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6 items from 2015


‘The Walk’ Hopes to Join Past 3D Films Nominated for Best Picture

2 October 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

While more and more blockbusters are being released in 3D, the medium has not necessarily translated into Oscar night success stories. While the glasses may sometimes be uncomfortable for theater-goers, the immersive quality that 3D provides makes it a big money maker for CGI-heavy films and big summer releases.

Oscar, on the other hand, has historically preferred more traditional visuals, i.e. the 2D variety. Only six films that have received wide releases in 3D have been nominated for best picture in Academy history, and none have won. Director Robert Zemeckis is hoping that his latest film, The Walk, which was released this Wednesday, will become the seventh 3D film to earn a nomination and finally take home the big prize.

Here’s a look at the last six films widely released in 3D that were nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards:

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- Patrick Shanley

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Author Michael Lewis May be Making Oscar History with Latest Adaptation, ‘The Big Short’

29 September 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

The Big Short, the star-studded drama about the mid-2000’s housing bubble collapse from director Adam McKay, is the latest adaptation of author Michael Lewis’ works. The film, which will premiere on closing night of the 2015 AFI Fest in Los Angeles, follows recent Lewis adaptations The Blind Side (2008) and Moneyball (2011), both of which received best picture nominations.

Lewis is hardly the only author to have his works adapted for the big screen in recent years, but the recognition of his films by the Academy are noteworthy.

While young adult authors Suzanne Collins and James Dashner have had major commercial success recently with The Hunger Games and Maze Runner franchises, respectively, there have not received notice come Oscar season.

On the other hand, recent best picture nominees that have been adapted from written works are generally isolated incidents for the authors. Annie Proulx had her short »

- Patrick Shanley

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‘The Walk’ Hopes to Buck the Trend for PG Films at the Oscars

28 September 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

The Walk, the true story adaption of high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) 1974 walk across the World Trade Center from  director Robert Zemeckis, premiered this Saturday at the 53rd New York Film Festival. The film has been receiving major Oscar buzz for Gordon-Levitt and Zemeckis, and hopes to garner a best picture nomination.

However, the film’s rating, PG, makes it a bit of a rarity in relation to recent Oscar success. Though it is not considered a children’s film by any means, with moments of extreme tension and drama, The Walk is nonetheless a family-friendly picture and its Npaa rating reflects that.

Since the turn of the new millennium, the majority of best pictures noms and winners have been rated PG-13 or R, a trend Zemeckis is hoping to buck this season.

Here’s a look back on recent films that were »

- Patrick Shanley

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‘The Walk’ Hopes to Follow in Oscar Footsteps of Past Nyff Opening Night Films

25 September 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

The 53rd New York Film Festival will begin this Saturday (postponed from today due to Pope Francis‘ visit) with Robert Zemeckis‘ high-wire biopic The Walk opening the event.

The Joseph Gordon-Levitt-starring picture, in which he plays French high-wire artist Philippe Petit, is Zemeckis’ first film since 2012’s Flight which earned two Oscar nominations, but none for Zemeckis himself.

Premiering on opening night in New York has led to Oscar success for films in past years, and with a season that has so far not seen a frontrunner, The Walk is hoping to capitalize.

Here’s a look at films that have premiered on New York Film Festival’s opening night and gone on to receive recognition from the Academy:

Chariots of Fire (1981): The drama about two runners competing in the 1924 Olympic Games opened the 19th Nyff on its way to winning four Academy Awards, »

- Patrick Shanley

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Toronto: D Films Nabs Canadian Rights to Drama ‘Sleeping Giant’ (Exclusive)

10 September 2015 6:53 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

D Films has nabbed Canadian rights to Andrew Cividino’s Cannes-preeming feature bow “Sleeping Giant” in advance of its North American premiere on Tuesday at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The deal was negotiated by producer Karen Harnisch of Film Forge, exec producer and Hawkeye Pictures prexy Aeschylus Poulos and D FilmsMichael Robson.

Seville Intl. is handling international sales for the film in Toronto.

“Connecting with audiences across the country and off the beaten path is a huge priority for us,” said Harnisch of the pic’s domestic rollout. “The team at D Films is in tune to the market, but also unafraid to make bold, creative choices when it gets behind a film. We’re excited to see where this collaboration leads.”

Cividino — currently working on a feature version of his 2012 Toronto fest short “We Ate the Children Last” (adapted from a Yann Martel story), among other projects »

- Jennie Punter

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You’ve got a T-Rex? Six of the most believable cinematic creations

11 June 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

To celebrate the release of Jurassic World, in cinemas now across the globe, I’ve decided to take a trip through 5 of my favourite on-screen creations that have defied the laws of supposed reality. We’re talking those creatures that capture the imagination when they’re first seen but also made you disregard that they weren’t even real.

Let’s begin…

6. Caesar from Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) (Dir. Rupert Wyatt)

I must admit my movie mind was cautious before the re-launch of another Apes saga but once you see Wyatt’s version that came complete with Andy Serkis’ Imaginarium monkey, sorry Ape, Caesar, then the game was changed forever.

Caesar is an exceptional creation and not just as they’ve given us the believability factor but because it’s done with all the correct intentions. Gone are the days where we know there are humans under the suits, »

- Dan Bullock

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