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2014 in Review: Frank's Alternative Oscars

26 January 2015 11:30 AM, PST | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

It seems like every year, I see more and more Oscar-hungry campaigns for films and performances than the year before. This past year especially saw an excellent crop of actors and filmmakers contribute above-stellar work to the art of moviemaking. However, in the rush to place the ads, view the screeners and attend the parties during this most high-profile time in the film world, a large amount of first-class work has been forgotten. As a result, I have put together an alternative Oscar list featuring films and performances, which struck me as some of the best of the year and more than worthy of some well-earned recognition.

Best Picture: The Two Faces of January (2014)

How could the writer of Drive and the author of The Talented Mr. Ripley Not conspire to create perhaps the most captivating thriller of the year? Featuring three complex characters and a multi-layered plot full of suspense and intrigue, »

- Frank Calvillo

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Ryan Gosling Loves Singing to Baby Esmeralda! Plus, More Scoop on Parenting Life With Eva Mendes

22 January 2015 6:39 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Hey, girl—this song's for you. Ryan Gosling may be chugging along with this whole acting thing, but the Drive star, who's currently shooting The Nice Guys with Russell Crowe, does love his music. And he wants to ensure that his firstborn daughter loves her music, too! "Ryan sings to the baby," a source tells E! News, dishing details on the "infatuated" new dad's relationship with his and Eva Mendes' now 4-month-old baby girl. "He loves it. Sometimes he'll make up his own songs and include her name in them. It's very sweet." Not to mention the most squee-inducing thing we've heard all day... As for Eva, she looked lovely »

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‘The Boy Next Door’ Review: Jennifer Lopez Smolders, But the Film Fails to Seduce

21 January 2015 9:00 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The film mostly focuses on Lopez herself — a decision that robs it of the symbiosis of fear and attraction that makes an erotic thriller...

In the last two decades, the once-disreputable genre of the erotic thriller has improbably gone arthouse, resulting in critically lauded but largely unseen indies like last year’s “Under the Skin” and “Stranger by the Lake.” A throwback to such racy but scolding Adrian Lyne movies as “Unfaithful” and “Indecent Proposal,” “The Boy Next Door” returns the mainstream erotic thriller to the multiplex, but its thin T-shirts and thinner characterizations fail to make a convincing case for the genre’s resurrection. »

- Inkoo Kang

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Berlin: Goldcrest to Sell Roland Emmerich’s ‘Stonewall’

19 January 2015 7:21 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Goldcrest Films is to handle international rights to Roland Emmerich’s “Stonewall,” which will be introduced to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin. Warner Bros. has acquired German-language rights, and a U.S. deal is set to be inked soon.

The film, which is in post-production, stars Jeremy Irvine (“Woman in Black: The Angel of Death,” “The Railway Man,” “War Horse”), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (“Mission Impossible III,” “Tudors”), Ron Perlman (“Drive,” “Hellboy” I and II) and Joey King (“White House Down,” “The Conjuring”).

It recreates the events that culminated in the riots outside the Stonewall Inn, Greenwich Village, in June 1969, which is seen as the birth of the gay rights movement.

The drama centers on Danny Winters (Irvine), a young man who is kicked out of his home by his parents and flees to NY where, homeless and destitute, he befriends a group of street kids who »

- Leo Barraclough

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Beyond Fright Review: The Two Faces Of January

17 January 2015 3:15 PM, PST | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

The art of creating a successful mystery seems to be lost on many of today’s filmmakers and their films. Instead of allowing a solid story to play out in front of you and keep you guessing, a lot of films falling into the mystery/thriller genre tend to utilize the same ol’ twists and turns we’ve all seen time and time again. When a film comes along and offers a story full of suspense and surprise, it’s a surprise and a very refreshing one at that. Luckily, Drive screenwriter Hossein Amini’s feature directorial debut, The Two Faces Of January, is just that type of film, one that keeps you guessing until the very end.

Adapted from The Talented Mr. Ripley author Patricia Highsmith’s novel of the same name, The Two Faces Of January throws you into a thriller full of twists, double crosses and a »

- Jerry Smith

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Christina Hendricks Goes Makeup-Free, Still Looks Beautiful

16 January 2015 | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

Christina Hendricks is a natural beauty! The "Mad Men" star showed off her fresh face while heading to a pre-production meeting for her new TV movie, "Roadies," in Vancouver, Canada on Wednesday, The red-headed stunner looked cozy in a black peacoat, a flannel scarf, jeans and sheepskin boots. The 39-year-old wore her hair straight and parted to the side for her casual meeting, "Roadies" will tell the story of a road crew who plans a rock band's massive multi-city tour. Luke Wilson and Imogen Poots will also reportedly star alongside the "Drive" actress. While we're used to seeing Hendricks dressed up, we think she looks absolutely stunning without a stitch of makeup on. How do you think Christina looks bare-faced? Tell toofab in the comment section below and click "Launch Gallery" above to see more stars without makeup! Read more »

- tooFab Staff

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DVD Review: 'The Guest'

11 January 2015 8:33 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★☆☆☆One era's genre cinema becomes another generation's cultural harvest. As the cycle repeats itself, the line between pastiche and revisionism becomes increasingly tenuous and viewers can find themselves becoming lazy purveyors of B-movie nostalgia. For revivalism to work, the film must primarily function on its own terms. It can trade in genre scavenging and meta nods, but the foundation is lost if it is built entirely on such flimsy ground. Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive (2011) acknowledged its debt to the thrillers of the VHS era, but wasn't shackled to them. With The Guest (2014), promising young horror director Adam Wingard joins the legions of filmmakers who have learned the wrong lessons from Drive.

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- CineVue UK

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The Callow Way – How a Hollywood flop got £20 million from the British taxpayer

11 January 2015 4:10 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week Neil Calloway looks how 47 Ronin qualified for a subsidy from the UK government…

Have you seen 47 Ronin? If you haven’t, I wouldn’t bother if I was you. It’s That-Historical-Film-You’ve-Seen-a-Hundred-Times-Before. An outsider, after being saved by the daughter of a great man, helps a group of natives. It’s very very loosely based on a true story. The opening narration is like something from a video game cut scene. To be honest, it might have worked as one of those BBC Saturday evening series that they show when Doctor Who isn’t on, but a $175 million dollar action film it is not. The Flickering Myth review said “a weak script and shallow characterisation, which makes this only average at best”, which is about right.

There was trouble before it was already released, with reshoots and delays and the studio pretty much acknowledging they were going »

- Neil Calloway

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Questions and answers: The 2015 Coachella lineup

7 January 2015 5:45 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The lineup for the two-weekend 2015 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival is out: earning top billing is AC/DC on Friday, Jack White on Saturday and Drake on Sunday. Tame Impala, Interpol, Steely Dan, Alesso, Alabama Shakes, Ride (reunion!), Nero; The Weeknd, Axwell ^ Ingrosso, alt-j, Belle & Sebastian, Ratatat, Hozier; Florence + The Machine, Kaskade, Ryan Adams, David Guetta and St. Vincent are also toplining the fest. Look at the entire 2015 Coachella lineup -- by day, even! -- here. The Indio, Calif.-hosted event runs April 10-12 and 17-19 in 2015. Wait, who were the headliners in years previous? Outkast (Fri), Muse (Sat) and Arcade Fire (Sun) in 2014. Stone Roses and Blur, Phoenix and Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2013. The Black Keys, Radiohead and Snoop Dogg/Dr. Dre in 2012. Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire, and Kanye West and the Strokes in 2011. Jay Z, Muse and Gorillaz in 2010. So am I right in thinking »

- Katie Hasty

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Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon to Star Elle Fanning

7 January 2015 11:37 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Last summer it was revealed that Elle Fanning is lined up to star as Frankenstein author Mary Shelley in Haifaa Al-Mansour’s romantic period piece, A Storm in the Stars. In addition to her role as Shelley, the actress is now looking to be involved in another horror-related project from another acclaimed director, as it’s been revealed that Fanning is set to star in Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon.

According to The Wrap, Elle Fanning is looking to star as an “aspiring model who is caught in a world of beauty and demise” in the female-centric horror film from Refn. Filming on The Neon Demon will begin early this year in Los Angeles, satisfying Nicolas Winding Refn’s desire to shoot another movie in the City of Angels (an itch he’s wanted to scratch since shooting 2011’s Drive).

It’s possible that The Neon Demon is »

- Derek Anderson

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Elle Fanning Set to Lead Nicolas Winding Refn's 'The Neon Demon'

7 January 2015 8:03 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

At one time, Carey Mulligan was set to reteam with her Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn for I Walk the Dead. However, a fair amount of time has passed since then, and the project is now known as The Neon Demon with Mulligan no longer in the lead role. But The Wrap now reports that a new star has been found for the project. Super 8 and Maleficent star Elle Fanning will take the role of n aspiring model who is caught in a world of beauty and demise. Refn calls the project a horror film, but this likely won't be just an average genre project, especially since Refn also wrote the script himself with Mary Laws. More below! On casting Fanning in the lead role, Refn says, "Elle Fanning is a super cool wonder woman and I look forward to going on a terrifying trip with her into The Neon Demon. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Elle Fanning to star in Drive director's horror The Neon Demon

7 January 2015 4:22 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Elle Fanning is being lined up to star in The Neon Demon.

Helmed by Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn, the horror film centres on an aspiring model who is caught in a world of beauty and demise.

Fanning is currently in negotiations to take on the lead role.

Refn told The Wrap: "Elle Fanning is a super-cool wonder woman, and I look forward to going on a terrifying trip with her into The Neon Demon."

Filming will take place in Los Angeles from March.

Fanning recently starred in Maleficent with Angelina Jolie, and is known for her roles in Super 8 and We Bought a Zoo.

The Neon Demon is scheduled for a 2016 release. »

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Elle Fanning Joins Nicolas Winding Refn’s Horror ‘The Neon Demon’

7 January 2015 1:20 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Elle Fanning is in talks to join the cast of Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn’s planned horror film The Neon Demon, according to The Wrap. Fanning, who was last seen as Aurora in Disney’s Maleficent alongside Angelina Jolie, will lead a young female cast in the movie, Refn’s first dip into the genre following some absolutely belting action/ crime movies which have always have heaps of style, depth and substance.

Elle Fanning is a super cool wonder woman and I look forward to going on a terrifying trip with her into ‘The Neon Demon.’” The director said of the casting news.

Not much is known about the plot, but it has been revealed that Fanning will play an aspiring model “caught in a world of beauty and demise.”

Fanning will next be seen in Jay Roach’s Trumbo opposite Bryan Cranston.

Source: The Wrap »

- Paul Heath

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Elle Fanning On For The Neon Demon

6 January 2015 9:49 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Now that The Neon Demon has well and truly supplanted I Walk With The Dead on the list of projects that Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn will tackle next, he’s busy figuring out who will fill the cast. He’s found a lead, with Elle Fanning entering negotiations to star.Not much has been revealed about the plot of the film, although we do know it is set in Los Angeles and will track Fanning’s character’s attempts to conquer the world of modelling, only to confront a terrifying force of beauty and death. “Elle Fanning is a super cool wonder woman and I look forward to going on a terrifying trip with her into The Neon Demon,” Refn said in a statement picked up by The Wrap. Could he have found someone to replace Ryan Gosling in his filmmaking affections? Don’t panic, Ryan!“One morning I »

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Elle Fanning joins Refn-directed horror 'The Neon Demon': 5 reasons we're intrigued

6 January 2015 6:52 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A lot of people (read: most people) were left cold by "Drive" director Nicholas Winding Refn's 2013 head-scratcher "Only God Forgives," which is understandable: his second Ryan Gosling collaboration was baffling, queasy, bizarre and occasionally infuriating. But it was also bold and compelling in spots, and so aggressively weird that it felt like a daring next step for a rising director who likely had his pick of mainstream studio projects after the success of "Drive." For his next film - the arrestingly-titled horror movie "The Neon Demon" - Refn will continue marching to the beat of his own drummer alongside new leading lady Elle Fanning, who herself has made some fairly interesting choices recently with films like Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere," Sally Potter's "Ginger & Rosa" and the Joe Albany biopic "Low Down" opposite John Hawkes. Here are five reasons I'm intrigued by the Danish auteur's latest project. 1. Refn is made for the horror genre. »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Elle Fanning In Talks to Lead Nicolas Winding Refn's Horror Film The Neon Demon

6 January 2015 4:11 PM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Though Elle Fanning had roles in movies like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Somewhere in the late 2000s, she didn't deliver her first breakout performance until she appeared in J.J. Abrams' 2011 movie Super 8. Since then she's balanced huge movies (last year's Maleficent being the biggest yet) with a nice selection of smaller films, and now she has a chance to meet in the middle for a really interesting project with one of the industry's most fascinating directors.

The Wrap reports that Fanning is in negotiations to lead Nicolas Winding Refn's female-driven horror film The Neon Demon. She'd play "an aspiring model caught in a world of beauty and demise," which sounds very much like the kind of ethereal, moody plot we've come to expect from Refn these days. The director of Drive spoke about the genesis of this project a few months ago:

“One morning »

- Ben Pearson

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Elle Fanning to star in Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest The Neon Demon

6 January 2015 2:20 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

After many false starts and delays, it looks like Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Only God Forgives) has finally got the wheels moving on his latest project, The Neon Demon.

Last autumn it was announced that Cliff Martinez would provide the score and cinematographer Philippe Le Sourd (The Grandmaster) would photograph the film for him. Now it seems that Refn has begun casting, with the director taking to Twitter to announce the news that Maleficent star Elle Fanning has come aboard the picture in the lead role that Carey Mulligan (Drive) was circling at one point.

No plot information is available just yet, but The Neon Demon has been described as “a horror film about vicious beauty” set in Los Angeles.

The post Elle Fanning to star in Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest The Neon Demon appeared first on Flickering Myth. »

- Scott J. Davis

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T.J. Miller and Ed Skrein Eyed for Deadpool; Elle Fanning to Lead Nicolas Winding Refn’s Horror Film The Neon Demon

6 January 2015 1:41 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

A couple of curious casting developments have arisen.  Briefly: Silicon Valley standout T.J. Miller and Transporter Legacy star Ed Skrein are in early talks to join the cast of the Deadpool movie. Elle Fanning has been set to lead the next film from Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn, a female-driven horror pic called The Neon Demon. Much more after the jump. Per The Wrap, actors T.J. Miller and Ed Skrein are in early talks to be the first supporting cast members added to Fox’s Deadpool movie.  The comic book adaptation has been in development for years but is now finally moving forward, on track for a February 12, 2016 release.  Ryan Reynolds is still set to star as the wise-crackin’ antihero and VFX veteran Tim Miller is also still onboard to direct, and it appears that the casting process has begun in earnest.  T.J. Miller has reportedly been offered a role »

- Adam Chitwood

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Elle Fanning in Talks for Nicolas Refn’s The Neon Demon

6 January 2015 1:21 PM, PST | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Things have been relatively quiet on the Nicolas Winding Refn front since the release of his crime-thriller Only God Forgives, but back in November it was announced the Drive director would be making a horror film called The Neon Demon. That looks like it’s moving forward with TheWrap reporting that Elle Fanning is in talks for the lead. Co-written by Mary Laws, the film being funded…

The post Elle Fanning in Talks for Nicolas Refn’s The Neon Demon appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Edward Douglas

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Elle Fanning In Talks To Lead Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon

6 January 2015 1:14 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn looks poised to return to the neon-lit sidewalks, back alleys and pool halls of his cinematic Los Angeles for his next project, The Neon Demon. Announced late last year, the flick is still in the early stages – as he’s currently deep in development on I Walk With The Dead – but the casting calls have begun in earnest as Elle Fanning is in discussions to nab a role.

Described by the director as a bona fide horror about “vicious beauty,” The Neon Demon is set to orbit around an all-female cast within the City Of Angels. We can now add one name to that core cast, as The Wrap reports that Maleficent star Fanning is in negotiations for a role as “an aspiring model who is caught in a world of beauty and demise.” It seems Refn couldn’t be happier to add the actress to his roster, »

- Gem Seddon

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