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Nominees for the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding performances in 2014 in five film and eight television categories, as well as the SAG Awards honors for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles were announced this morning in Los Angeles at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood.
SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard introduced Ansel Elgort (“The Fault in Our Stars,” “Divergent”) and actress/director/producer and SAG Award recipient Eva Longoria, who announced the nominees for this year’s Actors. SAG Awards Committee Chair JoBeth Williams and Vice Chair Daryl Anderson announced the stunt ensemble nominees.
The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at 8 p.m. (Et) / 5 p.m. (Pt) from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. An encore performance will air immediately following on TNT. The SAG Awards can »
- Michelle McCue
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
Sandwiched between Star Wars and Star Trek: The Motion Picture in the heyday of late 1970’s sci-fi entertainment was Battlestar Galactica. The show pitted Cylons against the crew of the Galactica for 24 episodes before being followed by Galactica 1980, and fans of the franchise should be pleased to hear that Universal is releasing both series on two separate Blu-ray releases—each with a bunch of bonus features:
(Press release via TVShowsOnDVD.com.) “Universal City, Calif., Nov. 24, 2014 – From renowned writer/producer Glen A. Larson, the creative force behind Knight Rider, The Six Million Dollar Man, and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, comes the groundbreaking TV series that launched one of the most beloved sci-fi franchises in history, now available in widescreen and high definition as both Battlestar Galactica: The Definitive Collection and Battlestar Galactica: The Remastered Collection come to Blu-ray on May 12, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. »
- Derek Anderson
Listening screens at 9:35 on Friday, November 21st at the Tivoli Theater as part of the St. Louis International Film Festival. Ticket information can be found Here
In the new science fiction film Listening, graduate students David (Thomas Stroppel), Ryan (Artie Ahr), and Jordan (Amber Marie Bollinger) are trying to harness the power of the human mind. Broke and struggling to support their families, they spend all of their time in a garage lab full of stolen equipment, hoping to invent a means of human telepathy and thus solve their problems. But when the trio makes a breakthrough, the discovery proves anything but a boon. Instead, their cutting-edge technology quickly opens a Pandora’s box of new dangers. Secrets and betrayals boil to the surface as the technology falls into the wrong hands, and the team soon finds itself working for an underground government agency with treacherous plans. With no one left to trust, »
- Tom Stockman
Film executive Nadia Bronson, known for her innovative work during her tenure as head of international marketing at Universal, died Friday following a long battle with cancer. She was 67.
Bronson, a native of France, was well-liked among colleagues and competitors. She’s credited with raising the profile of the international marketplace — so much so that she was often dubbed “The Queen of Cannes” — thanks to the creativity she brought to promoting films.
During her 24-year Universal tenure, she oversaw international campaigns on such notable pics as “Out of Africa,” “In the Name of the Father,” “Apollo 13,” “Jurassic Park” “Shakespeare in Love,” “The Mummy,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Babe,” “Gladiator” and “Schindler’s List.”
“Jurassic Park” was a massive hit overseas, topping $600 million in 1993. Two years later, “Waterworld” performed impressively internationally with $175 million.
Bronson, who spoke five languages fluently, combined a straightforward business style with a charm that endeared her to executives, »
- Dave McNary
"Reach for the Stars" is a supercut of space exploration films that is cut to the trailer of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. The video was created by Movieclips, and some of the movies included in it are 2001: A Space Odyssey, Apollo 13, The Right Stuff, several Star Trek films, and even George Méliès classic 1902 feature, A Trip to the Moon. I also included the Interstellar trailer that the video was cut to so that you could compare if you wanted.
I’m a huge fan of this type of movie, as I’ve always been fascinated by space exploration and astronomy. Interstellar is easily one of my favorites. It’s strange for me to see so many mixed reviews for it, but I guess some people just couldn’t handle the greatness of it.
- Joey Paur
Now that Interstellar is in theaters all over the place, why not take a look at some of the big films that boldly went to space before. A video from Movie Clips uses the voiceover from Matthew McConaughey we've heard dozens of times in the trailer for Christopher Nolan's ambitious space epic, and mashes it up with footage from films like the influential 2001: A Space Odyssey, last year's Gravity, the iconic Star Trek: Wrath of Kahn (and some of the other franchise films), the true story of Apollo 13 and a few more. It's not all that inclusive of tons of sci-fi films, but it's still a pretty nicely edited piece of work. Watch! Here's Reach for the Stars: An Interstellar Space Travel Mash-Up from Movie Clips: For more on Interstellar, see fan-art posters, five new TV spots, third official trailer and the official website. Interstellar »
- Ethan Anderton
Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar opens this week, and it’s the latest in a long line of films to take us earthlings beyond the stars and into the vastness of a cosmos we can’t even begin to fathom. The great unknown of space has long been a favorite topic for writers and filmmakers alike –and this new mash-up from the folks over at Movie Clips highlights some of the best moments in the history of the subgenre. Using Matthew McConaughey’s Interstellar narration, the clip (titled Reach for the Stars) uses scenes from movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Apollo 13 and various Star Trek entries to highlight mankind’s fascination with boldly going where no man has gone before. There’s a genuine sense of majesty and gravitas in...
- Mike Bracken
Chicago – It was Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 at 10:15 p.m. Leaving Navy Pier IMAX, I was driving north on Lake Shore Drive – a constantly busy, multi-lane highway that hugs the east of Chicago and separates it from water.
What I saw next with fellow staff critic Patrick McDonald might have been normal for 3 a.m., but discussing Christopher Nolan’s new sci-fi “Interstellar” and being the only one on the road in either direction felt otherworldly.
While certainly unusual, it speaks to my state of mind and how the film hit me with a ton of bricks. It felt epic and simultaneously intimate – being one of only a few dozen critics comfortably spread out among 440 seats – and could have only been experienced correctly on a 6-story, 60-by-80-foot screen. Don’t make the mistake of seeing this film in anything but IMAX.
The problem with being Christopher Nolan is having »
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Over the last few decades, we've seen many filmmakers take audiences to the reaches of outerspace, and with Christopher Nolan's Interstellar hitting theaters this weekend, we have a brand new supercut that celebrates some amazing cinematic trips to the stars. The video comes to us from the folks over at Fandango, and while it's (understandably) a little heavy on the Interstellar footage, it's hard not to be impressed. There are more than 20 films that come together to make up this supercut, and while it comes together beautifully, it's actually kind of funny that some of the movie's sourced were not exactly celebrated pieces of cinema. Can you guess all of them? Write down as many titles as you can and then compare it to the list of 21 films below! 2001: A Space Odyssey, Apollo 13, Apollo 18, A Trip to The Moon (1902), Europa Report, Gravity, Interstellar, Noah, Nutty Professor 2, October Sky, »
Normally spots and sci-fi geekery don't really mix. But during the half-time show of the Ohio State and Illinois game, the Ohio State marching band preformed several sci-fi movie themes. The theme for the band was, "They Came from Outer Space," and the performance included renditions of music from 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Trek, Apollo 13, and more. It turned out pretty cool. I especially liked how they formed iconic images from those films while marching on the field.
- Joey Paur
The movies’ love affair with space exploration is almost as old as the movies themselves, reaching all the way back to A Trip To The Moon with that iconic image of a rocket planting itself in the eye of the man in the moon way, waaay back in 1902. For most of the next decades, outer space became a backdrop for flights of fancy, from the classic 1930’s “Flash Gordon” kiddie matinee serials through the “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” franchises (with this Summer’s mega hit Guardians Of The Galaxy igniting another series). It wasn’t until 1968’s 2001: A Space Odyssey that film makers really began grounding space flight flicks in a more scientific reality, much like last year’s Gravity, while The Right Stuff and Apollo 13 looked back on the history of manned space missions. Now, after completing a successful screen revamp of the caped crusader for »
- Jim Batts
Audiences need a good reason to go to a movie theater these days, and a digital restoration of a great film classic is one of them. The 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival has landed four world premiere restorations set to play the fest from March 26-29, 2015 at Hollywood venues in Los Angeles. TCM will celebrate the film's 55th anniversary with a new print of Stanley Kubrick's glorious 1960 Roman epic "Spartacus," starring Kirk Douglas as the title rebel warrior, with Tony Curtis, Jean Simmons, Laurence Olivier, Charles Laughton, John Gavin and Peter Ustinov, who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1961. A restoration of Ron Howard's beloved 1995 space odyssey "Apollo 13," turning 20 next year, will also be playing the festival. Both are presented in collaboration with Universal Home Entertainment. TCM and Warner Bros. Classics will unveil a new print of William Dieterle's majestic 1939 Rko Production of Victor Hugo's "The Hunchback of Notre. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has landed four film restorations set to make their world premieres during the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival, taking place March 26-29, 2015, in Hollywood. The movies, each from a different era in cinema history, including Ron Howard’s Apollo 13 (1995), Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus (1960), William Dieterle’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) and Charles Reisner and Buster Keaton’s Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928). The Keaton comedy will be accompanied by legendary silent film composer Carl Davis conducting the world premiere performance of his new score for the film.
Earlier this month, TCM announced that the theme for the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival will be History According to Hollywood:
The Old West. Medieval England. Ancient Rome. Hollywood has found endless inspiration in re-creating historical moments and bringing to life the heroes and villains of the past, creating a form of time travel for audiences through the ages and around the world. »
- Melissa Thompson
Ahead of Interstellar's launch, here's a selection of 10 underappreciated sci-fi films about space travel...
Christopher Nolan's Interstellar wears many of its influences proudly. The director has openly said that his film is inspired by such acclaimed pieces of cinema as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Philip Kaufman's The Right Stuff, as well as the human warmth of Steven Spielberg's 80s output. Interstellar depicts a near future where life on Earth teeters on the brink of extinction. Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a former test pilot turned farmer, joins a last-ditch mission to enter a wormhole in space and find a new home for humanity; he realises that the only way to save his family is to leave it behind.
It's the latest film to tap into our fascination with the depths of space - a topic that has been explored many times since the earliest days of cinema. »
Joffe is joined on the jury by cinematographer Christian Berger (“The Piano Teacher,” “The White Ribbon”), director and screenwriter Ryszard Bugajski (“Interrogation,” “The Closed Circuit”), photographer Ryszard Horowitz, and production designer David Gropman (“The Cider House Rules,” “Chocolat,” “Life of Pi”).
Others on the jury are cinematographer-producer Arthur Reinhart (“Crows,” “Tristan + Isolde”), cinematographer Oliver Stapleton (“The Cider House Rules,” “Pay It Forward”), cinematographer Manuel Alberto Claro (“Melancholia,” “Nymphomaniac”) and sound engineer David MacMillan (“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” “Speed,” “Apollo 13”).
Cinematographer Caleb Deschanel (“The Right Stuff,” “The Passion of the Christ”) will be jury president for the Polish Films Competition. He’ll be joined by cinematographer Affonso Beato, producer Scott Franklin, curator-film programmer-producer Ellen Harrington, cinematographer Phil Meheux, cinematographer Matthew Libatique, »
- Leo Barraclough
By Anjelica Oswald
Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar is hoping to join Guardians of the Galaxy, another space-related film, at the top of the box office after it opens Nov. 5 and could garner a best picture Oscar nomination. In the trailer, Matthew McConaughey‘s character says, “We used to look up in the sky and wonder at our place in the stars; now we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt,” so one wonders how often the Academy looks skyward for best picture nominees and if voting members have set a precedent for space films to do well at the Oscars. Though many of the voting members came of age when President John F. Kennedy said we were going to put the first man on the moon, only six space-related films have been nominated for best picture: Gravity (2013), District 9 (2009), Avatar (2009), Apollo 13 (1995), The Right Stuff »
- Anjelica Oswald
Alejandro G Ińárritu, Yimou Zhang, Mike Leigh and Jean-Marc Vallée are among the directors with films screening in competition at the 22nd Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography.
The main competition at the festival, held in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz, comprises:
Alejandro G Ińárritu’s Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance); USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Emmanuel Lubezki
Łukasz Palkowski’s Gods (Bogowie); Poland, 2014; Cinematographer: »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Polish film festival sets competition juries; Roland Joffe to preside over main competition.
Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, has set an impressive roster of jurors for its various competition categories.
Caleb Deschanel has been appointed president of the Polish Films Competition.
The full list of jurors is below.
Ryszard Horowitz (photographer)
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Interstellar just got the cover of Time magazine. Was it because Warner Bros., which spun off Time Inc this year, is a co-partner with Paramount Pictures? Maybe, so. Regardless, it’s still a really nice piece of marketing for the Christopher Nolan-directed sci-fi action/drama which is bowing next Tuesday on 250 locals. It rolls out wide November 7.
The last time the news magazine put a movie on its cover was for Zero Dark Thirty on February 4, 2013 when it featured director Kathryn Bigelow. Before that, it was Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln on November 5, 2012. The reach of the magazine is 3.3 million in print circulation … so that’s a lot of eyes.
- Anita Busch
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