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Google Play’s 2014 Stars: ‘Frozen,’ ‘Frozen’ Again, #Tfios And ‘The Walking Dead’

11 December 2014 9:24 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

‘Tis the season for lists: Two days after Facebook and Google unit YouTube released their 2014 Top 10s, the Google Play online store has come out with its best-selling movies, TV shows, books, apps, music and more. And what’s at the top: AMC’s ratings monster The Walking Dead, Disney’s animated blockbuster Frozen and … the soundtrack for Frozen.

In fact, the store’s biggest music trend this year was movie soundtracks, and not just for Frozen, whose soundtrack perched at the top of everyone’s sales charts for more than three months. The soundtracks for Guardians of the Galaxy, Despicable Me 2, The Lego Movie and even 2013’s The Great Gatsby also were big sellers on Google Play.

One poignant note: the most searched-for actor on the site for the year was Robin Williams, the beloved comedian and Oscar-winning actor who killed himself this summer. No doubt plenty of »

- David Bloom

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Tech Support: Can Alexandre Desplat land three Oscar nominations for original score?

4 December 2014 2:36 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Academy Award for Best Original Score is one of the categories I find most interesting and most frustrating. First, the good: I love the awarding of film music, which can immeasurably improve the experience of a film and can become iconic in its own right. There is also much about the music branch that I love, particularly its international flavor, both in terms of the composers cited and the types of music rewarded. Moreover, while the category tends to favor Best Picture nominees and epic movies, it is not excessively exclusionary in this respect. But that love of epics can sometimes lead to simply rewarding "most music." More importantly, this branch is infamously insular. Unless a composer is aboard a major Best Picture contender or has otherwise composed a simply iconic score, it is unusual to earn a first nomination. And even those features are not always enough for first-timers. »

- Gerard Kennedy

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Watch a rare Robin Williams interview released in animated form

4 December 2014 8:29 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A rare Robin Williams has been released in animated form.

Williams's 1991 interview with writer Lawrence Grobel has been transformed into an animation by PBS's Blank on Blank series.

Watch 6 hilarious Robin Williams chat show appearances

10 inspiring and funny Robin Williams quotes

During the poignant interview, Williams is asked to consider what the world will look like in 2020. He also discusses the birth of his children and what it means to be an artist in society.

The Good Will Hunting actor took his own life in August at the age of 63.

Following his death, he received a tribute from friend Billy Crystal at the Primetime Emmy Awards, and Broadway dimmed its lights to honour his life and career.

Williams is survived by three children and his third wife Susan Schneider.

Individuals who are affected by this story or are experiencing suicidal feelings, please contact Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 or via or Mind on 0300 123 3393 and Mind. »

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Ridley Scott Now Says He Might Direct Blade Runner 2

3 December 2014 10:43 AM, PST | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Currently, director Ridley Scott ("Matchstick Men") is doing press for his latest film, the biblical epic Exodus: Gods And Kings. When that all wraps up Ridley will begin working on a science-fiction film titled The Martian, which will star Matt Damon ("Good Will Hunting"). But which film will he work on after that? That's the million dollar question. Last week, he reportedly told Variety it wouldn't be Blade Runner 2, but there were no direct quotes from Ridley. Today, Yahoo has posted an interview they conducted with the director and he doesn't sound like he is ready to concede the directing duties on it. "I don’t know about [not directing ‘Blade Runner 2’] yet," Ridley Scott told Yahoo. He says he has a personal connection to it and would find it difficult to let someone else direct it. "The script is very, very good. Very good. I wouldn’t know [what sort of director »

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Jean-Marc Vallée and "Wild"

3 December 2014 8:23 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Reese Witherspoon and Jean-Marc Vallée making Wild

Jean-Marc Vallée’s eighth feature film Wild is just about to begin its theatrical release in North America. The film stars Reese Witherspoon, who plays Cheryl Strayed as she goes on an incredible, though unprepared, hike across the Pacific Crest Trail to morn the death of her mother. This new release provides a great opportunity to reflect on the director’s career and survey the literature surrounding him.

Even though I’m sympathetic to Barry Hertz’s article in Maclean’s, "Jean-Marc Vallée: Film’s redemption man" (Sept. 15, 2014), for acknowledging the director’s talent and growing international reputation, it still doesn’t do Vallée justice as it concludes with vague generalizations that, instead of enlightening, overlook his actual merits. Hertz overemphasizes Vallée’s work with actors and argues that he ‘lacks’ a unique style of directing, criticizes him for his modesty, and »

- David M. L. Davidson

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Celebrities who love to gamble

2 December 2014 10:00 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Many celebrities are known for spending ridiculous amounts of money on flashy sports cars, luxury holiday homes, designer clothing and, in the case of Mike Tyson, Bengal tigers. One of the most costly (and profitable) activities pursued by superstars from all walks of life is high stakes betting. We take a look at some of the largest bets that have been placed by celebrities, the celebrities who excel at gambling, and which casino games celebrities seem to prefer.

Ben Affleck

The star of Gone Girl, Argo and Good Will Hunting, is a very accomplished blackjack and poker player, who has reportedly wagered as much as $60 000 a hand on a blackjack game. In fact, Affleck has shown such skill at blackjack that casino owners in Las Vegas have asked him to refrain from playing the game at their casinos, after realising that the actor is able to count cards and so increase his chances of winning. »

- Gary Collinson

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See Matt Damon's Hilarious Reaction to Ben Affleck's Gone Girl Nude Scene

13 November 2014 8:30 AM, PST | | See recent news »

We had to ask: Has Matt Damon seen Bff Ben Affleck's full-frontal nude scene in Gone Girl? Turns out he didn't have to. You'll have to watch Damon's deadpan delivery in this video - and Affleck cracking up beside him - for the hilariously awkward answer. But suffice it to say Damon has always been quite impressed with his buddy. "I always look at Ben and go, 'That's, that's something,' " he jokes. The pair recently reunited to reveal the winner of season 4 of HBO's Project Greenlight, which will air next spring and follow Jason Mann as he directs a feature-length film, »

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See Matt Damon's Hilarious Reaction to Ben Affleck's Gone Girl Nude Scene

13 November 2014 8:30 AM, PST | | See recent news »

We had to ask: Has Matt Damon seen Bff Ben Affleck's full-frontal nude scene in Gone Girl? Turns out he didn't have to. You'll have to watch Damon's deadpan delivery in this video - and Affleck cracking up beside him - for the hilariously awkward answer. But suffice it to say Damon has always been quite impressed with his buddy. "I always look at Ben and go, 'That's, that's something,' " he jokes. The pair recently reunited to reveal the winner of season 4 of HBO's Project Greenlight, which will air next spring and follow Jason Mann as he directs a feature-length film, »

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The Electric Side of James Newton Howard

13 November 2014 6:00 AM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

James Newton Howard is best known for his large, layered, cinematic scores for films like Maleficent, Snow White and the Huntsman, and The Hunger Games series. These orchestra driven scores are perfect for epic tales of good versus evil, intense battle scenes and journeys of self-discovery. But in Nightcrawler, Howard seems to have found his more edgy, electronic side, turning in a score that sounds more like something you would expect from a composer like Cliff Martinez – and that’s a good thing. Changing up your musical style not only helps push boundaries, it can also give us great music we may not have otherwise expected from certain composers. Danny Elfman created the quirky music for films like Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and Big Fish, but he also created the dramatic scores for Good Will Hunting and Silver Linings Playbook and action films like Mission Impossible and Planet of the Apes. Randy Newman »

- Allison Loring

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Christopher Nolan Discusses Ben Affleck’s Casting in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice

10 November 2014 12:51 PM, PST | | See recent news »

After directing three Batman films, Christopher Nolan opted to take a step back and serve as executive producer on Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  Even though that means Nolan isn’t as deeply involved in the production this time around, he’s still got an opinion on Ben Affleck’s casting as Batman. Hit the jump to check out Nolan’s first thoughts after finding out Affleck was interested in the role.  Batman v Superman hits theaters on March 25, 2016 and also stars Henry CavillGal GadotJesse EisenbergAmy AdamsLaurence FishburneJason MomoaHolly HunterScoot McNairy and Jeremy Irons. Here’s what Nolan told The Daily Beast about the choice to go with Affleck for the role: “I’m only involved in that project in an advisory capacity as an executive producer, so I’m not involved in the day-to-day.  When they told me »

- Perri Nemiroff

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BFFs Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Have an Adorable Red-Carpet Reunion

10 November 2014 11:12 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

It doesn't get any cuter than these two!

A-list besties Ben Affleck, 42, and Matt Damon, 44, made a rare red carpet appearance together Friday to reveal the winner of HBO's Project Greenlight season four, and it's obvious that after 30 years of friendship, the two are still completely enamored with one another.

Just look at Ben whispering in Matt's ear.

The two can barely even keep a straight face together.

... And even share secrets with one another.

Video: Oscars Flashback '98 -- Matt and Ben Win the Oscar for 'Good Will Hunting'

But just how close are Matt and Ben?

According to Matt, he didn't need to see Gone Girl to see Ben's private parts in a much talked-about full-frontal scene.

When asked by paparazzi Friday if he "happened to see Ben's penis" in the hit David Fincher film, Matt's response was priceless.

"Oh I'd seen it many times before that," he joked.

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'The Chair' producer Chris Moore on Shane, Anna and the finale

8 November 2014 8:00 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Starz's terrific reality series "The Chair" — in which two first-time filmmakers are picked to direct their own take on the same script — just concluded, with an hour looking at the premieres of both films and with the winner of the $250,000 prize being announced. I spoke with Chris Moore — the "Project Greenlight" alum who dreamed up the series and served as a backer and producer of both the show and the films — about the results of the contest, the transparency of the project, Zachary Quinto (whose production company helped fund both films) hating one movie so much that he took his name off it, and more, coming up just as soon as I identify all the TCA members shown on camera...  So, as pretty much everyone — with the possible exception of Chris Moore himself — figured going in, Shane Dawson's gross-out comedy "Not Cool" ended up beating Anna Martemucci's "Hollidaysburg" for the grand prize. »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Ben Affleck & Matt Damon: 'We Have Great Wives'

8 November 2014 1:05 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Hindsight is a funny thing. Even though they have a handful of Oscars on their collective mantle, lifelong friends Ben Affleck and Matt Damon still fondly recall a period in their lives where the next job, the next meal, were never exactly guaranteed. "Those times were fun!" Affleck tells People, while sitting alongside Damon. "We had a great time! We were young, we didn't have the kinds of fears that you have when you get into your forties if you haven't gotten to where you want to go. We were in our twenties and we just had a blast!" "We »

- Reagan Alexander

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Ben Affleck on ‘Project Greenlight’ Revival: We Have Enthusiasm and Commitment

8 November 2014 8:35 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Movie-makers and partners-in-crime, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon were all smiles on the carpet at “Project Greenlight’s” party to announce the winner of the fourth incarnation of the competition.

The duo joyously spoke to press about the process of reviving the series, which first aired on HBO in 2001, and how it feels giving a new generation of filmmakers a shot at fame.

“There’s a long, boring business story behind it,” Affleck said of how the fourth season got started, 10 years after its predecessor. “Matt and I sat down and thought the technological opportunities that are available now, really weren’t available to us then, and could help us make the show and the process better and more interesting.”

Along with the Farrelly brothers, who will be serving as advisers to the winner, Affleck and Damon began accepting new submissions in June, narrowed them down to 13 finalists and announced »

- Shelli Weinstein

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Robin Williams' Death Officially Ruled Suicide; No Substance Abuse Detected

7 November 2014 9:00 PM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Robin Williams' tragic death in August has officially been ruled a suicide by hanging, and neither drugs nor alcohol were found to have played a part in the suicide.

Robin Williams

The Marin County, Calif. coroner released a statement declaring Williams’ death a suicide on Friday. The coroner also noted that illegal drugs and alcohol were not involved in the actor and comedian’s suicide. Prescription drugs were found in “therapeutic concentrations,” according to the coroner’s statement.

Williams was found dead on the morning of August 11 at his home in Tiburon, Calif. At the time, Marin County Assistant Deputy Chief Coroner Lt. Keith Boyd said in a press conference that it was believed he had died of a suicide by hanging.

For years, Williams had publicly battled alcoholism and depression. In recent years, he had been living a sober life, but he was still deeply affected by depression. »

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Grading 15 Oscar Winners Who Went To Space on Screen

6 November 2014 10:30 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Thanks to Christopher Nolan‘s new film, Interstellar, two Oscar winners are making the leap into space. Both Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway are following their golden roles by tackling sci-fi. And they’re not the first A-List actors to dip their toes into the genre.

Many performers have taken the sci-fi jump, to varying degrees of success. For some, it’s a flat performance that gets lost in the stars, and for others, it’s brought on even more accolades. Because the world of sci-fi is so deep and so vast, we’re focusing on roles that involve some sort of space travel — whether it be to the Moon or through a wormhole. Find out how Ben Affleck, Jodie Foster, and other Oscar winners did at traveling through space.

Alec Guinness

Oscar-winning Role: The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

Space Age Role: Star Wars (1977)

As Obi-Wan Kenobi, Guinness became »

- Stacy Lambe

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Minnie Driver Joins Cast of Peter Pan Live!

5 November 2014 3:40 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Look who's all grown up! NBC has announced that Oscar-nominated actress Minnie Driver will play the part of Adult Wendy in its upcoming TV musical Peter Pan Live!"We're thrilled to have Minnie as part of this Peter Pan adventure," NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement. "She appears in the final emotional scene when Peter returns to the Darling home years later only to realize Wendy is now grown up and has a daughter of her own." That cast includes Christopher Walken as Hook and Girls star Allison Williams, who sports green tights and a pixie cut, »

- Janine Rayford Rubenstein, @JanineRayford

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Remembering Jan Hooks, Elizabeth Pena and Other Reel-Important People We Lost in October

3 November 2014 6:00 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies who have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Peer Augustinski (1940-2014) - German voice actor. He voiced most of Robin Williams's parts in German dubs, including Mrs. DoubtfireAladdinDead Poets SocietyHookGood Will Hunting and Good Morning, Vietnam. He also voiced Woody in the German versions of the Toy Story movies. He died on October 3. (Suddeutsche) Ox Baker (1934-2014) - Professional wrestler turned actor. He is best known for fighting Snake Plissken in Escape from...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Oscars: 9 Under-the-Radar Performances that Deserve Buzz

30 October 2014 6:54 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If you believe the awards season chatter, the Oscar race is practically over—even though the season is only beginning. There’s already been a lot of talk about the frontrunners this year (from “The Imitation Game’s” Benedict Cumberbatch to “Wild’s” Reese Witherspoon). But the Academy always throws some curveballs into the mix come January. Here are nine under-the-radar performances that deserve a fighting chance in this year’s Oscar race.

Channing Tatum

Best Actor, “Foxcatcher

The trio of male performances in “Foxcatcher”—from Channing Tatum, Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo—are all worthy of Oscar nominations. But the problem is, where do you put each actor? Sony Pictures Classics had decided to campaign Tatum and Carell in lead and Ruffalo in supporting, but I fear the strongest performance in the film may slip through the cracks. Carell has gotten a lot of ink for his portrayal of lunatic millionaire John du Pont. »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Production Begins on Alexandre Aja’s ‘The 9th Life of Louis Drax’

27 October 2014 10:24 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

With movies like the revenge-via-circular-saw High Tension and the skin-shredding Piranha remake, director Alexandre Aja has memorably dunked his characters in the blood bucket. But Aja’s next project, an adaptation of The 9th Life of Louis Drax, is more a supernatural thriller than a blood-and-bones picture, and principal photography on the film has now begun.

“Vancouver and London, October 27, 2014 – Miramax, the global film and television producer and distributor, along with the film’s producers AntColony Films and Brightlight Pictures announced today the start of principal photography on the supernatural thriller The 9th Life of Louis Drax starring Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey, The Fall), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad, Need for Speed, Triple Nine) and Sarah Gadon (Dracula Untold, The Amazing Spider-man 2).

Joining Dornan, Paul and Gadon in supporting roles are Oliver Platt (X-Men: First Class, Chef, Frost/Nixon) playing Louis Drax’s psychologist, Dr. Perez; Molly Parker (House of Cards, »

- Derek Anderson

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