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The 84th Academy Awards: If I had been a voter

9 September 2014 4:44 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Once again today I’m going to be taking a look back at a recent Oscar lineup and explaining what my vote would have been in each of the big eight categories we all follow so intently each season. I previously mentioned that potentially I could do this once a week with previous Academy Award ceremonies, and while I’m going to be truing to do that, time will still tell. Again, if nothing else, this gives you an interesting look into my cinematic tastes. Over the course of the year you can sort of get a feel for what my current favorites are, but now we can look to the past a bit more. Alright, here goes nothing: Best Picture – Moneyball The nominees here for this ceremony were The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, and War Horse. »

- Joey Magidson

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Samba Review [Tiff 2014]

7 September 2014 8:29 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

As the plight of illegal immigrants remains a hot-button issue in American and international politics, many current films have looked at this struggle in unique, singular ways. Titles like Sin Nombre, A Better Life and Dirty Pretty Things have dramatized a collection of sad, squalid tales that need to be told in today’s inflamed political arena. However, few of them boast much in the way of laugh-out-loud comedy.

Samba, the new film from The Intouchables directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, uses the appeal of its lead star, Omar Sy, to generate crowd-pleasing moments in what is likely the cheeriest movie ever made about the immigrant’s plight. Despite its light touch, the levity works.

Sy plays Samba Cissé, a man from Senegal who has worked a lot of low-paying jobs after arriving in France a decade earlier. He sends much of his measly paycheck to his family back home. »

- Jordan Adler

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Metro Manila | Review

21 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

A Better Life: Ellis’ Latest a Masterful Drama of Sacrifice

British director Sean Ellis brings us to the Philippines with his third feature film, Metro Manila, a bleak and often harrowing portrait of a family’s struggle to build a better life for themselves. Ellis first made headlines for his 2006 debut, romantic comedy Cashback, followed by the international led cast of his oblique 2008 horror film, The Broken, and his latest only proves he’s a filmmaker of varying and styles and techniques. Ellis, also serving as cinematographer for the first time, brings us a grim exercise set in the urban underbelly of Manila and it is as desperately moving as it is unpredictable.

When the price of rice drops significantly, poverty stricken Oscar Ramirez (Jake Macapagal) and wife Mia (Althea Vega) decide to move with their two children to Manila to see if they might have better luck in the urban metropolis. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Ficg in L.A. Showcases ‘Mountain,’ ‘Wolf,’ ‘Paradise’

20 August 2014 11:59 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid — Nicolas Echeverria’s “Echo of the Mountain,” Fernando Coimbra’s “A Wolf at the Door” and Mariana Chenillo’s “Paradise” will feature in the 2014 Ficg in L.A., which opens with Catalina Aguilar Mastretta’s “The Hours With You.”

A Los Angeles extension of Mexico’s Guadalajara Festival that works the ever-more fertile axis between Mexico and U.S. cinema, the fourth Ficg in L.A. also includes pix-in-post sections for narrative features and docus. It runs Sept. 4-7 at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.

This year’s program also includes Guadalajara Construye in Los Angeles and DocuLab Los Angeles, two pix-in-post competitions. Demian Bichir (“A Better Life”), the National Assn. of Latino Independent Producers, Univision journalist and host Ruben Luengas and anchorwoman Gabriela Tessier will all receive Tree of Life Awards.

Aiming to bring the best of Mexican and Latin American cinema to L.A., highlighting most often – though not always – emerging talent, »

- John Hopewell

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This Just In: Hollywood Is Still Very White

6 August 2014 3:41 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

A new study has revealed that little has changed in Tinseltown in terms of offering up more diverse casting choices. Despite the fact that Hispanics make up a huge amount of the paying public, and have shown strong enthusiasm towards spending their money supporting whatever blockbusters are released, Hispanics only accounted for 4.9% of the speaking roles in last year's top 100 films. That figure is identical to what it was back in 2008- despite a strong surge in the Latino population here in the states. 

Even when they do get roles, the women in particular are marginalized as eye candy. The study shows that Latinas are the highest-represented ethnicity when it comes to roles that feature some form of nudity. 

"Part of the problem is conditioning. When you hear the names De Niro or Pacino, you automatically know it's an American movie," says actor Esai Morales. "But the minute you have »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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My 2014 Emmy pipe dream (Part 2): 5 long-shot Drama nominations that should happen

9 July 2014 4:46 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

(Note: I only considered nominees for the categories to which they were actually submitted. For example, I could not select Alan Cumming for The Good Wife, since he did not submit himself as a Best Supporting Actor in a Drama.)

Best Drama Series: The Killing

After it controversially failed to resolve its storyline in its first season and then meandered to the case’s conclusion in its second, many viewers gave up on The Killing. What had once seemed to be AMC’s best bet for a post-Breaking Bad critical hit was now forgotten and seemed destined to be canceled. But the show was brought back for one final season on AMC and easily bested itself in quality. By exploring groups rarely showcased on television, like street kids and death row inmates, The Killing recaptured what made it unique in its first season: it was a cop show that »

- George Morvis

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'X-Men' writer plugs in for 'Ready Player One' movie adaptation

25 June 2014 3:08 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

(Cbr) Zak Penn is ready to jump into the immersive world of Ernest Cline’s "Ready Player One," TheWrap reports. Cline initially adapted the book, followed by Eric Eason ("A Better Life"), but now it’s time for Penn to take his pass. Cline and Penn worked together recently on a docu-series that tracked down and dug up the fabled Atari video game dump site. The future-set story follows the adventures of Wade Watts, a teenager who plugs into a virtual world called Oasis. When the game’s creator dies, Wade gets swept up in a treasure hunt to acquire the designer’s fortune. The film was picked up by Warner Bros. in 2010, ahead of the novel’s 2011 debut. Cline’s other novels, "Fanboys" and "Armada," have been turned into a film and optioned, respectively. Here’s the novel’s official description from publisher Random House: In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. »

- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources

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Warner Bros. Hires Zak Penn to Adapt Ready Player One

25 June 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Warner Bros. is finally moving forward on their feature film adaptation of the sci-fi adventure novel Ready Player One. The project was announced four years ago, and the studio has now hired Zak Penn (The Incredible HulkX-Men: The Last Stand) to rewrite the big-screen adaptation of Ernie Cline's novel. Cline, who also scripted the cult film Fanboys, initially wrote the screenplay for his book. That script was then rewritten by Eric Eason (A Better Life), and now Penn has been brought on board to bring it home. The book is officially described as follows:

In the near future, outcast teenager Wade Watts escapes from his bleak surroundings by logging in to the Oasis, a globally networked virtual utopia where users can lead idyllic alternate lives. When the eccentric billionaire who created the Oasis dies, he offers up his vast fortune as the prize in an elaborate treasure hunt. Along »

- Joey Paur

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DreamWorks Taps ‘American Pie’s’ Weitz Brothers for ‘Like Father, Like Son’ Remake (Exclusive)

24 June 2014 6:54 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

DreamWorks is moving ahead with its remake of Japanese child-swap drama “Like Father, Like Son,” bringing on the writing team of Paul and Christopher Weitz.

DreamWorks acquired English-language remake rights to “Like Father, Like Son” last year following the Cannes film Festival, where the film won a jury prize in competition and a commendation from the Ecumenical Jury.

DreamWorks partner Steven Spielberg was president of the jury at Cannes. Variety‘s Maggie Lee called the film “sublimely moving.”

The Japanese film, directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda with Masaharu Fukuyama starring, was produced by Fuji TV, Amuse Inc. and Gaga.

DreamWorks has not set the remake with producers. U.S. rights to the Kore-eda film were acquired by Sundance Selects.

The Weitz brothers teamed on directing and writing “American Pie” and “About a Boy”; Paul directed “In Good Company,” “Admission,” “Being Flynn” and “Little Fockers” while Chris directed “The Twilight Saga”: New Moon, »

- Dave McNary

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'Ready Player One' Adds 'The Avengers' Screenwriter Zak Penn

23 June 2014 6:16 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Screenwriter Zak Penn has signed on to rewrite Warner Bros.' video game thriller Ready Player One, four years after the studio first acquired the rights to the novel of the same name by Ernest Cline (Fanboys) in a bidding war.

The story centers on a young teenager named Wade Watts, who escapes into an immersive online virtual world known as Oasis, described as a "social networking utopia that allows its users to lead their dream life." Before the game's creator passes away, he sets up an elaborate treasure hunt where the winner will take control of his company. When Wade enters the contest, he finds himself competing against corporate forces who will stop at nothing to control the company. Donald De Line and Dan Farah are producing.

Ernest Cline novel, which was published by Random House, spawned a bidding war between Paramount, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros., »

- MovieWeb

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Ready Player One Script to be Written by Zak Penn

23 June 2014 4:48 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

We last reported on screenwriter/novelist Ernest Cline's Ready Player One almost exactly four years ago when the hot property ignited a bidding war from major studios.  Warner Bros. eventually won that war, and have now hired screenwriter Zak Penn (The Avengers) to rewrite the script for the futuristic tale that follows a virtual game player in his dangerous quest for a deceased billionaire's fortune.  Cline, himself the screenwriter of the 2009 film Fanboys, took the first crack at adapting Ready Player One along with Eric Eason (A Better Life).  Donald De Line and Dan Farah will produce for WB.  Hit the jump for more. As The Wrap reports, screenwriter Penn will come on board WB's Ready Player One adaptation in the role of a closer.  He'll polish the script to the point that it's ready for producers to shop it to high-profile directors this fall.  As a side note, »

- Dave Trumbore

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Frozen Filmmakers Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck and Peter Del Vecho To Present At 41st Student Academy Awards

2 June 2014 10:45 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Actors Demian Bichir, Adrian Grenier and Nate Parker, along with the writing/directing/producing team of Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck and Peter Del Vecho, who earned Oscars for Frozen, will present at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 41st Student Academy Awards on Saturday, June 7, at 6 p.m. at the DGA Theater in Hollywood. The awards ceremony caps a week of industry activities for the 15 student filmmakers from the U.S. and abroad who were selected as winners this year.

Lee, Buck and Del Vecho took home Oscars earlier this year for the Animated Feature Film winner Frozen, the highest-grossing animated film of all time. Along with becoming the first female feature director in the history of the Walt Disney Animation Studios, Lee also wrote the screenplay for Frozen and co-wrote the 2012 Oscar nominee Wreck-it Ralph. Co-director Buck’s other animated feature credits include Pocahontas and Tarzan, and »

- Michelle McCue

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‘Dom Hemingway’ Star Demian Bichir Talks Working With Jude Law, Where to Find Good Mexican Food (Video)

2 April 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

You probably know Demian Bichir from his Oscar-nominated role in “A Better Life.”  But we know the Mexico City native as a cool cat who likes to enjoy a cold one. Bichir and TheWrap‘s Jeff Sneider recently sat down for authentic Mexican beers at La Casita Mexicana in Bell, California. Also read: FX's ‘The Bridge’ Adds Demian Bichir's Brother to Cast In the first video (above), Bichir explains how he got involved in his new movie “Dom Hemingway,” a foul-mouthed comedy starring Jude Law, from “The Matador” director Richard Shepard. The actor also addresses his trick of non-verbal communication on screen. »

- Wrap Staff

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Film Reviews: Opening This Week (March 24-28, 2014)

28 March 2014 6:50 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Noah

(Paramount)

Having made movies about obsessive characters looking for God — or something like Him — in the numerology of the Kabbalah (“Pi”), at the end of a heroin needle (“Requiem for a Dream”), and in the outer reaches of the galaxy (“The Fountain”), surely it was only a matter of time before Darren Aronofsky got to making one about a man with a direct line to the Creator. And so we have “Noah,” in which the world’s most famous shipwright becomes neither the Marvel-sized savior suggested by the posters nor the “environmentalist wacko” prophesied by some test-screening Cassandras, but rather a humble servant driven to the edge of madness in his effort to do the Lord’s bidding. Counterintuitive, perhaps, but by no means sacrilegious, Aronofsky’s uneven but undeniably bold, personal, visually extravagant take on the Old Testament tale will surely polarize critics and audiences while riding a »

- Variety Staff

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Film Review: ‘Greencard Warriors’

28 March 2014 6:46 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Uncle Sam wants you, but not quite enough to give you your citizenship. At least that’s the message imparted by “Greencard Warriors,” a well-meaning but leaden and predictable inner-city drama about the hardscrabble lives of illegal immigrants trying to survive the violent streets of Central Los Angeles. We’ve been here before — and better — in films by Gregory Nava (“Mi familia”), Edward James Olmos (“American Me”) and Chris Weitz (“A Better Life”), which offered finely detailed atmosphere and character work where Dutch writer-director Miriam Kruishoop offers mostly tiresome ghetto cliches. After playing the fest circuit last year under the title “Crosstown,” the pic rolls out in select AMC theaters this weekend via distrib New World Cinemas.

For her English-language directing debut, Kruishoop (“Vive Elle,” “Under the Palms”) has chosen the kind of social melodrama that seeks to open the eyes of privileged audiences to some alarming plight happening right under their bourgeois noses. »

- Scott Foundas

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Win a Blu-ray Machete Kills Bundle!

21 January 2014 7:00 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

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Danny Trejo (Grindhouse, Machete) returns as legendary ex-Federale Machete Cortez in this action-packed thrill ride from innovative director Robert Rodriguez. In his latest mission, Machete is recruited by the U.S. President (Charlie Sheen/Carlos Estevez; "Anger Management," "Two and a Half Men") to stop a crazed global terrorist (Mel Gibson; Braveheart, Edge of Darkness) from starting a nuclear war. »

- Uncle Creepy

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Giveaway: Win Machete Kills on Blu-ray

20 January 2014 7:22 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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Danny Trejo (Grindhouse, Machete) returns as legendary ex-Federale Machete Cortez in this action- packed thrill ride from innovative director Robert Rodriguez. In his latest mission, »

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Machete Kills Animated Kill of the Day Part 4

20 January 2014 7:00 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Machete Kills is on its way to home video, and we're gonna spend every day leading up to its release in style by offering up a bunch of animated goodies that are bound to bring a cringe and a smile to your face! Welcome to Part 4!

Robert Rodriguez's Machete Kills is headed for Blu-ray and DVD on January 21, 2014, courtesy of Universal Studios.

Synopsis

Danny Trejo (Grindhouse, Machete) returns as legendary ex-Federale Machete Cortez in this action-packed thrill ride from innovative director Robert Rodriguez. In his latest mission, Machete is recruited by the U.S. President (Charlie Sheen/Carlos Estevez; "Anger Management," "Two and a Half Men") to stop a crazed global terrorist (Mel Gibson; Braveheart, Edge of Darkness) from starting a nuclear war. With a bounty on his head, Machete breaks all the rules as he faces death at every turn from an all-star cast of deadly assassins.

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Machete Kills Animated Kill of the Day Part 3

19 January 2014 7:00 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Machete Kills is on its way to home video, and we're gonna spend every day leading up to its release in style by offering up a bunch of animated goodies that are bound to bring a cringe and a smile to your face! Welcome to Part 3!

Robert Rodriguez's Machete Kills is headed for Blu-ray and DVD on January 21, 2014, courtesy of Universal Studios.

Synopsis

Danny Trejo (Grindhouse, Machete) returns as legendary ex-Federale Machete Cortez in this action-packed thrill ride from innovative director Robert Rodriguez. In his latest mission, Machete is recruited by the U.S. President (Charlie Sheen/Carlos Estevez; "Anger Management," "Two and a Half Men") to stop a crazed global terrorist (Mel Gibson; Braveheart, Edge of Darkness) from starting a nuclear war. With a bounty on his head, Machete breaks all the rules as he faces death at every turn from an all-star cast of deadly assassins.

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- Uncle Creepy

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Machete Kills Animated Kill of the Day Part 2

18 January 2014 7:00 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Machete Kills is on its way to home video, and we're gonna spend every day leading up to its release in style by offering up a bunch of animated goodies that are bound to bring a cringe and a smile to your face! Welcome to Part 2!

Robert Rodriguez's Machete Kills is headed for Blu-ray and DVD on January 21, 2014, courtesy of Universal Studios.

Synopsis

Danny Trejo (Grindhouse, Machete) returns as legendary ex-Federale Machete Cortez in this action-packed thrill ride from innovative director Robert Rodriguez. In his latest mission, Machete is recruited by the U.S. President (Charlie Sheen/Carlos Estevez; "Anger Management," "Two and a Half Men") to stop a crazed global terrorist (Mel Gibson; Braveheart, Edge of Darkness) from starting a nuclear war. With a bounty on his head, Machete breaks all the rules as he faces death at every turn from an all-star cast of deadly assassins.

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