Youngsters and oldsters alike…here is the reel deal: The New York International Children’s Film Festival (Nyicff) will be making its presence known in the upcoming days. On tap for the 18th annual event will be a noted variety of creative animated films and shorts for all ages to enjoy and relish. The New York International Children’s Film Festival promises to serve up an array of animated showcases that boasts all styles and formats that should prove imaginative and appealing to our past and present childhood memories.
Please note that the Nyicff will run its operation from February 27, 2015 to March 22, 2015. Additionally, the majority of these impressive feature-length and short films have experienced critical acclaim overseas. Therefore, the impact of the Nyicff’s cinematic selections should be rewarding for ardent fans of animated film fodder designed to capture the spirit of its enthusiastic viewers.
Among the films being displayed »
- Frank Ochieng
Aniston has starred in such films as “Cake” (2014), “We’re the Millers” (2013), “Horrible Bosses” (2011), “Marley & Me” (2008) and “Bruce Almighty” (2003). She also starred in all ten seasons of “Friends,” for which she won the 2002 Emmy® Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
Miller co-stars in “American Sniper” and “Foxcatcher,” both of which have garnered multiple Oscar nominations this year. She previously appeared in such features as “Factory Girl” (2006) and “Layer Cake” (2005). Her upcoming films include “High-Rise,” “Adam Jones” and “Lost City of Z.”
Oyelowo portrayed Martin Luther King, Jr. in this year’s Best Picture nominee “Selma.” His other recent feature credits include “A Most Violent Year” (2014), “Interstellar” (2014), “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” (2013) and “Jack Reacher” (2012). He will next be »
- Michelle McCue
Jennifer Aniston, Sienna Miller, David Oyelowo, Chris Pratt, Chris Rock and John Travolta will be presenters at this year’s Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC. Aniston has starred in such films as “Cake” (2014), “We’re the Millers” (2013), “Horrible Bosses” (2011), “Marley & Me” (2008) and “Bruce Almighty” (2003). She also starred in all ten seasons of “Friends,” for which she won the 2002 Emmy® Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Miller co-stars in “American Sniper” and “Foxcatcher,” both of which have garnered multiple Oscar® nominations this year. She previously appeared in such features as “Factory Girl” (2006) and “Layer Cake” (2005). Her upcoming films include “High-Rise,” “Adam Jones” and “Lost City of Z.” Oyelowo portrayed Martin Luther King, Jr. in this year’s Best Picture nominee “Selma.” His other recent feature credits include “A Most Violent Year »
- Josh Abraham
Something looks different here...and we can't quite put our finger on it. Uma Thurman stepped out on Monday to attend the premiere party for her new miniseries The Slap in NYC, where the 44-year-old star turned heads—and is making headlines today—due to her apparent new look. Wearing bright red lip stick and minimal eye makeup, the Kill Bill beauty posed for pics in an all-black ensemble, flashing a subtle smile while showing off her very smooth skin. After the images first surfaced, fans quickly began commenting that the Pulp Fiction star looks different, due, in part, to her nearly fresh-faced appearance. Only seeming sporting bold lips and skin-smoothing foundation, the »
Imagine this scenario. You hire Samuel L. Jackson to play the lead villain in your new spy thriller. You are expecting the gravitas of Nick Fury, the dominance of Jules from Pulp Fiction, and perhaps a sliver of the over-the-top insanity Jackson brought to Snakes on a Plane. But then he brings his interpretation of the character to you. and it.s not what you expected at all. This is how Matthew Vaughn spins it while telling me about his new film Kingsman: The Secret Service, and Sam Jackson.s sinister turn as Valentine. The megalomaniac is cut from the cloth of classic James Bond villains, with an evil plan to rid the world of . well, I don.t want to reveal that. However, when Jackson brought his ideas to Vaughn during pre-production, they included such unusual choices as a lisp, and an extreme aversion to blood. As Vaughn remembers, »
Another week goes by and another podcast rolls in. More tasty movie morsels for your good self this week including Tom’s Trivia Three – Open up and let us give you a triple serving of awesome movie trivia!! Reviews – The Interview, Patrick’s Day, Jupiter Ascending, Shaun The Sheep A critically acclaimed screen actor quotes lines from movies he hasn’t starred in – This week our acclaimed actor takes on Rocky Ultimate Recast Reboot – We recast and reboot Pulp Fiction in a one off using our Urr All stars News – BAFTA And we have plenty of ways of making you listen... TuneIn App Users Click here – iOS / Android / Windows Phone Stitcher Users Click here – iOS / Android Subscribe on iTunes – Click here (Click view in iTunes and the click Subscribe) If you’re already a subscriber, the latest episode is ready to download. iPhone / iPad Users– Click here to open your iTunes podcast app and click. »
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This week will see Samuel L. Jackson creating a little chaos as the bad guy in Kingsman: The Secret Service before he gets back into hero mode for The Avengers: Age of Ultron in May. And now we have word that Jackson will work with a director he hasn't yet collaborated with before. Deadline reports Tim Burton is recruiting the Pulp Fiction star for a role in his adaptation of the young adult fantasy novel Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children that's set up at 20th Century Fox. The film follows a young boy who discovers an orphanage on an island where children with special powers are cared for. Read on! The story focuses on 16-year old Jacob Portman (Asa Butterfield of Ender's Game), who seeks the truth about his grandfather's past after he's murdered by a “hollow,” a creature thought to be imaginary. But in his search for the truth, »
- Ethan Anderton
Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story has found its Johnnie Cochran. The FX series has cast Courtney B. Vance (Law & Order: Criminal Intent, State of Affairs) to play the role of the flamboyant defense attorney in the first season of the anthology series. Starring alongside Vance in American Crime Story, entitled The People V. O.J. Simpson, will be Sarah Paulson (a veteran of Murphy’s American Horror Story) as prosecutor Marcia Clark, Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire) as O.J. Simpson himself, John Travolta (Pulp Fiction) as defense attorney Robert Shapiro, and David Schwimmer (Friends) as Robert Kardashian. The first season of American Crime Story, which was ordered straight to series by FX back in October, will examine the infamous trial of NFL star O.J. Simpson from the perspectives of the lawyers involved and be based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book. The Run of His Life: The People V. O.J. Simpson, »
- Chris King
Looking back at the cinematic calendar for 1994 and the quantity of modern classics released within those 365 days is staggering. Pulp Fiction, Four Weddings And A Funeral, Forrest Gump… all mainstream hits that enraptured both audiences and critics. If you brush aside the popular chaff you’ll find a handful of genre gems; in particular, Roland Emmerich’s underrated sci-fi flick, Stargate.
Emmerich, currently gearing up to relaunch his blockbuster franchise Independence Day, is hard at work on simultaneously kickstarting the Stargate brand. The in-development movie – which is heralded as the beginning of a new trilogy – has now found its writers. According to a report from THR, Emmerich appears to be employing those with whom he’s already familiar. Nicolas Wright and James A. Woods, who helped ID2 land the greenlight thanks to their script, are now on board to pen the first Stargate instalment.
The duo have struck up a »
- Gem Seddon
Now this is a list that could result in a lot of fascinating dissection and thanks to HitFix it comes to our attention almost three years after it was originally released back in 2012, celebrating the Motion Picture Editors Guild's 75th anniversary. Over at HitFix, Kris Tapley asks, "Is this news to anyone elsec" Um, yes, I find it immensely interesting and a perfect starting point for anyone looking to further explore the art of film editing. In an accompanying article we get the particulars concerning what films were eligible and how films were to be considered: In our Jan-feb 12 issue, we asked Guild members to vote on what they consider to be the Best Edited Films of all time. Any feature-length film from any country in the world was eligible. And by "Best Edited," we explained, we didn't just mean picture; sound, music and mixing were to be considered as well. »
- Brad Brevet
A random bit of researching on a Tuesday night led me to something I didn't know existed: The Motion Picture Editors Guild's list of the 75 best-edited films of all time. It was a feature in part celebrating the Guild's 75th anniversary in 2012. Is this news to anyone else? I confess to having missed it entirely. Naturally, I had to dig in. What was immediately striking to me about the list — which was decided upon by the Guild membership and, per instruction, was considered in terms of picture and sound editorial as opposed to just the former — was the most popular decade ranking. Naturally, the 1970s led with 17 mentions, but right on its heels was the 1990s. I wouldn't have expected that but I happen to agree with the assessment. Thelma Schoonmaker's work on "Raging Bull" came out on top, an objectively difficult choice to dispute, really. It was so transformative, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Vimeo user Jacob T. Swinney has cut together a 90-second video "exploring" Quentin Tarantino's use of sound throughout his career including just about everything you can imagine from beer pouring out of a tap to an adrenaline shot to the chest. His entire feature length oeuvre so far is included, which means Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained. It almost plays out as if it's Tarantino by way of Edgar Wright, utilizing that similar quick editing Wright has parodied in his films, chiefly Hot Fuzz. Perhaps Tarantino would even respect it as such given the fact he sat with Wright for a commentary on that very film. vimeo id="118431867" width="500" »
- Brad Brevet
Although it comes as no great shock, Fifty Shades of Grey has officially been granted an 18 certificate for "strong sex and nudity".
It's something of a rarity these days to even see a film get an 18, with studios keen to get their films in front of the widest possible audiences. The highest classification is usually reserved for movies containing extreme sex or violence, but it doesn't necessarily have to mean it's box office poison.
Given the right story circumstances, an 18 can hit the target and find financial success. You only need to glance back to late last year to see the column inches/pixels generated by David Fincher's explosive Gone Girl.
Digital Spy takes a look at the 20 highest-grossing 18 certificate movies in the UK below (note: figures are not adjusted for inflation):
Release date: January 17, 2014
Total UK box office takings: £22,699,724
2. Gone Girl
The 1990′s introduced the world to Quentin Tarantino, saw the creation of the Nc-17 rating, and began the slow call toward fully computer animated films. It began the slow (still slow) movement toward a more diverse industry, with the first African-American director earning an Oscar nomination (John Singleton for “Boyz in the Hood”). And the year after one of the greatest years in the history of film, 1995 came plodding along, trying to keep up. So, for the first definitive list of 2015, we are going to look back 20 years at a year that, at first glance, doesn’t look so hot. It’s ripe with flops, but it’s also full of debuts, trailblazing beginnings, and better films than it gets credit for. But, the caveat still stands: this is not a “best of” list. In fact, there are a lot of bad movies on this list. But, they are movies that made a cultural impact, »
- Joshua Gaul
“All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl.”
Quentin Tarantino took Jean-Luc Godard’s quote to heart, populating his blood-splattered films with some of the most iconic female characters in the last twenty-five years. There’s almost always a female lead or, at the very least, a villain.
Case in point: Kill Bill. Nearly all the leads – with the exception of the aforementioned Bill – are ladies, and they’re all very, very, very deadly. Luckily, Kill Bill: Vols. 1 & 2 play select Cineplex theatres on Tuesday, February 3, and Wednesday, February 4, as part of this year’s Great Digital Film Festival.
Who is Tarantino’s greatest female character?
Amanda Plummer’s Honey Bunny is a »
- Sasha James
In one of the buzziest buys of the Sundance Film Festival so far, Open Road Films and Sony Pictures jointly won the bidding battle for "Dope," Rick Famuyiwa's hip-hop-addled, coming-of-age comedy for the millennial set. Trailer below. "Dope" centers on the subcultures, gangsters and drug dealers dwelling in a hardscrabble Inglewood, CA. Shameik Moore plays Malcolm, frontman of a nerdy punk band called The Bottoms, who's pulled into a debauchery-filled netherworld of offbeat characters and bad behavior after scoring a chance invite to a big underground party. Drawing comparisons to "Superbad," "Go," "Pulp Fiction," as well as "Boyz n the Hood" and the "Friday" series, the film has already captured strong reviews and great word-of-mouth. TWC, A24, Fox Searchlight and Focus were among distributors bidding into the wee small hours this weekend. Deadline pitches the Open Road/Sony deal at $7 million, and with »
- Ryan Lattanzio
If Chance the Gardner, the TV-educated savant played by Peter Sellers in “Being There,” had lived together with his six siblings, it might have looked something like “The Wolfpack,” a truly stranger-than-fiction portrait of a New York family who’ve taken great pains to shelter their children from the outside world, but not from the world of Hollywood movies. Indeed, so weirdly fascinating is the tale of the Angulo clan that one wishes “The Wolfpack” were that much sharper, more searching and coherently organized. Still, there is much to enjoy in director Crystal Moselle’s debut documentary feature, which if nothing else begs a where-are-they-now sequel a few years down the road.
There’s a certain fated coincidence to the fact that “The Wolfpack” premiered in Sundance on the same day as Alex Gibney’s “Going Clear,” another documentary about a hermetic community started by a self-styled guru with entertainment-industry aspirations. »
- Scott Foundas
A coming of age tale for the post-hip hop and social media generation, a black geek picture for the Urkels and Kanye Wests of the world, a crime/drug caper, a comedy, a gettin’-out-of-the-ghetto film, and more, writer/director Rick Famuyiwa’s funny and vibrantly realized “Dope” packs in a lot of movie. Featuring a long, “Pulp Fiction”-like crime-comedy sprawl, with several story threads in the air, the movie also features a witty and sharp African-American cultural commentary a la “Dear White People.” And if that sounds dynamic, but a little overstuffed, that’s because it kind of is. But “Dope” starts out with fantastic energy, charm, and laughs. Centering on three friends in socio-economically challenged “The Bottoms” of Inglewood, California, the ‘90s hip hop culture obsessed trio — Malcolm (Shameik Moore), Jib (Tony Revolori), and Diggy (Kiersey Clemons) — try to survive and get by. Malcolm, in particular, aspires for an education, »
- Rodrigo Perez
Samuel L Jackson doesn't think he'll ever get to be in a 'Bond' movie. The 'Snakes on a Plane' star has revealed that part of the reason he signed up for 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' is because he wanted to play a 'Bond' style villain. He said: ''I don't think I'll ever get to be in a Bond film, so I felt like this was an opportunity to play a really great Bond villain.'' A 'Bond' film is certainly not one of the next three movies on the cards for the 66-year-old actor, as he revealed that he must always know what films he's doing next. He said: ''I tend to insist to my agents that I know the next three movies I'm doing ahead of time.'' When asked if he drives his agents insane, he added: ''Yes I do! It's a lot of pressure finding a job for me. »
Quentin Tarantino shouldn’t be able to make films this quickly. On paper, he’s one of the more productive modern auteur directors, having knocked out countless screenplays and done a load of script doctoring at the start of his career, kick starting his own directorial debut in superior crime drama Reservior Dogs. And he’s barely paused for breath since.
Considering how densely packed his films are, how complex, how stylistically daring, it’s impressive he manages to make any of these films, let alone in such rapid succession. That he also manages to shift gears so dramatically – going from the fairly straight thrillers of Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown to grindhouse/samurai revenge epic Kill Bill, war movie Inglourious Basterds and Western Django Unchained – is double so.
Speaking of which, a scant two years after Django he’s back with another Western, The Hateful Eight, which started shooting this weekend. »
- Tom Baker
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