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Imagine how crowded the aforementioned best picture race sounds and narrow it down to just five slots. Add in the tendency for the director's branch to reward more challenging work than the general Academy (hence recent nominations for Benh Zeitlin, Michael Haneke, Pedro Almodovar, Julian Schnabel, etc.), and the best director race seems incredibly crowded. As last year proved with Bennett Miller, a best picture nomination is not necessarily needed for a director to sneak in here. Could Todd Haynes ("Carol") or George Miller ("Mad Max: Fury Road") or Cary Fukunaga ("Beasts of No Nation") land a slot even if their films don't make the best picture cut? Maybe. But like that race, this one is going to be far from clear until we have a stronger picture of what the latest from Quentin Tarantino, David O. Russell and Alejandro González Iñárritu have in store. Collectively, that trio has been »
- Peter Knegt
Earlier this year, you may have heard of a Tribeca Film Festival drama that starred Faith Hill as a trailer trash mom in the Deep South. It’s true, but that’s not really all that “Dixieland” is about, though having a big country pop star in your movie probably doesn’t hurt. A movie that details cycles of violence, crime, and impoverished circumstances with a Romeo and Juliet-like narrative, “Dixieland” is the directorial debut of Hank Bedford — a former assistant to David O. Russell, Bennett Miller, and Tarsem Singh. Read More: Tribeca Review: ‘Dixieland’ Starring Riley Keough, Faith Hill & Chris Zylka The movie stars Chris Zylka from “The Leftovers” and Riley Keough from “Mad Max: Fury Road” and an actress you’re probably going to know a little bit better in 2016 thanks to leading her own show: Starz’s “The Girlfriend Experience,” from executive producer and creator Steven Soderbergh. »
- Rodrigo Perez
The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo (voice of Raymond Ochoa) makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.
Mychael Danna is an Academy Award-winning film composer recognized for his evocative blending of non-western traditions with orchestral and electronic music. Among his body »
- Michelle McCue
Anthony Michael Hall has joined the cast of Ben Affleck‘s “Live By Night.” Hall will play a Southern bootlegger who tangles with Affleck’s Joe Coughlin, the son of a prominent police captain who enters a world of organized crime that takes him from Boston to Florida and Havana, Cuba. The Warner Bros. release is an adaptation of Dennis Lehane‘s novel of the same name. The studio previously recruited Hall for Christopher Nolan‘s “The Dark Knight.” He also recently appeared in Bennett Miller‘s “Foxcatcher.” Also Read: Scott Eastwood to Play Ben Affleck's Brother in WB's »
- Jeff Sneider
A film’s rewatchability factor has a great deal to do with its enduring success. Last year, I listed Bennett Miller’s gloomy, heavy “Foxcatcher” as my favorite movie of the year and, to a degree, it’s a pick I still stand by. But the glum solemnity of "Foxcatcher" doesn’t divulge any particularly new layers upon repeat viewings, whereas other films that I listed in my top five — mainly James Gray’s staggering American tragedy “The Immigrant” and Alex Ross Perry’s underrated and seriously funny “Listen Up, Philip” — continued to reveal new and fascinating layers with repeat viewings. Some flicks from 2014 seem less interesting when watched more than once (for me, it was Damien Chazelle’s almost universally-praised “Whiplash”) while others, like Paul Thomas Anderson’s wigged-out cinematic cornucopia “Inherent Vice,” are best enjoyed when you’ve had a chance to unpack their dense narratives more than once. »
- Nicholas Laskin
Just three months after signing on to direct 20th Century Fox's highly-anticipated superhero spinoff Gambit, filmmaker Rupert Wyatt backed out of the project two weeks ago. The departure was attributed to a shift in the Gambit production schedule, which was supposed to begin in November, but was then changed to March 2016, which reportedly conflicted with an unspecified project. Today, The Hollywood Reporter claims that the split happened because 20th Century Fox started questioning whether or not the filmmaker was truly committed to the project.
Ironically, just weeks before Rupert Wyatt signed on this past June, a report surfaced that actor/producer Channing Tatum was having trouble finding a director for Gambit. He reportedly approached his Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller, along with Darren Aronofsky (Noah), Gareth Evans (The Raid: Redemption) and J.C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year). All of those filmmakers passed on the project. But even after Rupert Wyatt signed on, »
It’s perhaps appropriate that a film called “Truth” is gearing up for this year’s awards race, with other movies on the circuit already weathering the usual criticisms regarding the dramatization of real-life events.
At the Telluride Film Festival, “Steve Jobs” screenwriter Aaron Sorkin got out in front of the fact that the Danny Boyle-directed biopic doesn’t necessarily present things accurately. “Art isn’t about what happened,” Sorkin said at the time. “You can see a very good piece of journalism about him.” The goal, he said, was to make a “painting” rather than a “photograph.”
Last season, Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” was blindsided by criticisms over accuracy late in the year, kicking off a cycle of pieces that didn’t help its chances. Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” took its share of knocks as well. We’re also three years removed from the unprecedented Congressional takedown of »
- Kristopher Tapley
Helen Mirren and Robert Redford will receive Actress and Actor Tributes at the 25th Anniversary Ifp Gotham Independent Film Awards on Nov. 30, the organization announced Tuesday. Anonymous Content founder and managing partner Steve Golin will receive the Industry Tribute at the event that is being held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. Todd Haynes had been previously announced as the Director Tribute recipient. Also Read: Tilda Swinton and Bennett Miller to Be Honored at Gotham Awards “We are thrilled to recognize the careers and achievements of such lauded industry veterans as Robert Redford, Helen Mirren and Steve Golin as part. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
One of the tricks of the Telluride trade is to offer a classy tribute to a major talent who will then unveil their latest film. Robert Redford introduced "All is Lost," George Clooney talked up "The Descendants," and so on. This year fest veteran Danny Boyle will be accepting a Silver Medallion Award. One of the pleasures of the festival is to interview some of these folks (Boyle with eventual Best Picture Oscar-winner "Slumdog Millionaire," Jean-Marc Vallee with "Wild,"Jason Reitman with "Up in the Air" and Bennett Miller with "Capote" come to mind), before they hit the lengthy PR circuit. Thus Boyle's tribute serves as a vehicle for debuting "Steve Jobs" well before its gala at the New York Film Festival--and starting the awards drumbeat with the select media corps in attendance (including me). Also getting a medallion is Rooney Mara, who may seem a tad young for such an award, »
- Anne Thompson
Box Office Sabermetrics is a weekly column that will attempt to apply the statistical analysis Sabermetrics, used in Baseball, to the box office results each weekend.
Universal Studios is having a great year. In fact they’re having a year where they are having the biggest box office returns this year by a long shot – $2.1 billion domestically and counting, a full $700 million past the 2nd placers in Buena Vista – and it’s probably the most interesting thing that a large Hollywood studio has done in a long time.
You’re probably wondering at this point, why should I be interested in the fact that a large Hollywood studio made a bunch of money? The fact that they made a bunch of money isn’t the interesting thing, its how they made it that is.
The biggest genre of film in Hollywood right now is the comic book film. Every studio »
- Dylan Griffin
Nolan to debate future of film as part of a new series of talks on the industry side of the BFI London Film Festival.
The 59th BFI London Film Festival (Oct 7-18) has unveiled a new series of industry talks under the banner Lff Connects, which will aim to explore the future of film and how the medium engages with other creative industries including TV, music, art, games and creative technology.
Interstellar director Christopher Nolan and artist Tacita Dean, whose exhibitions include the grand-scale Film at the Tate Modern, will launch the new series on Oct 9 at London’s BFI Southbank with a conversation that “reframes the future of film”.
The conversation, moderated by BFI creative director Heather Stewart, will see Nolan and Dean explore the importance of seeing films projected on film as part of our cultural experience, as well as the necessity of determining new archival and exhibition standards that secure film’s future.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Bennett Miller’s five-time Oscar-nominated “Foxcatcher” was an outstanding look at some, well, unsportsmanlike qualities between du Pont family heir John E. du Pont and Mark and Dave Schultz, Olympic gold medalist brothers. The film was a critical success, with those aforementioned nominations and Miller’s win at Cannes for best director, but in this video below our friends at Between Frames take a deeper look into the film’s characterization. Read More: Why 'Foxcatcher' Director Bennett Miller Has Only Made Four Films in 16 Years The ubiquitous wide shots and camera angles Miller utilizes demonstrate just how emotionally distant these brothers and their eccentric coach truly were. Despite the physical closeness in wrestling and the arduous hours they spent maintaining their physiques, we see in this fantastic mashup that loneliness was certainly abound on the Foxcatcher Farm. Watch below, and let us know what you think. »
- Samantha Vacca
Read More: Tribeca: Bennett Miller Gets Christopher Nolan to Open Up About the Studio System and His Biggest Fears Zeitgeist Films and Christopher Nolan's Syncopy are partnering on a national tour of select Quay Brothers' films, curated by Nolan and including his new short film, "Quay," about the inner workings of the London-based animators' studio. "The Quay Brothers in 35mm," a 70-minute program featuring new 35mm prints of three short films by Stephen and Timothy Quay, and Nolan's "Quay" will make their debut in a one week run at New York City's Film Forum beginning Wednesday, August 19. Nolan and the Quays will be together for opening night discussions, and the Quays will be present throughout the first weekend. The program will travel to 10 additional cities, including Dallas (Alamo Drafthouse Richardson, 9/3-7), La (Cinefamily, 9/4-10 with appearances by Nolan), Houston (Museum of Fine Arts, 9/12-13), Austin (Alamo Drafthouse. »
- Zack Sharf
Now we've passed the halfway point of the year and summer blockbuster season is beginning to wind down, what better time to deliver our half-term report on 2015 so far?
From Oscar contenders like Selma and Foxcatcher to blockbusters Mad Max: Fury Road and Jurassic World, it's been a strong year for cinema. Read on to find out our rankings then comment below with your favourites...
15. Fast & Furious 7
The Fast & Furious saga's latest instalment carried with it all the insane action sequences and stunts we've come to expect, but few could have predicted just how emotionally affecting the film turned out to be.
The death of Paul Walker in November 2013 meant that production had to be called off while the filmmakers figured out how to complete the movie without him, and they gave him (and character Brian O'Connor) the perfect send off. Sometimes life presents a fork in the road »
True Story, 2015.
Directed by Rupert Goold.
New York Times journalist Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) has lost his job. Fired for playing fast and loose with the facts, he spots a chance at redemption and financial reward in Christian Longo (James Franco). Having stolen Finkel’s identity Longo is now facing trial for murder. Intrigued enough to meet, these two unlikely men find more than a few things to talk about.
Made under the auspices of Brad Pitt’s Plan B production arm, True Story is a slow burn thriller which will draw inevitable comparisons. Whether that be with the alpha male stand-off of Frost/Nixon, Jonathan Demme’s Silence of the Lambs, or it’s under rated cousin Manhunter. There are arguments which could also be made for The King’s Speech, Tim Robbins directed Dead Man Walking or »
- Gary Collinson
In this business you can easily watch up to 200 films in a single year. It's therefore no surprise that it's already hard for this pundit to remember all the films I caught at the Cannes Film Festival, which was less than one month ago. Of course, that doesn't mean some films don't stick with you. One film that made a lasting impression with me over the past 18 months was Maya Forbes' "Infinitely Polar Bear." The autobiographical drama debuted at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and is finally making its way to theaters this week. Inspired by Forbes' relationship with her own bipolar father, the film centers on Cameron (Mark Ruffalo), a man trying to control his behavior after he unexpectedly becomes a de facto single parent to his two young daughters. Ruffalo has delivered many great performances over a storied career, but his work here is unlike anything he's ever done before. »
- Gregory Ellwood
With Channing Tatum stepping into the boots of the Ragin’ Cajun, fan favourite X-Men character Gambit will be getting his own solo movie next year, and Entertainment Weekly are reporting that Rise of the Planet of the Apes and The Gambler’s Rupert Wyatt is in talks to bring the charming, playing card throwing mutant to the big screen (at one point, both Foxcatcher’s Bennett Miller and Requiem for a Dream’s Darren Aronofsky were also being considered). Wyatt’s no stranger to effects heavy spectaculars, but he can also cut to the emotional heart of a subject so I think he’s a good fit for the flawed hero. Tatum recently said in an interview with Empire that Gambit would be an unconventional origin story, with the character, real name Remy LeBeau, being a tortured soul and not a clear cut good or bad guy. Those who are »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
In the land of X-Men right now, Deadpool is in post-production, whilst X-Men: Apocalypse is shooting in Canada, under the watchful eye of Bryan Singer. Both films are due next year, and then there's the small matter of a third X-Men related film due towards the end of 2016, the Gambit spin-off.
This is the one that'll see Channing Tatum take on the role of Remy LeBeau/Gambit, and Fox has the movie earmarked for release on October 7th 2016. And by the looks of things, now it has a director for the film as well.
Rupert Wyatt, who brought the Planet Of The Apes franchise back to life with the rightly acclaimed hit Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, is said to be in talks to direct Gambit. He most recently directed the remake of The Gambler, »
Entertainment Weekly reports that Rupert Wyatt, who directed reboot "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," has been tapped to helm the film, which focuses on the New Orleans-born mutant. Tatum is taking over the role from Taylor Kitsch, who appeared as Gambit in 2009's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." This will be the card-throwing character's first solo flick.
Tatum had long desired to see Gambit get his big screen due, though a movie took some time to materialize. First, the studio needed to sign on; then, the flick floundered for months without a director (and was reportedly rejected by high-profile people including Darren Aronofsky and Tatum's "Foxcatcher" director Bennett Miller). But now, it seems that Wyatt is at the helm, and work can finally start on the feature, »
- Katie Roberts
After months of struggling to lock down a director for Channing Tatum's Gambit — Darren Aronfosky and Bennett Miller both reportedly passed — Fox's X-Men stand-alone has finally found a match: Entertainment Weekly reports that Rise of the Planet of the Apes' Rupert Wyatt will direct the Remy LeBeau origin story. The spinoff, which will star Tatum as the mutant previously played by Taylor Kitsch in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, is set for release on October 7, 2016. Wyatt also directed last year's The Gambler, which at the very least means he has a lot of experience filming playing cards. »
- Dee Lockett
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