Essay: The Potential of “The Revenant”

Essay: The Potential of “The Revenant”

In 2011 Alejandro González Iñárritu signed on to direct “The Revenant” with Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role. Development process for the film began as far back as 2001 when Akiva Goldsman purchased Michael Punke’s manuscript with the intent of producing the film.

Punke’s novel, of the same name, came out in 2003 and was based on the life of frontiersman Hugh Glass.

The story follows Hugh Glass, a fur trapper who is mauled by a bear while hunting. His companions (played by Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Lukas Haas, and Domhnall Gleeson) rob him and leave him to die, but he survives and sets out for revenge.
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SN: “Mad Max: Fury Road” best film of 2015 so far

Warner Bros. Entertainment — Mad Max: Fury Road

SN: “Mad Max: Fury Road” best film of 2015 so far

The movie calendar works like this – every year studios will save their best for last in hopes that award recognition can bring their film a strong box office. This is why summer gets the big movies, but winter and fall has the best movies. But what about spring and early winter?

It’s usually not very pretty. But bridging into the summer season Warner Bros. came out with “Mad Max: Fury Road” which on the outside just looked like another franchise reboot.  All it takes is a strong vision to turn a small franchise reboot into something amazing.

In our most recent poll “Mad Max: Fury Road” was voted Best film of 2015 so far by our readers. It’s only true competitors were “Inside Out” which followed in second and “Ex Machina” which followed in third.

Now we all kind of figure that “Mad Max: Fury Road” has the exact opposite traits of an award film, but for movie lovers it was a great edition to a fairly slow 2015.

Emmys: 2015 Primetime Emmy Nominations

102363248-saul.530x298Emmys: 2015 Primetime Emmy Nominations

Here is a list of the 2015 Nominations. They were announced this morning at 11a.m. ET.

We went ahead and at-a-glance listed each nominee by its likeliness to win.

Drama Series
Downton Abbey
Mad Men
Game of Thrones
Better Call Saul
House of Cards
Orange is the New Black

Comedy Series
Parks and Recreation
Modern Family
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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SN: Fan Service – “Star Wars,” “Batman vs. Superman,” and “Suicide Squad” explode out of Comic-Con

SN: Fan Service – “Star Wars,” “Batman vs. Superman,” and “Suicide Squad” explode out of Comic-Con

Perhaps the greatest thing to come out of this year’s Comic-Con was the behind the scenes look of “Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens.” You’d have to be drowning in cynicism to say that the most recent trailer didn’t awaken some part of the inner child in you.

Now we have a solid look at what Abrams is trying to accomplish. Yes “Star Wars” may eventually become an exhausted franchise with spin-offs and sequels already planned. But for now with a strong merging of practical effects and motion capture effects, this behind-the-scenes look continues to bring smiles to fans faces.

Hit “Continue Reading” for Batman vs. Superman and Suicide Squad.

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Gallery: The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time

Nintendo — The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time

Gallery: “The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time”

In the 1980s video games were being thrust into popular culture. Nintendo, originally a playing card company formed in 1889, had been venturing into the electronic era  since the mid-70s. From the early “Game & Watch” handheld games to the arcade cabinets that supported their early hits such as “Donkey Kong” and “Super Mario Bros.” Nintendo swiftly established itself as one of the leading video game production companies out there.

At this time video games mostly featured titles where the goal was to earn “high scores” as opposed to completing a story. Nowadays video games navigate players through narratives as the problem-solve their way through the story. A lot of that is thanks to Shigeru Miyamoto.

Shigeru Miyamoto sought out to focus more on gameplay with “Super Mario Bros,” and even more ambitiously with “The Legend of Zelda.”

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Emmys: Final Emmy Nomination Predictions – 2015

TV STILL -- DO NOT PURGE --  HBO miniseries -- OLIVE KITTERIDGE: Richard Jenkins, Frances McDormand. photo: Jojo Whilden
HBO — Olive Kitteridge

Emmys: Final Emmy Nomination Predictions – 2015

These are our final predictions for the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy nominations. Nominations will be announced on July 16th.

Each category ranks contenders by most likely to be nominated. We went ahead and did all acting categories (including guest acting). All TV Movie and Limited Series categories are included, and we just did the front-runners for the directing/writing categories.

Let us know your predictions! And check our our Emmys page for updated changes after the nominations are announced.

HBO — Game of Thrones

Television Series – Drama
Game of Thrones
Downton Abbey
House of Cards
Mad Men
The Good Wife
The Affair
Orange is the New Black
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SN: RIP James Horner

SN: RIP James Horner

On June 22nd 2015 legendary movie composer James Horner died in a plane crash. At this time they are still figure out the details of the accident. He was 61 years old.

I was told once that what you see is only 50% of the movie, the other half is what you hear. James Horner conducted scores for a wide variety of films, some epics, some comedies, some kids films, and even horror films.

He won 2 Oscars both for “Titanic” in 1998, but had been nominated for 6 other films throughout time. In 1987 he was nominated twice for “Aliens” and “An American Tail.” He was nominated again in 1990 for “Field of Dreams.” He was nominated twice again in 1996 for “Apollo 13″ and “Braveheart” the two films would go on to fight each other for Best Picture that year. He finally won in 1998 for “Titanic.” His most recent nomination came in 2010 where he teamed back up with James Cameron for “Avatar.”

To watch the filmography of James Horner is to watch some of the Best Films of the last 30 years. I loved all the work he did composing for “Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan” and “The Search for Spock.” But distinctly the score for “The Land Before Time” has stuck with me, almost more than the movie has, since my childhood.

We have lost what could’ve four more decades of great movie scores. We also lost a great person. Rest in peace James Horner.


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