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Watch The Statler And Waldorf Cut Of Muppets Most Wanted

1 hour ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Spartacus, Apocalypse Now, and even Kill Bill all suffered the slings and arrows of editorial misfortune, losing moments their creators thought really tied the project together. Of course, some auteurs go the other way and cut their films in length in order to really put a button on their classics, such as Ridley Scott's Alien clocking in a couple of minutes shorter than the original. In the tradition of those greats, we now have a cut of Muppets Most Wanted, as seen by its most reserved critics: Statler and Waldorf. USA Today was the lucky publication to gain access to the preferred version of one of this year's most underrated comedic gems, and it's a cut that has a lot to talk about. Mainly, the fact that the film is only made up of two scenes, both of which feature the creators to a certain extent. It's daring! It's bold! »

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Film Review: ‘Get On Up’

28 July 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Is it possible for a single movie to capture James Brown in all his multitudes, contradictions and reinventions? Probably not, but “Get On Up” makes an admirable, fitfully successful stab at the life of the brilliant but volatile funk-soul legend who wore at least as many personalities and personas as he did nicknames and honorary titles. Arriving at the end of a high season for biopics of black historical and cultural figures (“42,” “Mandela,” “Lee DanielsThe Butler”), “Get On Up” runs shorter on the pandering simplifications and sanctifying airs that plagued those films, while still delivering a very digestible, authorized portrait that might best be described as “warts and some.” A strong marketing push by Universal and a dearth of adult-skewing fare bodes well for this Brian Grazer-Mick Jagger production, which clearly has its sights set on the late-summer sleeper success of both “The Butler” ($116 million) and director »

- Scott Foundas

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'Walking Dead' team teases Terminus and beyond at Comic-Con: Live-Blog

25 July 2014 12:23 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Thursday was a big first day for live-blogging at San Diego Comic-Con. I live-blogged "Penny Dreadful," "Community," "Under the Dome" (ugh) and "24." Friday (July 25) started with "Big Bang Theory," which I'll write up later, but didn't live-blog. Now it's time for chaos, with live-blogs for "The Walking Dead," "Game of Thrones" and "Arrow," plus possibly "The Originals," depending on timing. Whee! Up first? The Hall H panel for "The Walking Dead," which is likely to be as big as any panel at Comic-Con, featuring stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Chad Coleman and Michael Cudlitz, showrunner Scott Gimple, franchise creator Robert Kirkman, long-running EPs Gale Anne Hurd and Dave Alpert, producer-director-makeup genius Greg Nicotero and moderator Chris Hardwick, who might as well be on the panel himself. Let's see what goes down! 12:25 p.m. We're running a bit late. But we'll be starting soon. »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Melissa McCarthy, Jenny McCarthy and Other Celeb Cousins You Never Knew Were Related

24 July 2014 12:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The worst part of being a celebrity, undoubtedly, must be family reunions. All those cousins coming out of the woodwork, asking you to pass along their script or snag an autograph or even help Aunt Agatha buy that new hot tub that she desperately needs. Then there are those happy few stars who don't have to face this problem. Because their cousins are famous, too. In honor of Cousins Day - July 24, to be exact - here are several celebrity cousins who don't have to worry about being the only famous person at their family reunion. Jenny McCarthy and Melissa »

- Nate Jones, @kn8

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Film Review: ‘Hercules’

23 July 2014 6:20 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

On paper, Brett Ratner sounds like such an improbable choice to direct a large-scale ancient Greek epic that, going into his “Hercules,” one could only hope for a less aggressively preposterous affair than Renny Harlin’s bargain-basement “The Legend of Hercules” from earlier this year. The happy surprise is that Ratner’s “Hercules” is more than a mere improvement on its predecessor. It’s a grandly staged, solidly entertaining, old-fashioned adventure movie that does something no other Hercules movie has quite done before: it cuts the mythical son of Zeus down to human size (or as human as you can get while still being played by Dwayne Johnson). The result is a far classier pic than Paramount’s frenetic trailer — and decision to hide the film from reviewers until the eleventh hour — foretold, albeit one that will struggle to find its sea legs at a crowded and underperforming summer box office. »

- Scott Foundas

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Trailer released for Stephen Daldry’s Trash starring Rooney Mara

22 July 2014 12:18 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The first trailer for Trash, the new film by Stephen Daldry (The HoursBilly Elliot) and written by Richard Curtis (About Time) from the book by Andy Mulligan, has been released online, and you can view it below…

Build as a possible Oscar contender come awards season, Trash stars Rooney Mara (Her) and Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now) in a story of three street kids who survive by picking through a mostly human waste-filled garbage dump on the outskirts of a large city. One day, one of them finds a small leather bag with a wallet with some money and an ID card, a folded-up map, and a key. A police officer offers them a reward for this parcel but that makes them realize something’s amiss, and they decide to hang on to it. That decision puts them in danger and they’re soon on a mission, having to lie, »

- Scott Davis

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'Easy Riders, Raging Bulls' Author Peter Biskind Looks Back at the New Hollywood

18 July 2014 10:34 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Right after Francis Ford Coppola turned a Mafia family’s travails into grand opera with 1972’s “The Godfather,” which went on to win 1972’s best-picture Oscar, he topped himself in 1974 with “The Godfather, Part II,” which became the first sequel to ever win the award. Later on, while preparing to film 1979’s “Apocalypse Now,” he tossed those Oscars out the window, shattering all but one. He was enraged that he couldn’t convince major stars such as Steve McQueen and Al Pacino to be his headliner. Eventually Marlon Brando did sign on. “The success … went to my head like a rush of perfume," Coppola recalled. "I thought I couldn’t do anything wrong.” Excess – fueled by fame, fortune and self-serving, often-destructive behavior  -- often goes hand in hand with success, especially in the movie biz. Few film history books proved that as well as “Easy Rider, Raging Bulls: How the »

- Susan Wloszczyna

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Letters: Us, Bruckheimer's BBQ, making ofs and mystery TV

17 July 2014 4:02 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Our non-interactive, non-cutting edge letters page is back! Here's the latest selection...

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So: our first attempts at a letters page didn't go too badly. We're carrying on, then. You're stuck with it. And here is the latest selection.

Again, with apologies to the many letters we've not been able to feature - we will try and keep these to the length of a magazine letters page - here's what you've been writing in to us about.

Find out how to join in the, er, fun yourself down at the bottom...

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I have a query which may not be quite exciting enough for the Letters Page but an answer by email would be appreciated.

Essentially, I was wondering what the differences were between Den Of Geek Us and the normal Den Of Geek website. Are the same articles run on both sites? I presume »

- simonbrew

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Matt Reeves interview: Dawn, Andy Serkis and blockbuster filmmaking

14 July 2014 8:57 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes director Matt Reeves talks about the making and ideas behind his remarkable summer blockbuster...

Interview

Nb: This article contains spoilers for 2011's Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and mild ones for this year's Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes.

Imagine you're one of the bosses at 20th Century Fox. Then imagine that you have a date set for a sequel to your surprise hit sci-fi sequel, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. That date is less than two years away, and your current director doesn't think he can have the film ready in time. He promptly departs.

So with the director's chair now absent, who do you give the project to?

The answer: Matt Reeves. When we sat down with him in a London hotel to talk about Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, we could immediately see »

- ryanlambie

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The Forgotten Auteur: Bob Fosse

7 July 2014 11:25 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

 

Most people today would likely be shocked to think that in 1972, The Godfather went into the Oscars anything but a sure bet for Best Picture. Aside from Casablanca and Citizen Kane it is recognized as the greatest American film of all time and in hind sight most people forget that not only was it tied for nominations in 1972, but Coppola lost Best Director.

Because hindsight is anything but 20/20 when popular consensus takes over, the narrative of the Hollywood Renaissance is one of Scorsese, Spielberg and Lucas getting snubbed for Taxi Driver, Jaws, Close Encounters, and Star Wars. But looking at the 1970s and the race for Best Director, what you see instead is two directors fighting it out for director of the decade, each earning three nominations.

Obviously one of them is Francis Ford Coppola. With both Godfathers, The Conversation, and, Apocalypse Now most people would say that he won that fight. »

- Mynt Marsellus

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The Definitive War Movies: 10-1

2 July 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Here we are, at the top of the mountain. We’ve had plenty from every war imaginable, some supportive of war efforts, some not. But the more interesting war films really focus on the people; the internal struggles those men and women have about what they are doing. Whether made in America, Germany, the United Kingdom, or anywhere else, war is not just a battle between good and evil. It’s a life and death struggle between opposing sides that may not be that different. The movies at the top of this list may be subtle or straightforward, but each of them is a clear snapshot that lets audiences see what it means to fight, so they don’t have to.

10. Paths of Glory (1957)

Directed by: Stanley Kurbick

Conflict: World War I

Before Stanley Kubrick grabbed the rights, the source material for Paths of Glory had a long history. The novel, »

- Joshua Gaul

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Halfway Mark: The Best Movies of 2014 (so far) Part 2

1 July 2014 2:59 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

 

15. Stranger by the Lake

Directed by Alain Guiraudie

Written by Alain Guiraudie

France

Though Stranger by the Lake premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival (and appeared on Sound On Sight’s best of 2013 list), it finally reached North American audiences in January of this year. Alain Guiraudie’s stunning noir-tinged thriller is set entirely against the backdrop of a secluded lake–known to locals as a popular gay cruising spot. A tale of murder complicated by intense sexual obsession (garnering equal parts praise and criticism for its frank depiction of unsimulated gay sex) it accomplishes the rare feat of subtly guiding the way we pay attention to details as we watch. The film’s deceptively simple geography is mapped out as much aurally (and orally) as visually. By the time of the pulse-pounding climax, Guiraudie has masterfully taken hold of all of our senses in an ever-tightening claustrophobic grip. »

- Ricky

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Can Lucas build a Legacy?

28 June 2014 3:26 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Martin Carr on whether George Lucas can build a legacy with ‘The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art’….

‘Narrative art’ is defined as something ‘that tells a story, either as a moment in an ongoing story or as a sequence of events unfolding over time’

George Lucas has retired apparently. Having sold his empire to Disney making him wealthier than a barely developed principality with minimal infrastructure, we are now being treated to phase two in the Lucas mid-life crisis.

When I first heard that Norman Rockwell, foremost painter of post war Americana was being placed alongside original Star Wars miniatures and props it made no sense. Rockwell was known for capturing perfect moments in life which told a story or narrative beyond the confines of the frame. How could Lucas have the temerity to place his work alongside that of a real artist?

Informally known as ‘The Lucas Museum of »

- Gary Collinson

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Concept Art For Sledgehammer’s Shelved Third-Person Call of Duty Game Appears Online

25 June 2014 7:23 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Since Sledgehammer Games’ Vietnam-set Call of Duty title was canned late last year, we’ve gradually learned more and more about the ominous, never-to-be-seen game. And today, a trio of concept images have appeared online detailing some of the ideas behind the third-person spinoff.

In truth, the stills, which come courtesy of entertainment designer Eddie Del Rio, paint a bleak, Apocalypse Now-like picture of the studio’s shelved property. The stark visual style coupled with the jungle setting hints at a Call of Duty campaign that never was; all that seemed to be missing was a solemn voiceover from Martin Sheen.

Speaking with Cvg, the company’s co-founder Glen Schofield touched upon the thematic elements of the title, which would have taken inspiration from another reputable franchise that Schofield worked on while at Visceral Games.

“We had the underground tunnels. We were definitely getting some Dead Space moments. I »

- Michael Briers

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The Caretakers Ready to Put the Bite On

24 June 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

There have been so many movies called The Caretakers that it's really easy to get confused which one is actually which. However, there's something that this latest one has that truly sets it apart from the pack as it stars Bill Johnson, who gave a much beloved performance as Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.

Johnson stars alongside Nick Faust, Michael Coon, Joe Estevez, Brittney Saylor, Pj Woodside, and Steve Hudgins, who also directs.

From the Press Release

Recently named the Kentucky Filmmakers of the Year, Big Biting Pig Productions has announced the release of their eighth feature film: The Caretakers.

The Caretakers was written and directed by Steve Hudgins and features Bill Johnson (Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2, D.O.A.) and Joe Estevez (Apocalypse Now, Soultaker).

The movie was filmed in Madisonville, Dawson Springs, and Princeton, Kentucky, as well as Nashville, Tennessee.

The World Premiere of The Caretakers will take place on June 28th, »

- Steve Barton

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Script Matters: ‘Snowpiercer’ builds a new kind of prison

22 June 2014 7:46 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

South Korean filmmaker, Joon-ho Bong, has never been afraid of mixing genres.  In his latest and most challenging film to date, Snowpiercer, Bong mixes action, sci-fi and satire to create a delightfully twisted prison break story.  Snowpiercer owes much of its effectiveness to an ingenious script that uses 3 discrete acts to effortlessly shift its tone and genre.  The first act establishes the prison; delineating the rules, hierarchy and surreal conditions.  The second act takes us through the prison; peeling away each layer of corruption with frenzied action and violence.  Finally, the third act deconstructs the prison; exposing the true face of tyranny and the rationale behind it.  It’s an audacious script that warrants deeper consideration.

The key to any good prison break movie is establishing the prison as its own character.  Whether it’s the evil warden’s twisted idea of justice or the intricate kingdoms built by the inmates, »

- J.R. Kinnard

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Trailer and poster for The Judge starring Robert Downey Jr.

20 June 2014 7:55 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The trailer and poster for upcoming drama The Judge, directed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) have been released online through Robert Downey Jr.’s (Iron Man 3) official Twitter account. Check out both below…

 

Downey stars in and produces The Judge, which sees him as Hank Palmer, a big shot lawyer who returns to his hometown after his father (Robert Duvall, Apocalypse Now) is accused of murder, and sets out to find out the truth. His father, a judge himself, doesn’t hold the best of relationships with his son, and the two have been estranged for many years.

Also starring Vera Farmiga (Up In The Air), Vincent D’Onofrio (Men In Black), Dax Shepard (Hit and Run), Melissa Leo (The Fighter) and Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo), The Judge hits Us cinemas October 10th, 2014, with a UK release a week later.

The post Trailer and poster for The Judge starring »

- Scott Davis

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Interview: A conversation with Nenad Cicin-Sain, writer-director of The Time Being

18 June 2014 10:45 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

We chat with Nenad Cicin-Sain, writer-director of The Time Being

Q: You’ve worked in various artistic media, but The Time Being marks your debut as the writer/director of a feature film. What was the inspiration behind the script?

A: I was right in the middle of pre-production on another film in Paris and the financing fell apart for the third time. I had packed up my family from Los Angeles to Paris. The night that the project was shut down, I started to write this script. I needed to deal with my creative frustrations in a productive manner. My intention with The Time Being was to create something that I could make for almost zero money. I wanted to deal with themes that I was facing, what it means to be a father, what it means to be a husband, and what kind of repercussions of career decisions »

- Gary Collinson

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‘West Wing's’ Martin Sheen Joins Netflix's Jane Fonda-Lily Tomlin Comedy

18 June 2014 2:31 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Martin Sheen has signed on to Netflix's upcoming original comedy series from Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, A Netflix representative told TheWrap. Sheen will play Robert, husband to Fonda's Grace, on the 13-episode first season of “Grace and Frankie.” A multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner, Sheen's best known TV role is President Bartlet on Aaron Sorkin's “The West Wing.” He also most recently appeared in a recurring role on his son Charlie's Sheen's FX series, “Anger Management.” The veteran actor's long list of movie credits include “Apocalypse Now,” “Catch Me If You Can,” and “The Departed.” Also read: Netflix Orders Mattel. »

- Jethro Nededog

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10 Fantastic Stories From Francis Ford Coppola

17 June 2014 10:50 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

This post is in partnership with Cadillac Cadillac and the Producers Guild of America recently launched Make Your Mark, a short film competition that challenges producers to create compelling content with limited resources. Contestants will make a short film over a single weekend in late June, and the 30-second Cadillac spot featuring the grand prize winner’s film will air during the 2015 Academy Awards. The Guild also recently hosted the Produced By Conference, offering some incredibly storytellers sharing their filmmaking experiences, and the event couldn’t have ended on a better note: an hour-long discussion with Francis Ford Coppola. That’s right, the legendary director behind The GodfatherApocalypse Now, Jack, The Outsiders, and perhaps his most underrated work, and one of my favorite movies, Rumble Fish. If that isn’t reason enough to attend the Produced By Conference in the future, then what is? This panel was easily the most talked about. Up »

- Jack Giroux

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