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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
Comic readers who are fans of Blood & Gourd can now download the first two issues of the series on ComiXology. Also in today's Highlights: a Q&A with Havenhurst director Andrew C. Erin, a clip and a trailer for Blind Sun, Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume 38 DVD release details, Arbor Demon acquisition info, and the trailer for Plaga Zombie: American Invasion.
Blood & Gourd Comixology Digital Download Details: The first two issues of Blood & Gourd are now available as digital downloads on ComiXology! If you prefer to collect your comics in physical form, you can limited print copies at bloodandgourd.com.
Q&A with Havenhurst Director Andrew C. Erin: From the Press Release: "Brainstorm Media and Twisted Pictures have announced the February 10th limited theatrical and nationwide Cable VOD and Digital HD release of Andrew C. Erin's Havenhurst. Co-written by Erin (Sam's Lake, Simple Things) and Daniel Farrands (Amityville: The Awakening, »
- Tamika Jones
The International Film Music Critics Assn. has announced nominations for the 13th annual Ifmca Awards for excellence in musical scoring in 2016. Leading the pack are Michael Giacchino and Justin Hurwitz with five nominations each, and Abel Korzeniowski, with four.
Giacchino is nominated for his work on comic book fantasy film “Doctor Strange” and the socially conscious box office hit “Zootopia.” In addition, his song “Night on the Yorktown” from “Star Trek Beyond” is up for film music composition of the year. A 36-time Ifmca Award nominee, Giacchino previously received score of the year honors in 2004 for “The Incredibles,” and in 2009 for “Up.”
Hurwitz’s “La La Land” work has already been a force this season, taking home two Golden Globes among countless other prizes. The contemporary homage to Hollywood movie musicals earned him Ifmca noms for score of the year, comedy score, and film music composition of the year. Hurwitz »
- Dani Levy
If the Budweiser Super Bowl ad “Born The Hard Way” reminded you of the work of Paul Thomas Anderson, that’s not a coincidence. The 60-second commercial that tells the story of Anheuser-Busch co-founder Adolphus Busch’s emigration from Germany to St. Louis, Missouri was inspired by Anderson’s “The Master” and “There Will Be Blood,” according to director of photography Jody Lee Lipes.
The cinematographer of “Manchester by the Sea” and “Trainwreck,” Lipes and the commercial’s director, Chris Sargent, also drew inspiration from Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now,” Terrence Malick’s “Days of Heaven” and “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.” Sargent hired Lipes for the Budweiser ad after the pair worked together on commercials for Asics and Acura.
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- Graham Winfrey
Mark Allison Feb 7, 2017
Most movies aren't shot on film any more, and even the ones they are tend to be projected digitally. So: is film dead?
Referring to what we see on cinema screens as 'films' is becoming something of a misnomer. It is increasingly the case that the movies we enjoy are shot with digital cameras, saved onto a hard drive, and projected digitally, without a frame of celluloid involved in the process. It was George Lucas who spearheaded this digital revolution 15 years ago, when his second Star Wars prequel, Attack Of The Clones, became the first major studio film to be shot digitally. Since then, digital cameras have advanced rapidly, growing to replace traditional 35mm film in everything from independent cinema to mega-budget blockbusters.
In the past few years, the majority of top-grossing pictures have shunned film cameras in favour of digital alternatives, a trend that shows little sign of slowing down. »
Production has begun in the U.K. on writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson's untitled new film. Three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis is joined in the cast by Lesley Manville, who was a BAFTA Award nominee for Best Actress for Another Year, and Vicky Krieps, whose films include A Most Wanted Man and Focus Features' Hanna. Focus holds worldwide rights to the film, and will distribute the film in the U.S. later this year with Universal Pictures handling international distribution.
The film's producers are JoAnne Sellar, Megan Ellison, through her Annapurna Pictures, and Paul Thomas Anderson. The executive producers are Peter Heslop, Adam Somner, and Daniel Lupi. Chelsea Barnard and Jillian Longnecker are overseeing production for Annapurna. Continuing their creative collaboration following 2007's There Will Be Blood, which earned Mr. Day-Lewis the Best Actor Academy Award, Mr. Anderson will once again explore a distinctive milieu of the 20th century. »
The Radiohead guitarist and composer has previously worked with Anderson on three films: “There Will Be Blood,” “The Master” and most recently “Inherent Vice.” Anderson has also directed several Radiohead music videos, including “The Numbers,” “Present” and “Daydreaming.”
Greenwood will be in charge of the music for the filmmaker’s currently-untitled drama starring Daniel Day-Lewis. Set in the couture world of 1950s London, the movie will explore a distinctive milieu of the 20th century, illuminating the life behind the curtain of an uncompromising dressmaker commissioned by royalty and high society. The Oscar winner will also be joined by actresses Lesley Manville and Vicky Krieps.
Focus Features will distribute »
- Liz Calvario
According to Focus (via The Playlist), Anderson's new film "is a drama set in the couture world of 1950s London. The story illuminates the life behind the curtain of an uncompromising dressmaker commissioned by royalty and high society."
The two actors – who worked together on HBO’s hit series – reunited to encourage people to raise funds for Syrian refugees. Ahmed, who has been very vocal about the crisis in Syria, launched a crowdfunding campaign last month to donate money toward emergency and medical aid. Now, with the recent Muslim ban that Donald Trump has imposed, the British-Pakistani actor want to keep the campaign going to raise additional funds for all refugees impacted by the new order.
Read More: Budweiser’s Cinematic Super Bowl Ad Tells an Immigrant’s Tale — Watch
“It’s now harder and harder for them to flee the misery they’re suffering through no fault of their own,” Ahmed says in the clip. “With everything »
- Liz Calvario
The images have hit the web courtesy of the UK newspaper The Whitby Gazette. Daniel Day-Lewis can be seen in the first on-set images from the film, which is about the London fashion industry in the 1950s.
Focus Features are releasing the new film, which has been shooting at Lythe and Robin Hood’s Bay in the area of Whitby, where it will continue for the next couple of months.
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- Paul Heath
Just a little change, small to say the least (that change? it’s live-action!). The final trailer for the brand-new “Beauty and the Beast” has arrived and, yes, it really is a tale as old as time, no matter the medium of the storytelling.
The new feature stars Emma Watson as Belle (yellow dress intact) and Dan Stevens as the so-called Beast (lush hair still flowing) in a retelling of the classic Disney tale. We’ve long heard that this take on the story will play up more of Belle’s forward-thinking personality, and this new trailer makes it plain that she’s ahead of her time (or, at least, a bit more enlightened than the “small-minded” people who populate her village).
While the Bill Condon-directed feature does move the action outside the hand-drawn space, »
- Kate Erbland
Academy Awards rules notwithstanding, Jonny Greenwood’s “There Will Be Blood” score is among the most acclaimed in recent memory. The Radiohead guitarist/film composer is having his work on Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2007 drama celebrated by the London Contemporary Orchestra, which is embarking on a tour performing Greenwood’s score. Watch a 360-degree video of their rehearsal session below.
Greenwood plays alongside the Lco in the seven-minute video, with the conductor offering such sage advice as “Let’s just allow a little more space between the notes and a little bit more space in general between the gestures.” The brief tour begins tonight at the Royal Festival Hall in London and also includes stops in Birmingham, Brighton and Bristol over the next week.
- Michael Nordine
Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis are reuniting for a brand new film — the secret kind, thus the best kind — that’s been vaguely billed as Anderson’s “Untitled London Fashion Film,” featuring an appropriately and understandably dapper Day-Lewis in the lead role.
Thanks to a brand new set of photos taken from the film’s set (via Vulture), it looks like those scant details are panning out, as this thing sure looks to be set in fifties, definitely in England and with Day-Lewis certainly mucking about in some sensible wool clothing.
Per the wonderfully informative Whitby Photography site, the production has been “filming just outside Whitby at Lythe Village over the past few days” and “the film crew have been in town since midweek. Filming is expected to continue on The Yorkshire Coast into February with the »
- Kate Erbland
Careful as he was not to label The Master a direct analogue to Scientology, the branches between Paul Thomas Anderson‘s film and L. Ron Hubbard’s religion — or “cult,” if you, on the other hand, want to come right out with it — cannot be denied by anybody with even a passing knowledge of the latter, the former’s creator ultimately included. How it accurately depicts Scientology’s processes and where it leans towards invention comes to light in a new video essay, the results of which surprised in revealing the verbatim connections between one and the other.
News that’s just as good: we’ll soon have a new Anderson picture to obsess over. His next collaboration with Daniel Day-Lewis, our most-anticipated film of the year, has apparently begun shooting in Lythe, England, per a report and series of set photos from Whitby Photography. The only official word has come from Focus Features, »
- Nick Newman
Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2012 drama “The Master” follows Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix), a Naval veteran who arrives home unsettled and uncertain of his future after fighting in the war. He then meets Lancaster Dodd (Phillip Seymour Hoffman), a leader of a religious movement known as “The Cause” who accepts him and takes him under his wing.
The film drew comments that it had some similarities with Scientology and its belief system, though Anderson denied that it was about the religion. Although, the filmmaker did say that the movie was partly inspired by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and his book “Dianetics,” among other stories and people.
A new video essay, “The Master: How Scientology Works,” by YouTube user Nerdwriter1 explains how Scientology’s practice of auditing is used in the film and how the movie features other techniques used by the religion.
Read More: John Travolta Had Scientology Head »
- Indiewire Staff
Keanu Reeves returns as the retired hitman, once again forced to take down a former associate who is plotting to take control of an international assassins’ guild. The movie is full of over-the-top action and fighting sequences which involves many hours of training from the actors. A new featurette takes viewers behind the scenes of all the hard work and beating they go through to make the shots look phenomenal.
“The tone of the action is such a great part of John Wick, longer takes, complexity, footwork,” says Reeves in the clip. “So I put the suit back on and went back into training. That stunt team has a lot of experience training actors.”
Actor and rapper Common also adds, “The stunt team is built on mastery, they want A+ level work.”
Read More: ‘John Wick: Chapter 2 »
- Liz Calvario
Paul Thomas Anderson has had a cagey relationship with the notion of The Master being “his Scientology movie.” He’s been clear that while it’s based on portions of L. Ron Hubbard’s life, its influences are wider than that, and its true focus is on soldiers after World War II. The film rarely delves into the outrageous space-alien lore of the actual religion, focusing instead on the psychological interplay of its main characters. A new video from Nerdwriter1 explores how that psychology is manipulated in one of the film’s most memorable scenes: the initial audit between Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Lancaster Dodd and Joaquin Phoenix’s Freddie Quell.
Dodd’s questions are drawn almost directly from the Church’s own Oxford Capacity Analysis, which bears no affiliation with the actual Oxford University. The scene grows more intense as Quell is forced to repeat his own name and »
- Clayton Purdom
Paul Thomas Anderson‘s “The Master” covers a lot of territory as it tracks the post-World War II dysfunction of a Naval veteran who briefly finds a purpose with the enigmatic cult leader Lancaster Dodd, but how it glances against Scientology can’t be ignored. From the parallels to the life of L. Ron Hubbard to certain practices within the belief system, the film puts clues to the controversial church throughout.
- Kevin Jagernauth
The following content has been sponsored by Paramount Pictures. Amy Adams has been nominated for a whopping five Oscars—and zero wins!—since she broke onto the Hollywood scene in 2005 with “Junebug.” Wracking up additional supporting actress nods in “Doubt,” “The Fighter,” and “The Master,” the actor then earned a spot on the shortlist for leading actress in 2013’s “American Hustle.” She’s also earned her status as a movie star with bona fide acting chops, as her recent turn in Paramount Pictures’ “Arrival” proves. With the announcement of the 89th Academy Awards nominations, “Arrival” has joined the ranks of sci-fi feature films that have received Oscar recognition for best picture. Netting an impressive eight nods total, the drama’s success is due largely to the magnetic talents of its star. “Amy Adams, she was the actress I was dreaming of,” says director Denis Villeneuve in the above clip. “She »
The drama follows Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette), a young man who comes home from school one day to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. When he opens it he finds cassette tapes recorded by his classmate and crush Hannah Baker, a young girl who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On the tapes, Hannah explains that there are 13 reasons why she decided to end her life.
The first teaser shows the cast and includes their thoughts on their lives, their actions and Hannah’s death, as the words “They all killed her” flash on the screen and “Monsters” by Ruelle plays in the background.
- Liz Calvario
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