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‘The Jungle Book’ Composer John Debney Discusses Percussive Sound, Fantasound Inspiration And Family’s Disney Legacy

19 December 2016 7:36 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

An Oscar nominee for Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, composer John Debney found in Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book the fruition of a very personal family legacy. The son of Disney Studios producer Louis Debney, John is among the few who can claim vivid personal memories of Walt Disney himself—not to mention the Sherman Brothers, the legendary songwriting duo behind the original animated Jungle Book and many Disney classics. Speaking with Deadline, Debney recalls his… »

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Mel Gibson Scores First Golden Globe Nominations Since 2001 With ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

12 December 2016 7:37 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mel Gibson is back in Hollywood’s awards race with three Golden Globe nominations for World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge” for best director, best drama and best actor for Andrew Garfield.

The trio of nominations comes a decade after Gibson was arrested in 2006 for drunk driving and was caught on tape making anti-Semitic remarks to his arresting officer. He subsequently apologized following his arrest but was shunned during the awards season that year for his film “Apocalypto” and had not directed another movie until taking on “Hacksaw Ridge” in 2014.

Hacksaw Ridge” centers on the story of Desmond T. Doss, the only conscientious objector to ever be awarded a congressional Medal of Honor for heroism. Portrayed by Garfield, Doss was a Seventh-day Adventist who became a medic while adhering to his religious convictions of not carrying a weapon. He saved 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa in World War II. »

- Dave McNary

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Exclusive: Why Casting Monica Bellucci on ‘Mozart’ Is a Full Circle Moment for Roman Coppola

9 December 2016 10:31 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

A major addition to the Golden Globe-winning series, Mozart in the Jungle, is Monica Bellucci, who plays Italian diva Alessandra in season three.

With the New York orchestra still in a labor dispute, Maestro Rodrigo De Souza (Gael Garcia Bernal) accepts an offer in Venice to conduct a comeback performance for the aging diva, also known as “La Fiamma.” At an age where she has to make a decision about her voice and repertory, Alessandra is caged by her own limitations, setting off an emotional roller coaster ride for both the conductor and opera singer.

“We’re not trying to be so realistic, but we like to be authentic,” says Roman Coppola, who serves as executive producer, writer and director of the Amazon series. While the show considered the age at which an opera singer’s voice might change, they thought that Bellucci, 52, was a perfect fit regardless. “She felt authentic.”

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The Birth of a Nation review – biblical passion and cheesy emotion

8 December 2016 7:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Nate Parker’s heartfelt account of Nat Turner, the slave who led a rebellion in 1830s Virginia, is conventionally paced but achieves a dark and sinuous poetry

Nate Parker’s fervent movie about the slave uprising led by Nat Turner in Virginia in 1831 pointedly gets its title from the silent black-and-white classic by Dw Griffith, who claimed hero status for the Ku Klux Klan, and whose own adored father Jacob “Roaring Jake” Griffith had been a slaveholder in Kentucky and a confederate colonel in the civil war. Parker ultimately finds his own meaning in the title by linking the boys who witnessed Turner’s eventual hanging with the generation who went on to fight for the north.

No feature film has been made before on Nat Turner; the subject is new, the style very much less so. It is pretty conventionally paced, directed and scored, almost cheesy in its emotional effects, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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4 Reasons There Are So Few Great Films about God and the Bible

3 December 2016 8:51 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Samuel Brace with four reasons there are so few great films about God and the Bible…

There have been successes, as there are in all genres and sections of film. Films like The Passion of the Christ, while overtly violent and skewed in its biases, is a fantastically made product that is undoubtedly effective. Last Days in the Desert, is a movie beautifully melodic and meditative. Whether you believe Jesus was the son of god, or the messiah, of if you don’t believe in God at all, that does not change the fact that this is an excellent motion picture. The Ten Commandments is a classic, Exodus: Gods and Kings has its virtues, at least in conveying the key message of faith in the intangible. But the list of great biblical and godly movies is small.

It’s a shame, it’s a damn shame, as the bible contains »

- Samuel Brace

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Stephen Dorff’s Country Music Movie ‘Wheeler’ Acquired by Momentum

28 November 2016 8:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Momentum Pictures has acquired North American rights to Stephen Dorff’s country music film “Wheeler,” with plans for a Feb. 3 release in theaters and on demand.

“Wheeler” contains original music and score written and performed live by Dorff, who also co-wrote and produced the film with director Ryan Ross. Additional cast and live performers include Kris Kristofferson, Bobby Tomberlin, and Audrey Spillman.

Varèse Sarabande Records will release the official soundtrack when the film opens on Feb. 3. The single “Pour Me Out of This Town,” co-written and performed by Dorff, is available now on all digital services.

“Wheeler” follows an aspiring musician from Texas, who travels to Nashville with the lifelong dream of trying his hand at country music. Dorff used prosthetic makeup so he would not be recognized.

“We set out to make a unique film about the journey of a country musician pursuing his dreams in Nashville,” Dorff said. »

- Dave McNary

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Newswire: Here’s what’s coming to Showtime in December

23 November 2016 2:24 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

December is almost here, forcing people back into their homes via inclement weather and Seasonal Affective Disroder-induced ennui. Luckily, the online streaming services are working to pick up the slack and keep people entertained. Or possibly just incite them into blood-on-the-snow violence, in the case of Showtime, which revealed its surprisingly violent selection of streaming movies for the winter season today.

Fargo, The Hateful Eight, and the original Black Christmas are all coming to the premium network’s online offerings next month, offering a cold-hearted primer in icy carnage, along with religious-themed brutality like The Boondock Saints and The Passion Of The Christ. As previously announced, the service will be streaming the entirety of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks as well, building anticipation for next year’s revival series. It’s also collecting some of its existing content—including Lynch’s Blue Velvet—into streaming collections celebrating great directors, “Affairs »

- William Hughes

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Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ Set for Advance Screening at Vatican

22 November 2016 5:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome — Martin Scorsese’s passion project “Silence,” about Portuguese Jesuit missionaries in 17th-century Japan, is set to be screened at the Vatican this month for an audience comprising several hundred Jesuit priests, ahead of its initial U.S. release via Paramount on Dec. 23.

The Vatican screening, which is the long-gestating film’s de facto world premiere, is likely to have been sought, and certain to be welcomed, by Paramount. News of the Vatican “Silence” screening was first reported by The New York Times, based on an interview with Scorsese.

Variety has learned that the screening is almost certainly scheduled for Nov. 29. Scorsese has said he will attend. It is considered unlikely, though not impossible, that Pope Francis, a Jesuit himself, will be in the audience.

The Vatican is known to promote faith-based films in various ways. In 2003 Pope John Paul endorsed Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” after »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Top Ten Takeaways: ‘Doctor Strange,’ ‘Trolls,’ ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Lead Box Office Rebound

7 November 2016 6:30 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Two box office reliables, Marvel Productions and DreamWorks Animation, led the way to a standout early November weekend boasting the best totals since “Suicide Squad” debuted three months ago. “Doctor Strange” and “Trolls” were both expected to do well. But both exceeded predictions and along with Mel Gibson’s return to directing, “Hacksaw Ridge,” contributed to the most encouraging results overall since this spring.

The Top Ten

1. Doctor Strange (Disney) New – Cinemascore: A; Metacritic: 72; Est. budget: $165 million

$84,989,000 in 3,882 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $21,893; Cumulative: $84,989,000

2. Trolls (20th Century Fox) New – Cinemascore: A; Metacritic: 56; Est. budget: $125 million

$45,600,000 in 4,060 theaters; PTA: $11,232; Cumulative: $45,600,000

3. Hacksaw Ridge (Lionsgate) New – Cinemascore: A; Metacritic: 71; Est. budget: $40 million

$14,750,000 in 2,886 theaters; PTA: $5,111; Cumulative: $14,750,000

4. Boo! A Madea Halloween (Lionsgate) Week 3 – Last weekend #1

$7,800,000 (-55%) in 2,334 theaters (-65); PTA: $3,491; Cumulative: $64,990,000

5. Inferno (Sony)  Week 2 – Last weekend #2

$6,250,000 (-58%) in 3,576 theaters (no change); PTA: $1,748; Cumulative: $26,058,000

6. The Accountant (Warner Bros.) Week 4 – Last weekend #4

$5,950,000 (-%) in 2,688 theaters »

- Tom Brueggemann

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The Mel Gibson Comeback: Will Hollywood Let This Outsider Back In?

6 November 2016 2:11 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For the last ten years, Mel Gibson and Hollywood have been deeply estranged. But this weekend’s opening of “Hacksaw Ridge,” his powerfully crafted, bloody-heart-on-the-sleeve drama about the most heroic pacifist — or maybe the only pacifist — to serve in World War II, marks their official reconciliation. After all the scandals and feuds and recriminations, after the fizzled misfire of a comeback attempt (his 2011 performance as a head case who communicates through a hand puppet in “The Beaver”), after the “interesting” trickle of VOD-ready curios like “Get the Gringo” and “Blood Father,” Gibson, at last, has returned. “Hacksaw Ridge” is a large-scale traditional war film that has been praised by critics, has now opened solidly at the box office, and is a potential awards contender. (Likeliest shot: Andrew Garfield for a best actor nomination.)

That said, the behavior that capsized Mel Gibson’s career will, on some level, never be totally behind him. »

- Owen Gleiberman

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First Netflix Italian Original Series ‘Suburra’ Starts Shooting in Rome

4 November 2016 3:31 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rome — Netflix has announced that principal photography started in Rome this week on its first Italian original series, “Suburra,” about present-day ties between organized crime and politics in the Italian capital.

The first Italian production from Netflix is being produced by Cattleya, the prominent Italo shingle behind internationally exported TV series such as Sky Italia’s hit “Gomorrah” and “Romanzo Criminale” (“Crime Novel”).

The previously announced 10-episode series, touted as a captivating story that involves politics, the Vatican, the Mafia, corruption, money-laundering, drugs and prostitution, is being produced in tandem with Italian public service broadcaster Rai.

Rai will air “Suburra” on one of its generalist channels in Italy after it premieres globally on Netflix next year, according to a Netflix statement.

Rai’s film unit Rai Cinema and Cattleya also previously collaborated on a “Suburra” feature film directed by Stefano Sollima which was released last year in October via Rai Cinema’s 01 Distribution in Italian theatres and »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Why Mel Gibson Could Find Redemption with ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

3 November 2016 10:34 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

As Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” opens around the country, a movie that is playing well for critics and audiences is tainted by a gifted filmmaker with a sticky scandal.

The deja vu is fresh, after “The Birth of a Nation” director-star Nate Parker tried to promote his movie while being shadowed by his 1999 rape trial, and the surprise news that the accuser committed suicide in 2012. After a rapturous response at Sundance and at the Toronto International Film Festival, the movie made a lackluster opening in October. His Oscar hopes? Over.

See More‘The Birth of a Nation’ Premieres in Toronto, and Audiences Give Nate Parker a Second Chance

However, that’s not Gibson. Nor is he a celebrity bad boy whom people secretly admire for rascally behavior (pot-smoker Robert Mitchum), or an addict who gains warm support when he goes straight (Robert Downey, Jr.), or an Oscar-winning director (Elia Kazan »

- Anne Thompson

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Why Mel Gibson Could Find Redemption with ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

3 November 2016 10:34 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” opens around the country, a movie that is playing well for critics and audiences is tainted by a gifted filmmaker with a sticky scandal.

The deja vu is fresh, after “The Birth of a Nation” director-star Nate Parker tried to promote his movie while being shadowed by his 1999 rape trial, and the surprise news that the accuser committed suicide in 2012. After a rapturous response at Sundance and at the Toronto International Film Festival, the movie made a lackluster opening in October. His Oscar hopes? Over.

See More‘The Birth of a Nation’ Premieres in Toronto, and Audiences Give Nate Parker a Second Chance

However, that’s not Gibson. Nor is he a celebrity bad boy whom people secretly admire for rascally behavior (pot-smoker Robert Mitchum), or an addict who gains warm support when he goes straight (Robert Downey, Jr.), or an Oscar-winning director (Elia Kazan »

- Anne Thompson

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Box Office Preview: ‘Doctor Strange,’ ‘Trolls,’ and ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ All Look to Score

3 November 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Hollywood is a big fan of May-November relationships. The first weekends of those months is when studios look to launch top franchise films and get a head start on the season. Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” (Disney) leads a trio of potentially strong releases that includes the animated “Trolls” (20th Century Fox) and Mel Gibson’s World War II story “Hacksaw Ridge” (Lionsgate).

 

Last year at this time, the combination of the James Bond entry “Spectre” and “The Peanuts Movie” led to a Top 10 total of just under $150 million, the best figure since mid-July at peak summer. More than 75 percent of that came from the two new releases; they went on to gross more than $100 million, as did that November’s final “Hunger Games” entry, “The Good Dinosaur,” and “Creed.”

See MoreTilda Swinton: ‘Doctor Strange’ Whitewashing Controversy Is Bigger Than Just One Movie

Combined, expect this week’s debuts to amass »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Passion Of The Christ 2 title confirmed

2 November 2016 11:16 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Nov 3, 2016

Mel Gibson’s Passion Of The Christ sequel is to be called Resurrection…

Mel Gibson has been revealing a few new details about his planned sequel to The Passion Of The Christ.

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Chatting on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert in the Us, Gibson told the host that the new film will be going by the name of Resurrection. Not that he’s at the point of making it yet. He’s working on a screenplay with Braveheart scribe Randall Wallace, and Gibson admitted that “it’s probably about three years off, because it’s a big subject”

As for the content of Resurrection, it'll take place after the crucification of Christ. "It’s more than a single event, »

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Hugo Weaving and Rachel Griffiths on Hacksaw Ridge: 'Mel Gibson's never made a bad movie'

2 November 2016 6:23 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Gibson comes out firing through the fog, smoke and stink of war in the ‘extraordinary true story’ about war hero Desmond T Doss

Mel Gibson isn’t the sort of film-maker who uses spoonfuls of sugar to help the medicine go down. The director of grisly meditations Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ, Apocalypto and now Hacksaw Ridge is more the kind to pour a bottle of spirits into an open wound, then throw a match on it.

Gibson is terrific at painting blood-stained moving pictures of humans caught in primitive horrors that trigger profound repercussions – from the end of the Mayan civilisation, to Jesus hanging from a cross. He also exhibits great skill geographically orienting audiences, finding visual clarity in chaos.

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- Luke Buckmaster

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Passion of the Christ 2 Gets Titled Resurrection, May Take Jesus to Hell

2 November 2016 4:40 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Mel Gibson is back in a big way. After taking a break from directing for over a decad, he is back with his real-life war drama Hacksaw Ridge. He is already planning another project, which will be a sequel to one of the most successful movies in his career. The director has plans to make Passion of the Christ 2, which we know will simply be called Resurrection. Not only that, but it sounds like part of the movie will actually take place in hell.

The Braveheart director made an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert recently to promote Hacksaw Ridge. During the course of the interview, Colbert got him to talk about Resurrection a bit. Not only did he confirm the title, but he also heavily implied that part of the movie will be taking place in hell. He first said that the villains of the movie "are in another realm. »

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How Mel Gibson’s Cinematographer Captured the Horror of ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

2 November 2016 1:32 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Like all films that Mel Gibson has directed, “Hacksaw Ridge” contains amazing heroics and spiritual transcendence. And, like other Gibson films, it’s violent.The person responsible for capturing that mayhem was Australian cinematographer Simon Duggan (“The Great Gatsby,” “I, Robot”).

With Sydney, Australia doubling for West Virginia as well as Okinawa, he used the Alexa with Panavision Primo Anamorphic Prime lenses, and the Red for hand-held shots.

“Everything was quite contained, including the battlefield, and we tried to simplify down how much we saw and really focused on the performances and stayed really tight to the storytelling,” Duggan said.

To help create that intensity, the second unit placed Black Magic pocket cameras among stunt guys when running through bombs, which allowed for the creation of dramatic cutaways.

While action was a key storytelling element, “Hacksaw Ridge” hinges on pacifism — and Gibson calls it a love story. It’s based »

- Bill Desowitz

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The Passion of the Christ sequel gets a title

2 November 2016 10:38 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

After news broke earlier this year that Mel Gibson wanted to make a sequel to his massively successful The Passion of the Christ, the Oscar-winning director has announced the title for the follow-up: Resurrection. Speaking on Tuesday night’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert whilst promoting his new film Hacksaw Ridge, Gibson confirmed the news […]

The post The Passion of the Christ sequel gets a title appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

- Scott Davis

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Mel Gibson reveals that The Passion of the Christ sequel is titled Resurrection, says it’s “probably three years off”

2 November 2016 8:01 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Back in June it was announced that Mel Gibson is developing a sequel to his 2004 biblical epic The Passion of the Christ, and now the Hacksaw Ridge helmer has revealed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert that it is going by the title Resurrection.

“It’s more than a single event, it’s an amazing event,” said Gibson. “And to underpin that with the things around it is really the story, to enlighten what that means. It’s not just about the event; it’s not just some chronological telling of just that event. That could be boring, and you think, ‘Oh, we read that.’ But what are the other things around it that happened? What happened in three days? I’m not sure, but it’s worth thinking about. Get your imagination going.”

Gibson went on to reveal that Resurrection is “probably about three years off, because it’s a big subject. »

- Gary Collinson

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