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Oscar Best Picture: What’s Wrong With Well-Crafted Entertainment?

2 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

What do voters have against movies that are well-made — and also as entertaining as hell?

Among this year’s typically serious and/or weighty crop of frontrunners, there are at least three dramas set during wartime (“Unbroken,” “American Sniper” and “The Imitation Game”) and a slew of biopics (all three of the previously mentioned films, “Selma,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Wild.”) All of these films, along with “Foxcatcher,” are based on true stories.

But can’t Oscar make room for some titles that represent exceedingly well-crafted fun? While a “District 9” might slip in from time to time, odds are fairly slim that “Guardians of the Galaxy,” a film that critics and audiences adored, will sneak into the best picture noms. Over at Rotten Tomatoes, “Guardians” is sitting pretty with a 90% fresh rating, higher than many frontrunners (“Theory of Everything”: 82%, “Imitation Game”: 84%, “Foxcatcher”: 85%.) The film was »

- Jenelle Riley

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5 reasons why 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' should be nominated for Best Picture Oscar

24 November 2014 6:48 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

There are a boy and his dragon who deserve to have a safe landing among the Oscar nominees for Best Picture. Sure, "How to Train Your Dragon 2" will be nominated for Best Animated Feature, but it's worthy of much higher academy consideration, too. Here are my five reasons why: 1. Three in 87 years? Come on! Twenty-two years ago "Beauty and the Beast" made history by being the first animated feature to score a Best Picture Oscar nomination. Eighteen years later -- and only after the Academy decided to up its Best Picture nominations from five to as many as 10 -- "Up" pulled off the same feat along with "Toy Story 3" the following year (2011). Those are just three animated films in the Oscar's 87-year history that have managed to squeak into the ultimate awards category. If Oscar is paying attention, this year we should see another added to that exclusive »

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Childhood Memories: ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

21 November 2014 8:24 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

We all have holiday traditions. Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, then Central Ohio, then Western Pennsylvania again, we had more than a few Christmas ones. Every Christmas morning, we weren’t allowed to open a single present until my father finished his coffee. And he took his time. When he finally gulped down the last swallow, we were still required to open present at a time. None of this chaotic ripping into boxes and bags simultaneously while no one paid any attention to anything anyone else opened. We all watched each other one-by-one open a gift, thank the giver, and look to the next person in the circle to take his or her turn.

Outside of those Christmas Day traditions, we had one Christmas Eve tradition that was never, ever, Ever under consideration for alteration. Every year, we’d go to church for the 45-60 minute evening service (in our second stint in Pennsylvania, »

- Joshua Gaul

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Toronto Film Production Update - December 2014

20 November 2014 3:52 PM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Thanks to TorontoFilm.Net, here is the Toronto Film Production Update for December 2014:

12 Monkeys Season 1

TV Series

Aug 6 – Dec 5/14

Adventures Of Napkin Man

TV Series

Dec 09 - Dec 19/14

Annedroids Season 4

TV Series 

Jul 29 – Dec. 23/14


Beauty And The Beast Season 3

TV Series

Aug. 28 – Feb 06/15

Between Season 1

TV Series

Oct. 20 – Dec. 16/14

Dark Matter Season 1

TV Series

Jan 7 – May 15/2015

Hannibal Season 3

TV Series

Oct 20/14 - Apr 02/15

Hemlock Grove Season 3

TV Series

Dec 08/14 - Apr 30/15

Man Seeking Woman

TV Series

Oct 6 - Dec. 19/14


Mini Series

Dec 8/14 – Feb. 15/15

Reign Season 2

TV Series

Jul 07 - Apr 13/15



Oct 14 – Dec 15/14

Saving Hope Season 3

TV Series

Jun 11 - Dec 15/14

Single Ladies Season 4

TV- Series

Nov 3 – Dec 23/14

The Expanse

TV Series

Oct 28/14 - Mar 27/15

The Good Witch Season One

TV Series

Oct. 15/14 – Feb. 13/15

The Steps


Nov 03 - Dec 05/14

The Strain Season 2

TV Series

Nov. 17/4 – Apr. 30/15

Time Vampire

TV Series

Oct-14/14 – March 3, 2015 »

- Michael Stevens

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7 Things You Didn’t Know About 'The Little Mermaid'

17 November 2014 3:19 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

How many wonders can one cavern hold?

It's been 25 years since The Little Mermaid has been a part of our world and in honor of the film's silver anniversary we're revealing seven "treasures untold" about the Disney classic.

Watch: Secrets of 'The Lion King' Revealed


7. I spy Mickey Mouse and friends!

In the opening scene when Ariel's father King Triton arrives at the arena, you can briefly see Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck in the crowd of sea-people. Don't blink because you might miss them!

6."Part of Your World" was almost cut from the movie.

Ariel almost lost her big solo number after the song didn't test well with children in early screenings. Thankfully, another screening was set up and was a greater success with an adult audience. Could you imagine the film without that song?


5. Was Prince Eric related to Sleeping Beauty?

In the dining room in Prince Eric's castle »

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The Tried-and-True Formula for Real Disney Magic

17 November 2014 12:15 PM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

We’ve all felt it — that innate sense of happy that comes from consuming anything Disney. A vanilla ice cream bar with a chocolate coating tastes like vanilla ice cream with a chocolate coating. At least, until you mold it into the shape of Mickey Mouse’s face, then it tastes like a a smiling, satisfied inner child. We may never be able to explain the ice cream part (either it’s because Mickey Mouse-shaped ice cream is only sold in Disney Parks, or because they’re lacing the vanilla with heroin) but we can at least explain how it works with Disney movies. What is it about a Disney film that so consistently gives us the warm and fuzzies? Is it just nostalgia? Well, yes and no. If we look to the Disney films of the late ’80s through the ’90s — commonly referred to as the Disney Renaissance – a pattern emerges. A »

- Adam Bellotto

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Soundtracking: Disney's Top 10 Greatest Songs

16 November 2014 9:05 PM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »


It was 25 years ago today that Disney’s The Little Mermaid hit theatres, rejuvenating a slumbering animation giant and igniting a new era for the studio that would produce some of its greatest and most beloved hits. The Little Mermaid  -- on sale at the Cineplex Store for its anniversary! -- also featured dazzling songs from Alan Menkenand Howard Ashman, helping set a high musical bar for the films that would follow in its wake.

In honour of the film’s anniversary, we are pleased to present a list of the Top 10 Disney songs of all-time.

In the interest of fairness, only one song was chosen per film and the list is restricted to films from Disney Animation Studios.

10. “Heigh-Ho” from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Disney’s very first ear-worm, the end-of-the-workday sing-along from the Snow White’s mining companions was one of the earliest examples that Disney »

- Shane McNeil

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Celebrate 25 Years of The Little Mermaid with 25 Things Even Superfans May Not Know

14 November 2014 8:45 AM, PST | | See recent news »

The Little Mermaid, the movie that launched Disney's animated renaissance, premiered 25 years ago this Nov. 15. That might seem hard to believe for those of us who caught it in theaters, but we've had a quarter-century of snarfblats and dinglehoppers since then. In honor of the film's silver anniversary, we're presenting a list of things that you might not know about The Little Mermaid, even if you were one of those kids who wore out your VHS copy. 1. It wasn't expected to be a hit It's been alleged that Jeffrey Katzenberg, Disney's CEO at the time, thought that The Little Mermaid »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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'The Little Mermaid' Facts: 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Disney Masterpiece

14 November 2014 1:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Hard to imagine, but there was a time, before the release of "The Little Mermaid," when even Disney's own studio chief didn't expect much from the movie because it was a "girl's film." But Jeffrey Katzenberg was happy to be proved wrong when the film was released 25 years ago this week (on November 17, 1989).

"The Little Mermaid" was not only an enormous critical and commercial success, but it also launched a creative renaissance in Disney's animated features (including such modern classics as "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King") and a wave of princess-mania that continues to this day.

Still, as many times as you or your kids have watched "Little Mermaid" (probably many, many, many times), there's a lot you may not know about it, including who almost starred in it, who the characters were drawn to look like, and what was really up with that scene of the bishop with the bulging pants. »

- Gary Susman

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Sliff 2014 Review – Cheatin’

13 November 2014 3:06 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Cheatin’ screens at the Tivoli Theatre on Saturday, November 15 at 3 Pm as part of the 23rd Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival. Order your tickets here

To para-phrase John Melloncamp’s classic tune, here’s “A little ditty ’bout Jake and Ella”. Or to be more concise, here’s a wonderful, imaginative feature animated film from the warped pencil of cartooning master Bill Plympton. He’s the man who directed the Oscar nominated shorts “Your Face ” and “Guard Dog” and went on to full-length features like The Tune and I Married A Strange Person. Well, he’s at it again with a story of two star-crossed lovers who meet on a fateful day at the carnival’s bumper car ride. Ella is a vision  who hovers over the ground in a bright yellow flowing dress and bonnet with ribbons that leave a pink trail, her “kewpie doll’-like face, »

- Jim Batts

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Japan Box Office: 'Beauty and the Beast' Tops Weekend

11 November 2014 4:12 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Beauty and the Beast, released locally as Bijo to Yaju – the title of the original fairytale in Japanese, topped the weekend box office in Japan with $986,000 (¥114 million) after debuting in the third spot last week for distributor Gaga. The French-German production, starring Vincent Cassel as the beast, saw its take drop significantly from its debut over the three-day holiday last weekend, but still rose to the top of the charts. In an unspectacular weekend at the Japanese box office, supernatural thriller Twilight Sasara Saya, starring Yui Aragaki as a young widowed mother, brought in

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- Gavin J. Blair

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Barnes & Noble 50% Off Criterion Sale 2014! Top Titles to Buy!

10 November 2014 9:36 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

It's that time of year again and it's time to update the list for the second half of 2014 as Barnes & Noble has just kicked off their 50% off Criterion sale and as impossible a task as it is to cut things down to just a few titles, I have done my best to break Criterion's titles down into a few categories. Hopefully those looking for box sets, specific directors or what I think are absolute musts will find this makes things a little bit easier. Let's get to it... First Picks I was given the Zatoichi collection for Christmas last year and being a collection that holds 25 films and another disc full of supplementary material it is the absolute definition of a must buy when it comes to the Criterion Collection. It is, once again, on sale for $112.49, half off the Msrp of $224.99, and worth every penny. I spent the entire year going through it. »

- Brad Brevet

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Jena Malone Shows Us What Belle From Beauty and the Beast Would Look Like Today

10 November 2014 12:43 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Jena Malone recently walked the red carpet at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay London premiere—but by the look of her latest outfit, did she accidentally dress for the Disney Princess premiere? The 29-year-old actress's outfit is a little too similar to that of Princess Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and we suspect that this was no accident. That bright yellow satin skirt is the dead giveaway, although that high-waist and open slit in the front offer a more contemporary take on Belle's signature yellow ruffle gown. The Sucker Punch star got saucy with the top half of her outfit, showing some skin with a shoulder-baring ivory body suit (back in the day, Belle would have never dared to be so »

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The Hunger Games Is Being Adapted for the Stage

7 November 2014 8:45 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Get ready for The Hunger Games - in the flesh! Lionsgate, which took Suzanne Collins's best-selling trilogy of books and made them into blockbuster films, is now developing a live stage production "using innovative and immersive staging techniques," the company announced Friday. Lionsgate is partnering with live production company Imagine Nation (co-founded by award-winning Broadway producer Robin de Levita) and Triangular Entertainment to create the stage show, which will launch in the summer of 2016. A special theater is being built especially for the show next to Wembley Stadium in London, and there is expected to be some kind of traveling version of the show, »

- Tim Nudd, @nudd

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The Hunger Games Is Being Adapted for the Stage

7 November 2014 8:40 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Get ready for The Hunger Games - in the flesh! Lionsgate, which took Suzanne Collins's best-selling trilogy of books and made them into blockbuster films, is now developing a live stage production "using innovative and immersive staging techniques," the company announced Friday. Lionsgate is partnering with live production company Imagine Nation (co-founded by award-winning Broadway producer Robin de Levita) and Triangular Entertainment to create the stage show, which will launch in the summer of 2016. A special theater is being built especially for the show next to Wembley Stadium in London, and there is expected to be some kind of traveling version of the show, »

- Tim Nudd, @nudd

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20 Cutest Disney Characters Of All Time: Rank 'Lion King,' Eeyore, Wall-e & more

6 November 2014 3:03 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Baymax, the loveable robot from Disney's new animated family flick "Big Hero 6," is huggably soft for his size. He "lives" to heal and aid heart-heavy protagonist Hiro and his band of friends in a high-tech adventure; his hilarious attempts to adopt everyday parlance is fantastically stunted, he squeaks when he walks and his puffy hands and little black eyes are endearingly warm. Even for a piece of technology. If there's one thing you can say about Disney, it's that the company has churned out some of the cutest, affable, disarmingly huggable characters in cinematic history. They've even made adorkable robots before -- how bad did you want to squeeze Wall-e? Super bad. From the baby animals in "Bambi" and "The Lion King"; to sea life in "Little Mermaid" and puppies in "101 Dalmatians" and mice in "Cinderella"; to fluffy sidekicks in "Jungle Book," "Up" and "Pinnocio"; to neurotic companions in »

- Katie Hasty

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37 Mistakes That Prove No Family Movie Is Perfect

6 November 2014 3:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Family-friendly movies are designed to entertain the entire gang, from your great-grandmother down to your goofy toddler -- but good family fun doesn't guarantee a free pass when it comes to movie mistakes.

From classics, like "The Goonies," to your favorite animated flicks, like "Beauty and the Beast," here are 37 of the most notable "oops" moments from family films.

As usual, all photos are courtesy of »

- Jonny Black

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‘Expendables 3′ Tops Japanese Box Office

5 November 2014 2:50 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tokyo: “Expendables 3″ topped the Japanese box office for the Nov. 1-2 weekend, earning $1.57 million on 154,544 admissions on 314 screens. The pic’s take for the three-day holiday weekend, including Nov. 3, was $2.13 million. Bowing at number two was “Clover,” a romantic comedy based on a popular TV series that scored $1.49 million on 146,563 admissions and 298 screens. The film’s three-day total, $2.19 million, topped that of “E3.” Debuting in the third spot was French director Christophe Gans’ live-action version of the classic “Beauty and the Beast” with $1.46 million on 136,028 admissions and 154 screens. Its three-day take of $2.05 million indicates a $10 million-plus hit finish. The end of the Japan Series baseball championship and the Tokyo International Film Festival, as well as the Monday holiday and the Nov. 1 “Service Day” of first-of-the-month ticket discounts spurred a healthy weekend-on uptick in overall Bo. »

- Mark Schilling

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Shailene Woodley and Sam Smith Are Clear Frontrunners Among 2015 People's Choice Nominees

4 November 2014 7:39 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

The people have spoken and they're loving Sam and Shailene!

After weeks of voting on which celebs should make the cut to be nominees in the 2015 People's Choice Awards, the ballot has been crafted and the nominees have been announced.

Anna Faris and Allison Janney, stars of the CBS sitcom Mom, hosted the grand announcement, held at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles. The duo were joined by other TV stars, including Katharine McPhee and Dylan McDermott, to present the long list of categories and nominees.

News: Shailene Defends On-Screen Nudity: 'When I Have Sex, I'm Naked'

In movies, 22-year-old Shailene Woodley is the clear front-runner with four nominations, while Sam Smith is leading the music pack with four nominations of his own. Not to be outdone, Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale has secured nominations in both TV and music categories.

Now, it's time to vote again, this time for »

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People's Choice Awards nominations: Shailene Woodley, Pharrell lead

4 November 2014 12:31 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The nominations for the People's Choice Awards 2015 have been revealed.

Mom stars Anna Faris and Allison Janney will host the ceremony, which will take place in January 2015.

Shailene Woodley picked up four nominations including Favourite Dramatic Movie Actress and Favourite Action Movie Actress. Her roles in Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars also saw her score two nods in the Favourite Movie Duo category.

22 Jump Street star Channing Tatum received the most actor nominations, getting Favourite Movie Actor and Favourite Comedic Movie Actor nods alongside a Favourite Movie Duo nomination with co-star Jonah Hill.

The Favourite Movie Actress category will see Jennifer Lawrence take on Angelina Jolie, Emma Stone, Scarlett Johansson and Melissa McCarthy. The Hunger Games star also received a Favourite Action Movie Actress nomination.

Meanwhile, the TV awards see Grey's Anatomy, Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries receive the most nods, as the latter two battle each other »

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