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12 items from 2014


Worldview Ent backs Strangerland

27 March 2014 2:09 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Outback Australian film stars Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving.

Us company Worldview Entertainment is a key financier of debut director Kim Farrant’s outback children-missing mystery drama Strangerland, an unofficial Irish/Australian co-production starring Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving.

“We had Screen Australia and the Irish Film Board and Screen Nsw and (Australian distributor) Transmission and (sales agent) Wild Bunch and were looking for an international financier and executive producer,” Naomi Wenck, from Australian company Dragonfly Pictures, told Screen. She and Irish producer Macdara Kelleher of Fastnet Films are producing.

“We noticed that Worldview Entertainment was supporting such interesting directors as Atom Egoyan and Andrew Dominik and John Hillcoat – a few of them Australians making films in the Us – and a slate of interesting films that were making it into the top five festivals.”

Kidman and Fiennes play the on-screen parents of two missing teenagers (Nicholas Hamilton and model Maddison Brown) and Weaving »

- Sandy.George@me.com (Sandy George)

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Worldview Entertainment backs Strangerland

27 March 2014 2:09 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Outback Australian film stars Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving.

Us company Worldview Entertainment is a key financier of debut director Kim Farrant’s outback children-missing mystery drama Strangerland, an unofficial Irish/Australian co-production starring Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving.

“We had Screen Australia and the Irish Film Board and Screen Nsw and (Australian distributor) Transmission and (sales agent) Wild Bunch and were looking for an international financier and executive producer,” Naomi Wenck, from Australian company Dragonfly Pictures, told Screen. She and Irish producer Macdara Kelleher of Fastnet Films are producing.

“We noticed that Worldview Entertainment was supporting such interesting directors as Atom Egoyan and Andrew Dominik and John Hillcoat – a few of them Australians making films in the Us – and a slate of interesting films that were making it into the top five festivals.”

Kidman and Fiennes play the on-screen parents of two missing teenagers (Nicholas Hamilton and model Maddison Brown) and Weaving »

- Sandy.George@me.com (Sandy George)

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Most Anticipated Films for 2015: An Overview

24 March 2014 8:15 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Last month, we unveiled our all-encompassing, most anticipated films for the current year in film. Now we peer into a future that is a little past the limits of 2014 thus we find ourselves with a quickie overview of the Top 100 Most Anticipated Films for 2015. Curated by our Nicholas Bell, with a little luck, we might see less than a finger count on one hand sum of films break this year, but for the most part, a good deal of these projects have planned 2014/15 production start dates. Here are 100 projects/filmmakers worth keeping tabs on (picks 100 to 11)

100. The Double Hour – Dir. Joshua Marston

99. Lila & Eve – Dir. Charles Stone III

98. Legacy of Secrecy – Dir. David O. Russell

97. The Theory of Everything – James Marsh

96. Elvis and Nixon – Dir. Liza Johnson

95. Hier – Dir. Balint Kenyeres

94. Timeless – Dir. Vadim Perelman

93. Wonderful Tonight – Dir. Christine Jeffs

92. Rocketman – Dir. Dagur Kari

91. Passengers – Dir. Brian Kirk

90. Sweet Cheeks – Dir. »

- Nicholas Bell

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10 Incredibly Dark Comedies That Dare You To Laugh

19 March 2014 1:05 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Optimum Releasing

For some people, a good comedy needs nothing more than some silly costumes, catchphrases and a couple of well-aimed custard pies. But for others, this barely even tickles the funnybone. What they need is a little edgier, a little more risqué. And so they turn to the dark side of comedy, the type of film where you don’t know whether to laugh or cry. The type of film that you know you probably shouldn’t be watching. The type of film that’ll make you smile and then, almost immediately, make you feel guilty about it.

It seems like an easy task – take subjects that we’re not supposed to talk about and make jokes about them- and yet very few manage to find the right balance between proper comedy and needless provocation. Too often they revel in their own filth, swap sight gags for shock tactics, »

- Dan Wakefield

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Watch: First Trailer For Eric Bana Horror 'Deliver Us From Evil' Introduces Two Types Of Evil

7 March 2014 9:43 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Here's a fun fact: Eric Bana made his name as a comedian in Australia before transitioning to the dramatic actor the rest of the world knows him as. You can thank Andrew Dominik's foresight to cast in him "Chopper" for that. And having proven his chops when it comes to moving the heart, Bana is now gonna try and scare the shit out of you with the upcoming "Deliver Us From Evil." The horror film, formerly known as "Beware the Night," comes from Scott Derickson ("Sinister," "Exorcism of Emily Rose"), co-stars Edgar Ramirez and Olivia Munn, and follows an Irish Catholic NYPD detective who, while working on a murder case, runs into a renegade priest who believes demonic elements may be in the mix. Spooky! "It's going to be really out there," Bana told us last summer. "It's another kind of thriller genre mash-up. It's kind of cop procedure thriller with psychological undertones, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #63. Errol Morris’ Holland, Michigan

26 February 2014 5:15 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Holland, Michigan

Director: Errol Morris

Writer: Andrew Sodroski

Producers: Adam Kassan, John Lesher

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Naomi Watts, Bryan Cranston, Edgar Ramírez

Documentarian Errol Morris has signed on to direct not one, but two fiction feature films (he’s only ever done that once before, back in 1991 with the Lou Diamond Philips starrer The Dark Wind). Initially, it looked like the Christopher Walken/Paul Rudd headlining Freezing People Is Easy was set to film first, but now it looks as if it will be Holland, Michigan, set to roll this spring. While that may be cutting it close for a reasonable 2014 release, the 65 year old Morris has an efficient track record, so we shall see. As for Ms. Watts, she’s currently filming with Noah Baumbach for a film set to be released in 2015. This would be her next project, and, then maybe, finally, she’ll get »

- Nicholas Bell

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Top 10 Tuesday: Wamg’s Favorite Oscar Nominees

25 February 2014 2:56 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

We’re getting closer to Hollywood’s night to shine – the Oscars. This year’s nominations are a bevy of brilliant films, performances and crafts, the motion picture industry at its best.

The Academy Awards is the gold standard by which every other awards show is measured, because when it comes to the biggest night in film, nobody does it better than Oscar!

In anticipation of the star-studded night at the Dolby Theatre, the gang at Wamg has chosen their favorite nominees – from the Best Picture and Best Acting categories to the technical categories, here’s a close-up look at our Top 10 Favorite nominees.

Best Picture – American Hustle

By Jim Batts

The Best Picture Oscar usually goes to the film that shines a light on a social injustice, a historical event, or individuals battling injury or disease. The most wildly entertaining (sorry Marty and Leo, but three hours of arrogant »

- Movie Geeks

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'Brokeback,' 'Furnace' filmmakers reflect on Dominik's 'Jesse James' with La revival screening on the way

14 February 2014 2:23 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In December of last year, New York's Museum of the Moving Image expressed some doubt as to whether a revival screening of Andrew Dominik's "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" would draw a crowd. It did, and they had to book another day to accommodate the interest. The American Cinematheque here in Los Angeles thought the smaller Aero Theater in Santa Monica would be a better venue for the program. They ended up selling out the larger Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood for a screening Saturday night, quite rare for a repertory program there. The "Jesse James Revival" has »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Megan Ellison: Faith In Eccentric Filmmakers Pays Dividends

7 February 2014 9:32 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Mark Pinkert

Contributor

Unlike the other Best Picture-nominated producers, who each have one film in a field of nine, Megan Ellison has two: American Hustle (directed by David O. Russell) and Her (directed by Spike Jonze). Both films have already hoarded numerous awards on the critics circuit, grossed a combined $200+ million worldwide, earned fifteen total Academy Award nominations, and both have a legitimate shot at winning the Best Picture prize–needless to say, it’s been a big year for Ellison. And what’s more interesting, perhaps, is that these are far and away the most eccentric films on the Best Picture ticket. This speaks, at least in part, to Megan Ellison’s producing style, which has raised a few eyebrows in Hollywood recently.

Megan Ellison is the daughter of billionaire businessman, Larry Ellison, who is the founder and CEO of the Oracle Corporation and the fifth richest man in the world, »

- Mark Pinkert

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The top 25 underappreciated films of 2007

4 February 2014 8:21 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 6 Feb 2014 - 06:08

Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2007, and another 25 overlooked gems...

For some reason, the number three was a common factor in several blockbuster movies of 2007. The third film in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series (At World's End) dominated the box office, Spider-Man 3 marked Sam Raimi's last entry as director in the series, while Mike Myers went for a hat trick of hits with Shrek The Third.

I Am Legend was the third and most financially successful attempt to bring Richard Matheson's classic novel to the big screen, Rush Hour 3 marked Jackie Chan's last action pairing with Chris Tucker, while Zack Snyder's musky sword-swinger 300 was notable for having the number three in the title.

Iffy attempts at numerology aside, 2007 was also a superb for year for movies in general - particularly underappreciated ones, »

- ryanlambie

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The HeyUGuys Interview: Casey Affleck talks Out of the Furnace

28 January 2014 6:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

With something of a sporadic acting career, making just five movies since the turn of 2008, Casey Affleck is now becoming more of a presence in contemporary cinema, as following on from a wonderful performance in Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, he now returns in Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace – and we had the pleasure of speaking to the actor about his role.

Affleck plays Rodney, the younger brother of Christian Bale’s Russell, discusses what attracted him to the project, and how much of a luxury it was working alongside someone of Bale’s calibre. He also tells us about his research into the world of bare-knuckle boxing, and tells us of his confidence in the forthcoming Christopher Nolan feature, Interstellar.

Rodney is something of a liability, and he’s an incredibly flawed character. Yet he manages to be endearing and we can’t help but root for him at all costs. »

- Stefan Pape

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The HeyUGuys Instant Watching Guide – January 6th 2014

6 January 2014 3:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Man is there a lot of new content on streaming services this week. There are literally hundreds of new titles available for your viewing pleasure, I couldn’t possibly have written about all of it because I would be writing into next week! Just know that there is something there for everyone whether your bag is comedy, drama, action or horror.

Most impressively this week, Netflix have stepped up to the plate and unleashed a full load of good stuff. They have also announced that they are going to add an audio commentary to their original show House of Cards, which can only be good news for those holding on to their physical media love and may mean that this most valuable of DVD extras is not going away but will instead be reborn in a different guise.

This week’s new titles are as follows:

 

Star Trek Into Darkness »

- Chris Holt

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