8 items from 2012
Directed by Peter Webber.
The American military occupational force under the command of General Douglas MacArthur (Tommy Lee Jones) search for war criminals in post-World War II Japan. Of particular interest is whether or not the Emperor Hirohito sanctioned the attack on Pearl Harbor. The investigation into the man believed to be a deity by his own people is given to General Bonner Fellers (Matthew Fox) who also conducts a personal inquest to discover if the Japanese student Aya Shimada (Eriko Hatsune) he fell in love with while in college has survived the carnage of war.
In many ways the love story between General »
People crave romantic movies, be they dramatic or funny—the box-office numbers prove it—and novelist Nicholas Sparks has provided the raw material for a number of such films including Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, and most successfully, The Notebook. I think it’s fair to say that moviegoers know what to expect when they see one of these adaptations: attractive people in stories that bring them together, draw them apart, and offer some form of happy ending after necessary tears are shed. That’s all true of The Lucky One, directed by Scott Hicks (Shine, Snow Falling on Cedars) from a screenplay by Will Fetters. Zac Efron plays a Marine who, while serving in Iraq,...
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- Leonard Maltin
Oh boy, Zac Efron's "The Lucky One" is coming, and in case you couldn't tell, this was his "serious" movie. Director Scott Hicks ("Shine," "Snow Falling On Cedars," "No Reservations") is going to make sure you feel it in every frame.
A handful of clips from the film have emerged, totaling over five minutes, and they find Efron playing an Iraq war veteran (snicker), who credits the photo of a woman named Beth, whom never met, for saving his life. Instead of going to therapy like most people would, he tracks her down and a romance begins. Oh yeah, this is based on a Nicholas Sparks novel. So, how can we tell little Zac is damaged? Well, they've got him wearing a scruffy half-beard (giggle) and in order to amp up the drama this thing is bathed drowned in Thomas Kinkade-style Golden Lighting emerging from every cinematic orifice. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Yay, love! If you’re not in it... well, that’s too bad for you! I realize Valentine’s Day isn’t really a movie marathon type of holiday, compounded by the fact that it’s not usually celebrated in groups, but let’s pretend that doesn’t matter and enjoy this article for what it is - an excuse for me to get some writing done!
Did I say that out loud?
On with the show!
8:00 Am - Romeo and Juliet (1968) 138 min
This is the definitive version, not that music video by Baz Luhrmann. It’s got more of the original text, young Michael York, it’s actually shot in Italy and let’s not forget boobs. That’ll wake up your loved one.
10:15 Am - Snow Falling on Cedars 127 min
Golly, do I hate Ethan Hawke. I really hate how he winds up in excellent movies, »
Asa Butterfield, Chloë Moretz, Hugo Guillaume Schiffman, Afc (The Artist), Jeff Cronenweth, Asc (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Robert Richardson, Asc (Hugo), Hoyte van Hoytema, Fsf, Nsc (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), and Emmanuel Lubezki, Asc, AMC (The Tree of Life) are the five nominees for the 2012 American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) Awards, now in their 26th year. The winner will be announced at the Asc Awards ceremony at the Hollywood and Highland Grand Ballroom on February 12. Glaringly absent from the shortlist is Janusz Kaminski's work on War Horse, the Steven Spielberg World War I drama that has been performing well enough at the domestic box office, but that has been — surprisingly — generally bypassed by the various guilds. Kaminski's absence from the Asc Awards' roster is particularly surprising because his work on War Horse has been widely praised, and he has already been nominated four times in the past. »
- Andre Soares
HollywoodNews.com: Guillaume Schiffman, Afc (The Artist), Jeff Cronenweth, Asc (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Robert Richardson, Asc (Hugo), Hoyte van Hoytema, Fsf, Nsc (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), and Emmanuel Lubezki, Asc, AMC (The Tree of Life) have been nominated in the feature film category of the 26th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) Outstanding Achievement Awards. The winner will be announced at the Asc Awards celebration at the Hollywood and Highland Grand Ballroom on February 12.
“These five cinematographers have created works of art that serve the story and director’s vision in unique and engaging ways,” says Asc Awards Committee Chairman Richard Crudo. “Their talent for translating the script and performances to the screen demonstrates the phenomenal power of the visual image.”
This is the second consecutive Asc Award nomination for Cronenweth who was recognized last year for The Social Network.
Richardson earns his 10th nomination. He was »
- Josh Abraham
The American Society of Cinematographers has announced the nominees for the 26th Annual Asc Outstanding Achievement Awards. The nominees are: Guillaume Schiffman, Afc (The Artist) Jeff Cronenweth, Asc (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) Robert Richardson, Asc (Hugo) Hoyte van Hoytema, Fsf, Nsc (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) Emmanuel Lubezki, Asc, AMC (The Tree of Life) Most notably sitting out of the race was Janusz Kaminski's work from "War Horse." That's another blow to Steven Spielberg's quickly fading Oscar chances. As for the nominees... This is the second consecutive Asc Award nomination for Cronenweth who was recognized last year for The Social Network. Richardson earns his 10th nomination. He was previously acknowledged for Inglourious Basterds (2010), The Good Shepherd (2007), The Aviator (2005), Snow Falling on Cedars (2000), The Horse Whisperer (1999), Heaven & Earth (1994), A Few Good Men (1993), JFK (1992), »
Patricia Arquette will play the mother of Jeff Buckley in Jake Scott's biopic, "Mystery White Boy," TheWrap has confirmed. Arquette will play Mary Guibert, the widow of singer/songwriter Tim Buckley, Jeff Buckley's father. The size of her role has not been made known. Also read: "Spider-Man" on Broadway Actor Reeve Carney Lands Jeff Buckley Role The film is currently in preproduction in Memphis, where Jeff Buckley accidentally drowned in May 1997. He was 30. Jeff Buckley will be played by Reeve Carney, star of "Snow Falling on Cedars" and the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn »
- Kurt Orzeck
8 items from 2012
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