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Woody Allen is moving into digital filmmaking for the first time with the announcement that he'll use a Sony CineAlta F65 camera for his forty-seventh film which is currently untitled and began shooting in August in New York and Los Angeles.
Jeannie Berlin, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Corey Stoll, Ken Stott and Steve Carell star in the project which cinematographer Vittorio Storaro ("Apocalypse Now," "The Last Emperor") convinced Allen to go digital for.
In similar news, acclaimed cinematographer Roger Deakins has confirmed that the upcoming "Blade Runner" sequel will likely be in 3D, but it will be a post-conversion as he doesn't like shooting or watching films in 3D.
Sources: Interview & Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Woody Allen has moved to digital filmmaking for the first time, using a Sony CineAlta F65 camera for his 47th film.
The untitled film began shooting in August in New York and Los Angeles. The cast includes Jeannie Berlin, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Corey Stoll, Ken Stott and Steve Carell.
“I had seen that the Sony F65 was capable of recording beautiful images in 4K and 16 bit-colour depth in 1:2, which is my favorite composition,” Storaro said. “So when Woody called me this year asking me to be the cinematographer of his new film with the working title ‘Wasp 2015,’ my decision was already made. I convinced him to record the film in digital, so we can begin our journey together in the digital world. »
- Dave McNary
At 79 years old, Woody Allen may have a very familiar filmmaking routine, but that doesn't mean he isn't willing to shake things up. He's got an Amazon series on his plate, and he's currently at work on his next feature, starring Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeannie Berlin, Corey Stoll, Anna Camp, Paul Schneider, and Steve Carell and this time around, he's dropped celluloid for digital. Sony announced today the untitled movie is shooting with their CineAlta F65 camera, with three-time Academy Award winner Vittorio Storaro ("Apocalypse Now," "Reds," "The Last Emperor") behind the camera. Even more, the movie will melt your eyeballs by being mastered in 4K. Take that Gordon Willis! (Of course, I'm joking). Read More: Bruce Willis Exits Woody Allen's New Film This movie shouldn't be a tremendous surprise given that earlier this year, Allen teased that he might be moving to digital, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
This morning, no one needed their coffee, because the new trailer for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s "The Revenant" sorta blew everyone's nuts off. The gritty, grimy, snowcovered vengeance tale starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy is one of the fall's most anticipated movies, and while much attention has been paid to the natural-light-only visuals, it looks like the picture will be a delight for the ears as well. Composer and experimental/minimalist musician Ryuichi Sakamoto is scoring the picture. The artist doesn't work on Hollywood productions very often (his last effort in that vein was probably Brian De Palma's "Snake Eyes" in 1998), however his compositions are almost always memorable. His work on Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Last Emperor" is a total ear worm (particularly the main theme), and may still be one of his finest hours. It'll be very interesting to see what Sakamoto puts together for this movie, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
For 40 years, iconic British producer Jeremy Thomas, whose latest feature High-Rise world premiered at Toronto, has been challenging audiences — and his financiers — with uncompromising, auteur-led fare through his Recorded Picture Company. His filmography is studded with upscale productions and earned him a special place in cinematic history. Whether becoming the first Western producer to shoot in China’s Forbidden Kingdom for Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor in… »
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Prior to WrestleMania 31, the big question was whether or not Brock Lesnar would re-sign with the WWE – or go back to his old stomping grounds in the Ufc’s heavyweight division. When he decided to call it a career in the Mma world at the 11th hour, we were left, as fight fans, wondering what if? What if Lesnar had come back? Who would he have fought? How would he have fared after all that time away?
Better yet, what if diverticulitis had not pretty much taken him out during the prime of his career, and nearly killed him? How good could Lesnar had been then, and what if he had been able to face some of the those great fighters both in and outside of the Ufc, most of whom are now fighting under the promotion’s banner?
There are just so many greats to choose from. »
- Jay Anderson
Earlier this week Brad reported on several casting details for Woody Allen's next film, which I can only assume will be released in the summer of 2016, and today more details emerge as Oscar-winning cinematographer Vittorio Storaro and other crew members have joined the project. Storaro is a three-time Oscar winner, taking home trophies for Apocalypse Now, Reds and The Last Emperor, and he was nominated a fourth time for his camera work on Dick Tracy. While he hasn't done much of note in recent years this still represents a pretty interesting pairing, especially considering one of Allen's fan sites, Woody Allen Pages, notes Allen's next film will be set in the 1930s. Also joining Allen's crew is production designer Santo Loquasto, who has worked on numerous other Allen productions, most recently lending his hand and eye to Allen's 2013 film Blue Jasmine and nominated for Oscars on three other Woody Allen productions (Zelig, »
- Jordan Benesh
Woody Allen has worked with some terrific cinematographers in his time — Gordon Willis, Darius Khondji, Sven Nyquist, and Vilmos Zsigmond, among others — and for his 2016 movie, which begins shooting very soon, he's knocking another great craftsman off his bucket list. Vittorio Storaro will reportedly lens the upcoming picture, which is pretty exciting stuff. The cinematographer is a three time Academy Award-winner for "Apocalypse Now," "Reds," and "The Last Emperor," and counts Bernardo Bertolucci, Francis Ford Coppola, and Warren Beatty among the filmmakers he's worked with. Read More: Woody Allen's Next Untitled Movie Adds Anna Camp, Kristen Stewart, Corey Stoll, And More The collaboration should be an interesting one as Woody Allen Pages reports that the film, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Bruce Willis, Corey Stoll, Ken Stott, Anna Camp, Stephen Kunken, Sari Lennick, Paul Schneider, and »
- Kevin Jagernauth
“When I wanted to work in films in the United States, I wasn’t thinking about inspiring other young actors or leaving a legacy,” admits Joan Chen during our recent webcam chat (watch below). She came to fame in the 1987 Best Picture winner "The Last Emperor" and as a series regular on “Twin Peaks” (1990–1991) and recently starred in the Netflix historical epic “Marco Polo.” She reveals having been approached “many, many times” by people who say that she inspired them to act. -Break- Watch dozens of video chats with 2015 Emmy contenders “Marco Polo," one of the most expensive TV shows ever made, recreates the 13th century Mongol Empire ruled by Kublai Khan. Chen is “really glad” it uses such an international cast -- “actors from China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Australia, New Zealand, America, Singapore..." »
Long before the comic book boom of the 21st Century, Hollywood's handling of heroes drawn from the funny pages was a touch and go enterprise. More at home in the serials era of the 40s and 50s, that iconography leaked out onto the big screen in only drips and drabs, a "Superman" here, a "Batman" there. And indeed, a year after Tim Burton brought the latter to unique Gothic heights in 1989, Warren Beatty brought another flesh and blood crime fighter to the big screen with bold expressionistic strokes. Today, "Dick Tracy" stands out as a hand-crafted wonder. Beatty's team was jammed with talent, and it needed to be, for this was an exercise in placing the viewer in a world only slightly familiar. Its extremes — and there were many — were a direct extension of design techniques and flourishes. The film was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Donald Ranvaud, Film4Climate’s Creative Producer, and filmmakers including Bernardo Bertolucci (The Last Emperor, currently featured in Wong Kar Wai In China: Through The Looking Glass), Fernando Meirelles (City Of God and The Constant Gardener), Pablo Trapero (White Elephant and Carancho), Atom Egoyan (Devil's Knot and Ararat) and Wim Wenders (Pina and The Salt Of The Earth with Juliano Ribeiro Salgado on photographer Sebastião Salgado) have joined forces with Cannes Jury Member and Connect4Climate Global Ambassador, Rokia Traoré; Ivan Trujillo, the Director of the Guadalajara International Film Festival; the CEO of the Ile-de-France Film Commission, Olivier-René Veillon; Publisher and Chief Editor of Green Film Shooting Brigit Heidsiek; Head of Training and Film Education of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund Siebe Dumon; the Chief Executive Officer of the Sardinia Film Commission and Vice President of »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
The Grandmaster director Wong Kar Wai, as artistic director of China: Through The Looking Glass, magically merges film with fashion and the museum's collection. Michelangelo Antonioni's Chung Kuo - Cina, Jiang Wen's In the Heat Of The Sun, Yonggang Wu's The Goddess, Zhang Yimou's Hero, Ang Lee's Lust, Caution, Hou Hsiao-Hsien's Flowers Of Shanghai, D.W. Griffith's Broken Blossoms, Sergio Leone's Once Upon A Time In America, Richard Quine's The World Of Suzy Wong, Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor, Vincente Minnelli's Ziegfeld Follies and Wong's The Hand From Eros, are among the clips selected that tie in beautiful layers of meaning.
John Galliano for House of Dior Haute Couture yellow »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Director Julien Temple (London – The Modern Babylon) is set to shoot drama You Really Got Me later this year in the UK, with daughter Juno Temple (Far From the Madding Crowd) also on board to play Ray’s former wife, Raza, who also sang on key tracks.
HanWay is handling international sales in Cannes with a UK deal understood to be close.
The long-time passion project of Cannes veteran Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor) will focus on the often turbulent relationship between the brothers who fronted the iconic 1960’s band, famous for hits You Really Got Me and Waterloo Sunset.
BBC Films have backed the film while co-producers in Belgium are [link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
“Build it and they will come,” seemed to be real estate developers’ motto during China’s great commercial and residential property boom, which crunched to a halt about two years ago.
Speculative developments changed skylines around the country and led to huge profits for some companies, including Chinese multiplex powerhouse Dalian Wanda. But the gambler philosophy also led to the creation of ghost towns, unwanted new building in the wrong places.
Now there is a new construction boom, this time focused on movie studios and theme parks, and picking winners is just as tricky. “China today is like the early days of Hollywood,” says Michael McDermott, who heads Chinese location services company Gung-Ho Films. “Some (studios) will work out, but others will stand idle for 10 or 20 years before being demolished.”
According to some reports, China already has close to 1,000 facilities for shooting movies, most of them idle or underused. Shooting »
- Patrick Frater
The Toronto International Film Festival is in its 40th year, and the Tiff CEO and Artistic Director this morning announced the programmers for 2015’s festival.
Tiff runs from September 10 to September 20. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a reveal of the full film lineups. Read the press-release for this year’s festival programmers below:
40th Toronto International Film Festival Announces Its Programmers
Toronto — Piers Handling, Director and CEO of Tiff, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, reveal the team of 22 programmers who will make the selections for the 40th Toronto International Film Festival®, which runs Thursday, September 10 through Sunday, September 20, 2015.
Europe, City to City: London, Special Presentations, Gala Presentations
Handling is the Director and Chief Executive Officer of Tiff. He has held this position since 1994, and is responsible for leading both the operational and artistic growth of the organization. Under Handling’s direction, »
- Brian Welk
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."
The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »
- Gary Susman
When Platoon won four Oscars in 1987, it marked not only a new chapter in Oliver Stone's career as a filmmaker, but also the end of a decade-long battle. Since the 1970s, Stone had been struggling to make his harrowing account of the horrors he'd seen firsthand as a soldier in the Vietnam conflict, but was famously turned down by every major studio in Hollywood.
Platoon, and Stone, finally found sanctuary at a small independent studio with a grand-sounding name: the Hemdale Film Corporation. It was Hemdale, and its co-founder John Daly, that had taken a chance on Stone, and when Platoon came out in 1986, the gamble proved to be a shrewd one: its $6m investment was covered by the first month's ticket sales, and the film »
I’ve been blessed to have a great career as an actor in Hollywood. You may have seen me in “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “The Last Emperor” and even the James Bond film “License To Kill.” So why would I bother to write an article like this for my latest film, “Little Boy?” Because it’s a film that is special to me because it represents a turning point in my career, my arriving at what I consider the halfway mark in my work in Hollywood and a chance to see where I’ve come from and where my work is going, »
- Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Even if you can’t immediately place his name, you’ve undoubtedly seen his work. “Apocalpyse Now,” “The Last Emperor,” “Last Tango in Paris,” "Ladyhawke,” “Reds,” and “Dick Tracy” to name but a few. Vittorio Storaro is a master cinematographer who has contributed his immense talent to over five dozen film and television projects during his epic (and ongoing) 50-plus year career. His work has garnered him three Oscars for Best Cinematography (for “The Last Emperor,” “Reds,” and “Apocalypse Now”), as well as a fourth nomination (“Dick Tracy”). One of the defining elements of Storaro’s work is his use of color. As a 3-minute supercut from Vimeo user movement_of_time professes, Storaro is “the man who uses color shades as a poet uses words. In every [one of] his film[s] the choice of a specific color is rigidly connected with the 'ideology' of history, and the color does not simply duplicate the scene information, »
- Zach Hollwedel
Popular stars Huang Xiaoming and Mini Yang (aka, Yang Mi) are poised to set the Chinese box office alight in May with upcoming young adult romance “You Are My Sunshine.”
Rights to the film are being offered for the first time at FilMart by Le Vision, the film arm of the LeTV online video group whose “big data” resources helped steer the “Tiny Times” franchise releases.
The film has many of the ingredients of the biggest recent hits in China, and already boasts a massive online following.
Le Vision, which handled the release of the “Tiny Times” movies and is also producer and investor, is confidently forecasting that “Sunshine” will gross over RMB700 million ($115 million) following a wide release on May 1, a national holiday in China.
- Patrick Frater
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