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The year of Michelle Pfeiffer continues. We’ve seen the trailer and pictures from Murder on the Orient Express. We've seen the poster for mother! (sacrilege she’s not on it). We’ve seen her on HBO as Ruth Madoff. And now her Sundance film, Where is Kyra?, made its way to Brooklyn and played at BAMCinemaFest last weekend.
- Murtada Elfadl
The L.A Film Festival has announced its prizes, with the U.S. fiction award gong to Elizabeth Rohrbaugh and Daniel Powell for “Becks,” while Diego Ros was awarded the World Fiction Award for “The Night Guard (El Vigilante),” and the Documentary Award went to Amanda Kopp and Aaron Kopp for “Liyana.”
Director Jennifer Cochis and Film Independent President Josh Welsh announced the winners Thursday at an awards reception. In addition, Cinematographers Christian Sorensen Hansen and Pete Ohs received the U.S. Fiction Cinematography Award for their work on “Everything Beautiful is Far Away.”
10 Films to Look Out for at the La Film Festival
Two L.A. Muse Awards were presented, one to a documentary film and one to a fiction film. The L.A. Muse Documentary Award was awarded to Mark Hayes for “Skid Row Marathon” and Savannah Bloch received the L.A. Muse Fiction Award for “And Then There Was Eve.”
The Nightfall Award went to Amanda Evans for “Serpent,” with the Award for Short Fiction going to “A Funeral for Lightning,” directed by Emily Kai Bock. Bradford Young’s film “Black America Again” received the Award for Short Documentary.
Several films also received audience awards, including “Skid Row Marathon” for documentary; “The Keeping Hours” for fiction; “Swim,” for short film; and “High & Mighty” for web series.
The previously announced winners of the Danny Elfman Project’s Rabbit and Rogue Competition saw their films screened at the festival; Elfman licensed his album “Rabbit and Rouge” for free online as a soundtrack to short filmmakers, with a screening at the festival as a prize for winners.
For the full list of special mentions and winners, visit Film Independent’s website.
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- Erin Nyren
Director Denis Villenueve’s “Arrival” is unique among sci-fi films for its thoughtful and humane depiction of alien first contact. Visually, cinematographer Bradford Young uses a muted color palette and an austere sense of composition to create an atmosphere of foreboding and awe. This new video essay focuses on Young’s use of silhouettes, a technique used with great frequency in the film and for good reason. In “Arrival,” the protagonists are put in the uncommon position of representing their entire species.
Continue reading Showing A Shared Humanity: Silhouettes in ‘Arrival’ [Video Essay] at The Playlist. »
- Joe Blessing
Female filmmakers are still an unfortunate rarity in Hollywood — USC Annenberg’s Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative’s latest study about female directors in the industry recently delivered blunt findings like “the director’s chair is white and male” and “age restricts opportunities for female filmmakers” and even “one & done: opportunities for female directors are rare” — but that hasn’t stopped a compelling legion of creators to churn out excellent films for as long as the art form has existed.
The 21st century may be less than seventeen years old, but it’s already played home to a slew of instant classics, from established auteurs to rising indie stars and everything in between. Here are the 25 best.
Read More: The 25 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 21st Century, From ‘Children of Men’ to ‘Her’
Behold, a bevy of riches…
A quietly gorgeous portrait of a plucky »
- Kate Erbland, Jude Dry, Zack Sharf and Chris O'Falt
Narrowing down the 15 best movies in any genre is tough, but for lesbian films you have to begin with a reductive question: What is a lesbian film? What, in fact, is a lesbian? (But that’s a different piece). Must the film focus primarily on a gay storyline, or can it feature strong lesbian characters doing something entirely different than just being lesbians? Is subtext enough? How much cinephile wrath will rain down on us for the absence of a certain recent Oscar nominee?
Ultimately, the best lesbian films honor the traditions of queer cinema in all of its glory: Strong women, high entertainment value, and bold visuals reign supreme. Too often, lesbian characters are either unattractive man-haters or used for titillation. These movies reclaim all of that; they’re the movies you will see played on a loop in the club, or at an underground rooftop movie night. Some »
- Jude Dry
Plus, a plethora of post-credit scenes and news about vol. 3
There are still a couple of weeks before James Gunn releases Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2, but recently the film was screened for the press and despite a review embargo being in place, some took to Twitter to share their immediate reactions. The overall assessment? Check it for yourself:
Angie J. Han of Mashable called it “the McU at its very best,” while Mike Ryan at Uproxx says the film is “very fun” and “Baby Groot steals the show.” Germain Lussier of Gizmodo and io9 describes the film as “filled with tons of surprises and an unexpected amount of emotion,” and Anna Klassen of Bustle calls it “action-packed” with “even more classic 70s/early 80s music cues.”
Furthermore, when one member of the press revealed there’s not one, not two, not even three but four post-credit scenes, Gunn himself joined the conversation to reveal there »
- H. Perry Horton
We're almost to our favorite craft category (costume design) and the marquee categories (acting/picture) are yet to come but here's another does of "what could be" in a few visual categories as our April Foolish Oscar Predictions continue...
Cinematography [click for the chart]
The big question Tfe must always ask is "when is a female Dp ever going to get nominated?" This year we count three female DPs with major projects: Mandy Walker (Australia, Hidden Figures) shot the romantic drama The Mountain Between Us, Rachel Morrison (Fruitvale Station) delivered another Sundance hit with Mudbound, and Urszula Pontikos (Lilting) was behind the camera on the story of Gloria Grahame's last days called Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool.
- NATHANIEL R
Despite recently becoming fodder for comedians looking to slander what they see as a laughably pretentious aspect of American hipsterism, one of the great artforms ever to be fostered in these here United States is having a bit of a moment.
Jazz, ladies and gentlemen, is seeing a resurgence unlike any in music. Be it its ever growing influence within the world of hip-hop or acts like Thundercat drawing from worldwide influences to evolve their own form of jazz, jazz music proper is seeing its impact on mainstream pop culture expand exponentially with each release cycle. And that means it’s time for some history lessons, folks.
With a documentary about John Coltrane arriving later on in April, a lesser known juggernaut of the jazz music scene is about to get his due. The focal point of director Kasper Collins’ newest film entitled I Called Him Morgan, jazz legend Lee Morgan »
- Joshua Brunsting
On the heels of a landmark year for diversity at the Academy Awards, the upcoming season may be hurtling toward an #OscarsSoWhite scenario once again.
Other than Dee Rees’ “Mudbound,” Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” and Reginald Hudlin’s “Marshall” — all more likely to be fringe possibilities rather than the heavy hitters “Fences,” “Hidden Figures” and “Moonlight” were last year — contenders from filmmakers of color are going to be lacking.
On the acting front, Jason Mitchell is in the mix for “Mudbound,” as well as Kathryn Bigelow’s untitled Detroit project, which also features John Boyega and Anthony Mackie. Chadwick Boseman could make a case for his work as Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in “Marshall.” Daniel Kaluuya and Betty Gabriel would »
- Kristopher Tapley
This previous Oscar season was full of surprises, but chief among them was that the movie world suddenly found itself hosting a passionate conversation about the inherent blackness of jazz, and the tenuous share that white musicians — or connoisseurs — might possess of the art form. “La La Land,” in its own particular way, encouraged audiences to reckon with the history of jazz, and to consider whose it might be to preserve and pass down. But for all of the talk about the perils and problems of people writing themselves into that story, there’s been precious little discussion about the people who have been erased from it. Chief among them: women.
Seb could probably talk your ear off about legendary trumpeter Lee Morgan, about how the “hard bop” virtuoso joined up with Dizzy Gillespie when he was only 18, and went on to play with the likes of John Coltrane and »
- David Ehrlich
Life, love, murder, and the story of a jazz legend flow through “I Called Him Morgan,” which for music fans, should be high on their list of must-see movies this spring. And today we have the exclusive trailer for the documentary which sheds a fascinating new light on the great Lee Morgan.
Directed by Kasper Collin (“My Name Is Albert Ayler”), and featuring cinematography by Bradford Young (“Arrival,” “Selma“), the film is anchored by a remarkable, previously unheard interview with Lee Morgan’s common-law wife Helen, who was convicted of killing the trumpeter in 1972.
Continue reading Exclusive: Fly High With A Jazz Legend In Trailer For Documentary ‘I Called Him Morgan’ at The Playlist. »
- Edward Davis
Disney’s Han Solo spinoff is now in production and it seems that the final piece of the casting puzzle has fallen into place. Earlier this week, we learned that Boardwalk Empire star Michael K. Williams had landed a pivotal role in the spinoff, joining a roster that already boasts Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and more. Unfortunately, the report didn’t provide too many details on his role, but now we’re hearing that Williams may actually be the villain of the film.
Variety’s Justin Kroll is the one with the scoop here, telling us that his sources say the actor will be portraying an antagonist in the upcoming project, but wouldn’t reveal anything else. Given some of the roles we’ve seen Michael K. Williams slip into in the past, we’d certainly buy him as the bad guy and would be all »
- Mark Cassidy
Is Michael K. Williams the big bad villain Han, Chewbacca and Lando will square off against in the first Han Solo movie? That's what a new rumor suggests. The actor is said to be in final negotiateons for a key role in the movie. At the time of the announcement, no character details were released. Now, Variety reporter Justin Kroll is claiming that Williams may very well be the bad guy. He says this on Twitter.
"I wasn't able to confirm but feel Mkw is the villain in the pic from other sources."
This particular character is currently shrouded in mystery. It is possible that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will plunder the Legends canon for a villain that already exists, and make him part of the cinematic canon. But there is also speculation that this could be a completely new character. Earlier in the year, shortly after his casting was announced, »
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After an Oscars finale that we'll never forget, here's a rundown of the upcoming projects from some of the nominees and winners in the Oscars' crafts categories -- including those from Moonlight and La La Land.
Swedish cinematographer Linus Sandgren, who won his first Oscar for La La Land, has a pair of upcoming films: Lasse Hallstrom's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' Battle of the Sexes. Passengers' nominated production designer Guy Hendrik Dyas production designed The Nutcracker.
Arrival's nominated cinematographer Bradford Young is lensing the Han Solo Star Wars spinoff movie. Cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (SIlence) is reteaming with Martin Scorsese on The Irishman while Dp Greig Fraser was back on set with his Lion director, Garth Davis, for upcoming Mary Magdalene.
Editor John Gilbert, who »
- Carolyn Giardina
Winners are now indicated. I correctly guessed 11 out of the 24 categories, which is slightly better than last year, when I guessed 10 out of 24.
I’ve now seen as many of the nominated films as I will be able to before tonight’s ceremony, and here finally are my educated guesses about who will take home each award — projected winners are Xed at the lefthand side. Keep in mind: those Xes don’t represent whom I think should win Oscars but whom I think will win, based on what little I can grasp about how the Academy thinks. I’ve also noted which nominees I think should win. Kindly note that this is not necessarily my take on who did the best performance/writing/FX/whatever of the year, but whom I think is best among the nominees.
I have not noted a “should win” for the feature documentary category, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The 89th Annual Academy Awards kicked off Sunday at Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center, and as expected, the A-Listers came dressed to impress.
La La Land star Emma Stone wowed in a classy, custom-created Givenchy gown, while Hidden Figures star Taraji P. Henson opted for a blue velvet Alberta Ferretti dress, which featured a thigh-high slit. The men looked just as handsome, with Stone's co-star, Ryan Gosling, sporting a Gucci suit, and Fifty Shades Darker star Jamie Dornan in a cream-colored tuxedo jacket.
And while the red carpet looks were undoubtedly fabulous, all eyes were on the night's big winners. See the full list of everyone who took home a shiny statuette and check back throughout the night for updates!
Denzel Washington, [link »
The 89th Academy Awards are taking place on Sunday, honoring the best in film from the past year.
All eyes will be on “La La Land,” which tied the all-time record with 14 nominations. It’s widely seen as the frontrunner for best picture, and is in the running for top awards like best actor, actress, and director.
Other top competitors include “Arrival” and “Moonlight,” which nabbed eight nominations each. Three films — “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Lion,” and “Manchester by the Sea” — follow those up with six noms apiece.
Every Oscar Best Picture Winner
Jimmy Kimmel hosts the ceremony, which airs live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre. Keep up with an updated winners list below.
- Variety Staff
The 89th Academy Awards are almost here, and with it come several opportunities for history to be made. Some chances may be long shots (how awesome it would be if Bradford Young won Best Cinematography), but others are as close to sure things (Damien Chazelle and Barry Jenkins would both make history as Best Director winners).
Below are six ways this year’s Oscars could make history. The ceremony, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, airs Sunday evening at 8:30pm Et on ABC.
1. Damien Chazelle Could Become the Youngest Best Director Winner
“La La Land” is only Damien Chazelle’s third feature behind the camera, and he seems destined to take home the Oscar for Best Director. At only 32 years old, the filmmaker would become the youngest director in history to win the gold. The current record holder is Norman Rae Taurog, »
- Zack Sharf
Sunday’s Oscars 2017 are driven by two competing narratives. The question is which one will dominate the night.
We know Damien Chazelle’s retro musical “La La Land” (Lionsgate) will take home a slew of Oscars. But out of its record-tying 14 nominations, will it win five, like the BAFTAs? Seven, like its Golden Globes sweep? Or can it break the record of 11? (Three epic spectacles hold the record for most Oscar wins: “Titanic,” “Ben-Hur,” and “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.”) “West Side Story” holds the record for a musical, with 10 wins.
Check my predictions below: By my “La La Land” tally, it’s nine.
The second story of the night: a dramatic course correction a year after #Oscarsowhite. The Academy actors’ branch nominated a record seven actors of color: familiar faces Octavia Spencer (Fox’s “Hidden Figures”) and Paramount’s “Fences” stars Denzel Washington (his eighth nomination »
- Anne Thompson
Why care what longtime Food Network personality Alton Brown thinks about the nominees in the Oscar’s cinematography category? Because he knows lenses, film stock, and formats as well as he knows ingredients, recipes, and cooking techniques.
“I started off as a cameraman when I was still in college, and moved into shooting music videos in the ‘80s, then became a full-time cinematographer and a director-cameraman for TV spots, which I did for about 10 years,” Brown says.
Eventually burnt out by the ad business, Brown saw two choices. “I could either move on to New York or Hollywood and concentrate on shooting, or I could go to culinary school and try to make a food show.”
He chose the latter, resulting in the groundbreaking 14-season series “Good Eats,” which holds up so well that repeats continue airing today. Brown directed 200 of its 250 episodes. He calls his latest show, “Iron Chef Gauntlet, »
- Paula Hendrickson
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