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We have less than a month until the Neil Patrick Harris opens the 87th Academy Awards with a big musical number by the songwriters of Frozen’s “Let It Go.”
That’s more than enough time to obsess over the odds – Will Michael Keaton win Best Actor for Birdman, or willThe Theory of Everything’s Eddie Redmayne triumph? Who knows – There could be a dark horse in this race, and one of the other nominees could jump ahead of the frontrunners.
That’s not even going into the Best Picture race between the Academy’s eight nominated films. Yes, Birdman andBoyhood have won most of the smaller critics and guild awards, but Selma has an incredibly devout following. Maybe director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo’s snubs will convince the Academy that the Mlk biopic deserves better?
- Sasha James
Once you’re absorbed by its terror, you can’t even scream. The slimy mass that is the Blob first thrilled audiences when it took on Steve McQueen on the big screen in 1958. It next oozed into cinemas via the 1972 sequel, Beware! The Blob, before being reborn in a 1988 remake directed by Chuck Russell and co-written by Frank Darabont. Proving that it’s still a relentless alien amoeba, 1958’s The Blob is being remade once again.
Goldcrest Films is moving forward with a remake of The Blob, with Simon West (The Expendables 2, Con Air) lined up for the director’s chair and shooting slated to begin this summer. Modern-day special effects capabilities are expected to bring the Blob to life like never before, and Chris Haney (Avatar, Avengers Assemble) will oversee the VFX in post-production.
- Derek Anderson
If you are a fan of wolves French director Jean-Jacques Annaud's latest film, Wolf Totem, may just be up your alley. It will screen at the Efm in Berlin before it opens in his native France on February 25th. You can watch the trailer below. Oscar-winning director Jean-Jacques Annaud's epic film adaptation of Jiang Rong's best-selling novel follows a student being sent to Inner Mongolia at the height of the Cultural Revolution and forges a bond with the wolves.Annaud brought on Avatar and Titanic composer James Horner to create the score. It all has this Chinese/French Dances With Wolves/The Grey sort of vibe to it. ...
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In 2014 an actor previously best known for being seven down the cast list in a cult TV sitcom rose to become the star of two of the year’s biggest blockbusters. This time last year Chris Pratt was about as far from a household name as Guardians Of The Galaxy or The Lego Movie were from being sure things at the box office. One year later and the two films have made over a billion dollars between them and Pratt looks like a leading man with genuine star quality. His lead role in this year’s Jurassic World looks set to cement his newfound status as a bona fide Hollywood star.
It sounds like a simple process, but in reality a lot of actors have been poised on the brink of stardom with multiple big movies due for release only to find the movies flop and their careers worse off than before. »
- Jack Gann
"...in 1983, a group of stupid childhood friends pulled off the crime of the century: kidnapping one of the richest men in the world, the heir of the 'Heineken' beer empire (Hopkins).
"The shocking capture--by gunpoint in broad daylight on the streets of Amsterdam...
"...resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for a kidnapped individual..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Kidnapping Mr. Heineken"...
- Michael Stevens
Anghus Houvouras on the Academy Awards and a lack of diversity…
‘Armchair quarterback’. It’s a popular phrase here in the United States, referring to those know-it-all fans who sit in their armchairs yelling at the screen during a football game. Some d-bag who is certain that he or she can make better decisions than the coaches or players while watching a competitive sport. Those sad sacks who think they know better than everyone else, even the well-trained athletes playing the game. The concept of the armchair expert grew beyond that of sports like a malignancy. The armchair isn’t in front of the TV anymore, it’s in front of the computer monitor. Thanks to online anonymity, everyone can be an armchair expert on any topic.
The Internet gave everybody an armchair.
I’m going somewhere with this. Stay with me. If you spent any time online today, you »
- Anghus Houvouras
The electrifying nationwide debut of the Iraq War drama “American Sniper” hit $105.3 million Monday as the booming holiday box office passed the $240 million mark and obliterated the record for the busiest Martin Luther King Jr. weekend ever.
The Clint Eastwood-directed saga of a lethal marksman’s return from action starring Bradley Cooper has shattered the marks for biggest January opening ever, and on Sunday added an estimated $24 million to its haul.
- Todd Cunningham
Earth 2: World’s End #15
Published by DC Comics
Another week, another issue of Earth 2: World’s End. Without repeating too much from any of last weeks’ reviews, the art is rushed and poorly organized, Dick Grayson’s segments are a particular eye sore, items and characters can acquire powers or abilities with no explanation, few characters have under gone any significant character change, the battle between the planetary forces of Earth and Apokolips has been going on for eight issues now and is more like a terrible fight scene from Dragonball Z, and despite being half way through the book’s run, very little has been accomplished. It’s long become clear »
- Grant Raycroft
Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper made January box office history over the past weekend, as their film American Sniper broke a number of records en route to a $90.2 million box office haul and the top spot on the weekend box office charts. The film’s massive opening leapfrogs it past The Grand Budapest Hotel to become the most financially successful Best Picture Oscar nominee of the year, as well as setting the record for best January box office weekend take, ahead of James Cameron’s Avatar. The total also puts the movie at number 40 in the highest grossing opening weekends of all time, and the top drama in that category, while its R rating makes American Sniper the second-highest opener with that rating.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Jennifer Lawrence has made a fast climb to the top. She has already worked with some of top actors and actresses in the game, including the likes of Bradley Cooper, Julianne Moore, Michael Fassbender and Robert De Niro, and has quickly become buds with one of the most sought-after filmmakers in the current business, David O. Russell. That said, there's always another door to be opened, and with the recent announcement that she will be teaming up with James Cameron, it looks like it's the Avatar mastermind who will be inviting her inside his cinematic abode. Recent reports show the Oscar-winning actress is re-teaming with Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence for the newly-announced film, entitled The Dive.a film which will be produced by Cameron. The film will tell the true story of freedivers Francisco "Pipin" Ferraras and his wife Audrey Mestre, who made headlines for their attempts to break »
Though he’s been developing the project for years, James Cameron began to realise a couple of years ago that his commitments to the Avatar sequels would keep him from directing The Dive, the true, tragic love story of married free divers Francisco “Pipin” Ferraras and Audrey Mestre. Since then, he’s been handing it off to other filmmakers and now Francis Lawrence is set to call the shots, with his Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence in the lead.According to The Wrap, Lawrence is aboard to play Mestre, who died while she was attempting to beat her own tank-free world record dive of 557.7 feet. Ferraras paid tribute to his wife by diving to the same depth for an attempt that was filmed by Cameron, a man not unfamiliar with the concept of underwater time himself.In the time since realising he needed other people to make the film while he produces, »
James Cameron has been working on "The Dive" for at least a decade, but after "Avatar" became the highest-grossing film of all time, he dropped all other projects to focus on three new sequels. Then in 2012 came word that Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, Green Lantern) was in talks to replace him, but that never worked out. And now, Jennifer Lawrence and her "Hunger Games" director Francis Lawrence have stepped up to make the film happen. Cameron is on board to produce. "The Dive" tells the tragic true story of freedivers Francisco "Pipin" Ferraras and his wife Audrey Mestre, who competed to travel as deep as possible underwater on a single breath of air. Lawrence will play Mestre, who died during an attempt to beat her own world record of 557.7 feet. Ferraras paid tribute to his late wife by diving to the same depth in an attempt that was filmed by Cameron. »
The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence has been tipped for a starring role in upcoming biopic The Dive. It also seems Jennifer Lawrence’s Hunger Games partner in crime Francis Lawrence is in talks to direct the James Cameron production. The pair worked together on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as well as both of the Mockingjay movies.
The Dive tells the true love story of professional free divers Audrey Mestre and Francisco Ferreras who went on to break a number of diving records. Sadly, Mestre passed away at the age of 28 when attempting a dive of over 500 feet.
Despite set backs on the production of Cameron’s upcoming Avatar trilogy, the film aficionado is still determined to release the trilogy, one episode a year starting in 2017.
- Alfie Nobes
In the fall of 2003, James Cameron filmed the record-breaking “no limits” free dive of Pipin Ferreras, which was a special event commemorating the death of Ferreras’s wife, Audrey Mestre. A year earlier, she drowned attempting the same feat of reaching a depth of 170 meters (557.7 feet) while holding her breath. During the press conference for the 2003 dive, Cameron confirmed earlier reports from that summer that he would be making a movie about the couple, and it would wind up being based on Ferreras’s 2004 memoir, “The Dive: A Story of Love and Obsession.” More than a decade later, Cameron has been focusing his directorial interests on the Avatar movies, but he’s continued developing the project with other filmmakers coming on board to take the helm. Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) became attached back in 2012, and now Francis Lawrence is the latest substitution, according to The Wrap. He also has an actress joining him for the role »
- Christopher Campbell
In this week's edition of 10 Stories You Might Have Missed: Jennifer Lawrence will play real-life diver Audrey Mestre for upcoming film "Dive," teaming again with "Catching Fire"/"Mockingjay" director Francis Lawrence. James Cameron will produce. Plus read stories on Dolly Parton's NBC movies deal, Bjork announces another new album, "Red Band Society" disbands, "Avatar" sequels are pushed back, "MasterChef Junior" is renewed, music mainstay Kim Fowley died, "Ghost in the Shell" gets a release date, "The Jungle Book" is pushed back, Richard Armitage joins "Red Dragon," and Fka twigs releases a new music video. What caught your eye in this week of entertainment? »
- Katie Hasty
A handful of weird and/or interesting and/or off-putting science fiction movie-news stories have broken in the past few weeks, so let's not waste any time and just dive into the, shall we? Avatar 2 Has Been Delayed Until 2017 In news that was met with shrugs all across the Internet, James Cameron announced that the first sequel to Avatar, one of three sequels being developed together, has been pushed back from 2016 to 2017. It's strange to see news about the follow-ups to the highest grossing movie of all time be greeted with almost no love and a whole lot of hate. In the past five years, Avatar has become weirdly lost, leaving no cultural footprint and vanishing into trivia instead of relevancy (you just know Disney is sweating bullets over that...
- Jacob S. Hall
Jennifer Lawrence is joining forces with her Hunger Games: Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence and producer James Cameron on The Dive for 20th Century Fox. The project is based on the true story of free divers Francisco "Pipin" Ferraras and his wife Audrey Mestre, who both tried to go as deep into the ocean as possible on just a single breath of air. Jennifer Lawrence is playing Audrey Mestre, who passed away in 2002 while trying to break her world record of diving 557.7 feet underwater. Her husband Francisco "Pipin" Ferraras dove to that same depth in tribute to his late wife, a dive which was filmed by James Cameron.
Way back in 2006, James Cameron actually planned on directing this movie himself, working from a script from his Avatar co-writer Laeta Kalogridis. In March 2012, Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, Green Lantern) was attached to direct, but the project never got off the ground. »
Tom Hardy, who is a brilliant actor but sounds unintelligible, was forced this week to drop out of the superhero franchise in the making Suicide Squad. Tom Hardy was to be the lead Rick Flag, alongside Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevigne and Jared Leto, in a supervillain mash-up movie. But Hardy’s latest project, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s The Revenant, is running behind schedule, forcing the actor to pull out and leave the super villainy to someone else.
The Wrap is now reporting that Suicide Squad’s director David Ayer’s first choice to replace Hardy is Jake Gyllenhaal, who has never appeared in a superhero movie and previously worked with Ayer on the cop drama End of Watch. The Wrap points out that Gyllenhaal is currently at work on Southpaw for Antoine Fuqua, a boxing movie that required him to get absolutely jacked.
Ruben Östlund, director »
- Brian Welk
Michelle Rodriguez has played a lot of tough girls in movie roles from the “Fast & Furious” franchise to such diverse pictures as “Blue Crush” (2002) and sci-fi epic Avatar (2009). But she reveals an arresting feminine side in stunning new photos for Interview magazine. As it turns out, Rodriguez is far more sensitive and worldly than the way she is often portrayed on the big screen. But that’s Hollywood. She says she was typecast as the “tough Latina, with the heart of gold,” because of her breakout role Karyn Kusama’s 2000 movie “Girlfight.” ...Read More »
A new UK trailer has been released for Daniel Barnz’s drama Cake which stars Jennifer Aniston in a critically-acclaimed performance as a sarcastic chronic pain sufferer. You can check it out below after the official synopsis…
Claire Simmons (Jennifer Aniston) is in pain. Her physical pain is evident in the scars that line her body and the way she carries herself, wincing with each tentative step. She’s no good at hiding her emotional pain either. Blunt to the point of searing insult, Claire’s anger seethes out of her with nearly every interaction. She has driven away her husband, her friends— even her chronic-pain support group has kicked her out.
The only one left in Claire’s otherwise solitary existence is her housekeeper- cum-caretaker, Silvana (Academy Award nominee Adriana Barraza), who barely tolerates her boss’ need for liquor and prescription pills. But the suicide of Nina (Academy Award »
- Gary Collinson
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