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The top 30 underrated films of 2002

11 December 2013 9:31 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 12 Dec 2013 - 05:49

The year of Baggins, Potter and Spider-Man also had a wealth of lesser-known movies. Here’s our pick of 2002's underappreciated films...

At the top of the box office tree, 2002 was dominated by fantasy and special effects. Peter Jackson's The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers made almost a billion dollars all by itself, with Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets taking second place and Sam Raimi's Spider-Man not too far behind.

In many ways, 2002 set the tempo for the Hollywood blockbuster landscape, which has changed relatively little in the decade since. A quick look at 2013‘s top 10, for example, reveals a markedly similar mix of superhero movies, with Iron Man 3 still ruling the roost at the time of writing, followed by effects-heavy action flicks and family-friendly animated features.

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- ryanlambie

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David Duchovny Getting One Last Romp In Californication Season 7

11 December 2013 8:16 AM, PST | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

Before you know it, Showtime is going to have cut loose all the big dramas that have made it its name in the last decade. First we said goodbye to the supposedly funny, but often times dark and chaotic, Weeds. Good riddance, in my opinion. Then, and most recently, Dexter was given permission to end its long and painful run. Once a must-watch show that would inspire endless conversations at the water cooler, Dexter overstayed its welcome and delivered a less than satisfactory ending. Now its Californication’s turn to go quietly into the night and enter that long, peaceful sleep called cancellation.

While not as brutal as a real cancellation, ending a series after a long run can still be devastating even if it’s been long planned. For some, saying goodbye to these characters will be tough. For others, it will seem like an overdue reward for hours of patience. »

- Brody Gibson

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‘The Machine’ Wins The Raindance Award At Bifa’s 2013

9 December 2013 1:23 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Very excitedly, and something that I’ve been looking forward to since the first trailer and details, Sci-Fi thriller The Machine last night picked up the ‘Raindance Award’ at the Moët British Independent Film Awards 2013 (check out all the winners here) and is given to honour exceptional achievement for filmmakers working against the odds, often with little or no industry support.

The Machine had its World Premiere earlier this year at Tribeca Film Festival and has since won Best UK Feature at Raindance Film Festival, Best Sci-Fi film at Toronto After Dark Film Festival and three BAFTA Cymru Awards for Special Achievement in Film, Best Costume Design for Chrissie Pegg and Best Original Music for Tom Raybould.

Directed by Caradog James, Produced by John Giwa-Amu  and starring Toby Stephens, Caity Lotz, Denis Lawson, Sam Hazeldine and Pooneh HajimohammadiThe Machine is a sci-fi thriller set in the near future with a global war looming. »

- Dan Bullock

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Showtime Cancels Californication; Upcoming Seventh Season Will Be the Last

9 December 2013 11:49 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Californication will be no more.  Showtime announced today that it has decided not to renew the David Duchovny-fronted comedic drama series, which first debuted in 2007.  The upcoming seventh season will act as the show’s last, and while the past few seasons have debuted in January, season seven will instead bow in April.  The story follows the exploits of a sex-obsessed writer attempting to balance his libido, career, and relationships with his ex-girlfriend and daughter.  Hit the jump to read the full press release regarding the cancelation and to check out a first look image from the seventh season. Here’s the press release: Showtime viewers will take one last romp with Hank Moody when the hit comedy series’ seventh season premieres in April 2014 (date Tbd), it was announced today by David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. The final 12 episodes will neatly wrap up our unforgettable time »

- Adam Chitwood

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Showtime Says Seventh Season of 'Californication' Will Be the Series' Last

9 December 2013 11:31 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The upcoming season of David Duchovny comedy "Californication" will be the show's last, Showtime announced today. The seventh and final season will premiere April 2014 and will consist of 12 episodes to wrap up the story of Hank Moody (Duchovny), Karen (Natascha McElhone), Becca (Madeleine Martin), Charlie (Evan Handler) and Marcy (Pamela Adlon). "With its unique blend of lyricism and excess, 'Californication' has been one of our groundbreaking signature series," said Showtime's David Nevins. "We will always be indebted to Tom Kapinos for leading the creative charge on this memorable comedy, and to David Duchovny for making us root for an unapologetic hedonist like Hank Moody. Tom has carefully planned the final chapter of Hank's journey and has brought it to a beautiful and satisfying conclusion for new and long-time fans alike." Hopefully creator Kapinos will bring the show to a less maligned conclusion than managed by fellow Showtime series "Dexter, »

- Alison Willmore

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Showtime Says Seventh Season of 'Californication' Will Be the Series' Last

9 December 2013 11:31 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The upcoming season of David Duchovny comedy "Californication" will be the show's last, Showtime announced today. The seventh and final season will premiere April 2014 and will consist of 12 episodes to wrap up the story of Hank Moody (Duchovny), Karen (Natascha McElhone), Becca (Madeleine Martin), Charlie (Evan Handler) and Marcy (Pamela Adlon). "With its unique blend of lyricism and excess, 'Californication' has been one of our groundbreaking signature series," said Showtime's David Nevins. "We will always be indebted to Tom Kapinos for leading the creative charge on this memorable comedy, and to David Duchovny for making us root for an unapologetic hedonist like Hank Moody. Tom has carefully planned the final chapter of Hank's journey and has brought it to a beautiful and satisfying conclusion for new and long-time fans alike." Hopefully creator Kapinos will bring the show to a less maligned conclusion than managed by fellow Showtime series "Dexter, »

- Alison Willmore

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Showtime’s ‘Californication’ Returns for 7th – and Final – Season in April

9 December 2013 11:21 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Californication” will return in April 2014 for its seventh — and final — season, Showtime said Monday. The upcoming 12 episodes will conclude the story of Hank (David Duchovny), Karen (Natascha McElhone), Becca (Madeleine Martin), Charlie (Evan Handler) and Marcy (Pamela Adlon). The final run finds Hank joining the writer’s room as his “Santa Monica Cop” makes its way to TV. Along the way, the protagonist will feud with his boss — the show’s old-school executive producer Rick Rath (guest star Michael Imperioli) — and his fellow writing team members, including Goldie (guest star Mary Lynn Rajskub) and Alonzo (co-star Alonzo »

- Tony Maglio

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Showtime to End 'Californication' After Seventh Season

9 December 2013 11:12 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Showtime is ending Californication. The dark comedy starring David Duchovny as novelist Hank Moody will wrap up after the upcoming seventh season, the network announced Monday. The half-hour series will return for its final 12 episodes in April 2014. Showtime says that the remaining episodes will "neatly wrap up" the lives of the characters on the show, created by Tom Kapinos, including Karen (Natascha McElhone), Becca (Madeleine Martin), Charlie (Evan Handler) and Marcy (Pamela Adlon). Video: TV's Top Supporting Stars Dish on Dream Roles, Worst Jobs "With its unique blend of lyricism and excess, Californication has been one of

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- Philiana Ng, Lesley Goldberg

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Showtime Cancels Californication

9 December 2013 11:09 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Showtime is hooking up with Californication one more time, and then it’s really over.

The racy cable series’ upcoming seventh season will be its last, TV Guide Magazine reports.

The half-hour dramedy is slated to return in April; in a statement, the network said the final episodes will wrap the storylines of major characters Hank (played by David Duchovny), Karen (Natasha McElhone), Charlie (Evan Handler) and Marcy (Pamela Adlon).

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Californication‘s Season 7 roster of guest stars includes Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos), Heather Graham (Scrubs), Mary Lynn Rajskub »

- Kimberly Roots

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Showtime's Californication to End After 7th Season

9 December 2013 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Showtime viewers will take one last romp with Hank Moody when the hit comedy series. seventh season premieres in April 2014 (date Tbd), it was announced today by David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. The final 12 episodes will neatly wrap up our unforgettable time following Hank (David Duchovny), Karen (Natascha McElhone), Becca (Madeleine Martin), Charlie (Evan Handler) and Marcy (Pamela Adlon) in their audacious comic mis-adventures and sexcapades. 'With its unique blend of lyricism and excess, 'Californication' has been one of our groundbreaking signature series,' said David Nevins. 'We will always be indebted to Tom Kapinos for leading the creative charge on this memorable comedy, and to David Duchovny for making us root for an unapologetic hedonist »

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Metro Manila wins top Bifa

8 December 2013 2:30 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Other winners included actors James McAvoy and Lindsay Duncan, For Those In Peril director Paul Wright and Blue is the Warmest Colour.Scroll down for full list of winners

Philippines-set crime thriller Metro Manila has scooped the top prize at the 16th Moet British Independent Film Awards in London, beating box office hit Philomena as well as The Selfish Giant, Starred Up and Le Week-end.

Metro Manila led the pack on the night with three wins including Best British Independent Film, Best Director for Sean Ellis and Best Achievement in Production.

Clearly stunned, Ellis thanked Bifa for supporting “our little holiday film” when accepting the Best Film prize and - holding back tears - dedicated the award to his mother.

The crime drama, shot in the Philippine capital in the Tagalog language with a local cast and crew, debuted at Sundance in January and is the UK’s submission for the Best Foreign-Language Film at the Oscars »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Steven Soderbergh Month: Soderbergh, Clooney, and the nature of celebrity

29 November 2013 9:05 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Few filmmakers manage to traverse the line between the art house and the multiplex as fluidly as Steven Soderbergh. Over the course of his career, he has ping-ponged between independent films and mainstream fare repeatedly, carrying some stylistic flourishes across his career, and playing with some similar questions in both strains. His experience makes him uniquely qualified to evaluate and analyze Hollywood, and many of his most successful films work both as independent narratives and as sly commentaries on mainstream cinema.

Perhaps nothing captures this commentary better than the director’s work with George Clooney. The two have paired six times (for Out of Sight, the three Ocean’s films, Solaris, and The Good German). Each of these films functions in some way as commentary on Hollywood and, more particularly, on the nature of celebrity.

George Clooney is many things as an actor, but perhaps most importantly, he is a full-on movie star. »

- Jordan Ferguson

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Steven Soderbergh Month: ‘Solaris’ is the director at his most sentimental

18 November 2013 8:37 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The central argument within Steven Soderbergh’s Solaris is the very argument pitting his film against Stanislav Lem’s original novel: emotion versus logic. 

Soderbergh’s film came out on November 27, 2002 to middling reviews and a commercial drubbing by seasonal box office heavyweights like Die Another Day. To say that his film has acquired a cult fanbase would be an overstatement. It is still largely dismissed in favor of Tarkovsky’s canonical picture and is seen as a curiosity among Soderbergh die-hards. 

Much like Steven Spielberg’s science fiction fable, AI: Artificial Intelligence (released only a year before), the dismissal of Soderbergh’s film primarily stems from critics who either have never seen it or do not understand it. In fact, Solaris and AI are kindred science fiction souls of the early 2000s. Both films were produced by auteurs at the height of their prominence (Soderbergh was still coming off »

- Shane Ramirez

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Stars Abound Among Bifa 2013 Nominations

13 November 2013 8:00 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Judi Dench, Scarlett Johansson: 2013 British Independent Film Awards nominations (photo: Judi Dench in ‘Philomena’) Since the likes of Judi Dench, Scarlett Johansson, James McAvoy, and Tom Hardy are in the running for the 2013 British Independent Film Awards, expect at least a little overlapping between the determinedly indie-oriented BIFAs and other awards season nominees and/or winners elsewhere. (See also: “Judi Dench Sole Bifa Nominee Surely to Get BAFTA, Oscar Nominations.”) Judi Dench and Scarlett Johansson are competing in the Best Actress category; Dench for Stephen FrearsPhilomena, Johansson for Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin. Tom Hardy and James McAvoy are in the running for the Best Actor British Independent Film Award; Hardy for Steven Knight’s Locke, McAvoy for Jon S. Baird’s Filth. The top Bifa 2013 movie, however, is David Mackenzie’s Starred Up, with a total of eight nominations including Best British Independent Film, Best Director, »

- Zac Gille

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Leap Frog nabs Half of a Yellow Sun

11 November 2013 11:11 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Andrew Hazelton, Barbara Connell, Anika Noni Rose, Biyi Bandele, David Doepel

Upstart Australian distributor Leap Frog Films has acquired its third film, a drama set during the Nigerian civil war that tore the country apart from 1967-1970.

Based on a 2006 novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Directed by Nigerian novelist and playwright Biyi Bandele, it stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) and Thandie Newton (The Pursuit of Happyness) as an upper class couple whose marriage is put to the test when war erupts. Anika Noni Rose plays the twin sister of Newton's character.

The producers are Andrea Calderwood (The Last King of Scotland) and Gail Egan (The Constant Gardener).

.We are thrilled to be able to bring this incredibly powerful and compelling story to Australia and New Zealand,. said David Doepel, Leap Frog Films MD, who plans to release »

- Don Groves

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Scarlett Johansson Takes On Judi Dench at British Indie Film Awards

11 November 2013 5:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London – Scarlett Johansson goes head to head with Judi Dench in the contest for best actress at the Moët British Independent Film Awards. Nominations were unveiled Monday by Ewan McGregor.

Dench, who is nommed for “Philomena,” and Johansson, who is up for “Under the Skin,” vie with Lindsay Duncan for “Le Week-end,” Felicity Jones for “The Invisible Woman” and Saoirse Ronan for “How I Live Now.”

Philomena” and “The Invisible Woman” are two of the few movies that are in the Oscar race this year. The films are distributed Stateside by Weinstein Co. and Sony Pictures Classics, respectively. Otherwise, many of the films nominated for the British Independent Awards were not released in the U.S. this past year, and thus ineligible for Oscar. Only twist in the Oscar race is that Steve Coogan was nommed as lead actor in “Philomena,” though many consider him supporting.

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- Leo Barraclough

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Starred Up leads Bifa nominations

11 November 2013 5:30 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Starred Up leads British Independent Film Awards noms, followed by The Selfish Giant. Scarlett Johansson and Judi Dench among Best Actress nominees.

David Mackenzie’s Starred Up leads the Moet British Independent Film Awards nominations with eight nods, including Best British Independent Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor for Jack O’Connell, and two Best Supporting Actor nominations.

The Selfish Giant picked up seven nominations while Filth, Metro Manila and Le Week-end picked up five nominations each.

Best Film nominations comprise Metro Manila, Philomena, The Selfish Giant, Starred Up and Le Week-end.

Nominations for Best Actress are Judi Dench for Philomena, Lindsay Duncan for Le Week-end, Scarlett Johansson for Under The Skin, Felicity Jones for The Invisible Woman and Saoirse Ronan for How I Live Now

Along with O’Connell for Starred Up, Best Actor award nominees include Jim Broadbent for Le Week-end, Steve Coogan for Philomena, Tom Hardy for Locke and James McAvoy for Filth »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Leap Frog Films takes on new partner

15 October 2013 11:05 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Australia.s newest distributor, David Doepel.s Leap Frog Films, has taken on a new partner and has confirmed its second acquisition, The Sea, a drama starring Ciaran Hinds and Charlotte Rampling. Andrew Hazelton, a former Roadshow Films and Greater Union executive, has joined the company and will spearhead acquisitions. Based in Los Angeles, Hazelton most recently was VP Distribution & Marketing at Michael Favelle.s Odin.s Eye Entertainment. Hazelton met Doepel at this year.s Cannes Film Festival where Doepel bought his first film, Wrinkles, a Spanish animated film directed by Ignacio Ferreras. A surprisingly funny and touching film set in an aged care facility, it won the award for best animated feature at the Spanish Goya Awards in 2012. Doepel is a former ordained minster who spent 22 years in the Us, including 10 years making educational documentaries. He also served as the Western Australian Government.s Trade Commissioner based in L. »

- Don Groves

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Screenwriter Julian Fellowes Talks Romeo & Juliet, Adapting Shakespeare, Downton Abbey Season Four (and Five), Gilded Age, and More

14 October 2013 1:26 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Romeo & Juliet is the timeless story of star-crossed lovers from warring families.  The families of Montague and Capulet will use any excuse to publicly fight in the streets of Verona, so when Romeo (Douglas Booth) falls for Juliet (Hailee Steinfeld), it quickly receives the wrath of both of their families, when all they want to do is be together forever.  Written by Julian Fellowes and directed by Carlo Carlei, the film also stars Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Natascha McElhone, Ed Westwick, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Lesley Manville. At the film’s press day, screenwriter Julian Fellowes (who is also the creator/writer of the hit drama series Downton Abbey) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about why he was excited to tackle Romeo & Juliet for the big screen, how he worked exclusively from the play itself, and watching actors Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld bring it to life.  He also »

- Christina Radish

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Romeo And Juliet Review

13 October 2013 5:17 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Carlo Carlei.

Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Ed Westwick, Christian Cooke, Paul Giamatti, Lesley Manville, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tom Wisdom, Natascha McElhone, Damian Lewis, Stellan Skarsgard.

Running Time: 118 minutes.

Certificate: PG.

Synopsis: Romeo (Douglas Booth) and Juliet (Hailee Steinfeld) secretly wed despite the sworn contempt their families hold for each another. A chain of fateful events soon change the lives of both families forever.

“To see the original in its absolutely unchanged form, you require a kind of Shakespearian scholarship and you need to understand the language and analyse it and so on,” claimed screenwriter Julian Fellowes in defence of his rewrite of the Bard’s most famous tragedy. “I can do that,” he continued, “because I had a very expensive education, I went to Cambridge.” The message is this: the poor proles not blessed with Fellowes’ formidable understanding can only struggle through confusion and bafflement when watching proper Shakespeare, »

- Nathanael Smith

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