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Beauty And The Beast

Disney have just released the trailer for their live-action version of Beauty & The Beast.

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

Directed by Oscar® winner Bill Condon based on the 1991 animated film, “Beauty and the Beast” is produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, providing the score, which will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice. “Beauty and the Beast” will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.

You can view the Beauty And The Beast trailer below:

 

The Fifth Estate

Summary: A look at the relationship between WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his early supporter and eventual colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg, and the irreparable rift between the two friends.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 14th November, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA, Belgium

Director: Bill Condon

Screenwriter: Josh Singer, Daniel Domscheit-Berg (novel), Luke Harding (novel), David Leigh (novel)

Cast: Alexander Beyer (Marcel Rosenbach), Jamie Blackley (Ziggy), Moritz Bleibtreu (Marcus), Amir Boutrous (Mutassim Al-Gaddafi), Philip Bretherton (Bill Keller), Daniel Bruhl (Daniel Berg), Peter Capaldi (Alan Rushbridger), Michael Culkin (Ralph Zilke), Bendict Cumberbatch (Julian Assange),  Darren Evans (Private Manning), Mimi Ferrer (Shida Haliseh), Michael Kranz (Otto), Lydia Leonard (Alex Lang), Laura Linney (Sarah Shaw), Anthony Mackie (Sam Coulson), Axel Milberg (Hans), Joseph Kintua Muriuki (John Paul Oulu), Peter King Nzioki (Oscar Kamau Kingara), Ben Rook (Young Julian), Alexander Siddig (Dr. Tarek Haliseh), Dan Stevens (Ian Katz), Anatole Taubman (Holger Stark), David Thewlis (Nick Davies), Stanley Tucci (James Boswell), Carice van Houten (Birgitta Jonsdottir), Alicia Vikander (Anke Domscheit)

Runtime: 128 mins

Classification:M

OUR THE FIFTH ESTATE REVIEWS & RATINGS:

David Griffiths: Stars(3)

Please check Dave’s review of ‘The Fifth Estate’ that is available on Entertainment Scene 360

Nick Gardner: Stars(3)

Please check Nick’s review of ‘Ain’t The Bodies Saints’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #58

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3)

IMDB Rating:  The Fifth Estate (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘The Fifth Estate′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #58

Trailer:

The Fifth Estate

A featurette has just been released for ‘The Fifth Estate’ the new film directed by Bill Condon which is a biographical tale of the life of Julian Assange. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Anthony Mackie, Stanley Tucci and Daniel Bruhl and will be released in the  United States on the 18th October.

 

And the winners (losers) are:

WORST PICTURE: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

WORST ACTOR: Adam Sandler (That’s My Boy)

WORST ACTRESS: Kristen Stewart (Snow White & The Huntsman, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2)

WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Taylor Lautner (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn part 2)

WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Rihanna (Battleship)

WORST SCREEN ENSEMBLE: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

WORST DIRECTOR: Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2)

WORST REMAKE/RIP-OFF/SEQUEL: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2)

WORST SCREEN COUPLE: Mackenzie Foy/Taylor Lautner (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2)

WORST SCREENPLAY: David Caspe (That’s My Boy)

Twilight Breaking Dawn Feature Pic

The 2012 Golden Razzie Nominations are in… here they are:

Worst Picture
Battleship
The Oogieloves in Big Balloon Adventure
That’s My Boy
A Thousand Words
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2

Worst Director
Sean Anders – That’s My Boy
Peter Berg – Battleship
Bill Condon – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Tyler Perry – Good Deeds / Madea’s Witness Protection
John Putch – Atlas Shrugged: Part II

Worst Actress
Katherine Heigl – One for the Money
Milla Jovovich – Resident Evil: Retribution
Tyler Perry – Madea’s Witness Protection
Kristen Stewart – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 and Snow White and the Huntsman
Barbra Streisand – The Guilt Trip

Worst Actor
Nicolas Cage – Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance / Seeking Justice
Eddie Murphy – A Thousand Words
Robert Pattinson – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Tyler Perry – Alex Cross / Good Deeds
Adam Sandler – That’s My Boy

Worst Supporting Actress
Jessica Biel – Playing For Keeps / Total Recall
Brooklyn Decker – Battleship / What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Ashley Greene – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Jennifer Lopez – What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Rihanna – Battleship

Worst Supporting Actor
David Hasselhoff – Piranha 3-DD
Taylor Lautner – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Liam Neeson – Battleship / Wrath of the Titans
Nick Swardson – That’s My Boy
Vanilla Ice – That’s My Boy

Worst Screen Ensemble
Battleship
The Oogieloves in Big Balloon Adventure
That’s My Boy
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Madea’s Witness Protection

Worst Screenplay
Atlas Shrugged Part II
Battleship
That’s My Boy
A Thousand Words
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2

Worst Remake, Rip-Off, or Sequel
Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance
Piranha 3-DD
Red Dawn
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Madea’s Witness Protection

Worst Screen Couple
Any two cast members from Jersey Shore in The Three Stooges
Mackenzie Foy and Taylor Lautner in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Tyler Perry and his drag in Madea’s Witness Protection
Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester, or Susan Sarandon in That’s My Boy

Summary: In the highly anticipated final chapter of the blockbuster series The Twilight Saga, the newfound married bliss of Bella Swan and the vampire Edward Cullen is cut short when a series of betrayals and misfortunes threatens to destroy their world. Edward has finally fulfilled Bella’s wish to become immortal. But the arrival of their remarkable daughter, Renesmee, sets in motion a perilous chain of events that puts the Cullens and their allies against the Volturi, the fearsome council of vampire leaders, setting the stage for an all-out battle.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 15th November 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Bill Condon

Screenwriter: Melissa Rosenberg, Stephanie Meyer (novel)

Cast: Joe Anderson (Alistair), Marlane Barnes (Maggie), Blythe Barrington-Hughes (Renesmee (7 Years), Charlie Bewley (Demetri), James Campbell Bower (Caius), Patrick Brennan (Liam), Cameron Bright (Alec),MyAnna Buring (Tanya),  Billy Burke (Charlie Swan), Christie Burke (Renesmee (Young Woman)), Christian Camargo (Eleazar), Tate Clemons (Renesmee 5 Years), Abigail Rose Cornell (Renesmee 4 Years), Lateef Crowder (Santiago), Daniel Cudmore (Felix), Valerie Curry (Charlotte), Peter Facinelli (Dr. Carlisle Cullen), Dakota Fanning (Jane), Eliza Faria (Renesmee 4 Years), Noel Fisher (Vladimir), Mackenzie Foy (Renesmee), Janelle Froehlich (Yvette), Andrea Gabriel (Kebi), Maggie Grace (Irina), Ashley Greene (Alice Cullen), Tracey Heggins (Senna), Christopher Heyerdahl (Marcus), Lisa Howard (Siobhan), Isabella Iannuzzi (Renesmee 4 Years), Julia Jones (Leah), Masami Kosaka (Toshiro), Casey LaBow (Kate), Taylor Lautner (Jacob Black), Kellan Lutz (Emmett Cullen), Amadou Ly (Henri), Rami Malek (Benjamin), Mia Maestro (Carmen), Omar Metwally (Amun), Erik Odom (Peter), Lee Pace (Garrett), JD Pardo (Nahuel), Robert Pattinson (Edward Cullen), Wendall Pierce (J.Jenks), Andrea Powell (Sasha), Marisa Quinn (Huilen), Jackson Rathbone (Jasper Hale), Nikki Reed (Rosalie Hale), Elizabeth Reaser (Esem Cullen), Anglea Renai (Minister Weber), Alex Rice (Sue Clearwater), Taylor Diane Robinson (Renesmee 5 Years), Angela Sarafyan (Tia), Michael Sheen (Aro), Judith Shekroni (Zaffrina), Chaske Spencer (Sam Uley), Rachel St. Gelais (Renesmee 5 Years), Booboo Stewart (Seth), Kristen Stewart (Bella Cullen), Kailyn Stratton (Renesmee 5 Years), Bill Tangradi (Randall), Toni Trucks (Mary), Billy Waggenseller (Vasilii), Guri Weinberg (Stefan), Milli Wilkinson (Renesmee 4 Years)

Runtime: 115 mins

Classification: M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2’ Review:

Whoever made the decision to split The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 into two films has a lot of answering to do. Director Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, Tilda) saves himself with a brilliant looking battle scene, but the damage is done, the fact that the last novel in the series had to be stretched out to four hours of screen time means there is just too much filler to make the films as good as they could have been.

Part 2 in the Twilight conclusion sees Bella Cullen (Kristen Stewart – Snow White & The Huntsman, On The Road) learning about her newly acquired vampiric skills and tendencies as she finally rises as the vampire she has wanted to be for quite a long time. However her notions that life will now be easy as she is married to Edward (Robert Pattinson – Cosmopolis, Bel Ami) are quickly broken when she learns that her fast-growing daughter Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy – TV’S Hawaii Five-O & R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour) who has been in-printed to the ever-present werewolf Jacob (Taylor Lautner – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, Abduction).

Further dramas arise when the Cullen’s jealous cousin Irina (Maggie Grace – Taken 2, TV’S Californication) mistakes Renesmee for an immortal child. She then tells The Volturi that the Cullen’s have broken on of the vampiric cardinal sins and turned a child. The result is the Volturi led by vindictive Aro (Michael Sheen – Jesus Henry Christ, The Gospel Of Us) and his prized colleague Jane (Dakota Fanning – The Motel Life, Now Is Good) coming for the Cullens with death as the penalty. Not to be disturbed Carlisle Cullen (Peter Facinelli – Loosies, TV’S Nurse Jackie) and the other Cullens search the world for vampires that believe their story and will help defend them against the Volturi.

The saving grace for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 is the fact that Condon has filmed an amazing battle sequence and that together with screenwriter, Melissa Rosenberg (Breaking Dawn Part 1, Eclipse) has created a brilliant twist/reveal that will have anyone that hasn’t read the novels on the edge of their seats. As far as film reveals go it is right up there amongst the best.

But sadly Breaking Dawn Part 2 is dragged down by the fact that in a bid to stretch the film out both Condon and Rosenberg have had to spend way too much concentrating on things that could have been done in montages – mediocre things like Renesmee meeting all of the Cullen’s allies and Bella learning all of her vampiric skills and tendencies. There is also a small problem with the ending as their seems to be no closure for Bella with her father, Charlie (Billy Burke – TV’S Revolution & The Closer) or with any of her friends (who actually don’t appear in this film).

When it comes to the cast both Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are both below par, a surprise considering both of shown in films outside of the Twilight franchise that they do have some acting ability. Taylor Lautner actually takes a huge step forward (perhaps he’s trying to make up for Abduction), but the standout is Michael Sheen who shines as Aro.

Breaking Dawn Part 2 is an okay closure for this film series but it’s sad realising that it could have been better if they had combined Part 1 and Part 2and just scrapped some of the filler.


Other The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 Reviews By Dave Griffiths: http://www.helium.com/items/2392774-the-twilight-saga-breaking-dawn-part-2-movie-review

Rating: 3/5 Stars

IMDB Rating: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012) on IMDb

WORST PICTURE: Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star, Jack & Jill, New Year’s Eve, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

WORST ACTOR: Russell Brand (Arthur), Nicolas Cage (Drive Angry, Season Of The Witch, Trespass), Taylor Lautner (Abduction, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1), Adam Sandler (Just Go With It, Jack & Jill), Nick Swardson (Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star)

WORST ACTRESS: Martin Lawrence (Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son), Sarah Palin (Sarah Palin: The Undefeated), Sarah Jessica Parker (New Year’s Eve/I Don’t Know How She Does It), Adam Sandler (Jack & Jill), Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1)

WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Patrick Dempsey (Transformers: Dark Of The Moon), James Franco (Your Highness), Ken Jeong (Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son/The Hangover Part 2/Transformers: Dark Of The Moon/Zookeeper), Al Pacino (Jack & Jill), Nick Swardson (Jack & Jill/Just Go With It)

WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Katie Holmes (Jack & Jill), Brandon T. Jackson (Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son), Nicole Kidman (Just Go With It), David Spade (Jack & Jill), Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Transformers: Dark Of The Moon)

WORST SCREEN ENSEMBLE: Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star, Jack & Jill, New Year’s Eve, Transfomers: Dark Of The Moon, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

WORST DIRECTOR: Michael Bay (Transformers: Dark Of The Moon), Tom Brady (Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star), Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1), Dennis Dugan (Jack & Jill/Just Go With It), Garry Marshall (New Year’s Eve)

WORST PREQUEL, REMAKE, RIP-OFF OR SEQUEL: Arthur, Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star, The Hangover Part 2, Jack & Jill, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

WORST SCREEN COUPLE: Nicolas Cage/Anybody He Paired Up With, Shia LeBeouf/Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Transformers: Dark Of The Moon), Adam Sandler/Jennifer Aniston/Brooklyn Decker (Just Go With It), Adam Sandler/Katie Holmes/Al Pacino (Jack & Jill), Kristen Stewart/Taylor Lautner/Robert Pattinson (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1)

WORST SCREENPLAY: Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star, Jack & Jill, New Year’s Eve, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1