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The film was pitched by All Nippon Entertainment Works (Anew), a Hollywood- and Tokyo-based production house backed with public and private funds.
The Naoki Hashimoto directed “Birthright” premiered at the 2010 Tokyo International Film Festival and won a special jury prize at the 2011 Shanghai festival.
Released in Japan in 2011, the movie revolves around a young woman invited to stay with a suburban family – who may the abandoned birth daughter of the mother. When the visitor’s secrets are revealed all hell breaks loose.
- Mark Schilling
You hear that? That's the sound of millions of Twilight fans collectively freaking out. Lionsgate just announced that they will be releasing an epic extended editions triple feature on Blu-ray and DVD January 13th, 2015, giving fans the opportunity to relieve their favorite moments and discover some new ones in the all-new extended editions. Hit the jump to find out what to expect from the new triple feature edition. The collection will include the definitive editions of Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse. All three films have been re-edited to include deleted scenes, bringing the fans all-new extended versions of the film. It's kind of a bummer that the Breaking Dawn films aren't included in this edition, because they're obviously planning to have fans buy more later. Not to mention the Breaking Dawn supercut director Bill Condon told Steve about at Tiff. But honestly if a Breaking Dawn Part 2 extended edition arrives I'll be all over it. »
- Haleigh Foutch
Considering just how far Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have come from their “Twilight” years, and how much their credibility has been restored outside that franchise, I’m sure they’d love the series to remain in the rearview mirror, at least to some extent. But a dollar is a dollar is a dollar, and Lionsgate/Summit don’t want to ever forget their cash cow. The studio will release “The Twilight Saga: Extended Editions Triple Feature” on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) on January 13th. This "definitive collection” of the series has been re-edited to include deleted scenes in all-new extended versions of all three films. Woo! Each film will now run slightly longer: “Twilight” (126 minutes), “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” (138 minutes), and “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” (129 minutes). But marketing ploy alert, fans will already know this is about five or six minutes longer only with »
- Edward Davis
Every year Amazon puts the extended Blu-ray edition of the Lord of the Rings trilogy on sale during Black Friday Deals Week and this year is no different in that respect, though it is a little different in that they are bundling it with even more J.R.R. Tolkien goodies for fans of Middle Earth. Along with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which includes the extended Blu-ray editions of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, you can buy bundles that also include all four books, including "The Hobbit" as well as either the PS4 or Xbox One edition of the Shadow of Mordor video game. I've included the links below along with a selection of other deals on more Blu-rays, Blu-ray players, televisions, soundbars and more! The »
- Brad Brevet
Amazon has started offering several Blu-ray titles at deep discounts as part of their Black Friday Deals Week and I've gone through and selected some choice titles such as David Fincher's Fight Club, Seven and Zodiac are available for cheap, several Sylvester Stallone titles including all his Rambo films and first two The Expendables features, both of James Cameron's Terminator movies are on sale, Rain Man for only $3.99, personal favorites such as A Time to Kill, Primal Fear and many others. I've listed several below and you can find even more right here if this isn't enough. Note: Sign up for Amazon Prime and get free two-day shipping. Blu-rays for $3.99-$7.99 300 ($7.99) (500) Days of Summer ($6.99) A Good Day to Die Hard ($3.99) A Time to Kill ($6.99) Bad Teacher ($7.00) Beetlejuice ($6.99) Bernie ($4.99) Cosmopolis ($5.78) Dances with Wolves ($3.99) Dazed and Confused ($6.96) Fight Club ($3.99) Hard to Kill ($4.88) Hugo ($6.99) Inside Man ($3.99) No Country for Old Men »
- Brad Brevet
Friday Am Update: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay*Part 1 opened to an estimated $17 million on Thursday night. While that's easily the biggest Thursday night debut of the year so far, it is significantly lower than Catching Fire's $25 million opening on the same weekend last year.It's also off from the first Hunger Games movie, which took in $19.7 million from midnight-only showings back in 2012. This is a concerning statistic*with showtimes starting at 8 p.m., Mockingjay absolutely should have earned more than this.Overall, the $17 million debut ranks 13th all-time for Thursday/midnight launches. If Mockingjay follows Catching Fire's pattern from here, it will end the weekend with $106 million. That would be a stunning drop; for now, let's assume that fans simply decided to wait to see the movie on Friday or Saturday. Even with that assumption, though, this late night debut essentially rules out a $150 million weekend.Forecast: »
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Sony Classical has announced the release of the original motion picture soundtrack of The Imitation Game, a biographical drama about the English code-breaker Alan Turing starring Benedict Cumberbatchand Keira Knightley. Composed by Alexandre Desplat, the score soundtrack will be available digitally on November 10 and on CDNovember 24.
The opening track of Desplat’s score for The Imitation Game introduces a descending, rippling keyboard theme that reappears in variations in later tracks – first as a string accompaniment that sets the mood for a tragic, dramatic story. The second track skillfully interprets its title, “Enigma” (a reference to both the man Alan Turing and to the code-breaking project that made him famous), with fascinating sounds that evoke the ping of a sonar location and the underwater world, thus playing on the main theme of the story. While “U-Boats” features military sounds, other tracks such as “Carrots and Peas” provide contrasting quietness and emotion, »
- Michelle McCue
By Gary Salem and Michelle McCue
“What a costume designer does is a cross between magic and camouflage. We create the illusion of changing the actors into what they are not. We ask the public to believe that every time they see a performer on the screen he’s become a different person.”
On Monday, Wamg attended the press preview for the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences groundbreaking multimedia exhibition Hollywood Costume in the historic Wilshire May Company building.
Taking five years to create, this exhibition is the kickoff for the whole Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
Emphasizing how costumes are so important in creating characters, this one-of-a-kind exhibition comes with its own film score, enhanced with dazzling animations and screenplay excerpts.
Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A), and sponsored by Swarovski, this ticketed exhibition »
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The Maze Runner will finally hit theaters this Friday, September 19th.
Published in October 2009 and based upon the first book in a bestselling series by James Dashner, the novel became a New York Times Best Seller and captured the imaginations of readers around the world. Fans have described it as a combination of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and the legendary television series Lost.
Books to film – especially young adult adaptations – are big bucks at the box office. Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games and The Twilight Saga franchises have collectively grossed more than $5 billion at the worldwide box office, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the 10th highest-grossing film of all time.
Over the weekend, Variety reported:
- Movie Geeks
Last week, Nielsen SoundScan reported that the soundtrack to Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 list with 60,000 units sold. In its second week, the Awesome Mix Vol. 1 sold a whopping 109,000 copies. That's an increase of 83 percent from last week's tally. That impressive figure also places the soundtrack at the top of the Billboard 200 chart. It is the second movie soundtrack to top the charts this year, as Disney's Frozen did the same. This is the first time since 2009 in which multiple movie soundtracks have claimed the top spot. In that year, three films did the deed - Hannah Montana: The Movie, The Twilight Saga: New Moon and Michael Jackson's This Is It. Guardians of the Galaxy's soundtrack is bit more unique as it is the first time a soundtrack with No original songs has accomplished the chart topping feat. Hooked »
This fall the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the final showing of the groundbreaking multimedia exhibition Hollywood Costume in the historic Wilshire May Company building, the future location of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A), this ticketed exhibition explores the central role of costume design – from the glamorous to the very subtle – as an essential tool of cinematic storytelling.
The Academy is enhancing the V&A’s exhibition and will include more than 145 costumes from over 60 lenders. The Academy’s presentation will add more than 30 costumes to this landmark show, including Jared Leto’s costume from Dallas Buyers Club (Kurt and Burt, 2013) – a recent acquisition to the Academy’s collection – as well as costumes from such recent releases as The Hunger Games (Judianna Makovsky, 2012), Django Unchained (Sharen Davis, »
- Michelle McCue
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »
- Jeff Labrecque
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »
- Tim Gray
Oldest person in movies? (Photo: Manoel de Oliveira) Following the recent passing of 1931 Dracula actress Carla Laemmle at age 104, there is one less movie centenarian still around. So, in mid-June 2014, who is the oldest person in movies? Manoel de Oliveira Portuguese filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira will turn 106 next December 11; he’s surely the oldest person — at least the oldest well-known person — in movies today. De Oliveira’s film credits include the autobiographical docudrama Memories and Confessions / Visita ou Memórias e Confissões (1982), with de Oliveira as himself, and reportedly to be screened publicly only after his death; The Cannibals / Os Canibais (1988); The Convent / O Convento (1995); Porto of My Childhood / Porto da Minha Infância (2001); The Fifth Empire / O Quinto Império - Ontem Como Hoje (2004); and, currently in production, O Velho do Restelo ("The Old Man of Restelo"). Among the international stars who have been directed by de Oliveira are Catherine Deneuve, Pilar López de Ayala, »
- Andre Soares
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have been thrown into the middle of a nasty lawsuit over who was responsible for paying their "Twilight" bonuses. The suit is boring, but what they scored is interesting.According to legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Robert was given a $300,000 bonus for the first "Twilight." The sum was supposedly based on box office receipts, which totaled $351 Million worldwide.Now here's the plot twist ... When Robert and Kristen went »
- TMZ Staff
Wes Anderson enjoys first UK No 1 as takings look set to eclipse his Fantastic Mr Fox
When it debuted in third place with £1.53m from 284 cinemas, Grand Budapest Hotel always looked on course to become Wes Anderson's biggest live-action film at UK cinemas, displacing The Royal Tenenbaums (£3.33m lifetime). A week later, with an expansion to 372 venues, the film found itself in second place in the UK box office chart. And now, in its third week of release, the Middle European caper grabs the top spot, dethroning video-game adaptation Need for Speed. With third-weekend takings of £1.27m from 458 sites, Grand Budapest Hotel has earned £6.31m in just 17 days. The film has a real shot at overtaking Anderson's animated family flick Fantastic Mr Fox (£9.19m) to become his biggest-ever UK hit.
It's not unprecedented for a film to rise slowly to the top of the box office chart, »
- Charles Gant
Back in 2008 I posted an article headlined "MTV Proves Their Irrelevance with 2008 MTV Movie Award Winners". Since then I haven't posted an article announcing any of the winners at the MTV Movie Awards and only last year did I begin posting the nominees once again. This morning I posted the list of 2014 MTV Movie Award nominees and one of the first comments was, "Since when does Ros cover the MTV awardsc This doesn't feel right." I can understand the sentiment, but in this day and age is there much of an argument that makes an award show such as the Oscars any more prestigious than the MTV Movie Awardsc Just a couple days ago, John Horn at the "Los Angeles Times" quoted two Oscar voters who privately admitted they didn't see 12 Years a Slave but voted for it anyway. They didn't watch it because they felt it "would be upsetting »
- Brad Brevet
Jared Leto Best Supporting Actor Oscar 2014 speech (photo: Jared Leto, Bono, and producer Guy Oseary at the 2014 Oscar Nominees Luncheon) As expected, first-time Academy Award nominee Jared Leto was the 2014 Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner for his performance as an AIDS-stricken male-to-female transgender person in Jean-Marc Vallée’s Dallas Buyers Club. Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner co-star. Besides thanking those who worked on Dallas Buyers Club; his mother, "a high school dropout and a single mom" who "somehow … managed to make a better life for herself and her children"; Leto, apparently speaking for (many? some? a handful of?) other Oscar 2014 attendees, also remembered people’s protests / revolutions in the Ukraine and Venezuela: "I want to say we are here and as you struggle to … to make your dreams happen, to live the impossible … We’re thinking of you tonight." And of course, Jared Leto also remembered those who have died »
- Steve Montgomery
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19 items from 2014
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