From Ridley Scott comes the latest version of the Robin Hood tale, with a new face and latest film technology. Oscar winners Russell Crowe (Robin Hood) and Cate Blanchett (Lady Marion) star in this version, which looks almost like a cross between Troy and Braveheart as far as visuals go.
The film promises to give you a deeper look into the age old question of whether or not Robin Hood is a hero, thief, or both, and will provide a new perspective to what some may consider a stale story. Universal Pictures has provided us with a variety of trailers, and you can check them out below, along with some stills from the film. Don’t lie, I know you wanted to see a little bit more of Russell Crowe. And don’t forget to check out Robin Hood in theatres this Friday, May 14th.
If there was any doubt in your mind that the young adult series Twilight was changing the world as you know it, this should ease your skepticism. In an article written by the New York Times it was recently revealed that the most popular names of the year are none other than Jacob and Isabella. Coincidence? We think not!
According to the Social Security Administration, names from Twilight and New Moon are quickly racing up the charts as the most frequent choices for new parents. And people are doing this on purpose! Here are the numbers:
I am trying to figure out if a bunch of young adults are having babies and naming them as if they were dolls, or if the adults that are having children are just at an 8th grade reading level. I also wonder if any of them have actually bedazzled their newborns so that they glisten in the sunlight. I mean, you may as well go all out. But seriously, at least no one has gone for Renesmee yet, right?
Watch the trailer for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, due out June 30th, 2010:
Left to Right: Jean-Pierre Marielle as Placard, Dany Boon as Bazil
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I am just going to come right out and say it – foreign films make me nervous. Not because I can’t follow subtitles, but because I am just always terrified that something will be lost in translation and I won’t get it, you know? But generally speaking, once I get over that fear and bite the bullet (there is a tie-in here, just keep reading) I am always pleased when I make the investment in sitting down and watching a foreign film. One of my all time favorites is Amelie, so when I heard Jean-Pierre Jeunet had a new movie coming out on May 28th, I was eager to watch the preview.
MICMACS tells the story of an incredibly unlucky man named Bazil (Dany Boon) who literally takes a bullet to the brain – and survives. Upon leaving the hospital he finds himself homeless and is adopted by a group of misfits who make their way in the world by turning garbage into different gadgets and gizmos. When Bazil recognizes the logo of the weapons manufacturer that created the bullet he was hit by, he enlists the help of his wacky new friends to aid him in his quest for revenge. The movie feels like a mix between The Neverending Story and a Tim Burton film, creating a sense of adventure and wonder while portraying an underlying message. MICMACS seems to be anything but typical but endearing all the while.
It seems that Sir Anthony Hopkins is in final negotiations for the role of the villain Pharotu in the new film Arabian Nights, Heat Vision reports.
Arabian Nights is an action adventure directed by Chuck Russell, and is set to start filming late this summer. Liam Hemsworth will lead the cast as a young commander who teams up with Sinbad, Ali Baba and the Genie from the magic lamp to rescue the queen, Scheherazade after his king is murdered. Anthony Hopkins plays “an evil sorcerer who killed Sinbad’s love, a mermaid, and is looking to amass more magic for himself.” I personally hope the mermaid is played by someone who looks like Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid. But that could just be me.
Lionsgate has released a teaser trailer for Ryan Reynolds’ new film, Buried. The preview doesn’t exactly show us very much, but I assure you there is a reason for that. The movie is about Paul Conroy (played by Reynolds), a man who wakes up only to find that he has been buried alive with nothing but a lighter and his cell phone to keep him company and help him find his way out. The cell battery is dying, the oxygen is running out, INTENSITY ENSUES! Or at least that is what we are led to believe will happen – but we can’t really tell what to expect from the teaser.
For me, this could go either way – we could see Ryan Reynolds really open up as an actor when the focus is completely on him, or we could see another movie as boring as Castaway but without the heavy hitting performance that Tom Hanks provided. I am hoping the movie includes flashbacks and/or even the time following his escape from the ground, because that looks like the most promising opportunity for excitement. And let’s get real, I like actually looking at Ryan Reynolds, OK? He isn’t hard on the eyes.
Buried has a limited release date of September 24th, and goes nationwide October 8th, 2010. Check out the teaser trailer here!
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As we are sure you have heard, Betty White is everywhere and she even hosted Saturday Night Live last night. While her muffin may have stolen the show, one of my favorite moments was seeing her in the Macgruber skit! With the movie set to release May 21st, we will probably be seeing more and more of the skit – and as long as they are as funny as last night’s was, I have no complaints! Watch below, and click here to check out Cliffs Notes from Betty White‘s appearance on SNL.
Has the panic set in!? It’s 8:30 eastern on the night before Mother’s Day, 2010. Do you know where your awesome mothers day gift ideas are!? Well, I don’t know where the majority of them are, but I can point you in the direction of one relatively unique idea – the Official Best of Fest film box sets!
I was introduced to this critically acclaimed series by my friend Jessica over at Small Screen Scoop and have fallen in love with it! The tag line for these sets are “The best films you’ve never seen.” The idea is that the films in these sets are accumulated from a variety of different film festivals because they were never picked up for a wide release.
Official Best of Fest was created to share world-class, film festival films with everyone. We have gathered a top tier curating team to sift through thousands of independent film festival films to find the best. Some of the results are here on DVD. Enjoy.
So if you and your mom are into discovering new things together, I definitely recommend purchasing one of these awesome sets. Each contains a different genre to cater to the perfect movie night, depending on who you’re watching with. Gift Sets include: Films that Inspire, Chick Flicks, Films for Kids, Films that Will Make You Laugh, Films About Romance, Films for Dog Lovers, Films About Real People, Films for Family, Films about Love, Films for Fathers, Sons and Brothers, and Girls’ Night In. Sets can be purchased on the Official Best of Fest website!
For the first time in five years, the Cannes Film Festival has chosen an American film to be featured in the International Critics’ Week section! The Myth of the American Sleepover comes from first time writer/director, David Robert Mitchell and tells the story of a group of teenagers whose lives collide and overlap during their last night of freedom before school starts and summer ends.
While a description of yet another coming of age story about rebellious teens who have some kind of meaningful end-of-summer revelation might make you want to yawn just thinking about it, the preview is exceptionally promising. The Myth of the American Sleepover takes place in suburban Detroit, with kids that most of us can relate to (me especially, since I’m a mid-west gal myself) instead of being some drop dead gorgeous Hollywood types. It doesn’t feel too gritty the way something like Kids would, but it’s also lacking in the cheesy/flowery vibe that made me love movies like Now and Then.
My favorite quote from the preview is this: “They trick you into giving up your childhood with all these promises of adventure. Once you realize what you’ve lost, it’s too late. You can’t get it back.” Color me curious.
There is a new Jay Baruchel movie? Awesome. I am always interested in seeing what this kid will do, ever since his days on Judd Apatow‘s Undeclared. You may be more familiar with Jay from his roles in She’s Out of My League and Apatow‘s more recent flick, Knocked Up. Needless to say he has always had a little piece of my heart, and here’s why – he seems like a lovable dork! He bumbles, he stumbles, he makes a fool of himself to get the girl. And he’s quirky and cute all the while.
The Trotsky looks hilarious, and Jay looks even more adorable than usual as this awkward but determined high school kid looking to induce some change. Leon Bronstein (played by Baruchel) insists he is the 20th century reincarnation of Russian hero Leon Trotsky and makes it his mission to form a Student Union like never before. The film is an official selection of the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival and is available for viewing on the new Tribeca on Demand, where you can watch 13 of the festival’s movies from the comfort of your couch! Check out the preview for The Trotsky below.
I can’t decide how I feel about Saturday Night Live‘s movie version of Macgruber that is coming out May 21st. While I am a mullet lover through and through, I have a difficult time figuring out how they can make these short (but awesome!) SNL skits into a full length feature film.
The thing is, the movie seems to actually have a plot. Check out the synopsis:
Only one American hero has earned the rank of Green Beret, Navy SEAL and Army Ranger. Just one operative has been awarded 16 purple hearts, 3 Congressional Medals of Honor and 7 presidential medals of bravery. And only one guy is man enough to still sport a mullet. In 2010, Will Forte brings Saturday Night Live’s clueless soldier of fortune to the big screen in the action comedy MacGruber.
In the 10 years since his fiancée was killed, special op MacGruber has sworn off a life of fighting crime with his bare hands. But when he learns that his country needs him to find a nuclear warhead that’s been stolen by his sworn enemy, Dieter Von Cunth (Val Kilmer), MacGruber figures he’s the only one tough enough for the job.
Assembling an elite team of experts—Lt. Dixon Piper (Ryan Phillippe) and Vicki St. Elmo (Kristen Wiig)—MacGruber will navigate an army of assassins to hunt down Cunth and bring him to justice. His methods may be unorthodox. His crime scenes may get messy. But if you want the world saved right, you call in MacGruber.
I don’t think I could ever get tired of looking at Ryan Phillippe, personally, and Kristen Wiig is the funniest thing on SNL these days. I am secretly hoping that it will end up being a really hilarious action comedy, like Pineapple Express was. If that’s not reason enough to check it out, see the preview and pictures below: