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When Pauline Kael wrote “movies are so rarely great art, that if we can’t appreciate great trash, there is little reason for us to go,” she may as well have been describing some of the films on this list. Combining elements of high and lowbrow art with varying degrees of success, these ten titles make up for in verve, goofiness and style what they lack in depth.
Despite its tepid love story, this tale of a doomed civilization perched on the edge of a CGI volcano was the most unabashedly enjoyable sword-and-sandal movie of the year. Weightier than both Hercules adventures, Paul W.S. Anderson’s “Pompeii” took itself far less seriously than the Biblical epics “Noah” and “Exodus: Gods and Kings.” And while the 3D eruption of Mount Vesuvius was indeed stunning, it’s Kiefer Sutherland’s wonderfully hammy turn as a villainous Roman Senator that stole the show. »
- Matthew Chernov
You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen. But do you recall the most famous reindeer of all? If you said Rudolph ... you're wrong. People decided to do a little recasting of Santa's fast-flying Christmas reindeer with some real celebs. Using the original animals as inspiration - and a little help from Photoshop - we've come up with a new squad from Blitzen to Vixen. Read on to see the famous faces you should be checking the sky for this Christmas Eve. Don't forget to ask for autographs. And leave them carrots. »
- Kelli Bender, @kbendernyc
2014 brought back some of our absolute favorite movie duos while new fictional pairs made their big-screen debuts.
Classic couples like Gwen Stacy and Peter Parker and Miss Piggy and Kermit reminded us why we fell in love with them in the first place. New romances like Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters shared in The Fault in Our Stars proved that falling in love can be the most magical and heartbreaking experience in the world.
We've compiled a list of our absolute favorite movie couples of the year. Check out the list below and watch the video above to see our beloved characters in action!
The cutest muppet duo starred in this year’s sequel to 2011’s The Muppets and their witty back-and-forth banter about marriage made us laugh, like always. Taking place in Europe, Constantine, a nearly-exact twin to Kermit and criminal mastermind extraordinaire, swaps places »
Well it’s that time of year again – the one where websites across the globe churn out Top 10 list after top ten list. So why should we be any different?! Yet whilst we may be following the predictable end of year lists, I can guarantee that my list is anything but predictable, featuring films from across the globe: including the Us, Canada, Italy, Australia, New Zealand and even good old Blighty!
This year more than ever there has been film after film that knocked it out of the park for me – which is why my Top 10 list has Two sections: the Top 10 and then the pick of 35(!) more brilliant movies (I would have loved this list to be a Top 45, honestly). So what’s my criteria? Well it has to be a movie I’ve seen this year, one that was released this year, i.e. making its UK debut, »
- Phil Wheat
Sony Pictures pulled Seth Rogen and James Franco's movie about attempting to assassinate North Korea's dictator Kim Jong-Un after hackers who call themselves The Guardians of Peace leaked embarrassing executive emails, full-length movies and threatened Americans in theaters with 9/11-like attacks if they went to see the film. As many suspected, U.S. officials confirmed this week that North Korea was in fact behind the attack.
News: How the Sony Hack Could Affect Your Christmas
"Here, we're talking about an actual country deciding what content we're going to have. This affects not just movies, this affects every part of business that we have," Clooney told Deadline of Sony's decision. "That's the truth. What happens if a newsroom decides to go with a story, and a country or an individual or corporation decides they don't like it »
January 2, 2015
Director: James Marsh
Running time: 123 mins
The Woman in Black: Angel of Death
Director: Tom Harper
Running time: 98 mins
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Running time: 119 mins
Director: Paul Schrader
Running time: 92 mins
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Running time: 90 mins
January 9, 2015
Director: Olivier Megaton
Running time: Tbc
Director: Bennett Miller
Running time: 134 mins
Director: Rob Marshall
Running time: 125 mins
January 16, 2015
Director: Clint Eastwood
Running time: 132 mins
Director: James Kent
Starring: Alicia Vikander, »
High hopes were had but the award for biggest disappointment of 2014 goes to….Foxcatcher. I like the trio of actors it stars, it’s based on a true crime that I once read a book about (Blood Money : The Du Pont Heir and the Murder of an Olympic Athlete by Carlton Smith – not the basis for the new film’s script) and it won Best Director at Cannes for Bennett Miller (Capote and Moneyball), but I found Foxcatcher a meandering bore lacking any tension. What should have been a compelling tale of money and madness is instead one long, suffocating 135 minutes.
Foxcatcher is mostly told through the eyes of loner Mark Schulz (Channing Tatum), an Olympic wrestler who has lived in the shadow of his older brother Dave (Mark Ruffalo), an even more successful wrestler with a gorgeous wife (Sienna Miller) and kids. When we meet the Schulz boys »
- Tom Stockman
Channing Tatum, along with Oscars producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, have announced the return of Team Oscar, a short-video competition seeking young filmmakers, with the winners to appear onstage at the 2015 Oscars.
Unlike previous years, in which only college students were eligible, this year’s competition is open to any U.S. citizen between 18 and 30 years old. Filmmakers can submit a 60-second video to the Academy’s Facebook page addressing the topic “The best piece of advice I’ve ever received.”
Up to six winners, to be announced in early 2015, will be flown to Los Angeles and deliver Oscar statuettes to celebrity presenters. Deadline is 9 p.m. Pt on Jan. 12.
“I’m honored to be returning to launch the Team Oscar competition and encourage the next generation of filmmakers to join me onstage at this year’s Oscars,” said Tatum. “It’s inspiring to see how these young filmmakers rise to the challenge, »
- Kevin Noonan
The 20th century and its landmark events are major sources of inspiration for at least eight major awards contenders this year and artisans had their hands full re-creating a period of turbulence, war and immense social change.
“Selma” takes us back to a seminal moment of the civil rights movement in the U.S., when the brutality of a white Southern police force striking against peacefully marching blacks, led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., turned public opinion against segregation and led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act by Congress in 1964. Elements like vehicles, guns, billy clubs, furniture and costumes — all well documented in thousands of photos and newsreels — had to be gathered or created.
Artisans for Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” faced an even larger task because they had to reproduce period looks of three continents as athlete Louis Zamperini competes at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, joins the U. »
- Peter Caranicas
Young filmmakers who want to walk out onto the Oscar stage can get a jump on their careers by entering this year's "Team Oscar" challenge. Oscar telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have announced Channing Tatum will serve as a spokesman and one of the judges in their third annual contest in which aspiring filmmakers make short videos to compete for the opportunity to appear as presenters during the 87th Academy Awards. (Well ... presenters to the presenters, actually. These are the trophy handlers who give the statuettes to the celebrity announcing the winner.) »
- Anthony Breznican
It doesn’t matter if you’re not a big-time movie star or industry celebrity: you have a chance of getting on stage at the 87th Academy Awards. Channing Tatum has teamed up with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to send six lucky winners of the #TeamOscar video competition to the awards show.
Tatum made the announcement on December 17, 2014, via a video he put on his Facebook page. In the video, he encourages viewers to enter the contest so they can join him on February 22, 2015, at the Oscars ceremony, broadcast from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Viewers must create a 60-second video entry about “the best piece of advice I’ve ever received,” upload it to YouTube, and submit it for consideration.
- Bree Brouwer
If you're rich, they call you eccentric instead of crazy.
John du Pont was plenty rich enough to be called eccentric. An heir to the du Pont family fortune, he had wealth almost beyond imagination, a fortune so intimidating that those who knew him -- especially anyone dependant on his philanthropy -- didn't dare call him insane.
Foxcatcher, however, dares calls him insane; it pulls no punches in its depiction of his erratic behavior and sometimes terrifying mental instability. With a brilliant performance by Steve Carell as John (by far the best of Carell's career), the film paints him as a deeply troubled man whose wealth couldn't buy him self esteem or sanity.
Based on a true story, Foxcatcher focuses on John's interest in wrestling. (He led an eclectic life; he also was a philatelist and accomplished ornithologist.) As the film opens in 1987, John recruits Olympic wrestling gold medalist Mark Schultz »
- Don Clinchy
The comedy, about an assassination attempt on North Korea leader Kim Jong-un, has been pulled from release after hackers issued a terror threat against cinemas planning to show the film.
The massive security breach at Sony Pictures Entertainment (The Interview's backers) has seen personal emails and data combed over and made public, ripping back the curtain on one of Hollywood's biggest studios and exposing the inner workings of a multinational corporation.
Digital Spy presents a timeline of events below...
June 20: North Korea criticises Sony Pictures over their forthcoming film The Interview. The Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy centres on a TV host and his producer as they head to North Korea on a stealth mission to assassinate leader Kim Jong-un.
In a letter to the Un, the country describes it as "undisguised sponsoring of terrorism, »
Here's a further ramification of the fallout from the Sony hack: a new Steve Carell thriller, that was to be set in North Korea, has been abandoned.
This comes after Sony Pictures confirmed that it had cancelled the release of the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy The Interview, following a terror threat against those who intended to see it in cinemas. The roots of the threat, and the hack that Sony has been on the receiving end on, apparently point back to North Korea, whose authorities had objected strenuously to The Interview.
Now, giving a further victory to the hackers/cyberterrorists, the thus-far unnamed Steve Carell-headlined thriller is unlikely to go ahead. Production company New Regency had put the film together, which Gore Verbinski »
[Youtube "LoWK3WqxmwI"] Channing Tatum will be at the 2015 Oscars - and you could be there, too. Tatum and Oscar producers Craig Zaden and Neil Meron have announced the third annual "Team Oscar" competition, which invites "the next generation of filmmakers to create as short video and vie for the opportunity to appear onstage during the live Oscar broadcast," according to a press release. This is Tatum's second time as spokesperson and judge. "I'm honored to be returning to launch the Team Oscar competition and encourage the next generation of filmmakers to join me onstage at this year's Oscars," said Tatum in a statement. »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
Assembling a year-end top-10 list has always been a personal, even self-indulgent, ritual, a way of disguising a whimsical ranking of favorites as a carefully curated declaration of personal taste. At the risk of making things even more solipsistic than usual, let me begin by noting that the fraught relationship between artists and critics provided 2014 with one of its most compelling movie themes, with critics themselves — food critics, art critics, theater critics and, yes, film critics — figuring among the year’s most favored characters. And by favored, of course, I mean mocked, loathed and misunderstood at every turn.
In one of the most talked-about scenes in Alejandro G. Inarritu’s virtuoso backstage farce “Birdman,” a washed-up movie star named Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) comes face to face with a notoriously nasty New York Times theater critic, Tabitha Dickinson (Lindsay Duncan), who calmly informs him that she’s going to eviscerate his new Broadway play, »
- Justin Chang
From Parks and Recreation star Chris Pratt's incredible jump to Hollywood's A-list with the massive success of Guardians of the Galaxy, to Ariana Grande's transition from Nickelodeon child star to one of music's biggest divas, check out the stars who made major moves in 2014.
Channing Tatum, Oscar-worthy performer:
While Channing Tatum has continued to impress his critics with smart career choices following his Step Up beginnings, it wasn't until this year's Foxcatcher that critics began to take serious note of his acting abilities.
Photos: Most Amazing Celeb Body Transformations for Roles
Critics initially signaled out an unrecognizable Steve Carell's performance in the psychological sports drama -- about an Olympic wrestler (Tatum) and his disturbed multi-millionaire sponsor (Carell) -- but Channing's intense performance has steadily been generating plenty of Oscar buzz.
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are Not getting a divorce. The new Star cover story might claim they're getting divorced, but the magazine claimed in earlier cover stories this year that Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, Will Smith, Channing Tatum, Faith Hill and Nicole Kidman were All getting divorced. How'd those stories turn out? What's that? Every Single Story Turned Out To Be Wrong? What a shocker. »
- Daniel Gates
Before Paul Feig came around to reboot the Ghostbusters franchise for a new generation and launch a whole new franchise, there was a direct sequel to the original films that was in development for years. That project will never happen at this point, but some details have surfaced on what that sequel would have entailed.
Screenwriter Etan Cohen (Men In Black 3) completed a second Ghostbusters 3 draft. The film's producer, Ivan Reitman, who was attached to direct the film at the time, sent an email to Sony Pictures Chairman Amy Pascal that contained the second draft, and it reveals the title of the movie and his plan for the cast.
There's not much revealed about the plot, but it would have centered on Ray Stanz (Dan Aykroyd), Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis), and Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson) passing the franchise off to a younger generation of Ghostbusters. Sadly, a month after this email was sent, »
- Joey Paur
The Thursday premiere of The Interview at New York City's Landmark Theater was canceled after threats alluding to attacks of 9/11 were made by hackers responsible for the leaks of private Sony documents.
Rogen and Franco's new comedy is about two journalists who set out to assassinate the North Korean president, and since the recent promotion of the movie, Sony Pictures has faced tremendous pressure to pull the film from theaters.
Video: The Hollywood Hacking Scandal: Is No One Safe?
The hackers, who call themselves the Guardians of Peace, have threatened to attack several cinemas if the film is shown. "Remember the 11th of September 2001," the hacker group said in a message posted Tuesday. "We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that »
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