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Patti Smith has always been a renaissance woman. She’s been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for her work as a singer-songwriter and frontwoman of the Patti Smith Group; named a commander of the French Ordre des Artes et des Lettres for work as a poet; and awarded the National Book Award for her 2010 memoir, “Just Kids.” And 2014 may have been the year Patti Smith finally went Hollywood.
In her own small, measured way, that is. This past year saw the 67-year-old songstress contribute a tune to Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah,” which is up for consideration in the Oscar original song category, as well as act in Netflix’s “The Killing.” Last year, she wrote and performed an original song for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”
“It’s entirely a happy convergence,” she insists.
She’s certainly earned the cultural capital to experiment with new roles, »
- Andrew Barker
Once upon a time, Darren Aronofsky traveled to India. While he was there, he encountered a dog and a monkey playfully wrestling in the street and did what many of us would—he got out his camera. What happened next? He put it on YouTube where no one really saw it, but now they certainly will. Chatting with Vulture, the director, who was recently honored by the Humane Society for not using real animals in "Noah," revealed the story of his wildlife special (of sorts). "I posted only one video in my life on YouTube," he explained. "When I was in India, I saw a dog and a monkey wrestling. I thought it was cool, just amazing. I had never seen a dog and a monkey wrestle, and they were playing, it was totally fun. What happens is the monkey suddenly flies back and bumps into my camera, hits my camera, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Darren Aronofsky was honored by the Humane Society of the United States Friday night, in part because of his commitment to using only CGI animals in Noah. But Aronofsky tells Vulture that he did make one little movie featuring live beasts — and frankly, he's a little surprised so few of us have seen it."I posted only one video in my life on YouTube," Aronofsky told us at the gala. "When I was in India, I saw a dog and a monkey wrestling. I thought it was cool, just amazing. I had never seen a dog and a monkey wrestle, and they were playing, it was totally fun. What happens is the monkey suddenly flies back and bumps into my camera, hits my camera, right into the lens, then sort of reached around and felt the camera, then got back into the fight," he said. (This appears to be the »
- Bennett Marcus
What becomes a legend most? Not the biopics we see each year at the movies, Patti Smith suggests to me. We were meeting to talk about her first Original Song for a film, "Mercy Is" from this spring's $100 million hit Noah when the conversation veered into her own status as a showbiz legend, the godmother of punk. She shudders when I wonder aloud if anyone will make ever make a movie of her best-selling memoir "Just Kids" which recounts her storied relationship with fellow artist Robert Mapplethorpe. Though she's undoubtedly been interviewed thousands of times by now in her forty years of stardom, and she questions (indirectly) the whole point of the star profile and the interviewing process -- 'if you really want to know me, it's all there in the work' -- she is a patient and warm interview. She instantly recalls the old massive paraphenalia that journalists used »
- NATHANIEL R
Normally, by mid-November, we have a pretty good idea of many of the likely nominees in most of the crafts categories. But in this year's race for Best Sound Mixing, I see things as extremely open — there's not a single film that strikes me as assured of a spot and more than a dozen appear to have very good chances. That makes for an exciting race. This category awards the overall mix of dialogue, music, effects and "everything else" into a film's soundtrack. This is different than sound editing, which recognizes the creation and editing of artificial sound effects. Being a leading Best Picture contender can certainly help a film's chances in mixing (seen in "The Social Network," "The King's Speech" and "Moneyball" in recent years), as can being a war film, a musical or a respected (or even not-so-respected) blockbuster. There are also certain mixers who score very regularly indeed. »
- Gerard Kennedy
New Regency is reuniting with the director of its Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave on the heist thriller as the studio continues to assemble its stable of prestige filmmakers.
Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films are producing Widows, based on Lynda La Plante’s 1980s TV series that aired on Thames Television about the wives of four armed robbers who come together to finish a robbery after their spouses are killed.
McQueen will also write and produce the feature, scheduled to start pre-production by the end of the year.
New Regency, led by Brad Weston, is riding high on awards buzz for its current releases Birdman from Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu and Gone Girl by David Fincher, which Fox Searchlight and Fox are distributing, respectively.
The studio is also in »
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Berlin Film Festival director Dieter Kosslick has extended his contract and will stay on as boss of Germany's biggest film festival until at least 2019. The festival on Wednesday confirmed that Kosslick will be staying put through March 2019 via a contract extension, ending months of speculation that the beloved director would be leaving the Berlinale after his current contract expires in 2016. Read more Darren Aronofsky Named Berlin Film Festival Jury President Kosslick, who has run the A-list festival since 2002, is largely credited with reviving the Berlinale and, with the expansion of Berlin’s European Film Market, making
- Scott Roxborough
Bydgoszcz, Poland — Top cinematographers may have finally accepted that digital is the way forward but the look of films is still too often based on technological choices, not artistic ones.
So argue America’s top lensers, who made their case Monday — sometimes to cheers — at Poland’s Camerimage fest, arguably the world’s leading showcase for DPs.
Camera manufacturers have made incredible strides, DPs say, but too often concentrate on resolution gains rather than color depth, rich blacks and the imperfect, organic qualities that give film its emotional impact — such as grain.
Particularly troubling is the fast-eroding respect for »
- Will Tizard
This film is at its very core a success story. A very demented, gory, horrifying and darkly comical success story – one with tinges of satanic cult horror wrapped in psychological terror. The plot follows a young aspiring actress, Sarah, as she is called back to audition for a horror film that is being produced by a mysterious production company that pushes her to her limits – a dark exchange for fame and fortune.
The film works as much as comedy as it does multiple kinds of horror. The well-executed pitch of heightened reality that co-writers/directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer achieve allow them to play each scene for maximum thrills, scares and laughs. Even at the most grotesque moments of body horror, you can’t help but laugh in shock at what you’re witnessing. You’re laughing because you’re horrified, »
- Dylan Griffin
If you are a hammer - strike. How's that for a tagline? Today's trailer is for a film called Traitors made by American actor-turned-filmmaker Sean Gullette, who played mathematician Maximillian Cohen in Darren Aronofsky's Pi back in 1998. Gullette writes, produces and directs this film about an all-girl punk rock band from Morocco. Newcomer Chaimae Ben Acha stars as Malika in the film, who befriends Amal played by Soufia Issami as they take on a smuggling job to make some money to keep the band together. The film premiered at the 2013 Venice Film Festival, also playing at the Tribeca, Marrakesh, Dubai, Stockholm and Denver Film Festivals. It actually looks pretty good, there's a lot of heart and soul captured in this. Check it. Here's the first official trailer for Sean Gullette's Traitors, direct from Film Movement's YouTube: Traitors is both written, directed & produced by Sean Gullette. Synopsis: Malika, »
- Alex Billington
Grandeur often rules the day in Best Production Design, which awards the men and women responsible for a movie's set design and construction. The category typically favors period pieces, though at least one fantasy title tends to find a home every year. It is rare for truly contemporary films to be nominated. However, the category is more open to fantasy and contemporary pieces than its cousin Best Costume Design. (Last year was the first year the costume designers had their own branch, but no easily discernible new trends could be observed in my opinion.) Recent years have also suggested openness to CGI-complemented work ("Life of Pi" and "Gravity" immediately jump to mind). On that note, it's worth mentioning that the Art Directors Guild has implemented a new rule somewhat under the radar for its precursor awards this season. According to the new provision, period films must now have the majority »
- Gerard Kennedy
First in New York and then in Los Angeles, Serge Bromberg will be presenting new restorations of films made by Charles Chaplin between 1915 and 1917. More goings on in the next few days: Darren Aronofsky and Patti Smith in New York, Andy Warhol and Bruce Conner in Los Angeles, James Benning and Richard Linklater in San Francisco, Orson Welles and Lav Diaz in Seattle, the Austin Asian American Film Festival, plus Gregory J. Markopoulos in Vienna and Alexandra Navratil in Zurich. » - David Hudson »
By Anjelica Oswald
Since opening Nov. 6 with the world premiere of J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year, AFI Fest has hosted the world premieres of Ava DuVernay’s Selma, Rupert Wyatt’s The Gambler and Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, but it’s also hosted a variety of festival favorites, including Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, which closes the festival tonight. Miller, a two-time Oscar nominee, received the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival following the film’s premiere. This biographical film is based on the true story of brothers and wrestling gold medalists Mark (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) and their relationship with John du Pont (Steve Carell), which ultimately results in Dave’s murder. The film opens in theaters tomorrow. Twelve of the past 14 films to close AFI Fest have received Oscar nominations, two for best picture. Closing-night films at AFI Fest »
- Anjelica Oswald
This spring, the oceans rose in theaters nationwide in one of the Bible's most famous stories, with Darren Aronofsky bringing "Noah" to life. An ambitious and boundary-pushing take on the familiar tale, the movie was another memorable effort from the filmmaker, that certainly gains power from being seen on as big a screen as possible. And next week in New York City you'll get another chance, and we've got tickets to an event that's now sold out. On Monday, November 17th at 7 Pm, the Museum Of The Moving Image will present "Noah," followed by a conversation between Aronofsky and the legendary Patti Smith, the latter also performing the song she wrote for the film, "Mercy Is" a capella. It doesn't get much better than that. This will be a rare chance to see the movie with this kind of talent on hand, and it's one you won't want to miss. »
- Edward Davis
Most awards buzz centers on fourth-quarter films, but many earlier 2014 works deserve to be remembered. For example, “Noah.” Paramount debuted the film back in March, but long after the release, filmmaker Darren Aronofsky was enthused about talking with his collaborators on the film, which scored an impressive $362 million globally.
Cinematography, Matthew Libatique
We wanted to reinvent the biblical epic. The edict was no robes, no long beards, no sandals, no Middle East deserts. The Noah story is prehistorical. Everything was new, everything was a miracle — like the first rainbow. So we wanted to create a universe unto itself. We did a lot of research, but much of the look and lighting was dictated by Iceland. We chose Iceland because it’s the newest piece of earth on the planet. We wanted to go to the true primordial place on the map. The lighting there is unique and Matty had huge challenges, »
- Tim Gray
This story first appeared in the Nov. 21 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. As Paramount found this year with Darren Aronofsky's Noah, films about biblical subjects can expose a studio to unwanted controversy. That's especially true for stories about Moses, a figure of significance to Jews, Christians and Muslims. Now it's Fox's turn to grapple with sensitive depictions as Exodus: Gods and Kings opens Dec. 12. See more Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Choosing a voice of God is an especially tricky proposition. When DreamWorks Animation made The Prince of Egypt in 1998,
- Kim Masters
Prior to 2008, Danny Boyle and Darren Aronofsky were far from unknown, but the directors were riding especially high that year thanks to their respective well-received films—“Slumdog Millionaire” and “The Wrestler.” Early in December 2009, just a month before the Oscar nominations were announced, the filmmakers’ shared distributor at the time, Fox Searchlight, had the them sit down to discuss their craft and movies, and now thanks to a reminder from Reddit, you too can sit in on their intimate conversation. Spread over five parts, the conversation topics covered include comparing their directing styles, Boyle’s use of the then-new Silicon Imaging Si–2K camera, getting the rights to “Who Wants To Be Millionaire?,” how Boyle chooses his projects, and some kind words on the performances by Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei in “The Wrestler.” The discussion originally had seven parts, but the first two installments have either never been »
- Cain Rodriguez
Buyers have responded strongly to the package about a woman who learns she can only recover her kidnapped son if she provides a blonde girl of the same age in exchange.
Cargo president Mark Lindsay and his team have closed early deals on The Price in Spain (Corbi Media), Indonesia (Pt Prima Cinema Multimedia), the Philippines (Pioneer Films), Vietnam (Galaxy Studio) and the Middle East (Phoenicia Pictures International).
Lindsay’s sales slate include Mickey Rourke drama Irish Thunder and the Protozoa Pictures thriller Zipper that Darren Aronofsky is producing in which Patrick Wilson plays a man whose obsession with women threatens everything he holds dear.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
<< Back to Holiday 2014 ForecastExodus: Gods and KingsRelease Date: December 12th (3D)Studio: 20th Century FoxGenre: DramaDirector: Ridley ScottWriters: Adam Cooper & Bill Collage and Jeffrey Caine and Steven ZaillianCast: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver, John Turturro, Ben Mendelsohn, Indira VarmaStudio Description: The defiant leader Moses rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.Analysis: Exodus: Gods and Kings arrives in theaters less than nine months after director Darren Aronofsky's Noah, which wrapped up its run at the domestic box office with $101.2 million. It's likely that Ridley Scott's big-budget retelling of the Exodus story tops that number, though it's hard to say by how much.The two movies share a number of similarities. Both explore well-known Old Testament stories that aren't specific to one religion or another: Moses and »
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Prepping for its Feb. 5, 2015 opening night, the Berlin Film Festival has named Darren Aronofsky its jury President. Despite never having a film play the Berlinale, the "Noah" director rides the good graces of Venice, Toronto, and Sundance to the head of the German fest’s table. "Darren Aronofsky has distinguished himself as an outstanding protagonist in contemporary auteur cinema," said Berlin chief Dieter Kosslick in a statement. "In his artistic approach he consistently sounds out cinematic language and its aesthetic possibilities. I’m pleased to be able to welcome him as Jury President of the Berlinale 2015." Aronofksy has earned critical praise and box office success for his part work, including "Pi," "Requiem for a Dream," "The Fountain," "The Wrestler," "Black Swan," and this year’s "Noah." The jury position adds Aronofsky to the ranks of recent Presidents, including Isabella Rossellini, Mike Leigh, Wong Kar Wei, and James Schamus. "At the Berlinale, »
- Matt Patches
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