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Benicio del Toro Talks About Playing One of the World’s Most Notorious Criminals

26 September 2014 11:43 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Looking relaxed and much leaner than his latest screen incarnation as the  heavyweight, disheveled drug lord, Pablo Escobar,  Benicio Del Toro arrived at the San Sebastian Film Festival  on Friday to collect the festival’s Donostia Award for Lifetime Achievement ,in an upbeat ,playful , mood.

“Well, it’s an honor,” Del Toro said of the Donostia Award, “Because Its the first time I’ve been given a career award and also because it comes from the San Sebastian Festival which has for many years been the festival I have enjoyed the most.”

Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, the son of lawyer parents, Del Toro grew up in Pennsylvania and made his way through New York and L.A. drama schools before landing bit parts on television.

“As a teenager, I never thought I’d get an award such as this,” said Del Toro.

“I dreamed of course, but dreaming is essential, »

- Bob Flynn

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Se7en.s John Doe Was First Offered To This Oscar Nominee

22 September 2014 7:30 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Kevin Spacey plays an incredibly important role in two of the best twist endings in modern filmmaking. In Bryan Singer's thriller The Usual Suspects he transforms in an instant from the limping Verbal Kint to the ultra-smooth Keyzer Soze, and in David Fincher's Se7en he's revealed as being the psychotic, bible-influenced serial killer known only as John Doe (who also, we learn, has cut off Gwyneth Paltrow's head). Spacey plays both parts completely effortlessly and brilliantly, and there's little question that the moments are memorable in large part because of his performances. But did you know that it was almost someone else in the latter role? With his new film Gone Girl set to hit theaters soon, director David Fincher recently took part in a BAFTA event, and during the proceedings he revealed that the John Doe role in Se7en was almost played by Ned Beatty. According »

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Bryan Singer confirmed to direct X-Men: Apocalypse plus returning characters

22 September 2014 9:20 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

It doesn't come as a great surprise, but a welcome one, in that director Bryan Singer (X-men: Days Of Future Past, The Usual Suspects) has officially signed on to direct the next installment in the mutant franchise, X-men: Apocalypse. Singer revealed early on that X-men: Apocalypse was in the works, even before Days Of Future Past hit theaters. Given that Singer seemed to have righted most of the wrongs established in the third X-Men outing, fans should be more than pleased that he will see »

- Sean Wist

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Kevin Spacey's Stalker Gets Four Years in Prison, Apologizes

22 September 2014 6:15 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Boston (AP) - A Massachusetts woman who threatened to blow up, torture and castrate Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey in what prosecutors called a "persistent and malevolent" cyberstalking campaign has been sentenced to more than four years in prison.

Linda Louise Culkin, 55, of Quincy, was also ordered by a judge Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Boston to pay Spacey $124,000 to compensate him for the bodyguards he hired during the two-year stretch when she harassed him.

Culkin was credited with time served since her arrest in January 2012, meaning she has about 18 months of the four-year, three-month sentence left.

She pleaded guilty in November to charges including mailing threatening communications, and sending false information regarding explosives.

Culkin had in her apartment a picture of Spacey with his eyes blacked out and mouth scribbled out and multiple copies of a page entitled "Killing Kevin Spacey," authorities said.

Spacey was not in court for the sentencing, »

- The Associated Press

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Lambasted Elba and Henson Thriller Going Unpunished to Top Domestic Box Office Chart

14 September 2014 12:43 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'No Good Deed' movie going unpunished to top weekend box office? (photo: Idris Elba in 'No Good Deed') Apologies for the bad wordplay above, but if Friday estimates are a reliable indicator, No Good Deed should indeed go unpunished to the top of the domestic box office this weekend, September 12-14, 2014. But why "unpunished"? Well, so far the Sam Miller-directed thriller starring four-time Emmy nominee Idris Elba (Luther) and Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) has a downright putrid 10% score and 2.6/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics. Sony Pictures, whose subsidiary ScreenGems is distributing No Good Deed, reportedly opted to skip late Thursday screenings to ensure that the film's plot twist would be kept under wraps. More likely, however, it was the critics' derisive remarks that Sony wanted under wraps. For instance: "The final plot twist »

- Zac Gille

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The Essential Films and TV to Stream – September 8th 2014

8 September 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

After last week’s news about Netflix securing The Blacklist for a record fee, a similar story came to light this week concerning the pre Batman prequel series Gotham. Now rather than getting it day and date after Us broadcast as per Breaking Bad and From Dusk Till Dawn, Gotham’s entire run will just arrive on Netflix after it’s finished its TV broadcast. Worse news is that this means you have to wait for Channel 5 to get their finger out and schedule it on one of their three channels and then muck it around the schedule just to confuse you further and for it to finish its run there. Kind of takes the wind out the sails doesn’t it? I wouldn’t expect to see Gotham on Netflix until this time next year at best but we will see.

In better news David Wain’s relatively well »

- Chris Holt

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Benicio Del Toro to receive San Sebastian award

2 September 2014 6:28 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Benicio Del Toro to be honoured at San Sebastian; Oscar-winning actor’s Escobar: Paradise Lost to close Pearls section.

The 62nd San Sebastian Festival (Sept 19-27) is to honour actor Benicio Del Toro with its Donostia Award for Lifetime Achievement in recognition of his career.

Previous winners of the award include John Travolta and Hugh Jackman. Denzel Washington will also receive a Donostia Award at this year’s festival, where the Us actor will present opening film The Equalizer.

Del Toro will also present his latest feature Escobar: Paradise Lost, which has been selected to close the Pearls section of this year’s festival.

Written and directed by Andrea di Stefano, the film stars Del Toro alongside Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games), Claudia Traisac and Carlos Bardem, who will also attend the Festival.

Escobar: Paradise Lost tells the story of surfer Nick (Hutcherson), who falls in love with Colombian girl, Maria (Traisac »

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Benicio Del Toro to receive San Seb award

2 September 2014 6:28 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Benicio Del Toro to be honoured at San Sebastian; Oscar-winning actor’s Escobar: Paradise Lost to close Pearls section.

The 62nd San Sebastian Festival (Sept 19-27) is to honour actor Benicio Del Toro with its Donostia Award for Lifetime Achievement in recognition of his career.

Previous winners of the award include John Travolta and Hugh Jackman. Denzel Washington will also receive a Donostia Award at this year’s festival, where the Us actor will present opening film The Equalizer.

Del Toro will also present his latest feature Escobar: Paradise Lost, which has been selected to close the Pearls section of this year’s festival.

Written and directed by Andrea di Stefano, the film stars Del Toro alongside Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games), Claudia Traisac and Carlos Bardem, who will also attend the Festival.

Escobar: Paradise Lost tells the story of surfer Nick (Hutcherson), who falls in love with Colombian girl, Maria (Traisac »

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Interview: Composer John Ottman on 'X-Men,' Honey Boo Boo, and his favorite score ever

18 August 2014 2:10 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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Oscar-winning composer Jan Kaczmarek on his Transatlantyk Festival and returing to scoring

14 August 2014 4:23 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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International poster and trailer for Paradise Lost starring Benicio Del Toro as Pablo Escobar

15 July 2014 7:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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.

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- Gary Collinson

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At All Costs: Yann Danh talks about A Tout Prix

21 June 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

 Trevor Hogg chats with Yann Danh about pursuing a childhood obsession as a career and for an added bonus the feature showcases his French short film A Tout Prix (At All Costs)…

“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 [1984], Terminator [1984], Evil Dead [1981], 2001 [1968], Serpico [1973], Touch of Evil [1958], Once Upon a Time in the West [1968], Taxi Driver [1976], 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

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9 Things We Learned From Composers Mark Isham, John Ottman and Aaron Zigman

19 June 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

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

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Are we losing interesting directors to blockbuster films?

18 June 2014 4:23 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Directors who've made maybe one interesting, successful small film soon get snapped up by the system. But at what cost to the industry?

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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, »

- sarahd

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First look at Tom Hardy as Reggie and Ronnie Kray in Legend

12 June 2014 11:32 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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).

The post First look at Tom Hardy as Reggie and Ronnie Kray in Legend appeared first on Flickering Myth. »

- Gary Collinson

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Altercations: The Making of X-Men: Days of Future Past

10 June 2014 11:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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

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Movie Review: Edge of Tomorrow

6 June 2014 10:09 PM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

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

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Sunday Shorts: ‘Lion’s Den’, written and co-directed by Bryan Singer

25 May 2014 8:33 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

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.

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- Deepayan Sengupta

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - British Soap Awards, Quirke

25 May 2014 6:17 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

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

A brand new crime drama starring The Usual Suspects star Gabriel Byrne.

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

Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse take a quirky look back at BBC Two's long history, parodying close to 50 different shows. »

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Film Review: ‘Edge of Tomorrow’

22 May 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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