20 items from 2014
This fall the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the final showing of the groundbreaking multimedia exhibition Hollywood Costume in the historic Wilshire May Company building, the future location of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A), this ticketed exhibition explores the central role of costume design – from the glamorous to the very subtle – as an essential tool of cinematic storytelling.
The Academy is enhancing the V&A’s exhibition and will include more than 145 costumes from over 60 lenders. The Academy’s presentation will add more than 30 costumes to this landmark show, including Jared Leto’s costume from Dallas Buyers Club (Kurt and Burt, 2013) – a recent acquisition to the Academy’s collection – as well as costumes from such recent releases as The Hunger Games (Judianna Makovsky, 2012), Django Unchained (Sharen Davis, »
- Michelle McCue
Polls are always good for arguments and SFX Magazine has unleashed a doozy with a recent list of what they claim to be the 'definitive' list of moments from sci-fi, fantasy, and horror in both film and television. 96,000 people participated in the survey and the results will surprise you. Here's the top ten:
1. "Doctor Who"
The Doctor and Rose's heartbreaking farewell at Bad Wolf Bay in "Doomsday".
The Hulk owns Loki with his "Puny God" line.
John Hurt's cafeteria chestburster scene.
Mal Reynolds kicks a bad guy into Serenity's engine in "The Train Job" episode.
Luke learns that Darth Vader is his father.
6. "Blade Runner"
Roy's "tears in the rain" speech.
7. "Game of Thrones"
Roose Bolton's line at The Red Wedding.
8. "The Matrix"
Neo's bullet-time scene.
10. "Back to the Future"
Doc Brown's line "Where we're going, »
- Garth Franklin
A list of the thirty most expensive films ever made, adjusted for inflation in comparison to the consumer price index, has been compiled by Business Insider. What made the list isn't a shock, though the ordering is sometimes unexpected.
Both the first two "Pirates of the Caribbean" sequels and Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" sequels made the top fifteen which encompasses all films that cost more than $250 million to produce (not to market or release) in today's dollars. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" didn't make the list thanks largely due to the studio splitting it into two films and thus cutting its individual film costs considerably.
Others on this list like "Tangled" and "Superman Returns" further down essentially had to swallow large development costs of previous incarnations of the projects that never got off the ground. Here's the top fifteen:
"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" - $341.8 million
- Garth Franklin
Update: Thanks to a reader I've added Speed 2 to the list, if you find more that should be added let me know and we'll see if we can make this a little more accurate. In today's Hollywood, movies don't seem to exist first and foremost as pieces of entertainment or as even great stories to be told. Yes, you could argue that as far back as the studio system has existed it's been a "business first" attitude, but a focus on budgets, box office and salaries seems to be at an all-time high. If you disagree, fair enough, but as a willing participant in such coverage I'm also somewhat ashamed to admit I think the heavy focus negatively effects the kind of movies we get. So, what am I going to doc I'm going to give it even more coverage. Business Insider has posted a list of the 30 most expense »
- Brad Brevet
Harry Potter fans will be given the chance to watch their favourite films at the series' production home this summer.
Warner Bros Studio Tour London has launched its first ever Harry Potter Summer Screenings event, taking place every Monday and Tuesday from July 7 to August 26.
Visitors will explore the Studio Tour, before watching their chosen film from the Jk Rowling series.
Tickets will cost £45 per adult and £37.50 per child. This will include a Studio Tour ticket, a Butterbeer, a film ticket, snacks, popcorn or sweets, and a soft drink.
Meanwhile, The Making of Harry Potter will reveal how scenes and props were created for the big screen during its first Bludgers and Broomsticks feature. From July 18 to September 1, visitors will learn about the movies' visual effects and get to test green screen technology themselves.
The film dates are as follows:
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: July 7 to 8
With Hugh Jackman currently negotiating to play Wolverine for a seventh and eighth time, Cinelinx takes a look at actors who’ve played the same role eight times or more. Who has played the same character most often? Come in and find out.
Hugh Jackman has already played Wolverine five times--x-Men (2000), X2: X-Men United (2003) X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), and The Wolverine (2013)—as well as a cameo in X-Men:First Class (2011). Soon we’ll be seeing him fully clawed again on the big screen in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Recently, he told Collider that he might shoot Wolverine 3 and X-Men: Apocalypse “back-to-back”, which would make a total of eight times (9 times with the cameo) that he’ll portray the Canadian mutant.
You might be thinking “Wow! That’s amazing! I’ve never heard of anyone playing the same role so many times.” Well, for those who may not know it, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Washington, Apr.25: A religion course based on the "Theology of Harry Potter" is now being offered by a private liberal arts college in Kentucky in order to assist students to develop an understanding of theological concepts such as God, sin, and theodicy.
According to the course description, students at Centre College in Danville will have to read J.K. Rowling's 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone,' 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' and 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,' the Washington Times reported.
Professor Lee Jefferson, who has taught a course before on comic-book heroes and religion told Centre. »
- Ketali Mehta
One of the most irritating things in life has to be hearing a spoiler about a movie or TV show. Even just finding out there's a twist in a film can be the worst, just ask Roy Trenneman.
Bearing that in mind, you may want to avoid the following video, which collects some of cinema's most iconic movie endings, including The Sixth Sense and The Usual Suspects. To be fair, if you haven't seen or at least heard about these endings by now, you've only got yourself to blame. If you're unsure whether to click play, a full list of films is also below.
Films featured: Citizen Kane, Fight Club, Primal Fear, Signs, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chinatown, The Empire Strikes Back, Psycho (1960), Carrie (1976), Scream, The Sixth Sense, The Departed, The Shawshank Redemption, The Crying Game, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), Planet of the Apes (1968), Planet of the Apes (2001), The Mist, »
Cinema Retro has received the following press release from Warner Home Video.
Burbank, Calif., March 25, 2014 – The Harry Potter™ Wizard’s Collection, released in 2012, sold more than 30,000 sets at $499.99 Srp and is now completely sold out. To continue offering fans access to the most successful film franchise in history, a new collection will be available April 29 -- the Harry Potter™ Hogwarts Collection. The collectible box set is sure to please fans who want the world of Harry Potter™ conveniently available in one place. Included in this set are all eight Harry Potter™ films, plus a whopping 45+ hours of previously released bonus material that contains the complete eight-part documentary series, ”Creating the World of Harry Potter.”
The Harry Potter™ Hogwarts Collection will be offered at the new lower price of $249.99 Srp.
Films Included in this Collection – All on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet*
· Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ Theatrical Version on Blu-ray, »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
As the parent of a 1.4-year-old, I am constantly thinking about when and how to introduce movies to my son. While I think The Muppets or Mary Poppins might be the first live-action film, Harry Potter is on the radar. Now, it looks like I can make one purchase to solve all of my Potter problems. Here’s the news release from Warner Bros. Home Video:
The Harry Potter™ Wizard’s Collection, released in 2012, sold more than 30,000 sets at $499.99 Srp and is now completely sold out. To continue offering fans access to the most successful film franchise in history, a new collection will be available April 29 – the Harry Potter™ Hogwarts Collection. The collectible box set is sure to please fans who want the world of Harry Potter™ conveniently available in one place. Included in this set are all eight Harry Potter™ films, plus a whopping 45+ hours of previously released bonus »
- Jeff Bayer
Disney’s Oscar-winning animated pic “Frozen” was just released on DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday, but based on pre-order sales alone, it has already iced out the competition and landed the top spot on Amazon.com’s list of bestselling kids’ titles since 2001.
The list includes several other popular recent releases like “Despicable Me 2,” “Brave” and four installments from the Harry Potter franchise as well as classic titles such as “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Little Mermaid.”
“Frozen” took home the Academy Awards for best animated feature and original song, and its sales are expected rise now that the film is available for immediate purchase.
Here is Amazon’s complete list of bestselling kids’ titles since 2001:
2. “Despicable Me”
4. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I”
5. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II »
- Andrea Seikaly
It’s common knowledge that while the Oscar often tout rewarding the best in film, that the notion of what’s best is entirely subjective, depending on the voter. So when trying to make informed Oscar decisions, one has to look past subjective thoughts and search for the trends. One of the major trends that has been appearing has been the success of films with heavy visual effects or 3D in the cinematography category. With Emmanuel Lubezki all but on stage to accept the Oscar in cinematography, it was worth taking a look at the category’s evolution.
There have always been epic films or movies that have had some visual effects that have competed in, and won cinematography Oscars. Yet after Titanic won 11 Oscars, including Cinematography, there seems to have been a wave of films that have relied on visual effects to tell their tale succeeding in this category. »
- Terence Johnson
Frank Dillane ( Heart of the Sea , Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ) will star in Maestro from director Catherine Jarvis, whose screenplay is based on the acclaimed book of the same name by Peter Goldsworthy. Slated to begin lensing in spring 2014 in Northern Australia and Vienna, Austria, the film is produced by Daniel Harvey and Bow Street Films partners Joe Jenckes and David Dickson. Music Producer Craig Leon's original music for the film will be featured alongside recordings by internationally renowned Chinese pianist Lang Lang, whose work was highlighted during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremony. The soundtrack will be released internationally by Deutsche Grammophon/Universal. Set in the melting heat of tropical Australia and the rich concert halls of wintry »
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince star Frank Dillane will star in Maestro, a film about a young aspiring pianist who moves to Australia and is taught by an eccentric teacher. The film will be directed by Catherine Jarvis whose screenplay is based on the acclaimed book of the same name by Peter Goldsworthy. The drama is looking towards a spring 2014 shoot in northern Australia and Vienna, Austria. It's produced by Daniel Harvey and Bow Street Films partners Joe Jenckes and David Dickson. The story follows a talented pianist named Paul (Dilane), who moves to an
- Rebecca Ford
“Maestro” turns on Paul, a talented pianist (Dillane), who moves to an exotic outpost of 1960′s Northern Australia and is forced to learn from the only piano teacher his father can find – the enigmatic Herr Keller, a Viennese refugee with a shadowed past, known to the locals as ‘Maestro.’
“We were immediately inspired by the universal themes brought to life in Catherine’s screenplay, particularly how she frames the story within this very powerful music,” said Bow Street Films’ Joe Jenckes and David Dickson. “Frank’s amazing talent and screen presence coupled with Lang Lang’s unparalleled skill as a pianist will appeal to audiences worldwide.”
The pic’s original score will feature Craig Leon »
- Elsa Keslassy
Drumline: A New Beat
VH1 has greenlit "Drumline: A New Beat," a telemovie follow-up to the Nick Cannon-led 2002 hit feature "Drumline" which aims to debut in the Fall. Cannon himself is returning as executive producer and will have an onscreen role.
The story will focus on a new set of characters at a fictional New Orleans university, most notably an upper-class Brooklyn girl who defies her parents in order to attend a college in Louisiana so she can revitalize their once-prominent drumline. [Source: The Live Feed]
Sterling Beaumon ("Red Widow"), Levi Meaden ("The 100") and Tyler Ross ("Zombieland: The Series") have joined the crime drama "The Killing" for its upcoming fourth and final season exclusively on Netflix.
The new mystery revolves around an all-boys military academy located outside of Seattle with all three playing students. Beaumon's role is a troubled misogynist, Meaden a charismatic overachiever, and Ross a kind but battered outcast. »
- Garth Franklin
Dakota Fanning, Frank Dillane (“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”), Jeremy Allen White (“Shameless”) and the “X-Men: First Class” duo of Zoe Kravitz and Caleb Landry Jones are set to star in the untitled English-language debut of “Miss Bala” director Gerardo Naranjo, it was announced Wednesday. Hunter Gray and Alex Orlovsky of Verisimilitude and Chris Ramirez of Lola Pictures will produce the film, which is fully financed and will start production in Nevada in late March. Naranjo wrote and will direct the movie, which is a co-production between Verisimilitude and Lola Pictures, the latter of which is also financing. Also »
- Jeff Sneider
On Jan. 16, cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel picked up his fourth Best Cinematography Oscar nomination to date, for the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis." He has previously been nominated for "Amelie" in 2001, "A Very Long Engagement" in 2004 (for which he won the American Society of Cinematographers Award) and "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" in 2009. A few days before nominations were announced, I finally got around to talking with Delbonnel about his work on the film, which is really one of the shining examples of the medium this year. We discussed, among other things, his philosophy of carrying a »
- Kristopher Tapley
Scheme gives unemployed experience of working in film production, first film screens Monday.
Employment minister Esther McVey will be among the guests at the Ica on Monday for the premiere of a new short film produced by Signature Pictures, the Job Centre and social enterprise UnLtd.
London-set short film Belle, a psychological drama about a complicated mother-daughter relationship, is the first film produced by Signature Pictures as part of Future Film, a scheme to give unemployed youth experience of working in film.
The scheme sees young adults selected from job centres to shadow heads of department on a production budgeted around £10,000.
Signature aims to produce a further four shorts using the same structure this year and will next head to other parts of the UK with high youth unemployment. Trainees are unpaid »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Last year I made a list of my 50 most anticipated movies of 2013, but this year I struggled putting together a list of 40. The kind of movies I used to anticipate don't get me brimming with excitement as much as they saturate the market and we can fully expect to see one nearly every weekend and this year it starts early with Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit on January 17. So no need to anticipate them, they'll be here soon enough, but I've already discussed all this, no need to trod the same path over again. My list would have also been easier to make had I not already seen six films you may want to add to your list of most anticipated: Dom Hemingway (April 4) Read My Review Enemy (March 14) Read My Review Ernest & Celestine (March 14) Only Lovers Left Alive (April 11) Read My Review Under the Skin (April 4) Read My Review Venus »
- Brad Brevet
20 items from 2014
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