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Thelma Adams previews the 2014 Academy Awards with 14 top contenders that might make a dent. At the top of the list is Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" which opens this week with Ralph Fiennes and Bill Murray. The others on her list are "Can a Song Save Your Life?" (Keira Knightley), "Get On Up" (James Brown biopic), "The Giver" (Jeff Bridges), "Gone Girl" (from David Fincher), "The Homesman" (from Tommy Lee Jones), "Interstellar" (from Christopher Nolan), "Fury" (Brad Pitt), "Home" (DreamWorks animation), "Inherent Vice" (from Paul Thomas Anderson), "Into the Woods" (Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep), "Unbroken" (from Angelina Jolie), "Boyhood" (from Richard Linklater), and "Miss Julie" (Jessica Chastain). Yahoo Movies. How will HBO's very popular and acclaimed "True Detective" end its run next Sunday night? Newly minted »
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6.91 Iron Man 3
6.16 Man Of Steel
6.14 Despicable Me 2
6.11 Fast & Furious 6
7.46 The World’S End
7.17 This Is The End
6.67 The Heat
6.66 We’Re The Millers
6.59 American Hustle
- Jeff Bayer
As much as we talk about the stats and trends of the Oscars, each year of the awards seems to present us with a new piece of history. This year, Dallas Buyers Club could make history as the first film to win both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in a film that did not receive a Best Director nomination. While Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto seem to be locked into their wins, this did provide an interesting jumping off point to look at the recent history of this category.
Here are the films in the past 25 years that have managed a Best Actor and Supporting Actor nomination:
1989: Driving Ms. Daisy – Morgan Freeman and Dan Ackroyd
1993: Schindler’s »
- Terence Johnson
Exclusive: Phase 4 Films acquired North American rights to A Night In Old Mexico, the Emilio Aragon-directed film that stars Robert Duvall. The film will be released in May, shortly after making its debut at the upcoming South by Southwest Film Festival. Duvall plays a stubborn Texas rancher who’s forced to give up his land and home, and to retire to a trailer park. Instead, he flees in his Cadillac and hits the road with his estranged grandson (Jeremy Irvine) for one last wild adventure filled with guns, women and booze, which sounds like a much better way to go out. Pic is produced by Sunmin Park, J.Ethan Park, Emilio Aragón, Bill Wittliff, Robert Carliner, Robert Duvall, Daniel Ecija and César Vargas. The script was written by Bill Wittliff, whose writing in the adaptation of Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove still rates as one of the greatest »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Fox plays Bonner Fellers, a general who's sent to Japan to decide if Emperor Hirohito will be hanged for war crimes.
Fox said that he was "really moved" by the script for Peter Webber's film, and found that the true life story was one worthy of big-screen treatment.
On working with Jones, the actor told Digital Spy: "Tommy came on at the very end of the shoot for the last two weeks.
"I think it served the film really well.
"I was the brigadier general up until the point the real general came along - MacArthur showed up.
"Tommy has a presence on his »
Poor Leonardo DiCaprio is fast becoming known as much for his lack of Oscars, as he is his movies. Nominated for Best Supporting Actor in 1994 – losing out to Tommy Lee Jones (The Fugitive) – and Best Actor in 2005 and 2007 – losing out to Jamie Foxx (Ray) and Forest Whitaker (Last King of Scotland) on those occasions – it’s an injustice to many that he’s never won one; Titanic sweeped eleven and he still didn’t collect one of his own.
The joke perhaps reached a peak last week, with “I want you more than an Oscar” memes featuring Leo circling in time for Valentine’s Day. DiCaprio’s not alone though; the history books are littered with the fantastic and the famous who have smashed box office records and captivated critics, but never picked up an Academy Award. It certainly hasn’t always been a reliable measurement for subtle »
- Mark White
Other high profile pics already greenlit by the revamped Trip tax rebate scheme include NBC’s mini-series “Rosemary’s Baby” and Bill Mechanic-produced “The Moon and the Sun.”
Cnc topper Frederique Bredin expects 2014 to be a record year in terms of international productions. “It’s still very early to tell, because decisions on location shooting are taken in a very short timeframe, and projects are kept confidential,” she explains. “But I can already tell you that 5 international productions, recently approved by the Trip scheme, will generate 100 days of filming in 2014, which is a very good start for the year.”
Since the scheme was introduced in 2009, more than 70 foreign productions from 14 countries have benefited from Trip.
In 2013 Trip-qualified foreign shoot spend in France exceeded $136.7 million – 7% of global French production spend.
A total spend of $497 million has been »
- Martin Dale
Remember last year when through its Amazon overlords Lovefilm put several pilots online including the pretty good failed Zombieland pilot? Well, they are at it again with ten new pilots, none of which have committed to series yet but with which the lucky few will go to one of those full season exclusive type deals that Netflix do so well.
I don’t know about you but I kind of wish they would just commit to something right out the gate and take the risks, its paid off for Netflix so far and Amazon are attracting some major talent to their stable too.
The pilots include; Bosch a detective show based on a Michael Connelly book series and starring the great Titus Welliver, Kids shows Wishenproof, Hardboiled Eggheads, The JoB and Graff Show and Gortimer Gibbons Life on Normal Street. We also have comedy from The Rebels; a kind of »
- Chris Holt
Berlin’s 2014 European Film Market saw a late sales rally, one record claimed, a few hot sellers and even some surprises. But as one producer-distributor put it, there were “not enough good screenplays nor good directors nor buyers.”
“It’s not just that this market is so slow,” Constantin’s Martin Moszkowicz continued. “There are far too many markets in the year. Two markets should go.”
Im Global announced many major-market sales on “Labor of Love,” reteaming M. Night Shyamalan and Bruce Willis. Toymaker Mattel’s hoped-for live-action franchise “Max Steel,” another Im Global title, sold most of the world, said Im Global’s Stuart Ford.
K5 rolled out a second Willis title, the futuristic “Vice.”
- John Hopewell and Patrick Frater
Today's magic number is... 20! I couldn't find a statistic from this year's race involving the number 20 so what were Oscar fanatics like me (and you if you're weren't an infant) obsessing about 20 years ago in the Oscar race? 1993 was a fairly astonishing film year but there wasn't much drama in the Oscar race. Everyone knew that Tom Hanks and Holly Hunter would win the lead Oscars and the night would be all about Steven Spielberg with multiple wins for both Jurassic Park (recently revisted right here) and Schindler's List. Even Supporting Actor, in what one could argue was its best shortlist ever, didn't contain much drama. Though Ralph Fiennes (Schindler's List) and Leonardo DiCaprio (What's Eating Gilbert Grape?) were giving major star-is-born performances, it was pretty clear that the industry wanted to honor Tommy Lee Jones for his whole career and for co-starring in a huge hit (The Fugitive).
- NATHANIEL R
It's a sad day for humans and aliens alike: Deadline is reporting that Will Smith recently informed Fox that he would not be returning for "Independence Day 2," which is scheduled to land in theaters over the July 4th weekend, 2016 (just in time for the 20th anniversary of the original film -- man, does that make us feel old).
This past fall, Emmerich had let slip that two versions of the "Independence Day 2" script had been commissioned -- one that contained Smith's character, a hotshot fighter pilot who ends up saving humanity, and the other without. It seems like the latter has been chosen.
The sequel, it seems, is still happening, just without Smith saying stuff like "Welcome to Earth!" and punching out space aliens. Which, admittedly, is somewhat sad, but we can move on and still have a kick-ass "Independence Day 2." The script(s) for the new film were handled by James Vanderbilt, »
- Drew Taylor
Much like The Burning, The Final Terror is one of those early Eighties slasher-in-the-woods flicks that may actually be more noteworthy because of how many members of its young cast would go on to greater stardom.
Scream Factory is dusting off this nearly forgotten screamer for Blu-ray release as part of its “Summer of Fear”.
Forest rangers go camping in the woods and trespass into wilderness territory they shouldn’t have. Pot is smoked. Sex is had. Canoes are paddled. Throats are cut.
A fairly standard 1982 slasher that’s better than some, worse than others, The Final Terror has primarily toiled in obscurity since the VHS days, a little surprising considering it boasted a cast that would go on to bigger and better things.
Director: Lone Scherfig
Writer: Lone Scherfig
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Lone Scherfig returns to burgeoning female adulthood with this adaptation of Laura Wade’s play, again employing a number of rising stars in her cast yet to receive a breakout role. While Scherfig has an intriguingly varied filmography already, we’re curious to see what she’ll do with this dramatic thriller.
Gist: Two first-year students at Oxford University join the infamous Riot Club, where reputations can be made or destroyed over the course of a single evening. .
Release Date: Universal Pictures International has the UK distribution rights and is tied up with a September release — we’re thinking that an early look might help occur prior to an eventual Fall Fest showing, leading to an eventual theatrical release stateside.
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- Nicholas Bell
Director: Tommy Lee Jones
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
If we technically don’t include his two made for television films, this would be Tommy Lee Jones’ second, much anticipated outing — almost a decade since he delivered the exquisite The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, a thinking man’s slow-burner Western where hardened faces (both genders) converge with justice served piping hot. Jones takes on multiple duties once again for The Homesman and his cinemtagrpaher happens to be the great Rodrigo Prieto.
Gist: Based on Glendon Swarthout’s novel, this is about a claim jumper and a pioneer woman team up to escort three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa. »
- Eric Lavallee
Director: William Monahan
Writer: William Monahan
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While screenwriter William Monahan’s directorial debut, London Boulevard (2010) suffered from a surprising amount of cliché, we’re excited to see what he’s concocted with his sophomore feature, which sounds like it has all the makings of a delicious noir and with a catchy cast to boot.
Gist: The brilliant, near-suicidal artist, Thomas (Garrett) who attempts to escape his privileged existence into the desert only to encounter a homicidal, chameleon-like drifter—Jack (Isaac). Their first encounter at a campfire sets up a nonstop, violent duel of physical and intellectual equals.
Release Date: In its search for a distributor, we’re expecting a festival premiere, though perhaps somewhere in the fall.
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- Nicholas Bell
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 6 Feb 2014 - 06:08
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2007, and another 25 overlooked gems...
For some reason, the number three was a common factor in several blockbuster movies of 2007. The third film in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series (At World's End) dominated the box office, Spider-Man 3 marked Sam Raimi's last entry as director in the series, while Mike Myers went for a hat trick of hits with Shrek The Third.
I Am Legend was the third and most financially successful attempt to bring Richard Matheson's classic novel to the big screen, Rush Hour 3 marked Jackie Chan's last action pairing with Chris Tucker, while Zack Snyder's musky sword-swinger 300 was notable for having the number three in the title.
Iffy attempts at numerology aside, 2007 was also a superb for year for movies in general - particularly underappreciated ones, »
It had been an outstanding year for motion pictures, but the 1993 Academy Awards race seemed pretty clear by that December. The black and white holocaust drama “Schindler’s List” and its overdue director Steven Spielberg had virtually swept the critics’ awards and seemed unstoppable. Tom Hanks was coming off of the summer smash “Sleepless in Seattle” with the highly anticipated “Philadelphia,” in which he played a lawyer with AIDS fighting back against the firm which had fired him. Holly Hunter was racking up prizes for her role as a mute bride in 19th century New Zealand in “The Piano.” And Tommy Lee Jones was being touted his supporting role as Us marshal trailing Harrison Ford in “The Fugitive.” All of them cemented their frontrunner statuses when they won Golden Globes, and the Oscar presentation would almost seem like a mere formality. The one race which did appear to be a bit. »
Set in a quiet New Hampshire town, Labor Day is the story of single mom Adele (Kate Winslet), her son Henry (Gattlin Griffith), and Frank (Josh Brolin), a fugitive that the two initially house against their will. As they begin to see more of his true character, he starts to fill in the role of husband and father. Based on the 2009 novel by Joyce Maynard, the film is written and directed by Jason Reitman.
With her novel “To Die For” previously adapted into a film by Gus Van Sant, Labor Day marks the second adaptation of Maynard’s work. She was recently seen discussing her relationship with J.D. Salinger in the 2013 documentary Salinger, which she has also written about.
I sat down with Maynard in a roundtable interview to discuss her perspective of the film adaptation, how the original story came to her, her love for New Hampshire, and more. »
- Nick Allen
This week’s best new releases on all the Instant Watching platforms.
Spring Breakers (2013)
Harmony Korine’s critical darling from last year is likely to be talked about and discussed for a good long while yet. Holding up an uncomfortable mirror to our youth, Spring Breakers works on a lot of levels not only does it work as a surface level tale of four out of control girls on a debauched trip in Florida but it also works as a story about the spiritual death and rebirth of Generation Y and asks some important questions about how post war culture evolved into something where our youth think licking power tools in music videos is something to aspire to.
There is a scene fairly early on where the two most rebellious of our heroines sit in class discussing oral sex on paper as their tutor drones on about world war two, »
- Chris Holt
Directed by Peter Hyams
Jean-Claude van Damme’s first starring role was as a villain: he played a stoic Russian heavy in No Retreat, No Surrender 2, which led to his casting as the hero in Bloodsport, which catapulted him to stardom. Only now, after a career worthy of two or three True Hollywood Stories, has he returned to villainous roles. His Joseph Conrad-inspired turn in Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning was impressive, but with the new Enemies Closer, he finally gets in touch with his full-on, utterly insane inner bad guy.
The setup is so simple that the film barely needs any exposition at all: a small plane full of heroin crashes near a Maine island park. Tom Everett Scott plays the park ranger who has to juggle that situation with the problems posed by a mysterious interloper on »
- Mark Young
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