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In a battle between Mr. "Alright, Alright, Alright' and "The Prince Of Persia," who will come out victorious?
This weekend, Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic Interstellar hit screens nationwide and the film's star, Matthew McConaughey, has joined the ever-widening ranks of stars who could be vying for an Oscar nomination next year.
Video: What Would Matthew McConaughey's Son Save If A Tsunami Hit Malibu?
So, how do the stars stack up against each other? This week's Celebrity Showdown is here to give us a definitive answer.
Looking at seven unique criteria that weigh box-office earnings, critic's reviews and award season gold, Celebrity Showdown examines the anatomy of both stars' careers to show who's really the best.
Video: Jake Gyllenhaal Runs Like a Coyote, Loses »
Marathon: The Story Of Vanderlei de Lima
In 2004, Lima competed in the Athens Olympics and was leading the Marathon Men’s Final race when a protestor attacked him, dragged him to the side of the road and derailed his trajectory with four miles to go. Lima was able to recover, but failed to maintain his lead. Lima did, however, manage to earn a Bronze Medal – the first marathon medal ever won by a Brazilian. Lima’s tenacity and willingness to keep going despite the freak attack and his humility on the podium helped make him a Brazilian national hero. He was also awarded the special Pierre de Coubertin medal for his demonstration of Olympic spirit.
Now, Smolinsky, »
Final Update Monday, 1:42 p.m.: Halloween offered slim pickings for the new kids on the box office block combing for treats this weekend, though several holdovers did a surprisingly good job at protecting their stash. Bill Murray, Brad Pitt and Ben Affleck, in particular, exercised a solid grip in October’s final weekend.
That weekend went to Ouija, the $5M Blumhouse Prods. chiller that became the first horror film of the year to land at No. 1 — and one of the few fright flicks ever to do it twice. While The Purge: Anarchy and Annabelle gave the genre a much-needed adrenaline shot, neither took the top spot. With a dearth of newcomers on Halloween (which usually carves at least 15% from weekend revenues), the board game adaptation became the de facto choice for audiences determined to get out of the house for something other than Halloween festivities. Its drop of »
- Scott Bowles
The weekend, the box office took a hit from Halloween. It fell on a Friday, resulting "Ouija" simultaneously winning the weekend and earning the title of lowest-earning No. 1 movie of the year.
Let's take a look at seven lessons from a horrible Halloween weekend.
1. Halloween is a terrible box office day. Hollywood hates it when Halloween falls on a Friday because people usually have more entertaining things to do than go to the movies. That certainly seemed the case this weekend, when no film earned more than $11 million. As a whole, the North American box office was down 18 percent from last weekend. Even though there were plenty of scary movies to see, more people apparently preferred to get candy from their neighbors than from the popcorn counter
- Gary Susman
For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at one of Hollywood’s most interesting stars. It’s certified A-lister Jake Gyllenhaal, the rare actor who’s only becoming more famous as he pursues more and more interesting fare. In fact, for a true blue A-list actor, he’s only rarely gone the blockbuster route. More often, he chooses unique work that requires him to really go above and beyond. Already an Academy Award nominee, he’s someone who’s due for not just another nomination, but a win as well. I have no doubt that Oscar will come calling soon, perhaps even next year, but when that time comes, he’ll be incredibly deserving of that honor. As such, it’s a pleasure to fete him this week in my Spotlight on the Stars series. Gyllenhaal got his start on screens with a small role in City Slickers, »
- Joey Magidson
Content Media announced today that it has acquired international sales rights to the romantic comedy Comet starring Golden Globe nominee Emmy Rossum ("The Day After Tomorrow," "The Phantom of the Opera," "Mystic River"), Justin Long ("Live Free or Die Hard," "He's Just Not That Into You"), and Eric Winter ("The Ugly Truth," "Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay," "Beyond: Two Souls").
Ifc Films has finalized a North American distribution deal and will release the film this December.
Content will be introducing and screening the film to international distributors for the first time at the upcoming American Film Market (Afm).
Said Content Media President of Film Jamie Carmichael:
"The Universal theme and inventive storytelling in 'Comet' have us believing that audiences will really connect with the film. We were drawn in immediately and are happy to have this film on our Afm slate."
Says Jonathan Sehring, President of »
South Park is about to begin its 18th season in the UK, and despite nearly two decades of episodes, it doesn't show any sign of getting 'lame', as Cartman might say.
To celebrate its return, we have chosen our personal favourite 25 from its first 247 episodes.
25. Woodland Critter Christmas - Season 8
A thoroughly bizarre but memorable episode, in which Stan finds himself in the middle of the woods with a bunch of seemingly cute woodland animals. With an irritating voiceover narrating his every move, the critters turn out to be the most evil creatures known to man. Things are pretty f**ked right here, as he would say. Eventually, it is revealed that Cartman is the creator of such an awful story, and it's all just so »
If Mark Gordon's name isn't familiar, his filmography will be. The producer's diverse 20-year includes "The To Do List," "Rampart," "Source Code," "The Day After Tomorrow," "Wonder Boys," "A Simple Plan," and "Speed." He earned an Oscar nomination in 1999 for "Saving Private Ryan." His upcoming films include Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic and Todd Phillips' upcoming comedy "Arms and The Dudes" starring Shia Labeouf and Jesse Eisenberg. And today, the Producers Guild of America announced that Gordon would be honored with a lifetime achievement award — for his contributions to television. Yes, Gordon's success stems to successful TV too. Gordon is currently the executive producer on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” CBS’ “Criminal Minds” and Showtime’s “Ray Donovan,” with notable past work including "Private Practice," "Army Wives" and "Reaper." The PGA will present Gordon with the 2015 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television during its 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Jan. »
- Matt Patches
Every so often, in a bizarre coincidence of release date timing, two movies that seem remarkably similar will arrive in theaters at the same time. Remember how Paul Blart and Observe and Report turned early 2009 into the year of the mall cop? It’s happening again this fall with Tracks, in which Mia Wasikowska treks 1,700 miles across the Australian outback, and Wild, in which Reese Witherspoon treks 1,100 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail. These, of course, are not the first films to tag along with those traveling on foot. Nor are they the most ambitious. Even with an average distance walked of 1,400 miles, Wasikowska and Witherspoon aren’t among film history's top five when it comes to distance traveled using nothing but legs and feet. Here’s our list of Hollywood’s longest walkers:The Day After Tomorrow (2004): 225 miles, from Washington, D.C., to New York City Perfume: The »
- Adam K. Raymond,Lindsey Weber
Ashutosh Gowariker’s Mohenjo Daro just keeps getting bigger in scale! Following the addition of Oscar-Award nominated and Emmy-Award winning Costume Designer April Ferry to the crew, Ashutosh has roped in one more Hollywood specialist. Award winning VFX Supervisor Karen Goulekas is on board to take over the VFX reigns for Mohenjo Daro.
Karen, who has won two BAFTA Awards for Best Visual Effects, first for The Fifth Element and once again for The Day After Tomorrow, has also worked on films such as Apollo 13, Godzilla, Spider-man, 10,000 BC and more recently The Green Lantern, Looper and Don Jon.
Says Karen, “Ashutosh is an amazing story-teller with a beautiful vision for Mohenjo Daro. And now our challenge, as his creative team, is to do whatever it takes to get that vision up on that big screen for audiences to share and enjoy.”
Ashutosh Gowariker, “I am super excited to have »
- Press Releases
Ashutosh Gowariker's Mohenjo Daro keeps getting bigger in scale, following the addition of Oscar-Award nominated and Emmy-Award winning Costume Designer April Ferry to the crew, Ashutosh has roped in one more Hollywood specialist. Award winning VFX Supervisor Karen Goulekas is on board to take over the VFX reigns for Mohenjo Daro. Karen, who has won two BAFTA Awards for Best Visual Effects, first for The Fifth Element and once again for The Day After Tomorrow, has also worked on films such as Apollo 13, Godzilla, Spider-man, 10,000 BC and more recently The Green Lantern, Looper and Don Jon. Says Karen, "Ashutosh is an amazing story-teller with a beautiful vision for Mohenjo Daro. And now our challenge, as his creative team, is to do whatever it takes to get that vision up on that big screen for audiences to share and enjoy." Ashutosh Gowariker, "I am super excited to have on board VFX Supervisor Karen Goulekas, »
As Deadline first reported, the show will be distributed and produced by Slingshot Global Media, with Emmerich set to direct the pilot and executive produce the series while Reeves will serve as an executive producer. Emmerich is best known for his action films like The Day After Tomorrow and Independence Day.
New Angeles will tell the story of a man who enters a virtual reality named, unsurprisingly, »
- Jonathon Dornbush
Well, "Stonewall" director Roland Emmerich hasn't completely changed his stripes. The man behind the upcoming, intimate gay civil rights drama who also brought us "Independence Day" and "The Day After Tomorrow" and "White House Down" is turning to the small screen -- on a new sci-fi series with co-executive producer Keanu Reeves. "New Angeles" will be set in the future, based around a young man who escapes the mundane reality of his life by entering the titular virtual reality world. Once down the rabbit hole, he adopts a new identity, and unlocks a mystery with real world consequences. So... "The Matrix"? In a sense. Emmerich will direct the pilot and remain involved in the series, to be distributed by Slingshot Global Media, as an executive producer. He's currently in post on "Stonewall." His company Centropolis and Reeves' Company Films are on board to produce "New Angeles." Nyt »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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 »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Jake Gyllenhaal has a razor-thin scar on the palm of his hand. It’s a permanent souvenir from the set of “Nightcrawler,” the Toronto Film Festival thriller, in which the actor plays a twisted crime paparazzo. On the Los Angeles shoot last fall, director Dan Gilroy was filming Gyllenhaal simmering alone in a house after his character, Lou, suffers a professional setback. “We were in the middle of a scene with a mirror,” Gyllenhaal recalls on a recent afternoon. “I hit the mirror.” The violent act wasn’t in the script, and Gyllenhaal still isn’t sure what propelled him to do it. “It was just a choice in that moment that happened,” says Gyllenhaal, who accidentally sliced open his hand on a shard of glass.
Doctors at Cedars-Sinai eventually stopped the bleeding and stitched him up, and Gyllenhaal returned to work eight hours later, with his wrist wrapped in gauze. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
That’s great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes, an aeroplane. And Lenny Bruce is not afraid! Because he died a long time ago of an accidental drug overdose. It’s the end of the world as we know it, and we feel fine, because whilst our pale blue dot is – sadly – destined to eventually crumble and fall apart, it’s not going to happen in our lifetime. Unless there are any immortals in the audience tonight, in which case you might wanna hunker down somewhere safe for the next billion or so years. It’s not going to be smooth sailing for you, buddy. Thanks to humanity’s use of natural resources, the building effects of global warming, and the general passage of time/circle of life thing our mother Gaia has got going on, things down look all that rosy for the future of Earth. »
- Tom Baker
A movie to make you despair of the found-footage conceit (if you weren’t already). Suddenly Twister looks like Shakespeare. I’m “biast” (pro): love Richard Armitage
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It’s like Roland Emmerich made a preposterous two-and-a-half-hour climate-change disaster flick — *cough* 2012 *cough* The Day After Tomorrow *cough* — and then someone went in and cut out most of the cheesy melodrama: the subsumed personal issues that come to the fore in the face of certain death, the contrived heat-of-the-moment romances, the triumph-of-the-human-spirit moments when the music swells and the tears are jerked. Whoever did such a thing probably thought they were doing us a favor, but it turns out: not so much. Because what we’re left with, in Into the Storm, may not be risible Mystery Science Theater-worthy crap, but it’s still pretty bad, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
While actor Jake Gyllenhaal has headlined blockbusters such as The Day After Tomorrow and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, his filmography also includes fare such as Zodiac, Brothers, and Brokeback Mountain. His newest feature, titled Nightcrawler, appears to promise further diversity in his movie selection, as it sees Gyllenhaal take on the role of an unemployed individual who becomes a freelance crime journalist in La. Written and directed by Dan Gilroy, the film also stars Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed, and Rene Russo, and is set to be released in American theatres on Halloween. A new trailer for the film has now been released, revealing more about the risks that Gyllenhaal’s character Lou Bloom runs into over the course of his job. Watch the trailer below.
- Deepayan Sengupta
★★☆☆☆At least nobody says "there's a storm coming", because every other disaster cliché going is thrown at Into the Storm (2014). There's the team of storm chasers from Twister (1996), the cack-handed attempt at 'cli-hi' moralism from 2004's The Day After Tomorrow, the split-up family from every disaster movie ever - even that annoying po-faced seriousness that has trended this year with the likes of Pompeii. Where's the fun gone from these movies? Twister had a scene where cows fly through the air. In Silverton, Oklahoma, the high school kids are all smiles for their end of term graduations. The sun is shining, but something's in the air that's making vice-principal Gary (Brit Richard Armitage) worried.
- CineVue UK
With Gerard Butler aboard to lead his new sci-fi thriller Geostorm, director Dean Devlin has been busy rounding up the rest of the cast. He now has Jim Sturgess, Abby Cornish, Ed Harris and Andy Garcia making deals to appear.In the future-set story, Butler plays a charming but stubborn satellite designer called in to help when the orbiting devices that control the Earth’s weather start to go haywire, leading to fears that the worst storm humanity has ever known could soon befall us all.Sturgess will be Butler’s estranged brother, with whom he’ll have to work if he’s to stop the meteorological apocalypse. But that’s not all: amid the mission to save the world, he also discovers that someone is plotting to assassinate the president. Never rains but it pours, eh? Probably literally in this case. Wait, is this like an Olympus Has Fallen »
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