foreign language oscar

Complaining about the Academy Awards is the national pastime of many movie fans, but let’s not forget that they can do good. Sometimes. After all, the Foreign Language Film Oscar helps bring international cinema to the attention of casual filmgoers who otherwise wouldn’t venture outside of Hollywood filmmaking. Like with any awards category, great films get snubbed and the lesser entries often triumph over masterpieces (we’re still sore about Ruben Ostlund’s brilliant Force Majeure not even getting a nomination last year), but at least this category represents a window into a much wider world of filmmaking.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released the full list of every movie eligible for the Foreign Language Film Oscar this year. The full list, numbering 82 entries, can be scanned at your leisure after the jump.

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Netflix price increase

Back in July, we learned that a Netflix price hike was coming, but that it wouldn’t be anything dramatic. At the time, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings confirmed the prices of current subscriptions wouldn’t be changing this quarter and price increases would actually happen gradually over the next 10 years.

But it’s a new quarter now, and lo and behold, a Netflix price increase has just been announced for the service’s most popular subscription plan. Find out if the price of your plan is going up below. Read More »

papillon remake

The big problem with remaking any movie that starred Steve McQueen is that you have to, you know, find someone to play a role that was played by Steve McQueen. So the newly announced remake of the prison escape drama Papillon is already at a creative deficit. 2015 does not breed men like McQueen – it breeds men who are fit to be the guy McQueen beats up in the first scene to prove what a tough customer he is! We jest of course, but come on. It’s going to be hard to find an actor from any time period who’s that cool.

The official report on the Papillon remake doesn’t contain any clues about when or if Hollywood will try to clone Steve McQueen, but you can parse through the details yourself after the jump.

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New ABC Family name

You know ABC Family, right? They’re the network that has all those shows like Pretty Little Liars and The Fosters that are like high school soap operas, but they also play The Nightmare Before Christmas and the Harry Potter movies a lot, not to mention reruns of Reba (yeah, that’s a show starring Reba McEntire) and Boy Meets World. Well, they’re about to get a little bit of a makeover.

Starting in January 2016, ABC Family will be rebranding itself as Freeform in an effort to gear itself towards the younger audience its been pulling in for years. The good news is that the programming roster will pretty much stay the same, but they’re just re-positioning themselves to make sure all the young people think they’re cool. Read More »

terminator franchise

The Terminator franchise isn’t dead – it’s resting. At least that’s the message coming out of Skydance Productions, who had to watch Terminator Genisys take a pummeling at the domestic box office this summer. Still, there’s fight left in this ‘ol franchise and Skydance Chief Creative Officer Dana Goldberg insists that after a few weeks of recuperating at the spa and maybe a little counseling, the series will be back and ready to win over the hearts and minds of the American public once again.

Hit the jump for her full comments regarding the future of the Terminator franchise.

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Downsizing Paramount

Director Alexander Payne carved out his niche as a chronicler of the mundane, a filmmaker who mines comedy and drama from high school elections and road trips across the midwest. So the fact that his next movie, Downsizing, is a high-concept science fiction comedy should come as a bit of a surprise. Yet he’s the kind of guy whose low-key films rack up the Oscar nods and attract big-name talent. So, left turn genre hop or not, Downsizing has already attracted some movie stars… and the attention of a major studio.

Learn all of the details of the Downsizing Paramount acquisition after the jump.

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Epix Joins Amazon in Offering Offline Playback

Epix offline playback

Just recently we learned that Epix would not be renewing their content deal with Netflix and would instead be heading to Hulu. But that’s not the only big change for the entertainment network.

Epix has just announced that subscribers will now have the ability to take advantage of offline playback, allowing users to download any of the movies in the Epix library for playback without needing to be connected to the internet. Read More »

IMAX producing movies

Even though it’s fairly standard for many blockbusters to have a period of their theatrical release on IMAX screens, that’s a relatively recent development with Apollo 13 and Star Wars: Attack of the Clones being the first blockbusters to play on the gigantic screen in 2002.

Since then the number of movies has gradually increased with about 32 blockbusters hitting IMAX screens in 2014. But even with more movies taking advantage of the larger screen format, the corporation still has plenty of times when there’s not a new movie hitting IMAX, and they’re hoping to change that in the future with a few possibilities, one of which would be IMAX producing movies on their own. Read More »

Concussion NFL controversy

Last week brought the first trailer for the professional football set drama Concussion starring Will Smith. The movie doesn’t arrive until Christmas Day when we’re well into the next season of football, but there’s already controversy surrounding the film due to some cuts that Sony Pictures reportedly made to the film in order to avoid clashing with the NFL.

For those who don’t know, Concussion follows Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic neuropathologist who discovers the first case of CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a progressive degenerative disease) in a pro football player. The doctor tries to alert the public to his findings, but the NFL denies his conclusions and has stopped his efforts to get the organization to address these problems at every turn.

The controversy that has surfaced comes from e-mails between Sony Pictures Entertainment, director Peter Landesman and Will Smith’s representatives where they discuss how to make the movie without antagonizing the NFL or “kicking the hornet’s nest” as one e-mail puts it. Find out more about the Concussion movie NFL controversy below! Read More »