Shot mostly in Lesotho, a tiny and impoverished country nested within South Africa, The Forgotten Kingdom tells the familiar story of the ungrateful son reconnecting with his childhood roots. In this case, Joseph who lives in Johannesburg and has become completely estranged from his humble beginnings in rural Lesotho, travels back to his native country to carry out his father’s funeral. Though the movie strains to induce sentiment -I did roll my eyes a few times- where the sheer premise of a lost son and his vast home land would have sufficed, it is worth watching for its scenery and amateur performances alone.
I know LucasFilm is a bit shy when it comes to revealing any information on the upcoming Star Wars sequel. But Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn is more than willing to clue fans in on what’s going on. While speaking with Bloomberg’s Jon Erlichman, he updated us as to where Star Wars VII is being filmed and the cast. Check out the updates below.
Last night’s episode picked up where it left off, with Joffrey lying in his mother arms, and yet another ruined wedding. After Joffrey’s shocking death, there was a risk that the show would settle down and mourn. But ‘Breaker of Chains‘ moved swiftly, establishing a new and exciting story-line for Sansa, a long and tedious trial for Tyrion, growing danger near the Wall, and the great siege of Mereen. The individual scenes were strong (except for, inevitably, one or two), and the writing and performances were top notch. Keep it up, Game of Thrones, and you might find yourself with your best season yet.
After last Sunday’s “Purple Wedding” on Game of Thrones, I found myself filled with glee for the first time at a Westerosi wedding. The deranged King Joffrey “Baratheon” finally got what was coming to him when he was poisoned at his wedding feast. The fact that he died in total agony also sweetened the moment that much more. But after the moment of euphoria following Joffrey’s demise, I began to reflect on the character and realized that in reality, we may all find ourselves missing the little blonde shit. I know Joffrey was a terrible human being, but I have my reasons for why he deserves at least a single tear for his violent death.
Wow. Seriously wow. That’s how I would describe this final trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past. This film was already one I was dying to see — but now, that anticipation has been ratcheted up to 11. This trailer sprinkles a little more substance in terms of story, adds a dash of new characters, and has an excess of mind-melting action. You need to watch this.
The first trailer for David Fincher’s new film Gone Girl, based on the best-selling novel, has finally hit the web. Gone Girl tells the story of Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike) who vanishes on her fifth wedding anniversary leaving all signs of her disappearance pointing at her husband Nick, played by Ben Affleck. Hit the jump for more.
In a previous post regarding a newly formed alliance between China and Hollywood, a Chinese entrepreneur named Bruno Wu (previously misidentified as Steve Wu) formed with Los Angeles-based Content Media. The deal involved Wu’s Beijing-based Seven Stars Media giving Content Media a direct equity investment, and also places Wu on the board of directors. However, last week an additional state-owned film-licensing group was announced that would allow foreign studios to market and distribute their movies in China with a more favorable profit split than what is currently offered by the China Film Group. Variety articulates the finer details of the deal, as well as the ripening movie market in China with more and more cineplexes being built across the country.
I’m always on the lookout for original sci-fi fare, particularly when involving to science & faith subject matter. I am a vocal supporter of the pivotal role science plays in our world, especially as it applies to our existence; there’s currently no proof of God, therefore I’m going to trust what science says. With all the saturation of massive blockbusters featuring aliens and whatnot, we don’t get to see many subdued, character-driven sci-fi films on a smaller scale. The upcoming film I Origins, starring Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Pitt, was a surprise hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and appears to be in that exact vein of thought-provoking science fiction. Check out its first feature length trailer after the break.
Last night’s episode was a shocker or as I like to call it, a Game of Thrones episode. After catching up with Theon Greyjoy, Bran, and Stannis, the episode focused on the wedding of Joffrey Baratheon (Lannister) and Margaery Tyrell. After a ceremony in the Grand Sept, the party moved to the seaside where the celebration was filled with familial tensions and quiet hostilities. They say every Game of Thrones wedding is a wild card and the episode’s tragic ending confirmed the saying.
Warning: SPOILERS (duh)
Over the past couple years or so I’ve been striving to clean up my diet: wheat bread, zero cal, organic, gluten free, when I am able and willing. Consistency, cost and taste are usually the detractors that prevent a truly healthy and balanced diet for myself, but I have the knowledge and resources to make it go, and I’m trying. That mentality of healthy decision-making and accessibility to fresh produce are certainly not prevalent throughout most of America, due to a multitude of unfortunate socioeconomic factors, which is why this issue is currently a priority for Michelle Obama. It’s also the spotlight subject of a new documentary called Fed Up, from the producers of An Inconvenient Truth. Hit the jump to check out the trailer.