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Gabe Pressman, TV Reporter Who Covered New York for 60 Years, Dies at 93

23 June 2017 8:09 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Gabe Pressman, a New York TV news icon whose career spanned the evolution of the medium, died Friday in the city he covered for more than 60 years. He was 93.

Pressman spent nearly half a century at NBC’s flagship New York station, Wnbc-tv. He began his TV career anchoring a five-minute daily news report for what was then Wrca-tv in 1956. He continue to cover events for Wnbc until his final months. His last on-air report for the station was coverage of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, but he remained a presence in the newsroom and posted reports »

- Variety Staff

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Trailer Watch: Holly Hunter Deals with Trauma and Betrayal in “Strange Weather”

6 June 2017 11:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Strange Weather

A woman searches for answers after her son’s death in a newly released trailer for Katherine Dieckmann’s “Strange Weather.” Darcy’s (Holly Hunter) son killed himself seven years ago, but she can’t move on — especially because she suspects her late son’s friend, Mark, stole his business plan. She embarks on a road trip through the deep South to confront Mark, who now runs a lucrative chain of restaurants.

“I’m here for moral support,” says Darcy’s best friend Byrd (Carrie Coon, “The Leftovers”). She adds, “I am not accompanying you on some mission of violence.” Byrd’s fears aren’t unfounded — Darcy has brought along a gun.

Darcy is convinced that Mark is a villain and her son is a victim, but Byrd seems to think she’s oversimplifying the situation and jumping to conclusions. “It’s like the way you see the world is the only way to see it. That’s just the story you’ve been telling yourself — that doesn’t mean it’s how it actually was,” Byrd says.

“I wanted to explore the complicated path of an unconventional female protagonist in a way that felt real to me in terms of the women I actually know in my life — women I rarely if ever get to see represented on the big screen,” Dieckmann told us. “They have reached a certain age but remain unresolved, alive, contradictory, compelling, and not prone to stereotyping.”

She continued, “‘Strange Weather’ deals with female friendship, learning to see outside the sphere of your own personal pain, and finding ways to overcome that pain in the process. These are all ideas that I was interested in exploring in a feature, and this story allowed me the context to dive into all of them.”

Dieckmann’s credits include “Motherhood,” “Diggers,” and “A Good Baby.”

Hunter won an Oscar in 1994 for “The Piano.” She also earned nods for “Thirteen,” “The Firm,” and “Broadcast News.” You can catch her next in Sundance hit “The Big Sick,” co-written by Emily V. Gordon. The critically acclaimed romantic comedy hits theaters June 23.

Strange Weather” hits theaters and VOD July 28.

Trailer Watch: Holly Hunter Deals with Trauma and Betrayal in “Strange Weather” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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Spend Wisely or Pay For It: How to Choose the Right Streaming Platform in 4 Easy Steps

6 June 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Subscription video services like Netflix and HBO Go are quickly becoming the dominant way that people consume movies and TV shows. The good news is that there’s plenty of quality to be found in these places. Whether you’re addicted to “Veep” or keen on watching the latest genre excursion from Bong Joon Ho, you’re best bet is a home subscription.

But even as these platforms provide audiences with a wider array of options, many people are struggling to get the most out this abundance of choice. Here are some tips for spending wisely and getting the home entertainment setup that suits your needs.

Don’t Try To Replace What You Had

One of the disadvantages of cable was that you ended paying for junk you didn’t want. The most classic example was $5 of a basic cable bill going for Espn and its expensive live sports broadcast »

- Chris O'Falt

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Africa in Cannes

6 June 2017 6:14 AM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »


Films Without Borders is a non-profit which works with African youth from troubled backgrounds to make short films. Supported by Swarovski, in partnership with Nairobi City County Government, Fwb is building a hub in Nairobi within walking distance from the Kibera slums offering free filmmaking and post-production workshops and other film-related activities.

At the Shorts Film Corner, Kenyan Russel Bonguen and his short crime thriller,“Who Murdered Judge Dunia Kafir?” are making the rounds with his feature script. Russel is a graduate of Conservatoire Europeen decriture audiovisuelle, the best screenwriting school in Paris, but has returned to his home in Nairobi where he now lives. He has written “News Diva” a feature script with the potential of becoming a series or franchise. Imagine “Broadcast News” as “Chinatown” wherein the station’s lead anchor and Woman of the Year partners in crime with an ex-cia agent to smuggle blood diamonds from the Congo to Nairobi. »

- Sydney Levine

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Remembering Jonathan Demme, Charlie Murphy, Michael Ballhaus and More Reel-Important People We Lost in April

1 May 2017 9:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

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 NewsThe Fabulous Baker Boys and Gangs of New York. In addition to the last of those, he shot many other Martin Scorsese's movies, including GoodfellasThe Age of Innocence, After Hours, The Last Temptation of ChristThe Departed and The Color of Money. For Mike Nichols, he shot Working Girl, Postcards From the Edge, Primary...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Michael Ballhaus (1935-2017)

13 April 2017 3:24 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

by Nathaniel R

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of German cinematographer Michael Ballhaus. The 81 year old artist was a crucial figure in making me the movie maniac that I am today. Michelle Pfeiffer on the piano top in The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) -- hell the entire movie -- being a defining image in my life, after which I went from enthusiastic regular moviegoer to celluloid-devouring obsessive.

Ballhaus had retired after Martin Scorsese's The Departed (2006) making only one German movie in the last decade of his life and we had hoped each year that he'd be announced as an Honorary Oscar recipient. His three scant nominations -- The Fabulous Baker Boys, Broadcast News, and Gangs of New York -- do no justice to his long and gorgeous career. That's because they don't feel representative of his career as a whole and because, »


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Here’s Why Cinematographer Michael Ballhaus Was Brilliant: 13 Images That Capture His Style

13 April 2017 12:25 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The late cinematographer Michael Ballhaus didn’t grow up watching movies. His parents were stage actors, and he first fell in love with the art of performance. And as a cinematographer, one of his many gifts was the way he captures actors’ faces and how his camera found its rhythm with their movements and emotions.

Read More: Martin Scorsese Remembers His Cinematographer Michael Ballhaus: ‘He Changed My Way Of Thinking’

He fell in love with movies at age 20 when he visited the set of Max Ophuls’ “Lola Montes.” Ballhaus spent 10 days on the circus set and became entranced by the period style and the master director’s virtuoso swirling camera movement. Not until Ballhaus’ later Hollywood work, on films like “The Age of Innocence” or “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” did he get the chance to work on lavish sets and play with all the toys of prestige filmmaking. Yet »

- Chris O'Falt

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Michael Ballhaus dies at 81 by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-04-13 09:14:47

13 April 2017 1:14 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Michael Ballhaus shot several of Scorsese's films, including Goodfellas. Cinematographer Michael Ballhaus has died, aged 81. Nominated three times for an Oscar - for Broadcast News, The Fabulous Baker Boys and Gangs Of New York - the Berlin-born filmmaker passed away after a short illness.

In a career that spanned more than five decades, he worked with directors including Rainer Werner Fassbinder (The Marriage Of Maria Braun, Fox And His Friends and others), Francis Ford Coppola (Bram Stoker's Dracula) and Martin Scorsese (including Oscar-winner The Departed and Goodfellas).

Scorsese led the tributes last night. In a statement he said: "By the time we met, he had already made film history with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and I revered him. He was a lovely human being, and he always had a warm smile for even the toughest situations — anyone who knew him will remember his smile. We started working together in the '80s, »

- Amber Wilkinson

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Legendary cinematographer Michael Ballhaus passes away at 81

12 April 2017 10:15 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

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 was nominated for an Oscar three times, for Broadcast News, The Fabulous Baker Boys in 1989 and Gangs of New York.

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

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Martin Scorsese Remembers Cinematographer Michael Ballhaus: "For Him, Nothing Was Impossible"

12 April 2017 4:29 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, who died Tuesday at the age of 81, "changed my way of thinking about what it is to make a film. He was a great artist," Martin Scorsese said of the man with whom he shared a two-decade "creative partnership, and a very close and enduring friendship."

Ballhaus' applauded work appeared in such Scorsese classics as Goodfellas, The Age of Innocence and Gangs of New York. The cinematographer earned Oscar nominations for Gangs, as well as, earlier in his career, The Fabulous Baker Boys and Broadcast News.

Scorsese, in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, said of Ballhaus: "By the time we met, he had already made film history with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and I revered »

- Carolyn Giardina

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Michael Ballhaus, 'Goodfellas' cinematographer, dies aged 81

12 April 2017 4:02 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

German enjoyed extensive collaborations with Martin Scorsese, Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

Michael Ballhaus, the German cinematographer and frequent collaborator of Martin Scorsese and Rainer Werner Fassbinder, died on Tuesday in Berlin following a short illness. He was 81.

Ballhaus earned three Oscar nominations for his work on Scorsese’s Gangs Of New York, Steve Kloves’s The Fabulous Baker Boys, and James L. Brooks’s Broadcast News.

He was born in Germany on August 5, 1935, and built up an extensive roster of credits for Rainer Werner Fassbinder such as Whity in 1971, The Marriage Of Maria Braun and Satan’s Brew.

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.

Besides Goodfellas, Ballhaus’s Scorsese credits include Gangs Of New York, The Departed, The Age Of Innocence, The Color Of Money, and After »

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Rip Michael Ballhaus: Here’s His Legendary ‘Goodfellas’ Tracking Shot and the Homages It Inspired (Videos)

12 April 2017 1:54 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

German cinematographer Michael Ballhaus — who passed away at 81 on Wednesday — was nominated for three Academy Awards for “Broadcast News,” “The Fabulous Baker Boys” and “Gangs of New York.” He never won, but the shot that defined his career wasn’t even in those three films: he’ll forever be best remembered for his legendary tracking shot in Martin Scorsese’s 1990 mob classic, “Goodfellas.” Known as the “Copa Shot,” the take is one of the few shots in the history of cinema readily identifiable by name. The three-minute scene boasts no memorable dialogue in one of the most quotable films of all time. »

- Nigel M. Smith

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Michael Ballhaus, ‘Goodfellas’ Cinematographer, Dies at 81

12 April 2017 12:08 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Michael Ballhaus, Oscar-nominated cinematographer, died Wednesday at age 81, TheWrap has learned. Ballhaus was most well-known for his longtime partnership with famed director Martin Scorsese, working as director of photography on some of his most famous works like “The Last Temptation of Christ,” “The Departed,” and “Goodfellas,” the last for which he received critical acclaim for a three-minute tracking shot in which Ray Liotta’s character, Henry, enters the Copacabana nightclub and meets his fellow mobsters. You can watch that famous tracking shot in the clip above. Ballhaus received three Academy Award nominations over the course of his career: “Broadcast News” in. »

- Jeremy Fuster

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Michael Ballhaus, ‘The Departed’ and ‘Goodfellas’ Cinematographer, Dies at 81

12 April 2017 11:27 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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Michael Ballhaus, Who Lensed ‘Goodfellas’ and ‘The Departed,’ Dies at 81

12 April 2017 10:38 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Michael Ballhaus, the revered cinematographer who brought his distinct visual sense to the works of Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Rainer Werner Fassbinder, has died at 81. The German director of photography earned three Academy Award nominations throughout his career, which spanned more than half a century. Last year he was recognized with a Golden Bear for lifetime achievement at the Berlin Film Festival.

Among his best-known films were Fassbinder’s “The Marriage of Maria Braun,” James L. Brooks’ “Broadcast News” (which earned him his first Oscar nod) and “The Departed,” one of several collaborations with Scorsese — Ballhaus also lensed “After Hours,” “The Last Temptations of Christ,” “Goodfellas” and “The Age of Innocence.” He began his career in Germany, first coming to attention for the many films he made with Fassbinder, before making his way to Hollywood.

Once there, he also worked with Mike Nichols (“Working Girl,” “Postcards From the Edge”), Robert Redford (“Quiz Show”) and Barry Levinson (“Sleepers”), among many others. Ballhaus was born in Berlin on August 5, 1935. His cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

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- Michael Nordine

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A Tcmff 2017 Preamble

6 April 2017 9:08 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

“It’s the most wonderful time/Of the year…” – Andy Williams

Well, yes and no. There is, after all, still about a week and a half to go before we can put the long national, annual nightmare of the tax season behind us. But it’s also film festival season, which for me specifically means the onset of the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival, the eighth iteration of what has become a perennial moviegoing event. More and more people flock to Hollywood Boulevard each year from all reaches of the country, and from other countries, to revel in the history of Hollywood and international filmmaking, celebrate their favorite stars (including, this year, beloved TCM host Robert Osborne, who died earlier this year and whose presence has been missed at the festival for the past two sessions) and enjoy a long-weekend-sized bout of nostalgia for the movie culture being referred to when »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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Beauty vs Beast: My Fiancée's Best Friend

27 March 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Jason from Mnpp here for another round of "Beauty vs Beast." I was doing my umpteenth (literally, my umpteenth) post on Muriel's Wedding over at my own site this past week when I realized that I really do not give enough attention and affection to director Pj Hogan's masterful follow-up film, 1997's deliciously cold-blooded Julia Roberts rom-com My Best Friend's Wedding. Which turns 20 in June! That's nuts!

On the page the character that Julia plays is a selfish and manipulative monster, but Roberts pushes the star wattage to full-tilt (has her hair ever been bigger and bouncier?) and charms us even as she's being despicable. (God do I understand and empathize with Jules, much to my horror.) Meanwhile Cameron Diaz, one year before There's Something About Mary, gave her own off-the-charts effervescence to the woman we were supposed to, but it was impossible to, hate. Take your corners...

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- JA

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Beauty vs Beast: Make News Not War

20 March 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Jason from Mnpp here - I didn't take my lead on this week's edition of "Beauty vs Beast" from Nathaniel's "On This Day" post earlier but it's not a surprise that we'd both want to mark the 67th birthday of William Hurt with an acknowledgment of Broadcast News, because I think any sane person will snatch the chance to talk about Broadcast News when it's offered. I did actually contemplate a couple other of Hurt's performances for a minute - maybe Body Heat or The Accidental Tourist? But he's made a career of making the women across from him shine and I knew Kathleen Turner & Geena Davis would dominate those conversations...

... as would Holly Hunter, which is also why we're keeping her out of this even though it's Holly's birthday today too. Sorry, Holly! You'd win way too hard.

But does Hurt stand a chance against Albert Brooks' sweaty sidekick Aaron? »

- JA

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Wamg Giveaway – Win The Edge Of Seventeen Blu-ray

15 February 2017 8:01 PM, PST | | See recent news »

“I don’t wanna take up a ton of your time, but I’m gonna kill myself. I just thought an adult should know.”

The Edge Of Seventeen could be the teen movie we’ve been waiting for”, said Vanity Fair. The coming-of-age dramedy starring Hailee Steinfeld as a high schooler who has to cope when her best friend falls for her brother is currently available on Blu-ray from Universal.

Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson).

All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever, until the unexpected friendship of a thoughtful boy (Hayden Szeto) gives her a glimmer of hope that things just might not be so terrible after all.

The film also »

- Tom Stockman

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James L. Brooks on How Long He'll Stick With 'The Simpsons' and Seeing Spielberg at the Supermarket

27 January 2017 6:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Taxi and The Simpsons, as well as write and direct the films Broadcast News, As Good as It Gets and Spanglish. On Jan. 28, the multiple Emmy Award winner and three-time Oscar winner (for Terms of Endearment) will receive the Producers Guild of America's 2017 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television. The divorced father of four spoke with THR about »

- Stephen Galloway

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