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‘Get Out’ Dominates Spirit Awards Ahead of Sunday’s Oscars

‘Get Out’ Dominates Spirit Awards Ahead of Sunday’s Oscars
Jordan Peele’s horror-comedy “Get Out” dominated the Film Independent Spirit Awards on a chilly Saturday afternoon in the traditional Santa Monica beach-set marquee, winning best picture and best director.

“It’s clear we are in the beginning of a renaissance right now where stories from the outsider, stories from the people in this room, the same stories that independent filmmakers have been telling for years are being honored and recognized and celebrated,” Peele said in his acceptance speech.

The award for best film, presented by “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman, was also given to producers Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm Jr., and Sean McKittrick along with Peele. “Get Out” won over “Call Me by Your Name,” “The Florida Project,” “Lady Bird” and “The Rider.”

Frances McDormand, in an F-bomb laden speech (“The awards convention is too f–king long”), accepted the best female lead award at the Spirit Awards
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Exclusive Portrait, Audio: Kevin Spacey, Recipient of Gene Siskel Center Renaissance Award

Chicago – There is no better “renaissance man” as an actor and performer than Oscar Winner Kevin Spacey. He was the recipient the Gene Siskel Center “Renaissance Award” on May 13th, 2017.

As a triple threat performer – actor, impressionist and singer – he has been an exceptional representative both in his many roles and as an advocate for actors everywhere.

Each year, the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago celebrates the art of film by honoring a filmmaker who advances that art form. Kevin Spacey joined past Renaissance Award honorees, including some of the most respected actors and directors working in the film industry today, such as William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman, Michael Mann, Nicole Kidman, George Lucas, Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx, Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman, Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson.

Kevin Spacey, Recipient of the Gene Siskel Center Renaissance Award

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Archery Pictures, Forthcoming Films & Start Motion Pictures Developing Mike Foale Feature ‘Icarus’

Archery Pictures, Forthcoming Films & Start Motion Pictures Developing Mike Foale Feature ‘Icarus’
Exclusive: Kris Thykier's Archery Pictures, Iain Softley's Forthcoming Films and Michael Maher's Start Motion Pictures are joining forces to develop Icarus, a feature film about legendary British-American astronaut Mike Foale. K-Pax and The Outcast filmmaker Softley is set to direct the project, which follows the story of Foale and his real-life space adventure in the 1990s during which he overcame a series of crises aboard the Mir space station to become one of Nasa's…
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‘Nine Lives’ Review: Kevin Spacey Is Transformed Into A Cat In This Neutered Family Comedy From Hell

‘Nine Lives’ Review: Kevin Spacey Is Transformed Into A Cat In This Neutered Family Comedy From Hell
Less funny than the average cat gif and approximately 1,000 times as long, the astonishingly stupid “Nine Lives” is too fluffy and frivolous to be the worst movie of the summer, but it might just be the laziest. Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld (“Men in Black”) and written by one of the finest algorithms money can buy, this derivative story about the very secret lives of pets is quite possibly the worst thing to happen to cats since dogs. “Cat’s don’t care about you,” begins the film’s opening voiceover. Judging by the 89 minutes that follow, people don’t care about you all that much either.

Kevin Spacey (“K-Pax”), who is apparently being severely underpaid for his work in “House of Cards,” stars as Tom Brand, a New York real estate titan who likes to put his name on buildings, hire his children in key positions, and treat people so
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Cinema Gadfly – Episode 18 – Moon

My guest for this month is Patrick Gibson, and he’s joined me to discuss the film he chose for me, the 2009 science fiction drama film Moon. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.

Show notes:

This film was co-written and directed by the former Zowie Bowie, Duncan Jones It stars the delightful Sam Rockwell, with voice acting from the also delightful Kevin Spacey We recorded this episode right after the sad passing of Jones’ father, David Bowie I watched this film via a Blu-ray that was given to me by former guest of the show Jake Desaulniers The music was composed by Clint Mansell, who has also scored a bunch of Darren Aronofsky films I still maintain that Steve Jobs is the reason my internet was being flaky Daren Arinofsky isn’t Paul Thomas Anderson, thank goodness Mallrats cost $6 millon to make, whereas Clerks cost $27,575. This film cost
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Screamfest 2015 Film Lineup unvelied; 'Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension' to premiere


The Screamfest Horror Film Festival is the longest running horror film festival in the United States, now in its 15th year. The festival has been responsible for premiering many now classic horror films such as Paranormal Activity and Feast, both of which are having anniversary screenings at this year's festival. Additionally, Screamfest will be screening the premiere of Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension.

The 2015 festival will run from October 13th through the 22nd in Hollywood, California at the Tcl Chinese 6 Theatres.

Screamfest has an amazing star-studded lineup this year, and if you live in Los Angeles, you owe it to yourself to check out a movie or two, or three or four or all of them. Many of the screenings include discussions with filmmakers such as John and Clu Gulager, James Franco, and more. You can check out the programming and purchase tickets at the festival website Screamfest.
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25 mainly forgotten Us number 1 movies from the 2000s

Kevin Spacey, Steven Seagal and, erm, Kangaroo Jack: they all nabbed the box office top spot last decade...

By the end of the 2000s, getting number one at the American box office was a valuable marketing commodity. As such, studios pumped more and more money into making sure they at least had a great opening weekend for their product.

The consequence of this was that it was harder and harder for smaller and quirkier films to take a brief spot in the sun. Certainly towards the second half of the decade, it seems that the number one movie each week was pre-ordinained in a marketing meeting somewhere.

Still, there were some films that have since fallen out of public view that clawed their way to number one. How many of these do you remember?

Eye Of The Beholder

January 2000, one week

Based on Marc Behm's book of the same name,
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Saturday Shorts: ‘The Door’, starring Alfre Woodard

Today’s film is the 2013 short The Door. The film is written and directed by Ava DuVernay, and is part of Miu Miu’s Women’s Tales collection of short films. It stars Gabrielle Union, Adepero Oduye, and Alfre Woodard. Woodard has been seen in numerous television shows over the years, including St. Elsewhere, Desperate Housewives, Memphis Beat, and Copper, as well as in films such as Scrooged, Primal Fear, and K-Pax. Her newest feature, titled Annabelle, opens in wide release in American theatres this weekend.

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Film Review: ‘The Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2014: Live Action’

Film Review: ‘The Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2014: Live Action’
Most moviegoers don’t pay short films any attention, except perhaps when filling out their Oscar ballots, which surely explains why ShortsHD seizes the opportunity of its annual theatrical Academy-nominated shorts programs to tubthump so heavily for the format itself, interjecting soundbites from brevity-inclined storytellers like Matthew Modine and 2013 winner Shawn Christensen (“Curfew”) between the live-action contenders. But such self-promotion can’t disguise the fact that, with one exception — Xavier LeGrand’s “Just Before Losing Everything” — this global sampling indicates a middling crop this year, representing the promise of what these filmmakers might do in the future over excellence in the present.

After sitting through a handful of polite remarks from filmmakers who have either made shorts or simply agreed to be interviewed (“12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen shares thoughts on the artistic process), audiences start their journey with Danish nominee “Helium,” a terminal-illness fable directed by Anders Walter,
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 2005

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 16 Jan 2014 - 06:20

Another 25 unsung greats come under the spotlight, as we provide our pick of the underappreciated films of 2005...

It's underappreciated films time again, and this week, we delve deep into the year 2005 - a collection of months dominated by the likes of Star Wars: Episode III, another Harry Potter, Steven Spielberg's War Of The Worlds, Peter Jackson's King Kong, and CG family movie Madagascar.

It was also the year Pierce Brosnan formally bowed out of his role as James Bond, and Martin Scorsese's The Aviator was hyped to win the director his first Oscar, but didn't. Still, the contents of this list received nothing like the acclaim of The Aviator, nor the financial pickings of a Star Wars or Harry Potter. As ever, we've focused on 25 films which we think deserve a bit more love.

So with apologies to
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Two more names join Warcraft

Earlier this month Universal Pictures revealed that Ben Foster (Lone Survivor), Rob Kazinsky (True Blood), Toby Kebbell (Wrath of the Titans) and Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger) were to join the previously announced Travis Fimmel (Vikings) and Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol) in the cast of Warcraft, and now two more names have been added, with Clancy Brown (Highlander, The Shawshank Redemption) and Daniel Wu (New Police Story, Tai Chi Zero) signing on for unspecified roles.

Based upon the mega-selling fantasy video game series from Blizzard Entertainment, Warcraft is being directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) from a script by Jones and Charles Leavitt (K-pax, Blood Diamond). The film is set to go into production in January and was originally scheduled to hit cinemas on December 18th 2015, but balked at the competition when Disney announced that Star Wars: Episode VII would arrive that very same day.
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‘Warcraft’ Cast Includes Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Paula Patton, and More

Legendary Pictures has announced the complete cast for Warcraft. The movie will star Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma), Travis Fimmel (Vikings), Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), Toby Kebbell (The Counselor), and Rob Kazinsky (Pacific Rim). Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) is also in the final stages of negotiations to star in Warcraft.

Based on Blizzard Entertainment’s award-winning Warcraft universe, the film adaptation will be directed by Duncan Jones. Production is set to begin in Vancouver in January, 2014.

Charles Roven, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Alex Gartner will produce. Stuart Fenegan, Jillian Share, Brent O’Connor and Blizzard’s Mike Morhaime and Paul Sams will serve as executive producers. Chris Metzen, Rob Pardo and Nick Carpenter from Blizzard will co-produce. Charles Leavitt, known for Blood Diamond and K-Pax came on board last year to take care of the screenplay. Video game veteran Chris Metzen is helping out with the story and characters.
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 2001

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 5 Dec 2013 - 06:54

Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2001, and a vintage year for lesser-seen gems...

Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C Clarke may have seen 2001 as the year we'd head off to meet alien intelligences in the depths of space, but in reality, its cinematic landscape was dominated by fantasy rather than extra-terrestrials. Rowling and Tolkien dominated the box office, with Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone and The Fellowship Of The Ring earning almost $1bn each, while Monsters, Inc and Shrek thrilled old and young audiences alike.

At the other end of the spectrum of success, 2001 was such a vintage year for movies that we had to whittle our usual selection of 25 films down from an initial selection of more than 40. This is why the decision was made - with heavy heart - to exclude some of our favourite films,
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Mary McCormack Finds Conspiracy On Jekyll Island

Mary McCormack Finds Conspiracy On Jekyll Island
Whatever shenanigans The Conspiracy On Jekyll Island has in store for us, its plot has just thickened with the news that West Wing alumnus Mary McCormack is joining the sinister goings-on. Jekyll Island, on the coast of Georgia, isn't even a proper island so there's one secret for starters. There's no word on who the K-pax and Deep Impact actress will be playing, but she joins a cast that already includes Frank Grillo, Diana Agron, Minnie Driver, Maggie Q, John Leguizamo and Ed Westwick.The plot follows an ex-Wall Street financier (Grillo) who is hired by the Treasury Secretary to stave off a concerted cyber assault on the Us. The stakes are high: the fragile American economy is threatened with ruination, so, like a white collar Die Hard 4.0, he's soon enlisting his wife and an It helpdesk's worth of tech mavericks to save the day.Jekyll Island itself is the
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Trap For Cinderella DVD Review

Director: Iain Softley

Starring: Aneurin Barnard, Tuppence Middleton, Frances de la Tour, Alexandra Roach, Kerry Fox

Running Time: 100 minutes

Certificate: 15

Extras: Interviews with cast and crew.

Trap For Cinderella comes to DVD and Blu-Ray after a relatively low-key run at cinemas back in July. The film, directed by Iain Softley (K-pax, Backbeat), who also adapts the novel by Sebastien Japrisot (A Very Long Engagement), revolves around Micky (Tuppence Middleton), a girl who loses her memory after surviving a terrifying accident at a French retreat that kills her childhood friend. Trying to rebuild her life back in London, Micky tries to understand the events that surrounded the accident, the people that she left behind, and the mystery of her lost-friend-with-a-silly-name, ‘Do,’ `played by Alexandra Roach.

Trap For Cinderella has been adapted for the screen before, by André Cayatte as ‘Piège pour Cendrillon’ back in 1965 in its native tongue. This modern day,
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‘Warcraft’ Gets Release Date; Slated Against ‘Inferno’

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After nearly a decade since its announcement, it looks like the ‘Warcraft’ movie is finally, actually coming out. Box Office Mojo reports that Universal will release the film on December 18, 2015. As of this moment, that pits it against Sony’s ‘Inferno’, the third theatrical adaptation of the Dan Brown series of books.

With Tom Hanks and Ron Howard reuniting and a considerable worldwide box office between them on the series, ‘Inferno’ is hardly a pushover for ‘Warcraft’. That said, the two don’t exactly appeal to the same demographic, so even if neither adjusts their date, there should be enough money to go around.

The latest unconfirmed ‘Warcraft’ rumours are that Paul Dano, fresh off ‘Prisoners’, and Anton Yelchin of ‘Star Trek’ have been offered roles. Also on that rumoured list are the likes of Colin Farrell, Paula Patton, Travis Fimmel and Anson Mount.

Warcraft’ is to be helmed by director Duncan Jones,
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The HeyUGuys Interview: Director Iain Softley discusses Trap for Cinderella

With a series of major Hollywood productions to his name, starring some of the biggest names in the industry such as Angelina Jolie and Kevin Spacey, director Iain Softley has returned to his roots somewhat with his latest picture Trap for Cinderella, and we were fortunate enough to speak to the filmmaker ahead of the films July 12 release.

The man behind the likes of K-pax, Inkheart and Hackers returns to his hometown of London, directing his first contemporary picture in the capital. He discusses the joys of working on a more modest sized production, and how important it is for a director to get casting right – having taken a risk with relative newcomers Tuppence Middleton and Alexandra taking on the lead roles. He also tells us of the importance is going in to Trap for Cinderella with as little knowledge as possible, while likening the role of film director to
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This First Clip Has A ‘Trap For Cinderella’

K-pax and The Wings Of The Dove director, Iain Softley, is at the helm of this tense, psychological independent drama, Trap For Cinderella, based on the same-titled novel by Sébastien Japrisot. The dark adaptation centres on troubled Micky (played by rising British actress Tuppence Middleton), who’s suffering from amnesia after surviving the house fire that claimed the life for her close childhood friend. Her fun-loving photographer, living a party lifestyle in London, begins her tormented road to recovery.

A Trap For Cinderella is released in the UK on the 12th July and co-stars Aneurin Barnard, Frances de la Tour, Alexandra Roach, Kerry Fox and Alex Jennings. Don’t forget to check out the first trailer and poster, if you missed it.

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Brussels 2013: Trap For Cinderella Is A Sexy Throwback To Suspense Films Of Yesteryear

Iain Softley's Trap For Cinderella harks back to elegant, suspenseful mysteries like Vertigo and Diabolique. In the shadow of those films, it's not particularly groundbreaking, but it's so stylish, intriguing and well-made that innovation hardly seems necessary. After all, the old adage warns us not to fix things that aren't broken, and Softley complies admirably. Were it not for a couple scenes involving cell phones, some pop songs, and the film's fairly copious amount of nudity, it'd be easy to mistake the movie for a lost, sleeper gem from the 60's. Alex Barber's excellent, desaturated 35 mm photography only adds to the retro feel. It's a deft, remarkably assured work, and certainly not the type of film I expected from the director of K-Pax.  ...

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Nerd Alert: 'World of Warcraft' Movie is Officially Happening

Almost no video game in the history of geekery has had as much ravenous fanfare as "World of Warcraft," and now the much-buzzed cinematic adaptation is finally underway ... and, to boot, it's in some pretty darn good hands.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, the inventive Duncan Jones of "Moon" and "Source Code" fame has been officially tapped by Legendary Pictures to direct the fantasy/sci-fi project, and it looks like he's totally up to the task of trying to make a good movie based on a video game happen where so many others have floundered.

"So the gauntlet was thrown down ages ago: Can you make a proper Movie of a video game. Ive always said its possible. Got to Do it now!" Jones wrote on his Twitter feed.

For those looking for any hints as to how he'll approach filming the infamous role-playing game, he once told Explorer that the
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