‘Sieranevada’ Actors Judith State And Rolando Matsangos On The Fastidious Pursuit Of “Little Miracles”
A Palme D’Or nominee at the Cannes Film Festival, writer/director Cristi Puiu’s Sieranevada has been submitted as Romania’s Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film. A sprawling, ambitious family drama, coming in at a nearly three hour running time, the latest entry from the much-lauded filmmaker tells the story of a successful neurologist, who gathers with family on the anniversary of his father’s death.
A thoughtful, melancholy reflection on family and one’s place… Read
Pharrell Williams On His ‘Hidden Figures’ Contribution: “It Made Sense For Everything We Stand For”
There are few musicians in this year's Oscar race who can have had as significant a contribution to the projects they're attached to as Pharrell Williams with . Already Oscar nominated for the phenomenal hit song "Happy", which was attached to Despicable Me 2 in 2013, the multi-hyphenated musical artist steps into his second feature film as a producer—after last year's Dope—with Theodore Melfi's movie, which tells the true story of the African American women… Read
Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: When Warren Met Kirk; #OscarsSoWhite A Thing Of The Past?
A weekly column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit.
It was, as usual this time of year, another big week on the awards circuit. From the standpoint of critics’ group love, Warren Beatty — who is no stranger to lots of awards in his legendary career — was AWOL from East Coast and Critics’ Choice lists this week for Rules Don’t Apply, his first directorial effort in 18 years. The movie also didn’t exactly light up the box office, either, but this… Read
Oscars: ‘Rogue One,’ ‘Doctor Strange’ Make Cut As Academy Narrows Visual Effects Race
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has drawn up its shortlist of 20 films vying for Visual Effects Oscar nominations. As usual, the list is peppered with big-budget pics — some of which were massive hits (Deadpool, The Jungle Book, Fantastic Beasts, etc.), some that underperformed (Alice Through the Looking Glass, The BFG, Independence Day: Resurgence) and a few that haven’t been released yet (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Passengers).
Here is the full list… Read
‘Sully’ Editor Blu Murray On Cutting The Clint Eastwood Film And The Biggest Challenges Of His Editing Debut
Descending from a lineage of Oscar-sound editors—including his Oscar nominated grandfather, Robert G. Henderson, and his father, Oscar winner Alan Robert Murray—editor Blu Murray quickly realized through firsthand experience that sound editing wasn’t for him. Of interest, though, was the craft of picture editing; recognizing that picture and sound editors operate within the same union, Murray put his time into sound work before transitioning over, making his own beginning… Read
‘Hail, Caesar!’ Hair And Makeup Department Heads On Designing Looks For Friends, Romans And Countrymen
Boasting a history with the Coen brothers dating back to their early films, makeup and hair department heads Jean Ann Black and Cydney Cornell were excited to delve into the pair's latest effort, old Hollywood comedy Hail, Caesar! An airy La La Land mystery set in the '50s, on Hollywood backlots and Romanesque sets, Caesar! required a multitude of looks. The research process began with a look to the past—to the films of Esther Williams, for example, and sword-and-sandal… Read
Mel Gibson, Andrew Garfield And Bill Mechanic On The 15-Year Ordeal To Scale ‘Hacksaw Ridge’
When Mel Gibson and Andrew Garfield gather to speak on their WWII film Hacksaw Ridge, each has jetted into LA from Europe, where they are making other movies. Gibson left the set of The Professor and the Madman, a movie he's starring in with Sean Penn. Garfield was deep into developing the semi-schizophrenic character he was about to start playing in Under the Silver Lake. But it doesn't take much time for them to snap back into Desmond Doss mode.
The moment they received… Read
Felicity Jones On ‘Rogue One’, ‘A Monster Calls’ And ‘Inferno’: “Film, At Its Best, Really Can Change Things” – Q&A
When Felicity Jones walked into the bar at the Bel Air Hotel towards the end of October, the meerkat-like LA glitterati didn't crane their necks with the expected urgency usually reserved for movie stars whose names grace every other billboard across town, as Jones's did that particular week.
She had come to Hollywood for the launch of Inferno, the third Ron Howard adaptation of Dan Brown's ever-expanding Robert Langdon series starring Tom Hanks, and few can have missed… Read
‘Sand Storm’ Writer/Director Elite Zexer On Meeting The Bedouin Women Who Inspired The Film
Making an an accomplished debut at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize in the world cinema category, Elite Zexer’s Sand Storm was named Best Film at the Ophir Awards—Israel’s version of the Academy Awards—while picking up a number of other accolades on the festival circuit. Subsequently, the drama was submitted as Israel’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Oscars, entering a pool of 85 contenders competing for five coveted… Read
‘Arrival’ Scribe Eric Heisserer Digs Into Process Of Adapting Ted Chiang’s Short Story, ‘Story Of Your Life’
A screenwriter with an interest in genre storytelling, previously known for various outings in the horror genre, Eric Heisserer fought a lengthy uphill battle in pitching a film based on Ted Chiang’s short story, “Story of Your Life”, before director Denis Villeneuve came to the helm. With the acclaimed, intellectual sci-fi film, eventually re-titled Arrival, Heisserer has seemingly broken out of a box, demonstrating further his ability to handle dense and complicated… Read
‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ Costume Designer Consolata Boyle On Designing For Meryl Streep’s Singular Protagonist
A frequent collaborator of director Stephen Frears (Philomena, The Queen), a master in translating the unbelievable true story to the big screen, costume designer Consolata Boyle entered into the rarefied world of 1940s, high society New York for Florence Foster Jenkins. Given the incredulity fostered by the story of a famously terrible singer, who gives her name to the project, historical accuracy and attention to detail were imperative, nowhere more so than in the… Read
‘Secret Life Of Pets’ Composer Alexandre Desplat On Musical Influences, Chase Sequences And Meryl Streep’s Singing
An eight-time Oscar nominee, who finally won for The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2015, prolific composer Alexandre Desplat composed scores for four of this year’s Oscar contenders, including Illumination’s animated feature The Secret Life of Pets and the Meryl Streep-starring Florence Foster Jenkins. If more than one of Desplat’s scores were to be nominated this year, it wouldn’t be the first time Desplat has competed with himself—two years ago, in fact, The Grand… Read