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Will Cannes 2014 kick off the Oscar season for Bennett Miller, Mike Leigh and others?

18 April 2014 3:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Ever since the Cannes International Film Festival knocked down a few walls between itself and the West in 2001 with festival director Thierry Frémaux coming on board to liven up the Croisette with more of a Hollywood acceptance, the connection between the annual May event and the awards season has become more pronounced. Films like Baz Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge!," Roman Polanski's "The Pianist," Clint Eastwood's "Mystic River," Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom," Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Babel" and David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence" all started their Oscar trajectories in the south of France, while others like Paul Greengrass' "United 93," Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" and "Midnight in Paris" and Ang Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" got high profile beginnings out of Competition. A coveted Palme d'Or win sometimes leads to a significant boost in the Oscar season, even if no recipient of the festival's »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Stars From ‘Justified,’ ‘Mad Men’ Join Short Film ‘Winter Light’ (Exclusive)

10 March 2014 6:24 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

After their 2013 short film “Here and Now” was selected by Ron Howard as the winner of Canon's “Project Imaginat10n” film contest, producers Abigail Spencer, Josh Pence, Justin Allen and director Julian Higgins are reteaming on a new short film titled “Winter Light,” which will star Raymond J. Barry (“Justified”), Vincent Kartheiser (“Mad Men”), Q'orianka Kilcher (“The New World”), Michael Bofshever (“United 93″) and Pence (“The Social Network”). Adapted by screenwriter Wei-Ning Yu from a short story by bestselling author James Lee Burke, “Winter Light” is a modern-day revisionist Western set against the sweeping backdrop of the snow-covered Montana wilderness. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Tsr Blog: ‘Non-Stop’ and Why It’s Safe for Movie Planes to Crash Again

7 March 2014 11:43 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Through films like Flightplan, Soul Plane, and White House Down, it has taken over a decade for Hollywood to arrive at Non-Stop.

Showing the vitality of Liam Neeson carrying a gun and a broken heart, Non-Stop recently gave the new action hero one of his biggest box office weekends so far. Involving an air marshal using a particular set of skills to hunt and kill someone threatening his plane (to paraphrase Taken), the film may seem like a generic Neeson actioner. But while his character might be a composite of previous roles, the anxiety he tackles within this film is fresh. Considering its box office success (and my mother’s intense experience in watching the movie), Non-Stop works efficiently as a thriller in 2014 because it provides viewers with imagery of in-flight chaos not seen since before 9/11. It is also the indication of a natural progression for how Hollywood films are »

- Nick Allen

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Barkhad Abdi: Captain Phillips star's rise from limo driver to Oscars contender

1 March 2014 11:49 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Somali-born actor had been directing hip-hop videos before responding to a casting call, though his relative inexperience did feed into his portrayal of a desperate pirate in Captain Phillips

Until recently, Barkhad Abdi was doing shifts at his brother's Minnesota mobile-phone shop. Now the 28-year-old has acting plaudits coming out of his ears thanks to his turn as khat-chomping rookie pirate Muse in Captain Phillips, Paul Greengrass's retelling of the real-life 2009 hijack of the Maersk Alabama off the Somali coast. When we meet, he's just snatched the London Critics' Circle supporting actor gong from the jaws of Jared Leto and Michael Fassbender and, two weeks later, he scoops the same award at the Baftas.

But it's his Oscars nod that's proving most difficult to digest. "It is surreal, I would say," muses Abdi, sitting in his room at the hotel that hosted last night's ceremony, wearing an oversized suit and Nikes. »

- Rachel Aroesti

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Inside the Best Picture Nominees: A deep dive into 'Captain Phillips'

1 March 2014 8:00 AM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Name: Captain Phillips

Release Date: Oct. 11, 2013 (wide)

DVD Release: Jan. 21, 2014

Run Time: 2 hours, 14 minutes

Box Office: Opening weekend, wide release: $25.7 million; domestic total: $106.9 million; international total: $110.7 million (as of Feb. 23)

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93 percent Fresh

Movie Math: (Black Hawk Down + Pirates of the Caribbean + Contraband) – the eye candy

Tweetable Description: After an unarmed container ship is boarded by strung-out Somali pirates, the American crew, led by Tom Hanks Captain Phillips copes with an increasingly volatile situation.

What Owen Gleiberman Said: “Phillips must guard his crew, negotiate with the pirates, and keep his own fears in check, and Hanks acts with »

- JoJo Marshall

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After Gravity, is the British film industry rocketing or crashing to Earth?

28 February 2014 9:15 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Visual effects firm Framestore is behind the acclaimed space movie, but is UK film making a giant leap, or is funding falling?

After picking up a galaxy of awards, the space thriller Gravity is tipped for further glory at the Oscars on Sunday. The film might look like classic big budget Hollywood, but has a starring role in the British film industry. Almost everything on screen, from the gorgeous images of light bouncing off the earth, the constellations of stars, down to the astronauts' space boots, was conjured up on computers at a studio in Soho. Stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock filmed their space nightmare in deepest, darkest Buckinghamshire.

Tim Webber is the director of visual effects at Framestore, the studio behind Gravity's magical effects. Before he put Sandra Bullock in space, Webber created the rich worlds of Harry Potter and The Dark Knight. But Gravity was the »

- Jennifer Rankin

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Non-Stop review – 'plenty of air miles for enjoyability' | Peter Bradshaw

27 February 2014 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Is the airplane becoming the modern equivalent of the snowed-in country house? Apparently so, as Liam Neeson manages a fuselage full of trouble in this enjoyable silly thriller

An airborne thriller that mashes up the plot of United 93 and Agatha Christie's Death in the Clouds? Surely you can't be serious!

Liam Neeson is the grizzled ex-cop turned air marshal on an ordinary flight from New York to London, secretly packing a badge, a gun and a whole mess of personal demons that might yet be exorcised by an act of redemptive heroism. Out of the blue, in mid-flight, he gets a chilling anonymous message on his special air‑marshal instant-message device. Every 20 minutes, a passenger on his plane is going to be killed, unless $150m is paid into a certain numbered account. Liam's bloodshot eyes flicker tensely around the plane – which one of this cross-section of humanity is sending the messages? »

- Peter Bradshaw

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2013 Best Picture: Which Films Will Stand the Test of Time?

24 February 2014 11:36 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Mark Pinkert

Contributor

In less than a week, the Academy will crown its 2013 Best Picture and, soon after, we’ll all move on to 2014. But which of the current films will stand the test of time? Which ones will we re-watch, now and later, despite massive influxes of new movies? Some of this year’s films, we’ll find, are “re-watchable,” while others fill us up after one viewing. Here’s my look at the nine Best Picture contenders and how I think they’ll fare down the road.

12 Years a Slave

This is a film that needs to–and will–stand the test of time. The source of its longevity, years later, will be the poignant performances and powerful scenes that burn into our memories, as when Solomon Northrup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) clings barely to life from a noose on the plantation. But the film is difficult to watch, »

- Mark Pinkert

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Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Film Editing - 'Captain Phillips' looks to sink 'Gravity'

24 February 2014 11:04 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool! Of all craft categories, Best Film Editing is the one most closely tied to the Best Picture race: nominees from the latter category invariably dominate the former, and as pundits are so fond of reminding everyone, no film has won the top prize without a corresponding editing bid since 1980. That's no quirk or accident, given how heavily editing interacts with script and performance, and though Best Picture no-shows occasionally triumph here (like surprise victor "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" two years ago), that won't be happening this year. Five Best Picture nominees make up the field, and I strongly suspect they'd »

- Guy Lodge

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Why Captain Phillips should win the Best Picture Oscar

21 February 2014 4:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Every day, from now until the weekend of the 2014 Academy Awards, HeyUGuys will be publishing an article championing one of the nine films in contention for the coveted Best Picture Oscar. We will be collecting them all here, where you can find the previous articles.

Paul Greengrass’s tense picaroon thriller is James Thompson‘s choice, and here he makes his case.

It is often the case that among the contenders for the Best Picture at the Annual Academy Awards there are a handful of entries that warrant your backing and truly epitomise the true majesty of cinema. For me, despite yet again playing host to a number of truly inspiring films, this year plays host to just one film that fully deserves the most coveted of all awards; that film is Paul GreengrassCaptain Phillips.

While Gravity’s out-of-this-world visuals dazzle, Spike Jonze’s Her presents a heartfelt message »

- James Thompson

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The HeyUGuys Interview: Composer Henry Jackman talks Captain Phillips, Epic Themes & more

17 February 2014 3:29 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Last week we had the pleasure of chatting with film composer Henry Jackman, whose body of work stretches from Monsters vs. Aliens to apocalyptic comedy This is the End. More recently, the musician has completed work on upcoming Marvel movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier – and you can read what he had to say about that highly anticipated film here – but the focus of our chat was his work on Sony Pictures’ BAFTA winning / Oscar nominated Captain Phillips, for which the composer himself was BAFTA nominated.

Jackman goes into detail on why self-discipline was paramount for the project, in addition to scoring epic superhero themes and what happens to music which doesn’t make it into the film.If you haven’t already, you can click here for your chance to win a copy or click here to buy one!

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Was your approach to scoring Captain Phillips any different to your other projects, »

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Barry Ackroyd: The cinematography of Captain Phillips and more

13 February 2014 2:34 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Interview Ryan Lambie 14 Feb 2014 - 06:01

With Captain Phillips out on Blu-ray now, we talk to cinematographer Barry Ackroyd about filming at sea, documentary filmmaking and more...

Filming at sea or on water always comes with its own unique set of technical difficulties - just look at the production stories behind Jaws, Waterworld or The Abyss. So when it came to Captain Phillips, the true story of the Maersk Alabama hijacking of 2009, director Paul Greengrass had a difficult shoot ahead of him, requiring the careful planning of ships, makeshift skiffs, lifeboats and Us navy battle cruisers.

Fortunately, Greengrass had cinematographer Barry Ackroyd on hand, whose long list of screen credits includes Nick Broomfield documentaries, Ken Loach dramas and mainstream American hits like The Hurt Locker. Although Captain Phillips' technical challenges were daunting, Ackroyd's experience as a documentary filmmaker - not to mention his previous collaborations with Greengrass, United 93 »

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Sound Mixing: When the Going Gets Tough, Boom Men Get Going

11 February 2014 7:50 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Production sound mixers on the sets of this year’s action films found themselves everywhere from rough seas to the highest elevations in New Mexico with one goal at hand — get the kind of sound that makes it all believable and the kind of dialogue that’s easy to understand.

For Chris Munro, nommed in sound mixing for his work on “Captain Phillips,” that meant fighting waves and salt water for days on end. Though he’d worked with helmer Paul Greengrass before on “United 93,” there were still unexpected challenges.

“Members of our crew could only stay inside the yellow lifeboat for a little while at a time before becoming extremely seasick,” Munro says. “We were carrying the lightest equipment we could and these guys were all very experienced, but it really didn’t matter once you were in that thing.”

Munro believes it was vital to get sound »

- Karen Idelson

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Competition: Win 'Captain Phillips'

11 February 2014 5:16 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

From acclaimed British director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum, United 93), the Oscar-nominated Captain Phillips (2013) is based on the true story behind the first American cargo ship hijacking in over two hundred years, the Maersk Alabama, and the subsequent Us Navy rescue in 2009. To celebrate the release of Captain Phillips - which stars Tom Hanks and newcomer Barkhad Abdi - on Monday 10 February, we have Three Blu-ray copies of Greengrass' thriller to give away, courtesy of Sony Pictures. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.

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Win Paul Greengrass’ Action-Packed Thriller ‘Captain Phillips’ On Blu-Ray!

8 February 2014 4:36 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Oscar and BAFTA-nominated thriller Captain Phillips comes to Blu-ray, DVD and digital download this February 10th and to celebrate we’ve got 3 copies of the Blu-ray to give-away!

Directed by Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum, United 93), Captain Phillips is based on the true story behind the first American cargo ship hijacking in 200 years, the Maersk Alabama, and its U.S. Navy rescue in 2009. The emotionally charged and critically acclaimed film focuses on the relationship between the ship’s captain, Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain (breakout actor Barkhad Abdi) who takes him hostage 145 miles off the Somali coast, with both men at the mercy of forces beyond their control.

Captain Phillips stars two-time Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks (Best Actor, Forrest Gump, 1994; Best Actor, Philadelphia, 1993) and first time actor Barkhad Abdi (nominated for a Golden Globe, BAFTA and Oscar for his performance).

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- Dan Bullock

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Ace Eddie Awards: ‘American Hustle,’ ‘Captain Phillips’ and ‘Frozen’ Top Films

7 February 2014 11:19 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Captain Phillips,” “American Hustle” and “Frozen” took top honors among narrative features as the American Cinema Editors handed out the Ace Eddie Awards Friday evening.

Captain Phillips” and its editor Christopher Rouse took kudos for dramatic feature, “American Hustle” editors  Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers & Alan Baumgarten took the award for comedy or musical feature, and “Frozen’s” Jeff Draheim took home the Eddie for animated feature.

It’s the second major honor for “Captain Phillips” in a week, as the picture won the WGA’s adapted screenplay prize last Saturday.

The timing of the award was fortuitous for the A.C.E., as “Captain Phillips” helmer Paul Greengrass was the org’s Filmmaker of the Year honoree.

Tom Hanks introduced Greengrass, but first congratulated the A.C.E. on its 64 years and for having the largest trophy in show business. “Pardon my language but that thing is fuckin’ huge,” Hanks said. »

- David S. Cohen

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Ace Eddie Awards: ‘American Hustle,’ ‘Captain Phillips’ and ‘Frozen’ Top Films

7 February 2014 11:19 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Captain Phillips,” “American Hustle” and “Frozen” took top honors among narrative features as the American Cinema Editors handed out the Ace Eddie Awards Friday evening.

Captain Phillips” and its editor Christopher Rouse took kudos for dramatic feature, “American Hustle” editors  Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers & Alan Baumgarten took the award for comedy or musical feature, and “Frozen’s” Jeff Draheim took home the Eddie for animated feature.

It’s the second major honor for “Captain Phillips” in a week, as the picture won the WGA’s adapted screenplay prize last Saturday.

The timing of the award was fortuitous for the A.C.E., as “Captain Phillips” helmer Paul Greengrass was the org’s Filmmaker of the Year honoree.

Tom Hanks introduced Greengrass, but first congratulated the A.C.E. on its 64 years and for having the largest trophy in show business. “Pardon my language but that thing is fuckin’ huge,” Hanks said. »

- David S. Cohen

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Win Paul Greengrass’ action-packed thriller Captain Phillips on Blu-ray!

7 February 2014 10:14 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The Oscar and BAFTA nominated thriller Captain Phillips comes to Blu-ray, DVD and digital download this February 10th and to celebrate we’ve got 3 copies of the Blu-ray to give-away completely free!

Directed by Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum, United 93), Captain Phillips is based on the true story behind the first American cargo ship hijacking in 200 years, the Maersk Alabama, and its U.S. Navy rescue in 2009. The emotionally charged and critically acclaimed film focuses on the relationship between the ship’s captain, Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain (breakout actor Barkhad Abdi) who takes him hostage 145 miles off the Somali coast, with both men at the mercy of forces beyond their control.

Captain Phillips stars two-time Academy Award®winner Tom Hanks (Best Actor, Forrest Gump,1994; Best Actor, Philadelphia, 1993) and first time actor Barkhad Abdi (nominated for a Golden Globe, BAFTA and Oscar for his performance »

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Paul Greengrass To Give Prestigious BAFTA David Lean Lecture

6 February 2014 3:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Paul Greengrass has such an impressive CV with tremendous work in television that includes Bloody Sunday, Omagh and The Murder of Stephen Lawrence to name a few. From there he moved into film with United 93, both The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum plus the truly stunning Captain Phillips, which is doing rather well for itself at the moment.

He’s stepping up next as BAFTA have announced that he’s due to deliver the David Lean Lecture – their prestigious film lecture – on Tuesday 18th March. The Lecture aims to educate, inform and inspire practitioners and the public by providing insight into the experiences of some of the world’s best and most compelling filmmakers. It also provides a forum for further discussion of their outstanding creative achievements. The previous speakers have included Robert Altman, John Boorman, Oliver Stone, David Lynch and Pedro Almodóvar, so he’s in stunning company. »

- Dan Bullock

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Ace Eddie Awards: Paul Greengrass Rewrites the Rules for Editing

4 February 2014 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With all due respect to Godard, who declared, “Every cut is a lie,” Paul Greengrass has pioneered a style that relies on editing to bring audiences closer to reality than any other studio director working today.

That achievement more than justifies the American Cinema Editors’ choice to name Greengrass the org’s Filmmaker of the Year, to say nothing of the edited feature (dramatic) nomination awarded to his chief cutter, Christopher Rouse, for “Captain Phillips.”

Over the span of 10 years, Greengrass and Rouse have rewritten the rules for action editing, bringing an illusion of spontaneous immediacy to carefully choreographed set pieces. The duo wouldn’t dare take credit for inventing this immersive, documentary-style aesthetic — which has roots in such pseudo-newsreel productions as 1966’s “The Battle of Algiers” (placing auds in the midst of dynamic, unpredictable situations) — though they have virtually perfected it in their five features together.

“Paul is one »

- Peter Debruge

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