7 items from 2015
Well, it's finally August, and while the summer movie season isn't completely over it might as well be. This article was a difficult one to put together, because there just isn't much to recommend this month. But you know what, that's okay, I think I managed to pull together five solid titles for the "must-see" section, and lucky for us the fall festival season is just around the corner, which means things are about to heat up exponentially on the prestige movie front just in time to compensate for things cooling down outside as the seasons change. (I should note here, it is currently 106 degrees fahrenheit here in the desert, and the thought of things cooling down is marvelous, but also very premature.) We are coming off what turned out to be a pretty solid month last month, in my opinion, as I settled back into my routine after a »
- Jordan Benesh
Kirk Cameron was the biggest winner at last night's (February 21) 35th annual Razzie Awards, which celebrated the worst achievements in film in 2014.
The 44-year-old and his Christian comedy Saving Christmas won four out of the six categories they were nominated for, including Worst Picture and Worst Actor.
The actress was nominated for two other awards, including 'Worst Supporting Actress' for her stint as Coleen Hannigan in the Annie remake and 'Worst Screen Combo' with Jason Segel in Sex Tape, but lost to Megan Fox (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Kirk Cameron and his ego (Saving Christmas) respectively.
Other winners include Annie in the Worst Prequel, »
Well, this could mean trouble for Cell as it was announced this morning Clarius Entertainment has acquired domestic distribution rights to the film based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. So far Clarius has had an awful track record at the box office with the releases of And So It Goes, Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return and most recently the Nicole Kidman starrer Before I Go To Sleep, the three of which combine for a grand total of only $26.8 million at the domestic box office. The budget of the Oz feature alone was $70 million while the other two haven't even been reported. Perhaps, however, this will be a turn for the better as the film, directed by Tod "Kip" Williams (Paranormal Activity 2), stars John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan) and Stacy Keach centers on a powerful signal broadcast across mobile networks worldwide, resulting in »
- Brad Brevet
<< Continued from "'Sniper' to Easily Fight Off Weak Competition This Weekend"Opening at 2,648 locations, Mortdecai will likely be Johnny Depp's latest misfire at the domestic box office. He stars as the title character, a "debonair art dealer and part time rogue" who goes on a mission to recover a stolen painting.Marketing has positioned the movie as a broad slapstick comedy, and there's been a heavy emphasis placed on Mortdecai's silly-looking mustache. That includes a series of posters that feature each of the main stars, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Olivia Munn, wearing a similar mustache. While this quirky choice has helped differentiate the movie, it seems too slight to really translate in to ticket sales.In general, this is a pretty odd project. It's adapted from a series of novels by British author Kyril Bonfiglioli, which were originally published in the 1970s; while they surely have some fans, »
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The official nominations aren't announced for another two weeks, but Gold Derby has posted a leaked shortlist of contenders for this year's Razzie Awards which celebrate the worst in cinema.
Both Sony's controversial comedy "The Interview" and Kirk Cameron's much-lambasted "Saving Christmas" dominate the list and will compete with the likes of "Transcendence," "A Million Ways to Die in the West," "Atlas Shrugged Part III," "The Legend of Hercules," "Sex Tape," "A Haunted House 2," "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," "Left Behind," "Transformers: Age of Extinction" and "I, Frankenstein" for the 'Worst Picture' award.
Other films to score noms include "Noah," "The Expendables III," "Pompeii," "Exodus: Gods and Kings," "Endless Love," "Annie," "Blended," "Trannies 4," "Walk of Shame," "Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return," "Sabotage," "Tammy," "The Other Woman" and "Before I Go To Sleep".
The full list of this year's nominees can be found here. »
- Garth Franklin
The Interview has been performing well in its limited theatrical and online VOD release, taking in more than $15 million from online sales and rentals. The comedy has already expanded to cable VOD, Playstation, Vudu and more theaters nationwide. Despite its early success, The Interview has not been received well by at least one organization, The Golden Raspberry Awards, a.k.a. The Razzies, which has released its "short list" of nominees. The Interview is listed in several categories including Worst Picture, Worst On-Screen Combo (James Franco and Seth Rogen) and Worst Actor (both James Franco and Seth Rogen). Voting for the Razzie Awards ends on January 10, with the nominations to be announced January 14, one day before The Academy Awards nominations are announced.
Most Hollywood studios have gotten smart about their film budgets, lowering them quite a bit over the past year. Which means we saw fewer box office bombs in 2014. Almost all of the big releases made at least a little bit of their money back, except maybe Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return. It only earned $18.6 million worldwide against it's $70 million budget. Winter's Tale and Vampire Academy were also big money losers over the past twelve months, but seeming disasters like Transcendence and I, Frankenstein actually managed to recoup their costs overseas. That doesn't mean these were good movies by any means. And some of the biggest blockbusters of the year shouldn't be considered masterpieces of cinema by any stretch of the imagination. In 2014, we couldn't really judge a movie by its earnings. But we could judge them by their critical and fan responses. Which is where Rotten Tomatoes comes in handy. »
7 items from 2015
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