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Two Auteur Docs Play Venice Classics, on Bogdanovich and Penn

6 August 2014 2:09 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

One of the great things about my job is the chance to travel and meet and talk to a range of cinematic artists. And I've been fortunate to get to know both Peter Bogdanovich ("The Last Picture Show") and the late great Arthur Penn ("Bonnie and Clyde"), with whom I attended the Havana Film Festival in 1987. Both are erudite filmmakers who have a great deal to share; it's fun listening to them talk about cinema past and present. So I look forward indeed to two documentary tributes to two great American directors that are playing La Biennale di Venezia in the Venice Classics section: "One Day Since Yesterday: Peter Bogdanovich & The Lost American Film," the first documentary from Bill Teck, and "Mise en scène with Arthur Penn (a conversation)" by Amir Naderi. The 71st Venice Film Festival, directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by Biennale chair Paolo Baratta, will »

- Anne Thompson

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Venice adds Bogdanovich, Penn docs

6 August 2014 8:53 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Two new documentaries about cinema, centred on the work of Us directors Peter Bogdanovich and Arthur Penn, have been added to the Venice Classics strand of the 71st Venice International Film Festival (Aug 27 - Sept 6).One Day Since Yesterday: Peter Bogdanovich & The Lost American Film by Bill Teck reconstructs the grim story of Peter Bogdanovich film They All Laughed, presented at the Venice Film Festival in 1981.Bogdanovich’s fi

Two new documentaries about cinema, centred on the work of Us directors Peter Bogdanovich and Arthur Penn, have been added to the Venice Classics strand of the 71st Venice International Film Festival (Aug 27 - Sept 6).

One Day Since Yesterday: Peter Bogdanovich & The Lost American Film by Bill Teck reconstructs the grim story of Peter Bogdanovich film They All Laughed, presented at the Venice Film Festival in 1981.

Bogdanovich’s film was caught up in a series of distribution problems only to be rediscoveredby directors such as Quentin Tarantino, [link »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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James Nelson Dead: Sound Editor, Producer Dies at 82

20 June 2014 5:03 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

James Nelson, a sound editor, supervising sound editor and producer for film and television with more than 180 credits, including “Easy Rider,” “Five Easy Pieces,” “The Exorcist” and “American Graffiti,” has died. He was 82.

Director Monte Hellman, on whose classic 1971 film “Two-Lane Blacktop” Nelson worked, said, “He was one of my closest, dearest friends. He’s worked on all my movies. His first work was in sound editing and he did that on all my movies and even on the last one, ‘Road to Nowhere,’ he came in as a consultant just to make sure everything was right because I just wouldn’t do anything without his approval.”

Nelson was the supervising sound editor, often uncredited, on some of the classics of 1960s and ’70s cinema: Richard Rush’s film “Psych-Out” and Rafelson’s classic “Head,” both in 1968; “Easy Rider” in 1969; Rafelson’s “Five Easy Pieces”; Dalton Trumbo’s “Johnny Got His Gun »

- Carmel Dagan

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James Nelson Dead: Sound Editor, Producer Dies at 82

20 June 2014 5:03 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

James Nelson, a sound editor, supervising sound editor and producer for film and television with more than 180 credits, including “Easy Rider,” “Five Easy Pieces,” “The Exorcist” and “American Graffiti,” has died. He was 82.

Director Monte Hellman, on whose classic 1971 film “Two-Lane Blacktop” Nelson worked, said, “He was one of my closest, dearest friends. He’s worked on all my movies. His first work was in sound editing and he did that on all my movies and even on the last one, ‘Road to Nowhere,’ he came in as a consultant just to make sure everything was right because I just wouldn’t do anything without his approval.”

Nelson was the supervising sound editor, often uncredited, on some of the classics of 1960s and ’70s cinema: Richard Rush’s film “Psych-Out” and Rafelson’s classic “Head,” both in 1968; “Easy Rider” in 1969; Rafelson’s “Five Easy Pieces”; Dalton Trumbo’s “Johnny Got His Gun »

- Carmel Dagan

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Owen Wilson Comforts Zach Galifianakis In Trailer For Are You Here

6 June 2014 9:27 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Dysfunctional families have been extremely fertile ground for Hollywood for a long time, as has been made clear by the abundance of dramas like August: Osage Country and Nebraska, and comedies like Little Miss Sunshine and the upcoming This Is Where I Leave You. Now, audiences can look forward to another film that explores broken family dynamics – Are You Here, which stars Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis.

A new trailer for the flick, which focuses on a weatherman (Wilson) who accompanies his childhood friend (Galifianakis) to the reading of his late father’s will, has hit the web, and you can check it out below.

Normally, the involvement of Wilson and Galifianakis alone would be enough to get me excited, but the supporting cast for Are You Here is also superb. Amy Poehler (NBC’s Parks & Recreation) plays Terry, sister of Galifianakis’ flighty man-child, who understandably isn’t too happy »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Peter Bogdanovich to Direct ‘The Inventor and the Tycoon’ Miniseries

5 June 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Last Picture Show” director Peter Bogdanovich will explore the story of the first picture shows for his next project. Bogdanovich has signed on to direct a TV miniseries adaptation of Edward Ball's 2013 book “The Inventor and the Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Moving Pictures.” The book explores the true story of motion-picture pioneer Edward Muybridge and industrialist-politician Leland Stanford, and their effect on the early days of cinema. Also read: Tatum O'Neal Reteams With ‘Paper Moon’ Director Peter Bogdanovich for Showbiz Comedy (Exclusive) Bogdanovich is developing the project with Cohen Media Group, and is also serving as. »

- Tim Kenneally

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New Interstellar Trailer Is Amazing

16 May 2014 3:44 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

In one of the most anticipated movies of the year, watch the stunning new trailer for Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar. The movie chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who 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.

Opening in cinemas in November, (in the UK on November 7), Interstellar stars Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine.

The trailer is genius – kudos to whoever cut it together. The launch scene will assuredly be exhilarating. I can’t wait for November!

Directed and co-written by Christopher Nolan (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy), the production will travel the globe and utilize a mixture of 35mm anamorphic and IMAX film photography to bring to the screen a script based on the combination of an original idea by Nolan and an existing script by Jonathan Nolan, »

- Michelle McCue

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Re-Viewed: Night of the Living Dead, George A Romero's horror classic

14 May 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

In the mid-1960s, George Romero planned to make his feature debut with Whine of the Fawn, a drama about two teenagers in the Middle Ages. If he'd pitched a body-swap comedy about middle-aged teenagers, he'd perhaps have had more luck. As it was, his high-minded, "Bergman-esque" project failed to attract investors and the 27-year-old college dropout from the Bronx, now shooting commercials and industrials in Pittsburgh, turned his attention to horror.

A fan of the ghoulish EC Comics and monster movies of the 1950s, and heavily influenced by Richard Matheson's apocalyptic, home-invasion vampire novel I Am Legend, Romero scraped together $114,000 to shoot a Diy cannibal flick entitled Night of the Flesh Eaters. Set over a single night in a Pittsburgh farmhouse, it posited an America inexplicably overrun by resurrected corpses munching on human entrails, and threw together a band of scrabbling, squabbling survivors who hole up in a »

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'Scouts Vs. Zombies' Begins Production in Los Angeles

12 May 2014 2:57 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Paramount Pictures announced today that principal photography on Scouts Vs. Zombies has commenced in Los Angeles. The film is directed by Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones).

The screenplay from Landon is based on Lona Williams (Drop Dead Gorgeous, The Drew Carey Show) and Etan Cohen's (Men in Black 3, Tropic Thunder) draft of an original script from Emi Mochizuki & Carrie Evans (College Road Trip). Todd Garner (Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Into the Storm) and Andy Fickman (Parental Guidance, Race to Witch Mountain) will produce, with Bryan Brucks (Blended), Sean Robins (Into the Storm) and Samson Mucke (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) serving as executive producers.

Tye Sheridan (Mud, Dark Places), Logan Miller (I'm in the Band, Night Moves), and newcomer Joey Morgan are three scouts who, on the eve of their last camp out, discover the true meaning of friendship when they attempt to save their town from a zombie outbreak. »

- MovieWeb

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Scouts vs. Zombies Begins Filming

12 May 2014 12:53 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

We’ve been keeping Daily Dead readers posted on Scouts vs. Zombies’ journey to the big screen and, with the main cast locked in, it has been announced that filming has started:

Press Release via Coming Soon: “Paramount Pictures announced today that principal photography on “Scouts Vs. Zombies” has commenced in Los Angeles. The film is directed by Christopher Landon (“Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones”).

The screenplay from Landon is based on Lona Williams (“Drop Dead Gorgeous,” “The Drew Carey Show”) and Etan Cohen’s (“Men In Black 3,” “Tropic Thunder”) draft of an original script from Emi Mochizuki & Carrie Evans (“College Road Trip”). Todd Garner (“Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” “Into The Storm”) and Andy Fickman (“Parental Guidance,” “Race To Witch Mountain”) will produce, with Bryan Brucks (“Blended”), Sean Robins (“Into The Storm”) and Samson Mucke (“Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones”) serving as executive producers.

Tye Sheridan (“Mud,” “Dark Places »

- Jonathan James

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Gia Coppola on Directing Palo Alto, Adapting James Franco, and Joining the Family Business

9 May 2014 8:45 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Gia Coppola’s last name is, well, highly familiar. And with her first feature film, Palo Alto, out today, she joins grandfather Francis Ford Coppola, aunt Sofia Coppola, and cousins Nicolas Cage, Jason Schwartzman, Roman Coppola, and more, in the family business. (Her father, Gian-Carlo Coppola, died before she was born.) Palo Alto is adapted from James Franco’s book of short stories, and her film is moody and funny and just a little bit gritty, reminiscent of the work of both Aunt Sofia and Kids director Larry Clark. Vulture spoke to Coppola about teen movies, Instagram research, and famous families.The notes for the movie mention American Graffiti, The Last Picture Show, and The Outsiders as your favorite teen movies. Do you like any that are more current?I felt like there hadn't been modern depictions of teenagers I really liked — that’s why I was excited about the »

- Marisa Meltzer

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Ellen Burstyn on Her Glorious Career, Being Under-Directed, and Wormholes

7 May 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The Brooklyn theater BAMcinématek just wrapped up its career retrospective on Ellen Burstyn, and there are few actresses more deserving. Although younger audiences might know her more as the evil grandmother in Lifetime’s 2014 adaptation of Flowers in the Attic, she's also made indelible impressions on screen in The Exorcist, The Last Picture Show, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, and Requiem for a Dream, to name but a few of her many great performances. Burstyn was generous enough to take a moment to chat with Vulture about her Oscar-, Emmy-, and Tony-winning career, including how she's been under-directed, why she's going to threaten Darren Aronofsky, and what would happen if she revealed secrets about the upcoming Christopher Nolan film Interstellar.I was actually at Gloria Steinem's 80th birthday party last night, and everyone was saying 80 is the new 40 ...That's right! [Laughs.] It is. I believe it. And it is getting »

- Jennifer Vineyard

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Cinema at the Margins

17 March 2014 10:23 AM, PDT | The Moving Arts Journal | See recent The Moving Arts Journal news »

Wheeler Winston Dixon’s Cinema at the Margins is an enlightening collection of essays and interviews. Wearing his encyclopedic knowledge lightly, Dixon shares his expert insights and research in an eloquent, eminently readable style. I chose to review his new book because its reference to the ‘margins’ held the enticing promise of new discoveries, and a brief survey of its table of contents confirmed that, alongside well-known and much-loved names, there were also unfamiliar ones. The volume covers an early film by Peter Bogdanovich, the horror movies of Lucio Fulci, American 1930s and 40s science fiction serials, the TV series Dragnet, the brief career of Argentine director Fabián Bielinsky and the long one of Hollywood director Sam Newfield, Robert Bresson’s Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945), U.S. 1960s experimental cinema, Dixon’s own meditation on the shift to digital, and interviews with music video director Dale “Rage” Resteghini, »

- Alison Frank

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Jeff Bridges: Still ‘The Dude’ in San Luis Obispo

9 March 2014 3:03 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Man, this is so cool!”

That was Jeff Bridges’ reaction Saturday night to receiving the King Vidor award for excellence in filmmaking at the 20th San Luis International Film Festival. “It’s wonderful to be acknowledged for my work like this,” he added.

James Cromwell presented the award before an enthusiastic capacity crowd at the Fremont Theater, followed by the actors swapping stories for 30 minutes, a Q-and-a and a screening of Bridges’ signature film, 1998′s “The Big Lebowski” — starring as Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski.

Bridges appeared to genuinely enjoy the event, offering a variety of unaffected and unrehearsed answers.

“When ‘The Big Lebowski’ comes on TV, it’s like ‘The Godfather’ – I’m hooked,” he told the audience. “I always think that I’ll stop after John Turturro licks the bowling ball…. The movie is like candy; it’s so well made. The Coen brothers are so cool.”

Cromwell recalled »

- Dave McNary

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Deadline’s Oscars Blog: ‘12 Years A Slave’, ‘Gravity’ And Boredom Reign Supreme

2 March 2014 5:30 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Here we are again after the Golden Globes,  Mike Fleming and Anita Busch taking on the task of play by play during the most wide-open Oscar race we can remember. Even on the party circuit, industry insiders who usually have a grasp of who’ll walk away with Oscars were evenly torn between Alfonso Cuaron’s 3D masterpiece Gravity and Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave. Then again, there were so many terrific films that got Best Picture nominations, and all of them have at least a puncher’s chance at an upset. Related: Oscars: Pete Hammond’s Absolute Final Predictions That includes American Hustle, where David O Russell co-wrote the Best Original Script nominee with Eric Warren Singer and got tour de force performances and nominations for Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Perfs so strong there was no room on the nomination roster for perennial Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner. »

- MIKE FLEMING JR

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Variety to Host Exclusive Press Conference at Texas Film Awards

26 February 2014 6:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Actors Danny Trejo and Fred Williamson, and special effects makeup gurus and actors Tom Savini and Greg Nicotero will be among the cast from the 1996 hit “From Dusk Till Dawn” to join writer/director Robert Rodriguez, above, in accepting the 2014 Star of Texas Award at the Austin Film Society’s Texas Film Awards.

As part of the awards festivities, Variety will host an exclusive press conference March 6, the morning of the Texas Film Awards that will be moderated by executive editor Steven Gaydos.

The press conference will feature honorees, presenters and guests including Robert Rodriguez, Richard Linklater, Amber Heard, Fred Williamson, Luke Wilson and the Texas Film Awards Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Louis Black.

From Dusk Till Dawn” joins such former Star of Texas honorees as “Dazed and Confused,” “Rio Bravo” and “The Last Picture Show.”  The award is presented each year to an iconic Texas film, and has previously »

- Francesca Bacardi

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Bitter Sweet Payne: Phedon Papamichael talks about Nebraska

22 February 2014 1:31 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg chats with Phedon Papamichael about working with Alexander Payne and the cinematography featured in Nebraska...

“I was a young striving cinematographer at the time,” recalls Phedon Papamichael (3:10 to Yuma) who first met filmmaker Alexander Payne (About Schmidt) at UCLA Film School.  “I had a job interview with him for his UCLA graduate film which I did not get.  I ended up shooting a different UCLA graduate film with Alexander being the boom operator.  We knew each other socially and lived in the same part of Los Angeles, the Silver Lake Area.  I’d be aware of what he was doing and he’d be aware of what I was doing.  I was happy when I saw Alexander made his first film Citizen Ruth [1996] and liked it.  We often talked about films.  It wasn’t until Sideways [2004] when he called out of the blue and asked me if »

- Trevor

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25 best Oscar-winning performances of all time

17 February 2014 12:40 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

We're in the 86th annual Oscar voting window and two weeks from today, we'll know the champions of the 2014 Academy Awards. Winners in the performance categories seem to be all lined up, though we've gotten a surprise in those four arenas the last couple of years. Maybe we'll get a few this year, too, but come what may, a quartet (or maybe more if there's a tie — who knows, given the events of this season) will join the echelon of Oscar winning actors dating back to inaugural victors Emil Jannings and Janet Gaynor on March 2. With that in mind, HitFix's awards staff put our heads together to come up with a list of the best of, well, the best. We dug through the 325 actors and actresses to win (competitive) Academy Awards for screen performances over the years and we were left with 25 sterling examples from AMPAS' gallery of titans — well, »

- Gregory Ellwood, Guy Lodge, Kristopher Tapley

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Cinematographer Phedon Papamichael Talks About His Work On Nebraska

17 January 2014 3:12 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

On Thursday, Nebraska received six Oscar nominations including Best Cinematography. Up until the 30th Academy Awards (1958), Best Cinematography was divided into two categories – Color and Black & White. According to AMPAS, the last entirely black-and-white film to win Best Picture was The Artist (2011). Prior to that, The Apartment (1960) held this distinction; Schindler’s List (1993) had some color elements.

One of the first decisions director Alexander Payne took in making Nebraska was to shoot the film in black and white.

He knew it would be a risk, but it was central to his vision of the story. “Visual style was my window into the picture,” he notes.

Black and white just felt like the right choice for this film, because that’s always how I read it and saw it,” explains Payne. “I’ve also always wanted to make a film in black and white. It’s such a beautiful format. And this modest, »

- Michelle McCue

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Golden Globes: Red Carpet Moments

12 January 2014 5:59 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The mood on the Golden Globes red carpet outside the Beverly Hilton matched the temperature — warm and breezy. A strong crop of feature contenders and a passel of great TV shows have industry insiders feeling upbeat about the state of the content biz these days.

“I just love movies,” Walt Disney Studios chief Alan Horn assured us as he talked about the riches available to the studio from Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Disney Animation. But he admitted that “Saving Mr. Banks” was something of an internal favorite as it was a home-grown project by Sean Bailey and Alan Bergman’s teams.

“It is a creative joy to work with all these talented people,” Horn said. Speaking of talented people, Alan, tell us something we don’t know about the state of “Star Wars.” He smiled and assured that J. J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan are “closing the gap. We really are going to do this. »

- Cynthia Littleton and Jenelle Riley

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