Monday , September 24 2018


Smith honored by real-life ‘Concussion’ doc – Damon leads Oscar charge for Scott

LOS ANGELES, Jan 4, (Agencies): Dr Bennet Omalu, the real-life subject of “Concussion,” praised Will Smith as he presented the actor with Variety’s Creative Impact Award on Sunday at a brunch at the Palm Springs Film Festival. Smith was so convincing in the role that Omalu’s 80-year-old mother was fooled …

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National Society of Film Critics names ‘Spotlight’ best movie – ‘Amy’ nabs trophy for non-fiction film

LOS ANGELES, Jan 4, (RTRS): Investigative journalism tale “Spotlight” won the National Society of Film Critics’ award for the best picture of 2015, as well as the group’s honor for best screenplay (given to the film’s co-writers Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy, who also directed). Period romance “Carol” also took …

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‘Close Encounters’ cinematographer dies – Zsigmond helped define cinema’s American New Wave

LOS ANGELES, Jan 4, (Agencies): The legendary cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, best known for “The Deer Hunter” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” has died. His business partner Yuri Neyman confirmed that Zsigmond died on Friday in Big Sur, California. He was 85. The Hungarian-born Zsigmond helped define cinema’s American …

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Palm Springs toasts Oscar hopefuls – Fringe Oscar contenders that deserve a nomination

LOS ANGELES, Jan 3, (RTRS): Honorees at the Palm Springs Film Festival gala were campaigning and practicing their awards speeches Saturday night. Chairman of the Board recipient Matt Damon suggested his “The Martian” director Ridley Scott, for instance, was overdue even though he had helmed an Oscar best picture winner …

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Quemada-Diez preps ‘Operacion Atlas’ – Director hopes to reach wider audience

LOS ANGELES, Jan 3, (RTRS): Director of Guatemala-US road movie-thriller “La jaula de oro” (The Golden Dream), a standout Latin American debut, Spain-born Mexican Diego Quemada-Diez is readying political thriller “Operacion Atlas” as he launches an Academy Award campaign for his first feature. Winner of a Cannes Un Certain Talent …

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‘Big Short’ was a ‘surreal’ experience: Britell – ‘Writing music for film definitely different’

LOS ANGELES, Jan 3, (RTRS): Nicholas Britell composed the complex score for Paramount’s “The Big Short,” which opened in a limited run and expanded on Dec 23. The composer has a background in the financial world and told Variety that working with director Adam McKay was a great experience, with …

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‘Hateful’: How Agatha Christie is it? – Tarantino’s film honors enduring appeal of author’s work

I couldn’t help feeling a twinge of skepticism when I first heard “The Hateful Eight” described as Quentin Tarantino’s spin on an Agatha Christie whodunit. That’s not all it is, of course: It’s Sergio Leone crossed with Harold Pinter, “Stagecoach” by way of “The Thing,” and a grimly funny three-hour soak …

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‘Anomalisa’ will break your heart – Big challenges of recreating life on small scale

In “Anomalisa” everyone looks and sounds the same. They have the same face (Caucasian, bland, non-descript). They have the same voice (Tom Noonan’s). They bore our protagonist Michael Stone (voiced by David Thewlis) to death. And this feeling that he’s the only individual on the planet among all these clones …

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Critics pick least favorite films – ‘Pixels’, ‘The Ridiculous 6’ among the duds

LOS ANGELES, Jan 2, (RTRS): A proper accounting of the year’s most egregious cinematic stinkers cannot limit itself to Adam Sandler comedies and pointless Marvel reboots alone. It must take in the full spectrum of cinematic awfulness — which is to say, even those movies ostensibly made with the best …

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‘Unforgettable’ singer Natalie Cole dies – Master of past and present styles

LOS ANGELES, Jan 2, (Agencies): She began as a 1970s soul singer hyped as the next Aretha Franklin and peaked in the 1990s as an old-fashioned stylist and time-defying duet partner to her late father, Nat “King” Cole. Natalie Cole, who died Thursday in Los Angeles at age 65, was …

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