A whiff of “Man on Wire" director James Marsh's "The Theory of Everything" should convince you the Stephen Hawking biopic is a Best Picture contender (and we would agree with you). Shades of "A Beautiful Mind," Eddie Redmayne's all-in performance as the paralysed Professor Hawking, a breakout role for critical darling Felicity Jones, and praise from the festival circuit all add up to Oscar. Some things aren't physics.
"Your parents never told you the truth. The year of your birth, there was a prophecy that our leader would be born to liberate us. That leader is you."
Yes, that's basically a line from the recent "Jupiter Ascending" trailer, but no, this exact quote comes from "Exodus: Gods and Kings," the latest Biblical epic attempting to shatter the Christmastime box office. From "Gladiator" and "The Counselor" director Ridley Scott, "Exodus" retells the classic Moses legend with ex-Batman Christian Bale as the chosen one and Joel Edgerton as Ramesses, wearing more eye-liner than Jack Nicholson's Joker. This is The Good Book as The Comic Book.
"Go big or go home": A skateboarder mindset, a Sarah Palin slogan, the name of a "Parks & Recreation" episode," and now, the guiding mantra of Russell Crowe's directorial debut, "The Water Diviner." Via the magic of Twitter, Crowe debuted the first trailer for the war drama, a shiny blockbuster reminiscent of the high-impact Hollywood productions that shaped the actor's career. When it's not blowing up World War I battlefields, it's swelling with emotional power strings.
Ladies and gentleman, Ridley Scott has returned to the Ancient world and it ain't "Gladiator" or "Kingdom of Heaven."
The 2014-2015 Oscar season is well underway, with festivals providing the cream of the crop and a few major studio films laced throughout. Who will be left standing when the dust clears at the 87th annual Academy Awards? More importantly, what will the journey of discovery be like every step of the way?
Japanese-Brazilian fashion designer Jum Nakao is fascinated by paper. He sees the material as both "very ephemeral, very fragile" and, with the right words scribbled across it, powerful enough to change the world. So when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences asked Nakao to create a piece celebrating the opening of its upcoming "Hollywood Costume," the artist naturally went back to the page.
Richard Linklater grew into one of North America's premiere filmmaking voices with films like "Slacker," "Dazed and Confused," "School of Rock," "Bernie" and the "Before" trilogy, but it took this year's "Boyhood" for full approval from auteur connoisseur Megan Ellison. Deadline reports that Ellison's artistically-inclined production company Annapurna Pictures will produce Linklater's next film, what he refers to as a "spiritual sequel" to "Dazed."
NEW YORK — Secrets are big business in Hollywood. Letting spoilers get out about your upcoming movie or a TV series can impact whether people actually watch and/or diminish interest in buying tickets. So it's no surprise that even with movies based on popular novels like "Gone Girl," where all the secrets can easily be found in print, everyone involved is trying to keep things quiet. Even if the film's plot might not be that different than the book.
Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" is set to premiere at the New York Film Festival within the week. It might be a subversive addition to the race or, like some have been surmising, it might not be an awards season player at all. But who cares? The trailer just dropped and, uh, it looks awesome!
Whether you knew it or not, you've been listening to sound mixer David Macmillan's work for years. There's early stuff, like "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom," "Birdy" and "SpaceCamp" (yes!). There's recent stuff like "Twilight," "Hancock" and "The 40-Year-Old-Virgin." And there's the Oscar-winning stuff scattered throughout, like "The Right Stuff," "Speed" and "Apollo 13." The guy is a legend in the field, so of course he's a great fit for the Cinema Audio Society's (CAS) Career Achievement Award.