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Welcome to one of the most unique categories at the Oscars. Best Makeup & Hairstyling is the only category to still feature the "bake-off” phase, where three nominees are chosen from seven finalists after those finalists each make a pitch-via-reel to the branch. Every year features surprise omissions and inclusions, both among the final seven and the final three. The category seems almost uniquely immune to being overwhelmed by the overall reputation of a film. (Best Costume Design is its only rival in this respect.) Films of questionable quality are nominated nearly every year. While some lament the titles that have earned the moniker "Oscar nominee” ("Norbit” perhaps being the most infamous example), I for one love the fact that this branch actually strives to do what it is tasked with. While these macro-level characteristics of the category permeate the nominations process, trends among the nominees are nevertheless observable. The category tends to award monster makeup, »
- Gerard Kennedy
Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels returned to the #1 spot close to 20 years after first portraying Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne, as Dumb and Dumber To rode a wave of 1990s nostalgia to take an estimated $38.1 million at the North American box office. That result was slightly above expectations, beating the mid-fall starts of raunchy road trip comedies like Due Date ($32.7 million) and Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa ($32.1 million). The opening is also slightly below the five-day opening of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues ($39.5 million from its Wednesday bow).
Dumb and Dumber To was a big question mark heading into the fall season. Although the original film is a big comedy hit and has remained a popular title on cable, had 20 years simply been too long between films? Anchorman 2 proved that despite a lot of fan excitement, a nine-and-a-half year gap is a lot to contend with between movies. So, expectations were more conservative. »
- Jordan Adler
Nearly 20 years after moviegoers were first introduced to Harry and Lloyd, the pair of morons once again ruled the box office this weekend.Long-awaited sequel Dumb and Dumber To opened to $36.1 million, which was enough to take first place away from strong holdover Big Hero 6.The Top 12 earned $129.6 million this weekend, which is up nine percent from the same weekend last year. Dumb and Dumber To's $36.1 million is the biggest live-action debut for Jim Carrey since 2003's Bruce Almighty, and is also the best opening ever for the Farrelly Brothers. Among recent comparable titles, it's a bit lower than the five-day openings for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues ($39.5 million) and We're the Millers ($37.9 million), and is a step above recent road trip comedies Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa ($32.1 million) and Identity Thief ($32.1 million).The original Dumb and Dumber was a massive box office hit back in 1994, and developed legions »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Eager to finally see Harry and Lloyd's new adventure, Dumb and Dumber fans rushed out to theaters on Friday. The long-awaited sequel, Dumb and Dumber To, easily took first place yesterday, and should wind up with an opening weekend north of $35 million.Meanwhile, Interstellar topped Big Hero 6 on Friday, though those positions will switch for the full weekend.Playing at 3,154 locations, Dumb and Dumber To opened to an impressive $14.2 million yesterday. That's the biggest live-action opening day for Jim Carrey since 2003's Bruce Almighty ($20.1 million) and is the best opening day ever for a Farrelly Brothers movie (nearly twice as much as the opening for 2000's Me, Myself and Irene).This Friday number also compares favorably to Due Date ($12.2 million) and Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa ($12.6 million). The similarity here is that all three titles are road trip comedies that opened in October or November.If Dumb and Dumber To plays like Bad Grandpa, »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The story follows a Hong Kong detective and a fast-talking American gambler on a massive chase across China on the trail of a gangster who has kidnapped the cop’s niece. Chan and Fan Bingbing (“Iron Man 3”), as the niece, have remained as constants through the production’s many previous incarnations.
With Snc’s arrival the film is now produced and financed by Talent »
- Patrick Frater
After a slow September, the domestic box office bounced back in a big way in October.Overall business totaled $755 million, which is up a whopping 20 percent from last October. It's also a new October record ahead of 2009's $693 million haul.Gone Girl led the way this month with $129.6 million. After opening to an impressive $37.5 million, the movie has held incredible well*it hasn't dropped more than 37 percent in a single weekend.By the end of the month, Gone Girl was director David Fincher's highest-grossing movie ever at the domestic box office. Ultimately, it should end its run with at least $155 million.Annabelle opened on the same date and at virtually the same level as Gone Girl, but didn't hold up as well through the month. Still, it wrapped up October with a very good $81.2 million, and will pass Insidious Chapter 2's $83.6 million in early November.While Gone Girl and Annabelle were the top performers, »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
“Ouija” benefited from audiences looking to get into the Halloween spirit by topping charts with $20 million from 2,858 locations. The brain child of Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and “Paranormal Activity” maestro Jason Blum, “Ouija” cost less than $5 million to produce, setting Universal Pictures, the studio behind the seance horror film, up for some enviable profit margins.
It marks the seventh of Blum’s micro-budgeted horror films to open in first place.
“He just does it over and over and over again,” said Nikki Rocco, Universal’s distribution chief.
“Ouija’s” PG-13 rating helped the film broaden its appeal to younger, female audiences. The picture’s opening weekend crowd was 75% under the age of 25 and 61% female.
“Marketing knew exactly what audience they were going after and they nailed it, »
- Brent Lang
The looming Halloween weekend makes a twofold impact this week: the third new horror film of the month, the Jason Blum-produced "Ouija" (Universal), took the top spot for the day, as the holiday's anticipated influence next weekend (as well as the likely competition from "Interstellar" right after) kept most distributors from releasing top product this week. This weekend, however, looks like it could be the first without a $20 million grosser after six straight weeks with one or more at that level. "Ouija" took in $8.3 million for its opening—including just under a million for late Thursday shows—contributing to a $32.5 million Top Ten (up a tick from the same day last year, when "Bad Grandpa" grossed over $12 million). A horrible C Cinemascore could indicate it's all downhill from here, though leading the weekend is a certainty. Keanu Reeves' well-reviewed "John Wick" (Lionsgate) managed just under $5.5 million (a mixed B. »
- Tom Brueggemann
Welcome back to the ninth season of Tech Support here at In Contention. The crafts coverage banner has become somewhat of a staple here at this site, as we seek to shine light upon the below-the-line artists whose crafts make our movies immeasurably richer. And over the next 10 weeks we will analyze each of the Academy's craft Oscar races: Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Makeup & Hairstyling, Original Score, Original Song, Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects. The order will be mixed, to keep things fresh between audio and visual categories, and complement new releases and developments in the race as a whole. At this point, a brief aside on this column's title is probably warranted. Many below-the-line artists object to the phrase "technical" or "tech" to describe these categories. This is understandable. "Tech" can have an unfortunately negative connotation, particularly when used in certain circumstances in the »
- Gerard Kennedy
Best Makeup and Hairstyling, a category whose name was changed in 2012 to include hairstyling, has typically been awarded to the film with the most extensive prosthetic makeup, usually to create creatures for sci-fi and fantasy films ("The Wolfman," "Pan's Labyrinth," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"), or to age or transform actors in biopics ("La Vie en Rose," "Frida," "The Iron Lady"). -Break- Top 8 Sci-Fi Films Nominated For Best Picture However, last year's winner was "Dallas Buyers Club," which famously beat "Bad Grandpa" and "The Lone Ranger" despite a makeup budget of only $250. The previous year, Makeup/Hairstyling went to the period musical "Les Miserables," which beat a pair of films that fit the usual criteria: "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" with its elaborate creature makeup, and "Hitchcock," which turne »
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Jon Favreau wrote and directed this delicious comedy about a chef named Carl Casper, who quits the biz to start a food truck with help from fellow chef Martin (John Leguizamo) and Carl's son Percy. Sofía Vergara plays Carl's ex-wife, with Dustin Hoffman as Carl's former boss, Scarlett Johansson as the hostess of the restaurant, and Oliver Platt as a food critic whose mean tweets kicked off this whole business.
"The Exorcist: The Complete Anthology"
This Blu-ray box set includes both the theatrical version and the extended director's cut of "The Exorcist," "Exorcist II: The Heretic," "The Exorcist III," and the two prequels, "Exorcist: The Beginning" and "Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist." Although this set doesn't boast a whole lot of extras, »
- Jenni Miller
Reese Witherspoon thinks that Tracy Flick, that eager student politician she played in Alexander Payne's Election back in 1999, would probably be in charge of the Tea Party today. She revealed that and more in a 73 Questions video for Vogue, which she also covers for October, continuing to make the case, as she did for EW, that she is "a lot of fun to hang out with." What are some other things we learned about Witherspoon from this video? Well, she can do a backflip on a trampoline, and the following: She would invite "all the female senators" over if »
- Esther Zuckerman
StreamFix counts up the best and most notable in new streaming video on the web every week. Check out our rundown of what to watch on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Instant Video, and Crackle. Netflix "Silver Linings Playbook" Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence solve mental illness with a dance-off. Watch closely as Jacki Weaver sneaks into frame three or four times for an Oscar nomination. "Beginners" This delightful movie retraces he relationship between a downtrodden son (Ewan McGregor) and his father Hal (Christopher Plummer), who comes out as gay near the end of his life. Worth it to see Plummer in an Oscar-winning role roaming around the real La gay bar Akbar. "One Day" Anne Hathaway's best? Not by a long shot. But if you still have a vendetta against Hathaway for her streak of cloying interviews in late 2012, this is a good way to spite her. "New Girl »
- Louis Virtel
Johnny Knoxville already became a Bad Grandpa in the Jackass spin-off film from last year, but now Robert De Niro may become a Dirty Grandpa. THR has word that the legendary actor is in early talks to play a perverted former Army general who thinks his grandson is about to marry the wrong woman, and so he tricks him into driving down to Florida for spring break where, as we all know, there's plenty of sexy action. Zac Efron is also in early talks to take the role of the grandson with I Give It a Year director Dan Mazer getting behind the camera. The project was at Universal, but is now being shopped at Tiff by Qed. A couple of years ago, Michael Douglas and Jeff Bridges were said to be circling the project written by Bad Santa writer John Phillips, but that was when the project had a studio home. »
- Ethan Anderton
Johnny Knoxville was a Bad Grandpa for Jackass last year, but Robert De Niro is about to go one worse. He's signed on to be the Dirty Grandpa in a "raunchy" new Universal comedy. Zac Efron will be his straight man.The story finds Efron as a straight-laced guy about to get married, but strong-armed, just before his wedding, into driving his foul-mouthed ex-army grandpa to Florida for spring break. Presumably Grandpa vicariously enjoys the beach-based antics Harmony Korine showed us in Spring Breakers (minus the killing)... the filthy swine! But we'd imagine there'll be some mellowing of Grandpa and some loosening up for Efron before the film is over.Dan Mazer, director of I Give It A Year and writer/producer of copious Sacha Baron Cohen projects, is scripting the film and will also man the cameras. Barry Josephson, who worked with De Niro previously on Hide And Seek, »
Exclusive: Johnny Knoxville has been set to star alongside Jackie Chan in Skiptrace, the Renny Harlin-directed film that has just begun shooting in China. Last I wrote about this, Chan was going to star opposite Seann William Scott and X-Men: Days Of Future Past‘s Fan Bingbing in the tale of a Hong Kong detective (Chan) who teams up with a mouthy American gambler (Scott) to save his niece and take down the city’s most notorious criminal. Bingbing is in, but Scott exited and Knoxville has stepped up to play that role. The tone of the movie is Midnight Run.
Chan, who hatched the idea, is producing with Brian Gatewood, Esmond Ren, Damien Saccani and Charlie Coker. Jay Longino, Brian Gatewood & Alessandro Tanaka, Geoff Moore & David Posamentier, and BenDavid Grabinski all had a hand in the script and Rodney Rothman is polishing. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Netflix will be adding a host of new TV and movie options that will be rolling out on the streaming service throughout September.
Netflix's September Additions
Netflix is kicking off September by adding seasons of Californication, Chasing UFOs, Doomsday Preppers, Hinterland, Unsealed: Alien Files and Zero Hour. Soon to follow will be seasons of The League, The Blacklist, Arrow, New Girl, How I Met Your Mother, Parks and Recreation, The Walking Dead and more.
As for movies, Robin Williams’ films Good Morning Vietnam and Flubber have been added in addition to Cool Runnings, Lords of Dogtown, Crocodile Dundee and others. Among those coming soon are A Simple Man, Silver Linings Playbook and Bad Grandpa.
See Below for Complete Lists of Netflix’s New TV & Movies Offerings:
“Californication,” Seasons 1-7, Sept. 1
“Chasing UFOs,” Season 1, Sept. 1
“Doomsday Preppers,” Seasons 1-3, Sept. 1
“Hinterland,” Season 1, Sept. 1
“Unsealed: Alien Files,” Season 1, Sept. 1
“Zero Hour, »
It's almost September, which means a whole new slew of titles on Netflix! August proved pretty lucrative on the quality title front, but it looks as though September it's going to blow the rundown out of the water.
TV takes spotlight this month, with the latest full seasons of "The Walking Dead," "New Girl," "The League," "The Blacklist," "Arrow," "Bones," and "Parks and Recreation" primed and ready for streaming before their fall premieres. And fans still mourning the loss of "How I Met Your Mother" (in more ways than one) can rewatch the ninth and final season to their heart's content. Ah, memories. Showtime's recently departed "Californication" can be seen in its entirety (Seasons 1 -7) as well, starting September 1. That's a lot of TV.
- Tim Hayne
This Als ice bucket challenge is hitting the highest echelons in Hollywood. Here, Paramount chief Brad Grey takes the plunge, egged on by Tom Cruise and Chris McQuarrie. He in turn nominated Chris Nolan, Brad Pitt, Michael Bay and Howard Stern. Grey was helped by Johnny Knoxville, and you can tell Grey’s stature by the ice bucket aftermath: Knoxville always punctuates a prank like this with a nut shot to the victim. Here, he demurred. And that is why we might yet see Bad Grandpa 2.
- Mike Fleming Jr
The 2014 Teen Choice Awards were handed out Sunday evening at the historic Shrine Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles. Here's a complete list of all the nominees and winners as they were announced. Movies Choice Movie: Action "Divergent" - Winner "Edge of Tomorrow" "Godzilla" "Maleficent" "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" Choice Movie Actor: Action Jamie Campbell Bower, "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" Kellan Lutz, "The Legend of Hercules" Mark Wahlberg, "Lone Survivor" Theo James, "Divergent" - Winner Tom Cruise, "Edge of Tomorrow" Choice Movie Actress: Action Emily Blunt, "Edge of Tomorrow" Lily Collins, "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" Elle Fanning, "Maleficent" Angelina Jolie, "Maleficent" Shailene Woodley, "Divergent" - Winner Choice Movie: Sci-Fi/Fantasy "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" "X-Men: Days of Future Past" "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" - Winner "Thor: The Dark World" Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Chris Evans, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" Andrew Garfield, »
- HitFix Staff
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