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‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Trailer: Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson Brawl and Bicker Across Europe

‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Trailer: Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson Brawl and Bicker Across Europe
Ryan Reynolds has been in some solid movies that haven’t required him to use his fast-talking jokester persona (Buried, The Nines, etc), but sometimes an actor crafts a persona so well that it becomes difficult for audiences to accept them doing anything else. And Reynolds is good at being an exasperated, sarcastic badass, so he might as well lean into it, right? Toss somebody […]

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Women and Minority Cinematographers Still Face Challenges

Women and Minority Cinematographers Still Face Challenges
Bydgoszcz, Poland — The struggle for diversity among cinematographers won’t be over any time soon, say women and minority DPs — but a strong focus on breaking down myths and building up opportunities early is moving the needle, however slowly.

Industry figures show that film schools now have student bodies that are about equal in gender, says Estonian Dp Elen Lotman. But when you look at percentages for big-budget feature films, women still make up about 3%, she says, with numbers a bit better for lower-budget work and better still, around 21%, for publicly funded film.

“Under-representation occurs at a certain point,” says Lotman.

Progress is hardly to the level where “next year we can have a bunch of white men sitting here whining about not finding work,” she joked to a group of colleagues and students at Poland’s Camerimage fest this week.

A talk organized by the U.K.-based lensers’ platform Illuminatrix and Imago,
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Review: 'The Neon Demon' offers sleek and sexy scares with a satirical twist

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Review: 'The Neon Demon' offers sleek and sexy scares with a satirical twist
There are, in every generation of filmmakers, certain archetypes that repeat themselves over and over. For example, every generation has its playful prankster, the talented visual artists who are delighted by their own ability to take beautiful pictures of horrible things. I’ll be the first to admit that I am drawn to filmmakers who use cinema as a way of pushing buttons, and I am a fan of the outrageous and the extreme. When I saw De Palma, the new documentary about Brian De Palma and his filmography, it sent me scrambling to watch a number of his older films again. They are so familiar at this point, so well-worn, that it surprised me to see how new they still feel when I took a step back. The next day, I went to a screening of the latest film from Nicolas Winding Refn, and the back-to-back timing of the two films made me laugh.
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Movie Review – Deadpool (2016)

Deadpool, 2016.

Directed by Tim Miller.

Starring Ryan Reynolds, Ed Skrein, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Stefan Kapicic, Brianna Hildebrand, Gina Carano, Leslie Uggams and Karan Soni.

Synopsis:

Ex-mercenary Wade Wilson subjects himself to secret experimentation, hoping it will cure his cancer. Instead, it turns him into a wise-cracking, fourth-wall-breaking anti-superhero.

Apart from the odd foray into dramatic territory (Smokin’ Aces, The Nines and 2010’s excellent Buried) for most of his career, Ryan Reynolds has had to settle for being the best thing in otherwise mediocre comedies – well, now he can add a bona fide classic to his CV. It’s always a joy to watch an actor in the role they were born to play (whether it’s Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, or Bill Murray as Peter Venkman) and Reynolds is a perfect fit for Wade Wilson/Deadpool. You can tell he relishes playing someone he feels such a strong connection to – after all,
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‘Big Fish’ Writer John August Honored by Writers Guild

‘Big Fish’ Writer John August Honored by Writers Guild
Screenwriter John August (“Big Fish,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”) has been named the recipient of the Writers Guild of America West’s Valentine Davies Award.

The honor has been given in recognition of his humanitarian efforts, civic service and his role in fostering a community of writers. August will be honored at the Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony on Feb. 13 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

“John is the writer we’d all want to be: wildly intelligent, deeply practical, effortlessly inventive, and generous to a fault,” said WGA West President Howard A. Rodman.

“Whether he’s creating apps, campaigning for marriage equality, mentoring younger writers, podcasting with Craig Mazin, sitting on our Negotiating Committee, or constructing a school in Malawi, John has made service to the larger community a part of his second nature. Protip: when you find yourself in difficult straits, ask yourself ‘What would John August do?
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'Tower of Terror' Movie Reboot Planned at Disney

'Tower of Terror' Movie Reboot Planned at Disney
With Disney already developing a movie adaptation based on their theme park attraction Jungle Cruise, the studio is also moving forward with another theme park-based movie, Tower of Terror. Deadline reports that the studio is currently seeking screenwriters, who will write the script based on a treatment by John August. Both John August and producer Jim Whitaker took their idea to Disney, and the studio sparked to their take.

The attraction opened at DisneyWorld's Hollywood Studios in 1994, which is based on the anthology series The Twilight Zone. The attraction is set at the fictional Hollywood Tower Hotel, where visitors step inside an elevator, where they're told stories about several people who have disappeared in that very same elevator over the years. The movie adaptation will follow a group of five people, who enter an elevator in a posh hotel. They all disappear after the hotel is struck by lightning. The
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The Voices: Ryan Reynolds’s strangest role yet

‘He’s one of few actors to play both Marvel and DC superheroes and, in 2011, he narrated a film about a whale. Yet to many Reynolds remains difficult to place’

Ryan Reynolds has tried everything. He’s done gross-out comedy in Van Wilder, intellectual posturing in The Nines and mega-budget action in R.I.P.D. He’s one of relatively few actors to play both Marvel and DC superheroes (Deadpool and the Green Lantern respectively) and, in 2011, he narrated a film about a whale. Yet to many he remains difficult to place: a forgettable midpoint on the spectrum of Hollywood’s famous Ryans, slap bang between Gosling and Phillippe.

Nonetheless, Reynolds is clearly a likable man and a capable actor, which perhaps explains why directors from Tarsem Singh to Atom Egoyan are still keen to work with him. Out this week on DVD, The Voices sees him unite with Persepolis director Marjane Satrapi
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The Voices Review

Director: Marjane Satrapi

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, Jacki Weaver

Certificate: 15

Running Time: 101 minutes

Synopsis: Warehouse worker Jerry (Reynolds) is a shy young man plagued with mental illness. After realising that not taking his medication allows him to communicate with his pets and therefore not be alone, he decides to stop taking them. Once off of the pills however, the bodies start to mount.

Ryan Reynolds doesn’t necessarily have the best reputation in Hollywood when it comes to movies. His breakout role came with Van Wilder which wasn’t the most highbrow of films, then came Blade Trinity and his unfortunate decision to play The Green Lantern has followed him around ever since. He is nonetheless a remarkable actor with turns in Buried, The Nines and Finder’S Fee showcasing what he can achieve when given something good. The Voices is another example of the latter, with
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The Voices | Review

Playing Off-key: Satrapi’s English Language Debut a Grating Misfire

Iranian born director Marjane Satrapi, best known for her 2007 debut, Persepolis, and a 2011 follow-up, Chicken With Plums, breaks into the English language market with The Voices, a rather oddly concocted mixture of slapstick, black comedy, and grisly violence as it attempts to explore the point of view of a schizophrenic serial killer. Oh, and he’s played by Ryan Reynolds. While there are certainly enough elements to attract intriguing minds, especially for those with a humorous morbid streak, Michael Perry’s screenplay is only superficial at best, launching a series of grotesqueries at us with a heap of buttery antics on the side. While profane violence and guilty guffaws are certainly possible, though generally hard won, whether they be from more high (Coen Bros.) or low (John Waters) brow vantage points, here we have a rather sluggish and tonally awkward
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Camerimage unveils competition line-up, juries

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Camerimage unveils competition line-up, juries
Birdman, Fury and Leviathan among main competition titles; Roland Joffé to preside over main jury.

Alejandro G Ińárritu, Yimou Zhang, Mike Leigh and Jean-Marc Vallée are among the directors with films screening in competition at the 22nd Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography.

The main competition at the festival, held in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz, comprises:

Alejandro G Ińárritu’s Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance); USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Emmanuel Lubezki

Yimou Zhang’s Coming Home (Gui lai); China, 2014; Cinematographer: Zhao Xiaoding

Richard Raymond’s Desert Dancer; UK, 2014; Cinematographer: Carlos Catalán Alucha

Lech J. Majewski’s Field of Dogs - Onirica (Onirica - Psie pole); Poland, 2014; Cinematographers: Paweł Tybora and Lech J. Majewski

Krzysztof Zanussi’s Foreign Body (Obce cialo); Poland, Italy, Russia, 2014; Cinematographer: Piotr Niemyjski

David Ayer’s Fury; USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Roman Vasyanov

Tate Taylor’s Get on Up; USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Stephen Goldblatt

Łukasz Palkowski’s Gods (Bogowie); Poland, 2014; Cinematographer:
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Roland Joffe to preside over Camerimage jury

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Roland Joffe to preside over Camerimage jury
Polish film festival sets competition juries; Roland Joffe to preside over main competition.

Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, has set an impressive roster of jurors for its various competition categories.

The Killing Fields director Roland Joffe will preside over the main competition jury, which incldues cinematographers Christian Berger and Manuel Alberto Claro.

Caleb Deschanel has been appointed president of the Polish Films Competition.

The full list of jurors is below.

Main Competition

Roland Joffé – Jury President (director, producer; The Killing Fields, The Mission, Vatel)

Christian Berger (cinematographer; The Piano Teacher, Hidden, The White Ribbon)

Ryszard Bugajski (director, screenwriter; Interrogation, General Nil, The Closed Circuit)

Ryszard Horowitz (photographer)

David Gropman (cinematographer; The Cider House Rules, Chocolat, Life of Pi)

Arthur Reinhart (cinematographer, producer; Crows, Tristan + Isolde, Venice)

Oliver Stapleton (cinematographer; The Cider House Rules, Pay It Forward, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark)

Manuel Alberto Claro (cinematographer; Reconstruction, Melancholia, Nymphomaniac
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Saturday Shorts: ‘God’, starring Melissa McCarthy

Today’s film is the 1998 short God. The film is written and directed by John August, and stars Sam Pancake, Martin Yu, and Melissa McCarthy. McCarthy rose to prominence with her role as Sookie St. James on the tv show Gilmore Girls, going on to roles in tv shows such as Samantha Who? and Mike and Molly, as well as movies such as The Nines (where she reprises the character from this short film), Bridesmaids, and The Heat. Her newest feature, titled Tammy, which she also co-wrote, is now playing in wide release in American theatres.

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Cannes 2014: The Captive reaction review

Cannes 2014: The Captive reaction review
Ryan Reynolds can't catch a break. Increasingly, he's becoming the go-to guy for crafting gripping and often great performances in movies that fail to rise to the occasion (see also: The Voices, The Nines etc). The Captive is the latest super-divisive thriller to hit Cannes, and while it's far from terrible, it can't help but sit uncomfortably - and glaringly - in the shadow of last year's superior child abduction thriller Prisoners. Atom Egoyan's effort is another tale of a sudden and senseless childhood abduction from a sleepy...

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The top 25 underappreciated films of 2007

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 6 Feb 2014 - 06:08

Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2007, and another 25 overlooked gems...

For some reason, the number three was a common factor in several blockbuster movies of 2007. The third film in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series (At World's End) dominated the box office, Spider-Man 3 marked Sam Raimi's last entry as director in the series, while Mike Myers went for a hat trick of hits with Shrek The Third.

I Am Legend was the third and most financially successful attempt to bring Richard Matheson's classic novel to the big screen, Rush Hour 3 marked Jackie Chan's last action pairing with Chris Tucker, while Zack Snyder's musky sword-swinger 300 was notable for having the number three in the title.

Iffy attempts at numerology aside, 2007 was also a superb for year for movies in general - particularly underappreciated ones,
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Sundance 2014: Ryan Reynolds talks to the animals in 'The Voices' and Aubrey Plaza goes zombie in 'Life After Beth'

Sundance 2014: Ryan Reynolds talks to the animals in 'The Voices' and Aubrey Plaza goes zombie in 'Life After Beth'
There’s a certain kind of oddball film that seems like it could only have its coming-out party at a place like Sundance. Marjane Satrapi’s dark serial killer comedy The Voices is one of those films. The best way I can think to describe it is: imagine Fight Club if Brad Pitt’s part was played by a talking dog and cat.

Tyler Durden comparisons aside, Satrapi, the Iranian director of 2007′s Persepolis, has created a totally unique, genre-defying film. Which isn’t to say The Voices is great. Far from it. It’s wildly uneven and it never
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The Voices: Sundance 2014 – first look review

Ryan Reynolds finds a creepy niche as a meds-skipping murderer advised by a dog and cat in Marjane Satrapi's grisly thriller

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Ryan Reynolds is a Hollywood star whose matinee idol looks are so cartoonishly clean-cut that they verge on the cheesy, whose high-voltage grin can be positively creepy. The actor has appeared in blockbusters, indie flicks and stinkers alike, but he finds what may be his perfect niche in The Voices, Marjane Satrapi's lurid tale of an ostensibly ordinary Joe who skips his medication and becomes a psycho-killer assailed by demons.

Iranian-born Satrapi started out as an illustrator, won the Cannes jury prize for her animated Persepolis and melded cartoons with live-action on 2011's winsome Chicken With Plums. On The Voices, working off a script by Michael Perry, she rustles up a kind of flesh-and-blood horror comic. Everything here is deliberately exaggerated and amplified and soaked in gore.
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2014 Sundance Film Festival Round-Up Part 1

Five days into the festival, Scott Davis has a look at some of the early Us films garnering both praise and distributors at the famous festival, and what to look out for in 2014.…

It’s Sundance time again in the Us. 30 years since it’s inception by screen legend Robert Redford, Sundance has been responsible for helping the indie scene from across the globe get exposure and on their way into the public domain. Last year, it helped films find distributors, such as The Way, Way Back, Prince Avalanche, Don Jon, Fruitvale Station and The Spectacular Now (the latter two still to see releases in the UK.) This year is no different, and the line-up has the potential to be one of the best it has seen. Five days into proceedings, and many films have already worked up some steam, some finding distributors, others still to be picked up. Below
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Something You May Have Missed: The Nines (2007)

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Screenwriter John August is perhaps best known for his work with Tim Burton on Big Fish and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as well as Go and erm…Charlies Angels. In 2007 August debuted his first directorial effort at the Sundance film festival. The Nines stars Ryan Reynolds as three different men and also features Melissa McCarthy and Hope Davis as recurring characters in each scenario. On the surface it would be easy to dismiss this as an exercise in pretension but there is much more going on below the surface. I have actually found this film to be something of a comforting spiritual journey and approached with an open mind it’s a very moving experience.

Our first scene shows Ryan Reynolds against a white background, tying something around his wrist, a scene that seemingly means nothing but will come to be very important later on. We then find Reynolds
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Something You May Have Missed: Adventureland (2009)

Director Greg Mottola made a minor splash on the 90s independent cinema scene with the film The Daytrippers in 1996. Mottola then did something rather unexpected, instead of riding the wave of this minor success into a breakout hit like Pulp Fiction or Memento he instead went straight into directing TV with credits on Arrested Development and Undeclared.

Whilst unexpected, this may have given him suitable grounding when it came time to directing a full on comedy feature. His second feature credit, Superbad was an American Pie level success for a new generation. It had the gross out comedy and dick jokes but also had a level of warmth and heart previously unseen in the genre for a while. It helped immensely that Superbad was based on real life hijinks that writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg had been through. Something about the situations and dialogue rang especially true. So it
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John August Could Adapt Ya Hit Wonder For Lionsgate

Screenwriter John August has been Tim Burton.s go-to guy. His last few credits include Frankenweenie, Dark Shadows and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. When he isn.t writing for Burton, he.s penning The Nines and two Charlie.s Angels movies. What tone will he attempt to strike with Wonder, a Ya bestseller he might adapt for Lionsgate? Variety links August.s name with the adaptation of R.J. Palacio.s book, which addresses bullying in a unique way by following main character August Pullman, a 10-year-old boy born with a facial deformity. The look, up to this point of his life, has kept him out of mainstream schools. But as he tries to assimilate into Beecher Prep in time for fifth grade, August only wants to fit in as a normal kid, even though his classmates can.t get over his face. Variety notes all of this conversation
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