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Almost everyone is familiar with British thespian Gary Oldman, an incredibly talented and versatile actor who has appeared in everything from The Dark Knight to Lost in Space to Harry Potter. In an attempt to bring some extra attention to their Oscar campaign for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Focus Features is hosting a six-film retrospective looking back at Oldman's career highlights and best performances. And no, The Fifth Element isn't one of them - damn! The event kicks off for three nights in a row starting January 9th at the Arclight Hollywood, and you can RSVP for tickets for free on the website. This sounds great!
Life. Camera. Action! The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has unveiled the new poster for the 84th Academy Awards today. The poster features a giant off-center Oscar statue along with some faded imagery in the bokeh bubbles to the side. The eight films seen span eight decades and include: Gone with the Wind (1939), Casablanca (1943), Giant (1956), The Sound of Music (1965), The Godfather (1972), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Forrest Gump (1994) and Gladiator (2000). All of these are Best Picture winners, except for Giant, which won Best Director its year. The nominees are coming late January.
Everything from independent films to big blockbusters gets our attention, but it's those huge summer movies that really get the crowds riled up and get the comments section flowing with words of praise and hate. However, sometimes the hype of certain films ends up being just that, and the summer ends up being littered with a few skeletons of films that just didn't hit their mark. Keep in mind that these films may very well have raked in audiences at the box office, but they didn't deliver what audiences hoped for in the long road of marketing leading up to the film. Below you'll find my five biggest disappointments of the year.
Just before Christmas, we got a bit of an early tease from co-directors Tom Tykwer and Lana & Andy Wachowski in the form of an on-set photo of the final day of shooting their adaptation of Cloud Atlas. The photo featured some recognizable props for fans of the book that each gave a taste of the various worlds in which this story will take place. Now we can take a slightly closer look into one of the film's settings as Han Cinema (via Twitch) has revealed some concept art of Seoul 2144, a futuristic version of the city in Korea, along with an image of star Bae Doona as Sonmi-451, a genetically-engineered fabricant (clone).
Despite that otherwise cheesy sounding title, the Action Movie FX app is pretty damn cool. Launched last week just before the holidays and created by Andrew Kramer and David Baronoff of Bad Robot Interactive, the app allows you to add very high quality action movie visual effects to any video footage you shoot. My first introduction to this was when Peter Sciretta from SlashFilm sent me a video casually driving on the highway, when suddenly a helicopter crashes in front of them and they smash into it. It completely caught me off guard, my heart leapt for a second. The reviews in the App Store confirm just how great the app is.
Time for a Fincher recap. In my recent interview with David Fincher, the first question I asked was: "what are the defining factors that help you decide what project you're going to take?" It was a primer for figuring out what made him so interested in a Girl with the Dragon Tattoo remake, but before we even got to that, he took about 10 minutes to explain his interest in most of the films he has made, starting with Alien 3 and mentioning Zodiac and The Game. I pulled quotes for each film as well as updates from other films that he didn't mention for a complete look at why Fincher directed the 9 movies he has over his career. Read on!
With under a week until the end of 2011, and with several retrospective videos behind us, it's time to take a closer look at the movies from this year and the work they yielded. Kicking off this week's venture back through the films of 2011, I've made a list of my choices for what I believe to be the best movie posters of the year. While they're most easily described as just another form of marketing for a studio trying to get an audience into a theater, there are some movie posters that are just as beautiful as works of art, and many of them should be considered as such. And so here's my choices for the 8 Best Movie Posters from 2011.
As part of Warner Bros' preview of their 2012 line-up, one of the only photos they've released that is a true first look (since we haven't seen anything yet) is for Ben Affleck's Argo, the new hostage crisis based-on-a-true-story dramedy that Affleck is directing and starring in. The film boasts an impressive cast, from Bryan Cranston to John Goodman to Kyle Chandler to Alan Arkin, plus even Richard Kind and Clea DuVall. However, this photo only features Affleck sporting a new beard in his role as a CIA "exfiltration" specialist who helps to free six Americans caught in the Iranian revolution in the late 70s. View the first photo below.
On an unknown date in 2012, the Circus will return. Though there have been rumors all year long and even a few confirmations from the creators at various horror fests, we're just catching up with this story now. Word is there is another Killer Klowns from Outer Space movie coming, made by the same puppeteer team from the first one, the Chiodo Brothers. It'll also apparently be a "remake-sequel" mix, which they've dubbed a "requel", as stated at Screamfest in this YouTube clip. The sequel is already officially in the late stages of development, so the crazy clowns will definitely be back next year, and updates are still coming in.
The second trailer for John Carter released a little while back finally gave us a taste of the big action we can expect from the western/sci-fi hybrid based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' books. Taylor Kitsch stars as the titular character, a Civil War captain who gets transported to Mars, where he meets Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins) and other alien races living on the thriving red planet, and a new Japanese trailer has emerged which still has some great action hits, but also gives us a better idea of the story with new footage we haven't seen. The more I see from Andrew Stanton's first live-action venture, the more interested I am. Watch!
Pretty much everyone got to open up a few packages on Christmas yesterday, but today, we have some packages that might just be for the ladies. Warner Bros. has released the first official photo from Steven Soderbergh's male stripper drama Magic Mike starring Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer and some other ripped young men who will be scantily clad in theaters. The last time male strippers were prominent on film was The Full Monty, but these guys put the British gang to shame with McConaughey in his default shirtless form and Tatum and Pettyfer suited up for more than military action.
Joyeux Noel! Gledelig Jul! Froehliche Weihnachten! Mele Kalikimaka! From all of us at FirstShowing.net, we want to wish every one our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays! Whether you're with your family or with friends or whether it's snowing or sunny, we hope you have a wonderful weekend. For those that follow the tradition of seeing a movie on Christmas Day, like myself, I hope we've at the least helped you make the right choice. I'm planning on catching War Horse with my family this year. News and trailers always slow down quite a bit during the holidays, but we'll be back at full speed once 2012 arrives!
Continuing our annual tradition of posting Thanksgiving and Christmas Movie Guides every holiday season, our resident San Fran contributor, Marco Cerritos, has again put together a movie guide for Christmas 2011, providing a recap and rundown of what's playing and what's truly worth seeing. Marco has seen almost everything out there, and while you may not always agree with him, he provides the best reviews he can to make it a bit easier for everyone to choose. There are some great films currently playing in theaters (average grade is a B+), so if you're still a bit unsure of what to watch this Holiday, then look no further!
"Can you imagine flying over a war, and you know you can never look down?" I admit I'm a huge Steven Spielberg fanatic, mostly because I've grown up with his many films and love the epic storytelling he has a knack for. I was anxious to see War Horse, as it brings Spielberg back to the war landscape, which I personally love. I attended a screening of the film nearly a month ago and recorded a video blog at the time with our own Brandon Tenney and Peter Sciretta from SlashFilm, discussing our spoiler-free initial thoughts on the film we'd just seen. It finally arrives in theaters this weekend, so here is our video in full.