20 items from 2016
1553 Lady Jane Grey takes the throne in England. Her reign is just nine days long and Helena Bonham Carter plays her in her feature film debut (filmed just before A Room With a View though it was released second)
1856 Nikola Tesla, famed inventor and futurist is born in the Austrian empire. He's later played by David Bowie in Christopher Nolan's The Prestige (2006) but isn't it strange that he has never received his own major biopic given his fame and eccentricity and pop culture relevances (bands named after him, characters based on him, etcetera)?
1871 Marcel Proust, French novelist is born.
1925 The "Monkey Trial" in which a man is accused of teaching evolution in science class, begins in Tennessee. It's later adapted into a famous play and the Stanley Kramer film »
- NATHANIEL R
Cohen Media Group is releasing a new 4K restoration of the Merchant Ivory classic “Howards End.” Set in Edwardian England, the film follows three social classes represented by three different families who are all vying for the ownership of a house, Howards End, essentially a metaphor for the future of England and its class relations. Based on the novel by E.M. Forester, “Howards End” starred Anthony Hopkins (“The Silence of the Lambs”), Vanessa Redgrave (“Julia”), Emma Thompson (“Sense and Sensibility”), Helena Bonham Carter (“Fight Club”), Samuel West (“Carrington”), and more. Watch a trailer for the restoration below.
Read More: Cohen Media Group Picks Up 30 Merchant Ivory Productions for Restoration and Re-issue
For decades, the name “Merchant Ivory” meant high-minded quality entertainment. Founded in 1961 by producer Ismael Merchant and director James Ivory, the production company initially focused on making “English-language films in India aimed at the international market,” often adapted from novels or short stories. »
- Vikram Murthi
On this day in movie related history...
1893 Mahatma Gandhi committed his first act of civil disobedience refusing to move from a whites only first class section of a train. He had a valid ticket, after all. He was forcibly ejected in South Africa's Pietermaritzburg Railway Station. This event and many others from his nonviolent revolution were reenacted by Ben Kingsley in Gandhi, Oscar's Best Picture of 1982. (You can cover a lot with a running time of 191 minutes.)
1928 Perpetually underappreciated and totally awesome director James Ivory is born. Later makes masterpieces like A Room With a View and Howards End. Where's his Honorary Oscar, AMPAS? He's 87 people get on that immediately.
- NATHANIEL R
After a five-year hiatus from the directing scene, it is as though filmmaker Luca Guadagnino is making up for lost time, now that he’s making serious headway on both A Bigger Splash – teeing up a reunion with Tilda Swinton in the process – and his remake of Suspiria.
But as The Film Stage reveals, another of Guadagnino’s creative ventures is inching closer to release, now that Call Me By Your Name has officially entered production. Starring Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg and Timothée Chalamet, the movie is pitched as an adaptation of André Aciman’s eponymous novel, and will be co-written by James Ivory (A Room With A View).
Rooted in an ’80s setting, Call Me By Your Name chronicles the blossoming romance between two young Italian men. There’s no mention of a release timeline in today’s report, but an official synopsis does outline the story at the heart of Guadagnino’s latest. »
- Michael Briers
On this day in history as it relates to the movies...
1828 Feral teenager Kaspar Hauser is discovered wandering Nuremberg, claiming to have been raised in total isolation. Theories abound and the story inspires many artists down the road including Werner Herzog in the film The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974).
1886 Al Jolson is born. Will later star in the first "talkie" The Jazz Singer (1927)
1894 Silent film star Norma Talmadge is born
1897 Bram Stoker's epistolary novel "Dracula" is published. Never stops being adapted for film and television but our hearts will always belong to Francis Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) despite the aggravating double possessive
1907 John Wayne was born. Did he always talk like that?
- NATHANIEL R
Cannes — Lesley Manville, who was BAFTA nominated for Mike Leigh’s “Another Year,” James Norton, who was BAFTA nominated for “Happy Valley,” Jason Watkins, who won a BAFTA for “The Lost Honor of Christopher Jefferies,” and Simon Callow, who picked up BAFTA nominations for “A Room with a View” and “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” have joined Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson in the cast of “Hampstead.”
Principal photography starts on May 22 in Hampstead, North London, and Central London. Inspired by true-life events the film will be directed by Joel Hopkins and produced by Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae from Ecosse Films, with a screenplay by writer Robert Festinger. Cornerstone Films is handling international sales including North America. Motion Picture Capital will fully finance the production.
The story takes place in Hampstead Village, London, which is well-known for its beautiful and the Heath, a piece of quiet countryside in the middle of the metropolis. »
- Leo Barraclough
Plus: Turner to launch Svod service FilmStruck; and more…
The comedy is described as City Slickers meets The Revenant, replete with a huge, marauding bear.
The Los Cabos Film Festival and Cannes Marché will present four Mexican films in post under the auspices of Los Cabos Goes To Cannes on May 15. The films are: Galopando Cine’s Carrion (Carroña) by Sebastián Hiriart; portmanteau The Bedroom (La Habitación) from Machete Films; EnAguas Cine’s The Darkest Days Of Us (Los Días Más Oscuros De Nosotras) by Astrid Rondero; and Spécola’s William, The New Judo Master (William, El Nuevo Maestro Del Judo) by Ricardo Silva.Starz Digital »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Yet another streaming service has been announced to join the market of Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and more. Get ready for FilmStruck! Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and the Criterion Collection have joined together to create Turner’s first domestic direct-to-consumer streaming product. With hopes of becoming a one-stop shop for arthouse, indie, foreign, and cult films old and new (including “Seven Samurai,” “A Hard Day’s Night,” “A Room With A View,” “Blood Simple,” “My Life As A Dog,” “Mad Max,” “Breaker Morant,” and “The Player”), FilmStruck is expected to launch later this year. Further, with Criterion Collection coming aboard, the service will be the noted distribution company’s exclusive streaming home, which includes the Criterion Channel, “a new premium service programmed and curated by the Criterion team,” according to a press release. “At Turner, we are dedicated to engaging fans wherever they are, and we’re investing aggressively in content, »
“The Virgin Mary. I spoke to her yesterday. She was outside the post office.”
The Lady In The Van, the British comedy-drama based on Alan Bennett’s memoir about an eccentric elderly woman who “temporarily” parks her van in Mr. Bennett’s driveway and proceeds to live there for 15 years, arrives on Blu-ray™, DVD & Digital HD April 19 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. This critically acclaimed Sony Pictures Classics film features the magnificent Maggie Smith (TV’s “Downton Abbey”), whose portrayal of Miss Mary Shepherd earned her a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture. Alex Jennings (Babel) heads the ensemble cast, along with James Corden (TV’s “The Late Late Show with James Corden”), Dominic Cooper (My Week with Marilyn), and Jim Broadbent (Brooklyn). The Lady In The Van was written by Oscar®-nominated playwright Alan Bennett (The Madness of King George) and directed by BAFTA and »
- Tom Stockman
Over three sprawling biographies, Callow has traced Welles’ rise, fall, and years in the Hollywood wilderness. “Orson Welles: One-Man Band,” Callow’s latest book, follows the multihyphenate from 1948 to 1965. It’s a period of self-exile, one that finds the “Citizen Kane” director scrambling to cobble together money in Europe for films such as “Macbeth” and “Othello” that are daring and intermittently brilliant, but often show signs of their troubled birth and shoe-string budgets. It also recounts the making of two of Welles’ signature films — the pulpy and galvanizing “Touch of Evil” and the revelatory “Chimes at Midnight,” perhaps the most kinetic Shakespeare cinematic adaptation of all time.
- Brent Lang
One of the bigger viral videos to come out of Feb. 28’s Oscar ceremony was a Vine viewed over 37 million times (see below) that captured the audience’s response — or lack thereof — when Mad Max: Fury Road costume designer Jenny Beavan walked down the aisle of the Dolby Theatre to accept her award from presenter Cate Blanchett. Beavan has been nominated a total of 10 times and now has two wins (her first was for A Room With a View), and walked up to the Oscar podium wearing a bedazzled motorcycle jacket, striped scarf, pants and boots. The
- Jenny Beavan, as told to Jane Carlson
Picking up where we left off after the headliner categories. But click not away. The below the line crafts and specialty categories are just as important and trivia-interesting. I promise.
For The Eyes
Makeup and Hairstyling: Mad Max: Fury Road
Jenny Beavan previously won the costume category for another perfect film A Room With a View. Not since arguably Dianne Wiest has a two time winner won for such polar opposite achievements. Yes both of Wiest's Oscars are from Woody Allen pictures but those star turns couldn't be more different stylistically / emotionally / pscyhologically. Mad Max Fury Road is also the first sci-fi winner Ever in this category... unless you count Star Wars (1977) though some people prefer lumping Star Wars into the fantasy genre rather than sci-fi... and there have been multiple fantasy winners.
- NATHANIEL R
Best Costume Design Oscar winner Jenny Beavan championed for environmental water issues during her acceptance speech. After saying her thank yous, the Mad Max: Fury Road creative concluded her time on stage with a provoking thought for the audience and viewers to think about. "I just want to say one quite serious thing, I've been thinking about this a lot, but actually it could be horribly prophetic, Mad Max, if we're not kinder to each other, and if we don't stop polluting our atmosphere, so you know, it could happen," Beavan said. • Check out People's full Academy Awards 2016 coverage and complete winners list! »
- Karen Mizoguchi
George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” came into the Oscars a favorite to dominate in the categories of best costume design, production design and makeup/hairstyling, particularly after scooping the trio at the British Academy awards two weeks ago. The dystopian epic made good on the promise by nabbing all three in a row Sunday. The film’s Margaret Sixel also won for best film editing.
“What another lovely day,” costume designer Jenny Beavan said, intoning one of the film’s quotable lines. She took a moment toward the end of her speech to speak to the socio-political undertones of the film. “It could be horribly pathetic [like the world of ‘Mad Max’] if we’re not kinder to each other and we don’t stop polluting our atmosphere.”
“Fury Road” was an intriguing departure for Beavan, who previously won for 1986’s “A Room with a View” and has made her name on similar costume dramas, »
- Kristopher Tapley
As predicted, "Mad Max: Fury Road" won Best Costume Design at the Oscars on Sunday. This film was Gold Derby's frontrunner with odds of 8/11 to prevail. This is the second Oscar for costumer Jenny Beavan, who previously won for "A Room with a View" (1985). -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions Our official odds are derived from the predictions of 28 Expert film journalists along with our seven in-house Editors who cover awards year-round, the Top 24 Users who got the top scores predicting last year's Oscars, the All-Star Users who did the best for the past two years combined and the thousands of entrants in our prediction contest who make up the largest (and often savviest) bloc of predictors. Thirteen of our 28 experts thought "Mad Max" would prevail: Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Pete Hammond (Deadline Holl »
"Mad Max: Fury Road" is the frontrunner with odds of 6/5 to win Best Costume Design at the Oscars on Sunday. This would be the second Oscar for costumer Jenny Beavan, who previously won for "A Room with a View" (1985). -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions Our official odds are derived from the predictions of 27 Expert film journalists along with our seven in-house Editors who cover awards year-round, the Top 24 Users who got the top scores predicting last year's Oscars, the All-Star Users who did the best for the past two years combined and the thousands of entrants in our prediction contest who make up the largest (and often savviest) bloc of predictors. Only 11 of our 27 experts think "Mad Max" will prevail in this close race: Pete Hammond (Deadline Hollywood), Dave Karger (Fandango), Scott Mantz (Acce...' »
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It's a familiar and tested recipe to throw a beautiful period frock on an actress worth their weight in Oscars, and set her literary romantic troubles against a luscious location. Actressexuals and their mums will be clutching their pearls in the cinema on the first night it opens, and rewatching on DVD instead of reading the book for years to come. But let this not detract from The Painted Veil, the underrated and oscarless (not even nominations!) gem from 2006.
That divine poster image of Edward Norton and Naomi Watts drifting along the river is plucked from the films most beautiful scene. The scenes beauty is due in no small part to Alexander Desplat's score that rides the romance of the film perfectly. His 'River Waltz' which accompanies the scene echoes the films romantic arc, its gentle chords and progressive »
- Josh Forward
Hey, Emma Donoghue: Did you know you could make Oscar history by being the first woman to win Best Adapted Screenplay for adapting your own source material? Donoghue wrote the original "Room" novel that was the basis for the film that earned four Oscar nominations: Best Picture, Best Director for Lenny Abrahamson, Best Actress for Brie Larson and Best Adapted Screenplay. Of the three female solo writers that previously won this race at the Oscars (yes, sadly, there are only three), they all were rewarded for adapting somebody else's work. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions Emma Thompson prevailed in 1995 for adapting Jane Austen's novel "Sense and Sensibility," Ruth Prawer Jhabvala took home two Oscars for adapting E.M. Forster novels "Howards End" (1992) and "A Room With a View" (1986), and Frances Marion scored big at the thi »
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Shownotes Topics Criterion Close-Up joining the network The 2016 Wacky New Year’s Drawing The March 2016 Line-up Chimes at Midnight from Janus Films Recent Hulu, iTunes, Amazon and Fandor additions Tampopo New Phantom Pages (Klimov, Bondarchuk, Lerner, Dovzhenko) Blu-ray only releases upcoming in 2016: Hidden Fortress, City Lights, Tokyo Story. Haskell Wexler and Vilmos Zsigmond pass away. Episode Links Criterion Close-Up Joins Our Podcast Network! Criterion Close-Up – Episode 22 – A Room with a View Wacky New Years Drawing Hints At The Criterion Collection’s 2016 Line-Up Happy New Year! The March 2016 Criterion Collection line-up On… Paris Belongs to Us »
- Ryan Gallagher
Mark and Aaron start the New Year as members of CriterionCast, and jump into the world of Merchant Ivory’s A Room with a View. With such a lavish, large production with quite an ensemble of characters, there is a lot to say. We discuss the social constraints placed upon the characters, and how some groups have opposing world views that resemble traditional versus modernity, while also touching on the nature of wealth, class, and even gender. We also enjoy discussing how the film surprisingly works as a dry comedy, and we are pleased to have Merchant & Ivory back in print in the Criterion Collection.
About the film:
Merchant Ivory Productions, led by director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant, became a household name with A Room with a View, the first of their extraordinary adaptations of E. M. Forster novels. A cherubic nineteen-year-old Helena Bonham Carter plays Lucy Honeychurch, »
- Aaron West
20 items from 2016
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