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All Bets Are Off: Top Ten Films About Las Vegas

6 hours ago | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Las Vegas…the hotbed haven where dreams of high rollers are realized among the glitzy bright lights, the element of chance and luck and the adrenaline for instant fortune. But there is a deception to Sin City that is overlooked–the isolation of a gambler’s anxiety and desperation, the false sense of confidence at the craps table and the swinging doors of the psychological lows more so than the rewarding highs.

Still, Las Vegas has its excitable aura–both innocence and guilt–where one arrives to skillfully manufacture their financial profile or go bust. In some instances, the hedonistic expectations are defined in other fun, precarious ways. It is no wonder that Hollywood has come calling to put its distinctive spin on the capital city of adult entertainment. For decades, the movies have made Las Vegas its backdrop for wonderment, degradation, intrigue, comical curiosity and soul-searching revelations.

In All »

- Frank Ochieng

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Harrison Ford confirmed for Blade Runner sequel

27 February 2015 11:18 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Wake up! Time for a sequel! 

We knew Ridley Scott was working on a sequel to Blade Runner. Since the first rumors, few details emerged, but it seemed to have been worth the wait. Variety confirmed that a sequel is indeed in the works, with actor Harrison Ford back as replicant hunter Deckard. Phew! The sequel is meant to take place several decades after the events of the first one, which was set in the very near future 2019 Los Angeles.

However, Ridley Scott will not be back in the director's chair. Considering his latest efforts, it may not be such a bad thing for him to take a break, especially as his heir apparent is Quebec director Denis Villeneuve! Ridley will produce the film along with Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson, who noted Villeneuve's "singular talent". 

After Enemy and Prisoners, Villeneuve's next big American movie will be Sicario with Amy Adams and Benicio del Toro, »

- Valérie Bourdeau

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Harrison Ford Officially Returns to 'Blade Runner,' New Director Named

27 February 2015 2:35 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It's a good day to be a replicant: "Blade Runner," one of the most beloved and highly influential science fiction films of all time, will finally be getting its long-discussed sequel, set to shoot in the summer of 2016. And what's more - Harrison Ford will be back as futuristic private eye Rick Deckard in a story set "several decades" after the original film.

And, to add icing onto the cake, the producers have picked out probably the best filmmaker for this material not named Ridley Scott (and depending on your thoughts on Scott's return to the "Alien" franchise, "Prometheus," this could be a better choice) - "Prisoners" filmmaker Denis Villeneuve. In short: this movie is going to be awesome.

The press release laid out several more details, including that the screenplay for the new film was written by Michael Green and Hampton Fancher (who co-wrote the original film), from a »

- Drew Taylor

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'Blade Runner 2': Harrison Ford Confirmed, Ridley Scott Producing

26 February 2015 5:47 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Harrison Ford will reprise his celebrated role as Rick Deckard in the sequel to Alcon Entertainment's Blade Runner, with Academy Award nominee Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Incendies) in negotiations to direct, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-ceo's Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson. The film is scheduled to start principal photography in summer of 2016. Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green have written the original screenplay based on an idea by Fancher and Ridley Scott. Ridley Scott, who directed the iconic 1982 sci-fi pic for Warner Bros., is aboard to executive produce.The story takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original. Here's what Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson had to say in a statement.

"We are honored that Harrison is joining us on this journey with Denis Villeneuve, who is a singular talent, as we experienced personally on Prisoners. Hampton and Michael, with Ridley Scott, »

- MovieWeb

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'Blade Runner 2': Harrison Ford Confirmed, Ridley Scott Producing

26 February 2015 5:47 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Harrison Ford will reprise his celebrated role as Rick Deckard in the sequel to Alcon Entertainment's Blade Runner, with Academy Award nominee Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Incendies) in negotiations to direct, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-ceo's Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson. The film is scheduled to start principal photography in summer of 2016. Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green have written the original screenplay based on an idea by Fancher and Ridley Scott. Ridley Scott, who directed the iconic 1982 sci-fi pic for Warner Bros., is aboard to executive produce.The story takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original. Here's what Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson had to say in a statement.

"We are honored that Harrison is joining us on this journey with Denis Villeneuve, who is a singular talent, as we experienced personally on Prisoners. Hampton and Michael, with Ridley Scott, »

- MovieWeb

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Sicario, Starring Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, To Open September 2015

25 February 2015 3:01 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Lionsgate has announced that their upcoming drama, Sicario, will open on September 18, 2015 in limited release and September 25, 2015 in wide release.

The cast includes Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Jon Bernthal and is from director Denis Villeneuve.

In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent (Emily Blunt) is exposed to the brutal world of international drug trafficking by members of a government task force (Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro) who have enlisted her in their plan to take out a Mexican cartel boss.

The film, scored by Jóhann Jóhannsson (The Theory Of Everything), is the composer’s second collaboration with Villeneuve (Prisoners). Read our interview with Jóhannsson Here. The cinematography is from Roger Deakins.

Sicario is written by Taylor Sheridan and produced by Basil Iwanyk, Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill, Thad Luckinbill, Edward McDonnell.

Filming began on June 30, 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. »

- Michelle McCue

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News Bits: Sony, Sicario, Giant, Medieval

24 February 2015 7:30 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Sony Pictures

Tom Rothman, head of TriStar and the former longtime co-leader of 20th Century Fox, is officially set to take over Amy Pascal's position as Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment's Motion Picture Group. At the same time, Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton has scored an extension of his position thanks to Sony’s Japanese owners. [Source: Deadline]

Sicario

Lionsgate have announced a September 18th limited release ahead of a September 25th wide release for "Prisoners" director Denis Villeneuve's drug cartel thriller "Sicario". Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Jon Bernthal and Daniel Kaluuya star.

Blunt plays idealistic FBI agent (Blunt) who is enlisted by a government task force to take out a Mexican drug cartel leader in the lawless border area between the U.S. and Mexico. Taylor Sheridan wrote the script. [Source: THR]

Giant Under the Snow

Filmmaker Michael Caton-Jones ("Rob Roy," "Memphis Belle") is »

- Garth Franklin

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Desecrating Pynchon. Inherent Vice Arrives on DVD

24 February 2015 5:43 AM, PST | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

There are films that make you want to run to the bookstore or, in reality, Amazon.com. Any Jane Austen or Dickens adaptation. Atonement. Requiem for a Dream perhaps.

Then there is Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Martin Short, Reese Witherspoon, Maya Rudolph, and Benicio Del Toro, plus a bevy of other game thespians. This adaptation has a contrary effect. It makes you want to hightail it to the incinerator with every Pynchon paperback you might own. Farewell, V. Sayonara, Gravity's Rainbow.

But before I get too critical, let me just note that this apparently was a project of love for Anderson. Anyone who would tackle Pynchon's verbiage and hope to get a slightly comprehensible screenplay out of it would only do so out of an illimitable devotion for the author. Anderson's chance of success, of course, »

- Brandon Judell

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‘Sicario’ Gets Fall Release Date; Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin Star

23 February 2015 3:47 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Lionsgate has set a September 18 limited-release date for Sicario, the drug-runner drama from director Denis Villenueve (Prisoners). The mini-major will follow with a wide release a week later. Emily Blunt stars as an idealistic FBI agent who is exposed to the brutal world of international drug trafficking by members of a government task force (Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro) who have enlisted her in their plan to take out a Mexican cartel boss. Jon Bernthal… »

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Emily Blunt Drama ‘Sicario’ Set for September Release

23 February 2015 12:58 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate has set drug trafficking drama “Sicario,” starring Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin and Jon Bernthal, for a Sept. 18 limited release followed by a wide release on Sept. 25.

Prisoners” helmer Denis Villeneuve directed from a script by Taylor Sheridan.

Producers are Basil Iwanyk, Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill, Thad Luckinbill and Edward McDonnell.  Production companies are Black Label Media and Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Pictures.

The story, set in the lawless border area between the U.S. and Mexico, centers on an idealistic FBI agent (portrayed by Blunt) being exposed to the brutal world of international drug trafficking by members of a government task force — played by Brolin and del Toro — who have enlisted her in their plan to take out a Mexican cartel boss.

Sicario” is the fourth wide release title set for Sept. 25 after Sony’s “Hotel Transylvania 2,” Relativity’s horror thriller “The Disappointments Room” and Warner Bros.’  comedy “The Intern. »

- Dave McNary

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"Birdman," "Boyhood" Top 2015 Independent Spirit Awards

22 February 2015 3:04 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

And the Independent Spirit Awards have revealed the winners and it's looking a lot like the Academy Awards! "Birdman" beat "Boyhood" for the Best Feature trophy but Richard Linklater took away the Best Director award from Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu.

Is this a sign of what's going to happen at the Oscars tonight?

Stay tuned...

2015 Film Independent Spirit Award Winners (Highlighted) And Nominees

Best Feature

(Award given to the Producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)

Winner: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Producers: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole

Boyhood

Producers: Richard Linklater, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, Cathleen Sutherland

Love is Strange

Producers: Lucas Joaquin, Lars Knudsen, Ira Sachs, Jayne Baron Sherman, Jay Van Hoy

Selma

Producers: Christian Colson, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Oprah Winfrey

Whiplash

Producers: Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, David Lancaster, Michael Litvak

Best Director

Winner: Richard Linklater

Boyhood

Damien Chazelle

Whiplash

Ava DuVernay »

- Manny

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Winners of the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards announced

22 February 2015 2:28 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of tonight’s Academy Awards, the 30th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards were announced last night in Santa Barbara, California.

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman claimed the most awards, taking home three gongs including Best Feature, although Iñárritu lost out in the Best Director category to Richard Linklater for Boyhood.

In the acting categories, Julianne Moore (Still Alice) and Michael Keaton (Birdman) claimed Best Actress and Best Actor, while Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) and J.K. Simmons (b) were honoured in the supporting categories.

Here’s a full list of the nominations, with the winners highlighted in red…

Best Feature

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Boyhood

Love Is Strange

Selma

Whiplash

Best Director

Damien Chazelle, Whiplash

Ava DuVernay, Selma

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Richard Linklater, Boyhood

David Zellner, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

Best Screenplay

Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski, Big Eyes

J.C. Chandor, A Most Violent Year

Dan Gilroy, »

- Gary Collinson

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Birdman Wins Best Feature At 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards

21 February 2015 10:58 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards, Los Angeles Film Festival and Film Independent at Lacma, handed out top honors to Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Boyhood, Whiplash and Nightcrawler at Saturday’s 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards. Still Alice, Dear White People, Ida, Land Ho! and Citizenfour also received awards at the ceremony, which was held in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica.

This year’s major category winners were Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance); which won Best Feature, Best Male Lead and Best Cinematography, Boyhood; which won Best Director and Best Supporting Female, Nightcrawler; which won Best First Feature and Best Screenplay and Whiplash; which won Best Supporting Male and Best Editing; Still Alice, which won Best Female Lead; Dear White People, which won Best First Screenplay; Land Ho!, which won the John Cassavetes Award; Ida, which won Best International Film and Citizenfour, »

- Michelle McCue

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2015 Independent Spirit Award Winners: 'Birdman' Tops the Field

21 February 2015 4:34 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The 2015 Spirit Awards were handed out today and it was Birdman taking Best Feature and Best Actor (Michael Keaton) while Boyhood went home a double winner taking Best Director (Richard Linklater) and Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette). However, while that's the result for the two big guns that will be going head-to-head at tomorrow night's Oscars, Nightcrawler was also a double winner taking Best Screenplay and Best First Feature, both awarded to writer/director Dan Gilroy. Otherwise, no big surprises with Julianne Moore (Still Alice) taking Best Actress and J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) taking Supporting Actor, Citizenfour took Best Documentary and Birdman scored a third win for Emmanuel Lubezki for Best Cinematography. Justin Simien (Dear White People) took home Best First Screenplay and, whoa!, Look!, Whiplash was also a double winner, with Tom Cross winning for Best Editing (well deserved!) and anticipated Oscar winner in the same category, Ida won Best Foreign Language Film. »

- Brad Brevet

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‘Birdman’ Wins Big at Independent Spirit Awards

21 February 2015 2:13 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Birdman” won the Spirit Award for best feature, and Michael Keaton nabbed the statue for actor for Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s whimsical comedy-drama that dominated the 30th edition of the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

The film thus triumphed in two of the categories that have been most difficult to predict this awards season. The feature trophy went to producers Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan and James W. Skotchdopole.

Richard Linklater was named top director for “Boyhood.” The split between the helmer/pic prizes could be a foreshadowing of Sunday’s Oscars, since the top races are hard to call. And Oscar could throw a few other curve balls into the mix, since “American Sniper,” and “The Theory of Everything” are ineligible for Spirits (since, respectively, the budget exceeded $20 million and the production was British).

Otherwise, there were few surprises in the Spirits: Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”) for actress; J.K. Simmons »

- Dave McNary

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Spirit Award Winners 2015: Updated List

21 February 2015 1:43 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 30th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards have officially begun. Stay tuned for updated winners throughout the show. Hosted by Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell, the ceremony will be broadcast live on IFC at 2:00 p.m. Pt.

Updated List of Winners:

Feature (Award given to the producer)

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”

Producers: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole –Winner

Boyhood,” Producers: Richard Linklater, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, Cathleen Sutherland

Love Is Strange

Producers: Lucas Joaquin, Lars Knudsen, Ira Sachs, Jayne Baron Sherman, Jay Van Hoy

Selma

Producers: Christian Colson, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Oprah Winfrey

Whiplash

Producers: Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, David Lancaster, Michael Litvak

Male Lead

André Benjamin

Jimi: All Is by My Side

Jake Gyllenhaal

Nightcrawler

Michael Keaton, “Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” – Winner

John Lithgow

Love Is Strange

David Oyelowo

Selma

Female Lead

Marion Cotillard

The Immigrant

Rinko Kikuchi

“Kumiko, »

- Variety Staff

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2015 Independent Spirit Awards: Complete Winners List

21 February 2015 10:39 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The 30th Independent Spirit Awards was held in Santa Monica Saturday afternoon, and "Birdman" and "Boyhood" were the ceremony's big winners. Hosted by Kristen Bell and Fred Armisen, the more casual Oscar precursor honored the best in independent filmmaking from the past year. Only three films -- "12 Years a Slave," "Platoon," and "The Artist" -- have won best feature at the Spirits and gone on to nab the Best Picture Oscar. Time will tell if this year's Spirit winner will follow in their footsteps. Get a complete list of the nominees with the winners in bold, below:

Best Feature

"Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" - Winner

"Boyhood"

"Love is Strange"

"Selma"

"Whiplash"

Best Director

Richard Linklater, "Boyhood" - Winner

Damien Chazelle, "Whiplash"

Ava DuVernay, "Selma"

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)"

David Zellner, "Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter"

Best Screenplay

Dan Gilroy, "Nightcrawler" - Winner

Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski, »

- Alana Altmann

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What's New on TV, Netflix Streaming, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: February 16 - February 22

17 February 2015 3:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Birdman"

If you enjoyed this Michael Keaton meta fest, the fantastic work of cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki is worth the price of admission. Or, keep re-watching it until you have come to a final conclusion about the ending and What It All Means.

"The Homesman"

Tommy Lee Jones directed this grim Western about a headstrong pioneer woman (Hilary Swank) who volunteers to transport three women who have broken under the pressure of living on the wild frontier. On the way to Iowa, Mary Bee (Swank) picks up a drifter named George (Jones) to help keep things in order. Gruesome, disturbing, and great.

"The Tale of Princess Kaguya"

This gorgeous Studio Ghibli film is based on a folktale about a young girl found growing »

- Jenni Miller

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A Perfect Day to Pull a Dead Body Out of a Well

15 February 2015 9:35 AM, PST | Filmonic.com | See recent Filmonic news »

A simple task, haul a dead body out of a well, becomes something of an impossible mission in this dramedy starring Benicio Del Toro and Tim Robbins. This is the first teaser for A Perfect Day. I don’t know if I’d categorize such a day as perfect, but that’s part of the film’s comedy, dealing […]

Read A Perfect Day to Pull a Dead Body Out of a Well on Filmonic.

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- Alex

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Trailer for A Perfect Day, with Benicio Del Toro and Tim Robbins

13 February 2015 4:31 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Today we have a trailer from the Berlin Film Festival for the upcoming "A Perfect Day," starring Benicio del Toro, Tim Robbins, Olga Kurylenko, and Melanie Thierry. Check it out below. Plot: The film follows five aid workers given the simple task of getting a dead body out of a well that's used for drinking water. But in times of war, even the easiest jobs are needlessly complicated. "A Perfect Day" is directed by Fernando Leon de Aranoa (Princesas). It has yet to be picked up for distribution or get a release date. Trailer: »

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