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6 items from 2015

Time Machine: Spielberg and Daughter (with 'Indiana Jones' Actress Capshaw) on Oscars Red Carpet

14 May 2015 2:02 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg on the Oscars' Red Carpet Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Spielberg has taken home two Best Director Oscars: Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Schindler's List also won Best Picture, but Saving Private Ryan lost to John Madden's Miramax-distributed Shakespeare in Love. There was quite a bit of animosity at the time, as some felt that Miramax, owned by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, overdid its Oscar campaigning – while still managing to sway enough Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members to vote for its film. Somewhat ironically, at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony Steven Spielberg presented the Best Picture Award to The King's Speech. Toplining Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, and Claire Bloom, this British production was »

- D. Zhea

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Andrew Niccol Talks Good Kill, His Unique Representation of the CIA and More

13 May 2015 9:42 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

After hitting Venice, Tiff, Zurich and the Tribeca Film Festival, writer-director Andrew Niccol’s Good Kill is finally making its way into select theaters. The movie stars Ethan Hawke as Tom Egan, a former Air Force pilot who now works stateside as a drone pilot. Even though he’s able to take out targets safe and sound from a bunker just outside of Las Vegas and then head home to his wife and kids, Tom still longs to be up in the air, taking risks. With Good Kill hitting theaters in New York and Los Angeles on May 15th and then arriving on VOD on May 22nd, I got the opportunity to sit down with Niccol to discuss his experience making the film. He ran through some of the unusual military lingo he learned, talked about the challenge of shooting the target footage and about directing his actors during the »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Premieres galore at Sydney Film Festival

5 May 2015 5:40 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Neil Armfield.s Holding the Man, Simon Stone.s The Daughter, Jeremy Sims. Last Cab to Darwin and Jen Peedom.s feature doc Sherpa will have their world premieres at the Sydney Film Festival.

The festival program unveiled today includes 33 world premieres (including 22 shorts) and 135 Australian premieres (with 18 shorts) among 251 titles from 68 countries.

Among the other premieres will be Daina Reid.s The Secret River, Ruby Entertainment's. ABC-tv miniseries starring Oliver Jackson Cohen and Sarah Snook, and three Oz docs, Marc Eberle.s The Cambodian Space Project . Not Easy Rock .n. Roll, Steve Thomas. Freedom Stories and Lisa Nicol.s Wide Open Sky.

Festival director Nashen Moodley boasted. this year.s event will be far larger than 2014's when 183 films from 47 countries were screened, including 15 world premieres. The expansion is possible in part due to the addition of two new screening venues in Newtown and Liverpool.

As previously announced, Brendan Cowell »

- Don Groves

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Andrew Niccol on drone strikes in Good Kill: 'You couldn't make it up'

9 April 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Us drone programme has become more and more present in the public consciousness over the past three years, and Hollywood is catching up.

While the last few months have seen several TV programmes - notably Homeland and House of Cards - use Us drone strikes as a central device, Andrew Niccol's Good Kill is one of the first big-screen titles to tackle the issue.

Digital Spy sat down with Niccol to discuss his inspiration for the script, casting Ethan Hawke as the anti-Top Gun, and why the realities of this story would have Orwell turning in his grave.

Did you have Ethan in mind for this from the beginning?

"I don't think of anyone when I'm writing a script, I have no-one in mind, but as soon as I finished I thought he was perfect for it. When I called him about it, I said 'Ethan, I »

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Good Kill review: Ethan Hawke reunites with Gattaca's Andrew Niccol

6 April 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Andrew Niccol; Screenwriter: Andrew Niccol; Starring: Ethan Hawke, January Jones, Zoë Kravitz, Jake Abel; Running time: 100 mins; Certificate: 15

Distinct from other, visceral portrayals of the 'War on Terror', Good Kill finds Ethan Hawke boxed in, literally and figuratively, as a pilot dropping bombs, from the ground – in Las Vegas. His targets are half the world away, but for Andrew Niccol, who directed Hawke in Gattaca, this is an extreme example of how technology has made the world smaller yet more remote, making for an absorbing character study.

Naturally, it wasn't the lure of sitting, watching a screen inside a windowless trailer that compelled Tom Egan (Hawke) to join the Us Air Force, but after six tours of duty the higher-ups think that's the best place for him. He's a sullen character and although there isn't an explicit suggestion of Ptsd, he snaps at a sales clerk and wife Molly »

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Michel Gomez: ‘In a Very Tense Environment, Paris Hosted Major Domestic and Foreign Shoots in 2014′

28 January 2015 10:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Paris Film Office was set up in 2002 as part of the Mission Cinema project launched the same year. Both are integrated within the city council, the Mairie de Paris. Their goal is to provide a one-stop shop for French and foreign professionals that will handle all logistical aspects required for shooting in the French capital — which is not only one of the world’s most highly filmed cities but also one of the busiest, meaning that shooting there requires careful preparation. Two permits are required for filming in Paris: one issued by the Paris Film Office and one by the Préfecture de Police, the city’s police authority.

Since its launch, the Paris Film Office has inked agreements to improve filming conditions in the capital and set up a bilingual website to help French and international productions to prepare shoots. The site provides images of key locations and information »

- Martin Dale

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