Matt Patches
After a few years of working behind the scenes on movies and TV shows (and earning an IMDb page for bragging rights), Movies Editor Matt Patches made a hard right into the world of entertainment journalism. In 2009, Patches became the Associate Movies Editor of, departing in 2010 to go rogue as a writer-for-hire. Patches covered movies and festivals for a number of outlets, including Movieline, MTV NextMovie, CinemaBlend, and Film School Rejects, before joining as Movies Editor in 2011. He proudly names "Groundhog Day" as his favorite movie of all time.
  • Steven Spielberg to Lead Cannes Film Festival Jury, Award Heartwarming Tale of the Human Spirit
    By: Matt Patches Feb 28, 2013
    After losing out to Ang Lee at the 2013 Oscars, a win that would have earned him his third Best Director statue, Steven Spielberg has found an equally prestigious gig: leading the 2013 Cannes Film Festival jury. Slated to begin on May 15, the Festival de Cannes enters its 66th year, with the legendary director presiding over the committee that will hand out the coveted Palme d'Or award. Spielberg is no stranger to Cannes, having screened Sugarland Express, The Color Purple, and E.T. at the festival. In a press release, film festival President Gilles Jacob admits to having chased Spielberg for years, never being able to secure him as Jury President due to his demanding shooting schedule. From the sounds of it, the Lincoln director couldn't be happier to squeeze Cannes into his 2013. “My admiration for the steadfast mission of the Festival to champion the international language of movies is second to none," says Spielberg. "The most prestigious of its kind, the festival has always established the motion picture as a cross cultural and generational medium.” RELATED: Steven Spielberg Opens Up About His Dyslexia Unlike the Academy Awards or most big name film festivals, Cannes is known for its worldly and eclectic lineups — not your standard Hollywood "prestige films." And while Spielberg continues to challenge himself with topics and styles outside his comfort zone, he certainly has an American film industry gloss to his movies. Which makes us wonder: will Spielberg wind up picking the most "Spielbergian" film of the crop? Cannes may be a chance for Spielberg to show off his tastes for movies he would never make, but we wouldn't be surprised if the winner winds up being an uplifting story following a person struggling against great odds (if it's a kid, even better) accompanied by a sweeping score and peppered with instances of the Spielberg Face: that mouth-agape moment embodying true amazement. That's half of what's expected from the head juror: personal reflection. What Spielberg brings to the table as a filmmaker and as a movie-watcher will be reflected in his decision — and he won't be alone. Here are a few examples of Jury Presidents of yesteryears and the Cannes films they bestowed with the Palme d'Or. Just surprising enough: 2011: Robert De Niro, Tree of Life As a performer highly regarded across the globe, it's not surprising that De Niro gravitated towards the grandest of 2011 competition entries. Terrence Malick's didn't win over everyone in France — apparently, they're not as keen on wheat fields as most Americans — but the story of troubled boyhood must have resonated with an actor who made a career out of playing dangerously warped men. 2010: Tim Burton, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives Apichatpong Weerasethakul's winning film Uncle Boonmee revolves around a dying man wading through his memories alongside his family… including the ghosts of his loved ones. The weird and wonderful played right to Burton's tastes. 2009: Isabele Huppert, The White Ribbon The White Ribbon is a dense, chilling exploration of how even the nicest kids can grow up to be murderous Nazis, but there may have been a little favoritism when Michael Haneke (Amour) picked up his second Palme d'Or: Huppert previously starred in his 2001 film The Piano Teacher. 2008: Sean Penn, The Class Penn leads a double life: he's an award-winning actor who spends most of his time promoting social advocacy. The Class speaks to his off-screen quests, diving into the tricky world of education and boiling it down to human stories. RELATED: In Defense Of 'Django' Director Quentin Tarantino's Worst Movie, 'Death Proof' 2004: Quentin Tarantino, Fahrenheit 9/11 His divisive and, often times, bizarre tastes (a published list of his favorite films of 2011 included Moneyball and The Three Musketeers) made Tarantino an unpredictable jury member. The fact that he landed on Michael Moore's caustic George W. Bush documentary — the first non-fiction film to win the Palme d'Or since 1956 — was both a shock and perfectly aligned with his sensibilities. 1994: Clint Eastwood, Pulp Fiction Speaking of Tarantino, cinema's resident badass took the opportunity to award the rising directorial star at the 1994 Cannes Film Fest. When anyone pictured a lawman stuffing a gun in goon's face, the man holding the pistol was Eastwood. He was iconic. Tarantino's Pulp Fiction reshaped the identity of violence in movies, and it's logical that Eastwood would be the man to award the work. 1976: Tennessee Williams, Taxi Driver Even today, Williams is one of the most recognizable American dramatists, a voice capable of reflecting the underbelly of the country's picture perfect image (in fact, he feels so mythical, it's hard to believe he was once a Cannes judge). So leave it to Williams to name Martin Scorsese's harrowing Taxi Driver — one of the director's many this-can't-possibly-be-how-this-country-actually-is-oh-wait-it-totally-is-NOOOOO films from the '70s and '80s — with the Palme. 1966: Sophia Loren, The Birds, the Bees and the Italians Legendary Italian bombshell picks Italian sex comedy? Perfetto! Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit: FameFlynet] From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Epic New Poster for 'Iron Man 3': Can It Top 'The Avengers'? — POLL
    By: Matt Patches Feb 27, 2013
    Since I witnessed final beats of 2012's The Avengers explode across the screen (complete with crazy purple guy from outer space!), I've been fascinated by Marvel's follow-up plans. How do you top the critically acclaimed team-up movie that went on to become the third highest grossing movie of all time? RELATED: See Ben Kingsley In 'Iron Man 3' ... or Is It 'The Dictator 2'? — Poster We already knew the answer before the movie hit theaters: Iron Man 3. The Robery Downey Jr. solo picture was slated for May 3, 2013, debuting its first footage at San Diego Comic-Con — a mere two months after Avengers. It looked good. It looked really good. But did it look Avengers good? It certainly looked different: instead of going for The Avengers scope, organically created by weaving in Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and the Hulk into one movie, Iron Man 3 aimed for the personal drama. Written and directed by Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) spoke at SDCC about finding a darker edge for the continuing saga of Tony Stark — which to this skeptic's ears sounded like an undoing of the chaotic madness of Iron Man 2. Black suggested that theory more directly by saying that 3 is more of sequel to Iron Man, bringing back the terrorists who kidnapped Stark in the original and their leader, The Mandarin (played in 3 by Sir Ben Kingsley). All of Iron Man 3's footage — including the most recent Super Bowl trailer — has spoken to this solution. Don't go bigger than Avengers, go different. Deliver on action, but beat the living crap out of your hero so he can rise back on his own. RELATED: 'Iron Man 3': Introducing Don Cheadle's Brand New Character — Poster The new poster (seen above) is the one-sheet translation of that sensibility. Stark appears beaten down, shaken, sporting armor ripped to shreds. Behind him, a fleet of Iron Men, without any indication of whose side they're on. Read: terrifying. Iron Man 2 was severely lacking in the character department. If Joss Whedon taught the superhero genre one thing from The Avengers, it's that you can never have enough personality. We'll see if Stark is put through the ringer when Iron Man 3 arrives May 3. Do you think Iron Man 3 can live up to The Avengers? Tell us in the poll! <a href="">Can Iron Man 3 live up to The Avengers?</a> Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit: Marvel] From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Steve Carell in Sequins Is Magic: 3 New 'Burt Wonderstone' PICS Unveiled
    By: Matt Patches Feb 27, 2013
    Daniel Day-Lewis may have three Oscars to prove he's master, but when it comes to losing oneself to a role, Steve Carell is right up there with the Lincoln impersonator. You think anyone could mutter Brick Tamland's declaration of lamp love without completely immersing themselves in the mind of the lovable dimwit. I think not. So when we see a set of new photos from the comedian's upcoming The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Carell donning sequins costumes and a humungous blonde wig, we know the actor is taking it to the next level. It's been far too long since Carell has been given the opportunity to go over-the-top with characters (perhaps, since Anchorman). With Wonderstone, we see the actor returning to a side of performing we know he excels at: disappearing. RELATED: Decoding The 'Anchorman 2' Teaser Trailer: Is Ron Burgundy's Hair Full of Secrets? Likely, Carell will be disappearing quite literally, as he stars as the titular character alongside Steve Buscemi and Jim Carrey, in a comedy of Las Vegas magician rivalry. In the new pics below, we get a glimpse of Wonderstone's leading lady, played by Olivia Wilde. Coincidence that they have nearly the same hair? Check out the new stills below and watch for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, which arrives March 15. RELATED: Steve Carell Thinks He 'Would Get Devoured By Zombies' Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Picture (3)]
  • Tech Wins at Oscars 2013: iPhones, Kickstarter, and DIY Award-Contenders
    By: Matt Patches Feb 27, 2013
    Hollywood studios are known for dumping truckloads of money into their summer blockbusters, but if a script lands on their laps that screams "Oscar," they'll give the movie the same treatment. Scanning the Best Picture nominees, you'll find plenty of movies with budgets of hovering around eight or nine figures. Bigger can often translate to "best," if the equally expensive Oscar campaigns are to be believed. As mammoth as the Academy Awards and their winning films have become, the show still has cracks that let the smallest endeavors slip through and take the spotlight. And at the 2013 Oscars, those starless, relatively unknown efforts might be the most important winners of the year. RELATED: See Which Movies Cleaned Up at the 2013 Oscars With do-it-yourself filmmaking technology continuing to evolve, simplify, and decrease in cost, more and more creatives are finding ways to bring their movies to life. And they're Oscar worthy: the 2013 ceremony marks the first time a film funded by the crowdsourcing site Kickstarter took home one of the show's coveted statues. Sean and Andrea Fine's film Inocente tells the story of a 15-year-old girl who struggles as an undocumented immigrant living homeless in San Diego but continues to pursue her dream of becoming an artist. The film raised over $50,000 on Kickstarter before going on to win the award for "Best Documentary Short." Inocente tapped into power of the Internet to reach people who would be compelled by the film's message, giving life and exposure to an issue even before the Fine couple's efforts were complete. When many Oscar viewers learned of the Short Documentaries for the first time during the Sunday night telecast, thousands of people were already in-the-know on the film. Technology is opening doors for filmmakers like never before, both in developing awareness and in the physical making of a movie. On Sunday night, director Malik Bendjelloul won the "Best Documentary Feature" Oscar for his documentary Searching for Sugar Man. The movie follows two fans from Cape Town, South Africa as they follow any lead that may connect them with elusive legendary musician Sixto Rodriguez. Bendjelloul began shooting his film on 8mm film — a pricey option, especially for the footage-heavy art of documentary filmmaking. When he ran out of cash to finish the movie, he turned to a considerably less illustrious camera option: his iPhone. "One day I realized that there was this $1 app here on my iPhone and I tried it and it was basically the same as the real stuff," Bendjelloul in an inspiring interview from ABC. RELATED: Sundance Post-'Beasts': The Festival Is More Important Than Ever Not every filmmaking option has to be as lo-fi as Bendjelloul's creative solution, nor does making a great film require $100 million worth of talent, crew, and effects. Although Beasts of the Southern Wild didn't take home any awards at this year's Oscars, the fact that director Benh Zeitlin was rubbing shoulders with Steven Spielberg and the Sundance Film Festival premiere was in contention for Best Picture meant something to both Hollywood executives and those dreaming of becoming the next big name director. With a little creativity, and with relatively no money, one could make a movie with elaborate sets, epic imagery, and a cast of wild aurochs. The idea of putting together a film on the scale of Beasts seems impossible, but Zeitlin's team used every technological avenue they had to pull the thing off on the cheap. That computer sitting in front of you, that phone in your pocket, that next tweet you're about to cast off into the Internet ether — as this year's Oscars prove, what looks insignificant can actually be a seed to the next Academy Award winning movie. It's all a matter of what you do with it. Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit: Sony Pictures Classics] From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Noomi Rapace Reveals She's Talking 'Prometheus 2' with Ridley Scott
    By: Matt Patches Feb 27, 2013
    Last year, director Ridley Scott returned to the world of Alien in the mystery-heavy, philosophically-inclined sci-fi blockbuster Prometheus. The movie was polarizing: some people ate it up, taken by the grand cinematography, fascinated by the complication of the Alien mythology, and horrified by Scott's skillful scare tactics. Other's were less than enthused, citing Damon Lindelof's script — undeniably founded with wild imagery and imagination — as being too ambiguous. Like those throwing their arms up after the finale of LOST, half the Internet questioned the plotlines of Prometheus that seemingly went nowhere. RELATED: 'Prometheus': 13 Questions We Want Answers To One thing was certain: when star Noomi Rapace's zoomed off an alien planet in the "Engineers" spaceship, Prometheus was left open for sequels. Now, according to Rapace, who sat down with to discuss her new film Dead Man Down, the continuation of the prequel franchise may finally be in development, with Scott and writers sitting down to craft the next installment. "I had dinner with [Ridley Scott] in London a couple of weeks ago," Rapace says. "It's definitely the goal. I think everybody wants to do it. So we're just kind of working on the script." Who may be working with Scott on that script is yet to be confirmed. Around the release of Prometheus' Blu-ray last December, Lindelof made it clear that he would not be returning for a sequel. With a new collaborator, Scott could take a Prometheus 2 in a number of directions, steering away from the grand ideas that flooded the original. What does seem clear is that Rapace's Elizabeth Shaw will be involved. Last time we saw her, she was bent on revenge against the Engineers, aiming to travel to their home planet to deliver a dose of their own medicine. With Rapace back for more Prometheus, we could see that plan carried out. RELATED: 'Prometheus' Sequel: How Ridley Scott Can Fix It What do you want to see in a Prometheus sequel? Sound off with your ideas and theories below. Watch Rapace give us the lowdown on Prometheus 2 in the video below: Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches Reporting by Patricia Ramos [Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox] From Our Partners: Kate Upton Bares All In Body Paint (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Selena Gomez Is Going on Spring Break and She's Bringing… — POSTER
    By: Matt Patches Feb 26, 2013
    The lead up to Selena Gomez's psychedelic teen flick Spring Breakers has been bent on complicating and subverting itself. First, we saw fun-loving photos of Gomez and costar Vanessa Hudgens zipping around Miami on Vespas. Months later, trailers and posters emerged. Things got weird. Are those girls robbing banks?! Did James Franco just say his rapper character is named "Alien"?! Why are they in a room full of hats?! This was not the "Spring Break" movie anyone anticipated. RELATED: 'Spring Breakers': Selena Gomez in The Darkest Damn Movie You'll Ever See — Trailer The latest poster continues to warp our brains while speaking perfectly to the tone of the movie. Juxtaposed against the fun-in-the-sun items of Spring Break are the all the objects necessary to start a full-on underground drug war. Tequila won't be the only thing the ladies of Spring Breakers will be shooting on their vacation. Adding to the promise of one bizarre time at the movies is Spring Breakers' official soundtrack lineup, which includes new tunes from dubstep wizard Skrillex. RELATED: 'Spring Breakers': The Movie About Selena Gomez & Vanessa Hudgens in Bikinis — Pics 1. "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" – Skrillex2. "Rise And Shine Little B***h" – Music by Cliff Martinez & Skrillex3. "Pretend It’s A Video Game" – Cliff Martinez4. "With You, Friends (Long Drive)" – Skrillex5. "Hangin’ With Da Dopeboys" – Dangeruss with James Franco6. "Bikinis & Big Booties Y’all" – Music by Cliff Martinez & Skrillex7. "Never Gonna Get This P***y" – Cliff Martinez8. "Goin’ In (Skrillex Goin’ Down Remix)" – Birdy Nam Nam9. "F**k This Industry" – Waka Flocka Flame10. "Smell This Money (Original Mix)" – Skrillex11. "Park Smoke" – Skrillex12. "Young N****s" – Gucci Mane (feat. Waka Flocka Flame)13. "Your Friends Ain’t Gonna Leave With You" – Cliff Martinez14. "Ride Home" – Skrillex15. "Big Bank" – Meek Mill, Pill, Torch & Rick Ross (feat. French Montana)16. "Son Of Scary Monsters" – Music by Cliff Martinez & Skrillex17. "Big ‘Ol Scardy Pants" – Cliff Martinez18. "Scary Monsters on Strings" – Music by Skrillex19. "Lights" – Ellie Goulding Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit: A24 Films/Annapurna Pictures] From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • See Spidey's Shiny New Suit and the First 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Set Shots — PICS
    By: Matt Patches Feb 26, 2013
    Production on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is in full swing, with Andrew Garfield back as the friendly neighborhood crime fighter and Emma Stone as his blonde braniac girlfriend Gwen Stacey. As was the case with the original movie, director Marc Webb is taking his two leads out into the streets of New York City to film his webslinging hero in real locations. A superhero movie needs all the authenticity it can get, and it doesn't get more "real" than Garfield dangling from the rooftops of skyscrapers. RELATED: 'Spider-Man' Star Andrew Garfield Reveals His Porn Name And like the The Amazing Spider-Man's outdoor circus, the paparazzi are already out in full force to give us our first, raw glimpse at the new movie. To beat the savvy photographers to the punch, Sony has give us this look at the new and improved Spider-Man costume, in the form of a shiny one-sheet that has our Spidey Sense tingling. Unlike the first movie's dark, moody interpretation of the iconic suit, ASM2 is brightening things up and bringing Peter Parker's costumed look closer to the popping colors of the comic books (not too far off from what Sam Raimi did with his original trilogy). But the poster only paints half a picture. Luckily, the paparazzi picked up on Spidey's New York City whereabouts as soon as cameras started rolling and snapped this on-set pic: Yes, that's Spider-Man, alright — and this go around, he even has his belt back. Purists, take a deep breath. If that weren't enough, Webb continues to seize control of the Twittersphere by rattling off set pictures straight from his iPhone. See all the director's teasing Twitpics in our Amazing Spider-Man Set Pics gallery. RELATED: 'Amazing Spider-Man 2': Paul Giamatti to Play Unfriendly Neighborhood Rhino Along with Garfiend and Stone, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 sports an all-star cast of Jamie Foxx, Sally Field, Paul Giamatti, Shailene Woodley, Dane DeHaan, and Felicity Jones. The movie arrives in theaters May 2, 2014. Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit: Marvel/Columbia Pictures; Jose Perez/Splash News] From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'Argo' Vs. 'Life of Pi': Oscars' Best Picture By the Numbers
    By: Matt Patches Feb 25, 2013
    After a month of post-nomination buzz, and with only minutes to go before the clock struck midnight, the final award of Sunday night's Oscars telecast was handed out to the suspected winner. Argo was finally (and officially) the "Best Picture" of 2013. In the end, the "Best Picture" honor was one of three awards that Argo picked up, along with "Best Adapted Screenplay" and "Best Editing." Surprisingly, another movie topped it in statue count: Life of Pi, which took home four: "Best Cinematography," Best Original Score," "Best Visual Effects," and "Best Director" for Ang Lee. The criteria for "Best Picture" is completely arbitrary: a movie only has to arrive in a certain number of American movie theaters by a certain date to qualify for consideration in the Academy Awards. No other wins are required — and so, a movie like Argo can amount to the Best Movie of the year without picking up individual craft awards. RELATED: Oscars 2013: Should Seth Macfarlane Host Again? Some years have clear victors, where the achievements are across the board. Titanic in 1998 and Lord of the Rings: Return of the King in 2004 both earned 11 awards (and amazingly, without winning any acting accolades), the highest collection in Oscar history. Certain films earn their "Best Picture" status inversely, picking up writing and acting awards to build up cred. The configuration has been dubbed "The Big Five," and the last movie to nab each award in the quintet stands out as a modern classic. In 1991, Silence of the Lambs won "Best Adapted Screenplay," "Best Actress" (Jodie Foster), "Best Actor" (Anthony Hopkins), "Best Director" (Jonathan Demme), and "Best Picture." No movie from this past year fit snugly into the framework that leads to an Oscar sweep, an increasing trend for "Best Picture" winners. 2010's The King's Speech closed in on The Big Five with wins for Director, Actor (Colin Firth), Screenplay, and Picture. 2011's The Artist took an assortment of awards that lead to Best Picture, including Best Actor, Best Score, Best Costumes, Best Director. With the right Oscar campaign behind it, the parts that add up to a "Best Picture" are inconsequential, as long as it struts around acting like a Best Picture winner. Before the 2013 nominations were announced in January, many cited Lincoln and Silver Linings Playbook as frontrunners. Both could take a few of the "Big Five" categories and come out triumphant. But the now-infamous snubbing of director Ben Affleck for Argo threw the prognostication a curveball. Suddenly, Argo became a focus of the Oscar buzz, going on to pick up a bevy of awards (Best Producers from the Producer's Guild! Best Editing from the Editor's Guild! Best Writing from the Writer's Guild! Best Director from the Director's Guild!) that pegged it as the movie to beat. RELATED: Oscars: Ranking All 84 Best Picture Winners So while having a foundation of technical or acting awards bolsters a movie's chances at Best Picture, the unseen murmuring of who deserves what is even more important. Without Affleck in the race, Lee was able to pick up a Directing award for Life of Pi — the second time he's done so while not obtaining a Best Picture (first was Brokeback Mountain, which earned him the director's statue but lost Picture to Crash in 2004). The Oscar-friendly story of redemption had the added hook of being a 3D spectacle, like Avatar with a heart. In an alternate universe where Affleck made the Director's cut, a Life of Pi win could have been in the cards. Instead, it followed suit with a number of highly regarded films that looked like Best Picture material only to lose the neck-and-neck race. Saving Private Ryan won five awards before losing to Shakespeare in Love in 1998; 1951's A Place in the Sun took six and lost to An American in Paris; and the one for the record book: in 1972, Cabaret won eight Oscars, including Best Actress for Liza Minnelli and Best Director for Bob Fosse, and lost in the end to The Godfather. An Oscar "Best Picture" isn't the sum of its parts, nor is it the sum of the right parts. Zeitgeist is the trump card; while the craft of Lee's Life of Pi can be seen in every frame of the film, Argo praises Hollywood for aiding in the success of an "American" endeavor. Affleck's own story is equally inspiring, coming back from a string of critically-maligned acting jobs to be one of the industry's top directors. The Oscars looking past the numbers game may seem illogical, but it speaks to what people love about movies. A gosh darn good time at the movies goes a long way, even if it's all surface level. 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  • 'Dead Man Down' Star Colin Farrell Is Feeling Lucky — EXCLUSIVE PICS
    By: Matt Patches Feb 25, 2013
    Today's big screen crime fiction comes in two forms: the watered-down procedural that might as well be a murder-of-the-week TV episode, or mystery stories by way of summer blockbusters. So when a movie appears to aim for the ol' fashioned noir tales, we take notice. Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace's latest thriller, Dead Man Down, looks like it could fit that bill. Directed by Niels Arden Oplev, who knows a thing or two about gritty crime dramas, having directed the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, Dead Man Down follows a mob enforcer (Farrell) as he investigates the murder of his family and plots revenge against his former boss (Terrence Howard). Along the way, he runs into a femme fatale (Rapace), who blackmails him into helping her carry out her own violent revenge. That's a lot of revenge! Perfect. RELATED: Colin Farrell Talks 'Seven Psychopaths' and Movie Violence Dead Man Down is sure to take twists and turns as it unrolls its elaborate web of deception, so is happy to debut two exclusive images from the movie to tease the film's mystery. Colin Farrell holding a rabbit's foot? Noomi Rapace covered in scars? How do the two connect?? Let your imagination fill in the blanks and collect solid evidence when the movie his theaters March 8. The folks behind Dead Man Down are also offering a way to get into your own adventure: Follow Beatrice on Instagram at and then upload your own photos to Instagram using the hashtag #ISawWhatYouDid for your chance to win a $100 Visa Gift Card. Head to the film's official Facebook page for more details. [Photo Credit: FilmDistrict (2)] Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches. From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Ben Affleck's 'Argo' Wins Best Picture Oscar, Michelle Obama Shout-Out
    By: Matt Patches Feb 25, 2013
    Despite Ben Affleck's absence from the Best Director race (considered to be one of the 2013 Academy Awards' biggest snubs), the actor-turned-filmmaker's thriller Argo took home the top prize of the night, which was inexplicably doled out by First Lady Michelle Obama: Best Picture. Argo's win puts it in a rare category of films that have won Best Picture without their directors earning a Best Director nomination. Affleck's now follows Wings (1928), Grand Hotel (1932), and Driving Miss Daisy (1989) in Oscar history books. It also marks the second win for Ben Affleck, who previously picked up a "Best Original Screenplay" Academy Award for his work on Good Will Hunting. "I was here 15 years ago or something," Affleck said at the podium while accepting for Argo. "And I had no idea what I was doing. I stood out here in front of you all. I was really just a kid. And I went out, and I never thought that I would be back here. And I am, because of so many of you who are here tonight. Because of this Academy. Because of so many wonderful people who extended themselves to me when they had nothing to benefit from it in Hollywood." RELATED: Oscars 2013: See the Winners Here! Written by Chris Terrio (winner of the "Best Adapted Screenplay" Oscar), Argo tells the true story of the CIA's mission to rescue a group of embassy workers during the Iranian hostage crisis. To infiltrate the Middle Eastern country and get the group out undetected, agent Tony Mendez (Affleck) faked a movie shoot with the help of real Hollywood producers, claiming the stranded Americans were part of the crew. Produced by George Clooney and his Smokehouse Pictures production company, Argo started the Oscar season strong with a "Best Picture - Drama" win at the 2013 Golden Globes. As the race continued movie picked up awards from the BAFTAS ("Best Film," "Director," "Editing") Director's Guild ("Best Director"), Writer's Guild ("Best Adapated Screenplay"), American Cinema Editors ("Best Edited Feature Film"), and the Producer's Guild ("Outstanding Producer" aka the group's Best Picture equivalent). RELATED: What Should Have Won Best Picture? — POLL To date, Argo has grossed $129.79 million at the domestic box office, making it one of the higher grossing Best Picture winners in the 84 years of the Oscars. As for the First Lady, she is the second White House resident (past or present) to appear at a major awards show during the 2012-2013 season — Bill Clinton introduced Lincoln at the Golden Globes just last month. Oscars 2013 Special Coverage Oscars 2013 Best Dressed: PICS! • Anne Hathaway: Oscar’s Worst Dressed?• Seth MacFarlane’s Opening: How’d He Do?• Adele’s Performance Gets Mixed Reviews• 15 Oscar-Winning Nude Scenes• What Happened to Renee Zellweger's Face?• Oscars 2013: The Full Winners List• Why Kristen Stewart Was on Crutches From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)