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'How to Train Your Dragon 2' deserves to be in the Best Picture Oscar discussion

6 June 2014 10:34 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Earlier this week I wrote about the whole of DreamWorks Animation, which came after I — no joke — revisited all 28 features released by the studio so far and attended a screening of the studio's latest, "How to Train Your Dragon 2" (hitting theaters next week). That hotly anticipated sequel, which bowed at the Cannes Film Festival last month, comfortably took the top spot, with the 2010 original firmly at #2. Because these, to me, are the crowning achievements of DreamWorks so far. I imagine the campaigns behind such competitors as "The Lego Movie" (Warner Bros.) and the still unseen "Boxtrolls" (Focus Features) would cringe at reading something like what I'm about to write, but I'm going to write it anyway: the Best Animated Feature Film Oscar race seems all but over, and I really have to say, I think "Dragon 2" deserves to be in the Best Picture conversation later this year as well. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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The Signal Review

27 May 2014 11:30 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

In a time where science fiction is struggling to hold solid ground, from an awfully forgettable Robocop to Johnny Depp’s abysmal Transcendence, is Focus Features ready to blow audiences away with the next District 9? No, not a sequel to District 9 – sorry to get your hopes up Wikus fans – but another lesser-known genre production that sweeps the sci-fi community off their feet. If you’ve inquisitively clicked on this review, you already know that hopeful film is The Signal, a small festival flick that made a pretty huge impact on some power players. Of course, we here at Wgtc are the power-iest players of all (or so I tell myself), so what’s our take on William Eubank’s techy darling? Since I walked out with an invigorated grin, I’d rank The Signal leaps and bounds beyond the “intellectual” drivel I’ve witnessed so far this year – but will you agree? »

- Matt Donato

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Second Opinion – The Two Faces of January (2014)

19 May 2014 4:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Two Faces of January, 2014.

Directed by Hossein Amini.

Starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac.

Synopsis:

A thriller centered on a con artist, his wife, and a stranger who try to flee a foreign country after one of them is caught up in the murder of a police officer.

Halfway through The Two Faces of January I couldn’t help but be reminded of the great Anthony Minghella film The Talented Mr Ripley for the similarities are many; Americans abroad in the 1960s, a man who is not what he seems on face value, temptations, hidden pasts, lies, murder, and an attractive cast to boot. As the credits rolled I saw it was indeed based on a novel by the same author, Patricia Highsmith, and aside from giving myself a mental ‘pat on the back’ it helped in my realisation of why this film is so very good. »

- Gary Collinson

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The New ‘Interstellar’ Trailer Isn’t Meant to Save the World

16 May 2014 10:50 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Some people just wanna watch the world burn. Christopher Nolan might be one of them. It’s been almost half a year since our last tease, but this new Interstellar trailer gives the full force of the fire. Our wonderful planet is doomed, so the only hope for humanity is to find a new place to live. That’s where engineering whiz Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and a visionary played by Michael Caine come into the picture. Yet while the larger focus is traveling to another star, Cooper is tethered to this planet by his daughter Murphy (Mackenzie Foy). Check out the trailer for yourself: Big and epic with an out-of-context edge toward the schmaltzy. What the trailer only barely hints at is the full throttle cast at work here. Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Casey Affleck, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, William Davane, Topher Grace, and on and on. This is either a rounded ensemble operation or even the »

- Scott Beggs

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Transcendence Concept Art By Victor Martinez

8 May 2014 5:01 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

"Basically, there are a few early concepts of the “Bdc” (Brightwood Data Center) - the lab set up by Johnny Depp’s character “Will Caster”, who is at the forefront in the development of sentient computers. It’s a lab set in the near future that utilizes some very forward thinking technology (not to give any spoilers away). There is also the “Pinn Computer Core” - which was a quantum computer core developed by Caster in order to create the foundation for a sentient computer system that could become self-aware. As well, I’ve included some early concepts for the small town of “Brightwood”, where “Evelyn Caster” (Rebecca Hall) has set up shop in order to carry out her husband’s work. I had a great time working with Production Designer Chris Seagers and Director Wally Pfister, who's vision for the film was a blur between the seductive, bright, shiny »

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‘Interstellar’ Trailer #2 Description Online; Debuts with ‘Godzilla’ in Theaters [Updated]

6 May 2014 9:08 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

[Update: Scroll down for the official Interstellar teaser poster!]

Christopher Nolan is one of the handful of filmmakers currently active whose name as director on a movie alone guarantees a sizable audience, and this year he’s back with his first original project in four years: cinematic space odyssey Interstellar (following Nolan’s not-so-rewarding venture as producer on his cinematographer Wally Pfister’s sci-fi feature debut Transcendence last month).

In his usual fashion, Nolan is keeping his cards close to his chest on this one, though the film’s initial teaser trailer alludes to a storyline wherein a man named Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) leads an expedition to the stars, in the hopes of finding a ...

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- Sandy Schaefer

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5 Great Films That Explore Our Relationship With Technology

5 May 2014 11:58 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The relationship between humankind and technology has long been fertile ground for filmmakers. Feeding easily into a variety of dynamics – good guys and bad guys, the mighty oppressing the weak, corporate facelessness versus heartfelt creativity – the opportunities for story-telling are endless. The latest entry to this catalogue is Transcendence, written by Jack Paglen.

As the directorial debut of Wally Pfister – best known for his work as cinematographer for Christopher NolanTranscendence is an update on the ‘technology tries to take over the world’ trope, incorporating global issues such as environmentalism and healthcare into its narrative. Starring Johnny Depp as Artificial Intelligence researcher Dr. Will Caster, we discover that he and his wife, Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) are trying to create a machine able to achieve sentience and collective intelligence, which Will refers to as ‘Transcendence.’ During a fundraising event, Will is shot by an Anti-ai extremist, with a bullet coated in »

- Sarah Myles

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Second Opinion – Transcendence (2014)

3 May 2014 12:25 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Transcendence, 2014.

Directed by Wally Pfister.

Starring Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Kate Mara and Clifton Collins Jr.

Synopsis:

As Dr. Will Caster works toward his goal of creating an omniscient, sentient machine, a radical anti-technology organization fights to prevent him from establishing a world where computers can transcend the abilities of the human brain.

Do you remember when movies were turned into novelizations to tie-in to their release? Watching Transcendence it dawned on me around the hour mark that this film would probably make for an engaging and fascinating read over the course of 500 pages or more, but when you’re left thinking this, it’s clear the film playing in front of you isn’t working. In a reverse logic to how Hollywood works, this is one film which someone should adapt into a book because the screenplay is essentially unfilmable if the goal »

- Gary Collinson

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The Greatest Directorial Debuts

30 April 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Wally Pfister recently made the move from Dp to Director, with his sci-fi film Transcendence. As Cinematographer, he has notched up an impressive body of work, shooting Christopher Nolan’s entire output (apart from Following) as well as the rightly admired Moneyball and Transcendence is beautifully shot, if nothing else.

But directorial debuts can be a tricky business, even where the director in question has plenty of background in film-making. Take David Goyer for example – fantastic writer, but steps into the director’s chair for Blade Trinity and kills the franchise stone dead. Jan De Bont, by comparison, shot Die Hard, The Hunt for Red October and Black Rain, before directing Speed to pretty much universal acclaim. Sure, his follow up efforts have tanked, but his debut was a corker.

Here are six of the best directorial debuts.

1. Charles Laughton – Night of the Hunter

It is an enduring mystery and »

- Dave Roper

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 holds on to top spot at the UK box office

30 April 2014 3:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 25th – Sunday 27th April 2014…

Despite competition from The Other Woman and Transcendence, Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 held on to top spot at the UK box office with a second weekend haul of £3.37 million, with the superhero sequel now on £16.5 million and fast approaching the total haul of Captain America: The Winter Soldier (£18 million).

Turning to the newcomers and the Cameron Diaz comedy The Other Woman took second place with £2,662,870, followed by Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence, with the Johnny Depp-headlined sci-fi earning £1,181,347 – although over half of that figure came from four days of preview screenings, with its actual Friday-Sunday haul actually leaving it in fifth place. Beyond that, the only other new arrival in the top ten this past weekend was a live broadcast of the Met Opera’s Cosi Fan Tutte, with £362,487 down in seventh. »

- Gary Collinson

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‘Transcendence’ Review

28 April 2014 11:34 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Kate Mara, Cole Hauser | Written by Jack Paglen | Directed by Wally Pfister

Surely one of the more anticipated American films of the year for a lot of cineastes, Transcendence is the directorial debut of the wonderfully named Wally Pfister, a man who up until this film was predominantly known for being one of Christopher Nolan’s key collaborators, shooting all of his films since Memento and in the process heightening Nolan’s cerebral work with a look that is pretty much as polished as you can ever hope for, while also being a vocal proponent of non-digital film formats and keeping the 35mm dream alive. Armed with $100 million for a budget, the ability to use 35mm and a rather starry ensemble cast, critics have been lining up to take a swing at Transcendence and audiences haven’t been lining »

- Ian Loring

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The Top 10 Best Johnny Depp Performances (Not Directed By Tim Burton)

28 April 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Reflecting upon the career of Johnny Depp it is forgivable to peer back over the actor’s filmography absent-mindedly overlooking the roles which rocketed him towards the status he holds within Hollywood today. Whilst you could count his starring roles in films directed by Tim Burton on both hands with relative ease, it could be argued that Depp’s career has been somewhat shackled by the weight of these performances.

If Edward Scissorhands is the film which unleashed Depp as the superstar he was to become, it is probable that Ed Wood is a respectable shout as the performance of his colourful career. This list ignores these roles however, casting Sleepy Hollow, Sweeney Todd et al. aside in favour of his other performances which deserve reflection – perfect time considering Depp returns to the big screen in Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence, which is out in cinemas right now.

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- Jacob Stolworthy

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Chick flick knocks off Spidey

27 April 2014 7:10 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Australian cinemagoers preferred watching a chick flick about vengeful females to the latest adventures of Spider-Man in a surprising result last weekend.

Less surprising was the mediocre opening of Johnny Depp.s sci-fi thriller Transcendence, which was only marginally better than its dud debut in the Us the previous weekend.

Box-office takings stayed strong with a haul of $18.6 million, off just 10% on the Easter weekend, according to Rentrak.s estimates.

The curiosity of the frame was 3D Naked Ambition, a raunchy Hong Kong comedy about a frustrated sex writer whose popularity is waning in the era of free internet porn, which scored a lusty $121,000 on 15 screens.

The top title was The Other Woman, the only wide release targeted at females. The Nick Cassavetes-directed comedy which follows three women (Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton) as they plot revenge against a philandering husband/lover (Nikolai Coster-Waldau), grabbed $4.3 million in its second weekend, »

- Don Groves

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Transcendence review grand ideas rather than spectacle lie at its heart

27 April 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

It flopped in the States, but Wally Pfister's big-budget feature debut is ambitious, thoughtful sci-fi fare

Having opened to disappointing box office and derisory reviews in the Us (a pattern quite possibly destined to be repeated here in the UK), this first feature from Oscar-winning cinematographer-turned-director Wally Pfister has drawn cruel comparison to John Carter, another big budget sci-fi fantasy that sent critics and audiences running for the hills. Yet unlike Andrew Stanton's headbangingly boring adaptation of a much-loved source text (which, at an estimated $250m, cost more than twice the amount of Transcendence), Pfister's take on Jack Paglen's long-lauded script (which appeared on the 2012 "Black List" of most-feted unproduced screenplays) is guilty of nothing more than an admirable willingness to risk ridicule in pursuit of an interesting idea.

Big on conceptual ambition, this handsomely mounted technophobic fable is surprisingly short on crowd-pleasing explosions (the comparative lack »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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Win A Transcendence Prizepack

26 April 2014 12:29 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

If you could upload your brain to a supercomputer, would you? That’s the question asked in the new film, Transcendence.

Transcendence stars Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Clifton Collins, Jr., and Morgan Freeman.

Now playing in theaters: http://bit.ly/TransTix

Wamg is giving away two Transcendence Prize Packs!

Each winner will receive:

Hollywood Movie Money to take you and 3 of your friends to see the movie One (1) Radio.

5 Runner-ups will receive Hollywood Movie Money for you and 3 of your friends.

Enter Your Name And E-mail In Our Comments Section Below.  We Will Contact You If You Are A Winner.

Official Rules:

1. You Must Be A Us Resident. Prize Will Only Be Shipped To Us Addresses. No P.O. Boxes. No Duplicate Addresses.

2. Winners Will Be Chosen From All Qualifying Entries.  No Purchase Necessary.  Prizes Will Not Be Substituted Or Exchanged.

Contest Ends – Thursday, »

- Movie Geeks

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Transcendence, film review: Johnny Depp's sci-fi transcends bad reviews

26 April 2014 | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

The directorial debut of the cinematographer Wally Pfister is an ambitious, albeit flawed, attempt to dramatise what futurologists call the singularity, but what the screenplay by first-timer Jack Paglen insists on calling "transcendence": the moment when a computer network achieves greater-than-human intelligence. The problem is, the singularity, by definition, is the point in human progress beyond which we can't meaningfully speculate. »

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Alcon Entertainment ‘Got Its Ass Kicked,’ Stands to Lose $30 Million on ‘Transcendence’

25 April 2014 6:09 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Alcon Entertainment “got its ass kicked” financially with the weak box office performance of “Transcendence,” the company's top executive told TheWrap, saying that the company will lose at least $30 million as a result. “I can say definitively that Alcon got its ass kicked,” co-president Andrew Kosove told TheWrap. “We've made 28 movies and we've never had anything like this happen before and I hope we don't again.” Wally Pfister's directorial debut starring Johnny Depp grossed $10.9 million its opening weekend, far less than even the studio expected; that number should drop considerably this weekend with three new wide releases. Its »

- Lucas Shaw and Todd Cunningham

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Movie Review – Transcendence (2014)

25 April 2014 2:25 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Transcendence, 2014.

Directed by Wally Pfister.

Starring Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Kate Mara, and Clifton Collins Jr.

Synopsis:

As Dr. Will Caster works toward his goal of creating an omniscient, sentient machine, a radical anti-technology organization fights to prevent him from establishing a world where computers can transcend the abilities of the human brain.

During the empty screening of Transcendence, I noticed a few things. The first, Rebecca Hall wears her trousers about an inch or two too high. Second, the cup holder the right of me protruded from the chair in a distractedly awkward manner. And third, Futurama did it better. In the hands of a more efficient, experienced director and with a script that didn’t read as if written by a think tank of those with no knowledge of intelligent science fiction, I would not have noticed these (except Rebecca Hall’s ankles, »

- Gary Collinson

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Podcast: Three New Reviews and a Dramatic Reading of Peter Jackson's 'Hobbit' Statement

25 April 2014 11:15 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

It's the last episode of the Friday podcast that will be made available for free and I think we've delivered, coming in with reviews for The Other Woman, Last Passenger and Brick Mansions as well as a lot of news, a dramatic reading of Peter Jackson's announcement the third Hobbit film will be titled The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, tons of your questions, voice mail and four games. We hope you enjoy and hope to continue to have many of you join us once the Friday episode goes subscription only come May 2. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for »

- Brad Brevet

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Paul Bettany: 5 Awesome Performances And 5 That Sucked

25 April 2014 2:45 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Warner Bros.

This week sees the UK release of Transcendence, the debut directorial effort from Wally Pfister. The man who shot Christopher Nolan’s Gotham trilogy and won an Oscar for his work on Inception is now calling the shots himself, following in the footsteps of other talented cinematographers like Nicolas Roeg, Barry Sonnenfeld and Jan de Bont. Critical reaction over in the States (and from our very own Ed Owen) has been lukewarm at best, but if you’re a fan of old-school sci-fi like Brainstorm, Westworld and The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, you should still give it a chance.

But beneath the hubbub over whether Pfister has succeeded or failed, Transcendence also gives us an opportunity to reassess the career of Paul Bettany. He may never have quite ascended to the heights enjoyed by his co-star Johnny Depp, and there have been a handful of bad performances along the way. »

- Daniel Mumby

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