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For every year that is packed with awards season fodder and memorable movies that will go down in history, there is an equal number of films we wish we could erase from our memories.
The Worst of 2014 includes both people who should know better and repeat offenders, artists with a vision and hucksters out for a quick buck.
Here’s hoping the responsible parties resolve to do better in 2015.
Also Read: TheWrap’s Film Critics Pick 10 Best Movies of 2014
Below, TheWrap‘s Reviews Editor Alonso Duralde, and reviewers Inkoo Kang and James Rocchi present their worst films of the year. »
- Alonso Duralde, Inkoo Kang and James Rocchi
Whatever else it's brought with it, 2014 has been an exemplary year for television. There's so much good stuff around that keeping on top of it has become a job of work. How many of us have started silently dreading hearing enthused recommendations from pals about new series? Who else has developed a nervous tick whenever they hear the words "Have you been watching...". There's simply Too. Much. TV.
Too much, however, is better than not enough. Too much enables debate, and better than that, it enables the ultimate geek pursuit: list-making. A fortnight ago, we asked our writers to nominate their favourite television episodes of the year and have been busily collating their votes and happily clicking Excel buttons ever since.
Here are the results: Den Of Geek »
2014's fall TV line-up delivered some seriously stunning performances, not to mention a few truly incredible new shows -- but the only problem? There was such an abundance of critically acclaimed television that our DVRs could barely keep up. If you missed out on more quality viewing than is healthy, don't sweat it. Moviefone's rounded up a list of hits that you may have missed in 2014 (too busy binging "Gilmore Girls" on Netflix, probably), which means you officially have a plan for winter break!
If the multiple Golden Globe nominations aren't enough to inspire you to watch "The Affair," you might be interested to know that it stars none other than Joshua Jackson, aka Pacey from "Dawson's Creek." "The Affair" -- which follows the romantic dalliances of a married man and woman in Montauk -- is one part mysterious and one million parts evocative, but the show is »
- Mehera Bonner
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, 2014.
Starring Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Eva Green, Powers Boothe, Ray Liotta, Dennis Haysbert, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Jaime King, Juno Temple, Christopher Lloyd, Lady Gaga, Stacy Keach and Jamie Chung.
Some of Sin City’s most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with a few of its more reviled inhabitants.
Innovation should be rewarded. Experimentation should be commended. For those two reasons I’m awarding the second Sin City film two stars. There are reasons to celebrate the cinematic adaptation of Frank Miller’s neo-noir series of graphic novels. They are garish mash ups of old stories and new technology. Visually interesting pieces of crime fiction that expose almost every cliche the genre ever created.
I was pretty tough on the first Sin City. I admired what it aspired »
- Anghus Houvouras
Stars: Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis, Eva Green, Powers Boothe, Dennis Haysbert, Ray Liotta, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Christopher Lloyd, Jaime King, Juno Temple | Written by Frank Miller | Directed by Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller
It was an invite to review a Blu-ray like any other, or so I thought. You get your disc, you take your chances. Sometimes everyone goes home with a smile on their faces, sometimes people go to the emergency room… without any face. I heard from the people that know that a sequel to Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City was in town. Looking for trouble. Out to bust some heads and blow some minds. Sin City and me, we go way back. We had history. Once we’d been lovers but time had moved us apart. So when this new bozo turns up, A Dame to Kill For, »
- Jack Kirby
The 2015 Golden Globe nominations were, as per usual, a mixed bag. For every inspired nod (congrats, Gina Rodriguez!) there was one that had be scratching the skin off my scalp (Downton Abbey over Homeland). So without further adieu, I give you the good, the bad and the downright ugly from this year’s list.
I’m Super-Ecstatic About:
The 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations have been announced and, yet again, Birdman scored the most nods including Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role (Michael Keaton), Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Edward Norton), Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Emma Stone) and Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Boyhood, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything all received three nominations. On the TV front, I’m glad to see Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany snag her very first SAG nomination, but where’s Eva Green in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series category? Her work on Penny Dreadful needs some recognition. Hit the jump for the full list of nominees. The 21st Annual SAG Awards will be simulcast on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 25th at 8pm Est. »
- Perri Nemiroff
Shailene Woodley dethrones Jennifer Lawrence as the top star of 2014. The list is determined by the number of searches by the 200 million unique monthly visitors on IMDb. Last year, Woodley was a lowly 64th on the same list, but her blockbuster films "Divergent" and "The Fault in Our Stars" push her to the top position. One odd fact about this year's compilation: all of the top 10 people are actresses for the first time. The others are Lawrence (top star of 2013), Margot Robbie, Emilia Clarke, Scarlett Johansson, Nicola Peltz, Chloe Grace Moretz, Rosamund Pike, Emma Stone, and Eva Green. USA Today -Break- Michael Strahan will host the 20th annual Critics' Choice Awards on January 15. He is the co-host of the daytime talk show "Live With Kelly and Michael" and a panelist each Sunday for Fox's coverage of NFL football. Strahan was a defensive player for the New York Giants and was »
Bond is back.Early this morning, Sony announced the official cast for the 24th film in the James Bond franchise, "Spectre." The title, of course, refers to SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, a terrorist group from the early 007 films like "You Only Live Twice"" and "Thunderball." The group was led by Ernst Stavro Blofeld in those films -- and the character is rumored to return for this new flick.Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomi Harris and Ben Whishaw will all return, along with new additions including Christoph Waltz, "Sherlock" star Andrew Scott and David Bautista. Waltz will be playing Bond's former ski instructor named Oberhauser ... but many believe he'll actually be Blofeld. Bautista's role is that of a henchman named Mr. HinxFollowing in the oh-so-sexy footsteps of women like Ursula Andress, Barbara Bach, Jill St. John, Denise Richards, Halle Berry, Eva Green and, most recently, Berenice Marlohe, »
- tooFab Staff
Editor's Note: I asked Team Experience to tell us what they're thankful for this year during the holiday weekend. Here's abstew in the cinematic spirit.
abstew here. Thanksgiving may be only once a year, but it's always a great time to appreciate the greatness of film. Here are a few of the things I'm thankful for this year...
For Oscar Issac's camel coat in A Most Violent Year - practical and stylish winter wear while waging a war
For Tilda as a love-struck octogenarian socialite. Tilda as a yak-haired vampire. Tilda as a dentured dictator. Proving the existence of extraterrestrial life because, quite simply, Tilda Swinton is a shape-shifting, otherworldly being.
For two favorite breakout stars: Jack O'Connell (dynamic in Starred Up and 71; I'm eagerly awaiting Unbroken) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (compelling in two very different films, Belle and Beyond the Lights). I'm excited to see what new opportunities come »
Question. What do The Skeleton Twins, The Better Angels and actor Miles Teller have in common? There’ll always be some head-scratcher surprises and snubs and the 2015 Indie Spirit award nominations are no different. It goes with the territory. As we tend to some wounds, we access those that were criminally overlooked in the key categories. Here is a glance at some of the shoulda, woulda and coulda.
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Falling below the 21 million mark set by the Indie Spirit folks, it is indeed an odd year when a major studio release figures among the fives noms. Considering that Ava DuVernay is an indie talent, I didn’t think her film would be part of the equation. That said, it was a given that Boyhood and the more deserving Birdman and Whiplash would all face off. In »
- Eric Lavallee
Eva Green and Josh Hartnett are returning as Vanessa and Ethan in the season 2 of Showtime's horror-drama series "Penny Dreadful," and a new image reveals that they're closer than ever. After the grim events of season 1, they could both use some comforting. "This season Vanessa and Ethan face new challenges, and old enemies, and turn to each other for solace," said creator and executive producer John Logan in a press release. "Their intimacy grows as they are forced to confront their demons together." Get your first look at season 2 here: The Victorian-era drama will continue to draw from such literary legends as Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray," Bram Stoker's "Dracula," and Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein." "Penny" also stars Reeve Carney, Timothy Dalton, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Danny Sapani and Harry Treadaway. Season 2 guest stars will include Douglas Hodge, Johnny Beauchamp, Sarah Greene as Poole’s powerful daughter Hecate, »
- Dave Lewis
Penny Dreadful will be back on the screen in 2015, with Green and Hartnett joined in the cast by Reeve Carney, Timothy Dalton, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Danny Sapani, Harry Treadaway, Helen McCrory and Simon Russell Beale, while newcomers include Patti LuPone, Sarah Greene, Douglas Hodge and Jonny Beauchamp.
- Gary Collinson
Classic horror literature characters, bloodsuckers, possession—season one of Showtime’s new series, Penny Dreadful, had a little bit of everything and turned out to be an unexpected treat for horror fans. Filming has been underway on the sophomore season and today Showtime revealed the first look at the next chapter in the horror series and teased what’s ahead for the eclectic cast of characters.
“This season, Vanessa and Ethan form a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), and Sembene (Danny Sapani), unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), the Creature (Rory Kinnear) and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own. Patti LuPone »
- Derek Anderson
"This season, Vanessa and Ethan face new challenges... old enemies, and turn to each other for solace," explained series creator and executive producer John Logan.
"Their intimacy grows as they are forced to confront their demons together."
Timothy Dalton, Harry Treadaway, and Danny Sapani are set to reprise their roles as Sir Malcolm, Dr Frankenstein and Sembene in the horror-drama, with Reeve Carney, Rory Kinnear and Billie Piper returning as Dorian Gray, the Creature and Brona respectively.
A number of season two guest stars have also been announced, »
We’ve still got a while to go until Penny Dreadful returns, but Showtime just unveiled the very first image as well as a few additional details regarding what Vanessa (Eva Green), Ethan (Josh Hartnett) and the rest of the gang are up to in the new season. Despite Vanessa’s little fling with Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), it’s always seemed likely that she and Ethan would eventually get together and the new image and plot information do suggest that it could happen. There's no guarantee that this "deeper bond" means romance, but it does seem like a safe bet. Hit the jump to check out the first Penny Dreadful season 2 image and to catch the new story details as well. Here’s what’s going down in season 2 according to the press release: This season, Vanessa and Ethan form a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. »
- Perri Nemiroff
Are Penny Dreadful‘s Ethan and Vanessa out of the woods yet?
Showtime on Friday released the first image from Dreadful‘s upcoming second season — premiering sometime in 2015 — which finds Josh Hartnett‘s character comforting Eva Green‘s against a forest-y backdrop.
The drama’s first season ended with Vanessa facing the possibility of a future as a normal human, and Ethan transforming into a bloodthirsty werewolf — so, really, there’s a lot of comforting needed all around.
Showtime has just sent out the first photo from the second season of its acclaimed Gothic horror series "Penny Dreadful" which is currently shooting in Dublin ahead of a second quarter 2015 premiere.
The premium cable network has also released some more details regarding what to expect in the next season which will see Vanessa (Eva Green) and Ethan (Josh Hartnett) form a deeper bond as they, Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), and Sembene (Danny Sapani) unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them.
Helen McCrory returns as Evelyn Poole (a.k.a. Madame Kali) who will have a much bigger presence next year as more of an antagonist. Simon Russell Beale will also be back as eccentric Egyptologist Ferdinand Lyle. »
- Garth Franklin
Production is well underway on one of my favorite horror shows today, Penny Dreadful. Today, Showtime has presented the first photo from the series' second season!
John Logan, series creator and executive producer, says, "This season Vanessa (Eva Green) and Ethan (Josh Hartnett) face new challenges, and old enemies, and turn to each other for solace. Their intimacy grows as they are forced to confront their demons together."
The post The First Photo from Penny Dreadful Season 2 is Here! appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods 22 Jump Street (comedy sequel; Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube; rated R) If I Stay (drama; Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos; rated PG-13) Into the Storm (natural-disaster thriller; Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies; rated PG-13) Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (stylized action sequel; Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Eva Green, Rosario Dawson; rated R) 20,000 Days on Earth (music documentary; Nick Cave, Kylie...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
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