In a couple of hours' time the mayhem at the Empire Leicester Square begins again. Film fans have been packing their bags and heading to London in anticipation for five days of the most intense, gruesome and petrifying films they will see this year – yes, it's Frightfest time!
Liam Neeson’s career has taken an interesting turn in the last ten years or so. Until then, he had carved out an impressive furrow for himself as a strong character actor: Husbands and Wives, Schindler’s List, Rob Roy, Michael Collins.
But then he landed the part of Qui-Gon Jinn in the first of the Star Wars prequels and there was no stopping the man. Roles followed in The Haunting, K-19 The Widowmaker, Love Actually, The A-Team. He’s found a liking for populist fare and he’s milking it. This trend has reached its apogee (or its nadir) with his role in what must be the most inane cross-over property in the history of cinema, but that’s a story (rant) for another day.
A whole new generation of film fans could be set to develop a severe phobia of chainsaws with the Blu-ray release of classic gangster flick Scarface. The film that resurrected Al Pacino’s career in the 80s, and resulted in hundreds of terrible impressions of “that” line, received the all star treatment at a launch event in LA.
The film charts the irrepressible rise of Cuban gangster Tony Montana, a career defining turn by Al Pacino, as he builds a drug empire in Miami, making many enemies in the process. Spoiler alert: one scene involves some very tough justice being meted out with a chainsaw.
For those of you close to coughing up hairballs in anticipation of the new Shrek spin-off Puss In Boots, the latest marketing push has just hit the net. Thanks to Fandango, here’s the first look at the film’s official motion poster.
The Godfather is arguably one of the greatest movies ever made and yet I am surprised at how often I run into people who have never seen it. They know all the famous scenes, they definitely know Marlon Brando, the film has disseminated into our culture through reproduction, imitation and parody that some people might even be convinced they have seen it.
The Sundance hit Martha Marcy May Marlene kicks off its marketing campaign (and, no doubt, major awards season push) with one of the more unique marketing gimmicks I have ever seen.
Entertainment Weekly are hosting an exclusive deleted scene from the X-Men: First Class DVD, and if the rather excellent movie was not reason enough for a purchase, maybe this will sway you.
What a difference a few years can make. In 2003 Ben Affleck was the biggest joke in Hollywood and Gigli was the punchline, but all that changed in 2007 when Affleck made his directorial debut with the remarkable Gone Baby Gone.
Disney’s D23 Expo recently highlighted the best of the mega-studio’s movie releases for the next year or so, one of the most-anticipated being Pixar’s 2012 Celtic film, Brave. There are a lot of firsts for the beloved animated film studio with this film: it’s their first period piece, it has their first female lead, and it’s also their first fairytale (which is a little odd considering the fairytale is what their partner company, Walt Disney Animation Studios, are best at).
While eighties action star reunion “The Expendables” left a lot of fans of the genre disappointed (well me at least!) the £166m ($274m) worldwide takings were certainly enough for the money men to green light a sequel. Cramming in as many action legends as possible was, on paper, a recipe for brilliance but unfortunately didn’t quite come to fruition on celluloid with many stars’ screen time being severely limited. So in true Hollywood fashion the creators of the franchise have decided to address this issue by – shoehorning in even more ass kickin’ heroes.