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100 Essential Action Scenes: Attacks!

11 June 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.

If you’ve seen a film montage in the last 10 years, then you’ve been witness to at least one of the scenes mentioned on this list: the vibrating water glass from Jurassic Park signaling the T-Rex prowling nearby. It’s the perfect type of image to tell the audience: something is coming. These flashes of exhilaration are fan-favorites, and it’s no surprise to see them featured prominently as the centerpieces for some of the greatest films ever. It’s the invasion when the aliens come out of the sky, the »

- Shane Ramirez

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7 movies we'd love to see get the Secret Cinema treatment

11 June 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

After the huge success of last year's Back to the Future run, Secret Cinema has now turned its attention to Star Wars with special screenings of The Empire Strikes Back running all summer.

Secret Cinema is still relatively green, so with more than 100 years of movie history at its disposal there's plenty of potential for future instalments to embrace more classics. Digital Spy picks out seven films we'd love to see get the Secret Cinema treatment.

1. Die Hard

Imagine a London skyscraper getting a Nakatomi Plaza-style makeover for a showing of Bruce Willis's '80s action movie classic?

Ok, so the immersive cinema experience of being held hostage by Hans Gruber and his goons might be mildly terrifying, but think of this more like live theatre with an actor playing John McClane and scuttling through the building. Participants would not be asked to: 1) walk barefoot over broken glass; 2) swing »

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Serene New Trailer For Adr1ft Channels Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, First-Person Title Slated For September

10 June 2015 9:42 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Watching Alfonso Cuarón’s adorned sci-fi epic Gravity, there are many things that come to mind. First and foremost, the vacuum of space is a dark and dangerous place, but there’s also an innate beauty lurking in the skies above us, and it’s this dichotomy that will underpin Three One Zero’s upcoming first-person experience (Fpx), Adr1ft.

Headed up by Adam Orth – yes, that “deal with it” Adam Orth – the mesmerizing title has unveiled a brand new trailer that confirms the studio’s plan to launch into orbit in September, missing out on the original summer 2015 release window by a very slight margin.

In the vein of Cuarón’s aforementioned masterclass, Adr1ft will have players floating through space as a helpless astronaut. Following a catastrophic event that rips apart your utopian space station, budding explorers will be busy fending off lethal debris and other hazards as »

- Michael Briers

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Is First Time Timur Bekmambetov's Gravity? [Trailer]

9 June 2015 8:43 AM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

Russian producer Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Night Watch) is bringing what looks to be a thrilling space film in the same wheelhouse as Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity. Called First Time (or Vremya Pervyh), the movie is based on the true story of cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, the first man in space.

More specifically, First Time chronicles Leonov's arduous, five meter space walk from one part of the "Voskhod-2" to the another and with only 30 minutes of oxygen.


March 18, 1965. For 77 days before the Americans went into space, the Soviet Union wins the technological race when Alexei Leonov first greeted earthlings from outer space, and, according to the chronicle, safely walked back to the ship. But these 5 meters to the gateway are the [Continued ...] »

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100 Essential Action Scenes: Battles & Combat

9 June 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.

Whether storming a beach or a besieging castle, marching on foot or charging on horseback, in a historical epic or a fantasy extravaganza, battles scenes are some of the most complex and intricately choreographed of all action scenes. Capable of zooming in to a one-on-one fight between two foes or zooming out to show a big picture look at the action–and featuring anywhere from dozens to hundreds to thousands of extras, either flesh and blood or digital–these are the scenes in which wars are fought, tides are turned, and glory is won. »

- Shane Ramirez

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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Third Harry Potter Movie a Major Letdown. Is CGI Enough to Create On-Screen Magic?

6 June 2015 7:20 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' poster. With Daniel Radcliffe. Rupert Grint. Emma Watson. 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' quiz question: Does state-of-the-art CGI equal movie magic? (Oscar Movie Series) Alfonso Cuarón seems like an odd choice for director of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third installment in the Harry Potter movie series. That is, if one thinks only of Cuarón's pre-Harry Potter sleeper hit, the François Truffaut-esque Y tu mamá también, while ignoring two of his earlier efforts, the critically acclaimed A Little Princess and the moderately respected Great Expectations. This time around, working with a reported $130 million budget (approx. $163 million in 2015), state-of-the-art special effects, and the Harry Potter franchise, Cuarón surely could do no wrong. At the box office, that is. For although Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is stylistically superior to Chris Columbus' previous work in the series, »

- Andre Soares

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Patrick Doyle Tapped for Lifetime Achievement at the World Soundtrack Awards

3 June 2015 4:42 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Film composer Patrick Doyle, best known for his work with the actor/filmmaker Kenneth Branagh, as well as his recent scores for Disney’s “Cinderella” and Pixar’s “Brave,” will be presented with the World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award at the 15th annual World Soundtrack Awards in Ghent, Belgium.

Doyle follows in the footsteps of such esteemed movie maestros as John Barry, Angelo Badalamenti, Maurice Jarre and Elmer Bernstein.

The World Soundtrack Awards, taking place this year on Oct. 24, is the culminating event of Film Fest Ghent.

“Anyone who can still recount hearing Doyle’s score for Kenneth Branagh’s debut film ‘Henry V’ in 1989 for the first time, knows that back then a great composer was born,” said Patrick Duynslaegher, artistic director of Film Fest Ghent, in a statement. “The immensely versatile Doyle enriched the films by Robert Altman, Ang Lee, Chen Kaige, Alfonso Cuarón and Brian DePalma with his alternating tragic, »

- Steve Chagollan

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New Sony Chief Tom Rothman on His Plan to Get the Studio Back in the Game

2 June 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cover Story: After being pushed to the margins of power when he was unceremoniously dumped from the top job at Fox Filmed Entertainment, Tom Rothman is back.

Back greenlighting films, haggling over budgets, and coming off as the smartest, and, his detractors say, cockiest, person in the room — in his latest role as chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Motion Picture Group.

Every studio eventually becomes a reflection of the man or woman running it, so in the case of Sony, that image stands to be a blur of contradictions. Rothman is a cineaste who launched arthouse label Fox Searchlight, and the man who greenlit “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.” An executive of expansive vision, and petty grievances. A risk taker and penny-pincher. A creative force who often clashes with talent.

Tim McDonagh for Variety

Rothman’s second rise to the top of a major studio is not a »

- Brent Lang and James Rainey

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Daily | Issues | [in]Transition, Cineaste and More

1 June 2015 12:01 PM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

The first day of June sees a slew of new film journal issues. A roundup of links to essays on Charles Burnett’s Killer of Sheep, Pedro Costa's Horse Money, Lucrecia Martel's La Ciénega, Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men, Fritz Lang's Hangmen Also Die, Derek Jarman's War Requiem and more than a few pieces on films by Robert Altman. Plus poems for Montgomery Clift and Claire Danes and considerations of the work of Kevin Jerome Everson, Joan Jonas and Jean Negulesco. » - David Hudson »

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Güeros | Review

28 May 2015 11:05 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Like it’s 1999: Ruizpalacios’ Sprightly Directorial Debut

There’s something in the air of Alonso Ruizpalacios’ directorial debut, Güeros, a beautifully shot period piece examining a particular moment in time in a familiar coming-of-age package. Playful in a way that’s earned the director comparisons to the early works of fellow Mexican auteur Alfonso Cuaron, particularly 2001’s Y Tu Mama Tambien, you may not remember the particulars of the mise en scene here, but the film is a vibrant string of inspired visuals significantly enhancing the kind of narrative we’ve seen done to death across a multitude of cultures. But Ruizpalacios displays a unique mastery of cinematic language, and his impressive film marks him as a director to keep an eye on.

We meet thirteen year old Tomas (Sebastian Aguirre) as he drops a water balloon off of a roof onto a distressed mother. Briefly guilty for his »

- Nicholas Bell

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Watch: Supercut Tribute To The Films Of Alejandro González Iñárritu

27 May 2015 2:20 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

How does one follow up the award winning “Birdman?” You set out to make a grim revenge western about a fur trapper, of course. While Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “The Revenant” has gone over schedule–by at least three months, according to Tom Hardy–we can spend the time waiting for that movie reexamining the Oscar-winning director’s filmography thanks to a video tribute by Miguel Branco. To date, Iñárritu has the least amount of feature-length films to his name than the rest of the Three Amigos–five to Alfonso Cuaron’s seven and Guillermo del Toro’s soon-to-be nine – but he’s also the only one that has stayed firmly in the arthouse realm when both Cuaron and del Toro have gone Hollywood. Iñárritu made his feature-length debut with "Amores perros" in 2000, a powerful and confident film that tracks three distinct stories in Mexico City all linked to a car crash. »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Alias Maria’

25 May 2015 5:06 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A sobering social-issue movie set in a milieu so different from our own that it practically feels like science fiction, Jose Luis Rugeles’ “Alias Maria” embeds audiences among a group of Colombian guerrillas, where children are forced to fight alongside adults, and where the young ladies in the group are used for sexual recreation, but forbidden to bear children. Stories like this can be arduous to watch, and here, the unease is amplified by long, dialogue-free passages in which a small squad of fighters — including teenage Maria, who protects an obvious secret — find time to reevaluate their allegiances while undertaking a dangerous mission. The movie itself falls short of its objective, failing to engage as a straightforward thriller, but represents the iceberg-tip of a far larger effort, a grass-roots re-educational campaign the sheer importance of which should land “Alias Maria” countless more fest berths after Cannes. 

Compelled by a noble »

- Peter Debruge

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The most satisfying movie threequels

21 May 2015 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The making of threequels can be a thorny business, especially when it comes to the most beloved of franchises, but that hasn't held back the creation of some truly phenomenal third films.

With the recent arrival of the The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in Sky Store, we're celebrating some of the best threequels out there:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The Harry Potter series gave us a unique chance to watch a group of young actors growing up over more than a decade from cute little kids to major stars with some serious blockbusters under their belts.

As with Jk Rowling's original novels, The Prisoner of Azkaban revealed the full potential of the series. It is darker and scarier, sure, but also richer and more complex with some great character moments from its young cast.

Director Alfonso Cuarón brings a touch of magic to »

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Disney can’t help themselves, set Reese Witherspoon to play live-action Tinkerbell

21 May 2015 3:34 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Actually, this picture of Reese was kind of my face when I saw this news.

The Hollywood Reporter broke on Thursday that Witherspoon is set to star in yet another live-action property from Disney. This time, they are bringing in the actress to play Tinkebell in the movie Tink, an adaptation of the Peter Pan character. Witherspoon will also produce the picture.

This isn’t the first live-action adaptation that Disney has set for the future. They already have a slate that includes live action Jungle Book, Mulan, Pinocchio, and Dumbo, which all come after adaptations of their own animated features with Maleficent and Cinderella. While all of those properties have big name directors behind the projects, right now no director is attached to helm Tink.

Victoria Strouse, who wrote the script for Pixar’s upcoming Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory, is penning the script for the project.

According to THR, »

- Zach Dennis

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Week in Review: Cannes ’15 Pickups Coming Soon

15 May 2015 10:49 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

While there’s a film festival going on in Cannes, so much of the festival and the buzz comes, like it is with Sundance, from purchases and pickups of many of the titles being screened there, and even those that aren’t. There are countless deals being struck, but we did our best to round up just a few of the more notable titles that will some day be arriving stateside.

First up, Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees with Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe will be distributed in the U.S. by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions. Atom Egoyan’s Remember, starring Christopher Plummer, was picked up by A24. The comedy Geezer, starring Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, has been picked up by Hyde Park International. Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert with Nicole Kidman has been picked up by Atlas Distribution for a planned September release. »

- Brian Welk

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Blu-ray Review: Christopher Nolan’s Wondrous Space Odyssey ‘Interstellar’

14 May 2015 9:31 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Far more marvelous than imperfect, “Interstellar” is the answer for moviegoers who have lost the zeal for massive films, citing a lack of ideas, heart, or general passion for filmmaking. Director Christopher Nolan’s 2014 space odyssey is an event of beauty, with the rare experience of showing viewers something they haven’t seen before.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

As a blockbuster of familiar features but unique successes, “Interstellar” welcomes comparisons to numerous films but consistently stands apart from them. Nolan has fashioned a singular experience that works with the busy simplicity of his previous movies, like “Inception”: It’s recognizable and easy to follow along, but with a clear interest in the philosophy that puts these tales into action.

In the scope of blockbusters, “Interstellar” is like Nolan’s version of Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master.” Instead of following up “The Dark Knight Rises” with a project with similar ambition, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Star Wars: Rogue One Gets Its Male Lead

13 May 2015 10:13 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Variety has revealed that Gareth Edwards has cast his male lead for the ‘about to start shooting’ Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, the stand-alone Star Wars movie from Lucasfilm. The film already has British actors Felicity Jones and Riz Ahmed amongst the cast, along with potentially Ben Mendelsohn, but the trade is reporting that none other than Mexican actor Diego Luna, most famous for his movies with Alfonso Cuarón (Y Tu Mama Tambien) and the Us hits The Terminal and, more recently, The Book Of Life.

There is no mention of the exact character that Luna will play, but it is said to be one of the leads in the tentpole movie.

‘Rogue One’ is heavily in pre-production with the plot revolving around a group of soldiers who steal plans for the Death Star. It will be set in the Star Wars universe that we all know and love, but »

- Paul Heath

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Alfonso Cuaron To Chair Venice Film Festival Jury

12 May 2015 10:35 AM, PDT | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Director Alfonso Cuarón will chair the jury at this year’s jury of the 72nd Venice International Film Festival which takes place this September. Cuarón will »

- Jazz Tangcay

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The Venice Film Festival Taps a Master Auteur to Lead the Competition Jury

12 May 2015 9:55 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Alfonso Cuarón has agreed to chair the international competition jury of the 72nd Venice International Film Festival (September 2-12, 2015), which will award the Golden Lion for Best Film and other official prizes.  Oscar-winning "Gravity" played Venice as the opening film in 2013. Back in 2001 "Y tu mamà también" won the Osella Award for Best Screenplay (by Carlos and Alfonso Cuarón) and the Marcello Mastroianni Award (Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna), and "Children of Men" also played the fest in 2006, winning the Osella Award for Best Cinematography for Emmanuel Lubezki.  On September 12 the Venezia 72 International Jury of 10 will award the following prizes for the feature films running in the competitive section, Venezia 72:    − Golden Lion for Best Film   − Silver Lion for Best Director   − Grand Jury Prize   − Coppa Volpi for »

- Anne Thompson

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Alfonso Cuarón to lead 2015 Venice Film Festival jury

11 May 2015 9:05 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Two years after his Oscar-winning juggernaut "Gravity" opened the Venice Film Festival, director Alfonso Cuarón has been tapped to preside over the International Jury for the upcoming 72nd edition of the fall festival season kick-off. Cuarón's history with the fest dates back to 2001, when "Y tu mamà también" won the Osella Award there for Best Screenplay (shared with his brother Carlos), as well as the Marcello Mastroianni Award for stars Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna. Five years later, "Children of Men" won the Osella Award for Best Cinematography for Cuarón's long-time collaborator Emmanuel Lubezki. Speaking of which, with "Gravity" and "Birdman," the last two years have been kind to Lubezki on the Lido. But I wouldn't hold out much hope for a return this year as Alejandro González Iñárritu's "The Revenant" isn't expected to be ready for the early fall festival gauntlet. Other possibilities for the line-up include »

- Kristopher Tapley

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