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"Lucy" will be discussed soon on the podcast but at least one member of Scarjo-loving Tfe refuses to see it. Here's Matthew Eng to tell you why. - Editor
I don't care if Lucy is every bit the gloriously silly and shamelessly outré action fireworks show that gung-ho summer audiences have made into a "surprise hit." I care even less that Luc Besson has managed to curb his own gonzo cheese-fest tendencies to a running time of less than 90 minutes, compared to the ceaselessly spinning tops and chiseled self-mythologizing of every Christopher Nolan movie post-Insomnia. And, though it's been tempting, I finally don't care that Besson and Co. have seemingly put the newly-rejuvenated Scarlett Johansson (so good in Under the Skin; so great in Don Jon) on a pedestal of full-out Film Goddess proportions, in a genre where movies in which women are front and center and not merely »
- Matthew Eng
All good things must come to an end at some point. Yes folks, this is the final installment of this series of mine, and as such, it’s (hopefully) a bit of a doozy…the Best Picture field. Without a doubt, this is the big one, so it’s the one where the list will be the most important and I hope interesting to look at as well. Obviously, I could go on and on in preparation right now, waxing poetic and teasing, but at this point I know how the game works here for everyone. You all just want to see the lists that I do anyhow, so I have no problem obliging you good people there in that particular regard one more time. All you have to do is just be patient over the next paragraph or so and you’ll get the goods front and center for your reading pleasure… »
- Joey Magidson
Willem Dafoe has played tough guys in films like “To Live and Die in L.A.,” starred in boundary-pushing pics like “The Last Temptation of Christ,” and been Oscar-nommed for his roles in “Platoon” and “Shadow of the Vampire.” He got sentimental as he reflected on coming of age in the 1970s New York theater scene and starring in his first film, 1981’s “Breakdown” (later retitled “The Loveless”). That film, which earned him his first mention in Variety, also marked the debut of director Kathryn Bigelow.
How did you get the “Loveless” role?
Kathryn saw an early performance of the Wooster Group’s “Point Judith” at the Performing Garage in New York City, where I was playing a roustabout on an oil rig. She called me the next day, and offered me the part.
What was it like seeing your name in Variety?
I’d been a glorified extra in “Heaven’s Gate, »
- Whitney Friedlander
Now that the dust is settling around the recent flurry of fall film festival announcements, one promising entry is a Toronto world premiere: Norwegian actress-writer-director Liv Ullmann's adaptation of Swedish playwright August Strindberg’s 1888 classic "Miss Julie." The film starring Jessica Chastain ("Zero Dark Thirty"), Colin Farrell ("Saving Mr. Banks") and Samantha Morton ("A.I.") seeks a North American distributor. Whether it would make it into this year's Oscar race depends on how it plays in Toronto. French international sales agency Wild Bunch is handling sales. Chastain has been in-demand, earning back-to-back Oscar nominations for supporting actress for "The Help" in 2012 and Best Actress in Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" in 2013. The Weinstein Company plans an awards push for the single-film version of "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby" which debuted as two films »
- Anne Thompson
Five first-time governors have been elected to the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences board.
The first-time governors are: Kate Amend, documentary branch; Daniel R Fellman, executives branch; Albert Berger, producers branch; Bob Rogers, short films and feature animation branch; and Mark Mangini, sound branch.
Re-elected governors are: Annette Bening, actors branch; Lora Kennedy, casting directors branch; Jeffrey Kurland, costume designers branch; Rick Carter, designers branch; Michael Tronick, film editors branch; Kathryn Blondell, make-up artists and hairstylists branch; Cheryl Boone Isaacs, public relations branch; and Phil Robinson, writers branch.
The Academy’s 17 branches are each represented by three governors, who may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms.
Governors who were not up for re-election and who continue on the board are Ed Begley, Jr and [link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors has voted in a new board--as they do every year, as various members' terms expire. They include five first-time governors, eight reelected incumbents and four returning previous governors. The Academy’s 17 branches, including the new casting Directors Branch, are each represented by three governors for a total of 51 spots. They may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms. The Academy has been trying to beef up the number of women on the Board. By my count they now number 14, including studio chief Amy Pascal, producer Kathleen Kennedy, director Kathryn Bigelow, writer Robin Swicord, and actress Annette Bening. The first-time governors: Kate Amend, Documentary Branch; Daniel R. Fellman, Executives Branch; Albert Berger, Producers Branch; Bob Rogers, Short Films and Feature Animation Branch; and Mark Mangini, Sound Branch. The reelected governors: Annette Bening, Actors Branch; Lora Kennedy, »
- Anne Thompson
Election results for the Academy's Board of Governors have been revealed for 2014-2015, yielding five first-timers and eight reelected incumbents. Additionally, four previous governors are returning to the Board. First-timers include Kate Amend (Documentary Branch), Daniel R. Fellman (Executives Branch), "Nebraska" producer Albert Berger (Producers Branch), Bob Rogers (Short Films and Feature Animation Branch) and "Aladdin" and "The Fifth Element" sound editor Mark Mangini (Sound Branch). Reelected are actress Annette Bening (Actors Branch), Lora Kennedy (Casting Directors Branch), "Inception" costumer Jeffrey Kurland (Costume Designers Branch), "Green Hornet" and "2 Guns" editor Michael Tronick (Film Editors Branch), Leonardo DiCaprio's hair stylist Kathryn Blondell (Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch), Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (Public Relations Branch) and "Field of Dreams" writer/director Phil Robinson (Writers Branch). Governors returning after a hiatus are "Passion of the Christ" director of photography Caleb Deschanel (Cinematographers Branch), "Glory" and "Blood Diamond" director Edward Zwick (Directors »
- Kristopher Tapley
Five first-time governors have been elected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors. In addition, eight incumbents have been reelected and four previous governors are returning to the Board.
The first-time governors are Kate Amend, Documentary Branch; Daniel R. Fellman, Executives Branch; Albert Berger, Producers Branch; Bob Rogers, Short Films and Feature Animation Branch; and Mark Mangini, Sound Branch.
The reelected governors are Annette Bening, Actors Branch; Lora Kennedy, Casting Directors Branch; Jeffrey Kurland, Costume Designers Branch; Rick Carter, Designers Branch; Michael Tronick, Film Editors Branch; Kathryn Blondell, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch; Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Public Relations Branch; and Phil Robinson, Writers Branch.
The Academy’s 17 branches are each represented by three governors, who may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms. »
- Michelle McCue
Five first-time governors have been elected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences board of governors. In addition, eight incumbents have been reelected and four previous governors are returning.
The re-election of Cheryl Boone Isaacs in the PR branch is no surprise, but it paves the way for her re-election as AMPAS president.
The reelected governors are Annette Bening, actors; Lora Kennedy, casting directors; Jeffrey Kurland, costume designers; Rick Carter, designers; Michael Tronick, film editors; Kathryn Blondell, makeup artists and hairstylists; Cheryl Boone Isaacs, public relations; and Phil Robinson, writers.
- Tim Gray
The Deauville American Film Festival is to pay tribute to Hollywood actress Jessica Chastain at the upcoming edition of the festival, which runs September 5 to 14.
The Festival presented her with its “New Hollywood” award in 2011.
- email@example.com (Sarah Cooper)
Karlovy Vary – Oscar-winning U.S indie producer Greg Shapiro had some pithy advice Sunday for European writers and directors dreaming of breaking into Hollywood: make waves at home before casting off for foreign shores. Shapiro, who won an Oscar in 2008 for Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker and last year shot Moscow-set wartime thriller Child 44 at Prague's Barrandov Studios, said a filmmaker who has not had an impact in his own territory will be unlikely to impress Hollywood producers. List THR Reveals Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films "You have to make a first film in order to
- Nick Holdsworth
It's long been said Hollywood is a boys' club. Statistics back up this cliche again and again, showing that males are 3x more likely* to be represented in movies than females. Men made up 94% of directors who worked on the top 250 films of 2013. And in the entire history of the Academy Awards, only four women have ever been nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards. (That would be Lina Wertmuller, Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola, and Kathryn Bigelow, who won for The Hurt Locker). Many have blamed an ingrained institutional sexism for such shocking figures. And now an institution is joining the cause to get more female voices heard in Hollywood. Variety reports 21st Century Fox is developing a mentorship program for female filmmakers, in hopes of bolstering the presence of women in film. Called the Fox Global Directors Initiative, this program will accept 20 participants who will be welcomed into »
The industry events program at the Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival kicks off on Sunday with the panel discussion titled “Conversation With Hollywood.”
The event, which takes place in the Grandhotel Pupp, will look at how international filmmakers can work with Hollywood actors, directors, producers and studios.
Panelists include producer Greg Shapiro from Kingsgate Films, who received a best picture Academy Award for Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker,” and is now producing “Child 44” with Ridley Scott, producer and sales agent Kevin Iwashina of Preferred Content, and Milan Popelka, COO of FilmNation Entertainment, the sales and production company.
Later in that afternoon at Hotel Thermal, there will be a review of the European Union’s film and TV policies led by Doris Pack, chair of the Committee on Culture and Education of the European Parliament, and Karel Bartak, Creative Europe Coordinator at the European Commission. The discussion is titled »
- Leo Barraclough
Recently we ran our Fall Festival 50, a wishlist and prediction piece about the films we expect to see popping up in the fall. Many of them will be on their way to an Oscar campaign, because, as the accepted wisdom goes, if you want your film to have a fighting chance at Academy Awards glory, you secure in a nice cozy October/November/December release date, maybe on the back of a festival premiere, and bombard the trades with For Your Consideration ads. This indeed has been the route taken by five of the six most recent Best Picture winners ("12 Years a Slave," "Argo," "The Artist," "The King's Speech," "Slumdog Millionaire") with only Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” proving that it’s possible to play in summer and still pick up the big one. But of course the picture is a little more balanced when you expand it to include nominees in other categories. »
- The Playlist Staff
21st Century Fox will try to bolster the presence of women behind the camera through a new mentoring program.
The media giant and Fox Audience Strategy launches the Fox Global Directors Initiative this week, which it says will help add a female perspective and diverse voices across film, broadcast, cable and digital programming.
“To connect with viewers today, we need stories that represent the amazing range of experiences and voices in the real world. Along with writers, the vision of directors is key as they obviously bring those stories to life through their own lens,” said Joe Earley, Fox Broadcasting Co. chief operating officer.
Despite a few high-profile exceptions such as “Zero Dark Thirty’s” Kathryn Bigelow, “Girls’” Lena Dunham and “Top of the Lake’s” Jane Campion, female auteurs are few and far between. Women comprised 6% of all directors working on the top 250 films of 2013, a decrease of 3 percentage »
- Brent Lang
Alcon Entertainment’s new action-thriller "Point Break", inspired by director Kathryn Bigelow's 1991 feature, has now started shooting principal photography, according to Alcon principals Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
The new film is shooting on four continents, including North America, Europe, South America and Asia, with stunts performed by the world's top 'extreme sports' athletes:
"...in 'Point Break', a young FBI agent infiltrates an extraordinary team of extreme sports athletes he suspects of masterminding a string of unprecedented, sophisticated corporate heists.
"Deep undercover, and with his life in danger, he strives to prove they are the architects of the mind-boggling crimes that are devastating the world's financial markets..."
Extreme sports will include surfing 70-foot waves, snowboarding, wingsuit flying, free rock climbing and high-speed motorcycle stunts.
Renowned extreme »
- Michael Stevens
Top twenty. Now we start to see the more widely recognizable films that people have some emotional attachment to. World War II gets a few mentions in this portion of the list, but this is one of the more diverse sections, overall. We get a mention of the Boer War, the Algerian War, and the Korean War, as well as the only movie about the American Civil War on this list.
20. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
Conflict: Boer War, World War I, World War II
The only film on the list that spans multiple wars is also probably the least battle-focused film on the list. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp is told through an extended flashback, following Major-General Clive Wynne-Candy (Roger Livesey) as he rises through the ranks of the British military from war to war. The flashback is »
- Joshua Gaul
(Cbr) Up-and-coming actor Luke Bracey has gotten himself a big break – as in "Point Break." Not only does the 24-year-old Australian actor co-star alongside one-time 007 Pierce Brosnan as he returns to the spy genre later this year for "The November Man," he’s just embarked on one of the most action-packed assignments a rising young star could hope for: the now-iconic role of Johnny Utah in the remake of Kathryn Bigelow’s 1991 cult classic. Spinoff Online caught up with Bracey – who began his career in the Australian TV series "Home and Away" and played Cobra Commander in "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" – making the Hollywood red-carpet rounds just days before he was set to start shooting his role as the FBI agent who infiltrates a cadre of thrill-seeking surfers/bank robbers (led in Alcon Entertainment’s remake by Edgar Ramirez). He revealed that the characters once brought to life by Keanu Reeves »
- Scott Huver, Comic Book Resources
Though I don’t think that anyone is terribly excited for Alcon’s upcoming Point Break remake, one promising aspect of it is actor Edgar Ramirez, who will be playing the role of Bodhi, which Patrick Swayze originated in the 1991 version. Recently, while discussing his role as a demon-hunting priest in the upcoming horror thriller Deliver Us From Evil, Ramirez talked a little about his goals in playing the character:
“Well, I’m working on it. It’s very difficult to anticipate what things are going to turn out to be. I’m very organic as an actor so I’m letting the character grow out of me. The only similarity that I can tell you so far is it’s that subversive spirit, that rebellious spirit, that anti-system spirit that is what really the whole story is about. The structure is similar but the story is different. But we »
- Isaac Feldberg
Award-winning composer will chair a jury that will award the Golden Lion for best feature at the 71st Venice Film Festival.
Alexandre Desplat, the internationally renowned French film composer whose credits include The King’s Speech and Argo, has been named president of the International Jury for the Competition section of the 71st Venice International Film Festival (Aug 27 to Sept 6).
It marks the first time a film composer has been chosen to chair Venice’s Competition jury, which will comprise nine members and award the Golden Lion for Best Film and other official prizes.
Desplat is a six-time Oscar nominee (The Queen, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The King’s Speech, Argo, and Philomena) and winner of a Golden Globe, three Césars, two European Film Awards, and a Bafta.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
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