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Blu-ray Review: ‘Born on the Fourth of July’ Joins Universal Anniversary Line

9 July 2012 6:44 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – A number of films have been inducted into the Universal line of 100th Anniversary Blu-rays, the best wave of catalog Blu-ray releases of 2012 and an increasingly impressive collection, but few have been as current as Oliver Stone’s “Born on the Fourth of July.” Oliver Stone has a new movie in theaters (“Savages”), co-star Kyra Sedgwick is starting her final season of TNT’s “The Closer” this week, and, well, star Tom Cruise has been in the headlines a bit lately. Maybe you noticed.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

My concern about all the drama surrounding Tom Cruise’s personal life and religious beliefs is that it will overshadow the fact that he’s a damn good actor. He’s one of the best of his generation and he’s constantly underrated in large part due to his actual drama. He should have at least two Oscars by now for either “Magnolia” or »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Everything We Know About 'Django Unchained' So Far

13 June 2012 7:00 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Quentin Tarantino making a Western sounds like the coolest coupling of director and genre since Scorsese noodled with the mafia, and judging from the rootin' tootin' trailer for "Django Unchained," it just might live up to our cinema-junkie expectations.

For his smash hit "Inglourious Basterds," Tarantino gave Jews their ultimate revenge fantasy by allowing Eli Roth to smoke Hitler, and we loved every minute of it. Now imagine him applying that same gonzo, pop culture-laden sensibility to a freed African-American slave riding dusty trails, scouting filthy saloons, or going up against heaps o' redneck crackers with itchy trigger fingers. Now you get the picture.

Here's all you should possibly know to get in the saddle with the "Pulp Fiction" maestro for his trip to the wild, wild ... South?

Release Date

December 25

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For the title slave-turned-gunslinger, Jamie Foxx beat out the formidable likes of Will Smith, Idris Elba »

- Max Evry

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Apparently The First 45 Min. To 1 Hour Of 'World War Z' Is Fine…The Rest, Not So Much

13 June 2012 6:05 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

When it was revealed that Paramount's “World War Z” was going to be heading back for extensive reshoots, we can’t have been the only ones wondering how they were going to shoehorn Channing Tatum into this movie. Ah, maybe we’ve got our Paramount stories mixed up here, but the studio, which is celebrating its 100th year, isn’t having the best anniversary so far. “The Dictator” underperformed last month, and the move of “G.I Joe: Retaliation” left them without a summer tentpole – and this in the same year that they pushed back “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” 10 months to early 2013. Their hopes for the rest of the year will be pinned on “Paranormal Activity 4,” “Flight,” and the Tom Cruise vehicle “Jack Reacher” to make up some of the cash those aforementioned films won't be bringing in/must be los. And in the case of "World War Z, »

- Joe Cunningham

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A Look Into The Troubled Production Of World War Z

13 June 2012 12:21 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

We had heard that the big-budget adaptation of Max Brooks’s zombie novel World War Z was in trouble with the recent rewrite, reshoots, and release date change, but apparently there’s a lot more to the story.

The Hollywood Reporter recently heard a number of details from a source close to the production about the extensive problems that have plagued the film, chief among them being the director, Marc Forster. Forster, who was Brad Pitt’s choice to direct, had apparently had trouble from the start with major decisions being left unmade such as how the zombies wold look and move.

You may recall Forster’s name from such films as Monster’s Ball, Stranger Than Fiction, and Finding Neverland. However, he also attempted the action genre with the James Bond film Quantum of Solace, where his inexperience clearly showed in the poorly-shot action sequences.  It’s being said »

- Jeff Beck

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World War Z - What Went Wrong?

13 June 2012 12:19 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The road to get the big screen adaptation of the Max Brooks novel World War Z into theatres has been as bumpy as we have ever seen. Prop seizures. Reshoots. Rewrites. You name it, this production has suffered through it. Insiders close to the flick have already started dishing dirt.

The Hollywood Reporter recently ran an article in which said insiders fill in some of the blanks of exactly what happened that sent this project flying off the rails.

Per THR:

“A nightmare from top to bottom,” describes one source with ties to the production, which appears to have been hampered from the outset by a lack of clear creative direction. Pitt hired the director of his choosing, Marc Forster (The Kite Runner, Finding Neverland), but Forster -- who has limited experience on effects-heavy tentpoles -- was not allowed to bring along his usual team. Instead, several more seasoned players were hired. »

- Uncle Creepy

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‘World War Z’ Behind-the-Scenes Illustrate the Making of a Disaster

12 June 2012 7:54 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Before you even get down to reading the ugly details, its time to face the facts: World War Z is in a really, really bad spot. But now that the Damon Lindelof-stamped cat is out of its bag, an extensive rundown in THR has cracked open what one person in the know was implored to call “[a] nightmare from top to bottom.”

From what I’m able to gather, this is a project that started out with a simple problem — going into production before many creative forces were ready or willing to do so — that only grew as things progressed and new issues sprouted because people still weren’t paying proper care. First and foremost among said issues is director Marc Forster, who was seemingly never trusted with action, scope, or the creative zombie elements; his point of entry were the “grounded” segments, and the furthest he could go was, »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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THR Cover: Oliver Stone Uncensored: 'I Was Crazy for Many Years'

12 June 2012 3:45 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Platoon won him Oscars for best picture and director. He would receive another Academy Award for directing 1989’s Fourth of July. (He has received 11 nominations in all.) Those films, along with Wall Street (1987) and JFK (1991), put Oliver Stone firmly in the pantheon of America’s greatest living directors.  And although he has ruffled some colleagues — possibly including longtime cinematographer Robert Richardson, with whom he “had a divorce, and like all divorces, it was painful” —  the director has got his feet firmly planted on the ground when it comes to playing the Hollywood game. And as The Hollywood

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- THR Staff

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Break Loose With 138 High-Resolution Stills From Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’

6 June 2012 6:09 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

As you hit the umpteenth watch of the first trailer for Quentin Tarantino‘s spaghetti western Django Unchained and want to dive a little deeper, it’s time to break loose. While these practices online seem to be mostly reserved for films like The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises, our anticipation for this one is much, much greater. We’ve provided you with 138 stills from the film, completing just about every shot in the latest trailer. So, following that if you missed it, start marveling at Robert Richardson‘s cinematography and get those new backgrounds set. Click any photos below for a high-resolution version.


Set in the South two years before the Civil War, Django Unchained stars Academy Award®-winner Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award®-winner Christoph Waltz »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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A Conversation About 3D With Chris Parks of Vision 3

29 May 2012 8:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

We’ve written a great deal about 3D on HeyUGuys over the years, much of it has given an insight into the technical aspects of filming in 3D.

Chris Parks of Vision 3 has recently worked on Jack The Giant Killer and Gravity, and has recently spoken at length about the effect 3D can have on an audience. We caught up with him recently, and discussed this, as well as the effect lenses and composition can have on a 3D film.

One of the topics you have spoken previously spoken about is that films have a tendency of ‘not quite getting 3D right’. I’m curious if I can get you to elaborate on that please.

The biggest fear with 3D since Avatar, in this current resurgence – this ‘quality’ resurgence is the accusation of gimmick. All productions are afraid of it, all directors are trying to avoid it, and this has led to the belief that, »

- Ben Mortimer

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Buck – review

28 April 2012 4:03 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

As enjoyable a documentary as I've seen this past couple of years, Buck is a lively portrait of Buck Brannaman, an altogether remarkable Montana cowboy now aged around 60, who spends 40 weeks a year driving around the States from Maine to California putting on clinics to help people handle and understand their horses. His loving mother died when he was 12, leaving him and his brother in the care of a violent, overbearing alcoholic father, from whom they were taken by the law and handed over to sympathetic foster parents. From this traumatic experience he learned how to treat people and animals, and there is something beautiful about the way he deals with horses and their owners. He was an adviser on Robert Redford's The Horse Whisperer and, so one gathers, virtually took over the direction of a key sequence in which a wary horse and its troubled owner (played by Scarlett Johansson) are brought together. »

- Philip French

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Acs recognises The Tree of Life cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki

26 April 2012 12:29 AM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Emmanuel Lubezki Asc AMC has won the Acs's international award for cinematography for his work on Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life.

It is the second time that Lubezki has won the Australian Cinematographers Society award after the 2006 sci-fi film Children of Men.

The Tree of Life, a poetic film about childhood in the 1950s starring Brad Pitt, won the Cannes Film Festival's top prize, the Palme d'Or.

It was shot using an Arricam Lite and Arricam 235 with Arri/Zeiss Master Prime and Ultra Prime lenses, according to American Cinematographer magazaine. Lubezki used Kodak Vision2 500T 5218 and 200T 5217 film stock.

Lubezki's body of work also includes Burn after Reading, The New World, Sleepy Hollow, Ali, Meet Joe Black and he is currently shooting another film with Malick, titled Lawless.

Previous recipients of the Acs's international award for cinematography include Dion Beebe Acs Asc, Roger Deakins Bsc Asc, Anthony Dod Mantle »

- Brendan Swift

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Anjelica Huston likes bad boys

20 April 2012 3:01 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Anjelica Huston has always been attracted to 'bad boys'. The 60-year-old actress - who was married to sculptor Robert Graham for 16 years until his sudden death in December 2008 - dated photographer Bob Richardson, who was 23 years her senior, when she was a teenage model, and then had a 17-year tempestuous romance with Jack Nicholson and says the actor's edginess was his main appeal when they first met in 1973. Recalling meeting lothario Jack at a party, she said: 'I was invited by my then-stepmother Cici. The door opened and Jack's grinning face presented itself to me and I thought, 'Ah, I like you.' 'I was always attracted to bad boys, cool boys. Actors, musicians, those kinds of »

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Django Unchained (2012): Official Plot Synopsis

13 April 2012 10:20 AM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

 Django Unchained Official Plot Synopsis. Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained (2012) plot synopsis is an expansion on what has already been released about the film’s plot. Also of note is the fact that cinematographer “Robert Richardson specified earlier this year that he is shooting the film on 35mm film with anamorphic lenses…The film should have the ultra-cinematic look that [...]

Continue reading: Django Unchained (2012): Official Plot Synopsis »

- R.W.

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Oliver Stone, Tom Cruise Born On The Fourth Of July Available On Blu-Ray. For First Time Ever July 3, 2012

9 April 2012 7:02 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Winner of two Academy Awards®, including Best Director, and four Golden Globes®, including Best Picture, the award-winning classic Born on the Fourth of July will be available on July 3, 2012 on Blu-ray. Combo Pack with DVD and Digital Copy featuring perfect hi-def picture and sound. Born on the Fourth of July stars Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible . Ghost Protocol, Minority Report) who delivers a riveting and unforgettable portrayal of Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic in Oliver Stone.s (Savages, Platoon) Academy Award®-winning masterpiece.

Based on a true story, the acclaimed film follows Kovic from a zealous teen who eagerly volunteered for the Vietnam War, to an embittered veteran paralyzed from the mid-chest down. Deeply in love with his country, Kovic returned to an environment vastly different from the one he left, and struggled before emerging as a brave new voice for the disenchanted. Also starring Kyra Sedgwick (.The Closer.) and Willem Dafoe »

- Michelle McCue

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Django Unchained Producer Michael Shamberg Talks Quentin Tarantino's Love of Film

9 April 2012 7:29 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last week, I visited the set of CBS Films' upcoming comedy Get a Job, which is slated for release sometime next year. One of the people we got to chat with on the set was producer Michael Shamberg, who is also executive producing Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained. It is widely known that the director loves shooting on film, which is definitely becoming a rarity these days. The producer was asked if this revenge Western might be one of the last movies he makes on film. Here's what he had to say.

"Quentin loves film. He's got Robert Richardson, who just won his third Oscar. Quentin, I think, has one of the last dailies trailers in the film business, where you literally go into a trailer and watch film selections from a projectionist. He loves film, he doesn't like digital. I love digital, but I think there will still be »

- MovieWeb

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First Images of Christoph Waltz in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and Mark Wahlberg in Michael Bay’s Pain And Gain

2 April 2012 1:48 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Quentin Tarantino is currently busy shooting his slavery-era spaghetti western Django Unchained, and now the first images from the set have landed online.  We get our first look at Christoph Waltz in character as a German bounty hunter who teams up with an escaped slave (Jamie Foxx) who’s bent on rescuing his wife from an evil plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio).  It’s not much, but the sight of Waltz decked out in his period gear has me giddy at the thought of a Tarantino-fied full blown Western.  We also get an image of the director on set with cinematographer Robert Richardson. We’ve also got the first set photos of Mark Wahlberg and Rob Corddry in Michael Bay’s crime comedy Pain and Gain, including some images of Wahlberg doing some harness-enhanced crunches.  Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson play bodybuilders who get caught up in an extortion ring and a »

- Adam Chitwood

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First Look at Christoph Waltz on the Set of Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

2 April 2012 1:30 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I can't help but laugh at what set pictures I decide to post and those I don't. Clearly I tend to focus on the films I'm most looking forward to and considering Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained is my most anticipated film of 2012 it only makes sense I would post this first picture of Christoph Waltz as Dr. King Schultz on the set of the upcoming western / revenge tale. The film centers on a freed slave by the name of Django (Jamie Foxx) who seeks to reunite with Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), his slave wife, in a journey which will see him team up with Dr. King Schultz (Waltz), a German bounty hunter, to take down Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), an evil plantation owner. Additional members of the cast include Samuel L. Jackson, Gerald McRaney, Dennis Christopher, Kurt Russell, M.C. Gainey, Don Johnson, Tom Savini, Anthony Lapaglia, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, RZA, Misty Upham, »

- Brad Brevet

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[First Look] Christoph Waltz Goes Western on ‘Django Unchained’ Set

2 April 2012 1:30 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It’s hard to write about this without simply repeating “yes!,” but I’ll try my best. Now, let’s get right down to it: Ontd (via ThePlaylist) have provided our first look at Christoph Waltz on the set of Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained, which also happens to be our first look at anybody on the set of Django Unchained.

And, boy, is that a good shot. Herein we’re given a full look at him in the garb of Dr. King Schultz — beard, scarf, shoes, suit, and all — a German dentist who frees the titular slave (Jamie Foxx) and helps Django free his wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), from plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).

I’ll stop babbling and let you take a look for yourself:

As a nice little bonus, here’s Tarantino, cinematographer Robert Richardson, and a Zach Galifianakis doppelgänger:

Also starring Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Robert Richardson: 3D, Film vs. Digital

4 March 2012 6:25 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Robert Richardson Cinematographer Robert Richardson, Oscar winner for his work on Martin Scorsese's Hugo, attends the Oscar 2012 Governors Ball on February 26. (Photo: Darren Decker / © A.M.P.A.S.) Richardson's competitors were The Artist's Guillaume Schiffman, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Jeff Cronenweth, The Tree of Life's Emmanuel Lubezki, and War Horse's Janusz Kaminski. Lubezki was the critics' favorite and the winner of the American Society of Cinematographers Award — which Richardson has never won despite his ten nominations. On the other hand, Richardson has taken home three Academy Awards. Besides Hugo, he won for Scorsese's The Aviator, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, and Oliver Stone's JFK, starring Kevin Costner. Below is the Robert Richardson Q&A (courtesy of AMPAS) held in the Oscar 2012 pressroom. Q. You did make a comment on stage about the cinematography award being first. Were you serious? Is that something that's »

- Anna Robinson

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Blu-ray Review: Amazing Transfer Brings Oscar-Winning ‘Hugo’ Home

1 March 2012 3:22 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Two films tied for the most Oscars this week and only one is available on Blu-ray as Martin Scorsese’s beloved “Hugo,” winner of five Oscars, hit the home market with one of the best HD transfers I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen hundreds). This movie looks beautiful in HD, arguably more so than it did in 3D in theaters. I have more issues with the film than most critics but the transfer perfectly amplifies the film’s strengths, downplaying its weaknesses. The special features are light but the video is strong enough not to complain.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

While the storytelling in “Hugo” left me somewhat cold, it’s impossible to deny the craftsmanship on display on the technical side of the production. I may consider it a crime that Emanuel Lubezki didn’t win the Oscar for Best Cinematography for “The Tree of Life” but the amazing »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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