Movie Review: TOLKIEN

TOLKIEN movie poster | ©2019 Fox Searchlight

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Harry Gilby, Craig Roberts, Patrick Gibson, Anthony Boyle, Tom Glynn-Carney, Adam Bregman, Albie Marber, Ty Tennant, Colm Meaney, Derek Jacobi, Laura Donnelly Writers: David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford Director: Dome Karukoski Distributor: Fox Searchlight Release Date: May 10, 2019 On a number of occasions in TOLKIEN, characters get excited about words. Not words put together into stories or poems (although there’s enthusiasm for that as well), but how sounds fit together, and where they came from, and how they might be put together into new languages. These are conversations that a lot of […]Read On »

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LES MISERABLES: Dominic West on the new PBS drama – Interview

David Oyelowo, Lily Collins, Dominic West in MASTERPIECE: LES MISERABLES | ©2019 BBC/Lookout Point

When most people think about Victor Hugo’s sprawling novel LES MISERABLES, originally published in 1862, they associate it with the hugely popular stage musical and its film adaptation. However, LES MISERABLES has been adapted as a straight drama on a number of occasions. The newest version of LES MISERABLES, a miniseries originally produced by and aired on the BBC, begins airing in the U.S. on PBS MASTERPIECE on Sunday, April 14. Dominic West stars as reformed criminal Jean Valjean, trying to live a good life as he is pursued over decades by obsessed law officer Javert (David Oyelowo), with revolution […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS CITY OF BONES Final Movie Poster | ©2013 Screen Gems

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Kevin Zegers, Lena Headey, Kevin Durand, Aidan Turner, Jemima West, Godfrey Gao, CCH Pounder, Jared Harris, Jonathan Rhys Meyers Writer: Jessica Postigo Paquette, based on the novel by Cassandra Clare Director: Harold Zwart Distributor: Screen Gems Release Date: August 21, 2013 Just when the words “based on the best-selling young adult novel” are causing some dismay due to the quality (or lack thereof) of some of the resulting films, along comes THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES. Based on the first in a series by author Cassandra Clare, the film […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ABDUCTION

ABDUCTION movie poster | ©2011 Lionsgate

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Alfred Molina, Jason Isaacs, Maria Bello, Sigourney Weaver, Denzel Whitaker, Michael Nyqvist Writer: Shawn Christensen Director: John Singleton Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: September 23, 2011 ABDUCTION feels so much like an adaptation of a young adult novel that it’s surprising to see that the script is an original (okay, according to the production notes, it’s based on an un-screen-credited idea by executive producer Jeremy Bell) by Shawn Christensen. Indeed, Christensen turns the original premise, and the title, into something of a red herring. There’s a sense of familiarity about the film, but it’s […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the ABDUCTION World Premiere

Taylor Lautner at the World Premiere of ABDUCTION | ©2011 Sue Schneider

Lionsgate presented a Gotham Group/Vertigo Entertainment/Quick Six Entertainment production, in association with Mango Farms the World Premiere of ABDUCTION at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on September 15th. As usual, fans lined the street and some lucky fans were put near us on the black carpet. Screaming as the stars arrived…the loudest for TWILIGHT heartthrob and star of the movie Taylor Lautner. The next loudest screams were for Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. Justin decided to avoid the carpet and walk directly into the theatre to the disappointment of fans and the press. Selena came on the carpet and posed in […]Read On »

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Movie Review: PRIEST

PRIEST movie poster | ©2011 Screen Gems

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Paul Bettany, Karl Urban, Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q, Lily Collins, Christopher Plummer, Stephen Moyer Writer: Cory Goodman, based on the graphic novel series by Min-Woo Hyung Director: Scott Stewart Distributor: Screen Gems Release Date: May 13, 2011 PRIEST is a decent enough post-apocalyptic action movie, pitting a kinetic superhero against an army of darkness, but the film’s reliance on archetypes is at odds with what seem to be its intended philosophical underpinnings. By the end, we can’t tell if director Scott Stewart and screenwriter Cory Goodman have intentionally managed to avoid being overly pretentious in adapting Min-Woo […]Read On »

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WonderCon 2011: SNOW WHITE director Tarsem Singh explains why he hired Lily Collins for the role

Lily Collins in THE BLIND SIDE | ©2009 Warner Bros.

During the press event for IMMORTALS at WonderCon 2011 in San Francisco, director of the film, Tarsem Singh discussed why he hired Lily Collins for the role in the fantasy live-action film, SNOW WHITE which he’s also directing. He had a surprising answer. “Eyebrows,” Singh jokes. “I saw her eyebrows and I said ‘That’s SNOW WHITE.’ I met her when she came in for Isabel [Lucas]’s part of Athena [in IMMORTALS] and she didn’t read for the part or anything. I met her a year ago on IMMORTALS and I only met her for a coffee the day before yesterday […]Read On »

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WonderCon 2011: New SNOW WHITE Lily Collins talks about landing her fairy tale role

Lily Collins in THE BLIND SIDE | ©2009 Warner Bros.

While promoting her new summer vampire film at WonderCon 2011 in San Francisco, actress Lily Collins (daughter of pop star Phil Collins) revealed how she was cast in the new SNOW WHITE film to be directed by Tarsem Singh. In the new film, Snow White teams up with the seven dwarves to take down the Evil Queen playing by Julia Roberts. “Two days ago I met and read for the film,” explains Collins. “I got off the plane [in San Francisco] and found out I was cast. It was literally that fast. I know this was something so many girls […]Read On »

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