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The Independent Spirit Awards were never supposed to be a harbinger of the Oscars, but in recent years, the booze-infused celebration in Santa Monica—held the night before the Academy Awards—had become just that. All the acting winners at last year’s Oscar ceremony picked up a Spirit first, and so did best picture champ “12 Years a Slave.”
So it’s particularly confusing that this year’s Spirit nominations completely shut out what is supposed to be one of the seasons heavyweights: The Weinstein Co.’s “The Imitation Game.” It wasn’t a good day for Harvey Weinstein in general, since his entire awards season slate of “St. Vincent,” “Begin Again” and “Big Eyes” (which only got a screenplay nod) was left out.
While the Oscar voters and Spirit nominating commit don’t overlap, in a competitive awards season, these nominations do matter. It gently nudges voters on which »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Jenelle Riley
Heinrichs has served as production designer on films such as "Sleepy Hollow," "Fargo," "The Big Lebowski," the second and third "Pirates of the Caribbean" films, "The Wolfman," "Frankenweenie" and "Captain America: The First Avenger". [Source: Variety]
Now You See Me 2
In the new film, the Four Horsemen resurface and find themselves face to face with a new enemy who enlists them to pull off their most dangerous heist yet. [Source: Coming Soon]
Steve Jobs Biopic
- Garth Franklin
As anticipation grows for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, arriving in theaters this weekend, Star Wars: Episode VIII is firming up its behind-the-scenes team. Rick Heinrichs has officially come aboard the project to serve as production designer. His previous movies include Captain America: The First Avenger and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
Aside from the June announcement that Rian Johnson will write and direct both Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX, Rick Heinrichs is the only other confirmed crew member announced regarding these follow-ups to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We reported in August that Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley will be back for the sequels. That has never been confirmed by Disney or LucasFilm.
Kino Classics refurbishes Robert Weine’s 1920 landmark title The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, the film that marked the birth of German Expressionism as well as the flagship of the horror film genre. Tempered by bookends meant to diminish interpretations of parallelism between insanity and authority, its stark, jagged angles and ingenious uses of shadows predates the dark beauty of film noir, featuring fantastic set designs that still rival the ability of contemporary film. Eerie, carnivalesque, and as arresting as ever, it’s a title worthy of this remastered revisit.
The story of Caligari, developed by Carl Mayer (responsible for Murnau’s Sunrise and The Last Laugh) and Hans Janowitz, is incredibly simple. Basically, the eponymous doctor happens to have control of a sleepwalker that does nefarious deeds for his master, namely murdering inhabitants of the small hamlet late at night. There is a slight twist to the proceedings, though it »
- Nicholas Bell
After being unfairly snubbed for her mesmerizing Great Gatsby track “Young and Beautiful,” somber songstress Lana Del Rey will be taking another shot at Oscar this winter by contributing two new tracks to Tim Burton’s buzzy biopic Big Eyes.
The acclaimed “Born to Die” singer’s contributions to Big Eyes were only revealed when the film started screening for industry insiders a few weeks ago. It’s unclear whether The Weinstein Company, which is behind the pic, will be making a bigger push for Del Rey’s title track “Big Eyes” (which is prominently featured mid-film) or the credit song “I Can Fly.”
Both songs are reportedly written from the perspective of Big Eyes protagonist Margaret Keane (Amy Adams), a painter whose ruthless husband (Christoph Waltz) took the credit for her art for years before she finally ousted him in a courtroom. Many attribute “Young and Beautiful”‘s exclusion »
- Isaac Feldberg
If we go back before the huge success of The Dark Knight (2008) and the media-hyped excitement of The Dark Knight Rises (2012), there still lives a pure gem from Christopher Nolan in the shape of Batman Begins (2005).
Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992) brought our cave and mansion dwelling hero to the big screen in a way no-one had ever expected and those two movies, very specifically, still stand up to the endlessly changeable tests of time. When Joel Schumacher took up the reigns for the likes of Batman Forever (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997), none of us ever thought that the Bat-man would make such an ambitious return some years later when Christopher Nolan turned up with an absolute game-changer for both his back catalogue and the superhero film industry.
Batman Begins remains one of the best of the last 11 years with a truly tremendous origin story that’s swathed in truth, »
- Dan Bullock
★★★★☆Memories of Tim Burton's woeful 2001 Planet of the Apes remake were thankfully replaced with far fonder recollections in 2011 following the release of Rupert Wyatt's Rise of the Planet of the Apes. An earnest entry in the flagging sci-fi franchise and a surprise hit at the international box office, a sequel was quickly green-lit with Wyatt once again penned in to direct. After dropping out of the project due to a conflict in vision with 20th Century Fox, Wyatt was replaced by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In) who, with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), not only carries on the torch of series rejuvenation but has also crafted an eminently darker, grey matter-stimulating post-apocalyptic follow-up sure to please fans. »
- CineVue UK
December 5, 2014
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Running time: 115 mins
Director: Christopher Smith
Running time: 102 mins
Director: Kar Wai Wong
Running time: 108 mins
Men, Women & Children
Director: Jason Reitman
Running time: 120 mins
Director: Simon J Smith, Eric Darnell
Running time: 92 mins
Director: Theodore Melfi
Running time: 102 mins
December 12, 2014
The Hobbit: The Battles of the Five Armies
Director: Peter Jackson
Running time: Tbc mins
December 19, 2014
Running time: 109 mins
What exactly is the state of the Oscar race at this pointc We are only a few days away from the Thanksgiving break and screeners are finally starting to arrive in faster fashion. Just today I received a copy of Inherent Vice, American Sniper and Get On Up and will be seeing A Most Violent Year tomorrow, which leaves only a few films yet to be seen. Of those few, obviously Angelina Jolie's Unbroken is the biggest as it has only had a few showings so far, with the first major press screenings to take place on November 30 (though I'm not scheduled to see it here in Seattle until December 17, after the Bfca nomination deadline). Interestingly enough, I feel there is already backlash building for Unbroken. Universal has pretty much put all their eggs in this one basket, offering a massive preview back in March at CinemaCon, nine months »
- Brad Brevet
How does Iron Man‘s Arc Reactor work? Was Evangeline Lilly scared to do Ant-Man once Edgar Wright left? What is Jennifer Lawrence‘s favorite superhero movie? Which James Bond actor almost played Batman for Tim Burton? Will Lego do an Avengers Helicarrier set? What’s up with this Wolverine Kia? Read about all this and more in […]
- Germain Lussier
The long-in-the-works Janis Joplin biopic, Get It While You Can, will begin shooting in the second half of 2015 in Los Angeles and San Francisco with Amy Adams starring as the singer. Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée is in negotiations to helm the picture, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Ron Terry, who previously executive produced a TV movie about Jimi Hendrix in 2000, and Teresa Kounin Terry wrote the script; Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack, who co-wrote Dallas Buyers Club together, are in negotiations to rewrite it.
Rolling Stone first reported »
We're covering a lot of ground today with the centerpiece being our review of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. We also dig into the Bill Cosby controversy for a second, the death of Mike Nichols, Universal's plans for at least three more Fast & Furious movies, Prometheus 2, Zoolander 2, a few of your questions, some games and a few knicks and knacks along the way. Hope you enjoy! If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. »
- Brad Brevet
If there’s one thing people love to do more than enjoying movies it’s tearing them to shreds. And nothing is more destructive than pointing out a massive plot hole.
There are some pretty big ones out there. How did Cypher manage to go into the Matrix to visit Agent Smith without a techie in the real world? Why does Buzz Lightyear stay still when Andy’s around if he doesn’t think he’s a toy? What time zone do Gremlins measure midnight in (and when does it stop being “after”)? Why does monkey Tim Roth take over Earth at the end of Tim Burton’s The Planet Of The Apes? Ok, so that last one isn’t technically a plot hole, but it’s still really annoying.
The thing is, there’s plenty of plot holes out there with shockingly simple solutions. Far from ruining their movies, »
- Alex Leadbeater
Going in Style: Dustin Hoffman is in talks to join Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine in a remake of the gentle 1979 comedy Going in Style. The original starred George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg as retired friends who decide to rob a bank; Zach Braff is in talks to direct the remake. [Variety/TheWrap] Tinker Bell: Melissa McCarthy will play the fairy heroine Tinker Bell in a new comedy-adventure to be directed by Shawn Levy (Real Steel). Levy came up with the idea and developed it further with McCarthy; Nicholas Stoller (Muppets Most Wanted) has been hired to write the screenplay. [Deadline] Big Eyes: New photos from Tim Burton's upcoming true-life drama Big Eyes showcase dramatic moments for married couple Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz. Also...
- Peter Martin
NBC has announced the next three hosts of Saturday Night Live for the month of December, and they’re mighty promising. James Franco will kick things off on December 6th with his third appearance as host, accompanied by musical guest Nicki Minaj. Franco is well-versed in SNL lore having directed the incredibly fascinating documentary Saturday Night, which provided a first-ever behind-the-scenes look at the weeklong process of making an episode. The actor will of course be promoting his upcoming comedy The Interview in which he stars opposite Seth Rogen, so a Rogen cameo on the episode seems likely. More after the jump. After Franco’s SNL appearance, Martin Freeman will make his hosting debut on December 13th in anticipation of the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and accompanied by musical guest Charli Xcx. Closing out the month just before the holidays, Amy Adams will host »
- Adam Chitwood
"Saturday Night Live" is gearing up for the holiday season, and its gift to you is three star-studded episodes to close out 2014. Kicking things off is the December 6 episode, which will be hosted by "The Interview" star James Franco, who recently directed a behind-the-scenes" look at "SNL." How much do you wanna bet that Seth Rogen crashes the monologue? Franco will be joined by musical guest Nicki Minaj, who will be making her second "SNL" appearance. The following week brings first-time host Martin Freeman ("The Hobbit," "Sherlock") to Studio 8H, where the musical entertainment will be provided by fellow first-timer Charli Xcx. Finally, Oscar nominee Amy Adams, who will soon be seen in Tim Burton's “Big Eyes," will host the episode on December 20. In a curious match of talent, teen heartthrobs One Direction will serve as the musical guest, marking their third time in just over two years. »
- Dave Lewis
DC Comics - Supergirl (Latex) Cosplayer: Evey Dantès - Dantès Inferno Photographer: What A Big Camera ........................................................................ Tmnt - April O'Neil Cosplayer: Evey Dantès - Dantès Inferno Photographer: What A Big Camera ........................................................................ Batman Returns - Catwoman Cosplayer: Evey Dantès - Dantès Inferno Photographer: Andrew Ratter Photography Sequel to Tim Burton's hugely successful 'Batman' (1989). Oswald Cobblepot was abandoned by his parents as a baby. Thirty three years later, bent on revenge, he returns to Gotham City as the Penguin (Danny DeVito). First he begins a warped campaign to become Mayor, helped by millionaire businessman Max Shreck (Christopher Walken); next, he undertakes a mission to murder every first born son in Gotham - a plan which will avenge his own beginnings. Meanwhile, he has two adversaries to contend with: Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer), the embittered ex-secretary of Max Shreck, and, of course, the old caped crusader »
By Anjelica Oswald
Seven years after winning an Oscar for her portrayal of Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose (2007), Marion Cotillard could land a second nomination for her role in Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne’s Two Days, One Night (Deux jours, une nuit), which is Belgium’s Oscar submission. She was also in 2013 Cannes selection The Immigrant, which was released in May of this year. Since La Vie en Rose, Cotillard has mainly worked on small indie films both inside and outside of America, with the exception of Christopher Nolan‘s Inception (2010) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
Cotillard was introduced to acting at a young age — her father was a director and her mother was an actress — and began her career acting in a variety of French TV shows and films. Her first Hollywood role was in Tim Burton‘s Big Fish (2003). She appeared »
- Anjelica Oswald
. As Mike Fleming notes: Today’s Oscar coup goes to The Weinstein Company, which got "The Imitation Game"’s Benedict Cumberbatch on the cover of a Time Magazine article on genius. Walter Isaacson, whose Steven Jobs bio is the basis for the Aaron Sorkin scripted film that Deadline revealed last night will move from Sony to Universal, wrote the piece on genius and Thomas Weber interviewed Cumberbatch. Deadline -Break- Related: 'Selma' intensifies its march on Oscars: Can it go all the way? Esther Zuckerman reports: Tim Burton and Lana Del Rey -- two artists with macabre sensibilities and an interest in kitsch -- are coming together this fall. Del Rey has written two new songs for "Big Eyes," the movie about artist Margaret Keane. One is named after the film’s title and plays midway through the movie. The other, “I Can Fly,” will play over the end credits. Burton’s movie, »
Director Tim Burton and producer/screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski are admittedly drawn to telling tales of characters working on the fringe of society, and particularly about oddball artists of one stripe or another. In our latest video (see above) from The Contenders, Deadline’s annual Oscar showcase, Alexander and Karaszewski talk about what drew them to the stranger-than-fiction story.
The first collaboration between the three came 20 years ago with Ed Wood, about the eccentric and kitschy film director behind Plan 9 From Outer Space (often accorded the ‘honor’ of worst film ever made). Burton’s movie, however, won two Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actor for Martin Landau.
Two decades later, the three are again telling an offbeat story set in a creative environment. Big Eyes, which opens on Christmas and is distributed by The Weinstein Company, is the story of Margaret and Walter Keane.
Five-time Oscar nominee »
- Pete Hammond
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