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I’m sorry to report that 2013 is almost over, because it’s going to be remembered as a year of fabulous cinema and seriously award-worthy performances. Before we settle in for another season of televised trophy handouts, let’s contribute our own accolades: Here are our 10 favorite movie performances of 2013.
I don’t quite understand the breathless adulation for American Hustle, which is shaping up to being one of the best-reviewed movies of the year in spite of its ridiculous, bafflingly hammy characters. But Amy Adams’ turn as the accent-twisting Sydney Prosser reminds of you of her Oscar-nominated work in The Fighter: That Veronica Lake coif conceals grim, resolute power and a bit of fear. Amy Adams is the master (teehee!) of pairing silent conviction and nervous energy, even when she’s in the middle of a high-stakes, allegiance-shifting love triangle with Bradley Cooper and »
- Louis Virtel
I'm of the opinion 2013 was a great year for movies overall, but at the same time it wasn't necessarily a great year with a ton of great movies, thus making my top ten of 2013 a little harder than I'd expected to put together. Before finalizing the list I attempted to watch and rewatch as many movies as I could fit in while at the same time hoping to create some distance from those experiences, expecting a certain grouping of films to eventually bubble to the surface as the most memorable and emotional affecting in what really ended up being a rather dark and melancholy year at the cinema. For me, a year end top ten is about the films I want to watch again. Films that, as soon as they end, you could watch them all over again immediately, not wanting whatever connection to what you just saw to go away. »
- Brad Brevet
It may be December 30th, but there are still Christmas presents to be had! Apple is giving away, as part of their holiday promotion, a free item every day for twelve days. Today's gift is a free copy of Martin Scorsese's 2011 film Hugo. Nominated for a bunch of awards, including Best Picture, Hugo is one of Scorsese's best movies as well as his first to be shot digitally and 3D. Featuring Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Chloe Moretz, Christopher Lee, Emily Mortimer, Jude Law, Ray Winstone, »
- Alex Maidy
Federal judge Ruben Castillo ruled that all of the Sherlock Holmes stories written before the year 1923 have entered the public domain. The 10 or so stories written after that date -- which include storylines like Dr. Watson's second wife and Sherlock Holmes' retirement -- will still remain under copyright.
This decision was made after author Leslie Klinger wrote the book "The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes" and contributed to the anthology "In the Company of Sherlock Holmes," and was then threatened by Doyle's estate. Klinger went to get a judicial declaration saying that, by copyright law, the Sherlock Holmes stories belong in public domain.
The traditional law is that copyright life ends 95 years after publication or after the life of the »
As with any year, some people have begun arguing that 2013 was a bad year for film, because of the expected glut of effects-heavy blockbusters that litter the multiplexes each summer, or because there was a lack of auteur-driven storytelling for the majority of the year. Though it is indeed frustrating that studios hold their more prestigious films until the last month or two of this or any year, 2013 was an excellent year for film. You shouldn’t have to look first to Sound on Sight’s list of the 30 best films of 2013 for proof, but you should add it to the pile, no doubt. We asked our film writers to provide their personal lists of the 15 best films of the year; everyone’s number-one pick got 15 points allocated, everyone’s number-two pick got 14 points, and so on. (As you’ll see, the point values for each of the 30 films is included here. »
- Josh Spiegel
Here is last week’s caption pic winner. This week’s caption pic is at the bottom of the page.
Thanks to everyone for participating! The winner is …
“Chet’s nuts roasting on an open fire”
Thanks to John for this week’s winning caption!
2013′s Most Powerful Letters About Love & Acceptance.
21 Of The Biggest Lgbt Allies Of 2013.
Via NewNowNext comes … Disney dudes With beards.
Continuing our daily 10-part series previewing key movies of 2014, we take an advance look at next year's comedy hopefuls
• 2014 in preview: science-fiction
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• 2014 in preview: Oscar contenders
• 2014 in preview: romance
Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz play a couple who make a sex tape one night, then realise it's gone missing the next morning, prompting a "frantic search for its whereabouts". Segel and Diaz reunite three years on from Bad Teacher (and a half year ahead of Bad Teacher 2, which is also being directed by the man in charge here, Jake Kasdan, whose first ever job was on Freaks & Geeks). This is also, possibly, Segel's Machinist: he's got ever so thin for the part.
Opens 25 July in the Us, 5 September in the UK
‘American Hustle’ and David O. Russell movies box office: Russell’s latest has stronger than expected wide-release debut, could become the director’s top-grossing movie (photo: Amy Adams in ‘American Hustle’) Directed by David O. Russell, and starring Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jeremy Renner, American Hustle opened with a better than expected $19.1 million after expanding to 2,507 North American locations, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Some pundits had been expecting a debut in the low-to-mid teens. For comparison’s sake: Three years ago, David O. Russell’s The Fighter, which also featured American Hustle‘s Christian Bale and Amy Adams, expanded to 2,503 locations, grossing a considerably more modest $12.56 million. Comparisons to last year’s Silver Linings Playbook — also directed by Russell, and featuring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence — are impossible to make, as that film expanded to 2,523 locations only on its tenth »
- Zac Gille
Actors best known for their roles in TV and cinema are thrilling audiences and critics in plays full of violent, challenging action
The revered Kenneth Tynan, who reviewed theatre for the Observer in the 1950s and 1960s, said: "A good drama critic is one who perceives what is happening in the theatre of his time." All the same, it can be hard to spot a golden age when you are in the middle of it. It seems probable, though, that the London stage is enjoying at least a golden winter.
Four British actors, each of them a household name across the world, are delighting theatre audiences in leading roles in four plays that are not obvious crowd pleasers: Coriolanus, Richard II, Henry V and a new musical version of the Bret Easton Ellis novel American Psycho. The popularity of the leading men, two from the world of film, Jude Law and Tom Hiddleston, »
- Vanessa Thorpe
After unveiling a star-studded poster yesterday, a new trailer for Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel has arrived online, which serves the dual purpose of introducing the many characters, as well as showing off the film's hugely impressive ensemble cast.
Among the name set to appear in the film are Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Ed Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Lea Seydoux, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson and newcomer Tony Revolori.
"The Grand Budapest Hotel tells of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune and the slow and then sudden upheavals that transformed Europe during the first half of the 20th century. »
- Gary Collinson
Kill Your Darlings made a splash at Sundance for first-time director John Krokidas, and not just because it starred Daniel Radcliffe as a budding collegiate writer named Allen Ginsberg. It presented a stylish, yet un-romanticized vision of Columbia University in the ’40s, a handful of recognizable stars as young literary icons (including Jack Huston as Jack Kerouac and Ben Foster as William S. Burroughs), and a largely unknown story of the murder that brought the Beat Generation together. It’s also a distinctly gay narrative during an awards season that has left us largely bereft of Lgbt characters, with the exception of Dallas Buyers Club and Blue is the Warmest Color. Kill Your Darlings is historical in scope but modern in its depiction of intellectual gay men and their gorgeous muse Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan in a breakout role).
We caught up with Krokidas to discuss the film, how he »
- Louis Virtel
After yesterday’s new poster for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel offered images of the various oddball characters in the film (see it lower down the page), here comes a brand new trailer that does something similar using footage. And it’s as quirky as you could possibly wish. The Grand Budapest Hotel’s story revolves around Ralph Fiennes’ Gustave H, hotel manager and serial guest lover. His travails appear to begin when a deceased client of a certain age (Tilda Swinton) turns up dead in the hotel and leaves him a valuable painting in her will - much to the distress of Adrien Brody’s Dmitri.There’s mystery, crime, danger, laughter and, of course, a whole lot of weirdness to be found lurking within, all swirling around a none-more-Andersonian cast including Willem Dafoe, Edward Norton, Owen Wilson, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Saoirse Ronan, F. Murray Abraham, »
Focusing on a huge pink hotel, the theft of a priceless painting and an inheritance waiting to be claimed, as with many Anderson productions The Grand Budapest Hotel is home to a massive cast. Starring Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Jude Law, Ralph Fiennes, Harvey Keitel, Edward Norton, Jason Schwartzman, Saoirse Ronan, Jeff Goldblum, Owen Wilson, Mathieu Amalric, F. Murray Abraham and Lea Seydoux, this is going to be one of the highlights of 2014!
The Grand Budapest Hotel will open from 7th March 2014. Can’t wait until then? Check out this motion poster, »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
The trailer introduces the extensive all-star cast of the off-beat comedy.
Events revolve around the theft of a priceless Renaissance painting and the struggle over the inheritance of a family fortune.
Tilda Swinton, Saoirse Ronan, F Murray Abraham, Edward Norton, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Lea Seydoux, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwarztman, Jude Law, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson will also feature in the movie.
The Grand Budapest Hotel will open on March 7, 2014.
Catch up on all the latest TV and Movies releases in Digital Spy's Screen Time: »
Meet the Cast of Characters from Wes Anderson’s new film The Grand Budapest Hotel, which recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.
The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune — all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.
The film stars Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Edward Norton, Mathieu Amalric, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Léa Seydoux, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and introducing Tony Revolori.
The film will have its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival on February 6, 2014.
The Grand Budapest Hotel will be checking into theaters March 7, 2014.
Paul Schlase as “Igor, »
- Michelle McCue
There’s really no mistaking a Wes Anderson film for a film by any other director, and vice versa. Many have tried to imitate his charmingly retro style and/or quirky characters, but none have really succeeded. So, when you see the newest trailer for Anderson’s newest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, you’ll quickly have a pretty good idea of what you’re in for.
Whether or not it appeals to you depends on how much you appreciate Anderson’s style, which has become more and more ossified with every movie he has made. He is a director who knows what he likes, and he doesn’t deviate very far from his very specific aesthetic. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.
If it is your cup of tea, though, The Grand Budapest hotel looks every bit as marvelous as Anderson’s previous works, »
- Jeremy Clymer
Following the release of a brand new poster, Fox Searchlight has now premiered a second trailer for Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, which is set to premiere at the Berlin Film Festival followed by a March 7 release. The film features a massive ensemble cast including Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel, Jason Schwartzmann, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Saoirse Ronan, Tom Wilkinson, Mathieu Amalric, F. Murray Abraham, Bob Balaban and Tony Revolori. Grand Budapest tells of a legendary concierge (Revolori) at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protege. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune and the slow and then sudden upheavals that transformed Europe during the first half of the 20th century. Check out »
- Brad Brevet
Wes Anderson has certainly assembled a stellar cast for his upcoming comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel, and a new poster has arrived online today showing off its star-studded ensemble, which includes Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Ed Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Lea Seydoux, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Luke Wilson and newcomer Tony Revolori...
"Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend."
The Grand Budapest Hotel is set for release on March 7th, 2014. »
- Gary Collinson
Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel marks his highly anticipated return following the Oscar-nominated Moonrise Kingdom, and Fox Searchlight is gearing up its campaign nicely ahead of its Spring 2014 release.
The first trailer and poster launched back in October, giving a brilliant first look at what’s to come in Anderson’s latest feature. Following the new poster, released yesterday on Vulture, the studio has released a new ‘Meet the Cast of Characters’ trailer, introducing the impressive ensemble.
The Grand Budapest Hotel tells of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune and the slow and then sudden upheavals that transformed Europe during the first half of the 20th century.
Ralph Fiennes leads the cast as M. »
- Kenji Lloyd
Is there any way we can check into Wes Anderson.s The Grand Budapest Hotel this holiday season? Tomorrow? Like, right now? Because the above trailer, posted to Fox Searchlight.s YouTube page, is everything that we want from an Anderson comedy, and everything we.ve come to expect from a filmmaker working at the top of his unusual game. Ignore the gorgeous visual palette, which instantly suggests that you are existing in an Anderson universe. Embrace that cast, which starts off with Jude Law, Jason Schwartzman, Tom Wilkinson and F. Murray Abraham before diving into a mystery story involving Ralph Fiennes as the head of the titular establishment. You can get to know the colorful characters residing in Anderson.s Grand Budapest Hotel through this new poster, which highlights the facial hair of the director.s key players (courtesy of Vulture): The trailer is either pure gold or »
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