Everyone Ioves the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), and it’s a good time to remember that there is a lot more to that wee island than green beer, “Danny Boy,” and shillelagh fights. The stories about Ireland on the big screen range from the boisterous beauty of John Ford’s “The Quiet Man” (1952)
to the grim brutalities of Steve McQueen’s “Hunger” (2008). Which films about Ireland or the Irish would be the leaders of your parade? The deadline for entries is Monday, March 10. We’ll be running the top five on Sunday, March 16. [Shown is a trailer for “The Quiet Man”]
LaLohan went on "The Tonight Show" Thursday night to plug her upcoming reality series on OWN, premiering this Sunday. While the primary takeaway of her appearance was how healthy and happy she seems/looks, the internet is now abuzz with the rumor that a "Mean Girls" reunion is in the works.
Will Gluck’s modern update of beloved musical "Annie" starring Quvenzhane Wallis and Jamie Foxx finally has an official trailer.
The "Beasts of the Southern Wild" actress stars as the famed curly-haired sweetheart, who lives with Miss Hannigan, played by a rather alarming Cameron Diaz, and her fellow orphans in Harlem. Foxx appears as Benjamin Stacks ($$$), the film's version of Daddy Warbucks, an uptight billionaire with his eye on the city's mayoral seat. Rose Byrne appears as the good-natured Grace Farrell, while her real-life beau Bobby Cannavale makes an appearance in a newly written role as Stacks' political adviser.
The film arrives in theaters next Christmas.
[h/t Entertainment Weeky]
John Travolta completely butchered Tony Award-winning actress Idina Menzel's name at the Academy Awards on March 2 -- and that wasn't the weirdest thing that happened.
In no particular order, here are the seven weirdest moments from the 86th Academy Awards that aired live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.FULL ENTRY
"Gravity" cleaned house on Sunday night with seven Academy Award wins, but it wasn't the Alfonso Cuaron-directed film that left a great taste in our mouth -- it was the pizza.
Pizza? Yes, pizza.
Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres told her peers that she would order pizzas halfway through the show, and she made good on her promise. Minutes later she brought out a pizza delivery man from backstage, used Brad Pitt as a plate-passer-outer, and delivered cheesy, gooey, luke-warm looking slices to a slew of celebs.
Here are the five best reasons that there should be pizza at every awards show:FULL ENTRY
Any Oscars surprises? How did Ellen DeGeneres do as host? Globe film critic Ty Burr was online Monday, March 3, at 1 p.m. to chat with you about the 86th Academy Awards. Click the replay button below to catch up on all things Oscars.
Forget your Abrams tanks, Predator drones or M249 SAW machine guns. When people watch combat on the screen these days, they like it the old-fashioned way: swords, spears, arrows and cleavers, the more hand-to-hand the better. Whether the setting is pagan, medieval, or imaginary, these spectacles of hot blood and cold steel are guaranteed crowd pleasers. The sequel “300: Rise of an Empire”
(opens March 7) is the latest in this genre, which goes back at least to D.W. Griffith’s “Intolerance” (1918). Send your favorites to firstname.lastname@example.org or include them in the comments. Deadline is Monday, March 3. We’ll be presenting the best Sunday, March 9. [shown is a trailer “300: Rise of an Empire”]
With "American Hustle," "Gravity," and "12 Years a Slave" leading the Oscar nominations this year, and Ellen DeGeneres back as the show's host, there's already a lot to talk about. As far as entertainment goes, Bette Midler is taking the stage, Pink is making an appearance, and U2 is giving a performance of "Ordinary Love," featured in the film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," for starters.
Emmy-award winning A&E critic Joyce Kulhawik previews this year's show, highlighting the night's most anticipated moments and making her predictions for winners in each major category.
Move over, Mila Kunis. There's a new pretty lady in "Ted" town.FULL ENTRY
Everyone's favorite neighborhood web-slinger squares off against his fiercest foes yet in this new, international trailer for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2."FULL ENTRY
If you haven't bought into the Netflix craze (and are sick of hearing about "House of Cards"), we feel for you.FULL ENTRY
Good luck to the makers of “Son of God” [opens Feb. 28], because no matter how carefully or reverently they approach this story,
they're bound to offend someone. It’s the nature of the subject. Nonetheless, since the dawn of cinema, Jesus has been one of the most frequently featured characters on the screen. Which of the Messianic films do you think redeem the genre? Send your favorites to email@example.com or include them in the comments. Deadline is Monday, Feb. 24. We’ll be presenting the best Sunday, Mar. 2. [shown is a segment from “Son of God.”]
In anticipation of tonight's trailer debut on "Jimmy Kimmel Live", the folks over at Marvel Studios have released a 15-second sneak peek teaser for the upcoming film, "Guardians of the Galaxy."FULL ENTRY
Whenever someone in a movie has taken on their last heist, mission, or whatever, you know it will not go well. I don’t think it’s giving anything away to suggest that such might be the case in “3 Days to Kill” (opens Feb. 21)
in which Kevin Costner plays a secret service agent coerced into you know what. We know how this will end; maybe that’s why we keep watching. Kind of like Greek tragedy. But if you had one last movie about one last assignment to see, which would you choose? Send your picks to firstname.lastname@example.org or include them in the comments. Deadline is Monday, Feb. 17. We’ll be presenting the top five Sunday, Feb. 23 [shown is a trailer for “3 Days to Kill”]
Inspired by the “The Bride of Frankenstein” inclusion in our Best of Frankenstein entry a few weeks back
and also to serve as a consolation to those who insufficiently acknowledge that Feb. 14 is Valentine’s Day, our topic this week is best break-up scenes. They may be hell in real life, but they have made for some of the greatest moments in cinema. Which are your favorites? Include them in the comments section or send them to me at email@example.com We’ll be running the top five on Feb.16. [Shown is a scene from “Bride of Frankenstein”]
A star of the screen and stage, Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment Sunday, Feb. 2. He was 46.
Known for his many complex and eccentric roles, including an Oscar-winning performance as celebrated author Truman Capote, Hoffman was one of cinema's most beloved character actors. Take a look back at Hoffman's iconic career with nine of the actor’s most memorable performances.FULL ENTRY
For those fed up with the found footage genre as represented by such recent examples as “Paranormal Activities: The Marked Ones” and “Devil’s Due,” you might be reminded that there are also found footage films that are made of actual found footage,
not just stuff that’s been made up. I’m sure you can find worthy candidates from both versions of this quintessentially post-modern art form. Send me your favorites at firstname.lastname@example.org or include them in the comments. Deadline is Monday, Feb. 3. We’ll be presenting the best Sunday, Feb. 9. [shown is a segment from Christian Marclay’s “The Clock” (2010)]
Aca-scuse me? Elizabeth Banks trying her hand at directing?
You heard it right, "Pitch Perfect" cast member Elizabeth Banks is stepping out from the camera's eye and taking a seat in the director's chair for the film's sequel, "Pitch Perfect 2."
Hooray @ElizabethBanks !!! Ur gonna kill it!!! Aca awesome news!! 👍🎉🎉— Anna Camp (@TheRealAnnaCamp) January 27, 2014
Banks's costar, Anna Camp, posted a congratulatory tweet minutes after the announcement was made by Variety.
The first installment of the a capella-themed films debuted in 2012 starring Anna Kendrick and Skylar Astin. Not only did it produce millions in the box office (just about $65 million to be exact), it also produced a Billboard No. 1 smash, "Cups (When I'm Gone)."
Think Banks has the directing chops to help No. 2 surpass the original?
Last week was a disheartening one for fans of Quentin Tarantino. Deadline's Mike Fleming Jr. was first to report that Tarantino's first draft of his latest western, "The Hateful Eight" had been vetted to three actors he was considering for starring roles: Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, and Bruce Dern. Of the three confidants, one apparently shared the script with their agent, who subsequently shared the document all over Hollywood, eventually even landing online via Gawker. Tarantino was apparently so upset, that he's now refusing to even make the movie, according to a Hollywood Reporter exclusive. Instead of creating a movie, Tarantino told Fleming he's instead choosing instead to publish the story as a book.
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One of the hottest movies in this year's Sundance Film Festival, Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash," originated as a brutal, brilliant mini-masterpiece that won the Festival's Best Short Film Award last year. But not all shorts go on to feature greatness. Some are perfect just the way they are.
What's your short list of the best shorts? Put your choices in the comments section or drop a line to me at email@example.com. The deadline for entries is Monday, Jan. 27. We’ll be running the top five on Feb. 2. [Shown is "Bambi meets Godzilla"]
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