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David Ellison first created Skydance Productions for his own 2005 directorial debut When All Else Fails, but Skydance Media really started making waves in 2010 when it teamed up with Paramount Pictures for the Coen Brothers Western True Grit.
It went on to become the highest grossing Western ever and cemented the relationship between Skydance Media with Paramount who teamed-up for World War Z, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and other franchises like Star Trek and 2014’s Terminator: Genisys. (Obviously, some of those movies did better than others.)
For his new science fiction movie Life, based on an idea that Ellison came up with, he’s teamed with Sony Pictures, bringing together a cast that includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson as part of the crew of the International Space Station who must examine a sample of life that’s been brought back from Mars.
Lrm got on the phone with »
- Edward Douglas
Author: Matt Rodgers
It feels strange to herald Hailee Steinfeld as a fresh cinematic supernova, considering her Oscar nominated turn as True Grit’s Mattie Ross was as far back as 2010. Since then she has carved out a wonderful niche as a supporting actress, often stealing the films from under the nose of the likes of Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect 2), whilst also sustaining what the kids tell me is a pretty good pop career.
Last year she stepped up to leading lady status with The Edge of Seventeen. It’s the kind of film that should have found a bigger audience, threatening a re-think of most people’s top ten of the year lists. One of those coming-of-age parables that truly reflects what it was/is like to be young, and as the sardonic Nadine, Steinfeld runs the full gamut of emotions; comedic to sympathetic, and always utterly watchable. »
- Matt Rodgers
If we’re going to use it as an insult, let’s define our terms.
The film industry seems to have no shortage of words that either serve as synonyms or subsets of “adaptation,” most of which are brought to you by the letter “R”: reboot, reimagining, rendition, redo, revival, retelling, recreation, reanimation (and looking to the other 25 letters in the alphabet, version, homage, makeover, update). One, however, is not treated quite like the others, and that word is “remake.” When filmmakers bring it up by choice, it usually seems to be to explain why their films should not be thought of by that term, thank you very much.
Perhaps you know exactly what I’m talking about. Or perhaps you think I’m reading far too much into things. After going through over 500 pages of research on remakes and adaptations, I myself thought the latter just as possible as the former.
- Ciara Wardlow
Decay focuses on a middle-aged grounds keeper at a local theme park (played by Rob Zabrecky) that suffers from a debilitating case of Ocd. One day, his daily routine is disrupted by a surprise visitor in his basement: a beautiful young woman who, through a jarring turn of events, ends up dead. Jonathan panics and chooses not to report the dead girl. Instead, he invites her to dinner. Jonathan is happy to have a friend, until the police start closing in, and his mind, and the body of the girl, begins to decay.
Opening with a quote taken from a thousand internet memes is an odd way to start a horror movie. But then Decay is odd all over – odd characters, odd situations and an oddly beautiful appearance. And oddly, »
- Phil Wheat
David Ellison’s Skydance Media has launched an animation division and formed a multi-year partnership with Madrid-based Ilion Animation Studios to develop and produce a slate of animated feature films and TV series.
The slate will commence with two animated feature films currently in development, to be produced in Spain. The first, which will be released in 2019, is being written by animation veteran Linda Woolverton (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King”), and tells the story of Elian, a teenager who comes of age using her magical powers to defend her family when opposing forces of light and darkness threaten to divide her kingdom.
Woolverton will serve as a producer on the film alongside Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Ilion’s Ignacio Pérez Dolset and Jose F San Román. The second animated feature film, which has the working title “Luck,” is a comedy that pulls back the curtain »
- Dave McNary
Candy corn, the staple of the Halloween season, is now the name of a new horror movie? What a match made in heaven! Directed by Josh Hasty, Candy Corn's crowdfunding campaign and official poster are at the top of today's Highlights. Also: The Evil Within DVD release details, Bloodmania's worldwide distribution deal, a clip from the new episode of TLC's Paranormal Lockdown, and trailers for Phoenix Forgotten and The Last Scout.
Candy Corn's Indiegogo Campaign and Poster: Press Release: "Cleveland, Oh - March 1, 2017- Buzz has been growing rapidly around the new indie film, Candy Corn, from Josh Hasty (Director, In Hell Everybody Loves Popcorn) and Butch Von Dreaux (Butchovision). The film, which stars Pancho Moler (Rob Zombie’s 31), has gained so much interest from fans that Hasty and Von Dreaux have decided to launch a crowdfunding campaign to get the fans involved. The 31-day campaign, which launched at midnight, »
- Tamika Jones
At the Academy Awards on Sunday night, Kevin O’Connell just broke the longest streak for Oscar nominations without a win. The 59-year-old New Yorker had been nominated 21 times in total, making 2017 a very good year for him.
Who else among Hollywood’s finest has had to weather a storm of nominations without a win? Well, even just keeping it to over 10 nominations, it’s a healthy list. Let’s take a look.
O’Connell’s win must have been somewhat bittersweet for Russell, who’s directly behind the elder sound mixer in the category of most nominations without wins. »
- Alex Heigl
Hailee Steinfeld‘s presenting tonight at the Academy Awards, and the star hit the red carpet in a romantic pale lavender Ralph & Russo Couture gown covered with floral embroidery, which she called her favorite dress of the season.
“There wasn’t much deciding. It was kind of just, it was the one from the very start,” Steinfeld told People. “It was the only one I tried on. It’s my favorite dress this season!”
Watch the People & EW Red Carpet Live Oscars pre-show on Feb. 26 at 5 p.m. Et/2 p.m. Pt on the People/Entertainment Weekly Network (Pen). Go to People. »
- Kaitlyn Frey
Just because a movie or a celebrity wins an Oscar, that doesn't mean the win was deserved. While the Academy Awards are seen as the capstone to awards season -- and one of the highest honors in the business -- we all know that stars and movies get snubbed or overlooked all the time.
What's worse is when we look back at what did win, and shake our heads in confusion and disbelief. So, with the 89th Academy Awards just around the corner, let's take a look back over the show's illustrious history at a few times the Academy voters clearly made a mistake.
Watch: 2017 Oscar Awards Nominees: 'La La Land' Leads With 14 Nominations
1. How Green Was My Valley wins Best Picture at the 14th Academy Awards in 1942
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Perhaps the only thing more spectacular than the costumes at the opening night of the 25th Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition were the attendees, dressed to the nines in elaborate hats and intricate sequined cocktail dresses. The costumes on display at the exhibition, sectioned off into groups representative of the year’s most glamour-filled and best-designed films, mimicked the guests’ glad rags in style and flamboyance, expanding on their luxe extravagance and drama.
Fans of film fashion will be able to check out the exhibit until April 22. The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, located in downtown Los Angeles, charges no fee for admission to the three-room show, where guests can wander through 1950s Pittsburgh (à la “Fences”), Underland (“Alice Through the Looking Glass”), all the way to ancient Japan (“Kubo and the Two Strings”). Oscar-nominated costumes from “Allied” (designed by Joanna Johnston), “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (Colleen Atwood, »
- Dani Levy
The ever-clever Honest Trailers produced by Screen Junkies just wouldn’t be the same without an Oscar installment. In the newest edition, Hollywood gets roasted for its selection of nine best picture nominees. “They’ve got to stop releasing all these movies at the same time,” the voiceover mocks. With less than a week to go before Hollywood’s biggest night, the industry could probably use a couple lighthearted jokes.
The video runs through all the nominees, beginning with “Arrival” and moving onto “Lion” (“If you say you’ve seen this, you’re probably lyin’.”) “Hell or High Water” gets the same treatment. Paired with clips of “True Grit,” the trailer promises viewers a chance to hear “that one grizzled cowboy voice Jeff Bridges does.”
“For a film that’s so entertaining, straightforward, and unpretentious, it has no chance of actually winning best picture,” says the voiceover. Touche, Screen Junkies. »
- Dani Levy
‘La La Land’ (Courtesy: Lionsgate)
By: Carson Blackwelder
La La Land recently took home the top honors at the Cinema Audio Society Awards — but does that mean the best sound mixing Oscar is in the bag? After all, shouldn’t the folks who know make their career in sound mixing be the best ones to determine which film should ultimately go on to win at the subsequent Academy Awards? You might think so, but here’s a dive into why that’s not necessarily so.
The films nominated alongside Damien Chazelle’s modern musical in the best sound mixing category include Arrival, Hacksaw Ridge, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. Upon first look, you might recognize that La La Land doesn’t exactly fit in with these other films, as most of them are in the war genre. Hacksaw Ridge is set during World War II, »
- Carson Blackwelder
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)
From “School Ties” to “Live By Night” and this weekend’s “The Great Wall,” Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have each — for better and worse — left a considerable and ever-increasing footprint in the cultural landscape. But while the world is wide enough for both of them, our hearts are not. And so, we forced our panel of critics to choose: Ben Affleck or Matt Damon?
There can be only one.
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- David Ehrlich
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- Nicholas Bell
The 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Supporting Actor RaceThe 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Supporting Actor RaceAdriana Floridia2/21/2017 9:07:00 Am
The Best Supporting Actor Oscar is pretty much Mahershala Ali's to lose.
Despite that, this year's line-up of Best Supporting Actor nominees is incredibly strong, and anyone would be a worthy winner. However, Ali has won almost every award leading up to the Oscars, except for the Golden Globe which surprisingly went to Nocturnal Animals' Aaron Taylor Johnson (who wasn't even nominated for the Oscar). Moonlight is a major awards contender that right now looks like it's being outshone by La La Land. If Moonlight is guaranteed an Oscar in any category, it's this one.
We're breaking down the nominees for Best Supporting Actor below!
Previous Nominations: First time nominee
- Adriana Floridia
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
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