With a massive scale and a digital cast of thousands, this ancient Egyptian romp tries to be both a new version of those 1950s Biblical toga epics and a generous dose of camp silliness. The result will be a guilty pleasure for some in the audience, especially those who enjoy watching grown men leap around in short skirts. The actors are sometimes lost in the overwhelming animation, and the casting of Westerners as North Africans is more than a little dubious. But the script is smarter than it looks, and director Alex Proyas is clearly in a playful mood.
The premise conflates the golden age of the Pharaohs with the ancient world of Egyptian gods. And things kick off when the bitter god Set (Gerard Butler) launches a reign of terror by killing his brother, blinding his nephew Horus (Nokolaj Coster-Waldau) and taking over the mortal world, enslaving all humans. Horus' greatest fan is the muscly slave Bek (Brenton Thwaites) who, encouraged by his glamorous girlfriend Zaya (Courtney Eaton), sneaks into Set's palace and steals one of Horus' eyes. He then strikes a deal to help Horus assume his rightful throne. But this means travelling into the sky to confront his grandfather Ra (Geoffrey Rush), then teaming up with sneering god of wisdom Thoth (Chadwick Boseman) and duplicitous Hathor (Yung) to take on Set.
All of this is so ridiculous that it's difficult to stop giggling. And that seems to be part of the idea, as Proyas merrily cranks up the snarky wit in every scene, especially as he indulges in a series of ludicrous set-pieces that feel like videogames populated by toy action figures. The digital effects continually engulf the characters, transforming the gods inexplicably into animal-headed metallic robots. But they also create some genuinely gorgeous moments of spectacle, with sprawling landscapes and whooshing action. Basically, the actors have little choice but to hang on for the ride along with the audience.
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Tyrion is about 1000% done with his family. Luckily, Jaime steps in on time.
Everything is out in the open on this week’s episode of Game of Thrones. Do we even need to say this anymore? Spoilers ahead. So many spoilers. The show has been building up to Tyrion’s trial since the Purple Wedding and this episode did not disappoint. Tyrion was steadfast as witness after witness testified against him. Cercei, a mother scorned, was particularly vicious. Even Varys gives witness against the youngest Lannister sibling.
Tyrion Lannister is 1000% done with you, Westeros.
Tyrion, of course, answers the accusations with abundant quantities of sass, matched only by Oberyn Martell, who looks like he could not care less about the trial. Which, given that all he wants is the Lannisters wiped from the face of the earth, isn’t that hard to believe. But sass won’t save the Imp, whom everybody wants to get rid of now – everybody except Jaime that is. With Tyrion’s life in peril, Jaime makes a deal with Father of the Year Tywin – let lil’ bro off the hook and Jaime will give up his King’s Guard vow of celibacy and move somewhere with a nice, unrelated to him noblewoman and make pretty golden-haired babies. It’s a pretty drastic step for Jaime – not only because he will have to move away from Cercei, but also because the new and improved Jaime Lannister is apparently really into keeping his vows.
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We're still reeling from the Purple Wedding and its aftermath, but finally, there is some plot.
It’s about that time again folks – time for everyone who hasn’t seen Game of Thrones to turn away their pretty, unspoiled heads and for the rest of us to get into the meat of this week’s episode. To be fair, Oathkeeper had far fewer traumatic and general WTF moments than we’ve been used to recently. It was, however, very heavy on story.
Tyrion seems to have found an ally in his brother.
We see Jaime continue his efforts to rebuild his good name in Westeros and any credibility whatsoever as a character. After he err… raped his sister in last week’s episode (come on, GoT writers, where did that re-write even come from?) his character growth might never be restored, but kudos on the writers for trying. In this episode, Jaime risks getting in some serious Cercei trouble (and possibly being executed) and sends Brienne to find Catelyn Stark’s daughters, so that he can fulfill his oath. He even gives her one of the Valyrian steel swords. She names it Oathkeeper, because metaphorical resonance is everything when you’re fighting for your life.
"The Other Woman" is taking a beating in reviews this week.
The Other Woman, starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Man, Nikolaj-Coster Waldau and Kate Upton in her acting debut, is yet to be released in cinemas, but is already floundering in the review department. The film lays on the clichés with a heavy hand – Coster-Waldau is the uber-confident, uber-annoying cheating husband, Mann is his neurotic wife, Diaz is his mistress and Upton is his younger mistress. Neither of the women knows about the other two. Until they find out, that is. The biggest twist to recommend this movie is that instead of the plot devolving into the tired old catfight cliché, the three band together to get even with the cheater. They go on a vengeance rampage, presumably because that’s what the writers think scorned women do.
The Other Woman shoots for originality, but ultimately stops at mediocrity.
The LA Times’ review gives credit where credit is due – the plot isn’t all that original, but the easy laughs are still abundant, at least in the beginning. Unfortunately, at some point The Other Women significantly dumbs down both its characters and its story, making it hard to watch through to the end. “Slyness, slapstick and sex can often be mixed to amusing effect whatever the specifics — the original "Hangover," for example, did a credible job of it — but "The Other Woman" is ultimately undone by its indecision,” writes Betsey Sharkey.
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What was the controversial scene setting up for, if anything?
For some people this past Sunday marked Easter, for others – a new Game of Thrones episode. Unfortunately, the latest episode – Breaker of Chains – will mostly be remembered for that scene. If you’ve seen the episode already, you know which one we’re talking about and if not, you probably shouldn’t be reading this anyway. Warning: spoilers ahead. Also, trigger warning for rape and sexual assault.
Daenerys Targaryen was one of the first characters, whose arcs veered into rape territory.
The big discussion centers around the second scene of the episode, during which Jaime violently and disturbingly rapes Cercei next to the body of their dead son. And despite how actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau interprets it in a recent interview with The Daily Beast, during the scene, Cercei repeatedly rejects her brother – so, yes, it was rape. Clearly, the writers aren’t messing around this season. But Game of Thrones has always been violent and this definitely isn’t the show’s first venture into sexual violence. So what’s the big deal? Well, apart from the fact that the scene was just awful to sit through, it also marks a significant departure from the books.
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Before talking about this week’s Game of Thrones, we should probably dish out the warnings with a heavy hand. Beware of ALL THE SPOILERS for Season 4 Episode 3 Breaker of Chains. Also, this should go without saying, but all the trigger warnings: sexual assault, violence and various very graphic murders. Now that that’s out of the way…
Looks like Tyrion is about to reach the end of the line. We're betting on a plot twist though...
This episode sets up like a classic whodunit. With Joffrey dead (good riddance, although Jack Gleeson’s acting will be missed), Lord Tywin is trying to prepare little Tommen for his new role as king. The boy wants to be a “good king”, which would be admirable, if it weren’t for the fact that he’s like 12. Cercei, meanwhile, is only concerned with who killed her son. Well, she’s also concerned with getting revenge on Tyrion, whom she thinks is the killer, finding Sansa (who escaped during the commotion caused by Joff’s death) and just a bit of incest next to Joff’s body, but that’s just standard Westeros fare at this point.
Continue reading: "Game Of Thrones" Episode 3 Recap: Whodunit? Who Cares?
The 15-minute preview didn't give away any major details, but everything - from the plot to the sets - looks bigger and better than ever before.
Game of Thrones got a treat last week, with a rather unusual 15-minute promo of the upcoming fourth season. It featured some things we expected and few surprises (given that it was a promo), but it’s sure to spur on the Thrones speculation ahead of the series 4 premiere on April 6.
Fans might need to use a cast photo for reference when they count the survivors this season.
From the director of 'The Notebook' comes this unconventional girls-night revenge comedy.
It's the relationship scenario every woman dreads: you meet a new guy and he's handsome, funny and intelligent but your bubble of bliss is burst when you realise you're not the only one. The Other Woman does a wonderful job of exploring this nightmarish situation but turning it on its head in a hilarious revenge comedy.
Cameron Diaz plays a woman who finds said perfect bloke but soon discovers he is married to Leslie Mann's character. The pair initially clash in horror at the situation but after spending a little time together, realise they have more in common than previously assumed.
One woman thinks she's on a roll with the first serious boyfriend she's had in months; he's handsome, successful, rich. as well as a total liar. When he ventures off to his home in Connecticut to investigate a 'burst pipe', the woman goes round later to surprise him - only to find that the house is also occupied by his wife. In a bid to talk things over, the wife visits Woman A at her apartment and, before you know it, the girls are at a bar downing shots and generally being best pals. However, things get even more complicated when they discover their man is also seeing yet another woman - a gorgeous busty blonde - and the three cheated women decide to plot revenge. With the wife slipping female hormones into his morning beverages and all three women discovering his fraudulent business secrets, this man is about to realise that having mistresses is a very bad idea.
'The Other Woman' is a new comedy from director Nick Cassavetes ('The Notebook', 'Alpha Dog', 'My Sister's Keeper') which has been written by Melissa Stack ('Tependris Rising') in her full-length film debut. It is the live action film debut of Nicki Minaj (who previously voiced Steffie in 'Ice Age: Continental Drift') and it is set to hit the UK on April 23rd 2014.
The actress was spotted filming scenes with co-star Leslie Mann around Tribeca earlier this week.
Cameron Diaz is currently working on the upcoming film The Other Woman, with the blonde-bombshell set to appear in a still-unverified role in the revenge comedy. The film is still only gradually making it's way towards the cinema screen, however it is still on course to make it's planned spring 2014 release date.
The film will also star Game of Thrones' Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Knocked Up's Leslie Mann, with Kate Upton and Nicki Minaj also lined up to appear in their first proper acting jobs. The story follows one of Waldau's disgruntled lovers, who teams up with his wife to plot a mutual revenge when they find out that he isn't the man he claims to be, but is instead a notorious love rat who has scorned more than just the scheming two.
The pictures of Diaz were taken around Tribeca, New York City, and features Diaz with co-star Mann as they walk down a street whilst talking to one another. It is believed that Mann will star as Coster-Waldau's aggrieved wife, with Diaz possibly appearing as her friend - not another hard-done love interest. Diaz has previously been spotted filming scenes with Mann and Kate Upton on West Broadway between Chambers & Park Place earlier this year.
Continue reading: Cameron Diaz Begins Filming New Scenes For 'The Other Woman' [Pictures]
Pop superstar Katy Perry was one of the biggest international stars to hit the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton in a lush green gown. Other famous faces included journalist Pierce Morgan, '300' star Gerard Butler and rocker Jon Bon Jovi with his wife Dorothea.
With elements lifted from virtually every sci-fi classic in film history, this post-apocalyptic adventure feels eerily familiar but features just enough plot twists and emotional resonance to make it enjoyable. Director Kozinski (Tron Legacy) also makes sure it looks amazing, with cool-looking sets and gadgets and an entertaining use of destroyed New York and Washington landmarks.
It also gives Cruise a slightly more internalised character than he usually plays in big blockbusters. He's Jack, a repairman 60 years after aliens blasted the moon to bits, causing earthquakes and tidal waves. Now it's 2077 and the remnant of humanity is being evacuated to Saturn's moon Titan, while mop-up teams help protect giant resource-gathering machines from alien scavengers. Jack works Sector 49 with his partner Victoria (Riseborough), but has vivid, impossible dreams of a life on pre-war Earth with a mysterious woman (Kurylenko). When she suddenly turns up in an ancient spacepod, and Jack discovers a scrappy group of human survivors led by Beech (Freeman), he begins to wonder what's really happening here.
And so do we, since we have begun doubting the entire set-up from Jack's opening narration. Mission commander Sally (Leo) looks very shifty indeed, and there's something vaguely fishy about all of the sleek glass, steel and plastic technology. As Jack's gleaming white leather outfit becomes increasingly murky, so does his simplistic view of his own life. And Cruise holds the film together nicely with an introspective turn as a man who's just enigmatic enough to engage our interest. Riseborough and Kurylenko, meanwhile, get much juicier roles, providing strongly emotional layers to the story. And Freeman and Leo add a bit of class.
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Expanded from a sharp 3-minute short, this horror mystery is packed with clever jolts and witty freak-out moments. Argentine filmmaker Muschietti creates such an oppressively intense atmosphere that we only barely notice how thin and underdeveloped the script is. But when we're not cringing from the eerie imagery, it's difficult not to see the contrivances and conveniences that fill the plot.
Orphans Victoria and Lilly (Charpentier and Nelisse) have survived in a woodland cabin for five years, and when they're discovered they are understandably animalistic. But their Uncle Lucas (Coster-Waldau) takes them in, fending off a custody battle with an aunt (Moffat) to raise his nieces with his rock-chick girlfriend Annabel (Chastain). Then Lucas is hospitalised after a strange nighttime incident, and Annabel is left alone in the house with these still-feral girls. Their strange behaviour makes Annabel suspect that they weren't alone in that cabin, and may have brought a jealous maternalistic ghost with them. So the consulting psychologist (Kash) starts to investigate the cabin's history.
Oddly, despite the fact that Chastain's personal odyssey is at the centre of the film, most of the narrative comes from the psychologist's procedural investigation into the identity of the woman the girls are calling "Mama". This involves implausible luck as he discovers ludicrously detailed records in dusty archives and then helpfully leaves his documents lying around so the right person can find them. Meanwhile, Coster-Waldau is needlessly marginalised in a corny plot turn early on. And it doesn't help that we never quite accept Chastain as a goth rocker, even though she gives it her best shot.
Continue reading: Mama Review
Jack Harper is a drone repairman stationed near earth with his teammate Victoria after mankind are evacuated to another planet due to galactic warfare. His is working with a military operation which aims to extract the essential resources that are left on the war-torn wasteland that is Earth. As dangerous as it already is to wander around a damaged and unstable planet, it is made all the more perilous by the savage creatures currently residing there known as Scavs. But Harper has other things on his mind; he finds himself suffering from flashbacks, memories keep floating back to him that seem to make no sense as he struggles to remember what his life was before his job with the drones. During one mission, he discovers caskets full of live bodies and goes against his orders by rescuing one of the occupants named Julia. She recognises him and he feels connected to her in some way but can't remember why, but his curiosity leads him on a dangerous path as he is torn between going back home and finding out the truth about what happened to Earth.
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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.
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Victoria and Lilly are two young sisters that were found in a filthy, dilapidated old house in the woods after being missing for five years following the murder of their parents. Miraculously alive, they are placed into care with a full psychological examination to assess the extent of their obvious mental trauma. Their Uncle Lucas and his partner Annabelle agree to welcome the girls into their home and take care of them but Annabelle finds it more and more of a struggle to be around them as they frequently lash out and seem to often be apparently talking to walls. Initially thinking that their disturbing behaviour is a result of trauma, she soon begins to understand that it is something much more sinister than that; a deadly ghostly presence condemned to repeat its actions over and over again - a ghost that Victoria and Lilly believe is their mother who has come back with them.
This supernatural horror is the one of the many ghost thrillers to be released soon along with 'Paranormal Activity 4', 'Sinister' and 'House at the End of the Street' but it is definitely one of the best. Directed by Andres Muschietti in his full length feature debut and co-written by Barbara Muschietti and Neil Cross ('Luther', 'Spooks') with Guillermo del Toro ('Hellboy', 'Pan's Labyrinth') serving as executive producer, 'Mama' is based on Muschietti's 2008 Spanish short movie of the same name. It is set for release in the US on January 18th 2013.
It turns out that Butch Cassidy didn't die in a hail of gunfire in 1908 Bolivia after all. Now calling himself James Blackthorn (Shepard), he's still living there 20 years later with his girlfriend Yana (Solier). But after he decides to return home, he's waylaid by Eduardo (Noriega), a city-slicker who has embezzled thousands from a brutal businessman. Their ensuing adventures spark memories of Blackthorn's days as a young outlaw (Coster-Waldau in flashbacks) with the Sundance Kid (Delaney) and Etta Place (McElligott), chased to South America by the dogged lawman McKinley (Rea).
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Roger (Hennie) is a fast-talking Oslo recruitment agent who's secretly self-conscious about his diminutive height. Terrified that his leggy, blonde wife Diana (Lund) will leave him, he moonlights as an art thief so he can afford to buy her expensive gifts. Then she introduces him to the suave, tall Clas (Coster-Waldau), who is both looking for a high-powered job and owns a lost Rubens painting. But before he knows what's happened, Roger is running for his life from a relentless high-tech assassin. And the cops think he's a killer.
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Butch Cassidy is infamous for being a bank and train robber and the leader of the Wild Bunch Gang, which included the criminals Elzy Lay, George Curry, Laura Bullion and Harry Tracy. He is perhaps well known for committing his crimes with Harry Longabaugh, also known as the Sundance Kid and Longabaugh's girlfriend Etta Place.
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For almost five years now, Hollywood studios have beentrying to duplicate the success of "Gladiator"by making the same big-budget historical battle epic over ("TheLast Samurai") and over ("Troy")and over ("KingArthur") and over ("Alexander").
Each movie has re-imagined history from a modern, let's-keep-an-open-mindperspective and hewed to a shopworn formula in which the hero rallies hismen against great odds and for a greater good. He invariably leads theminto the same blood-and-mud war scenes, which are always shot in the samestaccato slow-motion that characterizes the chaos of combat but forgetsthe audience needs to be kept abreast of who is winning. The hero alsoalways finds time to romance a beautiful woman from another culture.
Aside from having different casts, the only significantvariations between these films seem to be 1) whether the hero was of noblebirth or came up from nothing to become a great leader, and 2) whetherthe battlefields are green and forested or brown and sandy. One thing mostof them definitely have in common is that they've bombed at the box office.
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