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.
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    By: Matt Patches Jan 14, 2013
      "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity," says Zero Dark Thirty's Jason Clarke, an actor you may not be too familiar but will be after he blows you away in the film. "Like someone walks up to you and gives you a Clockwork Orange or giving you Remains of the Day or Death of a Salesman. Being in it is something special." Clarke, seen in 2012's underrated Lawless and the upcoming The Great Gatsby, is a native Australian up to the task of disappearing. Disguising his accent is only the beginning — in Zero Dark Thirty, he plays an American CIA operative on the ground in Pakistan. His specialty: interrogation, from casual conversation to waterboarding. Clarke may be one of the nicest actors working today. His character, while not a despicable person in the slightest, is dealing with a bit more moral baggage. "As an actor, I like to throw myself into something," says Clarke. "I like to give it everything I got. I'm playing a real guy, who did real things, and is still out there in this world doing his job. I want to represent him as best I can." The actor says when it comes to pulling off gut-wrenching scenes, he just sticks to the facts, which he finds in writer Mark Boal's meticulously researched script. Amazingly, on Sept. 11, 2001, Clarke was hiking from China to Pakistan, adding to the weight of the already devastating news. Despite it all, thanks to the honesty of the script, he never once let his own feelings slip into his performance. "I also don't judge my character. It's not my job." Clarke's work in Zero Dark Thirty strikes a balance between emotionless and emotional in way that morally ambiguous actions could allow. A true challenge for the actor, who gets a moment of rest in the movie when his character spends a few minutes tending to an army base's monkey cage. You heard that right. "It's a fact, they were there!" says Clarke. "You get in these army bases and there would be a zoo there. And no one was looking after the animals anymore. So they take them in and look after them. They had to go somewhere. That was a real event that was described to Mark." After working on Zero Dark Thirty, the actor now has a secret to take with him to the next job. When it comes to monkeys, "they love chocolate ice cream." Watch the full interview below and check out Zero Dark Thirty, now out in theaters: Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit: Sony Pictures] More: Zero Dark Thirty' Star Jessica Chastain, So Dedicated She 'Will Forget to Eat' Kathryn Bigelow: Oscars' 'Best Directors' Didn't Need to Be a Boy's Club Golden Globes 2013: Why You Can't Compare 'Zero Dark Thirty' to 'Homeland From Our Partners: Megan Fox’s 12 Hottest Moments (Moviefone) Ryan Gosling’s ‘Airbrushed’ Abs: Plus 19 More Reasons We Love the Actor (Moviefone)
  • 10 Best Insults at the 2013 Golden Globes: Someone Give Russell Crowe a Hug
    By: Matt Patches Jan 13, 2013
    If the Oscars are a time for every actor and filmmaker to put on their serious faces and bow down to Hollywood, then the Golden Globes are a time for the stars to cut loose and have a good laugh. Over the years, the Globes have become more of a celebrity roast than an awards show, and 2013's ceremony was no exception. Here are a few of the best zingers from the night, famous faces jabbing one another for our amusement: 1. "When it comes to torture, I trust the lady who was married to James Cameron for three years." - Amy Poehler "praising" Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow (don't worry, Bigelow laughed). 2. "Does this say 'I beat Meryl?'" - Jennifer Lawrence reminds us that Streep can't win every year. 3. "Russell Crowe had four months of singing lessons. That was money well spent." - Sacha Baron Cohen 4. "A man so versatile, he played Iron Man in three movies." - Tina Fey introducing Robert Downey Jr., star of this summer's Iron Man 3. 5."Congratulations, Lena. I'm glad we got you through middle school." - Fey drops another one, this time ribbing her spiritual successor Lena Dunham. 6. “Are you sure there’s room for another ex-president on the stage?” - Daniel Day-Lewis, jabbing himself for winning yet another Best Actor statue for Lincoln. 7. "I have not seen someone so totally alone and abandoned like that since you were alone with James Franco at the Oscars," - Fey to Les Mis actress Anne Hathaway. 8. "Wow, what an exciting guest. That was Hillary Clinton's husband!" - Poehler, on Globes special guest Bill Clinton. 9. "Quentin Tarantino is here -- the star of all my sexual nightmares." - Fey gives us all the willies. 10. Jodie Foster to everything celebrity. Less acceptance speech, more ultimate declaration. [Photo Credit: NBC] Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches More: 2013 Golden Globe Awards: See the Full List of Winners Here! Globes 2013: Tina Fey & Amy Poehler Deliver The Best Monologue Ever? Golden Globes 2013 Red Carpet: Who Has Award-Winning Style? From Our Partners: Megan Fox’s 12 Hottest Moments (Moviefone) Ryan Gosling’s ‘Airbrushed’ Abs: Plus 19 More Reasons We Love the Actor (Moviefone)
  • Golden Globes 2013: Oui, 'Les Miserables' Wins Best Comedy/Musical Movie
    By: Matt Patches Jan 13, 2013
    One thing that separates the Golden Globes from the Academy Awards — two "best of the year" broadcasts that forever competing for our attention — is the divide of "Drama" and "Comedy." Splitting the genres down the middle, the Golden Globes open the door for two best picture winners. Why settle for one winner when you can get two? This year's Best Comedy or Musical award went to Les Misérables, beating out The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, and Silver Linings Playbook for top honors. The Globes sided with heavier material in this year's Comedy/Musical category, nominating one straight musical and four films that blend drama with comedy. Sorry, 21 Jump Street and That's My Boy fans — the Hollywood Foreign Press didn't find room for 2012's broad comedies. Other genre-appropriate wins include Hugh Jackman for Best Comedy or Musical Actor for his work in Les Miserables, while star Jennifer Lawrence took home the statue in the Best Actress category for Silver Linings Playbooks. Les Misérables' win follows days after the movie was nominated for Best Picture at the 2013 Academy Awards. [Photo Credit: The Weinstein Company] Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches More: 2013 Golden Globe Awards: See the Full List of Winners Here! Globes 2013: Tina Fey & Amy Poehler Deliver The Best Monologue Ever? Golden Globes 2013 Red Carpet: Who Has Award-Winning Style? From Our Partners: Megan Fox’s 12 Hottest Moments (Moviefone) Ryan Gosling’s ‘Airbrushed’ Abs: Plus 19 More Reasons We Love the Actor (Moviefone)
  • Gangster Squad Review
    By: Matt Patches Jan 11, 2013
    Gangster Squad the new movie from genre-blending filmmaker Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) has a tone problem. The scatterbrained approach to the vigilante tale is summed up in one particular sequence: the "Squad " cops given permission to take down the goons of Los Angeles gangster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) by any means possible bust a dope smuggling operation at an airport in Burbank. Instead of tailing the criminals making off with the drugs they engage them in a car chase full of gunfire explosions and hyper-stylized CG-assisted camera work. When they finally do capture Cohen's men the squad leader Sgt. John O'Mara (Josh Brolin) interrogates them then shoots the cowering thugs in the back of the legs before rolling them down a hill. Within seconds the movie jumps from outlandish comic book roller coaster ride to gritty crime fiction exploring the moral complexity of defeating crime lords. The two mix onscreen like water and oil. Fleischer packs it all into Gangster Squad and rarely does any of the material shine. Brolin works as the hard-nosed policeman dedicated to justice physically perfect with beady eyes and a square chin. But that's all his character has to offer with his squadron offering even less. Ryan Gosling appears as the whippersnapper cop on the verge of corruption expressing his doubts with the whiniest '40s accent ever to grace the screen. Anthony Mackie Michael Pena Giovanni Ribisi and Robert Patrick fill out the group — after sleek Ocean's 11-style introductions — bringing identifiable traits that open the door for one or two oh-right-that's-why-you're-here moments throughout the film. They feel barely existent in Gangster Squad's zippy script convinced to work outside the law all too easily and following O'Mara into suicidal missions that likely have sounder alternatives. For O'Mara whatever takedown creates the biggest mess — be it the aforementioned chase or setting a Cohen-owned club aflame — is top priority. The saving grace is Penn playing Cohen like a long lost castmember of Warren Beaty's Dick Tracy. Every moment he's on screen Penn is scarfing down scenery and spitting it in our faces going over the top and sticking to it. He loves money he loves women he loves fudge sundaes. Penn makes a choice one the movie desperately needs. Surprisingly Emma Stone can't keep up as his arm candy Grace Faraday who falls head over heels for Gosling because it's an old fashioned noir throwback and well you certainly can't have one without hammy dialogue and paper thin romance. The nods to Hollywood's golden era upgraded with flashy costumes and special effects would work if Gangster Squad didn't insist on bringing reality into the picture. Too often the movie resorts to moments of shocking violence much of it intensified by the slow motion shots of a tommy gun. The violence is raw while the film surrounding it is cartoonish. The choice raises questions Gangster Squad never answers: is O'Mara in the right when he takes the law into his own hands? Ribisi's techie character — a WWII vet like O'Mara and someone deeply changed by his war experiences — asks these questions challenging his boss' choices. Briefly. O'Mara and the film brush off the debate any time it comes up making room for more slick scenes of action. Muddled in some of the most heinous digital photography in recent memory (no exaggeration: half the movie is motion blur) Gangster Squad is an experiment in modernization gone wrong. As Brolin and Penn trudge their way with entertaining choices Fleischer's film goes rogue around them. In this case entertaining outside the law doesn't work. ="font-style:>
  • Oscar Nom Benh Zeitlin Praises 'Master Spielberg,' Compares 'Beasts' to 'Last Crusade'
    By: Matt Patches Jan 11, 2013
    Benh Zeitlin is living the dream. At 30 years old, his directorial debut Beasts of the Southern Wild took the 2012 Sundance Film Festival by storm, was immediately picked up by Fox Searchlight, arrived in theaters over the summer, was met with high praise from critics, and is now a contender for Best Picture at the 2013 Academy Awards. Zeitlin is also in the running for an award: Best Director, where he's seated side-by-side with a legend, Steven Spielberg. "I feel like it's some sort of samurai movie where the trainee gets to sit with the masters," says Zeitlin. "It's really humbling." The director is modest when it comes to being in the ring with the likes of Spielberg (nominated for his work in Lincoln), explaining that the king of blockbusters played an influential part in helping Zeitlin meld real world issues, emotional character beats, and the heightened world of "The Bathtub" in his Louisiana bayou-set fable. Zeitlin describes the language of Beasts as "poetic" and "artistic" but says that he took a cue from Spileberg by considering "the engine driving the thing as much more formal, much more classical storytelling." He praises Speilberg's grasp on form and objectivity, and studied films like E.T., Jaws, Jurassic Park, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in preparation for his own feature directing experience. Wait, The Last Crusade? "I'm a huge Holy Grail person," says Zeitlin. "Those are the films I watched my entire childhood. I couldn't be more proud to share that space with him." Specific moments of Last Crusade even informed Zeitlin's decisions on Beasts. "I can't remember exactly what's going on in it, but there are certain scenes where he will put the camera on one thing and will explain an entire concept. I think it's something with a ceiling fan." He explains that a time-crunched moment on his movie was saved after recalling Spielberg's particular style for shooting Indiana Jones. "There is a shot in Beasts where we were running out of time and it had a whole complicated series of shots and blocking, and we thought, 'How would Spielberg shoot this?'" says Zeitlin. "Explain what was going on with one shot. I always think of that shot in the movie. We solved the huge scheduling problem by thinking about Master Spielberg and what he would do." Zeitlin, like Spielberg, also has an eye for casting talented kid actors. While there's often debate on how much of a child performance can be truly called "acting" (rather than hidden coaching from a director), Zeitlin has no doubts 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis, also nominated for an Oscar, is the real deal. He explains that even when he watches Beasts, he sees a subtly rarely found in adult performances. Wallis's quiet moments speak volumes to her talent. "Sometimes you see kid performances where they're only 'acting' when they're talking … Her quietness in the film is so dynamic. You sense so much feeling and nuance. You can tell that when when I watch the film that it's not constructed in the editing." Along with Spielberg, Zeitlin cites a diverse collection of filmmakers as his inspiration, from John Cassavettes to Czech filmmaker Jan Švankmajer. He sees his smorgasbord of interests coming together with one underlying theme: ambition. "I'm always thinking in terms of things that are physically impossible to do. Having to realize them in the actual world is always a problem [laughs]." Many Oscar-nominated directors take their newfound clout and run to Hollywood, looking to break in to big budget filmmaking. Zeitlin could do that if he wants — he certainly has an eye and drive for grandeur — but don't expect him to take on the next big superhero franchise. At least, not yet. "I've always been committed to generating my own material," he says. "I want to continue working in Louisiana with the same crew, my friends. None of that changes, but it's a real thrill to know that we're not going to have to beg and plead to make a movie on the next one. Just having that leverage and power to really use creative freedom and be ambitious with what we're trying to attempt, it's really exciting." For Zeitlin, the real treat of sharing the spotlight with a great like Spielberg is the exposure it will bring to an indie in search of a broad audience. "It started in a world of film aficionados and critics who go to festivals and spreading to art house audiences," says Zeitlin. "This moment feels like… every person who loves movies in the world looks to the Academy Awards for guidance on what to see. People who would never have gotten a chance to see this film are going to have that opportunity. It's such an incredible feeling." Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit: Fox Searchlight] More: 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' Star Quevenzhane Wallis: Breakout Actor 2012 Is Quvenzhane Wallis Oscar's Youngest Nominee, and 9 Other Questions About 2013's Race Sundance 2012: 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' Is a Sensory Explosion of Americana and Mysticism From Our Partners: Megan Fox’s 12 Hottest Moments (Moviefone) Ryan Gosling’s ‘Airbrushed’ Abs: Plus 19 More Reasons We Love the Actor (Moviefone)
  • Kathryn Bigelow: Oscars' 'Best Directors' Didn't Need to Be a Boy's Club
    By: Matt Patches Jan 11, 2013
    In the 85-year history of the Academy Awards, four woman have been nominated for the Best Director Oscar: Lina Wertmuller (1976's Seven Beauties), Jane Campion (1993's The Piano), Sofia Coppola (2003's Lost in Translation), and Kathryn Bigelow (2009's The Hurt Locker). Adding to the shocking statistic: Bigelow is the only one of the bunch who took home the prize. Bigelow returned in 2012 to solidify herself as one of the most important cinematic voices working in Hollywood today — not just as a female director, but as a great director — with her procedural thriller Zero Dark Thirty. Since trickling into theaters in December (prepping it for its wide release this week), the tension-filled drama has caught the eye of audiences and critics alike. The buzz was as loud as can be, with the film, star Jessica Chastain, and Bigelow all commanding the awards season. When Bigelow picked up a nomination from the Director's Guild of America, Oscar prognosticators agreed that she was a shoe-in for the Academy Award race — and potentially, the one to beat. The director would continue to add to the short list of women who beat the Oscar odds and came out on top of the male dominated category. But on Thursday morning, those hopes were dashed when the Academy's nominees swapped the DGA-nominated Bigelow, Ben Affleck (Argo), and Tom Hooper (Les Miserables) out for David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook), Michael Haneke (Amour), and Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild). Each year, the DGA and Academy tend to differ in one, maybe two choices. One would have to look back nearly 20 years to find a similar discrepancy. How did that happen? There is a major difference between the voting bodies: the DGA sports nearly 14,500 members (including television directors and other production positions that qualify for the Guild), while the Best Director voting body for the Academy is comprised of 369 individuals. The numbers suggests that Bigelow, Hooper, and Affleck's DGA ranking was inflated by voters ineligible for the Oscars. Bigelow coming up short after so many wins could stem from a number of factors, the biggest being the controversy that continues to plague the film. Zero Dark Thirty, which bluntly depicts the morally ambiguous actions of the United States in an effort to find and kill Osama bin Laden, has taken heat in the last month over allegations of utilizing confidential information and condoning the use of torture. Whether any of it is true is no longer relevant — within a short window, the film has become fully politicized. Voters who don't see eye to eye with Bigelow's point of view (or rather, the point of view they've determined she has), may have kept her out of the race. The answer could also be found in 2010, when director David O. Russell found himself with a Best Director nomination for the uplifting family sports drama The Fighter. He didn't win, losing out to Hooper for The King's Speech, but the film was seen as a new leg of the filmmaker's career, an evolution from pitch black comedies to Oscar-friendly fare. He followed it with this year's Silver Linings Playbook, a movie that, thanks to the involvement of Academy hustler Harvey Weinstein, has emerged as a major player in the awards race after a quiet release and low initial box office gross. Both The Fighter and Playbook boast a lot of heart and attractive talent. Voting Russell into the Best Director ends up being a safe choice (a trend in Hollywood history). Bigelow may be too risky of a choice. Voters may also be inclined to spread the wealth: just like boxed out DGA-nominee Hooper, Bigelow already has an Oscar to her name. Why give her another when the Academy can bestow its highest honor to a new name? It only helps the brand when a director wins an Oscar — studios add "Academy Award Winning" to their ads, only strengthening the "prestige factor" of the award (let's face it, the Oscars are an event/product in need of marketing like everything else). The been-there-done-that effect appears to be in play, fresh winners prioritized by voters over the pure quality of the film. The omission of Kathryn Bigelow continues the Academy's — and Hollywood's — plight to make the director's role associated with men. Worse, they've also snubbed one of the most thrilling pieces of cinema released by a major studio this year. Bigelow isn't repeating herself with Zero Dark Thirty, a tense procedural lacking the emphasis of action that hooked awards voters for her 2008 Best Picture winner Hurt Locker. She displays a control of camera, lighting, sound, and her actors, finding a multi-faceted partner in Jessica Chastain — necessary, to keep up with everything Bigelow throws at the audience. Demanding the Academy simply include more woman in an Oscar category is a thin protest. But with Bigelow, it's the weight of the issue plus a triumphant piece of moviemaking. Who will take home the Oscar for Best Director next February? A great director, no question. But without Bigelow, the entire race feels a little less relevant than it could — and should — have. Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit: Sony Pictures] More:   Oscar Nominations 2013: Biggest Snubs and Surprises — GALLERY   'Zero Dark Thirty' Star Jessica Chastain, So Dedicated She 'Will Forget to Eat'   Golden Globes 2013: Why You Can't Compare 'Zero Dark Thirty' to 'Homeland From Our Partners:   Megan Fox’s 12 Hottest Moments (Moviefone)         Ryan Gosling’s ‘Airbrushed’ Abs: Plus 19 More Reasons We Love the Actor (Moviefone)
  • 'Avengers' FX Team Proves Its Oscar Worth (while Dabbling in Stop-Motion!) — VIDEO
    By: Matt Patches Jan 11, 2013
    The lo-fi creation of the stop-motion Hulk that opens Industrial Light & Magic's sizzle reel for Marvel's The Avengers isn't all that different from what the visual effects company did to bring the actual movie to life. Hundreds of animators spent countless hours constructing pieces of every scene, every object, every character, integrating them all into a single camera shot, and went frame by frame to ensure that nothing was out of place. ILM doesn't paint in broad strokes — as with stop-motion, they whittle each effect down to its core components and build it back up again. At Thursday morning's 2013 Oscar nominations, ILM earned their 42nd nomination for The Avengers (and if they take home gold, it will be their 16th win). To prove that the team earned the accolade — and it remind us how freakin' cool Marvel's ultimate superhero movie was this past summer — the effects company released the below reel that pulls back the curtain on their meticulous process. From the sculpting of the Hulk out of the performance of Mark Ruffalo, to the construction of the Helicarrier, to the smashing of aliens into the pavement of New York City, the video is as impressive and nearly as thrilling as the completed shots. Check out the video — is Industrial Light & Magic the one to beat at this year's Oscars? [Photo Credit: ILM] Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches More: 'The Avengers' Money Shot: See How the Effects Team Pulled It Off — VIDEO Which Superheroes Should Be Added to the 'Avengers' Sequel? 'The Avengers' Behind-the-Scenes Pics: See Joss Whedon as Super-Director From Our Partners: Megan Fox’s 12 Hottest Moments (Moviefone) Ryan Gosling’s ‘Airbrushed’ Abs: Plus 19 More Reasons We Love the Actor (Moviefone)
  • Zero Dark Thirty Review
    By: Matt Patches Jan 10, 2013
    Chronicling nearly a decade's worth of investigations and an endless amount of headaches on the part of CIA operatives Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty burns slowly through America's turbulent search for Osama bin Laden. Where Hurt Locker brewed tension from red-or-blue-wire bomb scenarios and military action the Oscar winner's follow-up finds it in a maelstrom of intel the temperamental conditions of the Middle East and the bureaucracy of back home. Jessica Chastain's Maya goes from bright newcomer to the obsessed soldier of justice giving Javert a run for his money in pursuit of a criminal in one's crosshairs. When Seal Team Six finally receives their infamous assignment Bigelow and writer Mark Boal continue to ask questions — imperative in a film that speaks to one of U.S.'s murkiest zeitgeists. Maya is first introduced dressed up in a clean well-fitting suit preparing to witness her very first interrogation. The scene escalates quickly with her coworker Dan (Jason Clarke) employing the waterboarding technique against the close-lipped detainee Ammar (Reda Kateb A Prophet). Zero Dark Thirty has come under fire for its portrayal of torture but nothing in Bigelow's film comes close to condoning the process. Instead the film focuses in on the ramifications. Months of pressure eventually breaks Ammar — and his interrogator. A distraught Dan heads back to Washington leaving Maya even more committed to chasing leads and finding bin Laden on her own. The careful orchestration of details — names locations dates and any other shred of evidence that could lead Maya and her team to bin Laden — turns Zero Dark Thirty into a thriller by way of a New Yorker essay. Boal finds emotion in cut and dry information; Chastain's determination ferocity and at times exhaustion speak volumes — even when the dialogue is laying down facts. Bigelow surrounds her with an inspired cast: Kyle Chandler as the dapper politico chief Jennifer Ehle as a intelligence officer who draws out Maya's last few drops of friendship and Mark Strong as a ball-buster who loses his stance above the team as Maya pours herself entirely into the operation and asserts dominance. Bigelow has an eye for action and the Seal Team Six infiltration that caps the film is expertly crafted thanks to tactical movements lit dimly and paced with Alexandre Desplat's rumbling score. But Bigelow also respects the personalities of soldiers. They speak like people act like people and in moments of bloodshed (decisions made in morally grey zones) they respond and react like people. Zero Dark Thirty is awe-inspiring for its ability to chronicle a long-gestating investigation but it's one of 2012's best because it digs deeper and examines both sides of the coin. No decision is made without consequences even the ones that feel so right in the moment. The death of Osama bin Laden was a momentous occasion in the United States. As Chastain reveals with unflinching elegance pulling it off cost more than anyone could ever know.
  • Gomez, Hudgens, and Benson Sell 'Spring Breakers' with Skin — POSTERS
    By: Matt Patches Jan 10, 2013
    Earlier this week, Spring Breakers star Ashley Benson appeared on Rachael Ray's talk show Rachael to promote the Winter season of her ABC Family show Pretty Little Liars. Ray's audience was giddy to hear the young actress tease details from the scandalous-but-not-really-that-scandalous teen soap, and Benson was happy to oblige. To cap the interview, Ray told Benson how excited she was for her new "spring break movie" that also stars James Franco, Selena Gomez, and Vanessa Hudgens. When asked if it was going to be a fun time at the movies, Benson was… left a bit speechless. The audience was visibly excited by the prospect of the ensemble and setup. Benson smiled and changed the subject. For Benson, Hudgens, and Gomez, Spring Breakers is certainly a departure into more adult material, but not in the way you'd expect from a set of teen stars (which may explain why Benson was hesitant to say too much in the squeaky clean interview). The movie isn't your typical raunchy spring break comedy — director Harmony Korine has twisted the subgenere into what will easily be one of the most subversive, startling, and bizarre pictures of the year. We caught the movie at the Toronto Film Festival last Fall and it blew us away. Yes, the movie follows four girls ready to throw on their bikinis for a wet and wild time in Miami, but Korine steers the dream vacation straight to hell, with cornrowed, gun-wielding gangster Franco playing the film's proverbial Satan. Who sings Britney Spears covers. A little different than an MTV beach party, no? To start mesmerizing you with its demented events to come, the people behind Spring Breakers have released two new posters featuring Benson and the rest of the cast. It may not be the movie Rachael Ray was hoping for (and really, why is she so excited by Benson starring in a run-of-the-mill spring break comedy?), but you will not want to miss Spring Breakers when it struts into theaters this March. Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit: A24 (2)] More: TIFF 2012: 'Spring Breakers' Marks the End of Selena Gomez's Innocent Era Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Bikinis and Scooters on 'Spring Breakers' Set — PIC Spring Breakers': The Movie About Selena Gomez & Vanessa Hudgens in Bikinis — PICS From Our Partners: Megan Fox’s 12 Hottest Moments (Moviefone) Ryan Gosling’s ‘Airbrushed’ Abs: Plus 19 More Reasons We Love the Actor (Moviefone)
  • Oscar Nominees 101: Everything You Need to Know About the Stars and Their Movies
    By: Matt Patches Jan 10, 2013
    We've picked our favorite movies of the year and made award season predictions, but now the Academy has finally revealed their picks for the top movies, actors, actresses, and filmmakers of 2012. The Oscar nominations are in and to help you dig deep into the main contenders, we've compiled a year's worth of stories that pull back the curtain on those deemed "the Best." Check out the stories below to find looks into Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty, Silver Linings Playbook, Les Misérables, and more of the top films of 2012. Don't worry: the Oscars aren't until Feb. 24 — you have just over a month to get through all of them! 'Les Misérables' Star Hugh Jackman Admits Singing in the Alps Is Harder Than 'Wolverine' Stunts: The Best Actor nominee dishes on his unfathomably challenging time singing on set. 'Zero Dark Thirty' Star Jessica Chastain, So Dedicated She 'Will Forget to Eat': Chastain proves she's one of Hollywood's best by revealing her meticulous process, which helped her earn a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Zero Dark Thirty. RELATED: 2013 Oscar Nominations: See the Full List of Nominees Here! 'Silver Linings Playbook': Bradley Cooper Praises Jennifer Lawrence's Dance Dedication: Two Oscar-nomianted actors cha cha into the dance ring — how did both of them survive? Beasts of the Southern Wild' Star Quevenzhane Wallis: Breakout Actor 2012: Our one-on-one with the youngest nominee in Academy Awards history (she's only nine years old!).   'Les Misérables': Anne Hathaway Reveals She Was the Cosette to Her Mother's Fantine: Hathaway has been garnering praise all year for her work in Les Mis. The Oscars loved her — what about her Mom? The star opens up about her family's close connection to the famed Broadway musical. 'Django Unchained' Unraveled: See Christoph Waltz in Action: The cast and crew of Django explains why every actor in town wants to work with Waltz, and why Waltz will always be there for Quentin Tarantino. Wes Anderson on the Young Adult Fiction Books that Inspired 'Moonrise Kingdom': Anderson's story of young love was born from his own love for fiction as a kid. Here, he tells about what inspired the Original Screenplay nominee. 'Django Unchained' Star Jamie Foxx Calls Tarantino a 'Hip-Hop Artist': Back at Comic-Con, Foxx compared the Pulp Fiction's penchant for spontaneity and surprises to that of a hip hop artist. The Oscars echoed the praise with a Best Screenplay nod. A Gettysburg Affair on The 'Lincoln' Red Carpet with Steven Spielberg, Tommy Lee Jones: hits the red carpet to chat it up with the Oscar-nominated costar and legendary director on their Best Picture frontrunner. Ben Affleck on How He Knew 'Argo' Could Be Funny and Dramatic: The Oscar-nominated director lauds his costars unsung abilities and how they saved the movie. 'Life of Pi': How Ang Lee Helped Irrfan Khan Nail an Impossible Role: Khan explains what makes the Brokeback Mountain director such a visionary of modern times — even in scenes that don't require grand vistas and intricate special effects. Philip Seymour Hoffman to 'Master' Director: 'You and Your Stupid Camera': Paul Thomas Anderson recounts a hilarious story of one of his Oscar-nominated Supporting Actor's darker on set moments. RELATED: Seth MacFarlane's Oscars Preview: How Will He Do on Show Night? — POLL How Steven Spielberg's Daddy Issues Influenced Every Film from 'E.T.' to 'Lincoln': Earlier this year, Spielberg admitted that even his historical epic Lincoln took cues from his own childhood obsessions. 'Les Mis' Director on Hugh Jackman: 'When He Sang, I Didn't Yearn for Him to Stop': Tom Hooper wasn't a big fan of Hugh Jackman... until he heard the Wolverine actor belt a few high notes. Oscar-Nominated Roger Deakins on Shooting 'Skyfall' Like a Western, Not an Action Movie: The legendary cinematographer talks shooting nominated James Bond movie like an old school Western. 'Beasts of the Southern Wild': Training Pigs to Pull Off Special Effects: As impressive as the Sundance hit's performances were the astounding, low-budget special effects whipped up by the Beasts production team. Find out how they did it here. Scores of 'Lincoln': Finding Abe's Honest Voice — VIDEO: Will Daniel Day-Lewis take home his next Oscar for portraying our 16th President? Here's why his performance may outshine the many Lincolns before him. Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches [Photo Credit: The Weinstein Company] RELATED: The Year's Shocking Oscar Snubs From Our Partners:Happy 25th, Rihanna: 25 Naked Pics to Celebrate (Vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz) Oscars 2013 Special Coverage 15 Most Iconic Red Carpet Dresses • We Predict the Winners: Do You Agree?• 15 Oscar-Winning Nude Scenes• The Worst Best Picture Winner Ever• Oscar's Problem With Pretty Boys• Why Stars Should Fear Seth MacFarlane• 10 TV Stars You Never Knew Won Oscars• The Winner, According to You