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Wild Target – Bill Nighty, Emily Blunt, Rupert Grint in Brit Comedy Caper

Posted by LiveFor on April 29, 2010

A British comedy that look very funny with some excellent actors involved. I think Grint will definitely be the Harry Potter star who goes on to bigger and better things.

Bill Nighy is Victor Maynard, a middle-aged, solitary assassin, who lives to please his formidable mother, Louisa (Eileen Atkins), despite his own peerless reputation for lethal efficiency. His professional routine is interrupted when he finds himself drawn to one of his intended victims, Rose (Emily Blunt). He spares her life, unexpectedly acquiring a young apprentice in the process, Tony (Rupert Grint). Believing Victor to be a private detective, his two new companions tag along, while he attempts to thwart the murderous attentions of his unhappy client (Rupert Everett).

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Astro Boy – Images of characters voice by Cage, Nighy and Sutherland

Posted by LiveFor on July 28, 2009

More lovely images from the excellent looking Astro Boy. MTV had them and below we see Dr. Tenma (Nicolas Cage) and Dr. Elefun (Bill Nighy).
In the picture below we see President Stone (Donald Sutherland) and a big robot.
The film tells the story of a scientist, Dr. Tenma (voiced by Nicolas Cage) who replaces his lost son with a powerful robot (Freddie Highmore), who must then come to terms with his own identity as a child, a robot and, most importantly, a hero.


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The Boat That Rocked – International Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on February 19, 2009

Inspired by the British pirate radio revolution in the ’60s, the majority of the film’s shoot took place in a large rusty metal fishing trawler moored off the coast of England in the very waters that kept the rock of the ’60s booming into the U.K.

In 1966 — arguably British pop music’s finest era — the BBC played only two hours of rock and roll every week. But pirate radio blasted rock and pop from the high seas 24 hours a day. And 25 million people — more than half the population of Britain — listened to these pirates every single day.

The Boat That Rocked is an ensemble comedy in which the romance takes place between the young people of the ’60s and pop music. It’s about a band of rogue DJs that captivated Britain, playing the music that defined a generation and standing up to a government that, incomprehensibly, preferred jazz.

Leading the cast are Philip Seymour Hoffman as The Count, a big, brash, American god of the airwaves; Bill Nighy as Quentin, the boss of Radio Rock — a pirate radio station in the middle of the North Sea that’s populated by an eclectic crew of rock and roll DJs; Rhys Ifans as Gavin, the greatest DJ in Britain who has just returned from his drug tour of America to reclaim his rightful position; Nick Frost as Dave, an ironic, intelligent and cruelly funny co-broadcaster; and Kenneth Branagh (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Hamlet) as British Minister Dormandy, a fearsome government official out for blood against the drug takers and lawbreakers of a once-great nation.

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Cabin in the Woods – Joss Whedon tells us things about it but the things may not be true.

Posted by LiveFor on January 27, 2009

There’s a cool article by Todd Brown over on AMC that talks about Joss Whedon’s latest film project, Cabin in the Woods. It is a great example of how to use rumours and the internet to spread the word on a film…and by writing this I am helping it go further.

It’s co-written and produced by Whedon, with writer and director Drew Goddard (Cloverfield, Lost).

Word of their project first surfaced in July with little more than an
announcement that it was happening and that Whedon and Goddard were both
involved. The duo wouldn’t even reveal the plot — Goddard teased in
an
interview with MTV
, “It’s got a harder and darker edge, but it’s
also got classic Whedon qualities. It’ll rip your heart out and be heartfelt at
the same time.” MGM exec Mary Parent who greenlit the movie
told
The Hollywood Reporter
, “I’ll be shot [if I say anything] … It’s
an intense visceral thrill ride and I’ll leave it at that.” Whedon’s only
comment was “it’s the horror movie to end all horror movies… literally,” a
quote that still has fans buzzing over at fan site
Whedonesque: “I’m curious
about what is implied by the description … Many people misuse ‘literally’ so
that it means nothing in particular. But Joss uses language carefully. That
‘literally’ suggests some sort of interesting deconstruction of the genre.”


So who would be the face of the film? Would you believe the dead father
from Six Feet Under (Richard Jenkins) and cabinet member from The West Wing
(Bradley Whitford)? “It’s really just your basic typecasting,”
said
Goddard
, “when you need two actors to run through the woods in
low-cut nighties, you immediately think of Richard Jenkins and Bradley
Whitford.”


On January 24, based on information culled from inside-the-industry
casting calls and databases, the
NewYork Times announced the addition of Bill Nighy and Jena Malone to the cast while also giving the following synopsis: “A group of five college kids are tricked into spending a weekend at a cabin where they will be sacrificed to appease the Gods and save the world.”

In retrospect, a cast of middle-aged men in a film supposedly about
‘five college kids’ should have tipped people off that something weird was going
on, but it didn’t. Instead, fans fixated on what was meant by “Gods”? Could this
be some sort of Lovecraft reference? But then along came Whedon himself to
happily mess with people’s heads. Over on fan board
Whedonesque, the
man himself turned up a few hours after this “news” broke to say, “This is
misinformation. While we are fans of both those actors, neither is attached to
the movie. Just FYI. However, they ARE attached to the Serenity sequel.” No,
there isn’t going to be a sequel to Serenity. But what’s up with the fake info?
Whedon elaborated a little later: “Also, they got the plot wrong. In order
to protect the story from spoilerization, we’ve been sending out our OWN
misinformation, including fake sides for the actors, fake summaries, different
names… So there’s gonna be a lot of ‘information’ leaked that will lead to
excited speculation about things you will not see. Sorry. But here’s some stuff
you CAN look forward to, my word on it: 1) A person will have an emotion. 2) Two
people speaking, or “dialogue”, may occur. 3) A bunch of different people will
play the part of Bob Dylan. Hope that clears everything up. More updates
soon!”

And here is the genius of Joss: Rather than fight the flow of information, he has corrupted the sources, throwing anything anybody says about this film from now until release into question. And everybody who ran the fake Times casting announcement and synopsis is now going to have to run a retraction: Whedon just got two headlines for the price of one.

Sounds rather interesting doesn’t it, even though everything we have currently heard about it may not be true and it may end up being something totally different. Therefore, anything else I write about it may or may not be true…my head hurts.

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Underworld: Rise of the Lycans – 2 TV Spots

Posted by LiveFor on January 12, 2009

TV spot for Underworld: Rise of the Lycans focuses on the falling out between Sonja (Rhona Mitra) and her father Viktor (Bill Nighy).

This one focuses on the punishment of Sonja (Rhona Mitra), as laid down by her father Viktor (Bill Nighy).

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Valkyrie – First 5 minutes

Posted by LiveFor on January 10, 2009

Here are the first 5 minutes of Valkyrie for your viewing pleasure.

n a country in the grips of evil, in a police state where every move is being watched, in a world where justice and honor have been subverted, a group of men hidden inside the highest reaches of power decide to take action. Tom Cruise stars in the suspense film, Valkyrie, based on the true story of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (CRUISE) and the daring and ingenious plot to eliminate one of the most evil tyrants the world has ever known. Director Bryan Singer (THE USUAL SUSPECTS, X-MEN, SUPERMAN RETURNS) re-teams with Academy Award®-winning USUAL SUSPECTS screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie to bring to life the story of the men who led the operation to assassinate Hitler. The film also stars an acclaimed cast including Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Carice van Houten, Thomas Kretschmann, Eddie Izzard, Christian Berkel and Terence Stamp.

A proud military man, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg is a loyal officer who serves his country all the while hoping that someone will find a way to stop Hitler before Europe and Germany are destroyed. Realizing that time is running out, he decides that he must take action himself and joins the German resistance. Armed with a cunning strategy to use Hitler’s own emergency plan – known as Operation Valkyrie – these men plot to assassinate the dictator and overthrow his Nazi government from the inside.

With everything in place, with the future of the world, the fate of millions and the lives of his wife and children hanging in the balance, von Stauffenberg is thrust from being one of many who oppose Hitler to the one who must kill Hitler himself.

Valkyrie is produced by Bryan Singer, Christopher McQuarrie and Gilbert Adler. McQuarrie co-wrote the original screenplay with Nathan Alexander who also serves as co-producer. The executive producers are Chris Lee, Ken Kamins, Daniel M. Snyder, Dwight C. Schar and Mark Shapiro. The film was shot in Germany at various locations where many of the actual events occurred, including the historic Bendlerblock. Recreating the atmosphere of urgency and paranoia inside the German resistance is a team that includes Singer’s frequent collaborators Newton Thomas Sigel (SUPERMAN RETURNS, X2, X-MEN) as director of photography and editor/composer John Ottman (SUPERMAN RETURNS, X2); as well as production designers Lilly Kilvert (two-time Oscar-nominee for THE LAST SAMURAI and LEGENDS OF THE FALL) and Patrick Lumb (THE OMEN) and costume designer Joanna Johnston (MUNICH, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN).

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Valkyrie, 2008 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on January 2, 2009

Director: Bryan Singer
Starring: Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Terence Stamp, Eddie Izzard, Christian Berkel, David Bamber
Running Time: 120 minutes
Score: 7 / 10

This review by James Meeley.

One of the tricky things about doing films based on a true moment of history, is that, oftentimes, the actual events are not nearly as interesting as the film will portray it. This will lead to a “Hollywood-ification” of history, which can hurt the believability of the film. It is only made more difficult, when you use a moment that is also very well known, such as this plot by the Germany army to kill Hitler, and in which knowing the outcome can cost you much dramatic tension. Fortunately, director Bryan Singer doesn’t take many liberties with the actual history of events and produces a film that, while not perfect, is very much entertaining and somewhat moving.

First off, the look of the film is flawless. The cinematography, with its wide-angle shots and sweeping overviews of the landscape and architecture, truly captured the times in which this event took place. It really felt like 1940’s Germany, under the Nazi Reich. It is, quite easily, the strongest point of the film.

The performances range a bit from adequate to very good. Tom Cruise’s take on Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg is more the former. It isn’t bad and he certainly plays up how Stauffenberg put his love of his country above everything else, but I never really got a very good impression of why he felt this way. There was no sense of depth to the character, which one would think would be key to such an important figure of this historical moment. The fact we saw little of Stauffenberg’s interaction with his family also played a part in lessening the impact of his great gamble.

Fortunately, some of the others who support Cruise help to raise the film (and his performance) from being totally lackluster. Tom Wilkinson as General Friedrich Fromm, was certainly one of the standout performances. He played the character with a true sense of duplicity and cunning guile. The way he straddles the fence on the plot to killer Hitler, is very much in keeping with how many of the high ranking Nazis seemed to navigate the political schemes within the Third Reich. Also of note, is Christian Berkel as Colonel Mertz von Quirnheim and Terence Stamp as Ludwig Beck. Both of whom turn in excellent supporting roles and have key moments of tension within the story. And while David Bamber has very few scenes in the film, he is very effective in conveying the side of Adolf Hitler that was never shown very much to the cameras of the times.

In the end, “Valkyrie” is good, but falls a bit short of the truly epic scope it wants to have. This film will become a standard for high school history teachers, when they study WWII in class, as well as being a solid entry into the war movie genre. However, there are too many little things, like almost no one speaking actual German (or even using an accent like one), or the mediocre score that lacks any memorable feeling of emotion, which keep the film out of the realm of a truly great cinema experience. Still, it is a good film, which is fairly historically accurate with the events it depicts, has some wonderful cinematography, and has an excellent cast with some standout supporting performances.

It is no “Schindler’s List” or “Saving Private Ryan,” but it is an entertaining look at some of the events of WWII from within the Nazi Reich, from the view of those who were involved with the atrocities that were being committed in the name of Germany. While certainly not an uplifting film (especially if you know the outcome of the plot), it is still one that is worth seeing.

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The Boat that Rocked – Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on December 5, 2008

The Boat That Rocked is an ensemble comedy in which the romance takes place between the young people of the ’60s and pop music. It’s about a band of rogue DJs that captivated Britain, playing the music that defined a generation and standing up to a government that, incomprehensibly, preferred jazz. The Count, a big, brash, American god of the airwaves; Quentin, the boss of Radio Rock — a pirate radio station in the middle of the North Sea that’s populated by an eclectic crew of rock and roll DJs; Gavin, the greatest DJ in Britain who has just returned from his drug tour of America to reclaim his rightful position; Dave, an ironic, intelligent and cruelly funny co-broadcaster; and a fearsome British government official out for blood against the drug takers and lawbreakers of a once-great nation.

Director: Richard Curtis
Writer: Richard Curtis
Studio: Universal Pictures
Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans

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Astro Boy – First still from the film and the teaser trailer

Posted by LiveFor on November 20, 2008

Cinematical has been given an exclusive look at the first official still for Astro Boy (see above), and there has also been a teaser trailer released (see below or over on Moviefone in glorious HD). Based on the popular Japanese manga and television series, this computer-animated 3-D version of Astro Boy is being produced by those wizards over at Imagi Animation Studios, and stars the voices of Freddy Highmore, Kristen Bell, Nicolas Cage, Bill Nighy, Donald Sutherland, Nathan Lane and Eugene Levy.

From the synopsis: “Set in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy is about a young robot with incredible powers. Powered by pure positive “blue” energy, Astro Boy (Freddie Highmore) is endowed with super strength, x-ray vision, unbelievable speed and the ability to fly-not to mention the purest spirit on the planet. Embarking on a journey across the planet to discover his powers, Astro Boy encounters a netherworld of robot gladiators and other comic characters, and learns the joys and emotions of being human. When he learns his friends and family are in danger, Astro Boy marshals all his awesome super powers and returns to Metro City, in a valiant effort to save everything he cares about and to embrace his place in the world.”

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Underworld: Rise of the Lycans Poster

Posted by LiveFor on November 19, 2008

Underworld 3 or Rise of the Lycans is a prequel to other two films, and details the history around the centuries-old feud between lycans and vampires. Mitra plays Sonja, Viktor’s (Bill Nighy) daughter, who falls in love with Lucien (the eventual leader of the lycans), played by the very talented Michael Sheen. Sonja’s decision to be with Lucien combined with an uprising among the vampires’ slaves causes an epic battle.

What do you think of the poster?
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