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Tom Hiddleston's Hank Williams Biopic Lands at Sony Pictures Classics

2 April 2015 9:26 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Sony Pictures Classics has snagged worldwide rights to "I Saw the Light," writer/director Marc Abraham's biopic of country western singer Hank Williams, whose life was destroyed by fame. No release date has been announced. Williams died in 1953 but left behind a legacy of songs including "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," "Cold Cold Heart," "Lovesick Blues" and, of course, "I Saw the Light." Based on Colin Escott’s award-winning biography, the film stars Tom Hiddleston as Williams, along with Elizabeth Olsen, Bradley Whitford, David Krumholtz and Cherry Jones.  Read More: Should Brit Star Tom Hiddleston Take on Country Icon Hank Williams? RatPac Entertainment’s Brett Ratner and Bron StudiosAaron L. Gilbert produced the film, with G. Marq Roswell and Abraham. James Packer of RatPac Entertainment and Jason Cloth of Creative Wealth Media Finance executive produced. Dante Spinotti was the cinematographer for the »

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Tom Hiddleston’s Hank Williams Biopic ‘I Saw the Light’ Bought by Sony Classics

2 April 2015 9:05 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired worldwide rights to Tom Hiddleston’s “I Saw the Light,”  the story of iconic country western singer Hank Williams.

Written and directed by Marc Abraham, the movie is based on Colin Escott’s biography, with Elizabeth Olsen, Bradley Whitford, David Krumholtz and Cherry Jones also starring.

RatPac Entertainment’s Brett Ratner and Bron StudiosAaron L. Gilbert produced the film, with G. Marq Roswell and Abraham. James Packer of RatPac Entertainment and Jason Cloth of Creative Wealth Media Finance executive produced. Dante Spinotti is the cinematographer.

Williams was born in 1923 in Alabama and broke out in the post-World War II era with the song “Move It on Over.” Among his hits are “Lost Highway,” “Jambalaya (on the Bayou),” “Ramblin’ Man,” “You Win Again” and “Lovesick Blues.”

He suffered from spina bifida and died at age 29 of heart failure after struggling with alcoholism and addiction to prescription pills. »

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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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Barbra Streisand to be Honored by American Society of Cinematographers

14 January 2015 8:22 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The American Society of Cinematographers has pegged Barbra Streisand to receive its 2015 Board of Governors Award, to be given to the actress-filmmaker-recording artist at the organization’s 29th annual awards gala Feb. 15 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

The Board of Governors citation is meant to recognize “extraordinary achievements in advancing the art and craft of filmmaking,” according to the Asc, but it has also allowed the 96-year-old society of upper-echelon below-the-liners to bring some extra star power to the party, and for the male-centric brotherhood to mix it up a little. Streisand’s female predecessors include Sally Field and Julia Roberts, but her multidisciplinary efforts have overlapped, and exceeded, most of the others, including Warren Beatty, Sydney Pollack, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan.

If Streisand is one of the most versatile, and decorated, entertainers of the last century (she’s that rare Egot winner, »

- Steve Chagollan

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