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Paramount has announced yet more plans to reshuffle its release slate today, with the studio opting to push Timur Bekmambetov’s grand remake of sword and sandals epic Ben-Hur to August 12, 2016, whereas Charlie Kaufman‘s Anomalisa has nailed down a due date of December 30, 2015.
Before Paramount made it official, Bekmambetov’s modern retelling – which stars Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman, Nazanin Boniadi and Rodrigo Santoro – had been slated to launch in theaters on February 26. No specific reason was disclosed by either Paramount or MGM, though considering the scale and scope of the film, it could be that it needed more time to incubate in post-production to touch up special effects, or that both parties are simply vouching for Ben-Hur‘s summer blockbuster status by shifting the due date to August.
- Michael Briers
“Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” both performed well in August so the studio likely believes that part of the summer summer is the best time to unspool a tentpole epic. The upcoming Olympics also provides an ideal advertising platform.
“Wanted” director Timur Bekmambetov is helming from a screenplay originally written by Keith Clarke, with revisions by “12 Years a Slave” writer John Ridley, who will exec produce along with Clarke, Roma Downey and Jason F. Brown.
- Dave McNary
Paramount has bumped the release of “Ben-Hur” to August 12, 2016, the studio announced Wednesday. The film was previously slated for a February 26, 2016 release. The studio also announced that “Anomalisa” will open on Dec. 30 of this year. Also Read: Paramount Bumps New 'Friday the 13th' Movie to 2017 “Ben-Hur” stars Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman, Nazanin Boniadi and Rodrigo Santoro, with Timur Bekmambetov directing. It is based on the 1880 novel “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ” by Lew Wallace, which has already been adapted by Hollywood twice in 1925 and 1959. It follows nobleman Judah Ben-Hur (Huston) who is falsely accused of »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Groucho Marx in 'Duck Soup.' Groucho Marx movies: 'Duck Soup,' 'The Story of Mankind' and romancing Margaret Dumont on TCM Grouch Marx, the bespectacled, (painted) mustached, cigar-chomping Marx brother, is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” star today, Aug. 14, '15. Marx Brothers fans will be delighted, as TCM is presenting no less than 11 of their comedies, in addition to a brotherly reunion in the 1957 all-star fantasy The Story of Mankind. Non-Marx Brothers fans should be delighted as well – as long as they're fans of Kay Francis, Thelma Todd, Ann Miller, Lucille Ball, Eve Arden, Allan Jones, affectionate, long-tongued giraffes, and/or that great, scene-stealing dowager, Margaret Dumont. Right now, TCM is showing Robert Florey and Joseph Santley's The Cocoanuts (1929), an early talkie notable as the first movie featuring the four Marx Brothers – Groucho, Chico, Harpo, and Zeppo. Based on their hit Broadway »
- Andre Soares
The paparazzi have been busy this year chasing stars filming in the Eternal City, as Hollywood has rediscovered Italy, making the country — and Rome’s storied Cinecitta Studios — a hot destination for foreign shoots.
Competitive tax breaks, a great euro-to-dollar exchange rate, and Italy’s depth of crew and craftsmen recently lured Paramount’s “Zoolander 2” as well as MGM and Paramount’s “Ben-Hur” remake, marking the first time in at least a decade that Cinecitta has hosted two big Hollywood productions. Ron Howard’s “Inferno” and the next James Bond installment, “Spectre,” have also shot in Rome and other parts of Italy.
Growing its production sector could be a shot in the arm for the nation’s ailing economy — after all, as former prime minister Giulio Andreotti famously said of an earlier epic film shoot, “ ‘Quo Vadis’ did more for Italy than the Marshall Plan.”
It was only a »
- Nick Vivarelli
African-American film 'Bert Williams: Lime Kiln Club Field Day.' With Williams and Odessa Warren Grey.* Rare, early 20th-century African-American film among San Francisco Silent Film Festival highlights Directed by Edwin Middleton and T. Hayes Hunter, the Biograph Company's Lime Kiln Club Field Day (1913) was the film I most looked forward to at the 2015 edition of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. One hundred years old, unfinished, and destined to be scrapped and tossed into the dust bin, it rose from the ashes. Starring entertainer Bert Williams – whose film appearances have virtually disappeared, but whose legacy lives on – Lime Kiln Club Field Day has become a rare example of African-American life in the first years of the 20th century. In the introduction to the film, the audience was treated to a treasure trove of Black memorabilia: sheet music, stills, promotional material, and newspaper clippings that survive. Details of the »
- Danny Fortune
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."
The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »
- Gary Susman
Check out Nazanin Boniadi’s Instagram for more photos of their visit to the Vatican:
Ben-hur is the epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), an officer in the Roman army. Stripped of his title, separated from his family and the woman he loves »
- Michelle McCue
My Girl - 9.10am, Watch
Tomboy Vada Sultenfuss (Anna Chlumsky) is obsessed with death. When her father, the mortician of the funeral parlour she lives above, hires Shelly (Jamie Lee Curtis), Vada sets out to spy on the couple with her best friend Thomas J (Macaulay Culkin).
My Neighbour Totoro - 1pm, Film4
In this awe-inspiring animation from Hayao Miyazaki, director of Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, two girls have charming adventures with the mysterious forest sprite that neighbours their new house in the country.
Ben-Hur - 3.05pm, 5Usa
Oscar-winning Biblical epic starring Charlton Heston as a Jewish prince who's betrayed and condemned into slavery by his childhood friend, later regaining his freedom and returning to take revenge. Featuring one of the most iconic climaxes in cinema history - the chariot race - you can't miss the opportunity to re-watch this classic.
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids - 6pm, Comedy Central »
Filming has ended in Matera in the south of Italy and will take up residence for four months on Cinecittà Stages and Cinecittà World’s Theme Park back lot, both of which will double for Jersualem. The film is set to open in the Us on February 26, 2016.
The story centres on Judah Ben-Hur, a wronged prince forced into slavery who returns home to seek revenge.
Morgan Freeman, Toby Kebbell and Nazanin Boniadi also star. Sean Daniel, Mark Burnett, Joni Levin and Duncan Henderson produce, while the executive producers are Roma Downey, Keith Clarke, John Ridley and Jason Brown.
Ben-Hur will benefit »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Prior to hitting Rome, early production went down in southern Italy's historic Matera with director Timur Bekmambetov, the visually sophisticated director of "Night Watch" and the entertaining "Wanted." "Ben-Hur" will be reconstructing Jerusalem on Cinecittà Stages and Cinecittà World’s Theme Park back lot for a four-month shoot. Other lavish international productions shot at Cinecittà include Scorsese's "Gangs of New York," Fellini's "Casanova," Fox's prodigious "Cleopatra" with Liz Taylor, "The Passion of the Christ," Wes Anderson's "The Life Aquatic" and, of course, BBC and HBO's "Rome." Cinecittà Studios, offering generous overseas tax breaks, also hosted much of the original "Ben-Hur"'s grueling shoot with Charlton Heston and director William Wyler. Read More: Will MGM's Return to "Ben-Hur" Stand Up to the Oscar »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Birthed on screen in 1959, the Moomins are as old as Barbie and Ben-Hur (the Charlton Heston one) and with a movie in the pipeline, almost as enduring. The cute hippo-like critters are starring in their own movie, Moomins On The Riviera, and have a new trailer full of Moomin-y antics. brightcove.createExperiences();Runs the synopsis (because it’s way beyond our understanding): "In search of adventures, the Moomins, Snorkmaiden and Little My set sail for the French Riviera. After a perilous journey, they reach their dream destination where Snorkmaiden is dazzled by the attentions of a playboy leaving Moomin consumed by jealousy. When Moominpappa befriends an aristocrat and adopts the name ‘de Moomin’, an exasperated Moominmamma retreats to the calm of their trusty old boat, to wait for her family to come to their senses and to remember their motto: 'Live in peace, plant potatoes and dream.’"The Moomins »
Evans quit following numerous production delays, but the signing of Huston should get the show back on the road. He’s perhaps best known for his role as scarred veteran and expert sharp shooter Richard Harrow in Boardwalk Empire, but has several high profile projects coming up. These include following in the footsteps of Charlton Heston as Ben-hur.
Based on James O’Barr’s comic book, the original franchise saw tortured rock star Eric Draven brought back from the grave to take revenge on the brutal gang who murdered him and his lover. Star Brandon Lee infamously died in an accident during the shoot for the first movie, and his place was taken in subsequent instalments by Vincent Perez, »
- Steve Palace
Exclusive: Relativity Studios has set its sights on Jack Huston to play the lead character in the Corin Hardy-directed remake of The Crow. Talks are in the early stage. This is the second coveted job Huston has been chased to do since his standout portrayal as the masked, war-scarred assassin Richard Harrow on HBO's Boardwalk Empire. Huston right now is starring in the other, playing the lead role in Ben-Hur, the massive pic inspired by the 1959 William Wyler-directed… »
By winning the Best Cinematography Oscar for a second year in a row, "Birdman" director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki has joined a truly elite club whose ranks haven't been breached in nearly two decades. Only four other cinematographers have won the prize in two consecutive years. The last time it happened was in 1994 and 1995, when John Toll won for Edward Zwick's "Legends of the Fall" and Mel Gibson's "Braveheart" respectively. Before that you have to go all the way back to the late '40s, when Winton Hoch won in 1948 (Victor Fleming's "Joan of Arc" with Ingrid Bergman) and 1949 (John Ford's western "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon"). Both victories came in the color category, as the Academy awarded prizes separately for black-and-white and color photography from 1939 to 1956. Leon Shamroy also won back-to-back color cinematography Oscars, for Henry King's 1944 Woodrow Wilson biopic "Wilson" and John M. Stahl »
- Kristopher Tapley
Directed by William Dieterle
Danny Haley (Charlton Heston) calmly walks along the big city sidewalk towards an as of yet unknown destination as the opening credits role. His serious gaze surveys the surrounding area. Moments later the viewer discovers what might have been troubling him as a police convoy raids a nearby building, smashing an illegal betting operation in the process. Danny successfully found refuge across the street, but he and his partners in crime Barney (Ed Begley) and Augie (Jack Webb) are out for the count as far as making quick cash is concerned. Down and out, that is, until they make the acquaintance of army veteran Arthur Winant (Don DeFore) who looks to be loaded and ready to spend big bucks while in town. A fixed card game sees the unsuspecting Arthur hand over a sizable sum via check… »
- Edgar Chaput
By Anjelica Oswald
With the DGA Award in hand, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has become a frontrunner in the best director Oscar race for Birdman.
Only seven winners of the DGA Award have not won the best director Oscar in the 66 years that the Directors Guild of America has given the award. The most recent case was two years ago, when Ben Affleck wasn’t even nominated for the best director Oscar for Argo, which won best picture.
No American has won for best director since 2011 and if Inarritu, who is from Mexico, takes the Oscar this year, the trend will continue. Inarritu could become the second Latin American director to win for best director, following Alfonso Cuaron’s win last year.
In the 86 years since the Academy Awards’ inception, 89 Oscars have been given for best director. Twenty-six awards (29 percent) went to non-American born directors.
At the first annual »
- Anjelica Oswald
Now this is a list that could result in a lot of fascinating dissection and thanks to HitFix it comes to our attention almost three years after it was originally released back in 2012, celebrating the Motion Picture Editors Guild's 75th anniversary. Over at HitFix, Kris Tapley asks, "Is this news to anyone elsec" Um, yes, I find it immensely interesting and a perfect starting point for anyone looking to further explore the art of film editing. In an accompanying article we get the particulars concerning what films were eligible and how films were to be considered: In our Jan-feb 12 issue, we asked Guild members to vote on what they consider to be the Best Edited Films of all time. Any feature-length film from any country in the world was eligible. And by "Best Edited," we explained, we didn't just mean picture; sound, music and mixing were to be considered as well. »
- Brad Brevet
A random bit of researching on a Tuesday night led me to something I didn't know existed: The Motion Picture Editors Guild's list of the 75 best-edited films of all time. It was a feature in part celebrating the Guild's 75th anniversary in 2012. Is this news to anyone else? I confess to having missed it entirely. Naturally, I had to dig in. What was immediately striking to me about the list — which was decided upon by the Guild membership and, per instruction, was considered in terms of picture and sound editorial as opposed to just the former — was the most popular decade ranking. Naturally, the 1970s led with 17 mentions, but right on its heels was the 1990s. I wouldn't have expected that but I happen to agree with the assessment. Thelma Schoonmaker's work on "Raging Bull" came out on top, an objectively difficult choice to dispute, really. It was so transformative, »
- Kristopher Tapley
The film returns to the heart of Lew Wallace’s epic novel and follows a falsely accused nobleman who survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him. Both must come to choose between retribution or forgiveness.
The cast includes Jack Huston as Judah Ben-Hur, Morgan Freeman as Ilderim, Toby Kebbell as Messala, Nazanin Boniadi as Esther, Rodrigo Santoro as Jesus Christ, Sofia Black D’Elia as Tirzah, Ayelet Zurer as Naomi, Moises Arias as Gestas and Pilou Asbaek as Pontius Pilate. Keith Clarke and John Ridley adapted the script.
Source: Paramount Pictures »
- Garth Franklin
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