Aug 17, 2012

Moonrise Kingdom

Everything Wes Anderson has ever done has been leading to this. It's the most precise, mannered and art-directed movie that's come along in quite some time, so if that in-camera preciousness irks you, this will make your head explode. If you are a fan (and I am, though I've parted with Anderson in the past) this is a gooey, syrupy delight from the first frame until the last. 'Moonrise Kingdom' proves that you can be playful and fantastic while expressing deep sentiment at the same time. It's worthy of getting the title of Best Movie of 2012 (so far).

The Blind Side
Sandra Bullock gets tough, goes blonde, and delivers what will likely be considered the best performance of her career in The Blind Side. Based on a true story, Bullock picked up her first Academy Award nomination starring as a wealthy, outspoken wife and mom who takes in a homeless teen and turns his life completely around. And, of course, in the process of changing the teenager's life forever, her life is also forever altered.

The Campaign

Affiche du film The Campaign

When long-term congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs plot to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district. Their man: naive Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), director of the local Tourism Center. At first, Marty appears to be the unlikeliest possible choice but, with the help of his new benefactors' support, a cutthroat campaign manager and his family's political connections, he soon becomes a contender who gives the charismatic Cam plenty to worry about.


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Mirror, Mirror


After a beloved King vanishes, his ruthless wife seizes control of the kingdom and keeps her beautiful 
 18-year-old stepdaughter, Snow White, hidden away in the palace. But when the princess attracts the attention of a charming and wealthy visiting prince, the jealous Queen banishes the girl to a nearby forest. Taken in by a band of rebellious but kindhearted dwarfs, Snow White blossoms into a brave young woman determined to save her country from the Queen. With the support of her new friends, she roars into action to reclaim her birthright and win back her Prince.
Rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America for some fantasy action and mild rude humor.

From 'Daredevil' to 'War of the Worlds,' Here Are 10 Original Filmmaker Videos Pitched to Studios

Yesterday director Joe Carnahan broke the news that his recently revealed version of a Daredevil movie at Fox had vanished almost as quickly as it had appeared. The problem wasn't that the studio didn't like his pitch, it was simply that they ran out of time. And that's an all-too-common occurrence in the film industry, and usually once that happens the film quietly fades away. However, Carnahan was so excited about his vision of a Daredevil movie that he decided to share the "sizzle reel" he'd created with fans so they could see the same thing he showed to Fox.
Releasing these proof-of-concept pitches for failed films isn't unheard of, of course. There are plenty out there, and we've gathered a wide sampling of them below. Some of these are decades old, some are for films that did eventually come to pass, and some are for movies we may yet still see. So scroll the videos below for a look at the kind of video presentations prospective directors have to put together in order to get that coveted green light.

The Expendables 2

Release date: 16 August 2012
Running time: 102 mins
Director: Simon West
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Bruce Willis, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris
The world's greatest action stars return to the big screen in the sequel to box-office smash 'The Expendables'.
When Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) hires The Expendables for a seemingly simple mission, things take a turn for the worst when one of the team is killed. Not just that, but six pounds of weapons-grade plutonium have been stolen, placing the entire world in danger. Now, trapped behind enemy lines and with the world at risk from nuclear attack, the Expendables must overcome the odds, take their revenge and save the day. Along with returning action stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jet Li, 'The Expendables 2' has upped the action star quota with the addition of Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris. With 'Con Air' and 'The Mechanic' director Simon West taking the reins, you can be sure that this sequel will be bigger than the cast's biceps.