When Nicolas Winding Refn’s film Only God Forgives debuted back in 2013, it divided critics and audiences alike. Now a year and a half later, Refn’s wife Liv Corfixen is releasing a feature-length documentary on the making of the movie that may or may not give people a new appreciation for it. My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn looks to be just as much about balancing family life as it is about the production of the film, but it certainly does not seem to be holding anything back. If the previous Refn documentary Gambler is any indication (about the making of Pusher 2 and 3), this should be well worth checking out. My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn hits select theatres and VOD this Friday, Feb. 27th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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It’s been a few years now since it was first announced that Pee-wee Herman was staging a comeback and that a new Pee-wee movie was in development with Judd Apatow on board as a producer. While it was starting to feel like maybe this was all just wishful thinking on the part of Paul Reubens, this week we finally have an update on the project. The movie will be called Pee-wee’s Big Holiday and it is set to debut exclusively on Netflix. The project was previously in development at Universal, but this does seem like a better fit than going with a full theatrical release. Paul Reubens had this to say about the announcement:
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There has been some decent stuff added to Netflix Instant over the past week including a few stand up comedy specials, an acclaimed documentary and another new Netflix Original Series. In the U.S., noteworthy additions include the Amblin-esque sci-fi flick Earth to Echo, Jose Padilha’s Robocop remake and McG’s Charlie’s Angels, while Canadians get a handful of classics like The Shining, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and Goodfellas. New titles in both regions include Jesse Moss’ hard-hitting documentary The Overnighters, New Zealand horror-comedy Housebound, and Australian cop drama Felony written by and starring Joel Edgerton. All this plus the first season of Netflix’s very own Richie Rich series! Will you be adding anything to your queue? Check out the full list of new additions after the jump.
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Wrapping up our awards season coverage from this past weekend is the one awards group that is arguably even more irrelevant than the Oscars: The Razzies. This year they seemed to be focusing on a deserving target, albeit one that very few people have actually seen. Kirk Cameron and his holiday film Saving Christmas took home a total of 4 Razzies including Worst Picture, Worst Actor, Worst Screenplay and Worst Screen Combo (Kirk Cameron & His Ego). Of course, they still managed to find room to call out Michael Bay and Megan Fox as well. What do you think of this year’s Razzie winners? Check out the full list of nominees and winners after the jump.
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Last week we asked you guys which of the films nominated for Best Picture this year most deserved to win Oscar’s top prize and the winner with over 30% of the votes was Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Birdman. So does that mean the Academy actually got things right for a change? I guess that’s always debatable. Richard Linklater’s Boyhood came in second with 23% of the votes followed closely by Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. Whiplash also had a significant number of votes while American Sniper rounded out the top 5. The remaining three nominees were mostly ignored with The Theory of Everything only receiving a single vote. Do you agree with these results?
1. Birdman — 32%
2. Boyhood — 23%
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel — 20%
4. Whiplash — 16%
5. American Sniper — 5%
6. The Imitation Game — 3%
7. Selma — 1%
8. The Theory of Everything — 0%
As most people had predicted, Fifty Shades of Grey topped the box office for the second weekend in a row, but the big story of the weekend was the fact that the erotic film dropped a disastrous 73% from the previous weekend. That’s one of the worst second week declines ever for a movie in wide release. Still, the movie did manage to pull in another $23 million while Kingsman: The Secret Service and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water held their spots at #2 and #3 as well. The best of the new releases was the Kevin Costner sports drama McFarland, USA, which earned $11.32 million, more than both Million Dollar Arm and Draft Day opened to last year. The DUFF rounded out the top 5 while Hot Tub Time Machine 2 bombed in seventh place with just $5.8 million. Yikes.
1. Fifty Shades of Grey — $23.25M
2. Kingsman: The Secret Service — $17.53M
3. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water — $15.5M
4. McFarland, USA — $11.32M
5. The DUFF — $11.03M
6. American Sniper — $9.65M
7. Hot Tub Time Machine 2 — $5.8M
8. Jupiter Ascending — $3.66M
9. The Imitation Game — $2.57M
10. Paddington — $2.29M
When the smoke cleared at last night’s Academy Awards, it was Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman that flew away with a handful of the biggest awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, while most of the other awards were split across several films. Michael Keaton was denied Best Actor, however, as all of the favourites ended up winning in the acting categories including Patricia Arquette who took home the only award for Richard Linklater’s Boyhood. The one upset of the night happened in the Best Animated Feature category as Big Hero 6 defeated How to Train Your Dragon 2. Elsewhere it was mostly business as usual as Neil Patrick Harris proved to be a very safe and forgettable host. What did you think of the Oscars? Check out the full list of nominees and winners after the jump.
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Over the past couple of years, the Oscars and the Independent Spirit Awards have been looking more and more similar. Last year the winners in the major categories were almost identical and this year we could be looking at the same scenario. The Spirit Award winners were announced tonight in Santa Monica and the major acting awards went to all of the Oscar favourites with the exception of Michael Keaton winning Best Actor (Eddie Redmayne was not nominated). However, the Birdman / Boyhood showdown is still looking somewhat uncertain as Birdman won Best Feature while Richard Linklater took home Best Director. Other than that, it was cool to see Nightcrawler get some recognition in there as well. Check out the full list of Spirit Award nominees and winners after the jump and let us know what you think.
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We’ve got some sad news to report this weekend from the world of non-fiction filmmaking. Bruce Sinofsky, best known as one half of the directing duo behind the Paradise Lost trilogy, has reportedly passed away this weekend due to complications from diabetes. Together with his collaborator Joe Berlinger, he helped fight for the release of the West Memphis Three and he also directed such films as Brother’s Keeper and Metallica: Some Kind of Monster. Their final film together, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, was nominated for an Academy Award. Berlinger had this to say about the passing of his friend:
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When P.T. Anderson’s The Master hit theatres back in 2012, many of us thought the movie would be a thinly-veiled examination of Scientology. For better or worse, that’s not the movie we ended up getting, but now this year one of the most well-known and respected documentary filmmakers has decided to tackle that very subject. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is the latest film from director Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side), based on the book by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Lawrence Wright. It was said to be one of the hottest tickets at Sundance last month, thanks in part to attempts by the Church of Scientology to discredit and denounce it. Now the film is coming to HBO as well. Going Clear debuts on HBO on Sun. March 29th at 8 pm; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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After Peter Berg’s Battleship sunk at the box office back in 2012, it looked as though the strange trend of producing movies based on board games had already come to an end. Then last year the Platinum Dunes horror flick Ouija ended being a bit of a surprise hit (enough to prompt a sequel, at least) and the long-rumoured Monopoly movie is now gearing up to start production this summer. So are board game movies back in business? Well, producer Gail Katz (Air Force One, Pawn Sacrifice) seems to think so. She just acquired the rights to make a movie based on the highly popular Settlers of Catan board game. Here’s what she had to say about the deal:
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For whatever reason, Oscar weekend rarely seems to be accompanied by any particularly worthwhile new movies in theatres and it seems like this year is no different. The biggest new release is Hot Tub Time Machine 2, a sequel to the 2010 R-rated comedy that appears to be getting raked across the coals by critics, while the other two movies in wide release are the high school comedy The DUFF and the Kevin Costner sports drama McFarland, USA (or as it’s called in Canada, McFarland). In select theatres, we have the Oscar-nominated Spanish film Wild Tales plus Adam Green’s faux horror documentary Digging Up the Marrow and Mexican pop star biopic Gloria (not to be confused with the Chilean film of the same name). What will you be watching this weekend?