18 items from 2015
Before Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage starred in their hit Discovery Channel series MythBusters, they worked in special effects on movies like The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. While their MythBusters episodes often tackle general tropes shown in movies and TV, they also tackle specific franchises and shows, such as Jaws, The Simpsons and Breaking Bad, just to name a few. Last night's episode delved into the Star Wars franchise, and today we have a few clips from the episode.
The episode comes at the perfect time for Star Wars fans, following the global release of new Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys and merchandise during Force Friday this weekend. While Saturday's MythBusters episode doesn't specifically tackle anything from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, since there is still little we know about the story, but these clips below will surely be of interest to any Star Wars fan. »
Robots have been a staple on the big screen for many decades, showing up as far back as Fritz Lang’s 1927 classic Metropolis and as recently as Alex Garland’s 2015 film Ex Machina. With numerous depictions of robots have come numerous ideas of what they look like, what they’re capable of, whether they’re good or evil, and other such concerns.
Now vimeo user Mennomail has made a mashup of the various robotic representations on the big screen over the years. The video is set to both Fractals by Monea Music and Ich Will by Rammstein, and highlights both the similarities and differences in how robots have been depicted by various filmmakers. Mennomail also released a list of films from which scenes appear, which is as follows:
Films used (in alphabetical order)
1. Automata (2014)
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
3. Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001)
4. Alien (1979)
5. Aliens (1986)
6. Bicentennial Man (1999)
7. Big Hero 6 (2014)
8. Blade Runner »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Chicago – Jada Pinkett Smith was doing it her way long before she became half of one of Hollywood’s biggest power couples. From modest beginnings, she worked her way up through the entertainment ranks on television, movies and in a metal band (more on that below). She portrays Rome in the sequel “Magic Mike Xxl.”
Jada Pinkett Smith was born in Baltimore, and was raised by her mother and grandmother. After graduating from the Baltimore School for the Arts – where she majored in dance and theatre – she moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. After some minor TV parts, she appeared as a regular on the series “A Different World.” She recently came back to TV, portraying the mysterious Fish Mooney on the dark comic book series called “Gotham.”
Photo credit: Warner Bros.
Pinkett Smith broke into film with »
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Burbank, CA (June 4, 2015) – With an average of 9.6 million viewers per week, Gotham has captured and held the attention of audiences since the premiere episode which delivered Fox’s highest-rated fall drama debut in 14 years with Adults 18–49. Before the series returns to Fox for a second season this fall, fans can now enjoy all 22 episodes – plus nearly 2 hours of extras including new featurettes, unaired scenes and a gag reel – when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Gotham: The Complete First Season on September 8, 2015. This season’s #2 broadcast drama among men 18-34 will be available on Blu-rayTM and DVD for $60.10/$59.98 Srp.
Before there was Batman, there was Gotham City. Everyone knows the name of Commissioner Gordon, but what of his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the layers of corruption in Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains? Gotham tells »
- Robert Greenberger
Fox's hit show, Gotham, chronicling the adventures of Detective Jim Gordon Before Batman wrapped up it's first season last month, and now Warner Bros. has announced exactly when fans will be able to relive it on blu-ray, with a host of special features. Come inside to learn more!
If you loved the show and want to see it again before seaons 2 starts up next Fall, or simply want to catch up on anything you missed...you're in luck. Announced this morning, WB is bringing the first season of Gotham to blu-ray on September 8, 2015, with a slew of special features to enjoy as well. Check out the announcement:
With an average of 9.6 million viewers per week, Gotham has captured and held the attention of audiences since the premiere episode which delivered Fox’s highest-rated fall drama debut in 14 years with Adults 18–49. Before the series returns to Fox for a second season this fall, »
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Burbank, CA (June 4, 2015) – With an average of 9.6 million viewers per week, Gothamhas captured and held the attention of audiences since the premiere episode which delivered Fox’s highest-rated fall drama debut in 14 years with Adults 18–49. Before the series returns to Fox for a second season this fall, fans can now enjoy all 22 episodes – plus nearly 2 hours of extras including new featurettes, unaired scenes and a gag reel – when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Gotham: The Complete First Seasonon September 8, 2015. This season’s #2 broadcast drama among men 18-34 will be available on Blu-rayTMand DVD for $60.10/$59.98 Srp.
Before there was Batman, »
- The Atari Nation
At least once a month, Cinelinx will chose a director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. This month we’re examining the trademark style and calling signs of Andy and Lana Wachowski working collectively as the directing team known as "The Wachowskis".
The Wachowskis originally were comic book writers before they began writing film scripts. They were offered an opportunity to write and direct a feature film, which became 1996’s Bound. That film received good critical reviews and showcased the Wachowskis as an innovative directing team. Their next film was The Matrix, which became a critical and commercial hit in 1999. That success lead to two sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, both released in 2003. Next, they took their love for comic books and graphic novels and wrote V For Vendetta (2006), which became another commercial and critical hit. Although they did not direct this film, »
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We at Thn collectively love Keanu Reeves and have been immensely excited about his return this year in John Wick. Although not released in UK cinemas until April, Thn have been lucky enough to have already seen it and we can tell you that it is all kinds of awesome.
John Wick was so brilliant that it has awoken my long-forgotten admiration for Mr Reeves and compelled me to revisit his extensive back catalogue immediately. Having spent my evening post screening ordering an alarming amount of Keanu Reeves films, both good and bad – Henry’S Crime anyone? I realised that my schoolgirl crush was far from over. Reeves is exceptionally handsome yes, but he also seems like such a nice, genuine guy. Recent interview appearances for John Wick revealed that he has a very down-to-Earth nature and that he doesn’t take himself, or life to seriously. He has also »
- Kat Smith
Arc Entertainment is releasing Kelly Dolan's crime thriller John Doe: Vigilante on DVD on April 14th in the U.S. We have three copies to give away to our readers. John Doe: Vigilante stars Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Galactica), Daniel Lissing (Last Resort), and Lachy Hulme (The Matrix Revolutions).Frustrated with a failing legal system that allows violent criminals to go free, John Doe (Bamber) begins exacting justice the only way he know how - by killing one criminal at a time. Soon he becomes a media sensation and inspires a group of copycat vigilantes, but who is the real John Doe - a pillar of justice or a cold-blooded murderer? If you want to enter to win one of the three DVDs, it is pretty simple. E-mail me with...
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Lambert Wilson - returning to the Croisette as master of ceremonies
That most elegant and refined of French actors, Lambert Wilson, will be back at the Cannes Film Festival in May to host both the opening and closing ceremonies in the presence of jury presidents Joel and Ethan Coen.
The organisers of the Festival made no apologies for inviting him back for duty on the 13 May and for the closing awards on 24 May.
“Lambert Wilson left a distinct mark on the 67th Festival de Cannes ceremonies with his elegance, poise and lyrical eloquence while evoking his love of cinema,” organisers said.
Outside of France the versatile Wilson is best known for his roles in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. Currently he is to be seen in Suite Française with Kristin Scott Thomas and Michelle Williams.
He first came to the Croisette in 1985 when he appeared alongside Juliette Binoche »
- Richard Mowe
Update: 2/16 11 Am Pst:Deadline is now reporting that, by the end of the four-day Presidents Day holiday weekend, Fifty Shades of Grey will have earned $94.4 million at the domestic box office, and $172 million overseas for a worldwide haul of $266.4 million worldwide. This sets a record for the highest international opening weekend in the month of February. Its Wednesday-Sunday international opening of $156 million is the second highest ever for Universal, behind the $160.3 million take for 2013's Fast & Furious 6. On Saturday, Valentine's Day, Fifty Shades of Grey earned $55 million internationally, making it the highest-grossing day overseas in Universal history.
Original Story:Fifty Shades of Grey is already a big hit in the U.S., taking in $81.6 million during its opening weekend, and now the adaptation of E.L. James novel is a hit overseas as well, earning over $240 million worldwide. The $158 million international gross is a new box office record for an R-rated movie, »
Matthew Vaughn's "Kingsman: The Secret Service" could not compete with "Fifty Shades of Grey" at the box office, but performed very well in second place, grossing $36 million domestically and another $44 million internationally for a worldwide debut of $80 million. The film cost $81 million to make and has a 71% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. All eyes were on "Fifty Shades of Grey," which cost just $40 million to make and ended up with a whopping $240 million global debut ($82 million domestically). The film only has a 26% fresh rating, but shattered numerous records, including... * Biggest Presidents Day weekend debut (Previous record holder was "Valentine's Day" with $56.3 Million) * Biggest debut by a female director ("The Matrix Reloaded" had a bigger debut, but Lana Wachowski was still a man) * Highest number of theaters for an R-rated opening with 3,646 locations (Previous record holder was "The Hangover Part II" with 3,615) * Biggest single-day February gross with $36.7 million on Saturday (Previous »
“Fifty Shades of Grey” torched record books this weekend, debuting to a white hot $81.7 million domestically and $239.7 million globally.
By introducing moviegoers to little-explored sections of the Kama Sutra, Universal Pictures’ erotic romance became the highest-grossing Presidents Day Weekend opener. It also established new benchmarks for R-rated fare.
Not shabby for a film that cost $40 million to produce before factoring in promotional and distribution costs. Sam Taylor-Johnson directed the film, with Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in the lead roles. Sequels to the picture have yet to earn a greenlight, but given the results, that appears to be a formality.
Here’s a look at some of the records that got incinerated thanks to Christian Grey’s smoldering glare.
Biggest Presidents Day Weekend Opener
(Previous record holder was “Valentine’s Day” with $56.3 Million) Second Highest Grossing Debut for a Film by a Female Director
(Current record holder is “The Matrix Reloaded »
- Brent Lang
“Fifty Shades of Grey” is a hit in almost any language.
The bigscreen adaptation of E.L. James’ look at a billionaire and the bondage fetish that ties him to a college journalist scored with $158 million at the foreign box office. That massive figure came from 9,637 locations in 58 territories — essentially every point on the globe where Valentine’s Day is celebrated.
Combined with the picture’s record-breaking Stateside debut, the film has earned $239.7 million worldwide. That’s a tidy sum for a film without any big-name stars and an economical $40 million production budget. It’s also the rare erotic film that attracted crowds at the multiplex, a feat it accomplished by focusing on the romantic elements that underlie its tale of Bdsm.
“Our release date strategy was really the perfect storm,” noted Nick Carpou, head of domestic distribution at Universal, the studio behind the film. “Our campaign gave people permission to see the film. »
- Brent Lang
In addition to being at the top of the North American box office, “Fifty Shades of Grey” has opened at No. 1 in 56 of the 57 territories where it’s debuted.
The erotic drama, which began rolling out internationally on Wednesday, is on its way to setting foreign box office records.
It grossed $38 million on Friday for an early total of $66 million. The film is on track for an international weekend take of $158.3 million over the three-day holiday, which would make it Universal’s second highest opening weekend of all time, just behind “Fast & Furious 6” ($160.3 million). This puts it on track for a global debut of $234 million.
This also means that the film is dominating 2003’s “The Matrix Revolutions” ($117 million) for the highest-grossing international opening weekend ever for an R-rated movie.
In North America, the movie earned $30.2 million on Friday and is poised to reel in $76 million over Valentine’s Day and the Presidents Day weekend. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
“Fifty Shades of Grey” has opened at No. 1 in 56 of the 57 foreign markets in which it debuted, dominating the international box office and steaming into the record books. The big-screen adaptation of E.L. James‘s erotic bestseller took in $38 million Friday to raise its overseas total to $66 million after two days. That puts it on pace for a haul of more than $158 million over the three days, which would give the sexy romance starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson the biggest international opening weekend ever for an R-rated movie, ahead of 2003’s “The Matrix Revolutions” at $117 million. “Fifty »
- Todd Cunningham
We’d heard early rumors that the fine folks over at Scream Factory might be putting out one of the most acclaimed horror films of the last year on home video. Turns out those rumors were half right. Scream Factory is actually teaming up with IFC Midnight to release the Blu-Ray/ DVD or The Babadook on April 14th, 2015!
Here are the full details and a list of the bonus features!
If it’s in a word, or it’s in a look, you can’t get rid of The Babadook. This chillingly prophetic refrain haunts the worldwide sleeper hit The Babdook, the engrossingly eerie tale of a widowed mother and her troubled young son. On April 14th, 2015, this critically acclaimed psychological thriller makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut from Scream Factory, in partnership with IFC Midnight. The Special Edition Blu-ray, housed in a striking limited run pop-up package, comes loaded with bonus features, »
- Rob Galluzzo
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, 2001 and 2002 if you missed them, and today we continue with 2002. The original piece follows below, and thanks to staffers past and present who contributed. If sequels were the name of the game in 2002, things didn't change much in '03, as franchises began to curdle with disappointing new installments like "The Matrix Reloaded, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
18 items from 2015
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