Is James Cameron’s filmmaking future forever tied to Avatar? Twentieth Century Fox In the early 1980s, James Cameron fired his agent for pushing him to abandon his dream of directing The Terminator. Later, Orion Pictures agreed to release the movie only if Cameron could generate his own funding. Star Arnold Schwarzenegger has gone on record saying he had little faith in the project before it began filming and, once cameras actually started rolling, the production was restricted to a tight schedule with mostly night shoots to keep an already minuscule budget from growing. In short: No one believed in The Terminator.But it was this back-against-the-wall, me-against-the-world scenario that produced Cameron’s seminal sci-fi classic and launched his blockbuster career. Today, it stands as a great reminder of what quality directors are capable of when forced to make do with the little they have at their disposal. As we draw ever closer to 2020’s first Avatar sequel and the … [Read more...] about Will James Cameron Ever Make Another Great Film That Isn’t an ‘Avatar’ Sequel?
Jake Coyle, Associated Press Updated 4:00 am CST, Thursday, February 21, 2019 An image from "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" An image from "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" Photo: Universal Photo: Universal Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 An image from "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" An image from "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" Photo: Universal ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ makes for a sweet farewell 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Born in the 3-D land rush, “How to Train Your Dragon” has never quite shrugged off the bland corporate sheen attached to it from the start. But almost a decade since taking flight in … [Read more...] about ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ makes for a sweet farewell
Michael O’Sullivan, Washington Post Published 4:00 am CST, Thursday, February 21, 2019 Early in the film “Everybody Knows,” a character speaks aloud, for the first time, the phrase that lends this tale of mystery its title. It won’t be the last time, either, that you hear those two words used in reference to something that’s assumed to be common knowledge but isn’t. What’s known and what’s not known — and the ramifications of the latter becoming the former — are some of the abiding interests of the Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi, whose previous films (including “A Separation” and “The Salesman,” both Oscar winners) have long revealed a fascination with secrets past and present. History, for this filmmaker, never stays entirely buried, it seems. It rises to haunt the present and shape the future in shocking and irrevocable ways. That’s one heck of a metaphysical morale, but … [Read more...] about ‘Everybody Knows,’ starring Penelope Cruz, a riveting whodunit
last year’s report, people of color posted gains relative to their white counterparts in eight of the key employment categories: film leads, broadcast scripted leads, cable scripted leads, digital scripted leads, broadcast reality and other leads, cable reality and other leads, broadcast scripted show creators, and cable scripted show creators. They held their ground among film directors, film writers and digital scripted show creators, and lost ground among digital reality and other leads. … [Read more...] about UCLA diversity report finds women and minorities still underrepresented in film and TV
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Tom Russo Globe Correspondent February 20, 2019 It’s the mark of many a standout sports movie that you don’t necessarily have to be a fan to enjoy the story. The real-life pro wrestling portrait “Fighting With My Family” is a hugely entertaining case in point.Made under the brawny auspices of World Wrestling Entertainment and star alum Dwayne Johnson, the film profiles Paige, nee Saraya-Jade Bevis, a WWE women’s division champion with a backstory not even Vince McMahon could have cooked up. Check that — it might actually be more accurate to characterize “Fighting” as a two-fer showcase. A significant part of the drama also involves Bevis’s brother, Zak, who shares her passion for wrestling and then some, but agonizingly, doesn’t get to share in the WWE spotlight.Florence Pugh, recently seen as medieval … [Read more...] about Movie review: It’s sibling wrestling rivalry, in ‘Fighting With My Family’