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All Is Lost and 5 other incredible movies about human endurance

19 December 2013 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

As the curtain comes down on 2013, one noticeable theme runs through some of the most decorated films of the last 12 months: endurance. Tom Hanks confronted Somali pirates in Captain Phillips, Sandra Bullock found herself tumbling through the void in Gravity, and next week Robert Redford delivers an incredible, near-wordless performance as a man adrift at sea in All Is Lost.

There must be something in (or on and around) the water, because Hollywood has long held a fascination with perils such as these. From Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat to scary shark-fest Open Water and visual effects extravaganza Life of Pi, putting someone's mortality on the line makes for incredible drama.

With All Is Lost arriving in cinemas on December 26, Digital Spy takes a look at five notable survival movies that pushed their protagonists to their absolute limits...

Alive (1993)

Based on a true story, this film focused on a Uruguayan rugby »

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Saving Mr. Banks: Costume Design Featurette

12 December 2013 9:46 AM, PST | Clothes on Film | See recent Clothes on Film news »

A slight but worth watching video about the costume and production design for frothy Walt Disney biography Saving Mr. Banks. If you have not seen the film it won’t spoil anything, and will probably get you wanting to dress in sixties suits and dresses again, like Mad Men did in the early days.

Costume designer for Saving Mr Banks, Daniel Orlandi (Down With Love, Frost/Nixon), chats a little about his approach, which is how you might expect for a period movie where clothes are weaved into the narrative rather than absolutely intrinsic to it, i.e. show but do not ‘show off’ the era. Orlandi wanted the female cast to be progressive in their attire to reflect changing times, though still, in his own words, “look like a lady”.

Costume sketches copyright Daniel Orlandi, 2012.

Saving Mr. Banks is currently on general release.

You can watch Tom Hanks in Cast Away at LOVEFiLM. »

- Lord Christopher Laverty

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Tom Hanks on the Burden of Playing Walt Disney, the Real P.L. Travers, and Dinners With Emma Thompson

12 December 2013 5:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It seems like a given that Tom Hanks, one of today's most beloved and well-known stars, would play Walt Disney, one of Hollywood's most beloved and well-known icons, in the first film about Disney himself, "Saving Mr. Banks."

But, although Hanks jokes that he's made a "cottage industry" out of playing real people, he wasn't at all sold on playing such an icon. As he told Moviefone, once he read the script, he was on board, particularly because it's mostly Emma Thompson's movie. She plays P.L. Travers, the author of "Mary Poppins," who turned down Disney's attempts to make the books into a film for 20 years, fighting him every step of the way.

Hanks shared how working with Thompson was like "a convivial three-hour dinner with maybe a little too much wine going down one of us," why the creative process can be so damn difficult, and how he »

- Sharon Knolle

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5 Things You Don't Know About Tom Hanks

10 December 2013 11:15 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

In his new biopic Saving Mr. Banks, this Oscar winner portrays Walt Disney, one of the most iconic showbiz figures of all time. Here are five things you may not know about Tom Hanks.

1. Born Thomas Jeffrey Hanks in Concord, CA -- his father was a chef and his mother a hospital worker.

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2. Is a third cousin, four generations removed, of former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.

3. Is an avid typewriter collector, owning more than 200 models from around the world.

Video: Tom Hanks 'Had His Work Cut Out For Him' in 'Banks'

4. Has appeared in three movies featuring scenes in which he's stranded at sea: Splash (1984), Joe Versus the Volcano (1990) and Cast Away (2000).

5. Has an asteroid named after him called "12818 Tomhanks," which was discovered in April 1996.

Related: Tom Hanks Reveals He Has Type 2 Diabetes

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Thn Advent Calendar Day 9: The Grinch

9 December 2013 3:22 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Christmas is a time for tradition – presents, decorations, carols, and mince pies. But what better tradition to celebrate than the Christmas movie? Join The Hollywood News for the Movie Advent Calendar – a film each day ’til Christmas. For the full Advent Calendar so far, click here.

There have been a few films recently that rely almost entirely on the performance of one performer. A single hander, to use theatrical parlance. Recently we had Buried and 127 Hours (both 2010). But did you know there is a Christmas movie relying 100% on a single performance? That movie is The Grinch (2000). Of course, it features a large supporting cast of fine comic actors, but let’s face it, this is a one man show.

Jim Carrey stars as the titular Grinch and is barely recognisable beneath the fantastic makeup/costume bestowed upon him, but the voice and movement reveal the Ventura within. He chews the »

- John Sharp

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Hours Review

2 December 2013 5:09 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Hours is one of the most relentlessly tedious films of the year. It might be more aptly named Days, for the amount of time it seems to take to crawl from its opening to closing credits. Set mostly during the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Hours inexplicably attempts to relate the terror and uncertainty felt by those in the storm’s path by keeping its protagonist confined almost entirely to a quiet, abandoned hospital. It’s far from a winning formula, despite a strong performance from the late, lamented Paul Walker.

The film opens as Nolan Hayes (Walker) arrives at a New Orleans hospital with his pregnant wife, Abigail (Genesis Rodriguez), who has gone into early labor. When Abigail dies in childbirth and Katrina forces an evacuation of the hospital, Nolan is left to watch over his newborn baby and ensure that her ventilator remains functional. Power outages, floodwaters, opportunistic »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Amazon's Cyber Monday 2013 Blu-ray and DVD Deals: Monday, December 2

1 December 2013 11:01 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Well folks, the last chance to get major deals during Amazon's 2013 Black Friday deals week has led to this, today is Cyber Monday 2013 and I have the schedule of DVD and Blu-ray deals that will be going live throughout the day below along with the other deals that have been featured throughout the week. The deals today include some James Bond Blu-rays in Quantum of Solace and Skyfall, a Blu-ray of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and the deals close out with the Rambo: The Complete Collector's Set Blu-ray collection. Other than that there are some television items, such as "The Tudors" complete series set, "Sherlock Holmes" complete collection, "Twin Peaks", "The Good Wife" and "Rome". Outside of what's below I am constantly updating my main page with the week's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals right here, and it will continue to update until the deals are done. Otherwise, start shopping. »

- Brad Brevet

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DVD/Blu-ray Deals: Studio Ghibli, Battlestar Galactica, The Simpsons, Argo, Fight Club, Drive, and Hundreds More

1 December 2013 12:21 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Amazon is offering some great DVD/Blu-ray deals and I've grabbed the highlights.  Besides the first few deals, everything is broken up by price.  Also, if you see anything you like, don't wait to buy.  Amazon constantly changes prices based on inventory and demand. Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series [Blu-ray] - $89.99 (70% off) Up to 55% Off Studio Ghibli DVD/Blu-rays like Castle in the Sky, Totoro, Ponyo, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Many More Up to 70% Off All Seasons of The Simpsons on DVD $3.99: Chronicle Blu-ray - $3.99 (80% off) Cast Away Blu-ray - $3.99 (77% off) The Sandlot [Blu-ray] - $3.99 (80% off) Wedding Crashers [Blu-ray] - $3.99 (73% off) Fargo [Blu-ray] - $3.99 (80% off) The Passion of the Christ (Definitive Edition) [Blu-ray] - $3.99 (80% off) Limitless (Unrated Extended Cut + Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] - $3.99 (80% off) Dances with Wolves (Two-Disc 20th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] - $3.99 (80% off) Goldeneye Blu-ray - $3.99 (80% off) In Time [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital copy] - $3.99 (80% off) $5.00: Moneyball (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] - $4.99 (75% off) Braveheart [Blu-ray] - $5.00 (67% off) Argo (Blu-ray »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Amazon's Black Friday 2013 Blu-ray and DVD Deals: Sunday, December 1

30 November 2013 11:01 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The last day of what I guess we're calling 2013's Black Friday deals week is upon us and yet, tomorrow is Cyber Monday and Amazon is still offering deals throughout the day and today offers several Criterion titles and more. On the Criterion side we have Carlos, Quadrophenia, Shallow Grave, 12 Angry Men, The Samurai Trilogy, Fanny and Alexander and Weekend while you can also pick up complete series sets of "Fringe", "Chuck", "Frasier" and "Millennium". Outside of what's below I am constantly updating my main page with the week's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals right here, and it will continue to update until the deals are done. Otherwise, start shopping. Sunday, December 1 Deals starting at 8:20 pm Pt John Wayne Film Collection ($17.99) Peter Pan: Return to Never Land ($19.69) Pixar Short Films Collection 2 ($15.89) Tennessee Tuxedo And His Tales: The Complete Collection ($20.49) Fanny and Alexander (Criterion Collection) Blu-ray ($24.99) Weekend (Criterion »

- Brad Brevet

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Amazon's Black Friday 2013 Blu-ray and DVD Deals: Saturday, November 30

30 November 2013 12:01 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The actual 2013 Black Friday is over, but the deals aren't as Amazon is continuing the deals up through Cyber Monday and today's new schedule of sale items includes one of the best deals yet, $200 off the Bond 50: The Complete 23 Film Collection Blu-ray, which includes Skyfall, but that's not it. Beyond that we have deals on A Good Day to Die Hard. The Last Emperor (Criterion Collection), the Francis Ford Coppola: 5-Film Blu-ray Collection, Friday Night Lights and "Girls". Outside of what's below I am constantly updating my main page with the week's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals right here, and it will continue to update until the deals are done. Otherwise, start shopping. Bond! Bond 50: The Complete 23 Film Collection with Skyfall Blu-ray ($99.99) Check Out These Deals Midnight in Paris Blu-ray ($6.49) Pacific Rim Blu-ray ($7.99) Epic Blu-ray ($9.96) Heat Blu-ray ($8.49) Man of Steel Blu-ray ($19.96) Moneyball Blu-ray ($3.99) 21 Jump Street Blu-ray »

- Brad Brevet

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Amazon's Black Friday 2013 Blu-ray and DVD Deals: Friday, November 29

28 November 2013 11:01 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

After a week of early deals, the actual 2013 Black Friday is finally here and Amazon's deals continue and are only getting better. I have included the new schedule of DVDs and Blu-rays going on sale today and if yesterday is any indication, you are going to want to get in on them quick as the Django Unchained Blu-ray sold out in a matter of minutes yesterday. Today's deals include several you may be interested in including Monsters University, Planes, The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brave, three seasons of "The Walking Dead", Fight Club, The Croods, Bridesmaids, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Part 2 and much more. Outside of what's below I am constantly updating my main page with the week's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals right here, and it will continue to update until the deals are done. Otherwise, start shopping. Brand New Blu-ray Deals! »

- Brad Brevet

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Amazon's Black Friday 2013 Blu-ray and DVD Deals: Thursday, November 28

27 November 2013 11:10 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Happy Thanksgiving! Amazon's week long deals for 2013 Black Friday and Cyber Monday continue today, Thursday, November 28, with a new schedule of DVDs and Blu-rays going on sale and it's another 20-after-midnight start and it looks like the deals are getting better as the week goes on. Today we begin with a discount on the fifth season of "True Blood" and Les Miserables on Blu-ray and later in the day Blu-rays of Warm Bodies, Prometheus, Django Unchained, The Hunger Games, The Dark Knight Rises, Skyfall, The Heat, Zero Dark Thirty, Pacific Rim and Oblivion go on sale. Just check out the schedule below so you know when to start clicking. Outside of what's below I am constantly updating my main page with the week's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals right here, and it will continue to update until the deals are done. Otherwise, start shopping. Thursday, November 28 Deals starting at »

- Brad Brevet

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The top 25 underappreciated films of 2000

27 November 2013 7:48 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 28 Nov 2013 - 06:04

Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2000, and another 25 overlooked gems...

The new millennium brought with it an eclectic range of hit films. Hong Kong action director John Woo brought us Mission: Impossible II, the most profitable film of the year at the box office. Ridley Scott enjoyed one of the biggest critical and financial successes of his career with Gladiator, while Robert Zemeckis created a memorable drama with Tom Hanks and a ball named Wilson in Cast Away.

From a comic book movie standpoint, 2000 was also a key year. X-Men not only established a successful film franchise which is still going, with X-Men: Days Of Future Past out next year, but also headed up a wave of big-budget Marvel adaptations which shows no sign of slowing down.

As ever, we've travelled far outside the »

- ryanlambie

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Amazon's Black Friday 2013 Blu-ray and DVD Deals: Wednesday, November 27

26 November 2013 11:01 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Amazon's week long deals for 2013 Black Friday and Cyber Monday continue today, Wednesday, November 27, with a new schedule of DVDs and Blu-rays going on sale today and they are starting early. The deals throughout the day begin just after midnight today and there are a few titles worthy of your attention. If I had to select one title from the batch of deals going live today it would certainly be the Planet of the Apes Blu-ray collection, beyond that the Schindler's List Blu-ray is worth considering and, if you're looking for a nice little quadruple feature you can't really go wrong with picking up the Atonement, Pride & Prejudice, Jane Eyre and Elizabeth bundle, the price isn't yet available, but I have to assume it won't break the bank. Finally, that Best of Warner Bros. Romance Collection at 12:20 Pm might be worth a look as it includes some greats such »

- Brad Brevet

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Is Oscar Just a Weighting Game? Thesps Go to Physical Extremes

26 November 2013 8:50 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 40-50 pounds that Christian Bale packed on to play inveterate conman Irving Rosenfeld in David O. Russell’s upcoming “American Hustle” appears all the more shocking when juxtaposed with the actor’s reedthin crackhead Dicky Eklund in “The Fighter,” his previous collaboration with the director.

“I think he might win a prize,” Russell joked to Variety when reminded of Bale’s feat for “American Hustle,” which opens Dec. 13.

The Motion Picture Academy has certainly been impressed by this kind of complete physical immersion in the past, awarding Oscars to Robert De Niro, who gained 60 pounds to play Jake Lamotta in blustery decline in “Raging Bull,” and Charlize Theron, whose supermodel looks were concealed by makeup and abnormal girth as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in “Monster.” Renee Zellweger, too, earned the Academy’s respect after she plumped up considerably for “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” earning a nomination for her effort. »

- Steve Chagollan

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Amazon's Black Friday 2013 Blu-ray and DVD Deals: Tuesday, November 26

26 November 2013 7:00 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Amazon's week long deals for 2013 Black Friday and Cyber Monday continue today, Tuesday, November 26, with not only a new schedule of DVDs and Blu-rays going on sale today, but I've added several new titles that will be on sale all throughout the week with more being added all the time. As of now I have a few deals outside the scheduled events you may be interested in, but other than that pay attention to the deal start times so you don't miss out. Today's deals include great prices on the Alien Anthology Blu-ray, Out of Africa, The Polar Express, and a DVD two-pack including The Way, Way Back and Cedar Rapids and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Outside of what's below I am constantly updating my main page for the week's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals right here, and it will continue to update until the deals are done. »

- Brad Brevet

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Amazon's Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2013 Blu-ray and DVD Deals Calendar

23 November 2013 12:19 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Update! Click here for all of today's (Sunday, December 1) deals, updated throughout the day. Amazon got started with their 2013 Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals early this year, but the bigger deals are just around the corner, beginning Sunday, November 24 in fact and I've already started collecting some of the best deals that are available now as well as those that will be available throughout the week and when they will be available. That said, keep visiting, because this article will be updated as more and more deals are made available. I will also be posting daily updates all week with that day's deals, but there are some deals available right now that you may be interested in. All Week! The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy Blu-ray ($44.99) 54% Off Homeland: The Complete First Season ($21.49) Homeland: The Complete Second Season ($21.99) Mission: Impossible - The Complete Series ($124.99) Harry Potter »

- Brad Brevet

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Camerimage Interview: Production Designer Rick Carter

22 November 2013 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Even if you're not one to pay attention to the names behind the scenes, it's a sure bet that you're very familiar with the work of production designer Rick Carter. Carter began working with director Robert Zemeckis on 1989's Back to the Future Part II and has worked creatively with the helmer ever since on films like Death Becomes Her , Forrest Gump and Cast Away . He has also teamed with Steven Spielberg on more than half a dozen projects, including both Jurassic Park and The Lost World and, most recently, Lincoln , which won him his second Academy Award. As if that's not impressive enough of a resume, Carter won his first Oscar for his work on James Cameron's Avatar and is currently hard at work doing production design for J.J. Abrams much-anticipated Star Wars: Episode »

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

22 November 2013 12:01 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci, Elizabeth Banks

Running Time: 2 hr 26 mins

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: November 22, 2013

Plot: The second installment in the Hunger Games franchise, where hero Katniss (Lawrence) and fake-lover Peeta (Hutcherson) assume celebrity status for killing people.

Who’S It For? Dissenters and fans of the original alike.

Overall

Defying any inclination to judge the intent of a franchise by its first film, sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire yearns to stir up some rebelliousness within its packaging as a mainstream franchise commodity. The characters within this story may not be too stoked that their story has become a million-dollar juggernaut, but they’d be pleased to see that the ideas are not going to deaf ears; the movie doesn’t allot the type of comfort that mass entertainment has convinced itself it should be providing. »

- Nick Allen

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All Is Lost – The Review

7 November 2013 10:11 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

For the last few weeks audiences have been flocking to the multiplexes to watch Sandra Bullock alone and adrift in Gravity. This week’s new film is a lot closer to home, since it’s set on planet Earth instead of being set above planet Earth. But it’s just as solitary, since its protagonist is miles from another person (at least Sandy had the charming George Clooney as company for a very brief time) in the middle of the ocean. Oh so it’s a riff on The Old Man And The Sea, you’re thinking. Well sure, there are many elements mixed in with The Life Of Pi, Cast Away, and a smidgen of Jeremiah Johnson, the 1972 classic about a guy wanting to live by himself in the harsh wilderness. Yes, All Is Lost takes a bit of that film’s plot, but more importantly it shares the same leading man, »

- Jim Batts

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