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BAFTA-nominated cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema has been turning heads ever since his stunning work in the stylish Swedish horror film "Let the Right One In" crossed the Atlantic six years ago. And lately, he's just getting all the good gigs, having stepped in for Spike Jonze regular Lance Acord on last year's "Her" and for Christopher Nolan's right hand man Wally Pfister on the upcoming "Interstellar." Well, you can add another big pair of shoes for the talented director of photography to fill. With Roger Deakins exiting the James Bond franchise after 2012's "Skyfall," we can confirm that director Sam Mendes has tapped van Hoytema to shoot the still untitled 24th installment of the series. Deakins won the Asc prize for "Skyfall" two years ago, but as is often the story, he watched someone else take the Oscar (in this case, Claudio Miranda for "Life of Pi," which is »
- Kristopher Tapley
Mena Suvari (American Pie, American Beauty), Brian Austin Green (Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2), Zack Ward (A Christmas Story, Transformers), Joanne Kelly (Warehouse 13), Fiona Gubelmann (Wilfred), David de Lautour, Leif Gantvoort, Curtiss Frisle, Emelie O’Hara and Samantha Jacober, Don’t Blink is set for release on September 18th on VOD, Sept 19th in select cinemas across the Us and then hits DVD on Tuesday Oct 14th courtesy of Vertical Entertainment & Premiere Entertainment.
In this gripping suspense-thriller, 10 friends head to a remote mountain resort for a quiet weekend getaway. But upon their arrival, the rustic lodge is more than just sleepy … it’s deserted.
Food is served, baths are drawn and signs of guests are everywhere but the forest and cabin are eerily silent, devoid of all life. With no gas, cell service or phones to be found, the anxious group is left wondering what to do next.
- Phil Wheat
Don’T Blink Poster
There’s something easy to latch onto with films that take the Agatha Christie written “And Then There Were None” (or Ten Little Indians) and give it a brand new spin. I happen to love films that fall into that category, as it’s always a lot of fun to watch a film based on a group of character getting picked off, one by one, and trying to solve the mystery of who’s doing it and why. It’s a gamble with each one though, for every Identity, there’s a Mindhunters, so like every film, you take your chances.
The Travis Oates-helmed Don’T Blink (hitting VOD September 18th) looks like another take at the classic story, and judging from the trailer, it looks like it could be a lot of fun. Filled with characters played Mena Suvari (American Beauty), Brian Austin Green (Chromeskull: Laid To Rest II, »
- Jerry Smith
Over the weekend, the Toronto International Film Festival gave out its extremely prestigious Audience Award, a prize that’s often considered to be a harbinger of future Oscar success. To one degree or another, almost all movies that win the prize tend to receive some level of Academy Award attention. The award is highly sought after and a number of films were thought to be in the running at this year’s Toronto Film Festival. Well, for those of you who don’t know which flick took the prize, I’ll save that for a little later in the article, but right now I want to get into what the Audience Award means and which titles were thought to be eying it up in a big way. Historically, the Audience Award at Toronto has really been a signifier for the Academy, especially of late. The award was first given out »
- Joey Magidson
Ja from Mnpp here - it's that "Beauty vs Beast" time again! Over the past few months a lot's been written about the wonderful movie year that was 1999 now that we're a solid fifteen years away from it (Nathaniel touched upon this back in July) but seeing as how today, September 15th, marks the exact anniversary of the release of the film that would roll on to win that's years Best Picture, I figure it's time to pit some angry suburbanites against each other.
Yup, American Beauty turns 15 today. The dust on everybody's Oscars - Kevin's, Sam's, Annet... oh wait, nevermind (sorry Hilary Swank made me do it) - is fifteen years thick. (Of course if Annette had won that Oscar she'd have never let the dust get that thick - she'd strip down to her slip and scrub scrub scrub that sucker.) And all that built-up time, well it »
Fifteen years ago this week, Sam Mendes’ film American Beauty arrived in U.S. theaters. In Florida, a film critic named Jay Boyar reviewed Mendes’ first full-length feature for the Orlando Sentinel—and he wrote that after seeing it, he “decided that the little satirical film would come and go without much fuss.”
However: “In the weeks since I saw the film, it has opened in a few places to ridiculously generous reviews,” Boyar mused. “Entertainment Weekly called it ‘bracing in its intensity’ and the New York Times praised its ‘eloquent flights of fancy.’ I’m sorry to say that »
- Ashley Fetters & Esther Zuckerman
"The Imitation Game" won the People's Choice Award for Best Picture at the Toronto International Film Festival, thus officially emerging as a top Oscar contender. Of the previous 36 Tiff winners, 25 (almost 70%) became Oscar rivals, reaping 122 nominations and 43 victories. Five bagged the Academy Award for Best Picture: "Chariots of Fire" (1981), "American Beauty" (1999), "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008), "The King's Speech" (2010) and last year's winner, "12 Years a Slave." Seven other Toronto champs were nominated for Oscar's top prize: "The Big Chill" (1983), "Places in the Heart" (1984), "Shine" (1996), "Life is Beautiful" (1998), "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (2000), "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" (2009) and "Silver Linings Playbook" (2012). -Break- "The Imitation Gam..." »
Given the jam-packed crowds and red carpet at Tuesday's Imitation Game premiere, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that Morten Tyldum's look at the life of codebreaker Alan Turing took home the 2014 Grolsch People's Choice Award. The annual Tiff honour is quite often a predictor of Oscar victory, with 12 Years A Slave, Silver Linings Playbook, The King's Speech, Slumdog Millionaire and American Beauty all having nabbed the People's Choice before their eventual Best Picture wins. Will the trend continue?
The drama sees Benedict Cumberbatch star as Turing, the groundbreaking British mathematician, philosopher, and cryptologist who led the team that cracked the German Enigma Code, turned the tide of WWII and consequently saved millions of lives. Though Turing is largely responsible for the creation of the modern computer, along with his critical time at Bletchley Park, his subsequent persecution for homosexuality by the UK government in the early »
- Emma Badame
The Toronto International Film Festival gave its top prize Sunday to The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and distributed by The Weinstein Company. The announcement brings the huge festival to a close after hundreds of film screenings over 10 days. The Imitation Game, a biopic about gay computer pioneer and code-breaker Alan Turing, won the Grolsch People’s Choice Winner, Aka, the audience award for favorite feature-length film shown.
The acclaimed film, which had its World Premiere at Telluride over Labor Day weekend and its unveiling at Tiff on Tuesday, also stars Keira Knightley and was directed by Norwegian helmer Morten Tyldum.
Unlike other festivals that throw their weight behind juried prizes, Tiff prides itself on the fact that their most important honor is chosen by actual moviegoers (although they do hand out some juried awards in other categories).
At the beginning of each film, the audience is reminded that they can vote. »
- Pete Hammond
The Imitation Game won the big prize, the People's Choice Award, at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Tiff's audience award winner is often a precursor to Oscar glory. Last year, the award went to the eventual best picture winner 12 Years a Slave, and previous Tiff audience award winners have included American Beauty, Slumdog Millionaire and Silver Linings Playbook. The festival reached its conclusion today, as the drama, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as British code-breaker Alan Turing, won the award, voted by fest's audiences. The World War II drama, directed by Morten Tyldum, will be released by the Weinstein
- Etan Vlessing
The movie tells the story of a young investment banker struggling to understand his emotional disconnect after the tragic death of his wife.
The banker begins to tear apart his life in a distraught effort to see where he went wrong but ultimately is rescued by a woman he meets in a chance encounter.
Demolition is set to begin filming in New York City on Monday (September 15). »
Comic book movies have produced some of the most popular characters in cinematic history; Iron Man, Superman, Batman, Wolverine, Spider-Man and, most recently, Star-Lord to name but a few.
One thing these popular characters have in common, in terms of their movie depictions, are their portrayals either being faithful to the comic book source material or being tweaked in a manner that a movie necessitates (for example, in the comics, despite not being superhuman, Batman is capable of strength feats far beyond those of any real world human being, which is toned down in the movies) – in which case the changes can be excused and accepted.
However, a number of comic book movie characters are either changed completely unnecessarily or in a manner which renders them completely unrecognisable from the source material – and that’s something that fans of the characters simply won’t stand for and, in their eyes, »
- Kev Stewart
How do actors create characters? Director Jason Reitman probes the question each year with his Film Independent at Lacma Live Read series. He will kick off the Fall season with a staging of "American Beauty." The iconic Oscar-winning screenplay from writer Alan Ball will be performed on Thursday, October 16, with a yet-to-be-announced set of actors. It's a hot ticket, and likely to sell out immediately. Film Independent staged a reading of "American Beauty" back at 2012's Tiff, with Bryan Cranston in the role of Lester Burnham (originally Kevin Spacey), Christina Hendricks as his pent-up wife Carolyn (Annette Bening), Mae Whitman as willful daughter Jane (Thora Birch) and Adam Driver as creepy-sensitive neighbor Ricky Fitts (Wes Bentley). Who will it be this year? Check out new poster art Little Rock-based artist Matt Owen, below. Jason Reitman's "Men, Women and Children" just played Tiff and opens limited on October 17. Meanwhile, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
I Tumblr For You; The Kids Aren’t Alright in Reitman’s Latest
Parents and their burgeoning teenagers battle their insecurities and repressed sexuality amidst ever present technology in an otherwise hushed community in a tightly woven all-American town. Sound familiar? On the surface, Jason Reitman’s latest effort Men, Women & Children is trying so very much to be American Beauty. There’s the hyper-sexualized cheerleaders, the stifled paternal figures and their mentally or morally absent partners, who all crash into their own devastating denouements. Unfortunately, despite his effort to create a modified updated retelling of Sam Mendes’ masterpiece for the plugged-in age, Reitman’s film is ersatz, and instantly forgotten.
Via Emma Thompson’s voiceover (which was used to far better effect in the underrated Stranger than Fiction), the audience is introduced to the close-knit residents of a Texan town. There’s the sexually frustrated married couple Don (Adam Sandler »
- Nicholas Bell
[Press Release] (New York, NY – September 4, 2014) Executive Producers Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin) and Bruce Cohen (American Beauty, Milk, Silver Linings Playbook) are proud to announce that Emmy Award winner Jane Lynch (Glee) will host Uprising of Love: A Benefit Concert for Global Equality on Monday, September 15th at Broadway’s Gershwin Theatre (222 West 51st Street). Also joining the lineup for the evening is the cast of Broadway’s Wicked, the cast of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical Once, and the cast of I Am Harvey Milk. They join the previously announced roster of appearances and performances by 16-time Grammy Award-winner Sting,two-time Tony Award and two-time Grammy Award-winner Patti LuPone, Tony Award winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots), country »
- Pietro Filipponi
The film, television and stage actor will play Deputy Chief William Dodds, a charismatic but tough-as-nails boss who oversees all of the special victims units in the Big Apple. He demands respect and hard work from the commanders who answer to him — and is used to getting it.
“I’ve wanted to write for and work with Peter Gallagher since … forever,” said “Svu” showrunner Warren Leight. “He’s an actor’s actor – deft with text and subtext; emotion and intellect. Like everyone else in our cast, he’s also a great singer. We’re all thrilled that this long into the show’s run, actors of his quality want to do an arc on ‘Svu.’”
- Whitney Friedlander
The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival kicks off on Thursday night with the world premiere of Warner Bros.' The Judge, a legal thriller directed by David Dobkins and starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Robert Duvall. Toronto, sandwiched as it is between the fests in Telluride (see our recap) and New York (see our preview), and with many members of the international media on hand, is one of the most important stops on the circuit for many awards hopefuls each year. It has been since American Beauty began its run to the best picture Oscar here 15 years ago and,
- Scott Feinberg
“Sometimes, there’s so much beauty in the world, I feel like I can’t take it, like my heart is just going to cave in…“
Tuesday night, I ironically trotted out that classic quote from American Beauty as I watched an oil-smeared napkin float some 10 feet above my head during Roger Federer’s U.S. Open match at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens. (Oh the joys of being a friend’s last-minute plus-one!)
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Tonight, however, the same exact bit of cinematic poetry popped into my mind — in unexpectedly »
Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.
Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »
- Brian Welk
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 7, 2014
Price: DVD $42.99, Blu-ray $48.99
The show sets out to completely reinvent some of literature’s most famous characters. Icons of terror such as Victor Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and timeless figures from Dracula join a core of original characters in a dark and brutal quest to save a soul – even as they grapple with their own monstrous temptations. Set in the 19th Century, the stories are in the style of the British “penny dreadful” publications of that time period, lurid serial stories appearing in parts over a number of weeks.
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