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We need to talk about Peter Jackson's obsession with orcs

19 April 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

As brash, boisterous box office spectacle, Peter Jackson's Middle-earth movies are unquestionably a triumph. His early 2000s adaptation of The Lord of the Rings captured the sweep and - via that ending that never ended - the introspection of the source material.

While his Hobbit trilogy is less universally beloved, who could argue that the battle scenes pack a wallop or that, in Benedict Cumberbatch's Smaug, Jackson has given us one of the great on-screen dragons?

Whatever your opinion of Jackson's juggernaut, though, there is one indisputable weakness baked into his cinematic interpretation of Middle-earth. He is obsessed with orcs, those stock swords and sorcery nasties with terminally bad skin and the deportment of '80s football hooligans hopped up on Special Brew.

This was made depressingly obvious one third of the way through last year's Battle of the Five Armies as The Necromancer was casually bundled off stage, »

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening of Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner in St. Louis

13 April 2015 8:44 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Wamg has your free passes to the advance screening of Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Water Diviner.

Academy Award winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator) makes his directorial debut on The Water Diviner, an epic and inspiring tale of one man’s life-changing journey of discovery.

Crowe also stars in the film as Australian farmer Joshua Connor, who, in 1919, goes in search of his three missing sons, last known to have fought against the Turks in the bloody Battle of Gallipoli. Arriving in Istanbul, he is thrust into a vastly different world, where he encounters others who have suffered their own losses in the conflict: Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko), a strikingly beautiful but guarded hotelier raising a child alone; her young, spirited son, Orhan (Dylan Georgiades), who finds a friend in Connor; and Major Hasan (Yilmaz Erdoğan), a Turkish officer who fought against Connor’s boys and who may be this father’s only hope. »

- Movie Geeks

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10 Problems Only People From Gondor Will Understand

25 March 2015 6:56 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Gondor is the greatest realm of men in all of Middle Earth. Home to stories of heroics and legend that would make King Arthur look like C3PO by comparison, it is rightly revered in both Jrr Tolkien and Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings trilogies. It is the key kingdom of the entire story – basically the Kings Landing of Middle Earth. Battles are fought here, tides of war are turned here and even the title of the last film is named after its king.

Scene of the awesome climactic battle in The Return Of The King, host to one of the most epic speeches of the entire Lotr universe, not to mention the hard hitting sibling drama of the Gondor princes Boromir and Faramir, Gondor is up there with the very greatest kingdoms ever committed to celluloid or page.

But what would it really be »

- Lee Gant

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Celebrity Showdown: Kate Winslet vs Cate Blanchett

22 March 2015 7:37 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

This weekend, two of the most celebrated leading ladies in Hollywood, Kate Winslet and Cate Blanchett, went head-to-head as villains in their respective big budget blockbusters.

Winslet's Insurgent opened this weekend with a respectable $54 million, knocking Blanchett's Cinderella into second. To its credit, Disney's live-action adaptation opened with an impressive $67.8 million the weekend prior and has accumulated a domestic total to $122 million in just two weeks.

News: Celebrity Showdown: Hugh Jackman vs Liam Neeson

But how do the two Oscar winners stack up against one another? That's what Et's Celebrity Showdown is here to discover. Looking at seven unique criteria that weigh box-office earnings, critic's reviews, and award season gold, Celebrity Showdown examines the anatomy of both stars' careers to determine who's really the best.

So who will win between the Cate "The Pretty Tolkien Elf" Blanchett and Kate "Seriously, I was in Titanic" Winslet? For fun, take a guess, then check out »

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'Two and a Half Men,' 'Parks and Recreation,' and How to End a Series

27 February 2015 3:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

I don't envy any showrunner who has to write a series finale, especially after observing the very different reactions over the past few days to the final episodes of "Two and a Half Men" and "Parks and Recreation."

Consensus on the former seems to be outrage mixed with bafflement, while response to the latter seems to have been copious tears mixed with warm fuzzies.

Looking at both finales, however, it appears each long-running sitcom ended with an episode that was true to what the series was about. The literally cartoonish "Two and a Half Men" finale, which (spoiler alert) wrapped with pianos being dropped on both the characters and on creator Chuck Lorre, was a fittingly nihilistic send-off for a show that seemed to find all its characters loathsome and had little regard for the humanity of any of them, except insofar as Lorre could use them for punching bags and punchlines. »

- Gary Susman

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Why do Oscars hate sequels?

25 February 2015 5:28 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

When "Big Hero 6" won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature over frontrunner "How to Train Your Dragon 2," it was considered a huge upset. But, really, we should have seen this coming. After all, the Oscars hate sequels. -Break- Related: Do Oscars hate women? Indeed, since the Best Animated Feature was created in 2001, only one sequel has claimed victory: "Toy Story 3" (2010). But that was also a Best Picture nominee with a whopping five nominations, so it was clearly beloved by the entire Academy. In other words, "Toy Story 3" was a rare exception to the sequel rule. The Oscars don't just hate animated sequels, they also can't stand rewarding sequels as Best Picture, either. In fact, out of the 87 Best Picture champs, only two have been sequels: "The Godfather Part II" (1974) and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003). Hmm, what if we were to expand the def. »

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Oscars poll: What's really the Best Picture since 2001? (Cast your vote)'

22 February 2015 9:56 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

We need your help, Derbyites. Now that "Birdman" has won the top trophy at the Oscars, we want to know what's really the Best Picture since 2001? Vote in our poll below. There's a wide selection to choose from over the past 14 years, with blockbusters ("The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"), indies ("The Hurt Locker"), fun films ("The Artist") and violent fare ("No Country for Old Men") all in consideration. -Break- Oscars: Complete list of winners But which one is the best of the best? You can only vote for one film, so choose wisely. Need help remembering the past 14 winners? Then scroll through our Oscars photo gallery below the poll that highlights every Best Picture champ since 2001. What's really the Best Picture since 2001? ' »

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From ‘Birdman’ to ‘Boyhood,’ Oscar Nominees Remain Little Seen, Low-Grossing

22 February 2015 11:58 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When the final envelope is opened on Oscar night, the picture deemed to be the year’s best is likely to be unfamiliar to most of the tens of millions of people watching the awards show.

That’s because “Boyhood” and “Birdman,” the two frontrunners to nab best picture on Sunday night, are box office lightweights when measured against past winners. It’s a sign that Academy Awards voters are more moved by art than commerce when it comes to handing out the top prize.

“It says to me that the Oscars are agnostic when it comes to popularity,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “Often times the most challenging movies aren’t the ones that generate the most popular attention from audiences.”

“Birdman,” with $37.7 million in receipts, and “Boyhood,” with $25.3 million, rank as arthouse hits and enjoyed a healthy return on their $18 million and $4 million production budgets, »

- Brent Lang

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Closer look at Makeup Oscar: Can 'Guardians' beat 'Grand Budapest'?

21 February 2015 3:52 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

The race for Best Makeup and Hairstyling is yet another tech category that has split our experts. The Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hairstylists Guild went for "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Guardians of the Galaxy," and they've correctly predicted the eventual Oscar winner three times (it should be noted that last year was the first time they had given out awards in a decade): -Break- Wes Anderson talks 'Grand Budapest,' Oscars, Ralph Fiennes, and near-injury on set 2000: Rick Baker, Gail Ryan, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" 2003: Richard Taylor, Peter King, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" 2013: Robin Mathews, "Dallas Buyers Club" (Oscar shared with Adruitha Lee) "Grand Budapest" and "Guardians of the Galaxy" are joined in this category by "Foxcatcher." Let's take a closer look at their chances of winning: Bill Corso, Denn »

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Does guild win for 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' in Best Costume Design predict an Oscar victory Sunday?

20 February 2015 11:48 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

The Oscar for Best Costume Design is sometimes one of the hardest to predict. The Costume Designers Guild offers some assistance, with their awards for Period, Fantasy, and Contemporary films, but since 1999, when the guild first started handing out prizes, they’ve predicted the eventual Oscar winner only seven times (from 1999-2004, the Period and Fantasy Awards were combined; in 2005, the category was split): 2002: Colleen Atwood, “Chicago” (Period/Fantasy) 2003: Ngila Dickson, “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (Period/Fantasy, Oscar shared with Richard Taylor) 2005: Colleen Atwood, “Memoirs of a Geisha” (Period) 2008: Michael O’Connor, “The Duchess” (Period) 2009: Sandy Powell, “The Young Victoria” (Period) 2010: Colleen Atwood, “Alice in Wonderland” (Fantasy) 2012: Jacqueline Durran, “Anna Karenina” -Break- Updated: Experts' Oscars predic...' »

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Oscars Facts: 25 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the Academy Awards

20 February 2015 2:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The 87th Academy Awards are this Sunday evening, and we're counting down the minutes!

We've already given you our Oscar predictions, and now we're bringing you a few of the best (and craziest) Academy Awards facts. From the first Best Actor winner to the "one dollar" Oscar rule, here are 25 things you (probably) don't know about the Oscars.

1. The youngest Oscar winner was Tatum O'Neal, who won Best Supporting Actress for "Paper Moon" (1973) when she was only 10 years old. Shirley Temple won the short-lived Juvenile Award at 6 years old.

2. At 82, Christopher Plummer became the oldest person to win an Academy Award. He received the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his work in "Beginners" (2010) opposite Ewan McGregor.

3. After winning Best Actress for "Cabaret" (1972), Liza Minnelli became (and still is) the only Oscar winner whose parents both earned Oscars. Her mother, Judy Garland, received an honorary award in 1939 and her father, Vincente Minnelli, »

- Jonny Black

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The Battle of the Five Armies Comes Home in March

17 February 2015 4:29 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The finale in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy, The Battle of the Five Armies, hit theaters just in time for the holidays and now Warner Bros. has announced it's coming to blu-ray in March so fans can re-live the action as many times as they want.  Come inside to see when you can bring the film home, and what special features it's coming with.  

If you can't wait for the upcoming Extended Edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (which we all know is coming), then you're in luck, as Warner Bros. has announced you can take home the theatrical blu-ray on March 24th.  Check out all the details according to their press release: 

The adventures of Bilbo Baggins come to an epic conclusion in “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), arriving onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, »

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'Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies' DVD & Blu-ray Coming in March

17 February 2015 11:49 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The adventures of Bilbo Baggins come to an epic conclusion in The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), arriving onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on March 24 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

In The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. The international ensemble cast is led by Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Billy Connolly, James Nesbitt, Ken Stott, Aidan Turner, Dean O'Gorman, Graham McTavish, Stephen Fry and Ryan Cage. The film also stars Cate Blanchett, »

- MovieWeb

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Few Make-up & Hair Stylists Feature Award Recipients Win Oscars for Makeup and Hairstyling

17 February 2015 6:57 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Guardians of the Galaxy all received awards from the Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild during its awards ceremony Feb. 14. Both Guardians and Grand Budapest are nominated for the Oscar for best makeup and hairstyling (along with Foxcatcher).

Guardians’ Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou was awarded for contemporary makeup and David White won for special makeup effects. Grand Budapest’s Frances Hannon and Julie Dartnell won for best period and/or character makeup, as well as best period and/or character hairstyling. Birdman’s Jerry Popolis and Kat Drazen won for contemporary hairstyling.

Aside from feature films, the Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards also recognizes make-up artists and hair stylists for television and new media, as well as television miniseries and made-for-tv movies. The guild first gave out awards in 2000 and continued through 2004 until they stopped for 10 years. The awards were again given out last year. »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Non-American Born Best Director Oscar Winners

11 February 2015 7:24 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

With the DGA Award in hand, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has become a frontrunner in the best director Oscar race for Birdman.

Only seven winners of the DGA Award have not won the best director Oscar in the 66 years that the Directors Guild of America has given the award. The most recent case was two years ago, when Ben Affleck wasn’t even nominated for the best director Oscar for Argo, which won best picture.

No American has won for best director since 2011 and if Inarritu, who is from Mexico, takes the Oscar this year, the trend will continue. Inarritu could become the second Latin American director to win for best director, following Alfonso Cuaron’s win last year.

In the 86 years since the Academy Awards’ inception, 89 Oscars have been given for best director. Twenty-six awards (29 percent) went to non-American born directors.

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- Anjelica Oswald

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Thirty-Six Films Have Won Best Picture Without Winning an Oscar in the Acting Categories

10 February 2015 6:45 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Birdman has claimed a number of principal awards this season, including the top awards from the Directors Guild of America, Producers Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild, and is one of the lead contenders in the best picture race.

The film has received nine nominations, including a supporting actor, supporting actress and leading actor nomination. Though the film probably won’t land Oscars in the supporting categories, Michael Keaton has situated himself as a frontrunner in the leading actor category, along with The Theory of Everything’s Eddie Redmayne.

Of the 86 films to win best picture, 36 (42 percent) won without procuring a single Oscar in the acting categories. Seven of those 36 won before the supporting acting categories were implemented at the ninth annual Academy Awards, and 11 of the 36 won without any acting nominations.

If Birdman wins for best picture but Keaton loses to Redmayne, Alejandro »

- Anjelica Oswald

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BAFTA Best Sound Winners Do Well at the Oscars

9 February 2015 8:21 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Damian Chazelle’s Whiplash won three BAFTA Awards at last night’s ceremony: best editing, best supporting actor and best sound. The film, which also received BAFTA nominations for best director and best original screenplay, is nominated for five Oscars. The three BAFTA wins coincide with similar Oscar categories, including best sound mixing. (Rather than have one Oscar category for sound, the Oscars are split into sound mixing and sound editing, and Whiplash is nominated for sound mixing.) Do these BAFTA wins bode well for the film at the Oscars?

BAFTA, or the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, used to hold the awards ceremony after the Academy Awards had already occurred, but since 2001, the BAFTAs have preceded the Oscars.

In the 14 years since the BAFTAs have taken place before the Oscars, only four of the 14 best sound BAFTA winners didn’t win an Oscar for their sound, »

- Anjelica Oswald

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2015 BAFTA Awards winners as they are announced

8 February 2015 10:50 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The 2015 Ee BAFTA Awards were handed out in London Sunday night and while the broadcast aired hours later in the United States, it didn't stop us from chronicling the twists and turns of a show often seen as a bellwether for the Academy Awards. It took home only three BAFTAs, but "Boyhood" was the biggest winner of the night as it won Best Film and Richard Linklater earned Director honors. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" took home five statues including Original Screenplay for Wes Anderson, Production Design, Costumes, Original Music and Make Up & Hair. "Whiplash" earned three BAFTAs including J.K. Simmons for Supporting Actor, Editing and a somewhat surprising win in Sound. Expected Oscar winners Julianne Moore took Leading Actress and Patricia Arquette took Supporting Actress. Eddie Redmayne earned a key win over rival Michael Keaton by claiming the Lead Actor BAFTA for "The Theory of Everything." The latter also won »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Alejandro G. Iñárritu wins Directors Guild award for 'Birdman'

7 February 2015 10:33 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Birdman" helmer Alejandro González Iñárritu won the Directors Guild of America's (DGA) award for best direction of a motion picture Saturday night, effectively firming up his film's march into the Oscars later this month. The Michael Keaton comedy also took top honors from both the Producers Guild and the Screen Actors Guild. With the DGA prize it joins films like "Argo," "The King's Speech," "Slumdog Millionaire," "No Country for Old Men," "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," "Chicago," "American Beauty" and "Apollo 13" as the only films to pull off the hat trick. Only one of those, "Apollo 13," failed to win the Best Picture Oscar. So it's more or less settled, right? I confess, coming into the industry awards phase of the season, I didn't expect "Birdman" to dominate like this. And maybe that was ultimately its secret weapon. Everyone had their eyes on "Boyhood. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Damien Chazelle or Paul Thomas Anderson Could Become Fifth Adapted Screenplay Winner to Also Direct the Film

29 January 2015 6:42 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Adapted screenplay nominees Damien Chazelle and Paul Thomas Anderson have been nominated for films that they also directed.

Chazelle’s Whiplash, about an aspiring jazz drummer and his sadistic instructor, is his second feature film and is adapted from a short film of the same name that he also wrote and directed. The short won the jury award for short films at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Whiplash was nominated for four other awards, including best picture.

Anderson received his second adapted screenplay nomination for Inherent Vice, based on Thomas Pynchon’s novel of the same name. The film was also nominated for costume design. Anderson previously received an adapted screenplay nomination for 2007’s There Will Be Blood, which he also directed. He received a best director nomination, and the film was nominated for best picture.

If either wins, they will become the fifth adapted screenplay »

- Anjelica Oswald

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