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Today marks the anniversary, in the year 2941 of the Third Age (by Shire Reckoning), of Bilbo's departure from Beorn's Hall for Mirkwood, in the company of 13 dwarves and a surly wizard in Jrr Tolkien's literary classic The Hobbit. Today also marks the release by Warner Brothers of remastered, deluxe editions of the Rankin-Bass animated classics The Hobbit (1977) and The Return Of The King (1980). Sadly, Beorn does not appear in the Rankin-Bass The Hobbit (though he's played to the hilt by Mikael Persbrandt in Peter Jackson's version), but that is no reason not to celebrate these overlooked classics, all but forgotten in the post-Peter Jackson's Middle-Earth world. For all their flaws, they remain enthralling manifestations of Tolkien's created universe. The films hosts a wealth of phenomenal voice...
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Yes, Rock & Shock, the legendary Worcester, Mass., horror and metal festival, is still four months away, but organizers have released a tiny taste of what festival-goers can expect this October 17-19. Read on to learn what celebrity guests and musical acts are already lined up for the show.
Rock and Shock is not only Doctor Gash's favorite weekend of the year, but it's one of the coolest and most intimate festivals one can attend. And the first wave of celebrities should have everyone marking their calendars and making plans to head to Worcester this October.
Brad Dourif, who's done everything from voicing Chucky in the Child's Play series to Lord of the Rings, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and "Deadwood" just to name a few, will be making a rare festival appearance. Additionally , Dourif's daughter, Fiona Dourif (Curse of Chucky, "True Blood") will be appearing as well.
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- Scott Hallam
After the curious case of Edge Of Tomorrow’s surprise critical popularity, Rob investigates a strange Hollywood happening…
The release of Edge Of Tomorrow - which opened in the Us this past weekend, following its bow in the UK a week earlier - has brought, not for the first time, a strange Hollywood trend to light. And it's this: do we trust big stars to make decent movies anymore?
Many people, this writer included, took a lot of convincing to venture out and see Tom Cruise in a hugely expensive sci-fi spectacular (notwithstanding the fact that Cruise has fine form in science fiction). The film in question, Edge Of Tomorrow, is directed by Doug Liman of The Bourne Identity, and based on a graphic novel with a cool title. So surely this should have been a movie which audiences were enthusiastically anticipating? Yet It didn’t seem that way, »
Six years after their last attempt, Empire Magazine has conducted a poll of over 250,000 film fans to come up with a list of the 301 greatest movies ever made. It's the 1980 classic "The Empire Strikes Back" which took the top spot, beating out the 2008 winner "The Godfather" which slipped down to second place. The Top 50 of the list are:
The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
2001: A Space Odyssey
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
- Garth Franklin
Empire Magazine has polled over 250,000 obsessive movie fans to come up with the 301 greatest movies ever made, a list that is led by the 1980 classic Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. This same poll was conducted back in 2008, which, at the time, found The Godfather taking top honors. It has now slipped into second place.
Here is a list of the top 20 movies to make the list in 2015.
2. The Godfather
5. Pulp Fiction
6. Star Wars
7. Fellowship of the Ring
11. Blade Runner
14. Fight Club
18. Jurassic Park
20. Apocalypse Now
To see the full list of 301 movies: clickHere
"Frozen" not only won the Oscar for best animated film, but recently cracked the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office. While we're focusing on such movies as "Godzilla" and "X-Men: Days of Future Past," "Frozen" continues to perform well and just became the fifth highest-grossing film of all time. "Frozen" has now grossed a whopping $1.22 billion, easily surpassing "Toy Story 3" ($1.06 billion) to become the highest-grossing animated film. But it has also just passed "Iron Man 3" ($1.21 billion), "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" ($1.12 billion) and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" ($1.12 billion). The four films still ahead are way in front of "Frozen." They are "Avatar" ($2.78 billion), "Titanic" ($2.19 billion), "The Avengers" ($1.52 billion), and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" ($1.34 billion). »
Thirteen years since the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, star Viggo Mortensen isn’t holding back in expressing his true feelings for the Peter Jackson trilogy. In a candid interview with The Telegraph, the 55-year-old actor calls the process of making the epic films an epic disaster.
Mortensen, who portrayed Aragorn in the trilogy, says Jackson and producers “were in a lot of trouble” before the first film proved to be a massive hit with both critics and moviegoers. “Officially, could say that he was finished in December 2000 — he’d shot all three »
- Amber Ray
‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ trailer: New trailer for 2014 ‘Planet of the Apes’ film shows humans are the most dangerous apes of them all (image: Caesar in ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’) The new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer is out. Caesar and his fellow genetically modified apes enjoy a peaceful existence until created-in-God’s-image apes — that’s self-delusional humans — discover the Gmo apes’ hiding place in a lush forest. Much like gays were blamed for the AIDS virus a few decades ago, the virtuous and righteous humans (Gary Oldman among them) blame the Gmo apes for a virus that all but wiped out humankind. Enter the military, ever eager to save the world for peace and happiness by way of some heavy-duty weaponry. Needless to say, I’m ardently rooting for Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his fellow Gmo apes. Check out the »
- Andre Soares
Today is "Star Wars Day." You know, "May the fourth," because it sounds like "May the force (be with you)." Get It??? There has been plenty of "Star Wars" discussion this week as the people threatening to give us a seventh film in this storied franchise dropped a few casting details on the world. People like Oscar Isaac and Max von Sydow and Adam Driver will be joining old timers Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher for "Star Wars: Episode VII - Whatever Nifty Subtitle They Give It," and we'll probably be hearing about it constantly as the film forges on through production and post-production. To mark today's occasion, director J.J. Abrams and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan offered up a video howdy, which you can watch below if these movies are your thing. In case it's not readily evident, they're certainly not my thing, but I can't very well be »
- Kristopher Tapley
On May 13, the movie based on the graphic novel, I, Frankenstein, will be arriving on Blu-ray and DVD, but for those of you who cannot wait it will also be available on early VOD on May 2! To celebrate it's arrival we have an exclusive clip from the special features for you cats.
From the Press Release
Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight) portrays one of the most iconic horror legends of all time in the gripping adventure I, Frankenstein, available on 3D Blu-ray (plus 2D Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD UltraViolet), along with DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Video On Demand, and Pay-Per-View, May 13 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. This film will be available on Digital HD May 2.
From the producers of Underworld, I, Frankenstein follows Frankenstein's monster (Eckhart) as he becomes involved in a war between two immortal clans. Also starring Bill Nighy (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest »
- Steve Barton
‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ cast announced (photo: ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ cast member Max von Sydow in ‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’) Star Wars: Episode VII cast members have been announced. The world had been waiting with bated breath. Who will The Force be with? Well, not with humankind and its fellow Earth dwellers (apart from cockroaches and various types of worms) — if news reports about the eventual fate of the planet are accurate. But don’t despair. The End credits for Planet Earth should come after Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Studios (instead of former Star Wars film distributor 20th Century Fox) amass a few more billion dollars following the release of a whole array of new Star Wars sequels in the coming years. So, the announced (mostly European) Star Wars: Episode VII cast members are, to date, the following: Oscar Isaac (Sucker Punch, widely praised for his performance in Joel »
- Zac Gille
It's time for the 2014 Summer Box Office Draft as Laremy and I set our field for the upcoming four months of competition. We also discuss the new DVDs and Blu-rays out this week, talk about the hiring of Zack Snyder to direct the Justice League movie, answer your questions and play some games. Also, this coming Friday will be our first premium episode. A lot of you have asked about subscriptions and how do you pay for premium access. While I will have more information shortly, you can visit our page right here at Libsyn.com, which is where you will be able to register for a subscription. I am currently working on getting some discount codes for RopeofSilicon.com subscribers to get a little discount for the first three months, which I have been told I should have by the end of today and will be made available on »
- Brad Brevet
Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and New Line Cinema jointly announced on Friday that the much-anticipated final film in Peter Jackson’s trilogy adaptation of the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, has now been titled The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies.
The film, previously titled “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” will be released worldwide December 17, 2014, with select international territories releasing on December 10, 2014.
Peter Jackson stated, “Our journey to make ‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy has been in some ways like Bilbo’s own, with hidden paths revealing their secrets to us as we’ve gone along. ‘There and Back Again’ felt like the right name for the second of a two-film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo’s arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film. But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced — after all, Bilbo has already arrived »
- Michelle McCue
Happy 450th Birthday, William Shakespeare! Well, sort of. We don’t know exactly when he was born, though the traditional date is April 23rd, 1564. It makes for good symmetry with his death 52 years later on April 23rd, 1616. We just aren’t quite sure. What we do know is that he was baptized on April 26th, 1564. Today is the 450th anniversary of that! And, given that we’re talking about the most influential writer in the history of the English language it does seem reasonable to celebrate his birthday for more than a single, potentially inaccurate Wednesday. Countless films have been inspired by the Bard’s work, including a handful of animated shorts. There’s Shakespearean Spinach, a ridiculous Popeye cartoon from 1940. A personal favorite is A Witch’s Tangled Hare, a Bugs Bunny cartoon from 1959 that builds its comedy from groan-inducing puns and vintage Looney Tunes absurdism. Yet instead of turning to the old studio shorts for »
- Daniel Walber
Oscar 2015: Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return as Oscar show producers (photo: Craig Zadan and Neil Meron) Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will be back as producers of the 2015 Oscar ceremony, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced yesterday, April 21, 2014. This will mark Zadan and Meron’s third consecutive year as Oscar producers. In the United States, the 87th Academy Awards ceremony will air live on ABC on Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015. Last March 2, the Zadan- and Meron-produced 2014 Oscar telecast brought back Ellen DeGeneres, whose performance as Oscar host drew mixed reviews — some loved the pizza; others hated it. Besides pizza delivery, the Oscar telecast also featured the presence of veterans Kim Novak and Sidney Poitier; musical performances by U2, Pharrell Williams, and Idina Menzel (aka "Adele Nazeem," as per John Travolta); in addition to a tribute to The Wizard of Oz performed by »
- Steve Montgomery
Among new releases, faith-based drama Heaven is for Real destroyed Johnny Depp's Transcendence this weekend. Still, it couldn't match Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which held on to first place for the third weekend in a row.The Marvel sequel added $26.6 million this weekend, which represents a light 36 percent decline. It reached $200 million on Sunday, and should pass Thor: The Dark World in the next few days.Rio 2 repeated in second place with $22.5 million. Its 43 percent drop was much steeper than the first Rio's 33 percent dip on the exact same weekend in 2011. Through 10 days, the animated sequel has grossed $75.4 million.Playing at 2,417 locations, Heaven is for Real earned an excellent $21.5 million this weekend. Add in its Wednesday and Thursday grosses, and the faith-based true story has already grossed $28.5 million.Along with Son of God and God's Not Dead, this is the third faith-based hit in 2014 so far (you could include Noah as well, »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
If Turner Classic Movies had only been endowed with films from the pre-1948 MGM library, it would have been the channel of cinefiles’ dreams. If it had only had the pre-1950 Warner Bros. library, it would have been a 24/7 haven for film buffs. If it had only had the Rko Pictures library, it would have been a great channel.
But thanks to the foresight of Ted Turner, TCM launched on April 14, 1994 with the keys to all three of those vaults. Sure, Turner infuriated cineastes a few years before with his campaign to colorize classic black-and-white pics (shudder), but he more than made up for that misguided effort with the gift of TCM.
Commercial free, uncut, lovingly and smartly presented movies running 24/7, along with fantastic archival material, shorts (“One-Reel Wonders”) and other carefully excavated gems — there’s nothing not to like about TCM or its primary hosts, Robert Osborne (who’s »
- Cynthia Littleton
Walt Disney’s Frozen is officially the ninth most successful film in history, according to data just released. The film, which features the belting track ‘Let It Go’ has overtaken The Dark Knight Rises in the chart with a massive $1.09 billion in receipts, with the DVD and Blu-Ray still selling like hot-cakes. The film, which incidentally is the biggest animated movie of all time, is just behind Skyfall, and is expected to overtake that this week.
Frozen has been a massive movie for The Mouse House, and it signals that there is a huge market for these movies. A sequel is surely on the cards, right? You’d think so, but Disney are very protective over their more traditionally themed movies, with many sequels that do get made going direct-to-dvd.
Here’s how the official worldwide top ten currently stands, Avatar still very much at the top, a film that will take some beating. »
- Paul Heath
A movie about pirates. Based on a theme park ride. Starring the eighth lead from Lord of the Rings and the second fiddle from Bend It Like Beckham. From the director of The Ring remake (which was good) and The Mexican (which was, well, The Mexican.) Yes, expectations were let’s-say-mild for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, a film which looked on paper like a high-concept travesty-in-waiting. (The full title was ten words long.)
But there was a wild card in Disney’s deck. When Pirates arrived in July 2003, Johnny Depp was a well-respected actor »
- Darren Franich
We're about enter the summer season of movies that will test the limits of CGI and spectacle, so perhaps it's a good time to take a moment to remember that there will be movies of substance beyond the explosions. They're the films we spend the last part of the year talking about their Oscar potential, but before we look ahead (oh wait, we already did) let's look back. Miguel Branco has put together a three minute supercut highlighting the Best Picture winners from 2000-2009. It was a wacky decade for the Academy who veered from honoring blockbuster stuff like "The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King" to musical "Chicago" to the tiny Iraq war drama "The Hurt Locker" to the controversial choice "Crash." Backed by the music of The xx and Radiohead, it all swims together mostly seamlessly in a nice tribute to the movies that made history. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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