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Apparently the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is more interested in peace than war — or in superstars coming to their show. The complete shutout of Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken and Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper (both expected to be Major contenders) were eye openers for the foreign based Globe voters across-the-board dismissal of these two films, set in different wars but depicting iconic true-life American heroes. Throw in another total blank for Sony’s big hope, the very fine Brad Pitt-starring World War II drama, Fury and you have a scenario where the Globes appear to be quite battle weary this season – and not a fan of major studio fare this time around. You have to give credit though to the new direction of the HFPA, under 2nd year President Theo Kingman. The group that was vilified for nominating Jolie’s and Johnny Depp’s critically maligned The Tourist just »
- Pete Hammond
Nominations for the 46th annual NAACP Image Awards were announced today across categories in film, television, music and the literary world. In the film arena, top nominees were Amma Asante's "Belle," Gina Prince-Bythewood's "Beyond the Lights," Justin Simien's "Dear White People," Tate Taylor's "Get On Up" and Ava DuVernay's "Selma." Check out the full list of nominees below. Winners will be announced on Feb. 6. And remember to keep track of the season via The Circuit! Film Outstanding Motion Picture "Belle" (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films) "Beyond The Lights" (Relativity Media) "Dear White People" (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions) "Get On Up" (Universal Pictures) "Selma" (Paramount Pictures) Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture Amma Asante, "Belle" (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films) Antoine Fuqua, "The Equalizer" (Columbia Pictures) Ava DuVernay, "Selma" (Paramount Pictures) John Ridley, "Jimi: All Is By My Side" (XLrator Media) Gina Prince-Bythewood, "Beyond The Lights »
- Kristopher Tapley
Costume designer for Get on Up is the one and only Sharen Davis, who previously worked with Taylor on The Help, although you may know her better for Devil in a Blue Dress, Dreamgirls, Ray and Django Unchained. Davis is absurdly talented and every single project she undertakes should be greeted with cheers by any costume fan. Get on Up with its collective of lowly, stage and civvie ensembles worn by Chadwick Boseman as adult James Joseph Brown (60+changes) is no exception.
Moreover, not only are Clothes on Film lucky enough to be publishing these sketches, we also have some exclusive snippets from Sharen Davis on her approach to the film. We would say ‘enjoy’, but that should »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
This is the Pure Movies review of Get On Up, starring Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Ackroyd, Viola Davis, Craig Robinson, Jill Scott, Lennie James and directed by Tate Taylor. From Tate Taylor, director of The Help, Get on Up is a biopic of soul and funk legend, James Brown. Brown was born into poverty in 1933 to a 16-year-old mother and 22-year-old father. After his mom walked out, his father sent him to live with an aunt who ran a brothel. The young Brown busked on sidewalks and helped to direct soldiers to the house of ill repute, before falling foul of the law in his teens for stealing a suit. He was sent to jail, but was eventually rescued when a local gospel singer, Bobby Byrd (Nelsan Ellis), secures his parole, on the condition that Brown (Chadwick Boseman) moves in with Byrd and his family. »
- David Hudson
“James Brown needs to think about his entire life before he plays.”
That's not how Get On Up opens, but it's close enough to the first line from 2007's Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, a woefully under-appreciated comedy that should really be required viewing as a “What Not To Do” guide for anyone attempting a biopic of a musician. Alas, this film about Godfather of Soul James Brown walks into every cliché lampooned in the Apatow spoof one by one, although not necessarily in the right order.
It starts with that Cox-style pre-gig remembrance, with lines of dialogue we'll hear in the next two hours echoing around as Brown (Chadwick Boseman) walks down a long corridor to the stage. Then for mystifying reasons, we cut to 1989, to an utterly random and anecdotal »
Mr. Dynamite. The Hardest Working Man in Show Business. The Godfather of Funk. No matter what he's called, there is no denying the energy and charisma of James Brown, and the mark he made on the musical landscape. He was a showman pure and simple, with the talent to back up his bravado. Get on Up sees his life get the musical biopic treatment, and while it's as energetic and chaotic as the man's life for the most part, it ultimately becomes your standard flat and cliched biopic. Kicking off in 1993, then smashing back to 1988 (and an addled Brown brandishing a shotgun in a strip mall), which makes way for a trip to Vietnam in 1969, then flitting immediately back to the musicians childhood, The Help director Tate Taylor's approach becomes pretty clear as he dips in and out of important moments of Brown's life at the drop of the hat. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Stephen Goldblatt, who was the cinematographer on Mike Nichols’ last three screen productions — including HBO’s “Angels in America,” which Nichols considered to be the crowning achievement of his career — spoke to Variety at the Camerimage Film Festival on Friday about his friend, who died Wednesday.
Like Goldblatt, the majority of Nichols’ cinematographers were not American-born. German director of photography Michael Ballhaus, who worked on three of Nichols’ movies, said that Nichols — who was born in Germany — valued the outsider’s eye when directing films about American society.
“He liked how I brought a fresher view to these very American stories we were doing, and encouraged that,” Ballhaus told Variety in 2010.
Goldblatt, who was born in South Africa and moved to the U. »
- Leo Barraclough
Solid biopic of the godfather of funk and soul, but there’s not much genuinely memorable about it beyond Chadwick Boseman’s stunning breakout performance. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I’m skinny but I’m strong. I can read a little and I like to sing.” So does James Brown describe himself as a young man, just out of prison and ready to get on with his life. His cruelly long sentence for a petty nonviolent crime, of course, is but one racially charged injustice a black man would face in mid-20th-century America. Director Tate Taylor (The Help) — and screenwriters Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth (Edge of Tomorrow) and Steven Baigelman — avoids turning this solid, sympathetic biopic of the godfather of funk and soul into a sermon on racism, instead homing in »
- MaryAnn Johanson
★★★★☆ Chadwick Boseman's portrayal of James Brown, in Tate Taylor’s candid biopic, Get On Up (2014), is a bold, brash and innovative rendition of a man who was often perceived as all ego. He was a market-machine of tremendous talent at the forefront of music, making you love him with the fury of a hellfire preacher trying to convert a sinner. He was also a man who never really confronted the horrors of his upbringing, preferring to perpetuate and live by his own myth, remaining a childish, though never innocent, man, who wanted the love of everyone without being capable of giving it back. We meet Brown in 1988, hunched shoulders and showing signs of age.
- CineVue UK
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. »
- Gerard Kennedy
Chadwick Boseman plays James Brown in new biopic Get On Up. He tells Ben Beaumont-Thomas how he got to the soul of the troubled singer, while director Tate Taylor explains why Brown's chequered past makes for a 'delicious' film. Get on Up is released in the UK this Friday and is already on general release in the Us and Australia Continue reading »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Henry Barnes
If there was any doubt that the Oscar-season engine is roaring, events, Q&As, screenings and all that jazz is at a fever pitch — and it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet. Today’s big moment belonged to reigning Best Actor winner Matthew McConaughey, who got his star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame followed by a lavish lunch at Spago in Beverly Hills hosted by Paramount Chairman Brad Grey and attended by his Interstellar co-stars Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain (who was excited to sit next to Martin Landau and hear his Actors Studio stories) and Mackenzie Foy, along with director Christopher Nolan and producer/wife Emma Thomas and brother Jonathan, with whom he co-wrote the screenplay. Oh, and did I forget to mention Paramount also invited scores of Academy members to celebrate with Matthew? His family including kids and wife Camila Alves were at the ceremony, and Alves also came »
- Pete Hammond
Chadwick Boseman is on the way to Hollywood's A-list after bagging the lead role in Marvel's Black Panther movie. But before we see him as the Wakanda hero, he's front-and-centre of Tate Taylor's James Brown biopic Get on Up.
Boseman delivers an electric performance as Brown, undergoing a total transformation to play the Godfather of Soul. He walks, talks and moves like the music icon in a turn worthy of an Oscar nomination. Digital Spy spoke to Boseman about how he became James Brown.
How he won the role...
"I went in for Tate and did a work session with him. The key thing that he wanted to focus on was the older James Brown, so we actually did the scene at the end of the movie when he gives the tickets to Bobby Byrd.
"Then we did the scene at the Apollo where he meets his mother again. »
Director: Tate Taylor; Screenwriters: Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth; Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis, Jill Scott; Running time: 139 mins; Certificate: 12A
Chadwick Boseman is absolutely electric as the centrepiece of Tate Taylor's James Brown biopic, a film that seems to tell you everything and nothing about the man responsible for funk hits 'I Feel Good', 'It's a Man's World' and countless others.
Get on Up unfolds like a whistle-stop tour of the Godfather of Soul's Wikipedia page, the life of a volatile musician playing on shuffle. Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth's script jumps through the years seemingly at random, showing us fragments of its subject – from being raised in the woods of South Carolina by an abusive father to joining The Famous Flames, solo superstardom and beyond.
The storytelling style is somewhat reminiscent of Bs Johnson's "book in a box" The Unfortunates, »
Chadwick Boseman is looking at me with a huge grin on his face. On the one hand, the "Get on Up" star is no doubt in a great mood after being celebrated by well-wishers for his performance as the legendary James Brown in last summer's well-received biopic. The late love is thanks to Universal Pictures, who has organized a Sunday brunch at SoHo House West Hollywood to help remind voters about Boseman's critically acclaimed portrayal. Director Tate Taylor ("The Help"), producer Brian Grazer and co-star Craig Robinson are all on hand, but Boseman is the center of the attention. Now back to why he's smiling. While the 37-year-old actor deserves all the accolades he receives for "Get on Up," and a Golden Globe nomination in the Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical category seems likely, there are other events in the air that may soon turn him into a household name. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Boseman, in particular, shows his own magnetic personality in talking about playing the Godfather of Soul, one of music history’s most dynamic performers. Other cast members include Viola Davis, Dan Aykroyd, Nelsan Ellis and Octavia Spencer.
The film was written by brothers Jez Butterworth (also the playwright behind the just-debuted Broadway show The River, among much else) and John-Henry Butterworth, and produced by Brian Grazer, Victoria Pearman, Erica Huggins and another guy who knows a bit about dynamic musical performances, Mick Jagger.
- David Bloom
Alejandro G Ińárritu, Yimou Zhang, Mike Leigh and Jean-Marc Vallée are among the directors with films screening in competition at the 22nd Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography.
The main competition at the festival, held in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz, comprises:
Alejandro G Ińárritu’s Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance); USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Emmanuel Lubezki
Łukasz Palkowski’s Gods (Bogowie); Poland, 2014; Cinematographer: »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
London — Camerimage, an international film festival based in Poland that focuses on the art of cinematography, has revealed the lineup of films selected for its main competition.
Camerimage Main Competition
Alejandro G. Inarritu’s “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” (U. »
- Leo Barraclough
With the news that’s getting everyone all excited that Chadwick Boseman will be playing the Black Panther in Marvel film’s upcoming film version, Universal has not picked a better time to announce that their bio-pic of James Brown Get on Up will be coming out on in a blu-ray/standard DVD/Digital HD combo package on January 6th. Though people were split on the film literally everyone agreed that Boseman gave a powerhouse performance as The Godfather of Soul in the film and the DVD will contain a whole hosts of extras including a commentary by director Tate Taylor, deleted, extended and alternate scenes, full song performances and extended song performances. And if that »
David Ayer's World War II drama Fury starring Brad Pitt, Jean-Marc Vallee's Wild with Reese Witherspoon and Tate Taylor's biopic Get on Up starring Chadwick Boseman as the late soul legend James Brown are among the titles that will be part of the competition lineup at this year's Camerimage film festival in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Other major names represented at the 22nd Camerimage include Stephen Daldry with his Brazilian-set Trash, Zhang Yimou with the Chinese drama Coming Home and Hany Abu-Assad with his Oscar-nominated, Palestine-set feature Omar. Read More 'Fury' and 9 Iconic War Movies The
- Scott Roxborough
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