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"The Hurt Locker" won big at the 19th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards at a ceremony held at New York City.s Cipriani Wall Street. The film beat "Amreeka," "Big Fan," "The Maid," and "A Serious Man" for the Best Feature Trophy.
(For the complete list of nominees, click here)
Presented by Ifp (Independent Filmmaker Project), the Gotham Independent Film Awards. is one of the leading awards for independent film and the first major honors of the film awards season.
A total of 22 films received nominations in six competitive categories, including: Best Feature, Best Documentary, Breakthrough Director, Breakthrough Actor, Best Ensemble Performance and Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You.
For the second year, the recipient of the Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You award will »
Robert here, continuing my series of the directors that shaped the past 10 years. Last week I wrote about a “love him” or “hate him” director that turned out to be mostly loved. So having promised such a man I feel like I let you down. I think I can do better with this week’s subject: Darren Aronofsky
Number of Films: Three.
Total Disasters: None.
Awards: Requiem and The Wrestler receive Oscar Nominations for acting. The Wrestler gets the Spirit Award for Best Picture. The Fountain goes mostly overlooked (because The Academy has no idea what a good movie score sounds like).
We're just coming up on Halloween, and already the home video companies are announcing titles that'll be streeting in early 2010. On the list for January 12th is Warner's 4 Film Favorites: Thriller Collection, which contains four movies that you wouldn't necessarily associate with one another.
While you're perusing the special features that are included with each film, see if you can figure out what, if anything, they have in common:
Ghost Ship: 5 Featurettes • Mudvayne "Not Falling" Music Video Dreamcatcher: • Original Ending and 4 Other Lifted Scenes • 3 Featurettes Gothika: Commentary by Director Mathieu Kassovitz and Director of Photography Matthew Libatique • Limp Biskit "Behind Blue Eyes" Music Video Queen Of The Damned: Additional Scenes • Commentary by Director Michael Rymer, Producer Jorge Saralegu, and Composer Richard Gibbs • 3 Featurettes • 4 Music Videos: "Forsaken", "Redeemer", "System", and Static X’s "Cold" • Extended "Slept So Long" and "Not Meant for Me" Concert Sequences • Gag Reel • Production »
- The Woman In Black
Requiem for a Dream. What in God’s name do I say about this movie? A shattering portrait of lives lost and dreams squandered. A simultaneously crippling and moving cinematic monument and a film rarely bested since its release in simply engaging its audience. If you’re reading this and you haven’t seen Requiem for a Dream, where have you been? Did you die? The film has reached an uncommon level of infamy for a mainstream film. Whether it’s fully deserved depends on who you ask and if they’ve seen the film, and how many times.
On first viewing I didn’t think I’d be watching it very much, but in the years since, the initial reaction of genuine anguish has subsided in favor of the kind of warm, cozy familiarity that comes from those really special movies in your life. Unlike Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, »
- Saul Berenbaum
In my opinion Requiem for a Dream is one of those films you like, but aren't going to return to on a consistent basis primarily because doing so would lead you on your own spiral of depression. As a result, trying to decide whether you should buy it or not is a tough call and seeing how I didn't own it before receiving the Blu-ray for review doesn't make my recommendation -- one way or the other -- any easier. What I can say is after what I believe to be my third time seeing the movie, it holds up just as well as it did the first time around and this Blu-ray only makes it better. Requiem serves as a brutal look at addiction. Whether its drugs, television, sugar, or whatever vice you can think of, this film has addiction nailed to the wall and brings it to life using music, »
- Brad Brevet
Hollywood has a lot of new digital 3D projects on deck, most notably James Cameron’s highly-anticipated film, Avatar. While films like Avatar are being shot in digital 3D from the start, older films are also entering the third dimension - case in point being Disney’s upcoming Toy Story/Toy Story 2 double feature, which will be showing in limited engagement this Fall.
Well, AICN is exclusively reporting that Iron Man 2 has landed somewhere in the middle ground of old/new 3D: a new movie shot with regular film that is being considered for 3D conversion before its release.
Oh, and did I mention that Iron Man 1 might be getting the 3D treatment as well?
So before we get into the details of Iron Man 2 possibly being converted to 3D, we need to rewind the clocks a bit, back to almost exactly a year ago, when we »
- Kofi Outlaw
Jon Favreau has been talking about 3D for a while now. Last year, he admitted that he would love to shoot Iron Man 2 in 3D. The problem with going 3D at this point, Favreau says, is technology. His cinematographer (Matthew Libatique) likes to shoot film, and likes the look of film. 3D would require him to shoot digital, and between that constraint and the additional expense, it wasn't an option for Iron Man 2. But now, AinItCool is reporting that Marvel is tinkering with converting Iron Man 2 to Digital 3D. Apparently the comic book and film company had one minute of the sequel converted into 3D as a demo, which has all the suits impressed. So impressed that they put out bid requests to three companies to see exactly how much the conversion process would cost, and how long it might take. I'm not a 3D evangelist, but »
- Peter Sciretta
Doubtless, the mere presence of Robert Downey Jr. in the Iron Man armor will get butts into theaters. But if that weren’t enough, now a rumor is circulating that Iron Man 2 could be released in 3-D, with Marvel exploring how to do this in post-production.
According to AintItCool, the studio is tinkering with converting the film to Digital 3-D. The decision came after one minute of Jon Favreau’s upcoming sequel was shown in that format as a demo. Apparently, it impressed executives, who put out a request to three companies for how much the conversion process would cost, as well as how long it would take.
A 3-D movie has been a subject of interest for Favreau for some time. He reportedly was interested in shooting Iron Man 2 in 3-D, but it would have required shooting in digital, which is not the preference of cinematographer Matthew Libatique. »
Director Jon Favreau is talking, Tony Stark is communicating with the world via a cocktail napkin. They are men of different worlds -- one of reality, the other of fiction -- but they are saying essentially the same thing: you should be excited for the future of the Iron Man franchise. The Future of Iron Man In an interview with MTV, Favreau spoke a bit about the future of the franchise. He said that he wanted to use 3D for Iron Man 2, but it just didn't work out. He would however, like to go 3D for Iron Man 3. He also noted that he would have liked to look at IMAX, but the cost was just too much to go either 3D or IMAX. As well, Favs noted that his cinematographer Matthew Libatique likes to shoot on film, and both were impressed with the look that film gave to the first Iron Man. The »
- Neil Miller
As someone who has yet to be brought into the 3D fold, I've felt lucky that Marvel has so far held off on making any of their hero movies in the format. But it has to happen sometime, and during Comic Con Jon Favreau told MTV that he wanted to use 3D for Iron Man 2, but that it didn't work out, and that he'd like to do it for the next film. He also said that IMAX was a great option and seemed to imply that an IMAX blowup could be a solution for Iron Man 2. See the interview clip after the break. The problem with going 3D at this point, Favreau says, is technology. His cinematographer (the awesome Matthew Libatique, whose big early work was with Darren Aronofsky) likes to shoot film, and likes the look that film gave Iron Man. (So do I!) 3D would require »
- Russ Fischer
by Terry Keefe
The Wrestler has come to DVD this week with extras which include interviews with real professional wrestlers and "The Wrestler" music video from Bruce Springsteen. An in-depth interview with Wrestler director Darren Aronofsky, below.
Note that this article appeared in the February 2009 issue of Venice Magazine.
Into the Ring with Aronofsky
As someone who has spent quite a bit of time researching the backstage goings-on of professional wrestling for two different screenplays (most notably a script which was a biopic of wrestling super-promoter Vince McMahon), I can say that director Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler captures the lives of professional wrestlers with an authenticity that has never been seen before in a fiction film. It is also, somewhat incredibly, the first major fiction film in recent memory to really begin mining the pure narrative gold inherent in »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Spike Lee's "Kobe Doin' Work," a TV film capturing a day in the life of NBA star Kobe Bryant, will premiere during the Tribeca Film Festival before its May 16th debut on Espn. The April 25th release is part of the Espn Sports Film Festival, a co-venture with Tribeca. Eight sports-themed pics will screen between April 22nd and May 3rd, including films devoted to the Little League of Nascar, a Swedish men's synchronized swimming team, a baseball hero's return to his Cuban home for the first time in more than 45 years and a teenage debate team from Qatar that travels to Washington for the first time to represent its country. Lee, a famously visible and vocal fan of the New York Knicks, and his director of photography Matthew Libatique spent time with the Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant last spring before, during and after a playoff game against the San Antonio Spurs. »
An Espn Films production, the film will screen April 25 as the gala entry in the fest's Tribeca/Espn Sports Film Festival sidebar.
Following its Tribeca bow, "Kobe" will be televised May 16 on Espn.
Now in its third year, the Tribeca/Espn Sports Film Festival showcases independent films about sports and competition. This year's lineup of eight titles includes films devoted to the Little League of Nascar, a Swedish men's synchronized swimming team, a baseball hero's return to his Cuban home for the first time in more than 45 years and a teenage debate team from Qatar that travels »
- By Gregg Kilday
Details about the 2009 Tribeca/Espn Sports Film Festival have been released. The Espn Films production of Spike Lee's Kobe Doin' Work will have its world premiere at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival (April 22 to May 3), presented by American Express, the founding sponsor of the Festival. The gala premiere will take place on Saturday, April 25, 2009. Kobe Doin' Work takes an unprecedented look at NBA star Kobe Bryant. During the 2008 NBA playoffs, Lee and his cinematographer, Matthew Libatique, were given unlimited access to the Los Angeles Lakers superstar before, during and after a game. As a result, the film is a definitive portrait of one of the sport's greatest athletes. The film also features the first score ever written by Grammy-winning musician Bruce Hornsby. Hornsby also contributed the original song, 'Levitate.' 'Kobe Doin' Work brings together the legendary New York filmmaker Spike Lee and one of the biggest »
Director Jon Favreau has released a set pic from the in-progress build of Tony Stark’s house from the set of “Iron Man 2″. You can check it out, with Favreau and cinematographer Matthew Libatique on-set, below. The sequel to the 2008 summer smash “Iron Man”, details on the sequel, as well as casting, have been murky, but the film will continue the adventures of the red and gold-armored hero, armor built by playboy industrialist Tony Stark to escape from terrorists and later on, to become the hero known as Iron Man. Robert Downey, Jr and Gwyneth Paltrow are returning to reprise their roles as Tony Stark and his trusty [...] »
- Costa Koutsoutis
Director Jon Favreau (Iron Man) has released the first photo of himself and cinematographer Matthew Libatique on the set of the upcoming "Iron Man 2." The two men are standing in what will end up being Tony Stark's house. It was recently reported that Emily Blunt will not star as the Russian superspy Natasha Romanoff (aka Black Widow). Marvel has already worked out a deal with Samuel L. Jackson to reprise his Nick Fury role and Mickey Rourke is inching closer to a deal as well. The new movie is scheduled to hit theaters on May 7th, 2010. Click here to read more about "Iron Man 2." »
You want “Iron Man 2″ pics? You got it. Well, you got one “Iron Man 2″ pic, courtesy of director Jon Favreau, who twittered a pic from the set of “Iron Man 2″. Favreau is the guy on the left and Matthew Libatique, the sequel’s cinematographer is on the right. The pic was taken from the interior of Tony Stark’s mansion, apparently undergoing some remodeling. It’s good to be a playboy billionaire industrialist, I guess. As you’ll recall, at the end of “Iron Man”, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) had revealed the secret that he’s also Iron Man to the world, which now leaves him vulnerable to attacks by enemies. Word is, the sequel will involve a new, armor-powered villain, and a certain dalliance with the bottle. Ol Tony Stark’s got a bit of an alki in him, in case you’ve never read the comics. »
Go and buy some horses. Then hold on to them… Because Jon Favreau has just released the first exciting picture from the set of Iron Man 2. Twittering about the release, Favreau remarks, “Matty and me in Casa de Stark, under construction.” ‘Matty’ is cinematographer extraordinaire Matthew Libatique and, as you can see from the pic below, he and Favreau are sitting in the Stark living room. Okay, we kid. It actually is pretty exciting, since it means they’re properly moving ahead with the film and...
The image above is the first set pic from Iron Man 2. It isn’t that interesting but it’s something. The image shows director Jon Favreau with cinematographer Matthew Libatique on the set of Tony Stark’s house, which is under construction. You would have though they’d have saved that set from the first movie. Emily Blunt out [...] »
Following Jon Favreau on Twitter is one of the best decisions I've made in a while. He doesn't over-tweet like some celebrities, and when he does post something, it's useful-- like the first shot of the set for Tony Stark's house in Iron Man 2! Yes, I guess even something as big as Iron Man has its sets destroyed after the movie is wrapped, because hey, you really never know if you'll need it again. So Casa de Stark is starting again from scratch, as you can see in this photo of Favreau and cinematographer Matthew Libatique on the set. The full-size photo is here, and if you're on Twitter, you can follow Favreau here. Oh, and I'm here, Head Honcho Josh Tyler is here, and assistant editor Rafe Telsch is here (he'll tell you about his new baby!). Y'know, just in case Jon Favreau isn't quite enough Twitter for you. »
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