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Why Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight Absolutely Needs To Be Seen In 70Mm

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Quentin Tarantino has been making a really big deal out of the fact that he shot his new movie, The Hateful Eight in 70Mm. But what does that mean, really? Why should your average movie fan take the time to go find one of the few theaters that will be able to show the movie in this format? It.s time to go to film school kids. Let Samuel L. Jackson explain to you the glory that is 70Mm Ultra Panavision and why it.s worth it. 70Mm projection gives you an image twice the size of standard 35Mm film. This gives everything on the screen a much more epic scale. 70Mm was used previously for classic epics like Ben-Hur and Lawrence of Arabia. In those movies, the setting was a major part of the film, and thus it was important that it really be seen. The same is true »

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In Inner Space: David Lean's Indian Investigations

20 November 2015 4:15 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Adela Quested (Judy Davis) finishes A Passage to India in the same manner she started the movie: her face is deformed by a window full of drops of rain. In both cases, she is looking at something more or less out of frame, blurred or uncertain, imaginary or physical. The placement of the camera, in the beginning and in the end, is at a different location. When the film starts, we are inside of a traveling agency and Adela is walking past the panoramic window. She stops for a second and stares at a large-sized model of a ship. We can’t see the ship entirely: just some chimneys, masts and ropes. We only know this is a ship because the previous shot—the first shot of the picture, actually—showed us this model.In the end of the movie, Adela is reading a letter concerning events that we have seen. »

- Victor Bruno

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Queen of the Desert | AFI Film Festival Review

11 November 2015 9:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Hey, Queen: Herzog Can’t Convey Passion in the Desert

Acclaim does not seem to be the fate of Werner Herzog’s latest film, the long gestating and independently produced Queen of the Desert, a biopic of explorer Gertrude Bell, a name holding more reverence abroad and to aficionados of British history. In the German auteur’s first narrative feature since the delightfully weird 2009 double trouble duo of Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans and My Son My Son What Have Ye Done?, Herzog’s attempt at crowning Bell with a rightful epic legacy of her own falls short in many regards, though most noticeably with stupendously distracting casting choices. Herzog has purportedly refashioned his historical drama with a more streamlined cut. Despite a number of ambitious elements evident throughout the oddly textured feature, it remains a disappointing entry from the usually enigmatic director.

Beginning in 1902, Oxford educated aristocrat »

- Nicholas Bell

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Sony Pictures Becomes Second Studio to Announce Ultra HD Films on Disc

10 November 2015 10:57 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Sphe) became the second studio to announce Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc releases, fueling speculation that the disc format may be in store for a resurgence.

Sony’s first batch of releases in the ultra-high-definition format, set to arrive on an unspecified date in early 2016, will include “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “Salt,” “Hancock,” “Chappie,” “Pineapple

Express” and “The Smurfs 2,” followed, the studio announced Tuesday, “by a growing roster of titles including new release film and television content.”

“By some estimates, consumers will own over 100 million Ultra HD television sets by 2019,” said Sphe president Man Jit Singh. “Sony Pictures’ 4K Ultra HD Discs will deliver consumers the ultimate home theater experience, with stunning picture and sound quality.”

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment was the first studio to announce a slate of upcoming Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc releases. At Ifa 2015 in Berlin in early September, on the heels »

- Thomas K. Arnold

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'Queen of the Desert' Review: Kidman and Pattinson Fall Flat

10 November 2015 9:04 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Werner Herzog has had one of the most fascinating careers in Hollywood history, which spans over 50 years. He has directed Oscar-nominated documentaries (Encounters at the End of the World), written and directed a unique slate of narrative features (Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Rescue Dawn) and even portrayed distinct characters in front of the camera (The Grand, Jack Reacher). The multi-hyphenate returns behind the lens to direct his first feature since 2009's My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? with Queen of the Desert, which brings the story of Gertrude Bell to the big screen. She is well known as an important historical figure, whose travels and writings helped shape Middle East countries such as Jordan, Syria and Iraq in the early 1900s, but this sprawling biopic, which screened as part of AFI Fest in Hollywood on Sunday night, is plagued by wooden performances from an all-star »

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Sliff 2015 Review – Theeb

7 November 2015 9:56 PM, PST | | See recent news »

1916. The Ottoman Empire. A vast, arid landscape. All part of one of the greatest cinema epics of all time (actually Steven Spielberg watches it before he begins a directing a feature). Of course we’re talking about David Lean’s Lawrence Of Arabia. But not in this case. Same setting, same period, very different film. This new motion picture is told through the eyes of the title character, Theeb (Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat). This boy of eight or nine is part of an isolated tribe of Bedouins. His father was the head of said tribe, but he and Theeb’s mother have died. His older, teenage brother Hussein (Hussein Salameh Al-Sweilhiyeen) has taken on the parental role, teaching the lad who to find water, tend the goats, and fire a rifle (lots of raiders and rebels about). One night as the boys, along with the tribe elders, gather about the communal fire, »

- Jim Batts

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Theeb Depicts Its Desert Landscape, As Well As Its Characters, With Beautiful, Honest Realism

7 November 2015 11:30 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Jordanian director Naji Abu Nowar’s desert coming-of-age thriller Theeb at times plays like a corrective to Lawrence of Arabia. It’s set in 1916, during World War I, when the Arabian Peninsula was still under Ottoman rule and the British were working with local tribes to overthrow them. You wouldn’t really know these geopolitics from looking at the film, though: Told from the point of view of a young bedouin boy, this tale unfolds very much in the timeless, spare world of the desert. But these are not the sensuously undulating, lunar dunes of David Lean’s masterpiece; rather, the desert in Theeb feels intimate, rough, real. You can run your hands through the sand and feel the flies on your face. That realism extends to the characters as well, thankfully. Living in the desert, Theeb (Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat) and his older brother Hussein (Hussein Salameh Al-Sweilhiyeen) are the sons of a recently departed, »

- Bilge Ebiri

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How Spectre references all 23 previous James Bond films

1 November 2015 12:05 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Simon Columb on Spectre’s nods to the previous James Bond movies…

First and foremost, this article spoils Spectre in its entirety. Crucially, one of the main draws to the new film is the amount of references to the previous films in the James Bond series. Personally, as an enormous fan, I got a little worn out by the scene-by-scene nods and connections, that it became a little distracting. I have a funny feeling that many viewers found this one of the more entertaining elements. So, without judgement, here is my evidence sheet for the relentless links to the previous films showing that even the smallest element in Spectre often owes a debt to a previous adventure by the super suave spy.

Dr No – Christoph Waltz has clearly turned to the same tailor as the first villain, Dr No. An Asian attire (called a ‘Nehru’ jacket), even his sandals don »

- Simon Columb

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Giveaway: Win the Restored Blu-ray of ‘My Fair Lady’ Starring Audrey Hepburn

28 October 2015 1:07 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Arriving on Blu-ray this week is George Cukor‘s newly restored, Best Picture-winning drama My Fair Lady starring Audrey Hepburn. We’ve teamed with CBS Home Entertainment to give away three (3) Blu-rays of the film. See how to enter below and all entries must be received by 11:59 Pm Est on Sunday, November 1st.

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DVD Review: 'Theeb'

26 October 2015 2:24 PM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆ "Only two kinds of creature get fun in the desert. Bedouins and gods", the exquisitely cynical diplomat Mr. Dryden (Claude Rains) tells T.E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole) in David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia (1962), "and you're neither." He could have added a third category of desert tourists: directors. The desert is a supremely photogenic location and filmmakers as diverse as Bernardo Bertolucci, George Lucas and Anthony Minghella have all basked on the shifting sands and now Brit-born Abu Nowar joins their ranks with Theeb (2014). It's 1916 and the world is at war but that feels very remote to Theeb (Jacir Eid), a young Bedouin who lives with his brother Hussein (Hussein Salameh) and his tribe.


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Michael Moore Talks TV vs. Film, Equality For Women at Produced By NY

24 October 2015 3:24 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Filmmaker Michael Moore weighed in on the differences between TV and film as a platform for documentaries and the importance of including women in the filmmaking process during his closing keynote Q&A Saturday at the Produced By NY confab.

Moore told the crowd at the Time Warner Center that he tries to keep his docu pics off TV as long as possible because he wants his audience to make the active choice to watch his movies as a collective experience in a darkened theater.

The glut of documentaries that followed the success of his Oscar-winning “Bowling For Columbine” and other feature docs a decade ago flooded the market with limited releases and Oscar-qualifying runs for docs originally designed for the small screen.

“Documentaries that are meant for TV should not be in theaters,” he said during the closing session of the daylong confab presented by the Producers Guild of America. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Randall William Cook: As Never Seen Before, ‘New’ Vintage Stop-Motion on Blu-ray

23 October 2015 1:26 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

In honor of Halloween, I once again have a special essay-article up, and this time I can name the contributor. Randall William Cook rates special celebrity status around DVD Savant despite being a friend from way, way back. I hope he's writing a book about his career, because his Hollywood experiences range far afield, from UCLA film school, to acting and directing film and TV, to doing special make-ups, animation direction, front-rank stop motion direction, and second unit direction on big features. Heavily into digital work since the 1990s, Randy supervised character animation and sequence direction for the three Lord of the Rings movies, netting him an amazing three Oscars, three years straight. And he's still the same guy from college -- a new Harryhausen or Welles disc comes out, and he wants to know all about it. Oh, and Cook is a fine writer as well -- as I think this thoughtful piece shows. »

- Glenn Erickson

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David Lean’s ‘Doctor Zhivago’ Gets Trailer For 50th Anniversary Theatrical Restoration

20 October 2015 8:20 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

“They don’t make ’em like they used to” may be an over-used phrase, but it’s perhaps never more applicable than with the epics of David Lean. While 70mm screenings of Lawrence of Arabia are a yearly (or more frequently) event in New York City and elsewhere around the world, his 1965 epic Doctor Zhivago is also certainly worth a watch.

Digitally restored in a 4K Dcp, the 200-minute version of the drama starring Julie Christie, Omar Sharif, Tom Courtenay, and Alec Guinness will get a U.K. re-release next month for its 50th anniversary and today brings a preview. Endorsed by Paul Greengrass, it’s a stunning trailer for one of the essential cinematic events of the year. Doctor Zhivago returns to U.K. theaters on November 27th with hopefully a U.S. tour to follow. See the roll-out here and the trailer below, along with some behind-the-scenes footage. »

- Jordan Raup

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Spartacus — Restored Edition

19 October 2015 7:19 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Most of us love the Trumbo-Douglas-Kubrick thinking man's leftist gladiator epic, and after several iffy disc presentations this exacting digital restoration follows through on the photochemical reconstruction done 25 years ago. It looks incredibly good, almost too good to be a Blu-ray. Kirk contributes a new featurette interview, telling us that this is the show he'll be remembered for. Spartacus Blu-ray + Digital HD Universal Studios Home Entertainment 1960 / Color / 2:20 widescreen / 197 min. / Street Date October 6, 2015 / 19.98 Starring Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Charles Laughton, Jean Simmons, Peter Ustinov, Tony Curtis, Woody Strode, John Gavin, Nina Foch, Herbert Lom, Charles McGraw, John Ireland, Nick Dennis, John Dall, Herbert Lom, Joanna Barnes, Harold J. Stone, Peter Brocco, John Hoyt, Richard Farnsworth, George Kennedy. Cinematography by Russell Metty Music by Alex North Edited by Robert Lawrence Produced by Kirk Douglas and Edward Lewis Screenplay by Dalton Trumbo Based on the novel by Howard Fast Produced by »

- Glenn Erickson

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La Film Critics Association to Honor Film Editor Anne V. Coates

10 October 2015 3:45 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Los Angeles Film Critic Association will honor Oscar-winning film editor Anne V. Coates for her career achievement, the group announced Saturday. Coates, whose credits range from “Lawrence of Arabia” to “Fifty Shades of Grey,” will be only the second editor to receive a lifetime honor from the association — Dede Allen received the award in 1999. Coates, born in the United Kingdom, began her career with editing short films together for church tours. Later, she became an assistant film editor at London’s Pinewood Studios. Also Read: Kerry Washington, Rocker Tom Morello Named 2015 Aclu Honorees She edited Noel Langley’s “The Pickwick Papers »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Oscar-Winning Editor Anne V. Coates to Receive L.A. Film Critics Career Achievement Honor

10 October 2015 3:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Oscar-winning film editor Anne V. Coates is set to be honored by the L.A. Film Critics Association. Coates, who nabbed the film editing Oscar for her work on 1963's Lawrence of Arabia, will receive the group's career achievement award at a Jan. 9 event. The news was announced Saturday at the critics group's meeting. { "nid": 714799, "type": "news", "title": "Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films", "path": "", "relative-path": "/news/hollywoods-100-favorite-films-714799" } The 89-year-old Coates has earned four additional Academy Award nominations for Becket (1965), The Elephant Man (1980),

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- Ryan Gajewski

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L.A. Film Critics to Honor Editor Anne V. Coates

10 October 2015 3:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Academy Award-winning film editor Anne V. Coates will receive the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn.’s award for career achievement, the group announced on Saturday. She is the second editor to receive a lifetime honor from the L.A. critics, after the late Dede Allen in 1999.

The British-born Coates, 89, began her career splicing together religious short films for church tours — a job that she received with the help of her uncle, the film producer and entrepreneur J. Arthur Rank, who hoped that she would lose interest in the industry. Instead, she eventually became an assistant film editor at London’s Pinewood Studios.

Coates received her first editing credit on Noel Langley’s “The Pickwick Papers” (1952), a full decade before she would win the Oscar for cutting David Lean’s “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962). In addition to its impressive balance of imposing desert landscapes and vivid human drama (culled from some 31 miles »

- Justin Chang

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Here’s why ‘The Martian’ author made one major exception to scientific accuracy

30 September 2015 1:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

“Big things have small beginnings.” That’s a line from Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus,”* but it also aptly describes his latest movie, “The Martian,” starring Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars. “The Martian” was a New York Times #1 Best Seller before it became a big budget Hollywood film helmed by one of the greatest sci-fi directors of all time. But even before it was a popular novel, “The Martian” had this surprisingly humble beginning: Its writer, a software engineer named Andy Weir, published the book in serial format, chapter by chapter on his blog in 2011. What if someone had told Weir in 2011 of “The Martian”’s big screen destiny? “I would not have believed it,” Weir assured HitFix. “It’s just ridiculous.” *and yes, before Michael Fassbender spoke those words in the “Alien” prequel, that line belonged to Mr. Dryden in “Lawrence of Arabia.” Weir’s book is »

- Emily Rome

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'Avengers 2' Interview with Stunt Coordinator Greg Powell | Exclusive

30 September 2015 11:23 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Over the past seven years, Marvel fans have become accustomed to sticking around as the entire credit sequence rolls, for a sneak peek at either an upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe project, or sometimes just a fun bonus scene. Many might not even know what shawarma is had it not been for the memorable end credits scene in 2012's Marvel's The Avengers, but sitting through the credits also gives one a sense of just how many people need to come together on movies of this sort of magnitude. Many of these men and women aren't household names like the actors who play Earth's Mightiest Heroes, but they are just as vital to the success of the film as the actors or writer-director Joss Whedon. Before Avengers: Age of Ultron debuts on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD, I recently had a chance to speak with one of these unsung crew members, stunt coordinator Greg Powell, »

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Bille August To Head Cairo Film Festival Jury, Omar Sharif To Be Honored

22 September 2015 6:31 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Oscar-winning Danish Director Bille August (“Pelle the Conqueror”) will head the main jury of the 37th Cairo Film Festival which will pay tribute to the memory of the late great Omar Sharif and also honor popular Egyptian actor Hussein Fahmy with a lifetime achievement award.

August (pictured) a double Palme d’Or winner, also known for “Smilla’s Sense Of Snow,” “The House of Spirits,” and “Les Miserables,” will bring his latest film, “Silent Heart,” to the Cairo fest which will run November 11-20.

The tribute to Omar Sharif, who died aged 83 in July, will take place November 12 and involve onstage testimonials from several international and Egyptian artists who worked with the first Arab actor to achieve worldwide fame.

Besides classics Sharif starred in, such as “Lawrence of Arabia,” the Cairo fest will also screen lesser known gems such as a restored version of French director Jacques Baratier’s 1958 romancer “Goha, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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