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After time-delayed broadcasts in years past, the Film Independent Spirit Awards will be broadcast live for the first time in several years. Film Independent, the group who holds the Spirit Awards, announced on Oct. 23 that IFC will air the show live this year. The broadcast, which will mark the 30th anniversary of the awards show, is set for Feb. 21, 2015 at 5 p.m. Et. Nominees for the show, which will be held in Santa Monica, Calif., will be announced on Nov. 25. Last year's telecast was a delayed airing several hours after the awards were handed out. The last time the awards »
- Jonathon Dornbush
With less than two months to go before our sixth – and presumably final – trip to Middle-earth, we’ve got our first look at the titular Battle of the Five Armies from the third Hobbit movie, with Entertainment Weekly dropping a couple of stills from the climactic battle…
“There’s a lot of logistics that have to be thought through,” states Peter Jackson with regards to the staging of the battle. “We have dwarves and men and elves and orcs, all with different cultures, with different weapons, and different shields and patterns and tactics. Before we could loose the first arrow, we had to design the landscape itself and figure out, ‘Okay, if we have 10,000 orcs, how much room are they going to take up?’ ‘Are they going to fill up the valley or look like a speck?’ Then we could start drawing the arrows on the schematics.”
- Gary Collinson
Those who can’t make it to the 2015 Spirit Awards won’t have to wait until later in the evening to watch a delayed broadcast. For the first time, the Film Independent-produced trophy show, which honors the best in independent film, will air live on IFC at 2 Pm Pt/ 5 Pm Et on February 21.
“We wanted to shake things up to mark the 30th anniversary,” said Film Independent President Josh Welsh, “and I think by broadcasting live from the beach we’ll do just that. I could not be more excited to be working with (exec producer) Joel Gallen on this year’s show, and thrilled to be back on IFC, our longtime home.”
- The Deadline Team
With anticipation steadily building for director Peter Jackson's Hobbit finale The Battle of The Five Armies, the director has teased new details about the final installment, revealing that this sequel will end with a massive 45-minute battle sequence at the foot of the Lonely Mountain.
The filmmaker explains how planning such an immense sequence is as complex as shooting the scenes on location.
"There's a lot of logistics that have to be thought through. We have dwarves and men and elves and orcs, all with different cultures, with different weapons, and different shields and patterns and tactics."
The battle follows the five armies all vying for the immense treasure that is now left unguarded, after the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) took off at the end of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Peter Jackson spoke about designing the landscape that would have to hold thousands of warring characters.
The long-awaited Jimi Hendrix biopic All By My Side opens in cinemas today (October 24).
Andre '3000' Benjamin plays the iconic musician in the movie, which depicts Jimi's humble beginnings to becoming possibly the world's greatest guitarist.
This has inspired us to compile our own list of the greatest portrayals of musicians in rock 'n' roll biopics, often going above and beyond mere physical transformation:
Andy Serkis was BAFTA nominated for his critically-acclaimed role - played to perfection - as charismatic '70s punk rock singer and songwriter Ian Dury in Mat Whitecross's 2010 biopic Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.
To portray Dury's physical condition - he contracted polio as a child - Serkis lost two stone and built up the muscle mass on the right-hand side of his body so the other side was weaker.
He added: "I had a body wax. It's the most »
Here’s the latest poster for the final film in the trilogy based on a single book. The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies will pick up where the last film left off, as we saw dragon, Smaug (thank god I don’t have to pronounce it in type), head towards a small town on a course of destruction. It will also probably tie up some bits and bobs between this trilogy and Lord Of The Rings. The latest poster just seems to be clips and stills from the film, Photoshopped on a canvas with little imagination. Which is a bit if a shame. What’s even more of a shame is the fact the film will still try and pass off Hfr as if it was a thing. Hfr (High Frame Rate), still makes films look incredibly tacky and cheap, even big budget productions like this.
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford and director James Vanderbilt have hit Sydney for the start of production on the “Rathergate” biopic Truth, which is scheduled for eight week shoot here over the Australian spring. Nsw arts minister Troy Grant said the film is expected to spend more than $9.6 million (Aus $11 million) in direct production expenditure in the state and create 208 jobs both in front of and behind the camera. The Nsw state government has provided incentives to Truth producers through its Nsw Trade & Investment's State Investment Attraction Scheme. In Truth, based on Mary Mapes’ memoir, Truth
- Pip Bulbeck
The decision to shoot in Sydney, New South Wales, for eight weeks was announced by Nsw deputy premier and minister for the arts Troy Grant.
The Nsw government helped secure the production with finance from its Nsw Trade & Investment’s State Investment Attraction Scheme.
A substantial amount of post- production work will also be conducted in the state, and Grant said that the movie would benefit the state to the tune of more than A$11 million.
James Vanderbilt, who wrote Zodiac” and both “The Amazing Spider-Man” scripts, will make his directorial debut along with writing and producing through his Mythology Entertainment banner along with Brad Fischer, William Sherak and Mikkel Bondesen.
- Patrick Frater
We've revelled in Sandy Powell's uncensored quotes before - like her dismissive "I already have two of these" speech for Young Victoria.
She's at it again providing us with more choice Oscar quotes and I couldn't resist talking about this tonight since the blog had an unofficial Costume Design day today what with the Exodus video, and the debut of "Threads".
See, recently at the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Chicago, in a series related to David Bowie's legacy and his influence on the arts, the auteur Todd Haynes and his sometime collaborator Sandy Powell were invited to speak about their glam rock classic Velvet Goldmine (1998). You can listen to the complete talk here though be advised that the introductions take an incredible 14 minutes to get through. Longwinded much?
One of the best bits a little before an hour in is when Sandy is asked about being an Oscar favorite, »
- NATHANIEL R
Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Topher Grace, Dennis Quaid and Elizabeth Moss lead the cast in Truth, a Us political drama now shooting in Sydney. The Nsw government confirmed its financial support via the State Investment Attraction Scheme and said the film would inject more than $11 million in direct production expenditure into the State's economy, creating 208 jobs. Most of the post will happen in Sydney.
Redford plays former CBS News anchor Dan Rather and Blanchett is his producer Mary Mapes in the tale of the scandal that ensued after Rather reported on 60 Minutes in 2004 that George W. Bush.s father arranged for him to serve in the National Guard to avoid the Vietnam War draft.
Subsequently CBS launched an investigation into whether the documents quoted in the story were forgeries and Mapes was fired for so-called lapses in judgment.
- Don Groves
If the epic safety video from The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies wasn't up your alley, then perhaps you'll enjoy a new poster from the final installment of this Middle Earth franchise.
Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) is seen brandishing his sword Sting, alongside Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans), Legolas (Orlando Bloom), Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) and Thranduil (Lee Pace), with the massive dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) looming in the background.
Peter Jackson directs this final installment of his epic trilogy, which follows Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves, after they reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo's frantic attempts to make him see reason drive »
The film stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Stephen Fry, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom.
"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.
Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo's frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. »
- Kellvin Chavez
As The Hobbit trilogy kicked off with An Unexpected Journey, the franchise partnered with Air New Zealand for a safety video in 2012. The airline then debuted a Smaug airplane last year for The Desolation of Smaug. As the trilogy comes to a close this year with The Battle of The Five Armies, director Peter Jackson and star Elijah Wood have teamed up for "The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made".
Clocking in at just over four and a half minutes, this safety video also features cameos from Dean O'Gorman (Fili), Sylvester McCoy (Radagast the Brown) and Weta Workshop co-founder Sir Richard Taylor.
"Air New Zealand has created yet another fantastic video to celebrate The Hobbit films. I had a lot of fun on »
Amid reports that the budget of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy has swelled to a whopping $745 million (compared to $297 million for The Lord of the Rings), a rather fine new poster for the final chapter, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, has arrived online, and we’ve got it for you here…
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.
Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But »
- Gary Collinson
Barring his excellent miniseries take on “Mildred Pierce,” Todd Haynes hasn’t released a feature film since 2007’s experimental Bob Dylan biopic, “I’m Not There.” However, the director is ending his big-screen drought with the Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara-starring “Carol,” and now we have a few more details on the period piece. A few weeks ago, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago hosted Haynes and his frequent collaborator, costume designer Sandy Powell, for a special screening of “Velvet Goldmine” for the museum’s ongoing “David Bowie Is” exhibit. Per The Film Stage (via MissBelivet), the duo revealed that “Carol” is nearing the end of post-production, with “mixing & color timing” to be completed in New York City, and that a spring 2015 premiere date is being eyed. Also of note? Apparently Harvey Weinstein “really gets” the film. So, see you at the Croisette? Despite taking place »
- Cain Rodriguez
Updated! A motif that I noticed recurring during the just-wrapped London Film Festival has inspired me to add two more kinds of men whom I am tired of being asked to sympathize with:
men suffering for their art
men making other people suffer for their art
(Please note that my tiredness with how often these types of men appear in stories that ask us to feel for them does not automatically mean that I cannot feel for them, or that I didn’t end up enjoying their stories. It means only that I wish we would see as many stories about women doing these things whom male moviegoers would be expected to sympathize with.)
I was already on edge before last night’s Oscars, when a recent viewing of The Great Beauty, nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, infuriated me with its pretentious bullshit. Pretentious bullshit is always bad enough, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
I’ve been tackling Academy Award and Golden Globe predictions for a substantial portion of the year now, but there are of course other awards and/or precursors worth mentioning. Over the rest of the season, I’ll be trying to figure those out too, with today marking the starting point as I attempt to decode what the Screen Actors Guild might do. SAG is one of the most important precursors, mainly because it shows off what the acting branch of the Academy might be thinking. This year, with such a wide open race in almost all categories, you have to imagine that SAG will be one of the biggest guild announcements of the year. Below you’ll see my predictions in all of the SAG categories, but keep in mind that it’s early and they’re completely subject to change. For example, I’ve hung back on some »
- Joey Magidson
In today's roundup of news and views: David Phelps on Robert Beavers, Richard Kelly on Brad Bird and Ratatouille, Todd Haynes on his forthcoming Carol with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, a new short story by Tom Hanks, Glenn Heath Jr. on David Mackenzie, an interview with Mike Hoolboom, more from Reverse Shot on Martin Scorsese, Glenn Kenny on Bill Morrison, Julianne Moore's interview with Sarah Paulson, Charles Isherwood on a play about Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler writing Double Indemnity, Richard Brody on Alain Resnais's Muriel, remembering Oscar de la Renta, Misty Upham and more. » - David Hudson »
New York-based distribution company Film Movement has picked up North American rights to Ivano De Matteo’s The Dinner in Rome this week. Based on the best-selling Dutch novel by Herman Koch, the title took home the Best European Film award at Venice Days. Cate Blanchett is rumored to be making her directorial debut with an English-language adaptation of the book. The Italian adaptation stars Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Luigi Lo Cascio and Alessandro Gassman, and chronicles a dinner party gone horribly wrong. Two well-to-do couples who seem to have it all begrudgingly endure a posh monthly dinner together.
- Ariston Anderson
Michael Keaton is being honored at the coming Santa Barbara International Film Festival.Keaton joins past recipients including Ben Affleck, Christopher Nolan, Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Diane Keaton, Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Bruce Dern, Peter Jackson, George Clooney, Will Smith, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood, Christopher Plummer and James Cameron.Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Michael Keaton with the Modern Master Award for the 30th anniversary edition of the Fest, which runs January 27 – February 7, 2015, it was announced today by Sbiff Executive Director Roger Durling. The Tribute will take place on Saturday, January 31, 2015 […] »
- April Neale
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