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Ever since breaking into the Hollywood big leagues with the release of Titanic two decades ago, Leonardo DiCaprio has been an avid campaigner for environmental awareness across the board. It’s a timely topic that even cropped up during the actor’s Oscar acceptance speech – “Climate change is real, it is happening right now” – and a passion that is allowed to fully unfold with the debut trailer of Before the Flood.
Surfacing online following its debut at Toronto International Film Festival, the documentary – one that hails from DiCaprio’s own Appian Way Productions – has a remarkable amount of star power attached, and we’re not just talking about the big-name talking heads.
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- Michael Briers
Technology represents new opportunities for the creative industries, but that doesn’t mean the robots are taking over.
“Oliver Stone didn’t come up with Wall Street with an algorithm, it’s a creative business,” said Sunny Dhillon of California-based Vc fund Signia during Zurich Summit panel Breaking Rules and Disrupting Business Models.
Dhillon was bullish on the opportunities that a platform like Snapchat offers to those with IP to exploit. He noted one example of the Exorcist TV series offering a user generated content experience on Snapchat.
“This is voluntary engagement with an advertisement in a way we haven’t seen before.”
Dhillon cited a recent Wall Street Journal article that Snapchat reaches 41% of all 18 to 34 year olds in the Us on a daily basis; while a traditional TV network reaches only 6%.
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Written & Directed by Leena Yadav
Long after Parched played out its poignant plot, I kept thinking about the four women at the forefront of Leena Yadav’s sparkling saga of patriarchal tyranny. The enduring grief and the brief bouts of buoyancy that Rani (Tannishtha Chatterjee), Lajjo (Radhika Apte), Bijlee (Surveen Chawla) and Janaki (Lehar Khan) carry with themselves, lingers in our hearts and minds long after the last frame of Leena’s luminous work dies down.
The film is shot with such inescapable beauty by Russell Carpenter (who moves with fluent fecundity from the soggy sappiness of Titanic to the parched desertscape of this walloping work on women’s empowerment) that you fear for the inner lives of the characters. Would their emotional existence be able to withstand the sheer extraneous splendor of the storytelling?
The answer, my friend, is blowing passionately in the winds. »
- Subhash K Jha
If you've found yourself watching the same thing over and over again on Netflix, then you're in luck. The streaming service just announced its lineup for October, and it's full of some big hits. Not only can you get caught up on your favorite shows (Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, American Horror Story: Hotel) next month, but there are also some pretty nostalgic movies coming your way. Love classic romances? Join Audrey Hepburn for Breakfast at Tiffany's. Obsessed with Leonardo DiCaprio? Relive his glory days in Titanic. Take a look at what else is in store and then get caught up on all the titles from September. Related Stories:Hurry, These Movies Are About to Expire on Netflix! »
- Kelsie Gibson
Oscar-winning actor, humanitarian, and national treasure Leonardo DiCaprio recently put his beachfront house in Malibu, a residence he’s owned since 1998, on the market for a whopping $10.95 million. He first moved in the year after Titanic, which might give the place some extra sentimental significance for fans with deep pockets. Not that the house needs it. This stunning property practically sells itself. Located on exclusive Carbon Beach, the three-bedroom, two-bathroom bungalow boasts “killer” views and “gorgeous” interiors. Writer Julia Wick is covering the high-profile real estate sale for The LAist, complete with a passel of drool-inducing photographs of the famous mid-century house, but she has chosen to take a big-picture view of these events. What, after all, is the true significance of DiCaprio’s magnificent beach house in the grand scheme of things? Everyone dies, after all, even the owner of this pristine beach house. Wick ponders »
- Joe Blevins
Some might say that the era of the big budget romance died when Pearl Harbor took a critical drubbing in 2001. And yet James Cameron’s Avatar proved beyond doubt seven years ago that audiences will still sign up for a good old-fashioned love story, provided there’s plenty of spectacle among the lingering glances. By somehow managing to bring together the kind of filmgoer who will pay to see an alien movie with those who would rather spend their last dollar on a late-night screening of The Notebook (as well as looping in some brilliantly synapse-boggling 3D), Cameron briefly appeared to have single-handedly rescued Hollywood from certain doom.
But while Pearl Harbor would never have existed without the success of Cameron’s Titanic four years previously, »
- Ben Child
Filmmaker Curtis Hanson, who directed Eminem in his film debut 8 Mile and earned an Oscar for his script for L.A. Confidential, died Tuesday, Variety reports. He was 71.
According to reports, paramedics responded to a call about an unconscious man and Hanson was pronounced dead at the scene. A cause of death has yet to be confirmed, though a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department said Hanson died of "natural causes."
When Kathy Bates receives her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Sept. 20, the moment will hold much significance. “It’s a big deal to me,” the Oscar winner admits. “It’s going to be right in front of the TLC Chinese Theatre. I just discovered that and kept asking, ‘Are you sure?’”
Bates adds that this is meaningful to her for several reasons. “I have a photograph from around 1956 with my Aunt Lee, right in front of the theater,” Bates says of the location, which was then known as Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. “She and my grandmother lived out here and we came often to visit them, driving cross-country from Memphis.” Bates can recall spending the day with her mother’s sister, having tea at Bullock’s department store, and walking around the theater. Her aunt died of breast cancer over 40 years ago, but Bates holds her memory dear. »
- Jenelle Riley
Before crafting a sequel to his own The Terminator, writer/director James Cameron made a career out of making sequels to other filmmakers’ projects. The man who would brings us Avatar, True Lies and Titanic began his career as the writer/director of Piranha Part Two: The Spawning, but he would follow it by having the same […]
- Ethan Anderton
Director Antoine Fuqua was provided with a surprising gift when he began making his contemporary remake of “The Magnificent Seven”: Seven themes composed by the late Oscar-winning composer James Horner (“Titanic”), who died last year in a plane crash. Horner didn’t live long enough to screen any footage, but he read the script and provided the backbone of the score for Fuqua. Indeed, after collaborating on “Southpaw” together, Horner convinced the director to make “The Magnificent Seven” when he was ambivalent about the project and worried about financing.
Horner, in fact, was on such a steady ascent before his fatal crash (including Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” and “The Great Wall”), that he discussed greater collaboration with producer-composer-arranger Simon Franglen (the Grammy-winning “My Heart Will Go On” from “Titanic”). They also worked together on the gritty, electronic-tinged “Southpaw,” and Franglen later arranged “Skyfall” and “Spectre” for composer Thomas Newman. »
- Bill Desowitz
At the end of “Diamonds Are Forever,” audiences cheer when James Bond succeeds in blowing up the giant oil platform the evil Blofeld uses as his base. It’s a spectacular finale, to be sure, though nowhere near as impressive as the real-life destruction wrought in “Deepwater Horizon,” a stunning Hollywood restaging of the explosion that consumed the Transocean deepwater drilling rig on April 20, 2010. Needless to say, no one cheers this time around: We all know that 11 men lost their lives in the accident, and that the ensuing oil spill became the country’s all-time worst ecological disaster. And yet, despite the fact that director Peter Berg presents the action as if everyone in the audience is an engineer, the excitement is undeniable. For a movie in which you can’t follow what’s going on for 75% of the time, “Deepwater Horizon” proves remarkably thrilling — and could well become one »
- Peter Debruge
There are many reasons to criticise James Cameron’s record-breaking weepie Titanic but one of the most frustrating reminders of its success lies in Hollywood’s repetitive treatment of historical tragedies ever since. Not that the director invented the formula of placing a love triangle in the middle of adversity, but he showed that it could be extraordinarily profitable – and movies from Pearl Harbor to Pompeii have tried desperately to replicate the package.
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- Benjamin Lee
Celine Dion lost her husband of 22 years, René Angélil, to throat cancer in January, and on Friday, she paid tribute to him in a really beautiful way. The singer attended the Stand Up to Cancer event at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in La, where she mingled with Bradley Cooper, answered phones, and showed off a t-shirt that paid tribute to her family. Shannen Doherty, who is currently battling breast cancer, was also in attendance. Celine's appearance is just the latest thing she's done to honor her husband's memory. After opening up about being "at peace" with René's death, she also dedicated her Icon Award to him after putting on an emotional performance at the Billboard Music Awards in May. Related Stories:Let Celine Dion Blow You Away With Her Incredible Rihanna ImpressionCeline Dion Wearing a Titanic Sweatshirt Is the Dose of Nostalgia You Need Today »
- Caitlin Hacker
Director Antoine Fuqua dedicated the world premiere of “The Magnificent Seven” to the late composer James Horner at the Toronto Film Festival on Thursday night, offering “warmest love and thanks to our departed friend.”
Horner, whose credits include “Titanic” and “Glory,” died in 2015 when his turboprop aircraft crashed in the Los Padres National Forest. He was 61 years old. “The Magnificent Seven” is his last posthumous project.
He didn’t finish work on the score. That had to be wrapped up by Simon Franglen, but, fittingly, he left behind seven completed songs.
“I played it on the set when we had tough days and it was magnificent,” said Fuqua.
“The Magnificent Seven” remakes the 1960 Western film of the same name, which is itself is an update of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 classic “Seven Samurai.” It had the dubious honor of kicking off this edition of the Toronto Film Festival. In recent years, »
- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh
Director James Cameron is ready to re-release his 1991 feature "Terminator 2: Judgement Day", in a fresh, re-mastered 3D conversion, through Dmg and distributor StudioCanal, incorporating 'StereoD', a visual technology used in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens":
Cameron’s previous 3D theatrical re-release of "Titanic" added an extra $343 million to the film's original world-wide box office gross of $2.1 billion.
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- Michael Stevens
“The Jungle Book” is clearly the VFX Oscar frontrunner for its cutting edge integration of virtual environments and animated characters, with newcomer Neel Sethi as the only live-action component as Mowgli.
Mpc created the bulk of the virtual work (54 species and 224 unique animals along with plants, trees, vines, rocks, rushing rivers, mudslides and grasses blowing in the wind), while Weta Digital did the bravura King Louie sequence (keyframing Christopher Walken’s iconic ape along with his minions that he whips up into a frenzy).
“The Jungle Book Reimagined, “the centerpiece of the Blu-ray bonus features, contains an informative roundtable recap between director Jon Favreau, producer Brigham Taylor and Oscar-winning production VFX supervisor Rob Legato (“Hugo” and “Titanic”).
Favreau’s aha moment came when Disney chairman Alan Horn suggested that he didn’t have to be »
- Bill Desowitz
Way back in 2013, director James Cameron made the surprising revelation that Avatar star Stephen Lang will reprise his role as Colonel Quaritch, despite seemingly dying in the original blockbuster. Since then, the filmmaker has expanded his massive franchise from three sequels to four, with Avatar 2's release pushed one full year to Christmas 2018. While these sequels appear to be constantly evolving, Stephen Lang revealed that James Cameron is still planning on bringing this character back for all four sequels.
During his interview from 2013, James Cameron wouldn't exactly say how Quaritch would be back, only teasing that this sequel is "a sci-fi story," hinting there are any number of ways he could be resurrected. The filmmaker also teased that his characters will "evolve into unexpected places" over the course of this franchise, but those statements were over three years ago. During an interview with Mashable, Stephen Lang made it clear »
Just like Titanic and the first Avatar before it, Avatar 2 is another James Cameron movie that has been constantly delayed. It was originally set for release way back in 2013. But it has now since been pushed to December 2018, nearly a decade after the original debuted in 2009. Villain Stephen Lang is set to reprise his villain role as Colonel Miles Quaritch, a job that is keeping him from becoming Cable in Deadpool 2. In a recent interview with Aint It Cool News, Lang confirmed that the movie will begin shooting early in 2017 to make it's intended release date. He had this to say about the delay.
"Yeah, the reading of things. We're getting there. We're in good shape. We'll be starting certainly early in the new year. But you know, the thing is, as you can imagine with a film like Avatar, it's not like the work hasn't been going on. »
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that 2x Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz is currently in early talks with 20th Century Fox to star in Alita: Battle Angel, their highly ambitous upcoming film adaptation of Yukito Kishiro's nine-volume '90s manga Battle Angel Alita. The story takes place in the 26th century and centers around a female cyborg named Alita, who is discovered in a junkyard by a scientist with no memories of her past, save for her lethal martial-arts training. Using her rediscoved skills, she becomes a bounty hunter and hunts down the some of the world's worst criminals. If/when Waltz's deal closes, he'll join Rosa Salazar (Maze Runner: The Death Cure), who has already signed on to play the film's lead protagonist, the cyborg known as Alita. Waltz would portray her mentor Doctor Dyson Ido, the cybersurgeon who discovers her. Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) is directing the feature »
Aliens: The Set Photography was released earlier this month in unison to the 30th anniversary of the release of the movie. It gives you an in-depth behind the scenes look at what it took from the cast and crew to put this movie together. The quality and detail of the images are unbelievable and can't be compared to any other publisher of set photography books. This book is broken down into how production went for the major acts of the movie. Along with the photography from the set each image is accompanied with either an detailed description or a quote from one of the actors from the movie. A majority of the photos included in this book have never been seen before, so even if you have watched the movie hundreds of times I guarantee that there will be images you haven't seen.
With so many movies today relying »
- Michael Connally
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