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Unbroken has been having a tough few months. Though it received pretty positive critical acclaim, it got snubbed by the Golden Globes. Then Angelina Jolie woke up this morning to find that it barely received love from the Oscars. Now, in a not all that surprising move, itís receiving no love from Japan.
Angelina Jolie's sophomore directorial debut tells a story so inspiring that it landed her a meeting with the Pope.
The Producers Guild Association is the latest group to drop its selection for the best of 2014, and those of us tracking each step of the Oscar marathon found more than enough interesting elements to single out.
By all accounts, Unbroken is a rather brutal piece of cinema - which isn't exactly too surprising given the incredible challenges that faced World War II hero Louis Zamperini during his time in a Japanese prison camp. Given the harshness of the film, it shouldn't be surprising that there was an emotional toll behind the making of the movie as well.
Considering the impressive amount of Christmas competition it faced at the box office last week, Angelina Jolieís Unbroken has actually had a startlingly good opening in its first few days at the box office. But why have moviegoers been so charmed by Angelina Jolieís film?
This supercut of 2014's best shots of cinematography might just leave you with stars in your eyes. Check out what one editor thought was the best of the best after the jump.
When it comes to reflecting one's own ancestry, most of us have to settle with looking at old photographs and stories from our elders. Stephen J. Douglas, a 26-year-old barback living in Brooklyn, New York, however, recently got a chance to take that kind of personal reflection to a whole new level.
Angelina Jolieís second directorial effort, Unbroken, is not an easy viewing.But even with scenes depicting this manís trials at sea and in a P.O.W. camp, there was one event in particular that Jolie deemed too gruesome to include in the movie.
The movie studios are content to kind of just sleep this week off, having gone all out leading into the Christmas week. Weíve only got one flick on the docket and it in involves the words "Angel" and "Death" so you know itís going to be good.
The post-Christmas weekend, which is also the last of 2014, saw a nice boost for most movies and some exceptional openings for the newcomers. It paints a good picture for the weekend, but it wasn't enough to dig the 2014 box office out of its major slump.
A number of films moved up and down the Awards Blend charts as we sailed past Christmas. As of Friday, December 26, hereís where I think our major contenders stand.
Itís beginning to look a lot like the Christmas movie season. See what I did there? I took a classic song lyric and used if for my own purposes. Genius. As is often the case with this time of year, studios have a couple of bigger flicks hitting the screens for when people are off of work. Weíve got unbreakable dudes, gamblers and treks into the woods.
Angelina Jolie wasn't able to make it to the LA Premier of her latest directorial project, Unbroken, and it wasn't because of embarrassment over leaked Sony emails.
Someoneís going to be left out in the cold. Several very talented and deserving people, in fact. Thereís no avoiding it. There are simply too many talented actors vying for five Best Actor slots this year, so on the morning of the Oscar nominations, there could be as many as 10 worthy performers looking at the five nominees and wondering why they arenít in that exclusive group.
Jack OíConnell seems poised for stardom. Heís rugged, boxy, and built for an action career. His nose forms a natural arrow that cuts through tense situations, and he has a broad forehead that sits atop his tough-guy squint.
The trailer emphasizes the unknown O'Connell, a would-be future star, but the bigger names at the camp include Tron: Legacy hero Garrett Hedlund, and Not Fade Away star John Magaro. But the more you see of O'Connell in this clip, with his resolve tested, the more you want to see him.
Zamperini was a World War II soldier who made headlines after surviving 47 days on a raft following a devastating plane crash. Things went from terrible to atrocious for Zamperini and his fellow survivors after they were picked up by the Japanese and placed in a prisoner-of-war camp.
This will be Jolieís second directorial feature-film credit, after 2011ís In the Land of Blood and Honey. Her footage has the nostalgic tinge of a Forrest Gump. Perhaps itís just all of that running.
Zamperini's is a story stranger than fiction, but its translation is in incredible hands. Author Laura Hillenbrand wrote Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, and the best-selling non-fiction book that told in full Zamperini's harrowing tale has been adapted into a screenplay by the incredible Coen Brothers and Richard LaGravenese (Behind The Candelabra).
Spoiler alert: that is image is what happens at the end of Angelina Jolie's next movie. OK, so it probably won't actually be in the movie, but it does reveal the ending of the story at the center of Unbroken, which Angelina Jolie is gearing up to direct this month. Based on the book by Laura Hillenbrand, it tells the story of Louis Zamperini, a runner who competed at the 1936 Olympics (hosted by Hitler!) then enlisted to fight in World War II
Garrett Hedlund is living proof that, no matter how blank and dumb a given hunky actor may seem at first, he might deserve a second shot (call it the Channing Tatum Wait-and-See). Hedlund went from nobody to plastered all over billboards in Times Square when he was cast as motorcycle-riding Sam Flynn in Tron: Legacy.
Based on a true story, Unbroken tells the incredible tale of Lou Zamperini, an Olympic track and field star who served with the Air Force back during World War II. In 1943, Zamperini's plane experienced a mechanical malfunction and went down over the Pacific Ocean, leaving him to spend a total of 47 days in the water, surviving on rain water and raw fish. But that was just the start of the story.
Based on the Laura Hillenbrand book ďUnbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption,Ē the film tells the true story of track star Lou Zamperini. After a successful running career in high school that led to placement on the United States track and field team for the 1936 Berlin Olympics, he enlisted the in the Air Force. In 1943 his plane went down in the Pacific Ocean - but that was only the start of his problems.
Joel and Ethan Coen have long been known as writer/directors who typically direct the scripts that they pen, but in recent years that has slowly been changing. There was of course Crimewave back in 1985, which the duo co-wrote with Sam Raimi...
Set during World War II, the narrative tracks Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini, who struggles to survive on a raft for 47 days after a vicious plane crash. Just when you thought things couldnít get much worse, Zamperini is picked up by the Japanese Navy Ö and then tossed into a prisoner of war camp.