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Best Shot - Season Finale on Tuesday

23 hours ago | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Hit Me With Your Best Shot soon steps aside for the utter madness of Fall Festivals and Awards Season. It will return for a sixth season next March. Why not join in on the season finale, The Matrix (1999). It's enlightening. Take the red pill.

To play:

1) Watch the movie

2) Choose your "Best Shot" (your definition - beauty in the eye of the beholder)

3) Post it online somewhere by Sept 2nd at 9 pm with a few words about why you chose it. We link up 

previously:  Gone With the Wind Pt 1 & Pt 2, Suddenly Last Summer, Under the Skin, Batman

 

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- NATHANIEL R

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Jessica Chastain criticises Marvel: 'Where is the Scarlett Johansson movie?'

27 August 2014 5:39 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jessica Chastain has called for a female superhero movie to be released.

Chastain criticised Marvel and Hollywood in general for not giving Scarlett Johansson's popular Avengers character Black Widow her own solo movie.

Scarlett Johansson's 5 best roles: Under the Skin, The Avengers

X-Men's David Hayter wants to revive Black Widow film

"Where is the Scarlett Johansson superhero movie? I don't understand it, why is it taking so long for this?" she declared to The Wrap. "This woman clearly shows that people want to go see her in the movies."

Chastain continued: "Lucy, didn't it beat Hercules by a lot opening weekend, when it was made for a lot less? She shows that she kicks ass, she's a great actress. Under the Skin is an incredible film, and why are we still waiting for a go-ahead on a superhero movie starring Scarlett Johansson?

"To me, it's a no-brainer. You want to make money, »

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Jessica Chastain Asks: Where Is Scarlett Johansson's Marvel Solo Movie?

27 August 2014 3:02 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

In the past, Jessica Chastain ("Interstellar") was supposed to appear in Iron man 3 but due to a scheduling conflict she couldn't participate. She was also rumored to be up for the female lead in Ant-Man at one time and passed on that too. Now Jessica is speaking up for Marvel's most successful female actress, Scarlett Johansson. Wondering where is her solo Marvel film? “Where is the Scarlett Johansson superhero movie? I don't understand it, why is it taking so long for this?” Chastain asked TheWrap, rhetorically and with no small degree of animation. “This woman clearly shows that people want to go see her in the movies. ‘Lucy,’ didn't it beat ‘Hercules’ by a lot opening weekend, when it was made for a lot less? She shows that she kicks ass, she's a great actress. ‘Under the Skin’ is an incredible film, and why are we still waiting for »

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Awesome Mix Tape Volume 4: Best Soundtracks & Scores of 2014 (Part One)

27 August 2014 12:30 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

I’m back with another mix tape, only this time the compilation consists solely of the best music from movies released in 2014 (January to the end of August). As per usual, I’ve also included some fun movie clips. Here are tracks from the best soundtracks and scores of the year so far. Be sure to check back in December for part two.

Playlist:

Phase 1

Guardians of the Galaxy Clip

The Band – “The Weight” (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Clip

Superhuman – “Where It Ends” (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)

Alexandre Desplat – “Godzilla Main Theme”

Marco Beltrami – “We Go Forward” (Snowpiercer)

Snowpiercer Clip

Hot Blood – “Soul Dracula” (Only Lovers Left Alive)

Only Lovers Left Alive Clip

James Brown – “Papas Got A Brand New Bag” (Get On Up: The James Brown Story)

Get On Up Movie Clip

Elvis Presley – “You’re »

- Sound On Sight Podcast

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Movie Review – Lucy (2014)

26 August 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Lucy, 2014.

Directed by Luc Besson.

Starring Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Analeigh Tipton, Amr Waked, Choi Min-sik, and Pilou Asbæk.

Synopsis:

When forced to partake in a drug-dealing operation across countries, student Lucy is harassed and beaten, only to have the drugs seep into her system. Chased by cops and gangsters, Lucy begins to use the deepest, darkest parts of the brain to escape and control the world around herself.

Here’s a classic example of a single high concept idea which has no right being turned into a feature length film. The fact that Lucy offers the viewer nothing new in terms of storytelling, visuals, and action might not be quite so unforgivable if the film actually had something to say about its concept, but it doesn’t, and as a result we’re left with one of the worst films of the year.

At only 89 minutes, Lucy is at »

- Gary Collinson

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'Game of Thrones' director wants to make a 'Black Widow' movie

25 August 2014 1:08 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Scarlett Johansson’s having a minor McConaissance just now. Lucy earned over $200 million worldwide, the highest-grossing action blockbuster not based on a comic book or a Hunger Games ripoff or an action figure–which is a roundabout way of saying that it probably earned that money because people wanted to see Scarlett Johansson. Lucy comes on the heels of major roles in acclaimed low-budgeters Her and Under the Skin, plus a co-lead role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Cap 2 marked her third go-round as Black Widow, a character who would seem ready-made for her own spinoff even if she »

- Darren Franich

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Scarlett Johansson's 5 best roles: Under the Skin, The Avengers

23 August 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

2014 has turned out to be a landmark year for Scarlett Johansson. The double whammy of Spike Jonze's Her and Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin saw her doing the best work of her career, in both cases playing a non-human being who develops consciousness and a soul through her contact with the world.

Then there was her fourth and best outing yet as Marvel's Black Widow. Her role in The Winter Soldier was so significant that the film could justifiably have been called Captain America & Black Widow, if not for the fact that that's a rubbish title.

And to cap things off this summer, Johansson's solo sci-fi Lucy debuted at number one at the Us box office, far outstripping the week's other major release Hercules.

With Lucy reaching UK screens this week, Digital Spy looks back on Johansson's five best roles to date.

Ghost World (2001)

While the role of »

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Sin City: A Dame To Kill For – The Review

21 August 2014 4:53 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s belated follow-up to the most visually inventive comic book adaptation to make its way to a movie screen, is black and white and red all over. There’s plenty of blood in the sequel, either represented as the color of fresh snow or its natural red. Stark monochrome with the occasional color splash of blood, fire or lipstick is the hallmark of the ultimate town without pity, which comes roaring back to life in this superb follow-up that serves as a sequel and prequel at the same time. Characters that died are back while earlier incidents serve as motivation. Sin City: A Dame To Kill For presents new characters and old ones played by different actors. But the film’s look and artistry and the barn-burning 3D mayhem is so exhilarating that one quickly forgives its lack »

- Tom Stockman

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Telluride vs. Toronto: The Battle for Oscar Supremacy

20 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Healthy, even heated competition between film festivals is nothing new. Cannes was founded in the late ’30s as the French response to Venice. In recent years, Shanghai has felt the heat from the government-backed Beijing, while both SXSW and Tribeca have sought to position themselves as viable alternatives to Sundance.

Rarely, however, have such tensions spiked quite so visibly, or with such high stakes involved, as in the case of Telluride and Toronto.

Nestled deep in the Rocky Mountains, the 41-year-old Telluride Film Festival is an intimate four-day affair that screens a highly selective program for Hollywood elites and deep-pocketed movie buffs. The 39-year-old Toronto Film Festival is an 11-day press and industry behemoth, Byzantine in its complexity and Canadian in its efficiency, which unspools about 300 features and attracts journalists, publicists, filmmakers and dealmakers from all over the world. Two very different events, forced by the vagaries of art, commerce »

- Justin Chang

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Lucy Review

19 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

It’s fair to say that the prolific French filmmaker Luc Besson has made too many underwhelming pictures of late – and that’s being kind. His once valued writing credentials have recently spawned the likes of The Family, Taken 2 and Brick Mansions, and the less said about all three of those the better, as they strive to compel and entertain and yet any such efforts feel so contrived. However his latest, Lucy, is stylistic and engaging, and a real return to form for the director, mastering a genre he was partly responsible for pioneering.

Scarlett Johansson takes on the eponymous lead role, who is forced into delivering a briefcase to the elusive Mr. Jang (Choi Min-sik), when a romantic fling (Pilou Asbæk) backs out of the deal. However this seemingly straightforward transaction turns into a nightmare, when she is ushered into a hotel room where dead bodies lie still, »

- Stefan Pape

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Lima Film Festival 2014: Wrap-Up And Winners

18 August 2014 7:01 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

After nine days, with over 300 films being screened and various other activities, the Lima Film Festival ended its 18th birthday in style, with a grand ceremony held at the city's National Theatre.The night kicked off with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Peruvian filmmaker Francisco J. Lombardi, arguably one of the most important directors in the country. His career spans over 18 films, many of them classics of Peruvian cinema: among them, 1988's La Boca del Lobo ("The Lion's Den"), one of the best movies ever made about the country's "inner war" with the Shining Path terrorist group; 1996's film noir-influenced Bajo La Piel ("Under The Skin"); and 2000's Tinta Roja ("Red Ink") adapted from Chilean author Alberto Fuguet's novel of the same name.Love him...

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Movie Review – Lucy (2014)

18 August 2014 2:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Lucy, 2014

Directed by Luc Besson.

Starring Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Analeigh Tipton, Amr Waked, Choi Min-sik and Pilou Asbæk.

Synopsis

When forced to partake in a drug-dealing operation across countries, student Lucy is harassed and beaten, only to have the drugs seep into her system. Chased by cops and gangsters, Lucy begins to use the deepest, darkest parts of the brain to escape and control the world around herself.

Lucy asserts itself from the start. Cells form and apes evolve, immediately confirming its ambitious intentions. Luc Besson, of The Fifth Element and Leon, boldly throws the titular character into a situation she, and we, barely understand. Scarlett Johansson has supported the Avengers, and notably, this year she was second-billing in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Lucy becomes her first leading film as a sci-fi, action heroine, complementing her indie work with Spike Jonze in Her and Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin. »

- Simon Columb

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Tiff unveils industry events roster

14 August 2014 11:20 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Toronto top brass have unveiled details of the Asia Film Summit, Moguls panel and Doc Conference.

Asia Film Summit

The third annual Asia Film Summit is set for September 9 at the Shangri-La Hotel and features Legendary East CEO Peter Loehr, The Raid franchise director Gareth Evans, directors Andrew Lau and Wang Xiaoshuai, UniJapan’s Kenta Fudesaka and senior vp of Cj Entertainment Kini Kim.

The programme includes a headline conversation between Loehr and Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) artistic director Cameron Bailey and a conversation on Asian art-house and vanguard cinema with Xiaoshuai, Evans, Xyz Films partner Nate Bolotin and Chinese Shadows’ Isabelle Glachant.

This year’s Case Study will profile Revenge Of The Green Dragons, the Tiff world premiere screening directed by Lau, who will be joined on stage by co-director and writer Andrew Loo and one of the film’s stars, Justin Chon.

A panel on global storytelling will feature Canadian director Richie Mehta, Well »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Tiff sets Asia Summit, industry events

14 August 2014 11:20 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Toronto top brass have unveiled details of the Asia Film Summit, Moguls panel and Doc Conference.

Asia Film Summit

The third annual Asia Film Summit is set for September 9 at the Shangri-La Hotel and features Legendary East CEO Peter Loehr, The Raid franchise director Gareth Evans, directors Andrew Lau and Wang Xiaoshuai, UniJapan’s Kenta Fudesaka and senior vp of Cj Entertainment Kini Kim.

The programme includes a headline conversation between Loehr and Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) artistic director Cameron Bailey and a conversation on Asian art-house and vanguard cinema with Xiaoshuai, Evans, Xyz Films partner Nate Bolotin and Chinese Shadows’ Isabelle Glachant.

This year’s Case Study will profile Revenge Of The Green Dragons, the Tiff world premiere screening directed by Lau, who will be joined on stage by co-director and writer Andrew Loo and one of the film’s stars, Justin Chon.

A panel on global storytelling will feature Canadian director Richie Mehta, Well »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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The winners and losers of summer 2014

13 August 2014 2:37 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Marvel soared while Adam Sandler floundered. Simon takes a closer look at the winners and losers of 2014's summer blockbuster season...

As another summer blockbuster season comes to an end, here's our annual reflection on what worked, what didn't, and who was left with egg on their face.

It's been a surprisingly strong summer season, in truth. Sure, there've been a few misses here and there, but we've found much to enjoy in many of the season's big releases, both in terms of widescreen spectacle and thought-provoking ideas.

So as the summer of 2014 winds to a close, here's what we took out of it... 

Marvel

Taking its usual place in the 'winners' section of articles like these is Marvel Studios, which opened and closed summer blockbuster movie season this year with considerable style.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier garnered strong reviews, and comfortably outperformed its predecessor at the box office. »

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ScarJo Gets Comfortable "Under The Skin"

12 August 2014 7:43 AM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Clad in the body of a sexy young woman, the extra-terrestrial at the center of Under the Skin drives around Scotland in what is honestly quite a sketchy-looking van, frequently stopping men to ask for directions in a warm, come-hither voice. If the men are alone, the alien invites them in for a ride; the men enthusiastically hop in, hungry for a chance of intimacy with such a beautiful woman. Once they get to the empty black void that is the alien’s apartment (which one would think would elicit some form of suspicion), the alien starts peeling off its clothes, and the men, seemingly hypnotized, end up being swallowed up by a watery substance and sucked of all life. However, eventually the alien seems to grow disenchanted with this existence. Fascinated by how much men admire the woman the alien embodies, it decides to abandon its life as an »

- Lee Jutton

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Competition: Win Steven Seagal’s ‘A Good Man’ on DVD

8 August 2014 11:42 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

To celebrate the release of A Good Man – the new high-octane action thriller starring master of martial arts Steven Seagal (Under Siege; Machete; Maximum Conviction) and action legend Tzi Ma (Rush Hour; 24; Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D) out on DVD 25th August 2014 – we have a copy to giveaway!

Featuring cut-throat samurai sword action, A Good Man is Seagal at his all-time neck-breaking best. A real-life Aikido genius, Seagal has us grinning like giddy girls every time he’s back on screen kicking ass! Order your copy today on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1nyYpJR

To win a copy of A Good Man on DVD, just answer the following question:

Which of the following is Not a Steven Seagal movie? Is it:

a) Under Siege

b) Submerged

c) Under the Skin

Email your answer to NerdlyComps@gmail.com, making sure to include your name and address. You can also »

- Phil Wheat

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DVD Obscura: The New Indie and International Movies You Need to Watch

7 August 2014 6:30 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

New Indie: If you haven’t seen Under the Skin (Lionsgate Home Entertainment), you’re missing one of the year’s most provocative movies, in every sense of the word: It’s sexy, it’s narratively demanding, and it’s a movie that requires active viewership as you unravel its mysteries and explore just what, exactly, is going on. Director Jonathan Glazer (Birth, Sexy Beast) casts Scarlett Johansson as an alien who falls to Earth to pursue a sinister agenda, only to have her plans go awry, sending her character (and the film itself) into new and unpredictable directions. Turn out the lights, shut off your phone, give this movie your full attention, and get ready to have long, heated discussions about it with friends. It’s that much of a mind...

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- Alonso Duralde

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Under The Skin Blu-ray Review

5 August 2014 1:43 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

For some Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin will be known as the best science fiction film since Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.  For others it will be known as the film where Scarlett Johansson gets naked, and will be famous to them for the screengrabs that revealed more than her leaked nude pictures.  In fact, it’s likely that some will be familiar with images from the movie but will never see the film.  Such is nudity in the internet era.  Which is too bad as the film itself is a striking work, though the film is more interested in tone than narrative.  My Under the Skin Blu-ray review follows after the jump. Assisted by a biker (Jeremy McWilliams), Johansson’s nameless protagonist comes from outer space and is given the clothing of a human.  She then proceeds to drive around Scotland looking for men.  Adopting a British accent, »

- Andre Dellamorte

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Tgb Episode 198: The Way of the Gunn (Guest: Writer Britt Hayes)

5 August 2014 9:45 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim and Jeremy are joined by guest Britt Hayes, friend of the hosts and writer for ScreenCrush and BadassDigest, as they talk through their picks of the week and much more. For the main topic of the night the three discuss the career of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. Congrats on an outstanding opening weekend! They go through his brief yet fascinating filmography, starting with his Troma beginnings to being Marvel's next big director. They then talk about prospects for Gunn outside of the Marvel universe and Britt and Jeremy share their thoughts on Guardians. Download #198 or Listen Now: [audio href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/firstshowing/EP198.mp3" title="The Way of the Gunn (Guest: Britt Hayes)"]The Golden Briefcase #198[/audio] Subscribe via: RSS or iTunes Previous Episode: What is The Rock Cooking (Guest: Liam O'Donnell) Our Guest: Britt Hayes: @MissBrittHayes Picks of the Week: Jeremy: Battered Bastards of Baseball / Boyhood / "Burning Love" / "The Hotwives of Orlando" Britt: »

- Tim Buel

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