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It seems like every few months we hear the death knell of the classic act of going to the movies. Box office receipts are as low as they’ve ever been, people won’t go see an Adam Sandler movie in a theater if they can watch him on Netflix, and so on.
And yet a new Think With Google Survey conducted by Google and Millward Brown Digital has found that 228.7 million Americans and Canadians went to the movies last year, 68 percent of the population in all. They polled their habits and compiled all the results in a fascinating infographic you can find below.
Some of the more intriguing results? 4 out of 5 moviegoers watch a trailer on YouTube before seeing a movie. 39 percent of people say watching those trailers is the most important factor in determining what to see (nowhere to be found on this infographic, and probably below “Information »
- Brian Welk
Boasting a host of international talent including Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries, Lost), Brian Cox (The Bourne Ultimatum, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Alexis Knapp (Pitch Perfect, Project X) and Luke Hemsworth (The Reckoning, Infini), The Anomaly is directed by Noel Clarke who also takes on the lead role of traumatised ex-soldier Ryan – and thanks to the folks at Universal Pictures (UK) we have three copies of the film to giveaway on Blu-ray!
When Ryan wakes up in the back of a van, alongside a kidnapped boy and helps him escape, he comes to an appalling realisation…. But there’s no time to act – after nine minutes and forty seven seconds of consciousness it all goes black. What does this have to do with Ryan’s past as a patient at the experimental Medical Unit? Ryan has a lot of questions, and very little time to find any answers. »
- Phil Wheat
For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at an up and comer who’s just joining the A-list, but one who does so with the potential to go to some extraordinary places. I’m talking of course about Miles Teller, someone who really could turn out to be the best actor of his generation. A mix of John Cusack and Vince Vaughn (plus his own unique flavor), Teller is going places, plain and simple. He’s only got about 20 credits to his name, but in his short time on the big screen he’s already established himself as someone worthy of the A-list. Teller got his start pretty quickly when, after only a few appearances in shorts and a guest spot on the TV show The Unusuals, he was cast in a main supporting part opposite Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole. An Oscar player all season long, »
- Joey Magidson
Written and directed by Damien Chazelle
Originally birthed as an 18-minute short, premiering at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Whiplash went on to garner enough attention to become a feature full-length film. Thank God it did. The feature-length version of Whiplash masterfully showcases the pressures of perfection in a tightly plotted, beautifully shot, soberly performed package. From the creative genius of sophomore director Damien Chazelle comes a semi-autobiographical experience just as exhilarating as it is shocking. Whiplash tells the story of Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller), a promising young drummer who enrolls at an elite music conservatory, where his dreams of greatness are mentored by Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), a ruthless music conductor who will stop at nothing to realize his student’s potential talent. With the audience on the edge of their seats, the question constantly being taunted is thus: how far is too far for pushing a student towards greatness? »
- Christopher Clemente
Alexis Knapp's kumbaya moment with a candle went up in flames ... and so did her condo bldg.Alexis -- famous for her roles in "Project X," "Pitch Perfect" and "I'm Ryan Phillippe's baby Mama" ... left her unit with a candle still burning and it caught something on fire which ignited the blaze that engulfed the entire building ... according to the L.A. Fire Dept.'It took 75 firefighters, 30 fire trucks and 3 separate agencies to knock down the blaze. »
- TMZ Staff
At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if Hoodie Allen released People Keep Talking in its entirety on iTunes before October 14th, as today marks the release of yet another song off the rapper’s upcoming album. You can already buy Movie and Dumb For You as singles on iTunes, and with Show Me What You’re Made Of available through his YouTube channel, Hoodie has now put up another downloadable track on iTunes with an accompanying music video called Act My Age – a party anthem for the young at heart.
Giving us Hoodie-Vision, we get a first-hand account of an extremely wild night in the life of Hoodie Allen complete with bikini-wearin’ babes, plenty of booze and some hardcore seniors who party harder than people my age. This is Hoodie having fun, singing about partying your days out and not worrying about the social norms that demand we mature, »
- Matt Donato
It’s the family man versus the fraternity.
We’ve heard these conflicts before. There are crazy fraternity parties disrupting a quiet neighborhood. In this case, a middle-aged couple is trying to raise a child next door to a fraternity who just recently moved next door. And conflicts arise over the neighborhood nuisance of parties. It’s up to Mac (Seth Rogen) and company to put a stop over the parties after the local police and college refuse to take action. On the other side, fraternity president Pete (Zac Efron) looks to wage war against the obnoxious neighbors.
The chemistry between the two main characters by Rogen and Efron prove to be well played out. Rogen always excel as the lovable geek who always devise unusual tactics that go awry. And Efron mocks himself as the good-looking jock in »
- Gig Patta
This October the London Film Festival brings a wonderful, eclectic mix of films, shorts and events to the capital once again. Firmly establishing itself as a people’s festival (it being the best of the other festivals, Clare Stewart and her team acknowledging they can’t compete on world premieres), it will look to build on last year’s impressive new direction.
From the opening night fun with The Imitation Game to the final push of Brad Pitt’s Fury there will be a number of essential films to catch. The HeyUGuys team have chosen their favourites from among the hundreds playing.
You can find everything you need to book tickets and find out more information right here.
Here are the films you need to see next month.
There is nothing more exciting than a filmmaker attempting to push the boundaries; to shatter audiences expectations of what is »
- Jon Lyus
Our Fearless Leader's new film, Burying The Ex, premieres today at the Venice Film Festival. The touching story of "Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, girl becomes flesh-eating zombie" showcases four terrific young actors, Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Fright Night), Ashley Greene (The Twilight Saga), Oliver Cooper (Project X) and True Detective's Alexandra Daddario. Here's an interview with Anton talking about Burying The Ex and the upcoming Star Trek. Joe describes his latest as a "zom-com" and that pretty much nails this fractured fairytale in which a young woman's death doesn't stop her from snuggling with her beloved boyfriend. Here's a recent interview with Joe via Shock Till You Drop. Here's the entry on the Venice Film Festival's site. And The Hollywood Reporter is first out of the gate with a thumbs-up for Burying The Ex! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qQzxbQu7Ww
The post Joe Dante ‘Buries the Ex’ in Venice! »
- TFH Team
Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman, formerly of Silver Pictures, have launched The Picture Company, a new shingle backed by Studio Canal. The formation of the company comes after Rona and Heineman left their posts at Silver Pictures in January after a five-year run that saw the production of action hit Non-Stop and the comedy Project X, among other releases. The Picture Company will focus on making commercial films across all genres and will also make forays into television. One of Rona and Heineman’s hallmarks was working with emerging filmmakers and developing ideas in-house — Project X, which
- Borys Kit
[Update: The source of all this - a supposed Josh Trank Twitter account - might be fake. Scroll for details.]
Fox’s reboot of the Fantastic Four movie franchise is without a doubt the most hated-on superhero movie currently in development. The casting of Michael B. Jordan as a black Johnny Storm/Human Torch caused… well, a storm of controversy – and having Miles Teller (Project X), Kate Mara (House of Cards) and Jamie Bell (Snowpiercer) as the new Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Girl and The Thing (respectively) hasn’t been met with overwhelming fan approval, either.
Click to continue reading ‘Fantastic Four’: First Look at The Thing? [Updated]
- Kofi Outlaw
Miles Teller seems to want to have it both ways. In recent years, the talented actor has taken on a host of great dramatic projects like Rabbit Hole, The Spectacular Now and the upcoming Whiplash, for which he’s drawing rave reviews. However, he has also starred in a slew of less ambitious, almost lazy comedies like 21 & Over, Project X and That Awkward Moment. Which category will his upcoming romantic comedy Two Night Stand fall into? I think we all know the answer to that.
Judging by the first trailer for the film, which he toplines with Crazy, Stupid, Love actress Analeigh Tipton, moviegoers shouldn’t expect anything particularly special or atypical from Two Night Stand. However, given that both Teller and Tipton are talented thesps, there is an admittedly slim possibility that their talents can overcome the disheartening setup.
Check out the synopsis, and the trailer, below, and let »
- Isaac Feldberg
If you were looking forward to seeing Eli Roth back behind the camera for the first time in six years, then it looks like you’re going to have a little longer to wait, with Open Road Films pulling the cannibal horror The Green Inferno from its release schedule with less than a month to go before before its planned date of September 5th.
According to Deadline, the reason behind the move is that the financier Worldview Entertainment has balked at former CEO Christopher Woodrow’s commitment to fund the P&A for the movie. At this point, it is unknown whether Open Road will set a new date for the movie, or if another distributor will step in to prevent it from going straight-to-video or VOD.
- Gary Collinson
They wanted to help the tribe, but not by becoming their next meal. Unfortunately for the student activists in Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno, crash-landing in the rainforest they are trying to save could slate them to be sliced and served as dinner for cannibals. From Open Road Films, The Green Inferno hits theaters on September 5th, and you can get a taste of what’s to come by playing the film’s official downloadable game now.
Available for free on iTunes and Google Play from Nanai Games, The Green Inferno: Survival is based on the characters and situations of Eli Roth’s film. Gamers play student activists who crash land in the Amazon jungle and have to fend off a hungry cannibalistic tribe both day and night to survive. The game comprises 10 levels and is right at home in the Real Time Strategy genre.
- Derek Anderson
Rome – Venice topper Alberto Barbera has unveiled a promising lineup of fresh fare from around the world set to unspool at the 71st Venice Film Festival, with a rigorous focus on quality, discovery and diversity, likely to reveal some under-the-radar awards-season contenders and also bolster the Lido’s status as a global launching pad for prime auteur pics.
The robust U.S. contingent, largely from the indies, comprises new works from David Gordon Green, Andrew Niccol, Peter Bogdanovich, Lisa Cholodenko, Joe Dante, James Franco, Barry Levinson, Michael Almereyda, and Ami Canaan Mann.
As is customary at Venice, new works from name global auteurs, including Fatih Akin, Xavier Beauvois, Abel Ferrara, Andrei Konchalovsky, Shinya Tsukamoto, Amos Gitai, and Moshen Makhmalbaf, will play alongside pics by lesser-known helmers.
At a packed presser at Rome’s Hotel St.Regis Venice topper Alberto Barbera noted that “our job is more complex, more painful, because »
- Nick Vivarelli
Turkey's most prolific purveyor of things that go bump in the night is back and doing what he does best with the upcoming Poison X. Produced by J-Plan in association with Taff Pictures, Project X again taps into regional folklore while giving things a very modern twist all in the name of making you jump out of your socks.Dilek and her husband Ömer lead a calm and peaceful life in the city of İstanbul, Turkey, their days countersigned by the ticking of their comforting routine.Until, one night, Dilek wakes from her sleep with a dreadful feeling..."A terrible nightmare,", she explains. "Something about the Devil...he whispered in my ear..."The episode marks the beginning of sinister happenings that lead Dilek to believe that her house is inhabited by creatures; beings that hide in dark...
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Warner Bros. has boosted Niki Sherrod to Svp,Music as the film music exec goes into her eighth year with the studio. Sherrod had most recently served as VP Music after joining the company in 2006 following stints at Atlantic Records’ soundtrack division and Warner Music Group, where she served as creative director for film and TV. At WB she has overseen music including the Billboard-charting soundtrack for teen party pic Project X featuring the likes of Kid Cudi, Pusha T, and Tyler the Creator – and, on the other side of the spectrum, the Oscar-winning original score for Alfonso Cuaron’s […] »
There has been a flurry of super-important, nostalgia-drenched movie anniversaries recently, including, but not limited to Tim Burton's "Batman" (25 years), "Gremlins" (30 years), "Ghostbusters" (30 years) and "The Karate Kid" (30 years). But one movie that seems to have been overlooked completely is "Weekend at Bernie's" (find out where to watch) which came out 25 years ago this week. The story of a couple of yuppies who try to pretend that their dead boss hasn't died at all, it was a surprise hit, pulling in double its production budget at the box office and spawning a goofy, guilty pleasure sequel. (It did get a Blu-ray release earlier this summer, so you can now watch all of the icky '80s tomfoolery in HD.)
Even though "Weekend at Bernie's" was far from a phenomenon (as evidenced by the deafening silence around its anniversary), you can bet one thing: it will be remade. Look no »
- Drew Taylor
It's shaping up to be an unusually quiet Fourth of July at the box office: Transformers: Age of Extinction should easily hold first place over the holiday weekend ahead of newcomers Tammy, Deliver Us From Evil and Earth to Echo.The fourth installment in the Transformers franchise opened just over $100 million this past weekend. That's the fourth movie this Summer to debut north of $90 million (a new record). The other three all dropped at least 61 percent in their second frame; meanwhile, 2009's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen received similarly poor reviews and fell 61 percent over the Fourth of July weekend. It's likely that Age of Extinction winds up in the same range, which would put it just below $40 million.Tammy is the only movie with any chance of taking first place from Transformers. Opening at 3,465 locations on Wednesday, the Melissa McCarthy comedy could theoretically earn over $30 million this weekend.McCarthy »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
It sounds too craven to miss: Mix the warm and fuzzy kids-meeting-aliens antics of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial or Super-8 (or Mac and Me, if you must) with the bro-tastic found-footage style of Project X or Chronicle. You get innocence and wide-eyed wonder on one side, savvy “realism” on the other. Thus ordered, so delivered: Dave Green’s Earth to Echo has just enough teen angst to toughen up its adorability and to temper its predictability. It’s a simplistic movie, but there’s a darkness to it.The film opens on a montage of kids lamenting to the camera that their small suburban neighborhood of Mulberry Woods, Nevada, is about to be mowed over to make room for a freeway. All the families are moving to different places, which means that our three 13-year-old heroes are about to go their separate ways. “Thanks for paving over the only place »
- Bilge Ebiri
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