15 items from 2014
I had a plan, I swear. In the days leading up to November 28th, a friend and I had negotiated the logistics of seeing a movie at one of the theatres listed on J.J.’s announcement—what to do if they’re sold out, what to do if for some reason we picked a movie that had no trailer in front of it (Plan B: sneak into the beginning of a different movie after ours ended)—all in the name of the purity of experiencing the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer as it was meant to be experienced. As a spectacle, as a special event, as a collective moment of excitement and anticipation.
My resolve lasted about five minutes. At 10:05am on Friday, I was holed up in the office bathroom with my iPhone and earbuds, frantically trying to tap into the spotty wi-fi of the hotel next door. »
- Mallory Andrews
Yesterday Lucasfilm released the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and fans were overcome with blissfully happiness. I found myself overcome with emotion when I watched the trailer. I just hoped to hell that the movie will reach its full potential of epic awesomeness. I trust this franchise in the hands of J.J. Abrams, but back in 1998, a ton of fans trusted George Lucas with Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace only to be completely let down. Now, I understand that there is a small group of fans that like the prequel movies, but I'm not one of them.
The Phantom Menace teaser was released on November 18th, 1998, it was the first Star Wars trailer to debut in 20 years, and also the first to be released during the Internet age. So, needless to say, Star Wars fans at the time were extremely excited to »
- Joey Paur
3Rd Update, 3:18 Pm: For those of you scoring along at home, that first teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available online Friday, the same day it hits theaters. Here’s a new tweet from the official Star Wars account:
The Force is with you on #BlackFriday when #TheForceAwakens teaser hits @iTunesTrailers.
— Star Wars (@starwars) November 26, 2014
2Nd Update: After Regal jumped the gun announcing Friday’s Star Wars sneak peek, Disney and Lucasfilm have gone ahead and announced all 30 North American theaters playing the 88-second Episode VII preview. (Scroll down for the full list.) Among the participating chains cashing in on the ticket-driving force of The Force are Regal, AMC, Carmike, Cinemark, Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse, and – of course – Disney’s own El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. The rest of the world will have to wait until December for a theatrical peek.
Update: This weekend’s »
- Jen Yamato
There is a great deal of excitement swelling this week as audiences around North America get ready for their first ever look at J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But do you remember the last time anticipation was this high about a new series of Star Wars movies? Allow me to throw you in a time machine and take you back to 1998 at the debut of the first trailer for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. As described by YouTube user Mola Yam, what you see in the video embed above is actually footage from someone bootlegging the Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace trailer back in 1998 when it was attached to screenings of the Brad Pitt drama Meet Joe Black. As you can tell from the reaction at the very end, excitement was at an extremely high level. One dude was even so excited »
Murmurs of anticipation in the pitch black theatre. Excited shuffles of feet. Then the word "Lucasfilm" sparkles up on the screen, and the audience goes wild. "Yeah!" someone exclaims at the back of the room, as though they'd just spotted an old best friend they hadn't seen in a decade.
It's November 1998, and for many Star Wars fans, this is the moment they've been waiting the best part of five years to see: their first glimpse of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Ever since George Lucas had announced his return to the Star Wars universe, in an October 1993 issue of Vanity Fair, anticipation had slowly been building for the new movie. And here, finally, was a first look at what Lucas had in store. »
Sometimes you’re watching a movie, and something unexpected happens. Like when Brad Pitt got hit by the van (and then the taxi) in Meet Joe Black. Or when Superman snapped Zod’s neck in Man of Steel. Those were genuinely surprising moments that served the story in important ways. Other times, the unexpected is jarring and takes you out of the movie. Like when your favorite — or least favorite — band shows up somewhere you weren’t expecting, like a Billy Crystal/Robin Williams buddy comedy. That is just distracting. Especially if they're playing an entirely different genre of music than they are known for.
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- Mily Dunbar
Fury, which stars Brad Pitt ("Meet Joe Black") and was directed by David Ayer ("End of Watch"), will debut in first-place this weekend. The World War II film pulled in $8.8M on Friday and is now estimated to have a total just north of $24M for the weekend. Last week's box office champ, Gone Girl, which stars Ben Affleck ("Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice") and was directed by David Fincher ("Panic Room"), will finish in second-place this weekend with $18M. That'll push its domestic total over $100M. Universal's Dracula Untold took a 65% tumble from last weekend's strong second-place finish. It will end up in sixth-place with only $8.5M to $9.3M. Michael Keaton's Birdman opened in just four theaters this weekend and had a healthy $112K per-screen-average. 1). Fury (Sony), 3,173 theaters / $8.8M Fri. (includes $1.2M latenights) 3-day est. cume $24.3M to $25M / Wk 1 2). Gone Girl (Fox), 3,248 theaters »
For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at one of Hollywood’s absolute bigger stars. He’s about as A-list as the A-list gets…the name? Well, Brad Pitt of course. Not only is he a movie star with all capital letters (Movie Star!) and a top tier celebrity, he’s also developed into one of the industry’s best and most interesting actors as well. Pitt is the type of star that doesn’t rest on his laurels and often seems to attach himself to challenging material, something that will win the man an acting Oscar one day (he already won his first one last year for helping to produce Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave). As high as he’s soared already, the best could still be to come. Pitt got his noticeable start in the business (after some uncredited acting jobs on »
- Joey Magidson
• After months of speculation, Mad Max: Fury Road star Tom Hardy has officially signed on for The Revenant alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. Based on the Michael Punke novel, Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel) is directing a script he adapted with Mark L. Smith (The Hole) for a fall 2015 release. The 19th century-set film, which will also feature Will Poulter (We’re the Millers), follows the treacherous journey of a fur trapper seeking revenge against his betrayers. [The Hollywood Reporter]
- Jake Perlman
Modine (pictured) plays a man who spends an awkward Easter weekend with three women, including a daughter he did not know he had, a social recluse and a movie star.
The film has finance from the Malta Film Commission, Australian regional film-financing agency Film Victoria and by Australian-born, Berlin-based financier Felix Snow.
Production starts in November with the entire shoot in Malta.
Redman told Variety that a local distributor and international sales agent have yet to be attached.
- Patrick Frater
June Squibb is lending her sizable acting chops to the upcoming second season of Lifetime's “Devious Maids.” The Oscar-nominated actress will play Velma, the mother of Genevieve Delatour (Susan Lucci) in a two episode arc. In addition to her Oscar, Golden Globe and Screen Actor's Guild Award-nominated turn as the crotchety Kate Grant, Squibb's film credits also include “About Schmidt,” “Scent of a Woman” and “Meet Joe Black.” Also read: Lifetime Renews ‘Kim of Queens’ for Second Season (Exclusive) Squibb has also appeared on TV shows “Girls,” “The Millers,” “Getting On” and “Mike & Molly.” From executive producers Marc Cherry and Eva Longoria, »
- Jethro Nededog
Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.
Best Actor Nominees
Previously Best Known For:
Bruce Wayne/Batman – Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy
Patrick Bateman – American Psycho
Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
Interesting Fact: If he plays an American character, he will use an American accent in all the interviews related to the film. He says he does this so the audience isn't confused
Previously Best Known For:
Freeman Lowell – Silent Running
Asa Watts – The Cowboys
Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
The plot follows Tony, a guy with a colourful past who is about to return home with the young daughter he didn't know he had until her mother Lucia died. His daughter is reluctant to leave and forms an attachment to a movie star with her own secrets. Over three days of Easter their lives intertwine with two other women called Lucia.
- Don Groves
Seven years ago John Carny’s award winning classic Once screened at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and completely changed the genre of Indie Musicals. It was a runaway success, and incited a fervor in Hollywood producers who proceeded to flood the medium with clone after clone, until the genre’s novelty had become convoluted, dull and devoid of all substance. This cloning process, is most certainly how films like Song One made and accepted readily onto the festival circuit. To say Song One is an exact clone of Once would an exaggeration, but Carney’s work most certainly served as a heavy inspiration for this piece.
Song One’s opening scene essentially mimics that of Once. We are introduced to the character of Henry, played by Anton Yelchin doppelgänger Ben Rosenfield, as he performs a bevy of new songs to a desolate and uninterested New York metro station, who show what little appreciation they have, »
- Ty Cooper
'The recklessness of hope in a cruel and unusual world is summed up onscreen by the sight of a human being colliding with a moving vehicle'
Miles Teller looks positively invincible as he espouses the pleasures of young love over coffee with Zac Efron in this week's foremost sappy bro-fest That Awkward Moment. "I love the way she laughs!" he gushes. "I love the way we fit together in bed! Because we're the same height, our crotches line up perfectly." Seconds later, he's bounding on to the New York sidewalk, determined to locate the object of his affections and convey to her the depth of his feeling. Zac beams with pride as Miles strides confidently into the street, failing to check for oncoming traffic as he wheels around to impart a final guarantee to his proud wingman: "I'm doing it! I'm doing it!" You can probably guess what happens next. »
- Charlie Lyne
15 items from 2014
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