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87th Academy Awards Dates and Early Predictions: Another Streep?

18 April 2014 5:07 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Oscar 2015 dates (Meryl Streep in ‘Into the Woods’) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC announced yesterday, April 17, 2014, the Oscar 2015 dates. The Academy Awards ceremony will air live on ABC on February 22, 2015 — or about ten days earlier than the Oscar 2014 ceremony. Key Oscar 2015 dates are as follows: Saturday, November 8, 2014 The Governors Awards (where Honorary awards are handed out). Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Official Screen Credits and music submissions due to the Academy. Monday, December 29, 2014 Oscar 2015 nominations voting begins 8 a.m. Pt. Thursday, January 8, 2015 Oscar 2015 nominations voting ends 5 p.m. Pt. Thursday, January 15, 2015 Oscar 2015 nominations announced. Monday, February 2, 2015 Oscar 2015 Nominees Luncheon. Friday, February 6, 2015 Final voting for the Oscar 2015 winners begins 8 a.m. Pt. Saturday, February 7, 2015 Scientific and Technical Awards. Tuesday, February 17, 2015 Final voting for the Oscar 2015 winners ends 5 p.m. Pt. Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015 87th Academy Awards begins 7 p.m. Et/ 4 p.m. Pt. As in previous years, the Oscar »

- Steve Montgomery

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Going it alone: Tom Hardy's Locke and 8 more incredible solo performances

18 April 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Tom Hardy delivers a mesmerising solo performance in this week's Locke, holding attention for the duration as the only actor on screen. Steven Knight's car-bound thriller is the latest in a long line of films that have zeroed in on one character and offered the lead an opportunity to flex their acting chops.

With Locke in cinemas now, Digital Spy takes a look at 8 great performances from stars going it alone.

Robert Redford (All Is Lost)

The Hollywood veteran barely utters a word in Jc Chandor's nautical survival drama, but his performance as a man battling nature and his sinking yacht is still devastatingly effective. The ending leaves a note of ambiguity, but up until that point this has been a clear-eyed drama about doing what needs to be done when things go bad.

James Franco (127 Hours)

Based on Aron Ralston's ordeal trapped beneath a boulder in the canyons of Utah, »

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Oliver Stone criticises Chinese film industry over Mao Zedong silence

17 April 2014 5:08 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Oliver Stone has criticised China's film industry during an appearance at the Beijing International Film Festival.

The famously outspoken director called upon Chinese filmmakers to properly address Chairman Mao's impact on the country and the legacy of the Cultural Revolution.

"Mao Zedong has been lionised in dozens and dozens of Chinese films, but never criticised," said Stone on a panel about co-production which also included Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron and Paramount Pictures COO Frederick Huntsberry (via The Hollywood Reporter).

"It's about time. You got to make a movie about Mao, about the Cultural Revolution. You do that, you open up, you stir the waters and you allow true creativity to emerge in this country. That would be the basis of real co-production.

"You talk about co-production but you don't want to face the history of China. You don't want to talk about it. Three times I've made efforts to »

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Oliver Stone slams co-pros at Beijing

16 April 2014 11:53 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Oliver Stone was characteristically outspoken on the second day of the Beijing International Film Festival (Bjiff), challenging China to rethink international co-productions and start making films that examine its past.

Speaking at the Sino-Foreign Film Co-production Forum, Stone said, “most international co-productions are bullshit”, due to their bad acting and casting, as expecting actors to use a second language usually doesn’t work.

“The international ballgame has gotten bigger and bigger with films like Iron Man 3 and Transformers,” Stone said, referring to the trend of incorporating Chinese elements into studio pictures. “I hope they use China well. But using Chinese actors in the background because you want money is not an artistic approach.”

Stone also said he’s “run into a wall” three times trying to make films in China about Mao Tse-tung, the Cultural Revolution and a documentary around the Beijing Olympics. “Three times I’ve made real efforts to coproduce and come up short »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Bjiff: Oliver Stone slams co-productions

16 April 2014 11:53 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Oliver Stone was characteristically outspoken on the second day of the Beijing International Film Festival (Bjiff), challenging China to rethink international co-productions and start making films that examine its past.

Speaking at the Sino-Foreign Film Co-production Forum, Stone said, “most international co-productions are bullshit”, due to their bad acting and casting, as expecting actors to use a second language usually doesn’t work.

“The international ballgame has gotten bigger and bigger with films like Iron Man 3 and Transformers,” Stone said, referring to the trend of incorporating Chinese elements into studio pictures. “I hope they use China well. But using Chinese actors in the background because you want money is not an artistic approach.”

Stone also said he’s “run into a wall” three times trying to make films in China about Mao Tse-tung, the Cultural Revolution and a documentary around the Beijing Olympics. “Three times I’ve made real efforts to coproduce and come up short »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Cinematographer Michael Seresin Talks Filming in 3D, the Look of the Film, Gravity, and More on the Set of Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

16 April 2014 9:14 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

While I love getting to talk to the actors and director on a film set, one of the people I always want to talk to, and rarely get the chance to do so, is the cinematographer.  The reason interviews with cinematographer is so rare is time.  While actors take a break in between shot set ups, the director of photography is constantly working.  The second the director gets the shot, the Dp is moving his team to the next location, trying to figure out how to make it perfect.  Because of time constraints, I've rarely talked to a Dp on a movie set.  But on the New Orleans set of Matt Reeves Dawn of the Planet of the Apes last summer, I was able to participate in a group interview with cinematographer Michael Seresin. During the interview Seresin talked about why they used the Alexa camera over the Sony F65 and the Red Epic, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Oliver Stone Spars With Chinese Film Official at Beijing Film Festival

16 April 2014 7:27 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Beijing – U.S. director Oliver Stone railed against the notion of international co-productions and warned Chinese filmmakers not to become “bastardized” by attempts to become global.

Stone’s remarks came while taking part in a seminar about international co-productions organized as part of the fourth Beijing Intl. Film Festival.

“Most international co-productions are bullshit. They often don’t work. Money is the dictator,” said the “Wall Street” director. “’Iron Man’? ‘Transformers’? Is it really a Chinese experience?”

Stone said he finds actors performing in languages other than their own to be compromised.

“Chinese actors when they try and act in English, it doesn’t have the same meaning,” he said. “Words are important. I hope you never bastardize yourselves to become American.”

Stone’s remarks later built into a slow-moving, almost surreal on-stage argument with Zhang Xun, the president of China Film Co-production Corp., the moderator of the seminar.

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- Patrick Frater

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Beijing Film Festival Aims for International Flavor

15 April 2014 10:09 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Beijing Intl. Film Festival organizers have given this year’s event a stronger international flavor and more high-tech elements, moves that reflect the Chinese industry’s desire to go global. Festival runs April 16-23.

One big change? This fourth edition features an opening-night screening — something that is standard at other festivals, but which the first three Beijing fests dispensed with, in favor of a pomp and circumstance show befitting the city’s status in the emerging world order and its powerhouse backers, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television and the Beijing city government.

“The norm for major international film festivals around the world is for the opening film to enjoy a good reputation and respect within the industry. To reflect the international … and market-oriented nature of Bjiff, the organizing committee decided on ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ ” a festival spokesman says. The Franco-German romantic fantasy by Asiaphile French director »

- Shirley Lau

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Beijing Film Festival Brings Hollywood Power Players, Classic Cinema to China

14 April 2014 5:18 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Beijing International Film Festival is set to kick off its fourth edition in the Chinese capital Wednesday, featuring 282 films, including local big budget hits and restored versions of film classics, including several James Dean titles that will screen publicly in the country for the first time.   This year’s festival, which runs from April 16-23, has lined up a phalanx of top industryites, including Paramount Pictures COO Frederick Huntsberry, Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron, Motion Picture Association of America president Christopher Dodd and Frozen producer Peter Del Vecho. Photos: Johnny Depp's First Trip to China Hong Kong movie legend John

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- Clifford Coonan

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Syfy Greenlights Another New Series: Space Opera The Expanse

11 April 2014 5:02 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Syfy continues to ramp up its slate of new scripted dramas with a straight-to-series order for space opera project "The Expanse," based on the book series by James S.A. Corey, it was announced today by Syfy President Dave Howe.

The 10-episode order is Syfy’s boldest new series commitment to date. "The Expanse" is produced by Alcon Television Group (Atg), a division of Alcon Entertainment, and marks the company’s first series order.

"The Expanse" does sound a lot more sci-fi than horror so we probably won't be covering it much more but thought fans of the books would certainly be interested in the news about the series, which follows.

Related Story: Syfy Announces Two New Series: "Z Nation" with Zombies and "Olympus" with Gods and Monsters

Academy Award-nominated screenwriting duo Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Alfonso Cuaron’s Children of Men, Iron Man) wrote the pilot and will »

- Debi Moore

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Matt Damon looks to the stars in ‘The Martian’

10 April 2014 6:58 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

(Cbr) In space, no one can hear you scream — unless you’re on Mars, in which case, if you listen closely, you might pick up on a few yelps that sound an awful lot like Matt Damon. Damon is being eyed to star in a new space-thriller titled "The Martian", according to The Wrap. The film boasts a premise that evokes memories of "Gravity", the 2013 drama that won Alfonso Cuaron an Academy Award for best director. Like "Gravity", "The Martian" centers on an imperiled astronaut, stranded far away from Earth. Unlike "Gravity", this thriller follows an astronaut who becomes stranded on Mars and needs to figure out how to survive long enough to return to Earth. Previously, "Cabin in the Woods" filmmaker Drew Goddard was attached to direct "The Martian" for 20th Century Fox. He has since departed the film, due to his commitments to Sony’s "Sinister Six" spinoff »

- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources

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Damon In, Goddard Out Of "Martian"

9 April 2014 8:48 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Matt Damon is in and filmmaker Drew Goddard is out of the upcoming sci-fi tale "The Martian" at 20th Century Fox.

"Cabin in the Woods" helmer Goddard recently hopped onboard Sony's "Sinister Six" movie and Fox has decided not to wait for him.

Instead, they plan to move quickly and are currently seeking a director that Damon would be willing to work with.

An adaptation of Andy Weir's e-book, the story follows an astronaut who becomes stranded on Mars and must figure out how to survive long enough to return to Earth. Despite the setting, insiders say it's quite different from the tone of Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity".

Though he's the studio's top choice, Damon is not officially attached at this time. Simon Kinberg and Aditya Sood are producing.

Source: The Wrap »

- Garth Franklin

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Drew Goddard Drops 'The Martian,' But Fox Wants Matt Damon To Star

9 April 2014 12:43 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

With Drew Goddard's plate full right now writing, executive producing, showrunning and directing Marvel's Netflix series "Daredevil," and also now set to write and direct "Sinister Six" for Sony, you might have forgotten last spring that the filmmaker signed up to direct "The Martian" as his followup to "Cabin In The Woods." Those superhero projects have forced Goddard to move on, but that's not stopping Fox. The Wrap reports that the studio is now looking for a director that will meet the approval of Matt Damon, who is being eyed to star. We'd guess the director will be the make or break deal in terms of getting the actor aboard. The movie is based on the e-book written by Andy Weir, following an astronaut stranded on Mars, who tries to survive long enough to chart a path back to Earth. Apparently, this is actually nothing like Alfonso Cuaron's film, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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La film fest announces Lisa Cholodenko as Guest Director and special award for Spc honchos

8 April 2014 5:24 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Los Angeles Film Festival (Laff) is gearing up for a bow this June, having already announced Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer" as the opening night premiere. Today Film Independent, which puts on the fest, announced this year's guest director and a special honor for two all-timers in the indie game. First off, "The Kids Are All Right" helmer Lisa Cholodenko has been tapped as Guest Director for the 20th annual. Past Guest Directors have included David O. Russell, Kathryn Bigelow, William Friedkin, Guillermo Del Toro and Alfonso Cuarón. Cholodenko will attend the 13th annual Filmmaker Retreat at the Parker Palm Springs, a gathering of festival filmmakers and honored artists. "Lisa's work exemplifies our mission of supporting artists who are diverse, innovative and have a unique point of view," Laff Director Stephanie Allen said. "We're lucky to have her share her insights and process with us at our annual retreat." Meanwhile, Sony Pictures Classics »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Cholodenko named Laff guest director

8 April 2014 1:07 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The filmmaker behind hit The Kids Are All Right will be in situ at the Los Angeles Film Festival, set to run from June 11-19.

Previous guest directors include David O Russell, Kathryn Bigelow, William Friedkin, Guillermo Del Toro and recent Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón.

Spc chiefs Tom Bernard and Michael Barker will receive The Spirit Of Independence Award and present a film from their library and discuss their work with festival artistic director David Ansen.

Laff will present a series of Master Classes, kicking off with composer Atticus Ross, who will perform an original electronic soundscape created for the festival and discuss his creative process scoring films such as The Social Network and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

The festival’s annual celebration of women’s achievements in film will focus on Women Who Call the Shots: Women Directors and Showrunners. A panel will feature Nicole Holofcener, Marta Kauffman and Gina Prince-Bythewood.

Sidebar La Muse »

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Lisa Cholodenko named LAFF guest director

8 April 2014 1:07 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Lisa Cholodenko, the filmmaker behind hit The Kids Are All Right will be in situ at the Los Angeles Film Festival, set to run from June 11-19.

Previous guest directors include David O Russell, Kathryn Bigelow, William Friedkin, Guillermo Del Toro and recent Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón.

Spc chiefs Tom Bernard and Michael Barker will receive The Spirit Of Independence Award and present a film from their library and discuss their work with festival artistic director David Ansen.

Laff will present a series of Master Classes, kicking off with composer Atticus Ross, who will perform an original electronic soundscape created for the festival and discuss his creative process scoring films such as The Social Network and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

The festival’s annual celebration of women’s achievements in film will focus on Women Who Call the Shots: Women Directors and Showrunners. A panel will feature Nicole Holofcener, Marta Kauffman and Gina Prince-Bythewood.

Sidebar La Muse »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Lisa Cholodenko Set as Guest Director for L.A. Film Festival

8 April 2014 11:54 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Los Angeles Film Festival has tapped filmmaker Lisa Cholodenko (“The Kids Are All Right,” “High Art”) as guest director.

The festival, now in its 20th anniversary, takes place June 11-19 in downtown Los Angeles.

Past guest directors include David O. Russell, Kathryn Bigelow, William Friedkin, Guillermo Del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron. Cholodenko’s “The Kids Are All Right” opened the 2010 festival.

Cholodenko will attend the 13th annual Filmmaker Retreat in Palm Springs.

Cholodenko’s debut film “High Art” was nominated for both Best First Feature and First Screenplay at the Film Independent Spirit Awards in 1999. Other credits include “Laurel Canyon,” “Six Feet Under,” “Hung” and “The L-Word.”

Film Independent also announced that its Spirit of Independence Award will be given to Tom Bernard and Michael Barker for their over 20-year tenure as co-heads of Sony Pictures Classics, during which they have released more than 350 independent films, which have won 32 Academy Awards. »

- Dave McNary

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Lisa Cholodenko Is Guest Director of the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival

8 April 2014 11:34 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival (Laff) has revealed that filmmaker Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right") will serve as artistic guest director for the upcoming edition of the fest. The festival runs June 11 through 19 in downtown La. Bong Joon-ho's lyrical apocalyptic thriller "Snowpiercer" is set to open it. Past guest artistic directors include David O. Russell, Kathryn Bigelow, William Friedkin, Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron. Cholodenko is currently in post-production on the four-part miniseries "Olive Kittredge," based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Elizabeth Strout, and starring Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Richard Jenkins and Zoe Kazan. It centers on the lives of a number of inhabitants in the coastal town of Crosby, Maine. Meanwhile, Sony Pictures Classics' Tom Bernard and Michael Barker will receive Laff 2014's Spirit of Independence Award. »

- Beth Hanna

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Nab: ‘Gravity's’ Emmanuel Lubezki on the New World of Filmmaking – ‘Same Job, Different Tools’

8 April 2014 10:46 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki made his name shooting on film and helping create the look of movies like “A Little Princess,” “Sleepy Hollow” and “The Tree of Life,” all of which won him Oscar nominations. But his collaboration with director Alfonso Cuaron on “Gravity” has put Lubezki – or “Chivo,” as everyone calls him – in the forefront of the new style of digital filmmaking, in which cinematographers don't light a physical set so much as they help design virtual spaces that as often as not don't ever have an actual camera pointed at them. A month after winning the Oscar (his »

- Steve Pond

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Hollywood Dumps Diversity (Again): White Men Directed 90 Percent of This Year's Summer Movies

7 April 2014 1:03 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Just a few months ago, Oscar statues went for the first time to a Mexican filmmaker for Best Director (Alfonso Cuaron), to a black British man for Best Picture (Steve McQueen) and to a woman for Best Animated Movie (Jennifer Lee), a landmark year for diversity in Hollywood. But this summer's biggest releases are a throwback to another era, one you can revisit next Sunday in “Mad Men.” An analysis by TheWrap found that white men directed more than 90 percent of the summer's biggest movies. Also read: 7 Breakout Movie Stars of Summer White men are directing or co-directing 37 of »

- Lucas Shaw

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