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Detective Noir With A Ditty: How John Hawkes Got “Down With Mary” In ‘Too Late’

EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-nominated for his chilly turn in 2010’s Winter’s Bone, John Hawkes will vie for Oscar gold once again in 2017—but this time, in a different category entirely. Contributing the original song “Down With Mary” to Dennis Hauck’s indie drama, Too Late, Hawkes now finds himself competing with 90 other entries in the Best Original Song category. A project of unusual specs—shot exclusively on 35mm, in sprawling, 20-minute takes that take the viewer into the… Read

‘The Man In The High Castle’ Cast: When The Creative Aesthetic Impacts Your Performance – Emmys

Open up a drawer on the set of Amazon’s The Man In The High Castle and you open up to 1960s America. But it’s a nation we never knew. Sure, there’s the title to a Rock Hudson-June Allyson movie on the theater marquee, but it’s playing in a Nazi-occupied region of the United States. While an actor’s emotional mechanism largely takes credit for their performance, the cast of Amazon’s hit series talks about how the show’s scenic design, costumes, props and crafts… Read

Emmy Contender Casting Directors On Biggest Actor Mistakes, Diversity In Casting, And Their Hardest Roles To Cast

Essential collaborators for scrambling showrunners, and feared arbiters of actors' worth, casting directors are responsible for identifying talent, unpuzzling ensembles and launching careers. As the actors they cast enjoy the lion's share of the Emmy limelight, we put three questions to the people responsible for leading them to the stage.   The Casting Directors   John Papsidera — Casual (Hulu) Christopher Nolan's go-to casting director since Memento, Papsidera's… Read

‘Revenant’, ‘Straight Outta Compton’ & ‘Sicario’ Vie For Location Manager Guild Awards

Nominees for the third annual Location Managers Guild International Awards are out. The awards honor productions in film, TV and commercials in six categories where the creative use of filming locations enhances or helps to drive the storyline. Last year, the top feature award went to The Grand Budapest Hotel and Wild. Winners will be announced during a ceremony on April 23. The LMGI is formerly known as the Location Managers Guild of America. Here is the complete list of… Read

After Winning An Oscar For ‘The English Patient’, DP John Seale Returns To The Desert With George Miller On ‘Mad Max’

When Australian cinematographer John Seale got word of the Sisyphean development of Mad Max: Fury Road in its early stages, he was just glad that it wasn’t his cross to bear, not realizing that he would soon find himself working on one of the most infamously challenging productions in recent film history. He was happy, though, to come back to work for George Miller, having previously collaborated with the director on Lorenzo’s Oil  back in 1992, and finding him an ideal… Read

Making The Environment A Better Place, One Note At A Time: J. Ralph & His Oscar-Nominated Song “Manta Ray”

Composer J. Ralph has cut an interesting path for himself, working simultaneously as an artist and social activist while writing and producing the music for seven of the Oscar-winning or nominated documentaries over the past eight years. Ralph has been nominated twice for Best Original Song—first, for “Before My Time” in the 2012 film Chasing Ice, and now “Manta Ray” in Racing Extinction, both films that explore different elements of climate change that are issues of… Read

Composer Carter Burwell On ‘Carol’, ‘Anomalisa’ And The Coens’ Unique Comedic Brand

Carter Burwell

When you've scored some 90-odd films and have a long-standing relationship with the Coen brothers, you could be forgiven for relaxing and taking a break. But not Carter Burwell. This season he snagged his first Oscar nom for his Carol score, worked on Anomalisa, Legend, Mr Holmes, Hail Caesar! and The Finest Hours, with yet more projects in the pipeline. Actually Burwell did take a break in his career once, but it could hardly be classed as a vacation since he was busy… Read

Production Designer Jack Fisk On Creating The World Of ‘The Revenant’: Make It As Real As Mother Nature

Jack Fisk

For The Revenant production designer Jack Fisk, mother nature’s war against the production could have been worse. Sure, there were below zero temperatures and a complete extinction of snow in Canada, but for the native Virginian, there’s nothing like the outdoors. That talent for wrangling exteriors in the wild has made Fisk the go-to production designer for such auteurs as Terrence Malick, David Lynch, Paul Thomas Anderson and now Alejandro Inarritu in his 20th Century… Read

Epic Theme For An Antihero: Tom Holkenborg’s ‘Deadpool’ Score – Listen

EXCLUSIVE: Last year, among the five titles he wrote music for, composer Tom Holkenborg made Whitey Bulger menacing and kept the adrenaline pumping during Max Max: Fury Road‘s desert chase with a flame-spewing heavy metal guitarist. The Dutch multi-instrumentalist starts off this year first with 20th Century Fox’s Marvel superhero title Deadpoolfollowed by Warner Bros.’ Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice which he co-composed with Oscar-winner Hans Zimmer. Once known as… Read

‘Sicario’ DP Roger Deakins On His Craft, Emily Blunt Close-Ups & That ‘Blade Runner’ Project – AwardsLine

Roger Deakins on Sicario set

Even for a master cinematographer like Roger Deakins, Sicario was a tricky project to pull off—a logistical puzzle with many moving pieces, including aerial and night-vision footage and highly choreographed action sequences. For the most part, Deakins weathered the demanding shoot by being extremely methodical, as is his nature. Collaborating with director Denis Villeneuve for a second time, after 2013's Prisoners, the pair had developed a shorthand that facilitated this… Read

‘Spotlight’ Editor Tom McArdle On Reteaming With Tom McCarthy & His Traditional Working Style – AwardsLine

Spotlight editor Tom McArdle

Editor Tom McArdle has been working with the similarly named director Tom McCarthy since his directorial debut, 2003's The Station Agent, so the pair had developed quite a shorthand before beginning work together on this year's Spotlight. As with all of McCarthy's films, McArdle was drawn in by the power of a story well told—in this case, by McCarthy and co-writer Josh Singer—and it was the grounded, thoughtful nature of the writing that resonated. Obviously, the abundant… Read

‘Carol’ D.P. Edward Lachman On Shooting “Soiled, Soft World” Of 1950s For Longtime Collaborator Todd Haynes – AwardsLine

Edward Lachman

For cinematographer Edward Lachman, the decision to shoot Carol was a no-brainer. He had worked closely with director Todd Haynes for almost 14 years and was excited by the opportunity to shoot an adaptation of a Patricia Highsmith novel, especially if it was one not based in the world of crime. "As Todd later realized," Lachman says," "the crime (in Carol) was love. Her other books had used crime as a sublimation of homosexual desire in her characters." A frequent… Read