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I know this seems nuts, but here I am with some Academy Award predictions for next season. We’re a long way out, yes…but for me, this is the absolute most fun time of the year, in terms of forming predictions. Why? Simply put, it’s because anything is possible. If you want to see how an odd nominee would look, you need only predict it. Right now, we’re just as likely to see Steven Spielberg’s latest St. James Place take Best Picture as Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It’s kind of a brilliant thing, really. Even so, I’ve tried to be as logical as possible here, foregoing a number of quirkier picks in favor of the contenders I really feel good about, even if it really is only February still. Which films are in contention? You’ll be able to see below, but »
- Joey Magidson
Exclusive: Visual effects firm behind The Theory of Everything and the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony appointed sole vendor.
The London-based visual effects facility previously worked with Boyle on features 127 Hours and Trance; TV drama Babylon; and the video sections of 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony, Isles of Wonder.
The Jobs biopic represents Union’s most high-profile title to date.
Adam Gascoyne, visual effects supervisor and creative director at Union, said: “It’s going to be a very significant year for Union, with the calibre of stories, talent and creativity we’re involved with surpassing any other.
“Again, of course, it’s a great »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
It's been more than six years since the release of Slumdog Millionaire—the film which catapulted Dev Patel to stardom. "People ask how hard it is to stay grounded. It's f--king easy," the 24-year-old British actor tells the U.K.'s Guardian, opening up about his rapid rise to fame. "Because you just do normal s--t like everyone else. My friend circle is very small, and that's a conscious choice." Patel also has ex-girlfriend Freida Pinto, whom he met on the set of the Danny Boyle-directed flick in 2008, to thank for his level-headed approach to Hollywood. Although the two split before the New Year, the former lovebirds remain close friends, and »
With the 2015 Oscars coming up this weekend, we go back ten years to see if the 2005 awards still hold up today...
It was during an interview with Mark Kermode that I asked him how long someone really needs to gestate on a film, and come up with a proper review. "About ten years", he said. I get his point. Each awards season, it's about, at best, what feels like the best film right then. Not the one that settles over a period of time, or shows you new things each time you watch it. But the one that you watched once, and affected you once. It's the only way, anyway, I can think of why A Beautiful Mind won a Best Picture Oscar.
This weekend, then, is the Academy Awards once more. And I thought it'd be worth rewinding ten years, to see whether the Academy's choices on February 27th »
Hey, Toronto! Twitch is proud to present Dancing With The Devil - an extensive retrospective of Spanish maverick Alex de la Iglesia unspooling at the Tiff Bell Lightbox. Things continue this week with a February 21st screening of his Common Wealth and we want to give you tickets!De la Iglesia's deliciously dark and macabre comedy of murders takes a setup akin to Sam Raimi's A Simple Plan and Danny Boyle's Shallow Grave and gives it a loopily absurdist twist. After moving into a new apartment, middle-aged real estate agent Julia (Almodóvar regular Carmen Maura) discovers a huge cache of cash that belonged to the recently deceased former tenant. Whereas the Raimi and Boyle films chronicled how their corrupt crews of conspirators gradually imploded due to...
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Criterion brings British auteur Nicolas Roeg’s most famous title to the fold, 1973’s enigmatic Don’t Look Now, a title that has influenced generations of filmmakers since its successful reception, and marks the director’s fifth title to be included in the illustrious collection. A refracted dreamscape of symbols and motifs, the film is a brooding jigsaw puzzle that doesn’t insist on answering all your questions, and happens to feature an unforgettable finale that’s lost none of its affect (despite providing iconic fodder for famed parodies, ranging from memorable bits in “Spaced” to “Absolutely Fabulous”).
After the drowning of their preadolescent daughter, Christine, in the backyard of their estate, John and Laura Baxter (Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie) take off for Venice, where John accepts a job to restore some mosaics in one of the city’s many dilapidated churches. However, once there, the couple is introduced »
- Nicholas Bell
We’ve just learned that the big-screen version of the Ubisoft video game Asassin’S Creed has just started production with principal photography to begin very soon with lead Michael Fassbender (who is just finishing off the Danny Boyle Steve Jobs biopic). Joining him on the massive production is French actress Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose), who will play the female lead in a deal that will see her reprise her role in multiple films should this movie become successful. New Regency and 20th Century Fox produce.
Assassin’S Creed is a series of video games produced for several platforms that revolves around Desmond Miles, a modern-day man who, ‘through the use of a machine named the “Animus”, is allowed the viewing and controlling of the protagonist’s genetic memories of his ancestors, in the case of the original game, Altaïr Ibn-La’Ahad, a member of the Assassins.’ [thank you WikiPedia]
- Paul Heath
The first time I saw Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now was October 2008, as I was watching a slew of films in an effort to put together a list of my top ten scariest films. In the end, I came up with six, Don't Look Now wasn't one of them. I mention this because I initially watched this movie under the impression it was tremendously frightening. I had never seen it before, but everything I read about it spoke to how terrifying it was. I didn't find it frightening in the least, not then and not now. However, revisiting it with this new Criterion Blu-ray release gave me a chance to watch it with different eyes and I found myself appreciating it a bit more. Granted, I still can't bring myself to say I'm an overall fan of the picture, but watching it without the expectation it will be something it isn't, »
- Brad Brevet
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has confirmed in a company earnings call that the long-planned cinematic adaptation of the Assassin's Creed gaming series will indeed hit cinema screens on December 21, 2016. Moreover, it has officially started production. The parkour-fuelled historical killing spree is finally happening, most likely directed by Snowtown and Macbeth director Justin Kurzel - though quite in what form remains to be seen. "We have the pleasure to announce today that the green light has been given by New Regency, and the production has already started," Guillemot said. "This is a very important milestone for the project and for our team on Assassin’s Creed."Currently shooting Danny Boyle's Jobs movie, Fassbender looks set to take on the role of Desmond Miles - originally voiced by Nolan North, the man behind Uncharted's Nathan Drake and many more - as well as his bloodletting ancestors. The plot in of itself is still unconfirmed, »
However, there's always a danger that the album can outshine the movie it originates from. Digital Spy highlights 9 instances where this is the case.
1. Tron: Legacy (2010)
Disney's belated sequel to its cult '80s hit Tron unfortunately forgot to bother with anything approaching a coherent story or believable characters - but what a display of visuals and sound. Daft Punk took care of the latter, crafting a score that fizzed with electronic pulses ripped straight from The Grid.
2. The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
Despite being so critically derided, the Twilight movies were consistently able to churn out impressive soundtracks. The best of them was 2009's New Moon, which collected new songs from Thom Yorke, Death Cab for Cutie, Lykke Li, The Killers, »
According to Deadline, Oritz — whose previous credits include appearances in Silver Linings Playbook and Fast and Furious 6 — will play the part of Joel Pforzheimer, a journalist tasked with interviewing the titular visionary for GQ magazine. No other details of his role nor how prominent it will prove to be were shared at this time.
Oritz now joins a growing ensemble cast for Boyle’s production, one that includes Seth Rogen as Jobs’ partner-in-technological-crime Steve Wozniak, not to mention Perla Haney-Jardine, Ripley Sobo, and Makenzie Moss as Lisa Brennan, the Apple co-founder’s daughter. From what we understand, Brennan’s character will have significant part to play in the final product, with the script orbiting around three of the company’s most high-profile product launches within its illustrious history, »
- Michael Briers
By Anjelica Oswald
With the DGA Award in hand, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has become a frontrunner in the best director Oscar race for Birdman.
Only seven winners of the DGA Award have not won the best director Oscar in the 66 years that the Directors Guild of America has given the award. The most recent case was two years ago, when Ben Affleck wasn’t even nominated for the best director Oscar for Argo, which won best picture.
No American has won for best director since 2011 and if Inarritu, who is from Mexico, takes the Oscar this year, the trend will continue. Inarritu could become the second Latin American director to win for best director, following Alfonso Cuaron’s win last year.
In the 86 years since the Academy Awards’ inception, 89 Oscars have been given for best director. Twenty-six awards (29 percent) went to non-American born directors.
At the first annual »
- Anjelica Oswald
Nightcrawler I've already written about the Nightcrawler Blu-ray (read that here) and the film not only made my top ten of 2014, but Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo recently won 2014 RopeofSilicon Awards (a very high honor). Suffice to say, this is a film I've grown to really love since first seeing it and heartily recommend you check it out.
Don't Look Now (Criterion Collection) I was able to watch about 30 minutes of this new Blu-ray last night as it only arrived recently and I haven't had enough time to get through it, but I can tell you I've only seen Don't Look Now once before and I wasn't a huge fan of it the first time around. However, knowing how many fans the film has I wanted to give it a second chance and what better way than a feature rich Criterion edition. Just below are all the features it includes »
- Brad Brevet
Film scores are pretty ephemeral to a large chunk of the movie-going populace, where music isn’t noticeable unless a triumphant fanfare or sweeping ballad draws enough attention to itself. So if scoring is already the film industry’s unappreciated middle child, how silly is a list about ones that haven’t been released yet? Very silly. Oftentimes, composers don’t even sign with a project until well into production, so speculating on the best film music of 2015, like any year, forces one to work with what’s known. Sound on Sight will offer more in-depth analysis on the most buzzed about music as the year rolls on but for now, here are the ten movie scores I’m most excited to hear in 2015.
Alan Silvestri’s last great score was for a TV show, and his last great film score was for one of the more forgettable Marvel entries. »
- David Klein
Terrence Malick is having a busy week, which for the director who formerly took ages between films, must rank among his busiest. Malick has first been working on a documentary called Voyage of Time that will incorporate footage from The Tree of Life and be “a celebration of the universe, displaying the whole of time, from its start to its final collapse,” according to a press release via HitFix. One version of the film will be just 40 minutes long, will feature narration by Brad Pitt, and will appear on IMAX screens. Another longer version will appear in traditional theaters and will be narrated by Cate Blanchett. Neither version has a release date just yet but are being planned for 2016.
His latest film however, Knight of Cups, is about to premiere at the Berlinale on February 8 (watch the trailer here), and the full plot revealed for the film sounds perfectly Malick-esque. »
- Brian Welk
The Austin Film Society has another Free Member Friday tonight at the Marchesa and will be featuring the 2014 Belgian thriller Alleluia (Debbie's review). It won Fantastic Fest jury prizes for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress. On Tuesday night, Afs joins forces with the Austin Chronicle to celebrate their "First Plates" issue by screening The Kings Of Pastry by acclaimed filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus. Wednesday evening will bring Robert Greene's Actress, one of last year's most acclaimed documentaries, to the Marchesa. There will be a post-film Skype Q&A with the director.
Thursday night's Essential Cinema selection begins a new series called "Children Of Abraham/Ibrahim 9: Films Of The Middle East Diaspora." Looking For Muhyiddin is a 2012 feature from Nacer Khemir wherein the filmmaker "journeys to many lands to listen attentively to the interpretations of those scholars who have studied the teachings of »
- Matt Shiverdecker
Pic tells the true story of eccentric Australian chicken farmer, Swampy Marsh, who places his friendly but clumsy sheepdog on an island off the coast to protect a Fairy Penguin population that is being endangered by foxes.
It is directed by Stuart McDonald, and produced by Richard Keddie, who produced Cate Blanchett starrer “Little Fish” and Ronan Keating’s musical film “Goddess,” and Sheila Hanahan Tailor. Production companies are Wtfn/The Film Company, Practical Pictures and Kmunications. Pic was supported by Screen Australia, Film Victoria and Fox Intl. Channels.
“Oddball,” which is in post-production, will be released in Australia by Village Roadshow later this year.
- Leo Barraclough
'Steve Jobs' will be released in October. The movie - which is based on the biography of the late Apple Inc. CEO, co-founder and chairman - is expected to open in cinemas on October 9th, Universal Pictures have announced. Production has only just begun on the biopic, with the film being directed by 'Slumdog Millionaire's Danny Boyle. Aaron Sorkin has produced the script with guidance from Walter Isaacson, the man who penned the entrepreneur's official biography. Michael Fassbender will star as the lead character and will be joined by a supporting cast that includes Seth Rogen, Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels, Katherine Waterston and Michael Stuhlbarg. The project suffered a few knock backs during initial production after Sony Pictures previously pulled out of the deal. Other actors lined up for the lead role - including Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale - had refused the part, leaving the »
Universal Studios has revealed the release date for their upcoming movie Steve Jobs. The film, which has just gone into production in San Francisco, will be released October 9th of this year.
The project had originally been in development at Sony, who had David Fincher set to direct and Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio both attached as Steve Jobs at various points. However, the biopic was dropped by Sony before being picked up by Universal.
The film is being directed by Danny Boyle with a screenplay from Aaron Sorkin. Michal Fassbender plays the Apple founder Steve Jobs and Seth Rogan stars as Steve Wozniak. Also featuring in the cast are Kate Winslet (The Reader), Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom), Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice), Perla Haney-Jardine (Spider-Man 3) and Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man).
- Thomas Roach
Just yesterday we saw the first images from Danny Boyle's upcoming Steve Jobs, showcasing Michael Fassbender's Jobs and Seth Rogen's Steve Wozniak. While the film had a bit of a rocky start when David Fincher and Christian Bale walked from the project, Danny Boyle (Trance, Slumdog Millionaire) was quick to take the reigns and cast Fassbender in the leading role. It seems that momentum will ensure a 2015 release date as Jeff Sneider took to Twitter to announce that »
- Sean Wist
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