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All hope isn’t lost for “American Sniper.” Even though the Bradley Cooper drama about Navy Seal Chris Kyle hasn’t leapt into the award season race yet, it still holds a stealth advantage as it enters Oscar balloting — passionate fans.
The Golden Globe nominees (announced on Thursday) and SAG Awards (Wednesday) don’t necessarily take passion into account. But the Academy Award nominating system for best picture, determined by a preferential ballot (that puts more “weight” on a film ranked as No. 1 by a voter), can help out a movie like “Sniper,” which has ardent groupies. In recent years, films such as “A Serious Man,” “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” “District 9,” “Tree of Life,” “Toy Story 3″ and “Amour” were nominated in the top Oscar category because their fans loved them in a fanatical way.
Here are seven filmsthat could benefit from a similar surge this year.
1. “Unbroken »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Welcome back for another installment in Daily Dead’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide where we try and ease the burden of holiday shopping by finding you guys some cool gift ideas and save you some money wherever we can.
Today’s guide will be taking a look at the pop culture artwork from Hero Complex Gallery, Hallmark’s stellar Keepsake Ornaments collection this year, some amazingly fun backpacks from Stylin Online, the stunning work of Weta and much more.
Also be sure to check out our Holiday Horrors Trivia Question for today to get an opportunity to win prizes from our fantastic Gift Guide sponsors HorrorDecor.net, Scream Factory and Anchor Bay Entertainment.
Vendor Spotlight: Hero Complex Gallery
Hero Complex Gallery specializes in contemporary and pop art-themed shows in Los Angeles with some additional pop-up shows in major cities throughout the Us, featuring a wide variety of art by established and emerging artists. »
- Heather Wixson
"What if?" is the burning question our favorite sci-fi movies ask: What if Earth was invaded by aliens or giant spiders? What makes us human once we start bending the laws of genetics and robotics? And if we worked out really really hard, would we ever have Linda Hamilton's arms in "Terminator 2"?
Here are some of the best of the sci-fi genre now streaming on Netflix, including Chris Evans in "Snowpiercer," Bruce Willis in "The Fifth Element" and plenty of Godzilla and the crew of the USS Enterprise.
1. "Antiviral" (2012) Nr
David Cronenberg's son, Brandon, makes his film debut with this gore-filled horror flick about a company who deals in viruses collected from celebrities since people want to be infected with the same diseases as the ultra-famous.
2. "Barbarella" (1968) PG
The cult film, starring Jane Fonda as the sexy space babe of the title, may be overlong, but it's an eye-popping must-see '60s flashback. »
- Sharon Knolle
The best story ideas are often the simple and pure ones. It's little wonder, then, that so many filmmakers and storytellers start by making short films - after all, if you can tell a good story in just a few minutes, you might be talented enough to make a feature.
Cinema history is full of stories about young filmmakers getting their start by making low-budget shorts. James Cameron famously made Xenogenesis, a sci-fi short which contained lots of things that would appear in his later feature films: a giant robot with big tank tracks, a cyborg, and a heroine at the helm of a hard-hitting mecha.
The short films below vary wildly, from two-minute chillers to 30-minute post-apocalyptic science fiction, but each of them are watchable for their own reasons, »
If you're a collector of limited-edition Blu-rays, today's your lucky day! Sony Pictures Home Entertainment recently teamed up with Gallery 1988 for “Project Pop Art” to re-release sixteen cult classic films on Blu-ray in SteelBook Packaging. The collection features innovative art work from up-and-coming artists and designers that commemorate the selection of iconic films. The collection is currently on sale exclusively at Best Buy, but we here at Collider have been provided with prize packs to give away to a few lucky readers. The grand prize winner will receive a set of all sixteen mini posters and a Blu-ray SteelBook copy of Superbad, while three runners up will also receive a full set of mini posters. Find out how you can enter after the jump In order to enter the contest, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address and include Project Pop Art Giveaway in the headline. You also »
- Haleigh Foutch
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
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?
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
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 »
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 »
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
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
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. »
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 […]
- Peter Sciretta
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 »
- Joey Paur
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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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
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.
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 »
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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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.
Before you go home why not have a look at this spanking new trailer for upcoming sci-fi timetravel action thingemebob, Predestination.
Its that time of the week again: its basically Friday, so youre looking for something to do tonight. Assuming youre »
- Luke Holland
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...
- Mike Bracken
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