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Emmanuel Lubezki Wins Again with 2015 Asc Award for 'Birdman'

16 February 2015 9:37 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

After winning last year's top honor at the American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) Awards for Outstanding Achievement, Emmanuel Lubezki has done it again this year. THR reports that last night the Asc Awards handed him the award for his spectacular work on Birdman. Lubezki was up against an impressive array of talent behind the camera that included Roger Deakins for Unbroken, Óscar Faura for The Imitation Game, Dick Pope for Mr. Turner, and Robert Yeoman for The Grand Budapest Hotel. It's just one more award for Birdman as the film still dominates awards season leading up to the Oscars. On the TV side of things, Jonathan Freeman won for episode of a regular series for his work on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," while John Lindley got the award for a TV movie, miniseries or pilot for his work on "Manhattan." In addition, Lawrence Kasdan presented director of photography John Bailey, who »

- Ethan Anderton

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Writers Guild Awards Go to Likely Oscar Winners

14 February 2015 9:20 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Writers Guild of America presented the winners Saturday of the 2015 Writers Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for film, television, new media, videogames, news, radio, promotional, and graphic animation categories at simultaneous ceremonies at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles and the Edison Ballroom in New York City. As expected Wes Anderson won Original Screenplay for "The Grand Budapest Hotel," which could take home three or four Oscars on Sunday, February 22; it won the BAFTA writing prize as well. Anderson was as charming as usual, giving a history of Century City hotels. "I can think of no greater neighborhood to accept this award in." (His presenter Lawrence Kasdan is all done with "Star Wars Episode VII - The Force Awakens," and is enjoying working on a standalone spin-off with his son Jake.) In the Adapted Screenplay category, rookie Graham Moore won for "The Imitation Game," which. »

- Anne Thompson

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'Star Wars 7': Hamill on Lucas, Abrams & Dark Side Rumors

13 February 2015 10:15 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Mark Hamill appeared on the Schmoes Know podcast to talk about his appearance in the Valentine's weekend release Kingsman: The Secret Service. While the iconic actor is proud of his work in this action-packed adventure, talk of course turned to Star Wars: The Force Awakens and his role as Luke Skywalker. While Mark Hamill doesn't reveal anything of great importance concerning the plot of the movie, he does hint that some of the rumors we've heard are not true. He also makes a keen distinction between the directing styles of George Lucas and J.J. Abrams, comparing them to the master and student relationship that is so prevalent in the Star Wars universe. Tred forth lightly, there will be Spoilers ahead...

While no official plot details have ever been revealed about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, some inside sources have claimed that Jedi Master Luke Skywalker eventually gives in »

- MovieWeb

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Asc Awards: Honoree John Bailey is the ‘Accidental Cinematographer’

12 February 2015 2:40 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A lot of award winners through the years have expressed shock and surprise and claim they never expected to get what they were getting. John Bailey you actually believe.

“I’ve never received an Academy nomination or an Asc nomination or any kind of, you know, accolade from my peers,” says Bailey, who on Feb. 15 will receive the American Society of Cinematographers Lifetime Achievement Award, an honor given in recent years to Roger Deakins, Dante Spinotti, Caleb Deschanel and Michael Chapman.

“I think this is by virtue of the kinds of films I do,” he says. “They’re not necessarily ones that call attention to the cinematography.”

That body of work includes “The Big Chill,” “As Good as It Gets,” “Silverado,” “The Accidental Tourist” and Oscar’s best picture of 1980, “Ordinary People.”

“That film was incredibly important to me, because it confirmed for me that I wanted to do films »

- John Anderson

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Remembering Actress Simon Part 2 - Deadly Sex Kitten Romanced Real-Life James Bond 'Inspiration'

5 February 2015 7:53 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Simone Simon in 'La Bête Humaine' 1938: Jean Renoir's film noir (photo: Jean Gabin and Simone Simon in 'La Bête Humaine') (See previous post: "'Cat People' 1942 Actress Simone Simon Remembered.") In the late 1930s, with her Hollywood career stalled while facing competition at 20th Century-Fox from another French import, Annabella (later Tyrone Power's wife), Simone Simon returned to France. Once there, she reestablished herself as an actress to be reckoned with in Jean Renoir's La Bête Humaine. An updated version of Émile Zola's 1890 novel, La Bête Humaine is enveloped in a dark, brooding atmosphere not uncommon in pre-World War II French films. Known for their "poetic realism," examples from that era include Renoir's own The Lower Depths (1936), Julien Duvivier's La Belle Équipe (1936) and Pépé le Moko (1937), and particularly Marcel Carné's Port of Shadows (1938) and Daybreak (1939).[11] This thematic and »

- Andre Soares

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Robotech: 300 Scribe Latest To Have A Go At Live-Action Film

5 February 2015 | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Just like Akira, the Robotech franchise has had its share of Hollywood courters. From Tobey Maguire to Lawrence Kasdan the list is growing. Deadline is now reporting that Warner Bros-based producers Hollywood Gang have brought in Michael Gordon, scribe for 300 and G.I.Joe: Rise of Cobra, to tackle a live-action adaptation. Deadline`s source is also telling them that Hollywood Gang has their sights set on Mama director Andy Muschietti to helm the picture. Tangent time. Would we ever be happy with a live adaptation? No, probably not. Here we have a scribe who has written two films not known to have any depth of character. The Macross Saga was just that, a saga. So many individual story-lines dealt with relationships. There was the love triangle between Rick,...

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Live-Action "Robotech" Film Gets "300" Scribe

4 February 2015 8:41 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"300" and "G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra" scribe Michael Gordon has come onboard the live-action film adaptation of the classic anime series "Robotech".

The original 1985 show was actually a combination of three different Japanese television shows - footage from "Super Dimensional Fortress Macross," "Super Dimensional Cavalry Southern Cross," and "Genesis Climber Mospeada" was cobbled together and redubbed to create an original 85-episode animated series that could be syndicated across U.S. markets.

As a result, a lot of rewriting and editing had to be done to stitch together three unrelated series to portray it as one cohesive storyline that spans three generations. To this day, the first season (based on the 'Macross' series) remains the most well-regarded.

Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton are set to produce the project and are already said to be considering filmmaker Andy Muschietti ("Mama") as the project's potential director.

Various people have tried to adapt »

- Garth Franklin

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Plans for a live-action Robotech movie have been revived

4 February 2015 1:33 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

I suppose as long as we are bringing back Astro Boy, there's room for a live-action Robotech movie. I have only seen a few episodes of the series that debuted in the 1980s, but for true fans I’m sure this has to have them more than a little curious. The idea for a big-screen version of the show has been floating around for years with Tobey Maguire attached to produce and possibly star at one point. Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) and Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes »

- Graham McMorrow

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Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars Spinoff Gets A New Writer

27 January 2015 11:38 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

It was revealed not too long that writer Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) had left Gareth Edwards’ untitled Star Wars spinoff upon completion of the movie’s first draft. Various sites reported at the time that Simon Kinberg might be brought in as a replacement, but it is in fact Chris Weitz who has landed the job!

Even if the name isn’t familiar, his work should be.

The Academy Award nominated screenwriter’s writing credits include About A Boy and The Twilight Saga: New Moon. He also penned Kenneth Branagh’s (Thor) upcoming live-action remake of classic Disney fairytale Cinderella.

Weitz is also an author (he’s currently working on a new series of Ya novels) and director, and helmed the Oscar nominated A Better Life and The Golden Compass. That’s a varied and impressive CV to say the least!

It’s still not clear what this movie will focus on, »

- Josh Wilding

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Digging for Fire’

27 January 2015 10:38 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Joe Swanberg continues his march toward the mainstream even as he deepens his signature brand of hangout film in “Digging for Fire,” a lovely slice of everything and nothing centered on a housesitting couple who discover possible evidence of a murder. There are feints toward a bona fide mystery plot, but that genre element is just a pretext for a stealth marital drama. The film is held together through strong improv, tight editing (by Swanberg himself), moody cinematography and a synth score (from Dan Romer) that parties like it’s 1991. This is Swanberg’s starriest picture to date — even if some appearances, like Jenny Slate’s, amount to glorified walk-ons — making breakout success eminently possible.

Concerning the adventures of married parents Tim (co-screenwriter Jake Johnson) and Lee (Rosemarie DeWitt), “Digging for Fire” opens with the two of them and their son, Jude (played by Swanberg’s toddler, Jude, the finest »

- Ben Kenigsberg

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Gareth Edwards' Star Wars Spinoff Gets An Oscar-Nominated Writer

26 January 2015 3:30 PM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

After completing a first draft of the script, Gary Whitta left Gareth Edwards' Star Wars project to work on Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of Mark Millar's Starlight; but it seems a more than suitable replacement has been found. Simon Kinberg had been rumored but according to The Hollywood Reporter, Chris Weitz (who received an Oscar nomination for his adapted screenplay for About A Boy) will take over writing duties on the film, the plot of which still remains a mystery. The most recent rumors however, point to both fan-favorite bounty hunter Boba Fett and Han Solo being the focus. Can we expect this to be a trend with this new batch of Star Wars films? After working on a treatment for The Force Awakens, Michael Arndt handed over the pen to J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan. Weitz also wrote the script for Disney's upcoming live-action take on Cinderella, »

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Disney Tossed Out George Lucas' Ideas for 'Star Wars 7'

20 January 2015 3:18 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

As anticipation continues to grow for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, original Star Wars creator George Lucas revealed earlier this month that he had started to develop a new trilogy just before selling LucasFilm to Disney. It was believed that Disney may have used some of George's ideas while developing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but, in a new interview with CinemaBlend, the filmmaker claims that isn't true, and that Disney got rid of all his ideas.

"The ones that I sold to Disney, they came up to the decision that they didn't really want to do those. So they made up their own. So it's not the ones that I originally wrote [on screen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens]"

Last week, George Lucas revealed that he had finally seen the teaser trailer, and that he was impressed with the first footage. He also claimed that he "has no idea what they're doing" with the movie. »

- MovieWeb

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George Lucas shares his thoughts on Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, says Disney scrapped his ideas for the Sequel Trilogy

20 January 2015 12:55 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Having retired from the Star Wars franchise, George Lucas has previously stated that he was yet to watch the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. However, he has now revealed that he caught the trailer while attending the cinema, telling Page Six: “I saw the trailer. I saw it in a theater because I don’t watch movies online.” When asked if he liked it, he smiled. “Yeah, it was intriguing.”

Meanwhile, Lucas also spoke to Cinema Blend about his initial vision for the Sequel Trilogy (you may recall that Michael Arndt had written treatments for the three films when Lucas was still in charge of the Saga, with J.J. Abrams subsequently rewriting Episode VII’s script with Lawrence Kasdan, and reportedly shifting the focus from new characters to the old guard):

“The ones that I sold to Disney, they came up to the decision that »

- Thomas Roach

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For Better or Worse, Disney Rejected George Lucas’s Ideas for the New Star Wars Movies

20 January 2015 12:40 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Here’s a difficult revelation for those of us who grew up trusting in George Lucas, regardless of what we think of the Star Wars prequels: the franchise’s creator had ideas plotted out for Episode VII and beyond, but Disney scrapped them all for their upcoming trilogy. In an interview with Cinema Blend to promote Strange Magic, Lucas states that he sold the sequel outlines along with Lucasfilm and the rights to all things Star Wars, and “[Disney] came up to the decision that they didn’t really want to do those. So they made up their own.” On the one hand, maybe they were bad, as in focused on trade agreements or something similarly convoluted. But on the other hand, Lucas devised the Star Wars universe to such an amazing degree back in the beginning that there’s never been anything comparable in terms of movie world-building. Disney already scrapped the expanded universe, and »

- Christopher Campbell

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George Lucas Says His Treatments Aren't Being Used For The New 'Star Wars' Films

20 January 2015 11:41 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

“What we’re buying, along with the overall company, is a pretty extensive and detailed treatment for what would be the next three movies. The trilogy,” Disney CFO Jay Rasulo announced in the fall of 2012 when the mouse house purchased Lucasfilm for $4 billion and some change. And for a while, the notion was that George Lucas' vision for the next three chapters of the universe he birthed would form the foundation that the team assembled for the movies would work from. But as time has passed, there has been less and less mention of those treatments, and indeed some rumors of fallout over the direction of the new trilogy. Slashfilm notes chatter that original 'The Force Awakens' scribe Michael Arndt was more in line with Lucas, who wanted the new movie to focus on the younger, new characters, while Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams were eager to put Luke, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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New Concept Art From 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

20 January 2015 8:30 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

There's some new concept art for Star Wars: The Force Awakens featuring Max von Sydow, which you can see below. Seems the images are from pre-production.

In addition to von Sydow, the film also stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Domhall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie, John Boyega, Anthony Daniels and Daisy Ridley

J.J. Abrams is directing from a script he wrote with Lawrence Kasdan

Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theatres December 18, 2015. 

Source: Star Wars Latino »

- Philip Sticco

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Disney did not use George Lucas' story treatment for Star Wars: Episode VII

20 January 2015 7:02 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

George Lucas decided not to direct Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens and let Disney do their thing with his outline for a third trilogy in the saga of the Skywalker clan. When Disney purchased Lucasfilm a couple of years ago, that included the script treatment for three films that Lucas had prepared for them. Now, it turns out that treatment is not being used at all for the J.J. Abrams/Lawrence Kasdan scripted sequel. Doing press for the upcoming Strange Magic, Lucas told Cinema »

- Alex Maidy

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George Lucas Has No Idea What 'Star Wars 7' Is About

16 January 2015 12:17 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Earlier this week, George Lucas revealed that he originally intended to make Star Wars Episode VII before selling LucasFilm to Disney for $4 billion back in 2012. While it was always assumed that he had plans for the next three chapters in the Skywalker family story, it has become quite clear that he hasn't had much input on the new sequels. Out promoting his latest project Strange Magic, an animated fantasy adventure he created, he reveals that he knows nothing at all about the story of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Asked back in early December if he'd seen the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer yet, he revealed he hadn't. And he seemed rather aloof about the whole thing. Asked if he had any interested at all in the new trilogy, he stated, 'Not really.' Now, in an interview with Screen Rant, he says he has seen the trailer, »

- MovieWeb

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'Groundhog Day's' Harold Ramis to receive WGA Awards lifetime achievement award

13 January 2015 1:53 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Harold Ramis, the man behind "Ghostbusters" and "Groundhog Day," passed away last February at the age of 69. Like many, the Writers Guild of America hasn't forgotten the impact he made over a 38-year career. The organization announced Tuesday that they will honor the writer/director/actor with the WGA's 2015 Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement at the Writers Guild Awards ceremony next month. Ramis' wife, Erica Mann Ramis, and family will accept the award on his behalf. In a release, WGAw Vice President Howard A. Rodman noted, "Harold Ramis changed the face of comedy. His death last year deprived us of his unique way of seeing the world, at once hilarious and wise. From his early work with 'National Lampoon' and 'Sctv' through 'Animal House,' 'Meatballs,' 'Caddyshack' and 'Ghostbusters,' Ramis' voice was strong, clear, outrageous in all the best ways. His unrealized projects »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Harold Ramis Honored by Writers Guild with Screen Laurel Award

13 January 2015 11:18 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Writers Guild of America West has selected the late Harold Ramis as the recipient of its Laurel Award for screenwriting achievement.

The award will be presented at the WGA Awards ceremony on Feb. 14, with Erica Mann Ramis and family accepting.

Harold Ramis changed the face of comedy,” said WGA West VP Howard A. Rodman. “His death last year deprived us of his unique way of seeing the world, at once hilarious and wise. From his early work with National Lampoon and Sctv through ‘Animal House,’ ‘Meatballs,’ ‘Caddyshack’ and ‘Ghostbusters,’ Ramis’ voice was strong, clear, outrageous in all the best ways.”

“His unrealized projects – an adaptation of ‘Confederacy of Dunces,’ a biopic about Emma Goldman – leave us aching with an anticipation that will never be fulfilled,” Rodman added. “And then there’s ‘Groundhog Day,’ one of modern cinema’s few true masterworks, a film that is impeccably crafted, morally astute, »

- Dave McNary

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