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- Mark Lankester | Movie Editor's Blog – Fri, Apr 12, 2013 17:28 BSTLike a kid with a box of matches. And $60 million …Big Ben? The Eifel Tower? The Statue of Liberty? Is nothing sacred?Well, not in Tinsel Town anyway…There’s nothing Hollywood loves more blowing stuff up. Especially when that stuff is rather important to the people watching.That’s why in ‘Olympus Has Fallen’, out this week, Antoine Fuqua is going all ‘Independence Day’ on the White House. Ramming it full with pesky terrorists, macho one-liners, and waiting for the resulting “boom”.So, what is Hollywood’s preoccupation with pyrotechnics all about? We gave Joe a few fireworks and put him on the case.Going out with a bang, here’s the last episode in the series of Home movies...Read More »from Joe Wilkinson’s Home Movies: Why Hollywood loves a big bang
Wanna know how to survive the apocalypse? Get a job.
If Hollywood’s morbid fascination with the end of the world has taught us one thing, it’s that being ordinary helps your chances.
Tom Cruise’s post-apocalyptic repair man in ‘Oblivion’, out this week, now joins Bruce Willis’ ‘Armageddon’ oil rigger, John Cusack’s ‘2012’ limo driver and Kevin Costner’s postman in, well, ‘The Postman’, on the list of blue-collar folk who survived disaster movie Doomsdays.
We set our Joe on the case to investigate the trend, and whilst he’s at it, maybe get a job too…Read More »from Home Movies: How to survive a movie apocalypse
- Mark Lankester | Movie Editor's Blog – Thu, Mar 28, 2013 12:20 GMT
In the world of movie spin-offs, anything’s fair game. Even your childhood.
In ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ (that’s Action Man to us Brits), out this week, classic action figures are morphed into actual people. Like Bruce Willis, and The Rock.
Does exactly what it says on the tin? Not really.
So, in this week’s Home Movies, our Joe investigates the toy spin-off trend, to find out just why Hollywood wants to get its hand on your childhood.
And, if Transformers and Battleships can do it, why not Monopoly? Or even KerPlunk?
Now there’s an idea…Read More »from Joe Wilkinson’s Home Movies: Why Hollywood wants to get its hands on your childhood
- Mark Lankester | Movie Editor's Blog – Fri, Mar 15, 2013 14:52 GMT
The magic of the movies. You can’t beat it can you? Certainly not with “real” magic anyway – just look at Paul Daniels.
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This week, our Joe takes a look at upcoming conjuring comedy ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’, starring Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi and Jim Carrey – asking why is it the movies make magic look so, well, magic.Read More »from Joe Wilkinson’s Home Movies: Why magic is much better in films
- Mark Lankester | Movie Editor's Blog – Fri, Feb 22, 2013 16:32 GMT
In the run-up to this year’s Oscars nominations, the hype-machine was all about one man, Ben Affleck, and his guaranteed gong for Best Director.
The actor-turned-director was on his way to pulling off the most successful career make-over in recent Hollywood history. From cinematic joke to talented filmmaker, Affleck was about to silence ten years of critics with ‘Argo’. Then the red carpet was pulled from under his feet when he was omitted from the list of Best Director nominees.
Game over Affleck... or is it?
Actor/Director.... Affleck on the set of Argo (Credit: Rex)
Soon after the 10 January nominee announcement, rumours started appearing online that a nod wasn’t all that important to winning. There was a loophole in the voting system. A glitch in the Matrix.
The Hollywood Reporter uncovered a 1935 precedent from when Bette Davis failed to land a nomination for ‘Of Human Bondage’. Industry outcry led Academy votersRead More »from The Oscars voting loophole that means Ben Affleck could still win Best Director
He might be one of the biggest names in Hollywood, but even Bradley Cooper used to admire the stars.
Footage has emerged online of a surfer-haired Bradley Cooper in the audience of a 1999 episode of US TV show ‘Inside The Actor’s Studio’, hosted by James Lipton.
“Hey Mr Penn. My name’s Bradley Cooper, I’m a second year actor,” he politely introduces himself. “My question is regarding ‘Hurlyburly’.”
“What was it like to revisit a character, Eddie, after a 10 year hiatus? Did you have new discoveries? Did you find that it was a different approach, because you had already done this character before?” he asks.
Sean responds, and Bradley leans in, eager to learn all about the process. Check out the footage here.Read More »from Young Bradley Cooper spotted in old TV footage
Enthusiastic... Bradley wants to learn all he can from Sean (Credit: Daily Mail)
The episode, which aired on 17 January 1999, also
An epic new motion poster for JJ Abrams' upcoming ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ has landed online – with added menacing dialogue from villain John Harrison. Posters can talk now don’t ya know.
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Check it out below – and make sure to grab some headphones for the brooding tones of Benedict Cumberbatch. Shall we begin?
Read More »from Star Trek Into Darkness: Epic new motion poster
Here's the official synopsis:
"In the wake of a shocking act of terror from within their own organization, the crew of The Enterprise is called back home to Earth. In defiance of regulations and with a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads his crew on a manhunt to capture an unstoppable force of destruction and bring those responsible to justice.
"As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his
Remember in ‘Die Hard 4’ when John McClane took out a helicopter with a car? Well now he’s doing it to billboards.
An amazingly creative ad for ‘A Good Day To Die Hard’ has popped up in Oslo, Norway, looking like McClane himself has crashed his car through a poster for the film.
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Remember where we parked... Oslo's Die Hard ad (Credit: imgur)
So far the promotional instillation, posted on Reddit, looks to be the only one of its kind for the film, but it’s still pretty impressive.
‘A Good Day To Die Hard’, the fifth installment in the iconic action series, sees John McClane (Bruce Willis) travel to Russia where his son Jack (Jai Courtney), who is working for the CIA, is in trouble after the assassination of a Russian official. It is the first time the franchise has left US soil.
Last week Willis appeared on BBC1’s ‘The One Show’, bizarrely slating his own film and mumbling to presenters about its awkward name.
Maybe BruceRead More »from Epic Die Hard car crash ad appears in Oslo
- Mark Lankester | Movie Editor's Blog – Thu, Feb 7, 2013 18:09 GMT
‘Wreck it Ralph’ might be a cute Disney flick that pays affectionate homage to the world of videogames, but the writers at least allude to the whole ‘videogames are too violent’ debate (see the video below)
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We got serious and asked the cast their views, with comedian Sarah Silverman (who voices Venellope) revealing to Yahoo! Movies that she turned down a voiceover role in ‘Grand Theft Auto’ for precisely this reason.
She said: “I have to say I’m guilty of loving killing games,” said Silverman. “I love 007 and ‘Goldeneye’ - I mean like I knew every room and every nook-and-cranny.”
But the 42 year-old expressed her uneasiness about appearing in GTA: “I didn’t wanna do it, it just bummed me out.
“Let’s not kill hookers. Let’s not have kids kill hookers.”
‘Wreck-It Ralph’ himself, John C. Reilly, suggesting violence was just part of ‘complete’ video came world:
“You lookRead More »from Exclusive: Wreck-it Ralph star Sarah Silverman on why she turned down GTA
No self-respecting award ceremony would want you to think it wasn’t the biggest, most exclusive gig in town – so it has to look like a sold out star-fest to the adoring TV audiences at home. But it’s all just smoke and mirrors... and seat fillers.
Say a star wins an award, presents part of the show or even pops to the toilet; they leave behind them an empty seat and a chink in the armour of celebrity. That’s where the humble seat filler comes in.
Teams of well dressed volunteers wait in the wings to temporarily fill any empty spots, so that when the camera turns round, you get a sea of smiling faces, not a spattering of lonely luvvies.
“You have to be pretty quick,” says Ed Toll, seat filler at the BAFTAs 2012 and this year too, “And if the seat’s in theRead More »from Confessions of a BAFTAs seat filler