-Men: Apocalypse Review
A four-part animated re-make, with more of a role given to the female characters, is due to be broadcast in late 2017.
The BBC has teamed up with Netflix to announce a televisual re-make of children’s favourite 'Watership Down', which will feature an all-star cast including new Star Wars actor John Boyega, Nicholas Hoult and James McAvoy among others.
The new four-part animation was announced by the BBC in conjunction with streaming giant Netflix on Wednesday (April 27th), and with a reported budget of nearly £20 million, represents the biggest joint venture between the two organisations to date. Using state of the art animation, it will apparently be broadcast on BBC1 in late 2017, with Netflix giving it its premiere throughout the rest of the world.
John Boyega is to voice 'Bigwig' in a re-make of 'Watership Down' for BBC and Netflix
Mutants and humans alike are familiar with the story of Apocalypse, he was the first mutant and began harnessing his power in ancient times. Now, millions of years after his reign, Apocalypse is reborn and finds himself in the middle of a modern society and shocked by the direction both human and mutant life has taken.
Feeling there are few options left, Apocalypse calls on the help of Magneto and a group of other mutants to help 'cleanse' the earth of all the citizens who have contributed to its downfall. The Horsemen of the Apocalypse - headed by Magneto - start to wreak havoc around the world and it looks like the X-Men's attempts to save it are all but lost - especially when their team is badly hurt by the loss of one member.
Rich Cline picks out ten of the worst films of 2015.
Most of these movies feature actors, actresses and filmmakers who really should have known better...
10. Terminator Genisys
Surely this fragmented, messy reboot will sink this franchise forever. Nothing about the story or characters made any sense. But it looked cool.
Continue reading: Rich Cline's 10 Worst Films Of 2015
The 'Hunger Games' and 'X-Men' star, the highest earning actress in Hollywood, admitted that even she has trouble dating.
She may be the highest-paid female actor in Hollywood, but Jennifer Lawrence says that she has trouble finding a date, claiming that she spends most weekend evenings alone.
“No one ever asks me out. I am lonely every Saturday night. Guys are so mean to me,” the 25 year old complained to Vogue for its December issue. “I know where it’s coming from, I know they’re trying to establish dominance, but it hurts my feelings. I’m just a girl who wants you to be nice to me. I am straight as an arrow.”
Jennifer Lawrence has admitted that even she has trouble finding a date
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With the world first running out of oil, water soon followed. Planet Earth is now covered in endless deserts, and people driven completely insane through desperation. Across the lawless land, flee two rebels, desperately holding onto what could perhaps be the only chance for the world's salvation and order. Perusing them, is an evil, chaotic bandit leader, desperate to get his hands on what they carry. And then there's Max (Tom Hardy) - a simple man of action and few words, who just wants to live his life outside of all this madness. But in a world gone insane, just how long until he becomes Mad Max?
Over 35 years after his directorial debut with 'Mad Max', George Miller returns to the franchise that made him with 'Mad Max: Fury Road'. After almost 25 years in development hell, the fourth film in the 'Mad Max' series began its principle photography in July 2012 in Namibia, with filming finishing in December of the same year. In November 2013, certain parts of the film had to undergo re-filming before it was finally finished. 'Mad Max: Fury Road' is set to hit theatres on 15th May 2015 in the US.
With the upcoming 17th October release of 'Young Ones', members of the cast were photographed arriving at the premier in New York City. These stars included Nicholas Hoult, best known for his role in the 'X-Men' franchise, as well as Elle Fanning, who recently appeared alongside Angelina Jolie in 'Maleficent'.
Things seem to be running smoothly for Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin as Lawrence was once again there to support her new beau at his recent performance in Los Angeles.
Jennifer Lawrence at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult, her 'X-Men' co-star have separated after three years of dating, sources claim.
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The 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' co-stars are reported to have split for a second time.
Jennifer Lawrence is said to be back on the market again, after calling it quits with boyfriend Nicholas Hoult for the second time, according to E!News. The X-Men: Days of Future Past co-stars were last seen out together in April walking hand in hand during a visit to London.
Jennifer Lawrence is reported to be single again
According to E!News, the co-stars break up was "was very amicable" with a source blaming the pair's successful careers. "They spent a lot of time apart because of work, and it was difficult on their relationship," a source told the site.
Continue reading: Say It Isn’t So: Have Jennifer Lawrence And Nicholas Hoult Split?
Jennifer Lawrence looked breath-taking in blue velvet at the world premiere of 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York. The actress, who plays Mystique in the movie, seemed thrilled to see her fans as she signed autographs and high fived several people on the way down the red carpet.
Jennifer Lawrence has been dishing to Marie Claire, from her relationship with Nicholas to even her handbag contents, J-Law proves once again why she's our favourite actress.
Taking a break from filming Hunger Game’s third and fourth instalment, Jennifer Lawrence has given an in-depth interview to Marie Claire magazine and she’s got plenty of things to get straight. She doesn’t want to be 'just a GIF', that Oscar’s fall was real, oh and Nicholas Hoult has a beautiful face. As always with J-Law, nothing is off limits here.
Jennifer Lawrence is currently filming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay
So, what’s in Jennifer’s handbag?
The actress says she doesn't "want to constantly be a gif."
Jennifer Lawrence has opened up on all the attention her characteristically goofy behaviour has brought in in the past year in a new interview with Marie Claire. The Hunger Games actress has just started a new batch of filming for the final instalment of the fantasy series, Mockingjay, in Paris. On Wednesday, the 23 year-old star was spotted filming in the city alongside co-star Liam Hemsworth.
Jennifer Lawrence Talks Openly About Her Portrayal In The Media In A New Interview.
Lawrence, who has an Oscar to her name, has finally spoken out about all the press attention she has received for her unconventional personality as well as her very un-Hollywood trips and slips here, there and everywhere. The Silver Linings Playbook star had two big falls at the Oscars this and last year, causing some to begin to think that Lawrence was doing it for the publicity.
Continue reading: Jennifer Lawrence Fears Overexposure As 'Mockingjay' Filming Continues
Even when Lawrence tries to lay low, she just can't catch a break.
Jennifer Lawrence has been slipping under the radar in the post-awards season cooldown, but that doesn’t mean the star hasn’t got a few stories to tell. Recently, the queen of relatability (and red carpet gaffes) got stalked by paparazzi on a night out with her partner Nicholas Hoult. She did the most natural thing possible, under the circumstances and flipped off the cameras through the back window of her cab.
JLaw has never really been known as a delicate flower.
It’s not surprising that Lawrence didn’t enjoy the paps snooping around when she and Hoult were just enjoying a meal out. In the photos, published by the New York Daily News, the couple are just leaving a bar in London and are caught in the back of a pink taxi. Lawrence looks more than a little miffed, while Hoult appears to be gently lowering her hand, according the the News. The photo isn’t really clear.
Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Tom Ford were spotting grabbing a bite to eat together in London on Thursday night.
Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence enjoyed a meal in London with boyfriend Nicholas Hoult and fashion designer Tom Ford. The unusual trio were spotted on Thursday night chowing down at Marylebone restaurant The Chiltern Firehouse, where their food was prepared by Portuguese chef Nuno Mendes.
Jennifer looked stunning in a Tom Ford creation at this year's Vanity Fair Oscars party
Wearing a Rag & Bone jumpsuit which she had cinched in at the waist with a metallic belt, The Hunger Games actress cut a sophisticated and slim figure. The actress had previously worn a metallic Tom Ford minidress to the Vanity Fair Oscars party in March.
Continue reading: Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult And Tom Ford Dine Together In London
X-Men: Days of Future Past is getting closer.
Fox has released the X-Men: Days of Future Past behind-the-scenes featurette as it prepares its promotional material ahead of the movie's release on May 23. Mainly featuring Bryan Singer explaining his reasons for getting back into the director's chair for the latest entry in the long-running superhero series, the new clip also features some pretty neat looking footage from the blockbuster.
Ian McKellen in X-Men: Days of Future Past
Singer's first two movies starring Hugh Jackman paved the way for the younger cast (McAvoy, Fassbender, Lawrence etc) to take a hold of the franchise, though the filmmaker is delighted to be forging both teams together for Days of Future Past.
Kristen Stewart is going all dystopian on us.
Kristen Stewart - the star of the Twilight movies - has signed on to play the lead in Equals, a futuristic romantic remake of the 1984 movie, based on George Orwell's classic novel.
Kristen Stewart Will Star in Equals
"I can't believe I agreed to do it," said the actress about the movie, which also stars British actor Nicholas Hoult.
Continue reading: Kristen Stewart To Play Lead In Remake Of Orwell's 1984 (Sort Of)
The 'Zero Dark Thirty' actor is said to be in talks to take the lead role.
Jason Clarke is reportedly in talks to take play John Connor in the upcoming Terminator reboot, Terminator: Genesis. The 44 year-old actor, who caught our attention in Zero Dark Thirty, is said to be the frontrunner in a race to the lead role that has apparently also included British actor Tom Hardy, according to Deadline.
Jason Clarke Is In Talks To Play John Connor In 'Terminator: Genesis.'
The 2015 reboot of the iconic Terminator franchise will be directed by Thor: The Dark World's Alan Taylor with Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier having penned the script. Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke and Don Jon actress Brie Larson are also said to be being considered for the role of Sarah Connor, John's mother.
Continue reading: Jason Clarke Could Be John Connor In 'Terminator: Genesis'
In a post-apocalyptic world where mutants are now scarce, Charles Xavier must convince Wolverine to travel back in time to warn Xavier's younger self about their impending disaster-struck world. Magneto is also united with his fellow mutants, as now all their kind must stick together if they want to survive a world that they are no longer welcome in. Previously, the battle between humankind and X-Men caused the attempted assassination of an important political figure, something that Wolverine must control as he goes back to instil some knowledge into the much more reckless X-Men of the 1980s.
Uploaded earlier today, the trailer for the next X Men movie will blow you away
X-Men: Days of Future Past won't be out until May next year, but after you see the first trailer for it you'll wish that you could jump forward and dive right into it now. In it, we get our first real glimpse at our mutant heroes and villains, from past and future, who must bend the space time continuum to make the future a better day for mutants throughout the Marvel Universe.
The past (McAvoy) and present (Stewart) Xaviers meet face to face in the trailer
Based on the much lauded and incredibly popular (if you happen to be into comic books at least) 'Days of Future Past' storyline from the Uncanny X-Men, the move will unite the characters from the first X-Men movies with those from 2011's X-Men: First Class, with the present day X-Men having to go back in time to prevent the ongoing war against mutants, who are being hunted down by the robotic Sentinels. Are you still with us? Good, because it gets even more complicated.
Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and Nicholas Hoult get sentimental at an 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Q & A session at Comic-Con in San Diego. Director Bryan Singer and other members of the cast such as Ellen Page, Halle Berry, James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence also talked about their happiness being back on the set.
The cast and crew of upcoming X-Men film 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' congregated for a presentation at Comic-Con in San Diego. Director Bryan Singer, writer Simon Kinberg and producer Lauren Shuler Donner were there alongside a vast ensemble cast including Evan Peters (Quicksilver), Peter Dinklage (Bolivar Trask), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), James McAvoy (Charles Xavier) and Hugh Jackman (Wolverine).
The biggest Hollywood blockbusters of the past and coming months cast British talent in leading roles.
It used to be that British actors were traditionally cast by Hollywood filmmakers as villains; in endless kids' Disney flicks we'd hear exaggeratedly posh English voices coming out of the most evil of witches ('Snow White'), scary giant octopuses ('The Little Mermaid') and murderous lions ('The Lion King'), and even the creators of some of the biggest blockbusters such as 'Die Hard' and 'The Silence Of The Lambs' scoured the UK for the perfect sinister accent.
However, now the Brits are playing the good guys with a surge of overseas talent showcasing their well-practised foreign accents over the past few years - even one of the most American flicks of 2012, Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln' cast London born Daniel Day-Lewis as the iconic US President. Here are our four biggest British stars that have been making their mark in Hollywood with seminal roles over the past and coming months.
Continue reading: Brits Take The Lead! 2013 Sees America Ship In Overseas Talent
All grown up: new series of Skins sees the main characters as working adults.
Skin's Effy Stonem is hardly the kind of girl you'd expect to be working in business but here she is in series seven working ambitiously as a trader for a London hedge fund. The seventh and final series of E4's long-running Skins drama, entitles Skins Redux, is about to air in the UK. However now, the drug-taking, promiscuous, hedonistic days of youth for Effy, Cassie and Cook are long gone as they wrestle with the practicalities of adult life, such as holding down a stable job, the loneliness of the big city, and the resurfacing of the past.
Effy's Life Has Changed Incredibly Since Last Time We Saw Her.
The seventh series will be quite short - in just six parts - but will be divided into three stories following Cassie, Effy and Cook. Each part will be themed differently: 'Skins Pure', 'Skins Rise' and 'Skins Fire,' with a different character taking centre stage in each. The once reserved girl who went off the rails, Effy, brother to Tony Stonem (Nicholas Hoult), is followed through her job working for a hedge fund firm where she embarks on an affair with her boss; with things getting out of hand in typical Skins style, according to The Mirror. Cook (Jack O'Connell) is working as a drug dealer in Manchester but after he falls for a woman he really shouldn't, he is forced to confront his violent past.
Continue reading: Skins Returns For Series 7: Life In The Adult World
Stop the presses! JLaw and Nicholas Hoult were seen together again!
The blogs are all atwitter with news of Jennifer Lawrence dating her ex-boyfriend Nicholas Hould again. The reason? The two shared what People magazine described as “a cozy dinner”. Naturally, with the couple’s split just three months ago, still fresh in everyone’s mind, people started wondering. "They arrived together," an observer told the magazine. Which tells us nothing really, since people, who have dinner together, tend to arrive together as well. But everyone is hoping that the couple have rekindled their romance, if only so that we get to hear some more adorable gushing from Lawrence on her beau. Last summer, Lawrence said of her then-boyfriend: "[My boyfriend] is honestly my best friend, and hopefully I'm his best friend, too. He's my favorite person and he makes me laugh harder than anybody."
How cute is that? Of course, it's probably too early to start speculating about a reunion, but still. Now would be the perfect time for a lovey-dovey reunion as well, since both the Hunger Games star and the Warm Bodies actor are filming the X-Men sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past. Lots of time, on set, together, in really tight outfits… do you see where we’re going with this? But anyway, nothing is official just yet and sometimes, a dinner date is just a dinner date.
Rekindling old romances is definitely in this season.
Are the young couple an item again or just good friends?
Are Nicholas Hoult and Jennifer Lawrence getting back together, or still just good friends? The two young actors dated for a while but called off the relationship back in January, though they have remained good friends. On Monday night, the Daily Mail reported, the pair were spotted dining in a Hollywood restaurant, The Little Door.
Nicholas Hoult - spotted dinig with ex girlfriend Jennifer Lawrence
Nicholas, 23 and Jennifer, 22 tried to avoid the paparazzi by leaving the restaurant via the back door but it wasn’t a strong enough ruse to foil the photographers, who managed to grab a few shots of the couple as they got into Jennifer’s waiting car. For some reason, Lawrence was clutching a copy of the novel Anna Karenina as they left the restaurant – perhaps she’d been expecting a few lulls in the conversation… though that doesn’t seem likely as she often speaks of what great friends she and Hoult are. Before we all get too excited about Jennifer and Nicholas potentially rekindling their relationship, however, it’s worth remembering that they are working together right now, on the X-Men prequel Days of Future Past.
We may sigh heavily at the thought of yet another fairy tale blockbuster, but the filmmakers and cast here demand a bit more attention. And sure enough, it's refreshingly smarter and funnier than we expect. There are still the problems of unnecessary 3D and far too many digital characters, but the restless pace and the witty performances make it a lot of fun to watch.
It's Jack and the Beanstalk with added action mayhem, as orphaned farmboy Jack (Hoult) sells his horse for a bag of supposedly magic beans. When one inadvertently gets wet, a massive beanstalk manages to propel Princess Isabelle (Tomlinson) into the realm of the giants, reawakening a legend that had died off centuries ago. So the King (McShane) enlists Jack to join a rescue team of guards (including McGregor, Marsan and Bremner) and Isabelle's intended, the shifty Roderick (Tucci). Up above the clouds, they encounter two-headed giant Fallon (Nighy) and his nasty horde. But rescuing Isabelle is only the first problem they face.
The freewheeling plot zips along without pausing for breath, encompassing massive set pieces and more gritty battles as well as small moments of drama and romance. Meanwhile, Jack and Isabelle cast lusty glances at each other, even when they're in physical peril. Director Singer brings out the energy of the characters to keep us involved, playing on the vertiginous angles of the settings while playfully deploying fairy tale imagery in the sets, costumes and landscapes. it's understandably why he decided to digitally create the giants rather than have actors play them, but this leaves a hole where the monsters should be. Aside from Nighy's more obviously performance-captured face, all of them look like dead-eyed cartoons, which essentially turns the film into a medieval Transformers movie.
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The reviews are in for Jack the Giant Slayer and they don't paint a pretty picture at all.
There is an obvious trend of fairytales being converted into high budget action flicks of late (to varying levels of success) and Jack the Giant Slayer is just the latest production to ride the wave.
Is it any good though? Well, no, if you believe the reviews. The LA Times’ Kenneth Turan goes as far as to say that “Despite some good acting, there may never have been a Jack tale that delivers so little pleasure for so many dollars.” Harsh. At the same time, though, it is obvious where this flick suffers. You can add all of the shiny CGI and high action you like to a film, but without an interesting script it’s still just hanging tinsel on a pile of trash.
The Huff Post’s Mike Ryan, on the other hand, has something to say in defense of the film. Namely, hold on past the first 25 minutes and it actually turns into an enjoyable flick: “Once the beanstalk goes up, the story tightens and becomes something that could be described as enjoyable.” Well, it’s not much, but that’s all we have.
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Jack The Giant Slayer has received strong reviews ahead of release
With the awards season over and movie fans on the hunt for something fresh for 2013, Universal has got the ball rolling with 'Jack The Giant Slayer,' a fantasy epic about an ancient war reignited when a young farmhand accidentally opens a gateway between his world, and a fearsome race of giants. As the monsters run riot, young Jack - played by Nicholas Hoult - is forced to battle to stop them.
Production on the movie has a long history, dating back to January 2009 when Universal hired D.J Caruso to direct. By the end of August that year, Caruso was replaced by Bryan Singer and principal photography began in April 2011 in Somerset, Gloucestershire and Norfolk, in England. Now, the release is finally upon us and critical reception has been mostly positive. Todd McCarthy of the Hollywood Reporter was perhaps the most effusive in his praise of 'Giant Slayer,' saying, "Simply in terms of efficient storytelling, clear logistics and consistent viewer engagement, Jack is markedly superior to the recent "Hobbit."
Scott Foundas of the Village Voice heaped praise of director Singer, suggesting he "evokes another era of fantasy filmmaking when the illusions before our eyes were created in an artist's studio rather than a computer lab. It's more Jason and the Argonauts than Shia and the Transformers." Julian Roman aired on the side of caution, though agreed there's plenty for the young family audiences, "The CGI effects and tepid intro will probably bore older viewers, but if you let yourself get into the story, then you're in for a decent time."
Who else knows movies better than one of the guys behind IMDB? Probably very few people, so as the LA Times reports, when Keith Simonton, the managing editor for the website, predicts that Warm Bodies will take the box office top spot over the weekend in North America, he's probably worth listening to.
Simonton predicts that Warm Bodies, starring Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer, will take $17.4 million from Friday to Sunday this weekend. He compared it to Zombieland, another zombie flick that has a similar premise of the teenage-love-story-zombie-horror genre, which scored $24.7 million. "People had heard that Bill Murray was in [Zombieland], and that added a cool factor," he said. "Something like 'Warm Bodies' doesn't have that cachet, so I'm already bumping the per-screen average down."
Warm Bodies goes against all the zombie movie conventions by making one of the zombies have emotion. Nicholos Hoult plays 'R', a member of the un-dead who falls for a living girl (Palmer), whose boyfriend he's just killed. Reviews so far are middling, with some die-hard fans of the genre not enjoying its parodying style. But, out just in time for Valentines day should swing in its favour, as a love story with a twist.
We’re going to ease in to our round-up of this week’s movie releases, by starting with the ‘above average’ and moving gently down the quality scale, to the truly awful. We already know, by the fact that Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is riding high at the top of the box office, that there is literally no accounting for taste, so we will no longer try to influence your movie-going habits. We will simply present you with the facts and leave you to queue for your popcorn.
First up, Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer star in Warm Bodies, a zombie comedy that gets the laughs from Hoult’s slightly unusual zombie character who decides to save a living human, rather than chomp down on her arteries for a nice snack. Of course, that living human happens to be an attractive young female, in the form of Teresa Palmer (who, for the record, looks a lot like Kristen Stewart in this movie). John Malkovich also stars in this zom-com, which is a little bit ‘Shaun of the Dead,’ (pretending to be a zombie? Been there, done that) but looks like an entertaining way to pass a couple of hours.
Richard Roper of Chicago Sun-Times came up trumps with the most enthusiastic review so far, writing “I kinda love this movie. "Warm Bodies" is a well-paced, nicely directed, post-apocalyptic love story with a terrific sense of humor and the, um, guts to be unabashedly romantic and unapologetically optimistic.”
In many respects, zombies are inherently funny. They're slow moving, grunting, dishevilled creatures of the undead whom no one seems to be able to get away from despite their laggard advancement. Sure, in great quantities they're pretty scary, and if they bite you you're doomed, but otherwise the zombie horror is a genre primed for parody and pastiche. Warm Bodies is one of these parodies and as reviews roll in, it appears it could have been done a little better.
Despite generally positive ratings from critics, plenty of faults were found. Starring Nicolous Hoult (About a Boy, Skins) and Teresa Palmer (Bedtime stories), as well as an appearance from John Malcovich, it's not doing terribly in terms of cast, but the general premise seems to have let it down somewhat. As the Village Voice points out, the novel the movie was based on is an incredibly loose adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. The general premise sounds a little off, but the Village Voice were most annoyed by how tame it was describing the central romance as 'bloodless' adding that "Nobody kisses anyone else until it becomes clear that both parties have pulses, and everyone gets to keep all their limbs."
Variety were a little more favourable considers it a zombie movie made for girls (and hitting cinemas in time for Valentine's Day, that judgement fits). "The pic keeps the horror quotient in check," they write, "while focusing on the femme-friendly comedy and romance angles, offsetting the plentiful moments of suspense with cutesy scenes." The Hollywood Reporter didn't hate it, and understood the angle it was going for, and while they enjoyed Hoult's performance, the most complimentary they could be about it as a whole was saying: "At its best, Warm Bodies paints a dead zone's slow awakening with gloomy giddiness, brimming with visual humor."
A young male zombie spends his days roaming the barren and devastated wasteland that is America with limited thoughts and actions, only able to remember that his name while he was human began with the letter 'R' and only yearning to eat the brains of the few remaining living humans just so he can connect and learn to feel alive again. It's a post-apocalyptic world where a huge proportion of the population have been infected by a plague turning them into forever wandering, blood thirsty, undead creatures; some still have a little human left inside them, while others (known as Boneys) are skeletal creatures devoted to eating anything and everything with a heartbeat. After 'R' and his dead associates are set upon by a gang of humans with guns, he finds himself feasting on the brain of a man and absorbing his memories and feelings. When he catches the eye of the man's girlfriend Julie, he is overcome with the bizarre feeling to protect her and takes her away to the abandoned airport to hide her. When the other zombies see them together, the emotions are set off throughout the lot of them and they and the survivors all find themselves banding together to fight the Boneys who still remain emotionless and highly dangerous.
Directed and written by Jonathan Levine ('50/50', 'The Wackness'), 'Warm Bodies' is about a zombie nation being cured by the powerful thing that is love. It is based on the novel of the same name by Isaac Marion and is set to hit cinemas in the run up to Valentine's Day on February 8th 2013.
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By far one of Hollywood's brightest shining rising stars, Jennifer Lawrence seems as down to Earth as can be and really opened up during a recent interview with Elle magazine. In it, she spoke about her universally praised film roles, her relationship with British actor Nicholas Hoult and most absurdly of all, on being considered "obese."
"In Hollywood, I'm obese," she told the magazine in the interview earlier this week. Lawrence is nobodies idea of obese, unless you're utterly mad because the girl has a body to die for, but she went on to say that her choice not to be a stick-thin actress like so many others is down to her dedication as a role model for young people, "I'm never going to starve myself for a part. I don't want little girls to be like, 'Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I'm going to skip dinner."
Lawrence goes on to talk about living with her parent too, as the thought of living alone in a large Beverley Hills mansion rather than being surrounded by her family just seemed strange and unappealing to the young actress, as well as discussing her "best friend" and boyfriend Nicholas Hoult, "He's my favorite person to be around and makes me laugh harder than anybody."
Perseus (Worthington) is a demigod who has been raised by humans and now finds himself at the centre of a war between man and the gods Zeus (Neeson), Hades (Fiennes) and Poseidon (a blink-and-you'll-miss-him Danny Huston). Accompanied by a handful of plucky warriors from Argos (including Mikkelsen, Cunningham, Hoult and Matheson) and his spirit-guide Io (Arterton), he heads off to find the secret to defeat Hades' feared Kraken so he can save Princess Andromeda (Davalos).
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