9 items from 2014
Following in the footsteps of such d.p. brahmins as Gordon Willis, Vilmos Zsigmond, Vittorio Storaro and Conrad Hall, John Bailey will be the 27th recipient of the American Society of Cinematographers’ Lifetime Achievement Award. He’ll receive the kudo at the 29th Annual Asc Awards on Feb. 15 at the Hyatt Regency Century City.
Bailey, whose credits include “Ordinary People,” “The Big Chill,” “As Good As It Gets” and the upcoming “A Walk in the Woods,” is not only still active in his discipline — not always the case with past Lifetime award recipients — but is quite active in the showbiz community as a mentor, scholar and ambassador for the profession. His blog, “John’s Bailiwick,” is one of the more distinguishing features of Asc’s website, he has lectured at UCLA and is currently fulfilling VP duties at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, where he oversees the »
- Steve Chagollan
Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best.
On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »
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As with the major releases, the specialty film box office this Labor Day holiday weekend is comparatively more tepid than last year’s. In 2013, Pantelion began a record-breaking run with Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever in the U.S. This year, it hopes to replicate that success with a similar release blueprint for biopic Cantinflas, which opened in 382 theaters Friday, grossing $2.625 million and averaging $6,827 per screen. The estimated 4-day weekend cume is $3.275 million.
The results so far give Cantinflas the edge when compared to other newcomers this weekend, but it’s well behind last year’s Instructions debut. That film opened the holiday weekend in 347 theaters, grossing $10 million for a very robust $28,818 PTA. It went on to cume $44 million. Cantinflas has a lot of work to do if it hopes to follow suit. Still, Cantinflas has the second-highest PTA of any film currently in release and certainly »
- Brian Brooks
On the list of "shoulda-been-Expendables," Jackie Chan ranks pretty highly. He's one of the more highly-decorated members of the Action Hero Hall Of Fame, and he's done movies with several of the people in The Expendables 3, including Sylvester Stallone (Burn, Hollywood Burn: An Alan Smithee Film), Arnold Schwarzenegger (Around The World In 80 Days) and Jet Li (Forbidden Kingdom). So why hasn't he got the call to show up in any of the movies in the trilogy? Perhaps the better question is, why hasn't he answered the call? In an interview with Den Of Geek, Chan claims that while he's obviously being sought for Expendables 4, he's simply not a fan of the format of these films. "...this morning I did hear - the office called - Sly [Stallone] wants me for Expendables 4. I said, .Okay.. Because they already asked me to be in two and three, but I refused. Well, »
Universal Pictures International is teaming with Edko Films and Irresistible Films on Roy Chow's Chinese kung-fu action film "Rise of the Legend".
Various prominent actors have played Wong Fei-hung in the past including Jackie Chan in the "Drunken Master" series, Jet Li and Vincent Zhao in the "Once Upon a Time in China" film series, and Sammo Hung in a brief cameo in "Around the World in 80 Days".
The film is targeting a late 2014 release.
Source: Screen »
- Garth Franklin
You know those real estate scams where you're offered a free vacation if you just sit through a time-share presentation and that time-share presentation seems never-ending, because even if it's just two hours, what you really wanted was a free vacation? For Adam Sandler, filmmaking is like that time-share presentation. All the guy wants is to get major motion picture studios to subsidize his vacations. Is that so wrong? If Sony or Warner Brothers said to you, "How would you like an all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii or Africa or a secluded lake? And all you have to do is deliver a movie and nobody on our side will even ask to see a script or bother looking at the final cut," what would you say? You'd accept the deal. Don't deny it. It's obvious that Sandler and his partners-in-vacation-loving-crime don't especially enjoy the quid pro quo required for their global galavanting, »
- Daniel Fienberg
On the eve of the start of Cannes, Fortissimo Films announced that it has struck a deal with the globally expansive Chinese media conglomerate, Wanda Media to co-handle the worldwide representation (ex-Hong Kong, Taiwan/Southeast Asia) on Wanda's massive commercial hit, The Great Hypnotist. Currently in release in China the film is at the top of the local charts with a first week box-office approaching Us $25 million. The studio has released the first two photos from the thriller, which you can see below.
The film, a mystery thriller is a game-changer representing a new direction in genre films for China and marks the 2nd commercial success there for its Taiwan-born Director Leste Chen who previously scored with his 2013 rom-com Say Yes. Starring Chinese Superstar Zheng Xu (Lost in Thailand) and Hong Kong singer/actor phenom Karen Mok (Around the World in 80 Days, Shaolin Soccer), The Great Hypnotist was produced by Tina Shi, »
Though it is used (cropped and not as colorful) on the cover of Criterion Collection’s DVD, I hadn’t seen this fabulous UK quad poster for Ronald Neame’s The Horse’s Mouth until recently when I read about a wonderful discovery in a London tube station. Four years ago, workers at the Notting Hill underground station discovered a passageway that had been sealed off half a century earlier when the station had converted from elevators to escalators. Left behind in the sealed tunnel was a time capsule of late 50s graphic art in the form of movie posters and advertisements left more or less intact.
This is the kind of thing I dream about (you can see more photos here). The sealing of the tunnel can be roughly dated by the release dates of the four films advertised. The Horse’s Mouth came out in the Us in »
- Adrian Curry
Written and directed by Orson Welles
Michael O’Hara (Orson Welles) is an Irish émigré to the United States who earns his income as a sailor. Walking the streets of Manhattan one night, he comes across the carriage of one Elsa Bannister (Rita Hayworth), whose beauty and charm immediately catch his eye. After rescuing her from a group of thieves in Central Park, he offers to drive her home, during which time they grow fond of one another. Lo and behold, the next day, Mr. Bannister (Everett Sloane), a notorious criminal lawyer and her husband, makes an offer: come sail with them through the Americas on their way to San Francisco. O’Hara, clearly attracted to the man’s wife but trepidatious about potential complications, reluctantly accepts the offer. The trip and its aftermath in San Francisco prove unforgettable, with everyone’s disdain for Mr. »
- Edgar Chaput
9 items from 2014
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