THE DARKEST HOUR Blu-ray Review

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Computer generated imagery has revolutionized movies, of which there’s no doubt, but one of the side effects it that it’s made spectacle boring. You can destroy anything, create fantastical creatures, and combine different takes into one without audiences noticing at the click of a button. The one thing you can’t create with a computer is a compelling story, which is why The Darkest Hour is such a dull slog. Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, and Max Minghella lead a pack of Americans who are stuck in Russia when an alien invasion hits. Our review of the Blu-ray follows after the jump.

Holiday Box Office – MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL Leads; WAR HORSE Opens Stronger Than Expected

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Because of the unique release pattern of this year’s holiday offerings, we are posting the weekend box office numbers one day later than usual.  Yesterday’s estimates for the three-day period did not include War Horse, which needed only one day in theatres to earn almost as much as We Bought a Zoo did in three.  Please note that the chart below includes separate estimates for Friday-Monday that are NOT in the same order.  I just couldn’t come up with a better way to present what has turned out to be a very confusing Christmas at the box office.

Title Weekend 4-Day Total
1 Mission: Impossible 4 $26,535,000 $46.2 $78.6
2 Sherlock Holmes 2 $17,800,000 $31.8 $90.6
3 Alvin and the Chipmunks 3 $13,325,000 $20 $56.9
4 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo $13,000,000 $19.4 $27.7
5 Adventures of Tintin $9,125,000 $16.1 $24.1
6 We Bought a Zoo $7,800,000 $15.6 $
7 War Horse $7,500,000 $15 $15
8 New Year’s Eve $3,005,000 $5 $34.2
9 Arthur Christmas $2,600,000 $2.7 $44.1
10 The Darkest Hour $2,500,000 $5.5 $5.5

97 Original Scores Up for Oscar; DRIVE and ATTACK THE BLOCK Ruled Ineligible

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As the 84th Academy Awards move closer, we’re starting to get a better sense of how things will pan out. We recently shared the 39 songs that will contend for the Best Original Song category, and now the Academy has announced the 97 original scores eligible for the Best Original Score award. AMPAS is notoriously picky when it comes to eligibility in this category, and as we feared the scores for both Drive and Attack the Block have been deemed ineligible. Also disappointing is the ineligibility of Alexandre Desplat’s mesmerizing score for The Tree of Life.

While it’s upsetting to see some of the year’s best work side-lined, there’s plenty to be happy about. I was a huge fan of Howard Shore’s work in Hugo and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’s score for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, as well as The Chemical Brothers’ brilliant work in the criminally underseen Hanna. Hit the jump for the full list, as well as who I think will make the cut.

New Viral Video for THE DARKEST HOUR Shows Reporter Killed by Aliens on Camera

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With so many big releases this holiday season from directors like Steven Spielberg, Cameron Crowe, and David Fincher, the alien invasion flick The Darkest Hour is in danger of being lost in the shuffle. In order to keep the counter-programmed movie in the conversation, Summit has released a new viral video that features one very unlucky reporter getting killed by aliens on camera. The film’s aliens are unique in that they’re essentially invisible; they feed off of electricity so when lights and electronics start flashing, it’s time to get a move on. If you missed Steve’s set visit coverage, check out his interviews with producers Timur Bekmambetov & Tom Jacobson, Emile Hirsch, Joel Kinnaman, Max Minghella and Olivia Thirlby, and director Chris Gorak

Hit the jump to watch the video. The Darkest Hour opens in 3D December 25th.

Over 25 New Images and 2 Clips from THE DARKEST HOUR Starring Emile Hirsch

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Summit Entertainment has released two new clips and a ton of new images from the upcoming alien invasion pic The Darkest Hour. From producer Timur Beckmambetov (Wanted) and director Chris Gorak, the film centers on a group of young tourists who find themselves trapped in Moscow during a worldwide alien attack. The catch is that the aliens are invisible and feed off of electricity, so flashing lights and car alarms signify that it’s time to get the eff out of dodge.

Hit the jump to check out the clips and images. The film stars Emile Hirsch, Max Minghella, Olivia Thirlby, and Joel Kinnaman. The Darkest Hour opens in 3D on December 25th.

The Red Pill Viral Update: MEN IN BLACK 3, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, THE DARKEST HOUR and THE HUNGER GAMES

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As The Dark Knight Rises revved up their viral campaign earlier this week , it overshadowed other movies in the midst of their own marketing. The Dark Knight Rises’ “Operation Early Bird” granted early access to the prologue for people close to specified IMAX theaters and a new trailer is expected to drop on Monday. However, there are other properties that are vying for your attention and your dollars, such as Men in Black 3, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Darkest Hour and The Hunger Games. Hit the jump for an update on each of these unique campaigns.

Max Minghella and Olivia Thirlby THE DARKEST HOUR On-Set Interview

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In September of 2010, straight from the Toronto International Film Festival, I got to do something very cool: I went to Moscow and visited the set of Summit Entertainment’s alien invasion movie, The Darkest Hour.  Normally when I say I got to visit the set, it involves going to a huge soundstage and sitting around conducting interviews.  However, The Darkest Hour was a bit different: the production was filming in 3D on the streets of the city and in and around some of the most famous landmarks on the planet.   It was a set visit unlike any I’ve ever been on and it should make for some awesome visuals in the finished film.  While I already posted the group interview I did with producers Timur Bekmambetov & Tom Jacobson, Emile Hirsch, Joel Kinnaman, and director Chris Gorak, it’s time for the final on set interview and it’s with Max Minghella and Olivia Thirlby.

During the interview they talked about filming in Moscow, the 3D, who they play, working in the sci-fi genre, the weapons, whether or not they watch playback, and so much more.  Hit the jump to check it out.

New Trailer for THE DARKEST HOUR Starring Emile Hirsch

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A new trailer for The Darkest Hour has gone online. The film centers on a group of young tourists who find themselves trapped in Moscow following a worldwide alien attack. The pic takes the alien invasion genre and turns it on its head, as the aliens are invisible. They feed off of energy, so lightbulbs flashing or electronics going wonky are signs that they’re near. It’s a cool concept, and this trailer highlights some of that along with some intensely disturbing kills. Seriously, how would you like to turn to dust in a matter of seconds feet-first? The cast is impressive and it’s a neat idea, so I’m excited to see some electricity-fueled carnage this holiday season.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer. If you missed any of Steve’s coverage from the set, check out his interviews with producers Timur Beckmambetov and Tom JacobsonEmile Hirsch, Joel Kinnaman, and director Chris Gorak. The Darkest Hour opens in 3D on Christmas Day.

Director Chris Gorak On-Set Interview THE DARKEST HOUR

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In September of 2010, straight from the Toronto International Film Festival, I got to do something very cool: I went to Moscow and visited the set of Summit Entertainment’s alien invasion movie, The Darkest Hour.  Normally when I say I got to visit the set, it involves going to a huge soundstage and sitting around conducting interviews.  However, The Darkest Hour was a bit different: the production was filming in 3D on the streets of the city and in and around some of the most famous landmarks on the planet.   It was a set visit unlike any I’ve ever been on and it should make for some awesome visuals in the finished film.  While I already posted the group interview I did with producers Timur Bekmambetov & Tom Jacobson, Emile Hirsch and Joel Kinnaman, it’s time for the one with director Chris Gorak.

During the interview, Gorak talked about how he got involved in the project, working with a bigger budget, filming in Moscow and in 3D, how his design background influenced his choices on the film, the cast, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to check it out.

Joel Kinnaman On-Set Interview THE DARKEST HOUR

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In September of 2010, straight from the Toronto International Film Festival, I got to do something very cool: I went to Moscow and visited the set of Summit Entertainment’s alien invasion movie, The Darkest Hour.  Normally when I say I got to visit the set, it involves going to a huge soundstage and sitting around conducting interviews.  However, The Darkest Hour was a bit different: the production was filming in 3D on the streets of the city and in and around some of the most famous landmarks on the planet.   It was a set visit unlike any I’ve ever been on and it should make for some awesome visuals in the finished film.  While I already posted the group interview I did with producers Timur Bekmambetov & Tom Jacobson and Emile Hirsch, it’s time for the one with Joel Kinnaman.

During the interview, Kinnaman talked about who he plays, filming in Moscow, working with the Russian crew and Bekmambetov, the 3D cameras, the rest of the cast, what it’s like being in his first Hollywood movie, and his thoughts on getting ready to film AMC’s The Killing (when we did this interview he had only done the pilot).  Hit the jump for more.

Emile Hirsch On-Set Interview THE DARKEST HOUR

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In September of 2010, straight from the Toronto International Film Festival, I got to do something very cool: I went to Moscow and visited the set of Summit Entertainment’s alien invasion movie, The Darkest Hour.  Normally when I say I got to visit the set, it involves going to a huge soundstage and sitting around conducting interviews.  However, The Darkest Hour was a bit different: the production was filming on the streets of the city and in and around some of the most famous landmarks on the planet.   It was a set visit unlike any I’ve ever been on.  While I already posted the group interview I did with producers Timur Bekmambetov & Tom Jacobson, it’s time for the one with Emile Hirsch.

During the interview, Hirsch talked about filming in Moscow, who he plays, what appealed to him about the project, working with the 3D cameras and the rest of the cast, what other science fiction films have had an impact on him, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to check it out and look for more interviews with the rest of the cast over the next few days.

New Posters for CARNAGE, THE DARKEST HOUR, and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 3D

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We’ve got a few new posters to share with you today. First up is a truly terrible one sheet for Roman Polanski’s comedy Carnage. The film itself doesn’t look bad at all—with a stellar cast made up of Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz, and John C. Reilly—but this poster makes the film look like Hallmark’s Movie of the Week. We’ve also got a warm and fuzzy holiday-themed poster for the alien invasion pic The Darkest Hour. The film stars Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Mighella, and Joel Kinnaman, and features aliens that are “creatures of electricity and electromagnetism” rather than scaly, insect-looking things like every other sci-fi movie these days.

Last but not least is a nostalgia-inducing poster for the 3D re-release of the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast. As we previously reported, Disney is re-releasing a number of animated films theatrically in 3D after the smashing success of The Lion King. Carnage opens December 16th, The Darkest Hour arrives December 25th, and Beauty and the Beast 3D returns January 13th. Hit the jump for the posters.

Max Minghella Talks THE IDES OF MARCH and THE DARKEST HOUR

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At this year’s Toronto Film Festival, I was able to speak with Max Minghella about starring in director George Clooney’s political drama The Ides of March.  Co-starring Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Evan Rachel Wood, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, and Jeffrey Wright, the pic takes place during the tension-filled days leading up to an all-important Ohio presidential primary where a press secretary (Gosling) finds himself in the middle of a scandal that could upend his candidate’s (Clooney) shot at winning.  Loaded with great performances and a smart script, The Ides of March is really well done and definitely worth your time.

During the interview, Minghella talked about how he got involved in the project, working with the great cast and for Clooney, karaoke, and what’s the last video game he played,  In addition, Minghella talked about director Chris Gorak’s The Darkest Hour.  Hit the jump to watch.

New Motion Poster for THE DARKEST HOUR Shows Off Neat Creature Effect

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The Darkest Hour looks to be one of the most interesting offerings from the recent wave of alien invasion movies.  To promote The Darkest Hour, Summit has made great use of another en vouge concept: the motion poster.  Producer Tom Jacobson described the aliens as “creatures of electricity and electromagnetism,” an effect seen here as a bolt of energy wraps around the neck of a young woman and disintegrates her.  If that sounds intriguing (how could it not?), check out our interview with Jacobson and fellow producer Timur Bekambetov on location in Moscow for a lot more.

Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Rachel Taylor, Max Minghella, and Joel Kinnaman star as young tourists who find themselves stranded in Moscow, fighting to survive in the wake of a devastating alien attack.  Chris Gorak (Right at Your Door) directed the December 25 release from a script by Jon Spaihts.  See the motion poster after the jump.

TOP 5: THE DARKEST HOUR, Simon Pegg and Greg Mottola Interview, Original FRIGHT NIGHT Screening, Bryan Cranston, FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

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I hope you’ll pardon the “Top 5′s” lack of punctuality this week. I just returned from a set visit in Louisiana and WiFi was at a premium throughout most of my travels. Although I can say almost nothing about the visit as of now, just know that I arrived there just a touch on the cynical douche side and left really looking forward to the next entry in an iconic horror franchise.

With that out of the way, let’s get to the reason we’re all here: the stories. In this week’s installment, you’ll find fifteen things to know about Summit Entertainment’s upcoming alien invasion pic The Darkest Hour, a dinner/interview with Paul‘s Simon Pegg and Greg Mottola, a recap of the Alamo Drafthouse’s screening of the original Fright Night featuring a Q&A with director Tom Holland, Bryan Cranston talking Breaking Bad, Drive, his near appearance in X-Men: First Class among other things, and the latest iteration of our video/audio podcast For Your Consideration. You’ll find brief recaps and links to all of the above after the jump.

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