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Reality TV shows are increasingly using sophisticated techniques from drama scripts to keep viewers hooked
The term beats is usually associated with Jack Kerouac, or more recently Dr Dre, rather than reality TV. But a beat is also a scriptwriting technique originally developed in feature films: the use of dramatic pauses, or the timing of key events, decisions, discoveries. Constructed reality series on American TV mimicked the movies by adopting them, and now beats are being used by the makers of similar UK shows such as The Only Way Is Essex (Towie), Geordie Shore and Made in Chelsea. British producers are increasingly familiar with the Us term beat sheet, outlining what they want to achieve from each scene.
- Stuart Kemp
Having made his feature length directorial debut in 2013 with the Daniel Radcliffe-starring Kill Your Darlings, John Krokidas will now tackle Lionsgate’s Young Adult fiction adaptation of the award-winning book Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. The novel, which took the top slot of the New York Times bestseller list on publication, won both a Maine Student Book Award and Vermont’s Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award, as well as featuring on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list. It is hardly surprising, then, that Hollywood would snap it up.
Wonder tells the story of 10-year-old Auggie Pullman, who has a rare facial malformation caused by mandibulofacial dysostosis. Having been previously home-schooled by his mother, Auggie finds himself heading into fifth grade at Beecher Pre, and must try to fit in and make friends. He meets prejudice and bullying from many quarters – but also makes firm and long-lasting connections with his fellow students. »
- Sarah Myles
Jack Huston cast in 'Ben-Hur' remake? 'Boardwalk Empire' actor to follow in the footsteps of Ramon Novarro and Charlton Heston Jack Huston, best known for playing World War I veteran-turned-bootlegger-cum-assassin Richard Harrow in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, may star in the latest Ben-Hur "remake," to be jointly produced by Paramount and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. I have "remake" between quotes because officially this fourth big-screen version of the semi-biblical epic (more on that below) isn't an actual remake of either the multiple Oscar-winning 1959 Ben-Hur or its 1925 predecessor, but a direct adaptation of former Civil War general Lew Wallace's 1880 bestselling novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, which happens to be conveniently in the public domain. Timur Bekmambetov, whose credits include the Angelina Jolie-James McAvoy thriller Wanted and the supernatural cult classic Night Watch, has been attached as director of what is in fact A Tale »
- Andre Soares
Though she’s still undoubtedly best known for her role as lovelorn teenager Bella Swan in the blockbuster Twilight franchise, Kristen Stewart has been taking big steps to showcase her dramatic chops in recent years. First, in between the penultimate and final entries of that supernatural romance saga, she brought free-spirited Marylou to life in a surprisingly strong adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. Then, Stewart went full action heroine for Snow White & the Huntsman, a mediocre title boosted by her convincing work.
Stewart’s most exciting performance to date is one we have yet to see – the actress is toplining Clouds of Sils Maria with Juliette Binoche and Chloe Grace Moretz later this year – but before that title hits, Stewart’s Sundance pic Camp X-Ray, in which she plays a Guantanamo Bay prison guard who bonds with a detainee (Payman Maadi), will be getting a theatrical run in October. »
- Isaac Feldberg
After breaking out with the Twilight franchise, Kristen Stewart has demonstrated some sizable dramatic chops with her roles in Jack Kerouac adaptation On the Road and blockbuster Snow White & The Huntsman – and with a lead role in Olivier Assayas’ upcoming Clouds of Sils Maria, she doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon. Recently, Stewart toplined a smaller film, a Guantanamo Bay-set drama titled Camp X-Ray, which premiered to lackluster reviews at Sundance (though most viewers gave the actress high marks for her lead performance).
Our own Emily Estep wasn’t a fan of the film, giving it two and a half out of five stars and concluding that:
While it does have its moments, there’s a lot of wasted potential here, as Camp X-Ray falls flat when attempting to approach larger issues of human rights. Instead, it relies on pop culture references and cheesy metaphors to speak for its characters. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Maleficent explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty” and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Recently, I sat down with actor Sam Riley, who plays Diaval, Maleficent’s raven sidekick in the film. Check it out below!
Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficentrealizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever. The film stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, »
- Melissa Howland
If you, at the very least, have a passing interest in the Beat Generation, then you will definitely get a kick out of this oddball short film from 1959 called “Pull My Daisy.” The film stars Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky as themselves, more-or-less, and they’re invited into the home of a railway brakeman whose wife had invited a bishop over for dinner. After getting bombarded with a barrage of questions from the beat poets (“Is a cockroach holy?), the bishop leaves in a bit of a huff, much to the dismay of the wife. The short is set in the Lower East Side of New York and it’s shot in a very loose, casual, off-the-cuff style. The entire film is narrated by novelist/poet Jack Kerouac who also wrote the short. It was shot and directed by photographer Robert Frank and Abstract Expressionist painter Alfred Leslie, and according to Frank, »
- Ken Guidry
With both James Brown and Jimi Hendrix biopics on their way, it seems like musicians’ stories are gaining traction with financiers and studio execs. The Los Angeles Times and THR is reporting that the cantankerous Smiths frontman, Morrissey, will be the next to see cinematic canonization, though not exactly with his blessing. Titled (at least for now) “Steven,” the film will be directed by the "The Voorman Problem" filmmaker Mark Gill and scripted by both Gill and William Thacker. The project looks “to cover Morrissey’s early years, prior to forming a songwriting partnership with Smiths band mate Johhny Marr, which would lead to international stardom and the sales of millions of records. Gill promises that the film will be less a paint-by-the-numbers biopic and ”more of a portrait“ of the singer. Orian Williams is one of the producers behind the movie, and he's responsible for both Ian Curtis biopic »
- Cain Rodriguez
Experiments In Cinema v9.72 is running April 14-21 at several venues across Albuquerque, New Mexico, primarily the Guild Cinema, but with satellite screenings at the National Hispanic Cultural Center and the Southwest Film Center.
Special Programs: On April 16, there will be a selection of short films written, produced and directed by local students through Basement Films’ youth outreach endeavor. On April 17, there will be a program, curated by Antoni Pinent, of cameraless films from Spain. On April 18, first Stephen Kent Jusick will present short films from the Mix NYC queer film festival; then Greg DeCuir, Jr. will present films from Belgrade’s Ciné-club produced between 1960 and 1980. April 19 will host another night of films from Belgrade, this time curated by Miodrag Milošević.
After Festival Night: While film screenings end on the 20th, on April 21 Gerry Fialka will lead two discussions and screening/event programs, first on contemporary documentary films and then »
- Mike Everleth
New Indie: After the bloated, all-star adaptation of On the Road, you’d be forgiven for wanting to steer clear of another movie about the adventures of the Beat Generation. But don’t let that skittishness keep you from enjoying Kill Your Darlings (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment), a sexy, crackling look at a real-life murder that involved a close friend of not-yet-famous writers Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs. Daniel Radcliffe boldly moves beyond Hogwarts with his portrayal of college freshman Ginsberg, whose world gets rocked when he meets Columbia University classmate Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan), who broadened his literary and sexual horizons. It’s a fascinating portrait of youthful enthusiasm and literary rebellion from first-time...
- Alonso Duralde
Ricky Gervais has discussed a possible return to television for his Office character David Brent.
The comedian revealed that his David Brent and Foregone Conclusion tour is a "Trojan Horse" for a new behind-the-scenes documentary spoof.
Gervais explained that the project - which he imagined could be broadcast on Netflix, HBO and the BBC - would involve Brent believing he is making a profound Jack Kerouac-style telling of his journey.
He told The Sunday Times (via Radio Times): "It's just an idea. I want to do a tour, a little tour and people think they're seeing a tour.
"I film it, but actually it's Brent who thinks he's making a Scorsese-type thing of On the Road.
"Of course, behind the scenes, it is so much sadder and more poignant. It's Spinal Tap meets sad Scorsese meets Anvil. It's more of the breakdown of this man who thought he »
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Anna (Kristen Bell) doesn't know why she and her sister Elsa (Idina Menzel) have grown apart over the years. Doesn't she want to build a snowman like they used to do when they were kids? Actually, Elsa is a little too good at building snowmen, because she's the gosh-darn Ice Queen and turns everything to frost when she gets mad or stressed out. Anna goes on a mission to save her sister, along with a dude named Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), his beloved reindeer, and a talking snowman named Olaf (Josh Gad) who just wants a hug.
Why We're In: This is one of the best Disney movies to come out in years. Even adults are secretly listening to Menzel belt out the Oscar-winning song "Let It Go" on their headphones.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
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- Jenni Miller
For Kill Your Darlings, first-time director John Krokidas finagled a spectacular Young Hollywood cast to echo the gathering of Allen Ginsberg and other young Beat poets at Columbia University before they became famous. Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Ben Foster, Boardwalk Empire’s Jack Huston, and Elizabeth Olsen play the coterie of ambitious free thinkers whose mission to rewrite the rules of literature is dramatically impacted by a real-life murder in 1944.
For the lead role of Ginsberg, Krokidas turned to Radcliffe, who won over the young director by insisting on auditioning even though the Harry Potter star could probably have had »
- Jeff Labrecque
Written and Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini
As an avowed Marxist, homosexual, and atheist, Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini may seem to some a dubious choice to have made one of the most austere, faithful, and simply one of the best films about the life and death of Jesus Christ. But, with The Gospel According to Matthew, from 1964, that’s exactly what the controversial filmmaker, poet, novelist, and theorist did. This gritty and unpolished depiction of the life of Christ contains many of the narrative hallmarks featured in other film versions of the same story: the virgin birth, the early miracles, the apostles, Christ’s persecution and, ultimately, the crucifixion. However, no other cinematic depiction of this well-known chronicle looks, sounds, or feels quite like this one.
- Jeremy Carr
Directed by Rebecca Zlotowski
Set against the imposing backdrop of a nuclear power station, Rebecca Zlotowski’s second feature is more a critique of France’s working class macho culture than the exploitative nature of the industry itself. The tremendous cooling towers dominate the screen like malignant remnants of the industrial age, but it is the young men themselves, unskilled, reckless and amoral, that appear to be the problem. Lured by the promise of easy money, they are happy to expose themselves daily to ‘the dose’ of radioactivity but show little respect for the danger this entails or for their fellow workers.
Grand Central focuses on Gary (Tahar Rahim) who, despite having a criminal past and no qualifications, impresses the other men with his casual intelligence, confident attitude and ability to ride a mechanical bull. Plant veterans Gilles (Olivier Gourmet »
- Rob Dickie
Heading into production in Los Angeles in March 2014, the film is the latest project to come from Jason Blum’s pioneering Blumhouse Productions, which has successfully sculpted the business model for high-quality microbudget films tailored for wide release. Since the company was launched in 2000, Blumhouse Productions has delivered a raft of features generating unprecedented profit, including the Paranormal Activity and Insidious franchises.
Australian filmmaker Greg Mclean (Wolf Creek, Rogue) will direct 6 Miranda Drive, in addition to co-writing with Shayne Armstrong and Shane Krause. The story follows a family as they return home from a vacation at the Grand Canyon, unknowingly bringing with them a malevolent supernatural force that feeds on their fears and secrets. Matt Kaplan and Robyn Marshall of Chapter One are set to co-produce.
- Sarah Myles
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We’re less than two weeks away from the Oscars, and that means it’s once again time for my favorite activity: griping about the past!
One of my biggest Oscar pet peeves is when actors who portray real-life roles garner more attention — for no good reason — than actors who portray fictional characters. The Academy has long been too pleased with big-named thespians who prove they can imitate recognizable figures. Sometimes the attention is justified (Sean Penn in Milk and Marion Cotillard in La Vie en Rose come to mind), but often real-life roles become filler nominees in the supporting categories. Here are nine examples of Oscar-nominated performances that caught fire with the academy simply for being based on a known personality.
Melvin and Howard is a movie that teaches you to appreciate its examination of a Utah man’s humdrum lower-middle-class existence, »
- Louis Virtel
Azio - The Bogan Spy Agency, Crazy Bastards, I'm With Stupid, Fancy Boy, Food for Peasants and Pet Quarantine..judging by some of the titles and synopses , the ABC TV/Screen Australia Fresh Blood initiative will spawn some weird and wonderful comedies.
A mix of puppetry, animation, parodies, improv and absurdist humour, the 25 projects selected will each receive $10,000 to produce three short-form sketches.
The shows will air on ABC.s iView platform this year. ABC controller Brendan Dahill tells If that some may later screen on ABC2 after they premiere on the catch-up service.
The initiative is designed to unearth the next generation of comedy performers and producers. There were 492 applications, many of such a high calibre that the ABC and Screen Australia decided to commission 25, one more than originally planned.
Here are the recipients: Aunty Donna Mark Samual Bonanno, Adrian Dean, Broden Kelly, Zachary Ruane
Mentored by Tim Minchin, »
- Don Groves
Kristen Stewart's a poet, and we didn't even know it! Like James Franco and Charlie Sheen before her, the Twilight actress, 23, has been putting pen to paper in service of her inner Jack Kerouac for several years now. She recently shared one of her poems during an interview with Marie Claire, which published the piece in a March 2014 cover story about her. "Oh, my God, it's so embarrassing," she told the magazine before reading the poem aloud. "I can't believe I'm doing this." Of why she [...] »
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