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The Oscar for Best Costume Design is sometimes one of the hardest to predict. The Costume Designers Guild offers some assistance, with their awards for Period, Fantasy, and Contemporary films, but since 1999, when the guild first started handing out prizes, they’ve predicted the eventual Oscar winner only seven times (from 1999-2004, the Period and Fantasy Awards were combined; in 2005, the category was split): 2002: Colleen Atwood, “Chicago” (Period/Fantasy) 2003: Ngila Dickson, “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (Period/Fantasy, Oscar shared with Richard Taylor) 2005: Colleen Atwood, “Memoirs of a Geisha” (Period) 2008: Michael O’Connor, “The Duchess” (Period) 2009: Sandy Powell, “The Young Victoria” (Period) 2010: Colleen Atwood, “Alice in Wonderland” (Fantasy) 2012: Jacqueline Durran, “Anna Karenina” -Break- Updated: Experts' Oscars predic...' »
Best Cinematography is one of the most closely watched technical categories at the Oscars, due largely to the fact that it’s often so difficult to predict. Indeed, since 1986, when the American Society of Cinematographers first started handing out prizes, only 11 of its winners went on to triumph at the Oscars: -Break- 1990: Dean Semler, “Dances with Wolves” 1995: John Toll, “Braveheart” 1996: John Seale, “The English Patient” 1997: Russell Carpenter, “Titanic” 1999: Conrad L. Hall, “American Beauty” 2002: Conrad L. Hall, “Road to Perdition” 2005: Dion Beebe, “Memoirs of a Geisha” 2007: Robert Elswit, “There Will Be Blood” 2008: Anthony Dod Mantle, “Slumdog Millionaire” 2010: Wally Pfister, “Inception” 2013: Emmanuel Lubeszki, “Gravity” Updated: Experts' Oscars predictions in 24 categories This year, th...' »
Scheduled to shoot in Riga, Latvia and Kobe, Japan from August 15, the tragicomedy is co-produced by Linda Krukle for Latvia’s KrukFilms, Eiko and Jason Gray for Japan’s Loaded Films and Sten Saluveer for Estonia’s Oree Films.
The story follows a Japanese woman’s efforts to open a sushi restaurant in Riga whilst coming to terms with the rich food culture of Northern Europe and the sudden reappearance of a long-lost husband. Latvian celebrity chef Martins Sirmais will also serve as food consultant on the film.
The €1.3m project, which recently passed the UniJapan Co-Production Certificate, will also be backed by Latvian investor Boris Teterev, who recently invested in Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’ Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.
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Film scores are pretty ephemeral to a large chunk of the movie-going populace, where music isn’t noticeable unless a triumphant fanfare or sweeping ballad draws enough attention to itself. So if scoring is already the film industry’s unappreciated middle child, how silly is a list about ones that haven’t been released yet? Very silly. Oftentimes, composers don’t even sign with a project until well into production, so speculating on the best film music of 2015, like any year, forces one to work with what’s known. Sound on Sight will offer more in-depth analysis on the most buzzed about music as the year rolls on but for now, here are the ten movie scores I’m most excited to hear in 2015.
Alan Silvestri’s last great score was for a TV show, and his last great film score was for one of the more forgettable Marvel entries. »
- David Klein
If the first trailer released last month didn't have enough action for your liking, then feast your eyes on the second trailer for RADiUS-twc's Everly, starring Salma Hayek. This action-thriller centers on Salma Hayek's title character, who squares off with numerous assassins sent by her ex-boyfriend, a vicious mob boss, while holed up in her apartment, as she tries to save her estranged mother and daughter. The story is entirely set in Everly's apartment, with RADiUS-twc setting a January 23 release on iTunes and VOD, before it hits theaters February 27.
Togo Igawa (The Last Samurai; Memoirs of a Geisha), Masashi Fujimoto (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance), Hiroyuki Watanabe, Jennifer Blanc, Caroline Chikezie and Gabriella Wright co-star in Everly. The film is directed by Joe Lynch (Chillerama), based on a concept he created with Yale Hannon, who wrote the screenplay.
Stars: Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, James Corden, Daniel Huttlestone, Christine Baranski, Tammy Blanchard, Lucy Punch, Lilla Crawford, Simon Russell Beale, Johnny Depp, Billy Magnussen, Richard Glover, Frances de la Tour | Written by James Lapine, Stephen Sondheim | Directed by Rob Marshall
Rob Marshall has had plenty of success in the world of musical motion picture. His 2002 film adaptation of Chicago won Academy Awards and boosted Marshall’s name into the Hollywood “it crowd” in the process. Following up Chicago with a lovely adaptation of the Arthur Golden novel, Memoirs of a Geisha, showed Marshall was an accomplished director who was capable of more than musicals. Those two films showed style, heart and confidence. Since then, Marshall has directed Nine, a less well-received musical in 2009, On Stranger Tides, the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie, in 2011, a film that many thought was unnecessary and failed in comparison to its prior instalments, »
- Chris Cummings
Not surprisingly, most of the best costume design contenders are period pieces: "Into the Woods," "Exodus: Gods and Kings," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Selma" and "Inherent Vice." They are true to the period, stylish and relevant fashion statements. 1. Three-time Oscar winner Colleen Atwood ("Alice in Wonderland," "Memoirs of a Geisha," "Chicago") is the favorite again for "Into the Woods." Rob Marshall's post-9/11 take on Stephen Sondheim's fairy tale deconstruction offers an assortment of glam and grandeur. When Meryl Streep's Witch transforms into a beauty, she becomes a variation of the Blue Fairy. "Her costume's made with big turn-of-the-century sleeves out of material that's hand-made with leather cording on chiffon," Atwood told me. "I took what I had of the Witch's costume -- the silhouette -- and made everything bigger. The stripes are wider, the color's »
- Bill Desowitz
7 items from 2015
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