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Ben Affleck Confirms Senator Leahy will be in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Actor Ben Affleck, who will be donning the cape and cowl as Batman in next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, confirmed at a Senate hearing that Senator Patrick Leahy will indeed be in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Affleck is a co-founder of the Eastern Cong Initiative and was testifying before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Diplomacy and National Security about the situation in the Congo (alongside Bill Gates) where he said:

To Senator Leahy, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge my co-star in Batman. The role is marginally smaller than mine but I understand you’re quite good.

Senator Leahy is a diehard Batman fan, and has appeared in numerous films and voiced characters which led some to speculate if he’d be in the latest film to feature the Dark Knight. Leahy is also a vocal proponent for Hollywood (especially when it comes to intellectual property), often fighting their battles for them in the Hill, which calls into question his numerous appearances.

(via ABC News)

Ryan Reynolds Shows of the Deadpool Suit. But Who Did the Pose the Best?

Actor Ryan Reynolds went to Twitter to show off what you can expect he’ll look like in next year’s Deadpool movie.

The pose is rather familiar, so we had to ask, who pulls it off the best? Deadpool? Burt Reynolds? Stan Lee?

Vote in our poll!

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X-Men: Apocalypse Finds its Jubilee.

Director Bryan Singer has announced on Twitter the latest addition to the apparently still growing cast to X-Men: Apocalypse. Lana Condor will be the latest actor to portray the character in the film. We couldn’t find much, actually nothing, as far as her previous roles.

Condor is the fourth actress to play the character in a live action film. Heather McComb played the character in the Generation X television film, Katrina Florence was her in the first X-Men film, and Kea Wong played the role in X2 and X-Men: Last Stand.

I'd officially like to welcome our newest mutant #JubilationLee, #Jubilee @LanaCondor to #XMEN #Apocalypse

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Our First Look at Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor

A first look at actor Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor has been released to Entertainment Weekly. The character will appear in next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice which will hit theaters March 25.

Director Zack Snyder said of the character:

He’s not any of the Lexes that you’ve seen, that’s for sure. Other than him being a captain of industry and one person to the world and another person to himself. And bald, of course….Our Lex is disarming and he’s not fake. He says what he believes and he says what’s on his mind. If you can unravel the string and decipher what he means, it’s all there.

So what do you think of the look?

Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor

 

Insurgent Surges to First, Kingsman closes in on $300 million

The Divergent Series InsurgentThe second movie in The Divergent series of films was in the top spot at the box office this past weekend. The Divergent Series: Insurgent brought in an estimated $54 million over the weekend. That is really close to what the first film opened up with.

The film’s audience was 60% female, slightly more than the first movie which was 59%. The movie also earned an “A-” rating from CinemaScore.

The comic book adaptation Kingsman: The Secret Service inched towards $300 million globally. The film earned an estimated $4.6 million in its sixth week. The film has earned $114.57 million at the domestic box office. Right now it has earned $295.2 million globally, and has yet to open in China.

Big Hero 6 still continued to earn after twenty weeks in theaters and brought in $175,000 this past weekend. It has earned $221.97 million at the domestic box office and $644.8 million globally.

From Comics to Film: The Chair Teaser Trailer Unveiled

Based on the Alterna Comics graphic novel of the same name, The Chair follows the story of Richard Sullivan, an innocent man struggling to escape execution on death row. Witnessing the savage killings of his fellow inmates at the hand of the prison’s sadistic and psychotic Warden, Sullivan decides that the only way to survive is to fight back. But as he matches the brutality occurring in the prison, Sullivan is forced to come face to face with his sanity and his own horrifying past.

A successful crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter helped to provide pre-production and development costs. Another campaign, this time on Indiegogo, has been planned for late-April as funds will be raised for post-production costs. An “all or nothing” fund-raising model will be used as opposed to Indiegogo’s traditional method of real-time funding. More details to come as the launch date draws near.

Directed by Chad Ferrin
Starring Bill Oberst Jr., Tim Muskatell, Noah Hathaway, Zach Galligan, Naomi Grossman, Derrick Damions, Kyle Hester, Ezra Buzzington, Susan Eisenberg, Kin Shriner, Jacob Banser, Tomas Boykin, Robert “Corpsy” Rhine, Christian Hutcherson, John Siciliano, Michael Berthold, Joe “ANIMAL” Laurinaitis, Joseph Pilato, Andrew Marheineke, Brent Anthony, Jack deLyra, and Roddy Piper

Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Gets a New TV Spot. And it’s the best yet!

We’re still a little over a month until Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters on May 1, but Marvel is upping the excitement with a new television spot that might be the best trailer/ad yet. It’s kind of hard to watch this and not count down the days until this can all be watched on the big screen.

Movie Review : The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)

1423177323606Synopsis - As the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has only a single remaining vacancy – posing a rooming predicament for two fresh arrivals – Sonny pursues his expansionist dream of opening a second hotel.

My Take - This is one of those rare sequels, which builds on the appeal of the original as it stands on its own merits & is everything that a sequel should be. The blending of both cultures (British & Indian), even though shown in various films, the basic idea behind this film remains fresh and relevant. The story stays true to its characters, takes their journey forward in natural and meaningful ways, and brings in new characters and new conflicts to shake things up. Just like the previous installment, the film succeeds in being creative, engaging, touching and funny. Taking a few place a few months after the 1st one ended, Sonny Kapur (Dev Patel) & Mrs. Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith) are on their way to a business meeting with Ty Burley (David Strathairn), the head of a chain of extended-stay hotels that cater to the aged. Apparently, they have the customer demand, but they need investors to help them purchase a vacant hotel in town. Mr. Burley won’t commit, but he does agree to send an incognito inspector in the near future. Very excited and mildly encouraged (respectively), Sonny and Mrs. Donnelly head home.

942154Back in Jaipur, there’s much more going on with the residents and staff of the hotel than just expansion plans. Sonny is working through wedding plans with his fiance, Sunaina (Tina Desae), but feels threatened by her friend Kushal (Shazad Latif) who has been teaching Sunaina complicated dances for the engagement party and wedding. Norman (Ronald Pickup) alternately bemoans and appreciates having made the decision to be exclusive with live-in girlfriend Carol (Diana Hardcastle), who just may have a wandering eye of her own. Meanwhile, Madge (Celia Imrie), Norman’s female equivalent in the group, is being courted by two wealthy Indian men, but wonders if she should be looking in still another direction for happiness. Evelyn (Judi Dench) and Douglas (Bill Nighy) seem to want to get together, but both are afraid to make a move & things get even more complicated when Douglas’ wife, Jean (Penelope Wilton), shows up to finalize their divorce with their daughter (Fiona Mollison) in tow. Last, but certainly not least, Sonny is falling all over himself to impress a new guest named Guy Chambers (Richard Gere), who Sonny is convinced is the hotel inspector. But, much to Sonny’s dismay, Guy mainly seems interested in getting to know Sonny’s widowed mother (Lillette Dubey). Meanwhile, Sonny is being consistently rude to another new guest, Lavinia Beach (Tamsin Greig), who tells him she’s looking for a place for her elderly mother to live. The stress of all this gets to Sonny and he begins making mistake after mistake, both in his personal relationships and in his business. But while he’s working through all that, the hotel’s residents are making mistakes of their own – and jeopardizing opportunities that may never come again. A lot of the laughs are aimed at the ages of the hotel’s residents, but they’re in on the joke, laughing with and at themselves and each other, while also saying and showing what lives well-lived are all about. The aging characters’ everyday speech combines common doubts and struggles with wise words, reflecting a lifetime of experience, and carrying great lessons for any younger audience members who will make the effort to really listen. You have to smile as the effervescent enthusiasm of the totally inept Sonny bubbles over in every single thing he does. Held together by the team around him, Sonny finds the demands on his time pulling him in all directions as he tries to expand his business and arrange his marriage. The audience were laughing throughout as we bounced back and forth between each character’s story and the addition of both Tamsin Grieg and Richard Gere were both entertaining and welcome.

Marigold-hotel-dan_3181469bMaggie Smith gives another wonderful performance, her character is much more wiser & more observant this time. The presence of Judi Dench & Bill Nighly is a sense of confirmation of how good the film is! There are no words to declare how marvelous this two master performers are! Lillete Dubey was wonderful as was Tina Desai. Although he caused quite a stir when the line-up was first released, Richard Gere wasn’t a particularly exciting addition in the end, but that’s not to say he didn’t do a good job – mediocre, but still didn’t take anything away from the film. Dev Patel is surprisingly the main star of the show! Hilarious & earnest, at times he even managed to steal the show from the veterans. Anyways, with such an amazing cast who all played their parts flawlessly, all bringing something different to the story. I don’t think anyone can really argue about the cast.  Speaking critically, of course it’s not a perfect, flawless film, simple as. Nor is it “ground-breaking” story-telling. It’s a harmless film and isn’t there to be picked apart for every little plot failing it may have. It’s there to be enjoyed and if you let yourself, you will. On the whole ‘Second Best Marigold Hotel’ makes you laugh, makes you cry & makes you reflect. It gets the point of the film across splendidly – that life can be an adventure at any age. That is the point of the film. It’s all that you want and need it to be. It lovely and amusing and certainly does not disappoint. Shall we get a ‘Third Best Marigold Hotel’ please?

Overall Rating: 8

Director - John Madden
Starring - Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy
Rated - PG
Run Time - 122 minutes

Movie Review: Run All Night (2015)

tumblr_static_ezy6j4j2ra8g4o44oco88co48Synopsis - Mobster and hit man Jimmy Conlon has one night to figure out where his loyalties lie: with his estranged son, Mike, whose life is in danger, or his longtime best friend, mob boss Shawn Maguire, who wants Mike to pay for the death of his own son.

My Take - From the trailers, this film may seem like another Taken iteration, but luckily its not! There is actually much more to this mob thriller than meets the eye. Gangster movies have a long and distinguished history in cinema.  Most of them are actually some of the best movies ever made!! True, Liam Neeson plays a former man of violence with a ‘particular set of skills’ who is forced to employ them in order to save his family, but that’s about where the similarities end. Indeed, while that franchise never quite had any ambition than as a glorified B-movie, this latest team-up between Neeson and his ‘Unknown’ and ‘Non-Stop’ collaborator Jaume Collet- Serra proves itself as an impressive amalgamation of the Oscar- nominated dramatic skills on which his earlier career was built on and his more recent kickassery. The story follows Jimmy Conlon (Liam Neeson), a retired hit man who had a particular set of skills that he used over a long career, but he has been gutted by the life he chose for himself and is now a drunk who is broke and estranged from his family. He works life-long best friend, Shawn Maguire (Ed Harris), a former crime boss who is now a legitimate businessman, but one who still knows how to get his hands dirty when he feels that he needs to. These two men become deadly adversaries when Jimmy is forced to shoot Shawn’s son, Danny (Boyd Holbrook) in order to keep Danny from shooting Jimmy’s son, Mike (Joel Kinnaman). Mike is a family man (two kids and another one on the way) who drives a limo. One night he is hired by two Armenian gangsters to take them to “visit” Danny and discuss a business deal gone bad.

run-all-night-4-When Mike sees Danny shoot one of the Armenians, Mike gets away but Danny goes looking for him. Jimmy gets tipped off to what’s going on and gets to his son just in time to stop Danny from killing Mike. Justifiable homicide, you might think, but Shawn doesn’t see it that way. Even though both Shawn and Jimmy had strained relationships with their sons (Danny being an irresponsible loser and Mike blaming his father for leaving the family when Mark was young), blood is thicker than water. Old friends suddenly become enemies as Shawn and Jimmy go to war over the fact that Danny is dead and Mark is still alive. Whoever is still capable of running at the end of the night wins. The script takes the time for some excellent character development, but instead of making the movie drag, in the hands of this talented group of actors, the film pulls you in from the very beginning and never lets go. Actually, the movie grabs your attention in the opening scene when you see Jimmy bloodied and lying on the forest floor while we hear his inner monologue reflecting on the burden of a lifetime of regrets. The shot is from above and leaves you wondering if that scene was a dream or if it’s foreshadowing the end of the movie. And if it’s the latter, you wonder how he got there, whether he’s going to live and if he accomplished his goal of keeping his son safe. In fact, the movie is shot and edited very creatively and the score is simply perfect. Jimmy Conlon is a combination of Neeson’s characters in Non-Stop and Taken, but his skills seem more common than in the latter and he’s even more vulnerable than in the former. This is Neeson’s most powerful and affecting performance since Schindler’s List. (After this movie, I’m even willing to forgive him for Taken 3!). Neeson and Harris are very well cast as friends-turned-enemies and each brings his A-game to his role. Collet-Serra understands Neeson’s ‘particular set of skills’ in playing the fallible hero, and gives his lead actor space and breadth to explore his character’s vulnerabilities and motivations – even bringing in an  Nick Nolte to add patriarchal weight to the proceedings. Kinnaman also offers up an extremely strong performance as an angry and brooding husband, father and son, who loves his family, yet puts them in danger and hates his father, but has to trust him to survive. Kinnaman has enough scenes with Neeson for their father-son relationship to develop into something truly compelling, & the actors share a good rapport that give the action scenes added emotional texture. Add to that group the rapper Common as an intense and deadly hit man and Vincent D’Onofrio as a cop who was never able to put Jimmy away for any of his hits, and what you have is an extraordinary cast.

47d20a5a-10d7-43af-8d63-e4ea4486defaDirector Jaume Collet-Serra doesn’t disappoint in any department. Reining in the hand-held shots that made the last Taken 3 an absolute nightmare to watch even on the big screen, Collet-Serra fashions a couple of impressive sequences that make full use of its New York locale. A thrilling cop-car chase through the streets of Brooklyn easily puts Taken 3’s highway chase to shame, while a high-rise apartment complex on fire provides a tense backdrop against which Jimmy and Mike attempt to protect a kid witness. There is also the iconic Madison Square Garden, which provides the scene for a daring escape right after a Rangers-Devils game, and heightens the Big Apple atmosphere while keeping the gritty noir-ish feel of the earlier scenes.It is certainly tempting to see this as yet another attempt to cash in on Neeson’s new found action hero status, but Run All Night distinguishes itself with some well-filmed set pieces to satisfy the adrenaline-hungry crowd while staying grounded with enough characterization and good acting for its audience to be rooted with the characters on screen. It is also his best collaboration yet with Collet-Serra, who seems genuinely interested at making a movie tailored to the actor’s strengths than simply cashing in on a fad. On the whole, Run All Night is an immensely satisfying blend of gripping mob drama and thrilling action set pieces that is easily Liam Neeson’s most credible work in recent years.

Overall Rating: 8.5

Director - Jaume Collet-Serra
Starring - Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Joel Kinnaman
Rated - R
Run Time - 114 minutes

Cinderella is Magical in First, Kingsman Holds Strong

cinderella-2015-poster-691x1024Cinderella was the top movie the past weekend, earning an estimated $70.1 million in its first weekend. The movie had a similar opening to other live-action adaptations of Disney classics (so I’d expect more down the road). The movie had a reported budget of $95 million.

The movie attracted an audience that was 66% female and 66% families. It also earned an “A” Cinemascore, so expect it to do quite well over the month.

In comic adaptation news, Kingsman: The Secret Service continues to do well earning an additional $6.2 million to bring its domestic total to $107.4 million. Globally the film has earned $276.7 million, well above its $81 million budget.

Big Hero 6 brought in an additional $226,000 to brings its total to $221.7 million after 19 weeks. Globally the film has earned $632.8 million with a budget of $165 million.

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