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We’re delighted to announce that Miramax and Park Circus will give two world premiere screenings of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Academy Award-winning There Will Be Blood at Camden’s Roundhouse, alongside Jonny Greenwood’s score performed live by the London Contemporary Orchestra, conducted by Hugh Brunt.
The shows are on the 6th and 7th August, with tickets are on sale now for what sounds like a tremendously unique event that’ll draw together an orchestra of over 50 musicians, including Jonny Greenwood himself, who will play the Ondes Martenot section. His work as a film composer includes Bodysong, We Need To Talk About Kevin, Norwegian Wood and The Master.
The London Contemporary Orchestra have been performing Greenwood’s orchestral works since 2008, and in 2012 recorded that unforgettable score for The Master. I’ve got full confidence for an amazing screening and not only because of the talent involved, but also having »
- Dan Bullock
It’s been nearly six months since Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a heroin overdose, and yet his presence is still heavily felt throughout Hollywood. In addition to a lengthy and acclaimed filmography, the Academy Award winner kept up a busy work schedule until the time of his death. He had three films slated for 2014 release: John Slattery‘s directorial debut, God’s Pocket, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, and A Most Wanted Man. With the latter hitting theaters today, we thought we’d give you a look every Psh film currently available for your streaming pleasure. Whether as cynical music writer Lester Bangs in Almost Famous or hopelessly lonely boom mic operator Scott J. in Boogie Nights, Hoffman managed to steal the scene in each one of his films. If you have a Netflix account, log in and get caught up on some of the greatest performances in the last 20 years. »
- Emily Exton
With only three announcements, the annual New York Film Festival has managed to make their 52nd fest probably the biggest one of the year. I’ve been going the past few years and it’s slowly transformed into an awards season destination, but 2014 seems primed to be the year they really start to challenge the Toronto Film Festival for Oscar launch pad supremacy. Their Opening, Centerpiece, and Closing selections are always top notch selections, but this year they really seem to have outdone themselves. Nyff may very well have their best slate ever, and they’re still announcing the rest of their lineup at some point in the next few days. In the Opening spot, they’re debuting David Fincher’s Gone Girl. Fincher has been there before with The Social Network, so he certainly knows how bit a launching pad this can be. When that movie debuted, it almost »
- Joey Magidson
Excitingly, this fall’s New York Film Festival will see the debuts of not one but two of this year’s most viable Oscar contenders, with word that Paul Thomas Anderson’s thriller Inherent Vice has nabbed the festival’s centerpiece slot. Last week, we reported that David Fincher’s hotly anticipated murder mystery adaptation Gone Girl would open the festival, and now it appears that cinephiles have yet another huge reason to attend.
It’s curious that two huge titles have been announced so quickly for Nyff – typically, the Telluride International Film Festival (Tiff) announces its title before Nyff and attracts bigger names. Regardless, it’s exciting to have confirmation of the movie’s premiere, given how little we’d heard about it up until this point.
- Isaac Feldberg
Adapted for the screen and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master, There Will Be Blood) based on Thomas Pynchon's popular novel, Inherent Vice follows drug-fueled private detective Larry "Doc" Sportello who investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend's new boyfriend in 1970s Los Angeles. The highly anticipated film will have its world premiere at the 52nd annual New York Film Festival, where it will be the festival's Centerpiece showing. This marks the third film of Paul Thomas Anderson's to debut at Nyff following Punch Drunk Love in 2002 and Boogie Nights in 2002. "Every new Paul Thomas Anderson movie is an event, an experience—when the lights come up, you feel like you’ve been somewhere, and come back with your mind altered," said Kent Jones, New York Film Festival »
- Pietro Filipponi
Amir here, to welcome you to another edition of Team Top Ten, a poll of all of the website’s contributors. The topic du jour given that it's Emmy season is Best Films Adaptated from TV Series.
For as long as film and TV have coexisted, their fates, stars, successes, failures and histories have been entangled. Their ever-shifting dynamic has had an immense impact on both industries. The complexity of their relationship made devising a list like this one quite difficult, beginning with the question of what really constitutes an adaptation. For example, The Holy Grail and Life of Brian are not adapted from Monty Python's The Flying Circus; they are inspired by it, but one is more inspired than the other, so we rendered the former film eligible and the latter ineligible. On the other hand, series like Mission Impossible and Naked Gun present a different type of challenge »
- Amir S.
Think you're all that Telluride? Feeling confident in your slate Venice? Fighting for your premiere life Toronto? Well, the New York Film Festival has no plans of sitting on the sidelines in the battle for major premieres this fall movie season. On Wednesday, the Film Society of Lincoln Center revealed that David Fincher's "Gone Girl" will open the festival on Sept. 26. Friday evening it was revealed that another highly anticipated film, Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice," will be the event's centerpiece gala. Anderson's first film since 2012's "The Master," "Inherent Vice" is an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel about a detective (Joaquin Phoenix) investigating the disappearance of a former girlfriend in 1970 Los Angeles. The American auteur has recruited an incredible cast including Josh Brolin, Martin Short, Jena Malone, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon and Anderson's longtime companion, Maya Rudolph. "Vice" is currently scheduled to open in limited release on Dec. »
- Gregory Ellwood
“Inherent Vice,” writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s darkly comic 2009 crime novel, has been selected as the centerpiece gala at the 52nd annual New York Film Festival, Variety has learned.
The Oct. 4 bow will mark the world premiere of Anderson’s highly anticipated seventh feature, a 1970s Southern California-set detective yarn starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson and Benicio Del Toro. Warner Bros. has slated the film for a Dec. 12 theatrical release.
Following the announcement that David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” would make its world premiere as the fest’s opening-night entry (first reported by Variety on July 16), the selection of “Inherent Vice” bolsters Nyff’s rep as a key launchpad for high-profile fall titles, in addition to its long-standing position as an elite international-cinema showcase. For the past two years, the festival has reserved its gala slots for world premieres of such »
- Justin Chang
British actress and all round cutie Anna Friel -below ('Pushing Daisies') has replaced Chloe Sevigny on board writer/director Bobby Miller's new comedy body-horror 'Master Cleanse'. Described as 'a soulful and humorous blend of Cronenberg body-horror and old-school Amblin' the movie is currently shooting over in Vancouver with actor and co-producer Johnny Galecki ('The Big Bang Theory') seated in the leading role. Joining Friel are Kyle Gallner ('Jennifer's Body'), Kevin J. O'Connor ('There Will Be Blood') and Oliver Platt ('Fargo'). Veteran star Angelica Huston also stars. »
Jurassic World: There will be blood, evidently, in Jurrassic World, the next installment of the dinosaur series that's due in theaters next year. Director Colin Treverrow shared a photo from the film that features a bloody handprint, a good indication that things will go very, very wrong, which we would expect anytime a dinosaur gets too close to a human. The movie opens on June 12, 2015. [Twitter via Collider] Tammy: In celebration of the release of Melissa McCarthy's new comedy Tammy, in theaters on July 2, pie trucks rolled through Los Angeles, New York and Toronto over the weekend, offering free pies. McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone posed in front of one of the trucks; the couple wrote the script together, and Falcone directed. [Warner Bros...
- Peter Martin
I’m flying solo this week, but as per always the greatest movie podcast in history is delivered right to your ears by witchcraft and / or technology someplace else. But this is what we’ve got this week Vic’s Trivia Three – Awesome movie trivia that will blow your jaw clean off (maybe) Reviews – Mrs. Brown’s Boys, Chef, How To Train Your Dragon 2 A critically acclaimed screen actor quotes lines from movies he hasn’t starred in – This week our acclaimed actor takes on There Will Be Blood Ultimate Recast Reboot – Empire Strikes Back News – This weeks big stories discussed including Star Wars, Dr Strange and all things Marvel TuneIn App Users Click here – iOS / Android / Windows Phone Stitcher Users Click here – iOS / Android Subscribe on iTunes – Click here (Click view in iTunes and the click Subscribe) If you’re already a subscriber, the latest episode is ready to download. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
Jurassic World: There will be blood, evidently, in Jurassic World, the next installment of the dinosaur series that's due in theaters next year. Director Colin Treverrow shared a photo from the film that features a bloody handprint, a good indication that things will go very, very wrong, which we would expect any time a dinosaur gets too close to a human. The movie opens on June 12, 2015. [Twitter via Collider] Tammy: In celebration of the release of Melissa McCarthy's new comedy Tammy, in theaters on July 2, pie trucks rolled through Los Angeles, New York and Toronto offering free pies over the weekend. McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone posed in front of one of the trucks; the couple wrote the script together and Falcone directed. [Warner Bros.] ...
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Film scores aren't just for playing in the background any more. Ivan looks at how they're taking centre stage...
Film soundtracks have always been a strange medium. The music relies on movies for their full meaning. They're so integral to a film and its mood that to listen to them away from the big screen can seem strange to many. Others, meanwhile, take the chance outside of the cinema to pore over them in detail, or use them for background music while running or working (How to Train Your Dragon's on now, if you're wondering). It's only in recent years that another way of listening to them has become popular again: with your eyes.
Do a quick Google for "film with live score" and you'll discover a whole heap of events currently happening around the UK in which orchestras accompany a screening. Why the sudden trend? Is it »
Yes, this time around I’ll be tackling one of the biggest of the big eight categories in an effort not to save them all for very last, much like with last week. This one is arguably the second biggest of them all…the Best Actor field. This is as prestigious a category as there is ladies and gentlemen. I could go on and on in preparation right now, but at this point I know how the game works here. You all mostly just want to see the lists that I do anyhow, so I have no problem obliging you good people there in that particular regard once again. All you have to do is just be patient over the next paragraph or so and you’ll get the goods front and center… This time around, I’m once again going with the ever popular overview route for the discussion as you might have guessed. »
- Joey Magidson
Not too long ago, we were all living in the New Millennium, less affectionately known as the age of Y2K. Or if you want to be technical about it, it was the first decade of the 21st century. And during those 10 years, pop culture thrived. Not only did Nipplegate change the way we looked at Super Bowl halftime shows, but things like Laguna Beach made us rethink “reality,” Heath Ledger’s performance in The Dark Knight redefined the term “Oscar-worthy,” and Glee revived the television musical.
So with VH1′s I Love the 2000s wrapping up tonight, we thought »
- Samantha Highfill
We've finally caught our breath after Sunday night's "Game of Thrones" season finale, which was bananas in all the right ways. Unless you ask fans of the books, who all have quite a lot to say about how and why the changes the showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss made were ill advised, but that's beside the point because we're already thinking about next season! Sure, it's a year away, but that doesn't mean it's too soon to start guessing. It might be muggy out now, but winter is always coming.
We already have a few meaty bits to gnaw on thanks to the fan site Winter is Coming. As per the leaked character list, Benioff and Weiss have confirmed to EW that some of the action in the next season will take place in Dorne, home of the late, great Red Viper. It's also where Myrcella Baratheon, daughter of »
- Jenni Miller
The Marvel movies are beyond successful both with fans and financially. It’s a giant machine of perpetual motion that cranks out money-making, audience pleasing hits. However, at some point, the streak is going to die. One of their films will buck the trend and underperform causing a schism in the online film community. Some will see it as a temporary setback. A product of inevitability. Streaks can’t last forever. Eventually there will be a character or franchise that fail on the launch pad. This is the natural part of a film franchise rolling out two (or three) films per year.
Others will take it as a sign that the sky is falling. The overreaction reminds me of a scene from Iron Man 2. “If you could make God bleed, people would cease to believe in Him.” says »
- Anghus Houvouras
Six years after their last attempt, Empire Magazine has conducted a poll of over 250,000 film fans to come up with a list of the 301 greatest movies ever made. It's the 1980 classic "The Empire Strikes Back" which took the top spot, beating out the 2008 winner "The Godfather" which slipped down to second place. The Top 50 of the list are:
The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
2001: A Space Odyssey
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
- Garth Franklin
Last year I was throwin' up quickie top ten lists for each decade for archival and discussion purposes and tonight wI realized that I'd never finished the run skipping the Aughts and the 1920s and the 1910s (the latter two because I'd hoped to see more silent films before top ten'ing it). So herewith a revisit / rework of a "best of the aughts" list originally published in 2010 but many of you have joined us since!.
Care to share yours?
The party of the decade. The inspired mashup conductor (Baz) and his darling stars (Nicole, Ewan, Jim) put on the messiest craziest livelest funniest tearjerking "Spectacular! Spectacular!" show on earth. I'd never claim it's a perfect movie but flaws are endearing when you love madly and deeply. and Love Is All You Need.
02 Brokeback Mountain dir. Ang Lee (2005)
A love story for the ages. And one that quietly enrages. »
- NATHANIEL R
Justin Chang: Shortly after the Cannes Film Festival lineup was unveiled more than a month ago, I cautioned festival-goers against jumping to the conclusion that this year’s slate would be dull, disappointing, a waste of time, etc. I’m happy, if hardly surprised, to report that my optimism was well founded: No festival that gives us movies as rich and varied as “Foxcatcher,” “Leviathan,” “Two Days, One Night,” “Winter Sleep,” “Mr. Turner” and “Timbuktu” — and those are just the competition highlights — could possibly be deemed a wash. And what I’m struck by yet again, as I am year after year, is the mysterious, intuitive (sometimes counterintuitive) way that films from different filmmakers, different countries and different sections of the festival wind up in dialogue with one another (such as the great “Tree of Life”-”Melancholia” smackdown of 2011). To wit: Were the festival programmers aware that two English-language pictures in the competition, »
- Justin Chang, Scott Foundas and Peter Debruge
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