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Let us know which film you thought was the best of the year
As the end of 2013 approaches, thoughts turn to best-of-the-year lists. We'll be starting out top 10 countdown this Monday, revealing one each weekday until December 20.
What was the best film of the year in your opinion? When we asked half-way through the year Django Unchained was voted readers' favourite, followed by The Place Beyond The Pines, The Great Gatsby and Star Trek Into Darkness.
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Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez teased another fictional business that will appear in his From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, with a photo of Big Kahuna Burger. The burger joint first appeared in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, as well as the original From Dusk Till Dawn movie. In addition, we have a TV spot for the brand new El Rey Network that Robert Rodriguez created and will launch later this month.
"That's one tasty burger." #FromDuskTillDawn only on the @Elreynetworkpic.twitter.com/aii4vpVlVy
— Robert Rodriguez (@Rodriguez) December 4, 2013
The 10-episode serialized drama, created, directed and executive produced by Rodriguez (Sin City, Machete, Desperado) and based on the 1996 cult classic he created with Quentin Tarantino, will feature a principal cast including: D.J. Cotrona (Dear John, G.I. Joe Retaliation) as Seth Gecko, the role that famously launched the film career of George Clooney. Zane Holtz (Holes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower »
The National Board of Review’s selection of “Her” as best film of 2013 made it official: This year’s awards race is not a two-way battle — it’s more like a royal rumble, where a flood of wrestlers are involved in a huge smackdown to gain the top spot.
The wins for best pic and for “Her” director Spike Jonze are also like a market correction. The media (including Variety) has devoted energy to the question of whether Scarlett Johansson should be considered for supporting actress though she’s never seen in the film. (The answer is that she is indeed eligible for SAG and Oscar attention.)
It’s an interesting question, but the curiosity factor of the voice performance has taken some of the focus away from the work of writer-director Jonze, actor Joaquin Phoenix and the rest of the Warner Bros. pic’s virtues. Whether the Academy will »
- Tim Gray
Though Smith has been rushing the film along in an effort to premiere it at next month's Sundance Film Festival, it looks like he's hit a little speed bump along the way. Read on for details.
As reported by our friends over at Bloody Disgusting, Smith opened up about the progress of the film on the latest episode of his SModcast, revealing that the cameras will continue to roll through the year, possibly even into next year.
“We’ve still got two more shooting days here in Los Angeles to wrap the flick with our fifth Beatle – the performer playing the role of investigator Guy Lapointe,” said Smith. “It’s looking like late December/early January for »
- John Squires
With cameras rolling on From Dusk Till Dawn, director Robert Rodriguez has given us our first look at the upcoming TV series by releasing an image from the set; no, it's not the Gecko brothers, nor is it the Fuller family or (sadly) Santánico Pandemonium, but rather Benny's World of Liquor, which is back open for business...
From Dusk Till Dawn is set to premiere on the El Ray Network next year, with a cast that includes D.J. Cotrona (Dear John, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and Zane Holtz (Holes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) as the Gecko brothers, Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The X-Files) as Jacob Fuller, Madison Davenport (Save Me, Shameless) as Kate Fuller, Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder, Ender’s Game) as Scott Fuller, Don Johnson (Django Unchained, Nash Bridges) as Sheriff Earl McGraw and Eiza González (Lola: Érase Una Vez) as Santánico Pandemonium. »
- Gary Collinson
The Writers Guild of America has remained tough on qualifying scripts for its screenplay awards, excluding more than a dozen high-profile scripts, including John Ridley’s screenplay for “12 Years a Slave.”
The guild’s restrictions — far more rigorous than other guilds — require that scripts be produced under WGA jurisdiction or under a collective bargaining agreement in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the U.K. The WGA had no immediate comment on the exclusions, but the restrictions on eligibility are a longstanding practice at the guild.
Other notable screenplays excluded include Peter Morgan’s screenplay for “Rush”; Ryan Coogler’s script for “Frutivale Station”; “Philomena,” written by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” penned by William Nicholson.
Voting to determine the WGA’s nominees launched Tuesday on 95 eligible screenplays — 41 in the adapted category and 54 in the original category. The guild’s restrictions also require that the »
- Dave McNary
Today’s New York Film Critics Circle prizes are a big boost to Fox Searchlight’s “12 Years a Slave” and Warner Bros.’ “Gravity.” Not because they won big — “12 Years” won director for Steve McQueen, while there were none for “Gravity” — but because the critics prizes take the pressure off each of the films as the One To Beat.
The studios have done a great job of keeping heat on those films since early September, which is not an easy thing to do; so with another three months to go, it’s an advantage to be just one of many frontrunners.
Critics awards are notoriously unreliable as Oscar bellwethers. But by voting both screenplay and best film awards for Sony’s “American Hustle,” the N.Y. group brought David O. Russell’s pic to the front of the conversation.
- Tim Gray
It’s the year of Nori and Korie! The list of top baby names in the United States in 2013 has been revealed, and names plucked right from pop culture and reality TV are claiming their spots among classic family names!
Pop culture’s influence over baby names is consistently present, but some surprising stars’ names are quickly gained popularity with new parents in 2013! North West is only 5 months old, but she and her parents Kim Kardashian and Kanye West‘s names are all trending! Duck Dynasty‘s Korie Robertson‘s pretty name is becoming more common in little girls’ names! Find out which celebrities have added their sway to the trends!
Top Baby Names 2013: ‘Duck Dynasty,’ North West & Kardashians Trending Names
The Kardashian-West family have their influence everywhere, so it’s no surprise that their names are only growing in popularity.
Kanye’s name climbed up 2,228 spots on the »
- Kristine Hope Kowalski
Two years have sailed by since the last Pirates of the Caribbean movie cut a swath through theaters on its way to another $1 billion tally. The fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie is expected to arrive in theaters in 2016 and we're starting to hear casting rumors. Obviously Johnny Depp will return to reprise his role of Captain Jack Sparrow and London's Daily Mail reports that Keith Richards has signed on to play Sparrow's father in the sequel. The Daily Mail report also claims that Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained, Inglorious Basterds) "may" play the main villain in the sequel. Waltz would play a ghost named Captain Brand who is racing Sparrow to claim a valuable item known as the...
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Just a few days after finding out that Wilmer Valderrama has joined the cast of "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series," playing the role of an enigmatic crime lord named Carlos, the actor posted a photo on his Instagram account, teasing that production is officially under way on the series.
That's all we've got for ya today, but it's a sure sign that we'll have much more to report real soon!
Created in association with FactoryMade Ventures and created and executive produced by network founder and filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, the 10-episode supernatural crime saga (based on the cult classic film of the same name) features Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, "The X-Files") as Jacob Fuller, Madison Davenport (Save Me, "Shameless") as Kate Fuller, Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder, Ender’s Game) as Scott Fuller, and Eiza González ("Lola: Érase Una Vez") as Santánico Pandemonium.
D.J. Cotrona (Dear John, »
- John Squires
Fans of the 1996 cult classic From Dusk Till Dawn will remember that Benny's World of Liquor is where the Gecko Brothers pulled off a deadly robbery, that ended with the liquor store going up in flames. Today, director Robert Rodriguez revealed a new photo from the set of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, which shows this establishment is back and open for business. Take a look at the Austin set, then read on for more details.
benny’s world of liquor is back in business. #fromdusktilldawn – the series is coming to @elreynetwork. pic.twitter.com/eDVilLqGCK
— Robert Rodriguez (@Rodriguez) December 2, 2013
The 10-episode serialized drama, created, directed and executive produced by Rodriguez (Sin City, Machete, Desperado) and based on the 1996 cult classic he created with Quentin Tarantino, will feature a principal cast including: D.J. Cotrona (Dear John, G.I. Joe Retaliation) as Seth Gecko, the role that famously launched the film career of George Clooney. »
The director has never been short of opinions – so why has he become evasive when we catch up with him in Brooklyn?
With the interview over, Spike Lee finally opens up. For 40 minutes the film director has sat in a defensive crouch, with his arms folded and his legs crossed, parrying questions as though they were accusations. More evasive than abrasive, he insists that neither new technology, changes in his personal life or the way that he's perceived have any effect on him or his work. A couple of times he responds as though there was another interviewee in the room.
Asked a perfectly reasonable questions such as: "How does an independent filmmaker like yourself measure success?", he'd say: "It depends who you ask."
"Well I'm asking you," I keep pointing out, hoping, in vain, for a credible answer.
Lee is small, slender and stylish. He is dressed all in black – sneakers, »
- Gary Younge
Well folks, the last chance to get major deals during Amazon's 2013 Black Friday deals week has led to this, today is Cyber Monday 2013 and I have the schedule of DVD and Blu-ray deals that will be going live throughout the day below along with the other deals that have been featured throughout the week. The deals today include some James Bond Blu-rays in Quantum of Solace and Skyfall, a Blu-ray of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and the deals close out with the Rambo: The Complete Collector's Set Blu-ray collection. Other than that there are some television items, such as "The Tudors" complete series set, "Sherlock Holmes" complete collection, "Twin Peaks", "The Good Wife" and "Rome". Outside of what's below I am constantly updating my main page with the week's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals right here, and it will continue to update until the deals are done. Otherwise, start shopping. »
- Brad Brevet
The last day of what I guess we're calling 2013's Black Friday deals week is upon us and yet, tomorrow is Cyber Monday and Amazon is still offering deals throughout the day and today offers several Criterion titles and more. On the Criterion side we have Carlos, Quadrophenia, Shallow Grave, 12 Angry Men, The Samurai Trilogy, Fanny and Alexander and Weekend while you can also pick up complete series sets of "Fringe", "Chuck", "Frasier" and "Millennium". Outside of what's below I am constantly updating my main page with the week's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals right here, and it will continue to update until the deals are done. Otherwise, start shopping. Sunday, December 1 Deals starting at 8:20 pm Pt John Wayne Film Collection ($17.99) Peter Pan: Return to Never Land ($19.69) Pixar Short Films Collection 2 ($15.89) Tennessee Tuxedo And His Tales: The Complete Collection ($20.49) Fanny and Alexander (Criterion Collection) Blu-ray ($24.99) Weekend (Criterion »
- Brad Brevet
The Daily Mail has learned that Keith Richards is set to reprise his role as Captain Teague, who is Jack Sparrow's father, in the upcoming "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales." The site also revealed that the villain in the movie will be Captain Brand, a ghost who's after something called The Trident, which will be used to get revenge on Jack (Johnny Depp). Apparently Brand feels that Jack is responsible for turning his brother into a pirate. According to Bleeding Cool, Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) is in talks to play Brand. Another character involved with the movie is the daughter of Captain Barbosa (Geoffrey Rush). Her name is Carina Smyth and it's rumored that she's a witch, but is really just a skilled astronomer. She is also Jack's love interest. Rebecca Hall is considered for the role. »
News of the fifth instalment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has been rare since confirmation of its subtitle Dead Men Tell No Tales.
So far, only Johnny Depp has been confirmed to return for another outing as Captain Jack Sparrow, however it's been reported that Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained) is currently being courted to play the lead villain while Keith Richards is rumoured to be back as Jack Sparrow's father Teague.
This is still firmly in the rumour stage at present but it would be intriguing to see Waltz playing such a major role in one of the biggest franchises ever. If he is cast, it's said he would play Captain Brand, a ghost who wants the Trident so he can get his revenge on Jack for turning his brother into a pirate.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will enter production next »
- Gary Collinson
The actual 2013 Black Friday is over, but the deals aren't as Amazon is continuing the deals up through Cyber Monday and today's new schedule of sale items includes one of the best deals yet, $200 off the Bond 50: The Complete 23 Film Collection Blu-ray, which includes Skyfall, but that's not it. Beyond that we have deals on A Good Day to Die Hard. The Last Emperor (Criterion Collection), the Francis Ford Coppola: 5-Film Blu-ray Collection, Friday Night Lights and "Girls". Outside of what's below I am constantly updating my main page with the week's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals right here, and it will continue to update until the deals are done. Otherwise, start shopping. Bond! Bond 50: The Complete 23 Film Collection with Skyfall Blu-ray ($99.99) Check Out These Deals Midnight in Paris Blu-ray ($6.49) Pacific Rim Blu-ray ($7.99) Epic Blu-ray ($9.96) Heat Blu-ray ($8.49) Man of Steel Blu-ray ($19.96) Moneyball Blu-ray ($3.99) 21 Jump Street Blu-ray »
- Brad Brevet
A slew of interesting new details have come to surface for the impending sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which has Johnny Depp signed to return as Captain Jack Sparrow for a fifth time.
The Daily Mail is reporting that Keith Richards will return as the pirate Captain Teague, who also happens to be Jack's biological father. The pair will team up to battle Captain Brand in a search for a mythical trident.
In this new story, Teague holds valuable information in the search of a mythical trident. »
Though would-be series starter The Lone Ranger flopped at the box office this past summer, Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer will always have Pirates of the Caribbean to fall back on. The swashbuckling franchise currently holds the title of sixth highest-grossing series of all time, and 2011′s On Stranger Tides scored over $1 billion without the help of Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Disney and Bruckheimer are working fast to pull together a fifth installment.
Currently subtitled Dead Men Tell No Tales, the film has already been slated for the summer of 2016. Now, we have news from The Daily Mail that two well-respected actors are considering major roles in the sequel. Oscar winner Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) and BAFTA nominee Rebecca Hall (The Awakening) have both been approached to play key characters in Dead Men Tell No Tales, which will find »
- Isaac Feldberg
With just two previous feature films to her name, American filmmaker Kimberly Peirce returns with her latest production, tackling Stephen King’s novel Carrie. We caught up with the director to discuss the project, and why she felt the time was right to revisit this harrowing tale.
Peirce, who rose to prominence with her 1999 hit Boys Don’t Cry, discusses with how she went about stamping her own directorial style on a story that was brought to life so well by Brian De Palma in 1976. She also explains the depth to this narrative, why the theme of bullying is so powerful to explore in cinema – and finally we speak extensively about violence in film, and the responsibility filmmakers have in portraying it in the correct manner.
- Stefan Pape
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