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7 items from 2016


Edinburgh 2016 Presents Highlanders, (Yoga) Hosers And A Whole Lot More!

18 June 2016 11:30 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

This week the world’s longest continually running film festival opened its doors for a monumental 70th occasion. Edinburgh International Film Festival may be old, but its content is as fresh as ever. Running June 15-26, the diverse lineup consists of new local and international work alongside a finely curated set of retrospective screenings. Spread across 20 different ‘Strands’ Edinburgh brings a wealth of cinema to Scotland’s historic capital. Offering more than just films, the Eiff offers visitors the chance to join in the conversation with an array of special guests. Actors Dominique Pinon and Kim Cattrall, legendary British producer Jeremy Thomas (Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, The Last Emperor, Naked Lunch, the list goes on…) and director Kevin Smith will all be present talking about works...

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Edinburgh 2016 Presents Highlanders, (Yoga) Hosers And A Whole Lot More!

18 June 2016 11:30 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

This week the world’s longest continually running film festival opened its doors for a monumental 70th occasion. Edinburgh International Film Festival may be old, but its content is as fresh as ever. Running June 15-26, the diverse lineup consists of new local and international work alongside a finely curated set of retrospective screenings. Spread across 20 different ‘Strands’ Edinburgh brings a wealth of cinema to Scotland’s historic capital. Offering more than just films, the Eiff offers visitors the chance to join in the conversation with an array of special guests. Actors Dominique Pinon and Kim Cattrall, legendary British producer Jeremy Thomas (Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, The Last Emperor, Naked Lunch, the list goes on…) and director Kevin Smith will all be present talking about works...

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‘Outlander’ Boss Ron Moore Breaks Down Claire’s Pivotal ‘Star Chamber’ Scene

13 June 2016 11:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The cast and crew of “Outlander” traversed a narrative minefield in the seventh episode of Season 2, titled “Faith,” as Caitriona Balfe’s Claire Fraser was quickly forced to rebound from the despair of losing her baby to the high-stakes tension of an audience with King Louis Xv (Lionel Lingelser), in which she attempted to earn freedom for her incarcerated husband, Jamie (Sam Heughan), as well as save the lives of her friend Master Raymond (Dominique Pinon) and nemesis Le Comte St. Germain (Stanley Weber).

Showrunner Ronald D. Moore explains how the pivotal “Star Chamber” scene came together through five key contributions behind the scenes as part of our Emmy season feature, Anatomy of a Scene.

Toni Graphia, writer

The script was a delicate balancing act, according to Moore, and Graphia fought for it from the get-go. “We broke it together as a staff, and I think the element that we worked over the most and kept going back to and reworking was what happened within the Star Chamber itself, trying to make sure it was clear what everyone’s motivation was, why Claire was doing the things that she did. When you went to voiceover, what was the king’s motivation? What did Claire think was happening? When did Raymond put the poison in? There were a lot of mechanics involved in that scene, that just meant it got reworked several times before it was even drafted.”

“Toni’s first draft was really good. My big note for her for the second draft was, ‘it’s really not about Claire sleeping with the king.” That plays a pretty big element in the book; [Claire and Jamie] have a pretty big fight about it, but I said “for the TV show and for what we’re doing, nothing in this episode is as big as the loss of the baby. Go back and just dig deeper and make it about the loss of the baby.’ And she just took that note and embraced it, and dug really deep, and the second draft was amazing. I remember she was in Scotland and we were both there, and I just walked into the writer’s office and hugged her and kissed her and said, ‘oh my God, it’s a beautiful piece of work. I’m so proud of you.’ I’m still blown away by what she did. The second draft was just an amazing piece of writing.”

Metin Hüseyin, director

A returning director from Season 1, Hüseyin had already helmed some complicated episodes in Season 2, including the opening two episodes of the year. “Metin had done a fine job,” Moore says. “The cast had a great affinity with him, a great relationship. And it was complicated material, and the culmination of a lot of things through the course of the season that he’d already been intimately involved with, so that just seemed like a no-brainer to us.”

The layout of the Star Chamber set also required a knowledgeable hand, Moore explains: “It was a difficult set to shoot in because of the design. It had unique lighting challenges to get the shafts of light coming down from the stars. It took so long to rig it that you didn’t really want to do a lot of different setups. It was a very long scene, so the production requirements forced Metin into a certain style of direction; he just couldn’t afford the time to keep playing around and resetting things.”

Jon Gary Steele, production designer

The striking look of the Star Chamber set was conceived by Steele (who told us more about his design process in our recent Artisans video). “The very first conversation we had was very conceptual. He asked me, ‘tell me about where this room is in the palace, and how old is it? Is it a room that’s been converted to this purpose? What’s the feeling?’ Because the show has always been at pains to be authentic as possible, and in this instance I said, ‘This one should have a certain heightened quality to it, it’s mystical, magical, and let’s say that this room was purpose-built for this, by his grandfather who built Versailles,'” Moore recalls.

“The next conversation, he started telling me he had these big plans, and he wanted to do a dome and I was like, ‘Really? Because you know it is just one scene?’ He’s like, ‘yeah, trust me,’ and then he brought me down and showed me a three-dimensional model that he’d had built in the art department. This is one of the things I love about our art department — they build actual models, not just all computerized stuff; there’s actual models to look at. And I saw it, it had the dome on it, and you can bend down and look through the doorways and he said, ‘now, it’s going to be expensive…’ He was just so passionate about it and he really believed in it, and I just said ‘okay, let’s do it, spend the money, let’s build it.’ I think he was a little surprised I said yes, too.”

The end product was clearly worth the expense. “It’s a gorgeous scene and a gorgeous set,” Moore observes. “I’m struck by how well you see it. A lot of times you go on the set and sometimes it’s not shot correctly, or we don’t use most of it … this was an instance where you saw the whole thing. You saw the dome, you saw the fires, the brassieres, and the columns, and the depth, and the floor decoration. Suddenly you’re disconnected from Paris and you’ve just entered this other reality that you had no idea was right behind that door.”

Michael O’Halloran, editor

Because Hüseyin filmed the Star Chamber scene all the way through in long, unbroken takes to maintain the emotional intensity, the episode also required careful editing from O’Halloran. “It was a difficult scene to cut because there weren’t that many takes, and sometimes the eye lines don’t match up on these long masters because people just forget where they are,” Moore says. “If you’re not running the scene over and over again, suddenly you’re trying to cut them together. That took a lot of time and effort.”

Terry Dresbach, costume designer

The costumes on the show are almost characters in themselves, diligently created by Dresbach (who also happens to be Moore’s wife), and her team. In the case of the Star Chamber scene, Moore notes, “It’s a dark set, but those costumes provide a lot of color, interest and detail — a lot of bling in the room. The most important thing about the costumes in this scene, like in every scene, is that they so quickly define the characters. Claire’s dark dress anchors her at the center of things, and she’s been put at the center of things. The king is still wearing that long robe, so he’s the only casual one here, but he has the most power.”

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Edinburgh Film Festival Chief Mark Adams Unveils 70th Edition

25 May 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 70th edition of the Edinburgh Film Festival, which runs June 15-26, will showcase 161 feature films from 46 countries, including 22 world premieres, five international premieres, 17 European premieres and 85 U.K. premieres. Artistic director Mark Adams, unveiling the selection Wednesday, said there was “something for everyone,” and the festival would “challenge, provoke and entertain audiences.”

Highlights include the U.K. premiere of Disney-Pixar animation “Finding Dory,” In-Person events featuring the likes of Kevin Smith and Kim Cattrall, and the opening and closing gala world premieres of “Tommy’s Honor” and “Whisky Galore!” Classic include “E.T. the Extraterrestrial” with John Williams’ score performed live by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the world premiere of the newly-restored 4K version of the Scottish classic “Highlander,” celebrating its 30th anniversary with star Clancy Brown in attendance.

The Best of British strand includes David Blair’s heart-wrenching drama “Away,” starring Timothy Spall and Juno Temple as »

- Leo Barraclough

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How ‘Outlander’ Created Its Most Devastating and Powerful Episode Yet

21 May 2016 7:59 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Spoiler warning: Do not read on unless you’ve seen “Outlander” Season 2, Episode 7, titled “Faith.” Catch up on our previous “Outlander” recaps and coverage here.

Outlander” never shies away from challenging material, and there are few issues more challenging than miscarriage and sexual assault — both of which were present in the harrowing latest installment of the Starz drama, which saw Claire lose her baby after witnessing Jamie’s duel with Black Jack Randall — a fight that was precipitated by Jamie discovering Jack raping Fergus, a boy who works for the couple.

The episode, sensitively written by Toni Graphia and directed by Metin Hüseyin, exemplifies why “Outlander” stands head and shoulders above the majority of other primetime dramas, especially when it comes to portrayals of rape and loss. While it’s often hard to stomach the violence that human beings inflict on each other, “Outlander” takes pains to explore the emotional aftermath of its physical cruelties, »

- Laura Prudom

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Edinburgh Film Festival Celebrates Cinéma du Look, Comic-Strip Adaptations

15 April 2016 11:39 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Thirty years since the Edinburgh Film Festival opened with the U.K. premiere of Jean-Jacques Beineix’s “Betty Blue,” the fest is to devote one of its retrospectives to the Cinéma du Look wave of 1980 and early 1990s French filmmaking. Another retrospective, “Pow!!! Live Action Comic-Strip Adaptations: The First Generation,” delves into the evolution of the live-action comic-strip adaptation in cinema.

The Gallic retro will focus on the work of Beineix, Luc Besson and Leos Carax, the three directors around which Cinéma Du Look revolved. Titles in the strand will include Beineix’s “Betty Blue” (1986) and “Diva” (1981), Besson’s “Subway” (1985), “The Big Blue” (1988) and “La Femme Nikita” (1990), and Carax’s “Mauvais Sang” (1986) and “Les Amants Du Pont-Neuf” (1991).

The films showcase performances by Jean Reno, Christophe Lambert, Michel Piccoli, Isabelle Adjani, Juliette Binoche, Jeanne Moreau, Dominique Pinon and Julie Delpy. Several of the stars will attend the festival, which is headed by Mark Adams. »

- Leo Barraclough

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'Outlander' Season 2 Trailer Arrives, Premiere Date Announced

11 February 2016 12:38 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Starz, in association with Sony Pictures Television, has announced the return of its hit original series Outlander on Saturday, April 9th at 9Pmet/Pt. The eagerly awaited second installment will be 13 episodes and is based upon the second of eight books in Diana Gabaldon's international best-selling Outlander series, entitled Dragonfly in Amber. The series is executive produced by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: The Next Generation).

Starz also released a new trailer and first look at their teaser art featuring Outlander couple Claire Randall Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) on the steps of Versailles. Instead of swords and guns, they're armed with political savvy and the finest 1700s Parisian fashion as they embark on their new mission - infiltrating the French aristocracy and rewriting history. The new image gives viewers a taste of what's to come in this exciting »

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