The Beatles: Sam Mendes Making Four Films For Sony Pictures

Filmmaker Sam Mendes and Neal Street Productions will be making four separate films about The Beatles for Sony Pictures. I’ll expand on this a bit later but this news is huge. It’s funny though–I was just talking to a colleague last week about how documentaries like The Beatles Anthology and The Beatles: Get Back make such narrative films impossible. A film can be good in the right hands if it has the right care and…

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Jeff Rowe talks Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem

Jeff Rowe spoke with Solzy at the Movies in late December about the critically acclaimed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem is a very different kind of TMNT film. Unlike most films and series, the filmmakers went above and beyond in casting teenagers for the film. It wasn’t a surprise that I enjoyed this film upon watching it last year especially since Rowe co-directed the 2021 Solzy Award-winning animated feature,…

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Einstein and the Bomb: Netflix Doc Leaves More To Be Desired

Einstein and the Bomb takes a docu-drama approach in telling Albert Einstein’s story in the years before, during, and after World War 2. The film disclaims at the very beginning that all words in the film were spoken or written by Einstein during his lifetime. Admirable but the way it goes about telling his story leaves more to be desired. It packs so much into 76 minutes of film. Make no mistake that Einstein’s story…

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11th Annual MUAHS Guild Awards: The Winners

The Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild announced the winners of the 2024 MUAHS Guild Awards on Sunday night at The Beverly Hilton. Melissa Peterman hosted the ceremony. Previously announced MUAHS honorees include: Distinguished Artisan Recipient: Annette Bening Vanguard Honoree: Michael Westmore (Oscar and Emmy-winning Make-Up Artist) Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees: Kevin Haney (Oscar and Emmy-winning Make-Up Artist) Ora T. Green (Emmy-nominated Hair Stylist) They had an envelope snafu with the very first award. They…

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2024 EE BAFTA Film Awards: The Winners

Oppenheimer won big as the winners of the 2024 EE BAFTA Film Awards were announced during a ceremony on February 18. David Tennant hosted the ceremony at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. Audiences were able to watch on BBC One, iPlayer, and Britbox. Films taking home multiple BAFTA Awards included Oppenheimer, Poor Things, The Zone of Interest, and The Holdovers. June Givanni was presented with the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award. The BAFTA Fellowship…

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51st Annie Awards: The Winners

ASIFA-Hollywood is recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation during tonight’s 51st Annie Awards at UCLA’s Royce Hall. I’ll be providing live updates throughout the ceremony. Voice artist Eric Bauza was in character as Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. “I hate to be political but release Coyote vs. Acme! Now that that’s over and by that I mean my career…” Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse took home seven Annie Awards tonight. It won every…

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Fargo: One of the Best Coen Brothers Films

The Coen brothers get back to basics with Fargo by going back to their home state of Minnesota for one of the best films in their career. Fargo earned seven Oscar nominations, winning Best Actress (Frances McDormand) and Original Screenplay. The film’s other nominations were for Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (William H. Macy), Cinematography, and Editing. AFI would later honor the film in their initial 100 Years…100 Movies list and 100 Years…100 Laughs. Marge…

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Bob Marley: One Love Falls Short of Musical Biopic Standards

Bob Marley: One Love is plagued by some of the same things that turn musical biopics into a film that can be hit or miss. Musical biopics can not just live or die on the music alone. The genre has never been the same following Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. It’s very telling when the parody film is stronger than most musical biopics. But for every such biopic that gets Oscar nominations, there are…

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Cillian Murphy Says Hollywood Press Junkets Are Broken

Academy Award nominee Cillian Murphy said that Hollywood press junkets are broken as the actor’s own Oppenheimer press tour nears its end. I get where the actor is coming from. It might not even be the filmmaker or talent themselves but the person doing the interview that impacts their own experience. I get his comments about the current model. It is a serious issue, perhaps one in need of reform. When someone is answering the…

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Madame Web Adds To The Sony Spider-Verse

Madame Web is the latest Sony Pictures installment in how to make a Spider-Man-adjacent movie without featuring Spider-Man. Please note that there are no mid-credit or post-credit scenes. You are free to leave the theater at the end of the film. Obviously, you’re more than welcome to watch the credits. After all, many people worked hard to make the film a reality. But again, there are no teases or tie-ins to the wider universe. If…

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