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This past weekend, those in the Directors Guild of America were invited to their La theater to watch to an extensive, comprehensive talk with the guild’s Best Director Nominees. Featuring this year’s DGA winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu (The Revenant), along with Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), Adam McKay (The Big Short), George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road), and Ridley Scott (The Martian), the full talk now available online and an essential watch for those that want a look behind the filmmaking process.
As one might expect, Miller is the most insightful of the bunch. In one particularly great section, he talks about the influence Alfred Hitchcock had on his feature (which we named the best of the year), paraphrasing, “Suspense is when you expect something to happen and it doesn’t, and surprise is the opposite: when something happens when you don’t expect it. Surprise is only one moment. »
- Leonard Pearce
But guilty or innocent, Gooding says he’ll never reveal his true feelings about the case — or the former Heisman trophy winner, who’s now in prison on an unrelated charge. In this week’s episode, we’ll see the infamous Bronco chase — which reveals Simpson at his most vulnerable, threatening to commit suicide as pal A.C. Cowling drives along the 405.
Here, Gooding tells Variety about the role he calls the hardest he’s ever played.
Why did you decide to take on this role?
Two words: Ryan Murphy. True story: My agent called and said there’s a script here. It’s 167 pages, some guy with a lot of money in Australia wants to tell the story of the innocence of O.J. Simpson. »
- Debra Birnbaum
One of the most iconic and revered filmmakers in cinema history, Alfred Hitchcock’s importance to the medium has led to a lengthy amount of material on the man and both his public and private life, with no end of books, articles, films and documentaries. Today we now have a few more materials to gain a better insight into his directing process.
First up we have a 55-minute documentary from 2003 titled Living Famously, which paints a three-dimensional portrait of the man who’s understanding and grasp of human fear allowed for him to make some of the best suspense thrillers, murder mysteries and horror films of the twentieth century. Before walking through his career, the film introduces how this legendary figure of filmmaking got his start: “The movies provided excitement and escape for an overweight loner with a boring clerical job,” to put it bluntly.
Featuring a range of interviewees, »
- TFS Staff
Prior to the 1950s, British horror consisted mainly of Tod Slaughter melodramas and the occasional vehicle for Boris Karloff or Bela Lugosi. A pair of truly notable films – Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger (1926) and Dead Of Night (1945) – broke the mould, but the genre met with disapproval from the UK censor, who banned Freaks and Island Of Lost Souls (both 1932) for decades.
The change came when Hammer released The Curse Of Frankenstein in 1957, which gave punters a home-grown monster movie with unprecedented levels of gore. The film played to packed houses and as Hammer’s success continued, rival studios sprung up and their output made it very clear that there was much more to British horror than watching Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing putter around a gothic castle.
From anthology films to zombie movies, there’s a certain consistency to horror pictures from the UK, an atmosphere and »
- Ian Watson
The five directors contending for the top award at the Directors Guild of America stressed the uncertainties of their craft at Saturday morning’s annual “Meet the Nominees” panel at the DGA Theater.
“Stanley Kubrick said it’s like trying to write a poem on a roller coaster,” noted “The Revenant” director Alejandro Inarritu in desrcribing the process of finishing a film.
In his case, the Mexican director had to start editing before he had shot the ending, due to the production lacking snow in Canada. That forced him to shoot the final scenes in South America.
“I’m a chronic unsatisfied person,” he added. “The editing of this film was torture.”
“The Big Short” director Adam McKay explained that his film — which features extensive use of actors breaking the fourth wall — reflected his belief that the comedy required that technique to reflect the strangeness of the 2008 global economic collapse. »
- Dave McNary
Neal Huff, who plays Phil Saviano in Tom McCarthy's Spotlight, co-written by Josh Singer, discussed working with Wes Anderson on The Grand Budapest Hotel with Mathieu Amalric's sister's head, over breakfast at Cafe Orlin. We talked about Moonrise Kingdom with a thread of Bob Balaban to Kent Jones' documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut, which screens at this year's Glasgow Film Festival. Plus a family connection to Kimberly Levin's Runoff and an encounter with Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds.
Anne-Katrin Titze: Let's start with Wes Anderson. You said you were in Berlin while filming The Grand Budapest Hotel?
Neal Huff: I was in Görlitz. We filmed The Grand Budapest Hotel there, which is about two and a half hours south of Berlin and two and a half hours north of Prague. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Morgan Freeman has been named the recipient of the 43rd annual Chaplin Award, the honor given out by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the organization that presents the New York Film Festival.
The Chaplin award honors actors and filmmakers who have reached the highest level of prominence and artistic achievement. Freeman takes home the trophy for a career that includes roles in “Lean on Me,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Seven” and “Million Dollar Baby,” the 2004 film that earned him an Academy Award. He’s also executive producer of CBS series “Madam Secretary,” and hosts and exec produces “Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman.”
Freeman has been honored at the Golden Globes with an acting awards and the Cecil B. DeMille Award and also received the Kennedy Center Honor, among other accolades.
The Chaplin gala was launched by Fslc in 1972, when it honored Charlie Chaplin. Since named after its inaugural honoree, »
- Gordon Cox
Read More: Watch: Morgan Freeman Whispers Stressful Somethings in Exclusive 'The C Word' Clip The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced that Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman will receive the 43rd Annual Chaplin Award at a special gala on Monday, April 25. The evening will celebrate the actor with special guests, film and interview clips and the presentation of the award. The Chaplin Award has been given since 1972 and is presented each year to a notable industry talent. Past winners include Alfred Hitchcock, Laurence Olivier, Elizabeth Taylor, Martin Scorsese and Meryl Streep, among many others. "The Board is delighted to honor Morgan Freeman with the Chaplin Award this year," said Fslc Chairman Ann Tenenbaum in an official statement. "He is one of the most gifted actors of our time and his body of work has changed the film landscape. He is universally loved as an actor and as a humanitarian, »
- Kristen Santer
Hitchcock/Truffaut screens in St. Louis Friday through Sunday at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium at 7:30pm
Review by Stephen Tronicek
A great alternative name for Kent Jones’s explosively entertaining Hitchcock/Truffaut would be “Reasons Why Alfred Hitchcock was Awesome.” It may seem unprofessional to go about it like that, but that’s what the film truly is. It’ll play better to those who actually care about why Hitchcock was awesome, but to those that do it’s a slice of encouraging and fulfilling documentary filmmaking.
Hitchcock/Truffaut is a film buff’s movie but the blend of analysis, and interpretation of all of Hitchcock’s work is quite exciting. There’s an optimistic energy that fuels what makes filmmaking such a viable and entertaining craft behind Hitchcock/Truffaut . On top of that the fact that interviewees like Martin Scorsese and Wes Anderson show up to share »
- Movie Geeks
Oh...um... If this door should fall down or, ha ha, anything else, this is the number for our Baltimore field office.
I love Clarice Starling's little 'I mean... what could happen?' nervous chuckle just before she slides under that fateful "Your Self Storage" facility door, don't you?
Remember when we tag-teamed Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca? We're doing the same for Jonathan Demme's thriller classic Silence of the Lambs (1991) for its 25th anniversary next week. Be here Monday through Friday at 12:30 Pm Est next week for each continuing chapter of the retrospective!
For maximum pleasure, if we may use such a word for this macabre event, rewatch 1991's Best Picture with us and join the conversation! »
- NATHANIEL R
This week sees the release of the Point Break remake, which is directed by Ericson Core, cinematographer on the original Fast and the Furious movie, Payback, and Ben Affleck’s Daredevil. Core also handles the camera on the Point Break movie, which we reviewed earlier this week.
The film opens in cinemas from Friday, so to celebrate, we thought we’d take a look at the other top cinematographers turned directors.
So, let’s begin…
Ronald Neame – (Born 1911 – Died 2010)
Ronald Neame is a great place to start; the prolific filmmaker started life in 1929 working as an assistant with Alfred Hitchcock on Blackmail, and eventually worked as the cinematographer for forty-seven films starting with Happy (1933). His later works included One Of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942) and Noel Coward’s In Which We Serve (1942). His final venture was another Coward-adapted play Blithe Spirit (1945), in which he worked with legendary director David Lean »
- The Hollywood News
Here's where angels sit down to weep next to devils -- the often-brilliant Guillermo del Toro's big Gothic romance / gory ghost epic looks mighty fancy but is a mess in too many ways to count. Say it Ain't So, Guillermo! Crimson Peak Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Universal / Legendary 2015 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 119 min. / Street Date February 9, 2016 / 34.98 Starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam, Jim Beaver. Cinematography Dan Laustsen Film Editor Bernat Vilaplana Original Music Fernando Velásquez Written by Guillermo del Toro, Matthew Robbins Produced by Guillermo del Toro, Callum Greene, Jon Jashni, Thomas Tull Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Quite the wonder child of fantasy and horror, Guillermo del Toro has made near masterpieces in the Spanish language but not fared as well breaking through the Hollywood blockbuster barrier. His top-grossing American film might be Blade II. His equally talented compatriot Alfonso Cuarón has »
- Glenn Erickson
Alfred Hitchcock's true-life saga of a man wrongly accused may be Hitchcock's most troublesome movie -- all the parts work, but does it even begin to come together? Henry Fonda is the 'ordinary victim of fate' and an excellent Vera Miles is haunting as the wife who responds to the guilt and stress by withdrawing from reality. The Wrong Man Blu-ray Warner Archive Collection 1956 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 105 min. / Street Date January 26, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Henry Fonda, Vera Miles, Anthony Quayle, Harold J. Stone, John Heldabrand, Doreen Lang, Norma Connolly, Lola D'Annunzio, Robert Essen, Dayton Lummis, Charles Cooper, Esther Minciotti, Laurinda Barrett, Nehemiah Persoff. Cinematography Robert Burks Art Direction Paul Sylbert Film Editor George Tomasini Original Music Bernard Herrmann Written by Maxwell Anderson and Angus MacPhail Produced and Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
- Glenn Erickson
The IMDb Top 250 has – and never will be – a particularly useful benchmark for judging the greatest movies of all-time, but it’s still a great way to ascertain which movies are popular.
The list is packed with films by iconic directors, of course, both classic and modern: several of Charlie Chaplin’s films rub shoulders with a bunch of Quentin Tarantino’s flicks, for example, though it must be said that modern filmmakers are beginning to overwhelm.
Because only votes from regular users are counted when it comes to the IMDb’s movie rating system (and nobody knows what, exactly, constitutes a “regular user”), trying to assign any system of logic to the process is somewhat futile. That said, there are good number of directors with films on the list that you’d expect to see: works by Alfred Hitchcock, Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen… they’re all there. »
- Sam Hill
William Cameron Menzies. William Cameron Menzies movies on TCM: Murderous Joan Fontaine, deadly Nazi Communists Best known as an art director/production designer, William Cameron Menzies was a jack-of-all-trades. It seems like the only things Menzies didn't do was act and tap dance in front of the camera. He designed and/or wrote, directed, produced, etc., dozens of films – titles ranged from The Thief of Bagdad to Invaders from Mars – from the late 1910s all the way to the mid-1950s. Among Menzies' most notable efforts as an art director/production designer are: Ernst Lubitsch's first Hollywood movie, the Mary Pickford star vehicle Rosita (1923). Herbert Brenon's British-set father-son drama Sorrell and Son (1927). David O. Selznick's mammoth production of Gone with the Wind, which earned Menzies an Honorary Oscar. The Sam Wood movies Our Town (1940), Kings Row (1942), and For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943). H.C. Potter's Mr. Lucky »
- Andre Soares
Being one of the top character actors of American film and television must be the ultimate double-edged career sword.
On the one hand, if you’re good — and the late Ed Lauter was one of American cinema’s great character actors — you work all the time. On the other hand, as Lauter told Shock Cinema magazine back in 2010, “Sometimes people don’t know my name. They’ll say, ‘Oh, yeah! There’s that guy! You were in … Jesus Christ … you were in … in …’ So, in a way it’s good — and in a way it’s bad.”
Lauter was not alone in his plight. He and his fellow character actors who consistently deliver the goods have been a mainstay of American cinema since the days of the Hollywood’s “stock players,” a moniker that devalues the work of great performers from Hattie McDaniel to Peter Lorre, from Sidney Greenstreet to »
- Steven Gaydos
Are you a Stoke fan? Were you worried about playing Captain Mainwaring in Dad’s Army? Do you know how to operate a metal detector? Toby Jones answered all of these questions and more. See below
Thanks for your questions. I've enjoyed it. Sorry I didn't have a chance to answer all of them. Cheers!
Stoke City – brilliant or overrated?
Brilliant. And getting better.
Really looking forward to seeing Dad’s Army, what were your first thoughts when you read the script? Were you apprehensive about filling the shoes of Arthur Lowe?
I was extremely apprehensive about playing Captain Mainwaring. I was extremely sceptical about the project as a whole. When I saw the script, I was really impressed with how the 25-minute format of the TV series had been adapted and extended, into 100 minutes. The script has a scale »
- Guardian Staff
One of the trailers for Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice is the latest to ignite grumbles about just how much is given away in promos for movies.
This list looks at 25 films where the trailer has given away more than it really should in its promos - and it goes without saying that spoilers lie ahead for each of the movies. Don't read or click on individual entries of films you've not seen if you don't want to be spoiler sullied!
25. Jurassic World
Director Colin Trevorrow was amongst those who expressed disappointment at this one particular promo for Jurassic World. In it, we see Chris Pratt riding on his motorbike, alongside velcoraptors that surprisingly don't appear to be eating him. Presented out of context, the scene just looked a little daft. But »
Sara Hemrajani on Hollywood’s love affair with its Golden Age…
Since there’s no business like show business, it’s unsurprising that one of Hollywood’s favourite topics is itself. The recent wave of award nominations for Trumbo, including a best actor Oscar nod for Bryan Cranston, is fresh evidence of the industry’s fascination with the so-called Golden Age.
In Trumbo, Cranston plays real-life writer Dalton Trumbo who was jailed and blacklisted for his ties to the American Communist Party. Despite the ban, Trumbo and his peers managed to flout the system using pseudonyms and support from eager filmmakers. He went on to write screenplays for classics such as Roman Holiday and Spartacus.
Following swiftly in its steps is Hail, Caesar!, the Coen brothers’ throwback to the glossy studio pictures of the 1940s. The trailer reveals characters reminiscent of Gene Kelly and Esther Williams, as well as producer »
- Sara Hemrajani
What's it all about, Alfie? The master of suspense goes in an unusual direction with this murder mystery with a Catholic background. And foreground. Actually, it's a regular guidebook for proper priest deportment, and it's so complex that we wonder if Hitchcock himself had a full grip on it. Montgomery Clift is extremely good atop a top-rank cast that includes Anne Baxter and Karl Malden. Rated less exciting by audiences, this is really one of Hitch's best. I Confess Blu-ray Warner Archive Collection 1953 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 94 min. / Street Date February 16, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 17.95 Starring Montgomery Clift, Anne Baxter, Karl Malden, Brian Aherne, Roger Dann, Dolly Haas, Charles Andre, O.E. Hasse. Cinematography Robert Burks Art Direction Edward S. Haworth Film Editor Rudi Fehr Original Music Dimitri Tiomkin Written by George Tabori, William Archibald from a play by Paul Anthelme Produced and Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson »
- Glenn Erickson
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