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Toronto: The Cinematic City

13 April 2017 5:51 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The most populous city in Canada has appeared on-screen in many different ways over the years.Enemy (2013)

There are many ways in which cities are portrayed in cinema. Sometimes cities are anonymous and nameless, and sometimes cities become characters in the films they are portrayed in. Cities can be merely incidental settings, or the specific locations within a city can be incredibly important both narratively and visually. The people within a city tend to represent the place itself: how they act, how they dress, where they work, how they speak, and what they eat. All of these things can be related to the place they live. Cities are home to an infinite multitude of experiences — people from different places, with different families, different wants and desires and identities.

There are cities that are frequently remembered as being iconic within the world of cinema. Paris, Rome, New York, Venice, Chicago, and London have all received loving portraits in »

- Angela Morrison

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’13 Reasons Why’ Stars On How Tom McCarthy and Gregg Araki Set the Tone for Netflix’s Gripping Teen Suicide Drama

12 April 2017 9:31 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

It sounds like an unenviable task: Make a show about suicide that handles the subject matter sensitively, while also being entertaining. Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” strikes that delicate balance, and according to its young stars Dylan Minnette (“Prisoners”) and Katherine Langford, all credit goes to the powerhouse creative team behind this gripping drama.

Based on Jay Asher’s young adult novel and created by Tony-winning playwright Brian Yorkey (“Next to Normal”), with “Spotlight” director Tom McCarthy as executive producer, “13 Reasons Why” tells the story of 16-year-old Hannah Baker (Langford), a vibrant young girl who shocks everyone who knew her when she takes her own life. In lieu of a suicide note, Hannah leaves behind 13 cassette tapes, with each side detailing a reason and person who led her to suicide. As the tapes get passed around to the people named, a shy boy named Clay Jensen (Minnette), who had a crush on Hannah, »

- Jude Dry

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’13 Reasons Why’ Stars On How Tom McCarthy and Gregg Araki Set the Tone for Netflix’s Gripping Teen Suicide Drama

12 April 2017 9:31 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It sounds like an unenviable task: Make a show about suicide that handles the subject matter sensitively, while also being entertaining. Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” strikes that delicate balance, and according to its young stars Dylan Minnette (“Prisoners”) and Katherine Langford, all credit goes to the powerhouse creative team behind this gripping drama.

Based on Jay Asher’s young adult novel and created by Tony-winning playwright Brian Yorkey (“Next to Normal”), with “Spotlight” director Tom McCarthy as executive producer, “13 Reasons Why” tells the story of 16-year-old Hannah Baker (Langford), a vibrant young girl who shocks everyone who knew her when she takes her own life. In lieu of a suicide note, Hannah leaves behind 13 cassette tapes, with each side detailing a reason and person who led her to suicide. As the tapes get passed around to the people named, a shy boy named Clay Jensen (Minnette), who had a crush on Hannah, »

- Jude Dry

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A Change in Oscar Rules Makes One Category More Exclusive, Another More Inclusive, But with an…

10 April 2017 8:59 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

A Change in Oscar Rules Makes One Category More Exclusive, Another More Inclusive, But with an AsteriskWhen the Academy closes a door it opens a window, but only halfway.

This week The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences — the Oscar people — made a couple of significant changes to the nomination guidelines for two major categories, Best Documentary Film and Best Animated Film. In the case of the former, the changes make the category more exclusive, and in the case of the latter, they opened the category to a wider range of voters. Allow me to explain, via Deadline, who broke the news.

The changes in the doc category came about owing to the most recent winner, O.J.: Made in America, which caused some controversy when it was nominated seeing as it’s a 7 ½-hour multi-part, limited-run series that premiered at Sundance but then was released on television, specifically Espn, who »

- H. Perry Horton

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Why the Last 30 Seconds of ‘Prisoners’ is Perfect Storytelling

7 April 2017 11:01 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

An original Ops/Fsr video essay.

Denis Villeneuve’s 2013 film Prisoners, written by Aaron Guzikowski, is a taut, labyrinthine thriller that doesn’t really resolve itself until the last 30 seconds before the screen goes dark. But I believe those last 30 seconds are an example of pitch-perfect screenwriting and cinematic storytelling, and just why deserves to be explored, which is exactly what I’ve done in the following video essay: break down the individual elements of the film’s final moments to reveal how they satisfy all the dangling plotlines and character arcs in one succinct, largely silent scene.

Naturally, spoilers abound, so if you haven’t seen Prisoners, a) for shame, and b) go do that then jump back here for some supplemental education. Then for more of our original videos, visit our Vimeo page.

https://medium.com/media/861b97acf5d6c347aa50f761a7a393e1/href

Why the Last 30 Seconds of ‘Prisoners’ is Perfect »

- H. Perry Horton

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Denis Villeneuve’s Dune reboot gets Forrest Gump writer Eric Roth

6 April 2017 12:39 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Dune reboot has found a writer, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that Denis Villeneuve and Legendary have hired screenwriter Eric Roth to pen the screenplay. Roth wrote the screenplay for Forrest Gump, for which he won received an Academy Award.

Dune was written in 1965 by Frank Herbert and has remained popular ever since with a series of sequels, prequels and spin-offs. The original book follows Paul Atreides, whose family controls Arrakis, a desert planet that is the only producer of spice melange, a highly valuable resource in the galaxy. After his family is betrayed, Paul leads a rebellion to regain control Arrakis.

Dune has been a dream project for Villeneuve for several years. He previously said: “Since I was 12 years old there was a book I read, which is Dune, which is my favorite book, with 1984. After Prisoners, the producer of Alcon asked me what I would like to do next. »

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Forrest Gump writer will pen the Dune remake

5 April 2017 10:03 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Dune movie writer named: Eric Roth, who adapted Forrest Gump to Oscar glory, will bring Frank Herbert’s classic book to screens.

Forrest Gump writer Eric Roth will write the screenplay for Denis Villeneuve’s planned redo of Frank Herbert‘s book Dune. The news of the Dune movie writer was announced by trade bible Variety. The film has been in active development over at Legendary, which has rights for film and television.

If you’re unfamiliar with the source material, here’s a recap from the original source.

Set in the far future amidst a sprawling feudal interstellar empire where planetary dynasties are controlled by noble houses that owe an allegiance to the imperial House Corrino, Dune tells the story of young Paul Atreides (the heir apparent to Duke Leto Atreides and heir of House Atreides) as he and his family accept control of the desert planet Arrakis, the »

- Paul Heath

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Dune Remake Gets Forrest Gump Writer Eric Roth

5 April 2017 1:59 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The upcoming Dune reboot is now one step closer to becoming a reality. Legendary Pictures has already hired Arrival director Denis Villeneuve to helm the project, but now the movie has a writer as well. The studio has reportedly hired veteran screenwriter Eric Roth to pen the screenplay for this new version of Dune, which looks to be a major priority for Legendary Pictures moving forward.

Variety is reporting that the Forrest Gump writer has officially been brought on board to write the new Dune movie, which Legendary Pictures secured the rights to make last November. The studio closed a deal with author Frank Herbert's estate, not only for this new rebooted movie, but for TV projects related to Dune as well. But it will be Eric Roth who sets the tone for this new take on Dune. No pressure.

The good news for those hoping this new Dune »

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Jake Gyllenhaal Reunites with ‘Life’ Director For ‘Anarchists vs. Isis’ War Drama

26 March 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Jake Gyllenhaal has become one of the most consistently solid actors working today. He went on a heck of a hot streak recently with Prisoners, End of Watch, Enemy, and Nightcrawler, and though his movies have been a bit more hit or miss since then, he still regularly delivers stirring, compelling performances that are always worth discussing. […]

The post Jake Gyllenhaal Reunites with ‘Life’ Director For ‘Anarchists vs. Isis’ War Drama appeared first on /Film. »

- Ben Pearson

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‘Life’ Duo Jake Gyllenhaal & Daniel Espinosa Reteam For ‘The Anarchists vs Isis’

23 March 2017 1:14 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

When Jake Gyllenhaal gets into a creative groove with a director, he likes to keep that fire burning. He’s made two films with Denis Villeneuve (“Prisoners,” “Enemy“) with a third in development (“The Son“), and now it looks like his latest film-making buddy is “Life” director Daniel Espinosa.

Read More: ‘Life’ With Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson & Ryan Reynolds Is A Pleasurably Old Fashioned Sci-Fi Thriller [SXSW Review]

The pair are set to reteam on “The Anarchists vs Isis,” based on the Rolling Stone article by Seth Harp, that tells the true story of a ragtag team of American volunteers, socialists and outcasts, who are fighting alongside the Kurdish militia known as the Ypg to beat Isis in Syria and establish an anarchist collective amid the rubble of war.

Continue reading ‘Life’ Duo Jake Gyllenhaal & Daniel Espinosa Reteam For ‘The Anarchists vs Isis’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Alcon developing animated Darkmouth movie

16 March 2017 12:35 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Alcon Entertainment is set to dip its toes into the world of animation, tapping Disney Animation and Pixar veterans David Pimental and Douglas Sweetland to direct an adaptation of Shane Hegarty’s children’s book series Darkmouth.

THR reports that the project is described as “a comedic animated fantasy centering on an overeager kid who bites off more than he can chew when he prematurely jumps into the family business: hunting monsters.”

Pimental’s previous credits include head of story on Moana and story artist on Big Hero 6 and How to Train Your Dragon, while Sweetland co-directed Storks and also worked as an animator on Cars, The Incredibles and Toy Story.

Alcon co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove are producing Darkmouth along with Simon Brooks (Love, Rosie), Kira Davis (Prisoners) and Craig Peck (Chalk). »

- Amie Cranswick

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Animated Movie ‘Darkmouth’ Finds Directors in David Pimentel, Douglas Sweetland

14 March 2017 11:04 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Directors David Pimentel and Douglas Sweetland are attached to direct the animated fantasy adventure “Darkmouth” for Alcon Entertainment.

They will direct from an adapted screenplay to be written by Lloyd Taylor, based on the HarperCollins Children’s Books series from Irish author Shane Hegarty. “Darkmouth” will center on an overeager kid who bites off more than he can chew when he prematurely jumps into the family business: hunting monsters.

Simon Brooks of Canyon Creek Films, 8:38’s Kira Davis (“Prisoners”) and Craig Peck, who produced the short film “Chalk” for Walt Disney Animation Studios before moving into feature animation, will produce along with Alcon toppers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson. Brooks and Davis brought the project to Alcon and Jeannette Hill-Yonis and Scott Parish negotiated the deal for Alcon with Marianne Gunn O’Connor.

Pimentel was head of story for Disney’s “Moana” and story artist for “Big Hero 6. »

- Dave McNary

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Dune: new movie several years away

7 March 2017 9:56 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Mar 8, 2017

Director Denis Villeneuve on his Dune film, and his need to take a break after his Blade Runner sequel...

Director Denis Villeneuve went straight from making Sicario, moved onto Arrival, and then onto Blade Runner 2049, that itself arrives at the end of the year. He’s deep in post-production on the movie, and we already know what his next project is going to be.

He’s signed up for the new movie take on Dune, but also, he’s wary of rushing straight into it. In a new interview with Cinema Blend, he’s admitted that the rate of his output has taken its toll on him.

“I did Prisoners, and then after that, in the past six years I have done five movies - which is not a good idea! It’s too fast. And I learned a lot, I learned so much, for the »

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Denis Villeneuve will take some much-deserved time off before tackling Dune

7 March 2017 5:32 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Denis Villeneuve is a busy man. Between Incendies, Prisoners, Enemy, Sicario and Arrival he has one of the most impressive résumés of any director working today. Each movie has been as good, if not better, than the last, and with Blade Runner 2049 on the way we have a lot to be excited about. Needless to say the dude has earned a break, and much to the dismay of fans that means putting... Read More »

- Matt Rooney

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Celebrating Hugh Jackman's Wolverine

6 March 2017 12:16 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mark Harrison Mar 7, 2017

Logan spoilers ahead, as we look back on Hugh Jackman's time as Wolverine...

This article contains minor spoilers for Logan.

Along with his Logan co-star Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman is the joint longest-serving superhero actor in movie history. He's played Logan, aka Wolverine, in nine out of ten X-Men films since the turn of the century. Jackman was even referenced in the tenth one that he wasn't in, last year's Deadpool, when our hero used a magazine photo of him as a makeshift mask.

But with Logan, a sad and violent drama that posits all of the character's previous adventures were sanitised Hollywood takes on a sad and violent life, Jackman is hanging up his vest and adamantium skeleton, and it's hard to know how the X-Men franchise will get on without him. Up until now, he's been a permanent fixture in a comic book movie »

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The Lesson of ‘Logan’: Superhero Sagas Are Better When They’re Real Movies

5 March 2017 12:08 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Just about everyone who’s seen it — audiences, critics, “X-Men” superfans — seems to agree that “Logan” is a very good movie, one that brings the Wolverine saga to a soulful and satisfying note of dramatic closure. No matter how many more “X-Men” films ever get made, this is certain to go down as one of the highlights. Yet when you watch “Logan,” what’s striking isn’t merely that it’s better but that it’s different — different from the other entries in the series, and different from most comic-book superhero films. It’s a dystopian Western road movie that ambles and settles in and takes its time (it’s the opposite of fragmented), and it’s intently focused on the human side of Logan — who he is, what he wants, the feelings roiling around inside him — even though he’s a character that movie audiences have lived with for 17 years. »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Could Denis Villeneuve Be The Next Great Sci-Fi Director?

3 March 2017 7:10 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

James Cameron, Ridley Scott, Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg, and Christopher Nolan are names that come to mind when you think of great Sci-fi film directors.  Well after 2017, Denis Villeneuve could be joining that list.  Known for his earlier work with Sicario, Prisoners, and Enemy, Villeneuve climbed up the ladder of great director with his massive hit last year Arrival.  Up for multiple awards including 8 Oscar nominations including Best Director, Arrival was one of the most talked about movies in 2016.  After having success with dramas like Sicario and Prisoners, it might be odd to see him jump into three straight Sci-fi films.  The director enjoys Sci-fi though, he feels that he can tell stories that he couldn't do with dramas.

"Sci-fi has a way to approach very difficult or apprehensive or more obscure subjects in a very dynamic way.  You can approach things with Sci-fi that in Drama would be unbearable. »

- Michael Connally

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‘Nocturnal Animals’ Star Jake Gyllenhaal On Doing Very Bad Things in ‘Nightcrawler’: Awards Season Flashback

27 February 2017 2:57 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Editor’s Note: This post is presented in partnership with Spectrum. Catch up on this year’s Awards Season contenders and past winners On Demand. Today’s pick is “Nocturnal Animals.”]

Former teen heartthrob Jake Gyllenhaal has, as of late, been favoring violent character studies over broad studio fare like “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” and “Love & Other Drugs.” Following intense, acclaimed performances in “End of Watch,” “Enemy” and last year’s hit thriller “Prisoners,” Gyllenhaal turned in what is arguably his best and darkest performance in this year’s “Nightcrawler.”

His performance as Lou, a sociopath who spends his nights filming footage of heinous crime scenes to sell to the morning news, has earned the actor the best reviews of his career and multiple awards nominations (and hopefully wins), cementing the 34-year-old as one of the most exciting actors working in Hollywood today.

Read More: Jake Gyllenhaal Acts Out the Opening Scene of ‘Nightcrawler’ For a Live Audience

“My character does do some morally corrupt things,” Gyllenhaal says of Lou in the video below. Here he explains Lou’s motivations, »

- Nigel Smith

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Running the Maze: "Arrival" and the Cinema of Denis Villeneuve

25 February 2017 9:30 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

When we last saw Denis Villeneuve, with 2015's Sicario, Anthony Lane began his review for The New Yorker with a pair of blunt questions: "What does Denis Villeneuve do for fun? Does he know what fun is?" Lane's tone was more bemused than derisive, but he has a point: Villeneuve's cinematic world is grim, full of sickly color tints, sterile or impersonal settings, ominous silences broken by rattling gunfire, a pervasive atmosphere of doom, and protagonists who comport themselves like wide-eyed lambs on their way to the slaughter. After all, his are films where a lonely Emily Blunt can't meet a man at a bar and a bored Jake Gyllenhaal can't rent a movie without both turning into paranoid nightmares. "Sometimes it's best not to know," a weary witness tells the heroine of Villeneuve's Incendies (2010), a time-shifting French-Canadian mystery that picked up an Oscar nod for Best Foreign Film and »

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Denis Villeneuve on Why an Actor Is Like a Planet

23 February 2017 8:30 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Arrival” is perhaps the year’s most unlikely Oscar contender, a science fiction hit earning eight nominations including best picture, director, adapted screenplay, and cinematography. The storytelling sophistication, thematic maturity, and philosophical depth of “Arrival” serves as a reminder of the creative possibilities of sci-fi, catapulting a genre often ignored by mainstream awards into a new stratosphere. This feat is due in no small part to French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, who guides the film with the surety of hand and he displayed in his prior tightly-wound features, “Prisoners” and “Sicario.” Beneath its existential exploration of heady concepts like language, communication, time, fate, and free will, “Arrival” has a resonant emotional core, so casting the right actors was tantamount. “Because of the quality of [Eric Heisserer’s] screenplay,” Villeneuve tells Backstage, “it was not a difficult project to cast.”  Villeneuve knew exactly which actor he wanted to carry the story’s weight. “Amy Adams »

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