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Thanks for taking the time to talk with us. Can you tell our readers what brought the two of you together for Nightlight?
Beck/Woods: We’ve actually known each other since we were 11, and we’ve been making movies together as long as we’ve been friends. Throughout middle school and high school we made dozens of shorts and no-budget features, which really taught us the craft of filmmaking. We never formally studied film production aside from consuming DVD features and commentaries (“That Moment” on the Magnolia DVD is beyond inspirational), so we always refer to those early years as our “film school” experience. Since then we’ve constantly co-written and co-directed all of our works, including a »
- Jonathan James
After a brief delay, this series has returned. Yes, once again I’m going to be taking a look back at a recent Oscar lineup and explaining what my vote would have been in each of the big eight categories we all follow so intently each season. I previously mentioned that potentially I could do this once a week with previous Academy Award ceremonies, and while I’m going to be truing to do that, time will still tell. Again, if nothing else, this gives you an interesting look into my cinematic tastes. Over the course of the year you can sort of get a feel for what my current favorites are, but now we can look to the past a bit more. Alright then, here goes nothing folks…behold my picks: Best Picture – The Social Network The nominees here for this ceremony were 127 Hours, Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, »
- Joey Magidson
Revolution Studios has bought 50% of the rights to 2010’s “Black Swan” from Cross Creek Pictures for an undisclosed price.
The thriller, starring Oscar winner Natalie Portman, grossed $329 million at the worldwide box office. Worldwide distribution rights continue to be controlled by Fox Searchlight, which co-financed and owns the remaining 50% share.
“The opportunity to acquire a stake in a major film of this caliber doesn’t come along every day,” said Revolution Studios chief operating officer Scott Hemming.
Revolution bought the 64-title Morgan Creek international library in October for $36.75 million, including “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” and its sequel, “The Last of the Mohicans,” “Young Guns,” the “Major League” franchise and “The Whole Nine Yards.”
Revolution Studios, founded by Joe Roth in 2000, was acquired in June by Fortress Investment Group, which manages $60 billion in assets.
- Dave McNary
Making it in show business is often portrayed as a task so difficult, one has to embrace one’s demons and throw away one’s inhibitions in order to succeed. It’s a good thing I’m not planning on getting famous any time soon, because apparently that is only possible via some sort of freaky Faustian bargain. One memorable example is Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, in which Natalie Portman’s wannabe prima ballerina has to hallucinate and stab herself with glass before reaching the pinnacle of her talent. From what I can gather, being a great artist must be a living nightmare.
- Lee Jutton
Damien: The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Barbara Hershey (Insidious: Chapter 2, Black Swan, The 9th Life of Louis Drax, Once Upon a Time) has joined the cast of Lifetime's Damien, the sequel series to the 1976 horror film, The Omen, from former The Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara.
Hershey will play "the series regular role of Ann Rutledge, the world's most powerful woman who has been tasked with making sure Damien fulfills his destiny as the Antichrist."
Hershey joins a cast that includes Bradley James as an adult Damien Thorn and Omid Abtahi as Amani Golkar, "a close co-worker of Damien whose loyalty will be tested when he realizes who his brother-in-arms actually is."
The six-episode series is written and executive produced by Mazzara and »
- Derek Anderson
Editor Jacob T. Swinney has created a fascinating five minute video featuring the first and final shots from 55 different films. In some cases we can attempt to draw meaning from what we're seeing and in others there doesn't appear to be much rhyme or reason, but that in itself can offer a window into what the director was attempting to achieve. My only complaint with the video is the fact Swinney didn't include the film titles in the actual video, opting instead to list them in the film's description. While the majority of the images are recognizable enough, I did find myself looking at the descriptions here and there, taking me out of the video for a second and ultimately causing me to have to pause the video overall. Not a major complaint, just more a compliment in fact to the engrossing nature of what was created. I personally find the images of Birdman, »
- Brad Brevet
Barbara Hershey has joined the cast of Lifetime's TV sequel to The Omen.
Once Upon a Time's Hershey has been cast as Ann Rutledge, a powerful woman tasked with ensuring that Damien fulfils his destiny, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The series will premiere on Lifetime later this year with a six-part season.
The Omen TV show gets straight-to-series order from Lifetime
Hannibal, Bates Motel and more: 7 horror films and their TV off-cuts »
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment present two of the best comedy-drama actors around as they take on the story about two estranged siblings who are reunited after ten years apart. Winner of Best Screenplay at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, The Skeleton Twins was directed by Craig Johnson (True Adolescents), written by Johnson and Mark Heyman (Black Swan), and co-stars Luke Wilson (Old School), Ty Burrell (TV’s “Modern Family”), Boyd Holbrook (Gone Girl) and Joanna Gleason (Last Vegas).
The DVD also features a whole host of extras which includes a Gag Reel, Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Craig Johnson, “To Whom it May Concern: Making The Skeleton Twins” Featurette, “Sweet Moves” Featurette, a load of audio commentary and this exclusive outtake clip, »
- Dan Bullock
Mila Kunis certainly isn’t your average Hollywood mega-star. She has quite literally flown from rags to riches, from her humble beginnings in a conflicted Ukraine, to the glitzy world of showbiz.
Her last big screen appearance of course came with the unfortunately not universally loved Jupiter Ascending, alongside Channing Tatum and Eddie Redmayne, and she’ll soon be voicing the part of Deema in R-rated stop-motion comedy, Hell & Back, with Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk playing the Devil.
The good news for that film is that it is in these lesser-known projects that Kunis really shines and for all she enjoys the La lifestyle, she’s at her finest when she draws on her own »
- Michael Potts
Despite having only six feature films under his belt to date, filmmaker Darren Aronofsky has firmly made his mark in the film world, garnering critical acclaim for, among other things, the cinematography of his work. One key aspect of his features involve tracking shots, where his camera follows the subject from behind, seeing what they see, while not getting a look at the focal performer’s face, only the back of their head. It is this aspect of Aronofsky’s cinematography that’s the focus of a new video essay by Vimeo user Jacob T. Swinney, who has edited together instances where Aronofsky has used these techniques in each of his film. This is what Swinney had to say about the video.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Vimeo user Jacob T. Swinney has cut together a number of studious, fastidious video essays covering techniques employed by numerous filmmakers working today. He’s focused on the extreme wide shots regularly used by Paul Thomas Anderson. He’s analyzed the evolution of Batman in cinema (which is awesome). He’s even found the time to examine Steve McQueen’s lingering camera. Two days ago, the talented filmmaker and editor turned his attention to Darren Aronofsky, proffering the following thesis: “Darren Aronofsky seems to favor tracking shots that capture his characters from behind rather than the front or side (most frequently in 'The Wrestler' and 'Black Swan'). Using a dolly, Steadicam, Snorricam, or handheld camera, Aronosfky makes us feel as if we are being dragged through a scene. These shots are most often employed when his characters are experiencing times of stress or disorder. As they journey blindly into the unknown, »
- Zach Hollwedel
RelatedPilot Season ’15: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them
Taylor will play Polly, a Type-a businesswoman who co-owns the office with her husband, who she wishes would stand up for himself more often. Jeremy Bronson (The Mindy Project) and Damian Lanigan (Massive) will pen the pilot. »
With the number of new hot takes on the Oscars sufficiently cooled down, now may be the best time to take a closer look at this year’s Best Picture winner in the context of an Oscar nominee from a previous year that covers surprisingly similar ground. Miguel Branco has put together “Blackbird,” which plays shots from Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s technical marvel “Birdman” side-by-side with clips from Darren Aronofsky’s beautifully terrifying “Black Swan,” revealing the similar terrain of both films. First of all, both films are essentially about the struggle of putting on a good show: a Raymond Carver adaptation for the stage in Inarritu’s film and a new version of the “Swan Lake” ballet in Aronfsky’s. The two main characters both have a rival who threatens to steal their moment in the spotlight. Both also put their protagonists through the ringer physically, mentally, and emotionally »
- Cain Rodriguez
This doesn't surprise me in the least, but I personally don't believe it's a good idea. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting the Academy is considering a move back to only five Best Picture nominees after opening the field to ten nominees back in 2009 when then Academy president Sid Ganis said, "Having 10 Best Picture nominees is going to allow Academy voters to recognize and include some of the fantastic movies that often show up in the other Oscar categories, but have been squeezed out of the race for the top prize." The decision came shortly after films such as The Dark Knight and Wall-e did not receive Best Picture nominations at the 2009 Oscars. The THR report says a large portion of the Academy's governing board has been pushing for the change behind the scenes, arguing that having too many best picture nominees has watered down the prestige of a nomination and »
- Brad Brevet
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Watch an exact reenactment of the climactic clock tower scene from Back to the Future using Lego bricks (via Slashfilm): Now watch an exact reenactment of a scene from The Grand Budapest Hotel using Lego bricks (via Screen Crush): An English Iron Man fan made this replica armor with his 3D printer (via Yahoo! Movies): Honest Trailers takes on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, hilariously as always: A makeup artist draws cartoon characters around her mouth for images like the Lion King one below. See others at Design Taxi: This video compares Birdman to Black Swan with side by side scenes (via Film School...
- Christopher Campbell
The parallels between Birdman and Black Swan were quickly apparent, as both films feature lead characters with theatrical ambitions who are haunted by bird or bird-like specters. An editor has now presented shots from the two films side by side, and if nothing else the Birdman Black Swan comparison provides a jumping-off point to discuss the relationship […]
The post Watch a Brief Video Comparison of ‘Birdman’ and ‘Black Swan’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
Ever since Iñárritu's Birdman won Best Picture (and a bunch of other Oscars) a week ago, the film has received plenty of criticism and negativity. I, however, will defend the film as I think it's an exciting and original look at the struggles of artistry, told through the opening of a stage performance. One of my other favorite films in recent year was another Oscar winner, Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, and it is very similar to Birdman in many ways. Thanks to a tip from Film School Rejects, an editor named Miguel Branco has cut together a video showing side-by-side visual comparisons between Birdman and Black Swan. It's rather mesmerizing to watch set to Alexandre Desplat's lovely "Wong Chia Chi's Theme" from Lust, Caution. Here's the "Blackbird" video comparison showing scenes from both films side-by-side. In full on YouTube: His official description: "New York City — two artists, two opening nights, »
- Alex Billington
Beyond the avian imagery, Birdman and Black Swan have a lot in common. Two stars, two opening nights, two perfectionists and one stage.
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- Scott Beggs
Warner Bros. has snapped up rights to adapt It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War, a memoir by Lynsey Addario that the studio has snagged Steven Spielberg to direct and Jennifer Lawrence to star in.
The project has been red-hot ever since an excerpt from It’s What I Do ran in The New York Times Magazine, and the recent media spotlight on the perils faced by war-zone reporters makes it extremely timely as well.
Addario is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist whose work took her to the most hostile regions on Earth. She reported out of Afghanistan following the U.S.’s invasion there, specifically centering on the human cost of conflict. Some of her stories centered on genocide victims in Darfur, Afghans under the Taliban’s thumb and victims of rape in the Congo. Perhaps the most compelling and harrowing chapter of Addario »
- Isaac Feldberg
Orphan Black's Season Two finale was one of Rolling Stone's 20 Best TV Moments of 2014 — and today, the cult BBC America sci-fi series offered up the first look at what's in store when Season Three hits airwaves on April 19th.
The new episodes will pick up where last season's shocking finale left off as Tatianna Maslany's clone crew faces off against the replicants of Project Castor, a quartet of genetically engineered male clones that threaten the existence of the Project Leda girls. Season Three will also feature new cast additions like Shameless actor Justin Chatwin, »
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