Ben Barnes

Jeff Bridges in Seventh Son

As we all know, any seventh son born of a seventh son is given incredible powers at birth, and it’s that concept that novelist Joseph Delaney culled for his fantasy series “The Wardstone Chronicles.” Warners is turning the first book in that series — “The Spook’s Apprentice” — into a feature film (with hopes to launch a new young adult hit), and they’ve released new images from the October-bound movie. That’s Jeff Bridges playing a Spook named Master Gregory who is teaching Thomas (Ben Barnes) how to battle evil, which is pictured below in the form of Julianne Moore as Mother Malkin. You think they’d want to avoid propagating vicious stereotypes against gingers, but apparently they’re comfortable with it.

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Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper) has done a terrible thing. He’s stolen another man’s words. And because of this deception, three different storylines unfold – one in the past, one in the present, and one in the future. However, when telling the story of a man willing to steal another’s words, it is hard to know how reliable our narrator is and as these three storylines start to blend with one another, the truth at the heart of it all seems to get more and more muddled. Throughout The Words, composer Marcelo Zarvos’ score provides us with sonic clues that attempt to point us towards that truth while also tying these three stories together. One of the most memorable parts of the score (and the film) is The Words’ theme. Within the first few seconds of the score’s second track, “The Old Man,” the theme hits you – a driving string piece that is both beautiful and romantic, but at the same time ominous and unsettling. This theme works as the first hint towards the true nature of this story. At first glance, The Words may seem like three simple love stories told through the perspective of three different generations, but as things begin to unfold, it becomes clear that nothing in this story is simple and the truth at the heart of it is much more complicated. (Listen for this theme to come back in a big way at the beginning of “The Bookstore” – possibly hinting at a link between these two pieces). Since we […]

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It’s hard to know what to think of this trailer for Killing Bono – the first straightforward comedy from director Nick Hamm. While the director is better known for horror like The Hole and Godsend, this trailer makes his new film out to be a fluffy affair that uses winks and coy smiles to stay afloat. The story focuses on a band from Dublin that isn’t U2, coming up around the same time as U2. As you can guess, the fame and fortune only goes to one of them. That’s strong fodder for both comedy and drama, but Hamm and writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais seem to be taking a piss take here. On the plus side, both Ben Barnes and Robert Sheehan are sharp young talents who will hopefully wear name tags so we can tell them apart from the guy playing Bono. It all feels like the cinematic equivalent of The Monkees, and the cheesy mid-90s voice over doesn’t help. Check it out for yourself:

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr heads to the movie theater to enjoy the holiday releases and the award films. But how do they stack up against each other. After being swept into Narnia in post-converted 3D, Kevin takes a trip to Venice where he watches a portly Johnny Depp play an everyman to Angelina Jolie walking around a lot. Finally, he takes another award season trip to Boston to watch Mark Wahlberg get punch drunk..

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I write this with all due respect to director Michael Apted, his actors, the rest of his creative team and even C.S. Lewis himself. But, really, is there anyone out there who actually cares about these Narnia movies? Was there a big clamoring for this second sequel? Would anyone’s world end if the last four books remained where they’ve probably always belonged – on bookshelves? There must be a devoted audience somewhere, as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian raked in some serious box office cash. Surely, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader will surpass Tangled and the infinitely superior latest Harry Potter to own the weekend, giving Fox and Walden Media sufficient cause to dial up the next one.

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One night with Eliza Dushku can solve all of your problems, physically and spiritually. That’s the lesson Narnia star Ben Barnes learns in the trailer for Suri Krishnamma’s Locked In, a thriller about… well, I’m not exactly sure what it’s about. And like me, Meredith at io9 is positing that the answers lie in Ms. Dushku’s naughty bits: “We’re still not sure what Lester from The Wire is doing in it, but he seems to be some sort of spiritual guide that ferries spirits through Eliza’s downstairs parts?”

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In a country that has replaced the motto of “land of the free, home of the brave” with “make sure you Tivo it,” it only makes sense to throw away last year’s actors like a DVD of an Ashton Kutcher film at Christmas. But worry not, we’ve got you covered on who everyone will be talking about in 2009.

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The Picture of Dorian Gray

More casting announcements for the upcoming adaptation of the Oscar Wilde classic emerge. This time, the film gets its Lord Henry Wotton.

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Ben Barnes as Prince Caspian

While he’s brandishing a sword at the box office to fight for Narnia now, Ben Barnes will soon be stepping out of the chain mail and into the picture frame. He’s signed on to play the title role for a new adaptation of the Oscar Wilde novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray.”

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Got your attention, didn’t it? If you’re like me, knowing Jessica Biel was married would be the final straw that pushes you off this mortal coil.

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