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"The Noah story belongs to all of us - every religion, every culture, every citizen of planet Earth. Now it is your turn: the story is yours to envision." At a gallery in SoHo on a cold March night in New York, Darren Aronofsky debuted a grand collection of art created by his friends and colleagues inspired by the Book of Genesis and the Story of Noah. This event celebrated the opening of the "Noah Art Show", organized in promotion for Aronofsky's latest movie, Noah, in theaters at the end of this month. The show is officially titled "Fountains of the Deep: Visions of Noah and the Flood" and we've previewed it already, but with the opening tonight we were invited to take a look inside this spectacular gallery of stunning, one-of-a-kind art.
He's a one-of-a-kind filmmaker and artist, known and beloved for his quirks and style, and a genuinely interesting person to talk with. In theaters this weekend is the eighth film from Wes Anderson, known for an impressive oeuvre of work so far, from Rushmore to The Royal Tenenbaums to The Life Aquatic to The Darjeeling Limited to Fantastic Mr. Fox to Moonrise Kingdom. His latest is The Grand Budapest Hotel, which I was lucky enough to catch at the Berlin Film Festival world premiere (my review) a few weeks ago. I met up with Wes in New York recently to chat about the film, his career, Hollywood, and a few other things. It was an odd interview, to say the least, not exactly how I expected it to go, but fascinating none-the-less.
They come in all shapes and sizes, all over the world, hidden in cities and on mountains, next to rivers and airports. Hotels have been in movies forever, not only as a place to stay when needed, but occasionally as a character itself that influences and alters the story. In honor of the upcoming release of Grand Budapest Hotel, the latest film from Wes Anderson, the Museum of the Moving Image (aka MoMI) in Queens, New York is hosting a "Hotels on Film" screening series this weekend. My first thought when I heard about this series - I have to find out what they're showing! Which films? And have I seen all of them already? Read on.
The 86th Academy Awards are upon us and it's time to watch the show and announce the winners of the most prestigious award in Hollywood. The Oscar ceremony is being broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre with another returning, exuberant host - Ellen DeGeneres. Last year featured a vivid and memorable set of movies, from Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity to Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave to Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street to Spike Jonze's Her to David O. Russell's American Hustle to Paul Greengrass' Captain Phillips as the key contenders, among many others. Who will win? Time to finally find out at the 2014 Oscars. The full list below will be updated with winners marked as they're announced live tonight - refresh for updates.
Read on for the complete list of 2014 Oscar nominees & winners. Let us know what you think of the results!
This will be updated throughout the night to reflect the winners as revealed. Additionally, I might be adding a small bit of editorial commentary beneath each category. Winners are highlighted in BOLD below.
"We saw some beautiful things here... some things we'll never forget." Let's kick off the Oscar weekend with something a bit fun. Annapurna Pictures, started by youngster Megan Ellison, has been producing some of the best films of the past two years. Looking back they've released an Annapurna: Year Two video called the 2014 "Hustle" Reel, looking back at Spike Jonze's Her and David O. Russell's American Hustle. I love Her and was a fan of Hustle. This also includes clips for Spring Breakers and The Grandmaster, two more Annapurna films which were released in 2013. The video (with the music "Firewater" by Django Django) was edited by our old friend Kees van Dijkhuizen, behind many retrospectives of years past. Enjoy!
In just over a week, we'll see Wes Anderson's latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel. The director behind The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and more has been making the publicity rounds (we'll have our own interview posted very soon), and he recently sat down with The New York Times for a 90-minute discussion on his career and more. One interesting fact includes Anderson's idea for a James Bond movie called Mission: Deferred where Bond doesn't get called into action because the Cold War is over, so he's just a guy, with a cool coffee machine. And that's just one small amusing part. Watch!
"It jelled the entire VFX community into being horrifically pissed off at how they were being treated." The full online short has debuted for a documentary on visual effects company Rhythm & Hues, which became the center of attention in 2013 when their work on Life of Pi won the Oscar, despite employees protesting on the streets just outside, still waiting for their paycheck. The doc is called Life After Pi and is made by the employees of the VFX firm, discussing the events that occurred, the troubles in the industry regarding VFX work, and hopefully the outcome of their plight and the next big steps in the industry. See the full doc now.
Time to get a look at the first two pieces of art that are part of the upcoming exhibition in honor of Darren Aronofsky's new movie Noah, starring Russell Crowe. Earlier last week we posted news that Aronofsky is organizing an art show in honor of Noah in New York City called "Fountains of the Deep: Visions of Noah and the Flood." The exhibition will include work from 50 internationally-recognized artists, from celebrated contemporary artists to comic book legends and many others. Darren has posted the first two pieces, one by Carmen Arvizu, the other by James Jean, as our early teases and they're worth checking out.
Time to get a lesson in filmmakers. This may be a few years old, but it's still a worthy collection of art to share, especially with cinephiles and movie lovers. Arina Orlova created a set of A to Z Film Directors portraits, 26 in total, for an artists book in 2009. The set spans American auteur Woody Allen to Italian filmmaker Franco Zeffirelli, plus 24 other notable filmmakers with their faces sketched. The artwork is simple but elegant, and it's just a fun lesson in getting to know your directors, including Cronenberg, Jim Jarmusch, Nagisa Ôshima, Andrei Tarkovsky, Alexei Uchitel, Wong Kar Wai and Zeffirelli. See more below.
As always, there are a number of films that deserve to break out from film festivals. I am returning this week from the Berlin Film Festival, aka Berlinale, in Germany where I caught 10 films in total (full list/recap here). While I enjoyed pretty much every last one, my friend Steve Weintraub (aka Frosty) from Collider and I decided to meet up and record a quick video blog, which we haven't done in a while, discussing four films in particular: Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer, Jack O'Connell in Irish thriller '71, Eskil Vogt's Norwegian drama Blind and of course The Grand Budapest Hotel. This is a good one, so fire it up below and enjoy.
Guten Tag aus Deutschland! I've wrapped up five days at the Berlin Film Festival, my first time attending Berlinale—as it's better known—looking back on another stellar fest. One of the oldest festivals (currently in its 64th year) along with Cannes, I've always wanted to attend but haven't had the opportunity or funds or extra time, since it's right after Sundance, until now. Thank you to Fox Searchlight, who brought out a handful of film journalists to see the world premiere of Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel (my review), I've been able to experience first hand one of the world's other prominent film festivals. And it was a delight.
The festival is winding down, people are heading home, it's nearing the end... The 2014 Sundance Film Festival is almost over and even though I'm just departing today, I am already starting to get nostalgic. I love this festival, I love attending festivals, and although I'm very tired, I don't want to leave, I don't want it to end. On top of all the films and all the excitement around independent cinema, it's the people that make my festival experience so amazing, so unforgettable, every year. My friends (old and new), my colleagues, the volunteers, the staff, the publicists, the filmmakers, the locals, I owe them all so much for being the best.
There's plenty of praise to go around for Spike Jonze's fantastic love story Her, even if the box office receipts haven't been all that great. Our awards expert Joey Magidson even made the plea for the Academy to give it some love in their Oscar nominations, and the film walked away with several nods, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. Now The Creators Project and Jonze's own friend and collaborator Lance Bangs has created a doc about love inspired by the film called Her: Love in the Modern Age. Interviews include co-star Olivia Wilde, writer Bret Easton Ellis and many, many others. In full below.
We've already had one week of new theatrical releases in 2014, but there are dozens more to come, with much better movies than the dismal offerings that January holds. After delivering my personal picks for the 15 Best Movies of 2013 (make sure you check out Joey & Jeremy's Top 10 of 2013 as well), it's time to look to the future. Much like last year, I've composed a list of the films that I'm most excited to see this year. Honestly, this list could be endless, but these are the ones that I just can't wait to see. There's not really any indies, because it's hard to tell when most will get released, and next week, I'll be checking out a lot of hopefuls at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival anyway. So here's my 14 Most Anticipated Films of 2014.