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Listing the best films of any year comes down to a matter of ordering -- Which film will I say was the absolute best? Listing the worst films of a particular year comes down to being honest with yourself -- Did I dislike it enough to call it one of the worst? However, when it comes to disappointments it's a different story. As a movie critic, maybe it's different for me. People tend to believe critics should walk into every movie without anticipation or excitement. Then, if that perception is held up, those that disagree with your opinion will either say "Yeah, but you didn't want to see it anyway!" or "You were always going to like that film." I do my best to let my opinion be known before seeing most films (running a blog of daily opinions helps). I do my best to avoid expectations (not watching trailers »
- Brad Brevet
Woody Allen is currently in the midst of a second comeback in his long career. Last year, the director had his biggest hit ever with Midnight in Paris, but Allen had to leave New York for his second resurgence, starting with this drama about a tennis pro playing both sides of the court.
Link | Posted 12/28/2012 by Chris
- Chris Ortiz
By Tom O'Neil, Gold Derby The process that decides which films get nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars is not as simple as you might imagine. Academy members don't merely cite their favorite films on a blank ballot that they ship to the accountants at PricewaterhouseCoopers. No, they rank movies on a preferential ballot that's so complicated it's difficult to explain. But let's try. Voting for Oscar nominations began last Monday (December 17) and runs till Thursday, January 3. This year, the academy is allowing members to cast their ballots electronically as well as by mail. To ensure that all members are able to participate, the academy mailed paper ballots to all those who had not registered to vote online. All Academy members can pick up to five films for Best Picture and also nominate contenders in those races covered by their respective branches. While nominees in most of the other »
- Alex Suskind
Just like every year, there was a lot of nudity in 2012. Most of it came from television shows like "Game of Thrones," "Girls," "Californication" and "Spartacus," and some were of just celebrities being nude. In 2012, Allison Pill (Midnight in Paris, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Milk) accidentally posted a topless photo of herself on Twitter, Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises) was spotted topless on the set of "Rust and Bone," and paparazzi snapped some shots of Kate Middleton walking about nude while on vacation. But in film, the most surprising nude scene came from "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart, who went topless in "On the Road." Olivia Munn (Iron Man 2) also went topless in "Magic Mike," and Sarah Silverman took everything off for a shower scene in "Take This waltz." Even former Power Ranger Anna Hutchison took her clothes off in "Cabin in the Woods." Below is our list »
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Time was when the Boxing Day fixtures were not so much a footballing contest but a test of which team had managed to turn up less hungover, as some bizarre and high-scoring results attested. No such fun nowadays, though neither of today's featured fixtures are immune from the possibility of surprise. The generally hapless but occasionally inspired Aston Villa meet Spurs, high-flying but prone to slip-ups; while Liverpool go to Stoke City – a team who try but currently fail to play football against a team who succeed in not doing so. DS
Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 2012: The Modern Alchemist
- David Stubbs, Jonathan Wright, Hannah Verdier, Andrew Mueller, John Robinson, Paul Howlett
Sony Pictures Classics has responded in court to a lawsuit brought by the owner of the rights to the literary works of the late William Faulkner over a quote used in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris. Sony is asking for a dismissal to the lawsuit and gives the judge reasons why it was fair to repurpose a passage in Faulkner’s 1954 work Requiem for a Nun, which the studio labels a "relatively obscure work." The studio points to those like Woody Allen who are familiar with what Faulkner had to say -- “The past is never dead. It’s not even
- Eriq Gardner
The owners of the rights to the literary works of the late William Faulkner have settled a lawsuit with The Washington Post and Northrop Grumman over a Faulkner quote that was used in a full-page Independence Day advertisement. The parties entered a stipulated agreement to drop the lawsuit earlier this week, which a Mississippi judge has now accepted. The suit was one of two filed in late October. The other is a copyright and trademark action against Sony Pictures Classics over a quote from one of Faulkner's works in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris. Sony has yet to reply
- Eriq Gardner , Matthew Belloni
Every year, we as critics and as film buffs love to keep track of who and what dominated the year – which films hit and missed both critically and commercially, but also, who were the relevant talents both in front of and behind the camera? Like any year, there has been a collection of great actors who have worked their way to the forefront of popular contemporary cinema, and we’ve decided to single out the 10 who gave the most interesting, often surprising contributions to the world of cinema in 2012. Either through their consistent presence in our cinema-going or by fully realising their “rising star” status from years previous, these 10 actors all helped to enrich our film-watching experiences this year, and should be commended for it.
Here are 10 actors who ruled 2012.
10. Marion Cotillard
- Shaun Munro
The film chosen to open this year’s 16th UK Jewish Film Festival was the romantic comedy Paris-Manhattan, the directorial feature debut of young French writer-director Sophie Lellouche. It is an eventful first attempt at a feature film, the screenplay written over a long seven year stretch, at the end of which it afforded her the opportunity to direct her idol, Woody Allen, in a cameo role. “It was roughly six years ago.” She corrects me. “For the first four years, I started and stopped. I lost producers, found new producers. When you don’t know anyone in the industry it is a very long and difficult process. Once Woody Allen had read the script and he said yes, that is the moment I felt that I could make movies. I felt like I had the seal of approval.”
Inevitably there »
Ned Benson (In Defiance of Gravity) wrote the two scripts and will direct both films. The impressive cast also includes William Hurt (Into the Wild), Viola Davis (The Help), Jess Weixler (Free Samples), Bill Hader (SNL), Ciarán Hinds (Munich), and Nina Arianda (Midnight in Paris).
I assume that poster and synopsis may be an unofficial leak because they have been removed from the film’s websites at the request of the studio.
There’s no release date for the film just yet.
Here’s the teaser poster which looks like a bad Photoshop job. The »
- Nick Martin
Adding another announcement to the stack this week is the American Film Institute. Remember, the Institute's annual list of the year's best films is limited to American cinema, so you won't see efforts like "Amour" or "Skyfall" pop up. Nevertheless, I think plenty of great American cinema is often avoided by this list in favor of the most obvious mixture of studio and indie fare. Last year, for instance, standard awards-hunt comedies like "Bridesmaids" and "Midnight in Paris" that were threatening inclusion in the Best Picture field at the time made the cut, as well as those which clearly weren't, like »
- Kristopher Tapley
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is one of the more intriguing projects coming our way next year.
Told in two parts – The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers – the dramas see James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain star in the leads, and now the first poster has found its way online.
“Two films – interwoven to complete one story. Set in the hip areas of New York City, we follow the paths of Eleanor Rigby and her husband Conor. When Eleanor suddenly disappears back to her family home and avoids all contact with Conor, we question what broke down the relationship that once seemed so right.”
Starring alongside McAvoy and Chastain is an impressive cast, headed up by William Hurt (Into the Wild), Viola Davis (The Help), Jess Weixler (Free Samples), Bill Hader (SNL), Ciarán Hinds (Munich), and Nina Arianda (Midnight in Paris).
Ned Benson is »
- Kenji Lloyd
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 29, 2013
Price: DVD $30.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
ABC TV show Pan Am was canceled after its first season, but it did have its fans and even garnered awards overseas.
The drama series is set in the early 1960s, when commercial flights are just beginning. Christina Ricci (Bel Ami) headlines the show as the spunky Maggie Ryan, a Pan Am stewardess with ambitions for more.
The television show also stars Margot Robbie (TV’s Neighbors) as a fledgling stewardess, Kelli Garner (Going the Distance) as a stewardess recruited by the CIA as a spy, Karine Vanasse (Midnight in Paris) as a French stewardess and Michael Mosley (TV’s Justified) and Mike Vogel (What’s Your Number?) as pilots trying to find women and build their careers.
Music in film from the year 2011 has already been honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and more will be recognized for the Oscars recognizing achievements in film this year. But the Grammys have a different timetable for awards and so a mix of music from the films of 2011 and 2012 have been nominated for the coveted music awards soundtrack compilations, motion picture scores and original songs. Fans will be happy to see Hans Zimmer's score from The Dark Knight Rises get some love, original songs from The Muppets and much more. Check out the full list of movie music nominees below! Here are the nominees for the visual media categories related to film from Yahoo: Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media The Descendants Marley Midnight in Paris The Muppets Rock of Ages Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media The Adventures of Tintin - The Secret of »
- Ethan Anderton
The Grammy Awards are not, as a general rule, anything that merits the attention of The Film Experience but it doesn't mean we can't discuss them briefly as an intermission between Oscariffic posting. Obviously I'm rooting for "Call Me Maybe" The song of the year and indefatigably fun. And you already know that I wish Record of the Year Nominee "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" was the title of a movie.
But given this blog's metier, we have to focus on movie-related categories first and foremost.
Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
The Descendants (Various Artists)
Midnight in Paris (Various Artists)
The Muppets (Various Artists)
Rock of Ages (Various Artists)
I've never understood quite what people saw in The Descendants soundtrack (ooh, Hawaiian music. How obvious!) but I love the nomination for its fellow 2011 Best Picture nominee Midnight in Paris.
Question: Will this »
- NATHANIEL R
Marion Cotillard has suggested that losing her pregnancy weight was at times "violent". The Midnight in Paris actress told USA Today that she was back to her usual size weeks after giving birth to son Marcel in May 2011. "I lost a lot of weight right away. It sounds really good but it was really violent on my body. It happened in six days," Cotillard revealed. The Oscar winner further explained: "I lost almost everything. I was happy but on the other hand, it was really violent. I didn't do a special diet. "It just (more) »
- By Justin Harp
When the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards nominations are announced less than 12 hours from now many of the nominations won't surprise you. "Silver Linings Playbook," "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and "Moonrise Kingdom" should all receive multiple nods. The question is where will the Spirit nominating committees pull a fast one? Because, let's face it, they always do. Whether it's deciding "The Artist" qualifies as an American production (don't get me started on this one) or basically ignoring "Midnight in Paris" or giving "The Last Station" a best feature nod, half of the Spirit nominations are almost never what you expect. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Cyber Monday is here and Amazon.com are offering DVD and Blu-ray sales deals for this online-centric final day of the week-long discount shopping sales period. Below are the biggest bargains I've found, many of which have carried over from the Black Friday sales. This is your last chance to get this discounts though, it all goes back to normal soon.
Please note that Dark Horizons will earn a very small referral fee when readers purchase something on Amazon through one of the links below. Said fee helps contribute towards the site's running costs, so if you do grab something - thank you. In terms of personal recommendations for titles and bargains below:
Cyber Monday Blu-ray Picks:
The Criterion disc sale is continuing apace and there's a whole separate article for it right here. Joining since yesterday are titles like "Black Orpheus," "Certified Copy," "Eating Raoul," "House," "La Haine," "The Last Days of Disco, »
- Garth Franklin
You didn't think the deals were done yet did you? You do realize it's called Black Friday Deals Week for a reason right? Strangely enough, while we've actually reached the Black Friday the deals will be continuing all throughout the weekend, but for today we still have plenty new deals and a bunch of deals that have been available all week to share. Notable deals included in Amazon's hourly lightning deals (see the schedule at the bottom of this post) include movies such as Moneyball, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Dark Knight, Sherlock Holmes, Prometheus, The Matrix, Iron Man, Battle: Los Angeles and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. It also includes television shows such as select seasons of "The Big Bang Theory", "The Twilight Zone", "Sons of Anarchy" and "Spartacus". The schedule for the day is listed below with new titles being added daily as I will continue doing the same thing every morning all week long. »
- Brad Brevet
With Black Friday approaching, Amazon has started offering some great DVD and Blu-ray deals. Here are some of the highlights. Look for updates all day and all week. Remember, Amazon changes prices constantly so if you see something you like, don't wait too long. Let's start with some $3.99 Blu-rays! Iron Man 2 (Single-Disc Edition) [Blu-ray] $3.99 (87% off) Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (Movie-Only Edition + UltraViolet Digital Copy) (Blu-ray) $3.99 (87% off) No Country For Old Men [Blu-ray] $3.99 (80% off) Wrath of the Titans (Movie Only + Ultraviolet Digital Copy) (Blu-ray) $3.99 (75% off) The Crow [Blu-ray + Digital Copy] $3.99 (80% off) Salt (Deluxe Unrated Edition) [Blu-ray] $3.99 (80% off) Twilight [Blu-ray] $3.99 (80% off) The Twilight Saga: New Moon [Blu-ray] $3.99 (80% off) Pulp Fiction [Blu-ray] $3.99 (80% off) Reservoir Dogs (15th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] $3.99 (73% off) Caddyshack [Blu-ray] $3.99 (73% off) Sucker Punch (Two-Disc Extended Edition) [Blu-ray] $3.99 (73% off) The Last Samurai [Blu-ray] $3.99 (73% off) Red Riding Hood [Blu-ray] $3.99 (73% off) Movies: The Cabin In The Woods [Blu-ray + UltraViolet Digital Copy] $7.99 (80% off) The Raid: Redemption [Blu-ray] $11.49 (68% off) The Sound of Music (45th Anniversary Blu-ray/DVD Combo Limited Edition) $19.99 (78% off) Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
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