17 items from 2014
Blu-ray Release Date: June 3, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $49.99
Studio: Warner Home Video
So apparently, in 2007 when Warner brought out Alexander, Revisited: The Final Cut, they lied. The 2014 Alexander: The Ultimate Cut is another version of the much-edited movie, which director Oliver Stone (Wall Street Money Never Sleeps) apparently can’t let go.
Celebrating the movie’s 10th anniversary, The Ultimate Cut is 206 minutes, 31 minutes longer than the already long 175-minute original film and eight minutes shorter than that Final Cut. Hmmm
“I’ve tried throughout this process to achieve what I believe is the appropriate balance between the inner and outer journeys undertaken by this extraordinary man,” said Stone. “Free from earlier constraints [i.e. defined codes for violence and sexuality], I’ve continued to pursue this great story, and I think I have at last achieved a film that tells a story as it has never been told.”
Good to know.
The originally R-rated movie tells the legend of Alexander, »
A new Zorro has been developing for a long time at Sony. Antonio Banderas last donned the black hat for Martin Campbell back in 2005, and a reboot has been in the works pretty much ever since. There are still no director or star attached, but this morning we do finally at least have news of a writer. Chris Boal will pen the latest draft, with a view to introducing the masked swordsman to a new generation.Christopher Stetson Boal, to give him his full moniker, hasn't had any films released so far, but has written an untitled Julius Caesar film for Jonathan Liebesman, and Viking actioner The Vanguard, which has Alexander Skarsgard attached to star. Before the writing he was a competitive fencer on the Us national circuit, so he knows how to swash a buckle, and could presumably carve an expert Z into your clothing if you asked him nicely. »
If you are determined to reboot a fractured and scattered movie franchise such as Terminator, there is only one way to tie it all together before moving forward, and that’s with the original cyborg himself. Speaking recently to TheArnoldFans.com at the Arnold Sports Festival, Schwarzenegger took time to tease the upcoming fifth instalment – Terminator: Genesis.
“I’m really looking forward to that because, as you know, the last time they did the Terminator, it was when I was Governor, and so I couldn’t be in that movie. But, now I’m back again and they are very excited about having me in the film, and David Ellison, who has produced all the big movies lately, has plenty of money to do it well. He’s in partnership with Paramount Pictures who are going to release the movie through their distribution. I’m really looking forward to that »
- Sarah Myles
"It explores a similar genre to Seven, but it's different," Farrell told me. "'I haven't seen a single frame of it yet, but I can't wait to see how the film turns out."
Deadline Hollywood says the film stars Hopkins as a psychic crime analyst who comes out of retirement to help a veteran FBI agent (Morgan) and his young partner (Cornish) to solve a series of bizarre murders.
Farrell was tight-lipped about details surrounding his character, but The Hollywood Reporter says he plays the serial killer who boasts supernatural powers of his own. »
- Tim Lammers
Force of Execution, 2013.
Directed by Keoni Waxman.
Alexander Coates' (Seagal) criminal empire has been good to him - and devastating to his enemies - until his number one hit man, Roman Hurst, messes up what should have been a routine hit. Alexander spares his protege's life but cripples his hands, thus 'retiring' Hurst forever. Before long, though, Alexander realizes that he'll need Hurst's help one last time when Iceman, a ruthless killer, surfaces.
Steven Seagal returns with another cinematic (or straight to video) opus. In the last decade a new Seagal film would appear with great frequency. Sometimes, three or four a year would pop up in (wipes away a tear) Blockbusters. Seagal moved into TV a few years back with his reality show Lawman, as well as his fictional cop show, True Justice.
In the U.K, True Justice »
- Gary Collinson
The 2013 RopeofSilicon Movie Awards I was hesitant to actually do a sixth year of the RopeofSilicon Awards for a variety of reasons, but most of all due to the deluge of awards handed out for movies at this point in our culture. As it turns out, I'm glad I waited and I'm glad I decided to go forward with the Awards. As we've moved into 2014 it became clear there were not only films and performances from 2013 that were still resonating with audiences, but there were some that hadn't gotten the attention I felt they deserved. Therefore, these awards afforded me the opportunity to highlight some of those films and performances. Looking back, 2013 was something of a strange year for movies. It was a year dominated by big budget features, but while many of those blockbusters made lots of money, they fell quite flat in terms of overall audience reception. Films »
- Brad Brevet
Dawson also says she doesn't know when it will begin filming, Smith has previously said he wants the film to be done and out in time for the film's 20th anniversary in November. [Source: Den of Geek]
Sights of Death
Rutger Hauer will join Danny Glover, Daryl Hannah, Stephen Baldwin and Michael Madsen in Alessandro Capone's sci-fi thriller "Sights Of Death" at Ambi Pictures. Filming begins later this month in Rome.
Set in the year 2047, Earth is ruled under one central government. A rebel agent is ordered to collect evidence with which to nail the military wing of the Government to his heinous crimes. Hauer plays the villain, the formidable Colonel Asimov. [Source: Screen]
A source for Schmoes Knows claim that Liam Neeson is interested in a major role »
- Garth Franklin
Along with being a veteran Hollywood screenwriter who is currently working on an Avatar (2009) sequel for James Cameron, Shane Salerno is also an avid book collector. “I have a 15,000 book library. I was in a book store and saw this book on J.D. Salinger which was 10 years ago. I picked it up thinking it would be about his work but it turned out to be about his life. Like most people I loved Salinger’s work but I didn’t know virtually anything about his life. I had bought the conventional story that he writes the book, gets overwhelming fame, doesn’t like it, and disappears. I had no idea that J.D. Salinger had been in World War II and that his first day of combat was D-Day. When I »
When the 86th Annual Academy Awards nominations were announced today, Dallas Buyers Club landed five nods, for Best Picture, Best Actor (Matthew McConaughey), Best Supporting Actor (Jared Leto), Best Original Screenplay (Craig Borten and Melissa Wallack) and Best Makeup and Hairstyling (Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews). On the heels of this big news, Focus Features has released a behind-the-scenes featurette that will be included on the Blu-ray and DVD release arriving February 4. Watch as Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner discuss their experiences on the set of this critically-acclaimed drama based on an incredible true story. You can also take a look at the special features details for the Blu-ray and DVD release.
Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof (McConaughey) sees his free-wheeling life overturned when he's diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. Determined to survive, Woodroof decides to take matters in his own hands by tracking down alternative »
Meryl Streep breaks Oscar record: Oscar 2014 nominations (photo: Meryl Streep in ‘August: Osage County’) The 2014 Oscar nominations were announced earlier today at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Thor: The Dark World and Snow White and the Huntsman actor Chris Hemsworth — whose Rush was completely shut out — made the announcements, including that of Best Actress contender Meryl Streep, in the running for her performance in John Wells’ August: Osage County. Streep’s competitors are her Doubt and Julie & Julia co-star Amy Adams for David O. Russell’s American Hustle, Sandra Bullock for Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, Judi Dench for Stephen Frears’ Philomena, and likely winner Cate Blanchett for Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. (Emma Thompson’s absence from the Best Actress roster — for her performance in John Lee Hancock’s Saving Mr. Banks — was quite a surprise. »
- Steve Montgomery
Dallas Buyers Club was nominated for 6 Academy Awards this morning including:
Best Actor (Matthew McConaughey)
Best Supporting Actor (Jared Leto)
Best Film Editing (John Mac McMurphy & Martin Pensa)
Here are the reactions from the nominees.
“I am honored and grateful for this nomination. I love working in an industry and craft that inspires me daily and allows me to tell stories that translate humanities and move people. I share this with the entire Dallas Buyers Club family of filmmakers, cast, and crew — and the real-life Ron Woodroofs and Rayons who continue to fight and live with dignity. Thank you.”
“I am absolutely blown away by this incredible nomination. I never in my life thought I would have the opportunity to even write these words. »
- Michelle McCue
The 2014 Oscar nominations were announced this morning and I have already made note of some of the "surprise" omissions in my post with the complete list of nominees, but it's always better to open up a new thread to look at little closer and see what surprises the Academy had to offer. Now I know the headline uses the word "snub", but that's just more out of familiarity since there really isn't anything such as a snub as there are only so many slots to be filled, which is why when making predictions for the nominees if the films and performances you predicted would be nominated didn't get in, they were probably replaced by those films you almost predicted would be nominated. That said, let's go down the line shall wec Best Picture No big surprises here unless you look at the nominations as a whole, which would be to »
- Brad Brevet
Jared Leto has a coffin in the living room of his Los Angeles home. Perhaps even stranger, he’s not sure exactly where it came from. “I think it’s from ‘Mr. Nobody,’ ” he says, referring to the recently released film he shot back in 2007. “But I can’t really remember.”
Leto’s eclectic taste in titles, along with his wide collection of unique art from all over the world — including a sculpture inspired by the Moloko Bar in “A Clockwork Orange” — reflects a man and artist who is not easy to pigeonhole.
His co-star in “Dallas Buyer’s Club” instantly discovered that about Leto when they first came face to face: “I met a performance artist,” Matthew McConaughey says. “He is not someone bound by one certain craft — acting, »
- Jenelle Riley
Photo: AMPAS Tomorrow morning, Thursday, January 16, Chris Hemsworth and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs will announce the nominations for the 2014 Oscar Awards at 5:30 a.m. Pt and I will be here with the list of nominees and commentary just as I am every year. However, before we get to the actual nominees, let's take a look at each of the categories and offer up some predictions and explore the scenarios that may play out tomorrow morning. As for the nomination totals, should things work out exactly as I've listed them below (and they won't) here's how the nomination tally would break down for the top seven: 12 Years a Slave - 11 nominations Gravity - 9 nominations American Hustle - 8 nominations Captain Phillips - 7 nominations Her - 6 nominations Dallas Buyers Club - 6 nominations Nebraska - 5 nominations Let's see how I got those numbers and please feel free to agree, disagree and offer »
- Brad Brevet
Golden Globe Award winner Matthew McConaughey (Mud, Magic Mike) delivers a career-defining performance as Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof in the "hugely entertaining" Dallas Buyers Club, the inspiring and powerful story of an imperfect man's fight for survival during an uncertain time in America (Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal). Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (The Young Victoria), Dallas Buyers Club arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD, & Digital HD with UltraViolet and On Demand on February 4, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof (McConaughey) sees his free-wheeling life overturned when he's diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. Determined to survive, Woodroof decides to take matters in his own hands by tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. After his journey to find a cure leads him to an unlikely ally in Rayon played by Golden Globe Award winner Jared Leto (Lord of War, »
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Nega-fairy tale in which The Sleeping Beauty story is told from the point of view of Maleficent, the misunderstood fairy godmother. Angelina Jolie stars as the artist formerly known as "The Mistress of All Evil". Elle Fanning is that scheming harpy, Princess Aurora aka Sleeping Beauty. Following the recent trend for skew-wiff folk tales (Snow White and The Huntsmen, Mirror Mirror) special effects veteran Robert Stromberg makes his directorial debut with a Disney film that looks stranger and darker than the average. 28 May
Jason Segel's Muppets reboot positioned Kermit and ko as comeback kings - old friends returning from the edge of showbiz to full-felted glory. »
A Witch, a Wolf, A Raccoon, and The Muppets. Everything you’d come to expect from Walt Disney Studios.
Not only did they release their official slate for 2014 on this final day of the year, but the studio also gave us a first look photo along with the official synopsis for director James Gunn’s much-anticipated Guardians Of The Galaxy.
Check out the whole kit and caboodle below.
The Wind Rises
In The Wind Rises, Jiro (voice of Joseph Gordon-Levitt) dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni (voice of Stanley Tucci). Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world’s most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, »
- Michelle McCue
17 items from 2014
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