19 items from 2016
Brad Pitt (Courtesy: Marc Piasecki/WireImage)
By: Carson Blackwelder
Brad Pitt is already a world-renowned actor, a silver screen heartthrob, and a tabloid rumor magnet, but perhaps the 52-year-old’s biggest impact on the entertainment industry will be his wildly successful production company: Plan B Entertainment Inc. — commonly called Plan B.
Plan B was established in November 2001 and, while having gone through a few behind-the-scenes changes throughout the years, it has kept a consistent track record when it comes to churning out movies and TV shows that garner critical, audience, and awards attention. Now, after about 15 years of existence, the company has a shot at earning its fifth best picture nomination at the Oscars on February 2017 with Moonlight.
- Carson Blackwelder
Garth Davis‘ directorial debut Lion is based on a true story. The film makes sure to tell us that at the very beginning of the movie — just to remind us that whatever we’re about to see in front of us were real events inspired by real people. We first see the main character of the film, Saroo, at all but five years old, wandering the streets of central India by helping out his mom, a rock carrier, and his brother, the man of the house. In a random, but realistic, turn of events Saroo ends up on runaway train and gets lost thousands of kilometers away in the streets Calcutta. The first half, all in Hindi and Bengali with English subtitles, is dynamite, encompassing an exotic world far away from us that nevertheless feels all too intimate and relatable. Saroo is a tiny fella and he ends up surviving »
- The Film Stage
New Zealand director Andrew Dominik was last in Venice in 2007 with The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. His other films include Chopper and Killing Them Softly and what they all share, aside from visually stunning cinematography and a deft directorial hand, is the portrayal of killers. In One More […]
The post Venice 2016: One More Time with Feeling Review appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- Jo-Ann Titmarsh
Nick Cave decided to make a documentary about his new album Skeleton Tree to avoid having to discuss the painful subject of his son Arthur’s death with the media, said One More Time With Feeling director Andrew Dominik.
Dominik, best known for feature films such as The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Killing Them Softly, was speaking to journalists as One More Time With Feeling received its world premiere at the Venice film festival.
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- Andrew Pulver
If you wanted to beam an image to distant galaxies that communicated the look and meaning of the words “hipster rock star,” you could hardly do better than to send an image of Nick Cave. He was 58 years old when Andrew Dominik’s 3D black-and-white documentary “One More Time With Feeling” was shot, and he looks it, but quintessential rockers don’t age like the rest of us — they may acquire wrinkles, bags under the eyes, and so on, but they hold onto their aura, their ageless it factor. Cave undoubtedly has it. Tall and lean, with long stringy ink-black hair, clad in a jacket with tuxedo lapels that he wears with ironic elegance, he looks like a cross between Iggy Pop and Jim Jarmusch, though the years have also given this alt-pop dandy a pair of thickening eyebrows that are pure Richard Nixon.
As incongruous as that may sound, »
- Owen Gleiberman
It has been four years since Andrew Dominik‘s under-appreciated “Killing Them Softly” hit theaters. While the director returns next month with the Nick Cave documentary “One More Time With Feeling,” any news about a Dominik-helmed feature film has been pretty quiet lately. For a long while now, he’s been developing a Marilyn Monroe movie based […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
Screening globally from September 8, the documentary chronicles the recording of Skeleton Tree, the new album from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
"When Nick approached me about making a film around the recording and performing of the new Bad Seeds album, I.d been seeing quite a lot of him as we rallied around him and his family at the time of his son.s death," said Dominik, whose credits include Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Killing Them Softly..
"My immediate response was 'Why do you want to do this?' Nick told me that he had some things he needed to say, but he didn.t know who to say them to. The idea of a traditional interview, »
- Staff Writer
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Killing Them Softly director Andrew Dominik is back this year, although not with a narrative feature. Rather, he’s reunited with his Jesse James composer Nick Cave for a feature on the making of their new album, Skeleton Tree. Titled One More Time With Feeling, it depicts the creation process behind Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds‘ sixteenth studio LP.
Also set to premiere at the Venice International Film Festival ahead of worldwide screenings on September 8th, the film now has a first trailer. It shows off black-and-white imagery (the film also has color, as well as a mix of 3D and 2D) as we see Cave both in the studio and out and about. Check out the preview below, and see Dominik’s ten favorite films here.
Originally a performance based concept, One More Time With Feeling evolved into »
- Jordan Raup
Feature will include the first chance to hear songs from upcoming Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds album.
Musician Nick Cave has teamed with director Andrew Dominik for One More Time With Feeling, a feature that will include the first opportunity anyone will have to hear songs from Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds 16th studio album, Skeleton Tree.
The film will be distributed to more than 650 cinemas around the world by Picturehouse Entertainment on September 8, prior to the release of the album the following day.
Originally a performance based concept, One More Time With Feeling will explore the writing and recording of the album and delve into its tragic backdrop (Cave’s 15-year-old son, Arthur, died in July 2015 after falling from a cliff).
Interwoven throughout the Bad Seeds’ filmed performance of the new album are interviews and footage shot by Dominik, accompanied by Cave’s narration.
New Zealand-born Australian film director Dominik is best known for Chopper, [link »
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We’ve been patiently waiting for next film from Andrew Dominik, the director behind “The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford” and “Killing Them Softly,” but Hollywood doesn’t seem to be in any big rush to get his projects going. But it seems the filmmaker has a bit of a sneak attack planned […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
Across his three features this century, Andrew Dominik has explored masculine ideals (and the lack thereof) with an uncompromising vision. While earning the most acclaim for his stunning western The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford, his follow-up Killing Them Softly is also distinctive in its laser-focused fury, getting the impressive distinction of an “F” CinemaScore to cement it as something truly special. His long-gestating next feature, Blonde, is hopefully still happening (the last we heard, Netflix may back it and shooting could begin as early as this year), but as we wait for confirmation, today we’re looking at his favorite films of all-time.
Courtesy of his Sight & Sound ballot, it’s a primarily American-focused line-up with classics from Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Billy Wilder, and David Lynch (x2). Perhaps most interesting is his favorite Alfred Hitchcock film, one of the man’s last five features: Marnie, »
- Jordan Raup
If a film gets a Cinemascore of B or C, it's often classed as a disappointment. But what is a Cinemascore?
The process of marketing a movie is now an operation that lasts many months across all sorts of media, from bus stop posters to social media campaigns, all in pursuit of making sure the movie makes an impact in its opening weekend. Tracking and analytics can give an indication of how audiences are responding before the movie even hits cinemas, but it's only in that opening weekend, once they've actually seen the movie, that you can get a more accurate read on public opinion.
Box office aside, one way in which Hollywood's studios reads public response after release is Cinemascore, the Las Vegas-based market research firm which conducts nationwide exit polls. Billed as “Hollywood's Benchmark”, the company's researchers gathers information from filmgoers and the results, expressed as letter grades, »
As Cannes approaches, Screen casts its eye back at the winners and losers of 2012 according to our jury of critics.
Screen International’s jury of international critics has long been a strong indicator as to what will take the top prizes at the Cannes Film Festival – and 2012 was no different.
Both films scored 3.3 out of 4 and Amour went away with the festival’s coveted Palme d’Or.
Beyond the Hills also performed strongly, winning awards for best screenplay and best actress for its two leading ladies Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan. Director Mungiu has another shot at the Palme d’Or this year with Graduation (Bacalaureat).
It was a year for ties, with »
March 21st sees the home release of the critically acclaimed American thriller Bloodline – Season 1. Produced by Sony Pictures as a 13 episode Netflix Original series, the story centres on the Rayburn family who own and manage a beachside hotel in the Florida Keys. To mark the 45th anniversary of their reputable and well-respected business, the Rayburns are being celebrated with the dedication of a local pier being given in their honour.
A seemingly respectable and upstanding family within the community, the return of the Rayburn’s oldest son, Danny, to take part in the festivities doesn’t raise any eyebrows. However Danny’s return isn’t so welcome among the family, who see him as a threat to their carefully constructed facade; a facade which hides a dark and murky past.
Debuting at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival in 2015 the series instantly gained rave reviews for it’s tense and gripping overtones, »
- Dan Powell
Menino, who died in 2014, was in his fifth term and 20th year in office when terrorists attacked at the 2013 marathon.
The movie will be directed by Peter Berg (“Lone Survivor”) and written by Matt Charman (“Bridge of Spies”) based on former Boston Police commissioner Ed Davis’ account of the events. Wahlberg, Scott Stuber, Hutch Parker, Dylan Clark, Dorothy Aufiero, Stephen Levinson and Michael Radutzky are producing the pic, which begins shooting this month in Boston.
J.K. Simmons recently joined the cast as Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese of the Watertown Police Department. Four days after the 2013 bombing, the off-duty officer jumped fences and went through backyards to flank bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. »
- Dave McNary
Erik Lomis, president of distribution at the Weinstein Co. for the past five years, is leaving the company for a new post at Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Picture.
The departure was confirmed Thursday by David Glasser, chief operating officer, who said Lomis is headed to another job.
“He got a great offer and we wish him the best,” Glasser said. “He did a great job for us.”
Lomis’ new post at Annapurna, first reported by Deadline, will include distribution duties
Lomis, who was president of distribution at MGM between 2000 and 2005, came on board at TWC in 2011. He saw major successes from “The Artist,” which won the Oscar for best picture in 2012, and from “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and “Django Unchained” in 2013 and “The Imitation Game” in 2014.
- Dave McNary
The operation will handle sales and distribution on all MadRiver films as well as films from Vendian Entertainment, which has made a strategic investment in MadRiver Pictures.
MadRiver titles include Burr Steers’ “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” starring Lily James and set for release Friday; John Hillcoat’s “Triple 9,” starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul and Anthony Mackie, which will be released by Open Road Films on Feb. 26; and James Gray’s “The Lost City of Z,” starring Charlie Hunnam.
Fox will separately continue to run the Annapurna International label and represent all Annapurna Pictures titles for the international marketplace, including Annapurna »
- Dave McNary
The Friends of Eddie Coyle, 1973.
Directed by Peter Yates.
After his last crime has him looking at a long prison sentence for repeat offenses, a low level Boston gangster decides to snitch on his friends to avoid jail time.
Eddie Coyle is a small time gun runner for an organised crime outfit in Boston. He knows the game. He knows when to keep his mouth shut and what happens to those who do not. They call him ‘Fingers’ due to an incident with his hand, an open drawer, and someone’s foot closing that draw on his hand. It’s a constant reminder of the life he chose.
We enter the film with Eddie in trouble; caught smuggling contraband and it’s not his first time which means another stretch in jail. But Eddie is 51 years old, »
- Amie Cranswick
Just months after Johnny Depp’s comically over-the-top role as Whitey Bulger in Black Mass, the actor is potentially returning to the criminal underworld as the lead in J.C. Chandor’s next project, Triple Frontier. Chandor’s follow-up to the 2014 morality play A Most Violent Year its title refers to the real-life border zone between Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil where crime has thrived in the absence of law enforcement. Chandor already has his next project lined up as well, a remake of the 2010 German film, The Robber, which tells the true story of Johann Kastenberger, a marathon runner who robbed banks as a hobby. [Variety and Deadline]
Scoot McNairy isn’t yet a household name, but he’s built a resume with an impressive list of heavy hitter directors since his breakout roles in Monsters and Killing Them Softly. He’s signed on to two more promising films with The Legacy of A »
- Michael Snydel
19 items from 2016
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