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‘Baby Driver’ Stunt Coordinator: “We Tried to Do Everything in Camera”
20 minutes ago
Some very real high octane car chases have helped steer Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver, which opens today, to enthusiastic reviews (98% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes). “We tried to do everything in camera; 99 percent was practical,” confirmed Darrin Prescott, the film’ stunt coordinator and second unit director.
Baby Driver follows Ansel Elgort as getaway driver Baby, who drives to his own soundtrack — an idea that instantly clicked for Prescott. “When Edgar first told me about this project, I wished I had come up with it,” he said. “The idea of choreographing car chases to music sounded perfect to me. And »
- Carolyn Giardina
Jayne Mansfield: The First Reality Star?
35 minutes ago
For broadcast journalist Elaine Stevens, now 68, it feels like it happened only yesterday. In fact, it happened exactly 50 years ago today.
Stevens answered the door to her parents’ Gulfport, Mississippi home. Her fiance, Ronnie Harrison, stood before her. Describing him today, Stevens still sounds 18: “He looked like Matthew Modine or Ralph Fiennes.” The couple was planning to elope three days later; Stevens was carrying their child. “The last thing he said to me was, ‘Will you always love me?’ And I said, ‘Of course I will. I’ll always love you.’"
That was the last time they ever »
- Erik Liberman
'Life on Bitcoin' Documentary Gets VidAngel Distribution (Exclusive)
50 minutes ago
LIfe on Bitcoin, a documentary about a couple who live using the digital payment system instead of U.S. money, will release today on VidAngel, the movie-filtering service that has been butting heads with the major film studios for a few years.
Life on Bitcoin has been in the works since 2013, when newly married Austin and Beccy Craig decided to spend 100 days living exclusively off the cryptocurrency with a camera crew following them around.
VidAngel recently agreed to distribute the film, first on its platform, then on YouTube, iTunes and Amazon.com, according to CEO Neal Harmon.
VidAngel is known »
- Paul Bond
The Fans Have Inherited the Film Industry — and It's a Problem for the Rest of Us (Guest Column)
1 hour ago
Here’s a quandary more than a few moviegoers will face when they decide to see Spider-Man: Homecoming, a contender for this summer’s biggest movie: How much homework should they assign themselves in advance?
Set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — which currently hosts 16 films, another nine in production or development and six planned or existing Netflix series — Homecoming features Tom Holland’s Peter Parker, who made his screen debut in the third Captain America movie, and Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark/Iron Man. Say, like me, that an audience member nurses a fondness for Spidey (that '90s cartoon was tops), »
- Inkoo Kang
Box Office Preview: 'Despicable Me 3' Eyes $90M-Plus July Fourth Debut
1 hour ago
Look for Gru and his devoted minions to light up the July Fourth box office.
Universal and Illumination Entertainment's animated threequel, Despicable Me 3, should ignite plenty of fireworks in its debut at the box office this weekend. Showing no signs of sequel slowdown, the animated tentpole is tracking to open to $90 million or more for the three-day frame before racking up more big numbers on Monday and Tuesday, the official holiday.
- Pamela McClintock
'Spider-Man: Homecoming': Film Review
1 hour ago
As any observer of the corporate side of superhero cinema can tell you, the title of Jon Watts' Spider-Man: Homecoming doesn't only refer to its hero's status as a 15-year-old dealing with all the usual high-school concerns. It also celebrates an intellectual-property marriage, in which Spidey, the greatest creation of the ink-and-paper Marvel Comics empire, finally enters Marvel's big-screen "Cinematic Universe," hitherto dominated by Avengers like Captain America and Thor.
- John DeFore
Olivier Assayas Named President of Locarno Festival Jury
4 hours ago
Writer and director Olivier Assayas has been named president of the international jury of the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland.
Assayas directed Kristen Stewart in Clouds of Sils Maria, for which she became the first American actress to win a Cesar award. He recently teamed up with Stewart again for Personal Shopper, which won him the best director honor last year in Cannes.
Assayas, in conjunction with the international jury, will pick the winner of the festival’s grand prize, the »
- Ariston Anderson
Andy Serkis' Directorial Debut 'Breathe' to Open London Film Fest
5 hours ago
The BFI London Film Festival has once again turned to one of its own for opening night duties.
Andy Serkis — following in the footsteps of Amma Asante last year and Sarah Gavron in 2015 — will provide the curtain raiser for the event's 61st edition, this time with his directorial debut, Breathe.
Based on the true story of British advocate for the disabled Robin Cavendish, the film stars Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy. Cavendish was paralyzed with polio at the age of 28 and given just three months to live. Against all advice, his wife Diane brought him home »
- Alex Ritman
Aaron Sorkin Signs With CAA
12 hours ago
Aaron Sorkin has left his longtime agency, Wme, for CAA, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Sorkin is arguably Hollywood’s most high-profile scribe, having penned The Social Network (which won the Oscar), Moneyball, Steve Jobs and A Few Good Men, which began as a 1989 stage play. He also created beloved series Sports Night and The West Wing (which won four straight Emmys for outstanding drama), as well as Studio »
- Rebecca Sun
Clive Davis, Judd Apatow Docs Head Up newportFILM Festival Lineup
12 hours ago
Davis will take part in a Q&A following the July 27 screening of Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives, which is set to screen on the lawn of The Elms, the historic mansion in Newport, R.I., once called home by coal baron Edward Julius Berwind. The screening will be presented in partnership with the iconic Newport Folk Festival.
The series of sunset screenings kicks off Thursday with Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story at the Redwood Library »
- Tatiana Siegel