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Marc Streitenfeld — the composer of “Prometheus,” “American Gangster” and the upcoming “Poltergeist” — can trace his musical roots back to a 19th-century troubadour whose family was executed after he wrote a song mocking the emperor of Germany.
“Which is funny, you know?” he says, laughing in his spacious, comfortable Venice, Calif., studio just days after completing the mix for the “Poltergeist” soundtrack. “That’s the only family musical connection I can find.”
It must have been enough.
The 40-year-old German native has joined the ranks of billion-dollar composers with five films for director Ridley Scott, including “Gangster” and “Prometheus,” and four more for other directors including “The Grey,” “Killing Them Softly” and “After the Fall.” He’s now scoring the series “Hand of God” for Amazon.
It seems like a meteoric rise, considering he’s only been composing for nine years. But this ex-guitarist has been working in various capacities in »
- Jon Burlingame
People often talk about over-hyped and under-hyped films, and with good reason, but when a film strikes you as getting exactly the right amount of hype, it’s rare indeed. This is exactly where Exodus: Gods and Kings seems to fall. It’s a film that seems like it should have gotten more attention, especially considering the cast, and the fact that it was directed by Ridley Scott.
It turns out that the film, while actually quite good, delivers to precisely the level of interest the world seems to have dictated is its due.
A thematically unique spin on this, or any other, biblical telling, Exodus starts us off with Moses (Christian Bale) in the prime of his Egyptian Prince-ish-hood. He’s about to take care of some upstart tribe or other with his “brother” Ramses (Joel Edgerton), and a prophecy kicks off Ramses’ dislike of the man he has »
- Marc Eastman
Having made his mark as one part of the Neveldine/Taylor filmmaking duo (co-directors of Crank, Gamer and Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance), Mark Neveldine’s first solo effort, the Michael Peña-led good vs. evil film The Vatican Tapes, is set to possess horror audiences when it hits theaters this July 24th, via Pantelion Films. The official one sheet and trailer for the demonic horror film has made its way online, and judging from the trailer, it looks like Neveldine is applying the same breakneck speed, frantic pacing that he and Taylor have become quite well known for executing in their films. I’m curious to see how he does as a solo director, and this could very well be quite the entertaining possession flick.
- Jerry Smith
'Cast Away' Movie with Tom Hanks stranded on a deserted island 'Cast Away' Movie review: Tom Hanks excellent in high-concept Hollywood flick disguised as existential adventure drama Most people will see Robert Zemeckis' Cast Away as a celebration of the Triumph of the Human Spirit. A minority, myself included, will prefer the more mundane explanation that the film merely depicts a man following his survival instincts, which propel him – like any other animal, from cockroaches to crocodiles – to fight to remain alive almost against his will. Whichever way one chooses to view the survival of Tom Hanks' Federal Express engineer Chuck Noland (No-land, get it?) after being stranded for years on a deserted island (mostly shot in Monuriki, Fiji), Cast Away is little more than an elaborate, populist star vehicle disguised as an existential The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe-esque drama. A volleyball named Wilson The story of a »
- Andre Soares
Another pick-up at the Cannes Film Festival for Lionsgate this morning was Michael Grandage's "Genius," which feels like awards bait given the subject matter and the talent involved. The film tells the story of Scribner book editor Max Perkins, who oversaw works by legends like Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald in his time. The script, based on the book by A. Scott Berg, was written by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan ("Gladiator," "The Aviator," "Hugo"). Colin Firth stars in the film as Perkins and there's a roll call of stars playing those top literary names. Jude Law is in as Wolfe, Guy Pearce is Fitzgerald and Dominic West is Hemingway. Nicole Kidman also stars as costume designer Aline Bernstein, who had a four-year relationship with Wolfe and possessed some of his unpublished manuscripts at the time of his death. Laura Linney, meanwhile, plays Perkins' wife, Louise Saunders. »
- Kristopher Tapley
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."
The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »
- Gary Susman
Ridley Scott’s Exodus is out now on DVD, Digital HD and Blu-ray, so I had a chat with the film’s costume designer, the exceedingly talented, effortlessly charming Janty Yates, about on working on this film, and with Ridley Scott in general. We touched a little on their upcoming sci-fi film The Martian and unmade would-be classic Tripoli too.
Brendon: Does Ridley bring a lot of the first ideas to the table or does he expect you to set the agenda first of all as you start each project?
Janty: Usually, I get the script quite early then spend three to four weeks doing really serious research. Then I present Ridley with a show and tell, and that’s when he mentions, for example, that I’ll need to come up with a new armour for the Hittites. That’s what happened this time. We get an awful lot »
- Brendon Connelly
John Logan has done it all. The three-time Oscar nominee has written intimate dramas ("The Aviator," "Coriolanus"), musicals ("Sweeney Todd"), historical epics ("Gladiator," "The Last Samurai"), animated films ("Rango") and giant blockbusters ("Skyfall" and its upcoming sequel, "Spectre"). He even started off writing TV movies before transitioning to his first TV series just last year, with Showtime's horror hit "Penny Dreadful." It's this story he likes most of all: Literary characters abound in his monster mash with equal doses of drama and scares. Logan planned out the first three seasons before committing to the series, but he's thinking ahead even further, now that he's in it. Below, Logan talks about learning to become a better showrunner, whether he thinks there's a stigma associated with horror at award shows and why James Bond belongs on film — not TV. Read More: 7 Things »
- Ben Travers
John Logan has done it all. The three-time Oscar nominee has written intimate dramas ("The Aviator," "Coriolanus"), musicals ("Sweeney Todd"), historical epics ("Gladiator," "The Last Samurai"), animated films ("Rango") and giant blockbusters ("Skyfall" and its upcoming sequel, "Spectre"). He even started off writing TV movies before transitioning to his first TV series just last year, with Showtime's horror hit "Penny Dreadful." It's this story he likes most of all: Literary characters abound in his monster mash with equal doses of drama and scares. Logan planned out the first three seasons before committing to the series, but he's thinking ahead even further, now that he's in it. Below, Logan talks about learning to become a better showrunner, whether he thinks there's a stigma associated with horror at award shows and why James Bond belongs on film — not TV. Read More: 7 Things...
- Ben Travers
Emma Stone’s personality suggests she is an unlikely Hollywood superstar, but her quirky, down-to-Earth charm has swept up fans from across the globe.
The 26-year-old is still a young actress, but she has starred in 30 different productions, with several major films under her belt, including the first two films from the The Amazing Spider Man series, Easy A and most recently, Birdman, which has four Oscars and a further 191 award wins to its name.
Her reputation has basically grown to the point where she’s seen as every man’s perfect woman, frequently playing offbeat, unconventional, and often tomboy-ish characters, but she has proven herself to be a hard-hitting, serious actress when called upon.
Stone is not resting on her success though, as she is set to star in Aloha this Spring, alongside a star-studded cast of Bradley Cooper, Bill Murray, Alec Baldwin, John Krasinski and Rachel McAdams. »
- Michael Potts
Josh Radnor, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Gary Cole and Cherry Jones are among the eclectic cast of new Civil War drama Mercy Street – the first American drama to air on PBS in more than a decade. Additionally, directors Roxann Dawson and Jeremy Webb have joined the project, from Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Thelma & Louise) and David W. Zucker (The Good Wife) of Scott Free, and Lisa Wolfinger (Desperate Crossing, The Untold Story Of The Mayflower) and David Zabel (ER). Webb… »
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From Ridley Scott, the acclaimed director of Gladiator, comes the epic adventure Exodus: Gods And Kings, the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and engrossing 3D immersion, Exodus: Gods And Kings brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey to escape Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues. The Exodus: Gods And Kings 3-Disc Collector’s Edition comes with a cavalcade of bonus materials that will take you behind the scenes of the amazing retelling of the historical tale.
- Sam Driver
Russell Crowe doesn't want to get divorced from Danielle Spencer. The Oscar winner admits he still feels ''connected'' to his estranged wife, whom he separated from in 2012 after nine years of marriage, and hopes to convince her to rekindle their relationship in the future. The 51-year-old actor, who has sons Charles, 11, and Tennyson, eight, with the 45-year-old beauty, said: ''To this day everything I do is still connected to that. We haven't done the deal yet. I'm a very persistent person, you never know. ''I didn't get married to get divorced.'' The 'Gladiator' star also feels uncomfortable not wearing a wedding ring. He told Charlie Rose on 'CBS This Morning': ''I was so proud to wear that ring, Charlie. I don't feel balanced.'' Russell recently admitted he and Danielle are still ''discussing'' the status of their relationship. He said: ''Technically we're married. We are »
They have been separated since 2012, but Russell Crowe isn't giving up hope that he and estranged wife Danielle Spencer will get back together. They never legally divorced, so the Gladiator star is praying that it will work out in the end. While appearing on CBS This Morning, Crowe opened up to Charlie Rose about the state of his marriage and how not wearing a wedding ring has left him feeling unsure of himself. "I was so proud to wear that ring, Charlie," he said. "I don't feel balanced." After nine years of marriage and two kids together, it's no wonder the A Beautiful Mind actor still feels "connected" to his wife. Although he isn't sure of what's to come for »
Once upon a time, to cast Russell Crowe in a film was to immediately give the project a pedigree. He gave undeniable gravitas to period pieces like Cinderella Man and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, just a few years after getting three straight Best Actor Oscar nominations (and one win, for Gladiator). In the last few years, however, he has become a kind of Hollywood punching bag, mainly for his emotionless turn as Jor-El in Man of Steel and his fruitless attempt at playing Javert in Les Misérables. (His howlingly inept turn in Winter’s Tale is a footnote, since very few had the misfortune of seeing that abysmal drama.)
In a bit of good news, Crowe’s feature directorial debut, The Water Diviner, is a step in the right direction – even if it is a largely hit-and-miss affair. One can clearly see the influence of Crowe’s collaborators, »
- Jordan Adler
Chicago – Actor and Oscar Winner Russell Crowe, known for films such as “L.A. Confidential,” “Gladiator,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “Cinderella Man,” “Les Miserables” and “Man of Steel,” breaks out in his directorial debut and also stars in “The Water Diviner,” a story of war and his native Australia.
The film centers on Crowe as Connor, an Australian farmer who sends his three sons to World War One in 1915. The fate of the boys is the driver for the story, that takes Crowe’s character into former war zones and an exotic land. Filled with beautiful imagery under his direction, the movie – adapted from a novel – is also an homage to his native Australia, and the sacrifices that families make in times of war. “The Water Diviner” opens wide on April 24th, 2015.
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Jimmy Fallon and Russell Crowe teamed up for a revival of the Tonight Show host's classic folk protest anthem, "Balls in Your Mouth," Wednesday night, once again shedding light on the scourge of tar balls still floating in the Gulf Coast five years after the Bp oil spill.
This week marks both the fifth anniversary of the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and Wednesday's Earth Day celebration. Consequently, Fallon felt compelled to act, telling Crowe he couldn't believe that tar balls were continued to wash up on shore. »
Russell Crowe isn’t just an Oscar winning actor and blockbuster action star — he’s also a sports franchise owner and a surprisingly good singer. The “Gladiator” star showed off his passion for the former and talent for the latter when he appeared on Wednesday’s “Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon. In honor of Earth Day, the late-night host wanted to perform an acoustic song he’d written about the fifth anniversary of the Bp oil spill. “Those tar balls are still washing up,” he lamented. Because Crowe could “really feel” where he was coming from, he grabbed a guitar »
- Debbie Emery
Imagine being a custodial worker in a bunker that’s the last livable place on Earth. The air outside is unbreathable, and a select group of humans are in cryogenic slumber around you. This is life for workers Bauer and Cartwright, but great responsibility and a dark secret could threaten to destroy their sanity and the human race. Produced by Robert Kirkman and starring Norman Reedus, Air now has an official release date for late this summer. Also featured in our latest round-up is a bit of good news for Revolution fans and the cover art and synopsis for another unexpected showdown in Riverdale.
Air: Scheduled for an August 14th theatrical release, Air is the first feature film from Skybound Entertainment. Joining Reedus in the movie is Djimon Hounsou (Gladiator, Blood Diamond,Fast & Furious 7), who plays Cartwright opposite Reedus’ Bauer. Christian Cantamessa (co-writer of the video game, Red Dead »
- Derek Anderson
Ridley Scott is known for his atmospheric, highly concentrated visual style, and his films frequently showcase memorable imagery of various environments and different time periods be it 2nd century Rome (Gladiator), 12th century Jerusalem (Kingdom of Heaven), 21st century Mogadishu (Black Hawk Down), or the future cityscapes of Blade Runner. Although Ridley Scott’s trademarks may not be as apparent as Speilberg’s or Scorsese’s, his work continues to influence filmmaker world-wide. Vimeo user Martin Kessler put together this brilliant montage showcasing his eclectic body of work. Kudos to Kessler for not only choosing the best scenes from Scott’s oeuvre, but also picking the right music, ranging from 12thCentury church tunes to Public Enemy’s “Can’t Truss It”. Enjoy!
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- Kyle Reese
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