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It’s surprising to learn that veteran composer Carter Burwell has never been nominated for an Oscar, despite creating memorable scores for most of the Coen brothers movies (from "Blood Simple" in 1984 to "Inside Llewyn Davis" last year) as well as those of Spike Jonze ("Being John Malkvoich," "Adaptation") and Bill Condon ("Twilight" franchise," "The Fifth Estate"). However, his work on Todd Haynes’ period drama “Carol” starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara could right that wrong. In our exclusive audio interview (listen below), Burwell spoke candidly about his work with Haynes on this Oscar contender. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions “The film is a romance, and one way of looking at the film is that it very carefully dissects the steps of two pe..." »
The 15th Marrakech Film Festival – which positions itself as a Mecca of world cinema – will screen 93 films from 33 countries, with special emphasis on emerging filmmaking nations.
Barry Levinson’s “Rock the Kasbah” will open the fest and next Friday’s opening ceremony includes a career tribute to “Kasbah” lead, Murray. Closing film will be Todd Haynes’ Cannes-player “Carol.” Atom Egoyan will screen his Holocaust survivor thriller “Remember,” integrated within Fest’s country tribute to Canada. Joachim Lafosse, president of the Fest’s short film jury, screen “The White Knights,” set in Chad’s civil war.
Other out-of-competition films screening in the Red City include Julien Leclercq’s crime thriller “Braqueurs,” from France, Bill Condon’s Sherlock Holmes-retirement drama, “Mr. Holmes,” Cesc Gay’s Toronto/San Sebastian-player, »
- Martin Dale
Sir Ian McKellen, who has received two Oscar nominations in his career spanning over four decades, may seem like a darkhorse for a nomination this year for his performance as Sherlock Holmes in director Bill Condon’s Mr. Holmes. However, the 76-year-old star is arguably more hip with audiences now than he ever has been in his career.
With several high-profile franchises under his belt since the turn of the millennium (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, X-Men films, and Hobbit trilogy) and a recent successful stint on Broadway alongside longtime friend Patrick Stewart in No Man’s Land, the British actor is as relevant now as ever before.
Were McKellen to receive a best actor nomination this year he would become the third oldest actor in history to achieve that feat, at the age of 76 years and 278 days, just behind Bruce Dern who was »
- Patrick Shanley
I've never done one of these press days before," Carter Burwell says into the phone, the composer's allegro voice inflected with the curious enthusiasm of a kid playing the first level of a new videogame. "Interview after interview — I'm enjoying the novelty of it, I’ll say that."
Something doesn’t compute about this. Burwell isn't exactly new to the movie business. On the contrary, the man has scored more than 90 films since the Coen brothers first hired him to write the music for their debut, 1984's Blood Simple. He's »
If Sherlock Holmes were a real person rather than a fictional one, he could sit in the lobby of the Los Angeles hotel where Ian McKellen has been staying recently and deduce exactly where the 76-year-old British actor has been every time he leaves his room: He’s been talking to voters and showing “Mr. Holmes,” the Bill Condon film in which McKellen delivers a delicious performance as an aging version of the celebrated detective. But it wouldn’t take Holmesian powers of deduction to figure that out. This is a time of year when lots of awards contenders have been criss-crossing. »
- Steve Pond
Makeup artist Dave Elsey realized a childhood dream working on Mr Holmes, the Ian McKellen-starring pic from Bill Condon in which Elsey tasked with transforming the 76-year-old two-time Oscar nominee into both younger and older versions of Sherlock Holmes. In fact, you could call Elsey a Holmes superfan. He grew up in London, where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the iconic detective novels, and near the Whitechapel district, where the real-life Jack the Ripper killed his… »
Ian McKellen stars in “Mr. Holmes,” which bowed Nov. 9 on DVD and Blu-ray. He reunites with writer-director Bill Condon after “Gods and Monsters,” where the actor earned the first of his two Oscar nominations. McKellen was first mentioned in Variety on Nov. 4, 1964, in a review of James Saunders’ play “A Scent of Flowers.”
That was your West End debut?
Yes. I had left university in 1961. In those days, every sizable town in the country had a permanent repertory company, which would do a new play every two to four weeks. I was in a series of those companies. One had to do that in those days: You couldn’t join Equity until you’d done 44 weeks’ work. And until you had your full card, you couldn’t work in the West End, or do film or TV. Finally, I got my full Equity card, No. 42015. It was the proudest day of my life. »
- Tim Gray
Put on the kettle and make yourself a cuppa tea. The story of the world’s greatest detective, Mr. Holmes, has arrived on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand.
Based on Mitch Cullin’s novel “A Slight Trick of the Mind,” written for the screen by Jeffrey Hatcher (The Duchess), and directed by Academy Award winner Bill Condon (Best Adapted Screenplay, Gods and Monsters, 1998), Mr. Holmes finds a retired Sherlock returning to close the book on the one mystery he could never solve.
Winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2015 Sydney Film Festival and released theatrically in July by Miramax and Roadside Attractions, the film is Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh.
See the world’s most famous detective as you’ve never seen him before, portrayed by acting legend Ian McKellen, »
- Michelle McCue
This one's a keeper, a film that generates a meaningful emotional charge. Ian McKellen and director Bill Condon re-team for an intensely felt portrait of Sherlock Holmes in his sunset years, holding on to his intellectual capacities as he reappraises a tragic case from years before. Laura Linney is his housekeeper, who fears Holmes is a bad influence on her son -- but the relationship is mutually beneficial. Mr. Holmes Blu-ray + Digital HD Lionsgate/Miramax 2015 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 94 min. / Street Date November 10, 2015 / 24.99 Starring Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker , Hiroyuki Sanada, Hattie Morahan, Patrick Kennedy, Roger Allam, Philip Davis, Frances de la Tour, Charles Maddox, Takako Akashi, Zak Shukor, John Sessions, Nicholas Rowe, Frances Barber, Colin Starkey, Sarah Crowden. Cinematography Tobias A. Schleisser Film Editor Virginia Katz Original Music Carter Burwell Written by Jeffrey Hatcher from a novel by Mitch Cullin from characters by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Produced by Iain Canning, »
- Glenn Erickson
This past August, we learned that the long-gestating Richard Pryor biopic was finally moving forward, with Mike Epps leading the film to be directed by Lee Daniels from a script by Dreamgirls scribe Bill Condon and Fox’s Empire collaborator Danny Strong. And now the production has just gained a new cast member to play another iconic comedian. We have […]
- Ethan Anderton
It’s a pretty good bet that if John Williams has an original score in play during a given Oscar season, he’s going to be Oscar-nominated for it. His 44 nods to date (plus five more for songs) don’t exactly lie. So how can you start a discussion of this year’s score contenders anywhere else but with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens?”
How much original music will be in the film, though, and how much will it distinguish itself from the iconic pre-existing themes? That’s the question. While all three original “Star Wars” films were nominated, none of the prequels made it. This will be just one more mystery held close to the vest until Disney decides to let the cat out of the bag next month. But it could yield a 50th Oscar nomination from the cinema legend.
From one legend to another, there’s Ennio Morricone, »
- Kristopher Tapley
A few weeks ago, at the end of a brutal Los Angeles heat wave, I met up with Ian McKellen at the Chateau Marmont, where he was the only one not breaking a sweat. It helped, of course, that the 76-year-old McKellen was dressed casually in a youthful blue T-shirt and white sneakers, clothes that were a far cry from the smart period tailoring of Mr. Holmes, the summer indie smash that had him in L.A. for an awards-season push. In that Bill Condon–directed film, McKellen plays an aged-up, late-in-life take on Sherlock Holmes, and in our far-ranging conversation we talked about the movie, how McKellen cracked a film career, and holding hands with cute boys.The last time you were nominated for an Oscar was in 2002, for the first Lord of the Rings movie. I remember it well, not least because you brought a hot young man »
- Kyle Buchanan
Constance Cummings in 'Night After Night.' Constance Cummings: Working with Frank Capra and Mae West (See previous post: “Constance Cummings: Actress Went from Harold Lloyd to Eugene O'Neill.”) Back at Columbia, Harry Cohn didn't do a very good job at making Constance Cummings feel important. By the end of 1932, Columbia and its sweet ingenue found themselves in court, fighting bitterly over stipulations in her contract. According to the actress and lawyer's daughter, Columbia had failed to notify her that they were picking up her option. Therefore, she was a free agent, able to offer her services wherever she pleased. Harry Cohn felt otherwise, claiming that his contract player had waived such a notice. The battle would spill over into 1933. On the positive side, in addition to Movie Crazy 1932 provided Cummings with three other notable Hollywood movies: Washington Merry-Go-Round, American Madness, and Night After Night. 'Washington Merry-Go-Round »
- Andre Soares
Though Carter Burwell is no stranger to prestigious film projects, 2015 finds his work in the some of the most acclaimed films of the year, including Bill Condon's "Mr. Holmes," Todd Haynes' 'Carol" and Charlie Kaufman's "Anomalisa." With over 80 scores including films by the Coen Brothers, Spike Jonze and Sidney Lumet to his credit, Burwell is indisputably one of the most talented and prolific film composers working today. The recent Middleburg Film Festival held a tribute concert for Carter Burwell's myriad works, and he stopped by to discuss his work. The Loudon Symphony Orchestra appeared to perform some of his pieces live at the event. Watch their performance of Burwell's "Carol" theme above. Here are the highlights of the discussion with Burwell. Read More: Middleburg Film Festival Announces Full Lineup, Including 'Spotlight,' 'Carol' and More 1. He didn't start in film. "I'm not a trained musician really. »
- Aubrey Page
Ian McKellen stars in “Mr. Holmes,” the Bill Condon-directed film that bows on DVD and Blu-ray Nov. 10. The actor worked with writer-director Condon on 1998’s “Gods and Monsters,” the first of McKellen’s two Oscar nominations (so far).
What drew you to “Mr. Holmes”?
After “Gods & Monsters,” Bill and I always agreed, “Before we die, we’ve got to do another film together.” Finally, he called and said, “I think I’ve found the film.” Then when he said, “It’s about Sherlock Holmes,” it just kept getting better and better! It’s a mixture of the familiar, with Sherlock, and what’s going to happen next, but it also delves into the man’s insides. It’s about widowhood, loneliness, about the possibility of redemption — that it’s never too late to find yourself.
Was it challenging to play the character from ages 60 to 93?
I’m at an »
- Tim Gray
The album features the original music composed by Carter Burwell (Mr. Holmes, Fargo) whose long-standing relationship with the label includes his soundtracks for Raising Arizona, Miller’S Crossing, The Hudsucker Proxy, and Mildred Pierce.
“There is no widely accepted explanation for the importance of music to humans, but one possibility is its ability to express and relieve emotional tensions that can’t be put into words,” explained Burwell. “In Carol, two women are romantically attracted to each other but the culture of 1950’s America hasn’t provided them with a language for this. Expressing these inexpressible feelings is one of the roles of the score in this film.”
Set in 1950s New York, two women from very different backgrounds find themselves in the throes of love in Carol. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, »
- Michelle McCue
Film and television star John Krasinski, who stars as a former Navy Seal in the upcoming, real-life motion picture thriller 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, has been named the Grand Marshal for the Aaa Texas 500 Nascar Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Nov. 8, at Texas Motor Speedway.
Krasinski, an actor, writer and director, will give the command for the Sprint Cup Series drivers of the 43-car field to start their engines in front of a crowd that annually comprises one of the largest-attended, single-day sporting events in Texas.
“It’s a huge honor to be asked to serve as this year’s Grand Marshal,” said Krasinski. “I am really excited to be going to Nascar and seeing Jeff Gordon race for one of his last outings.”
Krasinski will be joined on the Grand Marshal stage by three of the heroes from the CIA annex security team that fought off Islamic militants on Sept. »
- Michelle McCue
The neck-chomping culebras and those who hunt them will return to the small screen in the future, as Miramax and El Ray revealed today that Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series has been renewed for a third season:
Press Release: Santa Monica, CA / Austin, TX (October 26, 2015) - Miramax® and El Rey announced today that their one-hour scripted original, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series," has been renewed for a third season. Hailed as "radically different...a fascinating ride" by the Associated Press, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" will air its season two finale with guest star Demi Lovato on El Rey Network on Tuesday, October 27 at 9Pm Et.
A reimagining of Robert Rodriguez's 1996 iconic movie From Dusk Till Dawn, which Miramax® also released theatrically at the time, the TV show expands on the fascinating supernatural crime saga centered around brothers Seth and Richie Gecko.
- Derek Anderson
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
Jake Gyllenhaal beefed up big-time to play reigning junior middleweight boxing champion Billy "The Great" Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) in this sports drama from writer Kurt Sutter and director Antoine Fuqua. When tragedy strikes, Billy hits rock bottom and finds a savior in Forest Whitaker's Tick Willis, a former fighter who trains the toughest amateur boxers. The DVD includes the featurette "Southpaw: Inside the Ring." The Blu-ray has that, plus deleted scenes, a Q&A with the cast, and an extended training montage.
Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall play a young couple whose world is turned upside down after a run-in with an old high school acquaintance (Joel Edgerton) in this critically acclaimed psychological thriller, out on Blu-ray, DVD, »
- Gina Carbone
★★★★☆ At the heart of Mr. Holmes (2015) lies that old John Ford maxim about printing the legend. Bill Condon's film is an investigation into the trouble caused by creative licence and bending the truth. Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character of course, but even so, but as an examination of facts and falsehoods, logic and illogic, time and memory, it rings with soulful acceptance of human flaws. Mr. Holmes, based on the novel A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullen, is a gentle yet gripping drama that fits neatly with Condon's previous Oscar-winning collaboration with actor Ian McKellen, Gods and Monsters (1998).
- CineVue UK
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