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15 items from 2014


10 Biggest Actor Paychecks In Movie History

13 August 2014 2:06 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Ever since Jim Carrey scored the first-ever $20m paycheck for The Cable Guy, Hollywood salaries have been spiraling out of control. Actors now have the potential to make $100m and above for single project, which is a quite frankly ridiculous amount of cash. However, the days of A-list stars pocketing a basic salary of $20m and above are on the way out in favor of lower upfront fees and profit participation deals that see them land a substantial amount of cash if the movie is a commercial success.

It is this system that has seen Robert Downey Jr. and Dwayne Johnson go from barely a blip on Hollywood’s radar to two of the highest-paid actors in the business in less than a decade, while starring roles in blockbuster franchises or pulling double-duty as producer have seen the likes of Chris Hemsworth, Mark Wahlberg and Leonardo DiCaprio rake in big bucks over the last year. »

- Scott Campbell

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Here's What's New on Netflix for August 2014

30 July 2014 1:20 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

If you're like us, you can't wait for the first day of every month, because you know that Netflix is going to add a ton of new movies and TV shows. You refresh your account over and over again at midnight, hoping that those titles listed in the "Recently Added" section update with something new and exciting rather than the same ol' titles you've been staring at for the last four weeks.

Well, lo and behold, we've gathered the most exciting movies and TV shows being added to America's most popular streaming service, straight from Netflix themselves.

"Rocky" fans will be pumped to know that the first five boxing flicks (sorry, "Rocky Balboa" fans) will be added August 1, joining other '70s, '80s, and '90s movie favorites "Face/Off" (slow-motion doves!), "Mad Max" (apocalyptic leather!), "Spice World" (spice up your life!), "The Birdcage" (Calista Flockhart was in this, »

- Tim Hayne

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Big Screen to Small Screen: Top 10 Films About Television

13 July 2014 4:59 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

There has always been an understated rivalry between the mediums of movies and television. Many years ago it was even thought as being somewhat of a drastic career letdown if actors/actresses from film decided to depart for the landscape of television. The truth is that for some performers that had stalled or uneventful momentum in motion pictures that the concept of “slumming it” in television actually saved their show business profession. Hence, the boob tube made them relevant whereas the big screen had unceremoniously passed them by.

However, there is also a mutual respect that cinema and television share that go hand in hand when shaping our appreciation for entertainment on both the big and small screen. When movies depict the aspects of the TV world giving a sociological, psychological or emotional perspective then it is not so uncool to be a proud couch potato after all, right? Let »

- Frank Ochieng

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Critical Unfairness: Just When Do We Wave the White Flag?

7 July 2014 3:36 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The contradiction in film criticism certainly does not go unnoticed. Sure, there are countless films that are praised and applauded for its excellence in quality and creativity. Unfortunately, the overlooked cinema fare that deserves just as much attention (more so than some of the recognized critically-acclaimed selections on an impressive selection of critics’ and moviegoers’ radars) get lost in the proverbial shuffle. It is simply the professional hazard of the movie industry because not every well-received and standout gem will get its rightful due come major awards season in Hollywood.

Just how many times have we as movie reviewers and/or movie fans become indignant when we realized that the special piece of entertainment we personally and critically cherished came up short and empty in expectations? Again, every smart kid in the classroom cannot get a gold star as we remain a competitive society in the world of celluloid superiority. »

- Frank Ochieng

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The underappreciated film performances of Jim Carrey

15 June 2014 1:22 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

With a potential comeback on the cards for Jim Carrey, Rob looks through the hidden gems of his career.

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Alrighty then. To get straight to the point – Jim Carrey’s career hasn’t been up to much lately has it? Certainly as leading man, at least. His last big-hitter was 2009’s A Christmas Carol, while his most recent leading role was 2011’s Mr Popper’s Penguins.

His latest performance outside of cameos was an interesting part in Kick Ass 2 though, a promising turn which left many audience-members wanting more from his character. With the trailer dropping recently for Dumb And Dumber To as well, the hints of a comeback for the iconic performer have continued to grow.

There’s been more positivity towards Dumb And Dumber To in comments than we might have expected (although this welcoming response was far from unanimous), which is undeniably a positive sign for the fledgling star. »

- rleane

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When did big budget star vehicles become the underdogs?

8 June 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

After the curious case of Edge Of Tomorrow’s surprise critical popularity, Rob investigates a strange Hollywood happening…

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The release of Edge Of Tomorrow - which opened in the Us this past weekend, following its bow in the UK a week earlier - has brought, not for the first time, a strange Hollywood trend to light. And it's this: do we trust big stars to make decent movies anymore?

Many people, this writer included, took a lot of convincing to venture out and see Tom Cruise in a hugely expensive sci-fi spectacular (notwithstanding the fact that Cruise has fine form in science fiction). The film in question, Edge Of Tomorrow, is directed by Doug Liman of The Bourne Identity, and based on a graphic novel with a cool title. So surely this should have been a movie which audiences were enthusiastically anticipating? Yet It didn’t seem that way, »

- rleane

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17 Movie Villains Who Completely Ruined Your Childhood

30 May 2014 7:21 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Film geeks are a loyal breed: from those tender early years when we were first able to hoist ourselves up in front of the TV to catch a heavily-edited Saturday morning version of Red Sonja – which was still probably not the most appropriate of viewing material – we were utterly, helplessly hooked. And the advantage of youth of course is that your ability to distinguish good from bad in movie terms isn’t yet developed; feature length Care Bears movies? Brilliant. Half-cocked live action cartoons? Count us in. Something about a cross-dressing alien with a penchant for Reese’s Pieces? Definitely.

Parents the world over have for years been content to let their offspring bask in the magical glow of cinema, often ignoring the morality tale offered in The Cable Guy to depend on TV as a surrogate babysitter. After all, they only need rely on the trusty »

- Gem Seddon

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X-men: Days Of Future Past Composer/Editor John Ottman Talks to Wamg

19 May 2014 12:51 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Sony Music is releasing the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack of X-Men: Days of Future Past, featuring music composed by BAFTA Award winner John Ottman. The soundtrack will be available digitally on May 19 and on CD June 3.

John Ottman graduated from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. One of his early assignments was to provide original music for the computer game I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream. In 1996 he won a BAFTA award for editing The Usual Suspects, and was later nominated for an Emmy Award for his score to the ABC series Fantasy Island.

Ottman’s range of composition takes in X-men 2, the dark comedy of The Cable Guy, the nightmares of Gothika and Orphan, and the animated notes of Astro Boy.

With six films already released, X-Men is one of the most successful franchises in film history. It started in 2000 with the original X-Men movie, »

- Michelle McCue

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Actor Doug Hale Dies at 73

14 May 2014 3:33 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paul Douglas (Doug) Hale, an actor who appeared in films including Michael Mann’s “Ali” as well on TV and onstage, died at his home in Woodland Hills, Calif., on April 25, following a brief illness. He was 73.

In addition to director Mann’s Muhammad Ali biopic, Hale appeared in films including 1975′s “The Brass Ring,” directed by Martin Beck; 1975′s “The Night They Robbed Big Bertha’s,” directed by Peter Kares; Claude Lelouche’s “Another Man Another Chance”; Tony Richardson’s 1982 film “The Border”; “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”; and “The Cable Guy,” directed by Ben Stiller.

Hale appeared on a number of TV series, recurring on “Hart to Hart” and “Hotel” and guesting on “Kojak,” ”The Bionic Woman”, “Simon & Simon,” “Highway to Heaven,” “Max Headroom,” “Scarecrow and Mrs. King,” “The Misfits of Science”, “Night Court,” “Suddenly Susan,” “Babylon 5,” “Seinfeld,” “Arliss,” “My Name Is Earl,” “The West Wing” and “Mad Men. »

- Carmel Dagan

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Actor Doug Hale Dies at 73

14 May 2014 3:33 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paul Douglas (Doug) Hale, an actor who appeared in films including Michael Mann’s “Ali” as well on TV and onstage, died at his home in Woodland Hills, Calif., on April 25, following a brief illness. He was 73.

In addition to director Mann’s Muhammad Ali biopic, Hale appeared in films including 1975′s “The Brass Ring,” directed by Martin Beck; 1975′s “The Night They Robbed Big Bertha’s,” directed by Peter Kares; Claude Lelouche’s “Another Man Another Chance”; Tony Richardson’s 1982 film “The Border”; “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”; and “The Cable Guy,” directed by Ben Stiller.

Hale appeared on a number of TV series, recurring on “Hart to Hart” and “Hotel” and guesting on “Kojak,” ”The Bionic Woman”, “Simon & Simon,” “Highway to Heaven,” “Max Headroom,” “Scarecrow and Mrs. King,” “The Misfits of Science”, “Night Court,” “Suddenly Susan,” “Babylon 5,” “Seinfeld,” “Arliss,” “My Name Is Earl,” “The West Wing” and “Mad Men. »

- Carmel Dagan

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Octavia Spencer Cast As One Of Las Madres

10 May 2014 7:53 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

We don’t see enough of Octavia Spencer in comedy. She has continually and carefully mixed things up throughout her career – appearing in TV dramas such as ER, The X Files and CSI: NY, before taking home an Oscar for 2011’s The Help – but, she is also a gifted comedic performer. She has previously showcased those skills in most notably in Dinner For Schmucks, 30 Rock and Mom – but now she gets to really stretch those funny wings as one of the three leads in the upcoming Las Madres.

In joining this movie, she will star alongside the already cast Leslie Mann, who is riding a wave of box office success created by the recent double-whammy of Rio 2 and The Other Woman. Mann – gifted at comedy herself – had long been biding her time in small supporting roles in films such as The Cable Guy, Big Daddy and The 40 Year Old Virgin, »

- Sarah Myles

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Critical Mass: Is 'The Other Woman' for Him or Her?

25 April 2014 1:26 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

For a film vaguely about female empowerment, The Other Woman has a cast that is sure to inspire a lot of husbands and boyfriends. The always-winning Leslie Mann (This is 40) plays a manic housewife who discovers that her wealthy husband (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is sleeping with a high-powered attorney (Cameron Diaz), who finds out that he’s also sleeping with a voluptuous Amazon (swimsuit supermodel Kate Upton), who learns that he might be three-timing her with yet another beautiful woman. Naturally, the trio team up to dish out some 9 to 5, The First Wives Club style revenge.

Directed by The Notebook »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Anchor Management

28 February 2014 1:45 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

On a sunny May morning in northwest Atlanta, Will Ferrell ambles into the warehouse at 2282 Defoor Hills Road – a windowless, 31,000-square-foot behemoth that has been transformed, thanks to low rents and generous Georgia tax incentives, into a makeshift movie soundstage. The warehouse is typically home to moving companies, but today the tenant has a much higher profile: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, a.k.a. the most hotly anticipated comedy of the year, and the most buzzed-about sequel in comedy history. Ferrell is starting his workday as the film's hero, »

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What If The Cable Guy in Porn Was Actually Time Warner Cable?

28 January 2014 4:05 AM, PST | Nerve | See recent Nerve news »

What If The Cable Guy in Porn Was Actually Time Warner Cable? He's never going to come. By Kate Hakala For anyone who has ever peered into the blank apathetic stare of a Time Warner repair man who shows up three hours late with no apology, fixes absolutely nothing, and leaves with a nondescript bundle of wires, you know what it's like to be screwed. Porn isn't known for that same verisimilitude. Until now. College Humor has just released a hilarious take on what porn would look like if that oft-loved charcter trope, the Cable Guy, was actually the schmuck at Time Warner. If he's anything like my guy, he's probably never going to come. Image via College [...] »

- Kate Hakala

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'The Simpsons': Judd Apatow on playing 'self-involved' Judd Apatow and the upcoming episode he wrote (two decades ago)

3 January 2014 10:50 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Judd Apatow is one of Hollywood’s biggest comedy voices, and he’s lending his to The Simpsons on Sunday (Fox, 8 p.m.) The writer-director-producer whose credits range from This is 40 to Anchorman to Bridesmaids to Girls plays himself in an episode in which Homer screens illegally downloaded movies in his backyard, only to wind up on trial for piracy. (Will Arnett, Apatow’s wife, Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Channing Tatum and Rob Halford also pop up.) This won’t be Apatow’s only contribution to the animated comedy; the producers also plan to turn a script »

- Dan Snierson

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