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For cinematographer Mihai Malaimare Jr., "A Walk Among the Tombstones," now in theaters, represents his first atmospheric thriller as well as his first experience shooting in New York City. Of course, in discussing the visual style with writer-director Scott Frank, they decided to go for a '70s gritty, de-saturated look, recalling "The French Connection" and "The Parallax View." But adding to the paranoia is the fact that it takes place during the Y2K craze in 1999. In fact, one of the serial killers even points out the irony of people being afraid of the wrong things, which is how he and his partner are able to take their victims totally by surprise. What interested the Romanian cinematographer, who learned his craft collaborating with Francis Ford Coppola ("Tetro," "Youth Without Youth") and Paul Thomas Anderson ("The Master"), was trying to capture New York (Brooklyn, Hell’s Kitchen, Red Hook, »
- Bill Desowitz
The finallists in the awards, now in its 59th year, are:
Kevin Human (UCLA), Hell Is Other Cowboys;
Han-Yee Ling (UCLA), Spaghetti Bridges;
Teresa Sullivan and Aj Marchisello (UCLA), Doubleblind; and
Gaia Violo (UCLA), Absentia.
This year’s judges are: Goldwyn Award-winning filmmaker Allison Anders; producer and former Sony president of worldwide home entertainment, digital distribution and product acquisitions Ben Feingold; and Screen International Us editor Jeremy Kay.
Samuel Goldwyn Sr launched the awards in 1955 at UCLA to encourage young film, stage and television writers.
The awards are open to all students at any University Of California campus and cover screenplays, teleplays and stage plays.
“The Samuel Goldwyn Foundation has always been an ardent supporter of great screenwriters »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
When it comes to the really iconic characters in film history, we tend to get tremendously attached to the actors that play them. We assign ownership to these characters, and kind of forget that they didn’t always belong to the actors that brought them to life. Luke Skywalker wasn’t always Mark Hamill, and Indiana Jones wasn’t always Harrison Ford. Once upon a time, these parts were up for grabs, and these actors had to audition for them just like everybody else, competing with hundreds of other hopefuls. It’s amazing to sit down and watch the auditions that landed them these fantastic roles, which effectively changed the course of their careers.
But equally interesting are the auditions of actors who, for whatever reason, didn’t get the part, but went on to become celebrities for their work on other projects regardless. It’s a classic what if scenario. »
- Audrey Fox
The first photos from The Vampire Diaries‘ sixth season premiere (Oct. 2, The CW) have arrived, and we’re getting all choked up — though not as badly as Luke, who’s literally being choked by everyone’s favorite former hybrid.
Related Fall TV Spectacular: Exclusive Scoop and Photos on 42 Returning Favorites, Including The Vampire Diaries
Yes, Tyler appears to be taking out his anger on the Wonder Twin, not unlike Elena is seen doing in the first Season 6 trailer. (Luke and Liv must have a pretty good reason to be sticking around, considering all the abuse they’re facing.)
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It's like Star Wars, but refracted through a strange lens. Here's Han Solo, but he's green, like the Toxic Avenger, and has gills. Here's Luke Skywalker, but he's a powerful general with a white beard and a flinty look in his eye.
All this can be found in what is now commonly called The Rough Draft of The Star Wars, originally written by George Lucas back in 1974. A kind of mid-point between the somewhat vague ideas Lucas first had for his space fantasy movie earlier in the decade, and the fourth draft - which was used as the shooting script for the 1977 film - The Star Wars is a jarring document from the franchise's early history.
Spoilers for Tusk in the article below! In Tusk, a dipshit podcast host with the world's most ridiculous moustache (Justin Long) gets abducted by a madman, surgically altered, and sewn into a fleshy walrus suit. His captor, who goes by many names and is played to sun-dazzled perfection by Michael Parks, once survived a shipwreck and spent the next several months in a period of unparalleled bliss, living on an island with a benign walrus he named Mr. Tusk. Now, this man periodically enslaves passers-by and implements his transform-into-walrus scheme, and forces them to participate in recreations of those happy, walrus-adjacent months. This is cinema. It's cinema of a certain type, certainly; the payoff of Francis Ford Coppola's long-ago assertion in Hearts of Darkness:...
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George L. Little, a top-notch costume designer who worked on the Kathryn Bigelow films The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, as well as the upcoming reboot of The Fantastic Four, has died. He was 63. Little, who got his start as a costumer on Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 classic Apocalypse Now and contributed to Transcendence — the April release that starred Johnny Depp — died Aug. 29 at his home in Los Angeles, his ex-wife Carlane Passman told The Hollywood Reporter. Passman, a costume supervisor, chose not to divulge details surrounding Little’s death. Little served as costume designer on Tony Scott’s
- Mike Barnes
Martin Scorsese-founded The Film Foundation will partner with India's Film Heritage Foundation for a course entitled "Film Preservation and Restoration School India." The first of its kind intensive film preservation course in the country will be held Feb. 22-28, 2015 in Mumbai. Other collaborators include The Film Foundation's affiliate World Cinema Project, Italy's Fondazione Cineteca Di Bologna and Italian film restoration laboratory L’immagine Ritrovata. The Film Foundation board includes such big-name filmmakers as Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford, Woody Allen, Paul Thomas Anderson, Alexander Payne, Ang Lee and Peter Jackson,
- Nyay Bhushan
How will a lost love affect Bones? Do we spy sparks between Homeland‘s Carrie and Quinn? Who’s the latest royal to visit Once Upon a Time? Who’s at the heart of a Haven mystery? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.
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I’m desperate for some new Bones scoop. Got anything for us about episodes past the premiere? Titles, maybe? –Claudia
You want titles, I’ve got titles! Among the new season’s first batch of episodes, you will find “The »
The 41st annual Telluride Film Festival kicked off with a packed screening of Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now featuring Coppola, screenwriter John Milius (still recovering from his debilitating stroke but in great spirits), cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, producer Fred Roos, and editor and sound designer Walter Murch in attendance for a post-film Q&A. It was the kind of event that represents what Telluride does best as a kind of summer camp for movie lovers: presenting a great film impeccably projected before an appreciative crowd in a casual, conversational atmosphere. There’s something about the environment of Telluride — both the gorgeous Colorado […] »
- Jim Hemphill
“The truth is I’m just an old veteran character actor” says Robert Englund as we sit down to discuss The Last Showing, his latest foray into genre cinema. To find one standing opposite the genial and softly-spoken man who devoured so many hours of sleep by searing to the mind the menacing image of claws piercing first the mattress and then the torso, can only be described as ‘surreal.’ As these words flow onto the page there is a realisation that the reason horror cinema earns our affection was so eloquently phrased by Emily Berrington when she said, “There is a desire to feel that tiny part of your mind that otherwise doesn’t get tapped into.” By touching our sensibilities in a way that we crave, these terrifying encounters remain some of the most evocative and defining moments of the human experience, and therein cinema is our fix. »
- Paul Risker
Honorary Oscars have bypassed women: Angela Lansbury, Lauren Bacall among rare exceptions (photo: 2013 Honorary Oscar winner Angela Lansbury and Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award winner Angelina Jolie) September 4, 2014, Introduction: This four-part article on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Honorary Awards and the dearth of female Honorary Oscar winners was originally posted in February 2007. The article was updated in February 2012 and fully revised before its republication today. All outdated figures regarding the Honorary Oscars and the Academy’s other Special Awards have been "scratched out," with the updated numbers and related information inserted below each affected paragraph or text section. See also "Honorary Oscars 2014 addendum" at the bottom of this post. At the 1936 Academy Awards ceremony, groundbreaking film pioneer D.W. Griffith, by then a veteran with more than 500 shorts and features to his credit — among them the epoch-making The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance — became the first individual »
- Andre Soares
The opening night feed of the 41st Telluride Film Festival
The phenomenal 41st Telluride Film Festival flew by with lightning speed over Labor Day weekend. It kicked off Friday night with a Russian themed feed for the patrons, guests, and staff on main street, and closed with a joyous Labor Day picnic for the film goers in the town park. The weekend was jammed full of docs, a silent film, a screening of Robert Altman’s California Split with George Segal present, and a copious array of new narrative films. Gems of the festival included Birdman, Dancing Arabs, Rosewater and Foxcatcher.
The festival also showcased the highly anticipated North American premieres of Reese Witherspoon in Wild, Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game, and a sneak peak of Benicio Del Toro in Escobar: Paradise Lost. There were in-depth tributes to actress Hilary Swank (who came with the Tommy Lee Jones helmed »
- Lane Scarberry
Justice (Hustisya), 2014
Directed by Joel Lamangan.
A woman fights for her soul while working for a human trafficking agency controlled by a powerful syndicate.
A man and woman act like a couple of love-struck teenagers while another female passenger is not impressed by what she is seeing. A dramatic shift occurs when the three occupants leave the van and reveal themselves to be human traffickers. The operation is run by Vivian who has Biring distribute the necessary bribes and meet with the various members of the illegal network; the two women are close but trouble arises when the former frames the latter for the murder of her lover who had connived to become a business competitor.
Biring has ignored the illicit actions of shoplifters, murderers, kidnappers, politicians and police officers; however, upon becoming »
- Trevor Hogg
Justin Chang: How was your Telluride, Scott? Mine was terrific — though I should note that I don’t really have a frame of reference, being a first-timer at this annual mountainside mecca for movie lovers. Still, I’m happy to report that just about everything I’ve heard is true: the unbeatable backdrop, the near-unbeatable films, above all that wondrous sense that the usual barriers separating filmmakers, journalists and audiences have magically melted away for one long weekend, uniting us all in one collective cinephile bliss-out. This is a festival where you’re as likely to pass Alexander Payne, Mike Leigh or the Dardenne brothers in the street as you are to make it into your next screening, and where a Megan Ellison sighting can send a momentary hush through a screening queue. (“You’re a rock star,” someone told her as we waited in line for Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater, »
- Justin Chang and Scott Foundas
Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.
Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »
- Brian Welk
The USC School of Cinematic Arts is the new home of the Dennis Hopper Collection. The announcement of the collection, an assembly of the late actor and artist’s scripts, awards, film posters, photography and personal letters, was announced by Elizabeth M. Daley, dean of the school.
In collaboration with the Hopper Art Trust and Visions and Voices, the university’s campus-wide arts initiative, a selection from the collection entitled “Part of Being An Artist: The Dennis Hopper Collection, Selected Artwork and Ephemera,” is on display in the Hugh Hefner Exhibition Hall and Cinematic Arts Gallery. It is exclusive to students, faculty and staff through Oct. 9 and open to the public from Oct. 10-Nov. 26.
“We are honored to have the Dennis Hopper Collection here at the School of Cinematic Arts,” said Daley. “The collection spans the eclectic reach of Hopper’s multi-faceted work, and represents to all our students the »
- Shelli Weinstein
True Blood’s final season ended last week, and many lamented the close of their favourite sex-filled vampire saga. Sookie and co. might have vanished into the sunlight of True Blood’s end last month, but that doesn’t mean the blood-sucking undead lovelies that are vampires have to disappear from your life completely.
Bram Stoker’s gothic novel Dracula has been adapted into film more than any other original work, and that’s not even counting the endless variations on the classic vampire story that have been produced under different names and auspices. We’re pretty well familiar with a great deal of vampire films, from F.W. Murnau’s unofficial adaptation Nosferatu and Francis Coppola’s ’90s Dracula to less well-regarded but equally infamous efforts like the Twilight series and Anne Rice’s Interview With The Vampire.
But before you scour the DVD shelves for the old favourites »
- Mark Allen
In our conversation about his new film Birdman on Sunday — after its triumphant North American premiere at Telluride the night before — I told director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu that I never thought I would see the day when we would be talking about this creator of oh-so-heavy dramas like Amores Perros, Babel, 21 Grams and Biutiful becoming a front runner to win a Golden Globe for comedy. “I have to laugh about that,” he said. “When I hit 50 last year I really thought I should lighten up a little bit. I have been doing some personal stuff that I thought would get me to a very nice place and understand a lot of things that before I didn’t.” He continued to challenge himself by filming Birdman with the illusion that it is one shot from first frame to last. It’s a device, but I must say it works perfectly for »
- Pete Hammond
A Canadian surfer finds himself in the deadliest closeout of his life — on dry land — in “Escobar: Paradise Lost,” which imagines that downfall of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar (played by Benicio Del Toro) as seen through the eyes of a naive acolyte drawn into his web. The directorial debut of veteran Italian actor Andrea di Stefano (“The Prince of Homburg,” “Eat Pray Love”), “Escobar” offers and Di Stefano’s assured, muscular helming. Pickled up during production by Weinstein Co. subsidiary Radius, this smarter-than-average genre pic (scheduled for a Nov. 26 release) could prove a robust performer in niche theatrical and VOD play, especially if it connects with the large and underserved Latino moviegoing crowd.
It’s fitting that Di Stefano took pause to note the presence of Francis Coppola in the audience for the film’s Telluride world premiere, since one needn’t look too hard to see the lipstick »
- Scott Foundas
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