Watch: Noah is one of seven films shortlisted for the Oscar for best makeup & hairstyling — human and animal?

vlcsnap-2013-11-14-10h51m29s106Noah may have been snubbed by the visual-effects branch, but today the Academy announced that Darren Aronofsky’s Bible movie is one of seven films that made the shortlist for the Oscar for Best Makeup & Hairstyling.

The other six films are The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Foxcatcher, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Guardians of the Galaxy, Maleficent and The Theory of Everything. Three of these films will advance to the next round when the Oscar nominations are announced January 15.

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Box-office update: Edge of Tomorrow “wins” or “loses” the week depending on how you look at it, and more

Depending on how you look at it, Edge of Tomorrow either “won” or “lost” at the box office this past weekend.

That’s right, you can actually argue that Edge of Tomorrow “won”. Most reports have focused on the fact that the $28.8 million that the film opened to in North America last weekend fell well behind the $48 million that the low-budget romance The Fault in Our Stars opened to, and it even fell a bit behind the $34.3 million that Maleficent earned in its second week. But Edge of Tomorrow actually won the weekend overseas and thus worldwide.

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Sympathy for the snake-haired monster Medusa

The Greco-Roman revival lives on — and so, perhaps, does the recent interest in feminist revisionist origin stories.

Sony Pictures Animation announced last week that they are now developing a film about Medusa, the creature from Greek mythology who had snakes for hair and could turn anyone into stone if they looked directly at her.

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Box-office update: Angelina Jolie, X-Men set new records, while God’s Not Dead passes Son of God in N America

The big news this week is that Maleficent, Disney’s revisionist take on the Sleeping Beauty story, ruled the North American box office with $69.4 million.

That’s smaller than the openings for other recent Disney live-action fairy tales like Alice in Wonderland ($116.1 million) and Oz the Great and Powerful ($79.1 million), but bigger than the opening for Snow White and the Huntsman ($56.2 million), which was produced by Universal.

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