SN: Fan Service – “Star Wars,” “Batman vs. Superman,” and “Suicide Squad” explode out of Comic-Con
Perhaps the greatest thing to come out of this year’s Comic-Con was the behind the scenes look of “Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens.” You’d have to be drowning in cynicism to say that the most recent trailer didn’t awaken some part of the inner child in you.
Now we have a solid look at what Abrams is trying to accomplish. Yes “Star Wars” may eventually become an exhausted franchise with spin-offs and sequels already planned. But for now with a strong merging of practical effects and motion capture effects, this behind-the-scenes look continues to bring smiles to fans faces.
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Preview: The Potential of “Gone Girl”
Gillian Flynn is a popular novelist, early she wrote two books titled “Sharp Objects” and “Dark Places.” But her novel “Gone Girl” would become her most successful, both critically and financially. Flynn was formerly a writer for Entertainment Weekly; she now finds a film-adaptation of her most successful novel on the cover.
“Gone Girl” is the story of a rocky marriage between Nick and Amy Dunne. On their fifth anniversary Amy goes missing. The novel’s principal suspense comes from an uncertainty about Nick, and whether or not he killed his wife.
Alright, so we’ve started the year off with a couple strong, successful films. “The Lego Movie” landed with a slew of powerful reviews along with the successful Wes Anderson film “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Meanwhile we’ve had some strong independent titles like “Under the Skin” and “Locke” hit the review circuit. Also, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has already climbed to the top of the annual box office, also presenting strong reviews.
Are any of these films going to be the best of 2014? It’s going to be rough considering the slate we have. We are going to present you with our Top 20 guesses of what could receive the most acclaim and give shout outs to some other films that could be in the mix.
Here is your complete guide to what could be the best film of 2014:
Last night Alfonso Cuaron picked up one of the biggest precursor awards for his space epic. It wasn’t a complete surprise when Cuaron’s name was announced; he previously received a Golden Globe for “Gravity” as well. If we have learned anything from this win it is that “12 Years a Slave’s” front-runner status is in danger.
“12 Years a Slave” was the early favorite. People loved “Gravity” when it landed in theaters, but people still said “12 Years a Slave” was the film to beat. When December came around and critic’s awards were being announced you often heard one of the two films being named best picture of 2013 with “Her” and “American Hustle” thrown in intermittently.
On a cold, dark day on the 23rd day of August, Ben Affleck… excuse me… Oscar winner Ben Affleck was announced to play DC Comic’s modern mythos – Batman. This news was met with surprise and a slew of humorous tweets and reddit posts.
The films’ working title is “Batman vs. Superman,” although that is subject to change. The anticipated release date falls in the heart of the summer in 2015 (specifically July 17,2015). Not much is known about what this film will ultimately be about.
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
David Oyelowo, Selma
Awards: Argo named Best Picture of 2012
Argo has just been named the best film of 2012 by the Academy, where the film received 3 Oscars, the other two for Editing and Adapted Screenplay. The most Oscars was given to Life of Pi which received four including Best Director for Ang Lee, Visual Effects, Cinematography, and Original Score. Tying with Argo with three also was Les Miserables.
So what does everyone think? Any snubs? Did Argo deserve the title? I have never seen so much flip-flopping by Oscar predictors over the last few months, when Argo became the clear front-runner it was clear what happened. The momentum had been shifting since October from Argo to Silver Linings Playbook to Zero Dark Thirty to Lincoln to Les Miserables the back to Lincoln and then landed on Argo again. The thing about those other four films, and this would include Life of Pi as well is that they were all loved, just not by everyone and those people who didn’t “love” them kind of hated them. (more…)
Oscars: 2013 Nominations – Winners and Losers
Whoa! What happened? So, myself and a lot of the more “professional” Oscar predictors did a pretty mediocre job on their predictions, especially in the Best Director category. But I thought the nominations were more thought provoking than previous years. It shows that the Academy is a group of wildcards really.
So here is the list of winners and losers after the nominations were announced per category: (more…)
Awards: Final Golden Globe Film Nominee Predictions 2012
I know it’s real late, but I needed to put on record my final predictions for the Golden Globes. You can find more of my predictions on my Gold Derby page. So here they are after the jump: (more…)