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'The Path': How The Editors and Cinematographers Achieved a Creepy and Haunting Allure (Emmy Watch)

'The Path': How The Editors and Cinematographers Achieved a Creepy and Haunting Allure (Emmy Watch)
There's something creepy yet haunting about "The Path," in which a tornado levels a town and enables a religious cult to expand its power as an extended family. The central conflict revolves around the ambitions of charismatic leader Cal (Hugh Dancy), the crisis of faith for follower Eddie (Aaron Paul) and the precarious impact on his marriage to Sarah (Michelle Monaghan). With the support of director Mike Cahill, exec producer Jason Katims ("Friday Night Lights") and creator Jessica Goldberg, there was a freedom to be minimalistic and observational. This certainly impacted the cinematography of Yaron Orbach and co-editor Tad Dennis. Read More: 'The Path' Review: The First Great Drama Series of 2016 Belongs to Hulu "I visually played with two worlds: the facade of it, which is very organic and very natural, and the darker undercurrents you start learning about with these people and how they're recruited [and treated]," explained Orbach,
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Sundance Film Review: ‘Sing Street’

Sundance Film Review: ‘Sing Street’
He’s no Vincente Minnelli in the visual storytelling department, but no 21st-century filmmaker has a more intuitive understanding of movie-musical construction than Irishman John Carney. After “Once” and “Begin Again” both beautifully unpacked the narrative nature of the songwriting process, he’s back at it with an added dose of 1980s childhood nostalgia in “Sing Street,” a heart-melting adolescent romance that gives teenage garage bands everywhere a better name. Perched on a tricky precipice between chippy kitchen-sink realism and lush wish-fulfilment fantasy, this mini-“Commitments” gets away with even its cutesiest indulgences thanks to a wholly lovable ensemble of young Irish talent and the tightest pop tunes — riffing on Duran Duran and The Cure with equal abandon and affection — any gaggle of Catholic schoolboys could hope to write themselves. Given the right marketing and word of mouth, this Weinstein Co. release could “Sing” a song of far more than sixpence.
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Carrie-Anne Moss, Richard Armitage join 'Brain on Fire'

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Carrie-Anne Moss, Richard Armitage join 'Brain on Fire'
Chloë Grace Moretz stars in drama currently in production in Vancouver.

Carrie-Anne Moss and Richard Armitage have joined the cast of Broad Green Pictures drama Brain on Fire.

Based on Susannah Cahalan’s memoir Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, the drama is currently in production in Vancouver.

Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass) is set to play Cahalan while Moss (The Matrix) and Armitage (The Hobbit) will play Susannah’s parents, Tom Cahalan and Rhona Nack.

Gerard Barrett (Glassland) will direct while Charlize Theron, A.J. Dix and Beth Kono of Denver & Delilah, and Rob Merilees and Lindsay Macadam of Foundation Features are producing.

Director of Photography is Yaron Orbach (She’s Funny That Way), production designer is Ross Dempster (Seventh Son), and art director will be Erin Sinclair (Man of Steel). Costume designer is Farnaz Khaki-Sadigh (The Flash) and editor is Justin Li (Nash).

Brain on Fire follows Susannah Cahalan, a rising
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Begin Again | Blu-ray Review

After having been picked up for a cool 7 million dollar and some change price tag by the Weinsteins at the Toronto Int. Film Festival back in 2013 and closing the Tribeca Film Fest the following year, in its July release, Begin Again performed quite well at the indie box office and generally well revered. A good will tour for a revitalizing look at Keira Knightley, as well as another exuberant performance from Mark Ruffalo. Luckily the scandal erupting over CeeLo Green happened afer it could have a potential detrimental effect on driving audiences away from the theater.

Though trudging through a somewhat ungainly and slightly anachronistic set-up, John Carney’s latest, (originally titled Can a Song Save a Life?) manages to gain a momentous degree of charm in its latter half, ending on a note that’s as satisfyingly untethered as its opening moments are rigidly formulated. Inexplicably, Carney is also
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Venice Film Review: ‘She’s Funny That Way’

Screwball comedy was already a retro affair when Peter Bogdanovich mastered it in 1972 with “What’s Up, Doc?” Forty-two years later, that ageless throwback is the standard to which the director aspires in “She’s Funny That Way,” . At once invoking genre forebears like Ernst Lubitsch and contemporaries like Woody Allen, this diverting tale of a Brooklyn callgirl wreaking havoc among the romantically frustrated cast and crew of a dud Broadway play accumulates the necessary narrative chaos without ever building a full head of comic steam. The diverting result will find a modest audience principally among those old enough to recall Bogdanovich’s glory days.

“She’s Funny That Way” was initially, and more intriguingly, titled “Squirrels to the Nuts,” a reference to an irresistible nugget of do-your-own-thing philosophy from “Cluny Brown,” Lubitsch’s last completed film: “Some people like to feed nuts to the squirrels, but if someone wants
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Begin Again | review

How To Save a Life: Carney’s Anticipated American Film a Pleasantly Loveable

Though trudging through a somewhat ungainly and slightly anachronistic set-up, John Carney’s latest, Begin Again (originally titled Can a Song Save a Life?) manages to gain a momentous degree of charm in its latter half, ending on a note that’s as satisfyingly untethered as its opening moments are rigidly formulated. Inexplicably, Carney is also able to squeeze some magic from a cast that seems staggeringly opposed to such a stunt, at least judging from a multitude of similar packaged deals in a squalid market of workmanlike indie films featuring such flora and fauna. While the music is hardly as catchy as the Academy Award winning compilations from his 2006 film, Once, a buoyant attitude sometimes fills in here, at least enough to make for an emotionally satisfying final act.

Reluctantly taking the stage of a dive
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Orange Is The New Black Season One DVD Review

Creator: Jenji Kohan

Starring: Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Jason Biggs, Kate Mulgrew, Michelle Hurst, Michael J. Harney, Natasha Lyonne.

Running Time: 700 minutes.

Extras: Gag Reel, 2 x Producer Commentaries, 4 x Featurettes ‘New Kid On The Cell Block’, ‘It’s Tribal’, ‘Mother Hen: Red Runs The Coop’ And ‘Prison Rules’.

Do we have to introduce Orange Is The New Black? The Netflix smash about everyone’s favourite federal correction facility is now making its way to DVD.

Jenji Kohan, known for creating Showtime’s Weeds, had big shoes to fill once the show had finished. She might not fall too far from the tree where “middle class woman has secret drug mule life” is concerned, but it is still as incredible, and possibly even more addictive, than her first creation. There is something captivating about a show that does not rely on its protagonist to keep the show going. Taylor Schilling’s
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Interview: A conversation with Stuart Blumberg, director of Thanks for Sharing

We chat with filmmaker Stuart Blumberg about his directorial debut Thanks for Sharing, starring Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Gad, Joely Richardson and Alecia Moore...

Q: Tell us about Thanks for Sharing...

Stuart Blumberg: Thanks for Sharing is the story of 3 men who are in a 12 step recovery program for sex addiction in New York City and it tells the story of how through their friendship and their fellowship and their struggles, they help each other recover and be the best people they can be.

Q: Can you walk us through each storyline?

Sb: Sure. There is the character that Mark Ruffalo plays, named Adam, and Adam is a successful environment consultant who has been in the program for about 5 years. And he had a really sort of tough, checkered past, full of lots of sort of dark stuff and when he got into the program he
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Film Review: ‘Paradise’

Standing out amid this year’s Mexican festival fare, which tended toward the gritty and the challenging, “Paradise,” a sophomore effort from helmer-writer Mariana Chenillo (“Nora’s Will”), is as soft, sweet and insubstantial as a marshmallow. Centering on an overweight couple whose move from the middle-class suburbs to Mexico City tests their steady, loving relationship, this mainstream romantic comedy suffers from sitcom-style tonal shifts that reflect Chenillo’s recent experience helming the second season of TV hit “Soy tu fan.” Although it lacks the same crossover credentials as “Nora,” it should please the undemanding end of the arthouse spectrum in Spanish-lingo territories.

Unfolding from a female point of view, this wistful, true-love-conquers-all fantasy raises any number of issues, including how to fit (literally and metaphorically) into a place that is very different from the one you grew up in, and how to overcome the fear of change and find fulfillment.
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2013 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: John Carney’s Can A Song Save Your Life?

His 2006 true-life fairytale swooned Sundance audiences picking up the Audience Award World Cinema – Dramatic Competition and then Best Song at the Oscars. Once filmmaker John Carney has made a pair of films since in 2009′s Zonad and 2012′s The Rafters, but we think that despite the budget and the fact that with post-prod began in August, that with a return to a strong musical element and a cast that includes a mixture of established indie vets and singers (Sundance does have an appreciation for films that bring in musical talents), Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo (see set-pic above), Adam Levine, Catherine Keener, Hailee Steinfeld, Mos Def, Cee-Lo and James Corden, that there might be a window of opportunity to include Can A Song Save Your Life? to the Premieres line-up. Tech crew includes Cinematographer Yaron Orbach (Please Give) and Production Designer Chad Keith (At Any Price).

Gist: Seduced by dreams of
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Cee Lo Green Joins the Cast of Can a Song Save Your Life?

Guy East and Nigel Sinclair, Co-Chairmen of Exclusive Media, announced today that Grammy Award Winning singer-songwriter Cee Lo Green has joined the cast of Can A Song Save Your Life? . Green joins previously announced cast members Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, Adam Levine and Catherine Keener in writer/director John Carney's ( Once ) new film, which will start production on July 2nd in New York City. Green portrays "Troublegum," a very successful hip hop star. Likely Story's Anthony Bregman will produce the film with Judd Apatow attached as Executive Producer of the Exclusive Media production. The film's creative team includes award winning cinematographer Yaron Orbach and production designer Chad Keith. Writer/director John Carney is working with...
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Tracking Shot June: Steve McQueen, Jean-Pierre Jeunet and John Carney Filming New Projects

“Tracking Shot” is a monthly featurette here on Ioncinema.com that looks at a dozen or so projects that are moments away from lensing and with June being a major production month we’ve got a slew of projects that we feel are worth signaling out. Music appears to be a common narrative theme surrounding several items – we find it infused in Once‘s John Carney’s U.S. production debut – a 10 million dollar production about a dejected music business executive forms a bond with a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan. Scarlett Johansson was formerly attached to Can a Song Save Your Life?, now Knightley appears to be on board. Rock documentary filmmaker Stephen Kijak (Stones in Exile) is looking to make his second fictional feature based on the true story of a The Smiths fans who lost his bearings when the group announced its break-up. Shoplifters of the World
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First Images from The Ward and Beautiful Boy

Continuing our first-look image series of movies playing at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, we have images from John Carpenter’s The Ward starring Amber Heard, Mamie Gummer, Danielle Panabaker, Jared Harris, and Lyndsy Fonseca. The Ward is Carpenter’s first film in over a decade and that alone is reason enough to see it. We also have images from Shawn Ku’s Beautiful Boy, which has a killer cast that includes Michael Sheen, Maria Bello, Moon Bloodgood, Alan Tudyk, Kyle Gallner, Austin Nichols, and Meat Loaf Aday.

Hit the jump to check out all the images and synopses for both films. The 2010 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 9 – 19th.

And if you missed our previous first look images articles, here’s a few links:

Malcolm Venville’s Henry’s Crime and Mike Goldbach’s Daydream Nation Mike Mills Beginners and Rowan Joffe’s Brighton Rock Guy Moshe
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The Jonses Review

Director/Writer: Derrick Borte Cinematographer: Yaron Orbach Starring: David Duchovny, Demi Moore, Amber Heard Studio/Run Time: Roadside Attractions, 93 min. Anti-consumerist satire packs big value With The Joneses, first-time director Derrick Borte covers the same anti-materialist turf as Michael Moore and Chuck Palahniuk before him. But while his intentions may be derivative, his premise—a family of vapid commercial models is planted in a McMansion commune—somehow feels original. Think of it as an inverted Truman Show, with David Duchovny and Demi Moore as yuppified secret salesmen hawking an idealized suburban lifestyle while incognito. And like the brilliant Truman, Borte knows...
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Please Give Review

Release Date: April 30 Director/Writer: Nicole Holofcener Cinematographer: Yaron Orbach Starring: Catherine Keener, Rebecca Hall, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Sarah Steele Studio/Run Time: Sony Pictures Classics, 90 mins. Whining and Pining in New York Nicole Holofcener’s fourth film begins with some of the saddest breasts ever committed to film, as a radiology technician (Rebecca Hall) administers a series of mammograms. It’s the film’s cleverest sequence, a comic desexualizing of human flesh. It’s also a feint, as Holofcener is not interested in any of the boob’s symbolic virtues. Her story is about that most tedious of subjects: white, liberal,...
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Sundance Review: "Please Give"

The joy of watching a Nicole Holofcener film is that her films are the antithesis of self-indulgence. As a writer/director, Holofcener has it down to an art: be as economical as you can, tell the story you want and do not waste a word or a frame. Clocking in at exactly 90 minutes, her latest work, "Please Give", is a lesson for all filmmakers, to tell a story in a solid amount of time instead of following the Hollywood excess model.

In "Please Give", Kate (Catherine Keener) and Alex (Oliver Platt), a married couple who run a successful business reselling estate-sale furniture, live in Manhattan with their teenage daughter, Abby. Wanting to expand their two-bedroom apartment, they buy the unit next door, planning to knock the walls out. However, before doing so, they have to wait for the occupant, Andra, a cranky elderly woman, to die. The wait becomes complicated
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