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The gears in composer Alexandre Desplat’s head are always turning. They have to be; even with a packed scheduled — he’ll see five films hit American screens before the end of 2014 — his artistic process is still one of care and contemplation. With each new score, Desplat chisels out a sound that’s recognizably story-driven, interwoven with theme and individual from his other works. In his new film, "The Imitation Game," the composer translates Alan Turing’s life into a fractaling piano score that encompasses both the mathematician’s achievements — cracking the Nazi’s "Enigma Code" with a proto-computer known as the Turing Machine — and an emotional frustration bubbling underneath the surface. If Desplat’s espionage sounds click with Oscar voters, "The Imitation Game" would net him his seventh Academy Award nomination. He previously nabbed a spot in the top five with "The Queen," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, »
- Matt Patches
Leonardo DiCaprio celebrates his 40th birthday this week, which got us thinking about how many years he's been on the Hollywood scene. We still remember when Growing Pains welcomed DiCaprio into the family as Luke - because he stole our hearts pretty much immediately. It only got better from there, as DiCaprio charmed us in movies like Romeo + Juliet, Catch Me If You Can, and, of course, Titanic, all the way to The Great Gatsby. Take a look at some of his most memorable roles. »
<< Back to Holiday 2014 ForecastUnbrokenRelease Date: December 25th Studio: UniversalGenre: War DramaDirector: Angelina JolieWriters: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen and Richard Lagravenese and William NicholsonCast: Jack O'Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund, Jai Courtney, Alex Russell, Finn Wittrock, Takamasa IshiharaStudio Description: A chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini (Jack O'Connell), an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II. Analysis: Movies set during the second World War can be a tough sell: so far this year, The Monuments Men fell short of $80 million, while Fury will likely wind up below that mark as well. Both of those movies had considerable on-screen starpower, which is something that Unbroken lacks.Unbroken does, however, have some pretty serious credentials behind the camera. Angelina Jolie doesn't much of a track record as a director*her first movie, In the Land of Blood and Money, wasn't particularly commercial*but she is undeniably »
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In October, Rick Baker appeared in an Academy-approved video, touring industry outsiders around his makeup studio, a treasure trove of special effects wonderment. The inside look came tinged with sadness; With modern blockbusters opting for more CG effects over practical makeup, Baker’s craft has slowly faded into the history books, prompting him to move out of his sprawling warehouse. For those left weeping over the video comes a hint of good news: The Make-up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards will honor the monster movie make-up master during its 2015 ceremony. Iatse, Local 706 announced today that Baker and hair stylist Kathryn Blondell were the honorees of the guild’s annual lifetime achievement awards. Baker is a seven-time Academy Award winner, holding the record for the most wins and nominations bestowed upon any make-up artist. His prosthetics and nightmarish visions have appeared in "American Werewolf in London", "Harry and the Hendersons", "Ed Wood, »
- Matt Patches
Alejandro G Ińárritu, Yimou Zhang, Mike Leigh and Jean-Marc Vallée are among the directors with films screening in competition at the 22nd Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography.
The main competition at the festival, held in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz, comprises:
Alejandro G Ińárritu’s Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance); USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Emmanuel Lubezki
Łukasz Palkowski’s Gods (Bogowie); Poland, 2014; Cinematographer: »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Polish film festival sets competition juries; Roland Joffe to preside over main competition.
Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, has set an impressive roster of jurors for its various competition categories.
Caleb Deschanel has been appointed president of the Polish Films Competition.
The full list of jurors is below.
Ryszard Horowitz (photographer)
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Fox’s fall lineup, Gotham aside, has delivered a whole slew of disappointments, with heavily promoted reality series Utopia landing softly and new series like Gracepoint, Mulaney and Red Band Society proving dead on arrival. However, maybe midseason hip-hop drama Empire will turn things around for the network.
Featuring a star-studded cast led by Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Gabourey Sidibe and Courtney Love, the show is looking increasingly like a potential hit. Like ABC’s Nashville, which is currently in its third season, Empire aims to blend the soapy, scandalous drama of Dynasty (which show creator Lee Daniels, of The Butler and Precious fame, has cited as an inspiration) with toe-tapping music. And judging by the first trailer, which you can check out below, the series has been wholly successful in that endeavor.
Howard toplines as Lucious Lyon, the head of a hip-hop empire who rose up from a »
- Isaac Feldberg
Javier Bardem seems to love playing villains. A couple of his best villainous roles include Anton Chigurh from No Country for Old Men and Silva in Skyfall. Now according to The Wrap, the actor is in talks to play the villain in the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film, which might be titled Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Christoph Waltz was previously rumored to be up for the role of Captain Brand, but the latest report claims that Bardem currently holds the offer and is in discussions. If cast, the actor would join Johnny Depp. It was also recently revealed that Orlando Bloom would reprise his role if the studio offered it to him. He did say that there have been some discussions.
- Joey Paur
Cannes– ‘Call My Agent!,” the comedy mini-series marking French helmer Cedric Klapisch’s smallscreen debut, has attracted a top-notched cast of Gallic talent.
Cecile de France (“Hereafter,” pictured above), Nathalie Baye (“Catch Me If You Can”), Audrey Fleurot (“The Intouchables”), have joined the cast of show, which is being shopped by TF1 International at Mipcom. Cast also boasts Joey Starr (“Polisse”), Laura Smet (“Eden”), François Berléand (“Transporter, The Series”) and Julie Gayet (“Profilage”).
The show centers around a tight-knit and dysfunctional team of Parisian talent agents who battle to get contracts for important clients, while juggling their personal lives.
Penned by Klapisch, Lola Doillon and Antoine Garceau, “Call My Agent!” will go into production in November and has been commissioned by pubcaster France Televisions. It’s produced by Mon Voisin Production and Mother Production. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Showcase #4 October 1956
Nicknames and Aliases
The Scarlet Speedster, Fastest Man Alive.
Powers and Abilities
Super-speed, including the ability to run up walls and over water, to create powerful updrafts of air by running in a circle, and to vibrate his molecules at such a speed as to pass through solid matter and the walls separating different realities. And yes, he’s faster than Superman.
Weaknesses and Achilles’ Heels
Gadgets and Accessories
The Cosmic Treadmill allows Flash to travel through time and into other dimensions; his entire costume can be compressed to fit inside his ring for storage.
Friends and Allies
Iris Allen West, his wife; Kid Flash (Wally West), his nephew and sidekick; Bart Allen (Impulse/Kid Flash), his grandson; Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), his best friend; Jay Garrick (the first Flash/Flash of of Earth-2); the Justice League of America; the Justice Society of America. »
- Austin Gorton
With Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, and The Terminal, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks are teaming up again for an untitled spy thriller based on the true story of attorney James Donovan, who was tasked by the CIA with negotiating with the Russian government for the release of a captured U-2 pilot during the height of the Cold War. Working from a script by the Coen Brothers (they have my money all ready) and Matt Charman, principal photography on the movie has begun in New York, with the production also taking in Berlin. Joining Hanks in the supporting cast are Alan Alda (who will forever be known for his fantastic turn in M*A*S*H), Mark Rylance (The Other Boleyn Girl), and Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone). With a release date (in the U.S. at least) set for October 16th 2015, we should start getting more »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Why don't we talk about Steven Spielberg's "Munich" more? Flipping his sentimentalist reputation the bird, the docudramatized look inside Mossad's covert retaliation against the Palestine Liberation Organization is unmercifully tense and morally complicated to the point of inducing anxiety attacks. "Munich" is weaponized blockbuster filmmaking — and it sounds like Spielberg's antsy to return to the style. Perhaps praise for the 2006 Best Picture-nominee will resurface next October, when Spielberg adds another notch to his thriller belt with a Cold War drama starring "Catch Me If You Can" star Tom Hanks. Dreamworks and Walt Disney Pictures announced today that principal photography has begun on the currently untitled film, which costars Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, and Alan Alda. Shooting around New York and Berlin, the film tells the true story of James Donovan, an attorney thrust into Cold War chaos when the CIA recruits him for a "near-impossible mission to negotiate the »
- Matt Patches
DreamWorks and Disney have announced that principal photography has commenced on Steven Spielberg's untitled Cold War spy thriller starring Tom Hanks. As we previously reported, the film tells the true story of James Donovan, an attorney who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. The film will also star Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, and Alan Alda, and will shoot on location in New York and Berlin. Following Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, and The Terminal, this will mark Spielberg's fourth film collaboration with Hanks, and hopefully it will be a fruitful one, especially since they're working from a script by the Coen Brothers. Hanks and Spielberg's most recent collaboration was as executive producers on HBO's miniseries The Pacific. Hit the jump for the press release. »
- Matt Goldberg
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will begin production in Queensland, Australia in February 2015.
The sequel will be the biggest international film to ever shoot in the country after the government signed a "landmark deal" with Disney.
The fifth instalment in the franchise will once again star Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow and will be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. The script is written by Catch Me If You Can's Jeff Nathanson.
Pre-production on Dead Men Tell No Tales will begin this month, with principal photography scheduled for February.
Australia's Attorney General and Minister for the Arts, George Brandis, said: "The Australian government is delighted to have secured the high profile fifth instalment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise to film in Australia with a contribution of A$21.6 million ($18.8m/£11.7m)."
Walt Disney Studios' Senior VP of Physical Production, Phillip Steuer, said that the "incredibly »
“Musicians try to be close to composers like Mahler, Shostakovich. But in this opportunity, we have the chance to be so close to this one, that is, John Williams,” Dudamel told the audience. “I remember going to the cinema to listen to music,” Dudamel recalled. “To see the movie, of course! But as a musician you try to focus on how the music does the magic to the movie.” Addressing Williams, who was seen cheering and applauding throughout the program, he continued, “We are here tonight to pay homage to your genius and to your heart, because you are one of the best composers in our time. But the most important thing, you are a great human.”
The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets accompanied the »
- Shalini Dore
The folks over at /Film have discovered an interesting new piece of the Indiana Jones 5 puzzle, that points back to cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, who’s worked with Steven Spielberg on a handful of films including Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Schindler’s List, War of the Worlds, Catch Me If You Can, Minority Report and Saving Private Ryan among others.
Variety first posted an article titled Top Cinematographers Offer Online Course on Filmmaking, that concluded this little nugget of info about Kaminski…
“Since then, Kaminski has made more than a dozen films with Steven Spielberg, earning two Oscars along the way. His credits include Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, and The Diving Bell & the Butterfly. His next project is the upcoming fifth Indiana Jones movie.”
While a paragraph from an article completely unrelated to the news item itself isn’t exactly the most credible of sources, »
- James Garcia
Graceland follows the “merry band of misfits” from the FBI, DEA, and Ice living together in the titular beachside mansion seized by the Government from an incarcerated drug lord. Broadway’s Aaron Tveit, famous on the Great White Way for headlining Next to Normal and Catch Me If You Can, stars as Mike Warren, a fresh agent right out of Quantico. With top scores, bested only by his new training officer and de facto King of Graceland, Paul Briggs (Rescue Me’s Daniel Sunjata), Warren scurries to prove himself as an undercover operative worthy of his housemates’ respect.
- Kyle North
The super finale of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa opened with judge Karan welcoming the four finalists on the show. Judge Karan kicked of the show with a performance to ‘Jail House Rock’ from We Are Family. Mouni Roy performed to ‘Radha’ from Student of the Year. Ashish Sharma performed to ‘Iski Uski’ from 2 States, Shakti performed to ‘Drama Queen’ and Karan Tacker performed on ‘Saturday Saturday’. This opening act ended with a surprise entry from Varun Dhawan.
Hosts Ranvir and Manish then welcomed comedian Bharti on stage. Bharti entered with a performance on ‘Pink Lips’ from Hate Story 2. Bharti’s usual antics totally lit up the Jhalak stage once again. She called all the female participants of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa on stage and they all had a selfie together!
- Jem Raj
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
The movie is expected to be titled “Dead Men Tell No Tales” and Johnny Depp will again return as the beloved Captain Jack Sparrow. However, it sounds as if he may not be the only original cast member we’ll see in the fifth instalment of the franchise as Orlando Bloom has revealed that he too may be back.
“There have certainly been some discussions about it and I’m open to it,” The Hobbit star revealed when asked about a possible return at the Oz Comic Con earlier this week. “That whole experience working with Johnny (Depp) and (director) Gore (Verbinski) was really amazing for me.”
The last time we saw Bloom’s Will Turner in a »
- Josh Wilding
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