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The Best Cinematographers of the 21st Century, From Roger Deakins to Ellen Kuras

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The Best Cinematographers of the 21st Century, From Roger Deakins to Ellen Kuras
The cinematography of an individual movie is oftentimes a difficult thing to judge, not only because it can be tough to separate the work of the cinematographer from the overall visual storytelling, but also because most viewers react to the look and style of a film through the lens of how we felt about the movie itself. Looking at a cinematographer’s body of work, however, can be a very different exercise, as it reveals what aesthetic aspects are specific to the cinematographer and how they impact the storytelling of the films they’ve shot.

When doing these lists, there is always a nagging feeling that we might be under-representing the great international filmmakers from around the world simply based on our own U.S.-centric viewing habits. The interesting thing about modern cinematography, though, is so many of great talents from around the world eventually feel the pull of
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Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Signs First-Look Deal With Jennifer Todd

Amblin Partners has closed an exclusive first-look deal with film and television producer Jennifer Todd and her company, Jennifer Todd Pictures.

The two-year production deal, announced Tuesday, will cover film projects under the company’s Amblin Entertainment and DreamWorks Pictures banners.

Todd’s credits that include “Alice In Wonderland,” its sequel “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” as well as “Memento,” and the “Austin Powers” franchise. She is also an executive producer on Showtime’s new series, “City on A Hill,” starring Kevin Bacon. In 2017 and 2018, Todd produced the 89th and 90th annual Academy Awards with Michael DeLuca, making her only the third female producer in the history of the Oscars to produce the show.

“We are delighted to welcome Jennifer to the Amblin family,” said Holly Bario, president of production, and Jeb Brody, co-president of production. “She is a terrific producer whose creative instincts for compelling, crowd-pleasing stories perfectly complement
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Jennifer Todd Signs First-Look Deal With Amblin Partners

Jennifer Todd Signs First-Look Deal With Amblin Partners
Veteran producer Jennifer Todd his putting down roots at Amblin Partners.

Todd and her Jennifer Todd Pictures have inked a two-year feature production deal with the Steven Spielberg–led company.

The producer is entering into the Amblin deal after departing as president of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s production company, Pearl Street Films.

Todd is behind Alice in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking Glass, as well as the Austin Powers franchise and Memento. Under Pearl Street, she produced Live by Night for Warner Bros. and exec produced the most recent Jason Bourne film for Universal. She also produced the 2017 and ...
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The Exorcist Creator Had Drawn Up Plans For A Memento-Styled Third Season

Over the past fortnight, avid TV viewers have had but three questions on their minds: what’s new? What’s renewed? And what’s been scrapped entirely?

Ash Vs. Evil Dead and Syfy’s Tremors pilot were among the first to fall, with Brooklyn Nine-Nine being the rare exception of a series that finds new life on another network – the ensemble comedy landed at NBC after Fox decided to pull the plug. And as Jeremy Slater knows all too well, the 99 weren’t the only ones affected by Fox’s shake-up.

As we reported this past weekend, the network canned The Exorcist after just two seasons, driving a stake through the heart of Slater’s supernatural drama. Alas, it seems the show’s fate has been sealed, with nary a mention of a possible revival on another network a la Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

That’s disappointing, then, particularly when you consider
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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s City on a Hill starring Kevin Bacon heads to Showtime

Showtime has just ordered the new series City on a Hill from Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. The crime series will star Kevin Bacon (The Following), Aldis Hodge (Underground), Jonathan Tucker (Westworld) and Mark O’Brien (Halt and Catch Fire).

City on a Hill is created by Chuck MacLean (Boston Strangler) and based on an original idea by Academy Award winner Ben Affleck. In the early 1990s, Boston was rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies in which corruption and racism was the norm — and then it all changed in what was called the “Boston Miracle.” In this fictional account, driving that change is assistant district attorney Decourcy Ward (Hodge), who comes from Brooklyn and forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran, Jackie Rhodes (Bacon). Together, they take on a family of armored car robbers from Charlestown in a case that grows to involve,
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Solo: A Star Wars Story – why prequels are killing the art of storytelling

They have become Hollywood’s favourite franchise-saver, but are they any substitute for a story well told?

We’re all excited to see Chewie hit the hyperdrive and test drive the brand new Millennium Falcon, but when the stars turn to streaks of light in Solo: A Star Wars Story, we’ll be in reverse gear. We’re going back: back to 1970s-retro sci-fi aesthetics, back to characters we know better than they know themselves, and back to a story whose intricacies are all but irrelevant since we already know the consequences. You might have been getting this feeling a lot recently. Going to the movies is starting to feel like being Guy Pearce in Memento: instead of forming new memories, we’re discovering what happened before.

From a commercial point of view, prequels make perfect sense. They’re a way of cashing in on brand recognition without messing with the original,
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Christopher Nolan: Villains Defined The Dark Knight Trilogy More Than Batman

Christopher Nolan: Villains Defined The Dark Knight Trilogy More Than Batman
Christopher Nolan may have left Gotham City behind. But in a wide-ranging two-hour talk at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, the director offered a unique take on his Dark Knight Trilogy.

“To me, each film is a different genre,” Nolan said, about the movies starring Christian Bale as Batman. “They tend to be defined by the villain.”

Nolan explained that he saw 2005’s “Batman Begins” as a straightforward origins story. “The villain (Liam Neeson’s Henri Ducard) is an appropriate adversary,” Nolan said. “He’s a mentor-turned-enemy.” Next, came the second movie in 2008 with Heath Ledger. “‘The Dark Knight’ for me was always a crime drama in the mold of a Michael Mann film. The Joker was a terrorist, an agent of chaos set loose.” Finally, in 2012’s the grand finale, “The Dark Knight Rises,” co-starring Tom Hardy, Nolan envisioned “this historical epic. Bane as a militarist foe helped that.
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Memento's Emilie Georges on Netflix and Why Cannes "Needed a Change"

In the 13 years since Emilie Georges and Alexandre Mallet-Guy launched Memento Films in Cannes, the company has matured into an international sales powerhouse. Like so many other sales shingles, however, Memento has made the transition into production, which bore fruit this year with the Oscar-winning Call Me by Your Name. Following Name’s game-changing success, Georges is at Cannes with two films in competition: Asghar Farhadi’s Everybody Knows and Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s The Wild Pear Tree. Memento also is handling international sales outside of North America for another hot project: Kristen Stewart’s Seberg: Against All Enemies, which Georges says is...
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Spain Welcomes a Surge of Foreign Shoots

When it comes to attracting foreign shoots in Spain, the motto could well be: “It’s the tax breaks, stupid.”

Of course, Spain has long been a foreign shoot locale: Think Samuel Bronston’s ’60s epics such as “El Cid.” International movies have always sought stunning locations, Mediterranean climate and low-cost labor. Since 2015, however, Spain has offered tax rebates for international shoots of up to 20%; 40% in the Canary Islands.

Tax credits are available to Spanish shoots and co-productions, reaching 25% in the Peninsula, 45% in the Canaries. Also, Navarre is dangling a 35% tax credit for local and international productions.

Three years after their launch,
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Spain Welcomes a Surge of Foreign Shoots

When it comes to attracting foreign shoots in Spain, the motto could well be: “It’s the tax breaks, stupid.”

Of course, Spain has long been a foreign shoot locale: Think Samuel Bronston’s ’60s epics such as “El Cid.” International movies have always sought stunning locations, Mediterranean climate and low-cost labor. Since 2015, however, Spain has offered tax rebates for international shoots of up to 20%; 40% in the Canary Islands.

Tax credits are available to Spanish shoots and co-productions, reaching 25% in the Peninsula, 45% in the Canaries. Also, Navarre is dangling a 35% tax credit for local and international productions.

Three years after their launch, the rebates are having a huge impact on the sector: As a shooting locale, the country has never been more active in the past half century.

Benefits attract a wide range of projects. The biggest, among TV dramas, is “Game of Thrones,” which first lensed part of Season
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Memento boards Diao Yinan's 'Black Coal, Thin Ice' follow-up 'Wild Goose Lake' (exclusive)

Memento boards Diao Yinan's 'Black Coal, Thin Ice' follow-up 'Wild Goose Lake' (exclusive)
The crime thriller reunites Diao with the stars of Black Coal, Thin Ice.

Memento Films has boarded Wild Goose Lake, Chinese filmmaker Diao Yinan’s follow-up to his Berlin 2014 Golden Bear winner Black Coal, Thin Ice, as co-producer and international sales agent.

Produced by China’s Shen Yang, the crime thriller reunites Diao with the stars of Black Coal, Thin Ice – Liao Fan, who won a Berlin Silver Bear for best actor, and Gwei Lun-mei – along with Hu Ge and Wan Qian.

The film, which started shooting in the city of Wuhan on April 28, tells the story of a gangster
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Trevor Noah: Mueller’s Leaked Questions for Trump Are ‘The World’s Easiest Open Book Test’ (Video)

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Though Donald Trump and his allies condemned the questions Robert Mueller wants to ask the president, “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah thinks Trump should be grateful they were leaked.

“I actually find this mind-blowing, because this is the world’s easiest open-book test,” Noah said on Tuesday night’s episode of “The Daily Show.”

Noah referenced people like Fox News host Sean Hannity who called the questions a form of entrapment and urged Trump not to answer them. “What I find amazing about this is everyone is telling Trump he shouldn’t sit down with Robert Mueller,” Noah said. “Why? If he’s innocent, just go answer the questions.”

Also Read: Sean Hannity Trashes Latest Mueller Leak: 'The New York Times Is Full of Crap' (Video)

“Now I know some people are saying, ‘No, Trevor, Mueller is clearly trying to trap Trump, that’s what he’s trying to do, he’s trying to trap him!’ What trap? He’s giving Trump the questions ahead of time. That’s not a trap.”

Noah added: “Trump can practice his answers. He can tattoo them on himself like ‘Memento’… Hell, if it helps, he can memorize his answers in song form.”

Noah then sang, “I did not protect Michael Flynn and I never met Putin” to the tune of “Ode to Joy” from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

Also Read: Seth Meyers: Michelle Wolf 'Is Filthy' and 'Mean, Which Is What We Love About Her' (Video)

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Memento Films International Boards Justin Kurzel’s ‘True History of the Kelly Gang’ With Russell Crowe (Exclusive)

Memento Films International has boarded “True History of the Kelly Gang,” a hotly anticipated project to be directed by Justin Kurzel (“Macbeth”), with Russell Crowe, George MacKay, Nicholas Hoult and Essie Davis to star.

Rolling off their success with Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name,” Memento and La Cinéfacture – the production banner launched by Memento founder Emilie Georges – are set to co-finance the picture together with Screen Australia and Film4, and in association with Film Victoria. Memento will handle international sales, beginning at Cannes.

Liz Watts at Porchlight Films and Hal Vogel at Daybreak Pictures are producing the film with Kurzel, whose previous film, “Assassin’s Creed” with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, grossed more than $240 million worldwide. Paul Ranford is also on board to produce. Kurzel will helm the film from a script by Shaun Grant, which has been reworked. The project is based on Peter Carey
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2001: A Space Odyssey In Theaters Beginning May 18; Premiering At The 71st Cannes Film Festival On May 12

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” Warner Bros. Pictures will debut an ‘unrestored’ 70mm print of the director’s groundbreaking science fiction epic at the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival. Widely considered among the greatest films of the 20th century, “2001: A Space Odyssey” will return to select U.S. theatres in 70mm beginning May 18, 2018.

Set for Saturday, May 12, the world premiere will be held during the Cannes Classics section of the Festival, featuring an introduction by award-winning filmmaker Christopher Nolan. The screening will also be attended by members of Stanley Kubrick’s family, including his daughter, Katharina Kubrick, and longstanding producing partner and brother-in-law, Jan Harlan.

For the first time since the original release, this 70mm print was struck from new printing elements made from the original camera negative. This is a true photochemical film recreation. There are no digital tricks, remastered effects,
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The 25 Best American Screenplays of the 21st Century, From ‘Eternal Sunshine’ to ‘Lady Bird’

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The 25 Best American Screenplays of the 21st Century, From ‘Eternal Sunshine’ to ‘Lady Bird’
You’ll often hear directors say that each movie is really three movies: The one on the page, the one you shoot, and the one you end up with in the final cut. That gives you three chances to get it right or mess it up even more, but nothing beats a solid foundation and well-crafted blueprint. At least with a great screenplay, you know it will be a lot harder to mess up the other two phases.

Any consideration of the best movies of the past 18 years takes on new context when considered exclusively in terms of their screenplays. There are some obvious masters of the form, such as Charlie Kaufman and Kenneth Lonergan, not to mention the clockwork-like precision of the Pixar story factory, which is why they all have two films on this list. Many of the films here were robbed of Oscar nominations, including from David Fincher
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Jafar Panahi's Cannes contender '3 Faces' acquired by Celluloid Dreams (exclusive)

Memento Films takes French rights to Panahi’s film about three actresses.

Paris-based Celluloid Dreams has acquired world sales rights to Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s new film 3 Faces ahead of its world premiere in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

In a first sale for the film, French distributor Memento Films has taken rights for France.

The Celluloid Dreams deal continues a long collaboration between its founding president Hengameh Panahi and the filmmaker, dating back to his first feature The White Balloon, which premiered in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 1995.

“I started working on Iranian films with Abbas Kiarostami’s films.
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'Spinning Man': Film Review

'Spinning Man': Film Review
"Do you have trouble remembering things sometimes?" Guy Pearce's character asks early on in Simon Kaijser's murder mystery. For Pearce, the line must have had emotional resonance, considering that it calls to mind one of his very best movies, Memento. Unfortunately, Spinning Man, based on the acclaimed novel by George Harrar, doesn't benefit from the comparison. Although it pretends to traffic in such weighty themes as how memories can be either real or imagined, the plodding thriller mainly spins its own wheels until reaching a baffling conclusion. Only the talents of its estimable cast, also including Pierce Brosnan and Minnie...
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Film Review: ‘Spinning Man’

Film Review: ‘Spinning Man’
In an alternate universe, Guy Pearce plays sleazeheads, killers, cutthroats with attitude, and various other magnetically bent souls — in other words, just what he plays now — only he does it in movies that aren’t semi-off-the-radar hipster curios and genre throwaways. He does it with the stardom that “L.A. Confidential” and “Memento” promised. “Spinning Man” is one more halfway interesting, not-fully-realized-enough low-budget “dark” thriller that gives Pearce the chance to strut his chops. For a while, he’s quite good as a suave, confident weasel — a philosophy professor who becomes the chief suspect in the case of a high-school cheerleader who disappeared.

Did he make contact with her at the local lake, lure her into his car, do things that he shouldn’t have, and — in the end — kill her? It sure looks that way. “Spinning Man” loads up an accusatory pile of circumstantial evidence against its main character, making him seem guilty enough,
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Big B, Kamal, Mani Ratnam, Srk and Aamir to share dais with Christopher Nolan?

Cinema The director of ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘Inception’ will be in Mumbai to take part in an event to preserve celluloid film in the digital age.Digital NativeIt has already been reported that the Hollywood director Christopher Nolan would be in India to take part in an event that would be on the preservation of celluloid film in the current digital era. Well, it is now almost confirmed that the Bollywood icon, Amitabh Bachchan would be hosting the event titled ‘Reframing the Future of Film’ at the Tata Theatre in Mumbai. The exact dates of this event is yet to be announced. This is one of the biggest film-related events that is going to happen in to the country with almost all the top stars, filmmakers and technicians agreeing to grace the occasion. Reports are that director Mani Ratnam, actors Kamal Haasan, Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Shyam Benegal, Santosh Sivan, Anurag Kashyap, Farhan Akhtar, and others will be attending this event. Christopher Nolan, an aclaimed English-American director, producer, and screenwriter, has directed ten feature films and four short films. His career as a feature film director began with the 1998 directorial Following. He then went on to direct movies such as Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Interstellar and Dunkirk. His last film release, Dunkirk, starred Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D'Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy. The film was made on a budget of $100 million and went on to collect $525.6 million worldwide. Christopher Nolan has won several awards in his career including Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award, the Board of the Governors Award, the Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award, Visionary Award, the Writers Guild of America Award for the Best Original Screenplay for Inception, the African-American Film Critics Association for Best Picture for The Dark Knight. (Content provided by Digital Native)
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Jessica Jones: This Is Where You've Seen Dr. Karl Malus Before

Image Source: Netflix Our favorite female-driven Marvel series is back. Jessica Jones season two is now currently streaming on Netflix, and a new season means that new characters have been introduced, one of these being scientist Dr. Karl Malus. You're probably wondering where you've seen him before, and we're here to help. Hint: he's been in a lot of TV shows. The name behind the familiar actor's face is Callum Keith Rennie. Although he might be new to the Marvel universe, he has been in film and television for decades. The 57-year-old actor is considered to have found acting late in life, starting theater at the age of 25, but he definitely has made up for lost time. Although Rennie had his first credit in 1993, the first role he's really known for is the character of Dodd in 2000's Memento alongside Guy Ritchie. Related: Jessica Jones: Here's Exactly What That Shocking
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