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Why Mel Gibson Could Find Redemption with ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

3 November 2016 10:34 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

As Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” opens around the country, a movie that is playing well for critics and audiences is tainted by a gifted filmmaker with a sticky scandal.

The deja vu is fresh, after “The Birth of a Nation” director-star Nate Parker tried to promote his movie while being shadowed by his 1999 rape trial, and the surprise news that the accuser committed suicide in 2012. After a rapturous response at Sundance and at the Toronto International Film Festival, the movie made a lackluster opening in October. His Oscar hopes? Over.

See More‘The Birth of a Nation’ Premieres in Toronto, and Audiences Give Nate Parker a Second Chance

However, that’s not Gibson. Nor is he a celebrity bad boy whom people secretly admire for rascally behavior (pot-smoker Robert Mitchum), or an addict who gains warm support when he goes straight (Robert Downey, Jr.), or an Oscar-winning director (Elia Kazan »

- Anne Thompson

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Why Mel Gibson Could Find Redemption with ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

3 November 2016 10:34 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” opens around the country, a movie that is playing well for critics and audiences is tainted by a gifted filmmaker with a sticky scandal.

The deja vu is fresh, after “The Birth of a Nation” director-star Nate Parker tried to promote his movie while being shadowed by his 1999 rape trial, and the surprise news that the accuser committed suicide in 2012. After a rapturous response at Sundance and at the Toronto International Film Festival, the movie made a lackluster opening in October. His Oscar hopes? Over.

See More‘The Birth of a Nation’ Premieres in Toronto, and Audiences Give Nate Parker a Second Chance

However, that’s not Gibson. Nor is he a celebrity bad boy whom people secretly admire for rascally behavior (pot-smoker Robert Mitchum), or an addict who gains warm support when he goes straight (Robert Downey, Jr.), or an Oscar-winning director (Elia Kazan »

- Anne Thompson

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How Mel Gibson’s Cinematographer Captured the Horror of ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

2 November 2016 1:32 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Like all films that Mel Gibson has directed, “Hacksaw Ridge” contains amazing heroics and spiritual transcendence. And, like other Gibson films, it’s violent.The person responsible for capturing that mayhem was Australian cinematographer Simon Duggan (“The Great Gatsby,” “I, Robot”).

With Sydney, Australia doubling for West Virginia as well as Okinawa, he used the Alexa with Panavision Primo Anamorphic Prime lenses, and the Red for hand-held shots.

“Everything was quite contained, including the battlefield, and we tried to simplify down how much we saw and really focused on the performances and stayed really tight to the storytelling,” Duggan said.

To help create that intensity, the second unit placed Black Magic pocket cameras among stunt guys when running through bombs, which allowed for the creation of dramatic cutaways.

While action was a key storytelling element, “Hacksaw Ridge” hinges on pacifism — and Gibson calls it a love story. It’s based »

- Bill Desowitz

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Directors' Trademarks: Clint Eastwood

28 September 2016 4:07 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Directors’ trademarks is a series of articles that examines the “signatures” that filmmakers leave behind in their work. This month, we’re examining the trademark style and calling signs of Clint Eastwood as director.

Clint Eastwood became an american film star in the 1960’s thanks to his acting performances in a number of western films. As he began to branch out with new roles in front of the camera, he sought out to have more creative input into the types of film projects that he would be involved in. One way he was able to accomplish this was by creating his own production company which eventually allowed him to work behind the camera as director. His first film as director was 1971’s Play Misty For Me, which was well received by critics and did well at the box office. HIs second film as director was High Plains Drifter (1973), in which he also starred. »

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

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Newswire: R.I.P. John Hostetter, Murphy Brown actor and voiceover performer

8 September 2016 2:35 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

As reported by Deadline, character actor John Hostetter—who had a recurring role on Murphy Brown and did voiceover work for a handful of anime films—died last week from “cancer complications.” He was 69.

Born in Brooklyn but raised in Maryland, Hostetter was a stage actor before making the transition to film and TV. His first movie role came in the 1979 Arthur Hiller comedy The In-Laws, and from there he moved onto a whole bunch of minor roles in big shows like CHiPs, T.J. Hooker, Knight Rider, Remington Steele, Family Ties, and Moonlighting, as well as the occasional movie role in stuff like Into The Night, Heartbreak Ridge, and the Bill Cosby vehicle Leonard Part 6. However, his most recognizable role came in 1988 when he joined the cast of CBS’s Murphy Brown. The show went on to become a big hit for the network, and ...

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- Sam Barsanti

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Films of 1986; Aliens Hits The 30 Year Mark

27 July 2016 8:43 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“Game over, man, game over!” It’s rare for a sequel to live up to the original film, but James Cameron managed to fulfill expectations with Aliens (July 18, 1986). This summer marks the 30th Anniversary of the action-packed sci-fi classic, so “stop your grinnin’ and drop your linen.”

Tune-in Saturday, July 23, to an exclusive Aliens YouTube live stream Q&A with the filmmakers and cast from San Diego Comic-Con! Submit your questions in the comments below for a chance to get them answered. #Aliens30th

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Aliens (1986), San Diego Comic-Con will host an Aliens reunion on Saturday, July 23. Attendees include director James Cameron, producer Gale Anne Hurd, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser, Michael Biehn, and Carrie Henn.

Subscribe to Fox Movies and follow on https://www.facebook.com/AlienAnthology so you don’t miss this exclusive live event.

The terror continues in James Cameron »

- Movie Geeks

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Jaws The Revenge: How the sequel went so horribly wrong

21 July 2016 9:55 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jul 25, 2016

It's famously one of the worst sequels ever, but why did Jaws The Revenge go so wrong? Ryan looks at its disastrous nine-month production...

It's an oft-repeated adage that nobody sets out to make a bad movie, but Jaws The Revenge is so legendarily, comically bad that it almost looks like an inside job. The fishy sequel, released in 1987 to scathing reviews, famously stars a rubbery shark that growls when its head rears out of the water, Michael Caine spouting bizarre dialogue and some of the most glaring continuity errors this side of an Ed Wood movie.

What separates Jaws The Revenge from the usual bad-movie crowd is its otherwise decent pedigree. It was the product of a major Hollywood studio. The budget was generous. The director, Joseph Sargent, was far from a hack - a veteran of TV and film, he'd previously made the classic thriller »

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