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Film Review: ‘Kajaki: The True Story’

14 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If ever a film had no need for an in-title assertion of its fact-based nature, it’s British war pic “Kajaki: The True Story”: Few screenwriters would devise a battlefield scenario quite this spare and anxious. Covering an exceptionally grueling day in the collective life of a British army unit stationed near the eponymous Afghan dam in 2006, Paul Katis’ rigorously realized debut feature initially lulls unsuspecting viewers with its droll, authentic portrait of base camp routine, before a surprise excursion into a landmine-ridden riverbed steers auds sharply into urgent (and bloody) life-or-death territory. Comparable to Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” in its prioritization of ground-level experience over more generalized political commentary, “Kajaki’s” potential resonance is by no means limited to Blighty, where it opens theatrically on Nov. 28.  

From its Afghanistan-set band-of-brothers premise to its thorough closing montage of the story’s real-life subjects, “Kajaki” may put »

- Guy Lodge

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The Relationship Between Highest-Grossing Films and Oscar Nominations

26 November 2014 10:07 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

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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Oscars 2015 nominations: 10 early frontrunners for Best Picture

26 November 2014 9:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

It's that time of the year again. Which is to say that it isn't, yet, but it's close enough for us all to start speculating.

The 2015 Oscar nominations won't be announced until January, and thanks to the peculiarities of transatlantic release schedules, many of these contenders will barely have reached UK shores by then.

But we've now seen enough of the heavy-hitters to have a decent sense of how the next awards season is shaping up, and below we've rounded up our best guesses for the ten films that will dominate this year's Academy Awards.

Scroll all the way to the bottom to see our complete list of predictions for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.

1. Foxcatcher

Bennett Miller's brooding true crime drama emerged as one of the year's earliest awards season frontrunners when it opened at Cannes, centring on »

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StudioCanal’s Danny Perkins to give Screen Film Summit keynote

26 November 2014 3:42 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

StudioCanal UK CEO joins the summit line-up alongside Google content exec Lisa Rousseauand writer-director Jane Linfoot.

Danny Perkins, the chief executive of StudioCanal UK, is to deliver a keynote speech at the upcoming Screen Film Summit, which takes place at the BFI on Monday (Dec 1).

Perkins has overseen the release of more than 300 titles theatrically and 1,000 titles in home entertainment, including Pan’s Labyrinth, The Hurt Locker and upcoming releases The Imitation Game and Paddington.

The exec has long been a strong advocate for homegrown UK talent and during his tenure at StudioCanal, the company has supported independent British features such as Yann Demange’s ‘71, Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block and forthcoming Aardman production Shaun the Sheep.

His afternoon speech will be just ahead of a session that will debate ‘What’s next for UK film’, with panellists including Big Talk MD Matthew Justice, Lionsgate CEO Zygi Kamasa, BBC Films head Christine Langan, Independent film sales »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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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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Michelle MacLaren Will Direct Wonder Woman Film

25 November 2014 5:20 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

As soon as it was announced that Warner Bros was developing a "Wonder Woman" movie, came word that the studio will be hiring a female director. Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) and Lexi Alexander (Punisher: War Zone) were obvious choices, but the job has officially went to "Breaking Bad" producer Michelle MacLaren, who is mostly known for directing episodes of such TV shows as "Game of Thrones," "The Walking Dead," and "Breaking Bad." MacLaren beat other female directors, including Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) and Lesli Linka Glatter ("Homeland"). "Wonder Woman" will star Gal Gadot (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) and is set to hit theaters on June 23rd, 2017. »

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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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Podcast: Reviewing 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay', Mike Nichols, Bill Cosby and More

21 November 2014 7:01 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

We're covering a lot of ground today with the centerpiece being our review of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. We also dig into the Bill Cosby controversy for a second, the death of Mike Nichols, Universal's plans for at least three more Fast & Furious movies, Prometheus 2, Zoolander 2, a few of your questions, some games and a few knicks and knacks along the way. Hope you enjoy! 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. »

- Brad Brevet

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Crackle’s Original Film ‘The Throwaways’ To Debut On December 19

20 November 2014 12:40 PM, PST | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Crackle has some new spy thriller entertainment coming your way. The online distributor will release its original, feature-length film The Throwaways on its site on December 19, 2014. The film centers around a character named Drew Reynolds (played by Sam Huntington of Being Human and Superman Returns fame), a hacker captured by the CIA and offered either a job with the organization or life in prison. Reynolds joins a “throwaway” group of the CIA’s least-favored agents, including Colonel Christopher Holden (played by James Caan from The Godfather) and combat specialist Dan Fisher (portrayed by Kevin Dillon of Platoon). Together, the three aim to take out a cyber-terrorist bent on destruction. Written by Michael Ross of Jerry McGuire, The Throwaways co-stars Katie McGrath from Merlin, Christian Hillborg of The Bridge, and Jack Kesy of The Strain. Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker, The Avengers) and his colleague Don Handfield (Kill the Messenger) executive »

- Bree Brouwer

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Sliff 2014 Interview: Frank Hall Green – Director of Wildlike

19 November 2014 12:54 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Wildlike will screen at 5:00pm Saturday, November 22nd at the Tivoli Theater as part of the St. Louis International Film Festival. Ticket information can be found Here.  Frank Hall Green will be in attendance to answer questions about his film

In writer-director Frank Hall Green’s Wildlike, Mackenzie (Ella Purnell of “Malificent”), a troubled but daring teenage girl, is sent by her desperate and struggling mother to live with her uncle (Bruce Geraghty of “The Hurt Locker”) in Juneau, Alaska. Although her uncle initially seems like a supportive caretaker and friend, the relationship takes an uncomfortably sinister turn, and Mackenzie is forced to run away. Trying to make her way back to Seattle alone to find her absent mother, Mackenzie instead ends up going ever deeper into the Alaskan interior. Lost and with no one else to turn to, she shadows a backpacker, the loner Bartlett (Bruce Greenwood of »

- Tom Stockman

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Kathryn Bigelow’s Proto.Fight Club Art Film Surfaces at MoMA

17 November 2014 2:14 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

In a 1995 interview, director Kathryn Bigelow (of Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker fame) recalled filming The Set-Up — her experimental short film that she ended up submitting as her Mfa thesis with Columbia University. It also happened to be her first cinematic endeavor. “I started shooting at about 9pm and finished at 7am,” she said. “It was in an alley off White Street downtown, and it started to snow.” In it, two men (one played by Gary Busey) pummeled each other to a bloody pulp, accompanied by a voice-over of two philosophy professors providing dry commentary. “I knew exactly what I wanted,” said Bigelow. “But I didn’t understand that you fake shots and fake hits and put sound effects in.” As a result, “these guys were getting bloodier and bloodier. They were in bed for two weeks after, I almost killed them.” With French structuralist theory among »

- Dawn Chan

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‘Homesman’ Online Leak Unlikely to Impact Sales

17 November 2014 1:08 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Illegal copies of “The Homesman” have been circulating across the Internet since September, but the studios behind the Western think that piracy won’t ruin the film’s chances at the box office.

“I seriously doubt there was an effect on ‘The Homesman,’” wrote Howard Cohen, president of Roadside Attractions, in an email. “The audience is significantly on the older side.”

The film, which Roadside Attractions is backing along with Saban Films, has been pirated roughly 1.2 million times since a Blu-Ray quality copy showed up online in September, according to piracy tracking firm Excipio. It premiered in the United States in limited release last weekend, earning $48,000 from four theaters.

“We were very concerned about it,” said Bill Bromiley, president of Saban Films. “You just try to do as best you can to get copies down. Does it effect you? Absolutely. But how much, you just don’t know.”

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- Brent Lang

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Oscar-Winning The Hurt Locker Writer Hired for Uncharted Video Game Film

17 November 2014 6:54 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

We've been hearing about a big screen adaptation of the "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune" video game for years, mostly when David O Russell (The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook) was attached. Then it became clear that he has never played the game and the helmer eventually dropped out. Then Neil Burger (Limitless) stepped in to replace Russell, and soon after Burger was replaced by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses), who is still on board. And now comes word that the project is becoming more of a priority for Sony, which just hired Oscar-winning writer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) to polish the script originally written by David Guggenheim (Safe House). The studio still needs to finds its leading man before the film can move forward. Mark Wahlberg was briefly attached, but has since moved on. More recently, Sony made an offer to Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), but he passed. »

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Harvey Weinstein On Marketing Wiz Nadia Bronson – Guest Column

14 November 2014 2:27 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Harvey Weinstein, like so many others who struggle so hard each year to create awards season campaigns for their prestige films, is mourning the death of Nadia Bronson, who passed away at age 67 from cancer. She worked with him on a host of films from Django Unchained to Silver Linings Playbook, to Shakespeare In Love and Inglourious Basterds. Harvey has penned the following remembrance to Bronson. 

Acerbic.

That is the word that comes to mind in describing Nadia Bronson. I have spent the better part of 20 years knowing her, and knowing her well. She had two favorite clients: one was to be expected, George Clooney — charming and erudite, in life and in movies, caring and concerned. When she wasn’t well I would always get his email to make sure she was being looked after. She loved him, he loved her back.

Her second client was not the usual suspect, »

- Harvey Weinstein

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Boal Polishing 'Uncharted' Script, Mystique Hearts Magneto, Shyamalan's Next Goes to Uni & 'Creed' is Coming

14 November 2014 12:18 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) has been brought on to do a "three-week production polish" on the screenplay for the video game adaptation of Uncharted which will be directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) following the previous draft written by David Guggenheim (Safe House). Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) recently passed on an offer to play the film's lead, an Indiana Jones type named Nate Drake, a descendent of explorer Sir Francis Drake, who believes he has learned the whereabouts of the fabled golden South American city El Dorado from a cursed statue. The film is currently slated for a June 10, 2016 release. THR Jack O'Connell (Unbroken, Starred Up) and Julia Roberts are in talks to join George Clooney in director Jodie Foster's financial thriller Money Monster in which Clooney stars as Lee Gates, a bombastic financial TV personality who offers up stock advice on his »

- Brad Brevet

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Nadia Bronson Dies: International Film Marketing Pioneer Was 67

14 November 2014 9:43 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Nadia Bronson, a longtime figure in the Hollywood movie marketing business via her 24-year run at Universal Pictures’ international operations and later as a key awards-season independent consultant, died Friday in Utah. Bronson had cancer, which had recently returned, and she was in hospice in Utah at the time of her death. She was 67.

Bronson had become a force behind the scenes during awards season, particularly in being hired by studios to court Golden Globe voters.

In her run at Universal, she helped raise the profile of the international markets that are now so vital to the success or failure of Hollywood pics. After joining the studio in 1997, she rose through the ranks and eventually became president of international theatrical marketing and distribution. The list of films she oversaw is an impressive one: Jurassic Park, Out Of Africa, Shakespeare In Love, The Mummy, Gladiator and Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List to name a few. »

- The Deadline Team

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Week in Review: Is Christoph Waltz the next Bond villain?

14 November 2014 8:51 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Today’s Week in Review takes us to the highly probable rumor mill and some potentially sensational casting.

First up, The Daily Mail is reporting that Christoph Waltz is on board to be the villain in the still untitled, Sam Mendes-helmed Bond 24. The Daily Mail was also the source behind other potential Bond news regarding Lea Seydoux, potentially the next Bond girl or “femme fatale.” And although it would seem obvious that Waltz would be playing the villain, even that seems ambiguous. “It’s not immediately evident whether the part’s friend, or foe, or a bit of both,” said one of the Mail’s anonymous sources. Still though, if you’re going to cast Anton Chigurh in your previous Bond movie, the next logical step is to cast Hans Landa, right?

The next concerns the potential full cast of Suicide Squad, the DC movie full of a team of super villains. »

- Brian Welk

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Which Female Director is in Talks to Direct Wonder Woman?

14 November 2014 7:51 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

We've heard stories that Marvel is planning to hire a female director to take on its "Wonder Woman" film, which will star Gal Gadot (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice). The two names that were immediately rumored were Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) and Lexi Alexander (Punisher: War Zone). Bigelow has yet to comment, but Alexander recently said that she's not ready to take on the responsibility of proving that female directors can successfully deliver a hit comic book film. Now comes word that "Breaking Bad" producer Michelle MacLaren is in talks to direct "Wonder Woman," which is set to hit theaters on June 23rd, 2017. MacLaren is mostly known for directing episodes of such TV shows as "Game of Thrones," "The Walking Dead" and "Breaking Bad." »

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'Zero Dark Thiry' screenwriter boards 'Uncharted'

13 November 2014 3:27 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

There are few more recent franchises as significant to the PlayStation brand as the Uncharted series. Across three main games (and a prequel), treasure hunter Nathan Drake has scoured the globe for hidden riches. Sony has been trying to adapt the beloved games into a film since 2008, shortly after the series began. The Uncharted film has had a number of writers, directors, and actors attached to the project, and there's now another name to add to the list. As The Hollywood Reporter originally reported and EW can confirm, Sony has brought on Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker scribe »

- Jonathon Dornbush

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The Hype Cycle: AFI Fest

13 November 2014 11:46 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

As the end of the year approaches, the number of question marks in the Oscar ranks continues to sink lower. This past week, Selma, American Sniper, The Gambler and A Most Violent Year all dropped at AFI Fest, leaving only movies like Unbroken (still presumed to be a front-runner in a crowded field), Exodus: Gods and Kings (possibly not an awards movie at all), Big Eyes, and Into the Woods (who knows?) still unseen.

Did these newcomers make an impact worthy of making the charts? Let’s explore below.

1. Selma

It seemed like just a few weeks ago Selma might not even be completed in time for a serious awards push. This week Oprah convinced Director Ava DuVernay to screen the whole film rather than just a 30-minute preview, and the gamble paid off in spades.

Critics have been hailing Selma as an American cinematic triumph. Director Ava DuVernay’s »

- Brian Welk

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