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Review: ‘I Kill Giants’ is a Darkly Resonant Fable

While the main creative force behind I Kill Giants is unquestionably screenwriter Joe Kelly, who adapted his own limited comic series of the same name that he co-created with artist J.M. Ken Niimura, director Anders Walter’s past work including his Oscar-winning short, Helium, shows he’s hardly a stranger to the source material’s subject matter. Kelly and Niimura found success creating a work that reflects what happens when a child uses their imagination to confront a still abstract understanding of death.

It’s no surprise then that the two films I thought about while watching this adaptation were A Monster Calls and Where the Wild Things Are. I Kill Giants plays like a hybrid of sorts that’s just as cognizant of keeping things as darkly resonant. It’s okay for a family film targeting an audience that would call its lead (Madison Wolfe’s Barbara Thorson) a
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Construction Launches for George Lucas’ L.A. Museum at Groundbreaking Ceremony

Construction Launches for George Lucas’ L.A. Museum at Groundbreaking Ceremony
George Lucas’ Museum of Narrative Art is no longer just a concept in a galaxy far, far away.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the non-profit museum took place on Wednesday at its future location in parking lot three of Los Angeles’ Exposition Park, launching a 36-month construction plan that will culminate in a five-story building. In addition to its narrative art collections spanning several media from paintings to film, the museum will house dining, theaters, lecture halls, classrooms, and a public research library.

“In my feeling, popular art is an insight into a society and what they aspire to — what they really are,” Lucas explained at the ceremony. “It’s telling the narrative of their story, their history.”

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who also spoke at the ceremony, told Variety that Lucas’ and his wife and co-founder Mellody Hobson’s primary goal for the museum is to inspire a future generation of creatives.
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Golden Globes: Alexandre Desplat Wins Best Original Score for ‘The Shape Of Water’

Golden Globes: Alexandre Desplat Wins Best Original Score for ‘The Shape Of Water’
Composer Alexandre Desplat won Best Original Score for “The Shape of Water” at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night. To director Guillermo del Toro, Desplat said from the stage, “Your movie has moved me so much because it’s made of your humanity and your passion.”

Desplat, a nine-time nominee who won in 2007 for “The Painted Veil,” later addressed reporters backstage to share how he approached the score for “The Shape of Water.”

“At the end of the day, this movie is about love,” Desplat said. “Nothing else. Love. Sharing. Humanism and respect. The music just had to convey that.”

The nominees included scores by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood as well as frequent nominees Carter Burwell (previously nominated for “Carol” and “Where the Wild Things Are”), four-time winner John Williams and two-time winner Hans Zimmer. The full nominations appear below.

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” – Carter
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Golden Globes: Alexandre Desplat Wins Best Original Score for ‘The Shape Of Water’

Golden Globes: Alexandre Desplat Wins Best Original Score for ‘The Shape Of Water’
Composer Alexandre Desplat won Best Original Score for “The Shape of Water” at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night. To director Guillermo del Toro, Desplat said from the stage, “Your movie has moved me so much because it’s made of your humanity and your passion.”

Desplat, a nine-time nominee who won in 2007 for “The Painted Veil,” later addressed reporters backstage to share how he approached the score for “The Shape of Water.”

“At the end of the day, this movie is about love,” Desplat said. “Nothing else. Love. Sharing. Humanism and respect. The music just had to convey that.”

The nominees included scores by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood as well as frequent nominees Carter Burwell (previously nominated for “Carol” and “Where the Wild Things Are”), four-time winner John Williams and two-time winner Hans Zimmer. The full nominations appear below.

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” – Carter
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Watch a Magically Charming Christmas Ad About a Boy and His Monster Directed by Michel Gondry

Director Michel Gondry (Be Kind Rewind, Eternal Sunshine For The Spotless Mind) helmed this absolutely charming Christmas commercial called Moz The Monster for the U.K.-based department store John Lewis. The ad certainly captures the magic of the holiday season.

The story follows a young boy named Joe who ends up befriending a monster who lives under his bed. Here's the description that was released for it:

Joe befriends a noisy Monster under his bed but the two have so much fun together that he can't get to sleep, leaving him tired by day. For Christmas Joe receives a gift to help him finally get a good night’s sleep.

The ad has a little mix of Monster's Inc., Little Monsters, and Where the Wild Things Are in it. It may tell a sweet story, but I won't lie... it's kinda sad as well. You'll see why when you watch the video.
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Michel Gondry Directs a Magical Christmas Ad About a Boy and His Monster

Michel Gondry Directs a Magical Christmas Ad About a Boy and His Monster
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you crossed Monsters, Inc. with Where the Wild Things Are and that one melancholy childhood flashback scene from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind? Well, that’s essentially what this Michel Gondry-directed Christmas advertisement boils down to. It’s sweet, surreal, and a little bit sad. Yep, that’s Christmas in a nutshell. Michel Gondry […]

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Rome Film Review: ‘Valley of Shadows’

A pallid boy, a dark forest and an indefinable sense of dread powerfully conjure up the primal fears of childhood in Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen’s superbly assured feature debut “Valley of Shadows.” Shot in 35mm by the director’s brother Marius Matzow Gulbrandsen using achingly beautiful images that feel as if they’re recalling some forgotten legend of Norse mythology (with a touch of Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are”), the film isolates this eerily fair-skinned child in a shadowy landscape of inchoate menace, accompanied by Zbigniew Preisner’s richly realized orchestral score. Post-Toronto exposure doesn’t seem to be as widespread as it deserves, though further festival play might entice buyers willing to take a chance on a haunting sleeper.

While the imagery is influenced by a wide range of artists from Gustave Doré to Norwegian landscape painter Lars Hertervig, “Valley” is completely modern in design even as its concept remains timeless. The location
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Michael Gondry Goes ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ With John Lewis Christmas Ad

It hasn’t been the most enjoyable week for news from Hollywood, so if you need to head into the weekend with a smile, this Michel Gondry directed ad for U.K. retailer John Lewis will do the trick.

Riffing pretty hard on “Where The Wild Things Are” (to the point where I think the Maurice Sendak estate might have a case), the charming promo follows a young boy, who befriends the monster under his bed, playing with him all night long.

Continue reading Michael Gondry Goes ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ With John Lewis Christmas Ad at The Playlist.
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What “Where the Wild Things Are” Could Have Been if Maurice Sendak Could Draw a Horse

Now That is funny. If you can’t do one thing then definitely do another thing that makes more sense for your skill set. I wonder if Sendak even contemplated hiring someone to draw horses for him, or if it was just too much trouble and possibly too much money. Having tried to audition authors for my own book covers I can tell anyone that wants to listen that hiring a graphic artist is not cheap, not at all. Even for a kids book this kind of effort is something that most artists want to get paid well for, and I

What “Where the Wild Things Are” Could Have Been if Maurice Sendak Could Draw a Horse
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Rollback Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 4

And thus, a new era began.

Buffy Season Four is a controversial Season amongst fans. To put it simply – it’s not the favourite for many. This was a bit of an interesting year for the show – for one thing, it lost two of its principle cast members to a newly launched spin-off, the familiar high school location was no more and the characters were officially adults. Times were moving on for Buffy, and the things that we had gotten used to were going to have to change.

Thus, the show moved onto the life of a Slayer at College, and the adventures that ensued. Adventures that are a little, well, daft at times. Don’t get me wrong – Season Four is by no means a failure, and does hit some serious heights on occasion. If anything, it lacks the consistency of Season Three and the brilliance of Season Two.
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Composer Carter Burwell’s Goodbye Christopher Robin Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD Drops on October 27

Sony Classical announces the release of Goodbye Christopher Robin (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) with an original score by Academy Award®-nominated composer Carter Burwell.

The soundtrack will be released digitally on October 13 and on CD on October 27, 2017. The film will be released in the Us on October 13, 2017.

Pre-order here.

Goodbye Christopher Robin is directed by Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn, Woman in Gold) and will be released in Us theaters by Fox Searchlight Pictures on October 13, 2017.

Carter Burwell said about the score:

“One of the riskier decisions Simon Curtis and I made with the score was to withhold the main theme until the middle of the film, when A. A. Milne begins to write and his friend Ernest Shepard begins to illustrate “Winnie The Pooh”. We did this to make that moment especially noteworthy, to make it the turning point of the story. Before that point, the music plays
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Emmys: Television Stars Take Fashion Risks on the Red Carpet

Emmys: Television Stars Take Fashion Risks on the Red Carpet
Stars of the small screen kicked off television’s biggest night with bold fashion statements on the Emmys red carpet.

White seemed to be the standout shade on the red carpet, with “Stranger Things” breakout Millie Bobby Brown, who is nominated for supporting actress in a drama, stunning in a belted gown. “SNL” nominee Kate McKinnon also turned out in a pearly dress, as did chef Sandra Lee and “Man Men” alum and “Feud” actress Kiernan Shipka. Per usual, Sofia Vergara turned heads in a white strapless number.

Red gowns were just as prominent, with “Big Little Lies” nominee Nicole Kidman and Yvonne Strahovski of “Handmaid’s Tale” dazzling in the signature color. Also donning red were Issa Rae, Gina Rodriguez, Edie Falco, and Sonequa Martin.

Heidi Klum effortlessly pulled off a trademark red shade in a slit gown, with “Transparent” nominee Judith Light, Ariel Winter, Jessica Biel rocking bold slits as well. Padma Lakshmi
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Director Spike Jonze Was Up For Ace Ventura 2 and Jim Carrey is Kicking Himself in the Ass For Not Hiring Him

I had absolutely no idea that director Spike Jonze (Her, Where The Wild Things Are) was up to direct Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura 2. It's true, though! According to Carrey, the director came in and "pitched all kinds of shit." Ultimately Jonze didn't get the gig, but Carrey has regretted not hiring him ever since.

Carrey shared the story at the Toronto International Film Festival (via ScreenCrush) where he was promoting the new documentary he did with Jonze’s called Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond. Here's what he said:

“I’ve been wanting to do something with Spike forever. I was stupid enough to turn him down to direct Ace [Ventura] 2, cause I had no idea who he was. And he came in and pitched all kinds of shit, and he was about to take over the world and I didn’t know it. I was like ‘I don’t know,
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Netflix Acquires Documentary About Jim Carrey's Andy Kaufman Role

Netflix Acquires Documentary About Jim Carrey's Andy Kaufman Role
Netflix acquired Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton. The documentary film chronicles Jim Carrey's immersive role as experimental comedian/performance artist Andy Kaufman in 1999 biopic, Man on the Moon

Oscar-winning filmmaker Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Where the Wild Things Are, Her) produced the project alongside Vice's Danny Gabai and Brendan Fitzgerald. Director Chris Smith utilized roughly 100 hours of footage filmed on the set of Milos Forman's acclaimed movie across a four-month span.

During the shoot, Carrey transformed into Kaufman.
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Natalie Farrey Named Head of Vice Films

Natalie Farrey, a longtime producer for director Spike Jonze, has been tapped as head of film at Vice Media.

In her new position, Farrey will oversee development and production of Vice Film projects under the recently formed Vice Studios banner. She will report to Vice Cco Eddy Moretti and executive creative director Danny Gabai out of the Los Angeles office.

Farrey's feature credits include Her and Where the Wild Things Are. Most recently, she produced Jonze’s short film My Mutant Brain for Kenzo perfume, which starred Margaret Qualley.

“I’ve known Eddy and Danny for many years now, and have often marveled at their fearlessness and pure love...
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Natalie Farrey To Oversee Development, Production At Vice Films

Natalie Farrey has joined Vice Films as head of film to oversee development and production of all projects coming from the company. She was one of the exec producers on Spike Jonze’s Her and one of the associate producers on Where the Wild Things Are. Vice Films operates under Vice's newly formed production banner, Vice Studios. Vice recently announced a minority investment of $450 million from Tpg, part of which is being used to build out the brand's content portfolio…
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Eric Zumbrunnen, Editor on Every Spike Jonze Movie, Dies at 52

Eric Zumbrunnen, Editor on Every Spike Jonze Movie, Dies at 52
Eric Zumbrunnen, film editor and longtime Spike Jonze collaborator, has died at age 52 following a battle with cancer. The editor worked on every Spike Jonze feature, either by himself or with co-editor Jeff Buchanan, and he won the Ace Award for Best Edited Feature Film for “Being John Malkovich.”

Read More:Spike Jonze Unleashes a Totally Wild Margaret Qualley in Quirky New Kenzo Short Film – Watch

Zumbrunnen was born in November, 1964 and graduated from USC with a degree in Journalism. His career in post-production began in music videos, where he edited classic clips for Weezer (“Buddy Holly”), Smashing Pumpkins (“Tonight, Tonight”), Beck (“Where It’s At”), and Bjork (“It Oh So Quiet”), among others.

Zumbrunnen’s work with Jonze extended from his feature films, including “Malkovich,” “Adaptation,” “Where the Wild Things Are,” and “Her,” to the director’s acclaimed Kenzo ad “My Mutant Brain.” The latter won him a Bronze
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Eric Zumbrunnen, Editor of ‘Being John Malkovich,’ Dies at 52

Eric Zumbrunnen, Editor of ‘Being John Malkovich,’ Dies at 52
Film editor Eric Zumbrunnen, who won an Ace Award for his work on “Being John Malkovich,” has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 52.

Zumbrunnen graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in journalism, and began his career editing music videos for the likes of Weezer, Smashing Pumpkins, Beck, and Bjork, which is also where his fruitful relationship with Spike Jonze began. From there, he expanded into commercial editing for clients like Nike, Xbox, and Apple, as well was editing several documentary shorts and other short films, often for Jonze, eventually graduating into feature film editing alongside Jonze with “Being John Malkovich” in 1999.

Zumbrunnen’s work also included the Jonze’s 2009 film “Where the Wild Things Are,” Disney’s “John Carter” in 2012, and Jonze’s acclaimed film “Her,” which won the writer-director an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

His most recent collaboration with Jonze was a 3-minute short film and perfume advertisement
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Eric Zumbrunnen, Film Editor and Frequent Spike Jonze Collaborator, Dies at 52

Eric Zumbrunnen, Film Editor and Frequent Spike Jonze Collaborator, Dies at 52
Eric Zumbrunnen, an inventive film editor who worked with director Spike Jonze on several films, music videos and commercials, has died. He was 52.

Zumbrunnen died Aug. 1 of stomach cancer at his home in Pacific Palisades, Jason Kasperski of Prodigy Public Relations told The Hollywood Reporter.

Creative kindred spirits, Zumbrunnen and Jonze collaborated for more than two decades, teaming for the features Being John Malkovich (1999), Adaptation (2002), Where the Wild Things Are (2009) and Her (2013), an Oscar nominee for best picture.

Zumbrunnen won the best edited feature film award (comedy or musical) from the American Cinema Editors for Being...
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What Happened? A Look At Several High Profile Films That Were Never Made!

(Aotn) Ever wonder what happened to several high profile projects that various well-known directors were said to be helming, but somehow have never seen the light of day? Many of these films were either “pet projects” for the directors or they ended up getting tied up in so many legal battles that eventually they were just scrapped or the director ended up simply walking away.

The wonderful folks over at IndieWire have complied a fantastic list compiling several of these films that have yet to see the light of day from directors such as Quentin Tarantino, Kathryn Bigelow, Christopher Nolan and more!

First up is director Christopher Nolan’s rumored Howard Hughes biopic. In several interviews Nolan called the script for the film “the best he had ever written”, in fact, the film was even picked by Castle Rock in 2002 and actor Jim Carrey was attached to star. So, just where did things go wrong?
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