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7 items from 2016


28 January 2016 11:37 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

I admire Michael Bay as a director, I really do. He is a filmmaker without guile, his images transparent in their vapid grandiloquence. The qualities and values of maximalism, crassness and jingoism that have consistently garnered mockery and acrimonious distain by many are not ones audiences are cleverly exposing, but most often are simply accurate characterizations of the attitudes such films as the two Bad Boys, Pearl Harbor, and his solely-helmed Transformers franchise directly espouse. It may be hard to imagine a film more gaudily self-evident in its values and the force of its aesthetics as the sprawling effects goliath and techno-anti-humanist Transformers: Age of Extinction, but in fact Bay’s most tidily budgeted and CGI free films of recent years, 2013’s true crime Pain & Gain and this year’s true war 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi are his most honest and perceptive, and, because of this, his best. »

- Daniel Kasman

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The Good and the Bad: Driving Films to Remember and Forget

25 January 2016 7:12 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Films have long been able to give us a glimpse into another life. One that only movie stars can access but, deep down, we all secretly wish that one day we too will be able to live out.

There are literally hundreds of driving films – some that will stay in your mind forever and some that should be consigned to the bargain bucket, never to be seen again. To make a great driving film – the sort to inspire you to want to learn to drive yourself – you need to have serious gear-heads on board, classic motors, fast cars, car chases and a spectacular storyline.

Here, we sort through the movies to remember and those better off forgotten.

The Good

Rush (2013) – Ron Howard’s biopic about the ‘70s rivalry between Formula One racers Niki Lauda and James Hunt is over the top in all the right ways. The two main characters »

- The Hollywood News

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Jada Pinkett Smith suggests boycott of Oscars over lack of diversity

18 January 2016 1:48 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor uses #Oscarssowhite hashtag on Twitter to ask if ‘people of colour’ should avoid this year’s ceremony to protest against white-only list of Academy Award nominees

Jada Pinkett Smith has questioned whether Hollywood figures from ethnic minority backgrounds should boycott this year’s Oscars over diversity.

Writing on Twitter, the star of The Matrix Reloaded, Collateral and Magic Mike Xxl expressed her disappointment at the Academy’s failure to nominate non-whites for any of the major prizes at next month’s event for the second year running. The hashtag #Oscarssowhite, created last year, has once again trended on Twitter.

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- Ben Child

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Black Hollywood Calls Out Oscars for Lack of Diversity: It’s ‘Embarrassing’

17 January 2016 11:57 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Jada Pinkett Smith has added her voice to the growing list of Hollywood stars criticizing the Oscars for a lack of diversity. The actress, whose film credits include “Magic Mike Xxl,” “Collateral” and “The Matrix Reloaded,” pondered on social media Saturday if people of color should participate in the Oscars at all. “At the Oscars, people of color are always welcomed to give out awards, even entertain, but we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments,” she wrote on Facebook and in a series of tweets. “Should people of color refrain from participating all together?” Also Read: Spike Lee Will Not Attend. »

- Anita Bennett

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Watch: Mashup Highlights Parallels Between Climactic Scene From 'Collateral' & Shanghai Sequence From 'Skyfall'

15 January 2016 9:29 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Growing up it was all about watching a film on mute and pairing it with the perfect album, trying to synchronize a scene or entire movie with a song or full-length record. Nowadays, mashups are ubiquitous, and the similarities between film, art, and music prominently fill up the pages of the web and social media nearly everyday. Read More: Ranked: Every James Bond Film From Best To Worst In this new 6-minute video from Michael McIennan, he concentrates on the visual similarities between the climax to Michael Mann’s thrilling 2004 “Collateral” and the Shanghai sequence of Sam Mendes’ “Skyfall” from 2012. The video is edited so the films transpire at once, with scenes re-ordered, but it serves to highlight the haunting parallel scores and brilliant silhouetted work from inimitable cinematographers Roger Deakins (“Skyfall”) and Dion Beebee (“Collateral”). The mashup is best watched with headphones on as its creator recommends in his introduction; you certainly. »

- Samantha Vacca

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Film Review: ‘13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi’

13 January 2016 9:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“I feel like I’m in a f—ing horror movie,” a soldier murmurs as gunfire erupts around him, and his words turn out to be a pretty accurate assessment of Michael Bay’s noisy, nerve-frying account of the widely contested 2012 terrorist attacks that claimed four American lives in Benghazi, Libya. Taking a break from the cultural atrocities of the “Transformers” franchise with this half-successful bid for seriousness, Bay approaches his tinderbox of a subject pretty much the way you’d expect from Hollywood’s most aggressively pro-military director: Largely avoiding the political firestorm in favor of a harrowing minute-by-minute procedural, “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” is an experiential tour de force but a contextual blur, a shrewdly dumb movie that captures, and perhaps too readily embraces, the extreme confusion of the events as they unfolded on the ground. Most of all, it’s a tribute to the brave U. »

- Justin Chang

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Golden Globes: 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Awards Ceremony

8 January 2016 7:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

For a night known as Hollywood's most notorious open-bar gala, the Golden Globes ceremony remains shrouded in mystery.

Most viewers probably don't even know who presents it (the Hollywood Foreign Press Association), how many voting members it has (only about 90), or what qualifies them to pass judgment on movies and television. Yet movie fans and awards mavens continue to take the Globes seriously as a precursor to the Academy Awards, since some of the Globe honorees will indeed go on to win Oscars. With Ricky Gervais set to reprise his hosting duties this weekend, here are 25 things you need to know about the Globes.

1. Founded in October 1943 by eight foreign-market journalists, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (then called the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association) held its first awards ceremony the following spring, as a luncheon at 20th Century Fox. Instead of trophies, the winners took home scrolls.

2. The next year, the »

- Moviefone Staff

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