12 items from 2017
You may not know the name Robert Legato, but you definitely know his work. He's been on the visual effects teams of all sorts of blockbusters (Armageddon, Interview with the Vampire) and won his first Oscar for groundbreaking work on one of the most popular films of all times Titanic (1997) before creating the system that allowed for Avatar (2009). Hes' got two Oscars (Titanic and Hugo), two BAFTAs (Apollo 13 & Jungle Book) and two Emmys (both for Star Trek series). Will a third Oscar follow next weekend? It looks likely for the live action photorealism of the not really live action Jungle Book.
Though a lot of the particulars of his craft are still a mystery to me after our conversation, I've cherry picked some pieces to share with you that are more readily translatable from our moviegoing perspective.
Nathaniel R: Rob, I'm not sure where to even begin with your work on Jungle Book. »
- NATHANIEL R
For more than a decade, sound mixers Kevin O’Connell and Greg P. Russell worked hand-in-hand on some of the industry’s biggest box office hits, movies like “The Rock,” “Armageddon,” “Spider-Man,” and “Transformers.” It was a relationship born out of an early coupling on Ridley Scott’s “Black Rain” that later took flight in the mid-1990s when the two set up shop together at the Cary Grant mixing stage on the Sony lot in Culver City. In their time together, they landed Academy recognition 12 times, quickly becoming the Susan Luccis of the Oscars — consistently nominated, but never awarded.
Ten years ago, after the first “Transformers” film, O’Connell and Russell went their separate ways. This year, they’re back at the big dance together, though for different projects: O’Connell picked up his 21st nomination to date for Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge,” while Russell is back in »
- Kristopher Tapley
From students at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in Massachusetts, to Hollywood stars with nine Oscar nominations among them, Casey Affleck, his brother Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have come far. And stayed close through it all.
In 1997, Damon and the elder Affleck’s film Good Will Hunting — which also starred Casey — propelled them to fame and their first walk on the Academy Awards stage. Now, 20 years later, Oscar continues to smile on them: Damon is a nominated producer on Best Picture contender Manchester By the Sea, which features an Oscar-nominated performance from Best Actor hopeful Casey Affleck. In 2013, Ben »
- Lindsay Kimble
Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to the heist movie “Finding Steve McQueen,” directed by Mark Steven Johnson (“Ghost Rider,” “Daredevil,” “Elektra”) and staring Forest Whitaker, Travis Fimmel (“Warcraft,” “Vikings”), William Fichtner (“The Dark Night,” “Armageddon”) and… Continue Reading → »
So here’s my theory on a reasonable amount of Michael Bay movies. All of them are over the top when it comes to action. That much we know. But my theory is this. Whenever you see a Michael Bay movie for the very first time in the theater, it’s usually pretty darned good and you get caught up in emotion. You actually forget about how ridiculous the actual lines and plots are and let yourself just escape reality and believe what the movie is telling you. It’s the “movie theater” effect. Every single time you see a movie in the
Anyone Who Says They Didn’t Cry During Armageddon is a Liar »
- Nat Berman
It was news that concerned fans of the faltering Dceu when it was confirmed that Ben Affleck will no longer direct The Batman, which is still supposed to be released next year. This bad news about The Batman follows rumours that Justice League is a mess, as is Wonder Woman, and The Flash is getting a page-one re-write following the departure of its second director.
“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck said in a statement. “Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film. »
- Luke Owen
A frequent topic within Lrm lately, which you've likely heard spill over onto the Los Fanboys Podcast (assuming you listen to it...which you should!!!!), is Ben Affleck's current career trajectory. We're all fans of his and I- in particular- have been very happy to see him return to the top of the mountain in the last seven years. I've been rooting for the guy since 1997 when Good Will Hunting came out and made him and Matt Damon household names. So no one was happier when he bounced back from being the butt of many a joke to suddenly being an artist that demands respect.
Remember, he started hot in 1997 and then, while Damon went for smaller, more intimate, character-driven movies, Affleck went big. He leapt from the indie darlings that brought him to prominence towards big-budget popcorn flicks like Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, Paycheck, and Daredevil. And when he »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Despite what everyone says, being an actor is hard work. You have to be on set for hours on end, day and night, constantly in the media spotlight, and often do crazy stunts for the purpose of authenticity. But no matter how hard that is, it doesn’t compare to some of the jobs that they must re-create on the big screen.
Deepwater Horizon, for example, is a true life story that records the oil-rig disaster off the Gulf of Mexico, in which Mark Wahlberg plays the extremely brave and courageous Mike Williams, who must save as many workers on board as possible amongst the fire. And although this is a very rare occurrence onboard a rig, it does demonstrate the worst case scenario for a job such as that, as the below films do also.
To celebrate the release of one of the most powerful and breath-taking disaster movies »
- The Hollywood News
Ben Affleck learned the hard way not to take long, pensive-looking pauses in interviews.
The Live by Night star sat down with BBC Radio 1 recently, where he finally confirmed that he's seen that heartbreakingly funny meme of himself seated next to Batman V. Superman co-star, Henry Cavill, while appearing despondent as a sad melody plays.
"It taught me not to do interviews with Henry Cavill, where I don't say anything, and they can lay Simon & Garfunkel tracks over it," the 44-year-old actor joked was the main thing he learned working on the superhero movie. "That's one thing I learned."
Watch Ben Affleck's reaction, as well as the instant-classic meme that started it all, in the video below.
Cheer up, Ben!
In all seriousness, the actor did continue on to say that playing Batman was a real eye-opener for him.[p »
Over the past decade or so, actor/writer/director Ben Affleck has done a great job at turning himself into Hollywood’s golden boy. Gone Baby Gone was a terrific directorial debut, and in The Town, he really upped his game with the hard-hitting crime aspects. Argo saw him reach a completely new level when the movie won Best Picture, cementing Affleck as a hot talent in Hollywood.
As such, when he joined the DC Extended Universe as Batman, not only did it give a lot of credibility to the project, but it seemed to imply that Warner Bros. was looking to have Affleck direct a standalone Batman film in the near future. Of course, we now know that to be absolutely true, as Affleck is on board to direct the next Batman film, and with that knowledge going into the filming of last year’s Batman v Superman, we »
- Joseph Medina
If there is one near-unanimously agreed upon highlight of the DC Extended Universe so far, it’s Ben Affleck’s performance as Batman. Such a thing could bode well for his directorial addition to the universe with The Batman, along with his knowledge learned on blockbuster filmmaking from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Speaking to BBC Radio about the experience, Affleck said: “I learned a ton actually, making that movie. I had not made a movie of that scale. I didn’t know what the technology was capable of doing nowadays. The last big blockbuster-y movies I made were like Armageddon in 1997The technology had really changed the way those movies were made. It was fascinating and I learned a tremendous amount”.
- Robert Kojder
Ronning is in post-production on Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales,” which he co-directed with Espen Sandberg. Rønning will also write the script with his brother Andreas Rønning.
Paramount, which made a pre-emptive purchase of Ronning’s pitch, is keeping details of the plot under wraps. Bruckheimer, who has produced all five “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, will produce “Origin” through his Paramount-based Jerry Bruckheimer Films company.
Bruckheimer began his career at Paramount with Don Simpson during the 1980s with “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Top Gun” and “Flashdance” and then spent nearly two decades at Disney with “Armageddon,” “The Rock,” “Con Air,” “Crimson Tide,” “National Treasure” and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise with Johnny Depp. After a costly flop with Depp’s “The Lone Ranger,” Bruckeimer returned to Paramount »
- Dave McNary
12 items from 2017
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