14 items from 2015
Once upon a time, to cast Russell Crowe in a film was to immediately give the project a pedigree. He gave undeniable gravitas to period pieces like Cinderella Man and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, just a few years after getting three straight Best Actor Oscar nominations (and one win, for Gladiator). In the last few years, however, he has become a kind of Hollywood punching bag, mainly for his emotionless turn as Jor-El in Man of Steel and his fruitless attempt at playing Javert in Les Misérables. (His howlingly inept turn in Winter’s Tale is a footnote, since very few had the misfortune of seeing that abysmal drama.)
In a bit of good news, Crowe’s feature directorial debut, The Water Diviner, is a step in the right direction – even if it is a largely hit-and-miss affair. One can clearly see the influence of Crowe’s collaborators, »
- Jordan Adler
Black Sea is a gripping adventure that takes audiences to the depths of human greed in a suspenseful underwater search for sunken treasure that becomes a fight for survival. Directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald (One Day in September, The Last King of Scotland) and starring two-time Academy Award nominee Jude Law (The Talented Mr. Ripley, Cold Mountain), the suspenseful Focus Features thriller debuts on Digital HD on April 21, 2015 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD as well as On Demand May 5, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Black Sea centers on a rogue submarine captain (Jude Law) who, after being laid off from a salvage company, pulls together a misfit crew to go after a sunken treasure rumored to be lost in the depths of the Black Sea. As the captain and his crew embark on their expedition, greed and desperation take control on board their claustrophobic vessel »
- Movie Geeks
By Anjelica Oswald
Birdman took home the Cinema Audio Society Award for sound mixing in a live action film on Saturday. The best picture-nominated film is also nominated for both of the sound Oscars (sound mixing and sound editing). The film lost the BAFTA Award for best sound to Whiplash, which is also nominated for both of the Oscars for sound.
Since the Cas Awards began in 1994, all 21 of the live action features that won for sound mixing have also been nominated for the sound mixing Oscar, and 12 have won. In contrast, four of the 14 best sound BAFTA winners — since the BAFTAs have taken place before the Oscars — didn’t win an Oscar for their sound. Of the 10 that did win, five won both of the Oscars for sound, four won the Oscar for sound mixing and one took home the Oscar for sound editing.
Seven of the »
- Anjelica Oswald
By Anjelica Oswald
Damian Chazelle’s Whiplash won three BAFTA Awards at last night’s ceremony: best editing, best supporting actor and best sound. The film, which also received BAFTA nominations for best director and best original screenplay, is nominated for five Oscars. The three BAFTA wins coincide with similar Oscar categories, including best sound mixing. (Rather than have one Oscar category for sound, the Oscars are split into sound mixing and sound editing, and Whiplash is nominated for sound mixing.) Do these BAFTA wins bode well for the film at the Oscars?
BAFTA, or the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, used to hold the awards ceremony after the Academy Awards had already occurred, but since 2001, the BAFTAs have preceded the Oscars.
In the 14 years since the BAFTAs have taken place before the Oscars, only four of the 14 best sound BAFTA winners didn’t win an Oscar for their sound, »
- Anjelica Oswald
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc., announced today that principal photography has begun on Ben-Hur starring Jack Huston (American Hustle) as Judah Ben-Hur, Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption) as Ilderim, Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Messala and Nazanin Boniadi (Homeland) as Esther. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) and written by Keith Clarke (The Way Back) and John Ridley (12 Years a Slave), the film is based on Lew Wallace's epic novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ. The producers are Sean Daniel (The Mummy franchise), Mark Burnett (Son of God), Joni Levin (The Way Back) and Duncan Henderson (Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World).
Serving as executive producers are Roma Downey (The Bible), Keith Clarke, John Ridley and Jason Brown. Filming will take place in Rome and Matera, Italy with the film set for release February 26, 2016. Ben-Hur also »
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc., announced today that principal photography has begun on “Ben-hur” starring Jack Huston (“American Hustle”) as Judah Ben-Hur, Morgan Freeman (“The Shawshank Redemption”) as Ilderim, Toby Kebbell (“Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes”) as Messala and Nazanin Boniadi (“Homeland”) as Esther. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov (“Wanted”) and written by Keith Clarke (“The Way Back”) and John Ridley (“12 Years A Slave”), the film is based on Lew Wallace’s epic novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ. The producers are Sean Daniel (“The Mummy” franchise), Mark Burnett (“Son Of God”), Joni Levin (“The Way Back”) and Duncan Henderson (“Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World”). Serving as executive producers are Roma Downey (“The Bible”), Keith Clarke, John Ridley and Jason Brown. Filming will take place in Rome and Matera, Italy with the film set for release February 26, 2016. “Ben-hur” also »
- Josh Abraham
Ben-hur is returning to the big screen!
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Paramount Pictures announced today that principal photography has begun on Ben-hur starring Jack Huston (“American Hustle”) as Judah Ben-Hur, Morgan Freeman (“The Shawshank Redemption”) as Ilderim, Toby Kebbell (“Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes”) as Messala and Nazanin Boniadi (“Homeland”) as Esther.
Directed by Timur Bekmambetov (“Wanted”) and written by Keith Clarke (“The Way Back”) and John Ridley (“12 Years A Slave”), the film is based on Lew Wallace’s epic novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ.
The epic 1959 film was directed by William Wyler and starred Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet, Sam Jaffe and Hugh Griffith. It won 11 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. The magnificent score is by composer Miklós Rózsa.
Watch the trailer Here.
- Michelle McCue
If you were looking forward to seeing an updated version of the classic Ben-Hur story on the big screen, then you'll be happy to hear that principal photography has officially started on the epic, with a more full cast last revealed as well. Come inside to see.
I'm honestly not sure what to think about a Ben-Hur remake. Done correctly, it could be pretty cool and a great way to introduce a new generation to this story. It also has a good chance of sucking, but that's the risk you take with any remake. Either way, I tend to hold off judgement until I've seen footage, which we've just taken a big step towards seeing as filming has officially started:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc., announced today that principal photography has begun on “Ben-hur” starring Jack Huston (“American Hustle”) as Judah Ben-Hur, Morgan Freeman (“The Shawshank Redemption”) as Ilderim, »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Producer Samuel Goldwyn Jr. died Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 88. Goldwyn Jr. was an Emmy-award-winning director and Oscar-nominated producer. He most recently worked on The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, starring Ben Stiller, which was released in 2013. Goldwyn Jr. comes from a family that helped create Hollywood. His father, Samuel Goldwyn Sr., was a founder of Paramount Studios, and his production company was acquired by Metro Pictures Corp. to become part of one of Hollywood's largest studios, MGM (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer). He grew up in Hollywood and attended his first Academy Awards when he was 11 years old, »
- Elaine Aradillas
Film producer Samuel Goldwyn Jr has died at the age of 88.
He passed away on Friday (January 9) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre from congestive heart failure.
Goldwyn Jr was the son of famous film producer and co-founder of MGM pictures, Samuel Goldwyn.
A successful film producer in his own right, his credits include 2003's Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World, which scooped ten Oscar nominations including Best Picture.
His final film was The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which was a remake of the 1947 film produced by his father.
Filmmakers have paid tribute to Master And Commander producer Samuel Goldwyn Jr, who died on Friday in Los Angeles, aged 88.
His Son John Goldwyn told the New York Times he died from congestive heart failure.
Goldwyn Jr's final producing credit was on Fox's The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty - a remake of one of his father's hits - which was released in December 2013. His other credits included Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World, Mystic Pizza and A Prayer For The Dying. He also twice produced the Academy Awards ceremony.
Goldwyn Jr began his career in documentary films and built a reputation for supporting independent and foreign films, largely through his indie company Samuel Goldwyn Company, which he founded in 1979. Films distributed by his company include Wild At Heart, Gregory's Girl, Prick Up Your Ears and Stranger Than Paradise.
He relaunched his company as Samuel Goldwyn »
- Amber Wilkinson
Samuel Goldwyn Jr, a film producer and executive and son of movie pioneer Samuel Goldwyn, died Friday in Los Angeles. He was 88. The New York Times reported that Goldwyn’s son John said he died of congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The founder of the Samuel Goldwyn Company earned an Emmy and a Best Picture Oscar nom during a producing career that spanned 65 years through 2013’s The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty; his father produced the original in 1947.
Goldwyn’s credits include 2003’s Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World, which tallied 10 Oscar nominations including Best Picture. He also was a producer on such films as The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn (1960), Mystic Pizza (1985), The Preacher’s Wife (1996) and Tortilla Soup (2001). One of his rare TV credits was producing the 60th Academy Awards in 1988, for which he was rewarded with an Emmy.
Born September 7, 1926, in Los Angeles »
- Erik Pedersen
Samuel Goldwyn Jr., the son of a fiercely independent-minded Hollywood mogul and the producer of many independent films in his own right including “Mystic Pizza” and studio hits including “Master and Commander,” died Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 88. His son John Goldwyn told the New York Times he died of congestive heart failure.
Goldwyn Jr. received his final credit as a producer, together with son John and others, on Fox’s long-gestating remake of the Goldwyn Sr.-produced classic “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” starring and directed by Ben Stiller and released in December 2013.
The courtly and soft-spoken scion was known for shepherding independent and foreign films and got his start in documentary filmmaking, in contrast to his brash father, who made his way from a youth of poverty in Poland to a partner in MGM.
“I love it. If you don’t love this business, »
- Carmel Dagan
We’ve already seen quite a lot of Agent Carter coverage today [check it all out here], but with the show just hours away from its Stateside premiere we now have a new poster for the latest Marvel show, which you can see right here…
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It’s 1946 and peace has dealt Peggy a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert Ssr (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy finds herself stuck doing administrative work when she would rather be back out in the field; putting her vast skills into play and taking down the bad guys. But she is also trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life, Steve Rogers – aka Captain America.
- Gary Collinson
14 items from 2015
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