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‘Motherless Brooklyn’ could be the latest Oscar nominee for Best Production Design for recreating a bygone era

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‘Motherless Brooklyn’ could be the latest Oscar nominee for Best Production Design for recreating a bygone era
Edward Norton‘s modern film noir “Motherless Brooklyn” is based on a 1999 novel, but it moves the action back to the 1950s, where a private eye (played by Norton) investigates deadly political corruption in New York City. The Oscars often gravitate toward period films, and that’s especially true in craft categories like Best Production Design where films are frequently rewarded for recreating architectural and design details of a bygone era. “Motherless” wouldn’t be the first film to earn a nomination in that category for transporting the audience back to the mid-20th century.

Perhaps the closest comparison for “Motherless Brooklyn” is to “L.A. Confidential,” the 1997 film that was also inspired by film noir and also recreated a 1950s urban setting: in that case Los Angeles as opposed to New York. “Confidential” was an Oscar contender across the board, earning nine nominations including Best Picture and winning for Kim Basinger
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‘Parenthood,’ ‘Justified,’ and ‘Oz’ Reunions Set for 2020 Atx TV Festival

‘Parenthood,’ ‘Justified,’ and ‘Oz’ Reunions Set for 2020 Atx TV Festival
Following the success of past reunions for “Gilmore Girls,” “The West Wing,” and “Battlestar Galactica,” the Atx TV Festival is readying multiple anniversary panels for its 2020 lineup, along with more special screenings and industry-focused discussions.

In honor of the 10th anniversary of its premiere, the “Parenthood” gang is getting back together, including cast members Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Monica Potter, Erika Christensen, Mae Whitman, and Craig T. Nelson. Creator and executive producer Jason Katims, long a fan-favorite at the Austin-based festival for his role in “Friday Night Lights,” is also scheduled to participate in the panel with fellow writer and E.P. David Hudgins. In addition to a conversation about the series’ enduring legacy, the cast will perform a live script reading of one of the series’ episodes.

The festival is also honoring another 10th anniversary in Atx-favorite creator Graham Yost’s “Justified,” bringing together the prolific writers’ room behind
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Danny DeVito to Receive Camerimage Lifetime Achievement Award for Acting

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Danny DeVito to Receive Camerimage Lifetime Achievement Award for Acting
Versatile veteran actor and multihyphenate Danny DeVito, whose memorable roles include such projects at TV’s “Taxi” and Miloš Forman’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” will receive a Lifetime Achievement award for acting at the Camerimage International Film Festival, which runs in Toruń, Poland, on Nov. 9-16.

In the awards arena, DeVito shared a best picture Oscar nom with Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher as producer on Steven Soderbergh’s “Erin Brokovich” (2001). He also won a Golden Globe as best actor in a supporting role for “Taxi” in 1978.

Camerimage is a cinematography-focused event and festgoers are sure to ask DeVito about his collaborations with such DPs as Oliver Stapleton on Taylor Hackford’s “The Comedian” (2016), Dante Spinotti on Curtis Hanson’s “L.A. Confidential” (1997), Donald Peterman on Barry Sonnenfield’s “Get Shorty” (1995), Stefan Czapsky on Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns” (1992) and Dean Cundey on Robert Zemeckis’ “Romancing the Stone
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Ben Young Set To Write, Direct StudioCanal/Blumhouse Remake Of Curtis Hanson’s 1987 Thriller ‘The Bedroom Window’

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Ben Young Set To Write, Direct StudioCanal/Blumhouse Remake Of Curtis Hanson’s 1987 Thriller ‘The Bedroom Window’
Exclusive: Studiocanal and Blumhouse are teaming on a remake of The Bedroom Window, hiring Ben Young to write and direct a new version of the 1987 thriller that starred Steve Guttenberg and Elizabeth McGovern and launched the star of Curtis Hanson, the late writer/director who went on to helm hits including L.A. Confidential and Wonder Boys.

Based on the Anne Holden novel The Witnesses, the original film follows a man who beds his boss’ wife. During the tryst, she observes from his bedroom window a violent attack on a young woman. He goes to the police on his lover’s behalf to report a crime he didn’t actually witness. Soon he is a suspect and potential target for the attacker.

Young made his directorial debut on the 2016 Venice Film premiere film Hounds of Love, and he followed by directing the Mandeville/Good Universe film Extinction, which Netflix released last year.
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Russell Crowe Teams with Scream Creator & Final Girls Writers for Meta Horror Movie

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Russell Crowe Teams with Scream Creator & Final Girls Writers for Meta Horror Movie
Russell Crowe is heading to the world of horror for his latest project. The Oscar-winning actor has been tapped to lead the cast of the directorial debut of Joshua John Miller and M.A. Fortin. The currently untitled movie is described as a supernatural thriller that is being produced by Miramax. Not only is Crowe getting into the spooky realm with this one, but it's going to have something of a meta approach to the genre.

According to a new report, Russell Crowe is set to play a troubled actor who is shooting a horror movie. During production, he begins to come unraveled leading him to cross paths with his estranged daughter, who fears he may be slipping back into his past addictions. Or, it's possible there could be something more sinister at play. Joshua John Miller and M.A. Fortin penned the screenplay. Miramax's Bill Block is set to produce for the studio.
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Motherless Brooklyn Review [Tiff 2019]

Taking the stage at the Princess of Wales Theater, writer-director Edward Norton introduced his sophomore feature behind the camera, Motherless Brooklyn, as an underdog story. The underdog in question is Lionel Essrog (Norton), the central character of Jonathan Lethem’s 1999 novel of the same name. By the time the nearly two-and-a-half-hour-long film comes to a close, he’ll face off against club-wielding goons, mountainous political figures, and staggeringly corrupt social systems. But while watching this picture, a sickly and untimely truth is uncovered that the obstacle most plaguing to Lionel’s causes, the thing that really makes him Norton’s underdog, is his own mind.

Set in 1950s New York City, Motherless Brooklyn’s comedic exploitation of mental health – the leading man suffers from both Tourette’s Syndrome and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder – comes off more as ironic than amusing amongst Norton’s bucketing tie-ins to the current political climate. But based
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Hilary Swank Thriller ‘Fatale’ Snapped Up By Lionsgate

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Lionsgate has acquired North American and key foreign territories to Deon Taylor’s psychological thriller Fatale starring two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank, Michael Ealy, Mike Colter, and Tyrin Turner.

Fatale centers on a married man who finds himself living a nightmare as he is relentlessly compromised, out-witted and morally manipulated by a mysterious woman with whom he had a wild one-night stand. How far will he go to save his marriage from his mistake?

Written and produced by David Loughery, the film is produced by Taylor’s Hidden Empire Film Group partner Roxanne Taylor and is executive produced by partner Robert F. Smith. Time-time Oscar nominee Dante Spinotti served as Dp, marking his third collaboration with Taylor on Fatale. Deadline exclusively announced Fatale last August.

Taylor was behind this past summer’s The Intruder, which grossed $37M WW off an $8M net cost before P&a.
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Alamo Drafthouse Finally Opens In Downtown L.A., Launches Alamo Season Pass

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Alamo Drafthouse Finally Opens In Downtown L.A., Launches Alamo Season Pass
After what seems like decades, Los Angeles is finally opening the doors to its first Alamo Drafthouse. The Austin-based company has always been looking for a place to set roots in L.A. and now the new location will be open to the public on July 20.

Founded by Tim League, the Alamo Drafthouse is best known as a movie lover’s destination which combines the film-going experience with food an drink service — but more than that, the Drafthouse is known for its “Keep Austin Weird” indie spirit. It plays first-run movies as well as indies and is probably the only network of movie houses that prides themselves on its distinct personality that celebrates a very specific — and fun — cult nature of film.

The Los Angeles location is located in The Bloc in downtown (700 S Flower St.) and is the second Drafthouse to open in California (the first was in San
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Hanson Doesn’t Spare Huppert in Early Thriller The Bedroom Window (1987) | Blu-ray Review

In retrospect, it would appear Curtis Hanson’s 1987 thriller The Bedroom Window has all the makings of an unsung gem. At best, it’s a curio worthy of a look thanks to its bizarre pairing of Steve Guttenberg and Isabelle Huppert as a pair of (unlikely) illicit Baltimorean lovers who get unwittingly ensnared in a serial killing spree. Hanson’s follow-up to his Tom Cruise starring sex comedy Losin’ It (1983) and just prior to the string of 1990s titles which solidified his stature, Hanson adapts from Ann Holden’s novel The Witnesses.…
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On-Set Stealth Is Key Skill of Longtime Hollywood Still Photographer Ron Jaffe

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On-Set Stealth Is Key Skill of Longtime Hollywood Still Photographer Ron Jaffe
Cruising the edge of sets like a shark in shallow water, still photographer Ron P. Jaffe has spent a career using his stealthiness to capture the perfect shot. Sharing tales from times past as he sits in the serenity of his Playa del Rey home, he describes taking pictures on many of the crime movies, comedies and dramatic television series made in Hollywood during the past 30 years.

As a “stillman” — industry jargon for his profession — he has photographed everything from actors and on-set action to sets and props, and even provided the pictures for 30-foot-wide promotional billboards.

Jaffe was raised in Montgomery, Ala., after World War II. As a schoolkid, his grades were average, but he enjoyed the high school darkroom and worked on yearbook photography. He qualified for prelaw at Cal State Los Angeles in 1969 but chose to attend UCLA instead. He quit after the first day of lectures,
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Trailer for Brian De Palma's Long-Awaited Domino Is Finally Here

So we finally have a peek at the trailer for director Brian De Palma’s film Domino. This movie took quite a while to get here, and De Palma has given multiple interviews in the past sounding pretty resigned to being done with the whole movie, including one in which he said, “I never experienced such a horrible movie set. A large part of our team has not even been paid yet by the Danish producers. The film is finished and ready to go out, but I have no idea what its future will hold, it is currently in the hands of the producers. This was my first experience in Denmark and most likely my last.” That sounds pretty rough! Another seemingly big obstacle is the fact that the movie originally had a runtime that clocked in at 148 minutes, but has now been whittled down to on 89 minutes. That’s quite an edit!
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Netflix and Chill: 3 Must-Stream Movies Coming to Netflix in April 2019

April at Netflix is a bit of a mixed bag, almost like the changing of the guard with their streamable content is itself some kind of bizarre April Fools Day joke.  Although they had been doing better in recent months in this regard, April saw the removal of a string of extremely high-quality, extremely high-profile movies that often rank among the subscribers very favorite things to watch.  From off-beat police procedurals like Se7en (1995) and L.A. Confidential (1997), and from action movies like Heat (1995) and Casino Royale (1995), many of the platforms very best movies found themselves on the

Netflix and Chill: 3 Must-Stream Movies Coming to Netflix in April 2019
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Here’s What’s Leaving Netflix in April 2019

Netflix has released a list of the films and TV shows that will be exiting the streaming service in April, and you best get to watchin’. It’s the last call for David Fincher’s masterful crime thriller Seven as well as Curits Hanson’s Oscar-winning noir L.A. Confidential and Michael Mann’s iconic crime epic Heat, all of which you should watch Asap if you haven’t before. Also departing are a number of Bond movies, including Casino Royale and Goldfinger, and the comedies I Love You, Man, Billy Madison, and Happy Gilmore. Perhaps most notably, the …
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Netflix Developing a Battle-To-The-Death Thriller Called Button Man with 42 Director Brian Helgeland

Netflix is producing a film adaptation of the the graphic novel, Button Man: The Killing Game. They’ve also hired Brian Helgeland to write and direct it. He’s best know for directing A Knights Tale and 42 and has also written scripts for a ton of films such as L.A. Confidential, Mystic River, Green Zone, Robin Hood, and more.

For those of you not familiar with the story, it is about a man named Harry Exton, an ex-mercenary who is a "Button Man" which is a hired killer pitted against other killers in an underground sport. Each works for a mysterious "Voice", a rich man of unknown identity. The object of the game is to kill your opponent, or capture him and take his marker - the first two joints of a finger. Button Men who lose three fingers are shot anyway. The "voices" profit from the game by gambling on the outcome,
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‘A Knight’s Tale’ Director to Bring ‘Button Man’ Movie Adaptation to Netflix

‘A Knight’s Tale’ Director to Bring ‘Button Man’ Movie Adaptation to Netflix
Brian Helgeland, the Oscar-winning writer of L.A. Confidential, is getting back behind the camera to direct for the first time in four years. Helgeland will direct Button Man for Netflix, a film adaptation of a comic about a hired killer who rebels against a bloody underground sport. Drive and The Neon Demon director Nicolas Winding […]

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‘42’ Director Brian Helgeland to Helm ‘Button Man’ for Netflix (Exclusive)

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‘42’ Director Brian Helgeland to Helm ‘Button Man’ for Netflix (Exclusive)
“42” filmmaker and “L.A. Confidential” scribe Brian Helgeland is set to direct “Button Man” for Netflix, sources tell Variety.

Based on on the graphic novel by John Wagner and Arthur Ranson, the movie tells the story of ex-military contractor Harry Exton, considered the first true hero of the post-truth age. Exton’s is a proxy in a clandestine competition among the super rich. Paid to fight to the death in modern-day gladiatorial contests, Exton sets out on a relentless journey to use these twisted elites’ own dark machine to bring their corrupt world crashing down.

No production start date has been set as Helgeland will now look to cast his Exton.

“Button Man” will be produced by 6th & Idaho’s Matt Reeves and Adam Kassan; RingTheJing Entertainment’s Roger Kass, and Addictive PicturesJohn Schoenfelder and Russell Ackerman. 6th & Idaho’s Rafi Crohn, and John Wagner and Arthur Ranso are
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Walton Goggins To Headline CBS Comedy Pilot "The Unicorn" As It Reverts To Single-Camera Format

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Walton Goggins To Headline CBS Comedy Pilot
Justified and Vice Principals alum Walton Goggins has been set at the lead of The Unicorn, CBS’ half-hour comedy pilot from Fam co-executive producers Bill Martin and Mike Schiff, Kapital Entertainment and CBS TV Studios.

The project, originally developed as a single-camera, was picked up to pilot as a multi-camera. It underwent conversion and tapped veteran multi-camera helmer James Burrows to direct. Now The Unicorn will be reverting to its original single-camera format with a new director. It is the only single-camera comedy pilot at CBS this season; all others are multi-camera/hybrid.

Written by Martin and Schiff, The Unicorn, inspired by a true story, centers on a recent widower (Goggins) who is eager to move on from the most difficult year of his life, only to realize he’s utterly unprepared to raise his two daughters on his own and equally unprepared for the dating world — where, to his shock,
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Oscar’s Longest Losing Streaks: 12 People With 10-Plus Nominations and No Wins (Photos)

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Oscar’s Longest Losing Streaks: 12 People With 10-Plus Nominations and No Wins (Photos)
Cinematographer Roger Deakins hopes to snap his losing streak this year with his 14th nomination, for “Blade Runner 2049.”

Greg P. Russell (16 nominations)

Veteran sound mixer Greg P. Russell earned his first nomination for 1989’s “Black Rain.” He almost earned a 17th nomination, for 2016’s “13 Hours,” but his nomination was rescinded after he “violated Academy campaign regulations that prohibit telephone lobbying.”

Roland Anderson (15)

The longtime art director picked up his first nomination for “A Farewell to Arms” in 1934 — and then lost for such classics as 1961’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and 1963’s “Come Blow Your Horn.”

Alex North (15)

Composer Alex North was recognized with an honorary Oscar in 1986 — but he never won despite scoring such classics as “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “Cleopatra” and “Spartacus.”

Roger Deakins (14)

Cinematographer Roger Deakins earned the first of 14 nominations for 1994’s “The Shawshank Redemption” — and even earned two nods in 2007 for Best Picture winner
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‘The Favourite,’ ‘Black Panther,’ ‘Mrs. Maisel’ Among Art Directors Guild Winners

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‘The Favourite,’ ‘Black Panther,’ ‘Mrs. Maisel’ Among Art Directors Guild Winners
The Favourite,” “Black Panther” and “Crazy Rich Asians” walked away with top film honors at the 23rd annual Art Directors Guild Awards Saturday night.

“This journey started six years ago with ‘Fruitvale Station’ and a very awkward Skype interview,” Hannach Beachler, production designer of “Black Panther,” said in thanking director Ryan Coogler. “This journey has altered my life … Just learning about who I am and what I want this film to be, and really pushing the idea that design is not just brick and mortar. It’s not just wax, it’s not just paint. It’s your heart, it’s your soul, it’s everything we do every single day.”

In the TV fields, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Glow” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” were among the winners.

Oscar-nominated production designer Jeannine Oppewall and Adg-nominated production designer Ed Verreaux (“Jurassic Park”) received lifetime achievement awards from the organization.

“I
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'L.A. Confidential' to 'Pleasantville': Veteran Production Designer Reflects on Her 40-Year Career

'L.A. Confidential' to 'Pleasantville': Veteran Production Designer Reflects on Her 40-Year Career
If Jeannine Oppewall were designing this year's Art Directors Guild's Excellence in Production Design Awards, she might have created a setting that looked like the Santa Anita racetrack during the Great Depression (as she did for 2003's Seabiscuit) or the Formosa Cafe circa 1950 (as she did for 1997's L.A. Confidential) or maybe even turn the whole thing into black and white (as she did for 1998's Pleasantville). But instead, on Feb. 2, the four-time Oscar nominee will be picking up her lifetime achievement award on a ballroom stage at the Intercontinental in downtown L.A....
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