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Super Bowl Movie Trailers: 10 Films That Need Awesome TV Spots
Super Bowl Sunday is a lot like Christmas morning for movie geeks. In between breathless updates on Deflategate, we are able to "unwrap" new footage from a full slate of pending, effects-driven blockbusters. well, the ones that were able to spend millions on a 30-second TV spot showcasing their wares. Not every 2015 blockbuster needs a Super Bowl spot. Hollywood knows that you.re already sold on The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Jurassic World (and the latter already confirmed its presence on the Super Bowl airwaves). Why waste money preaching to the choir? Instead, these are the 10 movies on Hollywood.s release schedule that could use a Super Bowl boost. Maybe they aren.t on your radar yet? Maybe a studio showed some footage, and it didn.t go over as well as planned? Super Bowl Sunday could be Salvation Sunday if these films play their cards right and blow »
Aacta awards 2015 – as it happened
But plenty more to celebrate and debate in the coming days. We’ll be back on Friday with the best quotes and pictures. Not to mention our weekly Australian film column that sees Luke Buckmaster re-watch Australian cinema, week in week out, for your reading pleasure.
And, breathe, we’re almost there. Cate and Deborah are back on stage to lead into the final and biggest award of the night: the award for best Australian film of 2014.
- Nancy Groves and Alexandra Spring in Sydney
Babadook, Water Diviner share Aacta best film
Double win marks the first time two films have shared Australia’s top film prize.Scroll down for full list of winners
Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner and Jennifer Kent thriller The Babadook have both won the Aacta (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) Award for best film, marking the first time that two titles have shared the country’s top film prize.
The event in Sydney, hosted this year by actresses Cate Blanchett and Deborah Mailman, is only the 4th annual Aacta Awards but they were the result of an overhaul of the AFI (Australian Film Institute) Awards, which were established in 1969.
The two winning films could not be more different from each other. Kent’s meticulously crafted low-budget claustrophobic thriller, The Babadook, is about a single mother who battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house.
- Sandy.George@me.com (Sandy George)
Content boards Alex Winter's Deep Web for Efm
Efm: Content Film has added another title to its Berlin sales slate and will kick off talks with international buyers next week on Alex Winter’s documentary.
The company will show a promo from Deep Web, which chronicles the October 2013 arrest of Ross William Ulbricht, the 30-year-old entrepreneur alleged to be ‘Dread Pirate Roberts’ - the founder of online black market The Silk Road.
The documentary features exclusive interviews with the Ulbricht family including the protagonist’s parents Lyn and Kirk Ulbricht, who have become public advocates for digital rights and due process.
“The Silk Road was anarchy online, a free market for everything, regardless of the rule of law,” said Content’s film president Jamie Carmichael.
“This film pulls back the curtain on the revolutionary movement taking place with the hidden corners of the Internet.”
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Media Luna Bows ‘3 Beauties,’ about Venezuela’s Fixation (Exclusive)
Madrid – Colombia boasts 120 beauty contests, Venezuela 600, near two a day, including Miss Tanguita, for under-10s. Days after Colombia’s Paulina Vega, a 22-year-old student, polemically beat out Miss Jamaica, Kaci Fennell – black, short-haired, intelligent – to become Miss Universe at Sunday’s Miami pageant, German sales company Media Luna is launching onto the international market “3 Beauties.” A satire from Carlos Caridad-Montero, which explores the Venezuelan dream: Beauty, especially of the female kind.
The scribe-helmer’s first feature, “3 Beauties” turns on a single mother, Perla, hell-bent on turning one of her two daughters into a beauty queen. Meanwhile, she ignores her only son. Her obsession leaves all manner of hostages to fortune when her children grow up.
Slaking her own frustrations, and teaching her daughters to vomit after meals, Perla lays it down pretty hard: “A plastic flower never withers,” Perla says, when one confronts a breast and butt job. “A »
- John Hopewell
Why Au Revoir les Enfants is the one film you should watch this week - video review
Peter Bradshaw recommends Louis Malle's 1987 autobiographical film, which takes place in a boys' boarding school towards the end of the second world war, explores French guilt surrounding antisemitism and the events that took place during the Holocaust. Au Revoir les Enfants returns to the cinema on 30 January with a re-release by the BFI in conjunction with Holocaust Memorial Day Continue reading »
- Peter Bradshaw and Paul Frankl
Film Review: ‘Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast’
Despite its title, “Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast” cares little for the iconic fairy who was introduced in J.M. Barrie’s classic “Peter Pan,” and who has since spawned her own Disney movie-and-merchandising franchise, of which this is the sixth full-length feature. Relegating Tinker Bell to peripheral supporting status, Steve Loter’s animated saga instead focuses its attention on one of her many fairy friends, Fawn (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin), a plucky sprite who learns, through her adventure with a mystical creature known as the Neverbeast, that it’s equally important to follow your heart as well as your head. A colorful and cheery fantasy that duplicates its series predecessors’ cutesy humor and feel-good message making, it’s apt to garner moderate interest from very young fans both during its limited-engagement theatrical run and subsequent homevideo release, though anyone over the age of 7 will likely find it too immature by half. »
- Nick Schager
Sundance Film Review: ‘Songs My Brothers Taught Me’
Shot and largely cast on location, Chloe Zhao’s debut feature, “Songs My Brothers Taught Me,” is a very low-key portrait of life on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. This sparely plotted slice-of-life may in fact be a little too low-key for some viewers, yet its poetic minimalism is atmospheric, with eventual emotional payoff in some incisively written scenes and a surprisingly effusive wrap-up. Despite marginal commercial prospects, it should accumulate its share of fest travel before scoring niche cable and on-demand sales of the Sundance Channel/Selects ilk.
Though several years in development (through Sundance Labs, natch), the drama arrives close on the heels of Anna Eborn’s “Pine Ridge,” an intriguing documentary that proved frustratingly fragmentary in its glimpse at contemporary Lakota Nation residents. Zhao’s drama is not dissimilar in its resistance to explaining character circumstances upfront, or in its attractively austere aesthetic tied to the stark plains landscapes. »
- Dennis Harvey
‘Dragon Ball’ To Be Japan’s Debut 3D IMAX Movie
Tokyo – The latest feature installment in the long-running “Dragon Ball” action anime series will be the first Japanese film to theatrically bow in the 3D IMAX format.
Titled “Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F” (literal translation: “Dragon Ball Z: The R in Resurrection”), the picture will open on 18 3D IMAX screens on April 18, with Toei and 20th Century Fox co-distributing.
The ‘F’ in the original title stands for ‘’Frieza,” an intergalactic tyrant who battles the doughty hero, Songoku, and his fellow defenders of the Earth from various alien threats.
The previous series entry, the 2013 “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods,” also opened in IMAX theaters, but not in 3D. It earned $25.3 million at the Japanese box office.
- Mark Schilling
A person dies on the set of Martin Scorsese's new film Silence
The tragic incident also injured two others, after a ceiling collapsed on them in Taiwan.
The group were at the set as third-party contractors to reinforce a structure, following concerns from production who deemed the building unsafe for use, reports The Wrap.
"An existing structure on the Cmpc backlot had been deemed unsafe by the production, and accordingly a third-party contractor was hired to reinforce and make it safe prior to any production-related work commencing in this building.
"Sadly, during this process, the ceiling collapsed, resulting in the death of one of the contractor's employees and injuries to two others. Everyone is in shock and sorrow and »
‘Asleep’ and ‘Ode To My Father’ To Bookend Osaka Festival
Japanese film “Asleep” will have its world premiere as the opening film of the Osaka Asian Film Festival. South Korean hit “Ode To My Father” has been set as the festival’s closing title.
“Asleep” is based on a novel by cult writer Yoshimoto Banana and is directed by Wakagi Shingo. It stars Ando Sakura, Tanimura Mitsuki and Iura Arata. It will have its commercial theatrical release in May.
“Ode,” a patriotic melodrama, has been watched by over 12 million people in Korea. Directed by Yun Je-gyun, it stars Hwang Jung-Min.
The festival this year runs March 6 – 15. The full line-up will be announced in early February.
- Patrick Frater
Construction Worker Killed on Set of Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’
The accident happened around 10 am Thursday (local time) when temporary wooden scaffolding collapsed at the Chinese Culture and Movie Center, according to the Taipei City Construction Management Office.
The construction worked was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital. The extent of the injuries to the other two men is currently unknown.
The film is in advanced pre-production with shooting set to begin in the next couple of days, according to local sources.
“Today there was an unfortunate accident at Cmpc Studios in Taiwan, where the Martin Scorsese film, Silence, is in pre-production. An existing structure on the Cmpc backlot had been deemed unsafe by the production, and accordingly a 3rd-party contractor was hired to reinforce and make it safe prior to any production-related work commencing in this building. »
- Patrick Frater
Fortitude to sell This Man, This Woma
Fortitude International will finance the film as the year-old company moves into its second phase of aggressively backing original productions.
Frederic Raphael has written the screenplay to the story about a love triangle involving a man and woman who meet on a plane and a female talk show host who changes the course of their relationship.
Lobell produces his passion project while De Barros and Barnum serve as executive producers. Coixet is pictured.
CAA represents Us rights.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Review: 'The Americans' Season 3 Episode 1 'Est Men' Switches Targets
Briefing: Not much has changed, family-wise, since the climactic end of Season 2 — what with Paige still devoted to Pastor Todd's church and Elizabeth still trying to quietly "develop" her for the Kgb — but business has shifted dramatically for agents Philip and Elizabeth Jennings. "Est Men" opens with a telling meet between Elizabeth and a new mark in the CIA. Disgusted with her organization's refusal to recognize her accomplishments, the asset hands Elizabeth an important list, which she then loses after the government employee changes her mind and calls in reinforcements from the FBI. Poor Agent Gaad didn't see that right jab coming. Philip, meanwhile, is palling around with FBI Agent Beeman, accompanying the separated adulterer to a motivational talk led by the Harvard student from "Good Will Hunting" (Scott William Winters). Later, the couple goes to meet their new, old handler, Gabriel (aka Frank F'n Langella), who politely »
- Ben Travers
The Weird Reason Stephen Hawking Wanted To Hang Out With Kevin Costner
Did Stephen Hawking have a little crush on Whitney Houston? It certainly sounds that way, according to none other than Kevin Costner. The Dances With Wolves director has admitted that when he met the iconic theoretical physicist, the only questions he had for him were about his co-star in The Bodyguard. Kevin Costner made the revelation during a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Eddie Redmayne, who is one of the favorites to land the Academy Award for Best Actor next month because of his portrayal of Dr. Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything, was also a guest on the talk show, which instigated Costner.s bizarre tale. According to the actor, Hawking was the one who asked to meet Costner, and, inn fact, around a decade ago, he was so insistent that he even travlled to the actor.s house. Costner admitted that it was one of the »
Cool Stuff: Tyler Stout’s ‘Alien’ Poster For Mondo
Tyler Stout is one of the most popular poster artists out there today but, in 2014, he was relatively quiet. Kind of like space. Which leads us to his first poster of 2015, Ridley Scott‘s Alien. The poster was revealed Wednesday night at a special screening of Alien at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin Texas […]
- Germain Lussier
Super Bowl Xlix Movie Trailers: Watch Them Here And See What's Coming
For years, the broadcast of the Super Bowl has found big ad buyers in the major movie studios. The hugely popular event is seen by the companies as a perfect time to preview the big blockbusters that are coming up during the summer season, and 2015 is no different. We.ve already seen a few big game spots pop up online this week, but there.s really so much more to come. In order to keep you from losing your minds, jumping all around the internet looking for the various Super Bowl trailers, we have put together a nice, organized piece where you can watch all of the footage as it comes in, and then later all in one place. Read on to see what we have so far! Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Movie Release Date: February 20, 2015 When To Expect The Super Bowl Spot: Why wait? You can watch it above! »
Focus World Buys Sundance Suspense Yarn 'Cop Car'
Focus Features boutique arm Focus World has acquired Us and UK rights to director Jon Watts' Sundance premiere "Cop Car," starring Kevin Bacon, James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford, Shea Whigham and Camryn Manheim. Produced by Cody Ryder, Alicia Van Couvering, Sam Bisbee, Andrew Kortschak and Jon Watts, this cat-and-mouse turns on a "a harrowing crash course full of mayhem as a pair of 10-year-old boys attempt to navigate the back roads behind the wheel of a seemingly abandoned police car that they have no clue how to operate," per the official synopsis. Things go from bad to worse when a small-town sheriff sets his sights on getting the car back—at any cost. Reviews have been solid. The Guardian praises Kevin Bacon's performance especially: "Bacon, sporting a creepy moustache, is great, and both boys give strong, naturalistic performances." Focus World is planning a simultaneous theatrical and VOD release of »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Sundance Film Review: Sam Rockwell in ‘Don Verdean’
The “Napoleon Dynamite” magic fails to re-materialize in Jared and Jerusha Hess’ latest comedy. “Don Verdean” has a promising premise: The titular protagonist is a self-appointed “biblical archaeologist” roaming the globe for famous relics that have mysteriously evaded far more qualified experts for centuries. But the expected satire of religious gullibility and charlatanism proves toothless; worse, a cast of very funny people is given very little funny to do. This Lionsgate title (its release Tba) looks to make its primary, modest impact in ancillary formats.
Things look encouraging enough at the outset, as we are privy to a highlight reel of low-end video clips from “Verdeen Acheological Discovery Prods.,” in which Sam Rockwell’s intrepid explorer for Jesus is seen allegedly wowing international audiences of the faithful with his amazing — or perhaps just credulity-stretching — finds in the Holy Land dirt. It seems whenever he thinks of a key memento from a biblical story, »
- Dennis Harvey
Sundance: Blythe Danner on ‘I’ll See You in My Dreams,’ Oscar Buzz and Smoking Pot
Even though Blythe Danner has appeared on countless TV shows (“Will & Grace”), films (“Meet the Fockers”) and Broadway plays (“Follies”), it took her 50 years as an actress to headline a movie. On Tuesday night, the Sundance Film Festival premiered “I’ll See You in My Dreams,” a comedic drama in which Danner stars as a woman who contemplates her own mortality following a tragic loss. But that description doesn’t do this crowd-pleasing indie justice. When the film debuted at the Eccles Theatre in Park City, Danner received a standing ovation. On a following morning screening, the audience showered Danner with more rounds of applause.
“I’m so overwhelmed,” Danner says later backstage. “I’m a little verklempt talking about it. I’m 71, about to turn 72. I’ve never had a film role like this.” It’s also the first time the Emmy-winning actress has received Oscar buzz, even if »
- Ramin Setoodeh
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