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6 items from 2017


Jon Favreau’s VFX Master: Why ‘The Jungle Book’ Will Win the Only Oscar It Can Get

20 February 2017 3:26 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Last year, the Academy rewarded George Miller’s Best-Picture contender “Mad Max: Fury Road” with 10 Oscar nominations and six wins. Jon Favreau’s “The Jungle Book” belongs in the same cinematic groundbreaker category, but partly because Disney marketing wasn’t able to pull the movie out of its family movie ghetto, only the Visual Effects branch of the Academy nominated this wondrous achievement that wowed global moviegoers to the tune of $964 million worldwide.

Favreau and screenwriter Justin Marks took Rudyard Kipling’s classic tales of Mowgli and his brothers and, with help from James Cameron and Martin Scorsese’s go-to VFX master Rob Legato (“Titanic,” “Aviator,” “Hugo”), created a seamlessly natural digital world with many vibrant animal characters — and one live boy (Neel Sethi).

Read More: Why Photographic Realism Makes Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ the VFX Oscar Favorite

Finally, “The Jungle Book” will win an Oscar for its only nomination, »

- Anne Thompson

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Jon Favreau’s VFX Master: Why ‘The Jungle Book’ Will Win the Only Oscar It Can Get

20 February 2017 3:26 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last year, the Academy rewarded George Miller’s Best-Picture contender “Mad Max: Fury Road” with 10 Oscar nominations and six wins. Jon Favreau’s “The Jungle Book” belongs in the same cinematic groundbreaker category, but partly because Disney marketing wasn’t able to pull the movie out of its family movie ghetto, only the Visual Effects branch of the Academy nominated this wondrous achievement that wowed global moviegoers to the tune of $964 million worldwide.

Favreau and screenwriter Justin Marks took Rudyard Kipling’s classic tales of Mowgli and his brothers and, with help from James Cameron and Martin Scorsese’s go-to VFX master Rob Legato (“Titanic,” “Aviator,” “Hugo”), created a seamlessly natural digital world with many vibrant animal characters — and one live boy (Neel Sethi).

Read More: Why Photographic Realism Makes Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ the VFX Oscar Favorite

Finally, “The Jungle Book” will win an Oscar for its only nomination, »

- Anne Thompson

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Witness the Evolution of Cinematography with Compilation of Oscar Winners

6 February 2017 1:47 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

This past weekend, the American Society of Cinematographers awarded Greig Fraser for his contribution to Lion as last year’s greatest accomplishment in the field. Of course, his achievement was just a small sampling of the fantastic work from directors of photography, but it did give us a stronger hint at what may be the winner on Oscar night. Ahead of the ceremony, we have a new video compilation that honors all the past winners in the category at the Academy Awards

Created by Burger Fiction, it spans the stunning silent landmark Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans all the way up to the end of Emmanuel Lubezki‘s three-peat win for The Revenant. Aside from the advancements in color and aspect ration, it’s a thrill to see some of cinema’s most iconic shots side-by-side. However, the best way to experience the evolution of the craft is by »

- Jordan Raup

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Live By Night – Review

13 January 2017 8:04 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

In a film about starting over and new beginnings, Ben Affleck struggles to breathe life in front of and behind the camera. Written, directed, and starring Affleck, Live By Night is a stylish gangster film that’s so languid and dull that even Affleck’s unnecessary narration throughout the film sounds like he’s falling asleep telling his own tale.

World War I has left Joe Coughlin (Affleck) jaded and emotionally wounded. The son of a lawman (Brendan Gleeson) follows down a crime-ridden path of robbery and corruption. Things get dicey when he gets involved with the girl (Sienna Miller) of one of the two big crime bosses in Boston. It’s a tug of war between the Irish and Italian mobs, which eventually extends down to Florida when Joe goes to work for the Italian mob. However, Joe runs into more issues with some locals when he partners with »

- Michael Haffner

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‘Live By Night’ review: “Perfectly enjoyable, but lacks pizzazz”

12 January 2017 12:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Live By Night review: Can Ben Affleck follow-up the Oscar success that he enjoyed with Argo with this ambitious period gangster epic?

Read our Live By Night review below.

Live By Night is Ben Affleck‘s fourth film as director after cutting his teeth with his debut feature, the impressive Gone Baby Gone, followed by the slightly superior The Town ,and then the Oscar-winning Argo. One might say that he’s on a cinematic roll, at least behind the camera, so it’s no surprise that he has aimed high for his latest, the period gangster epic Live By Night.

The film opens in 1920s Boston where Affleck’s character, local hoodlum Joe Coughlin is introduced as the son of the local chief of police (and Wwi veteran) Thomas Coughlin, played by Brendan Gleeson. Joe is carrying out petty crimes to finance his lifestyle, gradually moving up the crime food chain. »

- Paul Heath

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How Zoe Saldana Got Into Character for Ben Affleck’s ‘Live by Night’

10 January 2017 8:57 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 1930s came alive Monday night at the Tcl Chinese Theatre, where Warner Bros. staged the Los Angeles premiere of Ben Affleck‘s gangster thriller “Live by Night.”

Zoe Saldana, who becomes a business associate and spouse to Affleck’s rum-running character, admitted on the red carpet that she found the portrayal liberating.

“It was a dream for me because I got to understand how women of that era managed to get by, trying to be the bosses and making a conscious decision to love freely,” she said. “I came away with the feeling that many more women were like that. You kind of want to trick yourself to pretend ‘What if this is real?’ so it was so easy to be transported to that era.”

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Elle Fanning, who portrays an addict-turned-preacher, credited Affleck (who produced, directed, wrote and starred) with evoking strong performances. »

- Dave McNary

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