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Supervising sound editor and re-recording mixer Skip Lievsay will receive the Motion Pictures Sound Editors career achievement award at the 2015 Mpse Golden Reel Awards, the org announced today.
Over his 30-year career, Lievsay has worked on nearly 150 films, including frequent collaborations with directors Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee and John Sayles. He has worked with the Coen brothers since his sound editing debut on “Blood Simple” and recently collaborated with Them on “Inside Lleywn Davis.”
In 2014, Lievsay received an Oscar for sound mixing for his work on “Gravity” with Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro. Lievsay has also received Oscar nominations for his work on “Inside Lleywn Davis,” “True Grit” and “No Country for Old Men.”
“Skip represents the pinnacle in artistry in motion picture sound,” said Mpse president Frank Morrone. “He has worked tirelessly to invent new and creative ways to use sound to advance directors’ visions, to tell stories and to entertain audiences. »
- Lisa Schulz
“What are we talking about? I’m lost,” says Paul Thomas Anderson midway through a lunch interview, as he runs a hand quizzically through his unkempt brown hair. It’s a reminder that a conversation with Anderson can be akin to one of his own movies: a jam-packed jostle of characters, ideas, exuberant digressions and narrative curlicues that somehow align to form an inimitable whole. Still picking through his appetizer course, Anderson has already held forth on his love for Lena Dunham, “The Hunger Games,” his inability to read books that friends give him as gifts, and his habit of walking on the outer edges of his feet. But mostly, we are talking about “Inherent Vice,” Anderson’s seventh feature film — the first-ever authorized screen adaptation of a novel by National Book Award-winning author Thomas Pynchon.
The movie, bowing Dec. 12 in limited release, and opening wide Jan. 9, returns Anderson to »
- Scott Foundas
Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 40 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the highly anticipated new sports drama “Unbroken” from director Angelina Jolie about the true story of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini!
“Unbroken,” which opens on Dec. 25, 2014 and is rated “PG-13,” stars Jack O’Connell as Louie Zamperini along with Garrett Hedlund, Ken Watanabe, Domhnall Gleeson, Jai Courtney, Finn Wittrock, Morgan Griffin, Alex Russell, Sophie Dalah and Takamasa Ishihara from director and producer Angelina Jolie and writers Joel Coen and Ethan Coen.
To win your free “Unbroken” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Rapid-fire, always passionate and blunt when he needs to be, actor Josh Brolin has been a key figure in conveying the insanity encompassing the set of Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice,” calling the film in its lead up to release “absolutely fucking chaos” akin to Cirque du Soleil. Well, the wait is over: after seeing Anderson’s latest effort and hearing from the “No Country For Old Men” star during a recent L.A. press day, it appears what ended up onscreen is a subdued version of what transpired on set. Nevertheless, Brolin, who will appear next in The Coen Brothers’ “Hail Caesar!” and “Everest,” still took us through his wild experience on Anderson’s vivid detective drama/fever dream. Playing Christian “Bigfoot” Bjornsen, an Lapd lieutenant with a flattop and SAG card whom the actor describes as “an era and three quarters behind” the times, Brolin first described »
- Charlie Schmidlin
No one would accuse the Hollywood Foreign Press Association of being a refined institution, but when you think about the kinds of movies, TV shows, actors, and actresses who've ended up with Golden Globes, it's actually staggering how the HFPA has gotten away with maintaining its image as a must-see event. Drunk people at the dais is, I guess, still a sufficient enough reason to tune in. Let's celebrate today's nominations with a fond look back at some silly things that have won Golden Globes. 1. "Green Card" (Best Motion Picture -- Comedy) What a classic. Nothing says "comedic wonderful good times" like Gerard Depardieu and Andie MacDowell mixing it up in an immigration romcom. Fun fact: My aunt saw this movie in Germany, noticed the reaction of the crowd, and was embarrassed on America's behalf. 2. Twiggy (Best Newcomer of the Year, Actress) I love Twiggy! She was great as a »
- Louis Virtel
Wamg has your passes to the advance screening of one of this year’s most talked about films – Unbroken.
Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand’s enormously popular book, the upcoming epic drama starring Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Miyavi, Garrett Hedlund & Finn Wittrock opening in theaters on December 25th, 2014!
Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie directs and produces Unbroken, an epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII-only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.
- Movie Geeks
If you want the ultimate modern day tough guy, you can't do much better than Josh Brolin. From True Grit to No Country For Old Men, the actor continues to impress by working with some very inspired directors. This is certainly true with his latest, where he takes on the character of "Bigfoot" Bjornsen in Inherent Vice, the latest from Paul Thomas Anderson. In his scene-stealing performance, he gives his co-star Joaquin Phoenix a run for his money as a tough detective who has an »
Dunst will play Peggy Blomquist, a small-town beautician with big city dreams who is trying to figure out who she really is. Plemons plays her husband, Ed, a butcher’s assistant, who wants to be supportive of his wife’s self-discovery, even if he doesn’t quite understand it.
Executive producers Noah Hawley (showrunner), Joel & Ethan Coehn, Warren Littlefield and John Cameron will all return for the second installment of “Fargo,” which is produced by MGM Television and FX Productions.
The new chapter of Fargo will be set in 1979 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Luverne, Minnesota, where a young State Police Officer “Lou Solverson” (yet to be cast), recently back from Vietnam, will tackle an all new “true crime” case. The new installment will also feature the »
- Shelli Weinstein
Generally speaking, the western has never been a genre of particular appeal to me. I always thought of them as those old boring things with horses and men with hats, guns, occasionally fabulous scores and Clint Eastwood being a badass but generally speaking this is my father's genre, one that had never much appealed to me. The western never really disappeared but the 2000's ushered in the era of the modern western; sometimes violent (The Proposition, No Country for Old Men), sometimes pensive (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) sometimes about survival (Meek's Cutoff) and occasionally even a family drama (There Will Be Blood). All great movies I love so yes, The Homesman, with its female lead, instantly caught my attention. [Continued ...] »
Though it isn’t due to arrive in theaters until 2016, today we’ve been given our first on-set look of the Coen Brothers’ upcoming period drama, Hail, Caesar!
Showcasing star George Clooney sporting the titular emperor’s guise, the images — which you can check out in full in the gallery below — come by way of Coming Soon. Taking place during the fabled Golden Age in Hollywood cinema, Hail, Caesar follows a fixer (played here by Josh Brolin) during the course of a single day. Based on Eddie Mannax, who acted as an executive for MGM at the time, the comedy will see Brolin’s character scramble to find a missing starlet.
Written and directed by the acclaimed siblings, Hail, Caesar is also set to star Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Jonah Hill and, more recently, Christopher Lambert, who will play Arne Slessum — “a married European filmmaker whose »
- Michael Briers
Critics' year-end lists are beginning to trickle out and that's a good thing for a number of movies vying for your attention. One benefactor may just be Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice." The critically acclaimed film (which is almost un-categorizable) also hits Los Angeles and New York on Dec. 12. That might be just enough time to pump up the film's deserved awards season prospects.* *And it has already been named one of the top 10 films of the year and earned Anderson a Best Adapted Screenplay honor from the National Board of Review. As I noted after first seeing "Vice" earlier this month, if anyone deserves a nomination for this movie it's Josh Brolin. The "No Country For Old Men" star is simply superb (and hilarious) as the increasingly off-kilter Lapd detective Bigfoot Bjornsen, a man who has a very passive aggressive relationship with the film's "hero," Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix »
- Gregory Ellwood
"The Shawshank Redemption," "Fargo," "Kundun," "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," "The Man Who Wasn't There," "No Country for Old Men," "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," "The Reader," "True Grit," "Skyfall," "Prisoners." Surely one of those films won the Oscar for Best Cinematography, right? Nope. Roger Deakins has 11 Oscar nominations but, to date, has not been granted access to the Dolby Theater stage (or the Kodak Theater…or the Shrine Auditorium…he's a veteran of multiple Oscar venues at this point). Could that change with Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken?" Possibly. Deakins pushed himself quite a bit on the film and played with a few aesthetic ideas he hadn't really dabbled in before. It's only the second time he's worked in the war genre (after 2005's "Jarhead"), but he paints Jolie's canvas with striking hues of contrast. For a film that could be a formidable prestige Oscar player, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Angelina Jolie has put her heart and soul into Unbroken, the true story of an Olympic runner Louis Zamperini who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II. It's her first big studio movie as a director and we were at the London premiere.
Pics: Angelina Jolie's Unforgettable Moments
"Every day I think we all looked at each other and thought, How did he really survive this?" Angelina said.
Louis' survival story involves a plane crash, 47 days at sea and more than two years of torture in Pow camps.
In February of this year, Angelina and Louis sat down with the Today show to chat about Unbroken. "[I feel] such a huge responsibility to get it right, because I love [Zamperini] so much, and because he's helped me so much in my life," Angelina said of the passion project. "[The world] can seem hopeless and it can seem very overwhelming. But the resilience and the strength of the human »
The New York Film Critics' Circle is so determined to be the first group to weigh in with its picks for the best of the year that the date of its decisionmaking keeps getting advanced. But how much influence does it have on the last group to be heard from — the motion picture academy which will reveal the Oscar winners 83 days from now on Feb. 22? This year's big winner with the Nyfcc was "Boyhood," which won Best Picture, Director (Richard Linklater) and Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette). Since we launched our Oscars prediction center, this film, that was a dozen years in the making, has led those same three categories. But will it go the distance? -Break- New York Film Critics' Circle Awards: Complete list of winners Over the past 20 years, only four times has the Nyfcc agreed with the Oscars on Best Picture: "Lord of the Rings: The Return of »
The New York Film Critics Circle held its annual vote today, "first!" among the critics groups to announce and firing the latest in a series of "starting guns" for the season. (Truly, where does it all really "begin" anymore?) And the big, hardly surprising winner? Richard Linklater's "Boyhood." The 12-year opus also took awards for Best Director and Best Supporting Actress. The only other film to land multiple wins was "The Immigrant," interestingly enough, which shared Marion Cotillard in the Best Actress arena with "Two Days, One Night" and also took the organization's cinematography prize. Curiously lost in the mix was Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman," but it's entirely possible the La critics right that ship next week. I'm expecting Best Film and Best Actor wins there, but we'll see. Ditto Ava DuVernay's "Selma," which was beloved by a number of critics but still didn't find room. In »
- Kristopher Tapley
For awards watchers, there was one last film that remained to be seen — until Sunday, when Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” played to audiences in Los Angeles and New York. Though the film had premieres in Australia and London, reviews are under embargo until Monday. But judging by the guild screenings in L.A., Universal Pictures has a heavy hitter on its hands. The film is a surefire best picture nominee, with Jolie likely to break into the director race. Acting categories could be harder to crack with such stiff competition, but star Jack O’Connell could make his way into the best actor race, and supporting actor Miyavi, who plays the main villain, also has a fair shot.
The film first screened in the morning for the SAG Nominating Committee, ending to rapturous applause. SAG is generally a warm audience, and the star presence of Jolie certainly fueled the excitement. »
- Variety Staff
By Anjelica Oswald
It’s safe to assume that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is going to end the year as the highest-grossing film at the domestic box office with more than $331 million earned as of Nov. 23, but its Oscar prospects lie in below-the-line categories, such as visual effects and sound.
More often than not, the highest-grossing films tend to be neglected in the best picture category. Though The Dark Knight (2008), which was widely-acclaimed and was the highest-grossing film of the year, received eight nominations and won two (sound editing and supporting actor), it was snubbed by the Academy in the best picture category. The following year, the number of best picture nominees increased from five to 10 (and can now fall between those numbers). Since this increase though, the only highest-grossing films to land best picture nominations are 2009’s Avatar and 2010’s Toy Story 3. Neither of the films won. »
- Anjelica Oswald
Josh Brolin credits his mid-career turnaround to Robert Rodriguez on "Grindhouse" which led to the Coens and "No Country for Old Men" and "True Grit," not to mention Gus Van Sant's "Milk" and Oliver Stone's "W" and "Wall Street 2" and Woody Allen's "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger." Brolin is a chiseled American actor who boasts that rare combination: dangerous masculinity and sexy vulnerability. He plays both villains and lovers. See Jason Reitman's sexy "Labor Day." Brolin clearly had a blast working with Paul Thomas Anderson on his adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel "Inherent Vice" (December 12) and gets to dig into into one of the more colorful character roles of any year. He tells me, in our video interview below, how "Renaissance detective" Bigfoot Bjornsen comes to sport his dramatic flat top. This is not your usual straight-arrow foil to 70s hippie gumshoe Doc. »
- Anne Thompson
Every year Amazon puts the extended Blu-ray edition of the Lord of the Rings trilogy on sale during Black Friday Deals Week and this year is no different in that respect, though it is a little different in that they are bundling it with even more J.R.R. Tolkien goodies for fans of Middle Earth. Along with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which includes the extended Blu-ray editions of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, you can buy bundles that also include all four books, including "The Hobbit" as well as either the PS4 or Xbox One edition of the Shadow of Mordor video game. I've included the links below along with a selection of other deals on more Blu-rays, Blu-ray players, televisions, soundbars and more! The »
- Brad Brevet
Among the most influential and important filmmakers of their generation, The Coen Brothers continue to pump out modern masterpieces (“Fargo," “No Country For Old Men," “Barton Fink," “A Serious Man”), solid genre-subverting efforts (“True Grit,” “Miller’s Crossing,” "The Big Lebowski," perhaps the greatest noir-comedy of all time), as well as the occasional dud (“The Ladykillers,” “Intolerable Cruelty”). As filmmakers, Joel and Ethan Coen find a sweet spot between technical and thematic predictability and subversive originality. There are many visual approaches, character archetypes and themes that link their films, yet they still manage to construct works that are original and unpredictable, especially when those works are expected to fit inside the mold of a certain genre. Vimeo user Grant Pichla’s twenty-minute dissection covers the brothers’ use of similar themes, characters, dialogue and visual styles, their tendency to create »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
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