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Bridge of Spies, 2015.
Directed by Steven Spielberg.
During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.
With all the events of the world front and centre of many news outlets over recent weeks, it’s a strangely timely release of Bridge of Spies, which takes us back to a time when the world was a push of a button away from a cataclysmic event. Fear and anger led the way, but this war wasn’t fought on “no-man’s-land”, the battleground was one of rooms, with talking the weapons at the disposal of those most trusted with the fate of the most »
- Scott J. Davis
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the organizers of the Camerimage Intl. Festival of the Art of Cinematography should blush. A number of similar film festivals are gaining momentum, including the Manaki Bros. Intl. Cinematographers’ Film Festival in Macedonia, Ostrava Kamera Oko Intl. Festival of Cinematographers in the Czech Republic and the nascent Bristol Festival of Cinematography. But the question asked around the American Society of Cinematographers clubhouse and anywhere camera people gather as summer wanes, is, “Will I see you in Poland?”
Chris Menges, Walter Murch and Sandy Powell will be among those making the journey to Bydgoszcz, in western Poland, for the 23rd Camerimage, which kicks off Nov. 14 with a screening of Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies,” featuring the work of frequent collaborator and Polish native Janusz Kaminski.
The showcase has gained a position of dominance with a single-minded focus on celebrating the creators of motion picture imagery. »
- David Heuring
The 19th annual Hollywood Film Awards took place on Sunday night, honoring an impressive array of film industry talent both in front of and behind the camera. While the honors in the past have been dinged for trying too hard to please everyone, there's no denying that the ceremony is successful at grabbing attention thanks to honoring huge hits like "Furious 7" and "Jurassic World."
For only the second time ever, the awards ceremony was aired on CBS, with "Late Late Show" host James Corden serving as emcee for the proceedings. Presenters were just as impressive as honorees, with everyone from Ryan Gosling to Selena Gomez to Jamie Foxx to Amy Poehler handing out trophies.
- Katie Roberts
Last night the Beverly Hilton Hotel played host to the 19th annual Hollywood Film Awards, which bills itself as “The Official Launch of the Awards Season” (read: a trial run for more important and prestigious award ceremonies). Here’s a full list of the winners from the night:
Hollywood Career Achievement Award
Hollywood Producer Award
Hollywood Director Award
Hollywood Actor Award
Hollywood Actress Award
Hollywood Supporting Actor Award
Hollywood Supporting Actress Award
Hollywood Breakout Actor Award
Hollywood Breakout »
- Gary Collinson
Once again, Hollywood Stars will be going to the first awards event of the season — The Hollywood Film Awards®. The ceremony will be hosted by critically and globally acclaimed actor, comedian and late night talk show host, James Corden and will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on November 1, 2015. The Hollywood Film Awards, the official launch of the awards season®, has recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 18 years, honoring some of the world’s biggest stars. More than one hundred honorees have gone on to garner Oscar nominations and wins. Our confirmed presenters include: Steve Carell, Russell Crowe, Ice Cube, Johnny Depp, Laura Dern, Vin Diesel, Jamie Foxx, Selena Gomez, Ryan Gosling, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dakota Johnson, Armie Hammer, Amber Heard, Mark Ruffalo, David O. Russell, Kurt Russell, Amy Poehler, Quentin Tarantino, and Reese Witherspoon. Our confirmed honorees include:Robert De Niro, Ridley Scott, »
The stars scheduled to present honorees with their awards at the “19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards,” hosted by critically and globally acclaimed actor, comedian and late-night talk show host, James Corden. Presenters Steve Carell, Russell Crowe, Johnny Depp, Vin Diesel, Jamie Foxx, Selena Gomez, Ryan Gosling, Jake Gyllenhaal, Armie Hammer, Amber Heard, Ice Cube, Amy Poehler, Mark Ruffalo, David O. Russell, Kurt Russell, Quentin Tarantino and Reese Witherspoon will be in attendance at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on Sunday, November 1, 2015 to honor their colleagues and friends. The Hollywood Film Awards, the official launch of the awards season®, has recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 18 years, honoring some of the world’s biggest stars. More than one hundred honorees have gone on to garner Oscar® nominations and wins. Honorees for this year’s show include: • Robert De Niro – “Hollywood Career Achievement Award” • Ridley Scott »
London — Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies” will open the 23rd edition of Camerimage, the international film festival devoted to the art of cinematography, which runs Nov. 14-21 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
The film, which was lensed by cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, centers on an American lawyer who is recruited by the CIA during the Cold War to help rescue a pilot detained in the Soviet Union. It stars Tom Hanks, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan, Eve Hewson, Mark Rylance and Sebastian Koch.
Kaminski has worked with Spielberg on multiple films. He won Oscars for Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List” and “Saving Private Ryan,” and was Oscar nominated for the director’s “Lincoln,” “War Horse” and “Amistad.” Kaminski’s other Spielberg movies include “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” “A.I. Artificial Intelligence” and “Munich.”
- Leo Barraclough
Bridge of Spies is an expertly crafted espionage thriller from Steven Spielberg. It frames the stark ideological battle of The Cold War and the dangerous nuclear ramifications of any misstep. In a world filled with distrust and fear, Bridge of Spies successfully portrays the virtue of principle. The infiltration of foreign agents into American society was an insidious threat. However, the response to that threat, The Red Scare, was equally a test to our democratic ideals.
On the morning of June 21, 1957; the FBI arrested Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance) in Brooklyn, New York as an undeclared agent for the Soviet Union. Abel, an unassuming artist, had been under surveillance as a Russian spy for quite some time. The Us Justice Department deemed the case as a cut and dry prosecution, but wanted a capable defense for public consumption. Abel's case was given to James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks), a prominent insurance »
At some point, Tom Hanks appointed himself the official chronicler of America in the late '50s and early '60s, with occasional digressions to earlier eras in case of world wars. I am perfectly fine with that, and I particularly like it when he and Steven Spielberg collaborate on these things. I am especially fond of "Catch Me If You Can," and while I expected something more on the "Munich"/"Saving Private Ryan" end of the scale, I was pleased to see that "Spies" is not a thriller so much as an ode to both American diplomacy and the tradition of moral movie fathers along the lines of Atticus Finch. In fact, there's a good deal of "To Kill A Mockingbird" in the script credited to Matt Charman and Joel & Ethan Coen. Tom Hanks plays James B. Donovan, an insurance lawyer who is asked to do his patriotic duty »
- Drew McWeeny
By Cate Marquis
The Cold War spy drama Bridge Of Spies is Steven Spielberg’s best film in years. This Oscar-bait film, based on the real events around the American U-2 pilot was shot down and captured over Soviet Russian airspace, features a script co-written by Joel and Ethan Coen, a cast headed by Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance, the renowned British actor some audiences might know from the BBC’s bloody historical drama series “Wolf Hall” that played on PBS, and photography by the Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, whose past films include “Schindler’s List,” “Saving Private Ryan” and “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.”
All that talent comes together in the perfect blend to create a highly entertaining film. The film is set in the late ’50s-early ’60s Cold War, the period between the Commie-hunting hysteria of the McCarthy era and the Cuba Missile Crisis. Bridge Of Spies dramatizes two interconnected spy cases, »
- Movie Geeks
The Tom Hanks-starring period piece Bridge of Spies is Steven Spielberg’s best and most entertaining film since…well, his last Tom Hanks-starring period piece. In the decade-plus since the delightful Catch Me If You Can, Spielberg’s made good starchy period pieces (Lincoln), dull starchy period pieces (War Horse) and a few old-school adventure pictures that still can’t shake a certain sedateness (War of the Worlds, The Adventures of Tintin). But in this witty Cold War thriller, Spielberg gets his groove back – or at least as much as he’s got to offer these days.
It helps that the movie has a pretty wild true story to start with as its premise. It’s 1957 and tenacious New York insurance lawyer James Donovan (Hanks) is assigned to defend a captured Soviet spy, Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance). Donovan is initially reluctant to take the case of such an obvious persona non grata, »
- Patrick Dunn
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Governments and citizens have always been willing to overlook due process in times of panic or paranoia. In the new espionage epic, Bridge of Spies, director Steven Spielberg expertly ties modern-day security panic with Cold War paranoia. It’s Spielberg at his wonky best, aided by some first-rate cinematography and a predictably wonderful performance from Tom Hanks. Bridge of Spies may be awkward and clunky at times, but it still paints a vivid picture of the dangerous intersection between secrecy and security.
Russian nationalist Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance) is clearly up to something. An exhilarating opening sequence tracks this mild-mannered painter as he makes his way around 1957 Brooklyn, New York. After evading CIA agents in a crowded subway, Abel is finally arrested in his modest studio, but not before he meticulously inspects a paper »
- J.R. Kinnard
Usually, the run up to a new Steven Spielberg film is a bit longer and more buzzed about than the one currently for Bridge of Spies. Even from the moment it was first announced as being his latest collaboration with Tom Hanks, things moved quickly and a bit under the radar, which is different. One would have expected such a potential Oscar juggernaut to try and suffocate the race early on. That hasn’t been the case, and with the film hitting theaters tomorrow, I wanted to take another look at it after its recent New York Film Festival debut and try to figure out what its awards prospects now are… Once more, here’s a brief summary of what the movie is about. In short, Bridge of Spies is a Cold War set drama/spy thriller. Hanks stars as attorney James Donovan, who was recruited by the government to »
- Joey Magidson
Awards season is almost upon us - and James Corden is going to help kick off the festivities.
Corden's big gig will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on November 1.
The Hollywood Film Awards have been held annually since 1997 in Los Angeles. A list of this year's winners is presented below:
Robert De Niro – Hollywood Career »
James Corden, critically and globally acclaimed actor, comedian and late night show star to host the “19th annual Hollywood Film Awards. The “19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards” will be hosted by critically and globally acclaimed actor, comedian and late night talk show host, James Corden. The awards ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on November 1, 2015. The Hollywood Film Awards, the official launch of the awards season®, has recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 18 years, honoring some of the world’s biggest stars. More than one hundred honorees have gone on to garner Oscar nominations and wins. “James Corden is one of the brightest stars on television today,” said Allen Shapiro, CEO of dick clark productions. “We can’t wait to see what he has in store for the big night.” In the past year alone, Corden has taken over The »
Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated director and producer Ridley Scott will be honored with the “Hollywood Producer Award” for the film The Martian. The “19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards” will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on November 1, 2015. The Hollywood Film Awards, the official launch of the awards season®, has recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 18 years, honoring some of the world’s biggest stars. More than one hundred honorees have gone on to garner Oscar nominations and wins. This year, the multi-nominated Ridley Scott shows once again he is the master of all film genres as he produces and directs the story of astronaut Mark Watney, who is presumed dead after a firestorm and left behind by his crew. The film stars Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels and Kate Mara. “Ridley Scott is one of the most prolific, »
We’re used to seeing Steven Spielberg’s penchant for WWII recuperations, whether it be via the Nazi villains of his Indiana Jones films or the more solemn remonstrance of Schindler’s List or Saving Private Ryan. He’s budged a little further past that historical marker to tackle America’s next dark chapter with Bridge of Spies, a true story examining the murky shenanigans of the Cold War and the desperate, hysterical fight against Communism. Handsomely assembled, it’s a film that would’ve been descried as a watered down bit of propaganda had this been produced during or shortly after the McCarthy witch hunts of the 1950s. Starring All-American everyman Tom Hanks, who certainly evokes the correct feel of privileged bemusement and disinterest in the labyrinthine, international netherworld yawning outside the borders of the Land of the Free, »
- Nicholas Bell
Amy Schumer Set to Receive “Hollywood Comedy Award” for Trainwreck at the “19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards®” Emmy Award-winning writer, producer, comedian and actress Amy Schumer will be honored with the “Hollywood Comedy Award” at the “19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards.” The ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on November 1, 2015. The Hollywood Film Awards, the official launch of the awards season®, has recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 18 years, honoring some of the world’s biggest stars. Honorees have gone on to garner many Oscar nominations and wins. Schumer wrote and starred in her first feature film, Trainwreck, which garnered excelled critical acclaim and box office success. Schumer is also in her 4th season of Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer, of which she won this year’s Emmy for Outstanding Variety and Sketch Series. It was previously announced that »
It seems like we say it every year, but the Oscar race for best cinematography is as heated as it has ever been this season.
Most eyes, certainly, are on Emmanuel Lubezki. The reigning champ joined a very exclusive group of back-to-back winners in the category upon claiming the prize for “Birdman” last year (He also won for “Gravity”). With Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s best picture follow-up “The Revenant,” Lubezki shot on brand new Arri Alexa 65 cameras, even freezing a few of them in Alberta, Canada, while using only natural light. The stitching technique that was employed to make “Birdman” appear as one unbroken take was used in a number of sequences as well. No one has even seen the film and you’d be forgiven for thinking it the frontrunner sight unseen.
- Kristopher Tapley
dick clark productions announced today that Academy Award-winning director Tom Hooper will be honored with the “Hollywood Director Award,” for “The Danish Girl”; Academy Award-winning actor Benicio Del Toro will receive the “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award,” for “Sicario”; Academy Award-nominated actress Saoirse Ronan will receive the “New Hollywood Award” for “Brooklyn“; the Swedish actress Alicia Vikander will receive the “Hollywood Breakout Actress Award,” for “The Danish Girl”; and the principal cast of the box-office smash “Straight Outta Compton,” Corey Hawkins, O’Shea Jackson Jr.and Jason Mitchell will be honored with the “Hollywood Breakout Ensemble Award.”
The “19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards“ will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on November 1, 2015. The Hollywood Film Awards, the official launch of the awards season®, has recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 18 years, honoring some of the world’s biggest stars. Honorees have gone on »
- Michelle McCue
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