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• Iceland's film locations – in pictures
The sun has yet to rise but the morning light is already illuminating the reasons why Iceland is renowned for its landscape. I'm standing on a helipad in the south-eastern town of Höfn: with its harbour behind me, I can see snow-covered mountains separated by four icy tongues, each part of the enormous Vatnajökull glacier.
A few lights glow yellow-orange in windows but the main colours are sky blue, a sliver of pink around the clouds and the dark-brown mass of mountains yet to reveal their rugged detail. I'm not waiting for a helicopter; this just seemed like a good place to take in the view … sort of. The wind speed is more than 40mph – that's an »
- Robert Hull
Have you ever dreamed about what it might be like to relive the same day over and over again in an endless search for the perfect 24 hour period of existence? Of course you haven't, for that is the plot of much-loved Bill Murray/Harold Ramis comedy classic Groundhog Day, and each and every possible hilarious scenario has already been played out for you via one of the sharpest and most intuitive scripts of all time.
Edge of Tomorrow, 20 minutes of which was screened for bloggers and film journalists at an event in London earlier this week, is like Groundhog Day with stringy aliens and Tom Cruise. Admittedly, there are a few other minuscule differences between Doug Liman's upcoming sci-fi piece and its forebear: Cruise is using his unusual predicament »
- Ben Child
We're delighted that Leonardo DiCaprio got nominated. And Her. And Philomena's Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope. We actually agreed with a vast number of Oscar noms this year. However, there were some films and actors who we felt didn't get the recognition they deserved, so we decided to honour them in a different form.
Below are Digital Spy's Alternative Oscar Awards, celebrating this year's greatest who missed out on a nomination. Read on to find out the nominees and who we crowned the best of the rest.
Saving Mr Banks
And the Alternative Oscar goes to... Inside Llewyn Davis
The Academy got it right with its first-ever Oscar concert featuring live performances of this year’s nominated musical scores and songs.
Thursday’s show at UCLA’s Royce Hall was a textbook model of how film music should be presented in concert: single-movement suites averaging eight to 10 minutes, distilling the key themes and musical essence of each score into a unified whole. Images from the films were projected on a screen above the musicians, but the music was not sync’d to any specific scene.
A project of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ much-maligned music branch — mired in controversy again this year, which lead to one of the song nominees getting disqualified for an alleged rule violation — the concert featured an 80-piece orchestra as well as on-stage chats with the six nominated score composers.
- Jon Burlingame
Via: The Verge
Lotus has unveiled their latest superbike called the C-01, and it was amazingly designed by Daniel Simon, who is the same guy that worked on films such as Tron: Legacy, Oblivion, and Captain America. You can definitely see some resemblance of the designs from those film sin these bikes. They looks insanely cool, and this is what Simon had to say in a statement,
"The design process of the C-01 was a labour of love. We have worked hard to create a motorcycle with very distinctive features such as a clean main body, an extremely low side profile, a bold stance, a unique air intake, logical partline solutions and clean graphics."
The bike is 400-pounds and it packs a 200hp four-stroke engine. There's no price for it yet, but you can bet your ass it's going to be expensive as hell. This is one of those things I want, »
- Joey Paur
Remember last year when through its Amazon overlords Lovefilm put several pilots online including the pretty good failed Zombieland pilot? Well, they are at it again with ten new pilots, none of which have committed to series yet but with which the lucky few will go to one of those full season exclusive type deals that Netflix do so well.
I don’t know about you but I kind of wish they would just commit to something right out the gate and take the risks, its paid off for Netflix so far and Amazon are attracting some major talent to their stable too.
The pilots include; Bosch a detective show based on a Michael Connelly book series and starring the great Titus Welliver, Kids shows Wishenproof, Hardboiled Eggheads, The JoB and Graff Show and Gortimer Gibbons Life on Normal Street. We also have comedy from The Rebels; a kind of »
- Chris Holt
The film has been a long-time passion project for Brosnan, and it’s nice to see he was finally able to get what he’s referred to as a ‘labour of love’ off the ground and shortly into cinemas. And now a fiery first look at Brosnan’s ex-cia agent, Peter Devereaux, has landed online.
Peter Devereaux is an ex-cia operative who has been brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former protégé in a deadly game involving high level Us Government officials and the Russian president-elect.
Donaldson (The Bank Job) directs from a script co-written »
- Kenji Lloyd
In the film, An ex-cia operative is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect.
Donaldson previously helmed No Way Out, World’S Fastest Indian, and The Bank Job. The film is written by Mike Finch (American Assassin, Masters Of The Universe) and Karl Gajdusek (The Mechanic/Oblivion).
Presently the Solution Entertainment Group is selling international rights to November Man at the European Film Market
- Michelle McCue
In 2002, Warner Bros. acquired rights to make a live-action remake of Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira. Plans for it didn't start to really materialize until 2008. That is when Irish short film director Ruairi Robinson ("The Last Days on Mars") was brought on board to direct. At that time, the script was being written by Gary Whitta ("The Book of Eli"), and Leonardo DiCaprio would've been one of the producers. Of course things fell apart and the project would end up in two other directors hands (Albert Hughes and Jaume Collet-Serra) before WB finally pulled the plug on it in 2012. Below, you will find several pieces of concept art that conceptual illustrator James Clyne created for Robinson's version of Akira. You'll also find some artwork that Clyne created for Tom Cruise's Oblivion and Gavin Hood's Ender's Game. Akira Concept Art By James Clyne Oblivion Concept Art By James Clyne »
It seems that the legal tables are now being turned on Tom Cruise. Less than two months after the 51-year-old actor settled his $50 million defamation lawsuit against Bauer Media, the "Oblivion" star is now being sued, thanks to his iconic role in as Ethan Hunt in the famous action franchise. Timothy Patrick Mclanahan is suing Tom Cruise, Brad Grey, Paramount Pictures, Skydance Pictures, Cruise/Wagner Productions and others for copyright infringement because he claims they stole his script idea for the making of the 2011 film Mission Impossible-Ghost Protocol. According to the legal documents obtained by E! News, McLanahan says he wrote a screenplay in 1998 called "Head On," which he »
We all know Legos are awesome, right? Show of hands.
But a fan-made Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Lego Trailer… Simian Epic-ness!
Here’s a look at the official trailer that debuted in December.
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is the follow-up to Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, which opened theatrically during the summer of 2011 and grossed nearly half a billion dollars worldwide. A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar (Andy Serkis) is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier.
They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.
- Michelle McCue
London — The first image has been released from the set of Russell Crowe’s feature helming debut, “The Water Diviner,” which is shooting in Australia before moving on to Turkey. Mister Smith Entertainment is handling international sales on the epic adventure pic, which stars Crowe and Olga Kurylenko (“Oblivion,” “Quantum of Solace”).
The film is set four years after the devastating battle of Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. Australian farmer Connor (Crowe) travels to Istanbul to discover the fate of his sons, reported missing in action, where he forges a relationship with the beautiful Turkish woman (Kurylenko) who owns the hotel in which he stays. Holding on to hope, and with the help of a Turkish officer, Connor embarks on a journey across the country to find the truth about the fate of his sons.
The supporting cast including leading Turkish actors Yilmaz Erdogan (“Once Upon a Time »
- Leo Barraclough
Director Zach Snyder said in a statement, "What's great about Lex is that he exists beyond the confines of the stereotypical nefarious villain. He's a complicated and sophisticated character whose intellect, wealth and prominence position him as one of the few mortals able to challenge the incredible might of Superman. Having Jesse in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions."
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
Icelandic film may be riding high creatively (it gets a special focus at this year’s Gothenburg Film Festival), but business is tough, according to Oscar nominee Fridrik Thor Fridriksson.
“We’ve only been making films for three decades, it’s getting worse and worse,” he said at a public conversation about Icelandic cinema in Gothenburg today.
He continued: “The Icelandic Film Centre’s film funding has a 40% cut for next year, it’s the second time [the government] has done that in four years. So the situation is really, really tough now. Especially for directors who are making their first films, it’s almost impossible. They don’t get funding from Nordisk Film & TV Fond and Eurimages. For old guys like me, it’s much easier. I think the government is trying to pull together a new concept about how Icelandic films will be produced in the future.”
Fridriksson bemoaned that sometimes only 1,500 people buy tickets to see »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
The 2013 RopeofSilicon Movie Awards I was hesitant to actually do a sixth year of the RopeofSilicon Awards for a variety of reasons, but most of all due to the deluge of awards handed out for movies at this point in our culture. As it turns out, I'm glad I waited and I'm glad I decided to go forward with the Awards. As we've moved into 2014 it became clear there were not only films and performances from 2013 that were still resonating with audiences, but there were some that hadn't gotten the attention I felt they deserved. Therefore, these awards afforded me the opportunity to highlight some of those films and performances. Looking back, 2013 was something of a strange year for movies. It was a year dominated by big budget features, but while many of those blockbusters made lots of money, they fell quite flat in terms of overall audience reception. Films »
- Brad Brevet
Park City, Utah - Joseph Trapanese barely had time to sigh relief once he was done with the score to "The Raid 2," one of the toasts of the Sundance Film Festival this year. The composer -- along with the filmmakers including director Gareth Evans -- was still editing the action flick only 48 hours before its premiere at the Park City fest. And compared to the first film, this sequel was even more of a marathon, considering it was an hour longer than the original "The Raid." And, actually, "the first cut was 3.5 hours long," Trapanese admitted during our chat at Sundance last week. It seems like Joe Trapanese hasn't had many breathers at all in the last five years, as he's composed, conducted and arranged for big budget, edit-sensitive projects including "Oblivion" with M83, "Tron: Legacy" with recent Grammy winners Daft Punk and "The Raid's" American cut from 2012 with »
Making independent movies is a game of resourcefulness, and few know it better than three film composers debuting new works at Sundance: Will Bates (I Origins and Notorious Mr. Bout; previously We Steal Secrets), Rob Simonsen (Zach Braff's Wish I Was Here; previously Spectacular Now), and Joseph Trapanese (The Raid 2; previously Oblivion). Bates, Simonsen, and Trapanese continue to carve out unique careers in film music, floating between Sundance-worthy indies and more commercial work. We sat down with the three composers to casually talk about the state of the industry, the impact of the digital age on music and how they forge new
- Matt Patches
For those that visit the site regularly, you will be aware that we are incredibly, almost unnaturally excited for Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s The Lego Movie and today we have been given an incredibly brief look at DC superhero The Flash in the latest TV spot. As with the promos, it’s bright, over the top and damn entertaining; check it out after the official synopsis...
"The Lego Movie follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average Lego minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. Emmet (Chris Pratt) is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which he is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared."
- Gary Collinson
Last year, Darren Aronofsky entered early negotiations to direct 20th Century Fox's adaptation of the Jason Matthews spy novel Red Sparrow. Heat Vision reports Aronofsky has moved on from the project, and is now looking elsewhere for his follow-up to the biblical epic Noah (due in theaters March 28). Fox still has high hopes for the project and will now focus on finding a writer to adapt the script. Given that development will take time, the report suggests Fox could leave the door open if Aronofsky wants to return when the project is ready. Steve Zaillian (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Garrett Basch (The Cold Light of Day), and Peter Chernin (Oblivion) are on board as producers. Read the book synopsis after the jump. In present-day Russia, ruled by blue-eyed, unblinking President Vladimir Putin, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the post-Soviet intelligence jungle. Ordered against her will to become a “Sparrow, »
- Brendan Bettinger
Oscar nominations 2014: Quite a few surprises (photo: Best Actress Oscar nominee Amy Adams in ‘American Hustle’) The Oscar 2014 nominations were announced early on Thursday morning, January 16, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Was Amy Adams shortlisted for American Hustle? Did Meryl Streep break another Oscar record? Did Robert Redford nearly break the record for longest gap between nominations in the acting categories? Was Jennifer Lawrence snubbed? Did Scarlett Johansson make Oscar history for her voice performance as Joaquin Phoenix’s love interest in Her? Was Peter Jackson-Ian McKellen’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug shortlisted in the technical categories? Well, below you’ll find the answers to all these questions. Be prepared: as usual, there were quite a few surprises. (You can compare the Academy’s choices to our Oscar 2014 predictions.) Full list of Oscar 2014 nominations Best Picture: American Hustle, »
- Steve Montgomery
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