Release date: Friday May 15, 2009 Genre: Thriller Director: Ron Howard Studio: Columbia Pictures Screenplay: Akiva Goldsman, David Koepp Producer(s): Brian Grazer, John Calley Cast: Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer, Stellan Skarsgård, Pierfranco Favino, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Armin Mueller-Stahl Official Site:angelsanddemons.com Rating:Not Yet Rated Available film art:Angels and Demons movie posters
Synopsis The team behind the global phenomenon “The Da Vinci Code” returns for the highly anticipated “Angels & Demons,” based upon the bestselling novel by Dan Brown. Tom Hanks reprises his role as Harvard religious expert Robert Langdon, who once again finds that forces with ancient roots are willing to stop at nothing, even murder, to advance their goals. Ron Howard again directs the film, which is produced by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, and John Calley. The screenplay is by David Koepp and Akiva Goldsman.
When Langdon discovers evidence of the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati – the most powerful underground organization in history – he also faces a deadly threat to the existence of the secret organization’s most despised enemy: the Catholic Church. When Langdon learns that the clock is ticking on an unstoppable Illuminati time bomb, he jets to Rome, where he joins forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and enigmatic Italian scientist. Embarking on a nonstop, action-packed hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals, and even to the heart of the most secretive vault on earth, Langdon and Vetra will follow a 400-year-old trail of ancient symbols that mark the Vatican’s only hope for survival.
In the highly anticipated new installment of “The Terminator” film franchise, set in post-apocalyptic 2018, Christian Bale stars as John Connor, the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators. But the future Connor was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future, or rescued from the past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet’s operations, where they uncover the terrible secret behind the possible annihilation of mankind.
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The screenwriter for “Tropic Thunder” will pen the sequel for Iron Man 2.
IGN recently had the chance to chat with actor-turned-screenwriter Justin Theroux for the DVD release of Tropic Thunder, during which time we got to ask him about writing the script for Iron Man 2.
One might think that a huge Hollywood production such as Iron Man 2 might not allow Theroux to be as loose and open to changes in the writing process as working on a comedy might allow, but the scribe disputes that notion. “Iron Man is just a unique character in the comic book world. He can get away with being incorrigible, slightly awful, funny, sexist at times. He has a very high threshold for things that he can do and get away with,” Theroux explained.
He continued, “So in a weird way it’s a lot of fun writing for him and it’s not like writing a more stoic superhero part. Obviously, you have the story elements and the action elements and all those gears of that you want to make sure are well oiled. But within that you can have a lot of play.”
Theroux — who starred in films such as Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, Mulholland Dr., and Miami Vice before making the leap to screenwriting with last summer’s Tropic Thunder — was a fan of the character before landing the job of scripting the Marvel sequel. In particular, he was “a big fan of the [Matt] Fraction series, but it was only when Robert [Downey Jr.] got into the skin of that guy that it made total sense. Because Robert is so good at just sliding things between the cracks and finding moments. It’s just such a great anti-hero.”
The scribe says don’t expect Iron Man 2 to be a more fantastical or comic book-y film than its predecessor in order to prepare viewers for seeing Tony Stark alongside characters such as Thor and the Hulk in Marvel’s live-action version of The Avengers.
Iron Man 2, Theroux insists, “can’t really go crazy. It has to live within the same world Tony lives in, which is the world of technology. So it can’t get too far afield. It’s not really our job to suit all the other characters. Our first concern – Jon [Favreau]‘s first concern – is that we raise the level on Iron Man 2 and make sure the audience gets exactly and more of what they wanted before in a really satisfying story that’s really fun and playful. As good a movie as possible. And after that we’ll think about ways that we can plug in other elements that might exist in other films or other worlds.”
Director Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire” was named best film of 2008 by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures on Thursday in the first major award of the Oscar season.
Clint Eastwood won best actor for “Gran Torino” and Anne Hathaway picked up best actress for “Rachel Getting Married,” while David Fincher was named best director for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”
The best supporting actor award went to Josh Brolin for “Milk” and Penelope Cruz for “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.”
Such critical nods are helpful for movie studios’ marketing campaigns as they jockey for attention for their films before the Academy Awards, the industry’s top honors, in February.
“Slumdog Millionaire, with brilliant direction by Danny Boyle and incredible performances, shares a passionate story about one man’s courage and determination for the woman he loves,” said Annie Schulhof, the board president.
Based on the bestselling novel “Q & A” by Vikas Swarup, the film tells the tale of a poor boy in India who gets a shot at winning millions on television game show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” as he tried to reunite with his lost love.
The screenplay is written by Simon Beaufoy, who shared the best adapted screenplay award with Eric Roth (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), while the film’s star, Dev Patel, won the breakthrough performance by an actor.
Best foreign film was won by Russia’s “Mongol,” best animated feature went to “Wall-E,” best documentary was “Man on a Wire,” best ensemble cast was “Doubt” and best original screenplay was awarded to Nick Schenk for “Gran Torino.”
Next week, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the New York Film Critics Circle announce their award winners and the Golden Globe Awards, voted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and the Critics Choice Awards, voted by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, will unveil their nominees before awards ceremonies in January.
For those “Harry Potter” fans, who can’t wait for the movie to arrive in theaters next year – here is an idepth preview of what to expect. Beware spoiler warning.
The Harry Potter movies have become a perennial summer and holiday movie mainstay since the 2001 release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. With each film, we’ve watched the actors, their characters, and the storytelling mature. And even though J.K. Rowling’s literary series has drawn to a close, there are still three films to go in the big-screen series.
Next year, the beloved boy wizard returns in the much-anticipated sixth installment of the Warner Bros. film franchise, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The yarn, set in Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts, explores the past of the evil Lord Voldemort and deals with the increasingly complex relationships between Harry and his friends as they prepare for the final battle.
But you don’t have to wait until July 17, 2009 to find out what’s in store for the next movie in the magical series. We’ve gazed into our crystal ball and have assembled this enchanted guide.
Here’s what you can expect in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince…
In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Lord Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final confrontation with an evil that he knows is fast approaching.
Together, Harry and Dumbledore work to find the key to unlock Voldemort’s defenses and, to this end, Dumbledore recruits his old friend and colleague — the well-connected and unsuspecting Professor Horace Slughorn — whom he believes holds crucial information.
Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage. Harry finds himself more and more drawn to Ginny, but so is Dean Thomas. And Lavender Brown has decided that Ron is the one for her, only she hadn’t counted on Romilda Vane’s chocolates that are spiked with a love potion. And then there’s Hermione, simmering with jealously but determined not to show her feelings.
There’s lots more. Just click on the link below to get the scoop:
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“The Dark Knight” is set to return to theaters, January 2009.
The Dark Knight is coming back to theaters and IMAX on January 23, 2009, Warner Bros. announced today.
The return engagement will give audiences another chance to fully experience the acclaimed comic-to-screen adaptation the way it was intended — that’s the official line. The ulterior motive is, of course, to give the film another shot at getting noticed by Academy voters.
“The Dark Knight is a crowning achievement in every sense of the word. We wanted to provide one more opportunity for moviegoers to experience it on the big screen as it was meant to be seen,” said Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. Pictures President of Domestic Distribution.
It was not announced how widely the film would be released, but we expect that it won’t be hard to find a screening near you.