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This post was originally published on Film Independent's blog. It appears below with their permission. "Movies are made in post-production." While some producers and cinematographers may take issue with this maxim, Nancy Kirhoffer, an accomplished post-production supervisor whose credits include "Memento," "50/50" and "Bernie," makes a compelling case: "Movies are three things: picture, sound and music and two of those happen in post-production." Read More: Attention, Filmmakers: Here's How to Talk Sound Design Kirhoffer recently spoke to Film Independent Members about the responsibilities of her position. "I basically take over from the line producer. My job is to get the film through post-production. I oversee the editing, sound, music and I make sure it's delivered." Kirhoffer recommends finding a post-production supervisor in pre-production. After all, they're the ones responsible for helping the film reach the »
- Daniel Larios
By rights, Jack Black should be classed as one of Hollywood’s best comic talents: his early career work (even in cameos and reduced parts) set him up to be a bright young thing, and he’s eminently watchable.
It’s just a shame then that he isn’t slightly more discerning with what he puts his name to. He has a frustrating habit – or at least there was a period prior to 2011 when it seemed so – of making Eddie Murphy-like films. For those missteps and pay-checks, Black has added an edge to his undeniable, easy charm: a bad taste that occasionally threatens to push him towards one-trick territory.
And as Vinnie would attest, that’s a hard place to escape.
- Simon Gallagher
The Conversation is a feature at Sound on Sight bringing together Drew Morton and Landon Palmer in a passionate debate about cinema new and old. For their seventh piece, they discuss Wim Wenders’s modern classic Paris, Texas (1984).
Throughout Wim Wenders’s Paris, Texas (1984), Travis Henderson (played by Harry Dean Stanton) carries with him a photograph of an empty lot he bought in the eponymous city, which he later tells his son is near “the Red River” that borders Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. The reference automatically draws to mind Howard Hawks’s beloved 1948 Western, Red River, which drew together an unlikely screen pair with John Wayne and Montgomery Clift. That Hawks classic was also featured prominently in Peter Bogdanovich’s canonical 1971 film The Last Picture Show as the “last picture” of the film’s title exhibited at a dwindling moviehouse in an increasingly barren West Texas small town. »
- Landon Palmer
Last summer, Movieweb was invited by Sony Pictures to the set of Goosebumps in Atlanta, Georgia. Goosebumps, for anyone living under a rock for the last thirty years, is a collection of children's horror books by author R.L. Stine. Stine is one of the best-selling writers in history with over four hundred million books sold. Goosebumps has had several adaptations over the years, but this is the first big-budget, Hollywood movie. Goosebumps is produced by Scholastic Media's Executive Vice-President, Deborah Forte; an industry stalwart who was also responsible for the popular 90s TV show based on the books. Jack Black stars with direction by animation and effects veteran Rob Letterman.
Our first note from Sony was to wear proper shoes. This is what you want to hear as a reporter attending a movie set. Why? Because the odds of just sitting around in a studio for hours watching takes is substantially decreased. »
The movie, based on the Graeme Simsion novel, centers on a socially awkward genetics professor who devises a science-based survey to find the perfect mate — only to see those theories splintered when he meets the spontaneous Rosie Jarman (played by Lawrence), who possesses the opposite qualities.
Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, who teamed on “(500) Days of Summer,” have revised Simsion’s adaptation of the novel. “The Lego Movie” co-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were initially interested, but have opted to take on Disney’s Han Solo “Star Wars” standalone movie.
Paramount announced Monday that it will release Linklater’s baseball comedy — formerly titled “That’s What I’m Talking About »
- Dave McNary
Remember when being a TV cop meant being a cool badass instead of being an emotionally frayed burlap sack of misery?
It’s not hard to imagine Officer Frank Poncherello shaking his head in shame at True Detective‘s men and women of California law enforcement, so woeful are their backstories, so apparent is their sadness. The Season 2 opener does little more than introduce these featured cops and tee up the crime that kicks off their shared narrative — and that’s compelling enough to make you want to come back next week — but oof, is it tough to witness so much unhappiness. »
Music and Sex: Scenes from a life - A novel in progress by Roman AkLeff (first installment can be read here; second here; third here; fourth here; fifth here).
[Warning: the chapter below contains "adult situations." Seriously, this one's not for the faint-hearted.]
Walter’s new home, Carman Hall, was an utterly soulless pile of cinder blocks. No effort at all had been made, during its design and construction two decades earlier, to build in anything conveying the slightest sense of warmth. No carpeting in either the halls or in the suites, no wood anywhere except the doors, no decorative touches, nothing but bare straight lines. One imagined it had been designed so it could be hosed down with minimum effort between school years to as to be literally as well as aesthetically antiseptic. There was not even any accommodation made for cooking; not only were there no kitchen nooks, even hotplates were forbidden (though, given that they were horrific fire hazards, that made sense, »
Not even the critical and commercial drubbing of "Men, Women & Children" can stop Jason Reitman. He's currently filming the Hulu series "Casual," and on deck he's got a heist movie based on the Texas Monthly article "I Only Rob Banks For My Family" penned by Skip Hollandsworth ("Bernie"), with a script from Nick Hornby ("About A Boy," "Fever Pitch," "High Fidelity") penning the script. And now he's really mixing it up. Read More: Jason Reitman Will Produce And Direct TV Series 'Casual' At Hulu. Variety reports that Reitman will write and directed "Beekle" for DreamWorks Animation. It's based on Dan Santat's award-winning “The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend," which follows an imaginary friend who journeys to find his child companion. Here's the book synopsis: This magical story begins on an island far away where an imaginary »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It’s hard not to like The D Train, a witty, well-made celebration of friendship in which two very different guys come to know and appreciate each other – if maybe a bit too much. Jack Black stars as Dan Landsman, a schlubby married Pittsburgh dad enthusiastically heading up his 20th high school reunion committee even though he’s so unpopular the rest of the group heads out for beers after their meetings without inviting him along. The board members have been unable to muster much support for the reunion, but things change when Dan spots a TV commercial starring former classmate and school stud Oliver Lawless (James Marsden), now the face of ‘Banana Boat’ sunblock ad campaign. If Dan can get Oliver to attend the reunion, he figures others will follow suit just to rub elbows with a TV star, making him a hero. Dan works for a consulting firm »
- Tom Stockman
France, Germany, Spain, South Korea make deals on gay rights drama.
The company has sold the film to airlines (Entertainment in Motion), Eastern Europe (Megalow Media), France (Selective Films), Germany (Universum), Greece (Hollywood Films), Hong Kong (Edko), Israel (Lev Cinemas), Middle East (Front Row), Portugal (Outsider Films), Scandinavia (Mis.Label), South Africa (M-Net), South Korea (Rainbow Films), Switzerland (Praesens), Spain (Filmax), Taiwan (Movie Cloud) and Turkey (Filma).
Based on a true story, Freeheld follows a gay policewoman’s struggle to ensure that her police pension is passed to her lesbian partner when she is diagnosed with a terminal illness.
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Schulman most recently spent eight years as president of Mandalay Pictures.
Her title has yet to be formalized, but she began work at the newly launched studio Monday and has already been reaching out to members of the creative community. She will report to president and chief content officer Oren Aviv.
STX Entertainment was launched last year by producer Robert Simonds with the goal of fielding 12 to 15 films a year, with budgets ranging from $20 million to $80 million. Upcoming releases include the psychological thriller “The Gift” with Jason Bateman and Joel Edgerton; “The Secret in Their Eyes,” a remake of the Oscar-winning Argentinian film of the same name to star Julia Roberts; and “The Free State of Jones,” an action-drama starring Matthew McConaughey.
Schulman, who won an Oscar for producing “Crash,” is tasked with putting together projects »
- Brent Lang
A trailer has arrived online for HBO’s upcoming dark comedy series The Brink starring Jack Black (Bernie), Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption), Pablo Schreiber (Orange Is the New Black) and Aasif Mandvi (Jericho)…
When a rogue general seizes control of Pakistan and its nuclear arsenal, the fate of the world rests on the shoulders of three improbable Americans: Secretary of State Walter Larson (Robbins), lowly Foreign Service officer Alex Talbot (Black) and ace Navy fighter pilot Zeke Tilson (Schreiber). From the turbulent streets of the Middle East, to the White House Situation Room, to an aircraft carrier on the Red Sea, these three compromised souls must pull through the chaos around them to save the planet from World War Three.
The Brink is set to premiere June 21st on HBO.
- Gary Collinson
When our very own Chris Bumbray saw The D Train back at Sundance in January, he found it to be an effective, slick, and well made debut for writer-directors Jarrad Paul & Andrew Mogel. Now, with a theatrical release a couple months away, we have the first trailer for the film. At first, The D Train comes across like the indie comedy work Jack Black has done in Bernie rather than his broader roles. As it progresses, the trailer shows a heart that seems to have something special up it's »
- Alex Maidy
Shirley MacLaine is not saving any of her candor for another lifetime. Going rogue in a Q&A with Leonard Maltin at the Hollywood Roosevelt on Sunday as part of the TCM Classic Film Festivals, she dished on directors and costars both sweet and sour, with occasional nods to the “angel on my shoulder” she quite literally believes has guided her through 60 years of near-constant Hollywood greatness. As Maltin noted, MacLaine’s the only survivor of the studio-contract era still playing lead role today in movies as estimable as Bernie. And the actress didn’t shy away from sharing her
- Chris Willman
Written and Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
Jean-Luc Godard is attributed with a quote from one of his films, “Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world.” Film is made to suspend your disbelief, and yet in your mind, a part of you is accepting what you’re seeing to be true.
In Abbas Kiarostami’s 1990 film Close-Up, a man named Hossain Sobzian is arrested for impersonating an Iranian filmmaker, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, and convincing the Ahankhah family into accepting him into their home, loaning him money, and believing they would become part of his next film. He is soon found out to be a phony, and during Sobzian’s trial, the judge asks him just how far he intended to take this act: “As far as they were prepared to go.”
Close-Up is a movie about a fraud, as it is a documentary based on actual events in »
- Brian Welk
New Projects is a weekly round up of movies and TV shows recently announced and currently in development for the near future.
To be honest, I was a little skeptical of the news last week that Neill Blomkamp would be helming an Alien remake. Elysium was a bust, the jury is still out on Chappie, I personally think District 9 is a little overrated, and just how many Alien remakes, sequels, prequels, and video game spin-offs do we even need? But after speaking with EW, Blomkamp confirmed that Ripley is supposed to appear in his new movie, and that Sigourney Weaver, after working with him on Chappie, is on board to reprise her iconic role.
Over the years, I came up with a story for a film in that universe that I wanted to make. And then when I talked to her about her experience making those films and what »
- Brian Welk
Sources emphasize that Linklater has not fully committed yet but he has the offer and has shown interest in directing the pic.
The story follows a woman who flees her family after she learns that her daughter wishes to vacation in Antarctica. “The Fault in Our Stars” scribes Michael Weber and Scott Neustadter penned the script.
Linklater recently wrapped baseball-themed coming of age tale “That’s What I’m Talking About” which is also produced by Ellison and stars Wyatt Russell and Ryan Guzman. Though he’s known for personal projects such as “Boyhood,” “Dazed and Confused” and the “Before Sunrise” trilogy, he has also adapted material such as “Bernie, »
- Justin Kroll
Jack Black tried to shut down the Oscars just as they were beginning, and it was as epic as awesome as he is. In case you've been living under a rock... a rock n' roll rock... you may not have realized that the Bernie star is one of the greatest rock gods of our time. His band Tenacious D has been killing it at acoustic metals for years, and the comedic actor has found ways to insert his gift into as many projects as possible. Here are some of the highlights of his badass musical career! 1. His band Tenacious D is so epic they have literally written "the greatest and best song in the world." 2. He turned up the sex factor with a Marvin Gaye cover in High Fidelity. 3. This »
On Saturday, the Director’s Guild of America, by far the most accurate Oscar predictor we have, will announce its winner for Best Director. In its 66-year history, only seven guild honorees did not repeat at the Oscars and most of them helmed the Best Picture champ. In a year like this, with so many moving parts and cliffhangers adding confusion to the race, a little bit of clarity is necessary. -Break- For months now, this has looked like Richard Linklater’s to lose. The “Boyhood” director is way out front with our experts, with odds of 2/11. After wins at the Golden Globes and Critics Choice -- as well as the various critics groups -- he should have this in the bag. The Texas-born auteur has been one of the most unique voices in independent cinema for over twenty years, with such films as “Dazed and Confused” (1993), the “Before” trilogy »
By Anjelica Oswald
Nothing could stop ‘Dick Poop’ from becoming a Twitter ‘Trending Topic’. The site exploded with clever responses to the Academy Award nominations Jan. 15 — from surprises to snubs to the unfortunate pronunciation of one cinematographer.
So who exactly is Dick Pope?
Pope received his second Oscar nomination this year for his work on Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, about the obsessive British landscape artist J.M.W. Turner (portrayed by Timothy Spall). The film also received nominations for production design, costume design and original score. For his work on the film, Pope has earned BAFTA Award and Critics’ Choice Award nominations. Pope won the Vulcan Prize for Technical Artist at the Cannes Film Festival, where the film premiered. He »
- Anjelica Oswald
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