Colin Firth is everywhere this year!

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Colin Firth is a British film,television and theater actor. He was born on September 10th 1960. His film s have made 3 billion dollars from 42 releases worldwide. His most notable  and acclaimed role to date has been his 2010 portrayal of King Henry VI in the King’s Speech a performance that gained him an Oscar and many other worldwide Best actor awards. It went on to gross 414.2 million worldwide at the box office.

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The King’s Speech is about a monarch who tries to over come his speech impediment. Firth portrays Prince Albert the Duke of York/King George VI a man who is thrust into the leadership role in England during World War II. He won the Best actor Oscar in February for this role of a life time for him.

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Earlier this year Colin Firth starred with a trio of actresses two of which have won Oscars for acting. Devil’s Knot is about the West Memphis three. Firth plays Ron Lax a private investigator who tries to defend the west Memphis three. Witherspoon plays the mother of a missing child in the movie Pam Hobbs. The second movie he stars with an Oscar winner is Rhrailway Man. He plays Eric Lomax a man who has been captured during World War II by the Japanese. He is punished and tortured by the military and made to build a railway going across the Thia-Burma area of Malaysia. Kidman plays his girlfriend and then wife Patricia Wallace. The third movie Firth starred in earlier this year is Magic in the Moonlight. Where he co-stars with Emma Stone. Firth plays a Chinese magician Wei Ling Soo otherwise known as Stanley Crawford. He is set to discredit a young futurist by a close friend of his from back home. Magic in the Moonlight is directed by Woody Allen.

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This month Firth stars once again with his co-star from The Railway Man Nicole Kidman in Before I go to Sleep. Firth plays the husband, Ben Lucas, of Nicole Kidman’s Christine Lucas. She is a women who wakes up every day with no memories. This movie is based on the world wide best seller of the same name. Later this year Firth will voice the popular kids character Paddington Bear in the movie Paddington. Its a bout a bear who is rescued from his home in Peru. He ends up living with the Brown family. Paddington is based on the children’s books of the same name. Paddington come out later this year in December 2014.

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Originally supposed to be out in September The Kingsman: The Secret Service is a spy movies about a secret agency who recruits some new members to fight an evil Samual L. Jackson. Firth is at home playing Uncle Jack the leader of the new recruits of this secret society of spy’s. The Kingsman: The Secret Service is based on the acclaimed comic book series of the same name by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. Its directed by Matthew Vaughn or X-Men First Class and Kick-Ass fame. This movie now comes out in February 2015.

Firth has played spies in the past in Tinker,Tailer,Soldier,Spy but, it remains a definite that he can play any role from spy to prisoner of war, magician and also southern private eye as well as voice an animated bear. This Oscar winning actor has really come into the prime of his career and will continue to give his fans and movie goers alike plenty of more compelling characters to watch on the big screen.

Dan Skip Allen

Miles Teller on the rise!

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Recently a lot of young talented actors have popped into the public eye. Michael B. Jordan ,Zac Efron and Dane Dehaan among others. One of them is Miles Teller. Teller is from Downingtown,Pensylvania. As a child his family moved around a lot do to his fathers job as an engineer. They moved to New Jersey and then later to Florida. He graduated from Lecanto High School in 2005. Teller attended Tisch School of the  Arts at New York University where he attained a bachelor of fine arts.

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In 2010 Miles Teller had his breakout role as a teenage kid (Jason) who accidentally runs over a little boy. Also starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as the grieving parents of the little boy who got run over.

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From 2012 to present Teller has taken some of the more lessor roles he is known for. In 2011 he would star in the remake of the popular 80’s dance romance movie Footloose. The original starred Kevin Bacon. Shortly their after he would co-star in the party movie Project X in 2013. Early in 2013 he would star in 21 and Over another teen angst movie. Later that year he would get critical acclaim while co-starring with Shailene Woodley in the smash hit The Spectacular Now. Teller plays Sutter Kealy a boy who is the most popular boy at his school. He goes to a party one night and gets drunk and finds himself on the lawn of Amy Finecky Played by Woodley. This is a coming of age story about a boy and a girl who need each other to find where there going in life. It was one of my favorite films of 2013.

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This year has been an up and down year for Teller. He first starred in the romantic comedy That Awkward Moment with the aforementioned Michael B. Jordan and Zac Efron back in January. Also in February he co-starred with Shailene Woodley again and Ansel Elgort in the teen sci-fi adventure novel turned film franchise Divergent. Back at the Sundance film festival a movie called Whiplash premiered with a lot of buzz around it. It stars Miles Teller as Andrew Nyman a boy selected to go to one of the most prestigious music schools in the country. Mentored by (J.K. Simmons) Terence Fletcher a maestro of jazz music. Teller’s Andrew get more then he bargain’d for when the teacher is very fierce and demonstrative towards him and his other band mates.

I have been a fan of Miles Teller from way back when I saw The Rabbit Hole and new he was gonna be a star. The role in the Spectacular Now cemented that for me and a whole lot of other people such as film critics and pundits. This role in Whiplash could be his first Oscar nomination but it probably won’t be his last. With the big blockbuster The Fantastic Four movie coming out next year where he is cast as Reed Richards otherwise known as Mr. Fantastic and another romantic comedy coming out later this month The Two Night Stand. He can only gain acclaim and popularity amongst fans and critics alike. His career is definitely on the upswing and doesn’t look to be headed down any time soon.

Dan Skip Allen

Liam Neeson’s KILLER year at the box office

What a year for Liam Neeson. Liam Neeson has been in six movies this year. He’s the Irish born actor who rose to prominence with his acclaimed role in Steven Spielberg’s 1993 Oscar winning Best Picture  as Oscar Schindler. He has also starred as Darkman,and Qui Gon Jinn in The Phantom Menace among a whole slew of other movie characters. In 2008 he finally got his franchise even though nobody saw it coming – including him. Taken came out that year and spawned a sequel in 2012 where he rescues his daughter who has been taken on 2 different occasions. The second sequel has just released some photos this week. Lately Liam has dove into the comedy genre with the news he has been cast in Ted 2.

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In January, Liam was in the animated movies about squirrels trying to find a food source was lost. Neeson’s character is Raccoon in The Nut Job.

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In February, Liam Neeson starred  in two movies. The first was The Lego Movie where he voiced the characters Good Cop and Bad Cop – 2 sides of the same character. The second was Non-Stop a movie about an air marshal accused of trying to extort millions of dollars. In Non-Stop he plays Bill Marks the air marshal who is tasked with saving a doomed flight while also trying to prove his innocence.

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In May, Liam stars as the villain in the news movie from Seth McFarlane’s “A Million Ways to Die in the West”. A western where Seth plays Albert a week willed man who steals his girlfriend Anna played by Charlize Theron.

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In July, Neeson plays Micheal a writer man having an a affair with a younger women, Anna, portrayed by Olivia Wilde. The Third Person is the latest puzzle of a movie by writer/director Paul Haggis.

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Last week the the most recent movie from Liam Neeson came when “A Walk Among the Tombstones” premiered with  little acclaim. As Matthew Scudder, a retired police detective, he gets hired to find a drug dealers wife, Dan Stevens, and gets embroiled in a kidnapping ring and finds a new little friend.44

In this year alone, Liam Neeson’s movies have grossed 896.2 million dollars, approaching a billion dollars. Mr. Neeson has proven to be a box-office star. a man who gets the exclusive 20 million dollars a picture. One thing is for sure when you cast Liam Neeson in a movie whether it be an animated movie like The Nut Job, The Lego Movie, an action drama like A Walk Among the Tombstones, or even a comedy, he continues to make movies that make money at the box-office. Taken 3 and Ted 2 will be movies that are no different when they come out next year.

-Dan Skip Allen

Jessica Chastain, If you like her your in for a big surprise! She has a big second half of 2014 in store for her fans.

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If you think you have seen this beautiful red headed women before, its probably because you have. She’s one of the best working actresses in Hollywood. She came to prominence in 2011 when she portrayed (Celia Foote) in The Help. She was rewarded with an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role as this southern bell. Who needed help learning to cook so she could make her husband happy. She lost the Oscar that year to Octavia Spencer who portrayed the maid (Minny Jackson), who helped her become. a better cook in the kitchen. That same year Chastain starred in a few more lower profile roles. Take Shelter she starred with Micheal Shannon as his wife who has to live with a man obsessed with building a fallout shelter. Also that year she starred in a supporting role as a Mossad agent (Young Rachel Singer) sent to east Berlin in the 1960’s to capture a Nazi doctor accused of crime’s against society. Helen Mirron played the older character. The same year Chastain played the wife of Brad Pitt (Mrs. O’Brien) in the Terrance Malick masterpiece The Tree of Life. She played a (Detective Sam Stall) trying to solve a murder in The Texas Killing Fields earlier in the year.

2012 would be another good year for her because she once again was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her performance as Maya special ops agent in Zero Dark Thirty. She Also played the wife (Maggie Bauford) of Tom Hardy in Lawless a period piece set in the 1920’s prohibition era. A women with vast range she also played the mother (Annabel) dressed as a rocker with short black hair. She tried to save her children from the titular title character in Mama. That year she would have the number 1 and 2 movies at the box office at the same time in January.

 

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This year Jessica Chastain has another epic year ahead of her with roles in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby as the wife of a man (Eleanor) who has gone through  a tragedy trying to piece they’re marriage back together.

 

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Later in November she plays the older version of (Murph) the daughter of Matthew McConaughey’s character Cooper in Interstellar. The Sci-Fi epic from director Christopher Nolan.

 

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In December she stars along with Oscar Isaac as his wife (Anna Morales) in a crime drama set during the early 80’s in New York. She also has role in Miss Julie, The Zookeepers Wife and Crimson Peak in her future. Richard Roeper said back in 2011 that “Jessica Chastain is one of the best actresses of her generation”. From all these great performances and different roles she has shown that she definitely has what it takes to become the greatest actress of her generation. The future will see if that happens. The dreaded Oscar drought has only been a few years so this year could be that year she wins and puts herself in the conversation as one of the best talents we have. I for one am looking forward to all these movies she has coming.

Dan Skip Allen