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The Definitive Movies of 1995

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

20. Dead Man Walking

Directed by: Tim Robbins

Susan Sarandon earned herself an Oscar for her work in “Dead Man Walking,” a film directed by her then husband, Tim Robbins. She plays Sister Prejean, a nun who befriends a death row inmate named Matthew (Oscar nominated Sean Penn) as they confide in one another and build a convincing relationship as the days and hours tick down until his execution. Robbins intercuts the scenes with Sarandon and Penn with moments of the actual crime taking place, creating a storytelling rift that both supports and contradicts moments within the film, creating two very carefully drawn and developed characters. In addition to visiting him regularly, Prejean begins the crusade to find him a lawyer to make an appeal, doing all she can to delay his sentence being carried out. But, as she meets the families of the victims, she finds herself torn between right »

- Joshua Gaul

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Memories of Alice, part 2 by Anne-Katrin Titze

30 January 2015 3:06 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Julianne Moore as Alice in Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland's candid Still Alice: "She welcomed the role without any trepidation."

Alec Baldwin's character, Julianne Moore's connection to Robert Altman's Short Cuts and Lyle Lovett's If I Had A Boat sung by Karen Elson, fame for Errol Flynn in The Last of Robin Hood, starring Kevin Kline, Dakota Fanning and Susan Sarandon are remembered. James Keach's Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, The Time of the Harvest, Elizabeth Bishop and Bruno Barreto's Reaching For The Moon, Rita Hayworth, Marcel Proust, and Stacey Battat's costumes come into our conversation. Alice's children are played by Kate Bosworth, Hunter Parrish and Kristen Stewart.

Anne-Katrin Titze: You quote Elizabeth Bishop's The Art Of Losing. It's beautifully used by Alice.

Kristen Stewart as Lydia: "Lydia is away on the other coast and becomes very significant in the story. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Hilary Swank, Susan Sarandon Join Animated ‘Spark’

29 January 2015 12:56 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hilary Swank and Susan Sarandon have taken voice roles in the 3D animated comedy “Spark,” joining Jessica Biel and Jace Norman.

Spark” is directed by Aaron Woodley for ToonBox Entertainment, Redrover Co. and Gulfstream Pictures, which teamed on “The Nut Job.”

It’s the first time Swank has been cast for her voice in an animated feature. She’ll voice a noble queen, and Sarandon will voice a nanny robot.

The story follows a teenage monkey, Spark; a battle-ready fox; and a tech-savvy warthog as they embark on a mission to take back their planet from a power-mad general. The film is currently in production with plans for a 2016 release.


- Dave McNary

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Swank, Sarandon, Biel To Voice "Spark"

29 January 2015 12:46 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Hilary Swank, Susan Sarandon and Jessica Biel are set to lend their voices to Aaron Woodley's 3D-animated sci-fi comedy feature "Spark" at ToonBox Entertainment Ltd., Redrover Co., Ltd. and Gulfstream Pictures.

The second feature from the team behind "The Nut Job," the project also marks Swank's first animated voice role.

Doug Hadders, Adam Rotstein and Woodley penned the script in which a teenage monkey named Spark (Jace Norman) and his friends, a battle-ready fox (Jessica Biel) and a tech-savvy warthog, must take back the besieged Planet Bana from the power-mad General Zhong.

It's a mission that takes Spark to the farthest reaches of the universe, and to the secret of his true identity. Sarandon will play a forgetful nanny robot, and Swank a noble and self-sacrificing Queen.

The film is in production and is targeting a release sometime next year.

Source: Toonbox Entertainment »

- Garth Franklin

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Kit Harrington of Game of Thrones in New ‘Spooks: The Greater Good’ Trailer

29 January 2015 8:41 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Kit Harrington, the English actor best known for his role as Jon Snow in HBO hit “Game of Thrones,” leaps into the 21st Century in a new trailer for his upcoming movie “Spooks: The Greater Good.” And, we mean literally leaps. Last month, he was cast in Xavier Dolan’s “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan,” co-starring Jessica Chastain, Susan Sarandon and Kathy Bates. [...] »

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Penn Is Latest Hollywood Celeb to Take Home French Academy's Honor

28 January 2015 1:46 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Sean Penn: Honorary César goes Hollywood – again (photo: Sean Penn in '21 Grams') Sean Penn, 54, will receive the 2015 Honorary César (César d'Honneur), the French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts has announced. That means the French Academy's powers-that-be are once again trying to make the Prix César ceremony relevant to the American media. Their tactic is to hand out the career award to a widely known and relatively young – i.e., media friendly – Hollywood celebrity. (Scroll down for more such examples.) In the words of the French Academy, Honorary César 2015 recipient Sean Penn is a "living legend" and "a stand-alone icon in American cinema." It has also hailed the two-time Best Actor Oscar winner as a "mythical actor, a politically active personality and an exceptional director." Penn will be honored at the César Awards ceremony on Feb. 20, 2015. Sean Penn movies Sean Penn movies range from the teen comedy »

- Steve Montgomery

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Idol Recap: Nola, N-o-l-a, Nola

22 January 2015 6:52 PM, PST | | See recent news »

A glittering purple unicorn landed smack in the middle of American Idol‘s Season 14 New Orleans audition stop — which in no way suggests that the show’s producers surprised us with a special return appearance by Nicki Minaj at the judges’ table. (People genuinely like Keith Urban, after all — they don’t want to see him break out into a Ptsd-induced panic attack.)

Rather, I’m talking about the Idoloonie Nation getting the all-too-rare opportunity to see a 2-to-1 vote against sending a contestant to Hollywood.

Don’t cry for 28-year-old Sarah Quintana, though. Sure, Keith was the only one »

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Gravitas Ventures Taps Griffin Gmelich to Oversee North American Sales

21 January 2015 8:27 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gravitas Ventures has made a series of key hires and promotions to its sales and acquisitions team in advance of the Sundance Film Festival, hiring Griffin Gmelich as senior vice president of sales and business development.

He will oversee sales of Gravitas’ films, documentaries, series and specials across North American video on demand, subscription video on demand, and ad sponsored video on demand platforms as well as television.

Gmelich will also advise on distribution opportunities and film pickups at festivals and will be part of the team representing Gravitas at Sundance.

Gmelich joins Gravitas following three years at Hulu where he led film content acquisitions efforts. Prior to Hulu, Gmelich was the head of domestic sales for Entertainment One, vice president of sales for Universal-Vivendi and held several positions at Warner Home Video in sales and communications.

In addition, Mia Bruno has been promoted to director of acquisitions and Brendan Gallagher »

- Brent Lang

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Charli Xcx, Rita Ora Pull a Thelma & Louise in New ‘Doing It’ Video

20 January 2015 4:04 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Charli Xcx and Rita Ora take a road trip in Charli’s video for her song “Doing It.” They’re a modern day Thelma and Louise, except they seem to have more fun. They go on a road trip through the American Southwest, hitting the honky tonks for shots and mechanical bull-riding. “Thelma & Louise” was a 1991 drama starring Geena Davis as Thelma and Susan Sarandon as Louise. ...Read More »

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Exclusive: Anne Dorval makes things clear in new clip from Xavier Dolan's 'Mommy'

19 January 2015 4:11 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Awards season is tailor-made for disappointment, but you can add Anne Dorval to the list of actresses who clearly did not get the praise they were due. The 54-year-old French Canadian collaborated with writer/director Xavier Dolan for the fourth time with "Mommy," a drama which finally hits U.S. theaters on Friday and, boy, she's pretty damn great in it. Dorval gives a charismatic and heartbreaking turn as the film's title character, a woman trying to deal with an almost uncontrollable teenage son (Antoine-Olivier Pilon) thrust unexpectedly back on her doorstep. After the film took home a jury prize at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival there was some faint hope that perhaps a critics' group here or there might give Dolan enough year-end love to thrust her into the Oscar field, but all of her kudos (so far at least) have come from north of the border. That being said, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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'Mommy' Director Xavier Dolan Doesn't Want You to Label His Films

19 January 2015 5:25 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Since winning the Jury Prize at Cannes this past year, you'd think Xavier Dolan would be happy to take a break. After all, the 25-year-old French-Canadian, whose latest endeavor "Mommy" is finally making its way stateside after garnering raves and becoming a box office success in Canada, has written and directed five films since turning 19; he's starred in a couple as well. But, it looks like he has no plans to stop.  Read More: Cannes Review: Is Xavier Dolan's 'Mommy' His Best Film? "Mommy," which opens in the U.S. on January 23, explores at the relationship between a struggling, widowed mother (Anne Dorval), her volatile son (Antoine-Olivier Pilon) and a neighbor (Suzanne Clément) who is eager to help. In honor of its release, Indiewire sat down with Dolan to not only discuss the film, but also his next project, the English-language "The Death and Life of John F. »

- Eric Eidelstein

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Is "Transformers: Age of Extinction" the Worst Movie of 2014? See Full List of Razzie Nominations! Who Gets Redeemed?

16 January 2015 1:36 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The Academy just announced the best in cinema of 2014 and now, here comes the Razzie saluting the worst! Michael Bay's "Transformers: Age of Extinction" receives the most nominations, all seven of them including Worst Picture and Screenplay! But somehow, Mark Wahlberg escaped the wrath of Razzie! And I thought he was horrible in the movie!

But this year, the Razzie introduces a new award. Maybe to show the softer side of Razzie! The new category is called the Redeemer Award which highlights previous Razzie regulars who redeemed themselves. My favorite is Ben Affleck who went from "Gigli" to "Argo" to "Gone Girl."

Winners of the 35th Golden Raspberry Award will be revealed on February 21st, the night before the Oscars!

Here's your complete list of Razzie nominees:

Worst Picture

"Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas"

"Left Behind"

"The Legend of Hercules"

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"

"Transformers: Age of Extinction"

Worst Actor

Kirk Cameron, »

- Manny

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Transformers: Age of Extinction Leads With Most Razzie Award Nominations

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

The 35th Annual Razzie Awards have announced the nominees for the worst achievement in film for 2014, with Michael Bay's "Transformers: Age of Extinction" earning a total of seven nominations, including worst picture and screenplay. "Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas" and "The Legend of Hercules" each earned six nominations. Both are up for the Worst Picture award, alongside Nicolas Cage's "Left Behind" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." Check out the full list of nominees below, and stay tuned for the awards show, which will take place on Saturday, February 21st, the day before the Oscars. Worst Picture: * Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas * Left Behind * The Legend of Hercules * Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles * Transformers: Age of Extinction Worst Actor * Kirk Cameron - Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas * Nicholas Cage - Left Behind * Kellan Lutz - The Legend of Hercules * Seth MacFarlane - A Million Ways to Die in the West »

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Razzies: 2015 Golden Raspberry Award nominations announced

14 January 2015 11:41 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With many of Hollywood’s finest busy on the awards season circuit, it wouldn’t be the same without the end of year Razzie nominations, which looks at those films that didn’t set the world alight in 2014.

It’s perhaps no surprise that it’s Michael Bay’s fourth Transformers film, Age of Extinction, that leads the way with seven Razzie nominations, including Worst Picture despite its worldwide box-office gross of over $1 billion. Bay himself is nominated for Worst Director, as well as Worst Screenplay.

Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas and The Legend of Hercules are just behind Transformers with six nominations, and join Nicholas Cage’s Left Behind and another Michael Bay production, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, in the Worst Picture category.

It’s also been another bad year for Cameron Diaz, who had three films underwhelm this year, and is nominated for Worst Actress for Sex Tape and The Other Woman, »

- Scott J. Davis

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The Nominations for the Worst Movies of 2014 Are In!

14 January 2015 9:21 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation has announced the nominations for the 35th annual Razzie Awards. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Legend of Hercules, and Transformers 4: Age of Ex-stink-Tion are leading the nominations for worst movies of the year. The only name I don't think belongs on this list of nominations is Mel Gibson for his role in The Expendables 3, because he was freakin' awesome in that!

You can check out the full announcement below, followed by the nominations list. Look it over and let us know if you agree with what they claim is the worst of 2014.

Hollywood was not happy with box office returns for 2014, their lowest-grossing year in recent history. Despite a handful of high-grossing hits, there were way more major misses — movies based on recycled premises and re-worked concepts that were already tired a decade or more ago, the cinematic equivalent of re-treaded tires. »

- Joey Paur

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2015 Razzie Nominations Unveiled; Transformers And Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Among The (Dis)honorees

14 January 2015 8:32 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s awards season, and though most of the buzz right now is devoted to which titles stand a fighting chance of being included in tomorrow’s Oscar nominations, the 35th annual Golden Raspberry Awards, known as the Razzies, are here with their nominees to remind us that even that the most loathsome crap of the cinematic crop may be handled some trophies of their own next month.

The nominees for this year’s Razzies – the “winners” of which will be announced on February 21st, the night before the Oscars – are hardly surprising. Michael Bay has always been a favorite punching bag for the mock awards, and his Transformers: Age of Extinction is one of the most frequently mentioned nominees this year (the Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles also made the cut in a number of areas). The barely-remembered The Legend of Hercules shows up an awful lot as well, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Blended and Transformers Lead the 2015 Razzie Nominations

14 January 2015 8:32 AM, PST | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

A big box office doesn't always mean a great film. Case in point: Transformers: Age of Extinction. Michael Bay's fourth film in the franchise is the fifth-highest-grossing movie of 2014 - and it also scored seven Golden Raspberry Award nominations. The Razzies honor the worst in film, so the fewer nominations a film gets, the better it must be. Sadly for the Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore comedy Blended, it's all over the list too. Same goes for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West. The full list of nominees is below, including one new category: Razzie's Redeemer Award. This one you do want; it's the filmmakers who have regained their street cred. Take a look, and stay tuned for the winners to be announced on Feb. 21, the night before the Oscars. Worst Picture Saving Christmas Left Behind The Legend of Hercules »

- Maggie-Pehanick

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Razzie Nominations: ‘Transformers 4′ Leads Pack; Redeemer Award Added

14 January 2015 6:38 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Nominations for the 35th annual Razzie Awards, which satirize “the Worst Achievements in Film for 2014,” are out. Transformers: Age Of Extinction leads the field with seven; while Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas and The Legend Of Hercules are tied at six nods each.

As usual, the Razzie races were unveiled one day before the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces its picks for the best achievements of the year in film. But are the Razzies softening at 35? A new category has been added this year for the Razzie Redeemer Award, which acknowledges “that past nominees and ‘winners’ can (and often do) go on to far far better things.” The inaugural class includes Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston and Kristen Stewart.

Elsewhere, along with Saving Christmas and billion-dollar box office hit Transformers 4, there are multiple mentions for A Million Ways To Die In The West, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles »

- The Deadline Team

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Transformers: Age Of Extinction Leads Golden Raspberry Nominations

14 January 2015 6:23 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

It may have been the highest grossing film of last year but there is no love for Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction as it leads the Razzie nominations. The Razzies, or Golden Raspberry awards, is an awards ceremony with a difference; rather than applaud the best and brightest, rewards are given to those who have created the worst in cinema.

Bay has been campaigning for Oscar glory and may see today’s news as somewhat of a setback, but his bank account will have the last laugh given the incredible box office the film received. The fourth instalment in the franchise received seven nominations for Worst Picture, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Worst Rip-Off, Remake or Sequel, Worst Director, Worst Screenplay and Worst On-Screen Combo. Cameron Diaz also hasn’t faired so well with three of her films, The Other Woman, Annie and Sex Tape all picking up nominations. »

- Kat Smith

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Cameron Diaz, Charlize Theron, Kellan Lutz Get Razzie Nominations

14 January 2015 3:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Just as the Golden Globes hangover is finally wearing off - and a day before Thursday's announcement of the Oscar nominees - here comes Hollywood's annual spitball: the Razzie nominations, announced Wednesday morning to shed a special light on the worst screen achievements of 2014. Heading the dishonor roll is Michael Bay's Transformers: Age of Extinction, with an impressive seven nominations, including worst picture, sequel and screenplay. Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas and The Legend of Hercules follow, with six nods each. As a sign that hope springs eternal, and to celebrate the fact that the Golden Raspberry Awards (their »

- Stephen M. Silverman, @stephenmsilverm

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