The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, in conjunction with Variety, announced on Thursday the recipients of the third annual Variety Artisans Awards.
The honorees, all nominated for 2017 Oscars, were selected for innovating their respective fields. They will be honored on Feb. 6 at the Lobero Theatre. A panel with the artisans will be moderated by Tim Gray, Variety’s senior vice president and awards editor.
The 2017 Variety Artisans Award honorees are listed below:
Alessandro Bertolazzi for Makeup and Hair for the Warner Brothers film “Suicide Squad,” directed by David Ayer. This marks Bertolazzi’s first Academy Award nomination. His previous credits include “Skyfall,” “Biutiful,” and “Babel.”
Jess Gonchor, for Production Design in the Universal Pictures film “Hail, Caesar!” directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Gonchor was previously nominated for an Academy Award for his work on “True Grit” which was nominated for a total of 10 Academy Awards. Gonchor has worked with »
- Variety Staff
A good horror flick injects fear into aspects of our everyday lives, and home invasion (and manipulation) has that in spades, as seen in The Vagrant (1992), starring Bill Paxton (Aliens, Twister, Titanic), which is getting the Blu-ray treatment courtesy of Scream Factory this May.
From Scream Factory: “We are now taking pre-orders for our upcoming release of the 1992 horror comedy The Vagrant which makes its Blu-ray format debut in the U.S. & Canada! Release date is planned for May 23rd.
Ambitious young executive Graham Krakowski (Bill Paxton–Aliens, Titanic) has plotted out every move of this life and career. What he didn’t plan on was a creepy vagrant living opposite his new home. And when the mysterious man (Marshall Bell–Total Recall, Virus) sneaks into Graham’s home and starts playing sick mind games, he is driven to take matters into his own hands. Detective Ralf Barfuss (Michael Ironside »
- Tamika Jones
These days Hollywood routinely thinks in terms of billion dollar grosses. That’s billion with a b. In 2016 the movie biz broke records, raking in north of $11.4 billion and in the last two years eight movies have cracked the billion-dollar threshold.
In 1990s, however, those numbers were a rarity. Jurassic Park stomped all over its competition in 1993 but it took the story of a sinking ship to float to the very top of the box office. For a good chunk of the Clinton years (Bill, not Hillary) Titanic, James Cameron’s lush romance-disaster, celebrating its twentieth birthday at Cineplex in February, was, as Empire noted, “the planet’s favourite film.”
In total Titanic has grossed a whopping $2,186,772,302, was nominated for 14 Oscars and won 11 but why is it so popular? »
- Richard Crouse
Keke Palmer understands the pain we all endured the moment Leonardo DiCaprio froze to death in Titanic. And like all of us, Keke still isn't over it. The singer-actress appeared on The Steve Harvey Show and talked about a pair of pants she once wore that had roses and Leo's face on it. The joke being, obviously, that Jake and Rose (get it?) were reunited on her pants. Of course, that led to a conversation about Titanic, and the talk show host Steve Harvey admitted he had never seen the movie. Cue the gasps from Keke and the audience. Keke then said that she's still mad at Kate Winslet after what happened at the end of the movie, and when the daytime host didn't understand, she »
Peaceful transition of power: Oscars edition.
The Academy announced on Wednesday that last year’s winners in the acting categories — Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson, Mark Rylance and Alicia Vikander — will all present awards at this year’s festivities.
DiCaprio was crowned best actor at the 2016 awards for his performance as a revenge-seeking frontiersman in “The Revenant.” Larson won best actress for her turn as a woman held captive in a shed with her young son in “Room.” Rylance’s performance in “Bridge of Spies” earned him the best supporting actor award, and Vikander won the supporting actress prize for “The Danish Girl.”
These 30 Actors Have Never Been Nominated for an Oscar
Unlike the past two years, which saw only white actors nominated for the Academy Awards, this year’s lineup features a record six black actors nominated for acting prizes, and at least one person of color included in »
- Seth Kelley
If there’s one detail in Titanic that has been scrutinized over and over again, it’s the ending that sees Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) freezing to death in the water while Rose (Kate Winslet) sits safely on top of a door floating in the ocean. Physicists have attempted to determine whether or not the door was bouyant […]
- Ethan Anderton
Director James Cameron has finally weighed in on one of the most controversial plot points of his hit film Titanic: was the raft big enough for both Rose and Jack? James Cameron Says Jack Would Never Have Survived At the end of the Oscar-winning film, Rose (Kate Winslet) and Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) are in the freezing water when […]
- Hillary Luehring-Jones
This year, James Cameron’s critical and commercial smash hit “Titanic,” about two people from different social classes who fall in love aboard the doomed vessel, turns 20 years old. For many, that means revisiting the film after so many years, but for others it means revisiting the question of whether Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) could have climbed up next to Rose (Kate Winslet) onto a wooden door and therefore survived the end of the film.
“MythBusters” hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman tackled this question once before and claimed that Jack could have survived, but Cameron has repeatedly said that the board is not buoyant enough to hold two people. However, it was brought up once again in a new interview with The Daily Beast and Cameron staunchly defended the film’s ending and said that, though the “MythBusters” guys are “full of shit.”
- Vikram Murthi
Plenty of fans have argued through the years that Leonardo DiCaprio's character, Jack, could have fit on the floating door with Kate Winslet's character, Rose, when they were both stranded in the middle of the ocean, therefore saving him from death at the end of the film. Cameron himself even appeared in a 2012 episode of MythBusters to address the theory, and the Discovery show determined that both Rose and Jack could have in fact, survived.
However, in a new interview, Cameron is changing his tune.
"Ok, so let's really play that out: you're Jack, you're in water that's 28 degrees, your brain is starting to get hypothermia," Cameron explains to The Daily Beast. "MythBusters asks you to now go take off your life vest, take hers off, swim underneath »
A version of this article originally appeared on ew.com.
That floating door could not have held two people, James Cameron says.
The Oscar-winning director of Titanic was asked in a recent interview with The Daily Beast about the long-running dispute over the ending of his 1997 blockbuster hit, when a piece of wood debris from the title ship keeps Rose (Kate Winslet) out of the freezing water while her lover Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) perishes. C’mon, there had to room for both of them on there, right? After all, didn’t Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters prove they could both have »
- James Hibberd
Classics like The Princess Bride, Titanic, and Wayne’s World in our February Events Guide!Classics like The Princess Bride, Titanic, and Wayne’s World in our February Events Guide!Jenny Bullough1/31/2017 10:02:00 Am
Ugh, February. The holidays are long over, winter’s charm has faded into dirty snow, and spring can’t come soon enough. Which makes it the perfect time of year to be comforted by some of your favourite, classic movies! What, you didn’t think Cineplex was just the place to go for new movies, did you? In case you didn’t already know, through our Event Cinema programming, every month you can see classic films back on the big screen as well as live theatre presentations, Broadway musicals, and more! Here are a few choice highlights from our February Events Calendar:
Feb 2: Amadeus – National Theatre Live
In Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, »
- Jenny Bullough
James Cameron has been in the news plenty as of late. Don’t expect it to die down either. The Avatar director has been busy at work writing not one but all of the Avatar sequels and rumor has it he’ll be connected to a potential resurrection of The Terminator franchise. But the news today about James Cameron is somewhat humorous. As all of you may recall, he directed the blockbuster film Titanic. One of the biggest points of contention in the movie is towards the end when Jack and Rose are stranded in the ocean and Rose is floating on
- Nat Berman
In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Avatar director James Cameron spoke about the controversy surrounding the divide of Oscar nominations between mainstream blockbuster films and smaller independent productions.
“There’s definitely a bias,” said Cameron. “The Academy still has a majority of its members that are actors. Look, I love actors, but that’s how they think—they’re generally skeptical of technology. So when they see a film that’s too dependent on visual effects, they say, oh, that’s not an acting movie. Well Titanic was a visual effects movie in sheep’s clothing, you know? Yes, it had visual effects, but it was about the people and about the story. The visual effects were eclipsed by that. But if you do a movie like Avatar, the effects are right out front, and even though I felt the acting was just as good, and the story »
- Robert Kojder
Millions of traumatized moviegoers suffered through the tragic death of Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) after the supposedly unsinkable ocean liner hit that fatal iceberg at the end of James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster “Titanic” while his love Rose (Kate Winslet) clung to a piece of floating wood and escaped the same frigid fate. But did DiCaprio’s character […] »
- Brent Furdyk
In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, “Titanic” and “Avatar” director James Cameron castigated the Academy for not recognizing blockbusters — or as he calls them — “visual cinema.” The Oscar-winning director was promoting his new documentary, “Atlantis Rising,” about a team of archaeologists searching for the famous lost city, which premiered on the National Geographic Channel on January 29th.
When the conversation turned to the Oscars’ waning ratings, Cameron offered this explanation:
“There have been a few times throughout the history of the Oscars where a wildly popular film was well-received, but your typical year the Academy takes the position of: ‘It is our patrician duty to tell the great unwashed what they should be watching,’ and they don’t reward the films that people really want to see—that they’re paying money to go see—and they’re telling them, “Yeah, you think you like that, but what »
- Jude Dry
It’s no surprise that there’s often quite the disconnect between the movies most moviegoers want to see and the movies that have all the Oscar buzz. Occasionally, there will be years where the two cross over in a big way (such as American Sniper and Argo), but sometimes most of the people watching these movies are the ones who sit down to vote for them in the first place (like when The Artist won). While many of these Oscar contenders are undoubtedly great as pieces of art, they’re not often the most feel good of movies, and occasionally, it seems like the Academy is in a constant quest to award the most hilariously violent and dark movies for the sake of them being dark and violent.
The 30 Rock "Hard to Watch" parody was the perfect representation of the disconnect there, and heck, even watching Leonardo DiCaprio scratch »
- Joseph Medina
Last week, “La La Land” tied “Titanic” and “All About Eve” for the most Oscar nominations ever, tallying up fourteen nods. Whether it goes on to match the eleven wins of James Cameron‘s box office smash, we’ll have to wait and see, but with the musical currently doing big business — $220 million worldwide and growing — it’s the rare intersection of commercial and critical favor coming together.
Continue reading James Cameron Says Oscars Have Bias Against Blockbuster Movies at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Ewan McGregor and Danny Boyle were a ‘90s indie film dynamic duo, with the actor starring in the director’s first three films: “Shallow Grave,” “Trainspotting” and “A Life Less Ordinary.” McGregor, who prided himself as being “Danny Boyle’s actor,” then had a dramatic breakup and parted ways with the filmmaker after Leonardo DiCaprio, coming from his “Titanic” stardom, was chosen as the lead in 2000’s “The Beach” and not him. The two didn’t speak to each other until nine years later in 2009.
“It was over a film, a misunderstanding,” McGregor explained. “It’s a big regret of mine that it went on for so long, and a real shame we didn’t work together all those years. Not because of any particular film, »
- Liz Calvario
The bust up between director Danny Boyle and Ewan McGregor over “The Beach” is a pretty well known story at this point, but one that’s getting fresh airing with the release this weekend of “T2: Trainspotting” in the U.K., and one you’re likely to hear a few more times before the film lands stateside. But the short version goes like his: after making three movies together, Danny Boyle and Ewan McGregor were going to reunite for “The Beach.” However, when Boyle decided to go with fast-rising Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role instead (who had major post-“Titanic” heat and could get the movie up-and-running with a healthy budget), McGregor didn’t take it well, the pair didn’t speak for years.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Executive produced by Oscar-winning Cameron and Emmy-winning filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici, National Geographic’s upcoming investigative documentary, Atlantis Rising, sets out to unravel the mystery of the lost city of Atlantis.
The film tracks a team of archeologists, scientists and historians as they travel throughout the Mediterranean Sea in an attempt to search for the true “Atlantean” civilization — and a possible location for the mother city, the lost city itself, using cutting-edge technology and Plato’s ancient writings as a virtual treasure map to lead the way.
People can »
- Aurelie Corinthios
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