Watch: 50 Roles from the Incredible Career of Oscar-Nominated Actress Isabelle Huppert

This is certainly a fitting tribute to the “French Meryl Streep,” Isabelle Huppert.

During her 46-year-long acting career, Isabelle Huppert has graced the screen in over 130 films and TV shows and won over 90 awards. But this year marks a first for the accomplished star; she received an Oscar nomination for her role as Michèle Leblanc in Paul Verhoeven’s psychological thriller Elle. Though she has taken home some of the most prestigious awards in the world, including a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, a César (the French equivalent of an Oscar), and two Best Actress Awards at Cannes, it wasn’t until this year that she received an Oscar nod.

To find out why the Academy was bewitched by the complexity and elegance of her performance in Elle, check out this beautiful tribute video by Carlos Aguilar, which highlights 50 of her greatest character portrayals.

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Watch The Opening Musical Number From ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Beauty and the Beast belle song

Walt Disney Pictures has released a new clip from their live-action Beauty and the Beast. The one-minute long clip shows the opening musical number from director Bill Condon‘s adaptation, recreating the song “Belle” from the animated classic. Hit the jump to watch Emma Watson perform the Beauty and the Beast Belle song.

Beauty and the Beast Belle Song

As you can see above, the song and staging is a pretty faithful adaptation to the Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise-directed animated film version. I’m not even a huge fan of the original movie, and yet this clip brings a big smile to my face. I think this clip will reassure fans who maybe weren’t sure that Bill Condon’s staging would be faithful to the classic movie. Star Emma Watson seamlessly falls into this famous role.

The song “Belle” was written by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman for Walt Disney Pictures’ 30th animated feature film, which hit theaters in 1991. The original number was recorded by Paige O’Hara and Richard White. The song serves to introduce us to the film’s heroine Belle, as well as to the little village that she lives in. It also introduces us to the film’s villain Gaston, who demands her hand in marriage despite Belle’s rejections.

You can watch the original “Bell” opening number sequence embedded below for comparison sake:

The official plot synopsis follows:

The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic “Beauty and the Beast,” a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father; Josh Gad as LeFou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Hattie Morahan as the enchantress; and Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

Beauty and the Beas will be released in theaters on March 17th, 2017.

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Daisy Ridley Resists Last Jedi Spoilers from Chris Pratt, Josh Gad & More!

Daisy Ridley Resists Last Jedi Spoilers From Chris Pratt, Josh Gad & More!

Daisy Ridley resists Last Jedi spoilers from Chris Pratt, Josh Gad & more!

For the last few weeks, actor Josh Gad (Frozen, Beauty and the Beast) has been relentlessly pestering his Murder on the Orient Express co-star Daisy Ridley for spoilers from the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, even at one point bringing Dame Judi Dench into the mix. Now, in a new Instagram post, Gad has gone all out to assemble a cadre of superstars including Chris Pratt and more to get the info out of her. Check out the new Last Jedi spoilers video below (wait until you see the last celeb!) as well as the previous three!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Johnson (Brick, Looper) and continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, welcoming back cast members Mark Hamill, the late Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John BoyegaLupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. New cast members will include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.

The sequel is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski.

All your Star Wars: The Last Jedi questions will be answered when the movie opens on December 15, 2017.

I invited #daisyridley to my trailer under false pretenses. #NotARehearsal #IWantTheTruth #TheLastJedi

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7 Important Lessons About Poetic Framing from the Masterful Zhang Yimou

Zhang Yimou has a lot in common with Kurosawa, particularly his use of immaculate composition to enhance the story.

Among the many questions raised by Zhang Yimou’s Hero (most notably: how do they jump and fly at the same time?) would be a more general inquiry into what it is that gives this film its peculiar power.

Western audiences were introduced en masse, in a form designed for speedy popularization, to the peculiar magical realism possible in martial arts films by Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. While enacting something of the same reach to broad audiences, Hero seems to take the process a step farther, and in fact seems a mite more sincere in its pursuit of raw action, without excessive emotional baggage. (Who needs that, anyway?)

Yimou, like Kurosawa, takes advantage of every opportunity to frame characters by themselves.

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A ‘Ghostbusters’ Deleted Scene from 1984 Has Been Unearthed

Ghostbusters 1984 Deleted Scene

The original Ghostbusters from 1984 hit home video long before movies came with special features like behind the scenes featurettes and deleted scenes. But since the advent of Blu-ray and DVD discs that come chock full of bonus material, we’ve been able to see some of the deleted scenes that didn’t make the final cut of Ghostbusters. However, there are a few that still haven’t seen the light of day, and we might finally be able to see footage from one scene in particular.

The official Ghostbusters production company Ghost Corps. posted a photo yesterday revealing that they had found some previously unseen reels of footage from Ivan Reitman‘s own personal storage. One of the reels includes scenes for a sequence that was part of the original film but ended up getting cut for pacing reasons. Find out about this Ghostbusters 1984 deleted scene after the jump.

Here’s the image that Ghost Corps. posted to Facebook yesterday (via Bleeding Cool):

Ghostbusters Fort Demering Tape

The deleted scene in question is on the tape that says “Fort Demering” on the side. Hardcore Ghostbusters fans have been aware of the existence of this deleted scene for awhile, referring to it as “The Fort Detmerring Ghost” scene. Here’s how it’s described by the Ghostbusters Wiki:

Ray Stantz is in the Fort Detmerring Single Officers’ Quarters, a painstakingly restored period room with a four poster bed, writing table and wardrobe hung with uniforms. Ray tries on an officer’s uniform and models in front of a full-length mirror, striking a few heroic poses. He then tests out the bed and quickly falls asleep from exhaustion. A uniform sleeve moves slightly. A sabre in its sheath begins to tap lightly against the open doorsash. A phosphorescent light streaked out in between gaps in the clothing, casting patterns over the room. Ray’s P.K.E. Meter goes off. Stantz rolled over. From inside the attire, a pink mist rose up and took on a human form. It hovered above Ray and seems to look over Ray. Ray, still asleep, rolled onto his back. The mist slithered through the curtains of the bed post and slowly descended. The ghost appears to be a beautiful young woman. She is face to face with Ray then moves down past his waist. Ray wakes up and props himself up. The ghost vanished. Ray’s belt is undone and his zipper slowly opened. Ray’s confusion turns to pleasure. Meanwhile, Winston Zeddemore is walking in the corridor outside smoking a cigarette. He heard voices and went up to the door. Winston asked Ray if everything was okay. Ray quickly yells, “Later, Man!!” Winston shrugged and slunk away.

For those that have seen Ghostbusters, you might remember that part of that description sounds familiar. That’s because we see some of that scene end up in the movie in the form of a dream sequence that’s part of a montage. In a Making Ghostbusters book from 1985, Harold Ramis explained why the full scene with Dan Aykroyd ended up being axed:

The plot was moving much too fast at this point to introduce anything even sightly extraneous. The idea behind the scene was to give Dan a love interest — a woman who’s been dead for a hundred years. But the scene was too long and it was in the wrong place in the film. We all loved the notion of Stantz having sex with a ghost, though, so Ivan came up with the idea of treating it as a dream and inserting it into the very end of the montage.

Ivan Reitman echoed those sentiments in the same book:

We were well into the main plot at this point — Dana and Louis were possessed, the apartment building was starting to go — and it just didn’t make sense to suddenly cut to this irrelevant scene of Dan getting a psychic blowjob. It wasn’t until we realized that we were a little bit short on montage material that I thought about resurrecting it.

It turns out that the footage of the female ghost had already been shot along with scenes of Dan Aykroyd in bed and whatnot, so they decided to use part of the larger scene in a different way, and the weird ghost sexual encounter dream is what we saw in the final cut.

Now that the reels of other footage have been found, I hope that we get to see whatever was shot all those years ago. We might have to wait for another anniversary release of Ghostbusters on home video, but then again, maybe the Ghost Corps. Facebook will just put the videos online for us to enjoy. That would be awesome.

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Cool Stuff: The Ultimate Collection of John Williams Music from Steven Spielberg’s Films

Steven Spielberg and John Williams score collection

You’d be hard pressed to find such an iconic pairing of director and composer as Steven Spielberg and John Williams. The two enormous talents have been working together for 42 years now, starting all the way back with The Sugarland Express in 1974 and stretching up through The BFG last year. The only two Spielberg movies that don’t have a score by John Williams are The Color Purple and Bridge of Spies. And now a new collection will assemble some of the greatest music from their long history of collaboration.

Find out about this new ultimate Steven Spielberg and John Williams score collection below.

John Williams & Steven Spielberg: The Ultimate Collection is an updated sampling of critically acclaimed, award-winning, chart-topping compositions that come from some of the most iconic films ever made. A collection like this has been made available before, but now it has a third disc made up of new recordings of tracks from films such as Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Amistad, The BFG, Lincoln, The Adventures of Tintin, Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Saving Private Ryan, War Horse, The Terminal, Munich and even Spielberg’s 1999 documentary The Unfinished Journey.

In addition, the collection will include a DVD with a new documentary by filmmaker and film historian Laurent Bouzereau, who has been documenting Spielberg’s work for more than twenty years. Three discs of music and a special documentary will cost you $ 30, and it’s available on Amazon for pre-order right now.

Steven Spielberg and John Williams score collection

Here’s the full tracklist from the whole set:

1 Raiders of the Lost Ark from “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
2 Theme from “Always”
3 Adventures on Earth from “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial”
4 Theme from “Sugarland Express”
5 Title Theme from “Jaws”
6 Out to Sea / The Shark Cage Fugue from “Jaws”
Out to Sea
The Shark Cage Fugue from Jaws
7 Exsultate Justi from “Empire of the Sun”
8 Parade of the Slave Children from “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”
9 Over the Moon from “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial”
10 March from “1941”
11 Cadillac of the Skies from “Empire of the Sun”
12 Scherzo for Motorcycle and Orchestra from “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”
13 Close Encounters of the Third Kind/When You Wish Upon a Star Medley
14 Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Excerpts)
15 When You Wish Upon A Star (interpolated)
1 Flying from “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial”
2 Theme From “Jurassic Park”
3 Remembrances from “Schindler’s List”
4 Flight to Neverland from “Hook”
5 The Battle Of Hollywood From “1941” (includes the Irish folksong “The Rakes of Mallow”)
6 Smee’s Plan From “Hook”
7 The Barrel Chase From “Jaws”
8 My Friend,The Brachiosaurus from “Jurassic Park”
9 Jim’s New Life From “Empire Of The Sun”
10 The Dialogue From “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind”
11 The Lost Boys Ballet From “Hook”
12 Theme from “Schindler’s List”
13 The Basket Chase from “Raiders Of The Lost Ark”
14 The Face Of Pan from “Hook”
15 The Banquet Scene from “Hook” 
1 The Adventures of Mutt from “Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”
2 Dry Your Tears, Afrika from “Amistad”
3 The BFG from “The BFG”
4 With Malice Toward None from “Lincoln”
5 The Duel from “The Adventures of Tintin”
6 A New Beginning from “Minority Report”
Escapades for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra from “Catch Me If You Can”
7 Movement 1: Closing In
8 Movement 2: Reflections
9 Movement 3: Joy Ride
10 Marion’s Theme from “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
11 Hymn to the Fallen from “Saving Private Ryan”
12 Dartmoor, 1912 from “War Horse”
13 Viktor’s Tale from “The Terminal”
14 Prayer for Peace from “Munich”
15 Immigration and Building from “The Unfinished Journey”
16 With Malice Toward None from “Lincoln” (Alternate Version)


John Williams & Steven Spielberg: The Ultimate Collection will be available on March 17.

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Watch: Behind the Scenes Videos from ‘La La Land’ Show How Memorable Sequences Were Shot

These four exclusive BTS videos reveal how Damien Chazelle and his team shot ‘La La Land.’

It’s difficult not to get excited when a really good musical comes to town. Such is the case for Damien Chazelle’s Oscar frontrunner La La Land, whose historic number of Academy Award nominations (14) and lovely song and dance duo Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone has everybody and their mom, dad, and grandma talking about it.

But now there’s a little something for filmmakers and film nerds to talk about. Chazelle has released a series of exclusive videos to Indiewire, Deadline, and The Hollywood Reporter that take you behind the scenes of the jazzy musical to reveal how some of the most memorable scenes were shot, including the gorgeous waltz and “jazz whip” sequences.

Here’s the exclusive video given to Indiewire, which shows you one of the more complicated shots in La La Land.

Chazelle gave Deadline a behind-the-scenes look at how the team pulled off two different shots: the waltz and “jazz whip” sequences.

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Why Darren Aronofsky Wouldn’t Direct ‘Jackie’ and Other Truth Bombs from Oscar Producers

Six producers talk shop on this year’s Oscar-nominated films, uncensored.

Many of the industry’s top players gathered around for this year’s THR Producer’s Roundtable. Guests were Oscar-nominated producers Emma Tillinger Koskoff (Silence), Matt Damon (Manchester by the Sea), Marc Platt (La La Land), Darren Aronofsky (Jackie), Todd Black (Fences), and Frank Marshall (Sully). During the panel, which was co-hosted by THR Executive Editors Stephen Galloway and Matthew Belloni, the producers swapped stories about working with Hollywood’s singular talents, and the literal blood, sweat, and tears that make their movies reality.

“The smartest thing I did as a producer was replacing myself as the director.” — Matt Damon

Though it would be nice to see a fresh face at this table someday, you can never learn enough from industry vets. This year, the experienced producers discussed why Darren Aronofsky wouldn’t direct Jackie, why Silence took nearly 30 years to make, and Matt Damon’s brief career selling women’s shoes. Below are our biggest takeaways.

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From ‘Twilight’ Star to Sundance-Winning Director: Justin Chon on Black and White ‘GOOK’

“The way I learned was just being on set.”

The unusual alchemy of Sundance Audience award-winning GOOK allows it to accomplish many things at once: it’s poignant, raw, artful, violent, and hilarious. Oh, and there are dance numbers. The film’s emotional impact comes out of left field— particularly as its director, Justin Chon, was heretofore best known as an actor in the teen vampire phenomenon Twilight.

GOOK explores the intense racial tensions in ‘90s Los Angeles from a perspective not often illuminated: Korean-American immigrants. In it, Chon, who also wrote and directed), plays Eli, who is trying to hold on to his deceased father’s failing discount shoe store, where he employs his affable but hapless wannabe soul singer brother, Daniel (David So). Enter 11-year-old Kamilla (Simone Baker), an intensely charming misfit and unlikely friend to the brothers. The layers of their relationship and those of their respective communities play out against the backdrop of the Rodney King beatings and subsequent South Central riots.

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