Jonathan Rhys Meyers

6 Souls

Co-directors Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein’s 6 Souls was filmed all the way back in 2009, so it’s been sitting on the shelf without U.S. distribution for quite a while now. It’s highly unlikely that’s a good sign as far as the film’s quality is concerned, and, in fact, seeing as it’s already been released in multiple markets all around the world, you can already go to its Rotten Tomatoes page and see that it has yet to earn anything other than a handful of negative reviews from UK outlets. Still though, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and the new trailer that’s been put together for the film’s upcoming US release promotes what looks to be a promising psychological thriller with horror movie overtones…so maybe you’ll find it interesting anyway?

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Seeing as shooting is set to begin next month on Harald Zwart’s adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s smash-hit YA fantasy novel “City of Bones,” it’s starting to become crunch time as far as putting together a cast is concerned. When we made our last casting update, pretty much every major role had been filled other than that of Luke Garroway, the teenage protagonist’s surrogate father-figure, and Valentine Morgenstern, the primary villain of the story who has many and sometimes mysterious ties to the pasts of the protagonists. Well, worry not, fans of demon-killing Shadowhunters, because it looks like the film is going to be able to fill all of its big roles with weeks to spare. First off, Luke Garroway: he’’s the gruff, flannel shirt wearing fellow that spends a lot of time hanging around with the protagonist Clary’s (Lily Collins) mother (Lena Headey). Though I can’t find any place where this casting was actually announced, Irish actor Aidan Turner is now listed as playing the role. He’s probably best known for his role on the BBC show Being Human, which is also heavily concerned with creatures of the night, so he should feel right at home dealing with mystical and dangerous things.

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr pulls out his screening schedule, which looks like a gambling addict’s racing form. He bounces from huge, mainstream releases to minor indie award contenders. Facing motion-capture CGI, tattooed bisexual investigators, cross-dressing waiters, silent film actors, and a lead star who is literally hung like a horse, Kevin tries to make sense of the seemingly countless releases this holiday week. Exhaustion from this process makes it impossible to buy a zoo or face the 3D end of the world, but his movie stocking is full, nonetheless.

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Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, who can be seen sometimes with his shirt on in The Tudors, will be returning to Paris without John Travolta in order to play a Jewish member of the League of Nations for Belle du Seigneur. The film is the latest attempt at an adaptation of the incredibly lengthy, pretty much autobiographical novel of the same name by Swiss writer Albert Cohen. Rhys-Meyers will be joined by underwear model Natalia Vodianova – continuing the new fad of hiring living lingerie mannequins as actresses. She’ll play Ariane Deume – a married Swiss woman with whom Rhys-Meyers’s Solal has a torrid and steamy love affair just before the outbreak of WWII. [Deadline Dudley]

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For 36 days straight, we’ll be exploring the famous 36 Dramatic Situations by presenting a film that exemplifies each one. From family killing family to prisoners in need of asylum, we brush off the 19th century list in order to remember that it’s still incredibly relevant today.

Whether you’re seeking a degree in Literature, love movies, or just love seeing things explode, our feature should have something for everyone. If it doesn’t, please don’t marry Emily Mortimer for her money and cheat on her with Ryan Reynolds’ wife.

Part 15 of the 36-part series takes a look at “Murderous Adultery” with Match Point.

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In 2004, the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl, Facebook was founded, and the United States finally lifted their decades-old travel ban against Libya. Perhaps more importantly, at Comic-Con that year, Michael Chiklis, Jessica Alba, and Ioan Gruffudd took to the stage to discuss filming their upcoming feature Fantastic Four and to present the partial cast to rabid fans who had been sifting through rumors months and months before. Now, friends, it’s time to start that process all over again. Because 2004 is such a vague memory.

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A free-wheeling photographer finally wants to settle down with a Swedish pixie dream girl, and even thought neither of them might be ready for the responsibility, they get pregnant. Over the course of nine months, the full spectrum of relationship drama plays out as well as the back stories for the major characters, culminating in the birth of the young human being these two have brought into the world.

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Shooting great, fast-moving close quarters action isn’t easy. There is a lot of choreography and planning involved, a lot of tricky cinematography and most importantly, a lot of hard editing later. And in order to make a close quarters action scene that really pops, a director has to have the right composer to score it with energy and the right actors to give the scene weight. That said, no one is shooting close quarters action right now quite like Pierre Morel.

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Fat Guys at the Movies

Neil has finished his gallivanting, and he makes his triumphant return to the Magical Studio in the Sky. Get ready to be offended, folks! The Fat Guys are back in action. (And by “action,” we mean “sitting their fat asses on the couch.”)

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Lionsgate has released two new posters for the upcoming actioner From Paris with Love, from Taken director Pierre Morel and French uber-producer Luc Besson.

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If you remember correctly, back in December we posted an early teaser trailer for the next film from director Pierre Morel, who brought the house down earlier this year with Taken, and to say the least it was laughable. However, this poster is pretty cool.

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Lets face it, John Travolta has done some really stupid movies in his day. And to his credit, no matter how ridiculous the character he generally gives himself the opportunity to pull it off without looking like a complete moron (save for that little blunder known as Battlefield Earth). But in the trailer below, which is for his upcoming movie From Paris With Love, Travolta takes the idiocy to a whole new level.

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