Tolkien review

Tolkien: it’s much better than it looks! That’s my one sentence review of Fox Searchlight’s new biopic about John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, the author of novels like The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and the father of modern fantasy writing, but I’ll devote several more to explaining why it’s worth your time. Read More »

Tolkien locations

Last week, I joined a handful of other journalists to visit Oxford, England, the old stomping grounds of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit author J.R.R. Tolkien, who is the subject of a new biopic called Tolkien. In addition to interviewing the stars of the film, Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins, I cut together a video featuring several of the locations we visited, including filming locations used in the movie and some key places where the real Tolkien studied, worked, and drank. Check it out below.
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Tolkien contest

Fox Searchlight has been developing a movie based on the life of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien for six years, and Tolkien is finally coming to theaters this May. And if you’re a fan of the author and you live in the Los Angeles area, you’re in luck: we’re holding a contest and giving away five pairs of tickets to a special early screening that will include a Q&A with the filmmakers and the cast. Read on to find out details about the screening and how you can win.
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Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile trailer new

Zac Efron gives what is undoubtedly the performance of his career in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. Efron plays notorious serial killer Ted Bundy in a film that attempts to show how Bundy manipulated those closest to him into believing he was a perfectly normal, perfectly nice guy. Netflix scooped up the film at Sundance, and will bring it to viewers this May. Watch the Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile trailer below.

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extremely wicked shockingly evil and vile clip

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile was one of the buzziest titles to come out of the Sundance Film Festival, due to its sordid subject matter and what’s been dubbed a “career-best performance” by star Zac Efron. But this Ted Bundy biopic will take a while before it hits U.S. theaters, making its way to the U.K. first.

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Tolkien Trailer

J.R.R. Tolkien is one of the most beloved and respected authors of all time. Through his creation of the fantasy world known as Middle-earth, Tolkien gave readers a series of epic adventures in The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion and more. As we all know, several of Tolkien’s books have become major motion pictures, but now the man himself will have his story told on the big screen.

Tolkien is a new biopic from Fox Searchlight staring Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class, Warm Bodies) as the titular author. The first teaser trailer has arrived, and it looks like it will be Tolkien’s own Finding Neverland, mixing the biographical elements of his life with flashes to the fantasy worlds that the author seemingly imagined himself in. Read More »

Extremely Wicked Shockingly Evil and Vile Review

What if someone you loved, someone you thought you knew, someone who seemed so charming and caring, turned out to be an absolute monster? Would you immediately believe it – or would you deny the horrible truth with every fiber of your being? It’s hard to know the answer to that question if it’s never happened to you. An outsider might assume that accepting the truth would be cut and dry. But life doesn’t work that way. And the truth can be a slippery thing.

For four years, Ted Bundy cut a bloody path across America, brutally murdering young women in unspeakable ways. He did it brazenly, not even bothering to use a pseudonym when approaching potential victims in public. He was so entirely sure of his own charm that even when he was captured, and the evidence was stacked against him, he seemed absolutely certain he’d be set free. After all, who could believe a man like Ted Bundy could be a serial killer? That’s the question at the heart of Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, a portrait not just of Bundy, but of the people around him – the people who failed to recognize his true, terrible nature.

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les miserables first look

Les Misérables is coming to Masterpiece Theatre. However, it won’t be the popular musical version that you fondly refer to as “Les Mis,” but a straight adaptation of Victor Hugo‘s classic novel. So how does the cast of the PBS Masterpiece-BBC adaptation look in the Les Miserables first look images? Not too different from how they look in the musicals. Read More »

Zac Efron as Ted Bundy

Ted Bundy wasn’t known for his glorious abs, but Zac Efron is going to give it a go playing the serial killer anyway. In Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile, Efron plays the notorious murderer who may have killed more than 100 people. Efron took to Twitter to share a behind-the-scenes look of himself in character as Bundy. See Zac Efron as Ted Bundy below.

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To the Bone trailer

After writing, producing, and showrunning on programs such as Buffy the Vampire SlayerGirlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, and the exceptionally entertaining UnREALMarti Noxon has made her feature directorial debut with To the Bone. The movie, which Netflix acquired at this year’s Sundance for $8 million, is about a 20-year-old girl (Lily Collins) battling anorexia who goes to a home for youths led by a doctor played by Keanu Reeves.

Below, watch the To the Bone trailer.

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