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Arthouse Audit: Ghibli's 'When Marnie Was There' Best Opener, 'I'll See You in My Dreams' Expands Well

24 May 2015 10:36 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

On most years, Memorial Day weekend launches the first or second weekends of several major specialized successes, such as "Before Midnight," "Moonrise Kingdom," "The Tree of Life," and "Midnight in Paris." Even last year saw the modest debut of "Words and Music" ($88,000 in 10 theaters). This year? The best of the openers was mid-level Studio Ghibli animated release "When Marnie Was There" (GKids). Second weekend "I'll See You in My Dreams" (Bleecker Street) expanded impressively, showing once again that older audiences will respond to a star-driven story. Other news this week was the confirmation that the New York Times' is continuing to cut back on their review coverage. This week, two they skipped -- Indian "Tanu Weds Manu Returns" and the VOD-showing "Chocolate City" --both actually managed decent results despite the slight. Opening "When Marnie Was There" (GKids) - Criticwire: »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s By The Sea Gets November Release Date

7 May 2015 4:20 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

While Angelina Jolie Pitt’s supposed first foray into awards fare as a director, Unbroken, was a bit disappointing, Universal Pictures is nevertheless bullish on her follow-up. The studio has given a prime awards season release date to By the Sea, slating the film for November 13, 2015. Competition is scarce on the pre-Hunger Games weekend, where Jolie Pitt’s film will square off against the Warner Bros. miners drama The 33, the horror reboot Rings, and the comedy Rock the Kasbah. Jolie Pitt started production on the drama By the Sea before Unbroken was released, rolling cameras in Malta last summer. She stars opposite husband Brad Pitt in the film as an American couple who arrive in a picturesque resort in 1970s France with their marriage in crisis. They subsequently spend time with fellow travelers and come to terms with unresolved issues in their own lives. The cast also includes Mélanie Laurent, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Why 1980 Was the Best Year in Movie History

27 April 2015 12:06 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century.  Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others?  History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies?  So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »

- Richard Rushfield

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Seymour: An Introduction – The Review

9 April 2015 10:52 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

You might assume that music takes center stage given the subject of Seymour, but Ethan Hawke’s look at the reclusive concert pianist is so much more. Composer Seymour Bernstein is the focus of Seymour: An Introduction. Like the title would suggest, we briefly get to know the journey of a man who studied piano, went over-seas to war, composed musical arrangements, and then suddenly stopped performing publicly due to crippling stage fright. But that is what’s so great about Hawke’s documentary debut. Like a classically trained pianist who effortlessly can glide his fingers across keys without a single misstep, Hawke guides the film across multiple subjects, bringing into question music’s true purpose, finding true happiness, and the pros and cons of becoming famous for your art.

Seymour Bernstein may be one of the greatest pianists in the world and yet most of us might not have »

- Michael Haffner

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Avengers: Age of Ultron: No Captain Marvel, and no post-credits scene

7 April 2015 1:50 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Of all the rumours that have been floating around about Avengers: Age of Ultron, one of the most persistent has been the possible inclusion of Carol Danvers ahead of the Captain Marvel movie in 2018.

The speculation increased earlier this month when it was revealed that Julie Delpy (Before Midnight) and Linda Cardellini (Freaks and Geeks) are set to appear in mystery roles (although they’re not a mystery any longer), but Marvel chief Kevin Feige has now ruled out an appearance, with the producer telling EW categorically that Captain Marvel will not feature in the film. Of course, there is the chance that he could be covering his tracks, but we’ll find out for sure in just a couple of weeks…

See Also: Marvel makes it official that the Russo brothers will direct Avengers: Infinity War

Meanwhile, if you were planning on sticking around until after the credits of the Age of Ultron, »

- Gary Collinson

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Julie Delpy and Linda Cardellini’s Avengers: Age of Ultron characters revealed

7 April 2015 10:14 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Last week it was revealed that Julie Delpy (Before Midnight) and Linda Cardellini (Freaks and Geeks) are set to feature in the cast of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, and now a Hungarian cast list has arrived online via the forums at Shh (via Cbm) which reveals who the two actresses are playing in the hotly-anticipated sequel. Read on to find out…

So, according to the report, Delpy is set to play Madame B (part of the Black Widow’s backstory, perhaps?), while Cardellini will portray Laura Barton, who is presumably married to / estranged from Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye. The same list also reveals that Ben Sakamoto and Imogen Poynton will play Cooper and Lila Barton. Here’s the full list…

Tony Stark(Robert Downey Jr.)

Thor (Chris Hemsworth)

Bruce Banner / Hulk (Mark Ruffalo)

Steve Rogers (Chris Evans)

Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson)

Clint Barton(Jeremy Renner)

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- Gary Collinson

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'Avengers 2': Are One of These Actresses 'Captain Marvel'?

1 April 2015 4:49 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Marvel is getting ready for the L.A. premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron in just a few weeks, with the studio sending out a media alert today that lists the cast members who have been confirmed to attend the red carpet event. Surprisingly, the list includes two actresses who have never been mentioned before as part of the cast, Linda Cardellini and Julie Delpy. Disney has confirmed that the actresses inclusion on the cast list was not a mistake, leading many to wonder if either of these actresses are playing Captain Marvel.

A report surfaced last week that Avengers: Age of Ultron will introduce Carol Danvers, to set up the character before her Captain Marvel movie hits theaters November 2, 2018. A few days later, that rumor was shot down by a "source close to the production," but we'll find out for sure in just a few weeks when Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters. »

- MovieWeb

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What Exactly Are Julie Delpy And Linda Cardellini Doing In Avengers: Age Of Ultron?

1 April 2015 3:30 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Joss Whedon's The Avengers: Age of Ultron has one of the most impressive principal ensembles we've ever seen, but apparently we've spent months not actually knowing the full extent of the roster. This is because both Julie Delpy (Before Midnight) and Linda Cardellini (Bloodline, Scooby Doo) have parts in the blockbuster, as has confirmed on a tip sheet for the feature's upcoming Los Angeles premiere. But what remains a total mystery is exactly who they might be playing in the movie. Given how late in the game the two actresses are entering into the bigger picture of Avengers 2, it's not hard to imagine that the extent of their parts in the film will be somewhat limited, but what's unknown and potentially exciting is the possible impact their roles could have on the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If we're really dreaming big, it's possible that either Julie Delpy »

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Linda Cardellini and Julie Delpy are both in Avengers: Age of Ultron

1 April 2015 2:52 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Linda Cardellini and Julie Delpy apparently both appear in the upcoming Marvel epic Avengers: Age of Ultron.

The actresses' names have turned up on a cast list sent to the press in advance of the Avengers: Age of Ultron world premiere.

A spokesperson for Disney would only confirm that Cardellini and Delpy were intentionally mentioned on the premiere cast list, reports Slash Film.

French actress Delpy is a two-time Academy Award nominee for Before Sunset and Before Midnight, while Cardellini has most recently been seen in Netflix drama series Bloodline.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is Marvel's most star-studded film yet, with Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen uniting as the superhero team.

Writer-director Joss Whedon has also enlisted Marvel Studios veterans Don Cheadle, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L Jackson for supporting roles. »

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Julie Delpy and Linda Cardellini are in Avengers: Age of Ultron – Captain Marvel rumours true?

1 April 2015 1:11 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Just when you thought the cast of Avengers: Age of Ultron couldn’t get any bigger, two more names have been revealed.

The tip sheet for the world premiere of the movie has been sent out to the Us press and has revealed that Julie Delpy (Before Midnight) and Linda Cardellini (Freaks and Geeks) are a part of the Avengers: Age of Ultron cast. They are at the end of the list so it’s likely they’re not large roles, but they’re important enough to mentioned.

Now, this could just be some speculation (this is the Internet after all), but this does tie into a report that we had earlier this month which suggested Marvel Studios had already cast its Captain Marvel and she would appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron. There was no word on who would play the character (or if it had even really been »

- Luke Owen

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Our Favourite Fictional Bands: The School of Rock

8 March 2015 4:58 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The School of Rock (School of Rock)

Say what you will about Boyhood and Before Midnight, but Richard Linklater’s most memorable legacy to this 2000s teen may be the lyrics to each and every fake song throughout School of Rock, from hearing how the Legend of the Rent was Way Hardcore to about the best parody of The Doors’ “Touch Me” you’re bound to hear. The film wouldn’t be nearly as good if the closing performance of The School of Rock wasn’t kind of great, and the kids throughout truly deliver. Chalk up another great musical capper for Jack Black, as well as just about the ideal closer to a blockbuster family comedy you could ask for.

The post Our Favourite Fictional Bands: The School of Rock appeared first on Sound On Sight.


- Brian Welk

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2015 Oscar Previews: Part 2

18 February 2015 2:26 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.

The Best Actor Nominees

Steve Carell - as John du Pont in Foxcatcher

Age: 52

Previously Best Known For:

The Office

The 40 Year-Old Virgin

Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:


Interesting Fact: Owns and operates the Marshfield Hills General Store in Marshfield, Massachusetts where he has a summer home.

Bradley Cooper - as Chris Kyle in American Sniper

Age: 40

Previously Best Known For:

The Hangover

Silver Linings Playbook

Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:

Nomination - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 2013- as Richie Dimaso in American Hustle

Nomination - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role 2012 - as Pat in Silver Linings Playbook

Interesting Fact: Had to miss his graduation commencement at Georgetown University because he was filming Wet Hot American Summer.

Benedict Cumberbatch -  as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game »

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Writers Guild of America predictions

12 February 2015 11:35 AM, PST | | See recent news »

This weekend, the last of the big precursors will announce their winners, essentially putting us into the final lap for Oscar. Also the final guild, the Writers Guild of America (or WGA) prize is notable for being the one place where oftentimes Academy Award nominees find themselves ineligible. The WGA has more stringent rules than most, so you’ll sometimes see excluded Oscar frontrunners, surprise nominations, and even this year differing category placement. It all makes for a hard precursor to predict, but a fascinating one to look at. Especially this weekend, they could have a bigger say than usual in terms of what the Academy winds up choosing in Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Screenplay. For comparison, last year we had a similar situation, where an ineligible made things interesting. That one was 12 Years a Slave, which wasn’t able to win Adapted with the WGA, so it went to Captain Phillips, »

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Does ‘Birdman’ DGA Win Mean “Game Over” For Other Oscar Hopefuls?

8 February 2015 2:28 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Yes, Birdman is for real. If there was any lingering doubt that industry awards voters are dead serious about honoring a movie that is about a lot of things but especially about themselves, the DGA’s top honor erased those questions. Now after triumphing at the PGA, winning the SAG Ensemble Cast prize and DGA Directorial Achievement Award for Alejandro G. Inarritu this movie has flown past the competition and left what was thought to be a front runner, Boyhood, in its dust. It’s an important moment for the film as its victory occurred on the very weekend Oscar balloting begins.

The Boyhood momentum was created by critics and pundits based on its sweep through the critics portion of the season where it pulled a Social Network by winning everything right thru the Golden Globes for 2010, only to be trounced by The King’s Speech once the Guild prizes started rolling in. »

- Pete Hammond

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Ethan Hawke is Chet Baker in exclusive photo from Born To Be Blue

5 February 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Ethan Hawke has had a pretty great year.

Riding high on the success of Before Midnight – the third installment of the “Before” movies with Julie Delpy and director Richard Linklater – Hawke and Linklater released their other major project, the twelve-years-in-the-making Boyhood, to high critical acclaim. The Dead Poets Society actor is now up for Best Supporting Actor for hisBoyhood role, and just became one of the latest stars to be featured forever in front of the Tcl Chinese Theatre.

Next up? Ethan Hawke will play Chet Baker in the upcoming reimagining of the legendary jazz trumpeter's life, Born to Be Blue. The film will focus on a film production starring Baker that follows the rise and fall of his own career, as well as the love affair with his co-star that saved him after an alleyway beating that left him unable to play. Will love conquer all? We'll have to wait and see. »

- Sasha James

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Ethan Hawke is Born to Be Blue in exclusive photo from Chet Baker biopic

5 February 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Ethan Hawke has had a pretty great year.

Riding high on the success of Before Midnight – the third installment of the “Before” movies with Julie Delpy and director Richard Linklater – Hawke and Linklater released their other major project, the twelve-years-in-the-making Boyhood, to high critical acclaim. The Dead Poets Society actor is now up for Best Supporting Actor for hisBoyhood role, and just became one of the latest stars to be featured forever in front of the Tcl Chinese Theatre.

Next up? Ethan Hawke will play the legendary jazz trumpeter Chet Baker in the upcoming biopic, Born to Be Blue. The film will focus on the rise and fall of Baker’s career as well as the 1970s love affair that briefly saved him from his drug-heavy self-destruction.

Carmen Ejogo, who worked on The Purge: Anarchy – the one without Ethan – and Fifty Shades of Grey’s Callum Keith Rennie also star »

- Sasha James

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Oscar Track Records for Previously-Nominated Acting Vets

3 February 2015 7:07 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

The 87th Academy Awards acting race is almost evenly divided between veterans and first-time nominees.

Nine of the 20 nominees in the four acting categories are newcomers — four lead actors (Steve Carell, Michael Keaton, Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch), two lead actresses (Rosamund Pike and Felicity Jones), two supporting actresses (Patricia Arquette and Emma Stone) and one supporting actor (J.K. Simmons).    

As for the 11 veterans, the number of Oscar nominations between them ranges from 19 to one. Four of them have previously taken Oscars home.

Meryl Streep received her 19th nomination this year for her supporting role as The Witch in Disney’s Into the Woods, the film adaptation of James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s musical. She holds the record for most acting nominations ever received and is one of six actors to have won three or more Oscars. Streep was first nominated in 1979 for her »

- Anjelica Oswald

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The Definitive Movies of 1995

30 January 2015 8:01 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

10. Waterworld

Directed by: Kevin Reynolds

It could be the flop of all flops. At the time, “Waterworld” was the most expensive film ever made. Starring Kevin Costner, “Waterworld” is a science-fiction/fantasy film taking place roughly 500 years after the polar ice caps melted in the beginning of the 21st century, effectively covering the entire world with water. Dirt has become a commodity and an unknown traveler named “the Mariner” (Costner) is trying to find anywhere to trade his stash. The catch: he’s a mutant, with gills, allowing him to breathe underwater. He is joined by a woman named Helen (Jeannie Tripplehorn) and child named Enola (Tina Majorino) with an elaborate map tattooed on her back. They sail the world and encounter various groups of survivors. They are pursued by a group of evil forces, led by an eye-patched man called “the Deacon” (Dennis Hopper). The special effects are actually pretty impressive, »

- Joshua Gaul

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Damien Chazelle or Paul Thomas Anderson Could Become Fifth Adapted Screenplay Winner to Also Direct the Film

29 January 2015 6:42 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Adapted screenplay nominees Damien Chazelle and Paul Thomas Anderson have been nominated for films that they also directed.

Chazelle’s Whiplash, about an aspiring jazz drummer and his sadistic instructor, is his second feature film and is adapted from a short film of the same name that he also wrote and directed. The short won the jury award for short films at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Whiplash was nominated for four other awards, including best picture.

Anderson received his second adapted screenplay nomination for Inherent Vice, based on Thomas Pynchon’s novel of the same name. The film was also nominated for costume design. Anderson previously received an adapted screenplay nomination for 2007’s There Will Be Blood, which he also directed. He received a best director nomination, and the film was nominated for best picture.

If either wins, they will become the fifth adapted screenplay »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Flashback: Richard Linklater's Experimental Approach in 1995's 'Before Sunrise' Was Sundance's Real Breakout Hit

27 January 2015 9:10 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Most Richard Linklater fans can tell you which film – and sometimes which scene – ignited their enthusiasm for the director, whether it was 1991’s influential indie Slacker, 1993’s high-school classic Dazed and Confused or 2003’s comedy School of Rock.

But, it all began with Before Sunrise.

Released 20 years ago this week, Before Sunrise boasted fresh-faced actors and a swoon-worthy premise: An American man (Ethan Hawke) meets a French woman (Julie Delpy) on a train, and they spend one magical evening together in Vienna. That alone was enough to attract my 17-year-old self to the theater, as was the case with many of my peers.

News: Julie & Ethan Reunite 'Before Midnight'

The true magic of Before Sunrise, however, lies beyond the picturesque scenery and smitten gazes. Building upon his gift for crafting relatable and engrossing conversation, Linklater’s characters feel fully formed, discussing everything from philosophy and religion to love and their hopes for the future.

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