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Oscar Cinematography Survey: Here’s the Cameras and Lenses Used To Shoot 35 Awards Contenders

IndieWire reached out to the cinematographers whose films are in awards contention and among the most critically acclaimed films of the year to find out which cameras and lenses they used and, more importantly, why these were the right tools to create the visual language of their films

(Films are alphabetical order by title.)

Annihilation

Format and Camera: Sony F65 at 4K, for the shimmer we switched to Red weapon 6K.

Lens: We started with Primo anamorphic, then for the shimmer we switched to the G-Series anamorphic.

Rob Hardy: I wanted a subtle shift in the look of the film as Lena’s character (Natalie Portman) moves through the story and things get progressively more and more hallucinogenic. So by switching out camera and lens systems we introduced a much more heightened look. Additionally, we generated the color shimmer effect in camera by creating a shimmer library — this was
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Natalie Portman (‘Vox Lux’) on her new role: ‘This innocent child grows up into this monster’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Natalie Portman (‘Vox Lux’) on her new role: ‘This innocent child grows up into this monster’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
The interview below contains Spoilers for the film “Vox Lux.”

The new movie “Vox Lux” from actor-turned-director Brady Corbett begins with a bang and yet something quite familiar in modern day America: a school shooting. The manner in which the opening segment of the film unfolds is still very startling and sets everything in motion for the main character of Celeste. She is a teenager (played by Raffey Cassidy) who survives the classroom murders, writes and performs a song about it for the memorial and becomes a worldwide pop star over the first hour of the movie. It then jumps forward many years to reveal a far more jaded, world-weary, belligerent version of Celeste (now played by Natalie Portman).

In our recent interview with Portman (watch the exclusive video above), she discusses “Vox Lux” and playing the grow-up Celeste following Cassidy’s performance. She says, “We really didn’t coordinate
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‘The Grinch’ Swipes $2.2 Million at Thursday Box Office

‘The Grinch’ Swipes $2.2 Million at Thursday Box Office
Illumination and Universal’s “The Grinch,” a remake of the Dr. Seuss classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” earned $2.2 million in Thursday previews from 3,200 screens. It will open on 4,140 screens this weekend.

Universal is projecting an opening weekend of $50 million for “The Grinch” and as high as $62 million based on numbers from independent trackers. Illumination’s previous Dr. Seuss adaptation, “The Lorax,” exceeded expectations by opening to $70.2 million in March 2012. Both “The Lorax” and “The Grinch” have reported $75 million budgets, consistent with other Illumination films. More recently, Illumination’s 2016 film “Sing” opened to only $1.7 million in Thursday previews on the way to a $35.2 million opening.

The Grinch” stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the title character along with Rashida Jones and Kenan Thompson, telling the story of a lonely green grouch who concocts a plan to steal Christmas. Longtime Illumination director Yarrow Cheney directs with Scott Mosier.

Also Read: Benedict Cumberbatch on
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How You can watch 20 Oscar contenders Now on your own TV: ‘Black Panther,’ ‘A Quiet Place,’ ‘Incredibles 2’ and more

How You can watch 20 Oscar contenders Now on your own TV: ‘Black Panther,’ ‘A Quiet Place,’ ‘Incredibles 2’ and more
While many major 2019 Oscar contenders are only screening in your local theater (or not even released yet), you can watch at least 20 films in your own home right now on TV. Top nominees like “Black Panther,” “Incredibles 2,” “A Quiet Place” and more are now playing on PPV, premium channels and streaming services. Let’s take a look at this wide assortment immediately available on your television and iPhone.

Pay-per-view and DVD:

Avengers: Infinity War” directed by Anthony and Joe Russo; starring Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin

BlacKkKlansman” directed by Spike Lee; starring John David Washington, Adam Driver

“Christopher Robin” directed by Marc Forster; starring Ewan McGregor

Eighth Grade” directed by Bo Burnham; starring Elsie Fisher

First Reformed” directed by Paul Schrader; starring Ethan Hawke

Incredibles 2” directed by Brad Bird; starring Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson

Isle of Dogs” directed by Wes Anderson; starring Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray

“Mamma
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Universal and Illumination's 'The Grinch' Set for $60+ Million Debut

Universal and Illumination's 'The Grinch' Set for $60+ Million Debut
Last weekend saw the month of November get off to a great start and this weekend should prove just as profitable as several holdovers look to continue their strong performance while Universal delivers the latest animated feature from Illumination in Dr. Seuss' The Grinch. Additionally, Paramount will release the World War II supernatural horror film Overlord and Sony is taking another stab at the Dragon Tattoo franchise with the release of The Girl in the Spider's Web. Expected to easily finish atop the weekend box office we begin with Universal and Illumination's release of The Grinch, debuting in 4,141 locations with the studio anticipating a domestic debut right around $50 million. Based on our analysis, you should expect a performance a bit higher, coming in at the lowest around $53 million with $65+ million serving as the higher end of our forecasted range. IMDb page view comparisons aren't necessarily painting a perfect picture in terms of expectations,
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‘Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle': Watch the New Trailer for Andy Serkis’ ‘Jungle Book’ Adaptation (Video)

  • The Wrap
Ahead of the film’s Dec. 7 global launch, Netflix has released the new trailer for “Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle,” and you can watch it right now above.

Directed by Andy Serkis, the combination live-action/CGI retelling of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” will get a limited theatrical release in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and London on Nov. 29 with a wider release in the U.S. and UK to follow. Originally set for release in 2016 by Warner Bros. with the title “Jungle Book: Origins,” Netflix picked up global rights in July.

At CinemaCon in April, Serkis promised a darker, bloodier tale that will delve deeper into the conflict of man vs. nature that lies at the heart of the famous tale.

Also Read: Netflix Announces New Anime Projects Based on 'Pacific Rim,' 'Altered Carbon'

“Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle” stars Rohan Chand in the title role,
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More Evidence Suggests Avengers 4 Is Titled Annihilation

All signs are pointing to us getting ever closer to the release of the first trailer for Avengers 4. Unusually for a Marvel movie, though, we’re not just excited to see some footage from the film but we’d also quite like to know what it’s actually called. Ever since Infinity War, fans have been theorizing about what would be the most dramatic title possible and the top contender right now is Avengers: Annihilation, which numerous sources have claimed is the official moniker.

McU Cosmic originally told us that Annihilation was what Marvel had decided to go with and now they’ve come forward with new evidence to back up their claims. In the latest episode of the McU Cosmic Cast on YouTube, Jeremy Conrad explained some more about the context behind his prior report that the trailer will be arriving in late November and will reveal Annihilation as the title.
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Natalie Portman Is Unafraid to Fail: The ‘Vox Lux’ Star Explains How Flawed Movies Made Her More Ambitious — IndieWire Honors

Natalie Portman Is Unafraid to Fail: The ‘Vox Lux’ Star Explains How Flawed Movies Made Her More Ambitious — IndieWire Honors
On November 1, the 2018 IndieWire Honors ceremony will celebrate eight filmmakers and actors for their achievement in creative independence. We’re showcasing their work with new interviews this week.

Natalie Portman is one of the most respected actresses in Hollywood, but has no problem acknowledging an acting record that’s far from spotless. “It takes the fear out of the risk a little more,” she said. “I’ve been in stuff that didn’t work and it didn’t kill me.”

Portman’s willingness to swing for edgy and unorthodox material helps explain a lot about her work in recent years, from her Oscar-winning achievement as a disturbed ballerina in “Black Swan,” to her commanding Jacqueline Kennedy in “Jackie,” and her latest turn in writer-director Brady Corbet’s “Vox Lux.”

The sprawling narrative finds her playing a narcissistic pop star who embodies the worst of America’s celebrity-obsessed culture. Portman was
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Natalie Portman Navigates A Pop Life In Immersive ‘Vox Lux’ Trailer

Seen earlier this year in the sci-fi thriller Annihilation, Natalie Portman may deliver one of her most celebrated performances in the upcoming feature Vox Lux. Directed by Brady Corbet (The Childhood of a Leader), the feature centers on Celeste (Portman), a pop star who, as one can glean from the trailer, is struggling to balance [...]

The post Natalie Portman Navigates A Pop Life In Immersive ‘Vox Lux’ Trailer appeared first on Hollywood Outbreak.
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Game of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau to lead Suicide Tourist

Variety is reporting that Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) has signed on to lead the cast of Suicide Tourist, a romantic mystery drama which is shooting now under Danish director Jonas Alexander Arnby (When Animals Dream).

Suicide Tourist follows Max, an insurance claims adjuster whose investigation into a man’s disappearance leads him to a uniquely secretive hotel which offers its guests elaborate assistance in fulfilling their fantasy suicides. Caught in his own existential crisis, Max soon begins to question his perception of reality and wonders if death is the only way out of the hotel.

“[I’m excited to be] working on a truly original, thrilling and moving love story,” said Coster-Waldau. “We are halfway through the shoot, and my enthusiasm has only increased seeing the set design, the work by our Dp Niels [Thastum] and my fellow actors.”

In addition to Coster-Waldau, the film also stars Tuva Novotny (Annihilation), Sobjørg Højfeldt (Ride Upon the Storm
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Diverse Audiences Are Driving the Horror Box Office Boom

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Diverse Audiences Are Driving the Horror Box Office Boom
Horror is on a hot streak for the movie business, and diverse millennials may be to thank for the surge in ticket sales.

Last year marked the first time the horror genre grossed over $1 billion at the box office, and if this holiday season is any indication, moviegoers are still willing to shell out for a good fright. “A Quiet Place,” “The Nun,” and most recently “Halloween” are just a few titles this year that delivered big scares — and solid profits for studios.

Movio, a provider of movie-marketing software, found that not all horror buffs are cut from the same cloth. In general, the demographic for horror films tends to split into two distinct sub-genres: paranormal and action. Paranormal fans are drawn to supernatural and slasher films, like “The First Purge,” “Slender Man,” and “Happy Death Day.” Action addicts lean more toward sci-fi titles including “Annihilation,” “A Quiet Place,” and “The Predator.
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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Set for ‘Suicide Tourist’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
‘Game of Thrones’ Star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Set for ‘Suicide Tourist’ (Exclusive)
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister in “Game of Thrones,” heads a distinguished European cast in “Suicide Tourist,” a mystery drama with romantic elements from Copenhagen-based Snowglobe, whose production credits include “Thelma,” “The Untamed” and “Birds of a Passage.”

Described by Snowglobe in a statement as its most ambitious film to date, “Suicide Tourist” marks Danish director Jonas Alexander Arnby’s follow-up to his breakout debut “When Animals Dream,” which played in Cannes Critics’ Week and sold to Radius for the U.S. and to another score of territories. Paris-based Charades has acquired world sales rights to “Suicide Tourist” and will introduce the title to buyers at next week’s American Film Market in Santa Monica.

Coster-Waldau stars opposite Sweden’s Tuva Novotny, co-star of international productions such as “Borg vs. McEnroe” and Alex Garland’s “Annihilation.”

Arnby’s “When Animals Dream” proved catnip to distributors because of its director-driven
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Where to Stream the Best Films of 2018

As 2018 winds down, like most cinephiles, we’re looking to get our hands on the titles that may have slipped under the radar or simply gone unseen. With the proliferation of streaming options, it’s thankfully easier than ever to play catch-up for those films you missed in a theater (or never came to your town), and to assist with the process, we’re bringing you a rundown of the best titles of the year available to watch.

Curated from the Best Films of 2018 So Far list we published for the first half of the year, it also includes films we’ve enjoyed the past few months and some we’ve recently caught up on. This is far from a be-all, end-all year-end feature (that will come at the end of the year), but rather something that will hopefully be a helpful tool for readers to have a chance to seek out notable,
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Oscar Isaac Makes The Move To WME

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Oscar Isaac Makes The Move To WME
Exclusive: Oscar Isaac, who most recently starred in and produced Chris Weitz’s MGM movie Operation Finale and is reprising the role of Poe Dameron in Star Wars: Episode IX, has signed with Wme for representation in all areas.

Isaac, who won a Golden Globe in 2016 for HBO’s Show Me a Hero, has several film projects in the works including starring in Jc Chandor’s ensemble Triple Frontier, the long-gestating dramatic thriller set up at Netflix. He also voices Gomez Addams in MGM’s upcoming animated The Addams Family movie.

Most immediately, Isaac plays Paul Gauguin opposite Willem Dafoe’s Vincent van Gogh in At Eternity’s Gate, the biopic directed by Julian Schnabel that CBS Films bows November 16.

His credits include Alex Garland’s Ex Machina in 2014, the same year he starred in Chandor’s A Most Violent Year; both films were in that season’s awards mix.
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Action-Packed Trailer For the New Thriller Miss Bala with Gina Rodriguez

Gina Rodriguez, who is best known her role in Jane The Virgin is being built up to be the next big female action star. She recently had a role in the sci-fi thriller Annihilation, and now there’s Miss Bala. She takes on the lead role in the movie in which she plays a young woman who is forced to become a mole for the DEA in a drug cartel. As the story progresses she is forced to take the situation into her own hands when her family is threatened. Here’s the synopsis that was released:

Gloria (Gina Rodriguez) finds a power she never knew she had when she is drawn into a dangerous world of cross-border crime. Surviving will require all of her cunning, inventiveness, and strength.

Miss Bala is actually based on a Mexican film of the same name, which was inspired by the true story of
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‘Miss Bala’ Trailer: Gina Rodriguez Finally Becomes An Action Star

‘Miss Bala’ Trailer: Gina Rodriguez Finally Becomes An Action Star
Welcome to the era of Gina Rodriguez, action star. The Jane the Virgin star and Annihilation scene-stealer is finally stepping into the role that she was always meant to be in: action hero. Rodriguez makes her action star debut in the Miss Bala trailer, where she plays a young woman forced to become a mole for the DEA […]

The post ‘Miss Bala’ Trailer: Gina Rodriguez Finally Becomes An Action Star appeared first on /Film.
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‘Miss Bala’ Trailer: The Bullet Settles Everything In Gina Rodriguez’s New Thriller

For most people, Gina Rodriguez is probably best known for her work on the CW comedy/soap “Jane the Virgin.” However, in recent years, the actress has been making interesting film choices, with roles in “Deepwater Horizon” and Alex Garland’s “Annihilation.” And now, with “Miss Bala,” Rodriguez is ready to step into the starring role in her first action/thriller.

Continue reading ‘Miss Bala’ Trailer: The Bullet Settles Everything In Gina Rodriguez’s New Thriller at The Playlist.
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Don Cheadle Trolls Marvel Fans Hard Over Avengers 4 Title

Don Cheadle Trolls Marvel Fans Hard Over Avengers 4 Title
Avengers 4 star Don Cheadle is having a lot of fun teasing fans on social media about the official title. Speculation about the title has been kicked into overdrive in recent weeks, with some pretty convincing fan theories floating around. Annihilation seems to be the most popular title at this point in time, but Cheadle didn't mention it, or anything else too specific, which has certain Marvel Cinematic Universe fans hunting for clues, even though the actor is clearly kidding around.

Don Cheadle portrays James "Rhodey" Rhodes, aka War Machine, in the McU and was asked on social media if he was finished with the Avengers 4 reshoots. As a side not, the Russo Brothers announced that the reshoots had wrapped late Friday night. The McU fan then asked if the actor could possibly give everybody a hint about the title. Cheadle had this to say.

"I shouldn't do this, but because
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Natalie Portman Urges Hollywood to Stop Calling Women 'Crazy or Difficult'

Natalie Portman Urges Hollywood to Stop Calling Women 'Crazy or Difficult'
Natalie Portman is sick of men dismissing women by calling them “crazy.”

The Oscar winner, 37, spoke about sexual harassment, equal pay, representation and more as an honoree at Variety’s Power of Women summit on Friday — and the crowd erupted in cheers following her comments about “gossiping well.”

“Stop the rhetoric that a woman is crazy or difficult,” Portman said. “If a man says to you that a woman is crazy or difficult, ask him, ‘What bad thing did you do to her?’ … That’s a code word. He’s trying to discredit her reputation. Make efforts to hire people
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Natalie Portman Honoured At Variety’s Power Of Women, Shares Her Principles

  • ET Canada
Natalie Portman has the power. The “Annihilation” actress was an honoured guest at Variety‘s Power of Women event on Friday. Portman also served as a keynote speaker, shouting out Time’s Up CEO and president, Lisa Borders, before engaging the audience. Related: George Clooney Says Trump Administration ‘Needs Us To Be Afraid’ Natalie Portman gives a step by step guide
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