Filmmakers don't get much more enigmatic than Terrence Malick.
In an industry where so much depends on putting a face to a product, the reclusive Malick doesn't appear in movie promotions and all but refuses to speak with the press, which, of course, makes him even more worth knowing.
The writer-director-producer creates work that's polarizing, as likely to get booed at Cannes as get nominated for an Oscar (see: The Tree of Life). And since he's not interested in explaining or clarifying his motives, the films have to speak for themselves.
With To the Wonder, a slippery meditation on love (the ritual, the saviour, the crutch, the vice) that stars Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem and Rachel McAdams in largely wordless roles, Malick's not exactly going to win over new fans. His obtuse style is taken to extremes with shots of gorgeous sun-streaked afternoons, a camera that never stops moving and hardly any dialogue, which can add up to little unless you know what to look for. That’s where we come in; to shed some light on the intimidating world of Terrence Malick and offer a handy guide so you too can enjoy his art-house wonders.
Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie play a trio of bodybuilders who make up what they lack in business acumen with bulging deltoids and veiny triceps in Michael Bay's Pain & Gain, a dark comedy based on the true story of Miami gym rats whose ludicrous extortion scheme blows up in their tanned faces and if you haven't gathered from the trailers and photos, this movie is about hard bodies, major action and big laughs.
With a '90s-era Calvin Klein model and former wrestler leading the charge, it's obvious we're going to be treated to some particularly muscle-bound eye candy but even Wahlberg and Johnson had to hit the gym even harder to look appropriately juiced for their roles, training extensively before and during the filming and the proof is (barely contained) in their itty-bitty Sun Gym tank tops.
So put down those dumbbells and take a look at our list of the 5 actors who bulked up the best before Pain & Gain hits theatres April 26.
With her ballet-trained bod and model-perfect mug, it's safe to say anything would look good on Diane Kruger.
To the delight of the fashion flock, the stunning German-born actress and The Host co-star appears to enjoy putting that theory to the test. Bold colours, eye-catching embellishment, silhouettes straight from the runway and duos of daring prints all loom large in her wardrobe. Kruger's fashion message is clear: take risks. Developing a style sensibility that refuses to play it safe can have highly covetable results, even if you've never been asked to play Helen of Troy, a.k.a. the most beautiful woman in the world.
With these fashion risk-taking tips, any mere mortal can dust the cobwebs off her closet and shake things up in the wardrobe department.
Follow along, after the jump!
Picture yourself at the age of 13: you're likely obnoxious in a non-specific, unmalicious way; you are probably harbouring a heavy, full-on crush on either a schoolmate, out-of-reach celeb or platonic friend and your main focus in life revolves around not getting in trouble with your parents, avoiding being grounded, staying out of your older sibling's way and doing well at school. Elle Fanning would like a word with you.
The younger Fanning sister, Dakota is 19, filmed the Sally Potter (Yes, Orlando) drama Ginger & Rosa a year ago and at 13, manages to portray the angst of 17-year-old Ginger with an authenticity and ferociousness that seems absolutely at odds with the limited amount of time she's spent on this planet. And yet. Like a young Meryl, she is somehow able to access SO MANY swirling feelings that are integral to the teenage girl experience that she herself is only on the cusp of.
Check out our list of other great young actors working now!
There’s no pinning Colin Farrell down. The Irish actor has turned in memorable performances in every genre of film since bursting onto the scene with his breakout role in 2000’s war film Tigerland.
Sure, there’s been a few missteps along the way… we’re sure we’re not the only ones who regret his bald-headed, leather-clad turn in Daredevil or the seemingly never-ending 214 minute cut of Alexander. But for every role we’d like to forget, Farrell wins us back with movies like Seven Psychopaths, The New World, and yes, even Miami Vice.
Farrell is back on the big screen this week as a crime lord’s right-hand man in Dead Man Down. Farrell stars alongside Noomi Rapace in the film directed by the man behind the original Swedish-language Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Niels Arden Oplev.
We pay homage to one of our favourite Irish stars as we look back at his career and count down our Top 10 Colin Farrell Roles after the jump!
So many movies, so many memories. As The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 is released on DVD and Blu-ray today, we look back at all five films in the series and pick our favourite moments.
When we were first introduced to Bella, Edward, Jacob and the whole Forks gang in 2008, we had no idea that the Twilight movies would become a global phenomenon. Launching relative unknowns Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner into the spotlight and kicking off Anna Kendrick’s career, The Twilight Saga accomplished the impossible in just four short years. Through on and off-screen romances, tabloid troubles, and mixed results in non-Twilight flicks, the leads have weathered the storm and we’re ready to see where they head in a post-Twilight world, though they'll always be Bella, Edward and Jacob to us.
Hit the jump to see our top 10 moments from the Twilight Saga plus share your favourite moment in the comments!
Consider this your warning: If you intend to watch any of the movies listed herein and don't want to know in advance who the rat is, proceed with caution. While we'd consider those kinds of details a given when the movies in question are at least six years old, we are nothing if not considerate of when to keep a secret a secret. In other words, snitches we are not. Dwayne Johnson, however, oh, he'll squeal.
In the upcoming thriller Snitch, the man formerly known as The Rock finds himself desperate to free his wrongly-accused son and reluctantly dives into the bad-guy world in order to help the DEA take someone bigger down. The movie, directed by Ric Roman Waugh (Felon, In the Shadows) co-stars Susan Sarandon, Barry Pepper, Michael Kenneth Williams (Omar!), Benjamin Bratt and Nadine Velazquez.
And in honour of those who expertly blow whistles, we decided to create a list of the Top 5 Going Undercover Movies, where brave souls get cozy with criminals, often risking their lives and sometimes succumbing to a version of Stockholm Syndrome, to smoke out the baddies and let justice reign.
Won't you follow along as we find out Where My Snitches At?
Let's break this down. First, we've got two girls on the run. Then we've got evasion, blackmail, murder, betrayal, revenge and, as if that weren't be enough to pique an audience's interest, a suitcase loaded with a million pounds thrown into for good measure. Gritty, stylish and darkly comedic, this 2001 British crime flick is...wait...what? Beautiful Creatures is a 2013 movie about spells, secrets and the classic struggle between good and evil and not the tongue-firmly-in-cheek thriller with Rachel Weisz? Well...this is awkward. But I won't lie, my interest is piqued nonetheless. You had me at spells.
So let's try this again. Magic? Check. Witches? Check. A battle between dark and light? Also check. So now we've got the absolute basics down, just what else should movie fans be clued in on when it comes to this latest big screen fantasy from Warner Bros. and director/screenwriter Richard LaGravenese? Read on and find out...
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