This week on The Establishing Shot:
This week we saw Nicolas Cage’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance in 3D like the Spirit of Vengeance Marvel comic story arc it is more of a reboot than a sequel. Unfortunately I can’t discuss my thoughts of which there are many - till nearer its release. But expect a full review soon. And like one Twitter reader don’t read anything into this other than - there is an embargo on opinions till nearer the release.
Midweek we went along to the rather chic launch of Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Next Level Blu-ray which is released on in HD for the first time on 30th January from Paramount Home Entertainment.
We got to see the entire feature-length pilot Encounter at Farpoint in glorious never before seen high resolution as never seen before along with some very entertaining special guests.
Highlight of the week would have to have been getting to understand Nicolas Cage a better as we went along to the Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Press Conference and got to understand the man behind the misconception a little better and discuss some interesting bits.
Man On a Ledge Review Man On a Ledge Review
Couple of weeks ago we saw Man on a Ledge. We loved the poster but were silly enough to watch the trailer which got us very interested in seeing Man on a Ledge but gave everything about the films dénouement away avoid the trailer below if you intend to see this actioneer.
I was hoping for a dark high powered suspense tale but Man on a Ledge is actually a high action heist film.
An ex-cop and now wanted fugitive (Sam Worthington) stands on the ledge of a high-rise building while a hard-living New York Police Department negotiator (Elizabeth Banks) tries to talk him down. The longer they are on the ledge, the more she realises that he might have an ulterior objective.
Man on a Ledge is out this week on 3 February 2012
Director: Asger Leth
Writer: Pablo F. Fenjves
Stars: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks and Jamie Bell
Chronicle Review Chronicle Review
Earlier this week we saw Chronicle a light take on how power corrupts, super power that it is. Written by John Landis’s son Max Landis it is the tale of three school friends from different backgrounds that acquire super powers and learn to deal with them. Drawing from the genre including the Manga classic Akira to make a gritty’ish take on the genre for the YouTube generation. Not the one we have been waiting for but close with some great set pieces and battles but lacks the heart of a great tale.
Chronicle is out later this week on 1 February, 2012
Three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.
Director: Josh Trank
Writers: Max Landis, Josh Trank
Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly and Alex Russell
The Establishing Shot: Mr Gary Oldman statement on his Best Actor Oscar Nomination
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is out on DVD today and is well timed with the announcement that Mr Gary Oldman has finally received an Oscar nomination for his performance as George Smiley.
Read his reaction here: http://www.theestablishingshot.com/2012/01/establishing-shot-mr-gary-oldman.html
The Establishing Shot: Is Ferris Bueller Back?
By now you must have heard about the teaser clip that is doing it’ rounds on the internet with Matthew Broderick reprising his role of Ferris Bueller set to Yello’s Oh Yeah and the rumours of The Hangover’s Todd Phillips being involved.
Read more here: http://www.theestablishingshot.com/2012/01/establishing-shot-is-ferris-bueller.html
The Establishing Shot: Harry Potter Tour Exhibition opens in London March 2012
I’m not sure why I haven’t got this up previously but we are about 2 months away from the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter opening it’s doors its doors on 31st March 2012.
Read more here: http://www.theestablishingshot.com/2012/01/establishing-shot-harry-potter-tour.html
The Establishing Shot: UK Top 10 Films Friday 20 - Sunday 22 Jan, 2012 courtesy of Digital Cinema Media
1. War Horse
3. Underworld: Awakening 3D
4. Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game Of Shadows
5. The Iron Lady
6. The Sitter
7. Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol
8. The Artist
9. Alvin And The Chipmunks 3: Chip-wrecked
10. Puss In Boots 3D
The Establishing Shot: This weeks Film Releases courtesy of Movie Preview Guide
The Movie Preview guide is a pretty handy breakdown of this weeks and upcoming releases as well as film news.Head over to http://www.moviepreviewguide.com/ to check it out.
In a small Indian village Mandwa, Vijay Dinanath Chauhan (Hrithik Roshan) is taught by his principled father about the path of fire - Agneepath. His life is completely shattered when the evil drug dealer Kancha (Sanjay Dutt) hangs his father to death. Vijay leaves for Bombay with his pregnant mother and has only one mission in life - to coome back to Mandwa and bring back the glory of his father's name.
From Alexander Payne, the creator of the Oscar-winning SIDEWAYS, set in Hawaii, THE DESCENDANTS is a sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic journey for Matt King (George Clooney) an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki. The event leads to a rapprochement with his young daughters while Matt wrestles with a decision to sell the family's land handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries.
A love story is both a physical and emotional tale, one that can be deeply personal and heart-breaking for an audience to experience. Director Drake Doremus' film Like Crazy beautifully illustrates how your first real love is as thrilling and blissful as it is devastating.
Watch Liam Neeson as an unlikely hero who is forced to lead a group of roughneck guys in their fight to survive and return home when their plane crashes into the remote Alaskan wilderness. Battling injuries and merciless weather, the men must escape the icy elements - before their time runs out.
Patience (After Sebald)
A richly textured essay film on landscape, art, history, life and loss, Patience (After Sebald) offers a unique exploration of the work of internationally acclaimed writer W.G. Max Sebald via a walk through East Anglia tracking his most influential book, The Rings of Saturn. The much anticipated new feature by the Grierson Award-winning Director of Joy Division, Patience is the first film about Sebald internationally, marking ten years since the writer's untimely death, and with contributions from major writers, artists and film-makers.
More UK Film release dates can be found over at the FDA website: http://www.launchingfilms.com/release-schedule
The Establishing Shot: In the mail
Violet Kubelick, a brilliant young grad student studying near-death experiences, now withdrawn and closed-off after a mysterious, failed suicide attempt. She and her two artist-roommates are forced by financial matters to finally step out of the protective bubble they've created for themselves in their Brooklyn loft while Violet herself forms a cathartic relationship with a young, terminally ill girl in a hospice she is interviewing for her thesis and the damaged bartender who lives downstairs. A story of changing, relationships, love, life and what comes after we die.
Director David Spaltro’s previous feature "...Around", a personal love-letter to NYC generated a lot of buzz on the festival circuit, garnered over 80 positive critic reviews and found distribution on Netflix, online, VOD and eventually it's TV debut on PBS this past Christmas. Things I Don't Understand his second feature is a return collaboration with actress Molly Ryman. This story of changing, relationships, love, life and what comes after we die hosts performances by several fresh new talents, as well as veteran stand-up comedian Mike Britt ("Ugly Americans, "Bad Boys of Comedy") and an epic return to film by Lisa Eichhorn (2-time Golden Globe Nominee, "Yanks", "Talented Mr. Ripley")
For more info head over to: http://www.tidu-film.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Things-I-Dont-Understand/109012409143185
Top 10 Grossing Films Of 2011 - courtesy of Digital Cinema Media
Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - £73.1m
The King's Speech - £45.7m
The Inbetweeners Movie - £45.0m
Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - £32.9m
The Hangover 2 £32.8m
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 - £30.3m
Transformers: Dark Of The Moon - £28.1m
Bridesmaids - £23.0m
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes - £20.8m
Johnny English Reborn - £20.6m
John Hurt To Receive BAFTA Award For Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is delighted to announce that John Hurt will receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the Orange British Academy Film Awards ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House on Sunday 12 February. Universally acclaimed for his acting talent, Hurt’s vast range of distinguished performances has shaped an impressive career spanning six decades.
The Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award, introduced in 1978, is presented annually in honour of Michael Balcon. Previous recipients include Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Mary Selway, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films and Lewis Gilbert. Last year’s recipient was the Harry Potter series of films.
Hurt has starred in a variety of remarkable film roles working alongside some of the most important figures in the industry including Orson Welles, Laurence Olivier, Richard Burton and Steven Spielberg. The legendary characters he has portrayed include Winston Smith in Nineteen Eighty-Four, Rich in A Man For All Seasons – a film which won seven BAFTA Awards and six Academy Awards – and Max in Midnight Express, for which he won the BAFTA and Golden Globe awards for Best Supporting Actor.
Hurt also won the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor in 1976 for The Naked Civil Servant, which was followed by a British Academy Film Award for Best Actor for his outstanding performance in The Elephant Man in 1981. Throughout an impressive career he has received a further four BAFTA nominations (one for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Alien) and two Academy Award nominations. His most recent film roles have seen him starring as Ollivander in the Harry Potter series and Control in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – both films are BAFTA-nominated this year.
Tim Corrie, Chairman of BAFTA, said: “John Hurt is an actor it is both exciting and fascinating to watch. He has extraordinary screen presence and brings utter conviction to every role he undertakes. He is one of a kind, an iconic figure, and BAFTA is delighted to take this opportunity to honour his outstanding contribution to cinema.”
John Hurt added: "I know that film means a great deal to me but I had no idea that I meant so much to film. I feel very honoured."
The Orange British Academy Film Awards take place on Sunday 12 February, hosted by Stephen Fry and broadcast on BBC One. They will be preceded by a special BAFTA ‘red carpet’ programme hosted by Edith Bowman on BBC Three.
The Harry Potter Knight Bus visits The Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour
The iconic, triple decker Knight Bus today rolls into Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter, which opens 31st March 2012. Taking its place among the many authentic sets, props and costumes from the eight Harry Potter films, the Knight Bus debuted in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ and was one of the most complicated pieces to create in the production.
John Richardson, Special Effects Supervisor, said: "The Knight Bus was not a CGI Creation as many people thought but in fact a real-life working bus. It was constructed by cutting up two iconic Routemaster buses, reworking the structure and bolting it all back together to provide one bus with three decks. One interesting challenge that arose during the shooting of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was that we could not drive the vehicle across London due to the number of low bridges in and around the capital. This meant that we had to transport the bus in two pieces between locations and put it back together as required for filming."
Hunky Dory In Cinemas 2nd March 2012
It’s the long hot British summer of 1976 and Viv (Minnie Driver) has left London and her thespian aspirations, to work as a drama teacher in the local high school of her south Wales home town. Determined to fire up her hormonal, apathetic teenage charges, she sets about staging a rock musical based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest for the school’s end of year show.
Battling the summer teenage distractions of love, lust and the local lido, Viv perseveres and rallies the group to express themselves through music and drama.
The shy and sensitive Davy (Aneurin Barnard) shows talent and promise as male lead Ferdinand, but his crush on the beautiful, yet flighty Stella (Danielle Branch) who plays female lead Miranda , only adds to the behind-the-scenes drama.
Spurned by Stella, Davy transfers his adoration to Viv, Stella discovers older boys, skinhead Kenny (Darren Evans) fights ridicule and self-doubt about being involved in the show at all and Evan (Tom Harries) is confused about his sexuality. Only the school’s jovial headmaster (Robert Pugh) seems to be genuinely enjoying his role as Prospero and when the school hall burns down, the entire show looks likely to fall apart.
Adversity eventually pulls them together and all the angst and excitement of being on the brink of adulthood, is played out in an emotional, evocative and rousing musical climax…
Directed By: Marc Evans
Produced By: Jon Finn and Dan Lupovitz
Starring: Minnie Driver, Aneurin Barnard, George Mackay and Introducing: Tom Harries, Kimberly Nixon, Jodie Davies, Connagh Howard, Danielle Branch, Kristian Gwilliam, Adam Byard, Darren Evans and Kayleigh Bennett
This Means War UK Premiere Monday 30th January 2012 Alert
The advertisement features Julie Walters backstage in her dressing room, prior to going on set, highlighting the importance of planning for the future as there are no retakes or rehearsals in real life. The new advertisement was designed by creative marketing agency 'redtag' and has hit the nation's screens in January 2012.
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Bel Ami to premiere at 62nd annual Berlin Film Festival
On February 17th, Bel Ami, Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod's feature debut, will premiere at the 62nd annual Berlin Film Festival. An adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s classic novel, Bel Ami stars Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas and Christina Ricci and is released in UK cinemas on 9th March 2012.
For more info: http://www.facebook.com/BelAmiUK.
Following the success of MIDNIGHT IN PARIS at this year's Golden Globe Awards where it garnered Best Screenplay - Motion Picture, it was also revealed yesterday that Woody Allen's directorial masterpiece has been awarded FOUR Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Directing, Writing (Original Screenplay) and Art Direction for both production design and set decoration to add to last week’s BAFTA nomination for Original Screenplay.
Starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates, and Carla Bruni, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS was released in cinemas in 2011 to critical acclaim and will see a release on DVD on February 6th.
A romantic comedy about a family staying in the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own could be better.
Even for people who have never been to Paris, the name of the city is more than a metaphor for magic—it’s almost a synonym. Certainly there’s no better place on earth that Woody Allen could have chosen for his new romantic comedy than Paris. It is a city with a unique mythology and heritage, celebrated for the extraordinary beauty of its streets, boulevards and gardens, as well as the splendour found inside so many of the greatest museums in the world. The resonance of its history, from major political and cultural events to the aura of its legendary restaurants and cafes, is felt everywhere. The past endures and shines brightly in Paris, which makes it well-suited for a story of a man reinvigorating his feelings and finding inspiration to reflect on his life.
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS is Woody Allen’s valentine to the City of Light, which he considers equal to New York as the great city of the world. “Of course I’m partial to New York because I was born there and grew up there,” he says, “but if I didn’t live in New York, Paris is the place I would live.” The film is the second time Allen has filmed there, after a small bit of EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU. “I get great enjoyment out of presenting Paris to the cinema audience the way I see it,” he says. “Just as with New York, where I present it one way, and other directors present it other ways, somebody else could come and shoot Paris in a completely different way. I want to present it my way, projecting my own feelings about it.”
Allen fell in love with Paris during the shooting of WHAT’S NEW PUSSYCAT, his debut film as an actor and writer. Much like Gil, the protagonist of MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, he’s rueful about not staying there after the filming, as others on the film did. “It was an adventure that was too bold for me at the time,” he says. “In retrospect I could have stayed, or at the very minimum taken an apartment and divided my time—but I didn’t, and I regret that.”
The Descendants gets Five Academy Award nominations
The Descendants scoops five Academy Award nominations in the following categories: BEST PICTURE, BEST DIRECTOR - Alexander Payne, BEST ACTOR - George Clooney, BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY - Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, BEST FILM EDITING - Kevin Tent!
“There's no denying that Oscar nominations for one's film are exciting, if only for the joy they give to everyone who worked so hard on the film. I'm particularly happy for the recognition of my long-time editor Kevin Tent. He really deserves it.” - ALEXANDER PAYNE
Vertigo Brings Top Cat: The Movie To The Big Screen
London Monday 23rd January 2012: From the makers of StreetDance 1& 2 and Horrid Henry, Vertigo Films are pleased to announce the UK theatrical release of Top Cat: The Movie in 3D in August 2012.
Based on the classic animated Hanna Barbara cartoon series, Top Cat: The Movie sees TC (Top Cat) and the gang face their biggest adventure yet. A new tech-savvy police chief joins the force and not only threatens to retire bumbling Officer Dibble, but stop the feline antics in Hoagy's Alley, once and for all.
Top Cat: The Movie was created by Anima Studios and will be released both 2D and 3D formats.
Vertigo Film's Rupert Preston and Allan Niblo said, "Top Cat is an iconic and much-loved character known by nearly every parent in the UK. We are thrilled to be bringing Top Cat, his mischievous gang and Officer Dibble to a whole new generation”
Richard S. Guardian, of Guardian Entertainment International, negotiated the sale on behalf of Lightning Entertainment and Anima Studios with Vertigo’s Allan Niblo and Rupert Preston. Guardian has said, “I’m excited that Top Cat is being released in the UK by as innovative and dynamic a company as Vertigo Films. They have their fingers on the pulse of what audiences want to see. The producers and I are delighted that the team that has handled films such as StreetDance, Monsters, and Horrid Henry will be putting their efforts behind Top Cat".
Vertigo’s slate for 2012 includes StreetDance 2, Pusher & The Sweeney.
Kung Hei Fat Choy Happy Chinese New Year! BRUCE LEE released on DVD! Courtesy of Cine-Asia presents HKL
To celebrate the Year of the Dragon Cine-Asia are re-releasing three of the 'Little Dragon's' top films on DVD today!
The Big Boss
Witness the movie debut of the greatest action star that ever lived as Bruce Lee tears up the screen in The Big Boss!
2 disc ultimate edition jam-packed with special features!
Game of Death
Featuring The Legendary One-On-One Nunchaku Battle Between Bruce Lee And Top Jeet Kune Do Instructor Dan Inosanto
Packed with over 3 hours of stunning DVD extras and showcasing a brand new restored and digitally re-mastered anamorphic transfer, this definitive Platinum Edition is the most complete tribute to the Game of Death phenomenon available anywhere in the World!
Game of Death 2
The Ultimate Fighting Tribute To Martial Arts Legend Bruce Lee
Choreographed by Yuen Woo-ping, action-director of The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and features the formidable kicking skills of legendary Korean Tae-kwon-do master, Hwang Jang Lee (Drunken Master)
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists Wish you Arrrr Happy Chinese New Year!
In The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists, Hugh Grant stars in his first animated role as the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain – a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen), and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to the much coveted Pirate Of The Year Award. It's a quest that takes our heroes from the shores of exotic Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. Along the way they do battle with the pirate-hating Queen Victoria (Imelda Staunton) and team up with a young Charles Darwin (David Tennant), but never lose sight of what a pirate loves best: adventure!
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists release date: 28 March 2012
Pirate Captain sets out on a mission to defeat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz for the Pirate of the year Award. The quest takes Captain and his crew from the shores of Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London.
Directors: Peter Lord, Jeff Newitt
Writers: Gideon Defoe
Stars: Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek and Jeremy Piven
Dante Lam’s The Sniper comes to DVD this March
From Dante Lam, director of the pulse-pounding “The Beast Stalker”, comes the equally intense action-thriller, The Sniper, starring Richie Ren (Seoul Raiders; Breaking News), Edison Chen (The Dark Knight; the Grudge 2; Initial D – Drift Racer) and Huang Xiaoming (Ip Man 2; The Message; The Founding Of A Republic).
When ex-Hong Kong police sharpshooter Lincoln (Xiaoming) is released from prison after serving time for the alleged manslaughter of a kidnapper during a hostage situation he has only one thing on his mind: revenge on those responsible for putting him behind bars. At the top of his hit list is former colleague and fellow marksman Hartman (Jen), who Lincoln believes withheld key evidence at his trial that could have led to his acquittal. Lincoln’s plan involves setting up the largest heist the city has ever known, hoping that this will draw his prey to him.
Meanwhile, a hot-headed rookie, OJ (Chen), has joined Hartman’s team and quickly begins to exhibit the same level of shooting skills that made Lincoln such a legend on the force. OJ becomes fascinated by Lincoln, to the point where Hartman worries that he may begin to emulate his former teammate’s cavalier attitude towards the job at hand.
As the day of the heist dawns, lines are drawn as Lincoln sets out to re-enact the operation that sealed his fate, thereby initiating the ultimate showdown between the three expert snipers.
Brilliantly choreographed and highlighted by “a series of action set-pieces of nail-biting intensity” (Time Out, Hong Kong) including an astonishing shootout set within the claustrophobic confines of a lift, The Sniper is “a wild action movie that goes right for the jugular” (Beyond Hollywood.com).
The Sniper (cert. 15) will be released on DVD on 12th March 2012.
Congratulations to the 21 Sony Academy Award Nominees
Actor in a Leading Role - Brad Pitt in "Moneyball"
Actor in a Supporting Role - Jonah Hill in "Moneyball"
Actress in a Leading Role - Rooney Mara in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
Art Direction - "Midnight in Paris" Production Design: Anne Seibel; Set Decoration: Hélène Dubreuil
Cinematography - "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Jeff Cronenweth
Costume Design - "Anonymous" Lisy Christl
Directing - "Midnight in Paris" Woody Allen
Film Editing - "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
Film Editing - "Moneyball" Christopher Tellefsen
Foreign Language Film - "Footnote" Israel
Foreign Language Film - "In Darkness" Poland
Foreign Language Film - "A Separation" Iran
Best Picture - "Midnight in Paris" Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers
Best Picture - "Moneyball" Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers
Sound Editing - "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Ren Klyce
Sound Mixing - "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson
Sound Mixing - "Moneyball" Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, Dave Giammarco and Ed Novick
Writing (Adapted Screenplay) - "The Ides of March" Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
Writing (Adapted Screenplay) - "Moneyball" Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin Story by Stan Chervin
Writing (Original Screenplay) - "Midnight in Paris" Written by Woody Allen
Writing (Original Screenplay) - "A Separation" Written by Asghar Farhadi
A complete list of the Academy Award Nominees:
Actor in a Leading Role
Demián Bichir in "A Better Life"
George Clooney in "The Descendants"
Jean Dujardin in "The Artist"
Gary Oldman in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
Brad Pitt in "Moneyball"
Actor in a Supporting Role
Kenneth Branagh in "My Week with Marilyn"
Jonah Hill in "Moneyball"
Nick Nolte in "Warrior"
Christopher Plummer in "Beginners"
Max von Sydow in "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"
Actress in a Leading Role
Glenn Close in "Albert Nobbs"
Viola Davis in "The Help"
Rooney Mara in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
Meryl Streep in "The Iron Lady"
Michelle Williams in "My Week with Marilyn"
Actress in a Supporting Role
Bérénice Bejo in "The Artist"
Jessica Chastain in "The Help"
Melissa McCarthy in "Bridesmaids"
Janet McTeer in "Albert Nobbs"
Octavia Spencer in "The Help"
Animated Feature Film
"A Cat in Paris" Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli
"Chico & Rita" Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal
"Kung Fu Panda 2" Jennifer Yuh Nelson
"Puss in Boots" Chris Miller
"Rango" Gore Verbinski
Production Design: Laurence Bennett; Set Decoration: Robert Gould
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"
Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
Production Design: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
"Midnight in Paris"
Production Design: Anne Seibel; Set Decoration: Hélène Dubreuil
Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Lee Sandales
"The Artist" Guillaume Schiffman
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Jeff Cronenweth
"Hugo" Robert Richardson
"The Tree of Life" Emmanuel Lubezki
"War Horse" Janusz Kaminski
"Anonymous" Lisy Christl
"The Artist" Mark Bridges
"Hugo" Sandy Powell
"Jane Eyre" Michael O'Connor
"W.E." Arianne Phillips
"The Artist" Michel Hazanavicius
"The Descendants" Alexander Payne
"Hugo" Martin Scorsese
"Midnight in Paris" Woody Allen
"The Tree of Life" Terrence Malick
"Hell and Back Again" Danfung Dennis and Mike Lerner
"If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front" Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman
"Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory" Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
"Pina" Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel
"Undefeated" TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas
Documentary (Short Subject)
"The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement"
Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin
"God Is the Bigger Elvis"
Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson
"Incident in New Baghdad"
Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
"The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom"
Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen
"The Artist" Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
"The Descendants" Kevin Tent
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
"Hugo" Thelma Schoonmaker
"Moneyball" Christopher Tellefsen
Foreign Language Film
"In Darkness" Poland
"Monsieur Lazhar" Canada
"A Separation" Iran
Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"
Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
"The Iron Lady"
Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland
Music (Original Score)
"The Adventures of Tintin" John Williams
"The Artist" Ludovic Bource
"Hugo" Howard Shore
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" Alberto Iglesias
"War Horse" John Williams
Music (Original Song)
"Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets" Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
"Real in Rio" from "Rio" Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett
"The Artist" Thomas Langmann, Producer
"The Descendants" Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers
"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" Scott Rudin, Producer
"The Help" Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers
"Hugo" Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers
"Midnight in Paris" Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers
"Moneyball" Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers
"The Tree of Life" Nominees to be determined
"War Horse" Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers
Short Film (Animated)
"Dimanche/Sunday" Patrick Doyon
"The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg
"La Luna" Enrico Casarosa
"A Morning Stroll" Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe
"Wild Life" Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby
Short Film (Live Action)
"Pentecost" Peter McDonald and Eimear O'Kane
"Raju" Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren
"The Shore" Terry George and Oorlagh George
"Time Freak" Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
"Tuba Atlantic" Hallvar Witzø
"Drive" Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Ren Klyce
"Hugo" Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
"War Horse" Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson
Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, Dave Giammarco and Ed Novick
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon"
Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Peter J. Devlin
Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson and Stuart Wilson
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"
Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson
Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning
Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Swen Gillberg
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes"
Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon"
Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew Butler and John Frazier
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
"The Descendants" Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
"Hugo" Screenplay by John Logan
"The Ides of March" Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
"Moneyball" Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin Story by Stan Chervin
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" Screenplay by Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan
Writing (Original Screenplay)
"The Artist" Written by Michel Hazanavicius
"Bridesmaids" Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
"Margin Call" Written by J.C. Chandor
"Midnight in Paris" Written by Woody Allen
"A Separation" Written by Asghar Farhadi
Future Cinema presents Brief Encounter the Launch of The Other Cinema
Future Cinema presents Brief Encounter - a live film experience celebrating the launch of the other cinema. Future Cinema presents a live film experience of one of the most beautiful and romantic films of all time, David Lean's Brief Encounter. The Troxy will be transformed into a Picture Palace for five nights only, to celebrate the launch of the Other Cinema. From the 14th -18th February, live music, an organist, usherettes and performance will return the venue to it’s opening glory bringing community, passion and shared experience back to cinema.
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More info here: http://www.theothercinema.org/
The London Film School celebrates recent graduate successes
Arash Ashianti’s graduation film Only Sound Remains nominated for a 2012 BAFTA Short Film Award.
Three graduates selected to represent their countries for Academy Award selection – Oliver Hermanus (Beauty for South Africa), Ann Hui (A Simple Life for Hong Kong) and Leticia Tonos (Love Child for Dominican Republic)
Rahul Gandotra’s graduation film The Road Home shortlisted for a 2012 Academy Award nomination.
For many more graduate successes click here!
Sundance London Short Film Competition
As part of Sundance London, and in partnership with Greenwich Council and Ravensbourne, we are launching a short film competition with the winning entry being shown as part of the Sundance London short film programme.
To celebrate the competition and festival links to Greenwich, the place where time began and the home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), the competition theme will focus on time with the title ‘Story of our Time’
The challenge is to produce a three to five minute short film around the theme of ‘Story of Our Time’.
Entrants can interpret ‘Story of Our Time’ in any way they choose and films can be in documentary, animation, live action, comedy, drama or any other format or genre.
For more info head over to: http://competition.sundance-london.com/story-of-our-time
Watershed's super-short filmmaking competition as part of Encounters International Film Festival
Can you do it in 90 seconds? DepicT! is Watershed’s international short film competition that, since its creation by Brief Encounters in 1998, has been challenging filmmakers to create 90 second ultra-short masterpieces.
Every year we receive hundreds of films of every genre from dozens of countries all around the world all competing for our great range of prizes and industry exposure. The teams of judges who deliberate over the entries have included some superstar names – such as Peter Jackson, Pete Postlethwaite and Damien O’Donnell.
The shortlisted DepicT! filmmakers, often in that crucial early stage in their career, are invited to the Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival and offered a prime industry platform. The festival is a priceless opportunity for filmmakers to promote their work and make contact with a broad range of international industry professionals from distributors and producers to funding bodies and exhibitors, as well as other filmmakers and, of course, enthusiastic short film fans.
Film & Movie Memorabilia Bazaar on 4 Feb.
From the Emmy Award winning executive producers of 24 comes Homeland; a compelling contemporary thriller starring Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Mandy Patinkin, and David Harewood.
Loosely based on Gideon Raff’s Israeli television series Prisoners of War, it centres on an American soldier taken prisoner during the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Left for dead, a soldier Sgt Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) returns to the U.S. after years in captivity. Danes plays Carrie Mathison, a driven CIA officer battling her own demons, becomes convinced that the intelligence that led to Brody’s rescue was a setup, and that this national hero may be connected to an Al-Qaeda plot to be carried out on American soil.
BAFTA has a limited number of tickets for this exclusive preview, to give away free to BAFTA members and the general public.
The Renoir are also pleased to welcome director Grant Gee for a Q&A after the film. Monday 30 January 6.30pm. Curzon Renoir.
The Establishing Shot: Independent Spotlight - Perfect Sense
I saw Perfect Sense on the big screen a while back and absolutely fell for it’s charm. A quirky end of the world with a romantic bend noticeable for frankly outstanding performances from Eva Green and Ewan McGregor. In all honesty I was told some unflattering things about Perfect Sense from its debut at the Edinburgh Film Festival, the upside to this was that it did stick in my mind so when the opportunity came up I thought I was taking a bit of a chance and was rewarded with an original, intelligent and special experience.
I’m unsure if Perfect Sense is modern romance set to the apocalypse or the apocalypse happening around a romance either way it works on both levels. Eva Green’s performance is a pleasure to watch and I have to say that not being a Ewan McGregor fan I was surprised by his engaging and touching performance as well the very obvious chemistry between the two.
I was swept away by their romance and couldn’t help but hope that it all panned out well for them. Of course the added complication to their romance is that the world is beset by a fresh take on the apocalypse as the populaces are beset with a mysterious virus that destroys their senses one at a time with some chilling side effects.
A new virus is spreading throughout the globe, slowly stripping people of their five senses one at a time and beginning with the sense of smell. Deep feelings of grief, depression and rage briefly precede each sense loss, causing communities to spiral into chaos as the authorities struggle to cope with the situation. Witnessing these events are Michael (McGregor), the head chef at a swanky Glasgow restaurant, and Susan (Green), an aloof epidemiologist who is conducting research into the outbreak. Following a chance encounter, Michael and Susan embark on an affair that sees them experiencing new and unforeseen depths of feeling and moments of pure emotional connection. But is their passion really based on love or is it that, with the world falling apart around them, they have nothing else to hold on to but each other?
Perfect Sense will be released on DVD on 30th January 2012. Extra features include a Q&A session with Ewan McGregor and a 'Making Of' documentary.
A chef and a scientist fall in love as an epidemic begins to rob people of their sensory perceptions.
Directed by David Mackenzie (Spread; Young Adam; Hallam Foe) from a script by award winning Danish writer Kim Fupz Aakeson (To Love Someone; Pure Hearts) the film co-stars Connie Nielsen (Gladiator), Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting; Snatch; Julien Donkey-Boy), Denis Lawson(Star Wars; Marchlands) and Stephen Dillane (44 Inch Chest; The Hours).
For anyone growing up in the 1970s there were several TV series that could be described as "essential viewing", but none were more deserving of that accolade than THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN, the TV series that mixed Bond-ian espionage action with sci-fi adventure and, along the way, became a pop culture institution. Now, THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION is coming to DVD as a 40-disc set, featuring every episode from each of the show's five seasons, plus the three original TV movies that started it all, along with the three further TV movies that followed in the late 1980s and early 90s. Additionally, this edition includes extensive stills galleries and episode guide booklets exclusive to the UK release, making this the world's most definitive Six Million Dollar Man DVD collection.
I goCamille is part of French retro new wave outfit - Nouvelle Vague who I am a huge fan of. Back in 2005 Camille created a solo album called Le Fil. The album is based around the musical note (a B). Apart from an occasional single instrument Camille’s voice is the only source of sond.
The Establishing Shot: Week 4 2012 Film News Round-up
This week on The Establishing Shot: : Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance in 3D, The launch of Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Next Level Blu-ray, The Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Press Conference, Man On A Ledge, Chronicle, Mr Gary Oldman statement on his Best Actor Oscar Nomination, Is Ferris Bueller Back?, Harry Potter Tour Exhibition opens in London March 2012, UK Top 10 Films, This weeks Film Releases; Agneepath, The Descendants, Like Crazy, The Grey, Patience (After Sebald), Things I Don't Understand, Top 10 Grossing Films Of 2011, John Hurt To Receive BAFTA Award For Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema, The Harry Potter Knight Bus visits The Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour, Hunky Dory In Cinemas 2nd March 2012, This Means War UK Premiere Monday 30th January 2012 Alert, New Life Cover Advert Starring Julie Walters, Bel Ami to premiere at 62nd annual Berlin Film Festival, Academy Award nominations for Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, The Descendants gets Five Academy Award nominations, Vertigo Brings Top Cat: The Movie To The Big Screen, Kung Hei Fat Choy Happy Chinese New Year! BRUCE LEE released on DVD! Courtesy of Cine-Asia presents HKL, Dante Lam’s The Sniper comes to DVD this March, Congratulations to the 21 Sony Academy Award Nominees, Future Cinema presents Brief Encounter the Launch of The Other Cinema, The London Film School celebrates recent graduate successes, Sundance London Short Film Competition, Watershed's super-short filmmaking competition as part of Encounters International Film Festival, Madeline Smith (Live and Let Die) will be opening The Cinema Museum's Grand Fundraising Event, BAFTA TV Preview: Homeland & QA, Patience (After Sebald) and QA with Director Grant Gee, Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D (Digital*) Opens 9 February at the IMAX, Perfect Sense, The Six Million Dollar Man : The Complete Collection Trailer, Camille’s Senza