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Wilmington, Nc. I sit down with Matt Barr on the "Sleepy Hollow" set in Wilmington, Nc in late August without really knowing much about the actor's character, Noah Hawley. I know he's got Han Solo rogue swagger and a holstered firearm, but little else. The reports when Barr was cast described his character as a bounty hunter and then he was later described as an arms dealer, two descriptions with a potentially wide gulf between them. Nearly two months later, I've "acted" in a scene with Barr -- possibly appearing in Episode 8, until they decide to cut me out for reasons that I certainly won't begrudge -- and watched two episodes featuring Hawley and I'm still not sure I know all that much more. Hawley first popped up in the season's third episode and he returned in the fourth, both times on the trail of the same artifact Crane and Abbie were looking for, »
- Daniel Fienberg
After taking on Captain America himself earlier this year, Academy Award winner Robert Redford is looking at a new project with Walt Disney Pictures. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Redford is in talks to headline with director David Lowery (Ain't Them Body Saints) attached to helm. The Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid star would play a local storyteller who knows a few good tales about dragons. »
While promoting "Birdman," Edward Norton spoke about the 15th anniversary of "Fight Club" and revealed that today's movies don't get the praise they deserve, especially from some of the older Hollywood greats, like writer William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President's Men, Marathon Man, The Princess Bride, Misery, Chaplin). Norton explained: "I remember reading some interview with the really great screenwriter William Goldman, who definitely has been a part of many great generational films. But I was sort of pissed off by a certain snarkiness that he had about, you know, 'How come no generation has stepped up to make really defining films like those of the sort of 1967 to 1975 era?' And [he] went through the list and almost said like, 'Where are the filmmakers like these people and where are the actors like these people?' And I remember thinking, 'Are you f*cking kidding me? »
From long credits to bullet time, here are a few techniques and film conventions we don't see in the movies these days...
Over more than a century, cinema has built up its own storytelling vocabulary. Thanks to generations of intelligent and groundbreaking filmmakers, movies contain a rich and complex set of editing, filming and framing techniques, most of them so firmly embedded in our subconscious that we don't even think about them while we're sitting in our local multiplex.
Inevitably, there are some aspects of filmmaking that have changed considerably over time. New ideas and conventions continuously float in, while old ones become over-used and phase out as a result. It's the latter we're focusing on here: the filmmaking conventions and techniques that are either becoming rare, or have vanished altogether. Bear in mind that some of the things below may suddenly come back into vogue very soon, while the »
Robert Redford is to receive a lifetime achievement award from the Film Society of Lincoln Centre.
The 78-year-old actor and director will be awarded the Chaplin Award during a gala in New York next April, reports BBC News.
The film society's executive director Lesli Klainberg said: "Obviously he's a star that many of us have grown up watching from his films in the early 1960s to his current work.
He will also appear in A Walk in the Woods, »
The Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Gotham nonprofit that presents the New York Film Festival, has tapped Robert Redford to receive its 42nd annual Chaplin Award.
The laurel, which honors the film industry’s most notable talents, will lionize Redford for a career that has included iconic acting work (“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “All the President’s Men,” “The Sting,” “The Natural”); a string of films as a director (“Ordinary People,” “A River Runs Through It,” “The Company You Keep”); Broadway credits (“Barefoot in the Park”); and staunch support of independent cinema as the founder of the Sundance Institute and its influential film festival.
Last year’s “All is Lost,” the J.C. Chandor film that Redford toplined, had a slot in the 2013 New York Film Festival. He just wrapped “A Walk in the Woods,” based on the Bill Bryson memoir, and is now at work on “Truth, »
- Gordon Cox
Andy Samberg is not an alien, and Seth Meyers is not an 10-year-old boy... Somehow, though, the Saturday Night Live alums pulled off a nearly perfect recreation of E.T.'s iconic flying bicycle scene! On Late Night Thursday, Seth explained that People asked if the twosome wanted to "recreate a scene from a movie like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." And while Seth and the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star thought "that sounds great," they told the mag they'd "rather do something like E.T." He pulled up a still from the 1982 flick, acknowledging, "You might be thinking, 'How could you and Andy do that?'" Well, in a People TV behind-the-scenes clip, »
In an age where movies are designed to appeal to the broadest demographic possible and no one wants to feel too uncomfortable, David Fincher has gone against the grain time and time again, but his work is consistently engaging. "I don't know how much movies should entertain. To me, I'm always interested in movies that scar," he told The Independent in 2010. Known for his exacting, precise, and unique approach on-set, Fincher has consistently pushed boundaries with films that are divisive, thought-provoking, biting, and yet, for all their cynicism, strangely heartfelt. In anticipation of the release of David Fincher’s latest film, Gone Girl, I’ll be looking back at his career and filmography. In this first installment, I’ll be examining his work in commercials, music videos, and his first movie, Rick Springfield’s concert picture The Beat of the Live Drum. [A brief note before I begin: After this article, each installment will explore Fincher’s films in chronological order before concluding with House of Cards and the possible future of his career.] David Fincher was born on August 28, 1962 in Denver, »
- Matt Goldberg
With the blockbuster Captain America: The Winter Soldier being released on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD this Tuesday, we catch up with the directing team of brothers Joe and Anthony Russo to find out about their experience on the iconic Marvel project…
What makes Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier stand out from other Marvel movies?
Joe: I think it is the level of realism and intensity that makes this movie stand out. Up to this point, I think Marvel films have really embraced the fantasy component, but we have tried to infuse it with intensity and edge. It’s aggressive. We wanted a movie that would grab you and wouldn’t let go until the end. Hopefully we’ve accomplished that and I think that’s what distinguishes it from other Marvel movies.
How did you accomplish this?
Joe: We talked to Marvel early on and said, »
- ComicMix Staff
Women presidents at the Academy: Cheryl Boone Isaacs is only the third one (photo: Angelina Jolie, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Brad Pitt) (See previous post: "Honorary Award Non-Winners: Too Late for Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich.") Wrapping up this four-part "Honorary Oscars Bypass Women" article, let it be noted that in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 85-year history there have been only two women presidents: two-time Oscar-winning actress Bette Davis (for two months in 1941, before the Dangerous and Jezebel star was forced to resign) and screenwriter Fay Kanin (1979-1983), whose best-known screen credit is the 1958 Doris Day-Clark Gable comedy Teacher's Pet. Additionally, following some top-level restructuring in April 2011, the Academy created the positions of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer, with the CEO post currently held by a woman, former Film Independent executive director and sometime actress Dawn Hudson. The COO post is held »
- Andre Soares
With the impending release of Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier on 3D Blu-ray, 2D Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD, directors Anthony and Joe Russo discuss their hit film, including what is was like to work with the iconic Robert Redford, and how they approached a redesign of Captain America's uniform. The brothers also discussed what it was like directing a film in their hometown of Cleveland.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the second chapter in the Captain America movie franchise. The exhilarating story follows Marvel’s First Avenger, Captain America, along with Black Widow and their new ally The Falcon as they battle their most mysterious and powerful enemy yet, the Winter Soldier.
Q: What makes Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Victor Medina)
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
Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly Sunday column, two old friends get together and grind their axes on the movie business. Off last Sunday, the boys have a lot on their minds.
Fleming: We have entered an age of digital fascism; render an opinion against the grain, and disagreement is followed by insults and threats to end careers. Because of an opinion.
Bart: Are you referring to Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Pedro Almodovar being attacked for signing that petition charging Israel with practicing genocide in the Gaza? It was certainly not a smart move on their part.
Fleming: I get that. Anyone paying attention can see Israel’s existence comes out of an unimaginable genocide attempt in WWII. I wonder if Bardem and Cruz read the fine print when the petition was put under their noses. Provoked by »
- Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr
It's a good weekend for catching up on Sundance highlights, big and small. Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" is, of course, the film on everybody's lips at the moment — and deservedly so — but that's no reason to ignore a more modest independent tale of growing up and growing out, albeit at a slightly different age. Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens' droll, laid-back comedy "Land Ho!" is the first collaboration between the two writer-directors, each one with a handful of delicately formed micro-indies behind them, and it is itself a story of an unexpected partnership: the plot centers on two drifting retirees, formerly in-laws, whose friendship is tested and deepened over the course of a spontaneous road trip through Iceland. It's the kind of premise that, on paper, could signify treacly hijinks in the vein of "The Bucket List" or "Grumpy Old Men," but Katz and Stephens' film is far subtler »
- Guy Lodge
Now what would the movies be like if everybody on the big screen was a conformist and blandly played by the rules? Every now and then it can be quite therapeutic to have a bad apple shape our rigid outlook with a dosage of cynicism in cinema. Whether intentionally unruly or merely questioning the status quo movie rebels can be compellingly entertaining for various reasons.
So who are your choice big screen rabble-rousers that like to stir the pot and cause dissension in the name of justice or just plain anti-establishment? In Trouble With a Cause: The Top 10 Movie Rebels let us take a look at some of the on-screen troublemakers with a taste for colorful turmoil, shall we?
The selections for Trouble With a Cause: The Top 10 Movie Rebels are (in alphabetical order according to the film titles):
1.) Brad Whitewood, Jr. from At Close Range (1986)
In director James Foley »
- Frank Ochieng
You know the songs. They’re part of the songbook of standards. You’ve heard them on every TV singing contest, belted out by a cut price Leona Lewis to the back of a chair while Sir Tom Jones mouths the words to show that he too recognises a famous classic. You’ve endured them slurringly stumbled over and shouted at every drunken karaoke session. Even if you think they’re terrible music (and with reasonable justification in some cases) you secretly know all the words. You’ve seen them used on so many inspirational or romantic montages that they’re more likely to be used in parodic moments nowadays than anything vaguely genuine, but have you seen the movies that they come from?
From the 50s crooner golden age through the big hair and big ballads of the 80s and on to anything starring Will Smith in »
- Jack Gann
SundanceTV topper Sarah Barnett has a unique perspective on New York City’s sports scene: her office sits right across from Madison Square Garden. When the hometown teams are winning, she can feel the roar of the crowd at her desk. Her biggest focus when it comes to office space is to make sure it’s inviting. “It’s pretty much a revolving door,” she says. Pitch meetings are taken in a conference room, but brainstorming time with key execs is just as important. “This is a space for inventiveness and creativity,” she says.
President and general manager, SundanceTV
With Sundance since 2005; current position since 2009
Before that: BBC Radio, BBC, BBC America
Take A Seat
Barnett prizes the “big comfy red couch” that takes up most of one wall as it encourages relaxed conversation.
She likes having her walls a deep gray in order to bring »
- Cynthia Littleton
Suits returns June 11, as does the drama’s penchant for Game of Thrones references. Watch an exclusive clip below of Louis (Rick Hoffman) strategizing with Katrina (Amanda Schull) regarding a new threat — Jeff Malone (recurring guest star Db Woodside), a potential minion of Eric Woodall, who still has it out for Harvey (Gabriel Macht) and the firm.
Without spoiling too much, creator Aaron Korsh tells EW you’ll also find Jerry Maguire and Crimson Tide mentions, a Princess Bride reference, and an homage to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in the premiere. “What a lot of people don’t »
- Mandi Bierly
In a region wracked by hostility, communal tension and the historical baggage of partition, Cinema can be the balm that soothes and unites the divided people of India and Pakistan. That is the message of Filmistaan, a low budget gem that celebrates the power of movies with humour, grace and even a little pathos. It is also a welcome addition to Bollywood’s increasing staple of mainstream yet meaningful cinema.
Though ostensibly an ode to popular Bollywood melodramas such as Maine Pyar Kiya and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, the film is closer in spirit to world cinema classics like Cinema Paradiso, Life is Beautiful and No Man’s Land in its examination of the futility of all conflict and assertion of a common humanity that binds us all. And nowhere is this brotherhood of man more evident than through the shared love of movies. People forget their caste, colour or »
- Aniruddha Basu
We like to celebrate great actors at Super-8 Movie Madness at The Way Out Club. We’ve had past shows highlighting the careers of Charles Bronson, Boris Karloff, Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin, Christopher Lee, Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, and Burt Reynolds. On Tuesday, June 3rd, we’re offering a double dose of Actor Madness with Super-8 Robert Redford/Paul Newman Movie Madness!
That’s right, these two Oscar-winners paired up famously in two films: Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid and The Sting and we’ll be showing both of those. To highlight Mr. Redford’s solo career we’ll be showing Jeremiah Johnson and The Great Waldo Pepper. And Mr. Newman’s solo career will be represented with The Towering Inferno and Slap Shot.
- Tom Stockman
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