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The Definitive Movies of 1995

30 January 2015 8:01 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The 1990′s introduced the world to Quentin Tarantino, saw the creation of the Nc-17 rating, and began the slow call toward fully computer animated films. It began the slow (still slow) movement toward a more diverse industry, with the first African-American director earning an Oscar nomination (John Singleton for “Boyz in the Hood”). And the year after one of the greatest years in the history of film, 1995 came plodding along, trying to keep up. So, for the first definitive list of 2015, we are going to look back 20 years at a year that, at first glance, doesn’t look so hot. It’s ripe with flops, but it’s also full of debuts, trailblazing beginnings, and better films than it gets credit for. But, the caveat still stands: this is not a “best of” list. In fact, there are a lot of bad movies on this list. But, they are movies that made a cultural impact, »

- Joshua Gaul

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Misery Loves Comedy’

23 January 2015 3:34 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Actor Kevin Pollak lines up the stars for his directorial debut, “Misery Loves Comedy,” a documentary exploration that cuts loose without ever cutting deep. While Pollak poses some provocative questions behind the camera — including the inquiry that inspires the title, “Do you have to be miserable to be funny?” — his parade of celebrity talking heads only skim the surface of the comedic mind. Packing far more laughs than your average doc, the Tribeca Film acquisition could generate limited theatrical interest but seems a more logical fit for premium cable or digital outlets.

The opportunity to collect amusing anecdotes from the likes of Christopher Guest, Larry David, Martin Short, Steve Coogan and Tom Hanks is as good as any reason to make a film, but Pollak positions this project as if he’s up to something more. “Do you think emotionally questionable people are drawn to standup/performing?” Guest reads aloud »

- Geoff Berkshire

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Sundance: Kevin Pollak’s Documentary ‘Misery Loves Comedy’ Sold to Tribeca Film

23 January 2015 8:13 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The movie features Tom Hanks, Jimmy Fallon, Judd Apatow, Kevin Smith, Lisa Kudrow and many more

Tribeca Film is acquiring North American rights to Kevin Pollak’s directorial debut “Misery Loves Comedy,” which makes its world premiere Friday at the Sundance Film Festival. Tribeca announced it is targeting a spring 2015 release.

The talking-head documentary, a Heretic Films and NewAley Pictures production, was written by Pollak and John Varhous, and produced by Becky Newhall, Burton Ritchie and Barry Katz. Ben Galecki, Ashton Newhall, Liz Davidson and Jess Ravich served as executive producers.

Also Read: Sundance Party Report in Pictures: The Snowy »

- Jeff Sneider

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You Rank the Best Movies That Debuted at the Sundance Film Festival

22 January 2015 10:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

As of today, another Sundance is upon us. For more than 30 years now, from a time before it was even called the Sundance Film Festival, we've been looking to the Park City, Utah event as a beacon and a tastemaker of independent cinema. What will be the breakouts of 2015? And how will they fit into such a rich history? Sundance has seen major breakouts and/or introduced us to the work of such filmmakers as the Coen brothers, Christopher Nolan, Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarantino, Darren Aronofsky, Rian Johnson and, out of last year's fest and now an Oscar darling, Damien Chazelle. Below you'll find 20 titles that not only screened but world premiered at the Sundance Film Festival between its years of 1985 and 2014. You won't find some of your favorites if they debuted...

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- Christopher Campbell

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10 Sundance Directors to Watch Includes Spike Lee Protege, ‘Yes Man’ Writers, ‘Martha Marcy’ Producer

21 January 2015 1:36 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Bachelorette” filmmaker Leslye Headland returns to Sundance with a higher profile this time

Filmmaking careers are born at Sundance, as evidenced by directors Kevin Smith (“Clerks”), J.C. Chandor (“Margin Call”) and Damien Chazelle (“Whiplash”). This year’s festival features plenty of returning artists as well as new voices with something fresh to say. TheWrap talked to buyers and sellers before whittling down this list of 10 buzzworthy filmmakers on the eve of Sundance. Something tells us we’ll be hearing about them for years to come.

Also Read: 10 Hottest Sundance Sales Titles: J. Lo, Robert Redford, Keanu Reeves, David Foster Wallace

Nikole Beckwith, »

- Jeff Sneider

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Pittsburgh Comicon: A History

20 January 2015 6:17 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Founded in 1994 by Michael and Renee George, Pittsburgh Comicon is held every year in the Monroeville Convention Center, near the Monroeville Mall. Fans of the horror genre will recognize the mall from its appearance in Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008), among others. The city’s pop-culture history makes it an ideal location for a pop-culture based convention. The convention is usually small, but has been used to raise more than $250,000 at a time for local charities including the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Over the years, the show has been host to some of the largest names in the entertainment industry, including greats like Kevin Smith, Tom Savini, Mark Waid, and even Stan Lee. The convention has even been the setting for a few of my articles here at Sound on Sight.

This year, Pittsburgh Comicon made a major announcement. The convention has been taken over by Wizard World, »

- Cory Weddell

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Quiz: All About Johnny Depp

19 January 2015 7:30 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Johnny Depp has had a remarkable career.  After debuting – and dying – in A Nightmare on Elm Street back in 1984, he was just one of the guys in the ensemble Platoon, the rockabilly heartthrob in Cry-Baby, and the star undercover cop in TV’s “21 Jump Street.”  With Edward Scissorhands came his career-changing role, blossoming him to the top of the A-list where he’s remained as a bonafide movie star ever since. 

This week he’s back on the big screen in Mortdecai (and surprise! Tim Burton is nowhere to be found).  As moustachioed art dealer Charles Mortdecai, Depp is searching for a stolen painting that’s been linked to a stolen bank account of Nazi gold. 

We’re about to get a whole lotta Depp on the big screen in the next two years as he’s lined up a number of projects including London Fields (with fiancée Amber Heard »

- Rachel West

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Indie Spotlight: Tales of Poe, Ninjas vs Monsters, Zombie With a Shotgun

18 January 2015 11:56 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a trailer for Bloodsucking Bastards, Phantasmagoria, and The Scarehouse, The Boston Horror Show lineup for 2015, Zombie with a Shotgun episode details, a Q&A with Ninjas vs Monsters director, Justin Timpane, and much more:

Bloodsucking Bastards Trailer and Premiere Details: “An Office Space meets Shaun of the Dead action-packed vampire comedy, Bloodsucking Bastards stars Fran Kranz as Evan Sanders, a dutiful and overworked employee stuck at a soul-killing corporation with his beautiful co-worker and girlfriend Amanda (Emma Fitzpatrick) and his slacker best friend Tim (Joey Kern). Evan’s world begins to crumble when Amanda dumps him and his boss Ted (Joel Murray) hands his coveted promotion to his nemesis Max (Pedro Pascal). When his officemates start going through disturbing changes and bodies begin to pile up, Evan must »

- Tamika Jones

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Johnny Depp's Daughter Helps Him Get into Character (Video)

16 January 2015 5:50 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

For Johnny Depp, making a successful movie is child's play - literally The Big Bad Wolf of the current Into the Woods, 51, stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday and shared how his 15-year-old daughter Lily Rose is responsible for shaping many of the characters he has brought to the big screen. "We played a lot of Barbies, my daughter and I" Depp told host Jimmy Kimmel. "I used to test characters on her." "One day we were playing Barbies, and she just decided to go 'Daddy, just do it normal, how 'bout?' " Lily Rose's plastic dolls and straightforward »

- Kelli Bender, @kbendernyc

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Johnny Depp's Daughter Helps Him Get into Character (Video)

16 January 2015 5:50 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

For Johnny Depp, making a successful movie is child's play - literally The Big Bad Wolf of the current Into the Woods, 51, stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday and shared how his 15-year-old daughter Lily Rose is responsible for shaping many of the characters he has brought to the big screen. "We played a lot of Barbies, my daughter and I" Depp told host Jimmy Kimmel. "I used to test characters on her." "One day we were playing Barbies, and she just decided to go 'Daddy, just do it normal, how 'bout?' " Lily Rose's plastic dolls and straightforward »

- Kelli Bender, @kbendernyc

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25 surprising side businesses from Hollywood stars

15 January 2015 8:54 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Paul Newman’s salad dressing enterprise is common knowledge, but did you know about these 25 businesses run by Hollywood stars?

What do big-time movie stars get up to in their spare time? While their fictional counterparts might enjoy chopping wood or getting hosed down by friendly females (more on that here), actors themselves have a tendency towards wacky entrepreneurial ideas and hefty industrial investments.

Looking at our findings from some rigorous research (read: Googling), it seems that you can divide famous actors into a handful of groups – those who are trying to do something good for the world, those who are trying to break into internet megabucks and those who like opening restaurants.

Without further chit-chat, here’s a breakdown of which stars are behind which brands which you may or may not know and love…

1. Kevin CostnerOcean Therapy Solutions

Here’s a brilliant one to start off with »

- simonbrew

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Die Hard: ranking the movies in order of quality

14 January 2015 10:55 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

You know what the best Die Hard is. You know what the worst is. But where do the others sit in the Die Hard league table?

A quick preamble. Over the course of the coming weeks and months, we're going to be exploring many of our favourite movie franchises, and ranking the films in order. Mainly because it gives us a further chance to talk about many of our favourite films.

Inevitably, the ordering in these cases isn't always going to come as a surprise - we go into this with the first and last place in most of these lists immediately obvious - but it's interesting to see how the movies stand in the context of each other. Police Academy week in particular should be a hoot.

When it comes to ranking the Die Hard films then, the battle is really between Die Hards 2 and 3 for second place. But »

- simonbrew

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Kevin Smith goes beardless again for Yoga Hosers prosthetics

13 January 2015 2:05 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Having wrapped principal photography on Yoga Hosers, Kevin Smith is currently shooting some visual effects for the second chapter of his True North Trilogy.

With Smith himself portraying one of the film’s monsters, he’s had to shave his trademark beard in order for the necessary prosthetics to be applied, and the filmmaker has taken to Twitter to post a picture of his clean-shaven self, along with a snap of him in first stage of prosthetics…

Yoga Hosers sees Smith’s daughter Harley Quinn Smith and Johnny Depp’s daughter Lily-Rose Depp leading the cast as convenience store clerks Colleen Collette and Colleen McKenzie, who team up with Depp’s Guy Lapointe in order to battle an ancient evil. Also featuring in the cast are Tony Hale (Arrested Development), Natasha Lyonne (Orange is the new Black), Austin Butler (Aliens in the Attic), Adam Brody (The O.C.), Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf »

- Gary Collinson

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14 movie sequels stuck in development hell

12 January 2015 3:04 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

As Twins sequel Triplets gets delayed, here are other big name sequels struggling to get going - from Top Gun 2 to Die Hard 6...

We started this website back in 2007, and since then, the names of some sequels seem to come up with reasonable regularity, albeit with no sign of the film itself. And in the time we've been going, yet more names have added themselves to the list of follow-ups that are seemingly stuck in development hell.

With the new Ghostbusters film set to escape and become a real thing in the next year or two, here's just a sample of the other projects struggling to get off the ground (with one or two edging closer to a greenlight than others...)

Triplets

What is it?

The long-belated sequel to Arnold Schwarzenegger-Danny DeVito comedy Twins, with the wheeze this time being Eddie Murphy reportedly joining the cast as »

- simonbrew

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The Secret to Ava DuVernay’s Success

11 January 2015 7:37 PM, PST | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

For aspiring entertainers, it’s easy to want to give up the dream when you turn on the TV or flip through a magazine. You’re bombarded with images of superstar prodigies, making millions doing what you’re hustling to do and amassing thousands of fans all before they’re even old enough to rent a car. The myth is: once you’re 25, you’re way past your prime. That Oscar? Forget it and find a desk job.

Selma director Ava DuVernay, 42, is here to remind you that life isn’t over just because your younger peers got an early start. After 12 years in publicity, DuVernay quit her day job to be a full-time filmmaker, a passion she discovered later in life after witnessing Michael Mann work on the set of Collateral. At 32, she released her first short film Saturday Night Life. And since then, she hasn’t stopped making movies. »

- Tara Aquino

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How 'Tusk' Ignited a Fire in Kevin Smith's Spine

11 January 2015 7:14 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick "Tusk" is available now On Demand. This interview originally ran during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival in September.] The last time Kevin Smith debuted a film at a festival it didn't go so well. The year was 2011 and Smith was in Park City to unveil his first stab at the horror genre, "Red State." The film debuted to negative reviews and harsh press following a lengthy 25-minute rant during which Smith revealed that he'd be self distributing his latest. Cut to three years later and Smith is experiencing a career all-time high. His latest, "Tusk," another horror film, premiered in the Midnight Madness section at the Toronto International Film Festival and blew the roof off of the Ryerson Theater. Already acquired by A24 prior to making its way to Toronto, "Tusk" has drawn some of the »

- Nigel M Smith

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34 Things We Learned From Kevin Smith’s Tusk Commentary

7 January 2015 7:00 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Kevin Smith has retired and un-retired from filmmaking more than once, and his most recent return to the director’s chair resulted in his most unusual movie yet. That’s not to say Tusk is a good movie exactly — but it’s most definitely an incredibly strange one. Happily though, Smith’s real talent remains unscathed. He’s a continuously entertaining speaker, overflowing with funny, crass and ridiculous anecdotes, and his gift as a storyteller — often better-suited for talking than for filmmaking — shines on his commentary tracks. Tusk features a lot of dialogue scenes, his usual bread and butter, but there’s also an obvious thread of narrative wackiness that promises excessive fodder for Smith’s verbal chicanery via the commentary. Because seriously, it’s about a guy who threatens to surgically alter Justin Long into a walrus. Keep reading to see what I heard on the commentary track for Kevin Smith’s Tusk. Tusk »

- Rob Hunter

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The films that will sadly be shut out on Oscar nomination morning

5 January 2015 1:07 PM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

In less than two weeks, the mystery is going to be solved in terms of who and what receive Academy Award nominations (with some mystery going away earlier today with the announcement of the Producers Guild of America nominations, but I’ll chime in on that tomorrow). At the same time, we’re also going to find out about the films and performances that are going to be snubbed for Oscar love. In some cases, movies are going to be shut out entirely. Most of the time, it’s more or less deservedly so, but their are always contenders that should have fared better in the awards season. Today, I wanted to shed some light on the flicks that almost assuredly are not going to be cited in any way, shape, or form, by members of the Academy. Sure, Oscar voters could surprise you, but I wouldn’t hold my breath… »

- Joey Magidson

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Johnny Depp Looks Unrecognizable in Costume for Yoga Hosers Movie: Photos

5 January 2015 12:20 PM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Incognito! Johnny Depp is starring in the upcoming comedy Yoga Hosers, but fans may have some serious trouble finding the actor on the big screen.  Depp, 51, was unrecognizable as he filmed scenes for the Kevin Smith project this past weekend. The Mortdecai star was shooting in Los Angeles on Saturday, Jan. 3, and looked nothing like himself once he slipped into his movie getup.  In order to become the lead character Guy Lapointe, Depp transformed himself with artificial facial hair and a body makeover.  The Oscar-nominated star stepped [...] »

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36 British films to look out for in 2015

5 January 2015 8:01 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

UK cinema in 2015 has plenty to recommend it. Here are 36 UK films of all genres to look forward to this year…

Dig past the litterfall of Kray Brothers biopics and tales of nubile teens on camping trips gone wrong, and you’ll unearth plenty for the UK film industry to boast about in 2015. From sci-fi romps and thrillers like Robot Overlords and Ex Machina to dramas like High-Rise, comedies like War On Everyone, spy flicks like Spectre and kids’ films like Bill, there’s no shortage of inventive, highly promising cinema coming from these isles.

We’ve included a few choice co-productions in 2015’s pick of the year’s most interesting-looking pictures, which bolsters our list in both size and breadth (and mostly means we Brits can claim partial credit for ace-sounding dystopian flick The Lobster).

In alphabetical order then, here are the 36 UK (or UK-ish) movies we’re excited about seeing this year… »

- louisamellor

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