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Keep up with the glitzy awards world with our bi-weekly Awards Roundup column.
– The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced that Academy Award–winning actor Helen Mirren will be honored at the 45th Chaplin Award Gala on Monday, April 30, 2018. A beloved figure of stage, screen, and television, Mirren has bestowed upon the world a series of iconic performances in a career spanning more than fifty years. The annual event will be attended by a host of notable guests and presenters and will include movie and interview clips, culminating in the presentation of the Chaplin Award.
“It is an honor and a pleasure for us to present Helen Mirren with our 45th Chaplin Award,” said Ann Tenenbaum, the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Board Chairman. “From housemaid to Queen and everything in between, Ms. Mirren has delivered masterful performances of complex characters, upending stereotype after stereotype along the way. »
- Kate Erbland
by Nathaniel R
Thursday. Though a cab accident* and a missed flight threatened to derail day one, somehow The Film Experience's second annual trip to Middleburg, Va commenced just in time for the opening night festivities. The Middleburg Film Festival is now in its 5th year and growing each time. It's still small enough, however, that it feels like a discovery.
This year's fest kicked off with Joe Wright's Darkest Hour which holds up incredibly well to a second viewing. It's both muscular and fabulous, so it feels like a blend of impulses that, say, Scorsese and Baz alike might thrill to. And in place of their shared muse Leo DiCaprio a fat-suited bejowled Gary Oldman »
- NATHANIEL R
The fifth annual Middleburg Film Festival will run from Oct. 19-22 in the picturesque community of Middleburg, Va. Festival directors Sheila Johnson and Susan Koch boast of their setting, an hour from Washington, D.C., and 30 minutes from Dulles Intl. Airport, as well as a starry slate of Oscar contenders and provocative indie gems.
“We’re situated in horse and wine country, which makes for a very intimate setting,” says Johnson, who founded the festival in 2012. Since when it has grown considerably.
“We’re attracting roughly 4,000 visitors, and we’re a completely walkable festival,” Koch says. “We’ll be screening 25 films at various venues all across town, and even if we don’t have a traditional theater in Middleburg, that hasn’t stopped us from putting on a terrific event. Everything from the town’s community center to the library to the performing arts school is retrofitted with Dcp technology for the screenings. When [link=nm »
- Nick Clement
It only took one day for The Contenders to put up the "no room at the inn" sign. Deadline’s seventh annual daylong event, which kicks off the movie awards season on November 4, will feature such stars and filmmakers as Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Chadwick Boseman, James Franco, Greta Gerwig, Gary Oldman, Jordan Peele, Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Andy Serkis, Andrew Garfield, Margot Robbie, Allison Janney, Richard Linklater, Mary J. Blige, Saoirse Ronan, John… »
It’s time to catch up with some of the most interesting cinema-centric books of the last few months, and it’s a diverse list. There’s some Lego, some Nolan, some Star Wars (of course), and even some vintage Stan Brakhage. That’s range.
Off the Cliff: Making of Thelma & Louise by Becky Aikman (Penguin Press)
The career of Ridley Scott is full of peaks and valleys. One of the peaks was the release of Thelma & Louise in 1991. The cultural impact of this story of two female outlaws cannot be overstated, and Becky Aikman’s account of the making of the film helps explain why. Thelma & Louise involved a unique cast of characters, including stars Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis, as well as a young hunk named Brad Pitt. But the most memorable figures here are Scott, who knew his career needed a change but could not originally see »
- Christopher Schobert
With that thing coming up that takes place on the last day in October. You know the one? Yeah, candy sales go through the roof, your house gets egged and toilet papered. Meanwhile you sacrifice a chicken over a Ouji board in the hope of getting Kevin James to stop making films. It never works and you just unleash hell on Earth (or to put it another way, a new Kevin James film comes out). With that in mind, I thought it’d be a good time to look over the best Vampire films around.Why Vampires? Well I was watching a film (that will appear on this list) and had a brainwave.
So without further ado, and not in any particular order, here are the essential Vampire films!
This iconic piece of cinema remains »
- Tom Jolliffe
Last month it was announced that Casey Affleck (Manchester By the Sea) is set to lead the cast of Joe Wright’s (Atonement) new film Stoner, based upon the acclaimed 1965 novel from John Williams, and now THR is reporting that Tommy Lee Jones (No Country for Old Men) has also signed on to the project.
The film will see Affleck as William Stoner, “a dirt-poor farmer turned academic who emerges as an unlikely existential hero while making his way through the first half of the 20th century.” As yet, there’s no word as to who Jones will be playing.
Jones is currently shooting James Gray’s sci-fi Ad Astra with Brad Pitt, and has the Iraq war drama Shock and Awe and the action comedy Just Getting Started incoming. Wright’s next film Darkest Hour, starring Gary Oldman as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, is set to open in the U. »
- Gary Collinson
You’d think, after 16 years, that the fast-cars-and-vast-biceps appeal of the Fast and Furious franchise would be sufficiently established to allow a few risks with the branding. But the UK distributors of its latest instalment are taking no chances. What was released Stateside as The Fate (or the F8?) of the Furious was served to us simply as Fast and Furious 8 (Universal, 12). That’s a shame, because the vague pun in the American title of this typically souped-up monster truck of a film is easily the smartest thing about it.
Other than that, it’s loudly banging business as usual for a series that has essentially become 007 with tank tops in place of tuxes. Give or take some inconsequential side-switching within the film’s comfortably established “family”, the franchise’s streak »
- Guy Lodge
Ryan Lambie Oct 17, 2017
Film trailers have to be loud, aggressive and exciting. But what if the movie itself is neither?
Bwooommmm. Honk! Ratatatatat. A hushed voice: “You don’t know what’s coming”. Ominous silence. Bwoommmmm. Honk! Brahhmmm.
See related The Snowman review
By now, the conventions of the modern movie trailer - all rapid-fire editing, loud whooshing and parping noises and ominous portent - have become as established as the oft-lampooned ones we used to get back in the 1980s. The ones that always began, “He was a man on the edge...”, or “In a world...", or a variant thereof.
In fact, trailers for mainstream movies are now so standardised and formulaic that Red Letter Media was able to put together an eight-minute video made of nothing but cliched shots from blockbuster movie promos, and it looked almost indistinguishable from the real thing.
In the 21st century, film trailers »
After an impressive bow at the Toronto Film Festival, where the film spurred talk of Oscar nominations for director Joe Wright and star Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour writer/producer Anthony McCarten and editor Valerio Bonelli talked Deadline’s first The Contenders London audience through their gripping period piece yesterday. Starring an unrecognizable Oldman as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, the film details the first difficult months of the statesman's tenancy at… »
With more than 233 million Instagram followers combined, these Latino entertainers are cementing their names in Hollywood.
As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, Et is paying tribute to this special group of actors and singers, who are not only enriching the creative arts, but also paying it forward.
Related: 9 Inspiring Latino Designers Slaying the Fashion World
Photo: Getty Images
The 24-year-old rapper -- whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar -- is currently dominating the music charts with her debut single, "Bodak Yellow," which recently reached number one on the Us Billboard Hot 100 chart. Born and raised in the Bronx, Cardi B's mother hails from Trinidad and her father is Dominican. In 2015, she joined the cast of VH1's Love & Hip Hop: New York for two seasons before leaving the reality show to focus on her music.
Now, Cardi B is slaying the hip hop and social media game (she has 10.7 million followers on Instagram) and is »
After it was such a surprise late addition to the Tiff lineup, it wasn't much of a shock that Roman J Israel, Esq. got one of the more muted responses of the festival's big premieres. But the film is coming right around the corner and we can expect a much more attentive response for its release now that we have more time to actually get excited for it. And from the looks of the new trailer, it looks like we'll be getting more of peak Denzel Washington after a near miss with Oscar in Fences.
So can this film build on the momentum that Washington had last year? The Best Actor race is on the thin side, aside from incoming behemoth Gary Oldman, so some movie star goodwill can't hurt. Writer/director Dan Gilroy certainly gave us a complex sociopolitical male vehicle with Nightcrawler and this looks like another layered morality tale, »
- Chris Feil
Fall is the season of Real-People movies — the biopics that often fuel Oscar hopes. Recent weeks brought “The Battle of the Sexes,” “Stronger,” and “Victoria & Abdul” and there’s more than a dozen to come, including “Marshall,” “The Post,” “Darkest Hour,” and “The Current War.” There’s good reason to believe that a biopic might produce awards. In the last five years, 28 of the 100 Oscar acting nominees played real-life characters, as did four of the 20 winners. But when it comes to the box office, the odds aren’t as kind.
Since 2012, there have been about 100 biopics including hits like “The King’s Speech,” “The Social Network,” and “Julie and Julia.” But while recent years featured real-life characters and stories in some of the biggest non-franchise hits, the format may have reached a saturation point.
Last year, »
- Tom Brueggemann
Working Title co-chairmen Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner made the announcement to staff in an email on Monday. The missive included a note from Chasin, who said she is moving on to an unspecified gig elsewhere: “Now, I am very excited for my next chapter, where I will continue to create original content with great talent.”
Chasin joined Working Title in 1991 as its director of development and was promoted to vice president of production and development. She became president of the company in 1996.
Her credits include Cate Blanchett’s “Elizabeth,” 2001’s “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” 2002’s “About a Boy,” “Les Miserables,” “The Danish Girl,” “Victoria & Abdul,” and Edgar Wright’s “At World’s End,” “Baby Driver,” and his upcoming “The Darkest Hour,” starring Gary Oldman.
Read the note from Bevan and Fellner below.
Dear Colleagues, »
- Dave McNary
Folks, we’ve reached a new point in the season. Now that we’re really getting into the heart of the fall months and pretty close to entering what is essentially the tail end of the 2017 movie release season, I wanted to take my first official crack this season at a set of Golden Globe predictions. In fact, I’d hoped to do this last week, but enough other news broke (plus the Blade Runner 2049 embargo lifting early) that it got delayed to these first days of October. As always, I’ll be mixing these in with Oscar predictions going forward, but early Globe picks are always of special interest to me, especially since sometimes you’re still guessing category placement and just what the tastes of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will look like at the time. They’re almost impossible to accurately guess off the bat the first time around, »
- Joey Magidson
The scope of this slice of wartime history is so small, it’s almost the movie equivalent of a one-man show. There are perhaps only a dozen speaking roles. Brian Cox is impressive as The Man Who Saved England in its Darkest Hour, but the drama reduces both the man and the historical crisis to trivial status, as little more than a personal emotional crisis: “Winston, the Haunted Imperialist.”
2017 / Color / 2:39 widescreen / 105 min. / Street Date October 3, 2017 / 30.99
Cinematography: David Higgs
Film Editor: Chris Gill
Original Music: Lorne Balfe
Written by Alex von Tunzelmann
Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky
- Glenn Erickson
On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (Friday September 29th, 2017) Dennis Tzeng, Perri Nemiroff, David Griffin, John Rocha, Sinead DeVries and Wendy Lee discuss the following: J.J. Abrams and Arrival scribe turning Your Name into a live-action film Collider.com’s Top 56 Disney movies list discussion New Darkest Hour trailer starring Gary Oldman New international trailer released for Thor: Ragnarok First trailer released for Gotti starring John Travolta Danny Elfman says he puts a dark twist on John Williams’ Superman score in Justice League Mail Bag [caption id="attachment_652678" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image via Warner … »
- Collider Video
If your zombie apocalypse plans include having a pint of cold lager or you find yourself peeking through your curtains to see if there is a girl in the garden, then you'll want to take note of a special outdoor screening of Shaun of the Dead at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on October 26th. Not only will horror fans get to watch Edgar Wright's rom-zom-com under the stars right before Halloween, but they are also encouraged to dress up as their favorite Shaun of the Dead character, so start looking for your cricket paddle...
Press Release: Los Angeles, September 29, 2017 – Focus 15, the initiative commemorating the founding 15 years ago of worldwide film company Focus Features, has partnered with Fandango, the leading digital network for all things movies, and the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles for a special outdoor zombie screening of Shaun of the Dead the week of Halloween on Thursday, »
- Derek Anderson
That title? It’s not kidding. In Kevin Phillips’ “Super Dark Times,” darkness settles over a small Hudson Valley town after a horrific accident forever alters the lives of a group of seemingly normal teens, including stars Owen Campbell and Charlie Tahan. A cross between “Stand By Me” and “Donnie Darko,” with plenty of “Stranger Things” evocations for good measure, it’s the kind of film that lovingly recreates the final wonders of childhood while hitting back with some horrific adult truths. High school, what a thing.
Per the film’s official synopsis, “Zach (Campbell) and Josh (Tahan) are best friends growing up in a leafy Upstate New York suburb in the 1990s, where teenage life revolves around hanging out, navigating first love and vying for popularity. When a traumatic incident drives a wedge between the previously inseparable pair, their youthful innocence abruptly vanishes as their lives spiral into violence. »
- Kate Erbland
If you’re a member of a certain segment of the American population (yes, okay, Millennials, Gen Y, and the like), it’s likely that any affection you have for science was at least partially spawned by Bill Nye, the self-professed “science guy.” For many years, Nye’s infectious excitement for science was piped into schoolrooms across the country, aiming to make big questions seem fun and relatable and applicable to the everyday.
Read More:‘Bill Nye Saves the World’ Renewed For Season 2, Because Twitter Proves We Need It
A few years on, and Nye is still bent on making people love science, or at least respect and understand it. In the new documentary, “Bill Nye: Science Guy,” everyone’s favorite TV scientist looks to the future, and a bleak one, if more people don’t start listening to what the world is trying to tell them. These days, Nye »
- Kate Erbland
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