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You wanna watch out for that Darren Aronofsky. He might just surprise you. After a good couple of decades making grim, magical realist dramas like Requiem For A Dream and Black Swan, he was surrounded by rumours that he was due to direct either/or the second Wolverine film or that ill-fated Robocop remake. In the end he did neither: instead, he did a big-budget retelling of Noah And The Great Flood, in a way that displeased the faithful and was of no interest to his usual audience.
That seemed like something of a left-turn for the auteur director, but it was on the cards for a good while before. Because, not so far back in the mists of time, Aronofsky was approached with an even stranger proposition. Warner Bros were floundering in the wake of their critically and commercially disappointing Batman sequels, eventually canning Joel Schumacher’s plans for another total camp-fest. »
- Tom Baker
It’s time for a new weekly series folks! Yes, starting today I want to try a new series on for size. Much like how I looked at the best winners in almost every Academy Award field, I want to now turn my attention towards individuals (specifically those active in the field), starting with cinematographers. Basically, this first one will look at the best Directors of Photography currently working in the business. There’s tons of amazing Dp’s in the industry so this is clearly going to be a divisive list. Still, that’s part of the fun of it as well! Hopefully you all enjoy and this becomes a weekly or at least monthly series… Before I get to the list, I’m going to quickly explain what will be happening below. In short, I’ll be listing ten Dp’s/cinematographers that I think are the best in the business right now. »
- Joey Magidson
The dark drama follows a young dancer with a troubled past, Claire (played by Sarah Hay, “Black Swan”), who joins a prestigious New York ballet company. The series explores NYC through the ballerina’s eyes, as she navigates the dysfunctional yet glamorous world of ballet. Claire’s self-destructive and ambitious nature drive her in unforeseeable ways, especially when she is confronted by the company’s artistic director (played by Ben Daniels, “House of Cards”) and an unwelcome visitor from her past.
Alongside Hay, the cast is made up of 22 ballet dancers, including former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Irina Dvorovenko, former American Ballet Theatre soloist Sascha Radetsky, Ballet Arizona company dancer Raychel Diane Weiner and Emily Tyra (“Boardwalk Empire”). Other cast members include Josh Helman (“X-Men: Days of Future Past »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Starz is adding to their slate of originals with a limited run series, Flesh and Bone, and it could end up being one of the biggest shows around when it finally hits on November 8th.
It has a lot going for it in terms of getting people interested and talking – Breaking Bad connection, dancer with a troubled past and lots of problems – and with the track record of focusing on quality shows, this one should really be amazing.
Take a look below, and mark your calendars.
Starz today announced that “Flesh and Bone,” the eight-hour limited series created by Emmy® award-winning “Breaking Bad” Writer and Executive Producer Moira Walley-Beckett, will premiere on Sunday November 8, 2015.
Starz also released the key art for the limited series shot by photographer James Minchin.
- Marc Eastman
Starz ballet drama “Flesh and Bone” will premiere in November, Starz announced Thursday. The premium network also released the first poster for the series. The eight-hour limited series was created by Emmy award-winning “Breaking Bad” writer and executive producer Moira Walley-Beckett. “Flesh and Bone” follows a young dancer with a troubled past as she joins a prestigious ballet company in New York. Claire, played by Sarah Hay (“Black Swan”), an emotionally wounded ballerina, must navigate the dysfunction and glamour of the ballet world. See Photos: The Faces of Pilot Season 2015 Other cast members include Josh Helman (“X-Men: Days of Future Past »
- Joe Otterson
The curtain will rise on Flesh and Bone, Starz’s limited series about the competitive world of professional ballet, on Sunday, Nov. 8, the network announced Thursday.
The drama follows young, talented, self-destructive dancer Claire (played by Sarah Hay, Black Swan) as she navigates “the dysfunction and glamour of the ballet world.” Over the course of the eight-hour series, Claire is pushed to her limits by her ballet company’s artistic director (Ben Daniels, House of Cards) and shaken by the arrival of an unwelcome visitor from her past.
Think blue! Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher attended Opening Day at the Los Angeles Dodgers' stadium to see the boys in blue play the San Diego Padres on Monday. The proud new parents looked like they were having a ton of fun at the game too, and Ashton even shared a few fun selfies via Facebook from their seats. "Love winning on opening day. Go Dodgers!," Kutcher captioned the sweet pic of him and Mila. The "Two and a Half Men" star also posted a second shot of him and Kunis photo bombing a few pals while at the game. "Photo bomb!!!!," the "That '70s Show" alum captioned the candid snap. We love that Mila and Ashton still make time for fun, especially now that they have a newborn to look after! The former costars welcomed their first child together, Wyatt Isabelle Kutcher, in October and both stars having been »
- tooFab Staff
Winston Baker’s seventh annual TV and Film Finance Forum East for investors and film and TV executives will take place April 14 at the Dream hotel in downtown Manhattan.
The one-day forum, of which Variety is a sponsor, features notable entertainment professionals such as producers Christine Vachon (“Still Alice”) and John Sloss (“Boyhood”), and financiers Dan Steinman (“The Imitation Game,” “Birdman”) and Wayne Marc Godfrey (“Cake,” “Silence”).
Sloss, founder of Cinetic Media, will deliver a keynote conversation on the value of financing independent films. In addition to being a producer of “Boyhood,” “Boys Don’t Cry” and “The Fog of War,” among others, Sloss is an entertainment lawyer, talent manager and film sales agent.
Rounding out the forum are producers, packaging agents and distribution executives of films including “The Imitation Game,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” “12 Years a Slave” and “Black Swan,” along with investors in leading film and television companies such as Legendary, »
- Seth Kelley
The pair - who are close friends - have recreated famous film relationships in the pictures, which have been released today to mark the launch of Compare the Market's new 2-for-1 cinema tickets offer.
Harris and Eve also channelled the darker relationship from Natalie Portman's Oscar-winning film Black Swan, as well as transforming themselves into Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon's title characters from Thelma & Louise.
Compare the Market's Meerkat Movies takes the place of Orange Wednesdays and offers existing customers 2-for-1 cinema tickets on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Under the scheme, customers can redeem the offer for a full year when they buy a qualifying product with comparethemarket. »
The Left Hand Of Darkness and Earthsea are coming to BBC Radio 4, along with a documentary celebrating author Ursula Le Guin at 85...
Welcome to Ursula Le Guin month (April's just its use-name) on BBC Radio 4 and 4 Extra. A whole series of programming in celebration of the seminal Us author's work is coming our way over the next few weeks, including dramatisations of The Left Hand Of Darkness and Earthsea novels, as well as a documentary, Ursula Le Guin At 85.
For anyone who needs reminding, Ursula Le Guin has been creating some of America's greatest science-fiction and fantasy literature for almost half a century. From her childhood-favourite Earthsea series set in a world of mages and magic, to politically probing anarchist utopia The Dispossessed and sci-fi gender thought experiment The Left Hand Of Darkness, Le Guin has a string of modern classics to her name.
The programming gets underway with a »
We've already got a number of reasons to be excited for "High-Rise." Of course, there's director Ben Wheatley. There's the awesome ensemble cast, which includes Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Elisabeth Moss, Luke Evans, and Stacy Martin. And now we've got the score to get buzzed about. Film Music Reporter reveals that the great Clint Mansell will score the movie. The composer is probably best known for his work with longtime collaborator Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan" and "The Fountain" are particular highlights), but he has also lent to his talent to films as diverse as "Filth," "Faster," and "Last Night" (his work on the latter is particularly underrated). Needless to say, we're very excited to see what he brings to the J.G. Ballard adaptation about what happens when madness and violence envelop a luxury high-rise. No release date yet for the film, but fingers are crossed and we're »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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
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