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Abu Dhabi Film Festival (Oct 23-Nov 1) has released the names of its jury members, who will select the award winners of this year’s Adff competitions.
This year’s Narrative Features jury led by Mumbai-based actor Irrfan Khan (The Lunchbox, Life of Pi) will be rounded out by Algerian novelist and academic Waciny Laredj, award-winning English writer-director Steven Shainberg, Australian film director Cate Shortland and Palestinian actor Ali Suliman.
The panel evaluating the New Horizons section led by Paris-based film producer Catherine Dussart (The Missing Picture) includes Syrian actor Bassel Al Khayat, Moroccan filmmaker Leila Kilani, Geneva-based Indian filmmaker Anup Singh and film critic Charles Tesson, artistic director of Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival.
Heading the Documentary Features jury is Brooklyn-based director and cinematographer Christina Voros. The other jury »
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A film enthusiast with a penchant for Lego has re-created some of the most famous movie scenes in history for a short film that you can.t help but be charmed by. You can check out his creation below, and it.s a pretty delightful way to spend just over two minutes of your day. Pretty nifty stuff, I think you.ll admit. What makes this video even more remarkable is that a 15-year-old schoolboy by the name of Morgan Spence created it. When I was 15 I couldn.t even turn on an Atari. Spence spent three weeks assembling his rather ingenious short, which pays homage to the likes of Life Of Pi, Titanic, Dracula, The Shining and The Wizard Of Oz. However that doesn.t even come close to documenting the films that Spence has honored. Spence starts off at the Academy Awards where a presenter declares, "Here are »
Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as “Tomorrowland.” Bird has gathered a great team behind the lens with Oscar® winning director of photography Claudio Miranda (“Life of Pi,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), production designer Scott Chambliss (“Star Trek,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Cowboys & Aliens”), Oscar® nominated costume designer Jeffrey Kurland (“Inception,” “Ocean’s Eleven”) and Academy Award®-winning editor Walter Murch (“The English Patient,” “Cold Mountain”). Tomorrowland will be released through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures on December 12, 2014. »
If 9/11 hasn’t dampened your enthusiasm for the sight of jetliners crashing into buildings, or if you’ve ever longed to see “The Dark Knight” reborn as a witless Taiwanese buddy-cop movie, then you may well be part of the desired audience for “Black & White: The Dawn of Justice.” Although about a half-hour shorter than 2012’s “Black & White Episode 1: The Dawn of Assault,” this big, noisy, flashy, junky, altogether pitiful excuse for a blockbuster represents a much more bloated affair in terms of scale and expense, its frenetic mayhem and CGI explosions demonstrating only slightly more modulation than star Mark Chao’s permanent humorless scowl. The eminently commercial, eminently disposable result has grossed more than $16 million since opening earlier this month in China and Taiwan, but looks to have limited reach beyond Asian markets.
Once again the setting is the fictional metropolis of Harbor City, where we’ve barely »
- Justin Chang
Drone strikes gone wrong, thrilling chases in the back alleys of the Middle East, Saul, Quinn, Carrie … the gang's all here for Homeland season 4. Except Brody, of course, who finally died at the end of last season, leaving Carrie both mourning his loss and carrying his baby. (His death was sad, but at least we don't have to suffer through any more weird Dana subplots, so, hooray to that.) She's the bomb.The new season kicks off with Carrie (Claire Danes) stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan, ordering a drone strike on a rural farmhouse in Pakistan, thanks to a tip from »
- Gillian Telling, @gilliantelling
What does Homeland look like (mostly) minus Nicholas Brody?
The Showtime drama answered that question with Sunday night’s double-episode Season 4 premiere, which found Carrie serving as Station Chief in Kabul after trading away her cushy Istanbul gig for one that disallows dependents — carrot-topped cuties included.
But more on poor Frannie in a bit.
Related Showtime Boss Weighs In on Homeland Season 3 Backlash
The season opens with a literal bang, as Carrie oversees a strike on a Pakistani farmhouse, inside which is No. 4 baddie Haissam Haqqani. The intel came from a usually reliable source of Station Chief Sandy Bachman’s, »
Showtime’s Homeland concluded a trilogy of sorts with its Season 3 finale, as Nicholas Brody (played by Damian Lewis) — a disgraced Marine sergeant who loomed large as both a sometime threat to his own country and as a pivotal figure in CIA officer Carrie Mathison’s life — was written off the canvas in a quite definitive manner.
Related Homeland Season 4 Scoop on Carrie and Quinn
With Brody removed from the equation, Carrie (Claire Danes) stationed in Islamabad Kabul and her onetime boss Saul Berenson toiling for a private military contract as Season 4 opens this Sunday at 9/8c (with two new »
The anguish and guilt of a policeman whose young daughter has gone missing are powerfully conveyed in “Sunrise,” the first dramatic feature by Indian helmer Partho Sen-Gupta since the well-received “Let the Wind Blow” (2004). A gripping psychological drama set in the seediest quarters of Mumbai, the pic cleverly weaves fantasy and reality so that neither can be taken at face value. The result is an intense, very well-performed tale that will doubtless spark debate in India, where, according to the most recent government figures, a staggering 53% of children are reported to have experienced sexual abuse. Following its world premiere in Busan, “Sunrise” ought to notch significant festival mileage and is well worth the attention of specialty broadcasters. Local release details are pending.
With all but its first and final scenes taking place during frequently torrential rainfall, “Sunrise” opens with a virtually dialogue-free 10-minute sequence establishing the fractured existence of Lakshman Joshi (Adil Hussain, »
- Richard Kuipers
The site indicates that the majority of the film will be shot in Vancouver, Canada while some of it will be filmed in Seoul, South Korea. Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon has confirmed on his personal Facebook page that he had met with "Star Trek 3" producer Jeffrey Chernov and filming will take place in Seoul in the first half of next year.
- Garth Franklin
Star Trek 3 director Roberto Orci may not have any experience behind the camera, but he’s found someone to help him out that will more than make up for his shortcomings. According to TrekMovie, Orci has enlisted Academy Award winner Claudio Miranda to be his cinematographer.
Miranda’s work includes such visually stunning films as Life of Pi (for which he won his Oscar), Oblivion, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Tron: Legacy. He also recently shot Brad Bird’s new film Tomorrowland. So, even if Orci completely fumbles and ruins Star Trek, at least it will look amazing.
In all seriousness though, this is a big win for Orci and a very smart move. The fact that Star Trek 3 is his directorial debut puts him at a bit of a disadvantage, as he has to not only take the reigns from the much more experienced J.J. Abrams, »
- James Garcia
Now that we're done, at least for a while, with the whole William Shatner cameo saga, we have some actual facts to report regarding Star Trek 3. First of all, while the upcoming sequel will mostly be shot in Vancouver, British Columbia, some of it will in fact be lensed in Seoul, South Korea. And it looks like Oscar winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi, Tron: Legacy) will be joining writer/director Roberto Orci behind the camera. This marks the first time a Star Trek movie has ever been shot digitally. Hit the jump for more on Star Trek 3. The film is expected to shoot early next year for a release in the summer of 2016. According to TrekMovie Miranda will replace prior Trek lenser Daniel Mindel, who is currently shooting Star Wars: Episode VII with director J.J. Abrams: Unlike Star Trek Into Darkness, which retained most of »
- Evan Dickson
The Oscar win Claudio Miranda enjoyed for Life of Pi started some conversations, as that film was shot with a heavy blend of real and CG environments. But Miranda’s skill in leading a crew that works with such a combination of elements should serve him very well for his next gig. Miranda (above, center) has […]
- Russ Fischer
Things are reportedly changing both in front of and behind the camera for the third outing of the rebooted Star Trek cinematic universe. With Roberto Orci seemingly locked in place as director, Trekmovie’s sources have heard that he’s hired respected cinematographer Claudio Miranda to work on the new film, with the pair planning to shoot digitally.That’s a marked change from both the 2009 film and last year’s Into Darkness, which were both shot on film thanks to J.J. Abrams’ preference for the old ways. Still, Miranda is a smart choice for anyone looking to get the best out of digital photography: he won the cinematography Oscar for Life Of Pi and worked on the equally gorgeous likes of Tron Legacy and The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button.It’s not surprising that Orci would want to bring in fresh faces for his assumption of the director's chair, »
Meet the new, improved “Homeland.” After two disappointing seasons, the Showtime series’ dramatic culmination of its original story has shifted the focus squarely onto Claire Danes’ complex CIA operative, and simultaneously allowed the producers to shed more irritating elements (see Brody, Dana). What emerges, then, in a two-episode premiere and subsequent hour is a show that lacks the initial kick the program delivered, but plays like a smart, spare thriller — “24,” without the James Bond-style super-heroics. “Homeland” might never be a truly great series again, but if it stays on this path it will be an eminently watchable one.
Admittedly, the show has a lot of recovering to do as it pivots to face a new threat. Not only is it without the character of Nicholas Brody (as played by Damian Lewis), but the death of actor James Rebhorn has deprived the producers of his talents as the father of Danes’ Carrie Mathison. »
- Brian Lowry
Two-time Oscar nominated director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) has wrapped principal photography on The Sea of Trees, which filmed on location in Japan and Massachusetts, starring Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar, Mud, The Wolf of Wall Street), Ken Watanabe (Inception, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Last Samurai) and two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts (The Impossible, 21 Grams, King Kong, Mulholland Dr.). The cast also includes actors Katie Aselton (star of FX's The League) and Jordan Gavaris (Orphan Black).
Arthur Brennan (McConaughey) treks into Aokigahara, known as the The Sea of Trees, a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan's Mount Fuji where people go to contemplate life and death. Having found the perfect place to die, Arthur encounters Takumi Nakamura (Watanabe), a Japanese man who has also lost his way. The two men begin a journey of reflection and survival, which affirms Arthur's will »
Two-time Oscar nominated director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) has wrapped principal photography on "The Sea of Trees", which filmed on location in Japan and Massachusetts, starring Oscar winner Mathew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar, Mud, The Wolf of Wall Street), Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (Inception, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Last Samurai) and two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts (The Impossible, 21 Grams, King Kong, Mulholland Drive). The cast also includes actors Katie Aselton (star of FX's The League) and Jordan Gavaris (Orphan Black). Arthur Brennan (McConaughey) treks into Aokigahara, known as the The Sea of Trees, a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan's Mount Fuji where people go to contemplate life and death. Having found the perfect place to die, Arthur encounters Takumi Nakamura (Watanabe), a Japanese man who has also lost his way. The two men begin a journey of reflection and survival, which affirms »
- Press Release
Marcos Jorge’s O Duelo is based on Home Is the Sailor and will have the most VFX shots of any film in the history of Brazilian cinema.
The work of Brazilian novelist Jorge Amado inspired one of the most ambitious films presented this year at the RioMarket (Sept 24 - Oct 8), the industry side of the Rio International Film Festival.
Currently in post-production, Marcos Jorge’s O Duelo is based on Home Is the Sailor, one of the more than 40 books written by Amado.
One of the most internationally celebrated Brazilian authors, Amado’s books have been published in 55 countries and translated into 49 languages. In sales, he was only surpassed by Paulo Coelho. Amado died in 2001, aged 88.
Published in 1961, Home Is The Sailor chronicles the arrival of an alleged Master Mariner in a small port city. Vasco Moscoso Aragão loves to tell larger than life stories of the sea, which always involving exotic locations and sexy women »
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With the help of "Frozen" characters coming onboard, the fourth season premiere of ABC's fantasy drama "Once Upon a Time" hit a two year high with 9.3 million viewers and a 3.4 rating - up 30% in last year's Live+Same Day results.
The results weren't so pleasant for ABC's other shows - "Resurrection" fell from a 3.8 for its mid-season premiere to a 2.2 for its second season bow. The fourth season of "Revenge" similarly plummeted with a 1.4 rating - down from 2.4 for last season's premiere. [Source: The Live Feed]
Jon Hamm ("Mad Men"), Rafe Spall ("Life of Pi") and Oona Chaplin ("Game of Thrones") are set to co-star in a 90-minute special of the anthology series "Black Mirror". It will be broadcast on Channel 4 in December.
Filming begins this week on three interweaved stories of "Yuletide techno-paranoia". Hamm's character appears in all three stories. [Source: Screen]
Naomi Campbell has jumped onboard Fox's hip-hop drama »
- Garth Franklin
Even though the Best Visual Effects Oscar used to belong to summer blockbusters, 10 of the last 14 winner have been Best Picture nominees, including the last six in a row: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Avatar," "Inception," "Hugo," "Life of Pi," and "Gravity." -Break- Poll: Do 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' and other Marvel movies deserve Oscars? That could be good news for Best Picture contender "Interstellar," Christopher Nolan's latest sci-fi drama. He also directed the aforementioned "Inception." "Birdman" and "Unbroken" could also capitalize on this fact. No comic book movie has won Best Visual Effects since "Spider-Man 2" in 2004. It's the only such film to win the race competitively; before that "Superman" won a Special Achievement Award for its effects in 1978. But numerous comic-book »
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
David Fincher‘s Gone Girl, an adaptation of Gillian Flynn‘s 2012 bestselling novel about the marriage of Amy and Nick Dunne — 8.5 million copies sold — that was scribed by Flynn herself and stars Rosamund Pike (Amy) and Ben Affleck (Nick), opened the 2014 New York Film Festival on Friday night with multiple screenings at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and a lavish after-party at Central Park’s Tavern on the Green.
The New York Film Fest has a hit-or-miss track record with opening night films in recent years:Mystic River (2003), Good Night, and Good Luck(2005), The Queen (2006), The Social Network(2010), Life of Pi (2012) and Captain Phillips (2013) all went on to land best picture Oscar nominations — but Celebrity (1998), The Darjeeling Limited (2007) and Carnage (2011) were entirely ignored by the Academy.
Into which grouping will Gone Girl eventually fall?
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- Anjelica Oswald
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