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Sony Pictures Imageworks, celebrating its 25th anniversary, is unique in Hollywood as the only studio-run visual effects and animation division. Formed in 1992 (now headquartered in Vancouver), Imageworks alternates between live-action/CG hybrids and animation with its younger sister, Sony Pictures Animation, which was founded in 2002.
Imageworks has won two Oscars (“Spider-Man 2” VFX and “The ChubbChubbs!” animated short) along with an Academy Sci-Tech award this year for an advanced shading program. But Imageworks first cut its teeth on “Speed,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Jumanji,” “Starship Troopers,” and “Contact” before tackling “Stuart Little” in 1999, the first-cg-animated character to star in a live-action feature.
Since then, Imageworks spear-headed performance capture-based virtual production with director Robert Zemeckis (“Polar Express,” “Monster House”), and has continued to work on franchises including “Spider-Man” (“Homecoming” opens this week), “The Smurfs,” and “Hotel Transylvania.”
Here’s our ranking of the 10 best VFX moments from Imageworks:
10. Re-Inventing Invisibility »
- Bill Desowitz
In an interview with Out Magazine, Oscar winner Emma Stone revealed that multiple male co-stars have taken lower salaries in order to match her own. “In my career so far, I’ve needed my male co-stars to take a pay cut so that I may have parity with them,” she said.
“And that’s something they do for me because they feel it’s what’s right and fair. That’s something that’s also not discussed, necessarily—that our getting equal pay is going to require people to selflessly say, “That’s what’s fair.” If my male co-star, who has a higher quote than me but believes we are equal, takes a pay cut so that I can match him, that changes my quote in the future and changes my life.”
- Jude Dry
"There's not a single thing I don't hate about Bobby Riggs." Fox Searchlight UK has revealed a new trailer for the indie sports comedy Battle of the Sexes, from the directors of Little Miss Sunshine and Ruby Sparks. Set in the 1970s, the comedy profiles the true story of a wacky tennis match between Emma Stone as tennis champ Billie Jean King, and Steve Carell as chauvinist Bobby Riggs. The match earned attention as a true "battle of the sexes", but there seems to be more going on than just tennis. The full cast includes Elisabeth Shue, Andrea Riseborough, Natalie Morales, Alan Cumming, Eric Christian Olsen, Sarah Silverman, and Martha MacIsaac. This seems very funny and fun to watch, looking forward to it. Here's the second official trailer for Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris's Battle of the Sexes, on YouTube: You can still watch the first official trailer for Battle of the Sexes here, »
- Alex Billington
Author: Scott Davis
Directed by Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton, the filmmakers behind Little Miss Sunshine, the film tells the true story of the match between tennis greats Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) and Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) from the 1970’s that was dubbed the “Battle of the Sexes”. The film is produced by Danny Boyle (T2 Trainspotting), amongst others, and is written by Simon Beaufoy, the Academy Award Winning writer of Slumdog Millionaire.
Here’s the official synopsis:
In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 tennis match between women’s World #1 Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men’s-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the Battle Of The Sexes and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world. As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. The fiercely private King was not only championing for equality, but also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, as her friendship with Marilyn Barnett (Andrea Riseborough) developed. And Riggs, one of the first self-made media-age celebrities, wrestled with his gambling demons, at the expense of his family and wife Priscilla (Elisabeth Shue). Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court, sparking discussions in bedrooms and boardrooms that continue to reverberate today.
The film also stars Andrea Riseborough (Birdman), Sarah Silverman (The Book of Henry), Bill Pullman (Independence Day: Resurgence) and Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) and is set to open in UK cinemas on October 20th.
- Scott Davis
Fox Searchlight have debuted the brand new trailer for the forthcoming real-life story Battle Of The Sexes, the tennis-themed drama that stars Steve Carell and Oscar-winner Emma Stone. Watch the new Battle Of The Sexes trailer below.
In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 tennis match between women’s World #1 Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men’s-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the ‘Battle Of The Sexes’ and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world.
As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. The fiercely private King was not only championing for equality, but also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, as her friendship with Marilyn Barnett (Andrea Riseborough) developed. And Riggs, one of the first self-made media-age celebrities, wrestled with his gambling demons, at the expense of his family and wife Priscilla (Elisabeth Shue). Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court, sparking discussions in bedrooms and boardrooms that continue to reverberate today.
Related: Watch the first Battle Of The Sexes trailer
Fox Searchlight Pictures have announced that the film will arrive in cinemas across the UK and Ireland from October 20th, 2017, which is smack in the middle of awards season. So, does this bode well for the forthcoming movie? We’ll obviously let you know as soon as possible.
For now, check out that brand new Battle Of The Sexes trailer below.
- Paul Heath
Annapurna, the production company run by Megan Ellison which was behind “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Spring Breakers,” and “20th Century Women,” is steadily expanding its new distribution wing. The company has set awards-friendly fall dates for “Death Wish” and “Professor Marston & The Wonder Women.” The first, from the reigning king of horror Eli Roth will be released on November 22, with Angela Robinson’s biopic of Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston coming out October 27.
A crime thriller about a widower vigilante, “Death Wish” stars Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio and Elisabeth Shue in a re-make of the 1974 film starring Charles Bronson. An executive producer on Jordan Peeele’s “Get Out,” Roth steps out of his considerably lucrative horror comfort zone with the action drama. “Death Wish” is produced by MGM, Annapurna’s international distribution partner.
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- Jude Dry
Annapurna Pictures, which is launching Aug. 4 with Kathryn Bigelow’s historical drama “Detroit,” is already partnered with MGM on its international releases. “Hostel” director Eli Roth helmed the “Death Wish” remake and former MGM co-chairman Roger Birnbaum is producing.
Paramount released the original “Death Wish,” starring Charles Bronson, in 1974 with Michael Winner directing and Dino De Laurentiis producing. The original was based on the Brian Garfield novel about vigilante Paul Kersey, who goes after criminals when his wife is murdered and his daughter is left catatonic after being sexually assaulted during a home invasion.
Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Signs Distribution Deals for Japan, France, Italy
The $3 million film was a major success, grossing $22 million at the box office in 1974. Bronson starred in four “Death Wish” sequels, concluding »
- Dave McNary
Author: Scott Davis
The first trailer for the hugely anticipated dramedy biopic Battle of the Sexes has arrived and you can view it in the player below.
The film chronicles the story of famous tennis match from the early 1970s which saw Wimbledon champion Bobby Riggs take on Billie Jean King in one of the biggest and most-watched sporting events ever broadcast on television. Academy Award Winner Emma Stone (La La Land, Birdman) stars as King, the famous tennis player who had to struggle with the fight for equal pay as well as her own personal demons with her sexuality.
Steve Carell (Foxcatcher, Despicable Me 3) plays Riggs, a former champion who is desperate to reclaim his “crown” and become a star once again. The film, from the directors of Little Miss Sunshine and Ruby Sparks, is set for a prime Awards season spot later this year.
Here’s the »
- Scott Davis
Yesterday, Fox Searchlight began the process of creating excitement for one of their big Oscar hopefuls this year. They did that by dropping the first Trailer for Battle of the Sexes, a pseudo biopic that also could be the rare recent sports related movie to score with the Academy. Done properly, the story contained here is big time awards bait. That all remains to be seen, obviously, but the possibilities here are certainly strong. The Trailer pretty much suggests as much too. You’ll be able to see it at the end of this article, as per the usual, but first…a bit of analysis! The film is a look at the legendary tennis match between champions Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell). King was the current number one player in the world in 1973, while Riggs was a former champ and basically a side show act at the time. »
- Joey Magidson
One of the most anticipated movies of the year, Battle of the Sexes is sure to take part in some competitions of its own -- namely awards contests. The true sports drama stars a recent Best Actress Oscar winner and a past Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee and is the latest from a pair of directors whose feature debut was nominated for Best Picture. Watch the new trailer for the movie that pits Emma Stone against her Crazy, Stupid, Love co-star Steve Carell here: When it comes out: September 22 Who is in it: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, Alan Cumming, Sarah Silverman, Elisabeth Shue, Natalie Morales, Bill Pullman, Austin Stowell, Jessica McNamee What it is about: In 1973, self-admitted chauvinist Bobby Riggs challenged...
- Christopher Campbell
Emma Stone and Steve Carell take the court as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in the thrilling new trailer for Battle of the Sexes. The film chronicles King and Riggs' famous 1973 tennis match and opens September 22nd.
The new trailer captures the ridiculous media spectacle that surrounded the King-Riggs match-up, as well as its significant cultural underpinnings. While Carell's Riggs – boasting bushy, Seventies-style sideburns – spews all sorts of sexist nonsense and returns lobs with a frying pan, Stone's King fights for her rightful place in the history books and »
A chauvinistic goofball attempting to undermine the female population might strike a little too much of a chord in today’s age, but a new sports dramedy depicts just that. The Battle of the Sexes, which captures the 1973 rivalry between Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) has now debuted its first trailer ahead of a fall release by Fox Searchlight.
Coming from Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine, Ruby Sparks), the trailer sells a relatively light tone when compared to the usually more intense genre of the sports movie. “This was a really important and serious time in the women’s liberation movement, and it was one of the first times that a political issue was acted out in the circus-like atmosphere,” co-director Dayton says to People. “It just felt incredibly relevant to today’s time.”
- Leonard Pearce
"I'm done talking, let's play!" Yes!! Fox Searchlight has debuted the first trailer for the indie sports comedy Battle of the Sexes, the latest feature from the directors of Little Miss Sunshine and Ruby Sparks. The comedy stars Emma Stone and Steve Carell and is set in the 1970s, based on the true story of a wacky tennis match between these two individuals. The name is spot on - it was (and still is) a "battle of the sexes", but the spunky awkwardness of the whole thing makes for hilarious moments for us to now enjoy on the big screen. The cast includes Elisabeth Shue, Andrea Riseborough, Natalie Morales, Alan Cumming, Eric Christian Olsen, Sarah Silverman, and Martha MacIsaac. This looks as good as I was hoping, perhaps even better, can't wait to see it. I dig the vintage Fox Searchlight logo, and I love the poster as well. Here's »
- Alex Billington
Fox Searchlight Pictures has released the first trailer, poster and photos for Battle of the Sexes, starring Steve Carell and Emma Stone. This biopic reunites both actors after having previously shared the big screen in 2010's Crazy Stupid Love. This time around, there is no love lost between their characters, two tennis rivals who decide to settle their differences on the court, in a nationally televised match that would change the sport forever.
What fans don't see in this trailer from Fox Searchlight is that Steve Carell's Bobby Riggs had already won the first Battle of the Sexes on Mother's Day 1973, although it isn't clear if that will be shown in this new biopic. After Billie Jean King turned down his first challenge, Margaret Court, who at the time was the top-ranked female player in the world, stepped in to face the 55-year-old tennis veteran, but he easily beat her in straight sets. »
David Crow Simon Brew Jul 5, 2017
And here's the latest trailer from the end of June, following the debut trailer in May...
In 1973, it really was hailed as the battle of the sexes: a tennis match between a woman in her prime who won several grand slams and a slew of titles against an old tennis champ who, despite being more than 25 years older than her, claimed he could still beat her because men are naturally better.
The tennis exhibition match with a grand prize of $100,000 in the middle is still one of the sport’s most viewed events and made Billie Jean King a feminist legend when she put a cork in the mouth »
“I had a great idea,” Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) tells Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) over the phone in the new trailer for “Battle of the Sexes.” “‘Male Chauvinist Pig versus Hairy-Legged Feminist.’ You’re still a feminist, right?” Completely over it, Billie Jean replies, “I’m a tennis player who happens to be a woman.”
“By the way, I shave my legs,” she informs the self-proclaimed sexist before hanging up on him.
Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton’s (“Little Miss Sunshine”) upcoming comedy is based on the true story of King v. Riggs, the much-hyped 1973 tennis match — also known as “the Battle of the Sexes” — that became a cultural shorthand for women’s rights, especially as they pertain to sports.
The footage gives us glimpses of Riggs’ obnoxious behavior, Billie Jean’s burgeoning romance with Marilyn Barnett (Andrea Riseborough, “Birdman”), and some good old-fashioned shit-talking between the opponents. “Keep talking, Bobby,” Billie Jean laughs during a press conference. “The more nonsense you spout, the worse it’s gonna be when you lose.”
Trailer Watch: Emma Stone Tackles Sexism on the Tennis Court in “Battle of the Sexes” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
The electrifying 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as The Battle Of The Sexes and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time. The match caught the zeitgeist and sparked a global conversation on gender equality, spurring on the feminist movement.
Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposite sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. With a supportive husband urging her to fight the Establishment for equal pay, the fiercely private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, »
- Melissa Thompson
In 1973, tennis stars Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs agreed to play against one another in a highly publicized match billed as "The Battle of the Sexes." Decades later, Crazy Stupid Love costars Emma Stone and Steve Carell are reuniting to play King and Riggs in a movie that looks like a shoo-in for award season praise. Be sure to prepare yourself for good-guy Carell's portrayal of the chauvinistic, showboating Riggs. Stone may have another Oscar-winning role with feminist icon King, who - spoiler alert - ends up defeating Riggs in the match. The movie, also starring Elisabeth Shue, Alan Cumming, and Sarah Silverman, is out Sept. 22! »
- Maggie Pehanick
Fox Searchlight Pictures has just released the trailer for the highly-anticipated historical comedy “The Battle of the Sexes,” which sees Emma Stone and Steve Carell literally go head-to-head as opponents in a world famous tennis match. The true story centers on the 1973 game between Billie Jean King (Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Carell) that took on a life of its own during the early innings of the feminist movement.
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Directed by Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton, (“Little Miss Sunshine,” “Ruby Sparks”), the film hits theaters on September 22, 2017. The film co-stars Elisabeth Shue, Alan Cumming and Sarah Silverman. Here’s the official synopsis:
The electrifying 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs was billed as ‘The Battle of the Sexes’ and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time. »
- Graham Winfrey
Why so glum, chum? Movies are fun and they need watching.
In the immortal words of Shane Black via Geena Davis in The Long Kiss Goodnight, “Life is pain. Get used to it.” These days life has been really painful though, and it’s not so easy to get used to it. Thankfully movies are always here to pick us up when we need it, or bring us down if we’re looking to wallow. This month we’ve made a list of movies that will leave you smiling and feeling good about humanity after you watch them — at least for a little while. Click on their titles to be taken to their Netflix pages.
Pick of the Month: Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
It’s possible that Big Trouble in Little China might be the stupidest movie ever made. It’s about a fast-talking, rock-stupid, man-child truck driver battling Asian mystics over the fate of his »
- Nathan Adams
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