7 Films Advance in Best Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar Race as INTO THE WOODS Misses the Cut

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As the nominations for the 87th Academy Awards draws nearer, the Academy has been busy announcing the contenders that are advancing in certain categories.  We’ve seen the Best Visual Effects shortlist, a few days ago we got a look at the eligible contenders for Best Original Song and Best Original Score, and today seven films advanced in the race for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.  Surprisingly, the lavish Disney musical Into the Woods failed to make the cut, as did The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (though Desolation of Smaug was left out too) and, more disappointingly, Snowpiercer.  Regardless, the seven finalists showcase a number of fantastic pieces of work from the year, from Foxcatcher’s subtle and seamless transformations to more showy work like Guardians of the Galaxy.  Even The Theory of Everything made the list.  But only three films will be nominated, so this list will be whittled down by more than half.

Check out the full list of Best Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar finalists after the jump, along with a bit more analysis.

Enter Our Disney Holiday Giveaway to Win a Blu-ray Combo Pack Including FROZEN: SING-ALONG EDITION, SLEEPING BEAUTY DIAMOND EDITION, and More

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Looking for that perfect gift for the Disney fan in your life?  We can help with that.  To celebrate the holidays, Disney has provided us with a pair of gift baskets packed with DVDs and Blu-rays.  Two lucky readers will win a set of films that include a Frozen Sing-Along Edition DVD, Maleficent Blu-ray, DreamWorks Hundred Foot Journey Blu-ray, and Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition Blu-ray.

Hit the jump to see how you can enter our giveaway and win one of these gift baskets.

Best Visual Effects Oscar Shortlist Includes GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, and INTERSTELLAR

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 10 films that will advance in the race for the Best Visual Effects Oscar for the upcoming 87th Academy Awards.  Standard franchise fare like Transformers: Age of Extinction and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies make the cut, as do two Marvel movies—Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier—as well as Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic Interstellar.  The only noticeable absence here is Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic Noah, which didn’t make the cut, nor did Ridley Scott’s own Biblical adaptation Exodus: Gods and Kings.  No surprise, though, that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes appears to be the standout.

Check out the full Best Visual Effects Oscar shortlist after the jump, along with a bit of analysis.

New to Blu-ray: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Extended Edition, MALEFICENT, THE SOPRANOS Complete Series, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include the Extended Edition of the second Hobbit movie, quite possibly the greatest TV series ever made in HD form, an Angelina Jolie-fronted Disney redo, one of the summer’s bigger bombs, one of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final performances, a twisty indie, and more.  Briefly:

Executive Producer Don Hahn Talks MALEFICENT, Only Considering Angelina Jolie for the Role, Revamping Fairy Tales, WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT?, and More

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After being an international hit at the box office, the live-action/fantasy adventure Maleficent, also known as Disney’s most iconic villain, is now available on Blu-ray/DVD and on-demand platforms, with deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes featurettes that will give fans an even deeper glimpse into the magic.

While at the home Walt Disney built on Woking Way in Los Feliz, Calif. in 1932, for an event celebrating Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent, executive producer Don Hahn spoke to a small group of press, which included Collider, about the success of Maleficent and the road it took to the big screen.  He talked about how happily surprised he was by the audience reaction, that they never considered anyone other than Angelina Jolie for the role, deciding on the look for the famous villain, whether they ever considered doing this as an animated feature, and why so many people are revamping fairy tales now.  He also talked about his involvement with Who Framed Roger Rabbit, just how close they’ve gotten to making a sequel, and why it may just remain one stand-alone film.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Exclusive MALEFICENT Blu-ray Clip Reveals How Linda Woolverton Developed the Iconic Villain’s Backstory

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Maleficent is one of the most iconic Disney villains we’ve got, but she can’t carry a feature film on reputation alone.  Maleficent scribe, Linda Woolverton, had to figure out a way to turn her into a main character that the audience could connect to and care about, and in order to do that, she had to come up with a convincing reason for why Maleficent would place a curse on an infant child.

Hit the jump for an exclusive Maleficent Blu-ray clip detailing how Woolverton came up with the idea to turn the character into a fairy and then strip her of her wings.  The movie stars Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Lesley Manville, Imedla Staunton, Juno Temple, Sam Riley and Brenton Thwaites, and hits DVD and Blu-ray on November 4th.

Weekend Box Office: TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Brings in $100 Million for 2014′s Highest Opening

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It’s official.  Transformers: Age of Extinction is 2014’s undisputed box office champion… at least in terms of its opening weekend.  The sequel earned an estimated $100 million from 4,233 locations, making it the first film of the year to hit triple digits in its debut and replacing Captain America: The Winter Soldier as this year’s highest opener.  As expected, Transformers 4 is also a big hit overseas, earning a reported total of $201 million worldwide in its first three days.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Transformers 4 $100,000,000 $100
2.  22 Jump Street $15,400,000 $139.8
3.  How to Train Your Dragon 2 $13,100,000 $121.8
4.  Think Like A Man Too $10,400,000 $48.1
5.  Maleficent $8,237,000 $201.8
6.  Jersey Boys $7,610,000 $27.3
7.  Edge of Tomorrow $5,210,000 $84.1
8.  The Fault in Our Stars $4,800,000 $109.5
9.  X-Men: Days of Future Past $3,300,000 $223.3
10.  Chef $1,694,000 $19.4

 

Full story after the jump.

Weekend Box Office: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Shines with $48.2 Million; EDGE OF TOMORROW Falls Flat

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After a stellar launch, The Fault in Our Stars fell back to Earth a bit on Saturday.  In the grand tradition of front-loaded teen fare before it, the romantic drama leveled off as the weekend progressed.  Fox is now reporting estimated earnings of $48.2 million for the three-day weekend instead of the $55 million or higher that looked likely yesterday.  Meanwhile, the news did not get better for Edge of Tomorrow overnight.  The well-reviewed sci-fi pic earned an estimated $29.1 million from 3,490 locations, or a bit more than Non-Stop brought in its own debut… at the end of February.

 Title Friday Total
1.  The Fault in Our Stars $48,200,000 $48.2
2.  Maleficent $33,523,000 $127.3
3.  Edge of Tomorrow $29,105,000 $29.1
4.  X-Men: Days of Future Past $14,700,000 $189.1
5.  A Million Ways to Die in the West $7,200,000 $30.1
6.  Godzilla $5,950,000 $185
7.  Neighbors $5,200,000 $137.8
8.  Blended $4,050,000 $36.5
9.  Chef $2,600,000 $10.3
10.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $1,900,000 $196.2

Full story after the jump.

Friday Box Office: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS on Track for Stunning $50+ Million Weekend with $26.1 Million Friday; EDGE OF TOMORROW Disappoints

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Summer doesn’t have to be all about superheroes and blockbusters, and this weekend’s box office is a refreshing reminder that not everybody wants Transformers all the time.  Fox 2000’s teen drama The Fault in Our Stars is off to a stellar box office debut,  as the adaptation of the beloved John Green book pulled in $26.1 million on Friday, putting the film on track for an incredible $50-$52 million opening weekend—at least; that’s a bigger opening day than Woodley’s large-scale sci-fi thriller Divergent.  The film is benefitting from positive reviews, excellent buzz, and the popularity of its lead actress Shailene Woodley, as director Josh Boone’s $12 million movie about two cancer patients who fall in love is proving to be the box office surprise of the summer.  We could see the mammoth opening coming over the past month or so, but even then early estimates were conservative, putting the opening weekend at somewhere between $35-$38 million.  Instead, the pic is overperforming, leaving the one and only Tom Cruise in its wake as his also-excellent sci-fi film Edge of Tomorrow pulled in a so-so $10.6 million on Friday, putting the smart and thrilling pic on track for an opening weekend around $30 million.

Hit the jump for more on the Friday box office, including the full Top 5.

Sharlto Copley Talks MALEFICENT, Finding His Character, Backstory That Was Cut, and Working with Angelina Jolie, Neill Blomkamp’s CHAPPIE, and More

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Every villain is the hero of their own story, which can certainly be said for the title character in Maleficent.  This untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic Sleeping Beauty shows the level of betrayal that ultimately turned Maleficent’s (played to wickedly delightful perfection by Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie) pure heart to stone and led her to place an irrevocable curse upon the infant Aurora.  Directed by Robert Stromberg and written by Linda Woolverton, the film also stars Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Brenton Thwaites.

While at the film’s press day, Collider spoke to actor Sharlto Copley (who plays Aurora’s father, King Stefan) at both a roundtable and 1-on-1 interview where he talked about how he came to the film, easily finding his way into the character, whether he thinks his character ever regretted his actions, that some of the backstory had to get cut for time, finding the character’s voice, and what it was like to work with Angelina Jolie.  He also talked about playing a robot in Chappie, having his movements animated, why he’s finding his stride with director Neill Blomkamp now that they’ve done three films together, and why their collaborative relationship is so important to him.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Weekend Box Office: MALEFICENT Rules with $70 Million; A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST Stumbles in Third

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The final weekend in May had room for only one regent – and it wasn’t Seth MacFarlane.  Disney’s Maleficent ruled the box office with an estimated $70 million from 3,948 locations while MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West settled for a disappointing third place debut.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Maleficent $70,000,000 $70
2.  X-Men: Days of Future Past $32,600,000 $162
3.  A Million Ways to Die in the West $17,069,000 $17
4.  Godzilla $12,225,000 $174.6
5.  Blended $8,425,000 $29.6
6.  Neighbors $7,715,000 $128.6
7.  The Amazing Spider-Man $3,775,000 $192.7
8.  Million Dollar Arm $3,700,000 $28
9.  Chef $2,009,000 $6.9
10.  The Other Woman $1,425,000 $81.1

Full details after the jump.

TOP 5: MALEFICENT, ANT-MAN Director Search, New SNOWPIERCER Trailer, A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST, LEFT BEHIND Trailer Starring Nicolas Cage

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I’m a week late to the game on this one but I’m going to share my thoughts on X-Men: Days of Future Past today nevertheless. While not on par with the excellent X-Men: First Class, I found DOFP to be a worthy follow-up that does an admirable job of bringing continuity to the movie tapestry while mercifully retconning X-Men: The Last Stand out of the discussion almost entirely. Also, for all of the cynicism I threw the film’s way over Quicksilver’s costume design, Evan Peters steals the show during his all too brief screen time. Without giving away too much to those who still haven’t caught the movie, his primary scene is the best that DOFP has to offer and tops Nightcrawler’s attack on the White House in X2 which is not praise that I heap lightly. While not without its flaws (the scenes set in the future are far less compelling than the story playing out in the past), DOFP is still a solid entry in the series that has me looking forward to X-Men: Apocalypse.

All DOFP reflections aside, this week’s Top 5 features our Maleficent interviews and review, Marvel’s ongoing search to find someone/anyone to direct Ant-Man following Edgar Wright‘s departure, the new trailer for Snowpiercer, Matt’s review of A Million Ways to Die in the West and an interview with Seth Macfarlane and Charlize Theron, and Nicolas Cage starring in the first trailer for the new Left Behind film because he can. Keep reading for brief recaps and links for all of the above.

Friday Box Office: MALEFICENT Casts a Spell; A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST Misfires

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On its first day in theatres, Disney’s Maleficent earned an estimated $24.2 million from 3,948 locations, including $4.2 million from Thursday evening previews.  That puts PG-rated fantasy on track for over $60 million through Sunday, which is in line with pre-release expectations.  Maleficent pushed last weekend’s X-Men: Days of Future Past into second place.  The all-star mutant sequel picked up a few large format theatres formerly held by Godzilla, but was still down 73% on Friday.  The X-Men are expected to earn about $30 million in their sophomore frame, bringing their global cume close to $400 million.

Which brings us to A Million Ways to Die in the West.  The Seth MacFarlane Western earned an estimated $6.1 million from 3,158 locations on Friday – well below even the lowest projection for the R-rated comedy.  Though Westerns have had a hard time breaking through at the box office, Universal hoped that MacFarlane’s success with Ted would be enough to secure at least $25 million for his follow-up’s first weekend.  Instead, A Million Ways to Die in the West may bring in under $15 million in its first three days – about what Adam Sandler’s Blended opened with one week ago. Ouch.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Maleficent $24,248,000 $24.2
2.  X-Men: Days of Future Past $9,400,000 $138.8
3.  A Million Ways to Die in the West $6,100,000 $6.1
4.  Godzilla $3,305,000 $165.7
5.  Neighbors $2,400,000 $123.2

Director Robert Stromberg Talks MALEFICENT, Joining the Film, Finding the Look for the Title Character, Casting Angelina Jolie, and Editing the First Act

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Every villain is the hero of their own story, which can certainly be said for the title character in Maleficent.  This untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic Sleeping Beauty shows the level of betrayal that ultimately turned Maleficent’s (played to wickedly delightful perfection by Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie) pure heart to stone and led her to place an irrevocable curse upon the infant Aurora.  Directed by Robert Stromberg and written by Linda Woolverton, the film also stars Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Brenton Thwaites.

While at the film’s press day, Collider spoke to director Robert Stromberg at both a roundtable and 1-on-1 interview where he talked about how he ended up directing this film, that he’s always been a Disney fan, the process for finding the look of the character, why Angelina Jolie was the perfect choice for the role, that his initial cut was about 15 minutes too long, and how he had to rework and condense the first act.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

Check Out Art from Rhys Cooper’s “Femme Fatale” Spoke Art Gallery Show Inspired by Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, Poison Ivy, and More

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There are quite a few iconic women of fiction in Rhys Cooper’s “Femme Fatale” show, all of which highlight the traits and mythologies so revered by fans of the characters.  It’s nice to see such strong examples of heroines (and villainesses) on display, favoring their sources of power and authority rather than their sexuality (though many of them do share a particularly bold choice of lipstick).  The bold screen-prints feature both regular and variant editions of such memorable characters as Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, Rogue, Little Red Riding Hood, and more.  The Spoke Art gallery solo show kicks off May 31st in San Francisco.  Hit the jump for more information and a sample of Cooper’s work.

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