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Kathryn Bigelow Salutes Her Below-the-Line Colleagues on ‘Detroit’

Kathryn Bigelow Salutes Her Below-the-Line Colleagues on ‘Detroit’
Annapurna’s “Detroit” is being re-released in theaters today, Dec. 1, and awards screeners were recently sent out. The film was written by Mark Boal and directed by Kathryn Bigelow, their third collaboration after “Hurt Locker” (in which both won Oscars, with the film named best picture) and “Zero Dark Thirty.” In an email to Variety, Bigelow cited the work of her below-the-line colleagues on “Detroit,” set during the 1967 uprising.

Production designer Jeremy Hindle

Jeremy Hindle is a master craftsman. Sifting through hundreds of photographs from the time period, Jeremy can identify the handful of frames necessary to create an entire three-dimensional universe in which the story may live, and out of a single image he creates a color palette which will influence and guide all aspects of the film, from photography to sets to wardrobe. Jeremy not only provides a visual landscape, but he burrows far beneath the surface, meeting with people from the period, discovering the narrative
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Ajay Devgn’s 1st International Production ‘Parched’ to be showcased at Toronto International Film Festival 2015

Superstar Actor, Producer & Director Ajay Devgn’s first international production ‘Parched’ is all set to have its exciting world Premiere at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival in September 2015! Ajay Devgn will also be visiting Toronto to attend the World Premiere screening of ‘Parched’.

Produced by Devgn under his USA based venture Shivalaya Entertainment, in association with Blue Waters Motion Picture, Airan Consultants, “Parched’ is written by Leena Yadav & Supratik Sen & directed by Leena Yadav with talented ensemble cast of Tannishtha Chatterjee, Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla, Adil Hussain, Lehar Khan, Riddhi Sen, Mahesh Balraj & Chandan Anand.

Parched essays the story of four ordinary women, in a rural Indian village, who begin to throw off the traditions that hold them in servitude in an inspirational drama.

Ajay Devgn, Producer says “Parched’ is about the small battles that women must fight to win the big war. Films like ‘Parched’ need to be made,
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March 24th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Beyond, Digging Up The Marrow

For the second to last week of March, genre fans have a lot to look forward to as there are a ton of titles making their home entertainment debut this Tuesday. Image Entertainment is releasing Digging Up the Marrow, the latest from filmmaker Adam Green, on both Blu-ray and DVD and Grindhouse Releasing is doing the dark lord’s work with their stunning 3-Disc Collector’s Edition of Lucio Fulci’s cult classic, The Beyond. Wild Eye Releasing also has several films being released on March 24th and Shout Factory has another great Mystery Science Theater 3000 box set coming out as well.

The Beyond: 3-Disc Collector’s Edition (Grindhouse Releasing, Blu-ray)

The seven dreaded gateways to hell are concealed in seven cursed places... And on the day the gates of hell are opened, the dead will walk the earth! From legendary Italian horror master Lucio Fulci comes the ultimate classic of supernatural terror.
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Cannibal Ferox getting deluxe Blu-ray treatment

Grindhouse Releasing, the U.S. independent home entertainment distributors, has announced the release of a deluxe, uncut Blu-ray for Cannibal Ferox, directed by Umberto Lenzi.

Released in 1981, the film was banned in the UK in the early 1980s and added to the infamous Video Nasties list under the Obscene Publications Act, and still remains cut by six minutes on these shores.

Pre-order Cannibal Ferox On Blu-ray Here

The original uncensored, unrated director’s cut of one of the most notorious and violent films of all time. Banned in 31 countries, Cannibal Ferox assaults your senses as a group of Americans lost in the jungles of Amazonia experience brutal retribution at the hands of blood-crazed cannibals. Shot on location in the savage Amazon wilds of South America, Cannibal Ferox is one of the most violent and shocking films ever made. There are at least two dozen scenes of barbaric torture and sadistic cruelty graphically shown.
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Cannibal Ferox Blu-ray Special Features Revealed by Grindhouse Releasing

Gloria doesn't believe cannibalism exists, but that notion is ripped to shreds when she and her companions are targeted as meals for a rain forest tribe that's been pushed over the edge. Serving as an inspiration for Eli Roth's The Green Inferno and still leaving viewers feeling queasy nearly 34 years after its initial release, Umberto Lenzi's 1981 Italian exploitation horror film, Cannibal Ferox, was once banned in 31 countries but has received more love over the years as more and more people have discovered its palpable practical effects and uncompromising storytelling.

Having released Ruggero Deodato's Cannibal Holocaust on Blu-ray this past summer, the folks at Grindhouse Releasing are bringing Cannibal Ferox to Blu-ray with a new 2k transfer and a slew of special features, including never-before-seen deleted scenes, an abundance of cast and crew interviews, audio commentary by director Umberto Lenzi and star John Morghen, a new feature-length documentary on Italian cannibal cinema,
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"American Sniper" Among Cinema Audio Society Nominees! See Full List of Nominations!

The Cinema Audio Society (Cas) announces the nominees for the 51st Annual Cas Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for 2014 in six categories and the Cas Technical Achievement Award Nominations. Cas President David Fluhr congratulates each of "the nominees on a job well-mixed.. Clever!

The rest of the press release revealed that:

Final balloting for both the Outstanding Sound Mixing and the Cas Technical Achievement Awards will open online Wednesday January 21st and end Friday, February 6th.

The Awards will be presented at a sealed envelope dinner on February 14th in the Crystal Ballroom of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. During the awards the highest honor of the Cas . the Cas Career Achievement Award will be presented to Production Sound Mixer David Macmillan, Cas. Doug McIntyre, host of Kabc Talk Radio.s McIntyre in the Morning, will be returning as the Master of Ceremonies

Here's the complete list of nominees
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Motion Picture Sound Editors Announce Golden Reel Nominees

Motion Picture Sound Editors Announce Golden Reel Nominees
American Sniper,” “Big Hero 6,” “Birdman,” “The Lego Movie” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” have been nominated by the Motion Picture Sound Editors for the 62nd Mpse Golden Reel Awards, to be held Feb. 15 at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles.

The Mpse announced nominees in 20 categories Wednesday.

“2014 was a fantastic year for sound,” said Mpse president Frank Morrone. “The advent of new distribution channels, streaming services and gaming platforms is creating additional opportunities for sound artists to practice their craft beyond the traditional venues of film and television. This year’s nominations reflect that change, spanning an amazing diversity of mediums and genres, all executed at the highest level of creativity. We are truly inspired and impressed by the work of our colleagues.”

Darren Aronofsky will receive the filmmaker award, and Skip Lievsay will receive the career achievement award.

The entire nominations list:

Feature Animation

Big Hero 6

Walt Disney Animation Studios
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‘Birdman,’ ‘Apes’ Top 2015 Golden Reel Nominations

  • Deadline
‘Birdman,’ ‘Apes’ Top 2015 Golden Reel Nominations
Hollywood’s sound pros nominated Birdman and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes for three awards apiece as the Motion Picture Sound Editors unveiled nods for its 62nd Mpse Golden Reel Awards, honoring the best feature film, television, animation and computer entertainment work of the year.

“2014 was a fantastic year for sound,” said Mpse president Frank Morrone. “The advent of new distribution channels, streaming services and gaming platforms is creating additional opportunities for sound artists to practice their craft beyond the traditional venues of film and television. This year’s nominations reflect that change, spanning an amazing diversity of mediums and genres, all executed at the highest level of creativity. We are truly inspired and impressed by the work of our colleagues.”

This year’s Golden Reels will additionally honor Noah director Darren Aronofsky with the Mpse’s annual Filmmaker Award. Oscar winner Skip Lievsay, known for his work
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‘Interstellar,’ ‘Guardians’ Among Cinema Audio Society Nominees

‘Interstellar,’ ‘Guardians’ Among Cinema Audio Society Nominees
Interstellar,” “American Sniper,” “Birdman,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Unbroken” have been selected as the nominees for best sound mixing for a live-action film by the Cinema Audio Society.

The sound mix for “Interstellar” had generated complaints that loud music overwhelms dialogue in scenes, but the filmmakers asserted that was their intention.

Winners will be unveiled on Feb. 14 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

Nominees for best mixing for an animated film include “Big Hero 6,””The Boxtrolls,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” “The Lego Movie” and “The Penguins of Madagascar.”

The group also announced nominations Tuesday in four television and two technical categories.

The Career Achievement Award will be presented to Production Sound Mixer David Macmillan. Doug McIntyre will be returning as host.

The entire nominations list:

Motion Picture – Live Action

American Sniper

Production Mixer — Walt Martin, Cas

Re-recording Mixer — Gregg Rudloff

Re-recording Mixer — John Reitz

Scoring Mixer — Robert Fernandez

Adr Mixer — Thomas J.
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Cinema Audio Society Thinks ‘Interstellar’ Sounds Just Fine

  • The Wrap
Cinema Audio Society Thinks ‘Interstellar’ Sounds Just Fine
Complaints about the sound mix on Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” clearly didn’t have much influence on the members of the Cinema Audio Society, who on Tuesday made the film one of the five nominees for the best feature-film sound mix of 2014.

Interstellar” joined “American Sniper,” “Birdman,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Unbroken” in receiving nominations for the 2014 Cas Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing, which will be presented on Feb. 14 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

Also read: OscarWrap: Christopher Nolan and ‘Interstellar’ Dream Team Talk Sound, Edit, Design

Missing from the roster of nominees were the action movies “Transformers: Age of Extinction,
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Hell's bells, 'Interstellar' got a Cinema Audio Society sound mixing nomination

  • Hitfix
Nominations have been announced for the 51st annual Cinema Audio Society Awards, and as ever with this group lately, there are a few surprises. For instance, "Unbroken" made the cut despite being mostly ignored by the guilds and industry groups so far, and Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" showed up as well. The biggest jaw-dropper might just be that after months of being the poster child for sound complaints, somehow, some way, "Interstellar" ended up in the mix (no pun intended). There are always one or two that drop out, however. Last year, for example, another Marvel movie — "Iron Man 3" — was chalked up here. But it fell out in favor of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" with the Academy. I find myself wondering if "The Battle of the Five Armies" could make the cut this year as it's even more of an action/sound film than the last.
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If I had an Oscar ballot...

  • Hitfix
If I had an Oscar ballot...
We're winding down the year-in-review game here at HitFix as 2014 draws to a close. For whatever reason I took a year off of the ballot/superlatives posts, but I'm back with those personal assessments of the best of the year, beginning today with my top picks across the Academy's 24 categories. Check back in tomorrow for a list of winners from this lot, as well as others in a slew of peripheral categories. And of course, feel free to let us know what your Oscar ballot would look like in the comments section below. (Oh, and naturally it goes without saying this post is living in a parallel reality where I'm not confined to a specific branch for nominations and reign supreme over all categories with selections for each.) We'll find out if the Academy agrees with any of this when the 87th annual Oscar nominations are announced on Jan. 15. *** Best
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From 'Fury' to 'Interstellar,' Sounding Off on Five Sonic Oscar Contenders

From 'Fury' to 'Interstellar,' Sounding Off on Five Sonic Oscar Contenders
The sound category this awards season is highlighted by different war zones ("Fury," "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," "Godzilla"), a gut-wrenching space adventure ("Interstellar"), and a bizarre fairy tale musical mash-up ("Into the Woods"). What they have in common is a sense of the natural and a sonic intensity. 1. The sound of World War II tank warfare has never been as real or as intense as in David Ayer's "Fury." Sound designer Paul Ottosson ("Zero Dark Thirty") was totally in his element, recording sounds of the Nazi Tiger tank for the first time onscreen and getting the low-end of the shockwaves as well as the ricochets and shell hits just right. But the recording details extended to the interior machinery of the tanks and the authentic radio transmissions. Yet the sound designer was amazed at the high-tech Tiger -- it was almost like a tricked out sports car.
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Artisans Re-Create Biblical Times, Recent History and Future in Best Pic Race

Artisans Re-Create Biblical Times, Recent History and Future in Best Pic Race
The 20th century and its landmark events are major sources of inspiration for at least eight major awards contenders this year and artisans had their hands full re-creating a period of turbulence, war and immense social change.

“Selma” takes us back to a seminal moment of the civil rights movement in the U.S., when the brutality of a white Southern police force striking against peacefully marching blacks, led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., turned public opinion against segregation and led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act by Congress in 1964. Elements like vehicles, guns, billy clubs, furniture and costumes — all well documented in thousands of photos and newsreels — had to be gathered or created.

Artisans for Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” faced an even larger task because they had to reproduce period looks of three continents as athlete Louis Zamperini competes at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, joins the U.
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Tech Support: Will 'Interstellar's' woes cost it Oscar attention in the sound mixing race?

  • Hitfix
Tech Support: Will 'Interstellar's' woes cost it Oscar attention in the sound mixing race?
Normally, by mid-November, we have a pretty good idea of many of the likely nominees in most of the crafts categories. But in this year's race for Best Sound Mixing, I see things as extremely open — there's not a single film that strikes me as assured of a spot and more than a dozen appear to have very good chances. That makes for an exciting race. This category awards the overall mix of dialogue, music, effects and "everything else" into a film's soundtrack. This is different than sound editing, which recognizes the creation and editing of artificial sound effects. Being a leading Best Picture contender can certainly help a film's chances in mixing (seen in "The Social Network," "The King's Speech" and "Moneyball" in recent years), as can being a war film, a musical or a respected (or even not-so-respected) blockbuster. There are also certain mixers who score very regularly indeed.
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Lucio Fulci’s The Beyond Blu-ray Release Date Revealed

  • DailyDead
In Lucio Fulci’s 1981 horror movie, The Beyond, Liza Merril thought she could fix up her inherited hotel and re-open it, but as fans of the film know, Liza’s place of business serves as one of the Seven Doors of Death, a portal to hell that no amount of new paint or improved plumbing can fix. Grindhouse Releasing revealed today the official release date of their 3-disc restored Blu-ray of The Beyond.

Grindhouse Releasing’s The Beyond Blu-ray is scheduled to come out on February 10th and will be available to pre-order later this week. Directed by Lucio Fulci off a screenplay he wrote with Dardano Sacchetti and Giorgio Mariuzzo, The Beyond stars Catriona MacColl, David Warbeck, Cinzia Monreale, and Veronica Lazar.

“The seven dreaded gateways to hell are concealed in seven cursed places…

And on the day the gates of hell are opened, the dead will walk the earth!
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Tech Support: 'Godzilla,' 'Fury,' 'Interstellar' and more square off for Best Sound Editing

  • Hitfix
Cling. Clang. Crash. Welcome to the category of Best Sound Editing, which awards the creation and integration of artificial sounds into a movie's soundtrack. This distinguishes this category from Best Sound Mixing, which awards the mixing of the film's overall soundtrack. Due to the emphasis on creating artificial sounds, action films and war films tend to do particularly well here. The branch is also not afraid to give a film a standalone nomination (this decade, that has included "All is Lost," "Tron: Legacy," "Drive" and "Unstoppable"). In the not-too-distant past, animated films were also practically annual staples, which is unsurprising given the need to manifest everything you hear in such productions. The sound branch has its favorite contenders who regularly return. Names like Richard Hymns and Wylie Stateman immediately jump to mind. This is likely the case to a greater extent in Sound Editing than Sound Mixing. But every year also sees new nominees.
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David Ayer calls 'Fury' the study of a family that happens to live in a tank and kill people

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David Ayer calls 'Fury' the study of a family that happens to live in a tank and kill people
David Ayer took a big leap with "Fury." After smaller projects like "Street Kings" and "End of Watch" (as well as the critical dud "Sabotage"), he went right at the bull with a massive World War II drama featuring one of the world's biggest stars. Over budget and bursting at the seems, the resulting film is a fascinating shaggy dog entry in the well-worn genre of war, one with a lot of ideas flying around but a central intention: exploring a family dynamic in the middle of hell itself. I spoke to Ayer last week about the film, which was shot on location outside of London last year. We got into the choice of shooting on film, fighting to keep one particularly strong scene in tact and, of course, favorite war movies. Check out the back and forth below. "Fury" hits theaters Oct. 17. *** HitFix: So there is obviously a long
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Cannibal Holocaust and The Beyond are Coming to Blu-ray

It has been officially confirmed that Grindhouse Releasing is working on a Blu-ray edition of The Beyond and Cannibal Holocaust. Both movies were previously released by Grindhouse Releasing on DVD and we’ve provided details below on the bonus features that will likely be ported over to the new high-def versions. A release date has not been specified, but we expect to see them later this year and will keep Daily Dead readers posted on any updates.

Cannibal Holocaust: “The most controversial movie ever made has finally arrived on DVD! Banned and heavily censored throughout theiworld, here is a film that surpasses its reputation as a shotgun blast to the senses. Cannibal Holocaust presents the “found footage” of four documentary filmmakers who experience brutal death at the hands of a savage South American tribe of flesh-eaters. This footage is so intense, so graphic and so unflinching in its realism
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Seth MacFarlane Worst Oscar Host Ever ?

  • SneakPeek
"...Seth MacFarlane Worst Oscar Host Ever..." screamed a futuristic entertainment news headline, delivered by 'Captain Kirk' (William Shatner) to 85th Academy Awards host Seth MacFarlane, during the opening moments of the Oscars presentation, February 24, 2013.

Viewers were then subjected to a schizophrenic ceremony that couldn't decide whether to honor or ridicule the Hollywood community and the year's best filmmakers.

And the winners are :

Best Picture

"Argo"

Actor In A Leading Role

Daniel Day-Lewis - "Lincoln"

Actor In A Supporting Role

Christoph Waltz - "Django Unchained"

Actress In A Leading Role

Jennifer Lawrence - "Silver Linings Playbook"

Actress In A Supporting Role

Anne Hathaway - "Les Miserables"

Animated Feature Film

Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman - "Brave"

Cinematography

Robert Richardson - "Life Of Pi"

Costume Design

Jacqueline Durran - "Anna Karenina"

Directing

Ang Lee - "Life of Pi"

Documentary (Feature)

"Searching For Sugar Man"

Documentary (Short Subject)

"Inocente"

Film Editing

William Goldenberg
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