George Clooney and Matt Damon have a certain ease with each other that makes any film project they're in look like fun rather than work. Hell, the duo made three Ocean's movies as the world's most elaborate excuse for a vacation with all your acting friends. So, in a world where Ocean's 14 thankfully doesn't exist, we have The Monuments Men, which acts as if someone put a mini-Ocean's 11 reunion in a time machine and sent it back to World War II. (Brad Pitt was accidentally sent to a 19th century slavery plantation. Bad luck Brad.)
Based on a true story, The Monuments Men follows a rag tag group of would-be soldiers are tasked with infiltrating a warring Germany and rescuing pieces of art stolen by the Nazi war machine, and returning them to their original owners, but stealing back stolen art won't be easy for this group of museum curators and historians since the Nazis are ordered to destroy the art should the Third Reich fall, and spoiler alert, it does.
With a cast that sweeps up as many aging stalwarts of Hollywood as it can, The Monuments Men takes the form of a more prestigious version of The Expendables, replacing Sly Stallone and his muscular cohorts for dramatic actors with a higher pedigree. Clooney and company won't be doing anything as visceral as trying to sink a knife into Jean-Claude Van Damme, but trying to save endangered cultural artifacts from German flame throwers is probably more noble task.
This newest trailer makes the film feel decidedly more like a jaunty caper than a war film, with a bunch of old men doddering around the dark corners of Hitler's Germany and stealing art right under the noses of a couple of snarling Nazis. Rather than being a sobering film about war, it actually looks like a load of fun, or about as fun as a movie involving World War II can look.
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Wait, what? Bill Murray is heading to the small screen? According to Deadline, Murray has joined the cast of HBO's Olive Kitteridge, the miniseries based on Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a small New England town (with an Old England title).
The miniseries, adapted by Jane Anderson and directed by Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right), will follow the tough and moral titular Olive (Frances McDormand) and "a seemingly placid New England town fraught with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy." Murray is set to play Jack Kinnison, a widower and member of the town whom Olive befriends.
Other cast members include the likes of Richard Jenkins (Olive's husband), the recently added Rosemarie DeWitt, John Gallagher Jr., Zoe Kazan, Jesse Plemons, and Cory Michael Smith. And to add even more names to the list, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are executive producing with McDormand and Anderson.
The casting news comes as a pleasant suprise considering that Murray already has a full plate of upcoming projects. (The usually elusive actor is starring in Monuments Men, The Grand Budapest Hotel, St. Vincent De Van Nuys, and Cameron Crowe's untitled film.) By the looks of it, Murray has dived head first back into his acting career, and we're definitely not complaining. In fact, we're hoping that he'll swim over to a little project called Ghostbusters III. We all know Dan Aykroyd would jump up and down in excitement (as would we).
Fans of 1996 alien blockbuster Independence Day will have to wait even longer to see the sequel after studio bosses pushed back the release date by a year. A follow-up to the huge hit, which earned $817 million (£544 million) at the worldwide box office, is in the works, with Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum signed up to reprise their roles.
The movie was slated for release in July, 2015 release to coincide with America's Independence Day weekend, but chiefs at 20th Century Fox have now confirmed the project will not hit the big screen until 12 months later on 1 July, 2016.
The new date means the sequel will be released exactly 20 years after the original.
Director Roland Emmerich previously revealed he has been in talks with the original film's star Will Smith to return to play Captain Steven Hiller. The sequel will be set 20 years on from the original alien invasion, when the extra-terrestrials' reinforcements from outer space finally arrive.
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Spike Lee might be teaming up with a certain pop mega-star. The controversial director is being considered to helm Spinning Gold, a music biopic based on the life of record producer Neil Bogart, with Justin Timberlake attached to star. Bogart was a legendary music mogul who helped release records from a mix of '70s music royalty including KISS and Donna Summer. The screenplay was written by Neil's son Tim Bogart, so it still remains to be seen whether the family link will cloud the story's authenticity.
Lee is a deceptively versatile filmmaker who has applied his directoral knowhow to a diverse number of movies, from bank caper Inside Man, to his solemn ode to post-9/11 New York 25th Hour. Lee has gained a stigma for always putting his politics at the forefront of his films, but he also knows when to rein them back when a picture suits it.
While certain sects of the Internet are quite sure Lee will destroy Korean cinema forever with his upcoming American remake of Oldboy, a wildly inventive revenge flick from Chan-wook Park, we have confidence that Lee can pull off both Spinning Gold and Oldboy sucessfully. People forget that Lee is a talented director when he's not ranting on Twitter, or stirring the pot outside of the director's chair. After the unmitigated disaster that was Runner Runner, we should be less worried about the filmmaker, and more worried about JT's ability to carry a film.
Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith will be re-teaming once again for a sequel of surprise box office success story The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. The movie, about a group of British pensioners who set out to retire in India, topped the U.K. film charts upon its release in 2012 and took more than $134 million (£89.3 million) worldwide.
Now Dench and Smith, along with co-stars Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie, Tom Wilkinson and Penelope Wilton, will head back to India in January (13) to start shooting a follow-up.
Downton Abbey star Wilton tells the Radio Times, "We had a wonderful time shooting this film the first time and I am thrilled we will be going back in January to do another one. As far as I know everybody will be returning."
As well as the film's first outing, Dench and Smith have worked together on Tea with Mussolini and Ladies in Lavender.
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If anyone was wondering what the fantastic Bob Barker has been up to lately, the answer - weirdly enough - is saving zoo elephants.
The former The Price is Right host dipped into the stores of money from his lucrative hosting gig, and paid nearly a million dollars to have a trio of elephants transported from a zoo in Canada to an animal sanctuary in California run by the Performing Animal Welfare Society.
Barker was visibly moved by the relocation of the elephants. "I had a lump in my throat, I had tears in my eyes," said Bob, "I've discovered that the older I get, the easier I cry." Barker also said that he is dedicated to using his wealth for good, saying, "I had a job that I loved. I was very well paid for it, and now I'm spending my money. I intend to die broke."
The elephants, named Iringa, Thika, and Toka, will now enjoy larger pastures to roam around in, and presumably, use the increased space to play animal-sized versions of Plinko.
Basketball legend Bill Russell has issued a public apology after it was revealed he was arrested for carrying a loaded gun through airport security in Seattle, Washington last week. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials announced on Saturday (19Oct13) that the former Boston Celtics icon, 79, was taken into custody by police at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Wednesday night (16Oct13) for having a .38 calibre Smith & Wesson handgun in his hand luggage.
The firearm, which he had a permit for, was confiscated and he was cited for having a weapon in a prohibited area.
He was subsequently released and now Russell has released a statement to say sorry for the "mistake".
The statement reads: "Before boarding my flight from Seattle to Boston, I had accidentally left a legal firearm in my bag. I apologise and truly regret the mistake.
"I was issued a citation by the TSA, whose agents couldn't have been more thorough and professional when dealing with this. I really appreciate their efforts to keep air travel safe."
Russell would have been allowed to keep his weapon if he had packed the gun unloaded in his checked baggage.
In addition to the citation, Russell faces a fine of up to $7,500 (£5,000).
The list of Quentin Tarantino’s top 10 films of the year is an annual delight that always manages to baffle. This year's list follows the trend of feeling sort of insane yet completely expected with it's gonzo mix of genre flicks, highly praised festival favorites, and some of the worst reviewed movies of the past 12 months. It surely doesn't resemble any sane person's list, but it does feel like the sort of crazy compilation that Tarantino would create. With this year's list, we’ve separated the films into five different categories of varying Tarantino-ness.
Quintessential QuentinThe Lone RangerKick-Ass 2
These two films are classic Tarantino picks. One is an absurd, action-packed Western that bombed critically and commercially at the box office, while the other was a comic book superhero romp filled with almost Django-levels of bloodsplatter, and an arch villain named "The Motherf**ker." Yep, these definitely belong on a Tarantino list.
Pretty Darn TarantinoThe ConjuringGravity
We can definitely see the love Tarantino had for these two flicks. The inner film-luddite in him must have gushed at The Conjuring and its use of practical effect scares, while Gravity uses both practical and computer generated imagery to create a dazzling vision of space.
Yeah, We Can See ThatThis Is The EndAfternoon Delight
While our believability is beginning to stretch a bit, we can definitiely see why Tarantino loved these two films, as Afternoon Delight's quirky and somewhat depraved stripper-at-home premise, and This Is The End's apocalyptic-stoner brand of comedy are definitley his brand of raucous, perverse comedy.
Not So TarantinoBefore MidnightDrinking Buddies
Ok, now we're scratching our heads a bit. We wouldn't expect Quentin to go for these genre-subverting romances, as there's not much of that Tarantino zing in either film. But hey, the man likes what he likes. And we could see Ethan Hawke or Olivia Wilde headlining one of his wild epics.
Are We Sure This Is the Guy Who Made Kill Bill?Frances HaBlue Jasmine
Wait, what? We have no idea what falls in the middle part of the Venn diagram comparing Tarantino to these two projects. There isn't a Katana, a trunk shot, or copious amounts of gratuitous violence anywhere in these movies. Quentin apparently watches a ton of indie dramas when he's not making explosive revisionist Westerns. Who knew?
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Actress Vivica A. Fox has named and shamed Eric Roberts as Hollywood's worst kisser after opening up about her lip-locking experience with the star. The Kill Bill star got intimate with Julia Roberts' brother on the set of new film So This is Christmas and admits he wasn't her favourite leading man.
Asked to list her best and worst movie kisses during an appearance on America's The Arsenio Hall Show on Thursday (04Oct13), Fox said, "Eric Roberts wasn't the best kisser... (It was), like, piranha style. It was, like, open with the teeth and when we finished my lipstick was, like, all over his teeth.
"When you kiss someone (in a film), you get to pretend... I pretend you're my man, so kiss me... Don't bite me... and have fresh breath!"
Fox revealed her favourite leading men have been Will Smith and Morris Chestnut, adding, "My love life onscreen has been better than my love life personally. They've given me nothing but the best... I've had the best of chocolate."
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It's big enough news that this genuine Van Gogh recently emerged from a Norwegian guy's attic, but now Doctor Who fans have spotted a familiar blue box in the left corner of the painting.
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In an iconic Who episode, the Doctor (Matt Smith) meets Vincent Van Gogh (Tony Curran), who is plagued by a monster that only he can see. After dealing with the monster, Amy and the Doctor bring the underappreciated Van Gogh into the present day to see the modern response to his much-lauded paintings. In the show, Van Gogh dedicates "Vase With 12 Sunflowers" to Amy, but it appears that he dedicated another to the blue police box that helped him learn the value of his work. Watch a clip, including a guest appearance by Bill Nighy, from the show here.
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