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11 items from 2011


Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt New Year's Song (Video)

30 December 2011 9:22 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Cinematograher Caleb Deschanel has two beautiful talented daughters. Emily Deschanel stars in "Bones," and little sister Zooey Deschanel stars in "New Girl." both for Fox. Zooey also has a band She & Him, and her skills as a vocalist were demonstrated with her friend, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a special music video for New Year's. Their video for the classic song "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" features Zooey donning a tiara and playing a ukulele while Joseph plays an acoustic guitar. Zooey wrote about their friendship on her website HelloGiggles: "I have known Joe Gordon-Levitt for going on 12 years. We first met in the summer of 2000 while doing a tiny movie called Manic, where we »

- April MacIntyre

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American Zoetrope: In a galaxy not from Hollywood …

17 November 2011 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

If there had been no Zoetrope, the film studio founded by Francis Coppola and George Lucas in San Francisco in 1969, there would be no Star Wars, argues John Patterson

In April 1979, Francis Ford Coppola threw a characteristically grandiose bash to celebrate the completion of Apocalypse Now, the picture that had threatened to become his Waterloo. It was at the apogee of the 1970s Hollywood renaissance, whose directors were suspended in that delightfully rarified moment after their biggest blockbusters and before their flops – and they all had at least one gargantuan flop ahead of them.

Coppola, as usual, was ahead of the game, or so it seemed. Apocalypse Now's chequered production history had produced wild press rumours of directorial overindulgence, perhaps even of a full swandive into film-making insanity, and the film's subsequent lofty place in the cinematic firmament was then far from secure. The film historian Peter Biskind, in his book Easy Riders, »

- John Patterson

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DVD Review: 'The Escape Artist' (re-release)

7 November 2011 5:00 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆ The Escape Artist (1982) is another title re-released this week from Francis Ford Copolla's Zoetrope production company. Directed by cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, the film is yet another of Zoetrope's casualties that failed to find an audience at its theatrical release, despite some initially positive critical reviews. Given that it was pitted alongside the likes of Rocky III and Annie, it's easy to look back and see why the film had a hard time which is a shame because The Escape Artist is a charming B-movie that deserves some attention on DVD rather than being forgotten altogether.

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- Daniel Green

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Creepy New UK Trailer & Poster for Dream House Starring Daniel Craig & Rachel Weisz

21 September 2011 7:21 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Here’s a rather creepy brand new UK trailer and poster for Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz’s new movie, Dream House. It starts off similar to the Us one that we saw earlier in the year but then gives us quite a bit of new footage.

Dream House is directed by Jim Sheridan and also stars Naomi Watts. It’s released here in the UK November 25th. Find out more about the film on their official website.

Once upon a time, there were two little girls who lived in a house. Daniel Craig (Cowboys & Aliens, upcoming The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), Naomi Watts (The Ring, Fair Game) and Oscar® winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener, The Lovely Bones) star in Dream House, a suspense thriller about a family that unknowingly moves into a home where grisly murders were committed…only to uncover even darker mysteries within its walls. »

- David Sztypuljak

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Zooey Deschanel Takes on the Los Angeles Times' Patt Morrison

11 July 2011 4:48 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Zooey Deschanel affirms she loves downtown Los Angeles in an open letter posted at hellogiggles.com, a site co-founded by Deschanel herself. Why would this L.A. native — who shockingly doesn't live on the Westside — go through the trouble of defending her "love" for her hometown's downtown? Here's why: Los Angeles Times columnist Patt Morrison began her July 10 article "Downtown L.A.: Good enough for the royals, but not for Zooey Deschanel?" with the remark "I can't believe Zooey Deschanel is really the snobby cow she came off sounding like Saturday evening." Morrison had learned that at a BAFTA event attended by Deschanel, Nicole Kidman, Jason Bateman, Paul Rudd, Tom Hanks, Jennifer Garner, Mary-Louise Parker, Blake Lively, Jennifer Lopez, Quentin Tarantino, and Prince William and wife Catherine, among others, the (500) Days of Summer actress and daughter of cinematographer Caleb Deschanel had told USA Today's Claudia Puig: "I just don't »

- Andre Soares

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Academy Elects Four First-time Governors, Returns Seven Incumbents

24 June 2011 3:04 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

www.hollywoodnews.com: Cinematographer Richard P. Crudo, producer Gale Anne Hurd, composer David Newman and film editor Michael Tronick make up this year’s first-time electees to Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors. In addition, seven incumbents were reelected and three other motion picture professionals will return to the Board after a time away.

The reelected governors are Craig Barron, Visual Effects; Annette Bening, Actors; Don Hall, Sound; Jeffrey Kurland, Art Directors; John Lasseter, Short Films and Feature Animation; Robert Rehme, Executives; and Phil Robinson, Writers.

Returning to the board after a hiatus are Michael Apted, Documentary; Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Public Relations; and Paul Mazursky, Directors. Apted previously served from 2002 to 2009. Isaacs served from 1988 to 1997 and again from 2000 to 2009. Mazursky was on the board from 1997 to 2000 and again from 2006 to 2009.

Fourteen of the Academy’s 15 branches are represented by three governors, who may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms. »

- Josh Abraham

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Producer Gale Anne Hurd Among Academy’s Four First-Time Governors

24 June 2011 12:27 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Returns Seven Incumbents

Beverly Hills, CA – Cinematographer Richard P. Crudo, producer Gale Anne Hurd, composer David Newman and film editor Michael Tronick make up this year.s first-time electees to Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Board of Governors. In addition, seven incumbents were reelected and three other motion picture professionals will return to the Board after a time away. 

The reelected governors are Craig Barron, Visual Effects; Annette Bening, Actors; Don Hall, Sound; Jeffrey Kurland, Art Directors; John Lasseter, Short Films and Feature Animation; Robert Rehme, Executives; and Phil Robinson, Writers.

Returning to the board after a hiatus are Michael Apted, Documentary; Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Public Relations; and Paul Mazursky, Directors. Apted previously served from 2002 to 2009.  Isaacs served from 1988 to 1997 and again from 2000 to 2009. Mazursky was on the board from 1997 to 2000 and again from 2006 to 2009.

Fourteen of the Academy.s 15 branches are represented by three governors, who may »

- Michelle McCue

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Sunny in Philadelphia's Rickety Cricket Hornsby and Bones' Emily Deschanel expecting

31 March 2011 1:39 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Double smallscreen baby news from "Bones" Emily Deschanel. Emily's little sister, actor Zooey Deschanel is going to be an auntie, and esteemed cinematographer (and dad) Caleb Deschanel is going to be a proud granddad. Emily Deschanel and "Sunny in Philadelphia's David Hornsby announced they are expecting their first child. Deschanel's rep told UsMagazine.com the happy news. Hornsby plays the hilarious side character Matthew "Rickety Cricket" Mara on FX's "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and Deschanel has starred as Temperance "Bones" Brennan for six years now. The couple wed on September 25, 2010. »

- April MacIntyre

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Biggest Oscar Snubs #10b: The Piano's Michael Nyman, Inception's Lee Smith

28 January 2011 3:08 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Christopher Nolan, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cillian Murphy on the set of Inception Michael Nyman for The Piano (1993), The End of the Affair (1999) Lee Smith for Inception (2010) Biggest Oscar Snubs #10a: Gordon Willis, Caleb Deschanel "The much admired, awarded and internationally popular new Jane Campion film, The Piano," wrote Mark Swed in the Los Angeles Times in November 1993, "is regularly mentioned as prime Oscar material. So, since it is a film about music and since the soundtrack album has attracted considerable interest from Warsaw to Sidney [sic], isn't it just possible that the composer, Michael Nyman, could also be nominated for an Academy Award?" Huh, No. Nyman, best known for his collaborations with Peter Greenaway (Drowning by Numbers, The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover) was bypassed by the Academy's Music Branch. To date, Michael Nyman has yet to receive an Academy Award nomination. As for the failure [...] »

- Andre Soares

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Biggest Oscar Snubs #10a: Gordon Willis, Caleb Deschanel

28 January 2011 3:05 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Diane Keaton, Woody Allen in Manhattan Gordon Willis for Klute (1971), The Godfather (1972), The Paper Chase (1973), The Godfather Part II (1974), All the President's Men (1976), Annie Hall (1977), Manhattan (1979), The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) Caleb Deschanel for The Black Stallion (1979), Being There (1979) Those nominated — or not nominated — in the "technical" categories tend to be ignored by most of the media and Oscarwatchers in general. So, it's not like there was widespread screaming, eye-rolling, and gnashing of teeth over the fact that Michael Nyman's haunting scores, Lee Smith's splashy film editing, and Caleb Deschanel's and Gordon Willis' masterful camerawork failed to receive Academy Award nominations. Even so, many were outraged. "I have no idea why they don't nominate me," the New York-based Willis remarked at the time of his Manhattan snub. "Maybe if I bought a house in Hollywood I'd have a better chance." [...] »

- Andre Soares

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These Amazing Shadows | Review - Sundance Film Festival 2011

22 January 2011 10:10 AM, PST | SmellsLikeScreenSpirit | See recent SmellsLikeScreenSpirit news »

Directors: Paul Mariano, Kurt Norton Writers: Paul Mariano, Kurt Norton Starring: Christopher Nolan, Tim Roth, John Waters, Barbara Kopple, Rob Reiner, Julie Dash, Wayne Wang, Robert Rosen, Zooey Deschanel, Caleb Deschanel, John Lasseter, George Takei and Dr. James Billington (Librarian of Congress) As a direct result of Ted Turner’s push to colorize black and white films from the MGM archives, President Ronald Reagan signed the National Film Preservation Act on September 27, 1988. This law established the United States National Film Preservation Board. The National Film Registry is the National Film Preservation Board’s list of films slated for preservation in the Library of Congress. Ever since 1989, a maximum of 25 films per year have been deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” and added to the Registry. Films must be at least 10 years old in order to qualify. (I often wish that I could wait 10 years before creating my year-end list of favorite films. »

- Don Simpson

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