6 items from 2007
Robert Boyle has been voted an Honorary Academy Award by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The award, an Oscar statuette, will be presented to the legendary production designer at the 80th Academy Awards presentation on Feb. 24 "in recognition of one of cinema's great careers in art direction."
His nearly 100 credits include Saboteur, Shadow of a Doubt, It Came from Outer Space, The Birds, Marnie, "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying," In Cold Blood, The Thomas Crown Affair, Private Benjamin and Dragnet.
Said Academy president Sid Ganis: "From his multiple collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock to his top-quality work on so many other films, this is a master film artist and I couldn't be happier that an Oscar statuette will be presented to him."
Born in Los Angeles in 1909, Boyle trained as an architect. When the Depression cost him his job in that field, Boyle found work in films as an extra. »
- I’m not sure if this is a bunch of random connecting-of-the-dots on my part, but Alfred Hitchcock's films and his influence are rising in popularity as of late. Approximately thirty years after his death, his library of 60+ films understandably have become a reference point for movie-goers and filmmakers. While the Criterion Collection keeps reminding us that there are several reasons to go revisit his work on home video (my favorite is the re-release of The Lady Vanishes), we find studios, producers, directors and screenwriters are referring to his work in a blatant ways. Take for example, last week’s homage from one film great to another. Such as the high-end BMW film-commercials, someone came up with the novel idea of bringing Martin Scorsese along for a truly witty tribute to the master of suspense. The Frexinet commercial (view here) plays with many of Hitch’s cinematic style »
Veteran character actor Lonny Chapman has died of heart disease. He was 87. Chapman, who appeared in movies including Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, Woody Allen's Take The Money And Run and disaster film Earthquake, passed away on October 12 in North Hollywood, California. Chapman made his television debut in Captain Video in 1949, the same year he first appeared on the Broadway stage in The Closing Door, directed by Lee Strasberg. His last movie role was in 2003's The Hunted. For the last 34 years, Chapman was artistic director of the Lonny Chapman Theater in Los Angeles. He is survived by his wife Erma and a son. »
Naomi Watts has been loosely attached to star for some time, but her involvement is script dependent.
While Campbell has no offer to direct, the early talks put the potential movie's production dates past any possible directors and actors strike.
The Birds, released by Universal in 1963, featured an attack by birds on the California coastal town of Bodega Bay. Coming after Psycho, Hitchcock's innovative use of special effects and sounds continued to cement his reputation as a horror director and launched many "nature on the attack" imitators. The movie also featured the screen debut of the director's newest ingenue, Tippi Hedren.
The studio says the redo will owe more to the Daphne Du Maurier short story than the Hitchcock film based on it. »
AFI is celebrating its 40th anniversary by screening 11 classic American films simultaneously and hosting an iconic star or director from each.
The event, set for 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at the 14-screen ArcLight Hollywood, will include such Hollywood notables as Kirk Douglas introducing Spartacus, George Lucas presenting Star Wars: Episode IV -- A New Hope and Julie Andrews introducing The Sound of Music.
Representing more recent Hollywood fare will be Billy Crystal and Rob Reiner (When Harry Met Sally ...), Angela Lansbury (Beauty and the Beast), Clint Eastwood (Unforgiven) and Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption).
"What better way to celebrate 40 years of AFI than to bring together movie artists and moviegoers in the flickering light of these classic American films," AFI president and CEO Jean Picker Firstenberg said.
Tickets for the event, sponsored by Target, can be purchased beginning Wednesday at AFI.com or the ArcLight boxoffice. »
Identical-twin filmmakers Danny and Oxide Pang make their English-language debut with "The Messengers", but there's a lot less here than meets "The Eye", the 2002 cult horror film that made them an international success.
A tepid ghost story filled with all the usual things that go bump in the night minus the somewhat crucial element of suspense, this bland effort from Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert's Ghost House Pictures is surprisingly devoid of the creepy, claustrophobic atmospherics that haunt the brothers' Asian work.
Instead we have an unremarkable American gothic thriller with Dylan McDermott and Penelope Ann Miller playing the novice farmer and his dutiful wife, who have traded life in the big city for anticipated tranquility on a secluded North Dakota farm.
You don't need a spooky black-and-white prelude -- though the Pangs have happily provided one -- to tell that no good can come of the creepy, long-shuttered farmhouse that the Solomon family has chosen to call home.
But Roy and Denise are too busy growing sunflowers and trying to wash away that pesky moldy blotch that keeps on appearing on their wall to notice the foreboding murder of shrieking crows (played by Czech ravens) and locked doors that suddenly open, then slam shut again, leaving their troubled teen daughter Jess (Kristen Stewart) and traumatized, mute 3-year-old Ben (played by twins Evan and Theodore Turner) to find out the terrifying truth for themselves.
And what's up with John Corbett's blissfully oblivious field hand? Why would a guy like him take on such an insignificant role? He's barely even ... whoa, didn't see that one coming!
While the Pangs, along with Hideo Nakata ("The Ring") and Takashi Shimizu ("The Grudge"), are considered the reigning masters of contemporary Asian horror, there's scant evidence of a visual style to be found here, with the exception of one belonging to Hitchcock's "The Birds".
They certainly don't get much in the way of inspiration from the generic script by Mark Wheaton, from a predictable story by Todd Farmer, leaving their appealing cast struggling to make something out of the flat dialogue that kills time in between the next spooky bit.
Although production designer Alicia Keywan gets some bright, eye-catching mileage out of all those blooming sunflowers (actually situated on a Canadian field in Regina, Saskatchewan), the real crop being harvested by "The Messengers" is your basic corn.
Screen Gems and Ghost House Pictures and Columbia Pictures present
a Blue Star Pictures production
Directors: Danny Pang & Oxide Pang
Executive producers: Nathan Kahane, Joe Drake
Screenwriter: Mark Wheaton
Story: Todd Farmer
Director of photography: David Geddes
Production designer: Alicia Keywan
Editors: John Axelrad and Armen Minasian
Music: Joseph LoDuca
Jess: Kristen Stewart
Roy: Dylan McDermott
Denise: Penelope Ann Miller
Burwell: John Corbett
Running time -- 90 minutes
MPAA rating: PG-13
6 items from 2007
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