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Every Coen Brothers Movie, Ranked From Worst to Best

5 February 2016 8:50 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Joel and Ethan Coen’s new film, Hail, Caesar!, finally opened this week, propelled by many of the hallmarks of their filmography: Comically dim characters engaging in a variety of conspiracies and double-crosses against the background of a meticulously re-created and reimagined world (in this case, Hollywood in the 1950s). Funny thing about the Coens: They are two of the most original filmmakers American cinema has given us, and yet they consistently stress the same motifs and themes throughout their works. Every Coen Brothers movie is distinctive in its own right — you’d never mistake one for another — and yet they constantly traffic in the same story elements, characters, and situations. So much so that, way back in 2008, we actually published this handy chart/guide to creating your own Coen Brothers movie. In other words, there’s a through-line that connects Nicolas Cage’s ex-con in Raising Arizona and William H. Macy »

- Bilge Ebiri

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No one can agree on the top 5 greatest Coen Brothers films

4 February 2016 9:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

As we began talking about editorial content we could publish to celebrate the release of Hail, Caesar!, the latest film from Joel and Ethan Coen, we realized that none of us had the same top five lists, and that it seems unusual for that to be the case. The Coens have had such a rich and varied career that it is impossible to pin them down to one style or one theme or one type of storytelling. Some people love their comedies. Some people love it when they get dark. Some people love the underdogs, the least-liked of their films. But what's clear is that every film they've made has its fans, and even their worst films are beloved by someone. There are few artists like the Coen Brothers, and we were delighted to get lists from each of our special guest contributors this time. The diversity of the replies »

- HitFix Staff

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Paris Film Office’s Michel Gomez on Terrorist Attacks: ‘Production Levels Quickly Returned to Normal’

3 February 2016 8:10 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Paris int’l shoot levels ‘quickly returned to normal’ after November Terrorist attacks, says Paris Film Office head Michel Gomez, who also talked to Variety about recent and upcoming shoots, and new Paris Film Office initiatives

What were the main French and international shoots in Paris in 2015?

French:

Chocolat” by Roschdy Zem (Mandarin Cinéma) with Omar Sy , 20 days in Paris

Personal Shopper,” by Olivier Assayas (CG Cinema), with Kirsten Stewart, seven days

“Heureux en France” (”The Jews”), by  Yvan Attal (La Petite Reine) with Charlotte Gainsbourg, 12 days.

“L’esprit d’équipe,”  by Christophe Barratier (Galatee Films), with  François-Xavier Demaison, 10 days

Planetarium,” by Rebecca Zlotowski (Les Films du Velvet), with Nathalie Portman and Lily Rose Depp, 14 days

International :

Bonjour Anne,” by Eleanor Coppola, with Diane Lane and Nicolas Cage, four days in Paris

“La Femme à la plaque argentique,” from the Japanese director  Kijoshi Kurosawa, with Tahar Rahim, Olivier Gourmet and Constance Rousseau. »

- Martin Dale

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SXSW Announces 'War on Everyone,' 'The Waiting,' 'Silicon Cowboys' and Many More Movies

2 February 2016 7:32 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

[In a Valley of Violence] There are a lot of big names coming to screens at the South by Southwest Film Festival this year. Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood in a movie about corrupt Vegas cops. Ethan Hawke and John Travolta in a violent western. Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts in the latest from Jean-Marc Vallee. Keegan-Michael Key and Gillian Jacobs in a new comedy from Mike Birbiglia. Michael Shannon and Adam Driver in a sci-fi movie about a boy with special powers. As you can see below, that list goes on and on. But it's the names you don't recognize that are always most intriguing at a tastemaker festival like SXSW. Going over this year's lineup you can find relatively unknown movies with intriguing titles like I Am Not A Serial Killer, The Alchemist...

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- Peter Hall

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The 2016 SXSW Lineup Features Nic Cage, Jake Gyllenhaal and These Wild New Movies

2 February 2016 1:55 PM, PST | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

[In a Valley of Violence] There are a lot of big names coming to screens at the South by Southwest Film Festival (aka SXSW) this year: Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood in a movie about corrupt Vegas cops. Ethan Hawke and John Travolta in a violent Western. Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts in the latest from Jean-Marc Vallee. Keegan-Michael Key and Gillian Jacobs in a new comedy from Mike Birbiglia. Michael Shannon and Adam Driver in a sci-fi movie about a boy with special powers. As you...

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SXSW 2016: Chet Baker Biopic, Sky Ferreira Drug Thriller Anchor Fest Lineup

2 February 2016 1:51 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

A Chet Baker biopic starring Ethan Hawke, a Las Vegas drug thriller co-starring Nicolas Cage and Sky Ferreira and a Korean documentary about karaoke addiction are just three of the several dozen movies that SXSW added to their previously announced lineup Tuesday. Famous for premiering both huge blockbusters (Bridesmaids) and beloved indies (Short Term 12), the 2016 edition of Austin's premiere pop culture showcase highlights a wide variety of potential breakout hits.

The Narrative Feature Competition culls 10 world premieres from a list of 1,442 different movies. In Miss Stevens, the directorial debut »

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SXSW Unveils Lineup With James Caan, Ethan Hawke, Keegan-Michael Key Movies

2 February 2016 12:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

South by Southwest has unveiled most of its eclectic lineup with world premieres of movies starring James Caan, Nicolas Cage, Ethan Hawke, Keegan-Michael Key, Adam Scott and Bella Thorne.

The 23rd edition of the Austin-based festival opens March 11 with the previously announced Richard Linklater comedy-drama “Everybody Wants Some.”

The nine-day festival will screen 137 films, including 52 films from first-time filmmakers, 89 world premieres, 14 North American premieres and seven U.S. premieres. These films were selected from 2,455 feature-length film submissions composed of 1,467 U.S. and 990 international feature-length films from a total of 7,235 submissions.

Notable world premieres include Mike Birbiglia’s “Don’t Think Twice,” starring Keegan-Michael Key; Ti West’s “In a Valley of Violence,” starring Ethan Hawke and Taissa Farmiga; “The Master Cleanse,” starring Johnny Galecki and Anna Friel; Sophie Goodhart’s “My Blind Brother,” starring Adam Scott and Nick Kroll; “Shovel Buddies,” starring Bella Thorne; “The Trust,” starring Nicolas Cage and »

- Dave McNary

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Clive Owen Boards Andrew Niccol’s Sci-fi Thriller ‘Anon’

28 January 2016 8:56 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Clive Owen has boarded sci-fi thriller “Anon,” which is written and directed by Andrew Niccol, whose writing credits include Peter Weir’s “The Truman Show” and Steven Spielberg’s “The Terminal.”

Owen plays a detective in the psychological thriller set in a world with no privacy, ignorance and anonymity. It’s the end of crime. However, when Owen’s character stumbles on a young woman who doesn’t exist, he discovers it may not be the end of crime but the beginning.

The production is in the process of casting the anonymous young woman and is looking to announce within the coming weeks.

The film is produced by Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur at K5 Film and Niccol. CAA packaged the film and will represent its U.S. distribution rights. K5 is handling international rights.

Owen is also starring in Luc Besson’s sci-fi fantasy film “Valerian,” which is shooting. »

- Leo Barraclough

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‘Backtrack’ Review

28 January 2016 8:40 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Adrien Brody, Sam Neill, Robin McLeavy, Bruce Spence, Jenni Baird, Anna Lise Phillips, Chloe Bayliss, Olga Miller, Michael Whalley, Malcolm Kennard, Matthew Sunderland, Suzie Steen | Written and Directed by Michael Petroni

Don’t look now, but a man begins to experience strange visions following the death of his child. After realising that the majority of his patients are ghosts (like a reverse Sixth Sense) psychologist Peter Bower (Adrien Brody) heads to his spooky old hometown in the hope that he can uncover the mystery behind it all.

Moody, intense Brody is the main draw for this low-key supernatural thriller, its effective Gothic vibe making it stand out from the chaff like Nicolas Cage’s Pay the Ghost (I say that with love) or the litany of 101 Films releases just like it (said with less love, but there’s still some). The level of class extends to the presence of one Sam Neill, »

- Joel Harley

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Mikros Image Developing New ‘Asterix’ Movie (Exclusive)

28 January 2016 2:02 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Confirming its status as a driving force on France’s animation scene, Mikros Image Group, the Paris and Montreal-based animation/VFX house, is working on a new “Asterix” animated feature project that follows up its 2014 hit “Asterix: The Mansion of the Gods.” Details are being kept under wraps but the movie is once again expected to be directed by Louis Clichy – who worked as an animator on Pixar’s “Wall-e” and “Up” – and Alexandre Astier, “Mansions’” screenwriter.

Produced by M6 Studios and distributed in France, and sold abroad by Snd, “Mansions” sold 3 million tickets – about  $24 million in gross box office – in France from a Nov. 2014 bow.

The group’s Montreal operation – that delivered “Mune” and “The Little Prince” in 2015 – is also working on two further animation movies: a yet undisclosed toon feature and  “Sahara,” directed by Pierre Coré and produced by La Station Animation.

Produced by On Ent., “The Little Prince, »

- Martin Dale

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Seven of the Greatest Driving Films of all Time

25 January 2016 8:30 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

If you are anything like me you couldn’t wait to get behind the wheel of a car. I remember being lucky enough to get my first car before I was even old enough to learn to drive (thanks to my parents). Most of that excitement was based on growing up watching classic driving movies and wanting to experience the thrill of the open road.

Of course, the reality of driving is very different and staying safe and knowing the laws of the road were very important for mine and my friends’ enjoyment. This is the important groundwork needed to make the dream comes true.

If anything the dream of the driving movies spurs you on to do all that important work. So, where should you look for inspiration that will stick with you? Here are some of my greatest driving films of all time:

1) Fast and Furious – This hugely »

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John Oliver Unveils Lost Pope Condom Graphic on 'Last Week Tonight'

25 January 2016 7:45 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The unsung heroes of Last Week Tonight are found in the graphics department. The team cranks out hilarious images on each episode of the HBO news satire, but many amazing images wind up getting cut for space. As a testament to their abilities, host John Oliver rounded up some of the funniest and most bizarre unused graphics from Season Two.

The above web exclusive kicks off with an old classic: Paul Giamatti dressed as a mango, which appeared in the Season One graphics round-up. Other highlights include images of chickens »

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Movie Review – Dirty Grandpa (2016)

25 January 2016 3:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Dirty Grandpa, 2016.

Directed by Dan Mazer.

Starring Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Aubrey Plaza, Julianne Hough, Zoey Deutch, Jason Mantzoukas and Dermot Mulroney.

Synopsis:

Right before his wedding, an uptight guy is tricked into driving his grandfather, a perverted former Army general, to Florida for spring break.

Think of the worst moments you have experienced whilst watching the shiny, shimmering lights of cinema’s endless catalogue. Does it involve Showgirls? Nipples on a Bat-suit? Nicolas Cage and an army of bees? Got one? That moment, from whatever depths of film’s most sinful moments is about to be outdone by not one, not two but countless moments in Dirty Grandpa, one of the most embarrassing and shameful films to come out of Hollywood this decade. All while having Oscar winner Robert De Niro grits his teeth and gamefully plays along. Brace yourselves: this is the lowest of the low.

Almost immediately, »

- Scott J. Davis

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Composer Lorne Balfe’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi – Music from the Motion Picture Available Jan. 15

15 January 2016 6:07 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Paramount Music will release the 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi – Music from the Motion Picture digitally on January 15, 2016. The album features the film’s original score by Lorne Balfe (Terminator Genisys, Penguins Of Madagascar).

“The film is really about the soldiers’ ordeal and how they coped with the situation at hand,” said Balfe. “Michael (Bay) does a great job keeping the film from becoming political. The film is really here to honor the soldiers and the men and women who ultimately had to step up and do everything they could to save as many people as possible.”

From director Michael Bay, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi is the gripping true story of six elite ex-military operators assigned to protect the CIA who fought back against overwhelming odds when terrorists attacked a U.S. diplomatic compound on September 11, 2012.  When everything went wrong, six men had the courage to do what was right. »

- Michelle McCue

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The Definitive Romantic Comedies: 40-31

9 January 2016 4:05 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Welcome back to the Definitive List, where for the inaugural top 50, we’re counting down the best romantic comedies. The majority of numbers 50 through 41 weren’t so traditional. A secret-admirer movie, a period piece, a “These two don’t make sense together” movie, and a French fantasy among them, but we still managed to squeak in a Wes Anderson movie and a surrealist masterpiece. It doesn’t get any more traditional from here, as numbers 40 through 31 jumps around just as much, from sub-genre to sub-genre. Regardless, these films have made their mark on the industry and still hold a place in the pantheon of the rom-com hall of fame.

#40. Groundhog Day (1993)

Bill Murray was nominated for an Oscar after his dramatic turn in Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation. He has shown great promise in Wes Anderson’s films. But his best performance to date came in this Harold Ramis »

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Golden Globes: 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Awards Ceremony

8 January 2016 7:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

For a night known as Hollywood's most notorious open-bar gala, the Golden Globes ceremony remains shrouded in mystery.

Most viewers probably don't even know who presents it (the Hollywood Foreign Press Association), how many voting members it has (only about 90), or what qualifies them to pass judgment on movies and television. Yet movie fans and awards mavens continue to take the Globes seriously as a precursor to the Academy Awards, since some of the Globe honorees will indeed go on to win Oscars. With Ricky Gervais set to reprise his hosting duties this weekend, here are 25 things you need to know about the Globes.

1. Founded in October 1943 by eight foreign-market journalists, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (then called the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association) held its first awards ceremony the following spring, as a luncheon at 20th Century Fox. Instead of trophies, the winners took home scrolls.

2. The next year, the »

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15 years ago today, we finally found out why Homer Simpson is so stupid

7 January 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

15 years ago today, we finally learned the cause of Homer Simpson’s sub-normal intelligence. “The Simpsons” episode “Homr” gave us an answer as to how Homer could get his arms stuck in not one but two vending machines and forget the word for spoon (“that metal … dealy… you use to… dig… food?”). In that season 12 episode — which aired on January 7, 2001 — an x-ray reveals that Homer has a crayon lodged in his brain that’s been there since he was six years old. When Homer gets the crayon removed, his Iq skyrockets, and he’s suddenly no longer the village idiot. But once he realizes he’s happier when he’s dumber (despite a newfound connection to his intelligent daughter Lisa), he has the crayon re-inserted into his brain. Other notable January 7 happenings in pop culture history: • 1929: The comic strip “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century” (then called “Buck Rogers 2429 A. »

- Emily Rome

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9 Times Nicolas Cage Was the Most Cage He's Ever Been in Movies

6 January 2016 7:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Whether he's swapping faces with John Travolta or stealing cars with Angelina Jolie, nothing can stop Nicolas Cage from being, well, Nicolas Cage.

And we, and the internet, love him for that. Because no one gives better Gif than the Cage. From "Face/Off" to "Con Air," the Oscar-winner refuses to acknowledge the concept of "over the top." And there is nothing wrong with that.

In honor of his birthday, here are nine times Full Cage was unleashed on the big screen.

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- Phil Pirrello

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Ascot Elite, Universum ink distribution deal

4 January 2016 3:57 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Kickboxer reboot, The Dressmaker and Kill Your Friends to get physical release through Universum in Germany.

Ascot Elite has struck a deal with Universum for the latter to distribute Ascot Elite’s future DVD and Blu-ray releases in Germany from spring 2016.

Theatrical distribution, VOD distribution and marketing will continue to be handled by Ascot Elite.

First films in the deal will include Kill Your Friends, starring Nicholas Hoult and Ed Skrein, Kickboxer with Dave Bautista and Jean-Claude Van Damme, Trust with Nicholas Cage and Elijah Wood, The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth, as well as Imperium with Daniel Radcliffe and Toni Collette

Ralph S. Dietrich, CEO of Elite Film Ag, said: “We are happy to have won Universum Film as an experienced sales partner and are confident to continue our past success, further develop and grow a sustainable portfolio for the long term.”

Bernhard zu Castell, MD of Universum Film GmbH, said: “We are »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Sherlock Holmes: 5 Awesome Performances And 5 That Sucked

1 January 2016 8:46 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Over the past few years, the 5 Awesome And 5 That Sucked series has brought you classic and dire performances from such screen legends of wildly variable output as Nicolas Cage, Mickey Rourke or Michael Caine. There is another kind of film and TV hero, though, that has an equally hit-and-miss performance history to the iconic actor: the iconic character. Yes, just as one genius Cage performance leads straight on to one that is almost unimaginably awful, the same can be said of the progression from one Dracula or Robin Hood to the next.

Very few classic characters have appeared more often on screen than Sherlock Holmes and never has Baker Street’s great detective been more popular than right now. The last couple of years have given us interpretations of the deerstalker loving sleuth from Robert Downey Jr. and Ian McKellan on the big screen to Jonny Lee Miller and »

- Jack Gann

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