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When it comes to the Oscar race, there.s always going to be debate. Should Dances With Wolves really have beat out Goodfellas? Should Al Pacino really have won for Scent of a Woman over both Denzel Washington in Malcolm X and Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven? One of the most questionable choices was Crash, which walked away with Best Picture at the 78th Annual Academy Awards. Almost no one, including the director, thinks it should have won. Talking to HitFix about the upcoming HBO drama, Show Me a Hero, which he directed, Crash helmer Paul Haggis talked about the controversy surrounding the choice. He said: Was it the best film of the year? I don.t think so. There were great films that year. Good Night and Good Luck, amazing film. Capote, terrific film. Ang Lee.s Brokeback Mountain, great film. And Spielberg.s Munich. I mean please, what a »
'Fantastic Four' 2015 with Miles Teller, Kate Mara, The Thing (Jamie Bell) and Michael B. Jordan. 'Fantastic Four' 2015 box office: A costly domestic flop in the making? Fantastic Four 2015, a 20th Century Fox release “in association with Marvel Entertainment,” is about to become the biggest big-budget superhero(es) dud at the domestic office since at least The Green Hornet (not to be confused with the equally underwhelming Green Lantern) four years ago. Directed by Josh Trank, who dissed the film's final edit on Twitter (see more details below), Fantastic Four stars Kate Mara (Sue Storm / The Invisible Woman), Miles Teller (Reed Richards / Mr. Fantastic), Michael B. Jordan (Johnny Storm / The Human Torch), and Jamie Bell (Ben Grimm / The Thing). A while back, Fantastic Four became the subject of ardent arguments because of Michael B. Jordan's ethnicity: unlike the Fruitvale Station actor, the comic books' Johnny Storm is white. »
- Zac Gille
If having new episodes of shows like Game of Thrones and True Detective on-demand the night they air isn't enough to make you get HBO Now, then you really should consider getting it for the movies. A couple of Oscar season staples are coming up in August, including Birdman and The Theory of Everything. Meanwhile, favorites like Charlie's Angels and Four Weddings and a Funeral will be available on Aug. 1. Here are all the titles to look forward to on HBO Now and HBO Go, plus the movies you better watch now, before they disappear! Saturday night premieres: Aug. 1: Birdman Aug. 8 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Aug. 15: The Theory of Everything Aug. 22: Dumb and Dumber To Aug. 29: Kill the Messenger Other notable movies coming on Aug. 1: Charlie's Angels Dances With Wolves A Fish Called Wanda Four Weddings and a Funeral John Tucker Must Die »
Marc Klein has spent the last four months working on a script for Relativity called “The Lost Wife,” a World War II love story set during the Holocaust. He traveled to Auschwitz and Czech Republic for research, but now the project — and the rest of his paycheck — hang in limbo, after the studio that backed it filed for bankruptcy on Thursday.
“This isn’t something I’d be able to write at a major studio,” Klein said. “It’s a story that Hollywood could tell and isn’t anymore. The one company who did is now bankrupt. That’s a bummer. They’ve been nothing but great to me.”
Beyond his own project, Klein says that Relativity’s financial meltdown will send shockwaves throughout he entertainment industry. “It’s a sad day for the movie business,” says Klein, who also worked with Relativity as the co-writer of “Mirror Mirror,” starring Julia Roberts. »
- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh
Seeing The Reflecting Skin for the first time, the 1990 film by Philip Ridley, starring Viggo Mortensen and Lindsay Duncan, one can't help but wonder how the hell the thing ever got made. I'd previously never even heard of the flick, surely a testament to my lack of knowledge about late century UK/Canadian co-productions. The film would have come out when I was in High School, but it's hard to see that in the year of Home Alone, Dances With Wolves and Total Recall this being the work I'd seek out. Yet with that context the films it most closely echoes are those from only a few years earlier - the sundrenched fields of Days of Heaven providing a more rural backdrop for the...
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We've got it wrong about Adam Sandler's latest comedy, the Netflix-backed Western/comedy The Ridiculous Six. That's what the star/co-writer/producer of the film has to say about it, at least. Turns out the film making gags like "I put my peepee in your teepee" and causing Native-American actors and their cultural advisor to walk off set is actually a "pro-Indian movie" and how they're just "being good people." There's also apparently "no mocking." It appears we've been dealing with the next Smoke Signals and we didn't even have a clue. It was on the red carpet for this weekend's Pixels where the exhausted-looking comedian tried to set the record straight. He told the Associated Press the bad word-of-mouth was all "a misunderstanding" and had the following to say to ScreenCrush. I talked to some of the actors on the set who were there and let them know »
- Will Ashton
Three months after Native American extras stormed off the set of Adam Sandler's The Ridiculous 6 over what they considered culturally offensive humor, the actor has commented on the controversy. At the red carpet premiere for Sandler's new movie Pixels, he was asked about the incident and whether the Western comedy stereotyped Native American culture. "It was just a misunderstanding and once the movie is out, it will be cleared up," Sandler told The Associated Press.
"I talked to some of the actors on the set who were there »
Director Andy Fickman takes fans behind-the-scenes and introduces us to some of the hard-working crew members in our exclusive preview for Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, which is currently available on Digital HD before arriving on Blu-ray and DVD July 14. Andy Fickman introduces us to one of Kevin James' stunt doubles, the line producer Marty P. Ewing and director of photography Dean Semler, who won an Oscar 25 years ago for Dances with Wolves. This preview is part of the "How to Make a Movie" featurette, where the filmmaker explores every different department on the comedy sequel.
Kevin James is back in action as Paul Blart in the outrageous comedy sequel Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. After six years of keeping our malls safe, Paul Blart has earned a well-deserved vacation and heads to Las Vegas with his teenage daughter for a security guard expo. But safety never takes a »
We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...
This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.
If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...
The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.
So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »
By John M. Whalen
In 2009 a gelding trained and owned by a couple of cowboys from New Mexico won the Kentucky Derby running at 50-1 odds. Mine That Bird hadn’t won a single race in the United States before that and only qualified to run the Derby because of the stakes he’d won in Canada. Not only that, Mine That Bird was small and slightly “crooked up front,” as his trainer, Chip Wooley (Skeet Ulrich) says when he first sees him. He’s skeptical at first when he flies up to Canada to see him and advises his boss/friend Mark Allen (Christian Kane) to pass on him. But when he sees Mine That Bird whizz around the track he decides they need to buy him. Asking price, half a million. The Canadians who owned him had paid only $9,500 for him.
Sony Pictures’ “50-1,” (2014) directed and co-written by Jim Wilson, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Marcus Belgrave (1936-2015) - Trumpet Player. Legend of the Detroit jazz scene, he can be seen in the documentary Standing in the Shadows of Motown. He died on May 24. (Nyt) Michael Blake (1945-2015) - Screenwriter. He won an Oscar for adapting his own novel into the script for Dances With Wolves (see below). He died on May 2. (THR) Wally Cassell (1912-2015) - Actor. He starred in movies of the '40s and '50s, including White Heat and Story of...
- Christopher Campbell
It's fitting that Clint Eastwood and John Wayne both have the same birthday week. (Wayne, who died in 1979, was born May 26, 1907, while Eastwood turns 85 on May 31). After all, these two all-American actors' careers span the history of that most American of movie genres, the western.
Both iconic actors were top box office draws for decades, both seldom stretched from their familiar personas, and both played macho, conservative cowboy heroes who let their firearms do most of the talking. Each represented one of two very different strains of western, the traditional and the revisionist.
As a birthday present to Hollywood's biggest heroes of the Wild West, here are the top 57 westerns you need to see.
57. 'Meek's Cutoff' (2010)
Indie filmmaker Kelly Reichardt and her frequent leading lady, Michelle Williams, are the talents behind this sparse, docudrama about an 1845 wagon train whose Oregon Trail journey goes horribly awry. It's an intense »
- Gary Susman
'JFK' movie with Kevin Costner as Jim Garrison 'JFK' assassination movie: Gripping political drama gives added meaning to 'Rewriting History' If it's an Oliver Stone film, it must be bombastic, sentimental, clunky, and controversial. With the exception of "clunky," JFK is all of the above. It is also riveting, earnest, dishonest, moving, irritating, paranoid, and, more frequently than one might expect, outright brilliant. In sum, Oliver Stone's 1991 political thriller about a determined district attorney's investigation of the assassination of U.S. president John F. Kennedy is a slick piece of propaganda that mostly works both dramatically and cinematically. If only some of the facts hadn't gotten trampled on the way to film illustriousness. With the exception of John Williams' overemphatic score – Oliver Stone films need anything but overemphasis – JFK's technical and artistic details are put in place to extraordinary effect. Joe Hutshing and Pietro Scalia's editing »
- Andre Soares
From anime to pitch-black thrillers, here's our pick of the underappreciated movies of 1987...
Sometimes, the challenge with these lists isn't just what to put in, but what to leave out. We loved Princess Bride, but with a decent showing at the box office and a huge cult following, isn't it a bit too popular to be described as underappreciated? Likewise Joe Dante's Innerspace, a fabulously geeky, comic reworking of the 60s sci-fi flick, Fantastic Voyage.
What we've gone for instead is a mix of genre fare, dramas and animated films that may have garnered a cult following since, but didn't do well either critically or financially at the time of release. Some of the movies on our list just about made their money back, but none made anything close to the sort of returns enjoyed by the likes of 1987's biggest films - Three Men And A Baby, Fatal Attraction »
The third season release of Major Crimes is hitting May 26th, and I’ve got your opportunity to win one of three copies of the DVD!
The show, a spin-off of The Closer, has been doing well since it premiered, and the third season was the #3 scripted drama on basic cable.
Moreover, despite not kicking off all that well, it’s a show that has grown into itself, and found a more solid base of existence. The quality has grown in many respects, and the cases were far more interesting in the third season.
Mary McDonnell seems more comfortable, due in large part to the writing giving her a broader base of character to work with.
If you aren’t caught up, now is the perfect chance to get ready for the fourth season.
Take a look at more info on the season, and enter to win your copy!
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- Marc Eastman
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."
The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »
- Gary Susman
Michael Blake, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter, has passed away at 69-years-old after a long health battle, according to Deadline. Blake catapulted into stardom after adapting the screenplay for Dances With Wolves in 1990—which earned him the Oscar. History has it that Kevin Costner was responsible for convincing Blake to adapt the screenplay from the novel of the same name. The two met while working on Stacey's Knights—which Blake had written as well. Costner famously directed and starred in the hit film, and won for Best Director as well as Best Picture. Shortly thereafter, Costner requested that Blake write two other screenplays for him, The Mick and The »
Blake's manager and producing partner Daniel Ostroff told The Hollywood Reporter that Blake died peacefully in Tuscon, Arizona on Saturday (May 2). Blake, who was 69, was battling a long-term illness.
The movie went on to win seven Oscars including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay for Blake. Costner also won the Academy Award for Best Director.
Blake also got behind the camera as a director in 1998's Winding Stair, which he also adapted into a screenplay from Douglas C Jones' novel.
Blake is survived by his wife Marrianne Mortensen Blake and their three children. »
Michael Blake, who wrote the novel Dances With Wolves and penned its subsequent film treatment, has died at 69, Variety reports.Blake spent his childhood in Texas and Southern California, where he became enamored with the story of the southwest. He studied journalism briefly before switching to film at the University of New Mexico. He then pursued a career in screenwriting. Only one of Blake’s screenplays made it to the big screen in the 1980s, but that film, Stacy’s Knights, starred Kevin Costner, who proved instrumental to Blake’s career. Costner convinced Blake to write the novel Dances With Wolves, which subsequently sold 3.5 million copies and was translated into 15 languages. Costner, of course, directed and starred in the 1990 cinematic adaptation for which Blake won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. The novel and film depict a Union Army Lieutenant in the Civil War-era west who meets a group of »
- Greg Cwik
According to Ostroff, Blake died peacefully in Tucson, Ariz., after battling a long illness.
Blake wrote the novel “Dances With Wolves” in 1988, before it was turned into an Oscar-winning feature. The book would go on to sell more than 3.5 million copies and be translated into 15 different languages.
The film came out in 1990, directed by and starring Kevin Costner, and was both a commercial and critical smash. Along with screenplay, it won six other Oscars, including best picture. The script also won the prize at the WGA Awards and the Golden Globes.
Blake most recently wrote a »
- Alex Stedman
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