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Steven Spielberg has signed on to direct the adaptation Ready Player One for Warner Bros. Back in December, we reported that Warner Bros. was courting a number of high-profile directors, such as Christopher Nolan, Robert Zemeckis, Peter Jackson, Edgar Wright and Matthew Vaughn to take on this adaptation of Ernest Cline's novel of the same name, but Steven Spielberg wasn't mentioned in that report. Deadline reports that this project will likely be the director's next movie, after he finishes his Roald Dahl adaptation The Bfg, which is slated for release next July.
Ready Player One centers on a teenager named Wade Watts, who becomes obsessed with a virtual reality world known as Oasis, that allows players to live out their fantasies. After the game's creator suddenly dies, an elaborate treasure hunt is held within the Oasis world, with the winner emerging to take control of the entire company. This »
Last week, it was announced that famed musician John Williams had to back out of scoring the soundtrack to Steven Spielberg's espionage thriller Bridge of Spies. It will be the first time the two have not collaborated on a project since 1985's The Color Purple, when Quincy Jones stepped in. John Williams' schedule was interrupted due to a minor health issue. That issue has been corrected, and he has begun work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. That soundtrack will be scored in Los Angeles, marking the first time a score for any Star Wars movie has ever been recorded in the United States. StarWars.com sent out the following press release:
John Williams is currently hard at work composing the score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which will be recorded in Los Angeles. For the recording of the score, John Williams will work with members »
Having big time collaborators on board a project are almost always a sure fire way to make sure a filmmaker.s cinematic vision makes it to the big screen intact. Just ask Steven Spielberg, who's two biggest collaborators, Tom Hanks and John Williams, were all set to join him on his latest film . the formerly untitled Cold War drama, now entitled Bridge Of Spies. At least, that's how it was supposed to work out, until personal reasons forced John Williams to bow out of musical component of the October release. Never fear, for as Maestro Williams couldn't come out to play this time around, Academy Award winner Thomas Newman was more than glad to jump in as a substitute. In an official press release from Dreamworks Pictures and Fox 2000, Bridge Of Spies was named as the first film since The Color Purple not to feature Williams' musical accompaniment. Unfortunately, the »
For the first time in three decades, a Spielberg-directed film won't be scored by Williams. DreamWorks Pictures just announced that Spielberg's upcoming Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies will be scored by Thomas Newman.
Bridge of Spies, to be release October 16, stars Tom Hanks as a Brooklyn lawyer tasked to negotiate the release of a captured pilot.
Williams had previously been signed on to the film, but is departing, DreamWorks said, because of a minor health issue that has since been corrected. The last feature film Spielberg made without Williams was 1985's The Color Purple, which Quincy Jones scored.
Williams, who has been nominated for forty-nine Academy Awards, will still score Spielberg's following film, theRoald Dahl adaption The Bfg as well as the December 18’s Star Wars sequel, The Force Awakens.
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Bridge of Spies
For the first time since 1985's "The Color Purple," a new Steven Spielberg-directed film will Not boast a John Williams score. Due to a "minor health issue" that has now been corrected, Williams will not be scoring Spielberg's newest film "Bridge Of Spies".
Thomas Newman is instead coming in to score the 1960s Cold War-set tale in which Tom Hanks plays a lawyer who must negotiate for the release of a U2 spy plane pilot who was shot down over Russia. [Source: Empire
Broad Street Pictures has set Meera Menon to direct the Wall Street drama "Equity" with shooting to kick off in New York and Philadelphia in July. The story follows an investment banker who is threatened by a financial scandal and must untangle a web of corruption. [Source: Variety]
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- Garth Franklin
The film is notable in that it is one of the rare Spielberg projects that will not feature a score composed by John Williams, whose soaring melodies have long been a staple of the director’s work. Instead Thomas Newman (“Saving Mr. Banks,” “The Help”) will handle music duties.
Williams was unable to work on the film due to what DreamWorks describes as “a minor health issue” that the company reports has been resolved. He has scored 26 of Spielberg’s 27 films — the only exception being 1985’s “The Color Purple.” Williams will reunite with Spielberg on his upcoming family film, “The Bfg.” Williams’ other credits include the “Star Wars” and “Harry Potter” films.
“Bridge of Spies” centers on a Brooklyn lawyer (Hanks) who is sent by the CIA to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. »
- Brent Lang
Only two Steven Spielberg features have not been scored by John Williams: The Color Purple (Quincy Jones) and Twilight Zone: The Movie (Jerry Goldsmith). Three, if you include Duel, although technically that's a TV movie. Now there's a third (or fourth, depending on your stance on the whole Duel thing) in the shape of upcoming espionage drama Bridge Of Spies. Due to "a minor health issue, now corrected," John Williams is no longer scoring the film.Perhaps to sweeten that epoch-interrupting news, the director has offered the world a glimpse at the film in the shape of this first-look still. Spielberg has instead filled the gap with Thomas Newman. He's a composer with an impressive CV in his own right, spanning everything from Pixar animations to Sam Mendes' dramatic fare, and is currently scoring a spy movie of a different stripe in Mendes's Spectre.As for the still, »
Cynthia Erivo has been cast to play Celie in this fall's Oprah Winfrey-produced Broadway revival of "The Color Purple," which is currently set for a December 3 open at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Erivo, a British actress making her New York stage debut, will reprise the role she played to glowing reviews at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London. She joins the previously-cast Jennifer Hudson, also making her Broadway debut, as Shug, in the musical revival, which Oprah Winfrey will return to produce, and back, with her theatrical business partner Scott Sanders. John Doyle is directing. Just as I pondered when "A Raisin in the Sun" was revived yet again, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Hailed as “extraordinary” (David Denby, The New Yorker), “deeply moving” (Claudia Puig, USA Today) and “a triumph” (A.O. Scott, New York Times), director Ava DuVernay’s powerful drama Selma debuts on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand May 5, 2015 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.
The film arrives two weeks early on Digital HD April 21, 2015.
Embraced by critics and audiences alike, Selma was named one of the best films of the year by New York Times,New York Post, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Huffington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Variety, Hollywood Reporter and many more. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and won the Oscar for Best Original Song for John Legend and Common’s compelling tribute “Glory.”
- Michelle McCue
Exactly a year ago I did a revealing and very informative interview with the pioneering African American graphic designer Art Sims (read Here) whose advertising and marketing agency 1124 has been responsible for cutting edge ad campaigns for many of the most important black and urban themed films and TV productions, such as HBO’s When The Levees Broke, Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X, Mo Better Blues, Love and Basketball, Clockers, and The Color Purple among so many other films. And last month at the Michigan State University in East Lansing Michigan , which is where the Detroit native graduated from, in its museum opened an exhibition of his most famous movie »
This article contains a spoiler for the ending of Interstellar.
In case you missed it, the Oscars were this past weekend and Birdman was the big winner. The Academy’s choice to award Alejandro González Iñárritu's fever dream was a genuine shock, with Boyhood the running favourite for many months. Nonetheless, some things never change, and in that vein it's certainly a non-surprise the Academy also hardly noticed the most ambitious blockbuster of 2014: the Christopher Nolan space epic, Interstellar. Indeed, I use the phrase "non-surprise", because how could it be a winner when it was only nominated for the bare minimum of five Oscars in technical categories that are reserved as consolation prizes?
This is by all means par for the course with a film that has »
Oprah Winfrey hasn’t captured that elusive Oscar trophy—but Sunday’s awards show brought the former daytime queen closer than ever before. During Tegan and Sara and The Lonely Island’s “Everything is Awesome” performance, cowboy-hat wearing performers flooded into the audience, handing out bright yellow Oscar awards—made of Lego. Also Read: ‘Lego Movie’ Oscar-Nominated Song ‘Everything Is Awesome’ Performed by Lonely Island, Tegan and Sara Winfrey, who was previously nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 1980’s film, “The Color Purple,” was absolutely ecstatic to receive the make-believe award. See photos: Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals (Photos) Everyone go home, »
- Jordan Chariton
Oscar 2015 winners (photo: Chris Pratt during Oscar 2015 rehearsals) The complete list of Oscar 2015 winners and nominees can be found below. See also: Oscar 2015 presenters and performers. Now, a little Oscar 2015 trivia. If you know a bit about the history of the Academy Awards, you'll have noticed several little curiosities about this year's nominations. For instance, there are quite a few first-time nominees in the acting and directing categories. In fact, nine of the nominated actors and three of the nominated directors are Oscar newcomers. Here's the list in the acting categories: Eddie Redmayne. Michael Keaton. Steve Carell. Benedict Cumberbatch. Felicity Jones. Rosamund Pike. J.K. Simmons. Emma Stone. Patricia Arquette. The three directors are: Morten Tyldum. Richard Linklater. Wes Anderson. Oscar 2015 comebacks Oscar 2015 also marks the Academy Awards' "comeback" of several performers and directors last nominated years ago. Marion Cotillard and Reese Witherspoon won Best Actress Oscars for, respectively, Olivier Dahan »
- Steve Montgomery
The Entertainment Tonight vault is packed with more than 30 years of covering the Oscars red carpet. Some of the stars we might see there on Sunday's red carpet are no stranger to the big night.
The media mogul was first nominated in 1986 for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Color Purple. When Et caught up with Lady O, Stedman was her date and she was rocking shoulder pads made for the '80s, showing no signs of nerves.
"I am relaxed," the then 32-year-old said. "I'm here to have a good time, really. Where's the shrimp? I'm ready!"
The full line-up of this year’s BFI Flare (March 19-29) has been unveiled in London this evening.
It was revealed this evening that the festival will close with the European premiere of documentary Out To Win on March 29.
Malcolm Ingram’s film examines of the lives and careers of aspiring and professional gay and lesbian athletes from all over the world, featuring contributions from Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova, David Kopay and John Amaechi, among others.
The Accenture Gala will be the European Premiere »
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Complete list of winners and nominees of the 2014 Grammy Awards, held in Los Angeles at the Staples Center on Sunday February 8. Winners will be updated as they're announced during the telecast and pre-telecast. Record Of The Year “Fancy,” Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli Xcx “Chandelier,” Sia **Winner** “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift “All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor Album Of The Year **Winner** “Morning Phase,” Beck “Beyoncé,” Beyoncé “X,” Ed Sheeran “In The Lonely Hour,” Sam Smith “Girl,” Pharrell Williams Song Of The Year “All About That Bass,” Kevin Kadish & Meghan Trainor, songwriters (Meghan Trainor) “Chandelier,” Sia Furler & Jesse Shatkin, songwriters (Sia) “Shake It Off,” Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift) **Winner** “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith, songwriters (Sam Smith) “Take Me To Church,” Andrew Hozier-Byrne, songwriter (Hozier) Best New Artist Iggy Azalea Bastille Brandy Clark »
- Donna Dickens
Oscar® nominees Marion Cotillard, Benedict Cumberbatch, Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon will be presenters at this year’s Oscars®, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC. Cotillard is nominated for Actress in a Leading Role for “Two Days, One Night.” She previously won an Oscar in this category for the 2007 film “La Vie en Rose.” Cumberbatch is nominated for Actor in a Leading Role for “The Imitation Game.” Streep earned a record 19th acting nomination this year for her supporting role in “Into the Woods.” She previously took home Oscars for her lead performances in “Sophie’s Choice” (1982) and “The Iron Lady” (2011), and her supporting performance in “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979). Streep’s previous Best Actress nominations were for “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” (1981), “Silkwood” (1983), “Out of Africa” (1985), “Ironweed” (1987), “A Cry in the Dark »
- Josh Abraham
Many of the biggest names on this year's list of Oscar nominees will also be handing out awards to their peers. Benedict Cumberbatch, who's up for Best Actor for The Imitation Game, and Oprah Winfrey, who's nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Selma, were added to the list of presenters on Friday by the show's producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Best Actress nominees Marion Cotillard (for Two Days, One Night), and Reese Witherspoon (for Wild) were also tapped to presente this year. Oscar winner Meryl Streep, who was nominated for a record-breaking 19th time in her »
- Michael Miller, @write_miller
Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Khan Bonfils (1972-2015) - Actor. He played Saesee Tiin in Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace and also appears in Skyfall, Batman Begins, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. He died on January 7. (THR) Andrae Crouch (1942-2015) - Gospel Singer and Songwriter. He earned an Oscar nomination for cowriting the music for The Color Purple. He also worked on the soundtrack for The Lion...
- Christopher Campbell
You get a new drama project! And you get a new drama project! And you get a new drama project!
The project is “inspired by” Natalie Baszile’s novel Queen Sugar, which follows a woman who trades her posh Los Angeles existence for running her recently deceased father’s 800-acre sugar farm in rural Louisiana.
DuVernay will write, direct and executive-produce the drama, which will be her first television series. Winfrey will co-executive-produce and will appear »
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