their website In case you forgot after all, its been 15 years since she last appeared in a live-action film as someone other than herself Oprah can, indeed, act. Lets also not forget that she was nominated for an Oscar in 1986 for her work in The Color Purple, and it certainly doesnt hurt this film that that the majority of her scenes are with fellow Oscar-nominee Terrence Howard and Oscar-winner Whitaker. While we see the civil rights movement through the lens of the White House, the brutality and humanity of it all is brought to life through Cecils son, Louis, played by David Oyelowo, who is always a treat to watch. Louis becomes a Freedom Rider and then a Black Panther. His choices do not sit well with Cecil, who has worked hard to give his son a decent life and the ability to go to college. Hes dumbfounded when Louis decides to attend a university down South, at the time a hotbed of racist activity.
Which is a shame. While this chintzy-looking romantic comedy thinks just a few sight gags are enough, a sneakier satire would have gone further. But that alternate Austenland would need to be less square than this one, directed by Napoleon Dynamite co-writer Jerusha Hess and produced by Twilight doyenne Stephenie Meyer. Between the squealing giddiness demonstrated at the mere thought of a submersive Austen-world and the way almost every moment is overplayed, the film wears out its welcome faster than a poor cousin in the country guesthouse. Keri Russell is Jane (get it?), a plain-Jane (yes, we get it ...) who blows her life savings on a trip to a Disney-like mini-theme park populated by the types of characters in Pride & Prejudice, Emma and Sense & Sensibility. Janes luck with gauche modern guys is nil. She pines for a real-life Darcy, obsessed as she is with Colin Firths 1995 turn in the BBC production of P&P. So shes primed for what Austenlands proprietor (starchily one-note Jane Seymour) promises will wind up in romance no touching allowed, of course. Keri Russell and JJ Feild in Austenland Janes fellow emotional tourist is a crass American ( Jennifer Coolidge ) whos there because she thinks her cleavage will look great in the tight gowns. Coolidge, a trouper, practically bursts a hamstring trying to save every scene shes in. On the weedy grounds of Austenlands English estate, where fake deer are set up in the background and faux pheasants are shot, Jane (pseudonym: Ms.
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Starring Ashton Kutcher in the title role, the film is essentially an unauthorized take on Kim Kardashian hot pictures the infamous tech visionary. Another movie, based on Walter Isaacsonspopular biography Steve Jobs which included the cooperation of Jobs, his family and the company is in development with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin attached to write, but no projected release date for that film has yet been given. Judging by the reviews for Jobs, there still may be plenty of room for another free film treatment. As of Friday morning, Jobs is carrying a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 26% meaning about three quarters of the reviewers tabulated have given the flick a Thumbs Down. The RT rating among so-called top critics was even lower at 20%. The movie also didnt fare well with the affable Steve Wozniak, who was portrayed in the film by Josh Gad of The Book of Mormon fame. In a blog posting on Gizmodo , Wozniak called the acting good and said he was attentive and entertained but not greatly enough to recommend the movie. And he denied the claim that hes criticizing this movie because he is serving as a paid consultant on the Steve Jobs project. I felt bad for many people I know well who were portrayed wrongly in their interactions with Jobs and the company.
Movie poster artist Drew Struzan gets the doc treatment
Wrong audience, perhaps? Unless little Jimmy is planning to save his allowance for the next 10 years to pick up what's likely to be a fairly pricy Intel Xeon E5-based system. "Of all devices for Apple to show before a movie... the Mac Pro? Really," tweeted 9to5Mac editor Scott Buscemi .
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Jobs' tumultuous life could probably fill three movies. But "Jobs" focuses on his early years at Apple and ignores almost everything else. Even though the two-hour movie spans 27 years, it makes little or no mention of Jobs being adopted, his work at NeXT, his search for his biological father, his leadership of Pixar, his marriage to Laurene Powell, his late-career triumphs at Apple or the cancer that eventually view site... killed him. It's probably just as well. A movie with all that would be fascinating. It would also be four hours long. Here are five things the movie gets right, and wrong. Surprise!
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There are enough beauty shots of Hemsworth to fill every fashion pages in GQ for an entire year. And I have to give it to them at least on that front the film delivers. Hemsworth sweats through workouts, dresses down in worn flannel shirts and jeans for bar scenes, spiffs up in designer suits to fool Goddard and, best of all, gets tangled up in the sheets with a high-tech honey named Emma ( Amber Heard ). The camera lingers on as much of that toned-to-perfection 6-foot-3 frame as it can and still hang on to that R. The quote-unquote paranoia is supposed to come from Wyatt's evil intentions and the technology that is tracking every move Adam makes.
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flip through this gallery for a flashback.) It was only a matter of time before Struzan received the documentary treatment. Drew: The Man Behind the Poster features interviews with some of his very famous fans, including George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Michael J. Fox, Harrison Ford and Guillermo del Toro. Here's the trailer: <!--iframe--> Most of today's movie posters seem like bad Photoshop jobs and aren't terribly awe-inspiring. Next to Struzan's detailed and remarkable work, they look 100 times worse. I had the pleasure of interviewing Struzan many years ago, and it was so exciting to hear stories about his relationships with some of my favorite movies.
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For those of you who will supportLee Daniels' The Butler, Warner Brothers' shame is your gain. Leslie Combemale, "Cinema Siren," is a movie lover and aficionado in Northern Virginia. Alongside Michael Barry, she owns ArtInsights Animation and Film Art Gallery in Reston Town Center. She has a background in film and art history. She often is invited to present at conventions such as the San Diego Comic Con.
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Wadlow's main addition to the story is expanding the attention given to the adventures of Mindy in the land of other young women, grappling with other people's ideas of normal. Among the film's best moments is when young Mindy, trying to fit in, sees a boy-band video for the first time, unleashing a wave of hormonal responses that Moretz captures perfectly. SPECIAL REPORT: The culture of violence in entertainment The adventures of Hit-Girl as a regular person are far more compelling than those of Kick-Ass as a superhero. (Though even her story line is marred by a cheap, unnecessary joke in which a mean girl is made to evacuate her body from both ends at once.) As in the first film, it also doesn't help that as a performer Taylor-Johnson is a charisma-free zone. Wadlow also expands slightly the role of amateur superhero Colonel Stars and Stripes, played by Jim Carrey . The increasingly un-fun actor is a rather poor substitute for the madcap performance of Nicolas Cage in the first film as Hit-Girl's father. Carrey recently declared he would not be promoting "Kick-Ass 2" due to a crisis of conscience regarding the film's violence.