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Oscar-nominated filmmaker David Fincher plans to direct the pilot episode of “Living on Video,” which is the working title of his half-hour HBO project about music videos in the 1980s, TheWrap has learned.
HBO declined to comment, while attempts to reach Donen proved unsuccessful.
Not many details are known about “Living on Video” other than the fact that it focuses on the crew members who worked in the early days of music videos, though casting is currently under way.
Fincher revealed he was developing a project based »
- Jeff Sneider
Brad Pitt turns 51 this week, and ever since his emergence in classics like Thelma & Louise in the early '90s, he's been a movie heartthrob. As the years have passed, Pitt has stunned in movies like Fight Club, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Moneyball. Take a look at some of his most memorable roles, the ever-changing hair, and that gorgeous face in our collection of almost 40 pictures in honor of his birthday. »
As I'm sure you're well aware, a massive hacking of Sony Pictures has taken place, which has resulted in a flurry of revelations as emails between Sony executives and their contacts have been made public. A variety of outlets have covered the story in detail and it all reads like a dirty memoir, while at the same time offers fascinating insight into an industry that somehow manages to keep a lot of its dirty laundry quiet. You hear rumblings every now and then, but nothing too damning or revealing. With this recent hack the studio has reportedly had to suspend filming on some of its features as it can't process payments and in our first story looking at the fallout we'll take a look at the saga of one film that was once in Sony's hands and how it came to find its way to Universal. Myself and my podcast »
- Brad Brevet
All hope isn’t lost for “American Sniper.” Even though the Bradley Cooper drama about Navy Seal Chris Kyle hasn’t leapt into the award season race yet, it still holds a stealth advantage as it enters Oscar balloting — passionate fans.
The Golden Globe nominees (announced on Thursday) and SAG Awards (Wednesday) don’t necessarily take passion into account. But the Academy Award nominating system for best picture, determined by a preferential ballot (that puts more “weight” on a film ranked as No. 1 by a voter), can help out a movie like “Sniper,” which has ardent groupies. In recent years, films such as “A Serious Man,” “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” “District 9,” “Tree of Life,” “Toy Story 3″ and “Amour” were nominated in the top Oscar category because their fans loved them in a fanatical way.
Here are seven filmsthat could benefit from a similar surge this year.
1. “Unbroken »
- Ramin Setoodeh
David Ayer (End of Watch) directs an all-star ensemble cast led by two-time Academy Award® nominee Brad Pitt (Best Supporting Actor, Twelve Monkeys, 1995; Best Actor, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, 2008) in the gritty war story Fury, available on Digital HD Dec. 30 and on Blu-ray™ and DVD Jan. 27 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Set in the closing days of WWII, Pitt leads the battle-hardened crew of a U.S. Sherman tank … Continue reading →
Visual effects house Digital Domain demonstrated notable work toward advancing facial capture and the ability to create a digital human with its Oscar-winning CG version of Brad Pitt in 2008's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. On Monday, the film’s VFX supervisor Eric Barba is still working to further develop this area at Digital Domain -- and based on a demonstration clip that he recently shared with The Hollywood Reporter, the company may be getting closer to doing just that. Its new process, dubbed Direct Drive, starts with capturing a facial performance using the Mova system that earlier in its development
- Carolyn Giardina
Actress Madisen Beaty says she fears for her life after her violent ex-boyfriend beat her up during rough sex and terrorized her dog.Beaty -- who stars on "The Fosters" and also appeared in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" -- got a restraining order against ex-bf Cameron Brown. In court docs, she says Brown severely abused her and damaged her stuff by: -- repeatedly punching her in the face during rough sex -- choking »
- TMZ Staff
Ten films have made the cut with the academy's Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee. Now, all visual effects branch members will have the opportunity to view 10-minute excerpts from these shortlisted works on Jan. 10 to determine the five films that make the Oscar ballot. -Break- Even though this category used to belong to summer blockbusters, 10 of the last 14 Visual Effects Oscars have gone to a Best Picture nominee, including the last six in a row: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Avatar," "Inception," "Hugo," "Life of Pi" and "Gravity." That is great news for "Interstellar," Christopher Nolan's technologically audacious thriller about space travel. It is the overwhelming frontrunner in this race. The comic book crime fighters still in the running are: “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” a »
Aside from Hollywood stars' obvious natural physical attractiveness, it turns out there's a reason their beauty is unattainable.
According to an eye-opening new Mashable report, their secret is actually a digital procedure of sorts called "beauty work," a technique which has managed to stay underground for more than a decade. The procedure involves a handful of skilled artists using highly specialized software in the final stages of post-production to "slim, de-age and enhance actors' faces and bodies."
"Nobody looks like what you see on TV and in the movies. Everybody is altered," says Claus Hansen, who works at Method Studios, a shop in Los Angeles that specializes in video retouching. "What they see is smoke and mirrors."
Photos: Stars Without Makeup
The technology is not only be used to enhance a star's appearance, but it can even be used as a type of "digital casting" when an actor or actress appears to be too old for a role »
David Fincher’s Gone Girl has pushed its worldwide box office haul to $334.2 million this past weekend, overtaking Se7en ($327.3 million) and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ($333.9 million) to become the highest-grossing movie of his filmography.
Adapted from Gillian Flynn’s novel, Gone Girl stars Ben Affleck (Argo), Rosamund Pike (Wrath of the Titans), Emily Ratajkowski (iCarly), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Tyler Perry (Madea Gets A Job), Missi Pyle (The Artist), Patrick Fugit (We Bought a Zoo) and Scoot McNairy (12 Years a Slave).
Read our review of Gone Girl here, and listen to the Flickering Myth Podcast review in the player below…
- Gary Collinson
Blanchett has won two 'Academy Awards', three 'Screen Actors Guild Awards', three 'Golden Globe Awards' and three 'BAFTA Awards'.
She was also appointed 'Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters' by the French government in 2012.
Blanchett first gained international attention for her role as 'Elizabeth I of England' in director Shekhar Kapur's 1998 film "Elizabeth", followed by her portrayal of 'Katharine Hepburn' in Martin Scorsese's 2004 film, "The Aviator".
Blanchett's other notable films include "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1999), Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy (2001–03) and "The Hobbit" trilogy (2012–14), "Veronica Guerin" (2003), "Babel" (2006), "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (2008), and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button »
- Michael Stevens
The gears in composer Alexandre Desplat’s head are always turning. They have to be; even with a packed scheduled — he’ll see five films hit American screens before the end of 2014 — his artistic process is still one of care and contemplation. With each new score, Desplat chisels out a sound that’s recognizably story-driven, interwoven with theme and individual from his other works. In his new film, "The Imitation Game," the composer translates Alan Turing’s life into a fractaling piano score that encompasses both the mathematician’s achievements — cracking the Nazi’s "Enigma Code" with a proto-computer known as the Turing Machine — and an emotional frustration bubbling underneath the surface. If Desplat’s espionage sounds click with Oscar voters, "The Imitation Game" would net him his seventh Academy Award nomination. He previously nabbed a spot in the top five with "The Queen," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, »
- Matt Patches
Exclusive: Actor Jared Harris has signed with ICM Partners ahead of two big films in 2015, Warner Bros.’ The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Fox 2000’s summer horror remake Poltergeist. Harris is known for his turn as Lane Pryce on AMC’s Mad Men, which nabbed him a Best Supporting Actor Emmy nod. He also made a memorable mark as the menacing Moriarty of Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes: Game Of Shadows and built his film resume with appearances in I Shot Andy Warhol, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, and Stephen Spielberg’s Lincoln. More recently, Harris voiced Lord Portley-Rind in Focus Features’ animated hit The Boxtrolls and led the cast of Hammer Films’ The Quiet Ones. He also recently wrapped on Sean Penn’s The Last Face, opposite Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem. Harris is additionally repped by Gateway Management in the U. »
- Jen Yamato
Angelina Jolie is making it a family affair on her upcoming film, "By the Sea," which costars husband Brad Pitt. The couple's 13-year-old son Maddox also works on set ... as a production assistant! In an interview with DuJour magazine, the actress talks about directing her famous other half, her son's new job and her plans to continue her career behind the camera."It’s so weird," the 39-year-old beauty says in the mag's winter 2014 issue, referring to her eldest son’s new role. Vivienne, Pax and Zahara recently appeared in "Maleficent," while Shiloh was in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."Even with their busy schedules, Angelina and Brad are adamant that their six kids remain a priority, personally and professionally. In fact, she says her new film "Unbroken" was made with their kids in mind. "In the back of my mind, I wanted to make a film that would »
- tooFab Staff
By Anjelica Oswald
This summer’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, was released on Digital HD today and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on Dec. 2. 20th Century Fox is pushing its cast, including Andy Serkis for his motion-capture performance as ape leader Caesar, for supporting actor nominations, but the film also has a serious shot at a nomination for visual effects. Rise of the Planet of the Apes garnered a nomination for visual effects at the 84th Academy Awards. Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, which opened Nov. 5, is also a visual effects contender, but it is also a cinematography contender.
The nominees are chosen by specific branches of the Academy based on expertise, but voting is done by all the members. Most of the films nominated for cinematography differ from those nominated for visual effects. »
- Anjelica Oswald
Sony Classical has announced the release of the original motion picture soundtrack of The Imitation Game, a biographical drama about the English code-breaker Alan Turing starring Benedict Cumberbatchand Keira Knightley. Composed by Alexandre Desplat, the score soundtrack will be available digitally on November 10 and on CDNovember 24.
The opening track of Desplat’s score for The Imitation Game introduces a descending, rippling keyboard theme that reappears in variations in later tracks – first as a string accompaniment that sets the mood for a tragic, dramatic story. The second track skillfully interprets its title, “Enigma” (a reference to both the man Alan Turing and to the code-breaking project that made him famous), with fascinating sounds that evoke the ping of a sonar location and the underwater world, thus playing on the main theme of the story. While “U-Boats” features military sounds, other tracks such as “Carrots and Peas” provide contrasting quietness and emotion, »
- Michelle McCue
This year’s best director race is all about the Oscar virgins. Most of the contenders in the running — starting with frontrunner Richard Linklater (“Boyhood”) — have never been nominated in the category before. But one caveat to remember: predictors have been wary of declaring any locks in this competition since the Academy snubbed sure-thing contenders Ben Affleck (“Argo”) and Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty“) two years ago, so there’s always the possibility of a few surprises come Jan. 15.
If there’s another good bet in the category, it’s Norwegian director Morten Tyldum, who made “The Imitation Game” about World War II code breaker Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch). One prominent Oscar publicist calls him the Tom Hooper of this year’s race, who took home the trophy in 2011. Like “The King’s Speech,” “The Imitation Game” comes with a DNA that Oscar voters love, including a historic pedigree and »
- Ramin Setoodeh
The venture will be overseen by Guy Botham, who previously ran business operations for the visual effects firm Hydraulx, and Andrew Fowler, former vice president of visual effects and production at the Walt Disney Company.
Vitality will concentrate on beauty work, face replacement and 2D enhancements. In layman’s terms, it’s digital cosmetic surgery and body shaping that allows actors to appear blemish free, younger, older, fitter and even »
- Brent Lang
Want to know what's in contention for Best Picture? Look to Best Film Editing. No category except Best Director has as much overlap with the top category as of late. Is that how things will turn out this year? Let's take a look… That aside, the branch is also fond of suspense films, action films and war films. Musicals (if they are big players overall) and films with non-linear narratives tend to have a leg up, too. We don't tend to see film editors racking up nods like we do other disciplines, though. Michael Kahn is the all-time nominations leader with eight. And don't get me wrong – that's a lot of nominations. But compared to "all time" figures in every other crafts category, it's on the low side. So with that out of the way, what can we bank on this year? William Goldenberg won this category two years ago »
- Gerard Kennedy
Although it has no conventional tax incentives or rebates, production in the U.S. Virgin Islands is coming on strong after the economic downturn.
“Since 2009 we have done over $20 million in business,” says Steve Bornn, development manager, Film Usvi. “Local hires have significantly been impacted with crews as deep as over 100.”
Two blockbusters — “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” (Summit, pictured) and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount), which both shot on the island of St. Thomas — also helped put the islands back on the map, while commercials, fashion and TV “continue to be the bread and butter.”
This year has seen a lot of activity, including shoots for CBS’ “The Amazing Race” (St. Thomas and St. John); Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods America With Andrew Zimmern” (St. Croix); Hgtv’s “Beachfront Bargain Hunters” (four episodes); PBS Weekend Explorer; and commercials for Pottery Barn Kids, Nordstrom, Seagram, Izod, Alloy Apparel and Princess Cruises. »
- Iain Blair
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