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8 items from 2015


Turning the lens on Oscar nominees for Best Cinematography

19 February 2015 7:23 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Best Cinematography is one of the most closely watched technical categories at the Oscars, due largely to the fact that it’s often so difficult to predict. Indeed, since 1986, when the American Society of Cinematographers first started handing out prizes, only 11 of its winners went on to triumph at the Oscars: -Break- 1990: Dean Semler, “Dances with Wolves” 1995: John Toll, “Braveheart” 1996: John Seale, “The English Patient” 1997: Russell Carpenter, “Titanic” 1999: Conrad L. Hall, “American Beauty” 2002: Conrad L. Hall, “Road to Perdition” 2005: Dion Beebe, “Memoirs of a Geisha” 2007: Robert Elswit, “There Will Be Blood” 2008: Anthony Dod Mantle, “Slumdog Millionaire” 2010: Wally Pfister, “Inception” 2013: Emmanuel Lubeszki, “Gravity” Updated: Experts' Oscars predictions in 24 categories This year, th...' »

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Cinematographers pick the best-shot films of all time

4 February 2015 12:31 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Stumbling across that list of best-edited films yesterday had me assuming that there might be other nuggets like that out there, and sure enough, there is American Cinematographer's poll of the American Society of Cinematographers membership for the best-shot films ever, which I do recall hearing about at the time. But they did things a little differently. Basically, in 1998, cinematographers were asked for their top picks in two eras: films from 1894-1949 (or the dawn of cinema through the classic era), and then 1950-1997, for a top 50 in each case. Then they followed up 10 years later with another poll focused on the films between 1998 and 2008. Unlike the editors' list, though, ties run absolutely rampant here and allow for way more than 50 films in each era to be cited. I'd love to see what these lists would look like combined, however. I imagine "Citizen Kane," which was on top of the 1894-1949 list, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Watch: Super Bowl Ads Directed By Judd Apatow, Doug Liman, Wally Pfister, Jonathan Dayton And Valerie Faris & More

2 February 2015 9:38 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The Super Bowl is about a lot of things, but it's mostly about money. It's America's annual day where everyone gathers around to watch millionaire football players play in a brand name stadium, in a nationally televised game, which features as much time devoted to commercials as it does to the sport being played on the field. Advertisers pay a lot of money for those coveted advertising spots, and spend big to make sure the ads have an impact. That often means hiring big name actors to put in front of the camera, and/or getting talented, movie-level directors behind them, too. This year, Judd Apatow, Doug Liman, Wally Pfister, and Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris were among the folks who lent their talent to advertisers. We've selected the creme de la creme below. Check them out, and you can hit Slashfilm, a complete rundown of movie director helmed spots. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The UnPopular Opinion: Transcendence

29 January 2015 2:22 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

The Unpopular Opinion is an ongoing column featuring different takes on films that either the writer Hated, but that the majority of film fans Loved, or that the writer Loved, but that most others Loathed. We're hoping this column will promote constructive and geek fueled discussion. Enjoy! ****Some Spoilers Ensue**** One of the biggest flops of 2014 was cinematographer Wally Pfister's directorial debut Transcendence. The science fiction drama seemed to have everything »

- Alex Maidy

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Top 10 Worst Films of 2014

6 January 2015 3:59 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Wall Street Journal reports “overall North American box-office receipts and attendance for 2014 declined more than 5% to $10.35 billion from $10.92 billion in 2013, according to box-office tracker Rentrak Corp. – the worst results since 2011.”

Kicking off 2015 with “Best of” lists and awards season on the minds of many Cinephiles, we offer our look back at the worst of 2014. Some awful, some horrendous, we were disappointed and flummoxed by some of the movies Tinseltown released into theaters (and on moviegoers) over the past 12 months.

As we shake our Wamg heads over the biggest letdowns, here we go with our Top 10 list of the Worst Films of 2014.

Dishonorable Mention: Horns

In Horns Daniel Radcliffe played a grieving young man who inexplicably grows horns from his forehead after the community he lives in finds him culpable for the death and murder of his girlfriend. Horns was a mishmash of genres that never quite fit together; crime drama, »

- Movie Geeks

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The Interview And A Million Ways To Die In The West Head Up The Razzies Worst Film Nominees

5 January 2015 1:55 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Five days into the new year and the movie awards season is in full swing. A chance to celebrate all of the cinematic gold bestowed upon us by filmmakers over the last 365 days, the majority of awards bodies veer towards the positive. The good, the great and the outstanding movie achievements. Of course, you can’t have yin without yang, and that customary glint of deviousness amidst the showers of compliments will soon be upon us, in the shape of the The Annual Golden Raspberry Awards.

Known informally as The Razzies, the achievements are dished out based on how bad the category nominees performed, and this year’s nominees have now been announced. Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways To Die In The West beat out its closest competitors for the esteemed honour of most nominations with a whopping eight altogether. Recent limelight comedy, The Interview, also snagged four nominations across three categories. »

- Gem Seddon

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‘The Interview,’ ‘Sex Tape,’ Make Razzies Shortlist

4 January 2015 12:08 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As the film business gears up to honor the best films of the year at the Academy Awards, the worst are getting recognized, too.

The shortlist for the Razzies, which names the worst films of the year, has been obtained by awards site Gold Derby, listing some of the biggest grossers of the year, like “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” and others that didn’t do so well. The shortlist isn’t a concrete list of the nominations — rather, it’s a preview of the contenders for the dubious honor.

Seth McFarlene’s “A Million Ways to Die” looks like it could be the frontrunner for the awards, popping up eight times. “Sex Tape,” which garnered mostly negative reviews, is listed six times. Seth Rogen and James Franco are both on the list for worst actor for “The Interview,” as well as worst onscreen duo.

Others who pop up several times »

- Alex Stedman

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Razzies 2015: Shortlist for the Golden Raspberry Awards revealed

4 January 2015 6:10 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

As the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences gears up to announce the nominations for the 87th Academy Awards on January 15th, the shortlist for the 2015 Golden Raspberry Awards has leaked online, giving us a look at the stinkers from the past twelve months who will battle it out for the “honour” of winning a Razzie.

Here’s the shortlist for each category…

Worst Picture

Saving Christmas

Transcendence

A Million Ways To Die In The West

Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?

Legend of Hercules

Sex Tape

A Haunted House #2

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Left Behind

The Interview

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

I, Frankenstein

Worst Remake, Rip-off or Sequel

Noah

Legend Of Hercules

Legends Of Oz: Dorothy’s Return

A Haunted House 2

The Expendables 3

Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?

Annie

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Endless Love

Pompeii

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

I, Frankenstein

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles »

- Gary Collinson

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