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Berlin: Robert Pattinson Joins Thriller "Brimstone"

Carice van Houten also joins the cast of the movie by writer-director Martin Koolhoven.....»»

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Dornan, Murphy tackle WWII roles for thriller "Anthropoid"

LONDON (Reuters) - "Fifty Shades of Grey" star Jamie Dornan joins "Peaky Blinders" actor Cillian Murphy for a World War Two thriller about the assassination of one of the main architects of the Holocaust......»»

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Pierce Brosnan joins Dave Bautista in ‘Final Score"

Pierce Brosnan is joining Scott Mann's action-thriller "Final Score" reports Deadline......»»

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Ryan Reynolds joins Kevin Costner in "Criminal"

The actor known for playing the Green Lantern has just joined the cast of Ariel Vromen's crime thriller, which also features Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman and Tommy Lee Jones, according to Variety and Entertainment Weekly. To be helmed by the screenwrit.....»»

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Spielberg joins forces with Coens

Steven Spielberg is teaming up with the Coen brothers to make a Cold War thriller starring Tom Hanks......»»

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15 Of The Most Confusing Films Ever Made

These 15 films are all varying degrees of head-scratchers. Some you can pick apart with a bit of work, some you are deliberately impossible to understand. The post 15 Of The Most Confusing Films Ever Made appeared first on popcrunch.com. Most films are pretty linear and easy to follow in their storytelling. Others are muddled, but make sense when you think about them — like Memento. But some, some are designed to bewilder, obfuscate, and confuse. These 15 films are all varying degrees of head-scratchers. Some you can pick apart with a bit of work, some you are deliberately impossible to understand, but all are worth the effort of the attempt. Oh yeah, spoilers. 1Primer Shot for a mere $7,000, Primer is about time travel. Sort of. It’s more about the breakdown between two people, but an incredibly confusing causally linked time travel mechanism underpins it. If someone tells you they understood it on their first viewing, they’re a filthy liar. Written by a mathematician/engineer, none of the jargon or lingo is cut, making it as factually accurate as one could imagine a time travel story to be. The plot loops in on itself in recursive and terrifying ways. Trying to follow it? Good luck. Yes, it really is that batshit confusing, but watching it over and over to pick it apart is surprisingly fun. Unlike some of the other films on this list which are confusing just to be confusing, Primer actually makes complete sense, if you’re willing to put enough time and effort into it to understand what’s going on. 2Synecdoche, New York Again we see a Charlie Kaufman flick. The guy really does excel at the mindfuck. This time starring the superb Philip Seymour Hoffman as a play director crippled by neuroses who receives an immense grant, and sets up a massive play in a warehouse where each actor acts out a private and banal life, mimicking the outside. Slowly the play begins to mirror the outside world more and more, as he is afflicted by a mysterious illness, to the point where he hires actors to portray people outside, including himself. The film twists in on itself constantly, with the impossibly large warehouse eventually housing a full replica of New York City, including its own impossibly large warehouse, and so on. Sharply dividing to critics, some hailed it as the best film of the decade, others as unintelligible gibberish. Thematically dense but incredible, if you can follow it, you’ll be justly rewarded. 3Eraserhead I know, we’ve already seen Lynch on this list, but could I really ignore the famously off-the-wall Eraserhead? It’s completely and utterly indescribable. There’s a guy, his wife, a horribly deformed baby which may or may not be human, explosions, machinery, oozing wounds and liquids, eraser shavings, and more craziness than I can even understand. It was Lynch’s first feature film and is 89 minutes of pure snake-fucking crazy. Highly influential, but still utterly unintelligible, there’s really nothing you can do but try and ride it out, or devote a lifelong academic career to trying to decipher it. 4Donnie Darko Donnie Darko is much, much deeper than I originally gave it credit for. I first went in with my brain turned off, expecting something “quirky”, but not actually deep. What I got was only the tip of the story, and it turns out there are volumes more information that you need to really appreciate what was going on — mostly given via the notoriously twisted and labyrinthine website. 5Holy Mountain Chilean filmmaker/artist Alejandro Jodorowsky is either the closest thing we have to a mad prophet, or utterly insane, and I can’t decide which. Anything he makes is so densely packed with symbolism and metaphor that it will break your brain trying to understand what everything means — and it all means something. Steeped in tarot, mysticism, Christian magic, alchemy, and everything else weird and wonderful, his work is transcendental, if you can follow it. He’s more or less given up on film these days, instead focusing on comics where he isn’t limited by things like the laws of physics or budgets. Unfortunately, his later work has become almost a self-cliché, invariably hitting the same points over and over. Here’s something interesting, grab anything he’s done in the last 25 years, and tick off which of the following are in it: incest, violence and mutilation between family members, castration of a son by a father, a horrible disfiguring wound caused by a parent figure, obese and corrupt priests, back-stabbing royalty. Yeah, all of his stuff hits these points, regardless if it’s fantasy, historical, or sci-fi. 6Mulholland Drive Pretty much any film by David Lynch belongs on this list but lets bundle most of them up in with Mulholland Drive, which is possibly his most acclaimed work. Let’s face it, barring maybe Elephant Man and Dune, Lynch’s work is uniquely surrealist, and hard to follow regardless of how well you understand his corpus of productions. Lynch has specifically avoided offering explanations of the goings-on in Mulholland Drive, instead intentionally wanting viewers and critics to create their own opinions. Non-linear, bewildering, and inter-cut with seemingly unrelated chunks, it’s hard to follow even at the best of times, yet remains a powerful and influential film. 7Jacob’s Ladder Military experiments, death, drugs, and psychic powers. Jacob’s Ladder is an utterly horrifying trip into the mind of a broken individual trying to escape the legacy of the horrors of Vietnam. I won’t ruin the ending — which could be viewed either as a cop-out or else the only logical end of the story — but it’s a kick in the gut, that’s for sure. Increasingly horrific hallucinations plague Jacob as he learns more about just what happened when he was wounded during the war, and how it’s linked to everything that’s happened since then. Uniquely terrifying and difficult to pick apart, the ending kind of does away with any real need to explain what’s going on. 8Naked Lunch Cronenberg directing a book by Burroughs. You know there’s going to be nothing but batshit crazy here. Only really tangentially related to the book, Peter Weller’s laconic take on the insanity and surreality that surrounds him rapidly becomes an anchoring point for the viewer. Talking insects, hallucinogens, murder, sentient typewriters, psychic communications, bodysuits, and all other manners of weirdness pervade it, and it’s certainly not for the squeamish or easily bewildered. Unlike many of the other stories on this list, Naked Lunch isn’t capable of being picked apart, instead, it’s intentionally obtuse and inscrutable. Just sit back and enjoy the ride. 92001: A Space Odyssey 2001 is pretty damned hard to follow, mostly due to the bookends of the film, with the prehistoric opening and incredibly trippy closing, which serve to bewilder many viewers. The bit in the middles is just fine, though. Kubrick was famously exacting in what he required from his films, and the slow pacing is entirely intentional, and so too is the requirement that you as a watcher actually have to think and interpret what is happening, and not have it handed to you on a platter. The transformation into the Star-Child — and proceeding bad trip through space — is definitely obtuse and was designed to be open to interpretation. My personal view is that when Bowman activates the monolith, he’s whisked to an alien zoo for observation before they ascend him into a new form. But hey, that’s just me. 10Akira Without having read the immense manga or hitting Wikipedia, understanding Akira on the first viewing is extremely tricky. The amount of information presented to the viewer is minimal, and the whole “wait, what happened to Akira? Where did he go? And the blue kids? There’s another universe?” thing is pretty damn hard to get your head around, especially when most of the movie only explains these things tangentially, and you’re more concerned about Tetsuo’s crazy ass powers. Repeated watching and further research really do clarify what the hell is going on because otherwise you’re left bewildered. 11Adaptation Adaptation is utterly confusing, and unlike other films that blur the lines between reality and fantasy within the world of the movie, it takes on the borders between film and real-life — as in our real life. Adaptation is an adaptation of a novel called The Orchid Thief, which has no plot to speak of. So the movie is about the movie’s writer struggling to adapt the book and make a screenplay, which ends up being about him struggling to write a screenplay about the Orchid Thief. It consciously slips between Kaufman’s attempts to write a script true to a book that can’t be adapted, while shamelessly throwing in Hollywood-esque features like explosions, car chases, and love stories. Yeah, it’s bewildering, and just how true any of it is entirely up for debate. It’s still a great film, though. 12Solaris Partly due to being in Russian and partly due to its legendary slow pacing, Solaris (the 1972 version) is notoriously hard to follow. Often called the Russian 2001, Solaris takes place on a space station where the researchers are starting to hallucinate and go insane. The hallucinations cause plenty of questioning about the nature of their reality, which when combined with a psychologist main character and the question of how to approach a truly, truly alien lifeform has lead to many scratching their heads. The final open end to the film leaves just as many questions raised as it answers. It’s still a damn good movie if you can handle the glacial pace, but don’t expect any easy answers. 13eXistenZ Cronenberg excels at making you question what is real and what is not, and eXistenZ asks that about video games and reality, as the story blurs the boundary between at least three or four levels of the interaction of both. With the advent of a total immersion video game, eXistenZ is all about asking how much is free will, how much is scripted, and how much is even real. As multiple levels of games and reality begin to emerge, the final scene eventually feels like the whole movie has been sorted out — until the very last line. 14Pi Darren Aaranofsky’s first major flick was Pi, and this twisted black and white look at obsession and paranoia was enough to get him into the big leagues. It’s a combination of Aaranofsky’s trademark incredibly quick cuts, the dense subject matter, and an unreliable narrator that causes Pi to be tricky to follow, as Max Cohen struggles to understand the universal patterns that occur through nature as a way of understanding and predicting the stock market. As he uncovers more and more of a number that may be at the root of things or may be the unknown name of God, his sanity begins to erode, and his headaches increase, his final inevitable decline is as horrific as it is a relief — both for the viewer and the character. 15Vanilla Sky While personally I didn’t find this American remake of the Spanish psycho-thriller that bewildering, there were plenty who did, to the point where it was voted the most confusing film ever by a DVD rental company. The fact of the matter is that much of the perceived twistedness and confusion from the plot is all resolved by the classic cop out “it was all a dream.” While perhaps not as utterly blatant as that, but the entire film takes place in the lucid dream of a man in cryogenic suspensions whose subconscious has started to assert itself. That explains the constantly switching nature of reality and the weirdness that surrounds him. There, easy. The post 15 Of The Most Confusing Films Ever Made appeared first on popcrunch.com......»»

Category: topSource: popcrunchSep 21st, 2021

20 Worst Action Film Stars of All Time

There are actors that pursue roles in action films that typically started out in comedy, athletes trying to break into movies, and of course, the B movie guys. The post 20 Worst Action Film Stars of All Time appeared first on popcrunch.com. At any given time, there are about 8-10 sure-thing, bankable action stars in Hollywood. These are actors that directors and producers can cast into any role, and they are guaranteed a varied level of success – even if the film ends up being bad. Then, there are the other actors that pursue roles in action films; they are actors that typically started out in comedy, athletes trying to break into movies, and of course, the B movie guys. The worst, we believe, are listed below. They are the worst twenty action film stars of all time. Jay Leno- Collision Course After 17 years of hosting The Tonight Show, Jay Leno became a household name. But before he took over duties from Johnny Carson, he was just another actor/comedian. And in 1989 he stared in the action flop Collision Course. The movie was pitched in the same vein as Beverly Hills Cop, but unlike Murphy, Leno was not as funny on the silver screen as he was off. And thankfully he has since stayed off. Worst One-liner: “I’m gonna bust your ass!” Brigette Neilson – Red Sonja During the Reagan Era, Hollywood seemed to jones for big budget action flicks. The studios didn’t spare any expense when they green lit Red Sonya. Back in the day Brigette Neilson was kick ass hot, but never kick ass. She played a better uptight Russian wife, than she did a kick ass medieval mistress. Worst One-liner: “No man may have me unless he’s beaten me in a fair fight.” Bruce Li – Everything He Ever Did There was an obvious void in Hollywood when Bruce Lee died. To fill that void, certain studio executives decided to release Karate movies with action star Bruce Li. To say the least, the Brucesplotation didn’t last, and Li went back to his first dream, being a P.E. teacher. Worst One-liner: “WAAAAAAAAA!” Halle Berry – Catwoman Halle Berry is hot, and Halle Berry is even a decent actress. But what Halle Berry is not is an action star. She has an affinity for playing comic characters, or sunbathing topless (Swordfish); Berry is best suited for roles where she is not wearing a fitted leather costume with strategically placed tears in it. Worst One-liner: “White Russian, no ice, no vodka… hold the Kahlua.” Steve Austin – What Was The Movie Called Again? For some reason, big white guys on steroids think they can perfect their acting skills in the WWE. Steve Austin is no exception. Worst One-liner: “Sounds like you’ve had a hard life…good thing it’s over!” Corey Haim – Prayer For The Rollerboys By 1991, Corey Haim was on the decline, and rollerblades were on their way to mainstream success. And for some reason,  a team of producers got together and thought Haim would be a good fit for the rollerblade-apocalypse movie known as Prayer for the Rollerboys. Haim starred as a kid who helps a gang of  ‘bladers save the world. This film simply should not have been created – ever. Worst One-liner: “Speedbagger… Don’t hate me.” Dolph Lundgren- Universal Soldier Franchise Everyone knows that Rocky IV was awesome, and to this day I still think of Dolph Lundgren as a Soviet boxer. But, unfortunately for everyone, this guy continued to put out Universal Solider movies. There were 6 Universal Soldier movies from 1992 to 2012, and if you have seen one, you have seen them all – quite possibly the worst action film franchise of all time. Worst One-liner: “Dying is easy, rock n roll is hard.” George Clooney- Batman & Robin There’s no doubt that George Clooney is a wildly successful actor-producer, but nothing can redeem his performance in Batman & Robin. Some blame Joel Schumaker, others blame the synthetic rubber suit, I just blame the casting director. Clooney is just too pretty to act in a rubber suit. It just wasn’t believable, and frankly, the only good thing to come from this movie was the Smashing Pumpkins opener and closer on the soundtrack. Worst One-liner: “This is why Superman works alone.” John Cena- The Marine What do you get when you put a rapping wrestler in a big-budget action film? Alabama box office gold! Alabama and Tennessee are about the only place this movie did well. Furthermore, I understand it’s important to blow crap up in movies, but when there are more explosions than lines, you can tell the director is trying to hide the fact that his star can’t act. Worst One-liner: “You married a marine, Kate.” Shaq – Steel Shaq can dunk a basketball, Shaq can block a shot, and Shaq can even get a master’s degree, (University of Phoenix) but one thing’s for sure– Shaq can’t act! When Shaq broke onto the NBA scene, Hollywood came knocking on his giant door. Hoping to match his success on the court with box office bucks, Shaq starred in a string of terrible kid-friendly action flicks. When people see his place in the Basketball Hall of Fame one day, hopefully, they’ll be able to forget his terrible excuse for an acting career. Worst One-liner: “Man, Metal, STEEL!” Martin Lawrence – Bad Boys I & II Martin Lawrence was awesome on TV and as a comic. But being entirely honest, we’d rather see him act in drag than in action movies. Will Smith truly carried Bad Boys I & II, as Martin Lawrence was more like an annoying backseat driver than a believable cop. Worst One-liner: “Damn, it’s the niggras!” Brendan Fraser – Tarzan To be honest, playing a thawed-out cave man showed the extent of Fraser’s acting talent. Since Encino Man, however, he hasn’t made much progress in the talent department. That’s not to say his movies aren’t entertaining, because they are. But the fact remains, CGI effects can never replace someone’s ability to act or lack thereof. Or their hair. Worst One-liner: “Gazangas!” Nicholas Cage – The Rock You got to admit, Nicholas Cage carries himself pretty well for a man wearing hair plugs. But just because he carries himself well doesn’t mean he can perform in action films. Enjoying the fruits of nepotism since his start in the early 1980s, Cage (Coppola) peaked early with his performance as a drunk in Leaving Las Vegas. It wasn’t until Cage was cast in The Rock with Sean Connery that he began this action hero bit. Since then it seems Cage has released at least one crappy action film per year. Nicholas Cage should have stuck to the roles that allowed him to display his true talent as the town drunk that he actually is. Worst One-liner: “I love pressure. I eat it for breakfast.” Hulk Hogan – Suburban Commando, and Everything Else Anyone remember wrestling buddies? Those things were awesome, and if we’re honest, wrestling buddies have about as much acting talent as Hulk Hogan. Given, his target audience was pre-pubescent kids, his acting skills were about as convincing as Uncle Jesse playing an E.R. doctor. Although Hulk Hogan remains one of the most famous and highest grossing wrestlers of all time, his lack of talent for acting remains hideously obvious. Worst One-liner: “I WON’T be around when this check clears!” Gary Sinise – Imposter No offense against Gary Sinise, but he’s a better Lt. Dan than he is a leading man. In 2001, Sinise was cast as the lead in a sci-fi action thriller, Imposter. You can tell the studio that made this mistake didn’t have high hopes for it since they released it in mid-January 2002. The only thing that could have made this movie better (worse?) is if Val Kilmer was cast as the lead. Worst One-liner: “Only two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” Steven Segal- Everything He’s Ever Done (A lot) When I think of Steven Segal the first thing that pops into my head is the random boob shots that always appear in all of his movies. Anyway, this guy is known more for his quick fighting hands than he is for his acting range. Despite the fact that he is elderly, he is continuing to keep the B-rated, low-budget, action genre alive. Worst One-liner: [after crushing some guys skull] “Take some aspirin for that headache!” John Stamos – Born To Ride There’s a reason Uncle Jessie has been a TV star his entire career, three words, Born to Ride. The plot for the movie is: the Army decides to modernize its horse driven cavalry to motorcycles, and apparently this pisses off Stamos’ character. That’s about it. To emphasize Stamos’ character’s distain, the movies tag line reads, “He was born to break the rules.” Worst One-liner: “Not the hair, C’mon.” Triple H – Blade: Trinity The first two Blade movies were pretty good, and through these films, Wesley Snipes proved he could play a badass vampire slayer. Then Blade: Trinity came out and Triple H from the WWE played a vampire vigilante in pursuit of Blade. Not even the awesomeness of Snipes could redeem H’s performance in this piece of douchebag snuff. Needless to say, this was Triple H’s one and only stab at the big screen, and boy did he suck… sorry, cheap laugh! Worst One-liner: “Hey, dick-face. You seen my dog?” Jennifer Garner- Elektra Now I understand there are plenty of Alias fans out there that love Jenifer Garner, but did you see the fifth season? And did you see the movies in which she played Elektra? She may be the ultimate kick ass fan boy fantasy, but that in no means qualifies her to be an action star. And to make matters worse she married and started a family with one of the biggest douches in Hollywood, Ben Affleck. Worst One-liner: “Don’t worry. Death’s not that bad.” Vanilla Ice – Cool As Ice I am convinced no one in the history of super celebrity rose or fell as fast as Vanilla Ice. People couldn’t get enough of this guy, and then all of a sudden they hated his guts. I kind of feel sorry for the bastard. Truth is though, this guy can’t act or rhyme worth crap, and once his sexy hot whiteness appeal wore off, the public was done. Seems that his terrible motorcycle action movie Cool As Ice, was what kick-started his decline, and for good reason. I believe this movie was only out in theaters for a weekend, and it tanked. Worst One-liners: “Yeah, whackhead tried to play baseball with my homeboy’s bike!” “Drop that zero and get with the hero!” “I’m gonna go across the street and, uh, schling a schlong.” “Looky, looky in Kat’s black booky.” “You’re not wasting my time, I’m just cooling.” The post 20 Worst Action Film Stars of All Time appeared first on popcrunch.com......»»

Category: topSource: popcrunchSep 21st, 2021

Russell Crowe"s thriller "Unhinged" gets an actual movie theater release date of July 1

Solstice Studios has ambitiously set a July 1 release date for the new Russell Crowe thriller, "Unhinged.".....»»

Category: feudsSource: tmzMay 13th, 2020

Beyoncé and her mother Tina Knowles-Lawson launch #IDidMyPart coronavirus campaign

The mother-daughter duo is launching the #IDidMyPart campaign and challenging other celebrities to take part in the coronavirus relief effort. Tina joins CBSN to discuss what it means to her......»»

Category: topSource: tmzMay 6th, 2020

Cast of "Friends" joins the All In Challenge

Your favorite TV friends are joining forces to help those personally affected by the coronavirus......»»

Category: topSource: tmzApr 22nd, 2020

"Friends" cast joins All In Challenge to raise money for coronavirus relief

"Can't wait to meet and hug you guys when this is all over," cast member Jennifer Aniston posted on Instagram......»»

Category: break-upsSource: tmzApr 21st, 2020

Jane Fonda joins TikTok and revives her iconic "Jane Fonda Workout"

Jane Fonda posted her very first TikTok of herself doing the famous "Jane Fonda Workout" in order to raise climate crisis awareness......»»

Category: break-upsSource: tmzApr 3rd, 2020

"Contagion" vs. coronavirus: The film"s connections to a real life pandemic

As we live through a developing pandemic, some of us can't help but compare it to the 2011 American thriller which some claim predicted Covid-19: "Contagion.".....»»

Category: feudsSource: tmzApr 2nd, 2020

Matt Lucas joins "The Great British Bake Off"

Actor Matt Lucas is set to join "The Great British Bake Off" team after Sandi Toksvig quit the show earlier this year......»»

Category: break-upsSource: tmzMar 11th, 2020

Sofia Vergara joins "America"s Got Talent" as a judge

Sofia Vergara is taking a seat at the judge's table on "America's Got Talent.".....»»

Category: feudsSource: tmzFeb 28th, 2020

The Rock"s daughter Simone joins WWE

Simone Johnson signed a wrestling contract with WWE to follow in the footsteps of not only her father, but her grandfather and great-grandfather......»»

Category: break-upsSource: tmzFeb 11th, 2020

"The Rhythm Section" casts Blake Lively in a thriller that can"t get its act together

"The Rhythm Section" can't quite get its act together. Featuring a solid performance by Blake Lively, it's not bad exactly, but plays like a malnourished Jason Bourne wannabe, crossed with the grittier side of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.".....»»

Category: break-upsSource: tmzJan 30th, 2020

Steve Miller on being named a Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee

Steve Miller was revealed as one of the 2020 Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees Thursday. Miller joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss his career and how he started writing songs......»»

Category: feudsSource: tmzJan 16th, 2020

"SNL" alum revives iconic character, and Anderson loses it

'Saturday Night Live' alum Cheri Oteri joins Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen for New Year's Eve and revived her iconic Barbara Walters impression to ring in 2020......»»

Category: feudsSource: tmzJan 1st, 2020

"Tell Me a Story" season two reimagines legendary princesses

The CBS All Access thriller "Tell Me a Story" returns on December 5. Season two of the series will reimagine tales of legendary princesses. Paul Wesley, one of the show's actors, joined CBSN to discuss the upcoming season and what viewers can expect......»»

Category: break-upsSource: tmzDec 3rd, 2019

"Us" and "Get Out" producers drop teaser for Janelle Monáe thriller

The producers of critically-acclaimed films "Get Out" and "Us" have just fed thriller-lovers a small bone. On Thursday, the trailer dropped for "Antebellum," starring singer and actor Janelle Monáe......»»

Category: break-upsSource: tmzNov 21st, 2019