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Ranking the 2015 Oscar Snubs From “Totally Forgivable” to “WTF?"

by Jacob Hall January 15, 2015 @ 10:00 AM
Warner Bros.
Yep, it’s that time of the year again. The 2015 Oscar nominations are here and it’s time for everyone to get outraged and cynical over which movies get the opportunity to take home statuettes of naked golden dudes. Sure, we always tell ourselves that the Academy Awards don’t really matter and that a film’s legacy will live or die for reasons beyond trophies, but we always end up getting angry about these things anyway. However, this year’s biggest snubs seems more egregious than usual and require slightly more yelling and stamping of feet.

The Five Most Pleasant Surprises Among the 2015 Oscar Nominees

by Matt Singer January 15, 2015 @ 9:50 AM
Sony Pictures Classics
Okay, so there was a fair amount of disappointment around the 2015 Academy Award nominations. Everything was not awesome for ‘The Lego Movie,’ robbed of a Best Animated Movie nod, and David Oyelowo’s dreams of a Best Actor nomination vanished when Steve Carell and Bradley Cooper’s names were mentioned instead. ‘Force Majeure’ got snubbed for a Best Foreign Language Film nomination and ‘Selma’’s Ava Duvernay was robbed in the Best Director Category. I just keep looking at the list of nominations and playing “Sad Trombone” over and over again. It’s basically the official theme song of the 2015 Academy Awards.

What’s Expiring on Netflix Instant: January 2015

by Britt Hayes January 13, 2015 @ 2:18 PM
For all the great new movies and television shows that are added to Netflix Instant each month, there are also a bunch of titles that reach their expiration date. While many of these will likely be re-added to the service once Netflix renews their streaming contracts (like all the BBC shows leaving this month), you may have to wait a little while before you see them pop up again. Read on for our guide to the titles expiring on Netflix Instant in January to find out which ones you need to make a priority.

The Complete History of Comic-Book Movies, Chapter 1: ‘Adventures of Captain Marvel’

by Matt Singer January 13, 2015 @ 12:27 PM
Republic Pictures
The number one movie of last year was based on a comic book. The year before, two of the top five movies were based on comics. The year before that, both of the two top movies of the year were inspired by comics; both went on to make more than $1 billion worldwide and are now among the top 15 highest-grossing movies in history. Next year, no less than ten (10) movies based on comic books will open in theaters. Blessed are the geeks, for they have inherited the earth, at least as far as Hollywood is concerned.

‘Avengers 2’ Death Watch: Who is Going to Die in ‘Age of Ultron’?

by ScreenCrush Staff January 13, 2015 @ 8:56 AM
We’re not spoiling anything by talking about who will die in ‘Avengers 2’. In fact, we have no knowledge that anyone will die. But, cmon, did you see that trailer. This movie looks so dark, even Christopher Nolan got jealous. And, we’re not the only ones. Both Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo have described the film as “dark.” We don’t know that someone is going to die in ‘Avengers 2’, but it sure feels like it.

20 Things You Might Not Have Known About the James Bond Movies

by ScreenCrush Staff January 12, 2015 @ 10:30 AM
With ‘Casino Royale’, ‘Quantum of Solace’ and ‘Skyfall’, the Daniel Craig era of the James Bond movies has been the most successful films of the entire franchise on both a critical and commercial level. That's pretty good for an actor a lot of Bond fans hated when he was originally cast (The Daily Mirror in London ran the headline “The Name's Bland. James Bland.”). With the next installment in Craig's 007 series—‘Spectre’—set for release in November, we thought we'd take a look back at the previous three films in the latest installment of You Think You Know Movies!

Monday Morning Critic: The Five Best Episodes of 'Parks and Rec' Ever

by Ryan McGee January 12, 2015 @ 9:14 AM
Welcome back to another installment of the Monday Morning Critic. In this space each week, I’ll be looking at the week that was in addition to the week ahead in television. The format will shift each week, as the world of TV will dictate the form and content of each piece. In this week’s installment: a review of a new FXX show and five episodes of ‘Parks And Recreation’ you should watch before its final season premiere.

WookieeLeaks: Liam Neeson Ponders a Qui-Gon Jinn Spin-Off While ‘The Force Awakens’ Hires Three Genuine Badasses

by Jacob Hall January 9, 2015 @ 9:52 PM
ScreenCrush’s WookieLeaks is a weekly roundup of everything ‘Star Wars’! From ‘Episode 7,’ to the upcoming spinoffs and the TV shows, if it pertains to that long ago, far away galaxy, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, Liam Neeson contemplates a Qui-Gon Jinn spin-off, ‘The Force Awakens’ recruits three amazing martial artists, and a bunch of cool ‘Star Wars’ toys appear on the horizon.

Come With Me If You Want to Learn ‘Terminator 2’ Facts!

by ScreenCrush Staff January 8, 2015 @ 9:05 AM
‘Terminator 2’, James Cameron’s sequel to his cult hit from 1984, had a budget of $94 million. That may not sound like much these days when Michael Bay movies routinely cost over $200 million, but in 1991, when ‘Terminator 2’ first opened in theaters, it was the most expensive movie ever made (this was even more impressive considering that the original ‘Terminator’ cost only $6 million to make). A good chunk of that money went to star Arnold Schwarzenegger who was paid a then-record $15 million, plus they bought him a private jet! Want to know more? No problemo, just watch the latest installment of You Think You Know Movies!

The Most Hilariously Weird Film Rating Descriptions From the MPAA

by Britt Hayes January 7, 2015 @ 9:35 PM
We just found out that ‘50 Shades of Grey’ has officially been given an R-rating from the MPAA for “strong sexual content including dialogue, some unusual behavior and graphic nudity, and for language.” Naturally, this leads to recalling some of the stranger and more amusing MPAA rating explanations over the years, which have ranged from absurdly funny to prudish and a little bizarre. Here, for your browsing pleasure: a list of some of the most hilarious and weird rating descriptions from the MPAA.