Millions of eyes were on the Academy Awards last night, and even though the live broadcast of Hollywood’s biggest event doesn’t pull in as many viewers as the Super Bowl, it’s still a hot spot for advertising. While there were some TV spots for the likes of Captain Marvel, The Lion King and Rocketman, the one set of commercials that stole the show came from a collaboration between the Oscars and the watchmaker Rolex.
Rolex is one of the many sponsors and supporters of the Academy Awards, and this year they delivered a series of commercials featuring James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, Kathryn Bigelow, and Alejandro G. Iñárritu. Each of the Oscar-winning directors wrote an open letter to filmmakers of the world in order to inspire them on a journey that just might take them to the Oscars someday. Watch the Rolex Oscars commercials below. Read More »
The Revenant may have had a tough shoot – have you heard about that yet? – but all the tough work is paying off. Not only did the epic revenge tale score 12 Oscar nominations, it’s also playing well with critics and audiences. Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s picture is a success and, more than that, a technical marvel. We already shared about 45 minutes worth of behind-the-scenes footage from the film, but you can now also watch Iñárritu deconstruct an intense scene from The Revenant below.
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Around the end of every year, The Hollywood Reporter releases one-hour roundtable video interviews with writers, actors, directors, and more. Often the filmmakers will discuss their work with a surprising amount of honesty. This year is no different, and once again, they’ve found a few filmmakers you’d want to spend an hour with, including directors Quentin Tarantino (The Hateful Eight), Ridley Scott (The Martian), and Danny Boyle (Steve Jobs).
After the jump, watch the one-hour long chat.
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Posted on Monday, November 2nd, 2015 by Jacob Hall
No 2015 film looks more miserable than The Revenant, and that’s just how director Alejandro G. Iñárritu likes it. Even when he’s making a supposed comedy like Birdman, no director takes greater delight in shoving an audience’s face right into the literal and metaphorical muck. His movies are gorgeously made exercises in making you feel awful. Whether he cranks out masterpieces or one-note exercises in senseless misery is a debate that rages on.
New posters for The Revenant have shown up and yep, they are definitely selling a movie from Iñárritu. Of the three official one-sheets, one is beautiful and ever-so-slightly full of itself. The other two are more traditional, falling into the “big floating head” style of film poster, but they feature Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy looking completely and utterly miserable, so that’s something.
Endure the harshness of the Revenant posters after the jump.
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With Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance), co-writer/director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel) took a break from torturing characters to, well, torture some more characters. Birdman has a sense of humor, though, something we hadn’t seen much of from Iñárritu in his past work. The film went on to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards, a divisive win amongst movie fans. It is a popular opinion that the long-takes are dazzling, though, and if you want to see some of the hidden edits in Birdman, check them out after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 by Angie Han
Yesterday we were treated to a gorgeous new batch of stills from Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s The Revenant, and today we get to see some of that beauty in action. 20th Century Fox has unleashed a new trailer for the revenge drama, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a 1820s fur trapper mauled by a bear and left for dead by his hunting team.
Unfortunately for them, he is not dead at all, but alive and very pissed off. Tom Hardy and Domhnall Gleeson also star. Watch The Revenant trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, September 28th, 2015 by Angie Han
Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s The Revenant has been plagued by reports of ballooning budgets, scheduling delays, safety concerns, weather woes, producer drama, and disgruntled crew members. One anonymous individual went so far as to call the shoot “a living hell.”
But while the film may be a mess behind the scenes, it thankfully looks quite lovely on camera. A new batch of stills offer a better look at this beautiful film, accompanied by some new details about the story. See the new The Revenant images after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, July 17th, 2015 by Angie Han
Following a very successful 2014 awards season in which he took home Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Picture, Birdman helmer Alejandro González Iñárritu looks poised to make a splash in this year’s race as well with The Revenant. Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy star in the revenge drama, set in the early 19th century American wilderness. Watch the first The Revenant trailer after the jump. Read More »
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I just got home from Las Vegas, where for the last week I had attended the CinemaCon convention (formerly ShoWest), the largest gathering of movie theatre exhibitors each year. The convention is packed with talks about subjects such as how to maximize profits, and features a show floor filled with the newest and best concessions equipment. More notably, most of the major movie studios hold presentations of upcoming film line-ups for the next year and beyond. Companies even show some of their films early to get some excitement from those booking the screens.
Thursday morning we saw a presentation from 20th Century Fox showcasing some of their big upcoming films including Peanuts, Poltergeist, Paper Towns, Hitman: Agent 47, Victor Frankenstein, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Fantastic 4, The Martian, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant and David O Russell’s Joy and more. After the presentation I recorded a spoiler free 20th Century Fox CinemaCon 2015 reaction video reaction with Steve from Collider, which you can watch that now embedded after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 by Angie Han
Among other things, Birdman stood out last year for the way it was shot. Nearly the entire film looks like it was captured in a single take. It wasn’t — you can spot the seams if you’re paying attention — but it’s still a remarkable feat that required a stunning level of coordination.
To show you just how much work went into maintaining this illusion, a new Birdman featurette dives behind the scenes with director Alejandro González Iñárritu, cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, and stars Michael Keaton and Amy Ryan. Watch it after the jump. Read More »