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For the halftime mark, we decided to widen the berth to include festival titles opening later in the year. There were just too many great titles kicking around in our heads since Sundance, Berlin, SXSW and Cannes to leave off. Look forward to these in the Fall and Winter as awards season beckons. Across the board, most of us love "Mad Max: Fury Road," "Love and Mercy," "Clouds of Sils Maria" and "Inside Out," which will all be in the conversation and on other critics' lists at year's end. Below, read top tens from Anne Thompson, Ryan Lattanzio, Matt Brennan, Demetrios Matheou and Susan Wloszczyna. Anne Thompson: 1. "Mad Max: Fury Road" (dir. George Miller, Warner Bros.) This one-of-a-kind cinematic spectacular takes your breath away, setting the action bar at a new level. In the fourth of a series, Mac (Tom Hardy) more than meets his match in magnificent woman warrior (Charlize Theron). See. »
Welcome to another edition of the RopeofSilicon Podcast, today Laremy and I have some big updates when it comes to the future of the podcast, but after that we dig in and discuss everything from the reaction to the gay marriage decision to reviewing Terminator Genisys. We listen to a couple listener voice mails, Mitch delivers a massive batch of clips from past episodes, we play some games and much more. We hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll »
- Brad Brevet
With the year half over, our three critics have each selected their five favorite U.S. releases of 2015 so far.
Novelist and screenwriter Alex Garland’s brainy, precisely calibrated chamber drama was that rare piece of contemporary sci-fi filmmaking worthy of mention in the same breath as “Blade Runner” and “The Terminator.” Whatever this modestly scaled film lacked in budgetary heft, it more than made up for in sleekly expressive production design, provocative ideas about the fine line between man and machine, and knockout performances from Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander (as the Pinocchio-like android yearning to be a real, live girl).
“Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter”
A young Japanese woman obsessed with the Coen brothers’ “Fargo” travels to the wilds of Minnesota in search of buried treasure in this comic gem from another sibling director team, David and Nathan Zellner. With deadpan elan, the »
- Variety Staff
Time for a little mid-year check on the Where Are the Women? project, U.K. edition. (See here for the U.S. version. The numbers are almost identical.)
From January through the end of June, 2015, there have been 79 films that have had wide releases in the United Kingdom. (This list includes a few films that opened at the very end of December 2014 and so had the vast majority of their runs in 2015.) These films are, in rough order of release:
The Woman in Black: Angel of Death
- MaryAnn Johanson
As 2015 hits the halfway mark, it’s encouraging that so many upcoming films look promising — because so far, the Oscar possibilities are meager, to say the least.
Once again, fact-based dramas will dominate awards buzz. There are at least 14 with scheduled dates, and another three possibilities for this year. Six of these earn the highest possible praise: People from rival studios like them.
That roster includes “Black Mass,” starring Johnny Depp as Boston mob kingpin Whitey Bulger; “Concussion,” about the NFL’s efforts to deny the repercussions of players’ repeated concussions; “Spotlight,” with Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams as the Boston Globe reporters who uncovered child abuse in the Catholic Church; “Trumbo,” about Dalton Trumbo and the House Un-American Activities Committee; “Truth,” the Dan Rather-George W. Bush scandal pic; and “The Walk,” about high-wire artist Philippe Petit, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Other reality-based pics that are »
- Tim Gray
If the sequel was a late 20th century phenomenon, ushered into being thanks to the likes of James Bond, The Godfather and Planet Of The Apes, then the soft reboot is a peculiar product of the 21st.
Unlike a conventional remake or reboot, which often abandon characters, plots and settings in favour of an entirely new approach, the soft reboot is less drastic. Jj Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek movie is a prime example; it casts new actors in the roles of the Original Series’ famous roster of characters - Chris Pine replacing William Shatner as Kirk, Zachary Quinto replacing Leonard Nimoy as Spock, and so on - and sends them »
As we’ve discussed already, we reckon 2015 has been a pretty good year for movies so far. A bunch of festival favorites from 2014 have finally arrived in theaters and found wider audiences, brand new movies have arrived to great acclaim, there’ve been a few blockbusters as good as any we’ve seen in years in “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Inside Out,” and Sundance, Cannes and other film festivals brought a new selection of tantalizing pictures that’ll be unveiled to mass audiences over time. But it’s not all been milk and honey, unfortunately. For every great or very good film, there’s been a crushing disappointment, a total trainwreck or a barely-watchable, deeply offensive insult to anyone's intelligence. Bad movies aren’t going anywhere, and barely a week pops by without something deeply stupid hitting theaters. There’s a value to a bad movie, though: it's possible »
- The Playlist Staff
With director George Miller announcing plans to release a silent black-and-white cut of Mad Max: Fury Road, we thought it would be cool to make our own trailer as an example of what it will look like.
With the dramatic music on top the result is highly entertaining.
The Tom Hardy blockbuster works surprisingly well without any dialogue and in black-and-white, and according to Miller is his preferred version of the film.
The full black-and-white version will be included on the Blu-ray release of the film later this year, including an option to watch it with just the isolated score.
"One thing I've noticed is that the default position for everyone is to de-saturate post-apocalyptic movies," Miller recently told Slashfilm. "There's only two ways to go, make them black and white - the best version of this movie is black and white, but people reserve that for art movies now. »
The first images of Nicholas Hoult in Kill Your Friends have been released, exclusively via Empire. Following on from his rousing success in Mad Max: Fury Road and before stepping into X-Men: Apocalypse, Hoult will star as Stephen Stelfox, a 27-year-old A&R man. Stelfox is a man powered by cocaine, alcohol and prostitutes, attempting to carve out a career in the London music industry as he tries to find the next massive hit.
Black Mirror director Owen Harris is set to direct as his first feature, with Jim Piddock (Family Tree) playing Derek Summers, the managing direct of Stelfox’s record label. James Corden (Into the Woods) is also reportedly attached to the picture, playing a character named Waters.
Kill Your Friends is set for release November 6th. »
- Jake Wilson
We've already broken down our 20 Best Films Of 2015 So Far, but with the upcoming July 4th weekend unofficially marking the midpoint of the year, many others looking back at the cinematic offerings we've had since January. And the folks at Cineflect have decided to present their Best Films Of 2015 (Thus Far) in a well-put together video essay that provides imagery and commentary on their choices. Read More: The 20 Best Films Of 2015 So Far The ten choices features a great mix of foreign films ("White God," "Timbuktu"), underrated efforts ("Far From The Madding Crowd"—glad to see it getting some love here) and popular hits too ("Mad Max: Fury Road," "It Follows"). And one trend I noticed across all the choices were the great roles for women in almost every selection too. It has been a pretty diverse, and terrific time at the movies across the first six months of 2015, particularly »
- Kevin Jagernauth
One of our fastest rising young actors, Nicholas Hoult mainlined Mad Max: Fury Road with crazed energy as the shiny, chrome-faced Nux. He has X-Men: Apocalypse and Eran Creevy’s intriguing Autobahn on his dance card, but before either of those, Kill Your Friends will offer a showcase for his talents for black comedy. Here's a first look at him as Steven Stelfox in the upcoming adaptation of John Niven’s ‘90s-set novel, courtesy of the nice people at StudioCanal.Set in the murky, often chemically enhanced world of the music industry circa the Britpop era, Kill Your Friends follows Hoult’s A&R man as he rides the Cool Britannia wave through its Blur vs Oasis high point and down a deep, dark hole. A sort of Filth or American Psycho for the music biz? Maybe. It’s just possible that Stelfox is as lacking in the milk of »
Twelve Australian films have been released in Us cinemas this year led by Mad Max: Fury Road, which has raked in $147.5 million but is fast running out of gas and may finish with a bit more than $150 million.
That brings the action-adventure.s global total to $US357 million, including South Korea.s $30 million, the UK.s $27.1 million, France.s $16.7 million, Russia.s $13.7 million, Brazil.s $10.9 million, Germany.s $9.5 million, Mexico.s $8 million and Japan.s $6 million in 10 days.
The Water Diviner conjured up nearly $4.2 million in the Us, part of a worldwide haul of $35.4 million, which includes Turkey.s $6.1 million, Spain.s $2.7 million, the UK.s skimpy. $2 million and Italy.s $1.2 million..
Russell Crowe's drama misfired in France and Germany, earning $620,000 and $308,000 respectively, according to Rentrak. »
- Don Groves
Both Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy were both quite stressed out during the production of George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road, with the environment and isolation both taking its toll on the two actors. As bad as it was, however, they actually left the set on good terms - partially in thanks to a self-portrait that Hardy painted and gave to his co-star as a wrap gift. This odd little bit of trivia comes from the extensive interview that Charlize Theron did with Esquire earlier this year, where she goes into detail about the rocky relationships forged during the Mad Max: Fury Road shoot. After both expressing how difficult the whole production was, and how she actually found an appreciation for Tom Hardy's blunt honesty at times, she then showed the interviewer the aforementioned present - which has a red hand print on the back and an inscription that reads, »
We've hit the midway point of 2015 so it's time to start taking the 2016 Oscar race a little more seriously. Cannes is behind us and coming up are the Toronto and Venice Film Festival announcements at which point we'll see just what kind of strategies the studios will be taking with their upcoming Oscar contenders. Over the last month or so I've been tweaking my Best Picture predictions in the background, adding a movie here and there, shuffling a few around as I see fit to the point I am now at 51 contenders. Yeah, such is the price you pay when you start predicting this early. However, this year I'm going to set out to keep track of my own personal Oscar ballot as we go through the year, offering up a list of the top five films I believe should be nominated for Best Picture in hopes of maybe keeping »
- Brad Brevet
Time for a little mid-year check on the Where Are the Women? project, U.S. edition. (See here for the U.K. version. The numbers are almost identical.)
From January through the end of June, 2015, there have been 73 films that have had wide releases in the United States. (This list includes some films that opened at the very end of December 2014 and so had the vast majority of their runs in 2015. It also includes some awards bait that opened in limited release in late 2014 but didn’t open wide until early 2015. These figures also mostly apply to Canada, but there may have been some Canada-only wide releases that I am not aware of and don’t have access to.) These films are, in rough order of release:
- MaryAnn Johanson
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
A little over 300 films have debuted in the United States so far in 2015, and one can presume that anywhere from 300 to 450 more will see release before the end of the year. That’s a lot of movies – up by about 150 releases since 2010 - and really only a handful of those are sequels or franchise monoliths like Jurassic World or Avengers: Age of Ultron. Though superheroes, dinosaurs, and cartoons still rule the box office, the cinephile event of the year was an auteur-backed action film with minimal use of CGI, namely Mad Max: Fury Road, one that still managed to land in the top-ten grossers of the year. That being said, and as great as George Miller’s wild tempest of a film is, there’s no denying that it also benefitted from name recognition, as did 4/5 of the films that comprise the top 25 box-office grossers of 2015. As the aforementioned number suggested, »
- Collider Staff
Director George Miller takes his adrenalized action epic "The Road Warrior" and injects it with an unholy supercharged mix of psychotropics and nitroglycerin. The result is "Mad Max: Fury Road"; no less combustible than "Road Warrior" but filmed with a hallucinatory fever dream zeal. In contrast to the near non-stop action sequences are sensitive, muted performances from Charlize Theron as the one-armed warrior Imperator Furiosa, broken in body but not in spirit, and Nicholas Hoult as Nux, an enslaved soldier who turns insurgent. Tom Hardy takes over from Mel Gibson as Max. »
- Trailers From Hell
Here's your estimated 3-day box office returns (new releases bolded): 1. Jurassic World - $54.2 million ($500.0 million total) 2. Inside Out - $52.1 million ($184.9 million total) 3. Ted 2 - $32.9 million ($32.9 million total) 4. Max - $12.2 million ($12.2 million total) 5. Spy - $7.8 million ($88.3 million total) 6. San Andreas - $5.2 million ($141.8 million total) 7. Dope - $2.8 million ($11.7 million total) 8. Insidious Chapter 3 - $2.0 million ($49.7 million total) 7. Pitch Perfect 2 - $3.3 million ($177.5 million total) 8. Mad Max: Fury Road - $2.8 million ($143.0 million total) 9. The Avengers: Age of Ultron - $1.6 million ($452.4 million total) 10. Pitch Perfect 2 - $1.3 million ($180.9 million total) The Big Stories The scapegoat of this...
- Erik Childress
Audiences still showed up for dinosaurs in droves, delivering a third-week win for Jurassic World. With an estimated $54 million, the film is now the fastest film to earn $500 million domestically and likely to do much better as time goes on. However, though it now sits as the fifth highest earning domestic release of all time, it still has to rely on longevity if it seeks to best the one-two punch of James Cameron and his Avatar and Titanic. Audiences have been very kind to Pixar as well, as Inside Out held onto second place with an estimated $52.1 million and is close to earning $200 million domestically, a task it should handily accomplish by next weekend. However, despite the success of the original film, the world may not have been waiting for Ted 2, which ended up in third place with an estimated $33 million.
While Ted 2 may be suffering financial woes with its rough start, »
- Seth Paul
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