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Krypton, Gotham and the glut of TV prequels

17 December 2014 9:43 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Krypton, Gotham, Better Call Saul, The Walking Dead spin-off. Is there no end to TV's thirst for commissioning prequels?

With rumours arriving that The Walking Dead spin-off may be a prequel, hot on the heels of the news that Syfy is pursuing a series about Superman's grandfather, titled Krypton, there are officially no more jokes. Anything you might say about making a comic book series set some ridiculous amount of time before the real story starts happening, can and will be seriously considered as a pitch by some network, somewhere.

A Newsroom-style series about The Daily Planet before Clark Kent started working there? A psychological procedural featuring Dr. Harleen Quinzel but no Joker? A jungle-set adventure series about Gorilla Grodd's granddad? We could keep going until the phone rings and someone makes us an offer for a pilot, but that would be an unnecessary amount of pre-amble before getting to the point, »

- louisamellor

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Three new clips from Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner

15 December 2014 11:27 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Three new clips from Russell Crowe’s upcoming directorial debut The Water Diviner have arrived online, and we’ve got them for you below after the official synopsis…

See Also: Watch the trailer for The Water Diviner

Starring Russell Crowe (Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind) and Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion, Quantum Of Solace), The Water Diviner is an epic adventure set four years after the devastating battle of Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. Australian farmer Connor (Crowe) travels to Istanbul to discover the fate of his sons, reported missing in the action, where he forges a relationship with the beautiful Turkish woman (Kurylenko) who owns the hotel in which he stays. Holding on to hope, and with the help of a Turkish Officer, Connor embarks on a journey across the country to find the truth about the fate of his sons. The Water Diviner is an extraordinary tale of love, »

- Gary Collinson

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Best of the Week: Top Ten Films and TV, SAG and Golden Globes Surprises and More

13 December 2014 7:00 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Toh!'s Top Ten Films of 2014 Dubai Review: Russell Crowe's Debut "Water Diviner" Delivers Potent Anti-War Message Five Things We Learned About "Spectre" from Sony Hackers Foreign Oscar Wish List: From Finland to the Philippines, Five Must-Watch Contenders Golden Globe Nominations: Winners and Losers Golden Globes TV Nominations: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly How Cinematographer Roger Deakins Achieved His Most Beautiful Work on "Unbroken" How Composer Alex Ebert Tuned Into "A Most Violent Year," Jc Chandor, "Celestial Archaeology" How They Made "Boyhood" Across 12 Years and 100 Hours of Footage "Ida" and "Force Majeure" Directors Talk Golden Globes, Favorite Foreign Oscar Contenders Inside the Making of the Spectacular Tesseract in "Interstellar" A Look at Five Cinematography Frontrunners and Their Oscar Chances Paul Thomas Anderson Channels Pynchon's Colorful »

- TOH!

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Digital Tracking: ‘Exodus’ to Rise Above ‘Top Five’

12 December 2014 2:10 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? Moviepilot — which studies social data and box office trends — analyzes this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is laid out in the appendix below) over the seven days leading up to their release, when marketing campaigns should be at their peak.

Exodus: Gods and Kings,” 20th Century Fox

Moviepilot Prediction: $33 million

(Full disclosure: Moviepilot worked with 20th Century Fox on this title)

Ridley Scott’s retelling of the story of Moses floats down the L.A. river to settle in the box office bulrushes this weekend. In 2014, we’ve seen Darren Aronofosky’s “Noah,” starring Russell Crowe, as well as a host of other Christian movies like “Son of God” perform well at the box office. “Exodus »

- Tobias Bauckhage

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Dubai Review: Russell Crowe's Debut 'Water Diviner' Delivers Potent Anti-War Message

12 December 2014 11:16 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Russell Crowe’s first film as director isn’t a war film as such, but deals with the consequences of war, particularly for those families whose loved ones never return. It’s made with the brio one would expect from this energetic actor, as well as enormous sensitivity and cultural empathy, offering equal weight to those who opposed the Anzac forces. This even-handedness is immediately apparent as the film opens on the battlefield in Gallipoli, with the Ottomans. As Major Hasan (the charismatic Yilmaz Erdogan) somberly leads his troops over the top, across no man’s land and down into the opposing trenches, it’s only to find them deserted; after eight months of fighting, their enemy has retreated. Rather than euphoria, there is anti-climax, the Turks almost shrugging at the pointlessness of it all. Moving forward to 1919, we find farmer Joshua Connor (Crowe) working his land in Victoria, expertly »

- Demetrios Matheou

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'Exodus: Gods and Kings' Review: A Fragile Balancing Act

12 December 2014 3:45 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

When the entire span of Ridley Scott's career is finally written about, it's tough to say where a film like "Exodus: Gods and Kings" will stand. On the one hand, it's a big, brash, big-budget retelling of an ancient Biblical tale, a story of such big proportions that no less a titan than Cecil B. DeMille made two distinct versions of the Hebrews-out-of-Egypt story. On the other hand, it's a film that doesn't lend itself to hyperbolic enthusiasm, the way Scott's "Alien," "Blade Runner" or "Thelma and Louise" did.

I'm no fan of "Gladiator," but it's fair to say that it provided a template for Ridley's later work -- mixing high drama, big action sequences and a visual flair that owed as much to early Hollywood extravaganzas as it did to latter-day adventure films. It may be because I watched it only the week before, but the film that »

- Jason Gorber

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‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ needs more divine inspiration

11 December 2014 4:15 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Written by Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Jeffrey Caine & Steven Zaillian

Directed by Ridley Scott

UK/USA/Spain, 2014

 

Perhaps the End Times are finally upon us.  How else to explain a year that began with Russell Crowe playing Noah and ends with Christian Bale as Moses?  Whereas Darren Aronofsky’s Noah reached giddily crazy heights, Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings never transcends its plodding, inevitable story arc.  Not only does it lack the visual imagination we’ve come to expect from Scott, a potentially-interesting “tale of two brothers” spin is completely wasted by a lazy script.  This is about as by-the-numbers as epics get.

You have to admire Christian Bale’s refusal to even attempt a showy accent.  His cocksure attitude as Moses is so inappropriate that all you can do is shake your head in bemused wonder.  Had the entire film been as defiant as its leading man, »

- J.R. Kinnard

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'Exodus: Gods and Kings' Review: 10 Things You Should Know About the Biblical Epic

11 December 2014 11:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It's easy to get swept up in the hustle and bustle of Christmas. With all the emphasis on the trees and the lights and the shiny, shiny gifts, it's easy to forget about the holiday's deeply religious roots, about the birth of Christ and the three wise men and all of that. And there's at least one movie out this season that tries to at least carry the spiritual flavor of the holiday forward -- Fox's "Exodus: Gods and Kings," an epic, hugely expensive re-telling of the story of Moses (this time played by former Batman Christian Bale) leading the Jews out of Egypt, and far away from the cruel pharaoh (Joel Edgerton).

This is a story that has been told countless times before, most notably in the cinematic incarnations of "The Ten Commandments" (starring Charlton Heston) and "Prince of Egypt" (the DreamWorks animated disappointment). So the question remains -- why now? »

- Drew Taylor

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Lana Del Rey, Lorde Pick Up First-Time Golden Globe Nominations

11 December 2014 7:56 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

The Best Original Song category at the 2015 Golden Globes is stacked with plenty of familiar faces.

The 72nd annual Golden Globes nominations were announced Thursday, notably marking first-time nominations for singers Lana Del Rey and Lorde.

Del Rey is nominated for her song "Big Eyes" from the Tim Burton film of the same title, which stars Amy Adams as painter Margaret Keane. The movie explores the difficulties Keane had with her husband Walter (Christoph Waltz), who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.

Video: Amy Adams Plays Real-Life Artist in Tim Burton's 'Big Eyes'

The moody tune is sweeping and more than a little melancholy, everything one would expect from a Del Rey track.

The nomination for "Big Eyes" was a bit of a surprise given that her "Young and Beautiful," which was featured prominently in Baz Luhrmann's 2013 take on The Great Gatsby, was not nominated last year.

"I'm so grateful »

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Australia’s Siskel & Ebert Sign Off After 28 Years of Savvy Sparring

10 December 2014 2:11 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When Australia’s two most famous film critics, David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz, sign off for the final time this week, they will have been beaming into the nation’s living rooms for an unprecedented 28 years. That’s four years longer than the late Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert shared the balcony on U.S. television, and only two years less than Johnny Carson spent hosting “The Tonight Show.”

Even more remarkably, in this age of Web- and social-media-driven “consumer” criticism, Stratton and Pomeranz (or David and Margaret, as they are more commonly known) continue to reach a weekly audience of nearly 700,000 viewers (between the initial broadcast and digital downloads), or roughly 3% of Australia’s national population.

It’s little wonder, then, that some in the Australian film industry are panicked about the void that will be left by the duo’s absence.

“They have helped this country have a film culture, »

- Scott Foundas

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‘Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham’ Review (PC)

10 December 2014 9:48 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Lego games have always been popular. Whether it’s been Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Marvel and Batman – just to name a few of their releases – Lego seem to have access to many licenses, and make full use of them in the games they create.  This makes for a good experience for the fans, especially for the ones who like to see hidden cameos and little secrets added just for them.  With Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham they do for DC what they did for Marvel with Lego Marvel Super Heroes and give the fans access to a huge roster of super heroes, and a few more people you wouldn’t expect to see.

Batman is one of the most popular of the DC characters and one of the most recognisable (next to Superman of course).  Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham focuses on the caped crusader, but takes on »

- Paul Metcalf

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Everything Wrong With Noah In One 13 Minute Diatribe

9 December 2014 7:28 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Noah divided audiences and critics alike upon its release. While some saw Darren Aronofsky.s biblical epic as an intimate, art-house blockbuster, others simply believed that it was a convoluted nonsense. CinemaSins are here to help the naysayers with a 13-minute video that explains everything that.s wrong with Noah. You can check out their issues below. According to CinemaSins, Noah ultimately committed 131 offenses. But what were its biggest flaws? Well, there was actually quite a lot to pick from, so you better strap in. First of all, Russell Crowe.s Noah was so adept at doing battle with Tubal-Cain.s men that he managed to eclipse the fighting skills of both Jason Bourne and Gladiator.s Maximus. This is despite the fact that he is supposed to have been lifted straight from the bible. But there.s more. Plenty more. In fact, Noah should have really come to an »

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Here Is Everything Wrong With Noah In One 13 Minute Diatribe

9 December 2014 7:28 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Noah divided audiences and critics alike upon its release. While some saw Darren Aronofsky.s biblical epic as an intimate, art-house blockbuster, others simply believed that it was a convoluted nonsense. CinemaSins are here to help the naysayers with a 13-minute video that explains everything that.s wrong with Noah. You can check out their issues below. According to CinemaSins, Noah ultimately committed 131 offenses. But what were its biggest flaws? Well, there was actually quite a lot to pick from, so you better strap in. First of all, Russell Crowe.s Noah was so adept at doing battle with Tubal-Cain.s men that he managed to eclipse the fighting skills of both Jason Bourne and Gladiator.s Maximus. This is despite the fact that he is supposed to have been lifted straight from the bible. But there.s more. Plenty more. In fact, Noah should have really come to an »

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'The Water Diviner': Film Review

9 December 2014 5:33 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Making his directorial debut with the brawny and big-hearted Australian war drama The Water Diviner, Russell Crowe taps a deep well of symbolism, cultural empathy and good old-fashioned storytelling. Crowe, who also stars as a grieving father stoically bulldozing through Turkey in search of three sons missing in action after the Wwi battle at Gallipoli, is on shakier ground with a gooey romantic subplot which brings to mind the actor’s out-of-his-element performance in the Ridley Scott rom-com A Good Year. With the centenary of Anzac commemorations on the horizon, Australians will likely clasp this

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- Megan Lehmann

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Film Review: ‘The Water Diviner’

9 December 2014 12:16 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

An often capriciously mixed cocktail of war film and cross-cultural family melodrama, “The Water Diviner” marks an ambitious if emotionally manipulative directing debut for Russell Crowe. Playing the titular Australian farmer who journeys to Turkey four years after the Wwi battles at Gallipoli in search of his three missing soldier sons, he has crafted the film to play to his strengths of stoicism, determination and aw-shucks mateship at the expense of deeper truths about war and tolerance. Star and subject matter should combine for frothy grosses when the film is released domestically Dec. 26, though the glass might be less full Stateside for Warner Bros., which has announced an April 24 rollout.

This is a natural companion piece to Peter Weir’s revered 1981 drama, “Gallipoli,” which followed the fates of two young sprinters (including a young Mel Gibson) who find themselves in the thick of the failed offensive that has come to »

- Eddie Cockrell

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Oscar Isaac’s Rise from Indie to Franchise Star

9 December 2014 11:58 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Oscar Isaac is making his way from indie flicks to sure-to-be blockbuster hits with roles in 2014’s A Most Violent Year, writer-director J.C. Chandor’s Oscar hopeful, and J.J. AbramsStar Wars: The Force Awakens, which is slated for a December 2015 release.

A Most Violent Year features Isaac as a husband and father trying to run an honest business in New York City in 1981, which is statistically the most violent year in the city’s history. The film opened AFI Fest and was recently voted best film by the National Board of Review. Isaac tied with Michael Keaton (Birdman) for best actor.

As for joining the Star Wars franchise, Isaac told IGN that the experience was “like living out a childhood dream. Being on those sets and being surrounded by those people — talking to Anthony Daniels, seeing him getting suited up, and Peter Mayhew »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Martin Campbell to Direct ‘Sebastian X’ for Nicolas Chartier, Gale Anne Hurd (Exclusive)

9 December 2014 6:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Voltage Films, Valhalla Motion Pictures and publisher Humanoids are teaming to adapt the graphic novel “Sebastian X” as a movie with Martin Campbell (“Casino Royale”) directing.

Voltage’s Nicolas Chartier and Craig J. Flores will produce alongside Valhalla’s Gale Anne Hurd and Humanoids’ Pierre Spengler and Fabrice Giger.

Bill Marsilii has been tapped to the write the screenplay. The graphic novel by Michelangelo La Neve centers on an elite cop who, after a near-fatal injury, is implanted with the memories of the world’s most notorious terrorist — Sebastian X — in order to infiltrate his group before their next attack.

Dominic Rustam and Babacar Diene are overseeing the project on behalf of Voltage with Phillip Kobylanski overseeing on the Valhalla side. Matthew Miller, Jason Miller and Bobby Sabelhaus are executive producing.

Voltage Pictures will handle worldwide distribution.

Voltage Films is finishing post-production on “Fathers and Daughters,” directed by Gabriele Muccino »

- Dave McNary

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New clip from Russell Crowe’s directorial debut The Water Diviner

9 December 2014 1:20 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its release in Australia and New Zealand this Christmas, a new clip has arrived online from Russell Crowe’s directorial debut The Water Diviner, which we have for you below…

See Also: Watch the trailer for The Water Diviner

Starring Russell Crowe (Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind) and Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion, Quantum Of Solace), The Water Diviner is an epic adventure set four years after the devastating battle of Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. Australian farmer Connor (Crowe) travels to Istanbul to discover the fate of his sons, reported missing in the action, where he forges a relationship with the beautiful Turkish woman (Kurylenko) who owns the hotel in which he stays. Holding on to hope, and with the help of a Turkish Officer, Connor embarks on a journey across the country to find the truth about the fate of his sons. The Water Diviner is an extraordinary tale of love, »

- Gary Collinson

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Syfy and David S. Goyer Developing Superman Prequel Series Krypton

8 December 2014 4:28 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

One of the best sequences in 2013’s Superman redo Man of Steel was the extended Krypton-set portion of the film.  Director Zack Snyder brought Superman’s home world to life in vivid, thrilling detail, complete with Russell Crowe riding (and jumping off of) a flying dragonbeast.  The superhero genre isn’t only dominating the moviegoing marketplace, but it has now invaded the TV world as well with shows like Arrow, The Flash, and Gotham, and now Syfy is looking to blend the popularity of superheroes with that fantastic Man of Steel sequence in a new Krypton TV series, which will tell the story of Superman’s grandfather.  More after the jump. We actually first heard about the prospect of a Superman prequel series a month ago, but per THR, the cable network Syfy is officially working with Man of Steel screenwriter David S. Goyer as well as Warner Horizon Television »

- Adam Chitwood

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Bradley Cooper Could Become the 10th Actor to Earn A Third Consecutive Oscar Nom

8 December 2014 6:29 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Bradley Cooper’s portrayal of Navy Seal Chris Kyle in Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper has been garnering Oscar buzz since the film premiered at AFI Fest. With The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy saying, “nothing the actor has done before suggests the dramatic assuredness he brings to his way of detailing Kyle’s self-control, confidence, coolness, genuine concern for his comrades-in-arms, compulsion to serve his country and ultimate realization that enough is enough, even of the thing he loves most, which is war,” Cooper may earn his third consecutive Oscar nomination this year. This would follow behind his best actor nomination last year for Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and this year’s nomination for his supporting role in American Hustle (2013).

The last male actor to accomplish this feat was Russell Crowe, who scored three nominations from 2000 to 2002. He won in 2001 for his lead role in Gladiator. »

- Anjelica Oswald

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