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“Audiences can expect all the great moments of the Noah story . . . the Ark, the animals, the Nephilim, the first rainbow, the dove. But hopefully they are captured in new and unexpected ways. Instead of repeating what’s been seen before, we looked carefully at what is written in Genesis, and then created a setting on screen where we felt these miracles could take place.”
- Director Darren Aronofsky
Just as Noah was finishing the Ark, the skies darkened, the floodgates opened and the hardest rain earth has ever known fell upon the land for 40 days and 40 nights. Check out the second trailer for Paramount Pictures’ Noah.
Academy Award winner Russell Crowe portrays the man chosen by God to undertake a momentous mission of rescue before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world. »
- Michelle McCue
From the inspirational story of courage, sacrifice, hope and redemption, Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan,” “The Wrestler,” “The Fountain”) brings to the screen Noah. Academy Award winner Russell Crowe portrays the man chosen by God to undertake a momentous mission of rescue before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world. Never before has the full story been brought to life on screen in a vivid epic – inviting the audience to experience these spectacular events through the eyes and emotions of Noah and his family, as they journey through fear and faith, destruction and triumph, hardship and hope.
The production took the film’s world-class cast and crew on their own unexpected journey as they set out to intensively research Noah’s world, honor the text and board an authentic Ark, hand-built to biblically-detailed specifications. In every aspect of the film’s performances, action and innovative special-effects, the creative team’s aim was »
- Michelle McCue
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
streaming now, before it’s in theaters
Alan Partridge (aka Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa): comedian Steve Coogan is still, hilariously, the same old awful, insecure jerk, but the media satire that has always revolved around the character is somewhat diminished [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
The Broken Circle Breakdown: heartbreaking melodrama about married musicians and the impact a sick child has on their relationship [at Amazon Instant Video] Frozen: the showstopping central musical number is a glorious anthem to female power and ability… and so, in fact, is the whole wonderful movie; Disney is finally getting it [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
new to Prime
L.A. Confidential: dazzling noir thriller of organized crime, sleazy tabloid journalism, and murder [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] The Usual Suspects: find out who Keyser Söze is again [at Amazon Instant Video]
new to stream
- MaryAnn Johanson
The so-called "McConaissance" is complete now that Matthew McConaughey, shirtless hunk-turned-serious thespian, has won Best Actor for his performance in "Dallas Buyers Club." He did it on his first nomination. While that may seem like an impressive feat, he's actually the 12th to do so in the last quarter-century. That means almost half of the last 25 Best Actor winners have taken home gold on their very first try. The last 11 were: 2011: Jean Dujardin ("The Artist") 2006: Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland") 2005: Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Capote") 2004: Jamie Foxx ("Ray") 2002: Adrien Brody ("The Pianist") 1998: Roberto Benigni ("Life is Beautiful") 1996: Geoffrey Rush ("Shine") 1995: Nicolas Cage ("Leaving Las Vegas") 1991: Anthony Hopkins ("The Silence of the Lambs »
I received a Kindle for Christmas and I absolutely love it. I am not a particularly fast reader, but with this device my reading speed has dramatically increased and one thing I do every day is check the Kindle Daily Deals at Amazon as they frequently offer something worth picking up for only $1.99. Well, today the list is rather long as they have 34 books that eventually inspired award-winning movies on sale. No, this doesn't mean Oscar winning as you'll notice the book that helped inspire Ron Howard's Rush is included here and the Academy couldn't even see fit to offer it a Sound nomination. However, we all saw Daniel Bruhl take home a few awards already so it definitely counts. Books that inspired this year's Oscar crop are limited to the books behind Philomena and The Invisible Woman, but there is a lot more to take away beyond that. »
- Brad Brevet
The 86th Academy Awards are this Sunday evening, and we're counting down the minutes!
We've already given you our Oscar predictions, and now we're bringing you a few of the best (and craziest) Academy Awards facts. From the first Best Actor winner to the "one dollar" Oscar rule, here are 23 things you (probably) don't know about the Oscars.
1. The youngest Oscar winner was Tatum O'Neal, who won Best Supporting Actress for "Paper Moon" (1973) when she was only 10 years old. Shirley Temple won the short-lived Juvenile Award at 6 years old.
3. After winning Best Actress for "Cabaret" (1972), Liza Minnelli became (and still is) the only Oscar winner whose parents both earned Oscars. Her mother, Judy Garland, received an honorary award in 1939 and her father, Vincente Minnelli, »
- Jonny Black
Just as horse racing has its Triple Crown, red-carpet season has its own impressive awards haul that only the boldest of films aspire to win: the "Big Five" at the Oscars. Taking home a trophy in the Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay categories is considered a "sweep" at the Academy Awards, and this year's contest has American Hustle vying for the honor. In the 86-year history of the awards, 42 films have been nominated across the big five categories, with only three ever pulling off the sweep: 1934's It Happened One Night, 1975's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest »
- Kiran Hefa
Unless you're prediction-loving, number-crunching wizard Nate Silver, you probably find statistics pretty boring. But stats concerning the Academy Awards have always been fascinating, mostly because the Oscars are just plain weird, and riddled with anomalies.
The ceremony got its start in the late 1920s, when movies were just making their transition into sound, and early nominees and categories reflected the sheer chaos of those halcyon days of what would eventually become Hollywood's golden age. (Though, of course, any film aficionado worth his/her salt would have a strong opinion about the exact dates that that age entailed.)
As the Oscars tradition continued, the awards became a bit more traditional themselves, settling into a predictable pattern of narratives that have stayed relatively consistent to this day. But there are always idiosyncrasies hiding in the woodwork, and the Academy Awards have them in spades. Here, we've collected some of the most distinctive »
- Katie Roberts
It’s no secret that our beloved horror movies are often snubbed at the Academy Awards. The horror genre as a whole just doesn’t get all that much respect in the world of cinema, which is why it’s so important for us fans to support and spread the word on the movies we love. Quite frankly, if we're not doing it, nobody’s going to do it for us.
That said, there are a handful of horror movies over the years that have defied tradition, and have actually managed to snag themselves those little golden statues. With the 86th Academy Awards heading our way this weekend, today we shine the spotlight on 10 of those movies, which made all of us horror fans proud!
Though the Academy Awards ceremony wasn’t televised until 1953, it actually began way back in 1929, held at a private dinner party. »
- John Squires
With more than 80 years of history under its belt, it's becoming much easier to pinpoint exactly the type of movies that'll win favour at the Oscars. Big-scale period epics, war films and musicals always tend to find favour with Academy voters, while on the acting front playing a President or a known historical figure is a sure-fire way to get attention.
But what about the movies that never get a look in? There are certain types of films - no matter how successful or how beloved by audiences - that simply never win big at the Oscars. Perhaps it's down to a lack of campaign push from the studio, the perception that they're not "Oscar movies", or Academy snobbery? Digital Spy takes a look at the films that are perennially ignored in the Best Picture race below...
The Arsenio Hall Show has been renewed for a second season.
Justin Hartley has joined the cast of the ABC comedy pilot Damaged Goods. The pilot, from Awkward. creator Lauren Iungerich, is a relationship comedy about two damaged men and two damaged women with Hartley playing a man who can’t handle his girlfriend getting the promotion he was pursuing. I think I prefer to see him playing a guy who is dating an tech billionaire with a vengeful pal.
In a sadly unsurprising development, the Biography channel is revamping into Fyi Network, which will feature upscale lifestyle programming.
Empire, the hip-hop drama pilot from Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, added to its cast Person of Interest alum Taraji P. Henson. She’ll play the wife of the drama’s music mogul, a woman who has done prison time for selling drugs to keep her husband’s music label »
- Lyle Masaki
Recasting is an aspect of filmmaking we all hate: audiences despise it because it creates a level of inconsistency in the product, and studio executives and the actors themselves are then left worrying whether fans will accept the new casting or outright reject it.
This can be particularly troublesome when recasting an already established character, such as The Silence of the Lambs’ Clarice Starling shifting from Jodie Foster to Julianne Moore in the sequel Hannibal (and a sucky script certainly didn’t help in that case), but what this article is going to look at is those actors who never really had a chance to prove themselves in the first place before being recast.
Whatever the reason, these 10 characters were initially played by one actor or actress, yet it wasn’t until a subsequent film, by which point the character had been recast, »
- Jack Pooley
In 2014, the week leading up to and including Academy Awards Sunday is packed with events, parties, pampering salons and luxury suites, so much so that Hollywood A-listers, nominees and influencers — who are, naturally, invited to everything — will need scorecards to keep track of it all. The good news about most of the fetes is that they are giving back, with charity elements fully integrated into the extravaganzas. Here’s our take on the stops along the way that make this week in Hollywood so uniquely over the top.
(This story will be updated with more parties and events as details are confirmed.)
Tuesday, Feb. 25
Bulgari ‘Decades Of Glamour’ Oscar Party
Where: Soho House
Who’s expected: Host Naomi Watts and her fabulous friends
Why you don’t want to miss it: Drool over Bulgari’s blingiest jewels and find a statement piece to wear to Sunday’s awards.
Oscar Celebrates: »
- Jenny Peters
If you have not heard of Dr. Hannibal Lecter, psychologist serial killer, you have probably been living under a rock since 1991. He has a renowned legacy of being one of cinemas most diabolically effective serial killers – and there are lots of those on the big screen. However, after Anthony Hopkins’ Academy Award winning portrayal of this character in 1991′s The Silence of the Lambs, the franchise itself has faded into relative obscurity.
Last year, Dr. Lecter made his television debut in Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal on NBC, a series that started out as a procedural chronicling the relationship between Dr. Lecter and FBI Special Agent Will Graham, then proceeded to become something much darker. Despite being ignored by the Emmys, it amassed a cult following amongst both television critics and fans, many of whom hailed it as one of the best shows currently on television.
It returns for a second season on February 28th, »
- Robert Tiemstra
On March 2nd, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will honor the best in film in 2013. Among those being honored are the lead actors who gave some of the best performances this year. In honor of this achievement, Indiewire decided to compile a list of films streaming online featuring lead actors who have won Oscars for their performances. Watch the following 22 performances in movies that are streaming online at Netflix, Hulu, SnagFilms, Amazon Prime and Hitbliss. "The Artist" (2011) - Jean Dujardin "The King's Speech" (2010) - Colin Firth "Crazy Heart" (2009) - Jeff Bridges "Milk" (2008) - Sean Penn "There Will Be Blood" (2007) - Daniel Day-Lewis "Mystic River" (2003) - Sean Penn "The Pianist" (2002) - Adrien Brody "Training Day" (2001) - Denzel Washington "Gladiator" (2000) - Russell Crowe "American Beauty" (1999) - Kevin Spacey Read More: Watch 18 Best Foreign Language Oscar Winners Online "Life Is Beautiful" (1997) - Robert Benigni "The Silence Of The Lambs" »
- Eric Eidelstein
Its main characters were barely known in the UK, but that hasn't stopped this spin-off from the 1960s Us cartoon Rocky & Bullwinkle rocketing to the top spot
• More on the UK box office
Despite competition from paid previews on The Lego Movie, DreamWorks Animation's Mr Peabody & Sherman posted a decent debut of £3.92m. Mind you, it's worth noting that Mr Peabody & Sherman likewise pursued a previews strategy – likely a knock-on effect of the Lego tactic – and these contributed a considerable £1.39m of the total. The figure compares favourably with previous DreamWorks Animation release Turbo, which landed with £3.89m, including £1.77m in previews, last October.
While Turbo, the story of a motor-racing snail, was one of DreamWorks Animation's lesser appealing titles, Mr Peabody & Sherman might still have struggled to match it. Conceptually, it's not an obvious easy sell – the story of an erudite beagle who adopts a »
- Charles Gant
The highly acclaimed new film Banshee Chapter (review here) is out on DVD, and right now we have your chance to score yourself a one-sheet autographed by Katia Winter, Michael McMillan, Corey Moosa, and director/writer Blair Erickson.
To enter for your chance to win, just send us an E-mail Here including your Full Name And Mailing Address. We’ll take care of the rest.
The contest will end at 12:01 Am, Monday, February 24, 2014.
XLrator Media has acquired all U.S. rights to writer/director Blair Erickson’s 3D horror-thriller Banshee Chapter starring Ted Levine (The Silence of the Lambs), Katia Winter (“Dexter”), and Michael McMillian (“True Blood”). The film was produced by Sunchaser Entertainment’s Stephanie Riggs, Before the Door’s Corey Moosa and Sean Akers, and Christian Arnold-Beutel. Zachary Quinto and Neal Dodson of Before the Door executive produced with Ben Samuels, Marcus Schoefer, and Gudrun Giddings. »
- Uncle Creepy
I’ve covered market research, test marketing, advertising, promotions, since the 1980s and every once in a while something comes along to warrant attention. In the early 1990s, it was a little-known company known as Marketcast and a man named Joseph Helfgot who had launched an alternative to the all-powerful (and monopolistic) market research company, Nrg. After I introduced Helfgot’s research methodology to Hollywood through a story about Orion Pictures, Nrg’s head Joe Farrell called, furious at me. He also called my bosses to try to discredit my reporting. The problem wasn’t the story itself, but that we brought attention to an outsider encroaching on Nrg’s territory. But I knew Helfgot was onto something: he was applying positioning studies long used on corporate brands … to movies. And, what’s more, he did it successfully — with Orion Pictures’ Dances With Wolves and The Silence Of the Lambs. »
- ANITA BUSCH
At this point we probably don't have to try to convince you that bugs are nature's most depraved, sadistic killers (if you still need convincing, read our story about mad scientist wasps that turn cockroaches into zombie slaves), but if you still need more proof, here's a tiny critter who seems like a combination of ninja and serial killer: the Assassin Bug. Photo © Nicky Bay Captured here by macro photographer Nicky Bay, this image of the assassin bug (of the family Reduviidae) shows how it uses the discarded body parts of ants as a “meat suit” that not only protects it from attackers, but creates a grisly shield that makes it easier for the assassin to infiltrate the ants' nests. Here's what it looks like underneath that nightmare suit of body parts... kinda cute, right? Photo: Wikimedia Commons Make no mistake, this critter's behaviour is anything but adorable: taking a »
- Gregory Burkart
Out of the Furnace, 2013.
Directed by Scott Cooper.
When Rodney Baze mysteriously disappears and law enforcement doesn't follow through fast enough, his older brother, Russell, takes matters into his own hands to find justice.
Watching Out of the Furnace I got a warm feeling inside. Not because the story is a delight or because the characters are charming (far, far from it), but because I was reminded of the cinematic sensibilities of American cinema of the 1970s. To my mind, nothing can touch the American New Wave for consistent brilliance; the film makers had something to say, often driven by political climates, or a vision so strong that nothing was going to get in their way, even if it ultimately resulted in financial failure. The art came first; an ethic seemingly lost today. »
- Gary Collinson
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