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Everyone is still talking about Sony Pictures' shocking decision to cancel the release of The Interview, one day after a hacker group threatened a 9/11 style attack on movie theaters playing the comedy. Several celebrities and filmmakers have already expressed their opinions on the matter through their Twitter pages, blasting Sony for caving to these hackers' threats. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, however, managed to find a bit of humor in this whole game-changing ordeal.
As you likely know, the filmmaker is currently working on Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which will address one of the big mysteries from this summer's blockbuster: who is the father of Star-Lord (Chris Pratt)? The director already revealed in August that Peter Quill's father will not be the same as in the Marvel comics, J'son of Spartax, but that's about all we know so far. Just a few hours after Sony's decision, James Gunn »
News: Actors with Their Own Bands
The 56-year-old actor set the Internet ablaze with the recreation of his iconic dance scene from Footloose on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The original idea, Bacon admitted, was much simpler than what came to be.
"I actually pitched to Fallon the idea of doing something around Footloose," Bacon told Et. "I thought it would be something much simpler, like I would teach Fallon how to do a small step or something. They took it with their amazing machine over there and spun it into this really complicated thing."
Today, the video has more than 16 million views on YouTube.
While his dance moves remain the same, there have been changes in the Golden Globe winner's life. Currently, he's shooting »
Ee have announced that the two for one cinema ticket promotion better know as Orange Wednesday will end next year (see the full story here). Beginning all the way back in 2003 the offer was unsurprisingly a huge success and a big draw for film-lovers to join the network. It wasn’t just the deal that was good though as the company came up with what has to be one of the best marketing campaigns in history to promote it. After having stood for what feels like years of advertising followed by a blink and you’ll miss them trailer reel, you knew the show was about to start as soon as the Orange Wednesday ad came on.
Whilst they might have changed over the years, and now star Kevin Bacon who talks in British colloquialisms about 4G internet, they weren’t always this way. For numerous years various celebrities got »
- Kat Smith
Cinema workers of the United Kingdom can finally breathe a sigh of relief as Ee Orange Wednesdays will end in early 2015. The promotion started all the way back in 2003 enabled Orange customers to purchase two cinema tickets for the price of one every Wednesday. The British public, not know to shy away from a good deal, flocked to the cinemas in their droves, causing sleepless nights for the cinema employees. I myself did several years of cinema work and can honestly say that seeing you were working Wednesdays sent a shiver down your spine. The evening were worse than the days, unless of course it was half-term, then the whole day was chaos.
The deal will come to an end on Wednesday 25th February 2015 so you Ee/Orange users still have some time to make the most of the deal. In case you’ve forgotten what to do you just »
- Kat Smith
This is it. We’ve reached the final year of Katharine Hepburn’s career. Did Kate know that the three films she made in 1994 would be her last? Did she feel herself slowing down and decide that sixty two years in the spotlight were enough? Since she made no official announcement, it’s impossible to know Kate’s reasons for sure. Still, considering this was Kate’s last starring role, This Can’t Be Love feels like a retirement announcement.
Kate’s first final film was This Can’t Be Love, another TV movie starring Katharine Hepburn as Katharine Hepburn. Actually, she plays Marion Bennett, a world-renowned, Academy Award-winning actress who eschews public life and spends a lot of time »
- Anne Marie
Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke have been honored with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s 2015 American Riviera Award, marking the first time the distinction has been awarded to two honorees. The tribute will take place on Thursday, Feb. 5 at the Arlington Theatre.
“To honor Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke with the American Riviera Award is an immense privilege for Sbiff,” said Sbiff Executive Director Roger Durling. “Both have careers filled with significant achievements both on and off camera including their roles in Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ — which features some of the most unique performances of the year in a project they worked on for over a dozen years — and proves that they’re artists that continue to evolve and inspire us.”
The American Riviera Award is given to actors and directors who have had a strong influence on American cinema, with previous honorees including Robert Redford (2014), Quentin Tarantino (2013), Martin Scorsese »
- Laura Prudom
By now, most of you are familiar with the galactic awesomeness that is Guardians Of The Galaxy, but for those of you that have been hiding under a rock on Knowhere, you’re in luck because this spunky bunch of A-holes are making their way to Blu-Ray on December 9th.
Before the film was released, there were a ton of headlines about James Gunn being terrified to release Guardians. The film’s coming to Blu-ray now, and has done incredibly well, so I’m wondering what scares you now?
James Gunn : Well, I wasn’t terrified of releasing the movie. I was terrified because I didn’t know how I was going to live my life without having Rocket in it everyday. »
- Melissa Howland
Whenever I go to the Sundance Film Festival, the movies that I look forward to seeing most are the Park City At Midnight films. Those are the crazy fun genre movies that a lot of you would also enjoy watching. Sundance has announced the movie lineup for those film as well as the films in the Spotlight and New Frontier sections. It looks like there are a lot of cool movies that are going to be worth watching this year. Especially in the Park City At Midnight lineup. I'm really excited about going this year! Check out the Competition movie line-up here.
Park City At Midnight
From horror flicks to comedies to works that defy any genre, these unruly films will keep you edge-seated and wide awake.
- Joey Paur
In this week's installment of 10 Stories You Might Have Missed: Warner Bros. and DC's highly-anticipated "Wonder Woman" finally has a writer. Will he "Pan" out? Also: "The Crow" reboot may be losing another principal player in Luke Evans, Coldplay's Chris Martin says their next album may be their last, Christopher Nolan was allegedly offered the unusually upbeat sci-fi adaptation "Ready Player One," DJ Earworm brings together Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea, Sosie Bacon (Kevin Bacon's daughter) is ready to get magical on Syfy's "Magicians," "The Walking Dead" spin-off finds its leading man, and more. Oh, and you'll never believe who filled in for Bono when the U2 frontman was unable to sing at a recent charity event. Catch up here: »
- Dave Lewis
Fans of writer/director Eli Roth have two very different films to look forward to: The Green Inferno, an homage to Italian cannibal movies, and Knock Knock, a home intrusion psychological thriller. While the theatrical release of the former is delayed, the latter, which stars Keanu Reeves, will make its world premiere as part of Sundance’s Park City at Midnight lineup, and the first batch of photos from the film have been unveiled.
“Two beautiful young girls walk into a married man’s life and turn a wild fantasy into his worst nightmare.”
- Derek Anderson
Following yesterday’s announcement of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival’s In-Competition films, the festival has released its lineup of Spotlight, Park City At Midnight and New Frontier Films.
Among the lineup is 99 Homes, Ramin Bahrani’s Middle-America drama on foreclosures starring Michael Shannon and Andrew Garfield. The film premiered at Toronto and Venice earlier this year and will finally get a release early in 2015. Joining it are the British Independent Film Award-nominated ’71, and the much hyped Eden from Mia Hansen-Løve and Girlhood from Céline Sciamma.
Also included in this announcement is a lineup of New Frontier art installations that will be visible across Park City, including one called Way to Go by artist Vincent Morisset, a big collaborator with Arcade Fire. »
- Brian Welk
The cast of Peter Pan Live! has been toiling away at rehearsals, getting every little part perfect, but according to one of the show's producers, viewers would prefer an unpolished performance.
Pics: TV Villains Who Wouldn't Stay Dead
"Let's face it, people are going to tune in to hope that something goes wrong, because that's the excitement and the energy," said co-executive producer Craig Zadan.
Craig is executive producing the show with longtime collaborator Neil Meron. Together, their productions (which include the 86th and 85th Academy Awards, Chicago, Hairspray and Footloose) have earned 11 Emmys, six Oscars and two Tonys.
Their production of The Sound of Music Live, starring Carrie Underwood, reeled in 18.5 million viewers for NBC last year, which has expectations high for their Peter Pan production, starring Allison Williams.
"[Allison] is fearless when it comes to doing this live presentation," said Neil. "There are literally no safety nets, and that's the joy, the thrill »
The 2015 Sundance Film Festival just announced the films that will be screening in their Park City At Midnight Category (aka their horror selections). And now we've got the first images and synopses from the following movies that will be playing in that realm. Knock Knock - Directed by Eli Roth; written by Eli Roth, Nicolas Lopez, and Guillermo Amoedo; starring Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo, and Ana De Armas. Cop Car - Directed by John Watts; written by John Watts and Christopher D. Ford; starring Kevin Bacon, James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford, Shea Whigham, and Camryn Manheim. The Hallow - Directed by Corin Hardy; written by Corin Hardy and Felipe Marino; starring Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic, Michael McElhatton, and Michael Smiley. The Nightmare - Directed by Rodney Ascher. Hit the jump for the images and synopses. The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs January 22nd – February 1st. Knock Knock Two beautiful young girls walk »
- Evan Dickson
Round two! Every new year brings us yet another exciting Sundance Film Festival and with only 49 more days until Sundance 2015 kicks off on January 22nd, Sundance has continued to reveal more films in their line-up, today announcing the Midnight, Spotlight and New Frontier selections (all 66 films In-Competition were announced yesterday). Among the selection are many of our favorite films already, including '71, 99 Homes, Eden, Girlhood and Ukrainian film The Tribe. We also get a good look at the unique midnight films, including Cop Car with Kevin Bacon: "two 10-year-old boys steal an abandoned cop car". Full lists below. Trevor Groth (@trevorgroth), Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, comments on the line-up of films: "This year's Park City at Midnight selections have much to offer genre enthusiasts. With everything from futuristic fantasies to paranormal nightmares, it's an all-out trip to the cinematic edge." Browse through the Midnight & Spotlight »
- Alex Billington
Last year’s batch of eight films included the almost critic-proof trio of Adam Wingard’s The Guest, Taika Waititi & Jemaine Clement’s What We Do in the Shadows and the major revelation in Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook. After showings at Cannes and Tiff, David Robert Mitchell finds his It Follows (see pic above) also landing at Sundance and being surrounded by seven world preem titles coming from a little bit everywhere on the planet. Here are the fearful eight:
Cop Car/ U.S.A. (Director: Jon Watts, Screenwriters: Christopher D. Ford, Jon Watts) —Two 10-year-old boys steal an abandoned cop car. Cast: Kevin Bacon, James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford, Shea Whigham, Camryn Manheim.World Premiere
The Hallow/ Ireland, United Kingdom (Director: Corin Hardy, Screenwriters: Corin Hardy, Felipe Marino) —When a London-based conservationist is sent to Ireland to survey an area of ancient forest believed by the superstitious locals to be hallowed ground, »
- Eric Lavallee
Kevin Bacon is about to get violent when the new film from Jon Watts, Cop Car, makes its world premiere in Midnight at next month's Sundance Film Fest. It's a pretty damn simple premise: Two 10-year-old boys steal an abandoned cop car. The film is written by Watts and Christopher Ford who is best known for writing Robot & Frank. It's produced by Drinking Buddies/Joe Swanberg producer Alicia Van Couvering (amongst others). The film stars Kevin Bacon, James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford, Shea Whigham, and Camryn Manheim. We've got 4 stills for you below but just go ahead and sign us up now....
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Kevin Bacon, Keanu Reeves and Eli Roth are among the bigger names aiming to generate buzz and raise gooseflesh in the Park City at Midnight sidebar at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, the lineup of which was announced today alongside those of the festival’s Spotlight and New Frontier sections.
Fresh off his turn in “John Wick,” Reeves stars in the Roth-directed “Knock Knock,” a psychological horror film about a married man who is paid a fateful visit one weekend by two beautiful girls. The thriller, which marks Roth’s first trip to Sundance, will screen in Park City at Midnight, along with Jon Watts’ “Cop Car,” starring Bacon as a corrupt police officer chasing the kids who took his vehicle for a joyride; Corin Hardy’s “The Hallow,” a shocker set in a mysterious Irish forest; and “Hellions,” Bruce McDonald’s thriller about a teenager terrorized by trick-or-treaters on Halloween. »
- Justin Chang
Yesterday we brought you the Competition Announcements from the Sundance Film Fest. Today we return with word on the Midnight, Spotlight, and New Frontiers sections. The Park City at Midnight section features such potential gems as the Kevin Bacon-starring Cop Car, Eli Roth's Keanu Reeves starrer Knock Knock, Rodney Ascher's Room 237 follow-up docu The Nightmare, and David Robert Mitchell's festival fave It Follows. The non-premieres Spotlight section is packed with Twitch favorites from the past year including The Tribe, Wild Tales, '71, and Eden. The artist-focused New Frontiers program (which Room 237 premiered in) features new works by Jenni Olson, Doug Aitken, and Guy Maddin amongst others. You can see the full announcements below....
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It’s less than two months until the streets and theaters of Park City are going to be packed with filmmakers, film fans and buyers attending the 2015 Sundance Film Festival from January 22 to February 1. Yesterday the Robert Redford-founded fest announced its U.S. and World Cinema dramatic and documentary competition selections along with the pics in its Next section. Today, with some Andrew Garfield, Keanu Reeves, Greta Gerwig, Kevin Bacon and Charlotte Rampling starrers among them, Sundance revealed its non-competitive Spotlight and Park City At Midnight slates along with the films and installations of the New Frontier category - see the full list below.
Like yesterday’s slate announcements there are some big, big screen names appearing at Sundance this year. Garfield, who has that other gig as certain webslinger, is in the Ramin Bahrani-directed 99 Homes with Michael Shannon and Laura Dern. Having played at Tiff and Venice, »
- Dominic Patten
Each year, the midnight shift at Sundance belongs to me, and that's the way I like it. I've had some of my most memorable experiences at the festival happen as part of the midnight screenings, and I look forward to this announcement every year. I'm surprised to see "It Follows" there. That's been playing festivals since Cannes, and while it's good, I wouldn't expect to see Sundance use one of the slots for a film that's been seen as much as this one has already. The hottest ticket will most likely be "Knock Knock," with Eli Roth directing Keanu Reeves. I like that Eli has fallen in with Nicolas Lopez and Guillermo Amoedo as his new constant collaborators, and this one sounds like it could be nasty fun, which is Eli's sweet spot. I'm excited about the Kevin Bacon movie, which sounds like a darker, actual-real-world-repercussions version of "Let's Be Cops, »
- Drew McWeeny
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