‘Marshall’: DP Newton Thomas Sigel on Lighting for Character and Shooting 80′ From the Ground

Newton Thomas Sigel, ASC, brought courtroom drama ‘Marshall’ to vivid life despite a small budget and challenging locations.

Some of the most critical moments in American history have been realized courtesy of the country’s justice system and the courtroom. Brown v. Board of Education, Roe v. Wade, and the Scopes Trial were each landmark cases that dramatically shifted the tide of American life, helping lead to a national fascination with the courtroom that has extended to the cinema in the form of fictional masterpieces like To Kill A Mockingbird and A Few Good Men. On-screen, these monumental cases have drawn a great deal of attention, with movies suitably lending their focus to the dialogue. While questioning, cross-examining, and objecting remains at the forefront of the story in Marshall, DP Newton Thomas Sigel, ASC, also makes sure to bring a visual life to the courtroom drama.

“It was several stories up, almost 80 feet in the air, with huge windows, and 90% of my work was daytime.”

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Thomas Jane in Trailer for Yet Another Stephen King Adaptation ‘1922’

1922 Trailer

“A woman have to be crazy to leave a nice house like this one.” Netflix has debuted an official trailer for yet another Stephen King adaptation this year, this one titled 1922 based on one of his short stories. From director Zak Hilditch, 1922 is about a rancher who wants to kill his wife to make money, and attempts to convince his teenage son to participate. Thomas Jane stars, and the cast includes Molly Parker, Neal McDonough, Brian d’Arcy James, Dylan Schmid, and Kaitlyn Bernard. This joins the growing list of Stephen King adaptations in 2017, including The Dark Tower, It, Netflix’s Gerald’s Game, and “The Mist” TV series. This film looks like it has some style, and is as dark and twisted as everything from King’s mind. ›››

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Watch: How Paul Thomas Anderson Creates Deeply Human Characters

Whether you’re a PTA enthusiast or just a lover of movies and people, you need to watch this.

In a review of Magnolia, Roger Ebert remarked that its bravura opening sequence, with Ricky Jay narrating a series of incredible coincidences, “sets up the theme of the film…people earnestly and single-mindedly immersed in their lives, hopes, and values, as if their best-laid plans were not vulnerable to the chaotic interruptions of the universe. It’s humbling to learn that existence doesn’t revolve around us; worse to learn it revolves around nothing.”

In a new video essay from Jack’s Movie Reviews, an exceptional analysis puts forth the theory that Paul Thomas Anderson’s characters are, fundamentally, seekers, filled with a deep, American loneliness. It’s a pain can only be quieted by a deeply American cure: a new life.

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Official US Trailer for Thomas Vinterberg’s New Film ‘The Commune’

The Commune Trailer

“I’m going to hold on to you for the rest of my life.” Magnolia Pictures has unveiled an official US trailer for a Danish drama titled The Commune, the latest film from Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg. This first premiered at last year’s Berlin Film Festival, and is just now getting a US release this summer more than a year later. The Commune is about exactly what the title says – a commune in Denmark in the 1970s. It plays with the idea of whether a commune, a collection of random people all living in one big house together, can actually work. The film’s ensemble cast includes Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen, Helene Reingaard Neumann, Lars Ranthe, Julie Agnete Vang and Fares Fares. I saw this at Berlinale last year, and it’s pretty damn good, with some outstanding performances from the cast which make it better than it really is. ›››

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First Look: Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison in The Current War

First Look: Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison in The Current War

First Look: Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison in The Current War

The Weinstein Company has released a first look at Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison in The Current War.

Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game, Doctor Strange) stars as Thomas Edison alongside Michael Shannon’s (Waco, Nocturnal Animals) George Westinghouse. Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, upcoming Alien: Covenant), Tom Holland (Captain America: Civil War, the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming), Matthew Macfadyen (Ripper Street, Anna Karenina) and Tuppence Middleton (War & Peace, The Imitation Game) also star with Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Apocalypse, Mad Max: Fury Road) set to play Nikola Tesla.

Written by Michael Mitnick (The Giver), the film will be directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), with Basil Iwanyk (Wind River, Hotel Mumbai), Timur Bekmanbetov, and Harvey Weinstein producing, and Cumberbatch and Adam Ackland executive producing.

Set in the late 1880s, The Current War details the rivalry between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse and the race to create a marketable and sustainable electricity system. Edison championed the use of a direct current for electric power distribution over an alternating current, which was backed by Westinghouse Electric and a host of European companies.

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Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull Resigns

Legendary Pictures CEO

The founder of Legendary Pictures, Thomas Tull, has resigned as CEO. Tull founded Legendary in 2000, and by 2005, it was a production and financing partner of Warner Bros. The first movie they partnered on was Batman Begins, paving the way for their Dark Knight trilogy. By 2009, Tull was the majority shareholder of Legendary, which was a few years before the company went from working with Warners to Universal. During his years as CEO of Legendary Pictures, he made a lot of nerds happy, making movies like Pacific RimGodzillaWatchmen, and other major titles.

Below, learn what’s next for Tull and Legendary Pictures.

Tull’s departure follows selling the company earlier last year to China’s Dalian Wanda Group for a figure in the neighborhood of $ 3.5 billion. According to The Hollywood Reporter‘s sources, Wanda didn’t see eye-to-eye with his “management and recent projects such as The Great Wall and the currently shooting Pacific Rim 2.” In the future, Tull will work on the Tull Investment Group, “which invests in life science, media and technology companies,” according to a press release.

In a statement, Tull reflected on his years at Legendary:

Building Legendary has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. I have had the unique opportunity to be at the forefront of where the business is going and lead an incredible group of people as we innovated the way we thought about the film and television business, and the possibilities of collaboration between the west and the east. After a year of transition, I know that the Company is stable with great leadership, so at this point I am able to leave and pursue the new interests and endeavors I have been planning.

Wanda Cultural Industry Group’s Dr. Jack Gao will serve as CEO as the company searches for a full-time CEO. Gao praised Tull’s leadership and vision in his statement:

We are thankful to Thomas for his founding vision of Legendary as well as his commitment, leadership and partnership this past year. He will forever be part of the Company’s already rich legacy and powerful DNA. As we move forward, Wanda aims to transform Legendary into a next generation studio of the future with a far-reaching creative and global platform. We look forward to working with the creative team to manage our already viable film slate with more to come in the near future.

Tull will continue to keep very, very busy. He resumes the role of Founding Chairman at Legendary, as he continues pursuing other interests. Not only does Tull own a part of the Pittsburgh Steelers, he also sits on the boards of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Musem, the Smithsonian Institute, the San Diego Zoo, and the National Football Foundation. He’ll remain a stakeholder in Legendary and will produce the “Monsterverse” movies, including the upcoming Kong: Skull Island and any Godzilla sequels, in addition to another Dune adaptation.

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The Lost Boys Television Show: ‘iZombie’ Creator Rob Thomas Pushing For More ‘Peter Pan’

The Lost Boys television show

Veronica Mars and iZombie creator Rob Thomas has an ambitious plan for The Lost Boys series: each season will span a decade. Thomas envisions seven seasons for the anthology series, based on director Joel Schumacher‘s 80s classic. Every season of The CW series will take place in a different year and setting, following a new group of vampires.

Below, Rob Thomas discusses The Lost Boys television show.

Season one of The Lost Boys takes place in San Francisco during 1967. We know little about the show besides its structure, but while speaking with Collider, Thomas shared more plot details:

The story that I’m trying to tell in Season 1 of The Lost Boys is a story about two brothers and how tempted they are to fall in with these vampires and how tempted they are to want to be 22 forever. I am leaning into the Peter Pan notion of, if you join these vampires, you never have to grow up. Your life can be fun and you can attack life each day you’re immortal, and how appealing is that? I read a bit about what the original writer’s intentions were, and how a lot of that Peter Pan imagery got pulled away from what they ended up doing. I’m pushing it back in there.

The vampires the brothers meet maybe aren’t as sadistic as the ones from Schumacher’s film. Thomas added:

I felt like the vampires in a new television version were not simply the bad guys. In The Lost Boys movie, the vampires are bad. I didn’t think I would structure each season so there’s a group of bad guys who are vampires, each year, that we’re trying to defeat. Part of it was wanting to have vampires who are not as goody-goody as Liv is in [iZombie]. I think that group of vampires can actually exist within the framework of the show I’m presenting The CW with. Those exact four guys can exist in the world that I’m creating. There are a number of these four-person and five-person groups of vampires who are roaming around together, so it’s possible you could run into that group, but I’m not playing that exact group.

Going back to Thomas’ mention of the Peter Pan influence for a second, Kiefer Sutherland’s character in the original film, David, was initially named Peter, and there was even a Wendy and a John. David and the vampires were much younger, as well. When Schumacher became attached to direct, he wasn’t a fan of screenwriters Janice Fischer and James Jeremias‘ approach, pitting kids against grade school vampires in a family adventure-style movie. The original story was intended more for children, but Schumachercher aged up the characters and altered the tone, and so went most of the Peter Pan references, which we’ll see restored with Thomas’ series.

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