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William Friedkin on why he is beating the drum for 'The Babadook'

9 December 2014 1:12 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

For a first time director to attract the attention of an icon of cinema is a heady experience. So imagine the feelings of Jennifer Kent, the Australian director of the new low budget, independent horror film The Babadook, when she saw this tweet from none other than William Friedkin, director of The Exorcist himself: I've never seen a more terrifying film than The Babadook. It will scare the hell out of you as it did me. — William Friedkin (@WilliamFriedkin) December 1, 2014 Since that first tweet, Friedkin has made beating the drums for The Babadook something of a personal cause celebre, continuing to champion it online and introducing a midnight screening last weekend at La’s Vista Theater. We spoke with William Friedkin by phone to find out how this little film had captured his attention. Hitfix: How did you discover The Babadook? William Friedkin: Well (British film critic) Mark Kermode, »

- Richard Rushfield

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By The Gun Review

4 December 2014 9:17 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Boston, with its prestigious academics and rich sense of culture, doesn’t seem completely deserving of its cinematic reputation as a decaying den of iniquity, but there’s no denying the gritty, gloomy atmosphere in which nearly every “Boston film” of the past five years has been cloaked. The Town, The Departed, Mystic RiverGone Baby Gone – all of them paint the city with a devastating brush, populating it with characters who seem constantly at a breaking point, ready to bubble over from seething anger to vicious violence.

By the Gun shares most of its DNA with those aforementioned crime thrillers. Like them, its characters are of the rough-and-tumble variety, cursing like sailors in thick accents, and walking through the city streets with slightly stooped shoulders as if carrying unseen weight. Also like them, its story communicates timeless messages of masculinity, family, sacrifice and the “good life.” It’s a gangster movie, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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National Board of Review can't get enough of 'American Sniper' champ Clint Eastwood'

3 December 2014 4:27 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

On Tuesday, we saw another chapter written in the romance between the National Board of Review and Clint Eastwood. The director took home the Best Director prize for "American Sniper." This comes just one day after we saw a continuance in the love story between the New York Film Critics Circle and the films of Mike Leigh with Timothy Spall's Best Actor win for "Mr. Turner." -Break- What do National Board of Review Awards mean for Oscars? Eastwood's win brings the total number of times the Nbr has rewarded him to seven times in a span of less than 20 years. It started in 1999 when Eastwood was awarded the organization's Career Achievement prize. In 2003, his film "Mystic River" won the group's prize for Best Film and in 2004 he received a Special Achievement Award for his work as a director, producer, actor and composer for "Million Dollar Baby." In 2006 he won »

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The 35 Greatest Murder Mystery Movies Ever Made

28 November 2014 7:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Murder mysteries are so commonplace on TV that each week offers seemingly dozens of them on police procedural series and detective shows. But in the movies, whodunits are surprisingly rare, and really good ones rarer still. There's really only a handful of movies that excel in offering the viewer the pleasure of solving the crime along with a charismatic sleuth, often with an all-star cast of suspects hamming it up as they try not to appear guilty.

One of the best was "Murder on the Orient Express," released 40 years ago this week, on November 24, 1974. Like many films adapted from Agatha Christie novels, this one featured an eccentric but meticulous investigator (in this case, Albert Finney as Belgian epicure Hercule Poirot), a glamorous and claustrophobic setting (here, the famous luxury train from Istanbul to Paris), and a tricky murder plot with an outrageous solution. The film won an Oscar for passenger »

- Gary Susman

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New Fifty Shades of Grey images featuring Rita Ora, Marcia Gay Harden and Andrew Airlie

27 November 2014 12:49 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Universal Pictures has released three new character images from Fifty Shades of Grey featuring Grey family members Mia Grey (Rita Ora), Grace Trevelyan Grey (Marcia Gay Harden) and Carrick Grey (Andrew Airlie)…

See Also: Watch the trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey stars Jamie Dornan (The Fall) as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson (Need For Speed) as Anastasia Steele, while the rest of the cast includes Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty), Luke Grimes (Taken 2), Victor Rasuk (24), Max Martini (Pacific Rim), Callum Keith Rennie (Battlestar Galactica), Eloise Mumford (In The Blood), Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River) and musician Rita Ora.

The post New Fifty Shades of Grey images featuring Rita Ora, Marcia Gay Harden and Andrew Airlie appeared first on Flickering Myth. »

- Gary Collinson

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Shawshank Redemption celebrates 20th anniversary: The cast then and now

21 November 2014 6:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying.

The Shawshank Redemption celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, and to mark the occasion stars Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman and director Frank Darabont reunited for a special Academy screening of the film this week.

Digital Spy goes then and now with the cast of the beloved drama to find out what happened to them in the years since Shawshank's original release.

Tim Robbins (Andy Dufresne)

Already a well-established and respected actor by the time he won the role of Andy Dufresne, Tim Robbins saw his career surge in the wake of Shawshank. He bagged the role after Kevin Costner, Tom Hanks and Brad Pitt turned it down, but their loss was his gain.

Post-Shawshank he starred in films ranging from Mission to Mars, to High Fidelity and Green Lantern. His biggest career success »

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The Drop review

18 November 2014 6:37 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

A crime thriller starring Tom Hardy and a scene-stealing puppy. What more could you want?

It's not without reason that The Drop has so quickly become known as “that movie with Tom Hardy and the puppy.” Based on screenwriter Dennis Lehane's own short story Animal Rescue, the blue collar crime drama aspect of the film is somewhat overshadowed by the metaphors and sweetness of the dog adoption sub-plot.

Overall though, it's still about Hardy as Bob Saginowski, a nice guy in a rough neighbourhood, who tends a friendly local bar owned by his elder cousin Marv (James Gandolfini). But after hours, Cousin Marv's Bar is a drop bar, one of a number of Brooklyn bars that serves as a place of safekeeping for the Chechen mob's ill-gotten funds.

When a pair of young chancers hold up Bob and Marv at closing time one night and only make off with the contents of the till, »

- sarahd

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Movie Review – The Drop (2014)

15 November 2014 8:21 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Drop, 2014.

Directed by Michaël R. Roskam.

Starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini, Matthias Schoenaerts, Elizabeth Rodriguez, James Frecheville and John Ortiz.

Synopsis:

Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood’s past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living – no matter the cost.

There’s a scene in The Drop where James Gandolfini’s character, known in his neighbourhood as Cousin Marv, tells his friend and natural successor Bob (Tom Hardy) that he used to be someone who demanded respect. A man for whom people would sit up straight when he walked into a room and a man who had his own stool in the bar he once owned. Now sat in his small home in The Bronx wearing a faded sweatshirt he resents the way in which his neighbourhood had changed. »

- Gary Collinson

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Christian Grey is not playing fair in new Fifty Shades trailer and poster

14 November 2014 7:48 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Beyoncé lends her sultry pipes to another trailer for Sam Taylor-Johnson’s Fifty Shades of Grey. Replacing “Crazy In Love” with “Haunted,” the soundtrack provides a little more menace to Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and Anastasia Steele’s (Dakota Johnson) romance.

As her interview with the tycoon takes a sharp turn toward the bedroom, Anastasia, a student turned reluctant journalist, appears a bit apprehensive – but still intrigued – by Christian’s “very singular” tastes.

Fifty Shades of Grey also stars singer Rita Ora, “True Blood”’s Luke Grimes, and Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River).

Bite into the newest trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey, the adaptation of E.L. James’ best-selling novel, right now -- and scroll down to check out the newest poster of Christian.

 

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- Sasha James

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New trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey

13 November 2014 10:53 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Universal Pictures and Focus Features have released the second trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey, director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s adaptation of E.L. James’ bestselling erotic novel, which sees Jamie Dornan (The Fall) as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson (Need For Speed) as Anastasia Steele.

Also featuring in the cast of the film adaptation are Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty), Luke Grimes (Taken 2), Victor Rasuk (24), Max Martini (Pacific Rim), Callum Keith Rennie (Battlestar Galactica), Eloise Mumford (In The Blood), Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River) and musician Rita Ora.

Fifty Shades of Grey is set for release on Valentine’s Day.

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- Gary Collinson

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Leeds International Film Festival 2014 Review – The Drop (2014)

13 November 2014 3:51 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Drop, 2014.

Directed by Michaël R. Roskam.

Starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini, Matthias Schoenaerts, Elizabeth Rodriguez, James Frecheville and John Ortiz.

Synopsis:

Bob Saginowski just tends bar, keeping himself to himself as gangsters use his bar as ‘The Drop’ to funnel cash between gangs in the course of a night. But when the bar is robbed, he gets caught between good guys, gangsters and a pitbull named Rocco.

The Drop, the screenwriting debut of crime novelist Dennis Lehane (Gone Baby Gone, Mystic River), might not reach the heights of either of those films, but it’s an entertaining, slow burning crime drama, with a great central performance by Tom Hardy.

Set in the bowels of Brooklyn, where there seems to be more bars than stools for folk to sit on, it’s a low key drama, where every character is hiding something shady about their past. But it’s Tom Hardy’s character, »

- Gary Collinson

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Jamie Dornan’s Christian Grey featured in new Fifty Shades of Grey poster

12 November 2014 10:39 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With a second trailer set to land tomorrow, yesterday brought us a new poster for Fifty Shades of Grey featuring Dakota Johnson’s Anastasia Steele, and now we’ve got another one-sheet, this time featuring Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey…

Based upon the bestselling book series by E.L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) and also stars Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty), Luke Grimes (Taken 2), Victor Rasuk (24), Max Martini (Pacific Rim), Callum Keith Rennie (Battlestar Galactica), Eloise Mumford (In The Blood), Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River) and musician Rita Ora.

Fifty Shades of Grey is set for release on Valentine’s Day. Watch the first trailer here.

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- Gary Collinson

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AFI Fest Review: Clint Eastwood’s ‘American Sniper’ Starring Bradley Cooper And Sienna Miller

12 November 2014 6:46 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The strength of idol worship depends on a denial of the fuller, more human picture, and after a lifetime of icon status, Clint Eastwood has had enough of dodging reality. His directorial efforts may vary in subject matter and time period, but they commit to stripping away public figures and groups to their flawed core, and starting the real story there. It’s what connects recent films like “Mystic River” and this year’s misfire “Jersey Boys,” and it’s what extends most prominently into “American Sniper,” Eastwood’s purest and most involving vehicle of tension in years. In fact, the film is a spiritual sequel to “Flags of Our Fathers,” in that it examines the reasons men enlist and go to war, followed by the untreated costs of returning home afterwards. Bradley Cooper plays Chris Kyle, the ultimate Navy Seal poster boy: as a sniper for over four tours in Iraq, »

- Charlie Schmidlin

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Review: Bradley Cooper shines but Eastwood misses the mark with stilted 'American Sniper'

12 November 2014 6:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Clint Eastwood is an enormously capable filmmaker who, like any filmmaker who works non-stop, is capable of turning out films that are polished and considered and carefully calibrated, and equally capable of turning out nearly inert movies that are forgettable and barely register. What I find most interesting about his career is the way it took him a while to win critics over to his side, but once he did, he's been almost untouchable ever since. Any other filmmaker coming off of "Jersey Boys" would have been greeted on their next film with open skepticism, but it's a real sign of just how esteemed Eastwood is that he could release that film to near-universal indifference at the start of the summer, and yet his next film can be greeted like an event that sends seismic waves through the already-crowded Oscar season. One of the things that I tend to avoid »

- Drew McWeeny

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The Drop movie review (London Film Festival)

11 November 2014 12:39 PM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Cements Tom Hardy’s reputation as one of the most effortlessly mesmerizing actors working today. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Bob Saginowski is the sweet, kind — he rescues an abused and abandoned puppy! — loner bartender at his cousin Marv’s Brooklyn bar, a divey neighborhood place that’s owned by local mobsters and occasionally used by them as a “drop,” a collection point, for ill-gotten takings. Oh, it’s not the old-fashioned, respectable Italian mafia, which once had room for Marv (James Gandolfini [The Incredible Burt Wonderstone], in the last thing we’ll ever see him in), but crazy Chechen bastards, the kind of people whom no one would dare cross. So who the hell was dumb enough to hold up Marv’s place and piss off the Chechens? »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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The Drop review: Tom Hardy looks for hope in the decay

11 November 2014 9:54 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Michaël R Roskam; Screenwriter: Dennis Lehane; Starring: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini, Matthias Schoenaerts; Running time: 106 mins; Certificate: 15

Apart from being James Gandolfini's final film, The Drop is struck through with melancholy. There are other familiar notes, but it's not your conventional gangster flick and being penned by Dennis Lehane (the novelist behind Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island), that air of tragedy soaks through into the very bones of the story. It doesn't run quite as deep as those first two, but still it lingers.

Tom Hardy is ideal casting in what is, essentially, a character study of a loner with an uncommonly strong moral code, albeit warped by his environment. His cousin's drinking hole in Brooklyn is where Bob spends his days, tending bar and turning the other cheek as dirty money is moved in and out of the premises by the new wave of Chechen crime lords. »

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New poster for Fifty Shades of Grey featuring Dakota Johnson’s Anastasia Steele

11 November 2014 9:39 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With a second trailer imminent, Yahoo! Movies has debuted a new poster for Fifty Shades of Grey, featuring Dakota Johnson (Need for Speed) as Anastasia Steele…

Based upon the bestselling book series by E.L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) and sees Jamie Dornan (The Fall) as Christian Grey alongside Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty), Luke Grimes (Taken 2), Victor Rasuk (24), Max Martini (Pacific Rim), Callum Keith Rennie (Battlestar Galactica), Eloise Mumford (In The Blood), Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River) and musician Rita Ora.

Fifty Shades of Grey is set for release on Valentine’s Day. Watch the first trailer here.

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- Gary Collinson

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The Drop cast and crew talk about the late James Gandolfini

10 November 2014 3:06 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Released in cinemas this Friday here in the UK, The Drop stars Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace. In this special video from 20th Century Fox, the cast and crew of The Drop talk about working with the late James Gandolfini, who also stars in the movie.

Check out the video below:

The Drop is a new crime drama from Michaël R. Roskam, the Academy Award nominated director of Bullhead.  Based on a screenplay from Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone), The Drop follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) through a covert scheme of funnelling cash to local gangsters – “money drops” – in the underworld of Brooklyn bars.  Under the heavy hand of his employer and cousin Marv (James Gandolfini), Bob finds himself at the centre of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighbourhood’s past where friends, families, and foes all »

- Luke Owen

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Win Tom Hardy-Starring ‘The Drop’ Merchandise!

9 November 2014 8:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

To celebrate the release of 20th Century Fox’s The Drop, out on 14th November in the UK, we’ve got 3 sets of great merchandise – which includes Dennis Lehane’s wonderful book – to giveaway!

The Drop is a new crime drama from Michaël R. Roskam, the Academy Award nominated director of Bullhead. Based on a screenplay from Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone), The Drop follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) through a covert scheme of funneling cash to local gangsters — “money drops” — in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. Under the heavy hand of his employer and cousin Marv (James Gandolfini), Bob finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood’s past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living — no matter the cost.

Check out the trailer:

To win yourself a set, »

- Dan Bullock

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Afm: Upi Takes Spain on Del Toro, Robbins, Kurylenko Starrer ‘A Perfect Day,’

6 November 2014 12:15 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Universal Pictures International Spain has acquired Spanish rights to Fernando Leon’s war-zone set human drama “A Perfect Day,” starring Oscar winners Benicio del Toro (“Traffic”) and Tim Robbins (“Mystic River”) as well as actresses Olga Kurylenko (“Oblivion”) and Melanie Thierry (“The Zero Theorem”).

Upi will release “A Perfect Day” in Spain in 2015. Selling international rights to “A Perfect Day,” WestEnd Films will show a new promo to international buyers at the American Film Market on Sunday.

The first English-language film from Leon, a popular Spanish auteur distinguished by the humor of his social-issue dramas, “Perfect Day” is a dramedy-thriller, turning on a motley group of war-zone aid workers dealing with their own very human dramas: Mambru (Del Toro) wants to go home; Katya once wanted Mambru; B (Robbins) doesn’t know what he wants. And what they want rarely matches what they need. When a corpse contaminates the local well, »

- John Hopewell

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