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Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: ‘Wonder Woman,’ 1970s Cinema, ‘Alien: Covenant,’ and More

We are knee-deep into a summer of dreary sequels, kids’ fare, and a few whip-smart outliers. If you’ve already seen the likes of The Beguiled and Baby Driver, perhaps staying home with a book is a better idea than trekking to the cinema. Let’s dive into some worthy film-centric reads.

Wonder Woman: The Art and Making of the Film by Sharon Gosling (Titan Books)

Patty JenkinsWonder Woman is one of the biggest superhero success stories, and it deserves that designation. The classification makes reading a book like Wonder Woman: The Art and Making of the Film feel like a celebratory affair. After a brief account of the character’s comics history, we delve into designs for Themyscira, concept art of Dr. Maru’s laboratory, and somber depictions of battle. What stands out, however, are drawings and photographs showing the film’s winning costume designs. It is illuminating,
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Cannes 2017: The Beguiled review: Dir. Sofia Coppola (2017)

The Beguiled review: Sofia Coppola enters the official competition in Cannes with this new version of the 1966 novel full of Southern Belles and battered soldiers.

The Beguiled review by Paul Heath at the 2017 Festival de Cannes.

The Beguiled review

Sofia Coppola revives one from the Universal Pictures archive with The Beguiled, a redo of the 1971 Clint Eastwood starrer, directed by Don Siegel, which was itself based on the 1966 novel ‘A Painted Devil’ by Thomas P. Cullinan.

We open to Angourie Rice in the woods picking mushrooms. It’s 1864 Virginia, three years into the America Civil War. Rice’s young Jane is enrolled at Miss Martha Farnsworth Seminary for Young Ladies, a twelve-year-old comes across a wounded soldier hunched beneath a tree out of the enemy’s line of fire. Said solider is Colin Farrell’s Corporal John McBurney, a blue ‘Yankee’ suffering from a severe injury – a gash on his left leg.
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Why Ridley Scott Needs to Stop Making Alien Movies

Why Ridley Scott Needs to Stop Making Alien Movies
Upon first glance at the title it might seem like some "click-bait" article trying to get read. And perhaps, no matter what you read here, that is how you're going to see it. However, once you finish reading this opinion piece (and remember, this is simply my opinion), you may very well agree that Ridley Scott is no longer the man to handle the Alien franchise. Especially after watching this weekend's less than stellar Alien: Covenant.

When the first Alien movie landed in theaters in 1979, it was groundbreaking. It featured incredible special effects, a plausible look at the space program in the future, and a scene of such amazingly grotesque proportions (the alien exploding out of a crew mate's stomach), it still shocks people to this day. The film was smart, it featured a female kicking ass, and in many ways, the first Alien movie directed by Ridley Scott is still ahead of it's time.
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Ridley Scott and the storytelling problem

Simon Brew May 16, 2017

Alien: Covenant is the latest example of the very best, and not so great, things about Ridley Scott's directing...

There are very, very light spoilers for Prometheus and Alien: Covenant ahead.

I can’t think of too many more recent well-deserved sci-fi blockbuster hits than The Martian. I really like the film a lot. Expertly directed by one of cinema’s best ever world builders, Ridley Scott, it of course told the story of a man stranded on the red planet, with the simple task of staying alive for, er, a long time before help could be found. Given that the Mars movies we got in the early 2000s were Mission To Mars and Red Planet, I’m happy to call The Martian a substantial upgrade.

I’d also suggest it brought the best out of Ridley Scott.

Scott came to The Martian relatively late in the day.
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Ridley Scott: His best films to date

Late last week, I got a chance to see Ridley Scott’s latest film, the franchise outing Alien: Covenant. A sequel to Prometheus and prequel to Alien, it is still a few weeks out, but 20th Century Fox is clearly feeling bullish about it. You’ll see what think in detail later on this month, but with it fresh in my mind, I wanted to take a look at Scott’s career on the whole. A few years ago I ranked his ten best movies, and I’m going to be doing that again today, just wish an added twist. Scott is fairly prodigious with his outings, so this can be a fairly consistent thing. There’s always some new coals in the fire for him. Before I get to the top ten list, I figured I’d do a full ranking of total filmography, up until those best ones,
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Interview: Fawzia Mirza on ‘Spunkle’ at the 2016 Chicago South Asian Film Festival

Chicago – Chicago’s own Fawzia Mirza continues to break ground with her cutting edge stage and film work, and is presenting her latest short film effort, “Spunkle,” at the 7th Annual Chicago South Asian Film Festival (Csaff). The film will screen at the Showplace Icon theatre in Chicago on October 9th, 2016, part of five days of South Asian themed films through October 10th. (see below for details).

Spunkle” – which Mirza co-wrote with director Lisa Donato and long time collaborator Ryan Logan – is a play on terms “Sperm Donor” and “Uncle.” Matt (Jake Matthews) is asked to donate the necessary biological protocol for his older sister Saira (Fawzia Mirza), and her free spirited wife Maggie (Laura Zak). The film also recently played the Chicago Reeling2016 Lgbtq+ Film Festival.

Fawzia Mizra (right) with Laura Zak and Jake Matthews in ‘Spunkle

Photo credit: Sparkle Motion Films

The Chicago South Asian Film Festival is in its seventh year,
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Ridley Scott collaborator Julie Payne dies aged 64

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Ridley Scott collaborator Julie Payne dies aged 64
Producer and managing director of Scott Free has died.

Film producer Julie Payne, a long-time collaborator of Ridley Scott, has died aged 64 following a short battle with cancer.

Payne managed the London operations of Scott’s Scott Free Films for more than 15 years, producing and executive producing projects for the company including Richard Loncraine’s The Gathering Storm and follow-up Into The Storm - winning two Golden Globes and two Emmys.

Payne also executive produced Scott’s own France-set comedy A Good Year, and produced Jordan Scott’s debut feature film Cracks.

Payne’s collaboration with Scott dates back to the late-80s, when she worked across some of Scott’s most notable movies in various roles starting with Thelma & Louise in 1991 through to G.I. Jane and Gladiator.

Payne originally started her career at the BBC in the early 1970s, working first in their costume department and then in costume allocation. She subsequently
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Julie Payne Dies: Longtime Ridley Scott Collaborator Was 64

Julie Payne Dies: Longtime Ridley Scott Collaborator Was 64
The well-respected film producer Julie Payne, who managed the London operations of Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Film for 15 years, has died following a short and brave battle with cancer. She was 64. Payne produced and exec produced projects for the company including Richard Loncraine's The Gathering Storm and follow-up Into The Storm, winning 2 Golden Globes and 2 Emmys in the process. Subsequently, Payne also exec produced Scott's own France-set comedy A Good Year, and…
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Julie Payne Dies: Longtime Ridley Scott Collaborator Was 64

The well-respected film producer Julie Payne, who managed the London operations of Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Film for 15 years, has died following a short and brave battle with cancer. She was 64. Payne produced and exec produced projects for the company including Richard Loncraine's The Gathering Storm and follow-up Into The Storm, winning 2 Golden Globes and 2 Emmys in the process. Subsequently, Payne also exec produced Scott's own France-set comedy A Good Year, and…
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Ridley Scott Longtime Collaborator Julie Payne Dies at 64

Ridley Scott Longtime Collaborator Julie Payne Dies at 64
Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Films has revealed that the managing director of its London office, producer Julie Payne, died of cancer last month at the age of 64.

Payne managed Scott Free’s London operations for more than 15 years, producing and executive producing projects for the company including Emmy- and Golden Globe-winner “The Gathering Storm” and follow-up “Into the Storm.” Payne also executive produced Scott’s own France-set comedy “A Good Year,” and produced Jordan Scott’s debut feature film “Cracks.”

Payne’s collaboration with Scott dated back to the late-80s, when she worked across some of his most notable movies in various roles starting with “Thelma & Louise” in 1991 through to “G.I. Jane” and “Gladiator.”

Payne originally started her career at the BBC in the early ‘70s, working first in their costume department and then in costume allocation. She subsequently joined producer Sandy Lieberson, who ultimately introduced her to Scott.

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Ridley Scott Longtime Collaborator Julie Payne Dies at 64

Ridley Scott Longtime Collaborator Julie Payne Dies at 64
Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Films has revealed that the managing director of its London office, producer Julie Payne, died of cancer last month at the age of 64.

Payne managed Scott Free’s London operations for more than 15 years, producing and executive producing projects for the company including Emmy- and Golden Globe-winner “The Gathering Storm” and follow-up “Into the Storm.” Payne also executive produced Scott’s own France-set comedy “A Good Year,” and produced Jordan Scott’s debut feature film “Cracks.”

Payne’s collaboration with Scott dated back to the late-80s, when she worked across some of his most notable movies in various roles starting with “Thelma & Louise” in 1991 through to “G.I. Jane” and “Gladiator.”

Payne originally started her career at the BBC in the early ‘70s, working first in their costume department and then in costume allocation. She subsequently joined producer Sandy Lieberson, who ultimately introduced her to Scott.
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Daisy Ridley in Talks to Star in Holocaust Drama 'The Lost Wife'

Daisy Ridley in Talks to Star in Holocaust Drama 'The Lost Wife'
Daisy Ridley is in talks to star in the Holocaust drama The Lost Wife. The film was penned by Marc Klein (A Good Year, Serendipity). The story centers on a young Jewish woman who is separated from her husband when the Germans invade Prague and uses her talents as an artist to survive until the couple is miraculously reunited decades later in America. It is based on a book by Alyson Richman. Robbie Brenner, whose passion project Dallas Buyers Club (2013) landed a best picture Oscar nomination, is producing Lost Wife via The Firm, where she is president of the

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Variety Critics and Pundits Weigh in on the Year In Cinema

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Variety Critics and Pundits Weigh in on the Year In Cinema
We asked Variety’s top critics and awards aficionados to discuss how 2015 shaped up cinematically. Here they answer the following questions:

1. How do you rate 2015 against previous years cinematically?

2. What is the scandal/most talked about or not talked about issue of the year?

3. What aspect of the year in film made you stand up and cheer?

Justin Chang, chief film critic

1. A good year, not a great one. If I were forced to redo my year-end list for 2015, I would probably call first place a tie between “The Assassin” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” (1) — both long-gestating action movies, directed by auteurs working at the height of their powers — followed by about 20 or 30 unranked honorable mentions.

2. The ongoing challenges of diversity and representation have shaken the industry to the core, and not a moment too soon. With the recent outcry on behalf of women and people of color — and the
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No more directing, Russell Crowe, or going soppy. But you are allowed to sing

As part of a new series in which we offer careers advice to people in the movie business, here’s our take on what everyone’s favourite Aussie bruiser should do to return to fighting form

The late 90s/early 2000s. You had a hot streak that included La Confidential, The Insider, Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind and Master and Commander. But your bulldog charisma enabled you to ride out the subsequent flops and embarrassments (A Good Year, Robin Hood, The Man with the Iron Fists, Winter’s Tale). That difficulty with accents notwithstanding, your stature has meant you can afford to reserve yourself for classy name directors – the unorthodox take on the Noah story from Darren Aronofsky being a recent risky example. That worked out pretty well, even if the film itself got a kicking from evangelical Christians. Another one that just about paid off was warming your pipes in the film of Les Misérables,
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"Lady Dior" - Enter Marion Cotillard

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Sneak Peek new images, plus short film footage of Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard (currently filming the feature "Assassin's Creed") supporting fashion campaigns for "Lady Dior", photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott:

Cotillard has garnered worldwide acclaim and awards for performances in films including "A Very Long Engagement" (2004), "La Vie en Rose" (2007), "Nine" (2009), "Inception" (2010), "Rust and Bone" (2012), "The Immigrant" (2013) and "Two Days, One Night" (2014).

Cotillard's other notable films include "Chloé" (1996), "Furia" (1999), "Lisa" (2001), "Pretty Things" (2001), "Big Fish" (2003), "Toi et Moi" (2006), "Dikkenek" (2006), "A Good Year" (2006), "Public Enemies" (2009), "Midnight in Paris" (2011), "Contagion" (2011) and "The Dark Knight Rises" (2012).

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Marion Cotillard...
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The Martian review – Matt Damon shines as stranded astronaut

Director Ridley Scott makes the most of an excellent script and a first-rate star for a scintillating sci-fi trip to the red planet

Proving conclusively that it really is all about the writing, Ridley Scott’s most enjoyable film in years reassures us that the creakiness of Prometheus, the cack-handed contrivance of The Counsellor and the sheer stodginess of Exodus: Gods and Kings were genetically rooted in their respective screenplays. Scott may not have the best eye for a decent script (he thought A Good Year read like a charming Russell Crowe vehicle), but when the right words are on the page he can visualise them like no other. From the creative back and forth of Hampton Fancher and David Peoples on Blade Runner, through the genius of Callie Khouri’s Thelma and Louise screenplay, to this terrifically crowd-pleasing adaptation of Andy Weir’s book by The Cabin in the Woods creator Drew Goddard,
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Ridley Scott: Ranking His Films From Worst To Best

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Ridley Scott has been making movies for almost 40 years, and it goes without saying that his legacy is inestimable. He may never have won the Academy Award for Best Director, but that does nothing to deny the fact that he’s made several of the 20th century’s best films, and despite a more inconsistent run recently, has proven with The Martian that he’s still got what it takes with the right script.

With 23 films to his name, Scott’s been a prolific filmmaker ever since he got started, responsible for some of the most iconic science fiction and adventure epics ever made, while thankfully for him, a good number of his failures were so slight that barely anyone saw them in the first place (and even less actually remembered that they saw them).

He’s a frustratingly all-over-the-place director at times, but as this list makes clear,
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Ridley Scott interview: The Martian, Prometheus sequels

We talk to Ridley Scott about his new film The Martian, his career in film, including Alien and Blade Runner, and his plans for Prometheus.

When we met Ridley Scott in a plush London hotel one September afternoon, the director was relaxed and jovial. And well he should be; his latest film, The Martian, has already garnering glowing notices, and for our money, it's Scott's best film in years. The story of astronaut Mark Watney and his struggles to survive alone and hungry on the hostile surface of Mars, it's full of humour, drama and eye-popping visuals.

As the film opens in the UK, we were lucky enough to talk to Scott about all kinds of movies from his voluminous body of work, including Alien, Blade Runner, Legend, The Counsellor and lots more, all leading up to his plans for the three Prometheus movies he wants to make, and finally,
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Emmy Awards: The good (Jon Hamm, Viola Davis), bad (sweeps) and ugly ('In Memoriam' clapping)

Emmy Awards: The good (Jon Hamm, Viola Davis), bad (sweeps) and ugly ('In Memoriam' clapping)
For the awards-obsessed editors of Gold Derby, the Emmys are like every Christmas, birthday and wedding all rolled into one. We eagerly await the opening of every envelope, transcribe every speech and celebrate our savvy predictions while bemoaning those upsets that show us up. Below, our collective thoughts on the highs, lows and Wtf moments of Sunday's kudocast. -Break- Join the fierce fights over the Emmys going on right now in the Gold Derby message boards Good Record-breaking wins for “Game of Thrones,” Viola Davis and Jon Hamm made this a ceremony worthy of multiple standing ovations. - Marcus Dixon Three African American women -- Uzo Aduba, Regina King and Davis -- win top acting awards. Almost unheard of at a major mainstream awards telecast. Thumbs up! - Rob Licuria Thrilled for Richard Jenkins, a character actor who got a leading role of a lifetime and an Emmy. - Chris
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Marc Streintenfeld’s Collaborators Cite Film Composer’s Ability to Burrow Into Characters

Marc Streintenfeld’s Collaborators Cite Film Composer’s Ability to Burrow Into Characters
“He’s a filmmaker who has not made a film,” says director Saar Klein of composer Marc Streitenfeld. “He discusses things on a story level. He has an overall macro understanding of the film. And incredible taste.”

The two met while Klein was editing “The Thin Red Line” and Streitenfeld was assisting composer Hans Zimmer. By the time Klein was ready to make his own, “After the Fall,” Streitenfeld had begun composing on his own and Klein enlisted him while the film was still in the writing and prep stages.

“I think he really got to the soul of this man,” Klein says, referring to the lead character (Wes Bentley, as an unemployed family man who turns to crime). “There’s a lot going on inside this man who’s falling apart. The music almost illustrates the sadness, the tragedy of this man.”

Mike Knobloch, the president of music at
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