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From big-blockbusters to smaller independent films, 2014 was a good year for movie buffs like you and I! I compiled my Top 10 Best Movies of 2014, did your favorite make my list? Take a look at my Top 10 Best Movies of 2014 (scroll below for my runners-up and The worst!)
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Here are my Top 10 Best Movies of 2014:
5. The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Babadook, The Lego Movie, American Sniper, The Fault In Our Stars, Big Hero 6, Top Five, Gone Girl, St. Vincent, John Wick, Captain America: Winter Soldier, X-men: Days Of Future Past, Force Majeur,Citizenfour, Mr. Turner, Ida,Dear White People, The Good Lie, The Skelton Twins,The Boxtrolls
1. Transformers: Age Of Extinction . I hated this last summer, and I still hate it now! »
It looks like director Danny Boyle’s (127 Hours) Steve Jobs biopic is picking up pace, with Deadline revealing that Inherent Vice star Katherine Waterston has joined the project in the role of Chrisann, the Apple co-founder’s first wife.
Following the departure of Christian Bale from the lead, Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past) has signed on to play Jobs, while the cast also includes Seth Rogen (The Interview) as Steve Wozniak and Jeff Daniels (Dumb and Dumber To) as John Scully. The film is loosely based on Walter Isaacson’s biography of Jobs, and has been penned by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network).
- Gary Collinson
With the holiday season soft, it’s clear the 2014 domestic box office is going to wind up down from last year by nearly 5 percent. So why aren’t we hearing more groans and gnashing of teeth from Hollywood executives?
It’s because despite the downturn, the majority of the studios made money on their movies. Fox, Disney, Paramount, Universal, Warner Bros. and Sony should all — to varying degrees — wind up in the black on their film slates.
The fact that 2015 has a shot to be the biggest on record is brightening Hollywood’s mood, too. Among the heavyweight films set »
- Todd Cunningham
The basic story line of the 2014 domestic box office is that it’s going to finish about five percent below last year’s record-breaking $10.9 billion total, but here’s a look between the lines:
>> The top grossing movie in 2014 was Marvel and Disney’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” with $333 million. Last year, three films topped $400 million: “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” ($424 million), “Iron Man 3” ($409 million) and “Frozen” ($401 million). That’s a big reason this year is down.
>> “Transformers: The Age of Extinction” was the only movie to top $1 billion at the global box office and the only film to open at more than $100 million. »
- Todd Cunningham
Honourable Mentions There have been a lot of great releases in 2014, but it does in some ways feel like they've been few and far between (perhaps explaining why box office takings have been down this year). However, I do have plenty which are worthy of a mention here which didn't quite make it into my top ten. The Imitation Game features a terrific performance from future Doctor Strange, Benedict Cumberbatch. X-Men: Days of Future Past and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes were two fantastic blockbusters in an underwhelming summer, while Peter Jackson's finale to The Hobbit trilogy - The Battle of the Five Armies - was a nice way to end the year. Fury showed us that David Ayer is the right man to take on the Suicide Squad, while I can't recommend '71 and Fury highly enough. Going back a little further, and the year got »
The award will be presented April 22 at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.
The organization noted that he oversaw “Titanic” and “Avatar” — the top-grossing movies of all time — during his tenure at the studio.
Fox set a new record this year with more than $5 billion in worldwide receipts.
Gianopulos was previously chairman-ceo of Fox Film Entertainment. Before that, he was president of Twentieth Century Fox International.
Gianopulos sits on both the corporate and foundation boards of the Motion Picture and Television Fund. He has been a long-time supporter of the Pioneers Assistance Fund. »
- Dave McNary
X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn was originally set to return to direct X-Men: Days of Future Past but eventually bowed out in favour of directing another project of his, Kingsman: The Secret Service. Vaughn had written the original screenplay alongside Simon Kinberg, but it was unclear how much of his story made it onto the big screen when Bryan Singer replaced him as director. Now, in an interview with Collider, Vaughn has spoken about the movie, and how much of his original vision was retained by Singer in the final film:
“I’d say 90%. I mean, we worked on the script [Simon] Kinsberg and I. It was a really tough decision for me, because I pulled out just because I’d finished the Kingsman: The Secret Service script at the same time and I was like ‘My god if I don’t make a fun spy movie right now, somebody »
- Thomas Roach
I'm curious what the consensus will be in ten to twenty years, once we look back and evaluate the movies of 2014. It seems I continually see people referring to it as either a great year or a terrible year with little in-between. Were you to judge the year on the quality of the mainstream studio features I could see where you might be disappointed. It wasn't exactly the best year for blockbuster cinema. Hell, Christopher Nolan even came out with a new big budget film and it didn't even make it onto my list of Honorable Mentions. However, you look at the mini majors and smaller distributros, studios such as A24, Fox Searchlight, Sony Classics and Open Road and things begin to perk up, but these studios don't market their films on every channel so at the end of the year when people are asking me "what movies they should »
- Brad Brevet
UK sales of digital movies rise 280% for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has reported a record year of digital sales for its movies in the UK.
Driven this quarter by the releases of X-Men: Days of Future Past and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, digital movie purchases surged 280% this year (versus 2013) for Fox, whilst its cumulative physical and digital business is also up – so far 36% this quarter compared to the same period last year.
Fox scored its biggest ever selling digital title to date with X-Men: Days of Future Past, with 15% of total sales being Digital HD - a five times greater share compared to 2.9% for The Wolverine last year.
Fox blockbuster Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has already seen digital purchases make up 14% share of revenue in its first four weeks to 6th December. The studio’s partnership with Sky Store’s Buy & Keep service has seen »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
A simple listing, duplicated from the homepage, of new releases and other stuff currently available, for the benefit of those playing along by RSS or keeping up via the Daily Digest emails.
new Us/Can Dec 23 streaming only The Drop The Boxtrolls Gone Girl Art and Craft Left Behind dvd/streaming Pride A Thousand Times Good Night The Trip to Italy new UK Dec 22 streaming only no new releases dvd/streaming Boyhood Sex Tape As Above, So Below Million Dollar Arm
more recent releases Us/Can streaming only Advanced Style The Babadook Belle Boyhood Camp X-ray Coherence Dinosaur 13 Frequencies Get on Up The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz Kelly & Cal Life Itself Mistaken for Strangers Particle Fever The Retrieval Rich Hill Starred Up Before I Disappear Believe Me Honeymoon A Picture of You Pioneer The Two Faces of January A Walk Among the Tombstones The Zero Theorem »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Transformers: Age of Extinction is the biggest box office hit of 2014.
Michael Bay's fourth instalment in the robot action saga earned more than $1 billion from cinemas worldwide this year, easily securing it the top spot ahead of Marvel blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy.
Age of Extinction's earnings of $245,439,076 in the Us makes it the least successful domestic performer in the franchise, however it's huge foreign gross of $841,965,423 helped power it to the top of the charts.
Filming in Hong Kong, the movie was one of the few Hollywood blockbusters to benefit from a release in the fast-expanding Chinese market. It's $300 million gross made it the highest-earning film in the country's history, overtaking 2009's Avatar.
Despite its success in 2014, Age of Extinction is still only the second-biggest earner in the Transformers series behind Dark of the Moon, which earned $1,123,794,079 worldwide in 2011.
Elsewhere in 2014, Marvel registered two films in the top »
Want to see a ton of photos from the premiere of Agent Carter? What’s the status on Daredevil? How much of X-Men: Days of Future Past was Matthew Vaughn’s? Is Wonder Woman greenlit? How might Ant-Man tie into Captain America: Civil War? How does Amy Adams describe Ben Affleck in Batman v Superman? What did […]
- Germain Lussier
Even though X-Men: Days of Future Past combined the casts of the original trilogy and X-Men: First Class, certain characters had much more importance than others to the story. Most notable was Mystique, who was not only responsible for creating the X-Men.s dystopian future, but was also the source of the future Sentinels. power mimicry abilities. However, if X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn had stayed on the film rather than passing to work on Kingsman: The Secret Service, Mystique.s role would have been even bigger. While chatting with Collider, Vaughn mentioned that while 90% of his original X-Men: Days of Future Past story made it into the final product, there were still a few changes made, among them the idea that the future Sentinels would actually look like the notorious blue shapeshifter. Said Vaughn, "My idea was the sentinels at the end, I wanted them to look like »
It wasn’t a good year for the movie business — overall U.S. box office dipped by more than 5% in 2014 compared to 2013. Many of the summer blockbusters, from “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” to “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” felt like pale imitations; Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Williams left us too soon; and just in time for the holidays, Hollywood witnessed a hack that brought Sony Pictures to its knees, forcing the studio to yank “The Interview,” because of an assassination subplot that offended North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
If there’s a silver lining to all this atrocious news, it’s that the movies of 2014 will endure thanks to quality work from actors in indies such as “Foxcatcher,” “Boyhood,” “Nightcrawler,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Wild,” as well as studio hits “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Volume 1.” A few weeks ago, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Whilst the hyperbole upon release suggested "X-Men: Days of Future Past" was the best film in the franchise, in subsequent months there has been some minor stepping back with some interesting arguments emerging regarding which is the better of the "X-Men" films - the second one, 'First Class' or 'Days'.
The man responsible for one of that great trio of films (and my personal favorite), "X-Men: First Class," is filmmaker Matthew Vaughn who took a back seat on 'Days' as Bryan Singer took over as director. That wasn't the initial plan though, Vaughn was originally all set to do 'Days' but had to pull out due to his "Kingsman: The Secret Service" commitments.
Just as Singer's involvement on 'First Class' is often underestimated, so to is Vaughn's on 'Days'. The surprise is when Singer came onboard he changed very little of Vaughn's plans for the film, only tweaking a few »
- Garth Franklin
When it was revealed that Matthew Vaughn would not direct X-Men: Days of Future Past, the majority were hugely disappointed. The only plus side was that Fox turned to X-Men and X-2 helmer Bryan Singer to take over, but just how much of Vaughn's take on the "inbetweenquel" remained? "I’d say 90%," the filmmaker told Collider while talking to them about Kingsman: The Secret Service. "I mean, we worked on the script [Simon] Kinsberg and I. It was a really tough decision for me, because I pulled out just because I’d finished the Kingsman: The Secret Service script at the same time and I was like “My god if I don’t make a fun spy movie right now, somebody else’s going to do it.” And I think there’s five coming out next year now. So we’re going to be the first of it not the last. »
Director Matthew Vaughn's last superhero outing X-Men: First Class is easily my favorite film out of the franchise since it launched back in 2000. Vaughn, who is incredibly light on his feet when it comes to imbuing his work with a sense of fun (even when dealing with action and some occasional heavy violence), got the tone just right. The result was one of the most pleasant surprises of 2011 for me. So it was a bit of a bummer that he didn't come back for X-Men: Days of Future Past, even though that film wound up being better than a lot of people seemed to expect. Turns out there may be another reason for that (besides director Bryan Singer seeming more engaged than he has in years). During an interview for Kingsman: The Secret Service Vaughn told Steve that about 90% of his story for the film made it into the final product. »
- Evan Dickson
With Christmas closing in and the end of the year on the horizon, it’s that time again when Hollywood shuts down for a couple of weeks and movie executives everywhere take stock of the last twelve months.
Marvel once again finds itself firmly ensconced in the winner’s circle, enjoying huge success and acclaim via Guardians Of The Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, while Maleficent and Big Hero 6 also helped fill parent company Disney’s coffers. The Lego Movie and Godzilla were big hits for Warner Bros., but Transcendence was a messy mishap and Edge Of Tomorrow deserved better publicity and a bigger audience. 20th Century Fox hit sequel pay dirt with the release of X-Men: Days Of Future Past and Dawn Of The Planet of the Apes. And Sony/Columbia… never mind.
As has become increasingly customary, franchise fare dominated the global box »
- Jonathan Cordiner
Over the past few months we’ve been treated to a selection of huge trailers for some of 2015’s biggest releases, but which has been the most watched of the year? Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Avengers: Age of Ultron? Jurassic World? Well, actually, it’s Fifty Shades of Grey…
Via Digital Spy, here’s the top 20 most watched trailers of 2014, along with the number of YouTube views…
1. Fifty Shades of Grey (93 million)
2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (81 million)
3. Avengers: Age of Ultron (78 million)
4. Jurassic World (64 million)
5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (58 million)
6. Fast & Furious 7 (57.5 million)
7. Minions (54 million)
8. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (45 million)
9. Dumb and Dumber To (44 million)
10. Interstellar (39 million)
11. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (38 million)
12. Transformers: Age of Extinction (37 million)
13. The Fault in Our Stars (33.7 million)
14. X-Men: Days of Future Past (32 million)
15. Dracula Untold (30 million)
16. Sex Tape (29.5 million)
- Gary Collinson
We’ve already had a glimpse at some of the sets that Lego is set to launch next year to accompany the release of Jurassic World (although sadly the leaked images were taken down), and now we have a promotional image for the upcoming tie-in line, which you can see here…
Jurassic World is set for release on June 12th 2015, with a cast that includes stars Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), Bryce Dallas Howard (Terminator Salvation), Jake Johnson (New Girl), Vincent D’Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent), Omar Sy (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Bd Wong (Jurassic Park), Irrfan Khan (The Amazing Spider-Man), Judy Greer (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer), and Lauren Lapkus (Orange is the New Black).
The post Promo image for Lego Jurassic World playsets appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Gary Collinson
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