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Ballet 422 – The Review

26 February 2015 8:46 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Last year proved to be an extraordinary one for feature-length documentaries about art and artists. 2014 saw the release of Tim’S Vermeer (a holdover from 2013), For No Good Reason, Jodorowsky’S Dune, all dealing with masters of pen, ink, and brush while Life, Itself explored the writing of Roger Ebert and Glen Campbell: I’LL Be Me offered an intimate portrait of the acclaimed musician. Barely two months into 2015, we’re now treated to an exceptional film which immerses us into the world of classic dance. Now, the ballet has been the backdrop for many classic dramatic films, from the fantasy world of The Red Shoes to the psychological terror of Black Swan. But there’s little back stage melodrama here. Director Jody Lee Lipes let’s us peek behind the curtain, past the tights and tutus for the sweat, strain, and stress for Ballet 422.

So, what’s with the number? »

- Jim Batts

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Critics Debate the Best and Worst of the Oscars

23 February 2015 3:38 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Three Variety critics agree to disagree about Oscar winners and losers both onscreen and on the Dolby stage.

Peter Debruge: Last year, the Academy made a statement in giving the best picture award to “12 Years a Slave.” This time around, over the course of a spread-the-wealth evening, it was the winners’ turn to speak their minds, and they did so in force, using Hollywood’s prom as a podium to demand equal rights — for women (“Boyhood’s” only winner, Patricia Arquette), for African-Americans (Common and John Legend, accepting “Selma’s” only win), for gays (“The Imitation Game” writer Graham Moore, urging young Lgbt viewers to “stay weird, stay different” as he collected the film’s lone statue), for those with disabilities (both Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne turned the spotlight on talents who achieved while coping with Als), and for immigrants (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, offering a plea on behalf of »

- Peter Debruge, Justin Chang and Scott Foundas

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Top 12 really creepy ballet moments in film and TV

23 February 2015 9:40 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ballet adds a surreal, creepy quality to many films and tv shows. Here are 12 of the most unsettling...

Warning - This article contains spoilers for The Cabin In The Woods, The Twilight Zone, Black Swan and The Red Shoes.

Ballet is not natural. Dancers perform exhausting routines with legs and feet turned out to bizarre angles, arms held just to the point where they really start to hurt (that’s when you know you’re doing it right), backs bending to angles of 90° and more, limbs held stock still while balancing on their toes, in bodies mathematically maintained in a state that contains absolutely not an ounce of fat but can sustain two or three hours of jumping and running around.

And then the female dancers add to all this by putting their entire weight on the points of their toes, feet bruising and bleeding, nails cracking, and the male »

- simonbrew

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'Birdman' Oscar win again proves Telluride an Oscar season good luck charm

22 February 2015 9:08 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

If there was any lingering doubt about the Telluride Film Festival's place in the annual film awards season, this year's Oscars outcome ought to finally settle them. With its victory Sunday night, "Birdman" became the sixth Best Picture winner in seven years to screen at the Labor Day Colorado event. The festival's press profile increased more and more in the wake of big early bows of films like "Brokeback Mountain," "Capote" and "Juno." "Slumdog Millionaire" really lit the fuse in 2008 and with it, films like "The King's Speech," "Argo" and "12 Years a Slave" have begun their journeys there "unofficially" before "official" world premieres at the Toronto Film Festival, while others like "The Artist" and "Birdman" made it priority to stop there on the way to awards season releases. Other major awards season players that have played the festival as of late include "Up in the Air," "Black Swan," "127 Hours," "The Descendants, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Indie Spirit Awards: Oscar’s Little Brother, or a Scrappy Rival?

21 February 2015 9:17 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

It wasn’t that long ago that the Film Independent Spirit Awards gave rise to the expression, “Win on Saturday, lose on Sunday.” That’s because the Spirit Awards take place the day before the Academy Awards, and because the roll call of Spirit winners is full of films that didn’t quite make the cut with the Academy, starting with “River’s Edge,” “Sex, Lies and Videotape,” “The Player” and “Pulp Fiction” and going on to include “Memento,” “Lost in Translation,” “Sideways,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Juno,” “The Wrestler,” “Precious,” “Black Swan” … But as the Spirit Awards prepare for their 30th annual. »

- Steve Pond

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Pregnant at the Oscars: 7 Actresses Who Rocked Baby Bumps at the Academy Awards

20 February 2015 3:30 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

All eyes will be on Keira Knightley at this year’s Academy Awards. The mom-to-be is not only nominated for an Oscar but she's also dressing for two! She’s not the first to rock a baby bump on the Oscars red carpet. Here's a look at seven other A-listers who rocked the “accessory” at the big event.

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In 1983, Meryl Streep was nominated for her fourth Academy Award and expecting her second child. What she didn't expect was another Oscar. That night Streep won for her lead role in Sophie's Choice. When asked backstage what she would tell her future daughter about the big night, the actress responded, "That she was here."

Watch: Oscars Red Carpet Rewind-- '80s Oprah and Pregnant Meryl Streep!

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Catherine Zeta-Jones found her self in the same boat as Streep in 2003. The Chicago star was just about ready to pop when she collected her Best Supporting Actress Oscar. 

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11 Actors Who Had an Oscar-Nominated Movie & a Total Bomb Come Out at the Same Time

20 February 2015 8:32 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Not every movie can be a winner. And not every actor can be Meryl Streep.

Even Oscar nominees make bad movies and sometimes, in an unfortunate twist of fate and bad timing, that bomb, that dud, that total and complete flop, comes out at the same time as some of the best work of their life. Here are 11 times that happened in the past 10 years:

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1. Eddie Redmayne (2015)

Nominated Role: The Theory of Everything. Redmayne is the Best Actor favorite this year for this biopic about Stephen Hawking navigating black holes and Als.

Losing Role: Jupiter Ascending. This totally effing bonkers Wachowski sci-fi flick came out just before Oscar voting started. And once you see Redmayne as Bowie-esque space prince Balem Abrasax, it cannot be unseen.

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2. Jennifer Lawrence (2013)

Winning Role: Silver Linings Playbook. Lawrence took home Best Actress for her turn as a trouble townie named Tiffany in this dark spin on a rom-com »

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Natalie Portman: "Miss Dior" Director's Cut

17 February 2015 7:04 AM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take another look @ Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman ("Black Swan") in the director's cut of the latest "Miss Dior" fragrance short film directed by Anton Corbijn:

Portman's first role was in the 1994 action thriller "Léon: The Professional", followed by the "Star Wars" prequel trilogy.

Following the 3 films for Lucafilm, she enrolled at Harvard University to study psychology while still working as an actress...

...completing her bachelor's degree in 2003.

Portman is also known for her portrayal as 'Jane Foster', the love interest of Marvel superhero 'Thor', in the film adaptation "Thor" (2011), and its sequel, "Thor: The Dark World" (2013).

In 2010, she starred in the psychological feature "Black Swan", earning an Academy Award for Best Actress.

In 2010, Portman signed on with the "Dior" fashion house, appearing in several of the company's advertising campaigns.

By February 2012, Portman had signed on for two Terrence Malick-directed features, including "Knight of Cups" and is »

- Michael Stevens

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When Oscars turn sour: 10 disastrous post-Academy Awards roles

17 February 2015 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Think that winning an Academy Award provides an actor with a surefire path to unlimited great roles? Think again. Oscars history is filled with stars who've taken home a gold statue only to see all their hard work undone in seconds with a stinker of a follow-up movie.

Digital Spy takes a look at 10 of these instances below...

Halle Berry - Catwoman (2004)

A piercing performance in Monster's Ball won Halle Berry an Oscar in 2002, but a rocky road lied ahead. She followed it up with disastrous Bond movie Die Another Day, hardly any screen time in X-Men 2 and turgid horror Gothika. Oh, and Catwoman... how could we forget Catwoman (believe us, we've tried)?

Jeff Bridges - Tron Legacy (2011)

Jeff Bridges's Oscar victory for Crazy Heart felt more like an acknowledgement for a body of work than that particular role (Crazy Heart is not his best). Thank goodness, then, that »

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The times 'Fifty Shades of Grey' stretched out with sex onscreen

16 February 2015 3:25 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Fifty Shades of Grey" is not a good movie. The script is clunky, the tone is inconsistent. Jamie Dornan is a snooze-fest. Its source material was poor literature, even as harlequin and romance writing traditions go, and the film's loyalties to the book's structure and characters is a real detriment. The film -- now a massive box office success after its opening weekend -- does have its redeeming qualities. For one, Dakota Johnson is a trooper, providing some much-needed fun to the frequently strained story. Also, even and especially as large-scale release geared toward women, "Fifty Shades" treats sex differently than many commercial dramas and rom-coms (and not just because of the Bdsm). For all its controversies, the film purposely eschews some of the book's pitfalls to hint at a much more complicated tale about the bedroom and consenting adults. Below I outline some things the "Fifty Shades of Grey »

- Katie Hasty

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New poster for Child 44 starring Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace

13 February 2015 5:57 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A new poster has been released for director Daniel Espinosa’s upcoming thriller Child 44, which features Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace

See Also: Watch the trailer for Child 44 here

A politically-charged serial killer thriller set in 1953 Soviet Russia, Child 44 chronicles the crisis of conscience for secret police agent Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy), who loses status, power and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa (Noomi Rapace), as a traitor. Exiled from Moscow to a grim provincial outpost, Leo and Raisa join forces with General Mikhail Nesterov (Gary Oldman) to track down a serial killer who preys on young boys. Their quest for justice threatens a system-wide cover-up enforced by Leo’s psychopathic rival Vasili (Joel Kinnaman), who insists “There is no crime in Paradise.”

Child 44 features a cast that also includes Joel Kinnaman (RoboCop), Jason Clarke (Terminator Genisys), Vincent Cassel (Black Swan »

- Gary Collinson

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Seventh Son and Jupiter Ascending: Two Current Oscar Nominees Fizzle

12 February 2015 10:16 AM, PST | | See recent CultureCatch news »

Who doesn't adore Julianne Moore?

Especially in Still Alice, the film for which bookmakers are betting she'll take home the Best Actress Oscar, Moore's portrayal of a linguistics professor battling early onset Alzheimer's is letter perfect. Myself having a sibling now encased in a memory care facility in Florida after being ravaged by the same affliction, every step of Alice's deterioration is recognizable: the random loss of memories, the awareness she's losing her identity, the outbursts of anger, the inability to control bodily functions, and the short-lived moments when the person you have always loved reemerges out of a fog of despair.

Sadly, Moore's performance and that of her peers in Seventh Son capture a forgetfulness, too, although not one symptomatic of an infirmity, but one characteristic of creative bankruptcy. By the time this adaptation of Joseph Delaney's bestselling young-adult classic, The Spook's Apprentice, ends and you've emptied your bladder in your mall's stall, »

- Brandon Judell

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New poster for Child 44 starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and Gary Oldman

10 February 2015 8:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A new poster has arrived online for Child 44, the upcoming adaptation of Tom Rob Smith’s bestselling novel, which sees Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) directing a stellar cast that includes Tom Hardy (Locke), Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Joel Kinnaman (RoboCop), Jason Clarke (Terminator Genisys), Vincent Cassel (Black Swan), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Trilogy) Sam Spruell (Snow White and the Huntsman) and Paddy Considine (The World’s End)…

See Also: Watch the trailer for Child 44 here

A politically-charged serial killer thriller set in 1953 Soviet Russia, Child 44 chronicles the crisis of conscience for secret police agent Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy), who loses status, power and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa (Noomi Rapace), as a traitor. Exiled from Moscow to a grim provincial outpost, Leo and Raisa join forces with General Mikhail Nesterov (Gary Oldman) to track down a serial »

- Gary Collinson

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Berlin: Vincent Cassel Set for Selton Mello’s ‘A Movie Life’ (Exclusive)

9 February 2015 10:01 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Vincent Cassel (“Black Swan”) will co-star in Selton Mello’s upcoming “A Movie Life,” one of the most anticipated movies going into production this year in Brazil.

Produced by Vania Catani’s Bananeira Films and helmed by Brazilian actor-turned-director Selton Mello, whose “The Clown” was Brazil’s Oscar entry, “A Movie Life” adapts the book “Un padre de pelicula” by Chilean Antonio Skarmeta, one of whose other novels was turned by Michael Radford into “Il Postino.”

A rites-of-passage story of big dreams in 1960s small-town Brazil, it turns on Tony, who returns from college to his home town in the sleepy sierras of southern Brazil. His father has fled home. Tony becomes a teacher, courts a local girl, and frequents a cinema in a neighboring town that harbors a shocking surprise.

Cassel, who speaks fluent Portuguese, will play Tony’s father. Mello, who appeared recently in Stephen Daldry’s “Trash, »

- John Hopewell

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The Hype Cycle – ‘Birdman’ comes out soaring

9 February 2015 3:00 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

In an Oscar column in the New York Times several weeks back, A.O. Scott noticed that the Academy loves to champion three different types of narrative: those that affirm the industry’s political values and virtues, those that represent popular success, and those that feel like “auto-cinephilia”. “Three of the last five Best Picture winners were about showmanship: two of them (The Artist and Argo) about movies and the other (The King’s Speech) about a different kind of performer overcoming obstacles.”

The 2014 film that fits into that last category is conveniently the movie that has pulled surprise victories with the Screen Actors Guild, the Producers Guild, and now this weekend with the Director’s Guild. And if it finally lost on Oscar Sunday, it would, as Kris Tapley first pointed out, join Apollo 13 as the only films to win all three guilds without winning Best Picture.

“Yes, Birdman is for real, »

- Brian Welk

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First poster for Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman

8 February 2015 9:03 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Having had its premiere over the last weekend at the Berlin Film Festival, the first poster for Terrence Malick’s (Badlands, Tree of Life) new film Knight of Cups has now been revealed by FilmNation Entertainment…

See Also: Watch the first trailer for Knight of Cups

Rick (Bale) is a slave to the Hollywood system. He is addicted to success but simultaneously despairs at the emptiness of his life. He is at home in a world of illusions but seeks real life. Like the tarot card of the title, Rick is easily bored and needs outside stimulation. But the Knight of Cups is also an artist, a romantic and an adventurer.

In Terrence Malick’s seventh film a gliding camera once again accompanies a tormented hero on his search for meaning. Once again a voiceover is laid over images which also seek their own authenticity. And once again Malick seems »

- Scott J. Davis

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Birdman: Let Down By a Terrible Ending

6 February 2015 3:06 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Anthony Stokes on Birdman and its ending (major spoilers follow)…

When I first heard about Birdman, I was cautious; I tend to get annoyed with any movie that does the “one long take” gimmick because it seems to serve little purpose besides drawing attention to itself, and add in the idiosyncratic score, and it seemed like it was trying just too hard.

Watching the film, I was pleasantly surprised that there was not an ounce of pretentiousness to be found. It wasn’t even as dark as I initially thought, and it seemed like it was genuinely just trying to tell its story, which is more than I can say for a lot of the movies the Academy deems “Best Picture” material. The long take camera work and unconventional score didn’t detract from the film, and actually added to the madness the movie was going for. Somehow it made »

- Gary Collinson

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Black Swan Scribe Mark Heyman To Write How To Catch A Russian Spy

6 February 2015 2:37 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Black Swan writer Mark Heyman has bagged scripting duties on upcoming adaptation, How To Catch A Russian Spy. The movie will be adapted from the forthcoming novel, How to Catch a Russian Spy: The True Story of an American Civilian Turned Double Agent by Naveed Jamali and Ellis Henican, which is slated to hit store shelves this June.

The true story book follows Jamali’s three-year experience as a double agent. During that period, he spied on America for the Russians and traded sensitive intel for great financial rewards, or so the Russians believed. In actual fact, Jamali was a covert double agent working with the FBI. It’s a gripping story that could have been yanked from a Robert Ludlum novel.

Fox procured the rights to the novel some time ago with a 2014 release initially on the calendar. (500) Days Of Summer‘s Marc Webb was – and still is – attached to direct. »

- Gem Seddon

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Mila Kunis on shooting the crazy chase for the Wachowskis in 'Jupiter Ascending'

6 February 2015 2:10 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

One of the things I have learned is that taking your kids with you to an interview is never a bad move. This week, Toshi and Allen had a few days off school for parent-teacher conferences, and so when Tuesday morning rolled around, I had an early date with Mila Kunis at the Four Seasons, and they went along with me. By "date," of course, I mean five minutes of camera time in one of their conference rooms in front of the usual junket crew, all in support of "Jupiter Ascending," the new Wachowskis film that opened today. But when we walked into the room, Mila saw the boys and immediately started having a conversation with them instead of me, and I can't possibly blame her. After all, Toshi was reading his "Secrets Of Disneyland" book, and Mila's a big Disney fan, and so they started talking about Walt's personal apartment over the firehouse, »

- Drew McWeeny

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Stop embarrassing yourselves by writing about the nonexistent 'Norbit' effect

6 February 2015 11:55 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There is a strange, altogether idiotic subset of people who actually believe Eddie Murphy lost the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for "Dreamgirls" because the raunchy, critically reviled "Norbit" hit theaters right in the thick of Academy voting. Nevermind that eventual Oscar winner Alan Arkin won the BAFTA prize for his "Little Miss Sunshine" performance, indicating industry support at the right time (surprisingly few of us picked him to win the Academy Award), or that "Dreamgirls" was obviously not held in the expected esteem by AMPAS, witnessed by a lack of major category presence in fields like Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing. They couldn't understand Murphy's apparent fall from grace, and so they falsely contextualized it and a nonsensical myth was born. This year, "The Theory of Everything" star Eddie Redmayne is bearing the brunt of this stupidity. It has even spilled onto the pages of The Washington Post, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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