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Christian Bale As The Next Steve Jobs in David Fincher Film?

Christian Bale As The Next Steve Jobs in David Fincher Film?

Christian Bale As The Next Steve Jobs in David Fincher Film?

Will The Dark Knight be the next Steve Jobs? That is the question floating through Hollywood. A script penned by Oscar winning Aaron Sorkin and planned to be directed by David Fincher (The Social Network, Fight Club) reported requires Christian Bale to play the lead. According to speculation Fincher won’t do the film without Bale as the Apple founder. From CNET:

Move over, Aston Kutcher, there may soon be a new Steve Jobs in town. An as-yet-untitled movie for Sony Pictures centering around the Apple co-founder has a script by Aaron Sorkin (“The Social Network”), but it doesn’t yet have a star attached. Director David Fincher (“Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) is said to be the likeliest person to helm the production. According to areport from TheWrap, Fincher said he would only do the film if Christian Bale signs on as the lead.

I never saw Kutcher’s portrayal but placing Bale, Fincher and Sorkin together on a film would be not only a must-see but likely awards fodder. Though I’m not really big on rumors, I’m really hoping this gets pulled off. Bale can obviously capture Jobs, they have a similar look and Bale is known for sinking into his roles. Make this happen, Tinseltown. You usually put out garbage, now is a chance to make up for it a little bit.

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Sponsored Video: Lionsgate Films Presents ‘The Legend of Hercules’

Sponsored Video: Lionsgate Films Presents ‘The Legend of Hercules’

Sponsored Video: Lionsgate Films Presents ‘The Legend of Hercules’

Hercules is a mythical Greek hero. You likely know this already. Hollywood has provided audiences with his depiction in many forms over the years. From animated films, like Disney’s 1997 offering to star driven vehicles, such as the Dwayne Johnson-led film due later this summer, the hero’s story is rich with opportunity. The legend of Hercules can only grow if he overthrows the King to fulfill his destiny. Lionsgate comes first into the fray this year by offering the son of Zeus in an epic tale filled with love, betrayal, action and heroism.

This one looks like it mixes one of my favorite sword and sandals epics, the Russell Crowe-led Gladiator (2000) with some Matrix-style arena battle action. Lionsgate offers up the slogan: Half God. All Hero. I say, clever marketing. These fantasy fighting flicks have been all the rage in Tinseltown over the years. HBO’s Game of Thrones, the CGI-laden 300 and its recent sequel are some modern examples. Historically, Ben Hur and Clash of the Titans (the 1981 original, not the remake) would certainly qualify.

Hunky Kellan Lutz, Twilight star and actor heading in the direction of action films with this as well as The Expendables 3 on the horizon, portrays the legend. The sultry Gaia Weiss as Hebe is sure to steam up the screen with him. Well-respected Liam McIntyre co-stars. This one promises to keep audiences engaged and on the edge of their seats. The Legend of Hercules arrives in theatres on March 28th.  Have a look at the short video below to get excited about the film’s intense action. Enjoy!

This post is sponsored by Lionsgate Films but all thoughts are The Film Nest’s.

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Sponsored Video: The MAKE UP FOR EVER Academy Launches New TV & Cinema Academy

Sponsored Video: The MAKE UP FOR EVER Academy Launches New TV & Cinema Academy

Sponsored Video: The MAKE UP FOR EVER Academy Launches New TV & Cinema Academy

Despite the naysayers, the opportunities for aspiring artists are continually expanding. Yes, with globalization comes more competition but also more room for growth and expansion. That is at the heart of one of Europe’s leaders in makeup education, the MAKE UP FOR EVER Academy. Since 2002, students looking for excellence in education in the specialization of make up have been able to partake in the professional environment through MAKE UP FOR EVER.

Now, coming later this year in September, is a brand new extension, the TV & Cinema Academy. Located just outside of Paris, perfect for where all the movie pros conglomerate, the school aims to take student learning to a whole new level. The school prides itself on its motto – Create. Educate. Elevate. MUFE’s new TV & Cinema wing will focus on Aging, Beauty, Wigs, Prosthetics and Special Effects (SFX). The school will offer short intensive programs that can be completed in 1-3 weeks or longer, more detailed courses that take 6 months to complete. Thrilling all the way around. But why listen to me ramble on, when you can have a look inside for yourself?!

A cool, polished and technical video, produced to a thumping dubstep drumbeat, is sure to get prospective students fired up at the opportunity. If video production is any indication, you know there is excitement in store for the new academy. Watch the clip below to learn more about La Cite Du Cinema, where beginners and pros alike can take their craft to another level. Enjoy!

This post is sponsored by the MAKE UP FOR EVER Academy but all thoughts are The Film Nest’s.

 

 

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Movie Nerdery: You Desire It, Film Nerds, So Chew On This

Movie Nerdery: You Desire It, Film Nerds, So Chew On This

Movie Nerdery: You Desire It, So Here is Some Information You Can Eat Up

Nerds rule the world. This is something that seems to be a common refrain lately and perhaps, if nothing else, has some significant merit to coming to fruition. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were no doubt nerds. As such, the world demands more nerdery with regards to the coverage of things that they are interested in. Whether it is sports (Bill Simmons’ NBA nerdery), politics (I don’t know, Rachel Maddow maybe?) or movies (countless), readers want those that are at a minimum significantly invested in the topics they discuss and at an extreme, nerded out beyond belief on the topics. This is a conundrum for me. (Ed. Note: The pic of Michael Cera could not be more apropos..he is a quintessential nerd actor, yet still largely embraced and even I am coming around on him.)

I am against the term, I grew up mocking “nerds” and still lean that way, consider myself pretty far away from what I deem a nerd and have never found the idea particularly appealing. Nerd to me growing up, meant :weakling and bookworm,” today it means “smart.” Perhaps doing away with the term itself would help me overcome my aversion to the idea. That being said, I suppose the ideology behind being a nerd on a global scale no longer has a negative connotation to it and in fact, is largely embraced. So, when it comes to movies and this site, I figured I should pass on some information pertaining to the idea. In this case, I read a piece that talks about Predicting the Oscars through data (a somewhat nerdy thing to do) and the challenges surrounding doing so on a site developed by statistician (read: nerd) du jour Nate Silver. I like numbers and while there use in the article is more of an abstract thought I figured I would pass it along to our readers. Nerd out on them as you please.

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Rest In Peace to 96 Year-Old Production Manager Abby Singer of the famed ‘Abby Singer Shot’

Rest In Peace to 96 Year-Old Production Manager Abby Singer of the famed ‘Abby Singer Shot’

Rest In Peace to 96 Year-Old Production Manager Abby Singer of the famed ‘Abby Singer Shot’

Abby Singer died at toady at the age of 96. He eventually succumbed to cancer and old age. He passed at the Motion Picture & Television Country House in Woodland Hills, CA just outside of Los Angeles. Singer, known for his work on the Doris Day Show, Hill Street Blues and the Mary Tyler Moore Show had a career spanning more than 60 years in the business.

He leaves a legacy behind that not only includes his production work but also the long-standing term known as the Abby Singer shot, the shot before “the martini” (which in Hollywood and film production lingo is known as the last shot of the day). The “Abby Singer” is the second to the last shot of the day, which was to promote crew to prepare their next location to save time and money. They would hence begin to set up gear elsewhere when necessary and the term lives on to this day. He will be forever remembered for having his name attached to this idea that he created. This is in memory of…may he Rest In Peace.

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2014 Oscars Swag Bag: Nominees Do Not Leave As Losers

2014 Oscars Swag Bag: Nominees Do Not Leave As Losers

2014 Oscars Swag Bag: Nominees Do Not Leave As Losers

The 86th Academy Awards show ran on for several hours with the entertainment value being pretty low, which is sadly par for the course for the annual show and most film related awards shows. That is coming from the perspective of someone who (had) chose to sit through it all. Imagine what it must have been like for the poor souls who were there, having to sit through lame joke after lame joke, waiting to get to the good parts. I think of a nominee like Jonah Hill. His Best Supporting Actor award category started the show, he lost and had to sit around and stew in the filth for the next several hours. Not easy. Alas, he – like all nominees – won’t go home empty handed. The Oscar nominee swag bag can save them to some degree.

The Academy boosted the value of this years gift bag into the range of $85,000 per nom. That is up from roughly $55k last year. Included in this years bag were vacations, art work, wine and more, 50 items in total from as small as a few bucks to as much as $16k. Thats not a bad consolation prize. DailyMail breaks it down a bit:

  • Nominees and presenters at this year’s Academy Awards will receive an extravagant gift bag
  • The bag has 50 gifts ranging in price from $6.49 to $16,000
  • This year’s haul is worth a total of $85,000 – last year’s bag was worth $55,000
  • The most expensive item in the bag is a $16,000 voucher towards hair transplant treatment
  • Holidays stars will receive include a $15,000 walking tour of Japan and luxury stays in Hawaii and Mexico
  • The oddest gifts this year are an ‘O-Shot’ procedure to enhance a woman’s orgasm and his ‘n’ hers pepper spray guns
Interesting to say the least. See the pic below for a shot of the goods. I guess not everyone went home emptyhanded.
2014 oscars gift bag

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Director Michel Gondry Remakes ‘Taxi Driver’ with Video

Director Michel Gondry Remakes ‘Taxi Driver’ with Video

Director Michel Gondry Remakes ‘Taxi Driver’ with Video

Michel Gondry was at one time a pretty hailed filmmaker around these parts. The director of a great movie, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, he was on our list of one to watch. At this point though, it appears his career, like Fernando Meirelles, may go the direction of a one-hit wonder variety. 2011’s The Green Hornet appeared to be a particular low-point.

Now, the director returns to his roots, with ultra low budget filmmaking (thanks CP), ala 2008’s Jack Black led Be Kind, Rewind (another flop for the most part). Figured I would pass along this Taxi Driver remake video that was recently posted, directed by and starring Gondry himself.  The process is called “sweding” and this short film has a laugh or two. This could be viewed as fun (most likely) or desperate (hopefully not), from a career standpoint. Have a look and enjoy.

 

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2014 Oscar Winners List from 86th Annual Academy Awards

2014 Oscar Winners List from 86th Annual Academy Awards

2014 Oscar Winners List from 86th Annual Academy Awards

Tonight at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, the 86th Annual Academy Awards were distributed during the 2014 Oscar ceremony, just a few miles from here. The show itself, as per the norm, tends to be pretty boring and corporate, with horrible gags like passing out pizza, but perhaps those are the trappings of an awards show in almost any capacity. The rare Pharrell performance a noted exception.

There are always snubs and disappointments. This time around, my favorite film of 2013, Spike Jonze’s Her, which was also the most poignant (with the possible exception of 12 Years A Slave) released this past year, went without the big victory but took home one writing award. Still, there were notable and deserved winners in many categories. Have a look at the complete winners list below. Check out the Academy’s website for more.

Best Motion Picture: 12 Years A Slave

Achievement in Directing: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years A Slave

Adapted Screenplay: 12 Years A Slave, John Ridley

Original Screenplay: Her, Spike Jonze

Original Score: Gravity, Steven Price

Original Song: “Let It Go,” Lopez’s; Frozen

Best Animated Feature Film: Frozen

Best Animated Short Film: Mr. Hublot

Achievement in Cinematography: Gravity, Emmanuel Lubezki

Achievement in Visual Effects: Gravity

Achievement in Costume Design: The Great Gatsby, Catherine Martin

Achievement in Makeup & Hairstyling: Dallas Buyers Club

Best Live-Action Short Film: Helium

Best Documentary Short Subject: The Lady In Number 6

Best Documentary Feature: 20 Feet From Stardom

Best Foreign-Language Film: The Great Beauty (Italy)

Achievement in Sound Mixing: Gravity

Achievement in Sound Editing: Gravity

Achievement in Film Editing: Gravity

Achievement in Production Design: The Great Gatsby

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