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Here’s the latest trailer for Vin Diesel‘s upcoming Riddick, the third installment in The Chronicles of Riddick film franchise.

Like the first preview unleashed nearly three months ago, whatever’s outside of that holding cell where Riddick is all chained up is really, really scary. There’s probably more than one, and his captives are clearly outnumbered.

But have no fear, Riddick’s here. And he’s here to take down those scary alien things, and whatever gets in his way.

Riddick, also starring Karl Urban, Matt Nable and Katee Sackoff, opens in theaters Sept. 6.

And just for fun, here’s Vin Diesel talking about his other big film from this year:






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Here is the first trailer for Nicole Holofcener‘s Enough Said, a movie that will, unfortunately, always be known as James Gandolfini‘s final starring role. The film also stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Catherine Keener and Toni Collette, who’s finally allowed to use her actual accent.

The movie is about Louis-Dreyfus and Gandolfini, the two begin dating but things get complicated when Louis-Dreyfus’ character learns that her new boyfriend is the ex-husband of a new friend. Though Holofcener has said that Gandolfini “didn’t believe he could play a romantic lead,” he looks charming and sweet in this movie. Holofcener called his performance “subtle and moving and very, very lovely.” Louis-Dreyfus also called his performance “incredible,” saying: “He plays a really earnest, mild mannered, dear person. Frankly, very close to what he is [and] he was. I think he was a little bit insecure about it, but he did the most amazing job.”

Enough Said will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

VIFF 2013

Looks like the old man has been busy judging by the vast number of reviews that have been coming down the pike. So fresh from a cinema filled weekend at the “Vancouver International Film Festival” (for more info go to http://www.viff.org) here’s my dad Michael Coleman with the good and bad on everything from violence to paperclips – enjoy!

CINEMA OF OUR TIME

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“Dormant Beauty” – A political examination of how divided Italians are about the issue of euthanasia, “Dormant Beauty” is a grueling experience. From the jumbled and unrelated multi-threaded story lines to the bleak dark cinematography, audiences can count on either falling asleep or tuning out. Handled with little flair, the emotionally heavy subject and films’ message ends up getting lost in the quagmire – this beauty will make you dormant. 1/5 stars

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“The Future” – Showing damaged people moving forward in their screwed up lives can be powerful, but in “The Future” it’s just plain dull. With disinterest creeping in slowly, “The Future” makes the mistake of losing the audiences’ attention with poor direction, music that irritates and shots that act as filler. Both pretentious and convoluted, not even the great Rutger Hauer (he gets the star here) could save it this one. 1/5 stars

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“Fanie Fourie’s Lobola” – Despite Mandela’s ideals, racism and South African life are forever linked, but the stereotypes and daily behaviors of it are skillfully handled in this delightful Romeo and Juliet themed film. When a white Afrikaner man meets a black Zulu woman the sparks fly and he must pay a lobola (aka dowry) to her father. It’s their love that keeps you interested in getting to the happy ending that Shakespeare’s wasn’t. Do they get there? See the modern twist on the dowry of old. 4/5 stars

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“Miss Violence” – Right from the shocking opening sequence, “Miss Violence” traps you in a whodunit web and then peels away the layers of its dysfunctional family story with skill. Starting subtly by appearing mundane, it wonderfully builds to a mind numbing conclusion that lingers. A brilliant depiction of man’s inhumanity to man, “Miss Violence” is a must see for those with a strong stomach. 5/5 stars

CANADIAN IMAGES

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“Chi” – What is it like to die of cancer? Anne Wheeler’s doc is a moving depiction of the life force – or chi – being sucked out of her friend, Babz Chula. And while chi is the ying and shows itself in flashes of energy, determination and resilience in the spirited Chula, it’s the yang that creeps forever forward to its inevitable conclusion. A real tear jerker handled with style, compassion and mostly love, “Chi” is a fitting tribute. 4/5 stars

DRAGONS & TIGERS

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“Anatomy of a Paperclip” – A more unique film this year you will not see. At first “Anatomy of a Paperclip” is repetitious to the extreme, but this clever, quirky and ever weird film eventually wins you over for one reason – Tomomatsu Sakae in brilliant Buster Keaton-esk deadpan performance. Plagued with bandits, a bullying boss at the paperclip factory, fickle women, kanage juice and a butterfly fantasy, Sakae’s contributions captivate – you can’t take your eyes off him. 3/5 stars

Stay tuned to Starpulse.com for more reviews and fest coverage via Michael Coleman from the “Vancouver International Film Festival.”

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Photo Credits: Photos Courtesy of Vancouver International Film Festival

Don’t know about you, but we’ve been craving a summer movie that just transports us to another world. One where brave heroines and handsome warriors enlist the help of vampires and warlocks to fight in a hidden underworld just beneath the surface of New York City. OK, that was a little specific.

In the upcoming movie The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, the villains – led by uber hottie Jonathan Rhys Meyers – battle the Shadowhunters (the good guys) for supremacy over the human world. Along the way, the Shadowhunters enlist the help of numerous supernatural beings to help win the fight – but things are not always as they seem.

We’ve already gotten know some of the good guys so to help you get totally ready for the Wednesday, August 21st release of the movie, we’re heading to the Downworld to let you know who is friend and who is foe.

Abigail Breslin at the premiere of Tri Star Pictures'

Abigail Breslin is headed for Zombieland once again, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Breslin is set to star in Maggie opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger. The story is about a father (Schwarzenegger) whose daughter (Breslin) is infected with a walking-dead virus sweeping the nation. If the plot sounds familiar you’re probably thinking about World War Z/28 Days Later/Zombieland/I Am Legend/28 Weeks Later or another one of the thousand zombies movies to have come out recently.

Though the concept may sound a little stale, Maggie‘s script was written by John Scott 3 and put on the Black List, a list of Hollywood’s best un-produced screenplays. First time director Henry Hobson is attached as well. Production is expected to begin in the fall.

So this is what happens when you put Andrew Dice Clay in a movie: The city of Los Angeles held its premiere of Woody Allen’s new movie Blue Jasmine last night, and the guest list was weird. Among the many who attended: Tom Green; Eric Roberts; Sally Freaking Kirkland [Ed. note: See Anna; it’s good]; and a very miserable-looking Kaley Cuoco. Sure, that’s not exactly Diane Keaton or Dianne Wiest, but hey, at least star Cate Blanchett looked really pretty again.

The Blacklist - Season Pilot

Harry Lennix is pulling double duty this September. The 24 and Dollhouse alum is one of the stars of NBC’s highly anticipated new drama series The Blacklist, and he’s also starring in a new star-studded film called Mr. Sophistication, which is out today. BFTV connected with Harry recently to chat with him about both projects, and how he became the veteran character actor we’ve come to know and enjoy.

On The Blacklist, Harry plays FBI Assistant Director Harold Cooper, the boss of newbie agent Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone, from Law & Order: Los Angeles), who has a past with the master criminal that Keen has to work with. “I was excited to be asked to be a part of it,” he told us. “First of all, it’s got a masterful actor in James Spader. Secondly, the dialogue and the storyline is intriguing. I was very exciting about it. It’s a cut above most of the material that we get.”

While he couldn’t reveal too much about the show NBC is banking on as its next big drama hit, Harry did give us one hint that’s already got us curious. “To a large extent, we’re finding out who these characters are and what they’re going to be doing,” he said, before he revealed, “The longest-standing relationship on the show [is] between James’s character and my character. I think that’s rife with potential and possibility, and I’m excited as everybody else.”

He thinks the relationships are what’s going to separate The Blacklist from your garden-variety crime show. “You’re interested in the characters,” he continued. “There’s a great combination between procedural drama and interpersonal relationships and I think it’s uniquely positioned in that way.”

Here’s the trailer for The Blacklist.

Harry is a TV veteran, who’s best known to audiences for roles like Islamic-American activist Walid Al-Rezani in the sixth season of 24 and former cop Boyd Langton in Dollhouse. He’s also appeared on shows like ER, House and Emily Owens M.D. But none of these are his favorite small-screen part. “My favorite show was Commander in Chief,” he said, naming the ABC political drama for which he earned an Image Award nomination in 2006. “I played the Chief of Staff. I had a blast doing it. In a lot of ways, I wish that show was still on. I think it was ahead of its time in a lot of ways, and I don’t think it was given its just due.”

Playing authority figures like an FBI Assistant Director or the White House Chief of Staff is something Harry is familiar with both in television and film; he also appeared as a general in Zack Snyder’s blockbuster Man of Steel earlier this year. Why does he think he keeps ending up in power? “I’m a tall fellow. I have a deep voice. I appear authoritative,” he theorized.

“Although in reality, in fairness to my career, I’ve played a number of parts. If you look at my work in feature films over the years, I’ve been in Spike Lee movies, [and] in my own film, I play a comedian who ruined his own career. I think that just the more popular films and TV series have me in more or less authoritative roles.”

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Here is your first look at The Monuments Men, the latest from writer-director-everything else George Clooney, about a platoon tasked with recovering art stolen by the Nazis during World War II. Sounds serious, right? Well, not really; the trailer suggests this one might actually be a bit of fun. (Think Oceans 11 meets Inglorious Basterds, with a touch of Bill Murray.) Basically, it’s probably going to get a bunch of Oscar nominations, so adjust accordingly.

The Monuments Men opens December 18.

Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard in Lovelace.

Lovelace, the biopic of Deep Throat star Linda Lovelace, could have just as easily been called A Tale of Two Lindas. What starts as a dreamy fantasy about a girl who finds freedom and the fame she always craved as the poster girl for the sexual revolution quickly sours, circling back to re-tell the same astronomical rise, filling in the dark parts. It’s a fascinating idea, to tell a story like this in two “alternate” universes: one, Linda the star, the other, Linda the manipulated and battered bride. It’s a promising idea that never fully blossoms into success on screen.

In the lead role, Amanda Seyfried shines. She shows her familiar charm as Linda Boreman, the na ve girl who would become Linda Lovelace, the legend. But her real work is done in the heartbreaking second half, as Linda is repeatedly beaten, raped and threatened by her husband Chuck Traynor (Peter Sarsgaard). It’s a performance that sticks with you. Together, Sarsgaard and Seyfried have developed a smart chemistry that makes their highs and lows all the more intense.

It’s perhaps not a completely honest portrait, glazing over some details of Lovelace’s life. Though that’s not surprising, given the entirely sympathetic tone directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman certainly intended.

The biggest problem is the film’s brief third act where the whole show grinds to a halt. Our story lurches six years forward, Lovelace is now Linda Marchiano: wife and mother. We’re given the martyr’s salvation, but never her recovery.

A story worth telling falls flat here, under the weight of its own storytelling. Epstein and Friedman’s stylistic choices end up outshining the heart-wrenching tale of their heroine; a starlet completely drowned out by her spotlight.

Need to catch up on the latest Hollywood headlines? Well this week’s One Minute Buzz is here with all the celebrity news you need to know.

Kate Upton revealed this week that she felt “terrible” after appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated‘s Swimsuit Issue, and she also had some choice words to say to those who objectify her.

Lady Gaga shared her love of meditation, forests, and nudity in her strangest video yet.

And the trailer for George Clooney’s newest film, The Monuments Men, was released this week.

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