Wednesday, 13 June 2012



Just a big time film.

123 Minutes. Starring: Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mary J. Blige, Malin Åkerman, Alec Baldwin & Tom Cruise Director: Adam Shankman. Screenplay: Justin Theroux, Chris D'Arienzo & Allan Loeb

So I'm an eighties baby. You know the kid of guy that's still young-ish but old enough to be talking about how they just don't make music (or movies) like they used to. The kind of guy who grew up being brought up on the records his parents listened to. A culturally educating attempt by them for me to get some taste and not end up liking something like...I don't know, say rap. So you know a film about eighties music is going to rock, but enough of the cliches. 'Rock Of Ages' is just a great film and the best entertainment you'll see and amount of fun you'll have all year.

Going decades back to the golden era where Bon Jovi where cool and Aerosmith still looked old...but not as old as they look now. This film based on the hit musical is also a hit musical in its own right. Far from the odd 'Family Guy' moments where Brian and Stewie break into song this is a film that bursts into numbers that where made for the biggest of stadiums sellers. From Foreigner to Europe this is one cinematic experience that will rock you more than IMAX and 3D.

Following the huge hit that was 'Hairspray' (a film that began with me questioning my sexuality to watch it and ended with me almost dancing in the aisle) this film scores big too. Sure it may not have the charm, John Travolta cross-dressing or Chrisopher Walken dancing but it still has more energy and enthusiasm any rags to riches, rock star mirroring story has had in years.

You know a Los Angeles (this city was built on...well you know) era rock based film like this is going to feature a guest-list of Hollywood rock and roll royalty. Still this type of movie wouldn't be anything without making two new stars and the crossed lovers of small town girl Julianne Hough and city boy Diego Boneta have just made their walk of fame on Hollywood here. The stars of the street however make this ensemble piece as studded as a Guns N Roses leather jacket with some great riffing too.

Together Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin keep this party going, playing so well off each other. While Catherine Zeta-Jones and Bryan Cranston stand in the way so perfectly like disappointing parents. The ever versatile and great Paul Giamatti plays a sickly, oily slick manager perfectly to the point of his eighties mobile phones cord. While Malin Åkerman and singer Mary J. Blige add more high notes too.

Still it's Tom Cruise's portrayal of fictional rock god Stacee Jaxx that holds the biggest stage and almost steals the show. Apart from some literal and disgusting tongue lashing (hey, he is a rock star after all) Cruise stagger walks the walk and slur talks the talk perfectly. Either revealing his biggest fantasy or showing what a second career he could of had, the all singing (not bad, not bad at all (in fact classic, perfect eighties)) and all drinking Cruise is in control complete with cod-piece. Just like in 'Tropic Thunder' when he shows how to not treat himself seriously this man rocks.

Anyway you want it this journey is the perfect period piece for the new ages. Funny, heart-warming and with a make and break inspiration, this film is one Rob Schnieder away from telling us 'you can do it'. Sure it's corny and cheesy but it takes us back to a time where that sort of stuff was cool and courageous. There's nothing quite like the good ole days and 'Rock Of Ages' keeps the good times rollin'. TIM DAVID HARVEY.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012


Our 'DVD RACK' feature is a special in honor of Leonardo DiCaprio and Clint Eastwood-the greatest actor and director of the moment-and their collaboration on this weeks new DVD release 'J. Edgar'.


SHUTTER ISLAND: The already legendary actor, furthered his greatness with two more career defining roles in 2010. Two films released in the space of six months which were among the stars best. Leo collaborated with classic director Martin Scorsese for the fourth time and after ten years of classics ('Gangs Of New York', 'The Aviator', 'The Departed') the director and his new De Niro muse may have made their best with 'Shutter Island'. This film really is one of the greatest films of the last decade. This film is that good. 'Shutter Island' evoked every chilling and demented aspect of it's novel and Scorsese's direction alongside The Band's, Robbie Robertson's soundtrack selections gave this dark psychological horror the chilling backdrop it needed. The film featured excellent support from Ben Kingsley to Michelle Williams but the best came from born-to-be-a-cop Mark Ruffalo and the character of the films set was just scarily perfect as well. From every mist of fog to clouded minds this film scared the hell out of you when there was nothing behind you. It's all in the mind here as DiCaprio takes his trademark conflicted, troubled man acting to the next, timeless, legendary level. A character development we would see more in his summer smash with Christopher Nolan but not like we witnessed in this Scorsese epic that cuts right through to the bone.

INCEPTION: In undoubtedly the movie of 2010 Leonardo DiCaprio assembles a team of dream thieves to 'incept' an idea into Christopher Nolan's favourite scarecrow Cillian Murphys mind. Expect incredible action, thrills and twists and turns while DiCaprio and his team go within dreams. This supporting cast/'The Dark Knight Rises' all step it up a level, especially the charming Tom Hardy and the riddling Gordon-Levitt. Again Nolans cinematography is captivating, his brothers script compelling and Hans Zimmer's score classic by any standard. This film is one part 'The Matrix', one part 'Memento' but overall very much it's own film. With shifts in gravity you'll never see better fighting scenes and Leonardo DiCaprio plays the conflicted man lamenting lost love again so well just like he did in 'Shutter Island'. As a matter of fact DiCaprio may have made two of his best films this year. As for Christoper Nolan's greatest, 'The Dark Knight' still reigns supreme but with 'Inception' Nolan hasn't told a better story since 'The Prestige'. Simply one of the best cinematic experiences you could ever dream up.

ROMEO + JULIET: Leo once again displays his youthful looks but mature mind as he bares his soul over the silver screen, still he has some talented company. John Legizamo is one of the business' most talented, underrated all-round actors. He's a great character actor but can lead too and although Baz Luherman's 'Romeo + Juliet' was best known for it's modern take and it's Romeo (Leo DiCaprio) and Juliet (Claire Danes) but arguably as Tibult, Leguizamo along with Harold Perrineau as Mercutio stole the show. Just check the adrenaline fuelled petrol station first act. As soon as he stubs out his cigar with his steel-capped heel and draws his sword, (or his gun), with all his charm and cocksure confidence he owns everybody, the moment and the movies best moment. Truly a theatrical moment, played up the right way. BANG!

THE BASKETBALL DIARIES: In one of Leonardo DiCaprio's youngest and greatest performances he gives us a brutally honest take on the effects of drug abuse in sports and the youth. This is no floppy haired 'Titanic' sweet tale. it's a movie drowned in darkness with the uplifting hope of redemption. Sure basketball is a back-story here but it's not the real issue that needs to be addressed. With great support from Mark Wahlberg and Juliette Lewis this movie slam dunks all over Hollywood shine and censorship. It takes the problems of youth out of bounds and lays it all out on the floor. Brave, bold and beautiful.

BLOOD DIAMOND: Forgive the slightly dodgy South African accent, for this is one of leading actor Leonardo DiCaprio's most defining performances. Epic, horrifically moving and thrillingly though-provoking it's... who really packs the punch however with his powerful passion. More Hollywood pictures should look at this genuinely concerned canvas for future references. As this movie captures the beauty of South Africa but the ugly truth's of it's blood diamonds that are lapped up by the Western world without consideration or care. They haven't, don't and probably won't make films like this again.


CATCH ME IF YOU CAN: Join Tom Hanks on a hot pursuit of one of DiCaprio's finest all-round performances on a true story that you have to see to believe. With an iconic Sinatra assisted airport scene that seems to have inspired new Christina Ricci T.V. show 'Pan Am' and countless airline commercials this movies legacy still lasts.

THE AVIATOR: Exploring the dark recess of the human psyche, this is Leo's best turn as a troubled man in turmoil. The story of aviation pioneer Howard Hughes is directed perfectly by Scorsese and portrayed by DiCaprio with just dignity, respect and excellence. Truly a modern classic.

THE DEPARTED: Scorsese, Boston, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, Alec Baldwin and of course Leo...need we say anymore? TIM DAVID HARVEY


DIRTY HARRY: When it comes to detective's who's the best? Richard Roundtree's the man but this bad mother would kick John in the shaft and shut his mouth. You're damn right. I'm talking about 'Dirty Harry'. Can you dig it? The ultimate Eastwood picture. The Clint we all know; Frank Callahan. Cantankerous, classy, confident and in some ways contagiously charismatic and charming. Classic. The ultimate detective film. Part police officer, part Eastwood cowboy, minus the Stetson. Moody but magnificent with the force of a magnum. I know what you’re thinking, is there a cop better than him? Well look at five more police films or even six and see if any punks lucky enough to take his badge. Well, do you feel lucky…punk?

MILLION DOLLAR BABY: This is Clint’s picture that really directed towards greatness in the eyes of film fans and their view of who are the cinematic greats behind the lens. With a great performance on screen too, Clint brings the best out of Hilary Swank as together they pull all the punches and sandbag the notion, that women in boxing, or sports all together is something to be sneered at. Influential, impactful, sobering and serious, this film throws down hard, in and out the ring. Also with frequent collaborator Morgan Freeman again in his corner the two elder greats and statesman bring the best out of each other.

LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA: Alongside the classic ‘Flags Of Our Fathers’ Clint goes to war against ignorance and misplaced pride as he gives us a take on World War II from the Japanese perspective. With a stunning lead role by Ken Watanabe and arguably Clint Eastwood’s most direct, influential and important work behind the lens this revealing, thought inducing film is unconventional but should never be labelled controversial. It is character study of great depth and consideration that we should all look into, through our hearts and souls. It’s a look at the other side of the coin, someone else’s opinion, thoughts and feelings. With everything against him Clint does what any decent man should feel like it is his duty to do, and that is spare a thought for someone else and what they’re going through. There are always two sides to every story. We should all sit up and take notice.

CHANGELING: Challenging, moving, thought-provoking story of drama of the highest order. Another example of Clint’s subtle but sublime and serious direction and his work at raising awareness at crimes towards children. A subject he see’s as heinous but one that needs to be addressed. Rightfully so-like the incredible ‘Mystic River’-Clint does this with dignity and due diligence. Angelina Jolie gives an understated but magnificent performance as a grief stricken mother whose son is kidnapped. In her battle against the debt of doubt and a corrupt police force Jolie shows us just how much she deserves to be one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Also Eastwood continues his legendary filmography with a perfect capturing of Los Angeles in the late twenties. Just like ‘J. Edgar’, despite some harsh overtones, the backdrop makes for a beautifully perfect, period piece. Compelling, cinematic and classic.

INVICTUS: Last year Matt Damon really displayed his versatility in 'True Grit' but if you thought this was the first time that Damon showed his range then you'd be wrong. Matt's portrayal of South African Springbok rugby star Francios Pienaar showed incredible dedication. The leading man bulked up and even dyed his hair a suspect Bros, blonde in a superb performance in Clint Eastwood's compelling epic. This was another great collaboration between Eastwood and Damon and Clint and another man. That man being Morgan Freeman in his long-awaited, highly anticipated, legendary, Oscar worthy performance as Nelson Mandela that defined the picture 'Invictus'. This utterly uplifting, incredibly inspiring story of how Mandela used the Rugby World Cup to help unite his people is pure poignancy and gold for the silver screen. Cinematic beauty from the struggle to the success, start to finish.

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BLOOD WORK: What on the outside looks like a T.V. movie is really another Eastwood great with this director/actor’s incredible inside knowledge. With the donated heart of a murder victim, our maverick cop goes on the trail of the killer of the woman that gave him life. If it wasn’t for Clint’s trademark stoicism this would be a thing of poetry.

UNFORGIVEN: Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman join Clint on his last Western ride as this Outlaw leaves the saloon for the last time. Hanging up his six shooters, Eastwood gave the West one of its wildest tales. In a chilling classic, the pitter patter of rain on the roof of a saloon has never sounded so sinister or gripping.

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY: You’re parent’s favourite movie. Clint took the worlds greatest actress Meryl Streep (before she became that...this film helped) and a cheesy novel and turned it into a cornball free classic romance. Our leading man standing in the pouring rain won’t leave a dry eye. TIM DAVID HARVEY.





It 'Aint Safe No More .

117 Minutes. Starring: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga & Brendan Gleeson. Director: Daniel Espinosa. Screenplay: David Guggenheim

Denzel really is the man. From film to film, whether it be 'Inside Man' or 'Man On Fire' this actor is among the hottest talents of all leading men in Hollywood circles. With a legendary filmography this modern day icon and great of our generation just keeps going. Like his last incredible movie he's 'Unstoppable' and now it's up to Hollywood heartthrob/funny man turned older, serious A-list actor Ryan Reynolds to try and catch and contain him.

Now what a task that is for poor Ryan Reynolds who plays a low-level agent assigned to one of the CIA's Safe Houses as its housekeeper. His latest house guest is Washington's Tobin Frost and if you thought Denzel's Academy winning turn in 'Training Day' was one bad to the bone character, then you 'aint seen nothing yet. It is Oscar weekend after all and the Best Actor winner awards himself with another hit.

No one plays it safe in this movie as Reynolds and Washington trade blows, bullets and mental torment like Denzel's character in 'Training Day' picked up 'Collateral's' Tax-cab stalking, hit-man Tom Cruise character. With raw power, emotion and hand-to-hand, heart-to-heart combating passion and smarts Washington gives another trademark terrific performance but this time it's with even more hard-worked finesse. While Reynolds is no slouch either, rubbing the 'Green Lantern' one last time to prove that he really can help carry a big-name, big-budget picture like this. Even whilst standing next to and against a true superhero in Washington.

As Reynolds has to protect his house and ex-CIA now rouge criminal Washington what results is more action and thrills and spills than you'll see all decade in a seek and destroy/cat and mouse thriller that looks incredible over the beautiful backdrop of South Africa's Cape Town. Everyone is on the hunt for Washington like scriptwriters and directors as Vera Farmiga, Robert Patrick and Brendan Gleeson all bring their A-game to an A+ of a movie.

Dark, desperate and determined this is a dominating picture to start the year. Sure this film is long, but it helps with the frustrating drawn out nature of Ryan Reynolds characters manhunt for Denzel Washington. There's a lot of blood, sweat and tears in this one and what results is the perfect portrayal of just how much this agent wants to get his man. With corruption and hard truth's with every twist and turn this is one film you'll really want to fathom and figure out. Catch it if you can. TIM DAVID HARVEY.



F.B.I.: Formidable. Bold. Influential.

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts, Josh Lucas & Judi Dench. Director: Clint Eastwood. Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black

Finally...the greatest actor and the greatest director of the moment have teamed up for a long-awaited, highly anticipated collaboration. As Leonardo DiCaprio increases his classic portfolio of defining roles, Clint Eastwood shows with every turn behind the camera that he may be just as good as a director as he is an actor...if not better. Now the duo produce a gold standard, silver lining star turn that could make the duos of Eastwood and Damon and DiCaprio and Scorsese jealous.

'J. Edgar' is a biographical drama film about J. Edgar Hoover the former director of the FBI who helped bring criminals like John Dillinger to justice (for more on that and if you don't like history books check out Michael Mann and Johnny Depp's great 'Public Enemies') and revolutionised crime-fighting by introducing fingerprint identification. Clearly this talented but troubled man was an influential figure in America, politics, the world and justice. So who better to take him on then 'Dirty Harry' and a man that's played everyone from Romeo to Howard Hughes?

Leo brings the Hughes mental method acting into this role (literally staring in the mirror and repeating himself again) as he plays another troubled character with due dignity, respect and reflective and focused, self-analysis. Like 'The Aviator', 'Shutter Island' and even 'Inception' DiCaprio plays confliction with conviction and yet again produces another hard-worked, award-worthy classic performance. The files of Leo's career have opened up with another defining, influential, inspired performance.

As for Eastwood he adds another big picture to his filmography reel of directing. Yet again Clint exacts honesty and truth, yet dignity and poise on a respectful but insightful piece. There have been some 'too little' and 'too much' criticisms about the issue of Hoover's alleged homosexuality in this film but don't be fooled Eastwood and DiCaprio give a dignified portrayal with all due respect and understanding. Yet again Clint gives a subtle but sublime direction to his movie that shows even these days you can still tell a great story without revealing too much and rubbing it all in the audiences faces. Those cheap gossip hunters better look for a film with no scruples.

This is a real piece and from the classic cinematography that echo's Eastwood's 'Changeling' capturing of America of the past, this looks perfect. At times the film feels uneasy, but that's only because of the nature of the plots and back stories, time and tide. Naomi Watts and Josh Lucas add to this film in ways of support as does Judi Dench as this British national treasure puts back on her crown of Hollywood royalty. Still it's Armie Hammer that almost steals the show. After cloning himself to play twins in'The Social Network', this young star shows he has the arm and hammer to play two versions of himself yet again. From youth to old age he stands next to our generations great in DiCaprio with all his talent and conviction. Armie Hammer and all the emotion he brings to this portrait may just realise soon enough just how good a supporting actor he really is.

From the public debate to the private affairs this contemporary great is mind-blowing in all it's personal and powerful moments. This movie is moving and touching at times, while at others blunt and direct and what results is the perfect character study by Eastwood and DiCaprio of a man who influenced so much in the public eye but found it hard to control so much in his personal life.

Opening the book on history but sticking to the script of it's own story 'J. Edgar' has something to say if we like it or not. Flashing between the seasons of Hoover's life and his influence on everyone from Al Capone to the Kennedy's this film shows just how much influence this man had over the decades of American history. With this film it's clear it's director and actor's own influence over the modern day is going to last for decades. What a legacy. TIM DAVID HARVEY.




In memory.

12A, 129 Minutes. Starring: Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Thomas Horn, Max Von Sydow, Viola Davis, John Goodman, Jeffrey Wright & Zoe Caldwell. Director: Stephen Daldry. Screenplay: Eric Roth

There have been many films regarding the tragic events in New York in 2001 since the terrible tragedy happened over a decade ago but none have been quite as heartfelt and as emotional as what comes next; 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close'. Packing heart and hurt into this hard hitting punch this account of a child searching for answers after the loss of his father is a story that is bitter yet sweet in places.

Favourite Tom Hanks plays the father and with a formidable performance his inspiration provides the influence of this picture even with limited screen time. His on-screen son (Thomas Horn) finds a key in a vase he accidentally breaks whilst searching through his fathers things. This leads the boy on a quest to look for where the key fits. Armed with a tambourine and a last name to go off this shy kid has to confront his fears in a breakthrough performance from Horn.

Along the way Hanks spirit spurs the exploring on as our young lead meets all sorts of people in all sorts of places while trekking round the five boroughs of New York City. All sorts of people are made up of a stellar cast of stars with shining perfect performances from Viola Davis to John Goodman and more. More being another incredible, inspired but made-to-look-easy performance from underrated great Jeffrey Wright with all his restrained passion. Add some magnificent mothering from Sandra Bullock that even rivals her 'Blind Side' and another Oscar nominated performance and what we see is a picture worthy of award.

It's Academy nominee Max Von Sydow who goes beyond words and writes one of his best roles yet. Flawed but mysterious the study of his character helps this films development. Still amongst Hanks and the other greats Thomas Horn leads all parts in this cinematic play. Then again Daldry's dynamic direction from the great shots of the city and the mostly due dignified sensitivity of the subject matter offer real substance. Apart from some ill advised scenes and strange styled title sequences this film deals with it's subjects tragedy with respect and remembrance for those lost.

It really does get close as this film takes it out of you and leaves you well and truly drained emotionally but to tone everything down would have shown little heart or soul. This film shows viewers just what those who lost someone are going through and that is worth our consideration. Sure this film wont help us understand the senseless attacks but it will help us remember and spare a though. Which is something we can all respect. TIM DAVID HARVEY.

Sunday, 10 June 2012



On the ledge of your seats.

12A, 102 Minutes. Starring: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Anthony Mackie, Jamie Bell, Edward Burns, Ed Harris, William Sadler & Génesis Rodríguez. Director: Asger Leth. Screenplay: Pablo Fenjves

'Man On A Ledge' may have a 'Snakes On A Plane' obvious title, but it's more than a film that does exactly what it says on the tin or police code name. As Sam Worthington's lead steps out and treads the fine line between attempting suicide and making a statement; what we have is a tension-confined, perfectly executed building gripping drama that takes the 'Collateral' confides of 'Phone Booth' to 'Tower Heist' heights.

Here's the tipping point. If you have been put off by this film and haven't made the jump yet let me pull you back in. This crime thriller has all the trappings of a great one-off entertaining movie of blockbuster proportions. From epic shots of the stunning supporting character that is the city of New York, to edge of your seat, twists, turns and genuine thrills and spills; you'll be left guessing with a mouth open right to the thrilling conclusions.

Trust me this is one of the biggest and most pleasant surprise films of 2012 so far. Like the previous thrilling thriller this movie goes 'Haywire' offering us strong substance beyond the hype and buzz. To reveal too much would be to lead you on a trail that spoils more than the trailer so just trust us on this one; you do want to do this.

Coming off being a start-studded franchise pick for the 'Terminator' and 'Clash Of The Titans' (more 'Wrath' coming soon) series' Sam Worthington ascends more with this descent. Some call him a poor man's DiCaprio but Worthington proves his worth beyond another cliched comparison stepping forward as his own man. The rising talent of Elizabeth Banks also stands in our leading man's way as her cop character tries to talk him down. Elizabeth banks herself another great job. While Jamie Bell once again steps out of his 'Billy Elliott' ballet shoes to show he can dance to any part, this time teaming up with the gorgeous and genuinely talented Génesis Rodríguez.

The stellar, star-studded, sublime cast doesn't end there. From William Sadler's concern, to Edward Burns cool, laid-back outside interest cop, everyone steps it up with their contributions. Ed Harris makes a convincingly cold villain rich with evil while the next Terrance Howard; Anthony Mackie offers another dynamic dimension to this structure. The man that stole the show in 'The Adjustment Bureau' shows he can speak and stand with the rest with his classic leading man bound talents. This guy sure is a star for the the that belongs in the high-rises.

Sure this towering epic is one hell of a tall tale, but it has grounded scripting and a great story arc that rises the tension and the guessing games throughout the three acts. This has all the Hollywood hallmarks of classic thrillers set in N.Y.C. It's core audience should belong to those who miss modern movies with an original story. It's been standing alone for some time now but this man on the ledge of a skyscraper makes for a perfect Friday night popcorn movie. You better catch it before it's too late. TIM DAVID HARVEY.

Saturday, 9 June 2012


Straight From The Foxxhole.


Webster defines the word 'entertainment' as "amusement or diversion provided especially by performers" and "something diverting or engaging: as (1) : a public performance (2) : a usually light comic". Now put a picture next to that because you could personify entertainment as Eric Bishop or as we know him less formally; Jamie Foxx.

Foxx is the definition of versatile. People always talk about the crossover talents of those celebrities who have dual occupations, but Jamie is your real, legit and certified triple-threat. The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers once said (and I'm paraphrasing here somewhat) "actors can't sing and singers can't act", but with all due respect the usual on-point performer is wrong. Mr. Foxx has Oscars and Grammy credits to prove everyone differently. Not only is the charming and charismatic Foxx an incredible-and still somewhat underrated-actor and singer, the stand up guy and comedian is also one of the funniest people around.

I knew it. I always said it. I don't want to sound like one of those 'I told you so' or 'I had a part in this' writers trying to look for a credit but I always told people in the 'Any Given Sunday' days that this guy was going to be something. After his mesmerizing introduction and emotionally inspiring performance in 'Ali' as the greatest boxer of all times ring-man Bundini. A perfect performance with full support that led to dynamic director Michael Mann casting him for the taxi-confined, tense and dramatic thriller 'Collateral' (with a perfect part alongside Tom Cruise and against his assassin character) during the golden era of the 'Ray'/Kanye West hit making days that truly propelled him to superstardom.

He did it. After years of being the best party host for celebrities in Hollywood and bringing the laughs with 'The Jamie Foxx Show''In Living Color' Jamie truly made it. No one deserved it more than the nicest, hardest working man in show business who still doesn't get his due for all his versatile talent that still seem like a walk in the park (probably the reason why people overlook him somewhat sometimes).

Now Foxx looks to get even bigger and better with his future works. He's just taken over Will Smith. First this Christmas will see the tidings of a new Quentin Tarantino film 'Django Unchained' where Jamie will show us more of his range as a gun slinger. Taking the lead ahead of the greatest actor of our time Leonardo DiCaprio, the marvelously menacing, Tarantino darling Christopher Waltz, and seasoned co-worker and 'Avengers' assembler Samuel L. Jackson. This film looks to cause as much revolution as it does controversy. Will Smith was originally meant for this wild Western (may have looked a little 'Wild Wild West') but was working on current hot flick 'Men In Black 3'. Still Jamie seems perfect for this role and being the only star around as versatile as Smith, you know one day he could be as big. They've both had their own shows, albums and film-rolls stretching from the spitting sides of comedy to the most hard-fought of heart wrenching dramas.

They're both great friends too. Going way back. Foxx even provided the Fresh Prince with some funny interludes as the character 'Keith B-Real' on Smith's solo, monster debut album 'Big Willie Style'. You know there's no rivarly. It's all love and blessings like Mark Ruffalo taking the torn Hulk shirt off Edward Norton for 'The Avengers'. Smith wished he could have worked with Tarantino for 'Django' but says it's going to be "ridiculous". The biggest star on the planet probably isn't even mad-just glad-that Foxx is being tapped to play the President in a new film 'White House Down'. There was a time where rumors circulated that Spike Lee was going to direct Will and those ears for a Barack Obama biopic but it seems that Foxx has this role trapped. Sure the President definitely deserves a movie and most people would think the role would belong to Smith, but with no Will, there is a way...and his name is Jamie.

Jamie isn't the next Will Smith though, he's the next Jamie Foxx. Almost as bankable and with his versatility probably more marketable these days then the great Denzel Washington. Creating a legendary legacy in his own right Foxx can stand next to DiCaprio in more than just one picture. He's arguably as famous. Right there with the Damon's, Clooney's and Pitt's as one of the silver screens biggest stars. He should have been in the 'Oceans' films he's that big. Big enough to play the president and Smith roles. Throughout all the dramas and show business its all light and laughs too. Even when he's set to go head to head once again with 'Law Abiding Citizen' co-star Gerard Butler and his own White House movie; 'White House Taken'.

Just like 'Law Abiding Citizen'. Jamie's got so many great films under his multifaceted, utility belt already that you forget the great things he's already done. It's been a long time since he was part of the assembly line in 'Toys'. There's been 'Stealth', 'Jarhead', 'The Kingdom', a hilarious cameo in last years funniest film 'Horrible Bosses' as a character with the best name ever and a little help in 'Due Date' for Robert Downey Jnr. Like Robert helped him in 'The Soloist', where Jamie perfectly portrayed the real-life drama of Nathanial Ayers, a schizophrenic chello player who studied at New York's Julliard but ended up homeless in Los Angeles Skid Row. A sobering story of a musician that needed to be heard more. An emotionally raw role which should of garnered Foxx his second Oscar.

It wasn't the first time Jamie was overlooked. He should have arguably taken home the double 'Best Actor' and 'Best Supporting Actor' gongs when he was nominated for 'Ray' and 'Collateral' after being the third actor ever to be nominated for both by the Academy. He could have been the first actor to do this. He should have been. This is how legendary this man is. You know he deserved his star on the Walk Of Fame in Hollywood. His chilling performances in the confines of a taxi in 'Collateral' was something else and defined to the world just how good an actor he was. Next to the most Hollywood of stars in Tom Cruise, Foxx controlled this piece even as he drove Cruise's character around a dark, downtown Los Angeles with a gun to his head as Cruise's assassin knocked people off without even paying a fare. Just cue Foxx's emotion change from nervously apprehensive to seriously assured during key scenes. The testament to this gritty, action thriller was that the confrontations in the cab where as dramatic and thrilling as the shootout scenes, a Mann hallmark that has become iconic. He should have received that Oscar.

Thankfully though as well as leaving a lasting impression on the Academy he did on Mann too. After his show of solidarity and support for Smith on Mann's 'Ali' in all its charismatic, motivating inspiration, Foxx went on to partner Colin Farrell in Michael Mann's trip downtown, down in South Beach in the cool and calculated 'Miami Vice' remake. Another bold, big hit. Foxx received his just deserves for 'Ray' however and it goes beyond the Oscar. The late, legendary piano man was so impressed himself with Foxx's vocal and mannerism perfect performance of the great icon. Foxx has tinkled on the ivory since age 5, but it was like he'd been playing Ray Charles his whole life. Setting a new benchmark and trend in biopics, you almost couldn't tell it was Jamie like rapper turned actor Common once said. Still with that being said, Foxx's own style and charisma came shining through those dark glasses too, showing just how good a character he is.

It's this award winning interpretation and the critically acclaimed, but Academy unheralded and underrated portrayal of former gang member turned Noble Peace Prize winning Stanley 'Tookie' Williams in 'Redemption' (a role Foxx got so close to he ended up being one of the last people the real-life Tookie called before he was killed on death row (a true friend, this story deserves more time and ink in itself)) that makes Foxx the go-to-guy for biopics. Not in a generic way, but a genuine one. That's just how good Foxx is, that's why 'The Soloist' can play President. He's more than a chameleon portraying people though, he's his own man in his own right too.

Don't forget his diverse and already vast filmography. Coming late into the game-being truly famous for around a decade now at age 44-let's not forget Foxx in the early, funny days of 'Breaking All The Rules' and 'The Truth About Cats & Dogs'. Or his breakthrough role coached by Al Pacino in the top sports classic 'Any Given Sunday' which came with a song. Speaking of scoring soundtracks, how about his role in the Oscar winning 'Dreamgirls'? Or 'Rio''Valentines Day' or 'The Players Club'? Or more projects in the pipeline. Like his foray into video game territory, able to play Lynch in the movie version of 'Kane & Lynch', now in filming. Or his role as the villain Electro in the forthcoming 'Amazing Spider-Man' sequel that looks set to be electrifying. Who knows the roles he's had to turn down.

Because Jamie Foxx is more than an actor. If you don't think that's true then tell that to the hits he's made for Kanye West and the beginning of his career ('Slow Jamz', 'Gold Digger') among others (Twista, Quincy Jones, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris and LL Cool J after ending their 'Sunday' starting feud). Tell that to the records he's sold. The just shy of 2 million he moved with his 'Unpredictable' release. An album that came on the same year and heels of the Oscar nomination of 'Collateral' and success of 'Ray'. An album that made him the fourth Oscar winner ever to have a number one album in the same year, joining legends Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Barbra Streisand. An album that will last in his legacy. An album that played tag team with Mary J. Blige's 'Breakthrough' atop the billboard 100 during the fall of that year.

Jamie has always been about singing and playing. From the underrated days of his debut 'Peep This' (featuring top tracks like 'Experiment', 'Miss You', 'Summertime' and 'Don't Let The Sun (Go Down On Our Love)') to his breakthrough beating J. Blige to the top spot. With 'Unpredictable' against the odds Foxx brought an album rich of classic, hallmark nighties R&B. It hadn't sounded this fresh since Babyface carried the Luther Vandross torch. With hits like 'Extravaganza' featuring Kanye, 'D.J. Play A Love Song' with Twista and the album title track co-starring Ludacris, with 'Unpredictable', Jamie made his music and himself heard. If that wasn't enough with beautiful ballads like 'Heaven' and 'Wish You Where Here' and tracks like 'VIP''With You' and 'Warm Bed' rounding out the album the Hollywood star proved he was more than a one or two hit wonder. This was no act.

Neither was his follow up. 'Intuition' came with the foresight of Foxx's most formidable hit and a video full of famous faces too. Jamie "Blamed it on the alcohol" with Forest Whitaker, Samuel L. Jackson, Jake Gyllenhall and Ron Howard of all people for the strangest night out ever. 'Happy Days' indeed. The singer followed the huge 'Blame It' with a 'Number One' with Lil' Wayne that sampled the Beastie Boys, 'Digital Girl' and its huge Kanye, Drake and The-Dream remix and another huge hit with T.I. Foxx holed another great album in one. Tracks like 'I Don't Know', 'I Don't Need It' (produced by Timbaland) 'Freaking You' and his remix of Ne-Yo's 'Miss Independent' ('She Got Her Own' with the R&B star and Fabolous).

Then came the 'Best Night Of My Life' album which featured the 'Winner' single with fellow musician turned actors Justin Timberlake and T.I. and 'Fall For Your Type' featuring Drake, to go along with 'Living Better Now' featuring Rick Ross and great tracks like 'Rejoice', 'Hit It Like This' and 'Yep, That's Me' with actor/rapper Ludacris. This album once again gave Foxx more credits as not only a legit R&B star but one of the genres best. Certified by fellow greats like writing and production partner and R&B general Tank and with an army of brilliant B-Sides (like 'Don't Know You Anymore', 'Till I Met Your Sister', 'Speak French' the 'One Too Many Drinks', 'Extravaganza' remix and more) it's clear this soul soldier has more in reserve. Now you know there will be another album in the works too. Especially giving how hard he's working.

Jamie Foxx's dead-on, deadpan impersonations of Luther Vandross, (Jamie also covered the Luther classic 'Creepin'' beautifully for the late legends tribute L.P.) Prince and Babyface during his musical comedy routines always proved he could sing, before he proved he was an artist in his own right. Plus his stand-up hilarious impersonations of people like Shaquille O'Neal, Mike Tyson, Diddy and Bill Cosby show just how perfect at impressions he truly is. A quality which obviously helps him become a chameleon character in his biopic pictures. Still just like in music and films, when it comes to comedy Jamie shows he has his own personal routine too. From the personification of things to his hilarious observations and his take on things, this Richard Pryor/Red Foxx (where do you think he gets the name from?) inspired and influenced comedian is right there with Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Louis C.K and Jon Stewart as some of today's more hilarious funny men.

Just check his 'Straight From The Foxxhole', 'Unleashed' and 'I Might Need Security' specials or his old sketch show and recent award show gigs. Nothing however is funnier than his inspired, improv owning of a bad comedic during a roast that was cooling off by the dead-air joke. It's more than worth a YouTube. Echoing into someone elses microphone and pretending to be the drowning comics concerned conscious Jamie nails it, the comedian and the better mood of the night, lifting everything up in a light hearted way. Yet another brilliant and underappreciated gem of the career of an incredible and somewhat underrated talent.

Jamie had the last laugh then and will continue to have whatever the medium. Did we mention he's a top talk show host? Whether on camera, in the studio or on stage Jamie's charm and charisma will shine through and this star looks to get even brighter after his next term in office. He's about to be off the chain and who knows what will link in with that. A new album? A new comedy tour? Don't rule anything out as this multi-talented man can do it all, especially when he gets into his hard working zone. From music to movies, comedy and everything inbetween Jamie Foxx really is show business.

Now that's entertainment.