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By Anjelica Oswald
As predictions are being made for possible contenders at the 87th Academy Awards, the cinematography category has some Oscar veterans making a possible return and a few names could have more than one film up for contention.
Six-time nominee Emmanuel Lubezki has been mentioned as a contender for his work on Birdman, which could earn him a consecutive Oscar following his win for Gravity (2013) at the 86th Academy Awards. Though Interstellar hasn’t premiered yet, the trailer has brought Hoyte Van Hoytema, director of photography for Her (2013), into the mix as well. With two films that could be up for contention each, cinematographers Bradford Young and Robert Elswit have appeared on multiple lists as possible nominees at the upcoming Oscars.
- Anjelica Oswald
EW has confirmed that Dennis Quaid has been cast in Truth, the drama pic that depicts Dan Rather’s fall from grace at CBS when he infamously reported a damaging report on George W. Bush that turned out to be false. Deadline first reported the news of Quaid’s casting.
Quaid will play Colonel Roger Charles and joins a cast that includes Robert Redford, who will be playing Dan Rather; Cate Blanchett, who will be playing 60 Minutes producer Mary Mapes; and Elisabeth Moss. James Vanderbilt will direct and write the project, which is currently in pre-production. »
- Teresa Jue
The story behind Dan Rather’s ruined reputation following his report on George W. Bush’s dodginess during Vietnam is heading to the big screen. That logline alone is enough to warrant a starry line-up, due to its heavy-hitting nature. Plus, who doesn’t love a juicy scandal? With principal photography set to begin next week on Truth, another big name has joined the cast.
The news comes via Deadline, whose sources reveal that Dennis Quaid has signed on to appear as Colonel Roger Charles. He’ll be starring alongside Robert Redford who’s snagged the role of iconic newscaster, Rather; and Cate Blanchett who’s tackling the part of 60 Minutes producer, Mary Mapes. Charles was a key figure in the drama, which saw all three embroiled in a plot to uncover Bush’s deserter tactics:
Charles served two tours in Vietnam, then in the Pentagon before becoming a liaison working with 60 Minutes II. »
- Gem Seddon
Exclusive: Dennis Quaid has landed the role of Col. Roger Charles in Truth, the story of the scandal that ended the careers of veteran CBS newsman Dan Rather and 60 Minutes producer Mary Mapes. The film stars Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett in those two roles, with James Vanderbilt directing his script. Film starts shooting this week. Elizabeth Moss also signed on.
Quaid’s character served two tours in Vietnam, then in the Pentagon before becoming a liaison working with 60 Minutes II. He was invaluable in working with Mapes when she broke the blockbuster scandalous news story of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib. On the heels of that triumph, Charles chased the rumor that then-President George W. Bush had ducked serving in Vietnam after he graduated Yale in 1968 and instead got a cushy gig in the National Guard because of the clout of his father, who was an ambassador at the time. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
At the tender age of 21, the British actress was cast as the sultry Miranda Frost, a sword-wielding vixen in the James Bond film “Die Another Day,” her first studio feature. She powdered on enough makeup to look a decade older, donned a black sports bra, and met an untimely demise with a knife to her heart. Onscreen, she was killed by Halle Berry. Offscreen, she suffered a far worse blow to her budding career.
The baggage of playing a Bond Girl backfired. “It cemented a sort of patrician, frigid, English, standoffish cold image,” says Pike, over breakfast in September at the Toronto Film Festival. “People think I lie about my age. I never had a chance to do those young roles.” After her high-profile gig in the 2002 Bond picture, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
On the plus side, if Cate Blanchett was in a total clothing bind and actually did make this coat out of an army parachute, we're incredibly impressed! We can't imagine what scenario would lead to that sitch (something involving dropping out of a plane onto foreign land just before a red carpet event?), but for a quick job, this is better than the tube dress tied with rope that we'd whip up. But the Blue Jasmine star in this wide-bottomed swing coat raises an even bigger issue than split pea green nylon on an A-list actress! There are coats and there are dresses—and the two should never be confused. We realize this Academy Award winner is wearing her dress-shaped item with a belt, pumps, and »
Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike as a couple whose marriage severely hits the rocks, is the tenth feature in Fincher's 20-year career. Digital Spy picks out some of the highlights from his previous nine films below...
1. Alien 3's death of Ripley (1992)
Fincher himself is no big fan of his directorial debut Alien³, a blockbuster that experienced a turbulent production and was ultimately disowned by the man calling the shots behind the camera. That said, it featured a watershed moment for the franchise - Ripley sacrificing herself while a Xenomorph bursts through her chest, desperate to escape certain death.
2. Seven's "What's in the box? »
Jonathan Lethem's reviewed David Cronenberg's first novel, Consumed, for the New York Times. Also in today's roundup of news and views: Morgan Meis on David Lynch's paintings and films; Jonathan Rosenbaum on Guy Maddin's The Saddest Music in the World (2003); Adrian Martin on Emir Kusturica's Arizona Dream (1993); Reverse Shot on three films by Martin Scorsese; Nick Pinkerton on Hype Williams's Belly (1998); and from the New Yorker's archive, six classic profiles: Diane Keaton, Angela Bassett, Julia Roberts, Tilda Swinton, Katharine Hepburn and Cate Blanchett. » - David Hudson »
With less than three months to go before we return to Middle-earth for the final instalment of The Hobbit trilogy, Peter Jackson has been talking to Total Film about the upcoming The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and specifically how he’s expanding the source material in order to provide a suitably epic climax to his Lord of the Rings prequel.
“We’re developing more story with the elves and with Gandalf. We’re developing the character of Bard the Bowman. We’re able to expand what was there, bring in a little bit extra to the mythology and open it up a bit. What we’re trying to do is have a lot of that conflict and resolution happen during the course of the battle, so it doesn’t just become all action. There’s still a plot with the characters to follow, even though they’re »
- Gary Collinson
Cool scenes get cut out of movies all the time, and it’s hard to imagine that any single sequence could have saved Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull for me, but I’m still really bummed to learn there was a scene that involved Cate Blanchett’s face being devoured by giant army ants that didn’t make the final cut. Blachett played the evil Irina Spalko in Spielberg’s 2008 film. She gets what's coming to her at the film’s climax (which we won't spoil here), but she was supposed to actually look far worse in the sequence than she did. The original plan was for Spalko to have an unfortunate run-in with the ants featured earlier in the film – one that left her with roughly half a face for the rest of the movie. Watch the...
- Mike Bracken
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull wasn.t a good movie. After allowing Indy (Harrison Ford) to actually ride off into the sunset at the end of The Last Crusade, there was no reason . beyond money and obvious fan service . to dust off the whip and fedora for an ill-conceived fourth adventure. If there.s one redeeming quality to Crystal Skull, though, it.s that director Steven Spielberg tried his best to make a shlocky 1950s B-horror movie, and he came close in some aspects. one of which ended up on then cutting room floor. Cate Blanchett made for a hammy Russian adversary in The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, a broadly-drawn Commie caricature who raced Indiana Jones (Ford) and his nuclear family to find alien relics in South America. In order to discuss what happens to her character, Colonel Dr. Irina Spalko, I have to dabble »
;In 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the two-time Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine") played scientist and military officer, Colonel Doctor Irina Spalko. She was killed at the end of the movie when she demanded the inter-dimensional aliens to give her all of their knowledge. The power is too much for her mere mortal form and she disintegrates. Neat. But, it would've looked a bit different with her face partially chewed off. Yup, the original plan was to have a portion of her face consumed by the vicious ants seen earlier in the film. Below, is concept art illustrator Miles Teves designed for the unused sequence. Indiana Jones is back in a new globe-trotting adventure, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Harrison Ford as Indy, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” features an outstanding cast, »
Over the past decade, the Zurich Film Festival has established a major presence in the crowded fest circuit — thanks to A-list guests, exclusive film finance meets and privileged access to the German-speaking market.
Leading talent at this year’s edition, which runs Sept. 25-Oct. 2, includes Liam Neeson, Cate Blanchett, Benicio del Toro, Josh Hutcherson, Diane Keaton and Antonio Banderas, and helmers Susanne Bier, Marc Forster and Frederick Wiseman.
Zurich positions itself as the main film festival in the fall for the lucrative German-speaking market of 100 million — dovetailing with Berlin in February and Munich in June.
“We attract major media presence at Zurich, especially from German media,” says artistic director Karl Spoerri. “That makes Zurich an excellent film platform.”
For its 10th anniversary, the fest boasts a strong competitive lineup and a high-profile 30-film Gala Premieres section, which includes “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” starring Liam Neeson; Israel Horovitz’s comedy »
- Martin Dale
Well-known British producers Alison Owen and Debra Hayward have teamed up to form Monumental Pictures, which will produced film and TV content. The long-time friends, whose last shared credit was the Oscar-nominated and BAFTA Award-winning Elizabeth, announced the new venture on Wednesday. Owen produced the film starring Cate Blanchett, with Hayward serving as co-producer. Owen previously set up Ruby Films in 2008. The firm worked on such films as Saving Mr. Banks and Jane Eyre. She is currently in post-production on Tulip Fever, starring Judi Dench, Christoph Waltz, Zach Galifianakis and Matthew Morrison, for The Weinstein
- Georg Szalai
• Bryan Cranston and Matt Damon are in very early talks to star in Zhang Yimou’s China-set movie The Great Wall. This is the second time the film has tried to go into production after a failed attempt by director Ed Zwick that was to star Henry Cavill and Benjamin Walker. The latest draft of the supernatural adventure picture was written by Tony Gilroy (The Bourne Identity) and follows the mystery surrounding the construction of The Great Wall of China. [Deadline]
- Jake Perlman
Based on Liz Jensen's novel and adapted by Minghella, the story centers on a psychologist (Jamie Dornan) who begins studying a young boy after a near-fatal fall. The doctor gets drawn into a complex mystery that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. Aaron Paul will play the boy's father. [Source: Variety]
Elisabeth Moss will join Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett in James Vanderbilt's "Truth," a film about the scandal that followed after reporter Dan Rather claimed George W. Bush received preferential treatment to avoid the Vietnam War draft.
The aftermath, unfolding against George W. Bush's re-election campaign, left Rather's reputation in shreds and his key producer Mary Mapes sacked. »
- Garth Franklin
It seems like only a moment ago that Elisabeth Moss first graced our screens as Don Draper’s astute and quirksome secretary Peggy Olson. With Mad Men set to air its final episodes next April, the actress has begun to fill her slate with movies, and the most recent addition to that overflowing schedule is real life drama, Truth.
With a title like Truth, can we expect it to be any other than a scandalous tale? No – it’s based around the aftermath of Dan Rather’s reporting on 60 Minutes II. The film will follow what happened when the anchor revealed to viewers that George W. Bush had been granted special treatment to avoid the Vietnam draft, which saw him offered a slot in the Texas Air National Guard. Dropping such a bomb caused major waves for Rather, and one of his producers, Mary Mapes, who was duly fired.
- Gem Seddon
I hadn't seen David Fincher's Gone Girl before creating this list. I felt I'd let his latest film simmer for a bit before attempting to figure out where exactly it fit within a filmography that now spans 22 years. I must also confess to being a David Fincher fanboy. It was Fincher's films before any other that got me to start looking at the way movies were made and who was making them rather than simply consuming one after the other. His leaning toward dark and brooding material is as much about his taste in the movies he makes and his approach to movie making. Even with films such as The Social Network, looking at the fellas behind the creation of Facebook, Fincher delivers a dark, moody and atmospheric piece of cinema. But let's not spoil the conversation of each film before getting to the list. What follows is »
- Brad Brevet
Truth follows the scandal that broke out after Dan Rather, reporting for 60 Minutes II, claimed that George W. Bush had received preferential treatment putting him in the Texas Air National Guard to avoid the Vietnam War draft. The aftermath during George W. Bush's re-election campaign left Dan Rather's reputation in shreds and resulted in the firing of his key producer Mary Mapes.
James Vanderbilt, who has written for the first two installments of The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, is set to make his directorial debut with the film. The screenplay will be based on the 2005 memoir Truth And Duty: The Press, The President, And The Privilege Of Power penned by Mary Mapes.
Though 'Mad Men' comes to an end in April 2015, it's only the beginning for Elisabeth Moss. After successfully transitioning from child actress to respected thespian with her work on "West Wing," her layered, assertive performance as Peggy Olson has turned her into an in-demand, dramatic commodity. Deadline reports that Moss will costar alongside Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett in "Truth," a docudrama chronicling the botched "60 Minutes II" investigation of the "Killian documents." James Vanderbilt ("Zodiac," "White House Down") will write and direct the film, based on Mary Mapes’ 2005 memoir "Truth And Duty: The Press, The President, And The Privilege Of Power" After running four documents purporting George W. Bush's preferential treatment in the National Guard to help the sitting president avoid the Vietnam War draft, CBS, the "60 Minutes" staff, and reporter Dan Rather were left disgraced after the papers turned out to be fakes. Blowing up only »
- Matt Patches
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