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New Concept Art, Images Show First Look at Live-Action ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Producer Jack Morrissey is teasing the first images from Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast.” The images offer up the first glimpses of Cogsworth, Lumière, Gaston, the Prince, Belle and more. Morrissey, who shared the images on his Facebook page, started with concept art of the newly imagined Cogsworth and Lumière characters. Ian McKellen voices Cogsworth […]

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Top 10: Who are the most Dastardly Superhero Villain of All Time?

A superhero movie is only as good as its villain is bad. This directly proportional relationship is something that has yielded some of the landmark highs of the superhero genre. This weekend sets a whole crew of villains out in Gotham City in “Suicide Squad.” In honor of the latest DC film opening on Friday, […]

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Ian McKellen Stars in Mr. Holmes Arriving on Digital HD Oct. 27 and Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand November 10

SANTA MONICA, CA (August 31, 2015) – Oscar® nominee Sir Ian McKellen* joins fellow Academy Award® nominee Laura Linney** in the mysterious and intriguing Mr. Holmes,arriving on Digital HD October 27 and Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital), and On Demand November 10 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment and Miramax®. Based on Mitch Cullin’s novel “A […]

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Film Review: Mr. Holmes (★★½)

There’s something instantly intriguing about the idea of Sherlock Holmes in his retirement years. A mind that sharp, what would it do without cases to solve? Throw in the fact that Ian McKellen would be playing Holmes during this final stage of his life, not to mention that Bill Condon would be in the director’s […]

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Watch the Official Trailer for Bill Condon’s ‘Mr. Holmes’ with Ian McKellen

Opens in theaters July 17, 2015. Directed by Bill Condon, Starring Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, and Milo Parker. MR. HOLMES is a new twist on the world’s most famous detective.  1947, an aging Sherlock Holmes returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the […]

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Release Date Set for ‘Mr. Holmes’ Starring Ian McKellen, directed by Bill Condon

One of the hot buttons of the upcoming film year is whether or not the great Ian McKellen will land a long overdue Oscar for his performance in Bill Condon’s “Mr. Holmes.”  McKellen and Condon collaborated on “Gods and Monsters” in 1998, for which McKellen was nominated for Best Actor and Condon won the Oscar […]

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Oscars 2016: A Veterans Bloodbath Ahead, Both Old and New in Lead Actor

It’s about that time to start getting into the acting races, at least on the surface for Oscars 2016. As always, the Lead Actor race looks rich with fruitful characters and talented performers.  Many previous winners are in play this year like Matthew McConaughey (“Sea of Trees”), Robert Redford (“Truth”), recently crowned Eddie Redmayne (“The […]

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Circuit 3: Ian McKellen

As the site advocate for all that is Middle-earth (I make no secret that The Lord of the Rings trilogy was my #1 film of the first decade in the 21st century), I have to say that my enthusiasm for the final installment of The Hobbit trilogy – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five […]

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Community Reactions: What did you think of ‘X-Men Days of Future Past’?

Director: Bryan Singer Writer: Simon Kinberg (screenplay and story), Jane Goldman (story) and Matthew Vaughn (story) Cast: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Evan Peters. Synopsis: The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change […]

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Six Spot #1: Best Actor 1998

Welcome to the first Six Spot!  The Six Spot is a new weekly column (written by yours truly and running on Mondays) where I hypothesize what the 6th nominee would be in any given Oscar category.  I’ll look at the cold, hard evidence: Golden Globe nominations, SAG nominations, BAFTAs, PGA, DGA, typical Oscar voting patterns, etc. […]

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7 New Character Posters for ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Emerge

We’re only a few weeks away from the second installment of Peter Jackson‘s version of “The Hobbit” book.  Seven new character posters have emerged for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug featuring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, and Evangeline Lilly. Warner Bros. has listed the film on their awards site for consideration for several […]