20 items from 2014
Sandwiched between Star Wars and Star Trek: The Motion Picture in the heyday of late 1970’s sci-fi entertainment was Battlestar Galactica. The show pitted Cylons against the crew of the Galactica for 24 episodes before being followed by Galactica 1980, and fans of the franchise should be pleased to hear that Universal is releasing both series on two separate Blu-ray releases—each with a bunch of bonus features:
(Press release via TVShowsOnDVD.com.) “Universal City, Calif., Nov. 24, 2014 – From renowned writer/producer Glen A. Larson, the creative force behind Knight Rider, The Six Million Dollar Man, and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, comes the groundbreaking TV series that launched one of the most beloved sci-fi franchises in history, now available in widescreen and high definition as both Battlestar Galactica: The Definitive Collection and Battlestar Galactica: The Remastered Collection come to Blu-ray on May 12, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. »
- Derek Anderson
Christopher Nolan's Interstellar is finally in theaters. And I loved it. I can say that and at the same time I acknowledge that it is, in some ways, a flawed film. But I think I love it even more because of those flaws. It's brazenly emotional and goes places I didn't quite think it would have the balls to go in that regard. It's nice to see a director making something so hugely idiosyncratic with such a big canvas and I can't wait to check it out again. A big part of the film's appeal is composer Hans Zimmer's score. Zimmer has been working with Nolan for years, but here they come up with something unlike anything we've heard from them before. It's ethereal and driving and almost religious, it's the opposite of Inception. I recently hopped on the phone with Zimmer to discuss the score and the »
- Evan Dickson
Fleming: Birdman director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu told me he sees superhero movies as right-wing poison and cultural genocide for their simplistic values that stamp out human truths. Warner Bros’ Kevin Tsujihara told Wall Street his slumping film studio will turn around via a full program of 10 DC Comics tent poles to be released 2016-2020.
Will Smith and Tom Hardy are in talks to star in Fury director David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, and 2016 also brings Batman V Superman; 2017 brings Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Justice League; 2018 brings Ezra Miller as The Flash and Jason Momoa as Aquaman; 2019 brings Shazam and Justice League 2; Ray Fisher stars in Cyborg and a Green Lantern reboot arrives for 2020.
Besides the »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Exclusive: When Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu stumbles into a suite in the Park Hyatt with his co-writers Alexander Dinelaris Jr, Nicolas Giacobone and Armando Bo, each feels the influence of last night’s party after their film closed the New York Film Festival. A little hung over and more than a little giddy at the rousing response given their frenzied film that was backed by New Regency and will be released Friday by Fox Searchlight, they swap stories of a wild night that included card tricks by street magician David Blaine that left them dumbstruck. Mostly, they are relieved to have pulled off a major parlor trick with Birdman, a satire that in equal measure skewers Hollywood’s superhero fixation, artistic insecurity, and even holier-than-thou critics who kill Broadway shows.
They did it with a movie that plays more like Black Swan than any recent Oscar buzzworthy black comedy to come along since. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
From the four time Oscar-nominated racecar driver/director of such speedster classics as Bullitt and Breaking Away, Peter Yates, comes “Excalibur meets Star Wars” (Variety). Indeed, Krull, Columbia’s biggest budget fantasy film to date, meant to compete with the Lucas franchise from 20th Century Fox, is that strange hybrid genre of sword-and-sandals science-fiction. Battling the laser guns of the evil Slayers will be the protagonists’ swords, axes, and the five-pointed glaive, the film’s most famous prop. What awaits is a fun romp of Euro filmmaking, very much of its time, but still worth a family-friendly viewing.
- Kyle North
Underdog achievement stories, from Breaking Away to Rudy and Kung Fu Panda, are practically defined by the multitude of voices telling the hero that he's not good enough. Such was the real-life case of Paul Potts, the Welsh opera singer with a blue-collar background who blew away the judges of Britain's Got Talent in 2007. In David Frankel's One Chance, Paul is played by James Corden, the comic charmer who portrayed Craig Owens in two funny Doctor Who episodes, now set to take over Craig Ferguson's late-night spot on CBS. The film shoehorns Potts's life story into a familiar underdog template, populating the world with near-mythological threshold guardians who exist to assure the hero that he isn't good enough, including his dad, his teachers, »
Chicago – “Breaking Away,” the classic Oscar-winning film of 1979, will be shown on the big screen at Studio Movie Grill in Wheaton, Ill. – on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014, at 7:30pm (click on the link below to purchase tickets). It will be hosted by Film Critic Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com. McDonald is also an alumnus of Indiana University, where “Breaking Away” was filmed, and the event is co-presented by the Chicago Film Critics Association, the Indiana University Alumni Association Chicago Chapter and the Studio Movie Grill.
’Breaking Away’ Will Be Presented at the Studio Movie Grill
Photo credit: Chicago Film Critics Association
“Breaking Away” is a hilarious and bittersweet comedy about four 19 year old guys from Bloomington, Indiana – where the Indiana University campus is located – who seem stuck at an age in which a college campus surrounds them, but can’t get rid of the feeling that they don’t belong there. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
By Anjelica Oswald
Reese Witherspoon has had a bumpy nine years since her portrayal of June Carter Cash in Walk the Line (2005) led to a best actress win at the 2006 Academy Awards. Despite a few pitfalls, Witherspoon is on an uphill climb that could possibly lead straight to her second Oscar nomination for her role in Wild, director Jean-Marc Vallee’s adaption of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir.
Critics have praised Witherspoon’s performance of Strayed, a woman determined to overcome her personal challenges — drug use, divorce and grief — by hiking more than 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail alone. Her gritty performance paired with Vallee’s directorial prowess (Dallas Buyers Club won Academy Awards for best actor and best supporting actor) may be the right recipe for Oscar success.
- Anjelica Oswald
Kevin McCallister is all grown up now. Macaulay Culkin celebrates his 34th birthday today (August 26), so what better time to take a trip down memory lane to find out what happened to the cast of Culkin's greatest work: Home Alone.
Digital Spy goes 'then & now' with the cast of the comedy classic below...
The biggest child star of the '90s, Culkin spent almost a decade away from screen acting following 1994's Ri¢hie Ri¢h. After a stint on London's West End in Madame Melville, he returned to TV and film in 2003 with roles in Will & Grace and Party Monster. His acting parts since have been sparse - a 2010 Robot Chicken Christmas special is his last (voice only) credit - but Culkin seems to have found his calling as the frontman of a Velvet Underground pizza-themed cover band.
A 2013 YouTube video titled simply 'Macaulay Culkin Eating a »
Salman Khan has never been more...well, kicked about any of his recent films than Kick. Breaking away from the norm Salman has actually expressed a keen desire for a sequel to Kick. Says a source, "It has never happened before. No matter how successful his films; Salman Khan is principally opposed to sequels. Sajid Nadiadwala never made a sequel to his Salman's blockbuster Judwaa although everyone thought it was a great idea. For the first time in his career Salman is keen on a sequel." Apparently Salman Khan who was instrumental in getting Sajid Nadiadwala to direct Kick has been "at it" asking his pal to "get on with the second part." Says a source, "Salman Khan feels his masked crusader's character Devil has the potential to become an ongoing series. Nadiadawala agrees. But he is not in the mood to direct another film." Sajid Nadiadwala says, "Right now I am completely exhausted. »
The cycling movie is an expansive genre, covering everything from sports documentaries like the recent Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist to quirky comedies such as Pee-Wee's Big Adventure and fondly remembered children's adventure movies, like the oh-so-1980s BMX Bandits.
Cycling as a professional sport is also well represented on screen, whether it's the Indiana University Little 500 race in classic comedy-drama Breaking Away, an animated Tour de France in Belleville Rendez-vous or the Paris–Roubaix in Jørgen Leth's stunning documentary A Sunday in Hell.
With the Tour de France about to enter its final week, Digital Spy takes a look at the ten best cycling movies.
1) Breaking Away (1979)
Peter Yates' wonderful small town comedy-drama won an Oscar for Best Screenplay and was nominated for four more, including Best Picture. Dennis Christopher stars as Dave Stoller, an Indiana teenager obsessed with the Italian cycling team, who gets »
They shoot really quickly on the set of Married. The use of practical locations and natural lights naturally lends itself to a super quick turn around. As such when the actors aren’t filming a scene, they’re usually rehearsing for whatever brief amount of time they have until the next set-up is ready. On the day of my set visit for the upcoming series, co-star Brett Gelman (Go On) was especially busy in the midst of shooting his climactic moments on the show. Gelman co-stars as Aj, a recently divorced lawyer, whose life slowly starts to unravel in a whirlwind of drugs and alcohol. Have I mentioned yet that Married is a comedy? Gelman was too busy during filming to speak with me on location; but a week later, the gregarious character-actor was more than kind to hop on the phone and chat with myself and a couple other »
- Tommy Cook
Her last role of note was as the much put-upon Tippi Hedren in TV movie The Girl. Yet the big screen hasn’t forgotten about Sienna Miller and she’s added to a burgeoning slate with Chef. Not the Jon Favreau comedy but a different kettle of fish (which is apparently a top seller in expensive restaurants) from Locke and Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight. Miller’s role isn’t yet known, but she’ll be supporting Bradley Cooper’s temperamental culinary genius in this Paris-set tale. They worked together on Clint Eastwood’s forthcoming American Sniper so obviously there’s more chemistry here than cream in a profiterole. Omar Sy (Jurassic World) rounds off the cast and John Wells (August: Osage County) is directing.
- Steve Palace
Whether you know him best as Game of Thrones’ scheming Littlefinger or ambitious Baltimore politico Tommy Carcetti on HBO’s The Wire, actor Aiden Gillen has the uncanny ability to make any bad guy seem a bit more humane – which also happens to be the reoccurring theme in his newest project, indie flick Beneath The Harvest Sky.
“It’s my kind of gig,” says Gillen of the movie, »
- Nina Terrero
A quarter-century ago, Kevin Costner hit a double-play, following up "Bull Durham" with "Field of Dreams" and becoming king of the sports movie. Twenty-five years later, as "Field of Dreams" marks its 25th anniversary (it was released on April 21, 1989), Costner is back with "Draft Day." The movie's about football, not baseball, and Costner's character plays in the executive suite, not on the field, but his mere presence still offers a reminder of great sports movies past.
And after all, isn't nostalgia a key element of sports movies? "Field of Dreams" makes this explicit -- we long for the sports heroes of our childhood, for a supposed long-gone golden age of our preferred sport, as a way of connecting with our past and bridging the generational divide that separates us as adults from our parents. Sports movies offer more than just the drama of winners and losers, or the journey from dream to achievement, »
- Gary Susman
In 2012 Gareth Evans burst onto the scene with The Raid: Redemption. He took a simple concept and filled it with some of the most engaging and inventive action seen in years. Now two years later he is back at again to prove it was not a fluke. The Raid 2 shows Evans has a knack for pushing the boundaries of cinematic action. With a larger budget behind him, he ups the scale of each set-piece without hindering his cleverness. Breaking away from the simple concept of the original does lead to an overly plotting story that gets lost in its own elaborate setup. Still, any fan of the original or any fan of action would be doing themselves a huge disservice if they do not experience what »
- Dan Clark
I’m not going to delude myself and think that we’re going to start a revolution, and that Urban Legends: Final Cut will somehow surpass Halloween as the better film. But just hear me out; it’s a much better film than people have ever given it credit to be.
I was surfing around Netflix and saw it had been added; I own the DVD but as is with our age of digital gratification I popped it on anyways. As the credits started I remembered back to when I first saw it. The year was 2000, and I was looking through the DVD selection at my local Ames; a chain long since extinct, and I spotted it. I didn’t even have internet at the time- (go ahead and judge), and had heard nothing about a sequel to Urban Legends. I bought it sight unseen after reading the description, for a modest $24.99. Yes, »
- Kristy Jett
The video team here at HitFix constantly impresses me with not only the volume of work that they produce, but also the quality. We've gotten very lucky with the people we've hired, and they make any of our collaborations both easy and fun. Last week, they approached me about a new ongoing feature that they wanted to do, and tomorrow, we're going to shoot the first episode of "Ask Drew," which is exactly what it sounds like. I am constantly asked questions via e-mail and Twitter and in our comments section, and I feel like I never fully answer all of them, something that makes me feel terrible. I am grateful for each and every reader of the work we do here at HitFix, and if I can answer something, I try to. To that end, we are going to try something a little different here starting tomorrow. I want »
- Drew McWeeny
Here is exactly what this town needs: Another set of awards!
Maybe not, but the first Tubthump Awards recognize the best and worst efforts during a long and intense awards-campaign season.
So here are a few highlights — and lowlights.
Best host: At the WGA Beyond Words event Jan. 28, prexy Chris Keyser praised the guild for uniting a solitary profession, saying, “We write alone together.”
Worst host: Brad Garrett, at the WGA Awards Feb. 1. The room was slack-jawed as he mocked talented people for their ethnic background, sexual persuasion or physical appearance.
Most tireless campaigners (tie): Steve Coogan and Bruce Dern. Since Stephen Frears and Judi Dench were working, Coogan had to fly the “Philomena” flag almost single-handedly. Dern knew it was part of the job and actually seemed to enjoy it.
- Tim Gray
Meryl Streep breaks Oscar record: Oscar 2014 nominations (photo: Meryl Streep in ‘August: Osage County’) The 2014 Oscar nominations were announced earlier today at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Thor: The Dark World and Snow White and the Huntsman actor Chris Hemsworth — whose Rush was completely shut out — made the announcements, including that of Best Actress contender Meryl Streep, in the running for her performance in John Wells’ August: Osage County. Streep’s competitors are her Doubt and Julie & Julia co-star Amy Adams for David O. Russell’s American Hustle, Sandra Bullock for Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, Judi Dench for Stephen Frears’ Philomena, and likely winner Cate Blanchett for Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. (Emma Thompson’s absence from the Best Actress roster — for her performance in John Lee Hancock’s Saving Mr. Banks — was quite a surprise. »
- Steve Montgomery
20 items from 2014
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