The battle between good and evil has taken many forms in Hollywood but one of the most enduring has to be the cop versus crook crime flick.
The constant game of cat and mouse between the wily criminal and the cop hell-bent on justice has been a crowd-pleaser for decades. From classic gangster tales to perilous high-speed pursuits to small town thievery, the line between hunter and prey is never clear cut and rarely do we glimpse a happy ending but why argue with a formula that works? We’ve taken a look back at some of the very best of the best of the genre and have narrowed it down to just ten. Is your favourite there? Take a look at the countdown!
The movie soundtrack is a delicate art form, to be sure. Directors, editors, writers and music supervisors sift thought contemporary albums, little-heard recordings, dusty classics and even vinyl once upon a time, trying to find music that says what mere words sometimes can’t, while offering insight into themes and characters.
There’s just a week to go before the highly-anticipated Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince hits theatres, but tide yourself over with our inside glimpse of Harry, Hermione and Ron as they battle the evil forces determined to destroy the Muggle and wizarding worlds. If you weren't excited before, you will be now! I have a feeling this one will be worth the wait. Are you stoked about this latest chapter in the Potter saga? What part are you most looking forward to seeing on the big screen? Weigh in after the pics...
Your patience is certainly to be applauded. Pushed back seven months from its original release date of November 2009, you eager Muggles have had to make do with movie marathons of the first five Harry Potter installments and voracious re-readings of J.K. Rowling's much-loved fantasy franchise. But the wait is nearly over and our neighbours to the south played host to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 's North American premiere where Daniel, Emma and Rupert rocked the red carpet at New York's Ziegfeld Theater. Check out our photo gallery of their red-hot looks!
If they're not careful, the entire youthful cast of the Harry Potter films could shatter the party-hard young actor stereotype that currently feeds front page news around the world. Read or watch any interview with the popular thespians and you'll find them to be incredibly articulate and surprisingly down-to-earth. Tom Felton, the actor behind Draco Malfoy – the Potter baddie everyone loves to hate, is no exception to the refreshing trend.
Strolling into a hotel suite in Toronto, looking vaguely ’60s-ish with his fuzzy long hair, hip jeans, green T-shirt and navy jacket, Jim Sturgess could be any laidback 28-year-old. But he’s not. The night before, groupies screamed when he got out of a limo at the Toronto International Film Festival’s world premiere of Fifty Dead Men Walking, a political thriller written and directed by Canadian filmmaker Kari Skogland (The Stone Angel).
Thanks to Across the Universe, director Julie Taymor’s acclaimed big-screen musical based on Beatles songs, and 21, about a group of MIT students who attempt to beat the casinos by counting cards, Sturgess is a rising star in North America, but not so much in England, his own country.
“I lead a bit of a double life,” admits the actor, who still takes the bus when he’s in London, and says nobody there cares who he is. He also plays a man with a double life in Fifty Dead Men Walking, the real-life story of Northern Ireland’s Martin McGartland. At 22, the British recruited McGartland to infiltrate, and spy on, the Irish Republican Army. Ben Kingsley plays McGartland’s IRA handler, Fergus, and the film’s title refers to the 50 people McGartland thinks are alive today because of him.
Clowns, ghosts, talon-fingered psychopaths and zombies are the bread and butter of horror films and routinely terrify audiences but there is one offender that’s even more upsetting - the creepy kid. You know the type; hypnotic, knowing eyes, too-adult behaviour, complete lack of childlike glee with a vague connection to another dimension or world. With the July 24 opening of The Orphan, a serious contender in the captivating horror sub-genre all its own, we’re counting down the Top 10 Creepy Kid Movies.
Do you agree, disagree? Tell me who should have made the list and sound off in the comments!
Each year, the last full weekend of July sees hordes of sci-fi and fantasy fans and a ton of the industry elite descend on San Diego’s massive convention centre for a four-day film and television extravaganza. What started out as a small sci-fi fan convention in the ‘70s has, thanks to the presence of stars and studios alike, turned into one of the most highly anticipated media events of the year. Fans (and press) are given the chance to get front row seats and sneak peeks at some of Hollywood’s biggest films - and let’s not forget the actors and directors The buzz going into the convention is huge – stay tuned for our coverage of the Comic-Con 2009 highlights to see what lived up to the hype. Stay tuned for our coverage of the highlights of Comic-Con 2009.
Here’s just a taste little of what’s on tap for lucky attendees...
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