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The stage is set for a David vs. Goliath battle at the 88th academy awards.
In one corner are the Goliath box office hits that Oscarcast viewers have heard of — and maybe even seen: This year’s top three on the nominations tally are Fox’s “The Revenant” (12 noms), Warner Bros.’ “Mad Max: Fury Road” (10) and Fox’s “The Martian” (seven).
Together, they’ve amassed over $1.2 billion at the global box office.
In the other corner are the likes of Fox Searchlight’s “Brooklyn,” which was acquired at Sundance and had a production budget of $11 million, and A24’s “Room,” which is the first best picture nominee for the emerging studio.
Together, they’ve made just over $40 million at the domestic box office (though neither one is close to finished, especially with three weeks to go until the Oscars).
Blockbuster Oscar winners such as “Rocky” and “Titanic” have given way »
- Geoff Berkshire and Tim Gray
The first teaser for the fifth entry in the Bourne franchise was finally unveiled during a Super Bowl 50 commercial break. In the footage, Matt Damon is back in action as Jason Bourne, the role that solidified him as an action star well over a decade ago. The upcoming project was previously untitled, but the new TV spot confirms that the film’s official name is simply Jason Bourne. Take a look below…
Additionally, the film’s first poster saw its release; it features the tagline “You Know His Name” and shows a very serious Jason Bourne standing in the shadows…
Damon last played the CIA operative in 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum, the final installment in the initial Bourne trilogy. Following the film, Damon decided to walk away from the series, so Jeremy Renner took over leading man duties for 2012’s The Bourne Legacy. While the film wasn’t a flop by any means, »
- Justin Cook
Screen Junkies has released an Honest Trailer for James Bond’s latest big screen adventure Spectre; which we have for you here…
See Also: Spectre set for Blu-ray release in February, special features revealed
See Also: Watch previous Honest Trailers here
Spectre sees Sam Mendes (Skyfall) directing Bond veterans Daniel Craig as James Bond, Rory Kinnear as Tanner, Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, Ralph Fiennes as M and Jesper Christensen as Mr. White, alongside franchise newcomers Andrew Scott (Pride) as Denbigh, Lea Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Colour) as Madeleine Swann, Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) as Mr. Hinx, Monica Bellucci (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) as Lucia Sciarra, Stephanie Sigman (The Bridge) as Estrella and Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) as Oberhauser.
- Gary Collinson
“The Revenant” with 12 nominations, and “Mad Max: Fury Road” with 10, rang up the largest number of Oscar notices this year, largely due to success across the Academy’s various artisan categories. It was a trend signaled in early January, as both films led the way on the industry awards circuit.
And while films like “Bridge of Spies,” “The Martian” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” also performed well among artisan groups, the Academy’s corresponding branches represent smaller voting bodies, which makes for some interesting comparisons.
For instance, the art directors and costume designers guilds honor achievement in three categories (period, fantasy and contemporary). Films such as “Crimson Peak,” “Joy,” “Star Wars” and “Trumbo” fared well among voters in both orgs, yet couldn’t secure Oscar nominations in those fields.
- Kristopher Tapley
In the meantime, check out the trailer.
From writer/director/producer Deon Taylor, Meet The Blacks is comedy/horror hybrid spoofing the hit film “The Purge,” and stars Mike Epps (“The Hangover,” “50 Shades of Black,” “Resident Evil: Apocalypse”), George Lopez (“Lopez Tonight,” “Swing Vote,” “Balls of Fury”), Mike Tyson (“The Hangover” series “Scary Movie 5”), Bresha Webb (NBC’s “Truth Be Told”), Zulay Henao (“True Memoirs of An International Assassin”) as well as a ‘who’s who’ of pop culture personalities including Gary Owen (“Ride Along”) Charlie Murphy (“The Chappelle Show”), Tameka “Tiny” Cottle (VH1’s Ti & Tiny with Rap artist husband Ti), gossip columnist Perez Hilton, Paul Mooney (Richard Pryor’s longtime writing partner), Vine star Andrew Bachelor, and comedians Lil Duvall, »
- Michelle McCue
Leonardo DiCaprio has had one of the most interesting and diverse careers in Hollywood. After all, not many actors can claim to have worked with James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan. On top of that, he has starred in a groundbreaking Shakespeare adaptation, an acclaimed summer blockbuster and the 12 year record holder as the highest grossing film of all time.
Now with the release of The Revenant, it’s the perfect time to celebrate DiCaprio’s many standout performances throughout his career.
Check out my top 5 performances from DiCaprio below and pray that he finally receives his Academy Award next month:
5. Inception (2010)
Before 2010 DiCaprio had carefully avoided both action blockbusters (no Titanic doesn’t count) and science fiction films. However, after a little known director called Christopher Nolan broke box office records with the universally acclaimed film The Dark Knight, he apparently changed his mind.
Inception is »
- Ben Read
Nate Parker may be racking up the airline miles to promote “The Birth of a Nation.” The director and star behind the slave revolt drama has told Fox Searchlight that after spending seven years of his life bringing the story of Nat Turner to the screen, he’s going to be the face and voice of his passion project.
According to insiders, Parker’s deep connection to the material and his willingness to go door-to-door to promote the picture were major reasons that “The Birth of a Nation” landed the biggest deal in the history of the Sundance Film Festival: a $17.5 million payday from Fox Searchlight for global rights.
Parker’s story, and his multi-hypenate status, is expected to be a key component in the marketing outreach of the film. With the possible exception of Orson Welles in “Citizen Kane” or Warren Beatty in “Reds,” few have managed to successfully write, »
- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh
Peter Debruge: At the studio level, American cinema seems to be in the full throes of a diversity crisis, as moviegoers and the media alike are finally taking Hollywood to task for its lopsidedly white-centric worldview. It’s a real problem, and one whose solution I’m happy to see suggested at the Sundance Film Festival, which has long extended a megaphone to so-called “outsider” voices. Judging by the U.S. competition alone, the broad-ranging field of representation includes Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation” (which re-creates Nat Turner’s rebellion) and Richard Tanne’s “Southside With You” (which re-creates Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date) alongside Andrew Ahn’s gay-Asian identity exploration “Spa Night” and Elizabeth Wood’s wildly over-the-top “White Girl” (Wood is one of five distaff directors in competition, two of whom aren’t white).
The good news is that these movies somehow managed »
- Justin Chang, Peter Debruge and Guy Lodge
Daniel Craig’s fourth or Roger Moore’s eighth? The former of course but you get the point. The almost-realistic stylings of early Craig have given way to the full blown pantomime excess of mid-Moore (or late Connery, in fairness). Desert lairs, endless car chases, free-wheelin’ helicopters and indestructible airplanes are all very much back in vogue. The result is a largely enjoyable, extremely silly film which attempts to tie previous Craig outings together at the expense of consistency and logic. There isn’t a plot: more a succession of scenes stitched together. And it still can’t manage a decent finale! Fun but ultimately frivolous. Now who does that remind me of?
The Villain: It’s Blofeld! »
Now that Oscar nominations have been revealed, it's time to pick them apart. One of the biggest snubs of the year, and one I'm personally shocked about, is the nearly complete absence of The Hateful Eight in the main categories. It might not be Quentin Tarantino's greatest film, but it's every bit as good as Django Unchained, which was nominated for five Academy Awards and won two. The story follows a bounty hunter (Kurt Russell) and his prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who find themselves trapped at Minnie's Haberdashery, a small cabin filled with mysterious characters. The movie is so grand that it even has an intermission! Read on to find out why The Hateful Eight's snub is so tragic. »
- Maggie Pehanick
New HBO series Vinyl will have its Australian premiere on February 15.
The series, which will premiere on Foxtel's Showcase, explores the drug- and sex- fuelled music business of the 1970s.
It is played out through the story of a NYC record executive trying to revive his label and keep his personal life from spiralling out of control.
Vinyl is executive produced by Terence Winter, Marin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, Rick Yorn, Victoria Pearman, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, John Melfi and Allen Coulter, with Winter (creator/Ep of Boardwalk Empire) serving as showrunner.
The two-hour first episode is written by Winter and directed by Scorsese, who also directed the Boardwalk Empire pilot.
It take a ride through the Us music-business landscape at the dawn of punk, disco, and hip-hop..
The story is seen through the eyes of .Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale), a major-label exec with a dark past and darker present..
With his company, »
- Staff Writer
Well, hello there baby, you look so beautiful," Walton Goggins purrs, leaning forward and suddenly going into full-on loverman mode. "Look at you, all done up in that white dress and those white shoes. This is a proper get-up, my dear. You look hot!" The 44-year-old actor is sitting in a downtown Manhattan restaurant, his face hovering inches away from a plate of Burrata; he was sold on the appetizer after being told it's "like Mozzarella's sexier cousin," so he's now whispering sweet nothings at the cheese with an intensity and seductiveness that's almost frightening. »
Jamie Foxx had a tearful meeting with the father of the man he saved from a burning truck on Monday, and shared an emotional Instagram photo to go along with it. “Met the father of the young man from last night today,” the actor wrote. “This is all that matters. That a man, a son, a brother’s life was spared last night. God had his arms wrapped around all of us… No heroes… Just happy fathers.” The photo shows Foxx in a warm embrace with the grateful parent. The “Django Unchained” star made headlines on Monday for pulling a driver identified as. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Written and illustrated by some of comics' best, Independence Day #3 will be available courtesy of Titan Comics on April 13th. Also: Convergence release information, Telluride Horror Show's call for submissions, a Director's Cut trailer, details on the Life Tracker Blu-ray / DVD, and a look at the covers for Killbox.
Independence Day #3: "Written by Victor Gischler (Batman, Deadpool) with art by Steve Scott (Batman, Wolverine). Cover A features art by Staz Johnson (Wolverine, New X-Men) and Cover B is by Edgar Salazar (Justice League, Red Sonja).
Writer: Victor Gischler
Artist: Steve Scott
Cover A: Staz Johnson - Previews Code FEB161803
Cover B: Edgar Salazar - Previews Code FEB161804
Publisher: Titan Comics
Page Count: 32 Pp
Onsale Date: April 13th, 2016
Tensions arise aboard the sub as specimens are shipped back for study. Meanwhile, Adams and co. get to grips with their extraterrestrial armaments and discover the real motivation behind the alien crash. »
- Tamika Jones
As it slowly limps out of theaters, Quentin Tarantino‘s The Hateful Eight feels destined to go down as the director’s most divisive film. Critics and audiences were split. It made /Film’s top 10 of 2015 but won’t earn half of what Django Unchained grossed at the box office. The incredible roadshow presentation was marred by theaters unprepared […]
The post Quentin Tarantino Teases a 1930s Gangster Movie Set in Australia appeared first on /Film. »
- Jacob Hall
With just over a month until the Oscar campaigning finally concludes, there’s still a few more items of note. Today brings THR’s annual actors roundtable, in which Will Smith (Concussion), Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight), Benicio Del Toro (Sicario), Joel Edgerton (Black Mass, The Gift), Samuel L. Jackson (The Hateful Eight), and Michael Caine (Youth) all gather. During the one-hour conversation, they discuss getting into the business, their biggest fears and disappointments, who has taught them the most, their advice for young actors, and much more.
In one of the most interesting sections, after Caine talks turning down Alfred Hitchcock‘s Frenzy, Smith talks about turning down Django Unchained, saying, “[Quentin Tarantino and I] talked, we met, we sat for hours and hours about it. I wanted to make that movie so badly, but I felt the only way was, it had to be a love story, not a vengeance story. I don’t »
- Jordan Raup
Quentin Tarantino can do whatever he wants. At this point in his career, twenty-two years removed from the pop-culture milestone Pulp Fiction (1994), the lowbrow aficionado has dabbled in everything from Kung Fu (Kill Bill, Vol. 1 & 2 [2003/04]) and Blaxploitation (Jackie Brown ) to world war (Inglorious Basterds ) and revisionist westerns (Django Unchained ). Each crucially dependent on their assigned genres, but unmistakably stamped by an artist who loves to screw with the status quo. No other filmmaker can channel the sophistication of Jean-Luc Godard and the violence of John Woo through the veil of a 1970s exploitation flick – much less attempt to in a coherent state of mind. But this is where the Oscar nominated Tarantino resides full time: right on the edge of cinematic sanity.
Proudly marketed as the director’s eighth film, The Hateful Eight is another high-tension affair; punctuated by a script you could bounce a bullet off of. Racial slurs, »
- Danilo Castro
With the recent conclusion of the 73rd Golden Globe Awards and the announcing of the 2016 Oscar nominations, awards season in Hollywood is officially upon us. Now’s the time for filmgoers to binge on all, or as many of the Oscar frontrunners as possible before February 28th. Some of us get as much, if not more enjoyment out of emotionally attaching ourselves to potential nominees and winners than the actual film-going experience. Our investment in these films is such a not-so-quiet reverence of the work itself, playing favorites is one of our most cherished annual pastimes. Who we align ourselves with isn’t a complicated process. While we can side with a film for a whole host of reasons, odds are if a particular auteur’s newest offering is in the running, our selection is made for us.
If you frequently pay attention to Rotten Tomatoes scores, maybe it surprises »
- William Penix
Director’s green light to pirates follows local censors’ move to ‘castrate’ version of 2012’s Django Unchained released in cinemas
Quentin Tarantino has controversially revealed he has no problem with filmgoers watching pirated versions of his movies – providing they live in China.
Speaking to ABC in Australia, where he is promoting his new film The Hateful Eight, the Oscar-winning film-maker said problems with local censorship of Django Unchained in 2013 had convinced him bootleg versions could be a better option in the world’s most populous nation.
Continue reading »
- Ben Child
Veteran movie producer Stacey Sher has been named co-president of Activision Blizzard Studios. The Oscar nominee for “Erin Brockovich” and “Django Unchained” joins former Disney executive Nick Van Dyk to oversee the adaptation of the video game company’s popular titles like “Call of Duty” for film and television. In an interview with TheWrap, Van Dyk and Sher confirmed that “Call of Duty” is the first game they are planning to develop as a feature film. “We also have to extend these franchises to new audiences,” said Sher, whose credits include Quentin Tarantino‘s “The Hateful Eight,” Steven Soderbergh‘s “Erin Brockovich” and “Matilda. »
- Matt Donnelly
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