Expectations for this film were lowered by an almost non-existent and misleading marketing campaign. The poster and trailer suggested that Dexter 'Babyface' Fletcher's directorial debut was going to be another mockney London gangster flick in the style of his friend Guy Ritchie.
On paper 21 Jump Street doesn’t sound like the likeliest candidate for breakout comedy of the year. It’s based on a TV show long forgotten in its native America and almost unknown here in the UK, while one of its stars is the beefcake actor from Step-Up and Dear John. Even the premise is decidedly simple: two cops in their mid-twenties must go back to High School and infiltrate a drug dealing ring. The cop who was a jock and popular when at High School the first time around winds up the nerd this time, while the former loser becomes the big man on campus. It’s almost too obvious to work. I can safely say though that the end result is absolutely hilarious and it is easily my favourite comedy of the year so far.
Icelandic superstar Baltasar Kormakur takes up the directorial reins on Contraband, a Hollywood remake of 2008’s Reykjavik-Rotterdam in which Kormakur played the lead role. Transporting the action to New Orleans and Panama, Kormakur’s retelling centres on smuggler gone straight Chris Farraday (Mark Wahlberg), who must take on one last job after his brother in law upsets some rather unpleasant characters. On the face of it, we’re in perfunctory thriller territory, but Kormakur’s raw directorial style, a wry screenplay and a plethora of unseemly characters ensure that Contraband duly delivers.
With the release of The Hunger Games this weekend, Facebook have launched The Hunger Games Adventures so that you can experience the games for yourself.
With the release of the long-awaited big screen adaptation of Suzanne Collin’s The Hunger Games this weekend, THR have spoken with producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik about making the next two books into three films.
The proposed live-action adaptation of classic 80s anime Akira has evoked morbid curiosity and dread in equal measure from enthusiasts of the film and original manga. With very little set in stone throughout pre-production (only TRON: Legacy's Garrett Hedlund had officially signed to the cast), the film was always facing the challenge of swimming upstream against a torrent of potential fanboy backlash.
George Orwell’s 1984 could be getting a new big screen adaptation, it has been announced this week.
Over the past few weeks Walt Disney Pictures have been gradually releasing a set of character posters for the release of Marvel’s upcoming summer blockbuster Avengers Assemble.
Xan, Adi, and Enk are The Amazing Adrenalini Brothers, a family troupe of daredevil stunt artists from Eastern Europe. Xan is the charming but vain leader, Adi the not-too-bright muscles, and Enk the one that looks a bit like an ibuprofen capsule with nipples.
The brothers travel the primary-coloured 2D world seeking danger, living life not just on the edge, but on the edge of the edge. When they need to cross a chasm (and all good world-travelling animated stunt brothers must cross chasms from time to time) they ignore both sturdy and rickety bridge options, and just take a good run up to launch themselves into the air and over the gap. That’s just the way they roll.
The first – French – trailer for David Cronenberg’s hard-hitting drama Cosmopolis has been released this week. Based on Don DeLillo’s novel of the same name, the film follows a millionaire, Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson), on a trek across Manhattan, which is followed up with the tag line “How far can he go before he goes too far?”