Friday, February 28, 2014

'The Double' Trailer: Two Jesse Eisenberg's for the Price of One

the double trailer

What would you do if you met someone who looked exactly like you?

That's the premise of the deeply (and delightfully) weird movie, "The Double," starring Jesse Eisenberg. A new full trailer has been released, and shows off just how imaginative and

kooky the film is.

Eisenberg plays Simon James, a passive office drone who has a crush on Hannah (Mia Wasikowska). But Simon's life is turned upside down when he meets his new co-worker, James Simon -- who looks exactly like him, but has a totally different personality. But nobody else seems to realize that the two are doppelgangers.

"Did you notice anything strange about him? I mean, did he remind you of anyone?" Simon asks another colleague, who looks puzzled. "Who'd you have in mind?" he asks.

"The Double" hits theaters on May 9.

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Vincent D'Onofrio Is the Villain in 'Jurassic World'

vincent d'onofrio villain jurassic world

Rampaging dinosaurs won't the only problem in "Jurassic World."

Deadline reports that Vincent D'Onofrio has been cast a villain in the fourth movie of the blockbuster franchise. An insider tells The Wrap that he'll play a CFO of the Patel Corporation and "projects the image of a normal family man to mask a hidden edge."

Along with D'Onofrio, "Life of Pi" actor Irrfan Khan has signed on to the join the film, which already has its two leads in Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. "Jurassic World," which is being directed by Colin Trevorrow, is set to hit theaters June 2015.

One actor who won't be in the movie is Jeff Goldblum. "They haven't called me," he said recently.

No word yet on whether velociraptors will be reprising their roles either.

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Check Out These Hilarious Deleted Scenes From Your Favorite '90s Movies (VIDEO)

never before scene

With all the talk about the Oscars this weekend, and all the super serious movies that are vying for Hollywood's top honors, you might just want to laugh. If so, we have got the videos for you -- a series of hilarious, highly inventive "deleted scenes" from some of your favorite movies, courtesy of the warped wizards at CineFix. Giggling most definitely will ensue.

The CineFix geniuses take on beloved '90s classics -- "Titanic," "Jurassic Park," "The Shawshank Redemption" and "Terminator 2: Judgment Day." The "missing scenes" they showcase usually involve a minor character or extra who is stuck in the background and has a whole lot to say about the memorable sequence they've found themselves a part of. My personal favorite is the archeologist who has a problem with the little kid making fun of Dr. Grant in "Jurassic Park." So, so good. They also bring back a truly amazing plot hole from "Shawshank Redemption" that, for some reason, I (and maybe you) have never thought about.

They're all worth a watch, and please show them to everyone you know so that the CineFix crew can make even more of these.

Again: just be advised that you might crack a rib from laughing so hard.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Autopsy Results Reveal 'Toxic' Drug Mix

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The New York coroner has released the official autopsy on Philip Seymour Hoffman, and the report reveals that the actor died from a "toxic mix" of drugs.

Those drugs included heroin, cocaine, amphetamines, and benzodiazepines. The combination of heroin and cocaine is known as a "speedball." Hoffman's death was ruled to be accidental.

The Oscar winner was found dead, with a needle in his arm, on February 2. Hoffman had struggled with addiction earlier in his life, and after decades of sobriety, began using heroin again last year. Though he entered a rehab facility, Hoffman was unable to overcome his addiction.

He left behind a longtime partner, Mimi O'Donnell, with whom he had three children.

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The New 'James Bond' Movie Starts Shooting in October, Says Ralph Fiennes

ralph fiennes new james bond

2012's "Skyfall" was notable for a number of reasons, but one of the bigger things that it did was set up a new universe for the Daniel Craig version of Bond to play in, complete with his reporting to a new version of his superior M (now played by Ralph Fiennes) and, of course, a truly adorable new Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) to work alongside. The next Bond outing will reunite "Skyfall" director Sam Mendes and screenwriter John Logan, but that's about as much as people know about the next installment in the 007 franchise. Fiennes, however, let slip a pivotal piece of information.

Fiennes, who next stars in the delightful, darkly tinged Wes Anderson romp "The Grand Budapest Hotel," told MTV that he will be back for the next Bond installment and, what's more, that the production is scheduled to begin in October. (It's supposed to debut on November 6, 2015.)

When pressed for additional details, however, Fiennes clammed up. "I haven't read a script yet, so I can't tell you much," he told MTV. "They'd probably swear me to secrecy anyway."

Well, hey, at least we know Fiennes will be back and that shooting will begin soon. Considering how wonderful "Skyfall" was, hopefully everyone will be able to recapture the magic once more.

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New 'Godzilla' Photos Unleashed, Plus a Trailer Breakdown From the Director (VIDEO)

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Earlier this week the world shuddered with the sound of prehistoric roaring as the "Godzilla" trailer debuted and promptly dazzled just about everyone who watched it. Well, now some new images from the monster mash have debuted, along with a kind of video commentary from "Godzilla" director Gareth Edwards, who takes us through some of the secrets of the trailer.

The images from "Godzilla" are more or less what you would expect and come from the same issue of Empire magazine (where the monster prominently held the cover) via Coming Soon, with an emphasis on the large-scale destruction that has been left behind in the wake of the giant lizard (look at that tail!), but maybe the most interesting part of the Empire photoset is the graphic showing the different sizes of all of the incarnations of the Godzilla monster. It seems that this new one is going to be biggest monster in the franchise history - proving that, as the ad for the 1998 "Godzilla" memorably stated -- size really does matter.

As for the video commentary provided by Edwards (also for Empire, watch it below) if you're spoiler averse, don't worry, there aren't that many secrets that are spilled. Instead, it's a great introduction to Edwards's approach to the movie, with an emphasis on performances and emotionality ("If you don't at least start to cry then I haven't done my job"), not exactly the first two things you think of when you think "Godzilla." He also talks about why he used the classical piece of music most famous for being a part of "2001" and why Bryan Cranston is the man.

Maybe the coolest explanation comes towards the end of the 10-minute video, when Edwards describes how their monster, if it was real back in the '50s, was something that someone could have seen in Japan and gone to Toho and designed their monster based on what they thought they saw. This is so, so awesome, and adds a lovely layer of meta-textual depth to the whole thing. Cannot wait.

"Godzilla" opens everywhere on May 16.

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'Stalingrad': Everything You Need to Know About the WWII Movie

Film Review Stalingrad

As the lights of Sochi fade and our Olympic athletes make their way home, there's a little piece of Russia's cinematic legacy that has made the journey along with them.

Opening in limited release is Fedor Bondarchuk's "Stalingrad," a $30 million war epic being released in North America by Sony Pictures. Here's a primer on the film, which looks closely at The Battle of Stalingrad in WWII.

What is the film about?

The Battle of Stalingrad, a story already told in countless books and films, is one of the defining and most brutal battles of the Second World War. With a mix of hubris from the German side, and unabashed attrition from the Russians, this was a seven-month campaign that left more than 1.5 million people dead, yet was critical to breaking the back of the German Army and paving the way for their eventual defeat.

So, what does Bondarchuk do differently?

First of all, he accumulated a substantial budget ($30m) and shot the first non-American IMAX formatted feature film. Presented in 3D, this is Michael Bay-level of spectacle, with massive swarms of soldiers, swooping camera shots, and explosion after explosion.

Michael Bay? Really?

Yeah, and in more ways than one. We've become used to jingoistic, almost propagandistic American films about WWII. If there's a single film that's a model for "Stalingrad" it's "Pearl Harbor," where the scope of a massive battle is put aside save for brief bursts of action, in favour of following the romance of the central figures.

In Bondarchuk's defence, this simplifying of the battle to one central location does work dramatically, and the romance is much more metaphorical than would play in most American films.

Is it historically accurate?

Well, sorta. It's very much an almost operatic take on the battle, and save for the introductory scenes where you have the film's most enduring imagery (the sight of burning Soviet soldiers charging while draped in flames at a fleeing, cowardly Wehrmacht), you almost are made to feel that much of the actual war is taking place just on the other side, which this small ensemble of good guys and bad guys play out their private battle.

That sounds sort of like "Saving Private Ryan"!

That's clearly another film that Bondarchuk is referencing, much more so than, say, classic Soviet-era war films. There's a brashness and a bravado of the film that feels very much in keeping with North American cinema, only that the heroes in this film are, obviously, the Russians.

Does it come across as Russian propaganda, making the soldiers out to be superheroes?

Well, of course it does. But the same could be same could be said of everything from "Rambo" to this year's "Lone Survivor," with shots of American soldiers repeatedly falling backwards off of a cliff and never quite managing to have their spines spring out like a pogo stick.

"Stalingrad" doesn't pretend to be a documentary, but it does provide the grittiness and ambivalence about wartime with what's basically a romantic melodrama. The Nazi soldiers are given enough character that they're not quite as two-dimensional as they could be, and the camaraderie between the disparate Russian soldiers seems genuine.

That's not exactly high praise.

Well, no, it's not. The film is certainly more flash that substance, and part of the problem is that it doesn't quite live up to its beginning as pure spectacle. While presented in IMAX 3D, there's only a few shots that really make you feel that this is anything more than a claustrophobic war scenario, with most of the participants trapped in their respective locations facing off against one another.

When the scope opens up the film becomes more interesting, but there's definitely a feeling that the really exciting and cinematically interesting stuff is taking place just outside of frame. When the battles finally do occur, they're pretty pedestrian, and lack a bit of the energy that the earliest scenes conveyed.

How was the film received in Russia?

Financially, it was a pretty big hit when it was released last year, taking in more than double its budget. It's interesting to note that even Russian critics found the film more of a visual spectacle than a meaty film about such an important historical period. The film was submitted by the Russians as their official selection for the Best Foreign language film at the Academy Awards, but it did not make the short list for this year's nominations.

So, should I spend the money and see it?

I think you should, keeping expectations low. It's an interesting view into contemporary Russian cinema, and it certainly benefits from being projected on the largest screen you can find. If you're ever going to want to see this film, seeing it on an IMAX presentation would obviously be the ideal way to experience it.

Beyond the silly romances and stilted dialogue, there are some great visual flourishes that makes for a pretty good night out at the movies. Don't expect it to teach you much about this battle or the actual history of the event and you're sure to enjoy it on a visceral level.

"Stalingrad" is currently on a limited release in major cities in North America.

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'Non-Stop' Review: 12 Things That Can't Stop Liam Neeson

Film Review Non-Stop

If you've seen any Liam Neeson movies in the last few years, then you know that the man can't be stopped -- or at least not very easily, considering he's fought off waves of henchmen, a pack of giant wolves, and trauma-induced amnesia, all through sheer ass-kicking willpower.

And in "Non-Stop," the actor's latest collaboration with "Unknown" director Jaume Collet-Serra, Neeson plays Bill Marks, a worn-down federal air marshal with a drinking problem. He soon finds himself dealing with a much bigger problem though (or at least a more punch-able one) when he receives a text message that someone on his transatlantic flight to London will die every 20 minutes unless a $150 million ransom is paid.

What follows is a mystery full of twists, turns and red herrings, all meant to trip Neeson's character up, but once again, the bigger mystery might be why anyone actually thought they could slow down the relentless action hero. So, as a public service to both audiences and movie villains everywhere, the following is a quick rundown of all the things that fail to stop Neeson in the action thriller "Non-Stop."

Inconsiderate travellers:

Like George Clooney in "Up in the Air," Marks has no patience for people who slow him down at airport security. Don't get your shoes off fast enough, and he won't hesitate to cut you -- in line, that is. Oh, and while we're at it, don't even think about refusing a request for your window seat either.

The "no smoking" policy:

Inflight smoking has been prohibited for years, but airline policy is no match for Neeson. Marks is able to contravene the blanket ban with a simple workaround that would make MacGyver proud.


There's no time to waste when you're texting with a potential hijacker, and luckily, Bill's phone has Autocorrect, as seen in the string of texts that continually pop up on-screen. It's a clever, modern stylistic choice that Collet-Serra uses for sight gags as much as easy readability. You can tell somebody's a "House of Cards" fan, and not just because they cast Corey Stoll.

Small talk:

As the movie shows us on more than one occasion, Marks may not be great at making friendly small talk, but that's only be because he considers any personal information divulged (such as discussing your final destination, or asking him what he does for a living) as admissible evidence that you might be a terrorist.

Painful memories:

Thinking about his daughter may give Marks momentary pause and a sort of tunnel vision, but his troubled past never prevents him from focusing on the present and getting the job done. Instead, it gives Neeson's character a humanizing backstory that also proves pretty useful in totally bumming out an airplane full of panicked people.

Racial profiling:

His fellow passengers may see a lone middle-aged Muslim man as an obvious flight risk, but not Marks. That's because everyone is a suspect for the paranoid air marshal until proven otherwise. Yes, even you, adorable precocious child.

Confined spaces:

As if being stuck on a non-stop flight to London with a would-be terrorist wasn't already claustrophobic enough, the 6'4" Neeson has to have one of his patented fight scenes inside an airplane bathroom. But as luck would have it, tight spaces and low headroom appear to actually heighten the bone-crunching efficiency of Neeson's trusty repertoire.


Forget pesky things like "due process" and "probable cause," because those won't save you from Liam Neeson. Marks throws one potential suspect around the galley like a ragdoll, unlawfully subdues another with duct tape, and conducts "random" searches of his fellow passengers. And it's not just federal laws that Neeson openly flaunts in "Non-Stop," he's apparently not subject to the laws of physics or common sense either.

Motion sickness:

While everyone else is reaching for the oxygen masks during the movie's insane climactic fight scene (the audience included), Neeson is snatching guns out of midair and climbing over seats. Remember that the next time you grab your armrest during a little minor turbulence.

Plot holes:

True, after the big reveal, a lot of little things don't make much sense upon further reflection. But Collet-Serra and Neeson fly over those so fast and with such conviction that you'll be too engrossed in all the twists and turns to notice until you're already out of the theatre.

Audience expectations:

Appearances can be deceiving, as "Non-Stop" reminds us over and over again with a string of clever red herrings, meant to keep moviegoers guessing as much as Marks. And thanks to Neeson and the rest of the surprisingly strong cast (including Oscar-nominee Lupita Nyong'o as a fill-in flight attendant), Collet-Serra's stylish direction, and a script that's constantly acknowledging (and then subverting) audience expectations, "Non-Stop" turns out to be a pretty enjoyable action thriller, despite ending with a twist that even the movie's own fictional news anchors call "unbelievable."

Rogue beverage carts:

Come on, the man's fought Batman. Did you really think a bar on wheels would faze him?

"Non-Stop" is now playing in theatres.

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Oscar Speeches: Best 'Get-Off-The-Stage' Moments (VIDEO)

Oscars' Best Get-Off-The-Stage Moments

It's the part of the Oscar telecast you secretly wait for: that moment when a winner gets awkwardly cut off by the orchestra during their acceptance speech. Long-winded winners have been rushed off the stage before, and the odds are high it'll happen again this Sunday.

In honor of this cringe-worthy Academy Award tradition, Moviefone presents some of the most memorable "get off the stage!" musical interruptions. Memo to possible winners Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lawrence, Christoph Waltz and Daniel Day-Lewis: keep your thank-yous and oh-gods brief.

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Forget Pixar, This 'E.T.' Theory Will Really Blow Your Mind

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There are a number of "Star Wars" references in Steven Spielberg's "E.T." This was both a product of the time (it was produced in between "Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi," at what was arguably the height of Jedi-mania) and a reference to the deeply felt friendship between "E.T." director Steven Spielberg and "Star Wars" creator George Lucas (the year before the two had teamed on minor art house hit "Raiders of the Lost Ark"). But thanks to a keen theorist on Reddit, which was picked up and expounded on by Buzzfeed (since Reddit and Buzzfeed are the ying and yang of pointless Internet time-wasting), a new theory has emerged... One that will blow your mind all over your office wall.

Basically the theory states that the E.T. aliens are part of the "Star Wars" galaxy because of their Easter Egg-y appearance in one of the senate sequences in "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones." E.T., of course, many years later comes to Earth and befriends a young human named Elliot. When out for Halloween, E.T. sees a child dressed as Yoda and says "Home! Home!" In the movie it's a throwaway joke, but in this deeper understanding, maybe E.T. was recognizing Yoda, from his days in outer space. Later, when escaping police custody, E.T. causes Elliot's bike to fly, using some decidedly Force-like powers. What does this mean?

Say it with me folks:


Now, if you stop and think about this, it doesn't make sense, for a number of reasons. First and foremost is that the E.T. appearance in "Star Wars: Episode II" was a gag designed by some very bored visual effects artists who were just having fun. Secondly, if E.T. really was a Jedi, chances are that he would have been wiped out with the rest of the order at the end of "Episode III," which led to Yoda being exiled on Dagobah and Obi-Wan taking shelter on Tattooine, in part to watch over young Luke Skywalker, an unsuspecting Jedi who would finally bring balance to the Force. Then there's the fact that Spielberg seems to be pretty staunchly averse to this kind of meta inter-mythology building but if quizzed about it would probably just defer to Lucas, as he did when being raked over the coals for "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."

So what do you think? Is this a plausible explanation for something you were never really wondering about in the first place? Or the idle madness that can only come from The Internet's ability to over-think, compartmentalize, and link vast sections of pop culture in a knotty, unnecessarily complex mesh of interlocking parts?

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Liam Neeson Reveals a Few Things You Don't Know About Him (EXCLUSIVE)

Moviefone Guest Editor: Liam Neeson: Things People Don't Know About Me

Liam Neeson -- star of the new action/thriller "Non-Stop" -- is Moviefone's Guest Editor for the week of February 24 - 28. Watch for ass-kicking exclusives from the actor throughout the week.

Liam Neeson has, over the past few years, been saving his family and fighting wolves and generally doing things that most of us would rather comfortably watch from our theater chair (or, barring that, really comfy couch). So it's kind of surprising to hear the actor, who has been serving as Moviefone's guest editor all week (and doing a damn fine job of it) describe the things that you don't know about him -- all of which are pretty mundane and (dare we say it?) mellow.

The things that Neeson reveals mostly concern his recreation time so, if you were suspecting something like, "Well, I'm an active serial killer who has evaded police capture for decades" or "I like to dress in ladies undergarments," you're going to be sorely disappointed. (Also: seek help.) Instead, Neeson charmingly takes us through his downtime, which seems to be in short supply given that he is in one of every three movies released this year.

So if you want to know something that you probably didn't know about Liam Neeson, be sure to watch the video. And be sure to check out the other videos with Neeson that we've debuted this year, if only because at this point I'm pretty sure the soothing sound of his voice can stop aging and cure most diseases.

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Oscars by the Numbers: 33 Fascinating Academy Awards Statistics

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Unless you're prediction-loving, number-crunching wizard Nate Silver, you probably find statistics pretty boring. But stats concerning the Academy Awards have always been fascinating, mostly because the Oscars are just plain weird, and riddled with anomalies.

The ceremony got its start in the late 1920s, when movies were just making their transition into sound, and early nominees and categories reflected the sheer chaos of those halcyon days of what would eventually become Hollywood's golden age. (Though, of course, any film aficionado worth his/her salt would have a strong opinion about the exact dates that that age entailed.)

As the Oscars tradition continued, the awards became a bit more traditional themselves, settling into a predictable pattern of narratives that have stayed relatively consistent to this day. But there are always idiosyncrasies hiding in the woodwork, and the Academy Awards have them in spades. Here, we've collected some of the most distinctive statistics surrounding the Awards' first 85 years of existence to give you a better impression of Oscar's past, present, and future.

If Sunday's ceremony runs long -- and statistically speaking, it most certainly will -- you can break out some of these facts to entertain Oscar party guests bored to tears by the Best Actress winner's inevitably long-winded acceptance speech.


Number of competitive Oscars won by a host of high-profile actors, actresses, and filmmakers, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Ian McKellan, Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, Bette Midler, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, and George Lucas, among many others.


Number of dollars for which an Oscar winner or his estate must offer to sell his statuette back to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences before selling the statuette on his own. Oscars awarded after 1950 are bound by this agreement, and statuettes are considered property of the Academy unless it waives its ownership. Oscar Welles's 1941 Oscar for "Citizen Kane" was sold at a 2011 auction for over $800,000.


Number of words in the shortest Oscars acceptance speech ever, delivered by Patty Duke in 1963 after winning the Best Supporting Actress statuette for "The Miracle Worker." Her message? Simply, "Thank you."


Number of films that have won all of the "Big Five" awards (picture, director, actor, actress, and screenplay). They are: "It Happened One Night" (1934), "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975), and "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991).


Number of animated features that have been nominated for Best Picture. 1991's "Beauty and the Beast" was the first to earn this distinction, followed later by "Up" (2009) and "Toy Story 3" (2010).


Highest number of acting Oscars won by a single person, a record held by Katharine Hepburn. She won Best Actress statuettes for: "Morning Glory" (1933), "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" (1967), "The Lion in Winter" (1968), and "On Golden Pond" (1982).


The most Best Director wins by one person, a record held by John Ford since 1953, when he won his last statuette for "The Quiet Man."


Length in minutes of the longest Oscar acceptance speech ever given, a distinction held by Greer Garson, who won Best Actress in 1943 for "Mrs. Miniver."


Highest number of acting nominations without a win, a record held by the late Peter O'Toole. He was awarded an honorary Oscar in 2002.


Number of musicals that have won Best Picture. The last one to do it was 2002's "Chicago," which ended a 34-year drought. 1968's "Oliver!" preceded "Chicago"'s win, but the Academy took a hard turn away from song-and-dance features with its subsequent Best Picture selection: "Midnight Cowboy" (1969), which remains the only X-rated film to claim Oscar's biggest prize.


Highest number of Oscars won by a single film. Three movies are tied for this distinction: "Ben-Hur" (1959), "Titanic" (1997), and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003). "Return of the King" won all 11 awards for which it was nominated, another Academy Awards record.


Highest number of nominations for a film that did not win any Oscars. Two films share that dubious distinction: "The Turning Point" (1977) and "The Color Purple" (1985).


The highest number of Best Director nominations received by one person. William Wyler holds that record, converting three of those nominations into wins.


The number of Oscar categories that have been eliminated over the years. They include Best Dance Direction, Best Short Film -- Live Action -- Two Reels, and Best Unique and Artistic Quality of a Production. (That latter wordy category was part of the first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929, and ditched the following year.)


Length in minutes of the first -- and to this day, shortest -- Academy Awards ceremony, held on May 16, 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles. Awards (the nickname "Oscar" didn't come into being for several years) were handed out in 12 categories. Today, Oscars are awarded in 24 categories, and ceremonies typically run three hours on average. (Many far exceed that running time.)


Highest number of hosts for one Oscars telecast. For several years, the Academy used a gimmick dubbed "Friends of Oscar" that featured a roster of rotating hosts for each ceremony. The broadcast featuring the most "Friends" took place on April 7, 1970, and included stars like Bob Hope, John Wayne, Barbra Streisand, Fred Astaire, Clint Eastwood, James Earl Jones, and Elizabeth Taylor. Packing in so much star power paid off for the Academy: the broadcast was the Awards' highest-rated telecast of all time.


Highest number of acting nominations for a single person, a record held by Meryl Streep. Streep broke the previous record of 12, set by Katharine Hepburn. Jack Nicholson is the most nominated male actor, currently tied with Hepburn's 12.


Highest number of Oscar ceremonies hosted by one person. Bob Hope is the champ (he also hosted the first televised Oscars in 1953), with Billy Crystal a distant second with nine hosting gigs.


Most nominations for a single person in any category without a win. Sound re-recording mixer Kevin O'Connell began his unsuccessful quest for an Oscar with his first nomination in 1983; his most recent letdown came in 2007.


Composer Victor Young has O'Connell beat in the most depressing distinction category: Young was nominated 21 times before finally winning an Oscar for 1956's "Around the World in 80 Days," earning him the title of most nominations before a win. Unfortunately, Young died before the Oscar ceremony took place, and the award was granted posthumously.


Number of times that the Best Picture and Best Director Oscars have gone to different films. The most recent split came in 2013, when Ang Lee won Best Director for "Life of Pi" and "Argo" (directed by non-nominee Ben Affleck) took Best Picture. For more analysis of this Oscar anomaly, check out Moviefone's extensive coverage here.


Total number of Oscars won by Walt Disney, the most ever for a single person. He was also awarded an additional four honorary Oscars, and holds the record for most Oscars won in one year by a single person (four). The most Oscars won by a living person is eight, with composer Alan Menken claiming the title.


Highest number of nominations earned by a woman in any category. Costume designer Edith Head holds that title; she won eight statuettes throughout her career.


Number of seconds that Academy rules stipulate acceptance speeches must not run over. (This rule, established in 2010, is broken multiple times every year.)


Highest number of nominations for a single person in any category. Over-achiever Walt Disney holds that title. Composer John Williams is the most-nominated living person, with 49 nods under his belt.


Length in minutes of the shortest Best Picture winner ever, "Marty" (1955). Brevity seems to be a theme for this classic flick: the 1956 ceremony where it claimed the top prize was the second-shortest Oscars ever, lasting just 90 minutes.


Length in minutes of the longest Best Picture winners ever: a tie between "Ben-Hur" (1959) and "Gone With the Wind" (1939). But the latter has a slight edge when its score is factored in: including its overture, intermission music, and exit music, "Gone" clocks in at 238 minutes.


Length in minutes of the longest Academy Awards ceremony ever, which took place on March 24, 2002. The historic night -- hosted by Whoopi Goldberg -- saw Halle Berry become the first African-American to win Best Actress (for "Monster's Ball"), while fellow black actors Denzel Washington and Sidney Poitier also picked up statuettes for Best Actor and an honorary Oscar, respectively.


Number of total Oscar statuettes awarded from 1929 to 2011, in 1,853 categories.


The approximate number of voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines the Oscar nominees and winners. It's made up of separate branches composed of different film disciplines, including acting, writing, and directing. 276 people were invited to join the Academy in 2013, though the number of new members changes annually.

31.76 million

Number of viewers for the lowest-rated Oscars telecast ever, which took place on February 24, 2008. Despite the Academy celebrating its 80th awards, the show pulled in a dismal 18.66 share of the ratings, thanks in part to its low-wattage winners. (Best Picture champ "No Country for Old Men" wasn't a big box office draw, prompting fewer viewers to tune in.)

57.25 million

Number of viewers for the second-highest rated Oscars telecast ever, when "Titanic" took home Best Picture and Billy Crystal hosted on March 23, 1998. The exact number of viewers for the highest rated ceremony -- which took place on April 7, 1970, when "Midnight Cowboy" won the top prize -- are not available, but the program pulled in a whopping 43.40 share of the Nielsen ratings. (In comparison, 1998's ceremony had a 35.32 share.)

1 billion

Number of worldwide viewers that the Academy has claimed in the past watch the Oscars every year. This number has been widely disputed, though, and with the recent trend in waning viewership, it seems even more suspect today.

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11 Highly Skilled Movie Characters You Want on Your Plane If Things Go Very, Very Wrong (PHOTOS)

Movie Characters Want Danger Flight

It's nice to know that an undercover federal air marshal could be on your flight (contrary to popular belief, they are not on every flight), but what if your designated marshal is the one hijacking the plane? That's the premise behind "Non-Stop," in which Liam Neeson plays the armed TSA agent on a flight from New York to London who is apparently being set up by the very terrorists he's there to protect the flyers from.

Presumably, Neeson's character is the real deal and wins out in the end, proving his innocence and heroism. But if "air marshal" is at the top of your list of people you want on your flight if things go wrong, maybe add "air marshal who isn't corrupt or a terrorist" above it. Thanks to Hollywood, we have a number of other specific character types who we'd trust and hope to be on any potentially doomed plane. Check out 11 of these trusty individuals below.

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Oscar Predictions 2014: Who Will Win Best Supporting Actress?

Oscar Predictions 2014 Supporting Actress

It's Oscar weekend!

With the star-studded evening almost here, Moviefone will be releasing a set of staff predictions each day this week (in countdown fashion) for the six major categories. We've already predicted Best Picture, Best Actor, and more, so now to kick off Oscar weekend, we bring you perhaps the hottest race of them all: Best Supporting Actress.

Jennifer Lawrence and Lupita Nyong'o have been going neck and neck all season for their work in "American Hustle" and "12 Years a Slave," respectively, but only one will walk away with the little gold man. While Lawrence is fresh off her Best Actress win last year for "Silver Linings Playbook" and the blockbuster "Hunger Games: Catching Fire," Nyong'o is a newcomer who has seriously turned heads in her first role -- and on the red carpet.

We've already given you the beat on the Best Supporting Actress nominees, so now let's break down our favorites to win the award. Here, we've listed the actresses we expect to win, and then, more importantly, who we think should win.

Tim Hayne

Who Will Win: Lupita Nyong'o. The breakout star of "12 Years a Slave" has already scooped up a SAG award for her part in Steve McQueen's biographical epic. Plus, the Academy isn't so fast-and-loose with handing out multiple Oscars back-to-back to the same person, so, as the only other frontrunner in the category, Jennifer Lawrence chances are slimmer than they'd otherwise be.

Who Should Win: Lupita Nyong'o. If you've seen "12 Years a Slave," you already know why she should win. If you haven't seen it, shame on you. Nyong'o, who can also be seen in this week's "Non-Stop" opposite Liam Neeson, is so compelling as Patsey that she, simply put, steals every scene she's in (sorry, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender, but it's true). Plus, her performance is heads above Jennifer Lawrence's loose-canon housewife. Go see "12 Years," and I guarantee that Nyong'o will break your heart.

Alexis Moore

Who Will Win: Lupita Nyong'o. Lupita has been flying under the radar for most of the awards season, but her much-deserved SAG win (and adorable speech) planted her firmly at the top of the heap. It doesn't hurt that she's been killing it on the red carpet and getting tons of press because of it. Plus, have you seen that Vanity Fair cover? She looks like an Oscar statuette. I failed psychology but I'm pretty sure that's a gold Freudian slip. No? Subliminal messaging? Yeah, that one.

Who Should Win: Lupita Nyong'o. Lupita's performance as Patsey showed a range and depth I'd expect from a seasoned veteran rather than someone appearing in their first feature film. I hope a win on Oscar night is the start of a long career for her. And no, 'Non-Stop 2' doesn't count.

Eric Larnick

Who Will Win: Jennifer Lawrence or Lupita Nyong'o. Out of all the nominees, Lupita gave the best performance, period. But J-Law's life has become its own cottage industry for both Hollywood and the public; she's not really a person anymore, but a pop-culture tidal wave, propelled in part by her collaboration with "Hustle"/"Silver Linings" director David O. Russell. Also an acceptance speech would bring highly coveted ratings to the telecast, so there's always that motivation. (sorry Tumblr, don't hate me for my cynicism)

Who Should Win: Lupita Nyong'o. The Supporting Awards typically serve as a break-out showcase for actors you're unfamiliar with, who burst onto the scene with a dynamic role that pops with unforgettable energy. "12 Years" is filled with heavy performances, but Nyong'o's turn as the sexually abused slave Patsy is even more note-worthy when you realize it's her first movie performance. Ever.

Jonny Black

Who Will Win: Lupita Nyong'o. The Yale-trained actress is outstanding in her performance as a used and abused "slave-mistress" in "12 Years a Slave" and her several wins this awards season show that industry voters agree. Nyong'o has been splitting the honors with Jennifer Lawrence ("American Hustle"), which admittedly makes me nervous, but she also has shined on the red carpet -- excellent exposure that surprisingly means more than one would think, particularly for a newcomer.

Who Should Win: Lupita Nyong'o. She plays a tormented soul and could easily play second-fiddle to Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender, both of whom are nominated for their performances, but Nyong'o absolutely entrenches herself in the part and makes everyone ask, "Where did she come from?" Also, as much as I typically love Lawrence, it felt she was doing far too much with her "American Hustle" role. The writing was great, yet, ultimately, it felt like a 23 year-old was playing a part meant for someone at least 30. Oh wait...

What's your pick? Tell us in the comments below, and find out which star wins Best Supporting Actress when the Oscars air live Sunday, March 2 at 7 ET / 4 PT on ABC.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Kids' Movies Childless Adults Shouldn't Feel Weird About Watching


If you're an adult without a child, odds are you've wanted to see a kids' movie but have felt pretty weird about it.

That weirdness fuels a strategy to somehow see the movie shame-free: taking your niece or nephew, inviting your friends with kids, or dressing inconspicuously and walking into the theater with a large family you pretend is yours. (That last one is decidedly creepy, so stop doing that.) Most times, you wait for the movie to hit Netflix or Amazon so you can watch it in the comfort of your own apartment or home, when you know your roommates will be gone or your significant other is away on business or something. Well, we thing you're better than that.

Here at Moviefone, we urge you to break free from your self-imposed shackles of shame and see the kids' movies you want to see! These days, more and more animated flicks are truly fun for the whole family, and, in some cases, can only be fully appreciated from an adult's perspective.

So embrace your inner child and watch the following movies with your head held high.

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Melanie Griffith Wants to Avoid an Awkward 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Premiere

melanie griffith dakota johnson fifty shades of greyVeteran actress Melanie Griffith is super proud of her daughter, Dakota Johnson, who's gaining some Hollywood momentum herself thanks to landing the coveted leading role of Anastasia Steele in the hotly-anticipated adaptation of "Fifty Shades of Grey." But that doesn't mean Griffith is thrilled about the prospect of seeing Johnson recreate the book's steamy S&M scenes on the big screen.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Griffith said she was a huge fan of author E.L. James's novel -- "Every grown woman over 40 has read it!" she told the magazine -- but admitted that she wasn't planning on attending the movie's premiere early next year.

"No, it's her movie, you know what I mean?" Griffith said. "It'd be weird if mom and dad [actor Don Johnson] were there and [Griffith's husband] Antonio [Banderas] and all of the family. It would just be awkward."

Whether Griffith meant that she didn't want to steal her daughter's spotlight, or that she was uncomfortable seeing Johnson get naked with Christian Grey, a.k.a. British actor Jamie Dornan -- or perhaps a bit of both -- we can understand where she's coming from. But that doesn't mean Griffith doesn't have high hopes for Johnson's big break.

"I'm sure it will be great," Griffith said of the film. "I really love Sam [Taylor-Johnson], the director. And Dakota has a really good head on her shoulders. She's no dummy."

As for Griffith's own past as a sultry bombshell -- and frequent pin-up-style muse for photographer Annie Liebovitz -- she said that Johnson didn't exactly ask for advice on how to be sexy.

"She looks at me and says, 'I'm not going to do that, what you did, mom,'" Griffith said.

"Fifty Shades of Grey" is due in theaters February 13, 2015.

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Orson Welles's 'Citizen Kane' Script Could Be Yours for Just $30K

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Film buffs with a cool $30,000 in spare change have a chance to own a piece of Hollywood history: a copy of the "Citizen Kane" script belonging to screenwriter Orson Welles is going up for auction.

The script, inscribed with the words "Mr. Welles' working copy," is covered in handwritten notes from Welles, and shows evidence of multiple revisions and replaced pages. It's the second draft of the script, and does not yet have the film's closing scene, where moviegoers learn the identity of protagonist Charles Foster Kane's beloved "Rosebud."

According to the Associated Press, "The script being sold - one of only two known surviving copies belonging to Welles - bears the movie's earlier title, 'American.' It was changed, in part, to distance the fictional Charles Foster Kane from [purported inspiration, U.S. newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst."

The script is expected to fetch anywhere from $25,000 to $33,000 when it goes to auction early next month in London. It's part of a lot of over 1,000 items from the estate of the late Stanley Seeger, an affluent Brit who collected valuable works of art and odd historical artifacts. The AP writes that the reclusive Seeger was a huge fan of "Kane," and "often watched the movie, following along with script in hand."

Those hoping to imitate Seeger have their chance to do so soon. The full listing -- including photos of the document -- is available through Sotheby's.

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Stop Trying to Make 'Anchorman 3' Happen. It's Not Going to Happen, Says Adam McKay.

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Fans who can't get enough of "Anchorman" have a chance to catch "Anchorman 2" in theaters once again this week, when the film is re-released with an all-new cut and completely different jokes. But once that flick finishes its limited run, moviegoers shouldn't expect to see Ron Burgundy and co. again on the big screen, since director Adam McKay just put the kibosh on any more sequels.

"It's done," McKay told Empire in a recent interview. "I think that's it. It was great to do it and it was so fun to work with those guys again, but I think that's it for Ron Burgundy."

McKay added that he and his fellow "Anchorman" filmmakers were "totally satisfied" with the story they told about the fictional newscasters, and the director now wants to move on to original fare.

"[T]that's the last sequel we're gonna do," he said, effectively killing hopes for the long-rumored "Step Brothers" sequel as well.

Prodded by Empire about whether he might rethink that proclamation in 10 years and announce "Anchorman 3," McKay put the final nail in the Burgundy coffin.

"I'm going to say definitely no," he told the magazine. "I'll actually say it in this case!"

For more from McKay about the future film projects on his horizon -- including a surprising dramatic adaptation -- check out the full interview over at Empire.

[h/t Slash Film]

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'Non-Stop' Review: 10 Things to Know About Liam Neeson's High-Flying Thriller

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This weekend might belong to the Oscars, but that doesn't mean that brand-new product can't also enter the multiplexes.

This week's biggest contestant for the box office gold, "Non-Stop," is a thriller set aboard a hijacked airplane... not exactly the kind of thing that's nominated for the prestigious Oscars (at least, not anymore -- keep in mind that "Airport" was nominated for Best Picture in 1971). Still, what it lacks in giant issues, social commentary, and emotional resonance, it more than makes up for with the fact that Liam Neeson screams at a bunch of people and tries to solve a truly dastardly murder/hijacking plot.

Neeson plays an alcoholic air marshal who, while on a transatlantic flight to London, starts receiving threatening text messages. It's up to Neeson to pinpoint who, exactly, is behind these texts (and all of the things that go along with the text messages) and for the audience to decide whether this air marshal has more to hide than he's letting on.

Is "Non-Stop" worth skipping your last-minute Oscar-nominated movie marathon? Or is this something worth skipping altogether? Read on to find out!

1. The Title Card Is Really Great

I made a note of this, because if a movie as seemingly perfunctory as "Non-Stop" can have time and creativity bestowed on its title sequence, then there's probably hope for the movie as a whole. As it turns out, the excellent title card (obscured, rain-dotted) was a good omen for the rest of the movie.

2. Liam Neeson Is at His Most Liam Neeson-y

Since 2008's surprise hit "Taken," Liam Neeson has almost exclusively been involved in movies where he has to save people (mostly family members) or uncover some deadly conspiracy. This is one of the latter films. You inherently feel for Neeson in a way that few action stars are able to elicit. This allows for him to do things like, say, break a guys neck in a coffin-like airplane bathroom. And not only do you believe that such a thing could occur (it's hard enough to wash your hands without making it look like you peed yourself, much less engage in mortal combat) but you root for him to do it. That's the Neeson way. And boy, let me tell you, he's indignant, he gets accused of stuff, he shoots people... This just has it all. It's Neeson at his most deliciously Liam Neeson-y. And that's a wonderful thing, indeed.

3. The Passengers Are Great

Since the movie forgoes the usual, boring opening credits routine, and because the advertising and marketing for the movie have revolved exclusively around Liam Neeson and his amazing scowl, when new characters are introduced, it comes as a complete (and welcome) surprise. The other passengers on the plane include, amongst others, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy, Nate Parker, and Corey Stoll. And the staff of the airplane is just as starry, with Linus Roache (who played Bruce Wayne's father in "Batman Begins") as the airplane's captain. (More on another member of the airplane's crew in a minute.) But while these characters sometimes don't have much to do, they give the movie some much-needed color and variety, and they all make for potential villains and comedic foils. Obvious standouts include McNairy, as a nebbish teacher and the always-wonderful Stoll, as an NYPD cop.

4. Julianne Moore Should Have Had More to Do

Of course, that doesn't mean that you don't hope and wish and pray a little bit that Julianne Moore, one of the more talented actresses of her generation and a frequent collaborator with the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman, had more to do. She plays a woman who sits next to Neeson on the plane, which makes her an obvious suspect, but she often comes across as so devoid of an interior life that there's no way she could be a villain. She has a few moments where her character shines but otherwise takes a backseat to the action, which is a shame because she is so, so good.

5. A Current Best Supporting Actress Nominee Has, Maybe, Five Lines

Lupita Nyong'o, who is nominated this year for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her heartbreaking work in "12 Years a Slave," costars as one of the plane's flight attendants. She looks as amazing as ever (those cheekbones!), but she maybe has five lines of dialogue in the entire movie. I had to look her character's name up on Wikipedia because her character is almost always addressed indirectly. (Her character's name is Gwen.) If someone had any idea the kind of star she would turn out to be, they probably would have beefed up her role. But there's a part of me that thinks, You really couldn't tell she was going to be huge?

6. You Can Tell What's Going On

The action in "Non-Stop" is always super clear, with spatial geography finely detailed and the layout of the airplane totally obvious. It's wonderful, in an age of the shaky cam and super-quick edits, to have the action luxuriated on, with long, sweeping shots that inform the viewer where everyone is. It's a wonderful change of pace.

7. Director Jaume Collet-Serra Is the Real Deal

Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra made a splash with his remake of Vincent Price horror classic "House of Wax," mostly because the movie had Paris Hilton in a supporting role. (Something tells me the casting decision was not his.) While he showed an inventiveness to his staging of the action and an ability to build genuinely suspenseful set pieces, it wouldn't be until his second team-up with producer Joel Silver, "Orphan," that he would really make his mark. Smart and scary, it was one of the better horror movies of the past decade, and he quickly followed it up with another Silver joint, this time starring Neeson and taking place in the shifty world of European espionage, "Unknown." While that movie was ultimately too silly, it proved that Collet-Serra was still a vital, stylistically bold filmmaker unafraid to push things into far-out territory. "Non-Stop" continues this tradition. It's not as wacky as "Unknown," but it's just as accomplished, visually, and cements Collet-Serra as a genre filmmaker to look forward to.

8. The Villain's Motivation Is Icky

This might be considered SPOILER territory, but it might not (read at your own peril): when John McTiernan made "Die Hard," he said that he changed the original novel's terrorists into thieves because terrorists make people uncomfortable, but thieves are fun. This rule still applies. And "Non-Stop" wasn't taking notes. The bad guy or guys in "Non-Stop" not only aren't thieves, they also have an incredibly icky motivation connected to a very real world tragedy. It's just bad. And when the unidentified villain(s) deliver(s) a monologue about why he/she/they did what he/she/they did, you could feel the other audience members shift restlessly in their seats.

9. The Visual Dramatization of Text Messages Is Pretty Great

Whenever Neeson gets a text message, it pops up and hovers on the screen, kind of like "Sherlock" or the great Sundance comedy "Frank" (starring Michael Fassbender). It's really cool. And what's even better is when, after Neeson partially trashes his phone, the text messages, which include profanities, kind of skitter across the screen like a broken transmission, obscuring all the F-words that the baddies are using.

10. The Landing Is Bumpy

The ending of "Non-Stop" could have used some stabilization. In fact, things become so rough you half expect oxygen masks to descend from the ceiling of the movie theater. Thankfully, the fun of the first two acts does a lot to carry the movie through its choppy last act. You can't get all that mad at Neeson, like, ever.

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Kevin Spacey Gives Jesse Eisenberg His Lex Luthor Blessing

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Kevin Spacey might be a tough act to follow, but the thespian who last portrayed Lex Luthor on the big screen had nothing but praise for Jesse Eisenberg, the latest actor set to play Superman's arch nemesis.

In an interview with Empire magazine, Spacey was asked to give his thoughts on Eisenberg, who was just cast to play the bald baddie in "Batman vs. Superman," the "Man of Steel" sequel due out in 2016. While Spacey's take on the legendary villain in 2006's "Superman Returns" was pretty great, the movie wasn't, and a sequel never materialized. Still, the actor isn't bitter, and told Empire he was ready to move on to other projects -- and was confident Eisenberg would do the character proud.

"First of all, I think [Jesse Eisenberg] is a remarkable actor," Spacey said. "He's just going to f--king own it. I think it's a great idea and I wish him the best with it."

We're glad Spacey is OK with Eisenberg picking up where he left off, proving he's just as cool as we suspected. (And the real life polar opposite of his menacing Frank Underwood character in Netflix series "House of Cards.")

"Batman vs. Superman" hits theaters May 6, 2016.

[h/t Screen Rant]

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'Ant-Man': Patrick Wilson Up for Mystery Role

ant-man patrick wilsonActor Patrick Wilson may be the latest star to join the "Ant-Man" ensemble, according to multiple industry reports.

Both TheWrap and Deadline write that they have heard from sources who say that Wilson is being eyed for an unspecified leading role in the latest Marvel adaptation, which already stars Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd. Wilson, who starred in the hit horror films "The Conjuring" and "Insidious Chapter 2" last year, is reportedly currently in negotiations with the studio.

Wilson's rumored casting follows the news that both Michael Pena and Evangeline Lilly have been offered parts in "Ant-Man," though neither one has yet signed a deal. As always, Marvel is remaining mum on the casting process.

"Ant-Man" tells the story of scientist Hank Pym (Douglas), who invents technology that allows him to communicate with insects and shrink down to the size of an ant. That technology is later discovered and appropriated by reformed thief Scott Lang (Rudd), who becomes the new Ant-Man.

TheWrap reports that Marvel "has been searching for another charismatic leading man, a description that fits Wilson." Only time -- or perhaps director Edgar Wright -- will tell if the actor makes the final cut.

"Ant-Man" hits theaters on July 31, 2015.

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Sandra Bullock's 'Gravity' Paycheck Is Out of This World

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Talk about out of this world: Sandra Bullock is set to make a huge payday for "Gravity," thanks to a lucrative -- and rare -- deal that will hand the actress a significant portion of the Best Picture nominee's box office profits.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bullock will walk away with some $70 million for "Gravity," by far her biggest paycheck to date. How did the Academy Award-winning actress score such a deal? Precisely because of her little gold man, sources tell THR, which Bullock used as leverage to get a better contract.

THR writes, "Bullock's deal with Warner Bros. for the Alfonso Cuaron-directed space epic calls for her to earn $20 million upfront against 15 percent of first-dollar gross. That means once her advance is covered, she will collect 15 percent of the studio's slice of the box-office pie, known as 'film rentals.'"

And with "Gravity" already pulling in over $700 million worldwide (and expected to make at least another $50 million more by the time it ends its theatrical run), that means Bullock is due for a major payout. (Her deal is similar to the one struck by "Iron Man" star Robert Downey Jr., who made about $50 million for the third installment of that mega-hit franchise thanks to first-dollar gross profits.)

Even if Bullock loses her bid for another Best Actress trophy this Sunday, it seems her grueling trip into space was well worth it.

[h/t Vulture]

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New 'Sin City 2' Photos Look Just Like Photos From Original 'Sin City'

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Entertainment Weekly has published some new photos from the upcoming comic book sequel "Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" (thank god they added that "Frank Miller's" to the title, otherwise no one would have known whose film noir-inspired black-and-white comic book vision we were looking at) and honestly... they look almost exactly like photos from the first "Sin City," which at this point is almost a decade old. It was clear from the beginning that this kind of heightened, highly stylized comic book look had a ceiling. It appears we've reached that ceiling.

The magazine (via Coming Soon) has three new photos: one is of Jessica Alba, who is wearing slightly more clothing than she did in the first film (she's a mom now, people!) According to Miller, who once again co-directed with Robert Rodriguez, the Alba character has become way harsher in the years since the first movie. "She is sick of being treated - as she puts it - 'as a piece of ass,'" said the characteristically understated Miller.

The other photos are less, er, evocative - one is of Marv, the most memorable character from the comic book and movie, once again played by Mickey Rourke under pounds of prosthetic make-up effects. Additionally, we get our first look at Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character Johnny, a down-on-his-luck gambler. "He beat the wrong guy at poker," Rodriguez tells the magazine. In Sin City, that can't be good.

"Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," which also stars Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Josh Brolin, Eva Green, Dennis Haysbert, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Juno Temple, and Ray Liotta, hits theaters on August 22nd. Only this time the black-and-white is in 3D! Um... yay?

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