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It was only a matter of time before somebody in Hollywood went to work on the 2016 U.S Presidential Election – beyond spirited speeches at awards ceremonies, that is. Unsurprisingly, it seems that among the first out of the gate will be a project created by Mark Boal and Megan Ellison – the writer-producer team behind Zero Dark Thirty. The surprising part is that this project is being envisioned as a series, rather than a feature film.
For her part, producer Megan Ellison – an Academy Award nominee – has built an impressive career bringing a diverse range of films to the big screen. Her resume includes notable titles such as True Grit, Zero Dark Thirty, The Master, Her, American Hustle, Foxcatcher, The Bad Batch, Everybody Wants Some!!, and 20th Century Women. For his part, freelance journalist-turned-screenwriter Mark Boal has made it his business to bring challenging, real subject matter to the big screen, »
- Sarah Myles
Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.
Within the alien subgenre, there lies another. Therein, knowledge is treasure and the fifth dimension is love. The major rule: once the mystery and the chills have subsided, the revelations are enlightening and the welcomes warm. Thankfully, Denis Villeneuve‘s Arrival is more worthwhile than that. The film juggles a bit of world-building with meaty, compelling characters while trying to make linguistics look cool. No easy task, but the film does so in a breeze »
- The Film Stage
By: Carson Blackwelder
With yet another opportunity to win this year, Jeff Bridges expands his Academy Awards career to 45 years — with the chance to add to it. This is quite an accomplishment as there are very few actors and actresses with a span of that long between their last or most recent nomination. Let’s take a look at some of these other legends with Oscar stretches almost as long as or even longer than that of Bridges.
This year Bridges is nominated for best supporting actor for Hell or High Water and is up against Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea), Dev Patel (Lion), and Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals). Hell or High Water — a Western crime thriller directed by David Mackenzie and written by Taylor Sheridan — is also nominated for best picture, best original screenplay, »
- Carson Blackwelder
Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD
2016 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 105 min. / Street Date February 14, 2017 / 34.98
Cinematography- Doug Emmett
Film Editor – Tracey Wadmore-Smith
Original Music – Atti Övarsson-
Written and Directed by – Kelly Fremon Craig
Teen comedies can be annoying, but every year seems to bring a good one. What work nicely are thoughtful movies that acknowledge the modern problems of teens in such a highly sexualized world, and place the sexual aspects in a non-exploitative context. I have been entertained and moved by Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick in Election, Ellen Page in Juno and Thomas Mann and Olivia Cooke in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. This year’s The Edge of Seventeen is a bright writing-directing »
- Glenn Erickson
Can you imagine a Scarface remake from the Coen brothers? It's not like they haven't done a remake before -- see their takes on The Ladykillers and True Grit. And it is like they're masters of crime films, both serious and comedic, from their debut with Blood Simple through their Best Picture winner No Country for Old Men, not including movies they've only scripted. Well, we are actually going to get a smidgen of what a Scarface made by Joel and Ethan would be like, as that's another project they've co-written. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the duo recently polished the script for the latest cinematic incarnation of the gangster story, originally a novel by Armitage Trail, loosely based on the...
- Christopher Campbell
(Courtesy: Kimberley French/20th Century Fox)
By: Carson Blackwelder
One of the jobs that the general public doesn’t pay that much attention to — but probably should — is that of the cinematographer. If you think a film looks gorgeous and you’re able to get swept away by what you’re seeing on the screen, that’s all thanks to this man or woman’s work behind the scenes. Turns out, though, you can even see these folks showcase their talent on social media.
Since the role of cinematographer is often referred to as the director of photography — shortened to Dp or Dop — it only makes sense that we hone in Instagram as that’s one popular online platform dedicated specifically to photos. Let’s take a look at 16 of the cinematographers who are utilizing Instagram to showcase more of their work and giving us a glimpse of »
- Carson Blackwelder
As per the predictions of our Oscar experts, Mary Zophres is the frontrunner to win Best Costume Design for her contemporary creations on display in “La La Land.” This one-time Oscar nominee (“True Grit”) is favored to prevail over, among others, three-time past champ Colleen Atwood (Chicago,”2002; “Memoirs of a Geisha,” 2005; “Alice in Wonderland,” 2010). The latter reaped her 11th Oscar […] »
- Paul Sheehan
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Despite a loose script that justifies little, Italian director Luca Guadagnino’s follow-up feature to his glorious melodrama I Am Love is a sweaty, kinetic, dangerously unpredictable ride of a film. One is frustrated by the final stroke of genius that never came, but boy was it fun to spend two hours inside such a whirlwind of desires, mind games, delirious sights and sounds. »
- The Film Stage
This year's costume design lineup is a mix of three two time nominees (Johnston, previously nominated for Lincoln, Boyle, previously nominated for The Queen, and Zophres, previously nominated for True Grit), one of Oscar's all time favorites (three time winner Atwood), and the new-to-Oscar Madeline Fontaine from France who designed the costumes of Jackie and was previously best known for costuming French pictures like Amelie and Yves Saint Laurent.
Who would you vote for and who do you think might win?
This category doesn't feel entirely easy to predict this year. La La Land will surely win at least a handful of Oscars but will Costume Design be one of them? Zophres does simplicity beautifully but Oscar voters tend to prefer Most to Best. Johnston probably wins the "most beautiful costumes" prize for the very Old Hollywood stylish Allied but she's the only nominee whose film has no support from »
- NATHANIEL R
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, in conjunction with Variety, announced on Thursday the recipients of the third annual Variety Artisans Awards.
The honorees, all nominated for 2017 Oscars, were selected for innovating their respective fields. They will be honored on Feb. 6 at the Lobero Theatre. A panel with the artisans will be moderated by Tim Gray, Variety’s senior vice president and awards editor.
The 2017 Variety Artisans Award honorees are listed below:
Alessandro Bertolazzi for Makeup and Hair for the Warner Brothers film “Suicide Squad,” directed by David Ayer. This marks Bertolazzi’s first Academy Award nomination. His previous credits include “Skyfall,” “Biutiful,” and “Babel.”
Jess Gonchor, for Production Design in the Universal Pictures film “Hail, Caesar!” directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Gonchor was previously nominated for an Academy Award for his work on “True Grit” which was nominated for a total of 10 Academy Awards. Gonchor has worked with »
- Variety Staff
This year’s Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival will screen a wide array of films, scores of them world or U.S. premieres, and pay tribute to film luminaries, including Denzel Washington, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Isabelle Huppert, and Casey Affleck.
Cinema Vanguard Award
The “Manchester by the Sea” co-stars, both Oscar- nominated for their roles in Kenneth Lonergan’s drama about a taciturn Boston handyman with a tortured past, will receive the Cinema Vanguard honor on Feb. 5. Affleck has one earlier nomination under his belt, for “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” while Williams previously scored three Academy Award nominations — for “Brokeback Mountain,” “Blue Valentine,” and “My Week With Marilyn.”
American Riviera Award
The Oscar-nominated “Hell or High Water” star is being honored for his contribution to film by the festival. A child of Hollywood — his father, Lloyd, »
- Diane Garrett
The use of silhouettes in cinematography can be powerful and evocative. One of the masters of silhouettes is cinematographer Roger Deakins, who has earned 13 Academy Award nominations over three decades (but never actually won one yet). One Perfect Shot video editor H. Perry Horton put together this compilation titled "Paint it Black: The Silhouettes of Roger Deakins" profiling some of his best silhouette shots. There's footage from Skyfall, True Grit, Sicario, Assassination of Jesse James, The Hurricane, Jarhead, Prisoners, The Shawshank Redemption, and even the new Blade Runner (because why not?). Watch below. Description from YouTube: "Roger Deakins is quite simply the most accomplished cinematographer of his time, responsible for some of the most breathtaking imagery of the last 30+ years. In particular his acumen with using figures in silhouette to evoke an array of emotional atmospheres is unparalleled. Here are his best." This video was edited by H. Perry Horton, »
- Alex Billington
Sisgold retains the COO post, which he has held since 2014. He continues to report to Ellison, the chief executive officer.
Skydance has played a key role in co-financing the Paramount slate since its launch in 2010, including “True Grit,” “World War Z,” “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” and “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.”
The company said Thursday that Sisgold’s promotion reflects his increased role in helping to set and execute the overall strategy and growth plan for Skydance Media, while managing key operations across all units. Sisgold also oversees business affairs and business development, interactive, international acquisitions and sales, and licensing.
“Jesse has played an instrumental role in building Skydance Media »
- Dave McNary
A TV legend, big screen players, and one of the year’s most celebrated films earn honors.
Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television
To build a highlight reel of memorable moments from the television career of Brooks is a challenge that few editors would want to undertake. But the 20-time Emmy winner, whose CV includes such groundbreaking series as “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Taxi” and “The Simpsons,” and is this year’s recipient of the Producers Guild Awards’ Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television, was recently charged with just such a task. Brooks found that the easiest path to a solution was to recall the program where the collaboration between talent in front of and behind the camera gelled. “Everything is a marriage of actors and writers, and what makes those stories happen is that if it’s a good coupling,” he says. To that end, »
- Paul Gaita and Dave McNary
Directors Joel and Ethan Coen are moving to the television landscape to direct The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, a Western anthology series that will apparently combine a television show and theatrical run. The brothers are partnering with Annapurna Television on this ‘innovative approach’.
The Coens have written the script and will direct and produce through their Mike Zoss Productions label. Megan Ellison and Sue Naegle, Annapurna Television’s President of Television, will act as executive producers for the series. In a brief statement to Variety, the Coen Brothers said “We are very excited to be working with Megan and Sue on this project.”
There is no word yet on what The Ballad of Buster Scruggs will be about, but it will apparently revolve around six different storylines which will intertwine with each other. The brothers also intent to shoot this as a miniseries, though how it could play in theaters remains a mystery. »
- Ricky Church
Joel and Ethan Coen are expanding to television with a limited anthology Western series titled The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. The acclaimed filmmakers will direct the project from their own original script and concept, Variety reports.
The Coens will partner with Annapurna Pictures' to reportedly aim for an "innovative approach that could combine television and theatrical." According to Variety, Buster Scruggs proved too challenging to adapt into a single film, so the directors intend to shoot the project as a miniseries.
No concrete plot details are available about the series, »
Author: Jon Lyus
Following many of their fellow film directors to the small screen news has reached us this morning that The Coen Brothers are to write and direct their first TV series. Teaming with Megan Ellison and Sue Naegle the Coens recently signed up as Executive Producers for the TV show based on their 1996 film Fargo, though this new show, which goes under the title of ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’, will see the duo taking a far more hands on role.
The brothers are teaming with Annapurna who are developing Maria Semple’s Today Will be Different with Julia Roberts attached to star. The Coens last film was 2016’s Hail, Caesar! which has been overlooked of late, and will undoubtedly join A Serious Man and Burn After Reading as one of their underrated classics.
The line between film and television has become increasingly blurred of late. Next Sunday »
- Jon Lyus
Rob Leane Jan 11, 2017
The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs will see the Coen Brothers directing for TV....
Here's some exciting news. Joel and Ethan Coen - the Oscar-winning writer/directors of such timeless cinematic classics as The Big Lebowski, No Country For Old Men and more recently Hail, Caesar! - are heading to TV.
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The Coen brothers will write, produce and direct The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs, a TV western series, through the production company Annapurna Television. It's not yet known which network will air the show - if that's not been decided yet, I'm sure there will plenty of interested parties.
The plan, according to a report from the ever-reliable Collider, is for "an innovative television and theatrical integrated approach," which makes it sounds like some »
As two of the most exciting filmmakers of our generation, it’s important that we sit up and take notice whenever Joel and Ethan Coen announce a new project. After all, they haven’t been terribly active in recent years, having only given us one film since 2013’s Inside Llewyn Davis, which came in the form of the so-so Hail, Caesar! However, it seems that the brothers are getting back into the swing of things as Deadline reports that they’re heading to the small screen.
That’s right, Joel and Ethan will partner with Annapurna Television for The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs, a Western anthology series and their first venture into TV. The duo wrote the script and will also direct and produce through their Mike Zoss Productions label. Meanwhile, Megan Ellison and Sue Naegle will exec produce.
“We are very excited to be working with Megan and Sue on this project, »
- Michael Briers
The film-making brothers join the golden age of television with an anthology miniseries set in the old west that could have a theatrical release
The Coen brothers will take their first steps into television with a miniseries set in the old west, which could also be released in cinemas and will be called The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.
Variety reports that the film-making duo will come to the small screen and once again focus on the western genre after their 2011 film, True Grit.
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- Guardian staff
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