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J.K. Simmons Stands as a Frontrunner For the Upcoming Oscars

21 hours ago | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Though you might not recognize him by name, J.K. Simmons is a familiar face and a recognized voice, having appeared in everything from commercials to TV series to feature films. Most recently, Simmons has been garnering Oscar buzz for his portrayal of Terence Fletcher, a tough instructor at a music conservatory who constantly terrorizes his students, in Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash. These praises have followed him since the film first premiered at Sundance, where the film won both the grand jury and audience awards. The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy said, “For his part, Simmons has the great good fortune for a character actor to have here found a co-lead part he can really run with, which is what he excitingly does with a man who is profane, way out of bounds and, like many a good villain, utterly compelling.” Though Simmons has never been nominated for an Oscar, »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Predict Best Visual Effects Oscar: Will Marvel movies rule?

29 September 2014 1:12 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Even though the Best Visual Effects Oscar used to belong to summer blockbusters, 10 of the last 14 winner have been Best Picture nominees, including the last six in a row: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Avatar," "Inception," "Hugo," "Life of Pi," and "Gravity." -Break- Poll: Do 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' and other Marvel movies deserve Oscars? That could be good news for Best Picture contender "Interstellar," Christopher Nolan's latest sci-fi drama. He also directed the aforementioned "Inception." "Birdman" and "Unbroken" could also capitalize on this fact. No comic book movie has won Best Visual Effects since "Spider-Man 2" in 2004. It's the only such film to win the race competitively; before that "Superman" won a Special Achievement Award for its effects in 1978. But numerous comic-book »

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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow 10 years on: A ground-breaking blockbuster

27 September 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

It's 1994, and aspiring filmmaker Kerry Conran sits down with his Macintosh IIci to begin work on a short film that's a throwback to the buccaneering adventure serials of the '30s and '40s. In those post-Jurassic Park days, computer-generated visual effects technology was still in its infancy, but Conran, a former CalArts student, saw the potential to tell a story he'd dreamed about. After four years of painstaking work with blue screen and his already-obsolete Mac, he fashioned a black and white teaser trailer for The World of Tomorrow.

Alongside Conran for the entirety of the journey was his brother Kevin Conran, who served as production and costume designer on both the short and eventual feature film. Speaking to Digital Spy from his home in California, Kevin recalled the lightbulb moment when his brother first pitched him the idea.

"At the time I was working as a freelance »

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Sr Geek Picks: ‘Captain America 2′ Problems, How ‘ASM2′ Should’ve Ended & More

23 September 2014 7:36 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find an honest trailer for The Fault In Our Stars; everything wrong with Captain America: The Winter Soldier; how The Amaazing Spider-Man 2 should have ended; and a Flux Capacitor Usb car charger! All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!

To kick things off today, GBPosters has The geeks guide to surviving Freshers week.

Steven Soderbergh turned Raiders of the Lost Ark into a black-and-white silent movie.

If you have any Geek Picks of your own, please send them to srgeekpicks(at)gmail(dot)com and you could be featured in a future post!


Everything Wrong With Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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- Justin Vactor

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‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Simon Helberg's Directorial Debut Acquired by Orion

23 September 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Orion Releasing has acquired North American rights to “We'll Never Have Paris,” the directorial debut of “The Big Bang Theory” star Simon Helberg, who also wrote, produced and stars in the film, it was announced Tuesday. Helberg co-directed the romantic comedy with his wife Jocelyn Towne, and he stars alongside Melanie Lynskey (“Happy Christmas”), Zachary Quinto (“Star Trek”), Alfred Molina (“Spiderman 2”), Jason Ritter (“Parenthood”) and Maggie Grace (“Taken”). The film was produced by Robert Ogden Barnum (“All Is Lost”), Katie Mustard (“The Greatest”), Helberg and Towne, and executive produced by Marc Platt, Cassian Elwes and Judd Rubin. It will be released. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Podcast: Reviewing 'A Walk Among the Tombstones', 'Tusk' and 'The Guest'

19 September 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Apologies for a shortened episode, but Laremy was in D.C. and his connection wasn't exactly stellar so by the end we had to rush through just to make sure we could even finish. That said, we did have four reviews on today's episode including A Walk Among the Tombstones, Tusk, The Guest and Coffee Town. We also answered several of your questions, talked news items, a little box office coverage and then some games to end it all. We hope you enjoy and we'll be back to our regular schedule next week. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526- »

- Brad Brevet

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An Open Letter to Andrew Garfield

13 September 2014 4:32 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Let me start by saying I loved the first movie. Spider-Man 2.1 by Raimi and The Amazing Spider-Man 1 by Webb are my favorite comic book movies of all time. Let me say next that I didn't Hate the second movie. I was however very disappointed. Spider-Man is by far my favorite superhero and comic book character. As I'm sure many of you will do please add to the discussion why you were so disappointed in the comments. You never know, maybe Mr. Garfield or one of the producers will stumble upon this page. Mr. Garfield did ask for this article after all. I will however echo Mr. Garfield's request for only constructive criticism and ask people, in his words, not be dicks just for the sake of being dicks. Again, his words not mine. So let's get started. I'll start with the things I enjoyed: Peter and Gwen were perfecly realized. »

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Podcast: Best, Worst & Stories from the 2014 Toronto Film Festival

12 September 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Brad is back from the 2014 Toronto Film Festival and it's the topic that dominates much of this episode. We're talking the best and worst of the fest, stories from the fest and Vince from FilmDrunk.com joins us to describe his first time in Toronto from a very different perspective. Brad also gives a brief review of The Drop as well as Wild before we get into some of the listener questions and comments as well as our regular assortment of games. Hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. »

- Brad Brevet

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Andrew Garfield Responds to ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Critics

11 September 2014 10:01 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Despite a positive response from many viewers, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was (for others) one of the biggest disappointments of the summer 2014 box office. Reviews for the film were equally divisive (read our Amazing Spider-Man 2 review) – celebrating director Marc Webb’s principle cast and use of blockbuster effects while criticizing the movie’s choppy and underdeveloped storyline. As a result, in a summer where competing superhero movies like Captain America 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Guardians of the Galaxy, all exceeded (or at the very least met) expectations, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had trouble living up to Sony’s “His Greatest Battle Begins” hype – even though the final film still provides an ...

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- Ben Kendrick

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Andrew Garfield Attributes The Amazing Spider-Man 2′s Faults To Studio Interference

11 September 2014 8:53 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Looking back in hindsight, it’s fair to say that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 wasn’t the commercial or indeed critical hit that many had anticipated. Deemed a mish-mash that was too concerned of establishing threads for future films in the series — much like Iron Man 2, actually — Marc Webb’s sequel failed to emulate the success of the other Spider-man 2 when it arrived in theaters earlier this year.

So, what went wrong? Well, although many attributed its faults to an overwhelming amount of material — a stash that caused the running time to balloon past two hours and twenty minutes — the missing factor could be attributed to story elements that remained on the cutting room floor. That’s according to Peter Parker himself, Andrew Garfield, who spoke to The Daily Beast and reflected back on his latest outing in the spandex suit.

“It’s interesting. I read a lot »

- Michael Briers

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Andrew Garfield Discusses the Flaws of Spider-Man 2 and His Participation in Sinister Six

11 September 2014 8:38 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Andrew Garfield has addressed the criticism of Amazing Spider-Man 2 and lays the blame for its failings squarely on the shoulders of Sony. He reveals that the studio had “problems with certain parts of it” and made changes. He also speaks about appearing (maybe) in the Sinister Six.

There’s been a lot of debate over what went wrong with the Amazing Spider-Man 2. Why was it the lowest grossing Spider-Man film ever? Why were the reviews so mediocre? Why have internet fans been so vocal about their criticisms of the film? Andrew Garfield has finally addressed these criticisms.

While at the Toronto Film Festival promoting Ramin Bahrani’s 99 Homes, a real estate drama in which he co-stars with Michael Shannon, Garfield sat down for an interview with the Daily Beast and when Amazing Spider-Man 2 was mentioned, he took the opportunity to give his opinions on the sequel.

He »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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Andrew Garfield Says Studio Notes Hurt ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′

11 September 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

The Spider-Man films have represented a diminishing set of returns, for Sony on the domestic financial front (though we don’t have all data for long-tail revenue) and for audiences in terms of satisfaction. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 often felt surprisingly derivative of Sam Raimi’s own Spider-Man 2. When it did explore new territory, the story threads were unconvincing. […]

The post Andrew Garfield Says Studio Notes Hurt ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ appeared first on /Film. »

- Russ Fischer

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Grading Mojo's Summer 2014 Forecast

10 September 2014 4:38 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Back in April, Box Office Mojo made specific box office predictions for 20 Summer 2014 releases. At that time, it looked like it was going to be a tough Summer to predict; that theory turned out to be more true than we had imagined.Half of our picks were wildly off, which is a significant increase over past years. These inaccuracies can be chalked up to a few poor assumptions made ahead of the season.First, the predictions were made based on the assumption that July had to be the highest-grossing month of the Summer. This was based on the fact that July has been the highest-grossing month of the year in each of the last 25 years. Remarkably, July wound up being the worst month of the Summer, and as a result July releases like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Deliver Us From Evil, Tammy, Planes: Fire & Rescue and Hercules were all noticeably overestimated. »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Exclusive: Escape from Jesus Island Being Developed as a Video Game

9 September 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

You read that correctly. When we first heard about Escape from Jesus Island, we just had to cover it for the crazy title (same as Dead Hooker in a Trunk). But like Dead Hooker, Efji seems to be taking off, and the comic was only the beginning.

Escape from Jesus Island creator Shawn French tells Dread Central that the comic is indeed being developed into a role-playing game for mobile devices. The full title will be Escape from Jesus Island: Rise of the Antichrist, and it will be designed by Eric Pavone using the Unity Engine.

Pavone was the designer of Spider-man: The Movie and senior designer for Spider-man 2: The Movie, Army of Two, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution. French is stoked to be working with the veteran game designer.

"The chance to work with a designer like Eric Pavone on an Efji adaptation is a dream come true, »

- Scott Hallam

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Sony Is Putting Out A New PS3 Bundle, Includes The Sly Collection And Lego Batman 3

8 September 2014 12:54 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

PS3 may be over the hill, but if you don’t own one then I can’t recommend it enough. Recently, inside my own brain, I held my bi-annual “favorite console ever within my lifetime” competition, and PS3 dethroned GameCube. It just has that many good games. It’d be impossible to play all of its worthwhile titles before getting bored, and that’s just retail releases alone. I’m serious — peruse Psn if you don’t believe me. It’s a Jrpg nirvana. Or just nirvana in general.

If the above sounds relatively tempting (or you just want to play the classics you missed by sticking with your PS2 since 2000), Sony has a new bundle you may be interested in. For $270, you’ll get a slim PS3 (which I think is just called PS3 now), a hard copy of Lego Batman 3, and last but not at all least, The Sly Collection, »

- Griffin Vacheron

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Ranked: Every Summer Movie Season Since 1980 - Part 1

8 September 2014 4:11 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best. 

On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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Interview – Jack Reher talks Rex’d: Welcome to Scholomance

6 September 2014 2:19 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Zachary Leeman chats with Jack Reher about his new novel Rex’d: Welcome to Scholomance…

Jack Reher has graciously taken time to speak with us before about everything from how he became a screenwriter to the public release of his script for the Pin remake.

Now the writer finds himself filling some different shoes as a novelist. The work is titled Rex’d: Welcome to Scholomance and Reher had some interesting things to say about the throwback story to 80s genre films by everyone from Steven Spielberg to Joe Dante.

Check the conversation below out to get an idea about the book, its transition from script to novel and Reher’s fanboy love of everything 80s from Poltergeist to Gremlins.

Zachary Leeman: Tell me how Rex’d came together.

Jack Reher: Rex’d was originally a script I wrote. You know, it was at the tail end of last »

- Gary Collinson

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10 Great 2014 Movies You Probably Missed

4 September 2014 6:24 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

When all’s said and done it’s been a pretty decent year so far for blockbusters, from effective and exciting comic book adaptations like Captain America: Winter Soldier and X-Men: Days of Future Past (although the less said about Amazing Spider-Man 2) through to new properties such as Edge of Tomorrow, not to mention a few surprising hits such as The Lego Movie, which exceeded practically everyone’s expectations.

Less talked about, however, are the many low budget, independent and foreign movies which tend to do the film festival circuits before appearing for a brief spell in your local art house cinema – if you’re lucky – then disappearing into oblivion. Falling into the “blink and you’ll miss them” category, all too often they slip under the radar of public notice and fail to reach anything like the kind of audience they truly deserve. Without the marketing clout »

- Andrew Dilks

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Blu-ray Review – The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

3 September 2014 11:25 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Amazing Spider-Man 2, 2014.

Directed by Marc Webb.

Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, B.J. Novak, Felicity Jones, Chris Cooper, Chris Zylka and Denis Leary.


When atrocities threaten New York, Spider-Man must protect the citizens of New York and his loved ones before New York’s heart befalls into tragedy.

Despite helping to change the face of the superhero movie in 21st century Hollywood, the Spider-Man franchise died before our very eyes, delighting and enthralling before crashing and burning. The best intentions of director Sam Raimi notwithstanding, Spider-Man 3 failed, even if it was the franchises’ highest grosser. While many blamed the excess of villains and characters, which led to a horribly disjointed script, it was the studio’s insistence on things (namely Venom) that ultimately derailed our friendly neighbourhood Spidey. Now, 10 years since Spider-Man 2 »

- Scott Davis

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Sr Geek Picks: ‘Spider-Man 2′ vs ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′, Netflix Problems & More

3 September 2014 9:53 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find Everything Wrong with The Amazing Spider-Man 2Star Wars in Minecraft; 15 things every Netflix fanatic has to deal with; Walking Dead Wine; and what Monster’s Inc. would look like if it was directed by Ridley Scott. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!

If you have any Geek Picks of your own, please send them to srgeekpicks(at)gmail(dot)com and you could be featured in a future post!


15 things every Netflix fanatic has to deal with

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- Justin Vactor

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