When you’ve garnered the disgust of everyone on the planet by digitally resurrecting one of the most beloved Hollywood legends, the only thing you can do is double down on being terrible. The team behind the controversial digital resurrection of James Dean for a new Vietnam War movie is forming a new company with the express aim of digitally exhuming even more Hollywood legends.
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Finding Jack directors Anton Ernst and Tati Golykh believed they had struck gold. Unable to find the perfect actor for a role in their Vietnam War drama, they decided to use cutting edge technology to resurrect one of Hollywood’s greatest legends, James Dean. Using digital technology, the co-directors would cast a CGI James Dean in a major supporting role in their adaptation of the novel by Gareth Crocker. Then, the backlash started to roll in: It’s a dishonor to Dean’s legacy, cinematic sacrilege, critics cried. And Ernst and Golykh were somehow baffled.
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Today in terrible ideas: James Dean will return from the grave to star in the new movie Finding Jack. Dean, who died in 1955, will be brought back to life via CGI in the Vietnam War action-drama. Directors Anton Ernst and Tati Golykh say they have the approval of Dean’s family to perform this digital necromancy, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. To paraphrase Dr. Ian Malcolm, the filmmakers were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.
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Posted on Thursday, March 6th, 2014 by Angie Han
Dane DeHaan has played some pretty meaty roles over the course of his career, but he has particularly big shoes to fill in Life. The Anton Corbijn-directed drama stars DeHaan as silver screen legend James Dean, opposite Robert Pattinson as photographer Dennis Stock.
Until the movie actually opens, we won’t know whether DeHaan does a capable job of capturing Dean’s vital essence. But now that the first still has hit the web, we can at least gauge whether he looks the part. See the photo and judge for yourself after the jump.
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Photographer and music video director Anton Corbijn began his feature film career with the movie Control, which chronicled the life of late Joy Division singer Ian Curtis. Corbijn has moved into other arenas, making the arthouse thriller The American with George Clooney and A Most Wanted Man, featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, Willem Dafoe, and Daniel Brühl in a story about a man caught up in the war on terror.
Now Corbijn is moving back to the biopic arena with a film called Life, which tells the story of the friendship and working relationship between photographer Dennis Stock and actor James Dean. Read More »
Who Votes? As of 2007, 5,830 industry professionals accounted for the voting membership. Actors make up the largest voting block, with a membership total of 1,311.
I want to join! Academy membership can only be obtained by a competitive nomination or a member nomination.
It’s not an Oscar! The official name of the golden statue is the Academy Award of Merit.
Then Why is it called an Oscar? Bette Davis claims she named the statuette after her first husband, bandleader Harmon Oscar Nelson.
What is that thing? The statuette depicts an Art Deco stylized knight holding a crusader’s sword standing on a reel of 35mm film with five spokes, which is supposed to signify the original branches of the Academy: Actors, Writers, Directors, Producers and Technicians.
You can’t buy an Oscar! Since 1950 the statuettes have been “legally encumbered” by the requirement that neither winners nor their heirs may sell the statuettes without first offering to sell them back to the Academy for $1. If an Academy Award winner refuses to agree to this stipulation, then the Academy keeps the statuette. Academy Awards earned prior to this agreement have been sold in public auctions for six figure price-tags.
Does my film qualify? A movie has to open in the previous calendar year (from midnight at the start of January 1 to midnight at the end of December 31) in Los Angeles, California.
Most Nominated: Walt Disney holds the record with 22 wins, and 4 honorary. He was nominated for 64 Academy Awards in all. Composers John Williams and Alfred Newman have 45 nominations each.
Oldest: 80-year-old Jessica Tandy won for Driving Miss Daisy. 87-year-old Gloria Stuart was nominated for Titanic.
Youngest: 10-year-old Tatum O’Neal won for Paper Moon. 8-year-old Justin Henry was nominated for Kramer vs. Kramer.
Longest Standing Ovation: Charlie Chaplin in 1972.
Movie studios are strictly prohibited from advertising movies during the broadcast. Isn’t that ironic?
In 1981, the Academy Awards were delayed for one day, due to the shooting of President Ronald Reagan.
Citizen Kane was nominated for nine Oscars but only won one (Best Original Screenplay).
James Dean was killed in a traffic accident in 1955, but was nominated in 1956 for East of Eden and in 1957 for Giant.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is the only Fantasy film to win Best Picture.
Movies that won all 5 top awards (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay): It Happened One Night, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and The Silence of the Lambs.
Bad Best Pictures: The following Best Picture winners have a rotten rating on Rotten Tomatoes: The Greatest Show on Earth (38%), Cimarron (36%), The Broadway Melody (42%), and Cavalcade (55%).