19 items from 2015
The human condition. It is a tricky and complicated concept for us mortals to grasp in terms of our ugly, unpredictable behaviors. However, when one applies a revealing spotlight on the animal kingdom and takes a look at their on-screen aggression against humans it becomes a whole new ballgame. Occasionally, the source of frustration embedded in these wayward creatures is often times triggered by the psychological prompting of the bad seed humans responsible for their behavioral tirade against nature and man.
In Creature Feature: Top Ten Animals Gone Bad in the Movies we will look at the bombastic beasts gone ballistic in cinematic society. Maybe you have your own selections of haywire critters out to cause random havoc? If so then they probably would suffice within the theme of this movie column when detailing the animals that run amok on land, by sea or in the air.
The selections for »
- Frank Ochieng
20th Century Fox
No film director is more generous to their fans than Bryan Singer. Way back on Superman Returns he was one of the pioneering vloggers, letting cameras peek into every corner of his production, and since his return the X-Men series he’s offered a veritable flow of information via Twitter and Instagram.
Tonight, this included a new piece of X-Men: Apocalypse concept art.
Singer tagged Grant Major, indicating that Major is working on Apocalypse’s designs. Amongst Major’s past projects are plenty of Peter Jackson’s films, from his superlative juxtaposition of the subtle and the striking on Heavenly Creatures, to the exceptionally epic vistas of King Kong.
I’m not an X-Men expert, but I know a few. According to those guys, this art work shows The Ship, an artificial intelligence from prehistory. It’s no surprise to see him… her… it pop up »
- Brendon Connelly
There are 195 individuals nominated for Oscar this year. And when the winners are named Feb. 22, they will become part of film history, joining such greats as Billy Wilder, Ingrid Bergman, Ben Hecht and Walt Disney.
But 80% of the contenders will go home empty-handed. However, there is good news: They are in good company as well.
Here is a sampling of nominees that didn’t win: “Citizen Kane,” “Chinatown” and “Star Wars”; directors Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks, Stanley Kubrick and Ingmar Bergman; writers Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Dashiell Hammett, John Steinbeck, Graham Greene, Harold Pinter and David Mamet; actors Gloria Swanson in “Sunset Blvd.”; Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”; and Peter O’Toole in “Lawrence of Arabia.”
They managed to do Ok, though.
- Tim Gray
Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Kevin Hart, Shirley MacLaine, Chris Pine, Miles Teller and Naomi Watts will be presenters at this year’s Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.
Affleck, a two-time Academy Award winner, received an Original Screenplay Oscar for “Good Will Hunting” (1997) and a Best Picture Oscar for “Argo” (2012), on which he served as a producer, director and star. His most recent role was opposite Rosamund Pike in “Gone Girl” (2014). He will play Batman in the upcoming feature “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “The Accountant.”
Chastain has received two Oscar nominations, one for Actress in a Leading Role for “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012) and one for Actress in a Supporting Role for “The Help” (2011). Her most recent films include 2014’s “Interstellar,” “A Most Violent Year” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. »
- Michelle McCue
The trailer has landed for Hitman: Agent 47, based off the successful video game series (but not connected to the last attempt starring Timothy Olyphant). It features guns, explosions, Terminator rip-offs, lines taken from Watchman and a rather horrid cover of Jimi Hendrix.
Check out the trailer, poster and synopsis below.
Hitman: Agent 47 centers on an elite assassin who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, and is known only by the last two digits on the barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. He is the culmination of decades of research – and forty-six earlier Agent clones — endowing him with unprecedented strength, speed, stamina and intelligence. His latest target is a mega-corporation that plans to unlock the secret of Agent 47’s past to create an army of killers whose powers surpass even his own. Teaming up with a young woman who may hold the »
- Luke Owen
Comedian Jack Black will make a special appearance at the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.
“Jack Black is a complete original comic voice and we’re beyond thrilled that he has agreed to join the Oscars show in a very special sequence” says Zadan and Meron.
Black has starred in such films as “High Fidelity,” “Shallow Hal,” “School of Rock,” “King Kong,” and “Tropic Thunder,” and is voicing the title character in “Kung Fu Panda 3,” his third turn in the animated feature series. He also is the lead singer and guitarist of the comedy rock duo Tenacious D, which he formed in 1994 with Kyle Gass.
Black has made three previous appearances on the Oscars, most recently as a presenter at the 81st Academy Awards. »
- Michelle McCue
The versatile actor, singer and comedian Jack Black will make a special appearance at the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC. “Jack Black is a complete original comic voice and we’re beyond thrilled that he has agreed to join the Oscars show in a very special sequence” says Zadan and Meron. Black has starred in such films as “High Fidelity,” “Shallow Hal,” “School of Rock,” “King Kong,” and “Tropic Thunder,” and is voicing the title character in “Kung Fu Panda 3,” his third turn in the animated feature series. He also is the lead singer and guitarist of the comedy rock duo Tenacious D, which he formed in 1994 with Kyle Gass. Black has made three previous appearances on the Oscars, most recently as a presenter at the 81st Academy Awards. »
- Josh Abraham
20th Century Fox has revealed that the Michael Keaton starring film, Birdman (which is nominated for 9 Academy awards), is coming to blu-ray in just a couple weeks. So if you missed out on it during it's limited run in theaters, you'll soon get your chance to see what all the commotion's about. Come inside for all the details on the blu-ray!
Birdman will hit blu-ray with it's (admittedly light) special features on February 17th, but you can catch it on digital download right now:
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Regency Enterprises invite audiences to take flight with a New Regency / M Productions / Le Grisbi production, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) – winner of two Golden Globes® Awards and 9 Academy Awards nominations, including Best Picture, the critically-acclaimed film soars onto Blu-ray™ and DVD February 17 and is now available on Digital HD™. “Daring, devastating, and howlingly funny »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Between Marvel, sitcoms, and returning favourites, Netflix is producing more and more original content, here's what we can expect in 2015...
Not happy with being the undisputable king of subscription streaming TV and films, Netflix has spent the last few years finding its footing in creating original content. It's enjoyed some big hits with the likes of House Of Cards and Orange Is The New Black, but has also produced some less well-received properties such as Hemlock Grove and Arrested Development’s resurrection.
Marco Polo, the service's big budget drama following Mongolian leader Kublai Khan, was a sizeable risk for the network and one that didn't exactly lit the critical world alight (though a second season may well help with the teething problems).
Looking ahead, it seems that we’ll be seeing a new face of Netflix before the year is out. Netflix has more upcoming projects than ever before and »
Jack Black has discussed the difficulties of making an independent film, saying it is "a miracle if you can".
The actor and producer is currently promoting his new film The D Train - which he produced and stars in - at the Sundance Festival, and spoke to Deadline about the struggles of an independent film.
"As a producer when you're doing an indie film, it's all just about getting the film made, because it's a miracle if you can," he said. "If you can scrape the money together that's the first hurdle.
"That's the hardest hurdle really because it's a tough investment. It's tough to get even billionaires to part with a couple of their millions to make a movie."
Black, who is known for his roles in Hollywood movies King Kong and School of Rock, added that he thinks the growth of high-quality television has played a part in making film production more difficult. »
Because we were obviously in desperate need of a new "Blob" movie, cinematic auteur Simon West ("Con Air," "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider") has signed on to helm yet another remake of the 1958 drive-in classic, which was previously remade in 1988 by director Chuck Russell. Kevin Dillon starring vehicles were all the rage back then, obvs. Did we ask for this? I don't know, I think I'm good honestly. But since it's happening and there's pretty much nothing we can do about it, take a trip back with me as I revisit a few more horror films Hollywood just couldn't keep their hands off of - and judge which of the versions is the best. "King Kong" The 1933 classic was first remade in 1976 with Jessica Lange and Jeff Bridges, who starred opposite the robotic ape from the Universal Studios tram ride. Nearly 30 years later Peter Jackson decided to remake it as an epic three-hour film, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Manuel here. The Costume Design Guild has announced that they’ll be celebrating Naomi Watts with the Lacoste Spotlight Award when they announce winners for their film, TV and commercial awards on February 17th. While they bill the award as honoring an “actor whose talent and career personifies an enduring commitment to excellence, including a special awareness of the role and importance of costume design,” their choices so far (previous recipients include Anne Hathaway, Kate Beckinsale, Halle Berry and Emily Blunt) have yet to really reflect the award, no? Whither Keira, Nicole, Tilda or heck, even Colin Firth? The man can wear a sweater (among other things), you know.
Anyways, we should really focus on the positive and be thankful Watts was able to bounce back so quickly from that horrible triple-whammy of Movie 43, Adore and Diana. Let's just hope she can keep up the momentum going. And so »
- Manuel Betancourt
Two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts will receive the Lacoste Spotlight Award at the 17th Costume Designers Guild Awards on February 17 at the Beverly Hilton. The award honors an actor whose talent and career personifies an enduring commitment to excellence, including a special awareness of the role and importance of costume design.
Watts most recently starred in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Oscar-nominated Birdman opposite Emma Stone and Michael Keaton and St. Vincent alongside Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy. She received her first Best Actress Oscar nomination for Gonzalez Iñárritu’s 21 Grams in 2003, followed by The Impossible in 2012.
Watts will next be seen in Demolition with Jake Gyllenhaal and the next installment of the Divergent franchise. She also recently wrapped Gus Van Sant’s Sea Of Trees starring opposite Matthew McConaughey. Her other film credits include Mulholland Drive and Peter Jackson’s King Kong.
- The Deadline Team
Legendary has been busy assembling a terrific cast for its King Kong franchise launcher Kong: Skull Island, which currently includes Tom Hiddleston, Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons, but outside of the given logline that the pic will follow explorers journeying into the jungles of the titular island, details on exactly what to expect from the film have been hazy. Recently, however, during an interview with MTV, Simmons let slip some details about the setting of the anticipated prequel.
On the Golden Globes carpet, Simmons was asked about his involvement in Kong: Skull Island and revealed that he was highly skeptical when the project first came across his desk:
“When it first came to my attention, ‘There’s interest in you for a new King Kong,’ I thought, ‘Okay, why?’…But I met with Jordan Vogt-Roberts who’s going to be directing it, and John Gatins who’s gonna be writing, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Take another look @ the critically-acclaimed, award-winning, superhero comedy feature "Birdman" written/directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, starring Michael Keaton ("Batman"), Emma Stone ("The Amazing Spider-Man"), Edward Norton ("Fight Club"), Andrea Riseborough, Zach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts ("King Kong") and Amy Ryan:
"...'Birdman' tells the story of an actor (Keaton), famous for portraying an iconic superhero, as he struggles to mount a Broadway play.
"In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Birdman"...
- Michael Stevens
You've likely heard of the McConaissance (Matthew McConaughey's epic comeback to Hollywood's A-List). Well, it looks like Michael Keaton is prepared to wage a full on Keatogeddon on Hollywood. Fresh off of his critically acclaimed work in Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman, Keaton is eyeing a role in the blockbuster tentpole Kong: Skull Island.
Deadline is reporting that Keaton's very near a deal that would see him join Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers) and J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man) in the 3D action adventure that will explore the mythical island that King Kong calls home. Jordan Vogt-Roberts is set to helm the film, as the young director looks to make a jump to blockbuster filmmaking similar to folks like Marc Webb or Joe and Anthony Russo. Like them, Vogt-Roberts is primarily known for smaller films and comedies. Universal Pictures promises that this film will be an epic look at the dangerous and »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
His star is very much in ascendance following rave reviews and awards attention for Birdman. Now Michael Keaton could be moving from avians to apes, with a part lined up in King Kong prequel Skull Island. If negotiations pan out, he’ll be joining Tom Hiddleston and J.K. Simmons for this 3D tale of the Big Apple wrecker’s formative years. Universal and Legendary Pictures are obviously hoping to match the CGI spectacle of a rampaging giant with top notch scary faces on the human front. If Keaton jumps on board we’ll have a very interesting cast, what with hot young thing Hiddleston and Simmons’ own buzz from drumming odyssey Whiplash.
Jordan Vogt-Roberts is directing from John Gatins’ and Max Borenstein’s screenplay. Sounding not a million miles away from the “jungle + jolts” formula that made other Kong entries successful, the movie is set to be unleashed on a »
- Steve Palace
Just before the end of the year, we looked at the incredible accomplishments of Weta Digital on "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies." This, however, was not the only 2014 film where the wizards of that New Zealand-based effects house had their talents on full display. "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" was the latest entry in the on-going rebooted franchise, where Weta topped itself yet again. And it began at a high time for the studio. "We just finished 'Avatar' and got the call from Fox," visual effects supervisor Dan Lemmon reminisces. "We were big fans of original 1960s movies and television shows so we were really excited." Adds fellow supervisor Joe Letteri, "Fox sent me the script [for ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes'] and I loved it. It was just a fantastic script and I loved the way they did the story. Essentially it was a story of growing up »
- Gerard Kennedy
How would you program this year's newest, most interesting films into double features with movies of the past you saw in 2014?
Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2014—in theatres or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2014 to create a unique double feature.
All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2014 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch »
19 items from 2015
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners