1. Set in Depression-era North Carolina, George Pemberton (Bradley Cooper) is a successful timber magnate. He falls in love with the strong-willed Serena (Jennifer Lawrence), but after they are married he discovers that she cannot bear children.
2. Based on the 2008 bestselling novel by Ron Rash.
1. Home invasion thriller in which Terri (Taraji P. Henson), is threatened by Colin (Idris Elba), a charming stranger who smooth-talks his way into her house. The unexpected invitation leaves her and her family terrorised and fighting for survival.
2. Screen Gems caused a stink this week by cancelling all scheduled press screenings for No Good Deed with the excuse of not wanting to spoil a plot twist for the audience.
3. First of all, no critic in their right mind would ever intentionally spoil a plot twist.
4. Second, the audience wouldn’t have known that there was a plot twist if Screen Gems hadn’t announced it in a press release.
6. If that doesn’t tell you enough, then consider that the release of No Good Deed has already been postponed four times. Originally slated for release in October 2013, it was moved to January, then April 2014 before finally limping into US theatres today. Sometimes there’s a good reason for pushing a release back, but fourtimes?
7. Elba seems to be struggling to translate an impeccable TV résumé into a movie career.
8. Broadsheet Prognosis: The signs are not good.
Release Date: November 21
(DelBoy is away. Mark blogs about film, TV and other stuff at WhyBother.ie)
1. A bear from deepest darkest Peru with a passion for all things British arrives in London in search of a new home. He is discovered by the Brown family in Paddington Station and is offered temporary accommodation. His well meaning yet accident prone manner results in all kinds of hilarious banter and hi-jinks.
2. Put your coat on Paddington. Yeez.
3. Paddington Bear first arrived in London in 1958. His Peruvian name is Pastuso.
4. The first Paddington Bear stuffed toy was made by Shirley and Eddie Clarkson with the prototype given as a Christmas gift to their two children; one of whom grew up to be Jeremy.
5.Colin Firth was originally pegged to play Paddington but voluntarily moved aside for Ben Whishaw as he felt his voice was just not suited to the role.
6.Nicole Kidman plays the evil taxidermist who wants Paddington stuffed and put on display. She admitted that her two youngest are not allowed to see the film as her role is “too awful and vicious“.
1. Aidan Bloom (Zach Braff) is a struggling actor, father and husband. At 35 he is still trying to find a purpose for his life. When Aidan’s father can no longer afford to pay for private education for his two children, he begins home schooling them.
4. Braff raised $3.1m through a hugely-successful Kickstarter campaign with the intention of preserving independent creative control and final cut. He also raised a lot of eyebrows after Worldview Entertainment subsequently stumped up the rest of the $10m budget.
1. Ten years after a satellite crash lands in Mexico, an American soldier stationed somewhere in the Middle East has to cross alien controlled territory to attempt a rescue of his comrades.
2. Monsters: Dark Continent is the sequel to Gareth Edwards’ acclaimed debut Monsters (2010). Edwards just has an executive producer credit on this as he was too busy making Godzilla (2014) to direct the sequel.
1. Under the pseudonym of Wei Ling Soo, Stanley Crawford (Colin Firth) is the most celebrated magician of his age. He embarks on a mission to the Côte d’Azur to debunk the clairvoyant Sophie Baker (Emma Stone).
2. Holy crappy Photoshop Batman! Colin Firth must hold the record for actor appearing in movies with the worst …posters… ever. It must be written into his contract.
3. Woody Allen is the Prince of filmmaking. Since What’s Up, Tiger Lily (1966) the prolific 78-year-old has delivered a new movie almost every year. Magic in the Moonlight is the 46th movie that he has written and directed.