13 items from 2014
Perhaps the only news of note this week is that in a move echoing what they did with Breaking Bad, Netflix has swooped in and gained rights to the TV series of From Dusk Til Dawn made in the states for Robert Rodriguez’s new El Rey network cable channel. Netflix will stream the episodes the day after they air in the states every week, curiously they are still billing this as ‘A Netflix Original’ when this isn’t the case necessarily. I have no idea as to the quality of this, the film From Dusk Til Dawn was one of my favourites when I was a teenager but how you drag that out into a ten part TV show I don’t know, let alone a possible second series. I watched the trailer and it looks solid and well-made as opposed to a cheap cash in and features Don Johnson »
- Chris Holt
London — Film London, a publicly-funded agency that supports the film and TV biz in the U.K. capital, is hosting six animation execs from the U.S. this week.
The visit is part of the agency’s drive to encourage more international production to come to the city on the back of the introduction of the tax reliefs for high-end television and animation announced last year.
The visitors, who include senior reps from the Jim Henson Company, DreamWorks Animation, Amazon Studios, Frederator Networks, NBC Universal’s Sprout and Mattel’s Playground Productions, will take part in a three-day program designed to promote London’s animation sector.
The program includes one–to-one meetings with London animation houses, including Collingwood & Co., Blink Industries, Lupus Films and Karrot Entertainment, and presentations from Tony Orsten, the chief executive of motion-capture facility The Imaginarium (Warner’s “Godzilla”), and Alan Dewhurst, producer of “Peter and the Wolf, »
- Leo Barraclough
It’s been two long years since Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master and the wait for his latest, Inherent Vice, is slowly coming to a close. Warner Bros. has announced that the film is to open on December 12th, competing against Ridley Scott’s biblical epic Exodus and Paddington. Before its official release, it can be expected to be shown throughout different film festivals with Venice most likely.
Taking place in 1970 Los Angeles, Inherent Vice sees Joaquin Phoenix (Her) starring a pothead private detective Larry “Doc” Sportello, who is helping a former lover with an intriguing case that involves infidelity, mental institution and a policeman called Bigfoot. Starring alongside Phoenix are Josh Brolin (Oldboy), Benicio Del Toro (Guardians of the Galaxy), Reese Witherspoon (Legally Blonde), Martin Short (Frankenweenie), Martin Donovan (Insomnia), Sasha Pieterse (X-Men: First Class), Owen Wilson (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Jena Malone (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire »
- Gary Collinson
The ex-Batman and Beetle has revealed that during the development of the new film over the last year, he’s been speaking to the legendary unique director and he’ll only do it if Burton is a part of it and…it’s pretty darn likely. Speaking to MTV News, Keaton said the following:
“I’ve emailed Tim a couple of times, talked to the writer a couple of times, but all really, really preliminary stuff. I always said that’s the one thing I’d like to do again… But it kind of required Tim to be involved some way or another.
“[So] now it looks like he is involved, and without giving too much away we’ve talked to each other, »
- Dan Bullock
credit: Dan Martensen
Singer-songwriter Karen O will, for the first time, perform the Oscar®-nominated original song “The Moon Song” for a global television audience on the Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.
Karen O is the lead singer of the band Yeah Yeah Yeahs, which has released four albums, three of which have been nominated for Grammy Awards. She previously co-wrote original songs for the soundtrack of Jonze’s 2009 film “Where the Wild Things Are,” receiving a Grammy nomination for the featured song “All Is Love. »
- Michelle McCue
Singer-songwriter Karen O will, for the first time, perform the Oscar-nominated original song "The Moon Song" for a global television audience on the 86th Annual Academy Awards, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC. We also have a behind-the-scenes featurette which includes a message from Karen O about how the song was created.
"The Moon Song," with music by Karen O and lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze, was written for the film Her, directed by Jonze. The three other nominated songs are "Happy" from Despicable Me 2, "Let It Go" from Frozen and "Ordinary Love" from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
No big surprise here: Singer-songwriter Karen O will, for the first time, perform the Oscar®-nominated original song “The Moon Song” for a global television audience on the Oscars March 2, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron confirmed. “The Moon Song,” with music by Karen O and lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze, was written for the film “Her,” directed by Jonze. Karen O is the lead singer of the band Yeah Yeah Yeahs, which has released four albums, three of which have been nominated for Grammy Awards. She previously co-wrote original songs for the soundtrack of Jonze’s 2009 film “Where the Wild Things Are,” receiving a Grammy nomination for the featured song “All Is Love.” Karen O has performed on other soundtracks including “Frankenweenie” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “I’m Not There.” Earlier: U2 will also play their Oscar-nominated song "Ordinary Love" ("Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom »
- Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 6 Feb 2014 - 06:08
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2007, and another 25 overlooked gems...
For some reason, the number three was a common factor in several blockbuster movies of 2007. The third film in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series (At World's End) dominated the box office, Spider-Man 3 marked Sam Raimi's last entry as director in the series, while Mike Myers went for a hat trick of hits with Shrek The Third.
I Am Legend was the third and most financially successful attempt to bring Richard Matheson's classic novel to the big screen, Rush Hour 3 marked Jackie Chan's last action pairing with Chris Tucker, while Zack Snyder's musky sword-swinger 300 was notable for having the number three in the title.
Iffy attempts at numerology aside, 2007 was also a superb for year for movies in general - particularly underappreciated ones, »
Feature Simon Brew 5 Feb 2014 - 06:57
Think kids' movies are just meaningless fluff? Think again. Many of them address important themes in smart, accessible ways, Simon argues.
At the time of writing, Disney's latest animated opus, Frozen, is in a very good place. Off the back of positive reviews, it's thus far hauled in nearly $900m at the global box office, and has a sporting chance of being the first animated movie to cross the $1bn mark. It's won a Golden Globe, is up for a couple of Oscars, and has built on the collection of strong films that Walt Disney Animation Studios has released over the past five or six years.
Personally, I'm thrilled with the success of Frozen. Not just because I really, really like the film an awful lot, but also because of its ambition and willingness to tackle deeper subjects under the surface. To be clear, »
Film Independent has scheduled a special conversation with Oscar and Spirit Award nominated director Alexander Payne (“Nebraska”) on February 27 at the Directors Close-Up Series. Also recently added to the February 19 panel "Writing and Directing" are writer-actress and Spirit nominated Julie Delpy (“Before Midnight”), Spirit nominated Bob Nelson (“Nebraska”) and scribe John August (“Frankenweenie,” “Big Fish”).Already announced panelists include Alfonso Cuarón (“Gravity”), Scott Cooper (“Out of the Furnace”), Ernest Dickerson (“The Walking Dead,” “The Wire”), writer-producer Scott Neustadter (“The Spectacular Now”), Jeremy Podeswa (“Boardwalk Empire,” “The Newsroom”), and Jill Soloway (“Afternoon Delight”).The panels cover the following topics:Tuesday, February 11– Alfonso Cuarón: The Force Behind GravityWednesday, February 19– Writing and Directing Thursday, February 27– The Independent Spirit: A Conversation with Alexander PayneWednesday, March 5– Casting and Directing »
- Beth Hanna
Feature James Clayton 31 Jan 2014 - 07:30
"We belong dead." Frankenstein's Monster in Bride Of Frankenstein (1935).
No, friend, you don’t belong dead. The masses definitely disagree with the Monster. (Ignore the mob of parochial peasants bearing pitchforks and flaming torches, because they're only film extras and their opinion on anything doesn't matter.)
Time has proved that Frankenstein's Monster (a.k.a. The Creature) is eternally popular and ever- relevant and, thus, should never be allowed to just die.
He's easy to revive. A few zaps of electricity and some dramatic lighting and, oh God! It's alive! It's alive! He is, indeed, alive again, shaped like Aaron Eckhart and gracing the big screen now that fresh release I, Frankenstein has found its way into theatres. You needn't worry if you don't get a chance »
Thn have been a fan of Richard Morrison’s for a while now and without sometimes knowing, so have you! The legendary film title designer has been behind some of the best opening sequences to films such as Batman, Frankenweenie, Event Horizon, Sweeney Todd, One Direction: This Is Us and so many more over a 30-year career in the film industry.
We’ve now received news that alongside long-term creative partner Dean Wares, Richard has co-founded a new, specialist design service for accurate, legible, beautifully typeset end rollers. The very aptly named Endroller.com is set to bring world-class technical and design expertise within the reach of any film or TV project.
They’ve distilled over 30 years’ experience into one specialist studio, that focuses solely on end crawls. Whatever the format or output, and whatever your budget – from major features to short films, documentaries, TV and digital – we recommend checking out Endroller. »
- Dan Bullock
Fox's new show 'Wayward Pines' is set to debut later this year and with a line-up that includes Matt Dillon, Terence Howard ('Crash'), Juliette Lewis ('From Dusk Till Dawn') and Toby Jones ('Berberian Sound Studio') to name but a few it's definitely high on the 'must-watch' list for 2014. A new official image from the production has emerged once more thanks to EW which you can see below. 'The Sixth Sense's M. Night Shyamalan takes the helm of the intriguing thriller with a 'Twin Peaks' vibe to it. The show is based on the original novel by Blake Crouch. Shannyn Sossamon, Tim Griffin ('Prime Suspect USA'), Greta Lee, Carla Gugino ('Sucker Punch'), Charlie Tahan ('Frankenweenie') and Melissa Leo ('Red State') also star. »
13 items from 2014
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