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When Women Play Men        

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It has always been a common staple of comedic cinema to put a man in a dress. From Curtis and Lemmon in Billy Wilder's seminal Some Like It Hot back in 1959, to Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie, to Tim Curry's “sweet natured transvestite” in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, to modern days spoof like the Big Momma movies and Adam Sandler's Jack and Jill, there is a proven box office draw in having a well-known Image By: ralphhogaboom male lead dress up as a woman for laughs. What is less common is the reverse cross dressing film – where women “butch it up” as men - in mainstream cinema. Looking back at the occasions when they do, it is striking to note that rather than the film's being comic they are almost always serious and, in many cases, tragic in nature.
This year saw Glenn Close nominated for an Oscar for her role as the title character in Albert Nobbs, the story of a 19th Century Irish woman posing as a male butler. Close's Nobbs is not a laugh a minute spoofer like the characters mentioned above but rather a tortured soul, out of place and misunderstood by a repressed society. This is a common theme in films of this sort and its lineage can be traced back through the sub-genre.
Typical of the seriousness with which female cross dressing is taken is 1999's Boys Don't Cry which tells the shocking true story of Brandon Teena, an American teenaged girl who passed herself off as a boy but was then violently and viscously assaulted when her secret was revealed. Hilary Swank won an Oscar for her brilliant portrayal of Teena and the film did much to highlight the still evident homophobia which simmers beneath the surface of Western society.
That is not to say that Hollywood has never played female cross dressing for laughs (look at 2006's Twelfth Night update She's The Man, in which Amanda Byrne poses as a man to get on the soccer team) just that the times when it does are few and far between. In general when it comes to women dressing as men, Hollywood reckons it is a serious business.

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The Marketing of Prometheus        

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June 1st sees the release of perhaps the most anticipated and, almost certainly, the most hyped cinema release in some years. Ridley Scott's Prometheus, which marks the director's return to the universe of his major American breakthrough film Alien, has been relentlessly teased online for the past 10 months. It began last July with set stills and blink-and-you'll-miss –it clips of the heavyweight cast (Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Noomi Rapace, Guy Pearce) in sci-fi looking scenes. The campaign went heavily viral in February with a short film featuring Guy Pearce as his Prometheus character, industrialist Eric Weyland, addressing a futuristic business conference about his vision for the future of technology. At the same time a Weyland Corp website popped up online which allowed film fans to “invest” in the company for more media related to the release.
Then in March we got the firstImage By: schizoform official Prometheus trailer, introduced in Disneyland by Scott himself, and streamed across the globe. Business cards for the fictional company were handed out to attendees at Wondercon in California, with a number to call. On ringing it they were then directed to the website for the second trailer – a Weyland Corp advertisement narrated by Michael Fassbender, in character as android model David 8. Since then Scott has released tease after tease online, with trailers being themselves advertised with smaller trails a week before hand. It is a stunningly aggressive marketing campaign, perhaps the first time a big budget Hollywood film has so aggressively and calculatedly used the ease of access to viral information to set up a world for the audience.
Yet, for all this hyperbole, very, very little is yet known about the plot of Prometheus. All trailers thus far have been careful not to touch too exactly on what the narrative is likely to be, instead detailing the tangential story world, allowing brief glance at the actual film. We do know that Rapace plays the central character, archaeologist Elizabeth Shaw who is tasked with leading a mission to investigate a map found in the imagery of numerous ancient civilisations which seems to pinpoint a destination in space. We can probably assume that, once they get to their destination, things do not go quite according to plan.

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Top Grossing Comedy Films         

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Comedy films bring joy, laughter and escapism to all those who seek it, and when film executives find the right script and the right director to govern a project, then making people laugh can be a monumental goldmine. As Dr. Evil expressed in Austin Powers, “Why make a trillion when we could make… a billion.” Here is a list of some of the highest grossing comedy films of all time:
Image By: s_herman1. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Eddie Murphy was the hottest and most unpredictable comic around when he landed the part of LAPD officer Axel Foley in this Box Office smash. His style was not dissimilar to the legendary Richard Pryor, and the public was intoxicated by the danger and the energy of his performance. The film grossed a whopping $234 million in the box office.
2. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
Robin Williams is the master character actor of his generation, moving seamlessly between a diversity of roles like a chameleon during his long career. In this caper, he takes on the identity of lovable nanny Mrs. Doubtfire, just so he can get close to his beloved children during the divorce from his wife. This film grossed over $219 million in the domestic box office.
3. Home Alone (1990)
Macauley Culkin took up the role of the plucky Kevin McCallister in this seminal 90's flick, who defended his homestead from bandits and found his way into the hearts and minds of an entire generation. The film was an unmitigated triumph making over $281 million.
4. Austin Powers 2: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
Mike Myers, the man behind such cult comedy films as Wayne's World, made a killing in the box office with this second instalment in the Austin Powers series. Mike Myers showed his versatility playing a number of the characters on set, including the irrepressible Dr. Evil and Fat Bastard. It made over $205 million in domestic sales.

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Movie Sequels More Popular Than Ever        

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Sequels to popular films remain one of the most highly popular mediums today, but why? Note that seven of the highest grossing films in 2011 were all sequels, such as Harry Potter, The Hangover II and Kung Fu Panda II. When the original does well, it seems logical that the men and women behind the scenes in Hollywood would want to tap into that interest and monetise it. It's simply a case of giving the people what they want.
One highly anticipated sequelImage By: Luke M. Schierholz just so happens to be The Dark Knight Rises, a movie title on the lips of every film critic from here to Timbuktu just now. And after the record breaking numbers of The Dark Knight, this is something to be expected. Not to mention the posthumous Oscar that went to Heath Ledger in the months after. It is safe to say this film needs no building up.
Also, it will mark the end of Christopher Nolan's involvement in the Batman saga, and the Bat himself Christian Bale will hang up his cape once and for all. Tom Hardy will play the arch nemesis of the caped crusader in this end to the trilogy, playing the super villain Bane. Sadly, this chapter of Gothum City is nearly over, but it can only be a matter of time before another visionary takes on the creative charge and reinvents Bat Man for a new audience.
Another sequel on the horizon is The Bourne Legacy, a film based on the fourth book by Robert Ludlum about the amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne. However, one major difference this time, Matt Damon will not be reprising the role he played so adeptly in the three previous films. Jeremy Renner takes on the mantle in the leading male role this time playing CIA operative Aaron Cross. We await to see what other sequels fall off of the conveyer belt in the not too distant future.

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James Cameron        

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Image By: jurvetsonFans of James Cameron's Avatar will have been delighted by the news that the visionary director has shut down the development arm of his Earthship Productions company so he and his cohorts can concentrate on one thing and one thing only: making sequels to his 2009 smash hit. “I'm in the Avatar business. Period,” Cameron told the New York Times. “That's it. I'm making Avatar 2, Avatar 3, maybe Avatar 4, and I'm not going to produce other people's movies for them….I think within the Avatar landscape I can say everything I need to say that I think needs to be said, in terms of the state of the world and what I think we need to be doing about it. And doing it in an entertaining way.”
It is a typically headstrong and singular-vision move from Cameron whose notoriously stubborn ways have put him at odds with many of his former collaborators in his long and storied career. Cameron was a truck driver with no formal film education when he saw George Lucas' Star Wars in 1977 and decided that was what he wanted to do. He taught himself Special Effects techniques at the USC library in L.A. and took a job as a model maker in Roger Corman's famous studios. All this learning he put into his major breakthrough film, 1984's The Terminator. A highly innovative blend of special effects, action and adult, noir-ish storytelling it was made for a budget of just $7 million but went on to make ten times that amount at the American box office.
It set Cameron on an incredible career path which has seen the Canadian director mark himself out as one of the most bankable filmmakers of all time with major hit coming after major hit – Aliens, Terminator 2, True Lies, Titanic and Avatar.
Though it will stick in the craw of his many critics, Cameron's decision to stick to Avatar-only films for, quite possibly, the rest of his career should be taken seriously. James Cameron is not known as a man who makes empty promises.

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Arnie Officially Coming Back        

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The quite incredible career of Arnold Schwarzenegger looks set to be entering another chapter, with the announcement of yet another large scale acting project for the 64 year old. Once the biggest movie star in the English speaking world, the former Austrian body builder took 7 years out of his filmmaking career to run the world's eighth largest economy as the Governor of California. Now he is officially attached to three starring roles: The Tomb, Unknown Soldier and David Ayer's thriller Ten. What's even more interesting is that all three appear to be action based movies, which would indicate that, even as he enters his golden years, the “Austrain Oak” has no interest in settling down quietly.
It is never possibleImage By: AZRainman to predict what may happen next with Schwarzenegger. When he first arrived on the shores of the US as a young, party loving body builder with an unpronounceable name nobody would have predicted Hollywood stardom. As he told Ask Arnold a few years back “It was very difficult for me in the beginning – I was told by agents and casting people that my body was 'too weird', that I had a funny accent, and that my name was too long. You name it, and they told me I had to change it. Basically, everywhere I turned, I was told that I had no chance.”
At that point few people would have blamed Schwarzenegger for quitting. He had already established himself as one of the greatest body builders of all time and made millions through canny business investments. But the young man wanted movie stardom more than anything and, underlining the incredible levels of ambition which characterised everything he did, pushed his way to the top of the Hollywood tree and beyond, to one of the most coveted seats in US politics.
Many critics are eyeing his latest comeback sceptically. After an embarrassing end to his reign as Governor (with ugly revelations about his personal life, divorce from Maria Shriver and an appearance on the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics list of 11 worst governors) some are suggesting his return to acting is a foxhole move for an embattled politician. Yet a look at Arnie's track record would suggest you should never count this man out or question the scope of his ambition.

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American Remakes        

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This month's release of Silent House starring Elizabeth Olsen is the latest in a long line of American remakes of foreign language movies. Originally a Uruguayan horror cheapie from 2010 which met with some critical acclaim thanks to its interesting use of real time, single shot techniques, the remake has been greeted with a far harsher reception. That is the general response to movies of this kind, though they do not all have to go that way. Here are a few famous examples, both for the good and the bad.
Image By: 7_70Let The Right One In (Swedish, 2008) – Let Me In (2010)
Thomas Alfredson's universally acclaimed adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist's novel about an 11 year old vampire's friendship with a bullied young boy was always likely to get the Hollywood treatment. When it did the results were met with strong, though less unanimous praise, and a fairly lukewarm box office.
Thomas Alfredson's universally acclaimed adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist's novel about an 11 year old vampire's friendship with a bullied young boy was always likely to get the Hollywood treatment. When it did the results were met with strong, though less unanimous praise, and a fairly lukewarm box office.
Ringu (Japan, 1998) – The Ring (2002)
The film which perhaps best sums up the reasons why American remakes are so derided by fans of the original work yet, at the same time, considered so necessary by Hollywood producers. The tale of a possessed video tape which visits supernatural vengeance upon all who watch it, Ringu was a smash hit in Asia. Yet is was also a very Japanese kind of film – ambiguous, lean on explanation, full of long moments of silence and punctuated by bizarre, inexplicable interludes. Fans would say this is what made it so scary in the first place but the American studios disagreed. The 2002 remake was heavy on expositional dialogue and filled in all the blanks in the story. It went on to be one of the year's biggest successes, making $130 million in the US alone, despite being thoroughly detested by fans of the original.
Infernal Affairs (Hong Kong, 2002) – The Departed (2006)
A smash hit world cinema success on its original release, the concept of Infernal Affairs (a cop infiltrates a gang while a gang member infiltrates the cops) was quickly picked up by American producers. The story was applied to the life of notorious Boston gang leader Whitey Bulger and Martin Scorsese was attached to direct. It was one of the biggest hits of the acclaimed director's career and the one which finally won him an Academy Award.


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Darktide        

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Image By: brava_67Sharks have always held a strong affinity with the big screen, ever since Steven Spielberg created Jaws and had people running out of the cinema in shock and horror, breaking box office records in the process. An obsession with these beasts lurking beneath the surface of the water, rising up from the shadows, has given great subject matter for film directors all over the world.
Now a new shark infested instalment is ready and waiting to be released, with a brand new trailer, and that film is Darktide. From the directors of Blue Crush and Into The Blue, comes another sub aquatic mega film starring Halle Berry as the leading lady and Olivier Martinez in support.
The trailer is extremely ambiguous, but hints upon a life changing experiences with a shark of Halle Berry's character Sara. The adventurous heroine is enamoured with the thrill of close encounters with the Great White swimming around the remote Guadalupe Island. She does this without the protection of a steal cage, swimming freely with the monsters with just a snorkel.
However, a grave error on the part of her husband leaves his wife's safety in jeopardy and a close meeting with the jaws of death leaves the marriage near breakdown. Swimming with these fierce and beautiful creatures is put on hold all of sudden.
She is understandably spooked and reluctant to enter the water, but is offered a lucrative deal to face her demons and swim with the sharks again by Brady Ross (Ralph Brown). There are a plethora of gut-wrenching emotional challenges and underwater scares thereafter to keep people on the edge of their seats, as she reacquaints herself with the ultimate predators of the oceans. Film is set for release in March 2012.

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer        

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Looking back over the list of former presidents of the United States, there are many names which immediately jump out for their notoriety today, none more so than Abraham Lincoln. There are many strange facts about honest Abe, one being he remains to this day the tallest man ever to be elected President, having stood at 6”4. Strangely for a nation shrouded in Religious fervour, Lincoln also had some rather supernatural beliefs in the occult.
Image By: KellBaileyNow his life story has taken an even stranger turn with a new Hollywood blockbuster Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer. The two men working behind the camera and developing the visuals are the ever enigmatic duo of Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands, Alice in Wonderland) and Timur Bekmambetov (The director of Wanted).
This latest film centres around the plight of the 18th President, as he discovers the existence of a race of vampires, who seek to overthrow the United States and feast on the blood of the living. Abraham Lincoln makes it his sole mission to prevent this from happening and slay as many of the critters as he possible can in the process.
Burton is revered the world over for the obscure themes and dark overtones of his films, and he is a long-time collaborator with Johnny Depp. However, a new collaboration could be in the pipeline with rising star Benjamin Walker in the lead role. It is not easy to wear the huge hat of Abraham Lincoln while fighting Vampires and saving the world from total dissolution, but Walker excels.
The concept of the film is outlandish to say the least and Walker believes this break from the norm is to its credit. He said: “I imagine there will be some people that will be sceptical and I would say, give us a shot, because in a landscape of movies where we've got a lot of reboots, sequels, franchises and toy movies, we're doing something new!”

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Great Director- Actor Duos        

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Much of the recent positive attention lavished upon British director Steve McQueen's latest movie Shame has focused on the continuing, fruitful relationship between McQueen and leading man Michael Fassbender. Shame is the second collaboration between the pair, who worked together on McQueen's acclaimed debut Hunger and are set to join forces once more on his third film Twelve Years A Slave, due out sometime later this year.  Image By: david_shankbone
The general consensus is that working in tandem brings the best out of both artists, which makes one think about the other great directing and acting duos of cinema history. The obvious place to begin is, of course, Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro who, over a remarkable 22 year period teamed up to produce 8 films, many of which are commonly cited as being amongst the best of all time. With work such as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Goodfellas on their collaborative CV, Scorsese and De Niro have claim to being the most extraordinarily consistent director- actor partnership in the history of cinema.
Yet there are many other partnerships which challenge for the title. What about Tim Burton and Johnny Depp whose shared sense of humour and pathos so enriched Edward Scissorhands and Ed Wood, amongst other titles? Or Alfred Hitchcock and Cary Grant, whose partnership produced suspense classics like North by Northwest and To Catch a Thief? More recently David Fincher has done much of his most potent work in collaboration with Brad Pitt, who brought a sense of likability to his hard edged thriller Seven and a sense of raw physicality to his anarchic Fight Club.
Who you consider cinema's greatest partnership is going to be a matter of personal taste but one thing is for certain. Great things happen when a director finds a performer who truly “gets” their vision.

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