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Apollo 13 (1995)
Director: Ron Howard
Entertainment grade: B
History grade: A
Apollo 13 was a 1970 moon landing mission mounted by Nasa's Apollo Space Program, which ran from 1961 until 1972. It ran into trouble after an oxygen tank exploded, leaving crucial systems damaged.
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Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones directs and stars in The Homesman. Produced by Luc Besson, the film features a huge cast – Hilary Swank, Hailee Steinfeld, John Lithgow, James Spader, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Tim Blake Nelson, William Fichtner and Meryl Streep.
A claim jumper and a pioneer woman team up to escort three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa.
Behind the scenes crew includes composer Marco Beltrami (World War Z), production designer Merideth Boswell (Apollo 13), editor Roberto Silvi (The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada) and cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (The Wolf Of Wall Street).
The film is expected to screen in May at the Cannes International Film Festival, followed by showings at Telluride and Toronto later this year.
- Michelle McCue
(Cbr) Actors Ashley Bell and Clint Howard stopped by the Cbr Speakeasy in Los Angeles to discuss noir superhero film "Sparks," directed by Christopher Folino and based on the graphic novel of the same name. It's very possible fans will know Bell and Howard from their work in other films and television shows -- Bell plays Nell Sweetzer in "The Last Exorcism" series and portrayed Karina in webisodes for "The Walking Dead," while Howard's lengthy career in film and television includes credits in everything from "Apollo 13" and "Frost/Nixon" to "Star Trek" and Disney's "The Jungle Book." In "Sparks," Bell took on the role of Lady Heavenly, the vigilante romantic interest of Sparks, while Howard plays Gordon Eldridge, the head of the newspaper. During their interview with Cbr Executive Producer Jonah Weiland, Bell and Howard discussed the draw of "Sparks" and the challenge of bringing superheroes to life on a budget. »
- Jonah Weiland, Comic Book Resources
Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods) just signed on to direct "The Sinister Six," a Spider-Man spin-off focusing on the villainous group. Because of the new gig, he had to drop out of "The Martian," a sci-fi movie that Matt Damon may star in. 20th Century Fox is eager to move forward with "The Martian" and is now searching for Goddard's replacement. Since Damon is yet to be officially on board, his involvement will likely depend on the director. "The Martian" is based on an e-book by Andy Weir and follows an astronaut who becomes the first person to walk on Mars, but is then left for dead on the planet. He must now figure out how to survive long enough to return to Earth. The project has been described as a cross between "Apollo 13" and "Cast Away." »
Goddard’s other projects include Netflix’s upcoming Daredevil series and Sony Pictures’ The Amazing Spider-Man spinoff, The Sinister Six. No word on who the studio wants as Goddard’s replacement, but Damon is being eyed for the lead role.
The Martian is based on Andy Weir’s 2012 e-book publication. The synopses goes:
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.
Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.
After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and »
- Laura Frances
The filmmaker was in negotiations to write and direct back in May, but 20th Century Fox didn't want to wait for his scehdule to clear, now that he is committed to directing Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 spin-off The Sinister Six, along with Netflix's Daredevil TV series.
The project is based on a 2012 e-book by Andy Weir, which chronicles an astronaut who becomes stranded on Mars and tries to find a way back to Earth. While it may sound similar to last year's blockbuster Gravity, the story is said to be much different, described as a cross between Apollo 13 and Cast Away.
Matt Damon is not officially attached at this time, and his involvement is said to hinge upon who the studio selects as the new director. »
It would appear that the Sinister Six’s gain is Mars’ loss. How so? Cabin In The Woods director Drew Goddard, who had been attached to direct space thriller The Martian, has dropped out to focus on his Sony (and Netflix, with Daredevil) duties. But it’s not all bad news for 20th Century Fox, as Matt Damon is considering starring.Taken from Andy Weir’s e-book, the film version of the story has been described as a hybrid of Apollo 13 and Cast Away, with an American space explorer trapped on the Red Planet and forced to find a way to get back to Earth before his supplies run out. While it certainly has thematic overtones that may put you in mind of more recent orbital hit Gravity, The Martian is said to be a very different take on space suit survival.Damon, who has been on something of »
A couple of days ago, we learned that The Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard has closed his deal to direct Sony’s Spider-Man spinoff film The Sinister Six. However, it appears that his busy schedule has subsequently forced Goddard to back out of a different project. The Wrap reports that Goddard has exited 20th Century Fox’s sci-fi film The Martian, which he signed on to last year. With his impending schedule, Fox wasn’t keen to wait on the filmmaker to move forward on the project. Not only is Goddard writing and directing Sinister Six, but he’s first running and directing Marvel’s Daredevil Netflix series, so he wouldn’t be able to move his focus back to The Martian for quite some time. Hit the jump for more, including the potential involvement of Matt Damon. With Goddard officially off the film, 20th Century Fox is »
- Adam Chitwood
Last spring we heard that Drew Goddard would direct The Martin for Fox. The sci-fi flick sounded like a pretty ambitious project, as insiders described it as Cast Away meets Apollo 13, with the plot centering on an “astronaut stranded on Mars, who tries to survive long enough to chart a path back to Earth.” Today, The Wrap is reporting that Goddard is no longer attached, likely due to the fact that he’s now working on Marvel’s Daredevil series as well as the Sinister Six film for Sony.
As unfortunate as it is to hear that the Cabin in the Woods director will no longer be putting his talents towards this project, there is a silver lining here. Apparently, Matt Damon is eyeing the lead role and if the studio can find a suitable replacement for Goddard, he’s expected to sign on.
Unfortunately, we don’t have »
- Matt Joseph
It’s produced by Grammy Award-winning artist Jay-z and stars him alongside side the likes of Kanye West, Rita Ora, Pearl Jam, Run-dmc, Santigold, Jill Scott, Janelle Monae, Skrillex, Odd Future, The Hives, Passion Pit, D’Angelo and Gary Clark Jr, it was filmed in 2012 during a two-day set in Philadelphia featuring a host of music’s heavyweights.
The event is put together by Budweiser for their ‘Made in America Festival‘, which is an annual event held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and launched in September 2012. Sponsored by Anheuser–Busch, the festival features several stages that continuously host live music from a wide range of genres including hip hop, rock, pop, R&B, and Edm.
The great Ron Howard made his directorial debut »
- Dan Bullock
Discovery has partnered with director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer to launch New Form, a digital studio that will produce short-form videos for the web. New Form is an independent venture backed by financing from Discovery, Howard, Grazer, former William Morris chief Jim Wiatt, CAA attorney Craig Jacobson, former Tribune Broadcasting president Ed Wilson and Michael Rosenberg. Rosenberg is co-chairman of Imagine Entertainment, the production company Grazer and Howard founded 28 years ago. Imagine has produced award-winning films and television shows such as “A Beautiful Mind,” “Apollo 13,” 24” and “Arrested Development.” Also read: Imagine's Michael Rosenberg Promoted to Co-Chairman With. »
- Lucas Shaw
Apollo 13 meets Here Comes Honey Boo Boo? Hard to say yet what might come from the venture, called New Form, that unites the Hollywood creative team — plus lawyer Craig Jacobson, TV exec Ed Wilson, agent Jim Wiatt, film exec Michael Rosenberg and CAA — with pay TV’s leading producer of non-fiction programming. There’s no word on terms of the arrangements, including how much cash is behind New Form. Kathleen Grace will be chief creative officer of the La-based operation. Her mission, the companies say, is to develop “high-quality, scripted and unscripted programming for today’s digital viewers” — and to create alliances with “key distribution partners and brands.” Digital productions typically have low budgets, and generate low revenues on the Internet, but the ones from New Form have a “possibility of expanded distribution across Discovery and partner platforms globally.” The announcement comes ahead of Discovery’s upfront presentation today in NYC, »
- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Financial Editor
Trevor Hogg chats with film editor Thelma Schoonmaker, production visual effects supervisor and second unit director Rob Legato, and first assistant director Adam Somner as well as visual effects supervisors Joe Farrell and Marko Forker about travelling around the world with Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio without leaving New York City....
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio (The Departed) is based on the memoir of high living stockbroker Jordan Belfort who was sent to prison for stock manipulation. “It's interesting that Scorsese told his casting director, Ellen Lewis, right from the beginning that the film would be filled with humour,” states Thelma Schoonmaker who has edited every Martin Scorsese movie since winning an Oscar for Raging Bull (1980). “But most members of the crew were surprised by how funny the scenes were as they watched them being shot. So Scorsese knew what he was doing right from the beginning, »
Part 2 of this list gets a bit more foreign. In fact, this may be the first full list that has more foreign-language films than English-language ones. Maybe English-speaking audiences aren’t as willing to watch religious films. Maybe films associated with religion come off as preachy or accusatory. Or maybe (most of) the films on this list have done it so well already that it doesn’t need to be done again.
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40. Marketa Lazarová (1967)
Directed by František Vláčil
The film often credited as being the best to come out of the Czech Republic, Marketa Lazarová was based on the novel by Vladislav Vančura and is an early, biting narrative about the chasm of difference between paganism and its shift into Christianity in the Middle Ages, as the daughter of a lord is kidnapped and becomes the mistress of one of her kidnappers, a robber knight. It »
- Joshua Gaul
Echo of the Mountain also scoops a top prize at the film festival in Mexico.Scroll down for full list of winners
Matias Lucchesi’s debut feature Natural Sciences (Ciencias naturales) scooped a top prize, the Golden Mayahuel and €14,700 ($20,000) in cash, in the Ibero-American competition of the 29th Guadalajara Film Festival (Ficg), March 21-30.
The Argentinian production follows an adolescent girl’s quest to reconnect with her estranged father and was launched last month at the Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Generation Kplus Grand Prix.
Sold by Urban Distribution, it beat competition from 18 other titles to take the top prize and also received the best screenplay award and the Feisal (Latin American Film Schools) trophy.
Lead stars Paula Herzog and Paola Barrientos shared the best actress prize.
Echo of the Mountain (Eco de la Montana), a documentary directed by veteran Nicolas Echevarria, won the prize for best Mexican film, which included »
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Biggest Selling Orchestral Soundtrack Of All Time Presented Live For The Very First Time By Oscar And Grammy Award Winning Composer James Horner.
Titanic Live- World Premiere
Royal Albert Hall
27 April 2015
Tickets On Sale Now!
London, 21 March; Avex Classics International and the Royal Albert Hall today announce one of the major music events of 2015, the world premiere presentation of Titanic Live at the iconic London venue on 27th April 2015.
James Horner’s epic score will be brought to life like never before, with the composer himself conducting a 90-piece orchestra, choir and Celtic musicians whilst the film is projected on a vast HD screen. Titanic Live promises to be the live cinematic event of the year, re-creating the uniquely familiar soundtrack which will forever be a part of cinematic history.Horner has composed for over 100 motion pictures, frequently collaborating with directors such as James Cameron and Ron Howard. Other scores »
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In a continuation of their incredible live orchestral events, the Royal Albert Hall have announced that the world premiere of ‘Titanic Live‘ will take place on 27th April 2015 and with a very special guest indeed. James Horner’s epic score will be brought to life like never before, with the composer himself conducting a 90-piece orchestra, choir and Celtic musicians whilst the film is projected on a vast HD screen and tickets are on-sale now!
Horner has composed for over 100 motion pictures, frequently collaborating with directors such as James Cameron and Ron Howard. Other scores include Avatar (the only film to surpass Titanic in box office sales), Braveheart, Aliens, Apollo 13, Star Trek II and recently, The Amazing Spider-man.
The 1997 blockbuster Titanic, written and produced by James Cameron, became one of the most prolific movies of all time, grossing over $2 billion at the box office and winning 11 Academy Awards including »
- Dan Bullock
You wait years for a big TV show about space, and then two come along at the same time … but did they have the all-important 'Wow!' factor?
In lists of television's most memorable images, America's National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) generally claims three spots: the pictures of the first Moon landing in 1969, the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger in 1986 and the videos of Mars sent back by Nasa's Viking craft in the 1970s.
Despite this, space has disappeared from TV schedules for long periods. Star Trek in the Us and Doctor Who in the UK, the two most celebrated extra-terrestrial dramas, both had runs with long interruptions and – until Ron Howard's and Tom Hanks's movie Apollo 13 and their related HBO mini-series From the Earth to the Moon in the mid-90s – parents and teachers were often startled to discover that young people had no »
- Mark Lawson
Last year, Kevin Bacon appeared in several commercials for UK's digital communications company Ee, which launched a campaign to promote its many offers for movie-watching. The commercials feature the actor reprising some of his film roles, including ones from "Friday the 13th," "Footloose," "A Few Good Men," "Apollo 13," "Hollow Man" and "Flatliners." Check out two of the commercials below. Commercial 1: Commercial 2: »
Peter Debruge: Ok, gentlemen, time to guess who will win the Oscar for best picture. I say “guess” because the word “predict” seems entirely too confident when it comes to the Academy Awards. Despite all the ink and all the effort that people put into anticipating who will win on Sunday night, all the logic and algorithms that factor into their prognostications, I still think it’s a crapshoot — and I say this as someone who once managed to win Variety’s office Oscar pool. That’s no humblebrag, mind you. Quite the opposite. My point is that only once in the last 20 years of the Academy Awards have my preferences aligned with the Academy’s — a group that prefers “Argo” to “Amour” and “The Lord of the Rings” to “Lost in Translation,” while overlooking what I consider to be the best film of 2013: “Inside Llewyn Davis.”
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- Peter Debruge, Scott Foundas and Justin Chang
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