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How Zack Snyder's 'Watchmen' Paved the Way to 'Batman v Superman'

Watchmen

On March 6th in 2009, Zack Snyder's Watchmen opened in theaters. The movie ended up being a modest success – earning nearly $200 million worldwide on a $130 million budget, with 65% on Rotten Tomatoes – but it would later develop more of a cult following on home video, with a "Director's Cut" and eventually an "Ultimate Cut" with a run-time of 215 minutes. Watchmen was released a year after Marvel Studios' Iron Man and several years before The Avengers and the big boom of superhero movies as we know it. As the film celebrates the 7th anniversary of its release, let's take a look back at how Watchmen paved the way for Snyder's upcoming Batman v Superman movie, and perhaps the entire DC Extended Universe itself.

 Posted March 12 in Discuss, Editorial, Hype | Comments

2016 Academy Awards Winners - 'Spotlight' Tops + 'Leo' Gets His Gold

88th Academy Awards

The 88th Academy Awards are upon us and it's time to watch the show and discover the winners of the most prestigious award in Hollywood. The Oscar ceremony is being broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood with the esteemed Chris Rock as our host of the show this year. With eight worthy Best Picture nominees, it should be exciting to find out which one is the big winner. It has been a very interesting year - no one knows for sure what will win, it could be anyone. Will Mad Max reign supreme or will Iñárritu top again? It's finally time to find out who is taking home an Oscar, and who isn't, at the Academy Awards. The full list below will be updated with winners marked once announced live tonight - refresh for updates.

PICTURE:
Spotlight
Spotlight directed
by Tom McCarthy
DIRECTOR:
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
for The Revenant
ACTOR:
Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
for The Revenant
ACTRESS:
Brie Larson
Brie Larson
for Room

Read on for a complete list of #Oscars2016 nominees & winners. Let us know what you think of the results!

This will be updated throughout the night to reflect the winners as revealed. Additionally, I might be adding a small bit of editorial commentary beneath each category. Winners are highlighted in BOLD below.

 Posted February 28 in Awards, Discuss, Feat, Movie News | Comments

J.J. Abrams Admits: 'It's Not Cloverfield 2' But It Does Have a Monster

10 Cloverfield Lane

Finally, the truth comes out. No, 10 Cloverfield Lane is not a Cloverfield sequel. In fact, it has nothing to do with Cloverfield (the original 2008 monster movie), producer J.J. Abrams finally admits: "This movie is very purposefully not called Cloverfield 2, because it's not Cloverfield 2." However, what he's getting at here is the "bigger picture" concept behind why Cloverfield is in the title and what they're going for: "there is a bigger idea at play for us with these movies and this connection." Essentially, movies made by Bad Robot that end up with "Cloverfield" in the title or synopsis are part of a series of "monster movies" that deal with a big sci-fi threat - not specifically the same monster. Abrams finally cleared the air about what to expect.

 Posted February 26 in Discuss, Hype, Movie News, SciFi | Comments

Editorial: Why Hollywood Mustn't Rate Everything D for 'Deadpool'

Deadpool

The box office totals are in. The reviews have been read and audiences have spoken with a mouth as loud as a merc - Tim Miller's Deadpool is a huge success, and not just financially or even critically. It has been universally well received, which is a tremendous accomplishment for a third tier superhero character that (according to 20th Century Fox) had minimal mainstream appeal that languished in development hell for years. It was the vulgar, graphic and unadulterated version of Thomas the Tank Engine, the little irreverent train that could. However, with the success of Deadpool, major movie studios everywhere might not take the best lessons from the film's astronomical success – as James Gunn illustrated so brilliantly last weekend. So let's take a look at what Hollywood can glean from the outrageous success of the Merc with a Mouth.

 Posted February 17 in Discuss, Editorial, Marvel | Comments

Ben Wheatley's 'High-Rise' Film Has the Best Posters So Far This Year

High-Rise Poster

Leave the real world behind. Even though it's barely a week into February, I'm impressed by the amount of high quality marketing material we've seen this year so far. While I must acknowledge that the marketing for Deadpool has been brilliant across the board, and this new poster for Allegiant is worth pointing out, the best poster art released this year so far is for Ben Wheatley's High-Rise. The film already premiered last year and played at a few festivals (read Jeremy's review or Amanda's review) but has yet to be given a US release date, even though it opens in the UK in a few months. These posters are promoting the UK release, which is perhaps the explanation behind why they're so unique. View both High-Rise posters in full below.

 Posted February 8 in Discuss, Hype, Posters | Comments

88th Academy Awards Nominations Announced - Full List for 2015

Academy Awards Nominations

The complete list of nominees for the 88th Academy Awards, the most prestigious award in Hollywood, have been announced today (via oscar.go.com). The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the nominees this morning live via online/television broadcast. They've nominated many outstanding films, and most of the standout performances of 2015, though there are always more. There's no need to spend any more time introducing this, so let's get right down to it! This year, The Academy selected a total of eight Best Picture nominee films, including: The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room, Spotlight. So without further ado, here is the full list of 2016 Oscar noms.

 Posted January 14 in Awards, Discuss, Movie News | Comments

George Miller Says He Won't Be Making Any More 'Mad Max' Movies?

George Miller

No way! Say it isn't true! This may just be a Golden Globes rumor, but it might also end up being true. Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller, who just received a nomination from the Directors Guild Awards, is apparently not planning to make any more Mad Max movies again. In one of their recaps of celebrity musings from the Golden Globes, they include quotes from George Miller where he apparently straight up says: "I won't make more Mad Max movies. Fury Road… was forever getting completed." Ouch. Apparently the extended production was rough enough that he's no longer interested in more. Which is understandable.

 Posted January 12 in Discuss, Movie News, Rumors | Comments

Sound Off: Alejandro G. Iñárritu's 'The Revenant' - Your Thoughts?

The Revenant Sound Off

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "As long as you can still grab a breath, you fight. You breathe…" Now playing in theaters nationwide is the action survival thriller The Revenant, the follow-up feature from Best Director winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu (who also won Best Picture with Birdman last year). Based on a true story, Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Hugh Glass, a frontiersman left for dead after a vicious bear attack. He manages to stay alive and seek revenge on the man who betrayed him. Also starring Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter and Forrest Goodluck. So how is it? Too pretentious, or sublime? Once you've seen it, leave a comment below with your own thoughts on Iñárritu's The Revenant.

 Posted January 8 in Discuss, Sound Off | Comments

'Star Wars' Proves How Much the Experience Still Matters to Most

Star Wars - The Force Awakens

In cinemas around the world this past weekend, millions of people came out to experience the new Star Wars movie on the big screen. It wasn't just an event, it was much more than that. It's an experience that moviegoers have been anxiously awaiting for years (technically 32 years since last saw Han & Leia & Luke), with many challenging themselves to not watch any footage before release. And I'm not just talking about waiting to see our old friends again, but savoring a chance to go in and experience a movie without any of the major plot points or big reveals being ruined before. It's this kind of communal cinematic experience, and the ensuing discussions/arguments/enthusiasm that arise afterward, that I relish. And it's something I feel has been missing from Hollywood recently. Of course it was Star Wars that brought that feeling back.

 Posted December 21 in Discuss, Editorial, Star Wars | Comments

Sound Off: J.J. Abrams' 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' - Thoughts?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "The Force, it's calling to you. Just let it in." It's here!! It's time!! Lucasfilm and Disney present Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, now playing in theaters worldwide. The return of Han and Luke and Leia and Chewie and all of our old friends. But it's also an introduction to a new set of characters - Finn, played by John Boyega, as well as Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, and Poe Dameron, played by Oscar Isaac. On the bad side, there's Adam Driver as Kylo Ren + Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux. Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew all return. Star Wars is back! Does it live up to the hype? How does it compare to the Original Trilogy? Or is it a mess? Once you see this, leave a comment below with your thoughts on Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

 Posted December 17 in Discuss, Sound Off, Star Wars | Comments

Editorial: Why 'The Force Awakens' Won't Be What Every Fan Wants

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

This Friday (and in some places, Thursday or even Wednesday night) moviegoers across the nation and even the world will be plopping down in their theater seats as they anxiously wait for the first frames of the first Star Wars movie in ten years, The Force Awakens, to unspool on their screens. The anticipation for this next chapter – directed by J.J. Abrams - in the Star Wars legacy is literally through the roof of the Millennium Falcon, with many lucky journalists and fans having seen the film at the extravagant World Premiere in Los Angeles on Monday. Early word of mouth has been generally positive so far, but let's take a look at why it will be okay if The Force Awakens doesn't meet your expectations.

 Posted December 17 in Discuss, Editorial, Star Wars | Comments

Sound Off: Ron Howard's 'In the Heart of the Sea' - Your Thoughts?

In the Heart of the Sea

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "We were headed for the edge of sanity… like we were aberrations, phantoms." Now playing in theaters everywhere is Ron Howard's latest movie In the Heart of the Sea, a story inspired by the whaling adventure that turned into the story of "Moby Dick", written by Herman Melville (who appears in the film as played by Ben Whishaw). Chris Hemsworth plays Owen Chase, a man who wishes to be captain but is assigned first mate on a voyage to hunt whales, captained by George Pollard, played by Benjamin Walker. So how is this adventure? After being delayed, is it worth the wait? Once you see it, leave a comment with your own thoughts on Ron Howard's In the Heart of the Sea.

 Posted December 11 in Discuss, Sound Off | Comments

2016 Golden Globes Nominees - 'Carol', 'The Revenant' & 'Trumbo'

Golden Globes

The list of nominations for the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards (of 2016), the yearly precursor to the Academy Awards, have just been announced today - you can find all the film nominees below. The infamous Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees this morning from The Beverly Hilton. The selection this year is solid, but as always full of some wacky picks, and a few snubs. The top nominees are Todd Haynes' Carol, Alejandro G. Iñárritu's The Revenant, and Jay Roach's Trumbo, picking up a few surprise noms same as the SAG Awards. Another interesting year of picks but not surprising for the HFPA.

 Posted December 10 in Awards, Discuss, Movie News | Comments

Watch: David Ehrlich's 'The 25 Best Films of 2015' Video Countdown

25 Best Films of 2015

We're still a few weeks away from Star Wars opening, which means most of us can't make our Top 10 list until we see that movie. But in the meantime, some critics have no desire to worry about Star Wars and are putting out their Best of the Year lists right now anyway. One of the annual must-see lists is actually a video countdown made by my colleague David Ehrlich (follow him @davidehrlich). He counts down his 25 best films of the year, including one excellent short (World of Tomorrow). It's a beautiful video that, along with trailer retrospectives, is a stellar reminder of why we loves movies - to discover the few that stick with you.

 Posted December 7 in Discuss, Feat, To Watch | Comments

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