March 31, 2009
Five Favorite Films with Slumdog Millionaire's Anil Kapoor
Slumdog Millionaire's American audiences were enticed to watch by the name of director Danny Boyle or the movie's kinetic exploration of an exotic, far-away underbelly. In India, the selling point very well may have been Anil Kapoor. Kapoor, who portrays the movie's shifty host of India's version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, is the movie's biggest Bollywood name, something fashioned over three decades of work, which includes Mr. India (an early work by Elizabeth director Shekhar Kapur for which Kapoor received great critical acclaim). The story of Kapoor's first international movie is a story we know well now -- the plot, the controversies, the international box office success, and ithe endless trophies (including an ultimate Oscar Best Picture and Kapoor's own share of a SAG oustanding cast award). As he pursues new projects in America, RT sat down with Kapoor to get his Five Favorite Films.
March 30, 2009
RT on DVD: Exclusive Slumdog Millionaire Clip, Seven Pounds, and The Matrix 10th Anniversary Blu-ray
Jai Ho it up with the DVD debut of Danny Boyle's multiple Oscar-winning film, Slumdog Millionaire! It's also your week to catch films you might have missed in theaters, from Jennifer Aniston's tale of puppy love (Marley & Me) to the latest heart-wrencher from Will Smith (Seven Pounds). Those who dare to go foreign will be justly rewarded with two well-reviewed imports (the French thriller Tell No One and the Spanish sci-fi Timecrimes), while art-house devotees have two remastered Wong Kar-Wai films to choose from (Happy Together and Fallen Angels). Horror fans have an octet of new flicks to check out (After Dark Horror Fest 8 Films to Die For)...and did we mention the sweet new Blu-ray that should be on the top of any philosophical cyberpunk's wishlist (The Matrix 10th Anniversary Blu-ray Digibook)?
March 3, 2009
Five Favourite Films with Bill Pullman
Few can forget Bill Pullman's rousing speech as the US president in Independence Day, but it's only one of a long string of vast and diverse roles that have seen him cast as romantic lead, action hero, comedy star and dark villain. In more than twenty years of screen acting he's defined himself as a hard-working, engaging talent. Of his five favourite films, Pullman says his choices depend on mood and context. "I always feel like there are a lot of different types of favourites," he tells RT. "there are some that I look to for interesting things, some that I look to for acting things, others that I watch again and a again. I don't know if this is in any sort of order!"
February 24, 2009
Backstage at the Oscars: My First Time
In the movie world there is no event greater, no red carpet glitzier, no awards show more meaningful, than that of the Academy Awards. While millions watch the biggest night in Hollywood via television and thousands post show commentaries on their blogs (or, in the case of this year, on Twitter), Rotten Tomatoes was on the ground, right smack dab in the middle of it all. Read on as RT's Jen Yamato recounts this year's Oscars show, from the best parts of the musical-laden telecast to the quiet moments backstage with the night's triumphant winners. Read her full report here.
February 23, 2009
Best of the Best Pictures: Where Does Slumdog Fit In?
Slumdog Millionaire took home eight Oscars at last night's Academy Awards, including Best Picture. But how does Danny Boyle's film fare against all the Best Pictures in Oscar history? Pretty well, actually. With its 94 percent Tomatometer (and within our Bayesian formula), Slumdog is the 31st best-reviewed Best Picture of all time; it's a notch below My Fair Lady and three slots behind last year's victor No Country for Old Men but ahead of such noteworthy recent winners as The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (at number 32), The Departed (number 34) and Million Dollar Baby (number 40).
February 22, 2009
Complete Oscar Winners List Here!
Slumdog Millionaire raked in eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Danny Boyle. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button took home three Oscars, Milk and The Dark Knight won two. Below, you'll find all the winners from Oscar night, from Best Actor (Sean Penn) to Best Supporting Actress (Penelope Cruz) to Best Live Action Short (Toyland). And don't forget to browse our full red carpet gallery, our own live analysis of the ceremony on Twitter, our rundown of all the Best Picture winners throughout history, and, of coruse, our full Awards Tour, a one-stop shop for awards season coverage.
February 19, 2009
Total Recall: We Rank The Oscar Nominees!
This Sunday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will bequeath little gold statuettes to films that it believes exemplify the finest in moviemaking. We at Rotten Tomatoes figured it was a good time to run down every single feature film that's up for an Oscar, as well as compiling other major awards season honors each movie has received. And of course, we've included the Tomatometers for each film, lest the critics be lost in the shuffle. Take a look at our list (which has been ordered from lowest Tomatometer score to highest Tomatometer score), and see if you can pick the winners correctly.
February 8, 2009
BAFTA Winners Announced
The Orange British Academy Film Awards took place tonight in London's Covent Garden with nominees like Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet, and Mickey Rourke joining presenters as diverse as Sharon Stone, Goldie Hawn and, to the surprise of a packed BAFTA crowd, Mick Jagger. Not surprisingly given home field advantage, the big winner of the night was Slumdog Millionaire, while Benjamin Button was the best represented American hopeful, picking up plenty of technical gongs. But, as always with the British Academy, there were plenty of surprises amongst the results...
February 2, 2009
Slumdog's Patel is an Airbender
"Slumdog Millionaire" star Dev Patel has joined the cast of M. Night Shyamalan's "The Last Airbender," signing on to play Fire Nation member Zuko.
February 1, 2009
Slumdog's Danny Boyle Wins DGA Award
Danny Boyle takes home another win for Best Director from the Director's Guild of America -- could Oscar gold be just around the corner? See who else was nominated this year in our full list of nominees and winners.
January 29, 2009
Simon Beaufoy Takes a Leap Day
"Slumdog Millionaire" scribe Simon Beaufoy has been hired to write "Leap Year," a romantic comedy starring Amy Adams as "an uptight woman who travels to Dublin to propose to her boyfriend on leap day, Feb. 29, following an Irish tradition in which women propose to men on that day and the man must say yes."
January 24, 2009
Producers Guild Names Slumdog Millionaire Best Picture
The Producers Guild Awards are an annual bellwether for Oscar watchers, so things are looking very good for Slumdog Millionaire, which took home the Guild's Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award for Theatrical Motion Pictures Saturday night. Read the full list of winners below!
January 22, 2009
Critics Consensus: Inkheart Is Less Than Magical
This week at the movies, we've got living literature (Inkheart, starring Brendan Fraser and Eliza Hope Bennett); political intrigue (Frost/Nixon, starring Michael Sheen and Frank Langella); domestic strife (Revolutionary Road, starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio); and werewolf/vampire conflict (Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, starring Rhona Mitra and Bill Nighy). What do the critics have to say?
January 22, 2009
Box Office Guru Preview: Underworld Battles Oscar All-Stars
Only two new releases hit the North American box office, but in the wake of Academy Award nominations, a handful of contenders take the opportunity to expand nationwide hoping Oscar nods can translate into extra cash. Sony unleashes its franchise thriller Underworld: Rise of the Lycans while Warner Bros. counters with Brendan Fraser's fantasy actioner Inkheart.
January 9, 2009
Five Favourite Films with Golden Globe-Winner Danny Boyle
After sweeping the Critics' Choice Awards this week, visionary and eclectic director Danny Boyle shares his five favourite films with Rotten Tomatoes. As you'd expect from his body of work, they're diverse and disparate. "I've got an odd list," he told RT. "Things like your 'top films' or your 'top end playlist songs' -- these are the things that keep me awake at night."
January 8, 2009
DGA Announces '08 Nominees
The Directors Guild has finalized its nominees for this year's awards, placing Ron Howard, Danny Boyle, Gus Van Sant, David Fincher, and -- you guessed it -- Christopher Nolan on the short list.
January 6, 2009
Scripter Award Nominations Announced
The nominees for this year's Scripter Award, handed out by the USC Libraries for the best book-to-film adaptation, have been announced, with the screenwriters behind "Iron Man," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Reader," "Revolutionary Road," and "Slumdog Millionaire" receiving nominations.
January 5, 2009
Producers Guild Unveils Film Nominations
The Producers Guild of America has announced its film nominations for 2008: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Dark Knight," "Frost/Nixon," "Milk," and "Slumdog Millionaire" are the contenders for the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award.
December 28, 2008
Box Office Guru Wrapup: Marley Takes #1, The Spirit Tanks
This weekend people were in the mood for movies over Christmas weekend as multiplexes were jam-packed with customers that powered four different new releases to more than $30M in ticket sales each over the long Thursday-to-Sunday holiday session. The Owen Wilson-Jennifer Aniston
dog drama Marley & Me led the way with a huge debut that exceeded expectations.
December 18, 2008
Aronofsky Interviews Boyle
How's this for cool? Darren Aronofsky recently sat down for a chat with Danny Boyle about the technology behind "Slumdog Millionaire." Watch it at /Film.
December 18, 2008
Doubt Receives Five SAG Awards Noms
The members of the Screen Actors Guild might be preoccupied with a looming strike, but they aren't too busy to announce the nominees for the upcoming SAG Awards. "Doubt" leads the pack, with five nominations.
December 11, 2008
Golden Globe Nominations Announced
"Benjamin Button," "Frost/Nixon," "The Reader," "Revolutionary Road" and "Slumdog Millionaire" battle it out for Best Drama while "Burn After Reading," "Happy-Go-Lucky," "In Bruges," "Mamma Mia! and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" fight for Best Comedy or Musical at this year's Golden Globes -- the nominations were announced today.
December 10, 2008
L.A. Film Critics Name WALL-E Best of '08
The votes are in, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association has spoken: "WALL-E" is the movie of the year, Sean Penn's performance in "Milk" was the year's best, and Danny Boyle did 2008's best directorial work on "Slumdog Millionaire."
November 4, 2008
L.A. Times Pundits Like TDK's Best Picture Chances
It's a far cry from actually winning the award, but according to the L.A. Times' six-member panel, "The Dark Knight," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," and "Slumdog Millionaire" are the inside choices for Best Picture at next year's Academy Awards.
October 31, 2008
Trailer Bulletin: Slumdog Millionaire
It's been the toast of the festival circuit this year, and now you can see a couple of minutes yourself: the trailer for Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" is online.
August 28, 2008
New Images: Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire
Fox Searchlight has passed along new images from this fall's Slumdog Millionaire, the latest film from director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Millions), about an illiterate Mumbai street kid who wins the jackpot on India's version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" game show. Check them out here!
August 13, 2008
Warners Looks to Lighten Load
With a glut of pictures on the schedule between now and the end of the year, Warner Bros. is quietly accepting offers on several films -- including Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla and the Edward Norton/Colin Farrell police drama Pride and Glory.