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The Best Film of 1989 That Wasn't

25 August 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Glenn here to discuss a lil something from 1989, but first a divergence to the modern day.

Last night’s MTV Video Music Awards were like stepping into a pop culture gulag. It’s easy to get misty-eyed thinking about Vma ceremonies of years past, when the network actually showed music videos and the form felt truly like art. Despite being aware of last night’s winner, “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus the icky Terry Richardson, I don’t claim to have near enough knowledge of modern music videos to truly complain. It does seem harder to imagine Neil Young, Peter Gabriel, or Pearl Jam winning these days though, doesn’t it? Are there brilliant works that just aren’t being recognized?

It’s been some time since videos were genuine pop culture moments and the internet certainly doesn’t help. Beyoncé appears to be the only one who’s been »

- Glenn Dunks

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My So-Called Life: where are they now?

24 August 2014 10:34 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From Oscar-winning to Homeland and more, here's what the cast of My So-Called Life have been up to over the past 2 decades...

Twenty years has passed since we were first introduced to the characters of My So-Called Life, twenty years! Where has the time gone? And more importantly when did I get so old?

While most of you won’t really care too much what I’ve been up to since the show finished, let’s take a look at what the actors have been up to in the years since the cancellation of what is frankly the greatest teen TV drama ever.

Claire Danes (Angela Chase)

After breaking out in My So-Called Life, Danes focused on her film career first with a leading role in 1995’s Little Women and then supporting roles in smaller but interesting films like Home For The Holidays, How to Make An American Quilt and »

- louisamellor

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Two Left Feet: How “El Tango de Roxanne” Represents Everything Wrong with Baz Luhrmann

23 August 2014 8:48 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Moulin Rouge! is a mixed bag. It’s an idea that looks good on paper, but looks horrendous in execution. It’s a film where it should have the ability to make all the right emotional pivots, but succumbs to an ostentation that exists in its final product, making this a hallmark for director Baz Lurhmann’s career. I appreciate him, in an odd way, for injecting a very strange version of romance in his films, one that, in Moulin Rouge!, is wonderfully cynical and melancholy. In almost all of his work, his maximalism overshadows some of the most interesting aspects of the films (the sole exception being Strictly Ballroom, his first feature): the post-modern comments on capitalism in William Shakespeare’s Romeo+ Juliet, the inherent frivolity of “freedom, beauty, truth, and love” in Moulin Rouge!, and the hollow decadence of the parties in The Great Gatsby. But everything »

- Kyle Turner

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Fox’s Jim Gianopulos Leads Studio Through Uncertain Times

19 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Twentieth Century Fox chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos doesn’t have an easy job.

It’s hard enough to pick movies that connect with audiences. Today, studio chiefs like Gianopulos must navigate a rapidly shifting landscape where consumer demands, piracy and the collapse of the DVD market, as well as increasing competition from online diversions and quality cable TV shows, are wreaking havoc on the financial underpinnings of the film business. Media companies like Fox’s parent 21st Century Fox are on a quest to grow bigger in order to compete with digital superpowers like Google and pending mergers between cable and telco giants like Comcast and Time Warner Cable, and At&T and DirecTV. Gianopulos’ uberboss, 21st Century Fox chief Rupert Murdoch, made a surprise $80 billion bid to buy Time Warner that was rejected and he subsequently withdrew. But consolidation, it seems, is coming.

Photo by Art Streiber for »

- Brent Lang

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Sundance horror hit The Babadook gets trailer - watch

15 August 2014 2:22 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A trailer for The Babadook has been released.

Jennifer Kent made her directorial debut in the Kickstarter-funded horror film.

The Babadook was well received when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

Essie Davis (Baz Luhrmann's Australia) and Noah Wiseman star as a mother and son who discover a strange children's book.

As the book promises, it unleashes a terrifying monster that the pair find they cannot get rid of.

The Babadook will arrive in UK cinemas on October 24. A Us release date is yet to be set. »

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Watch: New Trailer And Images For Sundance Praised Horror Film 'The Babadook'

15 August 2014 8:26 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Such is the state of the horror genre that we're more used to digesting news about (another) "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" prequel than anything resembling an original concept or project. So the excitement around "The Babadook" is notable. It made waves at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and is set to hit Fantastic Fest next month. So here's a new-ish trailer for the film. Marking the directorial debut of filmmaker Jennifer Kent, who raised funds via Kickstarter, and starring Essie Davis (Baz Luhrmann’s “Australia”) and Noah Wiseman, the story follows a mother and son who are terrorized by a creature from a children's book. But as our own Rodrigo Perez wrote in his review, it's about so much more, stating that "the thematic depth says volumes about the unique needs of children, but also the understanding and empathy necessary in order to fully understand their various aggressions." IFC Films will release the film. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Love According to 21st Century Movies

27 July 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Love is a many-splendored thing. Love lifts us up where we belong. All you need is love!” so says Ewan McGregor in Baz Luhrmann’s classic romantic tragedy, Moulin Rouge!

It’s a thought that has persisted in cinema for well over a century. Love is what motivates characters; it’s a dream they want to realize, a reality they have to face, the content of their musings in their nightly diary entries.

Decades of cinema have seen the nature of other genres completely overturned. More and more, horrors are gearing towards high-concept supernatural thrillers over human killers; comedies are willing to get raunchier, with a whole lot more swearing; action movies are only too eager to show off brutal set-pieces; and comic book movies and sci-fi films have the effects capable of making the unreal real.

But romance? How much has that changed? And how much do we really want it to? »

- Kenji Lloyd

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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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