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Commentators have noted that this year's Best Actor race is stacked with way more than five outstanding candidates. And they are right. But compared to Best Cinematography, Best Actor is positively paper thin. As usual, an embarrassment of riches is present in this category, which awards a film's director of photography (Dp). The cinematography branch is partial to gorgeous looking films, black-and-white films and war films. After years of resisting digital photography, the branch has also embraced 3D work this decade. Being a Best Picture nominee can also help immensely, but so can being a foreign-language film; the branch has an international eye like few others. In any particular year, most of the nominees tend to be returning contenders. Moreover, many first-time nominees (such as Philippe Le Sourde and Phedon Papamichael last year) tend to be veterans awaiting their first nomination. Having said that, there hasn't been a year with »
- Gerard Kennedy
Deloitte Corporate Restructuring Group, which specializes in reorganizing troubled companies, has taken over day-to-day operation of Modern VideoFilm. Scott Avila, a principal of Deloitte Crg, has been named CEO of the postproduction facility. He replaces Moshe Barkat, the company’s founder, who was ousted as CEO and President by the board of directors in September. Cooper Crouse, a director of Deloitte Crg, has been named President of Modern Video/Film.
Avila and Crouse’s previous job for Deloitte Crg, a subsidiary of the giant professional services and accounting firm Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd, was to manage the affairs of the financially distressed Culver Studios before its sale to Hackman Capital Partners this year. Roxanna Sassanian, a former financial officer at the Culver Studios, has been named Modern Video/Film’s CFO, replacing the ousted Hugh Miller.
Asked about Deloitte Crg, Avila told Deadline: “I can’t comment on that. I »
- David Robb
Nyff 2014: Chris’ Top 5 – A year dominated by its main slate
Not much more can be said about the sheer grandeur and highbrow allure of the New York Film Festival. Gala debuts and celebrity red carpet events have become quite the norm for the festival, making its 52nd installment no exception. No, this festival isn’t for your midnight madness crowd. Instead, the festival prides itself on broad appeal. Boasting two World Premieres, including Warner Bros.’ Paul Thomas Anderson-directed Inherent Vice and David Fincher’s film adaptation of the best seller Gone Girl from 20th Century Fox, Nyff is solidifying itself as the stomping ground for Oscar-bait material. Not quite the trendsetter as earlier film festivals such as Sundance (as the case with Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash), Nyff acts as the showstopper in order to garner attention for award season. Thus, it’s no surprise that this year’s »
- Christopher Clemente
In Paul Thomas Anderson’s sweeping vision of sunbaked ‘70s Southern California, gumshoe Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) is woken up by an ex-girlfriend, Shasta Fey Hepworth (Katherine Waterston), caught up in a messy situation. The rest of Inherent Vice feels like that confusing moment between being awake and being asleep, grabbing at sensible threads among a slew of disorienting details.
At first, the private investigator begins the search for his ex’s new lover, a real estate mogul named Mickey Wolfmann that has disappeared. Shasta suspects Mickey’s wife, who has been seeing a lover of her own, and as Doc visits her home he stumbles onto a sexy party she’s hosting for the Lapd, all of whom seem unconcerned by her husband’s absence.
Soon, Doc is navigating Aryan Brotherhood biker gangs, desert-set sex parlors, hippie music cult/communes, coke-fueled dentists’ offices and a massive cuspid-shaped building with a golden tip, »
- Zachary Shevich
Written for the screen and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
It’s not just that Paul Thomas Anderson’s movies tend to defy any one genre description; it’s that, often, it seems as if the writer-director is trying to play with many genres simultaneously. The only reason that Boogie Nights isn’t the best drama of the 1990s is that it spends a lot of time trying to be the best comedy of the 1990s instead. So Anderson’s newest, Inherent Vice, is a departure in that it mostly sticks to one style (sun-drenched film noir) and one tone (absurdist comedy). It’s also a fine film, which suffers only when measured against the insanely high standard that Anderson’s past work has set.
- Mark Young
Reviews of Paul Thomas Anderson's wildly anticipated "Inherent Vice" are rolling in. This Thomas Pynchon adaptation starring Joaquin Phoenix as a drug-addled detective in 1970s Los Angeles has already earned plenty of high marks — but on the heels of Anderson's serious "event" movies "The Master" and "There Will Be Blood," is this stoner noir too slight an effort? And how will audiences (and the Academy for that matter) receive the film when it opens in theaters on December 12? (Anne Thompson takes a stab at answering those questions here,) Here's some of the early reactions to the film, which costars Benicio Del Toro, Reese Witherspoon and Owen Wilson. (Indiewire covers its weekend Nyff premiere here.) Indiewire: "'Inherent Vice' never reaches comedically vibrant heights, but the movie has plenty of charm. While the setting returns Anderson to the "Boogie Nights" era," it trades that movie's pizzazz — not to mention. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
“The Walking Dead” celebrated its fifth season with a sprawling soiree at Universal Studios on Oct. 2, kicking off with a packed premiere screening at the AMC Universal Citywalk theater before utilizing the theme park’s eerie Halloween Horror Nights maze as a backdrop for its annual celebration.
Universal’s London Square was transformed into Terminus, the train station sanctuary that proved to be far less welcoming than the show’s survivors were expecting at the end of last season. Guests were required to walk through a foggy, zombie-infested courtyard before reaching the safety of the party, where they could steel themselves with themed tequila cocktails and small bites before entering the “Walking Dead” maze.
Cast members mingled with partygoers throughout the night, many even braving the maze despite having to deal with zombies on a daily basis on the show’s Atlanta set; star Norman Reedus was spotted taking photos »
- Laura Prudom
Between Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler" and Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice," you're going to be seeing a lot of Oscar-winning cinematographer Robert Elswit's work this year. Not only that, but you're going to be seeing a lot of Los Angeles location work in these films that showcases areas and eras of the city unique to the silver screen. When Elswit rang me up from London, where he's currently shooting the fifth "Mission: Impossible" film with director Christopher McQuarrie and star Tom Cruise, I found it a little difficult to keep from going long on all of this. Few DPs have had the opportunity to play with the City of Angels in such specific ways. Much of that is owed to Elswit's collaboration with Anderson, which has sketched the city, particularly the San Fernando Valley, almost as a character in films like "Boogie Nights," "Magnolia" and "Punch Drunk Love. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Paul Thomas Anderson’s doped-up, stoner mystery noir “Inherent Vice” premiered this weekend at the New York Film Festival (our review). It lead to elation, confusion and more, because it’s a sprawling film with a crazy narrative, but it’s also beautiful, moving and has lots on its mind. While reaction was mixed—critics seemed to love it, but some audiences were confused—perhaps one thing that everyone can agree on is the soundtrack: it’s pretty groovy, dude. The film is, of course, scored by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, and that means more than the eerie, unsettling soundscapes he’s composed for “The Master” and “There Will Be Blood” this time around. With “Inherent Vice” being set in 1970, the score features jazzy freakbeat, surfer rock, golden summery folk, paranoid electronic music and classical mystery orchestration that seems lifted right out of 1940s and ‘50s films. It’s easily »
- Rodrigo Perez
Some publications just love doing the old ‘Who’s Up, Who’s Down’ thing on a weekly basis all season long. Yawn. Let me tell you “Who’s Up.” It’s every filmmaker who can get any kind of movie made these days that is not cookie-cutter stuff ordered straight out of a studio development meeting. And “Who’s Down“? That’s all the filmmakers whose ambitious projects have been shot to pieces by clueless executives and are still looking for a way to get them made and financed.
I am not going to get into the weekly game of creating this kind of Oscar meter measure except this once. Indulge me because this weekend held a number of interesting turns of events for some of Oscar’s current favorite directors. And it says a lot about the ‘ups’ and ‘downs’ of this business and the fickle way Oscar winds blow. »
- Pete Hammond
Yesterday saw the world premiere of Paul Thomas Anderson's trippy detective yarn "Inherent Vice." It's the centerpiece film of the New York Film Festival, and along with the press screening (you can read our review of the electrifying film here), we were treated to a press conference with much of the sprawling cast (seriously – there were like ninety people on stage) and Anderson himself. You can watch the video below, as we well as the ten grooviest things we learned from the press conference. (Oh and don't expect anything from star Joaquin Phoenix – while the star was on stage he kept decidedly mum. Totally funky, man). 1.) PTA Relished Working With An Ensemble Again One of the most noticeable things about "Inherent Vice," as opposed to the last couple Paul Thomas Anderson films, is that it's much more of an ensemble ("The Master" and "There Will Be Blood" were still »
- Drew Taylor
Director Paul Thomas Anderson has a special relationship with Radiohead. He let guitarist Jonny Greenwood carry the score of his 2007 classic There Will Be Blood, and the two teamed again for 2012's The Master. This December's Inherent Vice, an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel, will feature the third Greenwood/PTA original score sandwich. But Radiohead proper — not just Greenwood — is involved this time, as well. According to Slate, which just saw Inherent Vice at the New York Film Festival, a never-released Radiohead track plays at some point during the film. Read more New York Film Fest: Will the Weighted Ballot Enable 'Inherent Vice' to Land
- Zach Dionne, Billboard
The film premiered at the New York Film Festival on October 4, and will be released in cinemas on December 12 in the Us and January 30, 2015 in the UK.
Greenwood has worked on music for film before, having provided the soundtrack to There Will Be Blood in 2007.
Watch Radiohead performing 'Spooks' in 2006 below: »
With this weekend's release of Gone Girl, director David Fincher has once again showcased the unsettling sounds of award-winning composers Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor (above). Ever since 2010's The Social Network, the duo have become a fixture of Fincher's work. The duo's deceptively minimal sound, with subtle motifs barely hiding cold electronic undercurrents, is remarkably well-suited for Fincher's trademark visual aesthetic, in which every smile and doorway can take on an air of menace if the camera lingers long enough. While he has worked with a number of composers before—most notably Howard Shore—Fincher has found »
- Joshua Rivera
Update: In a tweet to Pitchfork, Jonny Greenwood has clarified Radiohead's involvement in the new song on Inherent Vice. "Except it's really a half idea we never made work live," wrote the Radiohead guitarist. "I rewrote it and got Supergrass to play it. It's good, but not very rh!"
Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice is already one of the most anticipated films of 2014, and now there's even more reason to look forward to the first big screen adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel: According to reports, an unreleased »
"A 180-degree turn from Mr. Anderson’s relentless oil odyssey There Will Be Blood, Inherent Vice is his most comedic and anarchic film since Boogie Nights," writes Logan Hill in a profile of Paul Thomas Anderson for the New York Times. "It’s a stoner detective film so overstuffed with visual gags and gimmicks that the filmmaker said he was inspired by slapstick spoofs like Top Secret! and Airplane!" As the raves come in for the performances by Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson and Jena Malone, we're gathering these first reviews and have, of course, posted the trailer. » - David Hudson »
It’s been exciting and perhaps confounding to some to watch Paul Thomas Anderson’s career progress over the years. The director’s present day career vs. his homagistic past reveals a night and day difference. What was once hyper-controlled, keyed-up and kinetic is now low-key, hyper-relaxed and enigmatic. The opaque and mysterious “There Will Be Blood” could arguably mark the A.D. period dividing the director’s past and current self. And while a druggy, psychedelic mystery romp adaptation of Thomas Pynchon might seem to be the perfect opportunity for the filmmaker to reconcile his two halves, it doesn’t. And the film is better for it. The Anderson of “Boogie Nights” appears to have vanished, but he hasn’t died as much as matured and evolved. And his boldly singular voice is alive and well in “Inherent Vice,” a hilarious, but melancholy and intuitive stoner noir that leaves much to contemplate. »
- Rodrigo Perez
Imagine "L.A. Confidential" rewritten as a stoner comedy and you'll have a pretty good idea of Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice," which premiered October 4 at the New York Film Festival. Adapted from the novel by Thomas Pynchon, it represents a significant shift from the dramatic intensity of Anderson's recent Oscar-nominated films "There Will Be Blood" and "The Master." "Vice" approaches its story of crime and corruption with elements of absurdity. Might it be too quirky for Oscar voters? -Break- Paul Thomas Anderson--cast discuss 'loose and chaotic' style of 'Inherent Vice' at Nyff Oscar voters usually aren't known for their sense of humor – by and large, they prefer emotional dramas like "The King's Speech" and "12 Years a Slave." Consider that out of Anderson's last five features, the only one that failed to earn any nominat »
Written for the screen and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
Even if you were not around during the 1970s, Inherent Vice comes across as a faded, nostalgic memory. Being a faithful adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel, the film recounts the dying days of the free love era, laced with the look, feel and paraphernalia of the subculture. Anderson’s comedic thriller peppers itself with restless, almost out of place laughter, while dedicating itself to the themes of the early Seventies. One is reminded of private-eye classics such as Roman Polanski’s Chinatown and Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye, with traces of Zucker-Abrahams comedies like Airplane! and The Naked Gun. For many, the homage to 1970s filmmaking will be a very real and thrilling look down memory lane. For others, it’ll be a history lesson like no other found in modern day filmmaking.
Larry ‘Doc »
- Christopher Clemente
There’s been a shakeup of senior management at one of Hollywood’s top postproduction facilities. Modern VideoFilm founder Moshe Barkat is out as president and CEO, as is Hugh Miller, the company’s CFO and second-ranking officer.
Both men’s names have been removed from the company’s website listing of its management team. Before Barkat was removed, the site listed him as “the driving force behind the growth and success of the company for more than three decades.” Ironically, the site also states that “our record for stability in management and staff is reflected in our longstanding client relationships.”
Modern VideoFilm, which has provided postproduction and distribution services to the film and TV industry for more than 33 years, employs more than 500 artists, engineers, producers, technicians, client representatives and support personnel at its facilities in Burbank, Glendale, Santa Monica and Arizona.
The company has worked on high-profile film and TV shows including Avatar, »
- David Robb
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