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Oscar-Winning 'Lord of the Rings' Cinematographer, Andrew Lesnie, Dies at 59

28 April 2015 9:44 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

If the name Andrew Lesnie doesn't ring a bell, his work will. He's the Academy Award-winning cinematographer behind all six Lord of the Rings films, as well as Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones and King Kong remake. He also served as the D.P. on I Am Legend and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and unfortunately he passed away Monday following a serious heart attack. He was 59. As announced by Australian Cinematographers Society, Lesnie's death comes after the cinematographer suffered from a heart condition for over the last six months. In addition to their announced plans to celebrate Lesnie's work during their 2015 Acs National Awards for Cinematography in Hobart this weekend, they had the following to say: Words cannot express the absolute feeling of loss, particularly for his immediate family. Andrew gave us many personal cinema moments, moments that will live with us forever, and yet he »

- Will Ashton

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'Lord of the Rings' cinematographer Andrew Lesnie dies aged 59

28 April 2015 9:21 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Oscar-winner, who worked with Peter Jackson on the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, most recently collaborated with Russell Crowe on The Water Diviner.

The unexpected death of Australian cinematographer Andrew Lesnie has sparked an outpouring of touching sentiment about his skills behind the camera, his huge contribution to his own and New Zealand cinema and also, from those who knew him, his decency and goodwill.

“After 17 years and eight movies together, the loss of Andrew is very hard to bear,” said Peter Jackson in a Facebook post this evening. He described him as “one of the great cinematographers of our time” and “an irreplaceable part of my family” who “always had my back”.

Jackson sought him out for the fantasy/adventure The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring because of the quality of his work on the Australian fairytale Babe. The New Zealand-based collaboration earned Lesnie the 2002 Academy Award for his cinematography »

- Sandy.George@me.com (Sandy George)

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'Lord of the Rings' Cinematographer Andrew Lesnie Has Died at Age 59

28 April 2015 7:41 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Sad news to report. Academy Award winning cinematographer Andrew Lesnie passed away suddenly, and has died at the age of 59. Born in Sydney, Australia, Lesnie went on to work closely with Peter Jackson as his Director of Photography on the three Lord of the Rings movies. He also went on to work on King Kong and The Hobbit trilogy, as well as I Am Legend, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Last Airbender and Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner most recently. He won the Oscar for Return of the King back in 2002. Lesnie was a beloved member of this industry, with many speaking out about him through social media (including even Ian McKellen as seen below). Details are not yet available about his death; he was only 59 years old. Here's a few of the tweets collected from Ian McKellen, Russell Crowe, James Wan + Eric Vespe on Lesnie: »

- Alex Billington

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‘Lord Of The Rings’ Cinematographer Andrew Lesnie Has Died

28 April 2015 5:59 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Andrew Lesnie, the Academy Award winning cinematographer of Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit movies, has died at the age of 59.

A spokesman from the Australian Cinematographers Society said “We have been advised of the sudden death of Andrew.” They added that his family would make an official statement at a later time.

Lesnie also shot Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, I Am Legend, King Kong, and more recently Russell Crowe’s directorial debut, The Water Diviner. It was to be his last credit.

Crowe reacted to the news on Twitter earlier.

Devastating news from home. The master of the light, genius Andrew Lesnie has passed on .

Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) April 28, 2015

Lesnie was a veteran of 40 years in the film business, and also worked with Mad Max helmer George Miller on Mad Max 2: Road Warrior, Babe and Babe: Pig In The City. »

- Paul Heath

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Lord of the Rings cinematographer Andrew Lesnie has died, aged 59

28 April 2015 1:39 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Lord of the Rings cinematographer Andrew Lesnie has tragically passed away at the age of 59.

The Oscar winner died suddenly from a heart attack on Monday (April 27), according to a statement from the Australian Cinematographers Society.

Lesnie worked closely with Peter Jackson to bring Middle-earth to life across both the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. He won an Academy Award in 2002 for his work on The Fellowship of the Ring.

Lesnie also shot Jackson's The Lovely Bones and King Kong, along with blockbusters I Am Legend and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

His final film was Russell Crowe's directorial debut The Water Diviner. Crowe took to Twitter after news of Lesnie's passing broke to pay tribute to "the master of light".

Devastating news from home. The master of the light, genius Andrew Lesnie has passed on .

Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) April 28, 2015

Lesnie also had a »

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Oscar-Winning ‘Lord of the Rings’ Cinematographer Andrew Lesnie Dies at 59

28 April 2015 12:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cinematographer Andrew Lesnie, whose career spanned nearly 40 years and included all of “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” films, died of a heart attack on Monday. He was 59.

In addition to working with director Peter Jackson on J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy series, Lesnie was responsible for several blockbusters such as “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and Will Smith’s “I Am Legend.”

In 2002, he won his first and only Oscar for lensing the original “Lord of the Rings” pic, “The Fellowship of the Ring.”

“I wouldn’t recommend that anyone do a trilogy,” he joked at the time.

After the “Lord of the Ring” franchise, Lesnie continued to work behind the camera for Jackson on “King Kong,” 2009’s “The Lovely Bones” and most recently, “The Hobbit” trilogy.

Jackson has yet to release an official statement on Lesnie’s passing, but the staff at his production house in New Zealand, »

- Variety Staff

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Vale Andrew Lesnie

28 April 2015 12:05 AM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The Australian Cinematographers Society will dedicate its annual awards to be handed out in Hobart on Saturday to one of its most esteemed members, Andrew Lesnie, who died on Monday.

Acs president Ron Johanson spoke for many when he told If today, .Andrew was one of our greatest cinematographers. It.s a huge loss. He leaves such a void..

Lesnie, who was 59, had been suffering from heart problems.. He won an Oscar for Best Cinematography in 2002 for Peter Jackson.s Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring and a BAFTA award in 2004 for Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.

He shot The Hobbit trilogy and Jackson's King Kong and The Lovely Bones, a collaboration which spanned eight movies and 17 years.

On his Facebook page Jackson wrote, "Andrew created unforgettable, beautiful images on screen, and he did this time and again, because he only ever served what he »

- Don Groves

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Oscar-winning 'Lord of the Rings' cinematographer Andrew Lesnie has died

27 April 2015 9:57 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Andrew Lesnie, the Oscar-winning cinematographer of the "Lord of the Rings" and "Hobbit" franchises, has reportedly died of a heart attack. He was 59. Initial reports surfaced late Monday night on Twitter and Ain't It Cool News' Eric Vespe confirmed the reports soon after. Lesnie's family is expected to make an official statement at a later time. Devastating news from home. The master of the light, genius Andrew Lesnie has passed on . — Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) April 28, 2015 Lesnie received his Academy Award for "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" in 2002, a towering achievement that represented a visionary new direction for epic filmmaking, courtesy of director Peter Jackson. He was then inexplicably passed over for nominations for "The Two Towers" and particularly the 11-Oscar sweeper "The Return of the King," each of them no less stunning (and indeed, part of an organic whole). Lesnie was behind the camera on »

- Kristopher Tapley

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R.I.P. Andrew Lesnie

27 April 2015 9:07 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Beloved cinematographer Andrew Lesnie has died suddenly from a suspected heart attack at age 59.

Just as much as Peter Jackson, Lesnie was the man responsible for the look of "the Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" films, having worked as director of photography on all six movies in the two trilogies.

Leslie served as Dp on over forty films and series including "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," 2005's "King Kong," "I Am Legend," "The Lovely Bones," both "Babe" films, "The Last Airbender," "The Delinquents," "Spider & Rode," "Two if by Sea," "Doing Time for Patsy Cline," "Bran Nue Dae".

His most recent and now final film was Russell Crowe's "The Water Diviner" which is currently in cinemas in the United States.

Source: ABC Online »

- Garth Franklin

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Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider, Episode 258: ‘The Age of Adaline,’ ‘The Water Diviner,’ ‘The Clouds of Sils Maria,’ Character Casserole

24 April 2015 1:38 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

0:00-5:00 – Hello; follow-up information on Eric’s wrist

5:00-17:20 – “The Age of Adaline” review

17:20-23:25 – “The Water Diviner” review (Bayer only)

23:25-28:50 – “The Clouds of Sils Maria” review (Bayer only)

28:50-45:10 – Qotw (best directorial debuts by actors)

45:10-49:05 – Next week’s Qotw will involve the Summer Box Office Challenge

49:05-57:50 – A round of Character Casserole (an airplane, Axel Foley, and the I Am Legend guy)

57:50-1:03:50 – Some nice things people wrote on Facebook about their history with the show

1:03:50-1:05:15 – Recap and goodbye

Qotw: What should the stakes be for our annual Summer Box Office Challenge bet?


The Age of Adaline B- 6/10

The Water Diviner n/a 4/10

The Clouds of Sils Maria n/a 8/10

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- Jeff Bayer

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Sony Pictures & Valiant Announce Five-Picture Deal To Bring Bloodshot, Harbinger, & Harbinger Wars To Big Screen

21 April 2015 1:20 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Very cool news! More comic book movies from Hot publisher Valiant! I personally collect & read both Bloodshot & Ninjak which I highly recommend you do! The full press release below!

.Valiant Entertainment and Sony Pictures today announced a deal to bring two of Valiant’s award-winning comic book superhero franchises—Bloodshot and Harbinger—to the big screen over the course of five feature films that will culminate in the shared universe crossover film, Harbinger Wars.

Bloodshot, arriving in theaters in 2017, will kick off the five-picture plan leading to Harbinger Wars and will be directed by David Leitch & Chad Stahelski (John Wick) from a script by Jeff Wadlow (Kick Ass 2) and Eric Heisserer (Story of Your Life). Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe from Original Film (The Fast and the Furious franchise) and Dinesh Shamdasani from Valiant Entertainment will produce the film. Matthew Vaughn and Jason Kothari will serve as executive producers. »

- El Mayimbe

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Transformers 5 Coming in 2017

21 April 2015 3:41 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Last month, it was revealed that Paramount Pictures was moving forward with a plan that would expand the "Transformers" franchise into not only sequels, but also spin-offs. Now, during an earnings call, Hasbro spoke about the plan, revealing when the next sequel will be released. "You may have read something about some writers being hired," said Brian Goldner, CEO of Hasbro. "We have in fact brought in [Akiva Goldsman] to lead a group of writers to really create a strategic plan around 'Transformers.' We think there's any number of stories to be told. It's a brand that's been around for 30 years with amazing canon and mythology. We would expect the sequel to the 'Transformers' movie to happen in 2017." Goldsman (I Am Legend) will lead the team of writers, along with Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura. Goldman won't actually write any of the scripts, but it's been reported »

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'Transformers 5' Targets 2017 Release Date

20 April 2015 1:09 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last month it was revealed that Paramount Pictures is setting up a 'writers room' to be headed by acclaimed screenplay writer and producer Akiva Goldsman, which will develop a new Transformers multi-part sequel and spinoffs alongside franchise director Michael Bay. While it hasn't been confirmed, its expected that Michael Bay will return to direct Transformers 5. It was initially believed that the movie would be in theaters by 2016, but that seems to be changing. Brian Goldner, President and CEO of Hasbro, announced today that they are targeting a 2017 release date for the next sequel.

Speaking from the first Hasbro quarter earnings call for 2015, Goldner reiterated that Paramount is in fact in the process of setting up a writer's room. The company has a strategic plan to take the franchise into the future. And this will include touching on some of the pre-existing mythology that has never been brought to the big screen. »

- MovieWeb

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Next "Transformers" Film In 2017?

20 April 2015 11:51 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Hasbro held their first quarter 2015 earnings call today where they spoke a bit more about the news revealed last month - that Paramount was bringing together a brains trust to develop both multi-part sequels and spin-off films based in the "Transformers" universe. TFW2005 has the key quote from Brian Goldner, President and CEO of Hasbro:

"Our plan right now with the studio and filmmakers, you may have read something about some writers being hired. We have in fact brought in [Akiva Goldsman] to lead a group of writers to really create a strategic plan around Transformers – we think there's any number of stories to be told. It's a brand that's been around for 30 years with amazing canon and mythology. We would expect the sequel to the Transformers movie to happen in 2017."

"I Am Legend" writer Akiva Goldsman will lead the group with Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura all »

- Garth Franklin

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New Detailed Look At Costumes And Batmobile From Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice

20 April 2015 9:27 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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NBA star DeAndre Jordan recently toured the Batman exhibit and was treated to an up-close look at not only the new Batmobile that Ben Affleck will be driving in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice next year, but the costumes that DC’s holy Trinity will be donning.

Thankfully, he took the tour with a camera crew and has now posted a video of what he saw. Check it out below:

Several new things stick out here. As far as the costumes go, Wonder Woman’s suit has more color than we initially thought, while Batman’s is even more detailed than comic book fans expected. Not only does the Bat’s utility belt have dark yellow accents, but his gloves have steel-plated knuckles, which should help (slightly) when he engages in fisticuffs with the Man of Steel.

The new Batmobile, designed by car coordinator Dennis McCarthy (Batman Begins, »

- James Garcia

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The Fabric of Film: Tough Guy Wear

16 April 2015 2:06 AM, PDT | Clothes on Film | See recent Clothes on Film news »

In honour of The Times’ film critic Kevin Maher’s list of iconic movie rebels, we take a look at what it truly takes to make a tough guy in cinema.

What constitutes a tough guy, as in ‘man’, on film is usually a traditional interpretation of masculinity. There is always room for the sensitive hero in a sweater and slacks, but for those who watch movies as ingrained wish fulfilment, the sexy and sweaty man’s man needs suitable attire to reflect his personality. But it is not just about the garments themselves. A jacket is a jacket, but a leather jacket is a symbol. A wax jacket on the other hand is enlightened – the reformist hero.

Waxed cotton is fantastic stuff. Essentially it is a treated fabric, albeit one that needs regular re-covering to ensure longevity. The result is a lightweight, versatile material that, although not especially warm, »

- Lord Christopher Laverty

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Sony and Mrc Teaming to Bring Stephen King's 'Dark Tower' to Theaters and TV

10 April 2015 11:31 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Like the Loch Ness Monster, a movie adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower is something we've heard great tales about but have never seen. That could be changing soon though, as Deadline reports Sony and Mrc have partnered to co-finance and distribute a film series based on the novels, with Mrc developing a complementary TV series to run alongside the films. Back in 2012, Akiva Goldsman (I Am Legend) was preparing a new draft of the first installment in the proposed series for Warner Bros., and had things worked out, a complementary TV series would have been set up at HBO. However, Warners, like Universal before it, passed on the project, though it seems to have found new life at rival studio Sony. This latest draft of the first film's script is co-written by Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and is based on Goldsman's earlier draft. »

- Jordan Benesh

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Lionsgate Developing ‘The Odyssey’ with ‘Hunger Games’ Team

8 April 2015 11:11 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate is developing a movie version of Homer’s “The Odyssey” with “Hunger Games” director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson attached.

Lawrence took over directing duties on Lionsgate’s “Hunger Games” franchise (including the upcoming “Mockingjay — Part 2″) after Gary Ross exited following the first film, and Jacobson has produced all four films through her Color Force producing banner.

Peter Craig, who co-wrote the two “Mockingjay” films, is penning the script for “The Odyssey.”

The Odyssey” is believed to have been composed by Homer in the 8th century B.C. It centers on Odysseus and his journey home after the fall of Troy while his wife Penelope fights off suitors.

Lawrence’s directing credits include “Water for Elephants,” “I Am Legend” and “Constantine.” Jacobson produced the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” movies.

Motion Picture Group co-president Erik Feig is overseeing “The Odyssey” with Jim Miller and James Myers. Lawrence is represented by CAA and 3 Arts. »

- Dave McNary

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Movie News: Hugh Jackman's Final 'Wolverine' Movie; More 'Tranformers' Sequels and Spinoffs Are Coming

30 March 2015 1:30 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Wolverine: Hugh Jackman has hinted before that he's ready to say goodbye to playing the X-Men character Wolverine, and now he's given his clearest signal yet. In a social media post, he featured a photo with the caption, 'Wolverine...One Last Time. Hj," apparently referring to the third stand-alone Wolverine movie, set for release on March 3, 2017. [Instagram]   Transformers: Rejoice: more Transformers movies are on their way! Akiva Goldsman, a veteran writer and producer (I Am Legend, Insurgent), is in talks to organize a so-called "writer's room" that would come up with ideas for a multi-part sequel series, as well as possible spinoff films for the franchise, giving Transformers its own movie universe. Goldsman would be working with...

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- Peter Martin

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Transformers movie universe planned by Paramount

27 March 2015 3:44 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Paramount wants to borrow the Star Wars model, as it seeks to expand the Transformers movie universe with new sequels and spin-offs.

With Transformers: Age Of Extinction being the highest grossing film on the planet in 2014, it's unsurprising that Paramount is already pressing ahead with plans for Transformers 5. It's unclear yet whether Michael Bay will return to direct that one, given that he's currently working on drama 13 Hours (although he slotted Pain & Gain in between the last two Transformers movies). But whether he does or doesn't, you can expect lots more Transformers in the years ahead.

That's because - yes! - plans are afoot for a Transformers movie universe, with a series of spin-off films being planned.

Akiva Goldsman, the writer of A Beautiful Mind, Batman & Robin and I Am Legend, is to work to set up a "writer's room", reports Deadline. He'll be doing this in conjunction with Michael Bay, »

- simonbrew

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