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19 items from 2015

Nicolas Cage Almost Played This 'Lord of the Rings' Character

10 hours ago | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Nowadays, it's hard to image that Nicolas Cage would turn down any movie, let alone one guaranteed to be a massive blockbuster success. Especially when he's taking jobs in such dreck as Left Behind and Season of the Witch. But as it turns out, he passed up a key role in what is one of the biggest series of all time. Yes, he could have been Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

For the past few years, Nicolas Cage has had a rough go at choosing projects. He's appeared in one flop after the next, many of them going straight to VOD or home video (which isn't a bad thing in this day of streaming media, but in his case it has been). He won raves for his indie thriller Joe, and had a great cameo turn in Kick-Ass, but there hasn't been anything too memorable on his resume for sometime. »

- MovieWeb

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10 Problems Nobody Wants To Admit About The Lord Of The Rings Movies

30 September 2015 3:17 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

New Line Cinema

The Lord of the Rings movies aren’t perfect, and everyone who pretends they are is simply kidding themselves. Whilst it’s true that Peter Jackson’s films are to be treasured and praised ’til the cows come home (they are, for the most part, awesome works), there are a good number of issues inherent to all three films that lots of folk just try to ignore – issues that, approached head-on, show up the trilogy in a more candid and thus fallible light.

There is, after all, a kind of relentless positivity that surrounds Jackson’s trilogy, as though he managed to craft three lengthy, intricate motion pictures without putting a foot wrong. It’s safe to say that revisiting Middle-Earth in the present day shows up Jackson’s world as a flawed one; combing through the saga reveals a surprisingly high number of very questionable inclusions- everything from characterisation, »

- Sam Hill

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Could “The Martian” be this year’s blockbuster Hollywood Best Picture nominee?

24 September 2015 9:16 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

I’ve written a fair amount about The Martian already this year, and still have more planned in advance of its release next week, but having seen the film now, I have more to say. First of all, it’s a terrific movie, one of my favorites of 2015 so far, and a legitimate Academy Award contender. Where exactly will depend on a few factors, but what I want to focus on today is how it can score a Best Picture nomination. Essentially, it will have to be a big financial hit and be the blockbuster nominee of the group. Can it do it? Believe it or not…I think that it can. I mentioned that this will need to make money, and by that I mean that often Oscar will have a financial hit or two in its Best Picture lineup. Honestly, they almost always need to have made some money, »

- Joey Magidson

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Star Trek: Nemesis - what went wrong?

6 August 2015 6:34 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Star Trek 10 was supposed to lead into a further Next Generation crew movie, had all gone to plan. It didn't. So what happened?

1996's Star Trek: First Contact took $150 million worldwide, on a budget of $46 million. 1998's Star Trek: Insurrection managed to swallow a budget of $70 million and only return $118 worldwide, but after the critical feedback about that film, surely a darker action film along the same lines as First Contact would jump the box office back up? That appeared to be the thought pattern at Paramount, as it greenlit a further adventure for the Star Trek: The Next Generation cast. Star Trek: Nemesis was born.

The film, released in December 2002 in the Us, would go on to take $67m at the global box office, off the back of a $60m budget. It'd sell 1.3m DVDs in its first week in America, and in the scheme of things, was a financial disappointment. »

- simonbrew

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I, Madman Blu-ray Clips & Trailer

20 July 2015 9:51 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Scream Factory continues their Summer of Fear Part 2 tomorrow with the Blu-ray debut of Tibor Takács' (The Gate) I, Madman, and we have clips and a trailer from the impending release.

I, Madman synopsis: "Gothic nightmares collide with gritty realism in this "stylish horror thriller [that] pulls you in and makes you pay attention" (Los Angeles Times)! After a spine-tingling paperback catches the imagination of bookstore clerk Virginia, she seeks out the author's second book, I, Madman. But once she opens the cover, its eerie tale of obsessive love comes to life, catapulting a disfigured, scalpel-wielding killer from the world of fiction onto the streets of Hollywood with one demented goal: to win Virginia's love, one murder at a time!

Starring Jenny Wright (Near Dark, The Lawnmower Man), Clayton Rohner (April Fool's Day, The Human Centipede III) and three-time Academy Award® winner* Randall William Cook (Best Visual Effects, The Lord Of The Rings »

- Derek Anderson

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Contest: Win I, Madman on Blu-ray

17 July 2015 1:24 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

After bringing demons onscreen in The Gate, Tibor Takács directed I, Madman, featuring a killer straight out of a horror novel. Scream Factory's releasing their I, Madman Blu-ray on July 21st, and we've been provided with three copies to give away.

I, Madman synopsis: "Gothic nightmares collide with gritty realism in this "stylish horror thriller [that] pulls you in and makes you pay attention" (Los Angeles Times)! After a spine-tingling paperback catches the imagination of bookstore clerk Virginia, she seeks out the author's second book, I, Madman. But once she opens the cover, its eerie tale of obsessive love comes to life, catapulting a disfigured, scalpel-wielding killer from the world of fiction onto the streets of Hollywood with one demented goal: to win Virginia's love, one murder at a time!

Starring Jenny Wright (Near Dark, The Lawnmower Man), Clayton Rohner (April Fool's Day, The Human Centipede III) and three-time Academy Award »

- Derek Anderson

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Star Trek: 27 geeky things about the Jj Abrams films

25 June 2015 2:45 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Here are more nerdy spots in the final two Trek films to date: Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness...

Spoilers for Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness lie ahead.

Like their forerunners, the two latest Star Trek films, in their semi-rebooted, alternative universe, are replete with famous faces from outside the franchise, surprising cameos and multiple little touches that raise a smile.

With the third film in the rebooted series coming next year, the 50th anniversary of the debut of Star Trek on TV in 1966, let's take a look at a few of the geeky nods in Jj's Trek films.

1. Star Trek Nemesis left a lot of dangling threads, on purpose, as a story treatment for a direct sequel was already being worked on. Unfortunately due to some less than stellar decisions by executives, the release date of the film was repositioned and the decision was made to »

- simonbrew

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After Christopher Lee, Another Nonagenarian British Actor Has Died: Oscar Nominee Moody

12 June 2015 4:05 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Ron Moody in 'Oliver!' movie. Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' actor nominated for an Oscar dead at 91 (Note: This Ron Moody article is currently being revised.) Two well-regarded, nonagenarian British performers have died in the last few days: 93-year-old Christopher Lee (June 7, '15), best known for his many portrayals of Dracula and assorted movie villains and weirdos, from the title role in The Mummy to Dr. Catheter in Gremlins 2: The New Batch. 91-year-old Ron Moody (yesterday, June 11), among whose infrequent film appearances was the role of Fagin, the grotesque adult leader of a gang of boy petty thieves, in the 1968 Best Picture Academy Award-winning musical Oliver!, which also earned him a Best Actor nomination. Having been featured in nearly 200 movies and, most importantly, having had his mainstream appeal resurrected by way of the villainous Saruman in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies (and various associated merchandising, »

- Andre Soares

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Oscar-winning 'Lord of the Rings' cinematographer Andrew Lesnie has died

27 April 2015 9:57 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Andrew Lesnie, the Oscar-winning cinematographer of the "Lord of the Rings" and "Hobbit" franchises, has reportedly died of a heart attack. He was 59. Initial reports surfaced late Monday night on Twitter and Ain't It Cool News' Eric Vespe confirmed the reports soon after. Lesnie's family is expected to make an official statement at a later time. Devastating news from home. The master of the light, genius Andrew Lesnie has passed on . — Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) April 28, 2015 Lesnie received his Academy Award for "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" in 2002, a towering achievement that represented a visionary new direction for epic filmmaking, courtesy of director Peter Jackson. He was then inexplicably passed over for nominations for "The Two Towers" and particularly the 11-Oscar sweeper "The Return of the King," each of them no less stunning (and indeed, part of an organic whole). Lesnie was behind the camera on »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Rooney Mara Joins Nicole Kidman & Dev Patel in Survival Drama 'Lion'

7 April 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Even though we're probably not going to see a sequel to the American adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, that doesn't mean we won't be seeing plenty of Rooney Mara. The actress stars in this summer's classic fairytale adaptation Pan, and now THR reports the actress has joined the cast of an Indian survival drama called Lion, which has already been picked up for distribution by The Weinstein Company. The film has Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) on board, and justadded The Two Towers star David Wenham with production recently finishing in India and moving to Australia soon. So what's the drama about? Well, it's based on a true story called A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley, which chronicles the author's life journey as he boarded the wrong train in India, and ended up thousands of miles away from home, forced to live on the streets in Kolkata. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Why The Hobbit Fails Where The Lord of the Rings Succeeded

20 March 2015 12:19 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy drew to a close last year, and with the final piece of the puzzle in place fans can look at the larger picture for the films.  Each film has divided fans, with some loving the adaptations and others loathing it.  Personally, The Hobbit never reached the same potential, nor impact, as The Lord of the Rings despite featuring a lot of similarities and arguably bigger set pieces.  Having thought on it for a while, I think I’ve figured out why Lord of the Rings worked where The Hobbit seemingly failed.  Come inside to check it out!

My disappointment in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy isn't exactly a secret, but you can believe me when I say that no one is more bummed about that than I am.  I was anxiously awaiting these films and the opportunity to return to Middle-earth, considering how »

- (Jordan Maison)

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'Interstellar' against 'Apes' and a parade of Marvel movies for Visual Effects Oscar

21 February 2015 4:01 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Since 2008, the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects has gone to a Best Picture contender: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008), "Avatar" (2009), "Inception" (2010), "Hugo" (2011), "Life of Pi" (2012) and "Gravity" (2013). This year, that stat holds no water, since none of this year's nominees are also up for the top prize. The Visual Effects Society went for "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" in a big way, and since 2002 at least one of their winners has gone on to repeat at the Oscars 10 times (among their categories, the Ves recognizes achievements in Visual Effects-Driven Features, Supporting Visual Effects, and Animated Character in live-action features): Hans Zimmer on collaborating with Christopher Nolan on 'Interstellar' and 'Dark Knight' trilogy (Video) -Break- 2002: "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" (Visual Effects-Driven, Animated Charact...' »

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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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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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The 10 Best Films Of 2002

21 January 2015 9:01 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

With 2015 upon us, we figured it was a good time to look back on the movies the millennium has brought us. And so we've dug into the archives and are re-running our Best of the 2000s pieces, from way back in 2009 when the Playlist was a little Blogspot site held together with tape and string. Each list runs down the top 10 films of each year (it's possible that, half-a-decade on, we'd put them in a different order and even change some of the movies, but we wanted to preserve the original pieces untouched as far as possible). Check out 2000 and 2001 if you missed them, and today we continue with 2002. The original piece follows below, and thanks to staffers past and present who contributed. In 2002, the name of the game was bigger is better. Cinemagoers got a year full of sequels including "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, »

- The Playlist Staff

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Check Out Matt Ferguson's Epic 'Lord of the Rings' Trilogy Prints

15 January 2015 9:36 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Just after we featured the Bottleneck Gallery release of Andy Fairhurt's incredible Back to the Future trilogy prints, we have another iconic trilogy getting the collectible artwork treatment over there, but this set will be much easier to get ahold of this time. Matt Ferguson has created an epic set of Lord of the Rings trilogy posters as part of his upcoming solo exhibition "Distant Lands," each representing Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and Return of the King. These are just magnificent, and they're certainly a fine way to kick off a whole new year of art exhibitions at Bottleneck Gallery. Check them all out below! Here's Matt Ferguson's Lord of the Rings trilogy posters, straight from Bottleneck Gallery: Each print measures 12x24 inches and will run you $35 each. Or you can buy all three for $100. And the good news is that the trilogy set is a »

- Ethan Anderton

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Movie Theater Attendance Hits 20 Year Low

5 January 2015 3:47 AM, PST | | See recent Worst Previews news »

Now that 2014 has come to an end and all the statistics and box office results are coming in, it has become clear that last year saw another increase in ticket prices and the lowest movie theater attendance in two decades. According to estimates, about 1.26 billion people purchased movie tickets in 2014 in North America, which is the lowest result since 1995, when 1.21 billion people went to watch films in theaters. In 2013, attendance was at 1.34 billion, which is still lower than the all-time high of 1.57 billion, which happened in 2002, thanks in part to "Spider-Man," "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones," "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" and "My Big Fat Greek Wedding." Average ticket prices are up to $8.15, compared to $8.13 in 2013. But even though ticket prices are on the rise, overall revenue ($10.36 billion) at the North American box office is down »

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North American cinema attendance hits 20-year low in 2014

2 January 2015 4:59 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

North American cinema attendance hit a 20-year low in 2014.

At 1.26 billion, box office numbers were the lowest in the Us and Canada since 1995 (which recorded 1.21 billion), according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Chinese attendance figures rose by 34.5% to 830 million compared to 2013.

The country is projected to surpass North American figures by 2017.

Average ticket prices rose in North America, but revenue fell by 5% from 2013 to $10.36 billion (£6.72 billion). This was the greatest drop in revenue in nine years.

2002 marked an all-time high in the Us and Canada, with the release of Spider-Man, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

The top grossing films of 2014 included Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Lego Movie and Transformers: Age of Extinction. »

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