Peter Jackson on Reaching the End of the Tolkien Road with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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 After sixteen years spent adapting and producing J.J. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit for film, some of the most successful films ever, director Peter Jackson can think of just one thing. Doing nothing. He has reached the end of his sojourn with a flawless record of entertaining the fans in a phenomenally successful run.  Jackson says when he’s completed the DVD cut, that is absolutely, positively it.  Jackson and his longtime team including co-writer Phillipa Boyens have taken their places in cinematic history with a franchise that has earned upwards of $2.9 billion – even without  The Hobbit: the Battle of the […]

Seven Days to Live Movie in Works

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Producer Lucy Rice is working on a film based on the life of a man who spent 22 years waiting to be excited before being released on DNA evidence.Variety reports Seven Days to Live is based on the autobiography of Nick Yarris who received a death sentence in 1982 for a rape and murder. He spent 22 years on death row before he was released after DNA evidence proved he was innocent.His time in prison took a dramatic turn in 1985 when he escaped from prison after a shooting incident while he was on route to an appeal. He turned […]

San Francisco Critics Pick ‘Boyhood’, Patricia Arquette, FULL LIST

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Our favorite film of the year just got another tip of the hat from the critics: “Boyhood,” nominated for a SAG Award and a Golden Globe, continued gathering up awards on Sunday as the San Francisco Film Critics Circle named it the best film of 2014. Richard Linklater’s 12-year epic undertaking with the same cast swept the critics’ awards in New York and Los Angeles. The film reportedly added four new trophies in San Francisco, including best director for Linklater and a supporting actress win for Patricia Arquette. Sandra Adair also won for editing this film.The list of winners:Best Picture“Boyhood” Best DirectorRichard Linklater, “Boyhood” Best Original […]

Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino, Matthew Lillard in IFC Films “Match,” Trailer

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Film preview: IFC Films presents “Match,” the film adaptation of the Tony-award winning play. The film stars Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard.Iconic actor Patrick Stewart gives one of his most emotional performances in this character driven drama playing high-spirited Tobias “Tobi” Powell, a master dance teacher at Julliard with a lifetime of memories that have made him a loving and caring mentor.When Tobi is interviewed by a graduate student, Lisa (Carla Gugino) about his days as a performer, he is forced to confront painful decisions he thought he had left in the past. With the fate of Lisa’s […]

Chris Hemsworth ‘Blackhat’ Stills and New Preview Video!

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Film Picks: Chris Hemsworth plays a genius hacker released from prison to take down a high-tech terrorist wreaking havoc on banks, power grids, and other systems around the globe in his latest film “Blackhat.”Set within the world of global cybercrime, Legendary’s Blackhat follows a furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta. Directed and produced by Michael Mann, the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Tang Wei and Wang Leehom, and it is written by Morgan Davis Foehl and Mann.Legendary’s Thomas Tull and […]

Exodus: Gods and Kings Review

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Walk on the bland side in a comic book of biblical proportionsThe good thing about Ridley Scott’s latest special effects lollapalooza is going into it you know exactly what to expect. The story, rough as it is, is taken from the Bible so there are no spoilers to be had. From the opening battle scenes, where Ramses (Joel Edgerton) has the most stunning gold plated armor, tailored to a T, and Moses (Christian Bale) is dressed like, well, a soldier, you know Edgerton is going to get the limelight in this one. Even so, when you see seeing Ramses broken […]

James Bond Movie Spectre Budget Over $300 Million

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According to some leaked emails from Sony Pictures the latest James Bond movie Spectre could cost over $300 million.CNN reports that they have seen an internal memo from MGM president Jonathan Glickman where he says the budget for the movie is currently sitting ‘in the mid $300Ms.’Glickman goes on to say “We recognize that this movie needs to build on the past few films and there are expectations we must meet for the audience. Still, we must find further cuts.”Some of his ideas for saving cash include shooting some night villa scenes in London instead of Rome and getting rid of […]

Stunning Mad Max: Fury Road Trailer

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Warner Bros. Pictures have released the official teaser trailer to Mad Max: Fury Road.I have to say this is probably the most stunning trailer I’ve seen this year, some really atmospheric and spectacular cinematography. Some spectacular stunts and brooding shots as we get a glimpse of a world of ‘fire and blood’with ‘everything is dependent on oil’ where ‘everybody has gone out of their mind.’In this sequel Tom Hardy takes over the role as former cop Max Rockatansky (formerly played by Mel Gibson) who is as bad as it comes as he wanders the deserts of a post-apocalyptic world filled with crazed […]

Richard Linklater’s Moving “Boyhood” Film On Oscar Fast Track

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Richard Linklater’s film “Boyhood” is an astonishing achievement. Linklater and his cast – over a 12 year span- show us how we become who we are and how even the smallest efforts, remarks or gestures can have a profound impact on our lives.It is beautiful and lacking in comic book blockbuster movie affectations and falsities. It is real life writ large, seen through the lens of a young boy who year-by-year grows up, and in the process shows how his life unfolds and impacts his family. Ellar Coltrane may damned well win an Oscar for his role as the young […]

Zero Motivation Review

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Starting off as a great military/industrial complex send-up, the story flounders in the home stretch when it grasps at the serious and ends up in slapstick.Talya Larvie’s military dramedy is fresh, untamed and funny. This is amazing, considering it shreds one of the top military organizations in the world. Featuring the women of mandatory conscription, the setting is a desolate Israeli military outpost. Critical, no doubt, to security, the female draftees treat their service like teenagers acting out against curfew.In the opening scenes, Zohar (Dana Ivgy) returns from weekend leave with Daffi (Nelly Tagar) to the barbed wire, dust and […]

Filmmaker Mark Raso Takes Two Bigs Risks – and Wins! – in Copenhagen

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levelFILM’s Copenhagen, in select theatres and on premium VOD nationwide Dec. 5   Canadian filmmaker Mark Raso bets on his audience in his terrific feature Copenhagen. It’s about an American called William (Game of Thrones Gethin Anthony) pretending to be Canadian while touring Europe. He tends to get into trouble a lot so he believes it adds another layer of fake “nice”.  He is one of the most obnoxious male leads in films in a long while, a naturally abrasive, selfish and narcissistic spoiled child, who at 30, can’t reign himself in.  When he meets Effy (Frederikke Dahl Hansen) someone he actually cares […]

Laura Dern on Wild’s Good Mother

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Laura Dern’s presence in Jean-Marc Vallée’s Wild is ethereal and steeped in memory and love.  She’s Bobbi, the late mother of Reese Witherspoon’s character Cheryl.  Bobbi died young of cancer which tipped her daughter into drug addiction and years of bad decisions.  One day Cheryl embarks on a thousand mile solo trek to come to terms with her life and her understanding of her late mother.  The sojourn becomes penance and redemption and through her memories she connects with Bobbi, the “love of my life”.  Dern achieves nearly mythical status as her Cheryl realises the gravity of not getting to know her better and appreciating […]

The Homesman Review

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A rich slice of hardship and redemption from the unforgiving frontier.The opening scenes are as bleak as death itself. Parched plains, patched together clapboard houses, poverty so deep it rises up to greet you at the front door, and wind that never, ever, lets up. Tommy Lee Jones’ second feature film shows an America that promised its pioneers their own land and the mastery of their own destiny. What it gave them was a savage, untillable, untamable landscape that made the setting for Jones’ earlier “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada” look like the Garden of Eden.Nebraska is the newfound […]

Danish director Lars von Trier Fears Sobriety Will Hurt Filmmaking

Nymphomaniac has been controversial. Read Ron's review.

Danish director Lars von Trier is now soberTrier makes very identifiable films. His latest film (two parts) ‘Nymphomaniac’ has everything you would expect from a Von Trier flick: A confused, depressed group of characters with a desire for sexual exploration. The film has a punk-grit radical spirit similar to his ‘The Idiots’, and the more contained dramatic ‘Melancholia,’ ‘Anti-Christ’ and ‘Dogville.’Trier fears he won’t be able to make more films because he has quit drinking alcohol and no longer uses drugs.“No creative expression of artistic value has ever been carried out by former alcoholics and drug addicts,” von Trier told […]

Let It Go? Frozen 2 May Happen Soon According to Idina Menzel

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Chanteuse Idina Menzel has confirmed that a sequel to Disney’s record-breaking 2013 animated film Frozen is in the works.When asked by the Telegraph about the scuttlebutt that the follow up sequel was in play, Menzel responded that “they’re all in the works.”Menzel was the voice behind Frozen’s Elsa who belted out the anthemic “Let It Go” which won Best Original Song at the Oscars in March. The Frozen soundtrack spent 13 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 earlier this year. Frozen is the tale of a kingdom becomes trapped in perpetual winter, where fearless Anna (Kristen Bell) joins […]

Stills from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

A still from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer.

We have added a set of official stills from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer that was released today.John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver and Lupita Nyong’o play some of the new characters that the plot will revolve around while Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker will be back to play their roles from the original movies.A grittier look was promised and it certainly looks that way, it is going to be a long wait until the end of 2015!You can view the trailer on this page and check out the cool images from […]

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer Arrives!

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The teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has hit and looks pretty good we think.The movie is set about 30 years after the Empire was defeated and the plot centres around the three young character, though favorites from the original will also be making an appearance.Director J. J. Abrams promised a more gritty  and real look to the movies compared with the very clinical CGI of the prequels.Some cool scenes and slightly camp voice over…but Star Wars was always a bit jokey. The film stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver and Lupita Nyong’o with Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark […]

Disney’s “Cinderella” Exhibit Celebrates an All-New Live Action Film

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It’s hard to describe the thrill of being in Cinderella’s world as a young girl.  The imagery of Disney’s classic 1950 animated romance fairy tale is deeply imprinted on many minds, via the film, comic books and the dinner hour Disney TV series every Sunday night. These memories not easily forgotten in adulthood, of female empowerment, beautiful clothes, a Fairy Godmother and a Handsome Prince. All grown up now, I was fortunate enough to tour Disney’s magnificent Cinderella exhibit in the flesh recently, and it was sheer magic. Stepping inside the realm of that fairy tale kingdom, as imagined by […]

Bad Hair Review

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A tight knit and brutally honest essay on familial conflicts and the complications of living a Western dream in an environment of limited possibilities.Nine year old Junior is on the war path with his mother. What else is new? The ageless story of kid versus parent is told again, this time in the tough streets of the projects in Caracas, Venezuela. His mother, Marta, has lost her job and is in the process of giving up every shred of self-respect she has to get it back. Since her husband died she has no money, no skills and two children to […]

The Yes Men Are Revolting Review

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Then, again, so are many corporations.When Yes Men Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno launched their “Survivaballs” into New York’s East River to protest the lack of an effective United Nations climate change policy, they were not surprised when legal action ensued (“Yes, just stay to the left of the machine gun…”). In fact, they have been threatened with law suits dozens of times, although all have been dropped, so far.In this film of the irrepressible hijinks of the two reigning kings of the political prank, The Chamber of Commerce initiated yet another law suit in search of revenge for the […]

‘The Blues House’ Documentary Film with Dave Stewart in Post-Production

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Former Eurythmics star Dave Stewart has signed on as executive producer for The Blues House, a feature length documentary about the searches that went on in the 1960’s for legendary blues singers who had recorded during the Depression before being driven into retirement.Multi-media entrepreneur Dave Stewart is recognized as one of the most respected and accomplished talents in the music industry today. Stewart’s music career spans three decades and more than 100 million album sales, highlighted by his collaboration with Annie Lennox in the groundbreaking pop-rock duo Eurythmics (“Sweet Dreams [Are Made of This],” “Here Comes The Rain Again,” “Would […]

Christopher Nolan On Real Science Behind Interstellar

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Did you ever think, ‘Crap. I have a plot that involves both a wormhole and a black hole?’- No, I had a moment with the draft where I went, ‘Holy crap, I’ve got six wormholes and five black holes.’ So I said, ‘No, we can do one black hole and we can do one wormhole, and that’s pushing it.’ – Christopher NolanIn a continuation of an exclusive Q&A from the November issue, WIRED’s special guest-editor Christopher Nolan, along with astrophysicist Kip Thorne, explains the real science behind his blockbuster film Interstellar. Below are excerpts from WIRED that highlight their discussion […]

Hannah: Buddhism’s Untold Journey Airs Nov. 15 At Egyptian in LA, Details VIDEO

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Movie Picks: True Story of one Woman’s unfaltering dedication to introduce Buddhism to the West debuts at the 17th Annual ARPA International Film Festival At the Egyptian Theatre on Saturday, November 15, 2014Connected Pictures brings the North American premiere of Hannah: Buddhism’s Untold Journey, a never-before-seen look into the real-life awe-inspiring story of one courageous woman’s (Hannah Nydahl) dedication to introduce Buddhism to the western hemisphere.The screening takes place at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 12:30PM as part of the 17th Annual ARPA International Film Festival. The film has been nominated for the festival’s […]

Camp X-Ray Review

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A lean and mean essay on human bondage, a minimalist examination of living life to the least.Peter Sattler’s directorial debut is as bare and exposed as a prisoner in a cell. A stripped down film about warehousing human beings and waiting for the next step. The next step for the inmate is release, and it may come sooner than the next step for the jailer. In the meantime the guards become the guarded and sometimes the prisoners have more freedom. At least so it seems.Kristen Stewart plays PFC Amy Cole, a desperate twenty-something who joined the Army to escape the […]

Writers Review

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Screenwriting bromedy that shows Bollywood is not that much different than its American counterpart.Dulal is the brains and Mainak is the street smarts in Amit Masurkar’s flighty bromedy screened at the 9th Seattle South Asian Film Festival. Like most screenwriters, these two need that one big break to make it into the big time. Actually, these two need holy water from the hands of a hundred virgin angels to write their street address. But that is not important, where there is a will, there is a way. If they can do it with women, they can do it with producers.Well, […]