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Award-winning war journalist and filmmaker Sebastian Junger is no stranger to risk-taking. After venturing to Afghanistan and Nigeria for film projects, he is now taking a daring and unconventional approach to marketing and distribution with his latest documentary, “Korengal.” See photos: 20 of Denzel Washington and Liam Neeson's Biggest Box Office Hits (Photos) While the film is available to stream via more traditional services including iTunes and Amazon, Junger and his partners at indie company Goldcrest Films are also releasing a series of extras to potential viewers via BitTorrent's Bundle streaming service. Also read: Facebook Members Memorialize ‘Restrepo’ Director “We don't have a distribution partner, »
- Linda Ge
The frontrunners in this year’s Oscar actor races look to be made up of a lot of first-time nominees. Patricia Arquette is sitting pretty at the top of most pundits’ lists for supporting actress for “Boyhood” and J.K. Simmons is most people’s pick for supporting actor for “Whiplash.” The competitive best actor race is shaping up to be made up of almost entirely first-time nominees.
It’s only the best actress race where the veterans are thriving, from frontrunner Julianne Moore for “Still Alice” (a four-time nominee) to the likes of Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon, Hilary Swank and Marion Cotillard and frequent nominees Amy Adams and Jessica Chastain. Rosamund Pike and Felicity Jones are the only newcomers circling the field.
Moore is currently considered the one to beat, and not just because her performance as a professor diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in “Still Alice” is stunning work—she »
- Jenelle Riley
Ghosts, ghouls, vampires, demons—they've been frightening kids for centuries, and with good reason. But children's brains are strange, malleable places that can perceive even the most unassuming figures—a cute, helpful Jedi Grand Master, a cuddly elephantine creature, a precocious baby dinosaur—as sinister agents of terror. Which brings us to today's Halloween-inspired PopWatch Confessional: What's the unintentionally scary thing that frightened you most when you were a kid? (Bonus: Reading through is a great way to stealthily learn how old we all are.) Ashley Fetters, online news editor: I was about eight when I saw the original »
- EW staff
Stephen Colbert honored Canadian hero Kevin Vickers, the House of Commons' sergeant-at-arms who took down a lone gunman last week, by asserting he's the real-life version of “Die Hard” cop John McClane. See photos: 20 of Denzel Washington and Liam Neeson's Biggest Box Office Hits (Photos) “To Hell with Bruce Willis,” Colbert said. “This Canadian just put the “ay” and in ‘yippee ki yay motherf–ker.” As far as American action hero comparisons go, that's about as high as they get. See video: Bruce Willis Is a Hilarious Badass in ‘Die Hard’ Blooper Trailer And the praise didn't stop there. »
- Greg Gilman
Jennifer Lawrence tops this year's list of Most Valuable Stars, a rare accomplishment for an actress. In terms of box office alone, she is only the third woman to be the biggest box office draw since 1967 (Sandra Bullock, 2009; Julia Roberts, 1999). Lawrence stars in two major franchises with "The Hunger Games" and the "X-Men" reboot and continues to make awards-related films like "American Hustle" and "Silver Linings Playbook." Others in this year's top 10: Robert Downey, Jr., Leonardo DiCaprio, Bullock, Denzel Washington, Angelina Jolie, Tom Hanks, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, and Bradley Cooper. Vulture -Break- Amy Poehler confirms on NBC's "Today" that the next Golden Globes will be the last time that she and Tina Fey will host the ceremony. She says, "It’s the law of diminishing returns, which is why this is our last time. Unless you want to be a perennial host, there’s nowhere to go but down! »
It's hard not to love - and be a little jealous - of Nathan Gamble, the star of both Dolphin Tale movies. After all, he gets to swim with dolphins and has forged a real life relationship with Winter, just like his character, Sawyer. In real life, his love of the outdoors and athletics goes beyond the water. Nathan loves to play football and, of course, watch football, too! He's a huge fan of the Seattle Seahawks and considers Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson among his personal heroes. Since Nathan is such a fan of the game, and we are now fully into football season, Nathan counts down his Top 5 Favorite Football Films:
1) Rudy. What's better than this classic underdog story? As I guy who has always wanted to play football but was not blessed with a freakish athletic body, I love seeing this flick and visualizing myself getting carried off that Notre Dame field. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Nathan Gamble)
FX Prods. has added another prominent film production company to its roster of development partners, signing a first-look pact with Escape Artists.
The deal marks the first TV foray for the banner founded in 2001 by producers Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch. The two-year production deal covers projects developed for FX Networks channels.
“Todd, Jason and Steve have amply proven their ability to engage audience on the big screen with features that inspire and amuse,” said Nick Grad, who is president of original programming for FX Networks and FX Prods. along with Eric Schrier. “We are honored to have this opportunity to help them extend their artistic vision and producing prowess to television on behalf of FX Networks.”
Escape Artists’ most recent feature release was the Denzel Washington starrer “The Equalizer.” Its upcoming pics include the boxing drama “Southpaw” penned by Kurt Sutter, creator/exec producer of FX’s “Sons of Anarchy. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Hercules opened on top of the Japanese box office with $1.32 million (￥143 million) from 72,000 admissions and 653 screens this weekend, while Denzel Washington's The Equalizer taking the third spot with $722,000 (￥78 million) from only 183 screens. Overall, it was a relatively quiet weekend in Japanese theaters. Local manga adaptation romance Kinkyori Renai took $1.03 million (￥112 million) for second place, but was top in terms of admissions, with 91,400, the way movies are ranked locally. The live-action version of Rin Mikimoto's manga franchise, which has also been a TV series, dropped
- Gavin J. Blair
The first NYC edition of the PGA’s `Produced By’ confab launched this morning with a conversation between former PGA president and producer Hawk Koch and Nightcrawler‘s Jake Gyllenhaal, also in town prepping for his Broadway debut in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of Constellations.
Pointing out that Gyllenhaal already is a certified film star (with an Oscar nomination for Brokeback Mountain behind him all the way up through his “amazing performance” in Nightcrawler) Koch started off by asking him that, with all the problems associated with the job, Why become a producer?
“I think that headaches and heartbreak are part of any job if you put your heart into it,” Gyllenhaal responded. “I grew up with my parents behind the camera and that was the language that I knew. It wasn’t until later that I became an actor. I’ve aways been fascinated with the abrasion between »
- Jeremy Gerard
The time is nearly upon us when we’ll finally say goodbye to Middle Earth, as Peter Jackson’s last hurrah – The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies – will soon be arriving in theatres. For those detractors who believe stretching out a pamphlet into a three-part fantasy epic is to blame for The Hobbit‘s sluggish pace, we’ve got news for you. According to EW, the ending scene will be a mammoth 45-minute long battle sequence.
“We have a rule that we’re not allowed to go more than two or three shots of anonymous people fighting without cutting back to our principal characters,” Peter Jackson told the magazine. “Otherwise the audience just ends up with battle fatigue.”
Along with Jackson’s interview are several key pieces of artwork, focusing on the climactic showdown. The brawl will take place at the foot of Lonely Mountain, as all races »
- Gem Seddon
Empire CEO Mario Haddad and Gulf Films chief Selim El-Azar discuss distribution in the region at Abu Dhabi show business conference.
Cinema audiences in Middle East, and especially the Gulf, are growing and set to get bigger in coming years, leading distributers in the region told delegates at the International ShowBiz Expo in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.
“The market has mushroomed since the early 2000s and continues to grow,” Mario Haddad, CEO of pan-Arab distributor Empire International and Empire Gulf told the conference.
“Of course, it’s difficult in some territories due to current events but you might be surprised to learn that there is a cinema open in Damascus and still some business in Iraq,” he added.
Gulf Film CEO Selim El-Azar, who was also on the panel, noted that his company had released Fury in Damascus’ one remaining cinema this week.
“When people look at the region from afar they consider it as a whole »
Against the general mediocre trend of stuntmen turned directors, Chad Stahelski’s unassumingly titled John Wick is a surprisingly adept action thriller, resurrecting Keanu Reeves for his most enjoyable screen persona in years. Though its premise is pure pulpy amalgamation of basic revenge tropes forcing a criminal mastermind’s return to his lethal expertise (something we’ve seen a variety of grizzled visages return to this year alone, including Pierce Brosnan and Kevin Costner), the Stahelski strikes the kind of entertaining tone that many of these mind numbingly violent films are often unable to capture. Fast, fun, and with care taken on elements outside of the requisite action sequences, it’s a film that succeeds in generally conquering the fatigue of its own familiarity.
- Nicholas Bell
Ouija is your clear winner this weekend, by which I mean there's not all that much competition. This, believe it or not, is a Hasbro production, following the proud history of Transformers, G.I. Joe and Battleship. Trivia: When was the last horror film to win an October weekendc That would be Paranormal Activity 4 in 2012 with $29 million. This will be less than that, at $22.1 million, but that will still be enough to take the weekend with ease. I haven't seen a production budget yet, but something tell me it will be around the cost of a few board games, but not much more. Same with the Rt score, it's not in yet, but expect it to be limbo low. John Wick won't do The Equalizer numbers, not even close, which I guess is the difference between Denzel Washington and Keanu Reeves at the box office. Or perhaps September vs. Octoberc Regardless, »
- Laremy Legel
3rd Update, 2:45 Pm (Pt): Finals are in for Guardians Of The Galaxy, the No. 1 Bollywood movie this year stateside Bang Bang, director David Fincher’s thriller Gone Girl (which passed $100M stateside), the Denzel Washington action/drama The Equalizer, the animated The Boxtrolls, the Ya hit The Maze Runner, Luc Besson’s Lucy, Universal’s Dracula Untold, Fox’s sequel Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Ice Age: The Meltdown In 3-D which debuted in China this weekend to $3.2M on 2,800 plays, and also its buddy comedy Let’s Be Cops. In addition, Warner Bros.’ just reported for its horror film Annabelle and the courtroom drama starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Robert Duvall The Judge, and lest we forget Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (which debuted strong in the UK this weekend) and Hercules which are still playing in 17 markets. Final tallies for stateside newcomers Fox »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Relativity is nearing a deal to acquire U.S. distribution rights to writer-director Mike Binder's racially-charged drama “Black or White,” which stars Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer, TheWrap has learned. Relativity plans to release the film through its new multicultural division before the end of the year so that it may qualify for awards such as the Oscars and Golden Globes. “Black or White” premiered last month at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it screened as “Black and White.” Open Road had been in negotiations to acquire the film but those talks failed to lead to a deal. »
- Jeff Sneider and Linda Ge
Author John Grisham‘s recent remarks about men being unfairly imprisoned after watching child pornography has left Rosie O'Donnell in utter disgust. So much so that she suggested police should investigate him. See photos: 20 of Denzel Washington and Liam Neeson's Biggest Box Office Hits (Photos) “Did John Grisham feel like these people needed a champion and he was it?” she said on Friday's “The View,” telling her co-hosts that she was “horrified” by what the author said. Grisham said in an interview with The Telegraph this week: “We have prisons now filled with guys my age — 60-year-old white men — in prison, »
- Ryan O'Connell
David Ayer is probably best known as the former U.S. Navy sailor who broke onto the scene with his screenplay for Training Day, the film that won Denzel Washington a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal as a nefarious L.A. police officer. Since then, Ayer has cultivated a reputation as a writer-director of intense urban thrillers; his directorial credits include Harsh Times, Street Kings and End Of Watch, all films that depict the streets as chaotic war zones where the cops and gangsters »
- Eric Walkuski
Nobody makes movies as unrepentantly manly as David Ayer. The director started his career writing "Training Day," a script that would ultimately win Denzel Washington an Academy Award for Best Actor, and went on to write and direct similarly gritty crime movies "Harsh Times" and "End of Watch." Earlier this year, he co-wrote and directed "Sabotage," a modern day drug world variation on an Agatha Christie story that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger. All of Ayers movies up until now have been about men —sweaty, foul-mouthed, violence-loving men, with female characters serving as another way in which those men communicate with one another. But his most macho movie yet is this week's "Fury," a mud-and-blood-covered World War II yarn about a squad of soldiers in a tank (commanded by Brad Pitt) during the waning days of the European theater (read our review). We sat down with Ayer earlier this week and talked. »
- Drew Taylor
Director David Ayer made his directorial debut with his original screenplay Harsh Times. The gritty drama, starring Christian Bale and Freddy Rodriguez, which was released in the fall of 2006. Ayer garnered widespread acclaim and accolades for his hyper-realistic portrayal of life behind the blue line in End of Watch (2012). He moved to Los Angeles as a teenager and the experiences of his upbringing shaped much of his artistic vision and his inside knowledge and affection for the culture surrounding law enforcement can be seen throughout his work.
Ayer joined the United States Navy, where he served as sonar man aboard a nuclear attack submarine during the Cold War. After an honorable discharge, Ayer began writing. He wrote and was a co-producer on his “calling card” spec script Training Day, which became a hit film and garnered Denzel Washington an Academy Award for Best Actor.
Ayer also co-wrote the submarine thriller U-571, »
- Kellvin Chavez
With the recent releases of A Walk Among The Tombstones and The Equalizer, the crime film is as present as ever in our cinemas. Tombstones is a brutal, gritty mystery, seemingly tailor made for Liam Neeson’s brand of tough, haunted heroism. Those who enjoy a taut, page-turning thriller novel will love it (which is appropriate, considering it is based on a series of books by Lawrence Block). The Equalizer satisfies as a more heightened, bombastic crime story, featuring Denzel Washington excelling as an ingeniously badass defender of the downtrodden who takes on the Russian Mob pretty much single-handedly. These films seemingly exist at opposite ends of the spectrum, but they show just how much room for manoeuvre there is in the crime genre, with potential for many varied types of story to be told.
Many observers and fans of the genre would say that the 1970’s were »
- Michael Gordon
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