There was much to discuss in the world of movies this year. It was an avalanche of headline grabbing fodder that had those of us who write about movies quite busy.
But, what were the most impactful, shocking and stand-out moments that we'll be talking about for years to come?
Click through and discover our top 15 movie news headlines of 2014.
12 Years a Slave Wins Best Picture
It was hardly a surprise, but it did not make it any less explosive. 12 Years a Slave won Best Picture early in 2014 at the Oscars and when producer Brad Pitt took the stage to accept the Oscar, it was the first time that the superstar held one of those trophies. Then he handed the mic over to director Steve McQueen and the power of his words matched the power of his film.
The Hateful Eight Leaked, Cancelled, Revived
For his follow-up to Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino planned to go back to the Old West for The Hateful Eight. Then, the script got leaked. Tarantino got angry, pulled the project and was set to move on to something else. Then, he held a reading with what he hoped would be his cast. It went viral. People were beyond excited. Tarantino re-green lit the project, cast it with awesome actors and it is currently shooting in Colorado. Tarantino fans rejoice.
Will Packer Midas Touch
Producer Will Packer is quickly becoming a brand that audiences know they will get a quality film from and he doesn’t limit himself to genre. He scored huge in early 2014 with the blockbuster success of the Kevin Hart and Ice Cube action-comedy Ride Along. Then, in February he gave us the rom-com About Last Night and showed that even a film no one thought needed to be redone ended up being a remake that utterly charmed. Over the summer Think Like a Man Too took things to Vegas and a Packer film delighted us once more. Who would think of Idris Elba as a convincing villain? Packer, that’s who, as the haunting thriller No Good Deed opened at number one in September and gave this super producer his fourth number one movie of the year. Look out 2015.
Terminator: Genisys Remolds One of Our Favorite Franchises
For eleven months in 2014, fans of the Terminator franchise wondered what director Alan Taylor would be giving us with his film that was bringing back Arnold Schwarzenegger to the role that made him a star. Would it be a reboot? Was it a sequel? Turns out when the trailer arrived earlier this month, it is kind of neither. Guess you can do that when the focus of your story is time travel. And yes, fans reacted accordingly.
Jurassic World Brings Us Back to Jurassic Park
Another series that went dark years ago, Jurassic Park, was brought alive anew and the results on this one have been incredible. That first Jurassic World trailer immediately shot this film near the top of the list of 2015’s most anticipated films.
The Fault in Our Stars Is 2014’s Most Profitable Movie
I know what you’re saying, wait, what? The Fault in Our Stars, percentage wise, was 2014’s most profitable movie and let’s hope that this formula is something studio executives think about in the future and give us more movies like the Shailene Woodley-starring charmer. The film had a budget of $12 million and has made $125 million to date -- that’s a huge profit margin!
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