Relativity Media's Out of the Furnace is the only new nationwide release on the first weekend of December, which is typically one of the slowest frames of the year. The gritty action flick is unlikely to do much business, though, which leaves the battle for first place up to strong holdovers Frozen and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.Catching Fire won last weekend with $74.2 million, though Frozen was surprisingly close with $67.4 million. With great word-of-mouth, it's possible that Frozen only dips around 40 percent*in comparison, Tangled fell 56 percent at the same point. Meanwhile, the Harry Potter and Twilight movies typically lost 60 percent on this weekend. Catching Fire should hold a bit better. Ultimately, it will be a close weekend, though Frozen seems to have a slight edge.Otherwise, this is going to be a quiet weekend. Since 2010, the major studios have completely avoided scheduling new movies on the weekend after Thanksgiving, »
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Nearly a decade after “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” pulled off one of the biggest Oscar-night sweeps of all time, it seems almost unthinkable that it could have played out any other way. But in the days leading up to that year’s ceremony, there were whispers around town that Peter Jackson’s trilogy-capping epic couldn’t possibly win best picture, because it was (gasp!) a fantasy film — a genre the Academy had never once seen fit to honor in its 75-year existence.
Fortunately, rules are made to be broken, and 10 years on from that milestone, the Academy’s alleged prejudice against fantasy/sci-fi movies, suspense thrillers and other strands of popular storytelling seems largely a thing of the past. That’s potentially good news for some of this year’s popular prestige entries, including pictures as different as “Prisoners,” “Lone Survivor,” “Captain Phillips” and »
- Justin Chang
If you've ever given over days of your life to a sprawling online computer game involving trolls and orcs, then you're probably looking forward to "Moon" director Duncan Jones's "Warcraft," an adaptation of Blizzard Entertainment's "World of Warcraft" video game. While the leads haven't been locked down (although Colin Ferrell is heavily rumored), four new actors have joined the cast of the epic fantasy adventure.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ben Foster, who stars in this month's harrowing war film "Lone Survivor"; Robert Kazinsky from HBO's "True Blood"; Dominic Cooper from "Captain America" and this year's sorely underrated revenge movie "Dead Man Down"; and Toby Kebbell, who appears in next year's highly anticipated "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," have all secured roles in "Warcraft."
- Drew Taylor
Christian Bale often oscillates between two acting modes. First, there's Christian Bale the big-screen populist, who springs up in the likes of "Terminator Salvation" and the three Christopher Nolan-directed Batman movies with cocksure swagger and something wounded underneath. Then there's Christian Bale the serious actor, who starves himself for "The Machinist" and "Rescue Dawn" and makes all other actors feel like they simply aren't doing enough earnest morphing for their roles.
Both of those modes are on display in "Out of the Furnace," the new film from co-writer/director Scott Cooper, whose last film, "Crazy Heart," won Jeff Bridges a long-deserved Oscar. Bale is clearly gunning for the same recognition here (more on that in a minute) as a steelworker who seeks to untangle a mystery involving his Iraq War veteran brother (Casey Affleck, wonderful as always), looking into the iffy hills of the Appalachian backwoods to find answers. »
- Drew Taylor
He insisted that he didn't want to give away too much, but the idea for the new Batman is to redefine him in a way that doesn't compete with Bale and Christopher Nolan's Batman but still exists within the Batman canon.
Affleck explained that he didn't see himself in the role when they had asked him to be Batman but they had insisted that he would. »
- Rahul Kapoor
I didn’t see the last The Hobbit film in cinemas, but if there’s anything that is sure to get me back into the big screen it’s a Godzilla trailer. It seems as though The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug is set to be the big trailer reveal, as it has already been confirmed by Warner Bros. that Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar will premiere its trailer before the latest journey to Middle-Earth,. Godzilla is the second attempt by an American studio to reboot and adapt the gigantic Japanese lizard.
But that’s not all, as the Doug Liman directed Tom Cruise vehicle, Edge Of Tomorrow, previously known by (in my opinion) the superior title All You Need Is Kill, will also showcase its trailer before Peter Jackson’s latest. The Amazing Spider-man 2 will also have a trailer in front of the Christmas season’s biggest film, but that »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Marrakech, Morocco — James Gray had the audience in the palm of his hand during a two-hour masterclass conducted at the 13th Marrakech film festival that ended with the audience demanding an encore. “I just travelled 6000 miles on three different flights to get here,” quipped the American independent helmer. “I don’t mind answering a few more questions.”
While insisting that the word “master” should be reserved to directors such as the late Kurosawa or “Maestro Scorsese,” Gray provided an entertaining insight into his own working methods, filled with anecdotal episodes and responded to wide-ranging questions including the last chestnut: “What’s the future of American cinema?”
“I’m very bad at directing actors,” Gray said to the audience’s amusement. »
- Martin Dale
As I said in a previous entry, David Oyelowo is having a very good year! After co-starring in Lee Daniels' The Butler, the 37-year-old thespian recently added the thriller Captive to his burgeoning slate of upcoming projects that also includes Cynthia Mort's Nina Simone film; starring as Sugar Ray Robinson in a previously-announced biopic; an indie drama titled Nightingale; reuniting with director Ava DuVernay to play Mlk in Selma; co-starring in Christopher Nolan's upcoming Interstellar; is said to have met with director Jj Abrams regarding a role in the upcoming Star »
- Tambay A. Obenson
It’s hard not to feel that instead of a mild, fleeting upset of Hollywood traditions with the Joaquin Phoenix “documentary” “I’m Still Here," its director Casey Affleck was aiming more for an industry meltdown on par with that of Phoenix’s in the film. However, the town was stubborn, and punished Affleck and Phoenix for their attempts with indifference -- the best move was to act as if nothing had occurred. Apart from his upcoming role in Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar,” Affleck has since kept matters small though, taking parts in Michael Winterbottom’s “The Killer Inside Me” and David Lowery’s lyrical “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.” His latest, “Out Of The Furnace” (our review), keeps that intimacy intact; as the military vet brother of Christian Bale living in the impoverished Rust Belt, Affleck plays a man ill-equipped for the present and haunted by the past. He »
- Charlie Schmidlin
Yesterday we heard from Superman himself Henry Cavill about Ben Affleck joining him as The Dark Knight in 2015 for Warner Bros.' eagerly-anticipated DC Comics team-up Batman vs. Superman, and now Affleck has spoken to Entertainment Weekly about the release of the extended edition of Argo, during which the conversation shifted to the Man of Steel sequel, which is gearing up to go into production early next year.
"Well, I don’t want to get too far afield and I’m sure I’ll have time to talk about Batman down the road," said Affleck when asked about Kevin Smith's comments about seeing the actor in the Batsuit. "What I’ll say is that I really like Zack Snyder. From what I’ve seen of what’s Zack is doing, it’s made me very excited. One of the nice things about being an actor in that movie is »
- Gary Collinson
There’s little doubt that Batman vs. Superman is going to be one of the biggest superhero movie events of all time. The question is: Will Ben Affleck have the acting chops to convincingly play a guy who runs around dressed up like a bat and hits people? It may seem a little incongruous when compared to the fierce intensity of, say, Christian Bale, but Affleck says his Batman is going to be a “unique take” on the character which does not “compete” with the one you know and love from Christopher Nolan’s films.
“I don’t want to give away too much, but the idea for the new Batman is to redefine him in a way that doesn’t compete with Bale and »
- Jeremy Clymer
This Christmas sees the DVD celebrate 15 years of existence and although that might not seem like a long time, we all know that it changed the industry for the better…and meant no more chewed VHS tapes! 2013 sees the release of some great titles, so Thn would like to guide you towards some of the latest titles and we’re sure you’ll find the right one for all the family.
First up, is Baz Lurhmann’s version of The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire. The director, who shot to fame across the world with his modernised Romeo + Juliet, takes on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic story with a flamboyant and stunning looking rendition.
The Great Gatsby follows would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, »
- Dan Bullock
Ben Affleck has been chatting up the new Blu-ray release of "Argo," which features all sorts of extra goodies. While we're fans of Affleck's Oscar-winning flick, inquiring minds really want to know more about Batfleck.
Of course, Affleck can't divulge too much info on the upcoming Zack Snyder film, but the crumbs he's dropping are pretty tasty. In an interview for the latest issue of Playboy (via Latino Review), Affleck said, "I don't want to give away too much, but the idea for the new Batman is to redefine him in a way that doesn't compete with the Bale and Chris Nolan Batman but still exists within the Batman canon. It will be an older and wiser version, particularly as he relates to Henry Cavill's Superman character." Mmm, canon!
Affleck was hesitant to take the role at first, but once he got a look at what Snyder had cooking, »
- Jenni Miller
Ben Affleck has commented on his casting as Batman in a lengthy interview with Playboy magazine, in which he explains that his version of the character will not attempt to compete with Christian Bale’s. “I don’t want to give away too much, but the idea for the new Batman is to redefine him in a way that doesn’t compete with Bale and Christopher Nolan's Batman but still exists within the Batman canon,” says Affleck. “It will be an older and wiser version, particularly as he relates to Henry Cavill’s Superman character.” Intriguingly...
- George Wales
News Simon Brew 4 Dec 2013 - 06:31
Since he was cast as Batman in Zack Snyder's upcoming Batman Vs Superman movie, Ben Affleck hasn't been on the receiving end of a great deal of online positivity. He's talked before about how he was warned that his casting wouldn't create, er, 'a reaction', but in a new Playboy magazine interview (yep, porn mags still get great interview access), he's expanded on it a little, saying "I expected that reaction".
Furthermore, he also said that when he was asked about playing Batman in the first place "I told them I don't see myself in the role and I was going to have to beg off". But that's when Warner Bros asked Affleck to take a look at what Zack Snyder had been working on, »
The Writers Guild of America has remained tough on qualifying scripts for its screenplay awards, excluding more than a dozen high-profile scripts, including John Ridley’s screenplay for “12 Years a Slave.”
The guild’s restrictions — far more rigorous than other guilds — require that scripts be produced under WGA jurisdiction or under a collective bargaining agreement in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the U.K. The WGA had no immediate comment on the exclusions, but the restrictions on eligibility are a longstanding practice at the guild.
Other notable screenplays excluded include Peter Morgan’s screenplay for “Rush”; Ryan Coogler’s script for “Frutivale Station”; “Philomena,” written by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” penned by William Nicholson.
Voting to determine the WGA’s nominees launched Tuesday on 95 eligible screenplays — 41 in the adapted category and 54 in the original category. The guild’s restrictions also require that the »
- Dave McNary
Zack Snyder’s currently untitled Batman Vs. Superman project doesn’t hit screens until summer 2015. That’s basically a year and six months from now, but you’ll probably be hearing a little nugget about it every single day until its July 17th, 2015 release date. The latest? Ben Affleck sat down for a long interview with Mike Flemming for Playboy (via Latino Review) and the Deadliner got some decent Batman questions in. While Affleck danced around answers, some replies were interesting. When asked how Affleck’s take on Batman will differ from Christian Bale’s Batman, the “Argo” actor/director didn’t really answer, but said his version wouldn’t “compete” with the “The Dark Knight” trilogy that came before it. “I don’t want to give away too much, but the idea for the new Batman is to redefine him in a way that doesn’t compete with Bale »
- Edward Davis
Deadline’s Mike Fleming, on assignment for Playboy magazine, conducted an interview with Ben Affleck which appears in the magazine’s 60th Anniversary Special Edition. The issue should be dropping on news stands any minute now. Yes, I read Playboy for the great articles and Hell Yes I absolutely look at the pictures too so let’s get that out of the way.
Playboy: When Warner Bros. named you Batman, the internet exploded with hostility. After climbing back from career adversity to win the best picture Oscar for Argo, was your initial reaction more “Not Again” or “Screw You”?
- El Mayimbe
Many filmmakers got their start on the independent film circuit.
The Slamdance Film Festival announced their lineup for the Narrative and Documentary Feature Film Competition after receiving over 5,000 submissions this year.
All of the competing films are directorial debuts with less than $1 million and without Us distribution. The films include 11 world premieres, 4 North American premieres and one Us premiere.
The 2014 Slamdance Film Festival will take place January 17-23in Park City, Utah at the Treasure Mountain Inn, 255 Main Street.
Here’s the lineup:
Narrative Features Program
(USA, Canada, Denmark) World Premiere
A charming scoundrel visiting the city of his father’s birth, William is drawn to his impromptu guide Effy – wise, spontaneous, and half his age.
Cast: Gethin Anthony, »
- Gig Patta
This year is the 20th anniversary of the Slamdance Film Festival. For those who don’t know about Slamdance, it runs during the same time as the Sundance Film Festival, and all of the films are true indies. Sundance has its fair share, but you won’t see any famous actors in a Slamdance movie. However, you could see the debut work from an up-and-coming director. Slamdance alums include Christopher Nolan (Following), Marc Forster (Loungers), Jared Hess (Peluca), Lena Dunham (Dealing), Benh Zeitlin (Egg), and Lynn Shelton (We Go Way Back). If I had time to swing by Slamdance, I would because while it’s definitely a crapshoot, you could end up seeing something entirely unexpected and worth championing. Hit the jump for a list of films playing in competition at this year’s Slamdance Film Festival, which runs from January 17th – 23rd in Park City, Utah at the Treasure Mountain Inn. »
- Matt Goldberg
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