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"I see that I am a little piece of a big, big universe, and that makes it right." Let the Oscar craziness really begin! After earning a solid, and worthy, four nominations at the 85th Academy Awards this year, Fox Searchlight has decided to announce a re-release of Benh Zeitlin's Beasts of the Southern Wild, my #2 favorite film of 2012. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last year (in early 2012), which not-so-coincidentally I'm sure, kicks off again this very weekend in Park City, UT. Perfect timing. The film is being re-released and will play in roughly 12 select cities starting on January 18th, this coming Friday. Go see it!
Can Twitter predict the Oscar winners? Or even better, can Twitter influence the Oscar winners? We're now only 39 days until the 85th Academy Awards on February 24th, with the nominees already announced, so Twitter has launched a new page called the "Twitter Oscars Index". Using data from real-time tweets worldwide, they calculate who has the most buzz between the top six categories and all of the nominees in them. The page even has a handy awards calendar and live Oscar-related tweets. This is pretty sleek, and the data is presented well, easy to look at and decipher. But what does it all mean? Or is it just random chatter?
Last fall we got a very bloody first look at the found footage horror sequel S-VHS, which is making its debut at the Sundance Film Festival later this month (just like the original). Eduardo Sanchez (Blair Witch Project) and The Raid: Redemption helmer Gareth Evans are attached to direct segments along with Jason Eisener (Hobo with a Shotgun). In addition, Macabre director Timo Tjahjanto will co-direct his segment with Evans, and we now have the first teaser trailer for the film, and it looks like there will be some more cool short horror tales to behold. We'll be sure to see this one at midnight in the mountains. Watch!
Spielberg devotees, prepare thy wallets and hope you have a quick trigger finger tomorrow. AICN debuted two new Mondo posters highlighting the director's classic films Jaws and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, and they're both pretty damn fantastic. Artist Laurent Durieux has created an old school postcard-style travel image for Jaws, showing Amity Island with a subtle homage to the terrifying shark's fin embedded in an umbrella in the center, while designer Mike Mitchell takes a much more traditional approach to E.T. by capturing the gorgeous bicycle flying sequence in a burnt orange hue. Both go on sale tomorrow. Check 'em!
We've already gotten a good look at Ashton Kutcher as the late Steve Jobs in the biopic jOBS (which has already been acquired snatched up by Open Road Films), but now we have a couple of fresh looks of co-star Josh Gad before Sundance gets underway. USA Today has a new photo (and they tweeted one as well) that shows Gad as Steve Wozniak, one of Apple's co-founders and the man responsible for creating the Apple I computer. Gad doesn't quite have the scarily-accurate physical resemblance to his real life counterpart that Kutcher has, but as long as he embodies the essence of the tech genius, jOBS should surprise a lot of haters.
"It's a hell of a thing, ain't it…" Yes, finally! One of my favorite films of the Cannes Film Festival last year was filmmaker Jeff Nichols' follow-up to the excellent Take Shelter, a Mississippi Delta-set drama called Mud starring Matthew McConaughey. It didn't get enough love at Cannes and was covered up by the foreign films there, but it's playing at Sundance this week and will be released this year. Young actors Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland also co-star with Reese Witherspoon in this fantastic first official trailer, which includes a brief quote from yours truly (from this review). I actually can't wait to see it again! Enjoy!
Let's keep building the buzz for this post-apocalyptic sci-fi ensemble film, it's one of my most anticipated this year. A few weeks ago, we featured some concept art first look images from the official website, but now an actual set photo from Joon-ho Bong's Snowpiercer has been discovered by The Film Stage. The photo shows Korean actor Song Kang-ho, who has worked extensively with Joon-ho Bong in the past (Memories of Murder, The Host), on the massive train. You may notice the greenscreen outside of the windows, but besides that, it looks gritty and intriguing in many ways. Can't wait to see more, this is going to be awesome!
In case you don't have any musically inclined or hipster friends, vinyl records are all the rage right now. With a richer sound and vintage style, vinyl has become a popular format again for people who love music. And while some of my favorite music comes in the form of motion picture scores, I have to admit that I'm a little shocked and confused by a certain blockbuster sci-fi film score getting a limited edition vinyl release. Soundtrack.net (via The Playlist) has some details on a double LP limited edition release of John Williams' Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace score, complete with special color versions. Look below!
It's weird that only three years have passed since the raunchy time traveling comedy Hot Tub Time Machine hit theaters. Even more odd is that after the film grossed only $64 million worldwide (which isn't bad for an R-rated comedy that cost $36 million to make), THR reports MGM is currently considering a sequel to the film with the original film's director Steve Pink writing a script and also in talks to direct again. Craig Robinson, Clark Duke and Rob Corddry are in early talks to reprise their roles (with the latter potentially helping out on the script), but John Cusack is currently not involved in any capacity. Read on!
Last year, after the Oscars were handed out for the year in film that was 2011, a little video arrived highlighting those that were snubbed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by not even getting a nomination. This time, another one of those videos has arrived, but in a little more timely manner, following last week's announcement of the nominees for the 85th Annual Academy Awards, which will be announced live on ABC on February 24th. If you read our list of some of the biggest snubs and surprises, many will sound very familiar, and there's a couple that are certainly divisive inclusions. Watch!
Just over a month ago, we learned that Guillermo del Toro had set up a new project with Legendary Pictures to follow their collaboration on Pacific Rim. Crimson Peak will have del Toro returning to horror in the form of a haunted house thriller which the director describes as "a very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story." Now the first member of the cast has surfaced as Variety reports Emma Stone (who can currently be seen in Gangster Squad and soon Movie 43) will venture into the terrifying genre for the first time (unless you count Zombieland) with the master of horror. More below!
Last fall, Ariel Vroman's killer thriller The Iceman premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival (see the first trailer here), and the film finally gets a theatrical release this summer. The film sees Michael Shannon showing up on the big screen (before we see him as the villainous General Zod in Man of Steel) as Richard "The Ice Man" Kuklinski, a mafia hit man who murdered at least 100 people, including at least 50 vagrants before he was 18 years old. Ray Liotta, Chris Evans (looking really disheveled and creepy), David Schwimmer and Winona Ryder co-star in the film, and it looks like it should be intense.