12 items from 2014
If you are a movie watcher of any intensity, chances are you have heard many musical scores from the great John Williams, who is most famous for his scores for the films of Steven Spielberg and for the Star Wars franchise. Many of his themes have become iconic in popular culture, from the majestic theme for Superman to the imposing Imperial March for Darth Vader.
Film music has a way of conjuring up powerful memories of the movies from which it originates. Someone listening to a longing French horn playing the Force theme and building to a powerful crescendo will instantly picture the binary sunset on Tatooine from Star Wars. The soaring flying theme from E.T. will summon an image of a bicycle flying across the moon, or a simple, but ominous, two note stab instantly inspires anxiety in people as they picture a shark fin protruding from the water. »
- Daniel Rafacz
I know you. You woke up this morning desperate to know what Zhang Ziyi's Oscar ballot looked like. I am here, as ever, to improve your day with answers and actressness.
The Chinese superstar wasn't* nominated for Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000) or Memoirs of a Geisha (2005, around the time AMPAS invited her to join) despite plentiful Us media attention. (I imagine teen and early 20something readers aren't super familiar with her since it's been 9 years since she was a regular fixture in the Us entertainment press???) The Grandmaster raised her profile a bit again and she obviously helped the costumes and cinematography to their Oscar nominations on account of good god she's photogenic.
She discussed her ballot with fans on her Weibo account though she was cleverly vague about whether she was talking votes or predictions (AMPAS members aren't supposed to reveal their actual votes).
She wrote [translated for Tfe - thanks Tony!]:
Quite a chaotic year. »
- NATHANIEL R
After making his debut on Arrow last year, Grant Gustin will suit up as The Flash in an upcoming pilot from The CW. The actor first appeared as Barry Allen in a two-parter which saw him gain his powers at the conclusion of that story, and it was recently revealed that plans to use an upcoming episode of Arrow as a backdoor pilot for the character had been scrapped in preference of The Flash getting his own solo debut outing.
While those working on the series promised that the iconic DC superhero would appear in his classic superhero costume, many fans were sceptical, especially after waiting a decade for Clark Kent to don his tights in Smallville (even Arrow’s Oliver Queen only recently donned his domino mask for the first time).
Well, as you can see below, they really weren’t lying! Ahead of the pilot episode which is »
- Josh Wilding
The first pic of Grant Gustin from The Flash (production begins next week) has been released. The costume is designed by three-time Oscar winner Colleen Atwood (Memoirs Of A Geisha, Alice In Wonderland, Chicago) and from this glimpse, it looks to be very … form fitting (but sadly, not spandex). Now I can’t wait to see the rest. But it does seem a shame to cover that face.
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Costume Designed by Three-Time Academy Award® Winner Colleen Atwood Please find attached the first image from The CW’s new pilot The Flash, from Warner Bros. Television and based upon characters published by DC Comics The Flash stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and The Flash The costume for The Flash was designed by three-time Oscar® winner Colleen Atwood, who also designed the costume for Arrow and whose motion picture credits include Academy Awards® for her work on Alice in Wonderland, Memoirs of a Geisha and Chicago, as well as seven additional Oscar® nominations for films such as Snow White and the Huntsman, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Sleepy Hollow, among others Production begins on The Flash pilot next week Through a freak accident, »
- Matt MacNabb
Don’t blink: The first image from The CW’s superhero project “The Flash” has been released, featuring Grant Gustin in costume as the titular speedy hero. The costume was designed by three-time Oscar winner Colleen Atwood, whose credits include “Alice in Wonderland,” “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “Chicago.” Also read: ‘The Game’s’ Candice Patton Joins CW’s ‘The Flash’ Pilot Based on DC Comics characters, “The Flash” — which is being produced by Warner Bros. Television — tells the story of scientist Barry Allen, who’s transformed into the fastest man alive by a freak accident. “Arrow” team Greg Berlanti, »
- Tim Kenneally
News flash! The first image from DC Comics and The CW's The Flash has been revealed, with a look at Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) in costume. Production on the pilot begins next week, based on the popular comic book character.
Through a freak accident, scientist Barry Allen is given the power of super speed that transforms him into the Fastest Man Alive, in The Flash.
The Flash stars (Grant Gustin) as Barry Allen and The Flash. The costume for The Flash was designed by three-time Oscar® winner Colleen Atwood, who also designed the costume for Arrow and whose motion picture credits include Academy Awards® for her work on Alice in Wonderland, Memoirs of a Geisha and Chicago as well as seven additional Oscar® nominations for films such as Snow White and the Huntsman, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Sleepy Hollow, among others.
In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool! Year after year, Best Original Score is probably the technical category where I'd most like to see a significantly different slate to the one the Academy has put together -- a certain cronyism and conservatism often keeps them from recognizing standout work in the category. This year, two films scored by relative newcomers face off again three established Academy favorites (two of them due an award by now, the third amply recognized), and it's the freshman nominees' work that is generating more discussion in the category than the others. Personally, I'd suggest that there's only one truly great score in the race this year, »
- Guy Lodge
John Williams, the cinema's most widely and wildly celebrated composer, is a nominee again this year for The Book Thief (you can download some sheet music from the score here). He is 82 years old but in a delightfully senior twist, he is only the third oldest nominee (after June Squibb and Patricia Norris). IMDb's database for composers is very confusing so I can't share "number of original scores" but his feature film career, starting with Daddy-o (1958) and continuing on through the The Book Thief (2013), is prolific and highly regarded with more presumably to come since the Indiana Jones and Star Wars franchises are still alive and so is he.
John Williams conducting "The Book of Thief" score in a recording session
His Oscar record is the closest anyone's ever come to total Academy infallibility (if you discount the people who only made one or two pictures). In the past 46 years, »
- NATHANIEL R
Everly, directed by Joe Lynch and starring Salma Hayak, co-stars Togo Igawa (Last Samurai; Memoirs Of A Geisha), Masashi Fujimoto (Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance), Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, and Hiroyuki Watanabe. The Black List script by Yale Hannon is an intense action thriller centered on a down-on-her-luck woman (Hayek) who is forced to fend off waves of assassins sent by her ex, a dangerous mob boss, while trying to save her estranged mother and daughter. »
- Uncle Creepy
Here's the latest word on acquisitions at the European Film Market in Berlin: The Weinstein Company has acquired U.S. rights to Morten Tyldum's The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as mathematician Alan Turing, for a reported record of $7 million. RADiUS-twc has acquired U.S. rights to Joe Lynch's action thriller, Everly, starring Salma Hayek, Togo Igawa, Masashi Fujimoto, and Hiroyuki Watanabe. Open Road has acquired U.S. rights to the Barry Levinson comedy, Rock the Kasbah, starring Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Shia Labeouf, and Zooey Deschanel. Hit the jump for more on each picture. First up from Deadline comes news of the record-breaking acquisition purchase of rights to The Imitation Game by The Weinstein Company. Cumberbatch stars as "Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII. »
- Dave Trumbore
[Editor's note: The last time I published a list of this sort Christian Bale was way up top and then The Fighter happened. Time for a new look at the Oscar Nomination-less. While I'm in Sundance, abstew steps in with his list. My list (and I'm sure yours) might not be exactly the same but... discuss! - Nathaniel]
This past Thursday, when the Oscar nominations were announced, only eight actors were hearing their names called for the first time (the Best Actress category was all previous nominees and 80% winners). Some were for film debuts (Lupita Nyong'o and Barkhad Abdi), but for the other 6 names (Ejiofor, McConaughey, Fassbender, Leto, Hawkins, and Squibb) it was their first recognition from the Academy after years of hard work and dedication to their craft. But not every great actor ever gets to hear their name called Oscar nomination morning. Despite powerful performances and decades of service to the film industry, sometimes a nomination (let alone a win) evades the greats. For some, the oversite will never be remedied (Marilyn Monore, Edward G. Robinson, Myrna Loy, Peter Lorre, Jean Harlow, and John Barrymore are just some of Hollywood's finest that went without the prefix Academy Award Nominee), but for many great actors still working today there is still time. »
12 items from 2014
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