8 items from 2014
It can be such a beautiful happening when the natural forces of humanity and the wild kingdom can get together and establish a sense of harmony in motion pictures. Also, it can be a compelling yet regrettable conflict as well when man and beast decide to collide in the interest of big screen entertainment. Whatever the case may be certainly does not matter because the concept of beasts of all species (rather it be of the four-legged or two-legged variety) collectively clashing or cooperating sends a special message about triumph, tragedy and just plain tenderness.
In Beast of Burden: Top 10 Human-Animal Combinations in the Movies we will look at some of the best selections where man and animal co-exist whether it be in calmness or chaos. There is no doubt that one can come up with numerous top ten lists detailing their ideal man-animal themes in cinema. The struggle for »
- Frank Ochieng
Drew Barrymore half-sister Jessica Barrymore found dead near San Diego (photo: Jessica Barrymore) Drew Barrymore’s half-sister Jessica Barrymore was found dead in her car early Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in National City, located between San Diego and Chula Vista in Southern California. Jessica Barrymore (née Brahma [Jessica] Blyth Barrymore) would have turned 48 on Thursday, July 31. According to a witness, Jessica Barrymore, who worked at a Petco store, was found reclined in the driver’s seat, with a drink between her legs. White pills were seen scattered on the passenger seat. Despite online rags reporting either that Drew Barrymore’s half-sister committed suicide or died from a drug overdose, the official cause of death hasn’t been announced. As per the Los Angeles Times, an autopsy will be performed in the next few days. In a statement published in the gossip magazine People, Drew Barrymore, 39, said she had "only met her [sister Jessica] briefly." Their father was John Drew Barrymore, »
- Andre Soares
Based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling novel about the dramatic true journey of the whaling ship Essex, In the Heart of the Sea sees Hemsworth play the vessel’s veteran first mate Owen Chase, with Benjamin Walker as its inexperienced Captain, Cillian Murphy as second mate, and Ben Whishaw as novelist Herman Melville, whose inquiries into the event 30 years later helped bring the story to light.
It was these events which inspired Melville to pen Moby Dick, and Howard has sent out a photo of a very rough looking Hemsworth who is clearly well into the 90-day isolation that the whaling ship went through at sea in 1820 after a deadly encounter with a sperm whale. »
- Josh Wilding
Straight from his Twitter account, the Apollo 13 director shared an initial behind-the-scenes look at the post-production stage. The image, which can be seen above and in its original format below, shows the director working on a scene involving Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, who also collaborated with the director on Rush:
Post prod duties for In the Heart of the Sea pic.twitter.com/klFnOeWeri
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) July 8, 2014
Based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s In the Heart of the Sea, the movie follows the true account of a whaling ship stuck in the middle of the ocean for 90 days after a grizzly encounter with a sperm whale. Sound familiar? Well, it should – the incident inspired Herman Melville’s literary classic, Moby Dick – incidentally, »
- Dale Barham
From deep in the editing room, Ron Howard has shared a first look at In the Heart of the Sea. List The Hollywood Reporter Reveals Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films The director of the at-sea epic, based on the true story that inspired Herman Melville's to pen Moby Dick, shared a photo via Twitter of his post-production progress — specifically, on a scene with Chris Hemsworth, which he also directed in Rush. In the Heart of the Sea, written by Charles Leavitt and adapted from Nathaniel Philbrick's Sea, follows the 90-day isolation of a whaling ship at sea in 1820 after an encounter with
- Ashley Lee
Tattoos are all the rage these days. All it takes is a walk through any town centre to see heavily tattooed models advertising the clothes of major high street stores to realise that such things are no longer the reserve of criminals, soldiers and sailors. This also means that tattoos can no longer be used by the costume designers and directors of films to give a character an intimidating aura or some edginess – so many people choose to adorn their bodies with ink these days that they just don’t have the same impact on-screen.
Though tattoos were certainly used in the past as a rather unimaginative means of making an actor look like a badass, permanent markings on the body can be used to much greater effect in film. Tattoos – in their purest form, at least – are supposed to capture part of who we are, so there is no »
- Sam Heard
On tap right now are more behind-the-scenes images from Ron Howard's latest feature, In the Heart of the Sea, an adaptation of the Nathaniel Philbrick novel which was an account of the tragedy of the whale ship Essex. Dig on your first look at star Chris Hemsworth and more!
From the Press Release
Warner Bros. Pictures has announced a March 13th, 2015, release date for the action adventure In the Heart of the Sea. Oscar winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind) directs from a script by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), and Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond) based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling novel about the dramatic true journey of the whaling ship Essex.
- Steve Barton
Oscar-winning British cinematographer who worked on a wide range of film classics
The Oscar-winning British cinematographer Oswald Morris, who has died aged 98, will be remembered for many classics, including Moulin Rouge, Fiddler on the Roof, Moby Dick and Lolita. He worked with some of the great directors, John Huston, Sidney Lumet, Carol Reed, Stanley Kubrick and Franco Zeffirelli. Many of Morris's films are landmarks in the history of colour cinematography. For Moulin Rouge (1952) he used filters to create a style reminiscent of paintings by Toulouse-Lautrec. For Fiddler on the Roof (1971), which won him an Oscar, he filmed with a silk stocking over the lens to give a sepia effect.
Morris also shot popular favourites such as The Guns of Navarone (1961), Oliver! (1968), The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) and The Man Who Would Be King (1975), and photographed acting luminaries: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Gregory Peck and Humphrey Bogart. »
- Brian Baxter
8 items from 2014
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