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Thanks for taking the time to talk with us. Can you tell our readers what brought the two of you together for Nightlight?
Beck/Woods: We’ve actually known each other since we were 11, and we’ve been making movies together as long as we’ve been friends. Throughout middle school and high school we made dozens of shorts and no-budget features, which really taught us the craft of filmmaking. We never formally studied film production aside from consuming DVD features and commentaries (“That Moment” on the Magnolia DVD is beyond inspirational), so we always refer to those early years as our “film school” experience. Since then we’ve constantly co-written and co-directed all of our works, including a »
- Jonathan James
There are still three weeks to go before the Cannes Film Festival unveils its official-selection lineup, but so far, the latest Pixar 3D animated extravaganza and new films from Woody Allen, Todd Haynes, Jeff Nichols, Denis Villeneuve and Arnaud Desplechin appear to be securing their positions in the event’s 68th annual edition (May 13-24).
In keeping with his longtime habit of avoiding festival accolades, Allen will likely receive an out-of-competition berth for his 45th feature, “Irrational Man,” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone (who starred in the director’s “Magic in the Moonlight”). Among other U.S. fare, Cannes will get an early start on the summer blockbuster season with Disney/Pixar’s feature toon “Inside Out,” marking a second trip to the Croisette for director Pete Docter (who co-helmed with Ronaldo Del Carmen) after his “Up” opened the festival in 2009. As already announced, George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road, »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
"By the early 22nd century mankind had colonized many worlds..." This is awesome. We've been following Irish director Ruairi Robinson for quite some time, as he was once attached to the Akira movie (see his concept art), made that fantastic robot short Blinky, and his first feature was the sci-fi Last Days on Mars (which I wasn't a big fan of, but oh well). His latest project, or at least one of them in the works, is called The Leviathan and a proof-of-concept short teaser has just debuted online. It has kind of a Dune meets Pacific Rim vibe, with a group of "involuntary" hunters out capturing a giant flying alien beast to harvest its eggs. I love the camera work in this, and I really want to see the rest of the movie right away. Join the hunt. The rest of the introduction at the beginning states (via Vimeo »
- Alex Billington
The 2015 Oscars are in the books and it was Birdman taking home four awards including the coveted Best Picture along with a Best Director win for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu as well as an Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki) win. But Birdman wasn't the only film to take home four Oscars as The Grand Budapest Hotel had a small bit of domination in the below-the-line categories winning for Production Design, Costumes, Makeup & Hairstyling and Original Score (Alexandre Desplat). The only other multiple award winner was Whiplash, which took home Best Supporting Actor (J.K. Simmons), Best Film Editing and Sound Mixing. Otherwise, it was singles across the board and while there were a few interesting wins below the line, the top awards went pretty much by the books. Patricia Arquette took home Boyhood's only Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) won Best Actor over »
- Brad Brevet
“Thank you Edward Snowden and to the other whistleblowers who are exposing truth,” Poitras said.
Snowden himself applauded the win in a statement.
“When Laura Poitras asked me if she could film our encounters, I was extremely reluctant,” he wrote. “I’m grateful that I allowed her to persuade me. The result is a brave and brilliant film that deserves the honor and recognition it has received. My hope is that this award will encourage more people to see the film and be inspired by its message that ordinary citizens, working together, can change the world.”
The film has »
- Dave McNary
Hollywood's biggest night is finally here! The 2015 Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, are underway at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California. Is Meryl Streep going to take home her fourth Oscar? Will American Sniper upset Boyhood for Best Picture? Can "Everything Is Awesome" take home the gold? Check out the full list of winners below, which will be updated throughout the night. And the winners are … Best Picture American SniperBirdmanBoyhoodThe Grand Budapest HotelThe Imitation GameSelmaThe Theory of EverythingWhiplashBest Actor Steve Carell, Foxcatcher Bradley Cooper, American Sniper Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game Michael Keaton, Birdman Eddie Redmayne, »
Digital Spy brings you live coverage of all of the night's winners below:
Birdman - Winner!
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night)
Best Supporting Actor
Good evening and welcome to the 87th Academy Awards, live from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, Los Angeles.
The biggest movie event of the year is with us once more, and Digital Spy will be bringing you comprehensive live coverage, from the first Manolos on the red carpet to the last teary speech from the stage.
Refresh your memory with this list of all the nominations and compare your prediction cards with our guesses for who will win all the major gongs.
21:15What were your favourite moments from tonight? And what do you think of all the big winners, especially Birdman's victory over Boyhood? Do let us know in the comments box below, and stick around on DS for our full reaction to the ceremony.
21:14Neil Patrick Harris was undoubtedly a bit hit and miss, lacking confidence in the middle more than anything else, but there were »
Photo: AMPAS Oscar Musts: Predictions | Nominees | Presenters | Printable Ballot It's that time of year again and I welcome you to the 2015 Oscars Live Blog with up-to-the-minute live winners, commentary, red carpet coverage and overall merriment. We are kicking this thing off around 4 Pm Pst or so and carrying on until 9 Pm Pst or whenever this thing ends, which means you better have food, water and perhaps a tasty beverage or two because it's going to be a long night. I've already posted my predictions and have collated the reader polls into one, easy-to-read place along with my predictions as well as my Oscar-blogging co-hort and podcast partner Laremy Legel. You can find all three, one after another with the differences highlights right here. As far as my predicting prowess is concerned, last year I went 21 for 24 and I always shoot for at least 20 correct... we'll see how this year turns »
- Brad Brevet
Chicago – Oscar! Oscar! Oscar! Say it three times to win it, and you’ll win every Academy Award pool you enter – at least for the nine categories covered here – if you follow the advice of the HollywoodChicago.com “experts.” We have the Oscar magic, so if you believe in it, then we deliver.
Three film writers of HollywoodChicago.com – Patrick McDonald, Nick Allen and Spike Walters – will not only predict Sunday’s big night, but will suggest choreography to Neil Patrick Harris for his opening number. The crew will opine on Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor/Actress and Director. As in previous years, the prognostications are broken down into thoughts on who Will Win, Should Win and Should Have Been Nominated (for one last gasp of dissent). The predictors will also take on a wild card guess for several other categories, and the latest odds on the rest of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
When the first Academy Awards were handed out on May 16, 1929, at an Academy banquet in the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, movies had just begun to talk. The attendance was 270 and guest tickets cost $5. It was a long banquet, filled with speeches, but presentation of the statuettes was handled expeditiously by Academy President Douglas Fairbanks.
The suspense that now touches most of the world at Oscar time was not always a characteristic of the Awards presentation. That first year, the award recipients were announced to the public three months ahead of the ceremony.
Today, Oscar pundits and fans alike avidly watch the precursor and guild awards to ultimately make their predictions in the 24 categories. Academy members have cast their ballots, so now it’s our turn for our Oscar picks.
Need some help in that office Oscar pool or at the party you’re throwing at home? Wamg is here to help. »
- Movie Geeks
Take a sigh of relief, the Oscars are finally upon us. How many months will we squeeze out of 2015 before pundits start incessantly chattering about Awards Season again?
With any luck, 2016 will not be as contentious and as close of a race for Best Picture as it was this year. It has created a lot of excitement and confidence that the winner will be a strong one, but it has also created a lot of controversy and bile and disappointment.
My predictions for 2015 reflect the consensus of what will happen, not what should. But then with this year, anything can happen.
After almost near sweeps of critic prizes and the dominant film on Best of the Year lists by a wide margin, Boyhood may very well lose the Oscar for Best Picture on Sunday night. »
- Brian Welk
Bober, one of the Europe’s most respected producers and distributors, is teaming up with award-winning Chinese director Lou Ye to produce Riddle from Zhou Hao, whose debut The Night screened at Berlinale 2014.
Chang, the longtime producing partner of John Woo, is co-producing coming-of-age drama That Summer, to be directed by new mainland Chinese talent Zhou Quan. Meanwhile, Kawase is serving as producer on a project to be directed by Cuba’s Carlos Machado Quintela, which is being made in collaboration with the Nara International Film Festival.
The Haf line-up also includes five projects from Hong Kong filmmakers of different generations. Following Doomsday Party, Ho Hong is returning to Haf with suspense drama Lost In Border, while Gilitte Leung is attending for the first time with inspirational sports drama Breathing »
- email@example.com (Liz Shackleton)
Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny will star in 'Love & Friendship'. The 'Underworld' actress and the 'Boys Don't Cry' star will appear in the upcoming screen adaptation of Jane Austen's novella 'Lady Susan'. The movie - which will be helmed by Whit Stillman - marks a reunion for the pair, who previously starred together in the 1998 comedy drama 'Last Days of Disco'. Beckinsale, 41, will play the title character, widow Lady Susan Vernon, who arrives at the country estate of her in-laws and attempts to bag herself a new man while also trying to help her daughter, Frederica, find love. Sevigny, 40, will star as Lady Susan's confidante, Alicia, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Stillman has also signed up James Fleet, Jemma Redgrave, Emma Greenwell, Morfydd Clark, Tom Bennett and Justin Edwards to appear in the picture. The movie has no set release date but it is believed »
After tackling the small screen with his Amazon pilot The Cosmopolitans, writer/director Whit Stillman is taking aim at the cinema once again, and this time he’s setting up a Last Days Of Disco reunion: Kate Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny are attached to star in his next film, Love & Friendship. Stillman is adapting Jane Austen’s novella Lady Susan for the film, which will see Beckinsale as widow Lady Susan Vernon who heads to the country estate of her in-laws admit much speculation about her social life. There, she makes an attempt to find a husband and to help her daughter Frederica fall in love. Sevigny will be the heroine’s confidante, Alicia and Stillman has also rounded up James Fleet, Jemma Redgrave, Emma Greenwell, Morfydd Clark, Tom Bennett and Justin Edwards to co-star.Love & Friendship is due to kick off its shoot in Ireland later this month, but »
Sixteen years after she starred in her first Whit Stillman period piece, Kate Beckinsale is making another one — she just signed on to star in the director's characteristically long-gestating Love & Friendship, an adaptation of Jane Austen's novella Lady Susan. (The movie's title comes from another Austen novella, confusing bookstore owners everywhere.) Beckinsale's replacing Sienna Miller as the formerly titular Lady Susan, a beautiful widow in 1790s England trying to land husbands for both herself and her daughter. Chloë Sevigny is playing her friend, which means that this movie is officially a Last Days of Disco reunion, only set in a place where the sexual mores are just slightly more constrained. »
- Nate Jones
Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny will reunite with their “Last Days of Disco” director Whit Stillman for period drama “Love and Friendship,” based on Stillman’s adaptation of the Jane Austen novella “Lady Susan.”
Protagonist will launch international sales at the Berlin Film Festival.
In the film set in the 1790s, Beckinsale will portray the widow Lady Susan Vernon, who has come to the estate of her in-laws to wait out the rumors about her dalliances that are circulating through polite society. She decides to secure a husband for herself and her rather reluctant debutante daughter.
The cast includes Xavier Samuel as the object of Lady Susan’s affections, and Stephen Fry, who’ll play the long-suffering husband to Lady Susan’s friend and confidante portrayed by Sevigny. Filming begins in Ireland this month.
- Dave McNary
Before Secret Wars can begin, the Marvel Universe must end. And it all starts this May as the Last Days story arcs begin in Captain America & the Mighty Avengers #8, Loki: Agent of Asgard #14, and Magneto #18…
First, Al Ewing and Luke Ross bring you a story of the people who faced the end of the world together, shoulder to shoulder in the face of destruction in Captain America & the Mighty Avengers #8. Some of them wore costumes, and some of them didn’t. Some of them had super-human powers, and all some had were each other. Yet they were all Mighty Avengers in the end. And this is how they spent their last day.
Then, ask yourself – what will your legacy be when it’s all over? Cullen Bunn and Javi Fernandez have the answers in Magneto #18. The Mutant Master of Magnetism has learned his time is all but spent. A life »
- Phil Wheat
Today, Marvel is pleased to present the first issues of three blockbuster Last Days stories, leading in to the highly-anticipated Secret Wars. Beginning in May, be there as your favorite Marvel heroes face their final hours, and the obliteration of the Marvel Universe! First, Al Ewing and Luke Ross bring you a story of the people who faced the end of the world together, shoulder to shoulder in the face of destruction in Captain America & The Mighty Avengers #8. Some of them wore costumes, and some of them didn’t. Some of them had super-human powers, and all some had were each other. Yet they were all Mighty Avengers in the end. And this is how they spent their last day. Then, ask yourself – what will your legacy be when it’s all over? Cullen Bunn and Javi Fernandez have the answers in Magneto #18. The Mutant Master of Magnetism has learned »
The Last Days in the Desert re-imagines Christ in his final period of fasting and solitude before he went back to Jerusalem to be crucified, and sees him tempted by a demon - also played by McGregor. The film sees Jesus, referred to as Yeshua, come across a family on the edges of the wilderness and become embroiled in trying to help them.
Tye Sheridan, Ewan McGregor and Rodrigo García at the Sundance Q&A Photo: Amber Wilkinson At a lively Q&A after the film's premiere at the Eccles theatre during Sundance Film Festival on Monday, McGregor and director Rodrigo García took questions from the audience concerning everything from how playing Jesus might permanently change an actor to why Garcia included a fart gag.
- Amber Wilkinson
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