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The folks over at Rotten Tomatoes put their big data together, ranking the Most Anticipated movies of the summer by their users by adding up the percentiles of the “Want to see” votes.
Check out the Rotten Tomatoes chart!
1. X-Men: Days of Future Past (100 percent, 110,869 votes)
The stars of the X-Men trilogy (Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman) share the screen with the folks from X-Men: First Class (Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy). Plus Brian Singer is directing, so the anticipation for this probably couldn’t get much higher.
2. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (99 percent, 98,643 votes)
Look out! Here comes Andrew Garfield in his second outing as everyone’s favorite web-slinger. This time out, ol’ webhead faces down »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 13 Mar 2014 - 05:44
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2011, and a great year for lesser-seen gems...
Even a cursory glance at the top 10 grossing films of 2011 reveals something strange: nine of the entries are sequels. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 brought the fantasy franchise to a close with a staggering $1.3bn haul. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon wasn't too far behind with just over $1.1bn. On Stranger Tides continued the Pirates Of The Caribbean series' wave of success, despite mixed reviews.
Elsewhere in the top 10, you'll find another Twilight, a fourth Mission: Impossible, a second Kung Fu Panda, a fifth Fast, another Hangover, and further Cars. Standing alone on the list is The Smurfs, the adaptation of Peyo's Belgian comic strip. In fact, 2011 saw the release of no fewer than 28 sequels - the most we've yet seen in any given year. »
After piloting a giant robot in Pacific Rim, fighting Dark Elves in Thor: The Dark World and fighting apartheid in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, British actor Idris Elba is heading into the jungle. Deadline has word that Elba is in final talks to take on the role of the villainous tiger Shere Khan in Disney's new adaptation of The Jungle Book from Iron Man director Jon Favreau. It is said that Elba will "perform the role and provide the voice" so it sounds like there will be some motion capture used on this film to have human actors play the animals, much like Andy Serkis has done Rise of the Planet of the Apes or King Kong. Benedict Cumberbatch also did something similar by doing motion-capture and voice work to bring the dragon Smaug to life in the second installment of The Hobbit. Elba certainly has the perfect voice »
- Ethan Anderton
Kevin Costner, whose career is showing new signs of life, will receive the “2014 Cinema Icon Award” at CinemaCon this month. The annual show-and-tell finds studios hawking their upcoming slates to theater owners and unfolds in Las Vegas. Costner won an Oscar for directing “Dances with Wolves” and was one of the biggest stars in the world thanks to such hits as “The Untouchables” and “Bull Durham.” Also read: Andy Serkis to Receive Vanguard Award at CinemaCon His career went into decline following box office disappointments such as “Waterworld” and “The Postman.” However, he recently scored a small screen hit and won. »
- Brent Lang
"It's amazing how many people are closet Godzilla fans," director Gareth Edwards mused during the Q&A session that followed a footage screening of his monster remake last Friday. He's naturally hoping for a coming-out party come the film's release in May, but the in-built fandom brings with it a daunting level of pressure for a director with only one previous feature to his name - 2010's acclaimed micro-budget sci-fi Monsters.
Godzilla, aside from being a remake of a beloved property, will be the final film to come out of the long, fruitful partnership between Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures, which birthed Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy among other projects. The stakes are high.
"Every day for the last year, someone has said to me, 'I love Godzilla, don't f**k it up!'" Edwards admitted, with a grimace. Judging by the footage - which combines an emotional opening »
Laremy is back with us and we're talking the 2014 Oscars. which means John Travolta referring to Idina Menzel as "Adele Dazim", Ellen DeGeneres' great job hosting and a special listen to Matthew McConaughey's acceptance speech you'll only hear on the RopeofSilicon podcast. We also discuss the winners, new DVDs and Blu-rays, answer your questions and voicemail, play some games and send you out with a snippet from Clint Mansell's score for Noah. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll »
- Brad Brevet
Kodi Smit-McPhee, Harry Greenwood, Tom Budge, Lincoln Lewis, Matt Nable, Anthony Hayes, Lachy Hulme and Ashleigh Cummings are among the big ensemble cast announced today for the Endemol Australia/Nine Network miniseries Gallipoli.
A three-month shoot starts in and around Melbourne on March 17 with Glendyn Ivin (Beaconsfield, Puberty Blues) directing. The screenplay by Christopher Lee (Howzat! Kerry Packer.s War, Paper Giants, Rush, Police Rescue) is adapted from the best-selling book by Les Carlyon.
The producers are John Edwards (Howzat! Kerry Packer.s War, Beaconsfield, Paper Giants, and Offspring), Imogen Banks (Puberty Blues, Offspring) and Robert Connolly (producer of Balibo and The Boys, director of Underground: The Julian Assange Story, The Slap). Nine.s co-Heads of Drama Jo Rooney and Andy Ryan and Endemol Australia CEO Janeen Faithfull are executive producers. .Smit-McPhee plays 17-year-old Thomas .Tolly. Johnson, who lies about his age to enlist with his brother Bevan in the »
- Don Groves
We posted a motion poster for you last week that gave some of the details of the Blu-ray/DVD release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, but now, thanks to the lovely folks at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, we have the full deets for you, including info on the very cool limited collector’s edition packaging, and some enticing clips to remind you of the awesomeness of the movie:
Trailer: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Available April 8
Clip: The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug – You Have No Right: Available April 8
Clip: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – It Is Our Fight: Available April 8
Clip: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Your World Will Burn: Available April 8
Clip: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – I Found Something: Available April 8
Clip: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Into the Barrels: Available April 8
Continue The Epic Adventure When “The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, »
- Erin Willard
The Academy Honorary Award is in part something of an apology to those talented individuals who have somehow never been graced with an Oscar. The late great Peter O’Toole, nominated eight times, wrote the Academy a rather disgruntled letter in response to his award in 2003 in which he told them he’d “rather win the bugger outright,” but it was nonetheless long-overdue recognition for his excellent work.
I bring up the Honorary Award because among this year’s recipients is the never before nominated Steve Martin, who was in astonishingly good company as an eminent actor who had never even been acknowledged by the Academy. Unlike him, the actors in this article are still waiting for confirmation that the Academy knows that they exist, even though all of them have been turning in critically acclaimed performances for decades. If the Academy needs a shortlist for future Honorary Oscars, »
- Grace Murray
Andy Serkis will receive the CinemaCon Vanguard Award at this year’s convention in Las Vegas.
Serkis will collect the honour on March 27.
“Simply put, Andy Serkis is a genius in our magical world of the movies,” said CinemaCon managing director Mitch Neuhauser. “When it comes to performance capture he has no equal and has pioneered an art form that has changed the world of acting.”
Serkis will star in Fox’s Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes due out on July 11.
CinemaCon is scheduled to run from March 24-27. »
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Andy Serkis will receive the Vanguard Award at this year’s CinemaCon, the National Association of Theater Owners’ annual convention, the group said Tuesday. The event will be held March 24-27 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Serkis, who will next be seen in Fox’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” on July 11, is best known for his groundbreaking role as the Gollum in the “Lord of the Rings” movies. Also read: Oscar Nominees Ranked by Box Office Clout: The Highest and Lowest Grossing Contenders “Simply put, Andy Serkis is a genius in our magical world of the movies. »
- Todd Cunningham
The Academy always passes him by and he's normally not recognized by any awards groups for this performance capture work, but the National Association of Theatre Owners are fully supportive of Andy Serkis' incredible work. So supportive, in fact, that they'll be awarding Serkis the CinemaCon Vanguard Award for his work in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and it's upcoming sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Serkis played the main ape character Caesar in both films, giving Caesar real personality and emotions through his performance capture work.
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Justin Chang: Bonjour, Peter. I know you’re still settling into your new Parisian digs as we speak (I’m picturing you at your laptop in an “I Louvre Paris” T-shirt with a cafe au lait at the ready), so I appreciate your taking the time to discuss this year’s Oscar nominees for supporting actor and actress — specifically, the ones we’d love to see win, the ones we’d rather see lose, and the grievous omissions in each category.
To start with the latter: I was saddened, if not exactly shocked, that the Academy didn’t give James Gandolfini a supporting-actor nomination for his wonderful performance as a divorced dad navigating the perils of midlife romance in “Enough Said.” Some suggested early on that the actor’s death, just three months before Nicole Holofcener’s film made its world premiere at Toronto, would surely earn »
- Justin Chang and Peter Debruge
While "Godzilla" might be one of this summer's most hotly anticipated releases, but it's also been one of the most closely guarded. Unlike, say, "Amazing Spider-Man 2," which seems intent on spoiling the entire movie before the release thanks to an endless series of footage-filled trailers, "Godzilla" has revealed a brief teaser and an obscured poster that only hints at the movie to come. This is especially striking given how soon it comes out (May 16th!) Nobody has even seen the titular monster yet. Until now... Sort of. British movie magazine Empire has revealed its "Godzilla"-inspired cover, giving us the best look of the beast so far. Oh - and get ready to hear the official "Godzilla" roar!
The image, which has a wonderful black, white, and red color palette and features the monster in full roar, looks much closer to the Japanese original monster than whatever the hell »
- Drew Taylor
Legendary Pictures' Godzilla has crushed his way through the latest cover of Empire Magazine. Get your first look below at the magazine's take on Gareth Edward's upcoming monster movie.
As you might guess from that Rising Sun-esque background, the film has one foot in Godzilla's traditional Japanese stomping ground, but this monster has a passport and will travel - as those choppers might suggest.
The film boasts an accomplished human cast, including Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and David Straithairn, but it's the main man himself who required most care and attention from the director.
"Trying to get the face right was the main thing," says Edwards. "I guess he's got more of a bear's face, or a dog's. We also used eagle. There's a lot of nobility in an eagle. It made him feel very majestic and noble." Edwards also used London-based motion-capture facility The Imaginarium and its head, »
You know what's cooler than our new Godzilla subscribers cover? No, we can't think of anything either. Like a penguin in a blender, it's black and white and red all over, and gives you some idea of the mayhem we can expect from Gareth Edward's monster movie.As you might guess from that Rising Sun-esque background, the film has one foot in Godzilla's traditional Japanese stomping ground, but this monster has a passport and will travel - as those choppers might suggest.The film boasts an accomplished human cast, including Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and David Straithairn, but it's the main man himself who required most care and attention from the director."Trying to get the face right was the main thing," says Edwards. "I guess he's got more of a bear's face, or a dog's. We also used eagle. There's a lot of nobility in an eagle. »
If you don’t give and get spring baskets of goodies every year, maybe it’s time to start a new tradition, because Warner Bros. has announced that The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be released as a 3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Combo Pack on April 8, and nothing says “Happy Spring!” like dwarves and dragons.
To celebrate, Warner Bros Online has released this very cool 30-second motion poster:
Motion Poster: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Blu-ray Release
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is available 4/8/14 on 3D Blu-Ray at the WB Shop http://bit.ly/GetTheHobbitTDOS
The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.
Isn’t that description adorable? Ooo, a magical ring, I wonder what that’s all about?!
- Erin Willard
Either nobody delivers dialogue for animated films like George Clooney or nobody records it like Wes Anderson, but either way, watching their process for “Fantastic Mr. Fox” is as entertaining as the finished product. An extra feature (above) that comes loaded on the 2009 stop-motion animated film’s Criterion Collection Blu-ray shows Clooney and the gang recording their lines at a farm in Connecticut, instead of a sound studio in Los Angeles. Also read: George Clooney Knocks Russell Crowe, Hollywood on Twitter Clooney really gets into it, and is as animated as the character he’s voicing. If Andy Serkis ever gets tired of playing motion-captured. »
- Greg Gilman
Toy Fair 2014 is hitting New York City this Sunday through Wednesday, and it's a hotbed for summer movie releases. So far, we've seen new toys from Transformers: Age of Extinction (clickHere) and Guardians of the Galaxy (clickHere and clickHere). Now comes two action figures from Neca's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes toy line, with our first look at apes Koba and Maurice.
"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - 7" Scale Action Figures -- Series 1
These detailed action figures come straight from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the highly anticipated sequel to 2011′s Rise of the Planet of the Apes! A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier.
They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war »
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is being directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In), from a screenplay written by Mark Bomback, Scott Z. Burns, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. The cast includes: Andy Serkis (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, Public Enemies, The Great Gatsby), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises, The Harry Potter film series), Keri Russell (The Americans, Mission Impossible III), Toby Kebbell (The Prince of Persia, Wrath of the Titans, Rock N Rolla), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In, ParaNorman), Enrique Murciano (Traffic, Black Hawk Down »
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