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Casey Affleck has signed up to star in Paradise Lost. The 36-year-old actor will star alongside Bradley Cooper and Benjamin Walker in the movie, which tells the tale of the battle between good and evil.
Affleck will play the angel Gabriel in the project, which sees Bradley star as vengeful Lucifer, who raises a hellish army after he is cast out of heaven. Dijmon Hounsou is also set to star as the angel of death Abdiel in the film, which is being directed Alex Proyas. The movie - which is set to come to cinemas in 2013 - is expected to have a particularly unique visual appeal, and will be shot in 3-D.
"I've sometimes thought that only an insane person would want to make this movie, because it's visually audacious and has to live up to a classic poem that is so beloved. I don't think the visuals could have been done justice until now, which is the great fun of being a film director in this modern age of visual effects," Proyas said.
Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Lionsgate, Paramount, Sony, Universal, Warner Independant Films, Weinstein Company, Action, Adventure, Animation, Biopics, Period, Remakes, Science Fiction, Sequels, Comedy, Home Entertainment, Lists, New Releases
Here are some of the DVD and Blu-ray options available this Tuesday:
- The Art of the Steal: DVD
- Clash of the Titans: DVD, Blu-ray
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Blu-ray
- Dark City (1950): DVD
- G.I. Joe: The Movie (1987): DVD, Blu-ray
- Fanboys: Blu-ray
- Hannie Caulder: DVD
- Ip Man: DVD, Blu-ray
- Lock Up: Blu-ray
- Operation: Endgame: DVD, Blu-ray
- Rambo (Complete Collector’s Set): Blu-ray
- Rambo (Extended Cut): Blu-ray
- Repo Men: DVD, Blu-ray
Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options for this week.
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It was bound to happen sooner or later. Another host from E!‘s The Soup would start to get the attention he/she deserved
Back in 1991, actor Greg Kinnear kicked off what was then known as Talk Soup. He is now probably better known for his Oscar-nominated work in As Good as It Gets. Since then, other hosts have moved on from that weekly program to varying degrees of success. (The most notable ones being Hal Sparks and Aisha Tyler.) Could current frontman Joel McHale soon be outgrowing the recap roundup as well?
It has just been announced that the 36-year-old comedian will be branching out from the clip show to work on a much larger project. Joel will soon be starring in The Informant, a new movie from director Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s Eleven). McHale is slated to play an FBI agent who will work alongside Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap) and Matt Damon.
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Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: FOCUS, Disney, IFC Films, Lionsgate, Sony, Warner Bros, Warner Independant Films, Yari Film Group Releasing, Adaptation, Documentary, Drama, Family, Music, Period, Romance, Comedy, Thrillers, Box Office, Lists, New Releases
Here are some possible suggestions for your upcoming weekend:
- 10,000 BC (PG-13): starring Steven Strait, Camilla Belle, Cliff Curtis (directed by Roland Emmerich)
- The Bank Job (R): starring Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows, Richard Lintern (directed by Roger Donaldson)
- College Road Trip (G): starring Martin Lawrence, Raven-Symoné, Donny Osmond (directed by Roger Kumble)
- Bar Starz* (PG-13): starring Derek Waters, Charlie Finn, Jana Kramer (directed by Michael Pietrzak)
- CJ7* (PG): starring Stephen Chow, Kitty Zhang Yuqi, Chi Chung Lam (directed by Stephen Chow)
Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Picturehouse, DreamWorks, FOCUS, Disney, Fox Searchlight, MGM, Miramax, Lionsgate, Picturehouse, Paramount, Sony, Universal, Warner Bros, Warner Independant Films, Weinstein Company, Action, Adaptation, Animation, Drama, Family, Foreign, Independent, Period, Political, Romance, Comedy, Awards, Celeb News, Celebrity Gossip, Lists
The nominations for the 80th Annual Academy Awards were announced bright and early Tuesday morning from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Assuming the ceremony goes on as scheduled, you can see the live broadcast Sunday, February 24th on ABC.
Notable additions/omissions from today’s announcement:
- Based on the major categories alone, it looks like Michael Clayton may be the frontrunner. It received six nominations.
- Aside from one nod each in the Best Supporting Actor category, both Into the Wild and Charlie Wilson’s War were virtually shut out from the top prizes.
- Sweeney Todd - winner for Best Comedy/Musical at the Golden Globes - was shut out for Best Picture. Johnny Depp’s nom was the only major accolade for the film.
- A much-deserving Amy Adams did not receive a nom nor did her film, Enchanted.
- Atonement - the movie with the most nominations at the Globes - only received 3 in the major areas. The two main stars (Knightley, McAvoy) were also shut out.
- Cate Blanchett earned two nominations this year (Elizabeth: The Golden Age, I’m Not There).
- Angelina Jolie was not recognized for her heartbreaking performance in A Mighty Heart.
- And last but not least, great news for (my personal) standouts this year: Ellen Page (Juno), Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises) and screenwriter Click to continue reading 2008 Academy Award Nominations
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Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: MGM, Sony, Warner Bros, Warner Independant Films, Adaptation, Documentary, Drama, Family, Foreign, Independent, Music, Romance, Science Fiction, Comedy, Thrillers, Lists, New Releases
Here are some possible suggestions for your upcoming weekend:
- Fred Claus (PG): starring Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti, Miranda Richardson (directed by David Dobkin)
- Lions for Lambs (R): starring Tom Cruise, Robert Redford, Meryl Streep (directed by Robert Redford)
- P2 (R): starring Alexandre Aja, Franck Khalfoun, Grégory Levasseur (directed by Franck Khalfoun)
- American Gangster (R): starring Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe (directed by Ridley Scott)
- Bee Movie (PG): starring Jerry Seinfeld, Renee Zellweger (directed by Steve Hickner, Simon Smith)
- Martian Child (PG): starring John Cusack, Amanda Peet (directed by Menno Meyjes)
- Wristcutters: A Love Story (R): starring Patrick Fugit, Shannyn Sossamon (directed by Goran Dukic)
- Darfur Now* (PG): starring Don Cheadle, George Clooney (directed by Ted Braun)
*limited or gradual release
Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: FOCUS, Magnolia, New Line, Picturehouse, Sony, Warner Bros, Warner Independant Films, Action, Drama, Independent, Music, Musicals, Political, Romance, Science Fiction, Comedy, Thrillers, Lists, New Releases
If you need a little help planning your weekend, here are a few possible suggestions:
- The Brave One (R): starring Jodie Foster, Terrence Howard, Naveen Andrews (directed by Neil Jordan)
- Dragon Wars (PG-13): starring Jason Behr, Amanda Brooks, Robert Forster (directed by Hyung-rae Shim)
- Mr. Woodcock (PG-13): starring Seann William Scott, Billy Bob Thornton, Susan Sarandon (directed by Craig Gillespie)
Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: DreamWorks, Disney, Fox Searchlight, MGM, Lionsgate, Paramount, Touchstone, Universal, Warner Independant Films, Action, Adaptation, Animation, Drama, Family, Horror, Independent, Romance, Sequels, Comedy, Thrillers, Box Office, Lists, New Releases
Having exhausted all their sequel choices, theater patrons quickly moved on to the latest offering: Ocean’s Thirteen. Despite general indifference for the series’ second movie, Steven Soderbergh and friends faced down the unlucky number and rolled the dice again. Their gamble paid off well this weekend when they took down Captain Jack Sparrow and his mates
Of course, viewers who crave the comfort of familiarity can still manage to have discerning taste. Eli Roth’s Hostel: Part II only rounded enough voyeurs to rank a mediocre 6th place. Here’s to hoping that the era of grisly horror movies is once again over…
Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Columbia Pictures, DreamWorks, Paramount, Sony, Warner Independant Films, Action, Adaptation, Documentary, Drama, Period, Political, Thrillers, DVD Reviews, Full Episodes, Theatrical Reviews, Videocasts
Veronica Santiago and Neil Estep have another full episode of FilmCrunch for you. In this show we review Ghost Rider, Half Nelson, Flags of our Fathers, and The Queen.
Now we want to hear from you - hit the forums and let us know what you think, what you want us to watch next, and any other recommendations you have for the show.
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