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Watch: 7-Minute Video Counts Down Every Kill In 'John Wick'

18 February 2015 8:05 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

He may have started his career playing a dim slacker in “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” but the action genre is what solidified Keanu Reeves as a star, with turns in Kathryn Bigelow‘s zen surfer heist masterpiece “Point Break,” Jan de Bont‘s slick and fun “Speed” and, of course, the Wachowskis ’ influential genre mash-up “The Matrix.” It may be too early to place last year’s “John Wick” with Reeves’ highlights, but it’s not too soon to tally up how many people Reeves utterly destroyed on screen in the film. A video edited by Nick Dinizio, via Av Club, has brought together every single on-screen kill by Reeve’s one-man-wrecking crew, the eponymous John Wick. The final tally? 76. We’re no Reeves expert, but we’d wager that’s the most kills ever credited to one of his characters, with the exception of the “Matrix” series (though »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Five Film Composers that Hollywood Needs Back

12 February 2015 4:35 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Hollywood has no shortage of talented composers crafting mostly serviceable tunes for the next young adult literary adaptation or prestige awards tearjerker. But for every auteur like Hans Zimmer and John Williams, you have musical yes men pounding out ominous notes in anticipation of the next horror movie jump scare or making ratatat noise to underscore a superhero chase scene. The film world screams for diverse sounds, but is often left wanting when scores become interchangeable to feed the Hollywood machine. The current film decade is no different from any other in terms of talent, mediocrity, and ingenuity, but could always use a boost from professionals who bring specificity to the table. These five forgotten or diminished artists, each among them with varied yet singular skills, are screaming to be brought back into the Hollywood fold to create their signature sounds.

Elliot Goldenthal

One of the most prolific composers from the 90’s, »

- Shane Ramirez

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9 female movie characters who upstaged male heroes, from Speed to Skyfall

7 February 2015 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The nominations of both Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) and Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) established a trend in this year's selection of Best Actress at the Oscars.

Both roles initially seem secondary to the male hero in their respective films (Ben Affleck's Nick in the former, Eddie Redmayne's Stephen Hawking in the latter), but gradually come to take over the story in their own right. Here's our pick of nine further films where a heroine usurps her male counterpart.

M, Skyfall

Women usually get a raw deal in Bond films, so much so that the leads are dismissively referred to as 'Bond girls'. But the casting of Judi Dench as M from 1995's GoldenEye onwards went some way to redressing the gender balance - and by her final outing in Skyfall, she had almost become the protagonist in her own right.

M had always been in a »

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Editors Guild Selects 75 Best Edited Films of All Time

4 February 2015 8:26 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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

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What is the best-edited film of all time according to those who do the job?

3 February 2015 8:43 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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“All Aboard”: Top Ten Bus-Related Moments in the Movies

31 January 2015 6:47 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Taking public transportation on the bus in everyday life is essential for workers worldwide as we need to make that daily grinding trek to the workplace, shopping malls, school, doctor’s appointment or whatever our destination may be at the moment. In particular, there is a love/hate relationship with buses as it presents all sort of social challenges: anxiety, chattiness, impatience, friendliness, kindness, anti-socialism, invasive behavior, alienation, nervousness, sense of unity, etc.

Well in the world of movies the bus-related experience can be more colorful and adventurous for the imagination at heart. Thus, it brings up this prolonged thought: what is your favorite or memorable moments dealing with buses on the big screen? Does it compare adequately to the triumphs or tragedies that overshadow or downplay your dealings with real-life bus-related interaction?

In “All Aboard”: Top Ten Bus-Related Moments in the Movies we will look at a handful of selected scenes, »

- Frank Ochieng

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The Definitive Movies of 1995

30 January 2015 8:01 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

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

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25 surprising side businesses from Hollywood stars

15 January 2015 8:54 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Paul Newman’s salad dressing enterprise is common knowledge, but did you know about these 25 businesses run by Hollywood stars?

What do big-time movie stars get up to in their spare time? While their fictional counterparts might enjoy chopping wood or getting hosed down by friendly females (more on that here), actors themselves have a tendency towards wacky entrepreneurial ideas and hefty industrial investments.

Looking at our findings from some rigorous research (read: Googling), it seems that you can divide famous actors into a handful of groups – those who are trying to do something good for the world, those who are trying to break into internet megabucks and those who like opening restaurants.

Without further chit-chat, here’s a breakdown of which stars are behind which brands which you may or may not know and love…

1. Kevin CostnerOcean Therapy Solutions

Here’s a brilliant one to start off with »

- simonbrew

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eOne acquires Mark Gordon for $133m

6 January 2015 5:36 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Deal for 51% of the Mark Gordon Company is worth $132.6m.

Entertainment One (eOne) and The Mark Gordon Company have partnered to create an independent studio that will finance and produce film, network, cable, and digital content, which eOne will distribute internationally. 

The deal, in which eOne has taken a 51% stake, is worth $132.6m. As part of the deal, eOne will be able to buy the remaining 49% in The Mark Gordon Company after seven years.

The venture, led by Mark Gordon as CEO, will continue producing ‘Mark Gordon’ content and will also expand to finance projects by other producers. It will be based in Los Angeles.

Gordon, who set up his company in 1987, is a film and television producer with titles including Speed, The Day After Tomorrow, Saving Private Ryan, The Patriot, 2012 and Source Code as well as TV series Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds, Army Wives, and Ray Donovan.

Upcoming projects from its film division include the Untitled »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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EOne Acquires 51% Stake in the Mark Gordon Co. for $133 Million

5 January 2015 11:23 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The U.K.- and Canada-based film and TV company Entertainment One has acquired a 51% stake in the Mark Gordon Co., the production outfit behind “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Saving Private Ryan.” The deal is worth $132.6 million.

The partners will create an independent studio that will finance and produce movies and TV shows for the networks, cable channels and digital platforms for eOne to distribute internationally. Mark Gordon will take the role of chief executive officer at the studio, which will remain L.A.-based. As well as producing Gordon’s TV shows and films, the new company will finance projects by other producers. Gordon said the partners “are building an alternative to the traditional studio way.”

As part of the deal eOne will be able to buy the remaining 49% in the Mark Gordon Co. after seven years. In the year to Dec. 31, 2013, the Mark Gordon Co. reported net »

- Leo Barraclough

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EOne Acquires 51% Stake in the Mark Gordon Co. for $133 Million

5 January 2015 11:23 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — The U.K.- and Canada-based film and TV company Entertainment One has acquired a 51% stake in the Mark Gordon Co., the production outfit behind “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Saving Private Ryan.” The deal is worth $132.6 million.

The partners will create an independent studio that will finance and produce movies and TV shows for the networks, cable channels and digital platforms for eOne to distribute internationally. Mark Gordon will take the role of chief executive officer at the studio, which will remain L.A.-based. As well as producing Gordon’s TV shows and films, the new company will finance projects by other producers. Gordon said the partners “are building an alternative to the traditional studio way.”

As part of the deal eOne will be able to buy the remaining 49% in the Mark Gordon Co. after seven years. In the year to Dec. 31, 2013, the Mark Gordon Co. reported net »

- Leo Barraclough

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Entertainment One and The Mark Gordon Company Form Independent Film and Television Studio

5 January 2015 11:07 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Entertainment One (eOne) and The Mark Gordon Company have partnered to create a new independent studio that will finance and produce projects for film, network, cable and digital content, which will be distributed internationally by eOne.

Mark Gordon leads the venture as chief executive officer. The studio will remain based in Los Angeles and will continue to produce Mark Gordon content, while expanding to including financing of projects by other producers. The founding principle of the venture is to “maximize artists’ creative freedom, while giving them a meaningful stake in their product.”

In the deal, eOne takes a significant stake in The Mark Gordon Company, »

- Jason Hughes

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In a Year of 26 Festivals

3 January 2015 6:03 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Something of his sad freedom

As he rode the tumbril

Should come to me, driving,

Saying the names

Tollund, Grauballe, Nebelgard,

Watching the pointing hands

Of country people,

Not knowing their tongue.

Out here in Jutland

In the old man-killing parishes

I will feel lost,

Unhappy and at home.

Seamus Heaney, The Tollund Man

It ended, like all journeys do, in Solitude, a long way from any cinema. Solitude—or rather Zolitūde, in Latvian—is a suburb of Riga, four miles as the crow flies from the fancy Scandi-Gothic-Art Nouveau city centre; six miles on foot if the pedestrian avoids diversions. But by the time I reached Solitude on that cold December Saturday afternoon, however, my inadvertent divagations must have pushed the total to the ten-mile mark. I'd looked at maps prior to departing from my hotel, of course but deliberately didn't bring one along (not a fan); I don't »

- Neil Young

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