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Madrid – Could Sony in Spain have come up with a solution to the costs and hassle of stars tub-thumping their latest movies worldwide?
On Saturday, in what Sony Pictures Releasing de España calls cinema’s first-ever holographic press conference, in this case staged for “Chappie,” the holograms of Hugh Jackman and Neill Blomkamp fielded questions from the Spanish press in Madrid — which the real-life Jackman and Blomkamp answered sitting in a hotel in Berlin.
Using Musion 3D holographic projection, in technical terms, the press conference was a stomping success. Bar a typical second-or-so delay in satellite sound transmission, the South African director and star of “Chappie,” quiescently sitting on stools, hands folded, came over loud and clear. There were no cuts or blur. And neither spent the whole time, as in many video satellite link-ups, trying to stuff an electronic gizmo further into an ear.
In the case of the presser for “Chappie, »
- John Hopewell
Patel reprises his role as Sonny, the overeager young owner of a hotel for British retirees, while Dame Maggie Smith stars as Muriel, Sonny's new co-manager.
Describing the on-screen partnership with Dame Maggie, the 24-year-old actor told Digital Spy: "It's still an ensemble cast but Sonny is at the centre of it and I'd say Maggie is too. They run the hotel together. I mean talk about chemistry - it's some of the best chemistry I've ever had in a movie.
"They're quite an odd couple but they're put together really well. It's quite beautiful because she not only becomes a business partner doing damage control, but he also looks at her as a kind of mother figure."
Excuse us if we go out on a limb here, but something tells us the collective brain trust at The Academy is glad this awards season has mercifully come to an end. After an incredibly diverse 86th Academy Awards ceremony, where "12 Years a Slave" took Best Picture, a Mexican filmmaker won Best Director, Lupita Nyong'o earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar and John Ridley won Best Adapted Screenplay, the Oscars appeared to take a step back in 2015. It wasn't just that "Selma" was snubbed in a number of major categories. The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag became a historical footnote that will haunt the Academy for years (and, trust, it will be back again if the public wills it). But it had more to do with all white nominees in the acting categories than just "Selma" itself. This also brought to light that it was yet another year without a female nominee in the Best Director category, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Brokeback Mountain helmer Ang Lee has found the lead for his next feature in the shape of newcomer, Joe Alwyn. A fresh faced lad, Alwyn could be in for the time of his life as he heads up Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.
Slumdog Millionaire‘s Simon Beaufoy – an Oscar-winning scribe – adapted the script from the original novel by Ben Fountain, which focuses on the titular 19-year-old Texas-born infantryman, who returns home along with his fellow U.S. servicemen after they survive a firefight in Iraq in 2005. With the veterans home, they’re granted a a victory lap that leads them to the Dallas Cowboys’ football stadium where they’re honored during the team’s Thanksgiving halftime show. According to buzz surrounding Fountain’s novel, it’s a sharp, cutting story that packs in plenty of laughs.
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is slated to commence shooting in April, »
- Gem Seddon
It’s been a big couple of weeks for South African/Canadian filmmaker Neill Blomkamp. The District 9 director, a noted super-fan of the Alien franchise, has officially signed on to direct the upcoming Alien sequel. On top of that, his latest film, Chappie, is rolling out into theatres – and hey, it which also stars Sigourney Weaver – Alien’s core hero – in a supporting role!
Chappie follows the story of an old police droid who is stolen, reprogrammed, and becomes the first fully independent, sentient robot. Unfortunately, by the looks of the below featurette and trailer, Chappie will be getting into a lot of unwanted trouble.
Blomkamp’s film opens in theatres next Friday (March 6) with a cast that also includes X-Men’s Hugh Jackman,Slumdog Millionaire’s Dev Patel and Blompkamp regular Sharlto Copley – obviously in a mo-cap suit – as the titular robot Chappie.
- Sasha James
Ang Lee has found the star for his next film. Newcomer Joe Alwyn is in talks to play the titular role in “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8 and Chinese distribution company Bona Film Group are onboard alongside Tristar and Film4. Simon Beaufoy, who won an Oscar for writing “Slumdog Millionaire,” adapted the book for Film4 and The Ink Factory. The film will be produced by Marc Platt, Ink Factory’s Stephen Cornwell, Rhodri Thomas and Simon Cornwell, and Lee. Filming is set for April. The »
- Linda Ge
No deals have quite yet been done, but it looks likely that Ang Lee has found his star for Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. Following an extensive search, Lee's casting net has finally settled on Joe Alwyn, who's said to have garnered the director's 'final approval' last weekend.Alwyn is such a newcomer that he doesn't even have an IMDb page yet, but you will find him listed at London's Royal Central School Of Speech And Drama. Also a graduate of the National Youth Theatre and Bristol University, his stage work includes productions of Angels In America, Titus Andronicus and The Oresteia. No short films or appearances on Casualty for Alwyn. Straight to the big screen with an Ang Lee movie. Not bad, that.Adapted by Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy from Ben Fountain's novel, Billy Lynn follows the titular 19-year-old soldier, who along with his squad has survived »
Fast Affiliate ratings are in for Sunday (February 22) night's Academy Awards telecast and the 2015 telecast was down steeply from the 2014 installment. ABC's broadcast of the 87th Academy Awards averaged 36.6 million viewers between 8:30 and 11:48 p.m. Et, along with a 10.8 rating among adults 18-49. The 2014 Academy Awards averaged 43.7 million viewers and a 13.1 rating among adults 18-49. The big drop for the "Birdman"-coronating telecast represented the first time the Oscars have dropped in total viewers since the 2011 telecast dropped to 37.9 million viewers off of the 41.7 million viewers averaged by the 2010 telecast. [That was the James Franco/Anne Hathaway-hosted telecast.] This was the least-watched Oscars telecast since 2009, when "Slumdog Millionaire" won Best Picture and 36.3 million viewers tuned in. The 2008 telecast, with "No Country For Old Men" taking Best Picture and Jon Stewart hosting, bottomed out with 32 million viewers. ABC, naturally, is preferring to accentuate the positive. The Oscars still outdrew the Golden Globes (19.3 million and a 5.8 key demo »
- Daniel Fienberg
It's been more than six years since the release of Slumdog Millionaire—the film which catapulted Dev Patel to stardom. "People ask how hard it is to stay grounded. It's f--king easy," the 24-year-old British actor tells the U.K.'s Guardian, opening up about his rapid rise to fame. "Because you just do normal s--t like everyone else. My friend circle is very small, and that's a conscious choice." Patel also has ex-girlfriend Freida Pinto, whom he met on the set of the Danny Boyle-directed flick in 2008, to thank for his level-headed approach to Hollywood. Although the two split before the New Year, the former lovebirds remain close friends, and »
Ok, so maybe not everything is awesome.
PhotosOscars 2015: Best and Worst Moments
ABC’s Neil Patrick Harris-hosted broadcast of the 2015 Academy Awards on Sunday night drew 36.6 million total viewers and a 10.8 rating (per updated fast nationals), down 16 and 18 percent from last year’s finals.
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All that said, marvel at the Lego Oscar I worked all night (or at least 90 seconds) on:
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If there was any lingering doubt about the Telluride Film Festival's place in the annual film awards season, this year's Oscars outcome ought to finally settle them. With its victory Sunday night, "Birdman" became the sixth Best Picture winner in seven years to screen at the Labor Day Colorado event. The festival's press profile increased more and more in the wake of big early bows of films like "Brokeback Mountain," "Capote" and "Juno." "Slumdog Millionaire" really lit the fuse in 2008 and with it, films like "The King's Speech," "Argo" and "12 Years a Slave" have begun their journeys there "unofficially" before "official" world premieres at the Toronto Film Festival, while others like "The Artist" and "Birdman" made it priority to stop there on the way to awards season releases. Other major awards season players that have played the festival as of late include "Up in the Air," "Black Swan," "127 Hours," "The Descendants, »
- Kristopher Tapley
The lead-up to the 87th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday reflects more uncertainty than usual for Hollywood’s biggest night of the year.
Many of the top categories like best picture (“Boyhood” vs. “Birdman” vs. “American Sniper”), director (Richard Linklater vs. Alejandro G. Inarritu) and lead actor (Eddie Redmayne vs. Michael Keaton vs. Bradley Cooper) are still considered open races, where anything can happen after the envelopes are pried open.
On what is forecast to be a rainy afternoon in Los Angeles, security at the Dolby Theatre is expected to be heightened as a result of the recent Sony Picture hack, which led to a flood of embarrassing emails between executives to be made public.
Neil Patrick Harris, who is hosting the Oscars for the first time, may find himself presiding over a more serious awards show given the grim background of world events, such as Isis, the Charlie Hebdo »
- Ramin Setoodeh
The global success of Slumdog Millionaire thrust the schoolboy (and his girlfriend Freida Pinto) into the limelight. But has fame been good to him? Seven years on, he talks break-ups, beards and typecasting. Portraits: Paul Farrell. Styling: Aradia Crockett
Dev Patel is tugging away at his hair – his new, unruly, GQ-ish hair – and asking the Guardian photographer which beard oil to buy. The once dorky kid from Slumdog Millionaire, with the wobbly Indian accent and the Oscar team win, is posing gamely in pyjamas in a cramped room in Soho, London, looking very little like the Dev Patel you remember. He’s taller, for one thing. Broader. Beardier. He’s definitely got a swagger on. Is this his man-over?
“It’s for a film,” he explains when we sit down, his arms and legs origamied on a hotel sofa. “My parents hate it, they think I look too messy. I »
- Nosheen Iqbal
Best Sound Mixing can be one of the hardest races to predict, due in large part to its confusion with Best Sound Editing. Sound Mixing honors the balancing of the various production dialogue, Adr, foley and effects, and music tracks of a film into one cohesive whole. This award is generally given to both the production sound mixers and the re-recording mixers. The Cinema Audio Society rewards one film each year for its achievement in the field, and since 1993, the winner there has repeated at the Academy Awards 12 times: -Break- 1995: "Apollo 13" 1996: "The English Patient" 1997: "Titanic" 1998: "Saving Private Ryan" 1999: "The Matrix" 2000: "Gladiator" 2006: "Dreamgirls" 2008: "Slumdog Millionaire" 2009: "The Hurt Locker" 2011: "Hugo" 2012: "Les Miserables" 2013: "Gravity" This year, Cas honored "Birdman" over fello »
Best Cinematography is one of the most closely watched technical categories at the Oscars, due largely to the fact that it’s often so difficult to predict. Indeed, since 1986, when the American Society of Cinematographers first started handing out prizes, only 11 of its winners went on to triumph at the Oscars: -Break- 1990: Dean Semler, “Dances with Wolves” 1995: John Toll, “Braveheart” 1996: John Seale, “The English Patient” 1997: Russell Carpenter, “Titanic” 1999: Conrad L. Hall, “American Beauty” 2002: Conrad L. Hall, “Road to Perdition” 2005: Dion Beebe, “Memoirs of a Geisha” 2007: Robert Elswit, “There Will Be Blood” 2008: Anthony Dod Mantle, “Slumdog Millionaire” 2010: Wally Pfister, “Inception” 2013: Emmanuel Lubeszki, “Gravity” Updated: Experts' Oscars predictions in 24 categories This year, th...' »
We’d already announced that Tom Hanks and Ron Howard would reunite for another Dan Brown adaptation last summer with Inferno and now they’ve added more big names to the dramatic cast and we’ve got the first promotional shots below.
With a screenplay by David Koepp, based on the book by Dan Brown, the film is set for release on October 14th, 2016 and begins principal photography at the end of April. Inferno continues the Harvard symbologist’s adventures on screen: when Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories and prevent a madman from releasing a global plague connected to Dante’s “Inferno.”
- Dan Bullock
The guilds, British Academy (BAFTA) and critics have all had their say. We're now four days from the 87th annual Academy Awards, so it's time to finally analyze the race for the wins. Most categories are fairly predictable, but there are some wildcards. While I expect "The Grand Budapest Hotel" to take more than its share of craft categories, with "American Sniper" and possibly "Birdman" doing well, too, it's fair to say we won't be seeing a year like last year, where "Gravity" took six of 10 categories, and "The Great Gatsby" took two more. More interesting is what I suspect will be a trend of repeat Oscar winners. I'm guessing the winners in most categories (Cinematography, Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects) will have already thanked the Academy before. While most of these winners would be deserving, several big names will still be waiting for their first statuettes. »
- Gerard Kennedy
Columbia Pictures’ Robert Langdon series — featuring the $1.2 billion collective earning of “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels & Demons”— is a go again, with director/producer Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer at the helm. In the latest installment, “Inferno," Tom Hanks is back to star, and some new players are joining him. Written by David Koepp (“Mortdecai”), and based on the book by Dan Brown, it will begin principal photography at the end of April. Newly announced members of the cast include Irrfan Khan (“Slumdog Millionaire,” “Life of Pi,” and “The Lunchbox”) who takes the role of Harry Sims, also known as The Provost. French actor Omar Sy (“The Intouchables,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Jurassic World”) will play Christoph Bruder. And perhaps most excitingly is Sidse Babett Knudsen of "Borgen" and "The Duke Of Burgundy" fame taking the part of Dr. Elizabeth Sinskey, the head of the World Health Organization. »
- Edward Davis
This marks the third film adaptation of a novel by Dan Brown to feature Hanks as Langdon, Howard as director and Brian Grazer as producer following their collaborations on "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels and Demons".
In this entry, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia. He teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories, to prevent a madman from releasing a global plague connected to Dante's famed poem "Inferno".
Oscar nominee Felicity Jones ("The Theory of Everything") has been cast as Dr. Sienna Brooks, Irrfan Khan ("Life of Pi," "Slumdog Millionaire") has been cast as Harry Sims (aka. The Provost), Omar Sy ("X-Men: Days of Future Past, »
- Garth Franklin
Director/producer Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer have cast an energetic company of some of the world’s most talented and interesting rising international stars to join Tom Hanks in Inferno, the new film in Columbia Pictures‘ Robert Langdon series, which has taken in more than $1.2 billion worldwide to date.
The Imagine Entertainment production, which has a screenplay by David Koepp based on the book by Dan Brown, is slated for release on October 14, 2016 and will begin principal photography at the end of April.
I’m excited to exclusively announce the cast of #InfernoMovie! Check them out here: http://t.co/sx6gTueRe2
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) February 17, 2015
Inferno continues the Harvard symbologist’s adventures on screen: when Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a »
- Michelle McCue
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