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Michael Keaton is being honored at the coming Santa Barbara International Film Festival.Keaton joins past recipients including Ben Affleck, Christopher Nolan, Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Diane Keaton, Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Bruce Dern, Peter Jackson, George Clooney, Will Smith, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood, Christopher Plummer and James Cameron.Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Michael Keaton with the Modern Master Award for the 30th anniversary edition of the Fest, which runs January 27 – February 7, 2015, it was announced today by Sbiff Executive Director Roger Durling. The Tribute will take place on Saturday, January 31, 2015 […] »
- April Neale
Birdman star to receive award at the festival in January.
The tribute will take place on Jan 31 and is the festival’s highest honour, recognising an “individual who has enriched our culture through his/her multi-faceted accomplishments in the motion picture industry”.
“His performance in Birdman is tremendous, showing the range of decade’s long experience.” »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Michael Keaton, on the awards circuit for “Birdman,” will be honored at the Santa Barbara Film Festival on January 31 with the Modern Master Award. The 30th edition of the festival runs January 27-February 7.
The highest honor presented by the festival, it has previously been awarded to figures including Ben Affleck, Christopher Nolan, Jodie Foster, Diane Keaton, George Clooney, Will Smith, Clint Eastwood and James Cameron.
“There is no actor more befitting of the Modern Master Award than the legendary Michael Keaton. His performance in ‘Birdman’ is tremendous, showing the range of decade’s long experience,” exec director Roger Durling said in a statement.
- Variety Staff
The Modern Master Award, established in 1995, was created to pay tribute to an individual who has enriched our culture via the motion picture industry. Keaton joins past recipients Ben Affleck, Christopher Nolan, Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Diane Keaton, Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Bruce Dern, Peter Jackson, George Clooney, Will Smith, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood, Christopher Plummer and James Cameron. Keaton's career ranges far and wide, from Ron Howard's "Night Shift" and Tim Burton's "Beetlejuice" and "Batman" to his lauded performance in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s dark show business satire "Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance." »
- Anne Thompson
The cast and producers of NBC's "Hannibal" offer their fans new tasty tidbits about the "beautiful, macabre psychological thriller." Appearing at New York's PaleyFest, showrunner Bryan Fuller and stars Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, and Laurence Fishburne discuss the past and what is on the horizon for the third season. They say that "the emotional, blood-soaked" ending of last season was a "crucible" for everyone. Coming up, Hannibal's outfits might become even flashier while he is on the run, and there will not be as many tableaus for the next episodes. They are still pursuing the idea of bringing in Clarice Starling (played in "The Silence of the Lambs" by Oscar winner Jodie Foster). Entertainment Weekly -Break- Brad Pitt and his World War II soldiers in "Fury" take down "Gone Girl" at the box office this weekend. The debut brings in $23.5 million as it also tries to entrance awards voters. »
The Digital Era: Real-time Films From 2000 To Today
40 years before, in 1960, lighter cameras enabled a cinéma vérité-flavored revolution in street realism. By 2000, new digital cameras suggested a whole new set of promises, including telling stories that would have been unimaginable within minimum budgets for features even ten years before. In 2000, film purists warned that digital still didn’t look as good as celluloid, but that didn’t stop at least three innovative filmmakers from boldly going where no filmmaker had gone before. Mike Figgis’ Timecode (2000) was the first star-supported (Salma Hayek, Stellan Skarsgard, Holly Hunter, among many others) single-shot project since Rope, underlining that earlier film’s timelessness. If Run Lola Run could do one story three times, then Timecode would do three or four stories one time: the movie is four separate ninety-minute shots shown all at the same time, each in one quadrant of the screen. Where do you look? »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
As governments mobilize to help fight off the growing Ebola crisis that has tragically claimed the lives of thousands of West Africans, while spreading across the globe with reports of infected patients in Europe, Canada, and the United States, Hollywood is doing what it does best: trying to make a few bucks off it. Indeed, there's no tragedy or epidemic that can't be turned into something, so Ridley Scott is making sure he's at the forefront of the inevitable run of contagion projects we're about to get that aren't Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion." To be fair, this is a project Scott has been working on for years. It's actually an adaptation of Richard Preston's 1994 non-fiction thriller "The Hot Zone," about the true story of a previous outbreak of the Ebola virus. Scott was originally looking at making a feature out of the material, with Jodie Foster mooted to star »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Hot Zone is a non-fiction book that was written by Richard Preston in 1994, from his original New Yorker article Crisis In The Hot Zone, which chronicled the Us Government's reactions to Ebola potentially entering the country.
Now, the project has moved to television. Preston is currently writing a new article on Ebola’s recent developments, which is believed to be incorporated into the script as soon as possible.
Once scripting and pre-production is finished, »
As the Ebola virus continues to spread, EW has confirmed that producer Lynda Obst and director/producer Ridley Scott are moving forward with a limited television series about the virus—a project that they've reportedly been working on for the past year. The series, which is based on Richard Preston's 1994 best-seller The Hot Zone, will be adapted by Jeff Vintar (I, Robot) for Fox TV Studios. Preston will serve as a consultant on the series. Obst and Scott originally optioned the rights for a feature-length film in the early 90s, after Preston's short story, "Crisis in the Hot Zone, »
- Emily Blake
A sensation upon its release, the non-fiction thriller deals primarily with the history of the virus including an outbreak of Marburg virus in a Nairobi hospital. It also deals with the outbreak of a form of Ebola in a monkey house in Virginia.
Obst and Scott optioned "The Hot Zone" two decades ago and for the past year have been working on adapting the property with Preston's help. The pair have also hired "I, Robot" scribe Jeff Vintar to adapt the script.
The project has taken on a new urgency though as the current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, which has ravaged several countries and could potentially spread beyond the region. Preston is writing a piece for next week's New Yorker magazine which chronicles the current outbreak, »
- Garth Franklin
With Camp X-Ray hitting theaters this weekend, Kristen Stewart is finally exploring life beyond Twilight. The indie drama, which tells the story of one soldier stationed at Guantanamo Bay detention camp, is a far cry from Bella and the world of vampires Stewart became so famous for over the past five years. During that time, Stewart became pigeonholed and often hated on for her participation in The Twilight Saga. And for those who only know those films are doing themselves a disservice. Her latest film — the first of three high profile films she has coming out this year — has earned the actress accolades on the festival circuit and reminded many of the promise she showed in roles, such as Sarah Altman in Panic Room or Emily in Adventureland. It’s those films that fans (and the haters) should watch if they want to restore their faith in Stewart.
Panic Room (2002)
Directed by David Fincher, »
- Stacy Lambe
I've become a pretty big fan of Tony Zhou's "Every Frame a Painting" video series on Vimeo and YouTube, and although I'm not as big a fan of The Silence of the Lambs as many are, I found his most recent installment on the film quite informative. Entitled "Who Wins the Scenec", the video examines the first meeting between Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) and Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) in Jonathan Demme's 1991 thriller, which won 5 Academy Awards including a trophy for both actors mentioned above. In the video, Zhou examines how camera angles, framing, and point-of-view lay out the scene to help the viewer determine who ultimately wins this first standoff between the young FBI cadet and the seasoned serial killer. Both enter the scene with a primary goal in mind, but only one can be the true winner in the end. After watching this video, my thoughts immediately went »
- Jordan Benesh
If you haven't headed to theaters to catch David Fincher's latest masterful thriller Gone Girl, then you should rectify that immediately. Fincher is one of the most gifted, meticulous and precise filmmakers working today, and you can see just how impressive his work is in this recent visual essay looking back at his work on films like Se7en, Zodiac, The Game, Panic Room and more. And it's the latter film giving us an even more in-depth look at Fincher's process, from pre-visualization to a carefully constructed set crafted to allow Fincher to move the camera freely on the set. Plus, it's cool to see interviews from the set with Jodie Foster, Jared Leto, Forest Whitaker and a young Kristen Stewart from 12 years ago. Watch below! Here's the one-hour documentary on the making of Panic Room (via The Film Stage): And for those who have seen Gone Girl, »
- Ethan Anderton
Jodie Foster has sold her house in the Hollywood Hills for $5 million - 16 months after she initially listed the abode. The 51-year-old actress originally put her property on the market for $6.4 million in June 2013 but when it failed to sell she changed estate agents and re-listed her house for $5.6 million before eventually settling for $4.995 million on Monday. According to website Trulia, the plush property - which Jodie purchased from model and actress Cheryl Tiegs in 1995 - features four bedrooms and a guest suite. The Spanish-style villa also boasts four full bathrooms and two half bathrooms, while there will be no problem getting warm in the winter in the abode thanks to the fireplace and the sauna. Jodie's former private pad also features a high hedge surrounding the pool and courtyard area, a step-down living room complete with cathedral ceiling and a huge kitchen which may well interest »
Jan Hooks Dies
Hooks' death was confirmed by her representative Lisa Lieberman to CNN. She had apparently been suffering from a serious illness.
Hooks is best known for her stint on Saturday Night Live, which ran from 1986-1991. On the sketch show, Hooks took on a number of notable impersonations, including Hillary Clinton, Kathy Lee Gifford, Bette Davis and Jodie Foster. Her most memorable role on the show, however, was probably as Candy Sweeney, one half of the popular Sweeney Sisters with Nora Dunn.
Back in 1980, Hooks, a native of Georgia, got her start on The Bill Tush Show and later landed a role on TV series Not Necessarily the News. She went on to appear in features Wildcats, Funland and Batman Returns and star in Designing Women as Carlene Frazier Dobber.
Following her run on SNL, »
Pics: Robin Williams and More Stars We've Lost
Hooks joined SNL in 1986 as a part of a cast that included Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz and Dennis Miller. She made a name for herself on the sketch show through her spot-on impersonations of Bette Davis, Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan, Sinead O'Connor, Jodie Foster and Hillary Clinton.
The Georgia native was nominated for an Emmy in 1998 for her guest role on 3rd Rock From the Sun and was most recently seen on television in NBC's 30 Rock as Verna Maroney, the mother of Jenna Maroney (played by Jane Krakowski).
After her appearance on 30 Rock, Tina Fey said in 2013 that it was one »
Hooks was reportedly suffering from an undisclosed illness and died in New York City on Thursday. Hooks is best known for being a cast member on "Saturday Night Live" from 1986-1991. Her memorable characters include Candy Sweeney of "The Sweeney Sisters" sketches and impressions of Jodie Foster, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Bette Davis.
Hooks recently played the role of Jenna Maroney's mom, Verna, on "30 Rock" and had a recurring role as Carlene on "Designing Women." In 1998, she was nominated for an Emmy for a guest starring role on "3rd Rock From the Sun." »
- Alana Altmann
'Gone Girl' weekend box office: Biggest David Fincher opening weekend ever? (Photo: David Fincher directs Ben Affleck in 'Gone Girl') Directed by David Fincher, Gone Girl is expected to top the North American box office this weekend, October 3-5, 2014, while boasting Fincher's biggest domestic opening ever. Or maybe not — if the demonic doll Annabelle has her say and if one takes into account one pesky but, would you believe it, quite important detail. More on that further below. The $61 million-budgeted mystery thriller Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck — not to be confused with the mystery thriller Gone Baby Gone, directed by Ben Affleck — collected a healthy $1.25 million from Thursday night screenings at 2,370 sites. For comparison's sake: the Tom Hanks PG-13-rated sociopolitical thriller Captain Phillips debuted with $600,000 on Thursday night in early October 2013, eventually grossing $25.71 million on its first weekend out. Now, unlike Captain Phillips, the R-rated Gone Girl is a "family movie, »
- Zac Gille
Deadline has a pretty extensive interview with Robert Downey Jr. about his new drama The Judge, and of course the topic of Iron Man 4 eventually rears its head. There has been a lot of back and forth about Downey's return in this standalone sequel. Will he do it? That is still not clear, as the actor gives a lengthy answer to the question. One thing sounds clear enough though, he would definitely return for Iron Man 4 if Mel Gibson directed it.
"Correct. Why not? That movie would be bananas."
YouTube user Alex J. Mann has posted this parody of the Scorsese classic, re-imagined here through the lonely lens of an Uber driver in Los Angeles: "People will do anything: Snapchat, group-text, swipe right on Tinder. It's like I don't even exist." But it's just a side-gig until he sells his first screenplay. Iris, the teenage prostitute played by Jodie Foster in the 1976 original that won Martin Scorsese the Palme d'Or, even gets a cameo appearance here. And she eats gluten! While the parody is a nifty riff on one of the greatest films of all time, where it succeeds best is as a satire of the awkward experience of riding and driving Ubers in La, where everyone is basically a screenwriting hack with a smartphone and a Dropbox account. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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