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With Divergent's debut just around the corner, we’d be remiss not to bring up the butt-kicking prowess of Shailene Woodley's Tris Prior. In what looks like to be the best super woman movie to release this year, we tip our hats to Tris and say thank you for facing your fears and standing up for your imperiled society. That being said, we’ve decided to go one step further. We’ve created a list of a few of the women who have done the same for their societies. The super women of the big screen.
The AvengersBlack Widow. Yes, she was hot, but more than hot she was seriously badass. When we first encounter her in The Avengers, she is midway through an interrogated by a few Russian men. Her hands are bound behind her back, and all seems lost. But we quickly learn that she's had the upper hand the whole time, and before you know it she’s beaten everyone to a pulp and is out the door.
Kick AssHit-Girl. She’s young, like really young, but don’t let this fool you. When that 11-year-old girl puts on her purple wig she transforms from a child to one of the most kickass women we’ve ever seen on the big screen. She’s good with a gun, a knife, a crossbow, and sometimes at her best when she’s unarmed. Two thumbs up to Hit-Girl, who only uses her powers against the evilest of evil men.
HannaHanna Heller. This little kook is another badass young girl we can't let slip the cracks in this list. She’s been trained since the ago of two in the art of combat. She can fend off even the most daunting resistance with her bare hands, and she does so every chance she gets.
Who is your favorite female action hero?
Divergent hits theaters March 21. You can check showtimes and purchase advanced tickets at Movietickets.com.
Lindsay Lohan has checked into a California rehabilitation facility to begin a court-ordered 90-day treatment programme. The Mean Girls star was expected to enroll in the luxury Seafield Center in New York's Hamptons, which had been approved by the court, after pleading no contest to charges relating to a car crash in California last summer (12). However, she left the Big Apple on a flight bound for Los Angeles late on Wednesday night (01May13) and instead made her way to the Morningside Recovery clinic in Newport Beach, California.
The last-minute change prompted her lawyer, Mark Heller, to head to a Los Angeles court early on Thursday in a bid to get the new treatment facility approved by the star's judge - even though Lohan had already checked in. Prosecutor Terry White objected to the late alteration, arguing that he had only learned about Lohan's decision to switch programmes from the media and had not been given enough time to investigate the treatment centre. White also expressed concerns about the quality of care provided by Morningside bosses, pointing out that executives had had their medical licence suspended in 2012 over an issue with the management of prescription drugs. However, Judge James R. Dabney insisted the facility appeared to be acceptable, and ordered prosecutors to report back to him to give their official judgement by 10 May (13), reports TMZ.com.
Lohan had reportedly bailed on the Seafield Center as the facility bans patients from smoking. Meanwhile, the troubled actress' father, Michael Lohan, insists his daughter had "no idea" that Morningside hadn't been approved as her rehab site when she checked in. He tells CNN.com, "It's not her fault. This poor kid was a mess before she left." The actress avoided jail in a last-minute deal by pleading no contest to misdemeanour reckless driving and providing false information to police. She was ordered to spend 90 days in rehab and she must also attend 18 months of psychotherapy sessions and serve 30 days of community service. In pleading no contest, Lohan admitted she had violated her probation in a 2011 shoplifting case.
The dwindling population of Lindsay Lohan apologists was holding strong to this latest inception of the 26-year-old actress' rehabilitation program. Following a recent court appearance over an episode of reckless driving, Lohan was sentenced to undertake a stint in a locked rehab facility for a period of 90 days, which she kicked off on Thursday. Those sustaining faith in the reformation of the uninhibited Long Islander cheered: This is it! She's taking steps to better herself! Everything's comin' up Lohan!
But no. Turns out the rehab center into which she checked isn't exactly going over too well with the courts.
Yahoo! News reports that a prosecutor in the Lohan case has taken issue with the center in question — Morningside Recovery — claiming that it was not the Southern California facility upon which the legal teams agreed and that it has not been approved as a credible institution.
In response to the prosecution's allegations, Lohan's attorney Mark Jay Heller said (ever so poetically), "My client is ensconced in the bosom of that facility right now ... She's in rehab right now. Nothing bad is going to happen," and urged Superior Court Judge James R. Dabney to approve of the facility.
While Dabney seemed to deem Morningside an acceptable rehabilitation program, he agreed to withhold a decision upon whether or not to transfer Lohan to a separate facility until Santa Monica Chief Deputy City Attorney Terry White has had time to investigate her present surroundings.
And so, even in her efforts to rid herself of substance problems and develop a clean legal record on top of a new reputation, Lohan stirs the pot. But hey, she's in rehab for alcohol, not bein' wacky!
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The trailers for Hope Springs might lead you to believe it's a romantic comedy about a couple trying to jumpstart their sexless marriage but it causes more empathetic cringing than chuckles. Audiences will be drawn to Hope Springs by its stars Meryl Streep Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell and Streep's track record of pleasing summer movies like Julie & Julia and Mamma Mia! that offer a respite from the blockbusters flooding theaters. Despite what its marketing might have you believe Hope Springs isn't a rom-com. The film is a disarming mixture of deeply intimate confessions by a married couple in the sanctuary of a therapist's office awkwardly honest attempts by that couple to physically reconnect and incredibly sappy scenes underscored by intrusive music. Boldly addressing female desire especially in older women it's hard not to give the movie extra credit for what writer Vanessa Taylor's script is trying to convey and its rarity in mainstream film. The ebb and flow of intimacy and desire in a long-term relationship is what drives Hope Springs and while there are plenty contrived moments and unresolved issues it is frankly surprising and surprisingly frank. It's a summer release from a major studio with high caliber stars aimed squarely at the generally underserved 50+ audience addressing the even more taboo topic of that audience's sex life.
Streep plays Kay a suburban wife who's deeply unsatisfied emotionally and sexually by her marriage to Arnold. Arnold who is played by Tommy Lee Jones as his craggiest sleeps in a separate bedroom now that their kids have left the nest; he's like a stone cold robot emotionally and physically and Kay tiptoes around trying to make him happy even as he ignores her every gesture. One of the most striking scenes in the movie is at the very beginning when Kay primps and fusses over her modest sleepwear in the hopes of seducing her husband. Streep makes it obvious that this isn't an easy thing for Kay; it takes all her guts to try and wordlessly suggest sex to her husband and when she's shot down it hurts to watch. This isn't a one time disconnect between their libidos; this is an ongoing problem that leaves Kay feeling insecure and undesirable.
After a foray into the self-help section of her bookstore Kay finds a therapist who holds week-long intensive couples' therapy sessions in Good Hope Springs ME and in a seemingly unprecedented moment of decisiveness she books a trip for the couple. Arnold of course is having none of it but he eventually comes along for the ride. That doesn't mean he's up for answering any of Dr. Feld's questions though. To be fair Dr. Feld (Carell) is asking the couple deeply intimate questions so if Arnold is comfortable foisting his amorous wife off with the excuse he had pork for lunch it's not so far-fetched to believe he'd be angry when Feld asks him about his fantasy life or masturbation habits.
Although Arnold gets a pass on some of his issues Kay is forthright about why and how she's dissatisfied. When Dr. Feld asks her if she masturbates she says she doesn't because it makes her too sad. Kay offers similar revelations; she's willing to bare it all to revive her marriage while Arnold thinks the fact that they're married at all means they must be happy. Carell's Dr. Feld is soothing and kind (even a bit bland) but it's always a pleasure to see him play it straight.
It's subversive for a mega-watt star to play a character that talks about how sexually unsatisfied she is and how unsexy she feels with the man she loves most in the world. The added taboo of Kay and Arnold's age adds that much more to the conversation. Kay and Arnold's attempts at intimacy are emotionally raw and hard to watch. Even when things get funny they're mostly awkward funny not ha-ha funny.
The rest of the movie is a little uneven wrapped up tightly and happily by the end. Their time spent soul-searching alone is a little cheesy especially when Kay ends up in a local bar where she gets a little dizzy on white wine while dishing about her problems to the bartender (Elisabeth Shue). Somewhere along the line what probably started out as a character study ended up as a wobbly drama that pushes some boundaries but eventually lets everyone off the emotional hook in favor of a smoothed-over happy ending. Still its disarming moments and performances almost balance it out. Although its target audience might be dismayed to find it's not as light-hearted as it would seem Hope Springs offers up the opportunity for discussion about sexuality and aging at a time when books and films like 50 Shades of Grey and Magic Mike are perking up similar conversations. In the end that's a good thing.
While recent animated blockbusters have aimed to viewers of all ages starting with fantastical concepts and breathtaking visuals but tackling complex emotional issues along the way Ice Age: Continental Drift is crafted especially for the wee ones — and it works. Venturing back to prehistoric times once again the fourth Ice Age film paints broad strokes on the theme of familial relationships throwing in plenty of physical comedy along the way. The movie isn't that far off from one of the many Land Before Time direct-to-video sequels: not particularly innovative or necessary but harmless thrilling fun for anyone with a sense of humor. Unless they have a particular distaste for wooly mammoths the kids will love it.
Ice Age: Continental Drift continues to snowball its cartoon roster bringing back the original film's trio (Ray Romano as Manny the Mammoth Denis Leary as Diego the Sabertooth Tiger and John Leguizamo as Sid the Sloth) new faces acquired over the course of the franchise (Queen Latifah as Manny's wife Ellie) and a handful of new characters to spice things up everyone from Nicki Minaj as Manny's daughter Steffie to Wanda Sykes as Sid's wily grandma. The whole gang is living a pleasant existence as a herd with Manny's biggest problem being playing overbearing dad to the rebellious daughter. Teen mammoths they always want to go out and play by the waterfall! Whippersnappers.
The main thrust of the film comes when Scratch the Rat (whose silent comedy routines in the vein of Tex Avery/WB cartoons continue to be the series highlight) accidentally cracks the singular continent Pangea into the world we know today. Manny Diego and Sid find themselves stranded on an iceberg once again forced on a road trip journey of survival. The rest of the herd embarks to meet them giving Steffie time to realize the true meaning of friendship with help from her mole pal Louis (Josh Gad).
The ham-handed lessons may drag for those who've passed Kindergarten but Ice Age: Continental Drift is a lot of fun when the main gang crosses paths with a group of villainous pirates. (Back then monkeys rabbits and seals were hitting the high seas together pillaging via boat-shaped icebergs. Obviously.) Quickly Ice Age becomes an old school pirate adventure complete with maritime navigation buried treasure and sword fights. Gut (Peter Dinklage) an evil ape with a deadly... fingernail leads the evil-doers who pose an entertaining threat for the familiar bunch. Jennifer Lopez pops by as Gut's second-in-command Shira the White Tiger and the film's two cats have a chase scene that should rouse even the most apathetic adults. Hearing Dinklage (of Game of Thrones fame) belt out a pirate shanty may be worth the price of admission alone.
With solid action (that doesn't need the 3D addition) cartoony animation and gags out the wazoo Ice Age: Continental Drift is entertainment to enjoy with the whole family. Revelatory? Not quite. Until we get a feature length silent film of Scratch's acorn pursuit we may never see a "classic" Ice Age film but Continental Drift keeps it together long enough to tell a simple story with delightful flare that should hold attention spans of any length. Massive amounts of sugar not even required.
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The Ghostbusters star will join Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as gay toyboy Scott Thorson in the film about the flamboyant pianist, according to Variety.
Production is set to begin on Behind the Candelabra later this summer (12).
The initial previews of Hanna brought memories of a very dissimilar movie with a pretty similar subplot: Kick-Ass.
In that movie Nicolas Cage trained his preteen daughter to be a deadly fighter. In Hanna Eric Bana does the same for Saoirse Ronan. However Kick-Ass was a lively (yet macabre) comic book farce and Hanna looked to be a pitch-black action film without much in the avenue of story or character. Sure they'd drag us along with questions about the girl's origin and compel us with the life-affirming dedication that the CIA Agent (Cate Blanchett) hunting Hanna has to her mission. Perhaps some interesting action but little else would this movie offer.
Thankfully my preconceptions were proved to be all wrong. Hanna was far more than an unusual twist on an action film. Although the movie does have its weaker points Hanna is above all an intriguing and beautifully shot movie. The development of Hanna as a character is sensational. She doesn't spend her screen time taking orders from her father Erik Heller and killing nameless soldiers. A good deal of the film has her learning about the modern world with which she has no actual experience. The strongest scenes in fact were the lighter ones: Hanna in her travels befriends an English family—the first people with whom she has managed to form any relationship.
All of the acting performances are impressive especially the supporting ones. The family members are hilarious but not caricatures—they're believable as a family. Tom Hollander as Isaacs the "unlicensed" assassin is creepy and horrifying but not superhuman. Even more provocative than its performances is the film's direction. You will be hard-pressed to find a more beautifully and precisely shot film. The scenes of action comedy tenderness and tension are all shot to perfectly capture the mood.
The Hanna DVD available today has a fair deal of interesting bonus features. Director Joe Wright gives humble and interesting but sometimes overly pragmatic commentary on the film and on a small featurette called "Anatomy of a Scene." In addition there are two Deleted Scenes and an Alternative Ending all worth watching if only to see Hanna's character further developed.
The movie is a delightful surprise and the DVD offers genuinely interesting bonuses that help the viewer to understand this unique complex film.
Lindsay Lohan has offered a heartfelt thank you to the paparazzo who found her missing purse with nearly $1 million of possessions still intact.
Darryn Lyons assisted police at Heathrow Airport and helped to locate the pricey Hermes Birkin bag that contained "a quantity of jewelry."
Lohan's attorney Michael David Heller said, "Lindsay wants to say a massive thank you to Mr. Paparazzi Darryn Lyons for handing back her bag to her today after his paparazzi film crew helped catch the thief and return her belongings.
"She feels that maybe justice has been served, and karma may have played a role in the return of her bag today given that the paparazzi are usually a pest to her and today they have been a godsend."
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