Every Friday we spotlight the buzz-worthiest new movie opening in Philadelphia.
Name: 300: Rise of an Empire
Genre: Action/Swords/Chiseled Abs
Logline: Sin City meets Troy
Quick Review: Zack Snyder only produced and wrote this grisly follow-up to his successful 300, but his handprints are all over the thing, from the inane dialogue to the beyond silly physics-defying action sequences, all totted up in CGI-enhanced overload. The story very loosely follows the Persian attack on Greece lead by the golden-Speedo sporting King Xerxes (played by Rodrigo Santoro), and his naval commander Artemisia (Eva Green), a fierce female warrior, who is slightly smitten with her formidable Greek opponent, Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton). Much blood and many body parts later, the issue is laid to rest, but not before giving us beheadings, disembowelment, fantastical sea serpents, and a 3-D sex/fight scene that ends with no one getting what they want. Welcome to the club.
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A handful of great new gay movies on Netflix instant streaming: (from top left, going clockwise) “Christopher and His Kind,” “Blue is the Warmest Color,” “Beyond the Walls,” and “C.O.G.”
I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for all the best new gay movies on Netflix streaming, and I’ve come up with a pretty good list. Notables? Capote, starring the recently deceased Phillip Seymour Hoffman; Looking‘s Jonathan Groff stars in C.O.G., a film based on a short story by gay humorist David Sedaris; and the critically acclaimed Blue is the Warmest Color. Check out the full list below, with trailers, links to streaming pages, and descriptions.
14 best new gay movies on Netflix streaming after the jump
A new film inspired by New Jersey’s American Boychoir School is slated for release this year. NJ.com has more:
The renowned music school for fourth- to eighth-grade boys is the inspiration for Boychoir, an independent film starring Oscar winners Dustin Hoffman and Kathy Bates and written by Lawrence-raised Ben Ripley, who is said to have a friend who attended the school.
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We won how many Razzies?!
Will Smith looked like a winner last night when he presented 12 Years a Slave with the Oscar for Best Picture, but he probably wasn’t feeling like one. Only a day before the Oscars, the Philly star and his son Jaden were awarded not one, not two, but three trophies at the 2014 Razzie Awards for their work on last year’s sci-fi flop After Earth. From Yahoo News:
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American Hustle — up for Best Picture at this weekend’s Academy Awards ceremony and starring Philly’s Bradley Cooper — is giving linguists around the world a little trouble. There seems to be no translation for the world “hustle,” so they’re doing their darndest to come up with the best alternative. The outcomes are kind of funny.
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Diogo Morgado plays Jesus in “Son of God.”
Before interviewing movie stars in town for press junkets, Philly film critic Piers Marchant warms them up with a list of themed, rapid-fire questions. This week he chats with three of the names behind the new Jesus of Nazareth bio-pic Son of God: stars Diogo Morgado (Jesus) and Roma Downey (Mary), and the film’s financial backer, mega-producer Mark Burnett, (who’s also Downey’s husband.) The theme? The Seven Deadly Sins.
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Former “Little Miss Sunshine” Abigail Breslin and Philly-bred producer Jason Pinardo will be in attendance for next week’s Philadelphia Film Society screening of Wicked Blood. Trending tag-lines like “harrowing,” “meth,” “dystopic,” and “psychotic” aptly describe the upcoming film. (AMC spin-off anyone?) The screening takes place March 3rd at the PFS Theater at the Roxy. Check out the trailer below:
Inspired by his 9-year-old son, movie star Paul Rudd waxed rhapsodic Tuesday night with Jimmy Fallon about Philly’s favorite movie (and musical) hero, Rocky Balboa. He waxed rhapsodic about both the movie, the musical—he attended the same performance as Philly Mag’s Victor Fiorillo— and a meeting with Sylvester Stallone.
Deadline reports: “Warner Bros closed a preemptive deal Friday night for American Blood, a 50-page proposal for a crime story by New Zealand-based bestselling author Ben Sanders … Bradley Cooper is attached to star and produce … This is the first of what is planned as a series of novels about Marshall Grade, an undercover NYPD officer turned mob informant. While living in the witness protection program in New Mexico, he is pulled into a dangerous investigation, which causes his past in New York to get wind of his whereabouts. The hope is for Cooper to play Grade.”