If Roger Deakins were cast in a movie, he might play a big game hunter, or a celebrated explorer — he has that kind of physical presence. He’s a manly man. Yet there’s sensitivity behind the virility. His nature is calm; his manner soft-spoken; his sartorial style consistent: white cotton Oxford shirt, casual windbreaker and scruffy boots. The outward simplicity reflects an approach he applies to the craft of cinematography. But the result is anything but.
“Everybody uses the same tools, the same technology, the same work flows. But it’s all about your taste and how you apply it,” says Richard Crudo, president of the American Society of Cinematographers. “And I think that’s what makes Roger so compelling. His approach to everything is filtered through his eye and his taste in a way that only he is capable. It’s that simple, if that can be thought »
- Steve Chagollan
The reading, arranged by director Jason Reitman, saw Stewart play the role of Prince Humperdinck, McAdams as Princess Buttercup, Donald Glover as Vizzini, the film's original director Rob Reiner as the voice of the Grandfather, and - of course - Elwes as Wesley.
He explained before the »
Director Jason Reitman, who has previously assembled star-studded on-stage recitals of The Big Lebowski and American Beauty, brought out a new set of actors in front of an enthusiastic crowd on Saturday night. “This is going to be a lot of fun,” he said, before describing the 1987 fantasy as one of his “favourite films”.
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- Benjamin Lee
The job of a movie poster is simple: it needs to invoke a sense of curiosity and excitement for the movie prior to release. Because of this, many movie companies often overcomplicate movie poster designs, jam-packing them with imagery, slogans and unnecessary marketing fodder. Every now and again, though, you see a movie poster that has a simple, refined design; it's usually these types of posters that go on to become iconic, well-known posters in the following years. We've rounded up some of our favourite, minimalistic movie posters below. Many of them are iconic and you'll likely recognise them, but there's sure to be a few in there that you haven't seen before (we hope). Remember, you can order them online if you like from poster printing companies such as FastPrint.
1. The Birds
- CineVue UK
In order to make sense of his life, a white-collar widower decides he has to tear it all down in “Demolition,” dismantling appliances, smashing furniture and even going so far as to bulldoze his own house in search of a catharsis that never comes. It all could have gone horribly awry, were it not for the top-of-their-game contributions of leading man Jake Gyllenhaal (continuing in recent-streak crazy mode) and director Jean-Marc Vallee (back in early-career “C.R.A.Z.Y.” mode), whose unexpected creative choices across the line salvage a sledgehammer-obvious screenplay that will stop at nothing to provoke a reaction. Though dated to open after the Oscar dust has settled with an April 8 release, Fox Searchlight might rethink that strategy if reactions to this alternately tough and ingratiating Toronto opener are strong enough.
Featuring the most baldly manipulative first and last five minutes of any movie this year, “Demolition” opens with Wall »
- Peter Debruge
First, it was Bb and Cc creams. Then, we fell in love with makeup cushions. Now, we have ampoules, the not-so-new product from Korea we believe will soon take the American beauty market by storm. In a nutshell, ampoules are basically more intense, potent versions of serums or essences. Typically, they are formed with high concentrations of active ingredients, which can help revive and boost the skin in relatively less time. Oh, you're hungover? You just had the worst sleep ever? Your skin may tell a different story. Because of its high concentration, suggested use is usually once or twice a week. Just wash your face, apply toner and use a few drops from the ampoule. However, as these elixirs get more popular, »
Bond is back! There's now two months left until the new James Bond movie hits theaters, and I'm starting to get really excited. So is the movie studio, as they're continuing to release more and more marketing to get us in the mood for some spy action. A set of new promo banners have debuted for Sam Mendes' Spectre, the 24th Bond movie, once again starring Daniel Craig as Agent 007. The official poster with Bond is his tux debuted a few weeks ago, but this new poster also features Léa Seydoux (as Madeleine Swann) at his side. And there's also the masked skeleton character seen in Mexico showing up again, too. Is that Blofeld? Here's the set of promo banners for Sam Mendes' Spectre, first found by ComingSoon. For more see @007. Spectre is directed by Sam Mendes (Skyfall, Revolutionary Road, Road to Perdition, American Beauty) and written by »
- Alex Billington
The first trailer for Fox Searchlight’s upcoming drama Demolition has been released online, and we have it for you below…
Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee (Wild, Dallas Buyers Club), Demotion stars Jake Gyllenhaal (Southpaw) “a successful investment banker who unravels after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. He begins sending complaint letters to a vending machine company that soon spiral into a series of letters that reveal startling personal admissions. A customer service rep played by Naomi Watts notices the letters and forms an unlikely connection with the stranger.”
Co-starring Naomi Watts (Birdman), Chris Cooper (American Beauty), Judah Lewis (Point Break), Heather Lind (Mistress America) and Wass Stevens (The Wrestler), Demolition has its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival later on this week, before its cinema release on April 8th, 2016.
- Scott J. Davis
Live and Let Spectre. Eon Production has unveiled the latest official poster for Sam Mendes' Spectre, the latest James Bond, and the fourth Bond starring Daniel Craig as Agent 007. This time, Craig puts on a very daper white tuxedo standing with his pistol at the ready, in a classic James Bond pose front and center. To give this shot some context, they toss in that creepy skeleton guy in the background. My first thought is Live and Let Die, which is most likely the nostalgic connection they're going for. The result is a very eye-catching, appealing poster. And I can't wait to see the movie, too. I love the way they've been marketing this so far. Here's the sleek new poster for Sam Mendes' Spectre, direct via @007 and 007.com. See the latest trailer. Spectre is directed by Sam Mendes (Skyfall, Revolutionary Road, Road to Perdition, American Beauty) and »
- Alex Billington
Robert Redford often admits that the Sundance Film Festival has been “a victim of its own success,” referring to press inundation at the event over the years. For Telluride, it was the festival’s steady rise as a launching pad for awards season power players that attracted increasing media numbers (ahem). But that kind of attention is admittedly antithetical to the goals of the annual cinephile retreat.
So I put the question to Telluride executive director Julie Huntsinger bluntly when we spoke earlier this week about the 2015 lineup. Would she and co-founder Tom Luddy have preferred folks like me stay away?
“No,” she exclaims. “I think the discussions that sometimes happen about the awards derby, I kind of wish those weren’t going on. But they’re happening anyway and who are we to say one thing or another about it? This little secret on the mountain has been doing »
- Kristopher Tapley
Wes Bentley was the It Boy of 1999 when he starred opposite Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening and Thora Birch in "American Beauty" ... but then, things took a shocking turn. The then-20-something actor fell into a drug spiral and began working on projects that didn't receive quite the same acclaim as the Oscar-winning film. While he's since resurrected his career with roles in "The Hunger Games," "American Horror Story," "Interstellar" and the upcoming live-adaptation of "Pete's Dragon," he is very open about his struggles with sobriety. "I didn’t do anything in high school. I was one of those kids in high school who looked down on people who smoked pot or you know partied and even drank," he says in a new interview with "Larry King Now." "It really became a problem in 2006 when it really started to take hold of me and the drugs got harder and I got deeper in it. »
- tooFab Staff
Dr. Jekyll will be added to the ranks of classic literary characters depicted on Showtime's Penny Dreadful. The upcoming third season will also feature a treat for Patti LuPone fans, as the actress will return to the show as a series regular in the new role of Dr. Seward. Several guest stars have also been announced for the third season that is now filming and will premiere on Showtime next year.
Press Release: Los Angeles, CA – September 1, 2015 – Production on the third season of the critically acclaimed hit Showtime drama series Penny Dreadful is currently under way, and a wealth of new and returning stars is headed to the set in Dublin, Ireland. Tony® Award-winning star Patti LuPone (American Horror Story), who guest starred last season as the Cut-Wife, returns as a series regular in the new role of Dr. Seward, an American therapist who treats Vanessa (Eva Green) with an unconventional new approach. »
- Derek Anderson
Bloom is handling international sales on Danny Strong’s drama Rebel In The Rye which will star Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road, X-men: Days Of Future Past, Equals) as legendary author Jd Salinger. Written and directed by Strong, the screenplay was adapted from the Kenneth Slawenski biography, Jd Salinger: A Life. Black Label Media is financing with Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill producing alongside Academy Award winner Bruce Cohen (American Beauty, Silver Linings Playbook, Milk), Jason Shuman, and Danny Strong. Bloom will introduce to foreign buyers at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival, while CAA is representing the North American rights.
Rebel In The Rye takes us on a journey into the life and mind of the legendary and secretive author and tells the story of the birth of The Catcher in the Rye. As the author who captivated a generation, Jd Salinger soared to the heights »
- Michelle McCue
“Mad Max: Fury Road” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” star Nicholas Hoult is set to play legendary author J.D. Salinger in Danny Strong‘s indie drama “Rebel In the Rye,” which Bloom will begin shopping to foreign buyers at the Toronto International Film Festival, it was announced Monday. Black Label Media is financing with Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill producing alongside Oscar winner Bruce Cohen (“American Beauty”), Jason Shuman and Strong, who adapted Kenneth Slawenski’s biography “Jd Salinger: A Life.” CAA is representing North American rights. “Rebel In the Rye” takes viewers on a journey into the life and. »
- Jeff Sneider
'Straight Outta Compton' poster. Weekend box office: 'Straight Outta Compton' to beat weak competitors, but still far from being top blockbuster directed by black filmmaker If you thought last weekend was bad at the U.S. and Canada box office, you should see what's in store for this weekend, Aug. 28-30, '15. For starters, only one movie, F. Gary Gray's sleeper hit Straight Outta Compton, is expected to earn more than $10 million. The rest – and that includes Zac Efron, Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan, and the Power of (Christian) Prayer – will perform quite powerlessly indeed. In case Straight Outta Compton reaches the box office gurus' estimated $15 million, it will get close to the $140 million mark. Bear in mind there's no guarantee that will happen; despite basically no competition, the drop-off rate of Gray's hip hopping film was steeper than expected last weekend. (See updated weekend box office estimates.) Now, some »
- Zac Gille
Peter Debruge: Looks like Toronto is the latest film festival to add a television section to its lineup. These days, everywhere from Sundance to SXSW to the Canadian “festival of festivals,” smallscreen content is getting a big push, which is intriguing — and even ironic — for all sorts of reasons (ironic because the state of distribution being what it is, many of the films in Toronto will end up trickling down to VOD, rather than ever getting a commercial theatrical run). On one hand, the trend isn’t exactly new: Classy longform features like “Carlos” (which premiered at Cannes in 2010), “Top of the Lake” (Sundance 2013) and “Olive Kitteridge” (Venice 2014) made their bows at top-tier film fests before going on to air as miniseries on Canal Plus, BBC Two and HBO, respectively.
But Toronto’s Primetime program — like SXSW’s Episodics, which launched last year — represents something different: Rather than expanding the »
- Justin Chang and Peter Debruge
Start salivating. Prepare for meat sweats. Dab uselessly at that pesky blob of ketchup on your shirt. Yes, today marks National Burger Day, 24 hours in which to celebrate that magical combo of juicy meat pattie and toasted sliced bun.
Burgers have been gracing the silver screen for decades, from quotable Tarantino scenes to deadly weapons in Jim Carrey comedies. So let's serve up eight iconic burger scenes to watch with relish. Fries with that?
1. Pulp Fiction's Big Kahuna
The undisputed king of movie burger moments, Samuel L Jackson's Jules tucks into a Big Kahuna seconds before laying his vengeance upon a quivering Frank Whaley. See also: the Royale with Cheese scene and its painfully awkward homage in John Travolta's From Paris with Love.
2. American Beauty's Mr Smiley's
We've seen a lot of Americans at the movies in the past decade or so. American Beauty, American Sniper, American Gangster, American Movie, American Hardcore, American Pie - the list goes on and on. It's been a veritable melting pot of national introspection/navel gazing. But every pot has its boiling point, and with American Ultra, we seem to have arrived. The title tells us everything and nothing about this film, in so much as here we have a movie that aims to put everything it is on the table, but arrives at nothing. It's a surface-deep cheap thrill generator, ultimately about as memorable and as meaningful as its title. American Ultra is essentially The Bourne Identity meets True Romance with comedy, sans the vibrancy or immediacy of...
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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles will salute Meryl Streep, Sam Mendes and James Corden with Britannia Awards at its Oct. 30 ceremony at the Beverly Hilton. Additional honorees will be announced soon.
Streep is the recipient of this year’s Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film, which the org said “is presented to a unique individual, upon whose work is stamped the indelible mark of authorship and commitment, and who has lifted the craft to new heights.” Prior recipients include Robert Downey Jr., George Clooney, Warren Beatty, Jeff Bridges, Tom Cruise, Daniel Day Lewis, Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, George Lucas, Sean Penn, Steven Spielberg and Denzel Washington.
Mendes will receive the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing presented by The Great Britain Campaign. The award is named for the great British director. Mendes had a notable theatre career before »
- Tim Gray
It's easy to imagine that, 15 years from now, television audiences will take for granted the existence of groundbreaking series like Orange Is the New Black and Transparent. But it's impossible to look at the currently lush television landscape without acknowledging the debt that most popular shows owe to HBO at the turn of the new millennium.
While network television continued raking in the advertising dollars with surefire bets and lowest-common denominators, the premium cable channel was kickstarting its own quiet revolution, finding success in a variety of genres from pop-cultural »
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