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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 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (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
The Visual Effects Society will present the filmmaker with its Visionary Award at the 13th Annual Ves Awards on February 4, 2015.
The Ves Visionary Award recognises “an individual who has uniquely and consistently employed the art and science of visual effects to foster imagination and ignite future discoveries by way of artistry, invention and groundbreaking work.”
The Society’s top brass described Abrams, currently shooting Star Wars: Episode VII, as “a fiercely inventive storyteller” with an ability to “transport and transfix audiences.”
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The Visual Effects Society has tapped J.J Abrams as the next recipient of its Visionary Award which it will present to the Star Wars helmer during the 13th annual Ves Awards on February 4. The honor recognizes an individual who has uniquely and consistently employed the art and science of visual effects to “foster imagination and ignite future discoveries by way of artistry, invention and groundbreaking work.”
Abrams’ credits include the Star Trek reboots, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Cloverfield and Super 8, and TV series Alias, Lost, Fringe and Person Of Interest via his production company Bad Robot. But by February he will be deep into finishing Star Wars: Episode VII, the reboot of the iconic sci-fi franchise. He co-wrote the script with Lawrence Kasdan and produces; production kicked off in May in the UK.
Star Wars is set for a December 18, 2015 release. »
- The Deadline Team
The talented director Alfonso Cuarón has made only 7 movies in 25 years. Some of his best known films include Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men, and Gravity. He certainly has a way with working the camera, and he manages to pull off some incredible shots. One of the things that he's best known for are his brilliant long takes. Edgar Martinez created an impressively made video that pays tribute to the director's work.
Via: The Playlist »
- Joey Paur
What Alfonso Cuaron lacks in quantity of films made, he damn sure makes up for in quality. He’s only made seven movies over almost 25 years but it’s as if he somehow gets exponentially better with each and ever one. I admit to not knowing much about his first feature, Love in the Time of […]
The post Votd: The Films Of Alfonso Cuaron appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
Criterion has released two Spanish-language movies of a sexual nature, one from Mexico, one from Spain. The former is Alfonso Cuaron’s Y Tu Mama Tambien (which translates to “And your mother too”), which Criterion has been promising for five years, while the other is Pedro Almodovar’s Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, which was notorious for its Nc-17 rated content at the time. My review of both Criterion editions of these films follow after the jump. Y Tu Mama Tambien came after Cuaron had been courted by Hollywood in the nineties, and after he had made two studio movies that he’s since come to express some disappointment about how they turned out. It’s quite possible that Cuaron -- had he not hit this breaking point -- would have transformed into a studio hack. But he wanted to do something different, something that would re-energize his love of moviemaking, »
- Andre Dellamorte
J.C. Chandor is definitely on the rise, with a surprising amount of people favoring his dark horse Robert Redford film All Is Lost over Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity juggernaut in last year's "solo and in peril" sweepstakes. And A Most Violent Year definitely looks like it could be the film that really solidifies his place on the map. The film is set in New York in 1981 and revolves around “an American immigrant (Oscar Isaac) and his wife (Jessica Chastain) trying to expand their business as violence and corruption threaten to destroy all they have built.” A24 has just released a trailer for the film that's incredibly intense and foreboding and surprisingly successful in making you feel like you know these characters already. Oscar Isaac is such a chameleon, I had to look twice to make sure this was in fact the same Isacc from Inside Llewyn Davis. And of course »
- Evan Dickson
As we continue to wait on whatever non-vfx heavy project Alfonso Cuarón does next, let’s take a step back and look at the Oscar winner’s filmography so far though a new video via Cinephilia & Beyond. Edited by Edgar Martinez , the video lasts just shy of four minutes and twenty seconds, and covers Cuarón’s feature-length directorial output from “Love in the Time of Hysteria” (aka “Sólo Con Tu Pareja”) to “Gravity,” and everything in between. It’s a great little video that shows just how striking the director's images have always been, even when making small budget movies in Mexico. It’s interesting to note that the “Children of Men” helmer has worked far more in English than he has in his native tongue, for a ratio of 5-to–2. Watch the video below. »
- Cain Rodriguez
Directed by David Ayer, Fury stars Brad Pitt as “Wardaddy,” a Sherman tank commander who must guide his men into the heart of Nazi Germany during the last month of World War II. The film features a star-studded cast, including Shia LeBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña and Jon Bernthal. Fresh off of his Oscar win for Gravity’s high-energy, out-of-this-world score, Price strikes a musical balance with an emotionally resonant, action-packed score for Fury.
The Fury Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be available on Varèse Sarabande Records October 14th, 2014.
- Michelle McCue
First of all, something of an apology. I have been writing this column thinking that every single title due for release the following Monday would of course be released via some kind of pay to stream service. Of course it would, we are living in the future, and this is how things are done isn’t it?
Apparently not, last week I included Jeremy Saulnier’s much loved Blue Ruin in the pay to stream section and then it didn’t come out the way I thought it might. Turns out that some companies still have a fairly limited release pattern so Blue Ruin was released by channel 4’s DVD label and appeared on DVD and Blu but didn’t show up to stream on any of the major providers, not even Sky Store or Playstation Network.
So turns out that being a channel 4 release, you can of course rent »
- Chris Holt
The shindig on the Lido that is the Venice Film Festival draws to a close tonight after 11 days of films, stars, sun – and a lot of uncharacteristic rain. The weather put a damper on the proceedings which were a little less glitzy than in the past couple of years, and some films fell flat. But, there were a handful of breakout movies that are likely to figure in awards season as it kicks into gear.
As it did last year, the festival got underway with a smash. In 2013, Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity began its stellar trajectory after opening the festival out of competition. This year, Cuaron’s pal Alejandro G Inarritu’s Birdman soared in its debut with raves pretty much across the board. I asked Inarritu afterwards if we could expect a movie from his and Cuaron’s amigo, Guillermo del Toro, to do opening honors next year. “Yes! »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Last year, 12 Years a Slave clinched the Academy Award for Best Picture at the Toronto Film Festival. Well, that’s not actually true. In fact, you could argue that the Best Picture winner almost lost the statue at the festival. Steve McQueen’s harrowing instant classic was so instantly and universally anointed in Toronto that seeds were planted for an inevitable backlash to flower in the six months before the Oscar winner was finally announced. Ultimately, 12 Years’ biggest Oscar competition came from another Toronto film, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity. Though both films premiered at Telluride and Venice, respectively, the awards »
- Jeff Labrecque
For the next 10 days, film fanatics who want to hear the latest on cinema.s most engaging offerings will turn their eyes and ears to Toronto. There, the Toronto International Film Festival promises to unveil an overwhelming slate of tantalizing movie offerings, programming Gala Screenings, Midnight Madness gore fests, and everything in between. Toronto has become the launch pad for multiple Oscar-nominated and Oscar-winning feature over the past few years. Last year.s fest, as an example, hosted Steve McQueen.s 12 Years a Slave and Alfonso Cuaron.s Gravity -- two powerhouses of the eventual Oscar race. That doesn.t mean that you have to limit yourself to awards contenders. World Cinema, independent fare, mainstream hits . Tiff fills its schedule from morning to night with gems that will have even casual movie audiences. heads spinning. I.m in Toronto once again, covering my eighth consecutive Tiff. It.s always a »
The Harry Potter film franchise is full of wonderful little touches, details and Easter Eggs for the sharp-eyed and literary-minded. And even though it’s been 13 years since the first film appeared, there are still gems to be found on repeat viewings.
Just last month, we ran 20 Easter Eggs in Harry Potter Films You Didn’t Notice, and Easter Eggs aren’t the end of the story, as the film universe is so rich and detailed that things get can still get lost.
Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuarón seemed to delight more than the other directors in the in-jokes, but you can find them in each film. With that in mind, we set out to find a few more hidden treasures in the Potter films: some were fairly obvious in retrospect; others surprised us with their ability to hide in plain sight.
For the most part, we »
- Harry Thomas
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
The most coveted ticket at the 2014 Telluride Film Festival, so far, was easily one to Saturday night’s North American premiere of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu‘s Birdman. The genre-defying pic arrived at the Werner Herzog Theatre after opening the Venice Film Festival days earlier — just like last year’s Gravity, from Inarritu’s Mexican compatriot Alfonso Cuaron – and the rave reviews that it received overseas (several labeled it a “masterpiece”) created a clamor to see it stateside. In the end, 650 lucky people got in, while hundreds more were turned away.
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- Anjelica Oswald
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