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Academy Award-winning composer Howard Shore is among today’s most respected composers and conductors. He’s been a frequent collaborator with David Cronenberg for 35 years and has scored nearly all his films since 1979 including 2014’s Maps to the Stars. He’s also had a long-standing collaboration with director Martin Scorsese on films that include Gangs of New York, The Departed, The Aviator, and Hugo. However, he is probably best known for his work with Peter Jackson on The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, including this year’s The Battle of the Five Armies. Recently, he also composed the original music for director Jon Stewart’s biopic, Rosewater. In an exclusive interview, Shore spoke about his creative partnerships with Cronenberg, Jackson, Scorsese and Stewart, his unique approach to composition and orchestration, the challenges of scoring an edgy drama compared to a large scale action movie set in a complex fantasy world, »
- Sheila Roberts
David Fincher has dropped out as the director of Angelina Jolie’s Cleopatra project at Sony Pictures. The studio executives are now looking at possibly hiring Martin Scorsese to direct the movie. The studio has already had a meeting with the director, and thanks to overtice.com.br, we have details on the proposal for him to direct the movie from an email sent by Mark Wyman to studio executives. The email also reveals that the director wants to bring Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Day-Lewis to the project as well. (Note: All quoted emails have been retranslated back into English from Portuguese.)
“He had a conversation with Rick. He said that Marty is interesting, but the proposal will have to ‘impress him’ and he will want a good rate of development and producer credit. He mentioned that he will begin shooting Silence soon, you know something about this film?“He »
- Joey Paur
By Anjelica Oswald
This year’s best actor race is filled with strong contenders, and if Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Oyelowo and Jack O’Connell all land nominations for best actor, this year could break the record for the most English actors to score a nomination in the same category in the same year.
Redmayne’s incredible portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, based on Jane Hawking’s memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, could result in his first Oscar nomination. Redmayne will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award at the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala on Jan. 3, whose past seven recipients have gone on to receive Oscar nominations.
Cumberbatch won the best actor award at the Hollywood Film Awards for his portrayal of Alan Turing, who helped crack the Nazi Enigma Code during World War II. (Redmayne »
- Anjelica Oswald
Here's one award Meryl Streep can't take away from Daniel Day-Lewis. Though the actor joked while receiving the 2013 Best Actor Oscar for Lincoln that Streep was the first choice to play America's 16th president, Day-Lewis found himself tops on the list for a distinctly British honor Friday: being knighted by Prince William at an elegant Buckingham Palace ceremony. The 57-year-old actor, who has racked up a record-breaking three Best Actor Oscar wins among many other awards, was honored for his services to drama, and the Duke of Cambridge, 32, administered the ceremonial two shoulder taps on a kneeling, tuxedoed Day-Lewis. News »
Sir Daniel Day-Lewis has been knighted during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
The three-time Academy Award winner was formally given a knighthood by the Duke of Cambridge.
Day-Lewis was confirmed to be receiving a knighthood in June as part of the Queen's Birthday Honours.
He was chosen for the honour in recognition of his services to the dramatic arts.
Day-Lewis's knighthood is merely the latest honour in his esteemed cinema and stage career. He has also won four Best Actor BAFTA Awards and two Golden Globes.
His most notable roles include playing Irish writer Christy Brown in My Left Foot, the monstrous Bill the Butcher in Gangs of New York, and more recently the slain Us president in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln. »
Heidi and the Magic Pool – a family feature based on the durable ‘Heidi’ children’s franchise – has cleared territory sales across most of the world, and will start production in April with Bill Nighy, Anna Friel and Greg Wise in the cast, Carnaby International’s Tania Sarra announced at Afm today. The company said it also is in discussions with Jim Broadbent (Iris, Gangs of New York) for a role.
The film follows 12-year-old Heidi when she’s taken from her grandfather to live in the city as a companion to Clara, who is being poisoned by a governess with designs on Clara’s father. Clara and Heidi flee to a mysterious grotto called the Magic Pool.
Sarra said the territories sold to one big distributor include the UK, Australia and New Zealand, much of Europe, India, Southeast Asia and all of Latin America. Other deals will cover the Middle »
- David Bloom
Well, this is an exciting development. Howard Shore—the respected and prolific composer who has written terrific film music for directors like David Cronenberg (“The Brood,” “Dead Ringers," “eXistenZ”) and Peter Jackson ("The Lord Of The Rings” trilogy) has recently confirmed with The Hollywood Reporter that he will score Martin Scorsese’s upcoming religious drama “Silence.” The film has been a passion project of the director’s for quite some time now and it’s not hard to see why—religion, just as much as crime and guilt, qualifies as an obsession in the films of Martin Scorsese, and it’s been over two decades since he tackled the subject head-on, as he did with 1988’s “The Last Temptation of Christ." Shore has composed appropriately grand music for many of Scorsese’s later pictures, including “Gangs of New York” and “The Aviator,” and the cinema-going world waits with bated breath »
- Nicholas Laskin
Exclusive: Zombie-horror Plan Z, TV series also among slate.
The romantic drama, currently in pre-production, follows an ambitious young dancer whose world is turned upside down when she discovers a note suggesting her lover may be cheating.
Director Toby Tobias’ thriller Blood Orange, starring Ben Lamb and musician Iggy Pop and executive produced by former Miramax executive Colin Vaines (Gangs of New York), is currently shooting in Spain.
Carnaby will also be introducing writer-drirector Stuart Brennan’s zombie »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
By Anjelica Oswald
While some films in contention for the 87th Academy Awards in February are set in Los Angeles, such as Nightcrawler, a number of films are based in New York City. Begin Again features Mark Ruffalo as a New York City record label executive who records music around New York City with a songwriter played by Keira Knightley; Birdman, about a washed-up Hollywood actor trying to write, direct and act in a Broadway play; Whiplash, about a jazz drummer at a Manhattan school; Still Alice, about a professor from Columbia dealing with early-onset Alzheimer’s; and Love is Strange, about a same-sex couple from Manhattan.
Jessica Chastain stars in two different films that take place in New York: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, about a couple living in New York, and A Most Violent Year, about a couple living in New York during one of the city’s most violent years. »
- Anjelica Oswald
Boardwalk Empire Season 5, Episode 8: “Eldorado”
Directed by Tim Van Patten
Airs Sundays at 9pm Est on HBO
That it seemed obvious for the series’ finale to send Nucky out was a bit of a given, considering the telegraphed nature of the flashback conceit which had been building for the entirety of this season. There were glimpses of hope, and chances for atonement but the clock had already run out by the time Nucky took his final stroll down the boardwalk.
It was an hour filled with subversion. The entire nature of the season seemed to be tailor-made for Nucky to come to Gillian’s aid, only it would appear that this particular outfit »
- Mike Worby
L.M. Kit Carson, the Texan film legend best known for David Holzman's Diary, has passed away at the age of 73. For Filmmaker Magazine, Vadim Rizov gathers some valuable insight from Fabrice Aragno, the cinematographer of Jean-Luc Godard's Adieu au langage. Eric Hynes provides an excellent and authentic New Yorker take on Gangs of New York for Reverse Shot's Martin Scorsese Symposium. Above: we're disappointed to hear that Paul Schrader's latest film has been essentially taken out of his hands—in response the filmmaker has disowned the picture. For Film Comment, Violet Lucca interviews Ruben Östlund about his acclaimed film, Force majeure:
"Lucca: Like your previous work, Force Majeure is intended to foster a philosophical debate about what human behavior means or implies. Do you envision that being more of an internal process, or do you want people to talk it out?
ÖStlund: Yeah, in a group. »
We have three pieces on Martin Scorsese in today's roundup of news and views. Tom Shone has a new book on him, Eric Hynes revisits Gangs of New York, and Mark Singer's profile is one of six the New Yorker's revived from its archive. The other five are on Mira Nair, Jean-Luc Godard, Quentin Tarantino, John Carpenter and Woody Allen. Meantime, Arnaud Desplechin remembers Misty Upham, who appeared in his 2013 film, Jimmy P. Katie Bradshaw interviews Laida Lertxundi. Jonathan Rosenbaum's posted his 1976 review of four books on Jean Renoir. And more. » - David Hudson »
The Other Woman, 2014.
Directed by Nick Cassavetes.
After discovering her boyfriend is married, Carly soon meets the wife he’s been betraying. And when yet another love affair is discovered, all three women team up to plot revenge on the three-timing S.O.B.
Whatever happened to Cameron Diaz? Such a brilliant talent, beautiful and pleasing, why has the actress made such bad career choices in terms of her films? When she “stormed” into our lives in a busty red dress, using a local newspaper in a desperate attempt to shield her from the rain before sweeping Jim Carrey off his feet in 1994’s The Mask, the world was her oyster. But despite some excellent work in the likes of Being John Malkovich and Gangs of New York, Diaz has found herself stuck in vortex of unfunny comedies and critical backlashes. »
- Scott J. Davis
It may not be the Grand Opening celebration that the Academy of Motion Pictures Art & Sciences is going to be throwing when they launch the long-awaited Academy Museum Of Motion Pictures at some point in 2017 as is now planned, but the Los Angeles debut of the much-acclaimed Hollywood Costume exhibit imported by the Academy from the Victoria And Albert Museum in London is really something to see. The Academy’s Ellen Harrington told me at Wednesday night’s opening event (in the space at Wilshire and Fairfax that will eventually become the Acad’s Museum ) that it took them months just to get it in the kind of shape needed to house this remarkable exhibit celebrating the art of costume design and its vital importance, in so many ways, to the art of movies. With over 150 costumes including 40 newly added ones just for the Los Angeles version this is an »
- Pete Hammond
By Gary Salem and Michelle McCue
“What a costume designer does is a cross between magic and camouflage. We create the illusion of changing the actors into what they are not. We ask the public to believe that every time they see a performer on the screen he’s become a different person.”
On Monday, Wamg attended the press preview for the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences groundbreaking multimedia exhibition Hollywood Costume in the historic Wilshire May Company building.
Taking five years to create, this exhibition is the kickoff for the whole Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
Emphasizing how costumes are so important in creating characters, this one-of-a-kind exhibition comes with its own film score, enhanced with dazzling animations and screenplay excerpts.
Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A), and sponsored by Swarovski, this ticketed exhibition »
- Movie Geeks
In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »
- Jeff Labrecque
170 is the amount of days by which Adrien Brody (The Pianist) narrowly defeated Richard Dreyfuss (The Goodbye Girl) to become the Youngest Best Actor winner ever. Do you think both of them deserved their wins?
Adrien Brody (29) and Richard Dreyfus (30) are the 2 youngest Lead Actor winners
1977 Best Actor 2002 Best Actor Woody Allen, Annie Hall Adrien Brody, The Pianist Richard Burton, Equus Nicolas Cage, Adaptation Richard Dreyfus, The Goodbye Girl Michael Caine, The Quiet American Marcelo Mastroianni, A Special Day Daniel Day Lewis, Gangs of New York John Travolta, Saturday Night Fever Jack Nicholson, About Schmidt
The most hilarious thing about this statistic is that Adrien Brody is both the youngest Best Actor winner at 29 And the only twentysomething winner. Meanwhile "29" is actually the most common age to win Best Actress. These eight women all accomplished it and none of them were anywhere close to making a "youngest" list.
- NATHANIEL R
I’m seeing all these trade dispatches on a movie about The Ramones with Martin Scorsese, which came out of a Billboard story where the family mentioned various possible projects timed to the seminal punk band’s 40th anniversary. Here’s the truth: there is no script. Scorsese has an attachment, but he has also so many obligations, he might want to be sedated.
Scorsese is posting the pilot he directed for the HBO ’70s rock and roll series he’s doing with Mick Jagger and Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter; he next directs Silence, an adaptation of the Shusaku Endo novel that has taken Scorsese about two decades to finally get to, and is the kind of movie that takes a lot of time. He’s also going to direct the pilot for Ashecliffe, the Dennis Lehane-scripted series based on Shutter Island. Then there are many other projects he’s percolating, »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Chairman Thomas J Barrack Jr said the movie reflected “stability and maturity” as top brass seek to grow the development and production business.
The securitisation included the issuance of a $250m aggregate principal amount of 3.34% of film library asset-backed notes offering due in 2026, as well as a $25m revolving credit facility.
It is understood the Santa Monica-based company has no immediate plans to use the credit funds until required.
“This refinancing reflects the stability and maturity of Miramax as an operating company and represents the next step in the company’s evolution,” said Barrack Jr.
“We appreciate that the market recognises Miramax’s quality of content, combined with the consistency, length, diversity and credit quality of contractual income streams, and we look forward to putting these additional funds to work as we grow new production in line with the powerful Miramax brand.”
Barclays served as the sole structuring advisor and sole bookrunner for the securitisation as well »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The arrival of The Expendables 3 leads James to the conclusion that, when it comes to being an action hero, age is just a number...
"All I have produced before the age of 70 is not worth taking into account. At 73 I have learned a little... a little about the real structure of nature, of animals, plants, trees, birds, fishes and insects. In consequence when I am 80, I shall have made still more progress. At 90 I shall penetrate the mystery of things; at 100 I shall certainly have reached a marvellous stage; and when I am 110, everything I do, be it a dot or a line, will be alive." - Hokusai, the Japanese artist who painted the famous 'Great Wave off Kanagawa' and kept on creating astounding art until his death at the age of 88.
"I'm too old for this shit." - Roger Murtaugh, the Lapd homicide detective played by Danny Glover »
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