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Had he only worked for a period of roughly ten years, Michael Chapman would still be among the best-regarded cameramen of his time. How else to qualify the man who acted as operator on Klute, Husbands, The Landlord, The Godfather and Jaws, as well as cinematographer on The Last Detail, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Hardcore, The Last Waltz, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers? (The decades-blurring Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid is no small achievement, either.) But then he’d go on to helm All the Right Moves (a key early point in Tom Cruise’s career), then photographed (to name but a few) The Fugitive, Scorsese’s video for Michael Jackson’s “Bad,” and, of course, Space Jam. How many people in his trade can lay claim to that wide a berth?
Chapman’s been retired for nearly ten years — his last feature, Bridge to Terabithia, was released »
- Nick Newman
Cinematographer Michael Chapman, best-known for “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull,” and feted at Camerimage next week with a lifetime achievement award, advises young would-be master lensers that great cinema need not be beautiful.
Visual splendor can be “a terrible mistake,” says the former ‘50s-era New York beatnik and later freight brakeman. “It shouldn’t be beautiful — it should be appropriate.” And the most impressive visual images “are often things shot on people’s cell phones,” he adds, whether natural disasters or Isis atrocities.
That approach was key to Chapman’s breakout film as a young cinematographer, the now-iconic 1973 Hal Ashby pic “The Last Detail,” which followed two foul-mouthed sailors on a nonsensical cross-country assignment to hand over a young seaman to the brig.
The low-budget film, shot on street locations with available light, often “bars, railway stations and lunchrooms,” showed off an early-career Jack Nicholson “and maybe Jack’s best role in a weird way, »
- Will Tizard
Veteran’s Day is November 11. While we all try to escape from the most exasperating Presidential Campaign in our history let me pay tribute to the Men and Women who have served in the military to insure we keep our electoral process and our freedoms.
Having served in the Navy four years (there he goes again!) I have a keen interest in any movie about the military, especially the sea service. I did serve during peace time so had no experience with combat but still spent most of my tour of duty at sea on an aircraft carrier, the USS Amerca CV66. Among other jobs I ran the ship’s television station for almost two years. Movies have always been important to me and so providing a few hours of entertainment every day when we were at sea was just about the best job I could have had.
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- Sam Moffitt
It’s time to head back to Twin Peaks, salute some major names (Gus Van Sant, James Cameron, Hal Ashby, Guillermo del Toro, Orson Welles), icons (James Dean), and (former) power players (Mike Ovitz). Plus, Harry Potter, Seinfeld, and McDonald’s! Let’s start with a loving look back at 50 years of the starship Enterprise.
Star Trek: 50 Artists 50 Years (Titan Books)
There have been a number of interesting books released to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, but there’s no question that 50 Artists 50 Years is the handsomest. As the title makes clear, the premise is simple: 50 respected artists, all with wildly unique styles, were tasked with creating a work of art highlighting some element of the Trek universe. There’s plenty of original series — Glen Brogan’s jaunty representation of the bridge of the Enterprise is my personal favorite — and lots of Spock. Plus, Leonard Nimoy himself »
- Christopher Schobert
Shampoo, released in 1975, is the brainchild of two genius writers, Robert Towne and Warren Beatty, and a genius director at the top of his form, Hal Ashby. The film examines sex and relationships; and it’s one of the important and underseen films of the New Hollywood Era.
The 1970s is arguably the greatest decade for cinema. Not only in terms of the quality of movies coming out, or the careers launched, but in regard to the subject matter being tackled on film. Coming out right in the middle of the decade, Hal Ashby’s Shampoo is a must see for any film fans brushing up on the New Hollywood Era of American film.
Shampoo represents three important voices of the New Hollywood era coming together for the ultimate collaboration. Fresh off the success of Bonnie & Clyde, writer Robert Towne and actor/writer/producer Warren Beatty talked of a satirical »
- email@example.com (Collin Llewellyn)
Amazon Studios is financing and distributing the pic, which is expected to begin production in early 2017. Amazon couldn’t be reached for comment.
Darryl Ponicsan’s “Last Flag Flying,” published in 2005, is the follow-up to his 1970 novel, which was turned into the movie starring Nicholson, Randy Quaid, and Otis Young. Set during the Iraq War, the more recent book sees the return of the classic characters Billy Bad-Ass, Mule, and Meadows. The former Navy petty officers (played by Nicholson and »
- Justin Kroll
We change things up by focusing on a boutique label, Twilight Time, that has found success through a unique business model. Mark and Aaron happen to be big fans, and feel that we have directly contributed towards some of their profits. We talk about the company, their business model, why they have succeeded, and we address some common critiques. We also review a few discs each, and finally count down our favorite Twilight Time titles.
About Nick Redman:
London-born Nick Redman, one of Hollywood’s leading producers of movie music, is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker. An Academy Award nominee as producer of the 1996 Warner Brothers documentary, The Wild Bunch: An Album in Montage, he went on to write, produce, and direct A Turning of the Earth: John Ford, John Wayne and The Searchers (1998), which became a prize-winner at multiple film festivals.
As a consultant to the Fox Music »
- Aaron West
Boyhood and Everybody Wants Some!! helmer Richard Linklater is currently developing his next movie Last Flag Flying, a “sort of” sequel to Hal Ashby’s The Last Detail, and THR is reporting that Steve Carell (Foxcatcher), Bryan Cranston (Trumbo) and Laurence Fishburne (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) are all in talks to appear in the film.
Based on the 2005 novel by Darryl Ponicsan (his follow-up to 1970’s The Last Detail), Last Flag Flying follows the trio of characters from The Last Detail. The original film starred Jack Nicholson and Otis Young as two Navy officers tasked with escorting a young sailor (Randy Quaid) to prison but opt to show him a good time along the way. Linklater’s film will pick up a few decades later, with the sailor now enlisting the aid of his former captors in order to bring home the body of his son, who has been killed in Iraq. »
- Gary Collinson
Last Flag Flying: Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne will star in Last Flag Flying, to be directed by Richard Linklater. The movie is described as "sort of" a sequel to Hal Ashby's The Last Detail, a 1973 drama about two salty Navy veterans who take a young sailor on a road trip to prison. The original was based on a novel by Darryl Ponicsan, who wrote a sequel in 2005 about the same characters retracing their journey. [THR] Live Fast Die Hot: Anne Hathaway (above in The Intern) will star in Live Fast Die Hot, based on a recently published book of essays by writer/actress Jenny Mollen. The book tracks Mollen's change of priorities when she became a mother for the first time. [Deadline] Crisis in Six Scenes: New photos...
- Peter Martin
Buoyed by the remarkable success of Everybody Wants Some!!, director Richard Linklater is remaining firmly in the realm of spiritual successors with his latest creative venture, Last Flag Flying.
It’s already off to a flyer – no pun intended – as The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne have all opened negotiations to board the long-gestating project, one described as a quasi-sequel to Darryl Ponsican novel The Last Detail.
Indeed, news of Last Flag Flying sparking into life has been a long time coming, given the project has been on Linklater’s radar for the better part of a decade. It seems the stars have now aligned, though, after the filmmaker carved out a space on his bustling slate to finally hoist this languishing drama off the ground.
Ordering Carell, Cranston and Fishburne to the high seas, Linklater had initially intended to reunite Jack Nicholson, »
- Michael Briers
Thrillist "Why everyone was wrong about Warcraft" - the summer's most underrated movie?
Mnpp great moments in movie shelves hits Young Frankenstein
The Wrap looks at Colton Haynes winning an Hrc award. Why Colton, exactly?
Telerama (in French) Alain Guirardie talks about his filmography - he thinks he can do better than Stranger by the Lake!
Sbs hilarious satire video on White Fragility in the Workplace
Slate pits Bad Moms against Ghostbusters because women have to be pitted against each other!
NY Times on current film restoration anxiety asking the following question which I swear is going to give me regular nightmares:
What happens to an art when its foundational medium disappears?
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- NATHANIEL R
Last Flag Flying: Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne will star in Last Flag Flying, to be directed by Richard Linklater. The movie is described as "sort of" a sequel to Hal Ashby's The Last Detail, a 1973 drama about two salty Navy veterans who take a young sailor on a road trip to prison. The original was based on a novel by Darryl Ponicsan, who wrote a sequel in 2005 about the same characters retracing their trip. [THR] Live Fast Die Hot: Anne...
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Here’s a sequel you probably didn’t expect to read about anytime soon, even though we first heard about this sequel a decade ago. In 2006, Richard Linklater revealed he wrote an adaption of Darryl Ponicsan‘s Last Flag Flying — a sequel to The Last Detail, which director Hal Ashby and screenwriter Robert Towne adapted into an incredible film in 1973. Linklater’s goal was to bring […]
- Jack Giroux
As reported by Variety, Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, and Steve Carell have signed on to star in Last Flag Flying, the next film from Richard Linklater. The movie is an adaptation of Darryl Ponicsan’s 2005 novel of the same name, which was a sequel to his 1970 book The Last Detail. That book was previously made into a movie starring Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid, and Otis Young, making Linklater’s Last Flag Flying a “sequel of sorts,” as Variety calls it.
The Last Detail starred Nicholson and Young as Billy Badass and Mule, two Navy boys tasked with escorting an 18-year-old sailor named Meadows (Quaid) to prison after he tries to steal money from his commanding officer. However, they decide to show him a good time instead, and the trio goes on a series of adventures throughout the northeastern United States before Quaid is given to the authorities. Last ...
- Sam Barsanti
Richard Linklater has long since earned my eternal loyalty as an audience member. I may not love every film he makes, but I know that when he sets out to make a movie, there’s going to be some reason, some idea, some element of the story that Linklater couldn’t resist. He has such an interesting relationship to time in his films, and he is far more motivated by character than he is by plot, which I like. Like many filmmakers his age, he’s had a long and public interest in the films and filmmakers of the ‘70s. When Darryl Ponsican published a sequel to The Last Detail as a novel, Linklater was immediately attached, and he was going to make the film with Jack Nicholson and Randy Quaid both reprising their roles from the original. That was huge news at the time, and I remember how exciting a prospect that was. »
- Drew McWeeny
Richard Linklater’s next film will be Last Flag Flying, a movie that will act as a sequel to Jack Nicholson’s 1973 film The Last Detail. Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne are in talks to topline the pic, though we’re told those are in early days. The original film, based on a book by Darryl Ponicsan, was about two member of the Navy who must shepherd a third to prison but have fun along the way. Last Flag Flying, also the title of Ponicsan’s follow-up… »
Everybody wants some of Richard Linklater’s next movie. The Hollywood Reporter has the news that Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne are in talks to join “Last Flag Flying,” a spiritual successor to 1973’s “The Last Detail” directed by Hal Ashby. Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid and Otis Young starred in the moving adaptation of Darryl Ponsican’s novel of the same name, about two members of the Navy showing a third a good time while escorting him to prison for petty crime. Ponsican published “Last Flag Flying” in 2005.
Linklater’s interest in the project began shortly after, and he originally wanted to reunite Nicholson and Quaid (both of whom scored Oscar nominations); Young passed away in 2001, so Morgan Freeman was eyed to take his place. “Last Flag Flying” catches up with the main trio later in life, »
- Michael Nordine
Spiritual sequels are Richard Linklater‘s new forte, it seems. Following 2016 favorite Everybody Wants Some!!, the writer-director is focusing his attention on Last Flag Flying, an adaptation of Darryl Ponsican’s sequel to his famed novel The Last Detail, itself the source for Hal Ashby’s beloved Jack Nicholson-starrer. (You’ve at least seen the poster, surely.) But we won’t be seeing the actor again, and this shouldn’t run the risk of besmirching the original – what we’re getting, rather, is a “sort of” follow-up. [THR]
The project has been in Linklater’s sights for ten years — during which time he’d hoped to reunite Nicholson and Randy Quaid while replacing the deceased Otis Young with Morgan Freeman — and will star Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell, and Laurence Fishburne, with former Naval Petty Officers Billy “Badass” Budusky and Richard “Mule” Mulhall once again partnered with Larry Meadows, the man »
- Nick Newman
Richard Linklater has found his next project and set an all-star ensemble to lead the film.
Linklater will direct and write a long-in-the-works adaptation of the novel “Last Flag Flying,” with Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell, and Laurence Fishburne in talks to star. The movie is a sequel of sorts to the 1973 film “The Last Detail” starring Jack Nicholson and directed by Hal Ashby.
Darryl Ponicsan’s “Last Flag Flying,” published in 2005, is the follow-up to his 1970 novel, which was turned into the movie starring Nicholson, Randy Quaid, and Otis Young. Set during the Iraq War, the more recent book sees the return of the classic characters Billy Bad-Ass, Mule, and the hapless Meadows. The former Navy petty officers (played by Nicholson and Young in the original film) come to the aid of the ex-con (then portrayed by Quaid) trying to bring home the body of his son, who was killed in Iraq. »
- Justin Kroll
17 August 2016 3:40 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne are in talks to star in Richard Linklater's next movie, Last Flag Flying. The project is Linklater’s long-in-the-works "sort of" sequel to the classic dramatic comedy The Last Detail. Last Flag was author Darryl Ponicsan’s follow-up — published in 2005 — to his own 1970 landmark novel that was made into the 1973 comedy-drama directed by Hal Ashby and starring Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid and Otis Young. The Last Detail was nominated for three Oscars, and Nicholson won a BAFTA for his work. Linklater first spoke about his
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