9 items from 2014
The video team here at HitFix constantly impresses me with not only the volume of work that they produce, but also the quality. We've gotten very lucky with the people we've hired, and they make any of our collaborations both easy and fun. Last week, they approached me about a new ongoing feature that they wanted to do, and tomorrow, we're going to shoot the first episode of "Ask Drew," which is exactly what it sounds like. I am constantly asked questions via e-mail and Twitter and in our comments section, and I feel like I never fully answer all of them, something that makes me feel terrible. I am grateful for each and every reader of the work we do here at HitFix, and if I can answer something, I try to. To that end, we are going to try something a little different here starting tomorrow. I want »
- Drew McWeeny
Life brought David Gordon Green back to Texas, where the director shot his last three features — “Prince Avalanche,” “Joe” and the upcoming “Manglehorn,” which stars Al Pacino as an ex-con trying to go straight in the Lone Star State — while living in laid-back Austin, among such indie helmers as Jeff Nichols, Andrew Bujalski and the Zellner brothers.
Last week, on the eve of SXSW, Green was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Austin Film Society, co-founded by one of Green’s inspirations, Richard Linklater. While Linklater hails from Houston, Green grew up in Dallas, where he had his first brush with filmmaking on the set of Oliver Stone’s “Born on the Fourth of July.”
“I’m an extra in the movie,” says Green, who can be seen cheering a home run at a baseball game during the opening credits. “I look into the camera and wiggle my eyebrows. »
- Peter Debruge
The festival also released a new trailer, created and produced by Filipino critic Michael Mirasol.
- Dave McNary
If you are a movie watcher of any intensity, chances are you have heard many musical scores from the great John Williams, who is most famous for his scores for the films of Steven Spielberg and for the Star Wars franchise. Many of his themes have become iconic in popular culture, from the majestic theme for Superman to the imposing Imperial March for Darth Vader.
Film music has a way of conjuring up powerful memories of the movies from which it originates. Someone listening to a longing French horn playing the Force theme and building to a powerful crescendo will instantly picture the binary sunset on Tatooine from Star Wars. The soaring flying theme from E.T. will summon an image of a bicycle flying across the moon, or a simple, but ominous, two note stab instantly inspires anxiety in people as they picture a shark fin protruding from the water. »
- Daniel Rafacz
The 85-year history of the Academy Awards is rife with statistical oddities, and one that has the potential to play out this Sunday is among the most intriguing: a split between the films that win Best Picture and Best Director.
Though conventional wisdom has long held that only one film will walk away with both prizes on Oscar night, many pundits are predicting that the awards will instead go to two different movies this year, with "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuaron expected to snag the Best Director statuette, while "12 Years a Slave" (or "American Hustle," depending on where your loyalties lie) is the favorite to win Best Picture.
While such a split has occurred just 22 times since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences started handing out trophies in 1929, four of the first five ceremonies produced a divide between the Best Director and Best Picture prizes. "Wings," dubbed the original »
- Katie Roberts
All great films begin with an awesome script and the X-Men film franchise has Simon Kinberg to thank for that. Along with X-Men:The Last Stand, X-Men: First Class, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and Sherlock Holmes to name a few, Kinberg has put his brilliant imagination to work yet again, in penning the forthcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past.
During last summer’s set visit for Days of Future Past in Montreal, we sat down with Kinberg in Xavier’s mansion to chat about his writing process and working with Bryan Singer, weaving the old and new mutants into one film, time-travel, the importance of Wolverine, the evolution of the characters, the Sentinels and what we can expect from the much anticipated, soon-to-be-released film. Read his insightful interview below to uncover some of the excitement that’s about to be unleashed upon us in March.
So this is the moment where you tell us everything… »
- Jenny Karakaya
Feature Ryan Lambie 21 Feb 2014 - 06:10
Last June, we were lucky enough to visit the set of X-Men Days Of Future Past and chat to some of the cast and crew. Here's what happened...
Nb: This article contains very mild spoilers for X-Men: Days Of Future Past.
Opposite and a little way to my left, Richard Nixon sits happily eating his lunch. Well, not the real Richard Nixon, obviously, but Mark Camacho, an actor so cunningly made up to look like the infamous Us President circa 1973 - complete with architectural nose and hairline - that it’s impossible not to stare. We’re sitting in the canteen tent of X-Men: Days Of Future Past, where tables have been arranged in long rows, one after the other, so the place looks like Da Vinci’s The Last Supper multiplied in a hall of mirrors.
Days Of Future Past marks an important »
The Oscar for Best Film Editing has been one of the most closely watched Oscar categories in the past few years. As one of the best indicators of the Best Picture winner (a nomination all but ensures you’re one of the top 5), prognosticators have been eyeing the nominees to try and discern any clues. However, not always does the nomination or wins in this category pan out the way people think they will.
In the past 25 years, there have been 11 films that have the Best Film Editing prize without winning Best Picture and they form quite an interesting group:
1995: Apollo 13
1998: Saving Private Ryan
2001: Black Hawk Down
2004: The Aviator
2007: Bourne Ultimatum
2010: The Social Network
2011: Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
In this selection you have 3 war films, »
- Terence Johnson
Exclusive: The Closer star/executive producer Kyra Sedgwick has signed with CAA. She was previously at UTA. Sedgwick’s seven-season stint as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson on the hit TNT drama earned her an Emmy and a Golden Globe. She recently returned to TNT as an executive producer of drama Proof, which was picked up to pilot by the network. On the feature side, Sedgwick has starred in Born On The Fourth Of July, Singles and Phenomenon. She continues to be repped by manager Jill Littman at Impression Entertainment and attorney Ira Schreck. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
9 items from 2014
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