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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 question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade.
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Warner Bros. Pictures has released brand new, high-resolution photos from their upcoming film, In The Heart Of The Sea.
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 question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade. »
- Michelle McCue
Room, the winner of the audience award at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, tells the story of a young mother (Brie Larson) and her five-year-old son (Jacob Tremblay) who are held captive in a single room in which the boy has spent his entire life. The film’s set (the room, itself) is one of the major characters in the film, creating a “claustrophobic and upsetting nature,” as film critic Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter noted in his review.
The set is currently on display just outside of the Landmark Theater in Los Angeles.
The set will very likely produce a nomination for the production design Oscar, which may seem like an unusual accomplishment for a film that is so narrow in its scope and focus. However, given the track record of similarly “self-contained” films with the Academy, the possibility of Room »
- Patrick Shanley
Read More: The Indiewire 2015 Fall Preview: The 28 Films We're Most Excited to See (That We Haven't Seen Yet) Reuniting after the limited success of "Rush," Ron Howard and Chris Hemsworth are in epic adventure territory with their latest drama, "In the Heart of the Sea." The historical disaster film recounts the story that inspired Herman Melville's "Moby Dick." During an 1820 voyage, the whaleship Essex was sunk by a large bull sperm whale, forcing the crew to survive on the open ocean for 90 days and fight the untamed beast. Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw and Brendan Gleeson also star. Like the shipwrecked crew, "In the Heart of the Sea" faces quite the odds at the holiday box office when it opens December 11, just several days before "Star Wars." Considering Howard seems to be operating in "Apollo 13" territory with this story of survival -- plus what looks to be some seriously enthralling set. »
- Zack Sharf
To celebrate the release of gripping thriller Cop Car, out now on Digital Download, Blu-ray™ and DVD, we’re giving 1 lucky winner the chance to bring home a Blu-ray! Starring Golden Globe™ winner Kevin Bacon (Apollo 13, The Following) in what has been considered one of his best performances to date, Cop Car follows a
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Curiosity has been anything but a killer for that ageless cat, Ron Howard, who with fellow Imagine Entertainment chairman Brian Grazer has let his thirst for understanding guide the projects he directs.
But only on rare occasions has that curiosity propelled Howard into the documentary world. Serving as an executive producer and director on National Geographic Channel’s small-screen “Breakthrough” series provided an irresistible opportunity for an exception.
“It hasn’t been as drastic an adjustment,” Howard says. “I have done, I guess, five or six movies inspired by real events, starting with ‘Apollo 13,’ so I’ve had some experience over the last 20 years. I like the narrative structure you inherit. In an interesting way, it generates another level of creativity.
“It’s exciting to see what I can apply of my past experience and my sensibilities — more than I expected — but also what I am learning.”
It was a juggling act. »
- Jon Weisman
Need a good end-of-the-workweek cry? Last night at the ninth DGA Honors Gala, the Directors Guild of America celebrated Tyler Perry, Senator Chuck Schumer, and Ron Howard. For Howard, his daughter Jessica Chastain Bryce Dallas Howard first gave a speech introducing him. She talks about going to work with him on sets, including working as a 13-year-old Pa on Apollo 13 only to feel aghast that her father didn't receive a Best Director nomination at the Academy Awards. Or in her words: Fuck. The speech is touching, funny, and warm and will make you wish you were a child actor turned director who had a movie-star daughter. Read the full speech below:Alan [Cumming, the emcee], thank you so much for reminding me that my parents named me after where I was conceived. That’s just awful. That’s just the worst. I found out when I was 6 … and then all »
- E. Alex Jung,Vanessa Rae Kalman
There was a time when Ron Howard was widely known as an actor, given his roles on the highly successful sitcoms “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Happy Days” and star turn in George Lucas’ feature “American Graffiti.”
But he had always wanted to direct and attained that goal when he was 22 with a Roger Corman road comedy “Grand Theft Auto.”
“After that, directing was all I wanted to do,” says the helmer, who will be among recipients of the DGA Honors on Oct. 15. “My dream had been to direct before I was 20; now my goal is direct when I’m 100.”
- Dave McNary
An excellent complement to the novel, simplifying the science without dumbing it down yet retaining the suspense and urgency of its interplanetary stranding. I’m “biast” (pro): mostly really like the cast and the director
I’m “biast” (con): love the book (and we all know the book is always better than the movie)
I have read the source material (and I love love love it)
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Andy Weir’s novel The Martian is one of those very rare books that I almost literally could not put down. I mostly only have time to read during my relatively brief and nondaily commute, and even books I’m enjoying the hell out of will get put aside out of necessity — because I lack the time — for days or even a week if I don’t have the opportunity of otherwise-useless (ie, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Chicago – It’s all based on science, they told us! “The Martian” is an old fashion feel-good movie about the hard working astronauts and scientists of the good old American space program, trying to rescue a stranded spaceman from Mars, aided by a brave cast of astro-colleagues.
This film is a reminder of other space rescue suspense operas that have come before it, most recognizably “Marooned” (1969) and “Apollo 13” (1995). The All-Star cast is also a reminder of those types of “name” ensemble cast films as well – “hey, is that Kristen Wiig?” All that aside, “The Martian” is a tour de force, pitting Matt Damon’s astronaut character in a sly castaway-in-space mashup, and the special effects and production design are flawless. This is what the current technology in movies are about, the ability to place human beings in other worlds, yet express a recognizable atmosphere in a familiar emotional realm. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
20th Century Fox released their new Sci-Fi/adventure movie, "The Martian," into theaters this weekend, and all the top,major movie critics have turned in their reviews for it. It turns out that it resonated quite well with them, getting an overall 81 score out of a possible 100 across 45 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Jeff Daniels, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Kristen Wiig and Matt Damon. We've posted comments from a couple of the critics,below. Joe Morgenstern over at the Wall Street Journal, gave it a really great 100 score, stating: "What’s so fascinating about the film is that it truly turns on the solving of problems, and its chief solver, stuck on Mars, manages to be so funny, interesting and infallibly likable that you’re invested in his predicament at every moment." Chris Nashawaty from Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 91 score. He stated: "Scott’s sci-fi »
- Andre Braddox
Both Robert Zemeckis’ “The Walk” and Ridley Scott’s “The Martian” made their way to theaters this week, and both have something unique to offer in the Oscar race. No, not spectacle, though they have that in spades as well. Rather, in a season typically packed with deadly serious themes and issues, these movies trade in delighting their audiences.
Zemeckis’ could almost be described as a family film; its jaunty tone and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s bubbly persona are an antidote to somber stories on the circuit. Meanwhile, that quality is part of the very fabric of “The Martian,” which finds actor Matt Damon left behind on an unforgiving extraterrestrial world in a story that could, for obvious reasons, have been much darker. As screenwriter Drew Goddard told me this week, “It has this optimistic soul to it, which is not something you see a lot in science-fiction in general.”
- Kristopher Tapley
From what I hear, space is kind of a hostile place. I wouldn.t know, I.ve not actually been. From what the movies have taught me though, I can tell that I would die almost instantly if I ever did go. But, if I did find myself on the cusp of death up in outer orbit, how would I survive? Luckily, a handy video has now been created to walk me through any such predicament. Thanks to the good folks over at Fandango for creating the above clip. It.s just convinced me to immediately sign up to become on astronaut for Nasa. So if I die, it.s on their heads. But, what did we actually learn from the video? Well, three things actually. First of which is when you are in space, technology is always going to break. As Kevin Bacon found out rather dramatically in Apollo 13, »
Brian Grazer is one of the great visionaries in Hollywood. His film resume includes Oscar Best Picture-winner “A Beautiful Mind,” “Splash,” “Apollo 13,” “The Da Vinci Code” and “Parenthood.” Committed to bringing excellence to all screens large and small, Grazer has also had a hand in some of TV’s most critically-acclaimed shows, like “Arrested Development” and, most recently, “Empire.” With a storied career that has transcended genres and platforms, the heavyweight producer added New York Times best-selling author to his name with this year’s “A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life.” We caught up with Grazer about industry. »
- Bryce Christian
The Martian is the film that Interstellar should have been. A rousing, surprisingly funny, and touching space adventure, Ridley Scott has delivered his best film since Gladiator. Matt Damon stars as Mark Watney, a botanist on the Ares mission to explore the surface of Mars. Caught in a sudden storm, the mission commander (Jessica Chastain), gives the order to evacuate. The astronauts lose Watney when he is hit by the communications array and covered in debris. His bio-signs dark, they assume he is dead, and rocket back to the orbital ship. Heartbroken and with the mission a failure, they begin the long journey back to Earth.
Watney regains consciousness, terribly injured, and abandoned. Pure luck kept his space suit from decompressing. What follows next is stomach churning self surgery. Then a cold realization as to the dire nature of his situation. It will take years for a rescue mission to reach him. »
Cbm: The Martian is a scientifically brilliant, blood pressure raising novel about being stranded on Mars. What inspired you to write this book and tell this story? Andy: Apollo 13 was a big inspiration. It is one of my favorite movies of all time. I had an idea of a story of what in may be like to have a man stuck on Mars. This was the basis of the beginning of the book. With this book it has given me the opportunity to pursue my dream of becoming a full time author. I never really try to prove a point with my writing. My goal is for people to pickup the book, read it and be entertained, that’s my purpose in writing. Cbm: The technical side of the book was so well done. Did you have a specific process for research? Was the whole story understood and »
“Big things have small beginnings.” That’s a line from Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus,”* but it also aptly describes his latest movie, “The Martian,” starring Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars. “The Martian” was a New York Times #1 Best Seller before it became a big budget Hollywood film helmed by one of the greatest sci-fi directors of all time. But even before it was a popular novel, “The Martian” had this surprisingly humble beginning: Its writer, a software engineer named Andy Weir, published the book in serial format, chapter by chapter on his blog in 2011. What if someone had told Weir in 2011 of “The Martian”’s big screen destiny? “I would not have believed it,” Weir assured HitFix. “It’s just ridiculous.” *and yes, before Michael Fassbender spoke those words in the “Alien” prequel, that line belonged to Mr. Dryden in “Lawrence of Arabia.” Weir’s book is »
- Emily Rome
Stranger in a Bland Land: Scott’s Toilsome Return to Space
Ridley Scott, who is on the same annual cinematic trajectory as Woody Allen when it comes to churning out films, returns again to sci-fi with The Martian, an adaptation of Andy Weir’s novel. Fans of the source material will already know the title is somewhat of a misnomer, as this is one epic from Scott that doesn’t include an extra-terrestrial presence. Thematically, this is family friendly stuff, of the Ron Howard Apollo 13 ilk, and the film’s visual power, featuring the work of Scott’s returning DoP Dariusz Wolski, makes this 3D space epic seem superbly outfitted. But, as many have often criticized Scott as regards his recent output, it also lacks key components that made his earlier classics timeless—dramatic tension, spectacular thrills, and memorable characters. Instead, this rather feels like a sharply dressed rescue mission procedural, »
- Nicholas Bell
No big deal, just three iconic film directors hangin' out takin' selfies. Not the droids you're looking for. Move along. Except it is kind of awesome to see "Star Wars" king George Lucas, the "Godfather" himself, Francis Ford Coppola, and Opie, aka Ron Howard, in one very casual-looking photo. Maybe they just gather every so often in a director's version of Jimmy Kimmel's Handsome Men's Club. (Spielberg was probably in the bathroom.)
The "Apollo 13" director shared the photo in question when tweeting images from a recent "Weekend with Charlie Rose" conference in Aspen. Here's Ron Howard, so excited to share the moment that he misspelled George Lucas's name:
#GrorgeLucas #FrancisCoppola & selfie-taker at just before our panel @charlierose weeknd. Fun pic.twitter.com/CuOa91vgXL
- Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) September 27, 2015
- Gina Carbone
Of all the movies I saw at Tiff this year, certainly none were more fun than Ridley Scott’s The Martian (read my review here). A blockbuster, epic, 3D thrill-ride, The Martian is less like the ultra-intense Gravity or the Stanley Kubrick-style Interstellar. Rather, the model here seems to be Ron Howard’s Apollo 13, with Scott having arguably directed the funniest, most lighthearted... Read More »
- Chris Bumbray
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