20 items from 2016
On a beautiful sunny July day, The Hollywood News was humbled to sit down with the cast and filmmakers beind the upcoming Roald Dahl adaptation The Bfg, a film that we highly recommend you catch this coming weekend, as it opens in the UK July 22nd. In attendance were a number of the cast members, including the Bfg himself Mark Rylance, young Ruby Barnhill, Rebecca Hall and Penelope Wilton, alongside the film’s legendary director, Steven Spielberg.
Here are The Bfg interviews.
Question: When did Roald Dahl’s book first enter your lives?
- Andrew Gaudion
Close your eyes and you can hear the music of John Williams without trying too hard. You know the greatest hits and can probably hum through most of them from start to finish, even if the extent of your musical career is plunking out “Heart and Soul” on your grandparent’s piano.
The legacy of Williams’ music extends beyond the cinema. The “NBC Nightly News” theme? That was him. That fanfare you’ll be hearing once the Olympics arrive? Him, too. A fan of that “Sunday Night Football” march that leads up to kickoff? Guess who.
And even though the world now recognizes Williams for his trademark triumphant horns and sweeping orchestral strings, this was a composer who, a year before “Jaws,” was penning acoustic love themes so ’70s they would make Burt Bacharach blush. So as much as we remember the soundtracks to dizzying flights across space and wide shots of dinosaurs in paradise, »
- Steve Greene and Zack Sharf
Over his long career Levinson has held senior positions at such companies as McA, Technicolor, and, currently, Apple. He has collaborated with Steven Speilberg and his go-to Dp Janusz Kaminski, and has helped craft the look of such films as “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Empire of the Sun,” “Batman,” and “Batman Returns.”
“The colorist is a person whose primary responsibility is to help creative authors of visual storytelling in all its forms further that storytelling with the ‘look,’” Levinson said. “This means dealing with color, density, texture, composition, and motion issues as prime involvement. Helping the industry recognize the value of the colorist is why I support CSI’s mission statement.”
- Peter Caranicas
If hindsight is 20/20, than in the movie business it doesn't exist. What does that mean? Well, when you have a business that is predicated on the simple capitalistic principal of making money, yet, that very principal hinges on Art... Things start to make more sense.
We all have favorite movies. No matter how our tastes might grow or change over the years, we all love certain films more than others. It might be the story, it might be the feelings that a particular film evokes as it relates to our lives, it might be a score that we just can't get out of our heads. Whatever the reason may be, we love things because we love them and that is just the way it is.
Usually, the reason we fall in love with a particular film is the performance by an actor. We bring our own thoughts, values and ideas »
Not just fantasies, Steven Spielberg’s visions of alien landings and artificial intelligence are also a barometer of a nation’s hopes and fears
There is a moment in Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun (1987) when an American plane strafes the Japanese camp where young Jim (Christian Bale) is interned. Then, in slow motion, the pilot sweeps past the burning buildings and turns his head and waves a sunny Hollywood hello to the enthralled watching boy. We’re not just inside Jim’s besotted response to American power here; the film really partakes in his vengeful rapture. My groan of disbelief, on first seeing it in the cinema, may have been audible outside in Leicester Square; in that instant, in the collision of the real and fantasy, I had seen the core of schmaltz within. Yet, now I feel that I was wrong: it is precisely in that collision that Spielberg’s greatness lives. »
- Michael Newton
Whenever I went to Memphis with my parents, my time was divided between staying with my two grandmothers. How I thought about that time with them was defined, not surprisingly, by what sort of movie experiences I had with each. My dad’s mom was the one who had cable, and she liked to go to bed early, meaning I learned all sorts of things at night. My mom’s mom was the one who took me to the theater more often, and she’d take me to see pretty much anything as long as the rating was okay. One afternoon, she told me to get in the car because there was something special playing. I was ten years old, and I only knew The Pink Panther as a cartoon character. That afternoon, though, I saw The Return Of The Pink Panther, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, and Revenge Of The Pink Panther »
- Drew McWeeny
Burt Kwouk, the actor who played martial arts expert Cato in the original Peter Sellers "Pink Panther" films, has died at the age of 85. He "passed peacefully" according to his agent Jean Diamond, with no specific cause of death mentioned.
Born in northwest England in 1930 and raised in Shanghai, Kwouk had his first major role in 1958's "The Inn of the Sixth Happiness". He also appeared in two James Bond classics - "Goldfinger" and "You Only Live Twice" - along with the original "Rollerball" and Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun". He also had guest spots on popular 1960s shows like "The Avengers," "Secret Agent" and "The Saint" and a regular role on 1980s British sitcom "Last of the Summer Wine'.
But it's his work in a half dozen "Pink Panther" films as Cato Fong that he'll always be remembered for. The character, a manservant to Sellers' bumbling Inspector Clouseau, »
- Garth Franklin
Kwouk featured in seven “Pink Panther” pics, starting with 1964’s “A Shot in the Dark” through to “Curse of the Pink Panther” in 1983. He played Cato, which was initially spelled Kato, a martial arts specialist who regularly attacked Clouseau, played by Peter Sellers, to keep him alert.
Other movie appearances included James Bond films “Goldfinger” and “You Only Live Twice,” as well as Fred Schepisi’s “Plenty,” Steven Spielberg’s “Empire of the Sun” and Roger Spottiswoode’s “Air America.”
TV series credits included “The Avengers,” “The Saint,” “Doctor Who,” “Hart to Hart” and “Tenko,” in which he played Major Yamauchi. One of his last dramatic roles was in BBC sitcom “Last of the Summer Wine,” in which he played Entwistle from 2002 to 2010.
Kwouk received an award from Prince Charles, »
- Leo Barraclough
Since any New York 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.
The amazing films of Robert Downey Sr. play as part of “Robert Downey (The Original).” The still-shocking Putney Swope screens throughout this weekend; Greaser’s Palace can be seen on Saturday and Sunday, while the latter day offers a print of Chafed Elbows.
- Nick Newman
Steven Spielberg has gotten some exceptional performances out of child actors throughout his career. Rarely does a child’s performance in a Spielberg film ring false. Empire of the Sun, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, Jurassic Park, and The Temple of Doom star kids giving naturally charismatic and completely present performances. The director’s goal […]
- Jack Giroux
By now, most of us know the story of Mad Max director George Miller and his never-realized Justice League project. But did you know there was another famous film he almost went on to direct for Warner Bros.? Some of us may never get over what Justice League: Mortal could have been. Perhaps the pain will be less acute over this new information, considering the final product was a relatively well-received movie. Miller (along with Roland Joffé) were at one point set to direct Contact. Ultimately directed by Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump), 1997's Contact starred Jodie Foster as Dr. Eleanor Arroway, a Seti scientist whose long search for alien life leads to actual discovery and more doubt than she's every experienced in life. It also starred Matthew McConaughey, Tom Skerritt, James Woods, John Hurt, and Angela Bassett. The film changed a bit from Carl Sagan »
- Jill Pantozzi
His second novel, A Lovers' Guide to Rome, has just been published by Allen and Unwin. As if that wasn't enough, his next film, A Few Less Men, will be released later in the year..
"I was at Kennedy Miller for years", Lamprell said..
"I did a documentary series called Sports Crazy, a ten hour series, in 1987. Before that, every time they did a miniseries, I did a 'making of' one-hour special."
That led to Lamprell being enlisted by Miller as a writer on various projects, including one very large science-fiction adaptation.
"I'd gotten to be a funny little fixture there at Kennedy Miller, and »
- Harry Windsor
Magazines may be a dying business but the few mega magazines that remain all have annual traditions to entice buys. And so it is with the "Time 100" an annual list of "Most Influential" though as with any such list it's highly subjective.
Here is a list of the movie & television people who made it this year in one of their five sections (the only section that does not include at least one actor is "Leaders")
Taraji is the modern-day Bette Davis, touching audiences with her honesty and intensity. When you are on set with Taraji, she listens, but she also questions. She challenges everyone to go the extra step to get it right. She has a deep understanding of the human condition, and she displays it with her eyes—the pain, the happiness, the love, the laughter. »
- NATHANIEL R
"In 1987," begins the Guardian's Catherine Shoard, "Steven Spielberg offered Mark Rylance a part in his new movie, Empire of the Sun. The actor refused…. Nearly 30 years on, the pair are making up for lost time." Following last year's Bridge of Spies, The Bfg will premiere in Cannes. Then came word earlier this week of another collaboration, The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara with a screenplay by Tony Kushner. And Now Variety's Dave McNary reports that Rylance is "in talks" to join Simon Pegg, Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke and Ben Mendelsohn in Spielberg's Ready Player One. We're gathering news of more projects in the works, too, from Brian De Palma, Sam Mendes, Warren Beatty, David Lowery, Ramin Bahrani and more. » - David Hudson »
Over the past two days, the actor and director have announced two new collaborations: sci-fi Ready Player One and the 19th-century story of Pope Pius IX and a Jewish boy raised under his protection
In 1987, Steven Spielberg offered Mark Rylance a part in his new movie, Empire of the Sun. The actor refused. Spielberg offered him a larger part. Rylance, after consulting the I Ching, again turned him down, opting for a season at the RSC.
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- Catherine Shoard
Gyllenhaal stars as Jeff Bauman, while Maslany plays his girlfriend Erin Hurley. Brown (“Hail, Caesar!”) will portray Bauman’s father.
Inspired by a true story and based on the New York Times bestseller, Gyllenhaal stars as the working-class Boston man whose iconic photo from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing gained worldwide notice.
Bauman was waiting for his girlfriend at the finish line of the marathon when two pressure-cooker bombs exploded, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others. When Bauman awoke the next day after surgeries and realized he could not speak, he asked for »
- Dave McNary
What young actor wouldn't want to work with Steven Spielberg, especially when it comes to the adaptation of a literary phenomenom? Richard Dreyfuss was a promising young actor (American Graffiti) when he was elevated into a star in Spielberg's adaptation of Peter Benchley's Jaws back in 1975. Whoopi Goldberg had already demonstrated her potential on stage before she launched onto another level with her starring role in Spielberg's adaptation of Alice Walker's The Color Purple in 1985. Young Christian Bale emerged onto the world stage with his starring role in Spielberg's adaptation of J.G. Ballard's Empire of the Sun in 1987. Now Spielberg has selected Tye Sheridan to star in his adaptation of Ernest Cline's Ready Player One, according to...
- Peter Martin
What young actor wouldn't want to work with Steven Spielberg, especially when it comes to the adaptation of a literary phenomenon? After all, his book-to-movie adaptations made stars of then-promising actors like Richard Dreyfuss (1977's Jaws), Whoopi Goldberg (1985's The Color Purple) and Christian Bale (1987's Empire of the Sun). Now Spielberg has selected Tye Sheridan to star in his adaptation of Ernest Cline's Ready Player One, according...
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Ben Stiller's professional onscreen career is officially turning 30 this year — that's roughly 412 in comedian years. In a business where funny people tend to quickly exhaust their limited charm and sink from telling jokes to becoming a punchline, the restless and versatile Stiller has managed to sustain one of the most consistent comic careers this side of Bob Hope. From his days as a bit player to his later emergence as a force of nature in front of the camera and behind the scenes (you have his production company Red »
Since his breakout role in 1987.s Empire of the Sun, Christian Bale have proven his acting chops and willingness to transform himself, especially physically, for any job. Now, though, it looks like Bale may be putting the breaks on full physical transformation. The actor just pulled out of a plum role because of it. A report from Deadline is saying that Christian Bale has severed his commitment to the biopic Enzo Ferrari. The actor would have had to gain weight to play the title role. Enzo Ferrari was due to start shooting in the spring, and Bale pulled out over health concerns that he wouldn.t be able to safely gain the amount of weight required to begin filming as scheduled. Director Michael Mann has been working on bringing the project to the big screen for quite a while, so the loss of star Christian Bale at this late date »
20 items from 2016
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