News

Film Review: Matt Damon in ‘The Great Wall’

Film Review: Matt Damon in ‘The Great Wall’
Commanding China’s most expensive production, with probably the biggest input from Hollywood talent ever, blockbuster Chinese director Zhang Yimou capably gives period fantasy-action “The Great Wall” the look and feel of a Hollywood blockbuster, but his signature visual dazzle, his gift for depicting delicate relationships and throbbing passions are trampled by dead-serious epic aspirations.

Those who ranted against the project as another case of Hollywood “whitewashing” in which Matt Damon saves China from dragons may have to bite their tongue, for his character, a mercenary soldier who stumbles into an elite corps fighting mythical beasts, spends the course of the film being humbled, out-smarted, and re-educated in Chinese virtues of bravery, selflessness, discipline, and invention. In between the cultural cheerleading, there are some highly watchable war and monster spectacles, though none so original or breathtaking as to stop one from associating them with the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy or its imitators.
See full article at Variety - Film News »

‘The Force Awakens’ Rings Up Eight Saturn Awards

‘The Force Awakens’ Rings Up Eight Saturn Awards
Eight more Saturn Awards, “Star Wars” has.

Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” dominated the film categories at the 42nd Saturn Awards in Burbank. The series revival scored honors for top science fiction film, actor Harrison Ford, supporting actor Adam Driver, script, editing, music, makeup, and special effects.

Crimson Peak,” which was not a commercial success but is approaching cult status, was the second-most honored film, taking three awards: best horror film, supporting actress Jessica Chastain, and production design.

In TV, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films continued to honor “The Walking Dead” (best horror TV series, supporting actress Danai Gurira and younger actor Chandler Riggs); “Hannibal” (action/thriller series, supporting actor Richard Armitage) and “Continuum” (science fiction TV series). “Outlander,” a new entry, took honors as top fantasy series and for actress Caitrionia Balfe.

Bruce Campbell summed up the vibe of the Saturn Awards — and the
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Watch: 5-Minute Supercut Highlights 10 Women Who Epitomize The Art of Film Editing

Around this time last month, I wrote a piece about superstar editors Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey (the duo have worked together for some time now, their latest project being little movie directed by a guy named J.J. Abrams called 'The Force Awakens') and also Margaret Sixel, the Oscar-winning editor who was responsible for stringing together the chaotic audio-visual symphony of "Mad Max: Fury Road." The piece alluded to a larger point, which is that women have played an integral role as film editors throughout the history of the medium. This goes all the way back to the pictures of Arthur Penn (think “Bonnie and Clyde” and “Night Moves,” cut by the great Dede Allen) and goes well into the later half of the 20th century with giants like Sally Menke, Quentin Tarantino’s go-to editor who worked on every film of his save for “Django Unchained” and “The Hateful Eight
See full article at The Playlist »

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Deleted Scenes Details Unveiled

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Deleted Scenes Details Unveiled
We're less than one month away from Star Wars: The Force Awakens making its home video debut on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital-hd. Yesterday, LucasFilm and Disney announced the big release, teasing all of the special features that we'll be getting. While we know that there will be several deleted scenes, the initial press release does not reveal what they are. Now, thanks to JBHiFi, we know what we can expect.

While it was previously reported that there would be 7, possibly 8, deleted scenes, we're actually getting a few less. According to this latest report, there will only be 6 deleted scenes included with the main Blu-ray and DVD release. And some of the deleted scenes we've previously heard about aren't included in this initial line-up.

The first deleted scene is called Finn and the Villager, a title that possibly hints at a moment described in the official book adaptation, which happens before
See full article at MovieWeb »

Honoree Daisy Ridley Reflects on Life Since ‘Star Wars’ at Oscar Wilde Awards

Honoree Daisy Ridley Reflects on Life Since ‘Star Wars’ at Oscar Wilde Awards
The Force was strong at the U.S.-Ireland Alliance’s 11th annual Oscar Wilde Awards, held at the sprawling offices of Bad Robot, the production company topped by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams.

Luminaries from the world’s two biggest sci-fi franchises rubbed elbows at the bash, with “Star Trek” thesps Karl Urban and John Cho among those gathered to help celebrate “The Force Awakens” star Daisy Ridley and other honorees, including Dublin-born Lenny Abrahamson, the Academy Award-nominated director of “Room”; “Penny Dreadful” actress Sarah Greene; Northern Irish band Snow Patrol; and James Corden, host of CBS’ “The Late Late Show.” The event, founded by Trina Vargo, is designed to honor Irish talent — even if their connection to the country is a tad tenuous (Corden was made an “honorary Irishman” — a distinction previously bestowed upon Abrams and writer Jim Brooks — after he performed with the cast
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Diane von Furstenberg on Oscar Nominee Gender Imbalance: ‘We Have a Lot of Work to Do’

Diane von Furstenberg on Oscar Nominee Gender Imbalance: ‘We Have a Lot of Work to Do’
Thirty-three of this year’s female Oscar nominees enjoyed one another’s company at a private luncheon Wednesday afternoon at the home of Diane von Furstenberg. The third annual event was hosted by von Furstenberg, Universal Pictures chair Donna Langley, Academy CEO Dawn Hudson and Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

Nominees and guests enjoyed an impressive buffet that included fresh lobster and lamb stew while dining informally on the sprawling lawn; many attendees were happy to sit on blankets and enjoy the sun. Last year’s best supporting actress winner, Patricia Arquette, said she was glad to be “passing the torch” to a new winner in a few days. Another Oscar winner, Ellen Burstyn, was greeted with enthusiasm by the attendees, receiving a loud round of applause when introduced in von Furstenberg’s remarks.

But it wasn’t just talent in front of the camera celebrating camaraderie that day. As Hudson noted,
See full article at Variety - Film News »

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Blu-Ray Will Have 7 Deleted Scenes

Given the nearly $2.1 billion Star Wars: The Force Awakens has grossed worldwide, it's safe to say that the franchise is big part of the current pop culture zeitgeist. Months have passed since the film's release, and while it's still in theaters, we're always looking toward the future, and in this case, the Blu-Ray and DVD release of the film.

When it comes to big blockbuster films, fans always wonder what scenes there were that ended up on the cutting room floor. This is especially true for Star Wars. After all, considering the wide breadth of canon in the franchise, one has to wonder if scenes that end up getting cut should be considered canon. Were they cut out because they slowed down the film, or did they merely conflict with the vision the director has in mind?

Either way, deleted scenes are a great way for fans to connect with
See full article at LRM Online »

How Many 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Deleted Scenes Are We Getting?

How Many 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Deleted Scenes Are We Getting?
When Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits Blu-ray and DVD this April, we already know that it will contain several deleted scenes instead of a director's cut. While director J.J. Abrams feels it's unnecessary to show off a longer version of the movie, he doesn't mind sharing some of the moments that hit the cutting room floor. We've already heard what several of these scenes will be, but we don't know exactly how much extra footage there actually is. As it turns out, according to the sequel's two editors, there isn't much.

Mary Jo Markey and Maryann Brandon have been nominated for a Best Editing Oscar at this Sunday's The Academy Awards. And they recently chatted about the experience with independent.co.uk. Asked about the impending Blu-ray and DVD release, and what we might see in terms of fresh footage, the pair revealed that there is a new, never-before-seen
See full article at MovieWeb »

Here's How Many New Star Wars Scenes The Force Awakens DVD Will Have

Since the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there have been questions. There have been questions about who certain characters really are or which characters may be connected. One of the other questions that fans have had is, how much more is there? As with all movies, there were scenes that were shot that never made it into the final cut of the film. Now we have an exact number of additional scenes that will be included on the Blu-Ray release. The magic number is seven. Mary Jo Markey and Maryann Brandon are nominated for an Academy Award for their editing work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As such, they would know exactly how much was removed from the film, as they were the ones that did the cutting. Speaking with the Independent they admitted that there will be exactly seven scenes included on the DVD, though they
See full article at Cinema Blend »

Listen: Interviews With Oscar-Nominated Editors Of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' & 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

The talk of Hollywood’s diversity problem has rightly dominated much of the cultural conversation as of late, particularly in the latter half of 2015. And yet if there’s one creative field in which women in particular can hope to thrive, it’s editing. From legends of the craft like Thelma Schoonmaker and Sally Menke, who cut their teeth working largely for Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino, respectively, to lesser-known but promising names like Dody Dorn (“Memento,” “Fury”) and Lisa Lassek (the “Avengers” films), editing is a medium in which women have long played an integral role. There are many potential reasons for this, but Maryann Brandon — who, alongside frequent collaborator Mary Jo Markey, edited J.J. Abrams’ megahit “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — has her own theories. She insists that the reasons are historical. “One advantage that women have had in editing is that women were editors from the beginning of the film business,
See full article at The Playlist »

The Force Awakens Bits: Set Stories From a Stormtroopers, Deleted Scenes, and a Bunch of New Toys

The Force Awakens Bits: Set Stories From a Stormtroopers, Deleted Scenes, and a Bunch of New Toys
Star Wars: Episode 8 may be filming, but there’s still plenty of Star Wars: The Force Awakens news floating around. In today’s edition of The Force Awakens Bits: Oscar-nominated editors Mary Jo Markey and Maryann Brandon share some deleted scenes. An actor who played a Stormtrooper and a Resistance soldier shares his stories. The coolest Bb-8 toy […]

The post The Force Awakens Bits: Set Stories From a Stormtroopers, Deleted Scenes, and a Bunch of New Toys appeared first on /Film.
See full article at Slash Film »

Editors Talk "Force Awakens" Cut Scenes

While we won't be getting an extended director's cut of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" when it hits Blu-ray and DVD, we are getting the chance to see some of the deleted scenes that director J.J. Abrams left on the cutting room floor.

This week, editors Mary Jo Markey & Maryann Brando have spoken with THR briefly this week about two characters who got more screen time than what they ended up with in the final cut - Chewbacca and Captain Phasma.

The latter, played by Gwendoline Christie, didn't get much to do and was last seen being marched towards the garbage chute. Turns out that scene ran longer and we saw her getting chucked: "There was actually a fun thing with Captain Phasma ordering all of the ships into the air, but they didn't realize that Han and Finn had just thrown her down a garbage chute."

Chewbacca also had
See full article at Dark Horizons »

Chewbacca and Captain Phasma Deleted Scenes Revealed in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Chewbacca and Captain Phasma Deleted Scenes Revealed in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'
When Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits Blu-ray and DVD this spring, we've already been assured by director J.J. Abrams that we're not getting an extended director's cut. But we will get to finally see some of the deleted scenes from the blockbuster sequel. While we've been told about a few of these moments before, editors Mary Jo Markey & Maryann Brando have now offered even more insight into what we might see when Star Wars 7 hits home in April.

Many believed that Gwendoline Christie's Captain Phasma would be the breakout character, and become a fan favorite on par with Boba Fett. But once the movie debuted this past December, it was obvious her screen time had been scaled way back. While the First Order Stormtrooper leader will have a much more substantial role in Star Wars: Episode VIII, we'll probably get to see more of her in just a few short months.
See full article at MovieWeb »

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Almost Featured More From These Two Characters

As is the case with most movies, there were things in Star Wars: The Force Awakens that didn.t make the final cut. You can.t keep everything or every movie would four hours long, and in the editing process a number of scenes and moments had to be excised. The Oscar-nominated editors of The Force Awakens, Mary Jo Markey and Maryann Brandon, recently revealed that there was originally more from Captain Phasma and Unkar Plutt. When The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Mary Jo Markey and Maryann Brandon at the recent Nominees Night, the reporter asked about things that were left out of the final cut of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Markey started it off revealing that there was supposed to be more of Captain Phasma. She said: There was actually a fun thing with Captain Phasma ordering all of the ships into the air, but they didn
See full article at Cinema Blend »

The Academy Celebrates The 88th Oscar Contenders At Annual Luncheon

More than 150 Oscar nominees came together at noon on Monday at the Beverly Hilton as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored this year’s Oscar contenders at its annual Nominees Luncheon.

From Left to Right:

Seated: Adam Benzine, Paul Massey, Michael Standish, Chris Jenkins, Randy Thom, Jason Smith, Josh Cooley, Maryann Brandon, Richard Williams, Patrick Vollrath, Ed Lachman, Mary Parent, David Acord, Anders Langland, Henry Hughes, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Tom Yellin

First Row: Rosa Tran, Jacqueline West, Ed Guiney, Evgeny Afineevsky, Matthew Shumway, Amy Hobby, Jonas Rivera, Gregg Rudloff, Signe Byrge Sorensen, Love Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Courtney Marsh, Nomi Talisman, Mark Ruffalo, Diane Warren, Paco Delgado, Bryan Cranston, Jistin Wilkes, Blye Pagon Faust, Roger Guyett, Basil Khalil, Drew Kunin, Sian Grigg, Andrea Berloff,

Second Row:Adam Stockhausen, Tom McArdle, Keith Redmon, Damian Martin, Ale Abreu, Matthew Heineman, Matt Damon, Bernhard Henrich, Cameron Waldbauer, Alan Robert Murray,
See full article at WeAreMovieGeeks.com »

Oscars Still Have Long Way to Go On Gender Equality

Oscars Still Have Long Way to Go On Gender Equality
Ever since Oscar nominations were announced Jan. 14, there has been a lot of talk about diversity — but most of it has centered on racial disparity. However, there is one group that’s not a minority, but still under-represented in the film world: women, who are half the population, but represent a small fraction of workers in the film industry. The latter fact is reflected in this year’s Oscar nominations, where women were not invisible, but their presence is still insufficient.

Here’s the good news. In costume design, four of the five nominees are women. Women represented exactly 50% of the nominees in makeup/hairstyling (four of eight individuals cited) and editing (three of the six).

From there, things get a little rockier.

Among production designers, it’s four women out of 11 nominees. In adapted screenplay, women represent two of the six nominated individuals; in original screenplay, it’s two
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Diversity Scandal Overlooks Historic Year for Women at Oscars

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

When it comes to this year’s Academy Awards, no word is more buzzworthy than “diversity”. For the second year in a row the Oscars have nominated only white actors in their four main acting categories, sparking backlash and, as a result, inciting the Academy to announce new changes to tackle its “diversity problem”.

Amidst another year of #OscarsSoWhite trending on Twitter, however, the fact that 2015 has been an exceptionally strong year for women has been largely overlooked. Three of this year’s best picture nominees (Brooklyn, Room, Mad Max: Fury Road) are female-centric and feature strong female protagonists in the center of the action. In fact, even outside of those films and their performances, a number of women are nominated for best picture as producers, as well. Kristie Macosko Krieger is nominated for Bridge of Spies, Blye Pagon Faust is nominated for Spotlight, Dede Gardner
See full article at Scott Feinberg »

Almost in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens,' Yoda Was

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" brought together new and old characters, including original trilogy favorites Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca, C-3Po, and R2-D2. But the editors of the film recently revealed that another familiar face nearly made it on screen.

In an interview with Et at the Ace Eddie Awards, Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey let slip that Yoda almost made a cameo in "The Force Awakens." Frank Oz, the voice of Yoda, can be heard in the movie during Rey's (Daisy Ridley) vision, but the little green Jedi master is not seen.

"There was one point where we were actually thinking of having Yoda in the film, and then we decided not to," Brandon admitted. "Frank Oz came in for a day and did a whole bunch of Yoda and he was over the moon to do it -- and we were tickled pink!"

Perhaps Yoda as Force
See full article at Moviefone »

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Nearly Featured a Yoda Cameo

It’s not a secret that Star Wars: The Force Awakens was rewritten several times, but it was a secret until now that Yoda almost made an appearance in this particular episode.

His absence from the story was obvious, but still, many were expecting to see the great Jedi Master in one form or another. Now The Force Awakens editors, Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey, confirmed to Et that Yoda nearly made a cameo in the sequel.

They point out that:

"There was one point where we were actually thinking of having Yoda in the film, and then we decided not to. Frank Oz came in for a day and did a whole bunch of Yoda and he was over the moon to do it -- and we were tickled pink!"

Unfortunately they didn’t reveal what exactly Oz did on set.

Still, do you think the appearance of
See full article at GeekTyrant »

Another Classic Character Almost Starred in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

The one thing that's most evident when it comes to the first two Star Wars movies Disney is putting out (The Force Awakens and Rogue One), it's that they have every intention of mixing familiar characters with new ones. The Force Awakens alone saw Luke, Leia and Han return, and in one scene we even briefly heard the voices of both young and old Obi-Wan Kenobi, as well as Yoda. However, that last character almost had a much bigger role in the film, according to Force Awakens editors Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey. They told Et... "There was one point where we were actually thinking of having Yoda in the film, and then we decided not to. Frank Oz came in for a day and did a whole bunch of Yoda and he was over the moon to do it -- and we were tickled...

Read More
See full article at Movies.com »
loading
An error has occured. Please try again.

See also

Credited With | External Sites