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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Movie Science of the Day: Speaking of Keanu Reeves, for Nerdist Kyle Hill looks into the plausibility of The Matrix, specifically how humans serve as batteries for the title virtual world: Movie Parody of the Day: Your kids have to learn about sexual pleasure sometime, right? Cookie Monster stars in Sesame Street's take on When Harry Met Sally, and they do go there with a parody of the "I'll have what she's having" bit: Filmmaker in Focus: Filmscalpel spotlights close-ups on eyes in Martin Scorsese movies: Online Film School: Learn what a Dutch Angle is from Fandor Keyrame and this illustrative montage of shots from famous...
- Christopher Campbell
From the co-writer of the classic La crime movie L.A. Confidential, Brian Helgeland, comes a re-telling of the story of the famous Kray brothers, Ronnie and Reggie. in a bold move, British actor Tom Hardy assumes both roles in the gangster epic Legend, which also stars Christopher Eccleston, Paul Bettany and Australian actress Emily Browning.
Legend is set in mid-1960s London, the city bursting with creativity. The Beatles have taken the pop world by storm, Carnaby Street is swinging its tits off, and the fashion, film and photography worlds have exploded. Helgeland’s film is immersed right in the middle of that world, and concentrates on the Krays at the height of their grip on London where the brothers have transferred from the East End to run clubs in »
- Paul Heath
As cable TV and streaming services like Netflix, Amazon and Yahoo continue to expand, more and more big-screen filmmakers are bringing their talents to the small screen, where there are more available formats for telling a story and more creative freedom in doing so. Consider: Martin Scorsese won an Emmy for directing the "Boardwalk Empire" pilot in 2011, and he also executive produced the series. Ditto David Fincher, who produces "House of Cards" and won for directing in 2013. This year Steven Soderbergh has a shot at Emmy for directing the period drama "The Knick," and he's already a winner for helming the 2013 HBO telefilm "Behind the Candelabra." -Break- 'Game of Thrones' director Jeremy Podeswa dishes Jon Snow death, teases season six What other auteurs should consider making the move to TV? We asked our forum posters, many of whom are Hollywood insiders, to weigh in on this hot topic. »
An unintended companion piece to yesterday’s post, “Red Lighting in the Films of Martin Scorsese,” Hells Club is a blood-hued mash-up from Antonio Maria Da Silva in which a host of our favorite cinematic characters all boogie down — and draw their weapons — in the same pulsating nightclub. Writes Da Silva: There is a place or fictional characters meet. Outside of time, Outside of all logic, This place is known as Hell’S Club, But this club is not safe Terminator Versus Tony Montana Versus Tom Cruise Versus Carlito Brigante Versus Blade Versus John Travolta Versus Al Pacino Versus Pinead […] »
- Scott Macaulay
Nothing inspires magical thinking quite like death. That's the central idea in Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's Sundance standout Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, a coming of age drama whose lightness of touch never undermines its emotional weight. It's truthful and funny and often bracingly tragic, its teenage characters believably incoherent in the face of despair.
"Me" is Greg (Thomas Mann), a lanky, awkward yet socially versatile high schooler who drifts between cliques without belonging to any, too much in need of validation to commit. His only actual friend is the languid Earl (Ronald Cyler III), whom he nevertheless describes as more of a "co-worker" thanks to their sideline in amateur movie making.
Greg's overbearing parents (played by the TV dream team of Connie "Mrs Coach" Britton and Nick "Ron Swanson" Offerman) guilt him into befriending Rachel (Olivia Cooke), a classmate recently diagnosed with leukemia. Despite their initially mutual »
Lucille Ball: The glamour look. Cate Blanchett to play Lucille Ball: Actress won Oscar for incarnating Ball's fellow Rko contract player Katharine Hepburn Two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett is reportedly slated to star in a biopic of former Rko and MGM actress and big-time television comedienne Lucille Ball. Aaron Sorkin, Oscar winner for David Fincher's The Social Network, will be responsible for the screenplay. According to Entertainment Weekly, the Lucille Ball film biopic will focus on Ball's two-decade marriage to her I Love Lucy costar Desi Arnaz. In 1960, the couple had an acrimonious divorce that supposedly “shocked” clueless fans unable to tell the difference between TV reality and real-life reality. Their children, Desi Arnaz Jr. and Lucie Arnaz, had modest acting careers in film and on TV in the '70s and '80s. As per the EW.com report, they're both producing the planned Lucille Ball biopic. »
- Zac Gille
If the multiverse theory is correct, then there is a universe somewhere that exists with a Father Martin Scorsese leading Sunday mass in a Catholic church. Or maybe he ended up a bishop, deacon or even Pope, but in our universe, fortunately, he found a different calling. When talking about his controversial “The Last Temptation of Christ,” the director explained “I made it as a prayer, an act of worship. I wanted to be a priest. My whole life has been movies and religion. That’s it. Nothing else.” A few weeks ago, filmscalpel released a video that isolates many of the religious allusions that can be found throughout Scorsese’s long and storied filmography. Running just over two minutes long and titled “Scorsese Goes To Church,” the video combines footage from across his entire career, from “Mean Streets” to “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and everything in between. Whatever his spiritual beliefs are now, »
- Cain Rodriguez
A new site called Film Scalpel is devoted to not just the production of video essays, but also understanding their grammar and exemplary practitioners. Among their first handful of videos are four takes on different motifs in the work of Martin Scorsese, with a thoughtful look at his use of red as it historically relates to tinting and black and white compositions. Check that out above, and read below for some context. Just as silent movies were rarely silent, black-and-white films were not often simply black and white. In the silent era, the techniques of tinting and toning were commonly used to add a dash of […] »
- Sarah Salovaara
“Mission: Impossible” has been captivating audiences with high-octane action sequences ever since the film franchise launched in 1996. From the iconic wire hang in the first film to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge shootout in “M:i 3” to the Burj Khalifa sequence in 2011’s “Ghost Protocol,” there was a long list of thrilling and original set pieces that Christopher McQuarrie had to live up to when he took on the fifth film in the espionage series. The opera house scene was McQuarrie’s answer to that challenge in this year’s “Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation.” Tom Cruise hanging off the side of a a plane 5,000 feet in the air caught the attention of anybody who watched the film’s trailer, but it’s the elegant and heart-pounding opera sequence that really wowed audiences upon the movie’s release. The scene features Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and Benji (Simon Pegg) searching for a suspect at the Vienna Opera House. »
- Emily Rome
The math is pretty simple: put together Turkish-German auteur Fatih Akin (“Head-On,” “Edge of Heaven”) with one of our favorite actors Tahar Rahim ("A Prophet," "The Past"), and it's no brainer that the filmmaker's "The Cut" would make our list of 12 Films To See In September. Today we have an exclusive clip from the drama. Read More: Venice Review: Fatih Akin's 'The Cut' Starring Tahar Rahim Endorsed by Martin Scorsese, who has called the film "a genuine, hand-made epic of the type that people just don’t make anymore," the story follows Armenian Nazaret Manoogian, who is separated from his family after being rounded up by the Turkish police. Years later, after managing to survive the horrors of the genocide of the Armenian genocide from 1915-1917, he hears that his twin daughters are still alive and sets out on a journey to find them. And in this clip, »
- Edward Davis
Have you ever wondered what are the films that inspire the next generation of visionary filmmakers? As part of our monthly Ioncinephile profile, we ask the filmmaker (in this case, Norwegian filmmaker Eskil Vogt) to identify their all time top ten favorite films. Worth noting: this was a last minute request on my part, meaning the Scandi helmer did not have much time to reflect on film history in it’s totality — but Eskil was a great sport and kindly obliged. Vogt’s Blind receives its NYC release on September 4th via the Kim Stim folks and receives its VOD release via Fandor. Here is his top ten as of September 2nd, 2015.
Annie Hall – Woody Allen (1977)
“I almost put Desplechin’s “Ma vie sexuelle” here, but I guess even Desplechin would forgive me for replacing him with this. We are so many filmmakers to admire how Allen seemingly effortlessly gave »
- Eric Lavallee
Since film is fundamentally a visual medium, it is imperative that every shot in a film tells some sort of story. Whether encompassing the patient visual style of a Yasujiro Ozu picture or the cranked-up intensity of Martin Scorsese, a film’s visual language is an essential component of its durability and success. In this regard, the close-up remains one of the more effective and direct techniques in a director’s arsenal. There is nowhere to hide —the camera is the all-seeing eye and the close-up plunges the viewer right into the dark heart of cinema. By forcing us to focus solely on one person’s face, or one distinct image or prop, the director is drawing an emotional through-line between himself and the audience. Alfred Hitchcock understood this concept better than few others. Even Hitch’s minor films feel like miracles of craftsmanship: they are immediate without being messy and to-the-point without being blunt. »
- Nicholas Laskin
Though the actress has never worked with "Social Network" scribe Sorkin before, their names were linked in the Sony email hack when Sorkin said that Blanchett's Oscar-winning performance in "Blue Jasmine" was "nothing close to the degree of difficulty" of the Best Actor-nominated performances that year.
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- Kelly Woo
With the first reviews of the opening night film, Baltasar Kormákur's Everest, already in, the 72 edition of the Venice International Film Festival is off and running. Film critic Neil Young is placing odds on the contenders for the Golden Lion and the frontrunner at the moment is Aleksandr Sokurov's Francofonia. In our preview, we note that honorary awards will be going to Bertrand Tavernier, Jonathan Demme, Brian De Palma and Arturo Ripstein. The screening of Martin Scorsese's new short, The Audition, may have been cancelled "for technical reasons," but otherwise, the lineup looks promising indeed. » - David Hudson »
The five-part fictionalized adaptation of Stibbe’s letters home to her sister is described as a “charming, laugh-out-loud culture-clash drama series” about a young nanny from a provincial town in England finding her feet in 1980s London.
Hornby said: “Nina Stibbe’s book ‘Love, Nina’ has already established itself as a much-loved piece of comic writing and I love it. Her observations and worldview were the inspiration for a show that we think captures the same spirit. It’s been a joy to write and we’re thrilled with the quality of our cast.”
“Love, Nina” reunites Bonham Carter with “Toast” director S.J. Clarkson, who returns to U.K. television after working on U.S. shows. He directed the opening episodes of Marvel and Netflix’s upcoming show “Aka Jessica Jones, »
- Leo Barraclough
If you're a fan of Andrew Garfield's long hair, we've got some bad news. The actor says he's "over it" and is ready to chop it all off. "I'm very excited to," Garfield told me yesterday while promoting his upcoming drama 99 Homes (in theaters Sept. 25). He said having his locks so long has been a "hassle" but he had to grow it out for his work as one of two 17th century Jesuit priests who travel to Japan to find their mentor in the Martin Scorsese-directed Silence. "I had to kind of get lost in the wilderness [in Silence] so no barber shops in the wilderness in the 1600s in Japan," Garfield cracked. "I didn't find one »
The 59Th BFI London Film Festival Announces Full 2015 Programme
You can peruse the programme at your leisure here.
The programme for the 59th BFI London Film Festival in partnership launched today, with Festival Director Clare Stewart presenting this year’s rich and diverse selection of films and events. BFI London Film Festival is Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s oldest film festivals. It introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience. The Festival provides an essential platform for films seeking global success; and promotes the careers of British and international filmmakers through its industry and awards programmes. With this year’s industry programme stronger than ever, offering international filmmakers and leaders a programme of insightful events covering every area of the film industry Lff positions London as the world’s leading creative city.
The Festival will screen a »
The 'overnight success' is a familiar enough narrative in the movie business. Actors are plucked from obscurity and set on the road to stardom. Directors offered major movie deals after one of their shorts goes viral on YouTube.
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, on the other hand, has worked his way up through the ranks of the film industry, culminating in his latest movie, Me And Earl And The Dying Girl, a moving and very funny drama which won a Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Before that, Gomez-Rejon began as an assistant to the likes of Martin Scorsese and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu before moving up to the role of second unit director on movies including Babel and Argo. His work on TV »
Two Tom Hardys for the price of one, a mission to Mars going horribly wrong for Matt Damon and a Jason Statham-less Transporter are among this month's movie treats. Here are five new cinema releases worth seeing over the next four weeks.
1. The Transporter Refuelled
Release date: September 4
Why you should see it: Ditching Jason Statham from the Transporter series sounds like madness, but his replacement Ed Skrein looks like he has the required skills based on the brutal trailers. This time around killer courier Frank Martin meets his dad, who's played by hard-as-nails Punisher star Ray Stevenson. Fists will fly.
Release date: September 4
Why you should see it: This little Us indie caused a stir at Sundance earlier this year and finally arrives in the UK this month. It may not have a mega-budget or big stars, but it's a moving »
James Woods in 'Videodrome.' James Woods in $10 million Twitter lawsuit feud: Crassly vocal right-wing actor goes after two crassly vocal users who attacked him In a letter dated Aug. 21, '15, Twitter attorney Ryan Mrazik ridiculed Surf's Up and Scary Movie 2 actor James Woods, while also highlighting the potentially dangerous precedent of a $10 million lawsuit the 68-year-old entertainer filed against a Twitter user last July. The lawsuit was followed by a subpoena demanding that the social media giant reveal the user's identity and that of another user with whom Woods has been embroiled in the (generally) no-holds-barred Twitterverse. In case you're unfamiliar with the name, these days the two-time Oscar-nominated Woods is best known for a supporting role as a right-wing sociopath in Roland Emmerich's thriller White House Down, starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx (as a liberal-minded U.S. president despised by Woods' character), and for his relentless, »
- Zac Gille
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