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Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: ‘Wonder Woman,’ 1970s Cinema, ‘Alien: Covenant,’ and More

We are knee-deep into a summer of dreary sequels, kids’ fare, and a few whip-smart outliers. If you’ve already seen the likes of The Beguiled and Baby Driver, perhaps staying home with a book is a better idea than trekking to the cinema. Let’s dive into some worthy film-centric reads.

Wonder Woman: The Art and Making of the Film by Sharon Gosling (Titan Books)

Patty JenkinsWonder Woman is one of the biggest superhero success stories, and it deserves that designation. The classification makes reading a book like Wonder Woman: The Art and Making of the Film feel like a celebratory affair. After a brief account of the character’s comics history, we delve into designs for Themyscira, concept art of Dr. Maru’s laboratory, and somber depictions of battle. What stands out, however, are drawings and photographs showing the film’s winning costume designs. It is illuminating,
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Ridley Scott: His best films to date

Late last week, I got a chance to see Ridley Scott’s latest film, the franchise outing Alien: Covenant. A sequel to Prometheus and prequel to Alien, it is still a few weeks out, but 20th Century Fox is clearly feeling bullish about it. You’ll see what think in detail later on this month, but with it fresh in my mind, I wanted to take a look at Scott’s career on the whole. A few years ago I ranked his ten best movies, and I’m going to be doing that again today, just wish an added twist. Scott is fairly prodigious with his outings, so this can be a fairly consistent thing. There’s always some new coals in the fire for him. Before I get to the top ten list, I figured I’d do a full ranking of total filmography, up until those best ones,
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'Fantastic Beasts' Star Alison Sudol Joins 'The Last Full Measure' (Exclusive)

'Fantastic Beasts' Star Alison Sudol Joins 'The Last Full Measure' (Exclusive)
Alison Sudol, the breakout star of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, has signed on to join Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan and Christopher Plummer in The Last Full Measure.

Todd Robinson (White Squall, Lonely Hearts) is directing the film, which also counts William Hurt, Bradley Whitford, Michael Imperioli, Linus Roache, John Savage, Grant Gustin and Diane Ladd among the cast.

Based on the true story of a present-day cover-up investigation, The Last Full Measure follows young Pentagon investigator Scott Huffman (Stan) as he battles the political machine in Washington. He reluctantly teams with veterans of Operation Abilene to convince...
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Samuel L. Jackson to join Sebastian Stan in The Last Full Measure

  • JoBlo
It seems that we're on the verge of a mini-Captain America reunion as it has been announced that Samuel L. Jackson is set to join the cast of The Last Full Measure alongside Sebastian Stan. Based on the true story of a present-day cover-up investigation, the Todd Robinson (White Squall, Lonely Hearts) written & directed flick will follow a "young... Read More...
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Samuel L. Jackson Joins Sebastian Stan in 'The Last Full Measure'

Samuel L. Jackson Joins Sebastian Stan in 'The Last Full Measure'
It's an Avengers reunion: Samuel L. Jackson has signed on to join Sebastian Stan in The Last Full Measure.

Christopher Plummer, William Hurt, Bradley Whitford, Michael Imperioli and Linus Roache also star in the film from Todd Robinson (White Squall, Lonely Hearts).

Based on the true story of a present-day cover-up investigation, The Last Full Measure follows young Pentagon investigator Scott Huffman (Stan) as he battles the political machine in Washington. He reluctantly teams with veterans of Operation Abilene to convince Congress to award the Medal of Honor to a courageous Air Force medic, William Pitsenbarger, who is seen...
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The legend of Ridley Scott’s I Am Legend

Padraig Cotter Oct 5, 2016

Arnold Schwarzenegger was set to star in I Am Legend, with Ridley Scott directing. We look back at a lost movie...

Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend is one of the greatest vampire novels ever written, and is a noted inspiration on people like Stephen King and George Romero. The book tells the story of Robert Neville, who is seemingly the lone survivor of a plague that turned most of humanity into bloodsucking ghouls. Neville survives nightly attacks by hordes eager for his blood while trying to overcome the crushing loneliness of being the last human left. It’s a book that manages the twin feat of being a great horror story and an achingly sad character study; it’s got a gut-punch of a twist too.

I Am Legend is an inherently cinematic concept, but it hasn’t had a smooth ride on the big screen.
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Ridley Scott to Receive American Cinematheque Honor

Ridley Scott to Receive American Cinematheque Honor
Director-producer Ridley Scott will receive the 30th American Cinematheque award.

The presentation will take place on Oct. 14 at the Beverly Hilton.

Scott received Academy Award director nominations for “Black Hawk Down,” “Gladiator” and “Thelma and Louise.” Othe directing credits include “Alien,” “Black Rain,” “Blade Runner,” “The Duelists,” “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” “G.I. Jane,” “Kingdom of Heaven,” “Legend,” “The Martian,” “Matchstick Men,” “Prometheus,” “Robin Hood,” “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “White Squall.”

The American Cinematheque is extremely pleased to honor Ridley Scott as the 30th recipient of the American Cinematheque award at our celebration this year,” said American Cinematheque Chairman Rick Nicita. “To state it simply, Ridley Scott is one of the greatest directors in the history of the motion picture.”

“From his first feature, ‘The Duelists,’ to his most recent, ‘The Martian,’ the films of Ridley Scott have combined keenly observed humanity with dazzling state-of-the-art effects and design in
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Louis Digiaimo, Casting Director for ‘The Godfather,’ ‘The Exorcist,’ Dies at 77

Louis Digiaimo, Casting Director for ‘The Godfather,’ ‘The Exorcist,’ Dies at 77
Emmy winner Louis Digiaimo, whose first credit in a long career as a casting director was ‘The Godfather,” died December 19 in Oakland, New Jersey. He was 77 and had reportedly suffered a stroke earlier this year.

Digiaimo went on to cast films including “The Exorcist,” “Good Morning, Vietnam,” “Rain Man,” “Thelma & Louise,” “Donnie Brasco” (which he also produced), “Hannibal” and “Gladiator.”

Digiaimo, who was sometimes credited as Lou Digiaimo, had fruitful working relationships with Barry Levinson and Ridley Scott. For the former he cast “Tin Men,” with Richard Dreyfuss and Danny DeVito; “Good Morning, Vietnam” (1987), with Robin Williams; “Rain Man,” with Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman; and “Sleepers,” with Kevin Bacon, Robert De Niro and Hoffman.

Digiaimo served as casting director on NBC’s highly regarded crime drama “Homicide: Life on the Street” (on which Levinson was an executive producer), drawing three Emmy nominations and winning in 1998.

For Ridley Scott, Digiaimo
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Louis Digiaimo, Casting Director for ‘The Godfather,’ ‘The Exorcist,’ Dies at 77

Louis Digiaimo, Casting Director for ‘The Godfather,’ ‘The Exorcist,’ Dies at 77
Emmy winner Louis Digiaimo, whose first credit in a long career as a casting director was ‘The Godfather,” died December 19 in Oakland, New Jersey. He was 77 and had reportedly suffered a stroke earlier this year.

Digiaimo went on to cast films including “The Exorcist,” “Good Morning, Vietnam,” “Rain Man,” “Thelma & Louise,” “Donnie Brasco” (which he also produced), “Hannibal” and “Gladiator.”

Digiaimo, who was sometimes credited as Lou Digiaimo, had fruitful working relationships with Barry Levinson and Ridley Scott. For the former he cast “Tin Men,” with Richard Dreyfuss and Danny DeVito; “Good Morning, Vietnam” (1987), with Robin Williams; “Rain Man,” with Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman; and “Sleepers,” with Kevin Bacon, Robert De Niro and Hoffman.

Digiaimo served as casting director on NBC’s highly regarded crime drama “Homicide: Life on the Street” (on which Levinson was an executive producer), drawing three Emmy nominations and winning in 1998.

For Ridley Scott, Digiaimo
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Ridley Scott interview: The Martian, Prometheus sequels

  • Den of Geek
We talk to Ridley Scott about his new film The Martian, his career in film, including Alien and Blade Runner, and his plans for Prometheus.

When we met Ridley Scott in a plush London hotel one September afternoon, the director was relaxed and jovial. And well he should be; his latest film, The Martian, has already garnering glowing notices, and for our money, it's Scott's best film in years. The story of astronaut Mark Watney and his struggles to survive alone and hungry on the hostile surface of Mars, it's full of humour, drama and eye-popping visuals.

As the film opens in the UK, we were lucky enough to talk to Scott about all kinds of movies from his voluminous body of work, including Alien, Blade Runner, Legend, The Counsellor and lots more, all leading up to his plans for the three Prometheus movies he wants to make, and finally,
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Ryan Phillippe Takes Mark Wahlberg Role in 'Shooter' TV Show

  • MovieWeb
Ryan Phillippe Takes Mark Wahlberg Role in 'Shooter' TV Show
USA Network announced a pilot pick-up for the hour-long scripted drama Shooter and has locked in Ryan Phillippe (Secrets & Lies) to star. Shooter is based on the best-selling Bob Lee Swagger novel by Stephen Hunter, Point of Impact, and the 2007 Paramount film starring Mark Wahlberg. The co-production with Paramount Television and Universal Cable Productions comes from executive producers Mark Wahlberg (Boardwalk Empire, Entourage) of Closest to the Hole Productions; Stephen Levinson (Boardwalk Empire, Ballers) of Leverage Entertainment; and Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, The Real O'Neals). John Hlavin (The Shield) wrote the pilot and will also executive produce. Simon Cellan Jones (Ballers) is set to direct the pilot.

Ryan Phillippe is a producer on the project and will star as Bob Lee Swagger, an off-the-grid former Marine sniper who is coaxed into action to thwart the killing of the President. Ultimately double-crossed and framed for the attempt, he must call upon
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Icons of Fright Interview With Late Phases Star Ethan Embry!!

*Editor’s note: Ethan Embry has made a definite leap from the types of roles he once played in films like Can’T Hardly Wait and That Thing You Do!, to more recent meaty roles in films such as Cheap Thrills and now Late Phases (now on VOD/iTunes), a werewolf film with a lot of heart and meaning. Already having been a working actor for quite some time now, it’s been absolutely great seeing Embry step into the next level of memorable and tough characters that really show his range as an actor. Icons of Fright’s Natty had the chance to chat with Embry for a bit, and here is said interview. Read on and enjoy!-Jerry

First I would like to talk about Late Phases. One of the things that made it so great, was that while being a monster movie, it also dealt with a
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Meet the 2014 Tribeca Filmmakers #9: David Lascher Gets Inside the Mind of a Mentally Troubled Teen in 'Sister'

  • Indiewire
Meet the 2014 Tribeca Filmmakers #9: David Lascher Gets Inside the Mind of a Mentally Troubled Teen in 'Sister'
David Lascher may be remembered by his fans for his numerous appearances on 90s TV sitcoms, but the actor now comes to Tribeca as a writer/director with a more poignant and personal touch in his family drama "Sister," starring Scott Reid and Barbara Hershey. Tell us about yourself. I have been an actor for over twenty years. Most notable roles include "Blossom," "White Squall," "Sabrina The Teenage Witch," and the Nickelodeon series "Hey Dude." Currently recurring on "Melissa and Joey" for ABC Family. My writing/producing partner, Todd Camhe, and I wrote the script for "Sister" over 6 years ago. It is a very personal story based on characters and circumstances from my own life. This is the first film I have written and directed and premiering at Tribeca is a dream come true. I am told your first film is always special and "Sister" is so meaningful to me
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R.I.P. James Rebhorn

Prolific character actor James Rebhorn has passed away at the age of 65. Rebhorn died from melanoma, which had been diagnosed with in 1992.

Rebhorn had managed to stave off that skin cancer for the past twenty years - and portrayed many of his most famous on screen roles during that time. He worked right up until last month, and died Friday afternoon at his home in New Jersey. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

The actor had memorable key supporting roles in a variety of films such as "The Game," "Independence Day," "My Cousin Vinny," "The Talented Mr. Ripley," "Basic Instinct," "Scent of a Woman," "Meet the Parents," "Regarding Henry," "Lorenzo's Oil," "Guarding Tess," "Cold Mountain," "Far from Heaven," "White Squall," "Wind," "Shadows and Fog," "White Sands," "Carlito's Way," "My Fellow Americans," "Real Steel," "The International," "Baby Mama," and "The Box".

He also appeared in numerous TV shows like "Seinfeld,
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Clueless: What the cast did after hit teen comedy

Clueless: What the cast did after hit teen comedy
Iggy Azalea paid tribute to cult teen classic Clueless in her recent music video for 'Fancy'.

The Australian rapper appears as Alicia Silverstone's iconic character Cher in the video, which was released online last week.

As stars continue to be inspired by the movie almost 20 years on, we take a fond look back at the cast and what they went on to do after Clueless:

Alicia Silverstone (Cher Horowitz)

Alicia Silverstone played seemingly shallow socialite Cher - famously branded "a virgin who can't drive" and "hymenally challenged" - in the high-school adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma.

Prior to Clueless, Silverstone's credits included ABC comedy-drama The Wonder Years and a number of Aerosmith videos. The film propelled her to further fame, and she went on to star in Joel Schumacher's 1997 movie Batman & Robin, crime-comedy Excess Baggage (1997) with Benicio Del Toro and Christopher Walken, and romantic drama Blast from the Past (1999) opposite Brendan Fraser.
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Ridley Scott Sets His Sights On American Football Film

Ridley Scott Sets His Sights On American Football Film
Despite hopping from genre to genre in his career, Ridley Scott has rarely touched upon sports (aside from tangentially in White Squall and Gladiator). That may change if he goes ahead with a new potential project, a still-developing look at the growing controversy around head injuries in American Football.It a hot topic across the pond at the moment, albeit one not limited to the gridiron, as there have been concerns about rugby, hockey and the proper version of football we enjoy in the UK. In the past, head injuries have been largely ignored or hidden in the service of keeping the business side of the sport going, but now the lawsuits are growing as more and more former and current players speak out about the long-term damage they’ve suffered from years of tough collisions. Even more tragically, several formers players who have committed suicide did so with explicit
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Directors' Trademarks: Ridley Scott

  • Cinelinx
Each week Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. With the release of The Counselor last week, we examine the trademark style and calling signs of Ridley Scott as director.

Although Ridley Scott’s career may not have as many hits as Speilberg’s or Scorsese’s despite being active for just as long, his work has influenced the art of filmmaking just as much. While Speilberg may have blazed trails with his storytelling and Scorsese with his characters, Ridley Scott made waves due to the sensory impact of his movies on their audiences. Like George Lucas, Scott understood the importance of visual and audio stimulation and how these attributes could be used as impactful film making tools. While Lucas’ work resulted in raising audience’s expectations for special effects, Ridley Scott’s work has raised audiences’ expectations
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1996

  • Den of Geek
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 31 Oct 2013 - 07:01

We train our sights on the year 1996, and the 25 underappreciated films it has to offer...

Independence Day managed to revive both the alien invasion movie and the disaster flick in 1996, and just about every other mainstream picture released that year lived in its saucer-shaped shadow.

Yet beyond the aerial battles of Independence Day, the flying cows in Twister, and the high-wire antics of Tom Cruise in Brian De Palma's Mission: Impossible, there sat an entire library of lesser-known and underappreciated movies.

As part of our attempts to highlight the unsung greats of the 90s, here's our selection of 25 such films from 1996 - the year chess champion Garry Kasparov lost to the might of the computer Deep Blue, and the year comedy star Jim Carrey starred in an unexpectedly dark tale of obsession...

25. The Cable Guy

We can't sit here and
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Todd Robinson on 'The Last Full Measure,' the genius of J.J. Abrams, and the video game 'Hawken'

  • Pop2it
Todd Robinson is an Emmy-winning writer and Spirit Award nominee, responsible for "White Squall," "Lonely Hearts," and 2013's "Phantom," starring Ed Harris, David Duchovny and William Fichtner. Robinson, who also directed the latter two films, took some time to chat with Zap2it about his upcoming project, "The Last Full Measure," the perils of the studio system, and the pitfalls of the video game world.

"The Last Full Measure" is a passion piece for Robinson that he's set to begin filming in coastal Georgia later this year. The cast list is stacked with legendary actors such as Morgan Freeman, Lawrence Fishburne, and Andy Garcia. Robinson says he'll reunite with "Phantom's" Harris, Duchovny, and Fichtner as well.

Owing to such an impressive cast list may be Robinson's own classical training as an actor. "I try to write three-dimensional characters [actors] would like to play, and write words they would like to say,
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Gerry Hambling obituary

Award-winning film editor who had an instinctive feel for pace, rhythm and nuance

Gerry Hambling, who has died aged 86, was one of the finest editors that the British film industry has produced. He was widely admired, particularly by his peers, for films such as Midnight Express (1978), Mississippi Burning (1988), In the Name of the Father (1993) and Evita (1996). He won many awards from the editors' guilds in the Us and UK, which made up for the fact that, although he was nominated six times, an Oscar always eluded him. He did, however, win the Bafta three times for film editing. My own collaboration with Gerry went back 40 years, as he cut 14 feature films for me, as well as three short films and scores of commercials.

As with many film technicians of his generation, Gerry's choice of profession was serendipitous: born and raised in Croydon, Surrey, he left school at 16 and went to work at the local factory,
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