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Forbes has published its list of 2015’s least profitable films. The rankings are based on global ticket sales for wide releases up to November against their estimated production costs (excluding marketing, which can run into tens of millions of dollars for blockbusters).
Using those figures, Rock the Kasbah receives the unwelcome honour of offering the lowest returns. The ensemble cast of Bill Murray, Kate Hudson and Zooey Deschanel failed to entice audiences, who were either put off by the premise or the scathing reviews. Despite the relatively cheap price tag of $15 million, Rock the Kasbah had only made $2.9 million till November 18th.
- Sara Hemrajani
In director Paolo Sorrentino's upcoming drama Youth, a meditation on fame and aging being released by Fox Searchlight on December 4, we see octogenarian British composer Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine) retreat to a spa in the Alps, where he meets a disaffected, Sean Penn–esque American actor (Paul Dano). In this exclusive Vulture clip, the two artists swap philosophical musings on the perils of creating for the masses. »
- Stacey Wilson Hunt
Terrence Malick has evolved a cinematic style over his two films since "Tree of Life," all shot by Oscar-winning Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki, that involves following his protagonists through various spaces and landscapes, accompanied by voice-over narrations and lush classical music. Austin-based Malick, age 69, likes to shoot in an improvisational piecemeal way as inspiration hits and his actor collaborators are at hand. (They never know how or if they will wind up in the final product, shaped over time in the editing room.) Malick usually follows a male protagonist (Sean Penn, Ben Affleck, Christian Bale) through interactions with other characters, often women partners. With 2011's Cannes-winning entry "The Tree of Life," Malick's method cohered into a powerful narrative centered on a family dominated by a powerful father (Brad Pitt in his best performance to date) and loving mother (Jessica Chastain). But having revealed this approach, the »
- Anne Thompson
From "Milk" to "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert," the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, of which I'm a proud voting member, has released the Top 10 Best Lgbtqa movies every non-lgbtqa must and should see! And I agree with all the selections. Some are brutally and politically honest, some are just fun but all speak volumes about the history of Lgbtqa in and around the world of cinema!
Here's the complete press release with the aforementioned list! Do you agree?
November 24, 2015 . Hollywood, Ca.: Just in time for the holidays, as they say . . . the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (galeca.org) today announced its membership.s picks for their second .Galeca Ten Best. list: The 10 Best Lbgtqa Films Galeca Every Non-lgbtqa Person Should See!
Oscar winners to community classics to modern independent discoveries . there.s a movie for every persuasion here.
Critics from the 120-member organization »
Here’s an interesting set of figures for you. Forbes has just published their list of the Biggest movie flops of 2015. There are some very pretty horrifying numbers here, and some of the titles have been in the press for their disappointing numbers as the worldwide box-office.
Forbes say that to compile their list of the biggest movie flops of 2015 they’ve used information from Box Office Mojo, IMDb and other sources to find worldwide box office and estimated production budgets. They ranked the films based on what percentage of their budgets they earned back at the theatre as of November 18th, 2015, and only looked at movies that opened in more than 2,000 theatres to screen out films that had small theatrical openings. »
- Paul Heath
The actor, previously nominated for "Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl," "Finding Neverland," and "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street," infamously told BBC Newsbeat that he "doesn't want to win one of those things ever." Well, guess what? He maybe nominated and perhaps win! Why? Because he's just been baptized by the Palm Springs International Film Festival with its Desert Palm Achievement Award. And that's a good sign as we traverse Awards Season.
This is in my hood and I'll give you reports from the red carpet! Here's the complete press release:
Palm Springs, CA (November 17, 2015) . The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Johnny Depp with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, »
Title: Condemned Rlj Entertainment Director: Eli Morgan Gesner Writer: Eli Morgan Gesner Cast: Dylan Penn, Ronen Rubinstein, Lydia Hearst, Jon Abrahams, Honor Titus, Genevieve Hudson-Price Running Time: 1hr 23 min Rating: Unrated (Gore, violence, language, some sexuality) In theaters and Digital HD on Friday, November 13th Maya (Dylan Penn – as in the daughter of Sean Penn and Robin Wright) is tired of living in luxury with her parents, so she decides to leave and move in with her boyfriend Dante (Ronen Rubenstein, Some Kind of Hate). She’s a little apprehensive when she finds he’s squatting in a condemned apartment building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. His musician friend Loki [ Read More ]
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The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Johnny Depp with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor at its annual Awards Gala for his performance in “Black Mass.” Each year the festival selects an actor and actress to receive this award. The Awards Gala, hosted by Mary Hart and presenting sponsor Entertainment Tonight, will be held Saturday, January 2, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 1-11. Above Amber Heard and husband, Johnny Depp, at 2015 Hollywood Film Awards – Nov 1 “Johnny Depp is one of the most versatile and dynamic actors of our time,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In his latest film, Black Mass, Depp, in a stunning transformation, creates a gripping and multi-layered portrait of infamous gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger. He delivers an astounding performance that has earned raves from both critics and audiences and is sure to garner awards attention. It is our »
Johnny Depp will be presented with the Desert Palm Achievement Award at the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.
“Johnny Depp is one of the most versatile and dynamic actors of our time,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In his latest film, ‘Black Mass,’ Depp, in a stunning transformation, creates a gripping and multi-layered portrait of infamous gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger. He delivers an astounding performance that has earned raves from both critics and audiences and is sure to garner awards attention.”
Depp was also recently announced as the recipient of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Modern Master Award.
- Jacob Bryant
Read More: Watch: Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner are Uncensored, Hilarious and 'Difficult People' in Hulu Series' First Trailer Katie Couric joins Billy Eichner in hosting "Billy's Thanksgiving Day Parade" for this clip from the newest edition of "Billy on the Street." The parade's only rule -- all floats must be Academy Award-approved. In this clip, which first appeared exclusively on "People," Eichner and Couric narrate some of their favorite Oscar-approved floats and giant balloons including a Rooney Mara balloon, "The United States of Tara" float, the "SNL 40" logo float, a Sean Penn balloon, the marching publicists, a Mila Kunis balloon, the Mark Ruffaloat (get it?), a Maggie Gyllenhaal balloon and finally Santa with his special Mrs. Claus. "Billy on the Street" airs Thursdays at 10:30pm on truTV. Watch the clip above. Read More: Watch: Billy Eichner in the Streets Meets Adele in the Sheets in James »
- Sonya Saepoff
Brian De Palma has become the directorial litmus test of cinephiles everywhere. To supporters, he stands as a startling visual genius with a penchant for set pieces and lurid subject matter. To naysayers, he remains a lowbrow imitator who spends his studio budgets chasing the ghosts of Alfred Hitchcock and Jean-Luc Godard. Great director or high class hack? Inconsistent misogynist or Master of the Macabre? Much like his fractured narratives, the answer is never an easy one to attain.
Both sides provide ample support for their case. De Palma’s resume is riddled with enough hollow imitations (Sisters , Raising Cain ) and bloated commercial flops (The Bonfire of the Vanities , The Black Dahlia ) to sink any director. But even in misfires such as these, an undeniable attention to detail remains.
The split screen cover-up of Sisters or the heartbreaking screen tests of The Black Dahlia are breathtaking in scope and execution, »
- Danilo Castro
Director Trent Harris’ The Beaver Trilogy screens at The St. Louis International Film Festival Saturday, November 14h at 7:30pm at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium. Harris will be in attendance and will receive a Contemporary Cinema Award. Ticket information can be found Here. It will be on a double bill with director Brad Besser’s The Beaver Trilogy Part 4. Trent Harris will also attend a screening of his 1995 science fiction comedy/musical Plan 10 From Outer Space on Sunday November 15th at 6:30pm at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium. Ticket information for that can be found Here.
The long, odd tale of director Trent Harris’ The Beaver Trilogy begins in 1979 with the chance meeting between Harris and an earnest small-town dreamer from Beaver, Utah. Charmed and amused, Harris soon accepts the stranger’s invitation to come to the small town of Beaver to film a talent show, where »
- Tom Stockman
50 fabulous documentary films, covering hard politics through to music, money and films that never were...
Thanks to streaming services such as Netflix, we’ve never had better access to documentaries. A whole new audience can discover that these real life stories are just as thrilling, entertaining, and incredible as the latest big-budget blockbuster. What’s more, they’re all true too. But with a new found glut of them comes the ever more impossible choice, what’s worth your time? Below is my pick of the 50 best modern feature length documentaries.
I’ve defined modern as being from 2000 onwards, which means some of the greatest documentaries ever made will not feature here. I’m looking at you Hoop Dreams.
50. McConkey (2013)
Shane McConkey was an extreme skier and Base jumper who lived life on the edge, and very much to the full. »
The 2015 St. Louis International Film Festival, also known as Sliff, has begun. Even though Alex Winter couldn’t bring Freaked in town, he did bring his two great tech documentaries, Downloaded and Deep Web – in addition to being awesome to us and presenting Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Sliff has a robust schedule full of independent and foreign cinema along with some mainstream affair like Legend starring Tom Hardy and some possible future Oscar contenders like Carol. However, since we are a horror website, we are going to highlight some films that should definitely be on your radar!
Filmed in “The Exorcist House” here in St. Louis, which most of you might have seen last weekend during Discovery Channel’s laughable Exorcism: Live!, this thriller borrows from the premise that The Exorcist was based out of by having a main character, Amy, return to the house »
- Andy Triefenbach
By the Sea, the romantic drama written and directed by Angelina Jolie and starring husband Brad Pitt and herself, has its world premiere this evening in Los Angeles to open AFI Fest 2015. The film follows last year’s directorial bow by Jolie, Unbroken, which earned three Oscar nominations, though none for Jolie herself, and is a rarity in the fact that it features a wife directing her husband.
Throughout history there have been a number of spousal collaborations between directors and stars, some with massive Oscar success, some that have been completely overlooked. However, the majority of these films featured the husband behind the lens. By the Sea is Jolie’s third feature film as a director while husband Pitt has never sat in the chair.
Here’s a look back at notable husband/wife collaborations in front of, and behind, the camera and how »
- Patrick Shanley
Quentin Tarantino is no stranger to controversy.
Since bursting on the scene with “Reservoir Dogs” in 1992, the video store geek turned cinematic bad boy, has inspired blowback over everything from the use of racial slurs in his films to his penchant for disposing of his characters in gruesome fashion. But nothing has prepared him for the firestorm he’s unleashed over the last few days.
Tarantino’s appearance at an Oct. 24 rally in New York against police brutality led to boycott threats by law enforcement unions of his next film, “The Hateful Eight.”
Tarantino inspired their ire by remarking at the event,”When I see murder I cannot stand by. And I have to call the murdered the murdered and I have to call the murderers the murderers.”
And his comments at the gathering have kicked off a media backlash, landing him in the crosshairs of conservative pundits like Bill »
- Brent Lang
The prize, given annually to “an individual who has enriched our culture through accomplishments in the motion picture industry,” is presented in tandem with a career retrospective at the Arlington Theater in Santa Barbara. Last year it was renamed for film critic Leonard Maltin, who moderated the event for over 25 years.
“Johnny Depp is a true embodiment of a modern master.” Sbiff Executive Director Roger Durling said. “He has had a long and storied career that has shown his commitment to taking on compelling and dynamic roles. But in the gripping film ‘Black Mass,’ under the skillful direction of Scott Cooper, Johnny Depp delivers his defining performance to date.”
- Kristopher Tapley
Sean Penn's defamation suit against Lee Daniels will not be tried in federal court, Deadline reports. Instead, despite Daniels's efforts, the case will move back to state court in New York, with Daniels reportedly paying Penn's legal fees. The legal battle between the two men started in September, after Daniels brought Penn up in a discussion about Terrence Howard's long history of violence against women. "He ain't done nothing different than Marlon Brando or Sean Penn, and all of a sudden he's some f---in' demon," Daniels told THR. "That's a sign of the time, of race, of where we are right now in America." Penn duly filed a $10 million defamation suit against the Empire showrunner, saying he had used "reckless, false, and defamatory" language merely to drum up buzz for the show. "As a result of Penn’s status as a public figure, he has for years been the subject of scandalous, »
- Nate Jones
Exclusive: Just over a week after the Empire co-creator tried to get Sean Penn's $10 million dollar defamation lawsuit against him moved to federal court, Lee Daniels has today backed down and paid out, it seems. "Having considered the arguments and authorities raised in Penn's October 22, 2015 pre-motion letter requesting a remand and having diligently met and conferred, Daniels has agreed to withdraw his Notice of Removal, and to have this matter remanded to the Supreme… »
Benicio Del Toro is a pretty singular talent in the industry, so it’s never a surprise when he does worth worthy of being honored. This year, the 19th annual Hollywood Film Awards have seen fit to bestow upon him the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award for his performance in Sicario. Of course, Del Toro more or less stole that film, so it’s a totally viable honor. He’s going to be in play for an Oscar nod in Best Supporting Actor, but regardless of if that nom happens or not, this shows how he’s still crafting memorable supporting characters. That’s always been Del Toro’s bread and butter, so this is just a perfect citation for him… Here’s part of the press release once again announcing this honor: dick clark productions announced that Academy Award-winning actor Benicio Del Toro will receive the “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award” for Sicario. »
- Joey Magidson
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