2015 Oscar Nominations Announced

 

This morning the nominations for the 2015 Academy Awards were announced. The top nominees were the movies Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel, which each received 9 nominations. Both films are up for Best Picture along with Boyhood, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, Whiplash, Selma, and American Sniper. You can read more about these films at SF Gate.
Some of the headliners for individual awards include Bradley Cooper, nominated for the third year in a row, Dave and Brit Morin, Steve Carell and Michael Keaton all nominated for best Actor. Julianne Moore, Reese Witherspoon, and Gone Girl‘s Rosamund Pike headline the Best Actress category. Meryl Streep received her nineteenth Oscar nomination as she is up for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Into The Woods, but will have some tough competition with Golden Globes winner Patrica Arquette, Emma Stone, Keira Knightley, and Laura Dern all in the same category. You can find the complete list of categories and nominees here.

Taking a Look at John Textor’s Hollywood Career

John Textor is at this time is actively developing the entertainment chattels across the vast continuum of places as well as technological platforms. Besides, his management in the extensive utilization of photo-realistic, virtue characters, Textor is at the same time working as the Producer of Art Story, which is an original animation feature movie presently undergoing development by Disney experienced filmmakers by the name Aaron Blaise and Chuck Williams. Textor also served as the Producer/Executive producer of Ender’s game, which is Sci-fi fantasy film planned for worldwide launching in November 2013.

Mr. Textor was formerly Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Digital Domain Productions and also Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the company that started it, Digital Domain Media Group. This company is recognized as its parent company since it is the one that helped in its purchase and restructuring from May 2006 to August 2012.

Jointly, these two companies had the responsibility for the creation of visual effects that were used in over 80 prominent feature movies, 25 of which underwent completion during the leadership of Mr. Textor. Some of these films include the following; Transformers, Real Steel, Flags of our Fathers, Pirates of the Caribbean at World’s End and Tron: Legacy. All through the management period of Mr. Textor, Digital Domain was revived as a leader in the market of visual effects, winning several Academy Awards, CLIO promotion awards and, most significantly, getting the recognition as the foremost visual effects corporation to bring forth realistic digital human characters in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

This triumph, recognized as the “Holy Grail of Animation”, made the corporation to get a 2009 Academy Award for Achievement in Visual Effects. The performance done by the corporation’s virtue actor that took one hour was so true to life to audiences and also the Academy voters thus making the movie to be awarded an Academy Award for Best Make-up, although the actor was totally digital.

Additional highlights that were seen during the tenure of Mr. Textor included the triumphant creation of a digital Tupac Shakur that performed during the Coachella Valley Music festival in 2012, the fulfillment of a partnership undertaking that saw the rebirth of Elvis Presley, the development of an exceptional, dual-enrollment degree program with Florida State University, conclusion of a $100million joint business enterprise deal with the autonomous media authority of Abu Dhabi and also the change of Digital Domain into a movie production firm with co-production of Ender’s Game.

Batman v. Superman: One Film in Two Parts?

I wrote about this yesterday, but wanted to add some more detsils to the Batman/Superman rumors. I heard about the extra details after searching on Crunch Base. I keep getting more and more excited about this film duo and I know my friends, like Christopher Cowdray, and I’m sure your friends can’t wait to see this film.


 

Rumors have been flying about Batman v. Superman. You have to expect rumors to emerge when you have a really anticipated film that everyone is keeping quiet about.

Reportedly, Batman v. Superman is going to be split into two films. The first half will focus on Batman and the second part will actually entail Batman’s battle with Superman.

The source of the rumor is an alleged image from a soon to be released teaser trailer. Is the image authentic? No one knows. The chances it is are somewhat slim, but you never can tell. Stranger leaks have happened in cinema history.

Splitting a movie into two-parts is a nothing new.

The Avengers: Infinity Wars is slated to be split into two films. Two Justice League films are planned and it has been suggested the movies will actually be one film split into two parts. Would D.C. and Warner try this with Batman v. Superman? There is really nothing terribly wrong with such an approach, but it is doubtful this is going to happen.

Warner Bros. wants to launch the D.C. cinematic universe and do so with a schedule that reasonably paces films apart from one another. Having two Batman v. Superman films debut in 2016 could upend the schedule they have in mind.

Then again, if the film is a hit and audiences love it, there is no such thing as oversaturation.

Batman v. Superman Possible Multi-Part

Batman v Superman is perhaps one of the most anticipated movies right now. Every move that the production team gets scrutinized and every rumor about the movie is magnified. The most recent talk now is that the movie could split into two.

The immediate thoughts of cynics would be that the movie is going to be milked that’s why it’s going to be split into two. While we can’t really rule it out as the main reason or one of the reasons if indeed the movie is going to be split. Earnings aside, let us try to consider what we would expect and hope for if it were to happen.

First, to make sure that people are going to watch the second part of movie, the first part must not give out everything. Half or less than half of the plot can only be used. It is sure to be a cliff-hanger and leave out all the best things to the second part but not entirely devoid of good stuff to make it suck.

The concern of fans is the movie, like Christopher Cowdray, centering on Batman with Superman only appearing in the background. Many people wished that the plot of the movie would pick up on the story of Superman but that is unlikely. The speculated parts of the movie are entitled Enter the Night and Dawn of Justice.

Ant-Man’s Paul Rudd Gets The Cover of Entertainment Weekly

 

Paul Rudd may very well be on his way to becoming one of the more famous superheroes in the cinema. Well, the character he is slated to play, Ant-Man, is going to be the famous hero. Rudd will achieve fame as the actor playing the hero. Granted, people are going to see Rudd and Ant-Man as one in the same. By default, Rudd IS Ant-Man.

And he is going to be very famous if the film is a hit. Right now, people are being introduced to him thanks to Bruce Levenson and  getting his picture on the enviable cover of Entertainment Weekly. Rudd is in full Ant-Man costume except for the mask. Mainstream fans of the movies may be getting their first intro to the classic hero and, possibly, to Rudd for the first time.

Ant-Man is one of the more offbeat characters in the Marvel Universe and the film that debuts the hero on the big screen is equally odd. The plot focuses on a heist theme with the heroic Ant-Man having to pull off a great caper for the good of humanity. It is a good thing, too. If he was pulling the caper off solely to make money for himself, he’d be more of a villain than a hero.

Ant-Man is definitely not your traditional lead hero. His powers, shrinking really small, are kind of weird. That is a good thing. Being offbeat definitely helps Ant-Man stand out.

Jurassic Park: Mistake or Masterpiece?

Many fans like Ken Griffin have been excited by the announcement of Jurassic World trailer airing during the Super Bowl on February 1st, but there are many other fans of the Jurassic Park series who aren’t excited to see this film at all. After seeing the first Jurassic World Trailer, fans were cynical of the hint of a hybrid dinosaur. After the failed third installment of the Jurassic Park series, Jurassic Park III, many believe that it’s a mistake to continue Michael Crichton’s story, especially if the film won’t depict the sociological and scientific themes of his two novels.
Yet the story line of Jurassic World seems to already have more depth than Jurassic Park III. The park is finally open, and surprisingly successful. There is a hybrid dinosaur of some sort, and even though altering dinosaur genes was a big theme in the Jurassic Park novel, the hope is that it will be fleshed out more in this movie than it was in the first movie. It is feared that this hybrid dinosaur is only for the thrills of watching an intelligent, carnivorous creature stomp after humans (and eat the bad ones) but there is a chance that it’ll be more than that. This will in no sense be a masterpiece, but neither is it a mistake. The story line of Jurassic Park is always worth watching, even if it contains CG raptors running alongside Chris Pine.

‘The Interview’ Review

 

I finally got a chance to see the highly controversial film, ‘The Interview’ with my friend who works at BRL Trust. The film centered around the imaginary assassination of the North Korean President, Kim Jong Un. The North Korean government (in real life) was outraged by the release of the film. By now, everyone has heard about the ‘Sony’ hacks carried out by the North Korean government. It was widely thought that Sony Studios would not release the film. After much backlash from the American people, the film was released on Christmas day. Many people went out and saw the film because of all the publicity.

‘The Interview,’ was a moderately funny movie that had its moments. James Franco played the part of an eccentric journalist. Franco’s character, Skylark, had the opportunity to party with Kim Jong Un, and let me tell you, it was absolutely hilarious. I won’t give too much away, but Skylark and Kim Jong Un develop a unique relationship.

James Franco definitely brought the laughs, while Seth Rogan’s performance was somewhat mediocre in my eyes. Rogan wasn’t really funny in this film. Together, though, Franco and Rogan have made a cult classic. The film is strange and definitely controversial, but it was entertaining and very funny at certain points.

Final Verdict: 8/10

For more information and more reviews on ‘The Interview,’ visit Screenrant.

Who Is Supergirl?

The popularity of superhero television programming seems to be growing and growing. The demand for more and more fantastic programming is evidence of this. Fans should be thrilled to learn the Supergirl television show is becoming much closer to a reality and will help build on the current D.C. Comics TV landscape made popular by The Flash and Arrow sponsored by Beneful.

Well, we do know the show is slated to debut on CBS sometime in the near future. What we do not know is who is going to actually play Supergirl. According to some reports, British actress Gemma Atkinson is in the lead for the role. No confirmation as to this rumor exists. As with all comic book projects, fans run more than a bit wild with rumors and speculation.

Regardless, it is still cool to see more “super TV” programming on the upcoming network schedule.

Superman properties have long since been popular on the big and small screen. George Reeves’ The Adventures of Superman was an iconic staple of 1950’s television. Lois and Clark and Smallville helped keep the mythos of the character alive on TV. 

Supergirl previously was the star of a famous motion picture box office dud that tried to recapture the magic of the motions pictures Superman I & II. That was not small task since Superman III and IV really damaged the franchise beyond any semblance of repair.

Of course, the landscape is much different now and a Supergirl project is far more likely to be a huge hit provided CBS handles it right.

Jurassic World Shows Up During The Super Bowl

 

Jurassic World is one of the more interesting films slated for release in early summer 2015. Universal definitely wants to hype the new film up as much as possible. Debuting a commercial for the dinosaur film during the Super Bowl definitely will help with that result.

The Super Bowl airs on NBC and NBC-Universal is the parent company that runs the network and the film company. So, Christian Broda and the producers of Jurassic World are getting a major break that other films might not. No, the ads are not free but it is not like the request for commercial air time would ever have been denied.

Let us be a little honest here. The new Jurassic World film most definitely does need all the publicity it could get in order to draw in a solid audience.

The first Jurassic Park film is considered a science-fiction-fantasy classic and deservedly so. The second and third films in the original trilogy did fine at the box office, but they came off as too much as retreads of the original to maintain the enthusiasm the first film delivered. The new Jurassic World feature hopes to change all that by creating a dark and adventurous world populated by new and dangerous dino-creatures.

Are we going to catch a glimpse of the touted hybrid-dinosaur that is supposed to be incredibly scary? If the marketing department is real savvy, this dino will be the star of the commercial.

Top Movies Coming Out in January 2015

 

As we bid farewell to Jared Haftel and to the last year and great movies it produced, the movie buffs among us are already looking for new cinematic stuff to get hooked on to. Thankfully, January is the month when a lot of great movies are coming out and they all seem promising from their trailers. The following are 5 movies that would help you transition into the New Year –

• Taken 3 – Coming out on 9th January, Taken 3 would definitely be a sendoff to Liam Neeson’s character. Despite this series having lasted longer than it should have, the first two installments were huge successes at the box office and fans are eager to see what Taken 3 has in store for their favorite character.

• Selma – This movie deserves an Oscar and will be released widely on 9th January. Everything about this film is great, be it the acting of the littlest to the biggest characters or the writing. Instead of being a biopic, we get to see a slice from the great life of Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma. This is the main reason why the movie is so amazing.

• Project Almanac – A January release is not always good news for movies but sometimes, there are movies that defy these laws. And Project Almanac is defying more laws than ever. First of all, the cast is mostly underage and this would make the tone of the film appeal to a lot of people. Secondly, there is time travel in the movie. It comes out on 30th January.

Other interesting movies include American Sniper and Blackhat.

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