17 items from 2015
You might not know who Gary Rydstrom is, but you've certainly heard him before. This is a man whose pioneering sound work has won him seven (!) Academy Awards and brought to life groundbreaking technological advancements like the first film presented in DTS sound ("Jurassic Park") and re-crafting sound mixes in 5.1 surround (after his breakthrough work on "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," he and James Cameron created a new multi-channel mix for the original "Terminator"). He's also directed a pair of Pixar short films ("Lifted" and "Hawaiian Vacation") and overseen the English language dubs of four Studio Ghibli movies ("Tales from Earthsea," "From Up on Poppy Hill," "Arrietty," and last year's Oscar-nominated masterpiece "The Wind Rises"). In short: he's kind of the coolest dude around.
And this weekend he adds another accomplishment to his already unfathomably long list, when his debut feature film "Strange Magic" debuts in theaters nationwide. This bizarre, George Lucas-produced animated fairy tale, »
- Drew Taylor
Prolific filmmaker Frank Marshall has been selected by the Board of Directors of the American Cinema Editors (Ace) to be honored with the organization’s prestigious Ace Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award. The award will be presented at the 65thAnnual Ace Eddie Awards black-tie ceremony on Friday, January 30, 2015 in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
“Frank Marshall has helped shape American film, treating audiences to some of the most well-loved, successful and enduring films in cinematic history,” stated the Ace Board of Directors. “From “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Sixth Sense” and the “Back to the Future” trilogy, among so many others, Mr. Marshall has made – and continues to make – a profound and indelible contribution to the cinematic landscape. We are honored to recognize him for his extraordinary accomplishments.”
Marshall joins a distinguished group of past Ace Golden Eddie honorees including Steven Spielberg, »
- Michelle McCue
Frank Marshall has been selected by the American Cinema Editors as the Ace Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year.
The award will be presented at the 65th Annual Ace Eddie Awards on Jan. 30 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Marshall has received five Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, including “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “The Color Purple,” “The Sixth Sense,” ” Seabiscuit” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”
“Frank Marshall has helped shape American film, treating audiences to some of the most well-loved, successful and enduring films in cinematic history,” said the Ace Board of Directors. “From ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark,’ ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,’ ‘The Sixth Sense’ and the ‘Back to the Future’ trilogy, among so many others, Mr. Marshall has made — and continues to make — a profound and indelible contribution to the cinematic landscape. We are honored to recognize him for his extraordinary accomplishments.”
- Dave McNary
London — Goldcrest Films is to handle international rights to Roland Emmerich’s “Stonewall,” which will be introduced to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin. Warner Bros. has acquired German-language rights, and a U.S. deal is set to be inked soon.
The film, which is in post-production, stars Jeremy Irvine (“Woman in Black: The Angel of Death,” “The Railway Man,” “War Horse”), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (“Mission Impossible III,” “Tudors”), Ron Perlman (“Drive,” “Hellboy” I and II) and Joey King (“White House Down,” “The Conjuring”).
It recreates the events that culminated in the riots outside the Stonewall Inn, Greenwich Village, in June 1969, which is seen as the birth of the gay rights movement.
The drama centers on Danny Winters (Irvine), a young man who is kicked out of his home by his parents and flees to NY where, homeless and destitute, he befriends a group of street kids who »
- Leo Barraclough
Civil War on Drugs: Burris Turns Southern Gothic into Southern Comfort
Though its title sounds something you’d expect to grace a Christian propaganda film starring Kirk Cameron, the directorial debut by producer David Burris, The World Made Straight, gets drunk on its own solemn resonance and turns its intriguing elements of tragic fate and warps them into eye crossed foolishness. Painstakingly earnest Jeremy Irvine, struggling still to make good on the boost afforded his visibility after 2011’s War Horse, headlines a curious cast assembled atop an organism featuring a number of exciting elements. But this is rather complicated material and is based on Ron Rash’s 2006 novel. A higher degree of finesse could have teased out the tale’s noir roots, as clearly it’s inspired by any number of Elizabethan or Greek tragedy sources, whereby bloodlines are irrevocably cursed by misdeeds of the forefathers.
A high school dropout, »
- Nicholas Bell
Scheme offers first roles for black, Asian and minority ethnic talent
Film London and Creative Access are to co-fund 12 entry level placements for London-based creative companies looking for new animation talent.
The initiative will fund 12 full-time training position paid at London Living Wage, providing 75% of the fee for the first six months, and 50% for six months thereafter.
The scheme seeks to address the lack of diversity across the screen industries, offering a bespoke talent search service for companies who require trainees, connecting them with up and coming, graduate-calibre individuals from black, Asian and minority ethnic (Bame) backgrounds.
The scheme is open to all employers working across the animation industry, from film studios and television production companies to advertising agencies.
Adrian Wootton, CEO of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: “Analysis by Creative Skillset shows a real lack of diversity in the production industry’s workforce, and with schemes like this we hope to ensure London »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Paris –Pathe’s “Daddy or Mommy,” Wild Bunch’s “Do Not Disturb” and The Other Angle’s “Discount” will compete next week for one of Europe’s most valuable non-official crowns: the UniFrance Paris Rendez-vous Most Popular New Comedy.
Also in the running: Gaumont’s “I Kissed a Girl,” Kinology’s “Caprices,” EuropaCorp’s “Bis” and “Buddy Guards,” Studiocanal’s “Chic!”, Versatile’s “A trois, on y va,” “Valentin, Valentin,” from Sbs Productions, and TF1.’s Intl.’s “Boomerang.”
Having punched a robust first five-day $3.7 million through Jan. 4, Patrice Leconte’s “Do Not Disturb” opens Paris’ 17th UniFrance Rendez-vous with French Cinema, Europe’s biggest film mart after Cannes, Berlin, Venice, San Sebastian and Locarno.
Running Jan. 15-19, and screening an announced 86 French movies, 47 market premieres per UniFrance, the Rendez-vous will unveil a score-or-so of new comedies. With Rdv buzz helping to galvanize boffo sales and even double –or sometimes »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
A Twitter-friendly review of The Imitation Game would simply read: “Genius plays genius.”
That first genius would be English acting prodigy Benedict Cumberbatch, who portrays real-life mathematical mastermind and war hero Alan Turing in the critically acclaimed drama.
Taking on genius roles is nothing new for the 38-year-old actor — he’s played Stephen Hawking, Vincent Van Gogh and he continues to astound as fictional smarty-pants Sherlock Holmes in the hit BBC show "Sherlock."
Credit Cumberbatch’s oddly handsome looks — set off by those angular blue-green eyes — soothing voice and magnetic screen presence for drawing us into his performances, making us lean in just a little bit more to decipher the meaning behind a raised eyebrow or pained look.
Directed by Norwegian filmmaker Morten Tyldum (Headhunters), The Imitation Game recounts Alan Turing’s accomplishments during World War II; chiefly his creation of a computing machine that he and a team of »
- Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine
2Nd Update: : International actuals are in from most of the studios with a few figure shifts. The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies came in higher than projected with a total $54M weekend and a cume of $504.65M. Disney’s Into The Woods, previously at a projected $1M for the weekend, nearly doubled that to take a confirmed $1.7M. In Italy, Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper was above its estimated record-breaking haul with $7.1M on 425 screens and the best per-screen average in the market. There’s also a new local movie record in fast-growing Vietnam — see the key market round-ups below for more on that one.
Figures have been updated throughout for The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, Exodus: Gods And Kings, Penguins Of Madagascar, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, Big Hero 6, Into The Woods, Seventh Son, Taken 3, American Sniper, The Water Diviner, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Update, Monday Jan. 5: And with the turn of the New Year, the domestic box office is up 6.5% for the first four days of 2015 with $210.2M versus the same period in 2014 which counted $197.4M according to Rentrak. The post-New Year’s Fss clocked in with $154.6M, down 26% from the post Christmas frame of $209M — but no one is sobbing. Why? Because this year’s post New Year’s frame was up a superb 10% from 2014’s $141.2M. Here’s the top 20 actuals– Apd:
Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five (WB), $21.7M, 3,875 locations, $5,608 average, Total cume: $220.6M, Wk 3 Into The Woods (Dis), $18.7M, 2,538 locations, $7,379 average, Total cume: $90.8M, Wk 2 Unbroken (Uni), $18.2M, 3,190 locations, $5,696 average, Total cume: $87.7M, Wk 2 The Woman In Black 2: Angel of Death (Relativity), $15.M, 2,602 locations, $5,775 average, Total cume: $15.M, Wk 1 Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb (Fox), $14.5M, 3,802 locations, $3,819 average, Total cume: $89.8M , Wk 3 Annie (Sony), $11.3M, »
- Anthony D'Alessandro and Brian Brooks
Like all of Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth-set films, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies reigned over the box office for three consecutive weekends. Despite having the largest week-to-week drop in the Top 10, Jackson’s epic finale grossed an estimated $21.9 million in its third frame, upping its total to a hefty $220.8 million after 19 days. Its 46% drop during the first weekend of 2014 was the same as The Desolation of Smaug‘s over the New Year’s frame last year.
While The Battle of the Five Armies continues to do well and should ultimately surpass Smaug domestically, it will not be by much. Expect a final in the neighborhood of $265 million in North America, with a total of nearly $1 billion in store worldwide.
- Jordan Adler
“The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death” just joined the hall of movie sequels that aren’t nearly as good as the original.
The follow-up to the 2012 horror starring Daniel Radcliffe (“Harry Potter”) has received mostly rotten reviews, only able to rack up a 26 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which is a feeble welcome compared to the 66 percent “fresh” rating that greeted the first installment.
Also Read: Hollywood’s Boldest Moves of the Year: TheWrap’s Best & Worst 2014
- Greg Gilman
Hello and welcome to Jump Scare Central Station (Jscs for the already initiated). Here at Jscs, we can guarantee at least one jump scare will arrive every five minutes. Yes, there are many other places you could go to get this kind of service, but you should come to this one. "Whyc" I hear you ask. Don't you know you shouldn't ask questions and just give us your money for something you have already been through one-thousand timesc Just accept it... That will be thirteen dollars please. Thank you, theater one to your left. This is the first review for 2015, and I hope The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death does not set the tone for what would be a dreadful year. But this sequel to the already mediocre 2012 film starring Daniel Radcliffe is so by-the-numbers I could not keep my mind from straying constantly. It is not that it is poorly executed, »
- Mike Shutt
"The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death" is an acceptable sequel to the 2012 Daniel Radcliffe horror starrer "The Woman in Black". While lacking in genuine scares, it is a handsomely mounted production with good performances from screen newcomer Phoebe Fox and Jeremy Irvine, most known for his lead role in Steven Spielberg's film "War Horse".
"The Woman in Black 2" concerns Fox's character Eve Parkins, a school teacher, who brings a group of children to the haunted Eel Marsh house to escape the bombing of London during World War 2. She meets Irvine's character, a pilot in the Royal Air Force named Harry Barstow, on the train trip out to the country. Once ensconced in the rundown mansion, strange things start happening to the children. They begin to die one by one, led to their untimely demises by the Woman in Black herself. She is the same ghost from »
- Daniel T
With some extra days off built into moviegoers’ holiday vacations, distribs can be rest assured that multiplex traffic isn’t going to slow. The weekend following Christmas –which is sometimes the first full non-holiday Fss of January or like this year has the New Year’s holiday built into it for four-day frame– is not a slouchy time at the box office. Typically, the frame can dip anywhere from 18-28% from the previous Christmas weekend.
However, there are some years when the holidays fell on a Sunday and the New Year’s frame (2012 specifically) actually spiked 36% over the 2011 Christmas weekend. If the right four quad film is in the market, such as 2010 when the third weekend of Avatar made $68.5M, the first weekend of the year can rally to a total B.O. of $200M+.
Typically, this is a frame dominated by holdovers, so expect last weekend’s triad of »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
Set in a gloomy house where you can almost make out shapes skittering through the shadows, “The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death” is the kind of horror movie where you can see the smart, stylish scare film that’s constantly being obscured by cheap and easy jolts.
Director Tom Harper and screenwriter Jon Croker offer up plenty of the atmosphere we’ve come to expect from Hammer horror films — both in the studio’s heyday and in its latest incarnation — but every good idea this sequel has to offer winds up taking a backseat to the most obvious cat-in-the-closet “Boo! »
- Alonso Duralde
The ectoplasmic bitch is back, but Harry Potter is nowhere to be found in “The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death,” a handsomely made but dramatically inert and not very scary sequel to 2012’s surprise-hit ($127 million worldwide) Edwardian chiller. A talkier, more drawn-out affair than its spare, elegant predecessor, and minus Daniel Radcliffe’s impressive lead performance, this second helping of imperiled-child ooga-booga from the revivified Hammer horror factory will be hard pressed to scare off the competition from several robust holiday holdovers (“The Hobbit,” “Into the Woods,” “Unbroken”) when it materializes in theaters this weekend.
Based on a 1983 novella by British horror author Susan Hill, which had previously served as the basis for a long-running West End stage drama, the first “Woman in Black” movie mined surprising riches from its rather familiar tale of a foggy, boggy British coastal town haunted by a vengeful spirit with a yen »
- Scott Foundas
17 items from 2015
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