Inviting you to be their guest, Disney has released the poster for their upcoming theatrical run of Beauty and the Beast 3D.
It always made sense that Steven Spielberg, cinematic master ofthe boy’s own adventure, would take on the challenge of bringing Herge’s much loved comic book character to the big screen. Spielberg has held the rights to produce a movie based on Tintin ever since 1983 and it has been widely reported in the run up to the film’s release that Herge himself said that only Spielberg could ever truly make a Tintin film. The Tintin books are known and loved by millions and there was always going to be some who doubted whether the legendary director would be able to do the books justice.
Eons after the Gods won their mythic struggle against the Titans, a new evil threatens the land. Mad with power, King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) has declared war against humanity. Amassing a bloodthirsty army of soldiers disfigured by his own hand, Hyperion has scorched Greece in search of the legendary Epirus Bow, a weapon of unimaginable power forged in the heavens by Ares.
Only he who possesses this bow can unleash the Titans, who have been imprisoned deep within the walls of Mount Tartaros since the dawn of time and thirst for revenge. In the king’s hands, the bow would rain destruction upon mankind and annihilate the Gods. But ancient law dictates the Gods must not intervene in man’s conflict. They remain powerless to stop Hyperion…until a peasant named Theseus (Henry Cavill) comes forth as their only hope.
Nick Murphy’s The Awakening is a BBC produced old-fashioned ghost story, tinged with horror, heavy on suspense, but ends up tangled in the web it weaves. Leading lady Rebecca Hall’s hoax-buster is the focal point as she attempts to reveal the parlour tricks behind a “haunted” boarding school. Initially gripping, the tension gradually gives way to the mounting confusion as the potential fades into the ether.
In a perverse sort of sense documentarians play a very similar role to that of an investigative journalist. They sense a story, pursue it endlessly, albeit with the permission of their subject, and eventually bring that ‘unreported’ story to the masses. It’s an important vocation imbued with passion and dedication and yet whilst the aim of the documentarian is invariably didactic, their work is more often than not rip-roaringly entertaining.
Mike Barnett’s Superheroes, granted its European premiere at the festival, is a fascinating example of a genre pic that manages to effortlessly suffuse entertainment with unbridled insight into a little known subject, that of the real life superhero.
A glitzy press conference last Thursday confirmed what the twitterverse already knew by revealing that Bond 23 will indeed be called Skyfall.
Much of the pre-conference online chatter was confirmed by the presence of Bérénice Marlohe, and Naomie Harris, but we can now add Harry Potter star Helen McRory to the cast list after her participation was announced by, you’ve guessed it, Twitter.
The first images from David Cronenberg's upcoming film, Cosmopolis, have been released. Featuring every teenage girl's favourite vampire, the images show Robert Pattinson in his starring role as a billionaire having a very bad day.
Mickey Rourke must be feeling nostalgic for the days where he slept on couches and subsisted on McDonalds cheeseburgers because he has made yet another bafflingly wrongheaded decision, by walking out on Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths.
If you have yet to see Mark Hartley's excellent "Ozploitation" documentary, Not Quite Hollywood, you owe it to yourself to seek it out and spend some time with it. When you're done, you can come back and carry on reading.
Takashi Miike has a work ethic unlike any other director working today. Spielberg can regularly knock out two films in a single year and Woody Allen and Clint Eastwood churn out a reliable film per year. Miike, however, has directed four films since the sublime 13 Assassins, which only saw release in the UK this year.
First came his remake of Hara-Kari, another samurai movie, then came the interminable looking Ninja Kids!!! (exclamation not mine) and has two more films in post-production; one of which is an adaptation of a Nintendo DS game.