9 items from 2014
Patricia Norris with her lifetime achievement from the Costume Guild in 2007Patty Norris is a national treasure but I believe she'd be the last person to say so. When I spoke to the enduring costume designer over the phone about sixth Oscar nomination for 12 Years a Slave, she shocked me again and again with her modesty and her absolute lack of sentiment about what I've always thought of as a very illustrious Hollywood career. But her honestly was, shall we say, refreshing.
The 82 year old's career, as we know it at least, began over just over 40 years ago with westerns like Rio Lobo (1970) and Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971) but she doesn't get misty-eyed or nostalgic about her filmography. "I think it was just luck. I started as a stock girl at MGM and I've always been comfortable with clothes," she explains. But to hear her tell it, her developing career »
- NATHANIEL R
James Gandolfini is unfortunately not particularly remembered as delivering a lot of variety. It isn’t just that Tony Soprano springs so quickly to mind, it’s that he fits so well physically with a certain type of role, that even when we try to recall his other work, the best we’re likely to come up with is Col. Winter in The Last Castle. Now, there are plenty of titles that people may then mention, which causes the standard, “Oh, yeah,” reaction, but still, when you first hear the name, you get what you get.
This is why, despite the fact that it’s difficult to make any comment at all, given the situation, I’m glad the last big effort we get from Gandolfini is Enough Said, as opposed to say, Killing Them Softly. Not only does it showcase a broader set of abilities, but hopefully it will »
- Marc Eastman
I'm sorry, but I just see this as a "ho-hum" move as Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard) has been cast as Kyle Reese in Terminator: Genesis, the fifth film in the Terminator franchise and what is being looked at as the hopeful first film in a new trilogy. Courtney joins Jason Clarke as John Connor, Emilia Clarke ("Game of Thrones") as Sarah Connor and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the film with Thor: The Dark World helmer, Alan Taylor, directing. Plan is for a July 1, 2015 release and the franchise actually took a little bit of a blow recently as Megan Ellison of Annapurna Pictures as bailed out and will no longer take part in funding the picture, though Ellison has decided to retain an executive producer credit. Ellison, whose Annapurna has been behind recent films such as Zero Dark Thirty, Her, The Master and Killing Them Softly, was one »
- Brad Brevet
By Mark Pinkert
Unlike the other Best Picture-nominated producers, who each have one film in a field of nine, Megan Ellison has two: American Hustle (directed by David O. Russell) and Her (directed by Spike Jonze). Both films have already hoarded numerous awards on the critics circuit, grossed a combined $200+ million worldwide, earned fifteen total Academy Award nominations, and both have a legitimate shot at winning the Best Picture prize–needless to say, it’s been a big year for Ellison. And what’s more interesting, perhaps, is that these are far and away the most eccentric films on the Best Picture ticket. This speaks, at least in part, to Megan Ellison’s producing style, which has raised a few eyebrows in Hollywood recently.
- Mark Pinkert
An intense teaser trailer has arrived for David Michod's "The Rover," the much anticipated follow-up to the Aussie director's brilliant 2010 crime film "Animal Kingdom." Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson star. Watch below. The film, which hits theaters this summer via A24, is set in an apocalyptic wasteland future, and centers on a man trekking across the unforgiving Australian dessert to locate his stolen car and its valuable contents. It's based on an original story by Michod and actor-collaborator Joel Edgerton. Scoot McNairy ("Argo," "Killing Them Softly"), Susan Prior and Anthony Hayes (both "Animal Kingdom" alum), Gillian Jones ("Oscar and Ludinda") and David Field ("Chopper") also star. Here's the official synopsis: The film is set in the Australian desert, in a dangerous and damaged near future. Eric (Pearce) has left everything, everyone and every semblance of human kindness behind him when a gang of desperate criminals steals his last possession. Eric sets off on a. »
- Beth Hanna
It’s a good news/bad news day aboard the good ship Terminator: Genesis. The bad news is that one of the film’s major financiers, Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, has pulled out of the production. The good? According to Deadline, an extinction level event has been averted by her brother David, whose Skydance Productions has taken up the budgetary slack.In truth, Annapurna’s involvement in the re-reboot always seemed a little surprising. Megan Ellison, who remains aboard in an exec-producer capacity, has established herself as a backer of hard-to-finance prestige indies and patron of filmmakers like Paul Thomas Anderson and Spike Jonze. Killing Them Softly, Zero Dark Thirty and the upcoming The Grandmaster and Foxcatcher seem more obviously to her taste than a cybernetic organism that looks a lot like Arnie.“We have been working closely with the filmmakers and have the utmost faith in their abilities, »
Ben Mendelsohn (Killing Them Softly, The Dark Knight Rises) is set to co-star opposite Kyle Chandler in Netflix‘s 13-episode psychological thriller from Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler and Sony Pictures TV. Written and executive produced by the Kessler brothers and Zelman in their follow-up to the acclaimed FX/DirecTV legal thriller starring Glenn Close, the untitled series centers on a family of adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when the black sheep oldest brother, Danny (Mendesohn), returns home. Chandler, who in real life is four years older than Aussie Mendelsohn, plays the married middle brother who takes care of the family. Filming is set to begin in late March in the Florida Keys. Related: Kyle Chandler To Star In Netflix’s Thriller Drama Series From Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, Glenn Kessler & Sony TV »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Ryan Reynolds leads a great cast in the comedy crime-thriller, and its genre blend combined with its synopsis below is enough to pique our interest. Following its bow out in Park City, the first teaser poster has launched over on Collider, giving us a tease of the murderous and comedic acts to come.
Jerry is a seemingly normal man trying to succeed in his new job at the Milton Bathtub Factory. He lives in a normal apartment—the type you would expect from a young bachelor—with his dog, Bosco, and his cat, Mr. Whiskers. Yet something seems off. As the new guy at work, Jerry is asked to help plan the company picnic, and he meets Fiona, an attractive English girl from accounting. »
- Kenji Lloyd
The first artwork has come out of Sundance for Jim Mickle's adaptation of Joe R. Lansdale's Cold in July starring Sam Shepard (Killing Them Softly, Mud), Don Johnson (Django Unchained), Vinessa Shaw (Two Lovers), and Michael C. Hall ("Dexter"). Dig it!
Despite the trappings — guns, stakeouts, an ex-con, a private eye, a porn ring, a shootout — this isn’t an ordinary suspense novel. It’s a lean, effective character study about a man who risks his comfortable life to pursue something half-glimpsed within his psyche. He feels guilty about his father’s suicide, he doubts his ability to raise his own son, and now he’s mixed up with another father, whose son has gone into a place of great darkness. A stirring tale in which actions have consequences, and no one is left unchanged by »
- Uncle Creepy
9 items from 2014
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