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Cinematography is perhaps the most revered of cinematic art forms. The reason for this is simple – our films would literally not exist without the camera. From crafting mood and atmosphere to wowing us with the sheer ability to have “pulled off” a shot, cinematographers (also known as directors of photography or “D.P.s”) are the amazing talents responsible for realizing a director’s vision through command of the camera. And after the director, D.P.s are arguably the most important person on a film’s set. The cinematographers’ branch in the Academy is a group that loves epic luscious landscapes and war films. The branch is also relatively keen on foreign-language titles. And there is usually – though by no means always – significant overlap between the Cinematography race and the Best Picture race. (An unfortunate bizarre fact – this is the only Oscar category outside of Best Actor and Best »
- Gerard Kennedy
'Million Dollar Baby' movie with Hilary Swank and Clint Eastwood. 'Million Dollar Baby' movie: Clint Eastwood contrived, overlong drama made (barely) watchable by first-rate central performance Fresh off the enthusiastically received – and insincere – Mystic River, Clint Eastwood went on to tackle the ups and downs of the boxing world in the 2004 melo Million Dollar Baby. Despite the cheery title, this is not the usual Rocky-esque rags-to-riches story of the determined underdog who inevitably becomes a super-topdog once she (in this case it's a “she”) puts on her gloves, jumps into the boxing ring, and starts using other women as punching bags. That's because about two-thirds into the film, Million Dollar Baby takes a radical turn toward tragedy that is as unexpected as everything else on screen is painfully predictable. In fact, once the dust is settled, even that last third quickly derails into the same sentimental mush Eastwood and »
- Andre Soares
Five-time Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio will be honored by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, it was announced Thursday. The actor, who could be in the thick of the Oscar conversation later this year for his largely silent performance in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “The Revenant,” will receive the organization’s “Actors Inspiration Award” at a Nov. 5 event in Los Angeles.
The honor is meant to highlight his career achievements on the screen (he has eight SAG nominations to go along with his five Oscar nods), but also recognizes his philanthropic work as chairman of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, aimed at protecting biodiversity and conserving the world’s oceans and forests and bringing an end to climate change.
“It is an honor to be recognized by the SAG Foundation, a group which does so much to support, sustain, and educate my fellow actors and give back to the entertainment industry, as »
- Kristopher Tapley
“I can’t drive, I’m a goose.”
Sir Kenneth Branagh’s live action adaptation of Cinderella for Disney Studios may not add anything new to the beloved tale, but with an excellent cast and an elegant sense of style, it made for a magical and quite charming version of the story that all ages could enjoy.
When Melissa Howland reviewed Cinderella here at We Are Movie Geeks, she wrote: “Stunning costumes, sets, and CGI make for an enchanting journey onscreen. Every character had a specific set of colors that they were identified with that allowed them to stand out in their own right. Rather than going with the traditional castle, they built an entire kingdom, which was a bold but rewarding choice” Read all of Melissa’s review Here
Now Cinderella has been released on Blu-ray from Disney and We Are Movie Geeks has had a peek.
- Tom Stockman
At 72 years old, legendary director Martin Scorsese is still churning out hits, with his last film, The Wolf of Wall Street, earning over $392 million worldwide and earning five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. The filmmaker recently wrapped production on his next film, Silence, starring Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Ken Watanabe, which hits theaters next year. Fans can see him in front of the camera in the new thriller Campus Code, which is currently available through Digital HD and VOD platforms such as Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vimeo, Vudu, and Xfinity as well as On Demand with Charter, DirecTV, Verizon and Vubiquity. Today we have an exclusive clip that helps set up this unique plot, while showcasing Martin Scorsese's cameo.
After Ari (Jesse McCartney) falls from a 13-story building and walks away without a scratch, a group of students begin to sense something is amiss on their college campus. »
Robert Redford is Dan Rather. Cate Blanchett is "60 Minutes II" producer Mary Mapes, who lost her job when the authenticity about a story concerning George W. Bush's alleged draft-dodging came into question. The movie is "Truth." It's got gritty "All the President's Men"-type journo intrigue all over it, so raise a glass of scotch to the ghost of Jason Robards and enjoy the new trailer. And hey, Elisabeth Moss and Topher Grace are here too! Rather, who lost the job he had with CBS News since 1962 thanks to the fallout, gave his full endorsement of "Truth" after seeing it premiere in Toronto. But here's today's essay question: Is this Cate Blanchett's best American accent? I was, frankly, awed by the voice coming out of her mouth. This seems like a pretty obvious Joan Allen role, no? It doesn't even sound like Cate to me. Then again most »
- Louis Virtel
Lucille Ball: The glamour look. Cate Blanchett to play Lucille Ball: Actress won Oscar for incarnating Ball's fellow Rko contract player Katharine Hepburn Two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett is reportedly slated to star in a biopic of former Rko and MGM actress and big-time television comedienne Lucille Ball. Aaron Sorkin, Oscar winner for David Fincher's The Social Network, will be responsible for the screenplay. According to Entertainment Weekly, the Lucille Ball film biopic will focus on Ball's two-decade marriage to her I Love Lucy costar Desi Arnaz. In 1960, the couple had an acrimonious divorce that supposedly “shocked” clueless fans unable to tell the difference between TV reality and real-life reality. Their children, Desi Arnaz Jr. and Lucie Arnaz, had modest acting careers in film and on TV in the '70s and '80s. As per the EW.com report, they're both producing the planned Lucille Ball biopic. »
- Zac Gille
Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett is teaming up with Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin on an Untitled Lucille Ball Biopic for the Sony-based production company Escape Artists. The biopic will be made with the support of the iconic actress' family, with her children Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr. set to produce, according to The Wrap. The project does not have a director attached at this time.
The story will follow Lucille Ball's 20-year marriage to her I Love Lucy co-star Desi Arnaz, which spanned from 1940 to 1960. After their divorce, Lucille Ball married actor/comedian Gary Morton in 1961, a marriage that lasted up until her death in 1989 at the age of 77. No specific plot details were given for the biopic, but it will most likely cover the inception of I Love Lucy, which ran for six seasons between 1951 and 1957. The series is still considered to be one of the most groundbreaking television shows to this day. »
According to The Wrap, Cate Blanchett will play Hollywood comedy legend Lucille Ball in a new biopic to be produced by Ball's children Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr. What's more, the screenplay is being written by Emmy and Oscar champ Aaron Sorkin. The film will chronicle Ball's 20-year-marriage to her "I Love Lucy" co-star Desi Arnaz. -Break- Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara simmer in 'Carol' trailer Lucille Ball never won an Oscar – she wasn't even nominated – but she was nevertheless one of the most beloved stars of the 20th century, winning four Emmys as well as the TV academy's Governors Award in 1989. The chameleon Blanchett won her first Oscar playing another Hollywood icon, Katharine Hepburn in "The Aviator" (2004). She won another Oscar for playing the fictional title role in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" (2013). The Australian actress has been nominated six times, a »
Aaron Sorkin will write the script, which will center on Ball’s 20-year marriage to Desi Arnaz. She eloped with the Cuban bandleader in 1940 and the two created the massively successful sitcom “I Love Lucy” in 1951. She won four Emmys for the role.
Ball also gave birth to her daughter in 1951 and to her son in 1953. Ball and Arnaz divorced in 1960. Ball began running Desilu Productions in 1962. She died in 1989.
Blanchett has won Academy Awards for “The Aviator” and “Blue Jasmine.” She’s starring in Todd Haynes’ romance “Carol,” which premiered at Cannes, and will be seen with Robert Redford in the Dan Rather drama “Truth, »
- Dave McNary
The Wrap exclusively reported today that the film centered on Ball’s 20-year marriage to her I Love Lucy co-star and cohort Desi Arnaz. The two were married between 1940 and 1960, which included the entire six-season run of I Love Lucy during 1951 through 1957.
The untitled project will be produced by Lucy Arnaz Jr. and Desi Arnaz Jr. No additional casting details regarding Arnaz or an attached director have yet been revealed.
Blanchett has had her share of biopics before, including Katherine Hepburn in The Aviator, Bob Dylan in I’m Not There, and Queen Elizabeth I in her two Elizabeth films, but she’s rarely dipped her toes into comedic waters. Next she’s set to appear in the Oscar-ready Carol from Todd Haynes and »
- Brian Welk
With two Oscars for "The Aviator" and "Blue Jasmine" on her shelf, Cate Blanchett is lining up one awards season worthy role after another. She's already coming on strong with "Carol" and "Truth," and another plum gig has just been announced. The Wrap reports that Blachett will play Lucille Ball in a biopic penned by Aaron Sorkin. Wow! The movie will chronicle the TV star's rocky marriage to onscreen partner Desi Arnaz. It was a relationship made more complicated by the added strain of running the production company Desilu together as well. Read More: Todd Haynes' 'Carol' Starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara It's hard to argue the potential of this project. Sorkin already knows his way around true stories ("The Social Network," "Moneyball," "Steve Jobs") and Blanchett is one of the best actresses around bar none (and she's played celebrity royalty before, taking the role of Katherine Hepburn in the. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Dr. Jekyll will be added to the ranks of classic literary characters depicted on Showtime's Penny Dreadful. The upcoming third season will also feature a treat for Patti LuPone fans, as the actress will return to the show as a series regular in the new role of Dr. Seward. Several guest stars have also been announced for the third season that is now filming and will premiere on Showtime next year.
Press Release: Los Angeles, CA – September 1, 2015 – Production on the third season of the critically acclaimed hit Showtime drama series Penny Dreadful is currently under way, and a wealth of new and returning stars is headed to the set in Dublin, Ireland. Tony® Award-winning star Patti LuPone (American Horror Story), who guest starred last season as the Cut-Wife, returns as a series regular in the new role of Dr. Seward, an American therapist who treats Vanessa (Eva Green) with an unconventional new approach. »
- Derek Anderson
'The Audition' poster with Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. Martin Scorsese short 'The Audition' pulled from Venice Film Festival No major international film festival is worth its mainstream U.S. media salt unless there's at least one screening featuring the latest work of a major Hollywood name. The Venice Film Festival is surely no exception, especially as it's the year's final internationally renowned European movie fest, held shortly before the fall – i.e., awards – movie season begins. Well, one work by a top Hollywood name will no longer be available at Venice: The Audition, a short film directed by and featuring veteran Martin Scorsese, has been pulled out. "We have just been informed by the production that due to unexpected technical problems the film could not be here in time," festival organizers said in a statement earlier today, Sat., Aug. 29, '15. According to The Hollywood Reporter, »
- Anna Robinson
The comeback of motion picture film will literally get its biggest boost yet with the Ultra Panavision 70 release of celluloid defender Quentin Tarantino's post-Civil War Western "The Hateful Eight." Shot on 65mm film with classic Panavision lenses in the widest aspect ratio of 2.76:1, this marks the first anamorphic 70mm theatrical release in nearly 50 years. The two-week roadshow engagement in 50 theaters (with the Cinerama Dome in contention for La, of course) will be the best holiday gift for cinephiles. "The Hateful Eight" will also pit three-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Robert Richardson ("Hugo," "The Aviator," "JFK") in a shoot-out with Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki, who's going for a third Oscar in a row for his own frozen wilderness adventure, "The Revenant," from "Birdman" director Alejandro G. Iñárritu. (Both films are racing to the editorial finish line for a Christmas Day »
- Bill Desowitz
Disney is bringing their live-action Cinderella movie to blu-ray on September 15th, and today they've revealed more information on the special features coming with it, including 12 minutes of extra footage and an alternate opening. Come inside to learn more!
If you've been eager to watch the live-action Cinderella film (a really solid adaptation of the story by the way), you're wait is nearly over. The film is set to hit store shelves on September 15th, and will be coming with a slew of bonus features for you to enjoy:
· A Fairy Tale Comes to Life Filmmakers and cast reflect on Cinderella’s enduring power, and the joys and challenges of bringing this iconic tale to life.
· Staging The Ball
· You’re invited behind the scenes for the »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
British costume designer Sandy Powell has been nominated for 10 Academy Awards -- winning on 3 occasions (for "Shakespeare in Love," "The Aviator" and "The Young Victoria"). And it seems like a near certainty she'll be extending that count in some way or another this year. Powell designed the costumes for both "Cinderella" and "Carol," in both occasions dressing Cate Blanchett in endlessly stunning ensembles. Will it be enough for Oscar #4? That all depends on what voters think of the work of Paco Delgado ("The Danish Girl"), Odile Dicks-Mireau ("Brooklyn"), Jacqueline Durran ("MacBeth" and "Pan") and Courtney Hoffman ("The Hateful Eight"), among others. Some trivia though: If Powell were to win, she'd have the third most Costume Design Oscars in history, behind Irene Sharaff (who has 5 from 15 nominations) and the legend Edith Head (who has 8 from a stunning 35 nominations). Best »
- Peter Knegt
The Devil in the White City: Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese will reunite to make The Devil in the White City. Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) will write the screenplay, based on the acclaimed book by Erik Larson about a notorious serial killer in 18th century Chicago. The actor and the director previousy teamed on Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island, and The Wolf of Wall Street (above). [Deadline] Baywatch: Zac Efron (above in Neighbors) is in negotiations to star opposite Dwayne Johnson in Baywatch. Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) will direct the big-screen adaptation of the 1990s television series. Johnson will play a "by-the-book and very serious" Southern California lifeguard, while Efron would portray "a young...
- Peter Martin
Showtime has picked up the adaptation of Patti Smith's best-selling memoir Just Kids as a limited series. Smith has been working on a script with Oscar-nominated screenwriter John Logan (of Gladiator and The Aviator fame) for the past four years, about her relationship with the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in New York City throughout the '60s and '70s. “The medium of a television limited series offers narrative freedom and a chance to expand upon the themes of the book," said Smith, who is also co-producing the series. While there haven't been any casting announcements, she has said that she wants Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson — or perhaps a couple of unknowns. "We were 20. We were unknowns, and I think it should be unknowns," she said. In other non–Twin Peaks–related news, Showtime has renewed Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex for 12-episode fourth seasons. The network also »
- E. Alex Jung
In other news the grass continues to be green while the sky is still blue. But seriously, I can’t think of a bad movie they made together so of course I’m excited for The Devil in the White City. This would be the 6th collaboration between the two after Gangs of New York (2002), The Aviator […]
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