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12 items from 2015


Freaks review – ‘remarkable beauty’ in once-banned movie

14 June 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

If there are ‘freaks’ on display, they are not the versatile performers to whom this 1932 movie’s title appears to allude

Tod Browning’s 1932 tale of love and deception among the members of a carnival sideshow was banned for years by the BBFC on the grounds that it “exploited for commercial reasons the deformed people that it claimed to dignify”. Today, Browning’s sympathies are clear; if there are “freaks” on display here, they are not the versatile performers to whom the title seems to allude. Now accepted as a modern classic, Freaks boasts a memorable turn by Johnny Eck that would inspire the casting of the drones from Doug Trumbull’s sentimental 70s sci-fi charmer Silent Running. As Trumbull recalled: “Here’s this remarkable, beautiful guy, with this amazing agility. Not once do you feel horrified. You are amazed and respectful at his adjustment.”

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- Mark Kermode

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Patrick Read Johnson's Long Awaited 'Star Wars' Movie '5-25-77' Is Finally Done, Theatrical Release Coming Soon

5 June 2015 8:14 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Passion and patience don't always mix, but Patrick Read Johnson has had plenty of both. Way back in 2007, his movie "5-25-77" screened at the Star Wars Celebration IV and then....sort of disappeared. The picture has never quite been fully completed, lacking the funds to take it over the finish line. And in the years since, it has popped up sporadically at film festivals, while Johnson has struggled to find a home for his picture, complete it, and get it released. And it's a shame given that buzz has been very positive and that the premise should hit the nostalgic sweet spot for many. John Francis Daley ("Freak & Geeks") stars as passionate movie-lover in the '70s, whose chance visit to Hollywood allows him to rub shoulders with Steven Spielberg and Douglas Trumbull, and get a behind-the-scenes tour of Industrial Light & Magic. And it's there where he gets a glimpse of "Star Wars, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Daily | San Francisco 2015

23 April 2015 1:01 PM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

The 58th San Francisco International Film Festival opens tonight with Alex Gibney's Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine. There'll be awards for and special evenings with Richard Gere, Guillermo del Toro, Douglas Trumbull, Paul Schrader and Kim Longinotto. Rachel Kushner will introduce a screening of Barbara Loden's 1970 classic Wanda. Cibo Matto will perform their new score for Yoko Ono's Fly. Plus: Jean-Gabriel Périot's A German Youth, Stanley Nelson's The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon's Best of Enemies and more picks and previews. » - David Hudson »

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Interview: Wamg Talks To Effie Gray Producer Donald Rosenfeld

2 April 2015 11:45 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Coming to theater on April 3rd is the film Effie Gray.

The film explores the fascinating, true story of the relationship between Victorian England’s greatest mind, John Ruskin, and his teenage bride, Euphemia “Effie” Gray, who leaves him for the Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais.

Effie Gray is the first original screenplay written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Emma Thompson. In this impeccably crafted period drama, Thompson delicately and incisively probes the marital politics of the Victorian Era, and beyond.

Dakota Fanning stars as Effie Gray Ruskin. The cast includes Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Tom Sturridge, David Suchet, Greg Wise, Claudia Cardinale, James Fox, Sir Derek Jacobi and Robbie Coltrane.

The film is produced by Andreas Roald (Terrence Malick’s Voyage Of Time) and Donald Rosenfeld (Malick’s Tree Of Life and Voyage Of Time).

Producer Donald Rosenfeld spent 1987 to 1998 as President of Merchant Ivory Productions, in charge of the financing »

- Michelle McCue

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San Francisco Film Festival to Host 12 Premieres

31 March 2015 11:24 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A dozen premieres are set for the 58th San Franciso Intl. Film Festival, including North American launches of Ian McKellen’s “Mr. Holmes” and Andrei Konchalovsky’s “The Postman’s White Nights,” which won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

The festival had already set “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” as the opening film on April 23 and Michael Almereyda’s drama “Experimenter” as the closing night film on May 7.

Organizers unveiled the rest of the slate on Tuesday, including the world premieres of Jason Zeldes’ “Romeo Is Bleeding” and Isabella Rossellini’s “Green Porno: Live”; the North American premiere of Albanian-Italian production “Bota”; Henri Fescourt’s silent “Monte Cristo”; and Japanese youth music drama “Wonderful World End.”

U.S. premieres include “54: The Director’s Cut,” which screened in Berlin; Dave McKean’s “Luna,” which screened at Toronto; “Beats of the Antonov,” a  Sudanese-South »

- Dave McNary

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Visual Effects Society Awards Go Bananas for ‘Apes,’ Big Night For ‘Big Hero 6′

4 February 2015 10:42 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “Big Hero 6″ and “Game of Thrones” were the big winners at the 13th annual Visual Effects Society Awards Wednesday night.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” won three awards including the Ves’s top award, Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture. It also won for Performance of an Animated Character in a Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture (for Caesar, the ape leader played by Andy Serkis); for Compositing in a Photoreal/Live Action Feature.

But Disney’s “Big Hero 6″ won the most trophies. It scored five awards, including the Animation in an Animated Feature (Ves’s equivalent of best animated feature); Models in any Motion Media Project; Created Environment in an Animated Feature Motion Picture; Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature Motion Picture; Performance of an Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture. »

- David S. Cohen

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Visual Effects Society Awards Go Bananas for ‘Apes,’ Big Night For ‘Big Hero 6′

4 February 2015 10:42 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “Big Hero 6″ and “Game of Thrones” were the big winners at the 13th annual Visual Effects Society Awards Wednesday night.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” won three awards including the Ves’s top award, Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture. It also won for Performance of an Animated Character in a Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture (for Caesar, the ape leader played by Andy Serkis); for Compositing in a Photoreal/Live Action Feature.

But Disney’s “Big Hero 6″ won the most trophies. It scored five awards, including the Animation in an Animated Feature (Ves’s equivalent of best animated feature); Models in any Motion Media Project; Created Environment in an Animated Feature Motion Picture; Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature Motion Picture; Performance of an Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture. »

- David S. Cohen

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Walter Murch to receive Locarno honour

4 February 2015 10:24 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Triple Oscar-winner to be honoured with the Vision Award.

The 68th Locarno Film Festival (Aug 5-15) is to give its Vision Award - Nescens to award-winning editor and sound designer Walter Murch. The award has previously been given to special effects wizard Douglas Trumbull and “Mister Steadicam” Garrett Brown.

Murch worked with George Lucas on Thx 1138 (1971) and American Graffiti (1973) and Francis Ford Coppola on The Rain People (1969), The Godfather (1972), The Conversation (1974) and The Godfather: Part II (1974).

His work with Coppola as sound designer on Apocalypse Now won him his first Oscar in 1980.

Following his own directorial debut in 1985 with Return to Oz, he subsequently won two more Academy Awards for both sound and film editing on Anthony Minghella’s The English Patient (1996) – the first and only time in history the same person has won the Oscar in both categories. In this respect he was repeating an earlier record set when he won double BAFTA awards in 1975 for »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Walter Murch to Receive Vision Award at 68th Locarno Film Festival

4 February 2015 9:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Walter Murch, the acclaimed editor and sound designer of films such as "American Graffiti," "The Godfather" and "Apocalypse Now," will be honored by the Locarno Film Festival with the Vision Award - Nescens for his contributions to cinema. This is the third year the award will be given in Locarno, and Murch follows such honored visionaries as special effects wizard Douglas Trumbull and "Mister Steadicam" Garrett Brown. "Having Walter Murch here, apart from the honor of his presence, also highlights the thinking behind this award, instituted two years ago. As Francis F. Coppola has written, 'He is a true pioneer. A man we should listen to with great attention – and pleasure,'" said Carlo Chatrian, the Festival's Artistic Director. "The way he works goes far beyond conventional notions of collaboration. His work proves that great films are nearly always the outcome of a close working relationship between major »

- Zack Sharf

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Horror / Sci-Fi Round-Up: Long Weekend & Silent Running Blu-rays, Mondo’s Alien Posters

30 January 2015 8:44 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Welcome to another horror/sci-fi round-up! This time around we have release details on the Blu-rays of Long Weekend and Silent Running, as well as a look at Mondo’s new Alien posters.

Synapse Films will release Long Weekend to Blu-ray on April 14th:

Press Release - “Upon its 2005 DVD release, the Australian thriller Long Weekend quickly became one of the most highly-regarded films in the Synapse Films library, later to be prominently featured in Mark Hartley’s acclaimed documentary Not Quite Hollywood and remade by director Jamie Blanks (Urban Legend) in 2008. Fans have long requested a Blu-ray upgrade for this unrelenting Aussie classic, now making its high-def debut on a stunning new Synapse Blu-ray!

Attempting to resurrect their failing marriage, Peter (John Hargreaves, The Odd Angry Shot) and Marcia (Briony Behets) set out on a camping trip to a deserted stretch of the Australian coastline hoping a long weekend »

- Derek Anderson

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Parc Media unveils 3D co-productions

28 January 2015 7:58 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Start-up UK and Beijing-based production company Parc Media has unveiled a slate of three China-uk co-productions, two of which will use Douglas Trumbull’s new Magi 3D process.

The new technology is designed to capture and display images at 120 frames per second in 4K and 3D on giant screens using conventional digital projectors.

The first Parc Media project scheduled to shoot with Magi 3D is previously-announced fantasy adventure The Wonder 3D, which will be co-produced by China’s Show + Share Investment.

Peter Hewitt is directing the $20m project with Karl Urban and Willow Shields heading the cast.

Parc Media also plans to co-produce $60m sci-fi epic StarSailor, written and to be directed by Trumbull and designed for Magi 3D. The producers are in talks with potential Chinese government financiers.

Finally, Parc Media is also teaming with China’s Central New Film Group (Cnfg) on $30m Sino-uk co-production Angel In The Dark, which is not »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Comic Book Review – 2000Ad Prog 1912

9 January 2015 12:16 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Oliver Davis reviews 2000Ad Prog 1912…

Borag New Year, Earthlets! Does that work? My Tharg isn’t what it used to be.

John Wagner’s second episode of Judge Dredd strip ‘Dark Justice’ kicks off 2015, cheery as always. The majority of this episode takes place aboard the enormous, utopian spaceship that has taken Mega City One’s richest to live in intergalactic paradise. Initially narrated by the ship captain’s log, we slowly learn one of the Dark Judges is aboard. Dredd has similar troubles back on the terresterial plane: the rest of them are plotting Earth’s downfall. Greg Staples’ art is magnificent, particularly the scenes set in space. The station sailing past Saturn’s rings is stunning, recalling Douglas Trumbull’s excellent  Silent Running and the front covers of 70s science fiction novels.

Pat Mills goes back two decades further with his always-excellent, 5os-echoing Savage. The strip’s war-critical »

- Oli Davis

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