CinemaCon: Frank Marshall Named International Filmmaker of the Decade

2016
Frank Marshall is honored at CinemaCon, the annual exhibition industry convention and trade show in Las Vegas, as “International Filmmaker of the Decade“.

In 1981, Marshall and
Kathleen Kennedy
co-founded Amblin Entertainment with Steven Spielberg, producing many successful films such as Gremlins (1984), Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988) and the Back to the Future trilogy (1985, 1989, 1990).

As a producer, Marshall has received five Oscar nominations for Best Picture for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Seabiscuit (2003), The Sixth Sense (1999), The Color Purple (1985), and Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).

His feature film directing debut was the thriller Arachnophobia (1990).

After ten years at Amblin, Marshall and Kennedy formed their own production company, the Kennedy/Marshall Company.
Marshall
took over as sole principal, when
Kennedy became president of Lucasfilm in 2012.

He also produced the record-breaking film Jurassic World (2015) and Steven Spielberg’s The BFG (2016).

CinemaCon: Frank Marshall Named International Filmmaker of the Decade

2016
Bryan Cranston
plays President Lyndon B. Johnson in All The Way, directed by Emmy Award-winning Jay Roach. The stage-to-tv adaptation is produced for HBO by Amblin Television, Tale Told Productions and Moon Shot Entertainment, with Steven Spielberg, Darryl Frank & Justin Falvey, Robert Schenkkan and Bryan Cranston executive producing.

All the Way is based on Robert Schenkkan’s play of the same name and follows Johnson’s ascension to the presidency following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It depicts his efforts to maneuver members of the 88th United States Congress to enact, and civil rights leaders including Martin Luther King, Jr. to support, the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Anthony Mackie co-stars as Martin Luther King Jr. Also starring are Melissa Leo as Lady Bird Johnson and Bradley Whitford as Hubert Humphrey.

For his portrayal of Lyndon B. Johnson, Bryan Cranston has won a Tony Award in 2014. He has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in Trumbo (2015) which was also directed by Jay Roach. Cranston is best-known for his roles as “Walter White” on the AMC drama series, Breaking Bad (2008), for which he has won four consecutive Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Emmy Awards.

According to Variety, Cranston didn’t hesitate when the offer to adapt All the Way came in from HBO because the lesson of the play, about the moral and political courage it took Johnson to push forward on the Civil Rights Act in 1964, was so vital: “We could now reach millions more and tell this important story by way of HBO.”

Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford Reuniting for Fifth ‘Indiana Jones’

2019
Anything Goes: Indiana Jones Returns…

On March 15, 2016, Walt Disney Studios announce a 5th Indiana Jones film to be directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Harrison Ford, set to premiere July 19, 2019.

Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will produce the as-yet untitled project (with George Lucas and Steven Spielberg serving as Executive Producers). 

Ford tells the BBC he took the role under two conditions:

“I’ve always thought there was an opportunity to do another. But I didn’t want to do it without Steven [Spielberg]. And I didn’t want to do it without a really good script. And happily we’re working on both. Steven is developing a script now that I think we’re going to be very happy with.”

Other actors have not yet been cast. Regular crew members include:

Screenplay
David Koepp

Original Music
John Williams 

Cinematography
Janusz Kaminski

Film Editing
Michael Kahn 

Special Effects
Industrial Light & Magic (ILM)

More about Indiana Jones…

Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford Reuniting for Fifth ‘Indiana Jones’

Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Peter Jackson Backing Sean Parker’s Bold Home Movie Plan (EXCLUSIVE)

2016
Napster Co-founder and Facebook’s first president Sean Parker plans to launch a controversial streaming service called Screening Room which lets subscribers watch new movies at home the same day they hit theaters. The idea is “to capture an audience older than teens and young adults, who might have responsibilities such as children that prevent them from going to the theater.”

Parker has lined up a number of Hollywood’s heavyweight filmmakers as key supporters and share-holders. Among them: Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, Martin Scorsese and J.J. Abrams

According to Variety, there is serious interest from several of the major studios, including Universal, Fox and Sony, whereas Disney does not appear to be interested in the plan.

Christopher Nolan, James Cameron and Titanic producer Jon Landau have declared their objection. Opposition has also come from the National Assn. of Theater Owners and the Art House Convergence.

One-time cost would be $150 for the anti-piracy equipped set-top box, plus $50 per movie, which would be rented for 48-hours. To smooth down opposition by exhibitors Screening Room is offering to cut theater owners in on some of the revenue, as much as $20 per film (Screening Room customers will receive two free tickets to see the movie at a cinema, which will further benefit exhibitors when concessions are purchased).

Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Peter Jackson Backing Sean Parker’s Bold Home Movie Plan (EXCLUSIVE)

2016
Production designer Sir Ken Adam dies at 95.

The five-time Academy Award nominee and two-time winner worked on more than 70 films. He created iconic set designs for the 007 franchise – including Dr. No’s secret island complex, Fort Knox in Goldfinger (1964) and a giant rocket base inside a volcano featured in You Only Live Twice (1967), for which Roald Dahl wrote the screenplay.

In the late 1970s, he also conceived the supertanker set for The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) – for which he received an Oscar nomination – and a futuristic space station for Moonraker (1979), his last Bond film. The lighting for the super tanker set was supervised in secret by Stanley Kubrick (videoclip).

Ken Adam designed the famous War Room for Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove (1964) and collaborated with him again on Barry Lyndon (1975), for which he earned his first Oscar. He received his second Academy Award for The Madness of King George (1994).

Although Ken Adam never worked for Steven Spielberg (a big fan of the 007 series and Kubrick’s films), Adam had fond memories of the biggest compliment he ever received:

“I was in the States giving a lecture to the Directors Guild when Steven Spielberg came up to me. He said ‘Ken, that War Room set for Strangelove is the best set you ever designed’. Five minutes later he came back and said ‘no it’s the best set that’s ever been designed’.”

Klaus Hugo Adam was born in Berlin. When the National Socialist party came to power in Germany, Adam had to emigrate with his Jewish family
to England in 1934. He attended University College London and Bartlett
School of Architecture
.

In 2012, Ken Adam gave the entirety of his artistic life’s work to the Deutsche Kinemathek in Berlin.

Steven Spielberg in 30 Memorable Shots

Director and editor Jacob T. Swinney combines the most iconic shots from all 30 films directed by Steven Spielberg (so far).

This is what he says about his video:

“Before I knew what a director was, I knew who Steven
Spielberg was.  I believe that this is partially due to the fact that
Spielberg has crafted some of the most iconic shots in all of cinema.  
Many filmmakers have that one signature shot that will forever solidify
them in film history–  Spielberg has dozens.  This video showcases the
work of Steven Spielberg in 30 memorable shots, one from each of his
full-length films.  From something as magical as a silhouetted bicycle
streaking across the moon, to something as simple as tiny ripples in a
cup of water, this is Steven Spielberg.”

You can find background info to all the films used in the video here.

Films contained in the video (in order of appearance):
Duel (1971) DoP: Jack A. Marta
The Sugarland Express (1974) DoP: Vilmos Zsigmond
Jaws (1975) DoP: Bill Butler
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) DoP: Vilmos Zsigmond
1941 (1979) DoP: William A. Fraker
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) DoP: Douglas Slocombe
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) DoP: Allen Daviau
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) DoP: Douglas Slocombe
The Color Purple (1985) DoP: Allen Daviau
Empire of the Sun (1987) DoP: Allen Daviau
Always (1989) DoP: Mikael Salomon
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) DoP: Douglas Slocombe
Hook (1991) DoP: Dean Cundey
Jurassic Park (1993) DoP: Dean Cundey
Schindler’s List (1993) DoP: Janusz Kamiński
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) DoP: Janusz Kamiński
Amistad (1997) DoP: Janusz Kamiński
Saving Private Ryan (1998) DoP: Janusz Kamiński
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) DoP: Janusz Kamiński
Minority Report (2002) DoP: Janusz Kamiński
Catch Me If You Can (2002) DoP: Janusz Kamiński
The Terminal (2004) DoP: Janusz Kamiński
War of the Worlds (2005) DoP: Janusz Kamiński
Munich (2005) DoP: Janusz Kamiński
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) DoP: Janusz Kamiński
The Adventures of Tin-Tin (2011) DoP: Janusz Kamiński
War Horse (2011) DoP: Janusz Kamiński
Lincoln (2012) DoP: Janusz Kamiński
Bridge of Spies (2015) DoP: Janusz Kamiński
The BFG (2016) DoP: Janusz Kamiński”