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The Ten Best Action Movies of the New Millennium

12 May 2015 10:33 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Who doesn’t love a good action movie? They’re among the most fun that Hollywood has to offer, particularly when they’re of a high quality. Later on this week, a reportedly amazing new one in Mad Max: Fury Road is hitting theaters, so to prep us all for that experience (I see it later on today, so yay for that), I wanted to do a countdown of the recent best that the genre has to offer. Essentially, every action flick since 2000 was eligible, and I whittled that down to a top ten list. It’s hardly the definitely “new millennium action movie” list, but I think it’s a pretty solid one, to say the least. You’ll be able to see the list below, which could very well be amended once Mad Max: Fury Road comes to town… Here now are my picks for the ten best »

- Joey Magidson

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San Sebastian to offer Japanese indie cinema focus

7 May 2015 6:02 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Retrospective will focus on Japanese independent cinema from the past 15 years and includes Cannes favourite Naomi Kawase.

The San Sebastian Film Festival is to programme a retrospective for its 63rd edition (Sept 18-26) titles New Japanese independent cinema 2000-2015.

Among the titles making up the retrospective from known directors are:

H Story (2001) by Nobuhiro Suwa;A Snake of June (Rokugatsu no hebi, 2002) by Shin’ya Tsukamoto;Bright Future (Akarui mirai, 2003) by Kiyoshi Kurosawa;Vibrator (2003) by Ryuichi Hiroki;Bashing (2005) by Masahiro Kobayashi;Birth/Mother (Tarachime, 2006) by Naomi Kawase;Love Exposure (Ai no mukidashi, 2008) by Shion Sono.

The works of several new talents to have made their debut since 2000 include:

Hole in the Sky (Sora no ana, 2001) by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri,Border Line (2002) by Sang-il Lee,No One’s Ark (Baka no hakobune, 2003) by Nobuhiro Yamashita, The Soup, One Morning (Aru asa, soup wa, 2005) by Izumi Takahashi,Fourteen (Ju-yon-sai, 2007) by Hiromasa Hirosue,Sex Is Not Laughing Matter (Hito no sekkuso »

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“Skull Island: Reign of Kong” Opening Summer 2016 At Universal Orlando

6 May 2015 3:42 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

King Kong will rule at Universal Orlando Resort next year in the groundbreaking attraction, “Skull Island: Reign of Kong.”

The new attraction will open in the summer of 2016 at Universal’s Islands of Adventure – and will be an intense, all-new adventure brought to life in a dramatically themed environment. Skull Island: Reign of Kong will pull guests into a powerfully told story where they become part of the next generation of the Kong legend.

It begins as guests are transported deep into a wild and mysterious world, where their mission is to discover creatures of unknown origin – but where they are soon fighting for their own survival. Their journey will take them through an ancient temple inhabited by hostile natives, a perilous jungle ruled by prehistoric creatures, a foreboding underworld of caves concealing unspeakable terrors – and face-to-face with the colossal Kong himself.

Universal Creative is working closely with Peter Jackson, »

- Melissa Thompson

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First Look at 'Kong: Skull Island' Universal Orlando Ride

6 May 2015 11:06 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

King Kong will rule at Universal Orlando Resort next year in the groundbreaking attraction, Skull Island: Reign of Kong. The new attraction will open in the summer of 2016 at Universal's Islands of Adventure - and will be an intense, all-new adventure brought to life in a dramatically themed environment. Skull Island: Reign of Kong will pull guests into a powerfully told story where they become part of the next generation of the Kong legend.

It begins as guests are transported deep into a wild and mysterious world, where their mission is to discover creatures of unknown origin - but where they are soon fighting for their own survival. Their journey will take them through an ancient temple inhabited by hostile natives, a perilous jungle ruled by prehistoric creatures, a foreboding underworld of caves concealing unspeakable terrors - and face-to-face with the colossal Kong himself.

Universal Creative is working closely with Peter Jackson, »

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Daily | Festival News | Iffr, BAMcinemaFest

6 May 2015 7:12 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Bero Beyer will be the new General and Artistic Director of the International Film Festival Rotterdam. More festival news: This year's his year’s San Sebastian Film Festival will be celebrating the work of King Kong makers Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack. James Ponsoldt's The End of the Tour with Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg is part of the BAMcinemaFest 2015 lineup. Rooftop Films will be screening Sean Baker's Tangerine this summer. Locarno's announced the twelve finalists for its co-production lab, Open Doors. More lineups: Los Angeles and Sydney. » - David Hudson »

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Every Best Picture Oscar Winner, Ranked From Worst to Best

6 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."

The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »

- Gary Susman

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Week in Review: Rip ‘Lotr’ cinematographer Andrew Lesnie

1 May 2015 9:25 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

This week saw a number of sad losses in the entertainment industry. The singers of both “Louie Louie” and “Stand by Me” passed away this week, as well as Oscar-nominated screenwriter Don Mankiewicz, who was nominated for I Want to Live! Mankiewicz was the son of Herman J. Mankiewicz (Citizen Kane) and the nephew of Joseph L. Mankiewicz (All About Eve), and the father of John Mankiewicz (House of Cards). He was 93.

But perhaps most shocking was the loss of cinematographer Andrew Lesnie, who died suddenly this week at just 59 years old. Lesnie won an Oscar for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, and he subsequently filmed all five of the remaining Lotr films and Peter Jackson’s King Kong and The Lovely Bones. Some of his more interesting credits are his work on Babe and Babe: Pig in the City. Lesnie’s last film however »

- Brian Welk

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Name Composers Not Above Getting the Boot

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

There was a brief stir in January when composer Harry Gregson-Williams publicly expressed, via Facebook, his surprise at hearing music he didn’t recognize at the premiere of Michael Mann’s thriller “Blackhat” — and at not hearing a lot of score he did write.

The composer says his Facebook post has been blown out of proportion, but admits it was disappointing to see music he toiled over dropped (or replaced) in the final cut. But, he stresses, that’s just part of the game.

“You win some, you lose some,” he says, relaying his early mentor Hans Zimmer’s comment that you haven’t made it as a film composer until you’ve had a score rejected.

Gregson-Williams is simply the latest in a long line of composers who’ve watched scores tossed out and replaced whole-cloth, partially substituted by pre-existing tracks, or mangled beyond recognition. Mann is notorious for »

- Tim Greiving

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Remember 'Lord of the Rings' Cinematographer Andrew Lesnie With Five of His Best Shots

29 April 2015 | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

When Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy concluded last year, one thing above all that could be said for the three movies is they're absolutely gorgeous. That was a consistent exemption applied to Jackson's work over the past decade, actually. Whatever you think overall of King KongThe Lovely Bones or that second Tolkien set, you have to admit they all feature extraordinary visuals. We have Australian cinematographer Andrew Lesnie to thank for those prevailing images, the specific likes of which we will sadly never see again. Yesterday, Lesnie died suddenly of a heart attack. While best known for his collaborations with Jackson, particularly his Oscar-winning work on The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the...

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Oscar-Winning 'Lord of the Rings' Cinematographer Andrew Lesnie Dies at 59

28 April 2015 12:18 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Academy Award-winning cinematographer Andrew Lesnie has died at the age of 59. Leslie was the cinematographer for Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, for which he won his first and only Oscar in 2002. He afterwards continued to shoot for Jackson, lensing "King Kong," The Lovely Bones" and "The Hobbit" trilogy. "Andrew Lesnie and Peter Jackson would giggle behind the camera together like the most mischievous pair of movie masters that I've seen," said film critic Harry Knowles, who visited the set of "The Lord of the Rings." Jackson's New Zealand production house, Weta Digital, posted their condolences on Facebook: "Our memories of Andrew will always be of a wonderful and caring person who looked out for the technicians around him, was keen to have a good laugh and keep everyone jollied along, even when things were at the most stressful for everyone." Ron Johanson, president of the Cinematographers Society in. »

- Casey Cipriani

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Oscar-Winning 'Lord of the Rings' Cinematographer, Andrew Lesnie, Dies at 59

28 April 2015 9:44 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

If the name Andrew Lesnie doesn't ring a bell, his work will. He's the Academy Award-winning cinematographer behind all six Lord of the Rings films, as well as Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones and King Kong remake. He also served as the D.P. on I Am Legend and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and unfortunately he passed away Monday following a serious heart attack. He was 59. As announced by Australian Cinematographers Society, Lesnie's death comes after the cinematographer suffered from a heart condition for over the last six months. In addition to their announced plans to celebrate Lesnie's work during their 2015 Acs National Awards for Cinematography in Hobart this weekend, they had the following to say: Words cannot express the absolute feeling of loss, particularly for his immediate family. Andrew gave us many personal cinema moments, moments that will live with us forever, and yet he »

- Will Ashton

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'Lord of the Rings' cinematographer Andrew Lesnie dies aged 59

28 April 2015 9:21 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Oscar-winner, who worked with Peter Jackson on the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, most recently collaborated with Russell Crowe on The Water Diviner.

The unexpected death of Australian cinematographer Andrew Lesnie has sparked an outpouring of touching sentiment about his skills behind the camera, his huge contribution to his own and New Zealand cinema and also, from those who knew him, his decency and goodwill.

“After 17 years and eight movies together, the loss of Andrew is very hard to bear,” said Peter Jackson in a Facebook post this evening. He described him as “one of the great cinematographers of our time” and “an irreplaceable part of my family” who “always had my back”.

Jackson sought him out for the fantasy/adventure The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring because of the quality of his work on the Australian fairytale Babe. The New Zealand-based collaboration earned Lesnie the 2002 Academy Award for his cinematography »

- Sandy.George@me.com (Sandy George)

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'Lord of the Rings' Cinematographer Andrew Lesnie Has Died at Age 59

28 April 2015 7:41 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Sad news to report. Academy Award winning cinematographer Andrew Lesnie passed away suddenly, and has died at the age of 59. Born in Sydney, Australia, Lesnie went on to work closely with Peter Jackson as his Director of Photography on the three Lord of the Rings movies. He also went on to work on King Kong and The Hobbit trilogy, as well as I Am Legend, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Last Airbender and Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner most recently. He won the Oscar for Return of the King back in 2002. Lesnie was a beloved member of this industry, with many speaking out about him through social media (including even Ian McKellen as seen below). Details are not yet available about his death; he was only 59 years old. Here's a few of the tweets collected from Ian McKellen, Russell Crowe, James Wan + Eric Vespe on Lesnie: »

- Alex Billington

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‘Lord Of The Rings’ Cinematographer Andrew Lesnie Has Died

28 April 2015 5:59 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Andrew Lesnie, the Academy Award winning cinematographer of Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit movies, has died at the age of 59.

A spokesman from the Australian Cinematographers Society said “We have been advised of the sudden death of Andrew.” They added that his family would make an official statement at a later time.

Lesnie also shot Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, I Am Legend, King Kong, and more recently Russell Crowe’s directorial debut, The Water Diviner. It was to be his last credit.

Crowe reacted to the news on Twitter earlier.

Devastating news from home. The master of the light, genius Andrew Lesnie has passed on .

Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) April 28, 2015

Lesnie was a veteran of 40 years in the film business, and also worked with Mad Max helmer George Miller on Mad Max 2: Road Warrior, Babe and Babe: Pig In The City. »

- Paul Heath

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Lord of the Rings cinematographer Andrew Lesnie has died, aged 59

28 April 2015 1:39 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Lord of the Rings cinematographer Andrew Lesnie has tragically passed away at the age of 59.

The Oscar winner died suddenly from a heart attack on Monday (April 27), according to a statement from the Australian Cinematographers Society.

Lesnie worked closely with Peter Jackson to bring Middle-earth to life across both the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. He won an Academy Award in 2002 for his work on The Fellowship of the Ring.

Lesnie also shot Jackson's The Lovely Bones and King Kong, along with blockbusters I Am Legend and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

His final film was Russell Crowe's directorial debut The Water Diviner. Crowe took to Twitter after news of Lesnie's passing broke to pay tribute to "the master of light".

Devastating news from home. The master of the light, genius Andrew Lesnie has passed on .

Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) April 28, 2015

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Oscar-Winning ‘Lord of the Rings’ Cinematographer Andrew Lesnie Dies at 59

28 April 2015 12:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cinematographer Andrew Lesnie, whose career spanned nearly 40 years and included all of “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” films, died of a heart attack on Monday. He was 59.

In addition to working with director Peter Jackson on J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy series, Lesnie was responsible for several blockbusters such as “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and Will Smith’s “I Am Legend.”

In 2002, he won his first and only Oscar for lensing the original “Lord of the Rings” pic, “The Fellowship of the Ring.”

“I wouldn’t recommend that anyone do a trilogy,” he joked at the time.

After the “Lord of the Ring” franchise, Lesnie continued to work behind the camera for Jackson on “King Kong,” 2009’s “The Lovely Bones” and most recently, “The Hobbit” trilogy.

Jackson has yet to release an official statement on Lesnie’s passing, but the staff at his production house in New Zealand, »

- Variety Staff

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Vale Andrew Lesnie

28 April 2015 12:05 AM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The Australian Cinematographers Society will dedicate its annual awards to be handed out in Hobart on Saturday to one of its most esteemed members, Andrew Lesnie, who died on Monday.

Acs president Ron Johanson spoke for many when he told If today, .Andrew was one of our greatest cinematographers. It.s a huge loss. He leaves such a void..

Lesnie, who was 59, had been suffering from heart problems.. He won an Oscar for Best Cinematography in 2002 for Peter Jackson.s Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring and a BAFTA award in 2004 for Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.

He shot The Hobbit trilogy and Jackson's King Kong and The Lovely Bones, a collaboration which spanned eight movies and 17 years.

On his Facebook page Jackson wrote, "Andrew created unforgettable, beautiful images on screen, and he did this time and again, because he only ever served what he »

- Don Groves

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Andrew Lesnie, Cinematographer for 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'Hobbit' Films, Dies at 59

27 April 2015 10:01 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Andrew Lesnie, the Oscar-winning cinematographer who spent more than a decade collaborating with director Peter Jackson on the six Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films, has died. He was 59. The Sydney native, who also worked with New Zealander Jackson on the remake of King Kong (2005) and The Lovely Bones (2009), suffered a heart attack Monday. Said a spokesman from the Australian Cinematographers Society: “We have been advised of the sudden death of Andrew,” adding that his family would provide an official statement later. Known for balancing technology with artistic considerations, Lesnie also shot Rise of

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Oscar-winning 'Lord of the Rings' cinematographer Andrew Lesnie has died

27 April 2015 9:57 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Andrew Lesnie, the Oscar-winning cinematographer of the "Lord of the Rings" and "Hobbit" franchises, has reportedly died of a heart attack. He was 59. Initial reports surfaced late Monday night on Twitter and Ain't It Cool News' Eric Vespe confirmed the reports soon after. Lesnie's family is expected to make an official statement at a later time. Devastating news from home. The master of the light, genius Andrew Lesnie has passed on . — Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) April 28, 2015 Lesnie received his Academy Award for "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" in 2002, a towering achievement that represented a visionary new direction for epic filmmaking, courtesy of director Peter Jackson. He was then inexplicably passed over for nominations for "The Two Towers" and particularly the 11-Oscar sweeper "The Return of the King," each of them no less stunning (and indeed, part of an organic whole). Lesnie was behind the camera on »

- Kristopher Tapley

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R.I.P. Andrew Lesnie

27 April 2015 9:07 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Beloved cinematographer Andrew Lesnie has died suddenly from a suspected heart attack at age 59.

Just as much as Peter Jackson, Lesnie was the man responsible for the look of "the Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" films, having worked as director of photography on all six movies in the two trilogies.

Leslie served as Dp on over forty films and series including "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," 2005's "King Kong," "I Am Legend," "The Lovely Bones," both "Babe" films, "The Last Airbender," "The Delinquents," "Spider & Rode," "Two if by Sea," "Doing Time for Patsy Cline," "Bran Nue Dae".

His most recent and now final film was Russell Crowe's "The Water Diviner" which is currently in cinemas in the United States.

Source: ABC Online »

- Garth Franklin

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