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Wednesday, May. 3, 2017
"This crew is good," declares Al Pacino's Los Angeles detective Vincent Hanna in Michael Mann's sprawling noir saga "Heat." Hanna is speaking of Neil McCauley's (Robert De Niro) criminal gang but the same could also be said of Mann and his production team.
The sheer filmmaking rigor is...
Tuesday, Apr. 4, 2017
Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin would, if they ever sat still long enough, make a respectable Mount Rushmore.
One could hardly find a more formidable trio of such overwhelming character. Their voices, alone, are utterly unmistakable. Put together Arkin's street-wise Brooklyn...
Monday, Apr. 3, 2017
Director Christopher Nolan has spent his career bending minds (and cities) with his films. He works on a scale that is stubbornly and obsessively cinematic and it seems that no concept, be it Batman or the multiverse or dreams, is too big for the visionary filmmaker.
His latest movie, "...
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017
For "La La Land" composer and songwriter Justin Hurwitz, it's been a long, laborious ride from dreaming up the musical with his old college roommate Damien Chazelle over six years ago to becoming the toast of awards season. His catchy score and songs have broken through, too, securing their own...
Friday, Feb. 10, 2017
When Theodore (Ted) Melfi was interviewed for SHOOT’s Fall 2016 Director Profile, he discussed what drew him to cinematographer Mandy Walker, ASC, ACS, for Hidden Figures.
“I had never met Mandy before but her work in Australia, particularly on the feature Tracks...
Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017
Actress Chante Adams had just graduated from Carnegie Mellon University when she got a call from a casting agent who wanted her to audition to be the lead in the Roxanne Shante biopic "Roxanne, Roxanne." Adams had no feature credits to her name and a background in theater. But the agent saw...
Monday, Jan. 9, 2017
Instead of romantic proposals and engagement rings, the commercials trying to sell a new generation on diamonds show young couples rolling around on a bed, arguing in a car and even questioning whether they'll ever marry.
The ads are one way the diamond industry is trying to reach...
Friday, Dec. 16, 2016
Among composer Nicholas Britell’s notable credits prior to director/writer Barry Jenkins’ recently released, lauded feature Moonlight is the score for director Adam McKay’s Oscar-nominated film The Big Short. Britell’s music was also featured prominently in the Best Picture...
Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016
At the heart of Warren Beatty's long-in-the-making "Rules Don't Apply" is a burgeoning but forbidden romance between a pair of wide-eyed young adults, freshly plucked from their traditional upbringings and thrust into the capricious world of Howard Hughes and 1958 Hollywood. Serving as distant...
Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016
As an action star, Jackie Chan never expected to get an Oscar.
So he considers receiving an honorary Academy Award from the film academy's Board of Governors his proudest professional achievement.
Chan will accept his Oscar statuette Saturday at the eighth annual Governors Awards....