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One of the most pleasant surprises from this past summer’s Comic-Con was a test reel of footage from director Gareth Edwards’ reboot of Godzilla. The crowd went nuts for Edwards’ grounded take on the material, and development on the film picked up shortly thereafter, with filming now set to get underway in the spring. Steve recently interviewed producer Dan Lin in anticipation of the upcoming crime drama Gangster Squad, and Lin also briefly gave an update on Godzilla. He talked about Edwards’ realistic approach to the story, when and where they’re filming, and how Edwards went all-out when presenting his take to the studio. Hit the jump to read Lin’s comments. Steve asked Lin for an update on Godzilla, and the producer talked about Edwards’ passion for the project: “We’re planning to film in March. We are in deep pre-production. Gareth [Edwards] has really mapped out his vision for the movie, »
- Adam Chitwood
David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" danced atop the 17th Annual Satellite Awards winning Best Picture, Editing, Director, Actor (Bradley Cooper), and Actress (Jennifer Lawrence). In the supporting acting categories, Anne Hathaway took home the Best Supporting Actress award for "Les Miserables," while Javier Bardem won Best Supporting Actor for playing the big bad in "Skyfall."
Winners were announced Sunday, Dec. 16, at the InterContinental Hotel at Century City in Los Angeles.
Here's the complete winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 17th Annual Satellite Awards (for a complete list of Awards Season winners/nominees, click here):
Kim Ki-duk -- Pieta Drafthouse Films
Steven Spielberg -- »
The International Press Academy has announced the nominees of the 17th Annual Satellite Awards. "Les Miserables" led the pack with 10 nominations including Best Picture.
Winners will be announced on Sunday, Dec. 16 at the InterContinental at Century City in Los Angeles.
17th Annual Satellite Awards Nominees:
Kim Ki-duk -- Pieta Drafthouse Films
Steven Spielberg -- Lincoln
Actress in a Motion Picture Name
Jennifer Lawrence Silver Linings Playbook
Emilie Dequenne Our Children
Laura Birn Purge
Actor in a Motion Picture
Cinematographer Seamus McGarvey (The Avengers, Atonement, High Fidelity) revealed that Gareth Edwards (Monsters) and Legendary Pictures (The Dark Knight Rises) will start filming their Godzilla feature remake next March. He added, “It’s wonderful working with Gareth. He’s a wonderful filmmaker and somebody who understands the camera.”
Legendary Pictures licensed the rights to a make a Godzilla film in 2010 and hired David Goyer (Batman trilogy, the Blade film trilogy) to rewrite the script with David Callaham (Doom, The Expendables) and Max Borenstein (Swordswallowers and Thin Men). Test footage premiered at this year’s Comic-Con International.
Godzilla will open in IMAX and standard theaters in stereoscopic 3D on May 16th, 2014.
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- Vesna Sunrider
Joe Wright’s adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's classic novel Anna Karenina is now playing in theaters. The film takes place in late 19th century Russian society, and stars Keira Knightley as an adulterer who questions her happiness. In true Wright fashion, this isn’t exactly a straightforward adaptation; the director has set much of the film in a lush theater that uses over 100 interconnected sets to allow the action to move fluidly through various settings. The film also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald, Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, and Olivia Williams. For more on Anna Karenina, here’s Matt’s review, five clips, and all our previous coverage. The other week, I spoke on the phone with cinematographer Seamus McGarvey. We talked about when he found out Joe Wright was changing the way he wanted to tell the story, his thoughts on the change, collaborating with Wright, the pre-production process, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Anna Karenina is acclaimed director Joe Wright’s bold, theatrical new vision of the epic story of love, stirringly adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s great novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love). The film marks the third collaboration of the director with Academy Award-nominated actress Keira Knightley and Academy Award-nominated producers Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, and Paul Webster, following their award-winning box office successes Pride & Prejudice and Atonement.
The story unfolds in its original late-19th-century Russia high-society setting and powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart, from the passion between adulterers to the bond between a mother and her children. As Anna (Ms. Knightley) questions her happiness, change comes to her family, friends, and community. The film is in theaters November 30, 2012.
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With the release of the imfamous tale Anna Karenina sweeping across the country, I recently got the chance to speak with Keira Knightley, who plays Anna Karenina, in a round table discussion about the film. Check out the interview below.
The timeless story powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart while illuminating the lavish society that was imperial Russia. The time is 1874. Vibrant and beautiful, Anna Karenina (Ms. Knightley) has what any of her contemporaries would aspire to; she is the wife of Karenin (Jude Law), a high-ranking government official to whom she has borne a son, and her social standing in St. Petersburg could scarcely be higher. She journeys to Moscow after a letter from her philandering brother Oblonsky (Matthew Macfadyen) arrives, asking for Anna to come and help save his marriage to Dolly (Kelly Macdonald). En route, Anna makes the acquaintance of Countess »
- Melissa Howland
Directed by Joe Wright
Written by Tom Stoppard
United Kingdom and France, 2012
Joe Wright is, at heart, a flamboyant showman, cut from the same cloth as P.T. Barnum, someone whose florid sensibility is present even in the most down-to-earth literary adaptations, like Pride and Prejudice or Atonement. As such, the deliberately theatrical display in his new version of Leo Tolstoy’s famous romance Anna Karenina is a natural extension of Wright’s overtly stylistic nature. The risky conceit of this Anna Karenina—that the majority of the film’s action and sets are staged inside of a facsimile of an old Russian theater—pays off for the most part, even though the parts wind up being more satisfying than the whole.
- Josh Spiegel
Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla may be two calendar years away from its 2014 release, but it’s already one of the most anticipated upcoming films. The movie, of course, marks the blockbuster franchise debut from the Monsters director and is the first American attempt to reboot the series since the critically-maligned and box office disappointment of the 1998 Roland Emmerich edition.
Already, there’s talk of how Edwards’ take will feature a “grounded” and “more realistic” version of Godzilla. The film may or may not hew closely in tone to something like Cloverfield, although it’s unclear if Edwards will employ the found-footage technique in the film. However, while Godzilla has not yet decided on its specific aesthetic, it appears that answers may be on the way sooner rather than later.
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- Robert Yaniz Jr.
Chicago – Though cinema is first and foremost a visual medium, too many modern directors have become prone to using it as a stage for long-winded exposition. No matter how polished the lensing is in a film like David Fincher’s “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” remake, the picture basically amounts to a series of dense dialogue passages interrupted by violence.
Few filmmakers exploit the visual possibilities of cinematic storytelling with more verve and invention than Joe Wright. Though his critics have accused him of favoring style over substance, he has consistently proven adept at allowing his images to speak volumes. Consider his stunning tracking shot along the Dunkirk beach in “Atonement,” which conveys the hell of war with more poetry and immediacy than any monologue. Or the pulse-pounding sequence in “Hanna” that portrays a man’s mounting paranoia as a group of thugs gradually materialize before cornering him in the subway. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
In just five movies, British director Joe Wright has established himself as a master stylist with an almost painterly eye for shot compositions and spatial geography. On the eve of his newest film, "Anna Karenina," we thought we would go through the five most amazing shots in his oeuvre (whittling them down was something of a challenge). As an added bonus, we got to talk to Seamus McGarvey, the cinematographer behind behind three of the five scenes, including the one from "Anna Karenina," about what it was like crafting these truly unforgettable moments. We've included the scenes where possible, but of course, you can check out each of these films on home video. Anna Karenina – The Overture When we first saw "Anna Karenina" a couple of months ago, we thought that our eyes might spring out of our heads, like some Tex Avery wolf. The conceit behind "Anna Karenina" is »
- Drew Taylor
Friday sees the release of Joe Wright's version of "Anna Karenina," a film which, over the last few months, has become something of a Playlist favorite. A bold, non-naturalistic take on Tolstoy's classic, it's proven to be hugely divisive -- some have mocked it as near-disastrous, some (including this writer, and several other senior Playlist staff members) consider it among the finest films of the year. As such, this divisiveness has likely, and sadly, put paid to the film's chances in most of the big ticket Oscar races. Best Picture, Director and Screenplay are very long shots at this stage, and even Keira Knightley, a presumptive frontrunner for Best Actress before the film was seen, may find herself outside the final five when all is said and done. But we suspect that it may do better below the line. We already predicted last week that DoP Seamus McGarvey would »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures already announced a May 16th, 2014 release date for Godzilla, so we knew filming would have to begin early next year. Now it has been confirmed by cinematographer Seamus McGarvey (The Avengers) during a recent interview.
McGarvey told Collider that filming will start in March, 2013 and should continue until June. The crowd at Comic-Con was blown away by the Godzilla teaser that played this past summer, but that might not be the same visual style used for the final movie: “We still haven’t chosen the direction we’re going visually. I’m sort of testing next week, in fact, for that stuff.”
The last update we had on Godzilla revealed that Iron Man 3 writer Drew Pearce was hired to polish the existing script. Monster‘s Gareth Edwards will be directing the film and, with filming starting early next year, we should have casting news in the very near future. »
- Jonathan James
The name Seamus McGarvey may not be one that you’re incredibly familiar with, but you undoubtedly know his work. The cinematographer is responsible for the photography in such varied fare as Atonement, High Fidelity, and We Need to Talk About Kevin, and he also handled the cinematography on a little movie called The Avengers that you may have seen earlier this year. Steve recently got to speak with McGarvey about his work in director Joe Wright’s upcoming romance drama Anna Karenina, and the cinematographer provided brief updates on a couple of highly anticipated upcoming projects. He revealed that the Godzilla reboot starts production this coming March, and he strongly suggested that he’ll be returning for Joss Whedon’s sequel The Avengers 2. Hit the jump for more. McGarvey is set as the cinematographer on Warner Bros. and Legendary’s upcoming Godzilla reboot directed by Gareth Edwards, so »
- Adam Chitwood
We just got off the phone with Seamus McGarvey, the genius cinematographer behind everything from "We Need To Talk About Kevin" to "The Avengers," to discuss this week's brilliant "Anna Karenina." Of course, we had to ask if McGarvey would be back for "The Avengers 2," which will see original writer/director Joss Whedon returning (Disney already has May 1st, 2015 release date penciled in). It turns out that Whedon is already looking to bring back one of his big guns for the sequel. "Well, you know, I'm not really allowed to talk about these things. They make us sign these ridiculous nondisclosure agreements…" McGarvey said, tentatively. McGarvey helped give the big-budget extravaganza some much-needed visual oomph, with perfectly executed comic book compositions and some surprising flourishes (like those great long shots during the finale). Thankfully, it looks like his relationship with Whedon continues to be »
- Drew Taylor
Earlier today, we reported that Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes will begin production in March 2013 for its May 2014 release. Now, we have news on another summer 2014 blockbuster filming in that month: Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures' Godzilla. Speaking with Collider, cinematographer Seamus McGarvey reveals when the Gareth Edwards-directed reboot will be shooting. "We start in March. March ‘til June, I think." Legendary showcased a teaser trailer for the film at San Diego Comic-Con last summer to a very positive response. McGarvey also says that they haven't decided which visual approach to go with yet, but he will be testing next week. "We still haven’t chosen the direction we’re going visually. I’m sort of testing next week, in fact, for that stuff." Godzilla is scheduled to hit theaters May 16th, 2014 in 3D. McGarvey most recently did cinematography on Marvel's The Avengers. When asked about whether »
In recent years films such as The Dark Knight and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 seem to have generated the hopeful buzz from movie fans when it comes to the Oscars and both films ended without Best Picture nominations, which is always the one Oscar nom those fans want to see. You won't find many of them sitting around sulking because the final Potter film didn't get a Best Pic nom only to have one happy-go-lucky person jump in with, "But come on, those Best Art Direction, Makeup and Visual Effects noms made up for it!" Nope, that's not how it works and while films like Inception and Avatar have been nominated for Best Picture, I would hardly call them longshots. So the question this year is... what about Skyfall? Well, sorry to burst your bubble, but I don't think it has a chance... at least not for Best Picture. »
- Brad Brevet
Director Joe Wright brings to the screen the epic love story Anna Karenina, starring Keira Knightley and adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard (“Shakespeare in Love”). The story unfolds in its original late-19th-century Russia high-society setting and powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart, from the passion between adulterers to the bond between a mother and her children. As Anna (Ms. Knightley) questions her happiness, change comes to her family, friends, and community.
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While most cinematographers tend to lurk in the background while quietly going about their work, Christopher Nolan's long-time cinematographer Wally Pfister has done the exact opposite, stepping into the spotlight with bold opinions and grand ambitions of his own. He has criticized Hollywood's transition to digital video in the documentary Side By Side and successfully resisted the studio push for 3D, in addition to recently calling out Joss Whedon and cinematographer Seamus McGarvey for their "appalling" and "illogical" work on The Avengers. He is also about to step up to the plate and direct a movie of his own, and this week we have learned that the Pfister has decided to go big or go home. The movie is a science-fiction film called Transcendence and it has reportedly just landed an A-list lead in the form of Johnny Depp. According to THR, the movie is described as being in »
Cinematographer Wally Pfister (The Dark Knight) called a nerdstorm down upon himself recently when he was quoted as saying The Avengers was "appalling." No stranger to criticism, Avengers director Joss Whedon took it upon himself to respond (when pressed by reporters). Or perhaps he was just defending his own cinematographer's (Seamus McGarvey) honor? Hit the jump to see what Whedon had to say in response. Fair warning: it's not much, but it is Whedonesque. The full back-and-forth between The Dark Knight Rises cinematographer Pfister and The Avengers director Whedon follows below (via EW): Pfister: “What’s really important is storytelling. None of it matters if it doesn’t support the story. I thought The Avengers was an appalling film. They’d shoot from some odd angle and I’d think, why is the camera there? Oh, I see, because they spent half a million on the set and they have to show it off. »
- Dave Trumbore
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