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When it comes to the Academy Awards, voters tend to think highbrow. They like to represent the best, most humane, classiest version of themselves. But don't forget the Steak Eaters. The Academy is full of them—they're red-blooded males (not just American), often directors, writers and craftspeople. They're the guys who voted for "Argo," "The Silence of the Lambs," "Braveheart," "Gladiator," "Avatar," and yes, "Crash" over "Brokeback Mountain." "They vote for big movies that make big money, good solid moviemaking with great actors and good storytelling," one veteran Oscar campaigner told me. "'True Grit' is for them." Last year this faction of the Academy voted for such mainstream hits as Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper." The Steak Eaters —and many women Oscar voters as well—will come through for George Miller in the same way they did Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" and »
- Anne Thompson
The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo (voice of Raymond Ochoa) makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.
Mychael Danna is an Academy Award-winning film composer recognized for his evocative blending of non-western traditions with orchestral and electronic music. Among his body »
- Michelle McCue
Goa — India has set an ambitious timeline for implementing the ‘single window clearance’ system of streamlined permits for international and domestic productions wishing to shoot in the country.
The Film Facilitation Office (Ffo) that was launched last week at the National Film Development Corporation’s Film Bazaar in Goa will be fully operational in four months, Information & Broadcasting Secretary Sunil Arora told Variety.
The Bazaar is currently hosting a symposium with Indian key permission givers including the Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, the Archaeological Survey of India, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Railways. Also participating were filmmakers Sudhir Mishra, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Ramesh Sippy, Anubhav Sinha, Shekhar Kapur and Shyam Benegal, and Pravesh Sahni from line production company India Take One, whose credits include “Life of Pi” and “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol”.
Arora said that the next step would be to get all the »
- Naman Ramachandran
The ministries behind India’s newly launch Film Facilitation Office are starting a series of workshops next month to open the dialogue between the central, state and local governments and representatives of the film industry to talk how to make India more filming-friendly.
Sunil Arora, Secretary, Ministry of I&B and Vinod Zutshi, Secretary of Tourism, were at Film Bazaar on Saturday to attend the invitation-only Film Tourism Symposium organised in partnership with Nfdc (which will also organise the workshops).
The four-day symposium welcomed Indian filmmakers talk directly about their needs with government representatives as well as foreign film experts. The two ministers appeared on Saturday; Shharat Sharma, Additional Director General of the Archaeological Survey of India spoke yesterday; Gk Dwivedi from the Ministry of Home Affairs will speak today; and Narenda A. Patil of the Central Railway will speak tomorrow.
Attending filmmakers said they were glad that government officials had started the Ffo and were listening »
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As part of Film Bazaar’s initiative to promote India as a filming destination, a film tourism workshop was conducted for the first time with local and international experts sharing their insight on various aspects of film tourism.
The three-day crash course, which wrapped on Friday, was presented to Incredible India delegates from the Ministry of Tourism as well as high level tourism government officials from four states, including Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab and Gujarat.
While India’s dynamic film industry offers great potential for tourism, it is a market that has not been tapped on. The workshop addressed some of the recurring issues facing the country, from incentives, marketing strategies to production infrastructure and manpower.
“With a huge filmmaking tradition, India can start at an advantageous position. The link between film and tourism is not new to them. But what’s new is to coordinate the strategies for getting more international films and to sort out »
Room, the winner of the audience award at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, tells the story of a young mother (Brie Larson) and her five-year-old son (Jacob Tremblay) who are held captive in a single room in which the boy has spent his entire life. The film’s set (the room, itself) is one of the major characters in the film, creating a “claustrophobic and upsetting nature,” as film critic Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter noted in his review.
The set is currently on display just outside of the Landmark Theater in Los Angeles.
The set will very likely produce a nomination for the production design Oscar, which may seem like an unusual accomplishment for a film that is so narrow in its scope and focus. However, given the track record of similarly “self-contained” films with the Academy, the possibility of Room »
- Patrick Shanley
Disney is hoping that Boyens will be able to help them launch a fantasy franchise with The Merlin Saga, which explores the early years of the Arthurian wizard and spans twelve volumes to date.
- Gary Collinson
Exclusive: Disney has set Philippa Boyens to script an adaptation of The Merlin Saga, based on the series of books written by T.A. Barron. Life Of Pi‘s Gil Netter is producing. It’s a coup for the studio to land Boyens, who hasn’t really worked outside her long collaboration with Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, with whom she shared the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2002 for the Best Picture winner The Return Of The King. She has teamed with Jackson and Walsh on The Lo… »
We've launched the Best Visual Effects category in our Oscars predictions center. Even though this award used to belong to summer blockbusters, 10 of the last 15 winners have been Best Picture nominees, including six of the last seven: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008), "Avatar" (2009), "Inception" (2010), "Hugo" (2011), "Life of Pi" (2012) and "Gravity" (2013). -Break- 'The Walk' visual effects wizards talk Joseph Gordon-Levitt & tightrope (Exclusive Video) That could be good news for Best Picture contender "The Martian," Ridley Scott's sci-fi blockbuster. Scott also directed previous Best Visual Effects champs "Alien" (1979) and "Gladiator" (2000). But one of the biggest question marks in this category is whether "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" will return the franchise to its former awards glory. The first " »
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Sphe) became the second studio to announce Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc releases, fueling speculation that the disc format may be in store for a resurgence.
Sony’s first batch of releases in the ultra-high-definition format, set to arrive on an unspecified date in early 2016, will include “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “Salt,” “Hancock,” “Chappie,” “Pineapple
Express” and “The Smurfs 2,” followed, the studio announced Tuesday, “by a growing roster of titles including new release film and television content.”
“By some estimates, consumers will own over 100 million Ultra HD television sets by 2019,” said Sphe president Man Jit Singh. “Sony Pictures’ 4K Ultra HD Discs will deliver consumers the ultimate home theater experience, with stunning picture and sound quality.”
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment was the first studio to announce a slate of upcoming Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc releases. At Ifa 2015 in Berlin in early September, on the heels »
- Thomas K. Arnold
One of the best actresses in Indian cinema, Tabu has given outstanding performances in films in the Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Bengali and Hindi film industries. One of the qualities that makes her such a good actress is that you never feel as if she is acting. She completely commits to her role and the arc her character goes through and she takes us on that journey with her. The actress has garnered rave reviews, as well as 2 National Awards, been awarded the Padma Shri for her contribution to cinema and many other awards during her career so far and she is still going strong.
In celebration of her birthday today we thought we would shine the light on one of our favorite actresses.
Even more beautiful now
- Stacey Yount
“The Good Dinosaur,” due in theaters Nov. 25, moves in a radically different musical direction than any previous Pixar film. It also marks the first time Pixar has employed two composers on a single score.
For this what-if animated tale (that presumes an asteroid didn’t wipe out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, allowing them to survive into the era of early man), composers Mychael and Jeff Danna dug into their Americana bag, adding fiddles, mandolin, recorders and upright piano — along with the usual 85-piece orchestra.
Director Peter Sohn and producer Denise Ream initially approached Mychael Danna on the strength of his Oscar-winning “Life of Pi” score. “We were going for a different feel for this movie, and we were pretty enthusiastic to explore other options,” Ream says. Mychael, anticipating “a crush of work,” enlisted his younger, guitar-playing sibling, Jeff, as co-writer.
The story imagines the dinosaurs as frontier settlers, and »
- Jon Burlingame
With early November being prime real estate for the annual movie awards season, you might think the AFI Fest would be a vital springboard into the Oscar race. But the blunt truth is that the event hasn’t been much of a lucky charm.
Over the past decade, films that have gone to the fest looking to establish a wave of support, only to more or less crash on the rocks, include Emilio Estevez’s “Bobby,” Robert Redford’s “Lions for Lambs,” Edward Zwick’s “Defiance” and “Love & Other Drugs,” Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar,” Sacha Gervasi’s “Hitchcock,” John Lee Hancock’s “Saving Mr. Banks” and J.C. Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year,” to name a few.
This year, the festival — which kicks off Nov. 5 — boasts three compelling world premieres in opening night, centerpiece and closing night slots, respectively: Angelina Jolie’s “By the Sea,” Peter Landesman’s “Concussion »
- Kristopher Tapley
For now, this might be the closest you come to being on Mars.
Using special headsets from Oculus and other devices, the Vr experience will put viewers in the space suit of marooned astronaut Mark Watney, played by Matt Damon in the film. It is set to be released early next year.
The experience lasts between 15 and 25 minutes, depending on how long viewers spend looking for details hidden in the experience (via The New York Times).
Stromberg operates the Virtual »
Under strict anti-piracy measures, which included sealed bags and lock-downs on all electronic equipment, Pixar’s story editor Kelsey Mann presented 30 minutes of exclusive footage and sketched images from the highly anticipated The Good Dinosaur at Rome Film Festival.
The giddy animation stalwart iterated to the packed house that several of the scenes had just been completed, with many of his colleagues still yet to see the new material.
Shown in the same narrative arc of the film - Mann introduced scenes and initial storyboard sketches with lead character Arlo (aptly a young apostaurus), along with his parents and two siblings.
Additional scenes showed the tragic circumstance that tears him away from his family, as well as the strange, vast landscape he is forced to travel on his own, where he meets characters including a spiritual stegosaurus, a quirky family of tyrannosaurus rexes and a young boy/ dog named Spot.
“Arlo’s world »
Vivek Krishnani has been appointed Managing Director of Sony Pictures India (also known as Spe Films India). His appointment will be effective November 1, 2015. Under his leadership Sony Pictures India will handle all theatrical distribution for Sony Pictures Entertainment's films. Sony Pictures Entertainment produces, acquires, and distributes its films under its various film labels: Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, Screen Gems, Sony Pictures Animation, Sony Pictures Classics, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and Sony Pictures International Productions.
Vivek was most recently Senior Vice President - Revenue and Marketing at Msm Motion Pictures. Msm Motion Pictures is the film production arm of Multi Screen Media Pvt. Ltd which is a part of Sony Pictures Entertainment Television Network. Sony Pictures Television's media networks are available in 178 countries on 81 unique channels in 29 different languages. Sony's network of television and digital channels has over 1.3 billion subscribers worldwide. Sony's television assets in India have over 650M »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
The Montclair Film Festival (Mff) and The Film Institute at Montclair State have now announced the program for their annual Behind the Screen program, a day of filmmaking workshops and panels that are free and open to the public and are assembled as a standalone partnership between the two organizations. Speakers will include Kahane Cooperman ("The New Yorker Presents"), Michael Slovis ("Game Of Thrones"), Tim Squyers ("Life Of Pi)" and Joel Stillerman ("The Walking Dead"). Register to attend at the Montclair Film Festival website. Read More: Attention, Filmmakers: Montclair Film Festival Now Open For Submissions Here is the full list of workshops and panels: Development: "The Walking Dead" – From Comic Book to TV Megahit Joel Stillerman, President of Original Programming and Development for AMC and Sundance TV, discusses how the beloved comic book "The Walking »
- Wil Barlow
Much like the Jakku video for Star Wars: The Force Awakens [see here], we’ve now got an interactive 360° video for Jurassic World, which allows you to take a motorcycle ride with Chris Pratt’s Owen. Check it out here and use your mouse to drag the video and explore the jungle surroundings…
Jurassic World is out on Blu-ray today, and sees Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) directing a cast that includes Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help), Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3), Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer), Irrfan khan (Life of Pi) and Vincent D’Onofrio (Daredevil).
- Gary Collinson
The first teaser trailer has arrived online for Roadies, the Showtime series from Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous), which stars the likes of Luke Wilson (Old School), Carla Gugino (San Andreas), Imogen Poots (She’s Funny That Way), Keisha Castle-Hughes (Game of Thrones), Rafe Spall (Life of Pi). Check it out here…
Roadies chronicles the rock world through the eyes of music’s unsung heroes and puts the spotlight on the backstage crew who get the show on the road while touring the United States for the mega stadium band Staton–House.
Roadies has been picked up for 10 episodes, and will premiere in 2016.
- Gary Collinson
Tilda Swinton is universally regarded as a captivating chameleon of a performer. Of late, she has been nearly unrecognizable in a number of films, sometimes due to heavy makeup (“Snowpiercer,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel”) and sometimes due to her versatility and acting chops (“Trainwreck”). She’s always been a delight to watch, which makes the short film “Tilda Swinton” —a whirring, meditative, and dialogue-free examination of Swinton in Shanghai— all the more enjoyable. Read More: Interview: Christopher Doyle Talks ‘Life Of Pi,’ ‘Narnia,’ And Much, Much More Directed by veteran cinematographer Christophe Doyle (“Hero,” “In The Mood For Love,” though he may be best known for memorable interviews), 'Tilda,’ set during the Shanghai solstice and shot in 2013, is a watercolor of graceful camera work. Featuring the track “Breathe” by Télépopmusik, the four-minute short manages an impressive level of intimacy. "I’ve known Tilda since she was 19 years »
- Gary Garrison
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