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The 10 Most High-Maintenance Movie Characters of the Past Three Decades
5 hours ago
Emma Thompson is drawing raves for her turn in "Saving Mr. Banks" as the notoriously prickly author P.L. Travers, who gave Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) the devil of a time in handing over her prized creation, Mary Poppins. How demanding is she? At one point, she insists that he remove the color red from his film adaptation!
Thompson's Oscar competition this year will surely include Cate Blanchett as another extremely high-maintenance character in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine." Awards groups tends to love these kinds of bigger-than-life roles, so our list of some of the most ridiculously hard to please film characters of the past three decades includes several memorable, Oscar-winning roles.
- Sharon Knolle
'Jupiter Ascending' Trailer: Channing Tatum Is Not of This World (Video)
6 hours ago
Are you ready for the first look at the latest sci-fi project from Lana and Andy Wachowski? Yes, yes, you are!
Channing Tatum sports a serious goatee and awesome guyliner as a soldier from another planet in "Jupiter Ascending." As Caine, he heads to Earth to save a normal-seeming human named Jupiter, who's played by Mila Kunis. As you might expect from the title, Jupiter is actually a pretty big deal, which is why the Queen of the Universe -- the Queen, y'all! - wants her dead. (Also important: Caine is part albino human and part wolf. Wolf.)
This trailer gives us a taste of the amazing visuals and action we've come to expect from the creators of the "Matrix" trilogy. There's creepy medical stuff happening, wild alien creatures, and incredible interplanetary vistas.
- Jenni Miller
Jason Momoa Will Probably Be in the 'Man of Steel' Sequel
7 hours ago
Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are hoping to snag Jason Momoa for a role in Zack Snyder's Batman/Superman mash-up. Momoa is in talks to join the movie currently known as "Batman Vs. Superman," but so far we can only wager a few guesses as to which superhero (or super-villain) he'll play.
The man who brought Khal Drogo to rippling, muscular life would be an excellent choice to play Justice League member Martian Manhunter, a buff bad-ass from outer space that would fit into a possible larger Jla franchise. He could also take on the role of Doomsday, a beastly Kryptonian whose only purpose and desire is to kill, baby, kill.
Momoa is no stranger to the universe of fantasy and sci-fi. In 2011, he donned a loincloth to play Conan the Barbarian in an attempt to refresh that '80s franchise. He also appeared in the popular sci-fi series "Stargate: Atlantis" as Ronon Dex. »
- Jenni Miller
Eleanor Parker, 'Sound of Music' Actress, Dead at 91
21 hours ago
Jessica Herndon, AP Film Writer
Family friend Richard Gale said Parker died Monday morning due to complications from pneumonia. "She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her children at a medical facility near her home in Palm Springs," Gale added.
Parker was nominated for Oscars in 1950, 1951 and 1955, but then saw her career begin to wane in the early 1960s. Her last memorable role came in 1965's "The Sound of Music," in which she played the scheming baroness who loses Christopher Plummer to Julie Andrews.
"Eleanor Parker was and is one of the most beautiful ladies I have ever known," said Plummer in a statement. "Both as a person and as a beauty. I hardly believe the sad news »
- The Associated Press
AFI Reveals Top 10 Movies of 2013
22 hours ago
The American Film Institute has named its top 10 films of 2013, recognizing movies that have already received plenty of awards season love -- and foreshadowing a potential slate of Best Picture Oscar contenders.
The 10 movies cited by AFI were:
"12 Years a Slave"
The AFI awards celebrate films and television shows "which best advance the art of the moving image, enhance the rich cultural heritage of America's art form, inspire audiences and artists alike and/or make a mark on American society." A list of winning TV series can be found here.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that films like "Lee Daniels' The Butler," "Dallas Buyers Club," "August: Osage County," and "Blue Jasmine" are seemingly glaring omissions from AFI's list, and their exclusion in this race could indicate that they may not »
- Katie Roberts
And the 10 Most Overpaid Actors Are...
9 December 2013 10:30 AM, PST
According to Forbes, Adam Sandler isn't worth his hefty paycheck, as the comedian landed at the top of the magazine's 10 Most Overpaid Actors list.
Sandler, who demands north of $15 million for every movie in which he stars, doesn't always make good on that investment, Forbes says. He has two recent flops -- "Jack & Jill" and "That's My Boy" -- under his belt that showed he returned only $3.40 for every $1 he was paid.
Forbes explained its methodology thusly:
Hollywood pays its biggest stars millions of dollar per film. Some are worth the money. Based on their last three projects, these 10 stars are not. We used data gathered from our Celebrity 100 research and Box Office Mojo to calculate how much, on average, each star's last three films earned at the box office per dollar of pay. Think of it like a star return on investment number.
The rest of the top 10 Most Overpaid, »
- Katie Roberts
'Wolf of Wall Street' Has Far More Profanity Than 'Raging Bull,' Says Martin Scorsese
9 December 2013 10:15 AM, PST
During a Q&A at the Marrakech Film Festival last weekend, Scorsese discussed his body of work, and reminisced about one particular negative reaction to all the swearing in his classic 1980 boxing flick. "Raging Bull" was the subject of a New York Times piece titled "What Happened to Language?," Scorsese said, which quoted extensively from the film.
"[The article] was quite funny because the language in 'Raging Bull' is quite terrible. The language, the attitude, the cursing," the director told the crowd. " ... So we destroyed the language. The main pull quote was from the scene where [star Robert] De Niro threatens to kill his neighbor's dog."
But the Times may want to prepare to clutch its pearls again, because according to Scorsese, the worst is yet to come. »
- Katie Roberts
'Pompeii' Movie: 10 Things to Know About the 3D Historical Disaster Film
9 December 2013 9:15 AM, PST
You probably already know how this story ends. At least, if you were paying attention in history class. But as with any disaster movie, especially one based on historical events like "Pompeii," knowing how things end doesn't make watching how they get there any less exciting. Especially not with Paul W.S. Anderson directing (in 3D no less).
Set in 79 A.D., "Game of Thrones" star Kit Harington plays Milo, a slave-turned-gladiator who must fight to save both himself and Cassia, the woman he loves (Emily Browning), as Mount Vesuvius erupts and the city of Pompeii crumbles around them. And with a corrupt Roman Senator (Kiefer Sutherland) also vying for Cassia's affection, Milo has a lot more than just lava to contend with.
The story of Pompeii is one that Anderson's been wanting to tell for years, and one that would've been almost impossible without recent advances in computer animation -- »
- Rick Mele
Peter Berg Says a 'Rundown' Sequel Is in the Works, But Not a 'Friday Night Lights' Movie
9 December 2013 8:45 AM, PST
In an interview with Collider promoting his latest project, "Lone Survivor," Berg said that he doesn't tire of reporters asking him about a potential follow-up to "The Rundown," the 2003 action flick starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, adding that a sequel was currently in the works.
"[W]e just met with writers, so we're trying to do it," Berg told the site. " ... I really want to do it. I've talked to Dwayne. I have an actor in mind that I can't say that I want to work with Dwayne on it, and we want to do it."
While the director was excited at the prospect of revisiting that movie, one project he thinks is done for good is "Friday Night Lights." Berg said »
- Katie Roberts
Holiday Giveaway: Movies On Demand Wants to Keep You Warm & Cozy With a Prize Pack!
9 December 2013 8:30 AM, PST
The holidays are in the air, from the twinkling lights lining the streets to the smells of cinnamon and pumpkin in every grocery store. We know, it seems to come earlier and earlier every year. But don't be a Scrooge, just give in to that Mariah Carey Christmas song blasting everywhere you go -- you know you want to.
One of the best parts of the holidays is of course cuddling up and watching your favorite holiday movies. Whether you go for the romantic "Love Actually," the goofy "Elf," or the staple Christmas film "It's a Wonderful Life," one thing you'll certainly need is a TV to watch them on. You can cross a smart TV off your holiday wish list since Movies On Demand wants to give you a brand new one!
Movies On Demand is giving away a 55" smart TV along with a Warm & Cozy prize pack, including $20.00 of Cable Cash, »
- Moviefone Staff
This Christmas Movies Supercut Is Jam-Packed With Holiday Spirit (Video)
9 December 2013 8:00 AM, PST
If you aren't in the holiday spirit by now, then we have a little video that will, shy of pour you a glass of frothy eggnog or singing you a Christmas carol, put you directly into the yuletide mood. It's a "supercut" of famous Christmas movies and it's pretty much a blast.
While there are some odd decisions (why so many scenes from "Christmas With the Kranks?") and omissions (the rich "Christmas horror" subgenre is missing almost entirely and animated films are also pretty much absent), it's still a really fun little reel to watch, especially if you are finding yourself low in the Christmastime joy department.
The video was put together by the fine folks over at Screen Junkies, who are also responsible for the gut-busting "Honest Trailers" series, and so there is a fair amount of irreverence to go along with all the heart-tugging, mistletoe-crouching feel good vibes. »
- Drew Taylor
Los Angeles Film Critics Awards: 'Gravity' & 'Her' Split the Vote
9 December 2013 7:15 AM, PST
The Los Angeles Film Critics Association gave out its annual awards Sunday, and the group was surprisingly indecisive. There were ties in three categories, including Best Picture, which was awarded jointly to "Gravity" and "Her."
"Gravity" also scooped up three other awards from the L.A. critics, including Best Director for Alfonso Cuaron, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing. Meanwhile, "Her" also claimed the Best Production Design trophy; it was runner-up in the Best Director and Best Screenplay races for writer-director Spike Jonze.
For the second year in a row, the Best Actress race also ended in a tie. Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine") and Adele Exarchopoulos ("Blue is the Warmest Color") shared that statuette. The other tie was for Best Supporting Actor, which went to both Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club") and James Franco ("Spring Breakers").
Rounding out the acting categories were Best Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave »
- Katie Roberts
Violence in PG-13 Movies Frequently Followed by Sex & Drinking, Study Finds
9 December 2013 6:30 AM, PST
It's good to get all your vices in at once, apparently.
According to a study that researchers conducted at the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, there are a startling number of PG-13 rated movies where the characters engage in violent behavior, then smoke and drink right after.
The Wrap, which ran down the report, made note that, "more than half of the highest grossing PG-13 movies over the past 25 years featured characters acting violently while also drinking, engaging in sexual behavior or smoking. The post-aggressive pleasure seeking usually happened within a five-minute segment, researchers found."
Vocal critics of the MPAA, which awards movies their respective ratings, have always claimed that stylistic loopholes actually allow PG-13 ratings to be more harmful, allowing instances of graphic violence (sans blood) but condemning the mere mention of sexuality. This is an idea explored in Kirby Dick's documentary "This Film Is Not Yet Rated »
- Drew Taylor
'Terminator 5' Has a New Subtitle (Maybe)
9 December 2013 5:45 AM, PST
The "Terminator" movies, about time traveling killer robots, aren't exactly known for their super-cool subtitles.
After "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," the subtitles have become increasingly silly, perhaps best exemplified by the third film, "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines." (Did the machines really rise? Besides the flying ones, I mean.) Well, get ready, because the new "Terminator" movie, to be directed by "Thor: The Dark World's" Alan Taylor, is about to get a bit sillier.
According to a Production Weekly tweet, the movie has been given the title "Terminator: Genesis," which sounds like a low-grade Japanese anime and, we hope, won't stick around for the film's summer 2015 release. Of course, everything is up in the air at this point. The film has yet to lock down principle actors and very little is known about the plot, besides the fact that there's a role left open for Arnold Schwarzenegger, »
- Drew Taylor
Bryan Singer to Direct 'X-Men: Apocalypse'
9 December 2013 5:00 AM, PST
Last week Bryan Singer, who is helming next summer's confusing-sounding "X-Men: Days of Future Past," a superhero movie that unites the original cast of his first two "X"-films with the younger, sexier "X-Men: First Class" cast in a jumble of time travel/alternate dimension mumbo jumbo, let out a cryptic tweet that seemed to be indicating that he would also be directing the follow-up to "Days of Future Past." That tweet ("#Xmen #Apocalypse 2016!") has given way to concrete details, courtesy of Vulture.
It seems that, yes, "X-Men: Apocalypse," said to feature the villainous first mutant Apocalypse for his inaugural big screen appearance, will debut in the summer of 2016 and Singer will be back in the director's chair. This is his first back-to-back "X" endeavor since "X-Men" (2000) and "X2: X-Men United" (2003). If you'll recall, the director sat out of the abysmal "X-Men: The Last Stand" as well as series reboot "X-Men: First Class. »
- Drew Taylor
'Scarface': 25 Things You Didn't Know About Al Pacino's Classic Crime Drama
9 December 2013 4:30 AM, PST
"Scarface" co-star Steven Bauer recalled a decade ago that, during the 1983 premiere for the over-the-top epic of the rise and fall of a violent, foul-mouthed, cocaine kingpin, Martin Scorsese turned to him and said, "You guys are great -- but be prepared, because they're going to hate it in Hollywood" Bauer said he asked why, and that Scorsese replied, "Because it's about them."
Thirty years after the release of "Scarface" (on December 9, 1983), Brian De Palma's glitzy, coke-fueled tale of Cuban immigrant druglord Tony Montana now seems like a landmark of '80s cinema. It provided major early career breaks for a number of stars, from Michelle Pfeiffer to Bauer to F. Murray Abraham, as well as for screenwriter Oliver Stone. Along with fellow gangster Michael Corleone of the "Godfather" trilogy, Tony Montana is the role Al Pacino is most likely to be remembered for. And of course, the movie »
- Gary Susman
Box Office: Will 'Frozen' & 'Catching Fire' Awaken Hollywood to the Drawing Power of Women?
9 December 2013 3:45 AM, PST
It was a good weekend at the box office for movies about women. The top two movies, "Frozen" (a Disney animated feature about not one but two princesses) and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" (about a teenage girl gladiator) are in their second and third weeks of release, respectively, yet they sold nearly $60 million in tickets between them, for a total of nearly $400 million to date, just in North America.
There were also two female-centered art-house films, "The Book Thief" and "Philomena," both of them top 10 movies, earning about $5 million between them. Plus, Sandra Bullock's "Gravity" is still orbiting just outside the top 10, having earned $251.5 million domestically over two months. Add to that the current No. 8 film, "The Best Man Holiday" (which has proved a solid draw for women ticket-buyers because of its gender-balanced cast, its themes of family and romance, and its quartet of handsome male leads), and »
- Gary Susman