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‘Transformers’, ‘Mockingjay’ Part Of Epix’s Extended Licensing Deal With Amazon

23 February 2015 9:15 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Epix has extended its movie licensing deal with Amazon. The agreement includes movies from Epix studio partners, Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, with new releases such as Transformers: Age of Extinction, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Interstellar, Selma and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, along with classic big film franchises including James Bond, Star Trek, and Rocky. “Programming from Epix and its three studio partners has been… »

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Amazon Extends Epix Movie Licensing Pact

23 February 2015 9:03 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Epix has extended its movie licensing pact with Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service.

The multiyear pact covers new releases from Epix studio partners Paramount, MGM and Lionsgate as well as all library titles including “The Hunger Games” (pictured), “Rocky,” films in the James Bond and “Star Trek” series and Epix original productions such as documentaries, concert and comedy specials.

Deal calls for new releases from the Epix partners to land on Amazon 90 days after a title premieres on Epix, which is typically eight to 10 months after a film bows in theaters. Epix has the same Svod output deal with Netflix.

“Programming from Epix and its three studio partners has been exceptionally popular among Prime members, and by extending this agreement, we continue to deliver on our promise to provide great titles for Prime Instant Video,” said Brad Beale, Amazon’s VP of digital video content acquisition.

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- Cynthia Littleton

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TV Review: ‘The 87th Academy Awards’

22 February 2015 9:29 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

While it’s no surprise that the buoyancy of Neil Patrick Harris’ Oscar opening couldn’t last, seldom has an Academy Awards presentation broken down so transparently over one significant shortcoming – namely, the writing. While a number of factors, including a preponderance of little-seen nominees and the predictable nature of the winners outside the best-movie category, were beyond the producers’ control, too much clunky scripted material flummoxed even Harris’ impish, good-natured charms. The Oscars are an unwieldy construct, but fleeting YouTube-worthy moments couldn’t overcome a telecast that played more than usual like a cheesy variety show interrupted by a celebration of movies.

Stilted presenter banter is an accepted part of the territory, but the introductions and bits conjured for the host can be a place for slightly livelier humor. Yet almost without exception those felt alternately flat or forced, best exemplified by Harris strained baton pass to “The Hunger Games’” Josh Hutcherson, »

- Brian Lowry

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TV Review: ‘The 87th Academy Awards’

22 February 2015 9:29 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While it’s no surprise that the buoyancy of Neil Patrick Harris’ Oscar opening couldn’t last, seldom has an Academy Awards presentation broken down so transparently over one significant shortcoming – namely, the writing. While a number of factors, including a preponderance of little-seen nominees and the predictable nature of the winners outside the best-movie category, were beyond the producers’ control, too much clunky scripted material flummoxed even Harris’ impish, good-natured charms. The Oscars are an unwieldy construct, but fleeting YouTube-worthy moments couldn’t overcome a telecast that played more than usual like a cheesy variety show interrupted by a celebration of movies.

Stilted presenter banter is an accepted part of the territory, but the introductions and bits conjured for the host can be a place for slightly livelier humor. Yet almost without exception those felt alternately flat or forced, best exemplified by Harris strained baton pass to “The Hunger Games’” Josh Hutcherson, »

- Brian Lowry

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'Glory' Wins Best Original Song at Oscars, Brings Cast to Tears

22 February 2015 8:32 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

"Glory," the emotional musical centerpiece about the civil rights movement from Selma, bested "Everything Is Awesome" (The Lego Movie), "Grateful" (Beyond the Lights), "Lost Stars" (Begin Again) and "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" (Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me) to win Best Original Song at the Academy Awards.

As images of the civil rights movement and the march on Selma appeared in the background, Common and John Legend performed the song shortly before their win. A chorus joined the duo onstage, slowly marching in lockstep to simulate civil rights protestors. David Oyelowo, »

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Moviegoers Flee From 'Fifty Shades' This Weekend

22 February 2015 12:00 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Coming off a massive holiday weekend, Fifty Shades of Grey plummeted 74 percent in its second outing. Still, the movie easily held on the top spot this weekend with $22.3 million.Among the new releases, McFarland, USA and The Duff did solid business, while Hot Tub Time Machine 2 flopped.Fifty Shades of Grey's 74 percent drop is steeper than the second weekend declines for The Fault in our Stars, Valentine's Day, and all five Twilight movies. It's the second-biggest decline ever for a movie playing at over 3,000 locations; the worst belongs to the Friday the 13th remake, which fell 80 percent on this same weekend in 2009.Adapted from an immensely popular book and opening on Valentine's Day weekend, Fifty Shades of Grey was always going to be fairly front-loaded. Still, the movie's horrible reviews (25 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) and weak word-of-mouth ("C+" CinemaScore) surely contributed in some way.Fifty Shades has now earned $129.2 million, »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Oscars: ‘Imitation Game’ Director on Why the Film Didn’t Portray an Alan Turing Gay Relationship

22 February 2015 11:11 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

At Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony, the best director category will include four familiar faces — Bennett Miller (“Foxcatcher”), Alejandro G. Inarritu (“Birdman”), Richard Linklater (“Boyhood”) and Wes Anderson (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”) — along with relative newcomer Morten Tyldum. The Norwegian director of “The Imitation Game” received critical praise for the 2011 Norwegian thriller “Headhunters” before he moved to Los Angeles.

Tyldum made “The Imitation Game,” which is nominated for eight Oscars and is considered a frontrunner in the adapted screenplay category, for about $15 million. After he read the script, he was taken by how much he didn’t know about World War II code breaker Alan Turing’s life, and he immediately thought of Benedict Cumberbatch for the role. On a recent afternoon in New York, he spoke to Variety about making “The Imitation Game,” addressed criticism about not giving Turing’s character a male lover and talked about his new project “Passengers, »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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13th Annual Tsr Movie Awards — Final Results — 2014 Films

22 February 2015 9:00 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

13th Annual Tsr Movie Awards

Here are the results for the 13th Annual Tsr Movie Awards.

Thank you to the 342 movie fans from across the nation voted in the awards this year.

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Best Blockbuster

7.87 Guardians Of The Galaxy

7.80 The Lego Movie

7.57 Captain America: The Winter Soldier

7.48 X-men: Days Of Future Past

6.96 Big Hero 6

6.68 The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

6.51 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

6.40 American Sniper

5.09 Maleficient

3.63 Transformers: Age Of Extinction

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- Jeff Bayer

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13th Annual Tsr Movie Awards (Critics Only Edition) – Final Results – 2014 Films

22 February 2015 8:55 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

13th Annual Tsr Movie Awards (Critics Only Edition)

Here are the results for the 13th Annual Tsr Movie Awards (Critics Only Edition).

Twenty-nine film critics from across the nation voted in the awards this year.

Click Here for instructions to the Tsr Movie Awards.

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Best Blockbuster

8.43 The Lego Movie

7.70 Guardians Of The Galaxy

7.43 Captain America: The Winter Soldier

6.70 X-men: Days Of Future Past

6.63 Big Hero 6

6.58 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

5.79 American Sniper

4.96 The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

4.38 Maleficient

2.68 Transformers: Age Of Extinction »

- Jeff Bayer

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Friday Box Office: 'Fifty Shades' Drops But Holds Top Spot, 'The Duff' Bests

21 February 2015 1:14 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Oscar weekend can be bountiful ("Alice in Wonderland" in 2010 opened to $116 million), so despite tomorrow night's distraction three new wide releases opened this week. The Duff" (Lionsgate), the first CBS Films production under their new distribution process and "McFarland, U.S.A." (Buena Vista) showed promise, while "Hot Tub Time Machine 2" (Paramount) fell short. But three holdovers should end up leading the box office list for the full weekend, led by the still strong but no longer phenomenal "Fifty Shades of Grey" (Universal). "Shades" over performed its initial weekend, so its $8 million yesterday (-74% from the combined Thursday night/Friday gross, 64% from Friday alone), though part of a big drop, will still leave it in top spot for the weekend, around $25 million. Some context, though - when "The Hunger Games" opened in March 2012, its second Friday dropped only slightly less (72%).  "Kingsman: »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Box Office: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Still on Top With $24 Million

21 February 2015 8:20 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fifty Shades of Grey” is still on top of the U.S. box office, despite competition from a trio of new releases and a sharp 72% drop in ticket sales.

Universal’s romance drama tied up $8 million on Friday on its way to earn $24 million-plus in its second weekend — raising its 10-day cume to $131 million.

The fall comes as no surprise considering how high the film climbed last weekend. “Fifty Shades” broke several records in its debut (including the biggest February opening of all time) over Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day weekend, taking in a whopping $85 million at the domestic box office.

The film, based on E.L. James’ bestselling erotic trilogy, carries a fairly modest $40 million production budget. It had already crossed $300 million worldwide by Wednesday.

James is currently in discussions with Universal about writing the script for the movie’s sequel herself.

This weekend’s new entries, “The Duff, »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Terminator Genisys to get the IMAX treatment

20 February 2015 11:09 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Paramount Pictures has announced that director Alan Taylor’s (Thor: The Dark World) upcoming Terminator “reset” Terminator Genisys will receive the IMAX treatment when it arrives in theaters this summer.

See Also: Script reviews of Terminator: Genisys are extremely positive, “it’s three action packed movies in one”

“We are so proud of the world we have built in Terminator Genisys and are thrilled that audiences will be able to experience the film in IMAX and IMAX 3D,” states producer David Ellison. “The IMAX experience is the most immersive film experience in the world, and I am thrilled that fans of the franchise and newcomers alike will be able to experience the film in this premium format.”

“This film marks IMAX’s first foray into the Terminator franchise and we’re thrilled to be a part of it and team up once again with Alan Taylor and our friends »

- Gary Collinson

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‘X-Men,’ ‘Spider-Man’ Dominate Kids’ Choice Awards Nominations

20 February 2015 11:08 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The nominations for the 28th annual Kids’ Choice Awards were unveiled by Nickelodeon on Friday, spanning music, movies, television and video games. As they do in other fan-voted awards shows, superheroes dominated the nominations, with “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ leading the pack with five nominations each. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1″ and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the two highest grossing films of 2014, also scored nods, including Favorite Movie. Also Read: Oscars 2015: The Nominees (Photos) On the TV side, superheroes also had a strong showing, with ABC’s “Agents of Shield,” Fox’s “Gotham” and The. »

- Linda Ge

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Watch Big Bird become The Big Birdman in Sesame Street spoof

20 February 2015 9:52 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

You've not really cemented your place in pop culture until you've been parodied by Sesame Street, right?

What with it being Oscars season, it makes perfect sense to tackle one of the nominees. And which film did they choose? Well...

Making a Birdman spoof featuring Big Bird is already so genius there's no way it couldn't be great, but we didn't expect it to be this incredible.

Caroll Spinney, who has voiced Big Bird for over 45 years, does a perfect Michael Keaton, while the references to the alphabet and finding your way to the titular street are perfect.

Our favourite bit, however, is the camera pan at the end. We won't spoil it, just watch.

If you're in the mood for more Sesame Street spoofs, then check out their parodies of The Hunger Games and Star Wars.

Watch a trailer for Birdman below: »

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Attention, Filmmakers: Ron Howard's Tips on How to Win His Trailer Contest

20 February 2015 9:14 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ron Howard is once again partnering with Canon for a contest designed to highlight everyday creativity. Inspired by the notion that anything in life can be a movie (and every movie starts with a trailer), "Project Imagination - The Trailer" will launch a contest on February 25 in which filmmakers of every skill level can create and submit trailers of their everyday life moments. The winning trailer, selected by Howard and actor Josh Hutcherson ("The Hunger Games"), will inspire a short film, which Hutcherson will star in and produce. Read More: "House of Cards" Producer Dana Brunetti on How to Break Into the Industry The contest kicks off on February 25th at imagination.usa.canon.com, where you can also find Howard's tips for creating a trailer (and a trailer for the trailer contest!). Indiewire recently spoke to Howard about Project Imagination, movie trailers and opportunities for aspiring filmmakers: Why focus on movie trailers? »

- Paula Bernstein

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11 Actors Who Had an Oscar-Nominated Movie & a Total Bomb Come Out at the Same Time

20 February 2015 8:32 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Not every movie can be a winner. And not every actor can be Meryl Streep.

Even Oscar nominees make bad movies and sometimes, in an unfortunate twist of fate and bad timing, that bomb, that dud, that total and complete flop, comes out at the same time as some of the best work of their life. Here are 11 times that happened in the past 10 years:

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1. Eddie Redmayne (2015)

Nominated Role: The Theory of Everything. Redmayne is the Best Actor favorite this year for this biopic about Stephen Hawking navigating black holes and Als.

Losing Role: Jupiter Ascending. This totally effing bonkers Wachowski sci-fi flick came out just before Oscar voting started. And once you see Redmayne as Bowie-esque space prince Balem Abrasax, it cannot be unseen.

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2. Jennifer Lawrence (2013)

Winning Role: Silver Linings Playbook. Lawrence took home Best Actress for her turn as a trouble townie named Tiffany in this dark spin on a rom-com »

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Watch: Caroll Spinney in Perfect 'Sesame Street' Parody of 'Birdman'

20 February 2015 8:26 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Every now and then the folks at "Sesame Street" deliver fun, kid-friendly parodies of popular films, and we've highlighted spoofs of Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and The Hunger Games. And with the 87th Academy Awards looming this weekend, and Birdman being the frontrunner for some big awards, we're happy to see them deliver Big Birdman: The Unexpected Virtue of Orange Pants, which puts Big Bird puppeteer Caroll Spinney in place of Michael Keaton's Riggan Thompson. Not only is this fun, but it gets the score right, as well as the single-take style. There's even areference to Raymond Carver. Watch! Here's the parody Big Birdman: The Unexpected Virtue of Orange Pants (via SlashFilm): Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance is directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, who co-wrote the script with Nicolás Giacobone & Armando Bo (Biutiful) and newcomer Alexander Dinelaris. The film tells the story »

- Ethan Anderton

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How Movie Theaters Used Alcohol, Comfy Chairs to Weather Box Office Downturn

19 February 2015 3:15 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fewer people went to the movies during the twilight months of 2014, and yet the country’s three largest theater chains were able to handily beat Wall Street’s expectations when they posted their fourth-quarter earnings recently.

One major reason that Regal, AMC and Cinemark were able to outshine projections was that their investments in sprucing up their menus and offering other amenities such as reclining chairs and reserve ticketing appear to be paying off.

It’s a sign that an industry that was resistant to change and often neglected to think of snacks as anything beyond popcorn and soda has begun to broaden its culinary and hospitality horizons.

“They’re getting more creative,” said Tony Wible, an analyst at Janney Montgomery Scott. “Each theater operator is trying to optimize the theaters in their footprint in a way that’s right for their local communities.”

At AMC, concession sales soared 8.8% to $215.3 million, »

- Brent Lang

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Casting: Lutz, Fuhrman, Lovato, Stapleton

19 February 2015 8:14 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Extraction

Kellan Lutz ("Twilight") and Gina Carano ("Fast and Furious 6") are set to star alongside Bruce Willis in the Steven C. Miller-directed "Extraction" at Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films. Umair Aleem and Max Adams penned the script about a CIA rookie (Lutz) who sets out to find his kidnapped father (Willis) against the agency’s wishes.

Carano plays Victoria, a tough field operative assigned to hunt down Lutz's character. Dan Bilzerian, Lydia Hull and Tyler Olson also star. [Source: Deadline]

Hellbent

Isabelle Fuhrman ("The Hunger Games") and Martin Henderson ("Everest") will join Max Martini, Kimberly Elise and Johnathon Schaech in the independent drama "Hellbent" which begins filming this week in New Mexico.

Tjardus Greidanus is directing from his own script. Fuhrman portrays a ten runaway who enlists a fugitive drifter to take her on a cross-country journey to meet the father she’s never known. [Source: Variety]

Chaming

Singer Demi Lovato is set »

- Garth Franklin

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Isabelle Fuhrman, Martin Henderson to Star in ‘Hellbent’ (Exclusive)

18 February 2015 4:13 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Isabelle Fuhrman (“The Hunger Games”) and Martin Henderson (“Everest”) will star in independent drama “Hellbent,” with shooting starting this week in New Mexico.

Max Martini (“Fifty Shades of Grey”), Kimberly Elise and Johnathon Schaech are also starring. Tjardus Greidanus is directing from his own script.

Fuhrman portrays a teenage runaway who enlists a fugitive drifter to take her on a cross-country journey to meet the father she’s never known.

The film is produced by Azim Bolkiah, Rhian Williams and Jo Podmore, who all produced “You’re Not You,” along with Laura Davis and Trish Hofmann (“Get on Up”).

Henderson and Fuhrman are represented by CAA and Management 360. Elise is repped by Apa and Untitled Entertainment, Martini by ICM Partners and Anonymous Content and Schaech by Apa and Mgmt Entertainment.

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- Dave McNary

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