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8 items from 2015


Famed Cinematographer Haskell Wexler Dies At Age 93

27 December 2015 1:21 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Visual consultant Haskell Wexler prior to a screening of “American Graffiti,” presented at Oscars® Outdoors by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday, August 2, 2013. credit: Todd Wawrychuk / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Haskell Wexler, one of Hollywood’s most famous and honored cinematographers and one whose innovative approach helped him win Oscars for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and the Woody Guthrie biopic “Bound for Glory,” died Sunday. He was 93.

From the AP:

Wexler died peacefully in his sleep, his son, Oscar-nominated sound man Jeff Wexler, told The Associated Press.

A liberal activist, Wexler photographed some of the most socially relevant and influential films of the 1960s and 1970s, including the Jane Fonda-Jon Voight anti-war classic, “Coming Home,” the Sidney Poitier-Rod Steiger racial drama “In the Heat of the Night” and the Oscar-winning adaptation of Ken Kesey’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. »

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Haskell Wexler, Oscar-Winning Cinematographer and Documentary Filmmaker, Dies at 93

27 December 2015 9:02 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Influential cinematographer and social documentarian Haskell Wexler, who won Oscars for his work in both arenas, has died. He was 93.

Wexler’s death on Sunday was confirmed with a post on the HaskellWexler.com blog. His son Jeff shared via Facebook that Wexler died “peacefully in his sleep.”

“An amazing life has ended but his lifelong commitment to fight the good fight, for peace, for all humanity, will live on,” Jeff Wexler wrote.

Haskell Wexler won two Oscars for cinematography, for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” in 1966 and for “Bound for Glory” 10 years later. He also picked up an Oscar in 1970 for the short documentary “Interview With My Lai Veterans,” directed with Richard Pearce.

Wexler also wrote, directed and largely financed two feature films, the highly politically charged “Medium Cool” in 1969 and “Latino” in 1985. He also directed 2007’s “From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks,” an adaptation of »

- Richard Natale

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Haskell Wexler, Oscar-winning cinematographer, dies aged 93

27 December 2015 4:39 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The double Oscar-winning cinematographer who worked on One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest died in hospital in Santa Monica on Sunday. He was 93.

Haskell Wexler was nominated five times for the Academy Award and won twice for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 1967 and Bound For Glory ten years later.

His other three nominations came for One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (shared with Bill Butler) in 1975, Matewan in 1987 and most recently Blaze in 1990.

Wexler was born in Chicago and joined the Merchant Marines before returning home to make documentaries and educational films. He remained politically aware after moving to California and directed Medium Cool in 1969, about the 1968 Democratic National convention.

His son Jeff Wexler posted the following notice on his website: “It is with great sadness that I have to report that my father, Haskell Wexler, has died. Pop died peacefully in his sleep, Sunday, December 27th, 2015.  

“Accepting the Academy »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Haskell Wexler, 1922-2015

27 December 2015 4:39 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The double Oscar-winning cinematographer who worked on One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest died in hospital in Santa Monica on Sunday. He was 93.

Wexler was nominated five times for the Academy Award and won twice for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 1967 and Bound For Glory ten years later.

His other three nominations came for One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (shared with Bill Butler) in 1975, Matewan in 1987 and most recently Blaze in 1990.

Wexler was born in Chicago and joined the Merchant Marines before returning home to make documentaries and educational films. He remained politically aware after moving to California and directed Medium Cool in 1969, about the 1968 Democratic National convention.

His son Jeff Wexler posted the following notice on his website: “It is with great sadness that I have to report that my father, Haskell Wexler, has died. Pop died peacefully in his sleep, Sunday, December 27th, 2015.  Accepting the Academy »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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200 Greatest Horror Films (Top 10)

30 October 2015 8:59 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

 

10. Alien

Directed by Ridley Scott

Written by Dan O’Bannon

UK / USA, 1979

Genre: Sci-Fi Horror

Boasting one of the greatest taglines of all time – “In space, no one can hear you scream” – Alien blends science fiction, horror, and bleak poetry into what could have easily turned into a simple B-monster movie. In fact, the movie was originally pitched to producers as “Jaws in space,” but thankfully Ridley Scott, who was stepping behind the camera for only the second time, took the film far more seriously. Like Steven Spielberg’s great thriller, most of the running time relies on the viewer’s imagination since Scott carefully restricts how little we see of the creature. Alien can certainly test a viewer’s patience. This is an extremely slow burn (something unusual for the genre) and despite the budget, stellar effects, and ambitious set design, Alien in a sense is a minimalist film »

- Ricky Fernandes

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The Nightmare of 'Jaws': 10 on-set disasters that plagued Spielberg's 1975 classic

19 June 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"When I think of 'Jaws' I think about courage and stupidity. And I think of both of those things existing underwater." That's a quote from Steven Spielberg on his time directing the 1975 horror classic, which turns 40 this Saturday. Proving that sometimes greatness can spring from unimaginable misery, the film was famously a nightmare to shoot, with numerous production problems including the frequent malfunctioning of "Bruce," the collective name given to the film's trio of animatronic sharks. But don't take my word for it. Below are ten hellish behind-the-scenes straight from the mouths of those involved that will make you wonder how they managed to finish the film at all. 1. This is what happens when you hire a stuntman with no diving experience When husband-and-wife shark experts Ron and Valerie Taylor were commissioned to get footage of actual Great Whites attacking a cage (for the famous Richard Dreyfuss underwater sequence), the »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Editors Guild Selects 75 Best Edited Films of All Time

4 February 2015 8:26 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Now this is a list that could result in a lot of fascinating dissection and thanks to HitFix it comes to our attention almost three years after it was originally released back in 2012, celebrating the Motion Picture Editors Guild's 75th anniversary. Over at HitFix, Kris Tapley asks, "Is this news to anyone elsec" Um, yes, I find it immensely interesting and a perfect starting point for anyone looking to further explore the art of film editing. In an accompanying article we get the particulars concerning what films were eligible and how films were to be considered: In our Jan-feb 12 issue, we asked Guild members to vote on what they consider to be the Best Edited Films of all time. Any feature-length film from any country in the world was eligible. And by "Best Edited," we explained, we didn't just mean picture; sound, music and mixing were to be considered as well. »

- Brad Brevet

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What is the best-edited film of all time according to those who do the job?

3 February 2015 8:43 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A random bit of researching on a Tuesday night led me to something I didn't know existed: The Motion Picture Editors Guild's list of the 75 best-edited films of all time. It was a feature in part celebrating the Guild's 75th anniversary in 2012. Is this news to anyone else? I confess to having missed it entirely. Naturally, I had to dig in. What was immediately striking to me about the list — which was decided upon by the Guild membership and, per instruction, was considered in terms of picture and sound editorial as opposed to just the former — was the most popular decade ranking. Naturally, the 1970s led with 17 mentions, but right on its heels was the 1990s. I wouldn't have expected that but I happen to agree with the assessment. Thelma Schoonmaker's work on "Raging Bull" came out on top, an objectively difficult choice to dispute, really. It was so transformative, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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