17 items from 2017
Anyone who’s seen Randy Newman perform knows that even though he’s one of the greatest songwriters of the past 50 years — a multiple Grammy, Emmy and Oscar winner, contributor of classic songs to films like the three “Toy Story” titles, “Seabiscuit,” “James and the Giant Peach” — the real gold is in his concerts is his hilarious commentary, an undistilled, often unfiltered version of the cutting, self-deprecating and side-splitting humor that appears in his lyrics.
And his performance Wednesday night at New York’s Electric Lady Studios — which will be broadcast on Wfuv-FM/New York during the week of August 4, when “Dark Matter,” his first album of new material in nine years, is released — was certainly no exception. During the brief performance, which found him playing several songs — classics like “Sail Away” and “Feels Like Home” as well as selections from the new album, noodling on several more, and answering questions both from DJ Rita Houston »
- Jem Aswad
Production will start in Atlanta on May 22 under Fred Bernstein’s Astute Films banner. Henson has been attached since 2015 to star in the film, set up with “Empire” producer Danny Strong, Tobey Maguire, Matthew Plouffe, Bernstein, Matt Berenson, Robin Bissell, and Dominique Telson. The executive producers are Rick Jackson and Jeremiah Samuels.
Bissell, an exec producer on “The Hunger Games” and “Seabiscuit,” will make his directorial debut from his own script, based on Osha Gray Davidson’s book “The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South.”
“Empire” star Henson will portray Ann Atwater, a civil rights activist in Durham, N.C., who battled Kkk leader C.P. Ellis for a decade until 1971, when »
- Dave McNary
Tracy Morgan can check the Kentucky Derby off of his bucket list.
The 48-year-old comedian has made it to the Bluegrass State, where “the most exciting two minutes in sports” kicks off Saturday from the famed Churchill Downs in Lousiville.
It’s a dream come true for Morgan, who said at the 29th annual Barnstable Brown Derby Eve Gala on Friday night that he wanted to see a Derby in his lifetime.
“The horses — they’re great athletes. I wanted to see one before I die,” he said — dedicating his trip to his late father.
“I want to do all »
- Dave Quinn
The past and present collided on Saturday night at the world premiere of “Boston: The Documentary” for executive producer Frank Marshall, 37 years after he ran the Boston Marathon.
The premiere at Boston’s Boch Center Wang Theater took place four years after the Boston Marathon bombing killed three and injured several hundred. The 121st running of the marathon, the world’s oldest, takes place on Monday.
Marshall, who’s been nominated for five best picture Oscars (“Raiders of the Ark,” “The Color Purple,” “The Sixth Sense,” “Seabiscuit,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), said the 1980 race is still clear in his mind.
Matt Damon to Narrate Boston Marathon Documentary
“I remember the race vividly, much more than the other 14 marathons I ran,” he mused. “It was warm like it will be Monday and I had to run a marathon in under two hours and 50 minutes to qualify. For us amateurs, »
- Dave McNary
The Royal Film Commission of Jordan among honourees.
The Location Managers Guild International (Lmgi) unveiled the winners of its fourth annual Location Managers Guild International Awards on Saturday.
The event on the Warner Bros lot in Burbank celebrated achievements by location professionals and film commissions in seven categories of film, television and commercials.
Wes Hagan and Dan Gorman earned the outstanding locations in a period film award for Hidden Figures, while Robert Foulkes Steve Beimler and took the corresponding honours for contemporary category for La La Land.
Pat Karam and Robert Bentley for The Crown and Mandi Dillin for Westworld tied for the outstanding locations in a period TV series. The contemporary award went to Tom Howard and Daniel Sampedro Palerm for The Night Manager.
The Royal Film Commission of Jordan earned the Outstanding Film Commission award for its role in the production of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
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Like it or not, the awards race 2018 is already underway.
Painful as it may sound, the awards marathon is at least a 12-month proposition these days. With Sundance in the rear-view mirror, the talk of potential 2018 Oscar candidates is already underway in industry circles.
Below, Screen runs through 13 films that could be heading to the dance this time next year (the Oscars will be held one week later in 2018, on March 4).
Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig and Christoph Waltz (all previously nominated) star in awards perennial Alexander Payne’s social satire in which a man realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself. Currently in post-production, the film is slated for a December 22 release through Paramount, which is financing. Payne’s last six films have been Oscar-nominated.
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Some of the quintessential movies of all time are sports themed, and they are memorable for a good reason. Many of these films include suspense, excitement, and a good moral lesson to tug on the heartstrings. Below you will find a good place to start your next sports movie marathon, a list of some iconic sports films:
Rush – The first movie in our marathon is about the sport of Formula One Racing. Rush stars Daniel Bruhl, Chris Hemsworth, and Olivia Wilde and tells the story of a 1970’s racing rivalry in Germany. Bonus point for this movie because it is based on a true story.
Million Dollar Baby – Starring Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, and Morgan Freeman, this popular movie is about a persevering woman who wants to be trained to be a professional boxer and the life changing results for both her and her trainer.
Directed by four-time Oscar nominee Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit, Pleasantville), and starring Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey, Free State of Jones is an epic action-drama set during the Civil War, and tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.
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- Gary Collinson
Santa Barbara became a movie town in 1912, when the American Film Co., aka the Flying A, set up shop there. The studio began cranking out shorts at a rapid pace, producing an estimated 1,200 silent movies before its demise in 1921.
But Santa Barbara’s showbiz embrace didn’t end there: It has long served as a favored tryout city, film and TV location, and industry playground.
Since 1986, the coastal community 89 miles north of Hollywood has also been home to the Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival. The festival, which kicks off Feb. 1, will feature a jam-packed lineup of premieres, starry events, and panel discussions. In a nod to Santa Barbara’s storied past, the fest will also serve as the formal curtain-raiser of its major capital project, the renovation of the city’s historic Riviera Theater.
The Riviera Theater, recently acquired by the Sbiff through a 30-year lease, has long been symbolic »
- Jerry Roberts
You’ve got a serious wait in store for you before you’ll actually get to see Ocean’s Eight, which is currently scheduled for summer 2018, but at least you get a pretty cool look at the movie.
You’ll probably have to wait quite a while before you even get further glimpses of the film, because I’m not sure it’s going to hit hard with a marketing window longer than a year, so it makes sense that if you’re going to release an image this early it ought to be a good one.
The crew takes a ride on a subway, and they look as disinterested as any group of insanely competent players about to take on a heist… I guess.
To keep the Ocean’s legend alive, our female cast is a fantastically wild group. All the better to make it seem unlikely that people »
- Marc Eastman
Details surrounding Ocean's Eight have been scarce as of late, but now we finally have some answers about the female-centric Ocean's Eleven spinoff. Not only does the cast look incredibly fierce in the first official still, but we finally know what the movie is about. Get all the tidbits (including the release date) below! Who Is Starring? The cast is so random, it will actually make your head hurt. Sandra Bullock will star as Debbie Ocean (who is rumored to be the sister of George Clooney's Danny Ocean) along with Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, and Cate Blanchett make up the eight-member crew, and there are some exciting cameos from the original cast already in store! Damian Lewis is also rumored to be playing the villain as Debbie's ex-boyfriend. What Is It About? According to an official statement, "the tide will turn as »
- Kelsie Gibson
Warner Bros.’ “Ocean’s 8” doesn’t come out until the summer of 2018, but the studio is already whetting fans’ appetites by releasing the first official image of the all-female cast. The “Ocean’s Eleven” reboot stars Sandra Bullock as Debbie Ocean, Cate Blanchett as Lou, Rihanna as Nine Ball, Mindy Kaling as Amita, Awkwafina as Constance, Helena-Bonham Carter as Rose, Anne Hathaway as Daphne Kluger and Sarah Paulson as Tammy.
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- Graham Winfrey
Author: Zehra Phelan
The summer of 2018 is looking female feisty with the release of the all-female Ocean’s 8 and from the looks of the first image that has just become available we certainly wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of these ladies – that probably explains the lack of any male passengers on the carriage.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ first look at “Ocean’s 8” from one of New York City’s most iconic locales: the subway. The tide will turn as (L-r) Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) attempts to pull off the heist of the century at New York City’s star-studded annual Met Gala. Her first stop is to assemble the perfect crew. That said crew only happens to be some of the most bad-ass actresses that currently rule the big screen. These include Lou (Cate Blanchett), Nine Ball (Rhianna), Amita (Mindy Kaling), Constance (Awkwafina »
- Zehra Phelan
“In summer 2018, the tide will turn as (left to right) Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) attempts to pull off the heist of the century at New York City’s star-studded annual Met Gala,” a statement explains. “Her first stop is to assemble the perfect crew: Lou (Cate Blanchett); Nine Ball (Rihanna); Amita (Mindy Kaling); Constance (Awkwafina); Rose (Helena Bonham Carter); Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway); and Tammy (Sarah Paulson).”
Gary Ross, whose credits include “Seabiscuit,” “The Hunger Games” and “Free State of Jones,” is directing from a screenplay he wrote with Olivia Milch, with Steven Soderbergh and Jon Kilik producing, Michael Tadross, Susan Ekins, Bullock, Diana Alvarez and Bruce Berman executive producing, and Milch co-producing.
- Leo Barraclough
Studiocanal is pleased to announce that the historical war epic Free State Of Jones is coming to Blu-ray, DVD and VOD 30 January 2017 and will be available on Est from 23 January 2017. To celebrate the release of this remarkable and inspirational true story, we have 3 copies on DVD up for grabs!
Written and directed by four-time Oscar® nominee Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit, Pleasantville), and starring Oscar® winner Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar, Dallas Buyers Club), Free State Of Jones is an epic action-drama set during the Civil War, and tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones.
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The Founder has a mesmerizing sequence wherein a pair of restauranteurs train their staff in proper kitchen procedure by having them run through it repeatedly on a tennis court covered in chalk outlines. Over a montage, the troop of clean-cut lads master the intricate choreography of the “Speedee Service System,” going from bumping into one another to pirouetting along the lines with industrial grace. It’s like Martha Graham, Dogville, and Ronald McDonald had a beautiful cinematic child. And then nothing interesting happens in the movie again.
In an earlier scene, traveling salesman Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) visits the first McDonald’s location in Bakersfield, curious as to what kind of small restaurant needs so many milkshake machines. (This is the 1950s, at a point when “McDonald” is just another Gaelic name.) Kroc is enchanted by the Speedee Service System, which treats food preparation as an assembly line that delivers orders in record time. »
- Daniel Schindel
Each year, the Sundance Film Festival rolls out an enviable lineup of jury members — billed as “experts in film, art, culture and science” — to dole out awards to the feature-length works shown at the festival. In total, 28 prizes (and sometimes more!) will be announced at a ceremony on January 28 (as ever, Short Film Awards will be announced at a separate ceremony on January 24). The festival has now announced this year’s various jury members, including actors, filmmakers, producers, writers and other luminaries (and, yes, plenty of Sundance alums pop up amongst their ranks).
Additionally, the festival has also announced that actress, comedian, correspondent and podcast host Jessica Williams will host the annual awards. Jones seems poised to have a very busy Sundance indeed, as she also toplines James Strouse’s premiere “The Incredible Jessica James,” which will close out the festival the night before.
The awards, which recognize standout artistic and story elements, »
- Kate Erbland
17 items from 2017
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