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Gary Graver, the man who committed himself to serving as Orson Welles' cinematographer for the last fifteen years of his life, learned his trade on the battlefield—literally—as a cameraman in Vietnam. When his tour of duty was over, he took his skills to Los Angeles and landed work shooting a film for notorious cult director Al Adamson called Satan's Sadists (1969), the first of over 200 productions. He shot cheap drive-in films for Roger Corman, Jim Wynorski, Fred Olen Ray and Adamson, second unit work on Enter the Dragon and Raiders of the Lost Ark, and directed horror films, documentaries, family comedies and even adult movies. And he was Welles' cameraman on everything Welles made between 1970 until 1985, from F For Fake and Filming Othello to TV projects and pilots, commercials and unfinished films such as The Other Side of the Wind and The Dreamers.>> - Sean Axmaker »
The role of a protagonist in your basic mainstream movie is to propel the plot: the story is all about them, and their actions and reactions form the thrust of the narrative. In many cases, the protagonist is also the hero, the moral compass of the tale, capable and strong in all the ways that matter.
This is basic storytelling, Narrative 101. So what happens when your narrative features a traditional hero-protagonist who, over the course of the movie, is revealed to be something altogether different?
On a good day, it’ll be because the movie is engaged in sleight of hand: a magic trick, whereby the audience is deliberately wrongfooted, their expectations confounded in a rewarding and entertaining way. Take The Usual Suspects, for example: the whole point of the film is the revelation that the narrator, one of the main protagonists and the only really likeable person in the story, »
- Ben Cooke
In the age of email, texting and other technologies that seem to be the ruination of chivalry, it appears that Steven Spielberg still knows how to warm some hearts—the old-fashioned way. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson opened up about a letter he received from the famous director on his Facebook page, spilling that has an 8-year-old boy he was a huge Raiders of the Lost Ark fan, and gushed about how he was "grinnin' now like a big ass kid." Even though he doesn't mention what the letter said, he did explain that his "inspiring and motivating words" will continue to make him listen "to that little voice" in his "gut." But while talking about his upcoming movie, San »
Lawrence Kasdan may not be the most visible presence in Hollywood, but he is responsible for writing some of the most significant pieces of cinema in modern times – and has four Oscar nominations to prove it. Besides dramatic work, such as The Big Chill, The Accidental Tourist and Grand Canyon, Kasdan wrote the screenplays for Raiders Of The Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi. He is also co-writing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and is involved in further Star Wars projects going forward – so when Lawrence Kasdan chooses to discuss with Vanity Fair the way the new Star Wars movie is shaping up, everybody sits up and listens.
“This new movie, first of all, it’s turning out really great. J.J directed it so beautifully, and it’s so exhilarating and everything. It’s a big movie. It’s full of wonderful stuff, »
- Sarah Myles
If you had a way to see into the future, what would you do with that power? Would you use it to make money, to spark artistic inspiration, or to fix your relationship? All three happen in new indie sci-fi film “Time Lapse” when three friends discover a camera that can take photos of the future. They find the massive camera in their neighbor’s apartment, pointed directly at the living room window of their own Los Angeles bungalow apartment. Soon they figure out that “the machine,” as they call it, prints a photo at every day 8 p.m. of what’s happening 24 hours in the future. Roommate Jasper (played by George Finn) takes this opportunity to bet on dog races as the camera's Polaroids reveal the race results. Meanwhile, his painter roommate Finn (Matt O’Leary) breaks his creative block as the photos give him a peek at paintings »
- Emily Rome
Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg on the Oscars' Red Carpet Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Spielberg has taken home two Best Director Oscars: Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Schindler's List also won Best Picture, but Saving Private Ryan lost to John Madden's Miramax-distributed Shakespeare in Love. There was quite a bit of animosity at the time, as some felt that Miramax, owned by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, overdid its Oscar campaigning – while still managing to sway enough Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members to vote for its film. Somewhat ironically, at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony Steven Spielberg presented the Best Picture Award to The King's Speech. Toplining Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, and Claire Bloom, this British production was »
- D. Zhea
The Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees will be presented at AFI’s commencement ceremonies at the Tcl Chinese Theatre.
Previous recipients include Robert Altman, Maya Angelou, Kathryn Bigelow, Mel Brooks, Anne V. Coates, Clint Eastwood, Roger Ebert, Nora Ephron, James Earl Jones, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kathleen Kennedy, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, David Lynch, Helen Mirren, Robert Towne, Cicely Tyson, Haskell Wexler and John Williams.
Lansbury began her career at the age of 17, earning her first Academy Award nomination for 1944’s “Gaslight” and her second a year later for “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” She earned a third nomination in 1962 for “The Manchurian Candidate.”
- Dave McNary
George Lucas didn't just create the "Star Wars" universe. The filmmaker, who turns 71 on May 14, pretty much created the cinematic universe we live in now, the ones whose cornerstones include the Thx sound system at your multiplex, the Pixar movies that have dominated animation for the past 20 years, and the Industrial Light & Magic special-effects house, whose aesthetic has ruled the Hollywood blockbuster for nearly four decades. He's the pioneer of the effects-driven action spectacle and the conversion from celluloid to digital, the two trends that, for better and worse, have defined Hollywood's output for nearly 20 years.
As ubiquitous as Lucas and his creations loom in our cinematic dreamscapes, there's still a lot that most people don't know about him, from how he got his start to the famous folks who mentored him or were mentored by him, from the size of his fortune to what he plans to do now »
- Gary Susman
Ok, we have more than a half a year of movies to go, so "win" is hyperbole. But thanks for clicking all the same. What I'm saying is George Miller's latest is such a nuts-and-bolts marvel of the form that not only should it be up for consideration in a number of areas, it really ought to be the impetus that drives the Academy to finally add a certain new category that has long been championed in some industry circles. The look of this film is absolutely bonkers. And, admittedly, it's the accumulation of a few departments that really gets it there. But with that in mind, if it wasn't clear by my interview with the man, cinematographer John Seale needs a serious victory lap for jumping onto this wild ride, strapping in and delivering much of this spectacle in-camera. Many of us are surely pleased he didn't go out on "The Tourist, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
Part 2 of 10: A good car chase works for completely different reasons than its bipedal counterpart. Where a foot chase is more intimate, desperate, and rough, car chases are cool, exciting, almost romantic. Here the journey overwhelms destination: tough guys (and girls) driving sleek machines at impossible speeds. And unlike foot chases, there are no real limitations on where they can go or what they can do—sometimes cars can even fly.
10. Death Proof (2007) – Girl power vs. horse power
The obvious reference points of Death Proof are such movies as Vanishing Point, »
- Shane Ramirez
Movie news - Harrison Ford is set to star in a fifth 'Indiana Jones' film. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed series is being brought back to the big screen and the 72-year-old actor would be expected to reprise his role as the daredevil archaeologist now he has wrapped shooting 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' - in which he returns as Han Solo. Speaking to Vanity Fair, she said: ''A new 'Indiana Jones' movie will one day be made inside this company. We haven't started working on a script yet, but we are talking about it.'' The announcement comes three years after Disney paid £3 billion for Lucasfilm - originally created by George Lucas - and with that the rights to the 'Star Wars' and 'Indiana Jones' franchises. The 'Indiana Jones' franchise, created by Lucas and directed by Steven Spielberg, began in 1981 with 'Raiders of the Lost Ark »
When Disney purchased Lucasfilm, the headline news, of course, was that the Mouse House would be moving forward with a new series of Star Wars films. But many also pointed out that as a result of the sale, Disney now had control of another major franchise: Indiana Jones. It was never a question of if Disney would be moving forward with a new Indiana Jones movie, but instead when, and now Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed that Indiana Jones 5 is indeed in the works. Speaking with Vanity Fair, Kennedy was optimistic about the future of Indiana Jones, but cautioned that it’s still very early days: Kennedy confirmed rumors that another Indy movie “will one day be made inside this company. When it will happen, I’m not quite sure. We haven’t started working on a script yet, but we are talking about it.” »
- Adam Chitwood
There was a fairly famous commentary in Wired a couple of years ago by Patton Oswalt that essentially came down to the comedian telling today’s movie geeks that they have it too easy. Back in the day, there was no internet to follow the development of a film blow-by-blow, there was no Internet Movie Database to learn who all the primary people behind the film were, and a home video was months, if not years, after the initial theatrical run, rather than weeks. In essence, the technology has taken the effort out of it, and truthfully, the same can be said about the art of filmmaking as well. Digital cameras, Photshop, Final Cut, it all means you can make a movie at home look like a top-notch professional effort.
All this has probably also leant to the rise of the fan film, an easy way for people who love »
- Adam A. Donaldson
Read More: Watch: Kurt Cobain is Angst-Ridden in 'Cobain: Montage of Heck' Trailer Brett Morgen knew about the storage facility where Kurt Cobain's effects were being stored six years before he actually got access to go inside. "In my mind's eye, it was going to look like the last shot of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark,'" Morgen told Indiewire during an interview back in January when "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. "You know, a vast warehouse of boxes that would take me years to go through." "So, I go into this room," continued Morgen, "this sort of nondescript room with four white walls, harsh fluorescent lighting, gray carpet -- and in the middle of this room there are about 18 cardboard boxes and some of his paintings put up against the walls and all of his guitars laid out. Each box, Morgen said, »
- Shipra Harbola Gupta
Since 1962, the James Bond franchise has come to define the spy genre, for good or ill. More broadly, every thriller and action film that comes out now either uses them as inspiration, or attempts to ignore or re-work the tropes that have come to be associated with the series.
Coming off the release of Kingsman: The Secret Service, and with the release of a new Bond film this year, now seems like the perfect time to take a look at a sample of the films which have been inspired by James Bond — either as homages, parodies or reactions.
The Ipcress File (1965)
Produced by James Bond producer Harry Saltzman as a more grounded alternative to the largesse of Bond, The Ipcress File is more concerned with the intricacies of real spy-work — the endless paperwork, »
Chicago – Friday, May 1st, kicks off one of 2015 Chicago’s most special events, the Chicago Critics Film Festival (Ccff) – a film festival as programmed by the members of the Chicago Film Critics Association. The place to be is at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, and the titles included are an exciting batch of movies making their premiere here.
Many of the films had their world premiere at festivals like Sundance, Toronto and South X Southwest, and HollywoodChicago.com contributors Nick Allen and Patrick McDonald have been sampling the best of the festival, and offer this preview of the kick-off weekend. Each capsule is designated with Na (Nick Allen) or Pm (Patrick McDonald) – to indicate the author – or encapsulates the official synopsis from the festival.
Be sure to check back with HollywoodChicago.com on Monday, when we finish our preview of the festival by looking ahead to the weekday schedule, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
One of my favourite films of all time has to be the fantastic 1980s London-set gangster film The Long Good Friday. The film, which starred the late Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren and Paul Freeman, still stands up today, 35 years on from its original, acclaimed release.
The epic gangster movie is getting a limited cinema re-release on the 19th June through Arrow Films, and below, we have an exclusive look at the theatrical trailer for the 35th Anniversary Edition, which has a high-quality 2k digital restoration.
Harold Shand (Bob Hoskins) is a businessman with great ambitions. Spotting the development potential of London’s derelict Docklands area years before the Thatcher government, he tries to broker a deal with his American counterpart (Eddie Constantine) that will make them both millions. But who is killing Harold’s other associates and blowing up his businesses – and why?
Universally regarded as one of the greatest British gangster films ever made, »
- Paul Heath
Chicago – Exclusive! Free festival 7-packs! In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 50 pairs of guaranteed festival 7-packs up for grabs to the third-annual Chicago Critics Film Festival at the Music Box Theatre from the Chicago Film Critics Association!
The festival runs from Friday, May 1 to Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the Music Box Theatre. The festival will premiere more than two dozen films to Chicago that are hand-selected by Chicago critics. The films, which include the latest works from Joe Swanberg, Bobcat Goldthwait, Andrew Bujalski, James Ponsoldt, Francois Ozon and many more, are recent film festival hits from Sundance, South by Southwest, Cannes, Venice and Toronto and more. The full 2015 Chicago Critics Film Festival schedule can be found here. Read a preview of the festival here.
Each HollywoodChicago.com winner will win Two festival 7-packs of guaranteed tickets to experience the following Chicago premieres at the times and dates below »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Syfy is giving you fair warning: This summer will bring about an alien siege, an angelic war and even more sharks falling from the heavens.
The cable network has released its summer premiere dates
, which include the return of fan favorites like Defiance and Dominion and the third Sharnkado movie.
Related Cable Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?
Defiance‘s third season will bow with a two-hour opener on Friday, June 12, at 8/7c, followed by the new amnesiacs-on-a-broken-down-spaceship drama Dark Matter at 10 pm. The next week, following a regular episode of Defiance, »
The Simpsons has a long history of peppering its stories with pop culture references, and some of the show’s finest gags stem from the world of cinema. These have ranged from the briefest of quotes, to full on shot-for-shot parodies and extended episode-long homages.
Most striking in trying to put this list together was the sheer volume of movie references there are to choose from. In pretty much any given episode of The Simpsons, there are at least a couple, with nods to James Bond, 2001: A Space Odyssey and the work of Alfred Hitchcock proving three of the most regular candidates. The tributes to numerous great horror movies in the show’s Treehouse Of Horror episodes could have been used to fill this list all on their own. »
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