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It’s a convenient trope to say Hollywood keeps doing sequels and repeating itself. I think it’s really easy to say we are doing the same old thing. But a good sequel is not the same old thing. If you do sequels badly, that’s the problem. I think the risk in sequels is for Hollywood to take the audiences for granted, to assume you only have to give them a little more. We as a studio are very careful to avoid that. We do that by introducing new filmmaker voices. We have to work hard to constantly advance the mythology of a property that people love. If you bring all the elements together, you’ll succeed.
When we look at greenlighting sequels, we ask a number of questions. »
- Jim Gianopulos
From The Time Machine to The War of the Worlds, legendary sci-fi writer H.G. Wells brought the spectacular to life on the printed page. One of his most haunting tales, The Island of Doctor Moreau, has been adapted for the screen multiple times and soon one of the film versions will receive a high-definition upgrade, as it’s been announced that Kino Lorber will release Don Taylor’s The Island of Dr. Moreau on Blu-ray.
“Animals become monsters – and a man becomes part animal – in this sci-fi shocker starring Burt Lancaster and a galaxy of mutant monsters created by some of the make-up legends behind Planet of the Apes. On a tropical Pacific island, the mad Dr. »
- Derek Anderson
Marvel Entertainment and ABC Studios have announced the follow up to the massively successful Once Upon A Time: Shadow of the Queen graphic novel – Once Upon A Time: Out of the Past. An all new graphic novel inspired by ABC’s popular television series “Once Upon a Time.” This 112-page hardcover hits comic shops and bookstores everywhere on April 1st, 2015.
Welcome to Storybrooke, a small New England town where seemingly regular people go about their everyday lives with no idea who they really are – the fabled storybook characters we all grew up with! But Fairy Tale Land is not the “happily ever after” you may have read about – their stories continue, and the Evil Queen has set a dark curse upon their homeland.
Travel back in Once Upon A Time: Out Of The Past to the origin stories of your favorite characters from the show!
Board the Jolly Roger on »
- Phil Wheat
When last we saw the amazing Spider-Man on screen, he was swinging a hubcap at a charging, mechanical Rhino (Paul Giamatti) in the waning moments of Marc Webb.s The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The wall-crawler's future seemed clear. He'd next be called into action to fight and defeat The Sinister Six, a villainous squad born out of OsCorp.s laboratory. Plans, though, were in flux for some time but now seem to be snapping back into place, suggesting an upcoming Sinister Six shoot. Some of this might have to be taken with a grain of salt, for reasons I'll happily explain. But a Twitter user named @ThatBlueHood posted messages that stated that The Sinister Six would be shooting in Vancouver. No time frame was given, only the knowledge that a "dude who worked on Planet of the Apes requested S6 stuff for research" and "said it was happening. »
Captain Kirk and the Enterprise crew have landed on the Planet of the Apes—but how?! And how are the Klingons involved? Plus: Taylor meets up with Kirk and Spock, but will he greet them with open arms? Or flying bullets?
- Gary Collinson
David Oyelowo was relaxed at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards held last night at the Hollywood Palladium. The whole world was surprised with his Oscar snub but the actor, who gave one of the best performances of 2014 as Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in "Selma," seemed to not mind. He remembered me from our red carpet interview when "Selma" opened the Palm Springs International Film Festival. As soon as Oyelowo saw me, he asked, "Palm Springs right?," so...we took a selfie!
That was always the mood at any of the Critics' Choice Movie Awards I've attended. Being a proud voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, we hand out the Critics' Choice Movie Awards annually and it's the awards show I always look forward to attending each year.
Control, alt, repeat! It's time for another Poster-Crop Quiz! This week, in honor of Blackhat, we're celebrating our favorite cyber-savvy flicks. We've uploaded cropped posters from 10 films that each involve computer hackers. See if you can decode the images, leaving your guesses in the comment section below. The first person to correctly name all 10 posters will receive a shout-out in next week's quiz. It won't give you the power to hack the planet, but it's still pretty rad. While some may argue the movie is primarily about dinosaurs or whatever, Jurassic Park will, to me, forever be the movie that made the Unix system a household name. Last week's answers: Aliens, Road Warrior, Blade Runner, Reign of Fire, Brazil, Planet of the Apes, Dredd...
- Brian Salisbury
Birdman was lauded with seven gongs at this year's Critics' Choice Movie Awards.
Lead actor Michael Keaton scored two of the awards for Actor and Actor in a Comedy, while the movie also won in the Acting Ensemble, Score, Original Screenplay, Editing and Cinematography categories.
The coming-of-age drama had the second highest number of awards in total, which included Director for Richard Linklater, Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette and Young Actor/Actress for Ellar Coltrane.
The Grand Budapest Hotel followed suit with three awards for Comedy, Art Direction and Costume Design, while Guardians of the Galaxy took two with Action Movie and Hair & Make-up.
See the full list of winners for the Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2015 below:
Boyhood - Winner!
The Grand Budapest Hotel
While comic books have become very popular to adapt, the relationship between the two mediums also moves in the other direction. There’s a long tradition of comic books adapting from and expanding on a whole slew of popular films, from the likes of Star Trek and RoboCop, to more modern examples like Interstellar and the current iteration of Planet of the Apes. With Marvel Comics now being a Disney subsidiary, the Star Wars franchise left behind its previous comic book shepherds at Dark Horse, and have made something of a homecoming to Marvel. The first Star Wars comics ever published were first made at the House of Ideas, and the publisher is rightfully treating the franchise with great care by giving superstar creators the...
- Chris Clow
Birdman led the field heading into tonight's 2015 Critics Choice Awards with 13 total nominations followed by The Grand Budapest Hotel with 11 nominations, and Boyhood with eight. Of course, following this morning's 2015 Oscar nominations all eyes were on the Critics Choice Awards to see how this awards season will continue to flow. Some were already declaring the Oscars irrelevant, bypassed by the likes of the more diverse list of nominees at both the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards as the Oscars failed to nominate Selma and saw a list of acting nominees dominated by all-white actors. Personally, I think people are looking to blame the Academy for overall industry ills, but I guess there is some level of importance to be placed on being the organization to move the dial. Is that by nominations alonec How much do winners matterc That's probably a question best left for another time, as for tonight's awards. »
- Brad Brevet
Just as it made a strong showing in the Oscar nominations Thursday morning, “Birdman” was the front-runner with the most nominations for the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Thursday night. It also ended the night with the most trophies, taking home seven, including both Best Actor and Best Actor in a Comedy for Michael Keaton, Best Acting Ensemble, and Best Editing — the film was shot to look as if it was a single continuous take.
- Jason Hughes and Steve Pond
Stay tuned for updates on the winners of the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, hosted by Michael Strahan. The awards aired live on A&E from the Hollywood Palladium.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro G. Inarritu – Birdman
Winner: The Grand Budapest Hotel
22 Jump Street
Actress In A Comedy
Winner: Jenny Slate »
- Variety Staff
Chicago – In an unprecedented oversight, especially for the film community in Chicago, film critic Roger Ebert’s biography “Life Itself” was snubbed for Best Documentary as the nominations were announced on Jan. 15, 2015 for the 87th Academy Awards. The films “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” tied for most Oscar nominations with nine.
Photo credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Both “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” were nominated for Best Picture along with “Selma,” “Boyhood,” “American Sniper,” “The Imitation Game,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Whiplash”. The full list of the nominations is below.
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Well, there we went. The Oscar nominations are in and, in a nice change of pace, the crafts categories were revealed on the air. Let's see what the last several months of build-up has left for us. A few trends come to mind… The (Near) Shut-Outs Oh how the mighty have fallen. A measly sound editing nomination for "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" shows that the novelty eventually does wear off. Goose eggs for "Noah" (despite a strong push), "Nightcrawler" (given its precursor run), "Gone Girl" (you would have thought it had great chances in film editing and original score), "Transformers: Age of Extinction" (given the sound branch's love of this series) and "Big Eyes" (given the pedigree) have also got to be considered disappointing. And even though it garnered two nominations, I can't imagine that there aren't some long faces regarding "Guardians of the Galaxy," with »
- Gerard Kennedy
BioWare has done some incredible things with the Star Wars license. While there have been some stumbles with The Old Republic, it's hard to deny how good the company is at crafting memorable Sci-Fi/Fantasy stories in general (just look at the Mass Effect and Dragon Age franchises). With another Star Wars game apparently in the works from them, I got to thinking about which other Sci-Fi/Fantasy franchises could use a great game from the Bioware team.
I'm a sucker for fun stories and epic tales; two things BioWare seems to specialize in. Since they've done so well with one of the biggest science fiction properties around, Star Wars, I'm sure they're more than able to handle other much beloved sci-fi and fantasy franchise. There are several worthy tales out there which haven't received the video game attention they deserve, or simply didn't get good games, so perhaps BioWare »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu‘s “Birdman” and Wes Anderson‘s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” are the top contenders for the 87th annual Academy Awards, with each film having earned nine nominations on Thursday morning, including Best Picture. Both films were distributed by Fox Searchlight, as was “Wild,” which made Fox’s independent offshoot the day’s big winner with 20 total nominations.
“The Imitation Game,” which was The Weinstein Company’s biggest performer, scored eight nominations. Clint Eastwood‘s “American Sniper” and Richard Linklater‘s “Boyhood,” meanwhile, each scored 6 nominations. However, critically acclaimed films like “Selma” and “Nightcrawler” received less than some anticipated, »
- Travis Reilly
The nominations for the 87th Academy Awards are in! 2014 was packed full of lots of great movies, and all the films and actors that have been nominated are deserving of it.
Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel and Alejandro Iñárritu’s Birdman and leading the pack and are tied with nine nominations. The Imitation Game comes in third with seven, followed by Richard Linklater’s Boyhood and Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, each with six. All five of these movies have received Best Picture nominations along with three other films — Selma, The Theory of Everything, and Whiplash.
Neil Patrick Harris is set to host The 87th Annual Academy Awards, which will be held on Sunday, February 22nd, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood and will air on ABC.
I'm pretty happy with the nominations this year, although I am a little disappointed that Guardians of the Galaxy »
- Joey Paur
Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel topped this year's list of Oscar nominee's, earning nine each, including looks for Best Director for Alejandro Alejandro González Iñárritu and Wes Anderson, as well as Best Picture. The Imitation Game followed closely behind with eight nominations, including nods for its stars, Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, and director, Morten Tyldum. A complete list of this year's nominees is below.
On behalf of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), Chris Pine (Star Trek) and Oscars President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced the nominees for the 87th Academy Awards. "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" dominated with nine nominations each, including Best Picture and Best Director. "The Imitation Game" followed with eight nominations. Academy Awards, which will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will be presented on Sunday, February 22nd, at the Dolby Theatre, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. And the nominees are: Best Picture: * American Sniper * Birdman * Boyhood * The Grand Budapest Hotel * The Imitation Game * Selma * The Theory of Everything * Whiplash Lead Actress: * Marion Cotillard - Two Days, One Night * Felicity Jones - The Theory of Everything * Julianne Moore - Still Alice * Rosamund Pike - Gone Girl * Reese Witherspoon - Wild Lead Actor: * Steve Carell - Foxcatcher * Bradley Cooper - American Sniper * Benedict Cumberbatch - »
It's that time of year again folks, with the Academy Awards landing next month, this morning the list of official nominees were revealed. Come inside to see who's been nominated for what!
It's awards season, and while we've seen plenty of head-scratchers already through the various award shows, today brings the list of nominations for the Big one; the Oscars. The biggest movie awards show is just around the corner, and today's nominee announcement is sure to raise quite a few eyebrows as well. The leaders of the pack are The Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman, managing to nab 9 nominations a piece, with American Sniper and The Imitation Game hot on their heels.
Check out the full list below:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alexandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman
Wes Anderson, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
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