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When the Breaking Bad series finale aired back in September, Aaron Paul's Jesse Pinkman was seeing driving off into the sunset, escaping the madness to start a new life. Those final scenes turn out to be a perfect segue into the actor's upcoming film Need for Speed, DreamWorks' adaptation of the popular Electronic Arts video game franchise, which hits theaters on March 14, 2014.
Last month, I was invited down to the Bandito Brothers facility in Los Angeles for an edit bay visit, where we saw brand new footage from this upcoming action-thriller, and had the chance to speak with Aaron Paul, director Scott Waugh, screenwriter John Gatins and producer Mark Sourian. Before we got to chat with the actor and these filmmakers, we were treated to roughly a half hour of new footage, »
Trevor Hogg chats with author J.W. Rinzler about a space opera which established a moviemaking empire for George Lucas....
“Right after finishing the Episode III [Revenge of the Sith] book, somewhere around 2005, I knew that the 30th anniversary was coming up and that there had never been a real making of Star Wars  book,” recalls Lucasfilm Executive Editor and Writer J.W. Rinzler. “There was almost no advance publicity. The Making of Star Wars got a couple of big reviews early on and people got excited. For me, I was trying to bring to it the feeling I had gotten from reading The Jaws Log when I was a kid; I found it to be an inspiration because the book told the story of production and not just how they did all of the trick shots.” Rinzler notes, “I don’t like it when writers get between the subject and the reader because »
Many movie characters have technical skills that most of us aren’t meant to know. Like flying planes or helicopters. Or driving motorcycles. Or hacking computers. Or hot-wiring things. Or beaming people up. Or gymnastics. Characters are given these skills to help them stand out and be successful in their adventures.
But there are some movies in which the characters are just meant to get themselves out of situations using abilities that any of us might be familiar with. One of these everyman solutions is driving, and many times, even in the last few decades, characters tend to drive stick. Yet a great deal of us, having been spoiled with automatic transmission, haven’t had the experience on manual that we should. When you get right down to it, how many people do you actually know who can actually drive stick? One? Maybe eight? Don’t exaggerate.
In any case, »
- Ian Boucher
Toronto -- Richard Dreyfuss will receive a tribute at the upcoming Whistler Film Festival.
The Hollywood star will be feted as he top-lines Whistler's opening night film, Jason Priestley's Cas & Dylan.
Priestley (Beverly Hills, 90210), who increasingly directs film and TV series in his native Canada, will participate in an informal conversation at Whistler.
- Etan Vlessing
Starz is overhauling the focus of several of its eight Encore themed channels in a bid to draw a more multicultural mix of viewers.
As of Dec. 2, Starz will transform Encore Drama into Encore Black, focusing on pics with African-American themes (starting with a Samuel L. Jackson pic showcase) and TV shows including “What’s Happening,” “Diff’rent Strokes,” “227″ and “Amen.”
The existing Encore Espanol will shift from being a Spanish-lingo version of the mothership Encore channel to a lineup of Spanish-lingo movies and other programming from Latin America. Starz will also make it available to MVPDs to bundle in other Spanish-lingo tier offerings.
The Encore Love channel will morph into Encore Classic targeting baby boomers with 1980s and ’90s TV staples and popcorn pics ranging from “American Graffiti” to “Austin Powers.”
The Encore Suspense channel will also add an eight-hour nightly block of horror pics dubbed “The Graveyard Shift. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Starz has made changes to its Encore pack of channels citing the nation’s evolving demographics and focusing on groups who over-index in viewing within the premium pay TV category. That translates to shuffling some of the eight Encore-branded channels to target baby boomers, Black and Latino audiences and the company acquiring older TV series to serve them, something rarely done on premium cable which is traditionally built on movies and original series. Starz also is launching a horror block on Encore Suspense. Beginning December 2, 2013, Encore Drama will be replaced by Encore Black, a channel catering to the African-American community, traditionally over-indexed on premium channel viewership. The channel’s programming lineup will include Martin Lawrence’s 1st Amendment Stand Up and off-network series What’s Happening!!, Diff’rent Strokes, 227, and Amen. The December launch will spotlight actor Samuel L. Jackson with films such as Unbreakable, Losing Isaiah, Freedomland and One Eight Seven. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The producer of the first ever Star Wars and its sequel, The Empire Strikes Back, on why Jj Abrams is likely to be holding open auditions for Episode VII, and how he and George Lucas chose many of the original cast
• Stuart Heritage's advice
When we cast the original Star Wars film all three of the main leads were pretty much unknown.
We made a summary for an open casting call and that went out to every actor's agent and actor's school we knew.
For Luke Skywalker, I recall we wanted someone about 18 years old, a farmer type; not very wise in the world and somewhat naive. For Han Solo the idea was that they would be about 25 years old and kind of a cowboy type character, with »
- Ben Child
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Billed as "a brass-knuckle punch in its startling revelation of teenage savages" and based on the book of the same name by Evan Hunter – aka crime writer Ed McBain – who drew on his own experiences as a teacher in the Bronx – Blackboard Jungle ushered in the age of the teenage delinquent. In London, Brooks's film attracted crowds of Teddy Boys, who slashed cinema seats, danced in the aisles and actually started a riot.
The reason for such shocking behaviour wasn't so much the film's content, which today garners a more sober 12 rating, but because of the use of »
Academy Award nominee Harrison Ford embarks on an exciting new adventure in space bringing credibility and charm to a complicated role in the sci-fi action thriller Ender’s Game opening November 1st. After the people of Earth survive a devastating alien attack, Battle School commander Hyrum Graff (Ford) trains a new generation of child geniuses to be warriors to meet the threat of another imminent invasion. Among them is a brilliant and remarkably gifted 12-year-old, Ender Wiggins (Asa Butterfield), who shows great promise to become Earth’s next ultimate military leader. Written for the screen and directed by Gavin Hood based on the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel by Orson Scott Card, the film also stars Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin and Sir Ben Kingsley. In an engaging interview at the film’s recent press day, Ford talked about what intrigued him when he first read the script, why »
- Sheila Roberts
It’s been a while since we last heard anything about Panzer 88, the slowly-developing supernatural horror film being produced by Gary Kurtz (The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars, American Graffiti). The latest word on the project is that producer Ivor Powell, who was being films like The Duellists, Alien and Blade Runner, has joined the team.
Directed and co-written by Peter Briggs, Panzer 88 tells the story of German tank during WW2. In October 1944, the German Army in Russia is in full retreat. The 5 man crew of the King Tiger tank they nickname “Ilsa”, stumbles across a small Jewish town that has previously been the target of an S.S. purge. Soon, they become the target of a vengeful supernatural entity that will stop at nothing until they’re destroyed.
- Laura Frances
The Motion Picture Sound Editors will honor Randy Thom with the Career Achievement Award at the 61st Mpse Golden Reel Awards, the organization announced today.
The Career Achievement Award recognizes those who have made outstanding achievement in feature film and television sound, and who have set an example for sound editors to come. Thom began his career in 1979, and has since amassed more than 100 film credits. He also serves as director of sound design at Skywalker Sound.
“I am pleased and excited that the Mpse will be honoring Randy Thom with our Career Achievement Award,” said Mpse president Frank Morrone. “His creative skills and dedication to the importance of sound in the filmmaking process is inspiring.”
The first film Thom worked on was “Apocalypse Now, »
- Alex Stedman
Interview Ryan Lambie 8 Oct 2013 - 06:19
With a career stretching back to the 1960s, British film producer Robert Watts played a key role in making some of the most influential films of the 1970s. Just a quick glance over his credits as a producer reveals an extraordinary career, which includes Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and its sequels, the first three Indiana Jones films, and the groundbreaking Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
Those films are but the tip of the iceberg; before Star Wars, he worked on two James Bond films - Thunderball and You Only Live Twice - collaborated with Stanley Kubrick on 2001: A Space Odyssey, and, in films such as Man In The Middle, Darling and Papillon, worked with such legendary actors as Robert Mitchum, »
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It seems that automobiles have played key roles in films of every genre, from drama to horror to comedy to documentary. In some, like American Graffiti, Rebel without a Cause, and Bonnie and Clyde, the vehicles primarily help set the tone of the era in which the stories are set. In other films the cars themselves are the story. The animated Cars comes to mind, along with the Love Bug series, Christine, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. And then there are films in which the cars have taken their place alongside the human stars as film icons in their own right. James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5, for instance, as »
- Peter Gareffa
I’ve long been a fan of The Last American Virgin, no doubt due to my obsessions as a teenager with the ingenue that is Diane Franklin. Having enjoyed Better Off Dead (where she played a French exchange student Monique Junot) and then caught her “stirring” performance in Amityville 2: The Possession I was eager to see more of the sctresses ample charms. And that’s how I discovered Boaz Davidson’s The Last American Virgin…
The film follows three friends, Gary (Monoson), Rick (Antin) and David (Rubbo), as they stumble from one sexual escapade to the other, taking in nymphomaniac Latin dance teacher Carmilla (Moritz), a red-headed hooker who gives them crabs and a bevy of teenage girls eager and willing to give it up for a line of coke and a dance. »
- Phil Wheat
While genre fans from near and far are getting their cinematic fill at Fantastic Fest this week, there are still plenty of options for those of us not attending the festival. The Austin Film Society has a full weekend planned at the Marchesa with screenings of The Mercenary (in 35mm tonight and Sunday), It Felt Like Love (with director Eliza Hittman in attendance on Saturday) and Paradise: Faith (the second film in the Paradise trilogy plays on Sunday evening). Looking ahead to Thursday night, Elia Kazan's Baby Doll is playing in 35mm as part of the new Essential Cinema series "A Darkened Screen: Films That Were Banned."
When it comes to the Alamo Drafthouse, Joe Swanberg's Drinking Buddies is moving down to the Slaughter Lane location for its second week of screenings, and there's a special Sunday evening presentation of Kids In The Hall: Brain Candy at the »
- Matt Shiverdecker
A true story of chalk-and-cheese Formula One drivers – one hot-headed, the other coolly calculating – locked together in a life-and-death rivalry may well seem familiar to UK filmgoers. Yet Asif Kapadia's brilliantly dramatic documentary Senna remains largely unseen by mainstream audiences in America, where it was also scandalously overlooked at the Oscars (here, it won two prestigious Baftas).
To fill that gap, we now have Rush, Ron Howard's multiplex-friendly account of the friction-filled relationship between James Hunt and Niki Lauda, which eerily echoes the tensions teased out between Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost in Kapadia's groundbreaking work. Well oiled, excitingly noisy and machine-tooled for maximum popcorn appeal, Howard's roaring drama depicts men risking life and limb in insanely dangerous circumstances, although the film itself prefers »
- Mark Kermode
Directed by Richard Linklater
Written by Richard Linklater
Richard Linklater’s follow-up to Slacker, Dazed and Confused, flopped at the box office, but Dazed and Confused went on to become a huge cult hit. It’s set somewhere in suburban Middle America (filmed in Texas) on May 28, 1976, on the last day of school, and everyone’s looking for something exciting to do. First, however, the incoming freshmen students must spend the day fleeing from bizarre initiation rituals from paddle-wielding, abusive seniors – while everyone else does their best to get stoned or get laid. Set over the course of 24 hours, Linklater’s observations about the rituals of teenage life, and about small town mentality, is spot on – as is his attention to the smallest details of time and place. The camera swerves between some two dozen youngsters and a handful of stories, but Linklater keeps everything and everyone on the same level. »
- Ricky da Conceição
Welcome to Issue 12 of ‘The Marvelous Da7e!’
Real quick mission statement: this column is for discussion of superhero movie news and superhero movies. Titular allegiance aside, this sphere includes non-Marvel properties.
This week: What we can learn by defining Howard The Duck.
Pardon me, but I’ve been re-watching Howard The Duck. The 1986 live-action creature-feature “sci-fi/comedy,” PG-rated zoophilia and notorious flop.
It’s not a good movie. It’s an enjoyable movie, but not because of what is on screen…okay, scratch-that. It has the most physically attractive appearence of Lea Thompson on film and this time, she’s not the mother of our main character, so you can totally lust after her up until the end where it seems like she’s actually going to have sex with this duck.
Ducks, who – by the way – are basically rapists across the board. But that’s neither here nor there. »
Award-winning Berlin title to open Sensoria Festival in September; full line-up unveiled.
It follows Didier (Heldenburgh) and Elise (Veerle Baetens) who strike up an intense, passionate relationship and have a baby. But when their daughter falls ill, they respond in different ways and put their love to the test.
Review: The Broken Circle Breakdown
The film, which has a bluegrass soundtrack, debuted at the Berlin International Film Festival in February where it won the Label Europa Cinemas and Panorama Audience awards.
It went on to win the best actress and best screenplay awards at the Tribeca Film Festival and the Politiken’s Audience Award at Cph:pix.
StudioCanal will release »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Chicago – Good things come in “threes.” It’s the new film, “The World’s End,” the third of the infamous “Cornetto Trilogy” – after “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” – and there are the “three” that made it all happen. It’s the actors and co-creators Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, along with director/writer Edgar Wright.
The “Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy” is a jokey reference to England’s Cornetto Ice Cream, with their three “flavours” (the British spelling) representing the three films that Frost, Pegg and Wright have teamed up on. “Shaun of the Dead,” the zombie comedy, gets red strawberry, “Hot Fuzz” is the original blue Cornetto flavour, naturally, and the new film – “The World’s End” – gets green mint chocolate chip to honor the alien-like sc-fi elements of the story.
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
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