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If you haven't seen the Best Picture nominated film Gravity by now, there's still a small chance you can catch it in a theater near you before the 86th Academy Awards air on March 2nd. But if you haven't seen the film yet, you'll want to steer clear of the rest of this story because it will has BIG SPOILERS for the ending of the film starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Recently, director Alfonso Cuaron participated in an AMA on Reddit where he revealed an alternate ending to the film that sounds pretty dark and grizzly. But we think Cuaron could also be joking. Details on this odd alternate ending are found below!
The remake of RoboCop hit theaters last night, and while the film is a pointless remake of a great 80s film that makes no attempt to have any real weight or substance, it definitely hits the audience over the head with right-wing satire. Throughout the film, Samuel L. Jackson plays Pat Novak, an exaggerated take on Bill O'Reilly (or any intense political pundit really), who hosts a program called The Novak Element. On his show, Novak is constantly berating Americans for not letting OmniCorp's robots police the streets just as they doing in foreign countries with the military. But is that the only satire that lies within this remake?
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? The story of a nobody who saved everybody. In theaters everywhere is The LEGO Movie, an animated movie directed by Phil Lord & Chris Miller ("Clone High", Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street) based on the minifigs and plastic blocks that the entire world is familiar with. The story involves an ordinary minifig named Emmet, voiced by Chris Pratt, who joins a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the universe together. He teams up with Unikitty, Wyldstyle, Batman and many others. Once you've seen this, leave a comment with your thoughts on The LEGO Movie.
Hooray! A big congratulations to Emmanuel Lubezki, who just won the top honor at the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards for Outstanding Achievement. Lubezki won the award for his work on Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, which is picking up awards left and right including Best Director at the DGA Awards a few weeks ago (where the photo below is from). Lubezki was up against a tough set of five other nominees this year, including Sean Bobbitt of 12 Years a Slave, Bruno Delbonnel of the Coen Bros' Inside Llewyn Davis, Barry Ackroyd of Captain Phillips, Philippe Le Sourd of Kar Wai Wong's The Grandmaster and Phedon Papamichael of Alexander Payne's B&W film Nebraska. Read on for more 2014 winners details.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Adapted from Joyce Maynard's bestselling novel, Jason Reitman's latest work, the fifth feature film he's directed, is Labor Day. The film stars Josh Brolin as a drifter along with Kate Winslet plus Gattlin Griffith as her son. It first premiered at film festivals in late 2013, but is now in wide release from Paramount. Check your local listings to see this film in theaters. So how is it? After Juno, Up in the Air and Young Adult, is one of Reitman's better films? How are Winslet and Brolin together? If you've seen it, leave a comment with your own thoughts on Jason Reitman's Labor Day.
In a move that might change the way films are promoted in movie theaters, the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) has changed their voluntary in-theater marketing guidelines which "will evolve in response to technological innovations, marketing and advertising trends, competition in the marketplace, and consumer demands." Amongst the biggest changes are for movie trailers, with new guidelines dictating that all trailers should be under two minutes and should not hit theaters more than 150 days in advance (while other promotional materials shouldn't hit more than 120 days in advance). But that's not all.
Well, this is just terrible. Just after hearing over a week ago that Quentin Tarantino had completed the first draft of his new western The Hateful Eight, with an eye towards Bruce Dern and Christoph Waltz to star, the film has now been shelved due to a stupid mistake by someone in Hollywood. Deadline has word that the script for the film leaked around Hollywood after the writer and director only handed it out to only six people. Apparently Tarantino's agents began getting phone calls from agents looking to pitch actors for roles in the film, and that's how he found out. The director is so upset that he has decided he will publish the story first (maybe as a book or graphic novel?) and may make the movie "in the next five years."
Late on Friday night, I walked into the Eccles Theater at the Sundance Film Festival to see a film called Frank. I knew nothing about it. All I had seen beforehand was the photo in the Sundance guide (seen here) - three people standing next to each other, one of them wearing a giant head mask. That was enough to sell me. I didn't know who the director was, I didn't even read the synopsis, I didn't know anything about it at all before. I walked out a few hours later in love with one of the most original, most entertaining films I've encountered at this festival. This is the greatest way to experience movies - without know anything going in.
The end of an era. Maybe it's time to fire up Bob Dylan's song again. The LA Times reports that Paramount Pictures has been informing movie theaters that Anchorman 2 is the last film they'll be distributing on film. From now on, the studio will only distribute their films digitally, and Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street was their first movie in wide release to be distributed entirely as DCP (digital cinema prints). "For 120 years, film and 35 mm has been the format of choice for theatrical presentations. Now we're seeing the end of that," Jan-Christopher Horak, director of the UCLA Film & Television Archive, told the LA Times.
To Tweet, or not to Tweet: that is the question... I remember the first time I really got into Twitter. I was at SXSW (in 2007, my first and only year there) and I remember driving down Congress discussing the merits of Twitter with my film blogger colleagues. Why would I want to be on there? Is there anything to say, what would I tweet? How far we've come... Now seven years have passed and Twitter is not only still around, it changed the world, and it's booming. They just went public on the New York Stock Exchange, they have 230 million users from all over the world, and it has become an extremely powerful service for communication, influence and interaction (and beyond). And I still love using it every day, especially to cover film festivals.
The complete list of nominees for the 86th Academy Awards, the most prestigious award in Hollywood, have been announced today (via Oscars.com). The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the nominees this morning live from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. There's no need to spend any more time introducing this, so let's get right down to it! This year, The Academy has selected a total of nine Best Picture nominees, including: Gravity, Her, Philomena, Wolf of Wall Street and 12 Years a Slave, but oddly no Inside Llewyn Davis. So without further ado, here is the full list of 2014 nominees from 2013.
The winners of the HFPA's 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards, the precursor to the Academy Awards, have been announced tonight at a ceremony held at The Beverly Hilton hotel, hosted by the incredibly talented Tina Fey & Amy Poehler, back from last year. Our list below will be updated with all film-related winners as they're revealed during the ceremony's live broadcast. The nominees were wild as usual, so it should be fun to see who ends up winning, and which films the HFPA fell in love with more than others. Here's to hoping they go for Her, 12 Years a Slave or Gravity. Find out who took home Globes! List below.
We've already had one week of new theatrical releases in 2014, but there are dozens more to come, with much better movies than the dismal offerings that January holds. After delivering my personal picks for the 15 Best Movies of 2013 (make sure you check out Joey & Jeremy's Top 10 of 2013 as well), it's time to look to the future. Much like last year, I've composed a list of the films that I'm most excited to see this year. Honestly, this list could be endless, but these are the ones that I just can't wait to see. There's not really any indies, because it's hard to tell when most will get released, and next week, I'll be checking out a lot of hopefuls at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival anyway. So here's my 14 Most Anticipated Films of 2014.
What do the books Time's Arrow and One Hundred Years of Solitude have to do with Christopher Nolan's Interstellar? Quite a bit, if their appearance in the first teaser means something. Those who've seen the first Interstellar teaser trailer, on the big screen or online, may have noticed the very obvious bookshelf shot, featuring a little toy rocket and a couple of books that very prominently come into focus. As my mind kept wandering back to the teaser, I wanted to see which books I could find and discover what they mean - if anything. Let's have fun and see what references Nolan seems to have hidden in the first Interstellar trailer.