The 911 operator is an incredibly important but entirely marginal figure in American popular culture. This character facilitates countless movie and television plots -- connecting victims to police offers -- but receives almost none of their own. What does it take to do this job? How does it weigh on the people who perform it? When 'The Call' slows down from its breathless (and, ultimately, brainless) thriller pace, it asks some interesting questions.
'X-Men: Days of Future Past' is to commence shooting in April, and it will include a lot of familiar faces. One current holdout is Halle Berry, who originated the role of Storm. Last we heard she wasn't in the picture, but now it looks like there's a strong chance of Storm appearing in 'Future Past.'
'X-Men: Days of Future Past' has been casting many of the old 'X-Men' trilogy stars to join with the new 'X-Men: First Class' stars for one mega X-Men crossover. Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellan and Hugh Jackman have all agreed to return but Halle Berry - one of the big stars of the original films - might be the one left out in the dark. So why would Berry not return as Storm?
It might not be accurate to call the red-band trailer for 'Movie 43' "short and sweet", because while it is short, there's nothing sweet about it. It's only offers up about one minute of footage from the upcoming raunchy anthology, but it's enough to make you blush, gag or both.
Watch it after the break, knowing full well that it's NSFW.
A veteran 911 operator takes a life-altering call from a teenage girl who has just been abducted, and soon realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl’s life.
There are so many actors and actresses in The Wachowski's 'Cloud Atlas,' in theaters now, that it can be hard to keep track of them all -- Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Jim Broadbent, Ben Whishaw, etc. Plus, all of them go through drastic costume and makeup transformations to assume the various roles they play. Halle Berry in her flapper-style costume, for instance, looks more like Madonna than herself.
Trying to review 'Cloud Atlas' an hour after you've seen it is like trying to recite the Bible from memory after you've read it for the first time. I'll definitely be able to cover the big points, but the fine details are going to get lost: there's no way to take it all in on just one viewing.
Whatever its missteps, directors Tom Tykwer, and Andy and Lana Wachowski have crafted a staggeringly ambitious piece of cinema -- or really six pieces of cinema, strung together and interwoven and speaking to one another in all kinds of ways. Sitting here a short while after I saw it for the first time, I can't really say I fully understand a lot of the "why" -- why this character is so important to the fate of humanity, or why that character needs to activate that particular device -- but the "what" is always so compelling, I was happy to be puzzled. I still am.
'Cloud Atlas' opens Friday, and it's the sort of picture that will have people raving about it, one way or the other. Our own Matt Singer gave it an 8 out of 10, where others are calling it one of the best films of the year. The actors involved seemed to love making it, or at least that's the impression they give in this new featurette.
For many people, 'Cloud Atlas' is going to be a tough sell: ambitious, oddball New Age-y science fiction is the not the kind of thing that brings in the box office receipts. However, this is an ambitious, oddball New Age-y science fiction movie that also features a stunning ensemble of incredible actors. Naturally, the new poster chooses to emphasize that fact.