8 items from 2015
Cate Blanchett and Michelle Williams at the Oscars, with a purple-garbed Scarlett Johansson in the background Cate Blanchett and Michelle Williams at the 83rd Academy Awards A bit of newfangled Old Hollywood glamour as five-time Oscar nominee Cate Blanchett, who presented the 2011 Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Make-Up, and two-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams are seen chatting backstage during the live broadcast of the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Cate Blanchett Oscar nominations Cate Blanchett took home the 2004 Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her work in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, in which she plays Katharine Hepburn opposite Leonardo DiCaprio's Howard Hughes. Blanchett's other Oscar nominations were the following: Best Actress for Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth (1998). Best Supporting Actress for Richard Eyre's Notes on a Scandal (2006). Best Actress for Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007). Best »
- D. Zhea
All week our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. When I picked this year, it was under the mistaken assumption that we were writing on the best film of a year, and not the best film year in general. But having realized the mistake, I stand by my choice. 1995 is still the best! Straight up: 1995 wins, because Todd Haynes’s “[Safe]" is still my favorite film to have come out since, Idk, I’ve been alive. It’s deeply self-conscious about genre, while still managing to not really resemble anything I’ve ever seen. It’s the perfect film about L.A.; about how space is mobilized in cinema; about the environment; about Gothic horror; about white femininity; about film bodies; about falling in love in the movies. It’s Todd Motherf*#@$^ Haynes’s best film. »
- Jane Hu
One of the people most directly responsible for the design of the "Star Wars" prequel is Doug Chiang, so it seemed only fitting that I would hop on the phone with him to discuss "Star Wars: The Digital Collection" the morning after the announcement was made. Before we spoke, Fox sent over a clip from the extras on the "Digital Collection," and in it, Doug talks about lessons he learned from George Lucas about design, lessons that Disney summed up for me in the following bullet points: Rule I: Silhouette As a designer, you can get bogged down in the minutiae of perfect form and proportions. Doug had to learn to think and draw like a kid again. Don’t worry about the details; they don’t define a design. Rule II: The 3-second Rule When the audience sees something new on screen, they have to immediately connect with this new item. »
- Drew McWeeny
News broke this week that all six Star Wars movies were heading to digital HD for the first time in a new collection to be released on April 10. Not only will you get shiny new digital versions of the existing Star Wars movies, but the collection will also come chock-full of all kinds of special features, many of which we've never seen below. Like nerdy conversations between those who brought Star Wars to life. Here's a little tease (via USA Today) of a chat between set decorator Roger Christian and visual effects designer Joe Johnston on the origins of the iconic Millennium Falcon. Hardcore Star Wars fans may already be familiar with the info nuggets both Christian and Johnston drop in the video above -- most notably that the Rebel Blockade Runner (pictured above...
- Erik Davis
As the world prepares to completely lose its mind with the release of the new Star Wars film, it is obviously time to try to stir the pot as much as possible. That in mind, the previous films from the franchise are going to be released on April 10th in digital edition, and with some new bonuses to help sucker you in to the purchase.
They also come with the legacy bonus content, and put together, these are impressive releases. I don’t want to overly comment on how many sales the first three episodes are going to get, but if you need to catch up on the universe in general, this is your chance. And, since we’re looking at a new generation who need to get on board for the new film, this is the way to go.
Take a look at all the bonus potential below, and »
- Marc Eastman
Exclusive: Paradigm has signed Steve Carr, the helmer of hit comedies that include Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Are We Done Yet, Daddy Day Care, Dr. Dolittle 2 and Next Friday. Carr next is set to direct The Wedding Guests for CBS Films and The Boondoggle, a buddy comedy scripted by Rob Riggle & Tom Lennon. He’s also developing the AMC series Sherman’s March. Carr had been at ICM Partners.
He becomes the latest in a bunch of directors who’ve signed with Paradigm including Luke Greenfield, Rob Minkoff, Walt Becker, Malcolm Lee, Joe Johnston, Carl Franklin. Ole Bornedal and others. The signings come after a number of high-profile agents have joined the agency.
- Mike Fleming Jr
After Mark Romanek stepped down from directing The Wolfman and Joe Johnston took over, a lot of the prep work remained intact and many of the designs were used with very little modification. I can’t help but wonder how much this is also true of Cinderella, which Romanek had developed until fairly shortly before production.
Kenneth Branagh was the man to take over this time, and his resume reveals a strange kind of double personality. There are those projects he seem to have made for love and passion, and those he appears to have taken as a job in between. Not to say, of course, he didn’t apply that same love and passion to those work-for-hire gigs, or at least a measure of it, once he had the megaphone in his hand.
Cinderella does look, no matter how it wound up on the screen, like a very lavish, »
- Brendon Connelly
The website, thedentedhelmet.com, posted original concept art that Joe Johnston created for Boba Fett when he worked as a concept artist on George Lucas' Star Wars films. And yes, that is the same Joe Johnston that directed Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989), Jumanji (1995) and even Marvel's Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). When you look at these alternate white-armor designs you may not even recognize him as the character that hunted down Han Solo (Harrison Ford) in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes After the destruction of the Death Star, Imperial forces continue to pursue the Rebels. After the Rebellion's defeat on the ice planet Hoth, Luke journeys to the planet Dagobah to train with Jedi Master Yoda, who has lived in hiding since the fall of the Republic. In an attempt to convert Luke to the dark side, Darth »
8 items from 2015
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