January 20, 2017

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Guy Ritchie’s “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”: 2015 is the year of the retro spy movie

Quietly, this year is turning into the year of the retro feeling spy movie. Yes, 2015 has had no shortage of the genre getting some really nice outings, even ones that are more modern than retro. Without even batting an eye I can rattle off titles this year like Kingsmen: The Secret Service, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, and Spy, with the James Bond outing Spectre still to come. Also, of course, is one other thing. Yes, we have this weekend’s release of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. as well, the latest film from Guy Ritchie and apparently, like some of 2015’s other genre outings, one of the better spy movie outings of the last few years.
The movie is an adaptation of the Sam Rolfe created television program, which also was a spy show, obviously. Here, it’s a 1960’s set spy thriller, centered around CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) having to team up in order to basically save the world from nuclear destruction. The aforementioned Ritchie directs here and co-writes with Jeff Kleeman, Lionel Wigram, and David C. Wilson, while the rest of the cast aside from Cavill and Hammer includes Alicia Vikander, Hugh Grant, Jared Harris, Elizabeth Debicki, Sylvester Groth, and many more. They all combine for something that’s a real throwback to the spy days of yore.
It’s genuinely interesting to me to look at how The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has evolved. From the TV show to the long gestating film, it originally was conceived as a remake that Steven Soderbergh was going to make with George Clooney in the lead role of Solo. Oddly enough though, it seems like the combination of Cavill, Hammer, and Ritchie is exactly the right mixture to make this silly little spy movie work, as you’ll all see this week (side note, kinda cool to see the man currently playing Superman team up with the man once slated to play Batman, right?). They really double down on the fun and retro/vintage feel, making for something that folks will apparently really enjoy in just a few days time.
I really enjoy a good spy flick, so to see a gaggle of them this year manage to be not only effective, but well liked as well…well, that’s just an added bonus. This one is sure to be enjoyed by the masses, as it played well at Comic Con recently […]

While Feud Rumors Flare, Here is Our Madonna Vs. Gaga Handicapper

By Beck/smith
HollywoodNews.com: Madonna, back in the Superstar spotlight with her “W.E.” film and her date to perform at the Super Bowl, finally addressed the matter of her self-described biggest fan, Lady Gaga.
Of the homage to Madonna’s “Express Yourself” that is intrinsic to Gaga’s “Born This Way,” she told ABC’s Cynthia McFadden it “feels reductive.” As in reduced, abridged, less than. She also said “I can’t really be annoyed by it…because obviously, I’ve influenced her.”
Obviously indeed. Where does the line fall between being influenced by someone and plain old copying them? Grace Jones, another Gaga influence, was quoted in the U.K. saying, “I’ve seen some things she’s worn that I’ve worn, and that does kind of p— me off.” But it’s Madonna, more than other celeb, who keeps getting the Gaga déjà vu. Acknowledging that both ladies’ talents are far beyond those of more run-of-the mill stars, we decided to run a comparison check:
Madonna, nee Madonna Louise Ciccione
Vital Statistics:
Birthplace: Bay City, Michigan
Age: 53
Height: 5′ 4½”
Lady Gaga, nee Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta
Vital Statistics:
Birthplace: New York City
Age: 25
Height: 5’1”
Madonna record-holding: The Top Selling female recording artist of all time, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, with more than 300 million records sold world-wide.
Lady Gaga record-holding: First music artist to get a billion viral views on You Tube; Most Followers of anyone on Twitter — 13 million – according to 2012 edition of Guinness Book of World Records.
Madonna, Structure: Flab-free perfect muscular dancer’s body, and toned yoga arms
Gaga, Structure: Flab-free almost androgynous-looking body with bones apparent
Madonna, watch it with those things: Cone bras
Gaga, watch it with those things: Machine gun bras
Madonna, ancestry: Italian and French Canadian
Gaga, Ancestry: Italian and French Canadian
Madonna, outrageously eye-catching in: “Erotica” book S&M gear, “Sex” book nudity including nudity hitchhiking; topless with black leather, whips in a stable evoke bestiality in a W photo spread; male drag and more.
Gaga, outrageously eye-catching in: “Alejandro” video S&M gear, meat dress, plastic bubble dress, Muppet dress, antlers, horns, no pants, male drag, lobster hats, dozens of other wacky performance art-ish outfits.
Madonna, Family: One of eight children of an automobile design engineer father, she lost her mom to breast cancer when she was a young child. The traumatic life event scarred and strengthened her.
Lady Gaga, Family: […]

“Rock of Ages” trailer attached to “Sherlock Holmes”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Here’s a legitimate reason to get to the theaters early if you’re planning on seeing Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes” sequel, “Game of Shadows.” Warner Bros. plans to attach the first trailer for Adam Shankman’s musical “Rock of Ages,” teasing the picture’s June 1, 2012 release date.
Shankman’s adaptation stars Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough (“Footloose”), Malin Akerman, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti and Catherine Zeta-Jones in the story of an up-and-coming glam rocker making his way through the seedy Sunset Strip lifestyle in 1987.
“Ages” is a massive Broadway sensation, and Shankman (“Hairspray”) seems like the right choice to bring it to the big screen.
December’s also a big month for Cruise, who is busy on the “Mission: Impossible” press circuit. But audiences will get double their dose of the action star if and when they check out the “Rock” trailer.
We hope it will be online shortly after the release. Once it’s up, we’ll post the trailer here on the site.
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Guy Ritchie talks marriage to Madonna

HollywoodNews.com: Madonna certainly seems like an interesting person to be in a relationship with, and now Guy Ritchie is talking about what it is exactly like.
Ritchie recently commented on his past marriage and just how it impacted him, states RadarOnline.com. “I stepped into a soap opera, and I lived in it for quite a long time — I’ll probably be more eloquent on it ten years from now,” Ritchie commented on the marriage.
Despite the craziness, he is pretty happy with what the marriage brought him: “I’m quite happy that that experience was accelerated for me. I’m glad I made money, in other words. And I’m glad I got married.”
Would you want to marry either of them?
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Robert Downey Jr. in second “Sherlock Holmes” trailer

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Tuesday night, a second trailer for Guy Ritchie’s sequel “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” aired during the Scream Awards on Spike TV. Warner quickly posted the new clip online, and we’re happy to share it with you below:

The teaser makes Ritchie’s second crack at a Sherlock Holmes story more explosive. Seriously, something’s blowing up every 10 seconds. Yet we’re interested in the explosive chemistry between Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law as Holmes and Watson, respectively, who this time appear to be matching wits with legendary adversary Moriarty (Jared Harris of “Mad Men”).
I thought Ritchie’s first “Holmes” was a witty and fast-paced ride that found a way to incorporate the director’s visual gimmicks with a twisty period mystery. Downey and Law helped sell the convoluted plot, mind you, and I’m guessing they’ll do even heavier lifting here.
Rachel McAdams can be spotted in the clip returning as Irene Adler. And the new girl is Noomi Rapace, best known for playing Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish Millennium trilogy (that’s about to be remade by David Fincher).
“Game of Shadows” will be in theaters on Dec. 16.
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Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux make most public appearance yet

HollywoodNews.com: Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have officially stepped out for their most public appearance yet together.
The two showed up together at the 25th American Cinematheque Awards Honoring Robert Downey Jr., states RadarOnline.com. Aniston and Theroux posed for photographers at the Beverly Hilton hotel.
Both stars were decked out in black for the event that also had Guy Ritchie, Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster in attendance.
Do you like these two together?
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Why Jason Statham can’t break out of the B-movie action genre

HollywoodNews.com: For all intents and purposes, Jason Statham has been an action star since 2002, when Fox released the Luc Besson-produced The Transporter. Yes, more hardened film fans knew him from his Guy Ritchie work and from his supporting role in The One (a Jet Li vehicle from late 2001, the first of three times he would spar with Jet Li onscreen).
But for general moviegoers and action junkies, Statham was introduced as Frank Martin eleven years ago as of October 11th. In that time, Statham has arguably become the king of an all-but vanished genre. He is basically the last action hero, the lone movie star known primarily for kicking ass in a non-fantasy and non-period setting. But nine years is a long time to toil in the underbelly of grind house B-movie cinema. He’s had the occasional high-end picture (The Bank Job), supporting roles in A-level studio thrillers (The Bank Job) and flirtations with the big time (playing the second lead in The Expendables). But nine years since he literally kicked down the door to stardom, Jason Statham remains pretty much where he started.
So why hasn’t the biggest pure action star of his generation eventually found his way to bigger and better things? Call it bad timing, or the misfortune of being a star in the wrong era. Just as George Reeves became a television star at just the wrong time (after the studio contract era but before the ‘playing against type is cool’ era), Jason Statham is an action star in a time when pure action pictures are all-but extinct. He is a B-movie action star in an age where A-movie action pictures more or less don’t get made anymore.
In the 1980s, Arnold Schwarzenegger could move from B-movies like The Running Man, Raw Deal, Red Heat, and Commando to more A-level features like Predator and finally Total Recall in 1990. Steven Seagal could go from Hard to Kill or Marked For Death to something like Under Siege. But big-budget, R-rated, non-fantasy action pictures are more-or-less extinct in the post-Columbine era. As I’ve noted before (HERE), the post-Columbine crackdown on marketing to younger audiences have all-but completely put the kibosh on big-budget, R-rated action pictures. There really isn’t a bigger, more ‘mainstream’ action vehicle for Statham to graduate to. Studios don’t make A-level action thrillers anymore. […]

Madonna wanted by cougar dating site as their new face

HollywoodNews.com: Madonna certainly does know how to get a younger man in her life as she married Guy Ritchie then dated Jesus Luz and now a 24-year-old dancer, Brahim Zaibat.
Now, a cougar dating site is offering her some money to become the new face of their company, states Hollyscoop. Cougarlife.com reportedly wants to give her $300,000 to record a song and video for them.
The site pairs older women with younger men. The site also commented that if both the song and video do well, Madonna will get an extra $750,000 from them.
However, the deal also reportedly demands that Madonna sings the song at one major awards show in 2012.
Do you think Madonna is the ultimate cougar?
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Madonna on what attracted her to her exes

HollywoodNews.com: Madonna has lived quite the life, but now she is talking about some of her exes and why she was initially attracted to them.
While promoting her film, ‘W.E.,’ at the Venice Film Festival, Madonna began talking about Guy Ritchie and Sean Penn, states UsMagazine.com. “I am and was attracted to very creative people which is why I married Sean Penn and Guy Ritchie, two very talented directors,” Madonna commented.
She also revealed that both men encouraged her to tackle directing as another outlet for her creativity.
Do you think Madonna is a good director?
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Fourth “Mission: Impossible” moves release date … by a few days

By G. Clay Whittaker
Hollywoodnews.com: The next installment of “Mission: Impossible” has chosen to accept a later release date, moving it from Dec. 16 to the 21st and taking its fight closer to the holiday weekend.
Indiewire reported that Paramount Pictures is moving the film back five days. The fourth film, subtitled “Ghost Protocol,” will now be out of direct competition with Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” and the family comedy “Alvin and the Chipmunks” On the flip side, it will now be competing with the David Fincher version of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”
It’s possible that Paramount is moving the release date back because the film won’t be ready in time, but the more likely cause is a calculation by the studio to carve out a profit. They’re either backing away from the “Sherlock Holmes” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks” sequels, or crowding out “Girl with the Dragoon Tattoo” and Steven Spielberg’s “The Adventures of Tintin.”
Either decision would speak clearly to how the studio feels about “Mission: Impossible,” but it’s unclear this early whether they see it as weak or strong for the holidays. That said, the earliest trailer looks stunning, and coming out less than a week from Christmas usually means a film is ready to come out swinging.
Let’s just hope that J.J. Abrams producing number four is as good as J.J. Abrams directing number three.
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