14 items from 2016
The only thing Alejandro G. Inarritu really had going against him heading into this year’s Directors Guild of America awards ceremony was that he just won a year ago for “Birdman.” Apparently, that wasn’t enough.
The “Revenant” director became the first filmmaker to ever win back-to-back DGA honors for feature filmmaking Saturday night, and really, beyond the simple unlikely nature of that prospect, it’s difficult to call it a shock. After all, it’s not a hard sell to the guild’s 13,000 members that production on “The Revenant” was no walk in the park. That’s certainly been the overbearing linchpin of the film’s campaign these last several weeks, a narrative that is helping to propel Leonardo DiCaprio to his first Oscar. But moreover, voters in this group, they know very well what it takes to pull off a project like this. So they voted accordingly. »
- Kristopher Tapley
'A Beautiful Mind' with Russell Crowe. '31 Days of Oscar' on TCM: 'The Wind and the Lion,' 'The Man Who Would Be King' Turner Classic Movies' “31 Days of Oscar” continues on Saturday, Feb. 6, '16, with more recent fare – as in, several films released in the last four decades. Among these are The Wind and the Lion, The Man Who Would Be King, A Beautiful Mind, Swing Shift, and Broadcast News. John Milius' The Wind and the Lion and John Huston's The Man Who Would Be King are both 1975 releases featuring “Westerners” (i.e., white people) stranded in “exotic” and potentially dangerous locales (i.e., places inhabited by dark-skinned non-Christians) in the distant past: the former in early 20th century Morocco; the latter in a remote region in colonial India in the late 19th century. (That particular area, Kafiristan, is located in today's Afghanistan.) The thematic similarities between the two films end there, »
- Andre Soares
In just two weeks, Alamo Drafthouses nationwide will host screenings of A24's The Witch. More details on that story after the jump. Also in this round-up: a trailer for Night Terrors, Angelica release details, a new clip from The Final Project, and four images from The Terrible Two.
The Witch: Press Release: "Austin, TX - Feb 3, 2016 - The Alamo Drafthouse is excited to announce A24's chilling new horror film The Witch as the latest Drafthouse Recommends title. The film will open at Alamo Drafthouse locations nationwide with "sneak preview" screenings on the night of Feb. 18th, 2016. In the lead up to that opening date, select Alamo locations will also host free retrospective screenings of witchcraft horror classics to get audiences in the, er, spirit and to set the stage for director Robert Eggers' debut feature and groundbreaking new take on the genre.
And, for a limited time this month, »
- Tamika Jones
News hit today that Spotlight Pictures has acquired worldwide sales for Teeth director Mitchell Lichtenstein’s supernatural gothic drama Angelica. Featuring a cast comprised of Jena Malone (The Hunger Games, Contact), Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs, Tumbleweeds) and Ed Stoppard (The Pianist), the film also boasts a crew of two-time Academy Award® nominee cinematographer Dick Pope (Mr. Turner and The Illusionist), Academy Award® nominee costume designer Rita Ryack (Casino, Apollo 13) and Academy Award® winning production designer Luciana Arrighi (Howard’S End). Two-time César winner Zbigniew Preisner composed the score.
Regarding the acquisition, Lichtenstein had the follow to say: “I’m psyched to be putting Angelica into the capable hands of the folks at Spotlight Pictures,” said Lichtenstein. “They will be effective, enthusiastic custodians of our beautiful and intensely emotional film, bringing it to a wide and diverse audience.”
Angelica is a gothic tale of a newly married couple living in »
- Jerry Smith
Revenge vet Barry Sloane has enlisted in Six, History channel’s eight-episode action drama from Academy Award-nominated Apollo 13 screenwriter William Broyles Jr. and military special ops veteran David Broyles.
Inspired by current events, the series will follow Navy Seal Team Six, “the best of the best,” whose 2014 mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with the terrorists. The project promises to capture “what these SEALs do, their complex personal lives, »
Saturday evening’s 22nd Annual SAG Awards proved that we have a real race on our hands for best picture. The night’s biggest prize, the best ensemble award, which has been awarded to 10 of the last 20 best pic winners, went to Spotlight.
Director Tom McCarthy’s drama about Boston Globe reporters investigating the Catholic Church’s child molestation scandal is led by performances from best supporting actor Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo, best supporting actress nom Rachel McAdams, and best actor nom last year, Michael Keaton. The film previously won the Critics’ Choice award for best picture.
Rival contenders The Big Short and The Revenant, took home best picture honors at the PGA Awards and Golden Globes, respectively, with The Martian also winning a best picture award (in the comedy/musical category) at the Golden Globes.
So, what does a best ensemble win at SAG »
- Patrick Shanley
With the SAG Awards taking place this Sunday, the homestretch of the Oscar race is finally in view. The SAG’s, an award show “for actors, by actors”, is a great indication of what direction the Academy may be leaning, considering the acting branch of the Academy is by far the largest of the 17 branches with over 1,000 members of the 6,000+ Academy members belonging to it.
While the SAG Awards may not have a best picture award, like other award shows, it does have its equivalent in the best ensemble prize. The award is a great indication of what films may go on to win best picture at the Oscars, such as last year’s winner of both awards, Birdman.
Last week, The Big Short took home the best picture award at the PGA Awards, the first awards show of the season that is voted on »
- Patrick Shanley
Homeland director Lesli Linka Glatter has signed on to helm the first two episodes of of History’s new military drama Six, from A+E Studios and The Weinstein Company. She also will serve as an executive producer of the series. Written by William Broyles (Castaway, Apollo 13, Jarhead) and David Broyles, a military special operations veteran, and inspired by current events, Six follows a brotherhood of modern American warriors, Navy Seal Team Six, the best of the best… »
The Apollo program was a time when true space travel happened. The United States wasn’t just going into space and coming back, it was sending men to another celestial body in our universe. The stakes were very high.
Everything had to work – spacesuits could not leak, rocket engines absolutely had to fire, life support systems could not fail. When you’re a quarter of a million miles away from earth, there are no safety nets. No rescue missions were possible.
What started out as a presidential goal in the early 1960’s turned into the most impressive feat of all mankind. We did something no other country ever did or has done since. Not only once, but six times.
Now comes the story of Gene Cernan – one of the very few men who went to the moon not only once, but twice. He first went to the moon on the Apollo 10 mission. »
- Michelle McCue
During his three-year stint as Golden Globes host from 2010-2012, Ricky Gervais earned a reputation for being politically incorrect and aggressive with his humor. Oh, how he treasured that edgy badge of dishonor: "I guarantee they will not invite me back," the comedian predicted after his last gig. Now that Gervais returns this Sunday, plenty of people are wagering how he'll bite the hand that feeds him. But other than an obsession with his penis (and others), his off-color "offensive" humor can now seem rather quaint.
As the 54-year-old British writer-producer told The Hollywood Reporter, »
History is continuing a push into scripted drama following their success with "Vikings" along with event series like "Hatfields & McCoys" and "Sons of Liberty". Now, two more ongoing series have joined the line-up with the network greenlighting two new originals - the Crusade-era "Knightfall" and the military drama "Six".
"Knightfall" will chronicle the mysterious yet truthful accounts of the elite Crusade-era warriors known as the Knights Templar - a group that inspired much fiction from the Arthurian legends to modern day franchises in various formats like "Star Wars" and "Assassin's Creed".
The 21st century military drama "Six" is inspired by current events told through the lens of the Navy Seal Team Six. The story is loosely based on real missions handled by the »
- Garth Franklin
The History channel has greenlit eight episodes of Six, a real life-inspired military action drama from Academy Award-nominated Apollo 13 screenwriter William Broyles Jr. and military special ops veteran David Broyles.
Inspired by current events, the series will follow Navy Seal Team Six, “the best of the best,” whose 2014 mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with the terrorists. The project promises to capture “what these SEALs do, their complex personal lives, and the life and death decisions they make. »
Craig Ferguson wants you to Join or Die by Thursday, February 18 at 11/10c.
That’s the day the comedian’s new History series will debut, the cable network announced Wednesday.
Join or Die With Craig Ferguson will find the former Late Late Show host debating with a panel of guests, many of whom also were announced Wednesday.
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It’s not really an exaggeration to say that Netflix has fundamentally altered the way that we consume media, and the way that we live our lives. Until recently the term ‘binge-watching’ would have been considered a gibberish conjunction of nothingness – and the very concept itself would have been thought of almost exclusively as an agoraphobic activity. Yet today binge-watching is arguably the fastest growing activity in the western world and content is specifically tailored to meet our marathon televisual needs.
For better or for worse, Netflix is both omnipresent and alarmingly omnipotent in our lives. The company has grown from a small organisation that can only be born from the kind of blind rage that occurs when you get charged $40 late fees on a rental of Apollo 13, to a game changing cultural phenomenon.
There are many, many mind blowing facts and figures about Netflix out there in the ether. »
- Bevan Morgan
14 items from 2016
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