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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 »
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences voted the awards at their Aug. 25 meeting. Following tradition, AMPAS reps withheld the announcement until they could notify the recipients.
This is the second time the Academy opted for only three nominees. The org can salute up to six people each year: four honorary Oscars, and one apiece for the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and the Thalberg Award, which goes to a producer for their body of work. It’s generally been four honorees, except for 2011, when there were three.
Despite the Acad’s recent attempts to increase international membership, it’s an all-American lineup. And while Rowlands and Lee have worked for major studios, they made their name in the indie world. In reflecting the Academy’s diversity push, the trio consists of two women »
- Tim Gray
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just unveiled its honorees for the 2015 Governors Awards, with Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands landing the annual honorary Oscars and Debbie Reynolds getting the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. The gala is November 14 in Hollywood. The Oscar org can have up to four honorees each year, which can include a winner of the Irving Thalberg Award, which hasn’t been bestowed since 2010 (Francis Ford Coppola) and won’t be again this… »
Is ITV really going to bring back Cold Feet?
That's the rumour, with the broadcaster apparently looking to plug the Downton-shaped hole in its schedule with a revival of the popular comedy-drama.
If it's true, they'll have a job bringing the cast back together - some have gone on to be huge telly and film stars, while others have stepped out of the spotlight entirely...
Nesbitt's carefree lothario Adam Williams met his match in Helen Baxendale's Rachel - the couple overcame infidelity and infertility but were denied lasting happiness when Rachel was killed in a traffic accident.
Since Cold Feet wrapped, Nesbitt has become one of British television's most in-demand leading men.
He fronted BBC One's gritty cop series Murphy's Law from 2003-07, led Steven Moffat's supernatural thriller Jekyll - also in 2007 - and played the title character in ITV's short-lived medical drama Monroe (2011-12).
Of late, »
On the 28th anniversary of that legendary dance lift, the actress has since dated some of Hollywood's biggest A-listers, won a Us reality TV show and starred in no fewer than 11 TV movies. But it was a dramatic "nose job from hell" that meant that her star faded and her burgeoning career took a very different path.
What she did first
8 celebrity couples who tried to nail Dirty Dancing's iconic lift scene
Jennifer's early career saw her bag roles in some stone-cold '80s classics. She made a fleeting appearance in Francis Ford Coppola's The Cotton Club before teaming up with Patrick Swayze on Red Dawn. You'll also remember her from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, playing »
August 25 will be a big night for Academy board members: That’s when they select 2015 recipients of the Governors Awards.
According to the website, AMPAS encourages members of the Academy to weigh in. They didn’t say anything about non-members, but why not? Movie fans have strong ideas too.
So here are some proposals: Michael Apted, whose range includes the “Seven Up!” docus to “Coal Miner’s Daughter”; Tsui Hark, a key figure in Asia’s action films; Richard Lester, the influential director; documaker extraordinaire Frederick Wiseman; and actress-director Jeanne Moreau. Incredibly, none has ever been nominated for an Oscar. And how about activist Rob Reiner for the Hersholt?
Variety exec editor Steven Gaydos also offers some stellar names for consideration: Gilles Jacob, who led the Cannes Fest for decades; producer-casting pro Fred Roos, whose groundbreaking credits include “The Godfather” and “American Graffiti”; Brit filmmaker Ken Loach; American actress Gena Rowlands »
- Tim Gray
Welcome to the latest installment of our summer trip through "The Sopranos" season 1. When I revisited early seasons of "The Wire," as well as the whole run of "Deadwood," I did separate versions of each review for newcomers and veterans, but over time realized that the newcomers weren't commenting much, if at all, and that it therefore made sense to simply do one review. Any significant spoilers for episodes beyond the one being reviewed will be contained in a separate section at the end of the review; so long as you avoid that, and the comments, you should be fine. Thoughts on the eleventh episode, “Nobody Knows Anything," coming up just as soon it's 1954 inside this house... "This is our friend we're talking about here." -Tony After "A Hit Is A Hit" put most of the bigger season 1 stories on pause, "Nobody Knows Anything" presses play on one of the »
- Alan Sepinwall
Tim Burton fans rejoiced last week with news that a “Beetlejuice 2” is in the works nearly 27 years after the original film. Lovers of the 1988 flick are (dare we say) dying for more of Michael Keaton’s stripe-suited spirit, but we have to ask: What is taking the second film so long? Sometimes, in film franchises as in life, the good stuff is worth the wait. Here are 10 more movie sequels that took a decade (or longer) to arrive. “The Godfather: Part III”The third part of one of the most beloved trilogies of all time, “Part III” was released more than 15 years after its 1972 and 1974 predecessors. It picks up the story of Al Pacino’s (now aging) mafioso Michael Corleone, but received mix reviews in comparison to the first two “Godfather” films. Still, Francis Ford Coppola’s belated third installment earned seven Oscar nominations, and remains part of the classic film canon. »
Blowing vintage Rolls-Royce cars up, showing the glitz and the glamour mixed with the blood grime, photographer Tyler Shields definitely has his own style. One of the most infamous photographers of his time, Shields has shot everything from the stars of today and tomorrow to controversial photos of thought-provoking images such as an African-American man hanging a Kkk member. Tyler has a very visual eye, and it shows in his work as a photographer, so when it was announced that Shields would be making his directorial debut with the survivalist horror film, Final Girl, it seemed like a very natural next step in his evolution as a visual artist. The film, which makes its theatrical and VOD debut today, is a visual treat, a horror film that is full of excellent performances and an ability to make every single shot look like the beautiful photography that Shields is know for. »
- Jerry Smith
Late-night host and comedian Jimmy Fallon has renewed his deal with NBC Entertainment, extending it six years and signing on through September 2021. Since Jimmy Fallon took over as host in February 2014, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon has dominated the late-night landscape versus all timeslot competition, winning in total viewers, the 18-49 demo and all other key ratings categories. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is America's #1 late-night talk show, averaging a 1.11 rating, 5 share in adults 18-49 and 3.8 million viewers overall for the 2014-15 season. Tonight dominates the time period over its ABC and CBS competition with a +79% margin of victory in adults 18-49. Here's what Steve Burke, Chief Executive Office, NBCUniversal, had to say about extending the talk show host's deal.
"Jimmy has been an important member of the NBCUniversal family for 17 years. He is extraordinarily talented, hard-working and brings a level of creativity and energy every single day »
Early this morning I left the cinema from one film on the way to another when a friend said why not this instead of that? Since nothing was driving me in my original direction more than curiosity, and my friend's own sparked more than enough for this other possibility, my path was diverted, as can happen so serendipitously at a film festival. And indeed I owe my friend thanks, as what I saw, Thithi, the debut feature by 25-year-old independent Indian director Raam Reddy, is the best new film I've so far seen in Locarno.Its beginning already promised greatness: a crumpled down, cranky old man sits in his village thoroughfare hilariously heckling and insulting every man, woman and child passing him by, each of whom pay him no mind. Walking to the nearest alley to relieve himself, this venerable citizen keels over, sending the story after his elderly son, »
- Daniel Kasman
It has been a long time since I was in the same room with director Michael Cimino. My first job out of Nyu Cinema Studies was in the publicity department at United Artists in New York, where I witnessed the long delays on Cimino’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning 1978 anti-war diatribe “The Deer Hunter,” the period western “Heaven’s Gate.” The director got caught up in chasing authenticity in the myriad details of the production, training for weeks the cast led by Kris Kristofferson and Isabelle Huppert to roller-skate for one scene—and demanding endless retakes until he shot more feet of film, over 1 million, than even Francis Coppola did on another memorably out-of-control UA movie, “Apocalypse Now.” The original $11 million budget bloated to $32 million (Cimino’s figure), as recounted in Steven Bach's "Final Cut: Art, Money and Ego in the Making of 'Heaven's Gate.' “Heaven’s »
- Anne Thompson
Christopher Nolan recently announced a new project entitled Quay, a documentary short about two British stop-motion animators. Set to premiere next week, it’s a far cry from Nolan’s blockbusters in both scope and subject matter. Yet it’s clearly a personal project, with Nolan using his clout and money to promote two obscure filmmakers.
Every artist – director, star, screenwriter – has some project that they want to make above all. A deeply personal, original idea; an autobiographical story; a favored story or hero they wish to celebrate. If a filmmaker is successful or lucky enough, they get a chance to produce them. Yet sometimes the reaction isn’t what they expect.
Francis Ford Coppola started his career directing exploitation films for Roger Corman, notably the horror film Dementia 13 (1963). Then he toiled as screenwriter and occasional director, helming the musical Finian’s Rainbow (1968) and the more personal The Rain People »
- Christopher Saunders
The Deauville American Film Festival is set to pay homage to American star Keanu Reeves during its 41st edition which is set to take place Sept.4-14.
As part of the tribute, Deauville will host a retrospective of Reeves’s most popular movies.
“Forever Neo from ‘Matrix,’ Jonathan Harker in ‘Dracula’ or Le Chevalier Danceny in ‘Dangerous Liaisons,’ Keanu Reeves has demonstrated his ability to take on extremely varied roles during his long and impressive movie career. He has worked with directors such as Gus Van Sant, Francis Ford Coppola, Bernardo Bertolucci and more recently Richard Linklater,” the festival said.
Reeves, who will be present in Deauville, made his directorial debut on Chinese/U.S. co-production “Man of Tai Chi,” a martial arts drama inspired by the life of stuntman Tiger Chen that came out in 2013.
- Elsa Keslassy
Woody Allen has worked with some terrific cinematographers in his time — Gordon Willis, Darius Khondji, Sven Nyquist, and Vilmos Zsigmond, among others — and for his 2016 movie, which begins shooting very soon, he's knocking another great craftsman off his bucket list. Vittorio Storaro will reportedly lens the upcoming picture, which is pretty exciting stuff. The cinematographer is a three time Academy Award-winner for "Apocalypse Now," "Reds," and "The Last Emperor," and counts Bernardo Bertolucci, Francis Ford Coppola, and Warren Beatty among the filmmakers he's worked with. Read More: Woody Allen's Next Untitled Movie Adds Anna Camp, Kristen Stewart, Corey Stoll, And More The collaboration should be an interesting one as Woody Allen Pages reports that the film, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Bruce Willis, Corey Stoll, Ken Stott, Anna Camp, Stephen Kunken, Sari Lennick, Paul Schneider, and »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Director's Chair is currently the best show on TV about filmmaking. It's a very cool, candid series on El Rey Network where Robert Rodriguez interviews some of the greatest directors of our time. In the past he's done John Carpenter, Quentin Tarantino, Guillermo del Toro, and Francis Ford Coppola, just to name a few. And for his next episode he'll sit down with none other than Heat, Miami Vice, and The Insider director Michael Mann. Mann's episode of The Director's Chair, which is a must-watch for anyone who has been a fan of Mann's over the years, airs Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 9Pm Est, so set your Dvrs now. And if you're a Miami Vice fan, set it to record even earlier in the day. Starting at 5Pm, El Rey will air four episodes of Miami...
- Peter Hall
While not a perfect movie, Bram Stoker's Dracula holds a special place in my horror heart and it's a movie I often revisit. Unfortunately, the old Blu-ray was lacking, but Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is rectifying that just in time for Halloween with an all-new 4K restoration:
Press Release: "Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Sphe) launches the Supreme Cinema Series line with Bram Stokers Dracula on Blu-ray and Digital HD on Oct. 6. The first-of-its-kind, SPHEs acrylic Clear Case limited edition collectors packaging will only be available while supplies last.
The Supreme Cinema Series edition of Bram Stokers Dracula includes 24-pages of rare photos, behind-the-scenes detail and an all-new personalized written introduction from Director Francis Ford Coppola. Coppola, along with his son, Second Unit/Visual Effects Director, Roman Coppola, together participated in a new, on-camera retrospective, reflecting on how the film has impacted their lives and careers. The bonus features also offer »
- Jonathan James
While watching it over and over on Netflix streaming seems good enough, it’s not. You need a quality Blu-ray release of Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula to really enjoy this comic book-esque horror tale that’s both bizarre and colorful. There’s tons of deep colors in Dracula, including a lot of blacks, which makes this […] »
Sony is dipping into its extensive vault to launch a new limited edition Blu-ray line this fall. Dubbed the Supreme Cinema Series, the collection of classics presented like they never have before will kick off with Bram Stroker's Dracula on October 6, 2015.
The Supreme Cinema Series aims to live up to its name with new "clear case" packaging, full 4k video restorations, and Dolby Atmos audio track (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible) remixed specifically for home theaters including overhead audio.A standalone traditional Blu-ray edition of Bram Stoker's Dracula will be made available the same day with the same disc specs, but it won't have the "clear case" packaging or 24-page book full of rare photos, behind-the-scenes detail and an all-new personalized written introduction from Director Francis Ford Coppola.
New bonus features that will be available on both new Blu-ray editions of Bram Stoker's Dracula include the following:
Reflections in Blood: Francis Ford Coppola »
Aside from Keanu Reeves being horribly miscast as Jonathan Harker, Bram Stoker’s Dracula from Francis Ford Coppola remains one of our favorite tellings of the classic vampire tale. Finally Sony has announced it’s getting a Blu-ray and DVD Edition to… Continue Reading →
- Steve Barton
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