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abstew here with some random thoughts on the just released new stills from the newest directorial effort of Oscar winner Angelina Jolie, By the Sea. EW received the exclusive pics (hence the magazine's watermark on the photos) and a mini-interview with the writer/director/producer and star that pairs her up on screen with new husband Brad Pitt (their first on-screen partnering since the film that brought them together and launched a million tabloid magazine covers, Mr. and Mrs. Smith). Set in the 1970's, Jolie stars as a former ballet dancer travelling France with her American husband (that would be Pitt, naturally). Their marriage is beginning to show signs of strain and they find themselves drawn to the inhabitants of a small costal town on their journeys...and comedy ensues! (But probably not):
Damn. I feel like they just announced this film was in the works and we already »
Welcome aboard the love boat! Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were spotted together on Saturday, Sept. 13, for the first time since their super-secret wedding in France last month. The newlyweds and their six kids spent the afternoon on a yacht off the coast of Malta, where Jolie, 39, and Pitt, 50, are filming their new movie, By the Sea, written and directed by the Maleficent star herself. For the outing, the actress looked uncharacteristically sporty in black and white drawstring shorts and a black tank top, [...] »
One of the rare movies that gets absolutely everything right, bursting with happy-tears emotion about solidarity, friendship, and smashing bigotry. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
And then sometimes the forces of good win. Well, the good guys almost always win in The Movies, but not so much in real life.
Background: For a year in 1984-5, U.K. coal miners engaged in a massive industrial action that saw them walk out of work over government plans to close a massive number of pits. (The industry was at the time nationalized and controlled from Westminster.) Most Americans and probably many younger Brits will likely be unaware of this important historical event (unless they’ve seen the film Billy Elliot, which, like Pride, was set amidst the strike); the closest American analogy might be the 1981 strike »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Producer Don Hahn reveal’s a secret about Walt Disney’s past.
Ever notice how Disney characters—especially Disney princesses—rarely have moms? Their moms are either dead, have gone missing, or are otherwise unaccounted for? Ariel didn’t have one:
Cinderella didn’t either (fairy godmothers and evil step-mothers don’t count):
And while recent characters like Merida and Tiana did have moms, Frozen looped it back around, with not only Elsa and Anna’s mom dying at the beginning of the movie, but their dad too.
Glamour recently had a chance to sit down with legendary producer Don Hahn, who worked on The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast, as well as executive produced the Angelina Jolie version Maleficent and ask. Here’s why:
“I’ll give you two stories that are the reasons. I never talk about this, but I will. One reason is practical because the movies are 80 or 90 minutes long, and »
Amir here, with this month’s edition of team top ten. As the art of acting and our interpretation of it evolve, definitions of what we consider a good performance change. It’s become an annual tradition to discuss whether a motion capture performance or some “alternative” form of acting deserves to be in the awards race. Last year’s topic of conversation was Scarlatt Johansson’s voice work in Her and that's the topic we’ve turned our attention to. (Thanks to Michael Cusumano for his suggestion!)
Voice acting has existed since cinema found sound and it has contributed to the medium in more memorable ways than a list of ten entries can represent. We were not limited in our option to animated films or any genre. So long as the voice performance was not accompanied by visual aids from the same performer (e.g. Andy Serkis’s work »
- Amir S.
There’s a fine line between baroque and grotesque… and The Boxtrolls crosses it. Here is a film that actively makes you want to look away. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
There’s a fine line between baroque and grotesque, between gaudy and repellent… and The Boxtrolls crosses it to plop into a strange land of unpleasant visual muck. But not before it has already demonstrated a woeful lack of giving a damn about creating appealing characters, a compelling fantasy world, or a story to care much about. So it’s all good in the ways it goes about being all bad.
In a vaguely late Victorian/Edwardian steampunkish town called Cheesebridge — “a Gouda place to live”; Gromit’s owner, the cheese-loving Wallace, would disagree — a human »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Russian producer Wizart Animation has added announced the English voice cast for The Snow Queen 2, the 3D sequel to its 2012 CG animated feature.
The cast will include Sharlto Copley (District 9, Maleficent) as Orm, Bella Thorne (Blended) as Gerda, Isabelle Fuhrman (The Hunger Games, Orphan) as Alfida and Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones) as General Arrog. Thorn will also sing an original song for the film.
The film, directed and co-written by Alexey Tsitsilin, is set for a day-and-date this December 2014 release in more than 10 countries: UK (Signature Entertainment), Poland, Israel, South Korea, the former Yugoslavia countries, Baltic States, Middle East, Turkey, Malaysia and Thailand. It will be released in China in 2015.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best.
On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
A recent Forbes list named Sandra Bullock as the highest-paid actress in Hollywood, but when it comes to shaping the films coming out of the industry pipeline, you have to look behind the camera for the biggest movers and shakers.
Digital Spy takes a look at 9 of Hollywood's most influential women below...
When George Lucas handed over the keys to his Lucasfilm kingdom he turned to Kathleen Kennedy, who began her Hollywood career as Steven Spielberg's secretary and swiftly rose through the ranks to produce hits such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park and The Sixth Sense.
Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm signaled an aggressive intent to relaunch Star Wars for a new generation – following on from Episode VII, we'll get to see big-screen sequels and spinoffs, an animated TV show, fresh Star Wars comics, novels and video games in a huge cross-media tapestry weaving together George Lucas's universe. »
Update: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies just won't die, and hopefully the new cast will give it the breath of life it needs to make the parody film work. Lily Collins is now out, but Lily James (the new Cinderella) is in. Other new cast members include Sam Riley (Maleficent), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Douglas Booth (Romeo & Juliet) as Mr. Darcy's friend Bingley and Emma Greenwell ("Shameless") as Bingley's sister, and Jack Huston (Kill Your Darlings) as the handsome Lt. Wickham. It hasn't been clarified if Riley is playing Mr. Darcy or if that role has yet to be cast.
May 2, 2013: Lily Collins (Mirror, Mirror) will star in Pride, Prejudice and Zombies and, in doing so, brings the project back from grave. Burr Steers (17 Again) will direct, which - if you're counting - makes the project's the fifth director. The movie is based on Seth Grahame-Smith's reimagining of »
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The Argo actor will write, direct and star in the movie, which takes place in Prohibition-era Boston and centres on the son of a cop who becomes involved in the world of organised crime.
According to Deadline, Miller is to star as Emma, the love interest of a mob boss, while Guardians of the Galaxy's Saldana plays Graciella Suarez, a Tampa resident.
Maleficent star Fanning will play Loretta Figgis, the daughter of a sheriff and aspiring actress who finds herself in jeopardy.
After Ben Affleck gets done playing Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, he'll move on to his next directorial project, Live by Night, which has just added new cast members Zoe Saldana, Elle Fanning and Sienna Miller.
The project reunites actor/director/writer Ben Affleck with Boston author Dennis Lehane, whose novel Gone Baby Gone was adapted into the filmmaker's directorial debut of the same name. Live by Night is based on characters from Dennis Lehane's book The Given Day and brings them into the Prohibition Era. The plot follows Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck), the son of a police captain who gets dragged into the world of organized crime.
Zoe Saldana plays Graciella Suarez, who Joe meets while he's on business in Tampa. Sienna Miller plays Emma, who Joe falls for towards the beginning of the story, while Elle Fanning plays Loretta Figgis, a sheriff's daughter and »
Honorary Oscars have traditionally bypassed women: Mary Pickford, Lauren Bacall, Greta Garbo among rare exceptions (photo: 1976 Honorary Oscar winner Mary Pickford) September 4, 2014 Introduction: This four-part article on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Honorary Awards and the dearth of female Honorary Oscar winners was originally posted in February 2007. The article was updated in February 2012 and fully revised before its republication today. All outdated figures regarding the Honorary Oscars and the Academy’s other Special Awards have been "scratched out," with the updated numbers and related information inserted below each affected paragraph or text section. See also "Honorary Oscars 2014 addendum" at the bottom of this particular post. At the 1936 Academy Awards ceremony, groundbreaking film pioneer D.W. Griffith, by then a veteran with more than 500 shorts and features to his credit — among them the epoch-making The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance — became the first individual to receive the Academy »
- Andre Soares
Acclaimed author and screenwriter Neil Gaiman is no stranger to having his novels adapted for the big screen (see: Stardust, Coraline), and right now there are multiple films based on Gaiman’s literature in development. There’s also the American Gods TV series (based on Gaiman’s award-winning book) that is coming together over at Starz.
The list of Gaiman adaptations in the works includes a cinematic treatment of The Sandman comic book (or graphic novel, whatever your preference) series from Joseph Gordon-Levitt; a movie based on Gaiman’s How to Talk to Girls at Parties short story that’ll be starring Elle Fanning (Maleficent) and directed by John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch); and now, a feature-length ...
- Sandy Schaefer
A version of this story first appeared in the Sept. 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Heading into summer 2014, not even the most savvy box-office observer could have predicted that Disney's live-action fairy tale Maleficent would come in No. 2, bested only by Transformers: Age of Extinction. Female-fueled The Fault in Our Stars also soared, turning into one of the most profitable titles of the season. The other big surprise: R-rated comedies. Here's a look at who prospered, and who didn't, at the tumultuous 2014 summer box office. Winners Angelina Jolie Her first live-
- Pamela McClintock
While studios tout records, market share and No. 1 status based on box office grosses, we thought it’d be a good idea to look at some of this year’s summer films (tentpoles and not) to see how their budgets stacked up against their worldwide grosses to date. These budget numbers do not include domestic/international marketing and distribution costs, nor do they take into account the splits with exhibitors, but they do give an idea of outlay and income. Bear in mind, that while some of the biggest offshore grosses come from China, the studios are only getting a 25% cut from that territory. Also, some of these pictures will end up doing well in home entertainment and may make a profit over time — as in, a few years.
Here are some of the films we were able to compile from smallest to highest budgets with worldwide grosses (and percentage »
- Anita Busch and Nancy Tartaglione
It finally happened, the fat lady sang, hell froze over, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt got married. Our condolences to the devastated men and women around the globe. Of course, all of us in the fashion world have been wondering what the Unbroken director would wear on her big day. As predicted, the answer was a custom gown by her friend and frequent favorite designer Donatella Versace. As expected, it featured something slightly off-kilter. But never in a million years would we have guessed that it would be embroidered drawings from her six kids! It's no mystery that the Jolie-Pitt brood is the center of this couple's life, and rightly so. We expected the Maleficent star and her 12 Years a Slave actor hubby to »
The summer box office sputtered to a close, down 15% from last year’s record breaker. Domestically, it was the worst showing for Hollywood in nearly a decade.
To be sure, there were massive hits such as “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” but this year’s crop of blockbusters was puny compared to last summer’s lineup, a batting order of heavy-hitters that included “Iron Man 3,” “Man of Steel” and “Despicable Me 2.”
Despite the gloomy results, there are valuable lessons and takeaways to be gleaned from a popcorn season that never really popped.
1.) Stars Still Matter
Yes, in an age of superhero films it appears to have become increasingly irrelevant who wears the cape or mask, but matching the right actor with the right material is still a recipe for success. “Maleficent” got to $750 million globally on the strength of Angelina Jolie’s name. The »
- Brent Lang
It seems like just yesterday we were posting our Summer movie preview guides to help get you ready for the Summer Movie Season, and now here we are with it pretty much wrapped up. While this season has finished, there’s plenty of exciting looking films on the horizon this Fall. To wrap up our Summer, the staff here at Cinelinx is once again happy to present our Summer Movie Awards Nominations, which you, our readers, will get to vote on. The best part is, when you vote on your winners, you’ll be entered to win a free movie! Come inside for the nominations and all the details.
It seems like just yesterday we were posting our Summer movie preview guides to help get you ready for the Summer Movie Season, and now here we are with it pretty much wrapped up. While this season has finished, there’s »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Remember last summer, when movie industry insiders as lofty as Steven Spielberg and George Lucas were predicting that it would take only a couple of megaflops to bring Hollywood's entire blockbuster-driven business model crashing down? Indeed, there were a number of such flops last summer, and yet there were enough big hits offsetting those failures to wind up with a record-breaking summer, worth $4.85 billion.
This summer? Also a number of megaflops, but not as many successes to balance them out. As a result, the summer winds to a close with a total of $3.77 billion, down a full 22.2 percent from last summer. It's the lowest-grossing summer since 2005; adjusting for inflation, it's the worst since 1992. The numbers are so bad, they're likely to make Hollywood executives wonder: are Spielberg and Lucas's dire predictions finally coming true?
For perplexed box office observers, here's a question-and-answer guide to what happened this summer, and what »
- Gary Susman
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