Blog Posts by Mark Lankester

  • 12 Movie Stars Who Deserve A Comeback

    From Molly Ringwald to Mara Wilson, theres some stars we just can't forget.

    Fame is fleeting, just ask Mark Hamill. After 'Star Wars' made him the most famous actor on the planet, he’s rarely seen on the big screen nowadays, instead he plies his trade as a voice actor.

    Some stars get to the top, but through bad movies, bad luck, or just by choice, their highflying careers are brought crashing to the ground.

    [Bond Girls: Then and now]

    We’d like to see a few former famous faces given a second chance though, so here are 12 throwback movie stars who we’d love to see make a comeback. Sorry Hamill, you’re not on the list...

    (Credit: Rex/Empire)
    Rick Moranis
    Career highlights: ‘Ghostbusters’, 'Spaceballs', ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’, ‘Honey, I Shrunk The Kids’
    What happened? Rick was our go-to man for 80s/early 90s quirk. If you wanted geeky, get Moranis on the phone! He retired from live-action after 1997’s direct-to-video threequel ‘Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves’, becoming a stay-at-home dad instead.
    Comeback status: In June 2013 Moranis gave a rare interview, saying he “wouldn’t not” reprise

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  • The most ridiculous movie resurrections

    How cynical Hollywood studios brought characters back to life to make a bit more cash.

    Unless you’re the Son of God or a soap character, death is usually the end. But there’s a place on Earth where even the grip of the Grim Reaper counts for nothing – Hollywood, USA.

    You see the humble Hollywood producer wields a force more powerful than death. It’s called money, and it makes sequels to successful movies happen, regardless of silly little details like the death of a major character.

    Logic be damned! If you want a follow-up as good as the first, you’re going to need the old cast back together - alive and well. 

    So get digging, Hollywood’s going all Burke and Hare… Here are the sequels that brought their characters back from the dead, and the implausible plots too. Spoilers ahead...

    Ripley was cranky after a 200 year break (Credit: Rex)
    The character: Ellen Ripley in Alien Resurrection (1997)
    The resurrection: Cloning

    Sigourney Weaver’s eternal E.T. hater, Ellen Ripley, finished up ‘Alien 3’ by leaping into a giant furnace – incinerating herself and the unborn alien Queen that was

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  • Olivia Wilde Naked In Third Person Trailer

    Actress strips off in Japanese promo for film that’s been dubbed ‘ludicrously awful’.

    Olivia Wilde has managed to rouse some interest for the already-a-flop film ‘The Third Person’, baring all in a risqué nude scene for the Japanese trailer.

    The ‘Tron: Legacy’ and ‘Drinking Buddies’ star goes starkers for various love scenes in the upcoming romantic thriller that’s been described by one critic as “an unintentional comedy, were it not so boring.”

    Watch the video above.

    [Scarlett Johansson: naked scenes 'liberating']

    ‘Third Person’, directed by Paul Haggis - the director of ‘Crash’ and writer of Bond movies ’Casino Royale’ and ‘Quantum Of Solace’ - tells the story of three inter-connecting love stories, set in Paris, New York and Rome.

    Olivia (third from left) with the cast of the film at the Toronto International Film Festival (Credit: Rex)
    Olivia stars as Anna, the lover of Liam Neeson’s writer, Michael, who’s recently left his wife when they meet in Paris. Mila Kunis plays a New York mother charged with attempting to kill her son, trying to regain the custody rights from his father, played by James Franco. While in Rome, Adrien Brody is an American Businessman who becomes

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  • Spider-Man: Jamie Foxx talks Electro’s other looks (exclusive)

    Comic book movie bad guy says it took 18 hours to get the character right.

    ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ star Jamie Foxx has revealed how filmmakers settled on the shocking look of his villainous character, Electro, for the new comic book sequel. Watch the video above.

    “We wanted him to be the first black man with a comb over,” Foxx joked about Electro’s geeky alias Max Dillon, before explaining how the character’s controversial lightning-blue look came about.

    “[It took], I think, 18 hours to actually get Electro the character. Because we actually tried other looks,” Foxx told the audience at a special fan Q&A, exclusively for Yahoo.

    “There was just a plain, like transparent sort of skin, and then there was like a different shade of blue, and then they chose that blue because it’s like a blue screen,” he added.

    “It definitely is well worth the time that we put in."

    [First look: Jamie Foxx as Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2]

    The unveiling of Foxx’s incarnation of cult Spidey bad guy had caused controversy last year, when fans were shocked to see a blue-skinned

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  • Mark Wahlberg gives hilarious foul-mouthed speech at MTV Movie Awards

    Transformers star calls Generation honour the ‘you're-too-f**king-old-to-come-back award’.

    Mark Wahlberg has given a hilarious swear-riddled speech at the MTV Movie Awards, after winning the esteemed Generation Trophy.

    “I know what this really means,” Wahlberg quipped after picking up the ceremony’s highest honour. “Many people have gotten this award before… Jim Carrey, Ben Stiller, Jennifer Aniston… This is the you're-too-f**king-old-to-come-back award!"

    “This isn't the Channing Tatum-you’re-dancing-around-chicks-want-you award,” he added. “This is the you're-f**king-done award. But you know what, it's been a great run.”

    [Transformers: Age Of Extinction To Set Up New Trilogy]

    The 42-year-old ‘Lone Survivor’ star then recalled how he started out – briefly mentioning his troubled youth and previous criminal convictions, success with hip-hop group Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch, and even his time as a model for Calvin Klein – saying he went from “literally being incarcerated to having a one-hit rap career to having an underwear model career.”

    “It was a great run and I'm a lucky guy

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  • Watch Locke: See new Tom Hardy thriller for free

    You can watch Brit actor’s latest film five days early, for nothing!

    Tom Hardy’s intense new movie ‘Locke’ hits cinemas 18 April 2014. But there’s no reason you should have to wait that long to see it…

    Together with ShowFilmFirst, we’re giving away 300 tickets to 14 special early screening events happening Sunday 13 April – offering you the chance to see the action a full five days before the movie’s released!

    ‘Locke’ sees ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ star Tom Hardy play Ivan Locke – a man with the perfect family, a dream job, and what should be the crowning moment of his career about to happen.

    But one phone call will force him to make a decision that will put it all on the line.

    [Tom Hardy: I was lucky I didn't get AIDS from drug use]

    To get your Hardy-hungry hands on tickets to one of our preview events, happening at selected Picturehouse cinemas across the country, all you have to do is enter your details, along with your desired venue, here.

    It really is as simple as that.

    Tickets are limited to 300, and they will be assigned on a first come, first served

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  • Emma Watson Unmasked Video Will Haunt Your Dreams

    You’ll never look at the Harry Potter star the same way again.

    Prepare to never sleep again… Or at least look at Emma Watson in the same way.

    Disclaimer: You cannot un-see this.

    The unsettling video and accompanying GIF of the ‘Noah’ star “unmasking” to reveal Sofia Vergara underneath is creeping its way around the internet. And it’s doing horrible things…

    The source of the gruesome find is actually a fan made video that first surfaced on YouTube in early March. Posted by user curveballbe, the footage featured the ‘Harry Potter’ actress removing a rubber mask and chest to become the Colombian model and actress Sofia Vergara.

    [The best of the Internet’s Captain America ‘Hail Hydra’ memes]

    The uncomfortable 22-second clip is actually a clever CGI rework of a short video originally posted by YouTube user Kerry Johnson to an account associated with – a website focusing on “female masking”.

    Unsettling... The original YouTube video (Credit: YouTube/Kerry Johnson)

    You can watch the original, here.

    The practice of female masking – where men wear elaborate latex second skins of women to affect a female alter-ego – recently

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  • The Beautiful Stars Made Ugly For Movie Roles

    The flawless Hollywood stars who toned down the glamour for a film.

    “There's a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking,” - so said Derek Zoolander.

    That’s why when pretty Hollywood types want to really get noticed on screen, they tone down the glamour and go for the gritty look – hoping their acting chops will bring the real beauty.

    Check out our gallery below of The Beautiful Stars Made Ugly For Movie Roles:

    Shiny-haired Jennifer Aniston was recently snapped on the set of upcoming movie ‘Cake’ looking shockingly make-up free and sporting noticeable fake facial scars.

    ‘Batman’ star Christian Bale piled on a paunch for ‘American Hustle’ (working on an impressive comb over too), while ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ star Jared Leto went even further – gaining a massive 67lbs to play the rotund Mark Chapman for ‘Chapter 27’.

    [The Most Unconvincing Movie Star Stunt Doubles]

    Usually flawless Nicole Kidman donned a substantial fake nose to pass for influential writer Virginia Woolf in ‘The Hours’. Even Adonis-like-actor Ryan Gosling has gone

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  • Benedict Cumberbatch Magazine Sparks Crime Wave

    British Airways mags featuring Sherlock star’s face stolen in record numbers.

    Sherlock has sparked his own crime wave…

    British Airways crew reported a high number of in-flight magazines going missing from their aircraft – leaving staff puzzled by the unusual on-board theft.

    [Benedict Cumberbatch: ‘I’ve overexposed myself!’]

    However the case has now been cracked, when copies of their ‘High Life’ mag were spotted being sold on eBay. Why? Because they had Benedict Cumberbatch on the cover.

    Hot property... High Life featuring Benedict Cumberbatch (Credit: British Airways)
    The usually free publication featured a steely-eyed shot of the endearing ‘Sherlock’ and ‘Hobbit’ actor as its cover star, with an in-depth four page interview inside.

    However the mags have since been found on auction site eBay selling for up to £30.

    The Cumberbatch covered High Life up for auction (Credit: eBay)

    Kerri Smith, the editor of ‘High Life’ admitted that BA staff were “thrilled with the response so far”.

    “We always strive to create the best-in-class content and Benedict Cumberbatch is quickly proving the most popular cover star we have ever had in our 41-year history.”

    [Watch: Orlando Bloom expertly rehearse Hobbit fight scene]

    A cult

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  • Noah screening cancelled after cinema floods

    Exeter showing of Biblical movie suffers ironic setback.

    Set your irony-gauge to full…

    An Exeter cinema was forced to cancel the first screening of new movie ‘Noah’ after it was discovered the venue had flooded overnight.

    Customers waiting to see the Russell Crowe-fronted film – inspired by the water-logged Bible narrative – were due to attend a 12:15pm showing at the Devon-based Vue multiplex on Friday 4 April.

    However, the cinema remained closed till 2pm as staff had arrived at work earlier that morning to find excess water filling the building.

    [Russell Crowe: Jor-El not in Batman vs. Superman]

    We’re guessing the flooding wasn’t on as epic a scale as the Darren Aronofsky-directed movie (or the religious text that inspired it), but no reports yet on any ark building.

    Divine intervention? Probably not. But the irony certainly wasn’t lost on cinema-goers:

    A spokesperson for the Exeter Vue later blamed the

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