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Oscars 2018: Annapurna Pictures looms with ‘Detroit,’ ‘Downsizing,’ ‘Phantom Thread’

20 July 2017 8:30 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

In just five years, Megan Ellison‘s Annapurna Pictures has established itself as a producer of quality films. Among its Oscar contenders to date: 2012 – “The Master” and “Zero Dark Thirty”; 2013 – “American Hustle” and “Her”; 2014- “Foxcatcher”; 2015 – “Joy”; and 2016 – “20th Century Woman.” This year, it is both producing and […] »

- Paul Sheehan

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Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson Have A 70mm Film Support Group

14 July 2017 12:48 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Dunkirk” is just one week away from opening in theaters nationwide, and it marks a big step in the career of Christopher Nolan. The director has experimented with using 70mm film for select scenes in his movies dating back to “The Prestige,” but the WWII drama is the first time he used 70mm film for the entire picture. That’s right: 100% of “Dunkirk” was filmed using 70mm film cameras, and 75% was shot using IMAX cameras.

Read More: 15 Essential Movies Shot On 70mm Film, From ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ to ‘Dunkirk

Nolan has been at the forefront when it comes to advocating about film preservation. He’s constantly talking about the immersive quality of 70mm film and how that texture is lost when you shoot on digital. Nolan’s efforts to revive 70mm  have been supported in recent years by Quentin Tarantino (“The Hateful Eight”), Paul Thomas Anderson (“The Master”), Zach »

- Zack Sharf

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Attention, Filmmakers: Here’s How You Can Direct Shots Like Paul Thomas Anderson — Watch

12 July 2017 7:29 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

What makes a Paul Thomas Anderson shot feel so unique? That’s the question at the center of a new video essay from StudioBinder that analyzes the director’s most iconic images and teaches aspiring filmmakers how they can approach shot-buiding from a similar perspective.

Anderson has made eight features in his two decades as a director, including the upcoming fashion drama with Daniel Day-Lewis, and when looking at his filmography in chronological order one can easily see the evolution of his style and personal filmmaking voice. His early days were marked by his greatest influences — Jonathan Demme and his intimate closeups, Martin Scorsese and his tracking shots — and Anderson’s style has become defined by the way he has taken these touchstones and made them his own.

Ead More: Why Paul Thomas Anderson Didn’t Hire a Cinematographer For His New Movie

Working with cinematographers Robert Elswit and Mihai Mălaimare Jr. »

- Zack Sharf

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Annapurna, 20th Century Fox Sign Multi-Year Home Entertainment Pact

11 July 2017 10:02 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Annapurna has tapped Twentieth Century Fox to oversee its home entertainment releases. The indie distributor has made a name for itself by backing acclaimed directors such as Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Paul Thomas Anderson (“The Master”), and Spike Jonze (“Her”). Annapurna is now moving into distributing and marketing its own movies.

The deal with Fox is described as a multi-year pact. Fox will oversee the U.S. home entertainment rights for all Annapurna releases across physical, digital, and other platforms. The deal will kick off with “Detroit,” a drama about the 1967 murders in the Algiers Motel, which debuts in theaters on Aug. 4. A home entertainment debut has yet to be announced.

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Annapurna was founded by Megan Ellison, an Oscar-nominated producer and the daughter of Oracle founder Larry Ellison.

“We are very excited to partner with Twentieth Century Fox Film to extend the reach of our »

- Brent Lang

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Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’ Scores Widest 70MM Release in 25 Years

5 July 2017 7:56 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Dunkirk” will appear in 125 70MM theaters, Warner Bros. Pictures said Wednesday. That’s the widest release in the format in 25 years, a testament to director Christopher Nolan’s clout and belief in the superiority of these screenings.

Directors such as Nolan, Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino swear by 70MM, the industry term for a wide high-resolution film gauge that was once used to project epic films such as “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Ben-Hur.” They believe it creates crisper, more painterly images. However, theater chains have moved away from film projection, in favor of cheaper, digital forms of exhibition. It takes a filmmaker with enormous influence to compel them to take old equipment out of mothballs and hire staff that can work the older projectors.

In 2016, Quentin Tarantino and the Weinstein Company rolled out “The Hateful Eight” across roughly 100 70MM locations. »

- Brent Lang

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Paul Thomas Anderson Hires Paul Thomas Anderson as Cinematographer for Next Film

30 June 2017 11:19 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

For his follow-up to 2014’s Inherent Vice, the currently untitled film (under the production name of Phantom Thread) by Paul Thomas Anderson involves him taking on a particularly significant production role for the first time: director of photography. After we broke the news when production kicked off, Indiewire has now officially confirmed that Anderson, who has utilized Robert Elswit’s skill on all of his previous films save for The Master (which had Mihai Mălaimare Jr. filling in), decided to assume cinematography duties after Elswit was unavailable due to schedule conflicts.

Fortunately, the film, which focuses on what appears to be Daniel Day-Lewis’s final performance as an in-demand dressmaker in the 1950s London fashion scene, seems to be in good hands, as various sources in production have described Anderson as especially adept and knowledgeable with regards to film stock and camera lenses. Whether this maverick auteur’s efforts will »

- The Film Stage

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Paul Thomas Anderson Is Also The Cinematographer On ‘Phantom Thread’

29 June 2017 8:54 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

For almost his entire career, Paul Thomas Anderson has aligned himself with the great Robert Elswit. The acclaimed cinematographer has shot every Anderson picture to date, with the exception of “The Master” which was lensed by Mihai Malaimare Jr., and the documentary “Junun,” which was essentially assembled from footage from a variety of consumer-grade digital cameras. Clearly, Anderson has been paying attention and taking notes, because for his upcoming, tentatively titled “Phantom Thread” he shouldered one more responsibility in addition to writing and directing the picture.

Continue reading Paul Thomas Anderson Is Also The Cinematographer On ‘Phantom Thread’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Why Paul Thomas Anderson Didn’t Hire a Cinematographer For His New Movie

29 June 2017 7:46 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When Focus Features announced in February that production began in the U.K. on Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film, one notable role wasn’t on the production’s creative roster: director of photography. It’s not unusual for Anderson’s movies to be shrouded in secrecy, with crew members required to sign non-disclosure agreements, but in this case the answer hid in plain sight: Anderson worked as his own Dp.

Read More: Paul Thomas Anderson’s Best Scenes, Ranked

What will be Daniel Day-Lewis’ last movie was known as “Phantom Thread” during production, but that will not be the title when the film hits theaters Christmas Day, IndieWire has learned. Written and directed by Anderson, the movie set in 1950s London stars Day-Lewis as a dressmaker commissioned by royalty and high society.

Anderson toyed with the idea of working as both director and Dp on one of his movies for years, »

- Graham Winfrey

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Amy Adams to Be Honored at Giffoni Film Fest

27 June 2017 12:01 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Amy Adams on “Jimmy Kimmel Live”

Amy Adams is adding yet another award to her stacked résumé. The five-time Oscar nominee and two-time Golden Globe winner will be honored at the Giffoni Film Festival, an annual fest in the south of Italy dedicated to children and teens. The Hollywood Reporter writes that the “Arrival” star will receive the Experience Award. Adams grew up in the U.S., but she was born in Italy.

According to THR, the “Enchanted” actress will “hold a master class with the festival’s young guests to discuss her career.” The fest is scheduled to take place July 14–22, and Adams will receive her honor July 15.

Adams has received Oscar nominations for her performances in “American Hustle,” “The Master,” “The Fighter,” “Doubt,” and “Junebug.” Her recent credits include neo-noir “Nocturnal Animals” and box office and critical hit “Arrival.” “She’s not heroic in the traditional sense,” Adams said of Dr. Louise Banks, her “Arrival” character. “I love that she gets to rely on her intellect and instinct as opposed to brawn and bravery.” Dr. Banks uses her education, problem-solving skills, and personal experiences to address the potential threat of an alien takeover in the sci-fi film.

You can catch Adams next in “Sharp Objects,” Marti Noxon’s adaptation of “Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn’s 2006 novel of the same name. She’ll topline and executive produce the HBO series. The drama follows a Chicago-based reporter who was recently treated at a psych hospital for self-harm. She reluctantly returns to her tiny hometown, Wind Gap, Missouri, to cover the murder of two preteen girls.

Amy Adams to Be Honored at Giffoni Film Fest was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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Paul Thomas Anderson’s Best Scenes, Ranked

26 June 2017 9:47 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Paul Thomas Anderson is one of the most revered American filmmakers of the last 20 years in part because he’s so unclassifiable. Working in a range of genres while tackling subjects that skew from anger management to American capitalism, religion and porn, Anderson has built a filmography distinguished by its unpredictability — and the sheer originality he brings to each new effort. Beyond the stories that distinguish his movies are the many ways in which they immerse viewers in fully defined worlds.

Every Anderson movie is an absorbing experience loaded with strange, funny, and shocking moments, all of which speak to the agenda of an artist keen on pushing the medium beyond its most familiar forms.

Read More: What Paul Thomas Anderson Movies Really Have to Say About Finding Purpose in Life — Watch

There may be no better way to survey the range of achievements in Anderson’s work than to »

- Eric Kohn, Kate Erbland, Jude Dry, Graham Winfrey and Zack Sharf

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Cannes Winning Best Actor and Lanthimos' Quirky 'Family' Thriller Academy Award Chances?

20 June 2017 7:38 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'120 Beats per Minute' trailer: Robin Campillo's AIDS movie features plenty of drama and a clear sociopolitical message. AIDS drama makes Pedro Almodóvar cry – but will Academy members tear up? (See previous post re: Cannes-Oscar connection.) In case France submits it to the 2018 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, screenwriter-director Robin Campillo's AIDS drama 120 Beats per Minute / 120 battements par minute, about the Paris Act Up chapter in the early 1990s, could quite possibly land a nomination. The Grand Prix (Cannes' second prize), international film critics' Fipresci prize, and Queer Palm winner offers a couple of key ingredients that, despite its gay sex scenes, should please a not insignificant segment of the Academy membership: emotionalism and a clear sociopolitical message. When discussing the film after the presentation of the Palme d'Or, Pedro Almodóvar (and, reportedly, jury member Jessica Chastain) broke into tears. Some believed, in fact, that 120 Beats per Minute »

- Steph Mont.

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J. Hoberman’s Best Movies of the 21st Century

20 June 2017 2:50 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

There have been a lot of lists about the best films of the 21st century. IndieWire has been digging through the last two decades one genre at a time; meanwhile, the New York Times’ top movie critics provided their own takes. J. Hoberman, the longtime Village Voice film critic who now works as a freelancer, decided to join the fray. Here’s his take, also available at his site, and republished here with permission. 

People have been asking me, so I thought I might as well join (or crash) the party initiated by the New York Times and put in my two cents regarding the 25 Best Films of the 21st Century (so far). I don’t see “everything” anymore and I haven’t been to Cannes since 2011.

There is some overlap but this is not the same as the proposed 21-film syllabus of 21st Century cinema included in my book “Film After Film.” Those were all in their way pedagogical choices. Begging the question of what “best” means, these are all movies that I really like, that I’m happy to see multiple times, that are strongly of their moment and that I think will stand the test of time.

My single “best” film-object is followed by a list of 11 filmmakers and one academic production company (in order of “best-ness”) responsible for two or more “best films,” these followed by another eight individual movies (again in order) and finally four more tentatively advanced films (these alphabetical). I’m sure I’m forgetting some but that’s the nature of the beast.

Christian Marclay: “The Clock

Lars von Trier: “Dogville” & “Melancholia” (and none of his others)

Hou Hsiao Hsien: “The Assassin” & “Flight of the Red Balloon

Jean-Luc Godard: “In Praise of Love” & “Goodbye to Language”

David Cronenberg: “Spider,” “A History of Violence,” “Eastern Promises,” & “A Dangerous Method

David Lynch: “Mulholland Drive” & “Inland Empire

Ken Jacobs: “Seeking the Monkey King,” “The Guests” (and more)

Cristi Puiu: “The Death of Mr Lazarescu” & “Aurora

Chantal Akerman: “No Home Movie” & “La Captive” (assuming that 2000 is part of the 21st Century)

Paul Thomas Anderson: “The Master” & “There Will Be Blood

Kathryn Bigelow: “The Hurt Locker” & “Zero Dark Thirty

Alfonso Cuarón: “Gravity” & “Children of Men

Sensory Ethnology Lab: “Leviathan,” “Manakamana,” & “People’s Park”

“The Strange Case of Angelica” — Manoel de Oliviera

“Corpus Callosum” — Michael Snow

“West of the Tracks” — Wang Bing

“Carlos” — Olivier Assayas

“Che” — Steven Soderbergh

“Ten” — Abbas Kariostami

“Russian Ark” — Aleksandr Sokurov

“The World” — Jia Zhangke

Citizenfour” — Laura Poitras

Day Night Day Night” — Julia Loktev

“Once Upon a Time in Anatolia” — Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Wall-e” — Andrew Stanton

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- J. Hoberman

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Thom Yorke Is ‘Absolutely Terrified’ To Be Composing His First Original Score For ‘Suspiria’

8 June 2017 2:28 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Whether you think remaking Dario Argento’s Italian horror classic “Suspiria” is good idea or not, there’s no denying just how enticing the new version looks on paper. Not only is Luca Guadagnino behind the camera, and not only does the ensemble cast include his “A Bigger Splash” stars Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson, but the movie has also recruited Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke to compose his first original movie score.

Read More: ‘Suspiria’: Radiohead’s Thom Yorke to Score Luca Guadagnino’s Horror Remake

Thew news of Yorke’s involvement broke last month, and it was especially exciting given how much success his bandmate Johnny Greenwood has had when it comes to movie scores. Greenwood has been behind the original scores for “There Will Be Blood,” “The Master,” “We Need to Talk About Kevin” and more, and there’s no reason Yorke shouldn’t be able to »

- Zack Sharf

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Professor M Movie Video Features Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote

6 June 2017 8:13 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Over the weekend, audiences attending the female-led Wonder Woman were treated to a very short teaser for an upcoming film that tells a superhero origin story unlike any other. The DC Super Hero’s first-ever standalone film, from director Patty Jenkins, had an opening weekend total of $223 million worldwide.

Annapurna Pictures has released this “more to come” teaser.

We’re hooked! Also known as “Professor Marston & the Wonder Women”, Professor M features Luke Evans (Dr. William Moulton Marston), Rebecca Hall (Elizabeth Marston), Bella Heathcote (Olive Byrne), Connie Britton and Oliver Platt and is directed by Angela Robinson (“True Blood,” “The L Word”.

IMDb Synopsis:

The films details the unconventional life of Dr. William Marston, the Harvard psychologist and inventor who helped invent the modern lie detector test and created Wonder Woman in 1941. Marston was in a polyamorous relationship with his wife Elizabeth, a psychologist and inventor in her own right, »

- Michelle Hannett

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Doctor Who: Extremis geeky spots and Easter eggs

20 May 2017 9:29 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Pete Dillon-Trenchard May 20, 2017

The references and nerdy spots we caught in Doctor Who series 10: Extremis...

This article contains spoilers. Lots of them.

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Whether you like it or not, we’re now halfway through this series of Doctor Who, and it’s time for the stakes to get higher; we now know who’s in the vault (or at least, who the Doctor thinks is in the vault), there’s a massive alien invasion waiting to strike, and oh yeah, the Doctor’s still blind. While you bite your nails waiting for next week’s instalment, here are our viewing notes with all the vaguely interesting things we noticed about this week’s episode. As ever, if you’ve noticed things we haven’t, »

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‘Moonlight’ Director Barry Jenkins Making Film at Annapurna

16 May 2017 9:18 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Annapurna has forged a two-year film production deal with Pastel, the Oscar-winning company behind “Moonlight.” As part of the pact, Annapurna will get the rights to a feature film from Barry Jenkins, the director behind the coming-of-age Oscar best picture winner. That movie is already in development.

Jenkins is writing a script, which will serve as the first project under the deal. Details are being kept under wraps. The pact will also include future films from Pastel partners Adele Romanski, Sara Murphy, and Mark Ceryak.

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Annapurna is backed by Megan Ellison, a film producer and heiress. After making a name for itself backing auteur-driven pictures from the likes of Paul Thomas Anderson (“The Master”) and David O. Russell (“American Hustle”), Annapurna has been staffing up and is looking to be a full-fledged distribution company. “Detroit,” a drama from Kathryn Bigelow, »

- Brent Lang

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The Cannes Film Festival Buyers Guide: Who’s Buying the Movies You’ll Watch

15 May 2017 1:02 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Buyers return to Cannes like swallows to the Capistranos, but this year they’ll find a hostile landscape. Too many buyers, too few titles, and streaming-service disruptors are driving up prices all the while, making North American prebuys increasingly necessary.

That’s hazardous terrain: Witness the Weinstein Company’s $6 million bid for transgender drama “3 Generations” (aka “After Ray”). Two years later, after a title change and poor reviews on and off the festival circuit, the drama starring Elle Fanning and Susan Sarandon finally received a May 5 release. Total domestic gross to date: $46,421.

That was in 2015, the last year that TWC held its then-annual dog-and-pony show for buyers and press at the Majestic Hotel. This year, like the last, they’ll hold court on their yacht, which also serves as their offices — still tony, but on a budget; it’s a lot less expensive than that prime Croissette real estate. Meanwhile, »

- Anne Thompson and Graham Winfrey

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The Cannes Film Festival Buyers Guide: Who’s Buying the Movies You’ll Watch

15 May 2017 1:02 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Buyers return to Cannes like swallows to the Capistranos, but this year they’ll find a hostile landscape. Too many buyers, too few titles, and streaming-service disruptors are driving up prices all the while, making North American prebuys increasingly necessary.

That’s hazardous terrain: Witness the Weinstein Company’s $6 million bid for transgender drama “3 Generations” (aka “After Ray”). Two years later, after a title change and poor reviews on and off the festival circuit, the drama starring Elle Fanning and Susan Sarandon finally received a May 5 release. Total domestic gross to date: $46,421.

That was in 2015, the last year that TWC held its then-annual dog-and-pony show for buyers and press at the Majestic Hotel. This year, like the last, they’ll hold court on their yacht, which also serves as their offices — still tony, but on a budget; it’s a lot less expensive than that prime Croissette real estate. Meanwhile, »

- Anne Thompson and Graham Winfrey

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Great Job, Internet!: This look at film shots could affect the way you watch movies

15 May 2017 11:18 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

The YouTube channel CineFix bills itself as “the ultimate destination for true movie buffs & filmmakers.” It also serves as a kind of mini-film class for regular movie fans who may want to know more about what they’re watching. CineFix has already released a video on the five most popular shots in moviedom, and has just submitted its follow-up, the “Best Shots Of All Time - Part 2.”

The next five shots are ones that you’ll recognize, even if you don’t automatically know their names, like the “over-the-shoulder shot,” in which the camera is positioned behind someone who’s looking at someone else, or what CineFix dubs the “dual layer” shot, basically the “over-the-shoulder” with the closer person turned around. The video also uses less-textbook-familiar movies to depict these examples, like a two-person shot featuring Joaquin Phoenix in The Master or a claustrophobic dual-layer shot in Ingmar Bergman ...

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- Gwen Ihnat

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Radiohead Frontman Thom Yorke Will Score Suspiria Remake Soundtrack

11 May 2017 4:19 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Thom Yorke will compose the score for upcoming remake of Dario Argento's 1977 cult favorite Suspiria. Italian director Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name, I Am Love) will direct the new version of the horror classic. These are going to be some mighty big shoes to fill for Yorke and Guadagnino as the score and lighting, respectively are arguably two of the most iconic features of the original Suspiria. Guadagnino has teased that he will be taking a different approach to the coloring, making it "cold, evil, and really dark." So what is Yorke's score going to sound like?

Yorke is best known for his work as the lead singer/multi-instrumentalist from Radiohead, in addition to his solo work and Atoms for Peace. He will be scoring the remake on his own. Though only speculation, the sounds of Yorke's Prophet 08 synthesizer will fit the bill perfectly. But Yorke is »

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