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Crafts Spotlight: Creating Jared Leto’s Prosthetics for House of Gucci

December 3, 2021 | By
Crafts Spotlight: Creating Jared Leto’s Prosthetics for <em>House of Gucci</em>

Jared Leto’s over-the-top performance as heir to a fashion fortune in House of Gucci garnered mixed reactions from critics, but one thing that is undeniable is that his look is memorable. In the film, he has to look like the bombastic Paolo Gucci did—balding, with long side chops on his face, a pudgy nose,... »

Flee: Filmmaker Jonas Poher Rasmussen Mixes Documentary with Animation to Tell a Moving True Story

December 3, 2021 | By
<em>Flee</em>: Filmmaker Jonas Poher Rasmussen Mixes Documentary with Animation to Tell a Moving True Story

When Danish filmmaker Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s film Flee was listed as one of the films selected for the Cannes Film Festival in 2020 (which ended up being cancelled), very few were paying attention to it, and when it finally premiered at Sundance earlier this year, it probably also didn’t have quite the expectations of... »

Review: Nightmare Alley‘s Classic del Toro Panache Overcomes its Uneven Script

December 3, 2021 | By
Review: <em>Nightmare Alley</em>‘s Classic del Toro Panache Overcomes its Uneven Script

Guillermo del Toro revisits the 1946 novel Nightmare Alley, about a grifter conman, which first got adapted, film noir style, in 1947. Film noir is del Toro’s bailiwick and his own Nightmare Alley is as stylized, visually polished, and crafty as you would expect from a director with such a beautifully unique aesthetic. At the same time, del Toro’s... »

End of Week Production Notes 12/3/21: Alec Baldwin Speaks out on Rust Shooting, Early Awards Given, and More News

December 3, 2021 | By
End of Week Production Notes 12/3/21: Alec Baldwin Speaks out on <em>Rust</em> Shooting, Early Awards Given, and More News

Happy Friday! Last night, actor Alec Baldwin appeared on an ABC special, dubbed Alec Baldwin Unscripted, talking to long-time reporter George Stephanopoulos. On the taped special, Baldwin described a play-by-play for what happened on the fateful day when Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was shot and killed on the set of the Baldwin-produced indie Western, Rust, back in October. Baldwin said that the DP was guiding the actor to rehearse the... »

Above the Line Newsflash: Channing Tatum’s Magic Mike Reprise, the Ubiquitous Pete Davidson, the McKay-Ferrell Split

December 2, 2021 | By
Above the Line Newsflash: Channing Tatum’s <em>Magic Mike</em> Reprise, the Ubiquitous Pete Davidson, the McKay-Ferrell Split

Magic Mike 3 in the Works Because Channing Tatum’s Gotta Eat Channing Tatum is ready to take it all off and shake his stuff onscreen again, as he’s set to revisit his signature role as stripper Mike Lane in Magic Mike’s Last Dance. That’s a great title for this sexy sequel, which will be made... »

The Humans: Filmmaker Stephen Karam on Bringing His Tony-Winning Play to the Screen

December 2, 2021 | By
<em>The Humans</em>: Filmmaker Stephen Karam on Bringing His Tony-Winning Play to the Screen

The Thanksgiving holiday can be a time for reflection, spending time with your family, thinking about the past year and what is to come ahead. It is also a time for movies, from big action films to small awards contenders. Only one feature film this year, The Humans, actually portrays a family coming together... »

Review: West Side Story Retains Magic from Shakespeare to Sondheim to Spielberg

December 2, 2021 | By
Review: <em>West Side Story</em> Retains Magic from Shakespeare to Sondheim to Spielberg

What a wonder, as a critic, to be reviewing a film based on one of the most successful musicals of all time, considering its definitive movie adaptation was received to the tune of 10 Academy Awards way back in 1961. Enter Steven Spielberg and his take on the famous 1950s musical by Leonard Bernstein... »

Encanto Co-Director Charise Castro Smith on Diving Head First Into Animation

December 1, 2021 | By
<em>Encanto</em> Co-Director Charise Castro Smith on Diving Head First Into Animation

Charise Castro Smith started her career as an actress and playwright at the prestigious Yale School of Drama. After several years putting on plays and acting in bit parts on TV, since 2015 she has transitioned to writing for episodic television including Devious Maids, The Exorcist, Sweetbitter, and The Haunting of Hill House. Now... »

The Accidental Turitz: A Credo to Live By… and Kevin Spacey

December 1, 2021 | By
The Accidental Turitz: A Credo to Live By… and Kevin Spacey

Last week, it was reported that Kevin Spacey owed MRC, the company that produced the massive Netflix hit House of Cards, $31 million for breach of contract, after they had to fire him from the show in 2017. This is quite a large sum for any one person to pay, which means that the... »

Hump Day News Update 12/1/21: Lost Daughter Scores at Gothams, Nicolas Cage is Dracula, and More News

December 1, 2021 | By
Hump Day News Update 12/1/21: <em>Lost Daughter</em> Scores at Gothams, Nicolas Cage is Dracula, and More News

It’s December… and it’s Wednesday… so here’s the latest news. On Monday night, the 31st Annual Gotham Awards were handed out by the Gotham Film & Media Institute, and Maggie Gyllenhaal‘s The Lost Daughter scored big, winning Best Feature, Best Screenplay, and Gyllenhaal winning the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director award, it being her directorial debut. Also for The Lost Daughter, Olivia... »