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8 items from 2015


Editor Michael Kahn on ‘Bridge of Spies’ and Four Decades of Steven Spielberg Magic

8 December 2015 7:42 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Film editor Michael Kahn has been piecing together Steven Spielberg’s indelible images for nearly 40 years. The two first worked together on 1977’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and have maintained a close relationship. Indeed, Kahn’s non-Spielberg commitments have been relatively few and far between ever since, and many of those have still had ties to the legendary filmmaker (“Poltergeist,” “The Goonies,” “Arachnophobia,” etc.). Kahn, a three-time Academy Award winner and eight-time nominee, is, along with fellow three-timer Thelma Schoonmaker, the most Oscar-laureled living editor. “Bridge of Spies” marks his and Spielberg’s 25th collaboration to date and could bring him his ninth nomination, which would extend a record in the field that he already owns.

Happy Birthday! You’re 80 years old today, is that right?

No, closer to 85, actually!

Oh surprise. The internet is wrong! Well you’re still going strong either way.

I’m still »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Film Review: ‘In the Heart of the Sea’

2 December 2015 2:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Call me indifferent. As choppy, though not nearly as deep, as the waters in which its characters find themselves stranded, “In the Heart of the Sea” is a pedestrian retelling of a harrowing real-life survival story that served as one of the key inspirations for “Moby-Dick.” Even stripped of the unhelpful comparisons to Herman Melville’s masterwork, however, this account of the sad fate of the Essex — a Nantucket ship that was destroyed by an enormous sperm whale in 1820, and whose crew members were lost at sea for months — generates altogether less suspense, terror and awe than “Jaws” managed with a single Robert Shaw monologue. Woodenly adapted from Nathaniel Philbrick’s superior nonfiction account, and directed in alternately stolid and frenetic fashion by Ron Howard, the Warner Bros. release could take advantage of its 3D showings and lack of strong early-December competition to spear a decent opening on Dec. 11, before »

- Justin Chang

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of In The Heart Of The Sea In St. Louis

24 November 2015 2:14 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Oscar winner Ron Howard (“A Beautiful Mind”) directs the action adventure In The Heart Of The Sea, based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling book about the dramatic true journey of the Essex.

In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. In The Heart Of The Sea reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade.

The film stars Chris Hemsworth (“The Avengers,” “Rush”) as the vessel’s veteran first mate, »

- Movie Geeks

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New Hi-Res Photos From Ron Howard’s In The Heart Of The Sea

20 November 2015 2:24 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Warner Bros. Pictures has released brand new, high-resolution photos from their upcoming film, In The Heart Of The Sea.

Oscar winner Ron Howard (“A Beautiful Mind”) directs the action adventure, based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling book about the dramatic true journey of the Essex.

In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. In The Heart Of The Sea reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade. »

- Michelle McCue

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Ron Howard’s Inferno Begins Photography; Stars Tom Hanks (Photos)

11 May 2015 5:13 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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Principal photography has commenced on Inferno, the new film in Columbia Pictures’ Robert Langdon series, which has taken in more than $1.2 billion worldwide to date. The film is slated for release on October 14, 2016.

In the film, Academy Award winner Tom Hanks reprises his role as Robert Langdon. He is joined by an international cast of actors, including Felicity Jones, Irrfan Khan, Omar Sy, Ben Foster, and Sidse Babett Knudsen.

The film is directed by Ron Howard and produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. The screenplay is by David Koepp, based on the book by Dan Brown. The project’s executive producers are David Householter, Dan Brown, Anna Culp, and William M. Connor.

Inferno continues the Harvard symbologist’s adventures on screen: when Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help »

- Michelle McCue

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Ron Howard’s Apollo 13 20th Anniversary Edition Coming To Blu-ray June 2

23 March 2015 7:48 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“Launch Control this is Houston. We are Go for launch.”

A harrowing moment in human history became an exhilarating cinematic event two decades ago when acclaimed director Ron Howard chronicled Nasa’s tense 1970 lunar mission crisis in the Oscar-nominated film Apollo 13.

To Nasa enthusiasts and Saturn V rocket experts, the launch sequence, along with James Horner’s emotional score, is the greatest in movie history.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment celebrates the unforgettable tale of courage and conviction with Apollo 13: 20th Anniversary Edition, coming to Blu-ray and Digital HD on June 2, 2015.

Newly restored and remastered using the original high-resolution 35mm film elements, the commemorative edition comes with an array of bonus features including “Apollo 13: Twenty Years Later,” an all-new retrospective featuring exclusive interviews with director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer.

The restored version of Apollo 13 premieres on March 27 at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood. »

- Michelle McCue

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Editors Guild Selects 75 Best Edited Films of All Time

4 February 2015 8:26 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Now this is a list that could result in a lot of fascinating dissection and thanks to HitFix it comes to our attention almost three years after it was originally released back in 2012, celebrating the Motion Picture Editors Guild's 75th anniversary. Over at HitFix, Kris Tapley asks, "Is this news to anyone elsec" Um, yes, I find it immensely interesting and a perfect starting point for anyone looking to further explore the art of film editing. In an accompanying article we get the particulars concerning what films were eligible and how films were to be considered: In our Jan-feb 12 issue, we asked Guild members to vote on what they consider to be the Best Edited Films of all time. Any feature-length film from any country in the world was eligible. And by "Best Edited," we explained, we didn't just mean picture; sound, music and mixing were to be considered as well. »

- Brad Brevet

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What is the best-edited film of all time according to those who do the job?

3 February 2015 8:43 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A random bit of researching on a Tuesday night led me to something I didn't know existed: The Motion Picture Editors Guild's list of the 75 best-edited films of all time. It was a feature in part celebrating the Guild's 75th anniversary in 2012. Is this news to anyone else? I confess to having missed it entirely. Naturally, I had to dig in. What was immediately striking to me about the list — which was decided upon by the Guild membership and, per instruction, was considered in terms of picture and sound editorial as opposed to just the former — was the most popular decade ranking. Naturally, the 1970s led with 17 mentions, but right on its heels was the 1990s. I wouldn't have expected that but I happen to agree with the assessment. Thelma Schoonmaker's work on "Raging Bull" came out on top, an objectively difficult choice to dispute, really. It was so transformative, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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