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15 items from 2014


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Blu-ray review

7 April 2014 7:04 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

‘A noble quest, to reclaim a homeland, and slay a dragon’ – this plot synopsis, helpfully uttered by elven king Thranduil in the second instalment in the Hobbit trilogy, suggests there’s a straightforward A-to-b quality to this fantasy sequel.

Peter Jackson’s film is certainly a marked improvement on its predecessor. Rather than relying on a lengthy prefix and interminable exposition and singing in The Shire, The Desolation of Smaug gets going straight away. Purists will still have quibbles about changes or additions to the text but few could deny how thrilling the film is, whether it’s seeing Beorn evocatively realised, shuddering through a genuinely creepy sequence involving the spiders of Mirkwood, or bouncing along in a seemingly Donkey Kong-inspired Barrels Out Of Bond scene.

The action is splendidly developed, the design (as with all of Jackson’s Middle Earth epics) sumptuous and the principal cast excel themselves, with »

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Heroines of Cinema: Why Don't More Women Make Movies? Marian Evans on Bridging The Gap Between Theory and Practice

24 March 2014 7:53 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Writing this column, my gender makes me well aware that issues relating to women in film can be experienced quite differently in theory and practice. But this is scant insight compared to that offered by New Zealand writer, activist, academic and filmmaker Marian Evans, Wellywood Woman. Traversing the divide between the theoretical and the practical, her Development Project has led myself and many others to some crucial insights concerning some of the many issues facing women filmmakers. Outsiders might think that women in film in New Zealand have it good. From the legendary Jane Campion to Whale Rider’s Niki Caro and Fran Walsh, co-writer and producer of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, its heritage of women filmmakers is rich, while its proud feminist history (it was the first country in the world to give women the vote) would appear to create a supportive environment in which women can make films. »

- Matthew Hammett Knott

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MTV Movie Awards Nominees Unveiled

6 March 2014 4:00 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

A pair of flicks that were shut out at the Oscars on Sunday lead the field for the erstwhile music network’s film nods. American Hustle and The Wolf Of Wall Street snagged eight noms apiece for the 23rd MTV Movie Awards. Close behind are The Hunger Games: Catching Fire with seven and We’re The Millers with six, including a coveted Best Shirtless Performance nom for Jennifer Aniston. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Dallas Buyers Club, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, This Is The End and Best Picture champ 12 Years A Slave are next with four apiece. Conan O’Brien will serve as host of this year’s festivities, which air live on April 13 at the Nokia Theatre in L.A. The show — which last year switched from its longtime post-Memorial Day date to April — again relishes is such signature categories as Best Kiss, Best Scared-As-s**T Performance and #WTFMoment, »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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Trailer, Clips, and Special Packaging for The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

28 February 2014 3:00 PM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

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

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40th Annual Saturn Awards Nominations Include The Conjuring, The Walking Dead

26 February 2014 8:17 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

This year’s Saturn Award nominations have been announced and include a number of horror movie and TV releases, such as The Conjuring and The Walking Dead:

“Los Angeles – February, 2014 – Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity and Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug both received 8 nominations as the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films today announced nominations for the 40th Annual Saturn Awards, which will be presented in June.

Other major contenders that packed a real punch were The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, Star Trek into Darkness, The Book Thief, Her, Oz The Great and Powerful and Ron Howard’s Rush. Also making a strong showing was the folk musical fable Inside Llewyn Davis, which proves that the Coen Brothers are a genre onto their own. And Scarlett Johansson was the first Best Supporting Actress to be nominated for her captivating »

- Jonathan James

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‘Gravity,’ ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Lead Saturn Awards Noms

25 February 2014 10:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity” and Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” each received eight nominations as the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films announced the nominations for the 40th Annual Saturn Awards.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” was not far behind with seven noms, including best science-fiction film. “Iron Man 3,” “Pacific Rim,” “Star Trek into Darkness” and “Thor: The Dark World” got five nominations apiece.

The Saturns are known for their eccentric fields of nominees. This year “The Hobbit” is up against “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and “Her” for best fantasy film.  The best actress category pits “Stoker’s” Mia Wasikowska and “The Wall’s” Martina Gedeck against Sandra Bullock for “Gravity” and Jennifer Lawrence for “Catching Fire.”

Two new categories have been added to reflect the changing times. Best comic-to-film motion picture will see Warner’s “Man of Steel” duking it out »

- Nikara Johns

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‘Gravity,’ ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Lead Saturn Awards Noms

25 February 2014 10:00 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity” and Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” each received eight nominations as the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films announced the nominations for the 40th Annual Saturn Awards.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” was not far behind with seven noms, including best science-fiction film. “Iron Man 3,” “Pacific Rim,” “Star Trek into Darkness” and “Thor: The Dark World” got five nominations apiece.

The Saturns are known for their eccentric fields of nominees. This year “The Hobbit” is up against “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and “Her” for best fantasy film.  The best actress category pits “Stoker’s” Mia Wasikowska and “The Wall’s” Martina Gedeck against Sandra Bullock for “Gravity” and Jennifer Lawrence for “Catching Fire.”

Two new categories have been added to reflect the changing times. Best comic-to-film motion picture will see Warner’s “Man of Steel” duking it out »

- Nikara Johns

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Journeys to DVD/Blu-ray This April 8th

18 February 2014 8:33 PM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Adventures abound as Bilbo, Gandalf and the Company of Dwarves continue their Quest through Middle-earth in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), arriving onto Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on April 8 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, is directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, who also produces together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” was the number one 2013 home entertainment title across physical and digital accounts in the U.S. Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. The international ensemble cast is led by Benedict Cumberbatch, »

- BeyondHollywood Staff

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‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ – UK DVD & Blu-Ray Details

18 February 2014 2:35 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

**Final artwork Tbc**

The adventure continues in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug and we’ve got all the details for the Home Entertainment that’s set for a UK release on April 7th!

Adventures abound as Bilbo, Gandalf and the Company of Dwarves continue their Quest through Middle-earth in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), arriving onto Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and digital download on 7 April from Warner Home Entertainment.The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug the second in a trilogy of films adapting the endearingly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, is directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, who also produces together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh.

Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. The international ensemble cast is led by Benedict Cumberbatch, »

- Dan Bullock

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Interesting directors who dropped out of a blockbuster movie

3 February 2014 7:12 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Simon Brew 5 Feb 2014 - 06:48

Directing a massive blockbuster is the dream, isn't it? Not always, it seems. Here are some directors who've dropped out of big projects...

The explosion of the DVD market, and of the current generation of American and international independent cinema, has sent movie bosses scouring the shelves and the planet for interesting directors. Said studios then try and pair those interesting directors with blockbuster movies (a trend that continues later this year with the rather excellent decision to give Gareth Edwards Godzilla to make). But things don't always work out, and ways are parted before a single frame of footage has been shot.

So then: what we've looked at here are examples of where interesting directors were hired for blockbuster movies, only for them to leave the project before the film in question was complete. We've avoided stories of directors not returning for sequels »

- sarahd

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Is Guy Ritchie the right director for the King Arthur epic?

31 January 2014 3:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Ritchie may be set to direct Warner Bros's six-film King Arthur saga, but could Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro or Kenneth Branagh bring something better to the table?

There are very few classic swords and sorcery properties that seem ripe for revival on the big screen: Peter Jackson's splendid Lord of the Rings trilogy finally wiped out memories of Ralph Bakshi's brave but half-finished 1978 effort. There will never be a Conan movie as fabulous as John Milius's Conan the Barbarian, from 1982, and it ought to be a good 20 years before we have to see another Harry Potter movie. But it's easy to argue that there has never been a definitive movie about King Arthur, so the news this week that we're about to get a six-film Arthurian saga from Warner Bros really ought to be cause for celebration.

The question, however, is whether Guy Ritchie is the »

- Ben Child

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Will Oscar Offer Any Tolkiens of Esteem to ‘The Hobbit’?

8 January 2014 5:01 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After an incredibly long and intense Phase One of awards season, the Oscar nomination deadline has come and gone. Just as New Year’s Eve inspires backward And forward glances, this day stirs up memories as well as speculation. And one of the questions is about the Oscar chances of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”  In truth, not many people are bringing up the subject. Which may provide the answer right there.

The costume designers guild on Wednesday nominated Ann Maskrey, Richard Taylor and Bob Buck in the fantasy category, one of the few awards recognitions for the film. Those three, and some other contributors, may show up when Oscar noms are announced Jan. 16. When the first “Lord of the Rings” opened in 2001, the public and Academy members were wowed. The three films collectively scored 30 nominations and 17 wins. But Oscar voters like to be surprised and even though audiences »

- Tim Gray

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Dracula episode 7 review: Servant To Two Masters

7 January 2014 11:33 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Review Laura Akers 8 Jan 2014 - 07:15

Dracula's paucity of story is holding it back. Here's Laura's review of Servant To Two Masters...

This review contains spoilers.

1.7 Servant To Two Masters

Seeing The Desolation of Smaug over the holidays was very eye-opening. Not only was it made clear to me that this film about greed deconstructs itself at great volume, but it suggested to me that, sometimes, the most important decision a director can make is in deciding just how much story he or she really has, and just how much time is needed to tell that story.

But it didn’t truly gel for me until I watched this week’s Dracula.

When I first started reviewing Dracula, its crawling pace was a minor distraction. The show was obviously envisioned as a Scorsese-like visual banquet. We were supposed to take our time and appreciate the vaguely steampunk aesthetic - »

- louisamellor

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WGA Nominations: Oscar and the Eligibility Factor (Analysis)

3 January 2014 1:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Writers Guild of America’s just-announced nominees have reason for optimism in terms of the upcoming Academy Awards, but they come with a load of footnotes and caveats.

The WGA has a pretty solid track record at predicting Oscar winners, though as far as nominations, there are more discrepancies, due to the guild’s eligibility rules.

Original screenplay candidates are David O. Russell and Eric Singer for “American Hustle”; perennial fave Woody Allen with his 21st nom, “Blue Jasmine”; Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack, “Dallas Buyers Club”; Spike Jonze, “Her”; and Bob Nelson, “Nebraska.”

Adapted screenplay: Tracy Letts, “August: Osage County”; Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, “Before Midnight”; Billy Ray, “Captain Phillips”; Peter Berg, “Lone Survivor”; and  Terence Winter, “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Many of these contenders will be mentioned again when Oscar noms are announced Jan. 16. But there will undoubtedly be some changes, due to Writers Guild restrictions. »

- Tim Gray

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Updated: Warner Bros. Pictures 2014 Films Includes Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys – Photo

2 January 2014 12:12 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

© 2013 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. And Ratpac Entertainment. Photo Credit: Keith Bernstein.

(L-r) John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli, Erich Bergen as Bob Gaudio, Vincent Piazza as Tommy DeVito and Michael Lomenda as Nick Massi in Warner Bros. Pictures’ musical “Jersey Boys, ” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

Warner Bros. Pictures has released their slate of films for 2014. Along with each movie’s synopsis and photos, you will find Hobbits, dolphins, legos, Godzilla as well as the latest info and first image of Clint Eastwood’s take on the musical Jersey Boys.

The cinematic lineup hosts a bevy of A-listers for fans of Tom Cruise, Johnny DeppRussell CroweColin FarrellChanning Tatum, Mila KunisRobert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera FarmigaBryan CranstonJason Bateman, Tina FeyAdam Sandler, Drew BarrymoreCharlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine, Kevin Spacey, and Christoph Waltz.

Further on down the cinematic »

- Michelle McCue

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