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Oscar 2014: 289 movies in the running for Best Picture and in other regular categories (image: Jennifer Lawrence in ‘American Hustle’) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced earlier today, December 16, 2013, that no less than 289 feature films are in the running for the 2014 Academy Awards. As the Academy’s press release explains, to qualify for the 2014 Academy Awards, "feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days." According to Academy rules, a feature film "must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format." There’s more: feature films that were first publicly shown or distributed "in any manner other than as a theatrical motion picture release" cannot be considered for Academy Awards in any category. »
- Steve Montgomery
Here’s what I can tell you about Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga: no box-set will ever recreate the excitement you had while seeing these movies for the first time among hundreds of your peers. Having seen every one of them at a midnight showing, I can attest that there is very little a Blu-ray can do to recreate the experience. Twilight Forever sure tries, however, adding in fan-friendly bonus features and packaging it all up in a photo album flipbook that holds each movie and bonus feature disc in a different cast vignette. If you’re into Twilight, there’s a good chance you already own all of these movies – but let’s be honest, you’re probably going to want this box-set anyway. Hit the jump to read my full review of Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray, the newest addition to your Twilight collection. I first »
- Samantha Murray
While everyone’s busy buzzing about Golden Globe nominations this morning, there’s been some interesting casting news and rumors sprouting up over the past 24 hours – so if you’re looking for something other than a debate about The Wolf of Wall Street. and 12 Years a Slave this morning, I’ve got you covered. Robert Pattinson still has legions of fans who would love for him to do Twilight sequels and remakes until he dies, but the actor continues to branch out beyond Stephenie Meyer’s supernatural romance series. He’s continuing that trend by joining the cast of the upcoming drama The Childhood of a Leader. Pattinson will costar alongside Juliette Binoche and Tim Roth in the upcoming drama from filmmaker Brady Corbet. The film focuses on...
- Mike Bracken
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 11, 2014
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
In the movie, Keri Russell (TV’s The Americans) plays Jane Hayes, one such devoted fan, who has saved all her money for a trip of a lifetime — to the eccentric resort Austenland, where fans can live out the Regency era of the books.
Armed with her bonnet, corset and needlepoint, Jane aims to avoid spinsterhood, but her difficulties come in figuring out where the fantasy ends and real life – and maybe love — begins.
Rated PG-13, Austenland also stars Jane Seymour (Love Wedding Marriage), Jennifer Coolidge (American Reunion), J.J. Feild (Captain America: The First Avenger) and Bret McKenzie (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey). The film was directed by first-time helmer Jerusha Hess on a screenplay »
• Pick your top 10 films of 2013
A sequel to execrable Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups, a documentary about the life of iconic Us author Jd Salinger and the big screen adaptation of Twilight author Stephenie Meyer's latest teen-orientated tome have been named among the worst movies of the year by Time magazine.
The magazine's annual list of the top 10 most awful films also features a joint venture by M Night Shyamalan and Will Smith, an action movie starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds and a thriller based on the much-hyped but ultimately poorly-reviewed debut original screenplay from acclaimed author Cormac McCarthy.
- Ben Child
Michael Gracey, a former animator turned commercials director, has closed a deal to direct Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Universal’s adaptation of the young-adult fantasy book by Laini Taylor. Photos: Gillian Flynn and Reese Witherspoon, Stephenie Meyer and 'The Host' Cast: Authors With Their Stars Joe Roth, the producer of Oz the Great and Powerful and Universal’s own Snow White and the Huntsman, is producing the project (which the studio picked up in December 2011) along with Palak Patel. Universal is clearly hoping to strike gold mining the young adult market. Smoke & Bone is the first of a
- Borys Kit
Given the packed schedule of movies in December/January, it.s not surprising that distributors unloaded a bunch of short-run films last weekend, including One Chance, Carrie, Magic Magic and Austenland.
Unsurprisingly, the dominant title was The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which dropped by 46% in its second weekend, raking in $6.75 million, bringing its total to a lucrative $22.7 million.
The only other title to gross more than $1 million was Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, which rustled up $1.1 million in its third frame (off 36%), propelling its total to a juicy $7.85 million.
One Chance tells the true story of Paul Potts, the shy, bullied shop assistant and amateur opera singer who won Britain's Got Talent. Directed by The Devil Wears Prada.s David Frankel, the movie musical bombed in the UK but the Australian opening was a bit more respectable at $706,000, released on a very wide 263 screens.
Carrie, Kimberly Peirce.s remake of the »
- Don Groves
(Spoiler Alert: This piece reveals key plot details from “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”)
More than once over the past several years, during the steady diet of teenage wizards and emo vampires that we have come to call moviegoing, I’ve felt compelled to ask: What is the purpose of adapting popular fantasy fiction for the screen? Is it (a) to faithfully reproduce the author’s sacred text in every last particular for the benefit of hardcore fanboys and fangirls? Or is it (b) to refashion the material as an entirely new experience, trimmed down and in some cases completely overhauled?
The answer, of course, is (c) to make a killing at the box office, an outcome generally arrived at by finding some happy middle ground between options (a) and (b), between undue reverence and wholesale reinvention. Peter Jackson struck just the right balance in his magnificent “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, »
- Justin Chang
Jennifer Lawrence is impressive as the warrior whose public support disturbs the powers that be
Say what you like about the Twilight movies, but the mould-breaking model of an epic teen-oriented fantasy franchise that doesn't pander predominantly to a Boy's Own audience has had major repercussions for mainstream cinema. That the Hunger Games saga, with its ass-kicking, independent heroine and unusually grim subject matter, could become an international screen sensation is due in no small part to the much-maligned legacy of Bella Swan; no wonder Stephenie Meyer's all-important endorsements were splashed so prominently across the covers of Suzanne Collins's source novels.
And so we return to the totalitarian future, where once rebellious districts are forced to offer up their children for annual sacrifice, part of a grotesque Running Man-style reality show designed to titillate the ruling classes while subjugating the masses. Here, Katniss Everdeen (the brilliantly »
- Mark Kermode
Hard to believe, but there was a time before "The Twilight Saga." Five long years ago, Stephenie Meyer's books were best-sellers, but most people didn't know about her sparkly romantic vampires. "Kellan Lutz" and "Jackson Rathbone" were not household names. And Kristen Stewart was still best known for playing Jodie Foster's asthmatic little girl in "Panic Room."
All that changed five years ago this week, on November 21, 2008, with the debut of "Twilight." The vampire romance made instant A-listers out of Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner. It went on to earn about $400 million worldwide and spawn four similarly huge sequels (total worldwide gross: $3.3 billion). It put independent studio Summit on the map (where it was eventually gobbled up by Lionsgate) and launched a vogue that continues to this day for fantasy movies that appeal to teenage girls (notably, the "Hunger Games" franchise).
With its large supporting cast of vampires, »
- Gary Susman
Vampire-novel aficionados know best-selling author Richelle Mead is the writer to follow for zippy, romantic, action-packed novels about teenage vampires. No, the vampires in her "Vampire Academy" series don't sparkle in sunlight, but they do deal with a fascinating monarchy, complicated caste system, and the ongoing threat posed from a bloodthirsty group of killer vampires. Plus, her characters still deal with all of the usual body image, relationship and self-esteem issues adolescents - mortal or immortal -- deal with in high school (albeit a special academy for the vampire elite and their half-human, half-vampire bodyguards).
Mead's popular boarding school vampire series hits the big screen next year, starring Lucy Fry, Zoey Deutch, and Russian heartthrob Danila Kozlovsky; to get you caught up to the speed before the first installment hits theaters next year, we spoke with Mead about the transition from page to screen -- and have the exclusive cover reveal to "Silver Shadows, »
- Sandie Angulo Chen
Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games book series has often been compared with Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight novels, primarily because both center on a young female protagonist and have become phenomenons for their shared young-adult demo. This is arguably an insult to the novel and the big-screen adaptations, since The Hunger Games is leagues above Twilight in artistic credibility. The sense of familiarity of The Hunger Games goes much further back, recalling everything from William Golding to Phillip K. Dick to even Stephen King. Here are 12 films that come highly recommended, and should be essential viewing for any fan of the Hunger Games franchise.
Written and directed by Kinji Fukasaku
The concept of The Hunger Games owes much to Koushun Takami’s cult novel Battle Royale, adapted for the cinema in 2000 by Kinji Fukasaku. The film is set in a dystopian alternate-universe, in Japan, with the nation utterly collapsed, »
- Ricky da Conceição
A literary talent show is about to be aired in Italy, but is television the right place to nurture literary talent?
Jonny Geller, agent and joint CEO, Curtis Brown
An X Factor for books is about to launch on Italian TV – it had to be Italian, didn't it? – and you can imagine the literati running for cover in horror. It's "reducing the craft to a reality freak show", "further degradation of the cultural value of the word" etc. And yes, the programme [Masterpiece, which broadcasts on Italian channel Rai 3 today, billed as "the first talent show for aspiring writers, competing to... publish their novel with Simon & Schuster"] will probably be vulgar, ill-conceived and wrong-footed. But we need it. We need to allow young people into the secret we have held too closely to our hearts for too long – that books can change your life, that what makes us human is books, that reading is not just for nerds. The National Literacy Trust recently surveyed 35,000 children from 188 schools and one in five is embarrassed to be »
- Jonathan Myerson, Jonny Geller
When Jk Rowling sold the film rights to her first four Harry Potter novels in 1999, few could have predicted the lasting impact this would have on both the literary and cinematic worlds. As Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone became a box office smash at the tail end of 2001, Rowling was still midway through writing her seven-novel saga.
This steady stream of films and books kept Potter in the spotlight - by the time Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 premiered in Trafalgar Square in 2011 the hype was deafening, public affection at an all-time high and Potter's status as a pop cultural phenomenon was cemented.
In Hollywood, the success of Potter (and the vacuum it left behind) led to a mad scramble to find 'the next big thing' for teens - audiences with disposable income who hoover up Young Adult literature (or Ya as it's commonly abbreviated) and »
It says something that two of the biggest sensations in young adult literature over the past 10 years have featured heroines who keep more than one guy on the line at a time. No longer do the genre’s bright young women sit around waiting for one Mr. Right to notice them. Both Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight and Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games sagas invert Jan and Dean’s Surf City ideal. Two boys for every girl! That ought to double the fun, but really it only multiplies the headaches. Jennifer Lawrence’s earthy enchantress, Katniss Everdeen, is just figuring that out in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second entry in the film franchise based on Collins’s bodaciously successful novels. Catching Fire, directed b »
Best-selling author E L James doesn’t give many interviews these days, but she agreed to sit down in Beverly Hills with EW last week, as part of our cover story on the film version of the first book in her trilogy, Fifty Shades of Grey, to discuss all that casting controversy, the intensity of her fans, the criticism of Christian Grey’s backstory, and her hopes for the film. She proved to be as direct and unfiltered as her books are, beginning with how she’s feeling about the new movie.
Entertainment Weekly: The film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey »
- Nicole Sperling
‘Ender’s Game’ movie to go the way of ‘John Carter,’ ‘The Golden Compass’? (Photo: Ben Kingsley and Asa Butterfield in ‘Ender’s Game’) Directed by Gavin Hood and starring Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford, Ender’s Game is going the way of Andrew Stanton’s John Carter and Chris Weitz’s The Golden Compass at the domestic box office. After opening with a disappointing $27.01 million last weekend (including Thursday evening shows), the $110 million-budgeted was down a whopping 62% this past weekend, November 8-10, 2013, collecting a paltry $10.25 million from 3,407 theaters (no reduction in number of venues) according to box office actuals found at Box Office Mojo. One can blame Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World, but the action fantasy starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Tom Hiddleston wasn’t the sole culprit. After all, Ender’s Game was already trailing both Last Vegas and Bad Grandpa last Thursday. After two weekends, »
- Zac Gille
Welcome to EW.com’s Ya novel bracket game. The field is down to 32 young adult books in our March-Madness style tournament that will determine which you think is the best of all time. Round two begins now.
Check out the full bracket and vote in round two below. Polls close on Sunday at 1 p.m. Et.
Little Women The Hobbit
Ask any young reader to name her literary role model, »
- EW staff
A sullen, angst-ridden and hormonal teen struggles to filter a hostile world through the voices in her head in "How I Live Now." Funny that Saoirse Ronan decided to take, basically, another crack at "The Host" in tackling the lead in this film of the Meg Rosoff novel.
"How I Live" is another dystopia about a world under siege and a teen-age girl trying to survive war and find a little love along the way. But this Kevin ("Last King of Scotland") Macdonald film scores over the earlier Stephenie Meyer mess by being more plausible in every measurable way, with Ronan a much more recognizably real teen.
Elizabeth, she is named, a vision in pale-faced scowls and torn fishnet stockings. A New Yorker, she's come to the UK from America to visit her step-cousins, the British children of her mother's sister. And she makes friends, right off the plane.
"Nobody calls me 'Elizabeth. »
The cast and crew of the Twilight films have revealed the horrifying animatronic puppet that was once considered for the role of vampire-human baby Renesmee.
Producers wanted the offspring of Kristen Stewart's Bella Swan and her undead lover Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) to appear preternaturally intelligent, in line with the description in Stephenie Meyer's bestselling source novels. But the doll, dubbed "Chuckesmee" after the creepy doll used for the Child's Play horror movies, was ultimately deemed just too weird to use. Footage has now emerged for the first time online with the release of the DVD box set Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga, which features a number of outtakes and deleted scenes.
"Chuckesmee was a giant misfire on all fronts," director Bill Condon told »
- Ben Child
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