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For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at pretty much one of the definitions of an A-list actor. He’s Denzel Washington, a two time Academy Award winning thespian and giant in the industry. Washington does more than just act of course, he’s an iconic movie star, there’s no doubt about that. If anyone is right for this sort of a spotlight, it’s him. Washington got his start in TV movies, but on the big screen he made his first mark with Cry Freedom, which also got him nominated for Best Supporting Actor, his first nomination of what would become a half dozen (and counting). That established him as an up and comer, leading to his television role on the show St. Elsewhere, which ran for half a decade. That would open up some major film roles, including Glory, where he received »
- Joey Magidson
So maybe we all can just agree to disagree about Transformers. The critical establishment collectively agreed to give Michael Bay the benefit of the doubt with 2011′s Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which earned semi-decent reviews mainly because it was less obnoxiously worse than Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. But Trans4mers led that same critical establishment into hilarious paroxysms of scathing invective. (EW’s own Chris Nashawaty called it “numbing, exhausting, and migraine-inducing.”) Predictably, the movie made $100 million over the weekend.
Bad movies have made a lot of money since forever. There’s a generation of young-dude moviegoers who »
- Darren Franich
When you get three different musicians in a room, you never know what may happen. But when you get three composers in a room, it turns out there are more similarities between them than differences. Mark Isham, John Ottman and Aaron Zigman have an impressive combined resume having created the music for such films as A River Runs Through It, Crash, The Usual Suspects, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, John Q, and The Notebook. While their musical styles may be different, their approach to their work is very similar. Bmi’s Doreen Ringer Ross once again assembles an impressive panel for the Composer Coffee Talk (which featured actual coffee this year!) during this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival. Whether you are a composer, a filmmaker, or simply someone who appreciates good film music, read on to find out how Isham, Ottman, and Zigman deal with the changing musical landscape, how important a director can be to a »
- Allison Loring
"I don’t write music for the money; I write music because it comes from [my heart]," said film composer Aaron Zigman, the go-to composer for directors like Nick Cassavetes, Anne Fletcher and Tyler Perry, during a panel as part of Los Angeles Film Festival's Coffee Talks series, held June 15 and also featuring composers John Ottman and Mark Isham. Zigman started his composing career with a lucky break, as he left behind an illustrious career in the music industry when offered a shot at composing Cassavetes’ John Q. It was a risk, he said, but composing was what
- Marion Kirkpatrick
Matthew McConaughey hosted a movie night with the Washington Redskins last night ... where 6 players screened their favorite movies -- And No One Picked A McConaughey Flick!!!The event was a fundraiser at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Ashburn, Va yesterday -- 6 players in 6 theaters treated fans to one of their favorite movies. For the record, the event raised money for the NFL's "Play 60" program and Matt's "Just Keep Livin" foundation ... tickets were $200-a-pop. As for »
- TMZ Staff
Even those who are not well-versed with the American cinema of the 1970s have probably heard of writer/director John Cassavetes. He is considered the godfather of independent film in America, a figure who influenced low-budget filmmaking more than any other person not named Robert Redford. His films, which include Seconds and A Woman Under the Influence, are raw, revealing, semi-improvised explorations of marital life, sex, music, romance, suburban ennui, infidelity, aging and death.
However, the apple falls very far from the tree. John’s son, director Nick Cassavetes, is known for making sap, his filmography full of emotionally-charged titles like The Notebook, John Q and My Sister’s Keeper. However, with his latest film, the female revenge comedy The Other Woman, Nick transplants some of the plot elements from his father’s films – notably, Faces, about a man’s infidelity with a much younger woman – into a dumb, pathetic mess of slapstick miscues. »
- Jordan Adler
Cassavetes has a nicely eclectic filmography, with noted crime drama Alpha Dog sitting nicely alongside My Sister’s Keeper (also starring Diaz), the tough Denzel Washington film John Q and the perennial romantic’s favourite The Notebook. The Other Woman looks to be far lighter fare telling a tale of a married man with affair on top of affair and the three woman who are with him.
Colin Hart and Ben Mortimer were on the carpet this evening to throw questions at the great and good. Here’s how they did.
- Jon Lyus
Producers are Richard Salvatore (“The Big Wedding”), David E. Ornston (“Blonde Ambition”), Mike Marvin (“Atlas Shrugged Part 1”) and Alan Saretsky through his All For One, One For All Entertainment banner.
Cassavetes and Marvin will polish the script, written by Saretsky about his own story of going from the streets of New York City to a rogue broker taking Wall Street by storm.
Salvatore and Ornston are repped by Paradigm.
- Dave McNary
8 items from 2014
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