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‘The Salvation’ delivers an all too rare successful Western

26 February 2015 9:01 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Salvation

Written by Anders Thomas Jensen and Kristian Levring

Directed by Kristian Levring

Denmark, 2015

Westerns have never recovered from the oversaturation of the genre that killed off viewer interest decades ago, but every now and then a gem pops up. Recent successes like The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, 2007’s 3:10 to Yuma and the Coen brothers adaptation of True Grit all did well because they tweaked the genre slightly, but director Kristian Levring goes with an old school approach. A faithful recreation of those revenge Westerns made so popular in the 1970s, The Salvation envelopes many elements of previous Clint Eastwood classics and wraps it into a tidy package.

The Salvation starts in on the central dilemma, joining Jon (Hannibal‘s Mad Mikkelsen) at the train station where he awaits the arrival of his wife and son. Jon and his brother, Peter (Mikael Persbrandt »

- Colin Biggs

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More Reboots Aren't a Solution For Bad Moviemaking

25 February 2015 6:23 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

That cult movie you love from 30 years ago? It’s coming back as a remake. Did the last attempt at a movie adaptation of a well-loved comic book hero not go so well? Don’t worry, they’re rebooting it. Does your favorite childhood film no longer appeal to newer generations? One word: remake. 

On Wednesday of last week we were greeted with the news that Neil Blomkamp’s next film would be another addition to the Alien franchise. This film will likely be a remake or reboot of the original film based on the confusion of Prometheus that will hopefully be explained by the end of Prometheus 2 (a sequel after Alien: Resurrection 20 years later just doesn’t make sense to me). Fans everywhere were excited for the announcement. Even if you don’t particularly like movies with Xenomorphs in them, the news wasn’t really that surprising. A »

- (G.S. Perno)

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DVD Review – Serena (2014)

23 February 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Serena, 2014.

Directed by Susanne Bier.

Starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Rhys Ifans and Sean Harris.


In Depression-era North Carolina, the future of a timber empire becomes increasingly complicated when its owner marries.

What a strange Serena Williams biopic this is. There’s practically no tennis.

In its place are breathtaking panoramic shots of the Smoky Mountains. They live up to their name; there’s smoke everywhere. It creeps up hillsides, engulfing trees and wildlife without discrimination. There’s a metaphor in there somewhere: losing sight of your original intention, getting pulled under by the personal, how unedited versions of these landscapes should be uploaded as desktop wallpapers – they are truly majestic, for which cinematographer Morten Søborg deserves considerable credit.

It’s just a shame the rest of the film gets in the way.

Serena is an overwrought, poorly structured melodrama that works against its characters’ relationships. Individually, the players »

- Oli Davis

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The Surprising History of Oscar Acceptance Speech Thank-Yous

21 February 2015 2:05 PM, PST | | See recent news »

It's an impressive honor to take home an Oscar. But it's also worth some bragging rights if you can nab an acceptance speech shout-out. Over the decades, winners have created a snowball effect when it comes to the lengthy list of thank-yous they squeeze in. Thanks to some archival digging by Hsbc Bank as part of its "Together, We Advance" campaign, we can pinpoint just who thanked their mom, dad, or even the viewers at home for the first time in Oscar history. Fun fact: Women are more likely to forget their significant others when in a thanking frenzy at the podium! »

- Jacqueline Andriakos, @jandriakos

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Predicting The 87th Annual Academy Awards

17 February 2015 5:10 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With the Oscars just around the corner, it’s time to lay down my predictions for all 24 categories. While, as usual, most categories seem like a pretty solid lock, there’s always the possibility of a surprise or two, so let’s get right to it.

Best Animated Short Film

The Bigger PictureDaisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees

The Dam KeeperRobert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi

FeastPatrick Osborne and Kristina Reed

Me and My MoultonTorill Kove

A Single LifeJoris Oprins

Best Live Action Short Film

AyaOded Binnun and Mihal Brezis

Boogaloo and GrahamMichael Lennox and Ronan Blaney

“Butter Lamp (La Lampe Au Beurre De Yak)” Hu Wei and Julien Féret

ParvanehTalkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger

The Phone CallMat Kirkby and James Lucas

Best Documentary Short Subject

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry

JoannaAneta Kopacz

“Our Curse” Tomasz Sliwinski »

- Jeff Beck

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Cas Sound Mixing Award Winners Do Fairly Well at the Oscars

16 February 2015 8:17 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Birdman took home the Cinema Audio Society Award for sound mixing in a live action film on Saturday. The best picture-nominated film is also nominated for both of the sound Oscars (sound mixing and sound editing). The film lost the BAFTA Award for best sound to Whiplash, which is also nominated for both of the Oscars for sound.

Since the Cas Awards began in 1994, all 21 of the live action features that won for sound mixing have also been nominated for the sound mixing Oscar, and 12 have won. In contrast, four of the 14 best sound BAFTA winners — since the BAFTAs have taken place before the Oscars — didn’t win an Oscar for their sound. Of the 10 that did win, five won both of the Oscars for sound, four won the Oscar for sound mixing and one took home the Oscar for sound editing.

Seven of the »

- Anjelica Oswald

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The Films of The Coen Brothers, Ranked

13 February 2015 7:07 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Movies On Demand. Catch up on this year’s Awards Season contenders and past winners On Demand. Today's selection is "Inside Llewyn Davis." This article originally ran in November.] A Coen Brothers film has a certain singular rhythm, a certain irreverently acute love for Greek tragedy and Homeric adventures. In "Barton Fink," a Hollywood producer demands that his film have "that Barton Fink Feeling." The Coen Brothers’ films all have that Coen Brothers Feeling: the malaise of modernity, an endless fascination with losers and emasculated men. Since they’ve never helmed a bad film, even the bottom-ranking entries are better than most other filmmakers’ best offerings. Read More: The Films of Alfonso Cuaraon, Ranked From Worst to Best 16. "True Grit" (2010)The Coens remain more faithful to the Charles Portis novel than the 1969 Henry Hathway/John Wayne film, but something feels flat »

- Greg Cwik

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Jeff Bridges to Lead Lake Bell's 'The Emperor's Children' Adaptation

12 February 2015 3:23 PM, PST | | See recent news »

After pulling double duty in 2010 with Tron: Legacy and True Grit, it's been a rough few years for Jeff Bridges with duds like R.I.P.D., The Giver and The Seventh Son. But maybe he can turn it around with his new project, an adaptation of Claire Messud's novel The Emperor's Children that will be directed by actress Lake Bell for her sophomore directing effort following In a World a few years ago. The film hails from Imagine Entertainment with Brian Grazer and Ron Howard producing from a script by Noah Baumbach. THR reports Bridges will play legendary journalist and liberal opinion-maker Murray Thwaite. The story follows three entitled but unsuccessful characters, Marina Thwaite, Danielle Minkoff and Julian Clarke, who were buddies at Brown and now orbit the life of the aforementioned famous journalist in the months before and after the events of 9/11. Things are shaken up by the arrival of »

- Ethan Anderton

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Still Glen: Alzheimer’s-Stricken Best Song Nominee Provides Oscar’s Most Dramatic And Moving Story

11 February 2015 3:21 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Best Actress front-runner Julianne Moore playing a victim of early-onset Alzheimer’s in Still Alice has been drawing the lion’s share of attention to that mind-robbing disease this awards season, but it’s a fictional character. There is another Alzheimer’s-related Oscar story that is even more compelling — because it’s real, as one of this year’s most recognizable nominees is deep into his own battle with the horrible disease.  

Country superstar Glen Campbell, now living in a facility in Nashville and suffering from an advancing case of Alzheimer’s, received his first Oscar nomination for the remarkable song, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” from the documentary Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me, which chronicles his final concert tour as the disease closed in on him. The song, serving as a goodbye to his loved ones, wryly and knowingly gets to the heart of what it »

- Pete Hammond

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New poster and trailer for Pitch Perfect 2 released

10 February 2015 10:39 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

After the massive success of the 2012 original, it was no surprise that Universal Pictures would green-light a sequel to their hit comedy Pitch Perfect. And after a Super Bowl spot debuted at last weekend’s game, Universal has now released the second official trailer for Pitch Perfect 2, which you can view below along with a new poster…

Elizabeth Banks makes her directorial debut on the film, which sees her reprise her role from the first film alongside returning players Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp and John Michael Higgins, with Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) joining the movie.

Perfect 2 sees the Barden Bellas suspended from championships in the Us, with their only way of retaining their crowns and being reinstated is to win the the World Championships of A Capella against a host of competing countries, a competition which no American team has ever won.

Written »

- Scott J. Davis

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Jeff Bridges and Nicolas Cage Play Marble-Mouthed Mentors in Seventh Son and Outcast

7 February 2015 3:18 AM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

It wasn’t that long ago that Jeff Bridges and Nicolas Cage were known as Academy Award-winning actors with talent to burn, but time and poor judgement (and in Cage’s case, tax bills) have turned the two into shallow, mumbling shadows of their former selves. Cage has been saying yes to every single offer he receives for a decade or more (seriously, the guy is averaging 2-3 movies per year, and most aren’t even hitting theaters), and Bridges has found himself in an odd rut of variations on True Grit‘s Rooster Cogburn. Seventh Son has had something of a troubled road to theaters — it was originally scheduled to release in February of 2013 — and now that it’s finally here you’d be hard-pressed to believe the delays added much to the final project. The hero is bland, the story plays out exactly as you’d expect and the action sequences are rarely all that »

- Rob Hunter

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'Seventh Son' (2015) Movie Review

5 February 2015 9:24 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Seventh Son is the Chicken McNugget of movies. You know there are better options out there when it comes to your chicken-eating selections, but something about the greasy simplicity and drive thru nature of the McNugget calls to you. Before you take a bite you know what you're going to get and to hide the actual taste of the nugget you drench it in a dipping sauce. As your teeth crack the crisp (if it just came out of the frier) outer shell and squish through the processed meat inside, your mouth is covered with a viscous layer of... something, preventing the taste from leaving your mouth long after you've swallowed. In an effort to fix this you take another bite, this time dipped in even more sauce, but the result is the same. The McNugget is a mirage. It isn't chicken and no amount of sauce is going to »

- Brad Brevet

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'Seventh Son' Star Ben Barnes Really Loves 'The Fabulous Baker Boys' (Exclusive)

5 February 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

In "Seventh Son," Ben Barnes plays the seventh son of a seventh son, a mystically indebted apprentice who goes on the road with Jeff Bridges, who plays a Spook, the last of a dying breed of knights who defends the innocent from the ghastly forces of darkness (led, in this case, by an incredibly over-the-top Julianne Moore as a fearsome witch). Barnes's Tom follows the Luke Skywalker trajectory of starting off as a slightly above-average farm boy to becoming the savior of the land.

And Barnes has some history with this kind of thing, having starred in the "Chronicles of Narnia" movies (with far more benevolent beasts). When we got to speak to Barnes about "Seventh Son," we asked him about how he came aboard the project, what it was like working with Bridges and his comely costar Alicia Vikander (don't worry - if you don't know who she is, »

- Drew Taylor

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Sundance Quick Takes: Ten Thousand Saints, Results, Experimenter

4 February 2015 5:12 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Michael C with a roundup of three Sundance titles we haven't discussed yet.

Ten Thousand Saints

Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s Ten Thousand Saints makes the mistake of thinking that merely by placing their characters adjacent to interesting times, interest will rub off them. Saints does a beautiful job evoking Manhattan in the 1980’s touching on the Tompkin’s Square Park riots, the Cbgb music scene and more. The problem is that foreground is populated with a singularly uninteresting cast of characters working through a coming-of-age formula we’ve seen executed with more spirit and vitality in countless better films. The lead actors do what they can with their thin wisps of character, none too successfully. There is Hugo’s Asa Butterfield, True Grit’s Hailee Steinfeld, and Emile Hirsch as the front man for a hardcore straight edge band. Together they deal with unintended pregnancy, drug overdoses, »

- Michael C.

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Heading Toward an Oscar Rarity

2 February 2015 7:53 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

The stars may align in Hollywood this year in a way we’ve only seen once in the past 77 years.

Since the Oscars went to four acting categories in 1937, only once have all four of  the acting winners been 46 or older.

But that could change this year, since all of this year’s acting favorites are 46 or older, except The Theory of Everything’s Eddie Redmayne, 33.

The frontrunners — who now look locked in for Oscar wins — for three of the acting categories are supporting actress nominee Patricia Arquette, 46; supporting actor nominee J.K. Simmons, 60, and lead actress nominee Julianne Moore, 54. If all three of the aforementioned nominees win and if Birdman’s Michael Keaton, 63, beats Redmayne for lead actor, all four winners will be 46 or older.

The last time all four acting winners were older than 46 was 1982.

That year, Maureen Stapleton was the youngest acting winner »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Brad Pitt May Team With Angelina Jolie To Fight Poachers In His Next Movie

1 February 2015 8:32 AM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Brad Pitt fought the undead in 2013's World War Z then more recently German soldiers in his epic World War II action-drama Fury. Now with piles of dead zombies and Nazis behind him, he may be ready to team-up with wife Angelina Jolie to battle animal poachers. The word on the street is that Pitt is in negotiations to embody the character of Richard Leakey in Jolie's fourth directorial effort Africa. According to The Wrap, the biopic will follow the highly-respected archaeologist, Leakey, who became famous for his devoted commitment to defending elephants from Kenyan poachers in the late 1980s. The script for Africa was penned by the very talented Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button). The poaching film will also reteam Jolie with her Unbroken cinematographer Roger Deakins, who's made a name for himself through his collaborations with the Coen Brothers (True Grit, No Country »

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Damien Chazelle or Paul Thomas Anderson Could Become Fifth Adapted Screenplay Winner to Also Direct the Film

29 January 2015 6:42 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Adapted screenplay nominees Damien Chazelle and Paul Thomas Anderson have been nominated for films that they also directed.

Chazelle’s Whiplash, about an aspiring jazz drummer and his sadistic instructor, is his second feature film and is adapted from a short film of the same name that he also wrote and directed. The short won the jury award for short films at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Whiplash was nominated for four other awards, including best picture.

Anderson received his second adapted screenplay nomination for Inherent Vice, based on Thomas Pynchon’s novel of the same name. The film was also nominated for costume design. Anderson previously received an adapted screenplay nomination for 2007’s There Will Be Blood, which he also directed. He received a best director nomination, and the film was nominated for best picture.

If either wins, they will become the fifth adapted screenplay »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Coen Brothers Named Presidents of Cannes Film Festival Jury

19 January 2015 9:40 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

This is the first time the festival has appointed two presidents

Directors Joel and Ethan Coen have been named the presidents of the jury at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, the festival announced on Monday.

The festival press release:

For the first time in the history of the Festival de Cannes, not one but two leading figures will chair the Jury.

Indeed, American filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen have accepted the invitation from President Pierre Lescure and General Delegate Thierry Frémaux to become the Presidents of the 68th edition of the Festival.

“We look forward to returning to Cannes this year »

- Steve Pond

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47 (Out of 350) Times People of Colour Contended for Oscars in 10 Years

16 January 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

And the Oscar nominees are ... the whitest since 1998.

That's the truth as far as the acting categories are concerned. For the first time in 17 years, not a single person of colour stands to win an acting Oscar. [The Atlantic says the last entirely white Oscar nomination list was in 1995. We'll let them duke out which year it is.]

We here at Moviefone Canada looked at Oscar winners and nominees from the past decade to see how they stack up against the upcoming 2015 ceremony. We restricted ourselves to the acting, directing and screenwriting categories.

The definition of "people of colour," of course, varies widely. But when it comes to Oscar nominations, we largely considered people who don't come from an all-white heritage within the last couple of generations.

We plugged the numbers ... and 47 out of 350 nominees in the past 10 years went to people of colour.

That's 13 per cent ... and it's not enough. Especially when U.S. government statistics show that white people (excluding Hispanics or Latinos) make up only 62.6 per cent of the country's population. »

- Jesse Ferreras

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Academy Steak Eaters Call the Shots: Eastwood's 'American Sniper' Squeaks Into Oscar Derby

15 January 2015 10:46 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

"They vote for big movies that make big money, good solid moviemaking with great actors and good storytelling," one veteran Oscar campaigner told me. "'True Grit' is for them." This faction of the Academy is also likely to vote for such mainstream 2014 hits as Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper."  Academy voters are predominantly male; the dominant actors' branch comes closest to a 50/50 male/female split. For those who think that the Academy proved itself not sexist by voting for Kathryn Bigelow and war movie "The Hurt Locker," not so fast. The Academy directors snubbed Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," although it landed a Best Picture nomination. On nominations morning this year, the very male and clubby Academy directors branch did not come through for member DuVernay. Instead they chose "Foxcatcher" helmer Bennett Miller.  With a Best Actor nomination for Bradley Cooper (his third in a row), "American »

- Anne Thompson

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