William Shakespeare has been brought to the big screen even more often than fellow bard Nicholas Sparks.
The adaptations range from a silent, short version of “Macbeth” made in 1898 and starring the renowned Shakespearean actor Johnston Forbes-Robertson (whom George Bernard Shaw proclaimed the best Hamlet he’d ever seen), to the Taviani Brothers’ recently released adaptation of "Julius Caesar" shot in a Roman prison, “Caesar Must Die,” to Joss Whedon’s relaxed, contempo take on “Much Ado About Nothing” that opens June 21. In all there are around 250 features (I lost count, twice) from numerous countries listed on the IMDB, as well as innumerable shorts, TV versions, and at least two video games. Which is your favorite? You can place your picks in the comments section or send them to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. The top five will be out June 23.
If, on the other hand, you can't get enough trailer fun, you eat trailers for lunch, then this one's for you. The movie is from Neill Blomkamp, who directed District 9, and it looks just like a loud summer blockbuster movie should look like. Set in the year 2154, there's some outer space fun, lots of big guns, and Damon showing his sarcastic side.
If you are still recovering from seeing Matt Damon with big hair and in a Speedo playing the lover of Liberace, this should help get you over that image in a hurry.
Have "Man of Steel" on the mind? Globe critic Ty Burr discussed movies on Friday at noon.
The best days of our lives, so they said. Or maybe not.
This summer another generation of seniors looks back at those four years of transition from budding adults to gangly misfits, wistfully recalling the sadistic teachers, the overbearing bullies, the first bloom of true love and persistent acne. We miss it, but luckily there’s a glut of movies that fill the masochistic need to relive the pain and exhilaration. Your assignment – and yes it’s the same one from a few weeks ago that was unavoidably postponed – is to share with us your favorite high school movies.The top five will be posted on June 16. Put your picks in the comment section or send them to me at email@example.com.
Justin Timberlake as a college student?
Yeah, we aren't sure we believe it either. But that's the basis for his next film, "Runner, Runner," where he plays Richie Furst, a Princeton student trying to pay off his tuition bill through poker. We checked out the trailer for the new film, which was released by Yahoo! today, and broke down the premise for those who may be looking forward to the release.
After being threatened by what looks like the dean of students or someone else in the administration to kill off the illegal gambling activity ("Change your tune or you won't have a school to pay for"), Furst resorts to online gaming in the opening moments of the trailer -- and gets swindled. $17,000 down the tubes.
Enter Ivan Block (Ben Affleck), a super-rich American living in Costa Rica that seems to be involved in lots of illegal activities. This stuff makes "The Town" look timid. Block sends for Furst, who gets lured in with the promise of seven figures in 18 months. Furst starts making the moola, and then everything hits the fan.
Anthony Mackie's character (a yet unnamed U.S. federal agent) kidnaps Furst, black sack over his head and all, and threatens him with lots of US alphabet-agency sounding mumbo-jumbo. You know, CIA, DEA, "Do you know how deep you're in?" blah, blah.
Anyway, we can't tell if this is going to be a blockbuster or a "Gigli" flop (remember that Affleck gem?), but the trailer isn't giving us good vibes. Check it out for yourself and tell us what you think.
"Runner, Runner" hits theaters Sept. 27.
Don’t get me wrong, “Man of Steel” might be the best movie of the summer, of all time for that matter; but, seriously –
General Zod again? At least it isn’t Lex Luthor.
Surely there must be some other bad guy they could dig up from the over 80 years that Superman has been kicking asses. Why not Mister Mxyzptlk? Brainiac? Bizarro Superman? What are your choices? You might even venture into other franchise territory if you can come up with a premise: Superman vs. the Borg, the Nazis, Darth Vader, Loki, Mothra, Dr. Doom, Dr. No, Dr. Mabuse, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde... Send us your suggestions and we’ll post and print the best on June 9.
NOTE TO THOSE WHO HAVE SUBMITTED ENTRIES FOR BEST HIGH SCHOOL MOVIES: We'll be running the winners on June 16 -- sorry for the confusion!
Grumpy Cat A.K.A. Tardar Sauce has reached her latest peak of fame, penning a movie deal with Broken Road Productions' Todd Garner and Sean Robins, according to Deadline.com. Plot and co-star details are pretty much unknown at this time, but what we want to know is: Will the cranky internet famous cat -- who achieved much of her acclaim by scowling at the camera on YouTube -- do her own stunts?
According to BuzzFeed, her manager confirmed that the flick "will be live-action, and Grumpy Cat herself — not a cartoon or CGI stand-in — will appear on screen."
If this all feels a little trivial or silly -- OK, that's because it is -- let us just reiterate that Grumpy Cat ranked numero uno on our list of top 10 Internet cat sensations this year. Also, she won the Webby Award for Meme of the Year, which may or may not be a big deal in certain circles.
What do you think of the Grumpy Cat film deal? About darn time... or end of days?
Sound in here.
It’s that time of year again when high school seniors face the bittersweet rite of graduation. Few films have celebrated that occasion as memorably as does George Lucas’s “American Graffitti”(1973), which turns 40 this year,FULL ENTRY
Globe critic Ty Burr didn't complete despise the final chapter of "The Hangover" trilogy. In his 1 1/2 star review, Burr writes, "It's not terrible. It's just bad." Watch Burr and film editor Janice Page discuss "The Hangover Part III" below.
The "Fast & Furious" movies may not be Oscar-winning dramas, but 12 years ago the world was introduced to a cast of characters whose activities have been the center for six blockbuster films.
These six films feature adrenaline loving, hardheaded, thrill seeking characters who will reprise their roles in Friday's release of "Fast & Furious 6." They have survived car wrecks, international manhunts, prison time, massive explosions, and just as important as those catastrophes, broken hearts.
Dominic Toretto, Brian O'Conner, Letty Ortiz, and Mia Toretto have left lasting impressions on our auto-loving memories. Before you head to the theater for your newest dose of "FF" fun, check out these six clips of the best moments from the franchise.
6. This is Brazil, "Fast 5"
The fifth installment in the series wasn't the best, but there were a few moments that we appreciated, like when Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson thought he could muscle Dom and Brian into handcuffs while in Brazil.
5. Brian drives a 1969 Yenko Camaro... onto a boat, "2 Fast 2 Furious"
We've seen some crazy car stunts in these flicks, but one in particular left us with our jaws dropped for a solid minute. In order to get undercover U.S. Customs agent Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes) back from drug kingpin Carter Verone (Cole Hauser) safely, Brian decides to drive a '69 Yenko Camaro off of a dock, go airborne, and land it on Verone's boat.
4. Dom re-emerges, "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift"
We spent the majority of the third "Fast & Furious" film yearning for the original cast of characters. Watching cars screech around corners at high rates of speed doesn't make up for the loss of Dom, so when he appeared in a completely unexpected finale scene, we threw our hands up in the air in praise.
"You know this ain't no 10 second race." - Sean
"I got nothing but time. You ready, kid?" - Dom
3. Ride or die, "Fast and Furious"
When Dom wasn't maneuvering a 1987 Grand National under rolling gas tanker trucks in "Fast & Furious" he was nursing a broken heart. His beloved Letty was killed by Ramon Campos' henchman, Fenix, and he spent the entire film avenging her death. Before she died, she professed her love to her beau and we swooned.
"I'm a walking target. I don't want you around when they catch up to me." - Dom
"Ride or die, remember? Dom, how long have we been doing this? And now, all of a sudden out of no where, it's too dangerous? Come on. We'll figure it out. We always do." - Letty
2. Brian's first street race, "The Fast and the Furious"
Who can forget Brian's first attempt at street racing? He definitely didn't have Dom. Not even close.
1. 10 seconds or less, "The Fast and the Furious"
We knew Dom was a bad mamma jamma minutes into the first film, but we didn't know why until he confessed to Brian that racing took his father's life and turned him into a hard-bodied rule breaker who lived his life piece by piece.
I live my life a quarter mile at a time. Nothing else matters. Not the mortgage, not the store, not my team and all their [stuff]. For those 10 seconds or less, I'm free.
Don't forget to chime in on your favorite moment in the comments!
One of the most-quoted films of recent years -- Will Ferrell's 2004 "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" -- is finally getting a sequel. And its two teaser trailers are already providing plenty of one-liners of their own.
"The great ones always return. And when they do, one thing is for sure: Their hair will be perfect." So begins the just-released second teaser for "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues."
The new clip follows the same format as the first teaser, which was released almost a year ago. It features the news team of Champ Kind (David Koechner), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), and of course, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) walking out from a wall of lights to the music of the Alan Parson Project. And in classic "Anchorman" fashion, it allows each member of that team to take an in-character one-liner or as Burgundy calls it, "a little fun catchphrase." In both teasers, Carell's dimwitted weatherman derails things. Take a look below.FULL ENTRY
It’s been over two decades since Will Smith debuted on the big screen, playing a teenage runaway in the Indie film “Where the Day Takes You” (1991), and since then he has become one of the top box office draws in Hollywood, with big hits including the blockbuster “Men in Black” series. If anyone can give “After Earth” (opens May 31) a lift and put M. Night Shyamalan’s career back on track, it’s him,
and he’s costarring with his son Jaden for good measure. On the other hand, Smith also starred in “Wild Wild West” (1999) and played Tea Cake Harris alongside Whoopi Goldberg and Ted Danson in “Made in America” (1993), so not all of his movies are winners. Which of his roles do you think is best? We’ll publish the results and some of your trenchant comments on June 2.
Superman flies back into theaters on June 14, but select fans can get the ultimate bragging rights over their friends by seeing the new reboot "Man of Steel" a day early.
More than 3,700 Walmart stores, including branches in Quincy, Lynn, Framingham, and Salem, will be selling tickets to the nationwide advanced screening starting this Saturday, May 18, at 8 a.m. The screening will take place Thursday, June 13, at 7 p.m. Tickets will be limited to four per customer.
Each store will sell tickets to a different theater, but participating venues include Regal Fenway Stadium 13, Showcase Cinema de Lux Revere, and Liberty Tree Mall 20 in Danvers. Check the full list for participating stores and corresponding theaters.
"Man of Steel," which cost more than $200 million to produce, aims to duplicate the success of Christopher Nolan's recent Batman trilogy. Nolan is on hand as a producer of the film and a star-studded cast, including Michael Shannon, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, and Diane Lane, lends heft to the movie. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think.
What do you expect from the film? Will you see "Man of Steel"? Are you planning to try to get early tickets?
Let the summer movie mania begin.
This week's release of "Star Trek Into Darkness" marks the beginning of blockbuster season -- and it's off to a fast start. The J.J. Abrams-directed sci-fi epic received three-and-a-half stars from Globe film critic Ty Burr, who writes, "'Star Trek Into Darkness' simply has to convince us that 2009’s 'Star Trek' wasn’t a fluke, and that the rejuvenated crew of the USS Starship Enterprise has the iconic heft to go the distance. That the new movie does so — expertly, exhilaratingly — is a mark of director J.J. Abrams’s uncanny ease with modern Hollywood formulas."
So what's next on the horizon? There's plenty to be excited about, including Will Smith and his real-life child Jaden playing father and son in the futuristic sci-fi thriller "After Earth" (May 31), a new Superman in "Man of Steel" (June 14), and Johnny Depp caked in makeup as sidekick Tonto in "The Lone Ranger" (July 3). Check out our full summer movies preview and tell us which films you're excited about seeing.
It's happened to all of us: you wake up with no memory in a hotel room with a missing tooth, someone's baby, and Mike Tyson's tiger. Such is the appeal of the "Hangover" movies, the third of which opens on May 24 -- their excruciatingly apt and funny recreation of the universal experience of morning after amnesia and/or regrets.
There's a whole genre of such films-- which, excluding those in the "Hangover" series itself, do you think are the best?
You can submit your suggestions in the comments section or send them to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will pick the five most memorable choices and post them on line and in print next week.
According to the psychologist Carl Jung, we all have access to a vast reservoir of archetypal images called the Collective Unconscious. (And that was even before we had access to movie trivia on the Internet.) In this new weekly feature, we aim to tap your collective thoughts by proposing a theme that relates to a current event or movie. Submit your favorite film titles that fit the theme and we’ll publish a sampling here.
This week, to get the ball rolling, we took our cue from the action-packed sneak attack on London in “Star Trek Into Darkness.” That produced five sci-fi movies featuring cities under attack, listed here in chronological order.FULL ENTRY
Can you speak whale? Well, Dory can, and you may get to see even more of her famous dialect in the upcoming "Finding Dory," slated for a Nov. 25, 2015 release.
The bumbling, blue, forgetful tang fish voiced by Ellen DeGeneres will be the focus of the "Finding Nemo" sequel according to a release from Disney Publicity Studios on April 2.FULL ENTRY
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Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx star in the upcoming presidential thriller, "White House Down," and we have an exclusive first look at the film's trailer.
Tatum plays John Cale, a Capitol police officer who is taking his daughter on a tour of the White House when it is struck by paramilitary invaders. Cale's mission: to protect the president (Foxx) and get his daughter, Emily (Joey King), to safety.
The movie premieres in theaters on June 28. IMDB has more info.
What do you think of the trailer? Are you planning to see the movie? Let us know in the comments.
Universal and Illumination Entertainment released the trailer for "Despicable Me 2," the upcoming sequel to the 2010 animated super-villain flick by the same name. Funny guy Steve Carell reprises his role as evil mastermind with a heart of gold, Gru, while Miranda Cosgrove returns as the eldest of his three adopted daughters, Margo. Kristen Wiig and Russell Brand also rejoin the cast to reprise their roles, while Al Pacino pipes in as a villain.
What do you think of the trailer? Did you see the first film? Will you see the sequel? Comment here.
If you ever wanted to see Hermione Granger bask in the glory of bottle service, the upcoming Sofia Coppola flick might be the place to do. The teaser trailer for "The Bling Ring" was released and shows Emma Watson slathering on the lip gloss, getting down in the club, and of course, ransacking the closets of the rich and famous with her fellow label-loving L.A. friends. Watson plays a character inspired by "Bling Ring" member, Alexis Neiers, who goes by the name "Nicki" in the film.
The film is based on Vanity Fair's profile of the crimes of Hollywood's Bling Ring, a group of teens who robbed the homes of the likes of Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr, Lindsay Lohan, and Rachel Bilson in 2008-2009. According to the profile, they primarily stole designer goods and cash to the tune of more than $3 million and were tried for their various crimes in 2010.
Coppola's film faced scrutiny when it was revealed in December that members of the Ring and members of the LAPD who had assisted in the investigation were on payroll to consult for the movie.
The film will be in limited release June 14.
Will you see this film? Sound off here.
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ContributorsTy Burr is a film critic with The Boston Globe.
Mark Feeney is an arts writer for The Boston Globe.
Janice Page is movies editor for The Boston Globe.
Tom Russo is a regular correspondent for the Movies section and writes a weekly column on DVD releases.
Katie McLeod is Boston.com's features editor.
Rachel Raczka is a producer for Lifestyle and Arts & Entertainment at Boston.com.
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