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Following on from the controversy surrounding the all-white casting of Exodus: Gods and Kings, legendary Star Trek actor and King of the Memes George Takei has spoken out against the proposed casting choices for the American adaptation of popular anime Akira.
It was reported by Deadline that the cast choices included Robert Pattinson (Twilight), Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man) and James McAvoy (X-Men: Days of Future Past) for Testuo and Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Chris Pine (Horrible Bosses 2), Joaquin Phoenix (Her) and Justin Timberlake (Friends with Benefits) for Kaneda.
“The manga and anime phenomenon is mostly white in this country,” he told The Advocate, speaking out against the casting. “It originated in Japan, and, of course, it has a huge Asian fan following. But it’s the multi-ethnic Americans »
- Luke Owen
First his daughter was kidnapped. Then his wife. How much can one man have taken from him?
Liam Neeson and Fox, the studio behind the film, get in on your jokes and put that theory to the test in a cheeky new music video featuring their star who just can’t seem to get people to stop taking his stuff.
The latest theatrical outing sees Neeson’s ex-government operative Bryan Mills accused of a murder he didn’t commit. Relentlessly tracked by the police, Mills attempts to flush out the real killers while he is on the run from the law.
Thanks in part to his first outing as Bryan Mills in 2008’s Taken, Neeson has become a late-in-life action hero, becoming the go-to guy for »
- Rachel West
I can't remember the last time I had eight major titles to report on in an MPAA ratings bulletin, but today is that day with the most notable being the PG-13 for Furious 7 and all its "prolonged frenetic sequences of violence, action and mayhem", another PG-13 for Jupiter Ascending and its "suggestive content and partial nudity" and a PG for Paddington, which appears to be taking a small page out of Ted's book with some "rude humor". There's also the PG-13 rating for the much buzzed about (and worthily so) Selma from Ava DuVernay. In addition to that we have A24's Cut Bank starring Liam Hemsworth and Teresa Palmer as well as their action thriller Son of a Gun starring Brenton Thwaites, Alicia Vikander and Ewan McGregor. Warner Bros. has a couple in the mix with Jaume Collet-Serra's reteaming with Liam Neeson after Non-Stop in yet another "aging hitman" movie, »
- Brad Brevet
Some years are just great for certain genres, and this year was a great one for action. All across the board were films within different subgenres stepping up and delivering great action set pieces and characters. Consider the shot on the revolving tank gun revealing the totality of carnage in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, or the tight line between insanity and sharp focus with the home invasion scene in The Guest, the shot of Chris Evans plowing through several baddies with an axe in slow motion during Snowpiercer, watching Keanu Reeves dispatching thugs with slick gun-fu in John Wick, or literally any scene from the action opera The Raid 2. Take all that together in the same year (!!!!) and it’s clear to see we’ve been spoiled.
But all that aside, only one person can take the title of 2014’s Action Hero. Action Heroes are like Highlanders, »
- Dylan Griffin
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
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:
“Cheatin’,” Nicole Renaud, »
- The Deadline Team
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:
“Cheatin’,” Nicole Renaud, composer
- Variety Staff
Liam Neeson is playing a hitman again? Ever since Neeson starred in “Taken,” Neeson has become the go-to actor for hitman thriller films. The latest film starring Neeson as a hitman, “Run All Night,” has Neeson once again fighting between the life of crime he’s led and his family ties. However, in “Run All Night,” which will come to theaters April 17, 2015, Neeson has to save his son, who is now a target. “Run All Night” and is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, who also directed “Non-Stop,” which features Neeson playing another kind of action star – an air marshal. The film also stars Joel Kinnaman, Vincent D’Onofrio and Ed [ Read More ]
Nominees for the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards were announced this morning from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. Kate Beckinsale, two-time Golden Globe Award-nominee Peter Krause, Paula Patton, and Golden Globe-winner and five-time nominee Jeremy Piven joined Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) President Theo Kingma for the announcement. Nominations were announced in 25 categories.
Four out of the five movies to earn Golden Globe best picture nominations this year are based on true stories— Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything and Selma. Richard Linklater’s story of a boy growing up, Boyhood, was filmed over 12 years.
The movies’ four actors, Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Oyelowo and Eddie Redmayne will vie for the best dramatic actor Golden Globe, along with Jake Gyllenhaal, who was nominated for Nightcrawler.
- Michelle McCue
This morning, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominations for the 72nd Annual Golden Globes. Again we have Birdman at the head of the pack, earning seven nominations (all categories it was eligible for), including Best Picture – Comedy/Musical, Best Director, Best Actor – Comedy/Musical, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Screenplay, and Best Original Score. Boyhood and The Imitation Game followed behind with five nods apiece, which included Best Picture – Drama, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Screenplay.
There weren’t any particularly surprising inclusions in this morning’s nominations, as nearly everything we expected to be here made it in. What’s perhaps most surprising of all is that Angelina Jolie’s war drama Unbroken, a film that was expected to fetch at least a little recognition, was completely shut out. Nor did we see the music drama Whiplash take more than its most expected nod for Best Supporting Actor. »
- Jeff Beck
The Golden Globes spread the wealth among this year’s films and TV series when nominations were announced this morning. The group that picked last year’s Best Picture Oscar winner 12 Years A Slave has tapped IFC Films’ Boyhood, Sony Classics’ Foxcatcher, the Weinsteins’ The Imitation Game, Paramount’s Selma and Focus Features’ The Theory Of Everything in its top drama race, with most everything going to form in the major acting categories.
The Best Motion Picture Comedy race includes Fox Searchlight’s Birdman, the Alexander Gonzales Inarritu-directed pic that led the way yesterday at the SAG Awards. It did so this morning, too, with seven nominations followed by five apiece from Boyhood and Imitation Game. That helped give Searchlight a leading 12 noms total — it also had Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, which also scored a Best Comedy/Musical nom as did Disney’s Into The Woods, the »
- Patrick Hipes
An underwater heist of Nazi loot? Awesome. Submarine movies don’t get much better than this intensely suspenseful popcorn adventure. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
An underwater heist of Nazi loot. Does a submarine movie get better than this? How about some rage against the 1 percent thrown in for fun? Jude Law’s (Dom Hemingway, Rise of the Guardians) Robinson is a veteran of the British navy who’s been working in marine salvage until he gets an unceremonious boot from his job: nothing wrong with his work, just changin’ times, and don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out. He puts together a team of similarly hopeless men who’ve given their lives to the same dangerous, demanding work and have been discarded with nothing but flipping burgers as a career option. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Darkest Peru may seem an unlikely place to find the inspiration to become a global player. For Studiocanal, however, the jungles of the Latin American country may just have led them to a game-changer in the guise of a lovable bear called Paddington.
Based on Brit author Michael Bond’s much-loved series of books, Paddington the film is, by some margin, Studiocanal’s most ambitious project ever. (See trailer below.) In addition to cementing its position as Europe’s leading film company, Paddington represents a strategic entry into the family space for Studiocanal, which hopes it will consolidate efforts to be the leading provider of studio-quality product to the global marketplace.
Arguably, it also marks the most concerted attempt by a European independent company to launch an international multi-quadrant franchise outside of the studio system. Quite an achievement for a film about a homeless bear, who loves marmalade.
Paddington’s budget of $55M, »
- Ali Jaafar
Hong Kong — China’s Bona Film Group exceeded its own guidance with a third quarter net profit of $9.3 million. Net revenues were $100 million, compared with $35 million in the same period last year.
The numbers were driven by the runaway success of road movie “The Continent,” directed by first film by celebrity blogger and race driver Han Han. Bona also released “The White Haired Witch,” and two imported titles Paul W.S. Anderson’s “Pompeii” and Jaume Collet-Serra’s “Non Stop.”
Company founder and CEO Yu Dong described the result as a “tremendous success.”
In a conference call with financial analysts, Yu said that the company’s two main goals are to expand in the local Chinese business and in Hollywood, where Bona is planning to invest in and produce mainstream movies, making the company increasingly diversified and increasingly international. He said that the company’s focus on production and content ownership »
- Patrick Frater
The whole year, I have been looking for The Oscar season frontrunner for Best Actress. I was hoping Shailene Woodley from "The Fault in Our Stars" would squeak in, but now, the lovely, talented, and ultra-sweet Julianne Moore is the one to beat!
Her double whammy performances for "Map to the Stars" and "Still Alice" solidify that notion. And just this morning, the Palm Springs International Film Festival just called her The best actress of the year! Moore will be receiving the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress, at the festival's Awards Gala.
I can't wait! I will be on the red carpet to chat it up with the fantastic Miss Moore! She will be joining the equally talented Eddie Redmayne from "The Theory of Everything" at the gala where the actor is set to receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor.
Here's the full press release from the Psiff:
Palm Springs, »
Though Liam Neeson has propelled many an action thriller to big box office numbers, his gritty noir A Walk Among the Tombstones was not what you’d call a big hit – and that’s a shame, considering that the hard-boiled detective story is a much better movie than Unknown, Taken 2 and Non-Stop added together. Luckily, for those of you who missed it in theaters, Universal Studios Home Entertainment has just announced that it will be bringing A Walk Among the Tombstones to Blu-Ray on January 13th next year.
The Blu-Ray will include a 1080p resolution transfer and a DTS-hd Master Audio 5.1 track. Additionally, a DVD, Uv digital copy and iTunes-compatible digital copy will be included on the release. Special features include:
- Isaac Feldberg
Falling in line with Prince-Bythewood’s other well-written, female-led melodramas -- her 2008 film, The Secret Life of Bees, and 2000’s Love & Basketball -- Beyond the Lights introduces us to Noni Jean (Mbatha-Raw), a young pop singer struggling on the brink of stardom.
Crippled by the pressures of the industry, Noni attempts to end her life, but is saved by a police officer (Parker) at the last moment. Though the two quickly fall in love, everyone from their friends and family, including Minnie Driverand Danny Glover, to the tabloids has reservations about their relationship.
Will they put their romance ahead of their career ambitions? Probably (if only for a moment)! But we’ll have to wait until the film hits theatres on Friday to know if it works out for these two lovebirds. »
- Sasha James
Julianne Moore might be the hottest actress in the Oscar race this year, and most voters haven’t even seen her film yet. This four-time Oscar nominee and Emmy winner for Game Change is considered overdue for a win. Still Alice, in which she plays a victim of early-onset Alzheimer’s, offers her a great opportunity to finally take home that statuette, and today the Palm Springs International Film Festival announced that she will receive the Actress prize at this year’s gala on January 3. Eddie Redmayne was previously announced for the fest’s Actor prize, and both are considered front-runners in the Oscar race, so Psiff is just jumping on the bandwagon.
Every precursor award a contender can get just makes them seem more inevitable for the final win. Moore certainly is deserving, and it is looking like her year. In May, she won the Best Actress prize at »
- Pete Hammond
One of the best Sf series ever deepens its critique of the power of propaganda in ways complicated, intriguingly contradictory, and a little bit horrifying. I’m “biast” (pro): big Sf geek; love the book series; love Jennifer Lawrence (and much of the rest of the cast); crave female-centered stories
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have read the source material (and I love it)
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Don’t tell Hollywood I said this, but chopping the final novel of the Hunger Games trilogy into two films might be the best thing that could have happened to this franchise. I mean, it didn’t work for Harry Potter — the first Deathly Hallows film was terrible — and Peter Jackson is already two-thirds of the way (with the final third almost upon us) toward demonstrating that turning the brief Hobbit book into three »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Bono flies high on stage, but on Wednesday the U2 frontman got quite the scare while flying to Germany.
The rear door of the Learjet 60 private plane fell off while Bono and his four friends were in the air, German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation told ABC News. "The Learjet lost a door where the luggage was put in," official, Germout Freitag, said. "There can be many reasons for this incident. Either something broke on the door or the door wasn't closed properly. Those are the usual problems that occur."
Photos: Real-Life Celebrity Heroes
But like a U2 show, the flight must go on! The plane, which departed from Dublin, Ireland, landed safely with no injuries.
While a door flying off a plane while in flight seems super-scary (have you seen Air Force One?!), it's not as bad as it may seem in the movies. "What happened here is very unusual, but they were »
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