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The actors and actresses who generate the most money for Hollywood aren’t always the ones with the highest salaries. Last week, Forbes magazine posted a list of the actors who provide the worst return on investment; this week the magazine tallied the highest-grossing actors overall according to figures from BoxOfficeMojo.
- Lisa Schulz
Jennifer Lawrence has come a long way since her breakout role in “Winter’s Bone,” which pulled in only $2 million.
The Oscar-winning actress is poised to become 2014’s highest grosser after starring in two of the year’s most successful franchise films, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1″ and “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” which combined to gross $1.4 billion at the global box office, according to Forbes.
See photos: 16 of the Highest Grossing Book-to-Big Screen Adaptations of All Time
- Travis Reilly
If 2014 was the year of the truly connected consumer, then it should come as no surprise that the year also saw stepped-up efforts by the studios to connect with that consumer.
The proliferation of delivery as well as viewing options reached a fever pitch, and Hollywood was right there, ready and willing to serve up content wherever, whenever and however it could.
Accordingly, while disc sales slipped precipitously yet again, the mood at the home entertainment divisions was far from somber. Consumer spending on home entertainment in all its incarnations – physical and digital sell-through, streaming, VOD – has remained remarkably resilient, and with the proliferation of screens and delivery methods some studio executives see plenty of unexploited opportunity.
“Consumers clearly still want to own high-quality, repeatable entertainment,” said Dennis Maguire, president of Paramount Media Distribution. “This was made abundantly clear earlier in the year by the phenomenal sales of ‘Frozen’ and »
- Thomas K. Arnold
One of the biggest entertainment stories of 2014 in China was the stock market listing of e-commerce giant Alibaba, whose founder and executive chairman Jack Ma described his firm as "the world's biggest entertainment company." Meanwhile, Transformers: Age of Extinction stormed the world's second-largest film market and set records. Ahead of the launches of a couple of late-year blockbusters, box-office revenue in China was on track to exceed $4.5 billion for 2014, up around one third from 2013, and could possibly hit $5 billion. After Hollywood movies notched up a 60 percent increase in
- Clifford Coonan
Below you will find the winner for the year's Cbm Awards. The Runner-up's are placed below. Let's get started! Best Artist: Jim Lee Runner-up:Alex Ross Best Cbm Artist: Doopie Runner-up: IronWarrior777 Best Editor: DCMarvelFreshman Runner-up: Nailbiter111 Best Trusted User: DEVLIN712 Runner-up: anthonyEstark Best Movie Of The Year: Captain America: The Winter Solider Runner-up: Guardians of the Galaxy Worst Movie Of The Year: Transformers: Age of Extinction Runner-up: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Best News Article: First Look: Ben Affleck In Batman/Superman Batsuit! Runner-up: Marvel Announces Their Phase Three Plans Worst News Story: Popeye Star Robin Williams Dead At Age 63, Possible Suicide Runner-up: Ezra Miller To Play Movie Version Of The Flash; Jason Momoa Confirmed For Aquaman Best TV Show: The Flash Runner-up: Agent's Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Best Editorial Writer: NovaCorpsFan Runner-up: Minty Best Commenter: 0megaDaGod Runner-up: Batz11 Funniest User: McGee Runner-up: Gusto Best Avatar: »
Exodus: Gods and Kings, 2014
Directed by Ridley Scott
The defiant leader Moses rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.
Imagine you have a stone. It’s a nice stone, it’s well formed and it does its job as a stone rather well. But what if you wanted that stone to be something it wasn’t? Say you wanted that stone to be a rock. What if you wanted it to be a rock so badly that you keep telling your friends and peers that it is, in fact, a rock. You tell them that it’s the biggest rock they’ve ever laid eyes on and it’s one of the best rocks ever. »
- Luke Owen
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! »
Film acting is a difficult craft to judge. Actually, most film crafts are difficult to judge because they’re not usually very transparent. When you go to see live theater acting, you are certain you’re watching the extent of an actor’s performance. You’re directly witnessing their abilities. When you’re watching a film, however, you’re seeing the compilation of selected takes and a chopped-up performance. It’s more likely that a film director can get a good performance from an actor by perfecting every brief segment given in each brief shot and then constructing one out of those building blocks. Typically I look at a film’s editing when judging its acting merits. Choppier films can seem an overcompensation for weaker acting talent, while long shots are more akin to theater and require strong actors to hold those uninterrupted scenes. A perfect example of the latter this year is Birdman, which »
- Christopher Campbell
Picking on the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot is just an easy target, no matter how good the film is/was. Paramount, however, isn't too concerned with any of the jabs the ScreenJunkies crew throws its way in this new honest trailer as they sent out a press release yesterday announcing among all films theatrically released in 2014 that earned more than $100 million at the box office, the new DVD and Blu-ray release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has the highest ratio of disc sales to theatrical ticket sales for its first week of release. Now that's a rather specific group of films, but it does include the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Transformers: Age of Extinction and so on. I think Christmas for the kiddies has a little something to do with that, but doesn't that speak to whom this film is forc So, »
- Brad Brevet
You could've referred to Mark Wahlberg ("The Gambler") as the billion dollar man based on the box office performance of his last film Transformers: Age of Extinction. Apparently, that wasn't good enough for Marky Mark as we'll be referring to him as The Six Billion Dollar Man in the near future. Last month, is was reported that Wahlberg would team up with his Lone Survivor director Peter Berg ("Hancock") for a film adaptation of the 1970s television series The Six Million Dollar Man, aka The Bionic Man, which starred Lee Majors ("The Fall Guy"). Wahlberg briefly spoke of the project with Collider: Any plans for you to be a superhero in the future? Wahlberg: We’re talking about doing Six Billion Dollar Man, which is very much a superhero, but I don’t have to wear any kind of spandex cape. So that would be cool. Howard Gordon is writing »
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
For every year that is packed with awards season fodder and memorable movies that will go down in history, there is an equal number of films we wish we could erase from our memories.
The Worst of 2014 includes both people who should know better and repeat offenders, artists with a vision and hucksters out for a quick buck.
Here’s hoping the responsible parties resolve to do better in 2015.
Also Read: TheWrap’s Film Critics Pick 10 Best Movies of 2014
Below, TheWrap‘s Reviews Editor Alonso Duralde, and reviewers Inkoo Kang and James Rocchi present their worst films of the year. »
- Alonso Duralde, Inkoo Kang and James Rocchi
When it comes to cultural impact, mega-sales and drama, this year’s Best Original Song category at the Academy Awards is going to have an awfully difficult time competing with last year’s category.
The 2013 winner, you might remember, was “Let It Go,” the anthem from “Frozen” that became a hit around the world and spawned a zillion amateur YouTube renditions.
See photos: 15 Movies You Already Forgot About: TheWrap’s Best & Worst 2014 (Photos)
And “Let It Go” was joined as a nominee by another song that was so ubiquitous that most sentient human beings got sick of hearing it before the Oscars – Pharrell Williams’ “Happy, »
- Steve Pond
Another year in Hollywood is rapidly coming to a close, which means it’s time to once again look back at a busy year to determine what the boldest moves in the entertainment industry were.
From a studio wasting millions of dollars on a movie no one will ever see to a network completely dismantling a daytime television staple, there was no shortage of surprises on the big and small screen, as well as in music and media.
Also Read: Top 5 Media Winners of the Year: TheWrap’s Best & Worst 2014
The dice don’t always favor the roller, but at »
- Wrap Staff
Voters for the Academy Awards can begin casting their ballots online next Monday, Jan. 29 — and those who’ve opted out of the Internet option and requested paper ballots already have those in their hands.
So as the start of voting nears, TheWrap has pored over Academy lists to offer some facts, figures and fun about the 2014 Oscar race. For starters, here are a few things you might not know unless you’ve examined the Academy’s 33-page “Reminder List of Productions Eligible for the 87th Academy Awards.”
See photos: Golden Globes 2015: The Nominees (Photos)
- Steve Pond
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 »
It's time to crack into the top ten! Our countdown of 2014's best movies heads into the home stretch with a dash of blockbuster science fiction and a pair of well-received films from Wes Anderson and David Fincher. Also included: Michael Fassbender in a papier-mâché head.
Digital Spy goes from 10 to 6 in the rundown below...
Best movies of the year 2014: 25-21
Best movies of the year 2014: 20-16
Best movies of the year 2014: 15-11
We said: "Three years after Rise of the Planet of the Apes stunned many with its quality, Dawn builds on these foundations with an emotionally powerful and visually stunning tale documenting the conflicts between humans and apes trying to survive in a world ravaged by a killer virus. A thought-provoking blockbuster, it serves as the perfect antidote to Transformers: Age of Extinction." [Brj]
We said: "Who needs a face to act? »
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
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