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The Relationship Between Highest-Grossing Films and Oscar Nominations

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By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

It’s safe to assume that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is going to end the year as the highest-grossing film at the domestic box office with more than $331 million earned as of Nov. 23, but its Oscar prospects lie in below-the-line categories, such as visual effects and sound.

More often than not, the highest-grossing films tend to be neglected in the best picture category. Though The Dark Knight (2008), which was widely-acclaimed and was the highest-grossing film of the year, received eight nominations and won two (sound editing and supporting actor), it was snubbed by the Academy in the best picture category. The following year, the number of best picture nominees increased from five to 10 (and can now fall between those numbers). Since this increase though, the only highest-grossing films to land best picture nominations are 2009’s Avatar and 2010’s Toy Story 3. Neither of the films won. »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Childhood Memories: Tim Burton’s ‘Batman’

25 November 2014 5:28 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Directed by Tim Burton

Written by Sam Hamm and Warren Skaaren

USA, 1989

For me, film has always been a strong source of inspiration. As long as I can remember, I have been truly captivated by the motion picture. One of my earliest memories would have to be seeing the first Batman in theaters a quarter of a century ago. In 1989, “Batmania” was sweeping the nation and I was perfectly content playing with my Toy Biz and Kenner action figures. The character of Batman had been around 50 years before I was even born and I’m sure other children before me have been amazed by The Caped Crusader’s various adventures. Tim Burton’s epic would have to be my first experience seeing The Dark Knight in action and it was monumental one at that.

If you aren’t familiar with 1989’s smash hit, then please let me enlighten you. »

- Randall Unger

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5 Actors Who Could Play The Joker

25 November 2014 2:10 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Thomas Roach with five actors who could play The Joker in the new DC Universe…

After Heath Ledger’s tragic death in 2008 and the actor leaving his mark on the world with his iconic portrayal of The Joker in The Dark Knight, the next person to take on the role of the Clown Prince of Crime faces a difficult struggle indeed. With The Joker expected to make an appearance in the rebooted DC Universe as part of the Suicide Squad movie, there’s been discussion as to who could portray a new version of the character. Jared Leto seems to have been tipped for the role in Suicide Squad, but as yet there’s been no solid confirmation. There are so many actors who could bring something very special to The Joker, and here are five I believe would fit the role…

Willem Dafoe

Dafoe has played his fair share »

- Thomas Roach

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Review: Interstellar

25 November 2014 9:14 AM, PST | Pure Movies | See recent Pure Movies news »

This is the Pure Movies review of Interstellar, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine. Interstellar needs to be three hours. The wonderful Nolan touch of making the incredible credible is here, making the fantastic mundane (The Dark Knight was less comic book than believable psychological drama, with no fait accompli supervillains, but character development [or disintegration] worthy of Cassavetes). He gives us the sense of entrapment and doom by taking the time to linger, helpless, as the earth begins to expire. We also get the slog of galactic travel, the time in distant space that feels like we’ve been somewhere remote and mostly boring. Distant planets are not immune to ennui. Matthew McConaughy’s Cooper (like his namesake) is an American he-man, a cowboy with The Right Stuff, bucking at the bridle, as all he-men do, itching to get back in the saddle, »

- Dr. Garth Twa

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2014 Black Friday Deals: 'Hobbit' & 'Lord of the Rings' Blu-ray, Video Game & Book Deals

25 November 2014 8:15 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Every year Amazon puts the extended Blu-ray edition of the Lord of the Rings trilogy on sale during Black Friday Deals Week and this year is no different in that respect, though it is a little different in that they are bundling it with even more J.R.R. Tolkien goodies for fans of Middle Earth. Along with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which includes the extended Blu-ray editions of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, you can buy bundles that also include all four books, including "The Hobbit" as well as either the PS4 or Xbox One edition of the Shadow of Mordor video game. I've included the links below along with a selection of other deals on more Blu-rays, Blu-ray players, televisions, soundbars and more! The »

- Brad Brevet

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Thn Turns 11! A Look Back At Our Favourite Films – Batman Begins (2005)

25 November 2014 4:45 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

If we go back before the huge success of The Dark Knight (2008) and the media-hyped excitement of The Dark Knight Rises (2012), there still lives a pure gem from Christopher Nolan in the shape of Batman Begins (2005).

Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992) brought our cave and mansion dwelling hero to the big screen in a way no-one had ever expected and those two movies, very specifically, still stand up to the endlessly changeable tests of time. When Joel Schumacher took up the reigns for the likes of Batman Forever (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997), none of us ever thought that the Bat-man would make such an ambitious return some years later when Christopher Nolan turned up with an absolute game-changer for both his back catalogue and the superhero film industry.

Batman Begins remains one of the best of the last 11 years with a truly tremendous origin story that’s swathed in truth, »

- Dan Bullock

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Christian Bale is "jealous" of Ben Affleck's Batman role

25 November 2014 1:51 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Christian Bale has admitted to being jealous of Ben Affleck's role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The Dark Knight Trilogy star said that he is finding it hard to let go of the iconic DC Comics part.

"I've got to admit initially, even though I felt that it was the right time to stop, there was always a bit of me going, 'Oh, go on... Let's do another'," Bale told Empire.

"So when I heard there was someone else doing it, there was a moment where I just stopped and stared into nothing for half an hour.

"But I'm 40. The fact that I'm jealous of someone else playing Batman... I think I should have gotten over it by now. I haven't spoken with Ben, but I emailed him offering bits of advice that I learned the hard way.

"I would imagine he is doing everything he can »

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Christian Bale Says He Was 'Jealous' Over Ben Affleck's Batman Casting

24 November 2014 9:12 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

How does Christian Bale really feel about Ben Affleck taking over as the Caped Crusader?

In a new interview with Empire, Bale – arguably one of the best Batman portrayers – admitted to being "jealous" of Affleck's casting in the forthcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, scheduled for a March 25, 2016 release.

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"I've got to admit initially, even though I felt it was the right time to stop, there was always a bit of me going, ‘Oh go on … Let's do another,'" Bale said in the interview, excerpted by Comic Book Movie. "So when I heard there was someone else doing it, there was a moment where I just stopped and stared into nothing for half an hour."

More than a year after Affleck landed the role, Bale seems to finally be coming to terms with the fact that his days as the Dark Knight are behind him. (He »

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James Gunn on Hollywood's shared-universe boom: 'This new business model is flawed'

24 November 2014 6:21 PM, PST | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

James Gunn directed Guardians of the Galaxy, a movie which took the fictional universe established in the Avengers films and pushed the boundaries of that narrative reality into the furthest reaches of the cosmos. So the man knows something about shared cinematic universes, which makes the mini-essay he posted to his Facebook page over the weekend all the more urgent. Titled "Carts Before Horses & Hollywood's New Love of Shared Universes," the post is most definitely not a rant against cinematic universes: Gunn begins by explaining that he loves "big ass shared universes in movies," and he goes on to hold up Star Wars, »

- Darren Franich

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New Batman: Arkham Knight Trailer Breaks out the Batmobile

24 November 2014 2:37 PM, PST | | See recent news »

It's been too long since we saw a new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer, but Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has now given us a fresh look at the upcoming video game, which takes place one year after the events of Batman: Arkham City and finds the titular superhero squaring off against Scarecrow, who has united Batman’s enemies in a plot to finally kill The Bat.  To make matters more complicated, the mysterious "Arkham Knight" is in the mix. In this trailer, we get a good look at some of the gameplay.  Specifically, we see how developer Rocksteady has attempted to seamlessly integrate the Batmobile into the combat by having Batman leap out of the vehicle to fight his enemies.  If you're asking why Batman doesn't just run everyone over, remember that Batman doesn't kill people.  Hitting a person with a fast-moving assault vehicle tends to result in vehicular homicide.  But the gameplay does look cool, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Gotham Has Never Looked Better In Stunning New Gameplay Video For Batman: Arkham Knight

24 November 2014 10:54 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Ever since it was hit with a delay, Batman: Arkham Knight has quietly slinked off the scene as Rocksteady added a further layer of polish onto its upcoming sequel. But today, the revered studio brought the open-world follow-up back with a bang thanks to this all-new gameplay trailer.

Showcasing the brute strength of the Batmobile along with the expansive scope of the in-game world, the footage charts a mission that sees The Caped Crusader infiltrate an Ace Chemicals lab, pummelling a few goons and crooks in the process.

Taking place a full year after the events of its predecessor Arkham City, Rocksteady has built the upcoming sequel so that players will be introduced to a Batman at the very peak of his powers — and he’ll need them. When an array of villains descend on Gotham City — including the likes of Harley Quinn, Two Face and Scarecrow — The Dark Knight »

- Michael Briers

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New Batman: Arkham Knight footage in latest trailer

24 November 2014 9:25 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Though there has been plenty of buzz around his TV (Gotham, sort of) and film (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) exploits, it’s been pretty quiet on the video game front. Batman: Arkham Knight isn’t out until mid 2015, but Rocksteady have released the first of three new game play videos to whet our appetites for their upcoming final entry in the ‘Arkham’ series of games.

Have a looksy at the new footage below and see how much it will make you feel like Batman in a way we haven’t before…

If that isn’t giving you tingly feelings in all your special places I don’t know what will. It builds on what came before, and that was hardly bad.

What do you make of it?

In the explosive finale to the Arkham series, Batman faces the ultimate threat against the city he is sworn to protect. »

- Chris Cooper

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Christian Bale Confesses He Was Initially Jealous Of Ben Affleck’s Batman

24 November 2014 8:52 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

One question that often arises among Batman fans — and frequently leads to a heated debate in the process — is who played the best version of The Caped Crusader? More than likely, such a debate boils down to either Adam WestGeorge Clooney, Christian Bale and Michael Keaton, and it’s often the latter actor that takes home the proverbial mantle. But coupled with Christopher Nolan’s M.O., Bale’s rendition of Bruce Wayne can’t be under overstated, and it turns out the actor wanted to continue his run as Gotham’s watchful protector beyond the planned trilogy.

In fact, in a recent interview with Empire, the British actor spoke candidly about Ben Affleck’s involvement in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and how he was initially jealous of someone taking up the coveted cape and cowl so soon after he hung it up.

“I’ve got to admit initially, »

- Michael Briers

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Video Games: Awesome New Batman: Arkham Knight Trailer Hits...Hard

24 November 2014 7:02 AM, PST | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Batman: Arkham Knight is the final installment in the Batman “Arkham” video game series, which began with Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City, and a prequel title, Batman: Arkham Origins. The series will bring its trademark style to the Batmobile for the first time ever, giving players the option to either grapple above the streets of Gotham or tear through them in the armored behemoth (but let’s be honest, they’ll go with the latter). The Scarecrow, who hasn’t been seen since Arkham Asylum, will ascend as the game’s primary villain, along with the mysterious new Arkham Knight character. Kevin Conroy will once again bring The Dark Knight to life as the voice of Batman. Batman: Arkham Knight hits the X-Box One, Playstation 4, and PCs on June 2nd, 2015. »

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Christian Bale Jealous Of Affleck's Batman

24 November 2014 6:51 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

For much of the past decade, the name Batman has been synonymous with one man - Christian Bale. Having played Bruce Wayne and the Caped Crusader for all three films in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" trilogy, Bale was the rock on which that entire franchise was built and often doesn't get enough credit for the job he did.

Now, Bale is out there doing press rounds for Ridley Scott's "Exodus: Gods and Kings" and during his first interviews he was asked about the next man to take on the cape and the cowl - Ben Affleck in Zack Snyder's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice". He tells Empire (via Cbm) that when he first heard the news of them doing another Batman, he was a bit taken aback at first that he didn't get to play Batman again:

"I've got to admit initially, even though I »

- Garth Franklin

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2014 Black Friday Deals! Blu-ray Players, TVs, Soundbars, Blu-rays for $3.99

24 November 2014 6:48 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Amazon has started offering several Blu-ray titles at deep discounts as part of their Black Friday Deals Week and I've gone through and selected some choice titles such as David Fincher's Fight Club, Seven and Zodiac are available for cheap, several Sylvester Stallone titles including all his Rambo films and first two The Expendables features, both of James Cameron's Terminator movies are on sale, Rain Man for only $3.99, personal favorites such as A Time to Kill, Primal Fear and many others. I've listed several below and you can find even more right here if this isn't enough. Note: Sign up for Amazon Prime and get free two-day shipping. Blu-rays for $3.99-$7.99 300 ($7.99) (500) Days of Summer ($6.99) A Good Day to Die Hard ($3.99) A Time to Kill ($6.99) Bad Teacher ($7.00) Beetlejuice ($6.99) Bernie ($4.99) Cosmopolis ($5.78) Dances with Wolves ($3.99) Dazed and Confused ($6.96) Fight Club ($3.99) Hard to Kill ($4.88) Hugo ($6.99) Inside Man ($3.99) No Country for Old Men »

- Brad Brevet

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Christian Bale Admits He Was Initially "Jealous" When Ben Affleck Was Cast As Batman

24 November 2014 6:00 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale and now....Ben Affleck. By the time "Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice" arrives it will be five actors playing Bruce Wayne/Batman in just under thirty years. It speaks both to the viability of the character and the constant reinvention the franchise has gone through. But arguably, the peak thus far has been Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy. Together with Christian Bale, they created a Batman worthy of the comic mythology, grounded in reality and stripped of the more cartoony takes in previous efforts. Many people wanted more after "The Dark Knight Rises" -- as it turns out, so did Bale. With the actor now doing the rounds for "Exodus: Gods And Kings," it was inevitable that he would be asked about Affleck taking over the cowl, and rather than the standard I-wish-him-luck speech, Bale was candid about the »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Christian Bale on Ben Affleck taking over as Batman

23 November 2014 10:12 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With Christian Bale set to take on the role of Moses in next month’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, it’s inevitable that the press tour for the biblical epic is going to throw up plenty of questions about his thoughts on Warner Bros.Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Empire Magazine (via Cbm) has got in early, asking The Dark Knight Trilogy star how he felt when he heard that Ben Affleck would be succeeding him as the Caped Crusader.

“I’ve got to admit initially, even though I felt that it was the right time to stop, there was always a bit of me going, ‘Oh go on… Let’s do another.’ So when I heard there was someone else doing it, there was a moment where I just stopped and stared into nothing for half an hour. But I’m 40. The fact that I’m jealous of someone else playing Batman… »

- Gary Collinson

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Across the Shared Marvel Universe

23 November 2014 9:55 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb… 

Variety’s Maane Khatchatourian covers James Gunn’s Facebook comments regarding shared movie universe building:

“The director implies that franchises like “Star Wars,” “Iron Man,” “The Dark Knight” and even “Transformers” and “Twilight” are in the clear because they were conceived as single films and only grew into movie series following audience demand. “But these days studios are trying to grow trees without a strong seed,” he wrote. “Execs and producers and sometimes even directors are focused on the big picture, without perfecting the task directly in front of them — making a great movie.”

Read Gunn’s full comments here.

It is interesting how James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy, has criticised the one thing that ensured the success of his film. Of course, had Guardians of the Galaxy been produced by a different studio without the connections to the Marvel universe, »

- Simon Columb

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Christian Bale Talks Ben Affleck As Batman And Whether He Contemplated A Return

23 November 2014 8:52 AM, PST | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Despite the voice, Christian Bale is widely considered to be the best big screen Batman to date, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice star Ben Affleck has a lot to live up to after the British actor's superb take on the iconic DC Comics superhero in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy. Talking about his upcoming movie with Sir Ridley Scott (Exodus: Gods and Kings) in the latest issue of Empire Magazine, Bale was asked to compare the role of Moses to Batman. "It's a little embarrassing to compare Moses to Batman," Bale laughed. "There are similarities, you know, tragic beginning and then a heroic future. But Moses is a little more violent. I'm sure if there'd been guns around at that time, Bruce Wayne might have had a chance." As for how he felt to learn that Gone Girl's Ben Affleck had been cast as the »

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