12 items from 2015
Tom Cruise has come a very long way since his screen debut in Franc Zeffirelli’s Endless Love (1981). Thirty six movies and a whole lot of stardom later and he’s still the biggest movie star on the planet. He is perhaps, also the biggest film star in movie history. You’d be hard pushed to offer up any other actor that’s sustained that level of popularity and box office pull for that long. There is a good reason for this too. Cruise polarises opinion of course and there are those that would see his downfall, but in large part that’s due to all things that have little if nothing to do with Tom Cruise the filmmaker.
Being Tom Cruise must take a special kind of energy. So special in fact that he has sustained that level of dash for nigh on thirty years without letting up. And if Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, »
- Paul Donovan
Box Office Sabermetrics is a weekly column that will attempt to apply the statistical analysis Sabermetrics, used in Baseball, to the box office results each weekend.
One of my favorite books, and favorite movies of the decade, is Moneyball. Telling the story of how A’s General Manager Billy Beane and his front office used statistical analytics – called Sabermetrics – to put together a winning team off a low budget and undervalued players. I’ve always enjoyed that side of Baseball, how integral we evaluate statistics is to the sport, so I thought it was high time I brought it to how we evaluate movies. Given that film is a subjective medium, the only real hard statistic we have to evaluate is box office returns. So, each week I will be taking a look at the weekend numbers and seeing what Baseball statistics have to say about them.
Here are the »
- Dylan Griffin
Anyone growing into pop culture consciousness during the mid-2000s will be familiar with a certain type of Tom Cruise, one labeled with some criticism in a recent Buzzfeed article as “Tom Cruise 2.0.” To them, Tom Cruise may have first become familiar as Ethan Hunt in the first Mission: Impossible movie, as an action star who, in spite of fearful insurance agents and publicists, prefers to do his own stunts—especially if they include declaring maniacal love for Katie Holmes atop Oprah Winfrey’s couch. He was probably their first introduction to the alien world of Scientology, or perhaps already known as the face of another hero thrust into the supernatural, having once served as the model for the titular character in Disney’s Aladdin.
This Tom Cruise, in spite of several critical successes in the past 10 years, has yet to shake completely the straws of tabloid fodder that prick up every time someone dares, »
- Christina Leo
Other films include "Moulin Rouge!" (2001) earning her a 'Golden Globe Award' for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and her first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Kidman's performance as 'Virginia Woolf' in the "The Hours" (2002) earned her an 'Academy Award' for Best Actress...
...the 'BAFTA Award' for Best Actress in a Leading Role, the 'Golden Globe' Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama and the 'Silver Bear' for Best Actress at the 'Berlin International Film Festival'.
Kidman's other notable films include "To Die For" (1995), for which she won her first Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, »
- Michael Stevens
Regular readers of the site will know that earlier this year we ran a series looking at the classic films of Keanu Reeves. This was to co-inside with the release of the fantastic John Wick; now we turn our attention to another big name from the nineties, Tom Cruise. Each week from now until the release of the highly anticipated fifth Mission Impossible film, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, we’ll be taking an in-depth look at the films that we feel are his classics.
Tom Cruise has had an extensive and wide-ranging career. Granted, he is most closely associated with films like last week’s subject Top Gun and the aforementioned Mission Impossible franchise, but he’s done much more than that. Some of his earlier years had him star in Ridley Scott’s Legend as well as the romantic period film Far and Away, one of the three films »
- Kat Smith
Star Wars collectors had plenty to drool over this year at San Diego Comic-Con, as Hasbro took to the stage and revealed some stunning new six inch figures from their Black Series line, including ones from the cartoon series and the upcoming movie. Now you can check out their reveals thanks to high-res images!
I'd be lying if I said that seeing Hasbro's new Star Wars toys wasn't one of the Sdcc panels I was looking forward to most. As an avid Star Wars collector, I've been anxious to see what was in store. Sadly, they didn't reveal the new line of The Force Awakens figures that are set to release in just a couple months. Many of us were suprised about this lack of information, but that doesn't mean cool stuff wasn't revealed.
Hasbro kicked things off with their six inch, The Black Series, line of toys (my personal »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Walking along Ventry beach in south west island, it's easy to see how a filmmaker might be inspired by the spectacular landscape: the rolling hills and craggy rocks, the overwhelming air of tranquillity. But the inspiration for animator Tomm Moore's new film, the Oscar-nominated Song Of The Sea, was inspired by a less than tranquil experience.
About a decade ago, Moore was staying on holiday in the nearby town of Dingle, and visited Ventry beach with his 10-year-old son. To their horror, they found the beach littered with the bodies of dead grey seals. Reports at the time suggested that local fishermen, who blamed the seals for dwindling fish stocks, were responsible for the cull.
"I was talking to a local lady, and we were disturbed by »
In this era of fairy-tale prequels, sequels and spinoffs, how often do we encounter stories of wicked queens, licentious kings and captive princesses in which we don’t already know what happens next? That’s the thrill of Matteo Garrone’s “Tale of Tales,” a lavishly realized and long-overdue adaptation of three stories from 17th-century Neapolitan scribe Giambattista Basile’s “Pentamerone,” which predates and even inspired many of the classics in heavy rotation today, from Rapunzel to Cinderella. Whereas Walt Disney mostly overlooked Basile, the brothers Grimm were big fans, and the sheer volume of bloodshed, off-color coupling and dark comedy clearly puts Garrone’s film in the category of adult-skewing fairy tales (but not that sordid subgenre of softcore exploitation movies that issued from Italy in the ’70s), which seems likely to result in the director’s largest international showing yet, aided by its cast of familiar faces and English-language script. »
- Peter Debruge
Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness, Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban at the Oscars Wolverine Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness at the Academy Awards Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness, along with Best Actress nominee Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban, are pictured above arriving at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Stage and screen actor-singer Hugh Jackman was the Oscar ceremony host a couple of years ago, while Nicole Kidman was a 2011 Best Actress nominee for her performance as a bereaved mother in John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole, co-starring Aaron Eckhart and Dianne Wiest. More on Kidman further below. Recent Hugh Jackman movies The most recent film efforts of the Sydney-born Hugh Jackman were Gavin Hood's X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), in which he has the (second half of the) title role, and Baz Luhrmann's epic romance Australia (2008). Co-starring Nicole Kidman, »
- D. Zhea
As St. Patrick's Day approaches, you want Irish green not just in your garments or your beer, but in your movies, too. A quarter-century ago, it would have been nearly impossible to compile a decent list of Irish movies, but then the Emerald Isle enjoyed an explosion of talent in the 1990s, led by such filmmakers as Jim Sheridan and Neil Jordan and such actors as Stephen Rea and Brendan Gleeson.
Today, there's a rich catalog of Irish movies to choose from. To maintain focus, we've kept this list restricted to films made in Ireland or at least set there. (Movies about Irish folks abroad, like "In Bruges," or their descendants in America, from "Far and Away" to "The Brothers McMullen" to "The Departed," will have to wait for another St. Patrick's Day.) Certain tropes reappear often -- glib talkers, hard drinkers, green fields, stern priests, mythical creatures, fanatical Irish Republican Army fighters, »
- Gary Susman
Far and away the biggest announcement coming out of Microsoft‘s conference yesterday was the reveal of the HoloLens, an augmented reality headset that will allegedly turn science fiction into science fact. A bold claim, no doubt, but one exciting tidbit buried amongst the white noise was news that the Redmond-based giant is considering bringing some of its major franchises to PC.
Buoyed by the upcoming release of its Windows 10 operating system, here’s what Microsoft had to share in relation to bringing some of its IP to the platform.
“Today we announced that we are bringing Fable Legends to Windows 10 PCs, day-and-date with the Xbox One version in 2015. This means Fable fans running Windows 10 will be able to play against their fellow gamers on Xbox One. It’s the same game, in the same world, on the same map.
“Fable Legends is just the first of the major game »
- Michael Briers
After launching his career as a teen Mouseketeer on the Mickey Mouse Club alongside Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Ryan Gosling and Christina Aguilera, Tony Lucca has enjoyed a steady, incredibly prolific music career. With nearly two decades of experience in the music industry under his belt, Lucca is releasing his first self-titled album. Tony Lucca, on Jan. 27. His decision to make his 10th full-length studio album a self-titled one was no accident: This is "honestly, creatively, just such a fresh start" for Lucca, he tells People. "This music is as much 'me' as anything I've ever put out," he explains, »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
12 items from 2015
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