No, "The Blair Witch Project" was not an Academy Award-winning film. But it absolutely qualifies for the Academy's "Moments That Changed The Movies" series. A new video from the Academy Originals banner looks back at the 1999 horror film, which took Sundance by storm and became one of the most profitable cinematic endeavors of all time, on the occasion of its 15th anniversary.
Between Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler" and Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice," you're going to be seeing a lot of Oscar-winning cinematographer Robert Elswit's work this year. Not only that, but you're going to be seeing a lot of Los Angeles location work in these films that showcases areas and eras of the city unique to the silver screen.
Which 'Twilight' alum is having the best year? Though Robert Pattinson dished out schizophrenic violence in "Rover" and a slimier charm in "Maps to the Stars" (now arriving before the end of 2014), Kirsten Stewart may come out on top, with a twofer knockout of "Camp X-Ray" and "Still Alice" arriving this awards season. Often slammed for her introverted, fragile performances, Stewart dives into both diametric roles — a loner Guantanamo Bay guard and a loving-but-terrified daughter — and between them, audiences should finally get a sense of her range. Somewhere, Taylor Lautner waits for the green light on "Abduction 2."
Resting a movie on an actor's shoulders can be challenge for marketing wizards. The performer needs to be (or at least appear) at the top to convince audience the film is time well spent. That can often mean touting the transcendent moments — which explains why the scene from Weinstein Company's upcoming dramedy "St. Vincent" is now available for previewing.
NEW YORK — Film festival post-screening Q&As are a routinely jumbled affair, coy directors and actors fielding gut-reaction inquiries from the crowd. But as a come-down to the first screening of "Inherent Vice" — Paul Thomas Anderson's syncopated noir-medy that is as hazy and psychedelic as the pot smoke drifting out of its characters' mouths — the 12-person banter was fitting, sublime chaos.
David Fincher's hotly anticipated Gillian Flynn adaptation "Gone Girl" has finally arrived in theaters after a New York Film Festival debut last weekend. I didn't find myself as taken as some of my colleagues, though I do have an urge to see it again. So I may actually head out to a Saturday matinee myself.
I expect composer Jóhann Jóhannsson will be getting hired more and more in the near future. Having come up through the documentary world, he was tapped last year for Denis Villaneuve's "Prisoners" and he ran with the ball, crafting a dynamic, layered, ominous score that really didn't get its due. That course is sure to be corrected with his work on James Marsh's Stephen Hawking biopic "The Theory of Everything," a piano-driven work that stands out as one of the film's most identifying features.
Everyone loves Steve Martin. Everyone used to like him when he was pumping out comedies in the '80s, but now everyone loves him. He has the awards to prove it.
American Film Institute announced today that Steve Martin will receive the organization's 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award, the "highest honor for a career in film," according to a press release. The award will be presented to Martin at a gala tribute in Los Angeles, CA on June 4, 2015.
In 1999, George Lucas's "The Phantom Menace" sent studios and theater owners into a tizzy. Along with the standard film prints, Lucasfilm rolled out a select number of "digital projection" test screenings for the latest "Star Wars" installment. The New York Times reported on the awestruck audiences, a mix of film enthusiasts, technophiles, and "Star Wars" geeks. One 17-year-old exclaimed, "All my friends who've seen it before are coming to see it again in 'dij','' — oh, kids and their slang! — ''It's 30 times better this way.'' Even the projectionist at the test screening's New Jersey theater agreed. "Film is wonderful. It's done tremendous things for us over the last 75 to 100 years. But another way is here. You're watching history.''
15 years later, the revolution continues — in reverse. And it's getting ugly. Can anyone save film projection?
NEW YORK — The spotlight is finally on Rosamund Pike.
The 35-year-old actress first came to moviegoers' attention 12 years ago when she played a double agent in "Die Another Day." She then alternated between independent films like "Pride & Prejudice," "Barney's Version" and "Made in Dagenham," as well as studio flicks such "Doom," "Surrogates," "Wrath of the Titans" and even opposite Tom Cruise in "Jack Reacher." The biggest media spotlight she'd received was for her supporting role in "An Education," but if you were introduced to her at a party you probably wouldn't know where you recognized her from (or that she was even a movie "star"). That will all change with David Fincher's "Gone Girl."