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Earlier this month, Paul Thomas Anderson said he enjoys comic book movies while defending the genre, and during an interview with Dazed, the Inherent Vice director revealed he's also a big fan of Doug Liman's Edge Of Tomorrow and Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel. Anderson says he thought his Magnolia star Tom Cruise was at his best in Edge Of Tomorrow. Did you see Edge Of Tomorrow? It’s f*cking great. And no one went to see that movie. That was »
- Jesse Giroux
The found footage genre is a peculiar one. It rests its laurels on building realism through the urgency and immediacy of the filmed footage. However, quite often, the characters in these films go to such extreme lengths to shoot this footage that one wonders why they are committing to capturing so much extraneous material. Every so often, a genre film will use the recordings in a chilling or original way. However, much of the time, having a character record all of the events on a video camera comes off as a contrived gimmick. The only way a film of this sort can be successful is if the story would not have worked as effectively with a regular, multi-camera staging.
The biggest problem with Project Almanac, a new sci-fi drama aimed at teens, is how rarely its writers convince us that the story should be told through the immediate presence of a video camera. »
- Jordan Adler
Av Club deep screen capture to reveal how well constructed shots in Divergent dont make for a good film
BuzzFeed great essay on the current relevancy of Before Sunrise (1995) and instant nostalgia
Decider 10 essential movies about nuns from our beloved Black Narcissus to less impressive but famous offerings like Doubt
HuffPo Adam Scott and Jason Schwarzmann discuss their prosthetic penises in The Overnight. (Takeaway: no actor will ever truly be naked again onscreen. That's only for actresses)
THR talks to the director of Book of Life - though disappointed by the lack of an Oscar nomination, he cherishes stories from fans about how it effected their families
Towleroad arts teacher in Texas does "Uptown Funk" with students. Cute. But I only share it because »
- NATHANIEL R
During the Weed Road/Safehouse partnership, which was based at Warner Bros., Harold created and set up a six-film franchise based on the King Arthur legend.
The first film in the franchise, “Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur,” will be directed by Guy Ritchie, with Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Berger Frisby, Jude Law and Djimon Hounsou starring. Weed Road and Safehouse are producing with Ritchie’s producing partner Lionel Wigram. Harold is set to write the next installment.
Safehouse has hired Matt Schwartz as VP. He was previously VP of film and TV at the Weed Road/Safehouse collaborative.
- Dave McNary
Spoiler alert, but Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) was, in fact, not my favorite film of the year. I figured I should just get that out of the way at the start for those of you who feared I might have the same #1 film as Brad and Mike, both of whom listed Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's latest as their favorite film from 2014. Don't get me wrong, I really liked Birdman, but in a surprise to even myself, it didn't make my list, which I think you can pretty much chalk up to the surprisingly good year 2014 wound up being. I was certainly among the scoffers last fall about it being a bit of down year, and just a month or so ago I was of the opinion 2014 offered a lot of films to like, but very few to love. After going through and finalizing my list, I'd like to retract that statement. »
- Jordan Benesh
The latest instalment of the spy movie franchise had been scheduled to open at Christmas, but will be moved up for a July 31 release in the Us.
Paramount has also shifted the animated/live-action hybrid movie Monster Trucks to Mission: Impossible 5's prior Christmas Day slot.
Filming took place over the last six months in Austria, Morocco, Monaco and the UK.
Watch a clip from Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol below: »
Visual effects supremo Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is in early talks to take over from Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) to direct the upcoming prequel to Snow White and the Huntsman. Darabont left the project last week due to creative differences.
The film is set before the events of the hit 2012 movie and shows how Chris Hemsworth’s title character and Charlize Theron’s evil queen Ravenna met before the events in the previous film. Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow) has been in talks to play a villain in the film.
Nicolas-Troyan has previously worked as a second-unit director on the first film and on Disney’s Maleficent, as well as working as visual effects supervisor on the likes of Pirates of the Caribbean and The Ring. In recent months, he has been linked to the upcoming Highlander remake.
- Scott J. Davis
Sneak Peek the industry's top film actresses of the moment, covering the February 2015 issue of "W" magazine, as part of its annual 'Best Performances' movie issue, photographed by Tim Walker:
Actresses include Amy Adams ("Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice"), Scarlett Johansson ("Avengers: Age Of Ultron"), Shailene Woodley (Divergent"), Keira Knightley ("The Imitation Game"), Reese Witherspoon ("The Wild"), Julianne Moore ("The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1"), Emma Stone ("Birdman"), Elle Fanning ("Maleficent"), Dakota Fanning ("Effie Gray"), Meryl Streep ("Into The Woods") and Emily Blunt ("Edge Of Tomorrow").
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- Michael Stevens
As predicted, Universal worked fast to fill the director’s chair on The Huntsman, its planned prequel to 2012 hit Snow White & the Huntsman. Following news that The Shawshank Redemption helmer Frank Darabont had exited the production, it has been announced that Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, the second-unit director and visual effects supervisor on the first film, is signed to take the reins.
Nicolas-Troyan, who was Oscar-nominated for his work on the original, has many other credits to his name, including as second unit director on effects-heavy Maleficent. His past experience with the Huntsman property made him particularly appealing to Universal once Darabont abruptly departed over “creative differences.” The Huntsman will mark Nicolas-Troyan’s feature film directorial debut – though his name is attached to the Highlander reboot, his only past experience as a director is on a short called Carrot Vs Ninja.
Universal is pushing The Huntsman into production quickly, and it is »
- Isaac Feldberg
In the science-fiction non-thriller “Vice,” Bruce Willis plays the CEO of a futuristic resort where perfectly human-looking androids exist to fulfill their clients’ deepest, darkest desires — none of which, it can safely be said, involve watching movies as relentlessly mediocre as this one. Reminiscent of any number of haunting, visionary sources — from Ridley Scott’s seminal “Blade Runner” to Mamoru Oshii’s sex-dolls-with-souls anime “Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence” — this disposable Lionsgate cheapie should pass through theaters as swiftly as it fades from the memory.
Should audiences require some lighthearted relief from “American Sniper,” Clint Eastwood’s serious-minded portrait of the deadliest marksman in U.S. military history, they could probably do worse than “Vice,” which boasts some of the most astoundingly incompetent assassins in the action-pic annals: Fleeing from her pursuers in one hail of machine-gun fire after another, Kelly (Amber Childyrs) never fails to emerge miraculously unscathed. »
- Justin Chang
I think a good way to judge whether or not you thought the past year of film was a good one is how difficult it was to compile your top ten of the year. Did you struggle to fill spots or were there a bunch of films vying for positionsc 2014 ended up in the latter category for me, which is a very good thing. I was impressed with the slate of films released this year, mainly from the smaller side. Major Hollywood studios did manage to crank out a couple of high quality, blockbuster entertainments, like Edge of Tomorrow and X-Men: Days of Future Past, which, in my opinion, is two more than they usually produce. Obviously, we are not far away enough to know how remembered 2014 will be, and if it is, for whatc Will people remember this as the year Marvel could put out whatever and people would »
- Mike Shutt
The Dive: After making three installments of The Hunger Games series together, Jennifer Lawrence and director Francis Lawrence will again team for The Dive, to be produced by James Cameron. It's based on the true-life story of a married couple "who competed to travel as deep as possible underwater on a single breath of air." [The Wrap] The Huntsman: In an unexpected move, Frank Darabont (The Mist) will not be directing The Huntsman, a follow-up to 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman. Darabont joined the project last summer; his departure is attributed to "creative differences." Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron are reprising their roles from the original, and now Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow) is being touted to costar as the Snow...
- Peter Martin
The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, who directed The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, has abruptly vacated the director’s chair on The Huntsman, Universal’s upcoming spinoff from the dark fantasy epic Snow White & the Huntsman. Sources say that “creative differences” were the reason for the split, which was amicable. The studio reportedly has another helmer lined up, which should help the spinoff stick to its planned 2016 release date, and moreover, they’re still in talks with Edge of Tomorrow star Emily Blunt about the possibility of her taking on a key role.
Whatever you may have thought about Snow White & the Huntsman, the fact is that it made $396.5 million at the worldwide box office, and with a figure like that, it was only a matter of time until Universal came up with a way to expand the property. The Huntsman will focus mostly on Chris Hemsworth’s character, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Amir here, back from my very long vacation to hit you with some box office news. Did you know that this group of eight Best Pictures is the least popular set of nominees since the turn of the century, going by box office receipts? The average gross of about $39m is the lowest of the past fifteen years, though it will probably edge out 2005’s collective (standing at $49m) once the theatrical run of all these films ends. It is also the first time since that year that none of the nominees have hit the $100m mark, though American Sniper is about to change that.
Chart via Box Office Mojo. Estimates as of Sunday January 18th
It is easy to forget sometimes what a small bubble we occupy in the film blogosphere, and how differently people in the real world perceive and consume these films. It feels like Whiplash has been around for ages, »
- Amir S.
The London Critics’ Circle Film Awards took place at the May Fair Hotel in London tonight, with Boyhood taking home the top honour, Film of the Year, as well as Director of the Year (Richard Linklater) and Supporting Actress of the Year (Patricia Arquette).
Under the Skin was named British Film of the Year and also collected the Technical Achievement Award, while other winners on the night included Michael Keaton (Actor of the Year – Birdman), Julianne Moore (Actress of the Year – Still Alice), J.K. Simmons (Supporting Actor of the Year – Whiplash), Timothy Spall (British Actor of the Year – Mr. Turner) and Rosamund Pike (British Actress of the Year – Gone Girl and What We Did On Our Holiday).
Here’s the full list of nominations, with the winners highlighted in red…
Film Of The Year
The Grand Budapest Hotel
- Gary Collinson
Last summer, a press release from Universal Pictures confirmed that Frank Darabont would be at the helm of The Huntsman, a spin-off from Snow White and the Huntsman that would focus on Chris Hemsworth's title character from the fantasy update. Kristen Stewart isn't coming back for the follow-up, and now Darabont won't be along for the ride after all either as The Wrap reports he left the project due to creative differences. However, Universal is in the process of gaining a new talent for the film as Into the Woods and Edge of Tomorrow star Emily Blunt is now in talks for the villain role in the new adventure. The sequel/spin-off will focus on the huntsman Eric who is sent on a quest to find the stolen magic mirror, which puts him on a path to face something from his past, in addition to the evil Snow Queen, »
- Ethan Anderton
This is it, folks. After 400(!) episodes, Ricky and Simon decided to wrap up the Sound on Sight podcast. To send it off in style, they take a look back at the very best films of 2014, with some help from a variety of former guest- and co-hosts. Smack dab in the middle, with the help of special guests Kate Rennebohm and Adam Nayman, they go deep on Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, the biggest missing piece in their 2014 moviegoing. It’s a nearly three-hour blowout, because it didn’t seem right to go out small. Cheers!
Right after her big win at the Critics. Choice awards for the action film, Edge of Tomorrow, Emily Blunt is up for another badass role in the action-fantasy spin-off, The Huntsman, starring Chris Hemsworth. While there is no official confirmation, sources say that negotiations are in order, and Blunt is up to play Charlize Theron.s evil sister and villain of the film, The Snow Queen. The Huntsman has been an ever-changing project. First, it was supposed to be a sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman featuring the lead character, Snow White portrayed by Kristen Stewart. Then it was teased that Stewart.s role would be slight, and the huntsman from the original, Chris Hemsworth would star. And finally Stewart was cut all together, and the film title was retitled simply The Huntsman. It.s been a strange ride, and with only two cast members verified (Hemsworth as the »
Vulture John Travolta without his hairpiece. Ditch it permanently, John. Bald is beautiful. Or at least more beautiful than pretending you have hair (you did have a great head of it) when you no longer do.
THR Michael Keaton in talks to star in a "gritty" drama from John Lee Hancock (who, tbh, we don't associate with "gritty" since he made The Rookie and The Blind Side*) called The Founder about the rise of McDonalds and behind the scenes shady business. It sounds like there are three good male roles so I wonder who will join Keaton? Can I put in a request for Edward Norton. I want them to become »
- NATHANIEL R
It seems like the success both critically and commercially for Edge of Tomorrow has got Tom Cruise and Doug Liman thinking about their next move together. This time though — they are leaving out the Groundhog Day aspect of the story.
The Hollywood Reporter reported on Wednesday that Cruise and Liman are set to re-team for Mena, a 1980s drug thriller being made by Universal and CrossCreek. The project was originally being eyed by Ron Howard to direct, who was attached to direct the project when Universal picked it up as a spec by Gary Spinelli for a reported $1 million.
The film tells the story of Barry Seal, a fired Twa pilot who became a major drug smuggler for the Medellin Cartel. He was later recruited by the DEA and CIA to provide intelligence, with his work tying to the Iran Contra scandal. He was assassinated by Colombians in 1986.
Liman is currently finishing up the documentary, »
- Zach Dennis
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