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“Let’s start with the news about Everything Everywhere at Once, which has eight nominations at the Film Independent Spirit Awards with nominations for Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Actor for Michelle Yeoh, Supporting Actor Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis .
The organization has announced the nominations for its 38th year, where other top contenders include Todd Field’s thriller Tar with seven nominations, including feature film, director, actor for Cate Blanchett and supporting actor for Nina Hoss, Aftersun Charlotte Wells, Sarah’s Women Polly. Talking and Luca Guadagnino’s Bones and All. Apart from Aftersun, nominated for Best First Feature, all are nominated for Best Feature alongside a single nomination for Our Father the Devil.”
“It’s not every day you come across a film as visually rich and technically accomplished as Ang Lee’s 2012 directorial Life of Pi. The film, which marked the debut of 19-year-old Sooraj Sharma, also featured the likes of Irrfan Khan, Tabu and Adil Hussain in key parts.
In Aseem Chhabra’s book Irrfan Khan, Life of Pi, director Ang Lee praised Irrfan’s acting, especially in his farewell speech.
“I just want to see results with actors. But that was the effect I wanted. It is very inspiring to many people around the world. His speech was a filmmaker’s dream. He should have received an award for that speech.”
Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino recently said that the “marvelization of Hollywood” has made franchise characters famous, but the actors who play them “are not movie stars”. The increased number of comic book movies over the past decade and a half, especially after the success of the MCU, has led many directors such as Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, Ridley Scott, and Francis Ford Coppola to criticize the nature of such movies.
Tarantino told Variety: “Part of the Marvelization of Hollywood is… you have all these actors who are famous for playing these characters. But they are not movie stars. Right? Captain America is a star. Or Thor is a star. I mean, I’m not the first to say that. It’s these franchise characters that become stars.'”
“Steven Spielberg will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2023.
Festival organizers said on Tuesday that the 75-year-old American director, producer and screenwriter will be awarded the honorary Golden Bear, the main annual prize, for a body of work that includes more than 100 films and series. The work of the multiple Oscar winner “is unique in the history of international cinema of the last 60 years for its immense diversity,” the festival said.
Spielberg’s productions included everything from ET to Schindler’s List. The Berlin festival will screen his latest film The Fabelmans.
“Knives Out was released in 2019 and received high praise for its Agatha Christie-like storytelling and suspense. The sequel, Glass Onion: Knives Out Mystery opens in select US theaters tomorrow and despite an almost new cast apart from Craig, the murder thriller has received positive review.
Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post said the film is an “overcomplicated but brilliantly simple mirror of our lives and times”. Part of the review reads: “The Glass Onion again stupidly and scathingly demonstrates Johnson’s gift for critiquing culture in the name of good fun. With the ‘destined’ detective of all time as his fiddler, he held up another over-complicated yet brilliantly simple mirror into our lives and times.”””
Director James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water is one of the most anticipated films of this year. The filmmaker, known for making some of the most expensive films, also had a colossal budget for his latest feature film. However, the director seems pretty confident that he will bring it all back.
In a chat with GQ Magazine, the acclaimed director said that the film was very expensive to make and that Cameron told the studio when pitching the film that the film represented “the worst business case in the history of film”. To make a profit, James Cameron said, “You have to be the third or fourth highest-grossing film in history. That’s your threshold. That’s the end of you.”
“Filmmaker Yann Demange has signed with Marvel Studios for his highly anticipated Blade film. Demange, known for the critically acclaimed feature films ’71 (2014) and White Boy Rick (2018), will direct the project from a script by Michael Starrbury, according to entertainment news website Deadline. About the project joins months after the departure of director Bassam Tariq, the filmmaker will continue to serve as an executive producer on the film.
Blade centers on the iconic comic book vampire slayer. He is half-mortal, half-immortal, and is trying to free the world from vampires to avenge his mother, who was killed by a vampire when she gave birth to him.
The film will star Oscar winner Mahershala Ali.
“Disenchanted, the sequel to the 2007 musical drama Enchanted, takes forward the story of Giselle Amy Adams and Robert Patrick Dempsey. The film takes place ten years after the prequel.
In an interview with indianexpress.com, disillusioned director Adam Shankman explains what “happily ever after” means to him and why he decided to expand on it in his latest film. He said: “I love the idea of happily ever after, so I wanted to know what comes after that. Does this mean the end of life? We lived in a very complicated time. We have faced many challenges in recent years. So, what is happily ever after?”””
“We’ll end the bulletin with some tragic news,
Jason David Frank, who played Green Ranger Tommy Oliver in the 1990s children’s series “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” has died. He was 49.
Justine Hunt, Frank’s manager, did not give a cause of death or say when he died, but asked for “the privacy of his family and friends at this terrible time as we come to terms with the loss of such a wonderful human being.”
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