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It's been a great year for cinematography, with such an emphasis on survival, turmoil and trying to find beauty or redemption within the suffering. "Gravity," "12 Years a Slave," "Captain Phillips," "Nebraska," "Inside Llewyn Davis," "The Grandmaster," and "Rush" are among the standouts. Whether they used digital or film, the results are organic to theme and design. Will Emmanuel ("Chivo") Lubezki finally get his Oscar for "Gravity"? Maybe so, if you look at the recent digital trend that saw Claudio Miranda ("Life of Pi"), Bob Richardson ("Hugo"), and Mauro Fiore ("Avatar") take the award for three out of the last four years. For Lubezki's first foray into virtual production, he achieved a breathtaking photo-realism that approximates the Nasa photos and IMAX films that he benchmarked, while delivering the long, continuous takes in CG that are a hallmark of director Alfonso Cuaron's visual style. But he needed the Light Box to help solve a very complicated. »
- Bill Desowitz
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 21 Nov 2013 - 05:51
The underappreciated films of 1999 are the focus in our last list of 90s overlooked greats...
The year 1999 was a significant year for film in many ways. Apart from being the year that George Lucas began his Star Wars prequels with The Phantom Menace, it also saw the release of The Blair Witch Project, a horror film which became one of the first to use the internet as a marketing tool, resulting in a massive hit. The Matrix ushered in a new age of special effects filmmaking, arguably paving the way for the superhero blockbusters crowding into multiplexes today.
Mainly, though, 1999 was simply a brilliant year for film. Justly lauded movies like Fight Club, The Green Mile and Eyes Wide Shut aside, there were a huge number of films that didn't get the critical or financial success they deserved - so many, »
Anjelica Huston's memoir, A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London and New York, was just released Tuesday. The generally private actress paints a grim scene when describing her affair with celebrity photographer Bob Richardson (Terry Richardson's father) and touches upon her relationship with Jack Nicholson. But aside from the ups and downs of her love life, the 62-year-old also opens up about her unusual childhood and growing up in the shadows of her famous father, John Huston. Here are Huston's top five most surprising stories from her new tell-all. 1. She Attempted Suicide During a Fight With Richardson: During her rollercoaster affair with the 42-year-old »
In the last three years, the race for the Cinematography Oscar has come down to a bout between two kinds of candidates: the oft-overlooked veteran who has somehow never won an Oscar, and the previously-lauded cinematographer who shot a visual effects-infused extravaganza. In all three years, the winner proved to be of the second category: Wally Pfister's work on "Inception" beat out Matthew Libatique's on "Black Swan," Robert Richardson's efforts on "Hugo" defeated Emmanuel Lubezki and "The Tree Of Life," and this year, Claudio Miranda's 3D work on "Life Of Pi" was victorious over long-time bridesmaid Roger Deakins who lit up "Skyfall." This year, Lubezki — who has 5 Oscar nominations, but no wins — has quickly jumped into the mix for shooting Alfonso Cuaron's 3D visual effects extravaganza "Gravity," and he's by far the runaway frontrunner in the category. Frankly, Lubezki picking up this trophy has been »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Television company HBO, producers of some of the most successful TV coming out of America over the past few years, including Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire and The Wire, has announced its plans to turn popular author Neil Gaiman’s book American Gods into a six season series.
The book is about mystical beings, including Gods and fantasy creatures, existing in modern America.
A six-season runs seems a little ambitious: the show is slated for a late 2013 / early 2014 release but so far only has Robert Richardson (cinematographer for The Aviator, Hugo and Django Unchained) attached to direct, but it does show HBO’s (and production company Playtone’s) confidence in the material and the scripts produced by Gaiman and Richardson so far.
For more information, check out Neil’s interview with Empire magazine here. »
- Flickering Myth
It was little more than a year ago that Brad Pitt's World War Z seemed doomed to be a massive flop. The big-scale zombie apocalypse movie, loosely based on the popular faux-historical novel by Max Brooks, was by many accounts crumbling in production. After various issues arose, director Marc Forster was said to be fighting for control with storied cinematographer Robert Richardson, who was rumored to have tried to quit mid-project. Then news surfaced that producer/star Pitt was no longer on speaking terms with Forster. Added to production delays, release date shifts, seven weeks of re-shoots and a complete rewrite of the film's final act, and World War Z looked like it would be Doa. But to the surprise of critics and moviegoers around the world, while flawed, it's turned out to be a pretty fun and shockingly cohesive movie. This leaves us wondering how much was really »
World War Z: Zombies movie offers ‘Breathtaking’ overhead shots [See previous post: "World War Z Review: Saved by Zombies."] These early scenes establish the speed and sheer number of undead and also unveil some visual go-to’s developed by Marc Forster (of the dreadful Quantum of Solace) and DPs Robert Richardson (who started the project) and Ben Seresin (who finished it and received sole credit). The most breathtaking are the overhead shots, oftentimes from a helicopter’s Pov, showing thousands of zombies filling the streets like floodwater. They figure prominently in the movie’s best section, when Gerry travels to Israel to investigate why the Israelis sensed the coming zombie invasion early enough to build a wall around Jerusalem. (Photo: World War Z zombies try to climb Jerusalem wall.) But since World War Z isn’t very interested in exploring the effects of a zombie takeover on social or religious order, the Israeli scenes, enlivened by eye-level shots of »
- Mark Keizer
Rising from an early grave of negative pre-release publicity, director Marc Forster and producer-star Brad Pitt’s much-maligned “World War Z” emerges as a surprisingly smart, gripping and imaginative addition to the zombie-movie canon, owing as much to scientific disaster movies like “The China Syndrome” and “Contagion” as it does to undead ur-texts like the collected works of George Romero. Showing few visible signs of the massive rewrites, reshoots and other post-production patchwork that delayed its release from December 2012, this sleekly crafted, often nail-biting tale of global zombiepocalypse clicks on both visceral and emotional levels, resulting in an unusually serious-minded summer entertainment whose ideal audience might be described as comicbook fanboys who also listen to “Democracy Now.” Opening a week apart from the more four-quadrant-friendly “Man of Steel” in most markets, “World War Z” should post solid enough numbers at home and abroad, but with a rumored final cost well north of $200 million, »
- Scott Foundas
It's hump day again, and to get you through the longest friggin' day of the week, we have a short film in promotion of the Newport Beach Film Festival (April 25th-May 2nd) that we guarantee is packing some seriously bloody bite. Check it out!
A short film created by ad agency Rpa and Tool of Na directing duo, Erich Joiner and Dp Robert Richardson, three-time Academy Award®-winner (Django Unchained, Inglourious Basterds, Shutter Island, Kill Bill: Vol. 1 & 2), and acclaimed screenwriter Lee Aronsohn ("Two and a Half Men," "Big Bang Theory"). Famous for playing against the Orange County conservative stereotype, the Newport Beach Film Festival continues to build a distinctive personality for itself as a powerful player in the national film festival circuit. This year's advertising breaks away from the traditional 60-second format, evolving into a six-minute showpiece. Graphic, intense and unlike anything film festival-goers are prepared for, this hard-hitting »
- Uncle Creepy
Fun fact: "Life of Pi" won the most Oscars at the 85th annual Academy Awards on Feb. 24 with four total, one more than Best Picture winner "Argo." Which isn't to say everyone in Hollywood was a fan. Take cinematographer Christopher Doyle, the man famous for shooting films by Wong Kar-Wai, who called the Best Cinematography Oscar won by "Life of Pi" "a f--king insult to cinematography."
In an interview with Blouin, Doyle went off on the Academy Award win by Claudio Miranda, in part because "Life of Pi" was created with so many visual effects. (Ang Lee's film also won the Best Visual Effects Oscar.)
"I'm sure he's a wonderful guy and I'm sure he cares so much, but since 97 percent of the film is not under his control, what the f--k are you talking about cinematography," Doyle said. "I'm sorry. I have to be blunt and I don’t care, »
- Christopher Rosen
"...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 :
Actor In A Leading Role
Daniel Day-Lewis - "Lincoln"
Actor In A Supporting Role
Actress In A Leading Role
Actress In A Supporting Role
Anne Hathaway - "Les Miserables"
Animated Feature Film
Ang Lee - "Life of Pi"
Documentary (Short Subject)
- Michael Stevens
If you didn't tune in for the Academy Awards last night, here's a short breakdown of what you missed: William Shatner showed up from the future, Jennifer Lawrence tripped and fell, and Michelle Obama co-presented the award for Best Picture. It was kind of a weird night, but for the most part, the hardware was handed out to all of the expected parties. Argo won Best Picture, Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor and Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress. If there was a surprise, it was that Life of Pi walked away with the most awards (4) including Best Director for Ang Lee. Zero Dark Thirty got shut out of everything except for Best Sound Editing (in a rare tie with Skyfall). Quentin Tarantino was also a pleasant surprise for Best Original Screenplay. What did you think of this year's Oscars? What was the highlight of the night? How would you rate Seth McFarlane as host? »
The fill list of winner for the 85th Annual Academy Awards is below, 'Argo' was the named the film of the year:
Life Of Pi Lincoln
Life Of Pi - Ang Lee Winner
Lincoln - Steven Spielberg
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln Winner
Joaquin Phoenix - The Master
Best Supporting Actor
Philip Seymour Hoffman - The Master
Tommy Lee Jones - Lincoln
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Flicks News)
What a night! Seriously, the 2013 Oscars had its share of ups and downs and I'm sure plenty of hatred will be thrown the way of host Seth MacFarlane whose joke selection was all over the place from great to terrible to tasteless to tame, but I'm actually talking about the way tonight's Oscars shared the wealth so evenly. Twelve films won Oscars tonight, 15 if you count the shorts. Argo took home Best Picture, Film Editing and Adapted Screenplay, but in the end it was Life of Pi with the most awards, including the upset over Steven Spielberg (Lincoln). The Oscars often give us plenty to discuss in terms of taste and we all may disagree on many of the overall winners, but I have a much harder time disagreeing when there is no kind of consensus. After all, how often does one single film, over the span of 365 days nail »
- Brad Brevet
This evening’s Oscar ceremony is now over, and with the dust settling on the biggest awards ceremony of the entire year, and the winners and losers celebrating and commiserating together, we’ve put together a full list of the winners (as well as the beaten nominees) for this year’s awards.
Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain nailed the red carpet, apparently, and Sandra Bullock did wonderful things with a diamond hair-clip, while Bradley Cooper and Chris Pine both proved that beards are very much the hot thing right now. But the big events were yet to happen inside the La venue, as the audience sat ready to receive host Seth MacFarlane, and his inevitably cutting humour.
For the most part, MacFarlane was reserved, though a few barbs did land before the end of the night. He played his part also in the excellent musical staging throughout the ceremony, whose highlights featured Shirley Bassey, »
- Simon Gallagher
Ang Lee - Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg - Lincoln
Best Actor In A Leading Role:
Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln
Hugh Jackman - Les Miserables
Joaquin Phoenix - The Master
Best Actress In A Leading Role:
Quvenzhané Wallis - Beasts of the Southern Wild
Best Actor In A Supporting Role:
* Indicates Winner Best Picture "Amour" * "Argo" "Beasts Of The Southern Wild" "Django Unchained" "Les Miserables" "Life Of Pi" "Lincoln" "Silver Linings Playbook" "Zero Dark Thirty" Best Director Michael Haneke - "Amour" Benh Zeitlin - "Beasts of the Southern Wild" * Ang Lee - "Life Of Pi" Steven Spielberg - "Lincoln" David O. Russell - "Silver Linings Playbook" Best Cinematography Anna Karenina" Seamus McGarvey "Django Unchained" Robert Richardson * "Life of Pi" Claudio Miranda "Lincoln" Janusz Kaminski "Skyfall" Roger Deakins Best Actor In A Leading Role Denzel Washington - "Flight" Hugh Jackman - "Les Miserables" * Daniel Day-Lewis - "Lincoln" Joaquin Phoenix - "The Master" Bradley Cooper - "Silver Linings Playbook" Best Actress In A Leading Role Emmanuelle Riva - "Amour" Quvenzhane Wallis - "Beasts Of The Southern Wild" Naomi Watts - "The Impossible" * Jennifer Lawrence - "Silver Linings PLaybook" Jessica Chastain - "Zero Dark Thirty" Best Actor In A Supporting Role Alan Arkin »
Ben Affleck’s Argo wins Best Picture award at the 85th Academy Awards. Ang Lee wins the Oscar for the Best Director for Life of Pi; the film has also bagged Oscar statuettes for Best Visual Effects, Claudio Miranda has won the Best Cinematography award and Mychael Danna has won the Best Original Score award.
Ang Lee beat Michael Haneke (Amour), Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Steven Spielberg (Lincoln) and David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) to win the Best Director award. In Visual Effects category, Life of Pi was competing against The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Avengers, Prometheus and The Snow White and the Huntsman. Claudio Miranda was competing with Seamus McGarvey for Anna Karenina, Robert Richardson for Django Unchained, »
Tonight, Hollywood's biggest stars are at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood for the 2013 Oscar Awards, and Et is bringing you all of the winners as they are announced! (Winners underlined).
Click here for full Oscar coverage.
Best Supporting Actor
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Best Original Song
Before My Time, Chasing Ice
Suddenly, Les Miserables
Everybody Needs a Best Friend, Ted
Best Supporting Actress
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Amy Adams, The Master
Best Animated Film
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Best Foreign Language Film
A Royal Affair
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Original Screenplay
It’s the biggest night in Hollywoodland and we’re along for the crazy, caffeine-fueled night. Whether it’ll be Lincoln’s night or a wider net of awards there’ll be plenty to talk about for weeks to come.
If you’re on Twitter then follow us tweet the night away over at @heyuguys and you can keep abreast of all the winners as they are announced right here.
Ang Lee’s Life of Pi took home the most awards, with four statues to its name for Best Director, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography, and Best Visual Effects.
Ben Affleck’s Argo and Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables were next, taking three apiece. Affleck’s third feature took the most coveted award of the evening, very much deservedly winning him, George Clooney, and Grant Heslov the Best Picture award, as well as taking home the Best Film Editing and »
- Jon Lyus
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