13 items from 2015
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 »
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
Noble will play the wealthy, estranged father of Jonny Lee Miller’s Sherlock Holmes in the crime drama. The character has been referenced in past seasons as being instrumental in Sherlock’s first stint in rehab three years ago and in pairing his son with Joan Watson (Lucy Liu), his former sober companion-turned-investigative partner and friend. In the season-four premiere, airing this fall, Mr. Holmes arrives in New York City to deal with the aftermath of his son’s recent relapse.
“We could not be more delighted to have John Noble taking on such an important role,” said “Elementary” creator Robert Doherty. “We’ve enjoyed his work for many years now — especially his tremendous run on ‘Fringe’ — and cannot wait to see him opposite Jonny and Lucy. It’s going to be an exciting season. »
- Laura Prudom
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
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
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 »
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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...' »
By Anjelica Oswald
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
By Anjelica Oswald
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
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
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
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 »
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.
13 items from 2015
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