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Jon Favreau’s VFX Master: Why ‘The Jungle Book’ Will Win the Only Oscar It Can Get

6 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last year, the Academy rewarded George Miller’s Best-Picture contender “Mad Max: Fury Road” with 10 Oscar nominations and six wins. Jon Favreau’s “The Jungle Book” belongs in the same cinematic groundbreaker category, but partly because Disney marketing wasn’t able to pull the movie out of its family movie ghetto, only the Visual Effects branch of the Academy nominated this wondrous achievement that wowed global moviegoers to the tune of $964 million worldwide.

Favreau and screenwriter Justin Marks took Rudyard Kipling’s classic tales of Mowgli and his brothers and, with help from James Cameron and Martin Scorsese’s go-to VFX master Rob Legato (“Titanic,” “Aviator,” “Hugo”), created a seamlessly natural digital world with many vibrant animal characters — and one live boy (Neel Sethi).

Read More: Why Photographic Realism Makes Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ the VFX Oscar Favorite

Finally, “The Jungle Book” will win an Oscar for its only nomination, »

- Anne Thompson

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19 Most Memorable, Outrageous Oscar Moments in History (Videos)

11 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

A look back at Oscar highlights, from Marlon Brando refusing his award to John Travolta botching Idina Menzel’s name. Jerry Lewis Improvises Oscars Finale for 20 Minutes (1959) Lewis hosted the show in 1959, but for some reason, the show ended 20 minutes early, so he improvised a monologue for the rest of the show, which was joked about for many years after that.   Marlon Brando Refuses Best Actor Oscar (1973) When Brando won the award for Best Actor for his role in “The Godfather,” he sent up Sacheen Littlefeather to wave away the statue and say that Brando couldn’t accept the award. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Richard Schickel, Influential Time Magazine Film Critic, Dies at 84

19 February 2017 5:58 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Richard Schickel, the longtime film critic for Time magazine who also wrote 37 books, mostly on film, and directed a number of documentaries on film subjects, died on Saturday in Los Angeles of complications from a series of strokes, his family told the Los Angeles Times. He was 84.

“He was one of the fathers of American film criticism,” his daughter, writer Erika Schickel, told the Times. “He had a singular voice. When he wrote or spoke, he had an old-fashioned way of turning a phrase. He was blunt and succinct both on the page and in life.”

He wrote and/or directed more than 30 documentaries, mostly for television.

Schickel shared a 1977 Emmy nomination for the documentary “Life Goes to the Movies” and received two nominations in 1987 for the documentary “Minnelli on Minnelli: Liza Remembers Vincente,” which he directed.

Schickel wrote film reviews for Life magazine from 1965 until the magazine folded in »

- Carmel Dagan

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‘Legion’: Noah Hawley’s ‘Romance of the Mind’ Might Be Hiding a Heart of Darkness

15 February 2017 8:07 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Legion” Season 1, “Chapter 2.”]

Apocalypse Now

Maybe the wild premiere left me Fubar, but the opening of “Legion’s” second episode gave off major “Apocalypse Now” vibes. David’s ominous, deadened voiceover recalled Martin Sheen’s war-torn work in Francis Ford Coppola’s classic. The song — “Road to Nowhere” by the Talking Heads — served as a modern stand-in for The Doors’ “The End,” which would be far too on-the-nose (and overused) to be repurposed yet again, but the notes guided a slow, seemingly peaceful riverboat ride; an iconic wartime image, countlessly repurposed in many an action film, but never so effectively alluding to the horrors hidden on each riverbed as in the Oscar-winning 1979 film.

Read More: ‘Legion’ Premiere: The 9 Moments That Make It a Masterpiece

And there are horrors lurking in “Legion” — literal and figurative. As sunlight shone through the trees above, men in “black masks, boots, and the one they called, ‘The Eye, »

- Ben Travers

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‘Legion’: Noah Hawley’s ‘Romance of the Mind’ Might Be Hiding a Heart of Darkness

15 February 2017 8:07 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Legion” Season 1, “Chapter 2.”]

Apocalypse Now

Maybe the wild premiere left me Fubar, but the opening of “Legion’s” second episode gave off major “Apocalypse Now” vibes. David’s ominous, deadened voiceover recalled Martin Sheen’s war-torn work in Francis Ford Coppola’s classic. The song — “Road to Nowhere” by the Talking Heads — served as a modern stand-in for The Doors’ “The End,” which would be far too on-the-nose (and overused) to be repurposed yet again, but the notes guided a slow, seemingly peaceful riverboat ride; an iconic wartime image, countlessly repurposed in many an action film, but never so effectively alluding to the horrors hidden on each riverbed as in the Oscar-winning 1979 film.

Read More: ‘Legion’ Premiere: The 9 Moments That Make It a Masterpiece

And there are horrors lurking in “Legion” — literal and figurative. As sunlight shone through the trees above, men in “black masks, boots, and the one they called, ‘The Eye, »

- Ben Travers

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Erase and Forget: new documentary reveals life story of the real Rambo

13 February 2017 7:50 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Vietnam veteran ‘Bo’ Gritz went on covert operations in Panama, recovered POWs in Burma and even ran for president. Andrea Luka Zimmerman spent 10 years creating a cinematic portrait of the war hero turned whistleblower

John Rambo, the character famously played by Sylvester Stallone, was said to have been inspired by tales of this decorated Vietnam veteran’s feats behind enemy lines. Cigar-chomping Colonel “Hannibal” Smith was loosely based on his adventures with a real-life A-team. And for Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola wanted to superimpose Marlon Brando’s head on to a photograph showing this legendary soldier surrounded by a bunch of Cambodian mercenaries.

Like his filmic alter egos, James Gordon “Bo” Gritz was frequently confronted with violence and destruction during a lengthy military career. By his own claims, he killed more than 400 people in operations ranging from the Bay of Pigs to Afghanistan.

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- Philip Oltermann

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The Lego Batman Movie: references and Easter Egg guide

10 February 2017 8:17 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

David Crow Feb 13, 2017

The movie, TV show, cartoon and comic references of The Lego Batman Movie...

This article contains major The Lego Batman Movie spoilers.

Holy plastic building blocks, Batman! Almost everything really was awesome about The Lego Batman Movie. After years of dark nights and grim glares at other superheroes, the newest adventure of the Caped Crusader, as voiced by Will Arnett’s perfectly overdone gravel, was a breath of fresh air. Not afraid to let Batman’s sidekicks have fun - even if our cantankerous main guy still prefers to wear only black and sing about “darkness” - The Lego Batman Movie is poised to entertain Bat-fans of all Bat-ages.

Still one of its best gags is its shameless (and relentless) use of references, cutaways, and in-jokes to overstuff its narrative with more meta-humor than the most unwieldy episode of Community. As a consequence, it’s easy to »

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‘Dark Night’ Director Tim Sutton on Violence in America and the State of Indie Film

6 February 2017 9:49 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Tim Sutton is a filmmaker with a distinct visual style, which he brings into the heart of the gun control debate with Dark Night, an entrancing, terrifying exploration of the moments before a horrible event. Following multiple characters living in a Florida town, Sutton paints an American portrait that feels doubly relevant following last year’s election and everything that’s come since. The Film Stage had an earnest conversation with the writer/director about the the business of indie film, how politics affect art and how one casts a film so it feels authentic to the story being told.

The Film Stage: When you jump into a project like this, what’s the research process like?

Tim Sutton: So, research-wise I really tried to limit myself. People have asked if I’ve talked to a lot of people in Aurora or in Denver, and I did not. The work is purely fiction, »

- Dan Mecca

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Most cringeworthy moment and best drunken speech … Peter Bradshaw's awards show awards

6 February 2017 5:17 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Film awards season is gathering pace, so we’re taking a moment to look back and salute Jack Nicholson and Marlon Brando for livening up ceremonies without even being there and Miss Piggy for owning the red carpet

The three-week climax of film awards season starts here, with the Oscar nominees’ lunch on 6 February, the Baftas on 12 February and the Oscars on 26 February. But before all that, here are my awards of awards, the only ones that really count …

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- Peter Bradshaw

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Snagglepuss Leads DC’s Second Wave Of Hanna-Barbera Titles

2 February 2017 9:30 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Last year, DC boldly reimagined various beloved Hanna-Barbera properties when it released such series as Scooby Apocalypse, Future Quest, The Flintstones and Wacky Raceland. Whether or not those offerings were your cup of tea, you may want to check out 2017’s additions to the line when the likes of Snagglepuss by writer Mark Russell with art by Howard Porter, Ruff and Ready by writer/artist Howard Chaykin, The Jetsons by writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner with art by Pier Brito and Top Cat by writer Dan Didio with art by Phil Winslade arrive in comic shops.

Although these series aren’t ready to launch just yet, readers will have the chance to sample eight-page previews to be included in various annuals scheduled to hit stands on March 29. As long as these don’t drive up the cover price (the average annual retails at $4.99 or $5.99), we have no problem with added content. »

- Eric Joseph

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HBO developing scripted behind-the-scenes Godfather movie

2 February 2017 12:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Godfather is universally recognised as one of the greatest films of all time, and now HBO Films are developing a movie focusing on its production.

Revealed by Variety, the film entitled Francis & The Godfather will be a scripted affair that documents the making of the seminal 1973 mafia adaptation of Mario Puzo’s novel.

The movie will chronicle the behind the scenes goings on, detailing everything from the film’s creation, Francis Ford Coppola joining the project as director, Al Pacino being cast, Marlon Brando taking on the role of Vito Corleone, and the dealings the production had with the real life Mafia.

The film will be written by Andrew Farotte, a revision of his 2015 Black List screenplay.

How much interest this HBO movie will garner remains to be seen, but The Godfather is undoubtedly a classic and the behind the scenes events were anything but dull. It could be interesting. »

- Samuel Brace

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A movie based on the making of The Godfather is being scripted

1 February 2017 11:20 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

HBO are reportedly developing a scripted movie based around the making of The Godfather. According to Variety, the film will focus on the young filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola and his ‘nightmarish’ journey in bringing the film to the screen in the 1970s.

Andrew Farotte is the man who has written the screenplay, which is titled Francis and The Godfather, referring to the legendary filmmaker and his masterpiece of a movie. According to the trade, the film ‘tells the behind-the-scenes story of the film’s creation, from Coppola joining the project to the casting of Al Pacino and Marlon Brando to dealings with the real-life New York mafia.’

No timescales involved as yet as Farotte is reworking his original 2015 screenplay, which featured on the Black List, the best scripts of the year.

We’re assuming that the project is being developed for the subscription-based U.S. cable channel.

We’ll keep you updated. »

- Paul Heath

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Link Link Land

1 February 2017 2:40 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The Daily Beast Michael Musto talks to an anonymous Oscar voter about who they're voting for. They're very unhappy with Meryl Streep's 20th and La La Land's 14

/Film Barry Jenkins chooses movies from the Criterion Collection -wonderful. (And people forget how obsessed people were with La Haine when it came out)

Variety ABC picked up a pilot starring Toni Collette. Please let it be good. Miss her so much. Totally the best actress that directors aren't using which I will Never understand

Cinematic Corner Sati falls for The Handmaiden

Film School Rejects on Stranger Things SAG acceptance speech and season two

Mnpp Jason lets Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) take him on a train of thought and it is a joy as is that movie or at least Gable and Franchot Tone in it

Village Voice Bilge Ebiri's 10 favorites from Sundance include Where is Kyra? and Mudbound

World »

- NATHANIEL R

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The King Channels Colonel Kurtz On This Apocalypse Now-Inspired IMAX Poster For Kong: Skull Island

1 February 2017 8:45 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

EW has debuted a cool new IMAX poster for Jordan Vogt-Roberts' Kong: Skull Island, which pays tribute to Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now by switching the deranged Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando) for the equally dangerous (but slightly less bonkers... we hope) King Kong. The poster would seem to be a direct response to the tone of the trailers, which even feature John C. Reilly channeling Dennis Hopper's nameless photojournalist character. It remains to be seen how much Skull Island actually draws from Coppola's epic, but you can probably count on fewer decapitations and real-life animal sacrifices at any rate. A team of explorers and soldiers travel to an uncharted island in the Pacific, unaware that they are crossing into the domain of monsters, including the mythic Kong. Starring Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Jing Tian, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, John Ortiz, Shea Whigham, »

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Francis And The Godfather In Development At HBO Films

1 February 2017 6:04 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The Godfather was the ninth feature film to be directed by Academy Award winner Francis Ford Coppola – but it was arguably the first feature film to cement him in the firmament of Hollywood as a filmmaking icon. The 1972 crime drama – with a running time just shy of three hours – went on to spawn a film trilogy that entered into popular culture, and continues to wield hefty influence today, a full 45 years after it was first released. That alone is reason enough to be very excited that HBO Films is developing Francis And The Godfather, which will seek to tell the story behind the making of that epic movie.

Based on the book by Mario Puzo, The Godfather featured a script by Puzo and Coppola, and chronicled events befalling the Corleone family, as the elderly patriarch hands control of his organised crime empire to his son. With Marlon Brando in the role of Don Vito Corleone, »

- Sarah Myles

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HBO Developing "Francis & The Godfather"; Behind The Scenes Look At The Making Of The Crime Classic

1 February 2017 5:53 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

HBO is producing "Francis & the Godfather", a behind the scenes recounting of the making of the 1972 crime classic. As most retro movie lovers know, although "The Godfather" is now considered to be one of the greatest films ever made, it had a rocky production history. Paramount just wanted a quickie crime flick for fast playoff and balked at director Francis Ford Coppola's insistence on costly production values. The studio also wanted to fire Al Pacino and forbade Coppola from hiring Marlon Brando for the title role on the basis that Brando's decade-long string of failures made him boxoffice poison. Coppola, through shrewd instincts and an occasional bit of good luck, sidestepped these potential minefields and delivered a masterpiece that spawned two sequels and became part of international pop culture. No casting or director has been announced. For more click here.  »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Lawsuit Claims Johnny Depp in Debt Due to Spending $2 Million a Month on ‘Ultra-Extravagant Lifestyle’

31 January 2017 6:49 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Johnny Depp has only himself to blame for his financial woes, according to his former business managers.

Earlier this month, the Pirates of the Caribbean star sued his former business team at The Management Group (Tmg) for $25 million in a fraud lawsuit. On Tuesday, Tmg fired back with a cross-complaint, claiming the actor lived an “ultra-extravagant lifestyle that often knowingly cost Depp in excess of $2 million per month to maintain, which he simply could not afford.”

In his lawsuit, Depp’s lawyers claim, “As a result of years of gross mismanagement and sometimes outright fraud, Mr. Depp lost tens of »

- Michael Miller

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HBO Brewing Movie About The Making Of ‘The Godfather’

31 January 2017 1:58 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While it’s one of the all-time great American films, had Francis Ford Coppola not fought Paramount every step of the way, “The Godfather” would’ve been a very different movie. As the filmmaker recently recounted, the studio disagreed with him on almost every decision, from the setting of the film (they wanted something more contemporary to keep the budget down) to casting Marlon Brando (execs had a string of demands before they’d agree to signing the actor).

Continue reading HBO Brewing Movie About The Making Of ‘The Godfather’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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HBO Developing ‘Godfather’ Behind-the-Scenes Movie From Black List Script (Exclusive)

31 January 2017 1:05 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

HBO Films is developing “Francis & the Godfather,” a scripted movie that chronicles the making of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 feature adaptation of the novel by Mario Puzo. The script hails from screenwriter Andrew Farotte, who is revising his original screenplay that appeared on the 2015 Black List.

Mike Marcus, Doug Mankoff, and Andrew Spaulding will serve as executive producers on the film. Peter Bart, who as an executive at Paramount first optioned Puzo’s novel and worked closely with Robert Evans and Coppola, will serve as a consultant. Echo Lake Entertainment is producing.

Francis & the Godfather” tells the behind-the-scenes story of the film’s creation, from Coppola joining the project to the casting of Al Pacino and Marlon Brando to dealings with the real-life New York mafia.

Released in 1972, “The Godfather” is largely regarded as one of the greatest feature films in American history. In 1973, the film won Academy Awards for best picture, for »

- Daniel Holloway

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Love in the Afternoon

31 January 2017 11:34 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Love in the Afternoon

Blu-ray

Warner Archive Collection

1957 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 130 min. / Street Date February 7, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring Gary Cooper, Audrey Hepburn, Maurice Chevalier, John McGiver, Van Doude, Lise Bourdin, Louis Jourdan, Betty Schneider.

Cinematography: William C. Mellor

Film Editor: Leonid Azar

Art Direction: Alexandre Trauner

Adapted Music: Franz Waxman

Written by: Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond from a novel by Claude Anet

Produced and Directed by Billy Wilder

A favorite of Billy Wilder-philes, Love in the Afternoon is a strong expression of the ‘romantic-Lubitsch’ vein in Wilder’s work. It’s essentially a return to the early ’30s Lubitsch comedies with Maurice Chevalier, but played in a more bittersweet Viennese register. It’s also Wilder’s first collaboration with the comedy screenwriter I.A.L. Diamond. Together they fashion the predominantly verbal comedy machine that will carry them through three or four big hits, and a few losers that have become classics anyway. »

- Glenn Erickson

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