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Read More: Indiewire Awards Season Spotlight One might think the winner here tends to be a summer blockbuster, but for the last four years the Oscar for best visual effects has gone to a high profile fall release -- three of which were also nominated for best picture. "Hugo," "Life of Pi," "Gravity" and "Interstellar" are the films we're talking about, and "The Martian" seems to fit that bit this year. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" might seem like a frontrunner among them because all three films in the original "Star Wars" trilogy won this award, yet none of the films in the second trilogy did (Episode III didn't even get nominated). And they didn't have to fend off the likes of "The Martian," either, or the bear from "The Revenant." Below is Anne Thompson's take on how things might shake down in the race for best visual effects. Check »
After giving our picks for the best cinematography of 2015, today brings conversation with some of the directors of photography from last year’s notable features. THR has gathered Robert Richardson (The Hateful Eight), Alwin Kuchler (Steve Jobs), Danny Cohen (The Danish Girl, Room), Linus Sandgren (Joy), Masanobu Takayanagi (Black Mass, Spotlight) and Mandy Walker (Truth) for a one-hour talk on their prcoess.
While it’s embarrassing that the trade couldn’t find room for Emmanuel Lubezki, Roger Deakins, Edward Lachman, Ping Bin Lee, Adam Arkapaw, John Seale, Maryse Alberti, and more, it’s interesting to hear about the experience of shooting 70mm for Quentin Tarantino‘s western from Richardson, as well as why he took his name off World War Z. Check out the full roundtable below, and Richardson’s thoughts on getting awards for CG-heavy cinematography.
I wish there were two categories for Academy Awards. There are films that are shot relatively normal, »
- Jordan Raup
Toss on the life jackets (or as they were called during WWII, “Mae Wests”) and prepare yourself for a nautical thriller, one “inspired by true events” (barely a month into 2016 and here’s the second “non-fiction” flick after 13 Hours). Now it’s not a wartime actioner with destroyers battling subs. As you may have gathered from the numerous TV spots, this story is more of “man versus Mother Nature” one, along the lines of The Perfect Storm from way back in 2000. Since then we’ve seen film heroes fighting storms and killer waves in Life Of Pi, All Is Lost, and the very recent (maybe six weeks) In The Heart Of The Sea. This new flick is not set a couple hundred years ago like that whale-hunting adventure, only 64 years next month. This is a tale of determination and courage exemplified by the Us Coast Guard in one of the most astounding sea rescues, »
- Jim Batts
Amid the massive uncertainty that permeates the film business, 20th Century Fox chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos has been a tower of consistency for the past 16 years.
Gianopulos is receiving the Producers Guild of America’s Milestone Award, the organization’s highest honor, in the wake of overseeing movies like “Avatar,” “Titanic,” “Sideways,” “Life of Pi,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “The Martian,” which won the 2016 Golden Globe for best motion picture — comedy or musical.
“It’s both humbling and intimidating when you look at the list of Milestone winners,” Gianopulo says. “Succeeding in this business is a combination of great filmmakers, great executives and especially producers — because producers are the ones with incredible vision, passion and relentless drive, who always believe that their project will be a tremendous hit. »
- Dave McNary
"Spotlight" is the Oscar frontrunner for Best Picture, which makes it ironic that Tom McCarthy is such an underdog in the race for Best Director, trailing defending champ Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("The Revenant") and veteran George Miller ("Mad Max: Fury Road") according to our racetrack odds. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions Best Picture and Best Director usually go hand-in-hand at the Oscars -- 63 out of 87 Best Picture champs also won the directing contest -- but there are some notable exceptions, including two of the last three years. In 2012, Ben Affleck's "Argo" won Best Picture even though he was famously snubbed for Best Director; Ang Lee ("Life of Pi") took the directing prize that year. And in 2013, "12 Years a Slave" was awarded Best Picture while the technically audacious "Gravity" won Best Director for Alfon...' »
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—came through for George Miller in the same way they did Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" and Alfonso »
- Anne Thompson
After months of festival screenings, schmoozing luncheons, and lesser award shows, this year's Oscar season finally got real and cut the dead weight this morning when the Academy Awards announced the final roster of nominees. As is always the case, there were a number of pleasant surprises (congrats on that Best Visual Effects nod, Ex Machina!).
And, naturally, there were a much larger number of devastating omissions, as dreams were dashed and the toilets into which studios sunk their campaign dollars were finally flushed. Some of the snubs were probably deserved, »
Back in 2013 it was revealed that The Mark Gordon Company had reached an agreement with the estate of C.S. Lewis to adapt The Silver Chair, with Life of Pi screenwriter David Magee brought in to write the script for the next instalment in The Chronicles of Narnia.
We’ve heard very little since then, but now Collider has an update on the project from producer Mark Gordon, who has revealed that the new film will serve as a reboot to the franchise.
“We’re hoping to be able to make the movie very shortly,” states Gordon. “We’re very excited about it. It’s all going to be a brand new franchise. All original. All original characters, different directors, and an entire new team that this is coming from.”
The Narnia film series launched in 2005 with The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and was followed »
- Gary Collinson
The next film in the Narnia franchise, The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Silver Chair, the fourth in the series, will reboot the franchise and will have a new director and new cast, so says producer Mark Gordon.
Speaking with Collider, Gordon said that we could see the film start shooting very soon.
“We’re hoping to be able to make the movie very shortly,” states Gordon. “We’re very excited about it.”
David Magee, who wrote the Academy Award-winning Life Of Pi, has scripted The Silver Chair. Despite the fact that the movie features Eustace Scrubb, played by Will Poulter in the last movie, The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, it seems that Gordon and co. are going with a completely new cast, despite Poulter’s star shining brighter than it has ever been (he appears in this weekend’s big opener, The Revenant).
“No, it »
- Paul Heath
Just over 10 years ago, The Chronicles of Narnia franchise launched with the big screen adventure The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, which paved the way for 2008's The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and 2010's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader. It's been over two years since we heard anything about the fourth installment, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, with a December 2013 report that Life of Pi writer David Magee came aboard to write the script. Today we have a new update from producer Mark Gordon, who reveals that The Silver Chair will reboot the franchise entirely. Here's what he had to say, when asked if any characters from the first three movies would be involved.
"We're hoping to be able to make the movie very shortly. We're very excited about it. No, it's all going to be a brand new franchise. »
It's been a little over five years since the release of The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, and besides the hiring of Life Of Pi writer David Magee to script The Silver Chair, there hasn't been much movement on the planned fourth installment in the film series. Back in 2013, The C.S. Lewis Company joined forces with The Mark Gordon Company to develop the next sequel, and... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Our countdown of the 100 best films of the 21st century continues. This is Part 2 #75 through 51.
Click here for Part 1 (#100-76)!
The first decade and a half of the 21st century has brought a lot of changes to the landscape of film. The advancement and sophistication of computers has made realistic computer generated effects a mainstay in both big-budget and small-budget films. The internet and streaming technologies have given big Hollywood new competition in films produced independently and by non-traditional means. We went from purchasing films on yards of tape to plastic disks, and now we can simply upload them to the cloud. Advertisements for films have reached a higher, more ruthless level where generating hype through trailers and teasers is crucial for a film’s commercial success. Movie attendance has fluctuated along with the economy, but that hasn’t stopped films from breaking box office records, including having films gross »
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Of the seven novels penned by celebrated author C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian and 2010’s The Voyage of the Dawn Treader made the leap to the big screen, culminating in a worldwide box office haul north of $1.5 billion. Despite a respectable financial turn, such success didn’t prevent the live-action fantasy franchise from fading into relative obscurity, muscled out of the Ya film space by the dystopian juggernauts of The Hunger Games and Summit Entertainment’s Divergent Series.
How and ever, half a decade has passed since Narnia was last realized on screen, and Collider reports that Aslan may be ready to roar once more for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair. Last we reported, David Magee (Life of Pi) had turned in a first draft of the script, though clearly his initial vision has evolved, with the film’s producer Mark Gordon »
- Michael Briers
Could a Chronicles of Narnia reboot be in play with The Silver Chair?! Come inside to find out!
It's been a few years since we saw the Pevensies treking across Narnia and saving its inhabitants. If what a recent report from Collider is true, we won't be seeing them again. The report talks about a conversation had with Life of Pi and Finding Neverland writer, David Magee. Magee is also the writer of The Silver Chair, the fourth book in the C.S. Lewis Series.
When probed over an Eta on the Silver Chair, Magee said, "We’re hoping to be able to make the movie very shortly. We’re very excited about it."
That's a really good sign of things to come, without getting an official announcement from Disney! The Silver Chair takes place many years in the future and follows an older King Caspian in his search for his son, »
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Guillermo del Toro, John Krasinski and Ang Lee will join Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs to announce the Oscar nominations for the 88th Academy Awards on Thursday, January 14, starting at 5:30am West Coast time at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California.
Guillermo del Toro, the Original Screenplay Oscar nominated director for Pan's Labyrinth (El Laberinto Del Fauno) and two-time Best Achievement in Directing Oscar winner Ang Lee (whose awards were for Brokeback Mountain and Life Of Pi will announce the nominees for Animated Feature Film, Cinematography, Costume Design, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Song, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Rise and shine Thursday with filmmakers Guillermo del Toro ("Crimson Peak") and Ang Lee ("Life of Pi"), actor John Krasinski (Michael Bay's upcoming "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi"), and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who will announce the 2016 Oscar nominees in all 24 categories live from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills—beginning at (wince) 5:30 a.m. Pacific. Lee and del Toro will handle Animated Feature Film, Cinematography, Costume Design, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Song, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing. Krasinski and Boone Isaacs will announce the nominees for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Directing, Film Editing, Foreign Language Film, Original Score, Best Picture, Production Design, Visual Effects, Adapted Screenplay, and Original Screenplay. The 88th »
- Matt Brennan
Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Guillermo del Toro, John Krasinski and Ang Lee will announce the 88th Academy Awards nominations in all 24 Oscar categories at a special two-part live news conference on Thursday, January 14, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
Wamg will again be there for the announcement and will be reporting from the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
At 5:30 a.m. Pt, del Toro and Lee will announce the nominees in the following categories: Animated Feature Film, Cinematography, Costume Design, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Song, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.
At 5:38 a.m. Pt, Krasinski and Boone Isaacs will take the stage to unveil the nominations for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Directing, Film Editing, Foreign Language Film, Original Score, Best Picture, Production Design, »
- Melissa Thompson
The first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray titles will arrive in stores roughly eight weeks from now via Fox Home Entertainment based on multiple online pre-orders that have popped up over the past couple days.
The official online Fox Connect store is promoting the studio's 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray launch lineup right on the website's home page. Those titles include The Martian, Exodus: Gods and Kings, Wild, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Hitman: Agent 47, The Maze Runner, Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, The Kingsman: The Secret Service, Life of Pi, and Fantastic Four (2015).
Better yet, Fox Connect lists the release date for all 10 of these 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray titles as March 1, 2016, which happens to fall on the traditional home video release weekday of Tuesday. The titles and date are corroborated by a similar pre-order page at Best Buy and individual 4K Blu-ray pre-order pages at Amazon.com, such as the »
15 years ago today, we finally learned the cause of Homer Simpson’s sub-normal intelligence. “The Simpsons” episode “Homr” gave us an answer as to how Homer could get his arms stuck in not one but two vending machines and forget the word for spoon (“that metal … dealy… you use to… dig… food?”). In that season 12 episode — which aired on January 7, 2001 — an x-ray reveals that Homer has a crayon lodged in his brain that’s been there since he was six years old. When Homer gets the crayon removed, his Iq skyrockets, and he’s suddenly no longer the village idiot. But once he realizes he’s happier when he’s dumber (despite a newfound connection to his intelligent daughter Lisa), he has the crayon re-inserted into his brain. Other notable January 7 happenings in pop culture history: • 1929: The comic strip “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century” (then called “Buck Rogers 2429 A. »
- Emily Rome
King Louie and Scarlett Johansson’s sinister serpent Kaa may have occupied the limelight with yesterday’s poster, but Disney’s next entry into its awe-inspiring triptych poster for The Jungle Book is all about Idris Elba’s glowering Shere Khan.
As fearsome as ever, Elba will be lending his dulcet tones to the role of the battle scarred Khan, who wants nothing more than to chase out Mowgli (Neel Sethi) from the jungle he calls home. Incorporating live-action and practical effects, the House of Mouse is rendering the jungle using a similar technique to that found in Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, and already this modern retelling is shaping up to be a beauty.
- Michael Briers
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