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How 'Mad Max: Fury Road' lured Oscar winner John Seale back behind the camera

11 May 2015 8:30 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

John Seale was retired. Then George Miller dangled a "Mad Max" movie in front of his face and, well, how can an Aussie say no? The 40-year veteran jumped right into the maelstrom Miller and his team were conjuring in the desert of west Africa and, along with killer second unit teams, captured one of the most innervating experiences of the year in "Mad Max: Fury Road." Oh, and he turned 70 years old while doing all of this. Seale won an Oscar for "The English Patient," the first of a three-film collaboration with the late Anthony Minghella. He also partnered up with Peter Weir on a trio of projects ("Witness," "The Mosquito Coast" and "Dead Poets Society") and he's worked with many great filmmakers besides, from Sydney Pollack to Ron Howard, Rob Reiner to Wolfgang Petersen. In addition to the win, he has three more Oscar nominations to his credit and I must say, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1989

28 April 2015 11:45 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From a crazy early Nic Cage role to a lesser-known film starring Robert De Niro, here's our pick of 25 underappreciated films from 1989...

Ah, 1989. The year the Berlin Wall came down and Yugoslavia won the Eurovision Song Contest. It was also a big year for film, with Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade topping the box office and Batman dominating the summer with its inescapable marketing blitz.

Outside the top 10 highest-grossing list, which included Back To The Future II, Dead Poets Society and Honey I Shrunk The Kids, 1989 also included a plethora of less commonly-appreciated films. Some were big in their native countries but only received a limited release in the Us and UK. Others were poorly received but have since been reassessed as cult items.

From comedies to thrillers, here's our pick of 25 underappreciated films from the end of the 80s...

25. An Innocent Man

Disney, through its Touchstone banner, had high hopes for this thriller, »

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Ethan Hawke interview: Good Kill, drones, sci-fi and Joe Dante

7 April 2015 6:07 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ethan Hawke stars in Andrew Niccol's military drama, Good Kill. Here, we talk to the actor about Sf, modern warfare, Joe Dante and more...

Over the course of 30 years, Ethan Hawke's appeared in a remarkable array of films, from his early breakthrough roles in Joe Dante's Explorers and Peter Weir's Dead Poets Society, to last year's spectacular Boyhood.

Hawke's latest film, Good Kill, reunites him with director Andrew Niccol - back in 1997, they worked together on the superbly moving sci-fi, Gattaca. Set in 2010, Good Kill's a military drama about a former Us pilot-turned drone operative, who carries out strikes in the Middle East from an office chair in Las Vegas.

Niccol shoots the film with the imagination of his sci-fi films, which makes Good Kill's true-life subject matter all the more disturbing. And once again, Hawke turns in a spectacular performance - one that, »

- ryanlambie

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Waxing Episodic: Darlene's tearjerking 'Roseanne' episode

3 April 2015 1:55 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In HitFix's new feature "Waxing Episodic," we reflect on an episode of television we'll never forget. One of the great strengths of "Roseanne" was the casting of its child actors, from mini Roseanne lookalike Michael Fishman as the apple-cheeked D.J. to Lecy Goranson as petulant eye-roller "Becky No. 1" and especially Sara Gilbert as snarky, sarcastic tomboy Darlene, who could dole out zingers with the timing of a seasoned comedy pro. While Goranson always felt painfully exposed as Becky and had a number of episodes built around one or another of her social embarrassments (most memorably Season 2 opener "Inherit the Wind"), Darlene -- while always charmingly insouciant -- was never properly dimensionalized until the Season 2 episode "Brain-Dead Poets Society," which climaxes with one of the most quietly moving moments I've ever seen on a traditional family sitcom. Written by Joss Whedon and directed by John Pasquin (who helmed every »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Terence Rattigan On Film: The Browning Version

24 March 2015 6:54 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

I. The Rattigan Version

After his first dramatic success, The Winslow Boy, Terence Rattigan conceived a double bill of one-act plays in 1946. Producers dismissed the project, even Rattigan’s collaborator Hugh “Binkie” Beaumont. Actor John Gielgud agreed. “They’ve seen me in so much first rate stuff,” Gielgud asked Rattigan; “Do you really think they will like me in anything second rate?”  Rattigan insisted he wasn’t “content writing a play to please an audience today, but to write a play that will be remembered in fifty years’ time.”

Ultimately, Rattigan paired a brooding character study, The Browning Version, with a light farce, Harlequinade. Entitled Playbill, the show was finally produced by Stephen Mitchell in September 1948, starring Eric Portman, and became a runaway hit. While Harlequinade faded into a footnote, the first half proved an instant classic. Harold Hobson wrote that “Mr. Portman’s playing and Mr. Rattigan’s writing »

- Christopher Saunders

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Here's How to Make the Most Out of a $200K Budget

4 March 2015 6:36 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Longtime assistant director and production manager Tom Seidman recently gave a talk on how the budget should break down for an independent film. Highlights from Seidman's talk, which you can read below, were published in a post that originally appeared on the Film Independent blog. Many directors and I probably share the same idle daydream: A studio exec calls and says, "You simply must direct our $200 million screen epic. You’re the only one on our list." Then I wake up and realize I'm more likely to catch the measles or be hit by lightning. Let's keep dreaming, but at the same time, devote our waking hours to taking action—like veteran assistant director and production manager Tom Seidman has. Seidman’s resume includes working for directors Clint Eastwood on "Honkytonk Man," Peter Weir on "Dead Poets Society" and Robert Redford on "Ordinary People." He shared his experiences with low-budget »

- Glen Golightly

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‘The Riot Club’ Trailer: Pretty Rich Boys Do Pretty Bad Things

26 February 2015 3:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Every generation needs its preppy boy drama filled with up-and-coming faces. For the late ’80s and ’90s, it was Dead Poets Society. In the aughts, it was The Skulls. Now, in the twenty-teens, it might be The Riot Club. Max Irons and Sam Claflin play the two newest members of Oxford University’s most exclusive fraternity. Though […]

The post ‘The Riot Club’ Trailer: Pretty Rich Boys Do Pretty Bad Things appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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13th Annual Tsr Movie Awards — Final Results — 2014 Films

22 February 2015 9:00 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

13th Annual Tsr Movie Awards

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7.87 Guardians Of The Galaxy

7.80 The Lego Movie

7.57 Captain America: The Winter Soldier

7.48 X-men: Days Of Future Past

6.96 Big Hero 6

6.68 The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

6.51 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

6.40 American Sniper

5.09 Maleficient

3.63 Transformers: Age Of Extinction

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- Jeff Bayer

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Watch: Ethan Hawke's Moving Reflections On Robin Williams & Philip Seymour Hoffman Plus 30-Min Interview

13 February 2015 6:43 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It's still hard to believe the cinematic world has lost both Robin Williams and Philip Seymour Hoffman in the past year. Ethan Hawke had the good fortune to work with both actors at pivotal stages in his career. As a young up-and-comer, he played one of Williams' students in Peter Weir's "Dead Poets Society," and as a much more seasoned actor, he co-starred with Hoffman in Sidney Lumet's final film "Before The Devil Knows You're Dead." Stopping by "Charlie Rose" recently, Hawke shared his memories on working with both actors. A brief summary couldn't capture the emotions he feels very deeply about two men who clearly left a profound impression. Check it out below, and after that watch the full thirty minute interview with Hawke talking "Boyhood," his documentary "Seymour: An Introduction," and much more. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Ethan Hawke is Chet Baker in exclusive photo from Born To Be Blue

5 February 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Ethan Hawke has had a pretty great year.

Riding high on the success of Before Midnight – the third installment of the “Before” movies with Julie Delpy and director Richard Linklater – Hawke and Linklater released their other major project, the twelve-years-in-the-making Boyhood, to high critical acclaim. The Dead Poets Society actor is now up for Best Supporting Actor for hisBoyhood role, and just became one of the latest stars to be featured forever in front of the Tcl Chinese Theatre.

Next up? Ethan Hawke will play Chet Baker in the upcoming reimagining of the legendary jazz trumpeter's life, Born to Be Blue. The film will focus on a film production starring Baker that follows the rise and fall of his own career, as well as the love affair with his co-star that saved him after an alleyway beating that left him unable to play. Will love conquer all? We'll have to wait and see. »

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Ethan Hawke is Born to Be Blue in exclusive photo from Chet Baker biopic

5 February 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Ethan Hawke has had a pretty great year.

Riding high on the success of Before Midnight – the third installment of the “Before” movies with Julie Delpy and director Richard Linklater – Hawke and Linklater released their other major project, the twelve-years-in-the-making Boyhood, to high critical acclaim. The Dead Poets Society actor is now up for Best Supporting Actor for hisBoyhood role, and just became one of the latest stars to be featured forever in front of the Tcl Chinese Theatre.

Next up? Ethan Hawke will play the legendary jazz trumpeter Chet Baker in the upcoming biopic, Born to Be Blue. The film will focus on the rise and fall of Baker’s career as well as the 1970s love affair that briefly saved him from his drug-heavy self-destruction.

Carmen Ejogo, who worked on The Purge: Anarchy – the one without Ethan – and Fifty Shades of Grey’s Callum Keith Rennie also star »

- Sasha James

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How Whiplash kills the cheesy pupil-mentor genre stone dead

11 January 2015 10:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Jk Simmons is generating awards buzz as a terrifying music teacher whose scenes with Miles Teller’s young drummer are like ‘two boxers in the ring

Jk Simmons on Whiplash: ‘The whole macho thing you develop at puberty never goes away’

Watching Whiplash, the story of the antagonistic relationship between a drumming prodigy and his ferociously demanding conservatory music teacher, almost the last thing on your mind is music. Although almost three-quarters of the film moves to the sound of drums, the images in one’s mind veer more towards drill sergeant movies, sports flicks and cult initiation rites. It could as well be called Squarebash as Whiplash, so often does the relationship between Jk Simmons’s unforgiving professor and Miles Teller’s whimpering pupil resemble that between R Lee Ermey’s splenetic Marine Corps drill instructor and Vincent D’Onofrio’s useless grunt in the opening act of Full Metal Jacket, »

- John Patterson

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Golden Globes DeMille Award Recipient George Clooney on Paris Attacks: ‘We won’t walk in fear’ (Video)

11 January 2015 7:47 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

George Clooney received the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Cecil B. DeMille award at Sunday’s Golden Globes and reflected on his career, new marriage and the French terror attacks in a short and sweet acceptance speech.

“Today was an extraordinary day,” Clooney said of worldwide marches in the wake of the shootings and hostage situations plaguing France, “they were Christians, and Jews and Muslims, they were world leaders, and they weren’t marching in protest, but in the spirit that we won’t walk in fear.”

Also Read: Golden Globes Winners by the Numbers

Clooney closed with “Je suis »

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