As The Taking of the Pelham 123 opens, cinema goers are greeted once more with the sight of a Hollywood antagonist clutching a laptop and slowly divulging every last detail of his evil plot to anyone who would listen.
John Travolta is on baddie shift for that film, but as ever the sensitive fool makes some real errors when trying to extract that exorbitant ransom fee. He’s not the only one though, and over the years some major players have dropped the ball in jaw-dropping fashion.
Here is the OTB guide for carrying out any villainous crimes that you might be plotting. Are you paying attention Walken? Read More…
With a number of Chanel biopics showing at Cannes, the impending release of The September Issue that chronicles US Vogue editor Anna Wintour’s preparations for the biggest magazine of the year, and, erm, the style wunderkind that is Bruno, 2009 looks to be shaping up as the year for fashion-orientated films.
Coco Before Chanel, based on the book by Edmonde Charles-Roux and directed by Anne Fontaine, follows a young Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel from her humble orphanage beginnings to her stint doing cabaret, later focusing on her stay in the house of playboy Etienne Balsan in the early 1900s, where she would fall in love with Brit Arthur “Boy” Capel.
Audrey Tautou is perfect playing the coolly headstrong Chanel. She scoffs at the flamboyant, curtain-like fashions of the time, opting for a more restrained aesthetic. We watch her journey from talented seamstress to hat designer, to eventually the genesis of international fashion powerhouse Chanel. Read On…
Directed by Nora Ephron and starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Stanley Tucci, the film follows Julie Powell who decides to cook her way through legendary cook Julia Child’s classic cookbook, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” in the space of a year out of her small Queens kitchen.
Julie & Julia is released in the UK from Friday September 11th 2009.
I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER chronicles the story of a nerdy valedictorian who proclaims his love for the hottest and most popular girl in school – Beth Cooper – during his graduation speech. Much to his surprise, Beth shows up at his door that very night and decides to show him the best night of his life.
I Love You, Beth Cooper is released in the UK from Friday 21st August 2009.
The House of Lords has been taken hostage, and it’s up to one Member of Parliament to save the day!
This is the storyline for The Lord’s Day, a film which Sony is planning which is based on Michael Dobbs’ novel of the same name.
Unfortunately, it seems a safe bet that most of these expenses-claiming toffs will eventually be saved, but some will probably get a good kicking – and not before time.
The story will focus on Harry ‘John McClane’ Jones (MP) and his thrilling attempts to stop the dirty terrorists, who are eventually revealed to be part of a global conspiracy deeper than anyone – with the exception of the audience – imagined.
With production still as distant as air conditioning on the tube, there are as yet no casting confirmations. However even at this stage, handing the role of Harry Jones to anyone other than Ross Kemp seems unthinkable.
Maybe Boris Johnson will be up another for a cameo…
She’s hot, she can act (sort of) and she kisses girls and has saucy photos taken in her spare time. We understand the obsession with Megan Fox. We understand it well.
But some people out there are actually sick of Fox and propose a media blackout in order to give way for the next hottie. Apparently they feel they’re stuck in a too much of a good thing rut and need a bit of a break.
Leading mens magazine editors have grouped together and agreed not to publish one bit of news about Fox on the blackout day: 4th August. AskMen, TheBachelorGuy and DoubleViking are just some of the websites taking part in the no-news pact. Eric Rogell at TheBachelorGuy.com tries to justify the decision, “It’s time to give another young actress a shot at the attention. We’re taking a one-day break from covering Megan’s latest nail polish colour and instead promoting another Next Big Thing.”
OTB is saddened at the news. We recently filmed Fox at a press conference for Transformers 2 – Revenge of the Fallen and we’ve been playing it on a loop ever since.
We also finally got to put our pocket knives to good use and craftily got a lock of her hair. She’s real purdy. We love her.
Nut job actor, Tom Cruise, must be really angry this morning as news breaks that there’s a new wacky religion out there to top Scientology. It’s all based around Harrison Ford neverbe, Shia Labeouf.
Shiantology, as its known, is fictional religion that was started in February this year. You can catch up with phenomenon on Twitter where it has already got 16,000 followers. Bring it on, Jesus.
The worshippers follow the MeShia around with cameras and then post their stuff on their official webShite, I mean site, Shiantology.com. There are also lots of photoshopped images of the chosen one in biblical poses and classical paintings.
Transformers 2 was OK but let’s not get carried away, people.
Surprise box-office hit The Hangover is to be remade in Bollywood, with Anees Bazmee taking the helm as director.
The Hangover, which sees three groomsmen searching for the groom after a wild stag party in Las Vegas, took nearly ten times the $35m it was made with in worldwide ticket sales.
The original Hangover has proved a massive success in India, and B-town filmmakers have been in cutthroat competition to bag the rights for the project ever since it hit the screens.
The Bollywood version will be made in Hindi and star Abhishek Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Paresh Rawal, Sanjay Dutt and Ritiesh Deshmukh.
Filming on the project will start early next year.
Benicio Del Toro’s new film, The Wolfman, has changed its release date for the fourth and what we hope will be the final time.
Initially the remake of the Universal classic was set to land in February this year. Then it was pushed to April which then was shoved to November. With many people thinking that November would be the perfect month for a spooky monster movie to drop but apparently Universal disagreed.
Now The Wolfman will open for Valentine’s day weekend 2010; a full year past its original date. According to Universal, the move was a money based decision. Their research indicated that people will spend more money on cinema trips in February than in November.
Universal will also have to fend off negative press, given the production’s troubled past, rumours are floating around that the film isn’t finished and needs reshoots. There was also talk recently of the change in design of the wolfman makeup.
Perhaps this is the real reason they’ve pushed it back? Sneaky Universal, very sneaky.
After having a near miss at being scrapped all together, the next Narnia film The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader has begun filming in Queensland, Australia.
Taking over from Disney, 20th Century Fox has become the distributor, allowing the franchise to continue. Considering the scale of the film we are surprised to learn that production on the project is set to wrap in November. With a four month shooting schedule and a whole year of post-production it looks set to be another effects laden spectacle.
Georgie Henley and Skandar Keynes will return as Lucy and Edmund as well as man-candy Ben Barnes as Prince Caspian. Liam Neeson will also return to voice the great Aslan, as well as Will Poulter from Son Of Rambow playing Eustace.
It looks like Fox have seen an opportunity to snag their own Harry Potter style franchise, but with the disappointing box office numbers from the last Narnia movie, it’s not definite that we’ll get to see this series through to the end.
Voyage of the Dawn Treader is set for a 2010 release and is directed by Michael Apted.