Archives for the month of: April, 2014

Helen Mirren, the undisputed Queen of Everything Good in Life, arrived at the Los Angeles premiere of Red 2 last night wearing a bunch of kooky accessories. She did it with her signature “Look at me, I don’t give a f***” attitude that only she can pull off, and it was amazing.

For what it’s worth, the green dress she wore was designed by Elie Saab. But, c’mon, those earrings.

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Britney Spears has had a plethora of good looking on-screen partners throughout her years making music videos. In honor of the release of her newest (kid-friendly) music video, here is the definitive ranking of Britney’s sexiest music video co-stars.


11. Adrian Grenier – “(You Drive Me) Crazy”

Didn’t know he was in one of Britney’s videos? He didn’t want you to. Adrian Grenier and Melissa Joan Hart made cameos in the video, as it was used as the theme for their movie, Drive Me Crazy. Grenier had to be convinced, as he didn’t want to be in the video initially. You can tell.

10. Eli Swanson – “Oops!…I Did It Again”

“Britney, before you go, there’s something I want you to have.”

“Oh it’s beautiful. But wait a minute, isn’t this…”

“Yeah, yes it is.”

“But I thought the old lady dropped it into the ocean in the end.”

“Well, baby, I went down and got it for you.”

“Awww, you shouldn’t have.”

9. Chad Cole – “Sometimes”

The beach boy of Britney’s dreams, Chad looks like he’d be on the Duke lacrosse team. Take from that what you will.

8. Madonna – “Me Against The Music”

Remember a time when all anyone could talk about was Britney and Madonna‘s scandalous kiss? Seems pretty silly now, doesn’t it?

7. Mariano Gutierrez – “Radar”

Gutierrez, an actual polo player, was chosen to be Britney’s polo-playing lover in the music video for “Radar.” He may lose the match, but he wins the girl.

6. Pharrell – “Boys”

Austin Powers isn’t the only man Britney gets close to in “Boys.” Fortunately for us, Pharrell looks exactly the same as he did in 2002: hot.

5. Jason Trawick – “Criminal”

Britney stripped down with her real-life fianc for this steamy video. Unfortunately the two broke up, but we still have the video to drool over.

4. Brice Durand – “Don’t Let Me Be The Last To Know”

Brice Durand had previously co-starred with Britney in “Born To Make You Happy” and “From the Bottom of My Broken Heart” so it makes sense the two had chemistry. And boy did they ever! Or in Durand’s native French: tr s sexy.

3. Brandon Stoughton – “Womanizer”

He may be a womanizer, but he sure looks good doin’ it.

2. Stephen Dorff – “Everytime”

Stephen Dorff can save me from a bathtub anytime he likes.

1. Tyson Beckford – “Toxic”

The only – and I mean only – problem with the “Toxic” video is that Tyson Beckford is barely in it.

Johnny Depp Alice in Wonderland 2

Although The Lone Ranger wasn’t anything anyone had hoped it would be, it appears that Disney still wants to squeeze every penny they can out of Johnny Depp.

Deadline is reporting that Depp is in the final stages of locking down a return as the Mad Hatter in an Alice in Wonderland sequel.

It’s already been rumored that Tim Burton was ousted as director and will be replaced by Muppets director James Bobin. So, it’s a tad surprising that Johnny would continue on without his partner in crime. But I guess money makes up for any misgivings in the air.

Although I wasn’t a fan of the original, Alice in Wonderland made over a billion dollars for Disney in 2010. So, it shouldn’t be all that surprising that they’d be clamoring for a sequel.

Star Trek Into Darkness

Major movie studios obviously enjoy making money, or they wouldn’t risk dumping millions upon millions of dollars into movies about fighting giant sea monsters with equally giant robots.

After bringing in nearly a half billion dollars worldwide, it only makes sense that Paramount Pictures wants more Star Trek and they want it quickly.

In a recent interview with BuzzHub, Star Trek Into Darkness star Zachary Quinto seemed to second that idea by saying, “Star Trek 3 should be filming, I suppose, next year. It’s going to be made a lot quicker than the last one. That’s the plan, although nothing is confirmed yet.”

Cue the squeals from the fanboys….now.

The only problem with what Zachary said is that it probably means franchise Writer / Director J.J. Abrams won’t be involved. His plate is a tad full, considering he’s been tapped to direct the very much anticipated, seventh entry in the Star Wars franchise.

Who knows, maybe it means that the yet to be titled Star Trek 3 may just crossover with the galaxy far, far away. I’m sure you’ll all have a lot to say about that.

Lawrence of Arabia

Cinema is a child of the twentieth century; it was born, developed, and expanded and became the art form of the common man, something that anyone could watch and enjoy. As such, it has long been concerned with what has most affected us: social reforms, poverty, anguish, heartbreak, and joy. The pervading legacy of the twentieth century is war, two of the largest wars in the history of the world happened in the first half of the century and the threat of a third loomed over much the second half.

As such, the war film has long been one of the representative film genres as right away they were exciting, terrifying, traumatic, but yet completely relatable to most of the people who saw them. Much of the audience had lived through the spectre of war; even if they had never served on the front, they were aware of its effects and war films were used as something that could be cathartic, or as propaganda, or something that attacked the very idea of war. Out of this genre came some of the most important movies ever made.

The criteria for this list was that the main characters must be soldiers and the events of the film must take place during a war. This disqualifies such great films as Schindler’s List, Pan’s Labyrinth, Casablanca, and several others which deal with war but are not necessarily war films. The chosen films were then ranked according to several different factors: the quality of the film both narratively and aesthetically, the artistic qualities of each film, the impact of the film on subsequent entries in the genre, the importance of each in film history, and most importantly, does the film in question say something important about the nature of war or does it present it in such a way as to make the viewer consider it in a way they hadn’t before?

The following films all tell their stories differently, some are small and intimate and some are grand and theatrical, but they all have one thing in common, they have taken one of cinema’s most important genres and told it in new, and daring fashion.

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Films can be a paradise for the imagination. These days, we can think of literally anything, and through a combination of practical effects guile and special effect wizardry, we can make it happen. Really, it’s a blessing, and allows us to stick any sort of wacky speculative invention on screen.

However, with great power comes great responsibility – though we can think up anything we like and stick it in the plot, we must be careful not to go too far, or we might end up with a plot-hole like no other. After all, if you can create an everything-proof shield using future technology, then how could there possibly be any sense of risk in your film?

Yet a hilarious amount of script-writers fall into exactly this trap, and it requires picky obsessives like myself to point them out. Whether through laziness, forgetfulness or a lack of forethought, some writers create technologies so powerful that they can actually break a story and solve the whole thing in a heartbeat if they were used correctly. Yet somehow, they want us to forget these shocking oversights and say ‘it’s just a film.’ Well, I guess we can, but we could also be overly analytical and critical as well, because dammit, if we don’t pick up on this stuff, how are they going to learn?

Beware, there might be a few SPOILERS in this article. Read on at your own peril.

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Inception

As a population of movie-goers who are frequently exposed to the same types of motion picture over and over again, it’s always nice when a movie comes along that laughs in the face of what came before it and refuses to play into the hands of current trends. So to reward this level or risk-taking and innovation, what do we do? Well, we make it a bonafide hit at the box office, of course. That’s what you get for pushing the boat out, Mr. Filmmaker, we say to ourselves. Take all of our money – you know, to show our appreciation for what you’ve done.

Good as our intentions might be though, in embracing this new, trend-less movie, we’re also bringing about our own doom. The moment Hollywood realises that a different sort of picture has made a killing at the box office, they set about on their evil agenda: making even more movies in the same vein. By rewarding the trend-less, we accidently give rise to the next generation of trends. It’s a vicious circle, and there’s no way to stop it. But it also means that for every great, cutting-edge movie that comes along, we get a succession of copycats in its wake.

Here are 10 brilliant movies that inspired horrifying cinematic trends. Unfortunately, we’re still feeling the repercussions of most of them…

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It’s fair to say that things are going pretty… pretty… pretty… (copyright Larry David) well for Idris Elba at the moment. First, the exceptional Luther recently stormed back to our TV screens for a third gripping series and is captivating us once more. Second, Legendary/Warner Bros’ huge blockbuster Pacific Rim – directed by Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy visionary, Guillermo del Toro – has just noisily elbowed its way into Cineplexes worldwide and sees Elba playing a role originally slated for Tom Cruise.

Pacific Rim is set in a future where giant monsters have mysteriously risen from the depths of the ocean, and soldiers piloting giant robots are sent to do battle with them. Just read that last sentence again: this film is going to rock harder than a child with ADHD who’s missed his, or her, medication.

It’s by far Elba’s biggest movie to date, a near $200 million production that he carries on his big shoulders. But 2013 doesn’t end there for Elba… let’s not forget he’ll reprise his role as Heimdal in Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World which is released in November. Also out in November, there’s the long-awaited, Oscar tipped biopic Long Walk To Freedom, in which he’ll be stepping into the huge shoes of Nelson Mandela.

Big Driis is an exceptionally watchable actor who has more than paid his dues and is about to reap the lavish rewards. His first roles were the reconstructions on the BBC’s Crimewatch (perfectly illustrating the bigotry which still festers at the heart of both British media and society), the obligatory jobbing actor work on The Bill and an Ab Fab episode where he played a male prostitute named Hilton. Idris Elba has moved from those unremarkable beginnings to: starring in some of the biggest film and tv series, which have put him in the running to be the next 007.

Mr. Elba also has a blossoming under-the-radar music career, having released three EPs and made appearances on albums by Jay Z and Pharoahe Monch. The man is so outrageously talented, and has generated enough goodwill, that I can even forgive him for directing and starring in the video Lover Of The Light by the execrable anti-music machine Mumford And Sons (just typing the name of the band makes me feel as if I’m enunciating an evil incantation). Though his performance in the video certainly deserves an honourable mention;

He’s meticulously amassing an impressive body of work and his glittering success couldn’t happen to a nicer fella. It’s just a massive shame that he’s had to relocate to America to guarantee himself the quality roles he deserves. Clearly Idris’ best work is ahead of him, but here is an examination of 5 of his most awesome performances so far and 5 that, well, weren’t so great as Idris Elba becomes the latest subject of our Friday column…

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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Release Date: June 25th 2013

The ninth studio album from Viking-influenced melodic death metal band Amon Amarth is not what most might have expected but still it does not disappoint. Deceiver of the Gods is a brutal lesson in death metal and hints at the band’s growth with a trip down memory lane. The album draws from heavily from their past releases but closes with something new, something rather epic and perhaps may serve as an omen of what we can expect from their next release.

Deceiver of the Gods is the follow up to 2011 s Surtur Rising. Upon its release it has been met with mixed reviews. The negative reviews state that even though it is not a bad album, it fails to “break new ground” which is actually true. Again, this is not a bad album. I would say that this is a great album. The major issue is that a lot of the songs on Deceiver feel interchangeable. Surtur Rising was guilty of this but it is very noticeable here.

Amon Amarth are a band that like to embrace relentless busts of fast brutal metal to match songs of warfare and a slower more melodic “marching” style of death metal for their mythological exploits. They have their songwriting and song construction down. This has made them the best in this genre. And that is kind of the issue!

There are some great tracks on the record but there is not much that is really new. Shape Shifter is one of their take-no-prisoners death metal assaults. While We Shall Destroy, Under Siege and Hel(a duet with ex-Candlemass vocalist, Messiah Marcolin) get lost in the shuffle and feel very similar to Shape Shifter after a minute or two. Again, they are not bad songs, they are just very similar at parts.

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The performances from all band member are excellent. Frontman Johan Hegg is on form, as always, and provides the record with tales of battle and Norse myth told via fierce throat growls. Hegg’s delivery is the same as it has always been, which makes it feel as we’ve heard these lyrics and vocal patterns before (Warriors of the North is a notable except to this). This is not a bad thing but it is what makes the whole thing seem, again, rather similar at parts. Notice a pattern?

Under Siege is a stylish take on the “Iron Maiden epic” songs like Clansman etc. The guitar/bass great opening riff set the tone for this song and establish the idea of an epic conflict or journey. While the song does drift slightly, it has enough interesting riffs to keep you enthused as the song’s narrative unfolds. It also has a rarity for death metal, a bass solo that leads into the coda of the song.

Blood Eagle recalls past Amon Amarth songs like Valdall Awaits One or Death in Fire; it is a fierce and violence depiction of battle that is met over an instrumental display of death metal joy. Coming of the Tide is another awesome sped-up Viking metal song, and is something more akin to 2008 s Twilight of the Thunder God. These songs echo past hits, and while great, bring nothing new to the table.

One of the songs that has divided people is the album’s closer, Warriors of the North. I will agree that the middle of this 8 minute song is a little tedious. However with an epic song is bound to come a shades of tediousness. Despite that, this song is the selling point of the album. It is also is the single track that hints at progression for the band with a sound that is unique to this record.

The song has some fantastic guitar lines and pulsating bass/drums runs that will recall a similar motif in Guardians of Asgaard. Warriors of the North is the finest example of how talented this band actually are: it contains the album’s most outstanding riffs and the strongest instrumental performances from each member. It is perhaps the most satisfying close to any album of the past ten years. Deceiver builds on the success of their past releases, and it plays like a greatest hits of past albums. However it is a shame that Warriors is the only track that underscores how talented the band are and proves that they are not just a novelty act.

Amon Amarth have a schtick, one that has a degree of authenticity thanks to Hegg’s use of terminology and his ability to stir emotion in his lyrics. You will be taken through Norse myths, Viking raids and the spender of Valhalla. All of which are appealing subject matter and fun to listen to. Amon Amarth’s musical aggression lends them real metal credentials, so it is a perfect mix. This is at the heart of the very true statement that “Amon Amarth cannot make a bad album”. They cannot!

I do not agree that this is their best work but it is still really enjoyable. Few songs on the record will stick with you, and most will be lost on your iPod, the songs that do however will make a lasting impression and for that reason Deceiver of the Gods will have a special place amongst their discography.

Top Songs: Shape Shifter, Blood Eagle, Father of the Wolf and Warriors of the North.

Amon Amarth’s Deceiver of the Gods is out now on Metal Blade Records.

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The first three days of this Ashes series so far has produced some outstanding, at times unpredictable cricket and several momentum swingers. From Australia removing England for a measly 215 inside the first day, to a superb spell of bowling that saw Australia fall from 75-4 at the close of the first day’s play to 117-9 – trailing at that stage by 95 – to the incredible record breaking innings by debutant Ashton Agar who played brilliantly for his 98 batting at number 11 which helped Australia to 280 all out and a lead of 65.

England were wobbling too until Ian Bell and Stuart Broad (day three controversy aside when he should have been given out on 37 by umpire Aleem Dar) came to the crease hitting 109 and 65 respectively to guide England to 375 all out just before lunch on day four, setting Australia 311 to claim victory at Trent Bridge.

The hosts had resumed this morning on 326-6 – a lead of 261 – and it was first Stuart Broad who raised his bat aloft with a streaky four through the slip region that could of easily have been taken – that brought up his 10th fifty in Test Cricket.

It did not take Ian Bell much longer to add five to his overnight score as he became the first man in series to reach three-figures – and surely one of his best in an England shirt. Timely runs for a man who averaged only 18 against New Zealand in the spring, and someone who only made 25 in the first innings here .

Broad was removed shortly after however with a loose shot off the bowling of James Pattinson that carried through to Brad Haddin. Bell was then removed with a delivery by Mitchell Starc (3-81) that swung away at the last moment as he too was caught behind by wicket-keeper Haddin.

Graeme Swann’s eyes must have lit up at the prospect of bowling later on in the match on such a dry surface, but his time at the crease with the bat was to prove to be a brief one as he came and went for 9 having been caught by captain Michael Clarke off of the bowling of Peter Siddle.

James Anderson – who took a five wicket haul with a devastating spell of bowling on Thursday – then chipped one to mid-wicket off Peter Siddle who took 3-85 to leave England all out for 375.

The Australians undoubtedly will be aware that victory – despite the fact there is still a lot of time left in the game – will require something very very special. In fact the record scored successfully chased down at Trent Bridge was by England against New Zealand when they successfully chased down 284 to win back in 2004.

Australia have made a positive start to the run chase with both Shane Watson (18) and Chris Rogers (10) surviving before lunch as Australia reached 28-0 at the interval, requiring a further 283 to go 1-0 up in the five match series.

More to follow….

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