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Theatrical Trailer: the official theatrical piece, usually cut from the first (very long) cut of the picture or sometimes (if there is no first cut yet) from dailies (all the shot footage, including all the different takes and angles), maximum length of a trailer is two and a half minutes.
Teaser Trailer: A first, short theatrical preview piece (usually not longer than a minute and a half), cut from a few selected takes and scenes while the picture is still being shot.
For those of you who think it’s okay to show up to a film after the coming attractions – move along. No self-respecting movie geek would dare miss the previews. And don’t get us started on the individuals who arrive during the trailer you’ve been dying to see only to move through your line of sight during the all-important money shot.
In most cases, trailers are »
- Movie Geeks
From great documentaries to sweet indies to big studio movies, 2012 was one of the biggest years ever. It will be remembered for the reinvention of musicals with Tom Hooper.s Les Miserables, the meet-and-greet of horrifying engineers in Ridley Scott.s Prometheus and the toppling of an empire in Lauren Greenfield.s Queen Of Versailles.
There was no shortage from which to choose from at your local cinemas where superheroes reigned supreme at the box office, animated adventures were welcomed by young and old alike, and favorite characters from the various prequels and sequels were embraced like old friends.
As we head into the new year, some of the most anticipated films of 2013 are Zack Snyder.s Man Of Steel, J.J. Abrams. Star Trek Into Darkness, Shane Black.s Iron Man 3, Marc Forster.s World War Z, Dan Scanlon.s Monsters University, Gore Verbinski.s The Lone Ranger, Joseph Kosinski.s Oblivion, »
- Movie Geeks
Forget vampires, zombies are taking over the movie screens in 2013. Why are zombies the new "It" monsters?
AMC's The Walking Dead is a huge hit on television, and movie studios are hoping to translate that success to the big screen. Tons of zombie projects are heading our way 2013 with Brad Pitt's World War Z, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Warm Bodies and Zombieland 2. The films range from your average horror films to comedies. Zombies even made their way to kid projects with the animated ParaNorman starring Kodi Smit-McPhee and can now be seen on DVD and Blu-ray. During the animated comedies' world premiere this summer, CineMovie asked the ParaNorman star and premiere guest Wayne
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Another year winds down, and it's time to reflect on the good, the bad, and the ugly of 2012's horror offerings. We're giving you ten different lists this time, and per usual they come in a variety of formats, each reflecting the unique styles of our writers. We've also compiled them to come up with the year's overall winners and losers.
And don't be lazy by just reading along! Give us your own lists in the comments section below. We want to hear what you thought of the year in which we dodged the Mayan apocalypse but find our beloved genre facing some dark days as violent movies, video games, TV shows, etc., are coming under increased scrutiny following recent events.
But back to the matter at hand; we averaged out the top and bottom five vote getters on everyone's lists, and here are the results:
Best: The Cabin in the Woods »
- The Woman In Black
2012 wasn’t a bad year for movies. It was actually a great year. The problem is, the movies we were most anticipating, specifically the Hollywood blockbusters like Prometheus and The Hobbit, didn’t live up to our expectations. With that said I still managed to make a list of 50 films I loved. Maybe I just have bad taste or maybe I just love movies but the most time consuming factor when making this list was sitting down and deciding what makes the cut and what doesn’t. Even with 50 films listed below, I found it hard to not include movies like Frankenweenie, The Loneliest Planet, Footnote, Compliance, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, and Searching For Sugar Man. Come to think of it, every film featured on our list of best documentaries could have easily snuck into this list. I haven’t seen everything of course. Below is »
The amount of behind-the-scenes work that went into creating ParaNorman should be worth an award by itself. New featurettes for the Chris Butler and Sam Fell film are reminding the academy voters that the animated feature is the "most ambitious stop-motion film ever made." Using cutting-edge technology in the form of fully-articulated puppets and 3D printing, just to name a few, the creative army behind ParaNorman is still a devoted group of craftspeople at their core. Even for those of you who enjoyed the film, these featurettes reveal a lot of hidden details in certain scenes and will give you a whole new appreciation for the work that went into bringing ParaNorman to the screen. Featuring the voices of Kodi Smit-McPhee, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Anna Kendrick, John Goodman, Leslie Mann and Tucker Albrizzi, ParaNorman is now available on DVD/Blu-ray. Hit the jump to check out the featurette. Check out the »
- Dave Trumbore
The best movies of 2012 represent a year in cinema that didn't exactly get off to a great start, but had a big finish.
All but two of our picks for the year's best were released after July, and four of them have yet to open in wide release. That means there's a lot of great movies to see in theaters right now, or very soon.
Here are our choices for the 10 best movies of 2012 (and five honorable mentions):
Honorable mentions: Paul Thomas Anderson's gorgeous and divisive "The Master" (pictured above); Rich Moore's moving and inventive Disney animation "Wreck-It Ralph"; Ang Lee's visually dazzling "Life of Pi"; Lauren Greenfield's amusing, trenchant documentary "The Queen of Versailles"; Stephen Chbosky's heartfelt "The Perks of Being a Wallflower."
Even in a generally solid year for animation, "ParaNorman" stands out with its bold visual design and brave narrative choices. »
More love for Ben Affleck's "Argo!" The fantastic movie won Best Film and Best Director at the recently announced St. Louis Film Critics Awards. My favorite category though is the Best Scene where there's a 4-way tie between "Django Unchained," "Hitchcock," "The Impossible," and "The Master."
Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 2012 St. Louis Film Critics Awards. For winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, click here:
Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
*** Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" danced atop the 17th Annual Satellite Awards winning Best Picture, Editing, Director, Actor (Bradley Cooper), and Actress (Jennifer Lawrence). In the supporting acting categories, Anne Hathaway took home the Best Supporting Actress award for "Les Miserables," while Javier Bardem won Best Supporting Actor for playing the big bad in "Skyfall."
Winners were announced Sunday, Dec. 16, at the InterContinental Hotel at Century City in Los Angeles.
Here's the complete winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 17th Annual Satellite Awards (for a complete list of Awards Season winners/nominees, click here):
Kim Ki-duk -- Pieta Drafthouse Films
Steven Spielberg -- »
There was a time when I was in love with stop motion animation. It was the era of Gumby, Rudolph: the Red-Nosed Reindeer and The Year Without A Santa Claus. However, over the past two decades, CG has slowly nudged stop motion out of mainstream family entertainment.
When you think of the top animated movies of 2012, Brave or Wreck-it Ralph probably come to mind. Superb CG and the Disney distribution label made these films household names. Yet, in the trenches of cinema, where only the most audacious viewers dare to go, another feature was the unsung animated gem of the year. Laika’s ParaNorman coupled a delightful voice cast with a layered story that was chock full of spooky twists. This thrilling adventure is filled with wonderful, hand-made character models and smart comedy. Thanks to the team at Laika, the beating heart of stop motion lives on.
Editor’S Pick: »
- Bags Hooper
Tomorrow morning will see the announcement of the 2013 Golden Globe nominees and I figured why not pop up some predictions before tomorrow's 5 Am Pst announcement. That said, here's the rundown for the announcement: 5:15am/pst - Welcome remarks 5:20am/pst - First group of categories Best Actress in a TV series, drama Best TV Series, Comedy Best Original Song - Motion Picture Best Original Score - Motion Picture Best Supporting Actress in a series, mini-series, or TV movie Best TV movie or mini-series Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy Best Screenplay - motion picture Best Supporting Actor in a series, mini-series or TV movie Best Actor, TV Series Comedy Best Foreign Language Film Best Animated Feature film 5:33am/pst - Brief intermission before Live announcements 5:38am/pst - Today Show Live hit/Second group of categories Best Actor in a TV series, drama Best Actor in a motion picture, »
- Brad Brevet
The Los Angeles Times blog The Envelope held a roundtable recently with animation directors, and among the topics was the following exchange. (The participants here are ParaNorman codirector Chris Butler, Brave codirector Mark Andrews, Hotel Transylvania director Genndy Tartakovsky, and Wreck-It Ralph director Rich Moore. Also at the roundtable but not responding here is Rise of the Guardians director Peter Ramsey.) If you're making an animated movie in the U.S. marketplace, almost by definition it has to be a family movie. Did that ever create dilemmas for you? Chris Butler: Every day we talked about it. Where's the line? Are we crossing it? How far can we go? The interesting thing for me was that quite often when we would screen to kids, the kids are fine. It's their parents that were like, "They're scared." Andrews: I want to give my children, as a parent — I want to »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The list of usual suspects is emerging -- "Argo," "Django Unchained," "Life of Pi," "Lincoln," "Moonrise Kingdom," and "Zero Dark Thirty" will all vie for the Best Film category in the St. Louis Film Critics Awards. Missing from the roster is "Les Miserables" although the excellent musical received a nod for Anne Hathaway's brilliant performance. I do like their Best Scene category. What's your favorite scene last year?
Here's the full list of nominations:
Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
A pair of likely Oscar best picture nominees, "Lincoln" and "Les Miserables," are the leading nominees for the Critics' Choice Movie Awards.
Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" racked up 13 nominations, a record number in the 18-year history of the awards. It's up for best picture, best director and four acting awards (Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones and best ensemble), along with a host of technical honors.
The Critics' Choice Movie Awards will air Jan. 10 on The CW. The complete list of nominees is below.
Daniel Day-Lewis - »
As a member of the Bfca (Broadcast Film Critics Association) I vote in the 18th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. I’ll be releasing my official ballot later, but for now, here are the nominations. Winners to be announced live on the CW Television Network from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on January 10, 2013.
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
Hugh Jackman – Les Miserables
Quvenzhane Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild
Best Supporting Actor
- Jeff Bayer
There are a lot of kids’ tables at the Critics’ Choice Film Awards.
By that, I mean there is literally a children’s category among the contenders — best young actor/actress — which separates Quvenzhané Wallis of Beasts of the Southern Wild, who is also nominated in the overall lead actress category, from her adult peers.
And there are also separate “kids’ table”-type groups for not only comedies (which the Golden Globes does, too) but action and sci-fi/horror movies, which isolates those projects and actors from contention in the traditional, non-genre categories. The group also includes a “best ensemble »
- Anthony Breznican
Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" scored a record-breaking 13 nominations for the Broadcast Film Critics Association's Critics' Choice Movie Awards. Yes, I'm a proud voting member and I had a blast casting my ballot!
Winners will be announced live on the CW Television Network from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on January 10, 2013.
Here's the complete nominees list of the 18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards:
Bradley Cooper . .Silver Linings Playbook.
Daniel Day-Lewis . .Lincoln.
The Broadcast Film Critics Association (of which I am a member) announced their nominations for the 2013 Critics' Choice Awards this morning, which was led by Steven Spielberg's Lincoln bringing in a record 13 nominations including a nomination for Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay (Tony Kushner), Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Supporting Actress (Sally Field), Supporting Actor (Tommy Lee Jones), Ensemble, Cinematography, Art Direction, Editing, Makeup and Score (John Williams). The previous record for nominations was set by Black Swan with ten in 2010, a record that was also broken by Les Miserables with 11. Miserables was also nominated for Best Picture alongside Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Life of Pi, The Master, Moonrise Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook and Zero Dark Thirty. Just below is the complete list of nominees, which Laremy (a fellow Bfca member) and I will be discussing on today's podcast along with our nominations to see how they matched up. »
- Brad Brevet
It’s no big secret I love horror films, but 2012 hasn’t been a great year. In my top ten, three films carry over from 2011, two won’t be released until 2013, two are animated and another isn’t much of a horror film. With that said, 2012 gave us Berberian Sound Studio and Cabin In The Woods, and for that, I am forever grateful. Here is a list of the 21 horror films from 2012 I liked best.
Directed by Peter Strickland
Written by Peter Strickland
Berberian Sound Studio reminds us of the power of sound over the visual image, and can surely join the ranks of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation and Brian DePalma’s Blow Out as an absorbing appreciation of sound design. But both thematically and visually, Berberian is more of a descendant of the school of David Lynch and Roman Polanski. As things get increasingly, »
Though Ben Affleck has been all over the place promoting Argo, his brother Casey Affleck has been pretty low key lately. This year we only heard him on the big screen providing his voice to a character in the underrated stop-motion animated flick ParaNorman, but he has some other films on the horizon. We'll be seeing him in Ain't Them Bodies Saints at Sundance in January, and Out of the Furnace from Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper will arrive sometime next year hopefully. But now he's just landed a new thriller called Boston Strangler which Warner Bros. just picked up from a pitch about the infamous 1960s murderer. In the film, Affleck would play one of the detectives on what became known as the Strangler Squad. Warner Bros. might be missing a huge opportunity for a series of squad movies to follow Gangster Squad in January, but I digress. Affleck »
- Ethan Anderton
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