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Crime thriller follows a detective and art critic who track a series of murders across Europe.
Two-time Oscar-winning cinematographer and frequent Steven Spielberg collaborator Janusz Kaminski (Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List, Bridge Of Spies) will direct crime thriller The Postcard Killings, which will be financed and produced by London-based outfit Good Films.
The plot follows a New York detective and Swedish art critic who track a series of murders that take place across Europe. The killer sends a series of clues to journalists on postcards, each one heralding the next crime.
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Steven Spielberg’s regular cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, who has been Oscar-nominated six times and won twice, is attached to direct crime thriller “The Postcard Killings,” which Good Films will finance and produce. Sierra Affinity is handling international sales.
The pic centers on New York detective Jacob Kanon, who joins forces with Swedish art critic Dessie Larsson to investigate a seemingly senseless sequence of killings of couples across Europe. Picture postcards are sent to apparently random journalists by the killer, each heralding the next horrific crime. Larsson has just received such a postcard, and she and Kanon must piece together the clues to catch the killer.
- Leo Barraclough
Oscar frontrunner Emmanuel Lubezki ("The Revenant") is all but certain to win the American Society of Cinematographers award for Best Feature Film at the 30th annual edition of these kudos on Sunday (Feb. 14). Also contending for this top guild honor are three other Oscar nominees -- Roger Deakins ( "Sicario" ), Ed Lachman ("Carol") and John Seale ("Mad Max: Fury Road") -- as well as Janusz Kaminski ("Bridge of Spies"). The Oscar race is rounded out by Robert Richardson ("The Hateful Eight" ). -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions Lubezki has gone four for six with the Asc, including last year for "Birdman" and in 2013 for "Gravity" (he also won Oscars for those) as well as "Children of Men" (2006) and "The Tree..." »
“The Revenant” with 12 nominations, and “Mad Max: Fury Road” with 10, rang up the largest number of Oscar notices this year, largely due to success across the Academy’s various artisan categories. It was a trend signaled in early January, as both films led the way on the industry awards circuit.
And while films like “Bridge of Spies,” “The Martian” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” also performed well among artisan groups, the Academy’s corresponding branches represent smaller voting bodies, which makes for some interesting comparisons.
For instance, the art directors and costume designers guilds honor achievement in three categories (period, fantasy and contemporary). Films such as “Crimson Peak,” “Joy,” “Star Wars” and “Trumbo” fared well among voters in both orgs, yet couldn’t secure Oscar nominations in those fields.
- Kristopher Tapley
Steven Spielberg's entertaining true life account of a chapter in the Cold War concerns a crucial negotiation by a brave attorney (Tom Hanks) who goes way out on a limb in East Berlin. Hopefully I'm not alone feeling the same 'narrative undertow' in the storytelling style -- the movie works, but it's also aggravating. Bridge of Spies Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Touchstone 2015 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 141 min. / Street Date February 2, 2016 / 39.99 Starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda, Will Rogers, Austin Stowell, Mikhail Gorevoy, Sebastian Koch, Burghart Kalussner. Cinematography Janusz Kaminski Film Editor Michael Kahn Original Music Thomas Newman Written by Matt Charman, Ethan Coen & Joel Coen Produced by Kristie Macosko Krieger, Marc Platt, Steven Spielberg Directed by Steven Spielberg
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
- Glenn Erickson
Cinematographer Roger Deakins is enjoying the afterglow of his 13th Oscar nomination, for “Sicario.” But in the meantime, he has another film heading to theaters next week: Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Hail, Caesar!” It’s notable because it’s the first project Deakins has shot on film since the last time he collaborated with the Coens on 2010’s “True Grit.” Since then he has clung to the virtue of digital, and judging by some of his comments discussing the filmmaker siblings’ latest, he’s clearly eager to get back to the ones and zeroes of the future.
This is one of the Coen brothers’ funniest movies. Some of the Ralph Fiennes stuff just had me in the aisles.
Oh good, good. Yeah I’ll be interested how audiences receive the movie. Like some of that stuff, it’s quite quirky isn’t it?
It made me wonder if you »
- Kristopher Tapley
“The Martian” gang mixed with the “Star Wars” team, WB’s Sue Kroll chatted with Harvey Weinstein, while Cate Blanchett, Ryan Gosling, Steven Spielberg and F. Gary Gray accepted congrats for their work at the 16th AFI Awards Friday afternoon at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills.
The event honored 10 films and 10 TV works that had been announced last month as being “the year’s most outstanding storytelling,” and as usual, the mood was high energy yet relaxed. The honorees knew that they were all winners, so there was no suspense, with no acceptance speeches, minimal red-carpet coverage and no fashion commentary. And a key to the buoyant mood: There were no TV cameras focusing on the 220 people in the room.
- Tim Gray
Believe it or not, members of the Academy will likely have finalized their nomination decisions by the time you’re reading this. Yes, the deadline for ballots to be in is today, and that’s coming right on the heels of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (or BAFTA) making their nomination announcement in the wee hours. They function almost as an extra guild, as many BAFTA members are in the Academy as well, so it bears referencing. Oscar isn’t going to be able to refer to DGA nominations this year, so I think some voters will look for clues as to what their colleagues support anywhere that they can find it. This might lead to some surprises, for sure, but it also makes things almost impossible to pin down right now. Still, we try. First up, here are the BAFTA nominations: Best Film The Big Short »
- Joey Magidson
In an interesting turn for awards season watchers, Alicia Vikander was nominated as lead actress for "The Danish Girl." She also received mention in the supporting category for "Ex Machina." Here is the full list of nominations:
Outstanding British Film
- Kelly Woo
London — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts unveiled the nominations for its film awards Friday at it headquarters in London. “Bridge of Spies” and “Carol” led the nominations race with nine apiece.
“The Revenant” was nominated in eight categories. “Mad Max: Fury Road” has seven nominations. “Brooklyn” and “The Martian” were each nominated six times. “The Big Short,” “The Danish Girl” and “Ex Machina” received five nominations. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” took four nominations.
In the major categories, “Carol,” “Bridge of Spies,” “The Big Short” and “Brooklyn” all featured prominently, followed by “The Danish Girl,” “The Revenant,” “Spotlight,” “Ex Machina” and “Steve Jobs.” Among the underperformers in the major categories were “Trumbo,” “Sicario” and “Mad Max: Fury Road.”
Amanda Berry, CEO of BAFTA, told Variety that the nominations were marked by the openness of the contest, with six films with more than five nominations. “It looks like »
- Leo Barraclough
The American Society of Cinematographers has announced the nominees of its Asc Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in a Theatrical Release. The Awards night will take place on Feb. 14 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.
And the nominees are:
Here's the rest of the press release:
.Our members have spoken with a fabulous group of choices,. says Asc President Richard Crudo. .The quality of the work is astounding, and it.s great to see we.re once again at the forefront of giving recognition where it.s due..
.Each of the nominated films represents a different genre and a masterfully distinct visual style,. notes Asc Awards Chairman Daryn Okada. .We look forward to celebrating the extraordinary accomplishments of these nominees in February. »
The Asc has nominated Roger Deakins, Asc, Bsc; Janusz Kaminski; Ed Lachman, Asc; Emmanuel Lubezki, Asc, AMC, and John Seale, Asc, Acs, for the Asc Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in a Theatrical Release.
The nominated films are:
The winner will be announced Feb. 14 at the 30th Asc Awards ceremony.
“Our members have spoken with a fabulous group of choices,” says Asc President Richard Crudo. “The quality of the work is astounding, and it’s great to see we’re once again at the forefront of giving recognition where it’s due.”
“Each of the nominated films represents a different genre and a masterfully distinct visual style,” notes Asc Awards Chairman Daryn Okada. »
- Michelle McCue
The theatrical nominees for the American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) Awards for Outstanding Achievement are Roger Deakins for Denis Villeneuve's "Sicario," Janusz Kaminski for Steven Spielberg's "Bridge of Spies," Ed Lachman for Todd Haynes' "Carol," Emmanuel Lubezki for Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu's "The Revenant" and John Seale for George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road." The winner will be revealed at the Asc Awards gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles on February 14th. Lubezki won the Asc award as well as the Oscar the last two years for A.G. Inarritu's "Birdman" and Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity," and also took the Asc's top prize for Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" in 2012 and Cuaron's "Children of Men" in 2007. He was nominated in 2000 for Tim Burton's "Sleepy Hollow." Read More: "How 'The Revenant' Changed Emmanuel Lubezki's Life" This is »
- Anne Thompson
The American Society of Cinematographers nominees include our four leading Oscar contenders for Best Cinematography -- frontrunner "The Revenant" (Emmanuel Lubezki) as well "Mad Max: Fury Road" (John Seale), "Sicario" (Roger Deakins) and "Carol" (Ed Lachman). The final Asc nominee is "Bridge of Spies" (Janusz Kaminski), which we have ranked sixth at the Oscars behind "The Hateful Eight" (Robert Richardson). -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions Lubezki has gone four for six with the Asc, including last year for "Birdman" and in 2013 for "Gravity" (he also won Oscars for those) as well as "Children of Men" (2006) and "The Tree of Life" (2011). Deakins has won three of his 14 Asc bids -- "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994); "The Man Who Wasn&rsqu..." »
Sicario‘s Roger Deakins, Bridge Of Spies‘ Janusz Kaminski, Carol‘s Ed Lachman, The Revenant‘s Emmanuel Lubezki and Mad Max: Fury Road‘s John Seale have been nominated in the theatrical release category for the 30th annual American Society of Cinematographers Awards. The winner will be revealed February 14 at the 30th annual Asc Awards gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in La. Lubezki is going for a three-peat in the category, having won it the past two years for Birdm… »
“The Revenant” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” kept their industry awards streaks alive Wednesday with nominations from the American Society of Cinematographers. Both films have also been recognized by the Screen Actors Guild, American Cinema Editors, Art Directors Guild and Producers Guild of America this year.
The nominations mark, respectively, Emmanuel Lubezki’s sixth and John Seale’s fifth from the group to date. Lubezki has won four Asc awards, for “Children of Men,” “The Tree of Life,” “Gravity” and “Birdman.” He won back-to-back Oscars for the latter two. Seale won both the Asc prize and the Oscar for “The English Patient.”
- Kristopher Tapley
The cinematographers group on Wednesday unveiled its nominations for the 30th American Society Of Cinematographers (Asc) Awards on February 14 in Los Angeles.
Emmanuel Lubezki, who has won Asc and Oscar honours in the last two years for Birdman and Gravity and claimed the Asc prize on two other occasions, earns a nod for The Revenant and John Seale, an Asc and Oscar winner once before with The English Patient, is in contention for Mad Max: Fury Road.
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