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When oscar-nominated director paul greengrass wanted “an authentic ocean experience and look” for his hijack hostage thriller “Captain Phillips” (pictured), he headed to the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta, joining a long list of top helmers and high-profile productions that have filmed here. Among them: Ridley Scott (“Gladiator”), Angelina Jolie (“By the Sea”), Steven Spielberg (“Munich”), Wolfgang Petersen (“Troy”) and Marc Forster (“World War Z”).
Highly competitive incentives are part of the appeal. The Malta Film Commission offers a cash rebate of up to 27% on all eligible expenses incurred in Malta; 25% is available for all eligible productions, while an additional 2% is given to productions that shoot Malta as Malta. Value added tax, currently 18%, is fully refundable.
Its Mediterranean location, authentic architecture and stark landscapes are also part of Malta’s appeal for productions ranging from swords-and-sandals epics to war movies. “Malta is able to double as myriad classical and historical periods, »
- Iain Blair
If you're looking for an utterly independent analysis of Robert Zemeckis' Back To The Future Part II, then it'd be fair to say you're probably in the wrong place. It would be remiss of me from the outset to not acknowledge that, in my youth, I absolutely adored Back To The Future Part II. I wore out two VHS copies of the movie I had (one of them ex-rental, to be fair), and Alan Silvestri's superb score has been resident in my head pretty much ever since (one I seem to have bought four times, across four different formats).
It's only over time that I've come to appreciate the film in any kind of perspective, and the catalyst for that was watching the three films back-to-back in the »
It is a fascinating moment to be a "Star Wars" fan. Right now, there is arguably more energy being expended on all things "Star Wars" than ever before. I remember the feeling in the early days of development on what became "Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace," when there were just rumbles of a possible new film or even *Gasp!* a new trilogy of films. Hell, I remember when the Special Editions were just a rumor. I remember when a friend of mine called and said, "They're not a rumor. I have something to show you." He came by my house with a videotape, and on that videotape was the very first teaser trailer for "Star Wars: A New Hope - The Special Edition," the very first new "Star Wars" footage in what had been fourteen years at that point. It was mind-blowing. It made me reassess »
- Drew McWeeny
Five first-time governors have been elected to the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences board.
The first-time governors are: Kate Amend, documentary branch; Daniel R Fellman, executives branch; Albert Berger, producers branch; Bob Rogers, short films and feature animation branch; and Mark Mangini, sound branch.
Re-elected governors are: Annette Bening, actors branch; Lora Kennedy, casting directors branch; Jeffrey Kurland, costume designers branch; Rick Carter, designers branch; Michael Tronick, film editors branch; Kathryn Blondell, make-up artists and hairstylists branch; Cheryl Boone Isaacs, public relations branch; and Phil Robinson, writers branch.
The Academy’s 17 branches are each represented by three governors, who may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms.
Governors who were not up for re-election and who continue on the board are Ed Begley, Jr and [link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Five first-time governors have been elected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors. In addition, eight incumbents have been reelected and four previous governors are returning to the Board.
The first-time governors are Kate Amend, Documentary Branch; Daniel R. Fellman, Executives Branch; Albert Berger, Producers Branch; Bob Rogers, Short Films and Feature Animation Branch; and Mark Mangini, Sound Branch.
The reelected governors are Annette Bening, Actors Branch; Lora Kennedy, Casting Directors Branch; Jeffrey Kurland, Costume Designers Branch; Rick Carter, Designers Branch; Michael Tronick, Film Editors Branch; Kathryn Blondell, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch; Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Public Relations Branch; and Phil Robinson, Writers Branch.
The Academy’s 17 branches are each represented by three governors, who may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms. »
- Michelle McCue
Five first-time governors have been elected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences board of governors. In addition, eight incumbents have been reelected and four previous governors are returning.
The re-election of Cheryl Boone Isaacs in the PR branch is no surprise, but it paves the way for her re-election as AMPAS president.
The reelected governors are Annette Bening, actors; Lora Kennedy, casting directors; Jeffrey Kurland, costume designers; Rick Carter, designers; Michael Tronick, film editors; Kathryn Blondell, makeup artists and hairstylists; Cheryl Boone Isaacs, public relations; and Phil Robinson, writers.
- Tim Gray
Production designer Jim Bissell has been chosen to receive the Art Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
The kudo will be presented Jan. 31 at the 19th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Bissell’s credits include “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “The Rocketeer,” “Jumanji,” “300,” “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” and “The Monuments Men” — his fourth collaboration with George Clooney following “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” “Good Night, and Good Luck” and “Leatherheads.”
He is working on “Mission: Impossible 5.”
- Dave McNary
When I recently published a piece about "Fantastic Four," a commenter asked why everyone seems determined to cut slack to Josh Trank as director of that film. While I enjoyed "Chronicle," it's not just a blank check. For my own part, I can only say that I want to see Trank pull it off. I don't know if he will or won't, and it's true… we have only one film to judge. But that does't change the idea that I'd much rather get a great "Fantastic Four" than a bad one, and I'm willing to wait to see if the big choices he's making pay off instead of just pulling that automatic fanboy dismissal of things. I feel the same way about Colin Trevorrow. "Safety Not Guaranteed" is enjoyable, but didn't exactly blow my mind. I am still not sure what it is about that small romantic drama that made »
- Drew McWeeny
It suffered some minor damage while blowing up the second Death Star at the end of Episode VI, but it looks like Han Solo's trusty ship will still be spaceworthy when the next instalment of Star Wars comes around. A photo of the Episode VII production team has found its way online, featuring Jj Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, Rick Carter, Jason McGatlin, Jon Knoll, Kim Libreri and a few interesting pieces of concept art in the background: most noticeably the familiar crescent exhaust of the Millennium Falcon.Over to the left you can see another painting with what looks like the shoulder and chin of a character. Is it a hero? A villain? Or just an oddly shaped bulkhead?Look closely at the picture on the right and you can see what looks like the face of an older, bearded gentleman who could be a major character... or just the reflection »
Earlier this month, we reported that Star Wars: Episode VII will begin production in May, running through September at Pinewood Studios in London. Casting has been under way for months now, although we haven't heard anything concrete about who will be starring in this highly anticipated sequel.
Today, we have yet another rumor that Transformers: Age of Extinction star Jack Reynor has landed an unspecified role in the sequel, news which, of course, has not been confirmed. In addition, LucasFilm released the following behind-the-scenes production photo, which features director J.J. Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy, production designer Rick Carter, Jason McGatlin, John Knoll and Kim Libreri. Check out the photo, and then read on for more details about the Millennium Falcon's presence in this follow-up.
The highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII has been kept tightly under wraps since it was first announced, especially considering it's set to film in May of this year for release in 2015. Even Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill are yet to be confirmed as returning to their iconic roles. But now, we may just have our first glimpse at some concept art from the film...
Pictured above is a meeting with director J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy, VFX supervisors John Knoll, production designer Rick Carter, Chief Strategy Officer Kim Libreri, and senior VP of Physical Production Jason McGatlin . Being that Star Wars is the only Lucasfilm property that's in major development right now, we can assume they're talking about Star Wars. And behind Kathleen Kennedy's head you can see what looks like the Millennium Falcon, along with some sort of desert landscape (Tatooine?)... and Alec Guinness' Obi Wan Kenobi? »
- Gary Collinson
Jurassic World has slowly become one of the most anticipated films of 2015. Staring Guardians of the Galaxy Chris Pratt and Spider-Man 3 Bryce Dallas Howard, production on the latest installment of of the Jurassic series is now in full swing. First up, set photos. Production moved to Kualoa Ranch in Hawaii earlier this week where set constructions went under way. Sources on location managed to take pictures and of course, leak them online. Check them out below. "Set construction is underway at Kualoa Ranch, where the original film was also shot back in 1993, and can be seen from the Pali Lookout, near Chinaman’s Hat and the fishpond. Our tipster also spotted directional signs posted at the construction entrance that say Ebb." Special thanks to onlocationvacations.com In other news, Rick Carter, the art director of the first two Jurassic Park films, has confirmed to Not be for this this film. »
That was your first ever look at Star Wars: Episode VII. Did you miss it? Scroll up and look again, most of it.s happening behind Kathleen Kennedy.s head. The photo, which was originally released on the Lucas Film website, shows a production meeting in full swing at Lucasfilm. Pictured are Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy, visual effects supervisor John Knoll, production designer Rick Carter, tech VP Kim Libreri, and Jason McGatlin, the senior vice president of physical production. What are they meeting about? Lucasfilm hasn.t confirmed it, but it.s a safe bet to assume they.re talking about Star Wars. Why do we think they.re talking Star Wars? Because behind them is a big stack of concept art, concept art that almost certainly has something to do with Star Wars: Episode VII, the new movie currently heading into production under the watchful eye of notoriously secretive, »
Lucasfilm posted the the photo below on their official website, and what's interesting about it is that on the wall behind this team of people there's some possible Star Wars: Episode VII concept art featuring Han Solo's Millennium Falcon and other settings, including some kind of planet landscape. I even think there's a shot of Obi-Wan Kenobi in there.
In case you were wondering who is in this photo, it includes writer/director J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, production designer Rick Carter, Svp of technology Kim Libreri, Svp of Physical Production Jason McGatlin, and Senior Visual Effects SupervisorJohn Knoll.
I wouldn't imagine there would be many changes to the Millennium Falcon design for the next movie, but it's still really cool to see stuff from the film production popping up like this. As a huge fan of Star Wars, even little things like this are still exciting.
Thanks to »
- Joey Paur
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