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Trumbull: Super Hfr could revitalise cinema

15 September 2014 5:41 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Ibc: VFX veteran Douglas Trumbull claims the groundbreaking technology could revitalise the theatrical experience.

Director and VFX veteran Douglas Trumbull has urged filmmakers James Cameron, J.J Abrams and Peter Jackson to adopt his groundbreaking super high frame rate 3D production and presentation format in a bid to revitalise the theatrical experience.

At a screening of his experimental short Ufotog, shot in 3D at 4K resolution and at 120 frames a second, projected for the first time using Christie Digital’s 3D 6P laser projection system at trade show Ibc today, Trumbull called on exhibitors and directors to embrace the format.

“Right now the technical standards of cinema are almost identical to the technology standard of TV,” he said.

“There is very little difference between those two mediums and young people in particular are migrating away from movies because of the convenience of watching movies on a tablet.

“But if we can make an immersive motion picture spectacle »

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Venice Film Review: ‘Theeb’

10 September 2014 7:34 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

. Naji Abu Nowar’s impressive debut feature riffs on oater themes, and the stunning location work in southern Jordan has the grandeur of Monument Valley, yet this is no Western knockoff but a well-told Wwi-era story grounded in Bedouin-specific customs. The best director prize in Venice’s Horizons section will certainly expand Abu Nowar’s horizons and could translate to modest arthouse play, even Stateside.

Jordan’s homegrown cinema output has been minuscule, making “Theeb” (meaning “wolf”) an especially welcome addition that should offer encouragement to aspiring local filmmakers and funding bodies (the pic was supported by Abu Dhabi’s Sanad Fund as well as the Doha Film Institute, the King Abdullah II Fund for Development, and Visions Sud Est). While set in western Arabia in 1916, the movie was shot entirely in Jordan, using mostly non-professional Bedouins whose powerful presence onscreen is a testament to both their talent and U. »

- Jay Weissberg

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Steven Sotloff Remembered by Family and Friends

5 September 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Steven Sotloff had always been interested in exploring the world. Intelligent and inquisitive, he had an easygoing disposition and a sharp sense of humor. While his death at the hands of Isis militants has horrified the nation, the loss has been devastating to those who knew the 31-year-old journalist. His parents, Arthur and Shirley, and sister Lauren are privately grieving, as are friends who remember him fondly as "someone you'd want in your circle." A public memorial service for Sotloff was held Friday afternoon in his hometown of Pinecrest, Florida. "Steve was equally torn between two poles," his family said »

- Steve Helling, @stevehelling

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Reporter Steven Sotloff Remembered by Family and Friends

5 September 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Steven Sotloff had always been interested in exploring the world. Intelligent and inquisitive, he had an easygoing disposition and a sharp sense of humor. While his death at the hands of Isis militants has horrified the nation, the loss has been devastating to those who knew the 31-year-old journalist. His parents, Arthur and Shirley, and sister Lauren are privately grieving, as are friends who remember him fondly as "someone you'd want in your circle." A public memorial service for Sotloff was held Friday afternoon in his hometown of Pinecrest, Florida. "Steve was equally torn between two poles," his family said »

- Steve Helling, @stevehelling

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See Reddit users’ favorite movie from each year

2 September 2014 12:56 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.

Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »

- Brian Welk

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Venice 2014: Loin des Hommes (Far from Men) Review

1 September 2014 4:15 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

David Oelhoffen has made only one feature prior to this Algerian tale but he has achieved one of the Venice Film Festival highlights so far.

Based on an Albert Camus short story, The Guest, the film is about reclusive schoolteacher Daru (Viggo Mortensen), born in Algeria to Spanish parents, and the year is 1954 at the onset of the Algerian War. Daru’s school is in the midst of rural Algeria, but the rebellion soon begins to encroach even in this far-flung place. One night Daru is asked to take a prisoner, Mohamed (Reda Kateb), to the authorities in Tiglit. Before they leave, they are ambushed twice, once by the family of the man Mohamed killed, and later by a local French settler who is looking for someone to blame for the slaughter of his livestock. As they head off they face the threat of running into rebels, soldiers and brigands on their journey. »

- Jo-Ann Titmarsh

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Ridley Scott Says He Will “Probably” Direct the Blade Runner Sequel After The Martian; Talks Prometheus 2

25 August 2014 4:18 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Ridley Scott is a lot like Clint Eastwood and Woody Allen in that he’s become an incredibly prolific filmmaker in his 70s, but he differs from those two directors in that the projects he’s tackling are massive.  In the last four years, Scott has directed Robin Hood, Prometheus, The Counselor, and most recently the Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, and in between he found time to helm a pilot called The Vatican that Showtime ultimately passed on.  Scott is next gearing up to shoot the sci-fi survival film The Martian with Matt Damon, and in a recent interview with EW he revealed that production on the pic—which revolves around an astronaut who becomes stranded on Mars and must find his way home—will begin in November. But during the interview, Scott also revealed that Blade Runner 2 and Prometheus 2 are both completely written, adding that he »

- Adam Chitwood

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Ridley Scott: 'Martian,' 'Blade Runner,' 'Prometheus' sequels are all written

25 August 2014 1:40 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Ridley Scott is a busy man. The director, 76, is currently putting the final touches on Exodus: Gods and Kings, starring Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton (in theaters Dec. 12). But last week, he told EW a little about his next project, The Martian starring Matt Damon, which is slated for November 2015. “It’s a very good book,” says Scott of Andy Weir’s novel, which was originally self-published in 2012 before being republished by Crown this year. (You can read EW’s review of The Martian here.) The story follows Mark Watney, an astronaut who becomes stranded and assumed dead on Mars after a deadly storm. »

- Sara Vilkomerson

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Watch: Rare Behind-the-Scenes Footage from 'Lawrence of Arabia'

15 August 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

What a discovery. The UK's Huntley Film Archives has recovered rare behind-the-scenes footage from the set of David Lean's wonderful 1962 desert epic "Lawrence of Arabia."  Late British journalist Ludavic Kennedy narrates a reel of director Lean, star Peter O'Toole and producer Sam Spiegel on-location in the Middle East, where this Wwi-era military masterwork -- as psychological, to this day, as it is physical -- goes down in glorious Panavision. The footage is in pretty raw shape, but it's neat to see the making of a real studio epic unfold. They don't make 'em like they used to. Thanks to Cinephilia & Beyond for bringing the clip to our attention. As for "Lawrence of Arabia" the film, see it in a theater if you can. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Toronto: Fortissimo Shoots Hal Hartley’s ‘Ned Rifle,’ ‘Theeb’

15 August 2014 2:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong and Amsterdam-based Fortissimo Films has picked up international sales rights to Hal Hartley’s comedy drama “Ned Rifle” and to Middle Eastern action film “Theeb.”

Ned Rifle,” is the final installment in Hartley’s dysfunctional family trilogy which started with “Henry Fool” and “Fay Grim.” It sees a son emerge from the witness protection program with the sole aim of killing his father.

The film, which has its world premiere in Toronto’s Special Presentation section, stars Liam Aiken, Martin Donovan, Aubrey Plaza, Parker Posey, Thomas Jay Ryan and James Urbaniak. Fortissimo has all rights outside North America.

Appearing in Toronto, but premiering in Venice, is recent Fortissimo pickup “Theeb,” the story of a desert trek by a Bedouin youngster and a mysterious British army officer. It was shot by first-time director Naji Abu Nowar in some of the same locations as “Lawrence of Arabia.” Fortissimo handles rights outside the Middle East, »

- Patrick Frater

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Fortissimo takes Theeb world rights

15 August 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Fortissimo Films has acquired world rights, excluding the Middle East, UK and Switzerland, to Venice Orizzonti title Theeb, directed by Naji Abu Nowar.

The dramatic action film follows a young Bedouin boy who is propelled into adulthood following the death of his feather and the arrival of a British Army Officer on a mysterious mission. Filmed in the same desert landscapes of Lawrence Of Arabia, the film stars Bedouin non-professional actor Jacir Eid.

The Jordanian, UK, UAE and Qatar co-production is produced by Bassel Ghandour and Rupert Lloyd for Bayt Al Shawareb and Noor Pictures. The film is screening as a world premiere in Venice before moving to Toronto’s Discovery section. It marks the feature debut of Jordanian director Naji Abu Nowar, whose short credits include Death Of A Boxer.

Fortissimo’s autumn festivals slate also includes Hal Hartley’s Ned Rifle – the concluding film in a trilogy including Henry Fool and Fay Grim – which is receiving »

- (Liz Shackleton)

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The Story of Hollywood in Just 10 Filmsc

5 August 2014 9:57 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Over at The Telegraph, Robbie Collin has chosen to take on the impossible, he's set out to create a list of films that tells the story of Hollywood "in terms of how one picture or director led to the next." It's a daunting task that creates an interesting narrative and he prefaces his ten selections saying: ...none of the individual works is "great" or "important" enough to drown out the others. I've avoided films such as Citizen Kane, Vertigo, Singin' in the Rain, Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, Lawrence of Arabia and The Godfather, not just because we already know they're great, but because their greatness might throw the story off-balance - although I wouldn't hesitate to describe any of the films that are on this list as a masterpiece. So how does his list shape outc Have a look: One Week (1920) - dir. Buster Keaton It Happened One Night (1934) - dir. »

- Brad Brevet

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The Dusty VHS Corner: Anthony Hickox, from Sundown to Full Eclipse

3 August 2014 2:11 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In the latest edition of The Dusty VHS Corner, Tom Jolliffe looks at the films of Anthony Hickox

Director Anthony Hickox comes from a strong cinematic lineage. His father, Douglas Hickox was also a director (Zulu Dawn, Theatre of Blood) whilst his mother is critically lauded editor Anne V. Coates (Lawrence of Arabia). A career in the film industry seemed destined, even if his start would require a lot of persistence and a lot of luck.

His debut film Waxwork almost didn’t see the light of day. Hickox met the producer, Staffan Ahrenherg when he crashed his car into the back of Ahrenberg’s. With barely a penny to his name, Hickox managed to persuade Ahrenberg to let him pay for the damage by letting him write a script for him on the cheap. Ahrenberg agreed, and Waxwork was written by Hickox in three days. The script was rejected from almost every studio, »

- Gary Collinson

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Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight Gets A Poster, Teases Release Date

30 July 2014 7:59 AM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Quentin Tarantino.s The Hateful Eight has taken an unusual path to production . even by Tarantino.s outside-the-box standards. For a while, this was going to be his follow-up to the Oscar-winning Django Unchained, keeping the writer-director in spaghetti Western mode. Then, as you might recall, the script leaked. and all hell broke loose. But the project appears to be back on track, and the poster above suggests a 2015 release date is in the cards. Empire shares the image above, clarifying that Quentin Tarantino.s eighth picture will be the revenge epic The Hateful Eight, with a crimson-colored 2015 in the corner to get fans. hopes up. The poster teases a "Special Roadshow Engagement" in 70Mm Super CinemaScope, which is twice the film stock ratio of a traditional 35Mm and was utilized . in the pre-imax era . for larger-than-life epics such as Ben-Hur, Cleopatra and Lawrence of Arabia. Paul Thomas Anderson was »

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Historian hoping to restore ‘Gone With the Wind’ film set

28 July 2014 3:51 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sometimes it’s humiliating what the world has done with our film history. Horror stories abound about the poor preservation and disposal of film prints of movies like Lawrence of Arabia, and of course the more famous examples with Metropolis and The Magnificent Ambersons.

One historian is trying to rectify the legacy of another landmark film, Gone With the Wind. Peter Bonner, a historian and Gone With the Wind tour guide in Atlanta, recently came across the forgotten pieces to the movie set of Scarlett O’Hara’s famous plantation home “Tara”.

The set from the film was eventually dismantled, sold from Selznick Studios to Desi Arnaz and later shipped to Georgia, where it has now been rotting in storage for nearly three decades.

The Daily Mail reported on Sunday about Bonner’s efforts to restore the many pieces to Tara and make it available for tours. Bonner’s Facebook page, »

- Brian Welk

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Beyond Spectacular: Experiencing '2001' in 70mm; 'Interstellar' is Next

15 July 2014 12:22 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

"This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it." This past weekend, at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York City, I experienced the spectacular - Stanley Kubrick's seminal sci-fi masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey projected in 70mm. The film first hit theaters in 1968, but is touring again as a 70mm restored version, which first hit in 2001/2002. The theater was sold out, every seat filled, the audience awe-struck in total silence for most of the entire movie. Words cannot really describe this kind of cinematic event, as it is truly an experience, one that will "dominate and overwhelm the viewer", as Ebert wrote in one of his posts on seeing 2001 in 70mm. It is that enveloping, but that's what makes it awesome. I have seen a few 70mm big screen movies before, including Lawrence of Arabia at the Egyptian in Los Angeles »

- Alex Billington

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Queen of the Desert Pic and Nicole in the Oscar Race?

15 July 2014 10:43 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Queen of the Desert, Werner Herzog's biopic on Gertrud Bell starring Nicole Kidman wrapped filming in March. Though it's still looking for a distributor it looks like post-production is all done since producers are tweeting about the final cut and calling it "Epic". Herzog has also expressed real enthusiasm about Nicole's performance in his slightly oddball way of speaking.

"Now, Nicole Kidman,” Herzog said of her lead performance in "Queen Of The Desert." “Wait for that one. Wait for it. I make an ominous prediction: How good she is.”

(You can even hear his voice when you read quotes from him, can't you?)

Nicole shared this photo of the wrap of shooting.first official image. will they keep this aspect ratio? it's so Lawrence of Arabia long

Of course all of this is from people who are involved in the picture so they'd never be anything less than enthusiastic. »


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Movies This Week: July 11-17, 2014

11 July 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

The Austin Film Society is kicking off the weekend with another Free Member Friday event. Tonight, Afs Members can enjoy a program of short films at the Marchesa for free, including Kat Candler's original 2012 short Hellion (recently adapted into a terrific feature) and Todd Rohal's Rat Pack Rat, which won a special jury prize at Sundance this year. Come on out even if you're not a member for $10 general admission tickets.

Afs is also hosting some special advance screenings of Richard Linklater's acclaimed new film Boyhood (Debbie's review) this weekend. The 1 pm screening on Sunday at the Marchesa is already sold out, but a 7 pm show still has VIP tickets available that include a private dinner with the director and cast. The acclaimed documentary Manakamana is screening at the Marchesa on Tuesday evening while Sweet Dreams folows on Wednesday. Essential Cinema closes out a busy week with »

- Matt Shiverdecker

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Saturday Morning Cartoon: A Gorgeous Companion For ‘Snowpiercer’

28 June 2014 6:04 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The big movie this weekend is Snowpiercer! Okay, so it isn’t. The big movie this weekend is Transformers: Age of Extinction. However, you can’t watch the bulk of the old cartoons for free online, and what’s available is, frankly, terrible. The web series that Hasbro put out to accompany this recent batch of features, Cyber Missions, is staggeringly dull. Don’t waste your time. If you have Netflix streaming do yourself a favor and watch some of the original 1984-1987 series, particularly a bizarre Season 2 episode called “Auto-Bop” in which the Decepticons take over a New York City nightclub. Thank me later. But back to Snowpiercer! I don’t think it would be too much of an exaggeration to say that the cinema owes an awful lot to the locomotive. Trains look great on screen, particularly in the least hospitable climates. David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia and Dr. Zhivago »

- Daniel Walber

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Sundays and Cybèle

25 June 2014 11:17 AM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 30, 2014

Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95

Studio: Criterion

Hardy Kruger and Nicole Courcel in Sundays and Cybele.

In French director Serge Bourgignon’s provocative 1962 drama Sundays and Cybèle, a psychologically damaged war veteran (Hardy Kruger) and a neglected child (Nicole Courcel) begin a startlingly intimate friendship—one that ultimately ignites the suspicion and anger of his friends and neighbors in suburban Paris.

Bourguignon’s film makes thoughtful, humane drama out of potentially incendiary subject matter, and with the help of the sensitive cinematography of Henri Decaë (The 400 Blows) and a delicate score by Maurice Jarre (Lawrence of Arabia), Sundays and Cybèle becomes a stirring contemplation of an alliance between two troubled souls.

Presented in French with English subtitles, Criterion’s Blu-ray and DVD editions of the film include the following:

• New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray

• New interviews with director Serge Bourguignon »

- Laurence

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