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Because period films often feature elaborate, detailed garments, they almost always win the Oscar for Best Costume Design. Last year, the award went to the extravagant, 1920s-set "The Great Gatsby." Recent winners have also been set among the European upper-class ("Anna Karenina," "Marie Antoinette," "The Duchess," "The Young Victoria") as well as Hollywood elite ("The Aviator," "The Artist"). -Break- Predict Best Cinematography Oscar: Overdue honor for Roger Deakins ('Unbroken')? A pair of fantasy films have also won in recent years: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" and "Alice in Wonderland." Some of this year's possible fantasy contenders include "Maleficent" (by two-time Oscar-winner Anna B. Sheppard), the sci-fi actioner "Guardians of the Galaxy" (past Oscar-champ Alexandra Byrne), and "The Hobbit: The ..."' »
Jack Huston cast in ‘Ben-Hur’ remake? ‘Boardwalk Empire’ actor to follow in the footsteps of Ramon Novarro and Charlton Heston Jack Huston, best known for playing World War I veteran-turned-bootlegger-cum-assassin Richard Harrow in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, may star in the latest Ben-Hur "remake," to be jointly produced by Paramount and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. I have "remake" between quotes because officially this fourth big-screen version of the semi-biblical epic (more on that below) isn’t an actual remake of either the multiple Oscar-winning 1959 Ben-Hur or its 1925 predecessor, but a direct adaptation of former Civil War general Lew Wallace’s 1880 bestselling novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, which happens to be conveniently in the public domain. Timur Bekmambetov, whose credits include the Angelina Jolie-James McAvoy thriller Wanted and the supernatural cult classic Night Watch, has been attached as director of what is in fact A Tale of the Jewish Prince Judah Ben-Hur, »
- Andre Soares
Screenings of the Lord of the Rings trilogy accompanied by live performances of the films' scores will take place at New York's famed Lincoln Center in April 2015, The New York Times reports.
The 21st Century Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of Lucerne, Switzerland, conducted by Ludwig Wicki, will perform the trilogy twice, in order, between April 8th and 12th in the David H. Koch theater. One cycle will run over the course of three straight nights, while the other will take place over a weekend with performances in the afternoon and evening. »
Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.
Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »
- Brian Welk
One of I, Frankenstein's biggest sins was that the creature effects, especially with regard to Frankenstein's monster, were pretty run of the mill. Back in the beginning effects artist Vincent J. Guastini had the reins of this bad boy, but unfortunately it was steered out of his hands.
Now Guastini has uploaded an effects/concept reel of what his vision for the film's creatures would have been like. Gotta say it... we like it so much better. What a shock. Check it out for yourselves, and weigh in below.
About I, Frankenstein
From the producers of Underworld, I, Frankenstein follows Frankenstein's monster (Aaron 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), Yvonne Strahovski (TV's "Chuck," TV's "Dexter"), Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, »
- Steve Barton
Disney’s “Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass” begins principal photography this week, featuring an award-winning production team and all-star ensemble cast, including Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. James Bobin (“The Muppets,” “Muppets Most Wanted”) helms the film, which revisits Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland—and back in Time.
“Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass” is produced by Joe Roth (“Maleficent,” “Alice in Wonderland”), Jennifer Todd (“Alice In Wonderland,” “Memento”), Suzanne Todd (“Alice In Wonderland,” “Memento”) and Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Frankenweenie”). John G. Scotti (“Muppets Most Wanted,” “The Muppets”) is the executive producer; Linda Woolverton (“Maleficent,” “Alice In Wonderland,” “Beauty and the Beast”) penned the screenplay. Shooting on location and at Shepperton Studios in England, the film is slated for release on May 27, 2016.
The all-star ensemble »
- Kellvin Chavez
At long last, the sequel to Disney’s massively successful, if narratively weak, Alice in Wonderland is starting to roll cameras, with James Bobin replacing Tim Burton in the director’s chair. It took a suprisingly long time for this next chapter of the planned franchise to get off the ground, considering the first film broke $1 billion at the box office, but a press release indicates that filming is now underway.
Officially titled Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass, the follow-up finds the original actors returning to their roles, with a bevy of new stars joining both the live-action and voice casts. What the sequel is exactly about is still foggy, but the story is said to “revisit Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland—and back in Time.”
Check out the official press release below:
Disney’S “Alice In Wonderland »
- Isaac Feldberg
Disney's Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass begins principal photography this week, featuring an award-winning production team and all-star ensemble cast, including Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter. James Bobin (The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted) helms the film, which revisits Lewis Carroll's beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland-and back in Time.
Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass is produced by Joe Roth (Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland ) Jennifer Todd (Alice in Wonderland), Suzanne Todd ("Alice in Wonderland) and Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland). John G. Scotti (The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted) is the executive producer; Linda Woolverton (Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland) penned the screenplay.
Shooting on location and at Shepperton Studios in England, the film is slated for release on May 27, 2016.
The all-star ensemble cast includes:
Johnny Depp returns to the big screen »
Disney met with some success in their live-action version of Alice in Wonderland (with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter), and since the film released, talk of a sequel has been on-going. Now, it's finally moved into production as the cast and crew have gathered together in anticipation of it's May 2016 release. Disney announced cameras have started rolling with a new cast list confirming both old and new members of the cast coming to the production.
I wasn't all that thrilled with Alice in Wonderland when it released. Not that it was a bad movie, I just didn't find it all that special or great. So it's tough to muster up much enthusiasm for this sequel, despite the impressive cast coming back for it. From the press release:
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Disney’s Alice In Wonderland: Through The Looking Glass begins principal photography this week, featuring an award-winning production team and all-star ensemble cast, including Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen.
The Disney movie revisits Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland—and back in Time.
Alice In Wonderland: Through The Looking Glass is produced by Joe Roth (“Maleficent,” “Alice in Wonderland”), Jennifer Todd (“Alice In Wonderland,” “Memento”), Suzanne Todd (“Alice In Wonderland,” “Memento”) and Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Frankenweenie”). John G. Scotti (“Muppets Most Wanted,” “The Muppets”) is the executive producer; Linda Woolverton (“Maleficent,” “Alice In Wonderland,” “Beauty and the Beast”) penned the screenplay.
Shooting on location and at Shepperton Studios in England, the film is slated for release on May 27, 2016.
The all-star »
- Michelle McCue
Here are All 19 movies that joined the Billion Dollar Box Office Club.
This weekend, Transformers: Age Of Extinction joined the prestigious club of movies that have earned over $1 billion worldwide. The club is so exclusive that only 19 films out of the hundreds of thousands that have been released have ever made it to this level.
To celebrate the new addition, let's take a look at every film that captured enough imaginations to earn the gross domestic product of some smaller nations.
$2.78 billion (Directed by James Cameron)
$2.18 billion (Also directed by James Cameron)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
Lord Of The Rings: The Return of The King
$1.029 billion »
First seen in the hallowed halls of Comic-Con, the first teaser trailer for Peter Jackson’s final movie set in Middle Earth, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, has hit the wider world. Get ready for some nostalgia.
The trailer, which finds everyone suiting up for a final confrontation with the dragon Smaug, promises a climactic end to the three-part series. Gandalf, Biblo, Legolas, and others prepare for war, while we get brief glimpses of Smaug’s power—and even a wink from Sauron. Most notably, the teaser features “Edge of Night,” which was sung by Billy Boyd »
- Jackson McHenry
The final chapter of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy has its first teaser trailer and it is fantastic. The Battle of Five Armies promises to be an epic conclusion to the story of The Hobbit, while also being a transition to Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, some of the greatest films of all time. Though the decision to split J.R.R. Tolkien’s 300-page novel into three movies was highly controversial for some, it happened and it is time to accept the films for what they are. Though The Hobbit was never going to reach the towering heights of The Lord of the Rings, it has been a fun and nostalgia filled return to Middle-earth. The trailer is haunting and emotional, with a fair share of beautiful imagery, and a rendition of “Steward of Gondor” from The Return of the King, as song by Billy Boyd’s Peregrin “Pippin” Took. »
- Max Molinaro
Warner Bros. has released the first The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer for the final chapter in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy. This is the trailer they showed us at Comic-Con on Saturday, and it's interesting to see how the prequel trilogy is trying to pull into The Lord of the Rings by using "The Steward of Gondor", which was sung by Pippin (Billy Boyd) in The Return of the King. The song still works here because it's sad and somber, but the line that sticks with me from this trailer is when Thorin asks his company, "Will you follow me one last time?" It's a line that's really directed towards the audience, but there's a weariness to it that's surprising. It's almost like saying, "Well, we've already come this far. May as well finish it out." Check out the The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies »
- Matt Goldberg
San Diego — Saturday is traditionally the biggest day for Hollywood in Hall H and that means kicking off with Warner Bros. and ending the day with Marvel Studios. WB scheduled three panels for their two-hour block, which meant lots of room for surprises. 20th Century Fox psyched us out yesterday with no big revelations. Did WB deliver what fans were hoping for? Let's find out! 10:04 Am - Warner Bros. likes to go bigger and their huge full screens from left to right are unveiled to dramatic music. And this year...they go even bigger across the entire convention walls! 10:14 Am - Hardwicke then brings out "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" director Zack Snyder, who just flew in from set. "I was shooting last night, jumped on a plane to get here. Couldn't be happier with the way everything is going. Just the way the talent and the »
- Gregory Ellwood
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.
Also on »
- 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
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