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I don’t watch a lot of television, honestly. Most of my time is filled up with movies…for obvious reasons. Every so often though, a show catches my eye, and True Detective was one of those. Eight episodes later, I think I saw an all time great TV series. Since I’m a film guy though, it got me thinking about the awards chances of the show, particularly if it had been one long movie (lets say three hours instead of the eight it actually is) instead. Yes, we all know it’ll do well with the Emmys and Golden Globes next year, but could it have been an Oscar player too? If True Detective had been an epic motion picture instead of an anthology television series, I truly believe that it would have caught the Academy’s attention. I’ll try to avoid spoilers, but considering how the show wrapped up the season, »
- Joey Magidson
Jam packed and feature-filled, welcome to the Tuesday edition of this week's RopeofSilicon podcast where we talk about anything and everything that comes to mind. This includes a lengthy, 15 minute introduction, conversations surrounding the future of "Game of Thrones", reactions to "True Detective", talking new DVD and Blu-ray releases, answering your questions and playing some games. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative to that option is a new way of leaving »
- Brad Brevet
Chicago – It’s been a year of updatings that has seen venerable characters like Norman Bates and Hannibal Lecter solidly re-envisioned by the small screen. So how fare the Gecko Brothers? Not all that great sadly. This overly slick redux of the fantastic film “From Dusk Till Dawn” (1997) not only suffers from pretty people syndrome but borrows so heavily from the original film that it feels less like homage and reboot than redress and reshoot.
Television Rating: 2.5/5.0
The series premiere picks up on the Geckos, fresh from their latest botched job, as they hit a gas station for fuel and supplies on their way to split up the loot with their employer Carlos. A couple of hostages and a standoff later, the major revelations are that Richie Gecko is crazy but also has visions, Seth Gecko speaks in stilted Tarantino gangster patois for no particular reason, and Carlos the employer »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Oscar 2014 TV ratings: 10-year high in overall viewership in U.S. (image: Twitter hit ‘Ellen selfie Oscars,’ featuring Ellen DeGeneres, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, and Oscar 2014 company) Hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, whose "Oscars selfie" became a record-breaking Twitter hit, and featuring the likes of Angelina Jolie, Will Smith, and John Travolta as presenters — in addition to a pizza delivery man as part of an extended DeGeneres joke — the 2014 Oscar ceremony hit a 10-year high in overall viewership. In the coveted 18-49 age bracket, this year’s Oscar show drew a 12.9 rating vs. 13.0 last year; overall, in the United States an estimated 43 million people watched at least some segments of the Oscar telecast held on Sunday, March 2, 2014 — up 6% compared to last year’s show hosted by Seth MacFarlane, and featuring Ben Affleck’s Argo, Jennifer Lawrence, Daniel Day-Lewis, Christoph Waltz, and Anne Hathaway among the winners. »
- Steve Montgomery
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6.91 Iron Man 3
6.16 Man Of Steel
6.14 Despicable Me 2
6.11 Fast & Furious 6
7.46 The World’S End
7.17 This Is The End
6.67 The Heat
6.66 We’Re The Millers
6.59 American Hustle
- Jeff Bayer
Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb...
Jenny McCartney writes, for The Telegraph, how this year’s Oscars could spell the start of a new Golden Age:
"The candidates for Best Picture – including 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club, Philomena, American Hustle and Gravity – each offer something of uniquely memorable quality... I’m not alone in thinking this: in the Us, there is talk of a “golden age”. Michael De Luca, a producer on the Oscar-nominated film Captain Phillips, said: “There’s incredible work being done … Not to over-inflate it, but it looks like it could be another renaissance."
Read the full article here.
Her article digs into the finance of the films, and how only three of the contenders – Gravity, Nebraska and Captain Phillips - were wholly financed by the studio system. And, according to Charles Gant in Sight and Sound (and looking at the figures on Box »
- Gary Collinson
I received a Kindle for Christmas and I absolutely love it. I am not a particularly fast reader, but with this device my reading speed has dramatically increased and one thing I do every day is check the Kindle Daily Deals at Amazon as they frequently offer something worth picking up for only $1.99. Well, today the list is rather long as they have 34 books that eventually inspired award-winning movies on sale. No, this doesn't mean Oscar winning as you'll notice the book that helped inspire Ron Howard's Rush is included here and the Academy couldn't even see fit to offer it a Sound nomination. However, we all saw Daniel Bruhl take home a few awards already so it definitely counts. Books that inspired this year's Oscar crop are limited to the books behind Philomena and The Invisible Woman, but there is a lot more to take away beyond that. »
- Brad Brevet
Name: Captain Phillips
Release Date: Oct. 11, 2013 (wide)
DVD Release: Jan. 21, 2014
Run Time: 2 hours, 14 minutes
Box Office: Opening weekend, wide release: $25.7 million; domestic total: $106.9 million; international total: $110.7 million (as of Feb. 23)
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93 percent Fresh
What Owen Gleiberman Said: “Phillips must guard his crew, negotiate with the pirates, and keep his own fears in check, and Hanks acts with »
- JoJo Marshall
Big-name success proves a must-have for retaining a global audience as American Hustle fades following Golden Globes win
It was one thing everyone seemed to agree on: this year's Oscar lineup was the strongest for years. A Vanity Fair article in October set the tone by asking: is 2013 the greatest year for movies since the Gone with the Wind era?
Others including the Hollywood Reporter have stoked the fire, suggesting that this year's offerings – from meaty social-conscience dramas such as 12 Years a Slave through oddball indie flicks (Her, Nebraska) to blockbuster laden with special effects in the shape of Gravity – are on a par with Hollywood's best ever. But as Oscar night nears, the mood appears to have subtly altered. Will the results night suggest that Hollywood's best and most artistically significant film-makers are unable to cut it commercially?
This, in truth, is one of Hollywood's oldest dilemmas, perhaps emphasised most dramatically at the 2010 Oscars, »
- Andrew Pulver
When "The Counselor" was released last fall, it was an intriguing conundrum: how had Ridley Scott, the one-time bad boy auteur behind "Blade Runner" and "Alien," taken the first original screenplay by legendary American author Cormac McCarthy (of "No Country for Old Men" and "The Road" fame), and turned in something so vacant and bizarre? We puzzled over this at the time, both in our review and in comparing the final version to the lengthier, filthier, more philosophically-minded screenplay. With the recent release of the Blu-ray, not only do we get a more satisfying cut of the movie, but its accompanying commentary provides a shockingly honest and insightful glimpse into who Scott is as a filmmaker today. As Scott acknowledges in the commentary, the running time of "The Counselor" has ballooned from just shy of two hours to nearly two-and-a-half hours. That's quite a difference. The transformative power of the »
- Drew Taylor
Unless you're prediction-loving, number-crunching wizard Nate Silver, you probably find statistics pretty boring. But stats concerning the Academy Awards have always been fascinating, mostly because the Oscars are just plain weird, and riddled with anomalies.
The ceremony got its start in the late 1920s, when movies were just making their transition into sound, and early nominees and categories reflected the sheer chaos of those halcyon days of what would eventually become Hollywood's golden age. (Though, of course, any film aficionado worth his/her salt would have a strong opinion about the exact dates that that age entailed.)
As the Oscars tradition continued, the awards became a bit more traditional themselves, settling into a predictable pattern of narratives that have stayed relatively consistent to this day. But there are always idiosyncrasies hiding in the woodwork, and the Academy Awards have them in spades. Here, we've collected some of the most distinctive »
- Katie Roberts
Note: In honor of the Academy Awards this Sunday, we're reposting some of our favorite Oscar-related posts from years past. The following was first published on 2/22/13. If you pay close enough attention to the films of Joel and Ethan Coen, you may have already realized that all of them are edited by a man named Roderick Jaynes, known as a bit of a cranky British recluse who's in his late 80s or early 90s, depending on which Coen brother you ask. Jaynes has been nominated twice for an Oscar, for his work on both Fargo and No Country for Old Men, but hasn't won yet. When he lost on his second Oscar nod for No Country for Old Men, Ethan Coen was asked about Jaynes' reaction. "We haven't talked to him," he said. "We know he's elderly and...
- Erik Davis
We’re getting closer to Hollywood’s night to shine – the Oscars. This year’s nominations are a bevy of brilliant films, performances and crafts, the motion picture industry at its best.
The Academy Awards is the gold standard by which every other awards show is measured, because when it comes to the biggest night in film, nobody does it better than Oscar!
In anticipation of the star-studded night at the Dolby Theatre, the gang at Wamg has chosen their favorite nominees – from the Best Picture and Best Acting categories to the technical categories, here’s a close-up look at our Top 10 Favorite nominees.
Best Picture – American Hustle
By Jim Batts
The Best Picture Oscar usually goes to the film that shines a light on a social injustice, a historical event, or individuals battling injury or disease. The most wildly entertaining (sorry Marty and Leo, but three hours of arrogant »
- Movie Geeks
One of our absolute favourites this year is already Inside Llewyn Davis, so if you’ve not caught it yet, then we’ve got the details for the forthcoming release of the Coen Brother’s modern classic. Studiocanal have told us that the film will be available on Est from 19th May, on DVD, Blu-Ray and VOD from 26th May 2014 and available to pre-order now.
Starring a host of exceptional international talent including: Oscar Isaac (Drive, The Bourne Legacy), Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby, Shame), Justin Timberlake (Runner Runner, The Social Network), Adam Driver (Frances Ha, Girls), Garrett Hedlund (On The Road, Tron) and John Goodman (The Monuments Men, Argo). Inside Llewyn Davis is directed by the Academy Award® winning Brothers, Ethan and Joel Coen (True Grit, No Country for Old Men.)
Inside Llewyn Davis follows a week in the life of a young musician, guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, »
- Dan Bullock
On Demand DVD New Releases Feb. 24-March 2: February comes to a close with some big titles rounding out the month’s releases. Channel Guide Magazine‘s movie critic, Paul Hall offers his take on his favorites. The Counselor Novelist Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men) wrote the screenplay for this oddball crime story about a lawyer (Michael Fassbender) whose ill-conceived foray into drug trafficking soon has his life spiraling out of control. Directed by Ridley Scott. Also stars Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt (R, 1:57) 2/25 Gravity Paul says: “Quite frankly, this is the best and most complete film of 2013. When viewing at … Continue reading →
The post On Demand DVD New Releases Feb. 24-March 2 appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Meredith Ennis
Anyone who grew up during the 90s will be very familiar with the Sega versus Nintendo battle that raged throughout the decade. In the schoolyard, you either a Nintendo kid or you were a Sega kid. And now, it's being turned into a movie.
Based off Blake J. Harris' book of the same name, Console Wars charts how the two companies went to war during the 80s and 90s for video game supremacy. Despite not being released until May this year, the option for a movie adaptation has already been purchased (ironically) by Sony with Scott Rudkin (No Country For Old Men, Frances Ha) producing. Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogan, who wrote the foreword for the book, are tapped to write the screenplay. Harris will also serve as a producer on the movie.
Here's the book synopsis from Amazon.com...
In 1990, Nintendo had a virtual monopoly on the video game industry. »
- Luke Owen
In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool! Back when it was simply named Best Sound (and when its sister award, Best Sound Editing, had only three nominees), Best Sound Mixing was seen as the more prestigious of the two prizes -- though still, many people are unsure as to what the difference between them is. By usually compiling heavily overlapping fields, the Academy rarely helps to establish the distinction, and so it is this year: four of this year's Best Sound Mixing nominees are also up for Best Sound Editing, and in another Academy tradition, they're all action fare of some sort. The fifth is a music-based film, though »
- Guy Lodge
Name: Dallas Buyers Club
Release date: Nov. 1, 2013
DVD release date: Feb. 4, 2014
Run time: 1 hour, 57 mins
Box office: Limited opening weekend: $260,865; Wide opening weekend: $2.7 million; Total domestic box office: $24.4 million; Worldwide gross to date: $30.4 million
Rotten Tomatoes score: 94 percent
Tweetable description: If Ron Woodruff only had 30 days left to live, you know what he’d do? Start an HIV treatment drug ring and live for seven years. #Nbd
What Chris Nashawaty said: Thanks to McConaughey’s and Leto’s »
- Samantha Highfill
Magnet has released a red-band trailer and poster for Ti West's new horror film, The Sacrament. The film stars Aj Bowen and Joe Swanberg (both actors from You're Next) as reporters for Vice Media who go to a remote Central American compound that holds a religious "community" (i.e. cult). The utopian setting is then revealed as (shocker) not all it appears to be, and judging by the trailer, lots of violence and horror ensues (naturally). I do like the premise, and I hope West can deliver on it. Hit the jump to check out the red-band trailer and poster. The film also stars Amy Seimetz (Upstream Color), Kentucker Audley (Ain't Them Bodies Saints), and Gene Jones (No Country for Old Men). The Sacrament is On Demand on May 1st and opens June 6th. Here's the official synopsis for The Sacrament: From acclaimed writer/director Ti West (The Innkeepers, »
- Matt Goldberg
As promised, the first trailer for Ti West’s latest movie has dropped and we have it for you to watch right now.
Courtesy of Magnet Releasing, The Sacrament will have a limited theatrical release on June 6th, but it will be available first on digital services and VOD on May 1st. A Blu-ray and DVD release will follow, but a date has not yet been mentioned.
“From acclaimed writer/director Ti West (The Innkeepers, The House Of The Devil) and master of horror Eli Roth (The Last Exorcism, Hostel, Cabin Fever), The Sacrament follows two Vice Media correspondents as they set out to document their friend’s journey to find his missing sister. They travel outside of the United States to an undisclosed location where they are welcomed into the world of “Eden Parish,” a self-sustained rural utopia, comprised of nearly two hundred members. At the center of this small, »
- Jonathan James
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