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Bill Mechanic On Movie Biz: Big Problems & A Few Suggestions On How To Fix Them

31 March 2017 4:33 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Editors Note: Bill Mechanic is chairman and CEO of Pandemonium Films and a former top executive at Paramount, Disney and chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment when the studio generated Die Hard With A Vengeance, Independence Day and Titanic. He most recently produced Best Picture Oscar nominee Hacksaw Ridge. He was moved to weigh in after all the noise about windowing that came out of the just-wrapped CinemaCon. The industry is in big trouble. Yes, that's perhaps… »

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Paul Verhoeven interview: Elle, creative risks and RoboCop

6 March 2017 10:57 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Mar 7, 2017

Legendary director Paul Verhoeven talks to us about his unmissable new drama-thriller, Elle, and the relevance of his 80s classic, RoboCop.

For well over 40 years now, director Paul Verhoeven has thrilled and horrified audiences with his bold, confrontational films. Whether they’re war dramas (Soldier Of Orange, Black Book), sci-fi action movies (RoboCop, Total Recall, Starship Troopers) or thrillers (The Fourth Man, Basic Instinct), Verhoeven’s movies are smart, sometimes violent and frequently threaded with a sense of mischief.

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In Michele, the central character played by Isabelle Huppert in Elle, Verhoeven might have found his fictional muse. A Parisian businesswoman who plays by her own rules, Michele’s fearless, often bewildering approach to life is fascinating to watch. Nominally, Elle’s a thriller, but like Philippe Djian’s source novel, »

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Blu-ray Review – Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

21 February 2017 7:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Hacksaw Ridge, 2016.

Directed by Mel Gibson.

Starring Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths,  and Vince Vaughn.


The World War II movie Hacksaw Ridge, which tells the story of a conscientious objector, Desmond Doss, who achieved heroic feats on the battlefield as a medic despite not carrying a weapon, arrives on home video in a Blu-ray + DVD set that also includes a code for a digital copy. While the bonus features are slight, the making-of documentary does an excellent job of charting the course of a movie that took a long time to come together.

As someone who’s long had an armchair historian’s interest in World War II, I was intrigued by Hacksaw Ridge, which tells the true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield), a conscientious objector who nonetheless wanted to serve his country as a medic.

However, Doss insists on serving while not carrying a rifle. »

- Brad Cook

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‘Hacksaw Ridge,’ ‘La La Land,’ ‘Moana’ Win Mpse Golden Reel Awards

20 February 2017 12:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” earned the top two sound editing awards Sunday night at the 64th Mpse Golden Reel Awards, while Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” and Disney’s “Moana” took musical and animation honors.

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble” and “Warcraft: The Beginning” won for documentary and score.

Hacksaw Ridge” now becomes the favorite to beat “La La Land” in the Oscar battle.

TV winners included “Westworld” (for both long form and short form FX/Foley), “The Night of” “Part 1 The Beach,” “Penny Dreadful III” “Ebb Tide,” “Stranger Things,” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again,” and “Mozart in the Jungle.”

The Filmmaker and Career Achievement Awards were presented to Guillermo del Toro and Harry Cohen.

64th Mpse Golden Reel Award Highlights:

Best Sound Editing In Feature Film – Dialogue / Adr

Hacksaw Ridge

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- Bill Desowitz

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‘Lion,’ ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ and ‘Hidden Figures’ Look Beyond Oscar Gold

16 February 2017 12:38 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

At this time of year, industry workers talk about a film in terms of Oscars and/or box office. But there are plenty of nominees that have a life apart from those considerations: These are films that actually help people.

Lionsgate’s “Hacksaw Ridge” has been working with military veterans, Fox’s “Hidden Figures” has been doing outreach to students, and the Weinstein Co.’s “Lion” is raising funds to benefit impoverished children in India.

After each movie wrapped production, filmmakers began to realize their work might help people. Donna Gigliotti, a producer of “Figures,” says, “These things happened organically. There was no great plan. But I’m so glad it happened.”


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Lion” producer Iain Canning said that in early screenings, people asked how they could help Calcutta’s homeless children, who are depicted in the film. »

- Tim Gray

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Global Talent Expand Their Oscar Horizons

15 February 2017 9:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This year’s Oscar nominees are reflective of worldwide talent, many of whom were born outside of America. So while diversity in gender and color in awards season is still playing catch-up, diversity in foreign actors, writers, producers, and other moviemaking essentials is here to stay.

Oscar nominee “Lion’s” international pedigree cannot be argued with, taking noms for best picture (Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Angie Fielder), supporting actor (Dev Patel), supporting actress (Nicole Kidman), adapted screenplay (Luke Davies), cinematography (Greig Fraser), and original score (Hauschka).

“As producers we’re deeply committed to telling diverse stories like ‘Lion’ because cinema should reflect the world we live in,” Canning says. “We put together an incredibly talented group of actors and crew who were all hugely passionate about bringing Saroo [Brierley]’s story to life in India and Tasmania.”

Sherman, Canning’s partner at See-Saw Films, says: “The exciting thing about ‘Lion »

- Nick Clement

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The Cutting Edge team on bringing 1940s America to life in 'Hacksaw Ridge'

13 February 2017 6:49 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Andrew Garfield being put through his paces on the set of 'Hacksaw Ridge'. (Photo credit: Mark Rogers).

Cutting Edge.s Head of Features Marcus Bolton, Visual Effects Supervisor Simon Maddison and Creative Director Finn Spencer chat to Harry Windsor about running post on Mel Gibson.s 'Hacksaw Ridge'.

The film, which is nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, nabbed a BAFTA award on Sunday evening for Best Editing by John Gilbert.

What was Ce's involvement in Hacksaw Ridge?

Bolton: We had a team of 25 people dedicated to the project to ensure we delivered to the deadline. Our VFX team worked on over 100 set extension shots, creating quite massive landscapes needed to be true to specific location in the United States. We were also lucky to be chosen to create the Titles and Credits design on the film.

What was the tendering process to get the gig? »

- Harry Windsor

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Oscars: 'Hacksaw Ridge' Producer on Working With Mel Gibson, Why He Passed on Casting Casey Affleck

12 February 2017 7:15 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Braveheart, the two reteamed on another war story, Hacksaw Ridge — about a real-life combat medic who saved dozens of lives during World War II, without ever touching a gun. Last time, Mechanic was the 20th Century Fox chairman who greenlighted Gibson's picture; this time, he's one of the producers. The industry veteran, who also produced the 82nd Academy Awards, described Hacksaw's 15-year journey.

How did Hacksaw come to you?

It goes way back to 2001. Terry Benedict, a documentary filmmaker, secured the rights from »

- Stephen Galloway

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Hacksaw Ridge

11 February 2017 2:46 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Hacksaw Ridge

Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD

Summit Entertainment

2016 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 139 min. / Street Date February 21, 2017 / 39.99

Starring – Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Vince Vaughn, Rachel Griffiths, Luke Pegler.

Cinematography – Simon Duggan

Film Editor – John Gilbert

Original Music – Rupert Gregson-Williams

Written by – Robert Schenkkan, Andrew Knight

Produced by – Paul Currie, Bruce Davey, William D. Johnson, Bill Mechanic,

Directed by – Mel Gibson


Combat movies fascinate this reviewer — if you look at the Savant review index you’ll see that I review practically every war picture of note that I can get my hands on. But brace yourself — I become huffy when I see themes of patriotism and faith used to deliver dicey messages.

Mel Gibson’s big, slick WW2 combat film Hacksaw Ridge tells the truly inspiring story of combat medic Desmond Doss, the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor and the only one to »

- Glenn Erickson

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Directing Nominees Confess Biggest Hurdles, On-Set MVPs

7 February 2017 9:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With five such different cinematic visions represented, what do this year’s Oscar nominees for director have in common?

It depends on whom you ask. Kenneth Lonergan, nominated writer-director of “Manchester by the Sea,” links the final five this way: They each “focus on deep connective tissue on a human level, even though they are all very different stylistically and in subject matter,” he tells Variety.

Mel Gibson, director of “Hacksaw Ridge,” invokes the process itself. “What do we have in common?” he asks. “At some point, somebody asked each of us a thousand questions a day and we had to make snap decisions.”

Each shares a fierce inventiveness, necessitated by the time and budget constraints each faced mounting their creatively ambitious projects.

“These movies couldn’t be more different,” points out “Moonlight” writer-director Barry Jenkins. “The movies I like best are the ones where you can feel the curiosity »

- Marshall Fine

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Fight Club, and Fight Club 2: what happened?

7 February 2017 4:55 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Dan Cooper Mar 15, 2017

Fight Club 2 is something that exists, but it's not heading to the screen as of yet. At least not directly...

Fight Club 2. Has it happened? Will it happen? Should it happen?

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The collective answer to those three questions are of course yes. And no. Start trawling the web for word of a sequel to the 1999 cult classic turned post-modern masterpiece and one thing soon becomes apparent: the first rule of a Fight Club sequel is that you don’t talk about a Fight Club sequel. It will come as no great surprise to you that the second rule is somewhat similar in fashion and wording to the first.

Yes, I know - you’re probably rolling your eyes right now at my uninspired use of a tired and overused quote and who could blame you? »

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Hacksaw Ridge: The Incredible True Story Behind the Oscar Nominee

1 February 2017 1:45 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

With six Academy Award nominations (including one for director Mel Gibson and another for lead actor, Andrew Garfield), Hacksaw Ridge has emerged as one of the most lauded films of 2016. Both critics and audiences have praised the gritty war drama, which has racked up numerous international honors and over $150 million at the box office since its November release. Those who haven't seen the World War II drama may not know that the onscreen story of Garfield's character is based closely on real-life soldier, Private First Class Desmond Doss. Even those who have lined up to see the film may not know just how much of the cinematic story was rooted in true events. As producer Bill Mechanic told People, he and Gibson "were very accurate with Desmond and what happened to him." That's not to say that the filmmakers were obsessive about every detail of Doss's life. "If you're a slave to the complete facts, »

- Michelle Konstantinovsky

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Producer Bill Mechanic and star Luke Bracey on making 'Hacksaw Ridge'

29 January 2017 8:13 PM, PST | | See recent news »

(l-r) Luke Bracey with Mel Gibson. (Photo credit: Mark Rogers).

It was third time lucky when Mel Gibson signed on to Hacksaw Ridge in 2014, having been offered the film by producer Bill Mechanic twice before.

.I approached Mel in 2002, in 2010, and then again in 2014, which is the first time he said yes,. says Mechanic..

.He's the only one I approached twice. I guess in my mind he was always the perfect director for it. I just had to get it in his mind that he was the perfect director for it..

Before his third attempt, Mechanic brought on Randall Wallace, who wrote Braveheart, to take a pass at the script.

.Randall's changes were not earth shattering,. says Mechanic. .He won't be credited in the final screenplay. But I think it might have made it more appealing to Mel to read [that] Randy was working on it..

The WWII action drama is »

- Harry Windsor

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‘La La Land’ Producer Recalls Filming That Opening Dance Scene in 110 Degree Heat

28 January 2017 2:55 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The memorable freeway ramp dance sequence was shot in only two days with 150 dancers in 110 degree heat, “La La Land” producer Marc Platt recalled at Saturday’s Producers Guild of America nominees panel.

“Shutting down the freeway didn’t seem that impossible when I first read the Damien Chazelle’s script,” Platt told an audience of about 600 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. The event was held for the 10 nominated films for the PGA’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award for top feature film production released in 2016.

“We closed the ramp between the 105 and the 110 freeways for a Saturday and a Sunday in September,” Platt noted. “When we were done, everyone was exhausted but no one wanted to leave so we were able to show the footage on monitors on the ramp to the 150 people  applauding and crying.”


The Honorees at the 2017 PGA Awards

Platt, who has credits going back to the 1980s, »

- Dave McNary

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'Hacksaw Ridge' production designer Barry Robison on going to war in Sydney

24 January 2017 7:33 PM, PST | | See recent news »

The barracks set at Sydney's Fox Studios. (Photo credit:.Jacinta Leong).

Crewing up in the middle of 2015, director Mel Gibson and producer Bill Mechanic were attracted to production designer Barry Robison's experience down under.

Robison, whose mother was born in Fremantle, first worked in Australia on Jodie Foster.s Nim's Island in 2007.

.It was summer and it was gorgeous and [we were] out in the Whitsundays, so I fell in love with that part of the country very quickly,. he tells If..

.Right on the heels of that I was asked to do Wolverine down in Sydney, and during that I realised I could get my Australian citizenship. I finished that process on Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader...

Robison.s dual citizenship, he admits, .certainly factored in to why I got Hacksaw, because it was a tight budget..

Once he got the gig, Robison had a freewheeling chat with Gibson, »

- Harry Windsor

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'Lion', 'Hacksaw Ridge' and 'Tanna' nominated for Oscars

24 January 2017 2:46 PM, PST | | See recent news »


This year's Academy Awards will feature a healthy contingent of Australians, with films as disparate as Lion, Hacksaw Ridge.and Tanna vying for top awards.

21 years after Braveheart won the top gong, Mel Gibson has been welcomed back into the Academy fold, with Hacksaw Ridge nominated for six Oscars: Best Picture (producers David Permut and Bill Mechanic), Best Director (Gibson), Best Actor (Andrew Garfield), Best Sound Editing (Robert Mackenzie, Andy Wright) and Best Sound Mixing (Robert Mackenzie, Andy Wright, Kevin O'Connell, Peter Grace).

Hacksaw is also up for Best Editing for Kiwi John Gilbert, who edited Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and is clearly a new Icon favourite.—.he's currently cutting Gibson's next acting vehicle,.The Professor and the Madman, in which the star appears alongside Sean Penn..

Gibson called the nomination "a truly wonderful honor..

.I.m especially happy for Andrew Garfield, »

- Harry Windsor

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Oscars 2017: Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling and More React To Being Nominated

24 January 2017 9:43 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for the 2017 Oscars set to take place on February 26 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” led the pack with 14 nominations, tying the record previously set by “All About Eve” and “Titanic,” followed by “Arrival” and “Moonlight” with eight nominations. After the nominations were announced, many stars reacted to the honor through statements and tweets. Here are some below.

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Emma Stone on receiving a Best Actress nomination for “La La Land”: “What a morning. I am so grateful for this honor and I’m so happy to share this feeling with my ‘La La Land’ family. The greatest part of life is connecting with people, and I love the deeply talented, kind and passionate people I was »

- Vikram Murthi

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Mel Gibson Earns First Oscar Nomination in 21 Years While Holding His Newborn Son

24 January 2017 9:43 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Mel Gibson has lots to celebrate.

The 61-year-old filmmaker made his return to movies last year when he directed Andrew Garfield in the war drama, Hacksaw Ridge, and on Tuesday morning, he was further recognized for his talents with an Oscar nomination for Best Director. In total, Hacksaw Ridge is up for six Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Achievement in Film Editing, Achievement in Sound Editing and Achievement in Sound Mixing.

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Gibson has not been up for an Oscar in 21 years. In 1996, he won for Best Picture and Best Director for 1995's Braveheart.

The exciting nomination comes just a few days after Gibson welcomed his ninth child, son Lars Gerard Gibson, with girlfriend Rosalind Ross. "What could be more exciting than listening to the nominations being announced while holding my newborn son!" he gushed in a statement. "This is a truly »

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Mel Gibson Reveals Where He Was During ‘Exciting’ Oscar Nominations: ‘Holding My Newborn Son!’

24 January 2017 8:40 AM, PST | | See recent news »

A new baby and an Oscar nomination? 2017 is certainly starting off on the right foot for Mel Gibson.

Gibson and his girlfriend of two years Rosalind Ross welcomed the actor’s ninth child, son Lars Gerard, on Friday. And just four days later, the veteran star received an Academy Award nod for best director for his work on the World War II epic Hacksaw Ridge.

“What could be more exciting than listening to the nominations being announced while holding my newborn son!” Gibson, 61, said in a statement. “This is a truly wonderful honor.”

Want all the latest pregnancy and birth announcements, »

- Jen Juneau

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La La Land Leads 89th Academy Awards with a Record 14 Nominations

24 January 2017 4:54 AM, PST | | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Nominations for the 89th Academy Awards Best motion picture of the year “Arrival” Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Aaron Ryder and David Linde, Producers “Fences” Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington and Todd Black, »

- Sasha Stone

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