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Golden Globes Celebrate #MeToo Movement and 2017’s Achievements in Film

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The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards didn’t see any misread Best Picture announcements. Instead, host Seth Meyers was booed for his Harvey Weinstein jokes and Oprah Winfrey gave a stirring speech while wearing black in order to support the #MeToo Movement that has shaken Hollywood, hopefully for the better. Celebrities male and female alike took to the red carpet in (mostly) all black attire to show support and solidarity in the cleansing of the industry after moguls like Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and Jeffrey Tambor were accused of sexual misconduct by a multitude of women. The purging of Hollywood, however, did not take the spotlight away from the achievements we saw in film in 2017. Continue reading

Civil Rights Biographical Drama ‘Selma’ Opens In Theaters This Friday


Like Interstellar, we’ve been following the upcoming Civil Rights drama Selma for some time now, and this week we’ll finally see it open in theaters. Starring David Oyelowo (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Interstellar) as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the film comes from producer Oprah Winfrey and director Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere, Scandal) about King’s epic march between Selma and Montgomery, Alabama at the height of the Civil Rights movement in 1965. Making up the supporting cast are actors Cuba Gooding Jr. (Pearl Harbor, American Gangster), Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction), Carmen Ejogo (Away We Go, The Purge: Anarchy), Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now, Bobby), and Tom Wilkinson (The Patriot, Rush Hour) as President Lyndon B. Johnson. While the film chronicles the events of the march historically, writer Paul Webb also delves into the character of King as a person, showing him not only as the leader of a powerful movement but also as a man with his own trials and tribulations. Selma has already been nominated for four Golden Globes, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (David Oyelowo) and also Best Original Song for Common and John Legend‘s Glory (Common will also be seen in the movie!). You can see the trailer above, then definitely add this to your Must-See list. Also opening this week is Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice and Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen‘s Taken 3, so you have plenty of options for this weekend…choose wisely!

Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood To Compose Score For Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice’

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Many people may not be aware of Jonny Greenwood’s musical contributions outside of the English rock-band Radiohead, but the 42 year old musician is quickly becoming one of Hollywood’s hidden gems. Greenwood won a Grammy for his work on director Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood (2007), and also worked with the director on his more recent film, The Master (2012). Before working with Anderson, however, Greenwood’s music was featured in several big name motion pictures, including Children of Men (2006), Unfaithful (2002), Vanilla Sky (2001), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), and Romeo+Juliet (1996). Now Greenwood is also being contracted to score Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice, which is scheduled for release sometime this year and which stars Jena Malone, Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Benicio Del Toro, and Martin Short. Although Anderson’s films have won (and received even more nominations) for the Oscars and Golden Globes, Greenwood’s work as a composer for the big screen has yet to be recognized by either film organization. Maybe this time he will get his big break, but either way his talents can no longer be overlooked by anyone in the film industry, even if Paul Anderson is the only filmmaker in Hollywood to let the musician work his magic. Stay tuned for more information on Inherent Vice.

Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson Join Scorsese’s Next Project Silence

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Director Martin Scorsese has been very busy the last year trying to get his new project The Wolf of Wall Street into the theaters and onto his trophy shelf. The film experienced several problems during production, including cuts that had to be made for both time and content, but it was all worth the wait. Wall Street has already been nominated for five Oscars and also won Leonardo DiCaprio a Golden Globe for Best Actor. Now the director is moving on to his next project Silence, a film based on the novel of the same name by Shusaku Endo. The story follows a pair of Jesuit priests in the 17th century persecution-era of Christianity, who travel to Japan to spread their faith and to search for their friend and mentor. According to Deadline Hollywood, actors Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider Man) and Liam Neeson (Taken, Nell) will be leading the cast, along with Adam Driver and Ken Watanabe. The film is scheduled for release in 2015, and is supposed to begin shooting in Taiwan later this year.

Oscar Winner Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead At 46

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Yesterday the film industry was struck by another terrible tragedy. Just two months following the sudden death of Paul Walker, Oscar winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his apartment in New York City yesterday from what is believed to be a drug overdose. The 46 year old actor leaves behind a legacy of characters including a spoiled prep student in Scent of a Woman, a mistrusted priest in Doubt, the Rock n Roll critic Lester Bangs in Almost Famous, the smart yet energetic clown Dusty in Twister, and the troubled writer Truman Capote in Bennett Miller’s oscar-winning biopic. Hoffman won an Oscar and Golden Globe for his portrayal of Truman Capote in 2006, and has been nominated for a total of four Oscars and four Globes for his roles in Doubt, Charlie Wilson’s War, The Savages, and his most recent picture, The Master in 2012. The actor has also played parts in Punch-Drunk Love, The Big Lebowski, Patch Adams, Along Came Polly, and Mission: Impossible 3. His most recent projects included two selections at this years Sundance Festival: A Most Wanted Man and God’s Pocket. The actor also played a part in the latest installment of The Hunger Games series, Catching Fire. The role is expected to be a part of the third film, so along with several other in-development roles Hoffman was expected to take, the studios/filmmakers will have to find other actors to take his place. Hoffman is succeeded by his three children, Cooper, Tallulah, and Willa with longtime girlfriend Mimi O’Donnell. Hoffman’s contribution to film, as well as his personal talent and admiration for his art will truly be missed in the future.

Avatar Sequels Confirmed For 2016, ’17, and ’18

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James Cameron took the movie world to new limits when he released Avatar to audiences back in 2009. The first movie to be filmed specifically for IMAX, Avatar’s special effects and cinematography won the respective awards at the Oscars back in 2010, and also won two Golden Globes for Best Director (James Cameron) and Best Picture. The film set a new standard for making special effects movies with modern technology, much in the same way as George Lucas did with Star Wars in 1977. Following the success of Avatar, Cameron started planning out a series of sequels for his cinematic adventure, which will now be hitting theaters Lord of the Rings-style starting in December of 2016.

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Actors Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana recently confirmed they would be returning for the three sequels, which will be filmed back-to-back in New Zealand and are being written by screenwriters Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, and Shane Salerno. As I understand it Friedman and Salerno will be writing the first and final sequel separately, and Jaffa and Silver will be collaborating on the middle installment, but as of now there are still no details or hints regarding the plot of any of the three movies. Not to worry, though; James Cameron never keeps fans waiting for a movie that isn’t worth seeing. The director is co-writing all three movies with his screenwriters, and is behind some of the most memorable and successful projects in Hollywood, including The Terminator, Titanic, Aliens, and The Abyss. With all that experience I think it’s safe to say that fans have nothing to worry about; they just have to play the waiting game, which is nothing new to fans of Cameron.

The Wolf of Wall Street, Secret Life of Walter Mitty In Theaters Christmas Day

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This December has already seen a swarm of new movies, and it’s not even Christmas day yet! Earlier in the month the Coen Brothers’ musical drama Inside Llewyn Davis came out to theaters starring Oscar Isaac, John Goodman and Justin Timberlake. The film follows a young singer/songwriter in the middle of the folk scene of 1960s Greenwich Village and has already received 3 Golden Globe nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor (Oscar Isaac), and Best Original Song. Also in theaters is the second installment of director Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, this one sub-titled The Desolation of Smaug. The film picks up where the first left off, and along with Ian McKellen and Cate Blanchett, also brings Orlando Bloom back to the Tolkien world from the original Lord of the Rings trilogy. Anchorman 2 and American Hustle both come out this week, and are most likely to be the big holiday hits for the 2013 season.

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Hustle is Christian Bale’s second film for this month following the violent crime-drama Out of the Furnace from director Scott Cooper and co-starring Woody Harrelson and Casey Affleck. Mary Poppins has also found her way back to the big screen this year in the form of Tom Hanks and Emma Watson’s new movie Saving Mr. Banks, which was highlighted at the major film festivals earlier this year and is finally being released to the public for the holiday season. The big Christmas Day releases this year, however, include the controversial new film from director Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street, which follows the life and crimes of Jordan Belfort, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which was directed by and stars Ben Stiller in the lead role of a man who goes on a global adventure after his job is threatened. Both these films are sure to do well at the box office, with Mitty already having received a nomination for Best Picture at the New York Film Festival and Wolf receiving Golden Globe nods for Best Actor (DiCaprio) and Best Picture.

With all this talk about film it almost makes you forget Christmas is coming, but if you have any time this holiday season, check out your local movie theater; there is guaranteed to be something you like showing!!!

Martin Scorsese To Retire From Film???

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Just reading the headline makes your stomach churn. Legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese has been responsible for some of the finest movies made in cinematic history. His resume includes such classics as Goodfellas (1990), Casino (1995), Raging Bull (1980), Taxi Driver (1976), The Departed (2006), and The Aviator (2004), and that’s only to name a few. Scorsese has maintained his reputation as a director ever since his first breakthrough project, Mean Streets, in 1973, but his talents are definitely not limited to great original storytelling. The director has spent a great number of years following the great rock and roll acts of the 20th century, particularly The Rolling Stones, The Band, Michael Jackson, and George Harrison. His latest film, The Wolf of Wall Street, is due out this month, after which he will begin filming his next project, Silence, this upcoming summer. Scorsese won the Academy Award for Best Director in 2007 for The Departed and has been nominated for the same award a total of 7 times, as well as securing four Golden Globes. With all that under his belt one can understand his desire to retire on his own terms, as well as the pressure he must still have to endure during the film process at the age of 71! But we may yet see a few more films before he decides to definitely stop working. He is currently working on a documentary on former president Bill Clinton, and is supposed to helm a Sinatra biopic after Silence is completed, so we’ll hold our breath on this retirement news for now.

Scary Flicks for Halloween

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It’s that time of year again when the leaves turn gold, the air gets cold, and the candy companies flood every corner and grocery store across America. Halloween comes back around every Autumn, coinciding with the start of the NFL, NBA and NHL seasons, which makes it one of the best times of the year! To capture the true feeling of this fun and historical holiday (Halloween is based on an ancient festival known as Samhain, celebrating the end of summer and those who have passed from the Earth), be sure to check out some classic horror movies that have made Halloween so enjoyable throughout the years.

1. Halloween, Halloween II (1978, 1981)

John Carpenter and Debra Hill made horror movie history when their low-budget horror film, simply entitled Halloween, broke box office records and made newcomer Jamie Lee Curtis an instant star. Donald Pleasance (1919-1995) starred in the lead role as psychiatrist Sam Loomis (taking the name from the characgter Sam Loomis in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, which also starred Jamie Lee Curtis’s mother Janet Leigh!), who pursues his escaped mental patient to his hometown in order to prevent a massive killing spree on Halloween night, only to find himself and the Haddonfield Police unable to cope with the evil that is Michael Myers. The film has gone on to have seven sequels and most recently a “revision” of the original films by director Rob Zombie, but none have ever been able to top the movie that’s become known as the first of the “slasher-movie genre.”

2. The Exorcist (1973)

Known as the scariest movie of all time, The Exorcist set a new standard for the horror movie genre when it won four Golden Globe Awards for Best Picture, Best Director (William Friedkin), Best Supporting Actress (Linda Blair), and Best Screenplay (William Peter Blatty). Based on the novel by William Blatty, who would return in 1990 to write and direct Exorcist 3 based on his novel Legion, The Exorcist frightened audiences with its revolutionary sound effects, makeup art, and cinematography. Sound editors Robert Knudson and Christopher Newman also won the Academy Award for Best Sound, and the film has gone down in history as the definitive horror film, praying on the audiences’ inner demons and fear of the unknown. A definite must see if you never have before!

3. Frankenstein (1931)

Whether you’re a fan of scary movies or not, chances are you’ve seen some variation of Frankenstein. Boris Karloff, however, has always maintained the definitive look that everyone associates with the creature created by a mad scientist for his own ambitions. Although the story has gone on to have countless sequels and remakes, director James Whales’ original set a horror standard for its time, and helped Boris Karloff become one of the most famous faces the horror genre ever saw. After you watch the classic, check out Mel Brooks’ hilarious spin on the story, Young Frankenstein (1974).

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4. The Amityville Horror (1979, 2005)

Based on the book The Amityville Horror: A True Story by author Jay Anson, The Amityville Horror is one of the iconic haunted house stories. Playing with both psychological thrill and jump-from-the-screen screams, Amityville has maintained a reputation as one of the most famous horror movies, partly in fact because it is based on actual events. Having more than four sequels, and a re-make staring Ryan Reynolds in 2005, Amityville definitely makes the list of classics!

5. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974, 2003)

Another movie that has been revamped for new generations, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a great watch for the Halloween spirit. Based in part on the crimes of actual murderer Ed Gein, Chainsaw follows a group of friends as they travel through Texas and experience horrors beyond nightmares when they come across Leatherface and his family of cannibals and deep-country incest. The film has also had several sequels and a successful re-make in 2003 starring Jessica Biel. The story is pretty entertaining whether you watch the original or the new one, so knock yourself out.

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Other honorable mentions you should definitely check out include:
6. The Shining (1980)
7. Friday The 13th, Part I and II (1980, 1981)
8. Dracula (1931)
9. Sleepy Hollow (1999)
10. Psycho (1960)

Happy Halloween!!!

Breaking Bad This Sunday

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This Sunday is the premiere of AMC’s final season of Breaking Bad, the smash hit about a high school chemistry teacher turned crystal-meth drug-lord! Since the series premiere in 2008, both Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul have won Emmy’s for their roles as Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, and the show itself has received critical acclaim, including three three Golden Globe nominations. I’m currently catching up on the whole series myself, which is available on Netflix (except for the last season), but I hope to be caught up real soon. If you’re a fan of the show be sure to catch the first episode on AMC this Sunday night at 9/8c.