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Watch: Nicole Kidman Talks 'Strangerland' at Sundance (Exclusive Video Interview)

24 January 2015 4:40 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Nicole Kidman is one of our most fearless actresses, from her Oscar-winning role as a depressed Virginia Woolf in "The Hours" and warbling woman of the night in "Moulin Rouge!" to the grieving mother in "Rabbit Hole,"  aggressive newswoman on the rise in "To Die For," and sexy turn in "Paperboy." I talked to her on a chilly balcony overlooking Main Street right before her latest film "Strangerland" made its debut in the World competition.   "Strangerland" is a gorgeously shot moody outback thriller shot in Alice Springs about a pharmacist (Joseph Fiennes, replacing originally cast Guy Pearce) and his wife (Kidman) who move to a new town after their sex-crazed 15-year-old daughter has an affair with a teacher. They haven't had a chance to settle down when the girl and her younger brother vanish during a dust storm, presumably into the desert, spawning all sorts of talk and suspicion as the town police. »

- Anne Thompson

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Review: 'Strange Magic' is a toxic and unpleasant formula for kids

22 January 2015 6:55 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Every now and then, I find myself suddenly and unexpectedly angry at George Lucas, but not for reasons that have anything to do with "Star Wars." There has been a refrain we've heard from him over and over during the past couple of decades, where he talks about returning to his roots and making experimental films that could never exist inside the studio system, movies that aren't created to be commercial product, but that come from a very personal place. And over and over, those comments lead nowhere and nothing happens. I'd love to see him do it, though. I have a huge fondness for "Thx-1138," Lucas's first feature film, which evolved out of a student film he made. I take Lucas at his word that commercial filmmaking was never meant to be the complete detour it became after "American Graffiti" and "Star Wars" both blew up into mega-hits, »

- Drew McWeeny

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George Lucas And Music Producer Marius de Vries’ ‘Strange Magic’ Videos

21 January 2015 10:32 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Movie picks: George Lucas and world-renowned music producer Marius de Vries consider six decades of music’s best for the soundtrack to Strange MagicMarius de Vries (“Moulin Rouge”) has been involved in some of the most culture-defining recordings and soundtracks of the past two decades. In his latest project, he serves as musical director and composer for George Lucas’ new animated film, “Strange Magic.” “Strange Magic” is a fairy tale—but not your average fairy tale. It’s a madcap musical with a princess who has sworn off love, a vulnerable villain, a slightly nutty Sugar Plum Fairy, a tenacious and big-hearted elf, […] »

- April Neale

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‘Strange Magic’ Review: George Lucas’ Off-Key Kiddie Dud Will Make You Miss Jar Jar Binks (Video)

21 January 2015 9:00 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Rubber-faced characters and a seemingly ceaseless parade of repurposed pop ditties combine to make what might be the worst animated feature Disney has ever released

Well, now we know what a Las Vegas show designed for eight-year-olds would look like.

The advance marketing on producer George Lucas’ “Strange Magic” suggested a retread of the not-all-that-memorable 2013 cartoon “Epic.” And yes, this fairies-versus-bugs story does recall that earlier film, but “Magic” also ladles in unwieldy dollops of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Moulin Rouge!” and a particularly long and excruciating episode of “American Idol.”

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- Alonso Duralde

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Strange Magic Original Motion Picture Soundtrack On Digital Today, Available on CD Feb. 17

20 January 2015 3:14 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a fairy tale—but not your average fairy tale. It’s a madcap musical with a princess who has sworn off love, a vulnerable villain, a slightly nutty Sugar Plum Fairy, a tenacious and big-hearted elf, a mischievous imp, and a knight who is no Prince Charming.

With Marius DeVries serving as musical director and soundtrack producer, the Strange Magic digital soundtrack from Buena Vista Records is now available at digital retail.

The physical CD will be available on Feb. 17. “Strange Magic” from Touchstone Pictures will be in theaters on Jan. 23, 2015.

Strange Magic” welcomes an extraordinary roster of voice talent, including Alan Cumming (CBS’ “The Good Wife,” Broadway’s “Cabaret”) as Bog King, Evan Rachel Wood (“The Ides of March“) as feisty fairy Marianne, Elijah Kelley (“Hairspray,” “Lee DanielsThe Butler”) as lovelorn elf Sunny, newcomer Meredith Anne Bull as Marianne’s lovesick sister Dawn, »

- Michelle McCue

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The Many Faces Of Nicole Kidman

16 January 2015 7:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

This week, UK-based children's icon Paddington gets his film released in the Us. Our Jim Tudor saw it and was, to his own surprise, rather charmed by it. And the "comically unrelenting villain" (Jim's words) of the piece is played by Nicole Kidman. What an excellent reason to have our weekly quiz be about her! Truth be told, while I always considered her to be a fine actress I was never really that big a fan. That is, until I saw some behind-the-scenes footage from Moulin Rouge, where she suddenly gets a very mischievous look and starts an Nsfw-joke with her costars during repetitions, causing everyone to erupt in laughter. I've liked her a lot more ever since, and it is the same kind of...

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‘Into the Woods’ Could Join a Short List of 21st Century Musicals Oscar-Nommed for Acting

6 January 2015 8:24 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Disney’s Into the Woods, director Rob Marshall’s film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Broadway musical, is aiming to land a number of Oscar nominations when the nominees are announced Jan. 15. The film opened on Christmas and currently ranks as the fourth highest-grossing Christmas Day release.

Marshall said he loved the musical after first seeing it and the idea to take the stage musical to the big screen was first introduced in the early 2000s after Marshall met with Sondheim to discuss adapting one of his musicals.

Into the Woods is Marshall’s fifth feature film and third musical feature, the first two which were Chicago (2002) and Nine (2009). Chicago dominated at the Oscars, but Nine didn’t fare as well.

Many Oscar predictions are banking on a supporting actress nomination for Meryl Streep’s performance as the Witch, which The Hollywood »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Reflections 2014: Best Choreography of 2014

5 January 2015 10:01 PM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Bollywood movies are filled with romance, action, comedy and most importantly dance! Every year we hope to see choreographers getting more creative and innovative with the way they present a song and our stars. A good choreography needs to be entertaining but also convey an emotion that touches the audience right in the heart. Read on to find out which songs were a visual treat or just technically brilliant.

Bismil – Haider

‘Bismil’, a manifestation of the traditional folk dance Dumhal of the Kashmiri valley performed by Wattal tribes, is probably one of the best shot songs of the year. The poetic song was shot at the Sun Temple in Kashmir.

‘Bismil’ comes at a time when Haider is emotionally upset. The emotion of angst had to be conveyed through not only the lyrics but also the choreography. So here we see a totally different Shahid as Haider does not dance like Shahid. »

- Charla Manohar

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‘A Most Violent Year’ Ignites in Limited Box-Office Debut

4 January 2015 12:03 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Awards hopefuls “American Sniper” and “The Imitation Game” turned up the heat at the specialty box office, and “A Most Violent Year” got off to a fast start this weekend.

Meanwhile, Fox Searchlight was celebrating as two of its films in the Oscar conversation, the dark comedy “Birdman” and Reese Witherspoon’s “Wild,” both lifted their domestic totals past $25 million. Paramount’s civil rights drama “Selma” also scored in its final test before going nationwide on Friday.

Participant Media’s “A Most Violent Year,” a thriller starring Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo and Robert Brooks, opened in four theaters »

- Todd Cunningham

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Weekend Report: 'Hobbit' Finale Three-Peats on First Weekend of 2015

4 January 2015 11:56 AM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

On the first weekend of the year, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies once again ruled the box office.Meanwhile, The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death opened in fourth place with $15.03 million, which is noticeably lower than its predecessor's debut.Overall, this was a good start to 2015: the top 12 earned $134.2 million, which is up five percent from the same frame last year.The final installment in the Hobbit trilogy added $21.7 million, which is off 47 percent from last weekend. To date, it's earned $220.6 million, and should wrap up between $260 and $270 million.Into the Woods held on to second place, easing 40 percent to $18.7 million. Through 11 days, the Disney musical has banked $90.9 million. Angelina Jolie's Unbroken wasn't far behind: the World War II drama added $18.2 million for a new total of $87.7 million.Into the Woods and Unbroken remain on track to close with at least $120 million each. »

- Ray Subers <>

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