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Wrap-Ranker Poll: Best Books Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies

12 February 2016 9:09 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

It’s no secret that studios crave popular books for possible feature adaptations, but there’s a reason why they stick to that strategy: It’s proven to work very well for them all through Hollywood’s history. Though diehard purists deride Peter Jackson‘s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy for changing some major characters and events, the director nevertheless adapted nearly 1,000 pages of dense fantasy into one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed film trilogies of all time, earning a perfect eleven Oscars from eleven nominations for “Return of the King.” After remaining on the New York Times best-seller list for. »

- Matt Hejl

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Locarno Blog. Howard Shore

10 February 2016 11:39 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The Notebook is the North American home for Locarno Film Festival Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian's blog. Chatrian has been writing thoughtful blog entries in Italian on Locarno's website since he took over as Director in late 2012, and now you can find the English translations here on the Notebook as they're published. The Locarno Film Festival will be taking place August 3 - 13. Howard Shore. © Benjamin Ealovega Film music is a subject that requires very delicate handling. As if music, more so even than sound itself, had arrived in the cinema with the table laid and the party already begun, requiring it therefore to be a very discreet guest.It makes little difference that we know that the movies – well before they became the talkies – needed musical accompaniment; it makes little difference that film music, whether by pioneering pianists or great composers, has given greater depth to the moving image and developed »

- Carlo Chatrian

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First-time director tackles the world of psychoanalysis in micro budget feature

10 February 2016 5:43 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

For first-time writer-director James Raue, regular trips to therapy growing up constituted a form of torture.

"I used to hate psychologists as a child. I always use to visit them because my mum was obsessed with Dr. Phil, so if there were any issues in the family we'd all go and see a psychologist. It always felt as though they were too distant and too clinical"..

"Now my girlfriend is a psychologist and my best friend is a psychologist. I ended up seeing things from their point of view - the weight of all these clients they were carrying around all the time, and the dark sense of humour they had to develop. They had to be able to joke about suicide and mental illness because it was the only way to survive"..

Making films since high school, Raue came up with "this idea of a psychologist who lost five »

- Harry Windsor

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12 of cinema's biggest and most expensive film sets

9 February 2016 4:08 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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We celebrate a century of huge and expensive film sets, from historical epics to sprawling fantasies and sci-fi action movies...

The advent of cinema saw the art of set design gradually spread its wings from the relative confines of the theatre. As movies established their own language and became ever more ambitious in the early part of the 20th century, so set designers were called on to create increasingly expansive and more detailed backdrops.

As the list of movies below proves, the construction of huge sets has been a  major part of cinema for the past century. And with scale comes expense, as the recreation of ancient landmarks, futuristic cities or doomed ocean liners takes hundreds of artists, designers and crafty types months of labour to plan and construct. Often, these sets are on the screen for a few scant minutes before they're torn down and largely »

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Best Actress Besties Brie Larson and Saoirse Ronan Honored in Santa Barbara

8 February 2016 11:39 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Santa Barbara, Calif. — The Santa Barbara International Film Festival displayed the proper foresight in late November last year when selecting “Room” star Brie Larson and “Brooklyn’s” Saoirse Ronan as first-time tandem recipients of the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award: Both have remained out in front of the best actress Oscar race in a year marked by a number of female-centric narratives, and they continue to lock horns heading into the Feb. 28 Academy Awards ceremony.

Of course, nothing approaching competitive awareness was on display Monday night as the two ingenues — who have been previously recognized by Sbiff in the Virtuosos sidebar — enjoyed their dual tributes. In fact, they’ve become quite close on the circuit.

Alas, circumstances kept them apart this time — the production of “Kong: Skull Island,” to be specific. The blockbuster sequel has filled Larson’s schedule all season as she has bounced from locations in Vietnam, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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First Trailer For Lee Tamahori’s ‘The Patriarch,’ Premiering at Berlin 2016

8 February 2016 12:02 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Lee Tamahori is best known as the journeyman director of disposable action films like Next, XXX: State of the Union, and the bizarre, awful James Bond installment, Die Another Day, but the New Zealand director is cinematic royalty in his own country. In 2014, New Zealand conducted the first survey of Kiwi national cinema, and voters picked Tamahori’s break-out 1994 film, Once Were Warriors, as the best film, rounding out established favorites like Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures and Jane Campion’s The Piano.

Following 2011’s flawed but interesting The Devil’s Double, Tamahori will release two films this year, Emperor, a period piece revenge story, and the prestige picture, The Patriarch, which we have the first trailer for today. Based on the book, “Bulibasha” by Witi Ihimaera, who wrote the Whale Rider, The Patriarch follows the story of two Maori families who have had a feud that’s been generations long, »

- Michael Snydel

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Oscar’S Year Of Visual Effects, and The Art Of Seeing And Believing

6 February 2016 9:16 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

If you have been living and routinely interacting with other human beings over the last month, you’ve probably heard one or two words involving this year’s Academy Awards and the heated controversy over the startling lack of both films and people of color among the nominees. Personally, I think that the real focus of concern ought to be less on the back end-- awards handed out for films which were financed and/or studio-approved, scheduled for production and filmed perhaps as much as two or three years ago-- and more on addressing the lack of cultural and intellectual and experiential diversity among those who have the power to make the decisions as to what films get made in the first place. This is no sure-fire way to ensure that there will be a richer and more consistent representation of diverse creative voices when it comes time for Hollywood »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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Nicolas Winding Refn Clarifies Reports That He Shot 'The Neon Demon' At 60fps

5 February 2016 6:25 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Last year, as production got underway on Nicolas Winding Refn's upcoming "The Neon Demon," Jena Malone posted a picture from the set that got fans of the director talking. It was a seemingly innocent shot of a clapperboard, except that it noted a framerate of 60fps. Speculation immediately started that Refn was following in the footsteps of Peter Jackson and James Cameron in creating hyper-real imagery for his horror picture, but it seems everything was a bit overblown. Read More: Interview: Nicolas Winding Refn Talks 'The Act Of Seeing,' Why There's No Sex In His Films, 'The Neon Demon,' And More During a Q&A last fall, the director was asked about the frame rate, and he explained what is being used for. “This is why I love the internet. I have no idea where that came from. But someone did show me a picture of »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Locarno Film Festival to Honor Oscar-Winning Composer Howard Shore

4 February 2016 8:08 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Memo to Distributors: Buy These 10 Movies From The 2015 Locarno Film Festival The 69th annual Locarno Film Festival will honor Howard Shore at this summer's festivities with the Nescens Vision Award. The award is given each year to a mastermind from the music world. Shore has been given the recognition for exemplifying "an intuitive feel for film and [a] know-how [that] has left its mark on film history." In addition to receiving the award during the festival, Shore will also give a masterclass, the date of which has yet to be announced. Shore's creative genius behind Peter Jackson's "The Lord of The Rings" franchise famously earned him three Academy Awards, two for score and one for best original song, but his legacy extends far beyond just Middle Earth. The legendary composer is an Officer de l'orde des Arts des Lettres de la France and was one of the original creators behind "Saturday Night Live, »

- Elle Leonsis

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Why Warcraft Orcs Are Better Than Lord Of The Rings Orcs, According To Clancy Brown

2 February 2016 10:35 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

When Peter Jackson brought The Lord of the Rings to life on screen, he didn.t just create a blockbuster film franchise. He also added some legitimacy to fantasy movies and opened the door to a world of potential for the genre. For that reason, Lord of the Rings will likely always be the point of comparison for any future fantasy epics. So, how does Warcraft compare to Peter Jackson.s trilogy? Pretty damn well according to one of the films orcs, Clancy Brown. In Warcraft, Clancy Brown will play the role of Blackhand the war chief of the horde. When describing who his character was to IGN he, of course, used Lord of the Rings as his touchstone. However, he made sure to point out the way that his character was far superior to any of those orcs. Said the actor, They.re similar to the Lord of the »

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TCM Oscar Homage Kicked Off Today: Is Bigger Always Better?

1 February 2016 10:33 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Ben-Hur' 1959 with Stephen Boyd and Charlton Heston: TCM's '31 Days of Oscar.' '31 Days of Oscar': 'Lawrence of Arabia' and 'Ben-Hur' are in, Paramount stars are out Today, Feb. 1, '16, Turner Classic Movies is kicking off the 21st edition of its “31 Days of Oscar.” While the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is being vociferously reviled for its “lack of diversity” – more on that appallingly myopic, self-serving, and double-standard-embracing furore in an upcoming post – TCM is celebrating nearly nine decades of the Academy Awards. That's the good news. The disappointing news is that if you're expecting to find rare Paramount, Universal, or Fox/20th Century Fox entries in the mix, you're out of luck. So, missing from the TCM schedule are, among others: Best Actress nominees Ruth Chatterton in Sarah and Son, Nancy Carroll in The Devil's Holiday, Claudette Colbert in Private Worlds. Unofficial Best Actor »

- Andre Soares

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Dominic Monaghan confirms that David Bowie auditioned for The Lord of the Rings

30 January 2016 4:40 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It’s been rumoured for years that David Bowie had auditioned for a role in Peter Jackson’s epic fantasy trilogy The Lord of the Rings, and now it has been confirmed by Dominic Monaghan, who recalled seeing the legendary musician during his own audition for the role of Merry.

I was at the Hubbard’s, which is a pretty notorious casting agency office in London, doing an audition for Lord of the Rings, and when it ended I went over and talked to John Hubbard, who was running the audition, and he said, ‘Hey, it went really well. You should wait around for five or 10 mins. We’ll give you some feedback’,” Monaghan told The Huffington Post. “I thought, ‘Oh, Ok, cool, and I sat in the reception office. As I was reading a magazine waiting, David Bowie came in and signed his little list and went in. I »

- Gary Collinson

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Natalie Dormer, Harrison Ford, Paul Bettany And More Star In Spy Thriller Official Secrets

29 January 2016 6:12 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Paul Bettany (Avengers film series, Iron Man film series), Natalie Dormer (The Hunger Games trilogy, The Forest, HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’), Martin Freeman (The Hobbit films, upcoming Captain America: Civil War, Sherlock), Sir Anthony Hopkins and Harrison Ford have joined the espionage thriller Official Secrets which will be produced by Elizabeth Fowler (Devil’S Knot).

Justin Chadwick (Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, The Other Boleyn Girl) will direct the true story based on the best-selling book The Spy Who Tried To Stop A War: Katherine Gun and The Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion. The screenplay is written by Sara and Gregory Bernstein.

The Solution Entertainment Group’s Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel are executive producing the feature film and are handling the financing and international sales at the upcoming European Film Market. UTA Independent Film Group packaged the project and represents domestic rights.

The film is slated »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Paul Bettany, Natalie Dormer, Martin Freeman, Anthony Hopkins And Harrison Ford Join Official Secrets

28 January 2016 9:40 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Paul Bettany (Avengers film series, Iron Man film series), Natalie Dormer (The Hunger Games trilogy, The Forest, HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’), Martin Freeman (The Hobbit films, upcoming Captain America: Civil War, Sherlock), Sir Anthony Hopkins and Harrison Ford have joined the espionage thriller Official Secrets which will be produced by Elizabeth Fowler (Devil’S Knot).

Justin Chadwick (Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, The Other Boleyn Girl) will direct the true story based on the best-selling book The Spy Who Tried To Stop A War: Katherine Gun and The Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion. The screenplay is written by Sara and Gregory Bernstein.

The Solution Entertainment Group’s Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel are executive producing the feature film and are handling the financing and international sales at the upcoming European Film Market. UTA Independent Film Group packaged the project and represents domestic rights.

The film is slated »

- Michelle McCue

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Dominic Monaghan Remembers David Bowie's Audition for Lord Of The Rings

28 January 2016 8:55 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

As if the Lord of the Rings films weren't good enough...just imagine them with David Bowie in them! Dominic Monaghan, who played the hobbit Merry in the films, recalled the time he saw David Bowie coming out of a reading during his first audition for the beloved films. "I was at the Hubbard's, which is a pretty notorious casting agency office in London, doing an audition for Lord of the Rings, and when it ended I went over and talked to John Hubbard, who was running the audition, and he said, 'Hey, it went really well," he told the Huffington Post. »

- Christina Dugan, @Christina_Dugan

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Dominic Monaghan Remembers David Bowie's Audition for Lord Of The Rings

28 January 2016 8:55 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

As if the Lord of the Rings films weren't good enough...just imagine them with David Bowie in them! Dominic Monaghan, who played the hobbit Merry in the films, recalled the time he saw David Bowie coming out of a reading during his first audition for the beloved films. "I was at the Hubbard's, which is a pretty notorious casting agency office in London, doing an audition for Lord of the Rings, and when it ended I went over and talked to John Hubbard, who was running the audition, and he said, 'Hey, it went really well," he told the Huffington Post. »

- Christina Dugan, @Christina_Dugan

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That Time David Bowie Auditioned For A Role In The Lord Of The Rings

27 January 2016 5:49 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Peter Jackson.s sprawling adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien.s The Lord of the Rings trilogy is damn near the dictionary definition of epic. It has battles and quests and elves and orcs and all manner of cool fantasy shit.not to mention it.s like nine hours long in total. It also features a ton of fantastic actors, some well known at the time, others less so, but as a whole the casting is just about perfect across the board. But as it turns out, there.s one iconic figure that could have been involved, as the late, great David Bowie apparently auditioned for a role. Dominic Monaghan was a young actor with a few parts under his belt when he went into Hubbard.s, a sizeable casting agency, to audition for The Lord of the Rings. As he told the Huffington Post, it must have gone well »

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The 100 Best Films of the 21st Century (So Far) - Part 4: #25-1

26 January 2016 11:17 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Our countdown of the top 100 films of the 21st Century (so far) concludes here with the top 25.

Click here for Part 1! (#100-76)

Click here for Part 2! (#75-51)

Click here for Part 3! (#50-26)

The first decade and a half of the 21st century has brought a lot of changes to the landscape of film. The advancement and sophistication of computers has made realistic computer generated effects a mainstay in both big-budget and small-budget films. The internet and streaming technologies have given big Hollywood new competition in films produced independently and by non-traditional means. We went from purchasing films on yards of tape to plastic disks, and now we can simply upload them to the cloud. Advertisements for films have reached a higher, more ruthless level where generating hype through trailers and teasers is crucial for a film’s commercial success. Movie attendance has fluctuated along with the economy, but that hasn »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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Creature From The Black Lagoon: the unmade Carpenter film

25 January 2016 6:22 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Universal's classic monster movie Creature From The Black Lagoon was almost remade by John Carpenter in the 1990s. So what happened?

It's one of the great suspense scenes in 50s genre cinema: a woman swims in the clear cool water of an Amazonian lagoon, blissfully unaware of the grotesque creature emerging from the depths beneath her. The score builds to a crescendo as the monster closes in, reaching out with a clawed, webbed hand...

Director Jack Arnold directed some of the best American sci-fi movies of the post-wwii era, and Creature From The Black Lagoon is perhaps his most famous. About a team of scientists investigating the fossilised remains of a strange man-fish hybrid - and discovering the thing still very much alive in the depths of the Amazon - the movie was a sizeable hit for Universal when it came out in early 1954.

The cultural impact »

- ryanlambie

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Saoirse Ronan to Star in Greta Gerwig’s Directorial Debut

22 January 2016 11:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

At 22, Saoirse Ronan has already built up a career to be envied. She’s worked with the likes of Joe Wright, Wes Anderson, and Peter Jackson, and she’s just snagged her second Oscar nomination for Brooklyn. Now for her next big-screen role, she’ll be teaming up with another hot young talent. Ronan is set to star in Lady Bird, […]

The post Saoirse Ronan to Star in Greta Gerwig’s Directorial Debut appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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