Even though it may be forgotten by the time you’re done watching a movie for the first time, the opening shot of any movie is integral to introducing the audience to the world and/or characters they’re about to watch for a little while.
It may not seem like a single shot can do much to accurately prepare viewers for the movie they’re about to see, but a new video essay from Now You See It explains how opening shots in movies can tell you a lot about the story you’re about to see unfold. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, January 17th, 2014 by Angie Han
In 2013, both Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway took the the Oscar stage to accept acting awards — Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook, Hathaway for Les Misérables. But had things gone a bit differently several months earlier, it could have been Hathaway grabbing the prize for her charming, sexy turn in a David O. Russell movie.
Producer Harvey Weinstein revealed recently that Hathaway had actually been the original choice to star in Russell’s movie — opposite Mark Wahlberg, back before Bradley Cooper was confirmed. However, Hathaway and Wahlberg dropped out, Lawrence and Cooper replaced them, and the rest is cinema history. Hit the jump to find out why Hathaway left.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 by Angie Han
For illegal downloaders, the biggest film of 2013 wasn’t a 2013 film at all, but a big-budget fantasy epic from late 2012. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey topped the list of the most pirated movies of the past twelve months, beating out the likes of Django Unchained, Fast & Furious 6, and Iron Man 3.
The massively budgeted, insanely popular Hobbit is a far less surprising “winner” than last year’s champion, the found-footage party comedy Project X. However, that doesn’t mean there weren’t a few unusual results among the top 10 — like Gangster Squad, the little-seen, little-talked-about crime drama from January. Hit the jump to check out the list.
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The new film Sin City: A Dame to Die For won’t be the only project to transfer Frank Miller’s stark noir tales from the comic page to the screen. In fact, that film may be swiftly followed by a new Sin City TV show.
Harvey Weinstein, like many other producers, has started to see TV as the safest medium in which to earn a few bucks. “The way to add stability to the company is to be in the television business,” he recently told the New York Times, elaborating that he wants a TV division “as powerful as the theatrical division.” With many a mention of the limited earnings potential of standalone films, which “may fade without creating spinoffs and sequels,” what we see is inspiration from others who are trying to use movies as a way to bring audiences to TV.
So among the offerings the Weinsteins are trying to assemble are the Sin City show, and also a new limited series based on The Mist.
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Did anyone watch Silver Linings Playbook and think, “I want that ending to wrap up even nicer?” It had a very sweet, very appropriate conclusion but that wasn’t always how it ended for director David O. Russell. The Oscar-winning film starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro hits Blu-ray and DVD April 30, including a bunch of deleted scenes. One of them is an alternate ending that brought all the characters back together for one more time. Check it out below. Read More »
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Posted on Sunday, February 24th, 2013 by David Chen
Dave, Devindra, Germain, and Russ chat about their thoughts on this year’s Academy Awards. How funny and offensive was Seth MacFarlane? Who still remembers Chicago? What the hell were Paul Rudd and Melissa McCarthy doing up there? Tune in and find out!
You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993.
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Here are the winners of the 85th Oscars. It was a rather strange year, with only the sixth tie in the history of the awards (for Sound Editing) an excess of references to Chicago, and a surprise win in the Best Director category for Ang Lee. (And those who expected Jessica Chastain to take the Best Actress award were surprised by Jennifer Lawrence winning the award, for Silver Linings Playbook.) Lee’s Life of Pi actually ended up being the night’s big winner, with four Oscars.
As expected, Ben Affleck‘s Argo took Best Picture, with producer Grant Heslov taking the opportunity to really highlight Affleck (also a producer) and give the director time to have the mic. And though the event was hosted by a comedian, Best Actor winner Daniel Day Lewis made the best jokes of the night — surprise, surprise, the guy was better than everyone else in the room.
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We’ve got a bunch of cool movie art for you today. The Academy and Gallery1988 commissioned a small group of artists to create original screen prints inspired by this year’s nine Best Picture nominees. After the jump you can see some of them, including:
AMOUR by artist Matt Owen, ARGO by Anthony Petrie, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD by Rich Kelly, DJANGO UNCHAINED by Mark Englert, LES MISÉRABLES by Phantom City Creative, LINCOLN by Jeff Boyes, LIFE OF PI by Tom Whalen, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK by Joshua Budich and ZERO DARK THIRTY by Godmachine.
Gallery1988 has tweeted that “this is just the start” and there will be “more soon” including a tweet teasing the appearance of popular artist Olly Moss. The G1988 x The Academy show will run February 14th to the 17, with more details coming soon. See the first batch of art after the jump.
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Though David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook has been out for 10 weeks, this past weekend was the first time it cracked the box office top five. Those eight Oscar nominations is every single major category certainly helped. Now we have a featurette taking us behind the scenes of the poignant romantic comedy, which stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence as two people with mental problems who find solace in each other. Check it out below. Read More »