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Over the course of 24 fateful hours, five men of the Sherman Tank “Fury” – Wardaddy, the commander; Boyd Swan, the gunner; Grady Travis, the loader; Trini Garcia, the driver; and Norman, the assistant driver – take on 300 enemy German troops in a desperate battle for survival. Ayer’s movie resonates with common themes of brotherly love, friendship, and trust.
The closing night film at the BFI London Film Festival, Sony Pictures’ Fury stars Brad Pitt, Shia Labeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs, and Scott Eastwood. Fury opens in UK cinemas on October 22.
The creative behind the scenes artists are cinematographer Roman Vasyanov, production designer Andrew Menzies, film editors Dody Dorn, Ace and Jay Cassidy, Ace, costume designer Owen Thornton, and composer Steven Price. »
- Michelle McCue
By Anjelica Oswald
Justin Simien’s feature debut Dear White People is a satirical comedy that deals with intra- and interrace relations at a fictional Ivy League university after a group of white students throw a “black-themed” party. The film — which has been critically acclaimed and holds a 97% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes — opened this weekend in limited release, receiving an average of $31,273 from 11 theaters. The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival and won a Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent at the festival. Simien, who wrote and directed the film, used to work on studio publicity and is now getting his own Oscar campaign from Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions, the distributors for Dear White People. The film covers social issues that people often choose not to acknowledge and does so in a smart, humorous way. Though these types of films may cover topics the Academy is often wary of, »
- Anjelica Oswald
★★★★★Last year, Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity (2013) wowed audiences with its bravura setpieces and technical prowess, taking us into space and back down to earth again. This year, London's Surprise Film is Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman (2014) (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), who trumps his fellow countryman with a film that for the most part takes place in one long, seemingly continuous take. Rather than an immersive gee-whiz experience, however, here the technical choice recreates the danger and thrill of that old cinematic favourite - the theatre. From A Chorus Line to Shakespeare in Love, the theatre is frequently held up by cinema itself as its prestigious, more authentic sibling.
- CineVue UK
Departure Day: When it comes to TV, is closure important?
If you happen to follow a decent number of TV critics on Twitter, you may have noticed a minor eruption of late. A schism has emerged, prompted by accounts like The Cancellation Bear, which concerns itself solely with the topic of whether or not series are likely to survive based on current ratings patterns. That may sound perfectly innocent on its own, but quite a few admirers have expressed the notion that they refuse to dive into a series if they get the sense that it will come to a premature end, thereby robbing them of closure. This idea has, naturally, left many critics incensed: isn’t TV a medium founded on chaos, on the thrill of working within limitations and at the whims of fickle audiences? Moreover, isn’t it silly to always want tidy resolution in the context »
The Digital Era: Real-time Films From 2000 To Today
40 years before, in 1960, lighter cameras enabled a cinéma vérité-flavored revolution in street realism. By 2000, new digital cameras suggested a whole new set of promises, including telling stories that would have been unimaginable within minimum budgets for features even ten years before. In 2000, film purists warned that digital still didn’t look as good as celluloid, but that didn’t stop at least three innovative filmmakers from boldly going where no filmmaker had gone before. Mike Figgis’ Timecode (2000) was the first star-supported (Salma Hayek, Stellan Skarsgard, Holly Hunter, among many others) single-shot project since Rope, underlining that earlier film’s timelessness. If Run Lola Run could do one story three times, then Timecode would do three or four stories one time: the movie is four separate ninety-minute shots shown all at the same time, each in one quadrant of the screen. Where do you look? »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
What do film directors Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Agnès Varda, Robert Wise, Fred Zinnemann, Luis Buñuel, Alain Resnais, Roman Polanski, Sidney Lumet, Robert Altman, Louis Malle, Richard Linklater, Tom Tykwer, Alexander Sokurov, Paul Greengrass, Song Il-Gon, Alfonso Cuarón, and Alejandro Iñárritu have in common? More specifically, what type of film have they directed, setting them apart from fewer than 50 of their filmmaking peers? Sorry, “comedy” or “drama” isn’t right. If you’ve looked at this article’s headline, you’ve probably already guessed that the answer is that they’ve all made “real-time” films, or films that seemed to take about as long as their running time.
The real-time film has long been a sub-genre without much critical attention, but the time of the real-time film has come. Cuarón’s Gravity (2013), which was shot and edited so as to seem like a real-time film, floated away with the most 2014 Oscars, »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
When the Morelia Intl. Film Festival, Mexico’s premiere showcase for local talent, kicks off Oct. 18 with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman,” it will be the second time in two years the fest hosts the same opener as in Venice, after Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity.”
But the festival’s creative director isn’t worried about following Venice’s lead — he’s happy the festival is a big draw for Mexican filmmakers, both emerging talents and established Hollywood helmers.
Inarritu, like Cuaron last year, will come down for the gala screening, a point of pride for Morelia’s creative director Daniela Michel.
“I think it’s critical that we’ve become the most important meeting point for Mexican filmmakers,” Michel says. The festival runs Oct. 17-26 in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico.
Last year, Morelia opened the main feature competition to more seasoned directors, introducing separate prizes for feature and new work, making it possible to have, »
- James Young
Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
The cast and crew, fly high in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), directed by visionary Alejandro González Iñárritu. Michael Keaton stars as Riggan Thomson, a washed-up actor who never bounced back from his peak stardom days as part of a 1990s superhero franchise, and who is desperate to gain back some spark for his faded career. Riggan attempts to jolt himself back into the limelight through the triple threat of writing, directing and starring in a Broadway adaptation of Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.
- Christopher Clemente
Neil Patrick Harris to host Oscar 2015 ceremony Stage, film, and television actor Neil Patrick Harris will host the 2015 Oscars, aka the 87th Academy Awards ceremony, Oscarcast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today, October 15, 2014. This will be Neil Patrick Harris' first time hosting the show, which in the United States will air live on ABC on Sunday, February 22. As quoted in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences press release, Zadan and Meron are "thrilled" to have Harris host their show, adding that "we have known him his entire adult life" and "to work with him on the Oscars is the perfect storm." As to be expected, Harris' statement reads that “it is truly an honor and a thrill" to be invited to host the 2015 Academy Awards ceremony Now, Neil Patrick Harris is an experienced awards-show host. His credits in the field include hosting the 61st and 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, »
- Steve Montgomery
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
His use of natural lighting, the gorgeous compositions he creates often on the fly, those long takes. This is what we talk about when we talk about Emmanuel Lubezki, the Mexican cinematographer responsible for such arresting imagery in the films of Terrence Malick (The New World, The Tree of Life, To the Wonder), Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Y tu mamá también, Gravity), the Brothers Coen (Burn After Reading), and Alejandro González Iñárritu (“Anna”, a short in the anthology To Each His Own Cinema). He is the only cinematographer in recent memory, possibly next to Roger Deakins, that pushes the form to its limits and has name recognition for such. The naturalistic beauty of The Tree of Life was nothing compared to the – wait for it – physics-defying work in Gravity. And here he is again, »
- Kyle Turner
The Best Directing Oscar has not gone to a director born in America for the past four consecutive years. That’s the longest running gap in Oscar history. Last year, »
- Sasha Stone
'Gone Girl' weekend box office: Biggest David Fincher opening weekend ever? (Photo: David Fincher directs Ben Affleck in 'Gone Girl') Directed by David Fincher, Gone Girl is expected to top the North American box office this weekend, October 3-5, 2014, while boasting Fincher's biggest domestic opening ever. Or maybe not — if the demonic doll Annabelle has her say and if one takes into account one pesky but, would you believe it, quite important detail. More on that further below. The $61 million-budgeted mystery thriller Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck — not to be confused with the mystery thriller Gone Baby Gone, directed by Ben Affleck — collected a healthy $1.25 million from Thursday night screenings at 2,370 sites. For comparison's sake: the Tom Hanks PG-13-rated sociopolitical thriller Captain Phillips debuted with $600,000 on Thursday night in early October 2013, eventually grossing $25.71 million on its first weekend out. Now, unlike Captain Phillips, the R-rated Gone Girl is a "family movie, »
- Zac Gille
This fall, Jeff Daniels steps away from the news desk on HBO with the third and final season of "The Newsroom" and gets stupid again in the comedy sequel Dumb & Dumber To. But next he'll next be taking a prestigious job at Nasa as THR reports the actor who has been seen in films such as Good Night and Good Luck and Looper has taken a role in Ridley Scott's developing sci-fi drama The Martian. The film follows Matt Damon as an astronaut who ends up stranded in a Martian colony and struggles to survive long enough to be able to make it back to Earth as Nasa tries to launch a rescue mission. So what is Daniels doing? Daniels will play the director of Nasa dealing with the crisis, likely a role akin to the Ed Harris role in Apollo 13, a role that he somewhat reprise in »
- Ethan Anderton
Adieu au langage (Goodbye to Language)
Written and directed by Jean-Luc Godard
When I finally got around to seeing Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, the thing I kept saying to people was, “Isn’t it funny that this film needs to be seen in 3D and yet itself does not justify 3D’s place within cinema?” I still hold my “it’s fine” opinion on that film, denying its status as an Avatar-esque game changer, and I thought I’d have to keep searching for that. Luckily, I found it right off the bat at the New York Film Festival: Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language redefines not only 3D in film, but quite possibly film itself.
Admittedly, I am not a huge fan of Godard (despite his masterwork Vivre sa Vie being in my top ten favorites of all time). His rhetorical style, abrasive and uncompromising, has always alienated me. »
- Kyle Turner
Steve McQueen is to be honoured by the European Film Academy.
The 12 Years a Slave director will receive the European Achievement in World Cinema, reports Variety.
The honour will be given at an award ceremony in Latvia on December 13.
Earlier this year, the BBC announced that it was teaming up with the director for an unnamed TV drama. »
Producer Eric Newman’s newly formed Grand Electric has entered into a multi-year co-venture with StudioCanal through which the new company will acquire, develop, and produce films for the European and Us markets.
StudioCanal, whose recent productions include Non-Stop and the upcoming Paddington, will act as a creative partner, financier, foreign sales entity, and direct distributor in their territories for Newman’s projects.
Grand Electric will be based in Los Angeles and will continue to develop and produce genre fare for which Newman is best known.
“We are in advanced development with Eric and Jose Padilha on Revenge and we look forward to many more films together.”
Newman left his post as the ranking production executive at Beacon Communications (Air Force One, Bring It On) in 2002 along with Beacon principals [link=nm »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Producer Eric Newman’s newly-launched Grand Electric has inked a multi-year co-venture with Studiocanal.
Under the deal, Grand Electric will acquire, develop, and produce films for the European and U.S. markets, while Studiocanal will act as a creative partner, financier and will handle international sales as well as distribute the movies in France, the U.K., Germany, Australia/New Zealand.
Says Newman, “I am extremely fortunate to be able to formalize what has been an incredibly important relationship to me. I look forward to being a part of the continuing expansion of Studiocanal as a stand-alone film content provider”.
Grand Electric will be based in L.A. and will continue to develop and produce Newman’s staple elevated genre fare.
Newman, who has been in the film business for over 20 years, has produced a flurry of highly successful films via Strike Entertainment, a production and finance shingle based at »
- Elsa Keslassy
Exclusive: Producer Eric Newman has formed Grand Electric, a new shingle that starts with a multi-year co-venture with StudioCanal that will enable him to acquire, develop and produce films for the European and U.S. markets. The company will be based in Los Angeles, and StudioCanal will be the financier, foreign sales entity and direct distributor in its stronghold territories.
It is the first overall deal that Newman has made since he and Marc Abraham split their Strike Entertainment partnership. Abraham wanted to concentrate on directing and is making the Hank Williams biopic I Saw The Light, with Tom Hiddleston playing Williams and Elizabeth Olsen playing Audrey Mae Williams. Newman has been busy exec producing the Netflix series Hemlock Grove and the upcoming Netflix drug war series Narcos, with Jose Padilha directing his Elite Squad lead Wagner Moura as Pablo Escobar in the pilot. Newman and Padilha bonded on the RoboCop remake. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
“In the studio format, in Hollywood, this is the only investment that we are making,” said Fosun chairman Guo Guangchang in a press briefing on the Sony Pictures lot Tuesday night. “In terms of other broader entertainment and the culture industry like shows or even sports, we probably will make more.”
It was Robinov’s track record that convinced Guo to take the plunge after the two met three months ago — particularly a certain twisty Christopher Nolan thriller from his days heading Warner Bros.’ film division.
“I just realized that all the movies he produces are all my favorite movies,” Guo said.
Pressed about what those films were, the Fosun chair cited “Inception” with one caveat.
“That’s really hard to understand, »
- Brent Lang
After conquering the world of television with the likes of Alias and Lost, two-time Emmy winner J.J. Abrams has gone on to create some big screen magic for blockbuster franchises Mission: Impossible, Star Trek and now Star Wars. In recognition of his contributions as a director, producer and writer, the Visual Effects Society will be lauding the founder and president of Bad Robot Productions with the Visionary Award at the 13th Annual Ves Awards on February 4, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
“J.J. Abrams has consistently elevated not just the technical aspect of visual effects, but also the emotional,” stated Jeffrey A. Okun, Ves Board Chair. “The context and expertise with which J.J. and his team have evolved visual effects is both groundbreaking and inspirational; he has redefined the relationship between the viewer and the story. You can easily see this from the epic cult followings of his highly engaging work, »
- Trevor Hogg
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