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11 of action cinema's great movie villain pairings

25 February 2015 8:11 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From early Bond to 21st century sci-fi, here's Ryan's pick of 11 unforgettable villain pairings from action cinema history...

You're generally lucky if a movie has one genuinely great villain in it, let alone two. This is probably because creating a villain takes great acting and writing - it's one thing to create a preening character who stomps around a story doing unpleasant things, but creating a villain who's three-dimensional, witty, scary and above all memorable requires considerable skill.

Every so often, a movie comes along which gives us not one, but two classic villains, with the personality of one complementing the other. A familiar dynamic was once laid out by Steven Spielberg: one is smart and eloquent , while the other is the tougher, more violent of the pair. It's a template that we've seen time and again in cinema, but it's only occasionally that both characters leap from the screen. »

- ryanlambie

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'21 Jump Street' Director Talks 'Men in Black' Crossover

24 February 2015 3:09 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in December, emails leaked from the Sony hack revealed that Sony Pictures is contemplating a crossover between their 21 Jump Street and Men in Black franchises, which will presumably both come together in 23 Jump Street. 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street director Phil Lord revealed last month that their "crazy idea" for a crossover is still in play. Phil Lord's directing partner Chris Miller has now chimed in on the crossover, revealing that it's still very early in the development process, and that he is currently working on it with stars Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and 22 Jump Street writer Rodney Rothman.

"Well, it's very, very early on in this crazy fever pitch, but it's definitely a really interesting concept that makes you think. Talking about it, developing it with Jonah and Channing and Rodney and the studio, we can't just do the, 'Hey, it's the same thing again' schtick because we did that already. »

- MovieWeb

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'21 Jump Street' Director Talks 'Men in Black' Crossover

24 February 2015 3:09 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in December, emails leaked from the Sony hack revealed that Sony Pictures is contemplating a crossover between their 21 Jump Street and Men in Black franchises, which will presumably both come together in 23 Jump Street. 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street director Phil Lord revealed last month that their "crazy idea" for a crossover is still in play. Phil Lord's directing partner Chris Miller has now chimed in on the crossover, revealing that it's still very early in the development process, and that he is currently working on it with stars Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and 22 Jump Street writer Rodney Rothman.

"Well, it's very, very early on in this crazy fever pitch, but it's definitely a really interesting concept that makes you think. Talking about it, developing it with Jonah and Channing and Rodney and the studio, we can't just do the, 'Hey, it's the same thing again' schtick because we did that already. »

- MovieWeb

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13th Annual Tsr Movie Awards — Final Results — 2014 Films

22 February 2015 9:00 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

13th Annual Tsr Movie Awards

Here are the results for the 13th Annual Tsr Movie Awards.

Thank you to the 342 movie fans from across the nation voted in the awards this year.

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Best Blockbuster

7.87 Guardians Of The Galaxy

7.80 The Lego Movie

7.57 Captain America: The Winter Soldier

7.48 X-men: Days Of Future Past

6.96 Big Hero 6

6.68 The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

6.51 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

6.40 American Sniper

5.09 Maleficient

3.63 Transformers: Age Of Extinction

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- Jeff Bayer

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The Homesman Blu-ray Review

20 February 2015 7:25 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Although it is light on action, Tommy Lee JonesThe Homesman is a slow-moving western that feels authentic and features powerful performances from Jones and the incredible Hilary Swank. The film also benefits from Miranda Otto, Grace Gummer and Sonja Richter – who make the most of their time on screen and force the audience to care about their characters through heartbreaking flashbacks and the hardships they endure.The term ‘homesman’ refers to the now outdated pioneer occupation of returning someone to their family. In the film (which was directed by Jones), the journey involves taking three women, Arabella Sours (Gummer), […] »

- Patrick Luce

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Men In Black 3 VFX Breakdown

19 February 2015 12:00 PM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

In Men in Black 3, Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) are back... in time. J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men in Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when K's life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him - secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K (Josh Brolin) to save his partner, the agency and the future of humankind. »

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Arresting Development: Top Ten Sheriffs in the Movies

19 February 2015 10:04 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Throughout the vast history of cinema the profession of law enforcement has been portrayed heavily and made its mark on the big screen in both dramatic and comical fodder. Whether it be straight up cops and robbers or crooked officers on the take in gangster flicks or ant-hero gun-slinging loners trying to buck the system the presence of crime-busting cads never fail to add compelling, if not at times over-exaggerated, insight into the world of law-enforcing personalities.

The one element of the law-enforcing community that seems somewhat limited but still registers mightily in some cinematic arenas is the concept of the sheriff. Sheriffs do cast a prominent shadow in all sorts of fields in the movies: westerns, medieval times, contemporary country car-chasing farces and even some urban melodramas.

In Arresting Developments: Top Ten Sheriffs in the Movies we will take a look at some of the notable on-screen sheriffs in »

- Frank Ochieng

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Watch: Don't Call Tommy Lee Jones' 'The Homesman' a Western (Exclusive)

18 February 2015 3:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

As pointed out in this week's DVD and Blu-ray guide, The Homesman is one of the best movies of 2014 that got wrongfully overshadowed by bigger studio movies vying for Oscar gold. Set in the 1850s, it is a taught, gripping, often harrowing tale of a frontier woman (Hilary Swank) who takes on a job no man wants of transporting three young women, all driven slightly insane by the harsh realities of frontier life, to another state. That sounds like the perfect setting and plot for a Western. Just don't tell that to Tommy Lee Jones, the movie's director, cowriter and costar. As you can see in the below behind-the-scenes video, Jones doesn't think highly of the word Western. And it's not so much that the movie he made doesn't fit the bill, it's just that he...

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- Peter Hall

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New on DVD/Blu-ray: A Trio of Oscar Nominees Hit Home Before the Big Day

17 February 2015 11:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

The Homesman - Lionsgate - Blu-ray and DVD Director: Tommy Lee Jones Cast: Tommy Lee JonesHilary SwankMeryl StreepGrace GummerMiranda Otto. Full cast + crew Quite a few of the year's big awards nominees hit home video this week, but there's one movie that never quite entered the awards fray despite being better than most of the actual nominees. It's called The Homesman, and it's directed by none other than Tommy Lee Jones. This is a gripping movie about finding optimism in the otherwise grim world of frontier life. And when I say grim, I do mean grim. The first 10 minutes alone will probably have your jaw drop more than once, but if you can make it through those you'll be treated to one of the best movies of 2014...

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- Peter Hall

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What's New on TV, Netflix Streaming, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: February 16 - February 22

17 February 2015 3:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Birdman"

If you enjoyed this Michael Keaton meta fest, the fantastic work of cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki is worth the price of admission. Or, keep re-watching it until you have come to a final conclusion about the ending and What It All Means.

"The Homesman"

Tommy Lee Jones directed this grim Western about a headstrong pioneer woman (Hilary Swank) who volunteers to transport three women who have broken under the pressure of living on the wild frontier. On the way to Iowa, Mary Bee (Swank) picks up a drifter named George (Jones) to help keep things in order. Gruesome, disturbing, and great.

"The Tale of Princess Kaguya"

This gorgeous Studio Ghibli film is based on a folktale about a young girl found growing »

- Jenni Miller

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‘The Burning Dead’ Review

14 February 2015 1:41 PM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Danny Trejo, Thomas Downey, Moniqua Plante, Nicole Cummins, Kevin Norman, Robert F. Lyons, Kyle T. Heffner, Julia Lehman, Tom Nagel, Jenny Lin, Adam Gregor, Robert Amstler, Matthew W. Tate, Morgan Lester, Jailene Arias | Written by Jason Ancona, Jeff Miller | Directed by Rene Perez

Say, you know what would have made the Tommy Lee Jones disaster movie Volcano better? Lava zombies and cult icon Danny Trejo, if Rene Perez’s undead disaster movie is anything to go by. When a simmering volcano blows its top in small-town America, the locals have more to worry about than simple immolation – the emergence of a horde of long-buried zombies from within adding considerably to their woes.

A small band of survivors hustle together to escape both the perils of the lava and the zombies, hunkering down in a woodland cabin, where the crinkly old resident within is undergoing some serious social media withdrawal symptoms. »

- Joel Harley

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'Homesman' Blu-ray Preview Starring Hilary Swank | Exclusive

12 February 2015 12:06 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank discusses her unique character Mary Bee Cuddy in our exclusive preview for The Homesman, which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD February 17. Based on the award-winning novel by Glendon Swarthout, Hilary Swank stars as a woman who is tasked with taking three deranged women across the frontier. Along the way, Mary rescues George Briggs, played by director Tommy Lee Jones, who reluctantly helps Mary transport three women driven mad by the harsh frontier life across the treacherous land - where a kindly minister's wife (Meryl Streep) has offered them hospice.

The unlikely pair soon realize just how daunting the journey will be as the group traverses the vast Nebraska Territories, marked by stark beauty, psychological peril and constant danger. Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones co-wrote, directed and stars in this critically acclaimed film, which features an all-star cast including John Lithgow, Miranda Otto, James Spader and Hailee Steinfeld. »

- MovieWeb

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22 Oscar Winners and Nominees Who Started Out on Soap Operas

12 February 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Everybody's got to start somewhere: For some people it's theater or commercials, but for many, many actors, their first job was on a soap opera. Julianne Moore played dual characters on "As the World Turns," Laurence Fishburne played a teen drug dealer on "One Life to Live" and Susan Sarandon played a murderous drifter on "Search for Tomorrow," a soap that was also among the first gigs for Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Kline, and Viggo Mortensen.

Who else got a boost from daytime drama? Brad Pitt, Marisa Tomei, and some of the most acclaimed Oscar winners in the U.S., Australia, and even England. »

- Sharon Knolle

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Oscar Rules: Which Ones Are Made to Be Broken?

10 February 2015 4:43 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Every year, Oscar forecasters throw facts and figures out as evidence of why a movie can or cannot win. But every rule is meant to be broken. Myths surrounding the best picture race include:

You can’t win without an editing nomination: No movie since “Ordinary People” in 1981 has managed to do that, and many pundits are pointing to this fact as the death knell for “Birdman,” which failed to land a nod for the latter. But Alejandro G. Inarritu’s long, uninterrupted takes confused voters who thought there wasn’t much editing to be done — a testament to the invisible work by Douglas Crise and Stephen Mirrione. And the film flew home with top prizes at the SAG, DGA and PGA awards.

You can’t win best picture without a directing nomination: This was a popular myth for years, with 1927’s “Wings” and 1932’s “Grand Hotel” the only exceptions. »

- Jenelle Riley

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Amy Pascal’s Hits & Misses at the Box Office

6 February 2015 11:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The news of the end of Amy Pascal’s tenure as head of Sony Pictures Entertainment begs an examination of the studio’s performance under her leadership.

Pascal, who will remain at Sony in a new role as a producer, has long been known around town for her keen eye for winning projects. Though her reputation has suffered recently as a result of North Korea’s infamous hacking attack on the studio, which revealed a few unseemly email exchanges in which Pascal and other execs criticized the attitudes of A-listers and made racially tinged jokes at the expense of President Obama, Pascal steered the studio through her share of triumphs.

Any career as long as Pascal’s is bound to have its peaks and valleys. From the highest heights (“Skyfall,” “Spider-Man 2”) to the lowest lows (“Jack and Jill,” “Sparkle”), Pascal led Sony through it all. Here’s a look »

- Kevin Noonan and Marianne Zumberge

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The Definitive Movies of 1995

30 January 2015 8:01 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

30. Sense and Sensibility

Directed by: Ang Lee

Ang Lee has gone in about eight different directions in terms of genre. His resume includes “The Ice Storm,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” Hulk,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “Life of Pi,” and this delightful Jane Austen adaptation, starring Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, and young Kate Winslet. “Sense and Sensibility” took home the Oscar for Adapted Screenplay for the story of the Dashwood family, a mother widowed and left in difficult circumstances after her husband has left his fortune to his first wife, instead of his current one. So Mrs. Dashwood (Gemma Jones) and her daughters Fanny, Marianne, and Elinor (Harriet Walter, Winslet, Thompson) have to find a way to survive in a world ruled by men and the rules that seem to create obstacle after obstacle for them. Unfortunately, given the era, they are viewed as “unmarryable,” since they have no fortune and no prospects. »

- Joshua Gaul

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SAG-o-Metrics: Predicting the Acting Oscars Based on SAG Nominations (Infographic)

23 January 2015 5:40 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

One of the great things about awards season is that it provides a rich field for statistic analysis. Attentive viewers can use the Golden Globes (the first major awards show of the season) and SAG Awards (the second) as a sort of predictive measure for the major acting awards at the Oscars. We looked at the Oscar-nominated roles in the four major acting categories (sorry, Jen and Naomi), and cut out anyone who didn't win or get nominated for a Golden Globe and a SAG. Then, we went back five years (because any more than that is insane - who are we, »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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‘Boyhood’ to Receive Variety’s Creative Impact in Cinema Award

21 January 2015 7:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” will receive the Variety Creative Impact in Cinema Award as part of a gala celebration at the 15th anniversary Texas Film Awards in Austin, Tex.

Boyhood,” filmed over a dozen years with a cast that includes Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke, won three Golden Globes including best picture and is currently up for six Oscars. Director Richard Linklater, a Texas native, shot and edited the movie in his home state.

Linklater, Arquette and her co-star Ellar Coltrane will attend the gala, held the night before the kickoff of SXSW, also in Austin.

Boyhood” will be honored at the Texas Film Awards alongside Tommy Lee Jones, Luke Wilson, Guillermo Del Toro, Bonnie Curtis and L.M. Kit Carson.

Variety vice president and executive editor Steven Gaydos will present the award to “Boyhood” during the March 12 ceremony at Austin Studios.

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- Gordon Cox

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10 Overlooked Positives Of Batman Forever

18 January 2015 8:12 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Warner Bros.

Joel Schumacher is not a popular man among Batman fans. His Batman And Robin has gone down in history as one of the worst comic book movies ever made (or the worst, depending on who you ask) – his rubber nipple-suited Batman and glittery Mr. Freeze forever punning the film into the history books. It all turned out fine in the end, with Christopher Nolan and a very gruff Dark Knight subsequently rescuing his career with two of the greatest Batman movies of all time (plus the other one), but that does not make Batman And Robin any less terrible.

Often mentioned in the same breath as Batman And Robin is the film’s immediate predecessor, Schumacher’s Batman Forever. With director Tim Burton and star Michael Keaton nowhere to be seen, Schumacher had the unenviable job of following up one of the most iconic superhero films of all time. »

- Joel Harley

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Sony's Plan to Merge Men in Black with 21 Jump Street is Still Happening

15 January 2015 3:56 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

About a month ago, several emails from the Sony Pictures hack leaked online, showing that the studio was interested in merging its "Men in Black" and "21 Jump Street" franchises. The plan was to greenlight the film without a script and to hire "21 Jump Street" director Phil Lord and Chris Miller to producer. Meanwhile, "21 Jump Street" actors Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum would return, but "Men in Black" stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones would not be involved. In a new interview with MTV, Lord and Miller confirmed that Sony is still working on this bizarre idea. "Nothing's changed," said Lord. "It's still a crazy idea, and we only do things that seem like they're going to be terrible. We're really focusing on what's a great story for Schmidt (Hill) and Jenko (Tatum) and how to tell the next chapter in their lives. And perhaps use creatures from another world at the same time. »

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