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Poznan, Poland—John Ottman is a traditionalist. The composer for such films as “XMen— Days of Future Past,” “Superman Returns,” “The Usual Suspects,” “X2: XMen United,” and “Apt Pupil,” writes scores in the style of his musical heroes, John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith. Here at the Transatlantyk Festival in Poznan, he talked to attendees about the emotional points film music should hit and lamented the lack of finesse in so many of today’s scores. Ottman is unique among composers in that he serves not only as the scorer for Bryan Singer’s films, he also edits them, which severely limits the amount of time he has to score. He recently emerged out of a three-year work jag that included working on “Jack the Giant Slayer,” “X-Men—Days of Future Past.” My colleague Kris Tapley interviewed Ottman about “Days of Future Past,” in May so I decided to do »
- Melinda Newman
Poznan, Poland—Jan Kaczmarek is ready to get back to his first love. The composer, who took home the Oscar in 2004/ for scoring “Finding Neverland,” shifted his focus for the last several years to creating Transatlantyk here in Poznan, in his native Poland. In its fourth year, the week-long “festival of ideas” continues to draw top composers and filmmakers and other creative talents who join together for screenings, thoughtful discussions, concerts and much more. Kaczmarek has managed to squeeze in the occasional film score, such as this year’s German film, “Inbetween Worlds,” but it’s been a while since he has scored a Hollywood film, such as 2002’s “”Unfaithful.” or “2007’s “The Visitor,” or 2009’s “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale.” Most recently, he wrote an opera commissioned by Poland's Jagiellonian University that premiered in front of 14,000. His first step is to get back to Los Angeles —he splits his »
- Melinda Newman
Pathe has released an international poster and trailer for filmmaker Andrea Di Sefano’s directorial debut Paradise Lost, which stars Benicio Del Toro (The Usual Suspects) as notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar, alongside Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games) and newcomer Claudio Traisac…
Young surfer Nick (Josh Hutcherson) thinks all his dreams have come true when he goes to visit his brother in Columbia. Against an idyllic backdrop of blue lagoons and white beaches, he falls madly in love with Maria (Claudio Traisac) a beautiful Colombian girl. Everything seems perfect until he meets her uncle, Pablo Escobar (Benicio Del Toro).
Paradise Lost is currently without a release date, but expect it to arrive later in the year.
- Gary Collinson
“My mom is a storekeeper and my stepdad is a barman,” states French filmmaker Yann Danh who was 10 years old when he first became aware of the cinema. “Watching movies became almost compulsive; I used to watch three or four a day such as Once Upon a Time in America , Terminator , Evil Dead , 2001 , Serpico , Touch of Evil , Once Upon a Time in the West , Taxi Driver , and Bruce Lee movies.” The plan was to pursue a career in the video game industry changed at the age of 16. “After making my first short film [in high school], I knew cinema was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.” Every film project has been educational. “I learned how to make a shot list, »
- Trevor Hogg
When you get three different musicians in a room, you never know what may happen. But when you get three composers in a room, it turns out there are more similarities between them than differences. Mark Isham, John Ottman and Aaron Zigman have an impressive combined resume having created the music for such films as A River Runs Through It, Crash, The Usual Suspects, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, John Q, and The Notebook. While their musical styles may be different, their approach to their work is very similar. Bmi’s Doreen Ringer Ross once again assembles an impressive panel for the Composer Coffee Talk (which featured actual coffee this year!) during this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival. Whether you are a composer, a filmmaker, or simply someone who appreciates good film music, read on to find out how Isham, Ottman, and Zigman deal with the changing musical landscape, how important a director can be to a »
- Allison Loring
Directors who've made maybe one interesting, successful small film soon get snapped up by the system. But at what cost to the industry?
Director Marc Webb put together the guts of (500) Days Of Summer, his debut feature, in his house. He worked on it behind closed doors, and by the time he got to the point where he was filming it, he knew what he wanted, he'd made key decisions, and could get on with it. Interference was in short supply, and the result felt like a breath of fresh air in a very crowded genre.
Then there's Gareth Edwards. When he came to make his first film, Monsters, he sat in his bedroom and did the visual effects work on his own computer. He didn't have much budget to play with, but he had his brain, and nobody looking over his shoulder offering 'creative input'. We suspect his computer wasn't a bad one, »
StudioCanal and Working Title have announced that production has got underway on Legend, the upcoming adaptation of John Pearson’s The Profession of Violence, which sees Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) taking on the dual roles of notorious London gangster the Kray twins. And to accompany the news, we’ve also got our first look at Hardy as both Ronnie and Reggie…
Legend is directed by Brian Helgeland (42) and also stars Emily Browning (Pompeii), David Thewlis (The Fifth Estate), Christopher Eccleston (Thor: The Dark World), Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Tara Fitzgerald (Game of Thrones) and Chazz Palminteri (The Usual Suspects).
- Gary Collinson
Trevor Hogg chats with visual effects supervisor Lou Pecora, digital effects supervisor Nikos Kalaitzidi, animation supervisor Benoit Dubuc and previs supervisor Austin Bonang about having the future collide with the past….
When returning to the movie franchise he helped to launch, filmmaker Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects) turned to Richard Stammers (Prometheus) to orchestrate the visual effects for X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) where original and new cast members are united in a classic time travel tale. Among the companies recruited by Stammers were Mpc, Digital Domain and The Third Floor.
“I was specifically was the animation supervisor for Mpc so we looked after the future Sentinel sequences,” states Benoit Dubuc who operated out of Montreal in a newly created VFX facility. “The opening action sequence and then the end sequence as well. When we got on board all of the sequences had been previs by another company. The previs »
- Trevor Hogg
The film Edge of Tomorrow is a sci-fi actioner that stacks up pretty well as a blockbuster. All the bells and whistles are there for your enjoyment – explosions, aliens, underdog hero who happens to be a human with a great smile, and Tom Cruise is on board too!
The film was directed by Doug Liman who directed The Bourne Identity (2002), Mr. And Mrs. Smith (2005), and Jumper (2008). He is used to getting pretty actors all roughed up and endangered. The screenwriters of Edge of Tomorrow are Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth. McQuarrie wrote The Usual Suspects (1995) and two other Cruise vehicles: Valkyrie (2008) and Jack Reacher (2012). The Butterworth brothers have a handful of minor credits and both worked with Liman on Fair Game (2010). The original story is from All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.
The film opens with quick cuts of fictional BBC newscasts covering an alien invasion, »
- Steven Gahm
Today’s film is the 1988 short Lion’s Den. The film stars Brandon Keith, Dylan Kussman, and Ethan Hawke, and is co-directed by John Ottman and Bryan Singer, the latter of whom also wrote and acted in the short. Singer rose to prominence in 1995 with his second feature film The Usual Suspects, going on to helm the first two films of the X-Men franchise, as well as Superman Returns and Valkyrie. His newest feature, titled X-Men: Days of Future Past, which sees him return to the franchise, opened in wide release in American theatres this weekend.
The post Sunday Shorts: ‘Lion’s Den’, written and co-directed by Bryan Singer appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
The British Soap Awards: ITV, 8.15pm
Phillip Schofield presents the annual ceremony from London's Hackney Empire, which recognises the best in the world of soap over the past year.
Coronation Street, EastEnders, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and Doctors compete for the prestigious Best British Soap prize, while Helen Worth is awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award for playing Gail McIntyre on Corrie for 40 years.
Quirke, BBC One, 9pm
Set in 1950s Dublin, Byrne plays the city's chief pathologist Quirke. In the first of three episodes, a full post-mortem on a young recently deceased woman leads Quirke to confront his adoptive brother Malachy (Nick Dunning), as a long-buried secret threatens to be uncovered.
Harry and Paul's Story of the 2s: BBC Two, 9pm
“Groundhog Day” and “Starship Troopers” make surprisingly compatible bedfellows in “Edge of Tomorrow,” a cleverly crafted and propulsively executed sci-fi thriller in which an untrained soldier must relive the same day over and over again — expiring violently each time — until he finds a way to defeat the alien marauders that have taken Earth hostage. That our ill-prepared hero is played by Tom Cruise lends a sly if perhaps unintended layer of subtext to this smarter-than-average star vehicle, insofar as the now 51-year-old actor seems to have embraced a similar trial-and-error career strategy: testing out one man-of-action persona after another in his ongoing (some would say undying) bid for bankability. Alas, B.O. success is likely to elude him this time out, as Warners’ June 6 release feels surprisingly low on buzz and audience awareness for an f/x-heavy picture with a $175 million pricetag. International returns will have to work extra-hard to make up the difference. »
- Justin Chang
Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Days of Future Past" opens tomorrow. I really liked it. I remain a pretty huge fan of "X2" and think it has a lot of balance lacking in many superhero movies, and this one is very much in the spirit of those early entries. It feels more like a sequel to them than anything, using elements from "X-Men: First Class" to carry the story. And in editor/composer John Ottman, it gets some added continuity with those films as he hasn't been involved with the franchise in over a decade. Ottman is unique for being both an editor and composer. I can't imagine too many people willingly taking on such separate gargantuan tasks on a film, but he's done them both with equal aplomb. When we spoke recently, talk mostly circulated around music choices, building new material for a new film while calling back to his »
- Kristopher Tapley
While there may be a big-budget blockbuster on the outside of X-Men: Days of Future Past, there's a very personal story at its creative heart. It marks the eighth big-screen collaboration between Bryan Singer as director and John Ottman in the rare double duty as both composer and film editor. In this new interview with ComingSoon.net, Ottman looks back on a partnership that has lasted for more than two decades, turning out films like The Usual Suspects, Apt Pupil and Superman Returns. »
The Unpopular Opinion is an ongoing column featuring different takes on films that either the writer Hated, but that the majority of film fans Loved, or that the writer Loved, but that most others Loathed. We're hoping this column will promote constructive and geek fueled discussion. Enjoy! ****Some Spoilers Ensue**** Bryan Singer is a very talented director. From his iconic The Usual Suspects to thrillers like Apt Pupil and Valkyrie, Singer has managed to bring an »
- Alex Maidy
It's Mutant Week! With X-Men Days of Future Past, the 4th X-Men movie upon us nearly upon us -- Yes, fourth, shut up...Last Stand and both Wolverine solo movies do not exist...lalala ♪ I can't hear you -- we should celebrate Marvel's homo superior this week, even if we have to do so by way of 20th Century Fox.
In some ways the original X-Men (2000) is a tentative and mediocre movie: the budget limitations are obvious, Halle Berry is as lost as you remembered (though Storm is a strangely minor character), and the central evil plot is just dumb. But in other ways it's undervalued and not just because of the downward spiral that followed after the sequel. »
- NATHANIEL R
Sony Music is releasing the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack of X-Men: Days of Future Past, featuring music composed by BAFTA Award winner John Ottman. The soundtrack will be available digitally on May 19 and on CD June 3.
John Ottman graduated from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. One of his early assignments was to provide original music for the computer game I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream. In 1996 he won a BAFTA award for editing The Usual Suspects, and was later nominated for an Emmy Award for his score to the ABC series Fantasy Island.
With six films already released, X-Men is one of the most successful franchises in film history. It started in 2000 with the original X-Men movie, »
- Michelle McCue
Casting Call For Feature Film Shooting In Northern Ireland
Casting in Belfast 23rd-26th May 2014
Age 13-20 - male & female (Must be over 13 for licensing hours)
Must Be Based In Ireland Or Northern Ireland..
The script has been developed through Northern Ireland Screen’s New Talent Focus scheme, which included input from BFI and Film4 executives. It topped the UK Brit List last year and ranked on Hollywood’s Black List for the year’s best un-produced scripts.
Writer/Director: Stephen Fingleton.
One of Screen’s Stars of Tomorrow 2013. His BFI funded shorted film Slr starred Liam Cunningham, won Best Irish Film at the Oscar qualifying Foyle Film Festival, and was nominated for an Ifta.
Producers and Company Director of The Fyzz Facility, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (ScreenTerrier)
There’s something about screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie‘s writing that brings out the best in director Bryan Singer as evidenced by the inarguable fact that The Usual Suspects and Valkryie are easily his finest films. They have a real efficiency to them, both on the page and on the screen. The cleaner the story, the more proficient Singer is behind the camera. (McQuarrie and Singer also collaborated on Jack the Giant Slayer, but let’s just forget about that misstep.) In the next month they both have films coming out, neither of which they collaborated on. Singer returns to the comic book genre with X-Men: Days of Future Past, while McQuarrie worked on the script for Edge of Tomorrow, which, of course, you should all be excited for. It’s been nearly 20 years since The Usual Suspects, and the film holds up incredibly well. What makes the film stand the test of time isn’t its famous »
- Jack Giroux
SundanceTV has boarded the Danny Boyle-directed Babylon. The network said today it is co-producing with UK’s Channel 4 six new TV format episodes which will air on Sundance in 2015. FX had been exploring joining the comedy-drama series, which is set inside a modern London police force in desperate need of a spruced-up public image. Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later, Trainspotting) executive produces with Robert Jones (The Usual Suspects, Dirty Pretty Things) and Derrin Schlesinger (Southcliffe, Four Lions) producing. Brit Marling (Another Earth, Sound Of My Voice) and James Nesbitt (The Hobbit, Millions) star. Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong (Peep Show, The Old Guys, Fresh Meat), penned the script. The feature-length pilot aired on Channel 4 in the UK earlier this year with the series set to air on the UK broadcaster this fall. Related: Hot TV Trailer: Danny Boyle’s ‘Babylon’ »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
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