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Oscar Best Picture: What’s Wrong With Well-Crafted Entertainment?

26 November 2014 6:37 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

What do voters have against movies that are well-made — and also as entertaining as hell?

Among this year’s typically serious and/or weighty crop of frontrunners, there are at least three dramas set during wartime (“Unbroken,” “American Sniper” and “The Imitation Game”) and a slew of biopics (all three of the previously mentioned films, “Selma,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Wild.”) All of these films, along with “Foxcatcher,” are based on true stories.

But can’t Oscar make room for some titles that represent exceedingly well-crafted fun? While a “District 9” might slip in from time to time, odds are fairly slim that “Guardians of the Galaxy,” a film that critics and audiences adored, will sneak into the best picture noms. Over at Rotten Tomatoes, “Guardians” is sitting pretty with a 90% fresh rating, higher than many frontrunners (“Theory of Everything”: 82%, “Imitation Game”: 84%, “Foxcatcher”: 85%.) The film was »

- Jenelle Riley

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Jurassic World trailer – Flickering Myth Reaction

26 November 2014 4:36 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Flickering Myth team react…

Released upon the world yesterday (a couple of days early no less!), we finally got our first look at Jurassic World. But what did our the Flickering Myth writing and editorial staff think of it?

Kris Wall: Dinosaurs and Chris Pratt – Shut Up And Take My Money. I’m more than a little bit excited for this, even more so than I am for Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Mike P Williams: Right up there as one of my most anticipated for 2015 – alongside Inside Out and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Simon Columb: This could me a brilliant reinvention for a new audience. The trailer hints at some nice links to the previous films yet there is a touch of Transformers-esque gloss… the story may be trite. Chris Pratt seems solid but his ‘trailer lines’ are a little on the nose. As long as the »

- Luke Owen

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Ridley Scott Won't Direct Blade Runner 2; Harrison Ford Will Appear In Third Act

25 November 2014 3:28 PM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

While doing press for his new movie Exodus: Gods And Kings, Ridley Scott provided some new details to Variety about the Blade Runner sequel. He'll be directing The Martian next, and after that Ridley has plans to direct something else, but he wouldn't tell Variety which film. They were told it wouldn't be Blade Runner 2, which Scott has been developing the past few years with screenwriter Hampton Fancher. Even though Scott will sit on the bench (he'll produce) for Blade Runner 2, fans can be happy to know 'Rick Deckard' (Harrison Ford) is returning. Scott said, “Harrison is very much part of this one, but really it’s about finding him; he comes in in the third act.” The film starts shooting in 2015, so they better figure out who is going to direct it fairly soon. Who would you like to see? My vote would go to Neill Blomkamp »

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Judge Dredd: Origins – a comic that should be a movie

17 November 2014 3:26 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Touted as the potential follow-up to the Dredd movie, here’s why Rob thinks Dredd: Origins is prime for a big screen adaptation…

One of the most frequently posted comments on this website over the past year? It'd be something along the lines of 'they can make [name of sequel that sounds not very good], but they can't make Dredd 2'. The frustration is understandable. When the Karl Urban-headlined Dredd movie tanked at the Us box office in particular, it seemed to take any hopes of a follow-up to what had been a raw, worthwhile film with it.

But the flame of hope still flickers, with a new web series the latest addition to the world of Dredd. However, should all concerned be looking for a future direction for Dredd 2, then Judge Dredd: Origins is surely prime material. It's a 2007 23-issue arc written and illustrated by Judge Dredd creators John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra to »

- simonbrew

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Maleficent Blu-Ray Review

13 November 2014 6:17 PM, PST | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Maleficent Blu-Ray Review

You may think you know the story of Sleeping Beauty, but Maleficent dares to opt for changing your mind about that. The story starts long before you imagined, with a young fairy who meets a young human thief. By way of impressive visuals, and surprisingly “normal” events, young Maleficent and Stefan become the best of friends. When Maleficent comes of age, she becomes the protector of her magical forest, which means when the King comes calling, and doesn’t fare well, she is the target of his rage. A now very ambitious Stefan sees an opportunity.

This naturally leads to a great betrayal, and Stefan becoming King. This gives us the opening to sell us the story that Maleficent isn’t just the evil witch who comes to curse Aurora, but is instead the largely justified, though perhaps overzealous, wronged fairy looking to exact revenge.

Though the »

- Marc Eastman

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‘Chappie’s Roots in the Robots of Neill Blomkamp

13 November 2014 12:00 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The first trailer for Neill Blomkamp‘s Chappie told us what Blomkamp enjoys most in life. Dingy brown landscapes. Socio-political commentary wrapped in a veil of science fiction. Sharlto Copley (this time, heavily autotuned). All were present in District 9 and Elysium, and all seem to play a part in this story of a robo-boy becoming a man. Also, robots! Blomkamp definitely loves robots. Kind of the same robots, every time, actually. Because if you take a thorough look at Chappie, and then the robots of Blomkamp’s other work, you’ll see the same distinguishing details every time. Here’s Chappie: Now a few of Elysium‘s androids: Now District 9 and its lumbering prawn mech. Notice the similarities? Each one is segmented, made up of blocks and plates — large, recognizable pieces jointed together. Each one is generally human-shaped (or alien-humanoid-shaped, as the case may be) but they’re not meant to ape us exactly »

- Adam Bellotto

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Crowdfunding Friday: first-person action film, Hardcore

13 November 2014 4:18 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Sharlto Copley stars in the first-person sci-fi action film Hardcore, currently looking for funds on IndieGoGo...

Nb: this article contains language and violent video footage which may be considered Nsfw.

Gun battles. Car chases. Explosions. All stuff we've seen in action films before, so what can be done to freshen it up and make it seem new? Enter Hardcore, a sci-fi action film with the first-person viewpoint and demented pace of a videogame.

It's the work-in-progress from Russian filmmaker Ilya Naishuller. You might remember a superbly-shot video that appeared on YouTube last year, which saw an anonymous hero involved in car chases, fights and gun battles - all viewed from his point-of-view. Although intended as a music video for his band Biting Elbows, the film itself got the lion's share of the attention, with over 40m views and praise from director Timur Bekmambetov. If you've never seen it before, you can watch it here. »

- ryanlambie

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Page 2: Bttf, David Fincher, Ghostbusters, Incredibles, Predator, Kubrick, Star Wars, District 9, Hunger Games

12 November 2014 3:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. Header Photo: Delorean Space t-shirt 7 […]

The post Page 2: Bttf, David Fincher, Ghostbusters, Incredibles, Predator, Kubrick, Star Wars, District 9, Hunger Games appeared first on /Film. »

- Peter Sciretta

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Adrenaline-Fueled Clip from Pov Action Film Hardcore with Sharlto Copley

11 November 2014 9:07 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Ilya Naishuller, the filmmaker who brought us the two Pov action short films "Insane Office Escape" and "Insane Office Escape Part 2," is developing a feature length film called Hardcore. This movie will be the first ever action film entirely shot from the Pov of the main character. The film stars Sharlto Copley (District 9, A-Team), and it’s being produced by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted). 

They are currently trying to secure the funding they need to finish the movie at Indiegogo, and they’ve released some badass teaser footage that gives you an idea of what they are trying to accomplish. Here’s a description:

Hardcore is a modern, action Sci-Fi story about Henry, a newly resurrected cyborg who must save his wife/creator Estelle (Haley Bennet) from the clutches of a psychotic tyrant with telekinetic powers, Akan (Danila Kozlovsky), and his army of mercenaries.  Fighting alongside Henry is Jimmy (Sharlto Copley »

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Nicholas Weiss earns Sony creative advertising role

11 November 2014 7:32 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sony Pictures Entertainment has appointed Nicholas Weiss svp of creative advertising.

Weiss will oversee creative advertising campaigns for, among others, the untitled film from Cameron Crowe and the 24th James Bond adventure, both set for release in 2015.

He most recently served as creative director at Vibe Creative La, working on such campaigns as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 22 Jump Street, Maleficent, The Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2, Ted and Django Unchained

Weiss will report to the studio’s president of theatrical marketing Dwight Caines and president of worldwide Creative Advertising Michael Pavlic. 

Prior to Vibe Creative, Weiss worked as an editor at Create Advertising Group, where he helped launch various marketing campaigns for District 9, Star Trek, Iron Man 2 and Michael Jackson’s This Is It.

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- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Check Out Francesco Francavilla's Brand New 'District 9' Art Print

10 November 2014 3:10 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Those fokkin' prawns! Feast your eyes on this fresh new art print from "prolific record label and pop culture provocateurs" SpaceLab9, which will be selling this print as part of a promotion for the pre-order launch of their District 9 Original Soundtrack Expanded Version vinyl LP. The print goes on sale starting tomorrow, November 11th, along with the vinyl for pre-orders. SpaceLab9 commissioned Francesco Francavilla, an Italian comic book artist known for his own series The Black Beetle and other comic art, to design this print for Neill Blomkamp's debut sci-fi film District 9 from 2009, with Sharlto Copley as Wikus. See below. Here's the 18"x24" print for Neill Blomkamp's District 9 by Francesco Francavilla made for SpaceLab9: The art, limited to only 100 hand-screened prints are on high quality 100 lb. pure white French construction stock and printed with archival quality inks by renowned printmakers Vahalla Studios. The prints »

- Alex Billington

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9 incredible short films from Hollywood directors: Nolan, Spielberg, more

9 November 2014 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Everybody has to start somewhere.

The best and most successful Hollywood directors might find themselves marshalling $200 million epics, but in their formative years big budgets weren't at their disposal and they had to make do only with a good idea and the drive to make it happen. Many filmmakers use shorts to test-run ideas and explore themes they'd circle back to down the line.

From Christopher Nolan to Steven Spielberg, we look at nine short films that helped kick-start careers behind the camera.

1. Christopher Nolan - Doodlebug (1997)

Even before he hit it big, Interstellar director Christopher Nolan was distorting reality with his film work.

Doodlebug - led by Nolan's Following star Jeremy Theobald - played out an intriguing narrative loop over a brisk three minutes as a man chased a 'bug' around his flat with a shoe. A year after he made this film, Nolan took his feature debut Following »

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Chappie is a Very Human Robot

6 November 2014 12:05 PM, PST | Filmonic.com | See recent Filmonic news »

Chappie is the next movie from District 9 and Elysium director Neill Blomkamp, and it’s about a robot that can think and feel like a human can. Chappie is the first of its kind, a scientific breakthrough, a robot programmed with an artificial intelligence that allows him to think and feel for himself. Now Hollywood […]

Read Chappie is a Very Human Robot on Filmonic.

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- Alex

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The day with some salacious penguins, some Smashing Pumpkins and some cute robots

6 November 2014 9:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Its another tumescent Guide Daily, your handy repository of internetty cultureal gubbinsTunes, vids, trailers, and - today - more mawkish tweeness than your can hurl a fwuffy wittle kitten atGet in touch with us @guideguardian or at that bit at the bottom of the page colloquially known as the commentsWere here until 5.30, so turn on, tune in, and, erm, make a brew or something

5.28pm GMT

Pop culture is No More today so Im off home. As promised, here are Phil and Grant Mitchell dancing to Robert Miless Children overdubbed with some Glaswegian rap. Not really relevant to anything but, well, yeah. What of it.

5.23pm GMT

Before you go home why not have a look at this spanking new trailer for upcoming sci-fi timetravel action thingemebob, Predestination.

4.38pm GMT

Its that time of the week again: its basically Friday, so youre looking for something to do tonight. Assuming youre »

- Luke Holland

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Watch the Short Film That Inspired Neill Blomkamp's 'Chappie'

5 November 2014 8:45 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

District 9 filmmaker Neill Blomkamp is keeping the details surrounding his new film Chappie pretty close to the vest. All we really know so far is that Die Antwoord is involved, and that it’s basically a comedy about a ridiculous robot. The filmmaker has offered up one more piece of the puzzle this week, revealing that his short film Tetra Vaal served as a key inspiration for the new feature. Blomkamp offered up this hint in a recent Den of Geek interview, saying that Chappie is “basically based on Tetra Vaal.” So, what is Tetra Vaal? It’s a short Blomkamp made before Alive in Joburg (which was the inspiration for District 9) that looks like a promo video for a line of robotic cops to police third world countries. Like Blomkamp’s other...

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Beneath the 80s nostalgia of Neill Blomkamp's Chappie

5 November 2014 6:46 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The Chappie trailer gave us a first look at the new film from the director of District 9 and Elysium. But what's beneath its 80s nostalgia.

From his earliest, eye-catching short films, South African director Neill Blomkamp showed off a style that already seemed fully-formed. As much inspired by manga and videogames as the more typical touchstones of science fiction cinema, Blomkamp's films are set in a recognisably grubby future, where the high-tech meets the tatty malaise of cities worn down through decades of use.

Those sensational short films, among them Alive In Joburg, Yellow and Tetra Vaal, led to a stalled Halo feature film project. This in turn led to his first feature, the surprise hit District 9 - based on Alive In Joburg - and then Elysium, the 2013 action film starring Matt Damon.  

In Chappie, due out next spring, Blomkamp again draws on one of his early shorts »

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Yes No Maybe So: Chappie

5 November 2014 6:39 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Manuel here to play our favorite trailer watching game.

Is it safe to say that of the 47 films to have been nominated for Best Picture ever since the category's expansion, District 9 remains the oddest, with its sci-fi concept, low-tech execution and lack of big name recognition? Neill Blomkamp and Sharlto Copley followed that up with Elysium which very few of us have thought about since it came out. They’re re-teamed for Chappie which, well, I’ll just give you the synopsis:

Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings - some good, some bad - and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there's one thing that makes »

- Manuel Betancourt

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‘Narcopolis’ Trailer: Afm Sales Lift Lid On Stealth Thriller

5 November 2014 6:01 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: “The future is a fix” in Narcopolis, a thriller set in a city where the manufacture and use of all recreational drugs is legal. Director Justin Trefgarne, a former story editor at Working Title Films who has also worked with the UK’s Ruby Films, Ridley Scott Associates and Film4, makes his feature helming debut here. Heading into the Afm, Narcopolis, which employed an unconventional financing method, has been acquired by the UK’s Altitude Film Distribution and by Canada’s Mongrel Media. (See trailer above.)

In the film, Elliot Cowan (Da Vinci’s Demons) plays Frank Grieves, a police officer and former addict, who is called to investigate an unidentifiable corpse and pulled into a world infected with corruption and in which the only person upon whom he can rely is himself. Jonathan Pryce also stars with Elodie Yung (GI Joe: Retaliation), Harry Lloyd (Game Of Thrones), Cosima Shaw »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Chappie trailer sees Neill Blomkamp explore robot intelligence

5 November 2014 2:51 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The first trailer for Neill Blomkamp's new sci-fi blockbuster Chappie has premiered online.

The teaser introduces a futuristic world in which Dev Patel's Deon invents a robot with the ability to think and feel for itself. Chappie finds himself kidnapped by South African gangsters who want to use him for criminal purposes.

Hugh Jackman, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Sigourney Weaver, Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er feature in the supporting cast for the picture.

Chappie, which Blomkamp wrote with Terri Tatchell, is the director's third feature film after District 9 and Elysium.

The movie will open in cinemas in March 2015. »

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Trailer for Chappie Robot Film, with Sharlto Copley and Hugh Jackman

4 November 2014 8:00 PM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Today we have the first official trailer for the upcoming sci-fi robot movie "Chappie," which is directed by Neill Blomkamp (Elysium, District 9) and stars Sharlto Copley (District 9) and Hugh Jackman. Check it out below. "Chappie" tells the story of a robot imbued with artificial intelligence who is stolen by two local gangsters who want to use him for their own nefarious purposes. Copley (Elysium, District 9) provides the voice of the title character. The new movie is set to hit theaters on March 6th, 2015. Trailer: »

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