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This Super Bowl Sunday, family is worth fighting for.
"Warrior" stars Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy as two brothers who are pitted against each other in an epic mixed martial arts match. This weekend, life will imitate art as real-life brothers Jim Harbaugh and John Harbaugh stand on opposite sides of the football field as the proud coaches of, respectively, the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens.
We'd love to be a fly on the wall at the next Harbaugh family gathering. Oh my, the tension.
Anyway, will the game end with one of them tapping out when the other says he loves him, all set to the rousing sounds of "About Today" by The National? Hell no.
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Oscar Predictions 2012: Who Will Win?
It's useless trying to sum up 2011 movies in a nutshell. As in every year, there were those that wowed (see below) and those that almost made you lose faith in all of humanity ("Green Lantern," "Jack and Jill"). And then of course, there were those movies that didn't live up to the hype.
But as I've always said, expectations are a bee-yotch. "The Descendants" and "Drive," for instance, are both films that I saw in advance, yet that had already been built up by fellow journos ("Descendants" as the Best Picture frontrunner, "Drive" as just Best. Picture. Ever.). I appreciated but was slightly disappointed by both. And then there's "Hugo," of which I saw an early cut that was overly long (Scorsese later edited it) with not-quite-finished 3-D.
Of the 150 or so movies I watched in '11, these are simply just the 10 I enjoyed the most, with an additional 10 honorable mentions (otherwise known as "cheating"). Get More »
It was the year Harry Potter ended, the Muppets returned, Ryan Gosling drove, Apes rose, Matt Damon bought a zoo, and a bunch of raunchy Bridesmaids made us pee our pants (or wedding dresses) laughing.
Yeah, we're pretty happy with you, 2011 movies.
As for counting down the best of the best, we're happy/relieved to report that coming to an in-house consensus was pretty easy, and entirely non-violent. And our number one pick? Even easier to decide. Get More »
Yo, Adrian! They did it ... again. With "Warrior," director Gavin O'Connor based his story on the "Rocky" formula of a working-class fighter who rises up through the ranks to achieve greatness in the ring while overcoming domestic drama.
It's not surprising that filmmakers keep returning to the 1976 Best Picture Oscar winner for inspiration. Just last year, the biographical boxing drama "The Fighter," starring Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg as brothers with an arena's worth of family issues, took home two Oscars by also dusting off the "Rocky" blueprint. Get More »
It’s an elite group that Rooney Mara is about to join. As Noomi Rapace did before her, Mara, playing "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," will take a spot in film lore as one of the very few female lead characters sporting major body art.
Usually, on-screen tattooing signifies toughness, edginess and a certain amount of invincibility, qualities that Mara’s character, computer hacker Lisbeth Sander, has in spades.
With the dragon tattoo itself being a key part of the murder mystery story, here's a look at some other top body artistry in movies -- mostly sported by heavily muscled and bare-chested bad guys. We think you’ll agree that some of the imagery is practically museum-worthy.
You can't exactly buy sweat and muscles like Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton show us again and again in "Warrior."
But you can buy the stuff that helps make those things. And you can certainly look good doing it.
Hardy's character Tommy leaves the military and returns home to train for an MMA (that's mixed martial arts for the uninitiated) competition with his father (Nick Nolte) as his coach. Meanwhile, Tommy’s brother Brendan (Edgerton) is an ex-fighter turned teacher who’s struggling to support his family so he also enters the competition. Needless to say, the grand conclusion equates to a match-up between the two estranged brothers. How's that for sibling rivalry?
We've decided to join in on the MMA fun with “Warrior.” Check out how you can get your MMA action on and learn how to dress the part.
Jennifer Morrison has had the distinct pleasure of giving birth to Chris Pine (via Chris Hemsworth, at that) in J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" and haunting Kevin Bacon in "Stir of Echoes." However, she's probably best known for her portrayal of Dr. Allison Cameron, a woman holding her own in a man's world on "House M.D."
Jennifer continues her legacy of being the feminine presence in a male-dominated environment in "Warrior," director Gavin O'Connor's hard-hitting family drama set against the backdrop of mixed martial arts. Jennifer plays Tess Conlon, a good wife and mother going through a tough time in her marriage to Brendan Conlon (Joel Edgerton) -- as her husband sneaks off to boxing competitions, trying to make ends meet, she's fighting for her family outside the ring.
We spoke with Jennifer about her experiences while working on "Warrior," her early days as a ghost in "Stir of Echoes" and her future on the upcoming fairy tale series, "Once Upon a Time." Get More »
"'Platoon.' I just think the end is really classy. I just thought it was a really beautifully put together film.
"And 'Platoon' has got -- with the exception unfortunately of Charlie Sheen, everybody else in it is dope. Every actor and every character that I need as an English guy [is there]. You know what I mean? Every accent, class, creed, color, and religion is in there for me, so it’s a study book. It was something that had a taste across America [from] working class to upper class. It just had everything in it. Get More »
This week, as the Telluride Film Festival wraps up and the Toronto Film Festival begins, a film opens in theaters that, if you would believe its TV and print ads, is essentially launching the awards season race many of those festival entries will probably finish.
It's "Warrior," writer-director Gavin O'Connor's story about two estranged brothers who literally fight out their differences when they both enter a high-stakes mixed martial arts contest. Following a well-received screening at ShoWest in Vegas earlier this year, O'Connor's latest has continued to win over critics and audiences in advance showings, promising to be the first must-see film of the fall. Get More »