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George Clooney struck a dapper pose and paid tribute to brave astronauts at an event commemorating the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission. The gala, which took place at the Western Airways Airport Hanger in Sugar Land, Texas on Tuesday, paid tribute to luxury watch manufacturer Omega as a trusted partner in space exploration. Clooney, 54, is a brand ambassador for the company, which made the Speedmaster wristwatches that many Nasa astronauts have worn on missions since 1969, the year of the first moon landing. Sporting a black suit, white shirt and black bow tie as well as his own Omega wristwatch, the actor attended the event alone. The Apollo 13 mission took place in 1970 and was to be the »
Buyers queue round the block for StudioCanal’s pre-Cannes promo event.
The $50m joint venture between StudioCanal and UK animation powerhouse Aardman Animations was announced last week but few details were released beyond the fact it would revolve around a plucky caveman who saves his community from destruction.
A mood reel cleverly referencing previous Aardman productions Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Chicken Run and Shaun the Sheep as cave paintings, revealed the central character will be called Doug and have a faithful pet wild boar called Hog Nobs.
In a recorded message, Park told the assembled buyers the film, currently in pre-production, would have all the elements to make a great prehistoric film: “Dinosaurs… volcanoes and a giant, caveman-eating duck.”
”Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run combined have grossed half a »
Sunday (May 3) night's "Last Man on Earth" finale brought Will Forte's Phil Miller full circle, which has been a long, 13-episode process. First he was the last person on Earth. Then Carol arrived and he was just the last man on Earth. Then Todd came and he wasn't even the last man on Earth. Then there were more people and soon he wasn't even the last Phil Miller on Earth. Over 13 episodes, Phil went from alone, to living what he thought was the dream, to realizing his dream was a nightmare and, by the finale, he was sent packing by the community that he brought together and he was, briefly, isolated again before Carol look pity on him. And, at the very end of the episode, Phil Miller was going off to a different location with the woman he thinks he loves for now, but we discovered that he »
- Daniel Fienberg
All week our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. When I picked this year, it was under the mistaken assumption that we were writing on the best film of a year, and not the best film year in general. But having realized the mistake, I stand by my choice. 1995 is still the best! Straight up: 1995 wins, because Todd Haynes’s “[Safe]" is still my favorite film to have come out since, Idk, I’ve been alive. It’s deeply self-conscious about genre, while still managing to not really resemble anything I’ve ever seen. It’s the perfect film about L.A.; about how space is mobilized in cinema; about the environment; about Gothic horror; about white femininity; about film bodies; about falling in love in the movies. It’s Todd Motherf*#@$^ Haynes’s best film. »
- Jane Hu
It's kinda freaky if I'm flying at 30,000 feet and something like "Air Force One" or "Flight" comes on as the in-flight movie. (Particularly in the case of the latter, as talking to screenwriter John Gatins about his research on that one has forever unhinged something in me.) I guess if movies were shown on buses, "Speed" would make a dicey proposition, too. So hats off to the astronauts who took in "Gravity" for movie night aboard the International Space Station recently. #Movie night in micro #Gravity aboard #Iss on our new HD projector which we use for conferences, tech software, etc.. pic.twitter.com/Mhb03U3alz — Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) April 25, 2015 Captain Scott J. Kelly Tweeted out the above image over the weekend. But now I'm just sort of curious as to what else they watch up there. We're entering outdoor movie season, when things like "Ghostbusters" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off »
- Kristopher Tapley
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
Ever wanted to learn more about the science behind Shaun of the Dead's zombies, or the technological possibilities of Terminator 2?
Well, at the latest Pop Up Screens event, Science Flicktion, scientists and comedians will be on hand to explain the mysteries that arise with popular sci-fi films.
The scientist will then provide a commentary throughout the film, pausing the movie at certain points to explain what is happening on screen.
Science Flicktion will run on May 15, 16, 17 at the Chelsea Old Town Hall, with tickets costing £18 or £12 for students and under 10s. »
Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »
- Jordan Benesh
This month Alan Rickman's A Little Chaos, Ryan Gosling's Lost River and Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner see these performers make the dizzying leap from actor to director. But in which of their colleagues' footsteps might they follow?
We take a look at six different categories of actor-turned-directors.
Too handsome to be a supporting actor, and lacking the gravitas of a major star, Ben Affleck looked to be heading towards Kilmer-ville before he released Gone Baby Gone, a dark Dennis Lehane thriller he co-wrote and directed, with brother Casey taking the lead. Follow-up The Town proved solid, but his next effort, Argo, was a surprise Best Picture winner. The fact Affleck didn't receive a Director nomination suggests he's not yet been forgiven for the likes of Gigli, but the forthcoming Lehane adaptation Live By Night should fix that.
As an actor, Clint Eastwood's flinty »
For the sixth consecutive year, thousands of movie lovers from around the globe descended upon Hollywood for the TCM Classic Film Festival. The 2015 festival took take place Thursday, March 26 – Sunday, March 29, 2015 and no matter your favorite genre, attendees were treated to an extensive lineup of great movies, appearances by legendary stars and filmmakers, fascinating presentations and panel discussions, special events and more.
Friday night’s screening of Apollo 13 was definitely one of the most exciting events of the festival. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Ron Howard’s impressive telling of the nearly doomed mission of the 3 astronauts aboard Apollo 13 looked as spectacular as the first time audiences saw it 20 years ago.
Host and long-time Nasa enthusiast Alex Trebek was on hand to introduce the film, as well as introduce fans in attendance to the real Captain Jim Lovell (played in the film by Tom Hanks). Also joining them on »
- Melissa Thompson
In a video that will make your whole day if not your whole week, legendary actor Tom Hanks appeared on The Late, Late Show with British un-funny man James Corden where the pair re-enact a large portion of Mr. Hank’s film roles including Forrest Gump, Big, Bachelor Party, The Money Pit, The ‘Burbs, Turner & Hooch, Road to Perdition, Joe vs. The Volcano, Sleepless in Seattle, Saving Private Ryan, Captain Phillips, The Terminal, A League of Their Own, You’ve Got Mail, That Thing You Do, The Polar Express, Catch me if you Can, Cloud Atlas, The Green Mile, Larry Crowne, Castaway, Philadelphia, The Da Vinci Code, Saving Mr. Banks, Splash, Apollo 13 and the Toy Story trilogy.
Check out the video below:
Pretty cool, eh?
- Luke Owen
Set your DVR’s cuz there’s a new face on the late night scene. James Corden officially kicked off his gig on The Late Late Show last night, and it was a hit. In addition to some hilarious bits, Corden was joined by stars Tom Hanks and Mila Kunis – sitting side-by-side on a couch.
However, the best part came when Hanks and Corden looked back at the Oscar-winning actor’s career. Green screen, black turtle necks and some clever props were all the two needed as they raced through scenes from 29 of Hanks’ movie hits.
Apollo 13 was funny, but Big won it, hands down.
A dramatic »
- Melissa Thompson
“Launch Control this is Houston. We are Go for launch.”
A harrowing moment in human history became an exhilarating cinematic event two decades ago when acclaimed director Ron Howard chronicled Nasa’s tense 1970 lunar mission crisis in the Oscar-nominated film Apollo 13.
To Nasa enthusiasts and Saturn V rocket experts, the launch sequence, along with James Horner’s emotional score, is the greatest in movie history.
Newly restored and remastered using the original high-resolution 35mm film elements, the commemorative edition comes with an array of bonus features including “Apollo 13: Twenty Years Later,” an all-new retrospective featuring exclusive interviews with director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer.
The restored version of Apollo 13 premieres on March 27 at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood. »
- Michelle McCue
To celebrate the March 13th release of Run All Night, the edge-of-your-seat action thriller starring Liam Neeson, we’re giving you the chance to win a set of merchandise, including: Running Wristband, Touchscreen Gloves, Hooded Pullover and T-Shirt.
Brooklyn mobster and prolific hit man Jimmy Conlon (Neeson), once known as The Gravedigger, has seen better days. But when Jimmy’s estranged son, Mike (Kinnaman), becomes a target, Jimmy must make a choice between the crime family he chose and the real family he abandoned long ago. Now, with nowhere safe to turn, Jimmy just has one night to figure out exactly where his loyalties lie and to see if he can finally make things right.
For your chance to win a must-have Run All Night prize bundle, just answer the question below:
- Dan Bullock
Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Chris Burnham
Colors by Nathan Fairbairn
Published by Image Comics
One of the strangest elements in Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham sci-fi horror miniseries has been how shockingly tame it’s been. That’s not to say what is presented in this recent issue of the inaugural outing are anything that doesn’t warrant a mature content warning, just that it’s strange to see the creative team of such mind bending works like Batman Inc. and The Multiversity: Pax Americana be this far into their limited miniseries and not fully engage the body horror and raging madness of say Event Horizon. That all being said, this issue is a massive improvement from last month, but to the point one wonders why the first two issues couldn’t have been at least fit together.
The issue opens up with the titular occult specialist, »
- Grant Raycroft
Best Sound Mixing can be one of the hardest races to predict, due in large part to its confusion with Best Sound Editing. Sound Mixing honors the balancing of the various production dialogue, Adr, foley and effects, and music tracks of a film into one cohesive whole. This award is generally given to both the production sound mixers and the re-recording mixers. The Cinema Audio Society rewards one film each year for its achievement in the field, and since 1993, the winner there has repeated at the Academy Awards 12 times: -Break- 1995: "Apollo 13" 1996: "The English Patient" 1997: "Titanic" 1998: "Saving Private Ryan" 1999: "The Matrix" 2000: "Gladiator" 2006: "Dreamgirls" 2008: "Slumdog Millionaire" 2009: "The Hurt Locker" 2011: "Hugo" 2012: "Les Miserables" 2013: "Gravity" This year, Cas honored "Birdman" over fello »
By Anjelica Oswald
The Oscars are almost here.
In anticipation of the 87th Academy Awards on Feb. 22, here is a breakdown of some fast facts and statistics we’ve gathered. Click the links below for more information:
Of the 86 films to win best picture, 36 (42 percent) have won without procuring a single Oscar in the acting categories. Only one film has ever won the DGA, SAG and PGA Awards and not gone on to win the best picture Oscar, and that was Apollo 13 19 years ago. Four of the past 14 best picture winners are based on actual people and events, two of which won last year and the year before, and three others were inspired by real events. Birdman joins a number of Oscar-nominated films that center on performers or feature performance elements. Selma is the 15th race-related film to land a best picture nomination.
- Anjelica Oswald
Directed by Ron Howard (Rush, Apollo 13) from a screenplay by Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond) and based on the book 'In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex' by Nathaniel Philbrick, winner of the 2000 National Book Award for Nonfiction. In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. In The Heart Of The Sea reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into »
- Pietro Filipponi
This year's Best Picture Oscar race is truly a stunner, and the envelope hasn't even been opened yet. Let's review how we got to this place, shall we? And let's do it in present tense, to really relive the magic. Sundance supercharges the season in January with bows for two dynamic indie players: Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," already set up at IFC Films, and Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash," which is acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. With early festival dabbling and domestic releases still to come, it's assumed they could stick around as passion players throughout the next 12 months. They'll have to grow into that role, however. Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" starts off the year for prestige filmmaking in the marketplace, releasing in March after bowing at the Berlinale in February. It's critically acclaimed and a box office success, but it's far too early to resonate nine months »
- Kristopher Tapley
Photo: AMPAS Polls Are Closed! See all the results right here! Well, it's time to lay it all out on the table and make our final predictions for the 2015 Oscars and I have to admit, this was a tough one to finalize as I feel I will be sweating a couple of these all night long come Sunday evening. The big question is whether or not it will be Birdman or Boyhood taking Best Picture and while last year it seemed we had a competition when it came to 12 Years a Slave and Gravity for the big prize, it didn't feel nearly as up in the air as it does this year. We also have the Best Actor category to think about when it comes down to the veteran in Michael Keaton (Birdman) and the newcomer in Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) and what to do about that Best »
- Brad Brevet
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