19 items from 2015
Sad news to report. Academy Award winning cinematographer Andrew Lesnie passed away suddenly, and has died at the age of 59. Born in Sydney, Australia, Lesnie went on to work closely with Peter Jackson as his Director of Photography on the three Lord of the Rings movies. He also went on to work on King Kong and The Hobbit trilogy, as well as I Am Legend, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Last Airbender and Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner most recently. He won the Oscar for Return of the King back in 2002. Lesnie was a beloved member of this industry, with many speaking out about him through social media (including even Ian McKellen as seen below). Details are not yet available about his death; he was only 59 years old. Here's a few of the tweets collected from Ian McKellen, Russell Crowe, James Wan + Eric Vespe on Lesnie: »
- Alex Billington
The Australian Cinematographers Society will dedicate its annual awards to be handed out in Hobart on Saturday to one of its most esteemed members, Andrew Lesnie, who died on Monday.
Acs president Ron Johanson spoke for many when he told If today, .Andrew was one of our greatest cinematographers. It.s a huge loss. He leaves such a void..
Lesnie, who was 59, had been suffering from heart problems.. He won an Oscar for Best Cinematography in 2002 for Peter Jackson.s Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring and a BAFTA award in 2004 for Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.
On his Facebook page Jackson wrote, "Andrew created unforgettable, beautiful images on screen, and he did this time and again, because he only ever served what he »
- Don Groves
Beloved cinematographer Andrew Lesnie has died suddenly from a suspected heart attack at age 59.
Just as much as Peter Jackson, Lesnie was the man responsible for the look of "the Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" films, having worked as director of photography on all six movies in the two trilogies.
Leslie served as Dp on over forty films and series including "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," 2005's "King Kong," "I Am Legend," "The Lovely Bones," both "Babe" films, "The Last Airbender," "The Delinquents," "Spider & Rode," "Two if by Sea," "Doing Time for Patsy Cline," "Bran Nue Dae".
Source: ABC Online »
- Garth Franklin
It might be way too soon to say this but we're feeling optimistic so what the hell: welcome back, M. Night Shyamalan! The trailer for his latest film, The Visit, was posted online late last week, and not only is Shyamalan returning to his horror film roots, but it looks like he's doing it with a good movie. Finally! Admit it; his film track record as of late has been less than stellar. And that's putting it nicely. These are the last four films he's made: After Earth (bomb) Devil (meh) The Last Airbender (bigger bomb) The Happening (even star Mark Wahlberg hated it) Basically, instead of being known for his creepy, unique film twists like he used to »
A visit with grandma goes horribly, supernaturally wrong in a trailer for M Night Shyamalan's new movie.
Two children (Ed Oxenbould and Olivia De Jonge) are expecting a nice trip to their grandparents' home in The Visit, but things go from mundane to terrifying at night.
Shyamalan uses a found footage format for the horror movie, as the kids document their grandparents' increasingly bizarre behaviour.
"They're weird during the day, even weirder at night," the kids tell their mother (Kathryn Hahn) while pleading for a rescue.
The Visit opens on September 11 in the Us and the UK. »
After experimenting in different genres to no tangible avail with The Last Airbender and After Earth, M. Night Shyamalan is returning to a genre he helped define with the release of upcoming horror film, The Visit, which today debuted its creepy first trailer.
Mixing found footage elements with more traditional camera work, the clip is an unusual melange of genre tropes, and despite our utmost attempts, we haven’t been able to identify any indications of a last-act, Shyamalan-styled twist. How and ever, the core premise of The Visit will center around a young brother and sister who are shipped out their grandparents for the weekend to spend some quality time with their ageing relatives. What could possibly go wrong?
A lot, as it turns out. Enforcing a non-negotiable, lights-out-by-9:30 policy, the grandparents attempt to push the children to a safe distance, but it isn’t long before the »
- Michael Briers
Don’t listen to grandma when she asks you to clean the oven.
The first trailer for writer/director M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit dropped on Friday and comes with all the horror of visiting relatives that you need. The film stars Deanna Dunagan and Peter McRobbie as the grandparents, Kathryn Hahn as their daughter, and Ed Oxenbould and Olivia DeJonge as her children.
The Visit follows the children on a visit to their grandparent’s house in the wilderness where they discover that the house has a weird set of rules — mainly going to bed and staying in your room at 9:30 p.m.
It seems like Shyamalan is back to his old tricks and is hoping a return to horror will help get him back on the map after the failures of The Last Airbender and After Earth. The trailer seems to show that it is more »
- Zach Dennis
It's that time again when a new M. Night Shyamalan (After Earth, The Last Airbender) flick is almost upon us and the world will wonder if he can rekindle the magic he had early on in his career. His latest, entitled The Visit, tells the story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm, where they discover something deeply disturbing. I found my grandparents' house disturbing just because of the lack of a Nintendo console, but »
- Sean Wist
After a string of belly flops of epic proportions in After Earth, The Last Airbender and the critically maligned The Happening, M. Night Shyamalan will be working with a much smaller budget for his next film The Visit.
With approximately $5 million to work with in terms of production, Blumhouse is on board to help Shyamalan go back to his thriller roots and re-build goodwill with genre fans.
While I'm intrigued by the poster and the film's concept, it does feel like this one could go either way. Grandparents are scary? We'll see, Shyamalan, We'll see.
A single mother finds that things in her family's life go very wrong after her two young children visit their grandparents.
Head to Quiet Earth to see the stills.
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- Ryan McDonnell
The hourlong crime series, which began production this January, will star Emma Ishta (“Manhattan Love Story”), Kyle Harris (“The Carrie Diaries”), Allison Scagliotti (Syfy’s “Warehouse 13″), Salli Richardson-Whitfield (Syfy’s “Eureka,” “I Am Legend”) and Ritesh Rajan (“The Last Airbender”).
The original drama follows a young woman (Ishta) who is recruited into a secret government agency to be “stitched” into the minds of the recently deceased, using their memories to investigate murders and help solve mysteries before they go to the grave.
Fehr will play Leslie Turner, the enigmatic head of the covert stitchers program. His character will be introduced in the middle of the season.
Watch the first trailer for “Stitchers”:
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable celebrates its 15th anniversary later this year. While the director certainly has lost some fans in that time, after a string of bombs such as The Happening, The Last Airbender and After Earth, one actor in particular wants to turn Unbreakable into a trilogy, with M. Night Shyamalan back at the helm. Patton Oswalt revealed to Screen Junkies, that, while he's against making sequels just because a movie is successful, he thinks Unbreakable deserves a tirlogy.
"As much as I'm philosophically against just spitting out sequels because something is successful, I do firmly believe that M. Night Shyamalan's film Unbreakable not only deserves a sequel, it deserves a trilogy."
The actor then broke down his elaborate and detailed plan for two more sequels for Unbreakable.
"So, there are other Unbreakables in the world, and the second movie should be Bruce Willis embracing his hero status, »
A morally muddled mess that is convoluted in plot and appallingly simplistic in its themes. I am a sad geek today. I’m “biast” (pro): I’ve been a fan of Neill Blomkamp’s films
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
If a mashup of 80s robot flicks Short Circuit and RoboCop sounds like a bad joke, well: almost. Chappie is often risible, but it’s more sad than anything else. Not the good kind of sad: this is not a poignant or touching film, though it clearly hopes to be. No, Chappie makes me sad because the promise that South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp displayed with his brilliant District 9 and which hung over his flawed but still daring followup Elysium is nowhere to be found here. Chappie is a morally muddled mess that is convoluted in plot and appallingly simplistic in its themes. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Dev Patel has described the pressures of fame.
The 24-year-old first rose to prominence in the gritty Channel 4 series Skins and was propelled to international stardom following the success of his first movie, the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire.
In an interview with Digital Spy, he explained: "It's a lot of hard work. Behind closed doors it's a lot of pressure and more than anything you've got to be sure you're not letting yourself down. I've got a crazy work ethic and I'm very tough on myself. It's difficult. It's a difficult position to be in, in a way. You're trying to tread new waters."
"Slumdog was wonderful and it came so quickly for someone who hasn't had any formal training. It kind of thrusts »
By taking home his second Razzie for Worst Director for "Transformers: Age of Extinction," action filmmaker Michael Bay now holds the distinction of being tied for the most "wins" in the category. He had previously prevailed in this category for the second instalment of the Transformers franchise, "Revenge of the Fallen" (2009). -Break- Only two other directors have taken home this dishonor on more than one occasion: John Derek prevailed first for "Bolero" (1984) and then for "Ghosts Can't Do It" (1990), which was the last film he directed before he passed in 1998. And M. Night Shyamalan was recognized for "Lady and the Water" (2006) and "The Last Airbender" (2010), 20 years after Derek had set the record in the category. Related: Complete list of 2014 Razzie Awards winners With five career bids for Worst Director, Bay also holds the distinction of being tied with Brian De Pal...' »
What amazing news to wake up to on a Tuesday morning – Spider-Man has come home to Marvel to be part of their cinematic universe. The world famous wall-crawler will start swinging through New York in 2017 for our third Spider-Man series in the last fifteen years.
According to a report from The Wrap, it looks as those Andrew Garfield has been ousted as Peter Parker, which was to be expected based on some of the emails from last December’s “Sony Hack”. Garfield was not keen on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and spoke about it negativity in public – not the wisest of moves there, sir.
So, with Garfield out and a new movie on the way – who could take on the role of the Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-Man?
There’s no official word on whether we’re going to be getting »
- Luke Owen
M. Night Shyamalan isn't exactly on anyone's must-see list in the wake of After Earth, The Last Airbender and The Happening, but that doesn't mean the man hasn't stayed busy. Right now he's doing work on the TV show Wayward Pines, and this September will see the return of his low-budget film affair in The Visit. However, the question of whether or not he would return to the world of Unbreakable still comes up, and it seems as though that's a »
- Sean Wist
This is it, folks. After 400(!) episodes, Ricky and Simon decided to wrap up the Sound on Sight podcast. To send it off in style, they take a look back at the very best films of 2014, with some help from a variety of former guest- and co-hosts. Smack dab in the middle, with the help of special guests Kate Rennebohm and Adam Nayman, they go deep on Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, the biggest missing piece in their 2014 moviegoing. It’s a nearly three-hour blowout, because it didn’t seem right to go out small. Cheers!
The hourlong crime drama, which was ordered to series in September and began production Wednesday in Los Angeles, has added Allison Scagliotti (Syfy’s “Warehouse 13″), Salli Richardson-Whitfield (Syfy’s “Eureka,” “I Am Legend”) and Ritesh Rajan (“The Last Airbender”) to the main cast, rounded out by Emma Ishta (“Manhattan Love Story”) and Kyle Harris (“The Carrie Diaries”), who were in the original pilot.
“Stitchers” follows Kirsten (Ishta), a young woman who is recruited into a secret government agency to be “stitched” into the minds of the recently deceased, using their memories to investigate murders and help solve mysteries before they go to the grave.
Working alongside Kirsten is passionate neuroscientist Cameron (Harris); socially immature bioelectrical engineer and communications technician Linus (Rajan); Maggie (Richardson-Whitfield), who heads the covert program; and Kirsten’s roommate, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
19 items from 2015
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