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Entertainment Weekly have unleashed a new image from Quentin Tarantino's Hateful Eight. While it doesn't give much away, it still has got that moody and bad ass look that Django Unchained had. Tarantino painted that movie in a very specific style and looks like he's got out those paint brushes again here! Epic! Christmas can't come fast enough (I know, I know) Synopsis: In The Hateful Eight, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins »
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When "Argo" won Best Picture at the Oscars two years ago, producer/director Ben Affleck gave an emotional, yet slightly awkward acceptance speech that many believed hinted at troubles with his marriage to Jennifer Garner. What do You think? Watch the Oscars flashback video below. -Break- Watch dozens of video chats with 2015 Emmy contenders "I want to thank you for working on our marriage for 10 Christmases," Affleck said at the podium. "It's good. It is work, but it's the best kind of work. And there's no one I'd rather work with!" Fast forward to this week, when Affleck and Garner broke the news of their split, telling People, "After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce." By winning Best Picture, "Argo" took down co-nominees "Amour," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Django Unchained," "Les Miserables,&quo..." »
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
Ah, the Western. The gift we love to pretend has stopped giving. Periodically, a movie set in the 1800s featuring cowboys and quick-fire gun action comes along and everyone makes big statements about how it used to be a cinematic cornerstone and now, well, isn’t (for an answer to why that happened, see Toy Story).
The thing is, while the Western did decrease in prominence and certainly went away from the mainstream, it is still fighting strong. How would the annual (or, for 2015 it seems, bi-monthly) tradition of commenting on the genre’s long-past heyday still exist otherwise?
What is worth remarking on in regards to the Western is how pretty much every noteworthy recent entry in the genre (even, to a degree, the dire Cowboys And Aliens) has been about the “End of an Era”; True Grit juxtaposed growing up with the death of the »
- Alex Leadbeater
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Saturday, July 11. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit Comic-Con.org to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.
10:00am - 11:00am SpongeBob SquarePants
The cast of SpongeBob is back! All your Bikini Bottom favorites are on hand to perform Idiot Box at a live table read as chosen by the fans online. Featuring Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), and Dee Bradley Baker (all other Biukini Bottomites.. Following the performance will be a Q&A with the cast and creative director, Vincent Waller. Plus, a sneak peek at a »
While it may not be as prevalent as it once was, the Western refuses to go away. It’s genre that has evolved in the face of its waning popularity, clear cut battle of white hats against the back hats giving way to an entire deconstruction of the genre, and now recent years have seen a rise in movies celebrating the Western, from the knowing homage of Django Unchained or a loving tribute in the vain of The Salvation. Now, John McLean wades in with his directorial debut, Slow West, taking the spirit of the genre and giving it a spin all this own. A founding member of Scottish experimental musical group The Beta Band, McLean’s breaths an air of the eccentric into the familiar tale of Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit McPhee), a young immigrant who has travelled from “the cold shoulder of Scotland to the baking heart of »
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
The Weinstein Company announced today that Academy Award winning writer/director Quentin Tarantino and the cast of his upcoming feature The Hateful Eight are set to make a huge splash at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. The beloved director and actors behind his hotly anticipated Christmas Day release will appear in a Hall H panel on Saturday, July 11th at 1:30pm. The presentation will include a discussion with Quentin Tarantino and the cast about the production, its upcoming roadshow release, the glorious 70mm format that it will be released in, and an exclusive premiere of footage from the film. The panel will be moderated by Chris Hardwick of Nerdist.
TWC will release The Hateful Eight in select theaters on December 25, 2015 with an exclusive two-week roadshow opening in 70mm. Following the two-week engagement, the film will open with a digital theatrical release nationwide on January 8, 2016, while continuing to be shown in 70mm as well. »
Steve Pond asks if Emmy voters, who must turn in their final ballots Friday, will embrace such new diverse shows as "Empire," "Transparent," and "How to Get Away with Murder." He says that unlike the Oscars, the Emmy calendar "makes reading the tea leaves an exercise in futility." SAG and Golden Globe ceremonies were months ago, and many Emmy-eligible shows had not even debuted yet. Some clues might be gained by looking at critics' awards nominations and the other guilds. The only four shows embraced by all four major guilds were "House of Cards, "Game of Thrones," Louie, and "Modern Family," so those programs should be safe. The Wrap -Break- Anne Thompson reports that Quentin Tarantino will follow his "Django Unchained" strategy with a first look at his next film, "The Hateful Eight." He will debut footage at Comic-Con in San Diego on July 11 and talk about the 70 mm..."' »
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Harvey Weinstein is allowing Quentin Tarantino to take a break from the editing room on "The Hateful Eight" in order to share some footage with the Hall H hordes at San Diego Comic-Con (July 9-12). They did the same thing with western "Django Unchained," which went on to score $425 million worldwide after it opened on Christmas Day 2012, five Oscar nominations and two wins, for Tarantino's original screenplay and supporting actor Christoph Waltz. Surprisingly, Waltz is not in this one. Instead, Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demian Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Bruce Dern are expected to appear at 1:30 Pm on July 11th in Hall H, where moderator Chris Hardwicke will welcome the cast and Tarantino to talk about the 70 mm holiday release and exclusive premiere footage from the film. This is welcome news in a year »
- Anne Thompson
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
Songs On Screen: All week HitFix will be featuring tributes by writers to their favorite musical moments from TV and film. Check out all the entries in the series here. When we talk about underrated directors, it's hard not to mention Walter Hill. Hill is an underrated director, the way Michael Ritchie and Peter Yates were underrated directors, the way Roger Donaldson, Joe Dante, and Fred Schepisi are underrated directors. They’re all underrated because it’s only when you look at their filmographies that the numbers start to total up and you realize, boy, he directed a lot of really good movies. In Hill’s case, that list includes "The Warriors," "48 Hours," "The Long Riders," "Southern Comfort,: "Hard Times," "Trespass," and "Wild Bill." Some great. Some solid. (My personal favorite of those is Hard Times, a pulpy film about bare-knuckle boxers in the Great Depression.) There were clunkers »
- Michael Oates Palmer
Jurassic World is shattering box office records across the globe, but what happened to the stars of the movie that kick-started it all? Steven Spielberg's 1993 classic Jurassic Park was flawlessly cast, mixing well-known stars and fresh faces in a perfect blockbuster thrill-ride.
A one-time contender to play James Bond, Neill's early credits include espionage series Reilly: Ace of Spies, Dead Calm and The Hunt for Red October. In the years after Jurassic Park he notched up roles in Event Horizon, The Tudors and Peaky Blinders. Neill »
A new Spectre featurette has just been released from the production of the 24th James Bond adventure. The 2-minute promo features a behind-the-scenes look at the film, which is still shooting under the direction of Sam Mendes.
The Mexico set action sequence will have the country’s Day Of The Dead festival as a back drop, and will feature as the elaborate opening scene of the new movie, which opens in the UK and the Us in early November this year.
Sam Mendes said: “I wanted the audience to be dropped right into the middle of a very, very specific, very heady, rich environment. It’s the Day of the Dead, everywhere you look there’s colour and detail and life. »
- Paul Heath
The official 007 website has just debuted a brand new featurette for Spectre, which explores the filming of the opening sequence set during the Day of the Dead festival in Mexico City, and features contributions from drector Sam Mendes, Costume Designer Jany Temime, Costume Supervisors Anna Terrazas and Kenny Crouch, Crowd Hair Supervisor Tracey Smith, Line Producer Stacy Perskie and Make-Up Designer Naomi Donne. Take a look…
See Also: New footage in extended TV spot for Spectre
A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre.
- Gary Collinson
Rome — Quentin Tarantino held court Friday at Italy’s 59th David di Donatello Awards in Rome, which he attended to collect prizes from several years back for “Pulp Fiction” and “Django Unchained” and where Italian director Francesco Munzi’s potent Mafia drama “Black Souls” made a clean sweep, scooping nine prizes.
A relaxed Tarantino and girlfriend Courtney Hoffman pranced down the Rome Teatro Olimpico red carpet, mobbed by paparazzi and TV crews.
Onstage Tarantino was asked: “What ingredients does a Tarantino movie need to have?”
“Usually a healthy combination of horrible violence and funny comedy,” he answered. “I think the blood and the comedy together is one of the things you really need for an ‘à la Tarantino’ movie.”
Asked if he’d ever thought of making a Mafia pic, Tarantino replied: “I could totally do it! A favorite Italian director of mine is Fernando Di Leo, who specialized in making Mafia movies, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Following the two-week engagement, the film will open with a theatrical digital release nationwide on January 8, 2016, while continuing to be shown in 70mm. This marks the widest 70mm release that the industry has seen in over twenty years. Back in 2012 TWC also booked Paul Thomas Anderson’s "The Master" in 70 mm houses. Celluloid-lover Tarantino, who runs the New Beverly Cinema, which exclusively shows film prints only, believes that "glorious" 70mm is the best way to experience his Civil War-era western. And a Christmas Day release will be a prime time late-year showcase for the movie in Academy-centric cities like Los Angeles and New York. While late releases don't always have the advantage these days, the Academy loves Tarantino and is one of the last remaining demos to appreciate the art of the western. They will check out the movie: after all, "Inglourious Basterds' and 'Django Unchained' earned 8 and 5 Oscar nominations, »
- Anne Thompson
Easily my most anticipated film of 2015 is Quentin Tarantino's latest The Hateful Eight. I may or may not have read that leaked first draft of the script, and if I did, I would say it was pretty terrific. It also does not hurt that Tarantino pushed for 70mm both in production and distribution. And we have been twiddling our thumbs, waiting to know when exactly we'd get to see this film. Well, we can now go over to our calendars and circle a day. Like his 2012 western Django Unchained, we will see The Hateful Eight on Christmas Day, Dec. 25. That is if your local cinema projects 70mm film. Luckily, I am one of those people. If you do not have this kind of projection around you, you will have to wait until Jan. 8, 2016 for the nationwide digital release. That is a surprising length of time between the two releases. »
- Mike Shutt
The Weinstein Company has slotted Quentin Tarantino’s latest genre-romp The Hateful Eight for a Christmas Day opening, exclusively in the high-resolution 70mm format, before opening the movie in more standard “digital” resolutions nationwide on January 8.
Tarantino shot The Hateful Eight on 65mm film with plans from the get-go to deliver the largest-scale 70mm projection release in decades. Though 70mm projectors are rare nowadays, seeing as theaters skew more digital, the director will be traveling to 50 theaters to personally retrofit them to correctly project the pic.
The Christmas Day opening is in line with his strategy of personally delivering the projectors so as to reward the theaters willing to take a stab at the high-resolution format.
Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demian Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Zoe Bell and Bruce Dern all star in The Hateful Eight, which kicks off as a motley crew »
- Isaac Feldberg
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