Directors Joel and Ethan Coen are back. With the trailer release of their new film “Inside Llewyn Davis” this week, it’s safe to say that this will probably be one of the most anticipated movies of 2013.
The film focuses on the fictional 1960s folk singer of the movie’s title (played by Oscar Isaac), a loafer who’s looking to get his big break. Featuring an all-star cast of Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake and Garrett Hedlund, the film is said to be loosely based on folk icon Dave Van Ronk.
There is no set release date for the film yet. But from the looks of this trailer, it might just possibly be a Best Picture contender for the 2014 Academy Awards. (Yes, I know the 2013 Oscars hasn’t even gone by yet. I just love to make BIG predictions.)
But if not, at least the soundtrack sounds promising.
Watch the trailer here:
Maybe school got cancelled, maybe you’re sick, or maybe you really just didn’t want to get out of bed. In any case, you’re now sitting cozily in your bed with a mug of hot chocolate in your hand, cocooned by warm blankets as the snow falls outside. It’s the perfect time for a winter-y movie, but alas, you know of none and your heart sinks as you desperately Google “Winter movies.” And that’s why you’re here.
Fear not. All the work has been done for you with out handy list of five snow day flicks.
When he was an overweight teenager, Chris Brander (Ryan Reynolds) was in love with his best friend, Jamie Palamino. But when it came time to confess his love for her in a letter at a party, a stereotypical jock stole his letter and read it in front of all the cool kids. Years later, he’s a hot record producer who wants nothing to do with his town or Jamie, but is forced to return after a plane with him and a popstar (Anna Faris) has to make an emergency landing near his hometown.
In the world of Happy Feet, the Emperor penguins find their soulmates through song; if a male penguin’s song matched a female’s “heartsong,” they would get together and have babies. Unfortunately, the main character, Mumble, cannot sing at all. But he can tap dance amazingly and tries to use that to win the affections of the most talented female penguin singer, Gloria. It’s a really cute story and who can argue with covers of popular songs done by penguins?
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Fresh off a Golden Globe-nominated performance in Django Unchained, Leonardo DiCaprio is now thinking about taking a break.
“I am a bit drained,” DiCaprio told German publication Bild. ”I’m now going to take a long, long break. I’ve done three films in two years and I’m just worn out.”
But rather than spending his time in the Caribbean basking in the sunlight, the actor plans to put his efforts into changing the quality of our planet.
“I would like to improve the world a bit,” he said. “I will fly around the world doing good for the environment.”
I respect pretty much every role Leonardo’s been given, but this is a well-deserved break. After countless snubbings by the Academy who failed to nominate him in J. Edgar, Titanic and Django Unchained, I can’t really blame him at all!!
He will win his Oscar one day. And when that day comes, I just know that I’ll be saying this:
By Gabriella Zicarelli
Here are 10 book to film adaptations to look forward to:
Written by Veronica Roth, Divergent brings us into a dystopian future where society is divided into five groups based on behavior. Once our heroine Beatrice Prior turns 16, she’s forced to choose the group she will be a part of with the rest of her schoolmates. So far, all we know about the film is that Shailene Woodley from The Secret Life of the American Teenager will play Beatrice and it will actually be filmed in Chicago where the book takes place. The film is set to come out in 2014.
Ethan wants to break free from his small narrow-minded town. That is until a mysterious dark-haired beauty named Lena arrives. You can’t help who you fall in love with, and it turns out, Ethan falls for this Caster who might turn out to be “Light” or “Dark” on her sixteenth birthday. Not only do they fall for each other but they both set out to discover all the dirty hidden secrets of their families. This film adaptation stars Alden Ehrenreich, newcomer Alice Englert and Emmy Rossum. Beautiful Creatures comes out Feb. 13.
Everyone was in Hunger Games mania when the first movie of the series was released last year. The second won’t be any different. We left Katniss and Peta just as they became victors of the brutal game. In the sequel, they’ll be competing in the deadly Quarter Quell. All the favourites are back for Catching Fire along with Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair. Filming doesn’t conclude until March and fans are going to have to wait until Nov. 22 to see the finished product.
You know how they say “love conquers all”? Well who knew that even included turning zombies back into humans? In Warm Bodies, the lives, or lack thereof, of the zombie race is twisted when one of them falls in love with a human girl named Julie. Based on the novel written by Isaac Marion, Warm Bodies is out on Feb. 1 and seems like it will offer up a few laughs.
So it may not be as romantic as a family of sexy vampires and werewolves but since the Twilight series is done, fans of Stephanie Meyer can now look forward to The Host. Melanie Stryder is one of the last humans left on earth, when she becomes injected with a parasite set out to control her thoughts and capture the rest of the humans. This backfires when Melanie and the parasite create an emotional bond and instead work to help other humans free from the parasite. The movie’s release date is currently set for March 29.
Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
I’m not gonna lie, this one looks pretty good. The thriller follows Clary Fray, a teenager who stumbles into the world of the supernatural and finds out a lot about her own family’s supernatural past. After her mom is kidnapped by Valentine, played by the dreamy Jonathan Rhys Meyers, she enlists the help of other hunters and sets out to find her. One of those hunters includes Jace Wayland played by Jamie Campbell Bower. You can look for this one in the summer when it hits theaters Aug. 23.
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If The Hobbit ended the way HISHEdotcom imagined it,The Lord of the Rings would have been a much different story. Do you ever wonder what would have happened if Gandalf had prodded Bilbo about the mysterious ring in his pocket? Perhaps they would have destroyed it right away, saving Frodo from all his future troubles. Plus, they would have discovered that gigantic dragon in the dwarves’ mountain saving both the wizard and dwarves.
Return to the Shire with Bilbo, Gandalf, Gollum and the gang to see how The Hobbit should have ended in this hilarious sketch by the YouTube channel.
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Do you remember balling your eyes out at these horribly depressing (but amazing) children’s movies?
Although this wasn’t an overall sad story, it was upsetting when people were afraid of little, innocent ET and even more heart-wrenching when he went back to his home planet. I remember watching this movie as a kid and crying when he left Earth. Why couldn’t they just keep him forever?
I literally was so obsessed with this movie as a kid, I made my mom call me Vada for a month. I would watch this movie everyday, and every single time, I would cry when Vada’s best friend Thomas J. died. “He can’t see without his glasses!” Even when I typed that, I got a little misty.
Alright, you might be thinking I’m crazy because in the end Willy is saved. But seriously, go watch Free Willy again right now. This is the saddest movie. The other day it was on TV and my roommate and I watched it and bawled our eyes out. That sad cry he does when he’s calling to his family? Yeah, that’s about the time the tears start.
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If any of you have watched any of the Best Picture nominees for the Oscars this year, then you will definitely giggle at these slightly-modified movie posters.
Changing the titles of films such as Life of Pi, Beasts of the Southern Wild and Silver Linings Playbook these posters certainly display a lot of truth. Because honestly, we will never forget Ben Affleck for his roles in Daredevil AND Gigli. (via collegehumor)
Charlie Tahan may only just be 15-years-old. But having worked with stars like Will Smith in I Am Legend and Natalie Portman in The Other Woman, the teen already boasts a very impressive résumé.
Most known as Zac Efron’s little brother in Charlie St. Cloud, Tahan now enters into his first voice role starring in Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie.
Chatting with andPOP, Tahan shared some of his experiences on set and talked more about his character, Victor Frankenstein.
Tim Burton is known to make some dark films. What makes Frankenweenie appealing to everyone?
Yeah, he makes some dark films but there is always more to his movies. Some people might think at first that Frankenweenie would be really dark too because it is sort of has themes about death, and monsters and stuff. But what it is really about… it is mostly a story about a boy and his dog, and how much they love each other. And that is appealing to almost everyone, kids and adults.
Do you remember those poor kids who left the theatre SOBBING after watching The Odd Life of Timothy Green? Well, we’ve found a movie that will draw out the exact same reaction, but from PARENTS.
The video below is the aftermath of a family trip to the movie musical Les Miserables starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway. “We’ve been to funerals of family members and haven’t cried like this,” the father said half laughing, half crying.
When I went to see Les Mis the reaction was the exact same. The entire theatre was bawling save two grown men who played on their phones and grumpily walked out midway through. My sister and I were crying during the whole ride home and re-cried later while listening to the songs.
Did you see the movie? What was your reaction?
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We know you probably want to start devouring your resolutions this January, but don’t forget to take some time and recover from the go-go attitude and gluttonous meals of the holiday season. Call a friend and have a movie marathon, celebrating 10 movies you probably haven’t seen but SHOULD see this year.
Based on the novel by Joe Dunthorne, the film is a coming of age story of a 15-year-old boy named Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts). Entering his mid-teens, he only has two objectives: to lose his virginity before his next birthday and make the chemistry between his parents come alive again, just as his mother’s ex-lover re-enters the scene.
The vibe of the movie is very Wes Anderson, with its unique humour and eccentric characters. Coupled with songs from the Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner, this movie probably has one of the most underrated soundtracks EVER.
Anyone who’s a sucker for indie romances will enjoy Ruby Sparks. Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (who also directed Little Miss Sunshine together), the film stars Paul Dano as Calvin, a struggling novelist who manifests a female character he thinks will love him. And out of the blue, she, aka Ruby Sparks (played by the movie’s screenwriter Zoe Kazan), becomes real.
This may sound awfully similar to Stranger Than Fiction but this movie is not your typical romantic comedy. While whimsical, cute and endearing, the film’s ending is surprisingly realistic. And to be honest, I wish most Hollywood films resolved things just as nicely as this movie did.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story
Based on the novel by Ned Vizzini, It’s Kind of a Funny Story stars Keir Gilchrist as a 16-year-old who checks himself into an adult psychiatric ward after attempting suicide. Feeling pressured by his friends and parents to do well in school, he deals with his problems there, while meeting a range of interesting characters (played by Zach Galifianakis and Emma Roberts), who are dealing with their own issues too.
Mental illness is often a touchy issue when it’s meant to be comedic, but this film successfully meshes in the right amount of humour and drama to provide a touching, coming of age story. Those who are used to seeing Galifianakis as the satchel-wearing Alan in The Hangover will be interested to see him playing a more dramatic role, while Gilchrist and Roberts shine as awkward teens trying to sort out their growing feelings for each other.
And can I mention how great the soundtrack of this film is? Featuring the likes of Broken Social Scene and The Middle East, I also watch this film solely for this awesome scene.
Lars and the Real Girl
Before Ryan Gosling stole our hearts in Crazy, Stupid, Love, he starred in an indie comedy called Lars and the Real Girl. Playing a delusional and lonely young man, Gosling’s character strikes up an unconventional relationship with a sex doll he finds on the Internet.
This is honestly one of the most heartfelt movies I’ve ever seen with one of the best performances I’ve ever witnessed by Gosling. Unlike the actor’s more recent bad boy roles in Drive and The Place Beyond the Pines, Gosling is sweet, lovable and awkward here. You’ll just want to give him a hug when you watch this movie. (It’s not like we don’t want to do that now anyway.)
By Gabriella Zicarelli
New Year’s Eve is the night to wrap up a wonderful year with friends and family, but honestly, it can be a drag if you’re single. When the clock strikes midnight and all the couples start smooching it can get awkward standing in a corner with your loved one, Captain Morgan. Don’t turn to Adele tunes or Ben and Jerry’s:
Whether alone or with a group of fellow single friends, you can skip the parties, choose your comfiest pj’s and watch these great movies instead.
Bridget Jones’s Diary
Bridget Jones’ s Diary stars Renée Zellweger as Bridget, a singleton who makes a resolution to better herself and work on dealing with her imperfections. From her weight to her lacklustre dating life, she fills her diary with every honest thought. She later finds herself wrapped in a triangle when both her womanizing boss, played by Hugh Grant, and frenemy played by Colin Firth, fancy her.
Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist
This isn’t technically a New Year’s movie but Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist offers laughs and is all about moving on from horrible relationships. I thought it deserved a spot on this list. Nick, played by the adorable Michael Cera, is depressed after his girlfriend breaks up with him. Meanwhile Nora, played by Kat Dennings, is stuck in a horrible friends with benefits situation. When these two meet they realize they can do better and find themselves on an adventure when they lose Nora’s friend in New York. Plus it has an amazing soundtrack so it’s a win-win!
When Harry Met Sally
Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan play the original “friends with benefits” couple in this popular 1989 New Year’s flick. After being friends for years they consider the possibility of a more intimate relationship but fear it would make things awkward. And how can we forget THIS memorable moment?
Set in 1981, 200 Cigarettes stars Ben and Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson, Christina Ricci and Paul Rudd, all playing characters in their 20s on their way to a New Year’s party. This film is all about dealing with relationships and being lonely, so it’s perfect for the occasion.
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As someone who basically lives at the movie theatre, this year certainly didn’t disappoint me in terms of movies. From The Hunger Games to The Amazing Spiderman to The Avengers, plenty of film franchises racked up some serious cash at the box office.
While the Academy favours artistic movies over franchises, I personally think some of these films are worthy of Oscar nominations because they are SO GOOD.
Here are five movies I highly suggest you to watch as soon as you can.
From the start, this film had plenty of potential. Having separate films surrounding the main characters, such as Thor, Iron Man and Captain America, what could be more awesome than putting all of them together to fight the evils of Loki?
Unlike the disappointment that was Fantastic Four, this film had everything going for it. From the pacing and the action, to the chemistry between the characters and Robert Downey Jr.’s cool humour, Joss Whedon couldn’t have been a better director/writer for this movie.
I’m saying this as someone who doesn’t normally read comic books (tragic, I know). But considering how this film kept me on my toes from beginning to end, The Avengers could arguably be one of the year’s best movies.
Here’s what happens when you put the Power Rangers’ chirpy theme song over the trailer for Pacific Rim: Pure greatness. What was already epic becomes even more powerful with “Go Go Power Rangers” lyrics overtop. It also gives us a glimpse into how awesome a potential new reboot could be. Hollywood, are you watching? The mashup was created by YouTuber Sean Warner.
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I can only think of a handful of American actors (Elijah Wood, Gwyneth Paltrow and Renée Zellweger, to name a few) who can do successfully do an English accent. But as far as the majority goes, the results are often quite disastrous.
I’ve never understood why directors don’t choose to hire British actors to play BRITISH CHARACTERS. Maybe they think the name of the actor will help boost sales. But honestly, I just think that’s just too big a risk to take.
(And as for Nicolas Cage’s accent, I’m just going to go out and say that he was acting like himself.)
I know this is really cheesy, but I love watching end of the year movie mashups because they remind us of the endless possibilities of life. While a lot of people rag on modern movies for being uncreative trite, Nick Kinder thinks differently. He mashed together the best movies of 2012 into a six minute clip and it’s pretty epic.
“2012 was arguably one of the greatest years in modern film. At least in my opinion,” he wrote on his YouTube page. “And editing this video made me realize it. There were so many great films this year. And no matter which one was your favorite, hopefully it made it into this.”
Kinder spent two months editing the video and it took 65 gigabytes on his laptop and over 50 hours of editing. The compilation will tear you to pieces during Damien Rice’s “One” timeframe and build you back up when it jumps into the comedies.
What was your favourite movie of 2012?
Trekkies can rejoice today as they finally got a glimpse of the long-awaited movie Star Trek Into Darkness, the sequel to JJ Abram’s 2009 film. Just like The Dark Knight Rises and Iron Man 3, the film seems to focus on terrorism, specifically the so-called “one-man weapon of mass destruction.”
The villain is played by Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch. “You think your world is safe,” he says in the teaser. “It is an illusion . . . A comforting lie, told to protect you . . . Enjoy these final moments of peace . . . For I have returned . . .to have – MY VENGEANCE!”
The trailer is full of epic explosions and fighting, as Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to capture the ruthless but complicated villain. The film comes out on May 17. Will you see it?
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By Gabriella Zicarelli
The magical aroma of cinnamon is in the air and stories of shoppers fighting over 70 percent off blenders is in the news. It all means one thing: The holidays are upon us. That means the TV lineup of classic movies will probably (hopefully) fill your snowed-in Christmas evenings. And while there are A LOT of them out there, many are cheesy and WAY overplayed — seriously how many times can we sit through Arnold Schwarzenegger in Jingle all the Way?
Then there are those that make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside, or cause an eggnog spit-take from laughing our butts off, all while curling under a blanket. Here are my top 10 non-cheesy films to get you in the Holiday spirit.
Tim Burton gave us a different take on Christmas films with Edward Scissorhands. The movie tells the story of Edward, who was created by a scientist (played by the legendary Vincent Price). As a kid, this movie really freaked me out but it actually has a lot of heart and Johnny Depp is in it so what else do you need really?
I’ll be Home for Christmas
Jonathan Taylor Thomas plays Jake Wilkinson, a college student who has been avoiding his dad until he’s bribed with a Porche. His goal is to get home in time to earn it. The 1998 movie also stars Mrs. Timberlake, Jessica Biel.
This movie is one of the funnier holiday films to come out recently. It stars Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn who play a couple that travel every year at Christmas to avoid their families. However, one fateful year their flight gets cancelled and they’re featured on the news. There are so many funny scenes in this movie you might actually dance with joy.
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BadLipReading took on more of The Twilight Saga, dubbing over the usually awkward pauses and monosyllabic dialogue in New Moon with more interesting topics. In this version, both Jacob and Edward are sick — Jacob from porpoise meat and Edward from being so damn drunk. There’s also talk of dying rabbits and shaving.
It’s hard to fight crime when you’ve got sex on the brain. If Bruce Wayne thought a little harder about Miranda’s betrayal at the end of The Dark Knight Rises, you’d think he’d be hurt. Turns out, he would just want to go at it with her ALL NIGHT over again (bam chika wow).
In this sketch by CollegeHumor,
Batman Badman is about to take down the evil Bane when Miranda swoops in and stabs him. Instead of getting a couple minutes for her closing monologue, they engage in an awkward conversation about their sexual history. Superheroes can be confused to, you know?