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Bookie Favourite Rami Malek Wins Golden Globe

Since the Oscar nominations were announced for 2019, Rami Malek was a favourite with the bookies to win Best Actor. The odds of Malek winning his very first Oscar was 5/6, while the odds of Christian Bale winning were 7/4.

Rami Malek’s role in Bohemian Rhapsody as Freddie Mercury got him the nomination for the Golden Globe’s Best Performance award. He competed with A Star is Born actor Bradley Cooper as well as Willem Dafoe in the Film At Eternity’s Gate. Malek’s toughest competition for the award was Bradley Cooper, although he was the favourite at the bookies from the start.

Bohemian Rhapsody nominated as film of the year

Bohemian Rhapsody was also nominated as the film of the year and was Malek’s biggest role ever. This was true even though Malek has already won an Emmy for Best Drama actor for the role he played in Mr Robot.

Rami Malek scooped the BAFTA awards statue and won Best Actor enjoyed the victory he won a Screen Actors Guild for his Outstanding Performance as a Male Actor. He also won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama.

It was nothing short from being the most challenging role ever, and actor Rami Malek not only had to mentally prepare for portraying Freddie Mercury but also needed some physical adjustments to transform into the legendary Freddy Mercury successfully. Apart from prosthetic teeth to transform his look, he intensely studied Freddie Mercury, spent time with Queen to nail both the Mercury look and several of his stage habits.

Rami Malek’s speech started off by thanking Queen for all their assistance, and he personally thanked Roger Taylor and Brian May for welcoming him into the Queen family. He paid special tribute to Freddie Mercury, as without him, Malek would not have enjoyed the most extraordinary moment of his life, winning Best Actor. The film that won the Outstanding British Film was The Favourite and not Bohemian Rhapsody, although it did win the Best Sound award.

Malek Nominated for 43 Awards

In total Rami Malek has been nominated for 43 awards and has won 12. He already won the Best Actor award at the British Academy of Film and Television Art Awards, Best Actor for Bohemian Rhapsody at the Golden Globe Awards and at the Screen Actors Guild Awards he won the award for Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role. At the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards he won Best International Lead Actor for Bohemian Rhapsody.

Malek won the Breakthrough Performance Award by the Palm Springs International Film Festival as well as Best Actor awarded by the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society. At the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Malek won the Outstanding Performance of the Year Award.

For those who love Queen, the film is a must-see since no one leaves the theatre without a spring in their step, critics describe the film as exhilarating and highly entertaining. The music by Queen is the core of the film, while a truly fine actor pays tribute to a musical legend.

 

America’s John Cena – Professional Wrestler & Movie Star

Some believe that wrestling requires a combination of strength, fitness and a lot of acting. This could be the reason why a few have also starred in films, yet none of the others made it as big in Hollywood as John Cena. His huge success as a film super-star landed him acting roles in films such as Trainwreck, The Marine, Blockers, Bumblebee, Daddy’s Home I & II, The Wall, 12 Rounds, Legendary, The Reunion, The wall and Taboo.

Cena Tells All About His Film Career in Rolling Stone Interview

When interviewed by the Rolling Stone, Cena revealed his love for his new job as a movie star; however, he made it quite clear that he is not quitting from wrestling yet. He just enjoys films and accepted the first acting role as it seems a cool thing to do at the time.

John Cena – US Record-Setting Champion

Maybe if Cena wins a few Oscars, he would feel different, but for now, he remains one of the most successful professional wrestlers. John Cena is a sixteen-time World Champion, one of the most loved record-setting Make-A-Wish granters and also a five-time US Champion. Cena is one of those extremely talented people and have released an album as well as starred in some of the most successful blockbuster films, and in the middle of the WrestleMania season he also proposed to Nikki Bella, but that is all history and part of the past decade, yet Cena has no plan to slow down or step down yet.

John Cena WWE Superstar

John Cena does well in everything he tackles and is mostly known as a true superstar in WWE, while he is respected by millions for never cutting corners to reach success. When asked if he sees himself in the same light as Triple Age, The Rock, or Batista his answer is no since he sees himself as a ball cap wearing brawler who likes to talk with his fists. He is respected as one of the most generous sports heroes in the world and have granted over 500 requests made via the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which is more than any other athlete in the history of the charity foundation. The rapper, famous actor and professional wrestler have one message for all and that is to never give up.

John Cena was born in 1977 on the 23rd of April and is famed for appearing in both the SmackDown and Raw brands, before also becoming one of Hollywood’s most adored actors since his appearance in action thriller like 12 rounds and The Marine, while he gets to show off his funny side in comic films alongside Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell in films such as Daddy’s Home. Cena loves being busy and welcomes the opportunity to do some knuckle-shuffling and star in films at the same time, while he is not at all planning to give up wrestling at all and is currently working on a new film titled The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle. 

Walker Texas Ranger – Martial Arts Master

Full-fledged action movie star Chuck Norris is a martial arts master, film producer, screenwriter and actor. Most recognised as the Texas Walker Ranger, Carlos Ray Norris is also the author of several books with varying subjects that range from philosophy to exercise, martial arts to politics as well as religion and Western novels.

Carlos Ray Norris The Author

Chuck Norris was twice named as the best-selling author by the New York Times, the first book that qualified was The Secret of Inner Strength: My Story published in 1988. The book is a personal philosophy of Norris and is based on personal believes regarding self-improvement and the philosophy of positive force. The second book achieving best-seller status was titled, Black Belt Patriotism: How to Reawaken America, published in 2008 based on current USA issues.

Chuck Norris Comical Facts

Chuck Norris became a famous internet star in 2005 due to a long list of comical facts, these Chuck Norris facts are often absurd, mostly fictional, although it provided the star massive popularity and ensured his many endorsements. The star was also hired by many companies wishing to incorporate some the comical fact in commercials. The Chuck Norris facts also spawned no less than six books of which two books became New York Best Sellers and two video games was created.

Chuck Norris Movies

The first film Chuck Norris starred in was The Wrecking Crew in 1968, in 1972 he was Colt in Way of the Dragons, then a karate advisor in The Student Teachers in 1973 and in Yellow Faced Tiger released in 1974 he was Chuck Slaughter. In the 1977 film called Breaker! Breaker! Norris was John David Dawes, and then he became Maj. John T Booker in 1978 in Good Guys Wear Black. In A Force of One in 1979, he played Matt Logan, while he was Scott James in the Octagon in 1980. Fans saw Norris as Sean Kane in An Eye for an Eye in 1981, Sheriff Daniel Stevens in Silent Rage in 1982, Josh Randall in Forced Vengeance in 1982 and JJ McQuade in Lone Wolf McQuade. One of his roles he is most famed for is Maj. Scott McCoy in The Delta Force and Delta Force II: The Colombian Connection.

Chuck Norris Roles in TV Series

From 1993 up to 2001, Norris was the Ranger Cordell Walker in Walker, Texas Ranger, while he also starred in Sons of Thunder, Yes Dear and The Goldbergs.

Chuck Norris Facts Used in Commercials

Century Martial Art Supply Inc uses Chuck Norris in several adds including Action Jeans with the fact “Won’t bind your legs” as well as Bullet Boots and Gloves with the fact “If you take winning seriously arm yourself with Century Bullets”. Other commercials also include Mountain Dew, Toyota Tacoma Commercial in 2018 and one of the most loved by the public is the Volvo Truck commercial in which Norris imitated the split of Jean Claude Van Damme, which is now called the epic split. 

Fitness, Films & Politics

One of the most versatile sports heroes of our time is Arnold Schwarzenegger who became one of the biggest sports icons in bodybuilding, then astounded fans as a Hollywood star and then he became the Governor of California!

Schwarzenegger believes strength never comes from winning, but that it is developed by your struggles. The sports/film star also strongly feel that it is the hardships you go through and the decision not to surrender that makes you a star. He believes the worst thing anyone can be is to be like everyone else.

Powerlifter, Professional Bodybuilder, Hollywood Film Star, Filmmaker, Investor Businessman, Investor, Politician, Philanthropist, Activist and Author Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger has served two terms as the Governor of California, while he entered Hollywood in 1970 as Hercules, although his big breakthrough came when he accepted the role as Conan the Barbarian in 1982, although he is most known by movie fans as the Terminator and his words, I’ll be back is still quoted by everyone. After his duties were fulfilled as Governor, he immediately started with the filming of the Expendables 2.

How did Arnold Become the Health & Sports Legend?

The most suited for the 30th Anniversary cover of Men’s Health was Arnold Schwarzenegger, he is unlike any sports icon and even though he has many fans due to his 21-inch biceps he also became the highest paid actor after filming Conan the Barbarian.  It was simply not enough for the actor who became a legend in Hollywood to be The Terminator and he also became California’s Governor.

His greatest talent is probably how he juggles his interests, Schwarzenegger won the title as Mr Olympia seven times, the Arnold Sports Festival attracts over 18,000 athletes yearly and according to the sports star, it all started with his father making him do push-ups before he was to have any breakfast.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Awards

The list of rewards for films Schwarzenegger received includes the 1992 MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance in Terminator 2: Judgement Day, 2014 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary, 1977 Golden Globe for The Best New Star of the Year and the Empire Special Honorary Award in 2014. Amongst many other rewards he also received the Life Career Award in 1992 and the Laureus World Sports Award in 2003 for his tremendous contribution to society via sports.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Films

Schwarzenegger is perfect no matter the role he played and while fans love him as Terminator, he is also brilliant in films such as Kindergarten Cop. some of the top films include the 1984 box office hit The Terminator, 1987 Predator, 1990 Total Recall, 1991 Terminator 2: Judgement Day, 1985 Commando, 1993 Last Action Hero, 1994 True Lies, 1987 The Running Man, 1996 T2 3-D: Battle Across Time, 1988 Red Heat, 1986 Raw Deal, 2013 Escape Plan, 1988 Twins, 2000 the 6th Day, 1996 Eraser, 1996 Jingle All The Way, 1970 The Villian and 1993 Dave to only list a few of the over 40 movies starring Schwarzenegger.  

Late January 2019 Film Releases


As everyone returns home and it’s time to get into the hectic schedules part of every year, several exciting films ensure hours of relaxation during the weekend. The film released during the second half of January again caters for all film devotees of all ages.

The Kid Who Would Be King – 25th of January 2019

Kings are noble and brave and have no fear as they have tons of battles to fight. In, The Kid Who Would Be King film there is a world of demons to battle, saving the world is part of your task and you need to fight an evil army. Released by Fox the fantasy adventure film offers adds a hint of comedy the kid growing up to be a king and it is Joe Cornish’ latest release, known for the film, Attack the Block.

The film tells the tale of bullied kids in a learning process of how to defend themselves and stand up for what they believe in. Alex part of the group believes he is a nobody, but that is until he stumbles upon the sword in the stone called Excalibur. His task is to unite his enemies and friends into knights and to meet and join Merlin, their goal is to beat Morgana. The cast includes Patrick Stewart, Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Rebecca Ferguson, Tom Taylor, Dean Chaumoo and Rhianna Dorris.

The Wild Pear Tree – 30th of January 2019

An official trailer was recently released by the Cinema Guild & Film Forum of this impressive masterpiece created by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, the Turkish filmmaker. Titled in Turkish – Ahlat Agaci or The Wild Pear Tree starts showing at the end of January in New York City, the Cannes Film Festival is where it premiered, then it moved to the New York and Toronto Film

Festivals and it is one of the big favourites of 2019.

The story picks up where Sinan a young writer returns to his hometown, he has to deal with his father and his family, while he struggles to believe that the writer’s dream could be possible. Dogu Demirkol in the lead plays Sinan, passionate about writing and literature and have always dreamt of becoming a successful writer.

Once he gets to return to the village that is his birthplace, he finally gets the chance to pour out his soul and heart into gathering the cash he needs to publish his work. The debts of his father catch up with him, and as with all films by Nuri Bilge, The Wild Pear Tree is a masterpiece.

Some of the other films by the Turkish filmmaker includes Climates, Winter Sleep, Three Monkeys, Distant, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, Clouds of May and Small Town. The cast includes Doug Demirkol, Murat Cemcir, Serkan Keskin, Bennu Yildirimlar, and Hazar Ergüçlü. Screenplay writers include Ebru Ceylan, Akin Aksu, and Nuri Bilge Ceylan. The Wild Pear Tree is released in several theatres in the United States on the 30th of January 2019.

2019 – January Film Releases


Every year starts with great excitement about the year have in store and film lovers do have lots of brilliant films to look forward to in 2019. The list of fabulous films scheduled for the year caters for superhero fans, action enthusiasts, and the long list of compelling films also features horror, comedy and several perfect for the romantic. With hundreds of releases spread across the next twelve months we list all the January releases first, so you won’t miss any of the latest releases.

Escape Room – Released on the 4th of January 2019

Critics describe Escape Room based on a deadly room creepy as hell, while the film released by Sony Pictures is perfect for those who enjoy horror films such as The Maze. Being trapped in fear most of the audience shares and once six strangers find themselves in the escape room the game takes on a whole different shape, it’s a matter of escape or dies. Actors in the film include Logan Miller, Taylor Russell, Nik Dodani, and Tyler Labine.
Escape Room is suitable for viewers over the age of 13 and genres include sci-fi, mystery and drama.

Replicas – Release Date 11th of January 2019

If you are one of the millions of Keanu Reeves fans, then your year are about to start on a high note as Reeves is the mad scientist in Replicas. The scientist is trying to figure out how to revive his family killed in an accident, eventually, he decides to clone them, although he has no idea how it will turn out. The whole idea of replicating his loved ones is as scary as it is exciting, and the cast includes John Ortiz, Thomas Middleditch, Alice Eve and Emily Alyn Lind.

A Dog’s Way Home – Releasing Date 11th of January 2019

A Dog’s Way Home offers 96 minutes of adventure and this family film takes the audience on 400-mile travel that the dog follows in search of its owner. The cast includes Jonah Hauer-King, Alexandra Shipp and Bryce Dallas Howard and is directed by Charles Martin Smith.

Glass – Scheduled for Release on the 18th of January 2019

The 129-minute film, genre classified as sci-fi, drama and mystery carry a PG of 13. Filmgoers get to meet David Dunn a security guard using his supernatural abilities to track down a disturbed man that has 24 different personalities. The cast includes Bruce Willis, Sarah Paulson and James McAvoy, while it is directed by Alex Billington.

An Acceptable Loss – Release Date 18th of January 2019

Originally the film An Acceptable Loss was titled The Pages, and the IFC Film premiered at the Virginia Film Festival. The film is based on the regret and betrayal of the whistle-blower tale regarding Libby a former US Security adviser threatened by her past. She needs to break the law and risk her life in order to expose a cover-up by the government. The film cast includes Jamie Lee Curtis, Alex Weismann, Jeff Hephner and Ali Burch.

Best Ever Christmas Movies Perfect for The Holiday Season

If it was up to of us, Christmas would be an all-year-round thing, half of the year because it was nearing, the other half of the year because it’s just been. There is that place where the ground is always covered in snow, it is here where Christmas never ends, and you get to snack and watch one great film after the next, allowing you to fill up on Christmas cheer. So if you need a bit of feel good, here are the best holiday-themed films:

Love Actually


The star-studded ensemble romantic comedy of Richard Curtis combines nine interweaved tales examining the intricacies of an emotion that connects all: love. Among the line-up of interesting characters surveyed is Hugh Grant as David, the truly handsome recently elected British prime minister who falls for Martine McCutcheon, a junior staffer. Laura Linney is Sarah, whose life is problematic due to her devotion to her mentally ill brother and then there is Alan Rickman portraying Harry, a wedded man attracted to his gorgeous new secretary.

A Christmas Tale


Arnaud Desplechin the French auteur crafts a spellbinding, straggling portrait of the reconciliation and togetherness of a dysfunctional family. This drama is all about the reuniting of a family at Christmas, and it is also at this time they learn about the leukaemia of their grandmother played by Catherine Deneuve. Her request to the family is to see if anyone including grandchildren are eligible as bone marrow donors. It causes quite a bit of friction in the family, mainly between her son Henri played by Mathieu Amalric and her daughter played by Anne Consigny. With all the trauma and drama, it also recalls the traumatic loss the family suffered when they lost their brother Joseph.

The Nightmare Before Christmas


The Nightmare Before Christmas is a malevolent and dark stop-motion fable produced by Tim Burton. It is based on the journey of Jack Skellingting who travels from Halloween Town to the less frightening town of Christmas. Viewers get to follow the catastrophic adventure of Skellinton in Halloween Town, where the pumpkin king is bored by the repeated routine of giving people in the real world a freight. The warm spirits and bright colours of Christmas-Town gives Jack Skellington a new lease on life, he wants this awesome town under his control, and he starts plotting straight away, he even kidnaps Santa and steps into his role. But it takes only a short while before Jack realises that all his planning is of no use in the amazing town of Christmas.

Apart from the three movies discussed above, we also strongly suggest films such as Home Alone, where a young member of the family is left behind by mistake. Instead of being bored over the Christmas period he becomes the security system and the burglars simply don’t stand a chance against his brilliant mind and plans.

The Happytime Murders Review

In the history of the friendly Muppet empire by Jim Henson, there’s always been a dark streak. This streak is not only exhibited within the Muppet franchise but is also showcased in movies like Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal. While fans treated these movies as family-friendly material, Jim Henson considered them as vehicles to portray stories in all genres. His son Brain is now unfettered by the Muppet name as he breathes life into The Happytime Murders movie as a fuzzy and fast R-rated romp.

The Happytime Murders Story


In a world where human and puppet live side by side, Bill Barretta (Phil Philipps) is a former disgraced cop who makes a living as a private eye. By taking a case that seems like a simplistic ransom play, he soon finds himself in the middle of a murder string which is connected to the Happytime Gang children’s television show. It’s going to take tough fluff to solve this case along with discipline to reunite with his former estranged partner to successfully crack the mystery behind The Happytime Murders.

While The Happytime Murders story is actually rather basic, writers Dee Austin Robertson and Todd Berger, fortunately, remembered to include a story. So while fans will enjoy a simplistic mystery plot, with several personal beats that stem from the detective noir genre, its structure is basic enough that it doesn’t break down under its true purpose. This purpose is essentially a skeletal story where loads of puppet gags hang from and when its time for jokes to fly, the film allows them to play out in full force. Furthermore, there are loads of gags, in true Muppet fashion, that parody everything from Basic Instinct to cop dramas which pay homage to every influence with a tongue planted in the cheek of this puppet-loving movie.

A Fresh Dose of Unexpected Things

There’s plenty of unexpected things that you wouldn’t expect from the puppets in The Happytime Murders. However, for those that followed the post-Muppet career of director Brain Henson will know that it is his bread and butter. Even though the movie is rather raunchy, certainly earning the R-rating, it never gives the impression that its just throwing in content for the sake of mischief without a purpose. All the jokes work perfectly in the move as they create a world where muppets are far more human than ever before. It’s also refreshing that the movie is only an hour and 30 minutes in length which allows a vicious pace of story and gags to blur past in quite an entertaining manner without getting repetitive or stale.

The most impressive thing about The Happytime Murders is certainly the way in which it commits to the premise through the human cast performances and on the page. Melissa McCarthy is basically game for anything which further sells the extreme behaviour which is coupled with felt creatures. Fans will instantly believe that a world between puppets and humans can actually work and that’s a true testament to the on-screen performances by the actors and the puppets that are always present.

Christopher Robin Delivers an Oscar-Worthy Performance

Jim Cummings should certainly receive an Oscar nomination for his incredible work in the brand-new Christopher Robin movie. As both Tigger and Winnie the Pooh, the 65-year-old voice actor provided such an affable, rumpled, and sweet life to the thoughtful bear that it actually breaks your heart. The performance delivered by Jim Cummings understands something far more keenly than the film surrounding it. He manages to tap into the veins of melancholy and humour that is pitched at a perfect frequency which will speak to both adult and child alike. His portray of Pooh is an accidental philosopher and agreeable nuisance, offering nonsensical adages in a deliberate, friendly murmur ringed slightly with sadness. You actually want to gently yank Winnie the Pooh from the screen and take him home with you.

Marc Forster as Director

For the most part, Christopher Robin is a fantastic movie that shouldn’t be missed. It’s beautifully directed by none other than Marc Forster, which might seem strange at first until you recall that, in addition to successfully directing Machine Gun Preacher, World War Z, and James Bond, he also directed Finding Neverland. He brings a welcoming art to the Christopher Robin story, borrowing from Spike Jonze, Terrence Malick, Joe Wright, and Ewan McGregor to give the movie a whimsical, elegant glow. Pooh, along with his animal friends, are magnificently subtle features of animation that are textured so carefully that you’ll almost smell the woodsy, cosy mustiness of their fur.

Human Co-Stars

The human co-stars are quite charming too. There’s loads of talking at one stage to absolutely nothing when acting in a film like this one, but Ewan McGregor, certainly capable of such silliness and such stiffness, sells the re-awakening of Christopher Robin quite superbly. He strikes emotional and playful chords that will be accessible to children without adults thinking its cloying. Evelyn, the wife of Christopher, portrayed by Hayley Atwell, further brightens the film with her appearance. She is not featured a lot in the film, but once she appears, she is certainly noteworthy.

The Storyline in Christopher Robin

A sentimental pull is what the movie is all about. You might initially expect an August family movie that will win you over with a bittersweet tale of childhood and the need to grow up. This is present in the movie’s opening where a montage of Christopher’s life is portrayed, but as the movie continues, it starts to reduce itself to something based on not allowing work to get in the way of what truly matters in life. The script, written by Allison Schroeder, Tom McCarthy, and Alex Ross Perry, provides real wisdom about childhood and appreciating the moment you are in.
For a huge Disney movie in summer, the new Christopher Robin is splendidly restrained and quaint. Although it doesn’t follow its own advice by letting the lessons and themes develop more organically instead of guiding the film down a too-familiar family trope, it is undeniable that this is an outstanding movie that shouldn’t be missed.

Escape to a Magical World with Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Wizardry and Witchcraft magically transport movie fans back to Hogwarts School, the place everyone knows has where Harry, Ron and Hermione were taught, just by viewing the exterior of the school during the trailers made fans ecstatic. The audience already knows Newt Scamander played by Eddie Redmayne, as the magizoologist was introduced in the first film as he travelled to America from England in 1926 to meet up with magical types and Muggles. It’s near the end that the dark wizard emerges as Gellert Grindelwald is taken into custody.

Harry Potter fans get yet another opportunity to dive back into the world of magic, and this time it’s the sequel to the 2016 box office hit Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Moviegoers get to see Dumbledore at a much younger age in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, a film which trailer was revealed during the 2018 Comin-Con. J.K. Rowling revealed that there would be five Fantastic Beasts films in which the second introduces Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald, a dark wizard.

Albus Dumbledore’s Earlier Life

Albus Dumbledore is introduced at a much earlier stage of his life as he enlists Scamander to stop Gellert Grindelwald from raising pure-blood wizards in order to rule over the worlds non-magical beings. Jude Law is cast in the role of Dumbledore, while the film is set in 1927 and takes fans on a magical trip to Paris and England. While the original film made well over $234 million in 2016, its sequel is set to beat all records when it is released in November 2018.

J.K. Rowling revealed as far back as 2007 that she meant for Dumbledore to be gay, in a relationship with Grindelwald, yet in the sequel, the intense relationship more focusses on the young men falling in love with each other’s ideology and ideas. Dumbledore is far from what fans might expect, he is young and inspiring Hogwarts teacher, he is a rebel and a maverick and very witty, far from the elderly statesman he is in Harry Potter films.

Many scenes in the trailer got fans euphoric, yet one really stood out, and that is when the Ministry of Magic officials can be seen apparating, its most unusual as in the novels Granger keeps reminding others that disapparating and apparating is never allowed on the grounds of Hogwarts. Could the sequel reveal why such a rule was enforced in the first place or is there another reason for the appearances out of nowhere? Find out how the fat of one will or can change the future of all when Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is released in Australia on the 15th of November and in the UK and US on the 16th of November 2018.