Oscar ballots are in and there are mere days to go until the awards are handed out on Sunday, March 2nd.
So it's time to take a look at how things stand in the race for the gold. For the last four months, seemingly everyone has been talking about the films and performances bound for Oscar glory. In less than a week, all that discussion culminates in the climactic shindig of awards season, an all-out frenzy of pomp and circumstance in which the industry's highest honors are awarded.
Some categories seem to be a lock, while others may surprise us when the envelopes are opened.
IAR's Oscar expert Brett Gursky and IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick give their predictions on who will win at the 86th Annual Academy Awards.
On Monday night, I was invited to attend (along with a few other members of the press and some very lucky fans) a special Los Angeles screening of All Hail the King, which is a new 14 minute short film that is part of Marvel Studios’ Marvel One-Shots and will be included on the Thor: The Dark World Blu-ray available February 25th. After the screening, we were joined by the film’s writer and director Drew Pearce (who also co-wrote Iron Man 3), as well as Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige and Academy Award-winner Sir Ben Kingsley for a unique Q&A.
At the end of the Q&A, the moderator asked Feige if he could tell the audience anything about Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which is Marvel Studios next big screen release and opens in theaters on April 4th. The film is a sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger and follows the events of the super hero team-up The Avengers. In classic Feige style he answered, “It’s opening in a few weeks so I don’t want to say too much but … would you like to watch the first 10 minutes of the film?”
What? Do we? Of course!!!
To my absolute delight, I then had the rare opportunity to be one of the first to view the opening ten minutes of the highly anticipated Marvel sequel. What follows is my breakdown of the footage along with a few spoilers, so if you don’t want to know what happens … consider yourself warned!
Marvel brings the thunder on Blu-ray this week. The God of Thunder, actually.
Thor: The Dark World arrives on 2D and 3D Blu-ray this Tuesday, February 25th, transporting audiences back to the most cosmic setting in Marvel's Cinematic Universe in stunning high-definition.
As Maverick and Goose once said, “I feel the need … the Need for Speed!”
Scheduled to open in theaters on March 14th is the new action film Need for Speed from Act of Valor director Scott Waugh. The movie is based on the popular video game of the same name by Electronic Artists and was written by John Gatins (Real Steel) and George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau). Produced by Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Pictures, the film’s cast includes Aaron Paul (TV’s Breaking Bad), Imogen Poots (That Awkward Moment), Dominic Cooper (Reasonable Doubt), Ramon Rodriguez (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), Kid Cudi (TV’s How to Make It in America), Rami Malek (Oldboy), Harrison Gilbertson (Beneath Hill 60), Dakota Johnson (21 Jump Street), and Michael Keaton (Batman).
Famously, the popular video game did not have much of a narrative story. It was basically about driving as fast as possible and earning points to purchase faster cars. However, the movie’s storyline follows a street racer fresh from prison named Tobey Marshall (Paul), who was framed and joins a cross-country race with revenge in mind.
Last November, I had an opportunity to visit director Scott Waugh’s Bandito Brothers office in Los Angeles (along with several other members of the press) to screen 20 minutes of the film and speak with Waugh and actor Aaron Paul about working on the project.
You know that nightmare where you're locked in an industrial freezer, slowly shivering to death with no company except for slabs of dangling pig meat?
Wait, you don't have that nightmare? Am I the only one?
Well, I won't be for long. Not now that Freezer is available on Blu-ray.
With Machete Kills hitting Blu-ray today, fans of action and over the top comedy can bring the titular one man wrecking machine into their living rooms and onto all their devices.
Buckle up and prepare to ride shotgun with Danny Trejo for a full-tilt adventure that doesn't skimp on explosions, sexy ladies, big guns, cackling villains, blood, splatters, car chases, gleefully goofy reveals, boobs, and nameless henchmen mowed down by Machete.
Lately, to call a movie a romantic comedy almost seems like a slight; the label kicks up mental dust of meet-cutes, shallow wish-fulfillment, and contrived obstacles to fatuous love.
With Enough Said arriving on Blu-ray this week, though, audiences can be reminded of the genre's inherent strengths. And in high definition, no less.
Now that the Golden Globes are over, all eyes turn to the Oscars.
With the announcement of the 86th Academy Awards nominations only a few days away, we here at IAR thought it was time to weigh in on the names we think will be read on Thursday morning.
IAR's Oscar expert Brett Gursky and IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick give their predictions on which acclaimed films and performances will go from awards season favorites to official competitors in the Oscar race.
And just like that, another year is coming to a close.
2013 isn't yet over, but as we enter the last few days of December, everyone is giving in to the urge to look back, to take stock, to see how far we've come, and think about where we're going. We haven't yet busted out our 2014 calendar, but we are still taking for granted that Earth is bound to complete another rotation of the sun.
It's been a busy year around IAR HQ, one complete with plenty of material of which we're immensely proud. So at the end of one year and the beginning of a new one, we're flipping through our figurative family photo album to select those pictures in which we look the most attractive. And we're doing it for your enjoyment. By which I mean to say we're sharing a selection of notable stories, updates, interviews, and oddities that represent what we're all about.
For your navigational convenience and enjoyment, out BEST OF 2013 conglomeration has been divided into several simple categories, from Big-Time Rogue interviews to coverage of superhero movies to IAR's set visits to our discussions with some directors and legends, as well as highlights from promotional junkets and the biggest conventions. We also have sections devoted to some of the stars we've lost over the last year, as well as interview material with figures from awards season favorites.
Simply click on any of the colorful links to enjoy the best material from 2013!