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Perri’s Top 10 Films of 2014

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I stress about my Top 10 to no end, but when the time comes to sit down and write it, things do tend to fall into place.  Sure, it can be tough to decide which film should be higher up on the list than another and often there’s an 11th or 12th contender you wish could have made the cut, but then you hit this point where the selections and the ordering just feel right.  Clearly list-making is a very subjective thing, but what tends to guide me is figuring out which movies touched me most.  It could be a powerful thrill, a bit of nostalgia, some inspiration or perhaps a good scare, but no matter what the feeling is, every single entry on my Top 10 moved me far more than most. Check out my full Top 10 of 2014 list after the jump. 10. Cheap Thrills One of my favorite types of »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Vin Diesel Continues to Tease Role in Marvel’s Inhumans

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I'll give this to Vin Diesel: he's a shameless self-promoter.  He loves hyping up his fanbase, and he's made no secret of how he wants to be involved with Marvel beyond voicing Groot.  Diesel's latest play is posting "Are You Inhuman" on his Facebook page along with an image of him wearing a shirt with the Inhumans logo on it (the shirt is sleeveless because you have to take the Inhumans to the gun show). As Evan explained in his article about the Inhumans comics, the series is like Game of Thrones with superpowers.  The characters live in a hidden kingdom, and are ruled by Black Bolt, who must remain silent because his powerful voice will kill anyone who hears it.  Marvel announced Inhumans as part of Phase Three, and even though the movie is a little under four years away, Diesel does not procrastinate.  Hit the jump for more. »

- Matt Goldberg

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New Everly Trailer Has Salma Hayek Killing Just about Everyone

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A new Everly trailer has landed online for your viewing pleasure assuming you take pleasure from watching Salma Hayek kill lots of people.  Joe Lynch's upcoming action film takes place entirely in one apartment, and stars Hayek as "a down-on-her-luck woman who is forced to fend off waves of assassins sent by her ex, a dangerous mob boss, while trying to save her estranged mother and daughter."  So you're basically watching Hayek in horde-mode, and I see nothing wrong with that as long as it doesn't become tedious. Hit the jump to watch the Everly trailer.  The film also stars Togo Igawa, Masashi Fujimoto, and Hiroyuki Watanabe, and will be released in the U.S. by Radius-twc, although there's currently no release date. Via The Playlist. Here's the official synopsis for Everly: Everly co-stars Togo Igawa (Last Samurai; Memoirs Of A Geisha), Masashi Fujimoto (Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance) and Hiroyuki Watanabe. »

- Matt Goldberg

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The Wolf Of Wall Street the Most Pirated Film of 2014; Film Illegally Downloaded over 30 Million Times

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Pirating movies is wrong.  You can justify it any way you want—movies are too expensive; distribution models are outdated; they didn’t release it in your area—whatever your reason, you’re stealing revenue from people who worked hard on a film, and you’re also devaluing their work because you wanted something and didn’t want to pay for it.  This year’s most-pirated film may have even created a new excuse: it was in the spirit of the plot. According to Yahoo!, Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street was the most-pirated film of 2014.  The movie was downloaded illegally “30.035 million times between Jan. 1 and Dec. 23, 2014.”  While I’m sure we can all appreciate the irony of people stealing a movie that’s about an unrepentant crook, that’s over 30 million crummy people.  Interestingly, as Yahoo! points out, two of 2014’s biggest films—Guardians of the Galaxy »

- Matt Goldberg

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The Interview Pulls in $18 Million on Opening Weekend; $15 Million Comes from Online Sales

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On a weekend where both Unbroken and Into the Woods grossed over $30 million, and still lost to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (which made $41 million this weekend), I don’t know how The Interview would have fared as a standard theatrical release.  Boxoffice.com [via Yahoo!] estimates that the $44 million film would have grossed $20 million.  But cyberterrorist threats against movie theaters ultimately led the picture to indie cinemas and VOD, and The Interview ended up scoring $18 million with $15 million of that coming from VOD sales.  VOD numbers aren’t usually released, but it would look suspicious if that part the gross was kept secret since this film has such a high profile.  And really, there would be no reason to keep it secret since The Interview was virtually guaranteed to be the highest grossing VOD release from the studio thanks to all of the controversy.  Additionally, Yahoo! reports that »

- Matt Goldberg

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Rumor: Star Wars Spin-Off to Focus on Young Han Solo; Aaron Paul Interested in Being Involved

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How can we leave 2014 without some more dubious Star Wars rumors?  Last month, we reported that Gareth EdwardsStar Wars spin-off would be a heist film in the vein of The Dirty Dozen, and featuring bounty hunters stealing the plans for the Death Star.  That sounded like a great premise, and I would love to see that Star Wars film assuming it was done well. I don’t want to see a Star Wars film about a young Han Solo, so I’m hoping this new rumor is false.  Hit the jump for more.  The untitled Star Wars spin-off is slated to open on December 16, 2016. According to MakingStarWars.com, the codename for the spinoff is “Luminac Industrial Goods”, which isn’t a big deal.  The other part of their four-part rumor shouldn’t even qualify as “rumor” because it’s obvious: “The filming will eventually overlap with some of Star Wars: Episode VIII. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Krysten Ritter and Jason Schwartzman Talk Big Eyes, The Casting Process, Working with Tim Burton, Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones and More

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Big Eyes is very much about Walter and Margaret Keane (Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams) and what happens when he decides to claim her artwork as his own, but as is the case with many Tim Burton films, there are a number of supporting cast members who make quite the impression, like Krysten Ritter and Jason Schwartzman.  Ritter steps in as DeeAnn, Margaret’s good friend who watches her suspect relationship with Walter progress and isn’t happy about it while Schwartzman takes on the role of Ruben, a gallery owner who won’t give Walter’s work the time of day and then is rather resentful when the saucer-eyed waifs become a big hit. Prior to Big Eyes’ December 25th limited release, I got the opportunity to sit down with Ritter and Schwartzman to talk about their favorite Tim Burton characters and lines of dialogue, what it was like »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Michael K. Williams Talks The Gambler, His Unique Relationship with Mark Wahlberg’s Character, The Purge 3 and More

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The Gambler is all about Jim Bennett’s (Mark Wahlberg) gambling addiction and his self-destructive habits, but one of the most engaging elements of the film is his relationship with Michael K. Williams’ character, Neville, a local loan shark who gives him a hefty sum to hit the tables.  He isn’t happy when Jim recklessly loses it all and then some, but, at the same time, there’s still something to suggest Neville genuinely wants to see Jim pull himself together. With The Gambler making its way into theaters on December 25th, I got the opportunity to sit down with Williams to talk about that unique relationship, what it was like working with Wahlberg, whether or not he does much gambling himself and the status of The Purge 3.  Hit the jump to check it all out. Michael K. Williams: Is he any good at gambling himself? On the »

- Perri Nemiroff

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