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The highly anticipated and critically acclaimed political drama, House of Cards: The Complete Second Season, produced by Media Rights Capital, arrives on Blu-ray and DVD June 17 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The series returns with two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey (American Beauty, Best Actor in a Leading Role, 1999; The Usual Suspects, Best Actor in a Supporting Role; 1995) as the newly appointed Vice President of the United States, along with Robin Wright, this year's Golden Globe winner for her role as his wife, Claire Underwood (Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama). This series continues to sizzle with intensity as the ruthless Underwoods stop at nothing to climb the political food chain.
All 13 episodes will be available on the four-disc Blu-ray and four-disc DVD sets for House of Cards: The Complete Second Season with stunning collectible packaging on both releases, along with five bonus featurettes. »
The return of TV’s No. 2 comedy is nigh: Veep unveils its season 3 premiere tonight at 10:30 on HBO. This season, our narcissistic vice president of the United States, Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), stealthily begins her campaign for the Oval Office now that it appears Potus won’t be seeking re-election.
While Veep’s first two seasons showed viewers how Washington works, “season 3 is all about getting out of D.C.,” says creator Armando Iannucci. “It’s all about: How does the country work? She’s meeting people in Detroit, in the South, she’s going to a gun show, »
- Dan Snierson
Beau Willimon is the creator and showrunner of “House of Cards.” He was nominated for an Oscar for his screenplay for “The Ides of March.” Now he’s world-premiering his play “Breathing Time,” which runs through April 13 at Teatro Iati, a tiny theater in downtown Manhattan.
Why a little production from fledgling Fault Line Theater?
I liked the idea of doing it in an intimate setting. We seat 70 people at a time. Every seat will be a good one, which is the right way to do a play like this. It’s about loss and how we contend with it.
Have your roots as a playwright influenced your screenwriting?
Theater is dialogue-driven, and film is visually driven. But TV is somewhere in between: It’s filmic, but the best of television tends to be more character-based, because you’re spending 13 episodes at a time with these people.
Has your screenwriting informed how you write plays? »
- Gordon Cox
The exits came seven weeks after news emerged during the European Film Market that Dasym Investment Strategies — Exclusive Media’s majority owner — had decided to restructure the company.
Sinclair, who had been co-chairman and CEO, and East, who had been co-chairman, have started White Horse Pictures and based the new banner in Beverly Hills. White Horse is taking about half a dozen features and 15 documentaries out of Exclusive Media — but will not handle foreign sales or distribution — and will also develop projects for TV and digital.
The highest-profile White Horse project is a Julius Caesar origins project with Mark Canton and Gianni Nunnari on board to produce. White Horse will also continue to work with Exclusive Media on Charlize Theron’s drama “Dark Places »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive Media COO Marc Schipper will run the company as CEO in a move first anticipated by ScreenDaily during the recent Efm in Berlin.
It is understood the international sales unit led by Alex Walton is well regarded and will remain operational and that Dasym is also holding on to the Hammer genre division run by Simon Oakes out of the UK. Exclusive Releasing remains on the books however its future profile was unclear.
Sources said Sinclair (pictured), who also previsouly held the title of CEO, and East are preparing to announce their new production entity White Horse Pictures and will take with them several Exclusive Media titles, among them the Young Caesar property.
The companies will collaborate on the Keith Moon film as Sinclair is a producer, however insiders »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The Lego Movie was the only clear winner during a so-so February at the box office. Overall domestic grosses came in at around $700 million, which was a 13 percent improvement over last year. Still, it's way off from 2012's $818.2 million record, and is also noticeably lower than 2010 and 2009.Through the end of February, year-to-date box office is trending up 10 percent from 2013. If that pattern can continue, 2014 will be the first year in which the domestic box office breaks the $11 billion mark.The Lego Movie dominated the month of February, earning more than the next four titles combined. The surprise animated hit opened to $69 million, which is the second-highest February opening ever. In the weeks since, it hasn't dropped by more than 37 percent; through the end of February, Lego had already earned $192.7 million at the domestic box office.If it holds up well against Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Lego will wind up with at least $270 million total. »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Oscar-winning actor who died in February remembered by film industry at Academy Awards ceremony
• Xan Brooks liveblogs the ceremony
• Full list of winners as they're announced
The Oscars paid tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman, the Oscar-winning actor who died last year – devoting part of its traditional In Memoriam section to the actor whose death at the age of 46 shocked the film world.
Hoffman won the best actor award for his performance as Truman Capote in the 2005 biopic of the celebrated writer, and had three best supporting actor nominations for Charlie Wilson's War, Doubt and The Master. He was one of the most widely praised actors of his generation, creating startling performances for some of America's most acclaimed directors, including Todd Solondz (Happiness), Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia, The Master) and the Coen brothers (The Big Lebowski). He also shone in Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr Ripley and George Clooney »
- Andrew Pulver
Is Alexandre Desplat the hardest-working man in Hollywood? If they were going to give an Oscar for that this weekend, he'd certainly be a contender, though as it is he's nominated instead in the real category of Best Score, for “Philomena.” In the last three years alone he has worked on that film, “The Monuments Men” (where he also had a small role), “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Rise of the Guardians,” “Rust and Bone,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” “Argo,” “The Ides of March,” “Carnage,” “The King's Speech,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” and more. And he shows no sign of slowing down, with scores in the pipeline for “Godzilla," Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken" and now also for “D,” Roman Polanski's new project. Desplat is Polanski's go-to music guy at present, having done “Carnage,” “The Ghost Writer” and even the documentary "Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir. »
- Ben Brock
Half-term brought Warners' Lego film a strong opening weekend, well ahead of George Clooney's men-on-a-mission movie and the Valentine's Day releases
• The Lego Movie – review
• The Monuments Men – review
Animation is the one film genre that regularly supplies big hits without the benefit of character familiarity, with successes from studios such as Fox/Blue Sky (Ice Age), Universal/Illumination (Despicable Me) and Pixar (everything bar the sequels). Even recent Disney successes such as Tangled and Frozen barely traded on audience affection for their fairytale origins. However, the explosive opening numbers for The Lego Movie suggest brand familiarity can be an asset in animation, just as it invariably is in live action.
Opening with £8.05m including £2.16m in previews, The Lego Movie has achieved the strongest start for a non-sequel animation since The Simpsons Movie in July 2007 – although excluding preview figures, it was beaten by the opening weekend of 2009's Up, »
- Charles Gant
George Clooney's drama about a team of misfits at war with Nazi art thieves fails to strike the right tone
Look at the famous faces adorning the posters for this second world war caper and it is hard to figure out whether they're meant to be stony-faced or ever-so-slightly smirking. The same is true of the film, which wobbles uneasily between twinkly smiles and schmaltzy frowns, struggling to decide just how seriously to take its subject matter. The premise is promising: a ragtag team of misfits from Europe and America, united by a shared love of art, sent into the field of battle to stop the Nazis plundering and/or destroying the fruits of human culture – paintings, books, sculptures, icons etc.
The message is clear – fight people and they fight back; destroy their culture and they cease to exist – and neither Clooney nor co-writer Grant Heslov is afraid to say this out loud, »
- Mark Kermode
Almost exactly 30 years ago, two young aspiring actors named Grant and George signed up for an acting class. They immediately got along and as well as sharing opinions on such important, friendship-forming subjects as sports, women and humour, they both had an optimism that they would, some day, somehow, make it.
"You can probably see our old acting school from this window!" grins Grant Heslov, gesturing towards the giant window in the Beverley Hills hotel suite where he has spent the day doing interviews about his latest film, The Monuments Men. Just across the hall, George Clooney is doing the same. Upstairs, the stars of the film that Heslov and Clooney produced and wrote together (Clooney also directed and stars), including Matt Damon, »
- Hadley Freeman
As jaunty as Jean Dujardin’s beret, but in a sincere, old-fashioned kind of way. It could almost have been rediscovered from the 1940s… I’m “biast” (pro): love Clooney as an actor and a filmmaker; love the cast
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I try to avoid hearing too much of other critics’ reactions to a film before I’ve seen it, but there was no avoiding the barrage of disappointment that came hurling over Twitter last week, as so many of my North American colleagues responded to The Monuments Men with a resounding “meh.” This was a disappointment to me, because I’d been so looking forward to this movie.
Well, now that I’ve seen it, I don’t know what the hell they’re all talking about, because this movie is fantastic. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Right now you can see the latest filmmaking effort from director George Clooney and producer Grant Heslov with The Monuments Men. Unfortunately, despite my excitement for the film, it turned out to be a disappointing historical drama with an inconsistent tone reminiscent of the live-action dramas Disney made in the early to mid 90s. But Clooney and his Smokehouse Pictures producing partner Heslov are still a great team who have delivered fine films like The Ides of March and Good Night and Good Luck. Now they're lining up a new project with THR saying Sony has set the duo to remake the Norwegian thriller Pioneer. The Norwegian film is set in the early 80s, focusing on the birth of the Norwegian oil industry, and follows Petter, a bachelor whose sole passion is deep-sea diving as he and his brother Knut, a family man, take part in a test of whether »
- Ethan Anderton
George Clooney and Grant Heslov are two of Hollywood’s most interesting producers. Under their Smokehouse Pictures banner they have given us great films such as The Ides Of March and last year’s best picture winner, Argo. Their latest, The Monuments Men, may not have been as well received as some of their other titles, but it looks like the duo is moving right onto their next project as there’s now word that Sony is negotiating the remake rights to the Norwegian thriller Pioneer, for Smokehouse to produce.
The original released last year in Norway and also played at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Set in the 1980s during the country’s oil boom, the film tells the story of Petter, a professional diver who is obsessed with reaching the bottom of the Norwegian Sea. With his brother Knut, he seems ready to take on this dangerous mission, »
- Alexander Lowe
First off dear readers, I have to apologize to you for not bringing you my promised Super Bowl movie spot roundup last week. Unfortunately, the first part of last week ended up being crazy busy for me, and it got away from me. But I can tell you that the spot for Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier was by far my favorite. In the meantime, we got a new trailer for the upcoming superhero sequel, so that’s the subject of this week’s Trailer Trashin’ column.
Premise: Two years after the events of The Avengers, Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) resides peacefully in Washington, D.C., struggling to adapt to life in contemporary society. But after a S.H.I.E.L.D. compatriot is attacked, Rogers becomes entangled in a mystery that may endanger the globe. Together with Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Captain America attempts to uncover the »
- Timothy Monforton
“George Clooney approached me during the filming of Descendants  at the halfway party on the dance floor and nonchalantly asked me if I wanted to shoot his movie The Ides of March ,” recalls Phedon Papamichael who was shooting his second project for filmmaker Alexander Payne at the time with Clooney cast in the leading role. “That was a direct response to observing how I work with Alexander and that involves having an intimate, active and friendly set which is without a lot of technical restrictions to the actors. George Clooney and a lot of actors prefer not to repeat things over and over again as it feels like a lot of wasted or unnecessary coverage to them. We’re economic and specific with the way we cover scenes resulting in short shooting days which George also likes. »
Everything is awesome for the team behind The Lego Movie (Cinema Score: A). The 3D animated extravaganza is estimated to have earned a spectacular $69.11 million this weekend — the biggest opening of the still young year, and the second largest February opening ever (the top spot belongs to 2004′s Passion of the Christ). The Phil Lord and Christopher Miller movie blew past studio and analyst predictions, which had the pic in the $40 to $55 million range. Playing in 3,775 theaters, most of which were in 3D, Lego scored an incredible $18,307 per location average, and, including overseas profits ($18.1 million from 34 territories), The Lego Movie has already stacked up $87.2 million. »
- Lindsey Bahr
Despite competition from the tape-delayed opening Olympics ceremony, box office was strong yesterday, with "The Lego Movie" (Warner Bros.) taking in a robust $17,140,000 ahead of what is likely to be a very strong matinee-fueled weekend, though not record-breaking for February (the best remains "The Passion of the Christ"). "Lego" looks to be among Warners' third recent #1 film to open to over $50 million --along with "Gravity" and "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"-- and will be the biggest opening of 2014 so far. Coming in a distant second, around expectations, is George Clooney's "The Monuments Men" (Sony) at $7 million. This is actually by some distance the best first day gross for a film he directed (doubling the take for "The Ides of March"). With an all-star cast and heist theme, it is aimed more at a wider "Ocean's Eleven"/sequel audience, with its full weekend gross (likely around $20 million) a »
- Tom Brueggemann
I still remember the first time I saw Philip Seymour Hoffman. It was in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia, and I was 13 years old. Already, I’d been bitten by the film bug, and that bite had driven me to pursue films that my friends had no interest in seeing. As such, I wouldn’t come to see Magnolia until it had been released on VHS. I recall the captivating presence of the actor: this pudgy, baritone man. The heart he put into his role, and the fascinating sincerity with which he played a simple male nurse attending a dying man. I never forgot him.
While much has been made of Mr. Hoffman’s more lauded roles in the wake of his recent death, his turns as Truman Capote (Capote) or Lancaster Dodd (The Master), for example, it’s easy to forget that this is a man who has been »
- Mike Worby
The film world was rocked last weekend with news of the unexpected death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. One of the most well-respected actors working before his untimely death, Hoffman was known for his incredible range, and his ability to deliver a stunning performance, no matter the role. The varied nature of his filmography is a testament to his skill, with numerous scenes showcasing his ability to disappear into a role, no matter what it was. Here are five such scenes that illuminate the versatility of Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Paul Thomas Anderson and Philip Seymour Hoffman had a number of memorable collaborations. One such collaboration was 1997’s Boogie Nights, from which this scene comes. Playing Scotty, Hoffman perfectly captures the feeling of rejection, the nervousness of attraction, and the emotions associated with unrequited love in the span of 2 minutes, with his breakdown in the car unnerving in its authenticity. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
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