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10 Possible Oscar Nominees That Previously Would Have Been Unexpected

13 December 2012 9:02 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Joey Magidson

Film Contributor


Sometimes, when watching a movie or a television program, you stumble upon an actor or an actress whom you just feel is going places. Maybe they’re new on the scene or a veteran who’s never really been given a chance, but you get the sense that big things are ahead for them. You can almost envision them at the Oscar ceremony, smiling and waiting to hear if their names are called.

Just as often, though, you see people who don’t impress you one bit or happen to be involved in projects that don’t point to an especially bright future. It may not be their fault due to the material, or they may not have come into their own yet, but nothing at that point suggests an Oscar nominee in the making.

Each year, there are numerous potential nominees who have come from rather humble beginnings, »

- Joey Magidson

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Savides and the Generous Image

20 October 2012 6:24 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Above: Elephant (Gus Van Sant, 2003).

“You shouldn't see the photography in the film.”

Harris Savides

Depending on one’s perspective, a cinematographer can either be forever at the creative mercy of a given project they’re working on or they can develop a fundamental way of seeing the world that can adapt to any narrative, any space, any face. Harris Savides belonged to the latter sensibility. Emerging from the towering and varied influences of world art cinema (Antonioni, Kieslowski, and Tarkovsky were some of his favorites) as well as the existentially tough New Hollywood films of the 70s (Gordon Willis being the patron saint behind the lensing of many of those films), Savides’ work had a transcontinental elegance that was both American and European, belonging to different eras, and yet entirely its own. There’s an earthy sensuality to Savides’ pictures that sets him apart from his forebears.

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- Carson Lund

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Cinematographer Harris Savides Remembered in Video Retrospective

13 October 2012 9:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The movie world lost a wonderful cinematic eye this past week with the death of Cinematographer Harris Savides on October 9 and many have paid tribute to him over the past couple of days, but the best to come yet has arrived in the form of the following video retrospective by Nelson Carvajal over at indieWire. A collection of clips from the films he worked on intercut with some interview snippets, Nelson has included scenes from films such as Ridley Scott's American Gangster, David Fincher's Zodiac and The Game, Gus Van Sant's Milk and Elephant, Sofia Coppola's Somwhere, Jonathan Glazer's Birth and Greenberg and Margot at the Wedding from Noah Baumbach. You have not seen the last of Savides' work on the big screen as he did shoot The Bling Ring for Sofia Coppola, which will be hitting theaters next year. But for now, give the »

- Brad Brevet

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News Nuggets: New trailer debuts for 'Zero Dark Thirty'

12 October 2012 6:53 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Kris Tapley mourns cinematographer Harris Savides, who died at age 55: "I hadn't heard that cinematographer Harris Savides had been ill, certainly hadn't known that he was on the ropes, but he has apparently passed away at the far-too-young age of 55. I don't know the cause of death but I know this one's a big blow to the industry. Savides most often collaborated with filmmaker Gus Van Sant. He shot films like 'Finding Forrester,' 'Gerry,' 'Elephant,' 'Last Days' and 'Milk' for the director. But he also worked with David Fincher from time to time ('The Game,' 'Zodiac'), as well as Noah Baumbach ('Margot at the Wedding,' 'Greenberg'). His final work will be seen in Sofia Coppola's 'The Bling Ring,' which releases next year." In Contention Frank Ocean predicts success at the Grammys: "Next week, »

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Harris Savides

12 October 2012 6:16 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Cinematographer at the forefront of digital experimentation and celebrated for his avant-garde work with Gus van Sant

The cinematographer Harris Savides, who has died of brain cancer aged 55, brought an evocative aesthetic to films made by some of the world's most adventurous directors. His goal was to capture what he called a "heightened reality" through a visual style that was understated to the point of being subliminal: "I don't think you can ever make a movie that looks amazing when you're trying to make it look amazing," he said.

Savides shot six features for Gus van Sant and collaborated with David Fincher, Sofia Coppola and Noah Baumbach. While directors frequently turned to him for a visual style redolent of 1970s American and European auteur cinema, Savides was at the forefront of digital experimentation. He shot Fincher's Zodiac (2007), the fastidiously detailed story of the real-life hunt for a serial killer »

- Ryan Gilbey

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Famed Cinematographer Harris Savides Passes Away at 55

11 October 2012 2:15 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Famed cinematographer Harris Savides passed away today. He was 55 years old. While Savides might not have been a household name, odds are that you’ve seen his work firsthand over the past decade and a half. The cinematographer, who frequently worked with filmmaker Gus Van Sant, also worked alongside Woody Allen, David Fincher and Sofia Coppola. Savides began his career in Paris and Milan, where he shot fashion spreads before moving into directing music videos. In 1997, he worked with David Fincher on The Game and his Hollywood career soon took off. From there, he assisted on films such as Zodiac, Margot at the Wedding, Elephant and Milk. His last feature, Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, is due out sometime next year. No word yet on the cause of Mr. Savides&rsquo...

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- Mike Bracken

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'Milk' Cinematographer Harris Savides Dies at 55

11 October 2012 1:39 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Prolific cinematographer Harris Savides, who worked with some of Hollywood top directors, died Thursday. He was 55. The Skouras Agency confirmed his death, but offered no further details. Also read: Notable Celebrity Deaths of 2012 Savides shot six films with Gus Van Sant (pictured above, with Savides and Casey Affleck), including "Elephant" and "Milk," for which Sean Penn received a Best Actor Oscar. He also worked with David Fincher ("Zodiac," "The Game"), Ridley Scott ("American Gangster") and Noah Baumbach ("Greenberg," "Margot at the Wedding"). Savides was also director of photography on Sofia Coppola's upcoming "The »

- Todd Cunningham

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Harris Savides, cinematographer for 'Milk' and 'Zodiac,' dies at 55

11 October 2012 1:07 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Harris Savides, the cinematographer behind some of the most visually striking films and music videos of the last 20 years, passed away today. He was 55.

A native New Yorker, Savides started out his career as a fashion photographer. Moving into music videos, he collaborated with director Mark Romanek on his iconic videos for Madonna’s “Rain” (for which Savides won a Video Music Award), Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer,” Michael and Janet Jackson’s “Scream,” and Fiona Apple’s ”Criminal” – giving each video its own sleek, burnished cinematic bearing.

Harris also worked on music videos and commercials with David Fincher and Gus Van Sant, »

- Adam B. Vary

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'Zodiac,' 'Milk' and 'American Gangster' Cinematographer Harris Savides Has Died at Age 55

11 October 2012 11:16 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Cinematographer Harris Savides, who worked with directors David Fincher, Gus Van Sant, Woody Allen and Noah Baumbach, has passed away. The cause of death is not yet known. He was 55 years old. Though he worked on Fincher’s breakthrough “Se7en,” Savides nabbed his first solo Dp gig on the 1996 thriller “Heaven’s Prisoners,” directed by Phil Joanou. He went on to shoot “The Game” and “Zodiac” for Fincher; “Finding Forrester,” “Gerry,” “Elephant,” “Last Days,” “Milk” and “Restless” for Van Sant; “Margot at the Wedding” and “Greenberg” for Baumbach; “The Yards” for James Gray; “American Gangster” for Ridley Scott; “Whatever Works” for Woody Allen; “Somewhere” for Sofia Coppola; and others. He last shot Coppola’s crime drama “The Bling Ring,” which has yet to be »

- Jay A. Fernandez

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Cinematographer Harris Savides Dies

11 October 2012 11:10 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Sad news: Harris Savides, a modern master of the art of cinematography, has passed away. Savides was a favorite of auteurs like David Fincher (for whom he shot Zodiac and The Game), Gus Van Sant (six films including Milk, Gerry, and Elephant), Noah Baumbach (Margot at the Wedding, Greenberg) and Sofia Coppola, whose upcoming film The Bling Ring will serve as his final credit. Savides was just 55 years old. »

- Kyle Buchanan

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ShockYa Presents Movie Night – New York Film Festival 2012 – Frances Ha Press Conference

29 September 2012 12:16 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Noah Baumbach’s “Frances Ha” is a return to lightheartedness for the director, who recently delivered weightier melodramas including “The Squid and the Whale,” “Margot At The Wedding,” and “Greenberg.” Armed with his new muse, the beautiful Greta Gerwig, Baumbach tackles themes of friendship, post-college coming of age, and dealing with the idea of life passing you by. “Frances Ha” is charming, hilarious, and completely worth watching. The following is the press conference recorded on Thursday September 20th 2012, after the press screening during the New York Film Festival at the Walter Reade Theater in New York City, featuring Director Noah Baumbach, Actor and Co-Writer Greta Gerwig, and Actor Mickey Sumner.  [ Read More ]

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- Rudie Obias

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Tiff 2012 Review: Frances Ha Finds Baumbach At His Best

13 September 2012 3:00 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Noah Baumbach has been a polarizing filmmaker since he burst onto the scene with his first high-profile feature, 2005's The Squid and the Whale. Aside from launching Jesse Eisenberg's career, that effort also familiarized the film world with Baumbach's quirky indie voice. While like nails on a chalkboard to some -- see critical reaction to Margot at the Wedding and Greenberg -- Baumbach's minimalist, self-deprecating style has been emulated by many in the years that have followed. His latest, Frances Ha, is every bit as Baumbachian as his previous work, yet feels somehow more accessible as well, aside, perhaps, from the black-and-white filming, which, at times, evokes early Woody Allen or the French New Wave. It is up for debate whether this is because »

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Tiff 2012. Correspondences #3

10 September 2012 11:57 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Dear Danny,

No apologies needed for your rich reportage. One of the nice things about this conversation format is that it allows me to jot down titles that I might have otherwise missed, helping me shine some light into the frequent disorientation of packed, conflicting schedules.

Incidentally, illumination is what the title of Carlos Reygadas’ new film promises. For the opening ten minutes or so, Post Tenebras Lux follows a tiny girl excitedly splashing in a muddy field, dogs and cows meandering around her as an incoming storm rumbles in the distance. The sun disappears behind clouds, and lightning flash silhouettes the lonely toddler. Reygadas is very clever at stuff like this, coming up with a vast, assertive composition and then letting unpredictable elements like children, animals and weather play their part in it. But that’s not enough: He has to further make his hand felt by smearing the »

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Telluride Fest Skips 'Master' and 'Silver Linings,' Adds Last-Minute 'Argo' and Eclectic Programming Delights

31 August 2012 4:00 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Telluride waiting game is over. It's fun to ferret out the films from various distributors and publicists and it's also fun to find out the real deal at the airport as the folks arrive at the gate for the Lax-Montrose shuttle. So before the official release hit my inbox--and I read the full program on my seat--i saw Michael Winterbottom, who has directed a fiction film, "Every Day," that took five years to shoot, about the impact on a man's family when he spends years in prison. John Simm and Shirley Henderson star. Winterbottom is a brilliant filmmaker who, to my mind, does his best work with low-tech hand-crafted films, so I'm excited to see this one. Also in the airport was Noah Baumbach, a smart and canny filmmaker ("The Squid and the Whale," "Margot at the Wedding") who doesn't always reach a wide audience. Black-and-white "Frances Ha" is »

- Anne Thompson

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First Look at Greta Gerwig in Noah Baumbach’s Secret Film, Frances Ha

25 July 2012 7:00 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

It’s not often we get to see big-name directors fly under the radar and shoot an entire film in secrecy, but when they do, you know it’s likely to be brilliant.

Not only will Joss Whedon be unveiling his micro-budgeted adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, Noah Baumbach will also be treating us to a project that we only discovered yesterday, when the official line-up was announced.

Following that wonderful surprise, we’ve now got our first look at the wonderful Greta Gerwig in the lead, who co-wrote the script with Baumbach, and stars alongside Mickey Sumner (The Borgias).

“An aspiring dancer (co-writer Greta Gerwig) moves to New York City and becomes caught up in a whirlwind of flighty fair-weather friends, diminishing fortunes and career setbacks, in the new film from director Noah Baumbach (Margot at the Wedding, Greenberg).”

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- Kenji Lloyd

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2012 Toronto International Film Festival Unveils Galas & Special Presentations; Hyde Park On Hudson, To The Wonder, The Place Beyond The Pines, Byzantium On Lineup

24 July 2012 9:25 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Jayne Mansfield.s Car

Piers Handling, CEO and Director of Tiff, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, made the first announcement of films to premiere at the 37th Toronto International Film Festival. Films announced include titles in the Galas and Special Presentations programmes. The announced films include 17 Galas and 45 Special Presentations, including 38 world premieres.

Toronto audiences will be the first to see the world premieres of films from directors Andrew Adamson, Ben Affleck, David Ayer, Maiken Baird, Noah Baumbach, J.A. Bayona, Stuart Blumberg, Josh Boone, Laurent Cantet, Sergio Castellitto, Stephen Chbosky, Lu Chuan, Derek Cianfrance, Nenad Cicin-Sain, Costa-Gavras, Ziad Doueiri, Liz Garbus, Dustin Hoffman, Rian Johnson, Neil Jordan, Baltasar Kormákur, Shola Lynch, Deepa Mehta, Roger Michell, Nishikawa Miwa, Ruba Nadda, Mike Newell, François Ozon, Sally Potter, Robert Pulcini & Shari Springer Berman, Eran Riklis, David O. Russell, Gauri Shinde, Ben Timlett & Bill Jones & Jeff Simpson, Tom Tykwer & Andy Wachowski & Lana Wachowski, »

- Michelle McCue

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Toronto 2012 unveils full slate of Galas and Special Presentations

24 July 2012 8:29 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

By Sean O’Connell Earlier, we brought you a snapshot glance at the first wave of programming announced for the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Shortly after, the fest released a thorough breakdown of the Galas and Special Presentations for this year’s event, which kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 6.

So far, 17 Galas and 45 Special Presentations have been announced, including 38 world premieres. Andrew Adamson, Ben Affleck, David Ayer, Maiken Baird, Noah Baumbach, J.A. Bayona, Stuart Blumberg, Josh Boone, Laurent Cantet, Sergio Castellitto, Stephen Chbosky, Lu Chuan, Derek Cianfrance, Nenad Cicin-Sain, Costa-Gavras, Ziad Doueiri, Liz Garbus, Dustin Hoffman, Rian Johnson, Neil Jordan, Baltasar Kormákur, Shola Lynch, Deepa Mehta, Roger Michell, Nishikawa Miwa, Ruba Nadda, Mike Newell, François Ozon, Sally Potter, Robert Pulcini & Shari Springer Berman, Eran Riklis, David O. Russell, Gauri Shinde, Ben Timlett & Bill Jones & Jeff Simpson, Tom Tykwer & Andy Wachowski & Lana Wachowski, Margarethe von Trotta, Joss Whedon and »

- Sean O'Connell

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Tiff 2012 Selects ‘To the Wonder,’ ‘Cloud Atlas,’ ‘Beyond the Pines,’ ‘Argo,’ ‘Looper’ & More

24 July 2012 5:20 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

2012′s Toronto International Film Festival is set to officially announce its initial line-up later today, but Variety let the cat out of the bag, at least partially; and it’s quite astounding. Most of our most-anticipated films of the year will be premiering at the Canadian festival, notably Terrence Malick‘s To the Wonder, Wachowskis & Tom Tykwer‘s epic-sounding Cloud Atlas, Rian Johnson‘s Looper (which will open the fest), Ben Affleck‘s Argo, Dereck Cianfrance‘s The Place Beyond the Pines and much, more more.

Coming from Sundance, the only mentioned film was Ben LewisJohn Hawkes-starring The Sessions, while Cannes premieres include Matteo Garrone‘s Reality, Thomas Vinterberg‘s The Hunt, Pablo Larrain‘s No and Jacques Audiard‘s Rust and Bone. One of the biggest surprises is a new film from Noah Baumbach, starring Greta Gerwing titled Frances Ha. There’s also The Avengers director Joss Whedon »

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Take This Waltz

12 July 2012 9:34 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Take This Waltz

Directed by: Sarah Polley

Cast: Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby, Sarah Silverman

Running Time: 1 hr 55 mins

Rating: R

Release Date: July 13, 2012 (Chicago)

Plot: A bored married woman (Williams) struggles with temptation when her neighbor (Kirby) takes an interest in her.

Who’S It For?: With its marvelous mix of melancholy and visual sweetness, Take This Waltz is for those who enjoy movies that explore different truths about relationships.

Expectations: I knew very little of what to expect when I came in, but I was certainly intrigued by the pairing of Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen. Williams hasn’t had a bad performance in a while, and it’s always curious to see what serious lengths Rogen will go to in a drama.

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Michelle Williams as Margot: The camera’s amount of sunlight gives her bright yellow skin, and we constantly see her exhibiting a summery red wardrobe. »

- Nick Allen

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On The Rise '12: 5 Cinematographers Lighting Up Screens In Recent Years

26 June 2012 10:10 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Following our looks at actors, actresses, screenwriters and directors to watch in recent months, when the time came to put together a list of cinematographers (as we did two years ago), we went in with an open mind. But what was interesting is realizing, after the fact, that in an era where 35mm film is allegedly being phased out, that all five have done perhaps their most distinctive work on old-fashioned celluloid, rather than digital.

All have worked in digital of course, at least in the commercial world, and some have done hugely impressive work on new formats. But most of our five are fierce advocates for good 'ol 35mm, and it's another sign that the death knell shouldn't be rung for the old ways just yet. As long as there are talented DoPs like the ones below, and on the following pages, working closely with filmmakers like Paul Thomas Anderson, »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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