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Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace 3D; Storm Troopers Invade Cinema

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Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace 3D; Storm Troopers Invade Cinema Star Wars fans witnessed storm troopers invade George Street Event Cinema today at around high noon, but fear not - it was a friendly invasion and all part of the global media and publicity machine to help put more bums on seats. The Star Wars promoter offered up dozens of storm troopers and even a bodypainted 'Phantom Menace'. A mini orchestra played the Star Wars theme...

Harry Potter performers receive SAG Honors for Film Stunt Ensembles

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Stunt Performers from “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” and “Game of Thrones” are Recipients of Screen Actors Guild’s Honors for Film and Television Stunt EnsemblesLOS ANGELES (Jan. 29, 2012) - The stunt performers and coordinators from “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” and “Game of Thrones” are recipients of this year’s Screen Actors Guild Honors for Outstanding Action Performances by Film and Television Stunt Ensembles, it was announced today from ...

Orange British Academy Film Awards in 2012

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2011 NOMINATIONS (presented in 2012)BEST FILMTHE ARTIST Thomas LangmannTHE DESCENDANTS Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim TaylorDRIVE Marc Platt, Adam SiegelTHE HELP Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, Michael BarnathanTINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn SlovoOUTSTANDING BRITISH FILMMY WEEK WITH MARILYN Simon Curtis, David Parfitt, Harvey Weinstein, Adrian HodgesSENNA Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Manish PandeySHAME Steve McQueen, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman...

Eisenstein’s October with Edmund Meisel’s Original Score to premiere in Berlin

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Premiere of the Newly Restored Version of Eisenstein’s October with Edmund Meisel’s Original ScoreOn February 10, 2012, the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival will present the premiere of the reconstructed version of October (Oktjabr, USSR 1928, directed by Sergei M. Eisenstein) at the Friedrichstadt-Palast. Conducted by Frank Strobel, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra will perform the original score as composed by Edmund Meisel. The screening is a Berlinale Special presentation and p...

BLACK GOLD (2011) Review

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Black Gold, DIFF 2011  BLACK GOLD (2011) premiered at the Doha Tribeca Film festival (DTFF 2011) this year on October 25, 2011, to a sold out theater and an eager international and local audience. This is as international as they come, involving at least ten different countries from cast variance to co-production partners. It was also a Qatar related film, partially shot in the Qatari deserts and a story based on the native history of the Middle East oil conflict. Based on th...

BLACK GOLD (2011) REVIEW

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Black Gold, DIFF 2011 BLACK GOLD (2011) premiered at the Doha Tribeca Film festival (DTFF 2011) this year on October 25, 2011, to a sold out theater and an eager international and local audience. This is as international as they come, involving at least ten different countries from cast variance to co-production partners. It was also a Qatar related film, partially shot in the Qatari deserts and a story based on the native history of the Middle East oil conflict. Based on the book ‘Black Thir...

ÉCU goes to Silhouette Short Film Festival - find out what we thought!

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Silhouette Film Festival - Parc de Buttes Chaumont, Paris.   By Ed Millar and Jen Wallace An intrepid gang of ÉCUers made their way to the beautiful Parc de Buttes Chaumont to watch one night of the Silhouette Film Festival. The film festival is in its 10th year and is an outdoor event with films from all over the world projected onto an inflatable screen next to the lake. Here, ÉCU writers Jen and Ed, share their opinions on the festival and the films. Jen: ...

TERENCE MALLICK'S THE TREE OF LIFE - MOVIE REVIEW

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*The Tree of Life* Starring: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCracken, Laramie Eppler, Tye Sheridan, Fiona Shaw, Cole Cockburn, Will Wallace Director: Terrence Malick     The bookends of the Bible, Genesis and Revelation,  tell us about the Tree of Life. In the garden of Eden,there was only one such tree; the Book of Revelation assures us there will be many such in the Holy City. For the writer(s) of Proverbs  the Tree symbolised four wonderful truths: Wisdom, ri...

Rise of The Planet Of The Apes to open in record number of single screens in India

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Come August 5th, Fox Star Studios’ Rise of The Planet Of The Apes will open in  450 single screens, trumping Hollywood films like Harry Potter and X-Men: First Class, which  opened in 250 single screens. No other Hollywood film has seen such a massive opening, especially in the dubbed languages (Hindi, Tamil and Telegu), as the film makers feel  audiences across  India will connect with the film's universal appeal. Starring the dashing Oscar nominated actor of 127 Hours fame James Fran...

Christopher Lee has arrived at Grossmann Festival!

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We have sensational news: Sir Christopher Lee has just arrived in Ljutomer, Slovenia! At this year's Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival he will receive our Lifetime Achievement Award. We are deeply honoured and tremendously happy to host this legendary actor who has given us countless unforgettable roles. His visit is also our special surprise and gift to all of our dear visitors. Sir Christopher Lee is one of the most remarkable and versatile actors in the history of cinema. In...

Final Harry Potter episode breaks BO records in the Uk and Ireland

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Creates Cinema History and Shatters Box Office Records in the UK and Ireland with an Astonishing  opening weekend of £23 Million The cumulated International Box Office is the biggest for any franchise: 6,33 Md$ Warner Bros. Pictures' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, the final adventure of the film series based on the beloved books by J.K. Rowling, smashed all box office records in the UK and I...

A review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 : Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter, directed by David Yates Avada kedavra! "Harry is an absolute godsend to our cause,” a certain High Priest “Egan” of the First Church of Satan in Salem, Massachusetts,USA was quoted as saying of British author J.K Rowling's boy wizard. “An organization like ours thrives on new blood - no pun intend...

THE TREE OF LIFE, a humble review!

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 THE TREE OF LIFE (2011), a humble review!Ok, there have been a lot of write-ups about this Palme d’Or winner but having attended the premier and having witnessed firsthand the reaction of audiences, I felt I should write a little piece of my own. The theater was certainly filled up with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars- Jude Law, Uma Thurman and Robert DeNiro (all members of this year’s jury), Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Angelina Jolie, Jessica Chastain, and even Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossda...

THE TREE OF LIFE, a humble review!

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 THE TREE OF LIFE (2011), a humble review!Ok, there have been a lot of write-ups about this Palme d’Or winner but having attended the premier and having witnessed firsthand the reaction of audiences, I felt I should write a little piece of my own. The theater was certainly filled up with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars- Jude Law, Uma Thurman and Robert DeNiro (all members of this year’s jury), Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Angelina Jolie, Jessica Chastain, and even Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossda...

Review of the Palme d'Or The Tree of Life

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Metaphysical in its narrative, ambitious in its goal, epic in its scale, and gorgeously beautiful and surreal in its visual style and art design, “The Tree of Life” is Terrence Malick’s career-summation work, a film he has been wanting (and destined) to make for decades. Read about Lubezki’s stunning imagery http://www.emanuellevy.com/comment/tree-of-life-creating-the-stunning-visuals/   A provocative and challenging film on any number of levels, Malick’s long...

in The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick tackles the age old questions of “What is the meaning of life?

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Kierkegaard vs. Nietzsche, the Big Bang vs. the Book of Genesis, in The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick tackles the age old questions of “What is the meaning of life?” and “Is there life after death?”, and portrays them in an operatic, naturesque, supernova artform, while transcending philosophy, religion, nature, innocence, success, violence, and sterility on to the big screen. The film starts off with a verse from The Book of Job 58: 4, 7, “Where were you when I laid the foundations...

"The Tree of Life" written and directed by Terrence Malick

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Kierkegaard vs. Nietzsche, the Big Bang vs. the Book of Genesis, in The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick tackles the age old questions of “What is the meaning of life?” and “Is there life after death?”, and portrays them in an operatic, naturesque, supernova artform, while transcending philosophy, religion, nature, innocence, success, violence, and sterility, on to the big screen. The film starts off with a verse from The Book of Job 58: 4, 7, “Where were you when I laid the foundatio...

Long wait over as Terrence Malick film hits Cannes

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  By Mike Collett-White CANNES, France (Reuters) - U.S. director Terrence Malick brings his eagerly anticipated drama "The Tree of Life" to the Cannes film festival on Monday, ending a long wait for movie fans and critics intrigued by only his fifth feature. The picture has been the most talked about of the 20 entries in the main Cannes competition, and its world premiere brings stars of the stature of Brad Pitt and Sean Penn to the famous red ...

Roger Christian and Ellen Chenoweth will lead the workshops at OFF PLUS CAMERA!

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During our festival, the world cinema stars will conduct the film workshops. Roger Christian, an FX expert in the most famous sci-fi productions will focus on the creative and technical aspects of the job of an art director. Ellen Chenoweth will advise on how to successfully carry out the castings.  Roger Christian is an Oscar winner for Best Art Direction - Set Decoration for George Lucas' “Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope” (1977), where he was responsible for the Jedi lightsabers a...

Behind the scenes and tour of the original Harry Potter film sets at the Warner studio

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Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Thinkwell is a full-service experiential design and production firm and has been involved in the creation of a one-of-a-kind behind the scenes look at the Harry Potter movies as part of the £100 million planned redevelopment of the studios where all eight Harry Potter movies were filmed. On the heels of Warner Bros.' recent announcement of its acquisition and in excess of £100 million planned redevelopment of Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, T...

Harry Potter reports $ 24 million in one day

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Historic launch for the latest film ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" was a hit. The first part of "Deathly Hallows", exit at midnight Thursday on American screens, earned $ 24 million (17.5 million euros ) in a day, according to the specialist Hollywood.com. The output in France is scheduled for Wednesday. ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ has been divided into two parts for the big screen and is the Friday release is the penultimate film of the Harry Potter seri...

SFX guru Douglas Trumbull to attend BigPond Adelaide

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There is something about film that has always amazed audiences. Legend has it that when the Lumière brothers first showed their film of a train entering a station in 1895, audiences dived for cover. The drive to dazzle the senses and bring the fantastical to life has been a constant part of cinema. If it could be imagined, filmmakers searched for ways to make it come to life. The shock of seeing so clearly what cannot be real is the achievement of these films.The 2011 BigPond Adelaide Film Fest...

Cate Blanchett and Robin Hood

Cate Blanchett discusses the irony in the current regime change in Britain coinciding with the release of Robin Hood at this year's Cannes film festival.

James Cameron and Zoe Saldana Give the Rundown on AVATAR

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AVATAR'S writer/director/producer James Cameron and Zoe Saldana, who plays Neytiri in the movie, spent some time after a 3-D screening in Hollywood to discuss the project. This screening was hosted by The Wrap and sponsored by Google.  This ultimate AVATAR interview gives you a glimpse into the making of what has become the biggest money maker in film history. Now you'll even know what the mythic substance "unobtainium" really is from director James Cameron's own personal tales be...
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