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In August 1983, Ronald Reagan was president, “Every Breath You Take” by The Police was in the middle of an eight-week run as the #1 single, Ivanka Trump wasn’t quite two years old, and few people were aware of the Church of Scientology. And “Risky Business,” the first movie to star Tom Cruise, became a surprise hit.
34 years later, Cruise is at a different kind of crossroads at the box office. He’s been charged with rebooting Universal’s Mummy franchise, which will launch the studio’s “Dark Universe” story world. And while “The Mummy” has already opened strongly in its first date (South Korea), projections here are considerably less kind. Reviews have ranged from disappointing to incendiary, and “Wonder Woman” is expected to soundly beat the film in its opening weekend.
While “The Mummy” won’t be a career highlight, »
- Tom Brueggemann
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. Michael Ballhaus (1935-2017) - Cinematographer. He received Oscar nominations for his work on Broadcast News, The Fabulous Baker Boys and Gangs of New York. In addition to the last of those, he shot many other Martin Scorsese's movies, including Goodfellas, The Age of Innocence, After Hours, The Last Temptation of Christ, The Departed and The Color of Money. For Mike Nichols, he shot Working Girl, Postcards From the Edge, Primary...
- Christopher Campbell
After a detour into spy territory with “Cars 2,” Pixar gets back on track with another animated mid-life crisis movie. “Cars 3” finds champion Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) struggling past his prime and channeling the late Paul Newman’s sagacious Doc Hudson from “Cars” for a comeback.
The filmmakers were able to use outtakes from John Lasseter’s “Cars” recording sessions with the late Newman for the sequel’s flashbacks. Fortunately, the director left the mic on the legendary actor and celebrated race car driver, who had a lot more to say than his lines. Newman would regale them with anecdotes, play practical jokes, and often utter, “That’s not racing!” They added some of his ad libs in “Cars 3.”
- Bill Desowitz
A new video looks beyond Fincher at the Evil Men Do
Sin, as defined by most major religions and moral institutions, is as old as man. It is inherent to our nature, because ultimately sin is self-serving, and at the end of the day we are all self-serving creatures. Wrath, pride, sloth, lust, envy, gluttony, greed — as opposed to the Ten Commandments of Christianity which include distinct acts like adultery and murder, the seven deadly sins are things of which most all of us are guilty of multiple times over. We’ve all committed them, even on a minor scale. Ever think someone has a nicer car than you? Envy. Ever gotten a touch of road rage? Wrath. Ever hit the snooze button more than once? Sloth.
These are petty examples to be sure, but they illustrate how commonplace the seven deadly sins are in our daily lives, and thus they prove why the seven deadly sins »
- H. Perry Horton
Michael Ballhaus, Berlin 2016. Image The Hollywood News/ Heathside Media
Legendary cinematographer and frequent Martin Scorsese collaborator Michael Ballhaus has passed away at the age of 81. Ballhaus passed away at his Berlin home on Wednesday (12th April) following a short illness.
Ballhaus had over 100 credits to his name including 16 productions with Rainer Werner Fassbinder and the films After Hours, The Color of Money, The Last Temptation of Christ, Goodfellas, The Age of Innocence, Gangs of New York and The Departed, all with Martin Scorsese.
He is survived by his two children, Sebastian and Florian Ballhaus. May he rest in peace.
The post Legendary cinematographer Michael Ballhaus passes away at 81 appeared first on The Hollywood News. »
- Paul Heath
He shot Quiz Show for Robert Redford, Bram Stoker’s Dracula for Francis Ford Coppola, Sleepers for Barry Levinson, Working Girl and Postcards From The Edge by Mike Nichols, Under The Cherry Moon for Prince, among many others.
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German cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, who shot Martin Scorsese’s best picture winner “The Departed” and helped numerous Scorsese films achieve their singular visuals, has died at his Berlin apartment after a short illness. He was 81.
Ballhaus was nominated three times for the Academy Award for cinematography — in 1987 for “Broadcast News,” in 1989 for “The Fabulous Baker Boys” and in 2002 for Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York.” His publicist and the American Society of Cinematographers confirmed his death.
His other credits included five other films for Scorsese — “After Hours,” “The Color of Money,” “The Last Temptation of Christ,” “The Age of Innocence,” and “Goodfellas,” — along with Francis Ford Coppola’s “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” ”Working Girl,” “Postcards from the Edge,” “Primary Colors,” “What about Bob?” and “Quiz Show.”
Scorsese released a statement reading, “For over 20 years, Michael Ballhaus and I had a real creative partnership, and a very close and enduring friendship. »
- Dave McNary
I was standing outside the hotel room of a movie icon, unsure quite what I would find on the find on the other side of the door. It was the final day of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, and after a week of frantic coordinating with various schedulers, I’d finally managed to land an interview with Jean-Pierre Léaud. He had just played the lead role in “The Death of Louis Xiv,” and still endured the impact of enacting his death for the cameras.
Léaud became one of international cinema’s most famous faces at 14, when he starred in Francois Truffaut’s seminal French New Wave debut “The 400 Blows.” As the adolescent Antoine Doinel, who spends much of the movie acting out at school and at home while witnessing the dissolution of his parents’ marriage, Léaud quickly became the defining face of angst-riddled youth. The movie’s memorable closing freeze-frame »
- Eric Kohn
With The Punisher nearing the end of production, some new set photos from the Marvel and Netflix show have arrived online, which reveal that Academy Award-nominated actress Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (The Color of Money) has joined the cast; take a look here…
— Marvel Netflix Th (@NetflixMarvelTH) March 12, 2017
Although there’s no word on Mastrantonio’s role, McU Exchange is suggesting that she could be portraying Kathryn O’Brien, a character who appears in the Punisher Max series and is the ex-wife of Bill Rawlins, played by Paul Schulze (who also appears in the set photos). Another possibility is that of mob boss Ma Gnucci, although it »
- Gary Collinson
Silent, talking, or making — they all say something.
Talk to most people about director cameos and nearly everyone brings up Alfred Hitchcock, who slipped himself briefly into every film he made. Or maybe they’ll mention M. Night Shyamalan, who gives himself a scene with dialogue in most of his movies. While the former is done quickly and largely tongue-in-cheek, the latter is longer and more serious, more reflective of the actual filmmaker.
Standing between these extremes is Martin Scorsese, who has also popped up in a good chunk of his own films, and in both ways described above. In films like Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, New York Stories, The Color of Money, or even Michael Jackson’s Bad video, the director is a blink-and-you-miss-him element, background art, furniture; while in movies like Boxcar Bertha, Taxi Driver, or Hugo he gives himself more of a presence, even some dialogue on occasion. And »
- H. Perry Horton
Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
A number of Oshima and Godard films play together in a new series.
Films from Keaton and Bergman have screenings.
Museum of the Moving Image
The Scorsese series continues with a The Color of Money–The Hustler »
- Nick Newman
Cleveland Cavaliers superstar Kyrie Irving is hoping for a big screen slam dunk.
Sources tell Variety that Temple Hill Entertainment has acquired the feature film rights to Irving’s “Uncle Drew” Pepsi commercials. “Skiptrace” scribe Jay Longino is set to write the script and Irving is attached to reprise the role of Drew.
Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, and John Fischer will produce the film, described as a love letter to basketball. The original Pepsi Max advertisements showed Irving, in full make-up, playing a 70-plus-year-old man, Drew, who would show up to pick-up basketball games and school kids half his age, while also reminiscing about how the game used to be played.
Fischer was a big fan of the online shorts and showed them to Bowen thinking they could possibly turn it into a movie. But it was Longino’s pitch that really got them excited about pursuing »
- Justin Kroll
Author: Dave Roper
The prospective candidates for admission to MiB were hand-picked because they were the best of the best of the best. That’s a lot of superlatives. Eric Roberts and Chris Penn were two of the more unlikely members of a Tae Kwon Do team that took on Korea in The Best of the Best and across pretty much every athletic and artistic theatre of endeavour you can think of, debate rages as to who is the best of the best. Today we look at the greatest movie actors.
This new series of articles is not intended to lay such arguments to rest. Instead it will hopefully prompt some discussion and (polite) debate as we consider, within certain film-making disciplines, who might be considered to be the best and what is their best work. Highly subjective, of course, but that is whence springs healthy debate. We’ll get to actresses, »
- Dave Roper
Movie sequels are big business for Hollywood. Many fans are getting burnt-out on sequels, especially since so many of them are unnecessary. Still, let’s not forget that when they’re done right, sequels can be great. Here are a dozen of the greatest sequels ever made.
12. Star Trek 2: The Wrath Of Khan (1982): Still the best of all the Star Trek films, this excellent sequel corrected everything that went wrong with its disappointing predecessor, Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The action, the humor and the character interactions were all excellent. The comparisons to Moby Dick gave it a literary flavor, and Ricardo Montalban was fantastic as the villain, Khan Noonien Singh. The death of Spock was a surprise to long-time fans, even if it didn’t last. This film made the Trek film franchise fun and set the standard for the future films.
11. The Color Of Money »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Top 10 performances directed by Martin ScorseseTop 10 performances directed by Martin ScorseseShane McNeil1/4/2017 11:30:00 Am
Based on the Japanese novel by Shûsaku Endô, Silence tells the story of two Jesuit priests who face torture and persecution after traveling to Japan to find their mentor and spread the word of Catholicism. It's bound to be a heavy handed film, and with Scorsese directing, we wouldn't be wrong to expect another masterpiece from the legendary filmmaker.
Here he directs stars Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Liam Neeson, the three of which look to be Oscar contenders for their performances. While none of them have been nominated by the Golden Globes or the Screen Actors Guild, there's a good chance the very late in the year release of Silence (it plays just in time in New York and Los »
- Shane McNeil
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