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Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg on the Oscars' Red Carpet Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Spielberg has taken home two Best Director Oscars: Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Schindler's List also won Best Picture, but Saving Private Ryan lost to John Madden's Miramax-distributed Shakespeare in Love. There was quite a bit of animosity at the time, as some felt that Miramax, owned by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, overdid its Oscar campaigning – while still managing to sway enough Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members to vote for its film. Somewhat ironically, at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony Steven Spielberg presented the Best Picture Award to The King's Speech. Toplining Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, and Claire Bloom, this British production was »
- D. Zhea
Who knew Bennett Miller had such a wicked sense of humor? Those who saw the excellent but dour as hell “Foxcatcher” certainly had no idea. The director of the feel-good wrestling picture of 2014, as well as “Capote” and the underrated “Moneyball,” apparently decided to put his recent Cannes win for Best Director to good use as he recently rolled out (pun very much intended) a string of toilet paper commercials for Quilted Northern. Why toilet paper? Why not? A-list directors helming commercials for big time corporations is not a new thing: Wes Anderson directed American Express commercials; David Fincher did Nike, Spike Jonze promoted Levi’s, and there's countless other examples. Read More: Wes Anderson's 5 Best Commercials Working almost like a parody of contemporary American art house cinema, complete with a neutral and inert third person narration usually found in Wes Anderson’s work, the ads tell the tragic »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
It’s no secret that a lot of big filmmakers sometimes take breaks from the grueling production schedules of feature films to helm commercials for television. Of course folks like David Fincher, Spike Jonze, and Michael Bay got their start directing commercials, and they’ve been happy to return to the medium despite finding success in the world of movies. Hell, Fincher finished Gone Girl early so he took some time last year to helm a series of fantastic Gap commercials like it was nothing. But today some commercials have surfaced from a filmmaker whom you might not immediately connect with the world of TV ads: Bennett Miller. The guy has only directed three narrative movies—Capote, Moneyball, and Foxcatcher—but they’ve all been phenomenal, so there’s no question about his talent. However, who knew Miller was also funny? The filmmaker recently helmed a series of commercials for »
- Adam Chitwood
Christopher Nolan.s Dark Knight trilogy is a family of films full of incredible, memorable moments. Filmmakers are often very cagey when it comes to saying one scene or another is their favorite (like parents saying they love all their children equally), but Nolan recently revealed that he does in fact have a preferred scene from the saga, and it is indeed a doozy. Talking with Foxcatcher and Moneyball director Bennett Miller at the Tribeca Film Festival recently, as witnessed by Long Live Cinema, Nolan was asked what scene from his trio of Batman films is his favorite, and he wasted little time disclosing that it is that incredible scene where Bane (Tom Hardy) and his cronies hijack a plane in midair early in The Dark Knight Rises. That is definitely an intense scene in an intense movie, and one that was crazy complex to film as Nolan tried to »
Adam Mckay, best known for his outrageous comedy sensibilities, may be gearing up to deliver a heavyweight drama for Paramount. The Big Short is based on a book by Michael Lewis and tells the story of a group of genius investors who figured out the property bubble was about to self implode and figured out a way to short the market prior to its collapse in 2008. If all of that sounds like it might not translate to screen, bear in mind Lewis' previous books Moneyball and The Blind Side managed to do quite well for themselves after being adapted for the big screen. Joining Adam McKay on the project is the kind of A-List cast the immediately screams Oscar glory come awards season. Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell and Marisa Tomei will be joining Melissa Leo for the film. Production is reportedly already underway in New Orleans. »
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We've already had a couple of 'another actor joins big ensemble movie' stories this morning, and this one will be no different. Apart from the names and the film, obviously. This time it's Adam McKay's financial drama The Big Short, and the actress in question is Marisa Tomei. She joins the already-aboard Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell and Melissa Leo, Anchorman director McKay has been developing this one for a while now, working up something very different from his usual comedy brand. It's based on Moneyball author Michael Lewis’ book, subtitled 'Inside The Doomsday Machine', and follows several key people who had roles in creative the toxic credit bubble that sent the financial markets into panic mode over the last decade. Also announced as having just signed up are Tracy Letts, Hamish Linklater, John Magaro, Byron Mann, Rafe Spall, Jeremy Strong and Finn Wittrock, although »
Production is underway in New Orleans on the Plan B, Paramount and New Regency non-fiction adaptation about investors who ‘shorted’ the market at the time of the housing bubble prior to the 2008 financial collapse.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Deadline reported on Tuesday that Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, and Brad Pitt are set to join Melissa Leo and Marisa Tomei in McKay’s adaptation of Michael Lewis’ book, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. The book tells the story of the genius contrarian investors who, recognizing just how insane the housing bubble had become, figured out how to “short” the market prior to the financial collapse of 2008.
This is McKay’s first dive into large-scale drama after making a name for himself with comedy hits such as Anchorman, The Other Guys, and Step Brothers. He most recently worked with Marvel and Paul Rudd on the script for Ant-Man, which just released its second trailer, and is rumored to be on the shortlist »
- Zach Dennis
On Monday evening, Christopher Nolan, acclaimed director of "Memento," Inception" and "Interstellar" visited the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival for one of their Tribeca Talks panels. His moderator was Bennett Miller, acclaimed director of "Moneyball" and "Foxcatcher." Throughout the panel, Miller kept the focus mostly on Nolan's filmmaking history, his influences, his processes and his family, but did manage to include a story referencing Amy Pascal and his own experiences with studios. Check out the highlights from the panel below which dive into Nolan's process: Nolan's first memory of film."My first memory of going to a film is probably seeing 'Snow White' in re-release," Nolan said. "I very much remember seeing the evil witch, the evil queen who transforms herself into the witch, with the apple and »
- Casey Cipriani
Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Melissa Leo and Marisa Tomei are all reportedly set to star in the Adam McKay-directed adaptation of "Moneyball" and "The Blind Side" author Michael Lewis' book "The Big Short: Inside The Doomsday Machine" for Paramount Pictures, New Regency and Plan B Entertainment.
The story deals with how genius contrarian investors who, recognizing just how insane the housing bubble had become, figured out how to 'short' the market prior to the financial collapse of 2008.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Christopher Nolan described his filmmaking process as “some combination of intuition and geometry” in one of the Tribeca Talks series of public conversations at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.
“I don’t write a story outline,” he told a packed house of festivalgoers during the discussion with fellow director Bennett Miller (“Foxcatcher,” “Moneyball”). “Usually my answer right off the bat is that I work intuitively, but I draw a lot of diagrams when I work. I do a lot of thinking about etchings by Escher, for instance. That frees me, finding a mathematical model or a scientific model. I’ll draw pictures and diagrams that illustrate the movement or the rhythm than I’m after.”
Intuition, he noted, comes to the fore in his editing process. “I’ve always edited in a huge hurry, tried to catch that lightning in a bottle, just so the energy is there,” he said. “I »
- Gordon Cox
Director Bennett Miller went mano a mano with director Christopher Nolan Monday evening before a packed, film-crazy crowd at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Actually, the Tribeca Film Festival event was more bromance than smackdown, as Miller (Foxcatcher, Moneyball, Capote) played admiring interlocutor to the amiable Nolan (Interstellar, Inception, Memento). Their only prior work together had been in the area of keeping the use of film stock alive. After running… »
The weird, fascinating cat-and-mouse between disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) and accused murderer Christian Longo (James Franco) begins immediately during their first encounter in "True Story." Director Rupert Goold ("The Hollow Crown" mini-series) and editor Chris Tellefsen ("Moneyball") discuss the first scene in which Finkel meets Longo in the Oregon county jail. "I suppose there's an element of a Rorschach test where you see your own face and there's a self-conscious attempt in the film to dial back on Longo's context such as it was because I think it remains mysterious even to this day," Goold explained. "In some ways, the space between them is a psychological space rather than a real space. It's an encounter with the self and, without casting dispersion, it is true of some journalism and other writing and filmmaking as well -- however much one draws out of the »
- Bill Desowitz
The movies (especially dramas) have enjoyed a long infatuation with the legal system, particularly in the courtroom’s near-theatrical setting and its trappings. There are monologues (opening and closing statements) and dialogues (the ole’ cross examination on the witness stand, where Perry Mason got many a startling confession). And that essential conflict between those seeking justice or compensation and those often literally fighting, pleading for their lives. Good dramatic fodder, but what if journalism is tossed into the mix, mainly the cynical reporter or writer researching and often befriending (despite their resolve) the accused. Those were big parts of the recent dueling biographies of Truman Capote as he researched, and became smitten with, the deadly duo he profiled in that crime classic In Cold Blood. The writer/defendant pairing is once again explored in this new film and like those Capote flicks it is a True Story.
After a brutal, »
- Jim Batts
Variety reported April 2 that De Luca was exiting his post as president of production at Sony Picture and would head to Universal.
“Mike is one of the most talented producers in Hollywood today,” said Universal chairman Donna Langley in a statement released Friday. “His creative instincts and deep industry relationships will be a terrific complement to our studio. Mike has been an incredible friend and mentor to me for many years and I’m thrilled to have him on the Lot with us.”
The move comes in the wake of efforts by newly appointed Sony Pictures chief Tom Rothman to convince his production chief to stay on board. De Luca and Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group president Doug Belgrad had been considered likely »
- Dave McNary
Lakeshore Records will release the Age Of Adaline – Original Motion Picture Score digitally on April 21st and on CD May 12, 2015. The album features the film’s original score by Rob Simonsen (Foxcatcher, The Spectacular Now) and the song “Start Again” with Simonsen and Faux Fix, featuring Elena Tonra.
The film is directed by Lee Toland Krieger from a screenplay by J. Mills Goodloe & Salvador Paskowitz and J Mills Goodloe; story by J. Mills Goodloe & Salvador Paskowitz. Producers are Sidney Kimmel, Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi.
After miraculously remaining 29 years old for almost eight decades, Adaline Bowman [Blake Lively] has lived a solitary existence, never allowing herself to get close to anyone who might reveal her secret. But a chance encounter with charismatic philanthropist »
- Michelle McCue
Is this heaven? Nope, it’s Opening Week.
It all started Sunday night with the Cardinals at the Cubs with St. Louis winning 3 to 0.
To celebrate the first pitch of Opening Week, here’s our list of the best Baseball movies.
One of the best baseball biopics to come along over the years, The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid, tells the true story of Jim Morris, a man who finally gets a shot at his lifelong dream-pitching in the big leagues. A high school science teacher/baseball coach, Morris’ players make a bet with him:if they win district, »
- Movie Geeks
At Universal, De Luca will oversee the remaining two installments in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy. The financial rewards for his involvement could be upwards of $20 million, according to a knowledgeable insider, making that a difficult opportunity to pass up. Beyond working on the next “Fifty Shades” movie, De Luca is expected to shortly announce an overall production deal at Universal.
De Luca’s ex-boss, newly appointed Sony Pictures chief Tom Rothman, had tried to convince the production chief to stay on board, because of the close relationships the executive enjoys with top creative talent. But his pitch was not successful. De Luca and Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group president Doug Belgrad were considered for the top studio job after Amy Pascal was »
- Brent Lang
The filmmaker is working with his traditional studio Warner Bros and rights holders 20th Century Fox for a possible co-production, reports Deadline.
Hill, who has earned two Oscar nominations for Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street, will portray Richard Jewell, the Atlanta security guard who discovered a bomb in an Atlanta park during the 1996 Olympic Games.
Jewell was forced to turn to a lawyer friend (DiCaprio) when suspicion wrongly turned on him as a culprit in the terror attack.
The project would be a reunion for Eastwood and DiCaprio, who previously worked together on J Edgar.
Watch Digital Spy preview this year's blockbusters below: »
[Press Release] Burbank, Calif. -- Principal photography is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Arms & the Dudes,” starring Oscar nominee Jonah Hill (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Moneyball”) and Miles Teller (“Whiplash”). “The Hangover” trilogy director and Oscar nominee Todd Phillips (“Borat” screenplay) is directing the film. Based on a true story, “Arms & the Dudes” follows two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami during the Iraq War who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a $300 million deal to arm the Afghan Military—a deal that puts them in business »
- Pietro Filipponi
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