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Has Film Declined In The 21st Century?

Tom Jolliffe on whether standards in film have dropped this century…

I’ve made passing reference to it before, but the tail end of the year always brings time for reflection, and I’ve often bemoaned the decline in important cinema being made in recent years. This is the stuff of miserable old git conversations in the pub. I’ve had a few with a couple of mates. We’re all hovering around the mid-30’s mark, so we’re not that old yet but we’ve constructed a faultless conclusion (beer led conclusions following much calculating are always faultless of course)…Film died somewhere in the late 90’s (Died is a little strong I admit). Likewise we’ve discussed exactly the same regarding music (I will say whatever groaning apathy I begin to find about modern film is nothing compared to the music industry now).

I’ve nailed the point of decline (for music,
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Martin Ransohoff, Filmways Founder and ‘Cincinnati Kid’ Producer, Dies at 90

Martin Ransohoff, Filmways Founder and ‘Cincinnati Kid’ Producer, Dies at 90
Martin Ransohoff, who produced notable films of the 1960s and ’70s such as “The Cincinnati Kid” and “Save the Tiger” and co-founded Filmways Television, died Wednesday at his home in Bel-Air,Calif. He was 90.

Filmways produced some of the biggest TV hits of the 1960s including “The Beverly Hillbillies,” “The Addams Family,” “Petticoat Junction,” “Green Acres” and “The Hollywood Squares.”

Ransohoff later entered the movie business along with Filmways’ executive John Calley. Their first film was 1962’s “Boys’ Night Out,” followed by 1963’s “The Wheeler Dealers.” He also was behind the 1965 New Orleans-set drama, “The Cincinnati Kid,” which starred Steve McQueen, Edward G. Robinson, Ann-Margret, and Karl Malden. Ransohoff famously fired Sam Peckinpah from the film, feeling his vision was too dark, and hired Norman Jewison to direct.

He exited the company in 1972 to become an independent film producer.

Among his producing credits were Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton’s “The Sandpiper,” Tony Richardson
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Could Fox Acquisition Finally Make Disney an Awards Power Player?

Could Fox Acquisition Finally Make Disney an Awards Power Player?
Disney has been one of the least awards-focused studios in the game for decades. The Burbank-based company even made a concerted effort to eliminate the specialty side of its movie business, selling off Miramax Films for $660 million in 2010 and only deigning to dabble in awards season fare with a handful of recent prestige productions like “The Help” and “Lincoln” through its distribution pact with DreamWorks.

How ironic, then, that with an acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s film divisions, it could mark a whole new era for Disney on the circuit. Through “Big” Fox and subsidiary Fox Searchlight, the studio would have a whole other silo far more adept at the awards game…if that’s even of interest, that is.

As if to prove that point, Fox blasted out a press release Monday morning in the wake of this year’s Golden Globe nominations announcement, beaming over a field-leading 27 mentions for a slew of films including
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Final Commuter Trailer Puts Liam Neeson's Life on the Line

Final Commuter Trailer Puts Liam Neeson's Life on the Line
With its release less than a month away, Lionsgate has debuted the final trailer for The Commuter, which stars Liam Neeson as an ordinary man in an extraordinary situation. Unlike his character in the smash hit Taken series, Liam Neeson's Michael McCauley doesn't have a "a very particular set of skills," but still he's required to rely on his wits and instincts when dragged into a treacherous game of life or death while minding his own business on the commuter train he takes to work every day.

In this action-packed thriller, Liam Neeson is Michael, an insurance salesman, whose daily commute home quickly becomes anything but routine. After being confronted by a mysterious stranger (Vera Farmiga), Michael is blackmailed into finding the identity of a passenger on his train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, Michael is unwittingly caught up in
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Jordan Peele's Golden Globes Snub Isn't Surprising - It's Scary

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Two of the most commercially and critically acclaimed films of 2017 were directed by a woman and an African-American man, but when nominations for the 2018 Golden Globe Awards were announced on Dec. 11, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins and Get Out director Jordan Peele were both shut out of the best director category. Meanwhile, Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig was another woman who was passed over in the best director category, which left out female directors altogether. Superhero-themed movies rarely secure nontechnical nominations and accolades during award season, so even though Jenkins shattered both studio expectations and the box office, it's often not a surprise when the films and filmmakers in the genre are overlooked. However, with Get Out, Jordan Peele's directorial debut that made more than $254 million worldwide on a $4.5 million budget, the conversations and praise surrounding the instant classic should have made Peele a shoo-in for a best director nod.
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Bradley Whitford, Toby Kebbell, Scoot McNairy Join Nicole Kidman’s ‘Destroyer’

Bradley Whitford, Toby Kebbell, Scoot McNairy Join Nicole Kidman’s ‘Destroyer’
Bradley Whitford, Toby Kebbell, and Scoot McNairy have joined Karyn Kusama’s crime thriller “Destroyer,” starring Nicole Kidman, Tatiana Maslany, and Sebastian Stan.

The project begins shooting next week in Los Angeles from a script by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. 30West will fully finance the film, with Fred Berger of Automatik producing alongside Hay and Manfredi.

Destroyer” follows the moral and existential odyssey of Lapd detective Erin Bell, who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past.

Whitford starred in Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” and can next be seen in Steven Spielberg’s feature “The Post,” starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep for Fox. He recently
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Salon Pictures Promotes Annabel Wigoder, Staffs Up (Exclusive)

Salon Pictures Promotes Annabel Wigoder, Staffs Up (Exclusive)
Churchill” producer Salon Pictures has put Annabel Wigoder in charge of development and added Tom Knight and Emilia Rose Arno to its ranks. London-based Salon is gearing up for a busy 2018 with “McQueen” and “Fred” set for release in the first half of next year.

Wigoder was an associate producer on “McQueen,” a feature documentary on fashion designed Steve McQueen; London gangster story “Fred,” with Freddie Foreman; and cannabis farm documetary “Breaking Habits.” She joined Salon in May from TV production giant Endemol Shine and, as head of development, will now manage the slate across film, documentary and TV.

Salon was founded by Paul Van Carter and Nick Taussig. Van Carter said: “Annabel is first class in development, working perfectly between script and talent. Her promotion is an exciting push forward for our company and the team.”

Knight is one of two new recruits at Salon and will be executive producer, tasked with raising
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The Celebrities Who Crossed Paths with Charles Manson and His Deadly Cult

The Celebrities Who Crossed Paths with Charles Manson and His Deadly Cult
Before Charles Manson — who died on Sunday at age 83 — and his murderous “family” of followers embarked on a plan to kill famous people in the ’60s, the group sought out celebrities as friends, roommates and professional connections.

Manson was drawn to the famous and glamorous, biographer Jeff Guinn explains to People: “Manson fully intended to become the most famous rock ’n’ roll star in history” — and he worked to connect with those who he believed could aid his career.

The time period is also important, Guinn says: From the mid- to late-‘60s, many celebrities embraced an egalitarian idea that
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Production Designer Adam Stockhausen on Building Wes Anderson’s Worlds

Production Designer Adam Stockhausen on Building Wes Anderson’s Worlds
Production designer Adam Stockhausen, known for creating much of the fantastical look of Wes Anderson films such as “Moonrise Kingdom” and “Grand Budapest Hotel,” for which he won the Oscar, says he derives much of his inspiration from intensive research.

Working closely with Anderson, Stockhausen most recently designed the upcoming “Isle of Dogs” while also creating the look of adventures inside a video game for Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi actioner “Ready Player One.”

Stockhausen, also known for Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies” and Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave,” for which he was Oscar-nommed, has achieved a notably quick rise from theater work in New York through his film debut in 2004, working for production designer Mark Friedberg on the surreal “Synecdoche, New York” by Charlie Kaufman.

The old-fashioned stop-motion look of “Isle of Dogs” is already generating buzz.

It’s an amazing story. I’m so excited for it to come along. The actors
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Hans Zimmer Got ‘Starstuck’ Meeting Jonny Greenwood, Names Him His ‘Favorite Film Composer’

Hans Zimmer Got ‘Starstuck’ Meeting Jonny Greenwood, Names Him His ‘Favorite Film Composer’
Hans Zimmer is one of the most prolific film composers in movie history. An Oscar winner with 10 nominations to his name, Zimmer has worked with everyone from Christopher Nolan to Ridley Scott, Terrence Malick, Steve McQueen, Mike Nichols, and Ron Howard, among many others. He’s such a legend that to be named his favorite film composer would be a huge honor, and such is the case with Jonny Greenwood.

Read More:‘ocean (bloom)’ First Listen: Radiohead and Hans Zimmer’s First Collaboration is An Orchestral Explosion

Speaking to CBC Radio, Zimmer called Greenwood his “favorite film composer” and even admitted to being “starstruck” when he met Greenwood for the first time this year. Zimmer joined forces with Radiohead for a track off the “Blue Planet II” soundtrack, and it was a task that made Zimmer more nervous than usual. “[I didn’t want to] mess up their song, because they’re not just anybody,
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‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Production Designer Adam Stockhausen to Be Feted at Camerimage

‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Production Designer Adam Stockhausen to Be Feted at Camerimage
Poland’s Camerimage cinematography fest will be honoring Adam Stockhausen with its prize for production designer with unique visual sensitivity, organizers have announced.

The creative force behind the look of Charlie Kaufman’s “Synecdoche, New York” and Kevin Macdonald’s “State of Play,” Stockhausen won an Oscar for his production design on Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and was nominated two more times, for Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” and Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies.”

Stockhausen’s work will be seen next year in McQueen’s “Widows,” a thriller about four women who have to take over a heist when their husbands are killed, and in Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated pic “Isle of Dogs,” and Spielberg’s sci-fi action adventure “Ready Player One.”

Stockhausen developed his distinctive style with genre films including Josh Gordon and Will Speck’s “The Switch” and Wes Craven’s “Scream 4,” and made his
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Michael Fassbender: After a Year of Flops, Here’s How He Can Recover from ‘The Snowman’

Michael Fassbender: After a Year of Flops, Here’s How He Can Recover from ‘The Snowman’
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors and those who hope to get there. In this edition, we take on Michael Fassbender.

Bottom Line: Fassbender is an asset in any ensemble, from the “X-Men” franchise to “Inglourious Basterds.” Those franchises inflate his bankability in foreign territories, and he’s had two Oscar nominations, but he lacks marquee value. He was the biggest star in well-reviewed $97-million sequel “Alien: Covenant” (Metacritic: 65), which scored just $240 million worldwide, down dramatically from the $430 million earned by its predecessor, “Prometheus.” Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin didn’t even know who Fassbender was when his name came up to play the lead in hot project “Steve Jobs” (Metacritic: 82); and sure enough, even with a full-tilt Oscar push that brought him his first Best Actor nomination, the $30-million movie tanked with just $34 million worldwide. Fassbender tends to be cast as troubled antiheroes (Magneto, Macbeth,
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Michael Fassbender: After a Year of Flops, Here’s How He Can Recover from ‘The Snowman’

Michael Fassbender: After a Year of Flops, Here’s How He Can Recover from ‘The Snowman’
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors and those who hope to get there. In this edition, we take on Michael Fassbender.

Bottom Line: Fassbender is an asset in any ensemble, from the “X-Men” franchise to “Inglourious Basterds.” Those franchises inflate his bankability in foreign territories, and he’s had two Oscar nominations, but he lacks marquee value. He was the biggest star in well-reviewed $97-million sequel “Alien: Covenant” (Metacritic: 65), which scored just $240 million worldwide, down dramatically from the $430 million earned by its predecessor, “Prometheus.” Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin didn’t even know who Fassbender was when his name came up to play the lead in hot project “Steve Jobs” (Metacritic: 82); and sure enough, even with a full-tilt Oscar push that brought him his first Best Actor nomination, the $30-million movie tanked with just $34 million worldwide. Fassbender tends to be cast as troubled antiheroes (Magneto, Macbeth,
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Film News Roundup: Live-Action ‘Dora the Explorer’ Moves Forward With Nick Stoller

Film News Roundup: Live-Action ‘Dora the Explorer’ Moves Forward With Nick Stoller
In today’s film news roundup, Paramount Players hires Nick Stoller for “Dora the Explorer,” Sean Patrick Flanery will star in racecar action film “Dirt Track,” Steve McQueen signs an overall deal with New Regency, “Mudbound” wins at Middleburg Film Festival, and Orion hires Kevin Shelby.

Project Development

The fledgling Paramount Players division has hired writer-director Nick Stoller to work on the script for a live-action “Dora the Explorer” movie.

Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes partners Andrew Form and Brad Fuller are producing the movie, which has been in the works since 2015.

Details are under wraps beyond the movie centering on Dora as a teenager. The animated “Dora the Explorer” television series ran on Nickelodeon from 2000-2014 with 172 episodes aired following a young Latina girl who went on adventures around the world.

Platinum Dunes has a first-look deal with Paramount. Stoller’s writing credits include “Get Him to the Greek,” “Neighbors,” the Muppet movie reboots,
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New Regency Sets Multi-Year Deal With Oscar-Winning Director Steve McQueen

New Regency Sets Multi-Year Deal With Oscar-Winning Director Steve McQueen
Exclusive: New Regency has signed a multi-year overall deal with Steve McQueen. The Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave director will develop feature films to be produced and financed by New Regency. The deal extends a relationship with the director/writer/producer, who followed the New Regency-backed Best Picture winner 12 Years A Slave with Widows. McQueen is shooting that film now with Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriquez and Cynthia Erivo starring alongside…
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Hollywood’s New Leaders in Film

Hollywood’s New Leaders in Film
Each year Variety’s New Leaders feature profiles the most prominent up-and-comers in the entertainment business. To determine this year’s worthies, Variety looked for go-getters across disciplines, from television, digital, music and film, to law and finance, as well as content creators. They were proposed by their bosses and peers who have worked with them and seen their rise. All are age 40 or under, and Variety has measured them by the progress of their career trajectories: do they take calculated risks? How fast have they risen in their companies? Are they innovative and employ solutions to problems that are creative? While it’s hard to pinpoint the “it” factor, these folks embody that intangible. The people on the list have helped build the brilliant careers of their clients, shepherded hit television shows and successful movies, created small-screen series, films and animated shows, launched digital platforms, fostered hit music, counseled top dealmakers and financed them, and are some
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'Only the Brave' Review: Josh Brolin & Co. Bring Heat, Humanity to Firefighter Drama

'Only the Brave' Review: Josh Brolin & Co. Bring Heat, Humanity to Firefighter Drama
If you've been to the movies any time over the last century, you're familiar with men like Eric Marsh. They're hard-ass guys, often stoic but capable of being sensitive and, in rare cases, prone to sentimentality. Their flaws and temper-flares are balanced out by their virtues: staunch professionalism, a salt-of-the-earth nobility, an almost stubborn loyalty to their men. The kind of dudes who treat their enemies – in this case, the massive forest fires that annually scorch acres of Arizona landscape – with something close to respect. ("What are you up to?
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Alicia Vikander & Michael Fassbender Marry In Secret Ibiza Getaway

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Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender got married over the weekend in a secret ceremony in Ibiza. Alicia Vikander & Michael Fassbender Married According to reports, both actors were wearing weddings rings on Sunday. They were first spotted on the Spanish island on Friday, and Steve McQueen, who’s directed Fassbender in film, was pictured at a party […]

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Hollywood New Leaders: Agents and Managers

Hollywood New Leaders: Agents and Managers
Each year Variety’s New Leaders feature profiles the most prominent up-and-comers in the entertainment business. To determine this year’s worthies, Variety looked for go-getters across disciplines, from television, digital, music and film, to law and finance, as well as content creators. They were proposed by their bosses and peers who have worked with them and seen their rise. All are age 40 or under, and Variety has measured them by the progress of their career trajectories: do they take calculated risks? How fast have they risen in their companies? Are they innovative and employ solutions to problems that are creative? While it’s hard to pinpoint the “it” factor, these folks embody that intangible. The people on the list have helped build the brilliant careers of their clients, shepherded hit television shows and successful movies, created small-screen series, films and animated shows, launched digital platforms, fostered hit music, counseled top dealmakers and financed them, and are some
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Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander Got Married in an Ultra-Private Ibiza Ceremony, People Confirms

Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander Got Married in an Ultra-Private Ibiza Ceremony, People Confirms
Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander have officially tied the knot!

The happy couple got married over the weekend in Ibiza, sources confirmed to People.

The pair exchanged vows at the luxurious La Granja farmstead resort surrounded by friends and family, according to the sources.

In photos on the Daily Mail, both Vikander, 29, and Fassbender, 40, sported bands on their ring fingers on Sunday.

Ahead of the ceremony, Fassbender and Vikander were spotted hanging out with friends and family on the Spanish island Friday, with the Swedish actress wearing a white, summery gown with matching heart sunglasses. Meanwhile, the Irish-German actor showed
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