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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
The German, Austrian-born actor has garnered global attention for his Oscar-winning roles in Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained, and will soon command the big screen again when he stars in November’s release of Spectre as Franz Oberhauser opposite Daniel Craig as James Bond. But beyond his recognition as the bad guy in an array of films (including Water for Elephants), The Hollywood Reporter looks at five facts you probably didn't know about Waltz. See more Daniel Craig and Christoph Waltz Spar in Final 'Spectre' Trailer
- Natalie Stone
Three of Quentin Tarantino's films have been nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars ("Pulp Fiction" in 1994, "Inglourious Basterds" in 2009 and "Django Unchained" in 2012), but he's never won. Now will his new western "The Hateful Eight" finally bring him Oscar glory? -Break- Quentin Tarantino poll: What's his greatest film of all time? "The Hateful Eight" currently ranks fifth to win Best Picture (12/1 odds) in Gold Derby's exclusive Oscar predictions that combine the forecasts of top Hollywood journalists (Experts), our website staff (Editors), the two dozen folks who do the best predicting last year's Oscar nominations (Top 24 Users) and hundreds of everyday contest entrants like you (Users). First place on our Best Picture chart is "Spotlight" (13/2 odds), Thomas McCarthy's expose of the Catholic priests' sex scandal in Boston. The film features an a...' »
German-Austrian actor Waltz told industry during a Zurich Summit talk that the “fantasy” of a Hollywood film career had “evaporated” long before he met Quentin Tarantino.
The actor, who had a prolific theatre and TV career in Germany-speaking Europe had not made a film in three years prior to 2009 hit Inglourious Basterds and had not made an English-language film in five years.
“When it did happen, it was really out of leftfield,” said the actor, who spoke of his previous disappointments when auditioning for Us productions.
“I went to a few castings on Us films in my career and it was very frustrating because you could smell it was about the production looking for soft-money in Europe,” said the actor.
“So when my agent called saying Tarantino wants you to audition, I said ‘No »
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A few thoughts on the end of "Masters of Sex" season 3 coming up just as soon as the Little Brown man is back... I had to take a break from reviewing this season's episodes when I went to La for press tour, fully intending to pick back up with it a few weeks down the road. Sometimes, when I pause regular coverage, all I feel is frustration at not having an outlet to write about each episode of a show. At other times, though, it can be a relief, and I discovered that I not only didn't miss reviewing the show weekly, but was relieved that I no longer had to rush to watch the next episode. When we got up to Virginia trying to jump start a gorilla's libido, I just stopped watching altogether, having lost interest in just about every corner of the series, despite the continued great performances from Sheen, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Inaugural prize awarded as part of the Zurich Film Festival.
The prize, set up by the Association for the Promotion of Film in Switzerland to support promising films, was open to Swiss filmmakers whose projects are currently in the late production or post-production phase.
Steiner’s project, Und Morgen Seid ihr Tot, received Chf 75,000 ($77,000) and Jan Gassmann’s project, Europe, She Loves, received Chf 25’000 ($26,000).
The two winners were chosen from a total of four nominated projects.
The presentation took place at Iwc gala dinner For the Love of Cinema, held as part of the 11th Zurich Film Festival, to which the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer had invited VIP guests from the worlds of film, media, politics and commerce.
Waltz, who headed the jury, said: “I am proud »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
I met up with the director of Germany's Oscar submission, Labyrinth Of Lies (Im Labyrinth Des Schweigens), Giulio Ricciarelli, at the Loews Regency Hotel on Park Avenue, where I previously engaged Jane Pollard and Iain Forsyth on working with Nick Cave, plus Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and Wim Wenders on The Salt Of The Earth earlier this year. Chet Baker's music was playing in the lobby, reminding me of Bruce Weber's Let's Get Lost, upon entering the labyrinth to discuss Ricciarelli's impressive debut feature. It stars Alexander Fehling of Inglourious Basterds fame, with Johannes Krisch (Finsterworld, Revanche), André Szymanski, Friederike Becht, Johann von Bülow and Mathis Reinhardt, and is dedicated to the late great stage actor, Gert Voss, who is spectacular as the unsung real-life hero State Attorney General Fritz Bauer.
Alexander Fehling as Johann Radmann
- Anne-Katrin Titze
How did this sneak by? It's a combo escapist spy story, engrossing soap opera, and historically accurate Cold War flashback to the time of Duran Duran and Blondie, produced in Germany with a great cast of young and/or unfamiliar actors. Sure, the expected unlikelihoods are there, but so is an essential authenticity. Great fun! Deutschland 83 DVD (Season 1) Kino Lorber 2015 / Color / 1:78 enhanced widescreen / 336 min. / Street Date September 29, 2015 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Jonas Nay, Maria Schrader, Sonja Gerhardt, Ulrich Noethen, Ludwig Trepte, Sylvester Groth, Alexander Beyer, Nikola Kastner, Errol Trotman Harewood, Godehard Giese. Cinematography Philipp Haberlandt, Frank Küpper Music Reinhold Heil Written by Anna Winger Produced by Joerg Winger, Nico Hoffman, Henriette Lippold Small>Directed by Edward Berger, Samira Radsi
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
This is something extraordinary, an exciting TV serial about the misadventures of an East German spy during the Cold War's '80s high point, »
- Glenn Erickson
War Pigs, 2015.
Directed by Ryan Little.
A misfit army unit go behind enemy lines to confirm the existence of a Nazi super weapon during WWII.
Remember when the first trailers for Inglourious Basterds came out and it made the film out to be a Nazi-hunting bloodbath with little substance other than violence? Wasn’t quite what we got, was it? Ryan Little’s War Pigs (unfortunately 300: Rise of an Empire beat this film to the Black Sabbath song of the same name) comes along with a similar promise and, to an extent, delivers in as much as we get to see an army unit going behind enemy lines during WWII to do a bit of recon and getting spotted by the Nazi troopers in the area. However, War Pigs suffers incredibly by »
- Gary Collinson
Michael Fassbender has been killing it in films like “12 Years a Slave” and “Inglourious Basterds,” and is poised to continue his successful acting streak with “Macbeth” and “Steve Jobs” — however, the beginning of his acting career wasn’t such smooth sailing. In a cover story for the September 13 issue of T Magazine, New York Times’ style magazine, Fassbender said he was turned away by two drama schools before trying out for the Drama Centre in London. By the time he was 30, he still hadn’t broken out — that is, until he auditioned for the role of I.R.A leader. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Read More: Review: Melanie Laurent's 'Breathe' Is An Insightful, Layered Teen Drama American audiences probably know Mélanie Laurent best as the vengeful theater owner Shoshanna in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" or from her supporting turns in "Beginners" and "Now You See Me," though she's about to leave her boldest mark yet in the states despite not appearing on screen at all. "Breathe," Laurent's second feature film as writer-director, is adapted from the French novel by Anne-Sophie Brasme, and, while it deviates in plot from its source material, it absolutely stays true to its stirring psychological atmosphere. The drama focuses on the blossoming friendship between two high-school teenagers — the mundane Charlie (Joséphine Japy) and the effortlessly cool Sarah (Lou de Laâge). What begins as a fast friendship and intimate sisterhood slowly turns into a psychological battle for superiority, and »
- Zack Sharf
The original Marvel Comics' 'Zemo' was one of the top scientists in the Third Reich, creating weapons of mass destruction...
... including a large-scale death ray cannon, a disintegration pistol and androids of considerable strength and invulnerability, resulting in Zemo becoming one of the most reviled figures throughout Europe.
In an attempt to regain a level of anonymity, Zemo began wearing a reddish-pink hood over his face as he continued to build weapons.
His scientific breakthroughs also included 'Adhesive X', which after a confrontation with Captain America, bonded to his face, quickly seeping inside and permanently attaching the hood to his flesh, preventing Zemo from ever removing his hood.
His sons and direct descendants also picked up the name of 'Zemo' as they continued the original villain's penchant for destruction. »
- Michael Stevens
In the six years since his breakout role in Inglourious Basterds, Michael Fassbender has played a robot, a mutant, a pop star, a couple of geniuses and even The Dude. Yet there's one profession that he hasn't taken on . one that many a talented actor before him have taken on with great ease. If the talks surrounding his possible involvement in the delayed big-screen adaptation of Jo Nesbo's novel The Snowman have to say anything about it, we'll be seeing Fassbender in the role of a methodical detective before too long. The Hollywood Reporter scooped the news that Fassbender is in early talks to star as Nesbo's signature detective . Harry Hole . in the film version of his seventh literary adventure. The Snowman sets Hole up with a missing person's case, as the disappearance of a mother in Norway leads to what might possibly be the trail of a serial killer. »
On the onset, Breathe, an ingenue actress turned director Melanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds, Beginners)'s sophomore effort, seems to be just another typical sweet, slightly lascivious coming of age French fare with beautiful, young actresses. Rather, the film slowly charts an Ozon-esque territory (sans calculated plot twist and sadism) with the unexpected but well-earned 3rd act. You really are in for a big surprise!Her parents going through a bitter divorce at home, Charlie (Joséphine Japy) spends much time by herself and relies on few of her friends for companionship. Everything changes when Sarah (Lou de Laâge) shows up. For her exotic background (she tells impressionable classmates that she had to flee Nigeria when the political climate got too dangerous for her Ngo mom), and her mischievousness,...
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Daniel Brühl, the German star of A Most Wanted Man, Rush and Marvel’s forthcoming Captain America: Civil War, is set to become a partner at Hamburg/Berlin-based production company Amusement Park Film.
Brühl will join forces with Malte Grunert and Klaus Dohle as a producer with the aim of finding, developing and producing material across both film and television. Their focus will be on English-language products.
Brühl and Grunert are both attending the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 10-20) this coming week with their own projects.
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London — “Spectre” villain Christoph Waltz will attend the opening of the Zurich Film Festival and will head the jury for the Swiss Filmmaker Award, which comes with a 100,000 Swiss franc ($104,000) prize.
Waltz, who has won two Academy Awards, will hold a keynote conversation at the Zurich Summit, which takes place in association with the Zff and Iwc Schaffhausen, and will present a screening of Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds.”
The Assn. for the Promotion of Film in Switzerland will award its Swiss Filmmaker Award to one or more Swiss filmmakers whose projects are in the late production or post-production. The award’s other jury members are director Marc Forster, International Watch Company CEO Georges Kern, and Zff co-director Karl Spoerri.
“There’s a lively filmmaking industry in Switzerland, employing many talented people. However, the financial backing required to see projects through to the end is often lacking; this is particularly »
- Leo Barraclough
Oscar-winning actor will also hold a keynote conversation at the Zurich Summit and present a screening of Inglourious Basterds.
The two-time Academy Award winner will attend the festival on its opening day to and over the jury for the inaugural Filmmaker Award, which comes with a prize of more than $100,000 (100,000Chf) open to Swiss filmmakers whose projects are currently in the late production or post-production phase.
The star of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and upcoming James Bond movie Spectre will also take part in a keynote conversation at the Zurich Summit - the industry sidebar of the festival which runs Sept 26-27.
In addition, Waltz will walk Zurich’s green carpet before presenting a screening of Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, which proved his breakthrough performance and earned him a Best Supporting Actor at the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
XLrator Media will release Camino on its Turbo label in early 2016.
“It was great working with Josh and Daniel again,” said Bleiberg. “The film is filled with tension and there are so many great sequences. I can’t wait for people to see it.”
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
When a devoted husband and father is left home alone for the weekend, two stranded young women unexpectedly knock on his door for help. What starts out as a kind gesture results in a dangerous seduction and a deadly game of cat and mouse. A sexy new thriller from director Eli Roth and written by Eli Roth & José Nicolás Lopez García & Guillermo Amoedo, Knock, Knock stars Keanu Reeves as the family man who falls into temptation and Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas as the seductresses who wreak havoc upon his life, turning a married man's dark fantasy into his worst nightmare.
The early fall movie season is all about horror movies, as we creep up on Halloween. And fans of Eli Roth are in luck. He not only has Knock, Knock arriving in a few weeks, but The Green Inferno is also coming to theaters this September. »
The “men on a mission” movie is a concept that goes back decades, and which was honored most prominently in recent years by Quentin Tarantino in Inglourious Basterds. One of the most famous films in that zone is The Dirty Dozen, in which Lee Marvin played an Oss officer tasked with recruiting a bunch of criminals and […]
- Russ Fischer
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