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Christopher Lee. Vincent Price. Peter Cushing.These were the titans of horror films for a good thirty year stretch beginning in the late '50s with Hammer Horror's rise following the release of The Curse of Frankenstein. Price focused more on the campy stuff once he realized he was good at it following his long standing collaboration with Roger Corman and American International Pictures, but Lee and Cushing have a much less fanciful CV behind them. Hammer Films was retelling the classic horror tales introduced to audiences by Universal's gothic romances with the romance largely replaced by vicious violence and unrelenting unpleasantness.It was this early willingness to go the extra mile to repulse audiences that made Cushing and Lee into icons of the new generation of horror...
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Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (fantasy-adventure; Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Evangeline Lilly, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee; also available in 3D; rated PG-13) Into the Woods (musical; Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick; rated PG) Unbroken – (Angelina Jolie-directed historical drama; Jack O'Connell, Domhnall Gleeson; rated PG-13) The Riot Club (thriller; Sam...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (fantasy-adventure; Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Evangeline Lilly, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee; also available in 3D; rated PG-13) Into the Woods (musical; Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick; rated PG) Unbroken – (Angelina Jolie-directed historical drama; Jack O'Connell, Domhnall Gleeson; rated PG-13) It Follows (must-see horror...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Hovering just under one billion dollars in worldwide gross, the final installment of Peter Jackson’s prequel trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies actually has the distinction of being the lowest grossing of the three films, though it’s quite close to 2013’s second installment, The Desolation of Smaug. Though each film has a distinctive leaning, beginning with the first installment’s predilection for overabundant exposition, followed by a mid-segment of breathless promises, and finally, a CGI explosion of endless battle sequences, its apparent that Jackson’s product was stretched beyond its narrative breaking point. To compare this to the wealth of material that supported the epic scope of his earlier Lord of the Rings trilogy simply points to the ways profit based zealotry has warped the sensibilities of mainstream film production.
Those familiar with J.R.R Tolkien’s novel that preceded the opus of the Fellowship »
- Nicholas Bell
Orlando Bloom adores his fans!
Watch: Eddie Redmayne Hilariously Reenacts His Failed 'Hobbit' Audition
The ensemble cast is led by Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Billy Connolly, James Nesbitt, Ken Stott, Aidan Turner, Dean O'Gorman, Graham McTavish, Stephen Fry and Ryan Cage.
The film also stars Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Mikael Persbrandt, Sylvester McCoy, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, William Kircher, Stephen Hunter, Adam Brown, John Bell, Manu Bennett and John Tui.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is out on »
The comedy great received the honour in person in London.
Us comedy writer, actor and director Mel Brooks has been awarded the highest honour of the British Film Institute (BFI), the BFI Fellowship, at a private dinner in London tonight (March 20).
Previous recipients include Sir Christopher Lee, Ralph Fiennes, David Cronenberg, Dame Judi Dench, Isabelle Huppert, Tim Burton, Martin Scorsese and Orson Welles. The honour is awarded by the BFI Board of Governors and is presented for outstanding achievement in film and television
Ahead of the presentation, Brooks said: “I am deeply honoured to be the recipient of the BFI Fellowship and to be inducted into such distinguished company.
“When I was informed that I had been chosen, I was surprised and delighted. Not many Americans have been offered this prestigious award…and for good reason.”
BFI chair Greg Dyke, who hosted the event, said of Brooks: “His brilliant wit and satire have continued to surprise and delight »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Chang was previously named as the Filmmaker in Focus at this year’s Hkiff, which will screen 14 of her films. Murmur Of The Hearts, in which she goes back to her Taiwanese roots, stars Isabella Leong, Joseph Chang, Lawrence Ko and Lee Sinje.
Other Hong Kong films receiving their world premiere at Hkiff include Lau Ho-Leung’s Two Thumbs Up, starring Francis Ng, Simon Yam and Leo Ku, and Fruit Chan’s documentary My City about well-known local writer Xi Xi.
Hkiff has also collaborated once again with Youku on an omnibus film, which will receive its receive its world premiere at the »
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The third and final Hobbit film is just around the corner from its home video debut as Warner Home Video has announced The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD release date is March 24, 2015. The Digital HD version will not arrive earlier than its disc-based companion versions.
Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was a worldwide sensation when it released theatrically this past December to wrap up The Hobbit film series and simultaneously complete Jackson's six-film Middle-earth series. The film has earned over $951 million at the worldwide box office and is making a final push toward crossing the $1 billion mark.
Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. Comprising the world renowned ensemble cast are Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, »
The finale in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy, The Battle of the Five Armies, hit theaters just in time for the holidays and now Warner Bros. has announced it's coming to blu-ray in March so fans can re-live the action as many times as they want. Come inside to see when you can bring the film home, and what special features it's coming with.
If you can't wait for the upcoming Extended Edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (which we all know is coming), then you're in luck, as Warner Bros. has announced you can take home the theatrical blu-ray on March 24th. Check out all the details according to their press release:
The adventures of Bilbo Baggins come to an epic conclusion in “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), arriving onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
The adventures of Bilbo Baggins come to an epic conclusion in The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), arriving onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on March 24 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
In The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. The international ensemble cast is led by Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Billy Connolly, James Nesbitt, Ken Stott, Aidan Turner, Dean O'Gorman, Graham McTavish, Stephen Fry and Ryan Cage. The film also stars Cate Blanchett, »
Slaps an honest emotional sincerity and a dry, almost humorous pragmatism in the face of macho posturing and identity tribalism. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It’s an Enemy Mine sort of scenario in Georgian filmmaker Zaza Urushadze’s Tangerines — Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language film — except it’s more kind of Enemy Theirs. Set during the Georgian civil war of the early 1990s, just after the breakup of the Soviet Union, this is the tale of elderly Ivo (the very Christopher Lee-esque Lembit Ulfsak) and his middle-aged neighbor Margus (Elmo Nüganen), ethnic Estonians who’ve stayed behind, while all their friends and family have fled back to Estonia, in order to bring in Margus’s crop of tangerines. One evening a firefight almost on their doorsteps in their rural mountain village »
- MaryAnn Johanson
If you’re a diehard horror fan, you no doubt recognize the strides that “classic” horror films took to get us where we are today. While these films are indeed respected, they are often considered hokey, now that the bar for our tolerance of fear has climbed so high in the last 85 or more years. Naturally, as we change as human beings, so do the fears and expectations of each passing generation, be it the result of advances in science, social norms or the general state of humanity. A great example, as much as I find the subtle shadow play and slow-burn dread of John Carpenter’s Halloween terrifying, younger folks may find Rob Zombie’s loose remake/revision to be a much more frightening and socially-relative film with its abrasive depiction of graphic violence. A quality horror film, and what is often recognized as a “classic”, is one that »
- Josh Soriano
Berlin — Wolfe Releasing has taken U.S. theatrical rights to Josh Kim’s debut “How to Win at Checkers (Every Time),” which plays in the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival. The sale was handled by M-appeal.
Pic, which is based on Rattawut Lapcharoensap’s short stories in the book “Sightseeing,” is about an orphaned 11-year-old who learns to play the game of life, doing whatever it takes to change his fate.
- Leo Barraclough
The first time I ever watched “Saturday Night Live” was in June 1978, when my parents allowed me and some friends to stay up and watch an episode for my eighth birthday. Back then, that was the only way anyone could see the show.
In 2015, people don’t need to wait until ’round midnight to watch “Saturday Night Live.” They can view it at any time they want, thanks to video on demand and DVRs. Then there are those who happen upon four or five clips from each broadcast via social media, and consider this pass-along the definitive version of each episode.
That decentralization of the viewing process has left “Saturday Night Live” open to more armchair quarterbacking than ever. Because the program is no longer seen only in the wee hours of the night, it is more accessible, and anyone can feel a sense of ownership over how much air »
- Brian Steinberg
When it comes to the character of Dracula, cinema has had more than its fair share of great actors take on the role. Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee, Frank Langella, and Gary Oldman are just a few of the superb actors to play the iconic role and now Luke Evans is the latest to take up the mantle. The man took on Vin Diesel and The Rock in Fast And Furious 6 and brought down the mighty Cumberbatch dragon in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies. I'd say »
- Sean Wist
We might have to wait until Sunday night to find out who has snagged the fan voted Ee Rising Star BAFTA, as well as if Eddie Redmayne can collect another statue for his performance as Stephen Hawking, but we can now reveal who will be the recipient of the Fellowship award.
The Fellowship is the highest accolade that BAFTA bestows, given to individuals deemed of an exceptional contribution to film, television, or games. Previous recipents include Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Lee, and Helen Mirren. This years worthy winner is director Mike Leigh.
“Mike Leigh is one of Britain’s finest filmmakers, so I am delighted that we will honour him with the Fellowship, recognising his outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, at this Sunday’s Ee British Academy Film Awards. He is a true innovator, »
- Kat Smith
Mr Turner director to be honoured this weekend.
Awarded annually, the Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed by BAFTA upon an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games.
Fellows previously honoured for their work in film include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Lee, Martin Scorsese and Alan Parker. Helen Mirren received the Fellowship at last year’s Film Awards.
Leigh said: “What a privilege to be honoured with the BAFTA Fellowship. I’m moved, delighted and surprised.”
This Saturday, the day before the ceremony in London, the writer-director will join a number of close colleagues and friends »
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London — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts will present Mike Leigh with the BAFTA Fellowship, its highest accolade, at the film awards ceremony on Feb. 8 in London.
The annual award is given to an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games.
Those previously honored for their work in film include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Lee, Martin Scorsese and Alan Parker. Helen Mirren received the Fellowship at last year’s film awards.
Amanda Berry, chief executive of BAFTA, described Leigh as “one of Britain’s finest filmmakers.” She added: “He is a true innovator, an artist and an exceptional filmmaker.”
Leigh trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, at the Camberwell and Central Schools of Art and at the London Film School, of which he is now the chairman. »
- Leo Barraclough
When it comes to classic horror actors a couple come to mind like Bela Lugosi Boris Karloff Lon Chaney Lon Chaney Jr Christopher Lee Peter Cushing and of course Vincent Price. He was born in St. Louis Missouri on May 27 1911. He would go on to star in many genres especially in the earlier part of his career including renowned cinema classic Laura. But it was in the horror genre that he would find the most success and fame. »
The epic conclusion to Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy – and his Middle-earth series – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has become just the second film of 2014 to cross $800 million at the global box office, with the fantasy epic pushing its global haul to $803.1 million this past weekend.
The Battle of the Five Armies remains the lowest-grossing instalment of the Middle-earth franchise behind The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring ($869.3 million), and is the second-biggest movie of last year after Transformers: Age of Extinction, which sits on $1.087 billion.
See Also: Read our reviews of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies here and here
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies features a cast that includes Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, with Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom, »
- Gary Collinson
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