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When putting together his critically acclaimed neo-noir thriller After Dark, My Sweet, James Foley instructed his casting director to "go find me a Bruce Dern type" for the crucial role of Uncle Bud, a retired cop whose avuncular manner masks an undercurrent of psychosis. For three months, a succession of hopeful players was brought to Foley's attention but all fell short of the mark, none possessing the necessary blend of twinkling intensity and barely repressed craziness. In the end, exasperated, the casting director made a startling suggestion: "Why don't you just get Bruce Dern?"
Having worked with directors such as Alfred Hitchcock, Elia Kazan, Bob Rafelson, Roger Corman and Hal Ashby, Dern had earned himself a reputation in the 1960s and 1970s as a purveyor of wild-eyed rebels, »
- Mark Kermode
Chicago – Veteran actor Bruce Dern is now up to bat. That is how he describes what is at stake in his role as Woody in director Alexander Payne’s new film, “Nebraska.” But this film icon – with an over 50 year career – also has plenty other stories to offer, regarding Jack Nicholson, his family, his life and performing a “Derns-ser.”
Bruce Dern began his on-screen career in TV beginning in 1960, taking various character parts during that era, with regular cowboy roles in “Wagon Train,” “The Virginian” and “The Big Valley.” He made his film debut in the horror classic “Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte” (1964), and created memorable characters in such diverse films as “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They” (1969), “Drive, He Said” (1971), “The Great Gatsby” (1974), “Smile” (1975) and “Family Plot” (1976). Recent films include roles in “Monster” (2003), “The Astronaut Farmer” (2006) and as Frank Harlow in the HBO series “Big Love” (2006-11). He was nominated »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Peter Jackson loves the controversial high-frame-rate format, but no other filmmaker has adopted it as Warners adds screens for "Desolation of Smaug." Says Bryan Singer, "I had concerns."This story first appeared in the Nov. 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
There's no doubt in my mind that we're heading towards movies being shot and projected at high frame rates," predicted Peter Jackson in 2012 as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first big movie made at 48 frames per second, headed to theaters. A year later, though, with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug due Dec. 13, Hollywood's interest in high frame rates, or Hfr, remains unfocused at best.
For all of Jackson's proselytizing, at most, 1,000 screens out of the 39,056 screens in the U.S. will be equipped to show his new movie in the eye-popping new process. And while other filmmakers are intrigued, none, so far, has followed Jackson's example. Bryan Singer, »
- Gregg Kilday
It's shocking that, 45 years later, new discoveries are still being made with regards to Stanley Kubrick’s landmark science fiction masterpiece, “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Back in 2012, we listed our 5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About The Film, coming hot off the heels of effects guru Douglas Trumbull confirming 17 minutes of excised footage had been discovered “in pristine condition” sitting in a studio vault in the middle of Kansas. What additional mysteries can this movie hold 45 years later? Recently, a vintage featurette entitled “A Look Behind the Future” made its way to YouTube and it is another breathtaking exploration of this sci-fi opus. The 23-minute featurette explores Kubrick’s interest in space and the copious research and expert opinions consulted to create the finished product. It’s an intriguing perspective on the movie as well as a fascinating time capsule for what the future could hold. Check it out below and for more, »
- Kristen Lopez
The wait is over! After countless festival screenings and a blockbuster debut Stateside, Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity is finally initiating its landing sequence for UK shores. The Sandra Bullock-George Clooney thriller has already been declared the greatest space film ever made by a certain James Cameron, and it's following in a long line of movie masterpieces that have embraced the infinite celestial darkness.
Digital Spy takes a look at 9 space movies we think are essential viewing ahead of Gravity's release on November 8. Before you read on, it's best to establish the ground rules: these are all films that in some way feature men, women or robots of Earth exploring space. Star Wars is strictly fantasy so doesn't make the list and Moon misses out because, well, it mostly takes place on the moon!
Our pre-Gravity recommendations (in no particular order) and where to watch them are as follows. »
The new members will raise the council’s 2013–2014 roster to 25.
Aylsworth is svp of technology for Warner Brothers Technical Operations and became an Academy member-at-large in 2012.
Bredow is Cto and visual effects supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks, Animation, Colorworks and Post Production and has been a member of the visual effects branch since 2011.
Greenfield has been at the forefront of innovations in cinema sound for more than 30 years and is currently senior director of content services at Dolby Laboratories. He is a returning member of the council and previously served for nine years starting in 2003.
Hummel began his career at Technicolor Laboratories and joined Douglas Trumbull’s visual effects company during the making of Blade Runner. He too is a returning member of the council and previously »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
If success has many fathers, then surely the record-breaking October opening of “Gravity” has touched off a lively paternity battle in the Warner Bros. executive suite. But has anyone bothered to send Jeff Robinov (who exhumed the project from development hell at Universal) a congratulatory cigar? Indeed, watching Alfonso Cuaron’s space opera, it’s impossible not to wonder what this most spare and elegant of blockbusters looked like not only in script form, but as the rough cut Cuaron first screened for Robinov and other WB suits. Was there anything more than Sandra Bullock’s disembodied head (and an extended cameo from George Clooney’s) floating against a green screen for the better part of 90 minutes? Did even this historically auteur-friendly studio (Kubrick, Eastwood, Nolan, et al.) wonder if they’d just gambled away $100 million on the most expensive avant-garde art movie ever made?
Well, maybe they had. In more ways than one, »
- Scott Foundas
Natalie Wood movies: From loving Warren Beatty to stripping like Gypsy Rose Lee Three-time Academy Award nominee Natalie Wood, one of the biggest Hollywood stars of the ’60s, is Turner Classic Movies’ "Summer Under the Stars" performer today, August 18, 2013. TCM is currently showing Elia Kazan’s Splendor in the Grass (1961), a romantic drama written for the screen by playwright William Inge (Picnic, Bus Stop). Wood is fine as a young woman who loses her emotional balance after she’s seduced and abandoned by the son (Warren Beatty) of a wealthy family in Kansas shortly before the Great Depression. For her efforts, she received a Best Actress Oscar nomination. (Sophia Loren was that year’s winner, for the Italian-made Two Women.) (See “TCM movie schedule: Natalie Wood Hot Hollywood Star.” Next in line is Richard Quine’s feeble attempt at screwball comedy, Sex and the Single Girl (1964), a movie that promises much more than it delivers, »
- Andre Soares
Catalan director Albert Serra was the surprise winner of this year’s Golden Leopard in Locarno for a historical drama with a difference, Story Of My Death.
Described by Serra by as “a movie about the beauty of horror, and also about the horror of beauty,” Story Of My Death imagines an encounter between Casanova of 18th rationalism and Count Dracula from the romantic 19th century.
French co-producer Capricci Films is handling international sales on the Spanish-French co-production which will be screened in Toronto’s Wavelengths programme next month.
However, films tipped for Leopard statuettes such as Claire Simon’s Gare du Nord and David Wnendt’s Wetlands were passed over by the International Jury headed by Filipino director Lav Diaz. Moreover, local »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
Plot: Growing up in rural Illinois in the mid-seventies, teenaged Pat Johnson (John Francis Daley) dreams of being a filmmaker like his idols Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg, and Douglas Trumbull. But will Pat be able to escape his small town, and take the gamble of pursuing his dreams no matter where they take him? Review: I.d wager the vast majority of you that have clicked on this review are fully aware of the significance of the title 5-25-77. Of course, May 25th, 1977 was the day »
- Chris Bumbray
New Locarno artistic director Carlo Chatrian hasn’t reinvented the wheel, but it’s clear he’s keen on adding luster to the Swiss event with a promisingly diverse lineup for its 66th edition, which sees a greater number of established auteurs unspooling alongside newcomers and crowdpleasers.
Chatrian, 41, has replaced Olivier Pere, a former chief of the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. During his three-year stint, Pere revamped the indie event, making it leaner and positioning it as a solid launchpad for edgy arthouse pics.
Taking his cue from his predecessor, the Locarno topper has recruited more known names for the competition, among them prolific South Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo, France’s Claire Simon and Brazilian cult veteran Julio Bressane. Concurrently, he’s raising the Piazza Grande profi le, starting with Denzel Washington/Mark Wahlberg vehicle “2 Guns,” which will open the fest Aug. 7 at the 8,000-seat outdoor Piazza Grande with the pic »
- Nick Vivarelli
At the start of the week, news surfaced that Terrence Malick was facing a lawsuit from the investors of his long-developing trio of films, "The Voyage Of Time," over alleged, persistent delays in completing the years in the making project. As with most Malick projects, the exact makeup of the creative team tends to kept under wraps but one of the juicier parts of the reports that circulated noted that "an Academy Award-winning special effects artist" had walked off the film. Legendary FX talent Douglas Trumbull—who won an Academy Scientific and Engineering Award in 1993, worked with Malick on "The Tree Of Life" and was reported previously to be helping on 'Voyage'—has been speculated in some quarters to be that person. But as he revealed to us, he was never really involved in the first place. "I have the deepest respect for Terrence Malick, and greatly enjoyed helping him on 'Tree of Life. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Terrence Malick's long-in-production documentary project "Voyage of Time" has been hit by a lawsuit from one of its backers.
London-based backer Seven Seas Partnership, which provided just over half of the $6 million in financing, has charged that Malick failed to make the promised trilogy of documentaries about the history of the universe.
It's also alleged he used investor cash on other projects like his recent film "To the Wonder". Malick's Sycamore Pictures was supposed to make the trilogy, which consisted of two 45 minute IMAX films And a feature-length movie. There was also a due date on their delivery - May 2013.
Seven Seas' Dan Webb says: "Sycamore consistently misrepresented that production of these films was moving forward for years, but now has missed production deadlines and blown through $6 million with little to show for it Yet during the six years he was supposed to be filming ‘Voyage,’ Malick has finished four other films, »
- Garth Franklin
The director is being sued over documentary Voyage of Time, funds for which, investors claim, have been used on other films
He is known for the rarity of his big screen ventures, so it might come as a surprise that film-maker Terrence Malick is being taken to court by investors who claim he is currently making too many movies.
Malick is being sued by a group named Seven Seas Partnership over a proposed documentary titled Voyage of Time, which the director once described as "one of my greatest dreams". Unfortunately, claims the suit, the Us director has been so busy making films such as 2011 Cannes winner Tree of Life and this year's To the Wonder – not to mention two further forthcoming movies – that he has "forgotten" about his promise to start work on the film investors put their money into.
The irony cannot be lost on the famously publicity-shy Malick, »
- Ben Child
Florence, Italy – The Locarno Film Festival announced Thursday it would honor producer, director, and special effects wizard Douglas Trumbull with the event’s first-ever Vision Award, created to honor behind-the-scenes cinema talents. In addition to presenting Trumbull with the new honor, the officials will organize two Master Class events Trumbull will host, and the festival will screen three of his films: Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, from 1968; Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, from 1977; and Silent Running, the 1972 sci-fi drama Trumbull himself directed. Story: Locarno Fest to Honor Italian Actor Sergio
- Eric J. Lyman
The Us special effects maestro behind 2001: A Space Odyssey and Close Encounters of the Third Kind to receive Locarno’s inaugural Vision Award.
Douglas Trumbull is to receive the first Vision Award at the 66th Locarno Film Festival, which runs August 7-17.
The new prize both highlights and pays tribute to someone whose creative work behind the scenes, as well as in their own right, has contributed to opening up new perspectives in film.
The festival will also screen 2001 and Close Encounters as well as Trumbull’s own film as director, Silent Running.
Locarno artistic director Carlo Chatrian said: “Filmmaker, inventor, creator of visual effects that have haunted audiences’ imaginations and left their mark on some of the milestones in film history; Trumbull »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Rome — The Locarno Film Festival is paying homage to Douglas Trumbull, who will receive the Swiss fest’s new Vision Award and hold two masterclasses about his pioneering visual effects work.
Locarno, which is dedicated to quality pics and cutting-edge cinema, will also be tributing Trumbull’s groundbreaking vfx artistry with screenings of Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” Steven Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Silent Running,” the eco-themed sci-fier he directed in 1972.
His masterclasses will be about his work on “Blade Runner,” “Encounters” and “Space.”
“Trumbull has always known how to look a bit further afar than others,” said Locarno artistic topper Carlo Chatrian in a statement. “And he’s always done this from a doggedly independent standpoint that brought him close to cinema’s great artisan-masters. Directors such as Kubrick, Spielberg, Scott and Malick have always wanted him by their side to help »
- Nick Vivarelli
Breakout success is often subsequently followed by bewildering failure. Look through any medium and you are sure to find the latent potential of a host of one-hit-wonders. Perhaps the pressure to perform was to great, or a fluke occurred granting them unforeseen fortune. Some are able to take advantage of a solid early foundation. Steven Spielberg was in the unique situation when he came out with this third feature film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Today we can say with certainty what the outcome was. At the time many wondered if Spielberg was truly a great director, or just another flash-in-the-pan. Spielberg proved his doubters wrong by making another culturally captivating tour de force of cinema. Over thirty-five years later Close Encounters of the Third Kind still stands as a technical marvel. It’s unorthodox structure makes it a difficult film to quantify. While Jaws was focused on building »
- Dan Clark
"2001: A Space Odyssey," "Blade Runner," "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind," "The Tree Of Life"...the resume of VFX legend Douglas Trumbull pretty much speaks for itself. But he's also been a filmmaker as well, helming two oddities from the '70s and '80s -- "Silent Running" and "Brainstorm" (the latter notable for being the film Natalie Wood died while making) -- but hasn't done anything since except for a few shorts and some theme park stuff. But he's got some big plans...if the technology can arrive to make it happen... Trumbull has quietly been assembling a short film entitled "Ufotog," a new ten-minute movie about a photographer trying to snap a photo of a UFO or something that is boasting some big, orgasmic tech details for those of you who are into that sort of thing. You see, it was shot in 4K 3D, on 3D »
- Kevin Jagernauth
At least we have a name! Some will remember we've been covering news on a sci-fi project that visual effects legend Douglas Trumbull is developing - a "big space adventure movie." Our last update was in February 2012, but an article in THR (found via The Film Stage) picks up again with Trumbull covering details on a project titled Ufotog. It's just an acronym of UFO and photographer, which is also what it's about. Even though this experiment runs only 10 minutes long, it was indeed shot in 4K 3D and at 120Fps (aka Hfr) on Canon C500 cameras meaning it will look incredible, but is there anything to it? Or is it all just a tease? In the article, Trumbull goes on to explain that he does have two big sci-fi projects in the works (which we've written about before) and this is only one of them. They shot most of »
- Alex Billington
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