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Gregory Plotkin, Editor of Get Out

April 23, 2017 | By
Gregory Plotkin, Editor of <em>Get Out</em>

Why does the word “horror” movie have a stigma attached to it and what is truly scary in the modern age? Is the horror genre classified as subpar because the movies were originally low budget and could be made quickly, under the aegis of the prolific, but largely unsung Roger Corman, who gave Francis... »

Born in China Captures Rarely Seen Animals in Native Habitat

April 21, 2017 | By
<em>Born in China</em> Captures Rarely Seen Animals in Native Habitat

For director Lu Chuan and producer Roy Conli, the Disneynature feature Born in China represents an enormous amount of preparation and production, with multiple crews enduring the harsh environment of western China to photograph rarely seen wildlife. Following the stories of three separate animal families, the film intercuts among a panda bear mother as... »

MPEG Awards Lillian E. Benson Fellowship and Service Award

April 11, 2017 | By
MPEG Awards Lillian E. Benson Fellowship and Service Award

On Saturday night the Motion Picture Editors Guild awarded their Fellowship and Service Award to Lillian E. Benson, who is the first African-American female member of the American Cinema Editors, an honorary editing society, and a member of their board of directors at a gala dinner event at the Sheraton Universal Hotel that illustrated... »

Location, Location, Location — and the LMGI Awards

April 10, 2017 | By
Location, Location, Location — and the LMGI Awards

In the end, La La Land won, and it stuck. That was the conclusion to a convivial evening, a kind of coda to award seasons at large, where the LMGI — Locations Manager Guild International — actually goes ahead and holds its own show after the Oscars, going against unspoken, well, La La Land... »

Walter Hill Returns to Pulp with The Assignment

April 6, 2017 | By
Walter Hill Returns to Pulp with <em>The Assignment</em>

A comic book-style revenge tale starring Michelle Rodriguez as a hit man who undergoes gender reassignment against his will, The Assignment is iconic director, Walter Hill’s latest genre film and accompanying graphic novel. The script preceded the book by a number of years. A gangster piece that Hill wrote had been published as a... »

Harry Gregson-Williams Scores The Zookeeper’s Wife

March 31, 2017 | By
Harry Gregson-Williams Scores The Zookeeper’s Wife

Known for scoring flashy, effects-laden studio films for directors such as Tony and Ridley Scott, Michael Bay, and Ben Affleck among numerous others, composer Harry Gregson-Williams was excited to take a more subtle approach to the music for director Niki Caro’s, The Zookeeper’s Wife, the true account of Antonina (Jessica Chastain) and Jan Zabinski (Johan... »

The Sound of Winning: “Hacksaw” Mixer Kevin O’Connell on HIs Oscar

March 7, 2017 | By
The Sound of Winning: “Hacksaw” Mixer Kevin O’Connell on HIs Oscar

Given the news cycle of the 21st century, it can be easy to forget that some shocks can still be good ones. But that’s how sound mixer — and maestro — Kevin O’Connell describes the state he was in when we last saw him, backstage in the press room at the Oscars. After achieving... »

Oscars 2017: Moonlight Becomes Them

February 27, 2017 | By
Oscars 2017: <em>Moonlight</em> Becomes Them

One could write about the just-concluded Oscars from a Below the Line standpoint — the lack of La La Land tsunami, for example, and the interesting spread of awards — or from an Above the Line vantage, talking about the remarkable Mahershala Ali being the first Muslim actor to ever win an Oscar, for... »

Packed House Sees Vitality of Screen Makeup/Hairstyling in Oscar Symposium

February 27, 2017 | By
Packed House Sees Vitality of Screen Makeup/Hairstyling in Oscar Symposium

At the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on February 25, a full house witnessed the importance of cinema makeup artistry and hairstyling brilliance to the overall success of a film. Indeed, three wholly disparate projects were presented by Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Makeup Branch governors Kathryn Blondell, Lois Burwell, and... »

August Wilson’s Widow Constanza Romero-Wilson Speaks about Oscar-Winner Fences

February 27, 2017 | By
August Wilson’s Widow Constanza Romero-Wilson Speaks about Oscar-Winner <em>Fences</em>

Adapted by writer August Wilson from his own play, the screenplay for Fences attracted key cast members from the Broadway revival, most notably star-director Denzel Washington and Best Supporting Actress winner at the 2017 Oscars, Viola Davis. In an emotional acceptance speech, Davis recounted her days with her siblings portraying various characters at her... »

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