In 1963, Film Quarterly published an essay entitled “Circles and Squares.” It addressed the French auteur theory, introduced to America by The Village Voice’s Andrew Sarris. Auteurism holds that a film’s primary creator is its director; Sarris’s “Notes on the Auteur Theory” further distinguished auteurs as filmmakers with distinct, recurring styles. Challenging him was a California-based writer named Pauline Kael.
Kael attacked Sarris’s obsession with trivial links between filmmaker’s movies, whether repeated shots or thematic preoccupations. This led critics to overpraise directors’ lesser films, as when Jacques Rivette declared Howard Hawks’ Monkey Business a masterpiece. “It is an insult to an artist to praise his bad work along with his good; it indicates that you are incapable of judging either,” Kael wrote.
She criticized auteurist preoccupation with Hawks and Alfred Hitchcock, claiming critics “work embarrassingly hard trying to give some semblance of intellectual respectability to mindless, »
- Christopher Saunders
"Heard of Harry Lime?" Rialto Pictures has debuted a new trailer for the 4K restoration of Carol Reed's classic film noir The Third Man, which will be premiering as a Cannes Classic selection later this month at the festival in France. This just looks so unbelievably stunning in 4K, all the cinematography is fabulous, it looks gorgeous seeing so much depth in the shadows. The cast includes Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Trevor Howard and Bernard Lee. This is one of those classics that if you haven't ever seen, it's always the right time to watch. Or in this case, catch it on the big screen looking better than ever before. Trailer for the Cannes Classics 4K restoration of Carol Reed's The Third Man, found via The Playlist: Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, »
- Alex Billington
Orson Welles is having one helluva 100th birthday, so much so that the legendary filmmaker was trending on Twitter yesterday. And there's more good news for fans of the actor/director/writer/showman, so let's just dive right in, because decades after his death there's still lots of his work to check out. Read: Retrospective: The Directorial Films Of Orson Welles First up, Rialto Pictures has dusted off Carol Reed's fantastic "The Third Man," given it a 4K restoration, and are ready to drop the results at the Cannes Film Festival, followed by a theatrical release this summer. It's one of the great all-time noirs, and a chance to see it on the big screen is one you can't miss. Orson Welles' performance as Harry Lime is simply one of his finest, the picture is masterfully directed, and there's a reason it's considered one of the all time greats. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Orson Welles is one of the greatest filmmakers and actors who ever lived, an icon in Hollywood and (especially later in life) a “massive” presence with myth and legend following him everywhere. Today marks what would’ve been his 100th birthday. Welles died at the age of 70 in October of 1985.
To honor the great actor and director’s life, Indiewire put together a roundup of some of his more surprising quotes and comments. The Wall Street Journal compiled a list of 10 of his essential films. And Variety reported that a screening of Touch of Evil is being shown at the historic Crest Theater as part of his birthday celebration. That film, directed by Welles, is known for an impressive opening long take of a car with a bomb driving along the Mexican/American border crossing.
But most notable as part of his birthday celebration is the anticipation for one of his long lost films. »
- Brian Welk
Happy 100th birthday to Orson Welles, who is looking better than ever thanks to a major new restoration. Welles was born May 6, 1915, and even though he passed away in 1985, he got himself trending on his birthday in 2015. That's when you know you're a #legend.
In honor of Welles' 100th b-day, Rialto Pictures is releasing "The Third Man" in a major 4K restoration. It's the first-ever for the 1949 Carol Reed classic -- considered by many to be one of the greatest movies of all time -- which stars Orson Welles as Harry Lime and Joseph Cotten as Holly Martins. According to a media release, the new restoration will have its world premiere this month in the "Cannes Classics" section of the Cannes Film Festival, with U.S. openings at New York's Film Forum on June 26 (2-week run) and L.A.'s Nuart on July 3. Showings in San Francisco, Washington, DC, Seattle, »
- Gina Carbone
Released in 1949, Carol Reed's film noir The Third Man stars Joseph Cotten as Holly Martins, a pulp novelist searching post-war Vienna for his missing friend, Harry Lime (Orson Welles). Often cited as one of the greatest British films of all time, The Third Man is being re-released in a 4K restoration and will be in UK cinemas on Friday 26 June Continue reading »
- Guardian Staff
Gwyneth Paltrow silver dress on the Oscars' Red Carpet Gwyneth Paltrow at the Academy Awards Donning a shining silver dress, Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Paltrow's latest movie, Country Strong, was up for a Best Song Oscar. It lost to the Toy Story 3 ditty "We Belong Together," by Randy Newman. More than a decade ago, Gwyneth Paltrow took home the Best Actress Oscar for John Madden's Shakespeare in Love (1998), a romantic comedy-drama also featuring Joseph Fiennes (as William Shakespeare), Judi Dench, Geoffrey Rush, and this year's Best Actor Oscar winner, Colin Firth (The King's Speech). Paltrow's (moderately) gender-bending Shakespeare in Love heroine remains her only Oscar-nominated performance to date. Directed by Shana Feste, Country Strong fared decently at the U.S. box office, but not as well as some had expected. Besides Gwyneth Paltrow, the cast includes »
- D. Zhea
Helen Hunt returns as both filmmaker and star in her latest project, Ride, co-starring Brenton Thwaites and Luke Wilson. The Screen Media Films surf comedy will open in L.A. and New York, both locales where the film shot, before going to well over a dozen theaters. The late Albert Maysles’ second-to-last film, Iris, begins its theatrical run via Magnolia Pictures. It follows flamboyant fashion guru Iris Apfel. Sean Bean, Kate Walsh, Eva Longoria, Shane Black and Tom… »
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Adam Wingard (You’re Next, The Guest) has signed on to replace Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3) as director on Warner Bros.’ upcoming adaptation of the manga series Death Note.
The script for Death Note has been written by Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four) and tells the story of “a student who discovers a supernatural notebook that allows him to kill anyone by writing the victim’s name, who then decides to cleanse the world of whom he deems evil. As the student is tracked by a reclusive police officer, a cat-and-mouse game ensues.”
- Gary Collinson
The director and star of the thriller hit "The Guest" are moving on up, so let's dive into what's next on their respective calendars. Adam Wingard has added "Death Note" to his plate, reports THR. The former Shane Black project is a live-action adaptation of the manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata that follows a student who stumbles across a mystical notebook that has the power to kill any person whose name he writes in it, and thus decides to use it to launch a vigilante campaign against criminals. Jeremy Slater ("Fantastic Four") wrote the script, but no word yet on when it might roll. Indeed, Wingard is also attached to "The Woods," which follows a group of college students who go camping and encounter some creepy stuff. Bloody Digusting is reporting that the movie might just be a new entry into the "Blair Witch Project" franchise. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Adam Wingard is remaining firmly in the genre of eerie thrillers now that the You’re Next and The Guest director has signed on to helm the long-gestating live-action Death Note feature, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Based on the eponymous, widely popular Japanese manga, the story follows Light Yagami, a brilliant young mind who stumbles upon the titular notebook before coming to the harrowing realization: any name scrawled on the pages of said book is a dead man walking. What ensues is a cat-and-mouse game between Yagami and the local police department, who quickly catch wind of the spiralling death count. Originally running from 2003 to 2006 in Japan, the manga soon reveals that an ancient group of deities drop the Death Note into Yagami’s path intentionally, and from there the manga flirts between dimensions, raising questions of morality and other existential themes.
Warner Bros. is spearheading this latest development on the popular Japanese project, »
- Michael Briers
The horror manga Death Note has piqued the interest of several directors over the years like Shane Black and Gus Van Sant, but it looks like Warner Bros. has finally found their leader in Adam Wingard. Wingard more recently made a name for himself with flicks like you're Next and The Guest. His focus on character development while delivering the red stuff makes him a perfect fit for the story about a student who comes into possession of a notebook that has the power to kill any person who's »
- Sean Wist
The long-in-gestation English language take on the anime Death Note has taken a very, very significant step forward at last, with the terrific news that Adam Wingard has signed up to direct the movie. The news comes over five years since Warner Bros nabbed the rights to make a Death Note film.
Wingard, who is currently preparing The Woods, already has You're Next and The Guest under his belt. And according to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros has now hired him to tackle Death Note, once he's done and dusted with The Woods.
The Woods shoots this summer, and so we'd »
From indie horror to a remake of a manga.
The Hollywood Reporter reported on Monday that Adam Wingard, director of The Guest and You’re Next, is set to direct the remake of the horror manga, Death Note. Wingard will begin production once he finishes filming his next film, The Woods.
Death Note centers on a student who discovers a supernatural notebook that allows him to kill anyone by writing the victim’s name, who then decides to cleanse the world of whom he deems evil. As the student is tracked by a reclusive police officer, a cat-and-mouse game ensues.
Wingard is more known for his work with horror on a smaller budget as his recent »
- Zach Dennis
The Hollywood adaptation of Death Note is something I have been awaiting with both excitement and nervousness. Telling the story of a young law student who discovers a magical book that offers the power of death by simply writing a person’s name in its pages, the story has already been adapted into a hit anime series, as well as two films and a spin-off feature. All of which are fantastic.
Warner Bros. acquired the rights around six years ago, and since then many have been attached to the project, including the likes of Shane Black. Now it looks as though Adam Wingard, the man behind surprise hits You’Re Next and The Guest will take on the project after his current film The Woods is completed.
Wingard would be a strong choice, having offered very dark films with a sense of humour, while creating very specific atmospheres. The story »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
After bringing some flare to indie thrillers and horror with The Guest and You're Next, director Adam Wingard has just been lined up to take on a studio project. THR reports the filmmaker has just signed on to direct an adaptation of the Japanese horror manga Death Note. Previously, directors like Shane Black and Gus Van Sant were linked to the project, but neither of them stuck with the adaptation. With Wingard signed, it sounds like he might finally be the one to make it happen along with producers Roy Lee and Dan Lin (The Lego Movie), as well as Jason Hoffs (Edge of Tomorrow) and "Heroes" series star Masi Oka. For those who aren't familiar with Takeshi Obata's manga, here's the official synopsis: Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects - and he's bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, »
- Ethan Anderton
Following the success of You’re Next and last year’s The Guest, Adam Wingard has become a man in demand. He’s already got several projects in development and has now been hired by Warner Bros. to make the adaptation of horror manga Death Note.Wingard takes over the project from Shane Black, who was attached in 2011 but is now putting his energy into other things. Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s work focuses on Japanese high school student Light Yagami, who comes across a handy notebook penned by the death god Ryuk, which allows its owner to kill anyone he pleases by writing their name in the book and picturing their face. Light decides to use his newfound power to rid the world of evil, and the series follows his progress, and that of the cops on his trail. Killing in the name of altruism is all very well, »
Warner Bros. has penciled in a new name to direct their Death Note movie, which will be the latest adaptation of the popular horror manga series (originally published from 2003 – 2006) that followed a notebook with a very unusual and deadly ability.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Adam Wingard (The Guest, You're Next) will direct Death Note for Warner Bros, a project that Shane Black was originally set to helm. Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Jason Hoffs, and Masi Oka produce the latest film adaptation of the manga series that was written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata.
When Black was lined up for the director's chair, he was going to direct from a screenplay scribed by Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry, but since that time, Jeremy Slater (2015's Fantastic Four, The Lazarus Effect) has written a new draft that Wingard will work from.
For those unfamiliar with Death Note, it's a very popular manga, »
- Derek Anderson
The story follows a student who discovers a supernatural notebook that allows him to kill anyone by writing the victim's name in it.
He decides to cleanse the world of whom he deems evil and is soon being tracked by a reclusive police officer. A cat-and-mouse game soon ensues.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Following Iron Man 3, director Shane Black seemed keen on making a live-action Death Note film for the West. However, it appears that will not come to pass as Warner Bros. has replaced Black with Adam Wingard. Created as a manga, writer Tsugumi Ohba and illustraor by Takeshi Obata have witnessed their 2003 creation spawn a spinoff manga, anime, anime film and Japanese live-action film. The story centers around a bright Japanese high school student who randomly discovers a notebook that lets him kill anyone just by writing their name in it. Wingard is expected to shoot a horror movie for Lionsgate this Summer before tackling Death Note. »
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