Deep down Zero Dark Thirty is a heady movie-going experience. It’s gripping and thrilling and, in a few rare spots, funny. But I should say that I had no interest in seeing this movie, about the long and arduous hunt for Osama bin Laden, when the first trailer was released.
After the small tourist and shipbuilding town of Kennebunk, Me., was hit with the Zumba Fitness Studio prostitution ring scandal that implicated masterminds Alexis Wright, 29, and her Zumba partner, Mark Strong Sr.
Gossip Girl actress Blake Lively, 25, and her Green Lantern co-star Ryan Reynolds, 35, wed on Sunday night in Mount Pleasant, S.C., according to reports by a local radio station. The intimate ceremony took place at the Boone Hall Plantation, where guests like Christian Louboutin and Florence Welch (who performed three songs) gathered to celebrate with the year-old couple (pictured center below at the premiere of Green Lantern with Peter Sarsgaard, left, and Mark Strong, right).
It’s something or a cruel irony that, despite being the first space-faring adventurer – predating the likes of Flash Gordon and James T. Kirk by several decades – Edgar Rice Burroughs’ heroic Civil War veteran-turned-Martian savior, John Carter, will likely be remembered more for the $200 million hole blown in the Disney balance sheet than for his enduring influence on the genre heralded by his arrival.
Where did Disney go wrong with John Carter? By now, that seems like the only question worth asking, given the film's epic budget shortfall on opening weekend. Earning only $30.6 of its $250 million budget domestically, it came in an embarrassing second place to The Lorax.
It would be going too far to suggest that Mel Brooks' singular form of parody is perhaps the last word in genre fiction. But when a particular story finds itself told so often and with such indistinguishable, uniform conformity that such a thing as Robin Hood: Men in Tights can even come to pass, you know that the tale is perhaps a little worn in the telling.
It's a testament to the reserved and unobtrusive sense of the direction from helmer Jean-Marc Vallee that no reactionary lips were set a quivering by the realization that this intimate portrait of the eponymous monarch comes not from a Brit, but instead courtesy of (gasp) a French-Canadian.
If you're a fan of John Carter, the Virginian hero from the Edgar Rice Burroughs' sci-fi Barsoom series, you're in for a treat. The first official theatrical trailer for the film John Carter, directed by Oscar-winner Andrew Stanton (WALL-E, Finding Nemo, A Bug's Life) and starring Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights), has been released, and it promises to be packed with action.
While Marvel’s fans have become steadily accustomed to what is now a veritable buffet of very respectable big screen renderings of some of the finest properties (X-Men, Spiderman, Iron Man, etc.), those flying the DC banner so often take on the role of the battered spouse, a terrified victim of a cruel and abusive relationship.
If only we could all be as lucky as Guy Ritchie. That whole marriage to Madonna thing aside, the man has led a fairly charmed life and one that seemingly is continuing to tick upwards. After churning out an oeuvre that would leave any respectable filmmaker blushing Warner Brothers decided to turn over the keys to their surefire Christmas blockbuster, Sherlock Holmes, and its accompanying $90 million budget.