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This article is presented in partnership with Cadillac. This summer, Cadillac and the Producers Guild of America launched Make Your Mark, a short film competition that challenged producers to create compelling content with limited resources. Contestants made a short film over a single weekend in late June, and you can watch the semi-finalists’ films at the Make Your Mark website. The 30-second Cadillac spot featuring the grand prize winner’s film will air during the 2015 Academy Awards. One of those filmmaking teams was lucky enough to receive mentorship from Bruce Cohen, the producer behind American Beauty, Big Fish, Milk, Silver Linings Playbook and more. He has more than three decades of experience, and for semi-finalists Tim Wen and Chidi Onyejuruwa, all of that was a phone call away. Cohen speaks with us about his approach to mentoring aspiring filmmakers and shares some advice about finding a balance between the height of your creative imagination and the practical »
- Scott Beggs
Critics' year-end lists are beginning to trickle out and that's a good thing for a number of movies vying for your attention. One benefactor may just be Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice." The critically acclaimed film (which is almost un-categorizable) also hits Los Angeles and New York on Dec. 12. That might be just enough time to pump up the film's deserved awards season prospects.* *And it has already been named one of the top 10 films of the year and earned Anderson a Best Adapted Screenplay honor from the National Board of Review. As I noted after first seeing "Vice" earlier this month, if anyone deserves a nomination for this movie it's Josh Brolin. The "No Country For Old Men" star is simply superb (and hilarious) as the increasingly off-kilter Lapd detective Bigfoot Bjornsen, a man who has a very passive aggressive relationship with the film's "hero," Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy Award for Best Original Score is one of the categories I find most interesting and most frustrating. First, the good: I love the awarding of film music, which can immeasurably improve the experience of a film and can become iconic in its own right. There is also much about the music branch that I love, particularly its international flavor, both in terms of the composers cited and the types of music rewarded. Moreover, while the category tends to favor Best Picture nominees and epic movies, it is not excessively exclusionary in this respect. But that love of epics can sometimes lead to simply rewarding "most music." More importantly, this branch is infamously insular. Unless a composer is aboard a major Best Picture contender or has otherwise composed a simply iconic score, it is unusual to earn a first nomination. And even those features are not always enough for first-timers. »
- Gerard Kennedy
"When we were on set, we took things very much to the extreme," Josh Brolin rreveals about the making of "Inherent Vice" to Gold Derby editor Tom O'Neil (watch below). "I think [Paul Thomas Anderson]'s edit was a little tamed compared to what we did. It was more of an acid trip." Brolin is in the running this year for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar, a category he was previously nominated for in "Milk" (2008), though he lost out to the late Heath Ledger for "The Dark Knight." (See Gold Derby's official Oscar rankings and racetrack odds.) -Break- Paul Thomas Anderson & cast discuss 'loose and chaotic' style of 'Inherent Vice' at Nyff Brolin plays a character named Bigfoot who is "perceived as this blockheaded guy," he explains. "Then once you get inside his household and see his wife screaming at him and see him totally emasculated, there's a gr..." »
Josh Brolin credits his mid-career turnaround to Robert Rodriguez on "Grindhouse" which led to the Coens and "No Country for Old Men" and "True Grit," not to mention Gus Van Sant's "Milk" and Oliver Stone's "W" and "Wall Street 2" and Woody Allen's "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger." Brolin is a chiseled American actor who boasts that rare combination: dangerous masculinity and sexy vulnerability. He plays both villains and lovers. See Jason Reitman's sexy "Labor Day." Brolin clearly had a blast working with Paul Thomas Anderson on his adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel "Inherent Vice" (December 12) and gets to dig into into one of the more colorful character roles of any year. He tells me, in our video interview below, how "Renaissance detective" Bigfoot Bjornsen comes to sport his dramatic flat top. This is not your usual straight-arrow foil to 70s hippie gumshoe Doc. »
- Anne Thompson
James Franco is a strange bird, and one who defies categorization. He effortlessly balances the careers of an actor, director, screenwriter, artist, musician, novelist, poet, and teacher simultaneously. Honestly, we don’t know where he finds the time. Does he have a Time-Turner or a flux capacitor? That’s got to be it, right?
Time-travel aside, whatever James Franco’s doing – Is he not sleeping? – it’s working, because he’s about to add another hyphen to his already multi-hyphenate name.
James Franco, stage actor.
Making his Broadway debut, Franco joins the cast of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men as George Milton. Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) joins Franco as George’s well-meaning best friend Lennie, a role that garnered O’Dowd a Tony Award nomination.
- Sasha James
Ewan McGregor tells Details the Trainspotting sequel "might happen" and doesn't speak to highly of Star Wars crazies saying: I don't have any experience with them. I've never been to one of the conventions. The people I meet are the f**kers who want me to sign Star Wars photos so they can sell them on the Internet or the people at premieres who are crushing children against barriers to get me to sign their f**king picture of Obi-Wan Kenobi. They're not fans -- they're parasitical lowlifes and f**king wankers. The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have signed on to write The Lego Movie 2, though no word on whether they'll return to direct the sequel which is set for a May 25, 2018 release date. Deadline Bruce Greenwood joins Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett in Truth for writer/director James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) telling the story of »
- Brad Brevet
The Milk filmmaker will direct the adaptation of Jennifer E Smith's young adult novel The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, reports The Wrap.
Set over 24 hours, it centres around Haldey (Steinfeld), a young woman trapped at JFK Airport and late for her father's second wedding in London.
She meets a British boy, Oliver, and sparks fly as she discovers that they will be seated together on the plane.
Milk writer Black will write, direct and executive produce The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. »
It’s been a slow post-Oscar star for Hailee Steinfeld and writer-producer-director Dustin Lance Black. Not disastrous, but not the typical rise to prominence and slew of work that comes with the Academy Award touch. Steinfeld earned a nomination in 2011 for her work on the Coen Bros’ “True Grit.” Two years earlier, Black won a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for “Milk.” Since then, neither have tackled material that’s brought them back into the awards conversation. Their next project may not have the bravado to take them back to the ceremony, but it sounds like a step in the right direction. According to Deadline’s report out of the American Film Market in Santa Monica, Steinfeld is on board to star in Black’s adaptation of “The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight,” a young adult novel by Jennifer E. Smith. The film follows a whirlwind romance set in »
- Matt Patches
The Oscar-nominated True Grit actress will star in The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight from writer-director-exec producer Dustin Lance Black (Milk). Based on last year’s Ya novel by Jennifer E. Smith, the film follows Hadley (Hailee Steinfeld) over a 24-hour period. What first looks like a rotten day as she waits in an airport for a flight to London for her father’s second wedding brightens up when she meets a young British chap. Turns out they’re seated together on the plane, and sparks fly. Bruna Papandrea, Caroline Kaplan and Steve Hutensky are producing. Steinfeld, whose credits also include Ender’s Game, The Homesman and the upcoming Barely Lethal and Pitch Perfect 2, is repped by ICM Partners, Coast To Coast Talent Group and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum. The Exchange will sell international rights to Statistical Probability at Afm in Santa Monica.
- The Deadline Team
The Exchange will begin selling international rights next week at the American Film Market. CAA holds domestic sales rights.
Black will direct from his own script and exec produce. The film is based on the popular Ya novel of the same name by Jennifer E. Smith.
The story, set over a 24-hour-period, follows Steinfeld’s character being stuck at John F. Kennedy Airport and late to her father’s second wedding in London. She meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area and they wind up seated next to each other on the flight.
Producers are Bruna Papandrea who worked with Black on “Milk” and is a producer on “Gone Girl” and Reese Witherspoon’s “Wild”; “Boyhood” producer Caroline Kaplan; and Steve Hutensky, a former executive »
- Dave McNary
Golden Globe-winner and Academy Award-nominee James Franco (127 Hours, Milk) and Tony Award-nominee Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, Girls, Moone Boy) star in Of Mice and Men which was filmed on a Broadway stage in front of a live audience. Ballymaloe Grainstore hosts the only screening in County Cork on Thursday 6 November at 8pm. It also stars Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl, Country Strong) and Tony and Olivier Award-winner, Jim Norton. This landmark revival of Nobel Prize-winner John Steinbeck's play is a powerful portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship. The production was nominated for two 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for Chris O'Dowd. It shattered box office records at New York's Longacre Theatre multiple times during its limited 19-week engagement which ended in July. The »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Jeff Cronenweth grew up with cinematography in his bones. His father, Jordan Cronenweth, shot such unique achievements as "Altered States" and "Blade Runner" and it was never much of a question that Jeff would follow in his footsteps. Of late, he's forged a solid, on-going partnership with director David Fincher. Their latest collaboration, "Gone Girl," is another bold step for the icy aesthetic they've been cultivating for decades now. Over the weekend I hopped on the phone with Cronenweth — who was Oscar-nominated for his work on Fincher's last two films, "The Social Network" and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" — to discuss that continued partnership, to chew on the old film vs. digital debate and to discuss some of the specifics of how "Gone Girl" was presented visually. Check out the lengthy back and forth below. "Gone Girl" is now playing in theaters. *** HitFix: I imagine at this point »
- Kristopher Tapley
In a series of top-level meetings Reese Witherspoon had with studio executives in 2012, she grew increasingly frustrated by the answers she got to her question, ‘What are you developing for women?’”
As one might imagine, it was slim pickings. “I think it was literally one studio that had a project for a female lead over 30,” the actress recalls. “And I thought to myself, ‘I’ve got to get busy.’ ”
Busy indeed. Two years after launching Pacific Standard with Australian producer Bruna Papandrea, the company boasts two high-profile films being released within weeks of each other. First up was “Gone Girl,” based on the blockbuster Gillian Flynn novel, which debuted Oct. 3. Hitting theaters Dec. 5 is “Wild,” an adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir, which stars Witherspoon as a woman seeking to reinvent herself by hiking the Pacific Coast Trail alone. The actress’s raw, fearless performance is stirring early raves and Oscar buzz. »
- Jenelle Riley
Two-time Oscar nominated director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) has wrapped principal photography on The Sea of Trees, which filmed on location in Japan and Massachusetts, starring Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar, Mud, The Wolf of Wall Street), Ken Watanabe (Inception, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Last Samurai) and two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts (The Impossible, 21 Grams, King Kong, Mulholland Dr.). The cast also includes actors Katie Aselton (star of FX's The League) and Jordan Gavaris (Orphan Black).
Arthur Brennan (McConaughey) treks into Aokigahara, known as the The Sea of Trees, a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan's Mount Fuji where people go to contemplate life and death. Having found the perfect place to die, Arthur encounters Takumi Nakamura (Watanabe), a Japanese man who has also lost his way. The two men begin a journey of reflection and survival, which affirms Arthur's will »
Two-time Oscar nominated director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) has wrapped principal photography on his latest, The Sea of Trees, which filmed on location in Japan and Massachusetts. Starring Oscar winner Mathew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar), Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (Inception, The Last Samurai) and two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts (The Impossible, Mulholland Drive). The cast also includes actors Katie Aselton ("The League") and Jordan Gavaris ("Orphan Black"). »
Two-time Oscar nominated director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) has wrapped principal photography on "The Sea of Trees", which filmed on location in Japan and Massachusetts, starring Oscar winner Mathew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar, Mud, The Wolf of Wall Street), Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (Inception, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Last Samurai) and two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts (The Impossible, 21 Grams, King Kong, Mulholland Drive). The cast also includes actors Katie Aselton (star of FX's The League) and Jordan Gavaris (Orphan Black). Arthur Brennan (McConaughey) treks into Aokigahara, known as the The Sea of Trees, a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan's Mount Fuji where people go to contemplate life and death. Having found the perfect place to die, Arthur encounters Takumi Nakamura (Watanabe), a Japanese man who has also lost his way. The two men begin a journey of reflection and survival, which affirms »
- Press Release
This morning, Time debuted two new poems from renowned poet—sorry, actor—sorry, graduate student—sorry, who knows what anymore—James Franco. The pieces come from Franco’s new book, Hollywood Dreaming: Stories, Pictures, and Poems.
The first, “Angelz,” is about Franco’s experience filming Spring Breakers. (In the second stanza, he even seems to start writing in character as gangster Alien, using “z” instead of “s.”) The second poem is an ode to Franco’s Milk co-star Sean Penn.
There’s really only one way to respond to this brave* new work—which is why EW has composed a »
- Esther Zuckerman
Actress Jane Lynch will host Monday night’s Uprising of Love: A Benefit Concert for Global Equality, featuring performances by multiple-Grammy award winners Sting and Patti LuPone, to support the advancement of rights for the worldwide Lgbt community.
The concert, which takes place at New York City’s Gershwin Theatre, is written by Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black (Milk), directed by Schele Williams, musically directed by Alex Lacamoire, produced by Jayson Raitt, and executive-produced by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) and Bruce Cohen (Silver Linings Playbooks).
- Carolyn Todd
Today we have the first photo from "The Sea of Trees" drama, starring Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts. Check it out below. Plot: Arthur Brennan (McConaughey) treks into Aokigahara, known as The Sea of Trees, a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan's Mount Fuji where people go to contemplate life and death. Having found the perfect place to die, he encounters Takumi Nakamura (Watanabe), a Japanese man who has also lost his way. The two men begin a journey of reflection and survival, which affirms Arthur's will to live and reconnects him to his love with his wife (Watts). The new movie is directed by Gus Van Sant (Milk, Good Will Hunting). A release date has yet to be announced. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
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