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Get Sloshed on the Sly: the Serendipity - Examiner.com
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Kate Beckinsale booted from Barbarella - NZ City
British actress Kate Beckinsale is set to be dropped from the remake of 1968's 'Barbarella' in favour of 'Grindhouse' star Rose McGowan. Kate Beckinsale is set to be dropped from the forthcoming 'Barbarella' remake. The British actress – who had been...
Angarano, Eisenberg to take part in "Ceremony" - Reuters
Angarano starred opposite Christopher Plummer in the indie feature "Man in the Chair" and appeared in David Gordon Green's "Snow Angels" opposite Sam Rockwell and Kate Beckinsale and "The Forbidden Kingdom" opposite Jackie Chan and Jet Li....
Twilight from a vampiric standpoint - Examiner.com
In seventy-two years filmmakers transitioned from Bela Lugosi dressed in a flowing cape and creeping around a Gothic castle in the night to Kate Beckinsale in form-fitting leather engaging in gunfights with lycanthropes using bullets containing liquid...
Underworld (Film Collections) (Blu-ray) TRILOGY - Underworld ... - DVDTOWN.com
In the opening sequence, vampire "death dealer" Selene (Kate Beckinsale) looks like a cross between Emma Peel in her all-black, skin-tight outfit and Chow Yun-Fat with arms extended, firing away with two automatic revolvers....
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By Doug Camili, Canwest News ServiceMarch 2, 2009 Kate Beckinsale and chef Gordon Ramsay attend the 17th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar party held in West Hollywood, Calif. last month. Loud-mouth celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has had to eat...
Remember when New Moon star Michael Sheen Punk'd Kate Beckinsale ... - Examiner.com
That said, does anyone remember when Michael Sheen "Punk'd" co-star Kate Beckinsale back in 2007? If not, the video is below, and besides another example of great acting, we also get to see Sheen at his friskiest as he pulls a prank on his ex-wife of...
LH Confidential: This is the very ecstasy of love - Irvine Herald
The play itself was almost four hours long and the celeb spotting continued as Hollywood actress Kate Beckinsale was sitting in the row behind us with her mum. It was A-list heaven! As I try and come back to the real world – with great difficulty I may...

Kate Beckinsale

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Kathryn "Kate" Bailey Beckinsale (born 26 July 1973) is an English actress, known for her roles in the films Pearl Harbor (2001), Underworld (2003), Van Helsing (2004), The Aviator (2004), Underworld: Evolution (2006) and Click (2006).

Born in Finsbury Park, London, Beckinsale is the daughter of actor Richard Beckinsale, who died from a heart attack in 1979, and actress Judy Loe. She has a paternal half-sister, Samantha, who is also an actress. Beckinsale's paternal great-grandfather was Burmese, and Beckinsale has said that she was "very oriental-looking" as a child.

Beckinsale attended the Godolphin and Latymer School, an all-girls independent school in London. In her teens, Beckinsale twice won the W. H. Smith Young Writers' competition — once for three short stories and once for three poems. After a rebellious adolescence, including a period of anorexia and starting a smoking habit, she followed in the footsteps of her parents and began her acting career. Her first role was in One Against the Wind, a television film about World War II that was first aired in 1991. Having gained three language A levels, Beckinsale studied French and Russian literature at New College, Oxford, though she did not finish her degree. She thought that having an academic background studying foreign language and literature would broaden her range of acting roles.

During her first year at Oxford, Beckinsale was offered a part in Kenneth Branagh's big-screen film, Much Ado About Nothing, adapted from the Shakespeare play. She spent her last year of studies in Paris, after which she decided to leave the university and concentrate on her acting career. In 1994, Beckinsale had a supporting role in Prince of Jutland, which she worked with actor Christian Bale, whom would later reunite in 2002 drama Laurel Canyon. Kate starred in Haunted (1995) with Aidan Quinn and John Gielgud and in the 1996 TV film adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma. She subsequently appeared in a few low-profile films, including Shooting Fish and The Last Days of Disco, both in 1998. During this time, Beckinsale also appeared in television films and in stage roles, including the well-received Cold Comfort Farm, opposite British film and television notables Ian McKellan, Rufus Sewell, Eileen Atkins, Joanna Lumley and Stephen Fry.

Beckinsale's first major American film, Brokedown Palace (1999), was not a commercial success. Soon after, Beckinsale was cast in the 2001 film Pearl Harbor as the female lead, after actress Charlize Theron turned down the part. The film was one of the highest grossing films of its year. In the years following, she appeared in a series of American films that were high-profile, but were given a somewhat poor critical reception, including Serendipity (2001), Underworld (2003) and Van Helsing (2004). In 2005, she portrayed Ava Gardner in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, a role for which she gained 20 pounds.

In 2006, Beckinsale was placed at #23 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World", after being #71 in 2005. She has also been placed at #16 in Maxim's "HOT 100" (2003), #63 in Stuff's "100 Sexiest Women in the World" (2002), and was chosen by the English magazine Hello! as "England’s #1 Beauty", also in 2002.

In January 2006, Beckinsale reprised her role as a vampire in the movie Underworld: Evolution, a sequel to her 2003 film, Underworld, again directed by her husband, Len Wiseman. The film opened at the #1 spot at the box office, grossing over $26 million in its first weekend of release. On 24 January 2006, Beckinsale was featured on the MTV series, Punk'd. The set-up for the segment took place at the Avalon Hotel in Los Angeles.

Also in 2006, Beckinsale appeared in the comedy Click, starring Adam Sandler, which opened on 23 June. Next, Beckinsale replaced Sarah Jessica Parker in the film Vacancy, released in 2007. Her next role was in Snow Angels, which was released in 2008.

Beckinsale is signed to Independent Models in London.

As of 2009, Beckinsale's movies have grossed a total of $791,492,436 domestically.

Beckinsale and her ex-partner Michael Sheen have a daughter, Lily Mo Sheen (born 31 January 1999). She reported in interviews that during her pregnancy with Lily was the only time she has ever stopped smoking. During the Underworld shoot, Beckinsale split from Sheen, who was also starring in the film. She became involved with the director of the film, Len Wiseman. In June 2003, Beckinsale became engaged to Wiseman, and the two were married on 9 May 2004 in Bel-Air, California.

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Nothing But the Truth (2008 film)

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Nothing But The Truth is a 2008 thriller written and directed by Rod Lurie. The story centers on a female newspaper reporter (Kate Beckinsale) who outs a CIA agent and is imprisoned for refusing to reveal her source. David Schwimmer plays Beckinsale's husband and Angela Bassett is the supportive editor in chief at the Washington newspaper where Beckinsale’s character works. Noah Wyle portrays the lawyer placed in charge of defending her. The cast includes Matt Dillon as the prosecutor, Vera Farmiga as the CIA agent, and Alan Alda as the attorney who tries to free the reporter from jail.

Nothing but the Truth parallels the case of Valerie Plame, whose status as a CIA agent was exposed in the media after her husband, Ambassador Joe Wilson, wrote a New York Times op-ed piece charging the Bush administration with manipulating intelligence to justify the invasion of Iraq.

Filming (in Memphis, Tennessee) began in 2007 for release on December 19, 2008.

Lurie insists the film is not intended to be an accurate depiction of the Plame Affair, but merely a vehicle to explore a similar situation, which he then takes several steps further.

The film received generally favorable reviews by critics. It received a 76% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes (from 41 reviews). The consensus was that Nothing But The Truth is a well-crafted political thriller, featuring a strong cast that helps the real-life drama make an effortless transition to the big screen.

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Michael Sheen

Michael Sheen, OBE (born 5 February 1969) is a BAFTA- and Laurence Olivier Award-nominated Welsh actor.

Having worked with screen writer Peter Morgan on five films, Sheen has become known for his portrayals of real-life celebrities: Tony Blair in the Stephen Frears directed films The Deal and The Queen, David Frost in both the stage production and the film version of Frost/Nixon and football manager Brian Clough in The Damned United, among others. He is also known for his role as Lucian in the Underworld film series.

Sheen was born in Newport, Monmouthshire to Irene and Meyrick Sheen, both of whom worked in personnel management. His father is also a part-time professional Jack Nicholson look-alike. Michael has one sibling, a younger sister named Joanne.

When he was five, the family moved to Liverpool, and as a talented winger he became a lifelong Liverpool F.C. fan by watching the side of the 1970's. Three years later, the family returned to his parents home of Port Talbot, where he attended Glan Afan Comprehensive School and played football for Baglan boys club.

Dual talented, Sheen was offered a trial at Arsenal FC after being spotted by the father of Tony Adams during a family holiday at Pontin's on the Isle of Wight, but chose to pursue an acting career instead. "I was wearing a Swansea kit at the time, so everyone called me Swansea, which I hated. Tony Adams was playing against me and I skinned him a few times, so I must have made an impression." Deciding not to take the trial as it would have meant the family leaving Port Talbot for London, he lost interest in football in his early teens as football became a more physical game.

His interest in the theatre was gained through both school study and parents being members of the local amateur dramatic group, which resulted in Sheen joining the West Glamorgan Youth theatre. After leaving school Sheen accepted a place to study acting at the National Youth Theatre of Wales in Cardiff, and then trained at the internationally renowned Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

His screen appearances include the BBC drama serial, Gallowglass (based on the novel by Ruth Rendell), and the films Wilde (1997) (in which he played Robert Ross) and Mary Reilly. However, he remained primarily a stage actor, having starred in high-profile productions of Henry V, Peer Gynt, The Dresser, Caligula and Look Back in Anger, among others.

In 2003, he appeared with Kate Beckinsale in the gothic horror-action film Underworld. Salon review Andrew O'Hehir commented that while the "... entire movie is full of campy overacting... Brolly and Sheen seem to have been selected for their talents in this regard. Sheen has also appeared with Beckinsale in the season seven premiere of Punk'd.

He has become well-known for playing real-life characters. He played Tony Blair in the Channel 4 drama The Deal and later, in the film The Queen. He has also played Kenneth Williams in Fantabulosa! on BBC Four, H G Wells in H G Wells: War with the World on BBC Two, and in 2006, he played the role of Emperor Nero in the BBC's Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire. In 2011 he will reprise his role as Tony Blair again in The Special Relationship which will be aired on HBO, and starring alongside Dennis Quaid as former US President Bill Clinton and Julianne Moore as Hillary Clinton.

At the 2005 British Academy Television Awards, Sheen was nominated for Best Actor for his performance in the TV drama, Dirty Filthy Love, in which he played a man with obsessive-compulsive disorder. In 2007, he received two BAFTA nominations, this time for Best Supporting Actor in a Film, for his performance in The Queen, and for Best Television Actor, for his role in Fantabulosa; once again, he was unsuccessful in both cases.

Later that year, he played David Frost in the much-acclaimed Donmar Warehouse production of Peter Morgan's Frost/Nixon, which later transferred to the Gielgud Theatre before heading to Broadway in 2007. He has reprised the role in the 2008 Ron Howard-directed film of the same name.

In 2007, he read Paul Torday's novel Salmon Fishing in the Yemen on BBC Radio 4's Book at Bedtime. Also in 2007, Sheen was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

On 2 October 2007, it was announced that Peter Morgan was working on a sequel to The Queen, and that Sheen will be reprising his role as Tony Blair.

In January 2009, he returned to the role of Lucian in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, the third release in the Underworld film series and prequel to the original 2003 film.

Sheen plays Brian Clough in Peter Morgan's adaptation of David Peace's novel The Damned Utd, based on Clough's 44-day spell in charge of Leeds United. The film is due for release in March 2009.

Other future projects include the upcoming Tim Burton film Alice in Wonderland alongside Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway; in a television series My Last Five Girlfriends; in an American thriller, Unthinkable , alongside Samuel L Jackson and Carrie-Anne Moss, due out in December 2009; and as the vampire Aro in the second installment of the Twilight film series, New Moon, due out on November 20, 2009.

Sheen and English actress Kate Beckinsale have a daughter, Lily Mo Sheen, born 31 January 1999. When Beckinsale shot the film The Golden Bowl, Sheen hit actor Jeremy Northam after he had insulted Beckinsale. Their longstanding relationship ended when, during the filming of Underworld (in which they both starred), Beckinsale left him for the film's director, Len Wiseman, whom she then married. Although he did not appear in the 2006 sequel, other than in flashbacks to the first film, Sheen had a prominent role in the prequel Underworld 3: The Rise Of The Lycans, which Wiseman produced but did not write or direct, and in which Beckinsale does not appear.

Sheen lived for a time in the United States with Beckinsale, but since their relationship ended, he now splits his time between United Kingdom and Los Angeles co-parenting their daughter. Sheen has been dating ballet dancer Lorraine Stewart since 2003, whom he met while watching cousin Caroline Sheen perform at the National Theatre.

On the 15th July 2008, Sheen was awarded the freedom of the borough of Neath Port Talbot, making him one of the youngest people to receive the honour and putting him amongst a very elite group of people including Sir Anthony Hopkins.

Sheen was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.

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Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

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Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is an American film released January 23, 2009. It is the third installment in the Gothic Underworld film series, focusing primarily on the origins of some characters and the events leading to the Vampire-Lycan war.

The film tells the story of the origins of Lucian (Michael Sheen), who was the first werewolf able to take human form - to be called Lycans. Viktor (Bill Nighy), the ruthless elder of the vampires, took him home after killing his werewolf mother in a raid. Viktor envisions a race of werewolf slaves for his vampire clan that, conceivably, could keep guard during the daytime hours and toil for the vampires. As Lucian grows up at Viktor's home, his young daughter, Sonja (Rhona Mitra), develops an attraction to the young Lycan, and Lucian becomes fond of Sonja as well.

It is revealed that Viktor has a tacit relationship with the human population of the area, whereupon he agreed to protect them from the wild werewolves that roam the countryside in exchange for a tithe. As a collection of human nobles come to meet with the vampire council for protection from the werewolves in exchange for this aforementioned tithe, Sonja goes out to guard them. Lucian hears the Lycans near Sonja and steals a horse and sword from a nearby Death Dealer. Wild werewolves proceed to attack and kill the nobles, causing Lucian to engage in a battle with them. When Lucian takes off his collar and changes into a Lycan in order to protect himself, the wild werewolves back down to his howl and leave before Lucian is shot down by Viktor's men. Viktor, despite grudgingly acknowledging that Lucian saved his daughter, notes that Lucian still transgressed the laws of the coven by taking off the collar that kept him in check (by preventing him from changing into a Lycan) and feels betrayed by what he thinks of as his favorite pet. Subsequently, he locks Lucian away after having him whipped thirty times with a three pronged chain-bladed whip.

Lucian escapes, kills several of the Vampires and begins to liberate the other Lycans from what he perceives as their unfair imprisonment. The guards are alerted and start to slaughter the Lycans. When Viktor discovers that Sonja has an illegal relationship with Lucian, he imprisons his daughter. Lucian learns about Sonja's imprisonment and sets out to rescue her. On their way out they are attacked by the Death Dealers. Viktor is also involved in the chase and when it comes to the fight, it is Sonja who confronts Viktor. When Sonja discloses to him that she is pregnant with Lucian's child, Viktor overpowers her with a knife to the throat and imprisons both her and Lucian with renewed hatred. Sonja is sentenced to death for her crime against the coven at a trial presided over by her father and the Council. After Sonja's death, which Lucian is forced to witness, Lucian attempts a further escape. Failing, he is able to verbally summon both the wild werewolves and the freed Lycans, who attack the coven and overwhelm it after a fierce battle.

Finally Lucian faces Viktor in a fight and they battle their way to the dungeons. The fight continues back and forth until Lucian knocks Viktor down a well. Lucian tears at chains hanging from above, making a hole in the roof and allowing sunlight in and cornering an enraged Viktor in the darkness. Viktor's 'final' words attest to his regret at not having killed Lucian the moment he was born, to which Lucian sarcastically agrees before forcing his sword through Viktor's mouth and head and letting the body fall into the water below. Lucian declares this victory as only the beginning of what will surely be a war between the races, one bred for slavery and the other born into privilege. In one of the closing scenes we see Tanis leading a very alive Viktor, who survived due to his status as an Elder, into a hibernation chamber on a boat.

The film ends with the opening scene of the first Underworld, with the audio from the scene where Kraven tells Selene that it was Viktor who murdered her family, rather than the Lycans. That Viktor spared her because she reminded him of Sonja, the daughter he condemned to death.

In September 2003, shortly after the release of Underworld (2003), production companies Screen Gems and Lakeshore planned to release a prequel as the third film following Underworld's sequel, Underworld: Evolution (2006). Kate Beckinsale, who portrayed Selene in Underworld, expressed interest in reprising her role for the sequel and the prequel.

In December 2005, Underworld: Evolution director Len Wiseman explained that the Underworld franchise was originally conceived as a trilogy. Wiseman said, "We sort of mapped out an entire history and story... a massive collection of ideas and stories that we're putting out at certain times." Wiseman anticipated creating a third installment for the franchise based on the audiences' reception of Underworld: Evolution, which would be released the following month.

In a June 2006 interview, Wiseman said, "The third film is going to be a prequel. It will be the origin story and we find out things we didn't know about Lucian; he'll have a much bigger part in it. It will be about the creation and what started the war. It will be a period piece. The movie will also focus for the first time through the Lycans' point of view." The director also shared, "In terms of the writing, a lot of the writing has been done. We've been developing Underworld 3 for a while. I won't be directing Underworld 3: Rise of the Lycans; I'm just going to be producing and writing." When asked if Kate Beckinsale would reprise her role as Selene in the prequel, Wiseman said, "It will be in the time period before, but it will overlap into the creation of her as well. We're in the process of seeing how far we go with that." The following October, actor Michael Sheen, who portrays Lucian in the film series, expressed interest in being part of the prequel.

The Hollywood Reporter announced on October 26, 2007 that the film will be written by Danny McBride and mark the directorial début of Patrick Tatopoulos, who designed the creature effects for all three Underworld films. Len Wiseman will produce, and contribute to the writing of this film, but will not direct, nor will Kate Beckinsale reprise her lead role of Selene nor will Scott Speedman reprise his role of Michael.

The film was shot in Auckland, New Zealand and in Roxboro, North Carolina.

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans was distributed to 2,942 theatres on its opening day (23 January 2009) in the United States and grossed an estimated US$8,050,000, debuting at number 1 at the box office. On its opening weekend, the film was ranked second at the box office behind Paul Blart: Mall Cop with $20.7 million, which is lower than the amount earned by Underworld and Underworld: Evolution ($21.8 million and $26.9 million respectively) on their opening weekends. 59% of the audience at the première was male, while 55% was over 25 years old. Overall, the limited day-and-date launch of Rise of the Lycans in the week ending 23 January 2009 accumulated $3.5 million in two dozen markets outside the U.S. at 455 theatres, a third of which was earned at the Australian box office. In the United Kingdom, the film was distributed to 339 theatres and obtained $1.4 million at the box office on its opening day, ranking as the second best opener of the week behind Valkyrie. As of 13 March 2009, the film has grossed estimated $45,802,315 in North America and $77,708,931 at the box office worldwide.

The film received mostly "mixed or average" reviews. According to the review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes, 31% of critics gave the film positive reviews based on 71 reviews. However, viewers on the website were more positive, rewarding the film an 81% "Fresh" rating. At the website Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film has received an average score of 46, based on 13 reviews. Joe Leydon of Variety gave a positive review, stating that director Patrick Tatopoulos "offers a satisfyingly exciting monster rally that often plays like a period swashbuckler" and that the film is "notably less frenetic (and appreciably more coherent) than its predecessors". He also praised the lead actors for their performances. Leydon described Rhona Mitra's performance as "more than adequate" but says that "her Sonja never achieves the pop-icon impact of Beckinsale's Selene"; he felt that Michael Sheen "hits all the right notes in a star-powered performance that will amuse, if not amaze, anyone who only knows the actor as Tony Blair or David Frost", and that Bill Nighy "offers a sly and stylish turn as Viktor". Similarly, Michael Rechtshaffen of The Hollywood Reporter stated that the film "rises to the occasion" and that it "finds more life left than would be expected in the darkly stylized if dramatically flawed vampires vs. werewolves saga." He credited this to the "sturdy performances" of Sheen and Nighy and the "tidy, unfussy direction" by Tatopoulos. Also giving the film a positive review was Claudia Puig of USA Today, who thought that the film was "surprisingly campy fun, mostly succeeding through the power of its lead performances".

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is set to be released on DVD, Blu-ray, and UMD on May 12, 2009.

Kevin Grevioux will be adapting the story into a two-issue mini-series for IDW Publishing.

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Len Wiseman


Len Ryan Wiseman (born March 4, 1973) is an American film director and screenwriter, best known for directing the first two Underworld films and Live Free or Die Hard. He is also in talk with Cliff Blezinski about the production of a movie based on the popular video game Gears of War.

Wiseman grew up reading comics and dreaming of becoming a filmmaker and had a particular interest in genre films, which would clearly inform his career choices later on. After graduating from Fremont's American High School, Wiseman studied film at De Anza College in Cupertino, CA, making two short films there — the second of which helped him land his first professional talent.

He began his career in film as a property assistant in the film Stargate (1994) and also Independence Day (1996). His films show a penchant for prop work and his filming style draws attention to many of the "hero props" seen on screen. His unique visual style developed through the direction of advertisements for PlayStation console games and music videos for groups such as Second Coming, En Vogue, Megadeth, and Static-X.

It was announced he would be working on the next installment in the Underworld series. Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans will be a prequel and Wiseman will come back to produce but not direct, nor will Kate Beckinsale return to star.

New Line is putting the film version of Gears of War in motion, setting Len Wiseman to direct the adaptation.

He married English actress Kate Beckinsale, star of the Underworld films, on May 9, 2004. Wiseman met Beckinsale when she and her longtime boyfriend Michael Sheen, with whom she has a daughter, starred in Underworld. During filming, Beckinsale began a relationship with Wiseman while Wiseman was still directing her and Sheen together. At his wedding to Beckinsale, it was reported that Wiseman gave his new stepdaughter her own "wedding" ring.

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Serendipity (film)

Serendipity is a 2001 romantic comedy, starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale. It is written by Marc Klein and directed by Peter Chelsom. The original music score is composed by Alan Silvestri.

On a bustling shopping day in winter, Jonathan Trager (John Cusack) meets Sara Thomas (Kate Beckinsale) when both try to buy the same pair of gloves at Bloomingdale's department store. Two strangers amid the masses in New York City, their paths collide in the mad holiday rush as they feel a mutual attraction. Despite the fact that each is involved in another relationship, Jonathan and Sara spend the evening traveling Manhattan. But when the night reaches its inevitable end, the two are forced into determining some kind of next step. When the smitten Jonathan suggests an exchange of phone numbers, Sara balks and proposes an idea that will allow fate to take control of their future. Sara asks Jonathan to write his name and phone number on a $5 dollar bill, while she writes her name and number on the inside cover of a used copy of Love in the Time of Cholera. If they are meant to be together, she tells him, they will find their way back into one another's life.

The majority of the film takes place five years later, and consists largely of repeated "almost coincidences" where the two romantic leads almost, but not quite, meet. (One character is seen walking in to one door of a building at the exact same instant as the other character walks out of a different door in the same building, etc).

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Underworld (2003 film)

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Underworld is a 2003 action-horror film about the secret history of Vampires and a type of werewolf known as Lycans (an abbreviated form of lycanthrope). It is the first film in the Underworld series. The main plot revolves around Selene (Kate Beckinsale), a vampire who is a Death Dealer hunting Lycans. She finds herself attracted to a human, Michael Corvin (Scott Speedman) who is being targeted by the Lycans. After Michael is bitten by a Lycan, Selene must decide whether to do her duty and kill him or go against her clan and save him.

While reviewers generally received the film negatively, criticizing the lack of character development and overacting, a smaller number of reviewers praised elements such as the film's stylish Gothic visuals, the "icy English composure" in Kate Beckinsale's performance, and the extensively worked-out vampire-werewolf mythology that serves as the film's backstory.

Perched on the ledge of a building in a rainy night, two black-garbed vampires known as Death Dealers track a pair of werewolves who are walking on the street below in their human form. The vampires, Selene and Rigel, specialize in assassinating an ancient species of werewolves known as Lycans. Selene's motivation goes beyond duty; she also wants revenge, for she believes that Lycans slaughtered her family when she was a child. The vampires believe that they defeated the werewolves many centuries ago and killed their leader, Lucian, and that they must now kill off the survivors. As the vampires follow the Lycans into a subway station, the werewolves open fire with submachine guns. After the Lycans retreat from Selene's barrage of machine pistol fire, she tracks them to their lair, where she hears loud howling and finds out that the Lycans have developed a new high-tech bullet to kill the vampires.

When Selene arrives at the vampire coven's ornate, gated mansion, she recounts the evening's events, and urges an attack on the Lycans, but the vampire regent Kraven tells her to drop the matter. Selene realizes that the Lycans may have been following a human, Michael Corvin, which would be very unusual behavior and secretly continues her investigation. Meanwhile, in an underground Lycan lair, a scientist named Singe is testing blood from kidnapped descendants of the ancient Corvinus family, to try to find a pure source of the ancient and powerful Corvinus blood type. Soon after Selene finds Michael, the pair are attacked by werewolves, including Lucian, the original Lycan leader, who still lives. After Lucian bites Michael on the shoulder, Selene helps Michael escape, and the two become romantically attracted to each other.

Meanwhile, Selene finds out that when Lucian was supposedly killed, Kraven was the only witness. Sensing a conspiracy between Kraven and Lucian, she wakes a powerful elder vampire, Viktor, who has been in hibernation. Viktor is angered by his early awakening, as it was Markus's turn to rule in the cycle of the Elders, not his. Viktor chooses to believe Kraven and orders Selene to acquiesce to the vampire hierarchy. Meanwhile, Kraven has secretly planned to kill Amelia (an Elder vampire) and her group along with Lucian's help. Selene then escapes from the mansion with the help of Erika, a maidservant enamored with Kraven.

Selene tells Michael about the feud and her past. She then chains Michael to a wall, fearing that when he changes at the full moon, he will kill innocent people. Later, Selene captures Singe while Michael is captured by Lycans. Selene brings back the wounded Singe, who admits to Viktor that the Lycans have been trying to combine the bloodlines of the two species with the Corvinus Strain to create a powerful hybrid. After Kraven flees the mansion (because Singe reveals that Kraven and Lucian are working together), news arrives that Amelia, who was coming to awaken Markus, has been killed by Lycans. Viktor kills Singe and gives Selene the chance to redeem herself for awakening him by killing Michael.

Meanwhile, in the Lycan lair where Michael is being held captive, he learns that long ago, Lucian and Viktor's daughter, Sonja, became lovers. When Viktor learned that his daughter had become pregnant by a Lycan, he condemned her to death to prevent any crossing of the two species, which led to the war. Selene arrives with a group of vampire assassins to bring an end to the Lycans and kill Kraven for his treachery. Lucian prepares to fight, but Kraven betrays and shoots him with a newly-designed bullet that excretes silver nitrate. Selene arrives and rescues Michael, but he is soon shot by Kraven. Kraven tells Selene that Viktor killed her family, and that he would have killed her too if she hadn't reminded him so much of his daughter, Sonja. Meanwhile, wounded Lucian attacks and wounds Kraven before telling Selene to bite Michael. Selene does as Lucian says, and Kraven flees, but not before killing Lucian. Viktor enters and throws Michael through a wall. Selene asks Viktor if what Kraven said was true. Viktor says that it was, but tries to convince Selene that he gave her more than what her human family ever could have; immortality. Viktor and the now hybridized Michael fight, but even if Michael's powers are greater then Viktor's, he still has far less experience than the Vampire Elder. In the end Viktor gets the upper hand and attempts to strangle Michael. However he has forgotten Selene, who sneaks up behind him and cuts his head off with his own sword.

Selene and Michael flee the Lycan lair, now an enemy from both Lycan and Vampire covens. Back at the mansion, Singe's blood seeps through the trapdoor of the sarcophagus of the remaining Elder, Markus, a carrier of the original Corvinus Strain. When his eyes open, they are vampire blue but then turn pitch black, the eyes of a hybrid...

The film was the subject of a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by White Wolf, Inc. and Nancy A. Collins claiming the setting was too similar to the Vampire: The Masquerade and Werewolf: The Apocalypse games, both set in the World of Darkness setting, and the Sonja Blue vampire novels. White Wolf filed 17 counts of copyright infringement, and claimed over 80 points of unique similarity between White Wolf's game systems and the movie. White Wolf, Inc. also claimed the script was very similar to a story entitled The Love of Monsters (1994) which they published and was written by Nancy A. Collins. In September 2003, a judge granted White Wolf an expedited hearing; this is what the last White Wolf's press releases had to say about the case: .

Critics generally gave Underworld a negative reception. It scored a 29% approval rating at the film-critics' aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes. Roger Ebert said, "This is a movie so paltry in its characters and shallow in its story that the war seems to exist primarily to provide graphic visuals". However, some critics were more favorable: the New York Daily News praised it as being "stylish and cruel, and mightily entertaining for certain covens out there".

Salon reviewer Andrew O'Hehir gave mixed criticism and praise, stating, "y any reasonable standard, this dark vampire epic — all massive overacting, cologne-commercial design and sexy cat suits — sucks". But O'Hehir also remarks that, "...at least it gives a crap", conceding that despite the movie's flaws, the complex vampire-werewolf mythology back-story "has been meticulously worked out".

The follow-up story, Underworld: Evolution, was released January 20, 2006. A prequel, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans where the plot picks up on the story between Viktor and Lucian and how the war between Vampires and Lycans began, was released into theaters on January 23, 2009. It has not been announced as of yet, but there will be a fourth installment picking up on where Selene and Michael left off in the second movie.

The film's soundtrack was produced by Danny Lohner and distributed via Roadrunner Records. Lohner (born 1970), a bass guitarist, guitarist and keyboardist who has recorded with Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson, contributed several songs to the soundtrack under the pseudonym Renholdër. Lohner continued included a song by Skinny Puppy, a Canadian industrial band. Lohner also included a song by The Dillinger Escape Plan, a US band which performs an aggressive, technical style of hardcore punk called mathcore; a song by US alternative rock/post-Hardcore band Finch entitled "Worms of the Earth"; a song by The Icarus Line, a band known for its abrasive form of rock music; and Lisa Germano, an American singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who specializes in alternative rock and dream pop.

Music critic Bill Aicher notes that the "soundtrack follow in a similar gothic vein" as the visuals and states that it "does an excellent job setting the dark mood" by using "a veritable who's who in the genre" with an "impressive array of metal, hard rock, industrial, and otherwise gothic-themed tracks". Aicher notes that since "a majority of the selections written, produced, or featuring Lohner, the album retains a sense of cohesion throughout, making it much more a complete product than has generally been the case with similarly-themed products." He states the the "album's highest point" is the song with Maynard James Keenan (from Tool and A Perfect Circle), David Bowie, and guitarist John Frusciante (of The Red Hot Chili Peppers), which is entitled "Bring Me the Disco King (Loner Mix)"; he calls the song "ark, brooding, sad, and twitchy".

In July 2003, Sony contracted with Black Widow Games for the production of Underworld: Bloodline, a Half-Life mod intended as promotion among video game-players.

A shooter, Underworld: The Eternal War, based on the film, was released for the PlayStation 2 in 2004.

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Vacancy (film)


Vacancy is a 2007 horror/thriller, which stars Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale. It was distributed by Screen Gems and was released to the public on April 20, 2007. Production was scheduled to commence in August 2006 with Nimród Antal signing on to direct it.

Early in the film's development, it was thought that Sarah Jessica Parker was going to be in the film. A September 2006 article in The Hollywood Reporter announced that Kate Beckinsale had signed on to replace Parker.

A distraught couple, David (Luke Wilson) and Amy Fox (Kate Beckinsale) take a wrong turn on a remote mountain road and they decide to check into an isolated motel in the middle of nowhere supervised by Mason (Frank Whaley). They realize they are in a cell phone dead zone with no reception.

While in their room, a bored David takes a peek at the video tapes left on top of the television. As he watches the tapes he realizes they are snuff films, taken in the same room in which they are staying. The couple are alarmed and David runs to the motel's payphone booth only to be crashed by their own car. David escapes and runs back into the room. The couple decide to lock themselves in the room when they notice a truck pull in. They try to warn the truck's driver only to find out that he's the buyer of the snuff films and is also one of the killers.

David and Amy then escape into a tunnel that they discovered in the bathroom of their room. Two masked killers chase them inside the tunnel but they miss them. David and Amy find themselves inside the manager's lair where they find video monitors taping the entire hotel. Amy tries to make a call to 911 but is interrupted. The couple sneak back in the tunnel, making their way into a storage room. Meanwhile the police unit from 911 arrives and David and Amy run to him as he checks the rooms. They all get inside the police car but it won't start and the killers kill the policeman. The couple run into a motel room. David hides Amy inside the ceiling as he ventures out. The killers catch David and stab him and he ends up lying at the doorway, unconscious. When morning comes, Amy finally comes down from the ceiling and finds where killers hid their car. A killer breaks into the car from the roof as Amy drives away and another killer gets pinned into the grill of the car. Amy crashes the car into a motel room killing both of the killers. Amy runs into the reception area where she is attacked by Mason who is now totally enraged. As they fight, Amy comes crashing down the floor where she picks up a gun. She shoots Mason three times killing him. Amy makes another call to 911 and caresses David, who is barely conscious but alive.

Vacancy opened at #4 in its first week at the box office grossing $7.6 million at 2,551 locations. In its second week, the film had a 45.9% drop-off, falling to a #8 position. The film has grossed a total of $28.4 million worldwide. The film received mixed reviews with Rotten Tomatoes giving the film an average rating of 55%. "Vacancy's restraint with gore is commendable", said one critic. The Rotten Tomatoes "Cream of the Crop" raters scored it a "fresh," average of 63%.

Vacancy was released on DVD on August 14, 2007 in both fullscreen and anamorphic widescreen, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Special features include deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, the full versions of the snuff films, and a trailer gallery. It was also released on Blu-ray Disc and UMD for the Sony PSP. Many versions shipped to Australia featured Sony DVD 'anti-piracy' technology, which led to them being unreadable on most DVD players including Sony DVD players.

The advertising strategy for the film has made use of the Internet as well as a toll free phone number. In addition to the TV spots and trailers shown in theaters and on television, the toll free number is made to sound as if one is actually calling the motel in which the film is placed. In the background, screaming can be heard accompanying the voice of the proprietor, who informs callers about "slashing" prices and the "killer" deals that the motel has-- that is, if it is not vacant. The toll free phone number for the ad is 1-888-9-VACANCY (1-888-9-8222629).

Vacancy 2: The First Cut is written by Mark L. Smith, the same writer from the first film, and directed by Eric Bross. The film stars Agnes Bruckner and Trevor Wright. The prequel focuses on the events happened before the first film, where it will show how the motel's employees started their crazy intentions.

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