By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Human disconnect, social isolation and the transition to an increasingly digital era come crashing together in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," actor-director Ben Stiller's personal take on a classic story. "Walter Mitty," out in theaters on Christmas Day, finds Stiller not just reimagining the character made famous from author James Thurber's 1939 short story of the same name in The New Yorker magazine, but redefining what Walter Mitty has come to represent in popular culture. Walter Mitty is described by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as "a commonplace unadventurous person who seeks escape from reality through daydreaming," and is often used to describe people who imagine themselves greater than they are in reality. Stiller's Walter Mitty is different.
By Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As Ron Burgundy returns to the big screen this weekend in the "Anchorman" sequel, it's kind of a big deal, as the fictional newsman would say, for Hollywood's entire year. Even with the summer hits "Iron Man 3" and "Despicable Me 2," revenue for the year was running 0.3 percent lower than last year through July 26, according to data from Rentrak, following bombs like "The Lone Ranger." But starting in August, box office receipts pulled ahead of last year's pace, helped by late-year surprises such as the civil rights story "Lee Daniels' The Butler" and the hostage thriller "Captain Phillips" that were made for $55 million or less and had ticket sales of more than $100 million each. They were joined by comedies "We're the Millers" and "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa." "The poster child is 'Gravity,'" said Gerardo Lopez, chief executive of theater chain AMC Entertainment, who said the film was expected to take in only $50 million to $70 million at domestic theaters.
There’s no way around it — the PlayStation 4 is at a disadvantage when it comes to launch lineups. Microsoft went all out on November 22nd, filling the shelves with exclusives and multiplatform titles alike. Sony’s paltry offering consisted of just three PS4-only games, which might not be as worrisome if either the two games actually available at retail were earth-shatteringly impressive. But that is not the case. One is a great multiplayer shooter with a muddled campaign and the other is a repetitive platformer with a forgettable mascot. Don’t fret though, PlayStation 4 owners, there are still a few games to stock your shelves with over the holidays, and some are even worth playing. In this feature, BGR has
Right now Nintendo is sticking to its plan of cutting the Wii U’s price and hoping that big-time games such as Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8 will propel sales of the console in 2014. But what happens if the plan falls through and sales of the Wii U are still awful in six months’ time? As The Associated Press notes, continued poor Wii U sales could force Nintendo to do what had once been unthinkable to the company: Make its popular gaming franchises available on other companies’ hardware. This doesn’t mean that we’ll be seeing Super Mario World on the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 anytime soon, mind you, but Nintendo could make a bigger push in the
This French-language feature on the famous couturier will open the "Panorama" program at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival, scheduled to take place next February 6 to 16. Directed by Jalil Lespert, "Yves Saint Laurent" stars Pierre Niney as the fashion legend opposite Guillaume Gallienne as the love of his life, Pierre Bergé. Comparable to the "Un Certain Regard" program at Cannes, Berlin's "Panorama" features films that are more innovative, experimental or radical than those screened in the Competition program. So far, the organizers of the Berlinale have announced 19 films of the anticipated 50 in the selection.
By Richard Woods LONDON (Reuters) - Early on in her prize-winning biography of Gabriele D'Annunzio, an Italian poet, serial seducer and proto-fascist warmonger, Lucy Hughes-Hallett declares: "I have made nothing up." It's not hard to see why the author, an established and respected writer, felt the need to reassure readers. D'Annunzio's life, which spanned the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th, is so fantastic, and illuminated by Hughes-Hallett with such intimate detail, that it seems hard to believe. After publishing a volume of verse in his youth, D'Annunzio anonymously informed newspaper editors that he had died in a tragic riding accident - a ploy that made him instantly famous when his second volume appeared soon afterwards and it emerged he was alive after all. In 1919 D'Annunzio rebelled against the government, seized a city in what is now Croatia and declared himself head of a new Utopia.
The American actor has become the latest addition to the Marvel family, joining Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans among other actors who have brought the comic books' superheroes to the big screen. According to Thewrap.com, Paul Rudd will bring his comedic talent to "Ant-Man," to be helmed by British director Edgar Wright ("Shaun of the Dead," "Scott Pilgrim"). The feature will follow the adventures of Henry Pym, something of a mad scientist, who is capable of communicating with insects and of changing size at will. Created in 1962, Ant-Man becomes one of the Avengers in the Marvel comics, so the third "Avengers" movie, already scheduled to arrive in theaters in summer 2018, could include a role for Rudd.
Warner Bros has reportedly chosen the actor as the face of the villain in the follow-up to last summer's superhero blockbuster. According to Variety, Joaquin Phoenix is being courted by the studios for this key role, details of which remain under wraps. A number of fans have speculated that the antagonist of the sequel will be Lex Luthor, one of Superman's best-known enemies. There's no indication as to whether Warner Bros will succeed in convincing the actor, who is known for setting the bar high when it comes to accepting roles.