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Tagline: "They are here. They are real." In 2011, Alien Rising was just finishing post-production. Since 2011, the film has been completed and released through Video-on-demand (Dec. 2nd, 2014). Now, the film is getting set to release on DVD on January 20th, 2015 and the official artwork and trailer have been released for this sci-fi thriller. Alien Rising stars Lance Henriksen (The Terminator), Brian Krause ("Charmed"), John Savage (The Deer Hunter) and Amy Hathaway. Release details for the film are hosted here. The film begins, where all films should begin, under a volcano. Here, a rogue colonel is creating an army of robotic soldiers. As well, Colonel Cencula (Henriksen) is conducting illicit research, which could lead to everyone's destruction. The film's DVD artwork shows one of those experiments. A creature looms on the left hand side, in red. Meanwhile, Cencula looks to have plans for Earth, which lies below. All of the b-movie madness »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
I did my best to make this one a bit tougher than they've been in the past and I think I succeeded. It wasn't until very late that all the right answers started swirling around the comments and one person managed to piece them all together in the end. I honestly don't know how anyone would have ever been able to get #4 unless you were watching the movie at the exact same time you were playing the game, or you have an absolutely perfect photographic memory. I was also a little surprised how long it took for people to get #12. However, overall I think you all did an impressive job working together to get numbers six and 19. That said, here are the answers to this latest graphic. If you want to browse the graphic before seeing the answers don't scroll below the image below or just click here to visit »
- Brad Brevet
If your fingers are already itching to Twittersnark the heck out of tonight’s Peter Pan Live!, star Allison Williams can save you a lot of trouble and furious hashtagging: You’re going to loathe it.
“Peter Pan you cannot watch cynically. If you do, you’re gonna hate it,” the Girls star says at a press event that takes place while the production is in rehearsals. “There’s no question. It falls apart instantly.”
But Williams thinks Peter, a little boy has the chutzpah to go up against Captain Hook, can easily dispatch with the kind of negative talk »
By Anjelica Oswald
Meryl Streep holds the record for the most Oscar acting nominations with 18 — Jack Nicholson and Katherine Hepburn are tied for second with 12 each — and could potentially break her own record with a 19th nomination for Disney’s adaptation of Into the Woods. The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg said Streep “steals every scene in which she appears as The Witch.”
Though Streep hasn’t gone more than five years without landing an Oscar nomination since 1979 — the longest break was between 1990’s Postcards from the Edge and 1995’s The Bridges of Madison County — her movies haven’t fared the same. Three of her 18 films scored best picture nominations, all of which won, while four of the films were nominated solely for her performance.
Streep scored her first Oscar nomination in 1979 for her supporting role in The Deer Hunter (1978), which was only her second feature film. The film won five Oscars, »
- Anjelica Oswald
Breaking Glass Pictures and Pathfinder Films are partnering for the release of Dana Schroeder’s sci-fi thriller Alien Rising starring Lance Henriksen (The Terminator, Aliens), Brian Krause (Charmed, Another World) and John Savage (The Deer Hunter, Hair). Alien Rising is the story of a savvy ex-homeland security agent and martial arts expert is forced to a remote island to help the military unlock the secrets of an extraterrestrial technology. Alien Rising will be released on VOD … Continue reading →
The soft-spoken and humble Oscar-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond (“Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” also nominated for “The Deer Hunter,” “The River,” and “The Black Dahlia”) sat down this past summer to answer questions about his impressive career as part of Toronto International Film Festival’s Higher Learning program. (As a quick aside to our Canadian readers, we encourage you to check out Tiff’s Post-Secondary Programmes: “Higher Learning is a free ongoing programme that provides Canadian college and university students and faculty a forum in which to examine film, television, video, new media and gaming from a wide range of cultural, social, historical, political and technological approaches and disciplines.”) Tiff just published the talk and we think it’s worth a watch. Over the course of the discussion, Zsigmond talks about the importance of film, modern versus historical cinema, and even how he made his transition from the athletically ambitious son of a. »
- Zach Hollwedel
We're covering a lot of ground today with the centerpiece being our review of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. We also dig into the Bill Cosby controversy for a second, the death of Mike Nichols, Universal's plans for at least three more Fast & Furious movies, Prometheus 2, Zoolander 2, a few of your questions, some games and a few knicks and knacks along the way. Hope you enjoy! If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. »
- Brad Brevet
When I think of big business in the United States at the end of the 1970s I think of something out of Dallas or Dynasty: deals being brokered over chunky telephones or long lunches; penthouse offices with granite desks and shag-pile carpets; male executives with heart conditions, bleeding ulcers, and good-looking secretaries. This is absolutely the world you step into when you read Final Cut. The first thing to say about the book is that feeling of glee you get from that realisation that your mental image of Hollywood at that time turns out to be true.
Steven Bach was the Senior Vice President of United Artists at the moment when Michael Cimino became the hottest director in Hollywood. His film The Deer Hunter (1978) was proclaimed a masterpiece by many and won five Oscars, »
Last month David Fincher’s Gone Girl made a smash at the box office. As if plugged directly into the Zeitgeist, it seemed as if everyone had a take on the film’s views on gender, the media and marriage. Gone Girl was a sensation that turned the camera inward, revealing our discomfort with the institution of marriage. While the butt of many jokes, marriage is perceived as an important pillar in our understanding of families, social values and personal happiness. Yet, it remains behind closed doors. We understand marriage within the realms of our own experience, our parents, our friends and our own marriages. Yet, we are only ever truly familiar with our own intimate relationships and even that is under debate. If anything, Gone Girl shows that within marriage there are two sides to every story. Marriage is veiled with a certain air of mystery and the question »
- Justine Smith
1. Paths of Glory (1957)
Stanley Kubrick famously moved between directing in different genres, but war was something he returned to on multiple occasions. His 1957 offering heads to the trenches of Wwi as mutiny takes hold. The futility of war is clear for all to see here, and the film ends with a moving rendition of German folk song 'The Faithful Hussar' by Kubrick's future wife Christiane.
2. The Deer Hunter (1978)
Few movies get under the skin of men at war quite »
By Anjelica Oswald
Set during the final months of World War II, Fury follows a tank commander (played by Brad Pitt) and his crew as they head into Nazi Germany as part of the Allies’ final push. The film also stars Logan Lerman, Shia Labeouf, John Bernthal and Michael Pena. The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy said the film is “a modern version of the sort of movie Hollywood turned out practically every week back in the 1940s and 1950s.” Fury opens Oct. 17.
Could Fury score a best picture nomination at the 87th Academy Awards? Both war biopics and fictional war films — about real wars or battles — have historically done well at the Oscars; however, the current projections show that the race will be a tight one. Here’s a look at some of the fictional war films that scored nominations for best picture:
War-themed best picture winners »
- Anjelica Oswald
138 is a magic number. It's the average length, in minutes, of a Best Picture winner. Here are the running times of all winnners from longest to shortest. You'll see that the majority of winners are over 2 hours long which has caused no end of padding in "serious" movies but alas, not enough padding for tender buttocks watching the interminable movies.
Here are your Best Picture winners from longest film to the shortest.
Gone With the Wind (1939) 238 minutes
Just two minutes shy of four hours, but worth every second. Lots of Gone With the Wind discussion here. Did you see its recent two day theatrical screening? Lawrence of Arabia (1962) 216 minutes Ben-Hur (1959) 212 minutes
Currently in the process of being remade because that's how Hollywood do. Although this film was itself a remake so... we'll let it pass. Still there is no way its signature scene, the chariot race, will be as thrilling with CGI. »
- NATHANIEL R
Top billed but so what?!
Meryl Streep has the first poster for Christmas release Into the Woods all to herself and the Witch is always the marquee role in Stephen Sondheim's musical on stage. But Meryl will be campaigned supporting. The news isn't technically "official" but it soon will be so we're playing a little game of switcheroo on the Lead Actress and Supporting Actress Oscar Prediction Charts.
Technically this reversal (at least from our expectations) is probably fine as categorizations go: The Witch is a showy role but it's not a huge one and The Baker's Wife (Emily Blunt) is just as much of a major focal point of the show (winning the lead actress Tony for Joanna Gleason in the first production) and the wife has the clearest arc. So Blunt is our leading contender.
The takeaway, with far less competition (as of yet) in Supporting Actress, »
- NATHANIEL R
Hope you like scares, because here comes a chilling fact: If "Gilmore Girls" began today, Lorelai Gilmore would've been born in 1982. Choke on that. Most of these streams are available beginning October 1. Check out our list of streaming musts from Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Crackle. Hulu "South Park" Did you know Hulu has exclusive rights to "South Park"? It does. And did you know that "The Book of Mormon," which I finally saw, plays like a long, mostly good episode of "South Park"? Except unlike "South Park," my mother loves it? And she's the kind of person who tried banning "Salute Your Shorts" in my house because they sometimes made jokes about jockstraps? It's all confusing, but let's just sit back and watch "South Park" again. Remember Scuzzlebutt, the creature who had Patrick Duffy for a leg? Yeah, that's 17 years old. Fun newsflash: You'll be dead soon. "Scandal" Olivia »
- Louis Virtel
Largely remembered as the last golden era for American cinema, the 1970s are thus looked upon as a time when studios threw money at ambitious directors and creatively engaging projects abounded. When it comes to Best Picture Oscar winners, it's hard to disagree with the choices made across the decade. And now you can remember just how good the '70s were for film with this latest supercut by Miguel Branco. Having already turned his attention to the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, Branco dips into a top to bottom classic list of movies for his latest video. Again, the Best Picture winners from the 1970s are all pretty monumental: "Patton," "The French Connection," "The Godfather," "The Godfather Part II," "The Sting," "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest," "Rocky," "Annie Hall," "The Deer Hunter" and "Kramer Vs. Kramer." While there are "snubbed" movies ("All That »
- Kevin Jagernauth
When we talk about difficult film productions, the same names seem to come through. Apocalypse Now and The Deer Hunter, for instance, are productions with well-told stories of how those behind the scenes went to proverbial hell and back. In more recent times, most of us are more than familiar with the hell that those behind World War Z went through to get it to the screen.
What I though would be a bit different though is take a generally very successful film, and dig a bit deeper to see if there was a troubled story there. One where behind the scenes issues are rarely talked about. Given that I've come to this piece straight after writing about 1991's movies, here, I settled on The Addams Family. »
Christopher Walken, is that you under that red cloak, curly wig and handlebar mustache? The first photo of Walken in costume as Captain Hook in NBC's upcoming “Peter Pan Live!” musical has been released, but we'll have to take executive producer Neil Meron‘s word that it's him under the elaborate get up. “The Deer Hunter” star is completely unrecognizable in Hook's classic red pirate costume, with long hair, shapely beard and hooked hand in tow as he wields a sword against Allison Williams, playing Peter Pan. Also read: ‘Peter Pan Live!’ Finds Its Wendy and Tiger Lily Meron, who »
- Linda Ge
Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys adaptation may not have blown up the box office when it released earlier this Summer, but if you're a fan of the broadway show it's based on, you're more than likely going to want to pick up this title when it releases in November. Warner Bros. has revealed exactly when you'll be able to pick this blu-ray up, and what all is included on the disc. Come inside to learn more!
Based on the Tony Award-winning musical, “Jersey Boys” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on November 11 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Directed by Oscar® winner Clint Eastwood (“Million Dollar Baby,” “Unforgiven”), “Jersey Boys” is an inspiring drama featuring The Four Seasons’ songs that influenced a generation.
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.
Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »
- Brian Welk
Ahhh, the sublime death scene: the director’s secret weapon and the jobbing actor’s Holy Grail. The perfect death, judged carefully, is a stunningly powerful grace note to some of the greatest, most truly Oscar-baiting scenes in movie history.
Who can forget Nick in The Deer Hunter, Christopher Walken’s brilliantly empty smile as he says, “one shot” at the climax of his final game of Russian Roulette? John Coffey in The Green Mile, simply asking Tom Hanks not to place the hood over his head as they strap him into the electric chair? Atreyu in The Neverending Story, begging his beloved horse Artax not to drown in the Swamps Of Sadness? Oh, god… Artax…
These are not that kind of death scene. Whether it’s deliberate, for a hilariously memorable moment in a comedy; or completely unintentional, a moment of poor judgement in a good movie »
- Ben Cooke
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