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Force Majeure, Leviathan, Ida Among 9 Foreign Language Films To Advance in Oscar Race

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Nine features will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 87th Academy Awards. Eighty-three films had originally been considered in the category.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

Argentina, “Wild Tales,” Damián Szifrón, director;

Estonia, “Tangerines,” Zaza Urushadze, director;

Georgia, “Corn Island,” George Ovashvili, director;

Mauritania, “Timbuktu,” Abderrahmane Sissako, director;

Netherlands, “Accused,” Paula van der Oest, director;

Poland, “Ida,” Paweł Pawlikowski, director;

Russia, “Leviathan,” Andrey Zvyagintsev, director;

Sweden, “Force Majeure,” Ruben Östlund, director;

Venezuela, “The Liberator,” Alberto Arvelo, director.

Foreign Language Film nominations for 2014 are being determined in two phases.

The Phase I committee, consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based Academy members, screened the original submissions in the category between mid-October and December 15.  The group’s top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist.

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- Michelle McCue

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Krampus Wishes Everyone Happy Holidays With 3 Creepy Greeting Cards

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Legendary Pictures are welcoming in the holidays with 3 Krampus greeting cards.

Based on the ancient legend of a pagan demon who punishes the wicked, Legendary PicturesKrampus, a twisted horror comedy set during the holidays, is written and directed by Michael Dougherty (Trick ‘r Treat).

Co-written by Todd Casey and Zach Shields and produced by Legendary’s Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Alex Garcia, this darkly festive tale of a yuletide ghoul will be released by Universal Pictures on December 4, 2015.

#KrampusMovie is coming to town 2015. pic.twitter.com/3sw3MqFcIA

— Legendary (@Legendary) December 19, 2014

#KrampusMovie is coming to town 2015. pic.twitter.com/EZ9mcHiDgj

— Legendary (@Legendary) December 19, 2014

#KrampusMovie is coming to town 2015. pic.twitter.com/1XxzaLQr1k

— Legendary (@Legendary) December 19, 2014

Watch Christoph Waltz explain Krampus to Jimmy Fallon.

St. Louis has their own chapter to celebrate the legend – the Krampus Research Association of St. Louis. Check it out on Facebook: 

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- Michelle McCue

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Get Hard Gets A New Trailer Starring Kevin Hart & Will Ferrell

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Kevin Hart schools Will Ferrell on how to survive prison in this brand new trailer for Get Hard.

When millionaire hedge fund manager James (Will Ferrell) is nailed for fraud and bound for a stretch in San Quentin, the judge gives him 30 days to get his affairs in order. Desperate, he turns to Darnell (Kevin Hart) to prep him for a life behind bars. But despite James’ one-percenter assumptions, Darnell is a hard-working small business owner who has never received a parking ticket, let alone been to prison.

Together, the two men do whatever it takes for James to “get hard” and, in the process, discover how wrong they were about a lot of things – including each other. Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart join forces in the feature comedy Get Hard, also starring Tip “T.I.” Harris, Alison Brie, and Craig T. Nelson.

The film is directed by Etan Cohen, making »

- Michelle McCue

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Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb – The Review

18 December 2014 11:13 PM, PST

In opposition to TV’s “Schoolhouse Rock” classic tune, for movies three is not always the magic number. It’s true for most film franchises especially comedies (with National Lampoon’S Christmas Vacation being the exceptional exception). Many moviegoers still get queasy thinking about last year’s The Hangover Part III. Well, how about a more family friendly comedy series? In 2006 Ben Stiller decided to expand his fan base by starring in the surprise box-office smash, Night At The Museum, an all ages PG slapstick farce. Naturally he followed it up three years later with Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, which did enough business to warrant another entry….five years later?! Really, it took that long for all the stars to align? Now these flicks are special effects heavy and during  the post production two of its stars, well, made sure they weren’t available for a fourth installment. »

- Jim Batts

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Check Out the New Poster and Trailer for Alien Outpost

18 December 2014 7:06 PM, PST

Wow, this movie looks amazing! It’s “Mankind’s Last Stand”! The new action-packed sci-fi flick Alien Outpost is directed by Game of Thrones‘ visual effects supervisor Jabbar Raisani, adventure and opens in select theaters on January 30th, 2015! I hope it comes to St. Louis!

Two documentary cameramen embedded in an army unit in the most hostile place on earth, an outpost surrounded by the last remaining alien fighters (Heavies) of an invading attack force. The world may have forgotten about the Outposts, but the Heavies are planning the second invasion of Earth and the soldiers are the only ones who can stop it. Alien Outpost stars Adrian Paul, Rick Ravanello, Reiley McClendon, Douglas Tait, Joe Reegan & Matthew Holmes This trailer looks incredible:

and this poster is mind-boggling!

The movie I’m most looking forward to in 2015 is Alien Outpost !

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- Tom Stockman

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Foxcatcher – The Review

18 December 2014 5:40 PM, PST

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

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Annie – The Review

18 December 2014 5:36 PM, PST

Review by Kathy Kaiser

Director Will Glueck takes a classic 1982 film and brings it into the 21st century with all the star-power and modern day finesse imaginable, as we travel the road of orphan/turned foster kid in 2014’s version of Annie!

When we meet Annie (played by the youngest Academy Award nominee Ever for best actress in 2014, Quvenzhané Wallis) she is trying to make her way on the streets of New York City in hopes of catching a glimpse of her parents at the restaurant Domani. When once again her parents don’t arrive at the restaurant, Annie is forced to return to her foster home and to her mean and evil Foster Mom, Ms. Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). Even though she loves being with her foster sisters Tessie, Mia, Issabella, and Pepper, Annie continues to search for her parents, as she knows it is only a matter of time »

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Opens One Year From Today & Gets A New Set Of Trading Cards

18 December 2014 11:18 AM, PST

In one year from today, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will unleash in theaters – December 18, 2015. Images from the film has been retro-fitted with a throwback to the trading cards from the original Star Wars movie.

Complete with the names of the new characters, check ‘em out below and watch the teaser trailer Here.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan & Abrams, and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow.

They will join the original cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker. The film is being produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk, and John Williams returns as the composer.

Official Site: http://www.starwars.com/theforceawakens

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- Melissa Thompson

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Kate Winslet Stars In Trailer For Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos

18 December 2014 10:41 AM, PST

Watch the brand new official trailer for Alan Rickman’s gorgeous romantic drama, A Little Chaos.

Academy Award winner Kate Winslet stars as a strong-willed and talented landscape designer, who is chosen to build one of the main gardens at King Louis Xiv’s new palace at Versailles.

In her new position of power, she challenges gender and class barriers while also becoming professionally and romantically entangled with the court’s renowned landscape artist André Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts).

(via Apple)

The creative artists on this gorgeous period piece include James Merifield (Production Designer), Joan Bergin (Costume Designer) and Ivana Primorac (Make-up & Hair Designer).

Also starring Alan Rickman (King Louis Xiv), Helen McCrory (Madame Le Norte) and Stanley Tucci (Philippe, Duc d’Orleans), Focus Features will release A Little Chaos on March 27, 2015.

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- Michelle McCue

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Jack O’Connell Stars In New Trailer For ‘71

18 December 2014 9:52 AM, PST

An official selection of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in the Spotlight Section, check out the brand new trailer for ’71.

’71 takes place over a single night in the life of a young British soldier (Jack O’Connell) accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. Unable to tell friend from foe, and increasingly wary of his own comrades, he must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorientating, alien and deadly landscape.

After completing the critically acclaimed and multi award winning Channel 4 series ‘Top Boy’, director Yann Demange was ready to embark on his debut feature film. Despite developing and reading numerous scripts he had not found his next project. One screenplay he did not anticipate connecting with was a thriller set in Northern Ireland during the early years of the Troubles. However, after reading the script, he was »

- Michelle McCue

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New Clip For American Sniper Comes Online

18 December 2014 9:35 AM, PST

Warner Bros. Pictures has released a new clip from Clint Eastwood’s upcoming film American Sniper.

Bradley Cooper stars as Chris Kyle, whose skills as a sniper made him a hero on the battlefield. But there was much more to him than his skill as a sharpshooter.

Navy Seal Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world.

Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through »

- Michelle McCue

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Check Out The Poster For Strange Magic

17 December 2014 9:54 PM, PST

Disney has released the brand new poster for Strange Magic – a new animated film from the mind of George Lucas.

The cast includes Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Meredith Anne Bull, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley, Bob Einstein, and Peter Stormare.

Strange Magic, a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.

Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects. music producer Marius de Vries (Moulin Rouge) serves as both the musical director and composer.

Directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”) from a story by George Lucas, »

- Michelle McCue

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Win Run-Of-Engagement Passes To See Top Five In St. Louis

17 December 2014 5:48 PM, PST

Earlier this month, Chris Rock made a stop on his tour of America in St. Louis with a special advance screening of his film Top Five. Wamg is giving away Run-Of-Engagement passes to see the film.

Pulsing with the rhythm of his greatest stand-up, Chris Rock’s Top Five takes things to the next level, reveling in the high and the low, and blending a star-studded comedic romp with an irresistible romance. Top Five digs under the surface of show business, politics, rap, and the exigencies of being black and famous today—holding it all up to the light in the way only Chris Rock can. Mingling echoes of Woody Allen and Dick Gregory with the energy of Kanye West and Jay Z, Top Five is an original and radically new kind of American movie.

Written, directed by, and starring Chris Rock, Top Five tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, »

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The Interview St. Louis Screening And December 25 Theatrical Release Cancelled

17 December 2014 4:49 PM, PST

Thursday evening’s screening for The Interview has been cancelled.

From Sony Pictures:

“In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers.

Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale – all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like.

We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public. »

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Win Passes & Digital Soundtrack For The Gambler In St. Louis

17 December 2014 5:04 AM, PST

Wamg has your passes to the advance screening of The Gambler.

Jim Bennett (Academy Award®-nominee Mark Wahlberg) is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring (Alvin Ing) and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother (Academy Award®-winner Jessica Lange) in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank (John Goodman), a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett’s future. As his relationship with a student (Brie Larson) deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance…

The Gambler Opens December 25th

One winner will receive a download link for the digital soundtrack and a pass to the screening. »

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The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies – The Review

16 December 2014 10:39 PM, PST

And so another holiday tradition comes to a close. Thirteen years ago (naw, can’t be!), Peter Jackson delivered the first of a Christmas-time trilogy with the inaugural entry of the Jrr Tolkien trilogy, The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring. Two years later he closed it out with The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King, and after reaping a bounty of gold a few months later at Oscar time, he bid adieu to Middle Earth. But after a couple of features, the siren call of the wizards and elves drew him back for, not a sequel, but a prequel. The film rights to this earlier Tolkien work was finally untangled from a legal web , one tougher than those weaved by fearsome giant spiders. After the intended director moved on, Jackson was back on board, creating three new films from the singular novel. 2012 saw »

- Jim Batts

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Talks Hawking Radiation In New The Theory Of Everything Featurette

16 December 2014 5:52 PM, PST

Explore Stephen Hawking’s contributions to our understanding of the universe with renowned astrophysicist and host of Cosmos Neil deGrasse Tyson in a new featurette from Golden Globe nominee for Best Picture The Theory Of Everything.

Based on the extraordinary true story of Jane Wilde & Stephen Hawking, the new drama starring Eddie Redmayne & Felicity Jones, both nominated in Best Acting categories by the Golden Globes and SAG, is now playing in cinemas. (Trailer)

Starring Eddie Redmayne (“Les Misérables”) and Felicity Jones (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″), this is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he »

- Michelle McCue

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Taylor Lautner Stars In New Trailer For Action Thriller Tracers

16 December 2014 5:16 PM, PST

Lionsgate has released the new trailer for the upcoming thriller, Tracers, starring Taylor Lautner (The Twilight Saga, Abduction) and Marie Avgeropoulos (The 100, 50/50).

After he crashes his bike into a super-sexy stranger named Nikki (Avgeropoulos), Cam (Lautner) is introduced to her crew — a team that uses parkour to pull off heists. Hoping to alleviate his deepening debt to a violent crime gang, Cam quickly joins the group. As the stakes get higher with more dangerous side ventures, the payouts get bigger. Cam must use every ounce of his skill to stay alive as the crew’s heists grow more daring with each job, and gang enforcers breathe relentlessly down his neck.

Tracers is directed by Daniel Benmayor (Paintball).

The film will be available exclusively on Directv January 22, 2015- and in theaters and On Demand March 20, 2015.

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- Michelle McCue

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2014 St. Louis Film Critics Awards Announced

16 December 2014 2:38 PM, PST

With just a few days left in 2014, the St. Louis Film Critics have released their annual list of the best in cinema. After submitting entries over the first of this month, the critics got together on December 14 to narrow down the nominations to five per category (in cases of a tie, some had six ).

Here is the press release with the list of winners:

Boyhood,” writer-director Richard Linklater’s 12-year chronicle of a young boy and his family’s life, won Best Film while ​”Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s imaginative blend of backstage drama and cinematic fantasy, was honored with four awards from the St. Louis Film Critics Association ​.

​Patricia​ ​Arquette won Best Supporting Actress  for ​“Boyhood,” ​with ​“Gone Girl,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and “Whiplash” ​also receiving ​two​ nods​

Jake Gyllenhaal (“Nightcrawler”) and Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”) won top acting honors​ for dark »

- Jim Batts

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Steven Spielberg Casts Newcomer Ruby Barnhill As Sophie For The Bfg

16 December 2014 5:35 AM, PST

DreamWorks Studios announced today that newcomer Ruby Barnhill has been cast as the young girl, Sophie, in Roald Dahl’s beloved classic story, The Bfg.  Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaptation of the children’s novel and will begin production in early 2015. The Bfg will open in U.S. theaters on July 1, 2016.

Published in 1982, The Bfg is the tale of a young London girl and the mysterious Giant who introduces her to the beauty and peril of Giant Country. Barnhill joins Mark Rylance who has been cast as the “Big Friendly Giant.”

The Bfg will be 10-year-old Ruby Barnhill’s first feature film role.  She has been acting for two years and will appear in the upcoming BBC BAFTA award-winning children’s drama “Four O’Clock Club.”  Ruby lives in Cheshire with her parents, younger sister and Tom the cat and is a member of her local youth theatre. »

- Michelle McCue

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