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• Pick your top 10 films of 2013
A sequel to execrable Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups, a documentary about the life of iconic Us author Jd Salinger and the big screen adaptation of Twilight author Stephenie Meyer's latest teen-orientated tome have been named among the worst movies of the year by Time magazine.
The magazine's annual list of the top 10 most awful films also features a joint venture by M Night Shyamalan and Will Smith, an action movie starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds and a thriller based on the much-hyped but ultimately poorly-reviewed debut original screenplay from acclaimed author Cormac McCarthy.
- Ben Child
The Academy has announced the ten films that made their final shortlist for the Best Visual Effects category at the 2014 Oscars and I can't say this category ever really surprises me with what's in versus what's out, but to see films such as Man of Steel, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Oz the Great and Powerful not make the cut does make you wonder just what exactly does it mean to have the "best" visual effects. Here's the ten that will compete for the five nominees, which will be determined after all members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films on Thursday, January 9, 2014. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration. Elysium Gravity The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Iron Man 3 The Lone Ranger Oblivion Pacific Rim Star Trek Into Darkness »
- Brad Brevet
Sorry, it's a little ridiculous that "Man of Steel" — I don't care What you think of the film otherwise — was left off the Academy's list of seven bake-off finalists for Best Visual Effects. But these things are often about politics, and I imagine there was plenty of that at play here. (No, it's not simply a collective negative opinion about the work in the film. Not always.) Everything else we were predicting to be nominated made the cut. Others notable misses, though, include "Rush," "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," "The Great Gatsby," "Oz the Great and Powerful" and "Ender's »
- Kristopher Tapley
London – The U.K. government said Thursday it would bolster tax credits available for bigger-budget movies and extend the incentives to the VFX business. The government said it would make relief available at 25 percent on the first $32.7 million (£20 million) of qualifying production expenditure, and 20 percent thereafter, for both small and large budget films from April 2014. Photos: Disney's 'Oz the Great and Powerful': Inside the Special Effects So far, productions with a budget of $32.7 million (£20 million) or less could apply for the 25 percent tax credit, while projects with a budget
- Stuart Kemp
Away from the controversy over whether the International Press Society members actually saw Wolf Of Wall Street before voting (hello tick box theory…), this year’s Satellite Award noms read as little more than the Ips’ Oscar predictions – give or take an extra three or four names in each category for comfort. Naturally resulting in a very uninteresting list, 12 Years A Slave leads the pack with ten nominations, followed narrowly by Gravity and American Hustle’s eight.
With strong turnouts in the acting categories, it’s surprising to see Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Dallas Buyers Club and Nebraska not contending for the big prize, and the Ips will surely find themselves in the minority for omitting Will Forte for his turn in the latter, even if it is rewarded for Best Ensemble. Though not appearing in the acting, directing or Best Picture categories, Fruitvale Station is still very much a focal point, »
- Emma Thrower
First there was the best....and now the comes the worst. While Mary Pols stoked internet fury last year by naming "Cloud Atlas" the top stinker of 2012, hardly anyone will argue with her choice this year: "Grown Ups 2." In fact, the rest of her list is pretty debate proof. From Ridley Scott's verbose and empty "The Counselor," to Sam Raimi's CGI-drenched "Oz The Great And Powerful" to worst three-quel ever "The Hangover Part III," these were undeniably all pretty awful movies. Perhaps the biggest bone of contention will be Nicolas Winding Refn's "Only God Forgives" ranking in there. Divisive? Certainly. But one of the year's worst? Surely, "The Smurfs 2" could've been slotted instead? Anyway, take a look below and let us know what you think in the comments section. Full commentary on each choice over at Time. Time Magazine Worst Movies of 2013 10. The Hangover Part III »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Feature James Clayton 6 Dec 2013 - 06:12
This week, James considers the impact of film sequels, and comes up with a few he'd like to see himself. Robot & Frank Rises, anyone?
"So, when do we start shooting the next one?" - Every major movie studio executive on the Monday following a bumper opening weekend at the box office.
Did you enjoy that? Good, because they're going to make a sequel. This is standard operating procedure and the modus operandi in Hollywood film production. If something is successful you do it again. And then you do it again. And then you do it again and again until it's not successful or until a »
Michael Gracey, a former animator turned commercials director, has closed a deal to direct Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Universal’s adaptation of the young-adult fantasy book by Laini Taylor. Photos: Gillian Flynn and Reese Witherspoon, Stephenie Meyer and 'The Host' Cast: Authors With Their Stars Joe Roth, the producer of Oz the Great and Powerful and Universal’s own Snow White and the Huntsman, is producing the project (which the studio picked up in December 2011) along with Palak Patel. Universal is clearly hoping to strike gold mining the young adult market. Smoke & Bone is the first of a
- Borys Kit
Starz is finally bringing its authenticated video service to Microsoft’s Xbox — but not yet to the latest generation of the console.
The premium cabler’s TV Everywhere service for subscribers, Starz Play, is now available for the Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system for no extra charge to Xbox Live Gold members.
Starz said it is developing an app for Xbox One — which Microsoft launched Nov. 22 — expected to be available sometime next year. The company also is developing support for its other authenticated online services, Encore Play and MoviePlex Play, slated for the first half of 2014.
Starz is still playing catch-up to HBO, which got started on its TV Everywhere strategy two and half years earlier. HBO, it’s worth noting, does not have an app for Xbox One yet; it introduced one for Xbox 360 in March 2012.
See Also: Microsoft Ready to Fill Xbox One Screen With Apps Upon Launch
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- Todd Spangler
12 Years a Slave continues to be the leader in the clubhouse when it comes to nominations. After leading the Spirit Award nominations it now leads the International Press Academy's (Ipa) 2013 Satellite Award nominations with a total of ten noms, followed by American Hustle and Gravity, each with eight nominations. The top five nominees were rounded out by Rush with seven nominations and Inside Llewyn Davis and Saving Mr. Banks with six nominations each. The Satellites, however, are an interesting bunch. As you can see there are several nominations in each category, leaving pretty much no stone unturned. I guess you could say no nomination for Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station) is a surprise and, in my personal opinion, with such a large field of nominees I'd like to see Joaquin Phoenix (Her) get a nomination, but that certainly isn't going to be a film for everyone even though Arcade Fire was »
- Brad Brevet
Walt Disney Pictures has announced that it has broken the $4 billion mark at the global box office this year for the first time in history, thanks in no small part to smash hits such Thor: The Dark World, Monsters University and Oz the Great and Powerful, not to mention 2013's highest-grossing movie Iron Man 3.
Disney's previous best year was 2010 when the studio pulled in $3.791 billion, while this marks the eighth consecutive year that the Mouse House has reached $1 billion in North America and the fourth consecutive year it has surpassed $2 billion internationally. The studio still has two other big releases in play this year in the CG-animated Frozen and live-action Saving Mr. Banks, which stars Tom Hanks as Walt Disney himself.
- Gary Collinson
Walt Disney Studios has always been one of the largest film production companies in the world and have long held the power to make others cower in fear with the mere announcement of a new film bearing their iconic logo. Well now it has been officially confirmed that the mouse house has broken an astonishing $4 billion at the global box office this year for the first time in their history.
What is perhaps more astonishing however, is the fact that Disney have crossed the Billion dollar mark for eight consecutive years now and was the first to make the milestone this year thanks to Marvels mighty Iron Man 3. This is also the fourth year in a row that Disney has crossed $2 billion at the international Box office which is also an astounding feat. I’m sure Disney executives are hailing their $5 billion dollar purchase of Marvel in 2009 as the »
- Ben Read
This Christmas, don't miss the chance to experience the magic of Sky Movies at Half Price For Six Months. With Sky Movies, you and the family can enjoy the brightest films of the festive season and beyond, from animated crackers Arthur Christmas and Wreck-It Ralph to amazing adventures like Oz The Great and Powerful and Iron Man 3 - over 12 months before they're available on any online subscription service. Plus you’ll get hundreds of all-time favourites available on demand, on the go and across our 11 dedicated channels. »
Jingle bells, overgrown elves, Die Hard all the way; oh what fun it is to ride on Sky Movies' Christmas sleigh. If you hadn't noticed, Yuletide is almost upon us and Sky Movies is leading the festivities with enough stocking-busters to keep you merry from the day the advent calendar goes up 'til the moment the last mince pie goes down. In a yummy selection box of sparkling new premieres and seasonal favourites, we'll be bringing you heroes of every description, from animated smashers Arthur Christmas and Wreck-It Ralph to the young magician who became the world's most wonderful wizard in Oz The Great And Powerful and the return of indestructible cop John McClane in A Good Day To Die Hard. »
Disney has crossed the $4 billion threshold at the 2013 global box office, the studio said Wednesday. With “Iron Man 3,” “Monsters University,” “Thor: The Dark World” and “Oz the Great and Powerful” providing the biggest boosts, the studio has posted its best year ever in terms of worldwide grosses. Last week, the studio broke its global box office-record of $3.79 billion established in 2010, when “Toy Story 3″ and “Alice In Wonderland” were the big films. The 2013 figure will keep moving higher. The Disney Animation 3D family musical “Frozen” opens Friday, and “Saving Mr. Banks,” the Tom Hanks-Emma Thompson drama about. »
- Todd Cunningham
James Franco is one of the most intriguing gentlemen working in film today. With a career that has led to hugely successful feature films like Spiderman and Oz The Great And Powerful to off the beaten path projects like As I Lay Dying, Interior: Leather Bar or Howl, his choices runs the gamut. The actor, artist, director and writer seems to want to do everything that somebody in his position could possibly do… and why can’t that mean playing the bad guy in a Jason Statham »
AMC is further padding its genre programming with two new series on the way: one called "Galyntine" and the other "Knifeman." No relation to the 60s folk group Galyntine and Knifeman. Garkfunkel wept. Read on for details.
From the Press Release:
“Galyntine” is a wholly-original vision rooted in a both fantasy/action adventure and science-fiction. The pilot takes place at a time after a cataclysmic technology-induced disaster has resulted in a new society that has eschewed any form of technology. This catastrophic event leaves small numbers of survivors scattered around the planet and forced to adapt to isolation and unique challenges. "Galyntine" will explore a post-apocalyptic world in which humanity has evolved – with some strange detours. Galyntine is a man’s journey of discovery through a changed world and its mysterious people.
- Uncle Creepy
With Breaking Bad finished and Mad Men almost wrapped up as well, AMC is looking for their next big original series. Today, they’ve announced pilot orders for two new genre projects that we’ll be keeping an eye on:
“These are both highly original and ambitious pilots that take us into worlds that we haven’t seen on TV before,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s executive vice president of programming, production and digital content. “The bawdiness and fun of Knifeman and London in the mid-18th century; and the completely unique take on a post-apocalyptic world in Galyntine are right in AMC’s wheelhouse of making television that is both unexpected and unconventional. They’re both driven by creative and production teams »
- Jonathan James
First AMC introduced The Walking Dead.
Then NBC launched the somewhat similar Revolution.
Now AMC is doing a new drama pilot that sounds … kinda like Revolution.
The cable network has ordered two new drama pilots, one of which is a post-apocalyptic tale after about society that eschews all forms of technology following a global disaster. The other is the tale of an 18th century surgeon. Check out the official descriptions of Knifeman and Galyntine below, both of which are in contentions for series orders for a 2015 debut:
Galyntine is a wholly-original vision rooted in a both fantasy/action adventure and science-fiction. »
- James Hibberd
For the second time, we return to Oz. Only this time... there's three witches, a young wizard, and for some reason... river fairies. And also some sins.
- Joey Paur
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