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‘Nightcrawler’ Blu-ray Review

26 February 2015 10:47 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Jake GyllenhaalRene Russo, Bill Paxton, Michael Papajohn, Marco Rodríguez, James Huang, Kent Shocknek, Pat Harvey, Sharon Tay, Rick Garcia, Leah Fredkin, Jonny Coyne | Written and Directed by Dan Gilroy

First time director Dan Gilroy has started strong with his debut film Nightcrawler.This sadistic character study is darkly twisted in the best ways. It is a manifestation of the alluring but devastating car crash our minds simply cannot turn away from. Nightcrawler tantalizes that part of humanity that is fascinated with carnage and bloodshed. It will allure you with its thrills and fascinate you with its eccentric behavior.

Nightcrawler works best when it is solely focused on the character of Lou Bloom played ever so brilliantly by Jake Gyllenhaal. Bloom is an oddity of a man. Unemployed he makes a living by finding random jobs like selling stolen metal to Los Angles scrapyards. Our first encounter with Lou »

- Dan Clark

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Oscars Capture the Moment in a Fast-Changing World

25 February 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The biggest surprise of Sunday night’s Oscars was how the ceremony transcended the usual self-congratulatory air of Hollywood awards shows.

Winners talked about racial inequalities, immigration policy, anti-gay prejudice, women’s rights, Als, veterans health and Alzheimer’s. This has to be the first Academy Awards in which suicide prevention was mentioned in two separate acceptance speeches.

“Artists have the honest duty to reflect the times in which we live,” said John Legend, quoting Nina Simone. After he and Common won best song (“Glory” from “Selma”), the two spoke powerfully about topics addressed in the number, including voting equality, and the disproportionate incarceration of black men in the U.S.

In the final minutes of the 3½-hour show, “Birdman” triple winner Alejandro G. Inarritu raised the hot-button topic of Mexicans living in the States: “I just pray they can be treated with the same dignity and respect as the ones that came before, »

- Tim Gray

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James Gunn Defends Comic Book Films After Oscars, Indie Spirit Awards Pile-On

24 February 2015 9:07 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn has come to the defense of superhero movies after the genre was criticized and lampooned at the Oscars and Independent Spirit Awards last weekend.

Indeed, Hollywood’s dependence on films about costumed avengers was a source of derision and humor as the industry gathered to hand out statues and applaud the work of, mostly low-grossing, adult-oriented dramas. “The Avengers” may pay the bills, but off-kilter fare such as “Birdman” feeds the soul, Oscar voters implied.

“When something is that big in the industry, it’s going to be an easy target for Oscar jokes,” noted Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “It could indicate a general kind of weariness of these movies by talent, because they have been so popular.”

Gunn wrote that he didn’t take the jokes personally, but he did argue that the writing on the »

- Brent Lang

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Guardians of the Galaxy's James Gunn passionately defends superhero movies

24 February 2015 7:58 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

James Gunn has defended superhero movies following criticism during awards season.

The Guardians of the Galaxy director shared his thoughts on Facebook after hearing a series of negative comments surrounding the genre.

Nightcrawler director Dan Gilroy recently criticised the "tsunami of superhero movies" while accepting an Independent Spirit Award.

Gunn, who noted that Gilroy's wife Rene Russo has appeared in two Thor films, challenged critics to just "come out and say we're dumb" if that's what they believe.

"Whatever the case, the truth is, popular fare in any medium has always been snubbed by the self-appointed elite," Gunn said.

"I've already won more awards than I ever expected for Guardians. What bothers me slightly is that many people assume because you make big films that you put less love, care, and thought into them [than] people do who make independent films or who make what are considered more serious Hollywood films. »

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Thanks James Gunn, Finally Someone is Standing Up for Poor Ol' Blockbusters

24 February 2015 7:24 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I've said it three times now, but the writing at the Oscars played more like a eulogy for the Oscars and the industry overall than anything else. As much as Neil Patrick Harris' opening song and dance number sounded like a loving tribute to "moving pictures", it had an odd twinge of defensiveness to it. Then Jack Black stormed the stage for his moment in the spotlight, "Opening with lots of zeroes, all we get are superheroes: Spider-Man, Superman, Batman, Jedi Man, Sequel Man, Prequel Man, formulaic scripts!" Then, Liam Neeson took to the stage to introduce Best Picture nominees The Grand Budapest Hotel and American Sniper and even he alluded to the strangling of art with comic book movies and he wasn't the last... or even the first. The night before, at the Independent Spirit Awards, Nightcrawler director Dan Gilroy accepted his Best First Feature award and said: "Independent film, »

- Brad Brevet

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James Gunn Defends Superhero Movies After Oscars & Indie Spirit Awards Swipes At Blockbusters

24 February 2015 7:03 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

For an audience that scrutinizes, pores over, and is highly critical of every scrap of information regarding superhero movies (recent example: the first look at Aquaman), comic book fans can be remarkably sensitive, or in the case of this latest "controversy," miss the point completely. This weekend, at both The Oscars and the Indie Spirit Awards, superhero and blockbuster films were taken to task. In a playful music number at the Oscars, Jack Black sang, "Opening with lots of zeroes, all we get are superheroes: Spider-Man, Superman, Batman, Jedi Man, Sequel Man, Prequel Man, formulaic scripts!" Dan Gilroy, accepting his award for "Nightcrawler" at the Indie Spirits, noted with a bit more gravity: “Independent film, the foundation and everybody here today, I think are holdouts against a tsunami of superhero movies that have swept over this industry. We have survived and we have thrived and I think that’s true spirit. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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James Gunn Defends Superhero Movies Following Awards Season Slams

24 February 2015 7:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

While indies like Birdman and Whiplash were being feted this weekend, superhero movies were taking a verbal drubbing. On Saturday, Dan Gilroy blasted the “tsunami of superhero movies” while accepting an Independent Spirit Award for Nightcrawler. One day later, Jack Black ranted about “Superman, Spider-man, Batman, Jediman, Sequelman, Prequelman — formulaic scripts!” in the opening […]

The post James Gunn Defends Superhero Movies Following Awards Season Slams appeared first on /Film. »

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James Gunn Responds to Oscars, Awards Season Superhero Critics: 'You Are Mistaken'

24 February 2015 2:15 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

There's been a lot of high-profile superhero hate going around Hollywood lately, with Jack Black's song about sequels and "formulaic scripts" at the Oscars garnering the most attention. Now, "Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn is firing back at sharp-tongued critics, writing an open letter on his Facebook page in defense of the genre and its passionate filmmakers (himself included).

Black's remarks weren't really what set Gunn off, the director explained, writing that while the song seemed a bit lazily-written, it was obviously a joke. What really got him mad, he said, were remarks from "Nightcrawler" director Dan Gilroy, who said during the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday night that the industry was plagued by a "tsunami of superhero movies."

Noting that Gilroy's wife, Rene Russo, actually starred in two "Thor" films, Gunn said the irony of Gilroy and Black's comments was that they implied that all the »

- Katie Roberts

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James Gunn Shares His Thoughts On The Current Hate Towards Superhero Movies

24 February 2015 2:15 AM, PST | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

This years awards season seems to have highlighted an almost elitist attitude in Hollywood towards superhero movies, and it's high profile in the cinematic landscape. Birdman (itself a send up of the superhero genre) director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu called superhero movies "cultural genocide", Nightcrawler director Dan Gilroy, at the 2015 Independent Film Awards, called indie movies "holdouts against tsunami of superhero movies that have swept over the industry" (kind of a strange comment coming from the guy married to Thor's mother), and last Sunday's Oscars featured Jack Black singing about their place in the Hollywood production line. It may have been meant as a joke, but it was very close to sentiments we've heard a lot of times before. It's one I really can't stand. No matter the genre, be it superhero, comedy, horror or the so called "prestige genre" that deliver the award magnets every year, one movie isn't given importance over the other. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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James Gunn speaks out against “anti-comic book movie” comments at Oscars and Independent Spirit Awards

24 February 2015 12:25 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

During the Oscars on Sunday night, actor and singer Jack Black made some disparaging remarks against comic book movies singing, “opening with lots of zeroes, all we get are superheroes: Spider-Man, Superman, Batman, Jedi Man, Sequel Man, Prequel Man, formulaic scripts!” The night previous, Nightcrawler writer and director Dan Gilroy also spoke out against a “tsunami of comic book movies” that he claims independent movie directors have to survive against.

Jumping to their defence was Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, who has previously spoken out against the Awards season for not giving blockbuster directors like himself, Anthony and Joe Russo, Joss Whedon and Matthew Vaughn the credit they deserve.

“I didn’t really find the Jack Black superhero jokes offensive, did you guys? It was, like, a joke. I’m not sure if you guys noticed, but the writing on the Oscars didn’t seem to be all that well thought out, »

- Luke Owen

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James Gunn Responds to Oscar Season Superhero Haters

23 February 2015 3:53 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

This past Saturday afternoon, Nightcrawler director Dan Gilroy took a few moments out during his Independent Spirit Awards speech after winning his 'Best First Feature' award to rally against Hollywood's glut of superhero movies. This was followed by Jack Black taking a couple of shots below the belt during his big Oscars opening musical number. And others have been equally vocal about the many masked vigilantes with extraordinary powers overtaking the box office in recent years. One person who won't stand for the backlash is Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, who claims just as much heart goes into making the Marvel movies as any small independent feature. Perhaps even more so.

Gunn, who is in the midst of prepping Guardians of the Galaxy 2, took to his Facebook page to comment on all the superhero movie haters. While he seems okay with Jack Black's jokes, he's not so kind to Dan Gilroy, »

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James Gunn Responds to Oscar Season Superhero Haters

23 February 2015 3:53 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

This past Saturday afternoon, Nightcrawler director Dan Gilroy took a few moments out during his Independent Spirit Awards speech after winning his 'Best First Feature' award to rally against Hollywood's glut of superhero movies. This was followed by Jack Black taking a couple of shots below the belt during his big Oscars opening musical number. And others have been equally vocal about the many masked vigilantes with extraordinary powers overtaking the box office in recent years. One person who won't stand for the backlash is Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, who claims just as much heart goes into making the Marvel movies as any small independent feature. Perhaps even more so.

Gunn, who is in the midst of prepping Guardians of the Galaxy 2, took to his Facebook page to comment on all the superhero movie haters. While he seems okay with Jack Black's jokes, he's not so kind to Dan Gilroy, »

- MovieWeb

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2015 "Oscars" Nominations

23 February 2015 3:52 PM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take another look @ the complete 'Oscar' nominations list for the 87th Annual Academy Awards, to be presented February 22, 2015 :

Best Picture

"American Sniper"

"Birdman"

"Boyhood"

"The Grand Budapest Hotel"

"The Imitation Game"

"Selma"

"The Theory of Everything"

"Whiplash"

Best Actor

Steve Carell, "Foxcatcher"

Bradley Cooper, "American Sniper"

Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Imitation Game"

Michael Keaton, "Birdman"

Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything"

Best Actress

Marion Cotillard, "Two Days, One Night"

Felicity Jones, "The Theory of Everything"

Julianne Moore, "Still Alice"

Rosamund Pike, "Gone Girl"

Reese Witherspoon, "Wild"

Best Supporting Actor

Robert Duvall, "The Judge"

Ethan Hawke, "Boyhood"

Edward Norton, "Birdman"

Mark Ruffalo, "Foxcatcher"

J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash"

Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood"

Laura Dern, "Wild"

Keira Knightley, "The Imitation Game"

Emma Stone, "Birdman"

Meryl Streep, "Into the Woods"

Best Director

Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman

Richard Linklater, “Boyhood

Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher

Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game »

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James Gunn Fires Back At Oscar Season Superhero Hate

23 February 2015 1:36 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

It is around this time every year that movie-goers find themselves oddly divided by a line in the sand. With Oscar talk in full swing, some of the more snobbish film fans feel the need to distinguish a difference between what they deem to be great cinema, and simply box office fodder. Well, it turns out that Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn isn't a big fan of the attitude, and has decided to say something about it. The filmmaker took to his personal Facebook page this afternoon to write about the aforementioned attitude, specifically citing two moments from this past weekend's award shows. While he noted that he had no problem with Jack Black's joke about superhero movies in the opening number of the Oscars, he did take particular issue with a comment made by Nightcrawler writer/director Dan Gilroy at the Independent Spirit Awards, and expressed »

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Director Fires Back At Award Season Superhero Movie Haters

23 February 2015 1:20 PM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

I didn't really find the Jack Black superhero jokes offensive, did you guys? It was, like, a joke. I'm not sure if you guys noticed, but the writing on the Oscars didn't seem to be all that well thought out.   As far as Dan Gilroy saying that attendees of the Independent Spirit Awards have survived against a "tsunami of superhero films" - well it seems a bit weird coming from a guy whose wife has acted in two Thor films - really, that seems like you've drowned horribly in that tsunami. But I know I just kind of make up stuff as I go along on these awards shows, so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.   Whatever the case, the truth is, popular fare in any medium has always been snubbed by the self-appointed elite. I've already won more awards than I ever expected for Guardians. What bothers »

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'Nightcrawler' Director Talks 'Tsunami of Superhero Movies'

23 February 2015 8:22 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

To find truly original stories at the local cineplex, we've had to rely on independent film the past two decades, as Hollywood seems intend on force feeding the masses remakes, sequels and superhero movies. One person who thinks there are far too many Marvel and DC adventures flooding the market at this current time is Nightcrawler director Dan Gilroy. Speaking out against masked vigilantes and their vice grip on Hollywood, the Nightcrawler director used his win for 'Best First Feature' at the 30th Annual Independent Spirit Awards to rally his filmmaking troops and thank the independent directors weathering the storm. From his podium, he screamed:

"Independent film, the foundation and everybody here today, I think are holdouts against a tsunami of superhero movies that have swept over this industry. We have survived and we have thrived and I think that's true spirit."

His remarks ring truer than ever, as Marvel, »

- MovieWeb

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'Nightcrawler' Director Talks 'Tsunami of Superhero Movies'

23 February 2015 8:22 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

To find truly original stories at the local cineplex, we've had to rely on independent film the past two decades, as Hollywood seems intend on force feeding the masses remakes, sequels and superhero movies. One person who thinks there are far too many Marvel and DC adventures flooding the market at this current time is Nightcrawler director Dan Gilroy. Speaking out against masked vigilantes and their vice grip on Hollywood, the Nightcrawler director used his win for 'Best First Feature' at the 30th Annual Independent Spirit Awards to rally his filmmaking troops and thank the independent directors weathering the storm. From his podium, he screamed:

"Independent film, the foundation and everybody here today, I think are holdouts against a tsunami of superhero movies that have swept over this industry. We have survived and we have thrived and I think that's true spirit."

His remarks ring truer than ever, as Marvel, »

- MovieWeb

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And the winners of the 87th Academy Awards are…

23 February 2015 12:24 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The 87th Academy Awards took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood last night, with Birdman named Best Picture, as well as taking home a further three awards – Best Director (Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu), Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography.

Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel also managed a haul of four Oscars for Best Original Score, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design and Best Makeup and Hairstyling.

In the acting categories, Julianne Moore (Still Alice) and Eddie Redymayne (The Theory of Everything) were honoured with Best Actress and Best Actor respectively, while Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) and J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) received Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor.

You can check out a full list of the nominations below, with the winners highlighted in red…

Best Picture

American Sniper

Birdman

Boyhood

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Selma

The Theory of Everything

Whiplash

Achievement in directing

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu »

- Gary Collinson

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'Birdman' Wins Best Picture at '87th Academy Awards'

22 February 2015 11:35 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Birdman was honored with Best Picture at the 87th Annual Academy Awards, which took place tonight at the Dolby Theater in the Hollywood and Highland Center, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. Birdman took home four Oscars tonight in total, winning for Best Picture, Best Director (Alejandro Gonz&#225lez I&#241&#225rritu), Best Original Screenplay (Alejandro Gonz&#225lez I&#241&#225rritu, Armando Bo, Alexander Dinelaris, Nicol&#225s Giacobone) and Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki). The film also tied for the most wins of the night with The Grand Budapest Hotel, which won for Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Production Design and Best Original Score.

All eight of the Best Picture nominees walked home with at least one award. American Sniper won for Best Sound Editing (Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman), Boyhood won for Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette), The Imitation Game won for Best Adapted Screenplay (Graham Moore), Selma won »

- MovieWeb

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Birdman wins best film, director

22 February 2015 10:25 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

A memorable 87th annual Academy Awards for Fox Searchlight saw Birdman claim best film, director and two other statuettes to tie with The Grand Budapest Hotel’s four-strong haul.

Boyhood, which entered the evening on six nominations and had been expected to push Birdman in several of the senior categories on Sunday night, won a sole best supporting actress for Patricia Arquette.

The film’s time in the Oscar ceremony spotlight will not be forgotten, however, as Arquette paid tribute to her “Boyhood family” and made an impassioned plea for wage equality that spread like wildfire across social media.

Eddie Redmayne from The Theory Of Everything prevailed in a tight best actor contest to deny Michael Keaton another success for Birdman. The popular victory had the British actor jumping with excitement on stage at the Dolby Theatre.

Julianne Moore finally converted her fifth Academy Award nomination into a win for her performance in Still Alice in what »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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