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Michael Apted Receiving Another Honor: DGA Honorary Life Membership

Michael Apted Receiving Another Honor: DGA Honorary Life Membership
The Directors Guild of America is awarding Michael Apted its DGA honorary life member award on Saturday at its 70th Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel — the latest in a long line of honors.

The award is given in recognition of leadership, contribution to the guild and the profession of directing, and outstanding career achievement. Apted currently serves as DGA secretary-treasurer but he’s also received a Grammy, a British Academy Award, a DGA Award and the International Documentary Association’s highest

honor, the Ida Career Achievement Award.

By the order of Queen Elizabeth II, he was also made a Companion of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George for his work in the film and television industries. In 2013, Apted received the DGA’s Robert B. Aldrich Award for extraordinary service to the Guild and its membership.

“Michael is a game changer for our guild and our industry,” said DGA President
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13 days until Oscar nominations... Can Roger Deakins win with a 14th nod?

by Nathaniel R

the great Roger Deakins on set

Is 13 an unlucky number? Not particular with Oscar, no, but Roger Deakins is surely anxious to move beyond it. The 68 year old cinematographer is still hugely in demand and a regular Oscar competitor but he's currently sitting at 13 nominations and Still has no statues to show for it. Will #14 prove lucky should he be nominated for Blade Runner 2049 this year (as is widely expected)? His nominated film list is just one beautiful astonishment after another: The Shawshank Redemption, Fargo, Kundun, O Brother Where Art Thou?, The Man Who Wasn't There, No Country For Old Men, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Reader, True Grit, Skyfall, Prisoners, Unbroken, Sicario. His filmography also includes films like Thunderheart, The Secret Garden, Barton Fink, and Sid & Nancy. Will he win on March 4th or will someone else steal his
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Michael Apted to Receive Directors Guild’s Honorary Life Member Award

Michael Apted to Receive Directors Guild’s Honorary Life Member Award
The Directors Guild of America has awarded Michael Apted its DGA honorary life member award in recognition of leadership, contribution to the guild and the profession of directing, and outstanding career achievement.

The award will be presented to Apted, who currently serves as DGA secretary-treasurer, at the 70th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Feb. 3 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

“Michael is a game changer for our guild and our industry,” said DGA President Thomas Schlamme. “Whether having the foresight as a young man to conceptualize the revolutionary documentary series “7 Up” — still going on decades later — or guiding Hollywood through a digital revolution, he is a fearless, visionary leader, and we are all the beneficiaries.”

Schlamme noted that Apted has served as either president or co-chair for every major new media and Svod negotiation.

“Michael has skillfully navigated the DGA through times of great change, setting the path for our members and our industry to flourish. His search
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Remembering Tom Petty, Oscar-Winning 'Star Wars' Costumer John Mollo and More Reel-Important People We Lost in October

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Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Dennis Banks (1937-2017) - Native American Activist, Actor. He appears in The Last of the Mohicans and Older Than America, as himself in Thunderheart and the documentaries Incident at Oglala and Sing Your Song. He was also the subject of the 2010 doc A Good Day to Die. He died on October 29. (Star Tribune) Ben Bates (1933-2017) - Stunt Man. In addition to doing stunts for TV's Gunsmoke and the movie The White Buffalo, he also played...

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Michael Apted interview: Unlocked, Bond, thrillers

Ryan Lambie May 5, 2017

Director Michael Apted talks to us about his new film Unlocked, memories of making a Bond movie, and why thrillers make great cinema...

Over a career which stretches back to the 1960s, director Michael Apted has proved to be an extraordinarily versatile filmmaker. There's his ongoing series of Up television documentaries, which have charted the experiences of a range of British people over a period of 49 years and counting. There are his movies, which range from the Oscar-winning Gorillas In The Mist (1988) to the big-budget Bond entry The World Is Not Enough (1999). And then there's his TV work, which includes episodes of Rome and Masters Of Sex.

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Apted's deep in thriller territory with his new film Unlocked, which stars Noomi Rapace as
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Movie Review – Unlocked (2017)

Unlocked, 2017.

Directed by Michael Apted.

Starring Noomi Rapace, Orlando Bloom, Toni Collette, Michael Douglas and John Malkovich.

Synopsis:

Former CIA interrogator Alice (Noomi Rapace) is working undercover in a London community centre. She’s reluctant to go back to her old job because of her failure to “unlock” a suspect, which resulted in terrorist attack which killed dozens of innocent people. But the apparent prospect of a chemical attack on London draws her back in – under false pretences. Now she has to track down who’s really behind it.

Just a few minutes into Michael Apted’s Unlocked, a terrible cloud of deja vu descends. We’ve been here time and time again, but this time familiarity doesn’t just breed contempt, it does nothing to make the film memorable. The sad truth about the latest from one of Britain’s best directors is that it’s forgettable, sub-Spooks tosh.
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Michael Apted: Keeping the Line Between Fact and Fiction Sharply in Focus

Michael Apted: Keeping the Line Between Fact and Fiction Sharply in Focus
Bydgoszcz, Poland — For Michael Apted, it’s not critical whether a story is told as a documentary or as a narrative, he says. He’s done both, having begun his film career with the almost accidental invention of the “longitudinal documentary” with 1963’s “7 Up!” and its follow-up editions every seven years, following 14 Britons throughout their lives.

Later, filming the story of a shootout involving Native Americans in South Dakota, which resulted in the deaths of two FBI agents in 1975, he first took on the story as the docu “Incident at Oglala” in 1992.

He then retold a related story loosely in the narrative “Thunderheart,” starring Graham Greene and Val Kilmer and several of the subjects of the original nonfiction film that same year.

What’s important is not to blur the border between fact and fiction, says Apted.

The recipient of a lifetime achievement award in directing at Camerimage, Apted is
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On this day: Liz & Dick Divorced, Harry Potter Published

On this day in history as it relates to the movies...

 

1819 The bicycle is patented by W.K. Clarkson, Jr. which could be why June has lots of bicycle holidays like "bike to work week" and such. There's even a Bicycle Film Festival happening in NYC this very weekend.

1904 Peter Lorre is born

1922 Underappeciated film star Eleanor Parker is born. Her two best known classics are Caged (1950, her first nomination in one of the all time best Best Actress years) and The Sound of Music (1965, snubbed in supporting actress). Also born on this day is two-time Oscar recipient Dick Smith, an indisputable giant in movie makeup. Among his classics: The Godfather, The Exorcist, Amadeus, and Taxi Driver

1925 Charles Chaplin's The Gold Rush premieres in Hollywood 

1956 Chris Isaak, hot musician and David Lynch favorite, is born

1970 Paul Thomas Anderson is born. We thank him forever for Boogie Nights, Magnolia, and There Will Be Blood,
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‘Magnificent Seven’ trailer shows off gunslinging Chris Pratt and Denzel Washington

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‘Magnificent Seven’ trailer shows off gunslinging Chris Pratt and Denzel Washington
Seven men on horseback will again ride through the Old West to save the day, and this time, they’re led by Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt. The two actors saddled up for The Magnificent Seven remake opening in theaters later this year. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), the film’s first trailer hit the web today. You can watch it below: Based on the 1960 Western The Magnificent Seven, which itself was based on Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, the new film also stars Peter Sarsgaard as industrialist Bartholomew Bogue, who’s ruthlessly taken control of the small town of Rose Creek. The desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers, and hired guns — Sam Chisolm (Washington), Josh Farraday (Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). HitFix was among a small group
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[Review] Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny

The biggest problem with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, the sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, is that it is the sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. That first film, directed by Ang Lee, remains a juggernaut of international cinema, a brilliantly-made and brilliantly-released film that grossed a small fortune and took home a few Oscars to boot. It announced that a wuxia action movie could be a four-quadrant hit in America, leading to an upswing of impressive Asian action films in the west, including Hero and House of Flying Daggers.

Sword of Destiny, currently available on Netflix, emerges 15 years later diminished and woefully inessential. As a film on its own, it’s perfectly diverting entertainment. Beautiful vistas (the film was shot in New Zealand by the uber-talented Newton Thomas Sigel) and impressively-choreographed fight scenes drive a familiar plot. Written by John Fusco (Young Guns, Thunderheart, Netflix
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Why The 33 soundtrack is a testament to James Horner’s memory

Sean Wilson remembers one of film music’s great dramatists James Horner with his instrumentally varied and beautiful disaster movie score…

Chilean mining drama The 33 may have generated mixed reviews, not least for its oddly international cast including Spain’s Antonio Banderas, France’s Juliette Binoche and Ireland’s Gabriel Byrne. However, it’s notable for being one of the final films scored by late, great composer James Horner. Here are five tracks reinforcing the loss a singularly brilliant musical talent.

1) The Atacama Desert

Horner’s flair with ethnic and regionally specific textures becomes immediately apparent in this exotic opening track, one that establishes the movie’s physical landscape with his customary finesse. Subdued strings, woodwinds and electronics anticipate the disaster to come whilst striking pan flutes possess a suitably earthy and authentic air. It’s a reminder not only of his acclaimed works like Legends of the Fall
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Disney's 'Merlin Saga' Gets 'Hobbit' Writer Philippa Boyens

Disney's 'Merlin Saga' Gets 'Hobbit' Writer Philippa Boyens
After co-writing both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, screenwriter Philippa Boyens is returning to the fantasy realm, signing on to write the adapted screenplay for The Merlin Saga. The project, based on T.A. Barron's novel, was first set up at Warner Bros. but then moved to Disney, where it is currently housed. This project marks the first time Philippa Boyens has struck out on her own, having collaborated with Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh on all of her projects thus far, including both Middle Earth trilogies along with King Kong and The Lovely Bones.

The Merlin Saga is based on a series of novels by T.A. Barron, starting with The Lost Years of Merlin in 1996. It was followed by The Seven Songs (1997), The Raging Fires (1998), The Mirror of Fate (1999), A Wizard's Wings (2000), The Great Tree of Avalon (2004), Shadows on the Stars (2005), The Eternal Flame (2006), The
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Cinematographer Roger Deakins Takes Visceral Approach To His Craft

Cinematographer Roger Deakins Takes Visceral Approach To His Craft
If Roger Deakins were cast in a movie, he might play a big game hunter, or a celebrated explorer — he has that kind of physical presence. He’s a manly man. Yet there’s sensitivity behind the virility. His nature is calm; his manner soft-spoken; his sartorial style consistent: white cotton Oxford shirt, casual windbreaker and scruffy boots. The outward simplicity reflects an approach he applies to the craft of cinematography. But the result is anything but.

“Everybody uses the same tools, the same technology, the same work flows. But it’s all about your taste and how you apply it,” says Richard Crudo, president of the American Society of Cinematographers. “And I think that’s what makes Roger so compelling. His approach to everything is filtered through his eye and his taste in a way that only he is capable. It’s that simple, if that can be thought
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Oscar-Winning Composer James Horner Dead At Age 61

Braveheart, Aliens, Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, Apollo 13, Wolfen, Legends Of The Fall, Krull, Battle Beyond The Stars, A Beautiful Mind, Titanic. The list goes on and on.

The prolific Oscar winning composer James Horner has died in a plane crash at the age of 61. (June 22, 2015). Variety confirmed the news Monday evening.

Brilliant Composer James Horner, friend & collaborator on 7 movies has tragically died in a plane crash. My heart aches for his loved ones.

Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 23, 2015

Listen to samples of his genius. James Horner will be profoundly missed.

From James Horner’s bio (Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency):

Having composed the music for more than 130 film and television productions, including dozens of the most memorable and successful films of the past three decades, James Horner was one of the world’s most celebrated film composers.

He earned two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for
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31 Great Documentaries on Netflix Streaming

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Whether you want to immerse yourself in the world of birds, bees, baseball or backup singers, Netflix has a documentary for you. Missed "Man on Wire"? It's on there.

Here are films that changed the world, righted wrongs, pinpointed a moment in history, or simply shone a light on a previously unknown subset of society. (Availability subject to change. Films are unrated, except as noted.)

1. "20 Feet from Stardom" (2013) PG-13

This Oscar-winning doc shines a spotlight on the relatively unknown backup singers behind such superstars as Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Mick Jagger, and Stevie Wonder.

2. "The Act of Killing" (2012)

The director invited killers -- men who took part in the horrific purge that left more than 500,000 dead in Indonesia in the 1960s -- to reenact their crimes on film, resulting in a bizarre look inside the mind of men capable of mass murder.

3. "The Battered Bastards of Baseball" (2014)

Two filmmakers pay homage to their grandfather,
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'Psych: The Musical' first-look photo and holiday gift guide for your favorite characters

The holiday season is upon us "Psych"-Os and we have a special treat for you. Above is a first-look photo at Shawn Spencer in his detective-y best for the special "Psych: The Musical" airing Sunday, Dec. 15 at 9 p.m. Et/Pt on USA.

USA has also kindly passed along the holiday wish list for all your favorite Santa Barbarians.

Shawn -- Val Kilmer "triple feature" gift basket DVDs of "Real Genius," "Heat," "Thunderheart"

Gus -- Gift basket from Omaha Steaks

Henry -- Gift certificate to Big Terry's Fish and Tackle Emporium

Lassie -- Formal bulletproof vest for special occasions

Juliet -- Coffee mug with Sbpd logo on it or a gift certificate to Debbie's House of Pantsuits 

Chief Vick -- Sbpd snuggie or two tickets to "Barney Miller: The Musical," now playing at the Santa Barbara Community Playhouse

Woody -- six months free membership to a dating service

 We don't know about you,
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'Gorillas in the Mist': 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Sigourney Weaver Classic

Few movies can boast a real-world impact, but "Gorillas in the Mist," the biopic of slain primatologist Dian Fossey, is one of them. Released 25 years ago (on September 23, 1988), the film alerted the world to the plight of the endangered Rwandan gorillas that she'd spent 20 years studying, prompting charitable efforts that have helped preserve the primates and conserve their habitat.

But as familiar as Fossey's story is (thanks to the movie), there's still much that remains shrouded in mystery, from the identity of Fossey's killer to how Sigourney Weaver was able to ingratiate herself with Fossey's own gorillas during the filming. Here's the details behind the film, including the hardships involved in making it, which gorillas were fake, and what became of the poacher-threatened primates after the movie crew left.

1. Producer Arne Glimcher and Universal had acquired the movie rights to "Gorillas in the Mist," Fossey's 1983 best-selling memoir. Glimcher traveled to
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Director David R. Ellis Passes Away at Age 60

Director David R. Ellis Passes Away at Age 60
Director David R. Ellis passed away earlier today at the age of 60 in Johannesburg, South Africa. No cause of death has been determined yet, although the filmmaker was in South Africa prepping his new feature Kite, which would have reunited him with his Snakes on a Plane star Samuel L. Jackson.

Born in Santa Monica, California on September 10, 1952, David R. Ellis began his career in the mid-1970s as an actor, stuntman, and stunt coordinator. He continued to work his way up the ladder as a second unit director on films such as Thunderheart, Clear and Present Danger, Waterworld, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and The Matrix Reloaded, just to name a few.

He made his feature directorial debut with Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco in 1996, followed by Final Destination 2, Cellular, Snakes on a Plane, Asylum, The Final Destination, and 2011's Shark Night 3D.

The director
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Film Fest Draws Movie Crowds To Middle America

Film Fest Draws Movie Crowds To Middle America
Aberdeen, S.D. — It's a Friday night on Main Street in the small northern South Dakota town of Aberdeen, and it's supposedly a hopping one with the marquee event of the annual South Dakota Film Festival being held at the historic Capitol Theater.

And yet, the street is nearly empty. The chirping of crickets is only occasionally disturbed by passing cars or pedestrians. Cannes or Sundance, this is not.

Some might consider it an unfortunate side effect of being, well, in the middle of nowhere in South Dakota, in a town hugged by corn fields and the closest "big cities" – Fargo, Bismarck, Sioux Falls and Pierre – each being about three hours away.

But Tom Black doesn't see it that way.

"We're not the middle of nowhere. We're the middle of everywhere," said Black, a co-producer of the South Dakota Film Festival, which this weekend is in its sixth year.

Looking at a map,
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Robert De Niro to be honored at the Hollywood Film Awards by Josh Abraham

HollywoodNews.com: The 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, presented by the Los Angeles Times, has announced that two-time Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro will be honored with the "Hollywood Supporting Actor Award" at the festival's Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony for his fantastic performance in David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook." The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Awards. He said: "Robert De Niro is not only highly regarded for his body of work as an actor, producer, and director, but also for the passion, integrity, and dedication he brings to his performances on camera, as well as his intense off-camera preparation and study of the characters he brings to life. His performance in the upcoming film "Silver Linings Playbook" is outstanding." The 2012 Hollywood Film Awards has also announced that it will honor Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard with the "Hollywood Actress Award,
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