Leonardo DiCaprio Appreciates Showmanship in Final 'Django Unchained' Trailer

Posted by Sean Oconnell on November 28, 2012

“There is no one that appreciates showmanship more than Monsieur Calvin J. Candy!”   That’s Leonardo DiCaprio, devouring chunks of scenery as a merciless plantation owner in the final trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s highly anticipated Django Unchained. We’ve seen TV spots and international trailers creeping across the Web as we gear up for the film’s Dec. 25 release. Now, a domestic trailer has been posted to Yahoo Movies, which we’re happy to... More

'Moonrise Kingdom,' 'Silver Linings Playbook' Dominate Spirit Awards Noms; Are They Destined for Oscar Night Glory?

Posted by Derrick Deane on November 27, 2012

Fresh off of a Best Feature win at last night's Gotham Awards, Moonrise Kingdom picked up more momentum as the awards season officially gets underway. This morning, the film picked up five Independent Spirit Award nominations including nods in best feature, best director (Wes Anderson), best supporting actor (Bruce Willis) as well as best screenplay and cinematography. Keeping pace with Moonrise was Silver Linings Playbook, which just launched in theaters over Thanksgiving weekend. The... More

What is 48 Frames Per Second? Theater Owners Learn as 'The Hobbit' Opens

Posted by Sean Oconnell on November 27, 2012

Later today, fans will be able to tune in to the live premiere of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey courtesy of a streaming feed provided by Warner Bros. (and if you need a link to the page that contains that playback tool, click right here).   Then, audiences in the United States will have to wait patiently until Dec. 14 to see Jackson’s film in theaters. And we’ll have numerous formats from which to choose: 2D, 3D, IMAX 3D and the groundbreaking 48... More

'Django Unchained' TV Spot Cranks Up Tarantino's Touches

Posted by Sean Oconnell on November 27, 2012

Hopefully our Tarantino Movie Guide has proved beneficial as you prepare for Django Unchained, the director’s eighth feature film and his first to pay tribute to the spaghetti western genre.    But as you can see from the film’s latest TV spot, Tarantino is bringing most of his trademark elements to the time-tested format instead of changing his storytelling methods to fit a proven system. Once again, he’s leaning on a vengeance play, this time pitting a freed slave... More

'Les Miserables' and 'Zero Dark Thirty' Stun Critics at Early Screenings

Posted by Sean Oconnell on November 26, 2012

December is right around the corner, when studios save features that likely will compete for top Oscars at next year’s Academy Awards. Two major films with awards potential – Les Miserables and Zero Dark Thirty – screened for critics and Oscar trackers over the Thanksgiving weekend, though, giving us a better picture of which movies might be frontrunners in the Best Picture race.    “No movie musical has seriously contended for the best picture Oscar since... More

'Anna Karenina' Critics Call It "A Movie You Want to See On the Big Screen"

Posted by Sean Oconnell on November 19, 2012

A doomed love triangle. A beautiful woman torn between two powerful men. The world turning out to see how the soap-opera drama is resolved.    No, I’m not talking about The Twilight Saga -- which did have a massive opening weekend. I’m referring to Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina, a stunning visual adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel that opened in limited release over the weekend.    We have been banging the drum for this scrumptious period... More

Quentin Tarantino Talks Retirement, DiCaprio as a Villain and How Will Smith Was Almost 'Django'

Posted by Derrick Deane on November 16, 2012

  Before you check out this week's Tarantino Movie Guide Trivia infographic, Quentin Tarantino sat down with Playboy magazine to chat about not only his upcoming film Django Unchained, but also touched on the topic of retirement. Tarantino had stated that he had originally wanted Will Smith for the role of Django. The director revealed that he had spent "quite a few hours" with Smith in New York while the actor was filming Men in Black III. Though Tarantino wouldn't... More

Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley Go For a Drive in Final 'On the Road' Trailer: Is It An Award Season Contender?

Posted by Derrick Deane on November 15, 2012

Kristen Stewart may be saying goodbye to the Twilight franchise, she will be back in theaters again next month in Walter Salles' On the Road. The final trailer for the film has arrived online and finds Stewart joining a reflective Sam Riley as Sal Paradise and a mumbly Garrett Hedlund as Dean Moriarty as they drive across America encountering various characters including a pistol-packing Viggo Mortensen. Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst, Elisabeth Moss, Steve Buscemi, Terrence Howard and Alice... More

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Why Tommy Lee Jones Thinks 'We're All Jabbering Monkeys,' and His Musings on 'Lincoln'

Posted by Scott Huver on November 14, 2012

When the screenplay for Lincoln included a character that’s crusty and foul-tempered on the surface yet conceals a vibrant heart beating underneath, who has an eloquent command of language that also translates into scathing insults, it’s no wonder Tommy Lee Jones got a call from director Steven Spielberg. Taking on the role of the intimidating, sharp-tongued Thaddeus Stevens, a bewigged abolitionist who makes arguments both fiery and flowery in Congress to strike down slavery, Jones... More

Which 2012 Blockbusters Deserve Oscar Consideration?

Posted by Christopher Campbell on November 13, 2012

Will the infamous Oscar snub of The Dark Knight be fully avenged next year? Back in 2009, the failure of the Academy to recognize Christopher Nolan's Batman film as a Best Picture contender partly resulted in the expansion of the category. The next year, genre fans got their due with nominations for District 9 and Avatar. In 2011, Nolan's Inception made it in, but fans were disappointed that the filmmaker himself was snubbed for Best Director. Now, The Dark Knight Rises hopes to regain... More

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