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'Wonder Woman' Shooting in Italy with 'Interstellar' Cinematographer?

1 September 2015 12:53 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in February, we reported that Warner Bros.' highly-anticipated Wonder Woman begins production this fall, but we were never given any specifics about where shooting may take place. During last week's episode of Meet the Movie Press, it was revealed that the superhero adventure has landed a cinematographer, with Interstellar's Hoyte Van Hoytema signing on, while Yahoo! Italy reports that Wonder Woman will be partially shot in Basilicata, Italy. These reports haven't been confirmed at this time, but if shooting is scheduled to commence sometime this fall, we should get confirmation soon.

Hoyte Van Hoytema first made his mark with director Tomas Alfredson's 2008 thriller Let the Right One in, which lead to more high-profile work in The Fighter, Tomas Alfredson's English language debut Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Her and Interstellar. He also served as the Dp on the upcoming James Bond action-thriller Spectre, arriving in theaters »

- MovieWeb

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Tax Breaks Bringing Hollywood Productions Back to Italy

23 July 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The paparazzi have been busy this year chasing stars filming in the Eternal City, as Hollywood has rediscovered Italy, making the country — and Rome’s storied Cinecitta Studios — a hot destination for foreign shoots.

Competitive tax breaks, a great euro-to-dollar exchange rate, and Italy’s depth of crew and craftsmen recently lured Paramount’s “Zoolander 2” as well as MGM and Paramount’s “Ben-Hur” remake, marking the first time in at least a decade that Cinecitta has hosted two big Hollywood productions. Ron Howard’s “Inferno” and the next James Bond installment, “Spectre,” have also shot in Rome and other parts of Italy.

Growing its production sector could be a shot in the arm for the nation’s ailing economy  — after all, as former prime minister Giulio Andreotti famously said of an earlier epic film shoot, “ ‘Quo Vadis’ did more for Italy than the Marshall Plan.”

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- Nick Vivarelli

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Mel Gibson Confirmed as Art Director of China’s ‘The Bombing’

13 July 2015 6:36 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mel Gibson has been confirmed as joining big-budget Chinese film “The Bombing” as art director. Bruce Willis is part of the cast of the 3D WWII movie.

Gibson’s role was announced at a press event held by Shanghai Kuailu Investment Group at the movie’s Xiangshan production base on July 7.

“Mel is interested in what happened during that period of time, and provided relevant suggestions on how to make the movie,” said Shi Jianxiang, founder and CEO of Kuailu. “He is very insightful.”

The film is directed by Xiao Feng, who previously shot another war actioner, “Hushed Roar,” in 2012.

Korean actor Song Seung-heon, Hong Kong star Nicholas Tse, and leading Chinese character actor Liu Ye also star.

The producers pegged the film’s production budget at $65 million. Previous reports had put it at $90 million.

The story focuses on the World War II bombing of the city of Chongquing by Japanese forces. »

- Patrick Frater

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David Oyelowo and Kate Mara find faith in the thrilling trailer for Captive

16 June 2015 3:44 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Religious films have been gaining a foothold in mainstream cinema in recent years. Starting with Mel Gibson's The Passion Of The Christ, we have seen several Biblical epics hit the screen while Christian independents have been making good profits with smaller, spiritual films that cater to a largely untapped audience. Captive represents the first major studio release with top tier talent to get a wide... Read More »

- Alex Maidy

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Bob Berney joins Amazon Studios

1 June 2015 11:05 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The independent cinema guru arrives at the company as head of movies distribution and marketing while former ABC digital executive Albert Cheng is named COO.

Berney most recently served as CEO at Picturehouse, a company he brought back to life in 2013 from the ashes of the specialty label he helped launch with New Line and Warner Bros back in 2005.

Ironically the executive signed the new-look Picturehouse to an output deal with Amazon Studios’ rival Netflix.

Berney’s arrival will be a major coup for Amazon Studios. He famously orchestrated breakout campaigns for the likes of The Passion Of The Christ, Pan’s Labyrinth and My Big Fat Greek Wedding and served in senior roles at Newmarket Films, Film District, Apparition and IFC Films.

Cheng most recently served as Disney ABC Television Group evp and chief product officer of digital media. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Bob Berney Joins Amazon Studios as Head of Movie Distribution and Marketing; Albert Cheng Named COO

1 June 2015 6:56 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Bob Berney and Albert Cheng joined Amazon Studios Monday in key roles: Berney will head movie distribution and marketing, while Cheng hops aboard as chief operating officer. Berney, the now-former CEO of indie film marketing and distribution company Picturehouse, will be responsible for overseeing distribution and marketing for all Amazon Original Movies in his new role. The division, announced in January, is where Amazon Studios will produce and acquire original movies for theatrical release and early window distribution for Prime members. The new department chief was previously behind the marketing and distribution for “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “The Passion of the Christ »

- Tony Maglio

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Cinematography Legend Caleb Deschanel Gets AFI Alumni Medal

27 May 2015 11:16 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Master cinematographer and television director Caleb Deschanel will receive AFI's 25th Annual Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal, which has previously gone to the likes of Darren Aronofsky, Patty Jenkins, David Lynch, Wally Pfister and fellow Dp Janusz Kaminski. This honor recognizes the extraordinary creative talents of an AFI Conservatory alum who embodies the qualities of filmmaker Franklin Schaffner, the Oscar-winning director of 1970's "Patton." An AFI grad from the class of 1969, Deschanel is a five-time Oscar nominee for "The Passion of the Christ," "The Patriot," "Fly Away Home," "The Natural" and "The Right Stuff." AFI cinematography alumni have been nominated 17 times across the past 12 years — winning five times. Deschanel won the American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) Award for "The Patriot" and was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Asc in 2010. His directing credits »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Caleb Deschanel in AFI honour

27 May 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

American Film Institute top brass have chosen Caleb Deschanel to receive the 2015 Franklin J Schaffner Alumni Medal.

The honour recognises the creativity of an AFI Conservatory alumnus “who embodies the qualities of filmmaker Franklin Schaffner: talent, taste, dedication and commitment to quality filmmaking.” 

The presentation of the Schaffner Medal will take place as part of the AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to Steve Martin in Hollywood on June 4.

Deschanel’s credits include The Right Stuff, The Natural, Fly Away Home, The Patriot and The Passion Of The Christ

Previous recipients include Darren Aronofsky, Patty Jenkins, Janusz Kamiński, David Lynch and Wally Pfister

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- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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AFI to Honor Cinematograher Caleb Deschanel

27 May 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The American Film Institute has selected Caleb Deschanel to receive its Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal.

Deschanel is a 1969 alumnus of the AFI Conservatory. He’s been nominated for best cinematographer Oscars for “The Right Stuff,” “The Natural,” “Fly Away Home,” “The Patriot” and “The Passion of the Christ.”

Other film credits include “The Black Stallion,” “Escape Artist,” “Jack Reacher” and “Winter’s Tale.” TV credits include “Law & Order: Trial by Jury,” “Bones” and “Twin Peaks.”

The presentation of the Schaffner Medal will take place as part of the AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to Steve Martin on June 4. Past recipients of the medal include cinematographers Darren Aronofsky, Patty Jenkins, Janusz Kaminski, David Lynch and Wally Pfister.

Deschanel won the American Society of Cinematographers Award for “The Patriot” and was honored with the lifetime achievement award by the Asc in 2010. He was also in the first class of the AFI Conservatory, »

- Dave McNary

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Ashley Judd’s ‘Big Stone Gap’ Set for Oct. 9 Release

26 May 2015 12:01 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bob Berney’s Picturehouse has acquired all U.S. rights to Ashley Judd’s “Big Stone Gap” from Altar Identity Studios and will release the film nationwide on Oct. 9.

The film was written and directed by “Big Stone Gap” author Adriana Trigiani. Patrick Wilson, Whoopi Goldberg, John Benjamin Hickey, Jane Krakowski, Anthony Lapaglia and Jenna Elfman also star.

Big Stone Gap” was shot entirely on location in the coal-mining Virginia town of the same name, which is also Trigiani and Wilson’s hometown.

“We made not just a great movie, but a beautiful movie,” Goldberg said. “It looks lush.”

Shooting began in October 2013; Donna Gigliotti (“Shakespeare in Love”) produced with James Spies (“The Contender”). J.E. Craig and Jean Morrisey exec produced.

The first “Big Stone Gap” novel was published in 2001 followed by sequels “Big Cherry Holler,” “Milk Glass Moon” and “Home to Big Stone Gap.” The story centers on middle-aged »

- Dave McNary

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Top 20 Most Profitable Movies That Are Terrible

25 May 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Movies that make money don’t always do so because they’re good. Here’s our list of underwhelming movies that happened to overwhelm the box office.

While the box office is a good, general representation of the popularity of a film, it is not necessarily an indicator of quality. Yes, it is true that most of the highest grossing movies have also received favorable reviews from critics and audiences alike, that’s often what makes them a hit, but there are some exceptions. This is a list of those exceptions. This is a list of those movies that did spectacularly well at the box office, but ended up being an inferior product.

So why would so many people want to see a terrible film? Why would they waste their hard-earned money and fleeting free time? The answer is actually pretty simple. Many of these films share a lot of common traits. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Bates Suffers in Contrived, Overlong Drama About Christian Persecution of Jews

12 May 2015 7:17 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'The Fixer' movie with Alan Bates, Dirk Bogarde and Ian Holm (background) 'The Fixer' movie review: 1968 anti-Semitism drama wrecked by cast, direction, and writing In 1969, director John Frankenheimer declared that he felt "better about The Fixer than anything I've ever done in my life." Considering Frankenheimer's previous output – Seven Days in May, the much admired The Manchurian Candidate – it is hard to believe that the director was being anything but a good P.R. man for his latest release. Adapted from Bernard Malamud's National Book Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (itself based on the real story of Jewish brick-factory worker Menahem Mendel Beilis), The Fixer is an overlong, overblown, and overwrought contrivance that, albeit well meaning, carelessly misuses most of the talent involved while sadistically abusing the patience – and at times the intelligence – of its viewers. John Frankenheimer overindulges in 1960s kitsch John Frankenheimer »

- Andre Soares

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Alison Thompson, Mark Gooder launch Cornerstone Films

28 April 2015 12:37 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Film industry veterans Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder have unveiled their London and La-based company and strategic alliances with London’s Potboiler Films and Berlin-based X Filme.

Gail Egan and Andrea Calderwood’s Potboiler Films and X Filme run by Stefan Arndt and Uwe Schott will each channel up to two films a year for financing and sales into Cornerstone Films.

Thompson will hit the Croisette with the prestige drama Denial starring Hilary Swank and Tom Wilkinson.

As first reported on ScreenDaily, the film is based on Deborah E Lipstadt’s book History On Trial: My Day In Court With A Holocaust Denier about a courtroom clash with the notorious historian David Irving. David Hare has adapted the screenplay.

Thompson will fold her Sunray slate into the new venture, which includes Asif Kapadia’s Midnight selection Amy Winehouse documentary Amy and Vincent Perez’s Alone In Berlin starring Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl and [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Mark Gooder, Alison Thompson launch Cornerstone Films

28 April 2015 12:37 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The film industry veterans have unveiled their London and La-based company and strategic alliances with London’s Potboiler Films and Berlin-based X Filme.

Gail Egan and Andrea Calderwood’s Potboiler Films and X Filme run by Stefan Arndt and Uwe Schott will each channel up to two films a year for financing and sales into Cornerstone Films.

Thompson will hit the Croisette with the prestige drama Denial starring Hilary Swank and Tom Wilkinson.

As first reported on Screendaily, the film is based on Deborah E Lipstadt’s book History On Trial: My Day In Court With A Holocaust Denier about a courtroom clash with the notorious historian David Irving. David Hare has adapted the screenplay.

Thompson will fold her Sunray slate into the new venture, which includes Asif Kapadia’s Midnight selection Amy Winehouse documentary Amy and Vincent Perez’s Alone In Berlin starring Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl and Brendan Gleeson

Cornerstone will reveal »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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From Actor to "Action!", Exploring the Debuts of 19 Actors-Turned-Directors

21 April 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »

- Jordan Benesh

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Actors-turned-directors: The good, the bad and the unwatchable

11 April 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

This month Alan Rickman's A Little Chaos, Ryan Gosling's Lost River and Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner see these performers make the dizzying leap from actor to director. But in which of their colleagues' footsteps might they follow?

We take a look at six different categories of actor-turned-directors.

The career-changers

Too handsome to be a supporting actor, and lacking the gravitas of a major star, Ben Affleck looked to be heading towards Kilmer-ville before he released Gone Baby Gone, a dark Dennis Lehane thriller he co-wrote and directed, with brother Casey taking the lead. Follow-up The Town proved solid, but his next effort, Argo, was a surprise Best Picture winner. The fact Affleck didn't receive a Director nomination suggests he's not yet been forgiven for the likes of Gigli, but the forthcoming Lehane adaptation Live By Night should fix that.

As an actor, Clint Eastwood's flinty »

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Screen Composer John Debney’s ‘La Pasión Oratorio’

4 April 2015 6:55 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

John Debney’s “La Pasión Oratorio,” inspired by the composer’s Oscar-nominated score for The Passion of the Christ, was recently performed at the Mosque Cathedral of Córdoba, Spain – appropriately during Holy Week. The concert attended by 6,000 people was the first orchestral concert at the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba in more than 40 years. Conducted by Kevin Kaska, the performance featured the Córdoba Orchestra and Choir Ziryab along with performers from the film's… »

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‘A.D.’s Mark Burnett & Roma Downey On Besting ‘The Bible’, Season 2 And No Satan

3 April 2015 3:00 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The massive success History had with The Bible miniseries in 2013 was a road to Damascus moment in many ways for broadcasters and Hollywood studios. While Mel Gibson had hit big box office with The Passion Of The Christ in 2004, faith-based productions weren’t heavily explored by the industry until Mark Burnett and Roma Downey came along with their series, which was partially inspired by the married couple watching The Ten Commandments together. Despite skeptics and… »

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Jesus is Alive: The original superhero on film

3 April 2015 8:33 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Lee Brown looks at Jesus on film…

It’s Easter and while many of you will be tucking into your chocolate eggs there really is somebody you ought to thank for your edible wonders. The reason behind the season. The man who can. The reason behind your hot cross buns! Jesus.

Before DC and Marvel entered the world of the superhero the Bible got there first. Over 2000 years ago in fact. To the Christian Jesus Christ entered the world to battle against evil, to save our souls from eternal damnation, and perform the ultimate sacrifice. His life for ours! And as is the norm in comic books these days Jesus may have died but He also came back to life, His resurrection power. Astounding! Not His only super power of course. He also came with the power to heal, cast out demons, and even turn water into wine. Genius!

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- Gary Collinson

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Exclusive: Preview Oscar-Nominee John Debney's Score For The James Cameron Approved 'Broken Horses'

2 April 2015 2:13 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It's not often that a movie from India gets praise from the likes of James Cameron and Alfonso Cuarón, but "Broken Horses" has seen both directors put their promotional weight behind the unique picture. Today we have an exclusive preview of the score by Oscar-nominee John Debney ("The Passion Of The Christ"). Written, produced, and directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, and starring Vincent D'Onofrio, Anton Yelchin, Chris Marquette, Maria Velverde, Sean Patrick Flanery, and Thomas Jane, the film promises an intriguing blend of genre elements. Here's the official synopsis: Set in the shadows of the Us-Mexico border gang wars, Broken Horses is an epic thriller about the bonds of brotherhood, the laws of loyalty and the futility of violence.  Debney's orchestral work seems to follow the peaks and valleys of the story, while also capturing the distinct flavor of the modern setting and the musical influences found »

- Edward Davis

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