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Giancarlo Giannini and The Lost City of Z‘s Sienna Miller are the latest stars to climb aboard The Catcher Was a Spy, Ben Lewin’s WWII drama poised to take the incredible true story of former Mlb player Moe Berg and pitch it for the big screen.
Deadline has the scoop, confirming that Giannini and Miller now join an ensemble comprised of Ant-Man‘s Paul Rudd, Guy Pearce, Paul Giamatti and Jeff Daniels. Dawidoff’s biography, The Catcher Was A Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg, has been labeled as the primary source of inspiration, creatively speaking, as it tells the story of Berg’s double life as a multilingual pro baseball player, who spent his time away from the field operating as an agent for the Office of Strategic Services – the U.S. intelligence agency that went on to become the CIA we know today – during »
- Michael Briers
By: Carson Blackwelder
The best sound editing category is going to be tough to call at this year’s Oscars, but the race is boiling down to Hacksaw Ridge versus La La Land. While we won’t know who won the Academy’s favor until Sunday, we already know the Motion Picture Sound Editors have honored these two films — among others — at their annual Golden Reel Awards. How often does this society of sound editors predict the corresponding category at the Academy Awards? Let’s take a look and find out.
Nominated alongside Hacksaw Ridge and La La Land in the best sound editing category at this year’s Oscars are Arrival, Sully, and Deepwater Horizon. The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg predicts that Damien Chazelle’s modern musical will take home the trophy by overtaking Mel Gibson’s big Hollywood return. »
- Carson Blackwelder
The Hollywood community is in mourning once again, only this time, for a young man who passed far before his prime. Trevor Habberstad, a stuntman and stunt coordinator who most recently worked on X-Men: Apocalypse, Doctor Strange and Passengers, passed away on Sunday at the age of 27. The stuntman succumbed to a rare form of cancer. Trevor Habberstad was on a family vacation in Hawaii last year when he began to feel stomach pain that doctors initially thought was appendicitis, but after another evaluation, it was revealed that he actually had gastric cancer.
Jeff Habberstad, Trevor's father and a stuntman/stunt coordinator as well, told Khts News in their hometown of Santa Clarita, California that they just found out about a week and a half ago that the cancer had spread into the late stuntman's brain. Jeff Habberstad served as a stunt coordinator for director Bryan Singer on 2014's »
Simon Brew Feb 24, 2017
It’s Oscar weekend! But how well do the Academy Award choices of ten years ago hold up? We’ve taken a look...
The Academy Awards are the highest profile snapshot of what films are highly rated within 12 months of their release. What they can’t predict, however, is how well regarded their choices will age, and only time can tell you that. Which is why I thought it’d be interesting to go back a decade, and see how the winners of the 79th Academy Awards, handed out on February 25th 2007, stack up ten years on…
Best Picture: The Departed
The first trailer has arrived for American Sniper 2 — err, sorry — Shooter 2 — no, sorry — Mine! Starring Armie Hammer — coming off what looks to be his best performance yet in Call Me By Your Name — the military thriller follows his sniper Mike who, after a failed assassination, is stranded in the desert with a slew of hostiles and pretty awful weather.
Coming from writing/directing duo the Fabio‘s Resinaro and Guaglione, the trailer boasts some confident cinematography and a seemingly dedicated performance from Hammer. Set for a release in less than two months, see the trailer below, along with a poster and synopsis.
This action-packed military thriller stars Armie Hammer (Free Fire, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) as a U.S. soldier who, stranded in the desert for 52 hours after a mission falls apart, must fight for survival against his enemies, the hostile environment, and the creeping psychological toll of his treacherous situation. »
- Mike Mazzanti
‘La La Land’ (Courtesy: Lionsgate)
By: Carson Blackwelder
Not only has La La Land made history by tying the record for the most Oscar nominations ever, but it also has the honor of being the first-ever musical nominated in the best sound editing category. With breaking boundaries for the genre, Damien Chazelle’s song-and-dance masterpiece could also become the first musical to actually win the trophy in this little-known category. Let’s do a deep dive and try to figure out how the Academy will react to La La Land in regards to this specific race.
As mentioned above, La La Land is breaking new ground for musicals in the best sound editing category and is up against Arrival, Deepwater Horizon, Hacksaw Ridge, and Sully. That being said, it’s also keeping with the trend of musicals being nominated in the best sound mixing category. While no musical »
- Carson Blackwelder
Ang Lee's latest film is an unconventional film being distributed, on the whole, in a very conventional way...
In the race to set forth the future of cinema through various technological advances, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk feels like a major casualty. Once tipped for the Oscar race, the latest film from Ang Lee has bombed at the worldwide box office and been all but ignored by critics and awards bodies. This is partly due to complications in exhibiting the film in its intended format, because cinemas haven't adapted for this war drama as they did for major blockbusters of recent years.
Avatar successfully made the case for 3D, like the gift of fire from James Cameron to studio arsonists who post-converted every tentpole movie in sight, while Peter Jackson's Hobbit films were less successful in pioneering higher frame rates, inadvertently exposing the actors' make-up and making the audience dizzy. »
Lewy Buck previews the Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 Open Beta…
Over the past few years I’ve developed a bit of a soft spot for betas, it feels as though you are watching the game build and develop right in front of you and you can’t help but experience a sense of attachment when the issues you brought up in the beta are fixed in the full release. So when I had the chance to play the Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 Beta I was eager to get stuck in as the game had been on my ‘to buy’ list for some time, the first two games in the series from Ci Games were solid first person shooters and I remember clearly how great the games visuals were and with the current advancement in PC hardware I was excited to see how the series had improved. Check out my video preview for Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 below… »
- Lewy Buck
Author: Stefan Pape
One of the sub-plots in Ang Lee’s latest endeavour, the sharp, contemporary war satire Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, is a rather meta narrative of a Hollywood producer wanting to turn this story into a movie. They discuss the potential project, which would have starred Hilary Swank as the eponymous role, and it sounds rather tempting. Then as this production progresses, you can’t help but wish you were watching somebody else give it a go, as fans of the original Ben Fountain novel this film is based upon, may well be left wanting.
Billy Lynn (Joe Alwyn) is 19 years old, and returns home from the Middle East with his entire Bravo Squad – led by the uncompromising Dime (Garrett Hedlund) – to partake in a victory tour following their heroics on the battlefield, which happened to be caught on camera, as the group of young men »
- Stefan Pape
6th Writetrhu, Monday finals: Don’t blame the Super Bowl for the lackluster performance of this weekend’s new entries: Paramount’s Rings and Stx’s teen romance The Space Between Us, which are opening to $13 million in second place and $3.77M in ninth, respectively. Money was left on the table here by those distributors who decided to opt out. Sunday aside, this is a weekend where the right testosterone property (American Sniper, Taken in previous years) can truly pull the… »
Angus Houvouras on whether the Academy Awards are really biased against blockbusters…
You’ve gotta love James Cameron. If ever a director has earned our collective respect, it’s the guy that brought us Terminator, Aliens, T2, The Abyss, and True Lies. Then again he also brought us Dark Angel, Avatar, Titanic, and a ringing endorsement of Terminator: Genisys. That last one is crazy enough to put a nice coat of tarnish on his platinum finish among film fans.
Cameron talked recently about how blockbusters are generally ignored by all the major awards. This generally accepted concept was challenged by Cameron who believes this line of thought to be blatantly unfair against the big budget movies that rarely get mentioned during award season when studios are promoting smaller stories and more dramatic fare.
Blockbusters have never really been considered Oscar bait in the creative categories. Sure, you’ll find »
- Anghus Houvouras
James Packer, the billionaire backer of RatPac-Dune Entertainment, is quietly looking to unload his stake in the production and film financing company that he co-founded with director Brett Ratner, according to four individuals with knowledge of the matter. A rep for RatPac flatly denies that the Australian businessman is looking to divest his interest in the venture.
Steven Mnuchin, the other major investor in RatPac-Dune, recently promised to sell his holdings after being tapped to serve as U.S. Treasury Secretary under President Donald Trump. One insider said that there are interested parties who could buy out both Packer and Mnuchin’s stakes. RatPac-Dune has a co-financing and distribution deal with Warner Bros. covering 75 pictures, under which the Burbank studio relies on RatPac-Dune to provide 25% of the financing, except on “Harry Potter” films and their spin-offs.
- Brent Lang and James Rainey
On the last quiet weekend before elevated titles enter the fray, M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split” (Universal) gets a shot of repeating #1 for the third week, with the only significant contender being “Rings” (Paramount), yet another horror franchise entry.
In addition to “Split,” “Rings” will battle “Hidden Figures,” “La La Land,” and the second weekend of “A Dog’s Purpose” (Universal) for positions among the top six. There’s also “The Space Between Us” (Stx), the second science-fiction romance after “Passengers” in under two months. None of these films are likely to bring in even $15 million, and not all are guaranteed to top $10 million.
Super Bowl weekend is reliably one of the lowest grossing of the year. Like other weak weekends (post Labor Day, some Halloweens, early December), there’s an element of self-fulfilling prophecy as studios avoid it for top releases. Still, free from direct competition, it’s a »
- Tom Brueggemann
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, in conjunction with Variety, announced on Thursday the recipients of the third annual Variety Artisans Awards.
The honorees, all nominated for 2017 Oscars, were selected for innovating their respective fields. They will be honored on Feb. 6 at the Lobero Theatre. A panel with the artisans will be moderated by Tim Gray, Variety’s senior vice president and awards editor.
The 2017 Variety Artisans Award honorees are listed below:
Alessandro Bertolazzi for Makeup and Hair for the Warner Brothers film “Suicide Squad,” directed by David Ayer. This marks Bertolazzi’s first Academy Award nomination. His previous credits include “Skyfall,” “Biutiful,” and “Babel.”
Jess Gonchor, for Production Design in the Universal Pictures film “Hail, Caesar!” directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Gonchor was previously nominated for an Academy Award for his work on “True Grit” which was nominated for a total of 10 Academy Awards. Gonchor has worked with »
- Variety Staff
It’s no surprise that there’s often quite the disconnect between the movies most moviegoers want to see and the movies that have all the Oscar buzz. Occasionally, there will be years where the two cross over in a big way (such as American Sniper and Argo), but sometimes most of the people watching these movies are the ones who sit down to vote for them in the first place (like when The Artist won). While many of these Oscar contenders are undoubtedly great as pieces of art, they’re not often the most feel good of movies, and occasionally, it seems like the Academy is in a constant quest to award the most hilariously violent and dark movies for the sake of them being dark and violent.
The 30 Rock "Hard to Watch" parody was the perfect representation of the disconnect there, and heck, even watching Leonardo DiCaprio scratch »
- Joseph Medina
Exclusive: Sienna Miller has signed with CAA. The actress had been at Wme and she also parted ways with her attorney and manager. Miller next will be seen starring opposite Charlie Hunnam in the James Gray-directed The Lost City of Z, which Bleecker Street releases in April. She just co-starred in the Ben Affleck-directed Live by Night and before that American Sniper, Foxcatcher, Layer Cake and Factory Girl. She continues to be represented by Dallas Smith at United Agents… »
By Sofia Smith-Londono.
War films are often great sprawling stories of sacrifice, heroism, the atrocities and intricacies of war. For many of us, these visceral, telling tales of war are as close as we’ll get, but behind the camera lies an important story of a real life event that has to be told.
Mel Gibson’s new film Hacksaw Ridge out in cinemas on 26th January displays the horror of war and one man’s determination to put a little bit of the world back together again. This is the story of Desmond Doss (BAFTA nominated Andrew Garfield) how he overcame monumental adversity and how he miraculously saved 75 men at the Battle of Okinawa without carrying a weapon
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Steven Spielberg brings to light the reality of one of the bloodiest wars and most brutal scenes in recent history. The film opens on 6th June 1944, D-Day with the allied invasion of Normandy. »
- The Hollywood News
An intense depiction of the risks undertaken by two of the first U.S. Army Special Forces units deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11, and the long-term personal impact of such experiences on those who fought, “Legion of Brothers” has surviving soldiers relate their harrowing missions, 15 years later. Those memories are still fresh wounds to many, who believed, at least, that their sacrifices had a quick, decisive effect. Implicit in the documentary is the veterans’ dismay that a series of disastrous subsequent American tactical decisions would create ensuing “quagmires” in the region years after. The film would make a striking double bill with Charles Ferguson’s 2007 “No End in Sight,” which depicted the cumulative failures of judgment which undid the progress made by successful initial actions.
Greg Barker’s feature doc sidesteps any overt political agenda, making this the rare nonpartisan documentary that might tap some of the wide, largely conservative audience that embraced “American Sniper. »
- Dennis Harvey
After months of educated guesswork, the 2017 Oscar nominations arrived today with a lot of expected results, particularly with respect to “La La Land” and the 14 categories it landed in — in addition to strong showings for “Moonlight,” “Manchester By the Sea,” and “Lion.”
Read More: Full 2017 Oscar Nominations List: ‘La La Land’ Ties All-Time Record With 14 Nominations
However, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is a large body of voters, and for various reasons too numerous to elaborate on here, they can be subject to all kinds of surprise decisions that lead to unexpected nominees in some categories, as well as snubs in others. Here’s a quick look at a few of them.
“Deadpool” is Doa
The naughty Ryan Reynolds comic book movie was an unexpected commercial sensation last year that quietly snuck into the awards race, surprising even its fans. However, while the movie landed two Golden »
- Eric Kohn
M. Night Shyamalan's thriller Split hit theaters this weekend, completely dominating three other new releases for an easy box office win with $40.2 million, in what was expected to be a tight race at the box office. The film has already earned eight times more than its reported $5 million budget. But for those who got to see it over the weekend, the talk has centered on the surprise ending. If you haven't seen Split yet, there will be some Massive Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.
Split centers on three young girls (Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Richardson, Jessica Sula) who are abducted by a man named Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), who plays host to 24 distinct personalities. While the movie focuses on Kevin and the various personalities that reside within him, fans were given quite the shock at the very end of the film, when it was revealed »
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