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THR has released an official list of the most viewed trailers of 2014. And you may be surprised to see which movie came in first. While a lot of your are probably guessing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it was actually Fifty Shades of Grey that took top honors. While Star Wars: The Force Awakens had the best start of the year, grabbing 58.2 million views in its first five days of release, it was Fifty Shades of Grey that won the race with its four month head start. The trailer has been viewed 93 million times on Youtube since its July 24 release. Don't feel too bad for Star Wars 7, though, as it came in second place with 81 million Youtube views since its debut over Thanksgiving weekend. In third place was Avengers: Age of Ultron with 78 million views. Here is the full top 20 list of most watched trailers followed by the trailers themselves. »
"Congratulations! We’ve made it through another spin around the sun." Indeed we have. Since we're at the end of the year, it's not uncommon to see endless tributes and retrospectives recapping the year. "Here's to 2014" is yet another, but it packs in more than just a few events. Made by the graphics company behind the 85 Best Picture Oscar Winners infographic we featured in February, called Beutler Ink, the graphic (seen below) includes references to nearly every major movie, pop culture moment, or news event, from Too Many Cooks to the death of Robin Williams, The Lego Movie, Interstellar and Ghostbusters, too. The only thing missing is some kind of reference to the Sony Hack, but The Interview guys may be in there. Take a look! From the poem on their website: "The Lego Movie made it hip to be square, and Matthew McConaughey was everywhere. We made some new friends and lost some old, »
- Alex Billington
Paramount's "Selma" from director Ava Duvernay is picking up steam this awards season. The Martin Luther King drama has been announced to be the opening night movie of the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. The festival will close on Sunday, January 11 with the Us premiere of "Boychoir" from director Francois Girard. David Oyelowo, who plays the beloved King in "Selma," is also being honored at the fest with Breakthrough Performance Award, Actor.
Here's the complete press release which includes the list of Easter European movies in a program titled Eastern Promises:
Palm Springs, CA (December 16, 2014) . The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will launch on Friday, January 2 with the opening night screening of the GoldenGlobe nominated Selma directed by Ava Duvernay. The Festival will wrap on Sunday, January 11 with the Us premiere of Boychoir directed by François Girard. New this year, the festival will focus on »
What kind of circle is time again? A year after blowing the doors off our annual critics’ poll, golden boy Matthew McConaughey won just a single vote for his turn in the loudest movie of the year, Christopher Nolan’s tears-in-space effort Interstellar, which has tied with the unprescient Transcendence as 2014’s worst film. (Transcendence dreamed that Johnny Depp’s character would take over every screen in the world — that didn’t happen.) But his margin of victory lives on, this year in the form of Marion Cotillard, who wins best actress twice: first for the Dardenne brothers’ vote-gathering drama Two Days, One Night, then besting second-place Scarlett Johansson (Under the Skin) with her turn in Ja »
Following the news yesterday’ that it had crossed the $600 million mark worldwide, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar also joins a very lucrative club now that it has passed $100 million from IMAX screenings alone.
Interstellar is still being screened in IMAX until the end of the year, but the movie has now joined Avatar, Gravity and The Dark Knight Rises (also directed by Nolan) to pass $100 from IMAX screenings alone.
More than an hour of Interstellar was shot specifically for IMAX.
Featuring in the cast of Interstellar are Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises), Jessica Chastain (The Help), Michael Caine (Inception), Mackenzie Foy (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games), Casey Affleck (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints), Topher Grace (Spider-Man 3), John Lithgow (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Bill Irwin (Lady in the Water), David Gyasi (Cloud Atlas), Ellen Burstyn (Requiem for a Dream »
- Luke Owen
If it were up to us, every season would be TV season. No more 10, 16, or 22-episode batches at a time - just 52 blissful weeks of new content from our favorite shows. But, alas, that's not how it works. We can pretend that the wait just makes us appreciate the shows more when they air, but in this world of instant gratification it really just makes us impatient. Here are 15 shows we're particularly excited/impatient/desperate to see return or premiere in 2015.
The first season of "The Walking Dead" only had six episodes, so we should be grateful to get eight episodes of Season 5 from October-November 2014 and eight more again when Twd returns from February-March. Plus, there's a "companion series" coming at some point in 2015 as well. And we are grateful - when we're not whining about the wait. How will Maggie Greene, Daryl Dixon and company react »
- Gina Carbone
Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that Christopher Nolan’s critically acclaimed film Interstellar has surpassed $100 million in IMAX Theatres worldwide since its release on November 5, marking the fourth time an IMAX film has crossed the $100 million threshold.
While Interstellar concluded its circuit-wide domestic run in IMAX theaters on December 14, the film will continue to play through at least the weekend of December 19 in the following North American IMAX 70mm film locations:
Austin, TX IMAX Theater Austin Branson, Mo Elite Cinema 3/Ozark IMAX Chantilly, Va Udvar-Hazy Center IMAX Dearborn, Mi Henry Ford IMAX Des Moines, Ia Sci IMAX Dome Theater Huntsville, Al Spacedome IMAX Theater Indianapolis, In White River IMAX Philadelphia, Pa Tuttleman IMAX – Franklin Institute San Jose, CA Hackworth IMAX Seattle, Wa Boeing IMAX – Pacific Science Center Tampa, Fl Museum of Science and Industry Washington, D.C. Lockheed Martin IMAX Theatre
Continuing the legacy begun by »
- Michelle McCue
Christopher Nolan's space epic Interstellar continues to soar on the big screen, becoming the fourth film ever to surpass $100 million worldwide in Imax theaters. The film, released Nov. 5, has earned more than $621 million worldwide to date. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain, the Paramount and Warner Bros. film concluded its domestic run in Imax theaters Dec. 14, but will continue to play through at least the weekend of Dec. 19 in some Imax 70mm film locations around the nation. Nolan shot parts of Interstellar — more than an hour of it — with Imax cameras.
- Rebecca Ford
Blame “True Detective,” in part, which helped kick off 2014 in rousing fashion, but the blurred line between “limited series” and just plain old series has complicated the definition of a “drama.” But for the purposes of a year-end list, the two can coexist, encompassing any program presented on an episodic basis, even if the story offered closure.
By that measure, both “True Detective” and “Fargo” — the latter categorized as a miniseries for Emmy balloting — as well as Starz’s “The Missing” can join an array of dramas that, frankly, could easily fill a “top 20” list. But who on Earth has time to click through that?
Obviously, reducing the current age of drama to an arbitrary tally is going to overlook several heavy hitters, and the roster underwent considerable tinkering right down till the end. Series like “The Walking Dead,” “Mad Men” and “Downton Abbey” – -which all would have qualified in the past –- didn’t, »
- Brian Lowry
It may have missed out on top spot at the North American box office, but Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic Interstellar has now blasted past the $600 million mark worldwide, having banked $621.8 million to date. Of that figure, $166.8 million comes from its domestic run, along with an impressive $455 million from international markets.
Featuring in the cast of Interstellar are Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises), Jessica Chastain (The Help), Michael Caine (Inception), Mackenzie Foy (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games), Casey Affleck (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints), Topher Grace (Spider-Man 3), John Lithgow (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Bill Irwin (Lady in the Water), David Gyasi (Cloud Atlas), Ellen Burstyn (Requiem for a Dream), David Oyelowo (The Butler) and Matt Damon »
- Gary Collinson
As I'm sure you're well aware, a massive hacking of Sony Pictures has taken place, which has resulted in a flurry of revelations as emails between Sony executives and their contacts have been made public. A variety of outlets have covered the story in detail and it all reads like a dirty memoir, while at the same time offers fascinating insight into an industry that somehow manages to keep a lot of its dirty laundry quiet. You hear rumblings every now and then, but nothing too damning or revealing. With this recent hack the studio has reportedly had to suspend filming on some of its features as it can't process payments and in our first story looking at the fallout we'll take a look at the saga of one film that was once in Sony's hands and how it came to find its way to Universal. Myself and my podcast »
- Brad Brevet
It sounds like Warner Bros. may have a director attached to Jason Momoa’s standalone Aquaman film that they plan on releasing in 2018. The character is most likely going to make his big screen debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Momoa previously stated that he would like to see Zack Snyder at the helm on Aquaman, but it seems like the studio has a different person in mind to take on the film's development.
According to the Daily Beast, WB may have hired Jeff Nichols to direct Aquaman. Honestly, if this is true, it is one of the best directing decisions that the studio has made for one of their superhero films. Nichols is an incredibly talented director who brought us the films Mud with Matthew McConaughey and Take Shelter with Michael Shannon. Both films were incredibly well made.
The guy is definitely a much more talented storyteller than Snyder is. »
- Joey Paur
From the apparent death of the romantic sitcom to the resurgence of superhero shows, there have been a lot of developments in television over the year. But if there is one trend that has defined 2014 in television, it has been the migration of directors to the small screen for season-long projects. While not an idea that’s unique to the year, as the Jane Campion-helmed first season of Top of the Lake signalled the trend in 2013, this year’s television firmly established the migration as something more than a novelty.
Of course, big name directors hopping in for an episode or two of shows they are executive producers on is nothing new. Martin Scorsese’s direction in the pilot no doubt convinced some people to give Boardwalk Empire a chance, as did Neil Marshall’s work on the pilot of Constantine »
- Deepayan Sengupta
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Time may be a flat circle, but enough has rotated that some of the lustre has left True Detective. HBO’s prestige procedural felt dazzling on-screen – spanning 17 years, a meaty, two-hander between damaged, driven cop Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and his self-righteous, self-deluding partner Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson) against the pungent backdrop of the Louisiana bayou. Cohle and Hart did not banter over corndogs like Starsky and Hutch. Instead, there were fractious arguments in a suffocating car. Whenever Cohle embarked on another nihilistic monologue about the nature of evil, Hart looked about ready to snap off the steering wheel.
Things were just as interesting behind-the-scenes. »
- Graeme Virtue
Warner Bros. Pictures/Paramount Pictures
Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, released last month to a largely positive reception, has had its critics; many have described it as Nolan’s weakest, complete with the trademark ambition but not the entertainment value or satisfying storytelling we’ve come to expect from the director. But while Interstellar is a deeply flawed film, and one that did divide viewers, most critics at least agreed upon certain things.
For instance, there’s the powerful performance by Matthew McConaughey in the lead role, the sheer emotive power of what must be Nolan’s most personal film, and the majesty of the visual effects, with the sequence depicting the Endurance’s journey through the wormhole in particular drawing praise.
Interstellar has rightly been celebrated for these things, but while those are certainly some of the most obvious plus points, they’re not the be-all and end-all. Nolan’s movie is a dense, »
- Brogan Morris
Moe from "The Simpsons." All of Damien Rice's albums. "Winnie the Pooh's" Eyeore. Steve Buscemi's Seymour in "Ghost World." Sad bastards are sometimes the leads, like Matthew McConaughey's Rusty in "True Detective" or Hazel in "Fault in Our Stars." Sometimes they're just the whipping boy like Philip Seymour Hoffman in "The Big Lebowski" or the stricken Ellinor in "The Knick." And sometimes they're not even characters: they're just Drake. Sad sacks deserve their own recognition, because we kind of love them due to, in spite of and aside from their sinking-rock sulk. So as part of our Year-End roundup from 2014, we've decided to recognize the sourest, most unfortunate characters in TV movies and even music: The 2014 HitFix Sad Bastard Awards. Check out who we picked from "Mad Men," "Rectify," "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay," the Grammys, "Game of Thrones," "Orange Is The New Black" and more. »
- Katie Hasty
10. The Leftovers
There have been a number of new and returning shows that have enthralled, horrified, excited, and caused numerous other emotional reactions among the viewing public. However no show, new or old, has left an impression as deep as that of HBO’s The Leftovers. While the series’ 10 episode first season ended its run in early September, its impact has lasted much longer, making it a strong entry in the list of the best shows of 2014.
The key strength of The Leftovers is its seeming disinterest in what caused the event at the center of the show. The series’ decision to focus on the effect rather than the cause not only sets it apart from nearly everything else on television, it also helps develop the show’s wide swath of characters. In addition, putting the disastrous event as the backdrop, rather than at the forefront, allows the audience to »
All hope isn’t lost for “American Sniper.” Even though the Bradley Cooper drama about Navy Seal Chris Kyle hasn’t leapt into the award season race yet, it still holds a stealth advantage as it enters Oscar balloting — passionate fans.
The Golden Globe nominees (announced on Thursday) and SAG Awards (Wednesday) don’t necessarily take passion into account. But the Academy Award nominating system for best picture, determined by a preferential ballot (that puts more “weight” on a film ranked as No. 1 by a voter), can help out a movie like “Sniper,” which has ardent groupies. In recent years, films such as “A Serious Man,” “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” “District 9,” “Tree of Life,” “Toy Story 3″ and “Amour” were nominated in the top Oscar category because their fans loved them in a fanatical way.
Here are seven filmsthat could benefit from a similar surge this year.
1. “Unbroken »
- Ramin Setoodeh
As a populace, we already know what we talked about too much in 2014: Taylor Swift's music industry takeover; Matthew McConaughey's ascent from beefy rom-com star to prestige actor; the nude-photo theft that launched a million thinkpieces about consent, privacy, sexism, and celebrity; Ben Affleck's junk. But for every overhyped idea, there's a corresponding underhyped one—a would-have-been national conversation that didn't materialize, an important work that deserved more appreciation, or a would-be breakout star like Sam Smith or Lupita Nyong'o who never quite managed to yank the spotlight away from the real Sam Smith or Lupita Nyong'o. »
- EW staff
Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has announced the nominees in both film and television for the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards. Check out the full list of nominees below. In the film categories, "Birdman" has seven nominations, followed by "Boyhood" and "The Imitation Game" with five each. In the TV categories, HBO received a total of 15 nominations. The Golden Globe Awards will be televised live on NBC from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on January 11th, 2015. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will co-host the show. Best Motion Picture, Drama: * Boyhood * Foxcatcher * The Imitation Game * Selma * The Theory of Everything Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama: * Julianne Moore (Still Alice) * Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) * Reese Witherspoon (Wild) * Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) * Jennifer Aniston (Cake) Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama: * Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) * Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) * Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game »
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