Top Movie News for December 25, 2014

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Everything Wrong With Guardians Of The Galaxy And A James Gunn Rebuttal Cinema Sins has put together an Everything Wrong With The Guardians Of The Galaxy video. These are always fun to watch, but this one seems a little nit-picky to me… and to James Gunn who actually addressed one of the things brought up in the clip.

11 things you should know about 'Into the Woods' Christine Baranski, James Lapine, Emily Blunt, Tracey Ullman and director Rob Marshall provide some insight into the history and making of "Into the Woods"http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/in-contention

Why Did Tim Burton Pick Lana Del Rey To Write And Sing ‘Big Eyes’? Why did Tim Burton choose Lana Del Rey to co-pen and sing the title track for his upcoming creepfest, “Big Eyes”? According to the acclaimed director, it’s because the song gave him “chills.”

'The Interview' Available to Watch Today on YouTube, Xbox & More Briefly: We already have a complete list of all the theaters that will be playing The Interview beginning tomorrow, but for those who may not be near any of these independent multiplexes, you'll still be able to see the film. Sony Pictures has just confirmed that starting at 1pm Eastern time today, you'll be able to rent The Interview on YouTube, Google Play and Xbox for $5.99. Or if you really want to support the movie, you'll also be able to buy it for $14.99.

'Inherent Vice' femme fatale Katherine Waterston lands Steve Jobs biopic If you don't know Katherine Waterston yet, you will. She just landed a role opposite Michael Fassbender in Danny Boyle's next film.http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/in-contention

Watch: 3 New Teasers For 'The Interview' Plus List Of Theaters Where You Can See The Comedy On Christmas Day It's not quite the end result anyone was expecting, but Sony will be releasing Seth Rogen and James Franco's "The Interview" in limited release on Christmas Day. After critical calls from all corners, including from the White House, about their decision on postponing the release (though to be fair, it's hard to schedule a movie when every chain balks at screening it), Sony changed their minds and starting tomorrow, select locations around the country will have the movie waiting under the cinematic Christmas tree to be opened. But where can you see it?

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Unbroken Review

IGN Movies - Wed, 2014-12-24 10:04

Unbroken Review Louis Zamperini raced his way to the 1936 Olympics. During World War II, he worked as a bombardier on the B-24 Liberator “Super Man.” He went down in another plane, surviving 47 days at sea. He was eventually saved... by the Japanese Navy, who held him in a POW camp for nearly a year, until the end of the war in August 1945. Zamperini lived an extraordinary life. In the new film Unbroken, Angelina Jolie sets out to understand the naval officer's endurance. She settles for Wikipedia plotting and inspirational poster answers. Human spirit needs humanity to attach to.

‘The Interview’ Online Release Details: YouTube Movies, Google Play, & More! After all the controversy surrounding Sony’s decision to pull the comedy film The Interview (read our review) from theaters following a terrorist threat made by the “Guardians of Peace,” the studio has decided to do a 180 and distribute the movie after all.

‘The Interview’ Looking at $3 Million-$4 Million at Box Office Ticket sales for “The Interview” shot through the roof Wednesday at many of the roughly 300 independent theaters that will be showing the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy on Christmas Day, with many reporting sellouts and booming sales over the holiday period. “All of our Thursday shows are sold out and the weekend sales look really strong too,” said Christian Parkes, chief brand officer at the Alamo Drafthouse chain, which is showing “The Interview” in all 19 of its theaters. “It’s selling as well as any movie ever has, and it’s not just us.

‘The Wedding Ringer’ Trailer: Kevin Hart Can Make or Break Josh Gad’s Wedding It’s a little awkward for Sony right now with respect to Kevin Hart, but the comic’s new film, with co-star Josh Gad, is still opening in January, and we’ve got the latest trailer to prove it. And what is it with Hart being hired as the guy to make awkward guys’ lives easier? In Get Hard he helps Will Ferrell get ready for prison, and here he helps Josh Gad prepare for his wedding by allowing the guy to act like he has real friends.

Review: THE GAMBLER, Addiction? What Addiction? Mark Wahlberg cries in the very first moment of The Gambler, immediately distinguishing his character from the one played by James Caan in the 1974 original. (His name is different too. ) Jim Bennett says goodbye to his dying grandfather (George Kennedy) and rushes directly to a luxurious Los Angeles establishment run by Korean gangsters, where he promptly gambles far more money than he can afford to lose, and walks out deeply in debt. He has seven days to come up with a quarter of a million dollars, and he's not exactly a good risk for a loan.

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Selma Review

IGN Movies - Tue, 2014-12-23 20:00

Selma Review History students know Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from his speeches, those first bellowed words of “I Have a Dream” universally logged in memory banks. So it makes sense that King's voice is the gateway to the man in Selma, a stirring account of the marches that provoked the 1965 Voting Rights Act's passing. Actor David Oyelowo summons the power and courage to recreate King's calls to action, preaching to the disenfranchised with a Biblical roar. A one-man-show centered on the master orator would satisfy. Oyelowo is that rousing.

C4-Wrap Poll: ‘The Interview’ Cancellation Controversy Generates Higher Viewer Interest in VOD Rentals (Exclusive) Sony is preparing to announce a VOD release for “The Interview” and it has good reason to be excited — a survey conducted earlier this week by Vinny Bruzzese’s market research firm C4 shows that VOD interest in the controversial comedy has soared since major theater chains decided against releasing the movie. According to the results from a survey conducted between Sunday, Dec. 21 and Monday, Dec.

The Best Reviewed Movies of 2014: From Wild To The LEGO Movie So we’ve looked at the best and worst movies of the year as rated by the largest sampling of moviegoers available publicly (IMDB). And as you know, the public opinion sometimes differs from that of professional film critics. As it should, film critics often see hundreds of new movies a year (a larger sampling of content) and have thus have a more discerning taste. So after the jump we will take a look at the best reviewed movies of 2014. This list was compiled from Rotten Tomatoes and not Metacritic. Both sites have their advantages.

Adam Sandler Named Most Overpaid Actor of 2014 The end of December is full of lists, highlighting the best and worst aspects of the year, in practically every aspect of our society, including movies. While the nation's critics have been filing their top 10 lists over the past few weeks, Forbes offers their own top 10, analyzing which Hollywood actors are the most overpaid. For the second year in a row, Adam Sandler has topped the list, "beating out" stars such as Johnny Depp and Ben Stiller.

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Tis the season for studios to release holiday-themed videos and e-cards featuring some of your favorite movie characters, and so far we’ve seen animated holiday greeting videos for ‘The Babadook,’ ‘Hotel Transylvania 2,’ and even SpongeBob Squarepants. But this new holiday video from Marvel takes things to a whole other level: it’s a stop-motion short featuring the villainous Thanos, who disguises himself as Santa for his latest evil plan … and then it sort of backfires. Continue reading…

'The Interview' TV Spots: Franco and Rogen Are Back! The Interview has had quite a storied path to release. Originally set to debut in theaters this past October, it was pulled so that it wouldn't correspond with North Korea's Party Foundation Day, as the film depicts the assassination of the country's leader Kim Jong-un. It was moved to Christmas day, but then pulled again because of a terrorist threat against theaters set to show the movie. But now, The Interview will screen in over 300 independent theaters across the country.

'Star Wars – The Force Awakens' Bits: New Han Solo and Chewbacca Concept Art Revealed Movie blog MarketSaw has revealed exclusive concept art for the new Star Wars film featuring two of the most popular characters of the franchise: Han Solo and Chewbacca. Take a look below:The author claims that both images come from a “trusted source” so  they might be legit. The images showcase an older Han Solo with a new outfit. Chewbacca on the other hand, looks like the same one from the original trilogy.

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First Trailer For Entourage

Bleeding Cool - Wed, 2014-12-24 11:30

First Trailer For Entourage Warner Bros has released the trailer for Entourage based on the HBO series. Stars Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon, and Jeremy Pivon will return for the film. Entourage hits theaters on June 5th, 2015. Click here to view the embedded video. First Trailer For Entourage

So, yes. All the hearsay is over. The “will they” “won’t they” discussion has been answered and The Interview has seen its release online. While people were discussing and editorializing over the past week about the movie, there is at least a little bit of humorous irony that not only did the movie get released, it was available a day early. In case you have been living under a rock, The Interview, a movie about assassinating Kim Jong-Un, was pulled from American theaters due to North Korean hackers making terrorist threats on screenings.

Director Clint Eastwood aims for stoic, heroic grandeur in American Sniper, an adaptation of a bestselling book about Chris Kyle, subtitled "The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History." Eastwood's film, however, misses the target entirely for those who do not worship at the altar of blind, nationalistic sacrifice. In Jason Hall's screenplay, young Kyle's personality is plainly defined by his father as a sheepdog, a protector of meek, sheep-like characters such as his younger brother from predatory wolves, otherwise known as bullies.

Helen Mirren Wants Her Family Painting Back in Woman in Gold Helen Mirren goes to court with the Austrian government in order to get a family painting back in the new drama Woman in Gold. This is the first trailer for the movie. Woman in Gold follows the story of octogenarian Maria Altmann, a holocaust survivor who fought the Austrian government in court to reclaim what […] Read Helen Mirren Wants Her Family Painting Back in Woman in Gold on Filmonic.

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The Christmas vacation week has been a great time for movies for many years now. Knowing that people are on vacation and (possibly) eager to escape the odd family obligation or two, studios plan big releases for Christmas day, which is also conveniently one of the last big release dates of the year, making the time also a prime spot for the release of films with big award season campaigns. That means there are also many choices this week, from new releases to films that have been in theaters for a week or more, and the plethora of VOD offerings.

Last week, the short list for the Foreign Film Oscar race was unveiled, and among the more curious snubs was the one for Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes' "Two Days, One Night." The film had been riding a huge wave of critical acclaim ever since its debut in Cannes, with particular focus on the moving performance by Marion Cotillard at its core.

Mark Wahlberg Calls 'Six Billion Dollar Man' a Superhero While singer-turned-actor Mark Wahlberg may be considered a Hollywood renaissance man, there is one entertainment occupation he has yet to hold down. And that's portraying a superhero. While he has a vast amount of different genre films under his belt, he's never donned a cape or a pair of spandex pants.

Who ordered racism for Christmas? Oh, it was Rush Limbaugh? Of course it was.http://www.hitfix.com

ScreenCrush wraps up the latest in movies and TV you might have missed. Today, Kevin Costner makes another sports movie, browse through a gallery of Christmas comic book covers, and watch one final clip from ‘Into the Woods.’ Continue reading…

Behind the scenes changes aside, Ant-Man looks set to be one of Marvel'sbiggest departures from the comic books to date. Instead of featuring Janet Van Dyne, the spotlight will instead be put on her and Hank Pym's daughter, Hope. We don't yet know if she'll be suited up as The Wasp, but the character will be played by LOST star Evangeline Lilly. The beautiful actress can currently be seen in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, but you can see even more here thanks to Esquire...

Kim Dickens Cast in ‘The Walking Dead ‘Spinoff Kim Dickens, whose standout work was one of the best parts of Gone Girl, has been cast in one of the lead roles in the Walking Dead spinoff series.

This week on The Collision, we have a super-sized episode as we talk about The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies as well as the Sony hack and the resulting drama surrounding how they handled The Interview.  With The Hobbit, we look over the trilogy's conclusion, the trilogy overall, dashed expectations, what happened to Peter Jackson, what could have been, and more.  As for the Sony hack, it should be noted that we discussed this last night, so we didn't know about the latest development regarding the film's release.  However, we still touch on pertinent points regarding censorship and how

“Never drop the con, die with the lie” according to Will Smith in the second trailer for the upcoming con-flick Focus. It’s pretty good, watch it below. He says die with the lie but I’m sorry, I’m not buying that. The con is the con up to the point where it can cost you your […] Read Will Smith Doesn’t Know if the can Trust Margot Robbie in Focus on Filmonic.

'Twas The Night (2001) Director: Nick Castle Stars: Bryan Cranston, Josh Zuckerman, Brenda Gate Walter White and his teenage sidekick steal Santa's sleigh in order to rob houses. After featuring a naked, mullet-sporting Bryan Cranston in last year's Thanksgiving-themed NATIONAL LAMPOON'S HOLIDAY REUNION, some observant Awfully Good fans pointed out that the... Read More...

JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT was one of the biggest disappointments of the year. It premiered way back in January, so most folks have already forgotten about it but one person who it has stuck with is star Chris Pine. Pine was the fourth actor to take on the Jack Ryan character after Harrison Ford (PATRIOT GAMES, CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER) and Ben Affleck (THE SUM OF ALL FEARS). While Affleck's was set as a... Read More...

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A New Image Of Ultron

Bleeding Cool - Wed, 2014-12-24 10:30

A New Image Of Ultron Marvel has released a new image of Ultron. It looks like the moment in the trailer where he says he has no strings on him. Ultron is of course the big bad in Avengers: Age of Ultron and will be played by the Blacklist’s James Spader. A few days earlier and this would have been my Christmas card. Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters May 1st. A New Image Of Ultron

The fun-filled and action-packed blockbuster from Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Films, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, packed a major punch with phenomenal sales during its first week of release on Blu-ray and DVD. Among all films theatrically released in 2014 that earned more than $100 million at the box office, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has the highest ratio of disc sales to theatrical ticket sales for its first week of release.

COMICS: A New Origin For 'Scarlet Witch' Teased In Latest UNCANNY AVENGERS Teaser If you've been reading Avengers & X-Men: AXIS, you'll know that Magneto is NOT the father of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. That's where the quote below hails from, while it's previously been indicated that "The Twins" (as they'll be known in Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age of Ultron) will be revealed as Inhumans instead of mutants as well. Either way, the identity of their real father should be interesting to see. Check out the teaser and share your thoughts in the usual place!

The Guardians of Peace, the organization that has taken responsibility for the Sony Hack, have remained relatively quiet ever since Sony officially announced that The Interview will screen in over 300 Independent theaters starting Christmas Day. While the leak of Sony emails has seemed to cease, there are still stacks and stacks of documents various media outlets are sifting through. Most of the more damaging stuff has already been revealed to the public. But a few new pieces of news in interest to genre fans is still coming though.

Extant, the summer series about an astronaut who becomes pregnant in space even though she was alone, is getting a second season from CBS but not all of the first season cast is returning. Star Halley Berry who plays the astronaut Molly is back along with her android son played by Pierce Gagnon and Grace Gummer who plays an assistant on the Humanichs Project. Two other regulars, Goran Visnjic and Camryn Manheim are expected back but for only the first few episodes. Hiroyuki Sanada and Michael O’Neill will not be returning. [Source: Deadline] CBS To Shake Up Extant Cast For Season 2

Warner Bros has released a second trailer for the new Ron Howard film, In The Heart Of The Sea. The film tells the story of the whaling ship Essex that inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick. It stars: Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, George Pollard, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Brendan Gleeson, Jordi Molla and Ben Whishaw. In The Heart Of The Sea is in theaters in March.   Click here to view the embedded video. In The Heart Of The Sea Gets A Second Trailer

Jerry Seinfeld doesn’t do a lot of stand-up anymore. So the fact he was on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon is pretty big. But here it is Christmas day and some of us may need a laugh… and he talks about materialism which seems perfect for the day. So here is his set from the other night. Click here to view the embedded video. Jerry Seinfeld Dusts Off The Stand Up Skills For The Tonight Show

Paramount Pictures Sets July 2016 Release for Justin Lin's 'Star Trek 3' Briefly: Paramount has confirmed via Deadline that the next Star Trek sequel will be hitting theaters in July 2016. Yesterday it was revealed that Fast Five / Fast & Furious 6 director Justin Lin had scored the job of directing the highly anticipated sequel after Roberto Orci stepped down. For weeks there were rumors that Jonathan Frakes (aka Commander Riker) might also be in consideration, but they went with Justin Lin instead.

AMC has released the first TV trailer for the Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul. The show will start with a two-night series premiere on February 8th and 9th at 10 pm. The new series follows Saul… or Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk)… as we see what his life was before he met Walter White. From the trailer we see the lawyer has only one goal in life… Money. Click here to view the embedded video. AMC Releases Trailer For Better Call Saul

Last month we shared with you what could easily be called the best TV news of 2014 when it was announced that Ash (Bruce Campbell) would be returning to the EVIL DEAD in its own TV series. The Evil Dead TV series will run 10 half-hour episodes on Starz in late 2015 with Sam Raimi, who directed the original trilogy of Evil Dead movies, returning to will helm the pilot and executive produce. It was an early... Read More...

Earlier this week, Warner Bros. debuted the first official photo from The Man from U.N.C.L.E. The image arrived as part of the studio's big 2015 movie preview. It offered a first look at the film's trio of stars, Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander, sitting around a table drinking Scotch after some kind of battle ensued. Now, we get our second image from the upcoming adaptation of the popular TV series, and it promises even more action.In The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Henry Cavill stars as Napoleon Solo opposite Armie Hammer as Illya Kuryakin.

Counting down 7 terrible Nicholas Sparks movie cliches in the trailer for "The Longest Ride."http://www.hitfix.com

Is This Michael Keaton's Unused 'Batman 3' Costume? After the success of Batman and Batman Returns in 1989 and 1992, star Michael Keaton and director Tim Burton were set to return for a third Batman adventure, although it didn't quite work out. Warner Bros. wasn't a fan of Tim Burton's darker approach to the iconic character, and his version was discarded in favor of a lighter approach, which resulted in Joel Schumacher's 1995 adventure Batman Forever.

Update: Theater listing, online venues to watch The Interview on Christmas As if you needed a reason to go see THE INTERVIEW before all of this crazy hacking nonsense, Sony's decision to pull the film from theaters has only increased everyone's desire to see the movie that pissed of North Korea to the point of starting a cyberwar.  By now you know that Sony has decided to release the Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy on Christmas Day, but it will only be... Read More...

With México Bárbaro screening this weekend at Mexico's most important film complex, that would be the Cineteca Nacional, it is the perfect time to share the complete set of posters that were designed for the horror anthology. Eduardo Santaella (aka Guro) put together a group of young Mexican illustrators, who made a different poster for each segment of México Bárbaro; hence we have 1 film, 8 directors, and also 8 illustrators

Sony’s “The Interview” theater count is now up to 300, an executive from the company told TheWrap. TheWrap had previously exclusively reported the called-off comedy’s reinstatement via limited Christmas Day theatrical and VOD releases.

Olive Films releases classics old and new (but mostly old) on a monthly basis, and it’s not uncommon to find pockets of a theme at times — same actors, similar genre, etc. — and their selection of titles that hit shelves this week are no different. The seven films can be broken into two groups as four of them are film noir examples from the late ’40s and early ’50s, and the three more recent titles are all directed by Otto Preminger.

So often, film and film discussion focuses on the people in front of or at least immediately behind the camera, which makes it all the more refreshing when people turn the camera on lesser-exposed talents. The Hollywood Reporter did just that recently, when its International News Editor, Kevin Cassidy, sat down with five Hollywood composers as part of THR’s roundtable series.

A24 Films At first glance, it may look like J.C. Chandor is hopping from one genre to the next, but the versatile writer/director has in fact built a rather unyielding trio of thematically cohesive stories, sharing the common denominator of characters facing extreme, in-the-moment crisis. Margin Call navigated the troubled waters of 2008’s financial collapse and coolly examined the reactions of its anti-architects over the course of an eventful night.

We sincerely hope that none of our readers have to fight off a pair of burglars with booby traps at their house tonight, but just in case you do, there's some things you may not know about the John Hughes scripted, Chris Columbus directed holiday favorite Home Alone. It's hard to come up with obscure, interesting facts about movies that have been around for 24 years, so that's why CineFix has put together a list of 9 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About Home Alone. There's interesting tidbits about the stunt guy who stood in for Macaulay Culkin and how long John Candy worked on the movie.

We're all getting pretty stoked for the release of 'Jurassic World' next summer, which—according to that first trailer—will apparently feature the vicious and highly intelligent velociraptors teaming up with Chris Pratt's character. Although that trailer featured quite a bit of CGI, we've been assured by director Colin Trevorrow that he still employed a healthy amount of practical effects, much like Steven Spielberg's original 'Jurassic Park'—which surprisingly took a practical approach to creating those famous raptors. You can see just how they pulled it off in this new video.

At the 11th hour, the trailer for ‘To Write Love on Her Arms’ arrives to officially take the throne as the worst trailer of the year. Maybe there’s a decent movie in there somewhere, but you’d never know by watching the first trailer, which stars Kat Dennings in the “based on a true story” story of a teen girl in Florida who overcomes her drug addiction with the help of some special friends and a good rehab program. Continue reading…

It’s been 10 years since cult film director John Waters released a new film, and although he isn’t currently working on a new original feature, 2015 will bring us a brand new film project from the beloved icon. As part of New York’s upcoming Waters exhibition titled “Beverly Hills John,” the director is assembling a cast of small children for a filmed table read of his trashy 1972 classic ‘Pink Flamingos.’ The project is called ‘Kiddie Flamingos,’ and we can’t wait to see the kid who plays the role originated by Divine. Continue reading…

Box Office

  • 2. Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb
    Gross: $17,100,520
    Total: $17,100,520
  • 3. Annie
    Gross: $15,861,939
    Total: $15,861,939
  • 5. Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, The
    Gross: $7,879,421
    Total: $289,356,110

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