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Scott Foundas’ Top 10 Films of 2014

17 December 2014 3:28 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It was a year of many tortured geniuses onscreen — Alan Turing, Stephen Hawking, J.M.W. Turner, Brian Wilson — and behind the scenes, where directors like Bong Joon-ho, James Gray and Paul Schrader fought producers and distributors over final cut, and the right to see their films properly released. Of course, the very idea of distribution has become nearly as diffuse in the digital era as that of film itself, a material on which few movies are still made and even fewer shown — unless you happen to be Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino or Christopher Nolan, who earned the ire of some theater owners when he demanded they reinstall 35mm projectors if they wanted to screen his “Interstellar” two days early. In light of the film’s $600 million worldwide gross (and counting), one can only say: poor them.

Speaking of “Interstellar,” if there was one undeniable constant at the movies in 2014, it was time, »

- Scott Foundas

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Rock Legend Patti Smith Discusses Her Passion for 'Noah' and Writing 'Mercy Is'

17 December 2014 9:09 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

But then the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer never ceases to break new barriers, which is why director Darren Aronofsky approached her for help with his song when they were serving as jurors at the Venice Film Festival. "He gave me such a daunting task," Smith admitted by phone from Rome, where she performed Saturday at the Vatican's annual Christmas concert. "It had to be a bit of oral history, an Old Testament message, handed down from generations, and it had to serve Noah [Russell Crowe], it had to serve his step-daughter [played by Emma Watson], and it had to serve the end of the film. And for those babies, his grand-daughters, it's the first song that they hear. So I really got to contemplate all of this in the writing of it. It was a challenge but when Darren told me about the film and what he was trying to do and deliver a »

- Bill Desowitz

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TV Shows We Can't Wait for in 2015

16 December 2014 12:30 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

If it were up to us, every season would be TV season. No more 10, 16, or 22-episode batches at a time - just 52 blissful weeks of new content from our favorite shows. But, alas, that's not how it works. We can pretend that the wait just makes us appreciate the shows more when they air, but in this world of instant gratification it really just makes us impatient. Here are 15 shows we're particularly excited/impatient/desperate to see return or premiere in 2015.

"The Walking Dead"

The first season of "The Walking Dead" only had six episodes, so we should be grateful to get eight episodes of Season 5 from October-November 2014 and eight more again when Twd returns from February-March. Plus, there's a "companion series" coming at some point in 2015 as well. And we are grateful - when we're not whining about the wait. How will Maggie Greene, Daryl Dixon and company react »

- Gina Carbone

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Is the Biblical Epic Dead?

15 December 2014 11:00 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Back in November of last year, our own Samantha Wilson dove deep on Hollywood’s newly revitalized and ritualized love for the big screen Biblical epic, as inspired by a fresh trailer for Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah. Sam pointed out a hefty number of new Biblical epics bound for the big screen, from Exodus and Gods and Kings (which, what, became the same film?) to Redemption of Cain and a new Pontius Pilate feature. By all means, it looked like the Biblical epic was back! It’s not. This weekend saw the release of Ridley Scott‘s Exodus: Gods and Kings, which earned a relatively paltry $24.5M on an estimated $140M budget. But it wasn’t just that the audience didn’t turn out for the film — the critics didn’t like it either, giving it a dismal 28% Rotten rating on the Tomatometer. The film certainly didn’t inspire much goodwill amongst most people — audiences or critics »

- Kate Erbland

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Weekend Box Office: Exodus: Gods and Kings Takes A Less Than Epic Number One

14 December 2014 6:50 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Ridley Scott's latest epic historical movie hit theaters this weekend and while it took an easy number one, there wasn't anything historic or epic about its box office performance. Exodus: Gods and Kings debuted at the top spot with $24 million. Scott's directorial efforts are always hit and miss when it comes to box office openings, but this not only marks one of the lower for his career, but also low compared to another Biblical epic that opened this year. Darren Aronofsky's Noah, considered to be far more controversial and notably less broad in its appeal opened at $40 million. Chris Rock's comedy Top Five, which he wrote, directed and starred in, opened at number four with $7 million. That's only a small step up from the $5 million opening his last acting/directing double effort I Think I Love My Wife back in 2007. For the full weekend top ten check »

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From ‘Noah’ to ‘Exodus': How Hollywood Fared in its Year of the Bible

14 December 2014 1:18 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

From “Noah” to “Exodus: Gods & Kings,” 2014 was supposed to be the year that Hollywood found religion.

Though the faithful have flocked to the multiplexes at times, proving that films that embrace the Bible and its teachings can find an audience, the conversion hasn’t always been smooth.

“These movies do draw an audience, but they’re expensive to make,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with Rentrak. “These films are still finding their way and trying to find the right voice, and they’re going to have to watch the bottom line.”

“Exodus” could end up being a success for 20th Century Fox, if it does robust business overseas and builds an audience over the Christmas holiday, but the film opened to a mediocre $24.5 million. With a production cost of $140 million plus tens of millions of dollars in advertising and marketing costs, it faces a long road to profitability.

Likewise, »

- Brent Lang

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Weekend Box Office: 'Exodus' Finishes #1 with Soft $24.5 Million

14 December 2014 7:27 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

It's another ugly weekend at the box office, this time topped by the $140 million budgeted Exodus: Gods and Kings. Ridley Scott's Biblical epic finished with a whopping $24.5 million (44% from 3D showings) against a "B-" CinemaScore, which pretty much says this one is dead in the water, at least domestically. By comparison, Fox's Son of God opened at $25.6 million earlier this year from 300 fewer theaters and went on to make only $59.7 million. This result is also well below Darren Aronofsky's Noah, which also opened earlier this year and also came under scrutiny from the faith-based sector of the audience. Noah, however, managed to open with $43.7 million, finishing its run with $101.2 million. The $261.4 million it made overseas, however, may bode well for Exodus. Perhaps international dollars can save Exodus, but at this point who really caresc It's not worth saving. It has been rather ugly at the box office as »

- Brad Brevet

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Coldplay, Lorde, Lana Del Rey Make Best Original Song Oscar Shortlist

13 December 2014 10:04 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Just days after the Golden Globes announced their nominees in the Best Original Song category, the Academy Awards revealed their 79-song shortlist of candidates that'll vie for an Oscar at the 87th annual ceremony. Coldplay, Lana Del Rey, the Shins, Bon Iver, Lorde, Alicia Keys with Kendrick Lamar and Glen Campbell are all in the running before the Best Original Song nominees are officially announced along with the rest of the Oscar hopefuls on January 15th.

All five tracks nominated for the Best Original Song Golden Globe made the Oscar »

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Coldplay, Lorde and Lana Del Rey among Oscars 2015 Best Song contenders

13 December 2014 8:13 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The list of possible contenders for Best Original Song at the Oscars 2015 has been revealed.

Coldplay, Lorde and Lana Del Rey make up three of the 79 potential nominations released by the academy, four more songs than last year's 75.

Coldplay's 'Miracles' is eligible, which features in Angelina Jolie's Unbroken, while Lorde's 'Yellow Flicker Beat' from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is also in the running.

Del Rey created the lead song from Tim Burton film Big Eyes, and other contenders include Glen Campbell and Patti Smith.

'Everything Is Awesome' from The Lego Movie could also scoop the prize, as well as Sia's 'Opportunity' from Annie.

Nominations will be announced on January 15.

Listen to Coldplay's 'Miracles' below:

The full list of contenders is as follows:

'It's on Again' - The Amazing Spider-Man 2

'Opportunity' - Annie

'Lost Stars' - Begin Again

'Grateful' - Beyond the Lights »

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Darren Aronofsky Looking to Direct The Good Nurse

13 December 2014 6:02 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Darren Aronofsky has established himself as a director who is great at making huge big budget movies like Noah and smaller art house type film like Black Swan. His last movie was Noah, which was his big dream project, and I liked it! I’ve been curious to see what he would do next. After all, what does a director do after they make their dream project?

He’s been developing a couple of things, such as an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam for HBO. The Tracking Board is saying that he's looking to direct a film adaptation of The Good Nurse, which based on the novel by Charles Graeber. It’s based on the true story of a nurse who was also an insane serial killer who was implicated in the deaths of hundreds of people.

The film is set up at Lionsgate, and it’s being written by Krysty Wilson-Cairns. »

- Joey Paur

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The Academy Announces Eligibility For 114 Scores, 79 Songs And 323 Feature Films In 87th Oscar Race

12 December 2014 5:37 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Three hundred twenty-three feature films are eligible for the 2014 Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

To be eligible for 87th Academy Awards consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days.

Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format.

Feature films that receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical motion picture release are not eligible for Academy Awards in any category. The “Reminder List of Productions Eligible for the 87th Academy Awards” is available at http://www.oscars.org/oscars/rules-eligibility.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also announced that 114 scores »

- Michelle McCue

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Oscars: Original Score Category To Draw From 114 Movies

12 December 2014 4:42 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Original scores from The Boxtrolls, Divergent, Exodus: Gods And Kings and The Grand Budapest Hotel are among 114 scores eligible for nominations in the Original Score category for the 87th Oscars. The noms will be announced on January 15. The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below, in alphabetical order by film title:

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs,” Vivek Maddala, composer

Anita,” Lili Haydn, composer

Annabelle,” Joseph Bishara, composer

At Middleton,” Arturo Sandoval, composer

“Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?,” Elia Cmiral, composer

Bears,” George Fenton, composer

Belle,” Rachel Portman, composer

Big Eyes,” Danny Elfman, composer

Big Hero 6,” Henry Jackman, composer

The Book of Life,” Gustavo Santaolalla and Tim Davies, composers

The Boxtrolls,” Dario Marianelli, composer

Brick Mansions,” Trevor Morris, composer

Cake,” Christophe Beck, composer

Calvary,” Patrick Cassidy, composer

Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Henry Jackman, composer

The Case against 8,” Blake Neely, composer

“Cheatin’,” Nicole Renaud, »

- The Deadline Team

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Oscars: 114 Scores In Contention for Top Prize

12 December 2014 4:39 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has announced that 114 original scores have advanced in the category for the 2014 Oscars. They include Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ score for “Gone Girl” and Hans Zimmer’s for “Interstellar.”

Here’s the complete list:

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs,” Vivek Maddala, composer

Anita,” Lili Haydn, composer

Annabelle,” Joseph Bishara, composer

At Middleton,” Arturo Sandoval, composer

“Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?,” Elia Cmiral, composer

Bears,” George Fenton, composer

Belle,” Rachel Portman, composer

Big Eyes,” Danny Elfman, composer

Big Hero 6,” Henry Jackman, composer

The Book of Life,” Gustavo Santaolalla and Tim Davies, composers

The Boxtrolls,” Dario Marianelli, composer

Brick Mansions,” Trevor Morris, composer

Cake,” Christophe Beck, composer

Calvary,” Patrick Cassidy, composer

Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Henry Jackman, composer

The Case against 8,” Blake Neely, composer

“Cheatin’,” Nicole Renaud, composer

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” Michael Giacchino, »

- Variety Staff

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Tech Support: 79 tunes compete for Oscar's Best Original Song race

12 December 2014 4:38 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

This year's Best Original Song Oscar race hasn't really achieved much lift-off. Of course, the contenders have been obvious. "Lost Stars" from "Begin Again" may well be the best of them, though "Everything is Awesome" from "The Lego Movie" certainly has its punch-drunk fans. Elsewhere, though, there are a few popular artists in the mix. John Legend and Common put together a hell of a track for "Selma" called "Glory." Lana Del Rey is back in the mix with the title track from "Big Eyes." Coldplay even wants to, uh, play, with "Miracles" from "Unbroken." The Academy announced the list of 79 eligible contenders Friday afternoon, and many of them you've seen outlined clearly in our dedicated Contenders section for the category all season. Let's take a closer look… Animated players "The Book of Life" and "The Boxtrolls" each have a pair of ditties and "Big Hero 6" has one as well. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Digital Tracking: ‘Exodus’ to Rise Above ‘Top Five’

12 December 2014 2:10 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? Moviepilot — which studies social data and box office trends — analyzes this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is laid out in the appendix below) over the seven days leading up to their release, when marketing campaigns should be at their peak.

Exodus: Gods and Kings,” 20th Century Fox

Moviepilot Prediction: $33 million

(Full disclosure: Moviepilot worked with 20th Century Fox on this title)

Ridley Scott’s retelling of the story of Moses floats down the L.A. river to settle in the box office bulrushes this weekend. In 2014, we’ve seen Darren Aronofosky’s “Noah,” starring Russell Crowe, as well as a host of other Christian movies like “Son of God” perform well at the box office. “Exodus »

- Tobias Bauckhage

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Week in Review: Darren Aronofsky could direct ‘The Good Nurse’

12 December 2014 1:08 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Though this year’s Noah turned a lot of heads and made more than a handful of viewers frustrated, be it for declining to use the word “God” or just including Rock Titan Angel things into a Biblical story, Darren Aronofsky still remains a highly valued director and ever rising auteur in Hollywood.

Aronofsky is currently working on MaddAddam for HBO, an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s trilogy of dystopian sci-fi books. But The Playlist has done a little digging and determined that his next film could be based on the book The Good Nurse, written by Charles Graeber.

The Good Nurse is a non-fiction story of Charlie Cullen, a medical professional arrested in 2003 after it was discovered that he was responsible for the deaths of as many as 300 patients over the course of his long career, and quite possibly the most prolific serial killer in American history. The media »

- Brian Welk

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Extended TV spot for Jupiter Ascending

12 December 2014 8:45 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Yesterday we saw four new character posters for Andy and Lana Wachowski’s upcoming sci-fi Jupiter Ascending, and now we have an extended TV spot for the film, which you can check out below after the official synopsis…

See Also: Watch the trailer for Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along – her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.

Featuring in the cast of »

- Gary Collinson

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First trailer for The Gunman starring Sean Penn

12 December 2014 7:37 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Open Road Films has revealed the first trailer for The Gunman, the upcoming actioner from director Pierre Morel (Taken), which sees Sean Penn (Gangster Squad) as s Jim Terrier, an international operative who is betrayed by the organization he worked for, and must go on the run in a relentless game of cat and mouse across Europe.

Based on Jean-Patrick Manchette’s book The Prone Gunman, the film also stars Idris Elba (Thor: The Dark World), Jasmine Trinca (Saint Laurent), Mark Rylance (Bing), Ray Winstone (Noah)and Javier Bardem (Skyfall)

The Gunman is set for release on March 20th.

The post First trailer for The Gunman starring Sean Penn appeared first on Flickering Myth. »

- Gary Collinson

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'Exodus: Gods and Kings': What the Critics Are Saying

12 December 2014 5:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Exodus: Gods and Kings, out Friday, stars Christian Bale as Moses in the Biblical epic, opposite Joel Edgerton as his brother and ruler. Also starring John Turturro, Ben Mendolsohn, Ben Kingsley, Aaron Paul and Sigourney Weaver, Ridley Scott's adaptation of the Israelites' journey out of Egypt is updated with 3D technology. Still, Exodus won't match the other big-budget Biblical epic this year, Darren Aronofsky's Noah. Prerelease tracking suggests it may open in the $25 million to $30 million range, behind the $43.7 million debut of Noah. Read more Christian Bale Defends 'Exodus' Casting, A New Kind of Moses and

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- Ashley Lee

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'Exodus: Gods and Kings' Review: A Fragile Balancing Act

12 December 2014 3:45 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

When the entire span of Ridley Scott's career is finally written about, it's tough to say where a film like "Exodus: Gods and Kings" will stand. On the one hand, it's a big, brash, big-budget retelling of an ancient Biblical tale, a story of such big proportions that no less a titan than Cecil B. DeMille made two distinct versions of the Hebrews-out-of-Egypt story. On the other hand, it's a film that doesn't lend itself to hyperbolic enthusiasm, the way Scott's "Alien," "Blade Runner" or "Thelma and Louise" did.

I'm no fan of "Gladiator," but it's fair to say that it provided a template for Ridley's later work -- mixing high drama, big action sequences and a visual flair that owed as much to early Hollywood extravaganzas as it did to latter-day adventure films. It may be because I watched it only the week before, but the film that »

- Jason Gorber

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