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The Cannes Film Festival is the most prestigious film festival in the world, and its top prize, the Palme d’Or, is film's highest honor. Consequently, people have really fervid feelings about what they think should win. Regardless of which film takes whichever award, it’s usually controversial. This year, the main competition jury, considered by some to be one of the best juries in the festival’s long, illustrious history, was headed by Joel and Ethan Coen (Fargo, No Country for Old Men, The Big Lebowski), and featured Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth), Jake Gyllenhaal, Xavier Dolan (Mommy), Sophie Marceau, Rossy de Palma, Rokia Traoré, and Sienna Miller. Here are the films that won at this year’s Cannes, as reported by Indiewire. Let the angry think pieces commence.Palme d'Or: Dheepan, directed by Jacques Audiard Grand Prix: Son of Saul, directed by Laszlo Nemes Best Director: Hou Hsiao »
- Greg Cwik
Ridley Scott may be stepping away from the director's chair for the long-gestating Blade Runner 2, but another filmmaking legend will be getting behind the camera, at least. Cinematographer. Roger Deakins, the director of photography who has been nominated for a total of 12 Oscars - yet inexplicably has yet to be awarded one by the Academy - has been tapped to reteam with his Prisoners collaborator Denis Villeneuve, the latter of whom has taken on directorial duties for Blade Runner 2.
While Deakins was not part of the 1982 original cult classic that featured Scott loosely adapting Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? into a hypnotically noirish mood piece, the cinematographer has a long career that includes many genre films. Most recently, he was the director of photography on Skyfall, but his career also includes such unforgettable work as No Country For Old Men, »
In the wake of the resurgence of indie genre films, Focus Features has announced that the company has revived the Gramercy Pictures label "as branding for boldly imagined action, horror, and sci-fi genre movies," according to their press release. Read More: Is "It Follows" Paving the Way to a New Era for Indie Genre Films? This is a seismic shift from Gramercy's original inception, which released critical and box office hits such as "Fargo," "Four Weddings and a Funeral," "The Big Lebowski," "Being John Malkovich" and "Dazed and Confused." The new Gramercy appears to target the same market that made "It Follows," "What We Do in the Shadows" and "Ex Machina" recent genre hits. "This renewed label reinforces Focus Features’ commitment to bringing a broad spectrum of entertainment to audiences that encompasses both commercial and specialty fare," the press release »
- Paula Bernstein
Focus Features has revived the Gramercy Pictures label — last seen in 2002 — as the genre brand for its action, horror and sci-fi movies.
“Insidious: Chapter 3,” which opens June 5, will be the first title to carry the Gramercy brand. Focus, which went through an extensive reorganization two years ago, is a division of NBCUniversal.
“This renewed label reinforces Focus Features’ commitment to bringing a broad spectrum of entertainment to audiences that encompasses both commercial and specialty fare,” Focus said. “As audiences’ consumption habits continue to evolve, the need for the targeted branding of entertainment content and the cultivating of a loyal fanbase becomes imperative. This branding is important not only during the theatrical windows, but also across ancillary and digital distribution platforms.”
- Dave McNary
Good news, everyone! When it was announced that Denis Villeneuve would be directing Blade Runner 2, my first thought was, “Hey that’s pretty cool!" And my second thought was, “Wait, does this mean Roger Deakins is going to shoot a Blade Runner movie?!” Indeed. Alcon Entertainment announced today that the 12-time Oscar nominated cinematographer will be reuniting with Villeneuve on the project, marking their third collaboration after Prisoners and the upcoming Sicario. Deakins is quite possibly the best director of photography who’s ever lived, so the prospect of him capturing the world of Blade Runner is beyond enticing. A frequent collaborator of the Coen Brothers, Deakins has shined in a variety of genres from Western (True Grit) to comedy (The Big Lebowski) to James Bond (Skyfall). While he did shoot 2011’s In Time and 1984’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, we haven’t seen much from Deakins in the realm of sci-fi, »
- Adam Chitwood
While Rob Zombie was filming his Halloween-set horror movie, 31, Paramount Scope's Josh Hasty captured the set on camera for a making-of documentary. While sorting through 500+ hours of footage, Hasty recently released a behind-the-scenes image.
Rob Zombie shared Hasty's image via RobZombie.com, giving us a glimpse at what looks to be a gothic dinner table that would right at home in the mansion from Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming Crimson Peak.
Hasty provided the following caption with the photo (shown in full, below): “Going through 500+ hours of footage (yes five hundred) on my Rob Zombie 31 doc. Here’s a screen cap of Rz and his Dp, David Daniels, planning out one of my favorite scenes in the film. A poetic nightmare!”
Official details on Hasty's making-of-31 documentary: "Paramount Scope Founder/ Director, Josh Hasty, just wrapped over two months of work on a documentary with the king of horror, »
- Derek Anderson
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Here's a quick guide to everything you need to know before seeing Mad Max: Fury Road this weekend: The big Lebowski becomes the little Lebowski and vice versa in these hand-painted The Big Lebowski nesting dolls (via Neatorama): The sounds of Star Wars are spotlighted in this tribute to sound designer Ben Burtt (via Devour): And here's a video essay on the sounds and tension in the Boogie Nights drug deal scene (via The Playlist): This is a far out poster for the Back to the Future trilogy cleverly divided by the lines of the flux capacitor (via Geek Tyrant): The latest supercut from Jacob T. Swinney's spotlight on...
- Christopher Campbell
A Twitter user with a bit of time on their hands has retold the story of The Big Lebowski using emojis.
Matt Haughey shared the retelling scene-by-scene on the microblogging site in five parts.
— Matt Haughey (@mathowie) May 11, 2015
For those of you unable to work out what it all means, Medium has a translated breakdown.
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: When Star Wars is mashed with Star Trek, it becomes "The Carbonite Maneuver" (via Uproxx) Speaking of Star Wars, here's a short fan film made with Lego bricks depicting R2-D2 as a killing machine (via Geek Tyrant): Cosplay of the Day: speaking of R2-D2, we're counting this Vw Bus dressed up like the Star Wars droid as vehicular cosplay (via Geekologie): Someone has leaked the titles of Marvel's Phase Four, through 2023. We can't wait for "Spatula" (via Screen Crush): Must See Films offers an analysis of M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable (via Filmmaker Iq): This is what The Big Lebowski...
- Christopher Campbell
With Rob Zombie's upcoming film 31 taking place in a setting known as "Murder World", you can expect to find plenty of malevolent monsters (of the human variety) around every corner, but not every character is evil at heart. Zombie's newest photo from his next film features what the writer/director calls "the good guys from 31", characters played by Meg Foster, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Sheri Moon Zombie, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, and Kevin Jackson.
Zombie's 31 was recently acquired for North American distribution by Alchemy. No release date has been revealed at this time, but stay tuned to Daily Dead for further updates on Zombie's latest film.
"Welcome to my next film. It is called 31. It is the story of five random people kidnapped on the five days leading up to Halloween and held hostage in a place called Murder World. While trapped inside this man-made Hell they must fight to survive playing »
- Derek Anderson
The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared was first described to me as “a European Forrest Gump with lots of explosions,” and I was sold! After watching it, I’m pleased to report that this description is dead on. Adapted by director Felix Herngren from Jonas Jonasson’s bestselling book of the same name, The 100 Year Old Man is a loose-limbed, historically sprawling shaggy dog of a movie. Enjoyment is predicated on your acceptance of the ridiculous and, most importantly, of you being able to appreciate the sight of a terrified skinhead being squashed to death by an elephant’s butt.
We open with the titular 100-year-old Allan Karlsson (Robert Gustafsson) mourning the death of his beloved cat at the hands of a fox. Clutching a stick of dynamite in his withered hand, he shuffles through the snow and plants it in the ground. Boom. No more fox. »
- David James
With Rob Zombie's upcoming film 31 taking place in a setting known as "Murder World", you can expect to find plenty of malevolent monsters (of the human variety) around every corner, as evidenced in the latest still from the film, which shows someone who looks like they came from Dr. Frankenstein's lab.
Revealed by Bloody Disgusting, the new still from Rob Zombie's 31 features a very memorable member of the Murder World proceedings. Though the official cast member and character in the still haven't been announced, there are physical similarities between this character and Richard Brake's Doom-Head, who was revealed in a shadow-shrouded still in March, so they very well could be one and the same.
Zombie's 31 was recently acquired for North American distribution by Alchemy. No release date has been revealed at this time, but stay tuned to Daily Dead for further updates on Zombie's latest film. »
- Derek Anderson
Writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice came and went theatrically. Much like Spike Jonze’s Her, it seems an expensive arthouse film that didn’t connect with the public, though both were nominated for Screenplay Oscars. Vice made $8 million, while Anderson’s last film The Master only made twice as much. The filmmaker hasn’t ever scored a big hit (his biggest success was There Will Be Blood, which made $40 Million), and that’s a little sad because he’s one of the greatest filmmakers working today. This noted, Vice is destined to live on as a cult favorite. It’s too drugged out not to eventually find an audience, though its resemblances to films like The Big Lebowski and The Long Goodbye are mostly superficial. Joaquin Phoenix stars as Larry ‘Doc’ Sportello, who works as a sort of private investigator, and the »
- Andre Dellamorte
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Check here for a complete list of our essays. Just one glance at the Oscar nominees for 1998 might make it seem less a questionable choice for “best year in film” — and more an insane one. Instead of a 1974 – The Godfather II, The Conversation, Chinatown, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, etc – or even a 1994, where Shawshank, Quiz Show, and Pulp Fiction lost to Gump – you choose a year where the Oscars would allow Roberto Benigni to climb atop both the figurative and literal chairs of the Shrine? Fine, step away from the Oscars. Would you still celebrate a year that saw not one, but two movies about asteroids threatening the Earth? A year that saw such scars carved across cinematic history as Patch Adams, My Giant, Stepmom, and Krippendorf’s Tribe? It bears repeating: Krippendorf’S Tribe? »
- Michael Oates Palmer
Two eerie scarecrow creations make for an unsettling atmosphere in one of two new photos from Rob Zombie's 31. Currently in the editing stage, Zombie's latest Halloween-set horror film will feature eclectic, creepy characters aplenty, including Sick-Head, Doom-Head, Sister Serpent, Father Murder and more.
"Welcome to my next film. It is called 31. It is the story of five random people kidnapped on the five days leading up to Halloween and held hostage in a place called Murder World. While trapped inside this man-made Hell they must fight to survive playing the most violent game known to man... a game called 31.
31 has no rules. 31 has no boundaries. It is ever so simple. Do whatever you can do to kill your opponent before they kill you. Keep this up for 12 hours and freedom is yours.
Who are the opponents? Well... a group of vile, filthy, blood-thirsty clowns known as The Heads. »
- Derek Anderson
Are you conveniently taking some time off on Monday? April 20, commonly known as 4/20, an "International cannabis culture holiday," is upon us. In case you don't have to go to work or school, might we suggest some movies to watch? We've gathered some of the best stoner movies on Netflix, in addition to this month's latest releases. There are classics like Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke, documentaries such as Super High Me, and even The Big Lebowski! Before you decide on what to do on this special holiday, check out the movies you may want to stream. »
Pop culture comes to life in St. Louis next month! It’s the Wizard World Comic Con May 22nd through the 24th at America’s Center downtown (701 Convention Plaza – St. Louis, Mo 63101), and boy oh boy, do they have an amazing line-up of guests!
Sure, you got the comic artists and cosplayers, wrestlers, a St. Louis Ram, a Power Ranger, and of course the ubiquitous Walking Dead stars, but what We Are Movie Geeks is most excited about are the celebrities from movies that will be on hand: Horror legend George Romero, Sharknado legend Tara Reid, horror hostess with the mostest (if you know what I mean) Elvira, Guardians Of The Galaxy tough guy Dave Bautista, Henry the serial killer himself Michael Rooker, Do The Right Thing’s ‘Buggin Out’ Giancarlo Esposito. Lord of the Rings Trilogy’s Pippin Billy Boyd, Captain America squeeze Hayley Atwell, and Silent Bob’s buddy Jay aka Jason Mewes. »
- Tom Stockman
Sister Dragon, Doom-Head, Father Murder, Lucky Leo—these are the names of just a handful of the bizarre, intriguing characters inhabiting Rob Zombie’s 31, which wraps filming shortly and is on the verge of entering the editing stage. To hold horror hounds over until more looks at his creatively conjured nightmare are revealed, Zombie recently unveiled a new photo from 31, showing Tracey Walter having a good time playing Lucky Leo.
Pancho Moler (2005's Bad News Bears, American Horror Story: Freak Show) plays Sick-Head. Jeff Daniel Phillips (The Lords of Salem, Halloween 2) portrays Roscoe, "the ass-kicking carney mechanic of Venus Virgo’s traveling show." Jane Carr (Curb Your Enthusiasm, How I Met Your Mother) plays Sister Serpent, "a wicked cross of Satan meets Mother Goose. »
- Derek Anderson
Bill Plympton, a two-time Oscar nominee for his slightly deranged hand-drawn animated films, returns to Kickstarter on Tuesday, seeking to raise $100,000 to finance his eighth feature-length film, Revengeance, co-produced with Jim Lujan, another animator who wrote the screenplay. He cited films such as The Big Lebowski, Inherent Vice and Pulp Fiction as thematic touchstones. According to a video Plympton and Lujan created for the crowdfunding campaign, the film follows… »
You may find it hard to believe, but “The Big Lebowski” premiered in theaters over 17 years ago. Where did all the time go? Well, within that timeframe, “The Big Lebowski” has gone from being viewed as an innocuous change-of-pace in the Coen Brothers’ filmography to obtaining cult status, and now, it would not seem out of place to consider it a modern-day classic. Its reputation has grown so much over the years because of how well it lends itself to repeat viewings and critical film analysis. Case in point: Roger Ebert gave the film a 3-star rating when it came out in 1998. Twelve years later, he added the film to his “Great Movies” list. At this point, you would think not much more could be added to the conversation when it comes to this movie. Nevertheless, CineFix has decided to throw their hat into the ring with a video analysis of their own. »
- Ken Guidry
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