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Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s The Island of Dr. Moreau | Review

27 February 2015 12:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

To Go On Two Legs: Gregory’s Fascinating Recapitulation of a Cinematic Train Wreck

Documentarian David Gregory graduates from an extensive history of shorts with his first feature length achievement, the verbosely titled Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s The Island of Dr. Moreau. However, the title is something of a misnomer, much like another recent examination of a project that never came to fruition with its originating director, Jodorowsky’s Dune. Stanley, who had gained a successful cult following in the early 90s for Hardware (1990) and the Miramax distributed Dust Devil (1992), would engage in the sort of uphill production battle that rivalled historical studio horror stories. Weather, nervous producers, pampered diva personalities, and ultimately, Stanley’s own limitations in reigning in such aggressive setbacks would result in his being fired from the set. However, the strangeness doesn’t stop there. Gregory manages to convey the extremity of a much maligned production, »

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Nicolas Winding Refn Talks 'My Life' Doc, What's Next, Dropping Studio Gigs & The Reaction To 'Only God Forgives'

27 February 2015 12:00 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This is a reprint of our interview from the 2014 Fantastic Fest. When it comes to documentaries that chart the making of a particular film, some of the very best have come from those closest to the filmmakers. The most towering achievement in this regard is probably "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse," an intense making-of documentary that follows Francis Ford Coppola and the bonkers production of "Apocalypse Now," which was co-authored by Coppola's wife, Eleanor. Following in Eleanor's footsteps is Liv Corfixen, the wife of "Drive" filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn, who took to cataloguing the production of Refn's polarizing, Bangkok-set thriller "Only God Forgives," with "My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn." We had the chance to sit down with Refn and Corfixen at the recent Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. The documentary is an intimate portrait of frustration and familial unrest (since they had to move the family »

- Drew Taylor

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Film Review: ‘My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn’

26 February 2015 3:10 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rather than take a backseat to “Drive” director Nicolas Winding Refn, occasional actress and full-time housewife Liz Corfixen fires back with a film of her own, billed as a behind-the-scenes look at her helmer husband’s Bangkok-made “Only God Forgives,” but essentially a loose production diary from her point of view. For anyone who’s ever wondered what being married to a tortured, world-famous director must be like, “My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn” suggests the sacrifices required of those who live in an artist’s orbit, but it fails to offer what groupies surely want, which is insight into Refn’s creative process.

Though billed as a documentary, this 59-minute doodle barely rises above homemovie status, featuring more material of Corfixen’s two daughters dancing naked around hotel rooms than it does actual on-set footage — though ambient music from “Drive” composer Cliff Martinez gives her a distinct advantage over most amateur videographers. »

- Peter Debruge

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Glasgow 2015: 'My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn'

26 February 2015 1:13 PM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ Liv Corfixen's My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (2014) starts from the unfortunate position of being wide open to comparison with another behind-the-scenes peek, Eleanor Coppola's Heart of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991). Where that film followed the incredible disasters that befell Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979) shoot, this documents the far less eventful making of Danish enfant terrible Refn's Only God Forgives (2013). While Corfixen's film - clocking in at just under an hour - is little more than a DVD extra, it's also an intimate look at her husband's struggle with artistic satisfaction and her own with a life indentured to his blossoming career.

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News Nuggets: Oscar Best Picture loss by 'Boyhood' is the 'worst mistake' in 20 years

25 February 2015 4:20 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Dan Kois declares that the rejection of "Boyhood" on Sunday as Oscar's Best Picture was the Academy's "worst mistake in 20 years." He says we witnessed an "epochal travesty" when the Richard Linklater film lost, which only happens when "a true masterpiece, a movie for the ages, somehow battles its way through the mediocrity" to only lose in the end. He calls the eventual winner "Birdman" a "terrific" movie, but that we will look back to say "how did they let this happen?" Other "epochal travesty" losses over the years have been by "Citizen Kane," "The Graduate," "High Noon," "Goodfellas," "Pulp Fiction," "Apocalypse Now," "Raging Bull," "Raiders of the Lost Ark, and "E.T." Slate -Break- In advance of the "House of Cards" third season debuting Friday on Netflix, a new guide brings you up-to-speed..." »

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War Is Hell: 20-Minute Video Essay Explores The Cinematic Landscape Of War Movies

25 February 2015 11:07 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

In 1998, two celebrated American directors each delivered a World War II film depicting the horrors of war. The  directors were Terrence Malick and Steven Spielberg, proffering “The Thin Red Line” and “Saving Private Ryan,” respectively. While Spielberg’s classic focuses on the individual’s sacrifice and pain in service of a worthwhile mission taking place in WWII, Malick’s film is an anti-war tone poem that could just as easily be about the Vietnam war, examining how the destruction of war affects all of nature. A video essay from Adam Laity deconstructs the way landscapes and natural environments are used in those films among others. Running just over 20 minutes, the video reads classics like “Apocalypse Now” and “Full Metal Jacket” closely, dissecting how a director can use the setting of a film to drive home certain themes. Big chunks of the essay are devoted to both Coppola’s and Malick »

- Cain Rodriguez

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'Birdman' cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki joins exclusive club with Oscar win

22 February 2015 7:29 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

By winning the Best Cinematography Oscar for a second year in a row, "Birdman" director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki has joined a truly elite club whose ranks haven't been breached in nearly two decades. Only four other cinematographers have won the prize in two consecutive years. The last time it happened was in 1994 and 1995, when John Toll won for Edward Zwick's "Legends of the Fall" and Mel Gibson's "Braveheart" respectively. Before that you have to go all the way back to the late '40s, when Winton Hoch won in 1948 (Victor Fleming's "Joan of Arc" with Ingrid Bergman) and 1949 (John Ford's western "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon"). Both victories came in the color category, as the Academy awarded prizes separately for black-and-white and color photography from 1939 to 1956. Leon Shamroy also won back-to-back color cinematography Oscars, for Henry King's 1944 Woodrow Wilson biopic "Wilson" and John M. Stahl »

- Kristopher Tapley

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My Life Directed Trailer Goes Behind The Scenes Of Only God Forgives

20 February 2015 12:27 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

As the cast slowly comes together for Nicolas Winding Refn’s next picture, The Neon Demon, a brand new trailer has been released for the documentary from his wife that focuses on his previous effort that split audiences right down the middle.

My Life Directed comes from Liv Corfixen and follows the intimate and emotional journey she took with her husband as he headed off to Bangkok to film Only God Forgives.

A mash of highs and emotional lows look to be on full display as Refn battles with himself and the test that weighs on his family and his filmmaking career. How did he handle working on the project that the world hoped would be just as huge a success as Drive was, and was the result a personal success for him to move on from a film that even he accept was both loved and loathed by many. »

- Nicholas Staniforth

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Exclusive: Co-Writer/Director Kiah Roache-Turner on Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead, Sequel Plans & What’s Next

19 February 2015 3:25 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

For his feature film debut, Australian filmmaker Kiah Roache-Turner delivers a raucously fun and badass zombie-infused road movie in Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead. Co-written by Kiah and his brother Tristan, the story follows an unlikely hero by the name of Barry (Jay Gallagher) who must fight his way through hordes of newly transformed zombies in order to save his sister Brooke (Bianca Bradey) who has been kidnapped by government officials under mysterious circumstances.

Daily Dead recently spoke to Roache-Turner about his experiences collaborating on the indie horror film alongside his brother, how the story of Wyrmwood evolved over time throughout production, the importance of making something more than ‘just another zombie movie’ and what they’ve got planned for the sequel in the future.

Thanks so much for chatting today, Kiah. The movie is just fantastic and it’s probably one of the best zombie films I’ve seen in a long time. »

- Heather Wixson

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Exclusive ‘Fury’ Interview With Director David Ayer

19 February 2015 8:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

To celebrate the release of gritty war movie Fury, available on Digital HD now and on Blu-ray and DVD this February 23rd from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, we’ve got an exclusive interview with director David Ayer.

The ensemble cast, led by Brad Pitt, is set in the closing days of WWII as his character leads the battle-hardened crew of a U.S. Sherman tank on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Fury co-stars Shia Labeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña and Jon Bernthal and here’s what Ayer had to say about the process.

Q: In doing your research for the movie, was there anything you learned about World War II that surprised you?

David Ayer: Toward the end of the war, how fanatically the Germans were fighting, pulling kids out of classes and arming them [to fight]. And I had this realization that what our grandparents experienced in that war »

- David Agnew

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2015 Oscar Previews: Part 2

18 February 2015 2:26 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.

The Best Actor Nominees

Steve Carell - as John du Pont in Foxcatcher

Age: 52

Previously Best Known For:

The Office

The 40 Year-Old Virgin

Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:

None

Interesting Fact: Owns and operates the Marshfield Hills General Store in Marshfield, Massachusetts where he has a summer home.

Bradley Cooper - as Chris Kyle in American Sniper

Age: 40

Previously Best Known For:

The Hangover

Silver Linings Playbook

Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:

Nomination - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 2013- as Richie Dimaso in American Hustle

Nomination - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role 2012 - as Pat in Silver Linings Playbook

Interesting Fact: Had to miss his graduation commencement at Georgetown University because he was filming Wet Hot American Summer.

Benedict Cumberbatch -  as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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Exclusive: Watch Francis Ford Coppola Talk to Robert Rodriguez About "The Things They Fire You For"

17 February 2015 7:37 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Even if the only movies that Francis Ford Coppola ever made were the three Godfather films, he'd still be a cinematic legend. But he didn't just stop there: The Conversation, The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, Dracula, Apocalypse Now. The list goes on and on. He is, simply put, one of the Greats. That's why Coppola is such a welcome choice for The Director's Chair, a fantastic ongoing series on El Rey Network where Robert Rodriguez chats candidly with filmmakers about the entirety of their careers. In the past he's hosted Guillermo del Toro, Quentin Tarantino and John Carpenter, and they've all resulted in very worthwhile conversations about the realities of being a working artist in Hollywood. Speaking of that, we've got a clip from the upcoming The...

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54 Bombed in 1998. Now It's Been Resurrected as a Cult Gay Classic.

16 February 2015 8:35 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

In the summer of 1998, writer-director Mark Christopher’s 54, a clumsy cinematic paean to New York's legendary disco club Studio 54, was released to dismal reviews, a lukewarm box office, and then promptly forgotten — at least by most of us. But just last week a director's cut of the film, which starred Ryan Phillippe, Mike Myers, Salma Hayek, Breckin Meyer, and Neve Campbell, was shown at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival. That's the sort of honor usually afforded classics like Apocalypse Now or Once Upon a Time in America, not a film with a 13 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. So how did this movie wind up getting that honor?When it was released 17 years ago, 54 died quickly, but not exactly of natural causes. The film Christopher originally wrote and shot was a gritty, queer exploration of pre-aids hedonism. However, the studio that released the film, Miramax, then run by »

- Louis Jordan

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Movie Lovers Podcast Episode #9 – American Sniper and Coen Brothers Films

12 February 2015 1:15 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

On today’s episode of the Movie Lovers Podcast, Katherine and Chris discuss Clint Eastwood’s ‘American Sniper’ and their likes and dislikes of the Coen Brothers films with guest Randall Unger from TheMovieNetwork.com. Topics include the transformation of Bradley Cooper, comparisons between other war films like Apocalypse Now, Fury, and Saving Private Ryan. The Movie Lovers Podcast hosts also discuss the agism of Client Eastwood, what Coen Brothers films are the best for a mass audience, and how Bill Murray almost made an animated Coen Brothers film. Put us in your ear, and enjoy! And don’t forget to Watch More Film! Check us out on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to us on iTunes under the Movie Lovers Podcast. Reviews and comments are much appreciated.

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- Christopher Clemente

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‘American Sniper’s Bradley Cooper On Less Is More, And Other Lessons Learned From Eastwood, De Niro And David O

11 February 2015 1:28 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive Q&A: It arrived too late to factor in guild and critics awards, but the Clint Eastwood-directed American Sniper has established such a connection with American movie audiences that its dark horse chances of upsetting the Oscar status quo cannot be ignored. It passed Saving Private Ryan to become the highest domestic grossing war movie ever; it even shot past the U.S. gross of Bradley Cooper’s previous biggest hit, The Hangover, and trails only The Passion Of The Christ for biggest-ever R-rated domestic grosser. This, for a hard R film about the wartime exploits and horrors faced by the most dangerous sniper in U.S. military history, and the price paid by Chris Kyle, wife Taya, and his fellow soldiers tasked with door to door searches in Sadr City when it was the most dangerous place in Iraq.

Nominated for Best Actor for his spare portrayal of the Navy Seal sharpshooter, »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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New on Video: ‘Every Man for Himself’

10 February 2015 10:48 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Every Man for Himself

Written by Anne-Marie Miéville and Jean-Claude Carrière

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard

France, 1980

Jean-Luc Godard’s 1980 feature, Sauve qui peut (la vie), or Every Man for Himself, was something of a return to form for the director (if one can really say Godard ever had a typical form to return to). It was, as he declared, and as is often quoted, his “second first film.” As far as his most recent releases were concerned, there was certainly a break from those heavily divisive, politicized, and formally experimental works of the 1970s. This film, comparatively speaking, is indeed more mainstream than that. In its general reliance on narrative, it goes back to Godard’s pre-’67 work, with a beginning, middle, and end (even if not always in that order, as he once commented). But it’s not quite accurate to say that Every Man for Himself is necessarily »

- Jeremy Carr

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A Rundown Of Buzzy Berlin Titles As Market Begins To Roll

6 February 2015 8:34 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The halls are starting to hum softly here in Berlin as the European Film Market swings into gear. The first deals were announced yesterday before the event officially opened, with The Weinstein Co notably boarding Im Global’s The Man Who Made It Snow. This morning, FilmNation unveiled a series of offshore output deals for titles from Open Road, which will kick off with the Jamie Foxx/Michelle Monaghan-starrer Sleepless Nights.

Though it’s not likely to be a frenzy, and with currency concerns in the market internationally, Berlin should see more action in the coming days. Distributors are looking for product for 2016 and beyond, and some memorable buys have emerged here in recent years. In 2014, The Weinstein Company made a record-setting $7M deal for The Imitation Game which has now made about $140M worldwide and has an armful of Oscar nominations to boot.

Much of the pre-buy buzz »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Protagonist boards Coppola road movie

4 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Protagonist boards Eleanor Coppola road-movie.

Diane Lane, Yvan Attal and Nicolas Cage are to star in Bonjour Anne, the narrative feature debut of Eleanor Coppola (Hearts Of Darkness), which UK outfit Protagonist Pictures has boarded ahead of the Efm.

The comic road movie follows a neglected movie producer’s wife whose life is forever changed by a two-day drive through France with her husband’s French business partner. 

St. Vincent producer and long-time American Zoetrope collaborator Fred Roos produces alongside Francis Ford Coppola’s company. ICM handles Us rights.

Shoot is due to get underway in May.

Eleanor Coppola, wife of Francis, was nominated for an Emmy award for her 1991 documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse, which chronicles the remarkable behind-the-scenes story of her husband’s iconic Vietnam war film Apocalypse Now.

Roos, co-producer on Apocalypse Now, The Conversation and The Godfather Part II, also executive-produced Hearts of Darkness. »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Protagonist boards Nicolas Cage road movie

4 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Protagonist boards Eleanor Coppola road-movie.

Diane Lane, Nicolas Cage and Yvan Attal are to star in Bonjour Anne, the narrative feature debut of Eleanor Coppola (Hearts Of Darkness), which UK outfit Protagonist Pictures has boarded ahead of the Efm.

The comic road movie follows a neglected movie producer’s wife whose life is forever changed by a two-day drive through France with her husband’s French business partner. 

St. Vincent producer and long-time American Zoetrope collaborator Fred Roos produces alongside Francis Ford Coppola’s company.

Shoot is due to get underway in May.

Eleanor Coppola, wife of Francis, was nominated for an Emmy award for her 1991 documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse, which chronicles the remarkable behind-the-scenes story of her husband’s iconic Vietnam war film Apocalypse Now.

Roos, co-producer on Apocalypse Now, The Conversation and The Godfather Part II, also executive-produced Hearts of Darkness. »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Cinematographers pick the best-shot films of all time

4 February 2015 12:31 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Stumbling across that list of best-edited films yesterday had me assuming that there might be other nuggets like that out there, and sure enough, there is American Cinematographer's poll of the American Society of Cinematographers membership for the best-shot films ever, which I do recall hearing about at the time. But they did things a little differently. Basically, in 1998, cinematographers were asked for their top picks in two eras: films from 1894-1949 (or the dawn of cinema through the classic era), and then 1950-1997, for a top 50 in each case. Then they followed up 10 years later with another poll focused on the films between 1998 and 2008. Unlike the editors' list, though, ties run absolutely rampant here and allow for way more than 50 films in each era to be cited. I'd love to see what these lists would look like combined, however. I imagine "Citizen Kane," which was on top of the 1894-1949 list, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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