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‘Cheap Thrills’ Director E.L. Katz Begins Filming ‘Small Crimes’!

27 July 2016 11:05 AM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

E.L. Katz, who broke out in a big way with his excellent thriller Cheap Thrills, is now in production on Small Crimes, written by Katz and Macon Blair (Green Room, Blue Ruin), and being produced by, get this, David Lancaster (Drive, Nightcrawler, Whiplash). Two-time Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver (StokerSilver Linings Playbook, Animal Kingdom), Oscar nominee Robert Forster (Jackie Brown) along […] »

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8 killer cues from Cliff Martinez’s The Neon Demon soundtrack

20 July 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sean Wilson takes a closer look at the latest captivating collaboration between director Nicolas Winding Refn and composer Cliff Martinez

Filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn doesn’t court controversy and outrage so much as revel in it, and his latest hallucinatory nightmare The Neon Demon is no exception. A surrealistic and increasingly shocking tale of the fashion industry crossed with elements of vampirism and necrophilia, it’s a visually luscious throwback to the exploitation movies of which Refn is so fond. Descending into a neon hell with Refn once again is Drive and Only God Forgives composer Cliff Martinez – and the results are spectacular. Here are several key moments from what is assuredly one of 2016’s most distinctive and striking soundtracks.

Neon Demon

Although not strictly a themes-and-variations score, this dreamy and beguiling opener does introduce what could be described as its principal idea. An undulating, deceptively tranquil and innocent pulsating »

- Sean Wilson

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Star Wars 8 Director Shares 6 Photos from Episode VIII

18 July 2016 1:33 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Over the weekend, plenty of heavy hitters from the Star Wars universe arrived on the main stage at the ExCel Center outside of London for the epic event known as Star Wars Celebration. One of the more exciting individuals to make an appearance was acclaimed director Rian Johnson, who arrived to talk about the next exciting chapter in the Skywalker saga Star Wars: Episode VIII. He shared several new photos, and we also have video from his panel along with an exciting interview he did afterwards.

Rian Johnson participated in the Future Filmmakers Panel, where Alden Ehrenreich was introduced for the first time as the newer, younger Han Solo. Though, those participating declined to reveal the official title of the Han Solo: A Star Wars Story spinoff. Nor did we get to learn the official Star Wars: Episode VIII title, which may be something Lucasfilm and Disney are still trying to decided on. »

- MovieWeb

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Emmys 2016: The 5 Most Attention-Grabbing Craft Contenders

15 July 2016 1:27 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

There’s good reason newcomers “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” “Mr. Robot” and “The Man in the High Castle” distinguished themselves with Emmy craft noms: they brought authenticity to stories that tap into the racial divisiveness, violence and alienation that are weighing heavily on our minds this Presidential election season. And riding the surge of female empowerment, impeccably produced “Outlander” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” also landed craft recognition.

FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” grabbed 22 noms (including cinematography, costumes, makeup and editing), second only to Emmy leader “Game of Thrones” with 23. What they achieved with recreating “the trial of the century” in the ’90s was bringing it eerily full-circle today.

Verisimilitude, of course, was crucial. For cinematographer Nelson Cragg, the Bundy Drive crime scene where Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were murdered provided one challenge. Since the Brentwood condo no longer exits, they had to »

- Bill Desowitz

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Emmys 2016: The 5 Most Attention-Grabbing Craft Contenders

15 July 2016 1:27 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

There’s good reason newcomers “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” “Mr. Robot” and “The Man in the High Castle” distinguished themselves with Emmy craft noms: they brought authenticity to stories that tap into the racial divisiveness, violence and alienation that are weighing heavily on our minds this Presidential election season. And riding the surge of female empowerment, impeccably produced “Outlander” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” also landed craft recognition.

FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” grabbed 22 noms (including cinematography, costumes, makeup and editing), second only to Emmy leader “Game of Thrones” with 23. What they achieved with recreating “the trial of the century” in the ’90s was bringing it eerily full-circle today.

Verisimilitude, of course, was crucial. For cinematographer Nelson Cragg, the Bundy Drive crime scene where Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were murdered provided one challenge. Since the Brentwood condo no longer exits, they had to »

- Bill Desowitz

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Is Nicolas Winding Refn Betraying His Own Talent?

10 July 2016 9:18 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Two weekends ago, Nicolas Winding Refn’s glitzy surreal horror film “The Neon Demon” opened on 783 screens, and when the weekend was over the box-office tally was far scarier than anything in the movie. Presented as a “mainstream” crossover thriller, the film had grossed just $589,000, with a mind-bendingly low per-screen average of $752. When a movie that’s striving to be a work of art falls on its face commercially, there’s no shame in that failure. The history of cinema is dotted with great films that didn’t, at first blush, find their audience, and then become appreciated over time. Yet in this case, the failure may contain a lesson.

The reason that Amazon Studios shoved “The Neon Demon” into so many theaters in the first place is that the relatively young company was betting — reasonably, I would say — that the movie, on its gorgeously bloody Day-Glo surface, was studded »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Looking For Albert Brooks In The Netflix World

10 July 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

In the hierarchy of significance in what made news this past week, the sudden availability of the entirety of Albert Brooks’ output of feature films as a writer-director via Netflix Streaming may not carry the urgency of, say, the alarming continuance of African-American deaths under police fire, the attack on a peaceful protest against police violence by shooters who killed five law enforcement officers and wounded several more in Dallas, the ongoing partisan bloviating inspired by the FBI’s decision to not charge Hilary Clinton with federal crimes, or the frightening clown circus of offenses that characterizes the dawning of each new day in Donald Trump’s  presidential campaign. But art can, among many other things, provide a momentary respite from pain, sometimes even while examining some of the more frustrating, self-centric and petty dissonances within our own, or someone’s else’s worldview, and in this Brooks’ films at »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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‘The Neon Demon’ Review: “A Beautiful Nightmare”

10 July 2016 4:23 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Nicolas Winding Refn returns with The Neon Demon, his most beautiful film to date. The Neon Demon review

The Neon Demon is the latest feature film to be directed by Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn. The director has made a name for both himself and actor Ryan Gosling with previous films Drive and Only God Forgives. This time he’s working without Gosling, instead switching to a female lead in the form of Elle Fanning. Our story tells of young girl Jessie (Fanning) as she arrives in Los Angeles aspiring to be a model. An instant success, she soon has to deal with the envy and dark desires of those around her. The film screened at Cannes earlier this year and was received with a bizarre mixture of boos and cheers. The Neon Demon it seems is a true marmite movie, you either love it or hate it. So where does Thn sit? »

- Kat Hughes

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The Neon Demon review – beauty as the beast

10 July 2016 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Nicolas Winding Refn’s provocative modern fable follows a young model into the dark, dangerous woods of the La fashion world

“Am I staring…?” This neon-noir fantasia from Nicolas Winding Refn, the Danish director of Drive, Bronson and the Pusher trilogy, is a modern fairytale of beauty as a beast, a horror-inflected, high-fashion fable replete with wicked witches and big bad wolves ready to devour a flaxen-haired youth in the wild woods of Los Angeles. Less Prêt-à-Porter with teeth than The Company of Wolves from hell and in heels, it offers a bloody chamber of symbolic provocations (lunar cycles, occultist trappings) cooked up by a film-maker taking weekly tarot readings from the Chilean surrealist Alejandro Jodorowsky and driven by an intoxication with the superficiality of the photographic image.

Swooningly filmed by Natasha Braier, The Neon Demon puts overtly ludicrous flesh on a satirical script co-written with the playwrights Mary Laws and Polly Stenham, »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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“Seeing Is Understanding”: Nicolas Winding Refn Talks Cinema, Sight, And ‘The Neon Demon’

8 July 2016 9:21 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Nicolas Winding Refn has turned into a total cinematic enigma. If his earlier films such as “Drive,” “Pusher,” and “Bronson” had critics on his side, his last two features have split the cinematic world in half and left many audience members in total and utter puzzlement. Refn followed up “Drive,” his greatest critical and commercial […]

The post “Seeing Is Understanding”: Nicolas Winding Refn Talks Cinema, Sight, And ‘The Neon Demon’ appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Jordan Ruimy

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Movie Review – The Neon Demon (2016)

7 July 2016 3:08 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Neon Demon, 2016.

Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn.

Starring Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Bella Heathcote, Abbey Lee, Karl Glusman, Alessandro Nivola, Christina Hendricks, Desmond Harrington and Keanu Reeves.

Synopsis:

When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.

Style over substance – the go-to phrase poured over Nicolas Winding Refn’s most recent works as the director showcased his grandiose artistic endeavours while perhaps never giving his written work quite so much love and affection. With The Neon Demon however those fears can be laid to rest, as this is his richest and most compelling work since Bronson. From the mesmerising opening moments, as colours twinkle and cascade across the credits, you are summoned into his new whirlwind of lucid images and blushing textures that hypnotises you and never let’s go, »

- Scott J. Davis

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Doctor Who reportedly turned down Nicolas Winding Refn

6 July 2016 1:43 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob Leane Jul 6, 2016

Drive and The Neon Demon director Nicolas Winding Refn reportedly expressed an interest in directing Doctor Who, but got turned down...

Here's a surprising fact. Nicolas Winding RefnDrive director and cinematic specialist in the surreal, is a fan of Doctor Who.

Talking to Metro to promote his latest film The Neon Demon, the Danish filmmaker said this: "I love Doctor Who. I like the imagination."

"I guess I’m a fan of the old Doctor Who. I haven’t really seen a lot of the new one", he admitted, before explaining that his favourite Doctor is Tom Baker.

Apparently, Winding Refn once applied to direct an episode of Who. "They wouldn't hire me", he told the Metro.

The newspaper also reports that Winding Refn expressed an interest in making a film version of Doctor Who, but there isn't a specific quote in the article to confirm that. »

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Spectre: Nicolas Winding Refn was offered chance to direct

5 July 2016 1:15 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

David Crow Jul 6, 2016

Nicolas Winding Refn, director of Drive and The Neon Demon, reveals he was offered the chance of directing 007 in Spectre.

If you thought the relationship between Christoph Waltz’s Blofeld and Daniel Craig’s James Bond seemed odd before, just imagine what it would have looked like if director Nicolas Winding Refn had taken the helm of Spectre.

Indeed, well before Sam Mendes agreed to come back and attempt to follow up his gargantuan 007 success in Skyfall, Nicolas Winding Refn was briefly offered the job of directing the 24th James Bond movie. Refn has made a splash in international cinema after his Pusher trilogy and Valhalla Rising. But his biggest commercial success to date is the still hypnotic Drive, a mesmerising film of style and old school cinematic heroism that throbbed to day-glo ‘80s synth beats. That film, along with his subsequent reteaming with Ryan Gosling in 2013’s Only God Forgives, »

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Halfway Mark: Achievements in Costume Design

5 July 2016 1:05 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

We've celebrated the male performances, the heroes and villains, cinematography & production design. So let's hit Nathaniel's (c'est moi) favorite craft category costume design, as we wrap up our halfway mark festivities this week (actresses still to come). Who would I choose and who might Oscar choose if the year had ended June 30th? 

Halfway Mark Beauty Break ~ Best Costume Design

(January to June theatrical releases only) 

Achievements in Overall Costume Design

If I were drawing up my year end ballot right now (January to June releases) I'd pick these five films though there will inevitably be strong competition to come -- will any of them be nominated at year's end?

The Neon Demon, Erin Benach

While Benach doesn't manage anything as iconic as her scorpion jacket for Drive, few films do so you can't hold that against this film. Between the dichotomous looks of the innocent ingenue (half sexual / half »

- NATHANIEL R

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Nicolas Winding Refn Says He Turned Down ‘Spectre’ Directing Gig

5 July 2016 11:36 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Spectre” had a much bloodier future in store.

Nicolas Winding Refn says he was tapped to direct the most recent Bond film, but turned down the big-profile gig.

According to Refn, Eon Productions approached him to take the reins of the latest installment of the long-running franchise before Sam Mendes signed on to helm the film. But he refused the offer, the director told the Telegraph, saying his interests don’t lie in franchise projects.

“Well, I don’t know yet,” Refn responded when asked if his upcoming spy thriller “The Avenging Silence” will be his version of a Bond film. “I just know this way I can do whatever I want, and that outweighs any money anyone can give me.”

Refn is teaming with longtime Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who penned “Spectre,” for “The Avenging Silence.”

Remakes of “Wonder Woman,” “Barbarella” and a Ryan Gosling-led »

- Lamarco McClendon

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Cliff Martinez will score ‘The Wolverine 3’

5 July 2016 12:34 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Cliff Martinez is set to score James Mangold‘s The Wolverine 3. The film is now in-production and is said to be Hugh Jackman‘s last turn as perhaps his most iconic character.

Martinez last scored The Neon Demon, Nicholas Winding Refn’s new film which opens in UK cinemas this weekend. His previous work includes the scores for sex, lies and videotape, Drive, Only God Forgives, Contagion, Solaris and Traffic, and also Arbitrage, The Lincoln Lawyer and Spring Breakers.

The Wolverine 3, or whatever the filmmakers decide to call it, will be his first comic-book/ superhero movie.

Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant, and Eriq La Salle are also set to star in the sequel, which will be released in 2017.

Here’s a sample of Martinez’s work from the outstanding Drive– it’s quite something.

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- Paul Heath

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Nicolas Winding Refn Was Approached To Direct Daniel Craig In Spectre

4 July 2016 1:19 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Coming off the back of Skyfall, director Sam Mendes remained coy about his chances of returning at the helm for Spectre – then known as Bond 24. History tells us that the Oscar-winning filmmaker eventually signed along the dotted line, but amid the uncertainty, Sony and MGM drew up a shortlist of potential replacements; one of them being Drive and Only God Forgives director Nicolas Winding Refn.

Doing the press rounds for The Neon Demon – press rounds that have also unveiled the director’s ambition to helm a Batgirl movie, not to mention his close encounter with Wonder Woman – the Danish auteur confirmed to The Telegraph that he had been approached to take the reins of Spectre at one point.

Refn doesn’t delve into too much detail, instead allowing talk to turn toward his own spy movie, The Avenging Silence. Boasting a script from Neal Purvis and Robert Wade – who, incidentally, »

- Michael Briers

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Why Nicolas Winding Refn Says He Turned Down ‘Spectre’

3 July 2016 9:58 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The filmmaking world has become Nicolas Winding Refn’s oyster in the wake of “Drive,” which won Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival and became a minor pop-culture sensation. Considering the kind of projects he’s said to have been offered — “Wonder Woman,” “Barbarella,” even “Spectre” — the Danish auteur’s follow-ups “Only God Forgives” and “The Neon Demon” might seem especially strange. Refn tells the Telegraph‘s Robbie Collin that his brief meetings with Eon Productions convinced him that “Bond” wasn’t quite his cup of tea, however, and he’d rather keep doing his own thing: “I just know this way I can do whatever I want, and that outweighs any money anyone can give me.”

Read More: ‘The Neon Demon’: Nicolas Winding Refn Anatomizes Elle Fanning’s Audition Scene for the New York Times

Not that his new project is entirely divorced from the world of »

- Michael Nordine

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Composer Cliff Martinez to score James Mangold's untitled Wolverine sequel

1 July 2016 7:43 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

My first exposure to Cliff Martinez's film work came with Joe Carnahan's Narc and I was immediately hooked. His ambience-filled, dark toned sounds provide an eerie and ethereal feel to any images they accompany and can be quite powerful when used to his full strengths, such as films like Traffic, Drive, Spring Breakers, The Knick, and much more. Now, the former Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer... Read More »

- Paul Shirey

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Cliff Martinez to score Wolverine 3

1 July 2016 2:29 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It looks like 20th Century Fox and director James Mangold have found a composer for Wolverine 3, with Film Music Reporter revealing that Cliff Martinez has signed on to score Hugh Jackman’s X-Men swansong.

Martinez’s previous credits include the likes of Spring Breakers, Drive and Only God Forgives, as well as The Neon Demon, which is out in the States now. His upcoming credits include War Dogs and The Foreigner.

See Also: Wolverine 3 set photos feature Hugh Jackman’s Logan, and a young X-23?

Wolverine 3 is being helmed by The Wolverine director James Mangold and will see Hugh Jackman joined in the cast by Patrick Stewart as Professor X, along with new additions Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, Stephen Merchant, Eriq La Salle, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Elise Neal. It is set for release on March 3rd, 2017.

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- Gary Collinson

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