16 items from 2009
A best of the decade list is an incredible thing to consider. The Aughts were ripe with imagination and originality. The past ten years also came jam packed with many new visionary directors that changed the cinematic landscape forever. Yet, at the same time, it was also a decade wrought with remakes, rip-offs, ten-year late sequels, and films based on preexisting toy properties, comic books, and amusement park rides. George Lucas offended almost everyone by dusting off his Star Wars mythos and adding copious amounts of CGI to it. And Batman, a caped figure in tights who last flourished in the trippy sixties, managed to crawl head and shoulders above the rest at the box office to be crowned king. Thus proving that the so-called "geek" or "fanboy" truly ruled the silver screen over the course of this tumultuous past decade. Today, we look at the ten films that ruled »
Honorary Award recipient Roger Corman, the producer-director of cult classics such as House of Usher, Pit and the Pendulum, Tower of London, The Terror, The Raven, The Masque of the Red Death, The Tomb of Ligeia, The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, and Bloody Mama, arrives at the 2009 Governors Awards ceremony held at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland on Saturday, November 14. Academy Award-nominated actress Sally Kellerman (in the supporting category, for M*A*S*H, in 1970) and Academy Award winner Anjelica Huston (also as best supporting actress, for Prizzi’s Honor in 1985) Five-time Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, among whose credits are The Black Stallion, The Right Stuff, The Natural, and The Passion of the Christ Photos: Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S. Click on [...] »
- Joan Lister
It was the first big experiment of a quite experimental Oscar season, and by all accounts, it was a resounding success. Last night, for the first time in Academy Award history, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences handed out their honorary awards at a separate event from their annual Academy Award ceremony. At a three-hour gala dinner in the ballroom above the Kodak Theatre, B-movie king Roger Corman (pictured, left), groundbreaking cinematographer Gordon Willis (right), and legendary screen siren Lauren Bacall (center) received honorary Oscars, and producer and studio chief John Calley was recognized with the rarely bestowed Irving G. »
- Adam B. Vary
Handing out honorary Oscars to Lauren Bacall, producer-director Roger Corman and cinematographer Gordon Willis and presenting its Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to movie exec/producer John Calley, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences partied on Saturday night like it was 1929.
That was the year the Academy gathered for a private luncheon at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel for its first Oscar ceremony, and the inaugural Governors Awards, held at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland, also played like a gathering of film industry heavyweights. Between them, the presenters could boast of 73 Academy Award nominations and 16 Oscars.
Giving the honorary awards a full evening of their own -- separate from the time constraints of the Oscar broadcast, which will take place March 7 -- resulted in a relaxed, convivial atmosphere as the kudos, produced by Bruce Cohen, took place without, as Warren Beatty noted, anyone having to worry about ratings. »
- By Gregg Kilday
For the first time since the Academy of Motion Pictures and Arts and Science’s Board of Governors began bestowing their Honorary Award and The Irving G, Thalberg Awards, instead of presenting them during the Live Oscar telecast, this year the Governors Awards were handed out to Producer John Calley, actress Lauren Bacall, producer-director Roger Corman, and cinematographer Gordon Willis, along with 600 invited guests in attendance, at the Grand Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center on Saturday night. The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given to an individual for “extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy. The Thalberg Award, a bust of the legendary motion picture executive, is given to “a creative producer whose body of work reflects a consistently high quality of motion picture production.
I say again, in all earnest, that »
By Steve Pond
Tom Hanks, Annette Bening and cinematographer Caleb Deschanel have joined the lineup of celebrities slated to participate in Saturday's Governors Awards, the new event at which the Academy will salute this year's four honorary Oscar winners.
The new names join previously announced participants Jonathan Demme, Kirk Douglas, Angelica Huston and Quentin Tarantino in paying tribute to honorary Oscar recipients Lauren Bacall, Roger Corman and Gordon Willis, and Irving Thalberg G. Memorial Award recipient John Calley.
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- Steve Pond
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Caleb Deschanel will receive the American Society of Cinematographers Lifetime Achievement Award on Feb. 27 at the 24th annual ACS Outstanding Achievement Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Century City.
Deschanel has earned Oscar nominations for his work on "The Right Stuff," "The Natural," "Fly Away Home," "The Patriot" and "The Passion of the Christ." He most recently worked on Nick Cassavetes' "My Sister's Keeper."
"Caleb Deschanel is an extraordinarily talented cinematographer who has played an influential role in cinema history and driven artistic excellence in contemporary filmmaking," ACS president Michael Goi said. "For him to receive this honor while still at the top of his field shows the profound influence and respect he has among his peers." »
- By Gregg Kilday
Robert Redford is in the air. He hasn't dissolved into something atmospheric (stop being so literal!) but his name keeps turning up. Last week his two early sexually fluid performances opposite Natalie Wood (This Property is Condemned and Inside Daisy Clover) were playing here in New York and next month in Brooklyn Bam Cinema hosts a retrospective. It culminates on September 13th with four films and the Sundance Kid himself in person. For whatever reason they've narrowed down the final four to Redford as romantic figure, often paired with true giants among actresses.
On the last day they're screening...
Out of Africa (1985) The Best Picture winning bio in which Redford can't be tamed by Meryl Streep's author/heroine but gladly offers up shampoo and stud services.
- NATHANIEL R
Robert Rehme has been elected president of the Academy Foundation, the educational and cultural arm of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences. A past Academy president, Rehme is a governor of the Academy's executive branch.
Actors branch governor Annette Bening was elected vp; film editors branch governor Donn Cambern was re-elected vp; Sid Ganis, a govenor of the public relations branch who just stepped down as president of the Academy, was re-elected treasurer; and executives branch governor and newly elected Academy president Tom Sherak was re-elected secretary. Academy executive director Bruce Davis continues as executive secretary of the Foundation.
The Academy Foundation supports the public film programs that the Academy presents each year as well as its Science and Technology Council programming and exhibitions. It also conducts the annual Student Academy Awards and Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competitions. And it operates the Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive. »
- By Gregg Kilday
Film exec Tom Sherak has been elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by the organization's board of governors, who met Tuesday evening.
He begins his term of office immediately and succeeds outgoing president Sid Ganis, who has served four consecutive one-year terms, the maximum any Academy member can serve in one office.
Actors branch governor Tom Hanks was elected 1st vp; the producers branch's Kathleen Kennedy and Phil Robinson, of the writers branch, were elected to vp posts; producers branch governor Hawk Koch was elected treasurer; and John Lasseter, governor of the short films and feature animation branch, was elected secretary. Ganis, representing the public relations branch, will serve as immediate past president.
In his new role, Sherak will face challenges on several fronts. At the top of his list will be the job of choosing a producer to oversee the 82nd Academy Awards, set »
- By Gregg Kilday
After a year's hiatus, Tom Hanks is returning to the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts as a representative of the actors branch.
Four filmmakers who have not previously held slots as governors were chosen by their respective branches in the group's annual elections. They are James D. Bissell, elected by the art directors; Lynne Littman, representing the documentary branch; Robert G. Friedman, co-chairman and CEO of Summit Entertainment, elected by the public relations branch; and Bill Kroyer, who will rep short films and feature animation.
Littman was elected to fill the seat originally held by Michael Apted, who stepped down early because he is directing "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Dawn Treader," which will take him out of the country for much of the year. Littman will serve for two years, the remainder of Apted's term.
The balloting in the directors branch resulted in a »
- By Gregg Kilday
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present "Astronaut as Filmmaker," featuring Commander Scott Altman and the crew of the Sts-125 shuttle mission that serviced the Hubble Space Telescope, on July 14 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills.
The astronauts trained at Nasa's Johnson Space Center in Houston to operate the special cameras. »
I'm not ashamed to say that I cry at the movies. Not frequently, but occasionally a story and its characters will grab hold of me to the extent that I'm completely caught up in the emotions and feelings being expressed. Films as disparate as John Ford's The Searchers and Wong Kar-Wai's Chungking Express have caused me to weep with joy, relief, and sorrow.
Despite a relentless barrage of scenes evidently designed with the sole goal of jerking tears, Nick Cassavetes' My Sister's Keeper did not make me cry. It is, however, one of the most glorious-looking terminal cancer pictures I've ever seen. Cinematographer Caleb Deschanel (The Black Stallion, The Natural) paints the oft-mundane proceedings in an otherworldly glow, as though the transition to the next life had already begun. That's the guiding principle of the movie as a whole; even though an inflammatory and emotionally wrenching issue »
- Peter Martin
Stirred up by his admittedly impressive performance in Aronofsky’s The Wrestler, Mickey Rourke has been enjoying a deserved career revival, rising up from the pits of direct-to-video refuse to take his rightful place as a noteworthy, if not iconic actor. John Madden’s troubled Killshot does Rourke no favors, an Elmore Leonard adaptation edited down to a generic thriller with few redeeming elements, among them Rourke’s performance, which is solid enough to satisfy fans but not to keep the film afloat.
Armand 'The Blackbird' Degas (Mickey Rourke) is a hired killer with a price on his head over a botched assassination. As he hides out, shuffling from place to place aimlessly pondering giving up the assassin life, he is confronted by Richie Nix (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a hair-trigger adolescent Max Cady. Nix plans to intimidate a real estate agent out of $20,000 and Degas (or Bird, as he prefers to »
- Mark Zhuravsky
- Summer is a time for picnics, days at the beach, and Sundance's Director's and Screenwriter's Labs. Out of the eight announced projects attending the Director's lab, seven of them were part of the Screenwriter's lab back in January. The new name added to the lab process is a project from artist/filmmaker Tala Hadid and The Narrow Frame of Midnight. Among the four projects invited to the Screenwriter's Lab we find a familiar name in director (see pic) Todd Louiso (Love Liza, The Marc Pease Experience) and his latest project Hello, I Must Be Going. Following in a natural progression on the Sundance Institute's part to develop young filmmakers and help develop their projects, here are the lucky dozen participants who will have a chance to workshop their films before they go into production - and here is a list of the people who will be there to coach them. »
16 items from 2009
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