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This Weekend we broke the sad news that actor Paul Walker passed away on Saturday after being involved in a fatal car accident. The California native was a passenger in a friend’s car, driving back from an event for the star’s charity Reach Out World Wide, when they lost control which led to a horrific crash.
Walker was just forty years old, and adds to the growing list of celebrities who have been taken too soon, joining people such as River Phoenix, Brittany Murphy and Heath Ledger. He came to the world of film after a stint as a model, something that he has gone back to in recent years as a spokes-person for male fragrance brand Davidoff. It was supporting roles in teen films She’S All That and Varsity Blues that saw him start to get noticed. From here he made a little known film called The Fast And The Furious. »
- Kat Smith
With a list of credits that range from True Romance to Mission: Impossible II to The Expendables , cinematographer Jeffrey Kimball attended this year's Camerimage Festival in Bydgoszcz, Poland to showcase the new 3D version of one of his famous efforts with longtime collaborator Tony Scott, Top Gun . ComingSoon.net was there and sat down with the filmmaking legend to discuss his years in the business, the changes his seen in his field over the years and where he'd like to see himself headed next. If you missed them, be sure to check out our previous Camerimage interviews here and look for more in the days to come. Cs: What has it been like having the chance to look back on your career here at Camerimage? Jeffrey Kimball: It's okay. You know? I live my career and my »
Blue Is the Warmest Colour, a three-hour French film about two women who fall in love, is leaping from the art house to the mainstream as it arrives in UK cinemas this weekend.
A Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or winner back in May, Abdellatif Kechiche's drama immediately hit the headlines thanks to its graphic (and prolonged) depictions of lesbian sex and the subsequent rows that erupted between the director and star Léa Seydoux.
Step outside of the controversy, however, and what's left is a love story that's both tender and utterly heart-shattering. Blue also features a stunning breakthrough performance from Adèle Exarchopoulos and is well worth seeking out if you want a change from big budget Hollywood fare.
The Hunger (1983)
Tony Scott shot »
Recently I went to the BFI (British Film Institute) Mediatheque in Newcastle upon Tyne, not far from the WhatCulture! head office. Inside the old building of the Discovery Museum where the Mediatheque is located, I found a small dimly lit art-deco room, and was able to choose from a huge selection of British films available to view for free from the BFI archives and collections. Browsing through the list of clips, scenes, shorts and films, I stopped and chose one immediately. Stormy Monday.
Stormy Monday is a 1988 British romantic thriller, the feature-film directorial debut of Mike Figgis, who went on to direct the Oscar-winning Leaving Las Vegas in 1995. Figgis creates a special atmosphere within Stormy Monday, framing a young Sean Bean alongside Melanie Griffith at the height of her career. The story revolves around Bean’s character Brendan, as he is drawn in unknowingly to the criminal underworld of Tyneside. »
- Jon Lovatt
With all of the higher-profile Oscar bait movies coming out this fall, a lot of critics have been neglecting to talk about Out of the Furnace, an upcoming thriller which stars Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson and Casey Affleck. The film has flown somewhat under the radar in recent months, but now Relativity Media is turning the heat up on its marketing campaign with a new poster and TV spot, both which you can check out below. The trailer highlights Out of the Furnace‘s incredibly strong cast, particularly Harrelson as a vicious crime boss:
In the film, Harrelson plays a nasty East Coast kingpin by the name of Curtis DeGroat. When tormented war veteran Rodney Baze (Affleck) returns to his impoverished Rust Belt hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania, Rodney is quickly drawn into DeGroat’s shady bare-knuckle boxing operation. When he disappears without a trace, Rodney’s brother Russell (Bale), an »
- Isaac Feldberg
★★★☆☆ Before anyone thrusts another rusty sabre into Ridley Scott's controversial crime caper The Counsellor (2013), it's worth remembering that his brother and business partner Tony Scott passed away midway through production. Although from a reviewer's point of view such an event shouldn't have any bearing on the critique of the finished article, it's reasonable to assume that his brother's death had a profound effect on the director. The Counsellor is undoubtedly a film peppered with flaws that blows hot and cold from one scene to the next, but despite its many bizarre eccentricities, it still manages to hang together - just.
- CineVue UK
Odd List Simon Brew 15 Nov 2013 - 07:08
Lots of films are dedicated to, or in memory of someone. But it's not always clear why. We've been finding out...
Back when Breaking Bad returned for its final batch of episodes in August 2013, it had a dedication at the end of it. The card read 'Dedicated to our friend Kevin Cordasco'. As it turned out, Kevin Cordasco was a 16-year old who had been battling cancer for seven years, who had met both Bryan Cranston and Vince Gilligan. Cordasco died before he could ever get to see the episode dedicated to him.
I found this such a moving story, that it got me wondering about the dedications that appear on films, and what the story behind them was. After all, the dedications are there for a reason. What I uncovered was some funny stories, mainly extremely sad ones, and some extremely moving dedications. »
The many talents of Jill Tracy, whose darkly romantic music has graced films like The Fine Art of Poisoning (now playing in our short film library) and accompanied screenings of the silent classic Nosferatu, are a natural fit for all things gothic and beautifully macabre... so it feels like supernatural synchronicity to discover that Jill has collaborated with Bauhaus co-founder David J for a new rendition of that band's most legendary hit “Bela Lugosi's Dead” – which genre fans know well from the opening scenes of Tony Scott's 1983 vampire film The Hunger. Photo by Audrey Penven The idea for this post-classical “cinematic version” of the song – which Jill describes as “a spooky sonic rollercoaster ride” honoring the tone and mood of the original – was born during the recording of “Sell My Soul” from her album The Bittersweet Constrain, which she says was partly inspired by Bauhaus. “The engineer Alex Nahas »
- Gregory Burkart
In Charlie Countryman, Shia Labeouf bares all as the title young man who travels to Eastern Europe and soon finds himself entangled in a love triangle with a Romanian woman, Gabi, (Evan Rachel Wood) and her mob boss husband (Mads Mikkelson). The film, which debuted at Sundance last year under the slightly more cumbersome title The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, takes viewers to the underbelly of Bucharest. Labeouf had some challenging scenes in the film, including going full frontal and reportedly tripping on acid to get into character.
EW spoke with director Fredrik Bond about the exclusive scene below and his work with Labeouf, »
- Laura Hertzfeld
Each week Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. With the release of The Counselor last week, we examine the trademark style and calling signs of Ridley Scott as director.
Although Ridley Scott’s career may not have as many hits as Speilberg’s or Scorsese’s despite being active for just as long, his work has influenced the art of filmmaking just as much. While Speilberg may have blazed trails with his storytelling and Scorsese with his characters, Ridley Scott made waves due to the sensory impact of his movies on their audiences. Like George Lucas, Scott understood the importance of visual and audio stimulation and how these attributes could be used as impactful film making tools. While Lucas’ work resulted in raising audience’s expectations for special effects, Ridley Scott’s work has raised audiences’ expectations »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
We may be in the early stages of November, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still share some trailers for movies featuring cannibals, vampires and Shia Labeouf -- wait, one of these things is not quite like the other… or maybe it is. Guess it all depends on how you feel about vampires. Kidding aside, here are the latest clips for Eli Roth’s Green Inferno, Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, and the Shia Labeouf flick Charlie Countryman. We kick things off with Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, a vampire movie that appears to be in the vein of Tony Scott’s much-loved The Hunger. The feature boasts an all-star cast, with Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton headlining. As lovers of all things Jarmusch, we’re pretty stoked to finally...
- Mike Bracken
For the past five weeks the South of France has been hosting the cast and crew of the new horror film The Winedancers, and we have the early details along with a few behind-the-scenes stills. It's written and directed by Gary Meyer and produced under the helm of Godam Film.
The Winedancers is currently being edited with a release expected in 2014.
The international cast includes UK actors Lucinda Rhodes, Edmund Digby-Jones, Kyle Calderwood, and Marina De Salis; Scandinavian actor Kim Sønderholm; Mexican actors Mariana Peñalva and J.C. Montes-Roldan; Polish actress Kasia Koleczek; French actors Miglen Mirtchev, Antoine Martin, and Andrea Catozzi (an acrobat able to do the craziest things!); and the towering Jonathan Christopher Duncan playing “Gimp.” Finally, there is “Fashion One Correspondents” model Callie Roberts.
The Winedancers is about several groups of people coming together and meeting up at a wine cheateu in the South of France. Before »
- Debi Moore
The up-tempo comic cyber-thriller “Mickey Virus” is not without antecedents. This likable new Bollywood youth comedy about a close knit group of hacker/slacker screw-ups in New Delhi owes a fair amount to both “3 Idiots,” the 2009 Aamir Khan film about students at the Indian Institute of Technology, and to “Delhi Belly,” a 2011 gross-out comedy (Bollywood’s first) that was set in a notably grubby version of the same milieu. In India, where the pic opened to decent but unspectacular box-office over the weekend, it is also being compared with the hit 2012 comedy “Vicky Donor.”
But while it’s not really anything new, “Mickey Virus” feels fresh, wit a pervasive no-sweat attitude. The leading players are all brand new to movie acting: Popular TV host Manish Paul (who could be Johnny Knoxville’s Hindu kid brother) has the tile role as a genius hacker recruited by the police, reality TV star »
- David Chute
This is another edition of Short Starts, where we present a weekly short film(s) from the start of a filmmaker or actor’s career. It’s not often we see a short film debut by someone of Ridley Scott‘s generation. And even if one does exist and is made available on the Internet, the copy tends to be poor quality. Check out the film school works of Spielberg and Scorsese on YouTube and see what I mean. And those guys seem most likely to have preserved that early amateur stuff, or else embarrassingly kept it hidden away. Scott’s first film, though, still looks amazing after more than 50 years and even transferred to non-hd video. It’s not a total surprise. The 27-minute black and white short, Boy and Bicycle, was ultimately paid for by the British Film Institute, which probably retained a good print. So when it was time to include it on the »
- Christopher Campbell
California born indie filmmaker Shane Ryan has been directing films for 10 years now. Raised on a steady diet of Jean-Claude Van Damme films and an innate love of all types of cinema, Ryan has gained some success and no small amount of notoriety in his career as a film maker. His first major breakthrough was the exploitation flick, Amateur Pornstar Killer. This would spawn two sequels. He’s courted controversy from films like this, but also dealing with issues like child murder as well as pedophilia in some films. His recent film, My Name Is ‘A’ by Anonymous is based on the real life murder of Elizabeth Olten (a famous case in America in 2009) focusing on the convicted killer, 15 year old Alyssa Bustamente. The film, finished in 2011, still awaits distribution. Shane took the time to answer a few questions about his career thus far. »
- Gary Collinson
The trailers for Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor” make it look like the kind of gonzo crime thriller his brother Tony used to make. Au contraire, this Cormac McCarthy-scripted potboiler turns out to be a chillingly detached, borderline-sociopathic account of how getting mixed up in a Mexican drug deal can ruin the lives of all involved. (Hint: It’s a good way to wind up pickled in septic barrels or headless in a landfill.) What might have made a mean, sinewy indie thriller escalates in budget, but not necessarily excitement, as Scott and an appallingly miscast group of A-list stars fumble their way through thickets of dense philosophical dialogue, alienating audiences who would’ve happily settled for a more conventional genre movie.
- Peter Debruge
Action superstar Tom Cruise is returning to the world of cinematic racing for the first time since Tony Scott's 1990 film Days of Thunder in the story about the high stakes sports car rivalry between the Ford Motor Company and Ferrari. The project, based on A.J. Blaine's book 'Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and their Battle For Speed and Glory at Le Mans,' re-teams Cruise with his Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski. Cruise will play former racing champion turned car designer Carroll Shelby who was brought on board with Henry Ford II and young Ford visionary Lee Iacocca to create the Ford GT40 in hopes it could rival Enzo Ferrari's domination over the sports car marketplace. The challenge came to head in 1966 during the most prestigious and dangerous race in the world: the 24 Hours of »
- Pietro Filipponi
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Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman both give blistering performances in this now classic submarine film, and the tension that crackles between them comes to an explosive head in the central "I cannot concur" scene, in which the two go shouty crackers at each other – and then, shockingly, what looks very much like a mutiny takes place.
Washington and Hackman are such superb actors that if you had them yelling at each other, and over each other, while arguing about their shopping, or a pair of gardening gloves, it would be worth tuning in for. But the makers of Crimson Tide go to a lot of trouble to make this scene special.
Obviously the film is set on board an American nuclear sub at »
- Emily Wilson
Harvey Weinstein, Harvey Keitel and Tim Roth rolled into Lyon on Friday, joining Uma Thurman, already in town, to pay tribute to this year’s Lumiere Award winner, Quentin Tarantino, during a mega-ceremony emceed and orchestrated by the festival’s director, Thierry Fremaux.
Numerous French personalities, including “Inglourious Basterds” star Melanie Laurent, also made the trip to Lyon’s Lumiere festival to pay homage to the helmer, who enjoys rock star status in France.
Tarantino also programmed his own sidebar for the fest, A Personal Journey Through Cinema by Quentin Tarantino, and presented each of the films at screenings. His selections ranged from Tony Scott’s “True Romance” to Sergio Corbucci’s “Minnesota Clay” to “Le Voyou” by Claude Lelouch, who was also in Lyon.
Tarantino was joined on stage by Weinstein, Roth, Thurman, Laurent and Keitel, among others, who delivered a series of entertaining, colorful and heartfelt tributes to the helmer. »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
Though composer Hans Zimmer currently counts filmmakers like Christopher Nolan and Ron Howard as his frequent collaborators, he has worked multiple times with a number of different directors over the years. One such filmmaker is the late Tony Scott, with whom Zimmer collaborated on a total of four films, including Days of Thunder and True Romance. Steve recently sat down with Zimmer for an extended interview in the composer’s studio, and during the course of their conversation Zimmer talked a bit about his working relationship with Scott on Days of Thunder and True Romance, reminiscing about how he came to be hired onto Days of Thunder and how Scott blew the entire music budget for True Romance on principal photography. Hit the jump to read on. Speaking with Steve, Zimmer remembered that Scott had a specific creed for their work together: “Everything had to be dangerous. If it wasn’t dangerous, »
- Adam Chitwood
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