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2014 in Review: Frank's Alternative Oscars

6 hours ago | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

It seems like every year, I see more and more Oscar-hungry campaigns for films and performances than the year before. This past year especially saw an excellent crop of actors and filmmakers contribute above-stellar work to the art of moviemaking. However, in the rush to place the ads, view the screeners and attend the parties during this most high-profile time in the film world, a large amount of first-class work has been forgotten. As a result, I have put together an alternative Oscar list featuring films and performances, which struck me as some of the best of the year and more than worthy of some well-earned recognition.

Best Picture: The Two Faces of January (2014)

How could the writer of Drive and the author of The Talented Mr. Ripley Not conspire to create perhaps the most captivating thriller of the year? Featuring three complex characters and a multi-layered plot full of suspense and intrigue, »

- Frank Calvillo

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Sophie Turner talks playing Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse and “emulating” Famke Janssen

9 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It was announced last week that Sophie Turner had been cast as the younger Jean Grey in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse (alongside Tye Sheridan as young Cyclops and Alexandra Shipp as a young Storm) and now the Game of Thrones star has spoken out about her new role.

“I was getting out of the car to walk in to the audition,” she told Access Hollywood. “And then my agent started ringing and she was like ‘Have you heard the news?’ ‘No, what news?’ Then she was like ‘Check your Twitter’. So then I checked it and… I was just getting like, ‘Congratulations Jean Grey.’ Then I just started crying and I messed up the whole audition because I was just like, ‘I can’t speak!'”

See Also – James Marsden on Tye Sheridan playing young Cyclops in X-Men: Apocalypse

The role of Jean Grey was played by Famke Janssen in previous X-Men movies, »

- Luke Owen

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Flickering Myth Podcast Review – Ex Machina (2015)

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The Flickering Myth Podcast takes the Turing Test…

On this edition of the Flickering Myth Podcast, Luke Owen, Rohan Morbey and Scott Davis sit down to discuss Alex Garland’s Ex Machina and give their thoughts on his directorial debut. Read Luke Owen’s ★★★ review here.

Ex MacHina is an intense psychological thriller in which Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a 24 year old coder at the world’s largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a retreat belonging to the company’s reclusive CEO, Nathan (Oscar Isaac). But when Caleb arrives he finds that he will have to participate in a fascinating experiment with the world’s first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot woman, Ava (Alicia Vikander). Truths, emotions and motives are blurred as the relationship between Caleb, Ava and Nathan intensifies.

You can subscribe to the Flickering Myth Podcast via iTunes, »

- Luke Owen

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Sophie Turner on X-Men role: 'I'm trying to emulate Famke Janssen'

12 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Sophie Turner has said that she is hoping to "emulate" Famke Janssen in X-Men: Apocalypse.

The Game of Thrones star will play the young Jean Grey - a role originated by Janssen - in Bryan Singer's superhero sequel. She joins a cast of newcomers that also includes Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, Alexandra Shipp as Storm and Oscar Isaac as the eponymous villain.

Speaking to Access Hollywood, Turner revealed that she found out about winning the X-Men role while en route to an audition.

Turner said: "I was getting out of the car to walk in to the audition, and then my agent started ringing and she was like 'Have you heard the news?' 'No, what news?' Then she was like, 'Check your Twitter'.

"So then I checked it and... I was just getting like, 'Congratulations Jean Grey'. Then I just started crying and I messed up the »

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Tye Sheridan's X-Men: Apocalypse casting backed by James Marsden

25 January 2015 5:30 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

James Marsden has expressed support for Tye Sheridan's casting in X-Men: Apocalypse.

Director Bryan Singer announced last week that Sheridan will play a young version of Cyclops, alongside Sophie Turner as Jean Grey and Alexandra Shipp as Storm.

Marsden, who played Cyclops in the original X-Men movie, recently told Hitfix that Sheridan is "perfect" casting to play Cyclops.

"I think he's a wonderfully talented actor who blew me away in Mud," he said.

The actor went on to say: "I've never seen a kid that young be that present and that powerful. So I think he's a perfect fit, and I congratulate him."

Sheridan earned positive critical reviews for his performances in The Tree of Life and Joe, in addition to legal drama Mud.

X-Men: Apocalypse, which is out in 2016, will also feature franchise stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult and Jennifer Lawrence.

Oscar Isaac is joining the »

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‘Hobbit’ Storms China, Crosses $600M Overseas: International Box Office Update

25 January 2015 4:45 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Update 7:10 Pm Pt: The holdovers had it at this weekend’s international box office. The frame was up roughly 11% from last weekend across the Top 10 studio titles playing overseas, largely thanks to the China performance of The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies. That film now has an international cume of $616.9M and a worldwide total of about $866.5M. That’s a little less than $100M off the $960M with which The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug ended its run in 2014. However, an apples-to-apples comparison would be difficult to make at this juncture given currency fluctuations. Nevertheless, the China bow of Five Armies nearly bested the entire Middle Kingdom run The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in local currency terms. The earlier film traveled to a total 315.9 yuan while Five Armies grossed 307.9 yuan in its first three days. Smaug’s three-day was just 198M yuan in February on 2014. On just under 200 plays, »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Second Opinion – A Most Violent Year (2014)

25 January 2015 7:01 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A Most Violent Year, 2014.

Written and Directed by J.C. Chandor.

Starring Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Ashley Williams, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Elyes Gabel and Albert Brooks.

Synopsis:

In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city’s history.

Watching A Most Violent Year I couldn’t help but think of some of the truly great artists from 1970’s American cinema. Men such as Sidney Lumet, Martin Scorsese, William Friedkin, Al Pacino, Gordon Willis and Vilmos Zsigmond were instrumental in the films I grew up watching as ‘serious’ movies once I was aware of film making as an art form and not just as spectacle. The fact that I’m opening this review by mentioning these legendary artists tells you all you need to know about how I strong I feel about director J.C. Chandor’s third film. »

- Gary Collinson

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A Most Violent Year Review

25 January 2015 2:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: J.C. Chandor

Cast: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Albert Brooks, Alessandro Nivola, Elyes Gabel, Catalina Sandino, Peter Gerety, Jerry Adler, Annie Funke

Certificate: 15

Run Time: 125 minutes

Synopsis: During the cold winter of 1981, an honourable and ambitious immigrant is forced to fight and protect his business and family from the corruption and unscrupulousness sweeping New York City.

 

Margin Call’s J.C Chandor continues to prove how masterful he is at balancing understated boldness with restrained menace in his latest film A Most Violent Year. The film’s metaphoric contradictions will have you transfixed from the get go: attentively attuned to the thrilling, fast-paced action one second and then… Bam! You’re frustrated beyond belief because the pace of this gripping film is so sluggishly steady it’ll have you begging the screen ‘C’mon – give me something’! It’s The Godfather in warm yellow tones, but not. It’s about principled capitalism, »

- Sacha Hall

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‘Ex Machina’ Review

24 January 2015 2:11 PM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Domnhall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander | Written and Directed by Alex Garland

It’s rare these days to find a sci-fi that doesn’t bog you down in condescending exposition for the first half an hour, boring you senseless with background and character history to the point that you’re unlikely to care all that much when the story proper kicks in. Last year’s Lucy was a prime example of this: the movie kept explaining its ridiculous plot to you despite the fact that no-one’s ever gone into a Luc Besson movie expecting complex, intelligent storytelling. 2014′s other sci-fi starring Scarlett Johansson, Under The Skin, however, is a masterclass in understatement and trusting the audience to comprehend the story without it being spoon-fed to them.

I say all this because, thankfully, Ex Machina is much closer to the latter than the former in its storytelling. Though there is a lot more dialogue. »

- Mark Allen

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James Marsden on Tye Sheridan playing young Cyclops in X-Men: Apocalypse

24 January 2015 1:16 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A few days ago Bryan Singer announced who would play the younger versions of Jean Grey, Storm and Cyclops in X-Men: Apocalypse., with Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones), Alexandra Shipp (House of Anubis) and Tye Sheridan signing on to the 2016 film.

Now James Marsden has shared his thoughts on Tye Sheridan playing Cyclops – the role he portrayed in the original X-Men films as well as a brief cameo in X-Men: Days of Future Past – telling HitFix “I think he’s a wonderfully talented actor who blew me away in Mud, I’ve never seen a kid that young be that present and that powerful. So, I think he’s a perfect fit and I congratulate him.”

X-Men: Apocalypse is set for release May 19th, 2016 with James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast) and Evan Peters (Quicksilver) all returning from X-Men: Days of Future Past »

- Thomas Roach

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'X-Men: Apocalypse': James Marsden Praises New Cyclops

24 January 2015 12:53 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Earlier in the week, it was announced that Joe and Mud star Tye Sheridan had won the role of Young Cyclops in X-Men: Apocalypse. The news hasn't exactly swayed fans either way, as the actor is relatively unknown. But he does have one supporter in his corner, and it maybe the only voice that counts at the moment. James Marsden, who originated the role of Cyclops in 2000's X-Men, and played him in three more films, is quite happy with the choice 20th Century Fox has made.

"I think he's a wonderfully talented actor who blew me away in Mud. I've never seen a kid that young be that present and that powerful. So, I think he's a perfect fit and I congratulate him."

This isn't the first time that another actor has taken over the role. Tim Pocock also played a younger version of Scott Summers in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. »

- MovieWeb

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Watch Oscar Isaac's incredible Ex Machina dance scene

24 January 2015 4:40 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A new clip has been released of Oscar Isaac dancing with a female robot in Ex Machina.

The actor, who plays Nathan in the sci-fi film, performs the dance routine alongside a robot he has invented.

Ex Machina review: A sharp and exhilarating sci-fi horror

Written and directed by Alex Garland, Ex Machina stars Domhnall Gleeson as Caleb, a programmer who is invited to take part in a groundbreaking artificial intelligence experiment.

When Caleb arrives to begin work on Nathan's experiment, he is tasked with evaluating the consciousness of Ava (Alicia Vikander), an incredibly advanced AI.

Garland was inspired to write about consciousness and robotics by a debate he had with a friend, whose main interest was in neurology.

Ex Machina is out now in UK cinemas, and will be released in the Us on April 10.

Watch the trailer for Ex Machina below: »

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A Most Violent Year Review

24 January 2015 2:46 AM, PST | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Heating Oil isn’t exactly what you’d call a riveting subject. Truck pulls up, fills your tank and that’s it. But, Hollywood, ever looking to make movies about anything that might make a buck, has decided that a movie about heating oil is just what the accountants ordered. Set in New York city in 1981, an immigrant, Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) risks everything on a deal that will either be the making of him, or will be his downfall. Throw in gangsters and big dollops of corruption, all trying to crush Morales, and you have a story that is exciting, at least on paper. On the big screen translation however, it is like trudging through oil as Isaac delivers a performance that never really elevates above flat. His line delivery is monosyllabic and he just seems to go from scene to scene, with little or no conviction. On occasion »

- noreply@blogger.com (Vic Barry)

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'X-Men' Casts 'Game of Thrones' Star as a Young Jean Grey

23 January 2015 3:23 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Sansa Stark is joining the mutant world in the new X-Men sequel!

Director Bryan Singer tweeted the good news Thursday that Sophie Turner, Alexandra Shipp, and Tye Sheridan will become the newest crop of young mutants in X-Men: Apocalypse.

Meet our new and brilliant young mutants: @Alexshipppp as #Storm @SophieT as #JeanGrey and @TyeSheridan as #Cyclops. #XmenApocalypse

Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) January 23, 2015

Turner is best known for her role as Sansa Stark in the HBO hit series Game of Thrones. While she’ll still be able to keep that red hair we’ve grown so fond of, next year she'll transform into a young Jean Gray. Adult Grey is portrayed by Famke Janssen.

Watch: 12 Movie Sequels We Can't Wait to See in 2015

Shipp is filling Halle Berry's shoes as a young Storm. You might recognize Shipp from her recent portrayal of Aaliyah in the Lifetime biopic Aaliyah: Princess of R&B.

Sheridan will star »

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Sophie Turner Cast as Jean Grey in X-Men Apocalypse

23 January 2015 12:05 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

When fandoms collide! Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner will be joining the cast of X-Men: Apocalypse, director Bryan Singer confirmed on Twitter on Thursday. While Sansa Stark is definitely a strong character in her own right, we wouldn't mind watching Turner, 18, suit up and unleash some mind-control powers on her enemies. Also announced was the casting of Alexandra Shipp as Storm and Tye Sheridan as Cyclops. Shipp, 23, is best known for her titular role in Lifetime's Aaliyah biopic, and Sheridan, 18, is best known for his role as Steve in the Oscar-nominated 2011 film Tree of Life. Apocalypse, which begins filming in Montreal in April, »

- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl

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Batman v Superman photo! George Lucas on Star Wars! – Watch Fmtv’s Movie Newsgasm

23 January 2015 11:20 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ever heard of second-tier DC superhero Fatman? Because he might be starring in the new Zack Snyder film.

Oooh, it’s just Ben Affleck with a ‘six pack’ (or ‘beer gut’) as Batman in the latest photos from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Speaking of that epic team-up film, we also have the thoughts of its fight choreographer (he reckons it’s the best movie ever) And George Lucas, the Star Wars daddio, finally gives his thoughts on Jj Abrams’ The Force Awakens.

Fmtv will be back next Friday with our that week’s edition of the Movie Newsgasm. Exciting. Subscribe here to be notified first when they are live and to impress your friends.

Here’s some more information on the film’s discussed…

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice

…hits theaters on March 25th, 2016 with Zack Snyder directing a cast that includes returning Man of Steel stars »

- Oli Davis

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‘A Most Violent Year’ Is a Beautiful Deconstruction of the American Dream [Video Review]

23 January 2015 10:30 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

A Most Violent Year is a slow burn of a film, primarily centered around a simple land deal that entrepreneur Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) is trying to put together to sustain and grow his young oil business. Yet somehow, writer/director J.C. Chandor is able to up the stakes until they are almost unbearably tense. What […]

The post ‘A Most Violent Year’ Is a Beautiful Deconstruction of the American Dream [Video Review] appeared first on /Film. »

- David Chen

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Review: A Most Violent Year

23 January 2015 9:30 AM, PST | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

We may currently be in the midst of a pop-cultural infatuation with the antihero archetype, but A Most Violent Year presents us with a more elusive figure. Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis) is surrounded by those who want to bring him down to their level, where firearms and shady business practices abound. A wealthy owner of a heating oil company in 1981 New York, his trucks are carjacked, his workers attacked, and his business investigated by a power-hungry Da (David Oyelowo, Selma). Morales is determined to stay above it all, working hard to respond in a way that’s legal and yet still gets results.

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- Elizabeth Stoddard

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Jessica Chastain Would "Absolutely Love" To Be In A Star Wars Movie

23 January 2015 8:27 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Jessica Chastain has been on many a fan's wishlist for a variety of different roles for quite a long time, but, unless you count Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, she's yet to make the leap into a big tentpole/Cbm type property -- no matter how much she may want to. Chastain has previously expressed her desire to play a superhero after turning down a couple of comic book movie roles that she didn't think were up to much, but it turns out she's just as interested in Star Wars. Digital Spy asked her about it since her friend and A Most Violent Year co-star Oscar Isaac will be seen piloting an X-Wing in The Force Awakens, and she responded very positively to the idea. So Disney/Lucasfilm, I think I speak for everyone when I say: get this woman in a future Star Wars film. The relevant chat comes in »

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Jean Grey, Cyclops, and Storm Cast in X-men: Apocalypse

23 January 2015 7:56 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Director Bryan Singer made some big casting announcements on his Twitter last night for his upcoming film X-Men: ApocalypseSophie Turner (Game of Thrones) is set to play Jean Grey, Alexandra Shipp (House of Anubis) is taking on the role of Storm, and Tye Sheridan (Mud) will play Cyclops.

Meet our new and brilliant young mutants: @Alexshipppp as #Storm @SophieT as #JeanGrey and @TyeSheridan as #Cyclops. #XmenApocalypse

Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) January 23, 2015

We knew that would see younger versions of these characters in this film that is set to take place in the 1980s, and it seems like they've cast some solid young talent. They will join James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, and Nicholas Hoult in the film.

We still don't know all of the details about the movie, but we've heard that it will involve ancient mutants and explore a deeper relationship between Magneto and Mystique. Quicksilver »

- Joey Paur

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