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Exclusive: Composer Howard Shore Talks The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, Rosewater, Maps To The Stars, Silence, and More

19 December 2014 12:17 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Academy Award-winning composer Howard Shore is among today’s most respected composers and conductors.  He’s been a frequent collaborator with David Cronenberg for 35 years and has scored nearly all his films since 1979 including 2014’s Maps to the Stars.  He’s also had a long-standing collaboration with director Martin Scorsese on films that include Gangs of New York, The Departed, The Aviator, and Hugo.  However, he is probably best known for his work with Peter Jackson on The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, including this year’s The Battle of the Five Armies.  Recently, he also composed the original music for director Jon Stewart’s biopic, Rosewater. In an exclusive interview, Shore spoke about his creative partnerships with Cronenberg, Jackson, Scorsese and Stewart, his unique approach to composition and orchestration, the challenges of scoring an edgy drama compared to a large scale action movie set in a complex fantasy world, »

- Sheila Roberts

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Mark Wahlberg to star in "couple more" Transformers films

19 December 2014 11:03 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Mark Wahlberg has confirmed that he will continue to star in the Transformers franchise.

The Departed actor said that he is returning for "a couple more" films in Michael Bay's action series.

"Yeah, I committed to doing a couple more," he told MTV.

"You know I can't speak for Mr Bay, but something tells me [that] we'll be on the set soon."

The fourth instalment in the franchise - which stars Wahlberg as Cade Yeager - has made more than $1 billion (£640 million) in worldwide ticket sales.

The next Transformers film is scheduled for 2016.

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14 comics from 2014 that should be movies

18 December 2014 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

2014 has been a landmark year for comic book movies. Not only did we get two of Marvel's best-ever films (Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier), but the major studios announced enough future superhero adaptations to take us all the way up to 2019.

It's been a pretty landmark year for comic books too. It feels as though more genuinely exciting new titles launched in 2014 than in the past ten years combined, with DC, Marvel and especially Image taking big risks and creating some seriously compelling comics in the process.

We've picked out our 14 favourite comics from this year in terms of big-screen potential:

14. Spread

The Comic: On paper, Spread doesn't sound like the most original book on the market. Like The Walking Dead, it's set in a post-apocalyptic world where survivors fight off gruesome monsters and each other. As with The Thing, those monsters are giant shape-shifting »

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Watch: Study Cinema History With Full Doc 'A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies'

17 December 2014 10:20 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Martin Scorsese, arguably one of the greatest living filmmakers, often gets unfairly branded as a guy who mainly makes “mafia” movies. While it’s true that Scorsese’s contributions to the genre (“Mean Streets,” “Goodfellas,” “The Departed”) are nothing to scoff at, it’s also an unfair and reductive generalization. The truth is that he has contributed to more cinematic genres then you can shake a bloody baseball bat at: from lavish period dramas to rock n’ roll documentaries, religious parables and children’s fantasies. Scorsese also peppers all his pictures with references to films that influenced him: for instance, his underrated “Shutter Island” is deeply indebted to Samuel Fuller’s “Shock Corridor." Of all the New Hollywood filmmakers that emerged in the 1970’s —those film-literate autodidacts who studied the visual language of forebearers Howard Hawks and John Ford and then radically rebelled against that selfsame establishment— Scorsese is almost certainly the most. »

- Nicholas Laskin

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'The Gambler' (2014) Movie Review

16 December 2014 10:27 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The Gambler, a remake of the 1974 film starring James Caan which I have not seen, is another film dealing with addiction and inner demons. This time, as the title obviously states, our protagonist's (played by Mark Wahlberg) addiction is gambling and the reasons behind his willingness to go all in and his acceptance when he loses everything seem to stem from his upbringing, including his recently deceased grandfather (George Kennedy) who passes away in the film's opening scene and his wealthy Beverly Hills mother (Jessica Lange). The last time screenwriter William Monahan wrote a movie in which Wahlberg starred it was The Departed and the result was the actor's first Oscar nomination. While The Gambler won't likely find Wahlberg earning a third nom, Monahan was definitely crafted a script playing to Wahlberg's strengths as the best parts of this film come when Wahlberg is going full steam ahead, delivering witty lines at a quick clip, »

- Brad Brevet

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14 most shocking Oscars snubs: Despite nominations at Critics' Choice, Globes and SAG'

16 December 2014 9:00 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Sure, we have 18 performers who have reaped bids at three key precursor prizes -- the Golden Globes, SAG and Critics' Choice Awards. But contending for that triple crown still doesn't make them sure things in the Oscars derby. Just ask Tom Hanks ("Captain Phillips"), Emma Thompson ("Saving Mr. Banks") and Daniel Bruhl ("Rush"). These three thespians racked up recognition from all of these kudos last year but were snubbed on Oscar nominations morning.  Who else has fallen short of expectations for an Oscar nomination?  -Break- Pity poor Leonardo DiCaprio. He makes this list of dubious achievements twice. He was spurned by the actors branch of the academy for his leading performance in "J. Edgar" (2011) and his turn in "The Departed" (2006). In the case of the latter film, which went on to win Best Picture at the Oscars, he was the victim of category confusion. He had reaped lead nominati »

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Check Out These Exclusive New Photos From ‘The Gambler’

12 December 2014 2:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

There’s no denying the impressive talent behind the new movie The Gambler. It is directed by Rupert Wyatt, the man behind Rise of the Planet of the Apes, directing his first film since that hit. William Monahan, the Oscar-winning writer of The Departed, scripted The Gambler based on a 1974 starring James Caan, originally written […]

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- Germain Lussier

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Exclusive: William Monahan Candidly Discusses The Gambler, His Severe Bike Accident Earlier This Year, His Approach to Writing, Mojave, Vengeance, John Le Carre’s A Delicate Truth, Television, and More

12 December 2014 10:11 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

With director Rupert Wyatt’s (Rise of the Planet of the ApesThe Gambler opening soon, I recently landed an exclusive interview with Oscar-winning screenwriter William Monahan (The Departed).  As most of you know from the trailers, the remake stars Mark Wahlberg as a literature professor whose gambling spirals out of control, affecting both himself and those around him.  The film also stars Brie LarsonJessica LangeJohn Goodman, and Michael K. Williams.  As you might imagine with a script by Monahan, the film is loaded with incredible dialogue and tense, edge-of-your-seat sequences. Over the past few years I've landed a number of great interviews with Monahan.  While all the interviews were informative and insightful, I think the one you're about to read is the best yet.  Not only is it really in depth and candid, but he talks for the first time about his severe motorcycle accident where he »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Trailer & poster for Robert Zemeckis' The Walk starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt

9 December 2014 2:38 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

A teaser trailer and poster have landed online for The Walk, the upcoming Robert Zemeckis film about French high-wire artist Philippe Petit's walk between the World Trade Center towers in 1974. The movie stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Petit and Ben Kingsley as his mentor, as well as James Badge Dale (The Departed), Ben Schwartz (The Other Guys) and Charlotte Le Bon (The Hundred-foot Journey). The Walk is an adaptation of Petit's memoir To Reach The Clouds: My High Wire Walk »

- Jesse Giroux

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Mark Wahlberg Wants Pardon For Crimes

5 December 2014 10:29 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Boston — Marky Mark doesn't want a black mark any longer. Actor Mark Wahlberg is asking Massachusetts for a pardon for assaults he committed in 1988 when he was a troubled teenager in Boston, saying he has dedicated himself to becoming a better person in his adult years so he can be a role model to his children and others. The former rapper known as Marky Mark and a star of movies including The Departed and The Gambler, filed a pardon application with state officials Nov. 26. New England Cable News first reported on the application Thursday. See more Mark Wahlberg:

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Mark Wahlberg Seeks Pardon for 1988 Assaults

5 December 2014 8:55 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Mark Wahlberg is asking Massachusetts for a pardon for assaults he committed in 1988 when he was a troubled teenager in Boston, saying he has dedicated himself to becoming a better person in his adult years so he can be a role model to his children and others. The former rapper known as Marky Mark and a star of movies including The Departed and The Gambler, set to open in theaters Dec. 19, filed a pardon application with state officials Nov. 26. New England Cable News first reported on the application Thursday. In 1988, when Wahlberg was 16, he hit a man in the head »

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Mark Wahlberg Seeks Pardon for 1988 Assaults

5 December 2014 8:55 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Mark Wahlberg is asking Massachusetts for a pardon for assaults he committed in 1988 when he was a troubled teenager in Boston, saying he has dedicated himself to becoming a better person in his adult years so he can be a role model to his children and others. The former rapper known as Marky Mark and a star of movies including The Departed and The Gambler, set to open in theaters Dec. 19, filed a pardon application with state officials Nov. 26. New England Cable News first reported on the application Thursday. In 1988, when Wahlberg was 16, he hit a man in the head »

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A long history of Ridley Scott's on-again off-again movie projects

4 December 2014 12:03 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Ridley Scott sure is picky for a director who has directed so many movies.  While famous for creating such visual feasts as "Alien," "Blade Runner," "Thelma & Louise," "Gladiator" and "Black Hawk Dawn," Scott has seemingly exited as many projects as he's seen through.  "Blade Runner 2" is merely the latest "will-he-or-won't-he?" moment in his career.  Recently, Scott dropped some hints about the long-delayed sequel to the 1982 film, but said he wouldn't be sitting in the director's chair. Now, he's backtracking, telling Yahoo, "I don’t know about [not directing 'Blade Runner 2'] yet." He added that the sequel could be his "most personal" film, and that the present script is "very, very good." It's certainly not the first time Scott has been ambiguous about taking on a directing gig. Here are some of the more interesting projects he never made: "I Am Legend" Scott got pretty far along on the pre-poduction process of the Richard Matheson adaptation in the '90s, »

- Dave Lewis

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Meets strikes Guadalajara alliance

3 December 2014 2:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Ventana Sur: The Panama co-production market is teaming up with the industry office of the Guadalajara International Film Festival for its 2015 edition.

The partnership means the five Panamanian projects selected to take part in the second annual Meets will be invited to participate in Guadalajara’s pitch workshop in March.

In return, one project from the Mexican market will take part in the Latin American co-production event, set to run during the Panama Film Festival from April 9-15.

Meets previously signed a support agreement with CineLatino Rencontres de Toulouse.

Under this separate deal a Central American or French-Caribbean project selected at Meets will take part in the Toulouse co-production forum, while a Latin American project chosen by Toulouse will be one of the 14 participating in Panama.

Meets offers a $25,000 cash prize to the winner of its co-production forum. General coordinator Michelle Rojas added that the call for submissions had been extended through December 15.

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- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Thelma Schoonmaker Editing Int’l Cut of Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Bombay Velvet’ (Exclusive)

2 December 2014 7:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bangalore — Triple Oscar-winning film editor Thelma Schoonmaker is working on an international cut of Anurag Kashyap’s “Bombay Velvet”, Variety has reliably learned. Prerna Saigal, editor of Danis Tanovic’s “Tigers” is editing the longer Indian version.

Schoonmaker is best known for her long time collaboration with Martin Scorsese and her work with him has won her Oscars for “Raging Bull,” “The Aviator” and “The Departed”.

Kashyap has been a long-term admirer of Scorsese’s work. Scorsese in turn has been appreciative of Kashyap’s films and had sent him a letter in which he said that he “thoroughly enjoyed” the director’s “Dev D” and “Gangs of Wasseypur,” and found them “exciting and inspiring”.

Set in the 1960s, “Bombay Velvet” is based on Gyan Prakash’s book “Mumbai Fables”. The $16 million budgeted film revolves around a boxer, a jazz singer and a media mogul and the parts they play »

- Naman Ramachandran

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Jeff Robinov's Studio 8 to Remake Hong Kong Surveillance Thriller 'Overheard'

27 November 2014 5:41 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Hong Kong surveillance thriller Overheard is to get an English-language remake according to Chinese production company Bona Film Group, which will cooperate with Jeff Robinov's Studio 8 on the remake. The film is part of Studio 8's debut slate of releases. Robinov was Warner Bros.' chief when the studio remade Infernal Affairs as The Departed, while Bona's chief operating officer Jeffrey Chan, who confirmed the two companies were working on the project, was with Media Asia when the original Overheard was made. Written and directed by Alan Mak and Felix Chong, two of the three writers behind the international hit

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- Abid Rahman

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Ten Documentary Oscar Contenders That Debuted at Sundance

21 November 2014 7:42 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Voting ends today for the Academy’s documentary branch who must narrow the list of 134 documentaries vying for a spot in the Oscar race to a shortlist of 15 films, which will be released in December. Of the 15 films, five Oscar nominees will be chosen in January.

Though a number of film festivals, such as the Savannah Film Fest, are becoming documentary hotspots, a number of Oscar-nominated documentaries premiere at the Sundance Film Festival each year. In the 21st century, seven of the Oscar winners have debuted in Utah: Born into Brothels (2004), March of the Penguins (2005), An Inconvenient Truth (2006), Man on Wire (2008), The Cove (2009), Searching for Sugar Man (2012) and 20 Feet from Stardom (2013).

The rest of the documentary winners were unveiled in the states (2000’s Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport and 2001’s Murder on Sunday Morning) and at the Cannes, (2002’s Bowling for Columbine, »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Angelina Jolie on the Emotional Journey of ‘Unbroken’

18 November 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Angelina Jolie’s penetrating eyes are filling with tears. “I don’t want to cry, and I’m not going to cry in front of you,” she vows, quickly regaining her composure.

The actress-filmmaker is choked up over the recent death of Louis Zamperini — a man who meant a great deal to her, and is the subject of her most significant directorial effort yet, “Unbroken.”

Zamperini, a former Olympic runner, was on a World War II search-and-rescue mission when his plane went down in the Pacific. He was lost at sea for 47 days before being sent to a Japanese prison camp. Over his two years there, he was starved, beaten and faced an adversary known as the Bird — a Japanese officer named ­Mutsuhiro Watanabe, who singled him out for torture. Zamperini returned home a haunted man, but overcame alcoholism to become an inspirational speaker. His life was »

- Jenelle Riley

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Dropkick Murphys Show Canceled After Band's Bus Involved in Fatal Accident

16 November 2014 9:21 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The punk band Dropkick Murphys canceled a show after their tour bus hit and killed a pedestrian. The band had played Saturday night in San Antonio, Texas, and was heading to Tulsa, Okla., when a man ran out in front of the bus. The band, whose music was featured in the 2006 film The Departed, announced on Facebook that the man died. See more American Music Awards: Iggy Azalea, Beyonce, Katy Perry Among Nominees The incident took place north of Austin at 3 a.m. on Sunday morning, according to The Boston Globe. "We were left with a driver that has been

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- Ryan Gajewski

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AFI Fest's Gala Premieres: 'The Gambler' and 'The Homesman'

16 November 2014 8:54 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Margaret here, reporting from the La festival beat with short takes on some would-be Oscar contenders.

The Gambler

Screenwriter William Monahan (The Departed), director Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), and star Mark Wahlberg joined forces on this remake of the 1974 James Caan movie of the same name, and the result is certainly stylish. It's well-shot, coolly assured, and smartly paced. Wahlberg leads the movie capably as Jim Bennett, a man from a rich family with a solid career who has nonetheless dug himself to rock bottom with extravagant compulsive gambling. 

The film is at its best when it engages with the question of why someone whose life is granted so much privilege so systematically pisses it all away. John Goodman, typically scene-stealing as a dangerous loan shark, makes many salient points about Jim's decisions, which are either self-destructive or indefensibly stupid.  To its detriment, the film »

- Margaret de Larios

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