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Back in October, it was announced that C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia series is to continue on the big screen with producer Mark Gordon (Saving Private Ryan) securing the rights to adapt The Silver Chair, and now it's been revealed that Oscar-nominated screenwriter David Magee (Finding Neverland, Life of Pi) has signed on to pen the script for the fantasy sequel.
"I have always loved The Chronicles of Narnia and I endlessly imagined myself finding my own passage into Narnia someday," said Magee as part of the official announcement. "All these years later, I’m getting to fulfill that wish just a little bit by writing the film adaptation of The Silver Chair and could not be more excited about it."
The first three Narnia movies - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader »
- Gary Collinson
Entertainment Weekly: So this looks fun, right?
Ed Burns: The most fun I’ve had as an actor since Saving Private Ryan. I said it on Day One and it’s been a blast. It’s a combination of a couple of things. The scripts are so good. The dialogue is so fun. I mean normally, on movies as an actor, you’re on set in the morning, looking through your sides thinking, “Okay, how am »
- James Hibberd
The Society of Camera Operators has announced the recipients of its Lifetime Achievement Awards for 2014. The Camera Operator Award goes to Chris Haarhoff, whose credits include Saving Private Ryan, Fight Club and Almost Famous. Other honorees are William Coe (Jersey Boys, The Avengers, J. Edgar), Lifetime Achievement as Camera Technician; Barry Wetcher (GoodFellas, Quiz Show, Sherlock Holmes), Lifetime Achievement as Still Photographer; and Jack Carpenter of Carpenter Camera Cars (Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Crash, The Matrix Reloaded), Lifetime Achievement as Mobile Camera Platform Operator. The society’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Service goes to Stan McClain, founder of Filmtools Inc., and the President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement will be presented to Leonard Chapman, founder of Chapman–Leonard Studio Equipment, for his support of the camera operator. The awards will be handed out February 15 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
The Best Director Oscar category quite often mirrors the Best Picture category, with the winners in both matching up year after year. That being said, it’s not wholly uncommon to see a split for one reason or another—in fact, it’s happened 22 times. Sometimes the director of the Best Picture winner gets snubbed out of a nomination (see: Ben Affleck), sometimes heavy backdoor campaigning results in a split (see: Shakespeare in Love take Best Picture and Saving Private Ryan getting Best Director), and sometimes the Academy is simply not willing to award difficult material the grand prize (see: Brokeback Mountain losing Best Picture). This year, however, we have a different scenario that could simply be boiled down to an incredibly tough choice: two excellent, groundbreaking films that both showcase directing at its finest. The Best Picture showdown appears to be 12 Years a Slave vs. Gravity, and that same »
- Adam Chitwood
Who’s afraid of 12 Years a Slave?
Not audiences — strong ticket sales at the box office have proven that. However, despite some passionate fans, many Academy voters have privately confessed to being intimidated by the drama, mostly because reviews have hyped the violence as extreme and relentless. Searing? Yes. Punishing for the audience? No more than, say, Saving Private Ryan or any other honest war picture.
In our latest issue, Entertainment Weekly named director Steve McQueen one of the Entertainers of the Year. That’s not a title one would obviously bestow on the soft-spoken British filmmaker, but “entertainment” means more than escapism. »
- Anthony Breznican
Is it too late to add some films to the Oscar short list for the Live Action Short? Unfortunately, yes, that was announced last week, and anyway the 11 new shorts we have to share today are more like short shorts. Each is only about a minute in length and barely has a narrative. Made exclusively for this year's New York Times Magazine special movies issue, they're all directed by Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, who shot Cool As Ice -- and, sorry, also Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan and most of Spielberg's films since. The "(very) short films," as the Nyt describes them, bring together the year's great talents for various kinds and styles of scenes. Each is based around a single line written by notable writerly...
- Christopher Campbell
For those who don't know the name Janusz Kaminski, he's the go-to director of photography for Steven Spielberg, shooting films like Lincoln, Catch Me If You Can, Minority Report, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List and more. Now New York Times Magazine has commissioned the cinematographer to direct 11 different short films from various writers like J.C. Chandor, Spike Jonze, Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen and Before Midnight trio Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater. Their job was to write a single line of dialogue, and then a short film was created based around that writing, featuring stars like Bradley Cooper, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michel B. Jordan, Robert Redford and more. Watch! We've posted three of the short films below, but for the rest, you must check out New York Times Magazine. Here's Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg's scene starring Robert Redford: Andrew Bujalski's (Computer Chess) scene starring Cate Blanchett: »
- Ethan Anderton
When Janusz Kaminski isn’t lensing his often Oscar-nominated work on a batch of Steven Spielberg’s finest films, including “Schindler’s List," “Saving Private Ryan" and most recently “Lincoln," the cinematographer also occasionally settles into the director’s chair. Three films (including the underwhelming Winona Ryder horror “Lost Souls”) and a TV episode of “The Event” have allowed Kaminski full cinematic reign so far, and just as Canon performed with their own short film campaign this month that found actors at the helm, the NY Times have created their own—and allowed Kaminski 11 unique vignettes within which to work. “Most of the vignettes are a little bit whimsical, slightly off-center. So we’ve worked with thrillers, a little bit of comedy, French New Wave, as well as some very conventional stuff,” Kaminski says in a behind-the-scenes video on his varied, roughly minute-long films, which bring together a host of »
- Charlie Schmidlin
Joel Kinnaman (above), who is 34, Christina Applegate is 42, Dougray Scott is 48, Bruno Tonioli is 58, and Amy Grant is 53. Here’s Amy’s first top 40 hit, “Find A Way,” which reached #29 in July 1985.
Rick Santorum’s Christmas movie proves flop
Sandra Bullock has been named Entertainment Weekly‘s Entertainer Of The Year.
GLAAD Announces Sarah Kate Ellis as President
I don’t watch Family Guy, but I know fans are up in arms about the shocking death of ______ . Here’s a tribute the show put together.
Below you can see a report from Hawaii News Now about the »
Catching Fire is inventing new kinds of money to make. So, lest there was any doubt, there will be a Mockingjay movie. Or rather, two Mockingjay movies. Heck, they’re filming the movies right now; maybe they’ll squeeze out a third one in their spare time. Book-splitting isn’t so much a trend as it is Standard Operating Procedure for now: Popularized by Harry Potter, debased by Twilight, taken to ludicrous extremes by The Hobbit. But splitting up Mockingjay offers a particular challenge to the filmmakers: How do you turn that book into two different PG-13 movies?
- Darren Franich
The Foundation for the National Archives presented its 2013 Records of Achievement Award to director Steven Spielberg at a black-tie gala at the National Archives on November 19.The event featured an awards program and conversation between Spielberg and gala chair Ken Burns on the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. The Records of Achievement Award is a tribute to an individual whose work has cultivated a broader national awareness of the history and identity of the United States through the use of original records, including those preserved by the National Archives. The Foundation recognized three-time Oscar winner Spielberg for his contributions as the helmer of “Lincoln” and other historical films including “Saving Private Ryan,” “Amistad,” “The Color Purple” and “Schindler’s List.” He also was honored for his work in establishing the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, which has created the world’s largest video archive on a single. »
- Beth Hanna
Some countries hate an f-word; in others, politics will kill your box office with a high age certificate. We look at the movies that proved censors didn't know their Rs from their elbows
Harvey Weinstein enlisted Dame Judi Dench to revive her role as M in Bond this week in a spoof video that convinced the Motion Picture Association of America to downgrade Philomena's R rating to the less restrictive PG-13. The MPAA turned a blind eye to one "fuck", as two would normally make Stephen Frears's film unfit for teen viewing. Film ratings, as can be seen from the following, are often strange and unaccountable creatures...
1) The King's Speech (2010)
Harvey Weinstein is no stranger to lobbying film boards for classification downgrades. He and director Tom Hooper did much the same thing in relation to The King's Speech when the British Board of Film Classification certified it a »
Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines contemporary pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!
In decades past, the movie sequel was a frowned-upon concept, something that implied unoriginality or laziness. There were exceptions (The Godfather Part II), and if you were a genre head in the ’80s, then you witnessed the birth of the Sequel-As-Perfected-Original (Wrath of Khan and Road Warrior and Empire Strikes Back and maybe Aliens), although that in turn led to the birth of the Threequel-As-Bloated-Mess (Search for Spock and Beyond Thunderdome and »
- Darren Franich
Ron Judkins is an Oscar-winning sound engineer. He has worked on over 50 films since 1976 including blockbusters for directors such as Steven Spielberg, Gus Van Sant, Paul Thomas Anderson, Richard Donner, and Barry Levinson. He won two Academy Awards for Best Sound for Jurassic Park and Saving Private Ryan. He made his directorial debut in 1999 with the film The Hi Line, which he also wrote. Now Ron Judkins is back in the director/writer chair for the new film Finding Neighbors, a comedic drama about three sets of Los Angeles neighbors who are searching for true connections.
Finding Neighbors is the story of a formerly acclaimed graphic novelist who goes looking for a true connection outside of his marriage – and just over his fence. Six months late on a book delivery, Sam (Michael O’Keefe) has succumbed to a full-on midlife and creative crisis. Sherrie (Julie Mond), the provocative girl-next-door, offers »
- Tom Stockman
Hot on the heels of yesterday's teaser artwork debut, the first official teaser trailer has arrived for Disney's Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, and Sharlto Copley. There's a whole lot of teasing going on around here!
Maleficent opens May 30, 2014. It is the untold story of Disney’s most beloved villain, Maleficent, from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty. The film reveals the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse baby Aurora.
The cast includes Angelina Jolie (Wanted, Changeling), Sharlto Copley (District 9), Elle Fanning (Super 8), Sam Riley (On the Road), Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake), Miranda Richardson (The Hours), Juno Temple (Atonement), and Lesley Manville (Secrets & Lies).
Directed by two-time Oscar-winning production designer Robert Stromberg (Avatar, Alice in Wonderland) in his directorial debut and produced by Joe Roth, Maleficent is written by Linda Woolverton (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast) and executive produced by Jolie, Don Hahn, »
- Debi Moore
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 14 Nov 2013 - 06:19
The overlooked greats of the year 1998 come under the spotlight in our list of its 25 underappreciated movies...
Dominated as it was by the financial success of two giant killer asteroid movies, gross-out comedy hit There's Something About Mary and Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, 1998 proved to be an extraordinary year for cinema.
Okay, so history doesn't look back too fondly on Roland Emmerich's mishandled Godzilla remake, and Lethal Weapon 4 was hardly the best buddy-cop flick ever made, despite its handsome profit. But search outside the top-10 grossing films of that year, and you'll find all kinds of spectacular modern classics: Peter Weir's wonderful The Truman Show, John Frankenheimer's rock-solid thriller Ronin, and Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line.
Then there was The Big Lebowski, the Coen brothers' sublime comedy that has since become a deserved and oft-quoted cult favourite. »
The recent vogue for extreme solitary survival tales -- Life of Pi, All Is Lost, Gravity -- continues with another significant entry in Lone Survivor. A very intense, close-up visualization of the best-selling memoir about a botched Navy SEALs raid in Afghanistan written by the only man who lived to tell the tale, Marcus Luttrell, Peter Berg's film rates comparisons to Black Hawk Down as an unflinching account of a U.S. military operation in the Middle East gone very wrong. The film is concerned only with what directly confronts the characters -- and, by extension, the audience -- at any given moment. But even without any discernable political tilt in the point of view, other than for a clear enthusiasm for gung ho manliness, no »
- Todd McCarthy
We haven't talked much about Disney's Maleficent lately, but with the film's gorgeous new Us and UK teaser posters hitting the Net, we thought the least we could do is share them with you!
Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie in her first on-screen role in three and a half years, opens May 30, 2014. Check out the artwork below from EW for the Us version and The Imp Awards for the UK variant.
Co-starring in the film are Sharlto Copley (District 9), Elle Fanning (Super 8), Sam Riley (On the Road), Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake), Miranda Richardson (The Hours), Juno Temple (Atonement), and Lesley Manville (Secrets & Lies).
This is the untold story of Disney’s most beloved villain, Maleficent, from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty. The film reveals the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora.
- Debi Moore
- Ryan Adams
- Sasha Stone
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