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Michael Brook is a Golden Globe and Grammy-nominated composer, producer and recording artist recognized for his unique style of composition that traverses ambient, world, Americana, electronic and orchestral territories. His work often contains unusual combinations of instruments, sounds and moods that create a powerful, unique and emotional impact.
Brook’s music career began as a recording artist, guitar player, producer and collaborator, working with artists such as Brian Eno, David Sylvian, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, The Pogues, on ground breaking labels such as 4Ad and Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records. As his music began to be licensed in films such as Heat and Any Given Sunday, he developed an interest in composing for film and moved to Los Angeles from the UK in 1999. Among the more than 40 films that he has scored are The Perks of Being A Wallflower, The Fighter, Into the Wild, Chavez, An Inconvenient Truth. and the Oscar-winning documentary Undefeated. »
- Marc Ciafardini
It’s a pretty good bet that if John Williams has an original score in play during a given Oscar season, he’s going to be Oscar-nominated for it. His 44 nods to date (plus five more for songs) don’t exactly lie. So how can you start a discussion of this year’s score contenders anywhere else but with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens?”
How much original music will be in the film, though, and how much will it distinguish itself from the iconic pre-existing themes? That’s the question. While all three original “Star Wars” films were nominated, none of the prequels made it. This will be just one more mystery held close to the vest until Disney decides to let the cat out of the bag next month. But it could yield a 50th Oscar nomination from the cinema legend.
From one legend to another, there’s Ennio Morricone, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Why are our films not all three hours long? How do some films that are that long manage to grip us nonetheless? Why do some films with seemingly dull plots manage to enthrall from start to finish? How does a narrative of a film get put together post-shooting? The answers lie in the talents of film editors. Those talents are rewarded every year in the Oscar race for Best Film Editing. The Film Editors Branch is, more than any other in the Academy, seemingly very tied to the Best Picture race. Since the expansion of the Best Picture category to more than five films, non-Best Picture nominees have seldom made the cut here. But even before then, the overlap between the two categories was intense. Otherwise, the branch tends to love musicals (not likely to be a factor this year) and action/suspense films. “The Revenant”’s Stephen Mirrione shockingly »
- Gerard Kennedy
"...'Personal Shopper', a supernatural thriller is a 'ghost' story based in the Paris fashion world..."
Aside from the "Twilight Saga" series, Stewart has starred in a range of films, including "Speak" (2004), "Zathura" (2005), "Into The Wild" (2007), "Adventureland" (2009), "The Runaways" (2010), "Snow White and the Huntsman" (2012), "On the Road" (2012), "Camp X-Ray" (2014), "Still Alice" (2014) and "Equals" (2015).
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- Michael Stevens
Variety is reporting that Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) and Vince Vaughn (True Detective) have signed on to appear in The Archbishop and the Antichrist, a post-apartheid drama from director Roland Joffe (The Killing Fields).
Based on the play by Michael Ashton, The Archbishop and the Antichrist is “a fictionalized account of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s meetings with Piet Blomfield, a murderer who seeks redemption for the atrocities he has committed while he serves a life sentence in prison in post-apartheid South Africa.”
“Forest Whitaker brings a great sense of depth and power to all his performances and he is the perfect match for Tutu’s complex character,” states Tannaz Anisi, president of 13 Films. “Vince Vaughn continues to prove his wide-ranging acting skills following his more dramatic roles in Into the Wild and the upcoming Hacksaw Ridge.”
Production on the film is slated to get underway early in »
- Gary Collinson
Forest Whitaker and Vince Vaughn are set to star in Roland Joffe's The Archbishop and the Antichrist. The film will be based on the play of the same name by Michael Ashton, which follows a fictionalized account of Archbishop Desmond Tutu's (Whitaker) meetings with brutal murderer Piet Blomfield (Vaughn).
In the film, Vaughn's character Piet Blomfield seeks redemption for the atrocities he’s committed while he serves a life sentence in prison in post-apartheid South Africa.
“Forest Whitaker brings a great sense of depth and power to all his performances and he is the perfect »
- Laura Frances
Michael Ashton’s post-Apartheid play The Archbishop and the Antichrist is headed to the silver screen, and today brings word that the drama has tapped Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland, The Butler) and Vince Vaughn (True Detective, Hacksaw Ridge) for leading roles. Two-time Oscar nominated writer/director Roland Joffé is behind the lens for this one.
Understood to be simmering in pre-production, Joffé’s adaptation will place Whitaker and Vaughn on two very different sides of post-Apartheid South Africa, with the former set to play a fictionalized version of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, while the latter will assume the role of infamous murderer and warlord Piet Blomfield. Serving a life sentence in prison for his heinous crimes, The Archbishop and the Antichrist explores the trying relationship between the pair, as Tutu sets about heralding a new era of peace to the troubled country.
In shepherding the tale from one medium to the next, »
- Michael Briers
Oscar winner Forest Whitaker (Lee Daniels’ The Butler, The Last King Of Scotland) and Vince Vaughn (upcoming Hacksaw Ridge, Into The Wild) are set to star in the drama The Archbishop And The Antichrist to be directed by two time Oscar nominee writer/director Roland Joffé (The Killing Fields, The Scarlet Letter), it was announced today by Emmy Award nominated producer Craig Baumgarten (Hook, Never Back Down).
13 Films is handling international rights and will introduce the project to buyers at the upcoming American Film Market. Wme Global is handling North American rights.
Kim Ashton serves as executive producer on the feature film.
- Michelle McCue
13 Films is handling international rights and will introduce the project to buyers at the American Film Market, which launches Nov. 4. Wme Global is handling North American rights.
Based on the play of the same name by Michael Ashton, the film follows a fictionalized account of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s meetings with Piet Blomfield, a murderer who seeks redemption for the atrocities he has committed while he serves a life sentence in prison in post-apartheid South Africa.
The project has been in development for several years with Whitaker attached.
“Forest Whitaker brings a great sense of depth and power »
- Dave McNary
Production is scheduled for early 2016. Wme Global represents North American rights.
Joffé co-wrote with Michael Ashton the screenplay based Ashton’s play of the same name about a fictionalised account of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s meetings with death row murderer Piet Blomfield during the Truth And Reconciliation Commission hearings in post-apartheid South Africa.
Craig Baumgarten is producing and Kim Ashton serves as executive producer.
“Forest Whitaker brings a great sense of depth and power to all his performances and he is the perfect match for Tutu’s complex character,” said 13 Films president Tannaz Anisi.
“Vince Vaughn continues to prove his wide-ranging acting skills following his more dramatic roles in Into The Wild and the upcoming Hacksaw Ridge. Under the direction of Roland Joffé, their combined »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Tomorrow sees the release of Transformers: Redemption from John Barber and Livio Ramondelli, the creative team behind Transformers: Punishment, and we have a preview of the issue for you right here; click on any of the gallery images for hi-res versions…
Into The Wild! The Dinobots engaged in some of the most brutal missions of the war—which made them damaged goods in the peace. Now, a mission to change the face of Cybertron offers a chance for something they never imagined… redemption.
Transformers: Redemption is out on October 28th, priced $7.99.
- Gary Collinson
IMDb is a dangerous place, full of knowledgeable people packing hella big opinions. Now, the Internet Movie Database - to use its full title - has unveiled something extraordinary: what its users think are the best films from the past 25 years.
To be clear, these are the top 25 films from the last 25 years, as voted for by millions of IMDb-ers on an individual basis. So these, in effect, are the highest-voted films on IMDb, each year, for the past 25 years.
2013: The Wolf of Wall Street
2012: Django Unchained
2009: Inglourious Basterds
2008: The Dark Knight
2007: Into the Wild
2006: The Departed
2005: Batman Begins
Lakeshore Records will release the Brooklyn – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally and on CD November 6, 2015. The album features the film’s original score by Michael Brook (The Fighter, Into The Wild).
“The director John Crowley slightly laid down a gauntlet by saying that he wanted to have a score that heightened emotion, but never lead things by telling the audience what to feel, and he was very keen to avoid anything that had the slightest whiff of cheese,” said Brook. “Finding this extremely delicate balance was a big part of the interaction that I had with John.”
Brooklyn tells the profoundly moving story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother’s home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly »
- Michelle McCue
Ten original works, ranging from unproduced scripts to currently available web cartoons and dramas, were pitched on Sunday to potential partners at the inaugural edition of the Asian Film Market’s Entertainment-Intellectual Property Market.
The new event is intended to expand the functionality of the Busan market, reflecting the changing shape of media creativity in Asia, as well as the growing connections between Korea as a center of innovation and China as a financial power and media consumer.
The mart was able to claim an early success with the sale of rights to Kirin Productions’ web drama “The Cravings” licensed to China’s Beijing Alpha Transmedia. The two companies will now jointly make a Chinese version of the series.
Most of the buyers and potential co-producers at the pitching event were from Korea or China, with all the content being pitched originating in Korea. Other strands of the E-ip »
- Sonia Kil
Just Jim, 2015.
Written and Directed by Craig Roberts.
Living in the sleepy valleys of Wales, Jim has his life altered when an enigmatic American moves in next-door.
Those of you familiar with Craig Roberts will most likely remember him from his breakout performance in Richard Ayoade’s film Submarine, and those who don’t might well remember his much earlier role as Rio in The Story of Tracy Beaker. Transgressing past his childhood roles on-screen Roberts takes up residence behind the camera for his directorial debut, Just Jim. Having written, directed and starred in his own film, Just Jim stands as an incredibly striking achievement, illustrating all the potential that the multifaceted Roberts possesses in its execution.
The comedy of Just Jim is both poignant and surreal, at times seeming extremely dry and deadpan in its approach towards the beginning, »
- Joshua Gill
Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s The Revenant has been plagued by reports of ballooning budgets, scheduling delays, safety concerns, weather woes, producer drama, and disgruntled crew members. One anonymous individual went so far as to call the shoot “a living hell.” But while the film may be a mess behind the scenes, it thankfully looks quite lovely […]
- Angie Han
“Wildlike” presents a levelheaded, humble, and respectful drama about a controversial subject, wrapped around a road movie that takes full advantage of breathtaking Alaskan wilderness scenery. Even though the story focuses on a teen running away from sexual abuse by a family member, an issue that’s ripe for dramatic sensationalism, it never sinks into excessive melodrama, only to end with unearned pathos to please the general audience with a saccharine emotional release. Writer/director Frank Hall Green shows a considerable amount of restraint and a deft handle on tone for a first feature. He doesn’t really say anything new about the tricky subject he delves into, and doesn’t really show anything new concerning the Alaskan wilderness that films like “Into The Wild” didn’t already cover, but he manages to construct a solid drama that earns every bit of its handful of emotional payoffs. To be honest, »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
She is a tiny little woman, a girl really, her eyes big and scared, she chews nervously on her sleeves, she looks at everyone with suspicion and maybe a bit of hope. She wears way too much eye makeup and her nail polish is always chipped and fading. She looks lost and alone in a waiting area of what may be a train station, airport or bus station. It is a waiting area for a ferry to Juneau, Alaska.
Her Mother is ill and Father deceased. Mother will be entering a hospital in Seattle, Washington, where they live, Mother can’t take care of her anymore. She is being sent to Juneau to stay with an Uncle, (known only as Uncle, played by Brian Geraghty). This is MacKenzie, the fragile but resourceful heroine of Wildlike.
At first her Uncle seems to have been sent from Heaven. She gets her own room in a nice home, »
- Sam Moffitt
Everest recounts the real-life story of the May 10, 1996 trek to the top of the world's highest peak - a day that would become the deadliest in its history. (That record has sadly since been surpassed.) The movie is based on climber and survivor Beck Weathers's memoir, Left For Dead: My Journey Home From Everest, but most people are more familiar with another book about the fateful expedition: journalist Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild. The film, while epic and frightening - especially when captured in expansive IMAX 3D - still somehow doesn't compare to the real human drama - which, in my opinion, these two books better harness. Read on for more of the true story of Weathers' incredible survival and to find out about his life after Everest. Weathers and Brolin at the La premiere of Everest in Sept. Weathers, now 68, is played by Josh Brolin in the film. »
- Lindsay Miller
A middle class husband and wife move to a cave in a patiently paced lo-fi study of sadness
Heading to the woods to deal with one’s demons is a common form of therapy in cinema. Emile Hirsch said goodbye to privilege in Into the Wild, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Willem Dafoe retreated to a remote cabin after the death of their son in Antichrist and last year’s Toronto film festival had a grieving Reese Witherspoon traipsing through rough terrain in Wild. A year on, the self-explanatory Couple in a Hole takes that trope to a fascinating new place.
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- Benjamin Lee
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