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'Beyond': 'Most Satisfying' Among Rebooted 'Star Trek' Movies, But Gay Sulu a Dramatic Miscalculation

'Star Trek Beyond' with Chris Pine as Captain Kirk: Will movie franchise reboot achieve 'escape velocity'? 'Star Trek Beyond' Review: Movie franchise needs to boldly go where J.J. Abrams has never gone before We're never told what “beyond” refers to in Star Trek Beyond, the 13th film in the venerated sci-fi series. But here's a theory: if the franchise is to regain its footing after the tepid returns of Star Trek Into Darkness, it will have to move beyond J.J. Abrams, the writer/director who used his brand of copycat magic to relaunch the series in 2009. In our reboot era, he's got the canny ability to provide older audiences with enough familiarity to keep them under the tent while giving new audiences enough youthful verve so they don't feel the franchise isn't for them. If you think that's not worth something, see Star Wars: The Force Awakens,
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Who's that alien? 'Star Trek Beyond' director Justin Lin teases celebrity cameos

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Who's that alien? 'Star Trek Beyond' director Justin Lin teases celebrity cameos
Who doesn’t love a good celebrity cameo? From Daniel Craig as a stormtrooper in Star Wars: The Force Awakens to Nathan Fillon as an angry inmate in Guardians of the Galaxy, more and more sci-fi/fantasy films are literally hiding pop culture icons in plain sight. The latest to play hide-and-seek with SFX make-up is Star Trek Beyond. Yesterday — April 5 — was First Contact Day. On this date in 2063, humanity will meet the Vulcans and become part of the galactic community. To celebrate, director Just Lin shared this photo from the set, along with a challenge for fans. Both aliens are celebrities. Neither are listed on the Star Trek Beyond. IMDb page. So who are they? For my money, it looks like Danny Pudi and Kim Kold. Be sure to check out Lin’s article as he promised to reveal who was under the prosthetics later on. Star Trek Beyond
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Obsession at Centre of Fashion World Set Thriller The Model [Trailer]

A couple of years ago, writer/director Mads Matthiesen made a splash with Teddy Bear, a drama about a quiet and shy body builder (played by real life body builder Kim Kold) who goes to Thailand to find a wife. The movie was touching and sentimental without being too saccharin, a fine line that is difficult to maintain for some but which Matthiesen had no issues with.

For his follow-up, Matthiesen is taking on another world with a movie that looks and feels far more like a thriller than his first feature: The Model. Set in the cut-throat world of Parisian high-fashion, the movie stars new comer Maria Palm as Emma, a young model breaking into the industry who develops an unhealthy obsession with fashion photographer Shane White (Ed Skrein). From the looks of it, when he mo [Continued ...]
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What Former Athlete Is the Best Movie Actor?

Over the weekend, Olympic medalist and professional Mma fighter Ronda Rousey successfully defended her title as Ufc Women's Bantamweight Champion. It's great news for her and even better news for The Expendables 3, which is getting some an extra bit of publicity via the win. Rousey costars in the upcoming sequel alongside Sylvester Stallone and many other action stars, and she'll be in Fast & Furious 7, which isn't surprising given how much that franchise likes to employ former and current athletes in its roster of players. The last Fast & Furious movie, for instance cast fellow female Mma fighter Gina Carano, who had already proven her acting talents in Steven Soderbergh's Haywire, as well as bodybuilder-turned-actor Kim Kold and of course...

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Fast & Furious 6 – The Blu Review

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Writing about the film is, unfortunately, a sad occasion. On November 30, 2013, a mere 10 tens before the release of Fast & Furious 6 hits DVD and Blu-ray, actor Paul Walker died in a car crash. Walker, who played cop-turned-street racing criminal Brian O’Conner in the ongoing franchise, was only 40 years old when he died. Whether or not this effects any future sequels, of which a seventh film had at leats been rumored, is yet to be seen, but I imagine a combination of financial success of FF6 combined with the level of fandom for Walker and the series will ultimately determine where the series goes from here. With that said, let’s discuss FF6…

Fresh off the heels of FF5, Fast & Furious 6 more or less picks up where FF5 left off. The crew, led by Dominic (Vin Diesel) has gone there separate ways, each of them loaded — as
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Fast & Furious 6 Arrives on Home Video December 10

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Universal City, California, October 3, 2013— The latest blistering addition to one of Hollywood’s greatest action-movie franchises, Fast & Furious 6, roars into the holiday season as the unbeatable choice for “Highest-Octane action yet!” (Meriah Doty, Yahoo!) A transcontinental caper that reunites fan-favorite stars from the blockbuster franchise’s earlier films, Fast & Furious 6 earned almost $800 million at the box office worldwide. Fast & Furious 6 comes to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack including Blu-ray™, DVD & Digital HD with UltraViolet™ and On Demand on December 10, 2013, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film will also be available on Digital November 19, 2013. Found exclusively only on the Blu-ray™ is a special Extended version with even more intense action, as well as over an hour of exclusive behind-the-scenes bonus features, only available for a limited time in collectible Steel Book packaging

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Fast veterans Vin Diesel (Riddick, xXx), Paul Walker (Takers, Flags of Our Fathers
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'Fast and Furious 6': Ranking the Ridiculousness

'Fast and Furious 6': Ranking the Ridiculousness
Not too many Hollywood franchises hit their stride five movies in, but in 2011, "Fast & Furious 3-6" director Justin Lin finally found the perfect formula with "Fast Five," mixing the series' trademark auto-lust with increasingly over-the-top vehicular mayhem. The result was a box office windfall, and a perfect storm of a summer movie that hit just the right tone of crowd-pleasing lunacy. So in an attempt to keep the good times rolling, "Fast & Furious 6" (or just "Furious 6," according to the movie's title card) transitions the franchise from street racing heist movie to a globetrotting action blockbuster.

After their last job left them with millions in the bank and a new addition to the family, Brian (Paul Walker) and Dom (Vin Diesel) are convinced to get back behind the wheel by special agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), who needs their crew's racing prowess to stop a former Sas-operative-turned-criminal-mastermind named Shaw (Luke Evans) from building some kind of super-bomb,
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Fast and Furious 6 World Premiere Interviews

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This evening, London’s Leicester Square had the sun beating down on it as the stars of Fast and Furious 6 all turned up for the world premiere. Colin and Joe were our men on the ground who got to speak to as many of the stars as possible.

Fast and Furious 6 hits UK cinemas 17th May so keep your eyes peeled for our review. The movie sees Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson all returning for the sixth movie in the hugely popular Universal Pictures’ franchise and Joe got to speak with the beautiful ladies Gal Gadot, Gina Carano and Elsa Pataky, the handsome chaps Kim Kold, and Luke Evans as well as Director Justin Lin and Producer Neal H. Moritz. All the interviews are below and will be updated as they’re edited.

Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of all-stars as the
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London Film Festival 2012: Teddy Bear Review

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Mads Matthiesen picked up a Best Director award at this year’s Sundance with Teddy Bear, a distinctive, heartfelt and richly rewarding film about a shy and retiring 38-year-old bodybuilder named Dennis (Kim Kold) looking for love. The first time we meet Dennis, his kind, quiet demeanour is as striking as his large, hulking frame; he’s a crushingly awkward man, somewhat hamstrung by his giant physique, which causes women to stereotypically pawn him off as a lecherous meathead. His self-esteem is further dented by his overbearing, passive-aggressive mother Ingrid (Elsebeth Steentoft), and it’s clear that the two are far too comfortable living with one another.

When Dennis’ brother brings home a Thai bride, his yearnings to settle down are re-awakened. The problem, as ever, is that he is judged on his large frame, which is somewhat at odds with his gentle personality. Fed up

Atlantic Film Festival 2012: ‘Teddy Bear’ – a thoughtful and human portrait

Teddy Bear

Written by Mads Matthiesen, Martin Zandvliet

Directed by Mads Matthiesen

Denmark, 2012

Teddy Bear tells the story of Danish bodybuilder Dennis Petersen. At 38 Dennis has never had a girlfriend but is ready for true love. However, living with his aging and controlling mother, an intimidating physical appearance and a good amount of social awkwardness are making this pursuit harder than we might imagine. When his cousin recommends Dennis do as he has done and find a wife in Thailand, Dennis decides to give it a shot and embarks on the journey. When he finds he has nothing in common with the kind of girls his cousin has in mind, Dennis wanders into the only familiar place in an unfamiliar environment – an exercise gym. Here he meets a woman who is different from the others and who may just be the kind of woman Dennis had in mind.

Based on the premise alone,
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Five Questions With “Teddy Bear” Director Mads Matthiesen

Kim Kold, the six-foot-something, 300-plus pound star of Teddy Bear, is a striking, memorable screen presence. In the first feature from Danish writer-director Mads Matthiesen, Kold plays Dennis, a mama’s boy who decides to travel to Thailand in search of a wife. Dennis knows this will irk the heck out of his possessive mother Ingrid (Elsebeth Steentoft), so he lies, telling her he’s off to Germany to compete in a bodybuilding competition. This buys him time, but ultimately Dennis will have to sort out his feelings: Is his desire to forge a life of his own as powerful as the security and routine provided by his dysfunctional relationship with Ingrid? Matthiesen’s disarming and funny film opens Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Filmmaker: The film is about a big, muscular guy, 38-years-old, whose mother treats him like a little boy—until he “betrays” her and goes off to Thailand in search of a wife.
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Teddy Bear | Review

You’ll Like My Mother: Matthiesen’s Debut a Gentle Giant

Director Mads Matthiesen developed his 2007 short film Dennis into his feature debut, Teddy Bear, a quiet character study about a shy professional body builder looking for love. At times generating a beautiful quiet melancholy, the film ultimately exudes a determined, laconic ambiance, one that drifts it through a running time like an overly familiar tune, one that holds your attention even though you already know exactly how it’s going to play out.

Dennis (Kim Kold), a 38 year old body builder, lives alone with his mother, Ingrid (Elsebeth Steentoft) in a suburb outside of Copenhagen. It’s immediately apparent that his petite mother is a domineering and controlling woman, exasperated and upset that her hulking son would go to the movies with friends and not leave his cell phone on for when she calls. The mellow, Herculean man assuages her as best he can,
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L.A. Film Fest Review: In 'Teddy Bear,' Bodybuilders Are People Too; Show Them Some Love

Where the phrase “Teddy Bear” implies a certain squashy cuddliness, the film’s subject is anything but. At least on the outside. But, then again, bears aren’t that cuddly in real life either. Danish director Mads Matthiesen developed this feature from his acclaimed 2007 short, “Dennis,” which began his exploration of the emotional resonance of an ultra-masculine figure in an incredibly emasculating situation. In the full-length version of the story, the man’s humiliation and powerlessness evolve into the quiet self-confidence of a person who has found acceptance. Upon peeling back this teddy bear’s layers of fur, we begin to see the soft cotton that gives him his true shape.

Dennis Peterson (real life bodybuilder Kim Kold) is a 38-year-old, colossal hulk of a man, mounds of hard muscle encompassing every inch of his flesh, bands of tight sinew wrapping themselves across his limbs. He dwarfs everyone around him
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Nd/Nf 2012. Kubrick, Trier, Matthiesen, Carrénard, Markovics

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This year, New Directors/New Films is "breaking precedent and presenting a film nearly 20 years older than the festival itself."

Nick Schager in Slant: "So loathed by Stanley Kubrick that the legendary director reportedly confiscated all existing copies to keep it out of circulation, Fear and Desire proves a modest, if relatively promising, 1953 debut for the late auteur, touching on his trademark themes via the allegorical tale of soldiers shot down behind enemy lines in an unnamed country in an unspecified time. Kubrick's story, penned by Howard Sackler, is deliberately vague with regard to nationalities and politics so that its focus can remain squarely on the psychological turmoil of its characters, a ragtag quartet that includes ruminative Lieutenant Corby (Kenneth Harp), gruff Sergeant Mac (Frank Silvera), meek Private Fletcher (Stephen Colt), and sensitive Private Sidney (future filmmaker Paul Mazursky) — men whose narrated internal monologues articulate, with frequent pretentiousness, Kubrick's investigation
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2012 Sundance Film Festival Awards Winners

2012 Sundance Film Festival Awards Winners
Sundance Institute this evening announced the Jury, Audience, Next and other special awards of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival at the Festival's Awards Ceremony, hosted by Parker Posey in Park City, Utah. An archived video of the ceremony in its entirety is available at Sundance.org/Live.

"Every year the Sundance Film Festival brings to light exciting new directions and fresh voices in independent film, and this year is no different," said John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival. "While these awards further distinguish those that have had the most impact on audiences and our jury, the level of talent showcased across the board at the Festival was really impressive, and all are to be congratulated and thanked for sharing their work with us."

Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute, said, "As we close what was a remarkable 10 days of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, we look to the year
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Sundance Film Festival 2012 Award Winners

The 2012 Sundance Film Festival has come to an end, and the winners of the Jury, Audience, and Next <=> awards have been announced. There was a great selection of films this year at the festival, and I've seen more good than bad. I'm ultimately happy with the outcome. Beasts of the Southern Wild was this year's most buzzed about film and took home the top Grand Jury Prize. I didn't like it as much as everyone else, but it was still good, and it won. I think it was just way too over hyped for what I ended up seeing. Maybe I would have liked it more had I gone in with no expectations.

Here's the full breakdown of winners:

Sundance Institute this evening announced the Jury, Audience, Next <=> and other special awards of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival at the Festival’s Awards Ceremony in Park City, Utah. An archived video
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Sundance Awards Given To ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild,’ ‘The Surrogate,’ ‘Searching For Sugar Man’ and More

Sundance Awards Given To ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild,’ ‘The Surrogate,’ ‘Searching For Sugar Man’ and More
The Sundance Film Festival prepared to come to a close for 2012 tonight as the festival held its some of its last screenings and mounted an awards ceremony to celebrate the best films of this year's festival. The biggest jury prizes went to Beasts of the Southern Wild (reviewed here [1]) and Eugene Jarecki's war on drugs documentary The House I Live In. The Surrogate (reviewed here [2]) took an Audience Award, as did the doc Searching for Sugar Man (reviewed here [3]) and the film Valley of Saints. The full list of awards is below. The 2012 Sundance Film Festival Awards presented this evening were: The Grand Jury Prize: Documentary was presented by Charles Ferguson to: The House I Live In / U.S.A. (Director: Eugene Jarecki) — For over 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for 45 million arrests, made America the world's largest jailer and damaged poor communities at home and abroad.
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2012 Sundance Film Festival Announces Awards

Beasts of the Southern Wild

The House I Live In, Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Law in These Parts and Violeta Went to Heaven Earn Grand Jury Prizes

Audience Favorites Include The Invisible War, The Surrogate, Searching For Sugar Man and Valley of Saints

Sleepwalk With Me Receives Best of  Audience Award

Park City, Ut . Sundance Institute this evening announced the Jury, Audience, and other special awards of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival at the Festival.s Awards Ceremony, hosted by Parker Posey in Park City, Utah. An archived video of the ceremony in its entirety is available at www.sundance.org/live.

.Every year the Sundance Film Festival brings to light exciting new directions and fresh voices in independent film, and this year is no different,. said John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival. .While these awards further distinguish those that have had the most impact on audiences and our jury,
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‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ & ‘The Surrogate’ Awarded Top Sundance 2012 Prizes

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Fox Searchlight was the big winner at the Sundance Film Festival 2012, as two of their acquired titles won top awards. It is no surprise that Benh Zeitlin‘s Beast of the Southern Wild (our review here) picked up the grand jury dramatic prize, as it was the most-buzzed of the fest. The Surrogate, starring John Hawkes, won the dramatic audience award and one can read our review of that drama here. It was great to see other fest favorites like Mike Birbiglia‘s Sleepwalk With Me and The Queen of Versailles among other winners. Check them all out below and see our full coverage here.

Park City, Ut — Sundance Institute this evening announced the Jury, Audience, Next <=> and other special awards of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival at the Festival’s Awards Ceremony, hosted by Parker Posey in Park City, Utah. An archived video of the ceremony in its entirety is available at www.
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Sundance 2012 Review: ‘Teddy Bear’ Lives Up to Its Name, Leaving Viewers With a Warm Hug

Based on the short film Dennis, Teddy Bear further explores the story of Dennis (Kim Kold), a body builder who, despite a large frame that can make him seem intimidating, is actually quite shy and has trouble making conversation, especially with women. Teddy Bear opens with Dennis with an attractive young woman on a date that is not going very well. Dennis seems incredibly nervous and the conversation keeps stalling out. But Dennis, despite being thirty-eight, does not return home to life as a solitary bachelor, he is greeted by his mother (Elsebeth Steentoft) – who he still lives with. Rather than tell her about his date, Dennis lies and says he was out with a friend. It starts to become clear that there is a reason Dennis keeps his dating life a secret from his mother, who only seems calm or happy when Dennis is at home with her. The two are unquestionably close but their relationship
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