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Film Review: ‘Contemporary Color’

Film Review: ‘Contemporary Color’
Some documentaries set out to heal the world, while others succeed in making it a better place by the mere fact of their existence. A clear example of the latter, Bill and Turner Ross’ “Contemporary Color” is a gift to audiences everywhere, a spectacular kinetic pinwheel of a movie that whisks us away from big issues to celebrate an exceptional creative collaboration between Talking Heads frontman/founder David Byrne and 10 East Coast color guard squads, resulting in a one-of-a-kind concert movie through which this peculiar American art form — a meticulously choreographed mix of flag spinning, weapon tossing, and dance — gets a splendid, soul-recharging big-screen treatment.

So-called “winter guard” is a curious discipline to begin with, obscure to some, downright sacred to others, that evolved out of the ancient military tradition by which a regiment presents and protects its flag (or “colors”). Today, it is practiced at the high school and
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Will Ferrell Set To Star In Lasse Hallström’s Comedy Tom’S Dad

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Box office winner and Golden Globe nominee Will Ferrell (Get Hard, Anchorman 1 and 2) will star in the comedy Tom’S Dad to be directed by Oscar nominated director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, The Hundred-foot Journey).

Principal photography on the feature film is slated to begin early next year, with further casting underway.

Set in 1960s Nevada, Arthur (Ferrell) is a struggling nightclub performer hoping to make it big with his stage act involving circus animals. He is forced to reconnect with his estranged 12-year old son, Tom, when his ex-wife departs on a three week trip, leaving the pair to rekindle their father-son relationship.

It was announced today by producers Joni Levin and Keith Clarke (The Way Back, upcoming Ben Hur) of Point Blank Productions, Christi Dembrowski and Johnny Depp of Infinitum Nihil (Hugo, Rum Diary, Dark Shadows) and Arsenal’s John Ptak (Let Me In,
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A conversation with Mark Pellington (part two):

Mark Pellington needs little introduction to film fans. Getting his start working for MTV in its heyday producing interstitial promos led to music videos for such heavyweights as Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails and Moby. Beginning his feature film career with the period drama Going All The Way led to atmospheric, frightening thrillers like Arlington Road and The Mothman Prophecies; and most recently the uplifting, earnest Henry Poole is Here and the palpably bleak I Melt With You. On top of that he’s created personal documentaries, commercials, TV pilots; and gone where his creative needs take him.

Mark graciously made time for us to have a candid conversation encompassing his recent film work; bouncing back from loss; his trust in intuition through the making of his abstract, creepy/beautiful musical film Lone, and ultimately the healing and cathartic rewards of the creative process. Some of
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3D Producers Lab delegates named

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3D Producers Lab delegates named
Second 3D Creative Summit Producers Lab to take place at the BFI on March 13.

Ravensbourne and International 3D and Advanced Imaging Society have unveiled the delegates for the upcoming Producers Lab.

Run as part of the annual 3D Creative Summit, the Producers Lab has been extended to a full day on March 13 at the BFI after the success of its inaugural year.

Carrie Wootten, head of commercial development at Ravensbourne, commented: “We believe the knowledge and skills gained through the Producers Lab are crucial for the sustainability of the UK film industry and for the UK to remain at the forefront of the creative and technical explorations in 3D.”

The selected applicants for the second 3D Creative Summit Producers Lab are:

Mark SherwoodRichard GrantStephen LyleHelen ConlanEdgar GonzalezDylan PearceJulian JonesLuis Perez-BayesGaby BastyraDavid Allen

Speakers at this year’s Producers Lab include U2 3D producer Catherine Owens, 3ality CEO Steve Schklair and Vision3 co-founder Angus Cameron.

Hosted in partnership
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James Cameron joins 3D Creative Summit

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James Cameron joins 3D Creative Summit
Avatar director will reflect on 3D’s journey in recent years and the future.

James Cameron has been confirmed for the 3D Creative Summit 2014, which will be held at the BFI in London on March 12-13.

In an exclusive recorded interview, Cameron will discuss developments in 3D since his game changing 2009 blockbuster Avatar.

The director will also share his thoughts on what the future holds as he prepares to begin production on Avatar 2 as well as his experience filming the Deep Sea Challenge and his continuing drive to push the limits of 3D technology.

The event, organised by Ravensbourne and the International 3D and Advanced Imaging Society, will also include a Q&A with director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and stereographer Demetri Portelli who will talk about The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivit and present some of the first footage from the upcoming film.

In addition, stereo supervisor Chris Parks will discuss award-winner Gravity while other presentation
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Roundup: Academy names Sci-Tech honorees

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They may not be as sexy as the main Academy Awards ceremony -- something the Academy effectively acknowledges by annually selecting the hottest ingenue available to host the evening -- but the Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation honors any number of worthy artists who contribute invaluably to our movie-watching pleasure. This year 52 individuals, covering 19 technical achievements, have been named as honorees, including cinematographer and VFX supervisor Peter W. Anderson, the recipient of this year's honorary Gordon E. Sawyer Award. (His credits range from "The China Syndrome" to "U2 3D.") The awards will be presented on February 15. [Deadline] A spot-on...
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Academy to Honor Godzilla, Close Encounters of the Third Kind Visual Effects Technician

Oscar statuette - Gordon E. Sawyer Award 2014 - for ‘Godzilla,’ ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ visual effects artist Peter Anderson The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that visual effects supervisor and director of photography Peter W. Anderson will receive the Gordon E. Sawyer Award (an Oscar statuette) "for technological contributions that have brought credit to the industry" at the Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation on Saturday, February 15, 2014, at the Beverly Hills Hotel in, where else, Beverly Hills. Portions of the presentation will be included in the Oscar 2014 telecast to be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. Listed on the IMDb as Peter Anderson, the next Gordon E. Sawyer Award recipient has been in the film business for nearly four decades. His earliest IMDb film credit is for the visual effects in Berry Gordy and Jack Wormser’s 1975 romantic drama Mahogany, starring Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams,
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How 'Through the Never,' at long last, made me Get Metallica

How 'Through the Never,' at long last, made me Get Metallica
For years, I’ve joked that Metallica has exactly two good songs, both of them off their mega-selling 1991 album Metallica. Those two songs are the lovely, lilting “Nothing Else Matters,” the closest these demon noise-makers ever came to a power ballad, and also “Enter Sandman,” which is their primordially catchy if very sinister idea of a lullaby. In a funny way, I’d say that Metallica agrees with me: Those two uncharacteristically melodious and listenable tunes are played at the very end oftheir new concert film, Metallica Through the Never. They know, in their way, that they’re saving the best for last.
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Exclusive: Director Morgan Spurlock Talks One Direction: This Is Us

Exclusive: Director Morgan Spurlock Talks One Direction: This Is Us
Morgan Spurlock talks the phenomenon of 1D and One Direction: This Is Us, in theaters August 30th

Almost 10 years ago, director Morgan Spurlock broke onto the scene with his enormously popular documentary Super Size Me, and since then, he has spawned a non-fiction empire, of sorts. Along with TV shows such as FX's 30 Days and his brand new CNN series Inside Man, the filmmaker has directed a number of popular non-fiction films such as Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?, Pom Wonderful Presents the Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Mansome and Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope. The director returns to give 1D fans and non-fans alike a glimpse into one of the biggest pop sensations in the world with One Direction: This Is Us, debuting in theaters August 30. I recently had the chance to speak with the director over the phone about this project, where he followed
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Morgan Spurlock: 'This Is Us the best One Direction movie for right now'

Morgan Spurlock: 'This Is Us the best One Direction movie for right now'
Morgan Spurlock investigated the adverse effects of a 30-day McDonald's binge in Super Size Me and went in search of the Taliban in Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden? - now he's going behind the scenes with the biggest boyband on the planet, One Direction.

While 3D documentary This Is Us is unlikely to net him a second Oscar nomination, 1D's dedicated fanbase will likely power it to commercial success.

Digital Spy sat down with Spurlock to discuss favourite concert movies (he cites The Last Waltz and U2 3D), what's in store for the DVD and why access was the key and ensured the film was made without compromise.

"I think we've told the best story about One Direction at this moment that we possibly could," he said,

One Direction's This Is Us opens in UK cinemas on August 29 and Us cinemas on August 30.

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'Metallica Through the Never' trailer mixes concert and story

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Before long, heavy metal band Metallica will be on the big screen, and they're doing it in an interesting new way. First and foremost, their concert film, "Metallica Through the Never," will be released in IMAX 3D. They aren't the first to do so, with U2 releasing "U2 3D" in 2007.

However, the difference in Metallica's movie is the introduction of a narrative. "Through the Never" is made up of live concert footage, however it also includes a scripted story mixed in. The scripted portion of the film stars Dane DeHaan, who will also be seen in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." DeHaan plays a member of Metallica's touring crew who is sent on a mission by the band.

In the trailer, DeHaan is involved in an auto accident, which leads him face-to-face with an angry mob. The trailer is largely set to a live performance of "Master of Puppets," while
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Why Katy Perry's 'Part of Me' flopped. And why I still want to see more concert films

Why Katy Perry's 'Part of Me' flopped. And why I still want to see more concert films
A few years ago, I wrote a post ardently pleading for the come- back of the concert film. I argued that if squeaky-clean teeny-bop singers-as-products like Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers could top the list of the five highest-grossing concert movies of all time (adjusted for inflation, the top film on that list would still be Woodstock), then surely an artist like, say, Lady Gaga might blast those same box-office records to smithereens. More to the point, a concert movie actually aimed at people over the age of fourteen might now have a chance to make a cultural splash.
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'No Room For Rock Stars' Looks To Rock Movie-Goers

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Some of my favorite concert experiences took place in a movie theater. That’s strange to say. It’s not like Hollywood has completely figured out how to replicate the intense energy of a live musical performance. But a handful of films have come close enough to capturing the thrill of the concert experience. U2 impressed me twice: First with Phil Joanou’s 1988 documentary Rattle and Hum; and later with U2 3D, which made such effective use of the immersive technology that audience members were able to read the set list taped next to Larry Mullen Jr.’s drum kit. That’s impressive. Watching a music-based movie with die-hard fans only amps the experience. I won’t soon forget watching Cameron Crowe’s Pearl Jam documentary during its world...

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Toronto: The U2 documentary 'From the Sky Down' isn't just good, it's downright transcendent

Toronto: The U2 documentary 'From the Sky Down' isn't just good, it's downright transcendent
As the Toronto Film Festival winds down, I want to tell you about one last movie I saw there — a movie that, for me, turned out to be the most surprising one of the festival. I went to a showing of From the Sky Down, a documentary about U2 directed by Davis Guggen- heim, with more or less one thought in my head: Do I really need to see another U2 documentary? There was U2: Rattle and Hum (1988). There was the concert film U2 3D (2008). There was the edition of VH1′s Classic Albums in which the Edge showed you
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Bridesmaids first up the aisle

It's champagne corks for Kristen Wiig for hooking the date movie crowd, while Brit romcom Love's Kitchen sank like a soufflé

The winner

Predicting an opening number for Bridesmaids at UK cinemas was always going to be tricky. On the plus side, the film enjoyed good buzz, thanks to critical praise, awareness of Us success and positive word circulating from an aggressive programme of advance free screenings. On the minus, lead actresses Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph are both significantly less famous here than Stateside, where they served long stints on Saturday Night Live.

Considering fast-improving weather over the weekend, with grosses dropping heavily for all films on scorching-hot Sunday, Universal will be pretty delighted with Bridesmaids' debut figure of £3.44m, including paid previews of £1.03m. That's not quite Wiig's personal best, since Paul opened in February with £5.52m, including £2.31m in previews, but she was hardly a significant selling point on that occasion.
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James Cameron Creates Cameron – Pace Group (Cpg)

Ready to hear what James Cameron is doing these days? No? Well, sorry about that, but this is an official thing, so check it out! He has teamed up with acclaimed cinematographer Vince Pace to form Cameron – Pace Group (Cpg).

Just in case you’re wondering what’s so interesting about that, here’s a little “insight” – this group will seek to accelerate worldwide growth of 3D across all entertainment platforms including features, episodic and live television, sports, advertising and consumer products, pioneering a new generation of camera systems, services and a variety of creative tools that are innovative, powerful and easier to embrace.

Cpg will build upon the strong foundation of Pace and the 3D technology to which its co-founders have individually and collectively contributed, such as the revolutionary Fusion 3D system. In combination, Cameron’s and Pace’s technologies, products and services have been responsible for $4.7 billion of
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James Cameron to Accelerate 3D Technology Across All Entertainment Platforms

Director James Cameron and cinematographer Vince Pace have announced today at the 2011 Nab Show in Las Vegas that they've formed a new business venture to accelerate 3D solutions across all entertainment platforms.

I'm on board with with watching 3D movies in movie theaters if it's worth it. 90% of the 3D films being released are utter crap though. I'm also 100% not sold on the whole 3D TV thing yet. I've seen it I've played video game son it, but it has just failed to impress me. But now they are looking to blow 3D on several different platforms that includes "episodic and live television, sports, advertising and consumer products, pioneering a new generation of camera systems, services and a variety of creative tools that are innovative, powerful and easier to embrace."

Of course 3D entertainment and technology is the future, there's just still a lot of work that needs to be done in perfecting it.
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James Cameron creates new 3D company

While moviegoers have already expressed their resentment towards 3D technology, studios are trying to find new ways to keep it alive. However, the cost of bringing that technology into your home isn’t exactly cheap, and there’s not nearly enough programming for it to be worth all that money. But the “god-father” of 3D, Director/Writer/Producer James Cameron, may be changing all of that very soon. Cameron has now teamed with Vince Pace to start a company for 3D that aims to “to accelerate worldwide growth of 3D across all entertainment platforms including features, episodic and live television, sports, advertising and consumer products, pioneering a new generation of camera systems, services and a variety of creative tools that are innovative, powerful and easier to embrace.”

Here’s the official press-release (via Collider):

“Legendary filmmaker and 3D visionary, James Cameron has teamed up with acclaimed cinematographer and fellow 3D pioneer,
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James Cameron Forms New 3D Company with Vince Pace

Legendary filmmaker and 3D visionary, James Cameron has teamed up with acclaimed cinematographer and fellow 3D pioneer, Vince Pace to form Cameron - Pace Group (Cpg), which seeks to accelerate worldwide growth of 3D across all entertainment platforms including features, episodic and live television, sports, advertising and consumer products, pioneering a new generation of camera systems, services and a variety of creative tools that are innovative, powerful and easier to embrace. Cameron and Pace unveiled the new company this morning during a press conference at the 2011 Nab Show in Las Vegas.

Cpg will build upon the strong foundation of Pace and the 3D technology to which its co-founders have individually and collectively contributed, such as the revolutionary Fusion 3D system. In combination, Cameron's and Pace's technologies, products and services have been responsible for $4.7 billion of box office receipts and have played an extensive role in 25 features, seven concert and
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Cameron And Pace Pioneering 3D

Director James Cameron has teamed up with cinematographer and fellow 3D pioneer, Vince Pace to form "Cameron - Pace Group" (Cpg), which "...seeks to accelerate worldwide growth of 3D across all entertainment platforms including features, episodic and live television, sports, advertising and consumer products, pioneering a new generation of camera systems, services and a variety of creative tools that are innovative, powerful and easier to embrace..."

In combination, Cameron’s and Pace’s technologies, products and services have been responsible for $4.7 billion of box office receipts and have played an extensive role in 25 features including "Avatar", "Tron: Legacy", "Resident Evil: Afterlife" and "U2 3D".

"...This history puts Cpg in a unique position to respond to the growing demand for high-quality 3D entertainment and to provide 3D technology innovations that serve studios, filmmakers, directors of photography, producers, networks, studios and broadcasters. The company plans to take full advantage of its position
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