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'Rings' star will sing 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' credits song

20 October 2014 5:32 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Billy Boyd’s performance of “Edge of Night” in “Return of the King” is among the most stirring sequences in Peter Jackson’s original “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. After Denethor (John Noble) requests a ditty, Boyd’s Pippin serenades the king’s court with the memorable, falsetto ballad. Adapted by screenwriter Philippa Boyens from J.R.R. Tolkien’s poem, “A Walking Song,” and scored by composer Howard Shore, Jackson juxtaposes the haunting melody with shots of Faramir (David Wenham) battling over Osgiliath. “Return of the King” won 11 Oscars at the 2004 Academy Awards, “Edge of Night” didn’t earn any love — Best Song honors that year went to another “Lord of the Rings” tune: Annie Lennox’s “Into the West.” Jackson’s recent “Hobbit” films haven’t fared as well in the past two awards seasons, but that could change when Boyd gets a second chance at Oscar glory. According to information posted to Warner Bros. »

- Matt Patches

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Podcast Leftover Pt. 2

19 October 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Here's part two of our long delayed festival wrap in which we discuss favorites, celebrity run-ins and hilarious Q&A anecdotes. Enjoy the conversation with Nick Davis, Nathaniel R, and special guests Angelo Muredda and Amir Soltani and continue it in the comments

Discussion includes but is not limited to:

It Follows Felicity Jones, Mike Leigh, and Viggo Mortensen Documentary greats from Silvered Water to The Look of Silence Iran's Oscar Submission Directors: Mike Leigh, Peter Strickland, Lav Diaz, Jessica Hausner, and Damian Chazelle

You can listen at the bottom of the post or download on iTunes tomorrow.  »


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Nyff 2014: Kyle’s 5 Favorite Films and Other Ephemera

16 October 2014 3:28 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

1.      Eden | Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve

Underneath the bass drops and the electronic harmony of the garage music scene of 1990s Paris is melancholy and loneliness. The parties are bursting with verve and energy, but when the music stops, so does that joy. Hansen-Løve’s examination of a young DJ over the course of twenty years is warm and tender, an incredible look at the pros and cons of following your passion, allowing art to be your escape, and the joy of music.

Read Kyle’s full review here.

2.      Goodbye to Language 3D | Directed by Jean-Luc Godard

While the audience is trapped by the kamera, the iconoclastic Godard is doing all he can to… not get us out exactly, but perhaps to stage a prison break. The goal in his game changing 3D film is to change the paradigm of what film is and can be, to make those prison bars into something entirely new. »

- Kyle Turner

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Frank Langella Joins ‘The Americans’ Season 3

16 October 2014 10:17 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Oscar nominee Frank Langella will join season three of FX’s “The Americans” in a recurring role, the network announced Thursday.

Langella will play the role of Gabriel, Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth’s (Keri Russell) former Kgb handler who comes out of retirement to take back responsibility for overseeing the two Kgb operatives from their previous handler, Claudia (Margo Martindale).

“We’ve been huge fans of Frank’s work for a long time, and it’s been such a pleasure getting to know Frank himself in the beginning stages of working together on the character of Gabriel,” said executive producers Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields in a statement. “We look forward to a great season together, and to what we’re sure will be a phenomenal creative collaboration.”

Langella is repped by Paradigm, and is set to appear in three films slated for release in 2015: the romance “5 to »

- Laura Prudom

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The 31 Best Chick Flicks on Netflix Right Now

16 October 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Why bother going out to the multiplex when the movies you want to see are on Netflix? Whether it's a classic weepie like "An Affair to Remember," an Audrey Hepburn movie, a Jane Austen favorite or "Clueless" (again), here are some of the best chick flicks streaming on Netflix right now. (Availability subject to change.)

1. "13 Going on 30" (2004)

Who doesn't love a good time-traveling romantic comedy, especially one with a big "Thriller" dance showstopper?

2. "An Affair to Remember" (1957)

The classic romantic weepie (as referenced in "Sleepless in Seattle"), starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr as lovers whom fate cruelly tears apart.

3. "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961)

Audrey Hepburn was never lovelier (or naughtier) than as Holly Golightly, a trendy New Yorker with a complicated love life and a cat called, well, Cat.

4. "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason" (2004)

The sequel finds Bridget (Renee Zellweger) in Thailand, where she's tempted to stray with ex »

- Sharon Knolle

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Doctor Strange — All 18 Actors Rumored for the Role Over 4 Years

15 October 2014 10:05 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

We don't yet know who will be cast as Marvel's Doctor Strange, but it seems like every known actor has been rumored for the role. We look back at all eighteen actors who have reportedly been in the running over that last four years and give you a bit of info on the casting woes.

From our understanding, the two actors who came the closest have been Joaquin Phoenix and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The first concept that almost went into production was to have a 30 something actor as Strange, who could be the new center of the Marvel cineverse in the way Iron Man is currently. The thinking was that by casting younger they could get more movies out of the chosen actor. When a deal with Gordon-Levitt couldn't be made, the script was changed to have an older Doctor Strange. During that rewrite period we went six months without any casting rumors. »

- Free Reyes

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Jennifer Jason Leigh to Play Female Lead in Tarantino's Hateful Eight

10 October 2014 7:24 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Jennifer Jason Leigh is in talks to take on the lead female role in Quentin Tarantino's upcoming western The Hateful Eight. She will join Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, and Michael Madsen, who have also been confirmed to star in the movie. The last we heard, Viggo Mortensen was also rumored to be in talks to join the film as a "ruthless gang leader." The movie is scheduled to start shooting in January 2015, and this is what it's about:

The Hateful Eight follows the steadily ratcheting tension that develops after a blizzard diverts a stagecoach from its route, and traps a pitiless and mistrustful group which includes a competing pair of bounty hunters, a renegade Confederate soldier, and a female prisoner in a saloon in the middle of nowhere.

Leigh is a very talented actress who has done of ton of film and TV work over the years, »

- Joey Paur

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Exclusive: Watch A Clip From Long Lost Doc 'Burroughs: The Movie' Premiering At The New York Film Festival

9 October 2014 7:02 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

We haven't been lacking in depictions of William S. Burroughs on the big screen in recent years with both Viggo Mortensen ("On The Road") and Ben Foster ("Kill Your Darlings") portraying the famed writer. But now a film thought to be long lost has resurfaced, giving fans and newcomers a window in Burroughs' world via the gnarled Beat eminence himself. Today, the Playlist has an exclusive clip from "Burroughs: The Movie." Starting as a thesis project in the late 1970s at New York University by director Howard Brookner (with sound by Jim Jarmusch, and cinematography by Tom Dicillo), production on "Burroughs: The Movie" eventually spanned over five years, with the filmmaker not only logging plenty of time with his subject, but also with fellow travelers like Allen Ginsberg, Terry Southern, John Giorno, and Brion Gysin. However, when Brookner passed due to AIDS in 1989, his film was thought to be lost. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Jauja Review | Nyff 2014

7 October 2014 8:04 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Lisandro Alonso’s Jauja opens with a stunningly picturesque two-shot of Viggo Mortensen and Viilbjørk Malling Agger.  The two sit side-by-side, Agger facing the camera and Mortensen with his back to the lens, discussing her desire to own a dog.  The entire conversation plays out in that one shot, but it works.  The colors are so vibrant, the topic of conversation is relatable and their affection for one another is palpable as well.  Unfortunately, that’s the only time the performances and the beautiful backdrop can carry the minimal amount of coverage and sluggish pace. This is yet another New York Film Festival entry with a nearly indiscernible plot.  In fact, I had a tough time recalling Mortensen’s character’s name at all.  (Agger’s Ingeborg is another story because Mortensen must say her name at least 50 times over the course of the film’s 108-minute running time.)  But »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Daily | Nyff 2014 | Lisandro Alonso’s Jauja

7 October 2014 12:41 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

"It is 1882 on the Patagonian coast, during the 'Conquest of the Desert,' a bloody campaign to drive the indigenous peoples out of the jungle, to make the region safe for European settlers," writes R. Emmet Sweeney, reviewing Lisandro Alonso's Jauja at Movie Morlocks. "Viggo Mortensen plays Dinesen, a Danish engineer who will plan the future European-style cities that will replace the wiped-out cultures. He is there with his daughter Ingeborg (Viilbjork Agger Malling), who soon absconds into the jungle with a young soldier…. The ending is a time-and-space shifting mystery that lays beyond my grasp, images of a fecund forest overgrowing the past, drawing me back in." We've got more reviews and clips. » - David Hudson »

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Casting Net: Jeff Daniels in talks for Ridley Scott's 'The Martian'

6 October 2014 5:28 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• Another big name has been launched into consideration for Ridley Scott’s sci-fi film The Martian. Emmy winner Jeff Daniels is the latest actor in talks to join Matt Damon in the movie about a stranded astronaut struggling to survive. Daniels would play the Nasa director dealing with the crisis back on Earth. Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig and Kate Mara may also star in the film written by Drew Goddard (World War Z) and adapted from the self-published book of the same name by Andy Weir. [THR] • Aubrey Plaza, Molly Shannon, Fred Armisen, Ron Livingston, and Clea DuVall have signed on for Fresno, »

- Jake Perlman

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Satanic Sunday: Ranking Portrayals of the Devil

5 October 2014 5:55 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It’s hard to nail down the personification of the ultimate evil. The Prince of Darkness deserves to be more than just a cackling, dark figure in the background or an over-the-top sleaze.  This is an angel who has been cast out of Heaven and carries a major grudge. Neglecting the depth of his pain or not seizing the opportunity to have a little fun in the exercise of his machinations is always a problem, with no discernible representation able to strike a perfect balance yet. The best contemporary performances on film leave something to the imagination and twist our perception of the iconic role just enough to make it seem fresh or threatening. What follows is a list of cinematic Satans that have made an indelible impression, ranked from worst to best.

Gabriel Byrne in “End of Days

Gabriel Byrne in End of Days (1999)

Byrne is a talented actor »

- Lane Scarberry

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Nyff: 'Jauja' Loses Viggo (And The Audience) In The Wilderness

4 October 2014 12:32 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Nyff continues with Michael C on Jauja starring Viggo Mortensen

Lisandro Alonso’s Jauja does so many things that critics complain films don’t do, I feel obligated to love it. It has a rich sense of atmosphere. It’s thoughtful. Alonso composes his frames beautifully, and he has the patience to hold on them until every last ounce of meaning has been wrung from the image. It does all this and more, so why was it that by the halfway point I was hoping the projector would break down so I could bolt for the exit?

I think it has to do with the fact that Jauja is made with near total disregard for the audience, and I don’t mean its glacial pacing. If a film is going to be this impenetrable, in fairness, it should contain enough ideas to occupy the audience’s mind while the action »

- Michael C.

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Why Kirsten Dunst Called Her Latest Role "Dorky"

2 October 2014 7:59 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen admit they both play characters who are "a little dorky" in their new thriller Two Faces of January. We caught up with the pair at a recent press day in New York City to chat about the film, an adaptation of a book written by The Talented Mr. Ripley's creator Patricia Highsmith. Making the movie, which is in theaters and on demand now, brought Kirsten and Viggo close together - but find out if they ever plan work together again! »

- Allie-Merriam

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Why Kirsten Dunst Called Her Latest Role "Dorky"

2 October 2014 7:59 AM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen admit they both play characters who are "a little dorky" in their new thriller Two Faces of January. We caught up with the pair at a recent press day in New York City to chat about the film, an adaptation of a book written by The Talented Mr. Ripley's creator Patricia Highsmith. Making the movie, which is in theaters and on demand now, brought Kirsten and Viggo close together - but find out if they ever plan work together again! »

- Allie-Merriam

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Hamburg Filmfest Review 2014: Jauja Is A Mystic Paradise Of Fiction

1 October 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

If there were any remaining questions about the status of Lisandro Alonso as one of the most important and brave contemporary filmmakers, Jauja answers them all. With a star like Viggo Mortensen as a magnet for those who otherwise would not dare to look, Jauja is at the same time a change and an ongoing search for the Argentine filmmaker. It is a change insofar as Alonso plunges a little bit more into narrative and gives more room for dialogue than in his previous work. The film is set at the end of the 19th century in the Patagonian desert. We observe a group of soldiers and surveyors who are fighting or have fought a war against indigenous inhabitants in order to conquer the land....

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10 Famous Actors Who Tried To Be Musicians (And Hilariously Failed)

29 September 2014 7:55 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


The world of entertainment is rife with actors who, after achieving a certain degree of fame, just couldn’t avoid the lure of furthering their “brand” by jumping ship to the world of music, and though there’s a shed-load of examples that actually worked (such as Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Viggo Mortensen, Jared Leto and Juliette Lewis), often actors end up churning out vanity projects because of their wealth and fame without having any discernible musical talent. Simply, they do it just because they can.

It’s sage advice to master one craft before diving into another, though a number of these actors can’t even profess to have perfected acting yet. Their have-a-go attitude is admirable to an extent, but without their millions of dollars and familiar faces, they’d be relegated to recording themselves on a laptop in their garages like the rest of us, »

- Jack Pooley

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‘Skeleton Twins’ Robust In Specialty Box-Office Expansion; ‘Pride’ Solid In Debut

28 September 2014 11:44 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Even with another flood of specialty film debuts, The Skeleton Twins, the dramedy starring Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, had another impressive box office showing in its third weekend. Meanwhile, another dozen films tried to elbow past last week’s 14 newcomers and numerous others already in the market, to middling success among those reporting.

Other than Twins, the holdovers that look like they’re gaining some autumnal momentum include IFC FilmsThe Trip To Italy with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, and more niche-oriented films such as American Experience/PBS Films’ doc Last Days In Vietnam and Oscilloscope’s Art And Craft. Starz Media also scored a robust gross for the second week of Not Cool, featuring YouTube star Shane Dawson, as it migrated east to New York and was also profiled on a Starz channel doc series.

CBS Films’ Pride can be proud of scoring the weekend’s highest average among new titles. »

- Brian Brooks

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Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight To Shoot In Colorado In December

26 September 2014 2:53 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s funny to think that just a few months ago, the idea of Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight seeing the light of day was nothing more than a pipe dream. After the film’s script leaked earlier this year, Tarantino stopped production on the film, but quickly calmed down and set the wheels in motion once more. Now, it appears that things are moving ahead even faster than expected, as we’ve just learned that cameras will begin shooting a month earlier than previously reported.

The Denver Post is reporting that The Hateful Eight will film exclusively in Colorado thanks to a $5 million incentive package. This makes Tarantino’s new western the highest-profile pic to shoot in the region since 1969′s True Grit. Now that a location is in place, Tarantino will reportedly begin prep work and start shooting on December 8th at the Schmid Ranch in southwestern Colorado outside of Telluride. »

- James Garcia

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Tarantino Will Shoot 'Hateful Eight' in Colorado This December

26 September 2014 1:56 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

There have been multiple reports about when director Quentin Tarantino will start shooting his revenge Western The Hateful Eight, including a May report that revealed shooting will begin this November in Wyoming, and a story from earlier this month that indicated production will start in January. Today, The Denver Post reports that principal photography will begin on December 8 in southwestern Colorado.

The state of Colorado has put together a $5 million incentive for Quentin Tarantino to bring his project to the state, beating out neighboring states Utah and Wyoming. Colorado's Economic Development Commission approved the incentive package earlier this morning, with state film commissioner David Zuckerman confirming that The Hateful Eight will be shot entirely in Colorado. Here's what he had to say in a statement.

"The whole movie's going to be shot here, exteriors and interiors. They're going to build it on a ranch."

Out of the film's $44 million budget, »

- MovieWeb

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