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Out of the blue, Fox Star India just dropped the teaser for “Broken Horses,” and with it endorsements from James Cameron and Alfonso Cuarón. 62-year-old Indian filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra wrote, produced and directed the film starring an (almost) exclusively Anglo- and American- cast (Vincent D'Onofrio, Anton Yelchin, Chris Marquette, Maria Velverde, Sean Patrick Flanery and Thomas Jane) in his first Hollywood directorial feature after decades of working within the Hindi film world. While the teaser has breakneck pacing, we’re not talking Transformers-level editing. Every clip escalates with action without failing to tease its characters but not giving away too much about the plot. So far, we know that it’s about two brothers getting in trouble/causing trouble on the Mexico border. The Times of India described a film “(about a) relationship between two brothers —a concert-level violinist and a hired mercenary— and is set against the drug war in the. »
- Joshua Encinias
As you can probably tell from looking at our Best Shots of the Year list, 2014 has given us some magnificent images. There are several shots that stand out—the haunting diptych at the end of “The Immigrant,” the baby-on-the-beach scene from “Under the Skin,” all of “Birdman.” And yet a true filmmaker, a true storyteller, can leave a mark on shots that are decidedly not as flashy. A true filmmaker can make idle shots of street corners look electric. Or, say, something like stock footage. To cap the year off, New York photography provider Shutterstock has crafted this neat assemblage of stock footage, shot and edited in the style of five of our most famous and influential filmmakers: Wes Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, Alfonso Cuaron, David Fincher, and Terrence Malick. The video essentially showcases each filmmaker’s most pronounced visual motifs and, in some cases, the resemblances to that artist’s actual work is scarily spot-on. »
- Nicholas Laskin
Mike Leigh’s biopic Mr Turner earned seven London Critics’ Circle Film Awards nominations this afternoon to lead the pack of a mix of UK, U.S. and foreign language titles. Mr Turner picked up nods for Film of the Year and British Film of the Year, as well as gaining recognition in the acting, directing and technical races. Alejandro G Iñárritu’s Birdman follows with six nominations including Film of the Year, Director of the Year and Actor of the Year for Michael Keaton.
Rounding out the Film of the Year nods are Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Under The Skin, The Theory Of Everything, Nightcrawler, Whiplash, Ida and Leviathan. Alongside Mr Turner in the Best British Film class are The Imitation Game, Under The Skin, The Theory Of Everything and Pride.
There are also a series of double acting nominees with Julianne Moore earning two Actress of the »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Jane Lynch is to host the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards for the second year in a row.
The Glee star will front the ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles early next year.
DGA president Paris Barclay said: "She's back, we've got her, and we couldn't be more pleased.
"Last year, Jane gave us a taste of her smart, stinging wit, and we loved it. We want more and we're thrilled she's agreed to come back."
The 67th annual DGA Awards takes place on February 7, 2015. »
We’re happy to share the news that the wonderful Mr Stephen Fry has been confirmed to return and host the Ee British Academy Film Awards on 8th February 2015 at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden, it’ll be the 10th time Fry has hosted the ceremony and we think he’s a perfect choice, the great man had this to say:
“Hosting the Film Awards has always been a highlight of my year. The opportunity to help the Academy promote filmmaking and encourage cinema-going means a lot to me. I’ve met many heroes and had the honour of introducing many young talents that are now busy forging remarkable careers for themselves. Seeing the photos from each year back I can chart my bewildering changes in weight too…”
We’re excited to announce that we’ll be providing all the coverage we can direct from the event, »
- Dan Bullock
The latest installment of Movie CliffsNotes travels to outer space with the much-lauded Alfonso Cuaron thriller Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. The film was a critical darling last year and brought much acclaim to both Bullock and Cuaron, but has since taken a bit of a beating as a somewhat overrated flick. Personally, I still enjoy it, but I can see some validity in that argument. We take the space journey with a bit more snark and humor with this one, so keep your oxygen and vodka handy. Houston in the blind »
- Paul Shirey
Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke have been honored with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s 2015 American Riviera Award, marking the first time the distinction has been awarded to two honorees. The tribute will take place on Thursday, Feb. 5 at the Arlington Theatre.
“To honor Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke with the American Riviera Award is an immense privilege for Sbiff,” said Sbiff Executive Director Roger Durling. “Both have careers filled with significant achievements both on and off camera including their roles in Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ — which features some of the most unique performances of the year in a project they worked on for over a dozen years — and proves that they’re artists that continue to evolve and inspire us.”
The American Riviera Award is given to actors and directors who have had a strong influence on American cinema, with previous honorees including Robert Redford (2014), Quentin Tarantino (2013), Martin Scorsese »
- Laura Prudom
In the race for best picture of the year, the first three prizes were a draw between “Boyhood” (New York Film Critics Circle), “Birdman” (Gotham Awards) and “A Most Violent Year” (National Board of Review). But these scattered results only play to the advantage of “Boyhood,” Richard Linklater’s paean to growing up that was 12 years in the making. Here are 12 reasons why “Boyhood” will probably be the best picture winner at the Academy Awards next February.
(1) The Early Frontrunner Theory
In Oscar seasons with no late-breaking favorite, the early frontrunner wins by default (see 2006’s “The Departed,” 2009’s “The Hurt Locker” and 2012’s “Argo”). “It’s a s—ty year for the Oscars, like it was a s—ty year at the box office,” says a member of the Academy, talking about this year’s race. The fact that “Unbroken,” “Selma” and “The Imitation Game” are all opening at around the same time, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Variety has chosen its 10 Directors to Watch for 2015, selecting cinematic storytellers who hail from corners as far removed as Australia and Argentina, representing a diverse mix of genres and visions, but all of whom are expected to go on to great things in Hollywood and abroad.
Study the group and you’ll find a total of 12 names listed, as two of the entries are actually tandem talents: brother-sister pair Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz, who helmed Israel’s official foreign-language Oscar submission, and indie duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, friends who met while interning for Ridley Scott’s commercial company.
The 10 Directors to Watch are:
Sean Baker (“Tangerine”) Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead (“Spring”) Ava DuVernay (“Selma”) Shlomi Elkabetz & Ronit Elkabetz (“Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem”) Jeremy Garelick (“The Wedding Ringer”) Dan Gilroy (“Nightcrawler”) Marielle Heller (“Diary of a Teenage Girl”) Ruben Ostlund (“Force Majeure”) Damian Szifron (“Wild Tales”) Leigh Whannell »
- Variety Staff
By Anjelica Oswald
Last year’s Oscar ceremony made history when director Steve McQueen became the first black filmmaker to win for best picture with 12 Years a Slave and Alfonso Cuaron became the first Latin American to win for best director with Gravity. This year’s ceremony could make history as well: Ava DuVernay could become the first black female to be nominated for best director for Selma, and if Angelina Jolie lands a nomination for Unbroken, it will be the first time two women are nominated in the same year.
In 2012, DuVernay became the first black woman to win for best director at the Sundance Film Festival with Middle of Nowhere.
Lee & Low Books found that 99 percent of best director winners are male and 99 percent of best actress winners are white (93 percent of best actor winners are also white).
The lack of diversity at the Oscars does »
- Anjelica Oswald
Author/screenwriter/director Nate "N.D." Wilson has recently directed an 18-minute short film called The Hound of Heaven, based on the 19th century poem of the same name by Francis Thompson. It's uncharacteristically gritty for a Victorian faith poem, and that's one of the things that drew him to the idea of making a short film around it. Of course, "short film" is an insufficient way of describing it, since it's a stunning, surreal piece of work encompassing many different forms of storytelling, as Nate himself discusses later on.
The interview also covers, among other topics, what it was like working with Akira Kurosawa's son (who executive produced), Nate Wilson's influences and future projects, and the difference between writing one's own material versus adapting someone else's.
But before that, here's the trailer:
It's also available on Vimeo (password: finaltrailer):
The Hound of Heaven | Official Trailer from Dane Wilson on Vimeo. »
One of the most prolific and beloved of British crime novelists, P.D. James, passed away today in Oxford, England. Best known for her series of detective novels centering around Scotland Yard Commander/poet Adam Dagliesh, James was 94. Her non-Dagliesh book, Children Of Men, was the basis for Alfonso Cuaron’s 2006 Oscar nominated film of the same name. She also recently was the impetus for Death Comes To Pemberley, a BBC and Masterpiece miniseries based on her novel that imagines Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice characters later in life and faced with a murderous scandal. Several of her earlier books were also transferred to the small screen including Death Of An Expert Witness, Unnatural Causes, A Taste For Death, Devices And Desires, A Mind To Murder and Death In Holy Orders.
Phyllis Dorothy James White was born in Oxford in 1920 and began writing in the mid-50s. Her first Dagliesh novel, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
"When I first heard, it was with a little bit of disbelief," Heyman told Digital Spy. "There's nothing in the film that is more inappropriate, or has more innuendo, than panto.
"They're doing their job, and I understand, but I think this time they were a little unfair. It's good old fun, and it's playful."
The scene in question shows Hugh Bonneville's character dressing up as a woman, and flirting with a security guard.
The BBFC has since backtracked on its description, now labelling the film as containing innuendo rather than sex references.
Speaking about the choice of The Mighty Boosh's »
We’ve just received word that Britain’s own national treasure Emma Thompson is to receive the prestigious Richard Harris Award at this year’s Moet British Independent Film Awards. The top gong recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor, and has previously been won by the likes of John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon and Julie Walters just last year.
The awards are dished out on Sunday 7th December at a ceremony in central London. You can see the full list of nominees for this year’s awards here.
Here’s the full release.
- Paul Heath
“The future is now.” That's a line we hear pretty often these days, but it's particularly applicable lately whenever you go online, turn on the television, or head to the theater. From the streaming coverage of the Philae lander's touchdown on the surface of a comet, to the successful return of documentary series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, to the immersive adventures in outer space presented in Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity and Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, it's becoming abundantly clear that science – particularly the cosmic side of it – is the new media darling. And like a lot of people who prefer their science fiction with hefty dose of science, I couldn't be happier about this trend. After all, it's a good time to...
- Rick Marshall
When it came to wormholes and black holes, Christopher Nolan set out to make the most physically realistic sci-fi movie ever made with "Interstellar." The VFX results are spectacular and Oscar-worthy, even compared to last season's Oscar-winning "Gravity," demonstrating how high the bar continues to be raised technically and creatively when it comes to space adventures. In fact, the ground-breaking VFX work on the black hole by Double Negative is so brilliant that physicists will now have actual models to study for the first time, thanks to breakthrough rendering capabilities. Situated somewhere between "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "The Right Stuff," Nolan's movie is obviously a different gravitational force from Alfonso Cuaron's blockbuster, and a wonderful companion piece to "Inception." "Kip Thorne provided the physics," recalls Oscar-winning VFX supervisor and Double Negative co-founder Paul Franklin »
- Bill Desowitz
Jon Stewart's "Rosewater" tells the harrowing, true-life story of Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, a journalist who was arrested and interrogated by security forces in part because of an appearance on satirical American television program "The Daily Show."
To bring Bahari's story to life, Stewart cast Gael Garcia Bernal. The quiet, soft-spoken actor is a Mexican native best-known for his roles in films such as "Y Tu Mamá También" by "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuarón, or the role of Ché Guevara in Walter Salles epic 'The Motorcycle Diaries." Casting Bernal may not have been an obvious choice, but it's an excellent one. Bernal inhabits the character well, providing a mix of strength, intelligence, and vulnerability that helps bring this vital and interesting story to life.
Moviefone Canada spoke to Bernal during the Toronto Film Festival.
Moviefone Canada: What brought you to the project?
Gael Garcia Bernal: John invited me over. »
- Jason Gorber
Due to the film’s against all odds protagonist, look for Forsaken (formerly known as Desierto) to be mentioned as a reference point to Who is Dayani Cristal?. Here, Gael García Bernal treks thru the desert again, but fights off the antagonistic forces that are Jeffrey Dean Morgan in this border drama that is still very much a white hot topic issue even for southern folks who may or may not be a in a bordering state with Mexico. Filmed in La Paz, Baja California, Jonás Cuarón’s sophomore film began production in March and benefits from a solid producing team including father Alfonso and uncle Carlos. Cuarón’s directorial debut Year of the Nail premiered at the 2006 Venice Film Festival and we imagine much of his focus was put towards 2013′s Gravity prior to focusing on this showdown.
Gist: Set against the backdrop of the border desert, where the »
- Eric Lavallee
Warner Bros. has announced they'll be releasing a Diamond Luxe Edition of Gravity early next year, and besides featuring Dolby Atmos Technology and three new bonus features, the special edition will also have a "Silent Space Version" of the Alfonso Cuarón movie. In case you haven't figured it out, this new version won't have Steven Price's Oscar winning score, which will let viewers "experience the film without music for »
- Jesse Giroux
Warner Bros. Pictures has announced plans for a new version of Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity". The new 'Diamond Luxe Edition' Blu-ray of the film includes a Dolby Atmos track, three featurettes, and most importantly a 'Silent Space Version'.
The latter allows the viewer to "experience the film without its Oscar-winning score for a surprising cinematic experiment". This means the film's sound track will be scientifically accurate as the only sounds wll be inside the astronaut suits and spacecrafts.
How that score removal will affect the emotional component of the film is hard to say. The disc is slated for a February 10th 2015 release.
Source: The Film Stage »
- Garth Franklin
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