14 items from 2016
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, in conjunction with Variety, announced today the recipients of the second annual Variety Artisans Awards, which celebrates those essential to the filmmaking process and who have exhibited the most exciting and innovative work of the year in their respective fields. The Tribute evening will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Lobero Theatre and will be moderated by Variety’s Sr. VP Awards Editor, Tim Gray.
The Variety Artisans Award will be presented to the following 2016 Oscar nominees:
Carter Burwell, for original score in the Weinstein Company’s “Carol” directed by Todd Haynes. This is Burwell’s first Academy Award nomination; he has worked with esteemed directors such as the Coen Brothers, Spike Jonze and Bill Condon.
- Variety Staff
Carter Burwell gives great soundtrack. The proof is all around us. His scores are everywhere right now, in movie theaters with Charlie Kaufman's Anomalisa and the Coen brothers Hail, Caesar! and in the Oscar mix; his work on Carol brought him his long long overdue first nomination for Best Original Score.
The 60 year-old composer started his music career in the punk scene but after that fateful first collaboration with the the Coens on Blood Simple (1984) he quickly become a film regular. He's composed every Coen brothers score since then with the exception of Inside Llewyn Davis. They aren't the only filmmakers who steadily rely on his gift. He's worked frequently for Bill Condon, Michael Caton-Jones, Spike Jonze, John Lee Hancock, and Todd Haynes among others.
I asked him how he keeps his work fresh with so many projects and how he approached the recent challenges of the "ridiculous" comedy of Hail, »
- NATHANIEL R
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced today that Sylvester Stallone will receive their prestigious Montecito Award for his critically acclaimed role in Ryan Coogler’s Creed. Given to a person in the entertainment industry whose has made a great contribution to film, the award will be presented to him at a ceremony on Tuesday, February 9th at the historic Arlington Theater.
“Sylvester Stallone’s performance in Creed has reminded us of what a true talent he is and what a joy it is to share in his successes as the many beloved characters he has created. Since he first hit the silver screen as Rocky Balboa nearly four decades ago, he has been a force in the industry both on film and behind the scenes. He is a true legend in our field, and it is our privilege to present him with the Montecito Award, and to continue to honor his legacy, »
- Melissa Thompson
On the heels of an Oscar nomination for his performance in “Creed,” Sylvester Stallone has been tapped by the Santa Barbara International Film Festival for this year’s Montecito Award. The honor will be presented following a career retrospective on Tuesday, Feb. 9.
“Sylvester Stallone’s performance in ‘Creed’ has reminded us of what a true talent he is and what a joy it is to share in his successes as the many beloved characters he has created,” said Sbiff Executive Director Roger Durling. “Since he first hit the silver screen as Rocky Balboa nearly four decades ago, he has been a force in the industry both on film and behind the scenes. He is a true legend in our field.”
- Kristopher Tapley
Sylvester Stallone, Oscar-nominated for reprising the role of Rocky Balboa in Ryan Coogler's "Creed," will receive the Montecito Award at the 31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Past recipients include Jennifer Aniston, Oprah Winfrey, Daniel Day-Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, Bill Condon, and Naomi Watts. Read More: "Oscar Predictions 2016" The honor, given to a person in the entertainment industry who has made a great contribution to film, gives Stallone's Oscar chances an added boost, nearly 40 years after he received his first nominations — Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay — for the first film in the "Rocky" franchise. Other Sbiff award recipients will include the "Spotlight" ensemble, including Oscar nominees Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams, Best Supporting Actress contender Alicia Vikander (for "The Danish Girl" and "Ex »
- Matt Brennan
The continued blood-soaked battles between neck-chomping culebras and those who hunt them are collected in the second season Blu-ray / DVD of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, as well as the Amazon exclusive home media release that includes both seasons of the Robert Rodriguez series:
Press Release: The Original Crime Drama, Executive Produced by Robert Rodriguez, Swoops Into Retail in a Loaded 3-Disc Set (Blu-ray/DVD) Featuring All 10 Episodes from Season Two, Audio Commentary from Rodriguez, Cast & Crew, 13 Featurettes, "After Dusk: Inside the Episode" Segments - and More!
Also Available Will Be From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series - The Complete Seasons One & Two, Exclusively at Amazon
Street Date: February 2, 2016
Blu-ray/DVD Srp: $49.98/$39.98
Spun off from Robert Rodriguez's cult classic film franchise, Season One of Miramax/El Rey Network's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series centered on bank robber Seth Gecko (D.J. Cotrona) and his violent, »
- Derek Anderson
You’ve probably noticed the influx of live action fairytales gracing cinemas in recent years. This isn’t about to stop any time soon, since re-spinning a recognisable fantastical yarn with real people instead of animated ones always makes big money for the studio behind it.
This process has become so popular that there are currently more of these live action fairytales in production than Marvel Studios, DC Entertainment or Star Wars movies. That’s a lot of films. (A whopping 21 by our count.)
Although it wadsn’t the first movie of this kind, Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland – and its worldwide gross of over a billion dollars – can surely take the credit for kick-starting this trend. Here are all the in-development movies trying to repeat its success, »
Read More: Review: Christopher Gans' 'Beauty and the Beast,' With Lea Seydoux and Vincent Cassel, Is a Fairy Tale Dud Bill Condon is currently in post-production on his live-action retelling of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," complete with a dream cast that includes Emma Watson as Belle, but it looks like he's about to get some serious competition from France on the release schedule this year. Shout! Factory, a multi-platform media company, and Pathé International have entered an exclusive film deal to distribute an epic new adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast" in the United States. Directed by "Silent Hill" director Christophe Gans, this version of the tale stars international heavyweights Vincent Cassel and Léa Seydoux in the title roles. The movie had its premiere at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival and has finally found a U.S. distributor after seeing success in various markets across the world. »
- Zack Sharf
Appearing at the Television Critics Association on Saturday to promote the upcoming "Uncle Buck" sitcom, actor Mike Epps spoke about the Lee Daniels-directed Richard Pryor biopic in the works which he's slated to star in.
In a surprising reveal, Epps spoke about the amount of classic standup we will see in the film: "50% of the script is performances. I can't give it all up but a lot of his bits and routines that we are familiar with is what we'll be seeing in the film."
Speaking about his director, Epps says: "Lee Daniels is one of those directors, he likes it real, he likes it gritty. The content has definitely changed. It's a lot more dark, it's a lot more fun. You know what Lee Daniels brings to a film."
Epps' background as a standup comedian came in handy as he delved back into Pryor's history: "Studying Richard Pryor for this role, »
- Garth Franklin
This is definitely the time of year when film critic types (I’m sure you know who I mean) spend an inordinate amount of time leading up to awards season—and it all leads up to awards season, don’t it?—compiling lists and trying to convince anyone who will listen that it was a shitty year at the movies for anyone who liked something other than what they saw and liked. And ‘tis the season, or at least ‘thas (?) been in the recent past, for that most beloved of academic parlor games, bemoaning the death of cinema, which, if the sackcloth-and-ashes-clad among us are to be believed, is an increasingly detached and irrelevant art form in the process of being smothered under the wet, steaming blanket of American blockbuster-it is. And it’s going all malnourished from the siphoning off of all the talent back to TV, which, as everyone knows, »
- Dennis Cozzalio
“Jay has invited us to think and laugh as a storyteller and filmmaker,” Cas president Mark Ulano said. “As a director, writer and producer, Jay is a proven triple talent in the entertainment world.”
Ulano worked with Roach on 1997’s “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.”
Previous Cas Filmmaker Award honorees have included Quentin Tarantino, Gil Cates, Bill Condon, Paul Mazursky, Henry Selick, Taylor Hackford, Rob Marshall, Jonathan Demme, Edward Zwick and Richard Linklater.
“Trumbo” remains on the rise as a potential Oscar player this season. The film has netted nominations from the screen actors, art directors, writers and costume designers guilds. Roach and the film’s star Bryan Cranston attended a private soiree Tuesday evening at the home of sound mixer John Ross with Academy members in attendance. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Makeup artist and Sherlock Holmes nerd David Elsey finally got his chance to transform the famous Baker Street sleuth in an entirely new way—as a 93-year-old struggling to solve the case that led to his retirement. (Watch a featurette on the film's makeup above.) "It was a great opportunity to do something fresh with the character and wasn't just a disguise, and really help Bill Condon and Ian McKellen tell their story," recalled Elsey, who shared an Oscar with Rick Baker for "The Wolfman." "No matter how old he got, we didn't want to lose that Sherlock Holmes silhouette," added Elsey, who with the aid of his wife and partner, Lou Elsey, alternated between the 93-year-old and 62-year-old Holmes for flashbacks. Read More: "Ian McKellen's Performance as 'Mr. Holmes' Delivers Sleeper Indie Hit" However, even though Elsey had been on the project for a year, there was only »
- Bill Desowitz
Could pop sensation Beyonce be moving from Goldmembers to big butts? The award-winning singer has temporarily shelved her acting career to focus on her music, having last appeared on-screen opposite Idris Elba in 2009’s Obsessed. But a new report (from a suspicious source) suggests Beyonce might be eyeing a return to the film industry, with a project that she hopes would get her in the Oscar conversation. Beyonce is no stranger to award-winning films, collecting a Golden Globe nomination for her work in Bill Condon’s musical adaptation of Dreamgirls. She also circled A Star Is Born for Clint Eastwood, though that fell apart. Now, though, The Sun reports that Beyonce would like to write and possibly star in her own movie. The film would adapt the life of South African woman Saartjie Baartman, who was known in the 1800s as a performer in London freak shows »
How would you program this year's newest, most interesting films into double features with movies of the past you saw in 2015?Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2015—in theatres or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2015 to create a unique double feature.All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2015 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch »
14 items from 2016
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