Game of Thrones Season 4 - Arya (Maisie Williams)

Pack up your finest chainmail and broadswords, because we’re due for another trip to Westeros. HBO has announced a spring 2015 premiere date for Game of Thrones Season 5, as well as for Veep Season 4 and Silicon Valley Season 2.

Additionally, the premium cable network has just renewed Real Time with Bill Maher for two more seasons, which will be the show’s 14th and 15th. More details on the Game of Thrones Season 5 premiere date and Real Time with Bill Maher renewal after the jump.  Read More »

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cinderella trailer

For Cinderella, major things happen at midnight. The same happened for all of us last night as 2014 changed to 2015. It should be an amazing year of movies and, one of the biggest ones early on the calendar, is Kenneth Branagh‘s live-action Cinderella. Starring Lily James as the title character, a star-studded supporting cast will retell one of our most beloved fairy tales. To ring in the new year, Disney released a new Cinderella trailer and featurette. Cinderella opens March 13, check out the videos below. Read More »

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You won’t see the next Ryan Gosling film in theaters. Lost River, the film Ryan Gosling directed, and which premiered at Cannes this year to puzzled, if not outright hostile reactions, will be released by Warner Bros. only on video.

The stigma associated with the phrase “direct to video” has slowly but steadily decreased, perhaps since Roger Ebert highlighted Red Rock West as a quality film that just happened to be dumped to HBO and video in ’93/’94. Now, the wealth of day and date VOD releases for indie films proves that there’s no shame in a film skipping theaters, and that doing so can even be a sound business plan. But when the film in question is the directorial debut from a star who has an established relationship with the studio in question, eyebrows raise. Read More »

Anna Kendrick Into the Woods

When offered the chance to interview Anna Kendrick, I didn’t hesitate. Year after year, Kendrick proves herself to be one of the most fun and interesting people in Hollywood, jumping between big-budget blockbusters and small independent films. She’s also becoming increasingly popular due to her Twitter feed, which is filled with the kinds of humor you and your friends share in private rather than in public. It seems pretty obvious that Kendrick, with one Oscar nomination already, is well on her way to becoming one of our generation’s “It” actresses.

Her latest film is Rob Marshall‘s massive Disney musical Into the Woods, based on the Tony award winning musical by Stephen Sondheim. It’s classic Broadway fare, mixed with familiar fairy tales and a whole new story that is sure to make audiences reimagine some of their favorite characters of all time.

Kendrick plays Cinderella in the film, but this is not the Cinderella you know – or the one you are likely to see next year in another Disney film. We talked about that, as well the way she’s navigating her career, Disney in general, that Twitter feed and even a burning Pitch Perfect question I’ve had since the film’s original release. Below, read our Anna Kendrick interview. Read More »

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When’s the last time you rolled your eyes and scoffed “oh, that’s rich”? Has it been a while? Would you like to do it now? Because if so, we have the perfect occasion for you.

Peter Jackson, director of three Lord of the Rings movies and three Hobbit movies, has gone on the record criticizing Hollywood for being too “franchise driven.” He also thinks the advent of technology has helped the industry lose its way. Say it with me now: “Oh, that’s rich.” See, wasn’t that satisfying? Read the Peter Jackson franchise comments after the jump.  Read More »

Live Action Fire and Ice Remake

Ralph Bakshi, the animator who did films like Wizards and the first adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, used an early rotoscope animation technique to create the fantasy story Fire and Ice, which adopted character designs by artist Frank Frazetta. Now Robert Rodriguez is going to make his first foray into full-on fantasy epics with a live-action Fire and Ice remake, in an attempt to launch a new fantasy franchise. Read More »

Hobbit Battle of the Five Armies review

Note: This review originally ran on December 9. We’ve republished now that The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is in theaters.

Every time Peter Jackson returns to Middle Earth, we expect something special. All of his Lord of the Rings films got Best Picture nominations and while The Hobbit films haven’t lived up to the achievement of the first three movies, they’ve had their moments. In my reviews of An Unexpected Journey, and The Desolation of Smaug I found things to like about each film, despite their flaws.

So, following the trajectory of the first trilogy, I hoped The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies would be the best of the bunch. Imagine my disappointment to find out it was the opposite. Below, read our Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies review. Read More »

Peter Jackson Isn’t Ruling Out More Tolkien Movies

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Peter Jackson has now spent six films and most of the past 15 years in Middle-earth, but he’s still not ruling out another return. The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit director says he’d “probably” be up for another journey into J.R.R. Tolkien‘s world.

If you’ve been entranced by his Hobbit trilogy, this is great news. If, on the other hand, you’re more inclined to agree with the weary Honest Trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, you’re probably groaning at the news.

In any case, Jackson isn’t planning his return trip just yet. First, he plans to spend some time making films about the parts of New Zealand that haven’t been turned into hobbit holes. Read Jackson’s comments on more Tolkien movies, and watch the Smaug Honest Trailer, after the jump. Read More »

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