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"Wolf of Wall Street" producer Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland are developing a remake of the 1973 prison drama "Papillon" that starred Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman. Aaron Guzikowski, who wrote Denis Villeneuve's 2013 thriller "Prisoners," wrote the script. The remake will be directed by Danish helmer Michael Noer (R, Northwest). The original "Papillon" was directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and based on the autobiography by the French convict Henri Charriere. McQueen played a criminal who is unjustly convicted of murder in 1930s France and condemned to life in a South American prison. Hoffman played a counterfeiter who agrees to finance Papillon's prison escapes in exchange for protection in prison. »
Cinematography is perhaps the most revered of cinematic art forms. The reason for this is simple – our films would literally not exist without the camera. From crafting mood and atmosphere to wowing us with the sheer ability to have “pulled off” a shot, cinematographers (also known as directors of photography or “D.P.s”) are the amazing talents responsible for realizing a director’s vision through command of the camera. And after the director, D.P.s are arguably the most important person on a film’s set. The cinematographers’ branch in the Academy is a group that loves epic luscious landscapes and war films. The branch is also relatively keen on foreign-language titles. And there is usually – though by no means always – significant overlap between the Cinematography race and the Best Picture race. (An unfortunate bizarre fact – this is the only Oscar category outside of Best Actor and Best »
- Gerard Kennedy
In a loose, wide-ranging conversation with Jeff Bridges for Interview, fellow Coen brothers collaborator and "Sicario" cinematographer Roger Deakins—who first met the actor on the set of the Coens' "The Big Lebowski" in 1998—reveals how he started out in the industry, film versus digital, and why he won't shoot in 3D. Check out highlights from the interview below, as well as links to Toh!'s discussions with the 12-time Oscar nominee (who, shockingly, has never taken home the statuette) about "Sicario," "Unbroken," "Prisoners," and "The Man Who Wasn't There." On his "big break": "I was shooting documentaries, mostly, and a lot of rock videos, and then I got the chance to shoot a feature film with a guy I knew at film school. He was doing a fairly low-budget feature film for Channel 4 television in England ['Another Time Another Place,' 1983]. The film was released theatrically, and it was very »
- Matt Brennan
★★★★☆ Denis Villeneuve, the Canadian director behind Prisoners (2013) and Enemy (2014), returns with Sicario (2015), a bleak, powerful and beautifully realised trip to hell. It's a significant film - a French Connection (1971) for the drug-fuelled Mexico-us border war - full of pessimism, moral ambiguity and tension. With a ponytail and dressed-down intensity, Emily Blunt plays Kate Macy, an FBI officer fighting a losing battle against the encroachment of the Mexican cartels in Arizona.
- CineVue UK
Based on the autobiography by the French convict Henri Charriere and the final screenplay of acclaimed writer Dalton Trumbo, McQueen played a criminal who is unjustly convicted of murder in 1930s France and condemned to life in a South American prison.
Dustin Hoffman played a counterfeiter who agrees to finance Papillon's prison escapes in exchange for protection in prison. Danish director Michael Noer is attached to helm the remake from a script by Aaron Guzikowski ("Prisoners").
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Nothing is at seems in Sicario. Heck, the film itself is deceptive as a piece of mainstream entertainment. It sells itself as a action thriller about drug cartels and, while there’s plenty of brutality in there (expertly done I might add), it’s operating at a higher, more mature level than the ilk it shares the genre with.
The opening shot appears to be presenting a quiet desert town, only for it be swarmed by truckloads of FBI agents who discover a hell house that would make Jigsaw gag. They’re led by Kate (Emily Blunt), who initially appears to be independently capable, but over the runtime is dragged out of her comfort zone and systematically weakened, almost like a reverse Clarice Starling (although that simplifies her arc and greatly overplays how being a woman in a traditionally male role is at the root of her troubles »
- Alex Leadbeater
It looks like the remake craze has claimed its latest project. Recent news tells us that Steve McQueen.s classic jailbreak adventure flick Papillon is headed for a brand new adaptation - with some interesting talent behind the wheel. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Danish filmmaker Michael Noer will be directing the caper film that tells the story of Henri Charriere and his many escapes from the infamous French Guiana prison colony, Devil's Island - both failed and allegedly successful. The film will be produced by Red Granite, the studio behind The Wolf of Wall Street, as well as Dumb and Dumber To; and is written by Prisoners screenwriter, Aaron Guzikowski. The original Papillon was released in 1973 and starred the dynamite duo of Steve McQueen as Charriere, and Dustin Hoffman as his friend and escape partner, Louis Dega. The name of the film, Papillon, comes from the French word for »
Because even classic status these days is no protection from the drive for remakes, reboots and re-imaginings, another film is headed for a new coat of cine-paint. Steve McQueen prison break biopic Papillon is being made anew by Red Granite pictures and director Michael Noer. Prisoners writer Aaron Guzikowski is responsible for the script, which will once again be based on a memoir by Henri “Papillon” Charriere, played in the original by McQueen. It tells the story of his life as a petty criminal in 1930s France who is unjustly convicted of murder and sent packing to a penal colony that has a bad reputation for violence and corruption.It’s there that Charriere meets the nerdy but wealthy Louis Dega (Dustin Hoffman), who in return for protection agrees to fund his friend’s prison escape. No casting has been announced for the new version yet, but whoever takes the »
Denis Villeneuve has given his fans a lot of be excited about. The absolutely excellent "Sicario" is now in cinemas and looking like a possible awards contender, the sci-fi "Story Of Your Life" starring Amy Adams is already in the can, and next year he starts lensing the "Blade Runner" sequel." Even more, he's established a rewarding creative partnership with cinematographer Roger Deakins, who has lensed "Prisoners," "Sicario," and will be back again for "Blade Runner 2." And while Ridley Scott's original movie did enough to dazzle all on its own in 2D, it looks like the followup will be coming with the latest cinematic trend strapped to your face, whether you like it or not. Chatting with Jeff Bridges in Interview, Deakins revealed that the "Blade Runner" followup will likely be presented in 3D. Asked by the actor if he would ever shoot in 3D, Deakins said: "No, I won't. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
By now if you've experienced a Denis Villeneuve movie (Prisoners, Enemy, Incendies), you'll know that the director revels in walking a tight line between morally dubious and criminally wrong. Sicario, his latest feature, is a scathing and uncompromising look at the so-called "war on drugs", and it's made painfully clear that there are no real winners in this endeavour. Emily Blunt plays FBI agent Kate Macer, who is recruited onto an inter-agency task force that may or may not involve elements of the CIA, DEA, and FBI. She's unclear why she is recruited, only that the task force appears to have the same goals as her in taking down a cartel leader whose carnage she's been dealing with on the Us side of the border. Along the way pop up Josh Brolin as a shady top tier government agent seemingly in the know and Benecio Del Toro, a stoic, mysterious »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Dave Higgins)
Producers are Red Granite’s Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland, along with Ram Bergman and Roger Corbi. Executive producers are David Koplan, Yan-Fischer-Romanovsky, Joshua D. Mauer, Terrence Chang and Martin Hellstern.
“Papillon,” released in 1973, was directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and based on the autobiography by the French convict Henri Charriere. Dalton Trumbo and Lorenzo Semple Jr. wrote the script, which was Trumbo’s final screenplay.
The film’s title is French for “Butterfly,” referring to Charriere’s tattoo and nickname.
McQueen played a criminal who is unjustly convicted of murder in 1930s France and condemned to life in a South American prison. Dustin Hoffman played a counterfeiter who agrees to finance Papillon’s »
- Dave McNary
Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.The news that has resounded with us above and beyond all others is the tragic death of Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman, truly one of the great artists of our era. We cannot encapsulate how much we'll miss her and her work.Above: John Byrne's "Portrait of Tilda" (1990), in honor of......The trailer for the Tilda Swinton-starring A Big Splash, director Luca Guadagnino's follow-up to I Am Love."Progress renders all technologies obsolete, but no medium is anachronistic to an artist. The intentional mischaracterization of film as merely technology has been extremely damaging, as it belies the truth about a medium’s many artistic differences and puts those invested in film in the unsympathetic position of being on the wrong side of progress and castigated as Luddites. However, »
Often times those behind the camera do not receive the same recognition for their work as those that star in front of the lens, but having a talented cinematographer is a vital component of what ultimately makes a film great.
This year there are a number of films whose subject matter may not have been on Oscar’s traditional radar, but thanks to some brilliant work by lensers who have made names for themselves with former Academy-recognised films, they have warranted awards conversation.
Straight Outta Compton, the music biopic focusing on the formation and early career of rap group N.W.A., featured the work of cinematographer Matthew Libatique. Libatique received an Oscar nom in 2011 for 2010’s Black Swan from director Darren Aronofsky, who Libatique also collaborated with on 2000’s Requiem for a Dream and 1998’s thriller Pi.
Libatique’s work helped elevate Compton into the Oscar conversation, »
- Patrick Shanley
Flatliners: Ellen Page is in talks to star in a new version of Flatliners. The 1990 original starred Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, and Kevin Bacon as medical students who engage in dangerous experiments as they attempt to learn about the afterlife. Niels Arden Oplev (the original Swedish version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) will direct. [Variety] Okja: Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano (who appeared together in Prisoners, above), as well as Kelly Macdonald and Bill Nighy are in various stages of discussion to join Tilda Swinton in Okja, described as a "multilingual monster movie" from Korean director Boon Joon-ho. The director's credits include action-thriller Snowpiercer as well as the monster movie The Host; the new project will reportedly...
- Peter Martin
Flatliners: Ellen Page is in talks to star in a new version of Flatliners. The 1990 original starred Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts and Kevin Bacon as medical students who engage in dangerous experiments as they attempt to learn about the afterlife. Niels Arden Oplev (the original Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) will direct. [Variety] Okja: Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano (who appeared together in Prisoners, above), as well as Kelly Macdonald and Bill...
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Tilda Swinton is returning to work with Bong on the project, and she'll be joined by four other high profile talents who've been paired up before - "Prisoners" co-stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano, and "State of Play: The Mini-Series" co-stars Bill Nighy and Kelly Macdonald.
The story is said to revolve around a rural girl from Korea who travels between her country and the United States. Dialogue will reportedly alternate between English and Korean. Filming aims to kick off early next year.
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- Garth Franklin
The “War on Drugs” has never felt more like an actual war in this brutal, scathing condemnation of the lawlessness of the battle… on the “good guys” side. I’m “biast” (pro): love Emily Blunt
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
The “War on Drugs” may be a bullshit term invented by our overlords to justify overly aggressive policing on local and national levels, and indiscriminate and excessive imprisonment for minor infractions. It may be a self-perpetuating excuse for a never-ending rain of cash for institutions such as for-profit prisons and federal agencies and individuals like cops on the beat and on the take. But the “War on Drugs” has never felt more like an actual war than in Sicario. Yet this is no bit of propaganda designed to sell us that war; it is a scathing condemnation of the »
- MaryAnn Johanson
It’s officially the fall film season. With various festivals already in the books and this year’s New York Film Festival still very much in full swing, fall is here in full force, and with it comes a cavalcade of intriguing art pictures, lauded foreign features and films from some of today’s most interesting auteurs.
And then there’s director Denis Villeneuve.
Best known for the award winning Incendies and the pair of startling 2013 pictures Prisoners and Enemy, the Canadian filmmaker has become one of cinema’s most beloved directors, at least critically. Culturally, he’s been lauded as a craftsman of the highest order, a director who has a distinctive voice and one that may rely on relatively hamfisted screenplays, but dig deeply into the heart of humanity.
- Joshua Brunsting
By Cate Marquis
“Sicario” means “hitman” in Mexico, as the audience learns at the start of the film of the same name. Although there is indeed a hitman in Mexico, little is straightforward in this mysterious thriller from Denis Villeneuve, the director of “Prisoners” and “Incendies.”
Those films are filled with shades of gray and uncertainties, and pivot on unexpected twists. Those who saw his previous films will know what to expect in pacing and tone, and that this Canadian director has a taste for murky, unsettling almost-horror film-like suspense. However, people who have seen the movie trailers for Sicario and are expecting a straightforward action film with Emily Blunt kicking butt likely will be surprised. Blunt does play the central character, and she is indeed tough stuff, but the film she is in may not be the one you expect.
Blunt plays Kate, a fast-rising young Arizona policewoman who »
- Movie Geeks
Ahead of its Us release in a fortnight, Sony has debuted another two new clips from the upcoming Goosebumps movie, which we’ve got for you below…
See Also: Watch the latest trailer for Goosebumps
Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach »
- Gary Collinson
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