17 items from 2015
This article contains a spoiler for the ending of Interstellar.
In case you missed it, the Oscars were this past weekend and Birdman was the big winner. The Academy’s choice to award Alejandro González Iñárritu's fever dream was a genuine shock, with Boyhood the running favourite for many months. Nonetheless, some things never change, and in that vein it's certainly a non-surprise the Academy also hardly noticed the most ambitious blockbuster of 2014: the Christopher Nolan space epic, Interstellar. Indeed, I use the phrase "non-surprise", because how could it be a winner when it was only nominated for the bare minimum of five Oscars in technical categories that are reserved as consolation prizes?
This is by all means par for the course with a film that has »
Christopher Nolan, in addition to being perhaps the most cerebral director of blockbuster action flicks currently working, clearly cares a lot about the culture of preserving and appreciating film. He’s one of the most vocal advocates of for Kodak Film, along with his chums Quentin Tarantino and J.J. Abrams, and he’s recently branched out into yet another previously uncharted realm, if you’ll forgive the vaguely galactic pun. Variety has recently reported that Syncopy – the production company co-owned by Nolan and his wife Emma Thomas – is planning a joint venture with New York-based independent film distributor Zeitgeist Films whereby the two companies will oversee and curate Blu-Ray releases for Zeitgeist’s prestige titles. And Nolan has good reason to trust Zeitgeist: they handled the release of his assured debut “Following,” a moody, minimal thriller about obsession and paranoia that led to the funding and release of his breakout picture, »
- Nicholas Laskin
Just after we learned that Interstellar would return to IMAX screens for one showing only this weekend on Saturday afternoon, you can dive back into the sci-fi epic in another way. Last month, Looper and future Star Wars director Rian Johnson hosted an interview with Christopher Nolan following a screening of Interstellar at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, California. And all the cinephiles out there will be glad to hear that this is a 32-minute discussion between the two filmmakers talking about the inception of the script, technical details of production, and much more. It's definitely worth listening to in its entirety. Here's the 32-minute discussion between Rian Johnson and Christopher Nolan (via The Playlist): Interstellar is directed by British filmmaker Christopher Nolan, of the films Doodlebug, Following, Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception and The Dark Knight Rises. The screenplay is by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, »
- Ethan Anderton
The awards season momentum for “Birdman” — which has won the major trophies at the PGA, SAG and DGA ceremonies — is about to be halted temporarily.
When the Writers Guild of America hands out its screenwriting awards Saturday, the Oscar-nominated scripts for “Birdman” and “The Theory of Everything” won’t be named. Both scripts were excluded by the WGA last year when the guild sent out its nominations ballot to members, which included 60 scripts in the original category and 48 in adapted.
The script for “Birdman,” written by director Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo, is up for an Oscar in the original screenwriting category. Anthony McCarten’s script for “The Theory of Everything” is contending for an Oscar in the adapted screenplay contest.
The WGA restrictions on script awards are far more rigorous than those for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, SAG-aftra and the Directors Guild of America. »
- Dave McNary
Now this is a list that could result in a lot of fascinating dissection and thanks to HitFix it comes to our attention almost three years after it was originally released back in 2012, celebrating the Motion Picture Editors Guild's 75th anniversary. Over at HitFix, Kris Tapley asks, "Is this news to anyone elsec" Um, yes, I find it immensely interesting and a perfect starting point for anyone looking to further explore the art of film editing. In an accompanying article we get the particulars concerning what films were eligible and how films were to be considered: In our Jan-feb 12 issue, we asked Guild members to vote on what they consider to be the Best Edited Films of all time. Any feature-length film from any country in the world was eligible. And by "Best Edited," we explained, we didn't just mean picture; sound, music and mixing were to be considered as well. »
- Brad Brevet
A random bit of researching on a Tuesday night led me to something I didn't know existed: The Motion Picture Editors Guild's list of the 75 best-edited films of all time. It was a feature in part celebrating the Guild's 75th anniversary in 2012. Is this news to anyone else? I confess to having missed it entirely. Naturally, I had to dig in. What was immediately striking to me about the list — which was decided upon by the Guild membership and, per instruction, was considered in terms of picture and sound editorial as opposed to just the former — was the most popular decade ranking. Naturally, the 1970s led with 17 mentions, but right on its heels was the 1990s. I wouldn't have expected that but I happen to agree with the assessment. Thelma Schoonmaker's work on "Raging Bull" came out on top, an objectively difficult choice to dispute, really. It was so transformative, »
- Kristopher Tapley
After flopping at the box office and landing an unnecessary entry on the shortlist for 2014’s Best Actress Razzies for Nicole Kidman, Before I Go to Sleep arrives on Blu-ray with a bruised reputation. Pulpy, even schlocky at certain moments, director Rowan Joffe’s sophomore directorial feature still manages to be entertaining, a throwback to the kind of methodical studio neo-noirs we used to see more before Hollywood was overrun by the mindless recalibrations of endless superheroes and Michael Bay. With a little luck, it will have a healthy shelf-life, perhaps destined for rediscovery as an underrated guilty pleasure in decades to come.
Adapting S.J. Watson’s pulpy novel for his second feature film (2010’s remake of British noir Brighton Rock, starring Helen Mirren, was his neglected debut), screenwriter cum director Rowan Joffe forges onward in material that seems veritably inveigled with the past. Many may be pleased with the »
- Nicholas Bell
Aka Jessica Jones is shaping up to be a geek dream – firstly Marvel announced that Don’t Trust The B- In Appartment 23 star Krysten Ritter would be their latest comedy-star-to-hero casting gamble (in the title role), swiftly following-up with the news that David Tennant would play the villainous Purple Man.
As you might have guessed, she will play what’s been described as a ‘no-nonsense woman who could prove a powerful ally to Jessica.’ That’s if – minor plot point alert! – ‘Jessica doesn’t completely alienate her first.’ There aren't many clues there, but, as ever, the lack of a character name suggests she is someone significant in Marvel lore.
If dodging bullets isn’t your thing, you »
Moss plays a no-nonsense woman who could prove a powerful ally to Jessica...if Jessica doesn’t completely alienate her first.
Moss will star opposite Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), David Tennant (Kilgrave), Mike Colter (Luke Cage), and Rachael Taylor (Patricia “Trish” Walker) in the Netflix original series. “Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones” was developed by Executive Producer/Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg.
“Throughout her career, Carrie-Anne has embodied a wide range of characters in a compelling and relatable way and I have no doubt she will bring that talent to A.K.A. Jessica Jones.”
Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer/Marvel’s Head of Television added:
“Carrie-Anne has proven her ability to play complex characters with deep and layered inner lives. Her interaction with Jessica Jones »
- Kellvin Chavez
Marvel and Netflix are proud to announce that Carrie-Anne Moss will star in Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones, an all-new 13-episode series premiering on Netflix in 2015 following Marvel's Daredevil. Moss plays a no-nonsense woman who could prove a powerful ally to Jessica... if Jessica doesn't completely alienate her first. Moss will star opposite Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), David Tennant (Kilgrave), Mike Colter (Luke Cage), and Rachael Taylor (Patricia "Trish" Walker) in the Netflix original series. Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones was developed by Executive Producer/Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg, who had this to say about the casting in a statement.
"Throughout her career, Carrie-Anne has embodied a wide range of characters in a compelling and relatable way and I have no doubt she will bring that talent to A.K.A. Jessica Jones."
Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer/Marvel's Head of Television, had this to say in his statement.
"Carrie-Anne has proven her ability to play »
Coherence centres on eight friends enjoying a very grown up, suburban dinner party. A comet is passing by Earth and changes to the atmosphere are making some of them jumpy and uncomfortable. An unexplainable shattered iPhone screen is an early warning sign that something unusual is coming their way. During what seems like the longest night, their real lives, jarred by this astronomical anomaly, are confronted with multiple, alternative realities of themselves.
Their problems start with a power cut and the intriguing sight of just one house in the entire neighbourhood that still has its lights on. Two of the dinner party go and investigate. When they return one has a cut on his head and doesn’t want to talk about what he’s seen. »
- Stuart Wright
The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah has always been a place for independent spirit, unique storytelling and movies that challenge the so-called "rules" of film making.
Often, this translates to weird, unmarketable character studies that either never see the light of day or are shoved off onto VOD platforms without so much as a single advertisement. But this isn't always the case. In fact, some of the most beloved, iconic films of the last 20 years got their start in the many hallowed screens scattered across the small snow-covered city.
News: 9 Sundance 2015 Films We Are Dying to See
Here are seven hugely popular films that you'd never guess came out of the Sundance Film Festival.
Reservoir Dogs: Quentin Tarantino's debut feature – about the aftermath of a botched diamond heist and the paranoia that grows between the culprits when it's revealed that one of them is secretly a cop – premiered at Sundance in 1992, where it quickly »
Focus Features continue to crank up the marketing campaign to tease fans of the upcoming film adaptation of that saucy book by debuting new photos and a TV spot for director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s Fifty Shades of Grey. Check them out…
Fifty Shades of Grey stars Jamie Dornan (Marie Antoinette), Dakota Johnson (Need for Speed), Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty), Luke Grimes (Taken 2), Victor Rasuk (Godzilla), Max Martini (Pacific Rim), Rita Ora (Southpaw), Callum Keith Rennie (Memento) and Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River, Into the Wild).
See Also: Watch the trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey
A global phenomenon, Fifty Shades of Grey was first published in 2011 and follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey (Dornan) and college student Anastasia Steele (Johnson). The trilogy has been translated in over 50 languages worldwide since its release. To date, the Fifty Shades trilogy has sold over 70 million copies worldwide in e-book and print, »
- Scott J. Davis
Chicago – This Thursday marks the beginning of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and yours truly will be in attendance to cover the fest for HollywoodChicago.com. Last year, the Park City, Utah event introduced the world to its 2014-defining sensations like “Whiplash” and “Boyhood”.
Those titles followed in the paths of indie landmarks such as “sex, lies and videotape,” “Clerks,” “Hoop Dreams,” “American Movie,” “Memento,” “Frozen River,” “Winter’s Bone,” and “Fruitvale Station,” among many others.
In pursuit of new favorite films for a new year, I’ve composed a relatively solid schedule so that I can devour as much diverse Sundance goodness as possible. Narratives, documentaries, white supremacists, nasty babies, Neil Hamburger, Chiwetel Ejiofor, stolen cop cars, and much, much more are all in play. But with hopes that everything I witness is the next “Boyhood”-like zeitgeist, I’ll be sure to report back here on what’s worth, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
By Anjelica Oswald
With a number of critically and commercially successful films to their names, Christopher Nolan, David Fincher and Paul Thomas Anderson have their admirers, those who assume they could do no wrong. But there are those who are divided in their opinions. Nolan’s Interstellar and Fincher’s Gone Girl topped the domestic box office when they were released and currently hold the No. 15 and No. 17 spots, respectively, for the highest-grossing films in the domestic box office for 2014; however, the films received mixed reviews from Academy members and critics. Anderson’s Inherent Vice expanded nationwide Jan. 9, and while some loved the drug-fueled dark comedy, others were lost in the haze.
The question surrounding these three directors is can these men land Oscar nominations Thursday despite the divisive response their films collected?
Well, both Fincher and Anderson have received Oscar nominations for directing in past years.
- Anjelica Oswald
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
A version of this story appears in the The Hollywood Reporter’s January awards issue.
Christopher Nolan is responsible for many of the most critically and/or commercially successful films of the 21st century: Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises and, in 2014, the epic inter-planetary/inter-dimensional sci-fi drama Interstellar, which he co-wrote with his brother, Jonathan Nolan, and directed alongside his longtime producer and wife of 17 years, Emma Thomas.
The much discussed and debated Interstellar cost $165 million to make and has thus far grossed more than $650 million worldwide, making it the only title among 2014’s top 10 worldwide earners that is not a remake, sequel, reboot or adaptation, but rather an entirely original film, something that is increasingly rare among the output of the big studios. While some have taken issues with elements of its plot and sound mixing, »
- Anjelica Oswald
One could easily make an argument that 2014 was a great year for movies, and also that it was a terrible year for movies. The same year that brought us the culmination of a 12-year cinematic experiment (Boyhood) also brought us the dreadful Transformers: Age of Extinction, which, sadly, is the Only movie to be released in 2014 that has grossed over $1 billion worldwide. Now that the year is winding down, for better or worse, it's time to look back at 2014 and praise the best films of the year.
As I mentioned in my Most Overlooked Movies of 2014 piece, I didn't see nearly as many movies as I did in the past two years, due to a variety of different circumstances. While the number of movies certainly decreased, I found that, as I became more selective, I saw many more good movies than I saw bad, but I still wish I could have seen more. »
17 items from 2015
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