The trailer has arrived for Lee Daniels’ next film, a classy history piece stuffed just full, full I tell you, with Oscar winners, beginning with Forrest Whitaker as a butler who served in the White House under multiple presidents and Oprah Winfrey as his wife.
It’s quite a cast, and what looks like quite a historical epic. Check out the trailer here: http://www.deadline.com/2013/05/butler-trailer-oprah-winfrey-forest-whitaker-jane-fonda/
After directing the massively successful “Iron Man 3,” Shane Black has lined up his next gig, writing and directing a Sony take on the old pulp thriller franchise Doc Savage. Could be cool.
Worth a listen: NPR excerpts Scorsese on the Persistence of Vision
On the show today, we excerpted Martin Scorsese’s 2013 National Endowment for the Arts Jefferson Lecture, titled “Persistence of Vision: Reading the Language of Cinema.” He shares his wide knowledge of film history (including Eadweard Muybridge’s images of moving animals from the 1870s and 1880s) and speaks movingly and eloquently about falling in love with the movies as a kid:
My parents had a good reason for taking me to the movies all the time because I was always sick with asthma since I was 3 years old and I apparently couldn’t do any sports. Or that’s what they told me. But really my mother and father did love the movies. They weren’t in the habit of reading — that didn’t’ really exist where I came from — and so we connected through the movies and, over the years, I know now that the warmth of that connection with my family and with the images up on the screen gave me something very precious because we were experiencing something fundamental together: We were living through the emotional truths on the screen together, often in coded form. … Sometimes they were expressed in small things — gestures, glances, reactions between the characters, light, shadow. I mean, we experienced these things that we normally couldn’t discuss or wouldn’t discuss or even acknowledge in our own lives, and that’s actually part of the wonder. So whenever I hear people dismiss movies as fantasy or make a hard distinction between film and life, I think to myself that it’s just a way of avoiding the power of cinema.
Image by Eadweard Muybridge
Michael Bay and a Miami Herald reporter are in a bit of a tiff over whether Bay in an interview apologized for making “Armageddon.” He says he was misquoted; the reporter says all the other writers who wrote about his story did the misquoting and he has the tape to prove he was accurate.
(Read it here: http://www.deadline.com/2013/04/michael-bay-armageddon-apology-flap/ )
So, whomever is wrong or right here, SHOULD Michael Bay apologize for “Armageddon” or any of his other films?
Hitchcock: “I’m a typed director. If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach.”
Deadline’s Pete Hammond, writing about Ang Lee, one of the nominees for Best Director at the upcoming Oscars.
Though “Argo” has steamrolled the Best Picture competition in all the major awards up to now, director Ben Affleck is not an Oscar nominee (the Best Director winner typically goes with the Best Picture winner). That leaves the Best Director race this year wide open despite the dominance otherwise of “Argo.”
Read the rest of Pete’s piece here: http://www.deadline.com/2013/02/video-life-of-pie-featurette-leap-of-faith-oscars/
The story also includes a stirring behind-the-scenes featurette about Lee’s directing, put out by Fox to bolster his campaign. It’s worth a watch, if nothing else to further appreciate the extraordinary technical achievement Lee shepherded into reality.
David O. Russell, writer and director of “Silver Linings Playbook,” for whose script he picked up a BAFTA award for best adapted screenplay just now in London.
Part of what Russell is talking about, no doubt, is the fact that his son is bipolar, just like the character played by Bradley Cooper in the film. During a November screening of the film hosted by Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond, Russell talked about how his own experiences dealing with his son (who was at the screening) helped shape and inform the script that he created.
Follow all the winners and their comments on stage and back of it on Deadline at http://www.deadline.com/2013/02/bafta-awards-2013-winners-list/
This is great. Director Mike Figgis, in one of his “tweet by hand” journal postings on Twitter, talks about a film he likes, then about the old Sony PD100 he used to shoot the hugely experimental film “Hotel” back in 2001.
I interviewed Figgis back then for Variety about using digital cameras (he was an early experimenter in the technologies). Fun to see him circling back to it now for something new, to get a certain old-school video look that’s just a bit more messy.
See the twitter feed and follow Mike here:
TheMikeFiggis Mike Figgis
He revived the “Star Trek” movie franchise. Now, Deadline’s Dominic Patten is reporting J.J. Abrams will get the chance to do the same with the “Star Wars” series (read it here: http://www.deadline.com/2013/01/j-j-abrams-to-direct-new-star-wars-movie-for-disney/ )
Now, he’ll get the chance to do what sages from Yoda to Spock failed to do: bring together the two quintessential fan tribes under the leadership of a single creative vision. What do you think? Is he the one to make Star Wars and Star Trek fans both happy? Are you excited about Abrams getting the job for “Star Wars VII?”
(Source: deadline.com )