18 items from 2016
When Christopher Nolan went into outer space for "Interstellar," it was without longtime cinematographer Wally Pfister, who had been with the director since "Memento," but turned to a directing career of his own starting with the unfortunate "Transcendence." Nolan's choice to lens his ode to the galactic power of love was Hoyte van Hoytema, who had quite the resumé behind him with "The Fighter," "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," and "Her." And it seems Nolan was pleased his work on "Interstellar." Read More: Tom Hardy, Kennegh Branagh, And Mark Rylance To Star In Christopher Nolan's 'Dunkirk' Hoytema has now joined the American Society Of Cinematographers, and in the announcement, it's revealed that he "is currently prepping an untitled feature for director Christopher Nolan." That would be "Dunkirk" (not the official title, but the one being used for now), Nolan's WWII picture »
- Kevin Jagernauth
When it comes to this year’s Academy Awards, no word is more buzzworthy than “diversity”. For the second year in a row the Oscars have nominated only white actors in their four main acting categories, sparking backlash and, as a result, inciting the Academy to announce new changes to tackle its “diversity problem”.
Amidst another year of #OscarsSoWhite trending on Twitter, however, the fact that 2015 has been an exceptionally strong year for women has been largely overlooked. Three of this year’s best picture nominees (Brooklyn, Room, Mad Max: Fury Road) are female-centric and feature strong female protagonists in the center of the action. In fact, even outside of those films and their performances, a number of women are nominated for best picture as producers, as well. Kristie Macosko Krieger is nominated for Bridge of Spies, Blye Pagon Faust is nominated for Spotlight, Dede Gardner »
- Patrick Shanley
Happy birthday, Christian Bale! The American Psycho star turns 42 today and, not only does he look as hot as ever (not a bad gift to wake up to), he could end up becoming a three-time Screen Actors Guild Award winner tonight! Bale is nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for his turn as a financial whiz who figures out a way to, well, short the system in The Big Short, which has only been picking up momentum as the Oscars approach. (Oh, and Bale is nominated for one of those again, too!) The Welsh star is a previous SAG winner in the same category for The Fighter, and he shared in American Hustle's win for Best Performance by an Ensemble in a Movie back in »
The votes are in, and Ryan Kavanaugh's plan for the reorganization of Relativity Media has commanded a huge amount of "accept" votes from creditors. But don't count on the studio behind such films as Immortals, Limitless and The Fighter emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy just yet. Sure, some of Kavanaugh's recent antagonists including Cortland Capital and Manchester Securities have voted to accept the plan, as has the Directors Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild, along with more than 85 percent of unsecured creditors. There are certainly notable objectors, too, including Nicholas Sparks Productions (which co-produced Relativity’s Safe Haven)
- Eriq Gardner
The 7th film from director Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line, Tree of Life), Knight Of Cups (the title refers to the Tarot card depicting a romantic adventurer guided by his emotions) offers both a vision of modern life and an intensely personal experience of memory, family, and love.
Opening on March 4, watch the trailer below.
Knight Of Cups follows writer Rick (Christian Bale, The Fighter, American Hustle) on an odyssey through the playgrounds of Los Angeles and Las Vegas as he undertakes a search for love and self. Even as he moves through a desire-laden landscape of mansions, resorts, beaches and clubs, Rick grapples over complicated relationships with his brother (Wes Bentley) and father (Brian Dennehy). His quest to break the spell of his disenchantment takes him on a series of adventures with six alluring women: rebellious Della (Imogen Poots); his physician ex-wife, »
- Michelle McCue
The Broadcast Film Critics Association handed out their Critics’ Choice Awards last evening in Los Angeles and is the first awards ceremony since the Academy released their official nominations last Thursday.
Those looking to the Critics’ Choice Awards in hopes of fleshing out their Oscar predictions will notice a few differences between last week’s Golden Globes and Sunday’s awards in the major categories. Most notably is the fact that Spotlight won best picture after being entirely shut out by the HFPA at the Globes.
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant), Sylvester Stallone (Creed), and Brie Larson (Room) all repeated their Globes success with acting wins, but Swedish actress Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) took home the best supporting actress award in lieu of Kate Winslet’s (Steve Jobs) win the week before.
- Patrick Shanley
Christian Bale, who has made a career out of transforming his body to match nearly every role — obsessively training for American Psycho and Batman, losing an extreme amount of weight for the The Machinist and The Fighter, and putting on excessive pounds for American Hustle — has finally found a challenge that's too extreme: getting out of shape. According to Deadline, Bale has dropped out of Michael Mann’s Enzo Ferrari biopic due to health concerns, specifically that he felt he couldn’t safely gain the necessary weight before the film went into production this spring. And if Christian Bale isn't the right weight — probably down to the milligram (he's Welsh, after all) — Christian Bale doesn’t do the part. Despite Bale’s departure, Enzo Ferrari is set to shoot as scheduled, and Paramount and Mann are on last-minute hunt for a less-fit actor for the lead role. The munching noise »
- Jackson McHenry
With an $80 million price tag, Michael Mann's brewing biopic, "Enzo Ferrari," needs a big name to make that return on investment. He had one in Christian Bale, who signed on for the picture last year. However, with a summer start date looming, the actor has gotten cold feet about the project. Read More: Christian Bale Thought Teresa Palmer Was A Stripper While Shooting Terrence Malick's 'Knight Of Cups' Deadline reports that Bale has exited the movie, citing health concerns over the weight gain he needed to achieve to play the role. The actor has slimmed down ("The Machinist," "The Fighter"), bulked up ("The Dark Knight" movies), and pudged out ("American Hustle") for roles over the years, but I'd imagine you can only do that so many times before your body starts to revolt. Based on Brock Yates’s book, “Enzo Ferrari: The Man, the Cars, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Michael Mann's Enzo Ferrari biopic has hit a road bump. Christian Bale will no longer star in the film due to health concerns that surrounded the weight he would have to gain in order to play the part of the legendary car manufacturer. The film begins shooting in spring and the actor was concerned about gaining the necessary weight in that short of time. The Big Short actor is no stranger to intense bouts of weight gain and loss for roles, going from a emaciated in his roles like The Fighter and The Machinist to unhealthily overweight in American Hustle.
- Mia Galuppo
Only days after winning a Golden Globe, Jennifer Lawrence scored her fourth Academy Award acting nomination Thursday for her turn in Joy, loosely based on the life of Miracle Mop creator Joy Mangano. It was the only nomination the movie received, ending a dazzling run for director David O. Russell, whose last three films before Joy — American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter — were all mentioned for best director, as well as best picture, among other top noms. Lawrence told The Hollywood Reporter shortly after learning of her nomination that she probably cares about awards more than Russell
- Pamela McClintock
A maverick gets attacked by bears. They’re beaten down by a cutthroat, capitalist system and threatened by partners who aren’t as trustworthy as they seem. After a series of blows and ostensible defeats, they persevere. Inspired by dreams of family, they ignore their detractors and challenge the machinations of evil commerce. In the end, they prevail, though the reward is bittersweet.
Joy and The Revenant are different films, targeting different audiences, but they contain some remarkable similarities. Both films showcase a blonde, blue-eyed megastar. Both films were released on December 25th, that holy day of box office reckoning. And both tell the same story of individual strength in the face of hardship. Their times, genders and circumstances are as far as blood from chocolate, but Hugh Glass and Joy Mangano’s onscreen lives can be understood as masculine/feminine interpretations of the same, timeless American tale.
The Revenant is a grueling, »
- Erica Peplin
Broad Green Pictures has released two brief clips, more like seconds, from Knight Of Cups.
The never-before-seen footage was created by filmmaker Terrence Malick and his team.
The film opens in cinemas on March 4.
Even as he moves through a desire-laden landscape of mansions, resorts, beaches and clubs, Rick grapples over complicated relationships with his brother (Wes Bentley) and father (Brian Dennehy). His quest to break the spell of his disenchantment takes him on a series of adventures with six alluring women: rebellious Della (Imogen Poots); his physician ex-wife, Nancy (Cate Blanchett); a serene model Helen (Freida Pinto); a woman he wronged in the past Elizabeth (Natalie Portman); a spirited, playful stripper Karen (Teresa Palmer); and an »
- Michelle McCue
So Terrence Malick has entered the age of social media marketing. Generally speaking, films from the reclusive director stay under wraps, are then suddenly announced and hit the festival circuit, a couple of trailers are released, and then a given film opens in cinemas. But for "Knight Of Cups," Broad Green is seeing what micro-teasing can do to spur interest in the film. Read More: 10 Actors Cut From Terrence Malick & How They Reacted Below you'll find a snippet of new footage featuring Christian Bale moving evocatively, the standard mystical voiceover, and....that's about it. But something is better than nothing, right? Here's the official synopsis: Knight of Cups follows writer Rick (Christian Bale, The Fighter, American Hustle) on an odyssey through the playgrounds of Los Angeles and Las Vegas as he undertakes a search for love and self. Even as he moves through a desire-laden landscape of mansions, resorts, beaches and clubs, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
David O. Russell’s movies are commonly focused on what the director himself calls “finding a second act” in life. Whether it’s the blue-collar bruiser who yearns to escape his family’s toxic influence in “The Fighter,” a damaged man looking to rediscover life and love in “Silver Linings Playbook,” or the crooks and schemers of “American Hustle,” who are looking to shed their given identities like a second skin, Russell loves him a good reinvention story — so much so, apparently, that he’s built a redemptive second act for himself in regards to his own career as a filmmaker. It’s a theme that is most definitely present in “Joy,” his latest: the film, like all of Russell’s, is a tale of self-discovery, and also a kaleidoscopic, lyrical, and occasionally frustrating look at one determined woman’s attempt to leave her mark in the world. Read More: »
- Nicholas Laskin
David O. Russell.s Joy is a fast-paced, quirky and dysfunctional . in the best way possible . biopic of celebrated inventor Joy Mangano, who came up with the design for the Miracle Mop, then fought tooth-and-nail to bring the resourceful tool into people.s homes. Together with familiar ensemble players Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper, Russell captures the familial energies and tensions that have populated his previous films, from The Fighter to Silver Linings Playbook. But something was off as he worked on his final cut, and in interviewing his cast recently, they tipped me off to a major change. The women in Joy.s life are portrayed by a trio of Hollywood heavy hitters. Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini and Diane Ladd all play important female figures in Mangano.s story, and I was privileged to sit down with them and discuss the film in detail. During said »
A new year means an opportunity to reflect on the past. This is our list of the 100 best films of the last 15 years, Part 1 #100 through 76.
The first decade and a half of the 21st century has brought a lot of changes to the landscape of film. The advancement and sophistication of computers has made realistic computer generated effects a mainstay in both big-budget and small-budget films. The internet and streaming technologies have given big Hollywood new competition in films produced independently and by non-traditional means. We went from purchasing films on yards of tape to plastic disks, and now we can simply upload them to the cloud. Advertisements for films have reached a higher, more ruthless level where generating hype through trailers and teasers is crucial for a film’s commercial success. Movie attendance has fluctuated along with the economy, but that hasn’t stopped films from breaking box office records, »
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'The Fighter' movie: Mark Wahlberg as boxer Micky Ward. 'The Fighter' movie review: 'Smart' filmmaking from a business standpoint David O. Russell's The Fighter is a smart film; smart in the way it's constructed and executed as a means to appeal to a wide audience. People tend to like sports movies. They also tend to like movies where the good guys win and where the hardships the characters go through can all get tidily worked out by the time the credits start rolling. The Fighter is smart from a business standpoint. That also means Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, and Eric Johnson's screenplay is predictable and much too “safe” as well. Russell and the screenwriters don't tread any new territory; in fact, they don't even try. On the positive side, The Fighter offers several solid performances that make up for some of what's lacking elsewhere. 'The Fighter' »
- Nathan Donarum
Each year, the New York Times chief film critics (Manohla Dargis, A.O. Scott, and Stephen Holden) release their picks for who should be nominated by the Academy.
While many of this year’s current front runners made the list, as they often do, it is a bit of a rarity for the sensibilities of all three critics to converge on the same candidate.
Just that, however, has happened this year in a number of categories, as a consensus was reached on six awards, which may be a good indication of what the Oscar future may hold.
In the best picture category Dargis, Scott, and Halden agreed on director Todd Haynes’ 1950’s-set lesbian romantic drama, Carol, which centers on a housewife’s (Cate Blanchett) affair with a young store clerk (Rooney Mara). Haynes was also unanimously predicted to be this year’s best director winner, over »
- Patrick Shanley
18 items from 2016
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