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‘Winx Club’ Movie in the Works With Hollywood Gang

10 February 2016 11:23 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gianni Nunnari’s Hollywood Gang is teaming with Italian animation studio Rainbow Group on a live-action “Winx Club” movie.

The “Winx Club” television series, which launched in 2003, is set in a magical dimension at the Alfea College, a school for fairies in all the realms, and centered on a girl named Bloom. She and her fairy friends form the Winx Club.

“It’s a charming, magical, infectiously empowering and hip series,” said Hollywood Gang president Nunnari. “We are tremendously excited to bring the live-action feature of this international sensation to the big screen for the world to enjoy.”

Netflix recently announced it ordered two seasons of programming in 2016 for a “Winx Club” animated spin-off series; the original “Winx” series ran on Nickelodeon for five years.

Nunnari, who is based at Warner Bros., is best known for producing the “300” films and exec producing “The Departed.” He’s currently developing “Robotech,” “Dante’s Inferno, »

- Dave McNary

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Martin Scorsese's 'Taxi Driver' Celebrates 40 Years: Here's What You Should Know

8 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Martin Scorsese Facts Age: 73 Born: Queens, New York Best Known For: Taxi Driver, New York New York, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Mean Streets, The Departed, Casino, Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Gangs of New York, The Wolf of Wall Street Martin Scorsese is a living cinema legend, known as much for his film preservation as for the gritty gangsters of his action pictures. In 1980, he founded the Film Foundation, restoring nearly 700 films to date. His latest project is this...

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'Just Sayin!': Matt Damon Pokes Fun at Fellow Oscar Nominee Leonardo DiCaprio and The Revenant's Brutal Shoot

7 February 2016 1:15 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It's Best Actor vs. Best Actor. During Saturday evening's Directors Guild of America Awards in Los Angeles, Leonardo DiCaprio was on the receiving end of some gentle ribbing at the hands of fellow Oscar-nominated actor Matt Damon. As Damon introduced Ridley Scott, who directed Damon in The Martian, the 45-year-old actor referenced the iconic filmmaker's insistence that shooting end each day at the same time. "Every night at 6 o'clock, the horn blew and Ridley and I went to dinner," Damon started. "And that's how you make a movie, and we finished the film really early and we saved 2 million bucks. »

- Chris Harris, @chrisharrisment

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'Just Sayin!': Matt Damon Pokes Fun at Fellow Oscar Nominee Leonardo DiCaprio and The Revenant's Brutal Shoot

7 February 2016 1:15 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It's Best Actor vs. Best Actor. During Saturday evening's Directors Guild of America Awards in Los Angeles, Leonardo DiCaprio was on the receiving end of some gentle ribbing at the hands of fellow Oscar-nominated actor Matt Damon. As Damon introduced Ridley Scott, who directed Damon in The Martian, the 45-year-old actor referenced the iconic filmmaker's insistence that shooting end each day at the same time. "Every night at 6 o'clock, the horn blew and Ridley and I went to dinner," Damon started. "And that's how you make a movie, and we finished the film really early and we saved 2 million bucks. »

- Chris Harris, @chrisharrisment

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Watch: 9-Minute Video Essay Counts Down The Top 10 Closing Shots Of All Time

3 February 2016 1:42 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

We all have our favorite closing shots. The haunting diptych that capped James Gray’s great period drama “The Immigrant” absolutely floored me, and even if Martin Scorsese’s 2006 crime yarn “The Departed” doesn’t exactly stack up with, say, “Mean Streets” or “Raging Bull” as a piece of pure cinema, it still ends with one of the bleakest and most memorable shots from any of the director’s films. A truly great final shot can unconsciously alter how we see or remember a picture: it can send you out of a theatre on a high, and linger in the back of your mind for days. Chances are, if you look at the films that are widely discussed as the All-Time Greats of this past century, they all conclude with images of great clarity and purpose. It’s hard to say exactly what the greatest closing shot of all time may be, »

- Nicholas Laskin

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‘Mojave’ Film Review

2 February 2016 9:30 AM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

I absolutely love Oscar Isaac, and I truly think that the actor can do no wrong with his performances. Unfortunately, though, one (or two) great performances cannot a great movie make, and Mojave is the latest example of that tragedy. Mojave, a 2015 film that debuted on DirecTV Cinema in December before a limited theatrical release a couple of weeks ago, is a crime drama that was written and directed by William Monohan, a novelist and screenwriter that is best-known for writing The Departed, Martin Scorsese’s 2006 Academy Award-winning drama that earned Monohan an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. Monohan’s work on The

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- Jasef Wisener

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What Does the Best Ensemble SAG Award Win Mean for ‘Spotlight’ at the Oscars?

1 February 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

Saturday evening’s 22nd Annual SAG Awards proved that we have a real race on our hands for best picture. The night’s biggest prize, the best ensemble award, which has been awarded to 10 of the last 20 best pic winners, went to Spotlight.

Director Tom McCarthy’s drama about Boston Globe reporters investigating the Catholic Church’s child molestation scandal is led by performances from best supporting actor Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo, best supporting actress nom Rachel McAdams, and best actor nom last year, Michael Keaton.  The film previously won the Critics’ Choice award for best picture.

Rival contenders The Big Short and The Revenant, took home best picture honors at the PGA  Awards and Golden Globes, respectively, with The Martian also winning a best picture award (in the comedy/musical category) at the Golden Globes.

So, what does a best ensemble win at SAG »

- Patrick Shanley

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Lubitsch Pt.II: The Magical Touch with MacDonald, Garbo Sorely Missing from Today's Cinema

31 January 2016 2:41 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'The Merry Widow' with Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald and Minna Gombell under the direction of Ernst Lubitsch. Ernst Lubitsch movies: 'The Merry Widow,' 'Ninotchka' (See previous post: “Ernst Lubitsch Best Films: Passé Subtle 'Touch' in Age of Sledgehammer Filmmaking.”) Initially a project for Ramon Novarro – who for quite some time aspired to become an opera singer and who had a pleasant singing voice – The Merry Widow ultimately starred Maurice Chevalier, the hammiest film performer this side of Bob Hope, Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler – the list goes on and on. Generally speaking, “hammy” isn't my idea of effective film acting. For that reason, I usually find Chevalier a major handicap to his movies, especially during the early talkie era; he upsets their dramatic (or comedic) balance much like Jack Nicholson in Martin Scorsese's The Departed or Jerry Lewis in anything (excepting Scorsese's The King of Comedy »

- Andre Soares

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Leonardo DiCaprio ('The Revenant') wins 2016 SAG Award for Best Film Actor -- Oscar next?

30 January 2016 6:57 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Hey, Leonardo DiCaprio, congrats on finally winning your first-ever SAG Award. (See complete list of SAG winners right here.) Will you follow up this victory for "The Revenant" by winning your first Oscar next month? -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions From "Marvin's Room" to "J. Edgar" and everything in between, DiCaprio had never won an individual or ensemble prize before Saturday night, despite eight prior bids at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. DiCaprio previously went down to defeat in the following eight SAG races: Best Film Ensemble Nominations "The Departed" (2007); lost to "Little Miss Sunshine" "The Aviator" (2005); lost to "Sideways" "Titanic" (1998); lost to "The Full Monty" "Marvin's Room" (1997); lost to "The Birdcage" Best Film »

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Mojave Review

30 January 2016 12:10 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The first word that comes to mind when thinking about Mojave is “odd.” The movie – built around a cat-and-mouse chase between its two leads – is hard to completely dislike because of its cast, who are burrowing further into a group of characters than the paper thin script deserves. But it is so wholeheartedly strange, ruling itself by something akin to dream logic and twisting its story down a road of surprises that only occasionally stick, that it’s also hard to completely like Mojave as well.

Thomas (Garrett Hedlund) is a dissatisfied thirty-something, looking for a refuge of sorts in the deserts of the Mojave, where he seeks to find… something. The film’s script, by writer-director William Monahan (he wrote The Departed), isn’t exactly forthright. Eventually, Thomas stumbles across a long-haired, rifle-packing drifter named Jack (Oscar Isaac) and the two engage in a battle of wits that begins to tiptoe towards adversary. »

- Mitchel Broussard

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Oscar frontrunner: 'Big Short,' 'Revenant' or 'Spotlight'? (Watch prediction slugfest)

28 January 2016 12:50 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

In our exclusive video (watch above or view here), Gold Derby editors Paul Sheehan, Daniel Montgomery, Chris Beachum and Marcus Dixon try to sort out the biggest Oscar cliffhanger: What's ahead to win Best Picture? Yes, "The Big Short" just won the Producers Guild of America Award, which normally tattles on what will snag the top Oscar, but it only has 5 nominations. Rarely do films prevail with such limited support across the categories. One recent exception: "The Departed," but that may have been a special case since its victory was all about the academy finally catching up with director Martin Scorsese. -Break- But we all agree that "The Big Short" has a big shot at winning the SAG Award for Best Ensemble this weekend and, if it triumphs there, that's good news for its Oscar hopes since 50% of the SAG ensemble champs end up with the top Oscar. Meantime, "Spotlight »

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Thn’s top five Leonardo DiCaprio performances

28 January 2016 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Leonardo DiCaprio has had one of the most interesting and diverse careers in Hollywood. After all, not many actors can claim to have worked with James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan. On top of that, he has starred in a groundbreaking Shakespeare adaptation, an acclaimed summer blockbuster and the 12 year record holder as the highest grossing film of all time.

Now with the release of The Revenant, it’s the perfect time to celebrate DiCaprio’s many standout performances throughout his career.

Check out my top 5 performances from DiCaprio below and pray that he finally receives his Academy Award next month:

5. Inception (2010)

Before 2010 DiCaprio had carefully avoided both action blockbusters (no Titanic doesn’t count) and science fiction films. However, after a little known director called Christopher Nolan broke box office records with the universally acclaimed film The Dark Knight, he apparently changed his mind.

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- Ben Read

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Box Office: 'The Revenant' Survives Winter Storm Jonas And Wins Weekend

24 January 2016 10:41 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

For those on the East coast of the United States, going to the movies was the last thing on anybody's mind. With Winter Storm Jonas battering Washington, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, and beyond, with airports shut down, and officials urging everyone to stay off the roads, it's probably no surprise there no big numbers for the new movies opening at the box office this weekend. But then again, the offerings were so slim, it's hard to imagine a different result. "The Revenant" continued its march toward the Oscars by returning to the top of the box office with $16 million. With $119 million in the bank and more to come, It's far and away the best box office haul director Alejandro González Iñárritu has ever had, and for Leonardo DiCaprio the picture is one of the biggest earners of his career. The domestic runs of "Shutter Island" ($128 mil.), "The Departed" ($132.3 mil.), and "The Great Gatsby" ($144 mil. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Mojave – The Review

22 January 2016 12:52 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Serial killer movies are like westerns or gangster flicks; there are all levels of them from cheap slasher exploitation to procedural ones where the heroes are scientific-minded detectives and all sorts of variations in between. Mojave, written and directed by Oscar winner William Monahan (for writing The Departed) is the existential  and psychological type.  It stars Oscar Isaac, Mark Wahlberg, Garret Hedlund, and Walton Goggins. With that cast and pedigree, you would expect Mojave to be a major release, but the new film has slipped quietly into few theaters this weekend with little fanfare.  It’s seriously flawed and I understand why the studio had little faith in it, but it has its moments and for adventurous moviegoers it’s worth seeking out.

Garrett Hedlund stars in Mojave as Thomas, a shaggy-haired movie producer who has it all: a beautiful wife and child, a sprawling home, and a foxy French »

- Tom Stockman

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Movie Review: Mojave

22 January 2016 5:01 AM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

A disaffected celebrity incurs the wrath of a menacing drifter in Mojave, a rote psycho thriller that wears its Shakespearian influences on its tattered sleeves before clumsily morphing into Come at Me Bro: The Movie as each of the two determined adversaries engage in a relentless battle of wills. The sophomore directorial effort from Academy Award-winning screenwriter William Monahan (The Departed), this beige, low-budget indie isn’t likely to be remembered as more than a curious foot note in the filmography of rising star Oscar Isaac as roles in A Most Violent Year, Ex-Machina, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens thrust the charismatic leading man ever further up the Hollywood A-list.

In his screenplay for The Departed, Monahan used the foundation of Andrew Lau’s Infernal Affairs to weave a masterful tapestry of fear and paranoia in the South Boston criminal underworld. Their motives cloaked in mystery as they navigated »

- Jason Buchanan

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Film Review: ‘Mojave’

20 January 2016 2:34 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A burnt-out movie star and a violent drifter play a cat-and-mouse game that extends from the desert to the Hollywood Hills in “Mojave,” the second feature by William Monahan (“London Boulevard”), the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “The Departed.” Premise aside, however, the word “thriller” doesn’t apply to this comically affected piece of genre deconstruction, which seeks to re-create the existential drift of David Rabe’s “Hurlyburly” and Cormac McCarthy, but winds up hacking on their secondhand smoke. Pegged to a deeply unappealing performance by Garrett Hedlund, whose scuzzball chic recalls Mickey Rourke in his lean years, it’s the type of movie where two adversaries pause their fight-to-the-death to correct a George Bernard Shaw quote. Following a seven-week VOD run on DirecTV, the pic’s theatrical life stands to be mercifully brief.

“I’ve been famous in one way or another since I was 19,” mopes Tom (Hedlund) in the voiceover, »

- Scott Tobias

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The 100 Best Films of the 21st Century (So Far) - Part 3: #50-26

20 January 2016 5:11 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Our countdown of the 100 best films of the 21st century continues. This is Part 3 #50 through 26.

Click here for Part 1 (#100 - 76)!

Click here for Part 2 (#75-51)!

The first decade and a half of the 21st century has brought a lot of changes to the landscape of film. The advancement and sophistication of computers has made realistic computer generated effects a mainstay in both big-budget and small-budget films. The internet and streaming technologies have given big Hollywood new competition in films produced independently and by non-traditional means. We went from purchasing films on yards of tape to plastic disks, and now we can simply upload them to the cloud. Advertisements for films have reached a higher, more ruthless level where generating hype through trailers and teasers is crucial for a film’s commercial success. Movie attendance has fluctuated along with the economy, but that hasn’t stopped films from breaking box office records, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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‘The Departed’ Scribe William Monahan Offers Updates on the ‘Evel Knievel’ Project and More

18 January 2016 8:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Oscar-winning screenwriter William Monahan‘s latest film, Mojave, a rough and mean meta thriller, opens in theaters next week. The writer is known for such films as The Departed and Kingdom of Heaven, but in 2000 he had a novel published that couldn’t be more different from those pictures. “Light House: A Trifle” is a wild story — a farce with writers, criminals, […]

The post ‘The Departed’ Scribe William Monahan Offers Updates on the ‘Evel Knievel’ Project and More appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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What the Critics’ Choice Awards Can Tell Us About Oscar

18 January 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

The Broadcast Film Critics Association handed out their Critics’ Choice Awards last evening in Los Angeles and is the first awards ceremony since the Academy released their official nominations last Thursday.

Those looking to the Critics’ Choice Awards in hopes of fleshing out their Oscar predictions will notice a few differences between last week’s Golden Globes and Sunday’s awards in the major categories. Most notably is the fact that Spotlight won best picture after being entirely shut out by the HFPA at the Globes.

Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant), Sylvester Stallone (Creed), and Brie Larson (Room) all repeated their Globes success with acting wins, but Swedish actress Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) took home the best supporting actress award in lieu of Kate Winslet’s (Steve Jobs) win the week before.

Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller took home the night’s best director award, »

- Patrick Shanley

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New to Streaming: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ ‘World of Tomorrow,’ ‘Black Mass,’ ‘Goosebumps,’ and More

15 January 2016 9:37 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

The Benefactor (Andrew Renzi)

Seeking out substantial leading characters of complexity within independent dramas in recent years, Richard Gere has delivered accomplished performances in Arbitrage and Time Out of Mind. He’s now found another with the directorial debut of Andrew Renzi, which follows Gere as the title character, a profoundly rich philanthropist who enjoys helping out those close to him while he struggles with his own demons of addiction. »

- TFS Staff

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