True Blood The Final Season

Last night (Mon 7th) saw the UK premiere of True Blood the Final Season on Fox and at first glance it’s definitely going to be an explosive and emotional send off, blood tears and all, for one of TV’s sexiest prime-time drama’s.

Picking straight up from where season six left off, the final season opens during the aftermath of a vampire attack on the citizens of Bon Temps.

The Hepatitis-V virus still spreading like the Black Plague amongst the vampire world, humans have teamed up with those vampires who are still virus free, to help irradiate it before more damage can be done.

With all TruBlood supplies contaminated, and the only sustainable human-free source of food for vampires now gone, safety seems a distant hope in a world that’s now festering with starving, desperate vampires.

The seventh and final season promises to an explosive, sexy, and down right nail-biting end to a series that’s cemented itself as prime-times sexiest show.

You can catch the final season of True Blood on Monday’s at 9pm on Fox (UK).

X-Men in IMDb’s Top 100

The newly released X-Men: Days of Future Past, the sequel to 2011’s box-office success X-Men: First class, has officially broken into IMDb’s top 100 greatest films of all time.

X-Men: Days of Future Past was only released three days ago (22nd May), yet that hasn’t stopped Bryan Singer‘s superhero blockbuster from gathering more than 30,000 votes on the Internets most prolific movie news website, catapulting it into the top 100 films ever made.

Those that use IMDb on a regular basis will know how difficult an achievement this is, especially for a superhero film, as there are only two others that occupy this list, The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).

All that’s left to see is how much of a positive impact this will have on box-office revenue over the coming weeks – but one thing’s for sure, the third installment, X-Men: Apocalypse, due for release in 2016, will have a lot to live up to.

Jurassic World Official Trailer

Jurassic World Official Trailer – It’s here! Universal Studios has just released the first official full-length trailer for Jurassic World.

Executive-produced by original visionary Steven Spielberg, Jurassic World sees Dr. John Hammond’s dream of a dinosaur theme park finally realised as the doors open to the public. But when a new hybrid of dinosaur is created with unexpected, deadly results, it’s up to park ranger Owen (Chris Pratt) to save the day.

On June 12, the Park is OPEN in cinemas worldwide in 3D and IMAX 3D!

Robert Downey Jr Hints Towards Iron Man 4

A fourth solo Iron Man film and the return of our favourite ‘billionaire, playboy, philanthropist’?…please say it’s so RDJ.

The Marvel universe has exploded over the last couple of years into the biggest film market in history. Billions of dollars in box-office revenue, more merchandise than we the public can handle, and a cast of Hollywood A-lister’s that may actually be superhero’s…especially if their power is filling cinema seats.

Yet despite movie after movie, one man has emerged the clear leader and star of this film universe – and that man is Robert Downey Jr.

Despite Mr Downey Jr still firmly entwined in the Marvel world, with his next outing as Tony Stark (aka Iron Man) coming in the form of the Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, the follow up to the multibillion dollar box-office hit The Avengers (2012), most of us were battling to put the sad news that Iron Man 3 would be RDJ’s last solo outing as Iron Man.

But it appears that our prayers have been answered, courtesy of everyone’s favourite talkshow host, Ellen DeGeneres.

During a recent taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, host Ellen asked RDJ the one question we’ve all been wanting to ask – “will there be a fourth Iron Man film?

Despite the somewhat brief answer, Downey Jr was surprisingly upfront, telling Ellen; “I know there’s going to be a bunch more Marvel movies, and they have big ideas of how to do it best, and we’re in the middle of negotiations“.

Not ready to give up on a potential exclusive, she quickly interrupted, “So, yes“…to which Downey Jr responded. “Okay, yes“.

View the clip below:

Transformers 4 Claims 2014 Box-office Glory

It was a year of mind-blowing blockbusters and box-office domination, however 2014 clearly proved that we still love our blockbuster sequels.

Michael Bay‘s Transformers: Age of Extinction proved it’s place as one of the most profitable franchises in movie history by claiming the title of highest grossing film of 2014.

As the only film to hit the billion-dollar mark last year, the Transformers sequel earned over $1.1 billion worldwide, $250 million more than The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies which claimed second place. The films success could probably be largely attributed to the significant cast overhaul that took place, with Hollywood superstar Mark Wahlberg taking over the leading man reigns from previous franchise star Shia Lebeouf.

Rounding off the top 3 is Marvel‘s newcomer Guardians of the Galaxy, which despite earning just $772 million worldwide, did claim the top spot at the US domestic box-office with over $333 million.

2014 was certainly a tough year for box-office supremacy and 2015 looks set to be even tougher with a host of high profile blockbusters including Star WarsAvengers: Age of UltronThe Hunger Games, and Jurassic World all due for release and certain to hit the billion-dollar mark.

Check out the complete global box-office top 10 below.

Interstellar – $662.6 million

 

Ghostbusters 3 Set For An All-Female Cast

News, rumours, and cast predictions have been circulating the internet at increasing speed during 2014 in regards to an all-female reboot of the cult-classic, Ghostbusters (1984).

Despite the yet untitled reboot still in a very early pre-production phase, Bridesmaids director Paul Feig, who’s likely to take over the directors chair from Ivan Reitman, has continued to fuel speculation as to the potential cast.

Rumours of a third Ghostbusters film starting to emerge back in 2012, but when news broke earlier this year on the sad passing of Harold Ramis, co-writer and star of Ghostbusters 1 & 2, people started to question how the franchise could continue on without him – not to mention whether it’s stars Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd would want to.

Now however it seems an all-female cast in Ghostbusters 3 could be a reality, with Bill Murraylending his support to the idea, recently telling thestar.com“I’m fine with it. I would go to that movie, and they’d probably have better outfits, too”.

Two names currently in the running to don the famous overalls are Bridesmaids stars Kristen Wiigand Melissa McCarthy, who worked with Paul Feig on the 2011 Oscar-nominated comedy. Other names linked with the film include Hollywood sweethearts Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stonewho, given their recent inclusion on Forbes 10 ‘Most Bankable Stars’ list, could prove to be favorites considering their ability to generate high box-office revenue.

 

Jennifer Lawrence Named Most Bankable Star of 2014

In an economic climate that’s seen box-office figures dwindle slightly in recent years, to be named ‘Most Bankable Star‘ in no mean feat, especially for Jennifer Lawrence in an industry that’s still predominantly ruled by male action stars.

Lawrence, who’s had an incredible year with a host of money-making blockbusters, beat out strong competition from the likes of Chris PrattScarlett Johansson and Mark Wahlberg, who all reached the $1 billion milestone.

However, with the third installment of popular Hunger Games franchise now surpassing $600 million worldwide, on top of the $750 million already made by X-Men: Days of Future Past, it’s no surprise the Oscar-winning starlet has taken the top spot with an eye-watering $1.4 billion.

Surprising perhaps to many, 2014 marks the first-time an actress has been named ‘Most Bankable Star‘, clearly showing that a change is a foot in Hollywood – this prestigious list, published every year by Forbes, has usually been dominated by male stars such as Dwayne Johnson (2013), Robert Downey Jr (2012) and Leonardo DiCaprio (2011).

View the top 10 ‘Most Bankable Stars‘ list below.

Hugh Jackman – $746 million

Hollywood action-star Hugh Jackman is no stranger to this list, mostly in part to his phenomenal success as X-Men bad-ass Wolverine. Yet despite only starring in the one blockbuster in 2014, X-Men: Days of Future Past, this Aussie still makes the list.

Michael Fassbender – $746.5 million

Another Hollywood import that’s making waves at the box-office is Michael Fassbender who, along with his two other co-stars on this list, can attribute his box-office success to X-Men: Days of Future Past.

James McAvoy – $747 million

Scottish-born James McAvoy is certainly one of Hollywood’s biggest imports at the moment, making the list, that’s dominated by American talent, thanks to his starring role as Professor X in X-men: Days of Future Past.

Angelina Jolie – $750 million

Oscar-winning actress-turned-director, Angelina Jolie, saw the biggest box-office return of her career with the Disney smash-hit, Maleficent. The new blockbuster adaption of the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty took in over $700 million worldwide.

Emma Stone – $764 million

2014’s proved to be a memorable year for Emma Stone, with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Birdman cleaning up at the box-office and the latter helping Stone to a second Golden Globenomination.

Chris Evans – $801 million

Captain America and Avengers star Chris Evans is another box-office rising star thanks to studio giant Marvel. With Captain America: The Winter Soldier grossing over $700 million worldwide, and another 3 films in the pipeline, expect to see him in the list next year.

Mark Wahlberg – $1.084 billion

2014 was a great year for Mark Wahlberg, thanks largely in part to his new role in the global box-office franchise, Transformers – the Pain & Gain actor joined the billion dollar club thanks to his monster hit Transformers: Age of Extinction which took the title of highest grossing film of the year.

Scarlett Johansson – $1.18 billion

With a regular stream of Marvel blockbusters including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as well as a starring role in Luc Besson‘s thriller, LucyScarlett Johansson will be laughing all the way to the bank for the foreseeable future.

Chris Pratt – $1.2 billion

Despite only recently joining Hollywood’s elite A-list, Chris Pratt has proven why he’s hear to stay, with fan-favorites Guardians of the Galaxy and The Lego Movie already scheduled for sequels, he’s almost certain to be a regular fixture on this list.

Jennifer Lawrence – $1.4 billion

It’s certainly been a profitable year for Jennifer Lawrence with two #1 worldwide blockbusters, The Hunger Games: MockingJay Part 1 and X-Men: Days of Future Past, not to mention the Oscar-nominated American Hustle.

SAG Awards 2015 – Nominees

The nominees for the 2015 annual Screen Actors Guild awards (SAG) have been announced – seen by many as the first stop on the ‘road to the Oscars‘, last night saw the announcement of nominees for this years SAG awards, with Modern Family (TV) and the US box-office smash Birdman(2014) leading the way with four nods each.

For the most part, nominations came as little surprise to many, with regular award heavyweights Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory dominating the small screen categories, as well as celebrated leading ladies Eddie Falcao(Nurse Jackie) and Meryl Streep (Into the Woods) once again finding themselves on the list for what must be the ‘gazillionth’ time.

Fan favourite Modern Family (TV, 2014) leads the way with four nominations.

As we’ve seen so many times before, awards season does spring it’s fair share of surprises, and this years comes in the form of Jennifer Aniston‘s nomination for the relatively unknown, dark comedy Cake (2015), which has yet to be released in both US and UK cinemas.

As before mentioned, critically-acclaimed drama Birdman (2014), has bagged itself four well deserved nominations, with stars Michael KeatonEmma Stone, and Edward Norton all receiving individual mentions, as well as one collectively as best ensemble cast (including Zach Galifianakis).

Though despite Keaton, the films leading star, giving a truly outstanding performance, he faces stiff competition from Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) and Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler), who all gave career defining performances, making this arguably one of the hardest to decide leading actor categories in history.

Michael Keaton’s dark drama Birdman (2014) is nominated for four awards | Image © Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2014.

Sadly where there’s celebrated success in nominations there of course has to be surprising snubs, most notably of which include recent Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey‘s absence from the big screen’s leading actor category, despite giving an outstanding performance in Christopher Nolan‘s space epic Interstellar (2014).

There is however some saving grace for the Texan A-lister, as he finds himself nominated for his performance in arguably 2014’s most talked about television drama’s, True Detective (TV, 2014). Another sad exclusion is that of British actor Timothy Spall, who was nothing short of remarkable in this years British biopic Mr Turner (2014), and perhaps deserved some recognition for his moving and masterful performance.

Birdman – Official Trailer

Birdman Official Trailer – Some may see Michael Keaton‘s upcoming character in Birdman(2014) as a slightly ironic twist on his own life, and I say ‘slightly’ as Keaton‘s career never quite hit rock bottom, though it cam close.

He did however play the iconic superhero Batman in Tim Burton‘s cult classics, Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992), similar to that of his character Riggan in Birdman, which is centered around a washed up actor who once played an iconic superhero known as The Birdman, and having fallen out of favour in Hollywood, sets about to reclaim his glory by starring in a Broadway musical, funded entirely by whatever savings he had left.

Of course nothing goes to plan, as disaster after disaster threatens the play’s, and his own floundering reputation’s, survival.

Written and directed by the Oscar-nominated Alejandro González Iñárritu (21 GramsBabel), and co-starring Zach GalifianakisEmma Stone, and Edward NortonBirdman looks set to take the UK box-office by storm, having already gathered critical-acclaim in the US.

Birdman swoops into UK cinemas on January 1, 2015.