People are born everyday. And, naturally, people who grow up to work in the entertainment industry are born everyday. Thus, everyday in this column I write a little something about such a figure on their birthday, highlight a work of theirs and ask you to do the same. This is Happy Birthday.
Today marks the 28th birthday of rising British actress Lily James. Happy birthday to her and on this occasion, what’s your favorite film or TV production starring Lily James?
We were very sorry to hear of sound editor Paul Apted’s passing this July 4th to colon cancer. Less of a recognizable name than his father Michael (director of such films as The World Is Not Enough and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader), Paul was nevertheless a veteran of the film industry, working on both numerous high profile and smaller scale films over the past two decades. He was 47. Continue reading →
Hey, so remember how Lucasfilm 2.0 and J.J. Abrams had made a big deal about doing a worldwide casting search for an unknown young man and woman to be in the new Star Wars movie except when the cast was announced no one had been recruited through it and it had looked just like a publicity stunt?
Well it turns out it wasn’t as an unknown boy and girl have just been announced as part of the cast of Star Wars Episode VII. Hooray! Continue reading →
As Transformers: Age of Extinction explodes the box-office everywhere, attention has once again turned to its director, Michael Bay. Regularly put down by critics, his films almost invariably make tons of money to the point where he’s been labeled “critic proof”.
Personally I don’t think I’d list any of his films among my top favorites but I actually have a lot of respect for the man. He’s a hard-worker who clearly knows his stuff and has his own, unique, distinctive style. Though he has many copycats, it’s undeniable there’s nothing quite like a Michael Bay film.
Tony Zhou over on Vimeo just posted a fantastic video dissecting Bay’s style and whether you like the man or not, it’s a must watch. Continue reading →
Thirty plus year olds have Titanic, but most women in their twenties today would agree, The Notebook was it, one of their absolute favorite movies. I’m not ashamed to say it’s one of mine as well. Adapted from a Nicholas Sparks novel, the film was a huge hit in 2004 launching its two young stars, Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, into the stratosphere.
Audiences swooned for the epic romance on screen just as they swooned for the apparent epic romance in real life, as Gosling and McAdams very publicly dated for three to four years. They were the Edward & Bella of their time. People loved to love them, equating the two thespians with their characters and dreaming of a happily ever after. Except it turns out they couldn’t stand each other. Whoops. Continue reading →
Complex has debuted two new pictures from Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s hotly anticipated sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. That’s Jamie Chung above, taking the role of Miho over from Devon Aoki. While Aoki won’t return for this, it was ironically recently announced she will next be seen in a recurring role asTatsu Yamashiro (aka Katana) in the third season of The CW’s Arrow.
Sin City 2 premieres on August 22 and will once again feature four interconnected storylines from the mind of Frank Miller. Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Mickey Rourke, Powers Boothe and Jaime King all reprise their roles from the first film with Josh Brolin, Jamie Chung, Eva Green, Marton Csokas, Dennis Haysbert, Lady Gaga, Ray Liotta, Jeremy Piven, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Juno Temple and Alexa PenaVega all joining in on the fun.
Director Oliver Hirschbiegel, best known for his Oscar nominated biopic Der Untergang (aka Downfall) chronicling the final days of Adolf Hitler, is returning to Germany after 10 years to helm another World War 2 flick, though this time centered on the other side.
The film, simply titled Elser, was co-penned by Oscar nominated screenwriter Fred Breinersdorfer (Sophie Scholl: The Final Days) and his daughter Léonie-Claire. It will follow German carpenter Johann Georg Elser’s November 1939 attempt to assassinate Hitler. Find out more after the jump. Continue reading →