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No offense to entertainment journalists and film critics, but Kate Winslet doesn’t read what they write about her. It’s nothing personal. And it’s not as if she’s inaccessible. In fact, she’s one of the more engaging interviewees one is likely to encounter: sharp, unguarded, down-to-earth, hilarious in a salty-tongued way. This willful indifference to the media is more an act of preservation than anything else.
“It’s the only way I’ve been able to stay sane in these last 20 years,” says the oft-decorated actress, who’s being honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 17.
The sentiment is not a recent affectation. Back in 2007, when she was being honored with a Britannia award from BAFTA/La and had just garnered her fifth Oscar nomination, the message was the same. “It’s sort of a survival instinct on some level,” she told Variety at the time. »
- Steve Chagollan
This might be tough movie to watch. Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth star in the "Devil's Knot" based off of Mara Leveritt's book, by the same title, which follows the true story of the infamous West Memphis Three. In 1993, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr. were convicted of killing three young boys in Arkansas as part of a satanic ritual. The teens later became known as the West Memphis Three ... but were eventually released after being wrongly charged in 2011. In the flick, Reese stars as the grieving mother, Pam Hobbs, who's 8-year-old son was one of the mysteriously murdered boys. Firth plays the private investigator, Ron Lax, who's not convinced that teenagers were responsible for the brutal crimes. There's been a ton of controversy around the trial, and stars like Peter Jackson, Natalie Maines and Johnny Depp are just a few of the celebs who've involved themselves in the case, »
- tooFab Staff
Tonight, March 11th, marks the premiere of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, exclusively airing on Robert Rodriguez’ new El Rey Network. An expansion on the characters and story seen in the 1996 film, the show will center on brothers Seth and Richie Gecko, who find themselves battling off hordes of blood-sucking vampires, alongside the kidnapped Fuller family (above).
If From Dusk Till Dawn, the movie, is any indication of what we can expect from the series, we’re in store for buckets of blood and a whole lot of fun. I think it’s also safe to say that we can expect some pretty creative vampire kills, courtesy of some pretty creative weapons, which were on display throughout the film. From a holy water-spewing Super Soaker to the particularly memorable ‘codpiece revolver,’ From Dusk Till Dawn features some of the most truly creative weapons in horror movie history.
As we »
- John Squires
Chances are you are already familiar with the story of the West Memphis Three via the brilliant Joe Berlinger Paradise Lost documentaries or the Peter Jackson produced West Of Memphis. The tragic story of three murdered kids and their accused killers was a national story involving rumors of Satanic cults. Three years ago, the imprisoned men found guilty of the slayings were set free but rumors still exist to this day as to what actually happened. Sounds like the perfect plot for a movie, »
- Alex Maidy
Arriving on home release on March 17, the Hunger Games: Catching Fire Blu-ray and 2-disc DVD set go beyond the usual thrifty bonus feature content for a deep dive into the making of the sequel.
A nine-part behind-the-scenes documentary, which runs over two hours, takes fans through the entire production process - from hiring Francis Lawrence to replace Gary Ross right through to the preparation for the two-part Mockingjay adaptation.
Here are nine things we uncovered from Catching Fire's bumper making-of doc...
The biggest decision the Catching Games producers had to make was who to hire to replace Gary Ross.
"Community" and "Arrested Development" may seem like a far cry from the souped-up blockbuster action of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but for the sibling directing team of Mark and Anthony Russo, there's less of a difference that you might think. The duo -- best known for directing and producing those aforementioned TV comedies -- called the shots on the upcoming "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." The Russos discussed the Marvel sequel on a visit to the film's L.A. set last fall, where they were directing a piece of a big action scene featuring Cap (Chris Evans) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie). As comic book fans themselves, getting the call from Marvel exec Kevin Feige was a dream come true. "Winter Soldier" departs from 2011's "Captain America" The First Avenger" in several significant ways, especially its darker tone, inspired by '70s political thrillers. After directing the George Clooney indie comedy »
- Dave Lewis
Peter Jackson’s masterful Lord of the Rings trilogy, which concluded just over ten years ago, marked the final step in the evolution of the fantasy film from its campy origins to a serious cinematic epic. Television has at long last followed suit with Game of Thrones, perhaps Lotr’s spiritual small screen successor, which is altogether a far cry from beloved but light-hearted nineties fare like Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. TV fantasy’s low-budget image had finally been thoroughly erased.
In fact, while Game of Thrones is undoubtedly in a class of its own, it might come as a surprise that television fantasy didn’t just evolve from poorly rendered CGI and stilted dialogue overnight. High fantasy isn’t the only sub-genre which has undergone a resurgence, and the last decade has produced some excellent shows which defied the stereotypes and pushed the boundaries of the fantasy genre as a whole. »
- Grace Murray
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Tt Games have released a funky new trailer for their upcoming video game, Lego The Hobbit. The game will take players through the events of the first two films of Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Like all of the Lego-themed video games it looks like it will be fun. I enjoy the humor that included in these games.
Players will follow Bilbo Baggins as he is recruited by the Wizard Gandalf to aid Thorin Oakenshield and his Company of Dwarves. Bilbo leaves the comforts of the Shire on a journey through Middle-earth to help the Dwarves reclaim their lost Kingdom of Erebor within the Lonely Mountain. Along the way, he is introduced to ravenous Trolls, dangerous Orcs and, of course, Gollum and his precious Ring. Players will utilize and combine the Dwarves' unique »
- Joey Paur
We just recently saw a cool featurette showing Benedict Cumberbatch doing motion-capture work to play the titular dragon in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Now another look behind the scenes has popped up looking at the somewhat silly, but impressive dwarf barrel escape sequence from the sequel that feels almost straight out of a Steven Spielberg film. Peter Jackson pops up on set as this featurette shows a combination of the footage shot and the visual effects that came together to make this fun sequence work on the big screen. It's a short featurette, but it shows just how much went into this small part of the film. Here's the featurette on the barrel sequence The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug from Wired: In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit... J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, being directed by Peter Jackson as three separate movies, is set »
- Ethan Anderton
This morning, Warner Bros. Interactive and Traveller’s Tales Games unleashed a comedic, 70s-inspired trailer for Lego The Hobbit, which will undoubtedly brighten up quite a few tired faces.
Using disco era music and effects for added hilarity, this new look at one of spring’s more popular releases is well worth checking out. That isn’t only true because of its comedy, though, as there’s more to it than that. In fact, it introduces some of its classes, as well as a new buddy system, which lets characters work together to achieve certain goals.
Lego: The Hobbit will infuse Tt’s witty charm with the first two movies in Peter Jackson’s film trilogy when it launches at the end of April.
Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.
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- Chad Goodmurphy
In Lego The Hobbit, kids and families will take on the form of their favorite Hobbit characters and follow the storyline of Peter Jackson’s first two films. Players will embark on quests throughout Middle-earth, joining Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey, and Thorin Oakenshield and Company in their exciting adventures toward the Dwarven Kingdom of Erebor. Along the way, players will solve countless puzzles, partake in Treasure Quests and battle with Orcs, Trolls, Goblins and fouler things. Lego The Hobbit will be available this Spring for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, the Wii U, Nintendo 3Ds, and PC. »
Hong Kong – DreamWorks’ “Need for Speed” is set to race onto mainland China screens from March 14.
In China, where the 3D format remains hugely popular, the actioner is set to be handled by Huaxia Film Distribution and China Film Group.
Currently riding high is Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug,” which is playing on 4,140 screens and ended its second weekend with a cumulative total of RMB340.6 million ($56.2 million) according to data from Warner Bros. The film is produced by MGM, New Line Cinema and WingNut Films with Warner releasing in multiple territories.
(Chinese stereoscopic hit “The Monkey King” remained in sixth place after over a month on release and has totaled $167 million.)
Huaxia will also take out “Free Birds,” the Reel FX Creative Studios animation from Friday (March 7). The number two state-owned distributor, Huaxia has a formal relationship with U.S. group Relativity Media.
Chinese sources have also »
- Patrick Frater
A pair of flicks that were shut out at the Oscars on Sunday lead the field for the erstwhile music network’s film nods. American Hustle and The Wolf Of Wall Street snagged eight noms apiece for the 23rd MTV Movie Awards. Close behind are The Hunger Games: Catching Fire with seven and We’re The Millers with six, including a coveted Best Shirtless Performance nom for Jennifer Aniston. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Dallas Buyers Club, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, This Is The End and Best Picture champ 12 Years A Slave are next with four apiece. Conan O’Brien will serve as host of this year’s festivities, which air live on April 13 at the Nokia Theatre in L.A. The show — which last year switched from its longtime post-Memorial Day date to April — again relishes is such signature categories as Best Kiss, Best Scared-As-s**T Performance and #WTFMoment, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
The guys over at Wired have a behind the scenes look at the thrilling barrel chase in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug. Although the sequence was just seven minutes long, there was an estimated 91 hours of film recorded, be it CGI or live action....
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.
The film sees Ian McKellen returning as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. The cast also features Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Orlando Bloom, John Bell, Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, »
- Gary Collinson
Its loss this past Sunday night to “Gravity” doesn’t discount the effectiveness of the visual effects work in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” While Weta Digital’s work on the film’s titular dragon garnered the most attention last December, the effects company’s wizardry can be seen throughout the entire film and a new video has arrived online detailing how one particular non-Smaug-related sequence in the film was created. Earlier this week Wired posted a video showing how the bravura Steven Spielberg-esque barrel-escape set piece from the middle of the film was brought to life. The seven-minute sequence began life as dozens of pre-viz animatics before landing in front of cameras for hours upon hours of on-location, aerial, soundstage and green screen footage. That’s all before you factor in all the time Weta artists put in to create the stuff that could never possibly exist. »
- Cain Rodriguez
by Jonathan Weichsel, MoreHorror.com
On a dark and rainy day, I drove up the twisting Hollywood hills to visit the set of Utero, a new horror film produced by and starring Jessica Cameron, the queen of screams who dominated the festival circuit last year with a dementedly twisted game of truth or dare.
What I found when I got there was a passionate and energetic cast and crew fueled by energy drinks, energy shots, coffee, and energy bars. There was so much caffeine on set that it seemed to seep into the air so that I felt like I got a caffeine buzz just from breathing.
Of course, in reality my buzz didn't come from imaginary airborne caffeine, but from my close proximity to scream queen Jessica Cameron. Jessica was as beautiful as ever in her costume, a grey bathrobe covered in blood and green vomit. She has a »
Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was such a fantastically fun movie. One of my favorite scenes was the action-packed sequence when Bilbo and the dwarves were escaping Thranduil’s realm in wine barrels. The sequence is 7-minutes long, and we have an amazing behind the scenes video showing how it was made, called "Creating a Waterlogged Action Sequence-Design FX." The sequence was created with a combined 98 hours of footage from aerial shots, green-screen sets, live-action shoots, and complex CG environments. Watch how they pulled off the awesomeness below! Thanks to Wired.
- Joey Paur
The second chapter in director Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, was a better-received entry in the series, as fans felt that the darker tone, abundance of action, and of course, the titular dragon, made for a much more satisfying experience than The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Now, those fans can pick up the second chapter on blu-ray, DVD, and digital download starting in April, when the film sees its home entertainment debut. Whether you genuinely »
- Paul Shirey
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug reigned supreme atop the Chinese box office in the week to March 3, grossing $26.57 million in its first full week in theaters to bring its cume after 10 days to $59.61 million. Peter Jackson’s epic franchise was shown on 175,356 screens with nearly four million viewers, and ticket prices averaged $6.60, reflecting its strength in Imax theaters and 3D cinemas. Photos: China Box Office 2013: The Top 10 Movies The rebooted RoboCop took $20.67 million in its first three days, showing on 99,502 screens with 3.4 million
- Clifford Coonan
Oscar 2014 TV ratings: 10-year high in overall viewership in U.S. (image: Twitter hit ‘Ellen selfie Oscars,’ featuring Ellen DeGeneres, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, and Oscar 2014 company) Hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, whose "Oscars selfie" became a record-breaking Twitter hit, and featuring the likes of Angelina Jolie, Will Smith, and John Travolta as presenters — in addition to a pizza delivery man as part of an extended DeGeneres joke — the 2014 Oscar ceremony hit a 10-year high in overall viewership. In the coveted 18-49 age bracket, this year’s Oscar show drew a 12.9 rating vs. 13.0 last year; overall, in the United States an estimated 43 million people watched at least some segments of the Oscar telecast held on Sunday, March 2, 2014 — up 6% compared to last year’s show hosted by Seth MacFarlane, and featuring Ben Affleck’s Argo, Jennifer Lawrence, Daniel Day-Lewis, Christoph Waltz, and Anne Hathaway among the winners. »
- Steve Montgomery
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