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The way a film starts and the way it ends can tell a lot about a movie, as well as the particular style of the director behind the project. Numerous films throughout history have had memorable opening and closing shots that have elevated the feature in question, while also taking on a life of their own as iconic moments in cinema.
Following his first exploration of first and final frames in film, vimeo user Jacob T. Swinney has revisited the topic in a new video, looking at 70 new films and how their opening and closing mirror each other. Swinney had this to say in the episode description.
After numerous requests, I finally decided to create a sequel to “First and Final Frames”. Part II plays the opening and closing shots of 70 films side-by-side. Like the first video, some of the opening shots are strikingly similar to the final shots, while »
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Variety reported in October that Paul Greengrass was attached to direct. Lindholm’s “A War,” which he wrote and directed, premiered at the Venice Film Festival.
“The Tunnels” is based on Greg Mitchell’s book about the untold true story of an escape forged by a group of West Germans trying to get their loved ones out of East Berlin, with the unlikely help of American news networks.
The film will be produced by Mark Gordon, who brought the idea to Greengrass and attached him to direct. Gordon and Michele Wolkoff then brought the project to FilmNation’s Aaron Ryder who will also produce. Ben Browning and Glen Basner from FilmNation Entertainment and Christos Konstantakopoulos will executive produce.
- Dave McNary
London — The U.K. production team behind Twentieth Century Fox Television’s TV series “24: Live Another Day” was named team of the year at the Production Guild of Great Britain awards on Saturday. The awards, which took place at The Grove in Hertfordshire, recognize achievements made by guild members working in film or television within the production office, production accounts, location management, VFX, post-production or assistant directing roles.
The “24” team, which was led by producer and British Film Commission chairman Iain Smith, included unit production manager Kathy Nettleship, location manager Casper Mill and production accountant David Jones. “The production team delivered on every count, achieving a fast-paced, challenging shoot with precision. The speed of turnover of writing, shooting and going to air was unprecedented in British production with filming taking place around the clock and Fox’s U.S. air dates rolling as the team worked,” the guild said. »
- Leo Barraclough
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences celebrated the winners of the 42nd Student Academy Awards on Sept. 17 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. After a week full of industry activities, Variety caught up with each of the winners to discuss the inspiration behind their films, the directors they look up to and the lessons they’ve learned from their time in Hollywood.
Alternative winners ChiHyun Lee and Daniel Drummond, second and fourth from left, with “Big Hero 6’s” Chris Williams, Don Hall and Roy Conli. Daniel Drummond, “Chiaroscuro,” Chapman Univ. (Gold, Alternative)
How did you develop the concept for “Chiaroscuro”? I was watching a robotics competition…and I was amazed at how people could get emotionally involved in something completely inanimate. So I took upon myself the challenge of making a visually abstract film where characters were shape shifting clouds or flames, but didn’t »
- Andrea Seikaly
Producer Mairi Bett named Inspiration award winner.
Roy Button, Evp and MD at Warner Bros. Productions, is to receive the Production Guild Contribution to the Industry Award for his outstanding contribution to the development and sustainability of the UK film and TV industry.
The industry veteran will receive the honour at the Production Guild of Great Britain Awards, set to be held on Saturday (Sept 19) at The Grove, just outside of London.
The awards pay tribute to leading UK film and TV industry professionals working in production, locations, VFX, prod-production and assistant directing.
As head of physical production for Warner Bros. Productions, Button is responsible for all of the Us studio’s films based out of the UK, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
He has also been the driving force for the studio’s investment in Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, Europe’s largest studio and the production base for films including the Harry Potter franchise, [link »
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The miracle of She Who Must Burn, a film perhaps most efficiently described as Red State for grown-ups, is that it offers three well worn elements - scripture quoting after committing an abhorrent act of violence (and the Ezekiel quote from Pulp Fiction, no less), the phrase "a storm is coming" and ironic use of religious hymns - in its opening minutes. And yet it manages to mine all of them for powerful new ideological and emotional spaces. It is daring to offer a promise of an ending directly in the title, but like the Paul Greengrass directed account of flight United 93, squaring an inevitability of events with the audience early on, allows the viewer to focus on what is at the heart (and...
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With a release date set for just over a year from now, casting on the fifth Jason Bourne movie is underway. Matt Damon is set to reprise his role as Jason Bourne and he'll be collaborating with Paul Greengrass as director after the duo took a break while Jeremy Renner starring in The Bourne Legacy for franchise creator Tony Gilroy. Today brings word Julia Stiles will be back once again as covert agent Nicky Parsons whom we last saw in a cafe learning Bourne's body wasn't found after he took a leap in the East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum. Stiles is the only confirmed cast member beyond Damon with no new names added just yet, though it has been rumored Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) is being sought for a major role and now Jeff Sneider of The Wrap reports Viggo Mortensen has »
- Brad Brevet
Exclusive: Two of the principal architects behind the Oscar-nominated Paul Greengrass-directed hot-button films United 93 and Green Zone have optioned film rights on the Mohamedou Ould Slahi memoir Guantanamo Diary. Lloyd Levin and Michael Bronner, who were producers on those films, intend to bring to the screen the story of a suspected terrorist who has been incarcerated at that detention camp since 2002, without ever being charged with a crime or having the opportunity… »
Jimi Hendrix's estate has reached an agreement with Legendary Pictures for an official biopic of the late rock legend. Director Paul Greengrass (United 93, Captain Phillips) is in talks to helm the project, based on a script from Scott Silver (8 Mile) and featuring actual Hendrix recordings, Deadline reports.
Greengrass and Legendary's Thomas Tull approached Experience Hendrix four years ago, touting a script from Max Borenstein, but they were unable to come to an agreement as the estate worried a film could hurt sales from the guitar god's catalog. The filmmakers, »
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
For the fourth weekend in a row, Furious 7 took first place at the domestic box office. Also, thanks to its record-setting performance in China, Furious 7 is now just the third movie ever to earn over $1 billion overseas.Meanwhile, Avengers: Age of Ultron debuted in 44 international markets and earned a stunning $201.2 million. In nearly all of those markets, it opened above The Avengers and Iron Man 3.For more coverage on Avengers and Furious 7, see the Around-the-World Roundup below.In the U.S., Furious 7 eased 37 percent to an estimated $18.3 million. The last movie to hold on to the top spot for four weekends in a row was The Hunger Games, which did so back in March/April of 2012.So far, Furious 7 has earned $320.5 million at the domestic box office. If it can hold decently against Avengers next weekend, it has a strong shot at reaching $350 million. »
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Over the past decade, the BAFTAs have become an increasingly accurate barometer for the eventual Oscar winners, with the last six Best Picture winners in a row being pre-empted by an identical BAFTA winner.
But there have been several memorable – and telling – instances in which the two awards bodies have diverged, and often not for the obvious cultural reasons you expect.
It's easy enough to see, for example, why Four Weddings and a Funeral took the top prize at 1995's BAFTAs while Forrest Gump triumphed across the pond, and ditto The Full Monty over Titanic three years later. But the explanation isn't always so clear, and the discrepancy often highlights intriguing differences between Academy and BAFTA members' sensibilities.
Digital Spy looks back on six notable times BAFTA diverged from the Academy path, either for better or for worse.
1. Brokeback Mountain wins Best Film (2006)
Almost a decade on, this still stands as BAFTA's crowning achievement. »
14 items from 2015