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It's 1994, and aspiring filmmaker Kerry Conran sits down with his Macintosh IIci to begin work on a short film that's a throwback to the buccaneering adventure serials of the '30s and '40s. In those post-Jurassic Park days, computer-generated visual effects technology was still in its infancy, but Conran, a former CalArts student, saw the potential to tell a story he'd dreamed about. After four years of painstaking work with blue screen and his already-obsolete Mac, he fashioned a black and white teaser trailer for The World of Tomorrow.
Alongside Conran for the entirety of the journey was his brother Kevin Conran, who served as production and costume designer on both the short and eventual feature film. Speaking to Digital Spy from his home in California, Kevin recalled the lightbulb moment when his brother first pitched him the idea.
"At the time I was working as a freelance »
Sure, it would be easy to rattle off all sorts of movie titles that feature the name of colors. Go ahead and knock yourself out: The Pink Panther, Red Dawn, Yellow Submarine, Purple Rain, Blue Velvet, Goldfinger, etc. The listing seems rather endless. However, can one come up with color-contained movie titles that also carry some messaging of substance and contemplation? Maybe films such as Fried Green Tomatoes or Steel Magnolias are color-coated entries that carries some relevance in its messaging about feminine empowerment for instance. In Rainbow Coalition: Top 10 Movie Titles with Color and Substance let us look are the leading selections that have both color (in title) and substance (in thematic forethought) attached to its skin. Hey, maybe one can make a case for Pink Flamingos but The Blue Lagoon might be stretching things a bit…don’t you think? The Rainbow Coalition: Top 10 Movie Titles with Color »
- Frank Ochieng
The Mfa graduates from the American Film Institute Conservatory weren’t the only ones receiving degrees Wednesday morning at the Tcl Chinese Theater.
Cicely Tyson and Oscar-winning scribe Robert Towne were awarded honorary degrees during the AFI commencement ceremony, which also bestowed diplomas upon the students in the areas of cinematography, directing, editing, producing, production design and screenwriting.
Following an introduction from the dean, who reminded the students that they were in “hallowed halls,” special guest and AFI founding trustee Francis Ford Coppola took the stage to present to his friend Towne.
Towne told the grads that Coppola has been instrumental in his career since 1971, when Coppola was shooting “The Godfather” in New York. The film had “a script problem,” as Towne put it, and Coppola turned to him for help. Towne, who worked closely with Marlon Brando on his performance, said the experience taught him to learn from his peers, »
- Andrea Seikaly
Growing up in the ’80s, my childhood was filled to the brim to double features. Whether in the local multiplex, or at the drive-in, there wasn’t a single thing that I enjoyed more than giving the box office my couple of bucks, and seeing whatever weird ass double features they programmed. I wasn’t around during the wonderful grind-house double feature days of the 1970′s (which happens to be my favorite era of horror), so my experiences were usually limited to films of the ’80s and ’90s. Usually, the theaters in which I frequented typically tried to pair similar movie together, but every once in a while, even as a kid, I ended up wondering, “What is going on here?” with their choices. So, because nostalgia is always oh so fun for me, I thought I’d give y’all a glimpse into four experiences from my childhood, that even today, »
- Jerry Smith
Wigs was one of the original recipients of a very large check from YouTube back in 2011 when the video sharing site first launched its Original Channels Initiative. Since then, the collection of dramatic, online video stories created by Jon Avnet (Black Swan, Fried Green Tomatoes, Risky Business), Rodrigo Garcia (Albert Nobbs, In Treatment, Big Love), and Jake Avnet has gone on to encompass “15 high-end original series, 7 short films and 10 documentaries” all featuring well-known females in leading roles. The production shop has also received funding from Fox. Meanwhile, YouTube has removed all references to its Original Channels Initiative and isn’t funding new programming the same way it once was. With an influx of cash from a major broadcast network and performances from traditional talent like Julia Stiles, Troian Bellisario, Jennifer Beals, Jennifer Garner, Virginia Madsen, Dakota Fanning, and more, it’s not surprising that Wigs is ditching YouTube for Hulu. »
- Joshua Cohen
If you’ve been watching the fifth season of Justified then you know one of the subplots is observing the relationship between Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) and his work-dad and boss, Deputy Art Mullen (Nick Searcy) disintegrate after Raylan confesses his role in the murder of one of Theo Tonin’s henchman. Art’s response to Raylan’s disclosure was connecting a right hook to his marshal’s face. Since then, things have been icy and Raylan has gone as far to request a transfer out of Kentucky. It may not be as fun as hunting Drew Thompson, but Art has had a volatile season so far including being a part of one of the most intense scenes in the show’s run. We caught up with actor and “Acting School Teacher” Nick Searcy to talk about the latest season of Justified.
Art appears to be the only Us Marshal »
- Ernie Estrella
The Fox-affiliated YouTube channel Wigs, which focuses on producing female-oriented episodic drama for the digital space, has announced it will be partnering with screenplay database The Black List in order to find fresh talent to develop a new series for them. "We're very excited to leverage The Black List to open up our development process to a new group of writers, and hopefully discover our next great series creator,” said Wigs Chief Operating Officer Jake Avnet. Avnet, a prominent producer whose credits include "Risky Business," "Fried Green Tomatoes" and "Black Swan," co-founded Wigs with son Jake Avnet and "In Treatment" creator Rodrigo García in 2012. Since then, Wigs has produced more than 150 episodes of scripted content. The Wigs-Black List initiative is the first of its kind. The BlackList will be accepting submissions through Tuesday, May 6. Following evaluation, they will present Wigs with a shortlist of five writers for consideration to receive said development. »
- Shipra Gupta
Meet Ruth (the cat) and Idgie (the Dachshund). They are best friends (that's how they got their names, from the inseparable duo in Fried Green Tomatoes) and you're about to be very jealous that you can't be their best friend too. When the two were found, abandoned at the end of a driveway in Florida last October, 2-year-old Idgie refused to leave 7-month-old Ruth's side, protectively barking whenever anyone came near his kitten friend. "It was really a strange situation. Both of them were found in fairly good shape. Not filthy or malnourished," Diane Gagliano, of the local animal services, tells the Orlando Sentinel. "So it seems as though they probably had a home at some »
I'm sure you've seen the melancholy yet uplifting new spot for Nebraska that points out the ages of its principal cast and how long they've been acting. It's inspiring, for sure, as longevity often is. Hollywood and the Oscars often favor the sprinters (note all the stars, particularly actresses, who won too soon and all the films that opened in the rush of awards season that were only hot for two months) but life is a marathon.
Assuming Bruce Dern and June Squibb are both nominated on January 16th (and smart money says they will be) they'll both be among the top three oldest performers ever nominated in their categories. It will break down like so...
Oldest Best Actor Nominees
06 Morgan Freeman, »
- NATHANIEL R
9 items from 2014
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