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It seemed this year that if any artist was due for the retrospective treatment, it was "Unbroken" cinematographer Roger Deakins. While I of course did not address all of the 50-plus films he has shot throughout his illustrious career during a recent extended interview, I settled on a few in particular that I think represent a nice cross-section of his work. Each of them — "Nineteen Eighty-Four," "Sid and Nancy," "Barton Fink," "The Shawshank Redemption," "Kundun," "The Man Who Wasn't There" and "The Village" — will get their own space in the next few days. 2001 was an interesting year for Roger Deakins. With John Nash biopic "A Beautiful Mind" — the only time he's ever worked with director Ron Howard — he shot the year's Best Picture winner, while his on-going collaboration with the Coen brothers' yielded "The Man Who Wasn't There" and the chance to work on a cinematographer's dream: a film noir. »
- Kristopher Tapley
It seemed this year that if any artist was due for the retrospective treatment, it was "Unbroken" cinematographer Roger Deakins. While I of course did not address all of the 50-plus films he has shot throughout his illustrious career during a recent extended interview, I settled on a few in particular that I think represent a nice cross-section of his work. Each of them — "Nineteen Eighty-Four," "Sid and Nancy," "Barton Fink," "The Shawshank Redemption," "Kundun," "The Man Who Wasn't There" and "The Village" — will get their own space in the next few days. Cinematographer Roger Deakins knew director Michael Radford from their film school days. They cut their teeth together in 1983 on their theatrical narrative debut, "Another Time, Another Place," which caused a stir at the Cannes Film Festival and led to Radford being presented the opportunity to tackle a dream project: an adaptation of George Orwell's pivotal 1948 novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Aside from two photos from the New York Comic Con, we’ve seen little in the way of promotional material from Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series Daredevil, but with a trailer surely on the horizon ahead of its May release, the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly has given us a new look at British actor Charlie Cox as the Man Without Fear…
Daredevil is set to arrive on Netflix in May 2015 and sees Charlie Cox (Stardust) leading the cast as Matt Murdoch/Daredevil alongside Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood) as Karen Page, Elden Henson (The Butterfly Effect) as Foggy Nelson, Vincent D’Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) as the Kingpin, Scott Glenn (The Silence of the Lambs) as Stick, Peter Shinkoda (Falling Skies) as Hachiro, Rosario Dawson (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) as Claire Temple / Night Nurse, Toby Moore (John Wick) as Wesley, Ayelet Zurer (Man of Steel) as Vanessa, »
- Gary Collinson
Now that Marvel finally have their Doctor Strange, they're begining to cast other key roles in the Scott Derrickson helmed movie. There's been talk of it not being an origin story, but it appears as if that may have been incorrect due to the fact that the studio are now zeroing on actors for The Ancient One (a character who played a major role in Stephen Strange's early years). According to Latino-Review, Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption), Bill Nighy (Shaun of the Dead), and Ken Watanabe (Godzilla) have all been approached to play the man who helps turn the scarred surgeon into the Sorcerer Supreme. Who do you think is the right choice to play The Ancient One? »
No one was sure, when "The Green Mile" was released 15 years ago this week (on December 10, 1999), whether lightning could strike twice in the same spot for Frank Darabont. Sure, the writer/director's first Stephen King prison drama, 1994's "The Shawshank Redemption," had gone from commercial failure to beloved classic in five years. But another King prison tale, one that was three hours long and featured some horrific electric-chair executions, bizarre fantasy elements, and a trained mouse?
As it turned out, of course, "Green Mile" became a huge hit, earned four Oscar nominations, put another feather in star Tom Hanks's cap, and made a star of Michael Clarke Duncan, who played miracle-working, self-sacrificing inmate John Coffey. To this day, it remains the most beloved movie adapted from a King tale.
Still, as many times as you've seen it, there's plenty you may not know: how former ditch-digger Clarke got the star-making part, »
- Gary Susman
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- Derek Anderson
Jules: “You know what they call a Quarter-Pounder with Cheese in Paris?”
1994. The year Justin Bieber and Harry Styles were born – luckily the world was not ready yet for those two (was it ever ready?) and instead, we had actual art like Pulp Fiction to lift us from the grave, like The Bride in Kill Bill Vol.2. Interestingly, much like The Bride Pulp Fiction had to fight through the suffocating dirt that went with making an independent film in the 90s. Before we delve further in to the humble beginnings of the iconic film, 1994 was the year Dumb And Dumber, The Shawshank Redemption, Forrest Gump, The Lion King, Interview With The Vampire and Natural Born Killers were released. Not a bad year for film you could say, certainly for a young kid growing up then. I must admit, I wasn’t totally aware of Pulp Fiction at that time, but »
- Louise Tooth
Holiday episodes are something of a tradition on Community - not only are they an excuse for another Dean Pelton-sponsored dance, but they allow the show to step outside its own reality without losing its focus on character, the show’s single most important element. However, of the eleven holiday episodes Community‘s aired over its five seasons, it clearly has a better handle on some then others – here are Community‘s holidays, ranked from worst to best. 4. Thanksgiving Episode: 4.5 “Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations” Unfortunately, Community‘s lone foray into turkey-themed television came during the show’s Dark Period – and make no mistake, “Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations” is one of the show’s most disappointing episodes, a misfire on all accounts. Anchored down by a tame The Shawshank Redemption homage (with Abed, Annie and Troy trying to escape Shirley’s house and family), “Cooperative Escapism” is an »
- Randy Dankievitch
CW has officially announced how they will be celebrating Christmas week, which starts December 22. The tee network will be airing the super, iHeartRadio Jingle Ball show on December 22. However, they will be also airing the Mr. Magoo’s Christmas and Merry Madagascar. This will be mixed in the regular scheduled series hat will mostly be reruns due to mid-season finales. Here is the official listing that they have released for that week.
Monday, December 22
The iHEARTRADIO Jingle Ball 2014 — (8:00-9:30 p.m. Et) (Content Rating Tbd) (HDTV)
Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea, Maroon 5 And Many More In An All-star Holiday Concert Event — The star-studded concert from Madison Square Garden is hosted by Elvis Duran of Clear Channel’s Z100, New York’s Hit Music Station. Additional musical performers include Ariana Grande, Sam Smith, Pharrell, OneRepublic, Meghan Trainor, 5 Seconds of Summer, Jessie J., Shawn Mendes, Charli Xcx, Rita Ora and Nick Jonas. »
- Sarah Peel
"The Shawshank Redemption," "Fargo," "Kundun," "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," "The Man Who Wasn't There," "No Country for Old Men," "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," "The Reader," "True Grit," "Skyfall," "Prisoners." Surely one of those films won the Oscar for Best Cinematography, right? Nope. Roger Deakins has 11 Oscar nominations but, to date, has not been granted access to the Dolby Theater stage (or the Kodak Theater…or the Shrine Auditorium…he's a veteran of multiple Oscar venues at this point). Could that change with Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken?" Possibly. Deakins pushed himself quite a bit on the film and played with a few aesthetic ideas he hadn't really dabbled in before. It's only the second time he's worked in the war genre (after 2005's "Jarhead"), but he paints Jolie's canvas with striking hues of contrast. For a film that could be a formidable prestige Oscar player, »
- Kristopher Tapley
For awards watchers, there was one last film that remained to be seen — until Sunday, when Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” played to audiences in Los Angeles and New York. Though the film had premieres in Australia and London, reviews are under embargo until Monday. But judging by the guild screenings in L.A., Universal Pictures has a heavy hitter on its hands. The film is a surefire best picture nominee, with Jolie likely to break into the director race. Acting categories could be harder to crack with such stiff competition, but star Jack O’Connell could make his way into the best actor race, and supporting actor Miyavi, who plays the main villain, also has a fair shot.
The film first screened in the morning for the SAG Nominating Committee, ending to rapturous applause. SAG is generally a warm audience, and the star presence of Jolie certainly fueled the excitement. »
- Variety Staff
Ever wonder how The Shawshank Redemption's Andy and Red lived out the rest of their lives? We'll never know, but we do know that Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins reunited for a screening to celebrate the film's 20th anniversary earlier this week in Beverly Hills. After two decades, the movie remains literally the highest-rated film on IMDb, tied with The Godfather. It's pretty touching to see the stars, who also both worked on 2005's War of the Worlds, together again after so long. Take a trip down memory lane with the reunion pictures, and maybe rewatch the classic this weekend! »
I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying.
The Shawshank Redemption celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, and to mark the occasion stars Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman and director Frank Darabont reunited for a special Academy screening of the film this week.
Digital Spy goes then and now with the cast of the beloved drama to find out what happened to them in the years since Shawshank's original release.
Tim Robbins (Andy Dufresne)
Already a well-established and respected actor by the time he won the role of Andy Dufresne, Tim Robbins saw his career surge in the wake of Shawshank. He bagged the role after Kevin Costner, Tom Hanks and Brad Pitt turned it down, but their loss was his gain.
Andy and Red are back together again! Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman attended a screening of The Shawshank Redemption earlier this week in Beverly Hills in honor of the movie's 20th anniversary. The event was held by the Academy at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Nov. 18 and also included screenwriter Frank Darabont, who made his directorial debut on the Oscar-nominated flick. World War Z 's Max Brooks hosted the evening around the film, which was famously based on Stephen King's novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. It's hard to believe that it's been exactly two decades since Robbins and Freeman made movie magic on the big screen. Shawshank was nominated for »
It’s been 20 years since “The Shawshank Redemption” began its reign in our hearts and on basic cable. This week, director Frank Darabont and stars Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins reunited at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater for a 20th anniversary screening of the film. They talk about the film’s origins, production, and impact, as well as the many mispronunciations its title. Freeman hilariously recounts one incident, saying, “One lady stopped me in the elevator and said, ‘I just saw you in Hudsucker Reduction.’“ Excitable moderator Max Brooks also asks Darabont about the deleted scenes (watch them here), and why one particularly memorable sequence was snipped from the film. The discussion also includes accounts of the worst day of shooting, what attracted Freeman and Robbins to the script, and much more. Check it out all below, and be prepared for the next time 'Shawshank' shows up on cable. »
- Anthony Nicholas
Usually the phrase "studio notes" is one that makes cinephiles sneer. As they set out to make movies that appeal to the masses, studios are regularly regarded as some necessary evil that brings us great spectacle, but willfully dumbs down an auteur's vision. This might be a perception we get because stories about bad studio notes catch on way more often than those about good ones do. Regardless, it turns out studio notes made a major and positive difference on the ending of the much beloved Shawshank Redemption. In commemoration of The Shawshank Redemption's 20th anniversary, The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences held a celebration screening and Q&A at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. In attendance was the movie's writer-director Frank Darabont, as well as its stars, Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. While sharing some insights on the film and its making, the trio dropped »
It has been twenty years since The Shawshank Redemption was released in theaters. It wasn't really a box office success, but over the years it has become a movie that is beloved by people all over the world. This is one of my favorite movies of all time, and in celebration of it's 20th anniversary,The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences hosted a special screening and cast reunion at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
After the movie ended, writer and director Frank Darabont and stars Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins took the stage to discuss the movie and tell stories about the production. The panel was moderated by Max Brooks, and you can watch a part of their conversation below. If you're a fan of this movie, then you've got to take the time to check this out.
Via: THR »
- Joey Paur
Twenty years after its release in theaters, The Shawshank Redemption is still a crowd pleaser. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences celebrated the movie's 20th anniversary with a screening and cast reunion at its Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on Tuesday night. Writer-director Frank Darabont and stars Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins took to the stage to relay an enthusiastic audience — which also included many of their co-stars and crewmembers — with stories from the production of the Oscar-winning movie. See more Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films For his part, Darabont actually wanted to
- Kimberly Nordyke
Hitting a billion dollars at the worldwide box office used to be the ultimate measure of a cinematic phenomenon. It used to show an ability to have more than just one weekend of success and stood as testament to a film’s popularity, but it’s become increasingly common in recent years; of the nineteen films to have passed the one billion mark, only three come from before the new millennium (and only one of those did so without a hefty 3D re-release).
Clearly inflated ticket prices have meant more movies can hit that momentous number, while the industry’s continued obsession with franchise cinema has certainly helped. Most of these movies tend to be part of already successful mega-franchises, with the only totally original movies to be in the club being Avatar and Titanic.
Of course, how much money a film makes makes very little difference to whether »
- Alex Leadbeater
“Dumb and Dumber To” partied like it was 1994 at the box office this weekend.
The sequel to the Clinton era smash injected life into Jim Carrey’s moribund career, reminding audiences why they once loved the silly putty faced comic genius. It was the weekend’s highest-grossing film, picking up $38.1 million despite stiff competition from “Big Hero 6″ and “Interstellar.”
So how did the follow-up to a film that premiered 20 years ago before the dawn of DVDs, iPads and Facebook draw a crowd? Here’s four reasons why Harry and Lloyd stayed fresh:
1.) Accept No Substitutes
Unlike the doleful prequel “Dumb and Dumber: When Harry Met Lloyd,” the latest installment brought back stars Carrey and Jeff Daniels, as well as directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly. That kept the gross-out tone consistent and let viewers know this wasn’t a cheap ploy to cash in on nostalgia. That help explains »
- Brent Lang
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