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There was a time when two veteran straight actors such as John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, taking on the roles of a gay couple and their subsequent travails at married life would have been the tabloid equivalent of shock and awe. It still might raise some eyebrows, but Ira Sachs’ Love Is Strange is a testimony to societal progress in terms of storytelling. Now it will face the box office as the Specialty title platforms this weekend via Sony Classics. A real-life gay marriage takes the spotlight this weekend courtesy of Starz Digital doc To Be Takei about the multi-faceted actor/activist and social media talent who is best known for playing Hikaru Sulu in TV’s original Star Trek. It will be joined by Millennium Entertainment’s Are You Here with Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis and Amy Poehler which will open day and date by Mad Men writer Matthew Weiner. »
- Brian Brooks
If you asked me how I came to the film world and I told you I essentially started by selling vintage clothing on eBay, you would probably think I answered the wrong question. This myopic line of thinking is exactly why you might think it’s hard to make, sell, and distribute a film. When I started selling on eBay 10 years ago, it was like the Wild Wild West – there were no instruction manuals or established models for success. I was trying to figure out how to sell something that my customers couldn’t touch or feel (or even see that well, as I still had no idea how to operate a camera).
The new world of independent film is looking more and more like this uncharted territory everyday. With existing consumption patterns becoming outdated, crowdfunding emerging as the new normal, and myriad new digital distribution models developing, there’s »
- Tina Poppy
Performer Ben Mendelsohn has, over the course of his 30-year career, garnered acclaim for supporting turns in numerous movies, including The New World, Australia, Animal Kingdom, Killing Them Softly, and The Place Beyond The Pines. His involvement in a feature thus raises interest in it for many film fans, and this held true for his latest project as well. Titled Starred Up, the film is directed by David Mackenzie, and marks the screenwriting debut of Jonathan Asser. Mendelsohn stars alongside Jack O’Connell, Rupert Friend, and David Ajala, and a Us trailer for the film has now been released. The trailer can be seen below. Sound on Sight was able to see the film at Tiff 2013, and our review can be read here.
- Deepayan Sengupta
There’s nothing worse than a bad fake accent, especially when it distracts the audience from the story that’s being told. That being said, there’s nothing more impressive than learning an actor is hiding their natural voice, and doing it flawlessly. This is no easy task, but the actors listed below are just a few of those who pull it off without effort. Hugh Laurie In his most famous role as Dr. Gregory House on “House M.D.,” Hugh Laurie hid his British accent for eight seasons. His memorable performance, along with his spot-on American accent, earned him two Golden Globe awards for best actor in a drama series, followed by four consecutive nominations in the same category, and six Emmy nominations. Christian Bale Christian Bale seldom acts using his natural British accent, instead opting for characters like “American Hustle’s” Irving Rosenfeld and Bruce Wayne (aka Batman). However, »
Cannes– Surely moving waves at a largely calm Cannes market, Wild Bunch and Berlin-based Sophisticated Films are bringing Terrence Malick’s long-anticipated, 30-years-in-gestation “Voyage of Time” onto the Cannes market.
Having acquired international rights, Wild Bunch will present first images of the project to selected buyers at Cannes.
Reassembling producers behind “The Tree of Life,” Voyage’s producing team includes Plan B Entertainment prexy Dede Gardner, Nicolas Gonda,, who also produced “To the Wonder,” Sarah Green, producer of Malick’s films from “The New World,” Brad Pitt, and Grant Hill and Bill Pohlad, both producers on “Tree of Life.”
Pitt’s continued involvement in “Voyage” would suggst he may well provide one of the film’s voiceovers.
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
Comparisons to Terrence Malick have become lazy critical shorthand for describing visual poetry, but writer-director Justin Owensby's wounded-hearts drama directly evokes (pilfers?) the impressionistic editing, nostalgic palettes, and gliding magic-hour camera work of The New World or Tree of Life.
Repressed locksmith Alex (Jesse Johnson, son of Don) is a hot mess who copes by chugging cough syrup, huffing paint, and puckishly breaking into cars and hotel rooms as his worldly whims dictate.
The arrival of a letter summons Alex back to his idyllic Colorado Rockies home, where he has fallen out terribly with his childhood buddy Paul (Christopher Masterson, brother of Danny), but all that anguish took place 12 years ago.
During that dreamy summer &md »
Nominees for the 35th annual Banff World Media Festival Rockie Awards were announced today, honoring excellence in television and media content from around the globe. Nominees in the Serial Drama category, which is currently a shortlist of 25 entries, will be notified in the next two weeks. Winners in each category will be announced during an awards ceremony at the festival, which takes place June 8-11 in the resort mountain town of Banff, Alberta.
“Legend of Korra”
Produced By: Nickelodeon
Country: United States of America
“Plankton Invasion – Operation Total Block”
Produced By: TeamTO
In Association With: Tinkertree, Vivi Film
Network: Canal+ Family
“Robocar Poli the Second Season”
Produced By: Roi Visual Co., Ltd
Country: South Korea
Produced By: Hulu / Broadway Video
Country: United States of America
Produced By: Giant Ant
In Association With: Shane Koyczan
Network: Youtube »
- Malina Saval
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature has first details on multiple projects including Night of the Living Deb, The Broadcast, Dial 9 to Get Out, and House of Forbidden Secrets, a monster themed giveaway from The Hub’s Spooksville, artwork from The Walking Dead Tribute, trailers for Infliction and Damned Love, and much more:
Night of the Living Deb Casting News: “Night of the Living Deb is an indie movie in development from producer Kyle Rankin (Battle of Shaker Heights, Infestation). Attached actors include David Krumholtz (“Numb3rs,” This is the End, Ray), Michael Cassidy (Argo, “Men at Work,” “The Oc”), Ray Wise (“Twin Peaks,” “Reaper,” “Mad Men”).
It’s a female-driven action-horror rom-com set in the world of a zombie apocalypse on Christmas.
The crowdfunding campaign is gaining popularity for its unusual approach: rather than the »
- Tamika Jones
The 10th edition of the Zurich Film Festival will spotlight India as the guest country this year. Every year, the festival focuses on the development of a promising national film scene in its New World View section.
The New World View section will showcase ten new feature films and documentary films by emerging Indian filmmakers along with a short film programme.
The programming will focus on productions that are emerging from the shadow of the subcontinent’s mass cinema, Bollywood tradition, and enjoying growing national success by approaching new themes with fresh narrative styles.
In explaining the decision to choose India, the festival co-directors Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri said, “New Indian cinema has experienced an upsurge in recent years, and not just on the subcontinent. It is among young filmmakers that the change is most visible.”
Gilt City contest to see If/Then the wickedly talented one and only Idina Menzel's new Broadway show
Instagram Madonna dresses up as Daenerys Targaryen, Mother of Dragons
Coming Soon 3D retrofitting continues for animated films and The Incredibles and Ratatouille are in process
i09 another "Let it Go" cover (they never end) this time using famous Disney cartoon voices
Cinema Blend rumors circulating that Halle Berry has been cut from X-Men Days of Future Past. Less bad wigs in a movie is always a plus
In Contention Guy Lodge on the winners of the Miami Film Festival includeing the Brazilian thriller A Wolf at the Door. Could it be their Oscar submission this year?
Felicia Day is upset, like we are, »
- NATHANIEL R
Let’s get one thing out of the way first: Princess Tiger Lily is not a real person. Tiger Lily lives in Neverland (also not real).
Tiger Lily is also Native American.
So, when news broke that Patrician-featured actress Rooney Mara would be playing the character in Joe Wright’s live-action Peter Pan re-telling, Pan, the whitewashing accusations started to fly (particularly in our comments section).
Out of all of Hollywood’s sins, their egregious history of offensive portraits of Native Americans on film is one of the more shameful — a sore spot that is only exaggerated when caucasian actors »
- Lindsey Bahr
Joining their other Sundance pick-up (God Help The Girl), the folks at the newly minted Amplify have picked up the rights to A.J. Edwards’ Sundance-Berlin preemed directorial debut. Topping Jordan M. Smith’s 2014 Sundance Film Fest slate, The Better Angels will be set for a theatrical release in fall.
Gist: This is a story of the childhood of one of America’s greatest leaders, Abraham Lincoln. Spanning nearly three years in the stark wilderness of Indiana, it tells of the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him forever and the two women (Brit Marling and Diane Kruger) who guided him to immortality.
Do We Care?: In his 4 1/2 star review, Jordan suggests that “The Better Angels is nothing if not an incredibly alive, »
- Eric Lavallee
After their 2013 short film “Here and Now” was selected by Ron Howard as the winner of Canon's “Project Imaginat10n” film contest, producers Abigail Spencer, Josh Pence, Justin Allen and director Julian Higgins are reteaming on a new short film titled “Winter Light,” which will star Raymond J. Barry (“Justified”), Vincent Kartheiser (“Mad Men”), Q'orianka Kilcher (“The New World”), Michael Bofshever (“United 93″) and Pence (“The Social Network”). Adapted by screenwriter Wei-Ning Yu from a short story by bestselling author James Lee Burke, “Winter Light” is a modern-day revisionist Western set against the sweeping backdrop of the snow-covered Montana wilderness. »
- Jeff Sneider
The recent Berlin world premiere from Terence Malick’s longtime collaborator Aj Edwards premiered in Sundance and screened in Berlin.
Amplify will release the impressionistic black and white tale of Abraham Lincoln’s early childhood theatrically in autumn followed by VOD and home video release in early 2015.
“I am humbled by the passion Amplify has shown for The Better Angels since its premiere,” said Edwards, who spoke to Screendaily about the film shortly before its Sundance world premiere. “Our team is so glad this great company will be shepherding our film.”
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Amplify has acquired U.S. rights to the Terrence Malick-produced biopic of young Abraham Lincoln entitled "The Better Angels," starring Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling, and Wes Bentley. The poetic black-and-white period drama, which marks the debut of editor-turned-filmmaker A.J. Edwards, played at the Sundance and Berlin film festivals. Amplify plans a fall release in theaters, followed by a VOD and home video release in early 2015. "The Better Angels" follows Lincoln during his formative years (remember the 1939 John Ford classic "Young Mr. Lincoln," starring Henry Fonda?). Set in the harsh wilderness of Indiana in 1817, the film explores Lincoln's complex family dynamic and the two women who guided him. Austin, Texas native Edwards has worked with his mentor Malick over the last decade, first as an editor on "The New World," then as second-unit director and editor on "The Tree of Life," "To The Wonder," and the forthcoming "Knight of Cups. »
- Anne Thompson
It was a big night for Gravity’s artisans, who collected most of the Oscars in the crafts categories after a season during which the film effectively became the poster child for collaborative filmmaking. Before accepting the Oscar for best director, Gravity’s helmer Alfonso Cuaron picked up his first Academy Award in film editing, which he shared with co-editor Mark Sanger. Cuaron's longtime friend, director of photography Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki, won his first Oscar in cinematography. He had five prior nominations for The Tree of Life, Children of Men, The New World, Sleepy Hollow and A Little Princess. Photos: Oscars 2014:
- Carolyn Giardina
Given that "Gravity" had swept the honors for lensing throughout the awards season -- including BAFTA, the American Society of Cinematographers and Critics' Choice -- it is not surprising that Emmanuel Lubezki won Best Cinematorgraphy at the Oscars Sunday. He had lost his previous five Oscar bids -- including for two other films with "Gravity" helmer Alfonso Cuaron ("A Little Princess," "Children of Men"), two with Terrence Malick ("The New World," "The Tree of Life"), and one with Tim Burton ("Sleepy Hollow"). Among those he bested was Roger Deakins who has earned a whopping 11 Oscar nominations in this category but has yet to win. This year, he was a contender for the gritty crime drama "Prisoners." -Break- Another contender, Bruno Debonnel, racked up his fourth loss with his bid for "Inside Llewyn Davis." It »
Going in to tonight's Oscars ceremony, it was a pretty foregone conclusion that Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" would gobble up a number of crafts categories. It has dominated each of the fields it has been nominated in thus far at the 86th annual Academy Awards, including the quartet of Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects. Meanwhile, on his sixth nomination, celebrated director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki is finally an Oscar winner. He won the award for Best Cinematography for his work on the film. Lubezki has been Cuarón's Dp of choice for a number of years, and the lenser has picked up nominations for such films as "A Little Princess" and "Children of Men" over the years. Meanwhile, he's also developed a strong working relationship with visionary director Terrence Malick as of late. He was a favorite to win for "The Tree of Life »
- Kristopher Tapley
Here we are again after the Golden Globes, Mike Fleming and Anita Busch taking on the task of play by play during the most wide-open Oscar race we can remember. Even on the party circuit, industry insiders who usually have a grasp of who’ll walk away with Oscars were evenly torn between Alfonso Cuaron’s 3D masterpiece Gravity and Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave. Then again, there were so many terrific films that got Best Picture nominations, and all of them have at least a puncher’s chance at an upset. Related: Oscars: Pete Hammond’s Absolute Final Predictions That includes American Hustle, where David O Russell co-wrote the Best Original Script nominee with Eric Warren Singer and got tour de force performances and nominations for Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Perfs so strong there was no room on the nomination roster for perennial Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Warner Bros. Pictures
A cinematographer has one of the roughest jobs in Hollywood – responsible for conveying the director’s vision through the camerawork and visuals, they have little to no say in the story or content itself. While cinema is foremost a visual medium, all the pretty shots in the world cannot salvage a bad story or characters. But they certainly can make an awful film more bearable to watch. Great movies usually look great – but bad movies can look great, too.
The following is a list of truly awful or mediocre films that are redeemable in at least one aspect: the cinematography. And because cinematographers are in charge of the entire visual aesthetic, I will also be mentioning some films that feature digitally enhanced cinematography, simply because you cannot deny a beautiful image, however it’s rendered…
Please note that this article may contain spoilers for the movies mentioned within. »
- Robert Tiemstra
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