5 items from 2015
8 1/2, 1963.
Directed by Federico Fellini.
A successful filmmaker struggles for inspiration, and has to reflect on his life and loves to work out where to go in his next film…
“It’s about creative procrastination” said, director of Under the Skin, Jonathan Glazer in 2002. While I doubt Michael Bay fails to acknowledge Fellini’s 8 ½ as inspiration (his 8 ½ film sitting somewhere between Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Dark of the Moon), when you flip open the pages of any film magazine the artists, from Woody Allen to Wes Anderson and Charlie Kaufman to Terry Gilliam, all owe a debt to Fellini’s masterpiece. In fact, the Best Picture of 2014, Alejandro Inarritu’s Birdman, would play exceptionally well against Fellini’s 8 ½.
- Simon Columb
Bippity Boppity…Boo: Branagh’s Fairy Tale for Hire
Does anyone remember when Kenneth Branagh was directing superior cinematic adaptations of Shakespeare before eventually becoming the director known for Thor (2010) and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)? Well, in the mix of recent live-action fairy tale adaptations from Disney, he’s scored another cookie-cutter dud with Cinderella, a film so pronouncedly square and resolutely mimed that it could only possibly feel relevant to those severely and distantly removed from the classic fairy tale.
Without any sort of modifications to the culturally prolific tale, whatsoever, we meet a young girl named Ella (eventually played by Lily James), who has rich parents (Ben Chaplin, Hayley Atwell). They’re not royalty, but they are rich, and treat their little girl as perfect as she could be treated. But the mother dies from some kind of a disease, but looks ravishing right till the very end. »
- Nicholas Bell
The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival has revealed its fourth keynote speaker, producer Christine Vachon, as well as the complex conference lineup for this year's fest, including Conversations with Ryan Gosling, Sally Field, Amy Schumer, Jeff Nichols & Michael Shannon, Henry Rollins and more Convergence sessions. From the release: Christine Vachon Keynote Christine Vachon is an Independent Spirit Award and Gotham Award winner who founded indie powerhouse Killer Films with partner Pamela Koffler in 1995. Over the past twenty years, the two have produced some of the most celebrated American indie features including "Boys Don't Cry" (Academy Award Winner), "Far From Heaven" (nominated for 4 Academy Awards), "One Hour Photo," "I'm Not There," "Hedwig And The Angry Inch," "Happiness," "Velvet Goldmine" and "Safe." In television, Vachon executive produced "Mildred Pierce" for HBO »
- Casey Cipriani
Work on the sequel to Snow White And the Huntsman - which now goes by the name of The Huntsman - is set to get going in earnest later this year. But before it does, there's a change in director that we need to tell you about.
Earlier this week it was revealed that The Shawshank Redemption and The Mist helmer Frank Darabont had dropped out of directing The Huntsman. The reason? "Creative differences" is all we've been told thus far.
So who's going to be stepping into his shoes?
That'd be a man by the name of Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. Once mooted to helm the reboot of Highlander that Summit Entertainment is putting together, Nicolas-Troyan has thus far built a steady career as a second unit director and visual effects supervisor. On his CV? The likes of Maleficent, »
It was just yesterday when we told you Frank Darabont had left Universal's planned Snow White And The Huntsman prequel/spin-off The Huntsman due to creative differences; well it didn’t take long for them to find a new director. Universal has signed Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, the second-unit director and visual effects supervisor on the original film, to direct The Huntsman. This will be his first feature after years of visual effects work on films such as One Hour Photo »
- Graham McMorrow
5 items from 2015
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