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Thanks to an erroneous posting over on IMDb, moviegoers around the world assumed that Ridley Scott’s upcoming sword and sandals epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings, had an appropriately massive run time to match, with the page pegging the film’s length at an eye-watering, bum-numbing three hours and twenty minutes.
However, 20th Century Fox took to the movie’s official Twitter account and verified the correct length of Scott’s biblical motion picture, stating that the film will run for a much more reasonable two hours and twenty minutes.
— Exodus (@ExodusMovie) October 21, 2014
Well, we say correct when it should be not-quite-finalized; after all, there’s every chance that the final cut of Exodus: Gods and Kings could dip below or indeed balloon past that aforementioned run time »
- Michael Briers
Let my readers go... to other places. Here are a bunch of articles I enjoyed elsewhere or which are worthwhile for their informational newsiness. But come back soon, okay? Okay.
Dissolve a new Pee Wee Herman movie is "imminent"
The Guardian on Renée Zellweger and 'the Actor's face as His/Her brand'. I made a point of not talking about Zeéeeee's looks yesterday in my own post about the photo but this is an interesting non-aggressive non-misogynist piece about movie stars and how shifts to their brand work (or don't).
- NATHANIEL R
By Anjelica Oswald
Since the beginning of the year, we’ve seen Oscar contenders premiere at Sundance, Cannes, Berlin, Telluride, Toronto and New York, but as we approach the end of October, some films have yet to make their debut. Here are ten films that have been garnering Oscar buzz that will be debuting through December (in alphabetical order):
A Most Violent Year; Nov. 6
Jc Chandor ‘s third feature film will be opening AFI Fest. It reunites two Juilliard alumni, Oscar Isaac and two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain, as a couple living and working in New York City during one of its most violent years. This will be the main Oscar focus of upstart, indie distributor A24.
American Sniper; Dec. 25
- Anjelica Oswald
With the Ebola virus dominating news headlines worldwide, it was only a matter of time until Hollywood dug its heels in on turning the hot-button topic into a full-blown series. Recently, producer Lynda Obst (Interstellar) and director-producer Ridley Scott (Gladiator) announced that they’ll be creating a limited series for Fox TV Studios, adapted from Richard Preston’s 1994 nonfiction bestseller The Hot Zone.
Obst and Scott optioned Preston’s book two decades ago and never abandoned the project, tapping Jeff Vintar (I, Robot) to adapt The Hot Zone into what was originally envisioned as a film for Scott to direct. Now that the recent outbreak – the deadliest on record – has made the virus extremely timely, the pair feel that it’s high time to push ahead with the adaptation, though the project will now take the form of a TV miniseries. Obst said of the decision:
“A limited series is »
- Isaac Feldberg
The Way He Looks (Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho), 2014.
Directed by Daniel Ribeiro.
A blind teenage boy falls in love with one of his classmates.
There’s a particular branch of film theory that deals entirely with the sense of touch in cinema; about how you experience what the protagonist feels onscreen. Not in some emotional, empathetic way, but as a physical response. The reeds on Russell Crowe’s hands as he wonders through Gladiator’s Elysian fields. The taste of the scrambled eggs at Michael Fassbender’s bedside in Hunger. The knee being caved in by the hammer of Kill List. It’s called ‘haptic visuality‘. In The Way He Looks, it’s ones lips practicing a kiss on the window of a shower.
The film’s title is a pun, so the movie had won points before it began. »
- Oliver Davis
The series of clips shown went from massive battles to small, intimate character moments that really tried to give you a sense of the grand scale the film is trying to work on as well as the personal story it’s trying to tell beneath it. Bible stories seem to be the new avenue for filmmakers to go down these days, and though Darren Aronofsky’s Noah left a little to be desired it looks like Ridley Scott is embracing his usual overblown sword and sandals method to tell this timeless biblical tale of Moses and Ramses.
- Sean Hutchinson
With Hollywood bruised from a generally lacklustre summer, audiences may be looking for something a little more outside the box. When it comes to category-defying films Jail Caesar has the potential to plug that gap and have an elephant stand on the plug for good measure. Also known as Stringcaesar (due to the overarching theme of string theory) it started life as a play about the early life of the controversial Roman ruler and features Derek Jacobi and Alice Krige (Star Trek: First Contact, Thor: The Dark World). But what gives the project its edge is the setting – Ancient Rome has been transposed to the prison system and many of the actors are inmates. Shot on the hoof by writer/director Paul Schoolman at institutions in South Africa, Canada and Cardiff, the project has the energy of interactive theatre and the look of a Dogme Collective entry.
The tangled plot »
- Steve Palace
Visual effects studio Industrial Light & Magic opens new London facility; unveils senior team.
Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) held a ceremony today marking the official opening of ILM London’s new building, located in central London, and recognizing the new research and development initiatives the company will be undertaking in the London office.
Participants at the ceremony included Chancellor George Osborne; Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy; Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy; Ilm president and general manager Lynwen Brennan; Ilm chief creative officer John Knoll; Ilm London’s director of operations, Sue Lyster; creative director Ben Morris; and animation director Michael Eames.
Brennan praised London for its “fantastic visual effects industry and rich talent pool made”, which made it “an ideal location to expand »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Twin Peaks is coming back. Those are five words David Lynch fans having been waiting to hear for a long time. On Monday, Showtime announced they are reviving the ABC cult classic for a nine episode run in 2016, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Both of the show's original writers, Lynch and Mark Frost, are back to pen the new season, with Lynch also signed on to direct the reboot. Now that the news is officially out, Twin Peaks devotees are wondering where the revival will pick up. Those involved in the project are staying tight-lipped about details, including whether the original cast will return, »
- Kelli Bender, @kbendernyc
The Best Visual Effects is often the place where the Academy recognizes what it is frequently accused of avoiding elsewhere: mainstream spectacle. Blockbusters reign in this category, at least at the nomination stage, with fantasy films, franchises and other money-makers always featuring prominently. The branch also has its specific fetishes, at least historically (talking animals immediately jumps to mind), though, in recent years, it has seemingly been all 3D, all the time. There are dozens if not hundreds of individuals who work on a film’s visual effects but the nomination can ultimately be shared by only four of them – usually the special effects supervisor and three visual effects supervisors. While some names are "favorites" of the branch (John Frazier, Joe Letteri), this branch is hardly the most insular and tends to be more concerned about the work on display. We will receive a hint of the way they are »
- Gerard Kennedy
Guardians of the Galaxy managed to take over the box office, and deliver a pretty solid effort (which was surprising, because it looked silly), and the home release has a lot of great bonus content in store for you. It’s going to hit on December 9th, with plenty of time for holiday shopping, but for those who can’t wait, it’s available digitally on November 18th.
Get the full scoop below, and mark your calendars for this one.
Marvel’S Guardians Of The Galaxy Get it First on Digital HD plus Disney Movies Anywhere November 18th, and on Blu-ray™ 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray and On-Demand December 9th
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy film has earned over $645 million worldwide and recently passed the $300 million mark at both the domestic and international box offices. Guardians of the Galaxy opened domestically August 1 with $94.3 million to become the biggest August debut »
- Marc Eastman
"...and iconic figures from the novel 'Dracula' reimagined in a whole new light...
"...have become embroiled in Victorian London..."
According to Showtime president David Nevins, Season 2 of the series will "...get bigger. There’s a great antagonist next year played by Helen McCrory as 'Madame Kali'. Season 1’s antagonist was sort of an inhuman character. It’ll be good to have a more human antagonist."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Penny Dreadful"...
- Michael Stevens
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy film has earned over $645 million worldwide and recently passed the $300 million mark at both the domestic and international box offices. Guardians of the Galaxy opened domestically August 1 with $94.3 million to become the biggest August debut of all time and ultimately the biggest August release ever; it’s also the highest grossing film of the year and the first to surpass $300 million in 2014 domestically. After becoming the 10th straight Marvel Studios film to open at #1, Guardians of the Galaxy occupied the top spot domestically for four of its first six weekends in release.
From Marvel, the studio that launched the epic franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and Marvel’s The Avengers, comes an unlikely new team—the “Guardians of the Galaxy.” The Marvel Cinematic Universe expands into the cosmos when brash space adventurer Peter Quill steals a coveted orb and becomes the »
- ComicMix Staff
This won’t come as much of a surprise given that it’s usually the case with its home entertainment releases, but Marvel has announced that the DVD and Blu-ray of Guardians of the Galaxy is set to include a special sneak preview of the final chapter in Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Joss Whedon’s eagerly-anticipated sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron. Here’s the official press release, which includes the full list of special features…
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy film has earned over $645 million worldwide and recently passed the $300 million mark at both the domestic and international box offices. Guardians of the Galaxy opened domestically August 1 with $94.3 million to become the biggest August debut of all time and ultimately the biggest August release ever; it’s also the highest grossing film of the year and the first to surpass $300 million in 2014 domestically. After becoming the »
- Gary Collinson
Directed by James Gunn, Marvel’S Guardians Of The Galaxy film has earned over $645 million worldwide and recently passed the $300 million mark at both the domestic and international box offices. Guardians of the Galaxy opened domestically August 1 with $94.3 million to become the biggest August debut of all time and ultimately the biggest August release ever; it’s also the highest grossing film of the year and the first to surpass $300 million in 2014 domestically. After becoming the 10th straight Marvel Studios film to open at #1, Guardians of the Galaxy occupied the top spot domestically for four of its first six weekends in release.
- Michelle McCue
It’s only just October and already the Oscar season has grown ugly. And it’s not even the contenders battling for rank.
The heat is coming from the pundits themselves, who have already grown weary of some of their colleagues’ Bs and perpetual trumpeting. In Mark Harris’s brilliant first post about the Oscar race so far, he goes as far as to say that in “the real world”, there isn’t even a race yet. He tears apart the notions of rules, statistics and trends confirming nominees, and he laughs at the idea that each month or week there’s a new movie that changes everything about the race.
But there is excitement in the real world. This weekend Gone Girl is opening to raves and three of the most anticipated movies of the year in Inherent Vice, Interstellar and Exodus: Gods and Kings, got trailers. All of »
- Brian Welk
Bill Desowitz asks if the new Ridley Scott epic film "Exodus: Gods and Kings" might be an Oscar "secret weapon" for this year. After watching a half hour of "powerful footage that left us wanting more," he says the "answer is definitely yes." Starring past champ Christian Bale as Moses, he calls it an "ambitious" retelling of the Biblical tale with Moses as a conflicted revolutionary and is "right up the Academy's alley." Scott had a previous Best Picture winner with "Gladiator" in 2000 although he lost the directing award to Steven Soderbergh ("Traffic"). Watch a new trailer for the sword-and-sandals movie, which opens in theaters on December 12. Thompson on Hollywood -Break- Join the lively film and TV discussions going on right now in the Gold Derby message boards Susan Wloszczyna believes that if the girl (Rosamund Pike) in "Gone Girl" provokes debate, that might be its pa...' »
Upcoming Us composer receives Golden Eye award from Hans Zimmer.
Us composer Leeran Z. Raphaely has won the third International Music Film Competition at the Zurich Film Festival (Sept 25 - Oct 5).
Raphaely received the Golden Eye Award at Zurich’s Tonhalle last night (Oct 1), which includes a cash prize of CHF10,000 ($10,500).
The jury chose the winner from finalists that also included Matteo Pagamici (Switzerland), Richard Ruzicka (Germany), Dominik Giesriegl (Austria), and the duo Lidia Kalendareva and Alin Cristian Oprea (Germany/Russia/Rumania).
The five finalists were chosen in an initial round from 231 scores by composers from more than 40 countries.
The five best scores as chosen by a jury of experts were world premiered in the evening at the Tonhalle Zürich under the baton of Frank Strobel.
The jury included »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
20th Century Fox has released a new trailer for Ridley Scott’s biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, featuring Christian Bale (American Hustle) as Moses and Joel Edgerton (Warrior) as Ramses; take a look below…
From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the epic adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings, the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.
- Gary Collinson
Russell Crowe is set to make his directorial debut this year with the release of the World War I drama The Water Diviner, and the first poster and trailer have arrived online, which we have for you here…
Starring Russell Crowe (Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind) and Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion, Quantum Of Solace), The Water Diviner is an epic adventure set four years after the devastating battle of Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. Australian farmer Connor (Crowe) travels to Istanbul to discover the fate of his sons, reported missing in the action, where he forges a relationship with the beautiful Turkish woman (Kurylenko) who owns the hotel in which he stays. Holding on to hope, and with the help of a Turkish Officer, Connor embarks on a journey across the country to find the truth about the fate of his sons. The Water Diviner is an extraordinary tale of love, »
- Gary Collinson
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