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3 on 3: How does the 'Amazing Spider-Man' franchise save itself?

15 July 2014 1:10 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

On Monday, screenwriter Robert Orci revealed he was no longer involved with the "Amazing Spider-Man" franchise and frankly, that raised some eyebrows. Granted, Orci has enough on his plate as he will be making his directorial debut with "Star Trek 3," but  the "Transformers" and "Star Trek" screenwriter was supposed to be part of a "brain trust" to guide the Spidey franchise at Sony Pictures. And the question has to be asked: has Sony changed its plans after "The Amazing Spider-Man 2?" After promising to improve upon the tepidly received 2012 reboot, "Asm 2" received worse reviews, earned less than its predecessor domestically (by over $60 million to date) and barely earned $200 million after a $91.6 million opening (think about that for a second). Moreover, while most franchises' overseas grosses are growing as markets such as China and Russia explode, "ASM2" has barely surpassed the first Marc Webb film outside the U.S. And again, »

- Gregory Ellwood, Drew McWeeny, Kristopher Tapley

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Film Review: ‘Affluenza’

11 July 2014 5:45 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The end credits for Kevin Asch’s film “Affluenza” may not acknowledge “The Great Gatsby” as its obvious inspiration, but the film hews so closely to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel that it practically counts as source material. Recasting the great Jazz Age saga of class mores and American decline among a bunch of Long Island rich kids during the financial meltdown of 2008, the film hits all the book’s basic notes without ever seeming to grasp its main point, making for a splashy-looking yet depressingly empty exercise that is never more shallow than the times when it tries to go deep. The film launches on VOD this weekend, with a Los Angeles theatrical rollout next weekend.

To list the number of parallels between “Gatsby” and “Affluenza” might seem like piling on, but it’s also the quickest way to lay out the cast of characters. The Nick Carraway role of passive, »

- Andrew Barker

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Affluenza Review

10 July 2014 10:01 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Many who hear about Affluenza may at first assume that the movie is a look inside the thoroughly depressing case of Ethan Couch, a Texas teen who drove drunk and caused a crash, killing four and injuring two. During his trial, a psychologist argued Couch was a victim of “affluenza,” as the product of rich parents who never set boundaries for him or taught him to understand the relationship between actions and consequences. The case made national headlines when the judge sentenced him to ten years of probation and therapy in a cushy rehab facility – a sentence that defied basic ideas of both logic and justice with its leniency.

Unfortunately, Affluenza does not explore that inflammatory case – however, its teenage subjects are certainly comparable to Couch. Set in pre-recession 2008 on privileged Long Island, the film follows an aspiring photographer named Fisher (Ben Rosenfield) who comes to stay with his upper-class relatives after his parents divorce. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Would Roger Ebert have loved Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby?'

8 July 2014 2:40 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

One of America's greatest film critics received a welcome honor this past weekend. "Life Itself," the documentary chronicling the career of Roger Ebert, opened in limited release grossing $131,411 in 23 theaters. That might not seem substantial, except when you realize the doc debuted simultaneously on VOD, a modern day necessity for small films that the technologically forward thinking Ebert may have been more than Ok with (or not). Directed by Steve James ("Hoop Dreams"), "Life Itself" is inspired by Ebert's memoir of the same name and features substantial footage of the Pulitzer Prize-winner months before his death. Many Americans know Ebert from his days as one half of "Siskel and Ebert at the Movies," but this movie does an enlightening job revealing relatively unknown aspects of the longtime movie reviewer's life. I didn't know Ebert personally, although a number of my friends were lucky enough to regularly correspond with him. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Watch: First International Trailer For Police Thriller 'Felony' Starring Joel Edgerton

8 July 2014 6:05 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Unlike his “Warrior” co-star Tom Hardy, Australian actor Joel Edgerton has stuck to being part of smaller films and taking smaller roles like his outing as a member of Seal Team Six in “Zero Dark Thirty," Baz Luhrmann’s gaudy adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” notwithstanding. Edgerton’s latest is the Australian film “Felony” which, in addition to starring in, he both wrote and produced. The film’s first trailer and poster have both arrived online for your keen minds to investigate. Co-starring Jai Courtney (in his native accent), Tom Wilkinson and Melissa George, the thriller centers on Edgerton as celebrated detective Mal, who sets off a tense struggle between himself and two other detectives (Courtney and Wilkinson) over the truth of the accident that sent a child into a coma. While the trailer seems to spell things out a little too clearly, it does promise that the four leads »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Stalingrad 3D Blu-ray review

8 July 2014 2:54 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Aliya's blown away by the scale of this Russian WWII movie, but feels oddly distanced from it all the same...

Is being epic a genre distinction? Even before D.W. Griffith came along there were epic films out there, either historical or biblical, with great big heroes and towering sets. And every age of cinema has had its epic presentations: The Ten Commandments gave us the plagues of Egypt with Charlton Heston to part the Red Sea, David Lean presented us with an epic desert amongst other things, and Baz Luhrmann showed off an epic Australia. It’s all to do with the sweeping music, the majestic pan of the camera, the slow motion and the grand emotions.

Stalingrad has all of these things, and I get the feeling that it set out to put itself squarely in the epic genre. I watched it in 3D and it was an enormous experience, »

- sarahd

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Photos: Inside the 'Rich, Grand and Epic' Exodus: Gods and Kings

1 July 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Everyone knows the story: Hebrew baby gets dropped off in a basket. Egyptian royals adopt the baby. Baby Moses grows up and rediscovers his Hebrew roots. There's a burning bush, divine revelations and some plagues here and there - then Moses parts the Red Sea and saves his people from slavery. In Exodus: Gods and Kings, director Ridley Scott reimagines the biblical epic. While it's a huge undertaking, the director had no hesitations. "The bigger the better," Scott tells People of his latest project, due in theaters Dec. 12. "It's all pretty massive." The film - starring Christian Bale (as Moses), Joel Edgerton, »

- Jeff Nelson

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Photos: Inside the 'Rich, Grand and Epic' Exodus: Gods and Kings

1 July 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Everyone knows the story: Hebrew baby gets dropped off in a basket. Egyptian royals adopt the baby. Baby Moses grows up and rediscovers his Hebrew roots. There's a burning bush, divine revelations and some plagues here and there - then Moses parts the Red Sea and saves his people from slavery. In Exodus: Gods and Kings, director Ridley Scott reimagines the biblical epic. While it's a huge undertaking, the director had no hesitations. "The bigger the better," Scott tells People of his latest project, due in theaters Dec. 12. "It's all pretty massive." The film - starring Christian Bale (as Moses), Joel Edgerton, »

- Jeff Nelson

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Watch: 20-Minute Documentary 'The Unfinished Films Of Stanley Kubrick' Narrated By Malcolm McDowell

27 June 2014 9:05 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Last year, we rolled up our sleeves and dove into The Lost & Unmade Projects Of Stanley Kubrick, detailing the numerous movies that the legendary filmmaker developed or considered over the course of his career. As you know, Kubrick wasn't the the most prolific of filmmakers, but when he latched onto something, it became a near obsession, and the director meticulously pored over every aspect of the production to meet the exacting standards of his vision. But if you don't have time to flip through that feature (though you should), this 20-minute documentary, "The Unfinished Films Of Stanley Kubrick," does a good job of highlighting some of the more well known movies he never got to. Narrated by Malcolm McDowell, the doc touches up “Napoleon” (which is now an HBO series set to be produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Baz Luhrmann),  “The Aryan Papers” and “A.I.” (which Kubrick passed »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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NBC Beatles Series Faces Issues Over Music Rights

23 June 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Beatles fans who got their hopes up about a proposed miniseries chronicling the band's rise to fame are now singing the blues: The project has hit some major development snags, and may be dead in the water.

Like we predicted last week, the success of NBC's in-the-works series hinges on the network's acquisition of rights to the band's catalogue, and it seems that the current owner of those rights is already in the midst of developing its own competing project about the Fab Four. Billboard reports that Sony/Atv Music Publishing, which has the rights to all but six Lennon-McCartney compositions, has been planning a series with Sony Pictures TV -- possibly helmed by Baz Luhrmann, on a pay cable outlet like HBO -- with the same concept as NBC's show.

Marty Bandier, the chairman and CEO of Sony/Atv Music Publishing, told Billboard that the next step in their »

- Katie Roberts

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Sadcore Babylon – The Reel World Of Lana Del Rey

21 June 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

If ever there was a movie presence who isn’t a movie star, it’s Lana Del Rey. She has a combination of glamour and lush musical arrangements that have been steadily attracting interest in Hollywood. Most recently she recorded Once Upon A Dream for Maleficent, itself a cover from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. She has worked with director Baz Luhrmann and received plaudits from David Lynch. For me Del Rey is a character actress in song, with her impressive vocal range and the way she creates a persona on each track. Her style has been described as “Hollywood Sadcore”, loosely defined as downbeat alternative rock, though there’s a lot more to her than that. Her latest album Ultraviolence (the name referencing A Clockwork Orange) has just been released, so now is a good time to take a closer look at three of her more filmic projects. Each demonstrate »

- Steve Palace

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‘Rectify’ Season 2 Premiere: Cast Previews ‘Devastating’ Consequences, Personal Journeys

17 June 2014 10:24 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The stars of SundanceTV’s “Rectify” were out in full force to celebrate season two of the critically-acclaimed drama on Monday night, packing the Sundance Sunset Cinema for a screening of the season premiere before taking the party across the street to Chateau Marmont.

Guests sipped on champagne and iced tea with a kick in one of Chateau’s private bungalows, while the cast talked to Variety poolside about the success of the measured character drama, which Variety TV Critic Brian Lowry described as “consistently compelling.”

Rectify” centers around Daniel Holden (Aden Young) who, after spending 19 years on death row for the rape and murder of his teenage girlfriend, has his conviction overturned thanks to newly discovered DNA evidence. Season one covered the first week following his release, culminating in a violent confrontation that saw Daniel beaten and left for dead by the vengeful brother of the girl he was alleged to have murdered. »

- Laura Prudom

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Ros Journal (6/12/14): Portrayal of the Classes in Film

12 June 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I was watching the Michelangelo Antonioni documentary "The Eye that Changed Cinema" that comes included with Criterion's L'eclisse Blu-ray when Antonioni said something that intrigued me: What's the difference between the human being who does one job and the human being who does anotherc Between the person who has money and the one who doesn'tc I've taken Antonioni's questions a little out of context, but the point remains, what about the differences in how rich and poor are portrayed on screenc Whether it's just in the color treatment of the film or the vibrancy of the characters' surroundingsc Do you think they are treated equally and fairlyc restrict paid="true" When it comes to black-and-white films, the portrayals of a lavish lifestyle were frequently defined solely by a person's means -- the car they drive, the house they live in, the clothes they wear, etc. Certainly in some situations the lights shine brighter, »

- Brad Brevet

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The Fault in Our Stars

9 June 2014 4:03 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

The Fault in Our Stars

Directed by: Josh Boone

Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern

Running Time: 2 hrs 5 mins

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: June 6, 2014

Plot: A young woman named Hazel who is fighting cancer (Woodley) falls in love with a young man named Gus who is also sick (Elgort).

Who’S It For? People who like movies that very precisely hope to make them cry.


The Fault in Our Stars isn’t a formulaic film so much as a profoundly scientific one. It is concentrated from the methods for which a film experience can become an emotionally rewarding evacuation of the tear ducts, regardless as to whether a viewer has read the book. With its pretty young leads, post-Juno dialogue, and bingo board bummer jam soundtrack, the film is a crowd pleaser for viewers looking to cry on a movie’s shoulder. However, it doesn’t »

- Nick Allen

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Top Ten: The Aughts

28 May 2014 8:49 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Last year I was throwin' up quickie top ten lists for each decade for archival and discussion purposes and tonight wI realized that I'd never finished the run skipping the Aughts and the 1920s and the 1910s (the latter two because I'd hoped to see more silent films before top ten'ing it). So herewith a revisit / rework of a "best of the aughts" list originally published in 2010 but many of you have joined us since!.

Care to share yours?

01 Moulin Rouge! dir. Baz Luhrmann (2001)

The party of the decade. The inspired mashup conductor (Baz) and his darling stars (Nicole, Ewan, Jim) put on the messiest craziest livelest funniest tearjerking "Spectacular! Spectacular!" show on earth. I'd never claim it's a perfect movie but flaws are endearing when you love madly and deeply. and Love Is All You Need.

02 Brokeback Mountain dir. Ang Lee (2005)

A love story for the ages. And one that quietly enrages. »


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Tom Brady's Wife Gisele Bundchen Has a New Gig - New Face of Chanel No. 5

28 May 2014 9:40 AM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Tom Brady's wife Gisele Bundchen has a new gig, the beautiful model been named the new face of Chanel No. 5 perfume. The Brazilian supermodel will take over from Brad Pitt to front the scent, and has been filming an advert with Baz Luhrmann to promote it in Sagaponack, New York state. According to Wwd, Gisele was chosen to represent the brand because of her ''natural beauty and modern femininity.'' After initial filming last week, the model will film further shots in New York City. Baz is also no stranger to directing adverts for Chanel No. 5 as he previously helmed a 2004 campaign for the fragrance featuring Nicole Kidman. Victoria's Secret beauty Gisele, who has two children - Benjamin, four, and 17-month-old Vivian - with her husband, NFL star Tom Brady, may be an internationally famous model, but she's not afraid to muck in and clean out the chicken run »

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Move over Brad Pitt! Gisele Bündchen to Star in Latest Chanel No. 5 Commercial

23 May 2014 10:56 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

In news that should surprise no one: supermodel Gisele Bündchen will be the next face of Chanel No. 5. The announcement comes just a day after the French brand released Bündchen's flawless ad for its beauty line Les Beiges. The upcoming campaign will be directed by Moulin Rouge's Baz Luhrmann, and is rumored to already be in production, according to Women's Wear Daily. The website reported that the shoot will take place in the posh backdrops of the Hamptons and New York City, and that the commercial will air at the end of this year. Luhrmann directed Nicole Kidman's ultra-romantic ad for Chanel No. 5 back in 2004. And who could forget Brad Pitt's short (and awkward) stint as the »

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Gisele Bundchen Named Face of Chanel No. 5 Fragrance

23 May 2014 6:07 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Felicitations, Gisele!  Gisele Bundchen has been named the newest face of Chanel No. 5, the company announced on Friday, May 23. The Great Gatsby helmer Baz Luhrmann will direct Bundchen, 33, who was "chosen for her natural beauty and modern femininity," according to a press release. Luhrmann previously worked on the No. 5 campaign with Nicole Kidman, who also starred in his 2001 hit Moulin Rouge. Bundchen joins a long list of A-listers who've fronted the No. 5 fragrance, including Audrey Tautou, Marilyn Monroe and Brad Pitt. The duo's campaign will [...] »

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Let's rank every X-Man ever

21 May 2014 10:22 AM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

The X-Men have been around for more than 50 years. They multiply: rapidly, frequently, endlessly. They aren’t really a superteam like the Justice League or the Avengers, those all-star crews built out of solo-series stars (Superman, Captain America) mixed together with B-list glue characters (Martian Manhunter, Wonder Man). With one very obvious exception and a few other arguable exceptions, the X-Men aren’t Solo-Star people. They are a team.

Or rather, teams. Chris Claremont’s iconic decade-and-a-half run on Uncanny X-Men cemented the idea that the X-lineup was eternally fluid: Characters died, left on sabbatical, joined the Avengers, got replaced »

- Darren Franich

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Cannes: Early Competition Films Upstage Graceless ‘Monaco’

15 May 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 2014 Cannes Film Festival got off to an excellent start on Wednesday evening, as journalists heralded the arrival of an emotionally wrenching, fact-inspired drama set in a formerly French-ruled colony coming under threat of hostile siege. I am referring, of course, to “Timbuktu,” the deeply stirring new film from the Mauritanian-born filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako, which had its first screening for journalists around the same time that the program’s official curtain-raiser, “Grace of Monaco,” was making its way up the red-carpeted Palais steps — its first high-profile stop en route to its final destination in cinematic oblivion.

It is, by now, a familiar formula: Kick off the proceedings with a lightweight confection that will supply all the glamour and star wattage a hot-ticket event like Cannes demands, while at the same time shocking the press next door with a hard-hitting piece of social realism. That way you get your empty-headed Hollywood frippery, »

- Justin Chang

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