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It started in Wall Street and ended up in North Korea. 2014 was a year full of highs and lows in the world of cinema, with a diverse range of movies reeling in the punters, some striking visual moments that captured the present and teased the future, and several hugely saddening departures.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese's collaboration The Wolf of Wall Street opens in cinemas, providing the soundtrack to 2014 with Matthew McConaughey's chest-beating humming. The black comedy became the director's highest grossing film, scooped five Oscar nominations and reminded everyone why driving under the influence is a very bad idea.
The world of entertainment was devastated by the tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman at the age of 46. The acclaimed actor, who excelled in films like Boogie Nights, Capote, The Master and Magnolia, had been working on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 at the time of his passing. »
As the eggnog flows tonight, many of you will go to old holiday standbys like “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “A Christmas Story,” while others will run to counter-programming favorites like “Die Hard” and “Lethal Weapon.” Imagine, if you can, a world where auteurs like Werner Herzog and Lars von Trier would have directed a holiday film with a scene set on Christmas morning and you’ll be keyed into Foregrounds Media’s hilarious mindset. Thanks to the fine folks at No Film School, we have two clever and funny videos, titled “The Auteurs of Christmas,” that port the iconic styles of directors like Quentin Tarantino, David Lynch, Wes Anderson, Martin Scorsese, Jean-Luc Godard, Herzog and von Trier, over to a Christmas morning scene. This is how you get to slow-motion shots of a young boy walking in slow-motion to the tune of the Rolling Stones – Scorsese, naturally – and »
- Cain Rodriguez
What's in Netflix's '80s grab bag? Swoony Merchant-Ivory films; a trio of John Hughes romantic comedies; early films with Sean Penn and Matt Dillon; Oscar-winning turns by Meryl Streep, Jodie Foster and Daniel Day-Lewis; and a few classics you already know by heart.
Mixed in are probably a few critically acclaimed films you've never seen but always meant to, whether it's B-movie fun like "Big Trouble in Little China" or ultra-arty Nc-17 fare like "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover."
(Availability subject to change. DeLorean and pink prom dress not included.)
1. "A Room with a View" (1986) Nr
2. "The Accused" (1988) R
It's tough viewing, but Jodie Foster is mesmerizing as a rape victim who faces down her assailants in court.
3. "Bad Boys" (1983) R
- Sharon Knolle
Sneak Peek Nsfw images of Australian actress Margot Robbie, cast as 'Harley Quinn' in the DC Comics' adaptation "Suicide Squad", as she appears in director Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf Of Wall Street".
She then played 'Donna Freedman' in the TV series "Neighbours", first as a guest star, then becoming a regular cast member.
Robbie was then cast in Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" as 'Naomi Lapaglia'.
She will also appear in "Suite française", an adaptation of author Irène Némirovsky's novel.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek »
- Michael Stevens
When Pauline Kael wrote “movies are so rarely great art, that if we can’t appreciate great trash, there is little reason for us to go,” she may as well have been describing some of the films on this list. Combining elements of high and lowbrow art with varying degrees of success, these ten titles make up for in verve, goofiness and style what they lack in depth.
Despite its tepid love story, this tale of a doomed civilization perched on the edge of a CGI volcano was the most unabashedly enjoyable sword-and-sandal movie of the year. Weightier than both Hercules adventures, Paul W.S. Anderson’s “Pompeii” took itself far less seriously than the Biblical epics “Noah” and “Exodus: Gods and Kings.” And while the 3D eruption of Mount Vesuvius was indeed stunning, it’s Kiefer Sutherland’s wonderfully hammy turn as a villainous Roman Senator that stole the show. »
- Matthew Chernov
Penn, in an email to Mother Jones, said: “This week, the distributors who wouldn’t show ‘The Interview’ and Sony have sent Isis a commanding invitation. I believe Isis will accept the invitation. Pandora’s box is officially open.”
On Wednesday, Sony cited terrorist threats from hackers in its announcement to ditch the comedy. Penn said, “The damage we do to ourselves typically outweighs the harm caused by outside threats or actions.”
Penn also said that the issue of the Sony hacking should go before the United Nations.
The FBI linked the hackers to North Korea on Friday. President Obama said Sony had “made a mistake” in pulling the film.
Penn’s full statement:
It’s not the first time culture has been threatened by foreign interests and corporate caution. See [then Disney CEO] Michael Eisner »
- Dave McNary
Academy Award-winning composer Howard Shore is among today’s most respected composers and conductors. He’s been a frequent collaborator with David Cronenberg for 35 years and has scored nearly all his films since 1979 including 2014’s Maps to the Stars. He’s also had a long-standing collaboration with director Martin Scorsese on films that include Gangs of New York, The Departed, The Aviator, and Hugo. However, he is probably best known for his work with Peter Jackson on The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, including this year’s The Battle of the Five Armies. Recently, he also composed the original music for director Jon Stewart’s biopic, Rosewater. In an exclusive interview, Shore spoke about his creative partnerships with Cronenberg, Jackson, Scorsese and Stewart, his unique approach to composition and orchestration, the challenges of scoring an edgy drama compared to a large scale action movie set in a complex fantasy world, »
- Sheila Roberts
HBO has officially placed a series order for Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger's long-in-the-works project about a New York City record executive navigating the changing musical landscape of the 1970s, Collider reports. The network has also revealed the show's cast and their respective roles.
While HBO has been attached to the show for several years now, they hadn't given Scorsese and Jagger the green light until recently. Scorsese will direct the pilot episode for the still-untitled project, and continue to serve as one of the show's executive producers alongside Jagger and others. »
In an interview with Collider, Kingsman: The Secret Service director Matthew Vaughn revealed he probably won't shoot on film again, and has made the switch to digital, joining other filmmakers like Martin Scorsese. Although Vaughn does say there is something special about celluloid, he admits it's easier to shoot on digital. I’m not as bothered about it – I mean, I think digital is great, because it’s quicker, you can see it, you’ve »
- Jesse Giroux
Supervising sound editor and re-recording mixer Skip Lievsay will receive the Motion Pictures Sound Editors career achievement award at the 2015 Mpse Golden Reel Awards, the org announced today.
Over his 30-year career, Lievsay has worked on nearly 150 films, including frequent collaborations with directors Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee and John Sayles. He has worked with the Coen brothers since his sound editing debut on “Blood Simple” and recently collaborated with Them on “Inside Lleywn Davis.”
In 2014, Lievsay received an Oscar for sound mixing for his work on “Gravity” with Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro. Lievsay has also received Oscar nominations for his work on “Inside Lleywn Davis,” “True Grit” and “No Country for Old Men.”
“Skip represents the pinnacle in artistry in motion picture sound,” said Mpse president Frank Morrone. “He has worked tirelessly to invent new and creative ways to use sound to advance directors’ visions, to tell stories and to entertain audiences. »
- Lisa Schulz
Clint Eastwood is in need of something good. Desperately. I want it to be American Sniper, but talk about it so far, including Brad's review, has been mediocre at best and terrible at worst. I will still see the movie, starring Bradley Cooper as "The Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. History" (so the poster poses), but I am not getting my hopes up. For those eagerly awaiting this film, or people who just like movie marketing, below you will find a new trailer, a new clip, and a new poster for the film. So much promotion! #AmericanSniper, amiritec I hope when I see this I am pleasantly surprised by what I see. I cannot think of a film of Eastwood's I have liked since 2008's Changeling, and even that had a lot of issues. Is this the age thing Quentin Tarantino is talking about and why he will retire »
- Mike Shutt
"Who's the toughest actor in Hollywood?" Frank Grillo asks, wrapping his hands in preparation for training. Grillo's posing the question to Terry Southerland, his trainer of more than 20 years. Lacing up Grillo's gloves, Southerland doesn't hesitate before responding, "You are." Standing in the middle of an underground boxing gym in New York City, Grillo is just one of the guys. He walks like a fighter, he talks like a fighter, and other than having the best hair in the gym—according to his trainers—he looks like a fighter. In this moment, there's almost nothing that points to the fact »
- Samantha Highfill
2014 has been a landmark year for comic book movies. Not only did we get two of Marvel's best-ever films (Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier), but the major studios announced enough future superhero adaptations to take us all the way up to 2019.
It's been a pretty landmark year for comic books too. It feels as though more genuinely exciting new titles launched in 2014 than in the past ten years combined, with DC, Marvel and especially Image taking big risks and creating some seriously compelling comics in the process.
We've picked out our 14 favourite comics from this year in terms of big-screen potential:
The Comic: On paper, Spread doesn't sound like the most original book on the market. Like The Walking Dead, it's set in a post-apocalyptic world where survivors fight off gruesome monsters and each other. As with The Thing, those monsters are giant shape-shifting »
It's official. "Sony Pictures has no further release plans for the film," a rep for the studio said Wednesday. The studio has also removed any trace of the movie from it's official website.
What was once a joke amongst film lovers has truly become a real life nightmare for Sony Pictures Entertainment and their film The Interview. The embattled studio, who was recently the victim of a cyber attack by an organization calling themselves "Guardians of Peace", has decided to effectively shelve their controversial Seth Rogen-James Franco starrer, The Interview. As of right now the movie will not be coming out in theaters, VOD or any other form.
That is until it ends up on the internet, right?
Could it be that "Guardians of Peace" are simply one or two people sitting in front of computer laughing themselves silly over the mayhem they created?
We'll get to that shortly. »
We are watching precedent unfold in front of us right now, and I'm afraid we're doing it wrong. Fear is driving a major studio to pull a film from release before it has even opened, and fear had every major theater chain ready to drop the film if the studio hadn't backed down. This cannot be the way we make decisions. My first major job was working for AMC Theaters, starting as an usher, then working my way up through pretty much every position I could hold at a local theater. I worked concessions, I sold tickets, I trained as a projectionist, I built up prints, and by the time I graduated high school, I had become an assistant manager. When I took my first trip up to Florida State University's campus to prepare for my attendance in the fall of '88, it was the early days of the controversy »
- Drew McWeeny
Exclusive: After November’s Dumb And Dumber To scored $128 million worldwide (and counting), it’s a no-brainer that Red Granite would want to stay in the Jim Carrey business. I hear the finance and production shingle led by Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland has snapped up comedy pitch Deep Cover from writer Johnny Rosenthal. If deal sticks it’ll be a starring vehicle for Carrey, continuing his successful relationship with Red Granite, while Carrey would also produce alongside Michael Aguilar for their Some Kind Of Garden banner.
Plot details of the original pitch are being kept under wraps. This summer Rosenthal sold The Three Tenors to Lionsgate. He’s also got action comedy Iron Jack in development at Sony and wrote Bad Santa 2 for Dimension.
- Jen Yamato
Martin Scorsese, arguably one of the greatest living filmmakers, often gets unfairly branded as a guy who mainly makes “mafia” movies. While it’s true that Scorsese’s contributions to the genre (“Mean Streets,” “Goodfellas,” “The Departed”) are nothing to scoff at, it’s also an unfair and reductive generalization. The truth is that he has contributed to more cinematic genres then you can shake a bloody baseball bat at: from lavish period dramas to rock n’ roll documentaries, religious parables and children’s fantasies. Scorsese also peppers all his pictures with references to films that influenced him: for instance, his underrated “Shutter Island” is deeply indebted to Samuel Fuller’s “Shock Corridor." Of all the New Hollywood filmmakers that emerged in the 1970’s —those film-literate autodidacts who studied the visual language of forebearers Howard Hawks and John Ford and then radically rebelled against that selfsame establishment— Scorsese is almost certainly the most. »
- Nicholas Laskin
Update: Sony has canceled the December 25th theatrical release of The Interview, according to Variety, citing several major theatrical chains' decisions not to screen the film as the reason. "We respect and understand our partners' decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theatergoers," the company said in a statement.
Seth Rogen and James Franco's assassination-plot romp The Interview has become the most controversial movie in decades. Following terror threats on movie theaters planning on showing the film, Sony, the studio behind it, »
Lee Evans has revealed that he has no plans to return to Hollywood, describing his experience of working in movies in the '90s as "terrible" and "lonely".
In an interview with Phill Jupitus on the behalf of Digital Spy, Evans spoke candidly about his time in the Us, when he starred in movies such as The Fifth Element, MouseHunt and There's Something About Mary.
"It was terrible," said Evans. "It was really lonely. I lived there for two years.
"I learnt a lot - I would never trade that for anything - but on a personal level, I really missed my wife and daughter.
"If I ever went back. I'd have to go in and get straight out."
Evans was coy when asked whether it was true that he turned down a movie offer from Martin Scorsese, revealing that he did speak with the iconic director at a three-hour meeting in a London hotel. »
Wamg has your passes to the advance screening of The Gambler.
Jim Bennett (Academy Award®-nominee Mark Wahlberg) is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring (Alvin Ing) and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother (Academy Award®-winner Jessica Lange) in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank (John Goodman), a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett’s future. As his relationship with a student (Brie Larson) deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance…
The Gambler Opens December 25th
One winner will receive a download link for the digital soundtrack and a pass to the screening. »
- Movie Geeks
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