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‘Blade Runner 2049’ sound mixers Doug Hemphill, Ron Bartlett: ‘Blade Runner was in our DNA’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

‘Blade Runner 2049’ sound mixers Doug Hemphill, Ron Bartlett: ‘Blade Runner was in our DNA’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“‘Blade Runner’ was in our DNA,” reveals sound mixer Doug Hemphill about his work on “Blade Runner 2049.” Hemphill and his colleague Ron Bartlett previously collaborated with Ridley Scott on the 2007 final-cut version of the 1982 sci-fi classic, re-mixing the film with all the new bells and whistles available to them. When they lent their talents to Denis Villeneuve‘s 2017 followup they reaped an Oscar nomination for Best Sound Mixing. Watch our exclusive video interview with Hemphill and Bartlett above.

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Their experience working on the original years after its release helped inform their work on the sequel. “It was great hearing [Scott’s] ideas,” Bartlett explains, “taking those thematic elements and moving it into this one.” This was especially true when it came to Vangelis‘s iconic score, which “2049” composers Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch paid
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Gary Oldman Bio: In His Own Words – Video Exclusive, News, Photos

Gary Leonard Oldman (born 21 March 1958, age: 59) is an English film and stage actor known for his versatility. Among his most noted roles are those in The Dark Knight trilogy (2005-2012) and in the Harry Potter franchise. Oldman has also starred in major films like True Romance (1993), The Fifth Element (1997), Air Force One (1997) and The Contender (2000). Gary Oldman Bio: Age, Early Life Oldman […]

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‘Settlers of Catan’ Movie, TV Project in the Works

Gail Katz, whose producing credits include “Pawn Sacrifice,” “Air Force One” and “The Perfect Storm,” has acquired feature film and TV rights to the boardgame “The Settlers of Catan.”

The multiplayer game was first published in Germany in 1995. It has sold over 22 million boardgames in 30 languages.

“I’ve been wanting to see an adaptation of the game for years, ever since my Catan-obsessed college-aged kids introduced me to it,” said Katz. “The island of Catan is a vivid, visual, exciting and timeless world with classic themes and moral challenges that resonate today. There is a tremendous opportunity to take what people love about the game and its mythology as a starting point for the narrative.”

Created by Klaus Teuber, the game’s goal is to create the dominant community on the ever-changing fictional island of Catan amid the island’s scarce resources.

Katz’s films include “Outbreak,” “In the Line of Fire,
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DVD Playhouse--June 2009

DVD Playhouse—June 2009


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The International (Sony) An Interpol agent (Clive Owen) joins forces with a Manhattan D.A. (Naomi Watts) to bring down an arms dealing ring and a corrupt global banking cartel that’s funding them. Superlative thriller was oddly ignored by critics and audiences alike, but expertly blends intelligence (courtesy screenwriter Eric Warren Singer’s masterfully-crafted script) and full-throttle action (director Tom Tykwer stages one of the great film shoot-outs in New York’s iconic Guggenheim Museum), making this dynamite thriller reminiscent of the best work from masters such as John Frankenheimer and Robert Aldrich. Armin Mueller-Stahl is wonderful as a world-weary covert op. Bonuses: Extended scene; Featurettes; Trailer. Widescreen. Dolby 5.1 surround.

The Jack Lemmon Film Collection(Sony) Five films from the two-time Oscar winning actor, focusing on his early career: Phfft! is a zippy comedy from 1954, one of Lemmon’s earliest films, in which
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Sellers Tops Presidential List

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Sellers Tops Presidential List
Peter Sellers' portrayal of President Merkin Muffley in cult movie Dr. Strangelove has topped a new list of fictional and real-life U.S. leaders.

Sellers' famous role in the 1964 Stanley Kubrick film beat out Harrison Ford's James Marshall (Air Force One) and Kevin Kline's William H. Mitchell (Dave) in the CNN Inauguration Day countdown.

The only real-life leader to make the list is outgoing U.S. leader George W. Bush, as portrayed by Josh Brolin in W. He comes in at number 10.

The full list is:

1. Peter Sellers as President Merkin Muffley (Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb); 2. Harrison Ford as James Marshall (Air Force One); 3. Kevin Kline as William H. Mitchell (Dave); 4. John Travolta as Governor Jack Stanton (Primary Colors); 5. Michael Douglas as President Andrew Shepherd (The American President)

Ford Tops Movie Presidents Poll

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Harrison Ford has landed at the top of a new list of the best movie presidents.

His portrayal of President James Marshall in Air Force One has beaten out Morgan Freeman in's quirky pre-u.S. presidential election poll.

Ford's Marshall landed 24 per cent of more than 1.1 million votes. Freeman's portrayal of President Tom Beck in 1998's Deep Impact came in second with 16 per cent.

The top five are:

1. Harrison Ford in Air Force One

2. Morgan Freeman in Deep Impact

3. Michael Douglas in The American President

4. Bill Pullman in Independence Day

5. Kevin Kline in Dave.

24's President Haysbert Is Top Fictional Leader

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24's President Haysbert Is Top Fictional Leader
24 star Dennis Haysbert has been voted Favourite On-Screen President for his portrayal of President David Palmer in the hit action series.

The TV star beat off stiff competition from Geena Davis as President Mackenzie Allen in Commander in Chief and Martin Sheen's West Wing character, President Josiah Bartlet, to take the title with 17 per cent - just one per cent more than Davis and Sheen, who came joint second in the Blockbuster poll.

Harrison Ford took 12 per cent for his role as President James Marshall in 1997's Air Force One, landing him in joint fourth place with Bill Pullman's President Thomas J. Whitmore from 1996's Independence Day.

Higgins to vp publicity post at WB

Veteran marketing and publicity executive Dennis Higgins has been named vp national publicity at Warner Bros. Pictures.

Higgins will head one of the department's three publicity teams, reporting to Juli Goodwin, who was recently promoted to senior vp national publicity.

"Dennis Higgins brings more than 20 years' experience in entertainment publicity and marketing to our publicity group," Warners domestic theatrical marketing president Dawn Taubin said. "He has worked on films of every genre, both large and small, and has earned the respect and admiration of both his colleagues and the media."

Higgins moves to Warners from Bauer Martinez Entertainment, the production and distribution company that has been downsizing quickly in recent months. He had been the company's senior vp publicity since 2005.

Before that, Higgins had been at Intermedia Entertainment, where he was senior vp marketing and corporate communications for two years. He joined Intermedia from Miramax, where from 2001-02 he worked on a variety of projects, including the Oscar-winning Chicago and In the Bedroom.

From 1989-2001, Higgins was senior vp publicity at Columbia Pictures, where he was involved in the campaigns of As Good as It Gets, Jerry Maguire and Philadelphia. He also worked on such blockbusters as Charlie's Angels, Men in Black, Air Force One, My Best Friend's Wedding, Sleepless in Seattle and Basic Instinct.

Higgins also had stints at 20th Century Fox and MGM/UA.

ACTRA taps Crewson for honor

ACTRA taps Crewson for honor
TORONTO -- Canadian performers union ACTRA on Friday said it will give Canadian actress Wendy Crewson ("24," Air Force One) an award of excellence this February in recognition of her on-screen work and backroom lobbying to raise Canadian TV program expenditures.

ACTRA Toronto Performers, the guild's largest national local, which represents about 13,000 performers, said Crewson will receive the tribute Feb. 23 during an awards gala in Toronto.

"Wendy Crewson is so deserving of this honor for her ongoing contributions to our film and television industry -- both as an award-winning actor and as a star who graciously leads the fight for our culture," Karl Pruner, president of ACTRA Toronto Performers, said in a statement.

In recent years, Crewson has been a frequent visitor to Parliament Hill in Ottawa to lobby federal politicians for more program expenditures by domestic broadcasters on homegrown dramas and more exposure for Canadian actors.

ASC to honor Ballhaus for achievement

ASC to honor Ballhaus for achievement
Michael Ballhaus, who most recently shot Martin Scorsese's The Departed, will receive the American Society of Cinematographers International Achievement Award.

The German-born cinematographer will be recognized for his contributions to advancing the art of filmmaking Feb. 18 at the 21st annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Century City.

Ballhaus has compiled about 100 film credits in Germany and the U.S. and has earned Oscar nominations for Broadcast News, The Fabulous Baker Boys and Gangs of New York.

Ballhaus was born to parents who were actors in Berlin in 1935. "Who could have predicted while I was making films at a television station in Bavaria that someday I would be working with great artists like Fassbinder and Marty Scorsese or that my friends in ASC would honor me this way?" Ballhaus said.

Other memorable films Ballhaus has lensed include The Color of Money, GoodFellas, The Age of Innocence and Air Force One.

'Earth' landing at Weinstein Co.

'Earth' landing at Weinstein Co.
As it continues to develop titles for the family audience, the Weinstein Co. has acquired rights to Escape From Planet Earth, a CG-animated comedy feature pitch to be written by Tony Leech and Cory Edwards, the team behind the Weinstein Co.'s animated release Hoodwinked. Leech is set to direct the project, and Preston Stutzman of Blue Yonder Films will produce it along with Jonathan Shestack (Air Force One), Brian Inerfeld and also Gregory R. Little of the animation studio Mainframe Entertainment. Jeremy Stein of Jon Shestack Prods. will co-produce. Escape, an original idea by Leech, is a comedy about a prison break from Area 51, a mysterious government facility where the inmates are a ragtag group of imprisoned aliens from around the universe.

Oldman inks with ICM for representation

Gary Oldman has signed with ICM for representation after being at CAA. Oldman, who reprises his role of Sirius Black in the upcoming Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire after first playing it in last year's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, continues to be repped by Douglas Urbanski of DMG Management. The British actor portrayed Commissioner Gordon this year in Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins, and his credits include Hannibal, The Fifth Element, Air Force One and Bram Stoker's Dracula. He also starred in and was an executive producer for The Contender.

Columbia pads production unit with 2 sr. vps

Samuel Dickerman and Jonathan Krauss have joined Columbia Pictures as senior vps production, reporting to Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach, the studio's presidents of production. Most recently president of Radiant Prods., Dickerman, a graduate of Stanford University and the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC, began his career at Chestnut Hill Prods. He joined the Samuel Goldwyn Co. in 1994 and moved on to Radiant, Wolfgang Petersen's production company, in 1996. There, he worked on Air Force One, The Perfect Storm, Troy and the upcoming The Poseidon Adventure. Krauss was vp at HBO Films since 1999, overseeing such films as Live From Baghdad and Conspiracy. A graduate of Brown University, he began his career as a television department assistant at CAA and went on to join Illusion Entertainment, where he worked on such Oliver Stone films as U Turn and Any Given Sunday.

'Miss USA' tops for NBC Monday

'Miss USA' tops for NBC Monday
NBC won the Monday primetime popularity contest among the networks as its 9-11 p.m. telecast of this year's Miss USA competition drew the highest ratings for the beauty pageant in six years. Miss USA 2004 averaged 13 million viewers and 4.8 rating/12 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. The cheesecake competition enjoyed a healthy 8 p.m. lead-in from a Miss USA- themed edition of Fear Factor (14.4 million, 5.8/16). Fox's new plastic surgery reality series The Swan cooled off considerably in its second airing after last week's American Idol-boosted premiere. Swan finished out with an average of 8.2 million viewers and 3.8/10 at 9 p.m., and it did post an uptick in its second half-hour. Fox was sluggish in the 8 p.m. hour with back-to-back editions of The Bernie Mac Show (6.2 million, 2.9/8). CBS ran a respectable No. 2 behind NBC for the night (NBC's 13.5 million, 5.2/13 to CBS' 11.4 million, 3.8/10) with its 8-10 p.m. block of Two and a Half Men repeats capped by a 10 p.m. encore of CSI: Miami. ABC placed third in viewers and fourth in adults 18-49 with its 8-11 p.m. airing of 1997 theatrical Air Force One (8.5 million, 2.8/7).

Investor group buys Culver Studios

Investor group buys Culver Studios
Culver City will always have an iconic piece of old Hollywood, if an investment group calling itself Studio City Los Angeles has its way. The company has purchased the historic Culver Studios and an adjacent lot including an office building from Sony Pictures Entertainment and will retain Sony as a client while looking to beef up business from other film, TV and commercial producers. Representatives of the investment partners made the formal announcement Tuesday at the studios, in front of the landmark mansion built by producer David O. Selznick for use in the 1939 epic Gone With the Wind. They were surrounded by movie posters representing projects that have filmed on the lot through the years, including King Kong, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Air Force One and this year's 50 First Dates. The partners involved in making the $125 million purchase include Lehman Bros., Pacific Coast Capital Partners and Pacifica Ventures, a 20-year-old investment firm based in Southern California that will be the lead company in terms of day-to-day management of the property.

Ford in Biggest Divorce Settlement

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Ford in Biggest Divorce Settlement
Movie star Harrison Ford has reportedly paid his ex-wife a whopping $85 million in a record-breaking divorce settlement. The agreement between the Star Wars star and ex-spouse Melissa Mathison breaks new ground, and leaves the actor free to marry Calista Flockhart. According to British newspaper The Mail On Sunday, the deal not only divides assets the couple shared, but it also entitles Mathison to get back future earnings from films Ford made while they were together. Ford, 61, did not sign a pre-nuptial agreement with his wife and has agreed to split earnings from the royalties, videos and DVDs from films including Air Force One and the Indiana Jones trilogy. Mathison, 53, will also keep all earnings from her screenplay for Steven Spielberg's ET, which she wrote before she wed Ford.

Jude Law Is New Superman

Jude Law Is New Superman
Hunky British actor Jude Law is the new Superman - after beating off competition from Johnny Depp and Colin Farrell. The Talented Mr Ripley actor has been chosen by producers for the high-profile role in new movie Batman Vs. Superman - because he doesn't fit-in to the normal superhero stereotype. A source on the People news website reports, "They wanted to get away from the mega-muscled action stars." People News also claim that Farrell has bagged the part of Batman, despite reports that British star Christian Bale has signed up for the role. The film will be directed by Wolfgang Petersen, the man behind Air Force One, The Perfect Storm and the cult German submarine drama Das Boot.

Harrison Ford "New Jack Nicholson"

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Harrison Ford
Aging movie legend Harrison Ford is being hailed as the new Jack Nicholson after dating a host of women half his age. The 59-year-old has been involved with 30-year-old Minnie Driver and 31-year-old Lara Flynn Boyle - a former squeeze of Nicholson - and is now reported to be embarking on a fling with Ally McBeal star Calista Flockhart, 37. Friends believe the star is making up for lost time after his 17-year marriage to screenwriter Melissa Mathison ended last year. Air Force One co-star Wendy Crewson says of the hunky actor, "He's got the devil in his eyes. You don't see that impishness on screen but he's got a wild side."

Harrison Ford's Airplane Blown Off Runway

Harrison Ford's Airplane Blown Off Runway
Harrison Ford was terrified when gale force winds blew his light aircraft off the runway during tempestuous weather in Lincoln, Nebraska over the weekend. The Hollywood star was flying his Beechcraft Bonanza plane from Los Angeles to Wyoming. He stopped off in Nebraska to refuel and, against advice, tried to take off while strong winds were raging around him. Ford's spokeswomen Patricia McQueeny says, "Harrison wasn't hurt but there was a lot of wind and his aircraft is so light that it was blown completely off the runway. It was whipping around him and it was impossible for him to keep control. This was on Saturday night." The Air Force One (1997) star was stranded at Lincoln until Monday when he was finally given the all-clear to take to the skies. McQueeney adds, "Harrison had to stay there until today. It was just too dangerous to attempt take off again. The weather has calmed down now." Ford has been in trouble in the air before - back in October, his helicopter crashed, leaving him lucky to walk away alive.

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