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ChaCha put together a list of actors who have died the most in their movies. Topping the list is Robert De Niro with fifteen deaths, including ones in "Cape Fear," "Frankenstein" and "Jackie Brown." Bruce Willis also made the list and was actually killed twice by his ex-wife Demi Moore in "Mortal Thoughts" and "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle." Brad Pitt is in top ten as well, but his deaths are a bit odd. He died in "Cool World," but returned as an animated character. He died in "Fight Club," but never actually existed. And he died in "Meet Joe Black," but came back as Death. The list is far from perfect, since it doesn't include Leonardo DiCaprio (The Departed, Titanic, Blood Diamond), Kevin Spacey (Se7en, American Beauty, La Confidential), Samuel L. Jackson (Deep Blue Sea, True Romance, Jurassic Park), or John Travolta (Pulp Fiction, Face/Off, The Punisher). Plus, there »
Milo has compiled an interesting infographic breaking down the finicnial and critical success of Pixar’s Toy Story 3. You can see that infographic below but first here are some statistics you may be interested in.
Disney’s Toy Story 3 passed the $1 billion mark at the box office this summer making it the highest-grossing animated film of all time. The film is the first animated film to break the threshold and only the seventh overall. And, with the success of Alice in Wonderland earlier this year, Disney has become the first studio to release two billion-dollar grossers in the same year. Must be those 3-D ticket prices?
Here is an interesting look at box office figures adjusted for inflation. Using data from Box Office Mojo and making calculations from the Cpi Inflation Calculator, Newsweek came up with a rough estimate of how many other films grossed the equivalent of »
Welcome back to our weekly look at the new podcasts available at our “partners in podcast crime” the GeekCast Radio Network. Each week we bring you the highlights from Gcrn, with descriptions and links to each and every episode.
The Tele-Cast Episode 04 – Are You Afraid Of The Dark
In the fourth episode of The Tele-Cast join OptimusSolo and making her Gcrn Debut Tarah “Rising Star” as the two discuss clowns, ghosts, dead people and all other things creepy as they pose the most important question of all to you… Are You Afraid of The Dark? Listen Now.
The Beast Unleashed Podcast Episode 30 – The Final Episode
One year ago to the date that TFG1Mike, Steve/Megatron, and PecanCtMichael started The Beast Unleashed Podcast and now we end it. Listen Now.
ToonCast Episode 82 – Cinderella Franchise
In Episode 82 we are continuing The Disney Animation Spotlight this week we have something that Kevin has been dreading! »
Everyone loves “The Hobbit.”
Since it came out more than 70 years ago, generations of readers have thrilled to the story of Bilbo Baggins and his dwarven pals as they head up into the mountains to rustle up some dragon. But while the book has long been acknowledged as a classic, one flaw has been nagging at fans eagerly awaiting the upcoming film adaptation from “Lord of the Rings” mastermind Peter Jackson: “The Hobbit” doesn’t have any women in it.
Well, now we know how Jackson is planning to address that major omission: he’s going to just go ahead and add one of the most talented and beautiful women in the world to the film, as New Line has issued a press release announcing the return of “Lord of the Rings” veteran Cate Blanchett.
Blanchett, of course, played the elven queen Galadriel, also known as the »
- Scott Harris
File this under 'expected:' Cate Blanchett, who played the elf Galadriel in The Lord of the Rings and provided the opening narration for The Fellowship of the Ring, has joined the cast of The Hobbit. She'll reprise the role of Galadriel in at least one of the two Hobbit films, though we don't know which, or if she'll be in both. In addition, more casting has been announced and/or confirmed, and the info is all after the break. Fans of The Hobbit are probably asking how this could be expected, given that Galadriel isn't in the book. But we've known that Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Guillermo del Toro (who co-wrote before vacating the director's chair) would be including material from J.R.R. Tolkien's other supplemental tales of Middle Earth, and possibly reworking The Hobbit a bit to include a couple of established characters. And while it »
- Russ Fischer
Last week we talked here about some of the challenges Peter Jackson faces in adapting Tolkien.s The Hobbit into a feature film. Among those challenges I listed the lack of female characters in the story. There are quite literally, none. Not a one. Well now Peter Jackson has a solution. He.s bringing back Galadriel. Played by Cate Blanchett in the Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Galadriel was the ethereal elf queen who helps Frodo and his band along their way to Mount Doom. Her character isn.t actually in The Hobbit though, in fact Bilbo and his band of traveling dwarves don.t even go anywhere near the region where she lives, yet New Line confirms that Blanchett has been cast in the upcoming movie anyway. How will they fit her in? Peter Jackson confirms that she will indeed reprise the role of Galadriel, »
Last week we talked here about some of the challenges Peter Jackson faces in adapting Tolkien.s The Hobbit into a feature film. Among those challenges I listed the lack of female characters in the story. There are quite literally, none. Not a one. Well now Peter Jackson has a solution. He.s bringing back Galadriel. Played by Cate Blanchett in the Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Galadriel was the ethereal elf queen who helps Frodo and his band along their way to Mount Doom. Her character isn.t actually in The Hobbit though, in fact Bilbo and his band of traveling dwarves don.t even go anywhere near the region where she lives, yet Deadline reports that Blanchett has been cast in the upcoming movie anyway. How will they fit her in? Peter Jackson confirms that she will indeed reprise the role of Galadriel, but »
Cate Blanchett had better start brushing up on her Elvish. The Australian actress has signed on to the cast of director Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy epic The Hobbit, reprising the role of the ethereal elf Galadriel that she played in Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. The announcement of Blanchett’s casting comes as something of a surprise, since the character of Galadriel doesn’t actually appear in Tolkien’s novel. Then again, there are virtually no female characters in the book whatsoever, so Jackson is clearly looking to balance out the two-part film somewhat in terms of gender. »
- Josh Rottenberg
Warner Bros. and MGM announced today that Cate Blanchett, Ken Stott, Sylvester McCoy and Mikael Persbrandt have all joined the cast of Peter Jackson's long awaited two-part adaptation of "The Hobbit." Blanchett reprises her role as Galadriel, the Lady of Lothlorien from "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. The Oscar winner previously appeared in all three of the "Lord of the Rings" films; "The Fellowship of the Ring," "The Two Towers" and "The Return of the King." She was most recently seen in Ridley Scott's "Robin Hood" and will appear in Joe Wright's thriller "Hanna" this spring. In a statement released »
- Gregory Ellwood
When I was a kid, TV over Thanksgiving weekend definitely meant The Wizard of Oz and maybe a marathon of the 1933 King Kong and all those goofy black-and-white Mighty Joe Young flicks. But as Jill Cozzi notes at the new Cinemarati Facebook page: The new "family movies" televised in heavy rotation for the holidays: "The Fellowship of the Ring" (because nothing says Thanksgiving like hobbits in constant fear); "Titanic" (because nothing says Thanksgiving like a watery grave), and The Godfather movies (because nothing says Thanksgiving like "family"). All this and a "Deadliest Catch" marathon. Because nothing says "Thanksgiving" like watching a bunch of guys risk their lives for the crab legs at your local Chinese buffet. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
On-demand viewing and the digital games revolution take their toll on DVD and Blu-ray
Spare a thought this Christmas for James Bond, kicking his heels at MI6 and getting under M's feet. Daniel Craig was forced to holster his Walther Ppk when Bond 23 was put on hold following the bankruptcy of MGM, under a mountain of debt. The studio's woes were in considerable part the fallout from a phenomenon that threatens not just Hollywood blockbusters but the continuing supply of high-end, home-produced drama and comedy: a sales slump, which may prove terminal, in the once all-conquering DVD home entertainment market.
The DVD, the fastest-adopted electronic consumer product at its commercial introduction in 1998, became the film studios' biggest cash generator, funding a screen production boom. The industry generated $14bn (£9bn) by 2004, with more than 250m discs sold each year in the UK. Broadcasters shared in the windfall as living room »
Since the news has been slow this past week and everyone is still on Thanksgiving vacation, we thought now might be the best time to pick out some new Netflix Instant titles for you to sink your teeth into along with some delicious turkey (leftovers). There haven't been a ton of new updates, but it seems like we have at least one pick for everyone's own tastes. There's a Best Foreign Film nominee, a sci-fi action favorite, a Sundance indie, and a feature length behind-the-scenes doc, plus even a holiday comedy. In addition, I've tossed in a few recent favorites to keep you and yours busy over the holiday weekend. So what's in our queue this week? Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Available Now): You can't go wrong with the first installment of Peter Jackson's epic adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. »
- Ethan Anderton
Presenting short films from independent filmmakers...
The Hunt for Gollum, 2009.
Written and Directed by Chris Bouchard.
Produced on a budget of £3000, The Hunt for Gollum is an unofficial fan film inspired by J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and utilising the visual interpretation of Middle-earth created by director Peter Jackson for his blockbuster movie trilogy.
Set during the early period of The Fellowship of the Ring, the 38-minute short sees Gandalf (Patrick O'Connor) meeting with Aragorn (Adrian Webster) in the Prancing Pony, where the wizard explains his concerns that Gollum may reveal information to Sauron about the whereabouts of the One Ring. Aragorn sets off to track and capture Gollum but before he can interrogate the creature he is attacked by Orc soldiers, who have joined the hunt along with the dreaded Nazgûl. »
If you’ve never seen Mad Men (one of the best shows on any channel), Amazon has an awesome reason to finally catch up. That’s because my favorite online retailer has seasons 1-3 on sale for 9.99 each on either DVD or Blu-ray! I’ve Never seen them priced this low.
Mad Men: Season One [Blu-ray] Mad Men: Season One Mad Men: Season Two [Blu-ray] Mad Men: Season Two Mad Men: Season Three [Blu-ray] Mad Men: Season Three
Along with Mad Men, Amazon has some other great deals. I’ve picked some highlights for the front page, hit the jump for the rest. If you’re a fan of Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz on Blu-ray are under $11 dollars each…along with the rest of the links. Remember, if you spend over $25 you get free shipping.
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Recently, I had the chance to interview Emily Hagins director of My Sucky Teen Romance and films such as The Retelling and Pathogen. She has also written 4 films and directed 8 short films and is also a producer. She is the first teenage girl in the United States to direct a feature-length film!
Keep reading to get a glimpse into how the mind of such a young director works and learn why she has earned the nickname, "The movie girl".
You have written and directed all four of your films. Do you enjoy directing or writing more?
I really enjoy both, but I like directing a little more. I love the challenge of visual storytelling and figuring out what's needed to bring the pieces together.
How supportive are your family & friends with your filmmaking?
I'm very lucky to have such supportive family and friends. They've stayed with me through the fun and challenges of filmmaking, »
The first day of Amazon.com's Black Friday Week sales have taken over the e-tailers Blu-ray bestsellers chart today. This trend will likely continue straight through Cyber Monday as new one-day only deals will be running through then.
The hottest today has been for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers on Blu-ray, each selling for a mere $7.99 for today only and occupying the first through third sales slots. Coming in fourth is Get Him to the Greek on Blu-ray priced at $10.
After Avatar breaks the Black Friday trend, the sixth spot is owned by The Wizard of Oz (70th Anniversary Edition) for $10. In seventh is How to Train Your Dragon on Blu-ray + DVD combo pack for $17.99, followed by Hot Tub Time Machine for $10 and Taken for $7.99.
Check out all of Amazon. »
It’s nice to see Shore back with Jackson again. Their previous collaboration actually earned the composer two wins at the Academy Awards (for both The Fellowship of the Ring and The Return of the King), although Jackson is not the first director Shore has had a long and fruitful working partnership with. He has scored almost all of fellow Canadian David Cronenberg’s features since his 1979 debut The Brood, and has been Martin Scorsese’s preferred choice of composer since 2002’s Gangs of New York.
- Adam Lowes
Shore told The Province that he has been discussing reuniting with Jackson for the two-part Hobbit adaptation since 2002 and has recently said that “It looks like finally it’s going to be happening…I’ll be working on it for the next three years – it’s going to consume a lot of my time and work now.”
Shore composed the music for Jackson’s fantasy trilogy – winning Oscars for The Fellowship Of The Ring and The Return Of The King - and worked with the director on King Kong before leaving over creative differences. »
- Adam Spinks
The Province (via Coming Soon) spoke with film composer Howard Shore who announced he'll be returning to score The Hobbit and its sequel for Peter Jackson. It looks like finally it's going to be happening. I'll be working on it for the next three years - it's going to consume a lot of my time and work now. Shore scored all three films in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, won an Oscar for Original Score for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King as well as won an Oscar for Best Original Song along with Fran Walsh and Annie Lennox (pictured) for "Into the West" from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
- Brad Brevet
We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.
It was back in early high school when my final Dungeons & Dragons campaign faded out — a newfound interest in the opposite sex helped to snuff out that particular fire. I suppose that’s a healthy transition for a 15-year old, but as it turned out, all I’d really accomplished was to trade in a “lifetime” of fictional success for a strong dose of real-life failure, after failure, after failure. But I’m not discouraged. With the success of the Harry Potter novels and films, it’s gotten at least a little more hip to admit to liking fantasy tales, and I can now openly take part in this fictional assembly of my cinematic spell-casting dream team, while still somehow managing to keep my head held high. So with that said, let’s get to it. Here are the Top 7 Movie Wizards »
- Aaron Ruffcorn
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