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“The Bfg” marks Steven Spielberg’s first collaboration with Disney

28 June 2016 7:41 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Believe it or not, legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg has yet to make a movie over at Disney. He finally has though, with the release this week of The Bfg, based on the classic book of the same name by Roald Dahl. As I’ll get into below, Spielberg and Disney have long been a good potential fit, so this was always a matter of when, not if, but the pairing has occurred and we now have another children’s film of his to discuss. Is it anything to go nuts over? Could it be an awards player in any major way? Read on to find out… The film is, again, an adaptation of Dahl’s classic children’s book. It centers on a young girl named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) who comes in contact with a Bfg, or Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance). Despite his imposing stature, he’s one giant »

- Joey Magidson

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Lou Levinson Named Fellow of Colorist Society International

16 June 2016 6:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Prominent colorist Lou Levinson, who has worked with the world’s top film directors and cinematographers, has been named a fellow of the Colorist Society International (CSI).

Over his long career Levinson has held senior positions at such companies as McA, Technicolor, and, currently, Apple. He has collaborated with Steven Speilberg and his go-to Dp Janusz Kaminski, and has helped craft the look of such films as “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Empire of the Sun,” “Batman,” and “Batman Returns.”

“The colorist is a person whose primary responsibility is to help creative authors of visual storytelling in all its forms further that storytelling with the ‘look,’” Levinson said. “This means dealing with color, density, texture, composition, and motion issues as prime involvement. Helping the industry recognize the value of the colorist is why I support CSI’s mission statement.”

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- Peter Caranicas

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Agnès Varda Begins New Documentary; Hong Sang-soo Shooting In Cannes with Isabelle Huppert

16 May 2016 10:27 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Word of a new Agnès Varda project is hardly commonplace — it’s sometimes unclear if she’s even still working — so this tentative announcement gets more attention than most others. Said project, per Variety, is “a celebration of images, still and moving, and the way they are shown, shared and exhibited,” and likely an autobiographical celebration at that: as co-directed by the Bansky-like French photographer Jr, the picture “will focus on faces, encounters, huge images related to people and mostly the growth of an unlikely friendship between a 33 year old youngster and an 88 year old lady.” (I’ll save you the Wikipedia search and mental arithmetic by noting that, yes, Jr is 33 and Varda is 88.)

Varda is immediately forthcoming about the project, saying, “As my life draws to a close, I find myself wanting to see ever more faces, to film or photograph them, to keep them in images if not in my memory. »

- Nick Newman

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Oscar-Winning Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski To Direct Jerzy Kosinski Biopic ‘The Rabbit Garden’

15 May 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Janusz Kaminski has built a solid reputation as a director of photography, namely for having worked frequently with Steven Spielberg since 1993 and earning some Oscars in the process — both for their first collaboration together, “Schindler’s List,” and then for “Saving Private Ryan” just a mere few years later. And though they’re still in […]

The post Oscar-Winning Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski To Direct Jerzy Kosinski Biopic ‘The Rabbit Garden’ appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Will Ashton

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Cannes Film Review: Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Bfg’

14 May 2016 6:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Let’s say for the sake of argument that giants really exist. That they galumph around London, ’round about the witching hour, plucking kids from orphanage windows as a late-night snack. That one among them has misgivings about all this “cannybullism” and might actually make a pretty good friend, if given the chance. Wouldn’t you like to know about it? That’s the beauty of Roald Dahl’s “The Bfg,” as brought to life by recent Oscar winner Mark Rylance: You believe. No matter how fantastical the tale (and it gets pretty out-there at points), this splendid Steven Spielberg-directed adaptation makes it possible for audiences of all ages to wrap their heads around one of the unlikeliest friendships in cinema history, resulting in the sort of instant family classic “human beans” once relied upon Disney to deliver.

Dahl’s widely read and nearly universally revered novel began »

- Peter Debruge

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Kaminski To Direct "Rabbit Garden"

13 May 2016 9:04 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Steven Spielberg's go-to cinematographer Janusz Kaminski is set to direct a film based on the life of award-winning author Jerzy Kosinski entitled "The Rabbit Garden".

Jamie Dawson penned the script about the talented but troubled Kosinski, Holocaust survivor who wrote works such as "The Painted Bird" and "Being There" but was also plagued with allegations of plagiarism and sex-addiction.

Production is set to commence next year. Kaminski's latest collaboration with Spielberg, "The Bfg," has its world premiere at Cannes this week.

Source: THR »

- Garth Franklin

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Steven Spielberg Dp Janusz Kaminski To Direct Jerzy Kosinski Biopic ‘The Rabbit Garden’ – Cannes

13 May 2016 1:37 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Academy Award-winning cinematographer and frequent Steven Spielberg collaborator Janusz Kaminski is set to direct The Rabbit Garden, a film based on the life of award-winning author Jerzy Kosinski. David Permut is producing. The screenplay was written by Jamie Dawson. The talented but troubled Kosinski, a Polish-American, wrote several critically acclaimed works including The Painted Bird and Being There, which was turned into a classic film by Peter Sellers… »

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Cannes: Clive Owen, Jessica Biel Starring in Drama ‘Invisible’

6 May 2016 3:24 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Clive Owen and Jessica Biel have come on board Danis Tanovic’s upcoming drama “Invisible,” which will begin shooting in London in October.

Good Films is financing and Miriam Segal is producing. Good Universe is handling worldwide sales on the project and will introduce it to buyers next week in Cannes.

Tena Stivicic (“The World’s Greatest Monster”) is writing the script, adapting her original play of the same name.

Owen and Biel will play a couple who, despite their perfect lives, find themselves wanting more. The story will also examine several people on the other side of London, who have each travelled from faraway lands and put their lives on the line to seek out better opportunities than their homeland can offer.

The vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of class, identity and belonging in “Invisible,” which examines the true cost that the pursuit of happiness can take. »

- Dave McNary

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Clive Owen, Jessica Biel attached to 'Invisible'

6 May 2016 9:04 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The pair are attached to star in Danis Tanovic’s drama from Good Films, which Good Universe brings to worldwide buyers in Cannes.

Production on Invisible is set to begin in London in October. Miriam Segal produces for Good Films.

Croatian playwright Tena Stivicic will adapt the screenplay from her play of the same name about the lives of immigrants in London.

Owen will next be seen in Luc Besson’s action Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets, while Biel recently starred in David O. Russell’s Accidental Love.

Tanovic won the Fipresci Prize and Silver Berlin Bear in February for Death In Sarajevo.

Good Films and Good Universe are also collaborating on Dakota Fanning starrer The Postcard Killings, which Janusz Kaminski will direct. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Dakota Fanning joins Good Films' 'The Postcard Killings'

5 May 2016 4:47 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: The actress is the latest element to board the Good Films drama that Good Universe will introduce to worldwide buyers in Cannes.

Janusz Kaminski will direct The Postcard Killings, a thriller based on James Patterson and Liza Marklund’s bestseller The Postcard Killers, which Marklund and Andrew Stern have adapted.

Good Films produces and finances the thriller about Jacob, a New York detective, who investigates the murder of his newly married daughter and discovers a trail of similar deaths across Europe.

In each case the killing is accompanied by a postcard sent to a local reporter. Things become even more intense when Jacob meets a young reporter who receives the next postcard. 

Miriam Segal produces for Good Films and production is scheduled for Munich, London and Scandinavia in January 2017.

Good Films financed and produced Brad Furman’s The Infiltrator, which stars Bryan Cranston, John Leguizamo and Diane Kruger and will open in the Us on July »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Dakota Fanning to Star in Thriller ‘The Postcard Killings’

5 May 2016 4:28 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Dakota Fanning will star in Janusz Kaminski’s upcoming thriller “The Postcard Killings” with Good Films producing and financing.

The Postcard Killings” is based on James Patterson and Liza Marklund’s book. The screenplay was written by Marklund and Andrew Stern.

Good Universe is handling worldwide sales on the project and will introduce to buyers next week in Cannes.

The Postcard Killings” centers on a New Yorker as his life is thrown into turmoil when he learns that his newly married daughter has been brutally murdered. As he digs into the case, similar crimes are reported across Europe with each killing accompanied by a postcard sent to a local journalist.

As he follows the trail of clues, a young reporter — played by Fanning — receives the next postcard. Principal photography is scheduled for January in Munich, London and Scandinavia.

Fanning will be seen in Lionsgate’s “American Pastoral,” directed by and starring Ewan McGregor, »

- Dave McNary

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Phedon Papamichael Eschews Visual Flash for Authenticity, Humanity

20 April 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Phedon papamichael might not have the name identification of such fellow directors of photography as Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki or Roger Deakins, but his status among his peers is no less elite. He has brought out the best in directors like Alexander Payne, James Mangold and Gore Verbinski. And he has demonstrated a mastery of several genres, from psychological thrillers to dramedies, from biopics to Westerns, from arthouse curios to mega-budget blockbusters.

If cinematographers like to think of themselves as chameleons, Papamichael prides himself on an oeuvre in which no two movies look alike.

“It’s not really applying a style, it’s really adjusting to the story,” says Variety’s latest Billion Dollar Cinematographer. “Not just that, it’s really saving all those decisions — (involving) the performances and locations and actors — until you have all the elements unfold in front of you the moment you’re about to do it. »

- Steve Chagollan

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ShondaLand Stars Debut 'Passion Project' Ad Calling Hillary Clinton a 'Real Life' Blend of Olivia Pope, Meredith Grey and Annalise Keating

10 March 2016 5:25 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Grey's Anatomy fans settling in for Thursday night's popular ShondaLand lineup got a dose of Campaign 2016 reality in the show's first commercial block when Grey's star Ellen Pompeo - along with Scandal's Kerry Washington, How to Get Away With Murder's Viola Davis and their writer/producer Shonda Rhimes - turned up on the screen to plug Hillary Clinton as the real-life best of their respective TV characters. In the campaign ad, which was directed by Washington's Scandal co-star Tony Goldwyn and a tightly held secret ("We were shocked it didn't leak before it got to air," a Clinton »

- Sandra Sobieraj Westfall, @sswestfall

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Oscars: Ranking the Best Picture Nominees

25 February 2016 4:01 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Justin Chang: Guy, we started this deep-dive conversation about the best picture race less than an hour after Alejandro G. Inarritu clinched the Directors Guild of America’s top prize for “The Revenant,” which was pretty much the last confirmation we needed — after the Producers Guild picked “The Big Short” and the Screen Actors Guild opted for “Spotlight” — that this really is the wildest, craziest, most confoundingly unpredictable best-picture Oscar race in years. Exciting, isn’t it? I’d be more excited if this recent turn of events didn’t seem to favor “The Revenant,” which now has extraordinary momentum on its side. There we were, hoping the film’s Golden Globe triumphs would simply be an isolated HFPA fluke — but then it came roaring back with a vengeance, not unlike that easily distracted CGI bear at its center, ready to sink its teeth back into the race and not let go this time. »

- Justin Chang and Guy Lodge

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Daily | In the Works | Tavernier, Davies, Dumont

22 February 2016 6:53 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Inspired by Martin Scorsese’s A Personal Journey through American Movies and My Voyage to Italian Cinema, Bertrand Tavernier's A Journey Through French Cinema will incorporate interviews and footage from Jean Renoir, Claude Sautet, Jean-Luc Godard, Louis Malle, François Truffaut and Jacques Becker. And we've got details on more projects in the works by Terence Davies, Lars von Trier, Alexander Payne, Michael Haneke, Woody Allen, Jill Soloway, Bruno Dumont, Ruben Östlund, Cédric Kahn, Bille August, Xavier Dolan, Joe Wright, Baltasar Kormákur, Paddy Considine, Scott Cooper, Lech Majewski, Felix van Groeningen and Janusz Kaminski, plus forthcoming films starring Saoirse Ronan, Charlotte Rampling, Johnny Depp, Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan. » - David Hudson »

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Asc and BAFTA Go Cuckoo for Chivo

15 February 2016 8:00 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Jose here. In what turned out to be a surprise to absolutely no one, Emmanuel Lubezki managed a historical threepeat from the American Society of Cinematographers who gave him yet another award for his use of natural light in The Revenant (he also won his third straight BAFTA).

Chivo is now the Asc’s biggest winner having earned five awards (out of six nominations) since 1999 (he has only lost for Sleepy Hollow) Somewhere Roger Deakins must be thrilled Lubezki didn’t have any movies out in 2012 (technically To the Wonder came out, but it sadly went by dismissed by most groups), since that year he won his third award for Skyfall and “prevented” Chivo from winning the award every year since 2011 (the Oscar-less Deakins more than doubles Chivo’s Asc nods though, having earned 14, the highest for any Asc member).

Considering Chivo is now the hands on favorite for the »

- Jose

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Emmanuel Lubezki wins Asc top honours

15 February 2016 5:55 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Mexican cinematographer on The Revenant confirmed his status as frontrunner for a third Oscar in a row with Sunday’s American Society Of Cinematographers win in Los Angeles.

Lubezki beat fellow nominees Roger Deakins for Sicario, Janusz Kaminski for Bridge Of Spies, Ed Lachman for Carol, and John Seale for Mad Max: Fury Road.

It was Lubezki’s third Asc win in a row after triumphs for Gravity and Birdman. He won in 2012 for The Tree Of Life and in 2007 for Children Of Men.

John Toll received the lifetime achievement award. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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American Society of Cinematographers Awards: Oscar frontrunner Emmanuel Lubezki ('The Revenant') wins

15 February 2016 1:23 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

As expected Oscar frontrunner Emmanuel Lubezki ("The Revenant") won 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 were 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 now gone five for seven with the Asc, including wins last year for "Birdman" and in 2013 for "Gravity" (he also won Oscars for those) as well as "Children of Men" (2006) and &q »

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Asc 2016: Emmanuel Lubezki wins American Society of Cinematography Award

14 February 2016 8:47 PM, PST | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Theatrical Motion Picture: “Bridge of Spies” (Janusz Kaminski) “Carol” (Ed Lachman) “Mad Max: Fury Road” (John Seale) Winner: “The Revenant” (Emmanuel Lubezki) “Sicario” (Roger Deakins) Asc Spotlight Award: Winner (Tie! »

- Ryan Adams

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Kaminski To Direct "The Postcard Killings"

13 February 2016 5:16 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Steven Spielberg's regular cinematographer Janusz Kaminski is attached to direct the crime thriller "The Postcard Killings" for Good Films.

Based on James Patterson and Liza Marklund's 2010 novel, the story 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.

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.

Marklund and Tove Alsterdal penned the screenplay. Filming will take place in New York, Munich, Stockholm, northern Sweden and possibly Norway.

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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