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Last year we wrote about 9 cinematographers you should follow on Instagram and you should definitely check them out. But why limit ourselves to just nine? So below we highlight seven more cinematographers who are worth following on Instagram. In addition to on-set shots, you'll find family portraits, travel tableaux and more. The cinematographers are listed below in alphabetical order, along with some of our favorite images from their Instagram accounts. Benoit Delhomme: The French cinematographer known for his dazzling photography on the Academy Award-winning "The Theory of Everything," "A Most Wanted Man" and "The Scent of Green Papaya" shares his paintings as well as an outsider's view of American life. Andrew Dunn: From "Precious" and "Lee Daniels' The Butler" to "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" and more recently, "Effie Gray," British cinematographer Andrew Dunn has displayed a wide range of »
- Paula Bernstein
It's been 14 years since Dakota Fanning stole our hearts in "I Am Sam," but now, she finally has come to terms with her child star past. The 21-year-old star graces the cover of the May issue of Nylon, where she opens up about how it feels to be seen as a child actor, even though she's an adult. "I've made my peace with the fact that there will be some people who, for the rest of my life, will believe I'm, like, 9 years old," she tells the mag. "I have this joke that I'm literally going to be 35, married, and pregnant and people are still going to say, 'Oh my god, you grew up so fast! I can't believe it!'" "And yeah, sometimes when you're 21 years old and people are still saying that, you just want to rip your hair out. But I'm Ok with it," she says. "I know who I am. »
- tooFab Staff
Only a week after the sufferings of Effie Gray, another “inspired by true events” drama set in the world of art (specifically paintings) makes its way to the multiplex. The two are quite different, though, with this new film set more than nearly 150 years after that romance gone sour. But this recent release has several flashback scenes some sixty years in the past, during the Second World War. And much of the dramatic highlights take place, not in lush estates, but in boardrooms and courtrooms. So, it’s a WWII thriller and a legal showdown pitting a plucky, feisty mature lady represented by an overwhelmed young lawyer versus an uncaring, unfeeling bureaucracy. Now with Helen Mirren as the lady and Ryan Reynolds as her aide, you know we’re in for a meaty drama indeed as they seek the return of that most celebrated Austrian artwork, the Woman In Gold. »
- Jim Batts
Countless films are set during the Victorian Era, and with good reason. The style of dress and grand decor are ripe for cinematic use while its rigid structure typically offers a poignant exploration of oppression.
Set in 1847, Effie Gray tells the true story of the title character’s (Dakota Fanning) doomed marriage to art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise). The film’s muted tones and foggy backdrop convey the young woman’s inner turmoil while the binding costumes illustrate her limited options. Directed by Richard Laxton, the drama was penned by Emma Thompson, who also stars as journalism pioneer Elizabeth Eastlake.
During the film’s New York premiere at the Paris Theater, we had the chance to ask Fanning about working with a script written by an actor and understanding the social pressures of the time. Check out what she had to say in the video above, and enjoy! »
- Justine Browning
The Fast and Furious franchise continued to prove its commercial success this weekend, as the latest installment, titled Furious 7, won the weekend box office in its debut. The film, which saw James Wan take over directorial duties from Justin Lin, earned $143.6 million over the weekend, making it the first film of 2015 to have an opening weekend gross of greater than $100 million, and the biggest opening of the year so far, handily beating out previous top spot holder 50 Shades of Grey. The gross also puts Furious 7 as the fourth-highest grossing film of the year already, ahead of Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service.
Furious 7‘s opening left the rest of the box office in its wake, as last week’s winner Home earned $27.4 million this weekend, which was good enough to land it in second place. The Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard rounded out the top three with $12.9 million, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
As soon as I saw "Effie Gray," I asked for an interview with the movie's writer-star, Emma Thompson. Nope. Not doing any interviews. The reason? Two copyright lawsuits waged against the Oscar-winning screenwriter ("Sense and Sensibility") and actress ("Howard's End") prevented her from talking about the film. She won both cases that charged her with plagiarizing other scripts about the same subject, the strange relationship between young Euphemia "Effie" Gray (Dakota Fanning) and her older husband, workaholic art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise, Thompson's husband). Neglected and unfulfilled, Gray falls in love with Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge). In the specialty world, it seems, you're either a winner with a strong festival presence and marketing campaign behind you and possible awards attention ahead, or you're a small non-entity, a loser. (This story also reminds of the dangers of high-profile »
- Anne Thompson
Back when she was a popular child actor, Dakota Fanning’s great strength was her intensity. She always seemed to have an unyielding focus and an unnerving glare. In her more grown-up roles, that intensity has waned, replaced by a certain reserve. At her best, she makes you wonder what’s going on inside her head — those huge eyes, so alert when she was just a child, now feel more coy, thoughtful. At her worst, though, she vanishes off the screen. In the new film Effie Gray, she manages to do both. Fanning’s controlled presence is ideal for a tale of Victorian repression. But as the film becomes one of quiet liberation, it needs more than her cool reserve. It needs passion — even if it’s of the slow-boiling kind — and I’m not sure that’s there.Fanning plays the title character, who was wed to the influential »
- Bilge Ebiri
In just a few weeks the multiplexes will give way to the big, brash Summer blockbusters. Too late for last year’s Oscars (in the Us at least) is this historical true-life romantic drama, which, oddly enough, shares several figures and settings from one of last year’s award nominees. Mr. Turner told the story of one of the nineteenth century’s most celebrated painters. Many of that film’s scenes were set at the prestigious Royal Academy of Art, where the merits of different works were vigorously debated. One of the strongest voices was that of John Ruskin, fellow artist, historian, and critic. Now comes the story that didn’t make it into the Timothy Spall biopic, a scandalous tale concerning the marriage of Mr. Ruskin and the much younger Effie Gray.
At the film opens, the narration tells us of the courtship of now nineteen year-old Effie (Dakota Fanning »
- Jim Batts
After a long delay, the Emma Thompson-scripted feature Effie Gray will have its U.S. theatrical release via Adopt Films in just over 200 theaters this weekend. The film starring Dakota Fanning, Thompson, Tom Sturridge and Julie Walters had been held up because of legal action but survived the hurdle. The Weinstein Company bowed Woman In Gold, a true story, starring Helen Mirren in two dozen locations Wednesday with more set for Friday. Both titles will compete for the art… »
Dakota Fanning is so good in the title role that she almost validates Effie Gray…but not quite. Emma Thompson wrote this period piece, which features her real-life husband, Greg Wise, in a juicy leading role. But aside from good casting and a vivid recreation of Victorian England, the film has little to recommend it. This is the real-life story of the respected but emotionally frigid19th century art critic John Ruskin, who met and impressed Euphemia Gray when she was a girl. When she turned 19 he married her but never had sexual relations with her; in fact, he scorned and shunned her from their wedding night onward. All of this is portrayed with a heavy hand and a deadening monotony,...
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- Leonard Maltin
Coming to theater on April 3rd is the film Effie Gray.
The film explores the fascinating, true story of the relationship between Victorian England’s greatest mind, John Ruskin, and his teenage bride, Euphemia “Effie” Gray, who leaves him for the Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais.
Effie Gray is the first original screenplay written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Emma Thompson. In this impeccably crafted period drama, Thompson delicately and incisively probes the marital politics of the Victorian Era, and beyond.
- Michelle McCue
Pubic hair ended the marriage between Victorian art critic John Ruskin and his teenage bride Effie Gray, according to popular lore. Their union was never consummated, so the story goes, because the influential intellectual was too repulsed by the sight of his wife’s loins, which were rather dissimilar in appearance from what Ruskin was used to seeing on women in paintings and sculptures. Director Richard Laxton (“Burton and Taylor”) and screenwriter Emma Thompson retell the saga of Effie Gray’s suffering under and eventual escape from her eccentric husband, this time as a more conventional story of female subjugation. »
- Inkoo Kang
Portrait of a Lady: Laxton’s Mannered Version of Victoria Era Repression
There’s well-meaningness to Effie Gray that makes it worthy of discussion, at least for how it attempts to frankly portray the sexual oppression of women in Victorian era England, an aspect often subtly rendered or left altogether untouched. As directed by Richard Laxton, best known for his made-for-television films of varying quality (An Englishman in New York; Burton & Taylor), there’s a sense that the somewhat ambitious emotions existing beneath all those stuffy costumes have been a tad oversimplified. Considering the screenplay was penned by Emma Thompson, who appears in a warmly attenuated supporting role, perhaps expectations are poised a bit high for a tale that’s both representative and also conveniently uncommon (this seems the only possible way for this film to reach a believable yet upbeat solution), as it relates a famous art world scandal »
- Nicholas Bell
This weekend, Jason Statham seeks revenge against Vin Diesel and the rest of the gang in "Furious 7," complete with an emotional send-off to Paul Walker; and Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds take on the Austrian government to recover her family's stolen artwork in "Woman in Gold."
Also in theaters this weekend: "5 to 7" stars Anton Yelchin as an aspiring novelist who begins a relationship with a French woman (Bérénice Marlohe), but she's married and they can only meet between the hours of 5 and 7 each evening. "Lambert & Stamp" documents the unlikely partnership between Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert, aspiring filmmakers who became the managers of the rock band "The Who." "Effie Gray" examines the scandalous love triangle between Victorian art critic John Ruskin, his teenage bride Effie Gray (Dakota Fanning), and painter John Everett Millais. »
- Jonny Black
Effie Gray Adopt Films Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: C+ Director: Richard Laxton Screenwriter: Emma Thompson Cast: Dakota Fanning, Greg Wise, Tom Sturridge, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters Screened at: Dolby88, NYC, 2/12/15 We’ve come a way from the culture of Victorian England. If you’re not a fan of history and you think that Victorian England is a branch of Victoria’s Secret, you’d be wise to see two films: one involving a chap named Gray, another about a fellow named Grey. When you compare the morals and mores embraced by the two movies, you’d think you’ve gone from Venus to Mars: that’s how different both [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Finding love these days is just an app away, but the stricter social mores of the mid-1800s had a much more rigid context for passion, and it's against this backdrop that "Effie Gray" unfolds. Today we have an exclusive clip from the period drama. Directed by Richard Laxton ("Burton And Taylor," "An Englishman In New York"), the movie tells the story of the scandalous affair between Effie Gray (Dakota Fanning) and Pre-Raphaelite artist John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge), one that develops when the young woman finds herself locked in a sexless marriage with an art critic (Greg Wise). And in this clip, the emotional toll that comes to bear on John is too much, while Effie has accepted what she must endure. Emma Thompson (who also wrote the script), David Suchet, Robbie Coltrane and Julie Walters co-star in the movie which opens on April 3rd. Watch below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson and Daniel Bruhl star in "Alone in Berlin," an adaptation of Hans Fallada's novel about the true story of working class couple Otto and Anna Quangel who, after their son dies on the battlefield, stage a series of anonymous protests against the Nazi regime. Written by Achim von Borries, who cowrote the marvelous 2003 "Good Bye Lenin!" which also starred Bruhl, the film is directed by Swiss actor/filmmaker Vincent Perez. Former Focus Features head James Schamus is among the film's producers including X Filme’s Stefan Arndt and Uwe Schott and Master Movie’s Marco Pacchioni, and FilmWave’s Christian Grass and Paul Trijbits. Thompson also stars in the upcoming period piece "Effie Gray," and has "A Wak in the Woods," "Survivor" and "Adam Jones" coming up. Gleeson will be seen in Ron Howard's December adventure "In the Heart of the Sea" opposite Chris Hemsworth and Cillian. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
In her original screenplay Effie Gray, Emma Thompson takes a bold look at the real life story of the Effie Gray-John Ruskin marriage, while courageously exposing what was truly hiding behind the veil of their public life. Set in a time when neither divorce, nor gay marriage were an option, Effie Gray is the story of a young woman coming of age, finding her own voice in a world where women were expected to be seen but not heard. Effie Gray explores the roots of sexual intolerance, which continue to have a stronghold today, while shedding light on the marital politics of the Victorian Era.
Directed by Richard Laxton, the film stars Emma Thompson, Dakota Fanning, Julie Walters, Tom Sturridge, David Suchet, Greg Wise, Claudia Cardinale, Robbie Coltrane, James Fox, Riccardo Scamarico, and Derek Jacobi.
Effie Gray opens in St. Louis at AMC Creve Coeur 12, Friday, April 3rd. »
- Movie Geeks
Effie Gray is based on a true story, but it's hard to know that from the film itself.
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- Kate Erbland
The acquisition comes just as “Effie Gray,” from production company Sovereign Films and producers Andreas Roald and Donald Rosenfeld, heads toward a U.S. theatrical release from Adopt Films next month. Uphe Content Group will also handle the U.S. domestic ancillary rights to the film.
Co-starring Thompson and a cast that includes Tom Sturridge, Derek Jacobi and Julie Walters, “Effie Gray” is based on the true story of Effie (Fanning) and her marriage to Victorian art critic John Ruskin (played by Greg Wise). Thompson both writes and directs.
“Effie Gray” hits U.S. screens April 3.
- Gordon Cox
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