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Christopher Nolan and wife Emma Thomas on the Oscars' Red Carpet Christopher Nolan and wife Emma Thomas at the Academy Awards A very blasé-looking Christopher Nolan, shortlisted as one of the producers of Best Picture Oscar nominee Inception and as the writer of the film's original screenplay, arrives with his wife and fellow Inception producer Emma Thomas at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Of course, Christopher Nolan also directed Inception, but he was not included in the Academy's Best Director shortlist. Instead, nominated were: David Fincher for The Social Network. Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan. Joel and Ethan Coen for True Grit. David O. Russell for The Fighter. Tom Hooper, the eventual winner, for The King's Speech. In case the incredibly successful British filmmaker was disappointed, angered, or downright outraged at being bypassed one more time by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts »
- D. Zhea
Jennifer Lawrence in a long, red dress at the Oscars Jennifer Lawrence at the Academy Awards Stunning in a red dress, Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Lawrence was a first-time Best Actress Oscar nominee for her first major film role: a near-destitute, young Ozark woman looking for her missing drug-dealing father in Winter's Bone, Debra Granik's generally well-received indie drama. Winter's Bone also earned nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (John Hawkes), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini; based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell). Jennifer Lawrence's competitors in the Best Actress Oscar race were: Annette Bening for Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right. Michelle Williams for Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine. Nicole Kidman for John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole. Natalie Portman, the eventual winner, for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan. »
- D. Zhea
Darren Aronofsky and Scott Franklin of Protozoa Pictures are set to produce a movie about “White Boy Rick” Wershe, the former drug kingpin from Detroit who has agreed to help the filmmakers tell his incredible story, TheWrap has learned. Franklin will be the lead producer for his and Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures, which is currently out to directors. Aronofsky has not set a follow-up to last year’s biblical epic “Noah.” Andrew Weiss wrote the script with input from Wershe, who was just a teenager when he began trafficking cocaine throughout the Motor City. Also Read: Joseph Kosinski to Direct 'The Trials of White. »
- Jeff Sneider
Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »
- D. Zhea
Hollywood has fallen for White Boy Rick. A third project is in development based on the infamous Detroit teen drug kingpin. Darren Aronofsky and Scott Franklin's Protozoa Pictures will produce the film based on a script by Andrew Weiss. Wershe was a teen living in Detroit in the 1980s when he joined the ranks of the city's drug kingpins, trafficking cocaine on the predominantly black East Side and going by the name "White Boy Rick." Read More 'Oblivion' Director Joseph Kosinski to Helm 'The Trials of White Boy Rick' (Exclusive) Wershe also worked as an undercover informant for the FBI
- Rebecca Ford
Turkey Dressing: Crowe’s Well-Intentioned Debut Ultimately Mundane
In the comparable tradition of Mel Gibson and Kevin Costner, actor Russell Crowe makes a big budget, historically relevant directorial debut with The Water Diviner, a World War I Australian drama. As penned by Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios, both writers accustomed to writing almost exclusively for television, the film’s significance is straightjacketed into a garden variety of manipulative clichés, replete with an unnecessary and oddly provoked romance that ends an otherwise workmanlike tale of woe on a sour note.
Beginning in 1919 Australia, well-digger Joshua Connor (Crowe) lives alone with his wife (Jacqueline McKenzie), using his powers of water divining (basically a concept where a stick or similar apparatus is used to steer a user toward a water source—often called water witching) to continue their idyllic farm. All is not well with the Connor’s, as he comes home to »
- Nicholas Bell
Having worked with the likes of Ridley Scott, Ron Howard, Peter Weir, Michael Mann, and Darren Aronofsky, I would venture to say Russell Crowe may have picked up one or two directing secrets over the years. The Water Diviner shows us what the Aussie actor may have learned from some of these cinematic legends. Immediately visible are traces of Ridley Scott’s wide scope as well as Ron Howard’s knack for schmaltz. In his directorial debut, Crowe feels assured in his presentation of a heartfelt historical drama, but this confidence can’t make up for a story that feels a little tired and a presentation that leans towards superfluous melodrama.
Australian farmer Joshua Connor (Russell Crowe) travels to Turkey four years after the Battle of Gallipoli to look for his three missing sons whom are presumed dead. World War I may have ended but other obstacles still stand in »
- Michael Haffner
It may be a while yet before the new Ragin’ Cajun makes his big-screen debut. Although Gambit is rumored to appear in X-Men: Apocalypse, new comments from actor Channing Tatum suggest otherwise. Meanwhile, the Gambit standalone movie is still looking for a director. Rumor has it a few big name directors have been approached already, including Bennett Miller […]
- Angie Han
Plot: After the end of The Great War, a grieving father (Russell Crowe) travels to Turkey to recover the bodies of his three sons, who perished in battle at Gallipoli. Review: After years of starring in epics from people like Ridley Scott, Peter Weir and Darren Aronofsky, it looks like Russell Crowe has picked up more than enough knowledge to make his directorial debut with an epic that certainly wouldn’t be out of any of those directors’ wheelhouse. Considering his »
- Chris Bumbray
Stars: Lily Laight, Charlie Rixon, Daniel Fraser, Eleanor Wyld, Owen Pugh, Dylan Llewellyn, Georgina Minter-Brown, David Broughton-Davies, David Barnaby, Timothy Block, Ria Carroll | Written and Directed by Darren Paul Fisher
Thematically similar to the Divergent franchise – in that children are tested at a young age and their place in society is determined given the results – British sci-fi film Frequencies plays out like an extended episode of Tales of the Unexpected crossed with the philosophical science of a film such as Darren Aronofsky’s Pi and/or The Fountain….
In a dystopian future, children’s ability to succeed in life is determined at a young age, based on their own personal ‘frequency’ which dictates just how lucky they will be. In the process of testing one particular group, it transpires that Marie (Laight) has an impossibly high frequency, making her the luckiest girl in the world. At the same testing, Zak »
- Phil Wheat
In a touchy-feely session that was much tamer than last year’s Forum – when Oliver Stone blasted China for not making films that tackled its past – the talk was mostly of creating universal stories and looking beyond cultural differences.
“It all comes down to character and the humanity that unites us all,” said Aronofsky. “I was on the Berlin film festival jury this year and a film from Iran won. But it doesn’t matter what country it came from – it was just a deeply emotional human story. I don’t know that there are French stories, Chinese stories or American stories. Co-production should reflect that.”
Hong Kong director Tsui Hark agreed that the human story has to come first, but added that “there’s a different philosophy in Western »
- email@example.com (Liz Shackleton)
Another morsel of comic book movie news arrives today from the scoopster supreme at Latino Review, El Mayimbe. His latest tidbit of insider intel isn’t connected to Warner Bros.’ DC movie-verse or Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, but Fox’s X-Men Universe. According to his knowledge, Channing Tatum has been courting a list of “big” name directors to helm his upcoming X-spinoff, Gambit.
— Umberto Gonzalez (@elmayimbe) April 16, 2015
Tatum landed the leading role on the long-awaited movie back in October 2014 and has since boarded as a producer, which goes some way to explaining why he’s so proactive in seeking out the perfect director. As El Mayimbe outlines in his short-but-sweet Tweet, Tatum has already approached Foxcatcher‘s Bennett Miller And Requiem For A Dream‘s Darren Aronofsky, but alas they both declined the gig. »
- Gem Seddon
Size and scale were the recurring themes of the opening ceremony of the fifth Beijing International Film Festival, held Thursday outside the Chinese capital. As such, celebrity guest, action star and former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger played his part perfectly.
Schwarzenegger praised China’s ability to get things done, something he said he had witnessed on multiple, diverse visits to the country over a period of 30 years, since an early trip with “Conan The Barbarian.” His two-fold mission on this trip comprised taking part at an environmental protection ceremony Wednesday, and promotion of the “Terminator” series of movies. “And I can really say, ‘I’ll be back,’ in three months for the promotion of ‘Terminator: Genisys.'”
The festival ceremony was held at the huge new International Convention and Exhibition Center used for an Apec conference last year, at Yangqi Lake, near Huairou, Hubei Province. That was only »
- Patrick Frater
You wanna watch out for that Darren Aronofsky. He might just surprise you. After a good couple of decades making grim, magical realist dramas like Requiem For A Dream and Black Swan, he was surrounded by rumours that he was due to direct either/or the second Wolverine film or that ill-fated Robocop remake. In the end he did neither: instead, he did a big-budget retelling of Noah And The Great Flood, in a way that displeased the faithful and was of no interest to his usual audience.
That seemed like something of a left-turn for the auteur director, but it was on the cards for a good while before. Because, not so far back in the mists of time, Aronofsky was approached with an even stranger proposition. Warner Bros were floundering in the wake of their critically and commercially disappointing Batman sequels, eventually canning Joel Schumacher’s plans for another total camp-fest. »
- Tom Baker
It’s time for a new weekly series folks! Yes, starting today I want to try a new series on for size. Much like how I looked at the best winners in almost every Academy Award field, I want to now turn my attention towards individuals (specifically those active in the field), starting with cinematographers. Basically, this first one will look at the best Directors of Photography currently working in the business. There’s tons of amazing Dp’s in the industry so this is clearly going to be a divisive list. Still, that’s part of the fun of it as well! Hopefully you all enjoy and this becomes a weekly or at least monthly series… Before I get to the list, I’m going to quickly explain what will be happening below. In short, I’ll be listing ten Dp’s/cinematographers that I think are the best in the business right now. »
- Joey Magidson
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Amy Adams won a Golden Globe for her performance as Margaret Keane, the true 1950s artist of big-eyed waif portraits, with Christoph Waltz playing her husband, Walter, who took all the credit. Tim Burton's drama was released as a digital download on April 3 but it's on DVD, Blu-ray and On Demand as of April 14. The DVD and Blu-ray releases include "The Making of Big Eyes," and the Blu-ray also includes Q&A Highlights.
Director David Cronenberg's satire of the Hollywood film industry was released on DVD and Blu-ray in the U.K. and France last year and Germany in March, but it's finally getting a U.S. release on April 14. Julianne Moore leads the dark comedy's all-star cast, »
- Gina Carbone
The last feature film score that composer Clint Mansell delivered was for Darren Aronofsky's Noah, and it was certainly one of the finer points in of the Biblical epic. Before that, he delivered the haunting scores for Stoker as well as music for the thriller Filth. But otherwise, he's laid pretty low key, and isn't working as frequently as some of his colleagues. But coming up we're likely to get some magnificent work from Mansell as Film Music Reporter (via SlashFilm) reports that he will be composing the score for High Rise, the adaptation of J.G. Ballard's novel of the same name from Kill List and Sightseers director Ben Wheatley. The composer himself confirmed the news on Twitter and is thrilled with the response: Blown away by the love shown to my involvement with @mr_wheatley & #HighRise It means a lot to me and I'll do my best to not fuck it up! »
- Ethan Anderton
Chalk up writer-director Alex Ross Perry's hiring to pen a live action "Winnie the Pooh" as one of the most peculiar writer-material pairings of the year (Deadline has the scoop). Disney has tapped the New York indie, writer/director of the scabrous "Listen Up Philip," to pen their latest live-action feature adaptation of an animated classic. Perry's version will focus on Christopher Robin as adult who comes back to A.A. Milne's bear and the Hundred Acre Wood. No director has been set yet. After the blockbuster success of live action "Alice in Wonderland," Maleficent" and "Cinderella," Disney is also pursuing live action versions of "Mulan," "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Jungle Book," among others. Read More: 'Mulan' Joins Disney Roster of Live Action Remakes of Animated Classics (Video) The studios raid indie talent all the time, from Darren Aronofsky and Christopher Nolan to Marc Webb. Disney »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
Director Ben Wheatley's (Kill List, A Field In England) big screen adaptation of the J.G. Ballard novel High-Rise just keeps getting better and better. The movie already has a fantastic ensemble cast that includes Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Luke Evans, Sienna Miller and Elisabeth Moss, and Film Music Reporters has learned Clint Mansell will compose the music for the thriller. Clint Mansell is best known for providing the scores for Darren Aronofsky's films, but he has »
- Jesse Giroux
We've already got a number of reasons to be excited for "High-Rise." Of course, there's director Ben Wheatley. There's the awesome ensemble cast, which includes Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Elisabeth Moss, Luke Evans, and Stacy Martin. And now we've got the score to get buzzed about. Film Music Reporter reveals that the great Clint Mansell will score the movie. The composer is probably best known for his work with longtime collaborator Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan" and "The Fountain" are particular highlights), but he has also lent to his talent to films as diverse as "Filth," "Faster," and "Last Night" (his work on the latter is particularly underrated). Needless to say, we're very excited to see what he brings to the J.G. Ballard adaptation about what happens when madness and violence envelop a luxury high-rise. No release date yet for the film, but fingers are crossed and we're »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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