Gravity has struck gold once again by picking up two prizes at the 15th annual Golden Trailer Awards on Friday night (30May14). Alfonso Cuaron's Oscar-winning space thriller picked up the Best in Show title as well as Best Thriller at the Beverly Hills, California ceremony, which honours the best film teasers over the past year.
Disney blockbuster hit Frozen also continued its winning streak, taking home the Best Animation/Family award.
Other winners included The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Best Action), Lee Daniels' The Butler (Best Drama), The Fault in Our Stars (Best Romance), Bad Words (Best Comedy) and Dallas Buyers Club (Best Independent Trailer).
Angelina Jolie's new film Maleficent picked up the Best Fantasy Adventure honour on the same weekend (begs30May14) it opened at the top spot in the North American box office.
Filmmaker Adam Mckay has dropped out of negotiations to replace Edgar Wright as the director of Ant-Man. Wright quit the Marvel movie in May (14) after a falling out with studio executives, and they subsequently entered into talks with Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues director McKay.
However, he has since decided against taking on the project because of previous commitments.
Explaining his decision on Twitter.com, he writes, "And yes, met w/ (with) Marvel. (Creators Jack) Kirby & (Stan) Lee r (sic) my (equivalent of Beatles legends John) Lennon (and Paul) Mccartney so it was awesome. But have other projects I'm committed to. Not sure it can work."
Paul Rudd is due to play the superhero in the film.
"That's where I met Jonny, who is still a great friend. I think of him when I think of that. Although, I'm sure the movie looks so ancient now, but we had a lot of fun making that." Angelina Jolie remains close to her first husband Jonny Lee Miller, who she met on the set of 1995 movie Hackers. The couple wed in 1996 but split three years later.
Actor Idris Elba has made his directorial debut with a new music video as part of a project from Pepsi celebrating the world of soccer ahead of the 2014 World Cup. The Thor star also wrote the screenplay for the six-minute film, titled Unstoppable, which chronicles international soccer during the 1970s.
The video is accompanied by a track recorded by Dutch DJ R3HAB and singer Eva Simons, and Elba insists it will be a tune that will become popular at the World Cup in Brazil.
He explains, "When I first heard the song I really loved the idea of being unstoppable... it's self belief, it's someone that just says, 'Guess what? I can do anything I want to do'."
The film is part of drinks giant Pepsi MAX's Beats of the Beautiful Game album, a collection of 11 tracks by artists such as Kelly Rowland, Rita Ora and Janelle Monae and Timbaland and accompanied by films directed by Spike Lee and Diego Luna.
The album will be released on 10 June (14), two days before the World Cup kick-off.
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While most of America spent Memorial Day weekend embracing the coming summer, Marvel had a falling out with one of its directors, and sending what was once their most promising project into creative jeopardy. On Friday, Edgar Wright stepped down as director of Marvel's Ant-Man, citing creative differences with Marvel on his vision for the project. Suddenly, the Ant-Man project looks a lot less interesting.
Our excitement about the upcoming Ant-Man film wasn't so much focused on the hero finally making the leap to the big screen, but for the creative force bringing him there. Wright is a genre film wonder who has spent his career crafting excellent spoofs on everything from horror to cop movies to alien invasions. It was exciting to think what the writer/director could have done with the superhero film. Edgar Wright seemed ordained to direct Ant-Man. It was the perfect meeting of concept and creator. Who else could handle a character as outwardly ridiculous as Ant-Man: a scientist who fights crime by shrinking to the size of a pea or growing to the size of a skyscraper? Ant-Man had been a labor of love for Wright, whose connection to the superhero film had been going on eight years. This clearly wasn't a simple direct-for-pay gig for Wright. It was something that would likely retain the same careful attention to detail and heart that flowed through every one of his previous works. In tribute to a director that has given us so many great moments over the years, we've rounded up the moments that exemplify Edgar Wright's talents for different aspects of filmmaking.
Each film in Wright's Cornetto trilogy is a love letter to a different subset of genre filmmaking. The zombie flick, the buddy cop movie, and the alien invasion film all get the piss taken out of them through subsequent films. Wright had a special way of handling genre spoofs, not only unraveling the conventions and cliches of a given genre, but also embracing them too. In this scene from Hot Fuzz, Wright takes the foot chase, a standard cop film trope, and turns it into comedic gold. It takes all of the cliches of the ubiquitous foot chase (sudden obstacles, every police officer's sudden and expert knowledge of parkour) and turns them all on their heads. It's like he's saying, "Hey, action movies are really stupid, but they're also a ton of fun."
Shaun of the Dead, the first taste of Wright's Cornetto trilogy, is perhaps his funniest film to date. Wright's deft handling of comedy is most perfectly illustrated in the "Don't Stop Me Now" scene towards the end of the film. The sequence is a hilarious frenzy of zombie action. Lines like "Kill the Queen" and the music synching to the beating of pool cues against zombie flesh are absurdly funny.
With Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Wright took Brian Lee O'Malley's series of graphic novels, work drawn and written deeply in the language of manga and video games, and transposed it into the world of film. It's an adaptation that shouldn't have worked, but does so beautifully. The hyper-stylized version of Canada feels coherent, despite all the madness, and the action scenes are fast, fluid, and nicely choreographed, with pixelated point counters blazing the screen and enemy foes collapsing into loose change after being vanquished. Just like that, a comic that should have been un-filmable is brought to life like it was drafted for the big screen in the first place.
One of the reasons that Edgar Wright's films are so enjoyable is because the worlds he creates often barely conform to any rules, often bending reality to suit a gag. Absurdity is a well-used device in Wright's toolbox, and his willingness to let things get weird has given us so many terrific scenes like this one from his television show Spaced. Here, a back-alley confrontation inexplicably turns into a bloody finger-gun shootout with enough pretend viscera to rival Saving Private Ryan's D-Day scene.
SPOILER WARNING: The following clip gives away the ending of The World's End.
Perhaps his most mature film to date, dealing with themes like depression, PTSD, addiction, and the terrifying thought of growing older, The World's End exemplifies better than any of Wright's other films just how in touch with his characters' emotionalities he really is. With the fertile grounds of superhero allegories in his hands, Wright might well have worked cathartic wonder.
A high-tech exhibit based on The Avengers films is set to open in New York on Friday (30May14). The Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. will feature a replica of the S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters, which is featured in the movie, and will also include interactive presentations, including a life-sized, three-dimensional hologram of the Hulk and a flight simulator, which allows visitors to pilot Iron Man's suit.
Comic book guru Stan Lee tells the New York Daily News, "These were concepts that I had in my head and then these great artists... drew them and I felt that was the end of it. They appeared on a comic book page and they looked beautiful and I was happy about that. And now there's this fantastic exhibit that links them with so much science, it's overwhelming."
He continues, "To be able to replicate the experience to be in Iron Man's suit and to see what it would be like to fly. That really got to me."
Props from the movies, including Thor's hammer, Captain America's shield and Black Widow's costume, will also be showcased at the exhibit.
The live stream of Pharrell Williams' upcoming show in New York is set to be directed by Spike Lee. The Happy hitmaker will perform his first solo show at the Apollo Theatre on 3 June (14) as part of the American Express Unstaged concert series and the show will be live streamed simultaneously on amexunstaged.com.
This isn't the first time Lee has directed a webcast for a musical act - in 2010, he headed the live stream for The Roots and John Legend's Unstaged performance, according to AllHipHop.com.
Veteran British actor Sir Christopher Lee celebrated his 92nd birthday by releasing a new collection of heavy metal music. The Lord of the Rings star reached the milestone on Tuesday (27May14) and marked the occasion by unveiling his latest musical release Metal Knight, a seven-track record which includes two covers of songs from stage musical Man of La Mancha, based on fictional character Don Quixote.
He says, "As far as I am concerned, Don Quixote is the most metal fictional character that I know. Single handed, he is trying to change the world, regardless of any personal consequences. It is a wonderful character to sing."
The film icon has previously released four other albums of music, as well as heavy metal-themed Christmas songs.
Disgraced rocker Ian Watkins' former bandmates in Lostprophets never want to speak to their frontman again after he was convicted of a series of child sex offences at the end of last year (13). Guitarists Lee Gaze and Mike Lewis have labelled the singer's depravity "unbelievable" in a new interview.
Lewis, who grew up with Watkins in Pontypridd, Wales, says, "I tried reading the judge’s report. I couldn’t even finish it. To think that somebody I grew up with, who I had been friends with my entire life, whose mother I knew, and how close our families were... I find it utterly unbelievable that he was capable of doing those things."
Watkins, 36, was jailed for 29 years after admitting a host of child sex offences, including the attempted rape of a baby. He pleaded guilty to 13 offences.
LostProphets split weeks before the rock star was sentenced, and the singer's old pal admits he has no interest in visiting Watkins in jail: "I’ve thought about it long and hard and, no, I have no interest in ever speaking to him again.
"I feel incredibly bad for his mother and his whole family and the stigma they have to endure now because of what he’s done and what his actions have done to hurt many people. But I have no interest in questioning him about it. Never."
And in the new Sunday Times Magazine interview, Gaze has described Watkins as a "weak character," adding, "He’s a bit of a coward, not a tough guy by any means. To be in prison, where he’s going to be the guy from the rock band with those charges, I was worried. But then I reached a point where real resentment set in."
He adds, "He spent the longest time trying to convince us that somebody was trying to get revenge on him. He’d created such a web of people, bouncing these women off each other, that it was perfectly feasible that one of these women hated him so much that she wanted to catch him out.
"I thought he was a lot of things - a drug addict, a womaniser - but I never, ever believed that of him. My first assumption was that maybe there was a mistake."