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Even though we're already looking forward to the films coming in 2015, we've only just begun looking back at all the films that piqued our interest in 2014. We've been looking back at the year in cinema with plenty of retrospective videos, but now we want to add a personal touch by revealing what we really loved about the movies this year. As 2014 gets closer to the end, we'll count down our favorite films of the year, but I want to kick things off by revealing my picks for the 15 Best Official Movie Posters of 2014. Like our movie picks, this is purely subjective, but I'm confident that I've picked some of the most beautiful posters. Look!
Yesterday, a message from the hackers responsible for releasing tons of documents, e-mails and more from Sony Pictures threatened actual violence yesterday to any theaters showing the controversial Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy The Interview when it's slated to hit the big screen on Christmas Day. In response to the threat this morning, and given the blessing by Sony themselves, most of the major theater chains across the country announced that they wouldn't be showing the film. Now Deadline reports that Sony has sent out a press release to scrap the holiday release of the film entirely for now. More below!
Plenty of people were either freaked out, confused or just furious when they saw Chris Pratt riding his motorcycle with a pack of velociraptors at his side in the first trailer for Jurassic World. The shot basically confirmed that these particular dinosaurs have been tamed. While some think that goes against the principles of evolution and their position as unpredictable animals from the past, I'm betting they're not just flat out "good guy" dinosaurs in the end. Either way, as a treat before the holidays, director Colin Trevorrow has revealed a photo of Pratt on the set of Jurassic World with one of his raptor pals. Check it!
There's already a toy based on the dancing baby Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy coming soon, but now a more high quality collectible version of the pint-sized tree is on the way too. Hot Toys has just unveiled their version of baby Groot, and aside from being only a 1:4 scale figure, this is still probably going to be the best representation of the little guy we'll get. He comes with interchangeable heads, bendable arms to be posed with the best dance moves, and it's something that every fan of the Marvel Studios film is going to want. We've got some sweet shots of the cool collectible figure that you can see just below. I am Groot!
After landing a couple of Indie Spirit Award nominations for director David Zellner and star Rinko Kikuchi (Pacific Rim, Cloud Atlas), the indie drama Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter is coming to theaters in the spring, and the teaser trailer has arrived. Based on a true story, the film follows a woman who sets out on a journey to retrieve the briefcase full of money that was buried in the frozen ground in the Coen Brothers comedy Fargo. Due to the disclaimer at the beginning of the film calling it a true story (it's not), she's driven to find this treasure. It's quite a unique premise, and it looks like a real gem. Watch it!
Back in 2011, when the idea of the MoviePass was introduced, movie theater chains across the country were enraged and wanted no part of cooperating with the company trying to deliver unlimited movies to theater goers. Then in 2012, the service hit the marketplace by using a debit card combined with an iOS app, and it's been up and running ever since. They've had some hiccups as far as their service goes, mainly the introduction of the 24-hour countdown between movie check-ins that ruins any chance for late evening into midnight double features, but now they might be improving by striking their first movie theater partnership.
On Monday, we got a look at the first piece of concept art and the title treatment for The Jungle Book after Disney unveiled it over the weekend. Production is underway on the adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic book, and director Jon Favreau has been posting some cool photos from behind the scenes, both in the sound booth for recording cast members like Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray and Christopher Walken, and on the set with Mowgli (played by newcomer Neel Sethi, the only actor who will actually be seen on screen). Can't wait to see what the visual effects are like to bring the animals to life. Look below!
For over 20 years now The Library of Congress has chosen a select group of films to be preserved in the National Film Registry, and this year's titles have just been revealed. Last year's additions included Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, Disney's Mary Poppins and Michael Moore's Roger & Me. Now 25 more films will be preserved under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act as they have been deemed "a crucial element of American creativity, culture and history" and represent "the extraordinary diversity of America’s film heritage and the disparate strands making it so vibrant." So what made the cut?
Back in the summer of 2013, we heard that MGM was developing a Rocky spin-off called Creed that would focus on the grandson of Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers from the original film franchise) as he follows his natural instinct and talent to get into the boxing ring with champ Rocky Balboa as his mentor. Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler and his star Michael B. Jordan were brought aboard the film, and Sylvester Stallone was even going to reprise his role as Rocky. Well, believe it or not, that project is still happening, and Deadline reports they've just landed Dear White People star Tessa Thompson in a role.
It's been a tough few weeks for Sony Pictures. A group calling themselves Guardians of Peace hacked into the studio's network and stole terabytes of personal and private business documents, e-mails and more. The hack was seemingly initiated by North Korea in an effort to stop the release of Seth Rogen and James Franco's comedy The Interview, in which a talk show host and his producer try to assassinate the country's leader Kim Jong-un. They've been slowly leaking them with revelations of projects in development, some dastardly gossip garbage and more. But now they've taken things to another level with a threat of violence against any theaters who show the film, opening on Christmas Day, in the US. Read on!
The cast of Suicide Squad was officially confirmed at the beginning of the month with Jared Leto as the Joker, Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Tom Hardy as Rick Flag, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress. But that's only our heroes. What about their overseers? Well, after names like Oprah Winfrey an Octavia Spencer were said to be in contention for the role of prison warden Amanda Waller, Latino Review is reporting that Viola Davis (Ender's Game, The Help) is taking the role of a former congressional aide and government agent placed in charge of the Suicide Squad, a semi-secret government-run group of former supervillains working in return for amnesty. More below!
Aside from his incredible filmography and influence on cinema over the past few decades, director Steven Spielberg is also known as being a master at pulling amazing performances from child actors. Whether it's Drew Barrymore and Henry Thomas in E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Cary Guffey in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards in Jurassic Park, Jonathan Ke Quan in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Christian Bale in Empire of the Sun, Haley Joel Osment in A.I. Artificial Intelligence or Dakota Fanning in War of the Worlds, he's done some great work with kids on the big screen. And now he's just found his latest child star for his adaptation of Roald Dahl's The BFG. Read on!
After being rumored to head back to the seas in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, former franchise star Orlando Bloom spoke with IGN about the possibility of returning to the Disney adventure series. Bloom confirmed that he's been talking with the studio about coming back, but it's not a done deal. He said, "I’m not entirely sure that [I'll be back] just yet, but there are talks." And it sounds like his discussions have keyed him into some details that we hadn't heard before. Bloom adds, "Basically they want to reboot the whole franchise, I think, and do something with me and the relationship with my son..."
Beginning this week, we will be taking a look back at the year in cinema that was 2014, from our favorite posters to our favorite movies and more. We've already been featuring some retrospectives of all the movies that came out this year with videos like Sleepy Skunk's 2014 Movie Trailer Mash-Up and Nick Bosworth's Final Cut 2014 (and we have more of those coming soon, too). But today, we're ready to look forward to all the new movies coming up next year with a list of our 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015. There's a couple Marvel movies, a new Quentin Tarantino flick and of course the long-awaited return to a galaxy far, far away. Together we chose 20 movies that we just can't wait to see, with explanation for each. Look!