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‘Boyz ‘N The Hood’ Director John Singleton Lands 2Pac Biopic

‘Boyz ‘N The Hood’ Director John Singleton Lands 2Pac Biopic

‘Boyz ‘N The Hood’ Director John Singleton Lands 2Pac Biopic

John Singleton, USC grad, South Central LA native and auteur of one of the most influential black films of the modern era in Boyz N The Hood will get a crack at bringing 2Pac’s life story to film. 2Pac, largely hailed as the Black Elvis, the equivalent of one of the greatest rappers to ever grace the Earth (if nothing else one of the most popular and influential), has one of the most challenging stories to be told in a film. Another legendary fallen rapper, Biggie Smalls aka Notorious BIG, saw his life story placed on celluloid with Ernest Dickerson’s Notorious a few years back.

2Pac’s story is one of tons of angst, charisma, trouble and success. 2Pac in many ways was a tortured artist, a thug and a modern enigma. Singleton will write the movie as well as direct, with Pac’s Mom Afeni Shakur getting her desired Executive Producer credit which according to Deadline will allow the filmmakers access to all of Pac’s musical catalog. The biggest challenge perhaps will be finding an actor to portray the fallen star. A man who’s charisma will be incredibly tough to match, as seen by Anthony Mackie’s game attempt in Notorious. Who should land this role and why? No Will Ferrell votes please.

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Sponsored Video: Heineken Presents Man at His Best in ‘The Odyssey’ Film

Sponsored Video: Heineken Presents Man at His Best in ‘The Odyssey’ Film

Sponsored Video: Heineken Presents Man at His Best in ‘The Odyssey’ Film

Every man is legendary at something. That is what Heineken believes and they back up that thought with this funny, thought-provoking ad campaign titled “The Odyssey.” What makes this campaign and video so unique, you ask? For the first time ever, Heineken has cast non-actors to play the leads in the short film. Yes, start to finish and top to bottom, the tasty premium beer brand has placed new talent at the forefront of their spirited campaign. An opportunity to be seized, indeed!

The Heineken marketing team held an open casting call for unique skill sets, from conga dancing to banister sliding (!), which led to 20 fresh faces being cast to show off their talents in the ad. These 20 men displayed their charm, wit and charisma – combining to form a super man of sorts – who overcomes his limits and becomes a legend to other passengers on a giant cruise ship. Life is a stage where all should be able to perform to the fullest.

Of course, the ultra-recognizable green beer bottle is always the true star of the show though. From being handed out at a bar to being slid across the deck in a shuffleboard manner to attract the eye of a young woman, a crisp, refreshing Heineken is never too far from the mind. I want one now, just thinking about it! Have a look at the video below and enjoy a refreshing Heineken should the mood strike you. Great!

This post is sponsored by Heineken, but all thoughts are The Film Nest’s.

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Rest In Peace: Philip Seymour Hoffman Passes at 46

Rest In Peace: Philip Seymour Hoffman Passes at 46

Rest In Peace: Philip Seymour Hoffman Passes at 46

Acting giant Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his apartment on Super Bowl Sunday, February 2nd, 2014. This news stings particularly because film fans will be missing out on engaging with one of the best actors of this generation. The man who took home the Best Actor Oscar statue for portraying Truman Capote will be missed.

Hoffman never really rated as “must see” actor originally yet he grew into that status. I always took notice of a new role of his and still watched most of his movies with eager anticipation. Though he was strong in a small role in 1996′s Twister, Hoffman made his mark with me in Paul Thomas Anderson’s seminal Boogie Nights. His Scotty J., a pen-biting, half-shirt wearing joto, was a genius revelation that led to instant intrigue into what this talented actor might do next. He had other strong roles shortly thereafter in PTA’s Magnolia, in Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous, and the Coen’s The Big Lebowski. His diversity was always one of the most amazing things about the actor.

PSH Scotty J

Hoffman’s Scotty J was just one of multiple significant characters he brought to life.

PSH, as he’ll be affectionately referred to throughout time, became a star without having the looks of a model. He earned his status through dedication to his craft and revealing the depths of his soul through his characters. He was never afraid to push the envelope. He could show great depth with sadness (multiple roles), simmering rage and authority (The Master), and even an everyman (something he was but yet you rarely saw him play) in 25th Hour. Hoffman could do a sidekick in comedy (Along Came Polly), villainous (Mission Impossible 3) and carry a film (Synecdoche New York, Jack Goes Boating). The hefty man could pull this all off while hiding or fending off a terrible addiction in his private life.

H (heroin) is reportedly the cause of PSH’s death. This is tragic in and of itself. It’s interesting, the more I write and reflect on his career, perhaps selfishly, the more sad I become. The fact that the man leaves behind such a diverse and successful filmology will have to be our saving grace. Hopefully, Phil found some sort of peace from his demons in his passing, but that leaves a little bit of emptiness in the heart of his fans everywhere for what we witnessed and still hoped to see from the triumphant actor. Condolences to his family and you will be significantly missed Mr. Hoffman. R.I.P.


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The 86th Annual Academy Awards Nominees List for 2014 Oscars

The 86th Annual Academy Awards Nominees List for 2014 Oscars

The 86th Annual Academy Awards Nominees List for 2014 Oscars

Below is the list for the 86th Academy Awards, which will air live on ABC on March 2, starting at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The 2014 Oscar Noms List sees notable snubs in the Best Actor category with Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips) and Joaquin Phoenix (Her), missing out on a chance to win. Some surprises include the red-hot Nebraska loading up and Dallas Buyers Club with key noms as well. Check the full list here. Thanks to CNN for the info.

Best picture
“12 Years a Slave”
“The Wolf of Wall Street”
“Captain Phillips”
“American Hustle”
“Dallas Buyers Club”

Best director
Steve McQueen — “12 Years a Slave”
David O. Russell — “American Hustle”
Alfonso Cuaron — “Gravity”
Alexander Payne — “Nebraska”
Martin Scorsese — “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Best actor
Bruce Dern — “Nebraska”
Chiwetel Ejiofor — “12 Years a Slave”
Matthew McConaughey — “Dallas Buyers Club”
Leonardo DiCaprio — “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Christian Bale — “American Hustle”

Best actress
Amy Adams — “American Hustle”
Cate Blanchett — “Blue Jasmine”
Judi Dench — “Philomena”
Sandra Bullock — “Gravity”
Meryl Streep — “August: Osage County”

Best supporting actor
Barkhad Abdi — “Captain Phillips”
Bradley Cooper — “American Hustle”
Jonah Hill — “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Jared Leto — “Dallas Buyers Club”
Michael Fassbender — “12 Years a Slave”

Best supporting actress
Jennifer Lawrence — “American Hustle”
Lupita Nyong’o — “12 Years a Slave”
June Squibb — “Nebraska”
Julia Roberts — “August: Osage County”
Sally Hawkins — “Blue Jasmine”

Best original screenplay
“American Hustle” — David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer
“Blue Jasmine” — Woody Allen
“Her” — Spike Jonze
“Nebraska” — Bob Nelson
“Dallas Buyers Club” — Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack

Best adapted screenplay
“12 Years a Slave” — John Ridley
“Before Midnight” — Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater
“The Wolf of Wall Street” — Terence Winter
“Captain Phillips” — Billy Ray
“Philomena” — Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope

Best animated feature
“The Wind Rises”
“Despicable Me 2″
“Ernest & Celestine”
“The Croods”

Best foreign feature
“The Hunt” (Denmark)
“The Broken Circle Breakdown” (Belgium)
“The Great Beauty” (Italy)
“Omar” (Palestinian territories)
“The Missing Picture” (Cambodia)

Best music (original song)
“Frozen”: “Let it Go” — Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez
“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”: “Ordinary Love” — U2, Paul Hewson
“Her”: “The Moon Song” — Karen O, Spike Jonze
“Despicable Me 2″: “Happy” — Pharrell Williams
“Alone Yet Not Alone”: “Alone Yet Not Alone” — Bruce Broughton, Dennis Spiegel

Best music (original score)
“Gravity” — Steven Price
“Philomena” — Alexandre Desplat
“The Book Thief” — John Williams
“Saving Mr. Banks” — Thomas Newman
“Her” — William Butler and Owen Pallett

Best cinematography
“Gravity” — Emmanuel Lubezki
“Inside Llewyn Davis” — Bruno Delbonnel
“Nebraska” — Phedon Papamichael
“Prisoners” — Roger Deakins
“The Grandmaster” — Phillippe Le Sourd

Best costume design
“The Great Gatsby” — Catherine Martin
“12 Years a Slave” — Patricia Norris
“The Grandmaster” — William Chang Suk Ping
“American Hustle” — Michael Wilkinson
“The Invisible Woman” — Michael O’Connor

Best documentary feature
“The Act of Killing”
“20 Feet From Stardom”
“The Square”
“Cutie and the Boxer”
“Dirty Wars”

Best film editing
“Gravity” — Alfonso Cuaron, Mark Sanger
“12 Years a Slave”– Joe Walker
“Captain Phillips” — Christopher Rouse
“American Hustle” — Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten
“Dallas Buyers Club” — John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa

Best makeup and hairstyling
“The Lone Ranger” — Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny
“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” — Stephen Prouty
“Dallas Buyers Club” — Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews

Best production design
“12 Years a Slave” — Adam Stockhausen and Alice Baker
“The Great Gatsby” — Catherine Martin and Beverley Dunn
“American Hustle” — Judy Becker and Heather Loeffler
“Gravity” — Andy Nicholson, Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard
“Her” — K.K. Barrett and Gene Serdena

Best visual effects
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
“Star Trek Into Darkness”
“Iron Man 3″
“The Lone Ranger”

Best sound mixing
“Captain Phillips”
“Lone Survivor”
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

Best sound editing
“All Is Lost”
“Captain Phillips”
“Lone Survivor”
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

Best short film, live action
“Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)”
“Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)”
“Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)”
“The Voorman Problem”

Best short film, animated
“Get a Horse!”
“Mr. Hublot”
“Room on the Broom”

Best documentary short
“Facing Fear”
“Karama Has No Walls”
“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life”
“Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall”

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‘Devil’s Due’ Trailer: Not Everything Is God’s Will

‘Devil’s Due’ Trailer: Not Everything Is God’s Will

Not Everything is God’s Will

Besides Christians awaiting the coming of Jesus Christ to the earth, there are devil worshipers who are not just waiting for the next coming of the son of Satan in our world, but doing their best to contribute to its early appearance. The movie-making industry has enough movies that tell about the birth of the diabolical child, for example: “The Omen” directed by Richard Donner, “Rosemary’s Baby” by Roman Polanski, “Warlock: The Armageddon” by Anthony Hickox. In January 2014 the next film of such genre will appear on the screens – the “Devil’s Due” movie. This is the first full-length film directed by Matthew Bettinelli and Tyler Gillett. The recently appeared Devil’s Due trailer lift the veil of the content of the movie and the main characters.

Zach and Samantha McCall – the heroes are a young couple who enjoy their honeymoon. At first, they settle in a big cozy house, when Samantha suddenly realizes that she is pregnant. This news leaves her young husband and parents overjoyed. At first, everything runs its appointing course – Samantha visits the doctor, attends classes for expectant mothers. Nothing special in general. But after a while Zach notices strange signs on the walls of his house. He refers to the local pastor who explains that these symbols are used by the cultists to approach the coming of the devil. In addition, strange people walk near the house, seeming to follow the young couple. When Samantha’s pregnancy enters the stage of completion, strange things start to happen with her either. She becomes extremely aggressive, raising a thirst for warm blood. Zach is in panic – he already guessed who may be born. But Samantha does not allow anyone to touch herself and her future child…

The image of unhappy husband was created by the actor Zach Gilford, who starred in such films as “Rise”, “Answers to Nothing”, “The Last Winter”. Allison Miller starred in the role of his wife Samantha, who has been involved in films of different genres unlike her partner in the film. And finally, the role of the priest was given to the oldest Hollywood actor Sam Anderson, starring in more than one hundred and forty films, including “Forrest Gump”, “The X-Files”. In addition, in the “Devil’s Due” viewers will see such popular American actors like Michael Papajohn and Elton LeBlanc.

“Devil’s Due” was filmed in the best tradition of “Paranormal Activity”, “Quarantine” and “Blair Witch Project”, using one or more shaky cameras, thus allowing the viewer to fully absorb the prevailing atmosphere of horridness.

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2014 Golden Globes Film Winners List

2014 Golden Globes Film Winners List

2014 Golden Globes Film Winners List

The film winners for this years Golden Globes, courtesy of EW. Feel free to debate whether or not this is the better awards show than the Academy Awards. Which is more relevant? The winners…

Best Motion Picture — Drama
12 Years a Slave — WINNER
Captain Phillips

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club — WINNER
Robert Redford, All Is Lost

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine — WINNER
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
Kate Winslet, Labor Day

Best Motion Picture — Comedy Or Musical
American Hustle — WINNER
Inside Llewyn Davis
The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Comedy Or Musical
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street — WINNER
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Joaquin Phoenix, Her

Best Director — Motion Picture
Alfonso Cuarón,
 Gravity — WINNER
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
David O. Russell, American Hustle

Best Animated Film
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Frozen — WINNER

Best Foreign Language Film
Blue is the Warmest Color
The Great Beauty — WINNER
The Hunt
The Past
The Wind Rises

Best Screenplay — Motion Picture
12 Years a Slave, John Ridley
American Hustle, Eric Singer, David O. Russell
Her, Spike Jonze — WINNER
Nebraska, Bob Nelson
, Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope

Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Daniel Brühl, Rush
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club — WINNER

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Comedy Or Musical
Amy Adams, American Hustle — WINNER
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Best Original Song — Motion Picture
“Atlas,” Catching Fire
“Let It Go,” Frozen
“Ordinary Love,” Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom — WINNER
“Please, Mr. Kennedy,” Inside Llewyn Davis
“Sweeter Than Fiction,” One Chance

Best Original Score — Motion Picture
All is Lost, Alex Ebert — WINNER
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, 
Alex Heffes
12 Years a Slave, 
Hans Zimmer
The Book Thief, John Williams
Gravity, Steven Price

Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle — WINNER
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska

Cecil B. DeMille Award
Woody Allen

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‘The Book Thief’ Trailer: How Books Became Defenders of Hope

‘The Book Thief’ Trailer: How Books Became Defenders of Hope

The Book Thief: A story about how the books became the defenders of hope

This January, a new extraordinary movie is going to hit the theatres. It is called “The Book Thief” and it has an amazing cast, starring the very young and very cute Sophie Nelisse, Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson. Sophie Nelisse plays the role of the main heroine, a young girl named Liesel. Because it was all happening at the time of the Second World War, in the Nazi Germany, the girl remains alone and has to be adopted by a German family. Her new foster dad, Hans, played by Geoffrey Rush helps a young Jewish boy to hide from the Nazi.

In “The Book Thief” trailer we see how Liesel asks the boy if he is hiding from Hitler, and that is one impressive moment that makes it all clear for us. Rosa, the foster mother, played by Emily Watson, seems to be cold in the beginning, but we get to see another side of her, as she becomes really caring and warm. Liesel is being bullied at school because she cannot read.

Her parents were communists and were always running from the Nazi and they were really poor and could not afford to give Liesel a proper education. Hans starts to teach her how to read, so she dives in the world of literature and finds a deep love for it. Even if she could not read, she had stolen some books.

In The Book Thief trailer we see how a Nazi burning book ceremony takes place, and after it Liesel, being all courageous, steals a book. She brings it to Max, the Jewish boy and they start to develop a really unique relationship based on the common passion for words. It all has a special meaning, because the stolen books here are the little defenders of hope. That is what keeps Max alive and makes Liesel feel like she belongs somewhere.

Directed by Brian Percival, The Book Thief comes to inspire us and to show one of the most desperate periods in Germany, from a different point of view, as we do not get to see the whole picture. We can analyze The Second World War from a domestic point of view, like we are the people living in that home, hiding Max. Brought to us by 20th Century Fox this movie is going to surprise and it will deeply affect us.

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‘Walking With Dinosaurs’ Trailer: Glorious Animation Comes To Life

‘Walking With Dinosaurs’ Trailer: Glorious Animation Comes To Life

Dive into the prehistoric world and get closer to the Dinosaurs

Have you ever wondered how it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth? Have you ever wished to go back in time and just observe these creatures and the world around them?

Walking with Dinosaurs is the new animated movie that guarantees the captivating experience of being in the prehistoric world and feeling the atmosphere that ruled there.

The film centers on Patchi, a curious and optimistic little guy whose dad was a strong and respected leader of the Pachyrhinosaurus herd. Patchi gets close to the audience with his big heart and he gives a different sight of those fearless creatures that lived on our planet millions of years ago. A young dinosaur, who always dreamt of having a turn to protect his family and lead the herd. One day the whole world changed for him, it was unrecognizable. Imagine how hard it is to survive something no one prepared you for. That is the story of our little enthusiastic Patchi, who in the beginning seems naïve and weak but soon he becomes a hero of his age. Despite the scary things and occurrences that are present in this animated film, there is the humor and the historic tale that will entertain you and will make you smile. We all know there was no happy end for dinosaurs but at least we can find out how their lives were and how things ended up for Patchi.

The dinosaurs were always an interesting and mysterious subject to the human kind. That’s why Walking with Dinosaurs is a perfect story that promises to bring us into the world of those who were dominating the globe for over 160 million years.

A story your kids should not miss, because it is not only entertaining but it will teach them a bunch of cool things they can share with their mates and not only. Walking with Dinosaurs is definitely one great film about an adventure that can show us how different these amazing beings were, one story that can bring us closer to the spirit of wildness of the dinosaur era.

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