‘Mr. Turner’ star Timothy Spall got a crash course in painting by artist Tim Wright
Timothy Spall says he often looks at his copy of "Snow Storm" by J.M.W. Turner, which hangs at his home, and thinks, "How on earth did I ever do that?"
Enter Tim Wright, the London-based portrait artist and lecturer who gave Spall a two-year crash course in fine art, and turned the actor into not only a competent painter, but one who could convincingly copy the work of one of the world's finest masters. "The request was quite astounding really," laughs Wright.
‘The Theory of Everything’ composer Johan Johannsson adds a timeless touch
When first watching James Marsh's biopic The Theory of Everything, which follows the rise of Stephen Hawking (portrayed by Eddie Redmayne) as a groundbreaking physicist-cosmologist who slowly becomes crippled by ALS, it's easy to mistake the film for different period than the three decades during which the film takes place--the 1960s, '70s and the '80s. Like Howards End and The King's Speech, the British sensibility of courtship and hardship are just some of the… Read
Interstellar European Premiere
The out-of-this-world Interstellar had a European premiere across the pond in London on Oct. 29. It was a chance for the film's stars--which includes Matthew McConaghey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and newcomer Mackenzie Foy--to reunite and… Read
‘Mr. Turner’s Marion Bailey brings life to a little-known figure in the painter’s life
Photograph by Mark Mann
In Mr. Turner, Mike Leigh's biopic of the British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851), the artist finds true love late in life in Sophia Booth, the no nonsense landlady of his seaside retreat in Margate. Leigh also found love later in life with Marion Bailey, 63, the veteran actress who portrays Mrs. Booth. Timothy Spall's take on the eccentric artist nabbed him the best actor prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival, and since then, Oscar-watchers… Read
‘Gone Girl’ consultant Lindsay McGrail adds authenticity to grisly crime work in movies
There's an old adage, often attributed to Emily Dickinson, which says that if you take care of the small things, the big things will take care of themselves. In the case of David Fincher's Gone Girl, Lindsay McGrail and her team of law enforcement experts are to thank for their attention to detail when it came to sweating the small stuff.
As an actor and trained nurse, McGrail was brought on board the film to assist in a sequence during which evidence is collected from a… Read
Nightcrawler New York Premiere
Nightcrawler, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo, was a family affair. Writer/director Dan Gilroy enlisted his brother John to edit the pic; brother Tony was a producer, as was Gyllenhaal. The film--about the nocturnal, ethically dubious world of stringer news videographers--has been well received among critics since it debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in… Read
Gwyneth Paltrow hosts amfAR LA’s Inspiration Gala honoring Tom Ford
Gwyneth Paltrow and talent agent Bryan Lourd cohosted the 5th annual amfAR LA Inspiration Gala, which honored fashion designer and A Single Man director Tom Ford. Miley Cyrus wore a bondage-style dress that Ford designed, but she wasn't the only one who showed a lot of skin. Rihanna also left little to the imagination with her gauzy gown. Diana Ross and Paltrow's ex Chris Martin performed at the event. Other attendees included Justin Timberlake, Lea Michelle, Kelly… Read
The editing duo behind Birdman had their work cut out for them
When Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu approached longtime editor Stephen Mirrione about shooting a wholly different movie--one that looked as if it were filmed in one take--Mirrione assumed Inarritu's reputation as a control freak would quash the project quickly.
"He's the first to tell you he's very neurotic about his movies, down to the little choices and alterations you can make," says Mirrione, who was nominated for an editing Oscar for Inarritu's Babel. "I thought it… Read
Deadline’s The Contenders Officially Kicks Off Oscar Season
It's hard to believe it's time for Deadline's fourth annual The Contenders event, which officially launches Academy season--even though it seems as if the rallying never really stopped from last year.
The idea for the event was hatched four years ago as a way for studios and distributors to present a snapshot of the year's top awards contenders by giving each a half-hour segment to show off their goods. Film clips are substantiated by interviews with key players, both in… Read
58th BFI London Film Festival
Rain didn't scare away guests to several gala screenings that were part of the 58th BFI London Film Festival, which ran from Oct. 8 through 19. Dresses and tuxes may have been dampened, but not the spirits of attendees.
OSCARS: 134 Pics Vie For Best Feature Documentary
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released its list of 134 film vying for the Best Feature Documentary Oscar at the 87th Annual Academy Awards in February. A number of the nonfic hopefuls have yet to get their required Los Angeles and New York qualifying releases. Those that don't will be cut from the contention. A shortlist of 15 films will be announced in December. Oscar noms will be revealed January 15, and ABC will broadcast Hollywood's Big Night… Read
Deadline’s The Contenders Set To Kick Off Awards Season Saturday
Awards season officially begins in earnest on Saturday with the sold out all-day event, The Contenders Presented By Deadline. This fourth annual showcase for the major Oscar hopefuls is expected, as usual, to draw large numbers of Academy members, as well as those from key guilds such as the SAG Nominating Committee, WGA, DGA and PGA, along with other invited industry notables.
Contenders features a record 12 studios and distributors this year. Due to increasing demand it… Read