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..And talk about the old cinema tradition, the Intermission. This break in between lengthy films was born out of necessity not ambition. Back when everything was projected on film a reel on the projector could only hold so much. This required the projectionist to load the second reel, and this required time, hence the intermission. With digital projection it's a tap of the play button and the computer does it's thing, no intermissions needed. But an idea has arose: Just because we don't have to doesn't necessarily mean we shouldn't.
The 154 minute Exodus Gods and Kings left many movie goers burned out by the first hour and a half (some the first 20 minutes) and too beaten to care much for the coming hour. But would an intermission solve this epics exhaustion? Or would viewers take the opportunity to leave? Or, would they be disappointed that they had lost the films sense of immersion? »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Aaron Hunt)
Along with George Orwell’s Animal Farm, William Golding’s Lord of the Flies is one of the most widely read social allegories of the twentieth century. The novel, a dystopian fable about a group of English schoolboys who end up on an uninhabited island as the result of a plane crash, was Golding’s first, and the best-known in his Nobel Prize winning career. When Ealing Studios decided the film, which would feature an all-child cast, no adult stars and a potentially large budget, wasn’t worth the risk, the rights to the book were sold to producer Sam Spiegel, who’d gambled and won on David Lean’s epic Bridge on the River Kwai, and Lawrence of Arabia. The task of directing the film fell to Peter Brook, and the film he would make was quite different than Lean’s colorful widescreen sagas of male heroism.>> - Stela »
Speaking to Variety at this year’s Marrakech film festival, British actor Jeremy Irons talked about his roles in movies set for 2015 or beyond: Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman,” in which he plays butler Alfred; romantic drama “The Correspondence,” from Giuseppe Tornatore (“Cinema Paradiso”), in which he co-stars with Blake Lively; and Ben Wheatley’s “High Rise,” based on J. G. Ballard’s novel.
He was amused by the idea that he’s being once again typecast as a professor in Tornatore’s first English-language pic, clarifying that he will actually play an astrophysicist.
In relation to Wheatley’s political thriller, “High Rise,” in which he co-stars with Sienna Miller, he confided that U.K. producer Jeremy Thomas asked him why he never stars in British independent films. He said that he accepted the role because he was won over by the young director, who believes strongly in the project. »
- Martin Dale
"I saw the Valley the way David Lean saw the desert in 'Lawrence of Arabia,' " Paul Thomas Anderson said about "Boogie Nights," with the quote lifted from Grantland's insanely well-researched and excellent oral history about the making of his breakout film. And while we urge you to check out that must-read feature, there's another way you can take an in-depth look at "Boogie Nights." Eyes On Cinema has dug up an extensive interview between Anderson and Elvis Mitchell on Kcrw's "The Treatment" from 1997. And as you might expect, the talk is wide ranging, with the filmmaker discussing the perils of choosing music for movies, capturing what porn shoots were all about in the era, and how blessed he is, even at this early stage, to work with great, intuitive actors, some of whom also happen to be his friends. It's a great chat overall between the pair, and one well worth listening to. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
For those who miss the substance and scope of films like “Lawrence of Arabia” and “The Man Who Would Be King,” Philipp Stoelzl’s “The Physician” restores one’s faith in the medium — if not necessarily one’s faith in faith. A hearty historical epic that pits intellectual progress against the stifling influence of world religions, this absorbing adaptation of Noah Gordon’s international bestseller — better known abroad, where the film has earned more than 3.5 million admissions, airing on German television in its full four-hour form — tells of a lowly English urchin who travels halfway around the globe to study under Persian thinker Ibn Sina.
Though never widely embraced in the States, Gordon’s immersive 1986 novel introduced world readers to medieval hero Rob Cole, a Christian lad so committed to advancing the sorry state of 11th-century medicine that he disguised himself as Jewish (going so far as to perform his »
- Peter Debruge
“It’s not even that good a story,” Moses grumbles early on in Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” shortly after learning of the mysterious events that transformed a lowly Hebrew slave into a full-blown prince of Egypt. It’s a sly, knowing wink from a filmmaker who clearly has a terrific tale on his hands, yet faces a bit of a challenge in selling it to a more cynical, less easily razzle-dazzled audience than those that greeted the biblical epics of yesteryear. What’s remarkable about Scott’s genuinely imposing Old Testament psychodrama is the degree to which he succeeds in conjuring a mighty and momentous spectacle — one that, for sheer astonishment, rivals any of the lavish visions of ancient times the director has given us — while turning his own skepticism into a potent source of moral and dramatic conflict.
If this estimable account of how God delivered »
- Justin Chang
Almost fifty years since it first wowed cinemagoers at the tail-end of the '60s, Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is back in the public consciousness thanks to a cinema re-release as part of the BFI's Days of Fear and Wonder sci-fi season and its place in the just-released Kubrick Blu-ray Masterpiece Collection. That's not to mention Christopher Nolan's outer space drama Interstellar, a film that very much hangs in the shadow of its illustrious predecessor.
After destroying mankind at the close of Dr Strangelove in 1964, Kubrick sought to tell a more progressive story about humanity with his follow-up. Teaming with heralded sci-fi author Arthur C Clarke, Kubrick fashioned a screenplay that tracked the evolution of man through encounters with giant black monoliths.
Eventually released in 1968, a year before Apollo 11 touched down on the moon, 2001 was hugely ambitious both in narrative and technical terms. Kubrick reached »
The ideal place to meet Ridley Scott would be on a raging battlefield, in the furthest reaches of outer space, or in the midst of any of the other vast canvases on which he creates his movies.
Instead, we’re sitting in a basement salon at London’s trendy Ham Yard Hotel, where the 76-year-old director has parked himself, however briefly, to discuss his new biblical epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” and to ruminate on his long career.
“You’re probably going to be sitting down, so you’re not going to get a proper sense of him,” actor Christian Bale, who stars in Scott’s new film as Moses, warned this reporter a few days earlier. “You’ve got to see Rid on the move to understand him. He’s totally kinetic. I’m absolutely sure he springs out of bed at 10 times the speed I do.”
Australian actor Joel Edgerton, »
- Scott Foundas
Every year Amazon puts the extended Blu-ray edition of the Lord of the Rings trilogy on sale during Black Friday Deals Week and this year is no different in that respect, though it is a little different in that they are bundling it with even more J.R.R. Tolkien goodies for fans of Middle Earth. Along with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which includes the extended Blu-ray editions of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, you can buy bundles that also include all four books, including "The Hobbit" as well as either the PS4 or Xbox One edition of the Shadow of Mordor video game. I've included the links below along with a selection of other deals on more Blu-rays, Blu-ray players, televisions, soundbars and more! The »
- Brad Brevet
Back to the Future is one of the most beloved films of the last several decades, and an arguably perfect Hollywood film, but it’s a wonder that the film hasn’t gotten the same cult treatment as say, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. No one would bat an eye at performers acting out scenes in front of a live screening of that film, but now one group called Secret Cinema has gone the extra mile and done the same for Robert Zemeckis’s film. And they’ve spared no expense, completely recreating the old ’50s town of Hill Valley, California in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. Take a look:
/Film shared the video Thursday after first reporting on the event back in June. They point out that another secret screening of Back to the Future may arrive in Los Angeles at some point. But in the mean time, »
- Brian Welk
We're covering a lot of ground today with the centerpiece being our review of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. We also dig into the Bill Cosby controversy for a second, the death of Mike Nichols, Universal's plans for at least three more Fast & Furious movies, Prometheus 2, Zoolander 2, a few of your questions, some games and a few knicks and knacks along the way. Hope you enjoy! If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. »
- Brad Brevet
"Did he really deserve a place in here?" a mourner at St. Paul’s Cathedral asks of T.E. Lawrence at the beginning of Lawrence Of Arabia. David Lean's epic argued the case that Lawrence, for all his foibles, was worthy of being celebrated alongside other great British heroes. The Imitation Game, does something similar for Alan Turing, the brilliant cryptanalyst and mathematician credited with cracking the codes of the Nazis’ Enigma machine. »
Craig Flores and Nicolas Chartier will produce for Voltage Films, which is also financing the project, with Ciralsky himself on board as producer.
The untitled project will chronicle the former Navy Seal’s life story and the rise and fall of his secretive paramilitary company.
“I’ve wanted to do this film for a long time,” said Chartier (pictured). “Having spent considerable time with Erik, I can easily say he is the most fascinating man I’ve ever met and there is a great movie in his life. Lawrence Of Arabia meets Jason Bourne meets Tony Stark. And I can’t wait to do justice to his story – so little of which is publicly known.”
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Directed by Christopher Nolan
A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
A quick note before I begin the review:
Regardless of what I or others may think about Interstellar, one thing will remain constant; you need to see the film in 70mm IMAX to truly experience the film as the director wanted it to be seen. The advent of digital screening may be, to some, an improvement over film projected at 24 Fps due to clarity unseen before, but nothing can match the beautiful grain and slight imperfections of watching a film. The detail is so rich, you cannot mistake it for anything else and, if for no other reason, »
- Gary Collinson
Matthew VanDyke was a naive, adventure-driven videographer with Ocd when he went to North Africa without a word of Arabic, searching for his manhood. He became buddies with a Libyan guy, and when Libya’s revolution broke out, he picked up a gun alongside his camera and fought with his friend. Gaddafi fell, VanDyke came home triumphant, the end. Never mind that the Libyan civil war still rages — we’ve got an American to celebrate. Just like the U.S.’ deeply flawed foreign policy, Marshall Curry’s “Point and Shoot” sees the world through a lens of American exceptionalism, though such a p.o.v. hasn’t hampered fest recognition.
Tribeca’s feature documentary prize confirms there’s an audience for this story of a low-key guy from Baltimore overcoming psychological handicaps to become his own version of Lawrence of Arabia. A healthy arthouse tour confirms its appeal, which will be furthered by PBS play. »
- Jay Weissberg
'Idol's Eye' production shut down: Robert De Niro, Robert Pattinson and Rachel Weisz to have starred in Olivier Assayas' action-thriller (photo: Robert Pattinson) Production on screenwriter-director Olivier Assayas' action-thriller Idol's Eye, which was to have starred two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro (The Godfather: Part II, Raging Bull), Robert Pattinson (the Twilight movies, The Rover), and Oscar winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener), has been shut down, officially due to financing woes. Michael Benaroya's Beverly Hills-based Benaroya Pictures announced the bad news earlier today, November 3, 2014. “Due to the criteria for financing not being met by producers, Benaroya Pictures has formally decided to discontinue financing the motion picture titled Idol's Eye. The company cannot continue to put its investment at risk and has been forced to stop cash flowing [to] the production. “This is something all of us wanted to avoid, but due to the producers missing »
- Zac Gille
The Terminator was released 30 years ago this weekend—but our Hillary Busis hadn’t seen it until this past week. (Of course, she's not alone; everyone has at least one shameful gap in their pop cultural knowledge. So we opened up the question to our staffers: What’s a classic (or "classic") film that you’ve missed? Read through our choices—and feel free to chime in with your own. Kyle Ryan, EW.com editor: It won Best Picture in 1962 and is No. 7 on the AFI's "100 best films" list, but not only have I never seen Lawrence of Arabia, I »
- EW staff
This story first appeared in the Oct. 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. When rumors first surfaced earlier in the year that Star Wars: Episode VII would be shooting in the Middle East, most eyes in the region turned to Jordan. After all, the country had provided the sand-strewn backdrop for a slew of major titles dating back to 1962's Lawrence of Arabia, most recently including Prometheus, Zero Dark Thirty, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and the upcoming Exodus: Gods and Kings. Also, unlike Tunisia, which famously stood in for the Skywalkers' dusty home planet of Tatooine in the previous installments, Jordan was a country that hadn't been
- Alex Ritman
Even before Naji Abu Nowar took home the director prize at the 2014 Venice Horizons section, his feature debut, “Theeb,” was one of the most talked-about films on the Lido. Born in Oxford and educated in Jordan and the U.K., Nowar has helped spotlight Jordan — not for outside crews seeking spectacular locations but for local talent telling local stories. “Theeb” is a stunning, intimate epic set in a Bedouin community during the Arab Revolt (the same period as “Lawrence of Arabia”), presenting a society on the cusp of change and tipping its hat to classic Westerns even in the way it toys with questions of moral absolutes.
Nowar is the latest recipient of Variety’s Arab Filmmaker of the Year award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.
How does the label Arab filmmaker help you and how does it hold you back?
I’ve been half-half my whole life! In »
- Jay Weissberg
Opportunities are opening up to restore classic assets on new formats - but film restoration is an art form in danger. Ann-Marie Corvin reports from Screen International and Broadcast’s Restoration & Archive Forum
“If there’s been a gold rush in film archive then it’s kind of passed me by,” says Paul Collard, vice-president of film and digital services at film processing company Deluxe Digital.
While there have been a few showcase renewals in the Us, such as Sony’s 4K restoration of David Lean’s 1962 classic Lawrence Of Arabia, the main drivers for restoration of archive in Europe are commercial - the Blu-ray sell-through market and broadcasters looking to release TV classics on new distribution formats - or cultural, from national institutions and trusts that find the money to achieve a handful of significant projects.
Deluxe, for example, recently completed full Digital Intermediates (Di) restoration of the 1927 silent film The Battles Of The Coronel And Falkland »
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