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It looks like things have been keeping up so well with the Kardashians. The family has become the latest victim of a string of robberies. First it was Khloe and now Kourtney has become a victim of theft. Of course the family is (rightfully) terrified but if they play their cards right, they may be the focus of The Bling Ring 2.
After a 17-month prison stay, former Teen Mom, Amber Portwood, may have finally changed her image and cleaned up her life. Fresh out of prison, Portwood is channeling her energy in doing right and preventing others from suffering the same fate. She also has some words of advice for other Teen Mom baddies, Farrah Abraham and Jenelle Evans.
“She went down the exact same path I did: unplanned pregnancy, addiction and bad relationships, having custody taken away. But it’s never too late for Jenelle to turn her life around, »
This week it finally happened, Lovefilm is no more, it has now been completely consumed by its Amazon overlords and is now known as Amazon Prime and something that operates totally through your Amazon account should you have one.
At first this was a baffling experience, there was rumours of a lot more new content being added and when you logged into the Ios app for Lovefilm/Amazon post switchover, suddenly you were faced with A Lot of new content, things like Aliens, Congo, Cujo, Invaders from Mars and lots of HBO shows including Eastbound and Down, Enlightened and the Sopranos as well as Community in the ‘Recently Added’ section.
Of course this was too good to be true and you could add these to your watchlist but then not actually watch them. So when things calmed down and you logged back in, these titles it turned out were part »
- Chris Holt
I've waited so long to share my top ten list that it's become a crushing psychic weight, a symbol of my failure to keep up in this strange Oscar season I've had. I realized today that if I didn't share it on this very day, it wouldn't happen at all which is unthinkable. Tradition. Tradition...... Tradition ♫
We're all eager to move on to 2014 but I personally can't make the calendar leap without the Film Bitch Awards (and the Oscars, duh). They're my own internal clock and how I clock the film years. If I could rewind said clock I'd watch all the movies again. They're all dusty now, like cherished objects I shoved into closets or drawers for reasons of clutter when people were coming over. Now I can't remember where I've left them or why it was I thought they were worth hoarding in the first place.
You still with me? »
- NATHANIEL R
Farmiga plays a grieving daughter who finds herself trapped inside one of the films of her late 1980s scream queen mother (Akerman).
Reunited, the pair join forces against a killer haunting the film world.
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas director Strauss-Schulson was first reported to be attached to The Final Girls in 2011.
Akerman has most recently been starring in the television show Trophy Wife.
Director: David Michôd
Writer(s): David Michôd
U.S. Distributor: a24
It’s hard to not overpraise David Michôd. After all, the Aussie filmmaker’s debut, a blistering ensemble film displayed a poised skillset that instantly placed the filmmaker in the big leagues. It appears that much of the make-up in Animal Kingdom’s (men, guns, revenge and death) are knocking down the door of this sophomore film. Re-teaming with Edgerton (story department) and Pearce, and a Robert Pattison who appears to be a bankable choice for auteur filmmakers, this looks like a throwback to golden Ozploitation nuggets of yesteryear.
Gist: This is about a loner who tracks the gang who stole his car from a desolate town in the Australian outback with the forced assistance of a wounded guy left behind in the wake of the theft. »
- Eric Lavallee
In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool! Of all craft categories, Best Film Editing is the one most closely tied to the Best Picture race: nominees from the latter category invariably dominate the former, and as pundits are so fond of reminding everyone, no film has won the top prize without a corresponding editing bid since 1980. That's no quirk or accident, given how heavily editing interacts with script and performance, and though Best Picture no-shows occasionally triumph here (like surprise victor "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" two years ago), that won't be happening this year. Five Best Picture nominees make up the field, and I strongly suspect they'd »
- Guy Lodge
Someone at "Castle" may have been watching far too many films about dysfunctional teenagers. That at least would explain "Smells Like Teen Spirit": A murder mystery in which "Carrie" mixes with "The Bling Ring" and ends up in a John Hughes movie.
Not that there's anything wrong with any of this. If "Castle" has to steal from a particular movie genre, this is definitely the one to choose. Spooky, intriguing and ultimately sweet, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is everything you would want a "Castle" episode to be.
The 'Carrie' part
A pretty but mean girl, Madison Beaumont, gets murdered in a rather dramatic fashion. While her two besties watch on a video chat, Madison is seemingly attacked by a vengeful poltergeist. When the cops arrive at the murder scene, Madison's blood is splashed on the ceiling -- just like in the video.
Who or what could have done this? »
It’s clear from the nominations for its fourth annual awards event, the Guild of Music Supervisors is leaving no stone unturned, having added yet another category (documentaries), for a total of 14, up from four in its first year. As many as 77 nominees will vie for honors — with four classifications in the feature film realm alone: indie pics under $10 million; studio fare under and over $35 million; and the best studio music department.
Some of the more familiar names in the discipline, not recognized by the Academy, are there: T-Bone Burnett (“Inside Llewyn Davis”), Randall Poster (“Wolf of Wall Street”), Susan Jacobs (“American Hustle”), Alex Patsavas (“Warm Bodies”) and Anton Monsted (“The Great Gatsby”).
Disney, Fox, Universal and Warner Bros. were »
- Steve Chagollan
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Fashion Week is here, so prepare to be bombarded with inventive looks you know cost more than your monthly rent. Not every celebrity is hitting the marks this fashion week, or understands that snow is no excuse to look shabby.
Party girl Paris Hilton began her DJ residency in Atlantic City, getting in the booth at The Pool After Dark at Harrah’s Resort on Saturday night. Apparently to the heiress, throwing on everything but the kitchen sink is an acceptable form of party attire. Relax, Paris! The Bling Ring is behind bars; no one is going to steal your furs anymore! Actress Camilla Belle made a bold move at the Los Angeles Caveman premiere, but her innovative top looks a little too much like it was inspired by a computer-generated background to us. Speaking of awkward patterns, Coco Rocha and Ireland Baldwin confounded guests at New York’s amFAR gala, »
- Emily Exton
Emma Watson hasn't rushed into making any really big moves post-"Harry Potter," instead seemingly careful in considering each choice. Indeed, she's mostly decided to go in for supporting roles or for very tiny turns in stuff varying from "My Week With Marilyn" or even "The Bling Ring," to a great performance in "The Perks Of Being A Wallflower" and a memorable cameo in "This Is The End." This spring she'll have a bigger part in the water-ready "Noah," and it seems Watson is sticking with auteurs for the moment. Having already notched Sofia Coppola and Darren Aronofsky on her belt, Watson has now joined "The Others" and "Open Your Eyes" director Alejandro Amenábar's upcoming thriller "Regression." All we know so far is that she'll co-star with Ethan Hawke, and The Weinstein Company's offshoot label Dimension will release it in 2015, which suggests something strictly in the genre vein. Indeed »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It's been four years since we've had a new film from director Alejandro Amenábar, and before Agora, the last film he directed was The Sea Inside in 2004. Now the filmmaker is coming back with a new thriller called Regression at The Weinstein Company, and they've just announced that Emma Watson (Harry Potter, The Bling Ring) will lead the film, and she'll be joined by Before Midnight and The Purge star Ethan Hawke. The film is set for release sometime in 2015 by TWC-Dimension, but the storyline is being kept under wraps at this time, though we at least know Amenábar wrote the screenplay himself. Read on! This isn't the first time Amenábar has hit Dimension with a genre film since he also directed The Others in 2001, and that became a pretty decent horror hit. With the standard publicity fluff, the director says, "Emma is a beautiful, humane, sensitive and very talented woman, »
- Ethan Anderton
At only 17, Kodi Smit-McPhee is probably best known for starring in somewhat macabre projects — from Let Me In to The Road, his precocious darkness and intense gaze seem to always be on display. Even ParaNorman’s Norman Babcock was a bit of an outcast. Even though A Birder’s Guide to Everything isn’t exactly devoid of difficult emotional truths (and Ok, Ok, a gawky high school kid obsessed with birding might still fit into “charmingly misunderstood outcast” territory), Smit-McPhee was thrilled to finally get to work with actors his own age.
“I was into the nostalgia of having a »
- Lindsey Bahr
London — U.K. distrib Icon Film Distribution has unveiled its new slate following its re-launch last fall with the backing of New Sparta. Pics include “Kill the Trumpet Player,” Don Cheadle’s helming debut about jazz musician Miles Davis, and Lynn Shelton’s comedy “Laggies,” starring Keira Knightley.
As well as helming “Kill the Trumpet Player,” Cheadle (“Crash,” “Hotel Rwanda”) also stars in the project, playing Davis, alongside Ewan McGregor and Zoe Saldana. Cheadle co-wrote the script with Steven Baigelman (“Feeling Minnesota”).
It tells the story of a few dangerous days in the life of Davis as he bursts out of his silent period and conspires with a Rolling Stone writer (McGregor) to steal back his music.
The film, which is in pre-production, is being sold by Im Global. »
- Leo Barraclough
The 2013 RopeofSilicon Movie Awards I was hesitant to actually do a sixth year of the RopeofSilicon Awards for a variety of reasons, but most of all due to the deluge of awards handed out for movies at this point in our culture. As it turns out, I'm glad I waited and I'm glad I decided to go forward with the Awards. As we've moved into 2014 it became clear there were not only films and performances from 2013 that were still resonating with audiences, but there were some that hadn't gotten the attention I felt they deserved. Therefore, these awards afforded me the opportunity to highlight some of those films and performances. Looking back, 2013 was something of a strange year for movies. It was a year dominated by big budget features, but while many of those blockbusters made lots of money, they fell quite flat in terms of overall audience reception. Films »
- Brad Brevet
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
All Is Lost: gripping tale of adventure and survival on the high seas, with an excellent and unexpected performance from Robert Redford [at Amazon Instant Video] Blue Is the Warmest Color: there’s nothing particularly surprising in this French romantic melodrama… not even the tediously obvious 15-minute all-nude lesbian fuckfest [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Ender’s Game: the Big Sf Ideas of this strange mashup of Starship Troopers and Harry Potter — gifted kids go to fascist military school! — seem positive only if your heart is made of stone [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
new to streaming
The Fifth Estate: might be interesting if it had enough passion and guts to take a stand, but ends up in the mushy middle of the road, which surely sprang from a desire to be »
- MaryAnn Johanson
More good news today for All Is Lost and Margin Call director J.C. Chandor’s next film, the 1981-set drama A Most Violent Year. Following its acquisition by upstart distribution company A24 last week at the Sundance Film Festival, Academy Award-nominated actor Albert Brooks has now joined the already impressive cast.
He’ll star alongside Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain and Alfred Molina in the film, which focuses on an immigrant and his family struggling to build a life for themselves while staying away from the rampant crime, corruption and moral decay that’s prevalent throughout 1980s New York. The film is set during the harsh winter of 1981, which saw one of the city’s highest rates of violent crime.
Brooks was considered a dark horse candidate in the buildup to nominations for the 2012 Academy Awards for his role as the menacing crime boss Bernie Rose in Nicolas Winding Refn’s brilliant thriller Drive. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Exclusive: A24 is hot on the trail of its third film acquisition of the Sundance Film Festival. I’m hearing the label is near a deal for U.S. rights to Life After Beth, a Jeff Baena-written and -directed comedy that stars Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly, Dane DeHaan, Paul Reiser, and Anna Kendrick. This is going down as part of a deal for international territories that will bring the price to around $3.5 million for all the deals. It includes a DirectTV component that is part of A24′s partnership. The logline: Zach is devastated by the unexpected death of his girlfriend, Beth. When she mysteriously returns, he gets a second chance at love as his world is upended. Wme Global and CAA repped the film, which is in the U.S. Dramatic Competition and made its debut last Sunday at the Library Theatre. Xyz is brokering the foreign deals. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Even though Kevin Smith’s highly anticipated “horror” film Tusk wasn’t completed in time to join the tremendously deep roster of late-night screenings at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, there’s still a glowing warm spot for camp Smith coming out of this typically chilly festival. It looks like the now infamous filmmaker won’t only be celebrating the 20th anniversary of his first indie hit, Clerks, as A24 (The Spectacular Now/Spring Breakers/The Bling Ring) and Xyz Films (The Raid/The Raid 2) have announced a distribution deal for Tusk – despite still being “in progress.”
In what comes as fantastic news for Kevin Smith fans, A24 will be bringing Tusk to Us audiences sometime in the third quarter of 2014, which is especially exciting after Red State could only be seen by attending one of the exclusive screenings on the film’s touring schedule. In addition, Xyz Films »
- Matt Donato
The end of the year is just too much to handle, and we had to take a week to catch up on a lot of things that didn’t get their own episode.
It turned into a lot of fun, although it might not have been as productive as it should have been.
We looked at Captain Phillips, The Bling Ring, 12 Years a Slave, The Butler, and several other films that didn’t quite make it to the top spot in our attention throughout the year. We also throw in some discussion on how the year progressed, and where we think it will head as the award season comes into focus.
Give us a listen below, and get geared up for the awards race, and revisit some of the more notable films you might not have managed to catch, but have everyone talking.
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- Marc Eastman
Xyz Films has partnered with Demarest Films and A24 on Kevin Smith’s epic new horror film, Tusk, coming aboard to handle all international sales rights. The film, also written by Smith and born out of one of his immensely popular SModcasts, stars Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez and Michael Parks.
Demarest (A Most Wanted Man, Machete Kills) financed and produced Tusk in partnership with New York-based distributor A24 (Spring Breakers, The Bling Ring), who will release it wide in the third quarter of 2014. Xyz will be introducing the project, currently in production, to international buyers at the European Film Market in February.
Tusk is a modern-day monster movie that follows a journalist named Wallace (Long) who finds the story of a lifetime in Mr. Howe (Parks), a worldwide adventurer with amazing tales and a curious penchant for walruses.
“It’s an honor to support the work of Kevin Smith, »
- Michelle McCue
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