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Directed by Spike Lee.
Obsessed with vengeance, a man sets out to find out why he was kidnapped and locked into solitary confinement for 20 years without reason.
Oldboy is an incredibly difficult film to review. In a similar manner to many American remakes, it must be studied in two ways: in comparison to the original and as a standalone feature. The fundamental problem with Spike Lee's Oldboy lies in its inability to distinguish himself from its predecessor. In place of Min-sik Choi is Josh Brolin, starring as anti-hero Joe Doucett in search of vengeance and answers to why he was kidnapped and locked into solitary confinement for 20 years.
- Gary Collinson
Joan and Pauline Collins' collaboration on a new buddy movie has been hailed as inspired. So which other stars with the same last name ought to get together pronto?
Joan Collins and Pauline Collins – very much the gatekeeper and keymaster of famous people called Collins – are finally making a film together. Their collaboration, a British comedy called The Time of Their Lives, has been described by at least one person named Collins as a "buddy movie along the lines of Thelma & Louise, with a hint of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel".
While the world prays that The Time of Their Lives will be successful enough for Joan Collins and Pauline Collins to finally pair up with Lily Collins and produce that Phil Collins-soundtracked remake of Michael Collins that we've all been waiting for, here are six more Hollywood namesake collaborations in the making.
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- Stuart Heritage
After the monumental success of The Hunger Games, it’s impossible to release another young-adult, book-to-film adaptation without folks drawing comparisons. Sure, Divergent also involves teenagers in life-or-death situations and a little dystopian romance, but they’re also strikingly different in a number of respects. While on the Divergent set in Chicago, producer Douglas Wick and the cast of the film pinpointed a few elements that make their Ya adaptation a standout. Hunger Games Is Rural, Divergent Is Urban: “We were always mindful that there would be that comparison,” Wick admitted. “The Hunger Games is mostly in the woods. Much of the visuals of the movie are people fighting in a kind of rustic environment. Here,...
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When it comes to red carpet appearances, Elizabeth Banks certainly knows how to pull out all of the stops, but on her days off, it's nice to see the star taking it easy. The Hunger Games actress got into the holiday spirit at Legoland California Resort's Christmas Tree Lighting in a casual gray hoodie and black leggings., looking comfortable and casual while celebrating the season. The 39-year-old actress stepped out without wearing a trace of makeup and made the most of her chic sunglasses as a statement-making accessory. We have to hand it to the blond beauty—her skin looks flawless and it's clear that she can easily forego heavy cosmetics on her off-duty days. One glance »
When you’ve got ice versus fire, more often than not the later wins. While that certainly was the case on thanksgiving (or Game of Thrones), this past weekend Frozen turned it upside down, winning against box office juggernaut The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Disney’s Frozen rose to the top with $31.6 million, the biggest post-thanksgiving […]
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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has released the list of entries for the Ee British Academy Film Awards 2014.
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A total of 275 films have been entered this year for consideration by more than 6,500 BAFTA members. Round One voting opens tomorrow (Dec 11).
The number is up from last year, when 262 were entered.
The full list of nominations will be announced on Jan 8 at 7.30am.
This year will see BAFTA recognise five films in the Documentary category, rather than the usual three. There will also be six nominations in the Outstanding British Film category, as previously announced.
The breakdown of the list is as follows:
45 films will be listed in the Documentary category,75 in the Outstanding British Film category,15 in Animated Film49 in Film Not in the English Language.
While 275 films have been entered overall, 252 features will be listed in the Best Film category and a further 23 have been entered for the »
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Finally released after a four year battle with the censors, Ning Hao's No Man's Land makes a huge debut at the Chinese box office, while The Four 2 and The White Storm ensure local product dominates. Rank Title Origin 2-8/12/2013 (Us$M) Total (Us$M) Screening days 1 No Man's Land China $21.97 $21.97 6 2 The White Storm Hk/China $14.75 $27.88 10 3 The Four 2 China $14.21 $14.21 3 4 Gravity USA $8.02 $66.98 20 5 The Hunger Games：Catching Fire USA $2.65 $26.91 18 6 Epic USA $2.33 $6.05 10 7 Welcome to the Punch UK $0.64 $0.64 3 8 Thor: The Dark World USA $0.32 $55.34 31 9 Control China $0.20 $7.02 17 10 Escape Plan USA $0.17 $40.93 35 Originally shot in 2010,...
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Last month, Cookie Monster and the good folks at Sesame Street gave us their take on celebrated child-hunting trilogy The Hunger Games and today they’re back to tackle an even more ambitious project. In a sweeping, minutes-long epic, everyone’s favorite blue baked goods addict retells Tolkien’s classic fantasy tale as The Lord of the Crumbs, a faithful (albeit significantly more cookie-filled) adaptation that puts Peter Jackson’s measly films to shame. »
Adèle Exarchopoulos (‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’) and Cate Blanchett (‘Blue Jasmine’): Best Actress tie two years in a row at Los Angeles Film Critics Awards (photo: Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos in ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’) (See previous post: "James Franco Tattoos, Gold Teeth: Lafca Winners." Another non-Hollywood Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s selection was Best Actress co-winner Adèle Exarchopoulos, cited for her performance as a young woman who falls in love with blue-haired Léa Seydoux in Abdellatif Kechiche’s controversial Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Color. The lesbian romantic drama also took home the Lafca’s Best Foreign Language Film Award. Blue was also the luckiest color, at least in the Best Actress category: Cate Blanchett was Exarchopoulos’ co-winner, for her performance in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, in which she plays a character somewhat similar to A Streetcar Named Desire »
- Andre Soares
Young people have disposable incomes. Lots of it. So is it any wonder that Hollywood is eager to keep the Ya adaptation train rolling? Even though for every "Twilight" and "The Hunger Games" smash hit there have been roughly two or three more big misses, it seems the dice will keep being played and today two more projects are brewing. First up, Ridley Scott has snatched up the rights to "Fae" by Colet and Jasmine Abedi. The first in a trilogy (of course), the story centers on sixteen year old Caroline Ellis who is tossed into a "battle fated for centuries between the Dark and Light Fae, forcing her to confront who she is and discover whether her tumultuous relationship with Devilyn Reilly, who’s battling the power of the Dark within him, will destroy them both along with humanity." Yeah, basically the same plot as every other Ya book. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
I was lucky enough to go into The Hunger Games with no real expectations, something which was arguably helped by the fact that I'd never read the Suzanne Collins penned novel it was based on. That movie turned out to be really good, and 18 or so months later and the sequel is already here, and I still haven't read the books. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a 5* movie right up until the point Katniss Everdeen and the rest of the tributes enter the arena. Why? Well, that unfortunately puts us squarely in the realm of generic action blockbuster territory, while a rushed and slightly muddled ending doesn't help matters either. The character driven parts of the movie are ultimately far more interesting than the attempts to differentiate this games from the last, with the addition of poison gas, tidal waves and, er, monkeys). The thought-provoking themes and parallels »
Hey ‘SNL,’ where are those good old-fashioned values? They were nowhere to be found on the ‘Weekend Update’ segment of the show’s Dec. 7 episode, when a character played by Taran Killam did not hesitate to trudge up Brian’s passing.
On the show’s “Weekend Update” on Dec. 7, cast member Taran Killam played Jebidiah Atkinson, an 1860s newspaper critic, who was brought on the show to review some classic Christmas specials.
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Brian was roped into the segment during Jebidiah’s review of A Charlie Brown Christmas. After skewering Charlie Brown himself (“There’s a pube on your forehead!”), Jebidiah then moved on to Snoopy. “Don’t even get me started on Snoopy, »
- Andrew Gruttadaro
Disney animation heats up. Disney’s latest animated adventure Frozen made the unusual move of hopping up to first place at the box office in its second week of release, having debuted at second. Last week, the animation - a loose adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson fable The Snow Queen - opened with the best Thanksgiving weekend take ever, but could not topple The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire from its perch. »
Audiences were more into animated family-friendly fare this weekend than they were the second installment in The Hunger Games franchise as Disney's Frozen toppled Catching Fire from the top spot on the weekend box office chart. Horrible winter weather didn't affect the overall performance of films in theaters, with the box office take actually higher than the same weekend last year (historically a down weekend at the box office). However, the goodwill felt by moviegoers toward Frozen and Catching Fire didn't extend to Out of the Furnace starring Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, and Willem Dafoe. The dramatic thriller from director Scott Cooper posted a disappointing $5 million at the domestic box office and isn't likely to pick up business over the coming weeks. But while Out of the Furnace isn't a winner for Bale, he does still have David O. Russell's American Hustle coming to theaters this month. »
This week Nick, Nathaniel, Katey, and Joe discuss the blockbuster Philomena and that little arthouse indie The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Spoilers you might want to avoid for Philomena are here (32:00-32:20 / 35:00-35:30).
Some questions that need your answers in the comments: Is Jennifer Lawrence better as Katniss than in her Oscar roles? Would The Hunger Games be better as a TV series? What is going on in the Hemsworth family gene pool? Is Philomena at 98 minutes too padded or too short or, paradoxically, both? And how many nominations can it hope for having conquered the auntie demographic?
You can listen here or download the conversation on iTunes. »
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NBC’s live remake of ‘The Sound Of Music’ was the butt of a ton of jokes after it aired on Dec. 5. So of course ‘Saturday Night Live’ had to take their shots too, and they did on Dec. 7 with a skit featuring one of their most famous former cast members. Read on to watch!
Carrie Underwood‘s The Sound of Music aired on the same channel as Saturday Night Live, but that didn’t stop the comedy show from making fun of it on Dec. 7. With the help of former cast mate Kristen Wiig and one of her most famous characters, SNL pulled off a hilarious spoof of the ill-fated live remake.
- Andrew Gruttadaro
While the weekend after Thanksgiving tends to be slow, this one managed to bring in 22 percent more revenue than the same period last year. That was thanks to Frozen, which climbed to the top of the box-office rankings with $31.6 million in its second week, and The Hunger Games sequel. While the Disney feature knocked Catching Fire to second place (the 3D wonder only made $27 million this time), the three-week-old film has so far made $675 million globally, successfully beating out the $691.2 million its original made overall. Meanwhile, newcomer Out of the Furnace, the revenge drama starring Christian Bale and Casey Affleck, opened in third place with a disappointing $5.3 million. Rounding out the top five were Thor: The Dark World, with $4.7 million for its fifth week, and Vince Vaughn’s Delivery Man, which brought in $3.8 million. The competition will be much stiffer next weekend, when »
- Delia Paunescu
The first weekend in December is a notoriously weak one at the box office, and, true to form, most movies faced harsh declines this weekend after the record-breaking Thanksgiving frame. But Disney’s animated musical Frozen managed to score a not-so-severe 53 percent fall to $31.6 million this weekend, which sent it past Catching Fire and straight into the No. 1 spot on the chart.
Frozen has earned $134.3 million after 12 days in wide release, 39 percent more than 2010′s Tangled, which had earned $96.6 million at the same point in its run. The film will match its $150 million budget by this time next week, and »
- Grady Smith
The ‘Anchorman’ actor may have been the host of the Dec. 7 episode of ‘Saturday Night Live,’ but it was clear that everyone was there to see 1D. And the boys killed it, appearing in the opening monologue And a later skit!
The One Direction guys’ great senses of humor have been well-documented, so we were hoping they’d get a chance to flex their comedic muscles as the musical guest on the Dec. 7 episode of Saturday Night Live. And we were not disappointed.
Right away, host Paul Rudd joked that he wasn’t worried about being overshadowed by the musical guest. “Tonight is the Paul Rudd show,” he stated. On cue, the crowd then cheered wildly as Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, and Zayn Malik strode onto the stage behind Paul.
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Frozen managed to climb past Catching Fire on its second weekend in theatres, giving the Disney hit its first win with an estimated $31.6 million. The sequel to The Hunger Games was not far behind with $27 million but, after that, box office estimates dropped precipitously on this notoriously low-grossing post-Thanksgiving frame. Title Weekend Total 1. Frozen $31,641,000 $134.2 2. Catching Fire $27,000,000 $336.6 3. Out of the Furnace $5,300,000 $5.3 4. Thor: The Dark World $4,740,000 $193.6 5. Delivery Man $3,775,000 $24.8 6. Homefront $3,384,000 $15.2 7. The Book Thief $2,700,000 $12 8. The Best Man Holiday $2,673,000 $67.2 9. Philomena $2,282,000 $8.2 10. Dallas Buyers Club $1,458,000 $12.4 I’m not sure when the major studios decided that the weekend following Thanksgiving was a bad time to launch a major movie, but I do know that it has remained box office gospel for at least the last fifteen years. During that time there have been only a handful of big studio films that risked a post-holiday release date, and only one of those can be considered a (qualified) financial success. »
- Nicole Pedersen
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