0:00 – Intro
3:51 – Review: Non-Stop
23:56 – Headlines: Adam Driver Cast in Star Wars: Episode VII
28:36 – Other Stuff We Watched: Only Lovers Left Alive, Night and the City, Philomena, 3 Days To Kill, The Cranes Are Flying, August: Osage County, Ivan’s Childhood, 20 Feet From Stardom, The Broken Circle Breakdown
1:00:45 – Oscar Talk
1:19:59 – Chatroom Q & A
1:47:12 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
1:49:26 – Outro
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If you happened to miss all the excitement last night (to use the word “excitement” loosely), here’s a full breakdown of all the winners from last night’s Academy Awards ceremony. There weren’t really any surprises or upsets at all as pretty much every major award went exactly where it was expected to go. 12 Years a Slave took Best Picture while Gravity dominated all of the technical categories. Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Lupita Nyong’o and Jared Leto won each of their respective acting awards.
The only slight surprise of the night was 20 Feet from Stardom winning Best Documentary Feature, but even that wasn’t totally unforeseen. Perhaps the biggest shock was just how terrible Ellen was as host. Sure, she crashed Twitter and broke Obama’s retweet record with a selfie, but she went way beyond playing it safe to the point where humour was virtually non-existent. What did you think of last night’s Oscar telecast? Were you happy with how all the hardware was handed out? Check out the full list of winners after the jump.
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Liam Neeson ended The Lego Movie‘s reign at the box office this past weekend as his latest action-thriller Non-Stop soared to a $30 million opening. That’s $10 million more than The Grey and Unknown made in their first weekend and it’s even more than the original Taken made. It would seem that Neeson’s appeal as an action star is still growing. In second place, Son of God also did quite well, earning a solid $26.5 million, although that’s nowhere near the $83 million debut of The Passion of the Christ back in 2004. The Lego Movie fell to #3 while The Monuments Men and 3 Days to Kill rounded out the top 5. Elsewhere, Frozen continues to hang around in the top 10 and it has now passed $1 billion worldwide.
1. Non-Stop — $30M
2. Son of God — $26.5M
3. The Lego Movie — $21M
4. The Monuments Men — $5M
5. 3 Days to Kill — $4.9M
6. RoboCop — $4.5M
7. Pompeii — $4.3M
8. Frozen — $3.6M
9. About Last Night — $3.4M
10. Ride Along — $3.1M
Just a quick reminder that we will be recording our annual pre-Oscar podcast live on Ustream starting today at 5 pm EST. When the time comes, the video embedded above will go live (although the feed will be audio only). If you want to follow along in the chat room, you’ll have to click over to our Ustream channel. The chat room will remain open even once the podcast is over so that the discussion can continue as we watch the Academy Awards with you.
Also, if you have not yet joined the Film Junk Oscar pool, head over to Fun Office Pools and make your picks. It’s free to join and the winner will get a $50 Amazon gift card. Not too shabby, right? For those who can’t make it, the podcast will be posted up as per usual a day later. I think that about covers it. Talk to you guys later today!
The 2014 Independent Spirit Award winners were announced last night in Santa Monica, and while there usually isn’t much correlation between these awards and the Oscars, this year that couldn’t be farther from the truth. 12 Years a Slave took home five awards including Best Feature and Best Director, and while the Academy Awards are not quite so clear cut, it’s definitely looking good for Steve McQueen’s film. What’s more, all of the major acting awards were completely in sync with the Oscar favourites. One of the few winners that definitely won’t overlap is Blue Is The Warmest Color, which won Best International Film at the Spirit Awards but is not even nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars. Check out the full list of Independent Spirit Award winners after the jump and see what you think.
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It’s been over a decade now since Andy and Lana Wachowski’s The Matrix trilogy came to a close, and although most people agree that The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions were huge disappointments, the former remains the second highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time. With Hollywood studios relying so heavily on established brands and franchises these days, it’s not crazy to think that eventually Warner Brothers would want to take us back down the rabbit hole. That being said, up until now the question has always been whether The Wachowskis would consider it. Generally they have seemed uninterested in revisiting the franchise, but after a few non-Matrix commercial failures, could they be warming up to the idea? A new report indicates that it is closer to happening than you might think. Hit the jump for more details.
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It’s been a couple of years since we’ve heard about any potential new film projects in development from Rob Zombie. His most recent film, The Lords of Salem, had a small theatrical release last year, but at the time it seemed that he had quite a few other movies on his plate including The Devil’s Rejects 2, a remake of The Blob, a Broad Street Bullies movie and a mysterious project called Tyrannosaurus Rex. At this point, however, none of these movies seem to be any closer to getting made. Instead, Rob Zombie is now turning his attention to television where he will team up with American Psycho writer Bret Easton Ellis for a mini-series about the Manson Family murders. Zombie had this to say:
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Last week’s poll was an epic battle between some of the best sword-and-sandals movies of all time, but in the end, none could stand against Ridley Scott’s Gladiator. The 2000 Oscar-winner secured over 40% of the votes making it a decisive victory for Maximus. The next closest combatant was Zack Snyder’s 300 with 13% of the votes followed by some older classics, Ben-Hur and Spartacus. Jason and the Argonauts rounded out the top 5. In the end, only half of the choices on the poll really got any recognition at all with many of the older movies falling by the wayside. That’s to be expected, but I was a little surprised to see that the original Hercules did not receive a single vote. I guess anyone who was voting for a Hercules movie went with Mario Bava’s Hercules in the Haunted World instead. Do you agree with these results?
1. Gladiator — 41%
2. 300 — 13%
3. Ben-Hur — 10%
4. Spartacus — 9%
5. Jason and the Argonauts — 8%
6. Kingdom of Heaven — 6%
7. Clash of the Titans (1981) — 4%
8. Troy — 2%
8. The Ten Commandments — 2%
10. Hercules in the Haunted World — 1%
11. Cleopatra (1963) — 1%
11. Immortals — 1%
13. Clash of the Titans (2010) — 0%
13. Samson and Delilah — 0%
13. The Fall of the Roman Empire — 0%
13. The Eagle — 0%
13. Centurion — 0%
18. Hercules (1958) — 0%
18. The Robe — 0%
18. Julius Caesar — 0%
The success of The Lego Movie is continuing to send tremors through Hollywood this week as another arguably similar property has just been snapped up by Warner Brothers. This time, instead of making a movie about physically interconnected bricks, the building blocks will be virtual instead. That’s right, the wildly popular video game Minecraft is about to be turned into a major movie franchise. It was probably only a matter of time given that the game just surpassed 100 million registered users and is now available on a variety of platforms including PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, iOS and Android. Heck, they even put out some Minecraft Lego sets. But here’s the surprising thing: Warner Brothers are looking to turn this into a live-action movie as opposed to an animated one. Huh?
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It’s looking like The Lego Movie might finally meet its match this weekend as the always reliable Liam Neeson brings the heavily marketed thriller Non-Stop to theatres while church groups could help give Son of God a major box office boost. Still, neither movie has received particularly positive reviews and there is always the possibility that either one could flop — especially considering that audiences have already seen The Bible mini-series on The History Channel. Anchorman 2 is also back in theatres again for one week only with the new Super-Sized R-Rated Version. In select theatres, we have the Russian 3D epic Stalingrad, acclaimed Indian drama The Lunchbox, and The Bag Man starring John Cusack and Robert DeNiro. What will you be watching this weekend?
If you’ve been listening to the Film Junk Podcast over the past few weeks, you’ll know that there is an on-going debate as to whether or not a fictional film based on a documentary should be considered a remake. While there are some who insist that a documentary by definition cannot be remade as a fictional film, I maintain that there are some situations where the term does apply. Case in point: Sony Pictures is setting up a fictionalized version of Katie Dellamaggiore’s documentary Brooklyn Castle, about a group of kids from an inner-city junior high school who happen have the best chess team in the country. Scott Rudin and Eli Bush will produce along with Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver, and now they have chosen the creative team of the cancer dramedy 50/50 to write and direct. The new movie will also be called Brooklyn Castle… so, yep, sure sounds like a remake to me.
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Here at Film Junk, it’s become something of an annual tradition to record a live podcast just prior to the Academy Awards and then continue the discussion in the chat room as we sit down to watch the Oscars on TV. Even if you don’t really care about the Oscars themselves, it’s a fun opportunity for fellow Film Junkies around the world to get together and talk about movies with us. This time around we’ll be reviewing Non-Stop starring Liam Neeson and doing the usual stuff before taking some questions from the chat room. The podcast will start this Sunday, March 2nd at 5 pm EST on our Ustream channel (assuming we don’t have any minor technical delays, which we probably will).
This year we’re also setting up an Oscar pool ahead of time to add a little more excitement to the proceedings. The winner will earn bragging rights plus a $50 Amazon gift card. To join, just follow this link to Fun Office Pools, sign up for an account and make your picks. (Thanks to Falsk for setting it up.) Other than that, all you have to do is check back on Sunday afternoon and we should have another post up with the embedded live feed. Hope to see you all there!