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Digital Spy's 25 best movies of the year 2014: 20-16

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

The rundown of our best movie of 2014 list continues with an appearance from a Peruvian talking bear and two entries from man of the moment Benedict Cumberbatch.

Also in the mix is a new offering from Robert Pattinson and the final film from animation legend Hayao Miyazaki. Read on for Digital Spy's 20-16...

20. The Imitation Game

We said: "The Imitation Game is an absorbing and thoughtful populist retelling of a desperately sad story. None of the cast puts a foot wrong, but it's the psychological vigour and tangible loneliness of Benedict Cumberbatch's performance that will linger with you." [Ed]

19. The Rover

We said: "Having made his staggeringly assured debut with the brooding ensemble thriller Animal Kingdom in 2010, writer-director David Michôd strips things down to the bone for his sophomore feature, a near two-hander set against all-encompassing desert. The Rover takes place on the Australian outback in a not-too-distant future where »

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Joel Edgerton on 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' and Seducing Snakes

11 December 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Joel Edgerton is a very quiet force of nature, able to slip, nimble and unnoticed, into a wide variety of roles. He's starred in things like "Animal Kingdom," the award-winning Australian crime drama, and the misguided remake of John Carpenter's "The Thing," while also turning in memorable supporting roles in things like "Zero Dark Thirty" and "The Great Gatsby" (old sport). But with his role as the pharaoh Rhamses II in Ridley Scott's "Exodus: Gods and Kings," Edgerton finally gets to strut. And it is glorious.

Edgerton's pharaoh is the one who continues the oppressive regime of his father (played, somewhat bafflingly, by John Turturro), keeping the Jews enslaved and building really tall pyramids. (Even his lackeys think his grandiose designs are "a little much.") It's up to the pharaoh's childhood Bff Moses (Christian Bale) to put the pharaoh in his place and lead the slaves out of Egypt. »

- Drew Taylor

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New Michael Fassbender, Nicole Kidman films spark 2015 Sundance world dramatic slate

3 December 2014 1:00 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Sundance Institute announced the first wave of selections for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and the world cinema dramatic competition features a number of familiar faces. Most notably, Michael Fassbender in "Slow West," Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving in "Strangerland" and Jack Reynor, Toni Collette and Will Poulter in "Glassland." Ten of this year's selections are world premieres featuring films from Italy, Turkey, Norway, Brazil and India. Some might question why there are four English language movies among the mix representing Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, but we'll give the programmers the benefit of the doubt for now. Sundance's world cinema slate has grown in stature although the English language pictures tend to resonate the most. "The Guard," "Animal Kingdom," "Four Lions," "Bronson," "An Education" and "Once" all screened in this category. Check out the 2015 slate on the next page. World Cinema Dramatic Competition "Chlorine" Italy Director: Lamberto Sanfelice, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Interview: Jacki Weaver talks 'Gracepoint' and her post-'Animal Kingdom' momentum

19 November 2014 10:00 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Victoria, BC. The description for Thursday (November 20) night's episode of "Gracepoint" mentions the unearthing of certain secrets about Jacki Weaver's Susan Wright, which is a good thing, because the dog-loving trailer park denizen remains one of the odder parts of Fox's 10-part mystery, and I'm saying that as a fan of "Broadchurch." I mean, the Susan Wright in "Broadchurch" was so odd she was almost literally played by an actress named "quirky" -- Pauline Quirke, if we're being truthful -- and two-time Oscar nominee Weaver has only upped the ante on quirky line-readings and unexplained menace. When I talked with Weaver on the "Gracepoint" set back in May, she was shy about discussing Susan, but she was very frank about this move into network television, Susan's difficult-to-place accent and pleasures of an unlikely career explosion following the Sundance premiere of "Animal Kingdom." I posted an exclusive clip from Thursday's episode here, »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Glenn Howerton Was 2nd Choice For Star-Lord In Guardians Of The Galaxy

19 November 2014 7:32 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn recently revealed that had Chris Pratt turned down the role of Star-Lord, he and Marvel would have made an offer to Glenn Howerton.  At this point, it's hard to imagine anyone turning down Marvel for any reason except other contractual obligations or scheduing conflicts.  Said Gunn,  "Glenn came along a little bit later, but there was a good chance that, if I didn't cast Chris, that I would've cast Glenn Howerton in the role." That's interesting considering the long, Long, Long list of candidates initially in the running for the role. To be exact, Joel Edgerton (Warrior), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Lee Pace (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Garrett Hedlund (Tron Legacy), James Marsden (X-Men) Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom), Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Zachary Levi (Chuck), Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises »

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Bruce Campbell Set to Star in Comedy Highly Functional

14 November 2014 8:41 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

It was recently announced that Bruce Campbell will be reprising his role of Ash in Sam Raimi’s upcoming Ash Vs. Evil Dead series. The actor is now set to star in a new comedy film called Highly Functional.

In it, Campbell plays a “washed-up former country rock star who’s kidnapped by a young autistic man portrayed by James Frecheville (Animal Kingdom), with the belief that his dying caregiver can only be cured by the star performing.” The rest of the cast includes Annabeth Gish (Sons of Anarchy) and Missi Pyle (Gone Girl).

The movie will be directed by Marc Forby from a script written by Tom Dibble. It’s great to see Campbell land a new movie role. In my opinion, the guy is completely underrated and is not used enough in movies. The world could always use more Bruce Campbell

Source: Variety »

- Joey Paur

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Casting Net: Robert DeNiro in negotiations to reteam with Jennifer Lawrence, David O. Russell for 'Joy'

11 November 2014 6:18 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• Robert De Niro is in talks for Joy. If the deal closes, De Niro would re-team him with actress Jennifer Lawrence and director David O. Russell, whom he worked with on Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle. The film tells the story of inventor of the Miracle Mop, Joy Mangano, whom Lawrence would play. De Niro is considering the role of Mangano's father, but his decision reportedly depends on whether Lawrence's deal closes. Russell is rewriting the script, which tracks Mangano's path from single mother in Long Island to QVC star, originally by Bridesmaids scribe Annie Mumolo. The film is »

- C. Molly Smith

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'Evil Dead' Star Bruce Campbell Joins 'Highly Functional'

11 November 2014 1:32 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Just one day after reporting that Bruce Campbell is returning as his beloved character Ash in Starz's Evil Dead TV series, the actor has joined the indie comedy Highly Functional alongside James Frecheville (Animal Kingdom).

The story centers on a washed up country music star (Bruce Campbell) who is kidnapped by a young autistic man (James Frecheville). The abduction occurs because the autistic man believes that his dying caregiver can only be cured by the musician's performance.

The cast also includes Annabeth Gish, Missi Pyle, G.W. Bailey and Judge Reinhold, with Christopher Nicholas Bangs providing original music.

Marc Forby is directing from a script by Tom Dibble, with Nigel Thomas, Kaila York and Robert Menzies producing. Shooting is already under way in New Mexico for a three-week shoot, with the production wrapping up in Canada next month. »

- MovieWeb

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‘Evil Dead’ Star Bruce Campbell Starring in Comedy ‘Highly Functional’ (Exclusive)

11 November 2014 12:43 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bruce Campbell and James Frecheville are starring in road comedy “Highly Functional,” which has started shooting in New Mexico.

Marc Forby is directing from a script by Tom Dibble. Campbell plays a washed-up former country rock star who’s kidnapped by a young autistic man portrayed by Frecheville (“Animal Kingdom”), with the belief that his dying caregiver can only be cured by the star performing.

The cast features Annabeth Gish (“Sons of Anarchy”), Missi Pyle (“Gone Girl”), G.W. Bailey and Judge Reinhold. The film also features original songs by Christopher Nicholas Bangs.

“Highly Functional” is produced by Nigel Thomas of Matador Pictures, Kaila York from Headlong Entertainment and Robert Menzies of Zed Filmworks and backed in part by Gloucester Place Films. After three weeks in New Mexico, the shoot will be completed in Canada in mid-December.

Campbell is best known for starring in Sam Raimi’s “Evil Dead” series and »

- Dave McNary

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The Drop cast and crew talk about the late James Gandolfini

10 November 2014 3:06 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Released in cinemas this Friday here in the UK, The Drop stars Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace. In this special video from 20th Century Fox, the cast and crew of The Drop talk about working with the late James Gandolfini, who also stars in the movie.

Check out the video below:

The Drop is a new crime drama from Michaël R. Roskam, the Academy Award nominated director of Bullhead.  Based on a screenplay from Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone), The Drop follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) through a covert scheme of funnelling cash to local gangsters – “money drops” – in the underworld of Brooklyn bars.  Under the heavy hand of his employer and cousin Marv (James Gandolfini), Bob finds himself at the centre of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighbourhood’s past where friends, families, and foes all »

- Luke Owen

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New clip from The Drop featuring Noomi Rapace and Matthias Schoenaerts

6 November 2014 3:27 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its UK release next week a new clip has arrived for The Drop which features Noomi Rapace and Matthias Schoenaerts. Check it out below…

The Drop is a new crime drama from Michaël R. Roskam, the Academy Award nominated director of Bullhead. Based on a screenplay from Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone), The Drop follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) through a covert scheme of funnelling cash to local gangsters – “money drops” – in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. Under the heavy hand of his employer and cousin Marv (James Gandolfini), Bob finds himself at the centre of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighbourhood’s past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living – no matter the cost.

The Drop also stars Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises), Elizabeth Rodriguez (Orange Is the New Black »

- Gary Collinson

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Tropfest returns to Sbs 2

5 November 2014 4:19 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Tropfest 2014 will screen on Sbs 2 on Sunday December 7 and will be streamed worldwide by Sbs Online. Tropfest aficionado Adam Spencer and The Feed and Movie Mayhem.s Marc Fennell return as the hosts joined by The Feed's. reporter Jeannette Francis. .Mirror. is this year's Tropfest signature item. Sbs 2 will showcase the 16 finalist films as well as exclusive interviews with celebrity and industry judges and filmmakers..

Sbs Online will live stream the broadcast at sbs.com.au/tropfest, making Tropfest available everywhere in the world. Since its creation by John Polson at. a café in Darlinghurst 22 years ago, Tropfest has evolved to become a feature on the national event calendar.

Each year it attracts huge crowds in Sydney as well as hosting live screenings in Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Brisbane, Hobart, Adelaide and Surfers Paradise.

More than 600 aspiring filmmakers have entered their short films for Tropfest 2014 and the 16 finalists will be announced next week. »

- Staff writer

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Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn Team Up for 'Blackbird'

5 November 2014 9:29 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn have signed on to star in the stage play adaptation Blackbird, which will be directed by Benedict Andrews in his feature debut.

The story centers on Ray (Ben Mendelsohn) and Una (Rooney Mara), former lovers who reunite 15 years after their torrid affair ended. While Ray has made a new life for herself, Una is still seeking answers, as this emotional thriller explores the consequences of damaged love.

David Harrower, who wrote the play this project is adapted from, is writing the screenplay, with Jean Doumanian (August: Osage County) and Patrick Daly producing. Shooting is scheduled to begin in the U.K. next summer.

Rooney Mara most recently starred in Her, and she will next be seen in Carol, Trash and Pan. Ben Mendelsohn, best known for his roles in Animal Kingdom, Killing Them Softly and The Place Beyond the Pines, will next be seen in Exodus: Gods and Kings. »

- MovieWeb

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Rebecca Hall to Lead Joel Edgerton’s Feature Directorial Debut

3 November 2014 1:07 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Joel Edgerton is ready to make the leap to "feature film director", and he's got a pretty solid actress lined up to star in his first film.  The Wrap reports that Iron Man 3 and The Town actress Rebecca Hall is set to star in an untitled suspense thriller to be written and directed b Edgerton.  In addition to raising his profile as an actor with roles in films like The Great Gatsby, Warrior, and Animal Kingdom, Edgerton has also been working as a writer on films like Felony and The Rover, and he has two shorts under his belt as a director. Plot details are under wraps for this contemporary suspense thriller, but Edgerton will also co-star in the film and Blumhouse Productions is onboard to produce.  Filming is scheduled to begin early next year, but you'll be able to see Edgerton onscreen as an actor next month in »

- Adam Chitwood

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Mission: Pozible backs futuristic sci-fier

29 October 2014 1:17 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Short films director and VFX artist Seth Larney aims to make his feature writing and directing debut on Subject 14, a futuristic sci-fi survival saga.

The film is set in 2067 when the Earth faces an oxygen crisis after deforestation and nuclear spills into the ocean. The protagonist Ethan Whyte boards a time-machine and embarks on a journey as humanity's last hope for survival.

The producer is Lisa Shaunessy, Larney.s partner in Chaotic Pictures. Michael Rymer, currently working on the Deadline Gallipoli miniseries for Foxtel, will serve as Ep after spending several years consulting on script, genre and methodology with Larney. The project has received script and project development support from Screen Australia, Screen Nsw, Aftrs and the Kenneth B Myer Award, Pixomondo Beijing, Arclight Films and Mushroom Pictures, which will distribute in Oz.

Denson Baker (untitled Jim Loach Film, Paper Planes) will lens the film, with Oscar-nominated editor Luke Doolan (Miracle Fish, »

- Don Groves

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Mission:Pozible backs futuristic sci-fier

29 October 2014 1:17 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Short films director and VFX artist Seth Larney aims to make his feature writing and directing debut on Subject 14, a futuristic sci-fi survival saga.

The film is set in 2067 when the Earth faces an oxygen crisis after deforestation and nuclear spills into the ocean. The protagonist Ethan Whyte boards a time-machine and embarks on a journey as humanity's last hope for survival.

The producer is Lisa Shaunessy, Larney.s partner in Chaotic Pictures. Michael Rymer, currently working on the Deadline Gallipoli miniseries for Foxtel, will serve as Ep after spending several years consulting on script, genre and methodology with Larney. The project has received script and project development support from Screen Australia, Screen Nsw, Aftrs and the Kenneth B Myer Award, Pixomondo Beijing, Arclight Films and Mushroom Pictures, which will distribute in Oz.

Denson Baker (untitled Jim Loach Film, Paper Planes) will lens the film, with Oscar-nominated editor Luke Doolan (Miracle Fish, »

- Don Groves

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Check out this new clip from The Drop starring Tom Hardy

21 October 2014 5:12 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Having played very well to the audience at the London Film Festival, The Drop is set to open in the UK on November 14th and we have a new clip from the film. The Drop is directed by Belgian filmmaker Michaël R. Roskam (Bullhead) and screenwriter Dennis Lehane (author of Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone), which stars Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) alongside the late James Gandolfini (The Sopranos) in his final screen role.

Check out the clip below and let Bob Saginowski (Hardy) explain how the the drop system works in Brooklyn.

The Drop is a new crime drama from Michaël R. Roskam, the Academy Award nominated director of Bullhead.  Based on a screenplay from Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone), The Drop follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) through a covert scheme of funnelling cash to local gangsters – “money drops” – in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. »

- Luke Owen

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Joel Edgerton Talks Thriller ‘Felony,’ ‘Exodus,’ Trials of Shooting ‘Jane Got a Gun’

18 October 2014 9:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If Joel Edgerton has one piece of advice to aspiring actors, it’s this: always be sure to check your inbox.

“I found an email the other day from my old agent in London, that I’d just sort of discarded because I was too busy at the time,” Edgerton recalls on a recent afternoon in New York, looking a tad professorial in full-rimmed glasses and beard. “It was this screenplay for a film by a first-time filmmaker that, if I was interested, I should consider auditioning for.” As it turned out, the filmmaker was Steve McQueen and the movie was “Hunger.”

Well, you win some and you lose some in this business, and lately Edgerton has been chalking up the wins. After back-to-back breakout performances in the Oscar-nominated “Animal Kingdom” (2010) and “Warrior” (2011), the 40-year-old Australian actor and screenwriter has been working nonstop in Hollywood, from his Navy Seal commander »

- Scott Foundas

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BFI London Film Festival Review: 'Son Of A Gun' Starring Ewan McGregor, Alicia Vikander & Brenton Thwaites

17 October 2014 12:02 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

One of the most exciting movements in cinema in the last decade or two or so has come from Australia. Mostly (but not exclusively) tied to the production company Blue Tongue Films (which includes luminaries like Joel Edgerton, David Michod, and Spencer Susser), but also encompassing experienced figures like Andrew Dominik, Cate Shortland, Julia Leigh, Justin Kurzel, and John Hillcoat, the films are loosely tied together by the simple mark of quality, with great movies like "Animal Kingdom," "Snowtown Murders," "The Proposition" "Somersault," and "Chopper" emerging from the land down under since the dawn of the 21st century. Could the next name to join them be Julius Avery? The director won the Jury Prize at Cannes for his short "Jerrycan," and now makes his directorial debut with crime thriller "Son Of A Gun," which has managed to attract an A-list star and two of the business' busiest, fastest-rising young »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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The Rover Blu-Ray Review

13 October 2014 12:11 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

As harsh and unsparing as the sun-scorched no man’s land of its setting, The Rover arrives as one of the most hypnotic post-apocalyptic road movies since the first Mad Max. That’s high praise, to be sure, but it’s easy to understand why it’s justifiable when one considers the involvement of writer-director David Michôd, whose Animal Kingdom was 2010′s single most breathtaking debut. Here, Michôd proves again why he’s one of the most exciting filmmakers on the scene, suffusing each frame of The Rover with an intoxicating undercurrent of dread.

Credit is also due to stars Guy Pearce, whose ruthless drifter could teach Clint Eastwood a thing or two, and Robert Pattinson, who successfully busts out of heartthrob purgatory with a performance that’s at once compulsively watchable and utterly heartbreaking. Even without the rich atmosphere, Pearce and Pattinson would be worth the price of admission. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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