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Written by Katie Cook
Art by Andy Price
Published by Idw
Katie Cook and Andy Price kick off another arc of their excellent My Little Pony series. This time around, the ever mysterious Everfree Forest which borders the main cast’s home of Ponyville is lashing out, overwhelming the town, but this event isn’t just attacking one small village, it’s happening to every place which borders the forest. With time of the essence, the team makes their way towards the heart of the Everfree forest to stop the infestation. What they come to discover is a secretive city of mystical deer-folk who serve as guardians of the forests and are outraged that a group of construction workers are tearing down their home to put up an amusement park.
Plot-wise, this feels like an odd outing for the pony gang. Much of the »
- Grant Raycroft
Sean Hickey, a student and member of the Dublin Business School's Film Society, has a new video essay which brilliantly lays out all of the reasons why Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy is a complete joke when compared with The Lord of the Rings films. And it's not just the typical complaints, either: he barely touches on the fact that they stretched this story into three movies, spending much more time diving into direct comparisons between the two trilogies and showing why The Lord of the Rings is superior in every way when it comes to basic storytelling. This just became my go-to video to send to anyone who tries to argue that The Hobbit films are solid, because I honestly don't know how you can watch this and still believe that those movies are anything other than pale imitations of what came before it. Is Martin Freeman a great Bilbo? »
- Ben Pearson
By Anjelica Oswald
Chazelle’s Whiplash, about an aspiring jazz drummer and his sadistic instructor, is his second feature film and is adapted from a short film of the same name that he also wrote and directed. The short won the jury award for short films at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Whiplash was nominated for four other awards, including best picture.
Anderson received his second adapted screenplay nomination for Inherent Vice, based on Thomas Pynchon’s novel of the same name. The film was also nominated for costume design. Anderson previously received an adapted screenplay nomination for 2007’s There Will Be Blood, which he also directed. He received a best director nomination, and the film was nominated for best picture.
If either wins, they will become the fifth adapted screenplay »
- Anjelica Oswald
There were high hopes for The Hobbit, the movie(s) that would visit Middle-Earth for the last time. And, in the hands of Peter Jackson, there was a definite sense of confidence that a film would be produced (or two at most) that would stand up admirably next to the near perfection that The Lord Of The Rings trilogy achieved.
Alarm bells started to ring when, just 6 months before the first film would be released, New Line Cinema confirmed they would make a trilogy rather than the originally planned two films. Sadly, as expected all three films were a bloated mish-mash of interpreted scenes with the source material stretched unbearably thin.
It all could have been so different. There was a time when Guillermo del Toro was in charge of the project, who would (as revealed concept art attests to) certainly have taken Tolkien’s fantasy world down a distinct design path. »
- Fred Humphries
Indian animation group, Toonz Entertainment is to set up a new unit in New Zealand.
“The new operation will exploit existing and future animated and live-action IP, forging strategic production, licensing, retail and technology partnerships in the region. It will also support the Toonz development pipeline and help to incubate and cross-pollinate ideas specifically for these markets,” Toonz said in a statement.
The Toonz Entertainment New Zealand unit will be headed by recently appointed Mark Nicholls and launch with a new retail product.
Toonz boss, P Jayakumar says that Australia and New Zealand are key markets for the company, which operates both as a sub-contractor of international animation projects and as an originator and content owner.
“It’s the ideal time to grow a business in New Zealand which is experiencing strong economic growth. The country has substantial talent, resources and a supportive government committed to growing the entertainment production sector, »
- Patrick Frater
Quick…name a favorable film where the landscape is run by (or at least partially include) the demographic of little people as part of the instrumental storyline? C’mon…it should not be that difficult, okay? If you want to mention say Darby O’Gill and the Little People then that would fine. How about Bad Santa or Poltergeist for that matter?
In That’s Good Enough, Short Stuff: Top Ten Films Featuring Little People we will take a look at some of the mini megastars that inhabited these movies and contributed their fair share of entertainment value to the on-screen proceedings. The debate as to whether some of these selected films featuring these pint-sized performers are considered positive, exploitative or dismissive are not up for discussion (although one of these considerations could apply in the minds of a few folks). Instead, we want to celebrate the inclusion of »
- Frank Ochieng
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies ruled the international box office this weekend with $54.3 million, most of which came from its excellent debut in China.The final installment in Peter Jackson's Middle Earth prequel trilogy opened to $49.3 million in China, which is its final major market. That's the biggest opening ever for Warner Bros. International, and is nearly on par with what the first Hobbit movie made in its entire run.So far, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has earned $617.1 million overseas and over $866 million worldwide.Playing in 57 markets, Taken 3 added $26 million this weekend. That includes a huge $8.2 million debut in France and a very good $2.2 million opening in Brazil (over twice as big as Taken 2). Taken 3 has now grossed $132.7 million overseas, and remains on track to come close to the last movie's $236 million total.American Sniper expanded to a total »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Best-ever Warner Bros. opening there lifts “Battle of Five Armies” past $600 million mark overseas
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” crossed the $600 million mark at the overseas box office, led by a record $49.5 million debut in China this weekend.
That’s the highest non-holiday three-day opening for any movie there, distributor Warner Bros. said Sunday, and it pushed the foreign total for the finale of Peter Jackson’s blockbuster franchise to $619 million. It also helped the Middle Earth epic to easily become the weekend’s No. 1 movie internationally, with a total of $54.2 million from 62 markets.
After ringing up a $249 million domestic haul, »
- Todd Cunningham
Look: maybe this won’t be so bad? This has been a pretty stellar season of “Saturday Night Live,” by far the best and most consistent since I’ve started covering it here at the start of Season 36. So who could blame the show for picking a host based on corporate synergy rather than comedic talent? Plenty of hosts serve a larger purpose than “comedic quality” when they appear, and at least we are sure that Blake Shelton isn’t ashamed of making a fool of himself. (We have his cringe-inducing holiday specials as evidence of that.) Look: Shelton is an incredibly charismatic host on “The Voice,” but nothing I’ve seen there screams that he’ll be well-suited for hosting “SNL.” Still, my fears are really based on nothing but fears: hosts as varied as Bruno Mars and Eli Manning have turned in more-than-credible jobs as host, and I »
- Ryan McGee
Because we were obviously in desperate need of a new "Blob" movie, cinematic auteur Simon West ("Con Air," "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider") has signed on to helm yet another remake of the 1958 drive-in classic, which was previously remade in 1988 by director Chuck Russell. Kevin Dillon starring vehicles were all the rage back then, obvs. Did we ask for this? I don't know, I think I'm good honestly. But since it's happening and there's pretty much nothing we can do about it, take a trip back with me as I revisit a few more horror films Hollywood just couldn't keep their hands off of - and judge which of the versions is the best. "King Kong" The 1933 classic was first remade in 1976 with Jessica Lange and Jeff Bridges, who starred opposite the robotic ape from the Universal Studios tram ride. Nearly 30 years later Peter Jackson decided to remake it as an epic three-hour film, »
- Chris Eggertsen
The Gambler, 2014.
Directed by Rupert Wyatt.
A dejected literary professor is given just seven days to pay back his substantial gambling debts.
First, a word on the trailer: balls. Much like how last year’s wonderful Pride was made to look like a schmaltzy television movie (when in fact it was a schmaltzy movie movie) in its trailer, The Gambler looks like a moody, pretentious brat. Actually, that rather neatly sums up its lead character, but it’s far from the world’s best marketing technique.
The trailer is not representative of how much you will enjoy this film.
Now a few more words on the movie itself: surprisingly enjoyable. A remake of the 1974 James Caan film, The Gambler tells the story of Jim Bennett (played with remarkable faux-disinterest by Mark Wahlberg), a literature professor and chronic gambler. »
- Oli Davis
Sundance may be better known for its serious indie dramas than its bloodsoaked genre fare, but a surprising number of well-known horror films got their start at the annual festival - and we've rounded up a few of the most notable highlights from years past. While the list is far from exhaustive - notable omissions include 2003's "Open Water" and 2005's "Hardy Candy" - it's nevertheless representative of the fest's commitment to spotlighting left-of-center visions, from shockingly smart limb-spewers (Peter Jackson's "Braindead") to verite-style spookfests ("The Blair Witch Project") to body-horror provocations ("Teeth"). Included are discussions of how each film performed with mainstream audiences, whose tastes don't always align with the Park City hype machine. The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs from Jan. 22-Feb.1. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy has been one of the most frustrating franchises in movie history. Many fans still love it, but Jackson’s need to overload the films with invented love triangles, back stories, needlessly long and laughable fight sequences, unnecessary winks to the original Lord of the Rings franchise, and countess acts of dwarves walking in straight lines have for this writer made all three films a boring, meandering mess.
And yet three films always felt like a lot for one book, and Jackson is a strong enough filmmaker that you can see a great movie in The Hobbit. Our own review of The Battle of the Five Armies said that “for those willing to overlook the sour for the sweet, there are great treasures to be found, as Jackson brings his trilogy to a suitably-epic conclusion.”
So perhaps mercifully, a fan by the name “tolkieneditor” has »
- Brian Welk
Two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts will receive the Lacoste Spotlight Award at the 17th Costume Designers Guild Awards on February 17 at the Beverly Hilton. The award honors an actor whose talent and career personifies an enduring commitment to excellence, including a special awareness of the role and importance of costume design.
Watts most recently starred in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Oscar-nominated Birdman opposite Emma Stone and Michael Keaton and St. Vincent alongside Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy. She received her first Best Actress Oscar nomination for Gonzalez Iñárritu’s 21 Grams in 2003, followed by The Impossible in 2012.
Watts will next be seen in Demolition with Jake Gyllenhaal and the next installment of the Divergent franchise. She also recently wrapped Gus Van Sant’s Sea Of Trees starring opposite Matthew McConaughey. Her other film credits include Mulholland Drive and Peter Jackson’s King Kong.
- The Deadline Team
I love me a good fan edit. Whether it be the various revisions made to The Phantom Menace or Attack Of The Clones to the reimagined take on Zack Snyder's Man Of Steel, fan edits are a democratic way for movie buffs to offer an alternative look at feature films they felt could have been a bit better with some tweaks. The latest to get the fan edit treatment is Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy. With The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies released last month, fans can now make their »
- Alex Maidy
We always figured somebody would do it, but we didn't think it would be so soon. And who knows who long this will last online before the mighty powers of Warner Bros. come swooping down to squash this out with all the fury of Smaug, but an anonymous Middle Earth fan, going by the name of TolkienEditor, has shaved down Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" bloat-a-thon into a single, four-hour movie. You can read about the many changes in detail here, but these are the ones we found to be most significant or interesting, and perhaps most notable to fans of the movies or novella: The Tauriel-Legolas-Kili love triangle has also been removed. Indeed, Tauriel is no longer a character in the film, and Legolas only gets a brief cameo during the Mirkwood arrest. This was the next clear candidate for elimination, given how little plot value and personality these »
- Kevin Jagernauth
For the second weekend in a row, Taken 3 took first place at the overseas box office.The final installment in the popular action franchise added $31 million from 48 markets, which brings its early international total to $97.6 million. It held on to first place in the U.K. with $5.5 million, and debuted in Germany ($4.4 million), Russia ($2.2 million) and Spain ($1.2 million). It also scored $2.5 million in the Philippines, which is the second-biggest opening ever for 20th Century Fox.Seventh Son added $21.7 million for a new total of $60.5 million. Most of that came from China, where it opened to a solid $15 million. It also took first place in Mexico with $2.9 million. The long-delayed fantasy movie reaches the U.S. on February 6th.Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb grossed $17.8 million this weekend, which includes a $3.9 million debut in South Korea. So far, the final installment in the franchise has grossed $178 million. »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mike Seymour of Wired, narrates this new The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies video showcasing the digital effects that Weta's artists constructed for the Lonely Mountain battle sequences, and the Laketown attack by Smaug. Weta Workshop's video reveals the behind-the-scenes work that went into designing the costumes for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies as well as the concept art they used as blueprints for the costume designs. 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. “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, »
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
The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies added $9.8 million at the overseas box office this weekend. Its international total now stands at $558 million and its global total is $803.1 million. The second highest grossing film of 2014 still has some fight left in but won't catch Michael Bay's billion dollar monster Transformers: Age Of Extinction. I'm sure director Peter Jackson is thrilled his final installment in the Middle-earth trilogy has crossed $800 million benchmark, but it is underperforming the two previous films in the series. 2013's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug earned $960.4 million and 2012's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey grossed over a billion. For those of you interested in the domestic box office, American Sniper, which stars Bradley Cooper ("Guardians Of The Galaxy"), smoked the competition with $88 million and Blackhat, which stars Chris Hemsworth ("Avengers: Age Of Ultron"), couldn't even crack the top ten in its »
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