3. How to Train Your Dragon 2 Image source: DreamWorks. Next up, on June 13, 2014, DreamWorks is releasing another sequel in How to Train Your Dragon 2, with which it’s betting it can improve on the nearly $495 million take ofHow to Train Your Dragon in 2010. Curiously enough, however, the original required a stunning $165 million budget, so it represented a huge risk for the company that just happened to pay off nicely — so nicely, in fact, that DreamWorks turned the concept into a TV series dubbed Dragons: Riders of Berklast year, and has already laid out tentative plans for a third installment of the big-budget movie franchise for release in June 2016. 4. Planes: Fire & Rescue Image source: D23.com. But for all the hype surrounding Disney Pixar’s world-renowned animation, it’s also easy to forget about DisneyToon Studios, which is bringing Planes: Fire & Rescueto theaters on July 18, 2014. For those of you keeping track, that’s less than a year following the release of this summer’s hitPlanes, which has already earned a worldwide gross of $156 million just seven weeks into its theatrical run. And no, in case you were wondering,Planes isnota Pixar film, but was created by DisneyToon Studios as aspinoff of Pixar’s Carsfranchise. Most impressive, though, is that DisneyToon achieved it all using a relatively minuscule production budget of just $50 million, or less than half of what it took for Pixar to create Carsback in 2006. Still, Planes has already proved itself with a respectable “A-” CinemaScore from audiences, and it’s safe to say Disney knows a thing or two about making massively profitable sequels. In the end, expectPlanes: Fire & Rescueto continue the winning streak. 5. Home Image source: Smekday.com.
Rush, starring Chris Hemsworth, reveals something about the male ego through its main characters, and Blue Caprice depicts the tragic true story behind the D.C. sniper shootings, though the film doesn’t dig deep enough, according to Hornaday. Divorced parents Albert (James Gandolfini) and Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) explore middle-age romance in Enough Said. (Photo by Lacey Terrell/Fox Searchlight via Associated Press) Enough Said (PG-13) Like the best romantic comedies of Hollywoods Golden Age, Holofceners film zings and pops with hilarious dialogue (‘What the hell is chervil?’ Eva snorts after Marianne lovingly gives her fresh herbs from her perfectly un-manicured garden), but also gets to the heart of human nature: in this case, the lengths people go to in order to fill their empty spaces, and how lovable foibles become intolerable flaws. Ann Hornaday Rush (R) As much escapist fun as ‘Rush’ is as an adrenaline-juiced car-race movie, its most interesting as a rare depiction of male vanity, how physical attractiveness informs self-worth and potency, and the role beauty so often the sole purview of women on screen plays in mens relationships and personal insecurities. Ann Hornaday Inequality for All (PG) this film avoids the familiar impartial-arbiter mode of documentary filmmaking and adopts a single perspective as its own. (Viewers will not, in other words, hear from any Gordon Gekko types arguing that wealth belongs to those who can take it.) Both films pair bits of biographical color with footage of well-polished lectures, bringing in just enough outside material to make them feel like real movies. John DeFore Blue Caprice (R) As admirable as Moorss oblique style is, though, Blue Caprice doesnt offer the sense of catharsis or closure, let alone new information, that makes it more than a cold, if disciplined, directorial exercise. Muhammad, who was executed in 2009 , and Malvo, who is serving a series of consecutive life sentences , remain enigmatic, remorseless figures, their depravity never deeply examined past their emotional problems and psychological ills. Ann Hornaday Don Jon (R) The only real down side of Don Jon is the extreme vulgarity, especially early on. Its easy to imagine that some of Jons audacious admissions could alienate certain audience members, and it would be a shame if the outrageousness overshadowed the movies thoughtful revelations and surprisingly sweet heart. Stephanie Merry Baggage Claim (PG-13) Theres so much wrong with Baggage Claim from its outdated story line and similarities to the dreadful Whats Your Number to Talberts clumsy, flat-screen directing that its all the more surprising when things go right. But it would be unfair to deny that it doesnt provide its own modest, sometimes outright hilarious, pleasures. Ann Hornaday Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (PG) But instead of upping the ante, as so many sequels do, Cloudy 2 merely gets the band back together including perky weather girl Sam Sparks (Anna Faris), immature bully Brent (Andy Samberg) and Flints level-headed father (James Caan) for a repetitive mission that calls to mind multiple beats from the first movie. Sean OConnell Metallica Through the Never (R) Thanks to wireless instruments, guitarists James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo are highly mobile, and even drummer Lars Ulrich moves around a lot. They interact with other performers in scenarios that appeal to some metalheads taste for carnage and destruction. The last staged catastrophe seems rather tasteless, but it turns out to be a clever setup for the back-to-basics finale. Mark Jenkins Haute Cuisine (PG-13) Frot manages the tough trick of playing someone whos both standoffish and likable. Hortense isnt easily amused or benevolently quirky, the way so many female characters can be. Shes serious, but her passion for recipes and fresh produce proves appealing. “Haute Cuisine” also strays from the typical formula because its devoid of a romantic subplot. Stephanie Merry The Trials of Muhammad Ali (Unrated) Bill Siegels The Trials of Muhammad Ali reminds us, though, that the boxer fought significant battles outside of the ring, as well. And in doing so, Trials educates casual boxing fans about the unexpected political, religious and social strife Ali encountered and largely brought upon himself during a tumultuous time in our nations racially divided past. Sean OConnell You Will Be My Son (R) It would be easy to make a movie pitting Paul, the deadbeat dad, against Martin, the long-suffering descendant who deserves his multimillion-dollar inheritance. But director Gilles Legrand, who co-wrote the script, opts for a more difficult and satisfying approach. Paul is unabashedly cruel, but Martin acts insufferably childish. Stephanie Merry Zaytoun (Unrated) As the most immediate dangers subside, the film addresses increasingly sentimental concerns: Yonis pregnant wife awaits his rescue; Fahed carries an olive sapling his father dreamed of planting near their old house. John DeFore Newlyweeds (R) The audience Newlyweeds will appeal to most is film buffs who are always on the lookout for bright young things because this movie has them.
$35,000 Prima Cinema Player brings movies home as soon as they hit theaters (eyes-on)
Just as we’d heard when it first popped up a couple of years ago , that large setup fee buys the Cinema Player, a rack-mountable box loaded with a 2TB hard drive and enough DRM to keep the studios happy, plus a wired fingerprint reader used to ensure the owner’s identity. Movies download automatically to its hard drive in the background so they’re already there when the owner chooses to unlock them for viewing. That privilege costs $500 ($600 for 3D), good for one showing within 24 hours. Check after the break for more of our impressions after a quick preview at Prima’s CEDIA 2013 booth, then prep your black card for the pricey purchase. We saw a bit of Ron Howard’s new flick, Rush, a movie that popped up on Prima’s systems last week even before it was available at most theaters nationwide. The movies play in 1080p/24 and are encoded in “higher than Blu-ray quality” with lossless PCM or Dolby TrueHD audio. In our brief viewing it certainly seemed on-par with a theater experience, although at this price we’d hope a 4K option arrives sooner rather than later. Of course, other than the steep entry fee there are a few other hurdles to jump before you can obtain one of these. It’s only for home use in theaters that seat fewer than 25 people, with a check of the purchaser’s background to weed out pirates, and the box requires a public static IP to make sure it stays where it’s registered. Past that process, once it’s all set up owners enjoy the kind of access usually restricted to the well-connected studio elite, screening the newest flicks at their leisure. Or, almost at their leisure, because while there’s a pause button and a five minute skip, the usual playback controls aren’t present here. The other fly in the ointment is a relatively short list of available titles. Universal is an investor and its movies are among those listed, with selections also popping up from others like Millennium Films.
‘Enough Said,’ ‘Rush’ and other new movies, reviewed
(AP Photo/People Magazine) U.S actress Gwyneth Paltrow poses for photographers during the Iron Man 3 premiere, in Paris, Sunday April 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) Gwyneth Paltrow, left, and Robert Downey Jr. pose during a photo call to promote their new movie “Iron Man 3” in Munich, southern Germany, Friday, April 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) BRENTWOOD, CA – APRIL 04: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends the opening of Tracy Anderson flagship studio at Tracy Anderson Flagship Studio on April 4, 2013 in Brentwood, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images) Gwyneth Paltrow poses with her new book “It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great,” before a signing at Barnes and Noble on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 18: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is wearing Diamonds from the Tiffany & Co. 2013 Blue Book Collection at the Tiffany & Co. Blue Book Ball at Rockefeller Center on April 18, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Tiffany & Co.) LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 17: Gwyneth Paltrow attends the Iron Man 3 photocall at The Dorchester on April 17, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Getty Images) NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 09: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends the signing of her new book ‘It’s All Good’ at Williams-Sonoma on April 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images) BEVERLY HILLS, CA – APRIL 05: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow signs her new book ‘It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great’ at Williams-Sonoma on April 5, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.
10 hotels featured in James Bond movies
The hotel’s lily pond is also featured in the film, when Bond girl Octopussy is shown enjoying a naked swim. In “Goldfinger,” this enormous hotel appears in the sweeping aerial shot which follows the opening credits. In the film, Bond girl Jill Masterton is found dead at the hotel after being covered in gold paint. In “The Spy Who Loved Me,” Roger Moore’s Bond seduces KGB agent Amasova in the piano bar, which doubles as Bond’s hotel room. The Cala di Volpe was the first hotel to be built on the Costa Smeralda, which is a popular holiday spot for those who rarely enjoy the charms of hostels: Heidi Klum and Denzel Washington have both stayed at the hotel. In the opening scene of “Skyfall,” Bond (played by Daniel Craig) takes a dip in this London hotel’s rooftop swimming pool. The pool’s floor-to-ceiling windows offer unbeatable views over London, but because the property doubles for a hotel in Shanghai, they were blacked out prior to filming. HIDE CAPTION One&Only Ocean Club, Bahamas Hotel Cipriani, Venice, Italy Hotel Atlantic Kempinski, Hamburg, Germany Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Florida Hotel Cala Di Volpe, Sardinia, Italy Four Seasons Hotel London at Canary Wharf << STORY HIGHLIGHTS Just released James Bond novel 'Solo' features London's Dorchester Hotel Hong Kong's The Peninsula — and its Rolls-Royce cars — appeared in "The Man with the Golden Gun" In "Casino Royale," Bond girl Solange is seen arriving at One&Only Ocean Club, Bahamas (CNN) — The new James Bond novel, "Solo," has just been published with the opening scene coming courtesy London's Dorchester hotel. It continues a trend of featuring opulent hotels in the secret agent franchise — so here are some of the most memorable. The Peninsula, Hong Kong The Peninsula — and its fleet of Rolls-Royce Silver Shadows — appeared in "The Man with the Golden Gun," starring Roger Moore. In the film, Bond follows Bond girl Andrea Anders from Macau to Hong Kong, where she's picked up by one of the hotel's "Peninsula-green" Rolls-Royces. Anders, it emerges, is staying in room 602 at the Peninsula and the spectacular frontage appears in several scenes. The cast and crew also stayed at the hotel during filming.