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“I had seen that the Sony F65 was capable of recording beautiful images in 4K and 16 bit-colour depth in 1:2, which is my favorite composition. So when Woody called me this year asking me to be the cinematographer of his new film with the working title ‘Wasp 2015,’ my decision was already made. I convinced him to record the film in digital, so we can begin our journey together in the digital world. It’s time now for the Sony F65!”
- TFS Staff
22 best and worst Bond theme songs ranked: Do you agree?
Ah, Mr Bond! We've been... inspecting you. Yes, ahead of Spectre's release on October 26, Digital Spy has attempted the impossible: ranking all 23 films of the 007 franchise. From 1962's Dr No all the way to 2012's Skyfall, we've graded which films were 00-heaven - and which were, well, something of an oddjob.
Ok, we've ignored unofficial outing Never Say Never Again and that weird original Casino Royale with Woody Allen. Plus the radio version of Moonraker, starring Blockbusters' Bob Holness. But otherwise, read on for your definitive guide through a minefield of gadgets, girls and shaken martinis, starting with the abject worst. Violently disagree? Be sure to let us know...
23. Die Another Day (2002)
Spoofaway Camp: Strauss-Schulson’s Playful Mash-up Takes a Tumble On You
Director Todd Strauss-Schulson, whose last feature was A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011) returns with The Final Girls, an entertaining surprise of sorts as a playful riff on early 80s slasher tropes as it borrows the cosmic charms at play in classic titles like Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose of Cairo (1984) and The Wizard of Oz (1939).
With a talented young cast and plenty of boisterous energy, Strauss-Schulson manages to instill a thread of sentimentality in this generally comedic feature, and ironically makes us care more for its characters than the films it pays homage to actually manage. Those looking for genre thrills will most likely be disappointed, and its eventual outcome is a bit too hoary despite its enjoyable cuteness from screenwriters M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller (the team who wrote Rose McGowan’s 2014 short film Dawn, »
- Nicholas Bell
Simply stunning! Blake Lively was spotted on the set of Woody Allen's new, unamed flick in New York on Wednesday. The "Gossip Girl" alum looked super stylish in wearing skinny JBrand jeans, a One Great Day sweater, a Lindsey Thornburg leopard cloak and black booties. Lively had her luscious long blonde locks styled in pin-up curls and finished her street style with a bright pink lip. It's great to see Blake getting back to work, since welcoming her now 9-month-old daughter James with hubby Ryan Reynolds. The 27-year-old did make headlines last month though ... after announcing that she would be shutting down her lifestyle website, Preserve. "We have an incredible team of people who do beautiful work, but we launched the site before it was ready, and it never caught up to its original mission," she told Vogue about the decision. "It’s not making a difference in people’s lives, »
- tooFab Staff
Nicholas Hoult (upcoming Equals, Mad Max: Fury Road), Luke Evans (Furious 7, The Hobbit film series) and Henry Cavill (upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Man Of Steel) are set to star in the intense war drama Sand Castle, produced by Oscar nominated Mark Gordon (Steve Jobs, Saving Private Ryan) of The Mark Gordon Company, Justin Nappi (Arbitrage, All Is Lost) through his company Treehouse Pictures and Ben Pugh (upcoming Collide, Welcome To The Punch) of 42, it was announced today.
Set in Iraq circa 2003, Sand Castle is based on Roessner’s experience as a machine gunner in Iraq’s Sunni Triangle. The story centers on Matt Ocre (Hoult) who is part of a mission to repair a broken water system in the dangerous and unstable Iraqi village of Baqubah. While the people of Baghdad welcome the Americans as saviors, the villagers resist their presence and Matt and his unit »
- Michelle McCue
Woody Allen has directed around 50 movies. Manhattan, Annie Hall, Crimes and Misdemeanors, and even his most recent efforts have all been shot on film. For the first time in his career, the writer/director isn’t shooting on celluloid. Read more about the first Woody Allen digital movie after the jump. The Untitled Woody Allen project, due out next year, stars […]
The post Woody Allen To Film His First Movie With Digital Cameras appeared first on /Film. »
- Jack Giroux
Hair envy — always! No matter what she does with her tresses, Blake Lively looks stunning. She proved as much on Oct. 8, when she rocked a gorgeous curly bob. Rocking the faux short crop on the set of the new (unnamed) Woody Allen film, the Age of Adaline star, 28, looked every inch the '40s era beauty — at least from the neck up. From the shoulders down, Lively stunned in a modern-looking street style outfit, showing off her long legs in skinny J Brand jeans, [...] »
Woody Allen is moving into digital filmmaking for the first time with the announcement that he'll use a Sony CineAlta F65 camera for his forty-seventh film which is currently untitled and began shooting in August in New York and Los Angeles.
Jeannie Berlin, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Corey Stoll, Ken Stott and Steve Carell star in the project which cinematographer Vittorio Storaro ("Apocalypse Now," "The Last Emperor") convinced Allen to go digital for.
In similar news, acclaimed cinematographer Roger Deakins has confirmed that the upcoming "Blade Runner" sequel will likely be in 3D, but it will be a post-conversion as he doesn't like shooting or watching films in 3D.
Sources: Interview & Variety »
- Garth Franklin
The Weinstein Company
I blame Hollywood. A study conducted this year showed that, on average, a female film lead will be 4.5 years younger than her male counterpart (if you use only Woody Allen movies, that number blows out to over 17 years). And you’d be forgiven for thinking that number seems a little on the low side when you consider that Maggie Gyllenhaal (37) was recently told that she was too old to play the love interest of a 55 year old man, and no one seemed particularly surprised by that assertion.
But Hollywood is getting it wrong (only on this point – in every other way it is flawless, of course). Straight women in the real world are starting to realise that they’re not destined to end up with older guys just because that’s what’s traditionally been done. It might have made sense in times past – women needed the »
- Brydie Lee Kennedy
Blake Lively was seen on the set of her upcoming movie on Wednesday. The actress wore a metallic gown with a sweatshirt over it while walking around the streets of NYC. Blake is starring in Woody Allen's currently untitled new film, alongside Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg, who were spotted kissing on the Santa Monica lot back in August. Most recently, Blake made headlines for shutting down her lifestyle website only a year after launching it, but the last time we saw her was when she stepped out to celebrate the release of her friend's book last month. Keep reading to see the first pictures of Blake on set, then check out all the times you wished you were her. »
- Monica Sisavat
Woody Allen has moved to digital filmmaking for the first time, using a Sony CineAlta F65 camera for his 47th film.
The untitled film began shooting in August in New York and Los Angeles. The cast includes Jeannie Berlin, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Corey Stoll, Ken Stott and Steve Carell.
“I had seen that the Sony F65 was capable of recording beautiful images in 4K and 16 bit-colour depth in 1:2, which is my favorite composition,” Storaro said. “So when Woody called me this year asking me to be the cinematographer of his new film with the working title ‘Wasp 2015,’ my decision was already made. I convinced him to record the film in digital, so we can begin our journey together in the digital world. »
- Dave McNary
At 79 years old, Woody Allen may have a very familiar filmmaking routine, but that doesn't mean he isn't willing to shake things up. He's got an Amazon series on his plate, and he's currently at work on his next feature, starring Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeannie Berlin, Corey Stoll, Anna Camp, Paul Schneider, and Steve Carell and this time around, he's dropped celluloid for digital. Sony announced today the untitled movie is shooting with their CineAlta F65 camera, with three-time Academy Award winner Vittorio Storaro ("Apocalypse Now," "Reds," "The Last Emperor") behind the camera. Even more, the movie will melt your eyeballs by being mastered in 4K. Take that Gordon Willis! (Of course, I'm joking). Read More: Bruce Willis Exits Woody Allen's New Film This movie shouldn't be a tremendous surprise given that earlier this year, Allen teased that he might be moving to digital, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Imagine if Jean-Luc Godard made a film starring Woody Allen circa Annie Hall...only the nostalgic and neurotic result was far more grating than any of the iconic romances created by either of those auteurs. Such is 5 to 7, a romantic comedy-drama starring Anton Yelchin as Brian Bloom, an ambitious young writer who falls for Arielle, played by Skyfall Bond Girl Berenice Marlohe, after they meet cute while smoking outside the hotel where Arielle is having lunch.
- Lee Jutton
Director Steven Spielberg has been one of the most successful directors in Hollywood for four decades, with major commercial hits that have broken records at the box office. His latest film, Bridge of Spies, premiered Sunday night at the New York Film Festival and centers on an American lawyer (Tom Hanks) who is recruited by the CIA during the Cold War to help rescue a detained pilot from Soviet Russia.
Spielberg’s last collaboration to star Hanks, 2004’s dramedy The Terminal, failed to earn any nominations from the Academy, whilst their previous collaboration, 2002’s Catch Me If You Can, earned just two Oscar nominations (best supporting actor for Christopher Walken, best original score for John Williams) but was unable to take home either, despite positive reviews and large box office numbers.
Despite having won three Oscars in his career, and the multitude of iconic films that he has helmed, »
- Patrick Shanley
The Goosebumps author turns up as a creepy weirdo in this spine-tingling romp full of villains from his bestselling novels
Creators have been mixing it up with their characters for a while. You can see it in Fellini’s 8½, Woody Allen’s Deconstructing Harry, or, heck, the Warner Bros cartoon Duck Amuck. Then there are the times when it’s not an author character showing up, but the actual author, such as Stephen King in The Dark Tower or Kurt Vonnegut in Breakfast of Champions. Somewhere in between is Charlie Kaufman writing the character Charlie Kaufman for Nicolas Cage to play in Adaptation.
Now this mind-scrambling list needs to find a place for Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander’s character Rl Stine – based on the actual creator of the popular Goosebumps novels – who encounters many Goosebumps villains in the new movie called Goosebumps.
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- Jordan Hoffman
Cannes — Global sales and financing house WestEnd Films has acquired international rights to Woody Allen’s “Match Point” and “Scoop,” which further strengthens the company’s collection of Woody Allen films.
WestEnd already holds the rights to 10 Allen movies, including “Everyone Says I Love You,” “Sweet and Lowdown,” “Deconstructing Harry” and “Small Time Crooks.” The films topline such stars as Leonardo DiCaprio, Julia Roberts, Sean Penn, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal and Hugh Grant.
2005 movie “Match Point,” which stars Brian Cox, Matthew Goode, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Mortimer, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Penelope Wilton, was nominated for an Oscar in 2006 for original screenplay. 2006 film “Scoop” stars Allen, Hugh Jackman, Johansson and Ian McShane.
WestEnd was co-founded by Eve Schoukroun, Maya Amsellem and Sharon Harel-Cohen, the founder of Capitol Films. Its line-up includes “Shepherds and Butchers” by Oliver Schmitz, starring Steve Coogan and Andrea Riseborough, »
- Leo Barraclough
Now in his fifth decade of movie-making, you might assume that Robert Zemeckis’ stature as a director would make it easy to attract funding for a new project. Not so. His latest feature, The Walk, took a decade to get to cinemas, a decade during which multiple investors passed on a film they didn’t see as slotting in to a tried and tested category. Based on the true story of Philippe Petit’s 1974 high-wire walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center, you can see their point. Part salute to the ineffable act of artistic creation, part theme park attraction, The Walk doesn’t pigeonhole easily. But then, Zemeckis’ films rarely do.
The enforced wait turned out to be fortuitous. In that ten years, digital and 3D technology »
Mark Cousins is a philanthropist of cinema, plain and simple. A decade before his incredible 15-hour documentary — which originally premiered as 15 one-hour TV episodes — “The Story Of Film: An Odyssey,” Cousins was already down the rabbit hole of film history with another TV venture, “Scene By Scene.” “Scene By Scene” ran for 24 episodes on the BBC from 1999 to 2000, and was made of in-depth interviews with some of the finest directors and actors working at the time, from Martin Scorsese and David Lynch, to Brian de Palma and Woody Allen (to hardly scratch the surface). According to a brief statement by Cousins, the series hit some copyright issues and hasn’t seen the light of day in a decade. But the man wanted these interviews out there. So, with the help of editor Timo Lager, Cousins has put together two 90 minute mash-ups of “Scene By Scene” and the first has now hit the Internet. »
- Gary Garrison
Stranger in a Bland Land: Scott’s Toilsome Return to Space
Ridley Scott, who is on the same annual cinematic trajectory as Woody Allen when it comes to churning out films, returns again to sci-fi with The Martian, an adaptation of Andy Weir’s novel. Fans of the source material will already know the title is somewhat of a misnomer, as this is one epic from Scott that doesn’t include an extra-terrestrial presence. Thematically, this is family friendly stuff, of the Ron Howard Apollo 13 ilk, and the film’s visual power, featuring the work of Scott’s returning DoP Dariusz Wolski, makes this 3D space epic seem superbly outfitted. But, as many have often criticized Scott as regards his recent output, it also lacks key components that made his earlier classics timeless—dramatic tension, spectacular thrills, and memorable characters. Instead, this rather feels like a sharply dressed rescue mission procedural, »
- Nicholas Bell
Each month, several films and TV shows leave Netflix’s catalogue. We provide a list of titles leaving the platform, along with a selection of titles that may interest you. Feel free to note anything we've left out in the comments below. Most of Netflix’s offerings leave the site October 1, which means there’s precious little time to watch them all. But if you want to drop everything and start streaming before it’s too late, here are a few suggestions: For chill dudes: The Big Lebowski (1998) As the Dude, Jeff Bridges stumbles through L.A. in Joel and Ethan Coen’s Zen-like modern noir. The Big Lebowski is as memorable as it is impossible to describe in a blurb, and it’s definitely worth a bit of your streaming time. Leaving October 1. But that’s just our opinion, man. For neurotics: Annie Hall (1977) One of Woody Allen’s best movies, »
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