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Closing-night Films at AFI Fest Often Score Oscar Noms

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

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Since opening Nov. 6 with the world premiere of J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year, AFI Fest has hosted the world premieres of Ava DuVernay’s Selma, Rupert Wyatt’s The Gambler and Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, but it’s also hosted a variety of festival favorites, including Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, which closes the festival tonight. Miller, a two-time Oscar nominee, received the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival following the film’s premiere. This biographical film is based on the true story of brothers and wrestling gold medalists Mark (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) and their relationship with John du Pont (Steve Carell), which ultimately results in Dave’s murder. The film opens in theaters tomorrow. Twelve of the past 14 films to close AFI Fest have received Oscar nominations, two for best picture. Closing-night films at AFI Fest »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Pawn Sacrifice Review [Tiff 2014]

15 September 2014 7:22 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Edward Zwick is a great filmmaker, but he rarely gives you subtlety. Some have criticized his medium-to-large-budget action films – titles that include Glory, Defiance and Blood Diamond – as too simplistic, which would have stained those efforts more if they were not so compelling and exciting. So, to hear that the director was behind a film about the introspective game of chess and its most famous player, the complex and controversial Bobby Fischer, was nerve-wracking. Would the film skimp on the nuances of the New York chess sensation? Could the Last Samurai director figure out a way to depict the game in an inventive way onscreen?

Well, although Zwick has still not managed to find a way to visually communicate the game of wits and cunning, he has still made a biopic and thriller that should entertain those who do not even know how to play chess. Pawn Sacrifice is a »

- Jordan Adler

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Pride movie review: hanging together rather than hanging separately

12 September 2014 3:39 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

One of the rare movies that gets absolutely everything right, bursting with happy-tears emotion about solidarity, friendship, and smashing bigotry. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

And then sometimes the forces of good win. Well, the good guys almost always win in The Movies, but not so much in real life.

Background: For a year in 1984-5, U.K. coal miners engaged in a massive industrial action that saw them walk out of work over government plans to close a massive number of pits. (The industry was at the time nationalized and controlled from Westminster.) Most Americans and probably many younger Brits will likely be unaware of this important historical event (unless they’ve seen the film Billy Elliot, which, like Pride, was set amidst the strike); the closest American analogy might be the 1981 strike »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Tiff 2014: Edward Zwick's 'Pawn Sacrifice' Reexamines Bobby Fischer

8 September 2014 7:13 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Ever since first seeing Searching for Bobby Fischer when I was a young kid, I've been intrigued by chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer and the very odd life he lived. While a few other films have been made about him, or the brilliant game(s) of chess he played, I haven't come across too much that has covered his life or dramatized it in a way that has provided this much depth. The latest film from Edward Zwick (of Legends of the Fall, The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond, Defiance), titled Pawn Sacrifice, was once in the works with David Fincher at the helm, and stars Tobey Maguire as Bobby Fischer telling his life story from young chess prodigy to grandmaster and world champion. It's a solid reexamination of an eccentric historic figure. Zwick's take on Fischer's life isn't straightforward or groundbreaking, but doesn't have any tricks up its sleeves either. Pawn Sacrifice »

- Alex Billington

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Tiff 2014 Review – Pawn Sacrifice (2014)

7 September 2014 7:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Pawn Sacrifice, 2014.

Directed by Edward Zwick.

Starring Tobey Maguire, Peter Sarsgaard, Liev Schreiber, and Michael Stuhlbarg.

Synopsis:

American chess phenomenon Bobby Fischer squares off against his Russian rival Boris Spassky in the 1972 “Match of the Century” in Reykjavik, Iceland.

 

Archival news footage talks about the disappearance of Bobby Fischer who is competing for the World Championship of Chess against his Russian adversary Boris Spassky in Iceland.  A torn apart hotel room where everything from telephones and lamps have be disassembled appears with a figure staring out the window which then transitions to a young boy looking at person in car taking a picture of his home; he runs to his mother who plants the seeds of paranoia in him which will grow with age.

The child becomes a Brooklyn teenager who demands complete silence when he is studying resulting in his mother leaving with her boyfriend to California.  With every »

- Trevor Hogg

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Review: Rising Brit star George MacKay is the standout in Duane Hopkins' 'Bypass'

3 September 2014 7:44 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Venice — Looking scrawny and sallow compared to his 2013 appearances in Kevin Macdonald’s underrated Ya novel adaptation “How I Live Now” and Proclaimers musical “Sunshine on Leith,” George MacKay is the standout in Duane Hopkins’ UK Horizons entry “Bypass” here at Venice. “Bypass” sees Brit-on-the-rise MacKay in loosely similar territory to his other 2013 release, Paul Wright’s dour, artful “For Those In Peril,” in which he also played an almost completely friendless and increasingly desperate youth isolated from his family, though there the similarities between the two films end. MackKay is a compelling presence as the lead here. In fact, we should really start referring to him as reliably compelling, given his current hit rate. The aforementioned three 2013 releases (plus sports comedy “Breakfast with Jonny Wilkinson”) saw him nominated for the British Academy and London Film Critics’ Circle’s Rising Star awards, but the young actor is yet to really break through in America, »

- Catherine Bray

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Defiance season 2 episode 7 review: If You Could See Her Through My Eyes

3 August 2014 10:01 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Defiance's second season just gets better and better. Here's Billy's review of If You Could See Her Through My Eyes...

This review contains spoilers.

2.7 If You Could See Her Through My Eyes

Is it me, or did Defiance flirt this week with being somewhat soap-opera at times? Possibly. But that didn’t stop it being both entertaining and divisive in equal measure.

What was slightly jarring was that plots that have run at full steam since the start of the season were put on hold, with no Pottinger, Tommy or Berlin this week. With them out of the picture there was plenty of room to run what was essentially a parallel Tarr story, with both Datak and Alak presented with their own challenges. 

Datak’s world gets tuned upside down when Jalina, a ‘hand maiden’ in the Tarr household dies in the doorway of his swanky shipping container. The »

- louisamellor

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Win Tickets To London Screening Of ‘Starred Up’ On 4th August!

29 July 2014 5:22 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

To celebrate the upcoming home entertainment release of the brutal and brilliant film Starred Up, we’ve teamed up with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment to offer 10 lucky winners the chance to win a pair of tickets to an exclusive screening of the film along with a Q&A with Screenwriter Jonathan Asser, hosted by Empire’s very own Damon Wise on Monday 4th August evening in Central London.

Starred Up which is out now on Digital HD and on Blu-ray/DVD on 4th August is the story of Eric (Jack O’Connell: This is England, Harry Brown, Eden Lake) – a teenager whose violent behaviour in a young persons’ borstal results in being ‘starred up’ to an adult prison where his father, Neville (Ben Mendelsohn: The Place Beyond the Pines, The Dark Knight Rises), is also an inmate. Caged amongst the older, more violent prisoners, Eric, disaffected and disengaged, »

- Dan Bullock

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Defiance season 2 episode 6 review: This Woman's Work

27 July 2014 10:25 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

This week's Defiance is Billy's favourite so far this season. Read his review of This Woman's Work, here...

Review

This review contains spoilers.

2.6 This Woman's Work

So many shows these days are predictable, possibly because the people writing them are broiled in the same history of TV drama, and any good idea is often worth a rehash. Yet that serves only to make a totally unexpected turn of events sweeter when they turn up. This episode of Defiance has one of those, so if you’ve not watched it I’d skip this review until you’ve experienced it.

I mention that part last, but from the outset This Woman’s Work moved up a gear from the previous stories in this season, and immediately became my season favourite. It didn’t look that way when it started with Tommy, a character I’ve not cared for much this season, »

- louisamellor

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Defiance season 2 episode 5 review: Put The Damage On

20 July 2014 8:31 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

While no single episode of Defiance has been outstanding so far this season, the seeds are being satisfyingly sown for its future...

Review

This review contains spoilers.

2.5 Put The Damage On

There were lots of things to like in this episode, not least the major part played by Doc Yewll, one of Defiance's more interesting characters.

So far I’ve not been a big fan of the subplot where Amanda becomes a drug addict, but here it found a place to thrive, when she started to imagine that the man who raped her had come back to terrorise her. This coincides with the reappearance of an old flame of the Doc’s, and while these two things seem at the time entirely unrelated, they’re actually importantly connected.

In retrospect, you’re given a number of important clues about the reality of Amanda’s encounter with the past in that sequence. »

- louisamellor

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#SDCC14: On Day 3 (July 26) Vamp Out with True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, Salem, Ahs: Coven, Constantine, Grimm, Sin City, Lovecraft, Twin Peaks, and More!

12 July 2014 5:59 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Day 3 of Sdcc '14 marks the end of an era with "True Blood's" last panel. It's joined by fellow fangers "The Vampire Diaries," the witches of "Salem" and "Ahs: Coven," "Grimm," Sin City, "Constantine," Troma, and lots more.

Per usual, we have the horror highlights along with info on a few other panels that should be of general interest (plus a couple of things for the kids). Be sure to visit the official 2014 San Diego Comic-Con website for the full lineup.

Day 3: Saturday, July 26, 2014

10 Am - The Simpsons

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons-no gifts please-with creator Matt Groening, executive producer Al Jean, supervising director Mike Anderson, and director for life David Silverman. Topics include the new Treehouse of Horror, Simpsorama, a visit from Homer Simpson and much, much more.

Saturday July 26, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am - Ballroom 20

10 Am - Idw: Summer Blockbusters!

Idw »

- Debi Moore

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Comic-Con 2014 Schedule for Saturday, July 26th

12 July 2014 11:52 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

San Diego Comic-Con has released the full schedule of events for Saturday, July 26, following the Thursday and Friday schedules that were released the past two days. You can clickHere to view the lineup in its entirety, which includes numerous comic book panels and events, but we have pulled out all of the movie, DVD and TV-related panels for your convenience.

San Diego Comic-Con has released the full schedule of events for Saturday, July 26, following the Thursday and Friday schedules that were released the past two days. You can clickHere to view the lineup in its entirety, which includes numerous comic book panels and events, but we have pulled out all of the movie, DVD and TV-related panels for your convenience.

Saturday, July 26

The Simpsons

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons-no gifts please-with creator Matt Groening, executive producer Al Jean, supervising director MikeAnderson, and director for life David Silverman. »

- MovieWeb

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DC superheroes and 'American Horror Story' lead Comic-Con Saturday schedule

12 July 2014 10:48 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Saturday TV schedule at the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con is all about superheroes, witches, freaks and vampires. But mostly superheroes.  DC and Warner Bros. have cooked up a comicbook extravaganza, booking three straight hours in Hall H in order to show off the highly anticipated series "Gotham" (making its world premiere), "The Flash" and "Constantine," plus the hit returning series "Arrow." Meanwhile, fans will say goodbye to "True Blood," while "American Horror Story" will be making its Sdcc debut. Plus, "Family Guy" meets "The Simpsons," Syfy returns to the Con, and more.  "The Simpsons" The animated legend is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a panel focusing on the new Treehouse of Horror, Simpsorama, and much, much more. When: Saturday July 26, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am  Where: Ballroom 20 Who: Creator Matt Groening, executive producer Al Jean, supervising director MikeAnderson, and director David Silverman. "Once Upon a Time"  The cast and »

- Dave Lewis

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San Diego Comic-Con TV Schedule: Will Your Favorite Shows Be There?

8 July 2014 10:22 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

San Diego Comic-Con celebrates its 45th year July 23-27 and once again, dozens of networks and TV studios will descend on the city with hundreds of stars and producers to promote their new and returning shows — but will your favorites make the trip? View our constantly updated schedule of Comic-Con’s TV panels and events below, and bookmark this page to check back for updates as Sdcc draws closer. Variety will be on hand at the convention to bring you the latest news and interviews direct from San Diego, so even if you won’t be attending Sdcc, you won’t miss any of the action.

July 23 (Preview Night)

Pilot screenings for: “The Flash” (CW), “Constantine” (NBC) and “iZombie” (CW), along with a new episode of “Teen Titans Go!” (Cartoon Network) from 6 p.m. in Ballroom 20.

July 24

“24″ (Fox, 10 a.m., Ballroom 20) Sneak preview and Q&A with the cast moderated by exec producer Jon Cassar. »

- Shelli Weinstein

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Defiance season 2 episode 2 review: In My Secret Life

27 June 2014 4:14 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

After a bumpy start, Defiance is quickly on track towards an interesting second season. Here's Billy's review...

Review

This review contains spoilers.

2.2 In My Secret Life

My disenchantment with the opening episode of Defiance was soon forgotten by this significantly better story, In My Secret Life. The theme of all the shenanigans packed into these forty-two minutes, was that we all have lives we think are secret, but they rarely are completely. 

The return of Nolan and Irisa coincides with a terrorist incident, though oddly nobody points out any potential connection. That’s good, because really there isn’t any. This has more to do with Tarrs, and their organised crime troubles, than anything Nolan should be concerning himself. But, like a moth to a flame, he’s drawn into leading the investigation with the excuse of getting Irisa out of E-Rep custody.

There were plenty of things to like as this story unfolded, »

- louisamellor

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Win Ray Donovan Season 1 on Blu-ray

30 May 2014 12:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To mark the release of Ray Donovan Season 1 on 9th June, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.

Set in the glamorous, sprawling capital of excess that is Los Angeles, Ray Donovan (Liev Schreiber, Defiance) is the best in his business. A fixer with no equal, Ray can make even the most complicated and sensational problems disappear for the right fee. The only problem he can’t fix is his own…

When Ray’s father Mickey (Jon Voight, 24) is unexpectedly released from prison on parole, a chain of events is set off that shakes the Donovan clan, including brothers Terry (Eddie Marsan, Southcliffe) and Bunchy (Dash Mihok, Silver Linings Playbook), to its very core.

Ray Donovan Season 1 available to own on DVD & Blu- Ray from 2nd June.

 

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- Competitions

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Liev Schreiber And Jaden Smith Will Topline Slavery Pic The Good Lord Bird

16 April 2014 5:52 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The darkest chapter in American history has always been ripe for the Hollywood treatment, but after Steve McQueen’s searing 12 Years A Slave took Best Picture at the Oscars earlier this year, it seems clearer than ever that there’s still a large appetite for movies about slavery. Luckily, the next star-studded movie about the subject won’t be quite as painful to watch as 12 Years A Slave. Deadline is reporting that Liev Schreiber and Jaden Smith have signed on to star in an adaptation of James McBride’s satirical slavery novel The Good Lord Bird.

McBride’s novel, which won him the 2013 National Book Award, centers on a cross-dressing slave named Little Onion (Smith), a young boy mistaken for a girl when rescued from his master by famed abolitionist John Brown (Schreiber). Together, they set out on a journey across the country, encountering individuals like Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass »

- Isaac Feldberg

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The Cast of Josh Trank’s The Fantastic Four finally revealed

20 February 2014 3:47 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

We’ve known for a while now that Michael B. Jordan will play Johnny Storm/The Human Torch in Fox’s upcoming reboot of The Fantastic Four, but now the other three members of the team have been revealed following a final rewrite of the script and a lengthy casting process.

According to Variety, House of Cards star Kate Mara has signed on to play Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman, while Jamie Bell (Defiance) is expected to soon agree to join the Josh Trank helmed movie as Ben Grimm/The Thing. Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now) has officially been offered the role of Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, and it’s likely that his deal will be completed soon.

With Simon Kinberg, Matthew Vaughn and Gregory Goodman serving as producers, the next step for the studio is to find an actor (or actress?) to play the villainous Doctor Doom. The plan »

- Josh Wilding

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Tom Hardy Joins BBC's Period Gangster Drama 'Peaky Blinders,' Starring Cillian Murphy

14 February 2014 10:42 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Some day the BBC series "Peaky Blinders," which was recently acquired by the Weinstein Company for U.S. distribution, will make its way here to some network or streaming platform. For now, fans will be pleased to learn that the critically acclaimed gangster drama has added Tom Hardy ("Inception," "The Dark Knight Rises") to its already stellar cast. Hardy, who reunites with the show's creator Steven Knight after their collaboration on the upcoming feature film "Locke," will play a charismatic leader who presents a unique opportunity to protagonist Tommy Shelby, played by Golden Globe nominee Cillian Murphy ("Batman Begins," "28 Days Later"). Season two of the show will see the Shelby family expanding their empire as the 1920s begin to roar. In addition to Hardy and Murphy, the cast includes Paul Anderson ("Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows"), Joe Cole ("Now Is Good"), Iddo Goldberg ("Defiance"), Sophie Rundle ("Great Expectations") and Sam Neill ("Jurassic Park, »

- Ziyad Saadi

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Tom Hardy Joins BBC's Period Gangster Drama 'Peaky Blinders,' Starring Cillian Murphy

14 February 2014 10:42 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Some day the BBC series "Peaky Blinders," which was recently acquired by the Weinstein Company for U.S. distribution, will make its way here to some network or streaming platform. For now, fans will be pleased to learn that the critically acclaimed gangster drama has added Tom Hardy ("Inception," "The Dark Knight Rises") to its already stellar cast. Hardy, who reunites with the show's creator Steven Knight after their collaboration on the upcoming feature film "Locke," will play a charismatic leader who presents a unique opportunity to protagonist Tommy Shelby, played by Golden Globe nominee Cillian Murphy ("Batman Begins," "28 Days Later"). Season two of the show will see the Shelby family expanding their empire as the 1920s begin to roar. In addition to Hardy and Murphy, the cast includes Paul Anderson ("Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows"), Joe Cole ("Now Is Good"), Iddo Goldberg ("Defiance"), Sophie Rundle ("Great Expectations") and Sam Neill ("Jurassic Park, »

- Ziyad Saadi

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