Martin Scorsese's Sikelia Productions label has extended its overall feature deal with Paramount Pictures through 2019 following their successful collaborations on such films as "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "Hugo".
Paramount Chairman and CEO Brad Grey says in a statement: "Marty is one of our industry's most prolific and celebrated filmmakers and he is also an integral part of the Paramount family. We are looking forward to many more years and many more great films at Paramount Pictures."
It also covers the long in development adaptation of Erik Larson's "The Devil in the White City" which Billy Ray adapted the script for, the De Niro and Pesci-led "The Irishman," and a biopic of composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein that Scorsese will direct and produce. »
- Garth Franklin
I usually don’t watch horror films or TV shows, and that might surprise some people. After all, I’m known to have written some horror stories, such as DC’s Wasteland. My standard response is that I would rather give nightmares than get them. A bit flip perhaps, but largely true. I have an active imagination (from which I make my living) and the concepts and images from a horror story can stick in my head long after I’ve seen the show.
For example, I went to see The Exorcist when it first hit the movie theaters and, oh my, it played heavily on the atavistic fears of my Roman Catholic altar boy choir boy upbringing. I slept that night with the lights on despite being of college age. Actually, I was in bed but I didn’t sleep that much. Part of me was convinced that the »
- John Ostrander
This year’s Oscar race for best production design (née “best art direction”) is once again dominated by ornate period and fantasy flourishes, with some notable contemporary work to boot. Contenders take us from the 1820s American wilderness to Mars to a galaxy far, far away, leaving the designers branch of the Academy with a wide ranging field to narrow down.
Period pieces tend to catch fire with this lot in particular. And in “The Danish Girl,” a film that may or may not become a dominant force in the major categories, Tom Hooper has again teamed with production designer Eve Stewart for a distressed sort of aesthetic that gives the world of the film a unique life. From Gerda Wegener’s painting workspace to the detailed set decoration of era medical wards and more, it’s a robust design film across the board.
A century before the events of »
- Kristopher Tapley
After wowing audiences with his stop-motion animated horror film ParaNorman three years ago, Sam Fell is ready to make his live-action debut with Croak. Switching formats but remaining firmly in the same genre, the project is said to be one peppered with supernatural goodness – and fine actors – with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Jemaine Clement and Stanley Tucci are all on board to star.
Supplanting Kodi Smit-McPhee in Fell’s comedy feature, Butterfield – best known for his roles in Ender’s Game and Martin Scorsese’s delightful Hugo – plays a young grim reaper, haunting the everyday folk as he controls the flow of souls from our world to the next. Beyond that, there’s really not an awful lot to go on, though it seems safe to assume that the likes of Anderson, Clement and Tucci will form the living component of the director’s new picture. »
- Michael Briers
Out on the home entertainment formats today is the thriller Survivor, which stars Milla Jovovich (The Resident Evil franchise), Pierce Brosnan (James Bond), Dylan McDermott (Olympus Has Fallen, Automata), Angela Bassett (Olympus Has Fallen), James D’Arcy (Jupiter Ascending, Cloud Atlas), Robert Forster (Jackie Brown) and Frances De La Tour (The Harry Potter Franchise).
To celebrate the release, we thought we’d take a look at this brilliant cast’s career to date… but first, here’s the synopsis…
“Survivor” is a thriller about a State Department employee newly posted to the American embassy in London, where she is charged with stopping terrorists from getting into the U.S. And that puts her in the line of fire: targeted for death, framed for crimes she didn’t commit, discredited and on the run. Now she must find a way to clear her name and stop a large-scale terrorist attack set »
- The Hollywood News
For any filmmaker, we imagine part of the fun of doing a Hollywood-centered period piece is being able to apply one’s wealth of cinematic knowledge in bringing to life iconic talents, sets, scenes, etc. Although it wasn’t located near Los Angeles, Martin Scorsese incorporated many early filmmaking touchstones in his Paris-set Hugo and now Joel and Ethan Coen will jump forward a few decades for their 1950’s-set Hollywood Golden Age comedy Hail, Caesar!.
Last week, the trailer showed off Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Frances McDormand, Christopher Lambert and Scarlett Johansson in the story set during a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix.
- Jordan Raup
Cinematography is perhaps the most revered of cinematic art forms. The reason for this is simple – our films would literally not exist without the camera. From crafting mood and atmosphere to wowing us with the sheer ability to have “pulled off” a shot, cinematographers (also known as directors of photography or “D.P.s”) are the amazing talents responsible for realizing a director’s vision through command of the camera. And after the director, D.P.s are arguably the most important person on a film’s set. The cinematographers’ branch in the Academy is a group that loves epic luscious landscapes and war films. The branch is also relatively keen on foreign-language titles. And there is usually – though by no means always – significant overlap between the Cinematography race and the Best Picture race. (An unfortunate bizarre fact – this is the only Oscar category outside of Best Actor and Best »
- Gerard Kennedy
While more and more blockbusters are being released in 3D, the medium has not necessarily translated into Oscar night success stories. While the glasses may sometimes be uncomfortable for theater-goers, the immersive quality that 3D provides makes it a big money maker for CGI-heavy films and big summer releases.
Oscar, on the other hand, has historically preferred more traditional visuals, i.e. the 2D variety. Only six films that have received wide releases in 3D have been nominated for best picture in Academy history, and none have won. Director Robert Zemeckis is hoping that his latest film, The Walk, which was released this Wednesday, will become the seventh 3D film to earn a nomination and finally take home the big prize.
Here’s a look at the last six films widely released in 3D that were nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards:
- Patrick Shanley
The Walk, the true story adaption of high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) 1974 walk across the World Trade Center from director Robert Zemeckis, premiered this Saturday at the 53rd New York Film Festival. The film has been receiving major Oscar buzz for Gordon-Levitt and Zemeckis, and hopes to garner a best picture nomination.
However, the film’s rating, PG, makes it a bit of a rarity in relation to recent Oscar success. Though it is not considered a children’s film by any means, with moments of extreme tension and drama, The Walk is nonetheless a family-friendly picture and its Npaa rating reflects that.
Since the turn of the new millennium, the majority of best pictures noms and winners have been rated PG-13 or R, a trend Zemeckis is hoping to buck this season.
Here’s a look back on recent films that were »
- Patrick Shanley
The New York Film Festival has always been one of the classiest, most finely curated stops on the global festival circuit. But it wasn’t until five years ago that the Film Society of Lincoln Center, which puts on the annual showcase, really capitalized on its position in the film awards season.
That year, David Fincher brought “The Social Network” as a world premiere to open the 48th annual event. The splash was considerable, and soon after, the fest adopted an understanding that two of its three major galas — opened night, centerpiece and closing night — had to be world premieres. Suddenly, a new launching pad was born for movies looking to springboard into the Oscar conversation.
In 2011, Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” kicked things off, while Simon Curtis’ “My Week with Marilyn” served as the centerpiece. Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants” wrapped things up after bowing in Telluride and screening in Toronto as well. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Fox has recently announced a reboot for the ailing League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen franchise. We take a look at its options...
It's probably fair to say that with news breaking recently to the effect that Fox are planning to reboot The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, their Alan Moore-created literary super-team franchise, reactions were a trifle mixed. For ardent fans of the original graphic novels, the response was polarised between excitement and disgust; to those whose only exposure to the League was the much maligned 2003 film adaptation starring Sean Connery, the announcement was most probably met with an iceberg of apathy floating amidst a sea of indifference.
In case you're unaware of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, it was created by Alan Moore and artist Kevin O'Neill in the late 90s. The original incarnation of The League are a disparate group of Victorian-era public domain literary characters, brought together by »
For those of you wondering when Maisie Williams (Arya Stark on Game of Thrones) will be making the transition to feature films, her time has come! She'll be starring alongside Asa Butterfield (Ender's Game, Hugo) in the upcoming drama Arrivals. Butterfield will play Calvin, an American hypochondriac who has dropped out of college and is working as a baggage handler at the Cape Town airport.... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Butterfield will play an American college dropout and hypochondriac who works as a baggage handler in Cape Town.
He is forced to confront his fears when an unconventional British teen (Williams) with a terminal illness enlists him to help her carry out her eccentric bucket list.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
This BFI year’s Luminous charity auction, which aims to raise funding for the UK’s national film collection archive, will this year offer bidders a trip to the 2016 Venince Film Festival opening gala, the chance to walk the red carpet at the UK premiere of The Danish Girl, a private screening at BFI Southbank with Mel Brooks and a walk-on part in the upcoming Paddington 2.
Other prizes include the chance to join Ken Loach in the editing suite as he works on his latest film, a seat in the royal box at the 2016 Fa Cup final and a trip to the 2016 Cannes Film festival, including tickets to the opening film and two night’s stay on a yacht.
The auction is a part of the BFI’s Luminous fundraising gala, which will take »
Can you believe it's been seven years since Colin Morgan's boy wizard first strode onto our screens?
The series premiere of Merlin on September 20, 2008 set us off on a magical five-year journey - one with mythical monsters, wicked warlocks and excessive amounts of bromantic banter.
Millions tuned in each Saturday night for the show's blend of fun, fantasy and friendship - because Merlin and Arthur (Bradley James) were definitely just friends, Ok? - but what's happened to Camelot's finest since that epic final episode?
The aged Emrys might still be waiting for King Arthur to revive, but Merlin lead Colin Morgan hasn't lain dormant these past few years. He appeared opposite fellow Irish legend Gabriel Byrne in BBC One's moody detective drama Quirke in 2014, was seduced by Gillian Anderson as mercurial copper Tom Anderson in The Fall and played cyborg Leo in Channel 4's smash hit Humans. »
Motion picture and television studio Stx Entertainment has officially titled their previously untitled intergalactic love story as The Space Between Us, it was announced today by Oren Aviv, President of Stx Entertainment’s Motion Picture Group.
Set to start production this month, the film stars Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight, Harry Potter), Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game, Hugo), Carla Gugino (“Wayward Pines,” Night at the Museum), Britt Robertson (Tomorrowland, The Longest Ride), Bd Wong (Jurassic World, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”), and Janet Montgomery (Black Swan, “Salem”).
In this star-crossed science fiction love story about two teens from different worlds, Gardner Elliot, the first human born on Mars, is secretly raised in an experimental colony after his astronaut mother dies during childbirth. Sixteen years later, Gardner begins an online romance with a girl living in Colorado and hatches a plan to travel across the universe to meet her. Now, on the run, »
- Michelle McCue
The company have picked up Us distribution rights for The Lunchbox director’s next film.
Developed by BBC Films and Origin Pictures, the film has a screenplay from playwright Nick Payne, adapted from Julian Barnes’ Man Booker Prize-winning bestseller of the same name. David Thompson and Ed Rubin are producing for Origin Pictures.
Starring Jim Broadbent (Iris), Charlotte Rampling (Melancholia), Harriet Walter (The Young Victoria) and Emily Mortimer (Hugo), the film’s story follows a reclusive man who is forced to face secrets from his past.
Financing comes from FilmNation Entertainment, BBC Films and LipSync. Production is currently underway in London. »
Dr. Jekyll will be added to the ranks of classic literary characters depicted on Showtime's Penny Dreadful. The upcoming third season will also feature a treat for Patti LuPone fans, as the actress will return to the show as a series regular in the new role of Dr. Seward. Several guest stars have also been announced for the third season that is now filming and will premiere on Showtime next year.
Press Release: Los Angeles, CA – September 1, 2015 – Production on the third season of the critically acclaimed hit Showtime drama series Penny Dreadful is currently under way, and a wealth of new and returning stars is headed to the set in Dublin, Ireland. Tony® Award-winning star Patti LuPone (American Horror Story), who guest starred last season as the Cut-Wife, returns as a series regular in the new role of Dr. Seward, an American therapist who treats Vanessa (Eva Green) with an unconventional new approach. »
- Derek Anderson
A new trailer for independent movie Campus Code sets up an intriguing premise: how did a young man (Jesse McCartney) survive getting pushed off a tall building? The young man and his friends visit a doctor, who examines the college student and concludes: "Everything checks out alright." Then the doctor turns around and … it's Martin Scorsese! Why is he showing up in a trailer for a low-budget sci-fi flick? Nowadays, Scorsese is best known for his sprawling, big-budget, award-worthy epics, movies like The Wolf of Wall Street, Hugo, and Shutter Island. Long before that, however, Scorsese was a struggling filmmaker in New York who made movies on the cheap. He established relationships with talented people early on in his career, and his loyalty began...
- Peter Martin
The comeback of motion picture film will literally get its biggest boost yet with the Ultra Panavision 70 release of celluloid defender Quentin Tarantino's post-Civil War Western "The Hateful Eight." Shot on 65mm film with classic Panavision lenses in the widest aspect ratio of 2.76:1, this marks the first anamorphic 70mm theatrical release in nearly 50 years. The two-week roadshow engagement in 50 theaters (with the Cinerama Dome in contention for La, of course) will be the best holiday gift for cinephiles. "The Hateful Eight" will also pit three-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Robert Richardson ("Hugo," "The Aviator," "JFK") in a shoot-out with Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki, who's going for a third Oscar in a row for his own frozen wilderness adventure, "The Revenant," from "Birdman" director Alejandro G. Iñárritu. (Both films are racing to the editorial finish line for a Christmas Day »
- Bill Desowitz
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