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Focus Features is back in indie territory roughly a year after the label underwent another massive shakeup.
The company’s chairman Peter Kujawski told a crowd of journalists assembled at the beach in front of the J.W Marriott on Friday afternoon that Focus had successfully repositioned itself as a home for top filmmakers. On a balmy day, as the waves lapped against the seashore, he unveiled a slate of films that included movies from Joe Wright, Sofia Coppola, Stephen Frears and Garth Davis that might in the hunt for Oscar glory.
“We believe filmmakers thrive when they are supported,” said Kujawski.
Kujawski was named chairman in 2016 in a housecleaning that ousted Peter Schlessel from the top spot. His talk boasted roughly 20 minutes of clips, including footage of “Atomic Blonde,” an action thriller with Charlize Theron as a »
- Brent Lang
On May 21 in Cannes, Sierra/Affinity president and CEO Nick Meyer will receive Variety’s Achievement in International Film award.
“Nick’s earned a place in our business that very few achieve — as an expert in the international marketplace,” says Entertainment One president and CEO Darren Throop. “He’s our main source of advice and information when it comes to selecting and curating content for our platform.”
But the long-term success of his or any production/finance/sales outfit seemed far from certain when Meyer launched Sierra Pictures in 2009, right on the heels of specialty division closings — including one he ran — at the height of a global recession.
“It was the worst economy since the Depression, when the Dow was at its lowest,” Meyer says today. “But if you’re prepared to do the work, there are going to be opportunities.”
So while many were predicting doom and gloom, Meyer »
- Gregg Goldstein
An outpouring of love and support from Hollywood followed the announcement that former Paramount chief Brad Grey died on Sunday of cancer at age 59.
In addition to running Paramount for a dozen years, Grey notably co-founded the Brillstein-Grey Entertainment agency and co-founded Plan B. Some of the blockbuster hits produced at Paramount under Grey’s leadership included “Transformers,” the Paranormal Activity, and Iron Man franchises, and “Star Trek.” Many awards season favorites also fall under his name, like “There Will Be Blood,” and “No Country for Old Men.” Prior to his work at Paramount, Grey produced “The Sopranos” and “The Wayne Brady Show,” among many others.
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“All of us at Paramount are deeply saddened by the news of Brad Grey’s passing. He was at the helm of the studio for »
- Seth Kelley
Former Paramount Pictures CEO Brad Grey has died from cancer at age 59. Grey served as the head of Paramount for the past 12 years, stepping down just this past February. He died with his family by his side at his home in Holmby Hills, California.
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Prior to joining Paramount, Grey co-founded management and production company Brillstein-Grey Entertainment with Bernie Brillstein. At Bge, he executive produced shows including “The Sopranos” and “The Larry Sanders Show.”
Grey also co-founded Plan B with Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston before the couple split and Pitt took control of the company, Deadline reported. Grey left Plan B for Paramount shortly before production began on Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed,” which won for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Plan B had a first look deal with Paramount for several years before »
- Graham Winfrey
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Damnation, created by Longmire producer Tony Tost, has been greenlit officially at the basic cable network, TVLine has learned. The hour-long drama is described as a 1930s-set saga about the “mythic conflict and bloody struggle between big money and the downtrodden, God and greed” and “charlatans and prophets” in America’s heartland.
Author: Dave Roper
So, we come to the end of this particular series. We’ve covered a number of aspects of the creative input into film-making, including actors, actresses, writers composers, and directors (in two parts). We’ve stopped short of costume, make-up, special effects, art design and others, however our final stop is Cinematography. The Dop exerts plenty of influence over the look of the film. Yes, lighting, production design and the director’s vision are key too, but the consistency and persistence with which certain directors stick with and return to a trusted Dop shows just how much they contribute.
Seven has a unique visual aesthetic. Plenty of films have gone for the “always raining, always dark” approach, but contrast Seven with something like AvP: Requiem for a shining example of how hard it is to pull off effectively. And contrast is the word. Seven »
- Dave Roper
Thom Yorke will compose the score for upcoming remake of Dario Argento's 1977 cult favorite Suspiria. Italian director Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name, I Am Love) will direct the new version of the horror classic. These are going to be some mighty big shoes to fill for Yorke and Guadagnino as the score and lighting, respectively are arguably two of the most iconic features of the original Suspiria. Guadagnino has teased that he will be taking a different approach to the coloring, making it "cold, evil, and really dark." So what is Yorke's score going to sound like?
Yorke is best known for his work as the lead singer/multi-instrumentalist from Radiohead, in addition to his solo work and Atoms for Peace. He will be scoring the remake on his own. Though only speculation, the sounds of Yorke's Prophet 08 synthesizer will fit the bill perfectly. But Yorke is »
Author: Zehra Phelan
The reimagining of Dario Argento’s cult horror classic Suspiria, which is to be helmed by Luca Guadagnino, has found its musical muse to work on the score for the film: Radiohead’s very own Thom Yorke.
Yorke is best known as the singer and main songwriter for Radiohead, is diving in on what will be a first in his career. His fellow bandmate Jonny Greenwood has scored films such as There Will be Blood and The Master, and Suspiria will mark a new stage in Yorke’s musical career.
The remake is set in 1977 Berlin and follows a young American woman (Dakota Johnson) who joins a prestigious dance company. She arrives just as one of the members mysteriously disappears and begins to suspect that the dance troupe is harbouring a disturbing secret. Tilda Swinton, Chloë Grace Moretz, Mia Goth and Jessica Harper also star.
In a statement, »
- Zehra Phelan
Walter Bishop is becoming an actual bishop.
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The film is a reimagining of Dario Argento’s cult classic. The new version of the horror film is directed by Luca Guadagnino, the critically acclaimed filmmaker behind “Call Me By Your Name” and “I Am Love.” Yorke is best-known as the singer and principal songwriter behind the alt-rock band Radiohead. “Suspiria” marks the first time he scored a feature film.
“Suspiria” is set in 1977 Berlin and follows a young American woman who joins a prestigious dance company. She arrives just as one of the members mysteriously disappears. As her stock in the company rises, she begins to suspect that the dance troupe is harboring a disturbing secret.
- Brent Lang
Aside from its political theme, little is known about Ahs‘ seventh installment, save for a few inspired castings: Billie Lourde (Scream Queens) and Billy Eichner (Difficult People). As for which previous Ahs cast members are expected to return, »
Let’s all pray there are no addiction demons in this one.
Greenfield later shared the news via Twitter.
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No word yet on who Greenfield will play. Fans of American Horror Story will recall that the actor showed up in anthology series’ Hotel season as Gabriel, a drug addict who was raped by the horrifying Addiction Demon while at the Cortez.
The 10-episode FX drama centers »
Bradley Cooper stops by Ellen DeGeneres couch on Friday and shares some details about how he got into character as a talking raccoon named Rocket in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies. “We came up with a totally different voice,” Cooper told DeGeneres on her show to promote the release of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” The actor said that he approached the films’ writer-director James Gunn wanting to use a gravelly voice like Daniel Day Lewis’ miner character Daniel Plainview in “There Will Be Blood.” Also Read: 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' Post-Credits Scene Explained: Who is 'Adam'? »
- Thom Geier
Need to catch up? Check out our previous Fargo recap here.
First, a super ’70s flashback to the younger days of Ennis, aka sci-fi author Thaddeus Mobley: He’s approached by sleazy film producer Howard Zimmerman, who wants to put his latest book on the big screen. Soon, Thad is caught up in the Hollywood lifestyle, sniffing coke and hooking up with a young actress named Vivian — and handing »
Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood will score a new film starring Joaquin Phoenix, You Were Never Really Here, that will premiere at Cannes Film Festival, which runs May 17th through 28th, The Playlist reports.
Lynne Ramsay directed You Were Never Really Here, which is an adaptation of Jonathan Ames' novella of the same name. The film tells the story of a war veteran who tries to save a young girl from a sex trafficking ring. Greenwood previously scored Ramsay's 2011 thriller, We Need to Talk About Kevin.
Ramsay is the only »
Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood is writing the score for Lynne Ramsay’s sex trafficking thriller “You Were Never Really Here,” starring Joaquin Phoenix. According to The Playlist, a spokesman for Imr International confirmed that the English musician is scoring the film, which will screen at Cannes later this month.
Greenwood collaborated with Ramsay in her last film before “You Were Never Really Here,” 2011’s thriller/drama “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” which starred Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly. The guitarist has also scored four films for Paul Thomas Anderson — “There Will be Blood” (2007), “The Master” (2012), “Inherent Vice” (2014), and the director’s upcoming fashion drama, “Phantom Thread,” starring Daniel-Day Lewis.
Written and helmed by Ramsay, “You Were Never Really Here »
- Yoselin Acevedo
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The Age of Shadows (Kim Ji-woon)
Eyebrows were raised when it was announced that South Korea will submit the as-yet-unreleased espionage thriller The Age of Shadows for Oscar consideration instead of Cannes hits The Handmaiden and The Wailing. Premiering out of competition at the 73rd Venice Film Festival, writer/director Jee-woon Kim’s return to Korean-language cinema after a brief stint in Hollywood with the Schwarzenegger-starrer The Last Stand turns out to be a worthy choice that makes »
- The Film Stage
The Performer | Freddie Highmore
The Show | Bates Motel
The Episode | “The Cord” (April 24, 2017)
The Performance | Throughout the superlative A&E drama’s five-season run, Highmore has slayed us over and over again not just by revealing the depths of the mental illness that transformed Norman into his “psycho” Mother but by doing so without ever letting us forget the sweet boy trapped in the prison of his own warped mind. In the series’ heartbreaking final episode, the actor — infuriatingly never Emmy-nominated — took a last “stab” at it, delivering a performance that could only be described as killer.
First, Highmore vanished into Mother, »
Nobody picks movies like Daniel Day-Lewis. The three-time Oscar winner has never acted in a film earning a negative aggregate score on Metacritic, giving him an average individual score of 73, higher than any other actor today. Day-Lewis’s highest rated films on the site are “There Will Be Blood” (92) and “Lincoln” (86). Second on the list of highest average scores is Michael Fassbender, at 69, and John C. Reilly, at 66.
How are these scores calculated? A recent study by Vox analyzed Metacritic data to rate actors based on the reviews of their films. (Metacritic scores films from 0-100, with higher scores indicating better overall reviews. To earn a “generally favorable” rating, films must have an average score of 61 or greater, while “universal acclaim” requires a score of 81 or higher).
Vox noted that the method it used for its study is far from a perfect science, »
- Graham Winfrey
Haim have released the new video for their track ‘Right Now’, which is both shot and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.
The track is the first new music from Haim’s sophomore album ‘Something To Tell You’ which releases globally on July 7 on Polydor. The song was released as a video of Este, Danielle and Alana recording the song in a studio. Haim will release the first official single from ‘Something To Tell You’ on Wednesday May 3.
The post Haim drop new video for Right Now, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson appeared first on The Hollywood News. »
- Paul Heath
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